May 2005 Archives

May 31

Which road to despotism?

If the United States of America becomes a despotism, what sort of despotism might it be, and by what steps might we arrive there? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 11:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Another bumber sticker question

Since there have been a couple of bumber sticker questions...
It's been awhile since I've seen one so I'm going from memory. I think the logo has a black capital 'A' on a horizontal blue bar as a background with black bars above and below the blue bar. Anybody seen this before?
posted by tayknight at 10:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Internet Plagiarism

Web design plagiarism - How do you deal with someone who has taken original content from a commercial web site you designed and built from scratch, and then put that material on their commercial web site and used it as their own? What if this person is in the same business as you and works in the same market and location as you? [more inside]
posted by evoo at 10:12 PM PST - 15 comments


Looking for an vacuum that does the trick but doesn't cost a fortune...any suggestions? I see that they sell vacuums at target, meijer, etc. Are these going to fall apart in 3 days and stop working?
posted by fabesfaves at 9:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Good rhythmic poetry?

PoetryFilter: I read Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo" for the first time a few days ago and I love its very, very strong rhythm. What are other poems that share such a strong rhythm and energy?
posted by devilsbrigade at 9:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a coming-of-age book about "Fex."

There was a book I read in Jr. High about a shy, awkward teenage boy named Fex. Not Tex, "Fex." I am fuzzy on the details but I seem to recall he wore unfashionable cowboy shirts and/or cowboy boots -- I could be wrong on that -- and that he gets embarrassed at a party; that I'm sure of. Anyone else remember this?
posted by britain at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Help for a couple in which one is a loner and the other is not?

Relationship-oriented books for a separated (married) couple in which one member is a loner and the other is not? [more inside]
posted by scody at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Identify some Ethiopian music

Help me put a name to some Ethiopian music I heard last night. [more inside]
posted by nomis at 7:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Online Store Owner Threats

I was given a link to a online survey, and gave a business a "somewhat dissatisfied" review. The owner of the company proceeded to call me and swear at me about the review. [more inside]
posted by o0o0o at 6:54 PM PST - 24 comments

making cd images of old games

Hi, My kids have a number of old cheap games from discount houses and Walmart. A bunch of them are circa 1998 or so. The problem is that they scratch the heck out the cds. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Keeping In Touch

What is the best way to keep in touch a large group of computer using people like a former school classmates?
posted by srboisvert at 6:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Why shareware or freeware?

I am working on an academic project in which a significant question has come up -- why do people distribute software as freeware (not open source) or shareware in situations where it is just as easy to distribute it commercially, using systems like Palmgear or Handango? Is it because developers don't think these projects are as valuable, or are there other reasons? Does anyone have either written evidence or personal experiences to share?
posted by blahblahblah at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Why won't my iRiver show up on the desktop?

I'm having problems mounting my iRiver on the (G4 iBook, OS 10.3.9) desktop. [more inside]
posted by Len at 5:02 PM PST - 4 comments

DOS Program Automation

Does anyone know of a program (preferably free and/or open source) for automating DOS applications? I have a DOS app that I can run under Windows and I just need to send it a sequence of keypresses.
posted by turbodog at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Simple LCD Video Monitor?

I'm looking for a simple LCD video monitor in the 10 to 15" range that takes S-Video or RCA input. It needs to have at least 640x480 resolution. I don't need an actual LCD TV with a tuner and sound. Just a video monitor. Any recommendations?
posted by wezelboy at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments


CookingFilter: I want to make tiramisu for the first time ever. I've got a recipe, but it calls for mascarpone... [more inside]
posted by angeline at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Mac OS X .dmg files

Mac Os X, Tiger. Somehow, my disk image files ask for a program to open them. The mime type or something like that is all messed up. What program do i associate them with to get them to open up correctly? I tried disk utility, and it doesn't work quite the way it should. Thanks!
posted by Freen at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Where do I get rid of art auction catalogs?

I have a huge number of auction catalogs in my garage. Where can I donate/sell them? [more inside]
posted by LimePi at 2:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Help in Haiti

Yes, I'm going to Haiti for the first time. Anyone ever go? Tips? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 2:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Hawaii - Hotel, car rental and inter-island flight advice

My boyfriend and I are leaving from Ottawa to Honolulu in 10 days for 10 days. Should we book the hotels, car rentals and inter-island flights in advance or can we get away with doing it when we get there? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of pool vacuum should I buy?

In the lazy slob vein, I would like to buy an automatic pool vacuum to replace the hours of manual labor needed to keep the pool nice and tidy. I'm looking at this suction model and this robotic "learning" model. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience in this area? That little robotic model sure looks cool but it costs a fortune.
posted by toomuch at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

The origin of sweet sixteen

A friend of mine in Finland just saw this MTV show about Sweet Sixteen parties (I haven't seen the show) and is now curious about how this aspect of American culture. Does anyone know when, why, or how this tradition started? For me, sweet sixteen was not an important event at all. What were your experiences with sweet sixteen parties/events/issues? [more inside]
posted by Crushinator at 12:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Food Binge

Help, I just ate 5,000 calories! Normally I keep to a strict diet, but every once and a while I go a little crazy. I've always heard that the occasional binge won't cause any weight gain. Can anyone explain the science behind this idea? I've always believed "calories in, calories out".
posted by Evangeline at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

staying in slovenia

Holiday lodging in Slovenia (and to a lesser degree, Venice). [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 10:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Measuring average download speed

I have to run tests that involve measuring the transmission time and average transmission speed for downloading a certain file or files over HTTP at a range of connection speeds. Is there software that will make this easy? [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Gag gifts for person emigrating to the UK

A co-worker is moving from the US to Britain and we'd like to give her some gag gifts to prepare her for the move. We'll serve curry at her goodbye lunch. [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 8:39 AM PST - 43 comments


A friend who lives in the country is trying to keep flies out of her cafe. She heard a rumor about an Amish technique where you can keep a clear bag of water over the entrance, and somehow the light refraction keeps them away. Sounds like an urban myth, but short of swatting or unsightly strips, does anyone have any ideas about how to conquer flies?
posted by jgballard at 8:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Elusive food allergies

I have elusive food allergies, and I'm looking for strategies. (Yes, I've seen an allergist, who was less help than I'd like.) [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 8:18 AM PST - 18 comments

What does 'Twarog' mean in Polish?

A colleague of mine has the surname Twarog, which is apparently of Polish origin and apparently means something amusing. Can anyone more linguistically able than me tell me what it means? You'll be playing a vital part in my co-worker mockery programme...
posted by prentiz at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Examples of Personal/Professional Websites for Academics?

A professional website that doesn’t me look like a pompous jerk? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 7:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Animated Movie Dvd Extras

Any suggestions for animation dvds with good extras? Specifically, I'm interested in finding animated movies on dvd that include pencil tests and/or footage of the voice actors. The more extensive the better. [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 7:33 AM PST - 11 comments

black paper for calligraphy

Can anyone recommend a good black paper for calligraphy? I used to use Coloraid (silk-screened colors), but they've gone out of business and afaik, Pantone/Letraset stopped making such paper long ago. If there's no alternative, I'll consider having paper custom silkscreened. What sort of silkscreening is good to write on? The general characteristics for a calligraphy paper are smooth but not glossy, and I'd prefer something more flexible than snapshot paper. (I mostly use my calligraphy for buttons/badges, and I'd rather have something that folds around the edge of the button.) Part of the challenge is ink/paper compatibility--these days I'm using Luma Bleedproof White and McCaffery's Ivory. If you've got a favorite opague, tractable white ink, please let me know.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

BEER! Tips for beginning homebrewing?

BEER! Looking for tips, resources (.ect) useful to a beginner in the art of homebrewing. [more inside]
posted by spock at 7:17 AM PST - 39 comments

May 30

Overseas money

What's the best way to get money out of your bank while traveling overseas? I'll be traveling around the world from Australia next month. I don't like traveler's checks much. How about ATM withdrawals? Any good tricks to get cheap transaction fees and good exchange rates? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 11:23 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I move files from my ancient Mac?

My mother is upgrading from an ancient (pre-USB, pre-FireWire, OS 9) G3 to a much more recent G4, but I'm not sure how to transfer her files. The G3 doesn't have a CD burner, and the G4 doesn't have a zip drive. Is there a quick and easy way to connect the two computers via Ethernet or file sharing so that I can copy her files to the new computer?
posted by jed at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Federal Courts are courts of... LIMITED subject matter jurisdiction!

BAR-Filter: So I just graduated from Fancy East Coast Law School and have started taking Barbri in preparation for the NY Bar at the end of July. The course started on the 26th, but so far I (like everyone else I know) haven't really studied yet. Should I be worried? Any helpful study tips? Bonus question: a friend of mine is applying to law school and wanted advice on an LSAT course. I think she probably doesn't need it (high SAT scores, etc.) but her mom's willing to pay. Course recommendations?
posted by kensanway at 7:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Does cooking affect the nutritional value of vegetables?

I like to make stews with rice, lentils, potatoes, and lots of nutritious vegetables (e.g. cabbage, parsley, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, various greens, and so on); it occured to me recently that I might be inadvertently diminishing the benefits of these foods by cooking them for 3-5 hours. Could this be so?
posted by clockzero at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Reconciliing foodie-ism with a low budget. Assets: a freezer.

We are looking for foods and ingredients that are unaffected (or positively affected) by being frozen. [more inside]
posted by librarina at 6:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Tips for Busking in Italy and OCNJ

Any tips for busking in Italy and Ocean City, NJ? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 6:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Assistive Animation Technology for Creative 17 Year-Old with Chronic Pain

I am working with a 17 year-old boy who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He loves doing animation on the computer, and he has been using Windows Movie Maker. In recent months, he has been in a chronic flare and is unable to use his hands. He is also very depressed, and I believe that being able to do something he loves may help his current mental state. Does anyone know of any animation software that has adaptations for use with voice commands? (I know about Dragon Dictate for Word Processing, but can it be used with other types of software?) Bonus points if you can tell me about any benevolent companies or agencies that offer this kind of software/hardware at a discounted or pro bono rates. This boy is not from a wealthy family and he has only the most basic health coverage.
posted by abbyladybug at 6:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Travelling a river

Has anyone posted an account of boating the full length of a U.S. river? Or barring that, in any other developed nation? [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 5:54 PM PST - 22 comments

If you don't trust your housemates, where do you keep your washcloth?

If you don't trust your housemates, where do you keep your washcloth? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 5:25 PM PST - 30 comments

iPod Screen

Horror of horrors, I dropped my iPod Mini face down onto a hardwood floor, and the screen is now dead. Everything else seems to be fine (audio feedback when using the scroll wheel is present, the unit plays, mounts, etc.), and the screen itself isn't cracked. Apple has told me that they would be happy to sell me another, but beyond that they don't have much else to say. What are my options? Has anyone used and been happy with a third party repair service?
posted by boombot at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this scam?

A friend applied for a "work from home" internet-based job, and the reply he recieved sounds sketchy ... Is this a scam? Are they money laundering? Is he going to get screwed somehow by participating in this? [more inside]
posted by raedyn at 3:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Linking Excel and Word

Is there some way to link an Excel spreadsheet and Word document such that a portion of the Word document will update automatically from changes in the Excel file? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

What is tat?

Every so often, when reading online discussions between Catholics and/or Anglicans, I see people mentioning something called "tat". What the heck is tat? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

southern California Clothing outlet stores

I live in Los Angeles and wanted to find locations of any clothing outlet stores. I did some basic searches on google with not much luck. Any help on this would be great. [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Work out music suggestions

What do you listen to when you work out? I have been jogging a lot, and I am pretty tired of my music. [more inside]
posted by Quartermass at 12:32 PM PST - 27 comments

What does Porta O Theos mean?

My parents saw a bumper sticker that says Porta O Theos on it, and don't know what it means. [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0 at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me Decide on a dodgy career move

Please help me decide whether I should quit or try and get fired from my job!!! Need advice ASAP. More inside. [more inside]
posted by cascando at 10:58 AM PST - 36 comments

Video for the Web - Hosting and Compression

Okay, videophiles...two questions. 1) Where can I host 50-75Mb of QuickTime files online (preferably for free), and b) What are the most efficient web compression settings? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

BreakUpFilter: In Two Parts...

With no warning, my relationship is over. (1) Help me pick the soundtrack to my breakup. Songs that got you past the numb, the pain, and the empty without just blaming or dissing the significant other too much. (2) Help me brainstorm my next step. Should I get an ESL teaching certificate (and join expat pals in France?) Should I move back to Missouri to help my pregnant sister run her bed & breakfast? Or should I stay in LA?
posted by schyler523 at 9:43 AM PST - 64 comments

uninsured in need of treatment

If I am currently uninsured and have all the symptoms of strep throat, what is my best option for free or cheap treatment? If it isn't strep it is an infection of some kind. It seems like overkill to walk into an emergency room for this but I need antibiotics. What should I do/where should I go?
posted by Grod at 8:50 AM PST - 28 comments

Cheap Atlantic City Lodging?

I'm going to Atlantic City in October, and the prices to stay on the boardwalk are prohibitive, so I want to stay just outside the city. Anyone know the area well enough to make suggestions? For example, right now I'm looking at hotels in West Atlantic City -- is that a nice area, or would slightly-fearful me not be comfortable there?
posted by JanetLand at 7:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Trying to track down funny comic book superhero website.

I'm having trouble tracking down a site about lame comic books I'm sure was posted on MeFi a while ago. [more inside]
posted by backOfYourMind at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery video

MTVFilter: Help out a she-geezer? A couple years ago my husband saw a music video where a man threw himself at models... literally [more inside]
posted by maryh at 12:52 AM PST - 8 comments

May 29

I am looking at purchasing spinning rums on Ebay

I'm purchasing spinning rims off ebay and I'm looking for people who have used ebay frequently to inform me... [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 11:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Dance lessons in LA: Swing dance? Others?

Where are the best ways/places to learn to swing dance in Los Angeles? How about Tango? Salsa? How does one get through the initial stage of being awkward and confused towards actually having fun with a given dance? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 10:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Direct Buy, that snazzy 'insider prices' club, is it any good?

These Direct Buy guys, I see their ads now and again, and am wondering if it's worth it to look into it? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Time Capsule Etiquette

I'd like to assemble a small time capsule, and I'd like to drop it into the Atlantic Ocean. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 7:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Soy milk makers

Any experience with home soy milk makers? Packaged soy milk is so expensive, yet soybeans are pretty cheap, so I'm considering getting a home soy milk making machine. I did try making soy milk myself, manually, many years ago and was underwhelmed by the result, which tasted more like bean soup than milk, and it took a lot of time and effort and, apparently, skill. But these machines make it seem so easy even a child could do it and so cheap that I couldn't afford not to get one.
posted by TimeFactor at 6:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Paper doll websites

My daughter (11) has been visiting paper doll websites. They seem harmless, I guess, but they are also squicking me out a little bit. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Dating 101

Do long distance relationships ever work out? [more inside]
posted by dagnyduquette at 4:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Is the tire pressure different for a different brand of tire, but same size?

I have a 2001 Honda Accord and I am in the process of purchasing new tires. The inside tag inside my driver's door tells me that tires shoud be inflated to 32 PSI or so. Does this rating only apply the OEM tire or any brand of tire? Also, I've noticed that my dealership has been overinflating my tires to 37 PSI. Is there a reason for that? [more inside]
posted by huy_le at 3:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Cord/small gauge rope that doesn't deteriorate in the sun?

Is there some way to get rope or cording which won't fall apart after a summer in the hot southern Arizona sun? Last year I installed some roll down window shades made of bamboo to take the brunt of the sun that was otherwise streaming in the windows. These aren't the most well constructed shades ever invented, but they did admirably at providing a cheap solution to shading my windows from the intensely hot summer. [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 3:24 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get Windows Media Player off of my system?

I'd like to permanently eradicate Windows Media Player from my system. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Mint Juleps In Toronto

Who makes the best mint julep in Toronto? Hell, I'll settle for where can you get mint julep in Toronto?
posted by helvetica at 2:24 PM PST - 5 comments

What's that funny smell in our hallway?

There's a funny smell in our hallway. It smells like fish. Mainly fish, almost coppery, but definitely fish-like. Our hallway is not much wider than the door, and 4 or 5 feet long. There is an entrance to the attic, a radiator, a rug, and our phone in there. It's not the rug. It's not the radiator. It's not the attic. It's not the phone. [more inside]
posted by ralphyk at 2:16 PM PST - 15 comments


I have a POS, 1990 Mitsubishi Galant. The air conditioner doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 1:57 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the best 'average tent'?

I'm looking to upgrade my tent to something a little more spacious. I'm on a budget of not more than $150 and want something durable, easy to set up, and big enough to stand up in (I'm 6'3"). We're thinking a 6 person tent would be a comfortable size...for the two of us. Our current tent is a 4-man size. [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 1:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Multiplayer mac games

LAN-based multiplayer games for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Dance Sets

CPI over at theta states has some great downtempo and hiphop sets. Does anyone know where I can find some similar, more uptempo mixes? I'm putting some CDs together for a highschool dance and am looking for the easy way out.
posted by rtimmel at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Houston Guitar Lessons

I am looking to take guitar lessons this summer, and am wondering if anyone here knows any good places to for them in Houston?
posted by Sangermaine at 1:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Cheap Flights in Europe

I usually find great prices for flights. But I'm coming up empty on this route: Amsterdam to Zurich. [more inside]
posted by fionab at 1:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find parts for a 1935 REO Fire Truck?

Where can I find (and buy) parts for a 1935 Reo Speedwagon Fire Truck? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Game show ideas.

Imagine a game show involving two beautiful female hosts. One is the "nice girl" and the other the "bad girl". This is a goofy show like Distraction or Bonzai. Random contests, which are meant to be titillating to the viewer. Can you think up some contest ideas for such a show? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 11:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Gift for future pediatrician?

Suggestions for a gift for a graduating med student friend who will be a pediatrician? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 9:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Where did Buddy Holly get his hiccup?

Is there someone who was a direct influence on Buddy Holly's vocal style, a combination of people/styles, or was all of it just something truly original? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

iPod Remote Breakage

I just purchased my 4th iPod remote in two years. I find the remote the easiest way to control the iPod, especially when I listen to it in bed. But they keep breaking and they're expensive (around $50). [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Cat allergies

I'm allergic to cats. Will I be unhappy if I move into a place in which a cat used to live? It is mostly hardwood floors, but two rooms have carpets. No furniture or draperies will remain.
posted by callmejay at 7:32 AM PST - 8 comments


She's from Ukraine. I'm from the States. We'll be living in London, UK for the foreseeable future. Are there any satellite television options that will allow us to view programs broadcast from our respective home countries? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you make sure your car is getting the most mileage possible?

I'd really like to see what tricks of the trade you guys have to make sure your car is getting the most mileage it possibly can. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:55 AM PST - 38 comments

How do I barbeque meat.

I've been asked to don the chef's cap at a barbeque this afternoon. This is something I've never done before. Does anyone know any good resources or tips for barbequing meat so that (a) it tastes nice and (b) I don't kill everyone. [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 12:51 AM PST - 25 comments

May 28

Good men's shoes?

After years of Rockports, I would like to buy some shoes that will last. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Easy-Set Pool Leak

The pool: One of these. The problem: Slow leak in the top ring. The question: How to find the leak? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPES at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Complete wipe of FF on OS X -- but keep bookmarks?

So Firefox is painfully slow and always has been (OS X). Lotta freezes/crashes. So much so that I can't believe anyone likes the browser. So, I figure there's something wrong with my install. I've reinstalled three times... same thing. How do I do a complete erase of FF but still keep my bookmarks so that I can try it once more before eliminating it permanently?
posted by dobbs at 8:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Hotels in Budapest, Vienna, and Munich?

So I'm going to Europe, and I'll be in Budapest, Vienna and Munich for about 2-3 days each in mid-July. Good fun, but I have nowhere to stay, and I've never been to the latter two before. [more inside]
posted by loquax at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments


Two inexperienced painters are working on the interiors of their new home. They paint the walls lovely shades, and when they remove the tape, voila! Half the damned paint comes off. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 8:20 PM PST - 26 comments

Camera Insurance?

Just ordered a new digital camera. All those months of research and comparing are finally over! But now I'm thinking about the perils of theft or damage. If some thug takes my new toy while I'm on vacation, will my homeowner's insurance cover me? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 7:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Chihuahua Ear Infection

Chalupa the chihuahua has an ear infection. Trip to the vet is happening tommorow, what can be done before then to help her feel better?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there any penalty for changing our mind regarding an apartment rental?

My wife and I have agreed to rent an apartment, in Philadelphia, beginning June 15th, and put down a security deposit and an application form last week. Then, we saw the contract and found it almost rude (it basicly says: the tenant has no rights and the landlord has absolutely no responsabilities), especially for a pretty high-priced rental. And we found out that there will be construction work in the immediate neighborhood of the building. And we found a better deal. And more... [more inside]
posted by Ervin at 5:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Portrait mode problems with Photoshop CS Raw importer?

Glitch in Photoshop CS? When i import camera RAW using the native CS importer, I get a "program error" message on any photo that is vertical (portrait mode). [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do with unusable medication (Crestor)?

I began taking Crestor via samples several months ago, but due to side effects have stopped. While using the samples, I also had a prescription for it filled. I am now stuck with a sealed, prescription bottle, along with several samples of Crestor. The pharmacy is unable to take the sealed bottle back. The prescription was rather expensive to simply wind up in the trash. What should I do with it and the samples?
posted by the biscuit man at 2:45 PM PST - 16 comments

W.H.Auden long-poem filter

Does anyone know if W.H.Audens "Orators an English Study" has been published as part of the larger collections of his work? The only editions I can find are out of my price range. [more inside]
posted by thatwhichfalls at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Choosing a multimeter

I'm ready to make the plunge into electronics repair/circuit building but I'm wondering what I should look for in a multimeter and electronics tool kit? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 11:40 AM PST - 18 comments

PC DVD Resolution?

So, are PC DVD drives progressive scan? [more inside]
posted by Hackworth at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Name that jazz tune

JazzFilter : help me name that song, which I can only reproduce the first few notes. [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Condom time!

It is a widely quoted statistic that, with "perfect use", condoms have a 3% failure rate. My question - these 3% of uses that result in pregnancy, is it because the condom breaks, or because of some invisible factory defect? Put another way - if you follow all of the "best practices," and, when you're done, the condom hasn't broken, is it safe to assume that it worked?
posted by afroblanca at 9:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Trimming Hedges

There are a few evergreen bushes in front of my parent's home and they are overgrown. How do I trim them back? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

No ATM Fees

Moving from Philly to NYC tomorrow. I use PNC Bank. Philly has Wawas with no-ATM fees for withdraws. Any similar ATM machines in NYC with no ATM fees? [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

waterproof shoe covers

I'm looking for waterproof shoe covers to use while biking in the rain. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Running shoes for painful running

For as long as I can remember, I haven't been able to run for more than a minute or two without pain in my shins. I just got orthotics, and they are helping a little. Are there any running shoes that could help me with this? [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

"Progressive" as opposed to "liberal"

This post had me wondering: Is there a difference between progressive and liberal? Is it a difference in kind, in degree, or some of each? Is it a case of using one word because the opposition uses the other perjoratively? Started to ask this in that thread, then realized it would derail the discussion...
posted by alumshubby at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Where's the keel?

I've almost always toured in an aluminum canoe. I don't like the noise (or the weight) but I like the tracking and stability afforded by the keel, especially in a big wind on a big lake. Why don't kevlar/royalex/etc. touring canoes have keels?
posted by bricoleur at 5:34 AM PST - 14 comments

My Mac Mini Display Detection Dilemma

I've made the switch to a Mac Mini, and unfortunately it seems to be detecting my monitor capabilities incorrectly; how can I override this autodetection, or otherwise get around the problem? [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 4:08 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I cut my curly (medium curls), shoulder length hair by myself?

How do I cut my curly (medium curls), shoulder length hair by myself? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 1:06 AM PST - 15 comments

May 27

Falling out of love...

How do you make yourself stop loving someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:58 PM PST - 45 comments

How are my system fonts getting forcibly replaced?

Recently, my G5 running 10.4.1 has had a problem where, all of a sudden, my system fonts will change to something that looks Hebrew or Arabic, rendering text unreadable. The font looks a good deal like Geeza Pro. It happens mostly in Firefox and Thunderbird, but it can affect other programs like iTunes as well. It's scary as all get-out -- if it were to be permanent, almost everything on screen that's text would be indecipherable. Has anyone else experienced/heard of this? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Expensive Camera Anxiety

I'd like to get one of those nice Nikon d50s when they come out. The problem is, I'm completely freaked out at the notion of carrying around a thousand dollars around my neck for fear of getting mugged, or stolen. I'll be moving to Miami in a month and living in an urban area too. And the camera isn't worth it if I leave it at home. Are these fears justified? Am I just freaking out? Any tips on how to make myself less of a target? I'd like to have the camera with me on a fairly occasional basis. [more inside]
posted by Stan Chin at 8:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Home owners association issues.

We're having issues getting communication from and outstanding problems resolved with our townhouse homeowners association president. [more inside]
posted by jerseygirl at 5:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What's with the shirts?

I recently moved to St. Louis into a non-ghetto but decidedly urban area. I've noticed that an enormous amount of the teenage/young adult boys in the area wear simple, plain white t-shirts. No logos whatsoever. They're long, down to the knees often, but that's the style for all shirts. Definitely quite larger than what would come in a package of hanes. I'd say something nearing a majority of the boys seen out and about here are dressed this way. I passed by a shop a few blocks from my house that had a large sign in the window which read, "White Tees xx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxx". I'm extremely curious what the deal is! I thought maybe it was some sort of school dress-code, but some of the boys are too old to be in school. Also the girls don't do the white t-shirts at all. So anyways, anybody know if it means something? Or is it some new fashion? A function of poverty? Maybe rebellion against branding? That'd be cool!
posted by FortyT-wo at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Replacing motherboard - what else needs to be replaced

My mother has been told by a PC repair firm that the capacitors on her motherboard have burnt out (computer is as dead as a doornail). They have presented her with a 9-item quote for a new PC: we are wondering whether all the items need to be replaced, as she was happy with her computer before it gave up the ghost for factors such as speed, storage capacity, etc. [more inside]
posted by Pigpen at 4:54 PM PST - 25 comments

American Census Bureau

I received a huge questionnaire in the mail from the US Census Bureau. It says there is a legal penalty if I do not fill it out. I do not like ANYONE...even our trusted government asking all this personal info. What will happen if I do not fill it out, will the Feds show up? [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 3:00 PM PST - 43 comments

Quiet Aquarium Filters

My aquarium filter, an aqua clear 500, makes a lot of humming noise. Do you know of a very quiet filter (maybe one of those external ones?), or do you have suggestions for making it less noisy?
posted by about_time at 1:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Losing weight

I need to lose weight. I have a very hard time keeping from snacking and overeating, and generally keeping track of my meals. [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 1:38 PM PST - 31 comments

The Shot Not Heard Round The World?

When was the first salvo in the "culture war" fired? By which I mean, I don't remember hearing the term all that often growing up, despite a lot of the same issues being debated and discussed. Now, though, it's all over the place. When did the Left/Right, Red/Blue, Catsup/Ketchup divide start being refered to as a War. Bonus points to whoever can tell me who first started using it. [more inside]
posted by absalom at 12:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Powerbook G5's... When o' when... What's your plan?

Anyone else on the verge of making the switch to Mac land (or upgrading)? Everywhere i've seen rumored they are saying 2nd Q for the G5 powerbooks... What do you guys think? I'd rather not repeat my mistake of getting the Canon Rebel right before the new one came out (d'oh!).. So I'm thinking about waiting for the G5 to appear and either get the low end one or a used (or new) G4 assuming the prices drop. Given that being a gadgetfreak if you're always waiting for the next big thing you'll never end up buying anything... but seems like it could be soon hmmm?
posted by joshgray at 12:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Can you wear a helmet in a car?

So the old "Helmet Law" debate flared up on a motorcycle mailing list I'm on. A new twist came about this time though; the claim is outstanding that it's actually illegal to wear a helmet while driving a passenger car or truck on public roads. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by de void at 11:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Help Finding Songs/Albums by "Jump and Joy"

Years ago, I was sent two MP3s with songs by Jump and Joy. The titles are "Vamos Everybody" and "Lets Roll". Where can I get the CD by this group? I live in the USA and LOVE their music. Thanks for the help.
posted by seinfeld at 11:05 AM PST - 1 comment

singer songwriter on startv

Google won't help me find out the name of a singer songwriter that was featured on StarTV last night. He cooked breakfast for the interviewer.... [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Powerbook mouse enhancer?

I want more buttons, dammit. [more clicking inside] [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What would a blind world 'look' like?

What if most people were born blind, and seeing was rare? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:28 AM PST - 43 comments

Getting cover art in to iTunes

I got a fancy-schmancy new iPod. I also have Windows XP and iTunes. Let's say I already had all my music ripped and cover art downloaded, but the music was in .flac files and on a linux box... [more inside]
posted by Capn at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there websites that will purchase airline tickets automatically?

I'm looking for a travel website that will purchase airline tickets for a specific date automatically once the price goes below a specified amount. I'm pretty sure this service is available for purchasing stocks. But is it for airfare?
posted by sublivious at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I convert an Army certificate into a format OS X understands?

Army Knowledge Online is a webmail/pop email service that any current or former US Army member can use in order to have a .mil address. I've been using it for a while, but for going on three years now I can't get (and the keychain) to accept its security certificate. The normal way of importing a self-signed certificate doesn't work under Jaguar, Panther, or Tiger- I can import the cert, but nothing happens. I've tried setting up a new "root" certificate. Nothing works. Apple discussion boards have been useless. Can someone look at this certificate (try going here and it will send you the cert) and maybe tell me what's going on? I think it's in some odd format that prevents it from being imported.
posted by yesno at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments


I'm putting together an iPod soundtrack for a friend's restaurant. It's a semi-upscale, small-town American bistro sort of place that gets city people on weekends. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations of albums (jazz, rock, latin, whatever) they've always thought would work well in a restaurant soundtrack?
posted by dearleader at 9:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Crime Scene Investigation

CSI-filter. I'm considering buying a season of CSI (the original, Las Vegas show) as a birthday present for a fan. Is there any consensus out there on which is the best season? It looks like seasons 1 through 4 are available, but I can't afford more than one.
posted by jasper411 at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Wifi/Internet Help

Maybe I'm SOL, but I figure it doesn't hurt to try. Just got a nice new Dell laptop complete with wireless internet card and built-in wifi finder (it automatically detects local networks). The boyfriend and I go to the beach (OC, Md.) quite frequently and as a freelance writer, the whole point of the laptop was to work wirelessly down there. The problem, inside. [more inside]
posted by bozichsl at 8:35 AM PST - 14 comments

The Final Kitty Solution

So I am trying to get rid of some kittens. My cat became pregnant soon after she came to my home. These are black long-hair kittens in Nashville TN. I have tried the kitty adoption centers and everyone I know but had no luck. Now these kittens are a week away from going to the Humane Society. Do any of you know any novel ways to dispurse the kitties so that I can avoid sending them to the kitty concentration camps? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 8:34 AM PST - 27 comments

Ripping out the shower isn't an option . . .

This weekend my husband and I are planning on re-doing the guest bathroom. The house is run-of-the-mill American wood-construction, built in 1985. The shower fixtures seem to be "original equiptment," as it were, and look bad enough that I'd like to replace them. The shower is fiberglass and there is no "acecss panel" to get to the inner workings of the shower. How do we replace the knobs, spigot, drain, and shower head/neck with the least hoopla?
posted by Medieval Maven at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments


Yuck: Our house has a flea infestation. Looking for the best treatment option. [more inside]
posted by kmel at 8:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Scrolling text on multiple slides in PowerPoint?

We need a PowerPoint presentation to scroll text continuously, like movie credits, but looped over and over again for a kiosk. I can use the Credits animation scheme on the slides, but there's a long gap of time between slides where it shows nothing. How can I make it more seamless and have zero space between slides?
posted by patgas at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Laminated versus acoustic glass

Laminated versus acoustic glass. Which is best glass for noise reduction: Acoustic or laminated glass? [mi]
posted by plep at 6:36 AM PST - 4 comments

What book(s) on babies worked for you?

What book(s) on babies and the childbirth experience worked for you as a first time parent and why? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Green at 6:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Editing XML files in report production workflow

Editing the data in XML documents via a web browser. I'm currently contracting in the report-producing department of a big financial company. The biggest bugbear is manually amending copy in many of the six million pages we produce each year. I'm researching into a possible project using XML to make everybody's lives easier... [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 4:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Games for the bored

Waste my time! [mi] [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 4:53 AM PST - 28 comments

present for an eccentric

I need help with a birthday present. [more inside]
posted by john-paul at 3:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Creating Sudoku puzzles

I know the theory of solving Sudoku puzzles but I'd like to know how you would go about creating them. [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 2:37 AM PST - 7 comments

witnessing epilepsy

this comment made me wonder: what is it like to witness an epileptic seizure? [more inside]
posted by mdn at 1:30 AM PST - 31 comments

May 26

Hospitality Exchange

My partner and I are going to Montreal for a week and we are on a very limited budget. We are looking at staying with people via hospitality exchange rather than in hotels or hostels. Specifically, I've been looking at . I was wondering if anyone has done this sort of thing and what your experiences were. What questions do I ask when I'm talking with someone I might stay with? What should I look out for? On another note, ideas for cheap fun in Montreal would also be welcome. We are twenty-something lesbians from small town Alberta.
posted by arcticwoman at 10:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Government background check

I opened my unlisted mailbox this morning to find an unaddressed business card with the seal of a federal agency, claiming that "The U.S. Government is conducting a background investigation on a person you may know." Is it for real and what should I make of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 48 comments

Honda or Porsche, Private or Dealer.

I'm about to throw away my hard earned cash into that nest of vipers, used car sales. Help me make the right choice. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Recording HDTV in Windows XP

So I saw an article in MAKE magazine about recording HDTV on your Mac with an "over the air" antenna....but I've never seen a detailed run through with Hardware and Software suggestions for a windows machine.....Where can I find out about this?
posted by stevyb at 7:34 PM PST - 2 comments

ID this film?

MovieFilter: Help ID this movie about a British boarding school. [more inside]
posted by jca at 4:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Doomsday Argument for Idiots

Can someone explain the Doomsday Argument in a way that a math-challenged person like me can understand? [more inside]
posted by swift at 4:40 PM PST - 37 comments

relationship do's and dont's

what 'rules' do you have for relationships as well as personal rules for when youre in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 4:40 PM PST - 52 comments

Good writing about music

I'm looking for a blog/site where people post regularly and passionately about good songs. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Mediated divorce advice?

What exactly is the job of a divorce mediator? Do I have unreasonable expectations? Or does our mediator just suck? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I find a vehicle based only on vehicle type and color?

CSI Filter: How do I find the person who hit my car given that it was a woman driving a blue SUV that hit my car in State College, PA at approximately 12:11 AM May 26th, 2005? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

5 Digit SMS number

How does one go about procuring one of those magic 5 digit SMS numbers? For instance: 46645 (googl) is the SMS interface to google.
posted by djacobs at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Body acne

I've had bad body acne for as long as I can remember. It is especially difficult during the summer because it makes me self-concious about exposing my upper chest and back. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Tips for Relocating to Richmond, VA?

We're off to Richmond VA. What neighborhood should we live in? How much should we pay? Any tips for looking for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 2:00 PM PST - 14 comments

I've had the amazing luck to get a free infocus pl770 projector...

I've had the amazing luck to get a free infocus pl770 projector. Can someone teach me how to treat this new toy right? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Legality of distrubiting free cover songs?

I know that if you want to sell a CD with cover songs on it, you have to get permission from the artist/copyright holder. But what about if you just want to record covers and make them available for free? For fun, I'd like to record myself playing some covers and put 'em up on Ourmedia, but I want to stay on the good side of the law. [more inside]
posted by danb at 1:29 PM PST - 9 comments

For your own special sweetheart

I really like Jawbox. What other bands have put out albums since 2000 that I'd like? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 1:22 PM PST - 23 comments

How to install an electric fence

What can you tell me about putting up an electric fence (to deter our dog from climbing out of the dog run)? I'd like to install one this weekend. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Domain hijacking?

I have a blog at (I've also registerd the domain and will eventually put up a forwarding page). I misstyped this in the location bar: and found that registrant for this site and all the other Amazingbiblestudies sites (I checked 3 other Blogger address) is the same registrant. While it's not exactly domain hijacking, what can I, or should I do about this? How else can I get the word out about this? Thanks for your suggestions.
posted by gleenyc at 12:42 PM PST - 24 comments

tattoos and corporate america

Short-sleeved work shirts and big tattoos. [more inside]
posted by adampsyche at 12:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Japanese Noh documentary on PBS?

In an interview in The Comics Journal, Dirk Deppy is talking about surrealism with Flaming Carrot author Bob Burden, when suddenly a remembered moment from a public television Japanese Noh Drama documentary leaps off the page... [more inside]
posted by felix at 12:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Blackenizer for Firefox?

Is there a greasemonkey extension or something for Firefox that will unobtrusively change websites so they have a black background with white text? Basically, I want everything to look like Maddox's site, for the same reasons he designs his site that way: [more inside]
posted by monsterhero at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

tiny annoyances

I wear a lovely necklace. It's an 18in sterling silver chain with a little teardrop pendant on it. I love it, but one thing that annoys me is how often the clasp slips down to the front. Now that I have started paying attention to it, I notice it about every 15 minutes. What I'm also noticing is that it ALWAYS comes down on the same side of my neck. This begs the question: How? Do I turn my head to one side more than the other? Am I somehow assymetrical?
posted by SheIsMighty at 12:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Combine "Contact Us" and "Locations"

I'm paring down categories on a website and I'm looking for a single phrase that can be used to replace "Contact Us" and "Locations." The info on each page is too similar, so I'd like to create a single page with contact info and location maps. It's for a medical practice with two offices. Limitation: around 12-15 letters maximum, to match the other categories and stay within the limitations of the menu. Thanks!
posted by letitrain at 11:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me name this movie / TV show from the late 80s

I have been trying to find the name of this movie or TV show for years, and have come up empty every time. I only remember vague details since I saw it when I was little: it was scary (to a little kid), and it featured bugs that would burn people. [more inside]
posted by geeky at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Sunscreen for sensitive skin?

I have sensitive skin and I need a good sunscreen. [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 11:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Guitar Videos

Where can I find (free) videos of guitar legends doing their thing? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 10:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Why my wintel box is getting slower and slower

I have an HP A330n which seems to get slower and slower. It takes 30-600 secs just to open My Computer. Any non-software purchase, reinstall Windows ideas? [more inside]
posted by thimk at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Querying the contents of Word documents.

I've been given 700 Word documents some of which I'll need to edit, based on content. The values to be queried are stored in named fields in the documents. [more inside]
posted by punilux at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Employee Handbooks

What is the best way to go about creating an employee handbook? Are there any good resources out there (guides, templates, software, etc.)?
posted by necessitas at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Cats, allergies and girlfriends

I've always wanted to have a cat(s), but when I was a kid, we couldn't have pets in the house. Now I'm older and home-owning, I may be able to own my own cat (and to hell with anyone who says otherwise...). Problem is my very special lady friend is allergic to animals (sneezing, runny nose, etc) which would make having house pets a problem, and would make her life a sneezing misery. Is there any way round this? Can you get hypo-allergenic cats? How can I help?
posted by gaby at 9:02 AM PST - 31 comments

powerbook and apple repair policy questions

My 1.5ghz 17" powerbook screen has a couple of light spots and dark spots (no dead pixels) and I want to send it in. But I've heard some scary stories about apple. Any help/stories would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Hercules who?

Yesterday my husband brought our new kitten, Hercules, to the vet. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Seeking Support Groups

Can anyone here recommend a good on-line support community for a friend whose s/o is undergoing treatment for an undiagnosed mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

ipod or Creative Zen?

So I want to buy an mp3 player, and I'm having a hard time making a choice. As I see it, Creative Zen players are cheaper than ipods, but the software isn't that great and the players are bigger. Ipods look beautiful but are pricey. [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 7:49 AM PST - 45 comments

Pain, surgery and the aftereffects.

My 13 y.o. son had a metal plate screwed onto his radius on Tuesday afternoon to correct the way it was healing from a break about 3 weeks ago. He's in a LOT of pain still and I'm hoping that anyone who has had this kind of surgery can tell us something about recovery time, medication and how much pain they experienced. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

French vacation surprise!

My parents are visiting the French Riviera for about a month, and I have their (almost) complete itinerary. I'd love to send something to one of their hotels as a surprise gift, but not sure what. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

What to engrave on an iPod?

What should I engrave on my iPod? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 6:48 AM PST - 56 comments

Should I switch jobs?

CareerFilter: I have been working at an education software company for over 6 years. In this time, my responsibilities have multiplied and my pay had increased in steady (but small) increments, which is fine. But I have some concerns and need some advice from anyone with experience or perspective on "moving up". (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 6 comments

1 gig = wishful thinking?

Based on excellent advice from this thread, I settled on a Creative Muvo 1 gig mp3 player. I've been happily adding tracks, but when I hit the 532 mb mark, it won't let me add anything else. Everything in there so far are mp3s with a handful of wmas, and I'm stumped as to why I can't have a gig of files on a gig drive. Ideas?
posted by moonbird at 3:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Best drums solos

What songs, pieces of music or audio tracks contain the best drum solos ... ever
posted by ajbattrick at 1:51 AM PST - 51 comments

Tooth abscesses

This is kind of a big one: Tooth abscesses, wisdom teeth, and finding doctors in Southeast Asia. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:24 AM PST - 13 comments

NY State geography for Kiwis - Hewlett to NYC commute

My US-resident sister will be moving to Hewlett, NY in August this year. I am planning a trip from New Zealand to see her, and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Will I burn down my apartment?

I just replaced a burned out bulb in my overhead kitchen fixture. The bulb that burned out was a 60 watter. I only had a 100 watter on hand. I know I'm hastening fossil fuel depletion, but am I also causing a fire risk? What about ignoring the wattage recomendations in favor of higher watts in table lamps?
posted by incessant at 12:33 AM PST - 16 comments

May 25

Home theatre audio picks?

Say you're on a budget and you need a receiver and a surround sound speaker system... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 11:47 PM PST - 14 comments

How do you get rid of an erection?

Guy filter: How do you get rid of an unwanted erection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 PM PST - 37 comments

XP sound/volume hack?

I'm looking for a program that will be the "master" volume control for all programs on my computer (XP Pro, SP2). Something where I can, say, mute all the programs except iTunes. Or shut up AIM with one click but still be able to watch a Quicktime video. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 11:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Web in China

Much to my surprise, I have been given a visa to visit ol' zhongguo (china) for a few months (i'll be doing research on minorities). I would like to be able to surf the net anonymously but I'm a bit of a nOOb when it comes to proxy servers and what not. I remember seeing a similar question on slashdot but answers said things like "Just ssh into ..." I know what ssh is, etc. but i'm not sure how to use a proxy through ssh. can anyone give me some basic instructions? I would appreciate help. Comments like "Don't go to China if you don't want to obey their rules!!!" or whatever are less appreciated. Thanks!
posted by hurting.the.feelings.of.thechinesepeople at 11:11 PM PST - 9 comments


Will my East-Coast American cell phone work in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What show featured a truck that transformed into a helicopter?

LameTvQuestionFilter: I've been trying to remember a very short-lived 80s tv show. In it, a government project centered around an enhanced tractor trailer (yes, really) that could transform into a helicopter (yes, really). [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas at 10:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Are traditional books inherently better than audio books?

Books v Audio Books: What is the unique value of the work of reading? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 10:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Buy Me, Sell Me

How do you sell ads on a website? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 8:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Did my pharmacist rip me off?

Did my pharmacist rip me off? The Codeine isn't working. [more inside]
posted by tfmm at 7:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Highlighting Pen in Mozilla

Is there some sort of extension or plugin for Mozilla which lets me highlight something semi-permanently? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I ask for CSS help?

I'm having a really hard time getting a site to display correctly cross-platform and cross-browser. What are the best sites for specific advice about such problems? And are there any places that specialize in troubleshooting CSS? [more inside]
posted by UrbanFigaro at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

reasons for getting up in the morning?

Does anyone have any hard information on why mornings are considered the most productive or focused time of day? [more inside]
posted by philida at 6:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Phone failures

I've had three electronic items in my apartment bite the dust within 24 hours. What is the deal? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 6:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Archos Jukebox Recorder: Ideal for student musician?

I'm looking for a good recording device, and the Archos Jukebox Recorders have been suggested to me as an ideal device. I'm an opera major studying at a conservatory, and need a device to record my lessons and coachings. I don't want to spend much money. Is Archos the way to go? Are there any significant differences between the units or can I just get an old 10GB from ebay for $100? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Replacement Bicylce Wheel

My rear bicycle wheel was stolen (annoying) and thus I need to replace it. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 6:07 PM PST - 22 comments

How best might I get certified to teach in Texas?

I already have my BA and I am investigating my options for getting my teacher certification in Texas. Either a local program in Houston or a long-distance learning program would be fine. I've been looking at the programs where you take night/weekend classes and either teach full-time or sub during the day, for example ACT Houston and ITEACH Texas. Can anyone vouch for these kinds of programs? I can't figure out what this one actually does.
posted by Elagabalus at 6:00 PM PST - 8 comments

I miss my old, dumb task bar.

Is there anyway to turn off those helpful XP features? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 5:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Lost website

I'm trying to find a website I read a while ago before I lost my bookmarks! [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Scanning photos

In a effort to allow both of my parents access to the family photos, I have accepted the task of digitizing all of our albums. I have more than 2000 photos I need to scan and wanted to know if anyone has any advice for me. My mum owns a Epson Stylus Photo RX620 for me to use. [more inside]
posted by herting at 5:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Bunny or no bunny?

I'm considering getting a pet rabbit, and looking for pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 5:08 PM PST - 41 comments

Why can't Windows keep track of which files are in use?

What's Microsoft's excuse for the fact that Windows can't seem to consistently keep track of which files are actually in use, and so periodically I have to reboot the machine in order to actually move, copy, or delete a file? Is there any power-user type fix? Is there a way to lynch their QA department? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 4:56 PM PST - 11 comments

I want my worm early!

Where/how can I get myself some pig whipworm eggs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 3 comments


Okay, this is probably going to come off as kinda pretentious, but has anyone ever dealt with winning TOO much scholarship money? [more inside]
posted by stray at 3:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does Access suck so bad?

Access 2003, ActiveState Perl, Win32::ODBC: my MEMO fields are being truncated to 255 characters when I pull them via SQL queries from a Perl script. [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Television Control

I've got four kids, ages 8, 5 and 4. I want to limit their tv viewing. Specifically, it would be great if there were an inexpensive remote switch I could use to turn it off. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 2:12 PM PST - 36 comments

Free blog or sui generis website?

I'd like to set up a website. Not a blog, exactly, but something simple, something warm, something that reminds me of home and summer days and the first time I was kissed. I'm a tech weenie but I've made a simple site or two. Should I build and host my own site, or use one of the free blogging sites? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 1:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Earbuds that don't suck

Does anybody know of some good and cheap earbuds that won't fall out while I'm jogging? [more inside]
posted by celibate_life at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What is up with those show dog names?

My Google-fu has failed me, and I haven't found an adequate answer... What, exactly, do those crazy show dog names mean? I'm referring to the ones that sound like "PopTart's Momentary Lapse of Reason Concrete Hullabaloo".
I'm sure it's something to do with breeding and AKC registration and whatnot. But the names are so wacky. Any insight to the madness would be most appreciated. Thanks!
posted by Thorzdad at 12:52 PM PST - 11 comments

How to audition a vocalist?

What's the best way to audition a vocalist? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 12:42 PM PST - 10 comments

drinks w/o sugar

I'm trying to cut down on my sugar intake. The hardest part has been cutting out sugary (or corn-syrupy) drinks. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest some additional drinks to try. [more inside]
posted by xulu at 12:34 PM PST - 46 comments

Sparring equipment

Does anybody have any recommendations for martial arts sparring equipment and, more importantly, shops where I might procure them in London? [more inside]
posted by Jongo at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

RAM Disk

Back in the dear dead days of DOS, I used to speed up things by creating a virtual disk in memory so that searches and other disk-I/O-intensive operations would run faster. In later version of DOS, there was a RAMDrive command. Is there an equivalent utility in Win XP (Home or Pro) to park Temp files and similar items in a lettered drive in RAM? Or does Windows take care of that automatically?
posted by KRS at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

wtf is up with government agencies with names?

OK, I know of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Sallie Mae. I understand that the names come from the initials of the corporations, but where did the names come from, and how many of these "named government companies" are there? And why are some girls and some boys? &c.
posted by taumeson at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Banana Republic? Seriously?

Banana Republic? Why name your safari-themed clothing store after a phrase that refers directly to violent, corporation-influenced corruption? Was it a wry joke at the time? Were the corporate executives involved completely oblivious or were they banking on the ignorance of the public in the face of such lovely, exotic bananas? Searching online has yielded nothing, and a query through the company's "contact us" page a few months ago has gone unanswered.
posted by nobody at 11:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Seattle hotel recommendations?

My wife and I would like to go to Seattle for our 4th wedding anniversary, coming up this September. We want to treat ourselves and stay somewhere interesting and fun, but also lavish - something we don't do very often, as we're usually hardcore budget travelers. I saw an airfare and 2 night package at the W for $700 or so; while this is a good deal, I'm also tempted by the Kimpton boutique hotels, but don't know enough about what's available in Seattle (urban B&Bs? Niche boutique hotels?) to make an informed decision. Any suggestions from locals or Seattle-philes on where to stay?
posted by luriete at 11:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you determine sponsorship fees?

I'm helping organize a charity walk where each participant would receive a t-shirt. We want to provide sponsorship opportunities for space on the t-shirt. We're thinking about offering a couple of different levels of sponsorship, each tied to logo/text location and size on the t-shirt. What's an appropriate amount to ask the highest-level sponsors for? (This event is taking place in the US)
posted by 27 at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Communicating in Cuba

Can we use our cell phones in Cuba? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments


Help me track down any information I can about the remote possibility of getting a program designed for Win 98 and ME to work in XP... [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best satellite phone service for Asia/USA?

My boss is heading to Nepal in a week and wants to stay connected to the USA. He's interested in purchasing -- or renting? -- a satellite phone. Any recommendations for providers, and comments on service & clarity would be appreciated.
posted by mollykiely at 10:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Dog allergies

My dog appears to have summer allergies, much like his master. I've owned him for about 2 years, and every summer he develops a rash of sorts on his tummy. Vets haven't seemed to help. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 10:43 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you convince your boss that his website sucks?

How do I convince my boss that our site needs a major overhaul? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Sweet Home Chicago

After eighteen years in Detroit, four years in Ann Arbor and one in Washington, DC I am packing up my life and moving to Chicago. I've been to town a few times as a tourist, but this will be my first long-term stay. I'm looking for recommendations of good bars, music stores, and restaurants. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap/Good Trail Mix Recipes?

I'm developed a craving for trail mix lately. One thing I've found out because of this is that trail mix is expensive. Everytime I buy it I think there's got to be a cheaper place to buy or it's got to be cheaper to make it myself..... Does anyone have any suggestions where to get cheap trail mix, recipies for good trail mix, ideas for the cheapest way to make it?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Wireless in an Internet Cafe

I run an internet cafe in Co. Cork, Ireland. We have recently added a wireless router to accommodate our customers who use wireless cards in their laptops. I need to be able to monitor who's using my wireless connection and possibly how much bandwidth they are using. Anyone know of a windows application that will do this?
posted by Livewire Confusion at 9:48 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get the old file search back in XP?

After having to restore to an old version of the registry, my search window in XP now looks like this instead of the default view I'm used to (i.e., with the animated characters, etc.). How do I get the old search back?
posted by dustinAFN at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Books & Food in Philly

All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia--and soon I will be. Please share your recommendations for used book stores, record stores, and vegetarian food (cheap to moderate, with moderate being entrees under $20). Also, as a bonus, if you know if any yummy restaurants near the Jersey Turnpike that would allow one to avoid the nastiness of the rest stop, that would be totally awesome.
posted by dame at 8:51 AM PST - 40 comments

Reading Aloud

How can I learn how to read aloud? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments


Can anyone tell me what this image (NSFW) comes from? Given its content, I wouldn't be surprised if it was from a bad Troma film or something similar, so bear that in mind before you click on it.
posted by jimmy at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do in Kansas City?

KCFilter: The lady and I have an excuse and a reason to go to Kansas City a couple of weekends from now. Can the local MeFites recommend good sights/eateries/destinations romantiques preferably near the downtown area? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 7:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Corner grocer?

Do you have a corner grocer where you live? A market to pick up fresh veggies, meats or cheeses, or maybe a bottle of wine for that evening's dinner, that you can walk to? Apparently grocers make very little money, so the bigger the store, the lower delivery costs, etc. So why not have several small stores in one area to concentrate delivery? Or go with smaller trucks? Or partner with local farmers? Sort of like CSA for a city dweller.
posted by yoga at 7:09 AM PST - 12 comments

How long is a thesis?

Mefi Doctors: A recent Ask Metafilter question prompts me to ask - how long was your thesis? [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:39 AM PST - 47 comments

Destinations along I-81 in VA/TN?

In a few days we will be driving from Atlanta up to Maryland for a family reunion and then driving back. For the drive up we'll go the usual well-worn 85-95 route since we need to get it done in one day. On the way back we're spending two days, so we plan to drive down 81 in western Virginia and eastern Tennessee, right along the Appalachians. Recommendations for place to stop? At some point we'll probably get off I-81 and drive parallel to it on the Blue Ridge Skyway or something. Where's a good place to overnight just north of the VA/TN border? Target audience: overeducated misanthropic hipsters, no kids.
posted by intermod at 5:17 AM PST - 15 comments

May 24

What makes something melodramatic?

What makes something melodramatic? I have an idea of its definition, based on context; but would never use this word, since I'm not exactly sure -- what does it mean to you? I've known people who use the term to mean something like dramatic or overly dramatic or emotional, over-wrought or even hysterical. So, okay, dramatic; but why mellow? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:18 PM PST - 16 comments

NY Chase Scene

I'm writing a screenplay -- like an action/thriller type deal. Anyhow, like every other film and TV show, it's based in New York City. What I need from you guys is a few ideas about where to set a chase scene. Some place that sounds good on paper and looks good on the screen -- and hopefully some where that hasn't been used before in a movie, or at least not a well known one.
posted by JPowers at 10:33 PM PST - 37 comments

Herbal remedy for depression?

I need advice from people who have experience taking herbal remedies / vitamins, specifically for depression. [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 9:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Resumé Question

What's the coolest / cleanest / most striking / most eye-catching / attractive / professional-but-hip resumé you've seen published on the web?
posted by jenleigh at 8:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Self-publishing music CDs

What's a good resource for self-publishing music CDs? [more inside]
posted by Noah at 8:40 PM PST - 9 comments

shrinking wool

ShrinkingWoolSweaterFilter: Ok, so I took a wool sweater, washed it in cold water then let it dry naturally. Result: it shrank! Now, I'm asking something slightly different than what you think I'm asking... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

How to copy Shared iTunes music?

Illegal Uses for iTunesFilter: How do you copy the mp3s from Shared libraries on iTunes to your HD? I seem to recall a program that achieved this task, but don't remember its name.
posted by mowglisambo at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What are your caulk recommendations?

My tub was/is moldy. Out of frustration over smell and look, I decided tonight to take care of it and destroy the offending mold for the 90th time. I've had really bad luck with caulk in the past and I don't think I'm up to spending another 6 hours thoroughly cleaning it when the caulk I've been using fails again. What are your recommendations? Both for caulk types and caulking tips? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Holy guacamole!

Your best guacomole recipes please! (read: we can't drink margaritas on an empty stomach.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 6:09 PM PST - 41 comments

How to write my own professional reference?

How to write my own professional reference? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave at 5:29 PM PST - 12 comments

USB / Firewire Combo PCMCIA card generates class 10 errors

Sorry to bother people but I'm at my wit’s end and desperate for help. I've bought a CardBus PCMCIA card with 2x USB2 ports, 1x 1394 firewire 6 pin, 1x 1394 firewire 4 pin for my laptop from eBay. It was supplied without documentation and a copied CD with USB 2.0 drivers. I'm running a Dell Latitude C640 with Windows 2000 SP4. I have today updated my BIOS and am running the most recent set. Windows update reports that my OS is fully up to date. Upon inserting the card Windows auto-detected the device. Inserting USB devices (camera and iPod) doesn't bring them up and interestingly the iPod isn't charging. After 8 hours of grappling with VIA USB drivers I’ve hit a brick wall. Under USB controllers in the device manger the following are listed: Standard Universal PCI to USB Hub USB Root Hub USB Root Hub USB Root Hub VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller VIA USB Universal Controller VIA USB Universal Controller All now appear to have the right driver installed but VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller lists a Code 10 error saying that it can't start. I've downloaded the Microsoft USB2.0 hotfix as well as the VIA USB2.0 2.60 drivers all to no avail. Does anyone have any idea as to what I could do?
posted by dmt at 5:11 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I break up?

How do I break up with a significant other? After 3 months, the relationship is no longer working out for me-- I find that spending time with my s/o has become tedious and not fun. S/o has become very clingy and needy. As a result, for me, the 'spark' just isn't there anymore. We had a long discussion where I aired some of my concerns... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 31 comments

Is this camera as good as it looks?

My digital camera died and I'm in the market for a new one. I was always leaving my old one at home because it was not slim enough to fit comfortably in my pocket. So I'm looking for a really slim one. I just found info on the Samsung Digimax #1. It looks so cool.

Can anyone tell me more about this camera? I could not find, for example, the actual zoom in any of the specs. Or the price when it comes out on June 1st. I’m totally okay spending a little more for a slim camera or a cool looking camera but I want to make sure it works well. Ideally, I’d pre-order it so I’d get it in time for an event on June 11th.
posted by hokie409 at 5:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Hotmail and Firefox

When I check Hotmail my emails are deleted automatically after reading them. The shiny, happy people at Hotmail blame this on the Firefox browser. Is there a way to fix this?
posted by Ugandan Discussions at 4:00 PM PST - 29 comments

Memorial Day Weekend

My girlfriend and I have had alternating business trips over the last month or so and we're looking to spend some quality time together this weekend. I live in the Washington DC area and would like to keep it within three hours drive time. [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a council house?

Can someone please explain to me what a council house is, and what it means to live in one? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 3:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Moving to Montreal

Moving to Montreal and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by googly at 3:11 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the name of the girl in the song Rocky Raccoon?

I am looking for the name of the girl in the song Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles (the one that called herself Lil and that everyone knew as Nancy). Lyric sites vary between Magil, Magill, and McGill, but I do not want to rely on the number of search results as the answer. Is there a definitive source for her real name?
posted by hindmost at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Early internet appliance?

Does anybody remember anything about a pre-world wide web consumer product called Yak (or Yack) that was marketing in the United States around 1990? Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

advice for potential new cat person

For the first time in many years I live in a place where I can have pets. I like cats and am considering getting one, though I've never had one before (I've had dogs before). [more inside]
posted by bac at 2:21 PM PST - 41 comments

Modern Love

WeddingMusicFilter: A friend has asked me to help him compile fun songs for his wedding reception... [more inside]
posted by ch3ch2oh at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Tiny display model tent?

Anyone know how I can get my hands on one of those miniature tents used as display models in the sporting goods sections of many stores? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 2:03 PM PST - 14 comments

ManagerFilter: Improving Staff Morale

ManagerFilter:Need some easy, cost-effective tips for making the workday more fun and upbeat. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 1:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Investment Clubs

I'm starting an investment club with my friends and have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by fletchmuy at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments


There seems to be a trend lately where people are preferring goods made in smaller batches, often locally - crafted, if you will - such as olive oil, beer (at least in the 90s) and lately distilled spirits. What are some other examples of this? (Not necessarily food.)
posted by gottabefunky at 12:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Renewing my domain name

Help! My domain name registration expires today, and I don't want to pay too much to renew it! [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

footnote management in large Microsoft Word documents

My dissertation consists of about 320 pages, split up over seven chapters; each chapter is a separate document. I'd like to combine the seven chapters into one single megadocument, which is easy enough. But I'm having some trouble getting the numbering of the footnotes the way I want ... [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

PDA Newbie Filter

Just got a 2nd hand Palm OS 4.1 PDA. I'm aware of other threads on this topic - but could you clue me into indispensible/wierd/cool software/resources for Pam OS 4.1? [+] [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I start running?

So I'm overweight, have been my entire life with a couple of exceptions. I'm 6'5" and around 290 lbs. Which actually isn't as bad as it sounds, even at my skinniest (post-military) I have a 50" chest. But I'm still pretty out of shape and would like to fix that. [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 11:40 AM PST - 30 comments

A World With no Moon

After a long and ridiculously heated quasi-scientific discussion last night, I absolutely must know: what would happen to life on earth if the moon suddenly disappeared? I say the results would be disastrous, but my friend doesn't think it would matter much. I'd be interested to know who is more accurate in her assessment and the specific problems associated with a moonless earth.
posted by TheGoldenOne at 11:32 AM PST - 43 comments


Please tell me your experiences with passive agressiveness in your relationships. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 11:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Security vs. insecurity

I recently purchased my first home. It's in a neighborhood that used to be a little sketchy (Seattle's Rainier Beach), but is now relatively safe. Here's the thing: some of my neighbors still have bars on their windows. Others have security systems. Should I? Do they really help? Or is it just dwindling hysteria?
posted by arielmeadow at 11:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Cell phones that are basically awesome?

What kind of cell phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 10:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Microsoft Outlook Help Needed

Can somebody help out with a Microsoft Outlook problem that has me stumped? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do the coffee mugs in diners have concave sides

Why do the coffee mugs in diners have concave sides? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Telling about donations?

I made a donation in the name of a child who died many years ago. Do I tell the parents? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 10:10 AM PST - 17 comments

how to tell a friend he scares you

How do you tell someone they need to deal with their anger? More specifically, how do you tell them they scare you and other people? [more inside]
posted by wallaby at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Job Search

I've been doing web design for a very small company for almost 6 years. My skills basically are limited to designing comps for websites in Photoshop & building them out with Dreamweaver. I also do a tiny bit of Flash. But the current company is unlikely to grow, nor will my responsibilities become any more interesting, so I've set my sights on the local university's tech & humanities departments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

PC Video Games: what games do MeFites love the most?

What PC video games would you consider "best of the best"? Any genre from any era is fine: FPS, RPG, adventure, anything. I'm trying to expand my gaming horizons. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:34 AM PST - 69 comments

Book Title Filter

Looking for the author/title of a science fiction/fantasy novel read around 1985. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jperkins at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Best Mac OS X molecular biology software?

MolecularBio geeks: What's the best sequence analysis software for OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Recovering lost movies

Entire drive crashed and lost all the data it contained. We've used lots of programs so far and managed to recover music, photos and movies that are less than 20. We are looking to recover movies that are over 20 but not having much luck. There are tons of really expensive programs but we don't want to shell out w/o some sort of idea how they work or if they are effective. HELP!
posted by mscatch22 at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the box above the urinal?

MensRoomFilter: Guys, your standing at the urinal. on the wall in front of you is a box with a hose that runs down to the urinal. What is is it and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 7:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Central Asia Travel Advice

I am headed off to Central Asia for the summer and am looking for some first hand advice. [more inside]
posted by JPD at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Put my RSS feed on /their/ site.

A number of other sites have asked me for help about putting my RSS feed on their site. Um. Help? more, as they say, inside. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 5:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Stress management techniques for the manly-man.

Please help my husband! What are your favorite techniques to manage your stress and anger at home, for free, that requires no professional assistance? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 4:43 AM PST - 33 comments

Activities for a work picnic

Woo! It's BBQ time at work, and we're planning a big party. It's come down to me to pick out the various activities, and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 3:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Long term investment

I know nothing about financial instruments, bonds, certificates... And I want to buy some. Please help. (MI) [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How to make a VCD disk using a Macintosh

How do I make a VCD disk using the CD burner in my Powerbook? I have an .avi file that I would like to play on my DVD player, but I have no idea what's the best software to use for encoding, burning, etc.
posted by invisible ink at 12:08 AM PST - 13 comments

May 23

kitchen boy?

Building on recent questions: I am an amateur cook who is considering going pro... [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 11:43 PM PST - 14 comments

wood sealer mixture

I am told by my sculpting teacher that there is a mixture of shellac and a form of alcohol called 'alcosol' that is used to seal wood carvings. Does anyone know of this or another solution to dilute shellac with to seal wood? I have a carving that is very porous and needs a good sealer before waxing. I am anxious to get this finished. LAG
posted by lag at 11:25 PM PST - 5 comments


I live in a renovated condo in Chicago. My upstairs neighbors are driving me nuts with the noise. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:26 PM PST - 18 comments


Let's say you have provided hosting facilities for a collaborative event-focused weblog. One of the contributors is violating the social norms for the site in ways that might well have negative real-world consequences for business relationships which are dependent on collegiality and the event. A sponsoring entity for the weblog has requested that this individual be bounced, and possibly requests that the posts by the individual be removed as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments


I need some suggestions for cookbooks with really odd recipes. Cookbooks that have colorful themes or contain recipes that always seem to list canned peaches or SPAM in their ingredients are good for starters but anything really bizarre, unique, or old-timey will do.
posted by rokabiri at 9:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Searching for blog post about 43Folders/Lifehacks

I've been Googling fruitlessly for a good half-hour here, in search of a post I recall from a year or so ago, on the topic of Getting Things Done / 43Folders / LifeHacks [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 9:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Mp3 File Transfer

I have aprox. 200 mp3s saved on my desktop's hard drive. I want to transfer them to my notebook. The pc is W98 and the notebook is XP. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 7:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Culinary arts degrees

I'm debating whether or not to pursue a degree in culinary arts, and also what type of degree and school I should consider. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

I have an oozing sore on my face...

I get these from time to time, usually on the front of my chin or outsides of my mouth: [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Which PHP/CMS is the best for me?

I'm lost in the sea of PHP/CMS systems out there. Help me find the best one for me. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the Pitchfork hack site

I would like to relocate the forum post that described when was "hacked" last fall. Normally I would attempt to locate it myself but my Google-fu has not been helpful. The forum was a community of people that disliked Pitchfork. The title of the thread in question was something along the lines of "when becomes" and it was where someone had merely found a directory containing private emails of the Pitchfork's chief. Can you help me find that thread again?
posted by Monochrome at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Attack of the Clones

Is there a way to force a (Windows XP) laptop with an Intel video chipset to always clone the display out the external monitor port? Or a utility (or shortcut) that can turn on cloning with a simple double-click? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Traveling in Sarajevo

My partner will be in Sarajevo for three weeks. He needs some info. [more inside]
posted by anapestic at 5:37 PM PST - 2 comments

STDs: The social contract

Lately it seems that several of my friends are receiving HPV diagnoses, with all the accompanying uncertainty that entails. Given how little research we have on HPV and the relative benignity of the diagnosis, how should the topic be discussed with prospective partners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Canker Sores

I chronically get canker sores, does anyone know of any remedies or treatments? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 4:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Speeches in the senate

What is the origin of addressing all comments in Senate speeches to the President of the Senate? Is this simply tradition or is there some parliamentary reason for this?
posted by trey at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

rrs feed

I really want to add an RSS feed and XML feed to my site... and anything else that everyone is doing. Can someone PLEASE show me the most simplest way/site of adding this essential element to my site?
posted by bamassippi at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Prehistoric fiction

What fiction covers prehistoric and early historic societies? [more inside]
posted by NickDouglas at 2:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Negotiation on new homes

Is it possible to negotiate prices on a new construction -- specifically, a small-to-medium builder in a somewhat-hot market (Raleigh NC)? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

How to do a Star Wars Crawl

How can I create a Star Wars-type crawl in Flash?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 1:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Natural wonders of Europe?

Most travellers to Europe concentrate on the culture and the man-made historical artifacts. What specific places would you go to if you wanted to concentrate on the natural wonders instead?
posted by smackfu at 1:43 PM PST - 32 comments

Ramble on...

NYCFilter: 24yo guy moving to Manhattan for the first time and I'm basically going to have 10 days to kill before work starts. For locals: What is the coolest thing I can do during the day? I've already researched all the traditional (museums, restaurants, shops) places, I was hoping for the unusual places that will make me feel like a new yorker or just enlighten me. [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 1:38 PM PST - 38 comments

cheap mac scanner?

I'm looking for a cheap scanner for my ibook running Tiger, something like the Canoscan 3000ex for $50, that works ok.
posted by mecran01 at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

What do you do with a little brother who can't pay?

I'm moving into an apartment with my two brothers in about a week. The younger one has had major issues over the past year finding a job and paying rent. What can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Little Chemo in Slumberland

Anyone with Hodgkin's Disease out there? Have a question about the wonders and side effects of ABVD chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie at 1:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Seriously, how scary are Disney World rides?

I know that this is a VERY subjective question but can you provide any insight on the terror quotient of Walt Disney World "thrill" rides? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm thinking of moving to Las Vegas...[more inside]

I'm a 25 year old recent law school graduate (female) who is thinking of moving to Las Vegas.... [more inside]
posted by elquien at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you tell the sex of a cat?

How do you tell the sex of a cat? A strange cat came through the wall of my apartment this morning, and I'm wondering what gender it is. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 12:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Can we do this?

ParliamentaryFilter: can my organization change its Bylaws to complete rewrite the title and responsibilities of an elected officer mid-term? [more inside]
posted by alopez at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Women's jeans

What brands make women's jeans that fit curvy women and aren't ultra low cut and made of stretch denim?
posted by srboisvert at 12:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Pentration of cable TV in the United States

Folks- A pretty straightforward question... I'm looking for the penetration of cable TV into U.S. households... both as a percentage and an absolute number. I'm done the requisite Googling and turn up all sorts of numbers... Any cable TV industry people out there who have the info at their mental fingertips? As always, thanks in advance. Peter
posted by petestein1 at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comment


is the weston a. price foundation on to something, or are they half-baked? organic foods and whole grains good (sure), accurate labels important (check), soy deadly (huh?), and something about a board member's unique form of "magnetic, intuitive, spiritual or psychic healing" (groan).
posted by subpixel at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't I log on with new WinXP accounts?

I'm having trouble creating new accounts on my WinXP Professional system. When I create a new limited account, I can't log it in; the system simply hangs. [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Things to Do in Denver When You're...

Things to Do in Denver When You're... [more inside]
posted by purephase at 11:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Vaio's BIOS seems hosed.

My roommate's Sony Vaio PCG-F590 notebook, has had a peculiar problem for a couple of years now. In short, BIOS doesn't recognise the HDD, but only for the purposes of booting. [more inside]
posted by daksya at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

NYC, Where to stay?

What's the best high-end place to stay in NYC? I'm not looking for absurdly priced penthouse rentals, just a weekend stay in NYC that's somewhat more unique than a Hilton. I'm specifically looking at the Soho House and have family that raves about the Waldorf (a little too blueblood for me). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Don't you want me, baby?

Whose style did The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" video clip bite? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Western Canadian TV delivery

I'm *this* close to throwing away my Bell/ExpressVu satellite/PVR setup. What are alternative ways to feed my TV addiction in western Canada? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Recommended Space Operas

With the completion of the Star Wars sextology [sic], I was looking for recommendations of other science fiction/fantasy space operas. I just bought the Doc Smith's Lensman "prequel", Triplanetary, and his first Skylark book. Any other suggestions or comments on these (i.e. should I start with Galactic Patrol in the Lensman series? Read Skylark before Lensman)? Suggestions from across all media is welcome (Babylon 5, etc.).
posted by Dante5Inferno at 10:25 AM PST - 30 comments

Satellite in the Northeast?

I am looking into getting cable television and DirecTV seems to be the cheapest route. I'm worried about the dish getting knocked out of service range during bad weather, though. Does anyone have any experience with satellite dishes in less than desirable climates? (I live in Baltimore, MD.)
posted by amandaudoff at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Wipe or Replace?

I have a P-3 Dell desktop with Win98 that is a few years old and has been buggy of late, even with all the virus and adware scans I can do on it. I also have a laptop with XP and the XP install disks (I have reinstalled XP on this one). I feel like it's time to start fresh with the desktop, so my question is two-pronged: 1. Would it be easier to just buy a new hard drive (since a 20 gig one is relatively cheap) than to reformat the existing one and reinstall everything? 2. Would you reinstall Win98 or go with XP (assuming that it WOULD install on this box and I don't know any reason why it would not)?
posted by Danf at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Williamsburg VA Vacation Ideas

The family and I are planning a vacation in Williamsburg VA, in August. We know all about Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country. We need ideas for low-cost, off the beaten track, and generally neat things to do. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Travel in Croatia

Want to go to Croatia in September. Have questions and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice needed from those w/experience selling an antique car online.

I need suggestions for a site to list my neighbor's antique car. He's a nice old fellow and I want to help. [more inside]
posted by drakepool at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Things to do in Chicago

My wife and I are heading to Chicago sometime between June 2nd - June 5th to celebrate our anniversary. Chi-town pals, help us find some cool things to do/places to eat! [more inside]
posted by sluggo at 7:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Making a table?

I want to make a table. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Good Places to camp in the SF Bay area?

What are some good places to camp on the beach in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Espoo2 at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Eastern PA day trips?

I'd like to go on a day trip to eastern PA this upcoming weekend. Caves, hikes, waterfalls - what is nice in the area?
posted by skwm at 6:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Software site review

I have been asked to reivew my companys site. We provide software solutions and services. I am trying to make the case for stripping away much of the graphics content and blurb in favour of clearly presented text tailored to suit specific target audiences. I would appreciate articles or examples of sites which support and illustrate this approach.
posted by kenaman at 2:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Burning a DVD in a PC for a Mac

My machine has a DVD writer, my girlfriend's iMac has a DVD reader. Is there a piece of software which will allow me to burn a bootable DVD in Mac format?
posted by NinjaPirate at 1:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Working at Target

What's it like working at a Super Target? There's one opening here in town. I understand they offer some decent benefits. How's the work environment? Would you recommend it?
posted by wsg at 12:31 AM PST - 14 comments

AcademicWord freelance editing experience?

Does anyone have any experience or first-hand knowledge about working for the AcademicWord company? Is it a legitimate operation or is it too good to be true? I'm confident I have the skills, do they pay their bills? (MI) [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 12:30 AM PST - 2 comments

May 22

Drip-lines: How do they work? Advantages?

Can anyone give me a good intro to drip irrigation? I'm fairly used to sprinklers, but I've heard good things about drip lines, and I'm wondering whether it's worth trying to switch over. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 10:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Clash of the tartans

I'm supposed to be best man in a wedding for someone whose family is getting bent out of shape about me wearing my family's tartan because his family and mine never got along. Are there rules for this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:41 PM PST - 34 comments

My Web Host ain't got GD, or ImageMagick

My budget web host does not have the GD or ImageMagick libraries installed. How can I get around this? More inside... [more inside]
posted by hifimofo at 10:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Who can sell food containing alcohol?

What does the law say about selling food containing alcohol? Would a store need a liquor license to sell a dessert made with, say, rum? Is there a difference between food containing liquor versus beer or wine? Do these rules vary by state?
posted by medpt at 9:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Personal checks and paper currency: sizes

In the U.S., personal checks and paper currency are the same size. So I've been wondering- is there an international standard size for personal checks? Or, do checks issued in one particular country match up with that country's currency? (And what about places like China, where the bills are all different sizes?) Thanks in advance for helping me sleep at night.
posted by elisabeth r at 9:36 PM PST - 11 comments

What percentage of movies lose money overall?

Given all of the brouhaha about file trading and lost movie sales, is there a way to figure out what percentage of commercially released movies don't recoup their production costs, when all avenues are factored in (theater runs, dvd, cable, etc...). [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 9:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Creative summer & side jobs

Summer is coming. I'm a student. I'd like to earn me some dosh in as pleasant a way as possible. Additionally, since I'm already sitting behind a darn desk for the whole friggin' year, I think it's time for a change. No coding. No system administration. No data entry. No QA. I think you catch my drift. [more inside]
posted by koenie at 7:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Where to donate thousands of comics?

I have around 20+ long boxes full of comics that I'd like to get rid of. Is it possible to donate them and receive a charitable donation tax credit? If so, where? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 7:30 PM PST - 11 comments

The Muppet Show!

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to ask some questions about The Muppet Show tonight! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 7:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Text communication devices

A coworker is looking for some kind of text-messaging device that she can use to keep in touch with her boyfriend. Few specifications. [more inside]
posted by itchie at 6:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Very slow transfer to SD card on Tungsten-E

I recently purchased a Kingston 256MB SD card for my Tungsten-E. File transfer speeds are incredibly slow: it takes 15-30 minutes to transfer one measly MP3. I bought and installed a USB-2 card on my computer, but it doesn't seem to help much. Is this normal? Is there a problem with the SD-card or the handheld? Would buying a dedicated card reader help?
posted by signal at 6:35 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some good guitar songs for camping?

I'm already thinking about summer (maybe too optimistically at this point) but I know for sure that our plans include some camping trips. I'd like to bring my guitar along for kicks, but I don't know what to play. What are some good (not cliche, not sappy, etc) songs that would be good? Keep in mind that I'm not amazing at guitar, nor am I amazing at singing.
posted by devilsbrigade at 6:10 PM PST - 17 comments

What would a good gift be for a grad going to film school?

Giftfilter: I need to buy a gift for a high school grad going off to Film school. I'm looking for cool gifts that he might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by renyoj at 5:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Sock-matching with shorts?

Sock-matching with shorts? While I have a good feel for the rules on matching socks with trousers, I'm not as sure whether those also apply to matching socks with shorts. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 5:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I get some help with kilts?

Has anyone had experience, good or bad, with buying a kilt in the United States? I'm getting married on July 30th and I would really like to wear my fiancee's tartan. I am not Scottish (as far as I know), but she most definitely is - clan Elliott. I've looked at a number of online places, but I'm still kind of in the dark. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 4:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Gettin Figgy Wid It

FigFilter: I'm in NYC and have been aching, pining even, for some fresh (not dried) figs. In London, they were absolutely everywhere, even in the off-season. So why is it, in this town, I can't find a single fresh fig... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Eye Doctor

I lost my glasses on the plane a couple of months ago and I could probably use an update to the prescription. How do I pick an opthamologist? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 3:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Is Blogads profitable?

Does anyone have experience with Blogads? I've been approached to join their ad program in which I'd place ads from their network of advertisers on my blog in exchange for a share of the profits. My blog gets about 700 hits per day (on a good non-Slashdotted day). Can a blog as small as mine be profitable with Blogads? Are Blogads's business dealings fair and above the table? Are Blogads's ads so annoying that most people in-the-know block them with Adblock etc.? Basically, is Blogads a good idea for my blog?
posted by Servo5678 at 3:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Firefox Add Bookmark Dialog Adjustment?

I've been using OpenBook to change Firefox's Add Bookmark behavior, but it isn't quite what I want. I would like the Add Bookmark dialog box to have the Description field included. Is there any extension or hidden setting that will allow me to expose this field?
posted by xyzzy at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Crate and Barrel Plates

We are considering buying Martinique Yellow dinnerware from Crate and Barrel. Some friends told us that they were less than impressed with the durability of Crate and Barrel plates. Obviously, the quality will differ from product to product, but if you have Crate and Barrel dinnerware, please tell me what you think about the quality.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Dealing with small infidelity?

My relationship is wonderful. It's been a couple of years and we have big plans, a definitely long term view, get along perfectly, still have passion, all that... So why did I kiss a friend while really, really drunk the other night? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 55 comments

Stopping Jeep Cherokee Belt Squeal

My 1989 Jeep Cherokee's serpentine belt is squealing horrifically. Nothing I have done will make it stop for longer than a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Biofeedback-controlled video game from 1997-98?

Back in 1997-98 (when the Computer City chain was still around), I remember seeing a "mind controlled" game for the PC on display, and one of the titles involved steering a downhill skier. [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Japanese study-abroad tips

I need advice on studying abroad in Japan. [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

8 year Marriage itch

I'm a male - been married for 8 years, I'm 36 - have 2 kids and I'm feeling like I don't want to be married anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 40 comments

Can I schedule a date in MS Outlook from a hyperlink?

Is there a way to add a schedule to an Outlook user's calendar by having him click a link on a website? [more inside]
posted by slater at 4:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does my IE jump like a Kangaroo?

When I use IE Explorer, the page images sometimes start jumping up and down uncontrollably. How can I fix this? (MI.) [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 4:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Windows Batch File - Run Minimized?

I've a batch file for automatically uploading a file from my computer to my webspace. The batch file does it's job perfectly but I'm having problems automating the running of the batch file. I've set up a scheduled task to run the file but the problem is that even with the batch file settings changed to 'Run Minimized' the scheduled task still runs maximised and takes over my whole screen. Since I have the file set to run every 10 minutes this is a problem. Anybody have any solutions?
posted by daveirl at 3:43 AM PST - 5 comments

mobile phone sync COMM Port

I've installed phone management and sync software for my new mobile phone, but cannot allocate a comm port successfully. The help file says to use a comm port from the list which has a * beside it, but there are no ports listed with an asterisk beside them. I am using a USB connection. Any guidance would be much appreciated
posted by haelen at 12:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Academic business cards?

I am a M.A. student at a small university in Canada. Next week I will be heading to a large academic conference and I want to have some business cards for shmoozing networking purposes. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:05 AM PST - 22 comments

May 21

OTR Fans Unite!

My name is RavinDave and I am a Radioholic. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 11:20 PM PST - 10 comments

De-Tatoo You

How many laser treatments should it take to remove a dark blue tatoo? My friend thinks a dermatologist has a thing for her because after four visits, her dark blue tatoo (an Ex-'s name) is still there, and not very much different than prior to her first removal treatment [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 6:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Sending Text Messages from the U.S. to Europe

Help! Problems sending text messages from the U.S. (T-Mobile) to Spain (Vodafone). I can receive but can't send... [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Botched Data DVD

How can I get files off an improperly finalized data DVD? (WinXP, Nero) [more inside]
posted by muckster at 5:53 PM PST - 4 comments

"Coffee makes you GO!" Why, and what to do?

My brother-in-law used to run a coffee shop. He sold mugs with the slogan, "Coffee makes you GO!", alluding of course to that common side effect of coffee, diarrhea. My question is: 1. Why does coffee cause diarrhea? 2. What can be done about it, apart from (a) giving up coffee, or (b) taking a daily dose of Imodium / Loperamide? Coffee is like physics: we love it, and yet we hate it. Please help me hate it less. Bottoms up!
posted by rwhe at 4:00 PM PST - 23 comments

X font problem!

I have a nice wide screen display (Sony P234) on a linux box. It's usually beautiful but on many applications there's a font problem. When it happens all the fonts appear as boxes. [more inside]
posted by substrate at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Multiple accounts in

How should I manage multiple accounts with my mac? [more inside]
posted by cali at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

HDTV Tuner and Cable

Do standard “QAM” HDTV tuners work over conventional cable? [more inside]
posted by phatboy at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments


Nice white walls in the new place, a few bad scuffmarks from the moving! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 1:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Drip drip drip, but how often?

How often should I drip irrigate my front yard in foggy San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone tried microdermabrasion?

Has anyone tried microdermabrasion - performed by a certified plastic surgeon or at home? Please tell me if it worked and was worth the cost. [more inside]
posted by sophie at 12:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Origins of naming our offspring.

I am trying to find articles online which delve into the origins of naming human offspring and whether or not other species have audible monickers as well. [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How to block IPs in Apache Tomcat?

Recently a wiki that I host has been defaced pretty badly by some Asian group. I'd like to block an ip address or a range of addresses from my web server. I'm running Jakarta Tomcat on a Windows XP Pro box but Google hasn't been able to tell me how to do this.
posted by furtive at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

iTunes 4.8 visualizer

After spending a solid half hour staring at the new iTunes 4.8 visualizer and not seeing it loop around once, I started wondering how this was possible. Certain aspects repeat, but never in quite the same forms or colours. Is there a simple explanation?
posted by hopeless romantique at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

housefilter-wood porch, badly painted, wet

The front porch of my 1926 non-historic house needs to be refinished. It has peeling paint over stain, is developing 3-4mm wide cracks and when I make it down to wood, the boards seem to be damp. Small ants come spilling out when I turn off my orbital sander. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 10:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Online radio

Need some online radio recommendations, and with a quickness. Just moved and we have like 24 country radio stations and 1 "Best of Aaron Neville/Peter Cetera" station. Help me escape the insanity! [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 10:20 AM PST - 16 comments

What is the actual title of the "Numa Numa" song?

EarwormFilter: What is the actual title and artist of the song popularly known as the soundtrack to the Numa Numa Dance video? Gods forgive me, I would like to download an MP3 of it. (Bonus points if you can point me to an MP3 link.)
posted by matildaben at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

sound not working

I can't get the sound to work on my computer anymore. [more inside]
posted by luser at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Multiple mp3's on jukebox question

I've just got a very natty little mp3 player which comes with MusicMatch Jukebox 9 to transfer music from my PC to the player. So far, so good - but I'm having problems loading on multiple tracks with the same name - I'm much more into listening to albums straight through, and I have several albums by the same artists which (of course) have identical track names. Can anyone suggest a method of automatically renaming shed-loads of mp3's so I can listen to albums as they were meant to be heard, instead of missing out tracks which have appeared elsewhere already? I know it can be done manually, but life is too short (and Emerson, Lake and Palmer have recorded the same songs *way* too many times)! :-) Thanks!
posted by timpollard at 6:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Applause at funerals?

What's up with applause at funerals? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:20 AM PST - 5 comments

May 20

How many words on the front page?

I've heard many times that if you read the front page of the newspaper, you would have gone through more words than if you listened to a half hour TV broadcast news show. With this in mind, I am wondering: how many words are there, on average on the front page of a newspaper? What about inside? Does the format (broadsheet vs. tabloid) make a difference? If yes, how many words for each?
posted by TNLNYC at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Buckwheat pillows

My neck is killing me. Where can I find a buckwheat/soba pillow in NYC? Bonus points for somewhere not overcharging for "organic ultimate lifesaving pillows".
posted by mkultra at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Vegan food in germany?

What kind of vegan food options exist in Germany? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 6:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Premium Gas and Mini Coopers

Do Mini Coopers really need high-octane gas? (Apologies to my boyfriend for asking this question because he says they do! I'm just not convinced.)
posted by abbyladybug at 6:27 PM PST - 35 comments

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good book on history?

I'm looking to buy a book on history to read for pleasure. My interest is mainly in American history and especially Lincoln, but I'm open to suggestions on other areas too. Does anyone have a good suggestion or two?
posted by flexxer at 6:02 PM PST - 23 comments

All wrapped up and ready to go

I have a shot at salvaging a kid (twelve) from the mind numbing wasteland that is hip-hop-bippity-bop and pop. I need help. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 5:56 PM PST - 68 comments

bush pilots

Does anyone know a bush pilot, have contact with one, or know anything about the becoming one? I'm thinking about becoming one, and while I've found a great deal of narratives about bush pilot adventures, I haven't found anything that that talks about it as a career path, which is what I'm primarily looking for.
posted by Snyder at 3:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Enlarged prostates and orgasms

Most men develop an enlarged prostate as they age. I was wondering what effect an enlarged prostate would have on pleasure derived from the massaging of the prostate. Does an enlarged prostate make anal sex more pleasurable, less pleasurable or does it have no effect on pleasure?
posted by hellx at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Is bipolar mis/overdiagnosed?

In your personal experience, do you think it's possible (or even common) to be mistakenly diagnosed as bipolar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 29 comments

I'm looking for a plethora of columnists to choose from.

I enjoy reading people with opinions that differ from mine. Could you offer some suggestions to columnists (daily or otherwise) online that I could be enlightened by. I'm looking mostly for writer's who deal with current events going on in our nation and world. I'm looking for people of all different viewpoints and backgrounds.
posted by ieatwords at 2:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Mobile phone signal booster

I am looking for a proven, simple and possibly cheap way to boost my mobile phone's signal. Inside my house I have no signal, however on the roof I can sometimes get a signal and make phone calls. I know there are repeaters, but does anyone know of a product that is tried and works well. Oh, and I am on Bell CDMA in Canada
posted by bright77blue at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

can the force lower my car insurance?

Anyone know where I can get Star Wars personal checks? All my Google-Fu can turn up is, and while those are nice, they're not what I'm looking for. And they're even more than the insanely expensive checks my bank offers.
posted by Kellydamnit at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Real people in fake stories

What are the legal ramifications of using a real person in a fictional story? Do you have to have their permission? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 12:55 PM PST - 22 comments

songs that have backwards messages?

What songs actually have messages when played backwards, or at least are popularly rumored to do so?
posted by apple scruff at 12:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Desperate Catwife

My cat is bored! [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 12:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me get evicted!

Another rental question for all ya'll to tackle. I rented a room from an ad in the paper (I was moving in from out of state, didn't know many people). Rent was advertised @ $300/mo. A little steep for around here, but not TOO bad. Conveniently enough, the day after I got the lease signed, one of my roomates let me in on the fact that the couple downstairs, who rent their room/living room/bathroom combo area for $500, are moving out and subleasing it to a girl from SF for $367. Which bumps both mine and the other roomates rent up to $367 as well. I recently discovered that EVERYONE I talked to was aware this was going to happen - The landlord, the guy I subleased from, and the three other roomates. I spoke with ALL of them extensively before signing the lease, and no one felt it pertinent to let me in on this little "detail". So, to put it lightly, I'm feeling a little burned here. The lease, which legally covers the landlord ( I signed it for the total amount of the rent, $1,100, as did the rest of the roomates, which basically leaves it up to us to figure out distribution ) runs through August. An extra $67 may not seem like alot to some other MeFi'rs, but it's a ton to me, and I simply can't afford it. Subleasing it myself isn't an option, as $367 is absolutely RIDICULOUS rent for a room in this town, much less this neighborhood. Now to the question: What would happen, if I were to say, quit paying rent, period, and the landlord evicted me? Would I still be bound by the lease? I would pay all due rent ONCE he kicked me out - The point of not paying rent would be to provoke him to legally release me from the lease.. This sounds like the perfect solution to my problem, but...I mean, I've gotta be missing a critical detail here, right? An interesting side note is that I haven't paid my $300 deposit, which I don't plan on doing either. So I'm not worried about that end of it...
posted by rabble at 12:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for an old sound from PBS

Looking for a specific PBS show, uh... filter. I produced a sound for an in-game video, and one of my coworkers thinks I sampled it from an old (70's, early 80's) PBS show. I *did* create the sound with old PBS educational programming in mind, but not a specific show or sound. [more inside]
posted by fake at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

best history of the british empire ever?

What's the best history of the British Empire you've ever read? I'm looking for something reasonably scholarly but still very readable.
posted by transona5 at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do I have such bad food coma?

Over the past year, right after I eat lunch at work (no matter what I eat) I get back to my desk and can't think straight, concentrate, or focus on what I'm doing. I get really really tired and sometimes even dizzy. Basically, I can barely function. It's got to be something more than the average food coma. Same thing happens when I drink soda or other caffeinated products too. I don't drink coffee or coke cause it screws me up. What's wrong with me and how can I get rid of this problem?
posted by freshness at 11:58 AM PST - 21 comments

What are good thank you gifts for my foreign hosts?

I recently went to a wedding in Israel with a group of friends. The groom's in-laws let us borrow their car for a week and a friend of the bride acted as tour guide for several days. I'd like to get them each a nice gift in the $100 range, preferably something uniquely American. The inlaws are a 50-ish, fairly cosmopolitan married couple and the bride's friend is a single 30-ish woman. Any suggestions?
posted by electroboy at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Java Dongles

Has anybody ever used a cross-platform (Win, OSX) USB dongle/hardware key to copy protect a Java application? Which one(s)? How was it to integrate into the application? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it just the nipples?

Calling all historians: a question inspired by this photo, found through this FPP. What is the significance of the Napoleonic hand-inside-of-shirt pose? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 10:58 AM PST - 15 comments

school loan consolidation

It's the time to consolidate my school loans, or so I hear. My question is have any of you had good/bad experiences with loan consolidation companies? Are there any I should stay away from? With school interest rates at a low, will my payments be the same regardless of whom I consolidate with? I'm looking for pretty much any experience fellow MeFites have with loan consolidation so I don't mess this up.
posted by jmd82 at 10:38 AM PST - 15 comments

outline maps of countries

I'm looking for a source of simple outline maps of the countries of the world, showing only their shapes. Any ideas?
posted by Vidiot at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Scotland Bed and Breakfast

I'm looking for recommendations for a bed and breakfast, a guest farm or guest house or something along those lines in Scotland. [more inside]
posted by undertone at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know how to repair fusuma?

Does anyone know how to repair fusuma? [more inside]
posted by emmling at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting People Organized

What is the best time, and day of the week to organize getting a group of people together? [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 9:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Tonik Insurance?

Has anyone applied for and used Tonik Insurance? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Repetitive work makes me want to claw my eyes out

How do you stay awake, alert and keep from getting bored or broody when your work is extremely repetitive? I have an iPod, but no internet/computer access at work.
posted by Jeanne at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Installed Programs List

Is there a quick and easy way to generate a list of all of the programs I have installed on my WinXP computer? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 9:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Interior Finish for Replacement Windows

Looking for input on finishing new interior replacement windows. [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 9:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Can anyone recommend a user based shopping cart?

I'd like to setup a webstore/portal script for local bands to sell their merchandise on. Can anyone recommend a solution? I'd prefer it to be LAMP based if possible.
posted by jackofsaxons at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Getting Things Done on a Macintosh

Having recently finished Getting Things Done (and after following 43 Folders for some time), I'm inspired to organize my life. I've gathered supplies and plan to organize my physical life this weekend. My on-line life (based on a Mac) needs help, though. How do you stay organized on your Mac? Do you use iCal? (It still seems so buggy to me.) What e-mail program do you use? Is Microsoft's Entourage all that? I know about Quicksilver, but can you recommend other little apps to keep my digital life organized and worry free? (Tips on physical GTD organization are welcome, too.)
posted by jdroth at 8:43 AM PST - 26 comments

Architectural salvage stores near greater Boston area?

Anybody know of architectural salvage yards or stores in the Boston area where I can get hold of things from older building being torn down or replaced. Sinks..etc.. Thanks
posted by flyby22 at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

The Best Bridal Party Mix Tape Evah!!!

What wedding-day songs would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:18 AM PST - 48 comments

NYC to Rutgers

Question for NYCmefites and/or mefis that know about Rutgers University. I have a friend here in Spain that is going to do a 2 month academic sojourn at Rutgers but wants to enjoy NYC to the fullest. She has a tight budget, where should she stay? [more inside]
posted by sic at 6:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Boot Failure: System Halted?

XP, possible related issues/causes inside, but the short of it is a message that says "Boot Failure: System Halted" when I turn on the computer. [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 6:21 AM PST - 23 comments

The name of a horror movie where a ghost talks to the girl through a mirror.

I saw this old horror movie about eight years ago, but I think it's from the seventies. A young couple moves into an old house and people start dying. As it turns out, the ghost either is, or looks just like, the young woman. The ghost speaks to her through the mirror. The only line of dialog I remember is when she was walking along a flight of stairs with an old man, and he says something to the effect that, "people today are so impolite." [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Apartments via Realtor in Boston

BostonRealty: My lease ends in September and a friend and I are planning on moving in together. We need a new place. We both work full time (and then some) and have some pretty specific requirements. Should we be having a realtor help us look? [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 5:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Recovering deleted files from mapped network drive

I didn't have enough coffee this morning and accidentally deleted some important files from a mapped network drive. I don't think the Recycle Bin is going to help me here. I am running Windows XP on my workstation, and the Server / NOS software is Windows 2000. Anyone know of any tools/methods to get these files back?
posted by jasondigitized at 5:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Ethical to markup off-shored services?

My small company has been working on a relatively significant time and materials-based software development project for the past three months. We still have three months more of this to go. At any rate, because we don't have the expertise in house nor do we really have the need to build up a QA area (this is a one off project), we are looking into off-shoring the testing of the application. Is it ethical to markup the offshored hourly tester rates? [more inside]
posted by Flem Snopes at 4:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Offset printing 101

I will soon need to submit my first offset jobs, and I know enough to confuse myself, but not enough to make things easier. The jobs will be short-runs (500 copies), primarily b/w photos, 20-40 pages. Questions abound, here are a few. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 4:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Ordination Gift

A friend is becoming ordained as a full pastor in the methodist church this spring. He currently is a pastor of a small congregation, of which I am not a member. Any ideas on an appropriate gift? There is a group of five of us who would like to chip in between $30-$60 US and buy something together.
posted by barrista at 1:22 AM PST - 15 comments

May 19

Help for a newly single parent

I've lost my primary income provider recently (MI). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Visiting Cartagena, Colombia

A cousin of mine is getting married in Cartagena and I'll be spending a week there at the end of July. Any travel tips? Recommended places to visit/eat? I may have opportunities to travel outside of Cartagena after the wedding festivities are over, considering I'll be staying over longer than many of the guests; after I do the official Romancing The Stone walking tour (kidding, I think) where should I go from there?
posted by emelenjr at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Portland Restaurant recommendations

My husband and I are spending this weekend in Portland for our 12th wedding anniversary. We are staying at the Mark Spencer, and have tickets to a play Sunday evening. I'd like to book us a dinner someplace nice (but under $200 including wine/tip) for dinner either before or after the theater. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 6:58 PM PST - 25 comments

How do you handle authentication via cookie with CURL?

how do you handle authentication via cookie with CURL? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 6:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fix my window shades

I have vinyl shades on my windows. One, in particular, has absolutely no tension. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Where Are ElseWhereFilters?

What MeFi-like community blog sites do you recommend in the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German-speaking parts of the web? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie at 6:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Best athletic shoes for plyometric training?

I'm about to start a rigorous plyometric jump training program. So .. to lessen all the wear and tear on my knees and ankles.. can anyone refer me to the best pair of athletic shoes to buy ? The program lasts six months, so they need to last and provide maximum shock absorbtion..thanks!
posted by jason9009 at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Monitor Distortion

The edges of my monitor are distorted. I can't seem to find the right adjustment to the settings. Can anyone help me fix this annoying problem? [more inside]
posted by eatcherry at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Laptop Reformatting

I just got a new used laptop, and it has a lot of error messages showing up, so I want to completely clean it up before I start using it. Is it better to use the manufacturer's Quick Restore discs (Compaq), or to reformat the HD completely and install an operating system clean? [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I create a 3' by 3' "poster" made of pieces of 8.5" by 11" paper?

What tool can I use to make a "poster" approximately 3' by 3' consisting of individual 8.5" by 11" pieces of paper? Something like Rasterbator, but without the raster part. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Customizing Firefox

Is it possible to change the default search engine in Firefox's context menu for selected text? [more inside]
posted by Pigpen at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Interesting jewelry shops in Miami Beach and NYC

I'm looking for shops in either Miami Beach or New York City where I could find interesting handmade jewelry. (A slightly random combination of cities, I know--it's just that I'll be in both places on an upcoming trip.) I'm looking for jewelry that is well made but not ultra expensive--which, in my mind, would probably put the price range somewhere between $20 and $100. Any tips for shops in either location?
posted by yankeefog at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How well does Vonage work in Toronto?

Any Canadian Mefites use Vonage ( for their phone service? How's the reception? Uptime? Any details you can share? Any nightmares? Details specific to Toronto or Rogers Hi-Speed appreciated.
posted by Badmichelle at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Odd Firefox behavior

I've been ignoring a number of minor Firefox bugs but I've finally had enough. Help! The Linky! extension doesn't work. The Conquery extension doesn't work. I select text but then I get an empty dialog prompting me for search text. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Electricity bill doubled

Is my water cooler doubling my electricity bill? [more inside]
posted by toftk at 2:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Who are the people in my neighborhood?

I remember once seeing a neighbor-search utility. One could enter an address and find who lived nearby. It wasn't fundrace. Can anyone point me to it?
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:02 PM PST - 2 comments

What did Sandy Duncan say in her Wheat Thins commercial?

What did Sandy Duncan Say in her Wheat Thins commercials? Seems like she had a tag line, but it certainly wasn't "mmmm, good cracker" or "just a pinch between your cheek and gum." I'd love to have a whole transcript of one of those commercials, but what was it she said? "The little cracker with the big taste?"
posted by rainbaby at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Lodging Question

My wife and I are looking for good cheap lodging on Topsail Island NC in July. Any suggestions?
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find tax credit information for filming in Canada?

I'm trying to assemble a document that outlines the various tax credits available for filming in Canada. Is there a comprehensive site (or doc) already in existence that breaks down credits nationally and by province? [more inside]
posted by johndavi at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get rid of stretch marks?

Does anyone have any advice/experience with trying to get rid of or lessen the appearance of stretch marks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 15 comments

How much is too much?

I work in an office where one of our managers is very overtly political. Slogans, "[opposite party] go home!," pictures of Dear Leader, and other partisan paraphanalia are par for the course with this person. It's in email signatures and publicly visible in other areas of our department. Is this excessive or am I just over-sensitive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 48 comments

Looking for a quote

I swear that I've seen this quote before: "A good {conductor,composer} will anticipate his audience... and then do something else." That may not be the exact phrasing, and my googlefu has failed me. Does anyone recognize this?
posted by sbutler at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Change Margins on Project Gutenberg Books?

Is there an easy way to change the margins on Project Gutenberg e-books? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Japanese short story problem

I read once about (didn't actually read it) a short story by a Japanese author in which the protagonist's business cards come to life and impersonate him; I thought it might be Kobo Abe, but couldn't substantiate. Please to assist.
posted by clockzero at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Conference giveaways

Is there some sort of rule-of-thumb for how many giveaways you bring to a conference based on number of attendees? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Montreal Lodging

My sweetie and I are looking for lodging recommendations in Montreal. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:40 AM PST - 17 comments

What mystery story is this?

Show my boss the power of AskMe by indentifying this half-remembered mystery story/novel for her, please... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Kinetic Sculpture at Logan Airport, Boston?

Looking for the name of the sculptor who made 2 kinetic pieces that used to be in (I think 2) areas at Logan Airport. Maybe United Airlines area? Balls 2 or 3 " in diameter rolled along troughs, tripped levers, were carried up escalators, etc. etc. Haven't seen them in years , but I would love more information about them and him.
posted by judybxxx at 7:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Help empty my closet

What's the best place / way to sell my quality but no-longer-wanted clothing in the Boston area? Craigslist? eBay? Consignment shops? I'm curious about how I can get the most money possible. [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Construction site signage help

I do marketing for a company that manufactures and installs windows/doors/gates in Uganda (East Africa). I want to create signage to put up at construction sites to advertise that the windows (etc) are by us. Problem: as opposed to the north american constructions sites i am familiar with, site hoardings (the barrier around the site) are usually corrugated metal sheets instead of the flat, nailable/gluable wood we use at home, and lawn-type areas around construction sites are non-existent, so you can't just stick something into the ground. SO.. how to display the sign? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 6:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Sun protection and surfing

Can anyone recommend a sunscreen (or alternative option) that will offer good protection for my face and scalp while I am in the sea. Balding scalp can make it difficult to get cream all over, and constantly being in and out of waves can be a problem for keeping stuff on. Any products would need to be stuff I can buy in the UK.
posted by biffa at 6:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a certain french bar soap...

My wife and I really really love this soap. (sorry, crappy photo) It's 'Atlantis' made by L'Aromarine of France. Please help me find a place to buy it online! We have one bar left, and we can't bear to use it up... [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 5:23 AM PST - 8 comments

mac tips and tricks

What are your favorite Mac-only tips and tricks (like the instant-off / instant-on feature when you close the lid of an iBook) from which a switching Windows user would benefit?
posted by humuhumu at 4:24 AM PST - 41 comments

I broke my jump drive...

I have a 512 MB Lexar jump drive, which I connected to my brother's computer before installing windows. I didn't think about this while instructing him on the install, and the partition on the jump drive was deleted. How can I fix it?
posted by borkencode at 1:34 AM PST - 3 comments

firefox: open bookmarks in a new tab by default

Is there an extension or a setting I can change to get firefox to open bookmarks in a new tab as the default single-left click behavior?
posted by juv3nal at 12:02 AM PST - 14 comments

May 18

Gimme Books!!

I need book recommendations pronto! [more inside]
posted by ttrendel at 10:14 PM PST - 55 comments

I need a facial moisturizer that won't give me blackheads.

I need a facial moisturizer that won't give me blackheads. [more inside]
posted by luneray at 10:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Chimney liner installation

Has anyone ever installed stainless steel chimney liner themselves? I've been quoted amounts ranging from expensive to outrageous to have it done professionally. [more inside]
posted by TimeFactor at 8:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you recommend any great books on fashion and style?

Can you recommend any great books on fashion and style? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Dead Pixel

I just got a new laptop which I like very much, but there is one dead pixel on the right side of the screen. I'm debating if I should exchange it. It really isn't that big a deal, but it seems like one of those little things that might slowly drive me insane if I keep it. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

What's his name?

What's the name of the musician who does lounge style remakes of popular (often heavy metal or hard rock) songs? He's on the Dawn of the Dead remake soundtrack.
posted by Jon-o at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Ecommerce Startup Costs

I am trying to find good sources on estimating the startup costs for an ecommerce site. My googlefu is not working, as all the sites I find are trying to sell me affiliations, books, etc. and are not 'real' resources. [more inside]
posted by juggler at 7:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Better than porn

Remember the default screensaver that came with SGI IRIX around 10 years ago? Has anyone ported that to Windows? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

The Ultimate Video Arcade

Where is the ultimate video game arcade in the United States? I want to take my 12-yo son on a fun vacation that he has most decidedly earned, and I need ideas. He does not like rollercoasters or other amusement park rides, but he does like experiential movie theatres like IMAX, 3-D and the like.
posted by mischief at 7:22 PM PST - 19 comments

How long does gas last?

How long can I expect unused gasoline in a car's gas tank to last before it breaks down into something that the engine can't burn?
posted by nmiell at 6:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Hardwood flooring

I have a friend who wants to buy a sweet (and cheap!) fixer-upper in an up-and-coming section of Philadelphia. Thing is, she'll need to do a lot of work to renovate it, including putting in new floors... [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How to remove keyboard lettering?

Inspired by this, I want to remove the lettering from my iBook's keyboard. What is the best method to do this cleanly? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 4:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Antique Wedding Band Designs

My fiance and I have been looking for a unique wedding band design and we really like carved and engraved gold but not the stuff that looks like it has just been diamond cut. We found a really nice 1930's french wedding band with laurel on it Here. Any ideas where I could find more designs like this?? We are looking to stick to yellow gold and want something unique.
posted by cdcello at 4:39 PM PST - 14 comments

pda sites & experience

since recently i'm the proud owner of an mda. the qtek c100 is my new best friend... i'm curious if you now any good pda sites [mefi looks & works great], which are really good for these kind of devices. news, guides, games... low kb's and straight to the point, and what's your experience?
posted by mailhans at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I create local media stream server?

My home LAN media streaming is too slow, [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Obituary writer?

Are newspaper obituaries always provided by the family, or in the event where one has no family, are there people who write them? If so, does anyone have any experience or second hand stories concerning writing them? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 3:43 PM PST - 20 comments

mac os X problems

I have two niggling little problems with my mac. First, the screensaver comes on when my mac is idle. I know about my control panels, and the screen saver is, and always has been, set to never. My desktop pic also changes at startup and it too is set to never. Also, when I drag a picture from a website to my desktop, using safari, I get a jpeg icon on my desktop. When I use explorer, the image is a viewable thumbnail. Upgrading to Tiger didn't help. Any ideas?
posted by vronsky at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Skype me

Has anyone around here used Skype? Is it any good? I should mention I'm hoping to use it on a dial-up connection.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Editing tests!

My girlfriend's applied to editorial positions, and is uncertain what to expect on editing tests. She's taken some professional editing classes (using the CMS, which the positions will also use), so the concern isn't at the level of how to edit. Any tips or insight into what such tests generally consist of would be appreciated.
posted by kenko at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

No indentation of initial paragraphs?

Page layout: not indenting first paragraph nor paragraphs after subheadings... who made this rule? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Recover deleted files in OS X?

Is it at all possible to recover deleted files from OS X? What if they were deleted 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by rough at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Cisco VPN client for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

I recently upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. However I do not have a compatible VPN client from Cisco. Anyone know of a place I can obtain one? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

discretionary circles

Does anyone remember the site that shows an infographic of US discretionary spending, departments represented as circles, the size of which are proportional to the percentage of the budget that department receives?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Converting SWF to MPEG2

I've been working on some Flash that I was hoping to convert to MPEG2 to use as a background for a DVD I'm building. But I've hit a snag.. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Turn My White Fridge Black!

White refrigerators are so boring. I want to paint mine a nice shiny stylish black. [more inside]
posted by willmize at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Best yoga video on Netflix?

What's the best Yoga video on Netflix for beginners? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 1:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Car Insurance question - I was in an accident over New Years, where a friend of mine and I were hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The driver fled, and was never caught by the cops. 5 months later, I've found out he filed a claim with his car insurance company for a significant amount of money, and been approved. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Gas caps on cars - which side?

Sitting in a car today as my friend was filling her tank, and my colleagues and I wondered aloud why there doesn't seem to be a standard for which side of the car has the gas cap on it. The car we were in had it on the right, as do both my cars, but the others in the car had cars with the caps on the left. What logic do car manufacturers use to determine from which side fuel is delivered? Some vehicles have the delivery point at the rear, and I believe I once saw a car with the gas cap near the front somewhere. Anyone know a rough ratio of left / right on North American cars? If there is a majority, is it an ergonomics thing? Just curious.
posted by galto at 1:01 PM PST - 45 comments

List of theatres with digital Sith?

There has to be a list somewhere of the U.S. theatres showing The Revenge of the Sith in digital projection or IMAX, but I'm d*mned if my weak-ass google-fu can turn it up. Help me.... No. Must. Resist.
posted by mojohand at 12:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Any recommendations for non-baseball hats that look good on men?

I'm going to be doing some outdoor travelling in Europe this summer, and I'd like to wear a hat for protection from the sun (my hair is thinning, sad to say). Are there any recommendations for hats for men that A) look good B) are not baseball caps C) won't make me look like a mountaineer? [more inside]
posted by bjennings at 12:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Old Nikon lenses compatible with D70?

I have an old Nikon N6006 film SLR. I am interested in buying a Nikon D70 digital SLR and would like to know if my old lenses will be compatible. I don't know much about what types of Nikon lenses are out there, but the ones I have are autofocus and work with my N6006. How can I tell if they will work with the D70?
posted by scarabic at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

battery not found after tiger upgrade

I upgraded my wife's powerbook (15" titanium/867Mhz, from 2003) to tiger last week and now it seems when unplugged it doesn't recognize the battery in the status monitor. I've searched google but can't find any fix. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments


I enjoy the often-derided NewsFilter type posts, epecially the comments and links provided in follow-up. These days, Canadian politics has become interesting, but I haven't found a spot on the web where ideas, information and links of MeFi caliber are posted on this subject. Are there any Canadian politics oriented blogs or forums that are worthy?
posted by bumpkin at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you backup your website via FTP automatically?

Is there any FTP software that will compare the files on the server to the ones stored locally, and only download new or updated / changed files? (I'd prefer a program that does this as opposed to some sort of script or other hackery) [more inside]
posted by banished at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

How to guarantee a win from Burger King's contest?

I know that some contests have cheats so you can usually win... Are there any ways to "cheat" on scratch off contests where there are two boxes to choose from? Specifically, Burger King's "Choose your Destiny" contest.
posted by ajpresto at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Wookie Roar

How do I do a wookie roar with only my voice?
posted by brownpau at 10:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Why are baby girl clothes all so frou-frou?

What's the deal? It's not like a newborn cares about bows and ruffles, and it's not like she'll grow up any more or less feminine as a result of what she wears. Boys' clothes are much simpler and seem to have cooler designs, and some of the unisex stuff is pretty good, but all the girl stuff seems pastelly and flowery. Where are the primary colors for girls, the animals and trucks and fire engines. And does anyone make black baby clothes?
posted by SobaFett at 10:33 AM PST - 26 comments


I've been diagnosed a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Is the surgical solution the best? Can it guaranty a full recovery? [more inside]
posted by nims at 10:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Dialup + Satellite = Happy Ook

Home networking gurus: Is it possible to set things up such that most types of my net traffic will go through the satellite connection, but certain specific tasks will go over dialup instead? [more inside]
posted by ook at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

The web most miraculous

I'm looking for surprises about the web that few would have expected 10 years ago. Like Google maps, with satellite images. Or that "view your block" option on Amazon. There are indeed many marvelous benefits on the www. What is a most unexpected feature on the web today that would have seemed 'unrealistic' to expect just 10 years ago? I'm looking for the non-obvious.
posted by kk at 9:59 AM PST - 31 comments

Coming to terms with my appearance

I've been asked by my best friend to be a bridesmaid next year, and while I've said yes, I'm really dreading it. Help me learn to like taking care of my appearance during the following 12 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Is the a menu/recipe program out there?

Does anyone know of a program where I can store recipes, prepare a menu from those recipes, and then a shopping list? [more inside]
posted by nulledge at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

songs about gratitude

I'm looking for songs about gratitude/giving thanks. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 9:33 AM PST - 32 comments

WiFi Scanning on Win2k

I broke my WiFi support in Win2k. Everything works except the scanning - I can connect to a network only if I know the SSID. There are various ways I can scan - netstumbler, IBM's tool for managing connections, or via Cisco's own software. They all used to work. Now they all detect nothing. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Career Marketing & Outplacement

I am job hunting for an executive position after over 15 years as a self-employed consultant. Has anyone had experience with a Career Marketing & Outplacement service such as Allen and Associates? They claim to help you get directly to the decision-makers, and get you interviews and offers quicker. Is it worth the price?
posted by bobduckles at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Non-BU wifi near BU?

In June I attend a conference on the Boston University campus. It looks like the BU network will be closed to attendees who are not BU students. Do you know of wifi access close to the BU campus? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Working in Europe

How difficult would it be for a nineteen year old with one year of college, moderate work experience, a TEFL certificate and little to no European language ability to get a temporary work visa in the EU? I'm thinking Germany, specifically. I've checked out this thread, but that seems to pertain mostly to becomig a citizen. I'm not looking to become naturalized or anything (though that would be nice), just find a menial job to support myself for six months or less. Note: I'm willing to accept "impossible" as an answer.
posted by borkingchikapa at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Formating Email Resumes

I want to apply for an internship, and the posting says to send cover letter, resume, and references via email. My question is: how exactly should this be done? [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

The Stinky Option Package

I've got a 2003 Mazda Protege5...which, over the past 3 weeks or so, has developed a noticeable fuel odor in the cabin. [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

vocabulary building

I'm pretty verbose, but I don't think my vocabulary has grown much in years. And I'd like to build it up. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Re-using Shareware

How can I re-install shareware that doesn't want to be re-installed? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Tourist visas for Europe

Myself and my fiance will be travelling in Europe later this year, and he needs a visa to visit pretty much anywhere. A colleague has mentioned that there is one Europe-wide (apart from Ireland and the UK) tourist visa available, which would save us the time and expense of getting six separate visas, but I can't find any info about this. Does it exist? If so, where do we apply? Or would an e.g. French visa be valid to visit Spain? Thanks.
posted by dublinemma at 6:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Attn: Graphic Designers I need ideas

Need help designing a sports collage [more inside]
posted by askmatrix at 5:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Learning American Sign Language

I'd like to learn American Sign Language. Are there any good, free web resources that would let me teach myself?
posted by Apoch at 5:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for quotes about the status quo

I'm looking for quotes, proverbs or passages roughly synonymous with the saying "the more things change, the more they stay the same". English or non-English. Religious or secular. Your own or someone else's.
posted by Ritchie at 3:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Missing words in 'Curiosities of Literature'

I'm putting together an on-line version of an old book as a personal project, but in my copy of it a few words are illegible: I wonder is there anyone out there who owns a copy of the book in question—Isaac D’Israeli’s Curiosities of Literature—or a librarian who has access to a copy, who could help me fill in the blanks? I live in provincial Sweden, so my local library are unlikely to have what I need. Alternatively, if you know of another on-line forum (or newsgroup) where a question like this might be readily answered, then please point me in that direction. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 2:36 AM PST - 16 comments

iTunes Music store on a dial up

How do I access the iTunes music store with a dial-up connection? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 1:48 AM PST - 5 comments

May 17

Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos

I'm looking for a blog post from a day or two ago that took the form of the letter that the government sent to Chuck D, as referenced in the Public Enemy song 'Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos' [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack at 8:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Refuting Revelations Interpretations

My daughter is all freaked out about the proposed national id and peak oil. Now some Christians have given her a verbal tour of the book of Revelations (along with the common born- again interpretations) and she is asking me questions. Not believing that the bible is anything too special, I am at a loss as how to enlarge her view from American Judeo-Christian to a more serious world view. Does anyone have any sources that refute common Revelations prophecy or sourcing for other end stories of different religions? Any other ideas are welcome. My goal is not to prevent her from believing anything but to show her that the world is a very broad place. Thanks!
posted by jswanson19 at 8:39 PM PST - 38 comments

Gift for a Law School Grad

A friend is graduating law school on Saturday, I'd like to give him a gift to mark the occassion. My only qualifiers are that the cost not exceed $100 and the present not be something obvious, which is to say something that he might get from someone else or buy himself. I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
posted by boombot at 7:26 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me break my lease!

I am no longer comfortable living in my apartment. The lease calls for 60 days notice. I found an apartment I adore, but it may be snatched up by then. [more inside]
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

drive problems on os x

Arrgh. I just installed the new DVD Player of OS X and it hung up on Optimizing Performance. I ended up having to reboot and when I did both my Lacie 160 firewire drive and iPod are DEAD! [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 4:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Breakdown of filibuster usage over time

Curiosity struck and I'm looking for a year-by-year breakdown of the number of times the filibuster has been used. A chart with further breakdowns of senator, state, party, duration, cause, and whether the filibuster was ended via cloture would be even nicer. [more inside]
posted by rudyfink at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Learning math

I want to learn intermediate/advanced algebra and on to trig/calculus. Are there any good books / software / resources / websites that will help me with this, aside from the regular run of dry textbooks? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 4:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Password protect my thumbdrive?

Does anyone know a simple (and free) method of password-protecting my USB thumbdrive?
posted by celibate_life at 3:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Commitment to learn a language?

What sort of daily time commitment is required to make strong progress in picking up a language? Granted, this varies greatly from person to person, but I want to hear about your experiences. I can only muster 45 minutes of German grammar a day. Will this get me somewhere, or am I chasing after wind?
posted by ori at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Download speed restricter

A question asked before, but I can't find it. Anyone know any free utilities that are easy to use, to allow a web developer to simulate a slow connection speed on what is actually a high speed line ? For the purposes of testing a graphically intensive website/web app on a low bandwith line. Thanks.
posted by superfurry at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

AM Radio Reception

Why can I get AM radio stations crystal clear in my car and cannot get them in my house no matter what antenna (that is ones provided by audio equip) I use?
posted by thimk at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

collaborative calendars

I'm trying to set something up for a whole bunch of people with busy schedules. Is there a free web app, or open source hosted script, that allows a group of people to schedule something, and show where the conflicts are? (As in Outlook, but free, and collaborative)
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Men's Fashion

I have never been the best in fashion, but I would like to be able to start to dress better. Is there a website out there that makes understanding men's fashion a bit easier? What goes with what, fashion from certain time periods, how to thrift shop and make it work for you... [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 1:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Games for babies

Does anyone know any good games to play with a six-month old baby? I'm frequently with my son Max, and I often can't think of anything to do with him. I feel like I'm denying him proper game playing. He can't sit up yet, or completely roll over and back, so things are a bit limited. I often entertain him with songs and weird noises, but I would like to figure out more interactive stuff to do with him. Any suggestions out there?
posted by Alex Marshall at 1:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Good words for private parts?

It strikes me that English doesn't have any good words for genitalia. I attribute this to our repressed culture. Any words for our naughty parts are either porn words, schoolkid words, or clinical. Can anyone think of some good words for the privates? (Obviously there will be some raw language inside this question.) [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 12:26 PM PST - 73 comments

tip? (nyc) taxi vs. car (hyphens)

NYC: How much, if any, are you supposed to tip car-service drivers? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Compliance Incentives

Anyone happen to remember which Supreme Court case dealt with federal funding going to states that complied with guidelines, and specified that the funding incentives had to be related to the guideline (ie, money for highways if you instituted a speed limit is OK, but money for highways if your public school test scores were past a minimum is not OK)?
posted by kafziel at 12:10 PM PST - 2 comments

A right to revolution?

What events would have to happen for you to conclude your country had become a despotism? What actions, if any, would you take to to combat that despotism? What would be the most effective way to organize opposition? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 11:07 AM PST - 35 comments

The Origin of "meh"?

Can anyone provide me with the origin of the word "meh"? I mean, yeah, definition-wise, it almost undoubtedly comes from "ehh." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Getting Married Outside of the US

I'm looking to elope later this year. The plan is to go on honeymoon to a place like Belize, starting off (there) with a simple, unattended ceremony. What are the implications of getting married outside of the US, and what sort of things do I need to do prior to the trip down there? Is this a bad idea?
posted by davebug at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Finding Long Lost Relatives

My mother disappeared from my life when I was 11 and now I want to find her. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me, I don't know how to date...

I'm a recently divorced female in my early 30s and haven't dated since college. I've been pretty successful as far as meeting men with who I click; it's the part after that I don't understand...having The Talk without seeming needy or psycho... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 33 comments

Should I be posting this anonymously?

Does my reverse engineering a protocol for a poker website constitute a violation of the DMCA (or any other statute?) [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:17 AM PST - 19 comments

What shall I eat as I camp?

I'm going on a three-week backpacking trip in the mountains, and I'm trying to find a good resource for food planning. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 8:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Next "must have" web hosting app

Be my focus group! Due to very limited resources the company that I work for can only commit development resources for one emerging technology to be integrated. Understandably I want the biggest bang for the buck. What do you consider to be an up and coming technology/app for web hosting? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 8:05 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I rig a windowbox on my fat balcony?

I just planted flowers for the summertime, and I have two windowboxes that I want to hang off of my front balcony. The problem is that the balcony is 9" thick. All of the brackets I could find are 6" max. I can't drill holes as the balcony is old limestone and I'm afraid I'd ruin it. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

non crap line art

Help me find some decent line art.... [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 7:36 AM PST - 4 comments

"Reprint" in French?

Quick little French question - how would you say "reprint" in French, as in, "click here to reprint your receipt". [more inside]
posted by loquax at 7:21 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the chances that my clutch will go completely in the next three weeks?

My mechanic just told me that my 98 Saturn wagon (125,000 miles) needs a new clutch. Nothing dramatic happened; I just brought it in for a pre road trip checkup. The clutch has been getting stickier & stickier, and sometimes it's very hard to wrench it into first gear, but it's drivable. He said he had no way of knowing when it would go completely, but it definitely was going to need to be replaced soon. Since inspecting it involves pulling the transmission, you might as well commit to fixing it altogether. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 6:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Apocalyptic Tales

My step-mom (who doesn't normally read sci-fi/fantasy) recently read "The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk and is looking for more similar books. Specifically she is wanting to read about post-apocalyptic societies. Anyone have any ideas?
posted by arcticwoman at 6:21 AM PST - 31 comments

Name that Creepy Short Film

Name that Creepy Short Film: A woman starts to pull a hair out of a sink... [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 5:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Quicktime error

Quicktime error message: Quicktime is unable to process this request. The software needed is not located on the Quicktime server. I get this message when trying to play the items in the pop up list from clicking the 'film' link under the first picture at this url: [more inside]
posted by yoga at 5:24 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the deal with punitive damages

Any legal historians out there? Can you tell me, historically, what's the deal with punitive damages? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 4:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Scanning Documents

What is the best software for scanning documents? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 4:24 AM PST - 6 comments

May 16

Recording from Real Audio Streams

I believe it's been asked before, and I'm already able to do this, but I'm sure there's an easier and more efficient way of recording Real Audio and other streaming audio sources so I can listen to them on my MP3 player. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 11:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How to find playwrights and sketch writers in NYC?

A friend and I are producing and directing a biweekly variety-type theater show. We've run our own weekly show much like this with our own creative crew for a number of months, so the production angle is quite familiar, but we need fresh writing blood from outside our social circle. We'd like to open our submissions to playwrights, sketch writers, monologists, and the like, but it's an awfully big city. What are the best ways to find such people willing to submit writing, especially in NYC? Craigslist leaps out as the obvious choice, as does flyering up colleges, but there must be other options as well. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Measuring Cups

Alton Brown Filter: Hey, does anybody know where I can get those great measuring cups Alton Brown uses on Good Eats? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb at 9:36 PM PST - 15 comments

So I have a very ditry commercial oven

I've recently acquired a Vulcan oven from a restaurant that was closing down. To say it is dirty is an understatement. I've used lye based cleaners, a pressure washer, scrub brushes, and anything else I had lying around. It still isn't clean. It is mostly stainless steel, with some cast iron here and there. I have it sitting outside for the time being, because I don't want to attract rodents and bugs into the house. I really need to get this thing clean soon so I can get the propane tank installed. This oven was in use for 8 years without having a real cleaning. The grease was dripping off in the heat of the sun. But it is still quite grimy. Any advice? Nothing is too drastic. Help!
posted by bh at 8:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Aurora: not the pretty lights in the sky.

Two friends have been infected with the evil Aurora pop-up thing, and I've spent hours thinking about how to kill it. I've installed Avast on their systems and no dice yet. Is there an app that will destroy it, or is the fix deep DIY registry surgery? Thanks!
posted by moonbird at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Best way to make Jedi robes?

I want to be a Jedi for the Star Wars premiere. [more inside]
posted by petah at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Will Shuffler break my Shuffle?

If I use Shuffler to copy music to my iPod Shuffle, will it still work with iTunes? I'm worried the database rebuilder will break something, or that iTunes will know I've been unfaithful to it and refuse to speak to me.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:26 PM PST - 2 comments

A question about a relationship in the movie "My Beautiful Laundrette"

After watching "My Beautiful Laundrette" for the hundredth time - I had a question about one of the relationships in the movie. [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

My Window Screen pops out, Fix from inside?

My window screen pops out at the bottom corner. I'm on 2nd floor. Easy fix from inside? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Mac to PC: I want to avoid the tiff decompressor error

Mac to PC: How do I avoid having images replaced with the error message "Quick time and a tiff decompressor are needed to view image"? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 6:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Television... so fresh, and chocolatey too!

My girlfriend is obsessed with the Cillit Bang advertisement remix. Back in the 80's (or early 90's), there was a similar "remix" video of 50's black and white advertisements set to a beat-box soundtrack, with "lyrics" consisting of samples the sales pitches of those ads. Can anyone ID this? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 5:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Israeli cultural recommendations

Israeli cultural recommendations... [more inside]
posted by xo at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments


Has any one read any biographies of Napoleon that they would recommend? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Like Queer Eye, but just the hair.

Need recommendations for men's hair stylist in San Francisco/ East Bay Area. My SO's much younger brother is staying with us for the summer. He has terrible hair- thin, fine, and yet somehow wiry. Tendency to do weird spiky things. Help us help him get a decent haircut. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 2:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a marriage counselor

How do you find the right marriage counselor? I really need to talk to someone... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments


I hate myself. This is a problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 57 comments

Wake up call

Has anyone ever heard of somebody going back to do an undergrad degree in science after doing an unrelated degree in something completely unrelated to science? And being successful or satisfied with their choice? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 2:38 PM PST - 26 comments

rock surfing?

Maybe it's just a variation of Parkour, but does anyone have more information on this? (I tried asking mandala but no response)
posted by vacapinta at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Old article on neighborhood TV

I remember an article on the internet about a man who set up a satellite receiver and licensed his TV from the same people most cable companies get theirs from, then ended up reselling to his neighbors. Does anyone remember this or is my feeble mind playing tricks on me again?
posted by Ikazuchi at 2:11 PM PST - 1 comment

ID this french duet love song

Please help me ID this song. Very slow french duet, a coarse sounding french male voice, with a light beautiful female. They go back and forth with sentence/answer lyrics in a loving tone. Set over melodic acoustic guitar track. Vague, but it's all I got.
posted by omidius at 1:59 PM PST - 22 comments

What college should I transfer to?

Where should I go to college? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 1:30 PM PST - 54 comments

yet another scifi question

since this seems to be "remember a sci-fi book from your childhood" week, i thought i'd pose my own. the story is your basic time-travel adventure, between "today" (read:1950s) and ancient Byzantium. it involved time traveling under the moniker of "shunting" and involved some steamy sex scenes that certainly were fun when i was 13 and reading it. any help?
posted by yonation at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs about writing

I want songs about writing and writers. So far I have Cake's "Shadow Stabbing," Moxy Fruvous' "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors," and the Beatles' "Paperback Writer." [more inside]
posted by NickDouglas at 12:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Solid rear axle on a Mustang.

The new Ford Mustang, just like the last one, "features" a solid rear axle. Ford (and her enthusiasts) claim that such a design is for "performance reasons." Is this plausible? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 12:28 PM PST - 12 comments

What virus is this?

Oh no, I downloaded a virus! ... Out of curiosity, that is. And now I'd like to analyze it somehow to see what it would've done if I hadn't been on my Mac. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

row row row your boat

I want to get a boat/kayak/canoe/floaty thing for a nearby small river. Knowing nothing about them, I need some advice about what to get. [more inside]
posted by striker at 11:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Laptop help

Looking to pick up a new laptop. Where is the best place online to find reviews of laptops to compare specs, pricing etc.? Looking for a PC OS, not an Apple one.
posted by derekislost at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

What legaWhat are the legalities around programs like US-VISIT?

Being a non-US citizen that has family living in the continental US I have noticed that border traversal has been getting exceedingly difficult and more intrusive. However, the US-VISIT program seems to take it a little far (IMO). [more inside]
posted by purephase at 10:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Ahoy hoy!

Do you know of a list of ways to answer the phone? [more inside]
posted by shepd at 10:40 AM PST - 65 comments

Anyone recognize the book this is from?

"When Irish eyes are smiling... you've probably been ripped off" was a repeated refrain in a science fiction novel about virtual reality and perception. It's been at least six years since publication since it was over that long ago I read it. [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 10:39 AM PST - 26 comments

How to prevent some of the effects of sleep deprivation?

Recently, I've had to pull several all-nighters to finish papers, etc. Not only do I feel awful the next day, but it generally puts me partially out of commission for the day after too. Is there anything I can do during the time I'm working to help prevent/counter some of the effects of sleep deprivation?
posted by almostbarefoot at 10:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Modifying cookies from various websites

Is there a utility or method to modify the expiry date of a cookie in Firefox from any website? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Fame, puts you there where things are hollow

The recent Chapelle breakdown has me wondering, is fame and fortune that big of a change? I don't see CEOs and VPs bemoaning their large bank accounts and the people around them. Is this a creative-type personality dilemna where they feel inadequate against expectations? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 7:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Which font should I use for my thesis?

I'm finishing up my master's thesis, and I am having trouble picking a font to print it in. The thesis writing guide we are given just says it must be a "classic" font. I'd like something snazzy, yet easy to read. Save me from the clutches of Times New Roman! [more inside]
posted by amelliferae at 7:19 AM PST - 43 comments

Chris Morris' Blue Jam

So I've been listening to Chris Morris' Blue Jam a lot, lately... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Insulin pumps in the UK

My wife is an insulin dependent diabetic who's had great success in using an insulin pump. We live in the US but are originally from the UK. After conversations with various people in the UK knowledgeable of diabetes treatment, we've learned that insulin pumps seem to be almost non-existent there. Is this really the case and if so what are the reasons?
posted by TheManticore at 6:47 AM PST - 2 comments

I need to talk to other nerds!

I've started using TeamSpeak to communicate with the members of my guild in World of Warcraft, and I've run into a problem. The other users can barely hear me, unless I have the Speech Control Panel open in Windows. I don't have to do anything other than open it, and my volume comes through fine. (Already checked all the levels on the microphone, and that's not the issue.) Any ideas?
posted by emptybowl at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Automagically BCC addresses in GMail

Does anyone know how I can automatically BCC an email address when I send email with GMail? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:22 AM PST - 0 comments

Rear-end collision best practices

If the car you're in is about to be hit from behind, what is the best thing to do to avoid injury? Assuming your car is stopped (i.e. at a stoplight or something) and you don't have time to do any significant acceleration, should you, for instance, apply or release the breaks? Should you brace against the steering wheel? [more inside]
posted by abingham at 5:57 AM PST - 21 comments

The perfect booklight

I'm looking for the perfect booklight. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Find a paper notepad?

You can find them everywhere, but not the one I need. I bought an inexpensive memo pad holder and refills from a (now defunct) office supply store in NYC years ago. I'm down to the last pad and I cannot find refills anywhere. (Small) scans of the refill inside... [more inside]
posted by Expat at 3:26 AM PST - 4 comments

May 15

Bats ... they were like bats

Trying to remember the name(s) of a series of books I read, ooh, 10-15 years ago (ouch). Scifi/fantasy genre, female author. Susan something? Anyhoo, there were these big fortresses, and it was completely dark inside and all the people hid inside them while the big flappy things ruled the land outside. Your typical three-volume fallen from grace to rise again with the strength of our courage and sweat of our brows kind of thing, but (with a precious few moments) set entirely in these dark fortresses. [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP at 11:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Moving boxes from the US to Canada

Moving boxes of books and clothes from the US to Canada cheaply - I need to ask about options. [more inside]
posted by jb at 10:43 PM PST - 8 comments

noisy water pipes

At my cousins' new house the water pipes make this awful and continuous groaning noise when she waters the front lawn but not the back. Any ideas what may be causing it and if anything can be done about it? Cheap fix is what we're hoping for.
posted by BoscosMom at 9:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a book title - 70's science fiction

Looking for a book title - 70's science fiction. The protagonist was a straight (from cover picture) seeming phone phreak who had an electronic avatar that he discussed everything with. The avatar was his friend and ally. He would use his avatar to destroy the credit of a bad guy and etc. It was a paperback original I think and probably came out in the mid 70's. Any ideas?
posted by ptm at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Blender 3D for OS X

I need a 3D app for OS X. Is Blender my best choice if I don't want to spend a lot of dough? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Star Wars soundtrack Remixed

I heard from an R2 unit a while ago there was an underground album of remixed star wars related tunes, breakbeats, other various mixes, this illicit material was highly rated among the republic but the imperial guard look to have wiped all trace of it from the archives, does anyone have details? MTFBWU
posted by ugrndhg at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy outdoor playsets cheaply?

My daughter's birthday is coming up (she will be 2 next month) and the wife and I began to look at some outdoor play-sets, namely this one its called the Step2 Naturally Playful Woodland Climber, and besides Toys R Us, they seem awfully high price-wise, where can I buy these? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Junk Food Filter

I remember when I was younger we used to get these bag of chips that tasted like pizza. They were shaped like pepperonis and had spices on them. I have no idea what they were called and I've never seen them since. Everyone that I ask have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about and think I'm crazy. Did I just imagine these or does anyone else remember them? What were they called?
posted by Livewire Confusion at 2:48 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you get rid of a friend?

How do you get rid of a friend? Once upon a time I was carefree when it came to making friends, now I'm a little more discriminating when it comes to who I want to spend my time with. [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 at 10:45 AM PST - 29 comments

egg substitution

So I'm making a yellow cake from a mix...I added the water and the oil, then reached into the refrigerator for eggs that weren't there. What will happen if I bake this without the eggs? Or is there any normal pantry item that I could substitute for them? All the substitution recommendations I can find online are like substituting whites for whole eggs and using those non-egg egg substitutes. I'm not going to leave the house. Can this cake be saved?
posted by leapingsheep at 10:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Bookfilter : Purple hardback book I read as a kid.

Bookfilter : I'm looking for a book I read as a kid. As I remember it was of a similar genre to Narnia books or even Harry Potter in that kind of escapist way that I find I loved to read as a kid... [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

"Push-button" publishing *without* a bloglike look and feel?

I need some free or cheap software for a bookstore staff filled with computer users that want to present some awesome content and promote their store. And it's gotta go up quick. The software needs to be as easy to use as the widely known blog software like that used on blogspot, livejournal and the like. But it can't produce pages that look and feel like a blog... [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

St. Teresa's Prayer?

A friend of mine, who writes for Ministry and Liturgy magazine, has a question about a prayer attributed to St. Teresa. [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to get cheap Moleskine notebooks

I purchased a Moleskine notebook yesterday (previously discussed at length in this MeFi thread), and I have a feeling that it will be the first of many--overblown marketing aside, the design of these things really is excellent. But $11 for a pocket-size notebook is pretty expensive. Where's the cheapest place online to find them? Bulk purchasing is a possibility.
posted by Prospero at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

What's in a "Go Bag"?

What's in Val Kilmer's "Go Bag" in the movie Spartan? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments


Trying to identify a short story I read in some sort of Harper's or Atlantic type magazine a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 7:46 AM PST - 0 comments

How can I make iTunes delete songs again?

How can I make iTunes delete songs again? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 3:46 AM PST - 13 comments

I keep having recurring deja vu.

Normally I experience deja vu randomly, just every once in a while. But occasionally, maybe once or twice a year, I have days in which I experience it really frequently, dozens of times a day. Today is one of those days. It's actually not quite deja vu, it's more linked to my dreams last's hard to explain, but does anyone know what I'm talking about? What causes this? It's not unpleasant, but it's certainly....weird.
posted by zardoz at 12:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Why does my mac wake up randomly from sleep?

My mac wakes up randomly from sleep in the middle of the night. Why? (Question 2: My mac beeps once at 1:30pm and I think 4:30pm. Whats with that?) [more inside]
posted by sirion at 12:02 AM PST - 7 comments

May 14

Where do they get this stuff?

How do professional sports commentators keep track of statistics? I imagine they have at least one person during games to crank out some stats for them, and there are probably statisticians for sports reporting shows, but how do they store and recall all this stuff? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 11:28 PM PST - 12 comments

What makes books special?

What makes books special? What makes them different from other media? [more inside]
posted by Panfilo at 11:27 PM PST - 31 comments

Why do airline employees speak that way?

Why do airline flight attendants and gate agents speak in the same oddly stilted manner, regardless of (U.S.) location or employer? [more inside]
posted by bac at 9:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Educational songs that sound good

I want to make a mix CD based on educational songs that still sound good. Any subject - biology, chemistry, grammar, history, you name it. What songs should I add to my collection?
posted by Newbornstranger at 8:52 PM PST - 45 comments

Removing security tags

So I bought a shirt today, and they forgot to remove the security tag. Had I known that it wasn't going to beep, I'd never have thrown down the Visa. Why buy what you can steal? Anyway, short of returning to the store, how can I remove the tag at home. I have all the basic tools a homeowner needs. It is not the kind of tag that sprays inks should the procedure go bad. Anyone larcenous members, or those that have retail experience care to detail a procedure.
posted by Keith Talent at 7:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Does cat poop make good fertilizer?

Cat poop. Does it make good fertilizer? [more inside]
posted by Faze at 7:04 PM PST - 9 comments

DivorceFilter: Stay for the kids?

DivorceFilter: Is it worth it to stay together "for the kid"? My marriage is crumbling quickly and most likely would have been over long ago, except that I cannot bear to part with our three year old. [more] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 63 comments

Mismatched libidos

I've been in this relationship for a while now, it's good, she's my best friend and I love her dearly. However... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 33 comments

Why can't I listen to my wife?

Why can't I ever listen to my wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 32 comments

Social Skills Intervention

I have a friend would like to perform a "social intervention" for an acquaintance whose lack of social skills has managed to nearly alienate him from everyone in his social circle. [more inside]
posted by debgpi at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments


More Hot Powerbook Action! My Powerbook G4 seems to run especially hot since I got a new battery, a generic-ish 3rd party dealie I bought off eBay. And the power adapter just failed. Could the battery cause these troubles? If so, where should I look for proper battery replacements? [more inside]
posted by weston at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to stay in New York?

I am going to NYC with a group of friends for a long weekend this summer. We have narrowed our hotel choices down to two, one near Union Square and one near Central Park. In which area would you recommend staying? I should say we are a bunch of housewives going to celebrate a 40th birthday.
posted by davenportmom at 1:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Online Auction Tips?

Cleaning house, looking to sell books, CDs, toys etc., and I'm LOST. Need advice both specific and general. Is eBay best for books and CDs, or are there other places to get better value? With the 'Net awash in Star Wars paraphernalia, how do I find a price for this elaborate 1998 14" talking Darth Vader? (I've checked books and they're mostly about "vintage" SW toys.) How do I value odd things for my uncle, like this pipe from Germany circa 1890 or earlier, or some Xmas cards circa WWII made by Chinese Xtian nuns in Tsing Tao? Is there a market for historical magazines and newspapers, for example with headlines about the first moon walk? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 12:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Are sunrise alarmclocks any good?

Are sunrise alarmclocks like these any good? Has anyone here used one? I have a problem sleep pattern (stay up too late/get up too late) which I'm trying to improve and I'm wondering if one of these might help. [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Low-end immigration

In this post, we decided only people with rare skills can get work visas. This has me wondering, how does the stereotypical immigrant taxi driver/office cleaner/etc get one? Or are they just a stereotype?
posted by cillit bang at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

I have a 12" G4 Powerbook, the model released last year, and it's hot!

I have a G4 Powerbook 12" the model released last year, and it's hot. I mean, really physically hot! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Have Cell Phone, Will Travel

I currently live in Iceland but I'm immigrating to the US this summer. I have a cell phone that I'm quite attached to (Nokia 2650) and would like to be able to use it in the US (I'm moving to NYC or Boston, if that matters any). Googling for info has told me that this is impossible. Is there something I can do or will have to resign myself to getting another handset when I've moved to the US?
posted by Kattullus at 10:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Post-Interview Etiquette

Is it a good idea to follow up on an interview to see if or when you'll be hired? If so, how soon after the interview? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Online Appreciation?

I was wondering if there is a way for a group of people to give thanks online. [more inside]
posted by theFlyingSquirrel at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Mental Reprogramming

I'm bored that I default to seeing problems, decisions and my life in general in a linear way. How can I reprogram my mind, and to do what?
posted by forallmankind at 9:35 AM PST - 21 comments

A simple way to prevent hijackings?

So, I was thinking about the latest "airplane over DC" scare, and it reminded me of something I've been wondering about for a while. Given all the advances in avionics and fly-by-wire technology, couldn't aircraft manufacturers install some sort of 'hijack button' that would irreversibly cause the aircraft to contact the authorities and land itself at the nearest suitable airport, or let someone on the ground take over the controls remotely? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Driving abroad

We're going on our honeymoon in Europe. We're renting cars in Italy and Ireland. I'm getting conflicting reports on the international driver's license. Do we need them?
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I buy a good suit in the Twin Cities?

After getting by without needing a suit all through college, I'm finding that that dog won't hunt in the real world. And my suits from high school all don't fit. Where can a person buy a good suit, as inexpensively as possible, in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by the_W at 8:19 AM PST - 24 comments

My tub is a lab experiment

My bathtub seems to be organic. It's fiberglass or plastic or something like that. What is best to clean out dried soap scum and the orange stuff that lives in between all the little bumps at the bottom?
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Need DVD drive for my G4 to install Tiger

I have Tiger, but can't install it on my G4 because I don't have a DVD drive. I borrowed a friend's external drive, but I can't get the G4 to boot off of the installer disc. Is there anything I can do to resolve this? If there is no solution, I am considering replacing the CD-RW drive in my G4 with a SuperDrive. Who manufactures this drive, and what is the basic process involved in installing it. Please help me get Tiger on my Mac! [more inside]
posted by mudhouse at 7:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Britney Spears party menu

So I'm planning a little party to commemorate the first episode of the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline home movie-rama on UPN, and I need to come up with a truly inspired menu. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:03 AM PST - 29 comments

OS X Account Won't Open

All of a sudden my wife's Mac OS X account won't open on our desktop (OS 10.3.9). We put in the password but the login bar just displays the blue and white candy cane bar (it's animated). And then it just hangs. I've tried correcting permissions but it didn't help. Anyone have any suggestions short of deleting the account and starting over?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 5:32 AM PST - 6 comments

More catchphrases like this

Looking for more of these types of catchphrases: "like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic" or "How did you enjoy the play otherwise, Mrs. Lincoln?" Formula: take a famous historical event and add a sardonic element. (Not like "Et tu Brute" or "Dr. Livingstone I presume" -- they lack the second element.) Can you think of more? Is there one about Custer?
posted by nancoix at 5:05 AM PST - 23 comments

How do you burn out the speaker in a Game Gear?

Two of my three Sega Game Gears have no sound. Is this a known problem I might be able to fix with a soldering iron and the right resistor?
posted by krisjohn at 12:45 AM PST - 7 comments

May 13

I'm looking for old pictures of passenger pigeons in migration.

Today's article on passenger pigeons at Interesting Thing of the was very interesting. I tried looking for pictures of passenger pigeons in migration, but I can't find any. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Making programming fun?

Fun exercises to teach basic programming skills? [more inside]
posted by shaun at 9:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Need online database of record sales for less-than-gold records

Is there a free, online database that charts approximate sales figures for sub-platinum, sub-gold, music albums? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Calling all Monkey(filter)'s....

Any monkey know what's up with the site? It's all down, tracicle's blog, Monkeyfilter, wiki, all of it. Anyone been able to contact her? Page coming up says that all these sites have been suspended. Would try her in KoL, but can't remember her name.
posted by codeofconduct at 8:05 PM PST - 50 comments

Annoying Thing

OK.... After the mid-song break in the Axel F Crazy Frog remix, the music is temporarily stolen from a game, probably on the Commodore 64. What game? Also, there was a cult website using the original game's music along with epilepsy-inducing multicoloured pop-up windows. Where is that site? Inquiring minds need to know.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Are blind people hairy legged?

Questions of the Unverse: Do blind people shave thier legs? [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 6:56 PM PST - 28 comments

DJFilter - turntable help sought

TurntableFilter: I am looking to buy a turntable in order to archive records. I'm not sure which model is best - help? [more inside]
posted by petebest at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Sit/stand/kneel combination workstation

Wanted: workstation (desk and chair) that can be quickly/frequently/comfortably repositioned back and forth between sitting and standing positions. (Also much interested in tips/alternatives for keeping focus while having to do this constant sit/stand switchoff throughout the day.) [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

aero and air mattress questions

So are the vaunted Aero beds as wonderful and more comfortable than regular air mattresses as (some) people say they are? The reviews are decidedly tilted in one direction (omgbestairmattressEVAR!) or the other (leakyleakyBAD!). I was hoping to get some more constructive feedback, or find out if there was a less costly alternative. Thanks.
posted by calistasm at 6:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Books to inspire me

I'm looking for books that can give me a new perspective on our modern world and culture. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 6:11 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for a photo

I'm trying to find to purchase a print/poster/ of a black and white photo i saw a while back (don't remember where but the image stuck with me). It's a picture of a very well-muscled naked torso (from chin to below navel) of a black man, clutching a baby to his chest. I don't know who it's by and all my googling and allpostering has turned up diddly. Can askme help?
posted by ramix at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

I fucked up. What now?

I'm in my third year of college, and I just got grades back from this past semester. I've always been an A/B student; my gpa has been around 3.66 or so. This last semester I had a bunch of relationship-related/personal trouble; I was diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder. [consequences inside] [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 12:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a musical ("little tin box")

Some time ago, my girlfriend and I saw, or heard on NPR (we are debating that) a commercial for a musical. It was a lesser known show by a more famous composer. If I recall correctly, the subject was corruption in a city hall, possible chicago. All we really remember for sure was a catchy refrain we have both been singing ever since. "Its a little tin box, a little tin box, that a little tin key unlocks. There is nothing unorthodox about a little tin box..." [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Well well...Wellbutrin?

I'm not getting that good of results from Wellbutrin (prescribed for ADD), and to be honest, I'm not getting bad results either. Looking around, I'm don't see any first-hand ADD related Wellbutrin experiences (positive or negative), and I'm wondering if it's really all it's cracked up to be. Should I go back and try and get Adderall instead (which seems to have good responses here)? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Pepsin flavour

Where does "Pepsin" flavour come from? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Automatic mySQL backup

Is there a way to automate the task of doing a daily mySQL dump? I'm looking for something (a program perhaps) that I could automate to dump mySQL into a file and save it to my PC. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Anxious Dog

My dog has serious anxiety problems (she goes to the bathroom all over the floor) when my mom is out of the house. In a week and a half mom starts a new job. Does anyone have any ideas on how to lessen this anxiety? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 10:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find employee layoff/termination letters online (free!).

I'm in the position of having to layoff/terminate several employees due to program structure changes at a small non-profit agency (thus the "free" part, we have a tight budget). I have spent a couple of hours searching for templates for layoff/termination letters online with no luck. Can anyone point me towards a good online source for this?
posted by HuronBob at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Ever interviewed for a job with the AFL-CIO?

My wife is interviewing with the AFL-CIO for a union organizing position--any tips? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Best Earbuds?

I need to get earbuds for my morning ferry ride to use with my laptop. Which ones are best? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 10:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Liabilities for loaning/renting out a car

What legal issues exist for loaning out or perhaps even renting out a car that you own? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the "every day" consequences of a dollar collapsing?

I understand that if the dollar collapses prices Americans pay for foreign goods rise, but I am wondering what other little and big consequences of a falling dollar are? What will life be like in a collapsing dollar environment? [more inside]
posted by izizi at 9:55 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the best songs for breakdancing?

I'm looking for the best songs ever recorded for breakdancing. Old Skool especially (I.e. "Beat Box" by Art of Noise or "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock)
posted by jeremias at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Clicking Jaw...

Anybody ever have this happen: Every once in a while (but more often lately) when I'm eating, my jaw will "crack"right near my right ear and then hurts like a mother*@!$&. What causes this? I've never had my wisdom teeth removed...I'm wondering if that's related or not.....anyone?
posted by stevyb at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

I live by a shop that sells some very impressive fossils. Should I get one?

I live by a shop that sells some very impressive fossils. Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by magullo at 9:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Ad rates for a newsletter

A co-worker is trying to determine reasonable advertising rates for a newsletter we publish. Any ad buyers out there able to help us out? [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Best audiobook device

What is the best portable device for playing audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 8:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Grad school worries

I'm a little worried about applying to grad school. I've read an awful lot about it, and I'm looking for some advice from actual people. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Post-World War II American Novels

Please help me arrange a list of Post-World War II American Novels for a bookgroup. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 8:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Ok, I switched, now help me out!

This switcher is looking for OS X equivalents of two can't-live-without Windows apps. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me get my beagle puppy to poo for me?

Can you help me get my beagle puppy to poo for me? [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Pedometer advice wanted

a) Anyone have a particular make/model of pedometer they like? b) Are they very reliable? I don't mean survey-grade reliable, but even for rough distance estimation? c) Calibration tips?
posted by everichon at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Tie bars and such.

I'm not a big-time formal dress wearer. What is the correct way to wear a tie bar? I know that it secures the tie to the shirt, but is the bar supposed to go the whole width of the tie, or just a little way across? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 6:29 AM PST - 17 comments

iTunes ratings?

Is there any way to export ratings along with your library in iTunes? Pretty please?
posted by adampsyche at 6:11 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get people to my clubnight?

I just started up a clubnight in my university town. Everybody who's been has had a good time, but they are far too few. I need ideas... [more inside]
posted by godawful at 6:07 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you fight academic plagiarism if accused? What effects on your academic future if found guilty?

How do you fight academic plagiarism if accused? What effects on your academic future if found guilty? [more inside]
posted by dsaelf at 4:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Coz Every Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Man ...

I'm thinking of getting some dress shirts custom made. [more inside]
posted by Dallasfilm at 4:25 AM PST - 6 comments

I am seeking alternatives to Royal Mail's Presstream magazine distribution

I am trying to a UK-wide postal distribution system for a bi-monthly magzine. [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick at 2:18 AM PST - 4 comments

May 12

Cat attacking baby

Ugh, this is driving me CRAZY. Any idea where I can find that awesome video of the declawed cat attacking the baby (with the drumbeat soundtrack)? I wish ask.metafilter included giving readers cupcakes for their answers.
posted by hautenegro at 11:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Multimedia Jukebox with Web Interface?

Does anyone have any reccomendations for multimedia jukebox software with a web interface? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 10:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting Up for Nothing

School's out and I haven't got a job yet, but I want to get myself into the habit of getting up early... [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 9:08 PM PST - 17 comments

red band crash

my computer is freezing and rebooting [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 6:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Satellite or Aerial photo

I am looking to find a high resolution photo of an area in Canada to buy (cheap will be good) as a gift. The area in question is around Peterborough - Clear lake and the coordinates are 44.5 N, -78,16 W. I have searched around, but looks as if only low res pictures are free.
posted by bright77blue at 6:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Internet Radio Regulations in Canada.

We're starting up a wee web radio station. We are Canadians. What, realistically, are we meant to do in the way of royalties and whatnot? [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat at 6:07 PM PST - 3 comments

AIM privacy

Is it just me, or does the "buddy list only" feature not work correctly on iChat? Are there any alternative Mac aim clients that will keep out annoying people? Ability to talk to those in invisible mode/go into invisible mode a plus
posted by Mossy at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Mouth Injury Help

What's the best way to promote healing for a section of abraded gum? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 5:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Legal to sell MP3 player with music?

Would it be legal to sell an MP3 player already full of music? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 4:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Can't find an old post.

There was a post a while back about a new people-finder website. It was linked with a search on Matt's name (I believe). It worked pretty good. I need to use it today, and can't find the post. Any help? Or suggestions of good alternatives? The one's I tried by searching google were all pretty lousy.
posted by gummo at 4:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Reclaim a wayward domain name?

I gave up my old domain name (which is a made-up word meaningful only to me) in February. The domain is still getting serch engine hits for some pages I had up as a tribute to a Christian band I was in; the problem is that the domain was bought by some kind of speculator and is redirected to a very unsavory adult website. He'll sell the domain back to me - for $500. This really makes me sick. Any ideas of what I can do to mitigate the damage?
posted by DandyRandy at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my motorcycle start in the afternoons?

I ride a 1985 Yamaha Virago as my primary transportation. I leave for work before 6:30 am and the ride is less than ten minutes long. I park my bike outside in the designated motorcycle area and walk to work. When I come back in the afternoon, approximately nine hours later, the bike is very uncooperative in starting. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by sun-el at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

What should our non-profit's domain name be?

Our non-profit group is setting it's first web site, and we're having some trouble deciding on a domain name. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 2:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Weddings and name changes

Did anyone here keep their last name (female I should add) after getting married? Did your partner have a huge issue with it? Why would you want to change your name? What about the potential children? I'm having a heated debate with a friend.
posted by yodelingisfun at 2:42 PM PST - 135 comments

Looking for a certain flash game

Do you remember a flash game with chickens and umbrellas? [more inside]
posted by Capn at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting a CD reviewed

Any tips on what to include/mention in order to get my self-released CD reviewed by online music publications? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 2:19 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I learn to just chill out?

Any time I'm not with or in contact with this person, I start to get antsy. I can't stop thinking about the person and find it hard to do anything but go into some kind of wait mode or worse yet, try to get in touch even if I know the person's busy. I already know that I need to learn to calm down and do other things. I just want to know how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 16 comments

drinking in central park

Has anyone ever gotten a ticket for drinking alcohol in a New York City Park? Is it any different a charge than for having an open container on the street? Should I get a lawyer??
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Soft shell crabs + milk - why?

Why are you supposed to soak soft shell crabs in milk before cooking them? Most of the recipes I've found call for this, but none say why. None of the cookbooks I've consulting (including On Food and Cooking and the CIA Professional Chef) have an answer.
posted by Caviar at 1:09 PM PST - 14 comments


Can you identify this tree for me? [more inside]
posted by Witty at 1:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Strange fluid from my navel

My wife and I were hit by a car a few weeks ago, and we both seem to be recovering nicely. However, today at work, I was scratching my navel, and it was moist. There was some whitish, mildly stinky fluid on the end of my finger. Any ideas? It sounds like some sort of infection, but I wanted a 2nd opinion...
posted by jackofsaxons at 12:39 PM PST - 26 comments

My LaCie FW 512 GB HD won't STFU

I use a LaCie 500 GB firewire hard drive for backing up my files and running my iTunes library on it (I'm running OS 10.4 - Tiger). Even when I don't use it, it continues to make noise like it's still spinning. What gives? Is this an indication that something is wrong? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 12:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How long do you cook daifuku?

A co-worker brought back a box of "Chocolate Daifuku" from Tokyo. She thinks we need to microwave this stuff, in order to "puff it up" and eat it. Question, is she right? How long do we need to cook it? Why did she bring back foodstuffs that she didn't know how to eat?
posted by dhacker at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Paying a CC Balance with another CC (w/o Transferring)

I bought an engagement ring with the store CC and was given 6 months no interest. Well that six months is almost up, and I'd love to be able to get my CC's 1% cash-back. Problem is, if I transfer the money to my CC, I don't get the 1% back. I have the money and can pay it off, but 1% is a significant amount and I'd like to finagle that 1% into my wallet if at all possible. Is there anything I can do? Thanks for the help, SEINFELD
posted by seinfeld at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

When is a watch not a watch?

I would like to have a portable device for keeping track of the time that is not a wristwatch (I seem to inevitably lose all wristwatches) but can be stored and accessed with ease. I was thinking maybe something I could store in my wallet. Any suggestions or ideas?
posted by selfnoise at 10:56 AM PST - 22 comments

CatAsthmaFilter: Which method of Cat Asthma suppression did you use?

My girlfriend's cat was recently diagnosed with asthma. The vet suggested two courses of action. One involved a mask and inhalers (replaced monthly.) The other method was intermittent cortisone shots. The vet mentioned that a risk of the cortisone treatment was the possibility of the cat developing diabetes, but the inhaler route is cost prohibitive (around $100/month.) What did you do when your cat was diagnosed with asthma? [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 10:13 AM PST - 15 comments

800 Speed Film

Can you use 800 speed film in a Holga? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Where should I stay when I visit Rhodes, Greece?

For our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I want to take a trip to Greece. We narrowed it down and decided that the island of Rhodes looks great. The question is - how to get there and which village to stay in? [more inside]
posted by dual_action at 9:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Access to old Hustler magazines?

I need, for sentimental reasons, a few old issues of Hustler magazine from the late 70s/early 80s. The problem? I'm not sure of the issue dates and it's not the kind of thing my local library carries. Where can I browse through old Hustlers? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 9:45 AM PST - 16 comments

ASP Web Hosting

An ASP/SQL Server web/e-mail/domain host that's affordable and reliable? [more inside]
posted by normy at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

What are my weaknesses?

I'm attending a job interview next week. What do I say when they ask me the inevitable question 'what are your weaknesses'? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 9:17 AM PST - 36 comments

Who were "Bing & Bing"?

I live in a "Bing and Bing" building. People seem to think it's a big deal so I tried to Google them: the only thing that comes back is expensive apartments for sale in New York highlighting that they are in "Bing and Bing" buildings. Does anyone know who "Bing and Bing" where (I'm assuming they were real estate developers)? Why their building are considered so interesting/important? What is their history? I'm also assuming that they disappeared from the scene sometimes between the late 20s and today? What happened? Were they wiped out by the great depression? Any New York historian out there willing to help?
posted by TNLNYC at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I learn to like my husband's new dog?

Earlier this week, my husband adopted a dog from a friend whose new baby is allergic to it. Previous to having this dog, we were a one-cat, no-child household. The cat is slowly adjusting to our newest family member, but I am having a really hard time adjusting. [more inside]
posted by melissa at 8:57 AM PST - 32 comments

Music Matches

A long time ago I found a website where you could type in the name of a band/artist you liked, and it would show a web-shaped layout of other bands that were similar, those being the closest in sound and style physically closest to the name of the band entered (which was centered on the page). Anyone have any idea what I am talking about or know of a similar webiste???
posted by shminny at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

happy classical

Wedding Filter: I'm looking for piano pieces that are light, happy, and energetic. I like classical and baroque (Mozart, Handel, Bach, etc.), and would prefer something not hacknied or cliched -- i.e. no Vivaldi Four Seasons or Delibes Lakme. Needs to be piano music or adaptable to piano. These would be played before the ceremony begins, as people are sitting down.
posted by timnyc at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Powerbook heat tolerances or "It burns! It burns!"

My Powerbook (15" G4 1.25 Ghz) is criminally hot. Temperature Monitor reports that my Processor/Controller Bottomside temp. is 140°F, Power Supply Bottomside is 142.2°F, Battery is 95°F, and my Hard Disk is 104°F. The metal bottom of the "laptop" is too hot to touch for more than a moment. Is this reasonable? Is my computer broken? [MI] [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 8:02 AM PST - 29 comments

metal detectors

Buying advice for a good starter metal detector. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 7:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a checklist of Marvel comics form the 1970s?

Where can I find an on-line checklist (sorted by month) of Marvel comics released in the 1970s? I've run out of google ideas. I found a fantastic silver age checklist, more detailed than I actually need for the seventies, but can't find information for 1972 and beyond. (Only this chronology, which is informative, but not what I'm after.)
posted by jdroth at 7:49 AM PST - 2 comments

What are Probiotics, and do I need them?

After hearing that the prescription that I've been using to treat my eczema has been linked to cancer, I have been looking into some body-friendly preventatives or treatments. I keep finding articles that suggest either probiotics or GLA (omega-6?). What are these, and has anyone used them? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Show and Hide DIV Layers

What is your favorite method for showing and hiding a DIV layer? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments


A few months back I had dangerously too much to drink. Sometime after that, I realized that the little finger of one hand has less sensation than it should. It's not completely numb and moves normally, but the partial numbness is disconcerting. Could alcohol consumption have caused this? Is this a symptom I should see a doctor about?
posted by alumshubby at 7:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Black Eyes Peas: Crazy?

Why are there two versions of the new Black Eyed Peas single? It (kinda) made sense to have a radio version of "Let's Get Retarded", but what's so bad about "Don't Phunk With My Heart"? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 6:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Brown Alu toecap boots

Who makes mens boots with an aluminium or lightweight toecap? - in brown would be best
posted by lunkfish at 6:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Why do people have speech impediments?

Why do people have speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 6:31 AM PST - 12 comments

My home network keeps failing

My laptop seems to hate my home network. Every now and again it takes way too long to get from the choose user screen to the actual user desktop. Whenever this happens my LAN settings seem to fly out the window. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I make up for a poor benefits package?

I am strongly considering taking a new job, but the benefits package is, frankly, horrible compared to the one I have with my current job. However, the new job promises to be much more fulfilling than the current one. How can I make up for the lack of good benefits? [more inside]
posted by mike9322 at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Take thy beak from out my cover, and take thy form from off my pool

How do I keep birds off my pool's solar cover? [more inside]
posted by deshead at 5:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Emailing Yahoo Groups Archives

I've recently joined a couple of Yahoo! Groups, and I would like to have all the old messages (prior to my joining) sent to me via email. Is that possible? I want to store all the messages in my gmail account so that I can search through them in the future.
posted by jacknose at 5:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting stains out of a white formica kitchen counter

Have I hopelessly stained my white formica kitchen counter? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:30 AM PST - 18 comments

rental car insurance?

Do I need insurance on my rental car? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 5:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Which loan should I pay down?

I have two loans, and an extra $250/month to pay them down, but I don't know which one to choose. *Bonus question: should I pay them down? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 12:27 AM PST - 22 comments

May 11

Network Drives: Good or Bad?

Network drive question: can anyone give a strong thumbs-up or -down on the use of a home-office level network drive? [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

External Hard Drive Failure

Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working? [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart at 8:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Good shoe, bad shoe

One of my new street shoes has suddenly started squeaking. Why is it doing this, and how do I make it stop?
posted by showmethecalvino at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving Beverly Hillbillies style

Highway_Patrol_Filter: I'm moving from Baltimore to Manhattan in three weeks and trying to avoid shelling out $250 for a moving van. I don't have that much stuff, but want to take my mattress Is it ok to strap a full sized mattress to the roof of a volvo station wagon on I-95 or will that result in me getting pulled over by the cops? Also, for those of you who've moved like this, what's the best way to strap it to the roof?
posted by slapshot57 at 8:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Why did you flash your brights at me tonight?

Either I'm way too sensitive to the phenomenon of having an oncoming car's brights flashed at me, or it actually is happening too often to me. So, my question is: who out there is flashing their brights at other cars and why? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison at 8:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Honey white

Anybody have a good prom story? Not limited to asking out dates.
posted by greasy_skillet at 7:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Any good Seattle handyman/contractor recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a good handyman or home/construction type contractor in the Seattle area? (Specifically Bellevue, but most of these guys seem willing to travel.) [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 7:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Science baby...

Science/physics geeks (and I mean geek in the most affectionate possible way) -- I need a hand. Two extremely sciencey friends of mine are having a baby, and I am looking for something to embroider on a little outfit for it. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 7:01 PM PST - 19 comments

sewing machines

im looking for a sewing machine. id like it more powerful/reliable than fancy and feature filled. convenience/ease of use is a plus. Punching through leather would also be nice but isn't necessary. Can anyone recommend such a device?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

learn to fight?

How do I learn to argue with my wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 41 comments

A PC Game Involing Gangs from the Late Eighties

I have very fond memories of playing a graphically-simple game in the late eighties or possibly early nineties. It was set in the future, in a plague-ridde, post-apocalyptic America. You were a gang leader, and your job was to assemble gang members, vehicles and guns and essentially deliver America from ruin. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 4:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Donating to charity in Madison, WI.

I am moving away from Madison, WI on Saturday. I want to donate a whole bunch of clothes and shoes and things. I can not for the life of me find hours and guidelines online. I often go by a "donation station" while on the bus, and will stop there tomorrow, but it would be nice to find this information so I can just call a taxi and run over with all my donations tomorrow, instead of doing so on Friday.
posted by kavasa at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

New home septic tank

I'm thinking about buying a house that's out in the country a little bit. It's on a septic system. It's a new construction that the contractor built and is living in while he builds the one next to it. The septic system is reported to be a "Low Pressure Drip System for Residential Sewers" made by Murdon. Is this good/bad/potentially costly? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

CVS Brainfog

CVS question: This thread is of some help, but I'm still failing to grasp a fundamental facet of CVS use, and no matter how much documentation I read, I can't seem to figure it out. [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm tired of stuff being stolen from my deck...

The back of my house faces an alley. There is no fence or gate. Someone loves to take my hanging flower baskets or even vegetables from my garden boxes. I would like to get a weather-proof wireless camera to start snapping away when someone enters the field of view. What brands or technologies should I look at? -I'd also like to beam the images to my home PC which would be about 50-75 feet away from where I want to put the camera.
posted by phredhead at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Just as long as it's not "Chalk & Awe"

My new pool team needs a name. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 3:18 PM PST - 34 comments


I've been trying to get a mod rewrite thingie to work for the past day, and I'm tired of bashing my head against my desk. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Livejournal and DNS

Has anyone else here had trouble getting to Livejournal today? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 2:48 PM PST - 8 comments

One Two Three One Three...damnit

I can't dance. [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 2:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Vid problems on LCD projector

The school where I teach recently purchased a LCD projector and I'm having some trouble getting it to play video... [mi] [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

What videogames should every gamer beat?

Fill in the blank: "Don't even talk to me about video games until you've beaten _____." What do you think? When Ninja Gaiden was released for the XBox, some people had said it was so hard that gamers would wear it as a badge when they beat it. So what are some other games that every gamer should try to take on? Not just difficult ones, classic games apply too.
posted by patgas at 1:56 PM PST - 51 comments

A first novel.

What was the first book you read and really loved? Do you still think about it? [more inside]
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 1:32 PM PST - 81 comments

How much do you fart?

A recent thread about farts has me curious. How often do you fart publicly? Do you routinely have to hold them in? I know this question is silly, but I am very serious.
posted by PEAK OIL at 1:28 PM PST - 48 comments

How does the immune system work?

The silver lining to colds and flus has always been that at least my immune system is better for it, and I’ll be less likely to catch the next thing. However, I’ve caught 3 colds (or something- they were all different, and none were serious) this year and it’s only May! In the past I’ve caught maybe one thing a year. Does your immune system stop improving as you get older? Why do old people get sick more easily? And how old are you when that starts? And how possible IS it to reinfect yourself with the exact same virus or bacteria? Once you’ve had something, wouldn’t your immune system just whomp it the next time it came by?
posted by small_ruminant at 1:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a Winamp plugin that integrates Audioscrobbler data?

Is there any type of plugin or program that integrates Audioscrobbler data into Winamp? I'm looking for something that functions similarly to amaroK for Linux. If there is no such thing (and I suspect there isn't, I've search thoroughly), why not? Winamp is the most popular music application among Audioscrobbler users; I imagine such a plugin would be wildly popular. I know very little about programming, but this kind of thing doesn't seem terribly complex. What's the deal?
posted by monsterhero at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting Rid of Poison Oak Residue

I went on a hike and went through lots of poison oak. I've been free of any symptoms for now because I washed myself with some expensive specialized cleaner. But my clothes and shoes are likely to be contaminated, so I've put them far away. I would like to retrieve and cleanse them, but worry about spreading the oils. Looking also for low-cost or "found in the household" solutions. [more inside]
posted by alex3005 at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Ticket Brokers?

Any ticket brokers here? After paying through the nose for some sold out shows, and spending a number of Saturdays hitting refresh on Ticketmaster's site, I got to thinking... [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Ow! Shoulders & Swimming

What's wrong with my shoulder? Or: How can I tell the difference between normal muscle soreness and incipient injury? [more inside]
posted by dame at 12:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Say I had some cigars ...

Back in October, I bought some cigars. Five of them. Macanudo Portofinos -- the kind in the white screw-top tube. Since then, they've lived in a kitchen cabinet, never opened, untouched in a zip-lock bag. My question is ... does anyone think they're still smokeable as is? Or is there some way to restore their viability?
posted by grabbingsand at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the .NET framework?

What is the .NET framework? Some programs require it. Windows update wants me to get it. Do I need it? Should I stay away from it? Instead of reading fluff at I'd like some trustworthy people to explain it to me. Like the AxMe crew.
posted by Termite at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Field trip ideas for high school math class

Field Trip Filter - Where would you take a 10th grade math class on a field trip? [more inside]
posted by wannabehippie at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Smell what the Rock is quoting.

What is the origin of the line: "You're already dead, you just don't know it yet." [more inside]
posted by clunkyrobot at 10:56 AM PST - 13 comments


Why does Ichiro Suzuki's jersey say "Ichiro"? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Frank Zappa

I don't know anything about Frank Zappa. What album should I start with - and/or what is his best?
posted by grateful at 8:04 AM PST - 37 comments

Running an Apple Cinema Display on PC

I recently hooked up a 23" (older model) to a PC and some of the graphics don't appear to be displaying properly. The problem exists with subtle gradients and color transitions. It looks almost like a .gif would display. Do Macs run a higher bit rate or color set? Is there a base video card that should be used with a PC. [more inside]
posted by Yukon at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Audible flatulence etiquette?

What is the courtesy, etiquette, and/or best way to handle audible flatulence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 42 comments

it's over, it's over, it's over... is it?

How do you know your relationship is worth fighting for? Or, how do you know when to call it quits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Transatlantic counselling

My fiancee and I are having real issues and would like counselling asap to attempt to reconcile them (I'm in individual conunselling now). The problem? She's in Texas, I'm in England. Any ideas?
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 17 comments

What would you take on a long road trip?

What would you take on a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 5:38 AM PST - 29 comments

Recycling a Wheelie Bin

How can I recycle my Wheelie Bin? We've now putting our waste in a compost bin and I'm looking for a new use for the old bin. Any (cheap) ideas?
posted by quarsan at 3:56 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this mathematical/set notation?

Two mathematical syntax questions--one easy, one astoundingly maybe not so complex [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 2:16 AM PST - 8 comments

does stretching work?

Does stretching work? Does it increase flexibility in adults or just maintain it? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 12:25 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I setup out site network to send large files?

I am trying to setup a server or something (i am very amature at computer network) so that I can share radio records and video files (200mb to 600mb) with my parents abroad? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 12:13 AM PST - 13 comments

May 10

Authenticity and Authorship in Classical Chinese

I'm writing a paper about Classical Chinese norms of authorship disguised as a legal article about Intellectual Property. I'm looking for a citation on the following story: Chinese painters (or calligraphers) would apparently purposefully ruin their authenticating stamps, so that the resulting flaw would result in a harder-to-forge mark. Does anyone know where this is from? [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 11:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I bring my own hardware into work?

As an intern in a software dev company whose desktop system is a 233MHz PII, I'm wondering if I should bring in my own PC to work on? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 11:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Child Actors, Adult Themes

I've seen a lot of movies and TV shows in which child actors play characters who, among other things, discuss sexual abuse, point and shoot guns, speak swear words, and witness violence, drug use and miscellaneous depravity. Do these kids suffer any ill effects from this kind of acting? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 11:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Problem with Chinese IME in XP

I am trying to add Chinese to the Language Bar in Windows XP Professional. I have in the past successfully added Japanese with no problem, but when I try to add the Chinese IME, I get this message: "Windows could not properly load the Chinese (PRC) - Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0 keyboard layout." How can I fix this?
posted by Sangermaine at 11:20 PM PST - 2 comments

DVR Possibilities

Help me choose a Tivo successor. [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 10:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Cats eating bugs?

Are centipedes safe for cats to eat? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:11 PM PST - 15 comments

where should I live?

I just got a job offer in Portland -- where should I live? [more inside]
posted by j at 8:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Something growing in my shower

I just moved in with a couple of friends, and there's this stuff growing in the shower... here are two pictures: pic1, pic2. Can anyone tell me what it is, how do I get rid of it, and can I keep it from returning?
posted by exhilaration at 8:28 PM PST - 19 comments

TV Stations and White SUVs

Why do TV stations (or any other news organization) have a fleet of white SUVs? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 6:58 PM PST - 7 comments

cellphone filter

Twofold question: 1) any way for me to get out of my two year contract with at&t? 2) sidekick II a good idea? more in the extended... [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 6:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Gustav Mahler

Help me learn more about Mahler. [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Exterminate the Doctor!

So I'm watching the new Dr. Who series and they are dealing with the last of the Daleks, I want to know what happened to the Daleks since Tom Baker was around (possible spoilers inside). [more inside]
posted by furtive at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is Darth Vader called Lord Fener in Italy?

Why is Darth Vader called Lord Fener in Italy? Does Darth Vadar means something in Italian or was there some other reason to change that?
posted by willnot at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

CD Mailing

How legal/illegal is mailing CDs (of MP3s) through the mail? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 4:48 PM PST - 23 comments

VoiceTyping Apps

What's the state of the art in Voice Recognition as a typing substitute? [more inside]
posted by signal at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting started with Applescript Studio

I need to learn how to build Applescript Studio apps in a very short amount of time. I mostly need to build widgets that capture variables through dialogs, run some shell commands and consume some webservices. Dashboard isn't an option in the target environment. Can anyone recommend some online guides other than Apple's dev site or some decent books?
posted by machaus at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

my new temporally-based compression scheme is unstoppable!

This is one of those questions that will make me look very silly when it's answered, so I'll abandon any pretense of dignity straight off: with the ideas set forth in this comic about talking clip-art dinosaurs, why can't any arbitrarily huge amount of data be transmitted as a simple statement of a date and time?
posted by squidlarkin at 2:40 PM PST - 31 comments

HTML for Web page counter?

I want to include a counter on my website. I don't want to use a "free" counter that includes links or advertisement on my site. I'd rather just write the code in myself for a simple, small, black-and-white counter. Can anyone help me?
posted by Il Furioso at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments

guitar nuts

I have an old Yamaha SE110 electric guitar with a damaged nut, and I purchased a cheap replacement at one time, but it was too tall, and I didn't feel like filing it. So, are there certain types of nuts besides locking and non-locking and different materials, such as sizes that are specific types of guitars?
posted by angry modem at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the song used in this Blaupunkt viral video?

What is the song used in this Blaupunkt viral video? [Teddy bear/bunny action, if you consider that NSFW...] [more inside]
posted by TinTitan at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

12 cabins, 12 vacancies.

Would you buy a house in which someone had been murdered?
posted by humuhumu at 12:02 PM PST - 49 comments

apple ibook

My uncle needs a new computer and wants to spend about $1000 on a laptop. I suggested an Apple iBook 12" as it would fit that budget and be less prone to viruses and spyware than his current Windows machine. This machine apparently has slowed down a lot and my guess would be due to a lot of spyware at the very least (he uses IE I think). My questions pertain to software included and needed and ease of use of the computer [MI]. [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 11:25 AM PST - 25 comments

new definition of science

What exactly is the problem with the proposed change in the definition of science in Kansas? Here's the proposed change: "...continuing investigation that uses observation, hypothesis testing, measurement, experimentation, logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena." And here is what we'll all recognize as the "Scientific Method": 1. Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena. 2. Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. In physics, the hypothesis often takes the form of a causal mechanism or a mathematical relation. 3. Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to predict quantitatively the results of new observations. 4. Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments.
posted by lacus at 10:33 AM PST - 22 comments


A friend of mine asked about upcomming concerts in my area. Where can I find local concert listings? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

New Laptop Upgrades?

Is it insane to want to buy upgrades for a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 10:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Good (used) video card for a 733ghz Mac

My 733ghz G4 mac with a GeForce2 MX videocard no longer seems like the top-of-the-line powerhouse it was back in '01, but I'd like to squeeze another year or two out of it by upgrading the video card (I've already added a bunch more RAM). I don't expect to run Doom 3, but I'd love to have better performance when using Final Cut Pro or playing No One Lives Forever 2. Since I'm hoping to upgrade to a new computer in a year or two, I don't want to spend a lot of money on a video card now. Ideally, I'd spend less than $50 on eBay and buy a used one--after all, a two-year-old card is still many several generations ahead of the one I've got! Alas, I know nothing about graphics cards and I'm overwhelmed by all the possibilities. What do I need to know, and what older cards would you good folks recommend?
posted by yankeefog at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

trade mp3s

Has anyone ever heard of a thing like a CD swap, but for HDDs, with the goal of sharing digitized music in extremely large quantities?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me defeat a cat in a battle of wits.

Because of long-standing behavior issues, I need to find a way to keep a large, determined, unusually intelligent cat in the basement all night. Actually, I need to keep her from climbing some stairs. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 10:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Computer World cover

What computer is on the cover of Kraftwerk's Computer World album?
posted by donth at 10:00 AM PST - 7 comments

My computer, it crashes.

I know this is hard to believe, but Windows has crashed on my computer. Can I fix this somehow, or do I need to reformat? Again? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Potty training book for 2 year old

I have a two year old boy who needs to be potty trained. A friend, who moved away, had mentioned a book that he read to his children over the course of several weeks and, on their own, both children told their dad that they did not want to use diapers anymore. Anybody out there have similar experiences potty training? Any book/video suggestions?
posted by thimk at 9:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Muay Thai Camps in Thailand

I'm thinking of going to Southeast Asia for a couple (3) months at the end of this year, and would like to spend about a month in Thailand, preferably at a kickboxing camp. I'm not into martial arts, it's just something I've always wanted to do. With the myriad of camps/locations available, I'm wondering if anyone has ever done it, and if they have any recommendations. I've already been to Pattaya, so I'm not looking to do the tourist thing. Probably quitting my job to do it, so I'll be on the cheap. Also, most airfares are coming up at around $1000 BOS/BKK. Does this sound like the typical deal or does anyone have any tips on cheaper airfares?
posted by jsavimbi at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Music like "One More Kiss, Dear"?

I'm looking for more music like the song "One More Kiss, Dear" from the Blade Runner soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by redteam at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I stop touching my face?

How can I stop touching my face? Whenever I am sitting still and concentrating, and sometimes when I am anxious or nervous, I touch, scratch and otherwise fiddle with my face. This is not good for me, and results in any small spots/blemishes getting much worse and inflamed, and they stick around for longer than they should. Please help me break this habit and help me get prettier!
posted by altolinguistic at 8:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Other/ancient methods of multiplication?

MathFilter: I'm looking for integer multiplication algorithms. [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

anodizing a design

I saw a neat clock the other day on MoCoLoco and I was wondering process is used to get the design printed/dyed on the face. It says that it's anodized, and from my research this seems pretty straightforward, but my question is how is the printing/masking done? Are the dyes added in stages using a photomask? Or is it masked in the anodizing stage? You can see a good example of the colors here [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Press Cuttings database

Part of my job is to get press coverage for clients, mainly in newspapers. I'd like to be able to store scans of these in a web-accessible database so that they can view them online. [more inside]
posted by blag at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

How to rip and listen simultaneously?

Once in a while a friend comes along with a really cool new CD. What I want to do is: Instantly Rip it to my hard disk, listen to it at the same time, and talk to my friend. What I do now instead is: Start ripping, wait until the first track is finished, then listen to the first track while ripping the others. Talking gets difficult because every now and then I have to enqueue the next track to the player.
posted by mitocan at 6:01 AM PST - 13 comments

PT Cruiser side and rear view

Does anyone have any experience with driving a PT cruiser, specifically a 2001? I've seen some reviews mention that the side and rear views aren't the best due to large rear pillars and side mirrors with not quite wide enough range. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 2:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Printer question

I have an HP Officejet 5510 all in one printer. The printer function always works without problem. It's the copier function that is really causing me problems. [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 12:45 AM PST - 1 comment

May 9

what's that song called?

is there *any* way that i can burn a cd using itunes (or other itunes compatible os x app/script) which will also write the album name/artist & song titles so that when i play my, ahem, cd backup copies in my car i don't just get: 'untitled' & 'track 1' etc on my fancy sat navi display? thank you.
posted by n o i s e s at 9:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Public Domain & Copyright Reform

I was having an argument with a friend, and he stumped me with a question that I never even considered: "Why is the public domain so good?" I always accepted that, like puppies being cute and Bush being dumb, it just is. What are some concrete examples why it's so good?
posted by keswick at 9:22 PM PST - 43 comments

How does one properly break in a fitted baseball cap?

I've always disliked the way that fitted baseball caps (especially the MLB-standard New Era 5950) fit, as they sit too high on the crown of my head. I've heard of various mojo that one can perform (including cutting out the mesh at the front of the cap, showering in it, etc.) to make them fit better, but was wondering if there might be someone with more practical experience out there. This link is the only one I've found that's even slightly relevant, and remains a bit vague on the whole mesh-butchering thing.
posted by fet at 8:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Earning income from stocks

How do shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway earn income? It seems that dividends haven't been issued since 1967. Short of selling the stock, isn't the investment "tied up"? [more inside]
posted by daksya at 7:44 PM PST - 19 comments

asskrieg defense?

In basketball, how do you play defense against that butt-bulldozer* style of offense in the post? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get LaTeX to ignore a period for spacing purposes?

Sometimes in LaTeX I notice bad-looking rivers after the period in someone's title, such as "Mr. Jones" or "St. Thomas." I assume that this is because it is treated the "." in things like "St." as if they are sentence stops, and spacing them accordingly. How can I get this to stop?
posted by yesno at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Firefox Bookmarks gone

Just like that, all Firefox bookmarks (several thousand) gone, homepage set back to this. No apparent viruses. Everything else seems fine. History is still there, and no suspicious websites there (JJill?). I have a back-up of bookmarks from many months ago, but would dearly like to get the later version back. Firefox 1.0 (I know, and today another scare.) Any thoughts?
posted by caddis at 6:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me pick a reading for a wedding

My friends have asked me to do a reading at their wedding. Only trouble is, I'm allowed to pick it myself... [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 6:10 PM PST - 15 comments

No AmEx for p9rn sites. Good or bad for business?

Five years ago almost to the day, American Express decided to no longer cover credit card transactions from p9rn sites, claiming that business with such sites carried unacceptably high incidence of disputes about transactions.. Other credit card companies decided not to, ahem, pull out. Today, the AmEx decision still stands. After five years, can we say that American Express got... stiffed? Or were they right in the first place and the other companies got... screwed?
posted by matteo at 5:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Installing printers and other settings as another user?

I administer windows (2000, XP) machines for my workplace, but have not been able to figure out how to install printers, or related settings (Outlook profiles) as another user. Is there any way to avoid having the user have to install some things his/herself or similar painful solutions like asking for their login information? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

WMV to MPEG conversion tool?

Can anyone suggest a tool to convert WMV to MPEG format? A tool that is preferably freeware, though licensed software would be great too. [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Collections Calls to wrong phone#

What recourse do I have to stop a collections company from repeatedly calling my home for somebody who does not reside here? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 4:15 PM PST - 14 comments

the living outnumber the dead?

So I was watching Wong Kar Wai's _Fallen Angels_ last night and Laurie Anderson's song _Speak My Language_ came on. The refrain was 'now that the living outnumber the dead' and got me thinking, my question: Has the living population of the earth ever outnumbered the number of all those who have come before us and died? Does it now? This seems a reasonable event to occur at some point given exponential growth, I just haven't been able to figure out when such a thing has/would happen(ed). Thanks!
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me help iTunes not to be stupid

I want to move a chunk of my music collection from a folder on one drive to a folder on another, without losing metadata in iTune's library and without reconnecting each and every file. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 3:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Anyone know about old type faces?

I'm reading a French text printed in Paris in 1527. The language is clear enough, no less intuitive than Olde Englysh, but the typography can be a poser. Can anyone recommend a particularly good reference text (or web site) that lists the various abbreviations, letter, and number variations, that keep cropping up?
posted by IndigoJones at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Buring video from TivoToGo

I am having problems playing video on my PC that I have downloaded from my Tivo. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments

exchange rate fight!

This week, apparantly, the financial movers and shakers in the US have "toughened up" their demand for China to let their currency float with respect to the US dollar, saying, among other things, “Failure to move on the renminbi means China is also not doing its fair share in reducing global payments imbalance" If their fixed exchange rate is the reason for China's enormous growth, what reason would they have to oblige? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Desperate Geek seeks E3 passes.

I'm going to be in LA during the period of May 14-22 for some business, and I wanted to go to E3. I have already missed the online registration by a few weeks, and I don't have the option to pay 300+ to see the floor for one day. Any LA MeFites or others who will be in the area able to help? [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Mac OS9 HD Crash

I'm a pc guy, but my friend's imac hard-drive has crashed. I managed to salvage the entire drive on a dvd, but otherwise it's been rendered inoperable. So, my question: can I just copy the appropriate folders (keeping directory structure) from the dvd to the new (essentially empty) drive and have everything work as before? Can I do this for specific software, such as outlook (all saved emails lost!) or word? Or do I have to to a manual re-install of all software, export of emails, etc., as any self-respecting pc would require. Mac OS 9.22
posted by pinto at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Apple DVD Burning

I want burn DVD's, but I want to do it on my Mac and PC. I had an external enclosure, so I could move the drive between PC and mac easily. The proble is it wouldn't let me use my Optorite DVD drive to write DVD's on my Mac, only to read them. Where can I find a list of the DVD writers that OS X supports natively? [more inside]
posted by gaby at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

name that tune

I'm looking at a book for my son that has simple tunes for kids to play on the kazoo, but actually has the sheet music listed with the tune. I'm wondering if there is a web page that would let you "transcribe" the notes on the page and hit submit such that it would play back a midi or something so I can hear the general tune. Does this exist?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 2:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Job hunting from afar.

I left my heart in San Francisco. Now I want a job there. Problem? I'm in Philly. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 1:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Unforgettable Fire

Does anyone know what U2's song The Unforgettable Fire is about? There was a show about the atomic bombing of Japan years back in Chicago with the same title, and obviously the album has the same title, but just curious if anyone has heard any explanation about how the title of that show came to be the title of what seems to be a song?
posted by jgballard at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Permed Hair?

I apologize for the frivolous nature of this question, people still get their hair permed? [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

renting privacy

I've been renting an apartment for two years and am moving out when my lease is up at the end of July... [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 1:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Cheap phone card for Alaska?

My boyfriend will be spending the summer in western Alaska (sans cell coverage or reliable access to Internet), and he's looking for an inexpensive calling card to use from a landline. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

STD notification service?

Is there a service that will, either through the internet or snail mail or even via telephone, notify your previous sex partners that you may have given them a sexually transmitted disease? [more inside]
posted by Clay201 at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Radio advertising rates

How much does it cost to advertise on a medium-size radio station in a major market? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 11:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Learning to touch type.

I do not currently touch type but would like learn this skill. In addition to being able to practice at home I will likely have time to practice at work too. [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 11:51 AM PST - 21 comments

Fashion consultation needed for timid, unstylish 74 y.o. woman with severe hair loss (more inside)

Are there any places in New York City or Westchester County that can provide help with hats, scarves, hairpieces etc for an elderly woman with alopecia? It's genetic, not caused by chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

How to resolve our cross-cultural family problems?

My live-in boyfriend and I have been together for six years, and would very much like to get married soon. Our relationship is rock solid. We are both immigrants living in New York City and while we want a low-key wedding both come from backgrounds that value family weddings - while we can keep it small and inexpensive, running off to Vegas would upset a lot of people. Wanting to get married is bringing some unresolved family issues to the forefront . . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Do facials work?

Do facials work? I want to look like Isabella Rossellini. I want to be rid of minor blemishes that crop up often enough that I seem to always have some little thing to cover. But I'm wary of using unnecessary 'services'. Can a facial do something for me that I can't do for myself at home? How often would I need to go? Will it cost a million dollars? (Any NYC/southern CT recommendations?)
posted by xo at 10:55 AM PST - 26 comments

Differences among guitars

What, technically speaking, is generally the difference between, say, a $700 Gibson SG and a $2200 Gibson SG? "You just gotta feel it man" wouldn't really help!
posted by xmutex at 10:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Wikipedia page history movie?

A few months ago I came across an animated movie documenting the development of a wiki page. Essentially it was made up of screen grabs generated by going through the edit history of a document. Much googling and MeFi/Boingboing searching hasn't amounted to much. Anyone know where this is? Am I imagining this? Also: Does anyone know of an easy way to create a similar animation with a PMWiki page?
posted by aladfar at 10:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Product Releases

I am looking for a resource, preferably web based, that will give me release dates for new electronics and software. I have been able to find websites that give that information for Books, CD's and DVD's but nothing for software and electronics.
posted by tirebouchon at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Short cut to "Printer Friendly Format" on news sites?

I'm really tired of all the advertising and dancing crap that clutters up most news/magazine web articles. I find myself constantly searching for a "Printer Friendly Format" link so that I can read the article in a column wider than 1 inch and not paginated in such a way as to maximize ad views. Is there any utility, web site, firefox extension, something, that can take me to the "PFF" right away?
posted by de void at 10:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Grocery Store F-ckups

Hey - Has this ever happened to you? I was unloading my groceries last night and I found a bag of groceries grouped in the bunch that wasn't mine. I checked my receipt to make sure I wasn't actually charged for this stuff, and -before anyone panics- don't worry, I thankfully wasn't. And everything I bought was there ... But seriously, I wasn't in any mood to go back to the grocery store ... So now this bag of food is sitting on my kitchen counter. Do I return it? What responsibility to society do I have to return these groceries? There's no receipt indicating the proper grocery item owner. Could the grocery store even find out who these belong to? What steps would they even take? These are the sorts of questions I am askmetafiltering you. The second dilemma is that the bag has some toiletry items in it that I'd just feel silly or embarrassed about returning. In fact there's no way I could keep a straight face returning them. And there's also some nice looking organic juice in there that I wouldn't mind drinking. Questions are, do I return the bag? Throw it away after drinking the juice? Donate the toiletries to Goodwill? Post fliers around town with the word FOUND - BAG OF GROCERIES with a phone #? I mean, wtf? And also, have any of you ever gotten home to realize you're missing a bag of groceries? Or found yourself in a situation like I am in now with a bag of groceries not my own? Thank you for your thoughts.
posted by Peter H at 10:02 AM PST - 57 comments

Using "Would"

I am wondering if any of you brilliant grammarians and linguists can tell me about using "Would" at the beginning of the sentence in a particular construction. Sometimes I will hear a particular construction that sounds weird if not incorrect: e.g. "Would that I had done it differently." [more inside]
posted by dios at 9:57 AM PST - 18 comments

WiFi problems on my apple

My iBook AirPort card connects to WiFi ports, but won't successfully connect to any sites. What might be the cause? Any settings to fool around with? Thanks!
posted by inksyndicate at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the Muppet 7 Deadly Sins Pilot

I'm looking for a copy of the Muppet pilot that was on tv in the mid-70s. Googling found this: Before it became a syndicated series, Jim Henson and his associates produced The Muppet Show Pilot: Sex and Violence for ABC. It featured Muppet Show characters Dr. Teeth, Janice, Animal, and others. Notably, it featured a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Thursday night in London?

My gal and I have a long layover in London on our way to Berlin, and it will be our first time in the UK, so we want to do more than just wander around Heathrow. [more inside]
posted by hartsell at 9:37 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I get rid of pet waste burn on my lawn?

I have a Labrador retriever and a fairly small fenced in back yard. Is there any way to get rid of the bare spots and brown patches where he urinates? [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Web Page Form Handling

I want to be able to provide a form with a "submit" button on a web page. [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

PDX infant healthcare

I'm on vacation in Portland, Oregon and our lame insurance won't pay for any healthcare. Anyway, there's a $200 deductible. I can go to an urgent care for $200, but was wondering if anyone knows of a pediatrician somewhere that will take walk-ins that might cost a little less than Urgent Care. I know there's a free clinic in Vancouver, but we don't really qualify, although I suppose we could go there and make a large donation. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Letters, we get letters

This may seem like an odd question, but - I like to keep all of my old letters from various friends and acquaintances, but now I find myself with stacks of them. Can someone suggest a better way to keep them than putting them in shoeboxes? I can't seem to part with them, but they're just sitting there collecting dust.
posted by ORthey at 8:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Life in Manila

Can anyone provide any insights into Manila in the Philippines -- positive or negative -- as a place for a Western female to move to and work?
posted by nthdegx at 8:31 AM PST - 13 comments


I need my own web bot. [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Window boxes & Patio gardens

I'm moving into a new apartment in Chicago on June 1st, and I'm hoping to be able to have window boxes. There's also a ground-floor patio (shared with one other person), and I'm thinking of starting some container-type gardening. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I keep my site from being hacked again?

Someone has been repeatedly trying to hack into my website. I'm on a windows box, running ASP and an Access Database. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a short story: Shakespeare Meets Martin Guerre?

StoryFinderFilter: Please help me find a short story that describes the homecoming of an older Shakespeare to Anne Hathaway's house. Only Shakespeare isn't Shakespeare, and the wife notices . . . [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 7:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Cheapest thing on Amazon UK

What is the cheapest thing on Amazon UK? I want to place an order for two CDs, and they come to £18.98 - 2p short of being able to get free shipping. Is there anything I can buy that will cost less than the couple of quid for shipping? I had a look, but most things were on a 4 to 6 weeks basis, and I'd like something on 24 hours (the same as the CDs).
posted by Orange Goblin at 7:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Best way to carry multiple Canon dSLR batteries in camera bag?

I've moved from a low end digital camera recently to the 1st generation Canon Rebel dSLR. The old camera took AA battery's so there was tons of advice out there on how best to store them so you don't short anything out, and sort them so you know which have been used at a glance. personally i liked using little plastic carriers that held two each - when i used the batteries (but before i re-charged them) i would flip one so the pos/neg ends were opposite (did that make sense?) Anyone have any suggestions of a way to achieve the same with propritary batteries like canon's? To sum up: a) how to carry them w/o worrying about shorting out or knocking around in the camera bag, and b) quick way to know which ones are dead and which are good. Thanks!
posted by joshgray at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

The Skinny on Ipods for the Uninitiated

I'm about to be the last person in the world to get an IPod (Shuffle) and was recently informed that you can only play ITunes music or mp3s ripped from your CDs. In other words, no mp3s from "other sources." I've looked everywhere for the answer, so, is it true? Thanks in advance.
posted by moonbird at 4:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Moving from Lotus Notes to Outlook

I am changing jobs, and moving from a Lotus Notes environment to an exclusively Microsoft Outlook environment (I will have no choice). How can I transfer my contacts/addresses/calendar and journal notes between the two environments? [more inside]
posted by mattr at 3:39 AM PST - 5 comments

The Right Honorable Lord Mayor?

In a formal letter of appreciation, can one apply this form of address for the Lord Mayor of Helsinki? (The letter is in English.) [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris at 3:11 AM PST - 8 comments

File sharing problem in XP

File sharing problem in XP.. I can access my laptop files from my desktop but not the other way around. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 12:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Dealing with the side effects of Prozac.

I'm currently on 10mg of Prozac a day. I find that it works really well, except for the fact that I want to throw up whenever I'm in a moving vehicle that's stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, due to the stop and go motion. Sometimes, even driving around on service streets can make me sick. I've already tried other meds, including Celexa (did absolutely nothing for me) and Serzone (made me want to sleep 15 hours a day.) Has anyone else had this problem? How did you manage it? If you have any remedies or tips for preventing nausea as a whole, I would also be interested in hearing them. Thanks to everyone in advance.
posted by anonymous at 12:05 AM PST - 8 comments

May 8

Where do you go from here?

I'm 33. I'm attractive. I earn a good salary. I live in a beautiful apartment. I drive a convertible. I'm intelligent. I've read tons of books. I've travelled a great deal. Women like me. I'm good in bed. I've driven fast cars. I've been an alcoholic. I've abused drugs. I've smoked 20 a day. I've seen shrinks at various points in my life. But still... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 PM PST - 45 comments

What are some alternative treatments for cancer?

I need some alternative treatments for brain cancer. What can I do after chemotherapy and radiation treatment have done all that is possible?
posted by Kilovolt at 10:52 PM PST - 9 comments

TA at Grad. School

I am thinking about graduate school in math. Assuming I were to be accepted on as a TA where I apply, how soon does a TA teach classes? [more inside]
posted by teece at 10:24 PM PST - 6 comments


How can I retrieve a file from the Firefox cache? about:cache lets you view what's in the cache, but it doesn't let you see the cached pages. How can I access them?
posted by punishinglemur at 9:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Old VW Campers. Advice/experience?

When I was younger I dreamed of weekends away (and longer) in an old VW camper (called a Kombi, here in OZ). A decade later and I have spouse, kids (4yro, 2yro and 1 on the way) and enough money to make it possible. Good idea or not? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 9:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Resources for an American in Toulouse

An American friend of mine has accepted a two year assignment in Toulouse, France. She'd appreciate any advice that could make the experience simpler or better.
posted by mosch at 8:38 PM PST - 10 comments

What Satie pieces are featured in the movie "Being There"?

I've got a Satie piece in my head and it just won't quit. And it's not on any Satie CDs I've checked out of the library. I'm pretty sure it's featured in the movie "Being There," though. It's mostly in a major key, and it's relaxed and friendly. Any thoughts? Anyone have the soundtrack listing at their fingertips?
posted by CrunchyGods at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Providing customer support via email

Email ticketing and CRM - out of about a billion solutions, which one's right for me? [more inside]
posted by Leon at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Ever abused a smiley face?

My Google mojo isn't working. Does anyone remember a "game" (term used loosely here) from about 1994 for the Macintosh which involved a large smiley face and a list of painful/lethal things you could do to it? Said list included actions such as "poke in the eye", "painful acne", and "flesh-eating bacteria". Thanks!
posted by starvingartist at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Heavy Questions from my 5 year old son

"Daddy, where do we come from? How did people get here?". I love my inquisitive little guy! Can anyone point me to a good illustrated resource on evolutionary biology for little kids?
posted by Scoo at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments

enlarged pores

As I've gotten a little older, I've noticed the pores on either side of my nose (the "T-Zone") have gotten bigger and much more orange-rind-like than they were ten years ago. Many skincare products claim they can reverse this—how valid are the claims? My dermatologist was skeptical. I've also heard that low-dose Accutane can help with this?
posted by jenleigh at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Letting Go of Unheathly Family Relationships

Does anyone know of a book or resource to help someone end their relationship with family? I have a friend who's mother is a mess. She has never been a good mother and she plays guilt trips, lies, fakes illnesses, etc. My friend is not someone who should have unhealthy relationships. I usually say family is THE most important thing in life, but in this case I think she should cut ties. I want to find something that will help her get through the guilt she is feeling for wanting to sever communication.
posted by toftk at 5:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Dancing in dance clubs

How do you start dancing with girls/guys you don't know in clubs? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 4:30 PM PST - 24 comments

cheap one-way travel

I am looking for a cheap way to travel from Austin, TX to Huntsville, AL. One-way flights are $200+ on Orbitz. So far Greyhound looks like my best bet at around $60. I guess I'm wondering if anyone can offer any alternatives to these options. Is there any type of legal (or practical) way to hitchhike or maybe a cheaper bus fare? [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Need help with a grouchy ATA/133 PCI card

I am trying to install a second internal hard drive (180 gig) to my Power mac G4. I had very little trouble initially, and stupidly (please be gentle) moved much of my data over to the new drive immediately without rebooting and making sure everything would work after a restart. On restart, the dreaded missing harddrive question mark icon flashed... [more inside]
posted by getupandgo at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I get a iMac for my mom?

MothersDayFilter: Should I get a new iMac for my mom? [more inside]
posted by reverendX at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Small audio amp?

I have a small Soundworks subwoofer with satellite speakers I want to use with my Mac. I need a small, no frills amp just to, well, amplify. Is there such a beast at a reasonable price?
posted by cccorlew at 12:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Replacing wireless router firmware

I have a Linksys WRT54G router that has some third party firmware installed on it. It no longer works, so I want to replace it with the original Linksys firmware or something better. [more inside]
posted by bering at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Let's all get up and move to a 'hood that was so hip before your mother was born

I'm moving to Manhattan's East Village from Brooklyn (Prospect Heights) in a few weeks, and I'm wondering how I should go about hiring a "man with a van." Also: Speakers! [more inside]
posted by incomple at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Male vs. Female Chromosome War?

Are there really such things as "scars on chromosomes" and "X vs. Y" 'wars' between the male- and female-determining genes? [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 10:32 AM PST - 15 comments

memories of mom

On this sacred day, what are your fondest memories of mom? It can be touching,funny, tear jerkish or anything.
posted by wheelieman at 10:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Good footwear for Costa Rica's wet or "green" season

Soon to be travelling in Costa Rica during rainy June, I've got my quick-drying clothing, but are hiking boots practical/needed for light hiking and a lot of walking? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 9:42 AM PST - 14 comments

You say potatoe...

In the US, the first syllable of "privacy" rhymes with "eye." In the UK, it rhymes with "give." So why, when listening to an audiobook, did I hear a British reader (with a standard British dialect) pronounce it the American way? Was the reader just being weird, or is the pronunciation of "privacy" becoming Americanized? Are there any other common Brit-pronunciations that are migrating across the pond? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:07 AM PST - 22 comments

range of an advertisement

People outside of New England but in an area where Dunkin Donuts has TV advertisements-- does an ad for Dunkin Donuts featuring Johhny Damon and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein play in your area? It's obviously an expensive ad, but it seems very regional. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I hide stuff in HTML?

I want to have a long list of search terms on my page, but not display them. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 7:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Configuring a Zoom X3 5660A router/modem for Bit Torrent

I recently bought a Zoom X3 5660A DSL router/modem/all-in-one to use with my Apple Airport Extreme Base Station for internet. Everything's working fine, except Azureus (Bit Torrent). [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Are British Lobbysts better than their American counterparts?

What are the fundamental differences, if any, between US and UK political lobbyists? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Winamp to DVD

I'd like to convert some Winamp files to DVD files, so they can be played on a normal DVD player. Anyone know if this can be done and how?
posted by Frasermoo at 5:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Ringtone from "Ocean's 12"

What song is Rusty's ringtone in "Ocean's 12"? It's silly, I know, but it's driving me craaaaaazy!
posted by joshuaconner at 2:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Why are the letters flaking off the keys on my iBook?

Why are the letters flaking off the keys on my brand-new iBook? [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:55 AM PST - 11 comments

May 7

A gig of temp internet files! Holy crap batman.

I am attempting to clean up the parents' computer, as I do every trip home. I am having a problem with the temporary internet files. [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 11:19 PM PST - 7 comments

georgia camping

This summer, some friends and I plan on going camping and we're looking for some good overnight camping spots and hope some you might know a place or two that rock. Waterfalls to visit & swim in and drinking copious amounts of alcohol at night not being a problem is a plus and am willing to drive a few hours.
posted by jmd82 at 11:12 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best venue for selling MTG cards?

I have a big book of old Magic: The Gathering cards. I've been told they're worth a decent amount, but have been out of touch with the game for maybe 6 years. What's the best venue for selling these? Anything relatively painless? Do I need to buy a price index or something?
posted by sirion at 6:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Britpop and New Labour

What is the connection, if any, between britpop and New Labour?
posted by Tlogmer at 6:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Bridal shower games that don't stink

I'm co-hosting my sister's bridal shower. My co-host and I decided that we should have some sort of game, mostly to break the ice and introduce everyone to each other, even though we're leery of typical bridal shower trappings. (Most people won't know each other, being friends and relatives from both sides of the family.) Who out there—male or female—has been to a shower with games that didn't stink? Or what games have you played at a party, even if it wasn't a shower, were genuinely fun, easy to lead, and allowed people to get to know each other with a minimum of groans? [more inside]
posted by cacahuete at 5:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Tim Berners-Lee: The Web and Democracy

I'm trying to find an old article about Tim Berners-Lee and the relationship between the WWW and democracy. There was a quote that went something like: "Tim built democracy into the fabric of the web." [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 4:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What do you write in your reading journal, if you keep one?

If you keep a journal based on what you read, how do you do it, what do you put in it, do you use a standard format, what do your entries consist of, etc? Newly inspired by the cool reading journal in the latest Levenger catalogue, I want to start one of my own, rather than just making and losing random notes as I have always done. I am not particularly interested in **buying** a reading journal, from Levenger or anyone else, but I do want to start keeping one, either in one of my blank Moleskins or in a loose-leaf folder or something. So I'd appreciate hearing about any cool tricks or formats or whatever that you use. If, for example. you were going to make a journal entry based on reading Love's Labors' Lost, what would you put in it? Thanks, Lustra
posted by lustra at 3:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I bluetooth my old printer?

I've got an old laser printer (with parallel and USB ports) which still works really well. But it's big and ugly and I'd like to move it into a cupboard, and print wirelessly. I thought this would be really easy to do, but there doesn't seem to be many options on the market? Has anyone done this? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Great comic book artists:

Apart from Jaime Hernandez , David Lloyd and Brian Bolland , who are the worlds greatest comic book artists ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:14 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm looking for a really good wire stripper.

I'm looking for a really good pair of wire strippers. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 3:10 PM PST - 8 comments

bullfighters and pregnant women

ArtFilter: I am trying to track down an artist I saw at the Tate a few years ago. She (I recall it was a woman; I may be wrong) exhibited photographs side-by-side of young, injured Portuguese bullfighters and nude pregnant women. You think this would be easy to Google..
posted by vacapinta at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Kentucky Derby Race Time

Kentucky Derby Race Time. OK, I'm about to lose my fucking mind...[MI] [more inside]
posted by docpops at 2:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Motorcycle Blue Orb Syndrome

I am an experienced motorcycle rider, but I occasionally, when riding on long straightaways, experience a kind of spatial disorientation that lasts for a moment or two, but goes away after some taking some deep breaths and varying speeds on the motorcycle. What is this and how can it be avoided? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the name of the tune at the beginning of "Kung Fu Fighting"?

What is the name of the tune at the beginning of Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting"? In that song it is played on a recorder or something, but I have heard it elsewhere played on stringed instruments, etc. I know the tune predates that song because I heard it as a child in old cartoons. Whenever a character was from or sent to a generic Asian destination, they would play that tune to set the location. I have googled every combination of terms I can think of to narrow this down, but come up with nothing. I want it for a ringtone.
posted by Brian James at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Gratuity for judges?

Did you get married at the courthouse? Did you provide the judge with a gratuity? [more inside]
posted by peep at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Splitting home ownership with brother

My brother and I are considering buying a two or three family house. Each of us would live in our own unit, and if we end up with a three-family, then we would rent out the third. What are we in for here? Is this a bad idea? Any advice from anyone out there who was done a similar thing?
posted by jclovebrew at 1:04 PM PST - 11 comments

It's not REALLY illegal, honest...

I need a webhost who can turn the other way to things to media that is sort of the grey zone of legality. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Depression and Relationships

Would you date a wonderful, albeit, depressed person? If you are seriously depressed, should you avoid getting into a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 28 comments

Popular chat rooms for straight people

Which are the most popular web sites offering chat rooms where straight people go looking for sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do I suddenly smell so bad?

In the last week or two, I have undergone a transition from pleasant-smelling to ripe and rank. Why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

International cell phones.

I'm going to be traveling around Asia (Southeast Asia, China and possibly Mongolia) from the 18th of this month until August of 2006, and I want to get an international cell phone. What are my options here? I'm clueless.
posted by borkingchikapa at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Building an art collection

My wife and I are interested in building an art collection. We are young, live in the NYC area and are overwhelmed by all the choices. Suggestions of good online or local resources for learning more? [more inside]
posted by remlapm at 11:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Blogfilter: Real Estate

Does anyone out know of any good urban real-estate development and architecture on-line resources or blogs? [more inside]
posted by pieisexactlythree at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

What was that cool building David Adjaye did?

I recently saw architect David Adjaye give a presentation. He showed slides of an interesting gallery/art museum he designed. It's on an island, off the coast of Croatia, I think. The building is half-buried and may be solar-powered. I can't find it on google. Anybody know?
posted by hydrophonic at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Moped question

Can you help me find a repair manual for a Moped? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I best publicise my new newswire/blog?

How should I publicise my new blog/newswire? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 9:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Fave iPod accessories?

What are your favorite iPod accessories? (More specific Q inisde) [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

psychiatrists and psychologists

What are the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Video/sound artists

Do you know of any video and sound artists? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Homeless server space... WTF?

Does anybody know the backstory behind this image of a guy with many computers plugged into a streetlamp? [more inside]
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 2:03 AM PST - 17 comments

I don't want mpga's, I want mp3's!

What the heck is an mpga and why is my computer saving music files in that format? I have an iBook G4 and about a week ago, when I downloaded music from audioblogs it started saving the files as mpga's, which won't open in iTunes. If I manually change them to mp3's, they open in iTunes, but are 0:00 long. I suspect it might have something to do with having downloaded RealPlayer (which I've since uninstalled), but I haven't been able to fix this or find any useful info on Mac help forums.
posted by The Dryyyyy Cracker at 1:55 AM PST - 5 comments

May 6

Looking for a good wallet

Can anyone recommend an excellent wallet? Currently I have a standard ugly tri-fold leather deal, which is too big and uncomfortable to sit on. I'd like something super thin that I don't feel like I have to remove from my back pocket every time I sit down.
posted by medpt at 11:52 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a dying bullfighter poem featuring wounds burning like suns.

I read this poem somewhere, decades ago. It contained the very Yoda-like phrase: "Like suns his wounds were burning". I've Googled up a storm over this one, but no luck so far. Anybody recognize it?
posted by GoatCactus at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Tailored Suit

What is the least I can expect to pay for a decent tailored suit? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 10:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Sudden personality change in a 54 year-old man

What would be the cause of a sudden and radical personality change in a 54 year old male? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 5:20 PM PST - 21 comments

What's the song with drunken mumblin'?

I'm looking for a song. The first verse goes: "Mmbla mmblah blah buh..." [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Burning Calories Donating Blood

While donating blood today I noticed a sign that says "You burn about 650 calories by donating blood." How is that? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Name the new blog!

Can you help me come up witha witty name for a celebrity fashion blog? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 1:50 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I get email from my domain host without spending more $$?

I have a domain name "x" hosted by Cedant and get lots of email there. I also have dsl service at home. I want to get my domain name email in outlook express at home. I know to do this I need access to a POP3 server from (right?). Qwest wants an extra $20 a month over the $50 I pay for DSL for this (thieves!) How can I get the mail from my domain host to my outlook express for free (ie is there a free POP3 server or something that allows me to bypass Qwest and the $20 shakedown?)
posted by limitedpie at 1:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Avoiding Real/wma

I want to listen to NPR (esp. All Things Considered) on my OS10.3 Mac, but the only options they give are Real and Windows Media. I don't want to install any bloated spyware (read: RealPlayer or Windows Media Player) on my sweet sweet aluminum baby, so what kind of good, lightweight, and free player can I find that will let me play one or the other of those formats?
posted by The Michael The at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Adjustable Rate Mortgage- Hedge bet

Can I hedge the bet of my adjustable rate mortgage by simultaneously enrolling in a 30 year fixed loan and paying off half the balance? [more inside]
posted by tfmm at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

need MMORPG recommendations

A friend in Illinois and I (here in California) would like to play an online RPG together. We really don't care about monsters and stuff; we want to harass and kill other players (and each other). That's just more fun. He's on a PC, I'm on a mac, we both have fast connections and decent machines ... we tried the free version of Wolfenstein, and while I enjoy killing nazis, his blowing me up with grenades got old after awhile. Any suggestions? Can we be pirates or ninjas on World of Warcraft? Or, like, cowboys? Cause those things are all really cool. I wish there were a massive pirates RPG, that would be the best. Also: it can't be super expensive because we've got, like, bills to pay and stuff.
posted by luriete at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Best way to end a car lease early?

I have leased cars several times with no problem. However, due to some changes in my life recently, I'll be moving to a new city where having a car is not necessary and is really a hindrance (congestion, cost). The problem is, I've still got about 18 months on my lease. The options as I see it are: 1. Store the car somewhere cheaply away from where I live and make payments til the end. 2. Sell the car to a 3rd party and make up the difference between what the car will sell for and the lease pay off. 3. Sell the car to the dealer and pay the difference to them. It would be a bigger difference but an easier sell. Does anyone here have any advice on other options or things to consider?
posted by aaronh at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Google dropped this site

A friend of mine has a little page where he sells books and stuff. He says it used to come up in Google, but no more. Yahoo finds it. It's a free site that came with his internet account, I think. Why did Google lose it? Is it just that Google is blocking these personal sites from this provider,
posted by wsg at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Addressing Cover Letters

How do you address a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 11:15 AM PST - 24 comments

Which epsode of Queer as Folk is Kathy Bates in?

I have spent about an hour searching and I cannot find the exact episode of that show in which Kathy Bates plays a PFLAG mom. I am married to a PFLAG mom so I want to rent it, just for the, um, well I just do. Thank you, for anyone who knows this.
posted by Danf at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Simple sound recorder

Simple sound recorder. I use Win 2000, and need a simple Sound Recorder that will let me easily overwrite a permanent WAV file with new audio from the microphone as needed. I'm having trouble finding a good replacement. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

apt-get screwed my network interface!

Lords of Linux! Demigods of Debian! I beseech thee. I inadvertently apt-get installed etherconf, and it nuked my ethernet interface! [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

DNA extraction from sperm

Does anyone have a good, detailed protocol for nuclear DNA extraction from a human (or other mammalian) sperm sample? [more inside]
posted by nprigoda at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Com1 Port Boondoogle

My wife's Windows XP box refuses to go into standby mode saying there's some conflict with the Com1 port. Can someone help steer me in the right direction to fix this annoyance? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Efficient computer tools: what would you put on the list?

What tools do you use to be efficient while working on a computer, be it online or not? Things like, dropload, winzip, phpbboards, group blogs/wikis, etc. Are there any books for general fine tuning of already computer-familiar users? What about seminars? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 9:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Aggregating Broadband Connections

My neighbors and I (there are 3 of us) all have either DSL or Cable modems. We want to use wireless accesspoints to aggregate our connections and give us more bandwidth. How? [more inside]
posted by wahootim at 9:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Why is Thunderbird messing up attachments?

So, I just switched over to using Thunderbird for email, and it seems to be messing up attachments on sent mail. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

stock classification (GICS)

Does anyone know of a website where I can lookup a stock's GICS classification? There is plenty of information out there about GICS itself, but I have't been able to find anywhere I could simply enter a stock's symbol, and find it's classification.
posted by jruckman at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Conversation Skills 101

I've been having some problems while trying to keep conversation going with people, even when I know them quite well. For some reason I really can't think of anything to say, and when I do I always think of myself as being quite a bore. Also, even though I love to laugh, it's very hard for me to come up with some decent jokes, puns or teases. Any advice on how to improve matters a bit? Thanks a lot in advance!
posted by koenie at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Restoring Gel Coat

I am prepping my old 18' catamaran for the summer and I would really like to restore the gelcoat finish on the fiberglass to a bright sheen. Can I use a regular buffing wheel, rubbing compound and wax that I would use on my car? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

LA must-see suggestions

I'm going to be in Los Angeles for E3 in two weeks with a bunch of friends. What do we need to see? What restaurants do we need to visit? We'll have the whole afternoon available for sight-seeing the day before the expo, where should we go? We're spending a boatload on the plane trip and the hotel, so thrift is a virtue. We're all pretty adventurous, so a junky-looking restaurant with transcendent food would be totally fine. We'll be primarily downtown for the show and near LAX for the hotel, so things in those areas are preferred.
posted by Plutor at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Call me Sourdust

Another librarian wannabe rears their head. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Snoring Neighbors and Light Sleepers

My fiancee, a light sleeper, is often driven from our bed onto our couch by our neighbor's loud-snoring boyfriend. Short of suffocating said boyfriend, what can we do to ensure that my fiancee and I share a bed every night? [more inside]
posted by schustafa at 7:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Computer Anxiety

I find it incredibly difficult to get myself to learn new things on the computer, and it would be very useful for me if I could get rid of that high threshhold. I don't have a problem with using the knowledge I've already got. I'm interested in any personal stories or book recommendations about getting past that anxiety, and also in stories about getting over other sorts of cognitive anxiety. I could be mistaken, but I think there's a difference between getting over a phobia of something that's the same every time and needing to be calm enough to think. [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

I need to buy a new mattress.

Our mattress is so bad it is causing us to lose sleep. I know choosing a mattress has a lot to do with personal needs (firm vs. soft, etc.) but does anyone have a suggestion about what brand or model is best? Is a Sleep Number bed worth the money? What are some things I need to look for in a new mattress.
posted by mudhouse at 5:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Mixing business and pleasure

Anyone have any experiences (good or bad) regarding dating a coworker in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 AM PST - 34 comments

I just got herpes. Now what?

I just got infected with herpes. Now what? What can I expect in the future? How often will I get blisters? What can I do to prevent outbreaks? Please share your experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 AM PST - 16 comments

Mental breakdown in 5... 4... 3... 2...

When work is getting far too crazy for you to keep up how do you cope? I've been made the lead on a project that was pretty out of control to start with and things have just been getting worse as the project gets more and more successful. What advice do you have for handling the stress before I find myself telling my CEO exactly where he can go stick whatever nearby objects are available for sticking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Well-spouse needs guidance.

Can I seek companionship outside my marriage and still respect myself in the morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Land ho

So I watched Master and Commander again last night... [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds at 1:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Batting average and ERA

BaseballFilter: now that spring is here as well as baseball, I need an explanation of how to calculate batting average and ERA. Do outs (pop flys) count in your batting av? Foul tips? And ERA: is it the average only of batters that score a run, and not just hits? What about a relief pitcher with someone on base who scores--does that count?
posted by zardoz at 12:50 AM PST - 13 comments

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you!

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you! What is the origin of this meme? It's everywhere online. Searching google and mefi/askmefi havn't helped... someone must know!
posted by adzm at 12:44 AM PST - 11 comments

May 5

What is the cause of the rotten egg smell my car makes when I drive it?

It seems whenever I drive my 1996 Ford Contour over 40 mph or use my air conditioning, the car begins to smell of sulfur or rotten eggs. What do I need to do to fix this on my own?
posted by JFunk2800 at 11:37 PM PST - 7 comments

sync my cal

Any way to sync iCal with Yahoo Calendar, or any other decent free online calendar? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheap fares from US to England

My wife and I need to fly from Newark, NJ to Manchester, England next Monday for her uncle's funeral, returning the following Monday. Does anyone have any suggestions for cheap fares (non-stop would be preferable since I use a scooter and my wife is visually impaired)? [more inside]
posted by garypratt at 5:16 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I improve my leg strength?

How do I get into and stick with a good leg strengthening (muscle building) program? [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 4:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Jumping a dead battery

This question spurred another: When jumping a dead battery, do you attach the cables to the positive node of the dead battery or the live battery first? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Cigarette brand stereotypes?

I'm looking for anecdotes & observations regarding stereotypical cigarette brand choices. [more inside]
posted by obloquy at 4:05 PM PST - 41 comments

Windows Networking Filter

I have a LAN with 15 workstations running Windows 2000 Professional. There is no NT domain. [more inside]
posted by stevejensen at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

seat cushions

The backs of my thighs ache on long car trips. Can anyone recommend a good seat cushion that might alleviate this problem? Thanks.
posted by vronsky at 3:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Video Killed My Radio Star

[AutoRepairFilter] - While jump-starting my car a while back, I placed the jumper cables backwards on the battery, and since then some of the electrical things in the interior of the car don't work. [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

japanese word

There is a japanese word, used frequently in factories, that means roughly "bucket" or "container" or "processing bin." I think it begins with a "k" although I could be wrong. Does anyone have any idea what it is?
posted by jaanpehechaanho at 3:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to see Episide III in SF?

Which is the best theater in San Francisco to see the midnight showing of Episode III on opening night (in terms of picture size and sound quality, and, of course, ticket availability.) No snarks from the haters, please. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

DivX to DVD util needed

I need a XP utility to convert some DivX files onto a DVD for my friends. Seeing that the quality is about the same as VHS, I would like to fit in as much as possible on a DVD without loosing even more quality. Any cool tools out there?
posted by bright77blue at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Bacitracin vs Neosporin?

I have a small Staph infection on my arm. My family nurse-practitioner gave me some Cipro. I asked her if I should put some Neosporin (which I already have in my medicine cabinet) on it. She said that Neosporin promotes redness, and Bacitracin would be better. So I get home and look at my Neosporin tube, and in smaller print under the word Neosporin, it says "Bacitracin Zinc - Neomycin Sulfate - Polymyxin B Sulfate." So are Neosporin and Bacitracin brands the same thing? And where does she get that Neosporin promotes redness? I've never heard that.
posted by IndigoRain at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Best history of the Crusades?

On the eve of Sir Ridley Scott's new Crusader epic Kingdom of Heaven I'm looking for an introductory history of the Crusades. [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 12:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Good quality corded phone

I'm looking for a good quality, pretty basic corded phone. [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Free birthday stuff? Bring it on!

I'm turning 36 on Monday. I'm tempted to do the cheesy thing for the sake of amusement and take advantage of "free on your birthday" offers - can you suggest some good ones (I know about these)? What was the best free thing you got on your birthday?
posted by deliriouscool at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Finding Missing Spaniards

My small work-group is attempting to find a missing client in Spain. We have a moderate sum of this guy's money, but he moved without alerting him alerting us of his new contact information. Is there a free way to track down a person internationally (in Spain specifically)? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Safari + Google = no tabbed browsing

I'm having a strange problem with Safari and Google: if I run a google search and command-click on a result (to open it in a new tab) about 90% of the time it will open in the main tab, thus only allowing me to click through to one result at a time. This makes me very unhappy, as I loved using tabs to quickly sort through search results. I haven't had any problems using command-click on other sites. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

DVD Recordings playable in Europe?

I understand that I can transfer my home movies to DVD by using a dvd recorder. But can those dvd's then be played by my European friends on the DVD players or pc they've purchased in Europe? I know that movies have to be played in the zones they're coded for - or I should say, on a player accepting that code. I guess what I'm asking is if CD-R's and DVD-R's are zone coded like movie dvd's are? Thanks!
posted by LadyBonita at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What cool t-shirts use American Apparel?

Where can I get more cool designs printed on t-shirts from American Apparel? [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

How do we get our backyard flat for a patio and ready for plants?

We have a gently sloped backyard and we want to put in a patio. We think we can handle the patio thing ourselves (following instructions out of a book) but (being totally urban and having never had a yard before) we have no clue how to level the ground and prepare the garden area. [more inside]
posted by izizi at 10:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Tampon migration (yeah, you heard me)

Tampon-related question for the laaaaaaaadies... [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 10:24 AM PST - 61 comments

Creative MeFi - I need to make up the name of an Ice Cream flavor.

I work in advertising (media side) and have been asked to come up with a name of an ice cream to tie into a football team. As I understand it, this will be the 'Official Ice Cream of the TEAM NAME.' [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 10:17 AM PST - 44 comments

Local Channels for Satellite TV

How do satellite television providers (i.e., Directv and Dish) determine what local market's television channels you qualify for? Is it by billing address? Phone number? Something else?
posted by EatenByAGrue at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

They don't call it contact paper for nothin'

Old house, new to me, lots of quirks we're trying to fix. The old owner put clear contact paper on the garage windows, then painted the contact paper. He's been dead for fifteen years so this is old, tough glue. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 9:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me have sex with my girlfriend.

Help me have sex with my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 44 comments

How to deal with college red tape?

I have a disgruntled professor whose only goal seems to burn every bridge in his path. Assignments that were turned suddenly aren't there, grades are arbitrarily assigned for no reason. The administration knows of this and appears to be willing to work with students but tells us we have to wait until the end of the semester for a grade appeal process... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

Risk of HIV

What is the current scientific consensus on the risk of a man contracting HIV from a positive woman through standard sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I convince my twin sister that a relationship with someone from online is OK?

My identical twin sister is getting married in September. I'm throwing her a party for the foreign relatives that can't attend in June. After that June party I'll be visiting a long time dear friend from the 'net to see how we get along, and if it works out I'll be moving there in September. The problem is, my sister doesn't approve of what I am doing - in a very patronizing and closed minded way - and I am honour bound to celebrate her wedding and be supportive and positive, without regard to her attitude about my joyous event. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Online Calendars

My wife and I need to merge all 4 of our various calendars into one. We'd like it to be web-based and allow both of us to make entries into the calendar. Password protected would be nice, too. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

TivoToGo without a Network

How do I extract a file from my Tivo and put it onto my computer? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

New York State Wineries

Can anyone recommend a particular New York State winery? I'm sorting through them all now, and there are so many! I would prefer one with a bed and breakfast accomodation either on site (do they do that?) or quite nearby. Attractions nearby would preferrably also lean towards nature or museums rather than shopping.
posted by agregoli at 8:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Ringy Dingy

Say you've composed a piece of music you just know would make a killer ringtone, and you're not averse to making a little money. Where do you start? Who do you tell?
posted by o2b at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Toy Twist Tie Packaging

Every toy I buy for my daughter has a ton of those annoying wire twist ties holding them to to the package. Then there's tape....then the invisibly small rubber's worse than CD packaging! I have to keep a pair of wire cutters in her bedroom. Why? The obvious answer is to protect the toys, but there MUST be more to this story. Is this a conspiracy to damage Chinese worker's hands? American purchasers? A Google search just finds people who hate the twist ties, no explanations
posted by Instrumental at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Short term appliance rental in the UK

I am due to move to a new house this weekend but I'm keeping my old property for a month or so afterwards before selling it. My new place will not have a fridge or washing machine etc. I'm trying to find a company in the UK which will do short term rental of such appliances in the Birmingham UK area as I want to keep my existing stuff at my old place. Yellow pages and my google-fu have so far turned up a blank.
posted by empedia at 7:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Cell phone GPS - where's the data?

My Sanyo 8200 is tracking my location - can I use this data? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Breaking the after-work drink habit

I have the bad habit of always wanting a drink when I get home from work. Too often I don't stop at one, and that interferes with my plans for the rest of the night: exercise, reading, writing. I want to break the habit and I'm looking for tips on how to do it.
posted by TheManticore at 6:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Good DVD-only recorder?

Good DVD-only recorder?
posted by tranquileye at 6:25 AM PST - 4 comments

embedded audio in a gif

So, on Waxy links today, I found this gif file, which, when loaded in Winamp, plays a brief, irritating song. How's that happen? When I load it into Windows Media Player, it displays as an animated gif. One file type, multiple properties. Can anyone elaborate on what's happening here?
posted by jonson at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments


My boss just told me I'll be going to Casablanca, Morocco for two weeks to work, flying out on Saturday. This is a big suprise, and I could use some advice. A few specific questions: what should I wear to the office (I'm thinking pantsuits and heels)? What about on weekends? Where should I go for the two weekends I'll have there? How can I keep the touts from hassleing me too much (I didn't have much luck with that in India)? Can I wander around safely by myself (small, naive-looking female). How much should I pay for a rug? Anything else I should know? Thanks in advance!
posted by hazyjane at 5:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get around regional Internet content restrictions?

I can't watch some Yahoo ( music videos because I live in France. Is there a way to get around this? [more inside]
posted by Turtle at 5:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Blocked nose on one side

I’ve always had a constant blocked nose right through the winter and summer. I can usually breathe okay through one nostril, but the other is blocked. [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 4:44 AM PST - 16 comments

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Ok, so I watched this movie yesterday and although I enjoyed it a lot I was a bit confused about the middle section of the film. Anyone who's seen it please help me out! (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by pemdasi at 3:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Bigger Vocab

I want a bigger vocabulary! I'm currently getting my master's degree but, nonetheless, I'm too often coming into contact with words I just don't know. Any ideas?
posted by JPowers at 2:34 AM PST - 29 comments

May 4

Hard drive claims it's full

I have a 250GB Maxtor external firewire hard drive. The drive has 190GB of space but when I try to copy a 12GB video onto it I get a "disc is full" message. What gives?
posted by backOfYourMind at 11:29 PM PST - 5 comments

quick help for hosting mpgs on my new website?

I've just established the domain for my first website, and look forward to learning how to update and maintain it. (I currently know nothing about how to do it, but I'm an eager learner.) For the moment, I'd like to host about 25 movie files and 100 images, and could use some advice on how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 11:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Legislation outrage?

LegalFilter: after reading an editorial I'm trying to decided if I should be outraged over parts of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 or not. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 10:29 PM PST - 13 comments

what's up with my knees?

In the past couple of years, whenever I go to certain movie theaters, after the show my knees hurt a little afterward. They also feel a little precarious, like the ligaments are stretched out and they might just decide to bend backwards. What do I need to do to ensure that I continue walking on my own for the next 50-60 years? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Bibliographies in Excel

I'm working on my MA thesis and so have an enormous jumble of books, articles, and references kicking around. I am looking for an easy way to manage this. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:24 PM PST - 31 comments

De-aquify Safari form elements

Is there any app or modification I can make to safari to have the form elements render in the way the page designer intended rather than with aqua UI elements? I tried to look around but couldn't find a hack for it.
posted by rhyax at 8:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Buying a mandolin or guitar in China

Will be traveling in Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Beijing about a week from now. Any recommendations on where to find decent mandolins and guitars at good prices?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Best time to workout?

What is the best time to workout? [more inside]
posted by jca at 6:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Old US Banknotes

I recently found in a family photo collection some very old-looking bank notes dating from the mid 1800’s, and one dating (apparently) to 1776! I’ve posted some scans, and am curious about their provenance and possible value. [more inside]
posted by Aquaman at 6:15 PM PST - 12 comments

nonaerosol spray antiperspirants?

Can anyone recommend a non-aerosol spray antiperspirant/deodorant (must be both) that can be obtained in the US? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 6:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you identify this deformity?

Help me identify a deformity and its cause for my wife... [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Headphones make my ears sweat

Headphones, particularly those that surround the ear, make my ears uncomfortably hot. I've tried ear buds and etymotic in the ear phones, but find them uncomfortable. Are there decent headphones that sit off the ear or lightly on the ear that won't be so hot?
posted by Jackson at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Next door hermit

I have the pleasure of living next door to a hermit. [more inside]
posted by desert_roamer at 1:41 AM PST - 26 comments


So I wanna buy a decent pair of rollerblades. I'd prefer to spend less than $200, or even less than $150 if possible. Should I look for particular brands? Other things I should look out for? I know nothing. [more inside]
posted by stray at 1:36 AM PST - 21 comments

African God/Mask/Mythology

I have an african djembe drum which I am quite fond of. It has always bothered me, however, that the face burnt into it has no meaning to me. (aside from the fact that it looks really cool.) I was wondering if anyone could identify it or the meaning of it, or at least tell me that is impossible. (Bad MS-Paint version of the image inside) [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 1:34 AM PST - 4 comments

PalmOS Killer Apps? Sites?

I recently purchased a Treo 650 PDA/Phone/Tetris Device/ThingMaJig and would like to know what MeFites consider to be the best of the best apps I should cram this thing with. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 1:02 AM PST - 7 comments

May 3

Updating Home Wiring

Can wiring (Romex - 12/2) be run through (perpendicular to) a cold air return? [more inside]
posted by shawnmk at 11:05 PM PST - 5 comments

L.A. May 7th - 9th

Hail Mefites! My buddy and I - on our way to Buenos Aires - have a layover in Los Angeles from May 7th (this Saturday) to the 9th. Neither of us has ever been before. We need a CHEAP PLACE TO STAY! Any reccomendations? (+ any advice on quirky must-see L.A. shit?) Thanks!
posted by punkbitch at 10:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I copyright my Master's thesis?

Should I copyright my Master's thesis? [more inside]
posted by maya at 10:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Do you know this song?

Do you know the name and artist for the song that begins playing 5 minutes and 20 seconds into this This American Life episode (realmedia)? It was also used repeatedly in the Barbet Schroeder movie about Charles Bukowski, Barfly.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Cycling '74 Max/MSP

Has anyone used Cycling '74 Max/MSP and if so, do you know of any good tutorials?
posted by svidrigailov23 at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments

G3 Blue and White Hard Drive

I've got a hard drive out of my old G3 Blue and white that, for unrelated reasons, ain't workin right now. I've also got a G4 Ibook, and recently I've determined that I need some files from that hard drive. Is there any sort of adapter kit or cable set or something that would let me hook up the old G3 drive to my Ibook and access the files stored on it?
posted by TeamBilly at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments

"The Great Gatsby" art work

I have been in love with Francis Cugat's ubiquitous cover of _The Great Gatsby_ since I first saw it in my middle school library. This fascination has only grown, especially after actually reading it in high school. Sadly, I can't find a poster or print of this painting on the internet. [more inside]
posted by Joybooth at 9:17 PM PST - 6 comments


Reading this thread it occured to me that I too am a highschool student, yet had never really thought about prom. Attending said event had never occured to me. The "if you don't do this you'll regret it for the rest of your life" posts have teamed up with a lifetime of pop culture refrences and are now ringing in my head, making me wonder... should I go? [mi] [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 8:33 PM PST - 70 comments

What the hell kind of spiders are these!?

I walked out to my car and came across a big cluster of little yellow spiders (240kb jpg of the whole disgusting mass or a little 8kb detail of just a few of them). They seem to have little, black smiley faces on their abdomens. I can’t identify them online. Since I understand spiders that look alike differ by region, I live in Portland, OR. Are they dangerous? How should I deal with them? I hosed some of them off the car, but more have gotten inside!
posted by mph at 8:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Unique Mother's Day gifts

With Mother's Day around the corner, I'd like to find something around $30 for mine (I love her but I'm poor). [more inside]
posted by NickDouglas at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

cheap synth module for rock

I'm in a band. Two guitars, bass, drums. We're looking at maybe throwing in touches of synth -- touches of atmosphere, maybe an occaisional lead line. I have a keyboard/controller (an M-Audio Oxygen8), so I'm just looking for advice vis-a-vis a cheap-but-usable synth module. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I trick my cat into peeing?

How do I trick my cat into peeing? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 6:20 PM PST - 10 comments

FTP hell

Please help me diagnose my FTP issue so I can find out who's responsible and work to correct the problem. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Dunking a basketball

It's been a life time goal of mine to dunk a basketball. Any tips and advice on how to attain this goal? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 6:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Flashblock help

I downloaded the Flashblock extention for Firefox a couple of months ago, and now I seem not to have even the option to look at flash sites. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

What's with this Weird Web of Writing Fragments

What the heck is this thing? Who wrote the stories? Why are some of them about male-cross dressers and some totally not? [more inside]
posted by britain at 4:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Thunderbird ->

I'm trying to import a Thunderbird inbox into Mail so I can use Spotlight to index the messages. Everything works fine, except Mail ends up importing over 4000 messages, most of them spam, when all I see in the Thunderbird inbox is 900 messages. Why are the ghosts of spams past showing up like this? The trash can and junk mail folders are empty as can be.
posted by swift at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Books for the Bedridden

Did you ever stay in bed all day reading a particularly compelling book? What titles have made you completely anti-social, shunning the outside world until you finish them - books that leave you almost jetlagged after you're through with them? I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy and have been placed on bedrest for the next few weeks, and the novelty has worn off. I need suggestions for titles that will make staying in bed 24/7 much more tolerable. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 2:56 PM PST - 93 comments

Help me find a new city.

My wife and I are contemplating a move to the North-Eastern US. We currently live in Southern California and know nothing about the area. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 2:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Name this sample

What's this sample from? I heard this song (containing the sample) on an internet radio stream, listed as "Growin'" by Freddie Kruger & Berger. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find anything about that artist (or related spellings), and the sample sounds so familiar, but I can't quite figure it out...
posted by rxrfrx at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find a print of The Vinegar Tasters?

I'd like a copy of The Vinegar Tasters, but so far have been unable to find one. Any suggestions?
posted by electroboy at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Know any good paperweights?

I need a paperweight to hold down my cookbooks while I cook and the books I'm reading while I multitask. I have never shopped for a paperweight, so I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How to make Safari allow cut/paste in my Applet's text field?

Specific Safari/Java/Applet question: how do I get Safari to allow cut and paste to work in my applet's text fields? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

compensation package/salary

Suggestions for a very fair compensation package for a design manager/art director (department head) for a mid-sized fast growing media company? Web resources on this front? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Keeping Slugs out.

Does anyone have tried and tested tips for keeping slugs and snails out of the garden? I live in the northwest so there are a lot of them. I have heard using copper wire is a good barrier. Any ideas on this?
posted by retro88 at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find the "couple sandwiches..." t-shirt?

Sometime last fall, I found a site that had a cute t-shirt that I wanted to buy my brother-in-law. It was from a woman artist (pretty sure), had a cartoony picture of hamburgers or regular old sandwiches, and said something like "I'm a couple sandwiches short of a pile of sandwiches." I bet it was this very site that took me there. I think the artist also drew cute cartoony bunnies, but that may be totally wrong. Google shows me a couple instances of that phrase, but no clothing. Do you know where I can find this clever shirt?
posted by AgentRocket at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

WWII Airplane Silhouettes

I'm looking for online examples of WWII-era airplane silhouettes, labeled as "American," "British," "Japanese," or "German," as used by civilians during WWII to spot enemy aircraft. Help? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Mortgages and child support

I am looking for practical advice regarding mortgage applications and reporting child support. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 11:51 AM PST - 3 comments

tab character in linux

how do i print a tab character [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Missing Kerouac Poster

I purchased a Kerouac poster in college, recently sent it to a framing place and they spilled chemicals on it and ruined it. It looks like this. I've been looking everywhere for a replacement. Does anyone know where I can find one?
posted by indiebass at 11:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Shade-tree i/o shady

After spending a cool $thou on 'general maintenance' from the dealer, I'm seeking an Atlanta-area mechanic/shop that would work on my 97 Infiniti I30 (which is mechanically near-exact to the Nissan Maxima). I'm really looking for an indie mechanic with whom you might have personal experience.
posted by mdpc98 at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Conflict between science and religion/traditional beliefs.

I am looking for cross-cultural examples of conflict between science and religion/traditional beliefs. [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 11:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Are these bluebells?

MeFi botanists: These are buebells, right, blooming now until June? (Yes, that IS my cat Widget on the scanner trying to eat them.) But what are these, fallen from a tree or plant on the NE Ohio shore of Lake Erie? (Pic is aprox 200% actual size.) Does anyone else have any plants you need to identify? Are there any good books or online flora resources you recommend that allow a person to maybe search by, say, "flowers-blue" and then narrow the search, perusing images? Thanks.
posted by Shane at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Does 81% mean anything to you?

Help me track down a logo and/or it's meaning please. [+] [more inside]
posted by efalk at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

How much excercise can you get from manual labor

Unti fairly recently I excercised fairly frequently. Due to having less and less free time, and more and more opportunities to do manual labor, I'm wondering how to estimate the amount of excercise I'm getting from various kinds of Hard Work. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Best undershirts?

Any advice on the best men's undershirts to buy? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 10:37 AM PST - 25 comments

Best Fast and Ultra-Compact Digital Camera as of May, 2005

Looking for an extremely fast and ulta compact digital camera for my traveling. I want to take as much photos as I can, I do not intend on printing them. I want a camera that could be slipped inside my pocket and be turned on quickly, to shoot a picture fast when I see something I want to remember. The price range can be anywhere up to $500, small, and minimal lag for on-the-road shooting. [more inside]
posted by rafibodill at 10:07 AM PST - 30 comments

Why are my hamburgers falling apart on the grill?

Why are my hamburgers falling apart on the grill? I usually use ground sirloin and add an egg and some breadcrumbs to a pound of meat, along with other assorted liquids of the day, like BBQ sauce, etc. [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 10:03 AM PST - 32 comments

Guitar effect pedal

My daughter's birthday is in 3 weeks & I'd like to get here an effects pedal for the stratocaster she appropriated from me, but I'm largely clueless. Would like to keep cost around $100-150. Any suggestions on brand/model/features?
posted by Pressed Rat at 10:01 AM PST - 23 comments

May 2

What is the name of this audio effect?

I'm looking for a device that processes an audio signal by sweeping the center frequency of a bandpass filter back and forth across a frequency range. What is this effect called, and what sort of effects processor might provide it? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Prom Help

My high school prom is coming up. I am a senior and am going to graduate this year. I plan to go, but cannot work up the courage to ask this certain girl to go with me. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 5:49 PM PST - 53 comments

How do I to get my iBook not to stink?

StinkBookFilter: (Finally) got my work iBook (used) from my boss. and i love the specs, but hate the do i defunkify it? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Comic book nerds: Who is the artist here?

I'm pretty sure this is from a 70's comic called The Shadow, but does anyone know who the artist is?
posted by atom128 at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help my deaf mother-in-law learn Algebra.

Please help my deaf mother-in-law learn Algebra. [more inside]
posted by unsupervised at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Ball movement...

A question about nads... [more inside]
posted by saladin at 3:51 PM PST - 46 comments

Poem "To My Lady E.C."

Looking for the text of a poem that has appeared, without credit, on several versions of the SAT. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice to prepare for a career designing clothes

My 14 year old cousin has expressed an interest in pursuing a career as a clothing designer. What sorts of things can she do now to improve her potential for success in this career path? How will her performance in highschool affect her chances? I'm thinking that a good start would be to get in touch with the better art schools (although I'm not sure which those are) and find out what they look for in admission requirements...
posted by Manjusri at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Bonjour Montréal!

I'm spending next week on vacation in Montréal, and so I'm looking for any suggestions that Mefites (Québecois and otherwise) might have about what to see and eat and do. [more inside]
posted by letourneau at 3:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Software and books for learning Chinese?

What are the best software (Windows XP) and books for learning Chinese? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

facial characteristics

SensitiveFilter: This question might be construed as offensive. It deals with physical features of peoples from different parts of the globe. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 2:44 PM PST - 31 comments

"Lana" Wachowski

Around a year and a half ago, it was rumored that Larry Wachowski (co-creator of "The Matrix") was to undergo a sex change operation. Did anything ever come of this? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How to teach a 10 year old to ride a bike.

My daughter is 10 years old and has always been paralyzed with fear of riding a bike. Just recently she won a brand spanking new bike in a raffle in school. It's a 15 speed girl's bike with 26" tires. She is finally interested in riding. After buying the appropriate safety equipment, what can I do to help her learn? I learned at age 4 without training wheels; she thinks she wants them. What say you good folk? Any tips at all are appreciated.
posted by horseblind at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Learning Linux

I an not a complete newbie to Linux having done some linux programming, shell scripting and kernel hacking for school but I have huge gaps in my basic linux knowledge. What is the best way to fill them in? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Language School/Summer Program in China

I'm interested in going to China next summer (summer 2006), and have been looking for language school/summer programs. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Perennials for Shady Dry Area on Zone 4/5

I have a spot on the East side of my garage that just won't support grass. It's in deep thick shade and gets little water. The soil is heavy and clay-like. What kind of perennials would work here? Have you done this before? Have you any pictures?
posted by kc0dxh at 10:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Small Claims Court

Can anyone give me some advice before I file a small claims court lawsuit against an Auto Service Center. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I stop using chapstick?

I use it way too much, and find that whenever I start using less then normal, my lips quickly dry out and then crack and peel up. So I lick them, which just dries them out. [more inside]
posted by kjell at 10:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Reconciling myself with wasting water?

One of the few repairs that needs to be performed on our next apartment is a leaky bathtub faucet. Not mere drips: a constant steady stream of water is wasted. If they are unwilling to fix this leak, would I be silly not to take this otherwise perfect apartment? How guilty should I feel about so much water wastage? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 10:32 AM PST - 12 comments

European Vacation (with work)

I am travelling to London and Germany next week (from the US), and while I had planned to leave my computer at home, procrastination and the dissertation deadline have made that plan impossible. I don't want my advisors to notice I'm gone. [more inside]
posted by dness2 at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Working in Dubai

Does anyone have any experiences they'd like to share about working in Dubai, especially in the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by Capn at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Identify the sample!

Identify this MP3. It's a clip from the song "Let Me Love you" by Mario, but some friends are up in arms over what 80s track it samples. Can you help keep my friends out of padded rooms over this?
posted by xmutex at 10:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Can sticky CDs hurt my drive?

My former DJ friend had so many CDs lying around that at one point he actually started taping them into stacks as a control mechanism - it just made them easier to deal with. We're talking the actual CDs here, not the cases. A lot of them have little sticky patches on the edges of the disc, from where the tape gunk stuck to the disc. Any chance tape gunk will gunk up my cd drives if I play these? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Visio equivalents for Mac

Are there any reasonable Mac (OS X) based applications (with not so steep learning curves) that can more or less approximate what one can do with Visio? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 9:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Seattle Trip #2

You all were a great help last week. My trip to the Pacific Northwest has been bumped up to next week (Sun-Sun). I am looking for three things listed after the jump. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 9:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Effect of single "delinquency" on credit report?

The significance of a department store reporting that one has missed a monthly payment on a purchase to the credit agencies? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting Outlook files off a corrupted hard drive:

An extremely malicious malware/adware program has rendered my C: drive inoperable. I have a second hard drive in the closet, which I can connect as the C: drive, install XP onto, and then connect the old C drive as the D drive and copy some vital files over. Can I get most of my data safely this way? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:35 AM PST - 12 comments

DIY P.O.S. System

How can I build a custom P.O.S. system with an old computer and my internet-programming-biased skills? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Bright Spots in the PhD Job Market?

Are there any PhDs that offer a better chance of getting an academic job than others? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 6:53 AM PST - 16 comments

How can a band collectively manage their money?

What's a good way for a band to collectively manage their money? Say you've got a newish band who is just now at the point where shows are actually starting to pay off, and want to make sure the money is kept safe so it can be used for necessary band expenses. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice & wisdom for new parents

What great advice, words of wisdom, and welcome would you give to new parents and their new baby. [more inside]
posted by Mom at 6:03 AM PST - 48 comments

directions in chicago

Need help with directions around Chicago...I'm leaving around noon so help fast, please! [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 6:00 AM PST - 11 comments

May 1

Real Estate Salesperson Exam Questions

I'm 20 year old and I am going to take the Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson exam. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 10:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Leonardo da Vinci permutahedron picture?

Help me find a geometrical drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, of a "permutahedron" made of hexagons and squares. Does it appear in a book (or codex?) I can reference? Are there copyright issues? [more inside]
posted by Aknaton at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

lost poem

I am looking for a specific poem whose title I cannot remember. Poetry nuts? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Films for early teenage girl

What films available on DVD would you recommend for a suburban American 13-year old girl with mainstream tastes? My niece acquired a portable DVD-player last winter. Her birthday is coming up and I'd like to get her some great movies that she might not discover by herself and that'd hold up to repeated viewing.
posted by tinfixture at 9:07 PM PST - 49 comments

graduate student support group

Grad students unite! Calling all Ph.D. students, but especially those in the humanities, literature, languages, or history departments. How do you stay healthy (mentally and physically), keep sane, be positive, get work finished in a timely manner, stay happy? [more inside]
posted by fionab at 8:33 PM PST - 35 comments

What are the best tricks for staying awake and alert during an all-nighter?

What are some tried and true tricks for staying awake and alert for an all-nighter? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 8:29 PM PST - 27 comments

International house of breakfast

Western Australia filter: Does anyone know any shops in the Perth metro area that sell breakfast cereals from the UK or US?
posted by krisjohn at 8:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding a dynamite Seattle home inspector

General question: How do you find a really dynamite home inspector? Specific question: Does anyone know a great home inspector in the Seattle area, or a more specific way to find one here? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 8:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Any news on humans living forever?

What's being done in scientific fields with regards to the search for eternal youth? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 6:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Dating your boss' child?

Dilemma: My boss’ daughter is pretty hot… [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Printer woes

Why does my Epson 670 print out multiple lines of strange characters instead of the document I send to it? It happens frequently, for no apparent reason.
posted by davebush at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this a real Kellogg & Co gold coin

How can I determine whether I have a valuable coin identical to this but unfortunately set as a medallion, or whether I just have a cheap medallion? [more inside]
posted by Grod at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Permanent Hearing Loss?

I stood next to the speakers at a hip-hop concert last night, and my ears are still ringing. Does this mean that they'll be ringing forever? [more inside]
posted by scalespace at 12:24 PM PST - 39 comments

Honor Society? Me?

Should I join Phi Kappa Phi? I recently received some mail informing me of my eligibility for an Honor Society. It costs some money and promises some kind of vague prestige. I'm honestly skeptical, but I'm not against the idea. Any Phi K Phi members here? Did membership seem worth it it?
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:18 PM PST - 14 comments

PA speaker replacement

I'm planning on replacing the woofer in my CSX-52 Community PA cabinet. I've never done it before... [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Psoriasis query

What's your best remedy for psoriasis? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

SLS-free toothpastes?

Sodium lauryl sulfate, an ingredient in most toothpastes, gives me canker sores. But most SLS-free toothpastes are also fluoride-free, which I don't want. Are there any good fluoridated toothpastes, preferably natural, without SLS? The only one I know of is Rembrandt canker sore formula, which I'm sick of.
posted by 88robots at 11:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Where do you get your stats from on the web?

I have been looking for some basic stats like the number of small businesses in a metropolitan statistical area (Kansas City), or the average amount of SMB spending on healthcare, but can't seem to find anything. [more inside]
posted by Quami77 at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I use Thunderbird's inbuilt encryption?

So I've gone to and got myself a Freemail certificate and imported it into Thunderbird, and my friend is about to do the same thing, and we want to exchange encrypted mails. What do we actually DO with our shiny new certificates? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the minimum number of states in a Universal Turing Machine?

What is the absolute minimum number of states required in a Turing Machine (that uses binary tape) for it to be able to serve as a Universal Turing Machine? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 4:09 AM PST - 3 comments

LinkSys router setup on Tiger help needed

LinkSys wireless router, Mac Mini, OS X Tiger setup help needed! [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 3:51 AM PST - 22 comments

How to split an odd number of people into 2 teams?

How do I organize a team game (charades, in this case) with an odd number of people (5 or 7)? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 3:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a way to pre-load apps you like during windows startup into RAM?

Is there a way to pre-load apps you like during windows startup into RAM? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 3:12 AM PST - 8 comments