May 2004 Archives

May 31

Seeking old LucasFilm Games (Maniac Mansion, Secret of Monkey Island, Zak Mckracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Loom)

Can anybody help me find some old Lucasfilm games, like Maniac Mansion, Secret of Monkey Island, Zak Mckracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Loom? I used to own all of them but the disks are bad. I have been going everywhere and I still can't find the game for sale.
posted by Keyser Soze at 10:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I make my couch cushions stay put?

Slippy couch cushions: On the most comfortable piece of furniture I own, the cushions have an annoying habit of slipping out from under whomever sits on them. Not instantly, of course, but in a slow, inexorable creep toward the floor. I end up tucking them back into place at least once every day. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 8:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Betrayal at Krondor

I just tried to download Betrayal at Krondor from the nifty Home of the Underdogs, a repository for lots of fun old games. Unfortunately, after downloading the zip file of the game, I can't get it to run. Attempting to run krondor.exe gives me the error message "You do not have enough memory to run Betrayal at Krondor. Try using the Make Boot Disk option from INSTALL." Somehow, since I'm running a newish machine, I doubt that a lack of memory is the problem. But what could it be? Any suggestions?
posted by UKnowForKids at 8:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find this baseball poem?

Here's a bit of a toughy. There's a specific baseball poem I'm looking for, and I'm afraid I don't have much info. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

^H^H^H^H^H^H Filter

I've tried google, I've tried reading for context, but I'm finally stumped. What does "H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^" mean when inserted into a comment thread?
posted by elwoodwiles at 5:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Baltimore MD neighborhoods

A friend is moving to Baltimore, MD. She has been offered a good apartment, but we don't have any contacts there to scope out the area. So, we are calling on MeFites who may be able to help us with a neighborhood question (and general Baltimore advice)! [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by fionab at 5:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Locked Cell Phones

"Locked" cell phones. How locked are they? If I want to buy a phone that was used on AT&T and use it with T-Mobile -- or say, go between Verizon and Sprint -- how much of a headache am I putting myself in for?
posted by namespan at 3:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Emulator for playing my old computer games with a newer computer?

Oregon Trail. A-Train. Some of the games of my childhood ... and I still have the original media. But apparently my graphics card and computer are too fast or just plain wrong for these games. Is there some sort of emulator that I can get to slow my box back down and fix the graphics issues?
posted by SpecialK at 2:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Science Bible

Back in 1998, noted scientist Jim Lovelock - granted one of Science Magazine's rare editorial slots - proposed this (noting that we cannot and must not take the continuity of our current civilization for granted) : "What we need is a primer on science, clearly written and unambiguous in its meaning--a primer for anyone interested in the state of the Earth and how to survive and live well on it. One that would serve also as a primary school science text. It would be the scientific equivalent of the Bible." So where is this Science Bible (printed on acid free paper, and widely distributed around the Globe in many languages - so as to survive as the basis for rebuilding in the event of catastrophe) ? Has anyone heard of such a project ? [more inside]
posted by troutfishing at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What cell phone meets my criteria?

CellPhilter. It's time for me to accept the leash and collar and get a cell phone. I know nearly nothing about the subject. I have some ideas on what I'd like. I found this thread, which has some helpful sites, but nothing that satisfies my curiosity. [m to the i] [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I handle (what I think is) a many-to-many relationship in MySql?

MySQL (or generic relational database) question. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Title of Old Cartoon

About 18 years ago (I was 5) I saw a cartoon where a kid gets lost in a forrest. He's attacked by black birds but then a spaceship lands and its pilot picks the kid up and saves him. Cut to the scene in the future with the kid, now grown up, with a metal plate in his head telling someone the story. Any idea what it the cartoon is called?
posted by xpermanentx at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make my 2-year old Dell Inspiron 2500 run faster?

Is there any way to make my laptop run faster? Two-year old Dell Inspiron 2500, Win XP, some Celeron craptastic processor, 256 meg RAM (max). My computer expertise: 3 o/o 10, which encompasses disc tools and Spybot, but not much more. Does it matter how full the drive is?
posted by gottabefunky at 9:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Airport Landing Lights

Airport landing lights. Anyone care to explain them to me? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments

May 30

What does a technical writer do, exactly? How much does it pay?

What does a technical writer do, exactly? How much does it pay? Good field to go into?
posted by Tlogmer at 11:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Can anyone point me to a comprehensive movie glossary that has a list of movie shots?

Can anyone point me to a helpful movie glossary that has a list of movie shots (pan shot, establishment shot, close-up, etc)? Looking for as comprehensive a list as possible with good explanations. Thanks.
posted by Slimemonster at 11:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Movies with crazy stunts and explosions?

What's your favorite movie where stuff blows up and people do outrageous stunts? Alternatively, what are the best martial arts films, I remember one trilogy I saw part of with some crazy ass stunts, fighting on ladders, some monk whose mother was a ninja, etc. Getting back to the first part of the question: preferably funny, stylish, and sexy. James Bond meets Batman. Fire away.
posted by Grod at 8:36 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me sell my house!

I'm going crazy trying to sell my house. It's been on the market for a little over 60 days now, which I know isn't unreasonable, but it's making me nuts. Any suggestions on getting it to sell faster without lowering the price? Ridiculous superstitions welcome.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 7:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Why are savings / investment interest rates so abysmal in comparison to the past?

My parents used to tell me fantastic tales, that back in the day (being the 1950s), banks offered interest rates on savings accounts upwards of 10%, with almost no fees and charges. In comparison, my current bank (in Australia) offers me 0.5% interest, which is completely countered by about the first hour's worth of monthly charges. This is despite the bank being more efficient, having fewer employees, and having greater access to global capital. Can anyone tell me, if the global economy is really doing so great these days, why are savings / investment interest rates so abysmal in comparison to the past? Will this ever turn around again in the future?
posted by Jimbob at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Standard Religious Iconography to Show Subject is Demonic/Unholy?

In religious iconography, there are standardized symbols to depict "holiness" in figures--haloes, rays, flames, those little horns on Moses's forehead, etc. Are there equivalent "anti-haloes" for demonic/unholy icons? Any links to examples would be appreciated. Non-western examples welcome.
posted by DaShiv at 3:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Google Alternatives

Lately, Google has been down a lot (or at least inaccessible from where I am). Does anyone know why this is? Also, what's the best search engine to use when you can't use Google?
posted by grumblebee at 10:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Coax cable question.

Coax cable question inside. (inside, that is!) [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 3:51 AM PST - 12 comments

May 29

Who said life is better in France "because the wine is cheaper?"

Hunt the quote. For weeks I've been trying to track down a sort of litany about how much better life is in France, "because the wine is cheaper", or something like that. I thought it was Kingsley Amis, but it's not, and Google has let me down. Let loose the literary boozehounds!
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for info on graphic artist

Minor curiosity has turned into a thorn between my toes, the way it often does: Someone named Dave Woolford did this graphic. I like it a lot, for some strange reason. But I can't find any info on the artist. Maybe he's a pro, or maybe it was just one-time sketch? I think it originally appeared here. I'd like to see more of his stuff, but Google does me no good...
posted by Shane at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do US trains have flashing lights on the front of them?

Why do US trains have alternating flashing lights on the front of them? [Er, that's it, I'm just curious]
posted by bonaldi at 4:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for simple video format conversion

Why is it so damn complicated to convert between video formats? This afternoon I went on to find out how to convert AVI to SVCD and the simplest tutorial involved six different tools and unbelievably many settings. How come nobody has written something to do it in one step? Can it really not be automated?
posted by Aaorn at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

NES Adaptor

I'm missing an adaptor for my Nintendo Entertainment System. it takes 9v, 1.5a but I've found a 9v 4.5a adaptor that fits and works but I wonder if there are any consequences to the addition current strength? well, are there?
posted by mcsweetie at 4:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do Flash games/applications not work correctly on some computers?

Why do Flash games/applications not work correctly on some computers? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments


I've been reading about Nootropics, or "smart drugs" for a little while, digging around in I wanted to ask if anyone in the mefi-verse has used some of the latest nootropics and what their experiences were. I won't go into the complexities of my situation save to say that I'd like to increase my focus and mental acuity during the conclusion of a long, life-draining project that rhymes with "dissertation." Thanks.
posted by mecran01 at 6:44 AM PST - 17 comments

May 28

Hard drive corruption

I have a Hard drive question, using XP Pro SP1, 3 hard drives, last one is a Western Digital 160GB special edition. MI (partition and file corruption) [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze at 9:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Backpacking in Canada

I just realized that I get downright passionate about telling people how to have the best outdoor/hiking experience in the south half of BC/Alberta. I'm thinking this means I'd be happiest were I to get back into hiking. But I feel I've done it all here... does anyone have recommendations for truly stunning 3-5 day backpacking excursions? They don't necessarily require mountains: I've done some coastal hiking, and it was wonderful, too. Where in the world should I go?
posted by five fresh fish at 9:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Celebrating in NYC

Graduation celebration! I just graduated from college and moved in with my girlfriend in northern New Jersey; as such, she and I are planning on going out to celebrate sometime soon (along with some friends). She's been to a few bars in her time in NYC but we're still not sure where we'd like to go. So, I'm hoping for some advice from you Gotham-based MeFites as to what places might be good to check out. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Where I can find/order wasabi-flavored potato chips?

Does anyone know where I can find/order wasabi-flavored potato chips? [mi] [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best route from Vancouver to Winnipeg?

As part of a very large road trip I'm taking later in the summer, I'm planning on driving from Vancouver to Winnipeg. What's the best route, for scenic/cultural reasons or otherwise? Should I stay on Highway 1, cut up to Highway 16, or use something else?
posted by mrbula at 6:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Nintendo Entertainment System

What's the best way to get Nintendo Entertainment System games to play?
posted by drezdn at 4:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Pec Me Up!

Might manboobs ever become bodacious pecs? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by adrober at 4:32 PM PST - 27 comments

On my LG cell phone, is there a way to add contacts by typing on my computer rather than on the phone itself?

Cell phone question. Got an LG from Verizon -- but I suck at typing on phones, and the thought of entering the umpteen dozens of contacts I have has scared me from entering all but a few.

When I was on T-Mobile, you could add contacts online. Is there any quick and easy way for me to do something like this? I just want to type them, since it would take me six and a half years to enter them manually.
posted by oissubke at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Reading about the East India Company

My hazy memory of high school history is leading me to see parallels between the era of the British East India company and our current situation in Iraq. I'd like to read more to find out if this makes sense. Does anyone know of a particularly good book on the East India Company? I don't usually read history books so I don't know how to figure out which are credible and which aren't.
posted by small_ruminant at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Source of Darwin quote?

I'm looking for the original source of a Charles Darwin quote, which is sometimes stated as "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." This isn't easy since seemingly thousands of authors and public speakers have quoted him without referencing the source (although they do attribute it to Darwin). Can you help? [more versions of the quote inside] [more inside]
posted by found missing at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments


continuing on the 1984- teaching front, my students are working on a final project and need some help... [mi] [more inside]
posted by ronv at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Can anyone recommend any royalty-free stock photography web sites?

Can anyone recommend any royalty-free stock photography web sites? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do with an old dog that sometimes bites?

What to do with an old dog that sometimes bites? We have an old (perhaps 10-12 year old?) terrier mutt that we got from a rescue organziation 3 years ago. We have a new baby (now 5 months old) and I am worried that she will grab his hair and he will bite her.

He's bitten my dad who didn't lift him up the right way. He's bitten my husband when he was trying to wash the dog's ear. He "nips" at you life you accidentally step on him but doesn't bite. He's very calm and mellow usually, and really good around our parrot who preens his tail, jumps on his head, and does other things like that that many dogs would bite over.
Should we get rid of him-is he a threat to the baby? Do you think there's a shelter or group that would take him since he's old, mostly deaf, going blind, arthritic, and sometimes bites? Should we just put him down and be glad he's had a wonderful last 3 years of his life? Some help please. It breaks my heart...
posted by aacheson at 10:30 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I make Win XP display my files in forward alphabetical order (a to z)?

Win XP is displaying my files in backwards alphabetical order (z-->a, not a-->z). I can't get it to switch back (I've tried - any ideas what I can do? (I've tried using explorer to reset all folders).
posted by ascullion at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

my lawn is too long - help me

What do you do when the lawn gets so long your mower can't possibly cut through it?
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Best way to set up a LAN using equipment I already own.

The new network Friday challenge: I need to set up a network for my new place and I wanted to do it with my available stuff. How close can I come? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:09 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I move from Windows 98 to Windows XP?

Updating Windows98 SE to Windows XP. (mi) [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 6:04 AM PST - 11 comments

I need some recommendations for a good message forum board platform/software.

I need some recommendations for a good message forum board platform/software [more inside] [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 6:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Flourescent strips, pulsing lights and a chiller cabinet.

A random question involving fluorescent strips, pulsing lights and possibly a chiller cabinet. [MI] [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Misc. questions on the biological history of eyesight problems.

Have we always had poor eyesight? I know, of course you are going to exclaim "yes!", but in the days of people not having glasses, shouldn't natural selection have weeded out people like me? How did we cope without vision correction, from an objective viewpoint?
posted by Keyser Soze at 4:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Independence Air

Independence Air is coming to where I live. It will be the first low-fare airline in this area. Rates will be cut in half to compete with this "threat." My question is: Where has all my money gone that was twice as much as needed? The local paper has a story that says that the big airlines who had to cut rates in half will still be profitable. So they were skimming $200 in pure profit over and above whatever profit they can make with competition? Thief! Oh wait.
posted by ajpresto at 4:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Tired Rat

One of my rats is suddenly very lethargic. Normally she is very excitable, but now she moves slowly and falls asleep when I hold her. She is 18 months old. What can I do? Should I call a vet? I am very worried.
posted by malpractice at 3:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Excel Hotlinking

Yo, skryche! How do I keep Excel from hotlinking URLs as I paste them into cells? I use spreadsheets to store, sort, and transform lots of URLs. But Excel seems to think that anything beginning with "http://" is something I want blue and underlined and hotlinked for easy clicking. It doesn't happen right away, only once I leave the cell does it become a hot link. I'd like Excel to just leave my text strings alone. I don't want to launch a browser window every time I click in a cell that contains a URL. And I'm tired of doing the right-click-remove-hyperlink thing every single time. Formatting the column as plain text before dropping in the URL *doesn't* work. As soon as you paste a URL into a cell, Excel wakes up, decides to "preserve the formatting" of your pasted text, and voila! A nice blue hot link. Is there a preference I can un-check for this?

Sorry if this is a stupid one. I can't find anything in the help documentation or via Google that solves my stupid problem.
posted by scarabic at 12:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Passport Help

Passport issue: Suddenly, the day before departure, I discover 2 facts. 1) South Africa requires a complete blank visa page in a passport for a tourist's entry. 2) My passport has no such pages remaining. WTF? Anyone ever hear of this before, and been barred from an entry because of it? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 12:08 AM PST - 11 comments

May 27

Is there a Canadian-American community?

Is there a Canadian-American community? [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:24 PM PST - 44 comments

The Shawshank Redemption

Does anybody else inexplicably become hypnotized by the Shawshank Redemption network when they're flipping through channels? Is there anybody in the TV watching universe who hasn't seen the Shawshank Redemption by now? How many times do you think you've seen parts of it?
posted by Stan Chin at 5:24 PM PST - 34 comments

When/how do they get your name for jury duty?

Ok in regard to this thread, how do they get your name for jury duty? I thought it was when you registered to vote. Others say when you register for SS or start filing income taxes. I seriously doubt SS as it only applies to certain people. Any info on where the man gets our names? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Winamp album order question

Winamp question. How do I make Winamp play albums in track order rather than alphabetical order (MI) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman at 3:32 PM PST - 9 comments has been off the air for over 24hrs now.
Anybody else use this site and/or know whether it's gone forever?.Hoping I haven't lost all those mefi links!
posted by johnny7 at 3:17 PM PST - 0 comments

How do I re-enable Windows Update?

How the #*(& do I re-enable Windows Update on my Win2K system? I've just spent three hours farting around with Google searches, registry and GPO hacking, and suchlike, all to no avail. I figure I must have done something some time in the past to turn it off -- I've no idea why -- and the solution is completely eluding me. Grrrr. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Free software requirement for a "document dropbox"

I'm looking for some (free) software that will let me set up a "document dropbox" on my web server. Basically I want to upload files and then have them be available -- through a nice-looking interface -- to users of my choosing. Searching Google and Sourceforge hasn't found me anything useful yet, although bytehoard is about 25% of the way there.
posted by Aaorn at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Small Business Administration loan experiences?

Can you tell me about your experiences getting a loan through the Small Business Administration please? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Information on a famous lightning photo?

Anyone have info on this famous lightning photo? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Toilet Paper Strategies

Toilet paper. Jumping off from my flub in the toiletlids thread, I want to know how you configure your new toilet paper rolls and and why you think that manner of installation works best. Toilet paper tongue over or under? More. Inside. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 12:09 PM PST - 29 comments

IE/Mac Hell

Help, I'm stuck in IE/Mac hell! (It's the only browser we support for Mac at the moment, so it has to work there.) I have a dropdown list with various values: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, etc. One of these values is set by the JSP as the current selected value: . Clicking on the value in the dropdown you want (Page 5, whatever) will bring you to that new page. The code is valid and works perfectly fine in IE/Win, Safari, Mozilla, etc. But on IE/Mac, when the new page loads, the value that's *visible* on screen in the dropdown box is not the currently-selected one, but rather whatever value was the first value in the dropdown list! So you could be on Page 1, go to Page 5, but Page 1 (the first option in the list of options) is what displays in the dropdown. To make matters funkier, when you then click to open that dropdown, it "jumps" to show you that yes, you're really on Page 5, that Page 5 is indeed the selected/highlighted value. So it's a display bug of some sort...?

I've seen plenty of bug reports and workarounds online for Mac/IE, but nearly all of them involve CSS, not core HTML pieces like options/selects. We do use CSS on the site, but it's minimal, and we generally use nested tables, inside which this naughty dropdown resides. Ideas to get around this--maybe javascript to force the correct value to display? Anyone else had this sort of issue? Help!
posted by Asparagirl at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Graduation Cap

I graduating this Sunday and I need some decorating ideas for my cap. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 11:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a highly recommended online international escrow service?

Is there a highly recommended online international escrow service? The United States and Europe would be the locations. [more inside]
posted by four panels at 10:07 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I convert a video from Sony Mini Cassette to NTSC, PAL and DVD?

I find myself in possession of a Sony Mini Digital Video Cassette tape that was taken while I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago. I need to get it converted over to NTSC, PAL, and DVD, but am having trouble.... (I know you didn't see it coming, but there's more inside!) [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I get a raise?

How much should an Advanced Excel (PivotTable, lookups, etc.) hombre in Manhattan be getting paid? I've been temping in this hole of an office for a few months and almost all spreadsheetery has become my responsibility. I think some sort of raise is in order, but I'm not sure what my target should be.
posted by skryche at 9:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Need New Graphics Tablet

I've been drawing a comic book, and I'm assembling and coloring the pages in Photoshop. My old 4 X 5 Wacom Graphire 3 tablet seems to be falling short of my needs (poor tracking, and meager pressure sensitivity), and I was looking for opinions about replacing it with a 4 X 5 Intuos tablet (twice the pressure sensitivity) or a larger Graphire 3 (6 X 8)?

posted by jpburns at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

What was the link that indicated how to start up a RealPlayer file at a specific time within the file?

I once saw a link that indicated how to start up a RealPlayer file at a specific time within the file. (ie. You click a link and it starts the file at 30:01 instead of at 0:00).

Any ideas where I saw it? I want to use it but I don't remember where I saw it. Maybe boingboing?
posted by ajpresto at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments


Where I work has suddenly become all fascist about internet access and blocked SSH access. This is a pain because it was how I used to access my emails (SSH in, use Pine). I can't use a POP3 client on my PC because they've had that port blocked for ages. I'm currently using mail2web but don't like the way it handles replies and the general lack of functionality. My question is: is there a good free webmail application out there that is either managed (like mail2web) or I can install in my account (Linux, no db access, no root). If the latter can cope with the folders I have (I use spamassassin), safely render HTML emails (possible junk mail) and is easy to install, then that would be excellent. I have tried Google and Freshmeat but all the ones I saw were either commercial or looked rather featureless. Any recommendations?
posted by ralawrence at 3:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Hiking Long Distances

The Pilgrimage of St James, also known as the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - involves walking for about 800km across northern spain. I've seen a few faq's online, but what i'd really like is some advice from a fellow mefite who has actually done all or part of this trail.
Also, some general advice on hiking very long distances would be appreciated also.
posted by kev23f at 1:50 AM PST - 2 comments

May 26

Help me with this CSS box model problem!

CSS question. Usually, I can figure these things out. This one has me stumped. I know its a box model problem, but none of the usual fixes seem to fix it. Everything looks right in Mozilla, Firefox, and Opera. Bigger, better explanation inside, along with some code. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 8:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Memorization tips and tricks?

Exam time. 2 weeks until some massive exams, which mostly consist of memorising and regurgitating code snippets and proofs for maths theorems out. Any tips/hints for last minute revision to round off longer term memorisation?
posted by Mossy at 8:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Toilet lid up or down when you're finished?

Toiletfilter: Up or down? And before you answer, I'm not talking about which way to hang the toilet paper. (Lift the lid and come inside.) [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 6:53 PM PST - 69 comments

keeping lettuce fresh

When I buy bagged lettuce it always seems to go bad before the expiration date. How can I keep it fresh? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:49 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some genuinely good-looking corporate web sites that look decent across all browsers?

What are some genuinely good-looking corporate web sites that look decent across all browsers? I want to send sample websites to a web design firm, but my bookmarks consist of only blogs.
posted by LukeyBoy at 6:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Wordpress and comment placement

WORDPRESS. I've asked in the forums. Least helpful place I've ever been. If anyone here is familiar with wordpress please tell me, how do I set it up so that the page the user sees when s/he goes to a permalink has a link to the comments popup at the bottom and not the damn comment area I've been trying to do this for days now. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 5:50 PM PST - 8 comments

My friend wants to work for an "adult" chat service. How can she do it right?

ifriends? Other "adult" chat services? I have a friend (it's not me! I don't look good enough for this stuff) that is thinking of this as a revenue stream.

She's 25 an seems willing to exploit herself this way; horribly needs healthcare; clearly she is very much an exhibitionist. This is her idea, but just wants to go about it right..

Moral convictions aside - pros? Cons? Best group to pick for this? Is it iFriends or one of the other networks. Something sleazy but safe?

You're totally welcome to contact me directly if you want to protect your anonymity.
posted by filmgeek at 5:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Good political blogs?

What are some of the best political blogs currently out there?
posted by rushmc at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Ambient mp3 sources?

Good sources for ambient/experimental mp3s?
posted by davebush at 4:29 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I ship carbonated bevvies overseas?

What is the best way to ship carbonated beverages overseas? (In this case it's rootbeer from California to Australia.) Will they explode with the pressure changes?
posted by small_ruminant at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Was your toddler present at the birth of his or her sibling(s)? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 3:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I get a bridge or an implant?

I have a missing tooth. Should I get a bridge or an implant? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 3:23 PM PST - 12 comments

I need browser stats that include both the OS and browsers as a percent.

I have searched and searched in vain: Is there anywhere I can get browser stats that tell me the OS and the browsers as a percentage (instead of one or the other)? Alternatively, is there anywhere I can find browsers -- including sub-releases (5.0, 5.1, etc) -- as a percentage? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Computer RAM irregularities

Installed RAM, what XP sees vs. what CMOS sees. (MI) [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Storm Windows

Storm Windows. I need to replace my home storm windows to save on heating costs but want to avoid toxic vinyl windows which seem to be what everyone says is "good". Any recommendations for good storm windows that are not vinyl?
posted by stbalbach at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments

moonlight sonata played by a symphony - help me find it

Very specific question - for about ten years, I've been trying to hunt down a copy of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata as performed by a symphony (I do not know which one). I initially heard it on a tape sent along with my mother's Reader's Digest subscription. The tape was full of piano music played by symphonies - Blue Danube, Flight of the Bumblebee, Fantaisie Impromptu and Moonlight Sonata. I'd love to buy a cd of any of these songs, but mostly, I'm looking for Moonlight Sonata, performed by a symphony instead of on piano.

I've tried the usual suspects, Amazon, p2p clients, etc. Any ideas?
posted by annathea at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What book is this: (26?) short stories about various train or subway passengers?

Bookfilter: Trying to find the title of a book I read about / was told about. I recall it being explained as a large number of short stories ('26' sticks in my brain), each written from the perspective of a different passenger in a train / subway car. That's all I've got.
posted by adamkempa at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Emancipation Proclamation

CivilWarTriviaFilter. This was a question on a 'Millionaire' I recently watched, and it's been driving me nuts. There are *two* signatures on the Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln's, of course, but also that of his Secretary of State, William Seward.

What I want to know is why. The Proclamation was a document dealing with domestic affairs. Why would the Secretary of State sign it, rather than, say, my guess, which was Stanton, the Secretary of War (since it only applied to where the Union Army occupied states in rebellion.) Google only confirms Seward's signature, not the reason.
posted by mojohand at 12:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Faster way to find where a certain website ranks for a particular Google search?

If I want to know where a certain website ranks for a particular Google search, is there anything I can do other than just scroll through every page of results until I find that page? For instance: This is on the 29th page of Google results for "Ask Metafilter." If I was Mr. or Ms. Ofrenda, would there be a faster way for me to learn than that simply looking on every page?
posted by blueshammer at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Print-friendly web links; do you use them?

Informal survey, preferably of non-web developing users: Do you use "print-friendly" links on web sites? [mi] [more inside]
posted by o2b at 11:25 AM PST - 29 comments

DNS Hell

DNS hell! My Windows 2000 box seems to have some kind of DNS problem. Certain sites just 404 or time out. I know it's not my net connection, because other computers on my network can get to these sites. I've already renamed the hosts file and rebooted. I need to resolve this for a paying gig. Help! [more] [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Interfaith Marriage

Thanks for all your help with the engagement ring question. I swear, on my MeFi account, it's not me...I'm just the reluctant best friend. I need some more ammo.

My friend is agnostic, his fiance is athiest...yet her family wants her to have a Jewish much so, that they're again applying the pressure, and since she "feels" Jewish, even though she doesn't believe, she's going along with it. See, her parents won't go to a civil or catholic ceremony, and if they don't have a Jewish ceremony, there's going to be hell to pay. But, my friend's parents are staunch catholics, and while they would go to a Jewish wedding, they won't wear yarmulkes, and some of his family won't even attend.

My advice? Either insist on a dual ceremony, or just let her parents have their way, considering they're going to shell out the money. But on top of that engagement ring debacle, I'm afraid he's set too many precedents.

What the hell can my friend say to her parents to get them to lay off? If he puts his foot down, what can he expect from them? From her? Anybody marry into a domineering family? Anybody intermarry Catholics/Jewish?

We all know this is a downward spiral, and if he doesn't put his foot down, next it's going to be Hebrew school for the kids, etc. (oh yeah, they're also doing the "you're going to raise the kids Jewish, aren't you?" thing).

Oy Vey! If the parents just weren't involved, this entire engagement/wedding thing would be simple. [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 10:47 AM PST - 87 comments

Should we wash our cat?

WashingCatFilter - My boyfriend suggested we wash the cat, his reason being, it will help her finish her summer shedding. Is this something that is ok to do once in awhile, or should we leave her alone? It's hard to wade through the lame google "Ha-ha-here's-a-joke-story-about-washing-a-cat."
posted by agregoli at 9:34 AM PST - 33 comments

What's the markup on sex toys and "naughty" apparel?

AdultToyStore Filter! Does anyone know what the markup is on sex toys and/or naughty apparel? In the great American tradition of business, I've been toying with the idea of opening an establishment in an industry I know nothing about. Unfortunately, my back-of-the-envelope feasibility analysis is foundering because I don't know what kinds of margins to predict on sales. Additionally, does anyone know a toystore owner/operator who'd be willing to give advice/guidance on the pitfalls of this kind of business?
posted by anonymous at 6:05 AM PST - 14 comments

PHP question.

Ok, another PHP question... this one less stupid than my last one (hopefully). XML/XSLT.... [mi] [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 6:03 AM PST - 2 comments


I've been trying to get a job in a city 90 miles from my current residence, but not having much luck. Part of the problem is that I'm new to the management class and not really familiar with how job hunting is done; part of the problem is that my degree is irrelevant to my current and prospective work. [emm eye] [more inside]
posted by yesster at 5:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Questions about flying to Tokyo from London

Questions about flying to Tokyo from London this summer (more inside) [more inside]
posted by derbs at 4:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Why can't my computer reach certain sites? How do I fix it?

Cable modem problem or my computers problem? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by justgary at 1:27 AM PST - 17 comments

John Woo

John Woo. What's the appeal? {more} [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 12:11 AM PST - 27 comments

May 25

New Jersey Layover

I have 11 hours in Newark on the 6th. It's a layover, I have no contacts in the immediate area and although things are getting better, I would like a nice diversion that is not in the airport or Newark itself. Suggs?

And yes, I'm looking at you amberglow.
posted by Dagobert at 11:26 PM PST - 10 comments

I Need a Job!

I have a serious problem. I've managed to screw up rather badly, and have lost a $10,000 scholarship. I don't have a job and my rent/food/everything money is from student loans and is carefully budgeted to run out with the end of the spring semester. I need a job but I live in a city where the largest employer is the post office. I have 5/8ths of a BA in English. My resume is none-existent. The last paying job I had was almost two years ago. I worked at a McDonald's for the federal minimum wage. Between now and the end of August I need to either earn $13,000 ($3k to live on, the rest for school), or find a career that has long-term security. I'm quite frightened, actually. I have several skills but no evidence—references, resume, awards, etc.—to prove it. Short of committing a crime, which I will not do, does anyone have any practical advice? A brief list of skills I possess are inside. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 11:08 PM PST - 31 comments


Single-celled organisms are beautiful when viewed really close. Does anyone know an online gallery of large, high resolution images of protozoa? [c'mon in] [more inside]
posted by Termite at 10:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Set my CPAN install directory

I want the CPAN shell to install modules it's done building to a directory other than /usr/lib/perl5blahetc (largely because I am not root on this particular server and won't be). This being perl I'd be _highly_ surprised if there's no way to set the installation directory, but a quick perusal of the CPAN shell settings gives no such option. Nor does a similarly quick perusal of ~/.cpan/. [more inside]
posted by namespan at 9:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning a New City

If one is trying to get a feel for a city in just two or three days, what are the main things that one should see or do? [more inside]
posted by guyincognito at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I located 1936 race demographics for NY, VT?

Can anyone help me find demographics for New York and Vermont in and around 1936. Specifically, I'm interested in the racial makeup on both states and especially in New York City. The census website confuses me a little, does anyone know a good link or reference for this specific, query?
posted by Slimemonster at 7:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Solo two deck card games

Solo two-deck card games: what are these games called? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find Windows software to speed up an mp3 while maintaining its pitch?

I'm sure I remember some software once existed that could speed up an mp3 file but keep the pitch constant (ie. avoid the 'chipmunk' effect you get when you speed up sound). Does anyone know where I might find something like that (for Windows)?
posted by reklaw at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Ergonomic Keyboard Questions

I'm in need of an ergonomic keyboard, but I'm awful picky. Does anybody know of a keyboard that meets all the requirements listed inside? [more inside]
posted by hootch at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Skating in DC

SkateFilter! Recommendations, please: good in-line skates, wheels, and accessories for skating in DC? My skating environment alternates between urban streets and sidewalks on work days to well-paved bike trails on weekends. I prefer high speed to tricky maneuverability, though I will wish to jump the occasional crack, twist a quick turn-stop, or negotiate tight curves. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 3:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I tip a self-employed masseuse?

I'm about to get a massage from a friend who runs her own one-employee (herself) massage business. When I pay her fee (which all goes to her), should I add a tip too? I never know how much of tipping is about "here's something for YOU since the bulk goes to management" (not true in this case), and how much is about, "I know you SAID the price is $50, but you should get a little extra because you did such a good job." [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

One of my computers won't turn on

Help! One of my computers won't turn on. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 1:58 PM PST - 9 comments

What can you do when your hard drive dies and computers can not detect it?

A few days ago, my computer froze up (no big deal), but when I rebooted, my hard drive couldn't be detected. The drive died with absolutely no warning. I tried various methods to get the OS to find it, with no luck. Two technicians have since looked at the drive and conluded it's a physical problem and that it's toast.

Who's had the same experience and what did you do?
posted by davebush at 1:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Do British magazines and newspapers use the same query letter system as the U.S. for story proposals?

Do British magazines and newspapers use the same query letter system we use in the United States for story proposals? If not, how do you get a British editor to pay attention?
posted by inksyndicate at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there any way to remove background images from a PDF file?

Is there any way to remove background images from a PDF file? I downloaded some documentation for the Mambo Server, and it has an incredibly annoying, large, pixelated orangeish logo as a BG on every page, which doesn't help readability one bit. Have tried inserting a new white background in Acrobat, but it ends up behind the original one.
posted by signal at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Surviving Cancer

So I was told I have a little cancer. Which is okay. I've got the treatment/doctor thing covered, and don't really need medical advice. What I'd like to know is if anyone here has gone through the C-word, and if they have a list of things they wish people had told them from the start or ideas/tips that they figured out for themselves to make this easier. Thanks kindly.
posted by FunkyHelix at 12:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me fine one-step DVD copying software

I have both a DVD-ROM drive and a DVD-R drive in my Wintel computer. I am interested in making backup copies of some of the (copy-protected) DVDs I own. Up to now I have been tusing DVDShrink to trim down disks where necessary, and then using the IMGTool/DVD Decryptor combo to make the ISO/burn it. So in all that's a 2-step process, each step of which takes upwards of an hour. Is there a (hopefully free) software solution out there that I can set up, go to bed, and when I come down for breakfast, the disk in the top drawer is a copy of the one in the bottom drawer?
posted by luser at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Possible malware question (Zestyfind)

I've got a file on my pc which won't go away. I was infested with the Zestyfind adware a couple of months ago. Ad-aware managed to get rid everything but a .dll file (the name for which I'm posting inside the thread). Each time I run adaware it deletes the file or tells me it will next time I reboot, but even after that there it is still. Until now it would load up a window with some advert on. Now it's started crashing explorer instead because of an error accessing said .dll (I've tried using other browsers and it still happens -- it must be just because I'm online). Anyone got any ideas because this is driving me up the wall. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Saving Streaming Music

How can I save streamed audio like BBC's Nick Drake special?
posted by srboisvert at 11:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Apple computer accessing a Windows hard drive?

Can I access a Windows 2000 formatted hard drive in an external hard drive enclosure with an Apple computer? [m-to-the-i] [more inside]
posted by plemeljr at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Marching to the see!

Bollywood movie recommendations? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Gardening Surprises

Ok folks, show me your whimsical side. My wife is quite a gardener and she's always out there bending down, pulling weeds, digging, etc. I thought it would be fun to occasionally stick things under the plants for her to stumble upon. Star Wars figures having tea, little elves napping, Lego construction crews, small billboards with cute signs, etc. I want to make it look like there's a little community of miniature garden people living in the dirt. I know she'd appreciate the effort. I need more ideas. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 9:43 AM PST - 37 comments

Dishwasher Pete

Did Dishwasher Pete ever reach his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states?
posted by drezdn at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Sony Warranty

Major Sony warranty problems. My friend purchased a laptop on May 14, 2003. For some time it had random reboots. I told him to call Sony, which he did and they told him to reinstall Windows, which he did. This did not solve the problem. On May 16, 2004 (2 days after the warrant expired) I called Sony to tell them they never resolved the initial problem. They told me that in their records he called in for a "NTDLR missing", which may have been one of his problems reinstalling Windows but he definitely called in for the random reboot (or he would never had reinstalled Windows). So of course when I call in on May 16, describing the problem Mr. English-As-A-Second-Language insists that it's a different problem now occuring, and won't talk to me at all without charging me. (Gasp, breaking my own rule, more inside). [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a tough electric line trimmer?

Line trimmers. I'd like to go with an electric line trimmer, but they don't seem to have the same amount of torque as the gas variety. Does anyone have experience with a very robust, torquey electric line trimmer? It has to be able to cut through blackberry bushes, for example of growth it needs to whack down.
posted by grefo at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Possible to get allergies in just one eye?

Is it possible to get allergies (or an allergy to dust and pollen in the weather) in just one eye? I have heard it has to be in two, but does that mean both two sides are equally irritated? Has anyone here ever had allergies in just one side of their face?
posted by Peter H at 8:19 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to implement multi-lingual capability on a site?

I'm looking for advice on creating and maintaining a large multi-lingual website--or rather, a large English-only site that's going multi-lingual soon, once we start capturing our users' language preferences via a self-registration form and putting that into a cookie. Or is it better to detect the browser's settings? Or something else? Any book suggestions? First-person accounts? Suggestions of great websites that implement multi-lingual capability in novel or especially nice ways? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 12:28 AM PST - 11 comments

May 24

Environmentally safe weed killer for use near municipal water source?

I need an environmentally safe weed killer. My house is overrun with weeds and I live 100 yards from a water source for 2 million people. I could RoundUp and not worry but my conscious is heavy, but the weeds are gaining ground daily.
posted by stbalbach at 8:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Backpack recommendations?

Any recommendations for a comfortable, large-capcity backpack I can use to haul 30 lbs. of books and some clothes around the West Coast this summer? [more inside]
posted by josh at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I need to know about search engine optimization?

Search engine optimization... I'm happy to buy a book, but are they worth it? Do I really need to know more than the basic best-practices for Google? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 6:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Free DVD Software?

What's good (free) software to rip my DVDs to a compressed format: Avi/DivX etc, for back-up/usability purposes? Ideally something that allows me to preserve widescreen and is 'user-friendly'.
posted by Blue Stone at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How much does a catalytic converter cost?

The catalytic converter on my 97 Ford Escort blew out today, and I suspect it ruptured part of the exhaust works in front of the muffler. I can find out how much parts cost on my own, but I'm not going to be doing the service myself, so could someone knowledgeable in the realm of automotive repair hazard a ballpark guesstimate as to how much this might cost me to fix? I just need a general idea so I can figure out how much blood to sell to pay for the repairs.
posted by headspace at 5:14 PM PST - 4 comments

What are these circling bugs?

When I open the doors and windows sometimes these little gnats/flies come in and proceed to fly in small circles in the center of the room. I am sure many of you are familiar with this. What are they? Why are they doing this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 3:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Pappadam Strategies

Anyone have a good method of cooking Papads/Pappadam? (Care to clue me in on the proper word while you're at it?) I've tried laying them on a hot frying pan and baking them: on the frying pan, they burned before they cooked nicely; I don't remember what happened when I tried the oven but I do know it wasn't successful. At this point, I'm holding them over the open gas with two tongs. This is awkward, time-consuming, and worse - quite dangerous! Some sites mention a microwave; has anyone had success with that? I don't have one but if it helps me get my delicious lentil crispies more easily, I'll purchase one of the loathesome things.
posted by mimi at 3:02 PM PST - 22 comments

help find this image

The ultimate act of defiance? Just now on Air America Radio, Randi Rhodes described a poster / pin design that was common in the 1960s that featured a mouse giving the finger to an eagle, with a caption that said "the ultimate act of defiance". Any idea where I might find an image of this? Googling didn't turn up much.
posted by Space Coyote at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What could my friend do to avoid being bullied by his fiancee's family?

There's already been a question on AskMe about engagement ring advice, but I'm looking for something a little different. My buddy just spent $10,000 on an engagement ring because his fiance is feeling the pressure of being a brand new attorney in NYC and wanting to look the part. He didn't want to, but he did it anyway, cause her family was giving her the "If he loves you, he'd spend the money" spiel and it was really getting to her.

What could he have done at that point? She's a great girl, just a little prone to doing what her family wants her to do, so "RUN" isn't an appropriate response. Also, what is an appropriate price? $10,000 is about two months salary, but it seems extreme.

Google's not really any help....strangers who I've interacted with (ala MeFites) are significantly better than strangers I have not (ala some random webpage).
posted by taumeson at 1:25 PM PST - 84 comments

How do I read the first n lines of a file in PHP?

How do you read the first n lines of a file in PHP where the line lengths are variable and line n has '----------' on it (that is finding line n by pattern matching)? I see how to read the whole thing, but I only want a few lines of many files. (Has to work on Windows and Unix). Thanks.
posted by pissfactory at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to broadcast a single desktop to multiple computers for training purposes...possible?

I want to broadcast a single desktop to multiple computers for training purposes on our internal network. I looked at VNC, but it looks like that is only one-to-one viewing. Is there any software to accomplish this with a group (8-10 per session)?
posted by benjh at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help installing Gimp on OSX.

Has anyone successfully installed "The Gimp" for Mac OS X? I've had no luck installing it, whether in handy .dmg form (it says that it can't open my, even though I have X11), or as compiled by "fink" (in which case it starts kvetching about xfree86 not being set up right.) What can I do to my X to make it accept and welcome The Gimp?
posted by inksyndicate at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Worrisome father-to-be seeks sound research/advice.

Worrisome father-to-be seeks sound research/advice on links between Epidurals and ADD, MMR inoculations and Autism and other various worrisome type new baby things. Good grief! (Pseudo-science need not apply.)
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 9:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Canine flea/tick preventative treatment?

Canine flea/tick preventative treatment? I have a rough and tumble pup (18 pounds, 18 months old). He's quite an outdoor companion, and I find ourselves walking more wooded trails this year. I expect fleas, and especially ticks, are going to be a concern this summer. I am staying completely away from Hartz in all shapes and forms. I am very open to the idea of natural/herbal/homeopathic flea and tick preventatives as long as they work well. I am also interested if anyone has any experiences with Frontline or Advantage. Whatever the treatment, it would have to withstand bathing, as he is groomed professionally once a month and usually is rinsed down or bathed at home once a week (depending on how much mud he gets into). I will consult with the vet before going ahead with anything, obviously, but would really appreciate any of your personal feedback.
posted by jerseygirl at 9:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Why does my Mozilla mail have 'password save' issues?

Why does my Mozilla mail have 'password save' issues?

I tried to research this in ">Mozilla ">groups and ">Google groups, but there's a lot of denial confusion about, it seems.

Issue 1: I cannot find where to add my password to be saved. Password Manager allows you to delete a password, to display saved p/ws, and display never saved p/ws. It does not allow me to add a p/w.

Issue 2: This only began to be an irritant last week. Till then, I never needed to put in my p/w to my incoming mail server [I reckon I must have done one time, then it was saved]. Why did Moz mail unsave it? Why does the p/w dialogue box not ask me if I want to save it again?

I like security - but I want Mozilla to 'do what it says on the tin' - save the p/ws that I tell it to!

Ggrrrr.... [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 9:00 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers?

I have what I think is a great idea for a web / design-related book that I'd like to shop around. Can anyone who has been published before offer any advice, links, or a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers? (more detail in comments) [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Terror Alert Banana redirect

Anyone else notice that the popular Terror Alert Banana now redirects to that *other* NSFW picture? (you may want to check that out if you have it)
posted by lilboo at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

May 23

What's a good host for providing both a lot of storage and bandwitdth?

What's a good host for providing both a lot of storage (1 GB+) and bandwidth?
posted by drezdn at 10:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Instrumental Fatboy Slim

Settle an argument, please. Spike Jonze directed a music video of Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice, featuring Christoper Walken as the droll businessman dancing through and around a huge hotel lobby. In the version available online at Astralwerks Records' site (scroll halfway down page; available in Real and Windows Media), the soundtrack includes vocals, as on the album. Now the question: has anybody (other than me...) seen this video with an instrumental soundtrack instead? I swear this version exists, I even recall wondering where the title Weapon of Choice had come from in lieu of any vocal clues. Sound familiar? Sound like I'm just nuts? TIA for any enlightenment on this obviously earth-shattering issue...
posted by JollyWanker at 8:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Purchasing a Digital Camcorder

I am looking to purchase a digital camcorder. Quality is important to me, and small size is too. Can anyone recommend a good camcorder in the $600 dollar price range? Can anyone suggest which video format is best?
posted by yevge at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Windows background issues

Win2K - I had a risque pictue set as my desktop background. My in-laws are coming to stay for a week, and my machine is in the guest room. Since I already don't rate very highly with then, I swapped the background image to something very tame. However, during the startup process, the original image appears for a couple of seconds before being replaced by the new. Why does this happen, and how can I fix it?
posted by Irontom at 6:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Trip to Bretagne and Normandy

Bretagne_normandy_trip.doc[DELETED] :-( . My girlfriend work ruled a new summertrip for elpapacito : Marseille,Avignon,Carcassone and maybe Barcellona. Any recommendations on what to do, what to see ?
posted by elpapacito at 6:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Know any good non-aluminum espresso machines?

Suggestions for a good and economical (non-aluminum!) home espresso machine? (Google and the 'Net have plenty-o-suggestions, but the volume is overwhelming, and I have come to trust the personal experience of AskMe members.) [more inside]
posted by Shane at 6:36 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I protect or copyright my new TV program pitch?

I have a Televison/Cable program idea that would require a "pitch". Question: how does one protect/copyright said "pitch"
posted by clavdivs at 6:10 PM PST - 20 comments

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it.

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do with a Dead TiVo?

My TiVo's modem died again. I'm not yet sure if I'll get an ethernet card for it. Got any cool suggestions as to what to do with the hardware? I don't mind non-PVR uses.
posted by riffola at 5:31 PM PST - 0 comments

Wanted: Comedy albums

What are some good comedy albums to get? I recently purchased the two latest David Cross albums, as well as Bill Hicks "Rant in E Minor," and now I am hooked on this medium. Any suggestions?
posted by Quartermass at 3:22 PM PST - 33 comments

post-its for the internet?

Internet Sticky Notes: Does the software I want exist? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Give me ideas on a homecooked dinner!

I need ideas for a special at-home dinner. I want to cook a really special dinner for my wife. Something surprising and exciting. I am not an expert-chef, but I'm pretty good at following directions -- even complicated ones. One additional issue that makes this difficult: We're both on diets. We're not on any special diet; we're just trying to avoid anything with a gargantuan amount of calories. So, I need something exciting, romantic and healthy.
posted by grumblebee at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Best briefcase to hold a laptop computer?

What's a great briefcase to hold a laptop computer? It needs to be respectable looking, and have a good shoulder strap. [More inside]. [more inside]
posted by josh at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

CSS: How do you align text vertically within a div?

A CSS question: How do you align text vertically within a div?
posted by Gyan at 2:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it legal?

Can anyone direct me to a site detailing current treatments of the legality of music sharing and downloading?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin at 12:07 AM PST - 2 comments

May 22

How does copyright apply to works that have entered the public domain?

I have a question regarding copyright, public domain, and the digital domain. It's kind of a "fight the power" thing. [mi] [more inside]
posted by keswick at 9:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone interpret the error message "0x1102" on the Handspring Treo 300?

My Handspring Treo 300 smartphone (smart, yeah, right, whatever) operates (when it chooses to) with Sprint service (or lack thereof). Today, again, it is useful only as a paperweight. Can anyone with more cellphone knowledge interpret the error message "0x1102"? More (but never on Sundays) within. [more inside]
posted by Alylex at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Neglected neighbor cat may have a broken toe, what should I do?

KittyFilter! I think Skinny broke a toe. I saw him take a fall and he's been limping on one foot since then. It's improved steadily, he can walk on it now (though gingerly) but I can see some swelling in one toe. Before you tell me to take him into the vet, please read the [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 6:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Dead Apple Pixels

How many pixels need to be broken for Apple to replace one of their laptop screens? (more inside)
posted by garethspor at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Naming a multilingual website

How would one go about coming up with a name for a multilingual website? [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Front Desk Job

I'm interviewing for a simple FrontDesk job at SpringHill Suites very soon (I think a branch of Marriott Hotels) and I just found out that it's a popular position to be applying for. What can I do to draw positive attention to myself so I stand out in the interviewer's mind? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a way to get XP to shut itself down after a specified interval of time?

Is there a way to get XP to shut itself down after a specified interval of time? (So I can run a task on autopilot that will take a couple of hours after I want to go to sleep, without the annoyance of waking up to the whine of the computer...)
posted by kaibutsu at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone know why all of Woody Allen's films have been released on dvd in mono?

I haven't found an explanation for this anywhere. Does anyone know why all of Woody Allen's films have been released on dvd in mono? Is this a creative decision by Allen or something else?
posted by feelinglistless at 5:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Teaching English in Prague

I'm thinking about moving to Prague and teaching English for a while. Google says this. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Bush Drove Up the Cost of Oil; Will Kerry Drive Up the Cost of Ketchup?

Bush and the Oil Cartel have driven the price of oil up. Will John Kerry do the same for Ketchup ?
posted by Kwantsar at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments


I am thinking of buying a Vespa scooter - should I get a 2 cycle or 4 cycle engine?
posted by alball at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

How should I travel with an infant from New Jersey to Florida?

This summer I'll be traveling with an infant from New Jersey to Florida (Tampa Bay area/Tarpin Springs). I've gone to a few sites and picked up a book, but I was hoping for some personal tips/stories from parents that might not have been gone over before. Also, which would be better, traveling by car train or plane? Thanks!
posted by FunkyHelix at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find a buyer for my house when I can't show the place myself?

So let's assume I own a house in MD. It's completely empty, clean, and requires no beautification. The catch is, I don't live anywhere near MD. What's the best way to find a buyer since I can't show the place myself?
posted by SeizeTheDay at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Cleaning my crudded up Telecaster fretboard

My Telecaster's fretboard is all crudded up. I know there are a bunch of commercial products out there to clean it, but wonder if I can use just regular furniture polish or windex instead?
posted by signal at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Adobe InDesign question.

Adobe InDesign question. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 4:15 AM PST - 8 comments

MacAfee and Norton

Speaking of NAV ... I just bought the Norton Security Suite and am about to install it. I lack a cruft cleaner (Norton's CleanSweep seems to be only available in a bundle I don't want). Thus: I'm looking at MacAfee's "QuickClean". I'm worried that it will trip over Norton's stuff since it appears they both monitor a few of the same things.
posted by RavinDave at 2:27 AM PST - 0 comments

May 21

Various windows programs aren't loading

Help a brother out- my MSN messenger, Outlook Express, and Norton AV are all on the fritz [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 4:45 PM PST - 13 comments

how do they make the bottles move around in the snapple commercials?

how do they make the bottles move around in the snapple commercials?
posted by mcsweetie at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you deal with racism in the workplace?

How do you deal with racism in the workplace? A little more inside... [more inside]
posted by adampsyche at 4:28 PM PST - 26 comments

What are the pros and cons of Team in Training?

Anyone have any experience with Team in Training? (more inside...) [more inside]
posted by dicaxpuella at 4:08 PM PST - 2 comments


Every manual transmission car I've ever driven makes a strange high pitched whining noise when going in reverse at more than about ten miles an hour. They don't make the same noise at the same revs in any forward gear. So why the difference? These are UK / European transmissions if that makes any difference.
posted by twine42 at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Any good clubs that play indie music in new york?

Any good clubs that play indie music in new york ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:14 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I convert Shorten files to MP3?

Anyone know an easy way to convert Shorten files to mp3 - preferably high-bit-rate VBR?
posted by mojohand at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Stopping XP from booting a virus

Stupid computer question. How do you stop XP from calling a program when it starts up? [mi] [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking an RSS aggregator

Which, if any, RSS aggregators can take items from multiple feeds and display them in reverse-chronological order, interfiling items from different feeds? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Being Neighborly

How to make an asshole neighbor feel he was an ass? I’ve tried being nice to him too but it goes nowhere. [more inside]
posted by thomcatspike at 11:02 AM PST - 23 comments

What can I do for a cold?

I've got a cold. I've been drinking fluids and getting rest, but is there anything I can take that will actually help me get better? Also, what treatments are purely psychosomatic? I've always suspected echinacea.
posted by capndesign at 10:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Seeking Personal Testimonies About Specific Keyboard Models

Keyboards: I'm currently using a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, but I'm looking for something new. Does anyone have any recommendations? [mi] [more inside]
posted by bshort at 10:52 AM PST - 17 comments


What does "normative" mean? Is it a useful word? I only ever see it used in obscure, academic writing, which makes me suspect it's worthless. How is it different from "normal"? My dictionary says it means, "Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar." That sounds like "normal" to me, so why not just say "normal"? Can someone give me some clear sentences that use the word -- sentences that are not written in post-modern, complit speak? Can one use "normative" meaningfully in a sentence about real-world things, like butter, eggs or bricks?
posted by grumblebee at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Are there other sites for finding local cultural event?

Collected or filtered local culture/happenings... I know about I'm wondering if there are other sites where people can find collected listings of events in their area. Basically I'm sick of missing concerts in my city (Toronto) because I forget to check the papers regularly. (I'm also interested in non-Toronto-specific sites.)
posted by dobbs at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

How do you train a homing pigeon to fly into enemy targets carrying explosives?

I always thought you could only train them to return home - and that would probably not be very useful in this case.
posted by FidelDonson at 8:25 AM PST - 10 comments

How is it that a site which hosted over 46 trillion dollars in transactions is sold for less that one billion dollars?

Tradeweb is an unqualified success. Built in collaboration with eight major banks, it's a trading platform to facilitate the sale of bonds and other fixed-income assets. It's hosted over 46 trillion dollars in transactions. Yet this Reuters article says that Thomson just acquired the platform for between 500 million and a billion dollars - which seems like an impossibly low price. How is that possible? (from the give mark-cuban-a-login department)
posted by djacobs at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Constipation - am I ok?

Health question involving constipation. More inside to prevent offending delicate sensibilities. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:03 AM PST - 34 comments

Computer Problem: I can't get rid of Sasser

I can't get rid of Sasser, it seems. [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 4:28 AM PST - 15 comments

May 20

How do I best document an online copyright violation before starting legal proceedings?

I recently became aware of a very serious copyright violation regarding copywritten material belonging to a family member being used on a for-profit website with no attribution. My relative wants to proceed legally, but is afraid that the site will get pulled down by its creator and there will be no legal evidence of the violation. has not indexed the site. I have screenshots, but are those enough?
posted by chaz at 3:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Coral Castle

Ok, I saw a post here in the past year or so about some strange house a guy built. I believe it was in Florida and has something to do with mystery spots or the like. What I remember is that to this day no one can understand how he built it as some of the doors are 5 ton boulders that swing open with the slightest touch. Google search is coming up blank. Anybody remember the post?
posted by daHIFI at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a cartoon

Looking for a cartoon: in the introduction to Nicolas Slonimsky's "Lexicon of Musical Invective" he mentions an "anonymous cartoon printed by G. Schirmer in New York in 1869 under the title, 'The Music of the Future,' displays eight cats (labeled A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A), several donkeys, and a group of goats, as participants in a Wagnerian orchestra. The score on the conductor's stand reads: 'Liszt's Symphonic Poem.' Another score, at the conductor's feet, is marked: 'Wagner, not to be played much until 1995." I'd love to get a copy of this in any form or shape, or a lead to it in a printed book.
posted by neustile at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I look for in a cat sitter?

I'm looking for a cat-sitter in DC. Given that it scares me a bit to have someone coming into my home when I'm not there, does anyone have recommendations or things I should be looking at specifically?
posted by occhiblu at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you symbolize something is not equal to something else? What mathematical codeset is the symbolism from?

I often see the idea "[this] is equal/equivalent to [that]" expressed in shorthand as [this] == [that]. That's pretty easy to grasp, and I've assumed that the double = is some sort of coder/geek thing.
But what about "[this] is not equal/equivalent to [that]?" Is it !=, or would that be =|= or =/=? And what computer or mathmatical codeset is this pulled from?
posted by me3dia at 2:00 PM PST - 23 comments

25 year old B&W film. Can I use it? What to expect?

I just acquired an old Minolta 16 along with two rolls of B&W film. The film was in a sealed container with the expiration date marked May '78. Do I have any chance of getting workable pictures out of this thing? And is there something (longer exposure, or shorter?) one can do to compensate for expired film?
posted by Aaorn at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Need smart fight now!

I recently competed in the College Bowl National tournament (check out and I'm kinda hooked on this academic competition thing now. Does anyone know of any competitions or clubs or groups in the Seattle area that deal with this kind of competition (College Bowl, NAQT, Quiz Bowl, etc.)? I don't want to have to wait a year to do this again.
posted by Slimemonster at 1:58 PM PST - 5 comments


Why the button fly? [mi] [more inside]
posted by dodgygeezer at 1:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Cellphone advice, please.

Cellphones these days: do they make ones that will store my contacts (not just phone numbers, but addresses as well) and my calendar? And that can be sync'd with my PC? And (and this is key) aren't too terribly expensive?
posted by skryche at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Fish and Houseguests

Dealing with parents: How to say 'no'? They want to make an extended visit beyond anything we find reasonable. More behind the door... [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Deals on Cosmetics

My grandmother wants me to find deals on high-end cosmetics for her. We've had luck on eBay before, but her latest particular request is coming up short for me. This question is two-part: 1) Where else can I look online/IRL for good prices on department store makeup? Google searches so far only point me to useless spam/ad sites or cheap chintzy makeup, and I can't think of anywhere to look IRL except outlet malls. 2) Cosmetics are hot business on eBay - I had no idea. How do you think these sellers get their stock? Are they employees with the privilege of ordering it wholesale through the store, perhaps? A lot of what's sold seems to be testers - is it possible to score some kind of deal at the counter for leftovers, if you're not an employee?
posted by Melinika at 12:28 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I get me some of that?

How do small product review sites get a hold of all the products they review? For example, does DCResource actually spend $1599 in order to write this review? I understand that well-known media sources like CNET or Tom's Hardware Guide can get manufacturers to ship them evaluation units (to be returned after writing a review). But how do you go about getting to that point? And is there an on-the-cheap way of doing it without getting the manufacturer's help? A retail store with a realllly forgiving return policy, for example?
posted by scarabic at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Pitching a screenplay

For unknown or novice screenplay writers, which is the best tack in trying to pitch an idea for the first time? Should a tv pilot, for example, be submitted as a simple logline and treatment, or should a cover letter, story-bible, script and character synopsis also be provided? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How to clone a hard drive in Win2k?

Another boooooring computer question - sorry!

How do I clone a HD in a win2k system? My system's boot hd is a 20g 5400 rpm. I'd like to swap it for a 20 g 7200 rpm which is sitting at the moment in an external firewire enclosure. I also have 150g in an internal RAID array.

More inside ... [more inside]
posted by magullo at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Weird Google Search Results

Every once in a while, when I search Google, I end up with some weird search results. All ads. It doesn't happen all the time and I don't know if it's Google stooping to a new low, or if it's me and some kind of adware. Note that I also get a pop-up window with this page that has a couple other ad links. [more inside]
posted by MrAnonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I sync PIM data between multiple computers?

Syncing data (contact info, schedule) between multiple computers. [mi] [more inside]
posted by mhaw at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Premium Gas?

Should I be using premium gas for my ’96 Subaru Outback? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Are portable air conditioners any good for cooling a baby's room

Portable Air Con: My flat (apartment) is too hot when the weather's like this, and I'm looking to do something about it for the comfort of our new baby who's been a nightmare since the warm spell started. Anyone know if these things are any good? I here to avoid "air coolers", any other advice (and what is a 'mechanical air conditioner'?)... btw fitting proper a\c is out of the question because of planning regs).....
posted by brettski at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments

"Eye boogers" is not the appropriate term.

What is the scientific/official name of the crap that forms in the corners of your eyes while sleeping?
posted by angry modem at 7:14 AM PST - 29 comments

I'm looking for Laurie Zimmer info

I recently saw Assault on Precinct 13 again and was smitten for some inexplicable reason by actress Laurie Zimmer who played the character Leigh.
Anyway she disappeared from acting and director Charlotte Szlovak made a documentary called Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? which is about looking for here in L.A. I have been unable to find out what happens in the film Do you Remember.... or what happened from any other source. Anyone remember her or know where she is. I am prepared for the mundande truth.
posted by kenaman at 2:13 AM PST - 0 comments

May 19

What are the differences between marriage and civil unions?

With all of this talk about Gay Marriage in the media, I was examining to myself why, beyond romantic reasons, Marriage is desirable. I know many conservatives say that civil unions are as far as gays should be allowed to go, but what are the differences between civil unions and marriage? I heard on the Simpsons (a reliable source) that a man can not testify in court against his wife, would this be true for those in a civil union as well?
posted by whoshotwho at 11:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Automated seat belts

Remember in the late 80s/early 90s when every car in the US (mostly imports, IIRC) had a motorized seat belt for the front seats? Why did that feature go away? Was it due to them breaking down? Being unsafe in accidents? Being annoying in general? I never really heard why they went away, I just sort of noticed they don't exist anymore.
posted by mathowie at 9:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Identify Plants Online

You're probably familiar with the online wizard where you answer various questions about a typeface, and it will identify the typeface for you. My question is this: Is there anything similar for plants, specifically flowers? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 9:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Visiting LA

I'm going to LA for the first week of June to visit a friend. Unfortunately she wasn't able to get any time off that week so it looks like I am going to most of my sight seeing solo. I have a basic itinerary (Getty, Disney Concert Hall, Studio Tours, etc.) but is there anything off the beaten path that I shouldn't miss? Is there anything on the beaten path that I am better off avoiding?
posted by lilboo at 8:07 PM PST - 27 comments

what's the best way to get my stuff from Japan to Seattle?

International Shipping... [more inside]
posted by lkc at 7:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I learn to sing?

I am a bad singer, although I really like to sing; we are talking William Hung levels of badness. Are there any good books or online resources? Is it worth it to get voice lessons if I just want to not embarrass myself at church and at karaoke? And just how much singing talent is inborn?
posted by Jeanne at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to find results of American Idol

I missed American Idol (not that I, um, watch, or anything), who was voted off tonight?
posted by Grod at 7:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Tracking Personal Info

I'm looking for a good PIM, to keep track of contacts and upcoming homework assignments I need to do. Preferably something free. Any suggestions of a good products for Windows?
posted by Apoch at 7:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me establish a small online retail business.

SmallBizFilter! A pal of mine has asked me to help him build out a small shipping-and-fulfillment center serving an online store he started recently. Things are going well, but my part of the work will be most challenging. Advice? Recommendations? [the interior features the more.] [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Post-Funeral Etiquette

My grandmother died last night after enduring 12 years of Alzheimers disease. When I spoke to my family this evening it was mentioned that there would be a luncheon after the funeral. I've only been to one other funeral in my life and that was not part of it. Sorry for the flippancy of this post, but I have a lot emotions all over the place right now, but to me a luncheon seems to be the height of tacky. Has anyone ever heard of this / done this before?
posted by pieoverdone at 5:55 PM PST - 29 comments

French Connection bar IRL

In the first half of The French Connection, Gene Hackman's character wakes up after being face-down on a bar (the barman is starting to mop up, very early in the AM it looks like), picks up his hat and walks out of the bar. The bar is underneath what looks like the Brooklyn Bridge. Is/was this a real place? Can anyone ID the intersection? (This is right before he starts following the pink-wearing bicyclist girl & ends up handcuffed to his bed by her - the next scene has Roy Scheider visiting Hackman in his tenement apartment and unlocking the cuffs.)
posted by luriete at 4:09 PM PST - 9 comments

DVD reading problem

DVD reading problem. One of my backup DVD-Rs refuses to read - Nero disc info says it has 1 session and 1 track at 4.6Gb UDF (mode 1). My DVD-ROM is an Lite-On 411s, but I think it was burnt on an LG 4040b. Any tips on getting the movies off the disc?
posted by Mossy at 3:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Why is my mouse so sluggish?

Does anyone know why my mouse is so sluggish? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 2:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Lyrics Site

I need a good lyrics site, something reliable that doesn't want to spam me with popup ads, doesn't want to install spyware all over my computer, doesn't want to give me worthless e-coupons. Googling for lyrics always leads me to slimy dens of crap. Any recommendations for lyrics sites that play nice?
posted by jdroth at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with a cussing child?

Cussing kids. My sweet little baby girl (8) cut loose with an unbelievable string of profanity when she got off the school bus today. I was actually embarrassed, and believe me, that takes a lot. I have no idea where it came from. We don't speak like that and her peer group consists of exactly one child (very small school). I didn't even know she knew these words. Besides grounding her forever (done) and I have no idea how to best to address this.
posted by cedar at 12:17 PM PST - 47 comments

Internet Scam

Dot-com fraudster whose company name I can't remember: Despite Google searches, I've been unable to find more on a scam I remember from the '90s. It was a guy who claimed to have a new display technology, but after a lot of investment it was revealed that the technology didn't exist. Who was it?
posted by inksyndicate at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Yes I know NY does not consist of NYC...

What's the housing situation in/around Yorktown like? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the origin of the comptroller? How is it different than a "controller"?

After reading up on this MeFi FPP, I began to wonder about the word comptroller. The dictionary does provide its etymology (just another variant of "to count" being "to compt"), but what I want to know is why this particular office in American cities is called such. Is this office the same name as that in other countries? Perhaps in the UK? Why do we call them comptrollers and not just controller?
posted by linux at 11:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a hand-held devide I can use to program quickly and easily?

I've never owned or used a palm-top or hand-held computer before, but I've always thought they were cool. Lately I've realized that what I really want is a hand-held commodore 64; in other words, a cute device with a keyboard, that I can whip out and program quickly and easily. The keyboard, and the ability to edit and run programs, are my two real criterion.

Does anyone know of a device (other than a PC laptop) that fills the bill?
posted by Emera Gratia at 10:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Scripting the scripty script?

Speaking of movie scripts, recently a concept for one barged it's way into my head - without even wiping it's feet. There it was. I assume that, in such cases, it's who you know that is important. So - not knowing anyone - I wonder if I should bother (more inside), but I do feel like developing it a bit. Should I noodle out the minutia of dialogue or simply focus on the broad concept ? [more inside]
posted by troutfishing at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Video cards and TVs as monitor

I just picked up a second monitor and am running in dual-monitor mode, but my video card also has a VIVO tv-out port which I connect to my TV. Are there video players like BSPlayer/vlc that will output to the TV, without having to swap it back in as a "secondary" monitor?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 9:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Scripts with Snark

I once found a site that had humourous movie scripts, abbreviated with snarky dialogue added in. Some of the scripts were brilliantly funny (The Matrix is one I remember in particular), and I can't for the life of me remember the name of the site and I don't have it bookmarked. I had thought the word abbreviated was in the title, but a google using that term and movie scripts didn't yield any results, neither did a lot of guesses about what I thought the site was called. Help?
posted by Cyrie at 9:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Email Spoofers

Someone is spoofing email -- making it look like it's coming from me -- and offering to sell people computer equipment. It looks like this is a scam to collect ebay ids. I know about this because one of the guy's emails was returned to me (it couldn't get through to the person he was sending it to). I have his email address. Can I do anything? [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Shiny, tiny new apartment in Manhattan or affordable charm in Brooklyn?

Another NYC Real Estate Question: the SO and I, who have always lived in charming smallish walk-ups with leaky tubs/peeling paint in Queens-like proximity to 'the big city,' have been seduced by the siren song of new construction downtown. With their pre-opening rent breaks, brand-new appliances, and convenience to both work and play, these "luxury buildings" appear to offer a whole new standard of living at an attractive price. However, ... [mi] [more inside]
posted by hsoltz at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is Christmas day an official holiday in the US?

Baffling Things About America, #820. If church and state are completely seperate in the US, why is Christmas day an official holiday?
posted by Pericles at 9:23 AM PST - 32 comments

WMA -> MP3

Before I spend the $9.95 or whatever to purchase a MS approved plug-in for Media Player, are there any good AND free utilities available to convert music files from WMA to MP3?
posted by tr33hggr at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

What's a cool virtual gift to buy someone?

What's a cool "virtual" gift to buy someone? (ie. Something that doesn't come in a box through the mail.) Amazon gift vouchers are so passé.
posted by Mwongozi at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments

I always have an urge to pee after brushing my teeth. Why?

After I brush my teeth, even if I have gone recently, I have a mild urge to pee. Why would this be?[lil bit more inside] [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:52 AM PST - 12 comments

May 18

Capturing video doesn't work through any inputs.

Video question, Please hope me. I'm interested in importing videos at home but can't get the video to import through any input. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:18 PM PST - 4 comments

In the U.S., what is a date? What's "first base", "second base" and "third base"? How do you invite someone out non-romantically?

Baffling Things About America, #819: What is a date? [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:39 PM PST - 47 comments

Classic Video Games

Licensing of 'abandonware' or classic video games... has anyone heard of any company or individual that was able to rerelease an old video game? If so, what kind of agreements were made with the original company with regards to royalty payments and upfront fees?
posted by sleslie at 8:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Router that can handle an Airport Base Station, my Mac, Vonage VOIP service and my TiVo

I use a Macintosh and want to hook up my Vonage VOIP service to an Airport Base Station but I'll need to purchase a router first. I would also would like to invest in a new TiVo Home Media system (for cable tv) but I'm worried that I'll run into problems when TiVo wants to dial out. Any recommendations on which router I should purchase before I set out on this new adventure in wireless networking?
posted by argus at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Where does 101 come from?

I'm in the process of teaching 1984 by George Orwell and, as we near the end of Book Three and are shown the horrors of Room 101, the question always arises: why do we use the number 101 to designate an introduction to a subject? What is the origin?
posted by ronv at 5:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Buying a Bike

Bicycles. I know nothing about them outside of the obvious 2 wheels and chain part. I need a bike. Not a fancy bike. A sturdy bike. A bike that can handle a wiggly 30+ pound toddler on the a seat, preferably...or maybe something that can be towed behind a bike? Recommendations for bikes? Recommendations for kid seats?
posted by dejah420 at 4:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Any advice for building awesome bookshelves?

Any advice for building awesome bookshelves? I'm moving into a new, small apartment, have a ton of books, and need to build some fairly easy, but also nice-looking, bookshelves for cheap. If they're adjustable, that's even better! [more inside]
posted by josh at 3:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Pop-Up Blocking

Hopefully this hasn't been asked yet... my Google toolbar is seemingly less able to block popups like it did before. This is happening at home and work. What's the reason and what's a more efficient blocker? Is this happening to anyone else?
posted by moonbird at 3:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Driving Denver -> Phoenix

Denver to Phoenix: What's the fastest (or otherwise best) route for driving?
posted by weston at 2:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you know a website for war history?

Can anyone point me in the direction of an internet site or book that describes history's wars in an objective, detailed, yet concise way? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Any good, card-based drinking games?

Well some of us college-age mefites aren't as sophisticated as some of you. My friends and I are planning a similar getaway to a private lake house in the middle of nowhere (read: no cellphone coverage/landline phones/cable tv). Late at night, after a hard day of fishing, football and fun... and after the poker we'll be playing drinking games. There's a deep problem of none of us remembering any. Any good, preferably card-based ones?
posted by geoff. at 2:54 PM PST - 22 comments

C Major

Beat the Profs: I asked all my music professors this one, and none have an answer. Why is Western music based around C major rather than A major? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Will quitting Finder in OSX still give a performance boost when playing videogames?

On Mac OS9 I could quit the Finder to get an extra little performance boost when I played games (first person shooters mostly). Will this trick still work for OSX, or has all the new fangled technology made it obsolete?
posted by ssmith at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Questions about GMail

GMail: How reliable is it so far? Has anyone noticed glitches? Has anyone else sent a message to multiple addressees and had only the first addressee of the list (separated by commas) receive the e-mail? Just how beta do you think it is right now? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 12:34 PM PST - 15 comments

If I spend $6k on repairing my VW, will it still need regular expensive repairs?

Carfilter: I have a 1988 VW Golf GL that currently costs me about $85/month in repair costs. In other words, I'm finding myself putting about $3-400 dollars into it every 3-4 months. The car has 60k miles on a transplanted eight-valve Scirocco engine. And the steering is getting mushy. And I have no real mechanical skills.

If I take the $6k that I could spend on a newer car and put it into the VW, and I just going to end up with a pimped-out VW that still needs spendy repairs every 3-4 months?
posted by mecran01 at 12:28 PM PST - 19 comments

What is first motion picture to climax with an explosion that destroys the base of the hero's arch-enemy?

What is first motion picture to climax with an explosion that destroys the base of the hero's arch-enemy?
posted by johnnydark at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Why was the rocket to go to the moon so big? How do they get home?

Something I've never understood. It takes a giant rocket to achieve escape velocity and leave the Earth. The Apollo mission made it all the way to the moon. But in all the pictures I've ever seen, the only thing they've got on the moon is a lander, a small capsule on legs. Where's the rocket they used to get off the moon? How did they get off the moon? I know the moon is much smaller and has almost no atmosphere, but is leaving it really as easy as firing a few booster rockets? Why is the rocket to leave the Earth so much bigger?
posted by scarabic at 11:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Help in New York, Part 2

part 2: more help in new york needed. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone recognize this code that had something to do with annual ads placed in a college newspaper?

Prompted by the unsolved codes thread in the blue, I'm trying to remember the name of one that I didn't see there. I think I read about it on MeFi at some point. ISTR that it took (takes?) the form of annual ads in a college newspaper (out west somewhere?) on a given day. For some reason May Day is stuck in my head, but googling for it doesn't reveal anything. This went on for several years, and may still be occuring, but no one has ever figured out what it's all about. Does this ring any bells for anyone? My google fu is failing, and I'm going bonkers!
posted by jammer at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Portable amplification for an mp3 player

Portable amplification for an mp3 player? (More inside). [more inside]
posted by liam at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Aggregated Wish Lists

Is there a way to collect all your different site wishlists into one place OR into one list that you can then keep on your own site? Am I imagining the future or is this already out there? It seems like I've seen it before, but I can't for the life of me remember where.
posted by nramsey at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Gaining muscle mass

A fitness question re: gaining muscle mass. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 10:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I buy Smallville on DVD?

I'm a TV on DVD watcher. Should I buy Smallville? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 9:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Foil the Site Blockers!

I'm in 11th grade and my school is WAY to strict about the web sites kids go to. They get mad at me for going to sites like this, I think that its ridiculous. So I wanted to know if there was a site out there (for free) that would get past our site blocking software. Our school uses Novell Border Manager and I'm guessing one of the newer versions, they don't tell us. I'm looking for a free web site that will hide where I go and the IP that I'm going to. I just want my internet back! Thank you!
posted by meatpuff at 8:48 AM PST - 39 comments

What diet should I choose if I have naturally low cholesterol?

We all know that folks with high cholesterol should avoid fatty foods. But what about those of us with freakishly low cholesterol? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a paper memo pad which will fit in my wallet?

Where can I find a paper memo pad which will fit in my wallet? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 8:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Portrait suggestions for anniversary

Portraits. Desperately trying to think of a suitable present for my parents' Ruby Wedding, we came up with the idea of a family portrait. Photography would probably be safer, but how to find something distinctive (they already have a portrait from about 20 years ago, with us looking uncomfortable in "best" clothes, printed on "canvas", all in a heavy gilt frame, bleagh)? Alternatively, how do you arrange for painted portraits (hopefully in a style everyone likes, and is it horribly expensive)? To make things more complicated, we'll only be visiting for a few days, normally living the other side of the world (they're near Leeds, northern England). Advice? Recommendations?
posted by andrew cooke at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Pentium M vs. Pentium IV chip?

Being endlessly frustrated with a new computer game (City of Heroes) refusing to work with my laptop (Dell Inspiron 5150), I am considering buying a new laptop. While I know what I want for most of it, the option of a Pentium M vs Pentium IV chip confuses me. The M clocks in in the 1.~ range while the other is 3.~+. Which is faster? Which should I get for a gaming laptop?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I secure the packages that get delivered to my home?

I have completely embraced the online world...and have come to order many items online - which means lots of deliveries at home, parcels, packets - big envelopes (including 20 pieces of vinyl a week for my DJ work...)

So I get home deliveries 3/4 times a week - sometimes more - and I'm always at work... I'm looking for a device/contraption that sits outside my house (securely) that will allow postmen and couriers to leave items, that only I can recieve. The normal mailbox is too small for most items.

I know I saw one of these on UK TV programme some time ago, but googling has not helped...any postmen know what I'm on about? Or anyone seen anything similar?
posted by mattr at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Where do SEC fines go?

So Lucent got fined yesterday, to the tune of mamny millions of dollars, byt the SEC for the criminal euphemism of Account Irregularities.
Like other high profile SEC investigations, why do they always mention the fine, but never discuss where the funds go?
Are they used to offset the defrauded investor's losses? Or does the gov't turn the investor's loss into it's gain by keeping the fine for its own purposes?
posted by Fupped Duck at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Tokyo Autumn

Can anyone give me some subjective or anecdotal information about the weather in Tokyo during autumn? [more inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar at 5:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I dating a sitcom character?

I went on a date with this girl tonight, and I swear she looks just like this actress on this tv sitcom I used to watch. Problem is, I can't remember the name of the actress or the show. It was on mid-90's, probably comedy central. During the intro, the protagonist of the show watches old tv shows as a child, and during the show, set in his adult life, clips from the old shows add color to his frequent romantic encounters. I believe the actress played his ex-wife on the show. A little help?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin at 2:57 AM PST - 17 comments

May 17

Any advice for being the letter in a sublet?

Any advice for being the letter in a sublet? (More inside, naturally) [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Apartments in NYC

Tips for finding a temporary apartment in NYC? A friend and I both have internships in NYC this summer, and need housing. I've tried craigslist, but have discovered that most of the listings get a huge number of replies, and its hard to secure a place when you are not already in New York. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by reverendX at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

English to Latin translation help?

A question for the Latinists. I want to translate "that{'s, tastes} good, but have you had it with butter?" into Latin, which I haven't studied in two years (and no composition practice in three). Little help? [more inside]
posted by kenko at 7:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Orgin of the character name 'Rebecca De Mornay' on Seinfeld

Ok, this may sound strange, but something has always bothered me. On Seinfeld, there was a recurring character named "Rebecca De Mornay". She was a large black woman and made sure to clearly state her full name, as if it was a joke we were supposed to get. Does anyone know what that was all about? Why Rebecca De Mornay? Did she offend Jerry in some way? I'm sorry if no one cares about this question. [more inside]
posted by loquax at 5:08 PM PST - 17 comments

I haven't gotten a phone bill for 3 years, and now they're shutting off my phone!

My phone company has not sent me an invoice for almost three years. Now they are shutting my phone off, and I don't think it is fair. What should I do? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by tlong at 12:40 PM PST - 33 comments

Suggestions for a 30-year-old learning to play piano?

Pianists: Any suggestions to someone who wants to learn to play the piano at age 30? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by elsar at 12:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Slowing Down

How can I stop talking so fast? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by realityblurred at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Flat-panel/LCD monitor suggestions and considerations

I'm looking to pick up a flat panel display, at least 20", and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or opinions based on LCDs they own currently? What are the salient things to look for, particular to LCDs? I doubt I'll be using the flat panel much for 3D gaming, but I want something that won't artifact at all? I'm looking for something in the mid-range, price-wise, but obviously the cheaper, the better. Thanks.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Cottage Board Games

What are some good board games to keep at a summer cottage? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:01 AM PST - 56 comments

How Can I Easily Watermark Multiple Images?

What's the fast and easy way to digitally watermark and/or put a libe of copyright text on a few subdirectories full of jpegs?
posted by armoured-ant at 10:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Office Phones

I need to order a handful of office phones but it's very difficult to find a reputable dealer. Price is not the first concern; some assurance that they honor the warranties (in case of DOA phones) and that they don't sell refurbished equipment as new would be wonderful. Does anyone know of a trustworthy source for telecom equipment?
posted by sudama at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Dell RAM upgrade rumors

When shopping around at Best Buy and Circuit City, I've been told that for Dell desktops (Dimension 4500 to be exact), generic RAM will not work and must be bought directly from Dell. Does anyone else out here have prior experience in upgrading their Dell's RAM and can support/debunk this?
posted by jmd82 at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Best neighborhood to stay in SF?

If visiting San Fransisco, what is the best area to stay? Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Pacific Heights, Fillmore Street , etc. [more inside]
posted by four panels at 9:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for Colin Powell Clip

Colin Powell forces resumption of interview - linked via boingboing, but the clip seems to have been removed from Lisa Rein's Radar. What's more, the MSNBC site insisted that I be running Windows to see their streaming version of the program. Anyone have a mirror of Lisa's clip or know where I might view it?
posted by aladfar at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

The Sopranos

Anyone know where I can find some good discussion/analysis about last night's fantastic episode of The Sopranos? is full of people who hate the show, and the posts to TWOP's forum are always way too long for me to get anything useful out of them.
posted by emptybowl at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Beware the green peril (of St. Augustine grass)

LawnAndGardenFilter: When they built our neighborhood last year, the builders gave us Bermuda grass and our neighbors St. Augustine grass. Now the neighbor's very healthy St. Augustine is, of course, sending runners all over my lawn. What's the best way to stop this lush green menace?
posted by vraxoin at 8:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a Neanderthal Comic

Several years ago, I had a photocopy of a cartoon entitled "Why the Neanderthals Became Extinct". There were two Neanderthals, one saying "I don't know, it just seemed easier when we went hunting" and the other one replying "Yes, but Og assures us this will keep us ahead of those Cro-Magnons in the valley". The rest of the cartoon was an insanely complicated hunting plan, with boxes and arrows and stages like "Hunt Readyness Review". I've been looking for a copy of this cartoon for years now. I don't suppose anybody knows what the hell I'm talking about?
posted by salmacis at 3:45 AM PST - 6 comments

May 16

Electric/electronic accordions

Electric/electronic accordions. What do they sound like? How's the volume control? Is there any recorded music they've been used it? Are they good for moderately experienced keyboardists who've never played accordion but think they're really cool (especially the auto-transpose stuff)? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 10:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Mozilla Passwords

Mozilla question. I recently got a new computer and have installed Mozilla 1.6 for my browsing pleasure. I've been using Moz on the old box for over a year now, and I have many many username/password combos saved. I can't seem to find a way to transfer them over to the new system. Where are they stored? [more inside]
posted by sauril at 7:21 PM PST - 5 comments

I would like to learn more about how to read my raw referrer logs...

I would like to learn more about how to read my raw referrer logs... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Who was the most unppular president in modern US history?

Who was the most unpopular president in modern U.S. history? Who had the lowest poll ratings at any one time?
posted by inksyndicate at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me the good books from the upper level courses' reading lists.

I want to learn (nothing's that simple, keep reading) [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 3:54 PM PST - 32 comments

delicious airy chocolaty goodness

Does anyone remember what the American candy bar similar to the Aero was called? [more inside]
posted by milovoo at 2:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Why can't we all get along?

HELP! My new dog has a real problem with my cats. The situation seems unsolvable. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Shane at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Installing window air conditioners

I have an old house with old wiring in the walls. The question inside is about installing window air conditioners. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

May 15

How can I count the colors used in an image and sort by frequency?

I'm trying to find the counts of various colors in an image, preferrably in order of frequency of use. I'd like to select a photo and BAM! see a list of all the colors used, in order. Can anyone recommend any software or techniques for doing this?
posted by oissubke at 10:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Golf Clubs

I'm looking for a set of decent, inexpensive (under $200.00) golf clubs. I'd like to buy new, and I'll probably use them 2 or 3 times a year. Any recommended brands? Ones to avoid?
posted by pjhagop at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Worthy Amazon Affiliates

I am about to make a big purchase of books at Are there worthy non-profits or charities (a list perhaps?) I could give my commission to?
posted by vacapinta at 8:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Using disseminators in the Fedora Digital Repository Management System (not the Redhat core)

I have question about using disseminators in the Fedora Digital Repository Management System (not the Redhat core) . [MI] [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 7:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Environmental Events in Seattle

I've been reading a little about the cicada thing going on and I was feeling a little left out, since they're not gonna really visit us in Seattle too much. It seems like the cicadas and the El Ninos and the tornados and floods never focus on us. Thankful as I am, does anyone know of any environmental event that I can look forward to here (you know, besides that 10.5 earthquake that's been plotting to knock over the Space Needle).
posted by Slimemonster at 6:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Weird calls from 877-252-5308 - is this a collection agency?

I've gotten several vaguely ominous sounding messages on my voice mail from what seems like a collection agency, but I can't figure out exactly what's going on. (Come on inside! I'll tell you more!) [more inside]
posted by scody at 4:38 PM PST - 14 comments

I have a "friend" who can't watch the "porn" he downloaded (and paid for) on the internet.

I have a "friend" who can't watch the "porn" he downloaded (and paid for) on the internet. [More on my "friend" inside.] [more inside]
posted by adrober at 4:00 PM PST - 18 comments

is the restaurant brand stuff I buy in the store the same as what's in the restaurant?

A browse through the frozen food aisle of my local grocery store shows me all kinds of prepared foods from well known restaurant chains. Buffalo Wings from T.G.I.Fridays, BBQ Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen... what I want to know is, when I go to the actual restaurant chain and order the same products, are they just doing what I'd be doing if I bought the store-bought product? Is the "chef" at California Pizza Kitchen actually making my pizza to-order, or is he pulling a frozen pie out of his freezer, and popping it in the oven?
posted by crunchland at 3:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a short film on the internet.

Help me find a short film on the internet. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Blog for Teaching

I'm looking for new blogware to support a technical writing class I'll be teaching in the fall.

Anybody want to recommend an inexpensive blogware/content manager that I can have installed quickly and learn in a summer? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by answergrape at 2:44 PM PST - 7 comments

How to master Blackjack.

I want to learn to master Blackjack. Software or books I should try? Mathematics I should know cold?
posted by namespan at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

AOL Spam

In the last three days I've had 150 emails - 140 of which have been message failures from AOL. They think I've been sending spam emails from random addresses on my domain to random addresses on their domain.

Strangely, I've had no complaints from people about how I am spamming them, but the domain is non-obvious and not advertised on the web. What the hell is happening?
posted by twine42 at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

ID in New York

New York id question. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Kippers for Breakfast?

Kippers for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by mischief at 6:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Ethical clothing in the offline world

Sweatshop free clothing ? - Are there any major chains or stores can I can go to to try on ethically produced clothing? (as opposed to buying mystery products online which might or might not fit). Or do all major chains/stores buy clothes from producers who have equally dismal labor practices?
posted by troutfishing at 5:32 AM PST - 13 comments

House rental scam?

Having just read this, I'm left wondering how to respond to this message from someone wanting to rent my house for the month of April:
Thanks for your acceptance to allow me and my wife use your home for our honey moon with the hope that it will be most memorable.
I am a sailor and presently i am in deep waters but however I will be sending you a cashier's check of $8,400 after which you will deduct the cost of your rental for 4weeks and have the excess amount sent to the agent that will be responsible for my transportation especially since i will be visiting the states for the first time and i earnestly solicit for your cooperation.
please i will want you to provide me with the following information so that payment will be forwarded to you without delay.
1.Your full names to be on the payment.
2.Your direct contact address.
3.Direct telephone number with which you can be reached any time.

posted by alms at 4:59 AM PST - 17 comments

May 14

Chess strategy tutorial software?

I want to learn to play chess. Anybody know of a good computer program to help me learn? More inside. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 10:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Vote on My Logo

I'm trying to make a logo. It might be for a design company (tho if I can't design a logo I don't see how I could reasonably expect to make money designing), or maybe it'll be for a blog, perhaps I'll put it on cards — the end use doesn't matter, I've decided having a personal logo is cool. MeFi designers, please vote and critique the three images [inside] [more inside]
posted by Grod at 9:57 PM PST - 36 comments

Is it safe to leave your house key in the lock on the inside of your door?

Is it safe to leave your house key in the lock on the inside of your door? I always do this so I know where my keys are, but I've always wondered if doing so makes it easier for the lock to be bypassed by ill-intentioned citizens. Should I store my keys somewhere else?
posted by grateful at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Mefi - burnouts?

I find the burn-outs of MeFi-past absolutely fascinating. Is there a good way to find/read the threads involved, or do you have links to excellent examples of MeFites losing their marbles? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 6:15 PM PST - 64 comments

What does the "Making Copies" provision in the Movable Type license mean?

Not to drag the current MovableType Love-fest over to AskMe, but I was wondering if any of the lawyers out there would be able to explain why this provision is in the new license:

Making Copies. You may install the Software on only one (1) computer or server having a single CPU. You may make one (1) copy of the Software in any machine readable form solely for back-up purposes, provided you reproduce the Software in its original form and with all proprietary notices on the back-up copy.
[more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 4:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Proper way to describe a URL in print

Editors, tech-savvy folk, and grammar-obsessives, please help. I've been arguing about this with my fellow editors: Is it acceptable, in nontechnical copy, to drop the "http://" from the beginning of a web address that doesn't have a "www" in its URL? [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally at 3:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Finnish words for sex

I have been searching for a MetaFilter thread I remember reading about a year ago concerning (I think) words for sex in the Finnish language. As I remember, there were about seven words that don't quite translate into English for different types of encounters. Any help?
(Forgive me if this is the incorrect forum for this post) [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 2:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Health Insurance

Which providers, if any, offer catastrophic health insurance for individuals (or sole proprietors)? I'm looking for an inexpensive high-deductable plan, but Blue Cross, at least in New York, no longer offers one. [...] [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the origin of the phrase "Letters, we get letters"?

"Letters, we get letters"...I've seen that hack headline atop the reader mailbag section of too many publications. What's the origin?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Crunch! Crunch!

I want to tone my abs. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Online Resources for Doing Character-Based Flash Cartoons (No Print)?

Looking to make some character-based cartoon animation in flash. What plugins, 3rd party apps, techniques, etc. have you used and would recommend? No dead tree literature, please, as I am far beyond the clutches of Amazon, and my local library is absolute crap.
posted by signal at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

help identify this painting - seated man with impending train

Art question: I'm trying to track down a painting I can barely remember. It was called something along the lines of "Seated figure with cosmic train" but I'm not sure. It featured a man sitting in a chair with various colors radiating from his head, which resolved themselves into an image of a train bearing down on him. I last saw it in a psychology textbook some years back, and I have no idea why I want to find it again. It just bugs me somehow.
posted by aramaic at 10:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Syndicated News

Syndicated content/headlines. Any recommendations on which sources are best, for use in a commercial intranet/portal?
posted by fatbaq at 8:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Abdominal Pain

Is there a doctor in the house?
abdominal pain: left side, half way down between my groin and navel. Its keeping me up at night. Any ideas what it could be?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:02 AM PST - 22 comments

May 13

Recommendations of books for gay teen African-Americans?

Anybody know any book/movie recommendation i can make to a 16-year old, gay, African-American kid who's just "coming of age" though he hates that phrase. He's reading everything he can on the subject and looking for more. Fiction and non-fiction.
posted by Slimemonster at 9:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Who is Eugene?

Desperately seeking Eugene! I have three chilled beats dj mix mp3s downloaded freely via some designer site in 2000/2001, all "mixed by eugene". The titles of the 40 minute mp3s are "round midnight", "heavy build", and "looking forward". I can't remember if eugene is/was a pro dj or a talented hobbyist, but damn his music collection is fine, and I need more!
posted by elphTeq at 6:32 PM PST - 0 comments

Researching Psychologists

What are good ways to find out if a psychologist is for real, or an unlicensed quack? What resources are out there on the Web?
posted by inksyndicate at 6:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Food delivery services in the northeastern US

I'm all lost in the supermarket. I can no longer shop happily. Therefore, I am toying with the idea of home delivery. Has anyone in the Northeast used Peapod? What did you think? Anything I should know?
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:58 PM PST - 9 comments

iComic analog for PC?

Does anyone make a good program for downloading comics, like iComic , but for the PC?
posted by graventy at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

I can't get Mozilla to work since I dewormed my computer

Since I de-sasser-wormed my Compaq machine and updated WinXPHome, I haven't been able to get Mozilla to work; re-installed it twice, re-downloaded 1.6 once, I get nothin' but little warning boxes saying "script error", that, after I un-installed Mo, now pop up when I start IE. Wendell sad. Wendell dumb.
posted by wendell at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Photoshop 7: Exporting a path as a vector graphic

Is it possible to export a path (or shape) from Photoshop 7 as a vector graphic? Or do I have to rasterize the path, open the file in Illustrator, and then autotrace the shape? (Please tell me the former is possible) [more inside]
posted by Grod at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Mom needs a Gamecube game

I'm looking for recommendations for a good Gamecube game for my mother - definitely a non-gamer. She's still working on using a controller, so I'm figuring something simple and fun may be best. Any thoughts?
posted by tirade at 3:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Alternative to Floppy Disk Authentication for Client-Server Non-Web System?

Looking for advice for replacing the floppy disk as an authentication factor for logging onto a client-server non web-based system. Anyone have any bright ideas? [Details within] [more inside]
posted by loquax at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Adding a Shower

Plumbing question - you have a bath tub, free standing, with no shower; no switch to change between the water coming of the faucet vs from a shower head, and no shower curtain or support for such. How much (and what) would the parts be to add shower functionality? Is this a job that you could do by yourself?
posted by GriffX at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Idetify this creepy bunny painting

What is this painting? ... [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

What does this shirt say, and is it in Japanese, Chinese or Korean?

Japanese/Chinese/Korean T-shirt question. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 2:24 PM PST - 20 comments


The W3C has invited Atom to create a formal working group as a part of their organization, as opposed to the IETF. What are the major differences, politically and historically, between the IETF and W3C?
posted by djacobs at 1:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Style of Music of This Background Track, and Recommendations for Similar Stuff?

music type/genre question - the background track on this page from this site is wonderful stuff from a fellow named louis sclavis - while i like his stuff, i'm more interested in finding out what the specific style of the song used for the background track is? and if readers have any suggestions for more artists doing stuff in this style?
posted by specialk420 at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

How would you improve MetaFilter?

I'm currently developing a group weblog (personal project, non-commercial). My question is: if you could improve one thing about -- or add one feature to -- MetaFilter (or group weblogs in general), what would it be?
posted by reklaw at 1:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Good Kayak for Both Lake and Ocean Near Hawaii, with Storage?

Kayak recommendations... I have never been in a kayak, but have had a lot of experience in canoes. I want something that would be decent for a lake, but I plan on moving to Hawaii in about 2 years, so I would want it to be good for the sea too. Also storage would be nice to have too, so I can carry some equipment for some over-nighters. What about Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 or 140?
posted by maceo at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you balance between protecting your browsing history from marketers and surfing quickly and efficiently?

Web browser cookies. Is it worthwhile to examine each one as it comes, or is the average person who fears cookies from unknown sources really wasting their time? Please attack or defend this. How do you find the balance between protecting your browsing history from marketers and surfing quickly and efficiently? Not looking for shaving tips. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Mountain + Bike + ???? = ????

Mountain bike tips: [more inside]
posted by thomcatspike at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Will my eyes ever adjust to wearing contacts?

Will my eyes every adjust to wearing contacts? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 12:56 PM PST - 16 comments

The science of alcohol

I know that there are no carbs in hard liquor (gin, vodka, etc), but why? I've been told that the carbs are burnt off in the distilling process, but I'd like to know exactly how that occurs. Weblinks are helpful.
posted by Juicylicious at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Motorcycle Touring in CA

I live in San Jose, CA and I recently got a new (used) SV650S motorcycle. I am looking for tips with regard to doing some touring and/or camping using the bike.

Also, if you have any tips on how to have a more pleasant time getting to Yosemite and the rest of the Sierra than riding through the flotilla of bugs that is the central valley, I'm all ears.
posted by gkostolny at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Seeking reliable websites that sell hard-to-find Japanese, Korean, Hong Kong movies on DVD

I'm looking for high quality, reliable (since they'll end up having my credit card number) English-language sites that sell (and ship internationally) hard-to-find Japanese, Korean, Hong Kong movies on DVD. There are so many sites that seem to do that. What do you recommend? Also, tangentially related: is there an all-English-language version of the very interesting My Japanese is close to non-existent thanks
posted by matteo at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

What is a compass rose, alex?

You know that graphic element used on maps to show North, South, East and West - doe that have a name? (I can't think of it for the life of me...
posted by lilboo at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Choosing a Futon

Futon advice needed. [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for the typeface used in VH1's "I love the 80's" shows.

I am looking for the typeface used in VH1's "I love the 80's" shows. Not the text, but the symbols - Specifically the giant robot shown here. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Small-business Web Design

When my company discusses web design service with potential clients, they generally *always* balk and get ornery about the cost. Most of the time, we're working for small businesses, so understandably, $5-$10k is a substantial chunk of change for people to shell out. We don't get upset when we lose bids for being too expensive because we've always been taught that compromising our rate is not the solution... you simply can't meet everyone's budget. That being said, we turn away enough people who expect websites to cost $500-$1500 that I think there might be a market supportive enough to create solutions for. [come inside, won'tcha?] [more inside]
posted by Hankins at 7:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Do you tip movers, and if so, how much?

Etiquette question: Do you tip movers? And if so, how much? I've hired 3 Men, 1 Truck for an across-town move that will probably take about 4 hours. The move is billed by the hour and the hourly rate is pretty steep, so I assume (hope) they get a decent wage.
posted by FreezBoy at 6:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Top image bar on website broken in IE6 and FF; text is obscured. How to fix this?

I've knocked up a website which is modifed from some of the templates from the layout reservoir. However the top bar which contains the image is causing problems under some browsers (IE6 and Firefox being two) because the height doesn't match the image height which means that the text is obscured. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 6:23 AM PST - 10 comments

May 12

I need a new university employee email address; what should it be?

Yet another name thread. I want to change my university employee email address. What should it be? (More inside, just for fun.) [more inside]
posted by lychee at 11:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Toronto jobs with children

Looking for a job in Toronto. Specifically, it would be a job working with kids in some capacity, including social work, sports, education, whatever, but not a volunteer job, more of a career type job. Failing that, any kind of social work or advocacy would be good too. The question is, does anyone have experience looking (and hopefully finding) that sort of work? Regular job hunting sources have not been much use. Please help! And look inside! [more inside]
posted by loquax at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Has anyone had any experiences with the guys at

Has anyone had any experiences with these guys or other such shops?
posted by kenko at 8:54 PM PST - 5 comments

The opposite of indent

The opposite of indent is __________:
A. unindent
B. outdent
C. dedent
D. I can locate no firm etymological basis for any of the above [more inside]
posted by Danelope at 8:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Working with garlic mustard plants

Invasive species plant Garlic Mustard .. This spring I harvested over 200 pounds from surrounding property and sent it to the landfill to rot. Has anyone eaten it before or have experience managing this invasive plant?
posted by stbalbach at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

External hard drives

External hard drives. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 7:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Vocal Fingerprinting

For my high school's senior research project, I'm considering doing research on vocal fingerprinting.
I'm looking for a free repository of samples of a number of people speaking the same set of things. Does this exist?
In a similar vein, my lab director is trying unsuccessfully to find suppliers for the Motorola 68008. We'd like a few dozen, but we'd be happy to get our hands on any. Anybody know where to get these? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by mote at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a very simple self-hosted blogging/CMS tool.

I'm looking for a very simple self-hosted blogging/CMS tool. Are there any that don't require a database or CGI on the server?
posted by casarkos at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Mail delivery failure messages for email I've never sent.

I keep getting "Mail Delivery (failure myemail@address)" messages in my webmail inbox/junk mail box for email I've never sent. What's going on? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by Blue Stone at 4:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Randomize my blogspot logobar!

I have a logobar on my blogspot hosted weblog of a predetermined size. I'm quite bored with just having the same one pop up all the time so I'm wondering how easy it would be to load up a new bar randomly from a predetemined directory on another server (ie, the free space I have with my ISP where the currect static bar is located) each time the page is accessed ala hotornot.
posted by feelinglistless at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Understand How Rectangles or Toilets Are Art

What is art? I mean, can someone explain to me how a couple rectangles thrown on a canvas is "art" and can sell for thousands of dollars? For that matter, that whole toilet scam just befuddles me - people actually fall for that and spend good money on it? Help me out here, what am I missing? Feel free to flame on this question. Let the debate begin.
posted by beth at 2:55 PM PST - 57 comments

Learning to Read Music

Any tips/tutorials/sekrets on learning how to sight read sheet music for piano? [MI™] [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 2:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Why the use of these open quotes?

In a recent MeFi thread, caution live frogs asks:
what's up with the ``fake quotation marks" style of quoting something in online papers? why fake it when there are perfectly legitimate ?curly quotes? available?
I have often wondered why those awful open quotes are so ubiquitous (and why only the open quotes?); anyone know?
posted by languagehat at 1:52 PM PST - 19 comments

An overview of the situation in Fallujah from an American point of view?

I'm looking for a single article that gives an overview of the situation in Falllujah from an American point of view. [More inside] [more inside]
posted by mikeyb at 12:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Is there a way to power my laptop using a car cigarette lighter?

I've recently purchased a car (my first), and have, on occasion, used a laptop as an mp3 player, which is a serious insult to my real mp3 player. While I just purchased a new battery, I'd love to go on A/C alone: My question is whether there's any way to plug my laptop (or similar device) into a car cigarette lighter?
posted by Sinner at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

significance of an orange gown at beheading

On the recent video beheading of Berg, does anyone know the significance of that orange gown he is/was wearing?
posted by blogRot at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does our cat pee on our clothes, and how can I stop her?

CatPeeFilter: Why does our cat pee on our clothes, and how can I stop her? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jennyb at 11:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Anyone made their own speaker mounts for walls?

anyone made their own speaker mounts for walls? i can't find any to buy here and am considering what i can make myself (i don't own a welder, but could buy one and have done welding in the past - i also have assorted woodworking/handyman tools). i'm assuming that a fairly rigid mount is important for sound quality, would like it to look good, probably be adjustable for toe-in, and the speakers are fairly large/heavy (b&w 602s2). advice, please. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Quasi-authoritative casualty figures for the number of Somalis killed by U.N. forces during the 1992-93 intervention in Somalia?

Is there a resource I can use to find quasi-authoritative casualty figures for various wars and conflicts? Specifically, I need good estimates of the number of Somalis killed by U.N. forces during the 1992-93 intervention in Somalia. All I can find are scattered references to casualties associated with individual events within that time frame (e.g., the Blackhawk Down episode).
posted by stonerose at 10:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Helpdesk Burnout

Maybe this is midweek frustration speaking, but I am wondering if anyone knows what the average burnout/turnaround time is for helpdesk these days? Back in the day I remember hearing that it was about 6 weeks, but I wonder if other geeks like myself are putting up with more abuse for longer periods than we used to, as jobs are harder to come by these days. Google shows a lot of percentages, but I want to know how long people are sticking with the job before they run screaming from the building.
posted by Watsonne at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Is generic vs. brand name a big deal when dealing with RAM?

This is an extremely subjective question...In an earlier thread I mentioned that I couldn't find memory below $150, but several members here found it for much less. However, much of the cheaper RAM is generic. Does it matter? Is generic vs. brand name a big deal when dealing with RAM?
posted by BlueTrain at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Will a DVD released in Russia play on a region-free player?

How to find a DVD that will be playable on a region-free player if it's only been released in Russia? [This is the root menu; there is more inside] [more inside]
posted by amandaudoff at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

import DVD sources (US)

Anybody have trusted sources for import DVDs (from elsewhere to the US, specifically)? is good for Brit stuff, but wither Europe? XploitedCinema looks like a strong possibility (The Spanish release of Chimes at Midnight! The Italian release of El Topo!), but I have no idea if they're reputable.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get my dog comfortable with sleeping in new locations?

How do I get my dog comfortable with sleeping in new locations? [more inside]
posted by werty at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Transferring funds from a US bank to a Canadian one?

What is the easiest and most economical (hopefully these aren't mutually exclusive) method of transferring funds from a US bank to a Canadian one? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this quote from Tennyson.

Hunting down the source of a Tennyson quotation. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 7:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Workspot service - pro? con? Others like it?

Ever seen workspot? Know of any other services like this? Is this one any good? It looks good. I want to use it from the new job I'm moving to so that the company can't monitor my activities... email I'm reading, sites I visit, stuff I download. I'd rather not pay for this, tho if something free exists for my purposes.

I just want to start off on a clean slate at this new job. I would just VNC into my home box, but I have a dial-up, so that is impractical. Any other solutions to this problem? (I know I should be working at work, and I do... I also work at home and think about my job 24 hours a day.... however, I like to mix it up and don't want a record of my activities.)
posted by pissfactory at 7:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Clean the Carpet, Honey!

large broken bottle of honey + carpet = much sticky unhappiness. any suggestions on how i can get the carpet cleansed before the ants arrive?
posted by ubersturm at 12:56 AM PST - 7 comments

May 11

Bumblebee Apostrophee Tutorial?

Cartoon bumblebee explaining proper apostrophe usage. Where is it?
posted by Tlogmer at 10:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Investing Online

I just graduated law school and have received a significant amount of money in graduation gifts. I'd like to "invest" the money in the market but I have no idea how to do that. I'd like to use online investment software that is very intuitive. Any suggestions?
posted by adrober at 10:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Which recordable DVD should I use, DVD-R or DVD+R?

DVD-R or DVD+R? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by riffola at 10:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I keep access logs from filling up with garbage?

Why are my apache access logs filling with garbage? Most of it doesn't seem to be refer spam. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jragon at 10:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone help me find out the name or author of this book?

Can anyone help me find out the name or author of this book? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 9:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find Barilla puppet video clips online?

Name that short internet video clip... [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 9:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Thinnest CD storage that doesn't ruin liner notes

CD Sleeves? Who uses them? Somewhat related to this question
posted by sixdifferentways at 8:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Broadcast Design Jobs

I just graduated from art school with BFA in Broadcast Design (or motion graphics). Now what? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Pukadon at 8:25 PM PST - 7 comments

OS X "beachball" interrupt?

Duh question: On OSX is there any neat way of interrupting that annoying, multicoloured spinning fan that tells you it's still trying to load a page, short of just rebooting? You know, to tell your computer you're no longer interested and would prefer to move on. Many thanks for any tips!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:46 PM PST - 26 comments

How do you make things with plastic at home?

Is there an easy-ish way to make things out of plastic? I had an idea for a fly-swatter-like contraption for catching spiders, and I have no idea how to go about molding something out of plastic. I know how to build out of wood, I can cut, bend, and weld metal, and I even have some idea how glass products can be crafted the old-fashioned way. But plastic? By "easy-ish" I mean: you can do it in your garage with the right tools and materials.
posted by scarabic at 6:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Did refrigerator magnets hurt my iPod?

iPods and refrigerator magnets don't mix. Or do they? I (accidentally) put an iPod in the same small backpack where, among books and other stuff, there was also (I didn't know that) an envelope with three small refrigerator magnets inside. the iPod seems to work fine. more inside [more inside]
posted by matteo at 6:44 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for a Java game about controlling a roller coaster whose tracks had breaks / gaps in them.

I'm looking for a certain java game. [mi] [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I too old for a swing set?

Last Sunday I took my 7-year-old niece to the park. She said, "Bet I can swing higher than you." I said, "Bet you can't," and started swinging. I then got the most horrible, sickening, head rush/spins and had to stop. I tried repeatedly to swing, and even experimented with keeping my eyes shut, to no avail - got the head spins every time. Then later I went down the slide and got the same physical reaction, though not as intense. I've never had a problem with swings or slides before. What could this mean?
posted by orange swan at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Celestia texture bug question and plugin recommendations

Hey, Celestia users. I have a couple of questions about buggy textures, and I want your recommendations for plugins. I am on Celestia for OS X. More inside. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 3:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do I have a hairless spot on my chin (male)?

Where did this hairless spot on my chin come from? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments


I've recently ordered a Kombucha culture, brewed the tea, and starting drinking it on a daily basis. Anybody else tried the stuff? Experiences?
posted by icetaco at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get Tribes 2 working

So tribes2 has been released for free, but apparently FilePlanet only got a set number of keys and is now out. Is there any other way, besides buying the magazine, to get a legit key? We'd like to play it at my next LAN party...
posted by SpecialK at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Is the curve of my contact lenses flat, median, or steep?

A question about ordering contact lenses on-line (more inside) [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

best linux distro for parents computer?

Fill in the blank: The best linux distro to install on an old laptop your parents want to use as a surfing/email station is __________. [more inside]
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 2:11 PM PST - 17 comments

resources for a person with Attention Deficit Disorder learning organizational skills?

Need resources for a person with Attention Deficit Disorder learning organizational skills. [much more inside] [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I solve my annual ant problem?

Ahh the pitter patter of little feet. Well, I can't hear the feet but I can see them. Every year around this time I get an ant problem. I would like to solve this problem and I would like advice on solving it.

[more inside] [more inside]
posted by substrate at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Excel Spreadsheet Updating

Excel query. I have two Excel spreadsheets that I want to have automativally update each other. But, the format that they are in is generally incompatible. These are used as scheduling documents for the place where I work.

One spreadsheet is very wide. It lists each individual person at the top and their personal schedule below it. It lists breaks using "ONE" as the first half of a 30 minute block, "TWO" as the second half of a 30 minute block, and "LONG" as the entire 30 minute block.

The other spreadsheet is much less wide. It has 7 days listed and three columns. One is for "LONG" one is for "ONE" and the third is for "TWO." In each column, each person's name is entered in the appropriate block as defined in the first spreadsheet.

Can I get those two to talk to each other? Can I tell the first spreadsheet that if the word "TWO" is in a certain field to put the name of that person in another field on another spreadsheet?
posted by ajpresto at 1:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Indexing CDs

I have 500+ CDs, and I'm thinking about indexing them so I know what I have (none were stolen in our recent break-in, but now I'm mindful of what COULD happen). What's the best way to do this? Make a database in a Microsoft program? Is there a free easy utility out there? Someone might have asked this already, if so, I apologize.
posted by agregoli at 12:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Treatment options for hypothyroidism?

I am researching different options for treating hypo-thyroidism. I personally have been taking Synthroid for a long time and would like to know what other routes, if any, are available. [More inside] [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

CBC Max Ferguson Show - Dave Dunston Air Traffic Controller Talk?

His name is Dave Dunston. Or possibly Dunson. Or possibly some other variant that sounds similar; I've never seen it written. He is, or perhaps was, a British air traffic controller. Many years ago he gave a talk on air traffic control, and commercial aircraft in general, to a group of British bankers. Somehow it got recorded, and was broadcast on Max Ferguson's show on the CBC. It is definitely one of the funniest things I have ever heard. I managed to tape it, but the old cassette technology is dying a speedy death. I want another copy, preferably on a more dependable medium. Has anybody heard of this guy? Does anybody know how, or if, this air traffic control talk recording was released? Somehow it got into Max Ferguson's paws; I want it in mine.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommend an easy-to-use database to organize my research.

I am a freelance journalist, and a document freak. But also I am very chaotic. I would like to use some sort of database to keep track of the articles, documents, web snippets, references, quotes, URLs, bibliography that I use in my work. But I have many questions and doubts [more].

Should I use a database that it is linked to the external documents (which I keep nonetheless), or should I go for a database that has all of these documents embedded? I work in a Windows / OSX environment (desktop PC and a G4 Powerbook), so this keeps me from going all the way to Access (which I hate) or Filemaker (which I don’t know very well). I’ve been thinking of keeping a MySQL database server, maybe powered with a modification of something like Everything, and accessing the data via web browser, but I fear that the thing wouldn’t escalate well. (Keep in mind that I am not a programmer, I can install Movable Type or GeekLog in my webserver, and tinker a little with php files changing little things here and there, although I have friends that can help me)

I don’t know if there are built-in solutions for what I need, or if you can point me to a database template (for Access or FileMaker) already built for journalist research. The fact is that I have tons of information and documents (some of them already stuffed in CD and DVD backups), but I have a hard time keeping track of everything, and very often it is very difficult for me to retrieve information that I know I have saved but I can’t tell where it is.
posted by samelborp at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

We-based Advertising Rates

Are there 'standard' rates for text and banner advertisements? Are there any generally accepted pricing guidelines? Is there a formula a webmaster can use to determine how much they should charge for banners or text ads? What about exclusivity? (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by cup at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Upstream With a Paddle

Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River from the Mississippi to the Rockies, over 2,000 miles. UPSTREAM. What the hell? If you have to explore the river, why not just get some horses and wagons and walk alongside it? Why kill yourself paddling against the current for 2,000 miles?
posted by luser at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Sweaty Hands

IckyBodilyFunctionFilter: When I don't wear socks, my hands sweat much more. Why is that?
(I wear socks 95% of the time, but today I've just got sandals on and my hands are clammy and gross as I type this.)
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 9:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Camera for Mom

I'm helping my mother buy a digital camera for her extended trip to Thailand and have exhausted and the various other review sites. I need real-people recommendations: she wants something with decent resolution (at least 3 mp; I hope for 4 or better); under $300 hopefully; decent battery life (we tried a Nikon Coolpix but the batteries didn't last long enough - the Canon Powershot s50 batteries lasted for 200 shots and lots of flash, but the camera is just out of her price range); compact flash, since I have a number of cards for her, and ease of use. And it has to work with an older iMac with os9. Any ideas?
posted by luriete at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Indexing old CDs

I have lots and lots of CD-ROMs of old files, scans of old papers I wanted to throw away to save space, etc. I'd like to have an index of them on my hard-drive, and found Offline CD Browser, some freeware that seems to do this. Has anyone used software to index their CDs that they'd like to recommend?
posted by Stoatfarm at 8:52 AM PST - 2 comments

May 10

YA SciFi Book

Since everyone else is doing it.
[Bookfilter] Fantasy book (or perhaps trilogy), It may have been classed as young adult (I found it in a middle school library). Main character is a member of the ruling class who are distinguished by their violet eyes. Main character goes on your standard fantasy book quest.
Can anyone remember seeing this?
posted by Octaviuz at 11:11 PM PST - 5 comments

a boat, a rock, and a rising tide: help me remember

It seems my memory isn't what it used to be. I need help remembering a short story title and a movie... [more inside, of course] [more inside]
posted by cedar at 11:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Travel to Europe

Traveling to Europe... Prague, Athens, and Crete.. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jstew at 9:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Name this book

Looking for a book. Read in Quitslund's class at GWU in 1994. It is a book set in near-future California/Southwest. I want to say that it is called something like "Into the Valley of Light" but that's not it. Main character is a woman. Another character is named Mark. Water is scarse in the novel. If memory serves it was written by a woman.
posted by n9 at 7:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking Book Cataloging Software

Anyone out there have recommendations for book cataloging software? I'm looking for something heavy-duty. Barcode capabilities are nice, but since a good chunk of my collection dates from the 19th c., they're not necessary. The ability to export to a webpage would be a plus. I've been googling around for a bit, but would like some firsthand testimonials.
posted by thomas j wise at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Why am I so hot in bed?

Why am I so hot in bed? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 6:39 PM PST - 37 comments

UK Computer Games - Cheap!

Where can I buy computer games such as Battlefield 1942 for under £20 in the UK?
posted by Orange Goblin at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Blogger for Bookmarks

Blogger as portable bookmarks [more inside] [more inside]
posted by ass at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get rid of bees in an environmentally-friendly fashion?

Trying to get rid of bees in environmentally-friendly fashion [more inside] [more inside]
posted by brool at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Anyone know of a place or company that makes decent, cool, or interesting personal checks?

Anyone know of a place or company that makes decent, cool, or interesting personal checks? I hate the bank's default blue ones, and all of the customized checks I can find are banal Puppies or Americana or Nature Scenes or worse (The Rock or Rob Zombie?) . Why can't I find any checks that look good (or even off-the-wall in a good way)?
posted by kokogiak at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I perform the Boomerang Card Trick?

The Boomerang Card Trick: While in Vegas over the weekend, I saw a magician throw a playing card such that it went around is body and returned to his hand. Didn't look like a "trick" so much as a very specialized way of throwing a card. Supposedly Ricky Jay has written about this in the past, but the book in which it is described is out of print. Anyone know where I can learn how to do this?
posted by aladfar at 1:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Give me a quick rundown on accounting skills!

For some temp work, I have to take an accounting skills test tomorrow. I haven't accounted for over five years. Can anyone show me where to find a copy or share with me what I'm likely to find?
posted by Kwantsar at 1:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Nursery Rhyme Question

Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Up? Can that be right? Why would you put a well on top of a hill? Woudn't the water table be closer to the bottom of a hill? Just wondering...
posted by grateful at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Downloading music you legally purchased (and consequently had stolen from you) -- dead wrong, somewhat wrong, acceptable, or totally okay?

Downloading music you legally purchased (and consequently had stolen from you) -- dead wrong, somewhat wrong, acceptable, or totally okay? Not talking about iTunes here, download as in free.. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 12:48 PM PST - 39 comments

Tell me everything about buying a house

I want to buy a house. I have no idea where to start.
posted by pieoverdone at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

What's up with Los Angeles' Museum of Jurassic Technology?

LA area MeFis: Anyone ever visit the Museum of Jurassic Technology?

I've checked out their web site over the years, but have never made it down to LA. And I just can't figure out if the place is for real or not... Has someone gone? What in the world is it all about?

The Tula Tea Room offers light refreshments, and the Borzoi Kabinet Theater screens the film Levsha, the Cross-Eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea at hourly intervals.
posted by jasper411 at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

iTunes = crackly noise?

I just finished putting a computer together for my sister... a fresh install of Windows 2000 Pro. Every time iTunes or WinAmp accesses the drive (during playback), I can hear the crackly drive noise coming through the external speakers (left-side only in fact). As soon as I stop iTunes, the noise stops. Restart iTunes, the noise isn't there until it starts reading the drive again. This only happens when using either of those two pieces of software (meaning I haven't been able to reproduce the problem in any other way). What is the best way to go about troubleshooting this?
posted by Witty at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

How long does it take to execute a will?

How long does it take to execute a will. If everyone mentioned in the will signs that they don't object to the will, does it mean that the will is then immediately processed or do 90 days still have to pass? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a guide to men's collar styles?

Very anal question about men's dress collar styles. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 11:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I undo a "save" in Excel?

Hit "save" instead of "save as" in Excel... big mistake. The Undo control is 'greyed out' and googling doesn't give an answer, or I'm using the wrong words. Does anyone know if I can recover what I changed?
posted by chaz at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Are civil marriage ceremonies performed in Israel?

Are civil marriage ceremonies performed in Israel? Can an Israeli citizen Jewish man and a Israeli citizen non-Jewish woman marry each other? I have heard conflicting reports: some people tell me that the only legal ceremonies in Israel are religious ceremonies, which only allow Jews to marry Jews and Muslims to marry Muslims and Christians to marry Christians. Can someone straighten me out?
posted by luriete at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a good primer on a systematic approach to web (re-) design?

I have been asked to re-design a medium sized corporate website. The client is a systems engineering firm, so I would like to approach the work with a higher degree of systematicity tha I have before.
Is there a good primer on a systematic approach to web (re-) design?
posted by signal at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you suggest any free public email services?

I remember seeing a free disposable email service which showed a public stream of received mail to any of its addresses right on the front page, and another one which let you syndicate its inbound-mail stream? Does anyone remember these services? I can't find them.
posted by brownpau at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

random name generation

I'm looking for a website that generates random names, I believe I may have seen it posted on Mefi, or some other similar website, but I can't be completely sure. It wasn't like on of those, what is your Wu-Name generators, but something where you can actually pick how rare you want the name to be, female, male, first and last names, etc. Does anyone remember this? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you pronounce the name of the composer Erik Satie?

I'm a piano music neophyte, which, along with not speaking French, leaves me unable to guess the correct pronunciation of this composer's name: Erik Satie. Can anyone help?
posted by pjhagop at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Options when you don't get accepted to your first choice graduate school?

Graduate school acceptance. Or really, not. I need some advice from all of you over-educated metafilterites. What do you do when you don't get accepted to your first choice graduate school? Besides, obviously, not attend. Have any of you had any luck with reapplying, and if so, what did you change on your application to "do the trick?" Anyone have luck with taking classes as a non-matriculated student just to get your foot in the door? Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by hummus at 7:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone know of any good websites to explain what a given film means?

In a moment of boredom I watched Cube 2: Hypercube on SciFi and didn't understand very much of it. Why were they all there? What was the actual point of them being there? What was the necklace all about? Why did they shoot Katie? What was she actually trying to do? My question really is: Does anyone know of any good websites where if you don't understand a film, someone else will tell you what it all meant?
posted by ralawrence at 7:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Sound Bites

When did the practice of TV news types speaking in—hmm, I guess they're headlines in a way—start? Lots of present participles, very few verbs. Was some kind of research done that showed people prefer to have someone tell them the news that way?
posted by emelenjr at 6:49 AM PST - 7 comments

May 9

Top or Bottom?

A question for any male gay mefi members -- or those in the know. It's my understanding that a good percentage of gay men are either exclusively "tops" or "bottoms". My question is this: how can you tell? Are the stereotypical gay mannerisms in fact just a subtle form of communicating this preference? Do you come straight out and ask? Or do you wait until the moment is upon you and hope for the best? [more inside]
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:54 PM PST - 31 comments

Tool Maintenance

I'm going through several old boxes of misc. tools from my dad. and other sources. garage sales, hand me downs, found in the trunk of my used car. I'm looking for hints on how to clean them and bring them back up to shape. I'm noticing some of the tools are faring much better after years of neglect than other. Any hints on how to restore some of the most rusted ones, or tips on keeping the better ones in good condition? [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 11:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Motorola c350

I have a Motorola c350 that has a USB cord with it, but no software. After a great deal of searching for software, (or even what the USB is used for), I come here for help. What is it used for? Where can I find software?
posted by Quartermass at 9:20 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for a very simple VSTi host application for Windows 95.

Music software reccomendation needed: I'm looking for a very simple VSTi host application for Windows. All it needs to do is load a VSTi plugin and send external MIDI input to it - no sequencing, no effect chains. And, it needs to work on Windows 95. (There seem to be a few of these available for MacOSX, but Google doesn't give me any for Windows) Any suggestions?
posted by Jimbob at 8:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Japanese live action toy show

I know this may be quite a stretch on the little info I remember, but back in the mid 80s, there was a Japanese live action short about 2 toys that escaped from a toy store. I vaguely remember one was a camera or a pair of binoculars with glasses on it. I believe I saw it on PBS or on The Disney Channel.
posted by pieoverdone at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for rss aggregation tools

Looking for rss aggregation tools that can be used to publish an aggregated weblog. I've found Planet Planet, does anyone have any other suggestions?
posted by will at 7:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Cause of corrupt PDF's?

HELP! Suddenly, every PDF I download from various databases is corrupt in some way. Either there is "insufficient data for an image" or "unable to extract font X", this has never happened to me before. I have no problem grabbing PDFs from other sites, so I don't know if the corruption is caused by dropped packets going through the library proxy server, evil gremlins, or my recent installation of Reader 6 alongside Acrobat Pro 5
posted by Grod at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Japanese Nipples

I just watched The Chinese Connection for the first time in a long time. There is a scene where Bruce Lee sees the nipples of his kung fu school's cook. (Lee walks into the kitchen and the camera does a tight shot on the man's exposed nipples.) Somehow, the nipples are evidence to Lee that the cook is in fact Japanese, not Chinese (and therefore the likely murderer of the school's teacher.) Is there any rational reason for this?
posted by badstone at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Who was "Fuller"?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) lists the following quote under the lap entry:

If he cuts off but a lap of truth's garment, his heart smites him. --Fuller.

What's this author's full name, and can someone give me some links to information about him/her? Even amazon's "search in book" isn't of much help. Also, in general: How do you find the full name of an author listed in the omnipresent web1913? Is there a bibliography somewhere that hasn't spread quite as far as the definitions? [more inside]
posted by fvw at 6:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a personal CD / MP3 player

I hate seeing this type of 'advertise-me-a-product' question, but I'm completely in the dark and a bit of a luddite in this area: can anyone recommend a decent personal CD player, specifically one that can play mp3 CD-Rs?

The budget is £85 absolute maximum, and I don't mind getting a pair of decent cans. Would appreciate good volume capacity and a decent capacity for bass. Thanks in advance and all that.
posted by boneybaloney at 3:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Unix text-editing command question

Unix text-editing command question:

I have a file that is automatically generated every day at midnight. For simplicity, I'll call it netflix.html, cause that's its name. The autogenerated file contains, among other things, long URLs, and in some of the URLs is '&lnkctr=RecListStar'. This phrase causes the URLs to break, and I would like to run a cron command at 12:05 or so to go through netflix.html and strip out all occurences of that bit of text, leaving everything else untouched.

I know this must be on Google, and in my man pages, but I just am getting lost and confused when I look. Administrators! Help me! [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 1:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Will the name Vinod make me sound badass?

Cultural connotations aside, does "Vinod" sound like a badass name?
posted by hobbes at 12:30 PM PST - 36 comments

Treadmill or real running: which burns more calories?

PhysicsFilter : which burns more calories, a treadmill or a road run? [MI] [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:38 AM PST - 21 comments

May 8

Spots on my nose - help me drain them

Skincare. I have lovely soft, clear skin everywhere except for my nose. With alarming regularity, wee spots will pop up on it filled with white stuff that is ick (zits?), despite the fact it's never greasy. Any advice for getting rid of these/maintaining my follicles?
posted by Mossy at 6:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you suggest any good programs to set up backing tracks for practice?

Musicians: can you suggest any good programs to set up backing tracks on your computer to practice over? Along the lines of Groove Blender, but less limited. A programmable Jamie Aebersold CD, if you will. Ideally, of course, free and downloadable. Extra points for groovy beats.
posted by gottabefunky at 6:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Cooking tofu: how do I get it right?

Why can't I cook tofu properly 90% of the time? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:54 PM PST - 15 comments

The Internet's repercussions on society

I'm curious fellow Mefi's. What do you think are three most significant detriments of the Internet to society? Your perspective(s) could be from cultural values, business, education, media, technology, developing countries, privacy, etc. On the flip side, what would you consider the most significant benefits of the Internet to society? No right or wrong answer, just picking your brain...
posted by Macboy at 5:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Why do Canadian Mounties wear goofy pants?

What's the purpose of the goofy pants that Canadian Mounties wear? Why don't any other horse riders wear similar garb?
posted by machaus at 4:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Can someone explain to me how to use Mozilla Thunderbird's junk mail controls in 30 words or less?

Can someone explain to me how to use Mozilla Thunderbird's junk mail controls in 30 words or less? [mi] [more inside]
posted by scottandrew at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I download a proper DVD player for my PC?

where can i download a proper dvd player for my pc ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Following Up on Job Applications

I've finished my teacher education program and now I want a job. I sent out resumes to every school system I was interested in and followed up with the basic "Just want to confirm you received it" blah blah blah. I've been told that, now that some systems are posting openings, I should be calling them regularly to keep them aware of my name. But... what do I say? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

US Region DVDs of classic BBC Dramas.

I'm a huge fan of the epic British TV-dramas from the 70s & 80s -- the type shown here in America on "Masterpiece Theatre." Though some of the most famous ones ("Upstairs, Downstairs", "I, Claudius") have been out on DVD for a long time, I've noticed that recently some of the more obscure ones are coming out ("The Charmer," "To Serve Them All My Days"). I usually get my DVD news from, but that site doesn't list British series. Does anyone know of a site that tracks them? I am specifically interested in versions for the US, since I don't have a region-free DVD player yet.
posted by grumblebee at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Delphi/Kylix Programming

Anyone familiar with programming in Delphi and/or Kylix? Seeking to make some very simple (hopefully cross-platform) apps, I'm on the verge of taking the plunge and need someone to encourage/dissuade me. (I have a vanilla C background and kinda recall Pascal, if that matters). [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I use an ethernet connection for transferring between PCs, and wireless for everything else?

After trying hard to solve this problem, I gave up, and went out and bought another wireless adaptor for my 2nd PC. I now have both PCs connected to the wireless router, but transfer speeds between the two are a lot slower. Is it possible for me to use an ethernet connection for transferring stuff between these two PCs, and the separate wireless connections for everything else?
posted by Orange Goblin at 6:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Ad Agency Art Buyer Wants to Buy Photo from Me - How Much to Charge?

I've just been contacted by an art buyer from a large advertising agency in the US, who is interested in purchasing the use of a photograph I have in a gallery on from my web site for use on a poster for one of their clients. I took the photo myself, still have high resolution versions of it, and have never done this before. How much should I ask for? PS - Make it quick!
posted by armoured-ant at 6:32 AM PST - 19 comments

What are your (especially non-obvious and/or free) life hacks?

Danny O'Brien's bid for an O'Reilly book deal, Life Hacks (more here is a list of "Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks." There's lots of text-editor usage to track tasks, little scripts, and all kinds of nifty thingies.

What are your life hacks? You get extra points if they are non-obvious and incorporate free software. Best hack gets a prize

The private blog -- a secret blog, using a tool:

Brad Fitzpatrick of LiveJournal: 8 entries every 10 min are
private. Closed off from everyone.

Announce stuff is moving into RSS -- email announcements to
something that syndicates over RSS

And yes, I realize that ask.metafilter is kinda one giant answer to this question. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 6:29 AM PST - 17 comments

May 7

Entertainment and pop culture commuter listening?

Can anyone recommend further listening along the lines of "The Treatment" in Real/WMA/mp3-based streaming format? I mean, obviously there's "Fresh Air" and "ATC." But are there more? I drive a lot. A LOT. I am interested in entertainment and popular culture. Not so much the political, please, unless it's far-out crackpot funny stuff.
posted by britain at 11:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to stay in Toronto?

What's the best (nicest or most fun) hotel in Toronto? I'm thinking of going later this summer. Any suggestions for fun things to do there would also be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 8:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Apartment Hunting tips in NYC?

Well, I'm moving to NYC at the end of June/start of July and I need to find a place to live. I'm looking for a 1 bedroom apartment, hopefully on Manhatten. Now, I've never gone apartment hunting and I was hoping some nyc mefites might be able to give me some pointers on what to do, how to do it, and where a good place to live is.
posted by Stynxno at 6:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Online glossary of radio news broadcast terminology?

Anyone know of a good online glossary of radio news broadcast terminology...differentiating between expressions like "voice," a "cut," etc.? I'm a little rusty and need a refresher.
posted by inksyndicate at 6:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Do you pee in the ocean? In lakes? Is that better or worse than peeing in the shower?

Another pee question: Do you pee in the ocean? In lakes? Is that better or worse than peeing in the shower? [empty]
posted by dame at 6:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Zyrtec from Canada?

It's all the cat's fault. I have cat allergies and the only thing that's worked so far is Zyrtec. Great, only the problem is that my insurance company thinks that a fair co-pay for this particular miracle drug is $35 for a month's supply. A quick Google search turned up a lot of (supposedly) Canadian companies willing to sell me branded and generic Zyrtec at much lower prices. My question: is it safe to order prescription drugs -- assuming you've actually been prescribed them by your doctor, which I was -- through online Canadian sources?
posted by baltimore at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Can you explain The Prisoner to me?

Questions about The Prisoner (cult TV show with Patrick McGoohan). [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 4:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Pop-Up Ads

Infuriating popup ads I can't get rid of, help! {inside} [more inside]
posted by ac at 4:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Shampoo for Men

Another shower related question: Guys, what shampoo do you use? Or more specifically: what guys' shampoo smells the best?
posted by adrober at 3:58 PM PST - 23 comments

NYC Orientation Advice

Are there any tricks for navigating downtown Manhattan? Whenever I get off the subway at Canal or whatever, I'm utterly lost without numbered streets.
posted by smackfu at 3:45 PM PST - 4 comments

To pee or not to pee? In the shower.

Do you pee in the shower? Why, or why not? [no more inside]
posted by majcher at 2:20 PM PST - 49 comments

Pub Quiz Windfall

I played the rock-hard quiz computer at a London pub, and lost. The machine informed me that I'd won £2, so I pressed collect. £4 came out. I continued collecting, without the onscreen figure of £2 diminishing. As a penniless student, I emptied the machine and departed in a trance-like state, with £66 (US$118). The barman congratulated me, saying I was the first person he'd ever seen win anything on it. Lovely chap.

Have I committed a crime?
(US Lawyers: since I'm a foreigner, I imagine it's OK to give your opinion here. But then, IANAL.) [more inside]
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Can I use mod_include.c to process .shtm, .shtml and .stm files?

Question about Server Side Includes under IIS [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find "It's You I like"?

Where do I find a version of Mr. Rogers "it's you I like"? I can't find it anywhere other than a streaming-only version on pbs's website.
posted by jopreacher at 12:06 PM PST - 5 comments


I was reading the article on the last Friend's episode and the last part about the "Cheers" live showing on The Tonight Show caught my attention. After reading some usenet articles, I found out that for some reason the entire Cheers' cast was at a bar getting smashed on the air. Jay Leno apparently hated it, and so did most commenters on usenet; except for a few that thought it was hilarious. So my question is thus, what happened on that show? Can anyone recall the antics? Kelsey Grammer drunk? I also heard that everyone except Sen. John Kerry was trashed. I have no idea what the atmosphere was but it would be neat to see Kerry at a bar interacting without everything being finely combed. Which leads me to question two, has anything like this happened before? The idea of celebrities/politicians being real and candid (albeit through alcohol, in vino veritas) is interesting, though it appears from the usenet post, being sloshed and "real" is taboo.
posted by geoff. at 11:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Domain Transfer

I am in the process of purchasing a domain from it's current owner. What's the easiest way to transfer it to my own account?
posted by renyoj at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What kind of music do Bedouins play?

I once spent an evening in Wadi Rhum listening to (and eventually jamming with) a bunch of Bedouin camel-jockeys / tour-guides. They played different sized sitars and what seemed to be a relative of the violin. The music used similar keys and rhythms to Flamenco, but faster, with 1/4 tone intervals and single-note lines (i.e.: no chords). The sitar players used a long plectrum, held like a pen.
What might be the name of this style of music, and what artists/recordings should I search for? [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Netscreen FR114P Firewall

I need some help with a Netscreen FR114P Firewall. The problem I'm having is that I can't get it to work with fixed IP's. More inside... [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 10:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Text-based games suggestions?

What are some good text-based (ala BASIC and Lunar Lander, etc) games that would be fun to OOP? Something little kids could enjoy, but more importantly, dad could learn to program without going into GUIs.
posted by grefo at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I check remotely whether the garage door is open or closed?

A method of determining the opened/closed status of my garage door [More inside] [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Paypal; what should I know before I go?

Any words of caution when accepting PayPal payments? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 9:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Why does a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad?

How can a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad? Is it just centuries of musical brainwashing, or is there a real mathematical explanation?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend books by autistic authors

Having just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which has a fictional autistic narrator, I'm keen to know if anyone can recommend me some novels (not necessarily about autism) whose authors are autistic.
posted by creeky at 5:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Russian Web Mail

Anyone know of a russian-language equivalent of Hotmail/ yahoo / free web mail for a technophobic russian friend? Bonus points for advice on how to type cyrillic using English keyboards, as she'll be using public library computers.
posted by Pericles at 4:24 AM PST - 4 comments

You're going to be looking for stories written in the 2nd person

The 2nd Man. Can anyone think of any examples of literature which is written in the second person? We've had a think in this office and can't think of any 2nd person stuff that is pornographic. Surely there must be something?
posted by twine42 at 3:46 AM PST - 28 comments

Does anyone know of any famous codes or ciphers that have gone unsolved for lengthy periods of time or remain unsolved?

Does anyone know of any famous codes or ciphers that have gone unsolved for lengthy periods of time or remain unsolved? I am thinking specifically of things like The May Day Mystery and the Voynich Manuscript (also here). So things more like those and generally less like the Beale Cipher. Maybe something to do with Art Brut or Outsider art or perhaps Kabbalic systems like Gematria. Or, if all else fails maybe something by the Rosicrucians or Freemasons?

Put another way, I am looking for cryptic and complex visual systems that maintain an internal logic (however faulty or suspect) and ESPECIALLY anything having to do with the interpretation and/or decipherment of such systems.
posted by mokujin at 1:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Art Needs Science

Art student requests technical advice of electrical engineer (or similar) for electrical components in a sculptural installation. [details within] [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 12:48 AM PST - 6 comments

May 6

Icons: What are the most intuitive indicator icons for a web application to mean "not yet started," "in progress," and "completed"?

Red means stop....or does it? I'm developing an icon set for a web application, and I'm looking for indicators to mean "not yet started," "in progress," and "completed." My inclination is to go with red, yellow, green, but my experience with traffic lights seems to indicate that green (you haven't started, so go), yellow, and red (you're done, so stop) might be more logical. Anyone have any suggestions on which would be more intuitive?
posted by oissubke at 11:24 PM PST - 15 comments

The Cooler

I saw the The Cooler last night. Great idea for a movie, lousy script, IMO. My question: Do Coolers really exist? Or are they, as the movie suggests, a thing of the past. Does anyone here believe they have the bad luck it takes to become a Cooler?
posted by btwillig at 9:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Chocolate Dog

Why does my dog smell like chocolate? [more inside]
posted by anildash at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Che Guevara wearing a Bart Simpson T-shirt

Che Guevara wearing a Bart Simpson T-shirt. I know I've seen that image but I can't find it again and I want to put it on my wall.
posted by Tlogmer at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

how to add an if-cluase to a Perl script?

How to add an if-clause to an existing Perl script? (detailed description & code inside) [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me understand the global monetary system.

Money confuses and scares me. [further within] [more inside]
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Old English Sheepdogs

My parents have an Old English sheepdog, and while he has the most adorable set of eyes, we can't help but wonder, is there a medical reason that so many other sheepdog owners keep the fur covering their eyes? Are Old English sheepdogs prone to cataracts?
posted by invisible ink at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments


I want to add a decent floor-standing jointer to my woodworking shop. (I'm a serious hobbyist.) I'm looking at one with a total 67-inch long table, but I'm wondering if this is overkill. Can I get decent results with a shorter (say 46") table?
posted by sixpack at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Discussion forum code for Microsoft SQL and IIS/ASP?

Looking to do some discussion forums on a commercial web site. I know there's a bunch of code in a can for this kind of stuff. Most of the one's I've seen are looking to be run on MySQL and PHP. Most of our site is on Microsoft SQL Server and IIS/ASP. Does anybody have thoughts or suggestions with respect to the best package for that environment? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Horse stunts... How do they do it?

I just rented The Last Samurai last night and really loved it. But it reminded me of a question I have every time I see a movie with battle scenes with horses (a la Braveheart). How do they get those horses to do all those horse "stunts"? They must inevitably break dozens if not hundreds of legs. Can horses be trained to fall as if shot? And doesn't the cacophony of all the explosions on the set freak them out?
posted by vito90 at 1:15 PM PST - 19 comments

What's in a Water Tower?

You know those giant municipal water towers? I had always assumed that they were full of water, but on the way out of town today I noticed a truck door and a regular door on one... indicating to me that you might be able to drive a truck and/or walk into it. What is the inside of one of these structures like? Where is the water?
posted by pissfactory at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Quick real estate transactions

So yesterday my wife — Ms. We're-Not-Moving — found a house closer to Portland that she loves. We both love it. The only offer we can make, though, is contingent upon selling our home, which we hadn't even considered until yesterday. Help! Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing? What can we do to make a contingency offer more attractive? What about bridge loans? Anyone have experience with those? I need advice on hurried real estate transactions (other than "don't do them").
posted by jdroth at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I convert a scanned pdf to searchable text?

I need to convert a scanned pdf to searchable text, without printing it out and scanning it back in using OCR. Also, I'd like a cheap or free solution since I'm not likely to use it often ever again.
posted by nomis at 12:23 AM PST - 17 comments

What's it like to live and work in Bermuda?

I got an email today from a headhunter about a tech position in Bermuda that's open. Having never been to Bermuda, and knowing only what Google has shown me, I was hoping perhaps someone here has lived there, and could give me their thoughts on living/working/moving to the area. [More Inside, Naturally] [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 12:16 AM PST - 21 comments

May 5

Free Windows Backup Needed

Can you recommend a FREE backup utility for Windows? [More Inside!] [more inside]
posted by Witty at 11:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a special present for a Beatles fan.

Looking for a special present for a Beatles fan. I seem to remember some really cool handwritten framed lyrics and the like for sale in the old public radio Wireless catalog, which does not seem to exist anymore. Anyone have a line on a similar thing, or another Beatles-related gift that's kind of special?
posted by GaelFC at 11:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Microphone to use with a computer, a guitar, and djembe; budget $50

I've $50 to spend on a microphone. What's a decent choice for a girl with a computer and a guitar--and occasionally, a djembe? [more inside]
posted by precocious at 9:00 PM PST - 16 comments

It's Bad For You!

I'm trying to write an essay on the current nostalgia for guilt-free (and information-free!) smoking, boozing and drug-taking and desperately need sources, whether web-based or bibliographical. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Name that Sci Fi

Let's play name that Sci Fi [inside]. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun at 8:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Question about firewire/hub connections

Is there such a thing as a hub that will accept USB 2.0 and Firewire, which I can connect to my computer using just Firewire? [more inside]
posted by swank6 at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How does one come up with a band name that doesn't sound forced, fake, or generic?

How does one come up with a band name that doesn't sound forced, fake, or generic? [more] [more inside]
posted by gwyn at 7:18 PM PST - 86 comments

Running Mac software on Windows

I've a (fast) Windows setup and I want to install & run the Mac software on this page. The software requires "a Macintosh computer, ...8MB RAM, System 7.1 or later". What's the best and/or cheapest way of doing this?
posted by Gyan at 6:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Buying a DSL Modem

I'm considering buying a DSL modem outright, to take care of that pesky rental charge each month from my ISP. Does the make and brand of modem make much of a difference in terms of reliability and speed, or are the ISP and phone lines in between more of a determining factor?
posted by danwalker at 5:52 PM PST - 3 comments

how to set up a mirrored RAID card

Some months ago I bought a RAID card for my desktop PC, and a second hard drive. I'd like to set up a mirrored RAID array just to decrease my chances of ever losing any data. My problem is that the instructions are clear on how to install the card, but not on what to do if I ever experience trouble. Can I take one drive from a mirrored array and put it in another machine? If one drive fails, will the other just keep trucking and boot the PC? Any experience getting a mirrored RAID set up, or recovering one, would be appreciated.
posted by scarabic at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Recipes to use with a George Foreman grill?

So, boys and girls, for my birthday I was given a George Foreman Grill. I'm pretty jazzed about it. Any suggestions?
posted by pieoverdone at 4:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Going to the Frogs

Brittanny, Lower and Upper Normandy. I'm planning a trip in these fine France regions, can you recommend me things to see, stuff to do in region ? [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 4:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Can a young man with a knife defeat a grizzly bear?

Could a typical young man, armed only with a knife, (say, six or eight inches long) be trained to consistently "win" fights with a grizzly bear? Assume no element of surprise.
posted by Kwantsar at 2:41 PM PST - 87 comments

low blood pressue - too low or bad reading?

They had a blood drive at my daughter's high school today. She just came home and informed me her blood pressure was 64 over 40 when they took it-and that her sister's was 70 over something or other. Mine is 100 over 60, and that's low enough-do I need to rush these kids to a doctor, or was the person taking the blood pressure in need of a job change?
posted by konolia at 12:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Public beaches in Charleston, SC?

Anyone know of any good public beaches in the Charleston, SC area? Volleyball and the like a plus.
posted by Scottk at 12:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Dating -> Friends -> Dating?

I'm asking for your life experiences here. Two people who were in a close relationship broke up, and attempted to remain friends, and more or less failed for different reasons. Now it's a year and a half later, and other things have changed where it's possible and likely in my mind that it could work again. Have you ever been or known someone in this situation, and did it turn out for the better rather than the expected worse? I'm looking for a reason not to be pessimistic, as I usually am.
posted by lysol at 12:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Does anyone know anything about OCR software?

Does anyone know anything about OCR software? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Pros and cons of purchasing land or homes in Baja California

Has anyone purchased land/homes in Baja California in the last 5 years? I'd like some opinions on the pros/cons. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the problem with China pegging its currency to the dollar?

Economics question. Why is it problematic for a country like China to peg its currency to the dollar?
posted by ph00dz at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I get certified as a Project Manager?

I am thinking of getting my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Can anyone comment on how valuable this certification is in the employment market? [more inside]
posted by jess at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the advantages/disadvantages to buying a home through an attorney rather than a realtor?

Buying a home without a realtor. My landlord wants to sell the place I am living in (he lives in the lower, me the upper) because he is using the money to buy a business. He wants to sell quickly as the business loan is contingent on his sale of the home. The only catch is that he wants to forgo using a realtor by using an attorney instead. Has anyone here ever bought a home this way? What are the advantages/disadvantages on my end? Any common mistakes to avoid?
posted by sharksandwich at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Is it legal to download and use Russian .mp3s from outside of Russia?

There are several Russian mp3 download companies selling tracks for silly cheap prices. It looks like they are acting legally due to a loopholein Russian law. Does anyone know if this makes it legal to download and use their tracks outside of Russia?
posted by twine42 at 3:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Is republishing a blog RSS feed without permission copyright theft?

my partner's weblog's RSS feed is being republished on a Live Journal users friends page, without permission. is it right that your blog can be aggregated and published on another site without permission? have LJ automated copyright theft?
posted by quarsan at 1:51 AM PST - 19 comments

French Referendum

Does anyone happen to know when was the last referendum held in France (a national referendum, not a local one)? I've tried Google, but I probably didn't use the right keywords.

posted by Masi at 1:51 AM PST - 1 comment

May 4

RSS readers / services for audio news / audio blogs?

Make-Your-Own-"Morning Edition": Are there any RSS readers or services that deal exclusively with audio news and audio blogs? I'd love to be able to scan headlines and drag/drop audio links from NPR and other places into a playlist.
posted by PrinceValium at 11:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Social networking for the shy and awkward.

Tips on networking for the socially awkward? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Vonage a good choice for VoIP?

VoIP: I am thinking of signing up for Vonage. Any experiences, good or bad? (plus some more specific questions, inside) [more inside]
posted by costas at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Cell phone attachments

My sister sent me something using her cell phone, and I can't play it. [you will find more if you go inside] [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 8:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Off-Broadway! Give me your reviews.

Has anyone seen the off-broadway show, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"? I just wondered if it is worth seeing. There arent any big broadway shows on the day I want to go to the theatre. Also any thoughts on, "The Last Five Years"?
posted by Recockulous at 8:09 PM PST - 15 comments

...And I approve of the following message...

I'm wondering about the laws related to political TV ads. I thought candidates had to have some sort of video taped approval message at the end of them. Hence the "My name is Kang, and I approve of this message." I've been seeing at the end of ads. Now, I'm noticing this same speech at the begriming of the ads, which makes me wonder if it was mandated to be at the end. I tend to zone out lots of TV, so if an ad has the approval message at the beginning, I have to watch for fine print at the end. Is this a changing trend?
posted by jeribus at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

The King of California?

Law question. The Constitution prohibits the United States awarding titles of nobility, right? So is it illegal if a Congressman holds a ceremony crowning someone king? What if it's part of a religious ceremony? What cases have explored this area?
posted by inksyndicate at 4:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Crackles Three Seconds Into Any MP3/AAC Played in iTunes?

Crackling MP3s/AACs. I'm encoding with iTunes, and a lot of my tracks have a noticeable crackle about three seconds in. It's regardless of choosing AAC or MP3 as my format. What's causing it and how can I fix it?
posted by bonaldi at 3:53 PM PST - 7 comments

CVS on Windows

CVS on Windows help. I've made a complete mess of things trying to get a local copy of CVS running on Windows 2000. [more, in time perhaps much more, inside] [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

relocating to Atlanta, GA

RelocationFilter: Atlanta GA area? [more inside]
posted by jca at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

DVD authoring software?

DVD authoring software? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Workaround for .htc for Macs

I'm in a bit of a pickle - the developers of a website I work on have used HTML Components (.htc) to drive the dynamic portion of the site. User testing revealed that it's working on Windows with IE 5.5 and above, but it's not working on any of the Macs we're used, which are running OS 9 and OS X, and have IE 5, Netscape and Safari browsers.

Short of re-coding the entire user interface, does anyone know of a workaround for our friends on Macs?
posted by pjhagop at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Best job websites for an employer seeking employees?

Job sites (Monster, HotJobs, et al): As an employer, which have been successful for you? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should I live in Ontario?

I'm looking to relocate to Ontario for the summer with the possibility of staying longer if I'm accepted to one of the schools that I've applied to there. In particular, I've been looking at London, Hamilton, possibly Brantford. My significant other lives in New York (I'm moving from B.C.) so close to the border would be nice if there's a decent supply of job opportunities. What about Niagara Falls or St. Catharines? Too touristy? Are there any places that I should avoid. My budget is tight, but I want someplace safe.. If you're familiar with B.C., I'd like to avoid places similar to East Hastings or Granville at all cost. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 11:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Great CPU, or the greatest cpu?

AMD or Intel? I'm calling on the collective to abandon corporate loyalties and reveal unto me a true assessment. Even the mighty Tom has no clear answer. For the home-user who wants to avoid obsolescence for the next 18 months, which of these two companies' processing products offers the best bang for my buck? Or more specifically, for my $180 or less? [MI] [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 10:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Bike Trails Near Moab

Bike rental & trails around Moab, UT
I'll be looping into UT thru Zion, Bryce to stay in the Moab area for a couple of days & want to rent a couple of mountain bikes to do some trails. Anyone care to recommend a good local bike shop & some 'must do' trails? And I'll be in Yellowstone/Tetons in a couple of weeks...any rental/trail recommendations around there? [bit more within] [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Could a nuke make Yellowstone Caldera erupt?

Could a small nuclear device, sunk to the bottom of Yellowstone lake and detonated, actually cause the Yellowstone super-caldera to erupt? (more inside)
posted by troutfishing at 9:19 AM PST - 25 comments

American house numbering conventions

When watching American TV and films, I often see house numbers such as 1711 or 3242 or whatever. Are the streets actually that long? Are there thousands of houses on one street? Or does the number break down into something else?
posted by Orange Goblin at 9:05 AM PST - 57 comments

I need specific travel advice for a trip to Montreal: lodging, money, bars, parking.

I'm an American planning a trip to Montreal. I'll be there in the next few weeks, and I'm looking for some specific advice. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 8:40 AM PST - 32 comments

What web-related convention should I take a business trip to?

My employer has given me the ability to take one business trip this year, to the convention of my choice, for knowledge gathering etc... I'm a web designer / developer. What conventions should I be looking at? I know about seybold / macworld, but I was looking for something more web-specific. Any suggestions?
posted by quibx at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I drag and drop in windows?

Can’t drag and drop in windows. (actual prob inside) [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 7:56 AM PST - 7 comments

May 3

Can you recommend good resources for journalists covering same-sex marriage?

Compiling a list of resources for journalists covering same-sex marriage. Can you think of any good ones I might have missed? [MI] [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I fix the cursor position in OpenOffice? question. I've been using OO.o for a couple of weeks now and one thing is driving me mad. The cursor always looks to be about 1em further ahead of the text than it actually is. As a result I frequently find myself thinking I typed an extra space and deleting the last letter of a word. Is there any way to fix this? It is actually annoying enough that I will stick with Word until it is resolved. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 8:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Multilingual Reading Slogans

I'm making a display for the library in which I work. The display is to show off our collection of children's book in languages besides English. I want to have phrases like 'reading is fun', 'read books' and so on in as many languages as possible. Please list away!
posted by malpractice at 8:18 PM PST - 35 comments

Fun things to do in Scottsdale Arizona

I'll be accompanying my significant other to the Scottsdale, Arizona area for the next few days while she attends a conference. Since I'm just along for the trip, I'll have several days worth of time to fill. I've already looked up the 'best' used book and record stores according to the local weekly. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to spend the remainder of my time (ie sightseeing / attractions / shops)? I'm not very outdoorsy but I'm willing to fake it.
posted by adamkempa at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Online Photo Albums

What software do you guys use for online photo albums? I've just gotten a new digital camera and I'd like something that, ideally, can take all the photos I have in a given directory and throw them up on the web in an album. It would be even better if I can add captions and allow comments. We are running Linux at home, and I'm looking for something easy -- I'm no programming goddess. Thanks!
posted by sugarfish at 6:38 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for some kind of "mirror status" system-dealy

I'm looking for some kind of "mirror status" system-dealy. Basically, i need a listing of mirrors for a file and then a little status indicator next to each mirror showing if its up or what this guy uses. [mi] [more inside]
posted by bob sarabia at 5:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Does anyone have any experience with solid or foam-core bicycle tires?

Does anyone have any experience with solid or foam-core bicycle tires? I've been looking at these and these. I have always hated flats, patches and pumps. Is this a safe and worthwhile option? [more inside]
posted by milovoo at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Was there a special edition of the original Star Trek series?

I'm throwing around ideas for an up-coming writing project and I seem to recall reading about ten years ago about a special edition version of the original series of Star Trek which ran on a cable channel in the US. Did this ever happen, did anyone see them, and what form did it take -- were there new scenes and/or special effects?
posted by feelinglistless at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the advantage of owning stock with voting rights?

What is the advantage of owning stock which has voting rights? These guys (the first 20 posts, specifically comment #17) imply that stock which has voting rights will trade at a premium. Furthermore, this Berkshire memo mentions that there will fluctuation and difference in supply and demand between two types of stock that have a constant valuation ratio despite having differing voting rights.

What is it about voting rights that would add or decrease value to a company's net worth? Most of the links I've checked seem to only confirm that yes, there is a difference.
posted by sleslie at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Sasser worm trouble on a WinXP system.

Sasser worm trouble. A friend's WinXP system was compromised, I was asked to disinfect it, and it's not behaving by the rules! [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Daddio at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I share the internet from my desktop to my laptop?

I have a Hub, a desktop and a laptop. The desktop is currently hooked up to the net via Rogers. How do I arrange to have the internet access shared with the laptop? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively? Can it be done with chmod?

I backed up my /library/webserver/documents folder to a firewire HD. When I dragged it back, the permissions went all kablooey:

drwxr-xr-x 36 root admin 1224 16 Jan 16:58 Documents

sudo chmod 755 Documents does not give groups write privileges.

1. Do I just need to go read a good chmod tutorial, or is something aberrant happening here?

2. Is there any way to apply appropriate permissions recursively?

Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments


I'm going to Churrascaria Plataforma in NYC in a couple of weeks, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian restaurant that encourages gastronomic excess. What are strategies I can employ to help me consume more food than a person should reasonably eat in a single sitting? (Time isn't a factor, I don't think--it's a fixed-price menu, and I believe you can stay as long as you like.) And is there any Brazilian cuisine that I should try while I'm there?
posted by Prospero at 12:34 PM PST - 36 comments

What's a good standalone IMAP server for WinXP Pro?

What's a good standalone IMAP server for WinXP Pro?
posted by signal at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

colo questions and tax implications

Before I go to the lawyer and/or accountant; If I have a server that's colocated at a facility outside the US (Canada, Europe, etc.), but I'm providing US based customers a service with that server (web hosting, some kind of ASP, etc.), do I need to take any extra measures regarding customs, taxes and the like?
posted by alan at 11:06 AM PST - 0 comments

Can I avoid paying the fines on out of state speeding tickets?

Out of state speeding tickets. Any way to avoid paying the fine? Non owner, busted in Arizona, live in Mass, liscense from NJ. Which state DMV or RMV do I need info from?
posted by brent at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

credit card recommendations

I've never had a credit card before, but now I'm ready to bite-the-bullet and apply for one. I have a decent bill-paying history, have never had a loan, and make around $30,000 / year. I'd love to find a card with an introductory 0% APR -- Bank One seems to have what I want, but I don't know if I should be considering more options. What should I do. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 9:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Getting a video signal into a second room

Getting a video signal into a second room [more inside] [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Intellectual property question

AskLegalFilter: As a sort of follow-up to this thread, some friends and I have invented a game and have started to show it to representatives from game companies. There's been some interest, and before we can think about moving forward, I think we have to start with the legal stuff on our end. What sort of legal entity do my friends and I need to become so that someone can license intellectual property (mostly writing, as opposed to a unique style of play) from us and write us checks? And how can we do it for the least cost? Assume that we're more or less equal partners (somewhere between 33/33/33 and 35/35/30).
posted by blueshammer at 8:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Where is this movie quote about Superman from?

Scene rattling around in my head I can't place... I saw/read/heard a movie/tv show/rock video/sand painting/book/story/radio show/erotic poem wherein someone, a bad guy I think, is talking about super heros, and he says Superman is his favourite... [something inside, could it be "more", yes, it could very well be] [more inside]
posted by Capn at 7:50 AM PST - 9 comments

What causes things to vibrate?

What causes things to vibrate? [plus à l'intérieur] [more inside]
posted by plemeljr at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I use the video card from my old desktop computer in my new desktop? Or is it too much hassle and I should buy a new video card that supports two video outputs?

Two video cards, one desktop: If I take a video card from an old desktop and install it in a new desktop how much BIOS/system customizing do I have to do? I'm purchasing a new desktop today - a cheapo eMachine and was hoping to get a second LCD panel as well. Or is it easiest to just buy a new video card that supports two video outputs (any recommendations)?
posted by ao4047 at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

In CSS, how do you remove the bottom border of a linked image?

Minor CSS trouble; how do you remove the bottom border of a linked image? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 6:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Anyone have any recommendations of firms that do UI makeovers? What could I get for around $5,000?

UI design question -- I have a Windows application, basically a frontend to a database, whose interface has mututated over the years, through various "enhancements," to the point that it's almost unusable by the non-technical people for whom it exists. Anyone have any recommendations of firms that do UI makeovers? What could I get for around $5,000?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:48 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to report a spammer, but I am having trouble figuring out where to direct my complaint.

I want to report a spammer, but I am having trouble figuring out where to direct my complaint. I have googled this and looked at a lot of anti-spam sites, but I still have questions. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend at 4:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Legal Question

Legal question time! I hosted a party, and I was charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, section ORS 471.410, Oregon Law. Problem is, I am not 21. More inside. (Note: Any advice will not be referred as legal guidance.) [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze at 3:16 AM PST - 65 comments

Recent Powerbooks vs recent iBooks?

Is there anything that makes recent models of Powerbooks superior to recent iBooks with a comparable processor? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 12:41 AM PST - 17 comments

May 2

Windows ME to XP upgrade questions

The bell tolls for ME. Help this loser to upgrade from Windows ME to XP Pro. [4 questions inside...] [more inside]
posted by Termite at 10:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you help me find good satellite speakers with a subwoofer?

Speakers! - Any opinions about a good quality speaker system - unobtrusive satellite speakers combined with a subwoofer - in the $100-$300 price range?
posted by troutfishing at 9:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How would I go about painting on top of color photographs with acrylic paints?

How would I go about painting on top of color photographs with acrylic paints? I would like to branch out from pure photography and into multimedia; however I have no knowledge of painting process. I am currently taking an acrylics painting course at a commnity college, and while I am beginning to get the basics of applying paint to a canvas, I am at a loss as to how I might prepare a photograph surface for painting. A related question: how about painting on smooth plastic lamps?
posted by blindcarboncopy at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Pop-rock bands from Manhattan only, not other boroughs; all eras

I've been asked to present a special three-hour radio programme on pop/rock bands from Manhattan. Not NYC - a very limiting factor. I'm currently bowled over by The Walkmen and I want to book-end them with The Velvet Underground. Any suggestions for in between? All I can think of is John Lurie and his progeny, as we tend to think of New York bands, rather than "Manhattan". Thanks beforehand!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:27 PM PST - 35 comments

New TV

I'm going to be getting a new tv soon, and I'm having trouble making a
decision. I can get the last generation Samsung 50" DLP (HLN5065W) for
$3 500 CND (about $2 600 USD) or the new model, the HLP5063W for $5 000
CDN (about $3 465 USD). Do you know anything about these T.V.'s? Which
would you recommend? I'm having a hard time finding reviews for the
newer model, I'm not sure it's out yet. Anyway, any help would be
posted by Evstar at 6:41 PM PST - 7 comments

non-American access to the iTunes Music Store?

Is there any way for a non-American to finagle access to the iTunes Music Store? Does anyone have reliable information on when it might be available in Canada?
posted by timeistight at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm trying to troubleshoot a friend's toshiba dynabook 3000 ss.

I'm trying to troubleshoot a friend's toshiba dynabook 3000 ss and my googling skills aren't helping me dig up the drivers I'm looking for. [mi] [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Lists in MoveableType

MTFilter: I want to track several lists of items (movies to be watched, books to be read, music listened to) as side-bar items on my MoveableType site. I suspect I can do this by creating blogs for each type of item but I'm a bit lost as to the details. Pointers?
posted by daver at 4:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Filtering the Google

Is there a way on Google to have it exclude shopping sites from a search? If I search on a book or movie title, or hotel name, most of the results are just generic sales pages and not very informative. Willing to use a different search engine if I can get the desired results.
posted by billsaysthis at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What kind of bug is this?

Garden bug question: What are these things (photographs inside; NSFPeople who don't like creepycrawlies)? I dug up at least a dozen of them while tilling my backyard garden. [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find free, good-quality icons?

I'd really like some nice-looking icons for a site I'm working on. The functions that need icons are 'front/home', 'make post/new post', 'archives', 'options', 'register', 'log in' and 'log out'. The 64x64 size would be ideal. Surely someone out there must produce free icons for this kind of thing? The site is completely non-profit.
posted by reklaw at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Kit to convert two twin beds into a king-size?

AskBedFilter: I'm looking for a kit to convert two twin beds into a king-size. [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Super Nintendo Multiplayer Games

Can anyone recommend 3+ player games for the SNES? Secret of Mana is the only thing that comes to my mind, but I'm sure there are others. No genre restrictions - just something fun for 3 friends to goof around with.
posted by Hypharse at 11:49 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop the header on my letterhead from printing on each page?

How do I stop the header on my letterhead from printing on each page? I use Word 2000.
posted by Juicylicious at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Split Box Spring

How good does my box spring need to be? My current box spring won't fit up the stairs and into my new apartment, so I need to get a split model. Does it need to match the make/model of my mattress, and is there a real difference in quality?
posted by mkultra at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Titles spoken by a character therein.

According to the IMDb there are only 231 films (or tv series) in which the title is spoken by a character therein. That number seems rather low -- I thought there would be a lot more than that, especially considering that society that claps and walks out whenever this happens. But other than 'The Truman Show' I can't think of any more. Any other ideas?
posted by feelinglistless at 7:17 AM PST - 41 comments

May 1

Mapping Better Bike Routes

I'd like to bicycle more, and would love to commute to work on bike. However, the most direct route to work is up a 35-40 MPH road. Are there any software packages for mapping that allow me to make routes that exclude certain roads, so I can exclude the heavily traffic routes.
posted by benjh at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Are Tempurpedic foam mattresses worth buying?

I need a new mattress. While shopping around, I tried one of those TemPurpedic, Swedish foam mattersses. They are about 4x more than I would ever expect to pay for a bed, but i am tempted. Anyone have any experience/advice/tips on these? Worth it or not? Any cheaper alternatives?
posted by bluno at 7:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find Mike Ploog's comic art.

Severely comicbook-geekish question: Storyboard and film-design artist Mike Ploog used to do comics. He did some breathtaking b&w art on the 1970s Marvel Planet of the Apes Magazine. Does anyone have a Ploog checklist, or know which POTA issues between 16 and 29 Ploog did art for? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 6:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for tablet software

Having recently acquired a cheapo tablet, I am looking for programs to play with that take advantage of 256 levels of pressure sensitiviy. I have had fun with photoshop, illustrator, freehand, fireworks and corel painter. Can somebody recomend other apps where a tablet makes a difference?
posted by signal at 5:09 PM PST - 9 comments

PC Driver Problems

I have a screwed up driver situation on my pc. I've tried everything i can think of, and i need help. it was suggested i look here.

Here's the PbP:

- My DVD player (Sony DDU1621) on my WinXP box wouldn't open. it would just whirr and blink, so i removed it, uninstalled it, and then reinstalled it.
- While I was checking the connections, i accidentally unplugged my harddrive ribbon. I had XP installed on the second drive in a daisy-chain, and when i replugged everything, my computer started up in win98. But my DVD drive worked.
-- The goal here was to install Linux, so i figured i didn't need XP anyway, and while i was downloading the linux iso (onto another box), i set out to totally clean out the harddrive that used to have XP on it, so i could get it ready for Linux.
-- Two hours later, i went to actually begin installing Linux, and suddenly the DVD drive won't open again.
-- I have now physically removed and replaced the DVD drive at least a dozen times. Sometimes the F drive shows up in My Computer, sometimes it doesn't. When it does show up, it still doesn't work (when i click on it it gives me an error alert saying there is a problem with the device).
- When it doesn't show up , i go to Install New Hardware, and it lists Sony Proprietary CD-Rom Controller. When I select it, i get an update window that says 'This device is already installed, but it has a problem.' There are no updates available (i'm not currently online and all of the networking software was installed into XP), and so i just click OK, and nothing has changed.
- I cannot find another driver for this device. I found something listed on DriverGuide, but it was just some batch that callibrates audio and video input.
- I found another DVD drive, this time a cheap one called a MadDog BKM-52X16, and i replaced it. but my win98 device manager doesn't detect it and still brings up the Sony Proprietary CD-Rom Controller as the only option when i run Install New Hardware.

so all i need is to get a cd drive recognized so i can either reinstall xp, or go ahead and install Linux -- both of which, of course, would solve the problem. but so long as i can't read a cd, i can't do either. so i'm stuck.

help would be deeply appreciated.
posted by milkman at 4:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Need OpenOffice on Disc -- Willing to Exchange for Goods/Services/Small $$$

Two questions:
1. Has the time come for MeFiTrade International or BarterMeFi?
2. Would anyone trade me Open Office on disc for goods or services (or a little $$)? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 4:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Is my UI design idea a good one? Wanna program it?

I came up with a cool UI design (I think that's what it would be called) a few years ago but never learned enough programming to build it. Anyone with knowledge willing to appropriate the idea (or, barring that, tell me why it sucks)?
posted by Tlogmer at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Laptop Shopping

I'd like to purchase a laptop for my work, but I know jack crap about hardware, and I don't know where to start looking. Anyone have recommendations on where to go about getting a robust laptop for a fair price? (Specifically, a Windows machine with lots of speed and memory for graphic design and software development -- size/appearance aren't much of a concern.)
posted by oissubke at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Camping in North America

I want to camp for cheap in the northeastern US and southeastern Canada. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by mragreeable at 9:21 AM PST - 10 comments

ipods in Europe

Can I take my American iPod to England and (with nothing but an an adaptor to correctly plug into a British socket) plug it into the wall for recharging? Will it accept UK power? Will it blow up? I want to listen to music while I'm there, but I don't want to break an expensive piece of equipment. I tried Google and, but I couldn't find anything about this.
posted by grumblebee at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments