May 2006 Archives

May 31

Help me buy the right Mac for video editing?

Buying a new Macintosh to edit video, I could ask Apple, but I'm asking MeFi: [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 11:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Frequent flyer miles on the Vomit Comet.

Why do I vomit so frequently? Is this out of the ordinary? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 9:59 PM PST - 28 comments

ai 2 jpg

Is there anyway to batch convert Adobe Illustrator CS2 files into hi-res RGB Jpg files? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Are there live webcasts for the World Cup?

How can I follow the World Cup live from my computer at work? I don't want to miss out! [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 8:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my parcel, mailed to me from Ontario, currently in Vancouver, while I'm in Montreal?

Why would Canada Post want to ship a package (from bound for Montreal and originating in Mississauga, Ontario (about 350 miles from Montreal) via Richmond, British Columbia (about 3000 miles from Montreal)? [more inside]
posted by Ricky_gr10 at 8:44 PM PST - 16 comments

o/` all we want is live beyond kidney stones o/`

Last week I went to the emergency room with massive bladder/stomach pains. Six hours later after a bunch of x-rays and CT scans the doc said I had a kidney stone. He gave me a vicodin perscription and told me to pee in a strainer to catch it. When I left the hospital, the pain was gone. It's now nine days later and apart from occasional but more frequent urges to pee little amounts I have not experienced the hell like pain that i've read about here and else where around the web. Everyone Kidney Stone victim I've spoken describe constant pain from the beginning until the stone comes out. I assume my stone has passed my urethra and it's just swimming around inside my bladder. Is it normal for stones to hang in your body pain free for days? Is there any way I can force it out any sooner? I've been drinking plenty of water and all my pee has been pain and stone free. I'd rather suffer now than wait for it to strike randomly. I called my doctor but he's on the vacay. I'm freaking out, living in fear, clutcing my vicodin bottle, waiting for the apocolypse of doom to strike down on me at any moment.
posted by sammich at 8:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I store disposable contacts in water or daily cleaner overnight with no ill effects?

Can I use water to keep disposable contacts overnight? [more inside]
posted by Darke at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Puzzling WinXP error

On two separate laptops, Windows XP is misbehaving in an odd manner that prevents the user from doing anything. Error messages such as "Not enough quota is available to process this command." and "Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you ant the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?" [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 8:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Is a pin-stripe suit too "business like" for a wedding?

Is a pin-stripe suit too "business like" for a wedding? [more inside]
posted by mi6op at 8:01 PM PST - 23 comments

College Dining

What's your favorite healthy food that can be bought on a college student budget? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 7:52 PM PST - 36 comments

Which hand is my left one?

Why do some people have a difficult time remembering things such as left and right? [more inside]
posted by Kraki at 7:45 PM PST - 50 comments

What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question?

What is the point of PageRank, and why do people think that's a silly question? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Beware la migra.

Quick question: I plan on moving to England for an indefinite but legal period of time, do I need a round-trip ticket to get clearance into the country? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there any way to find a product Costco just got rid of?

When something is gone from Costco, is it like totally gone forever and there's no chance I can ever purchase the item? I know they do seasonal stuff, but I saw this item less than a month ago and checking three locations reveals they replaced the item with a different yet similar product. Do they ever have overstock sales? Should I call every Costco within several hours of driving distance? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 6:25 PM PST - 22 comments

An easily portable version of the Aeron chair?

I am looking for a work chair that I can take along with me on my business travels - something portable that would provide a level of comfort and functionality that was, at least, remotely similar to my Aeron at home. I know this is a VERY TALL order, so if there are any suggestions for chairs that would simply let me work comfortably in a hotel room - the crappy chairs in those are horrible - I'd appreciate that, as well.
posted by soulbarn at 5:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get out of this closet before the house burns down!

I've never dated a girl before. Where do I start? Oh, and I am one, too... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 25 comments

No more shell games!

*nix shell "best practices" anyone? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 5:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Band rehearsal method

We need advice on how to structure our band practice sessions. We've been jamming together monthly for years and have just decided to start a band and have weekly rehearsals. What's the best way to organize our practice sessions? [more inside]
posted by richg at 4:54 PM PST - 9 comments

They can't hear themselves talk!

Some radio streams I listen to seem to play very softly, even when my system is at full-volume. Is there free software I can download to boost the volume coming out of my laptop speakers? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments


Most convenient way to insert equations into web pages? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Free email autoresponder?

Looking for (free) email autoresponder software, the kind that tries to answer questions by matching keywords from an email to answers in a knowledgebase. Can anyone point me to some?
posted by krisjohn at 3:52 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you change group policy on windows xp home?

I want to change the group policy on windows xp home. It is easy to do on Windows xp professional, but I have a computer that is running windows xp home. The windows firewall is greyed out and will not let me reactivate. When I try it tells me that the firewall is being controlled by group policy. Where can I find group policy on xp home?? I'm running sp2. Is this a known issue with SP2?? thanks.
posted by tesseract420 at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Can HIPAA help me appeal a Dental Claim denial?

What is the best approach for appealing a dental insurance claim that was denied for a pre-existing condition when I have had continuous coverage? Does HIPAA apply? [more inside]
posted by eisbaer at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool, customizable WordPress

Help me find a cool, customizable WordPress theme. [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Childless and happy?

Can childless couples have fulfilling lives? How do they spend all their free time and money? Is it a lonely existence? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 1:41 PM PST - 57 comments

Can you recommend software that will generate an extensive site map of my company's intranet?

I'm looking for a piece of software that will spider the company's intranet. After looking around for a few days, I've generated a list of requirements. [more inside]
posted by jennaba at 1:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Credit cards

Are there any online resources that would tell me what percent of Americans have a certain brand of credit card? Like an industry group site or a government site? Thanks
posted by punkfloyd at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Synchronize Outlook with Palm Pilot in Office 12 Beta?

Anyone else using Office 12 Beta? I've recently installed it on my laptop, and I can't find a way to synchronize Outlook 12 with my palm pilot. Anyone know how to do this?
posted by lisaj32 at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm odd enought already thank you very much!

Help!I think I'm "catching" a nervous tic. How can I stop this before it gets out of hand? [more inside]
posted by clubfoote at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Want smart playlists without iTunes

How can I get smart playlists in Winamp, or any other media player besides iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Where does one cash a check from the Financial Management Service?

Cluelessfilter: So I got an income tax refund and the only organizations marked on the check are 'United States Treasury' and 'Treasury / Financial Management Service'. Where is such a check cashed?
posted by Firas at 12:31 PM PST - 21 comments

But plaid will always be ugly.

How does one prove that all humans see the same colors? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 12:22 PM PST - 82 comments

Can I switch to an entirely different career?

I want to work with animals, specifically, big cats. I currently work in IT. Is it too late to get my dream job? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 12:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Respond to trash-talking coworker?

I recently discovered that a co-worker has been suggesting that I am ill-suited for my recent promotion; should I respond? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 12:16 PM PST - 17 comments

"Barnacle" code?

What does "barnacle code" mean to programmers? [more inside]
posted by pax digita at 12:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Wah wah waaah waaaaah!

Can anyone identify the song right after the UFO sequence in this video? If you know of similar music, please reccomend it. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I blow air onto a drowning laptop?

SpillOnLaptopFilter: To blow or not to blow? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Bikinis for D-cups

Any recommendations of brands/stores that carry bikinis that work for large-breasted women? [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me with MiniDisc!

So, I got a portable MiniDisc player cheap at a garage sale (I don't have an ipod, I'm slow at these types of things) and it didnt come with instructions or any "line-out" type of thing. I wanna make mixes for it but I can't figure out how (I DO have itunes). Can anyone direct me to/give me info on how to transfer music onto a minidisc?
posted by hellameangirl at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Cleaning the inside of storm windows

How can I clean the inside of storm windows? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Need help with my new lappie

New laptop three part question; Just got a new Lenovo Thinkpad, a. I want to make sure I have all the correct settings to make it run properly. b. Wanted to see what accessories I should look at to make it easier/efficient to use? I have an ipod, a pda, and use microsoft office for work. c. Any other comments or suggestions I should be aware of? Thanks for the help guys!
posted by boyinmiami at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me insulate my windows from the Florida heat/sun.

I'm trying to insulate my window/frame... can anyone help me devise a solution? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Starting a website

Help on starting a community service website? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 10:09 AM PST - 3 comments

How to categorize outside scientists?

I'd like to create a category for outsider scientists at Wikipedia. But I tried "outsider scientist" and it was voted down. [more inside]
posted by cda at 10:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Wherefore comest the Anti-Mole?

Wherefore comest the anti-mole? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it really just called an "adapter"?

What would you call this thing? The only names I can find for it are "adapter" and "insert," but I could have sworn it had a different name (i.e., "spacer" or something) when I used to use it to play 45s (when I was a wee lad, of course).
posted by *burp* at 9:08 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I dissuade an annoying neighbor?

How do I stop someone from bothering me and my housemates when we're on the front porch? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 8:52 AM PST - 10 comments

I almost paid to see another movie at Landmark just to hear this again

Name that tune: It serves as the soundtrack to the HBO Documentary Films commercial that currently plays before movies at Landmark Theaters. It's beautiful. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Condo insurance recommendations in FL?

FloridaInsuranceFilter: So I need to get insurance in the Sunshine State... [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Watch my harddrive

How can I watch what is being written to my hard-drive? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce at 7:06 AM PST - 4 comments

14 yr old daughter wants a ferret.

Do these animals require a lot of care? Will it stink up my house or her room? Does it have to be potty trained? How big will it get? When we go on trips do we take it with us or is there a ferret kennel? What will it do during the day when no one is at home? What do they eat? I dunno if letting her get one is a good idea.
posted by sandra194 at 6:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Removing the most disgusting substance known to man from carpet.

Suggest ways I can get rabbit pee out of white carpet. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Simple groupware

I need some very basic groupware. It has to have file-sharing, calendar and discussion-board. It should be able to run on a java or php enabled server. Open source or free solutions are preferred. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 6:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Hard drive sparking - is data recovery possible?

My hard drive recently started sparking, then smoking and burning. I quickly turned off the computer, but now I need to recover my data. I can see the spot on the hard drive that is black, so I know where the problem is. Is it safe for me to spend thirty minutes or so backing data off of this damaged drive? Alternatively, is it possible to repair the drive, at least enough to backup my data? Or have I lost everything? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:01 AM PST - 35 comments

I fought the law

Is there any evidence that physical laws have changed, or could possibly change over time? For example, has the speed of light - since the beginning of the universe - been the same, and will it always remain the same into the future? [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 5:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Brazilian Artists

Who are good uptempo Brazilian musicians, people similar to Tania Maria?
posted by Raybun at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the best music/entertainment sites?

Design-wise, what are the best music/entertainment company websites out there? [more inside]
posted by spaghetti at 4:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Consolodating student loans

Student Loan Question. I know it has been asked several times in the past month on askmefi, but i do not believe my specific question has been addressed... [more inside]
posted by I_am_jesus at 4:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Why does my Vietnamese text only display correctly in the US?

How does a web browser decide whether it can display a numerical character reference? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 3:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do people make a lucky cigarette in their packs of cigarettes?

How did the ritual of inverting a single cigarette in a fresh pack of cigarettes start? Was there some cultural reason, or a simple good luck charm?
posted by nibaq at 3:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Living In Someone Else's Shoes

TV shows, movies, books, or other media that involve people living as "someone else" temporarily - whether swapping roles, taking a new role, or pretending to be someone else - to see life in someone else's shoes. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:55 AM PST - 48 comments

Why did butterfly metamorphosis evolve?

How does evolutionary theory explain the caterpillar-butterfly metamorphosis? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:48 AM PST - 34 comments

indian take out in Los Angeles

So some Sunday in mid June I'm going to be driving from Los Angeles to Fresno. I will meeting a vegetarian with a sensitivity to wheat and soy products for lunch. I'm thinking about finding someone in Los Angeles to prepare an Indian tiffin for me. I'll need to pick up the tiffin on Saturday afternoon in order to make it to Fresno in time for lunch. Since this mid-June I'll also pick up a basket of organic cherries. I'm looking for someone who does delicious Indian take out food that can be stored overnight. I'm open to suggestions for non-indian treats.
posted by rdr at 1:30 AM PST - 3 comments


Music Nerds! Looking for album cover that are references to others. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:10 AM PST - 25 comments

May 30

'He Was A Crook' straight from the author's mouth?

Did Hunter S. Thompson ever give a public reading of his obituary for Richard Nixon?
posted by holgate at 11:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Offline-capable wiki?

I'd like to get my group at work using a wiki for certain projects. However, I've uncovered very few wiki implementations that would allow offline editing and syncback; this is a dealbreaker. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Gray backgrounds in Outlook e-mail

E-mails I receive and compose in Microsoft Outlook 2003 have inexplicably and recently begun to be displayed with a gray background! [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 10:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Small stinky whitish balls coming out of my throat.

Small whitish soft-hard stinky balls coming out of my throat once in blue moon when I cough hard. They have a foul smell. I can't see them inside my mouth. But they occassionally 'fall out' when I cough. The odour is soooo bad. At first I thought they were food particles, but no.. this has happened atleast 2-3 times in the past week. They are not big at all, they're very small.. no particular shape. What is it, and how do I get rid of them?
posted by Devileyezz at 9:35 PM PST - 40 comments

Sites similar to IMDB...

Hello all, A friend of mine recently completed his feature film as well as a short film which he had premiere at a few indie theaters. He is wondering what other sites such as IMDB allow users to submit their movie information? IMDB seems to be rather tough and not so kind on small and upcoming film makers, so I guess I'm trying to help him find 'other' film/info sites with likes of IMDB. Thanks in advance!
posted by cheero at 9:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How to keep the %&*$ bugs out?

Bugs making it in through the screen door. Help! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 8:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me upgrade my Macbook's hard drive

I'm looking to buy a new Macbook as a secondary computer, however, I want it to be the sole host to my 60gb iPod. I currently have a Toshiba laptop, which has an 80BG hard drive. After two years of use, I've realized I need at least a 120 GB hard drive in any new laptop I get. I don't want to shell out the cash for Apple to throw an upgraded drive in ($250!!!!), but instead I want to buy a new hard drive off ebay or something and replace the 80GB one inside the fresh Macbook. Since I'm only accustomed to the Windows OS -- How do I go about doing this for an Apple computer? Also, does anyone know where I can get a good deal on a laptop drive? :) [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 8:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Can you help with my Mother's eyes?

My mother has been experiencing severe swelling under her eyes at night. None of the doctors she visited have helped. More inside... [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 8:03 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the dream experience for a person born deaf blind?

Does a person born deaf blind experience dreams? My curiousity has always wondered if a person who is born deaf blind has the ability to experience dream? What would dreaming be like if you never have been able to see or hear anything around you. Is a dream a purely visual thing for us sighted ones? Any research sites or personal stories on this topic?
posted by randomthoughts at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Just do it?

Mind over matter: what strategies are good for psyching yourself up to do something scary, uncomfortable, difficult or painful? The moments I'm thinking of aren't interpersonal situations. More like: you're standing on the high dive. Or you're doing your own bikini wax, and it's time to rip it off. Or you're on a bridge about to bungee. You're at the top of the half-pipe, about to take off. You're about to get stuck with a needle for medical or decorative purposes. Surely "just do it" isn't the only strategy?
posted by xo at 7:58 PM PST - 34 comments

Where to Watch World Cup

Where's the best place to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles? Looking for general recommendations, and also suggestions as to where might be a good World Cup event or viewing party.
posted by cell divide at 7:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Don't Shoot!

What to do with an old 35mm camera? [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 7:31 PM PST - 23 comments

How to purchase online publication rights for an out-of-print book?

I'd like to purchase the online publication rights to a book originally published in the 1960s, and long out of print. How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How do i get my All Clad shiny again?

I damaged my All-Clad MC2 cookware by using Cascade powder in the dishwasher. Now the exterior surface is all dull and rough-feeling. Any idea how I can repair the damage?
posted by frenchbenj at 7:20 PM PST - 15 comments

What are the dangers of a cat scratch to the lateral commissure of the eyelid?

What are the dangers of a cat scratch to the lateral commissure of the eyelid? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

A [Blank] that never was...

We've talked about him before. I was introduced to him in an earlier question. I've bought and read all three books the man has written. But he's given up and won't write anymore. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 6:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Help to identify this music

Can anyone identify the music in this MP3 file?
posted by queue_strategy at 6:32 PM PST - 14 comments


I'm really interested in the soon coming iPod+Nike technology: Basically a really high tech way of tracking your running, syncing it with your computer, tracking your progress, interacting with others, etc. However, I'd really kind of like to avoid Nike for it's high prices and other reasons, so does anyone know any other similar high tech products that could help me track my run? Extra points for Mac compatibility.
posted by patr1ck at 5:51 PM PST - 9 comments


EVDOFilter: I'm interested in Sprint or Verizon EVDO phone-as-modem mobile broadband service with my Powerbook, but I've never had a celphone before. Help! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 5:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it possible make a browser window go full screen?

Is it possible make a browser window go full screen? Not "fake full screen," but full-on, PowerPoint style full screen mode? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 4:31 PM PST - 16 comments

How to deal with changing relationship dynamics.

I'm looking for articles, books, or insights in any format relating to a common theme in long-term relationships. [more inside]
posted by Roach at 4:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Drumroll, please...?

What's the deal with digital drum kits? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with possible sleep apnea?

Another question about sleep apnea - specifically about how to deal with the actual moment of waking up choking. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

The " " War(s) - 2001 - 2012

What are your guesses as to what "the War in Iraq" be known as in ten years? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 3:40 PM PST - 39 comments

No, Twiki, not that kind either.

How to wear and care for white bucks (shoes, not slaves). [more inside]
posted by bingo at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Dreamweaver= Evil?

Why does Dreamweaver 8 (mac) show my cursor insertion point in the wrong spot in design view? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 3:01 PM PST - 1 comment

You can learn ANYTHING from a book, right?

Having grown up with very little good childhood memories and the absence of both parents, I'm trying to read/learn as much as possible on parenting before my child is born. [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 2:58 PM PST - 26 comments

"Its going to be another hot, dry summer"

How can I find out how many days around 30 degrees celcius there are going to be this summer in Ontario Canada? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Mountain bike to comfort bike conversion

I'm thinking about converting my mountain bike into something more like a comfort bike. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by wezelboy at 2:24 PM PST - 19 comments


Getaway Askmefi: Can you find us a beautiful retreat in France, Spain or Italy? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 2:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to host a large BBQ around Boston?

Where in the Boston area can one host a large barbeque? (we may or may not be doing the actual grilling ourselves) [more inside]
posted by darsh at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Deregulation and Electricity: More than Just A Headache?

EnergyPurchaseFilter: What is the deal with non-regulated electric purchasing? Who's had experience with this, and was it all the [highly suspect] awesome hoopla that it's played to be by the companies/government? Bonus points if you live/have lived in New Hampshire, where I'm trying to figure out this whole mess. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I best market my podcast?

How can I best market my podcast? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get dust out of my Razr (phone)

I carry my cell phone in my pocket (front right), and they have all suffered from "dust under the screen" syndrome. I thought the problem would be solved by switching to a clam shell (my trusty Razr), but no... it still persists. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 1:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Google Maps, Driving directions to multiple locations

How can I create driving directions in Google Maps to multiple locations at once? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

source of Tackhead samples?

One of my favorite Tackhead songs is "What's My Mission Now? (Fight the Devil!)" from the album "Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System." It includes quotes from some kind of military brass dude talking about what the military can and can't do. Who is it talking and in what context? The samples are not identified/acknowledged. [more inside]
posted by edheil at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

The things that keep me awake at night.

[NoveltySongFilter] I am compiling lists of the following: 1. Bad hiphop tracks from the soundtracks of films from the late 80s and early 90s that summarized the plot during the end credits. You remember...Organized Krime's joint from the end of TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze or Tag Team's reprise of their hit "Whoomp, There it is" for Addam's Family Values. 2. Hidden, unlisted and secret joke tracks from the end of albums. Off the top of my head I can only think of more dreck from the mid-90s like Korn's track with Cheech Marin from Follow the Leader or the Green Day track "All by Myself" from Dookie 3. Backwards masking. Kiss and the Beatles were accused of doing it so bands like Ministry thought it would be a good idea. Who else? 4. Funk or soul songs with theremin. Please add to my list. [more inside]
posted by elr at 1:03 PM PST - 35 comments

What am I forgetting to do before I leave home for 4 months?

I'm leaving for Alaska for 4 months tomorrow. What am I forgetting to do before I go? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 1:00 PM PST - 23 comments

What's the optimal way to combine a fan with an air conditioner?

What's the optimal way to combine a fan with an air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What happens with borderline MIPs?

My friends and I were wondering if there is any legal precedent for what happens if someone is a week or very close to turning 21 and then receives an MIP or similar charge? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a photoshop noob worth an hour?

Reasonable rates for very basic photoshop service? [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Is "My Mother Told Me Not to Shout" an acronym for something?

Is "My Mother Told Me Not to Shout" an acronym (like "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally") for something? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 12:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Mysterious characters in addresses

Help me figure out these weird Spanish, Danish, and Portugese characters in an address given to me via the Internet. I don't think what I see is what is meant. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Confusion! It's such a terrible (HPV) strain . . .

HPV and all that it entails. Transmission, treatment, talking with partners. I've read this and this and this. I've talked to my doctor, I've read the websites, I'm still confused. And do I need a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

bloody goats and such.

revalationfilter: What happens in the book of revalations? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 11:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Which bird makes this whistle?

Bird Song-o-rama: Northern California Sierras, two pairs of doublet whistles (notes G-G/ [lower] D-D), song used often by two birds as call and response. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Who do you tip for wedding services?

Who are you supposed to tip for wedding services? [more inside]
posted by Gooney at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

stoned at harvard

Who is responsible for the wonderful type engraved in stone seen on gated walls around the Harvard campus? I am not talking about architectural lettering, but about the several quotes engraved in slabs of smooth stone and mounted in the walls separating various parts of the campus. The work looks contemporary, or at least very well-cared-for.
posted by luriete at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

music by couples for a couple

Music by couples? [more inside]
posted by btwillig at 11:20 AM PST - 95 comments

Yummy yummy in my tummy

Quick & healthy food pairing suggestions? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

On what song did Bowie use the gated mics trick?

A question about vocals on a David Bowie record. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Helping a tenant improve his credit score

Helping a tenant improve his credit score? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 11:06 AM PST - 1 comment

How to distribute a civics curriculum?

High school (civics) teachers - how do I distribute a civics curriculum? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 11:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Freedom Rock discography?

FreedomRockFilter. Did anyone (other than me) buy Freedom Rock back in the day? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

I want a hypnodisc

How do I buy/build a hypnodisc with a stand and electric motor? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Music festivals

What are some good moderate-sized, alternative-y music festivals in the US along the lines of Intonation?
posted by gottabefunky at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Gifts Become Her

I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in death. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by pinto at 9:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Five stars, would get cooter inspected again!

Where do I find a good gynecologist in the Baltimore area that's covered by my insurance? There aren't any rating websites, are there? That would be weird, but cool. There is [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

How to tell if my rosebush has a chance at life

Is my rose bush dead? Last fall I didn't prune back my rose bushs. This spring 3 of them finally turned green after I pruned back some of the dead wood, but the last one (a climbing rose) is still seemingly dead sticks. Each one has successfully grown for years, never w/ much consistency in pruning, but now I have 2 feet of dead sticks on the remaining bush. How do I know if I should give up on it? Does it have a chance next year? I'm in Colorado in zone 5, for what it's worth.
posted by artifarce at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Campgrounds for Dummies

Need advice for two tent camping newbies about to travel the country via Honda Accord. Is KOA generally reputable/nonscuzzy nowadays? Any other hints for this year's summer season? Recommendations on equipment? Do you have to reserve ahead of time (we are trying to not schedule ourselves too much!) or can you usually show up in the evening and get a spot? This question is as broad as can be - all advice welcome. We are happy to do some off-trail places but don't want to backpack necessarily. [more inside]
posted by kirstin at 8:57 AM PST - 24 comments

a ton of cash

How much is 1 Ton of One Hundred Dollar Bills worth? [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How can we get the most out of Six Flags, Atlanta and IKEA?

How can we best enjoy a trip to Atlanta & Six Flags? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Would like information about a music psychology experiment.

When I was a music student, we had a visit from a music psychologist who worked in a conservatory in London... I think it was The Royal Academy. During her lecture, she described an experiment where performers were asked to play either with no physical movement, or with obviously physically expressive movements. The performers who had no physical movement were divided into 2 groups; one group was asked to play in an emotionally expressive way, and the other group was asked to play mechanically. The result of this experiment was that non-musicians could not tell apart the 2 groups of motionless performers, they could only tell a performer was being expressive if they could see them moving. In short, non-musicians cannot tell if a musician is playing expressively by listening alone. Musicians could of course tell the difference between all of them. I'm now a music photographer, so these findings are of huge interest to me, especially when it comes to persuading musicians just how important it is to communicate on a visual level as well as a musical one. Does anyone have any idea where I can reference this study, or anything remotely similar? Thanks!
posted by BobsterLobster at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this phrase "Pass the Sugar"?

QuoteFilter: what's the origin of the phrase "pass the sugar"? Aussies, anyone, help me out here! [more inside]
posted by rmm at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Why hasn't she... umm.. it... called me yet?

How long after applying for a job should you accept that you're not getting called up for an interview? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:13 AM PST - 23 comments

I don't want to get tetanus!

GrillFilter: Is my grill becoming rusty after 3 weeks of use, or am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Web-Based RSS Reader for Cell Phone?

Does anyone know of a web-based rss reader that I can access on a crappy cell phone browser? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to go?

Where should I go in July and August? [more inside]
posted by speranza at 7:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Fighting old parking tickets?

I'm trying to see if fighting some old parking tickets is worth my effort. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Bush and the Immigrants

Was this actually shown on TV?
posted by owalt1 at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

There's nothing like a good steak

How to find bavette in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 6:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Filter filter

I shot a roll of print film (Kodak Gold 200) using the wrong filter (80a instead of polarizing). Can it be fixed in the developing — like when you push b/w film — or later, in the computer?
posted by LeLiLo at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there eBay-like sites that host auctions for writing and ad space?

PublishingAuctionFilter: I'm looking for online, eBay-like auction companies/sites that allow: a) writers to auction articles/books to publishers (of books, magazines, newspapers, websites, whatever); b) publishers to auction licensed articles/books to other publishers (ditto); c) publishers to auction ad space to advertisers (“media buyers,” as they say). I've got one so far: eBay is setting up a system to do C. Anyone have A or B? Thanx.
posted by MarshallPoe at 5:11 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the real estate market in Raleigh doing?

What's the real estate market in Raleigh doing? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 5:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Did I commit Mail Fraud?

Did I inadvertently commit mail fraud? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 AM PST - 32 comments

Dinner venue between Guildford, Brighton and Canterbury

Suitable venue for a working dinner, delegates from Canterbury, Brighton, Guildford, where to go?? The M25 /M23 junction? UK mefites, Urgent help needed! More inside.... [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 2:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Pukkelpop Experiences? (Belgian Alternative Music Festival).

Pukkelpop Experiences? (Belgian Alternative Music Festival). [more inside]
posted by snarkle at 1:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Just go around savin' lives, resuscitatin' each other willy-nilly.

Did you learn CPR before 1988? If so, did you they teach to to shake your resusci-Annie and say "Annie, Annie, are you okay?" [more inside]
posted by neda at 12:56 AM PST - 38 comments

May 29

Display Glitch

So my computer has been doing a lot of this lately. Only a hard reset will fix it. Hardware malfunction suspected, but what? Video card? Or could it be something else... [more inside]
posted by sophist at 10:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Backpacker Nirvana?

Know any good travelling websites? Most specifically for backpacking in Asia... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 10:43 PM PST - 14 comments

University of Metafilter

Which University of Missouri is this? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it ethical or acceptable to email writers and request to be written about?

Other then releasing press releases, how would I get my business/myself interviewed or written about? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 10:17 PM PST - 15 comments

google -wikipedia

GoogleFilter: Is there a quick and easy way to eliminate results from Wikipedia and its many mirrors in Google searches? [more inside]
posted by gubo at 9:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I making a motherboard mistake?

I'm going to swap the motherboard and CPU on my computer, please help me not screw it up! [more inside]
posted by pinespree at 9:23 PM PST - 17 comments

baby steps

My wife is pregnant with baby number 4. As a way to get our other kids interested and involved, she would like to print out approximate week-by-week sizes of the baby's feet and hands. Has anyone seen this online, or (second choice) in a book?
posted by Jesco at 7:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Translating Maktens Vägar

SvenskFilter: English translation of Bertil Mårtensson's "Maktens Vägar" (Paths of Power?) appears not to exist... [more inside]
posted by lundman at 7:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Annoyances or dealbreakers?

When considering marriage, how can you tell the difference between annoyances and dealbreakers? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 6:51 PM PST - 50 comments

Should I commit to this sublet in Washington DC?

I am planning on subletting a room in an apartment for the summer located at 15th St NW and Fuller St NW, in the Columbia Heights section of the city. Should I be worried about living in this neighborhood, ie it's safety? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get an orchid to bloom?

How do I get an orchid to produce blooms? It is a healthy plant that just keeps producing more green leaves, but no orchids.
posted by sushrob at 6:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Put me under your musical spell

Feed me more enchanting musical masterpieces. [more inside]
posted by koenie at 6:20 PM PST - 37 comments

Can a 46 year old female survive a move to the left coast?

Culture shock, loneliness or a whole new adventure? I am considering a move from Central New Jersey to Thousand Oaks , California for a great job opportunity. I am a divorced 46 year old female. My mother and one brother live within 2 hours of the new location. My boyfriend and I broke up 2 months ago, I have lived in NJ for decades, I have long time friends here, prefer intellectual versus athletic pursuits, like witty sarcasm, and worry that it is difficult to make friends at this age/stage. Wondering if that is a deal breaker (I am quite shy). Any advice, thoughts on the culture out there?
posted by artemis at 6:15 PM PST - 23 comments

CD Tracklisting Hijinks

A long long time ago in the year 2000 I bought a copy of the compilation album "Indie 2000 Volume 5". In the track listing on the second CD there was listed the BIS song "Action and Drama", but when I played the album the song that was on the CD was "Theme from Tokyo" from the same artist. To make things even more confusing I knew someone who bought the same album and their copy had the correctly listed song. My question to you, is how on earth is this possible?
posted by a. at 5:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Bending Platinum band?

My fiance has a platinum engagement ring and the bottom seems to be warping due to plat being a soft metal. We are not sure why this is happening. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Missing Txtmsgs.

TxtmsgFilter: Why can't my best friend receive my txt msgs? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Latest and greatest in wi-fi cracking for Windows?

What's the state-of-the-art for cracking wi-fi under Windows? Knoppix CD with aircrack / airsnort / kismet? Or are there some decent Windows binaries these days?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Step 1: Footage Step 2: ??? Step 3: A Video!

I've got my DV camcorder, my big hard drive and my PowerBook all set and ready to go with Final Cut Pro. I've tinkered around a bit, but I want to really get to know what I'm doing. What now? [more inside]
posted by Captaintripps at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

The disappearing man

Where does the extra bloke go? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Casual eating in the gaslamp

I need recommendations for a casual (read: jeans) restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp district. My only other requirement is that they take reservations, as we will be a party of 8.
posted by rorycberger at 4:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Has someone stolen a restaurant reservation from you?

Restaurant reservation poaching? Witnesses? Perpetrators? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Stuck in table/form hell!

Tell me what web-forms really, really impress you. I'm stuck in "form-developer" block mode, and after muddling through mountains and mountains of layouts and best practises sites, I think I'm about to explode. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

ID this 30+-book fantasy series: man teleported to other planet by mysterious forces

Help me find a series of fantasy books (NOT the Gor series) I read in the 1980s about an Earth man periodically teleported by mysterious god-like beings/aliens to dangerous situations on another planet, which had a swords-and-sorcery tech level. He spent years on this other planet, built a life there, etc. Over 30 books in the series, I think. [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 3:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Dreamweaver hates external stylesheets?

How do I make Dreamweaver define CSS-properties in the external stylesheet by default? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is Henry Raddick?

Who is Henry Raddick, really? [more inside]
posted by jonson at 2:34 PM PST - 8 comments

What were the court costs in Jarndyce?

What were the court costs in Jarndyce? (Spoilers inside if you aren't familiar with Bleak House.) [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 2:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I slow my computer down?

My computer's on/off fan is driving me mad; and I don't need the power. How can I limit the available processor power so that I can run it silently? [more inside]
posted by jamescridland at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Are ice packs a good way to beat the heat?

Are ice packs a good way to beat the heat? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 2:06 PM PST - 12 comments

What are good South Beach hotels for a fun, young, large group?

Where to stay in South Beach (Miami) for large group (40+) of the post-collegiate (but not too serious) type for a weekend in September? Trying to find places $150-$200 which deal with groups (10 rooms or so) often. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Reverse-engineered clothing

Anyone know of a service or business that will reverse-engineer an existing piece of clothing, and either produce a pattern, or be willing to copy it in a different material? Oh yeah, and for not an exhorbitant fee. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 1:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Literature analysis websites.

I'm looking for literature analysis websites. Are there any suggestions for worthwhile sources? I've found a bunch of essay websites, but they seem conflicting or written by students. I'm looking for accurate information that will give me some new perspectives in a wide variety of literature. In time I would like to be able to teach more about hidden symbolism to other people including students. Right now I'm looking specifically for interpretations of Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" and George Orwell's "1984". Thanks in advance if anyone has any advice or tips.
posted by Knigel at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Association of Association Members?

Does membership in Professional (non-legislated) Associations make my resume look better? Or am I just paying money to add useless acronyms to it? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

A free alternative to

I'm looking for a free genealogy website - one where I can upload my GEDCOM file, reference various databases and the like. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get rid of that leather smell?

How to make leather smell, well, less leathery? [more inside]
posted by LondonYank at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I have a weeklong adventure in Latin America?

Two friends and I are looking for a crazy adventure story-of-a-lifetime vacation in Central or South America for roughly a week, and I am completely stumped. Help? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 11:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Effective use of clear varnish overprint to add depth?

In regards to design and press printing. Towards the bottom of this Paper Specs article it touches on an overprint varnishing technique called "dot-on-dot varnishing." Is anyone familiar with this technique and care to elaborate on how it is accomplished and the effect it has on the final piece? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Browser needs to refresh to resolve domain names.

Laptop can't resolve the domain name when I first type it in, but it does upon refresh. [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Not the History of Rock n Roll!

Anyone ever hear a hilarious radio special on the CBC called "Not the History of Rock and Roll"? There were two of these produced. I've heard Part 2, it's got really funny impersonations and faux interviews of David Byrne, Michael Jackson, James Brown and others. I'm trying to locate the first part. Anyone have an idea of where to find it?
posted by storybored at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

what could I be when I grow up?

I need suggestions for arts/design related careers. [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I need to share my breakable toys?

Should I let other people use expensive and easily breakable pieces of portable electronics I have like a camera or Palm? Especially if I rely on them like the latter? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 10:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Does the Apple iTunes mother ship remember what songs I have already purchased?

Does the Apple iTunes mother ship remember what songs I have already purchased? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

overcoming a fetish?

FetishFilter: can a person overcome a dangerous or detrimental sexual fetish? or any fetish for that matter?
posted by brandz at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Anime for a 4-year old

My 4 year old daughter has seen a few anime shows and really likes them. She especially likes them subtitled, so she can hear the original Japanese voices. What are some anime series, appropriate to her age that I can pick up to encourage this? I know it's a long shot, but I'd like to find something that keeps her entertained, but doesn't drive me crazy. Some Japanese equivalent of Spongebob - a show I'd watch even if I didn't have children.
posted by fcain at 8:09 AM PST - 19 comments

OMG 21 Jump Street that show rocked!! LOL

In this month's GQ, there's a longer update to the Milford High drug bust story, in which a 23-year-old private detective went undercover at a high school, leading to the eventual arrest of seventeen high school students. (The story inspired a decidedly banal MeFi thread.) My question--not covered in the previous thread, the news coverage, or the GQ article--is simple: how in the world is it legal for a private detective to buy drugs? And for the reported purchase of drugs to lead to an arrest? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Browser times out but ping, nslookup, and tracert work (WinXP). Why?

On my WinXP Pro laptop I can ping, nslookup, and tracert to whatever address I like, but no browser can load any pages, even by IP address. I get connection timeouts 100% of the time. Why, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

A Marine who went to war, how to publish his letters?

What steps should one take to see published the letters their grandfather wrote during the Second World War? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Before and After the Cup

Thanks to advice here on the green, I have sorted out my transportation logistics for getting to the World Cup. Before and after the Paraguay vs. Trinidad game, I will be visiting Paris, Florence, and Madrid for a few days each. Where should we stay? I don't mind paying $200-$300 a night. Just looking for some nice hotels in good locations for people who don't speak the local languages.
posted by jasondigitized at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Charities for children affected by war?

I'm looking for two kinds of charity groups: One that helps the children of soldiers killed in Iraq, and one that helps children in Iraq who have lost parents. Any know vetted organizations that fit this bill?
posted by gwint at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Tracking UPS Packages in Excel?

Is there a way to import UPS tracking information into an MS Excel document? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there softare to project a screen to other PCs?

Is there software that will let a user (say, a teacher) broadcast the contents of his computer screen to a number of other users (say, students), so that all the screens are showing what the server's screen is showing?
posted by Jairus at 5:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help with my boiler

What do status codes S.31 and S.36 indicate on a Vaillant ECOmax VUW 236 EH boiler? [more inside]
posted by atrazine at 4:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Auto Insurance--Geico vs. Allstate?

Allstate vs. Geico Auto Insurance? [more inside]
posted by quintno at 2:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Pocket PC to sync outlook 'tween two PCs

Using Pocket PC to sync Outlook between two PCs. Wont allow In-box to sync [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Architecture and the moving image

I'm looking for films (and documentaries) that feature architecture. [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra at 1:08 AM PST - 38 comments

Help me find a summer home on the cheap!

Can you help us find a cool place to locate our summer home? (USA) [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 12:47 AM PST - 24 comments

May 28

I need a date idea that is cheap and fun

What was your favorite (inexpensive) date? [more inside]
posted by karmaville at 11:58 PM PST - 30 comments

help me find a good video store in/around hermosa beach, ca.

I'm looking for a hip, alternative-minded video store in the south bay of southern california. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 10:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What is my Senator saying about Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality Issue: Please help me interpret this email from my Senator. [more inside]
posted by shifafa at 9:50 PM PST - 16 comments

SMART-capable firewire enclosure?

Are there any Firewire or USB external hard drive enclosures that support translation of SMART messages? [more inside]
posted by rajbot at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Shoo bop sha wadda wadda yippity boop de boop

Mixtape suggestions of ridiculous 1950s pop music. [more inside]
posted by salvia at 8:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Phones are bugged

My cell phone is being bugged, I have changed my number several times. My corded landline phone is also bugged. My apartment has been bugged , don't know if it still is since I have moved. Don't know how they were able to bug my last apartment but it was. Can anyone help me
posted by 10jubilee at 8:26 PM PST - 79 comments

Your favorite bread-dough recipes (no bread machines)

Bakers and homemakers; I need bread/dough recipes. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Wireless Connections Failing

Help connecting to the internet needed! I'm in a new house and the internet all of a sudden stopped working. My wireless can "see" several networks, have a strong signal and good speed, but I don't get assigned a network address. (the networks are unsecured.) Sometimes I'll connect yet have "limited or no connectivity". Why would my connection suddenly stop working? I have no viruses, I checked. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 7:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Books about The Doors

The best book about The Doors? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 6:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Wireless mice?

Are wireless positional mouses like the Gyration Air Mouse any good? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Cool Shade

The deck / patio on my mother's house is completely exposed to the sun and umbrellas haven't been working as shade providers. The wind breaks them. Or they provide insufficient shading. Besides building a roof over the deck, what else can we try to turn her deck into a nicely shaded space?
posted by Aghast. at 5:21 PM PST - 18 comments

cover letter for the unqualified

Need help writing a cover letter for a job...the catch is that I am not exactly qualified for said job... [more inside]
posted by Captain_Science at 5:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do with two 256mb PC2-5300 DDR2-667 RAM sticks?

Is there anything fun or unusual I can do with two 256mb PC2-5300 DDR2-667 RAM sticks? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Dumbass knows nothing.

Help this ignoramus understand his netgear admin log. [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 3:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me filter the porn!

For my work, I've been asked to prevent a client's son from browsing porn on the family computer without spending money on NetNanny style products. I confess to encountering some difficulty. I have set Win XP to use the MVPS hosts file and tried a couple of free porn filters but have come up against a brick wall. Help me! [more inside]
posted by dance at 3:35 PM PST - 38 comments

Need some help with reading sheet music.

I've started singing with a group, but my skills in reading sheet music are... lacking. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I find out what music shows will be happening while I'm traveling around Europe?

How can I find out what music shows will be happening while I'm traveling around Europe? [more inside]
posted by chimmyc at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

How long can food be unrefrigerated during a walk home from the grocery store?

I have this idea that I want to walk to and from the grocery store to have an excuse to take a long walk (perhaps as long as an hour each way). How long can the walk be before the food becomes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 2:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Is my tea kettle poisonous?

Is my tea kettle poisonous? I put the kettle on to boil, then was called away to face some kind of (I have a six-year-old) emergency. When I returned, the forgotten kettle had boiled away all of the water and had been probably been firing away empty for about ten minutes. Is that bad? Should I toss it? Why?
posted by cometwendy at 1:24 PM PST - 31 comments

I graduated college. Now what?

Okay, so I graduated college. Now what? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 1:12 PM PST - 26 comments

I must save the world!

I had an idea for a temporary solution to postpone global warming crisis. Does my idea make any sence? [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 at 12:38 PM PST - 55 comments

cut your hair and get a job

Is my long hair affecting my job prospects? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 12:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find more information on child-related crimes in Disneyland Paris?

Help me find a good place in Disneyland Paris where my students won't get accosted. [more inside]
posted by jim.christian at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I start from the beginning or somewhere in the middle??

bookfilter: I just discovered a book I want to read by Charles De Lint. It is his latest novel Widdershins. [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian at 12:07 PM PST - 6 comments

As Michael Scott would say, I'm "collar blind."

How can I fix the collars on my polo shirts? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Stones/Beatles - need convincing

Feel like I am missing out on some great music, but need convincing. recommendations for the best Who, Stones and Beatles album please. [more inside]
posted by calvinorr at 11:39 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me play Taiko without driving the neighbours to murder!

Owners of the US version of Taiko Drum Master for the PS2 - how loud is the drum? More plastic-drum-related questions lurk within! [more inside]
posted by terpsichoria at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Bad-ass gift for a chef in training

Aside from the standard knives, what would be a good gift for a student off to culinary school? [more inside]
posted by garbo at 10:01 AM PST - 29 comments

Great Doc for A Woman at Kaiser in L.A.?

Can anyone recommend a good, woman-friendly physician or nurse practitioner at Kaiser-Permanente's Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles facility? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Automate Craigslist?

Can I automate Craigslist searches? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Chipped a tooth after filling came out, exposed dentin but doesn't hurt

InTheMeantimeFilter: I've got a formerly filled, chipped tooth with exposed dentin that doesn't hurt .. yet. What can I do in the meantime before the dentist visit? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Does the pelvis/the hip bones spread with age?

Anyone have medical/anatomical knowledge to support the observation that the pelvic girdle/hips grow wider as a person ages? I don't mean getting fat - I mean literally do the bones spread outwards, increasing the hip size and so the width between the legs. I see this on old men especially
posted by A189Nut at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

How to clean up a battery leak in a flashlight

When trying to change the batteries in my maglite after a long period of neglect, I found that the cap wouldn't unscrew. After persuading it open with a pair of mol-grips, I could see that one of the batteries had leaked and there was a big grey corroded-looking stain on the inside of the battery compartment. Is there any way I can clean this up, or should I bid farewell to my trusty torch? The battery is a D cell alkaline.
posted by primer_dimer at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

It all comes down to cooties

Who gets to share food and drinks with your child - from the same cup or spoon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 33 comments

Photoshop shapes.

Sorry to ask a Photoshop question here, but I can find no answer elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 2:17 AM PST - 11 comments

May 27

Which Rocky Top?

Can you help me figure out which version of 'Rocky Top' I'm thinking of? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 11:14 PM PST - 4 comments

How can socially anxious me be a better partner to totally awesome her?

I could use some insight/support from those who suffer from generalized or social anxiety disorder and their loved ones. Despite being medicated to the hilt - which works only to the extent that it deflects and masks total public meltdowns - I am increasingly unable to tolerate social functions or recover from "weird" encounters or awkward conversations. The problem is that I am feeling tremendous amounts of guilt for essentially ditching my awesome, beautiful, incredibly supportive wife by leaving her to fend for herself at parties or any kind of large gatherings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Suggest a place for us to live.

Where should a Hastings student and a Caltrain commuter live in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by natan at 9:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Which Came First?

X3/internetsfilter: *SPOILERS*Question about a line in the new Xmen movie as related to an internet meme.*SPOILERS* [more inside]
posted by fidgets at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

This wool thing, can it be clean AND comfortable?

Wool mattress topper, who has had experiences with them? I'm looking for input on comfort, cleaning, and anything else anyone has to say about them. [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 8:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Meet the press

Tomorrow I have a telephone interview for a job at a regional metro daily newspaper. What might they ask me? And, er, how should I answer? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 8:46 PM PST - 13 comments

New or Used?

How gross is a used mattress? Is there a way to determine "how used" a mattress is? If I got a used mattress with no visible urine/ejaculate/other(?) stains on it, and covered it with a nice thick mattress pad, would you think less of me? [more inside]
posted by folara at 8:24 PM PST - 39 comments

Working On The Side

I need ideas on what job I can do on the side. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 7:31 PM PST - 6 comments

This question, it vibrates?

Origin of "This _____, it vibrates?"
posted by porpoise at 7:11 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me solve this Douglas Coupland puzzle.

I am reading Douglas Coupland's new book (JPod) and I'm always a little frustrated by him. He seems to get the general vibe of nerds but is horribly off on details sometimes (in the first 50 pages, he makes reference to a "56k floppy disk"), which is agonizing. Anyway, he posits a math problem (I don't think this counts as a spoiler, I'll even omit the context and just pose the problem with page number, but if you really don't want to see anything about the book, don't read on, I guess.) [more inside]
posted by oxonium at 6:54 PM PST - 42 comments

Know of a good place to watch the World Cup in Providence?

Where could I watch the World Cup in Providence, Rhode Island? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Access Query headaches!

I have a access query that is making me tear my hair out. My database has 40 fields that have three possible values (OK, NG, NA). I need to list only the entries that have NG in any one of those 40 fields. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Help Fix My Dell^H^H^H^HMac, please.

How do I fix my display resolution? Warning: This is not as simple a question as it appears to be. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Virgina is for lushes

Is it possible to get a DUI off your "record"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 14 comments

is the Man onto me, man?

How sinister is a pre-employment "investigative consumer report" that includes interviews with acquaintances? What do those interviews involve exactly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

I am a dominant male.

Please find me examples of vehicles which have V24 engines. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Buying land and building on it. What's the deal?

I am thinking about buying an acre or so in Western NC on which to build a home and [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

How to estimate monthly Unique Visitors?

What's the best way to estimate monthly unique visitors for a website when Google Analytics chokes on more than two weeks of data? [more inside]
posted by teaperson at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Who the fuck IS alice?

I need a good Irish bar in San Francisco. The kind where there's lots of drunken singing of faux-Irish songs. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 3:48 PM PST - 20 comments

What to do with 3 days outside Amsterdam?

In The Netherlands for a few days, what to see outside Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

When will I see my companion again?

"When will I see my companion again?" I recall hearing a poem including this line (or a subtle variation), but cannot identify its name or the author. Can you help me identify this poem? [more inside]
posted by shinnin at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Using Adobe InDesign Master Pages Properly...

Please help me save some time laying out a document in Adobe InDesign... [more inside]
posted by omair at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Can my female friend become less emotionally sensitive? Can I help?

My best female friend is very emotionally sensitive-- to the point where we can't mention a specific ex-boyfriend from three years ago in her presence. I and her other close friends are starting to think she can't control her responses about this, and that it's starting to impact how honest we can be with her. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by woot at 2:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Margarita NOW!

Where can i sit on a patio and drink a reasonably priced margarita in New York City right now!? Right NOW! [more inside]
posted by c at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Shrink wrapping for home users

What's the best way to do shrink wrapping at home? I have a few magazines, books, boxed games, etc.. that I want to protect from moisture. Is there a shrink wrapping system for home users?
posted by stbalbach at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you deal with casual racism/prejudice?

How do you deal with casual racism/prejudice without starting trouble? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 1:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Doggy Saliva Dripping

Why do dogs dribble saliva and is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Upgrade a Windows 98 Laptop to XP

How to upgrade and old Gateway solo 5300? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 11:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you deal with a jerk among friends?

How do we deal with the “cool guy” who has decided we are beneath him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 43 comments

Informal wear

Where can I find hip, designer-ish tee shirts in New York City? I am thinking of places like Odin, if you are familiar with it.
posted by Falconetti at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Paris Hilton's bookmarks

Where do the affluent shop/hang-out online? I'm looking for examples of websites that target the wealthy. Bonus points if they are real-estate related. [more inside]
posted by Mick at 10:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Decompiling a data file

I am trying to reverse-engineer a data file comprised of various integers, strings, floats, and so on. Is there a good Windows tool that will help me group the records and start picking the fields apart? I'd rather not try this in a plain vanilla hex editor.
posted by rolypolyman at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Good discussion board software?

Looking for good web-based discussion board software. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

iPod and iTunes: balancing the books

I have 90GB of mp3s on a hard drive and 27GB of mp3s on my 5th generation iPod. How do I determine which songs on my iPod are already present in my 90GB library, and which ones aren't, using a smart playlist? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Pimp my Huffy bicycle

My wife and I have really started to get into bike riding lately - nothing extreme or long distance, just urban riding (10 miles or less). I have an old Huffy multi-speed that I'd like to dismantle, clean up, and repaint, but I don't know the first thing about bicycle maintenance and dis/assembly. Help! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:11 AM PST - 20 comments

How Much Is A Picture Worth?

How much is a picture worth? I recently received an e-mail from a well known publisher of travel books. The e-mail was inquiring about a picture that I took that they would like to use for an upcoming publication. The publication will run for 2 years with an estimated print run of 50,000 copies. One of the questions asked is how much I would charge for them to use my picture. I am not a professional photographer so I have no idea how much I should charge. Some ideas or a point in the right direction would be appreciated.
posted by cjw333 at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Folk/Bluegrass/Country songs that tell stories?

What a surprise: I'm working on another music mix and would like suggestions. This mix features folk/bluegrass/country songs that tell stories. The less production, the less instrumentation, the more acoustic the better. [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 9:01 AM PST - 44 comments

Any (lab) test? We're so discreet, we even use parentheses.

Billboards around town offer the service of "Any (lab) test." The companies offering the service vary, but they all include the word "lab" in parentheses. Why the consistent parenthetical? The service wouldn't really make sense without the parentheses, would it?
posted by tegoo at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Connecting to VPN and Internet at the same time

VPN on Windows 2000: I need to connect to both the VPN and the Internet at the same time. I need some IP addresses to go through the VPN, and others to go through my router's gateway. [more inside]
posted by Sharcho at 7:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Daily MT blog post for links with one specific tag

How do I get a daily post to my Movable Type 3.2 blog of my links with one particular tag? [more inside]
posted by bevedog at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting new job but have kid issues

I have recently been offered a position with a new company. I have kid issues... read on... [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Suggestions for a Berkshires vacation.

Vacationing in the Berkshires this summer... [more inside]
posted by alexmikayla at 6:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Anyone remember this toy from the 80s?

Help a geek find a long-lost favorite childhood storybook/gadget. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

A question of zeppelins

Why is Hydrogen inflammable? And not Helium? [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:16 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do for 2 hours in Chicago

Michigan Ave in two hours? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:05 AM PST - 23 comments

i love bagels.

I work odd hours. I wake up at 4am, work in a warehouse doing physical work for 5 hours, go home rest for a few hours, then suit up for a 7 hour shift (15:00 - 22:00) as a security guard doing primarily stationary work. Because of the long hours my meal schedule is quite irregular and I usually over eat or binge eat. Any ideas on how I can start regulating my meals? [more inside]
posted by klwatts at 4:10 AM PST - 6 comments


So I've just deleted a bunch of files which were held on an Ubuntu server, from my XP laptop, via a Samba share. Is there any way to retrieve them?
posted by pompomtom at 3:00 AM PST - 3 comments

May 26

How much is my iPod worth?

I plan on upgrading to a larger memory iPod, and I want to sell my 4th generation 20G iPod, but I don't know how much it's worth. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 11:43 PM PST - 10 comments


Some of my bittorrents are stuck at 99.X% [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find the John Basedow theme song online?

I'm shocked, horrified, and absolutely appalled that several people I know and love have not seen the John Basedow commercial featuring his new theme song. Where can I find this video or audio clip? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

My computer beeps continuously. What's happening?

I noticed my computer starting to beep often about 2 years ago (I think) even when I'm just browsing the Inkernet. I have a feeling that's not normal. [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 9:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What do we need to See & Do in Newfoundland, the Gaspe Peninsula, & New Brunswick?

What are the "must see" places and "must do" activities when the wife and I visit Newfoundland, the Gaspe Peninsula, New Brunswick & possibly Nova Scotia in mid-July? If you have ideas for quaint, clean and reasonable places to stay that will provide lasting, fond memories, please suggest those too. If you have photos to post or link to, you receive bonus points! The trip will begin & end in Boston.
posted by thebarron at 7:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Severe weather = severe headaches?

Just before heavy rain/thunderstorms (especially so if lightning is involved) I get incredibly lethargic, fall in and out of sleep, get severe headaches, become panicky and restless and then after the whole spectacle is over, the horrible state I'm in vanishes. Why does this happen, and is there is a good way to treat/prevent it?
posted by aletheia at 7:53 PM PST - 14 comments

What are the odds that I'm such a loser?

Probability filter: How do you determine the odds of being extremely unlucky? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Good, basic HTML tutorial?

What is the best (preferably online) tutorial for teaching the basics of HTML (and CSS, although that's not as necessary)? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 7:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you keep teeth out of the way when giving a blow job?

Should you or shouldn't you cover your teeth with your lips when giving a blow job? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Toronto Access Training Recommendations?

Nature abhors a vacuum; thus I need Access training in the Toronto/GTA area, any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 6:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Memorization/self-quiz software

Does anyone know of good computer software for general memorization? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Beetles are too cute to have dings!

At-home autobody: Does anyone have experience with the ding king dent repair kit or anything similar? I got two small (less than quarter-sized) dings in my less-than-one-month-old (to me) car that are making me quite sad. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Beginning Film Hopeful

Where should I start for film directing? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 3:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Appalachain Trail (Nantahala) guidance?

A group of my friends and I are looking to hike the first leg of the Nantahala area AT this weekend, and can't figure out where to park and enter. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments


What should I eat? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 2:41 PM PST - 25 comments


Can I connect to my wireless internet? I live in an apartment with wireless DSL already set up and used by a mac, but I started trying to use my Windows machine with it, and it's not working. [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

How to develop for Mac and PC

How do I get a cross platform (Mac/PC) application developed? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 1:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Light-weight image browser?

A year or so ago, I happened across a single php file I could drop in a website directory which then enabled the browsing of image files in said directory. I have since forgotten its name. What is this application or any simple, light-weight image directory browser?
posted by Korou at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Movie characters who chase lost loves?

Trying to think of movies in which the main story concerns a character trying to win back a lost love. For example: Gene Hackman attempts to re-woo his estranged wife in "The Royal Tenenbaums". Julia Roberts goes for her ex in "My Best Friend's Wedding". Any more?
posted by soiled cowboy at 1:33 PM PST - 32 comments

How concerned should I be about email/net privacy?

How concerned should I be about email/net privacy? [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What's this odd computer noise.

Help me identify this odd computer noise. [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Big AND Tall

Can you Help a Big Fat guy find his Ideal weight? I am 6'9" (205 cm) and none of the charts go that high. [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 12:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Wallpaper stripping help!

Can anyone give me wallpaper stripping/removal tips? My fiance and I just purchased a home (built in 1988) that is pretty much covered in wallpaper. And we hate it. I've heard the process is torturous. Help!
posted by fabesfaves at 12:28 PM PST - 21 comments

a little base goes a long way

What is the best sub woofer system for my car for circa 250 bucks (willing to go up to 300 probably). All in ones are welcome, but I hear bad things about the bass tubes.. All wiring is already installed and I get free hook up of the sub. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me help a group read feeds

I have a gig helping someone get up to speed developing marketing capacity for a startup, and one of the first things that we're going to do is make sure good info is coming IN to the company. Please help me figure out the best tools to use! [more inside]
posted by mikel at 12:03 PM PST - 1 comment

This Old Mac: Recovering Butler SQL admin password

Antique Mac/Butler SQL question. (System 7.6) Recovering or resetting the Butler SQL admin password. [more inside]
posted by spock at 11:35 AM PST - 1 comment

Do I give the wife an old GF's jewelry?

About 15 years ago, I gave the GF a pair of diamond earrings. Nothing grand – we were both young and poor – about 5/8 carat. When I found out she was cheating, I demanded them back (among other things). Flash forward 15 years – I am now married (to someone else obviously), and just came across the long forgotten earrings in an old box. [more inside]
posted by JimBobNoPants at 11:29 AM PST - 61 comments

looking for a movie illustration...

help me find movie or TV scenes that vividly depict the cult of individuality OR the scary nature of fake / plastic ["i drank the cool-aid"] community... [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 11:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Quicken and Bank of America

Quicken and Bank of America Business users? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Active Directory (LDAP) + Linux = passwords?

Where do I find doccos that tell me how to authenticate my PAM-capable unix boxen against Microsoft's Active Directory? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

IDing a picture

Does anyone know where this image comes from?
posted by drezdn at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments


Help me jump over a bar (superman-like), land on the ground and roll. Without hurting myself. [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 10:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me make my dream bag.

What are the best, most useful, most ingenious backpack/messenger bag features you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 10:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Montreal Stag

I'm taking care of my buddy's stag in Montreal and we are looking to get him into the last trouble he will ever see for the rest of his life. Which strip clubs / bars / clubs would you recommend in Montreal to have a good time? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

What law protects state secrets?

What law, specifically, is violated if a government official discloses secret information? For example, if a CIA operative told his cousin about an operation that was supposed to be classified, which law is his guilty of breaking? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

bipolar ex

my ex gf who has bipolar recently packed up her things and left the state of Florida WITHOUT TELLING ME. She was apparently manic depressed etc and cut her hair. After two weeks I found out she eventually made it home with her parents. I supported emotionally and financially and boy was it crazy. And then my mom passed away and my ex wont even acknowledge the passing only to tell me that everything is my fault i ruined everything etc. She hates me for whatever reason and will not have contact. Are her actions ever forgivable if she ever calls me. Having no contact has been good because i need to figure out if i want to be a caretaker for the rest of my life....Any advice?
posted by magic74 at 10:03 AM PST - 40 comments

Return a digital camera because of a few stuck pixels?

Hot/stuck pixels in a new consumer-grade digital camera? Fact of life, or defect? [more inside]
posted by drew3d at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Bayou's booze: Help me choose

What's a creative liquor or other alcoholic beverage to bring to a "Cajun/Creole" dinner party? [more inside]
posted by staggernation at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Indentify this indie record

Need help identifying a recent-ish Kaiser Chiefs/Arctive Monkeys/Futureheads/etc nu-indie NME type record... [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 9:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Inns Montreal this summer?

I'm looking into planning a trip to Montreal in late July and seek accommodation recommendations in the US$ 70-90 range. Not too difficult, right? But the room must have a private bathroom. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 9:57 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I safely transport a queen sized mattress without a moving/delivery company?

Is it possible to fit a queen-sized mattress and boxspring in a full-sized pickup truck? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 9:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Good form.

How can I easily create web forms? [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 9:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Como se dice "Tropical Father-Son Reunion" en español?

"La Riviera Maya" (er, coastal Quintana Roo, Mexico) or Costa Rica for a Totally Awesome Father-Son Bonding Experience in March/April/May 2007? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 8:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Anyone found my spyware?

Where does my spyware go? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me justify my SE k750i phone lust.

Are there any unlocked k750i users who have successfully gotten their phone to tether to their powerbook and work reliably as a bluetooth modem with t-mobile in the US? [more inside]
posted by andshewas at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Identifying a Sir Lepel Griffin work

Sir Lepel Griffin. Need help identifying and locating a source. [more inside]
posted by dios at 7:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Knowledge Management, obsolete??

Does Knowledge Management have any validity as a professional field of expertise or have internal wikis made it obsolete? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 7:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me! I think I'm losing my mind (literally!)

My dreams and memory loss are starting to get out of control and I'm scared. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Illustrator to shapefile conversion?

I'm trying to figure out a way to convert a vector map image, in Adobe Illustrator, to a .shp shapefile usable in GIS software like ArcSoft. I know very little about ArcSoft and shapefiles. Is there a plugin? Is there some intermediary format I could export from one and import to the other? Is this simply impossible? My research thus far has been fruitless, so any help would be much appreciated.
posted by ab3 at 7:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Vacation internet access

What's the best way to get on line at a remote cabin with no phone access? [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

flute shops?

Please help an American out with British slang: what is a flute shop? [more inside]
posted by pasici at 6:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Leaning to Drive (Online)

There have been a few questions about this previously but none were concerned with online driving resources. [more inside]
posted by Damhna at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Xbox 360 killer app?

My girlfriend's job takes her away from me for the next three months. Until then, what's the Xbox 360 game that will add the most utility to my life? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 4:55 AM PST - 29 comments

What to do when tech support contradicts itself?

I know what's wrong with my Dell computer - I need to repair reinstall. But of course, Dells don't come with a Windows install disc, so I'm waiting for them to send me one [two weeks and counting...], but the tech support rep is contradicting himself and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 4:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Darling -the're playing our playlist!

Do you think you could choose a future partner purely on the basis of his or her music (or book) collection? Have any of you, in fact, ever done this? If so what were the deciding factors and did it work out? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 3:23 AM PST - 66 comments

How can a very pale person get a good tan?

I want a quick, real tan but I'm pale...really pale. People need sun glasses when I take my shirt off to avoid the glare... (more paleness inside) [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 3:03 AM PST - 15 comments

RSS reader needed to fight procrastination!

What is the right RSS notifier for me? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 3:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Name this song. I also have the song for you to listen to if you'd like to.

Name this song. I also have the song for you to listen to if you'd like to. [more inside]
posted by Orbitalmovment at 2:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me Panic! less at the disco!

Indiebandfilter: Help me find some unknown bands that I'd like, considering that I like the bands listed in my more inside: [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 2:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Workplace music research

My employer recently banned listening to music at work. Anyone know of any research related to the effects music has at the workplace? [more inside]
posted by rhyax at 12:25 AM PST - 17 comments

How much does a bubble mailer + 2 dvds + a case weigh?

PostOfficeAvoidanceFilter: Has anyone made a weight calculator (or just recorded weights of commonly mailed objects) such that I can figure out how much a double DVD case, 2 dvds, and a bubble mailer would typically weigh? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 12:22 AM PST - 10 comments

What new game can I play?

I absolutely loved playing Pikmin 1 & 2 on Gamecube. What other games would I like? [more inside]
posted by azuma at 12:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Italian Language Learning Videos?

Are there Italian language learning videos like Fokus Deutsch or French in Action? If not, are there any really easy to understand videos in Italian anyone could recommend? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 12:03 AM PST - 1 comment

May 25

I will fiddle as the world burns! or drowns, or disintegrates. Thoughts on an apocalypse party are here!

That fateful day is almost upon us! 6-06-06! Will fire rain down upon us from the heavens, or will the avian flu start spreading like a bad case of the Da Vinci Code? To celebrate these exciting times, I would like to throw an Apocalypse-themed party where we party like it's 1666! But I need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by tweak at 11:58 PM PST - 39 comments

Opening pages in IE from the command line

I'm writing a (perl) script that opens up files in IE. I'm having problems getting them to open in the current IE window and not a new window. [more inside]
posted by inkyz at 11:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Is getting a BA from this school even worth my time?

If I get a Bachelors of Arts from Excelsior University (formerly Regents College), am I going to have a problem getting into a grad school? I was specifically thinking about a psychology major. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 11:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac to PC using VNC over a crossover cable?

I have a G5 running MacOS 10.4 and a very old Win98 Compaq that has a certain sound card required for a piece of Generative Music software by Brian Eno. I have a wireless network at home for the mac, but the PC does not have a wireless card. Can I connect the Mac and the PC via an ethernet crossover cable and control the PC from the Mac?
posted by tonyballinger at 11:07 PM PST - 7 comments

"-aard" author who wrote about animals?

I've forgotten the name of an author I used to read as a child. His last name ended in "aard", I think, and maybe started with a K or an L? He wrote a number of books about dogs... [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 11:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What do you do when masturbation has lost its fun?

What do you do when masturbation has lost its fun? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 11:00 PM PST - 20 comments

DS Lite or DS Heavy?

Should I buy a Nintendo DS Lite when I already own an original model DS? Is it really all that worth it?
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:30 PM PST - 15 comments


What's this bump in my girlfriend's hand (completely innocuous picture inside). [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 8:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Do I need the 900 MHz band in a GSM worldphone?

How practical is a 850/1800/1900 GSM phone for international use? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me send wine to my friend.

Wanting to send a nice bottle of wine to a friend as a "thank you" for letting me stay at his house. Problem #1 : He lives in Seattle and I live in NYC. Problem #2 : I know nothing about wine. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 8:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Clamback! The Worst Elvis Movie Never Made

Dorothy Parker has beguiled and confounded me! And she's dead. What a gal. I'm looking for help figuring out a puzzling casual remark from one of her short stories. [more inside]
posted by Skot at 8:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you help me with .htaccess

Help with modifying an .htaccess file. I'm on Dreamhost and using Expression Engine, if that makes any diff. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Amp & speaker recommendations for outdoor movie series

Outdoor cinema-fi - I'm running an outdoor community movie series in an urban park. Should attract up to 200 people. I need recommendations for an audio set up. Last year I used my NAD amp/receiver with some home-made speakers; this set up occasionally shorted the amp (it switched off). This year I have a budget of about $1k for amp, speakers and wiring. Any suggestions? What are the major considerations? Thx
posted by libelula at 6:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How sore is a tattoo on the top of the foot?

How sore is a tattoo on the top of the foot? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

No! Don't touch that disgusting thing!

Gross insectfilter: What are these larval-looking things my daughter and her friends found in some stagnant water on my property in the Tampa Bay area of Florida? [more inside]
posted by tomierna at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Calling All Lit-Heads

Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 5:24 PM PST - 45 comments

(Flash) Demo Creator

I need to record my screen while I operate/explain a piece of software to new users. There seems to be a number of applications available, but I am hoping to find a free, *reputable* one. [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 4:58 PM PST - 14 comments

90s sitcom about college faculty on NBC

Name that sitcom: I vaguely remember seeing a sitcom about a college or university faculty, where a new lecturer arrives (teaching english lit?) and tries to get to grips with the job. He had long curly dark hair. I think the theme tune was the Eels' Novocaine for the soul, but given how easily googleable that should make it (which it isn't), I might be wrong on that. It was aired somewhere in the middle of the nineties on NBC, though it was NBC in europe, parts of which differ from the US NBC broadcast, so it might not have been on in the US at that time. [more inside]
posted by fvw at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

I've got direct TV. Name the best way to get it on my ipod.

My setup came with the R15 DVR that Direct TV makes. I want to get my DVR'd programs onto my ipod so I can watch them at the gym. Let me know what I have to do. Do I need to trade it for a standard Direct TV reciever and get a Tivo with Tivo to Go? Will that work with direct TV? Is there some sort of program that will work with my system and my XP laptop? Or is there something you can do to mod the R15? Is there a guy who hacks the boxes and lets you use the seemingly dead USB outputs? AND, if none of that works...should I ditch the ipod and get one of those PVP's that records videos and just set that up on TOP of my DVR? Or do they not work with satellite? I know, this is a lot. But any help would be appreciated.
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Binomial distribution comparison

Probability of one binomially-distributed variable being greater than another one - is there a closed form for this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Recycling a computer

I'm sending an old computer off to recycling. What is the best way to delete old programs, files and personal information? Anything else I should do to it before recycling?
posted by socrateaser at 2:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Bring me to the edge of my seat, and then push me over!

What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:41 PM PST - 148 comments

games like GTA

My wife really, really likes the Grand Theft Auto series. She doesn't play the story line or missions, just likes to walk/ride around shooting people, cars, helicopters, etc. She uses cheats constantly. Like I said, it's not about completing or competing, just shooting stuff. What other game could she have a good time in?
posted by signal at 2:33 PM PST - 49 comments


I own a website that targets a certain demographic / niche, how do I get my site in front of ad agencies with campaigns that target this niche? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 2:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Making an omelette, the Pepin way.

Help me master this simple, straightforward omelette recipe. [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 2:32 PM PST - 29 comments

Tell me about Incheon, Seouth Korea

I'm moving to Incheon, South Korea and I have some questions (and I'm soliciting generic Korea advice). [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

PhysicsFilter: The Great Racquetball-in-the-Eye Debate

PhysicsFilter: The Great Racquetball-in-the-Eye Debate [more inside]
posted by frogan at 1:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me append a line to a text file in a WebDAV directory from a php script

I want to append a line of text to the end of a text file in a password protected WebDAV directory on my webserver from a normal php webpage outside this directory. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a portable Disgaea

What's a Disgaea-like game for the GBA/Nintendo DS? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

herbal calming remedy for dogs

I found a few references to herbal dog calming remedies in the MeFi archives, but I specifically want some testimonials (positive or negative) about products such as Actipet Anxiety-Free tablets. Or similar products containing St. John's Wort, chamomile, valerian, hops and yeast. Bonus points if you've tried them on a basenji.
posted by nancoix at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Galub Jamun Recipe Please!

Anybody got a good recipe for galub jamun? The "Urban Peasant" recipe that keeps popping up on Google isn't quite what I'm looking for. As authentic as you've got, please and thank you.
posted by briank at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my wife to be less afraid of bears eating us when we go camping?

Last year I bought all of the gear my wife and I need to start spending more of our free time in the woods, hiking and camping. The issue is she is a city girl (well, Long Island) and has never been camping and is deathly afraid that bears (or other wild animals) will get us. [more inside]
posted by camworld at 1:26 PM PST - 39 comments

Can anyone identify this photographic travel dictionary / phrasebook?

My partner and I once saw a photographic phrasebook / dictionary while at the National Gallery in Canberra, Australia allowing the language impaired to point to an image. Does anyone know of the book we're referring to? (An Amazon ref would be grand) [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments


Who owns the Glaser "I HEART NY" logo? Is it copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Songs for a World Cup CD?

I want to make a CD for the upcoming World Cup. Can you help me with some song ideas to celebrate the beautiful game? [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 12:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Memory gone in a flash?

My better half's MP3 flash drive says its full even though there's nothing on it. Please help. She hopes to have some tunes for a flight/train journey tomorrow. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Aluminum Vs Carbon Fiber vs smoking crack

Compliant-vs-speed filter: Aluminum vs Carbon Fiber, aggressive vs less-aggressive? Steel junkies leave your opinions at the door please. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Cat pee is killing me! :-(

Catfilter: Questions about prescription food and cat pee problems... [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 12:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Not Trailer Trash

Royalty-free video sources for trade shows? I have a trade show coming up in a few weeks. As part of our technology demo we want to show relatively high-quality video signals passing through our devices. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery?

Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Dead ants everywhere

Why are there dead bodies all over my livingroom floor? Dead ant bodies, that is. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

What's wrong with my XML?

XML Character Woes: I'm getting the error Reference to undefined entity 'ldquo' (and 'rdquo, etc) when I try to open my XML files with IE or Firefox. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get over not being attracted to your spouse?

What can I do If I'm not physically attracted to my spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 41 comments

Birthday gift for mid-20s guy

I have no clue what to get my boyfriend of four years, who is turning 26 in two weeks. I’d like to give him something fun, like an experience, but all of the “experience” websites cost way more than I’m looking to spend. Here’s the details: we live in the DC/Baltimore area and he’s into piano, karate, and listening to jazz/funk music. Looking to spend less than $100, as I already bought a ticket to fly home with him for his birthday so he can see his family. Also, it has to be a “family-safe” gift since he will probably open it in front of them.
posted by ml98tu at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find innovative ways to intergrate technology and travel!

Question for the hive: What techy ideas do you think would work well for the tourism industry? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Cruise Price Comparrisons

Where to look on line for deals on cruises? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

The eye has it

Can this contact lens klutz re-use a lens? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Physics Question

Simple physics question. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 10:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Signing your rights away?

A friend of mine has an employer who is asking my friend (who is quitting voluntarily to move cross-country) to sign what I believe is a non-legal waiver. Can any legally savvy Mefites help out? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 10:41 AM PST - 29 comments

selling out in DC

Anyone know of used bookstores in the Washington, DC area that give cash for books? Second Story and Idle Times do not. Thanks.
posted by mookieproof at 10:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Which desk lamp/task light should I buy?

What affordable, high quality halogen desk lamp/task light would you recommend? Ideally, the lamp should not have too large a footprint.
posted by NYCinephile at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Cover letters, round 2

Job filter: any advice for a recent graduate trying to write a cover letter that isn't all inane buzzwords and useless filler? [more inside]
posted by Mayor West at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Maximize the experience on a drive from Mpls to NYC

My 17-year-old sister and I will be driving to New York City from Minneapolis, MN some time this summer. When should we go? What route should we take? Where should we stop on the way? [more inside]
posted by yogurtisgenocide at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Mounting a paperback book in a shadow box frame?

How can I mount a paperback book in a shadow box frame so that the book doesn't sag? [more inside]
posted by de void at 9:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Need help in setting up a research project

I need your help. I'm a licensed acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been involved in many out reach programs in the past. My goal was to reach out to as many immigrant groups with no to low health insurance coverage and educating them of available resources. The unique experience came working with the Korean community in New York City. This group tends to have such a high stomach cancer rate and about 70% of the patient population I came in contact with tested positive for H. pylori. The standard of treatment for H. pylori is course of antibiotic drugs. I don't know if you guys are aware but if you don't have health insurance to cover for these meds, it cost about $300 out of pocket expense. So, my thing is this - I wanted to set up a research program using simple herbs that are readily available and in low cost. I know nothing about setting up a research program. What do I need to do and who do I need to talk to? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
posted by haesung at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

NuView 3D Adapter Content

Thinking about buying a NuView camcorder adapter (discontinued product, shoots interlaced 3D video) and I would like to see some content before I buy...if there's any way someone could point me to an MPEG/AVI/QT/any type of movie so I could watch/convert it, I'd greatly appreciate it.
posted by ostranenie at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with song title

Hi, I just wanted to figure out the song to this video. If you could help me, it'd be great.
posted by sk2613 at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheese Quest

Seeking advise for a Los Angeles cheese tour. [more inside]
posted by MrCheese!!! at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a copy of "The Serpent" performed by the Open Theater

Where can I buy/otherwise obtain a copy of the Open Theater's production of "The Serpent"? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 8:09 AM PST - 0 comments

How can I leverage my potential business partner 's interest and solidify a business idea?

Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
posted by AdInfinitum at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice needed for MS certification self-study

I'm about to self-study myself to an MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) and would like advice on certification guides, practice tests, e-learning, etc. [more inside]
posted by lhauser at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Searching for a CMS

Before building a CMS for my University project, i tried out a whole bunch of alternatives...but i cant remember what a specific one was called now that i'm trying to write about it. Google is failing me :( [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Whither the zither?

I'm trying to identify a musical artist: one guy with a zither, who might've toured with They Might Be Giants in the early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Drastic at 7:04 AM PST - 9 comments

HPV disclosure?

HPV etiquette: Given the ubiquity of this organism and its imperviosness to condom use, what is the etiquette for informing a new sexual partner that you have been discovered to harbor the virus, for both men and women? (Given the absence of symptoms and the inability to test in males, some sleuthing will disclose how it was discovered.) For women, if you have been diagnosed with the virus at age 20, should you be expected to disclose it to new partners indefinitely?
posted by megatherium at 6:24 AM PST - 32 comments

I *don't* understand what she's saying.

WestWingFilter: What French (?) does CJ use in this clip [wav]? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

MPREXE has invaded me!

Something called MPREXE has invaded my computer. Is it a virus or part of Microsoft's evil empire... in any case it is making my PC screwy.... help me get rid of it please! [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Where's the Metafilter of podcasting?

How do I find interesting podcasts? Where's the Metafilter of podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl at 4:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find evidence of company email mailbox limits?

I need evidence of mailbox limits in use in large companies. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 4:23 AM PST - 37 comments

I want a celebrity.

How would I look into hiring a celebrity for an event in the UK? Before you mention it, I know it's expensive... [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 3:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Too sexy for sex?

Olderwomenwholikeyoubutwon'thavesexwithyoufilter: There it is. 75% of the women I've dated in the last 8 months (and ALL of them have been older than me) have a strange issue, in that we can make out all night to the point of being naked, kissing, touching, but that final step of actively engaging an orgasm seems to be too much for them. So... what the... ? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 3:07 AM PST - 39 comments

Did I just fall for a phishing attempt?

I spotted this housing post on Craigslist, and when I clicked on the link posted inside it, it sent me straight into the inbox of my Yahoo mail account. Was this a phishing attempt? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers at 2:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Creating Video Podcasts

I plan to create a video podcast with moving or animated backgrounds like we see on TV weather shows. I have a trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 but it doesn't come with any animated backgrounds. I like the ones that are on but since it is just an experiment, I am looking for a free resource where I could download them. Can somewhen please post links where I can download video sets and backgrounds. I just need a couple of them. If anyone here has done this before, a link to learning tutorial would also be much appreciated. Thank you everyone.
posted by labnol at 2:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Dry Rub Recipes?

What are your favorite homemade dry rubs for meats? I'm especially looking for a good homemade jerk chicken/pork dry rub (or marinade). [more inside]
posted by skechada at 1:24 AM PST - 9 comments

May 24

What's the deal with the popularity of Moonbat?

Explain to me the popularity of "moonbat." [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:11 PM PST - 22 comments

A protest throng

In the papers, I routinely read about thousands of people pouring into the streets protesting some sort of injustice in what seems like a spontaneous gathering. What are the logistics behind this? How do people know where to go? And how does mob mentality function internationally, exactly? [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 10:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Improved Playback of Youtube Videos?

How can I configure my PC to play Youtube Videos better? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this creature or creatures?

What is this slimy little critter? [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 7:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Return and delete don't work in OS X

I've just copied all my data from an iBook G4 to a Macbook. For some reason, the delete and return keys don't work in Safari and on the Macbook. I think I've solved this before but I can't remember how and can't find the answer. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I owe my landlord?

I'm having some difficulty with my ex-landlord over $$... [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 7:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Are you NEET?

For those of you who don't live in Japan and who aren't familiar with its culture: Do you know the term NEET? [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 7:12 PM PST - 43 comments

What's a good web site for dispersed relatives to gather?

I am looking for a free, easy to use, web site where people with my last name can have a discussion board, post photos to a gallery, as well as create some wiki-type pages... [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to watch the 2006 World Cup in New York ?

WorldCupSoccer(Football)inNewYorkFilter : A Mate of mine will be in NYC for the most important sporting event of the last 4 years. Where to watch ? [more inside]
posted by doogyrev at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Avara from Ambrosia Software?

Do you have the OS 9 game Avara from Ambrosia Software? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Need to find an application that moves all scroll bars to the left side of the screen.

Need to find an application that moves all scroll bars to the left side of the screen. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments

How to Hotsync Outlook 2007 with Treo

How to Sync Palm Treo with Outlook 2007 I took the plunge, downloaded the Office 2007 (Beta), and started playing with it. One problem (so far), while you can keep old Office programs on your computer (in case the new ones don't work), the Outlook 2007 Beta required deletion of Outlook 2003. So, now my Treo won't sync anymore. Palmsource's Hotsync Manager 6.01 is not comaptible with Outlook 2007. I do not want to buy the Chapura program. Has anyone discovered a solution? In the meantime, word to the wise, if you rely on your Treo ... don't upgrade to the MS Office Beta (yet).
posted by Carsey at 5:30 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I rapidly heal my blistered/burnt feet?

I just ran barefoot on a hot street for a few minutes and my feet came back red and promising terrible blisterage. What can I do to speed up the healing process and/or soothe the burn while the healing is going on?
posted by sdis at 5:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Exporting messages to/from Outlook

How do I export Outlook messages without losing the dates/times? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Standard/mean browser width these days is:

Redesigning my website, and I'm wondering: [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 3:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Who had custody

Who has custody of children if it is not spelled out in the divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments


Anyone know any free solution for forwarding MSN messages to an email address? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

If I infringe Lovecraftian copyrights will my soul be eaten?

What is the copyright status of works derived from the Cthulhu Mythos? more specifically, could someone just put out their own book, movie or comic extending the Mythos (and using shared characters) or would they have to get permission and pay someone first? [more inside]
posted by Artw at 3:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Whats the etymology of "common or garden"

Does anyone have any idea what the phrase "common or garden" actually means? I mean I know it means "ordinary" but what is the garden bit about? or is it common as in Greenham Common, perhaps?
posted by criticalbill at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Collapsing bridges in the movies

MovieFilter: Movies or TV shows that have someone running across a bridge that's collapsing as they're crossing it. Perhaps at the end they make a final leap to safety. Rope, stone, wood , the material doesn't matter. Here's what I have so far... [more inside]
posted by asavage at 3:18 PM PST - 41 comments

Good eatin, or lurking horror?

How long is it safe to keep cooked shrimp in a refrigerator before eating? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 3:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Restaurants in Mendocino, CA

Looking for a nice restaurant in Mendocino, CA [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Copyright-Free Images of the Founders?

Looking for copyright free color images of some of Revolutionary figures [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 2:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Are you really what you eat?

What have been your experiences with the effect of changes in diet and nutrition on depression? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 2:31 PM PST - 31 comments

What are my rights as a contractor (1099) worker?

What are my rights as a contractor (1099) worker? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Who might need what I've got?

Please help me start to search for volunteering opportunities for a high-tech worker in Asia. [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I want them to pay!

What's the simplest way to charge someone to download a song from a web site? Can it be done with Paypal?
posted by wsg at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Post-MMO Energy Crisis

After several years of a healthy diet, exercise and a loving relationship, I got hooked to an MMO and let all three go down the crapper over the course of about a year and a half. On Monday I finally quit and now I'm trying to recover (as silly as that might sound). One aspect of this is trying to get back into a healthy routine. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 1:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Viagra: It's Not Just For Horny College Guys Any More!

What's it like to rely on Viagra? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I asking for trouble?

What are the possible repercussions (legal or otherwise) of subletting my bedroom which has, in the past three months, been treated for a mild bedbug infestation? We discovered bedbugs in our apartment earlier this year. We treated the apt ourselves (very thoroughly, though) and I purchased a new bed. I have gotten a few bites over the past few weeks but am planning to have a professional extermination of my room before I leave. I have not said anything to the subletter. I am wondering what the subletter could do if, god forbid, he/she is bitten over the course of the summer. I feel I have dealt with this problem responsibly and thoroughly but I know there is no guarantee that he/she will be bite-free during his/her stay. Could I be sued? More generally, is it totally unethical of me to sublet given the situation - especially given the fact that I have not mentioned any of this to the subletter?
posted by anonymous at 1:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Picasa over a network. Possible?

Picasa 2: a question about how to share pictures over a network. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

We'll find a cloud to hide us

Does anyone own a hot air balloon? I have had a desire to own one and go on some amazing trips but is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 1:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Mom went to Alaska, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!

My mother is going to Alaska and wants to being back unique "Alaskan" souvenirs for the family. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 1:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Is propecia worth it?

I'm beginning to go bald (AAARGH), how useful is propecia, what are mefites experiences of using and where can I get me some in the UK? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 1:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Good Restaraunt in Alameda?

Where is a good place to meet some friends for dinner close to here in Alameda, CA?
posted by quadog at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Top Picks for non-Region 1 DVDs?

We were recently given a region free DVD player. What great DVDs should we get to play in it that we could not otherwise see in the US? A couple of other notes are the [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 12:53 PM PST - 24 comments

How does Dad easily show his paintings online?

My father is looking for an easy way to showcase his paintings online. I'm thinking photo blog. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

remote mac control

How do I turn off my home email client when I am away from the (macintosh) computer? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the green fairy like?

One of these days I'll be going to Amsterdam and would like to know what I'll be in for with Absinthe. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 12:17 PM PST - 39 comments

What dive computer should I buy?

I need to purchase a new dive computer for recreational scuba. Looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 12:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Help with NYC!

My friend from CA is going to be in NYC soon - what would be some good activities for a Tuesday/Wednesday adventure? [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to find a Sony VAIO battery?

where can you find a battery for a Sony VAIO for less than $140? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Truth or dare?

Are there any good, non-cheesy erotic adult games? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you tell me about this neighborhood in Buffalo, NY?

50 Newton St., Buffalo NY: Good neighborhood or bad neighborhood? Heck, if you'd be so kind, just tell me all about this neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by light bulb at 11:40 AM PST - 15 comments

What is the origin of the hitchhiker's thumb?

What is the origin of the hitchhiking gesture? [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I create an online glossary?

How do I create an online glossary? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find a nice Bible for a gift?

A friend whose birthday is approaching would love a very nice King James Bible. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, possibly leather-bound KJV Bible, perferably between $50 and $100?
posted by xorowo at 11:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Football that's played with the feet!

Is there any live streaming video for World Cup matches? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Winchester rifles?

What is the tube under the barrel of an old Winchester rifle. Image & [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Books on presidents

Bibliophiles: I want to read a book on every US president for my summer reading project. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 10:11 AM PST - 17 comments

How to make the most of college loan repayment?

How can I make the most out of repaying my student loans? [more inside]
posted by tomorama at 10:00 AM PST - 12 comments

How do a password secure an app in OS X?

How do I password protect a specific app in OS X? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Researching a job - ideas?

I'm looking for a new job. I would like to find out more about a position within a large multi-national company than contacts within the firm can tell me. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

XP foul up

So I started to do my paperwork on the internet on top of my computer. I began in pen to write on top of my keyboard, in a bout of busyness, I did not notice that my task bar got on steroids at that instant. I tried everything including a small diet and control panel. Needless to say, nothing worked and my taskbar and whatever else looks big, looks BIG! Anyway to get any of this back to normal? Why does godforsaken XP make everything so damn hard? I just want to shrink it.
posted by Gabe014 at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me tweak my exercise routine so I lose weight

Fitnessfilter: I keep putting on (muscle) weight while exercising. I want to stop this. [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 8:24 AM PST - 26 comments

Please help me breathe.

I have allergies, I'm constantly congested. I used to take sudafed but can't anymore. What else can I do for relief? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:22 AM PST - 39 comments

Unsigned Patent Application Question

Hypothetically, what would happen if an inventor (one of several) did not sign a patent application? [more inside]
posted by forforf at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Jury duty, protest of

I have enough doubts regarding the integrity of the American criminal justice system that I'm uncomfortable with the prospect of jury duty. Advice? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 7:25 AM PST - 56 comments

I Need Cylindrical Mooing Objects - and More!

Does anybody know where I can get an appreciable quantity of moo boxes in the UK? Bonus problem: We would like them to make other noises besides moo, although we do want some that moo.
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:04 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I view the local news from multiple cities live?

How do I watch the local news live in multiple television markets other than the one I currently reside in? [more inside]
posted by kcmck at 6:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Identification Catch-22

Let's say you emigrated to the USA from Italy with your family when you were just a child and you're now in your 20's. You find yourself in a situation where, for one reason or another, you've lost your birth certificate, your citizenship papers and your passport and you want to set about obtaining them again. How would you go about doing it? Where would you even start? Could you come up with a detailed step-by-step plan? It would seem to be a Catch-22. Can you get one document without having the other.
posted by TheManticore at 6:54 AM PST - 20 comments

How to deal with depression

My doctor wants to put me on anti-depressants, but I'm hesitant. What experiences do you have with them, and would you recommend dealing with the depression naturally or with the medication? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange at 6:53 AM PST - 44 comments

Where are the images?

On some websites, on some days, I can't see some images. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by xsquared-1 at 6:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Aren't Chavez and Bush more similar than people admit?

Bipartite ChavezFilter: Are there any (at least vaguely scientific) polls out there of U.S. public opinion of Hugo Chavez--ideally, with responses broken down by political leanings? As for Question Two, [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 5:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Blogs in the news

I need some examples of (major) news stories that were either generated, or kept alive, by blogs and bloggers. but my mind has gone blank. Can anyone help? All suggestions welcome..
posted by ascullion at 5:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Upholstery "screws"?

Where can I find screws to temporarily attach fabric to upholstery? (Description inside) [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 5:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Hard-wiring iPod to car?

Best hard-wired solution to connect an iPod to my car? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 5:03 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I employ a conveyancer?

UKPropertyFilter: I'm in the process of buying my first house. Can anyone offer the wisdom of their experience of employing a conveyancer? Specifically I'm interested in using a local firm of solicitors/conveyancers vs. using the cheaper on-line alternative. [more inside]
posted by brighton at 3:56 AM PST - 6 comments

what now?

It says "sou deshoune" on some Japanese candy. I assume this is Romanji. What does it mean? Is there a free dictionary online where I can figure out this stuff?
posted by anonymous at 3:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Help stop us from scaring our cat ....

My wife and I recently adopted a rescue cat, he is a 1 year old moggy male. But after a month or so he still won't let either my wife or myself come near him. [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 2:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a good newsreader that also does podcasts?

I'd like to find a news aggregator that will also automatically download podcasts [more inside]
posted by Kraki at 2:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Best family beach holidays in Europe?

Where to go for a family beach holiday in Europe this summer? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 1:48 AM PST - 10 comments

May 23

Cookin' Easy First-timer Indian Food

I need help cooking a dynamite Indian dinner for my girlfriend who has never had Indian food before. Of course, there is [more inside]
posted by shokod at 11:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How young is too young

A friend of mine who is 19 is dating a 16 year old girl. He is getting a lot of negative comments about him and keeps trying to confide in me. I think if the chemistry is there and they are cool with it why not. Any opinions?
posted by isopropyl at 11:04 PM PST - 49 comments

Crop images using the shell?

Is there a console app for *nix that I can use to crop images? [more inside]
posted by ori at 10:58 PM PST - 8 comments

box of grey

is there any way to grey out the background on modal popup boxes (in windows xp) like the "shut down" box automagically does? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 10:03 PM PST - 9 comments

mystery painting

Can anyone identify the artist, title, and location of this artwork? (It's a cropping of a larger work, and it may be a version of the Last Judgement, that's all I know....)
posted by extrabox at 9:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Explosion video

Electric Arc of Death's video is gone, and I really want to see it again. Does anyone have a copy or know where to look?
posted by stoneegg21 at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Reducing font size on a PalmOS device

Is there any way to reduce the font size used by my Palm OS device? Palm OS provides four font-size options for its system apps, but the smallest of these four is still much bigger than my ideal size. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

How do they make Bia Hoi?

I've recently become interested in brewing beer and stuff, and I have to wonder - How the hell do they make Bia Hoi? It's an incredibly cheap, evidently preservative-free beer that they make in Vietnam and is generally drank the day it's released. Is it just hastily made lager like anything else? I'm basically just intrigued by the concept of making cheap, easy beer that tastes okay to pretty good.
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Book recs: history of post-war Italy?

Looking for recommendation for good book about history of Post-War Italy. [more inside]
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I easily record a Windows session (with audio) to DVD?

How do I easily record a Windows session (with audio) to DVD? [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro at 7:28 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I block the websites that kill all my time?

For the sake of my productivity and my sanity, I need to block certain websites that eat up waaaaay too much of my time. I use Firefox (specifically, Deer Park) on a Mac. How can I do this? Oh, and there's a twist inside... [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 7:17 PM PST - 9 comments

iPod reinstallation woes

iPod re-installation woes - tried the usual steps, still not working up. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Caribbean vacation location

[Caribbean Vacation Filter] Suggest me somewhere to go to in the Caribbean for two weeks at the end of August. There is [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 7:12 PM PST - 14 comments

SSRI Tolerance?

Can a user develop a tolerance for an SSRI after time? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

What's your favorite beer?

What's your favorite beer? [more inside]
posted by mealy-mouthed at 6:51 PM PST - 97 comments

Selling custom t-shirts: alternatives to CafePress?

Selling custom t-shirts: alternatives to CafePress? Also, questions about getting off the ground, general advice very welcome. [more inside]
posted by lychee at 6:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Oh, I wasn't supposed to bang it that hard?

An internal serial ATA (SATA) 3.5" hard drive pulled from an iMac G5 (the iMac is not accessible). A FireWire IDE enclosure. I live in Brooklyn and want some place open tonight (magically) or early tomorrow to find either a USB2 adapter for the SATA drive, a cheap USB2/FireWire enclosure, or an SATA>IDE adapter so I can use my current enclosure. (Give me any ideas that don't involve J&R.) Bonus points for Brooklyn - other boroughs are cool too, or any of these devices on loan from someone extremely generous would also be awesome!
posted by thejoshu at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments


Help me find or compile a list of recently discovered animals in reverse chronological order! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

What bad effects can holding in urine or bowel movements have?

What bad effects can holding in urine or bowel movements have? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 5:11 PM PST - 20 comments

My eyes are tired!

I read a lot of text on screen (on a CRT) at work. Is there anything available to minimize eyestrain while doing it? (something like Tofu, but for Windows) Suggestions for settings are also welcome.
posted by northernsoul at 5:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How much are my washer&dryer worth?

How much can I charge to buy my washer and dryer? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

thanks... i think?

how do i get water seal\stain for the deck off my siding? [more inside]
posted by fumbducker at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a clearinghouse for price information by region in the U.S.?

I want to compare the prices of common consumer commodities over time within a specific region of the U.S. Is there any clearinghouse for this information? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 4:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I ask metafilter when I can't access metafilter?

Do I have a driver issue? I need to start 'Wireless Zero Configuration' on my Dell after each boot to access any wireless networks. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 4:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Sticky pink mess

How do I get the bubble gum out of my car seats? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 4:14 PM PST - 11 comments

So now that I have all this stuff...

Speaker/ReceiverFilter: I have a recently acquired NAD 7240PE receiver, and a pair of older but fairly decent (I think) floorstanding speakers. The input source is clean (its a CD player that has its own headphones jack, and that's clean), but I'm running into a problem with the speakers + receiver. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me understand my Japanese rice cooker!

Japanese readers: help me get the most from my (Japanese) rice cooker! [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Roman scholar meets dinosaur.

Is there any (circumstantial) evidence that ancient people performed 'archeology' or 'paleontology'? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

CBS' Cold Case Season Finale: What's the story?

Did anyone notice that the season finale, "Joseph", of "Cold Case" on Sunday had the same basic story line as the movie Laura (1944)? [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Mac software for website design

Website design software for a Mac beginner? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Thump thump thump thump

My downstairs neighbor won't tolerate the sound of my treadmill. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by davidnin at 2:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Podcast Market Share

Where can I find market share information on what devices are used to listen to podcasts?
posted by SpecialK at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comment

CMS recommendations for a relatively simple site.

CMSFilter -- recommendations and de-recommandations. Say I can get Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress installed with equal ease. Which do I want for a relatively simple site? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Safari download plugin needed.

I need a Safari plugin that will allow me to download all of the files/folders from a given website. Does this exist? Where?
posted by youcancallmeal at 2:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Home Networking Disaster -- Help!

Home Networking Disaster -- Help! [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 2:06 PM PST - 7 comments

HBO On Demand Not Working - No Joy from Cable Company - Help!

My cable company offers On Demand movies and shows. The free content works fine. It also claims to offer premium channels' On Demand offerings, but those are not working. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by bovious at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Why does the Firefox download manager not show up on OSX?

Why does my Firefox download manager no longer show up on OSX? [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 1:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Simple recording of classical guitar - what's a fair price?

Looking to record classical guitar music near me for a reasonable price - I am thinking of posting something up at the music school at the nearby university, and maybe a guitar shop or two in town if I can do that, and making some recordings with willing musicians. Is this a reasonable concept or a blindingly stupid idea? If it's workable, what sort of price range should I pay the musician(s)? [more inside]
posted by beth at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments


BluetoothFilter: Help a friend connect her phone to her Wintel PC [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 1:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Every Breath You Take

Songs of Obsession...? Putting together a 'Mix Tape' of sexual fixation/obsession... in the vein of "Every Breath You Take." Suggestions?
posted by eatdonuts at 1:08 PM PST - 73 comments

Orchestra Timer

Some time ago I went to the Boston Pops reformance. My seat was on the far wing of the first balcony that overlooked the orchestra. One of the performers was operating a large darkroom timer in addition to his instrument. What was he doing with this timer?
posted by Raybun at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

help with triangles

My room has an angled ceiling. I have measured its height at the highest and lowest points, and I have the dimensions of the room. Help me determine what height the ceiling is at a particular point on the floor, and where exactly the skylight is. [more inside]
posted by xo at 12:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Improve performance of file-based-database web calendar app

I am in charge of a custom installation of a web calendar application (ORS) that is feeling the strain of too many users and the consequences of some unusual policies. I need some advice on how to get better performance out of this application. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

How much to charge for travel time?

My father is an independent consultant, and works for $900/day in the formulated food business. What rate should he charge for travel time (per day) when he travels coast-to-coast for an assignment? [more inside]
posted by naelyn at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

To hire a email host or go with corporate

Should we attempt to hire out for a mailserver or let the seemingly incompetent corporate IT department run our mail, with all the restrictions they want to impose? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

"Missing" Pitchfork review

Where can I get a copy of Pitchfork Media's original review of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 11:50 AM PST - 22 comments

If I can't find this book, I may be driven to drink, too.

I am going insane trying to find this book. The author was interviewed on Fresh Air (it might have been a repeat, but played not that long ago). In order to help you help me, there is . . . [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 11:43 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I find work as a gaming journalist?

My two true talents are writing and spending entirely too much time on videogames. Help this flakey fanboy combine his pointless pursuits for profit. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Complex htaccess question for Blogger to WordPress migration

I recently shifted the content management for my blog ( from Blogger to WordPress. I shifted the Blogger version into a sub-directory, so that people who prefer to access old posts in that format can. Now, I want to use htaccess to automatically redirect people who try to access the Blogger archives in the old location. I want them sent to the Blogger files in the new location. [more inside]
posted by sindark at 11:29 AM PST - 4 comments

A new home for an unappealing cat?

How can I find a new home for my overweight, unhappy, kind of gross cat? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 11:19 AM PST - 51 comments

Should I sell handwritten stories?

Someone has asked to buy some paper I've written on... A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 10:43 AM PST - 35 comments

Cheese Quest

Help me become a cheese expert. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 10:17 AM PST - 26 comments

Best strategies for defeating sploggers who are lifting my content.

I've had a couple smaller splogs that gave up after a period of time. However, one splog has persisted and, through volume, is showing up higher in searches than my original posts. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Problem with my air conditioner

My airconditioning (which is new) makes a strange noise when it starts/stops. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Fix a dent in my new painting

How can I fix a dent in my new painting (oil on canvas)? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 9:50 AM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with my brother's divorce?

Help me get through my brother's divorce. [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 9:14 AM PST - 23 comments

West U.S. flea markets, surplus stores, etc. for musicians?

My cousin (a musician/producer-type) and I are taking a spectacular North American gear hunting road trip. What hot spots can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

DIY cell repeater?

Can Plutor make his own cell phone repeater? [more inside]
posted by splatta at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

A new management company has taken over my apartment building, and my lease is up. Should I stay where I am, or should I start looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Lurking in Lubbock

I'll be in Lubbock, Texas for three days this week. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 8:53 AM PST - 27 comments

What resin is in this fabric?

I just got some of this nifty resinated chirimen fabric. The manufacturer won't tell what's in it. It hasn't darkened the fabric, doesn't leave a residue on your hands, doesn't smell. It's very pliable, holds a crease, holds a curl, keeps it from fraying. [more inside]
posted by lobakgo at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Need Help Fixing a Problem with Firefox and Adobe Reader.. Please help!

Trouble with XP, Firefox, and Adobe Reader 7.0.7... I have reinstalled everything other than the OS. Firefox crashes every time it loads a PDF... How do I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 8:31 AM PST - 12 comments

I feel lightheaded... maybe you should drive.

Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite at 8:25 AM PST - 31 comments

Help Me Waste My Time!

Where can one download simple or "obsolete" games for little/no money? I'm having a hard time finding anything decent. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:22 AM PST - 22 comments

ibook+humid climate= bad?

Should I leave my ibook in an unairconditioned apartment in muggy Hong Kong while I go to China for a week? Not worried about security; paranoid about humidity damage. It's hot and humid here. Walking around is a bit like taking a sticky bath. Leaving the a/c on is expensive and wasteful. Not interested in taking the laptop with me on vacation. What should I do?
posted by typewriter at 8:14 AM PST - 20 comments

What was this ABC's staff announcer's name?

There was a staff announcer that did ABC promos (and newscast intros for affiliates) in the 1970s-80s-90s. He also appeared (in sample form) on the Beatmasters remix of Depeche Mode's "Route 66." He had this distinctive baritone, and it's bugging me that I can't figure out his name. Sound samples included. [more inside]
posted by dw at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

How much can the person I'm borrowing wireless from see?

Okay, so I often use free wireless connections...whether they be in coffee shops or occasionally my neighbor's open network. My question is, how much of what I post online/what sites I visit can be seen? Sometimes I post things I don't want to share with my neighbors, also I check email. If other open wireless network users CAN see what I'm looking at, how do I prevent it? The network I use is belkin 54g. This shouldn't be a problem soon, as I am getting my own connection. When I had my own, I left it open so others could share. I assume my neighbor is doing the same thing? But for now, I would like to know that my neighbors can't see the pix I send my long-distance boyfriend and/or what I post on our shared journal. Is this unrealistic? Thank you for your help.
posted by urania at 8:08 AM PST - 52 comments

100 Years of Horror staring Hugh Hefner as Himself

Anyone know of any good documentaries about Hugh Hefner? [more inside]
posted by samsarah at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Airline tickets

I'm flying from Portland to DC in mid July for 2 weeks. Tickets are currently $400-500 and haven't budged for weeks. Anyone here have experience in the travel industry that can comment on the likelihood of prices falling in the near future? I'm a little stressed that I'm playing with fire by waiting. If it matters, I'm more interested in the non-stop option, for which there are fewer flights.
posted by docpops at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Jack of all trades, master of none

Help me break a career curse. [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are boys so physical?

Boys! And their manifestation of physical energy + why do they have a love/hate relationship with trying to kill each other? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 7:49 AM PST - 27 comments

Identify this video, pleeeaaase.

Help me identify this music video from about ten years ago on what used to be M2 (MTV2). [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

I know, I know, get a Mac...

Computer Won't Boot -- needless to say [MI]: [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 7:38 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you get a show on TV?

Help me figure out the best way to get my "can't-miss" realty show off the ground. [more inside]
posted by ozomatli at 7:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Blogspot, BlogTHIS!

Why does Blogspot's "Blogthis" work fine when I click on the example link at 's help section, but not when placed as a link in my favorites folder? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting into 'flow' in Windows?

Flow-creating, full-screen, web-killin' creative tools for Windows? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

PHP Ecommerce software for a coder?

Modifiable out of the box ecommerce software recommendations for a coder, preferably PHP? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 6:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Glitchy FMP IWP

Filemaker Pro 8 Instant Web Publishing Filter: Am I doing something wrong or is it really glitchy? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 5:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to go for Hiking near Addis Ababa

Where should I go for hiking/wildlife-watching near Addis Ababa? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 at 3:51 AM PST - 1 comment

What is an innovative way to share a project with many schools around the world via the internet?

What is an innovative way to share a project with many schools around the world via the internet? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 3:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Italian Walking Help

My wife & I will be spending 4 days in Northern Italy this weekend and would like to do some walking - does anyone have any recommendations or know of any sites where I can find itineraries for day or half day walks? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Currency for a new mini economy

Help me find something I can use as currency for a baby sitting circle. [more inside]
posted by hmca at 2:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Importing a car from US to UK

Importing a car from the US to the UK. [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 2:36 AM PST - 7 comments

what's the dealio with my honda accord?

Honda Filter: Since replacing my driver door mirror, I've been having weird coincidental electrical problems on my 98 accord 4-door. [more inside]
posted by sammich at 1:17 AM PST - 4 comments

High School Confidential

I was thinking about setting up a flickr page to display a very extensive set of photos I took during high school, between 1996 and 2000. Since most of the things I do on the internet come back to bite me in the ass, I thought I would ask about the legal and ethical questions this kind of project might raise and what kind of pertinent information I may have overlooked. [more inside]
posted by elr at 1:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Occupational Hazards

"Writer's block," "swimmer's ear," and "athlete's foot" are all examples of occupation-specific conditions. Are there any others? [more inside]
posted by jenovus at 12:22 AM PST - 62 comments

May 22

Je t'aime, fromage!

Help us figure out how to spend 9 months to a year in France. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 10:17 PM PST - 14 comments

DivX to .SWF conversion always converting without a sync.

DivX to .SWF conversion always converting without a sync. I have a video that is an .AVI (DVcodec), I converted it to DivX via VirtualDub and later on converted it from DivX to .SWF via (Flash Video Studio 1). For some unknown reason, whenever it gets converted to .SWF, the audio/video are not in sync. [more inside]
posted by cheero at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Portland Oregon group accomodations

What are good options for a group of guys to vacation in Portland Oregon for 3-4 days? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Cat feeding dilemmas

How can I stop one of my cats from bullying the other during mealtime? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 9:08 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm not in the in-crowd at work--should I care?

so i started this new job a couple of months back. There are a lot of people there around my age who seem really nice, though not so much in my department. My first couple of weeks, I went out for drinks a few times with a bunch of them & had a good time, we seemed to be clicking & I was kind of stoked about working in a somewhat more social/fun environment than I've been accustomed to in previous jobs. What happened? [more inside]
posted by octavia at 9:02 PM PST - 46 comments

puzzling issue

how come my semen turns clear after being exposed to air? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Drying hardwood floors

How do I dry hardwood flooring? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

help me hack my phone

Is there any way I can use my Vodafone 804SS (Samsung Z540) with my mac via USB? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 7:29 PM PST - 2 comments

What would ELLIOTT YAMIN do? (for listening to tunes on his iPod)

I've got a similar situation to the American Idol runner-up: My right ear is fully functional, but I am 90% deaf on my left ear. However, my left ear was deformed at birth, so my earbuds don't fit in it. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 7:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Little bits of paper with monetary value...

How can I deposit a check made out to an as-yet-nonexistent business entity rather than to me personally? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 7:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Swordfish = Worms!?

Erm, I just ate raw swordfish. I mean, it was microwaved for a couple minutes. But mostly-- ceviche. Am I gonna die? [more inside]
posted by greggish at 6:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Mechanical Engineering Filter!

If I wanted to hang something heavy from a rafter, how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 6:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Failed disk drive data recovery

DIY data recovery from failed disk drive: what low level diagnostics can I run? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this poem?

Poem identification: [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get Sibelius Scorch to play more than one page of sheet music?

I've downloaded the Sibelius Scorch sheet music plugin for both Firefox and IE. When I purchase Scorch sheet music, Scorch only plays the first page, even though I've purchased the entire song. The back/forward page buttons are grayed out. I've downloaded several songs from different Web sites, and I always get the same result. This happens with both browsers. Any ideas?
posted by zembla3 at 6:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Natural bug spray alternatives

Help me have sex with my boyfriend outside without being eaten alive by ticks and mosquitos. [more inside]
posted by a red so deep at 6:35 PM PST - 19 comments

ScifiBookFilter: My uncle has been trying to figure out this novel he read around the 70s.

ScifiBookFilter: My uncle has been trying to figure out this novel he read around the 70s. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 5:54 PM PST - 3 comments

help me enjoy sex

Help me enjoy sex with my husband. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 30 comments

How can I properly time my boyfriend's epileptic seizures?

My boyfriend has epilepsy. So far I've only witnessed two seizures (tonic-clonic, or what they used to call grand mal). While I felt mostly prepared for them (I'd done a lot of internet research) I found timing them quite difficult because while the beginning was distinct, the end wasn't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Toilet Rat

A rat just swam up into my toilet. Can I flush it back down?
posted by Felicity Rilke at 5:21 PM PST - 51 comments

What's up with my Flash player?

What's up with my Flash player? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 5:03 PM PST - 8 comments

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

GiftFilter: a friend has been accepted into a prestigious graduate program for screenwriting. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic at 4:42 PM PST - 9 comments

What happened to Pearson and Shaw?

What happened to Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Worst. Food. Ever.

I like to be taken on a journey far beyond my own culinary cultural milieu. What is the worst tasting food? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:55 PM PST - 69 comments

Been dating almost 2 mos and....

confused.... met this guy thru on-line dating since early 02/06. We started to date in 04/06 and physically involved. He calls a couple of times a week, haven't said he miss me or anything smooches. But when we together (2-3 times a week), he's very attentive and very loving. I asked him about his feelings but the response was "I'm a slow mover"..... We're both in our late 40s. I'd like to be with someone who is affectionated and open with his emotions.... What should I do? Give him time or move on....
posted by teapot at 1:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Calling all creative gift givers

Creative, clever gift-filter. I need an appropriate gift for each of two separate occasions in June: My mom's retirement, and my ex-girlfriend's wedding. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 1:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Thoughts on studying abroad at Keio University?

Thoughts on doing a year long foreign exchange stint at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Are office pools legal?

I'm thinking of organizing an office pool on the World Cup. I'm based in VA. I'd probably set up something similar to what gets done with NCAA bracket pools. My question is though: Is this illegal given US gambling laws? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

What books have given you great insight into great music?

What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

It wasn't "My Friend, the Vampire" or "M is for Monster"...

A young adult vampire book, published late 70's, early 80's? Involves a kid who meets the vampire in the basement of a library, falls asleep and wakes up having no memory of it. Main vampire's name is Radu, but I believe there were several other vampires around, also with "traditional" names (a "Carmilla" perhaps?). [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Heartland connectivity dilemma

Moving to the sticks. How can I optimize my communications-cost curve? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 12:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Scaring away a bird?

In the past two weeks a bird (let's call him Stan) has developed a weird attachment to the rear view mirrors on our car. (The car is parked outside.) At all hours of the day Stan can be found sitting on the side of one of the mirrors pecking furiously. He seems to prefer one side mirror more than the other but doesn't really care too much. I'd really like to discourage little Stan from his behavior because he might scratch up the mirror and he's pooping all over the doors. [more inside]
posted by mpemulis at 12:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How much do well-rounded UI developers cost?

What's the going rate for an all-round web-based UI designer on contract? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Managing Treo backups on a Mac?

Any advice on simpler backup and device migration for a Treo user with a Mac? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me quell my daughter's fear.

My six year old daughter has recently (past few months or so) had a recurring fear of being kidnapped. I have tried many different tactics to quell this fear of hers, but would love to hear some possible tactics to relax my nervous midget.
posted by Ateo Fiel at 11:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Running with GPS and avoiding animals

Will a GPS device help my running and what are the best weapons against unfriendly animals and dangerous humans? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 11:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Beaches around the DC area?

BeachFilter: My wife has put me in charge of locating a nice beach to go to this August. We live in DC and will be taking our son (he'll be 13 months old in August). We are planning on going over a long weekend, maybe 4 days. We'd like to keep the driving distance to less than six hours. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 10:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Teen shops in Atlanta

Can you suggest places for young teens to shop in Atlanta (besides Lennox Square Mall). Any funky offbeat clothing stores--not too expensive of course. We will be there this coming weekend. Thanks!
posted by sandra194 at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Fashion for 18-26 year olds?

Anybody know of any good boutiques/clothing stores in major cities that sell hip, fresh apparel to 18-26 year old men and women? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 10:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Tried the Shangri-La diet?

Has anyone tried the Shangri-La Diet? Results? [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 10:24 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm sick and tired of paying $6 for a handful.

Can I bring food to RFK Stadium? There are conflicting reports as to weather food is allowed to be brought into RFK. I'm going to a baseball game soon and I'm sick and tired of paying $6 for a handful of peanuts. I desire an unending supply.
posted by pithy comment at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get the surround sound system from heaven.

Help me get a surround sound system! Specific questions and products inside. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

South Boston memorial: what's the story?

In South Boston, at the intersection of Babe Ruth Rd and Columbia Rd near Carson Beach, there's a stone memorial. There are four names inscribed in it, along with ages (all between 16 and 20) and date of death (all June 19, 1982). There's no explanation, besides a mournful poem. What's the story? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Look, up in the sky...

How can my wife use her superpowers for good? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 9:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Google scavenger hunt!

My google fu is failing me on these two very random queries: 1) info about a beer commercial from a few years ago where a guy paints himself in a kung fu pose with a giant afro, 2) an image of the painting that the son paints in Wedding Crashers... [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

What is saba?

What is the condiment "saba"? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Literal "debugging" issues.

How can cockroaches be evicted from the innards of a laptop? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 8:47 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I integrate this simple database into my website?

I'm working on a website for my band, and I would like to have a section on the main page which lists news items. I don't want to have to edit the html file every time I want to add an update though. I'd like it to run from a database or something, so can I set something up to display the 5 most recent database entries on my website? [more inside]
posted by bajema at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Good webhost?

What is a good price to pay for webhosting, database and a secure shopping cart? [more inside]
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Font Finder

What fonts/collections are essential to the web designing MeFites? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 8:02 AM PST - 18 comments

How much extended desktop can I get out of a G3 iBook?

What external resolution can an old 800Mhz G3 iBook with 32 MB VRAM drive? [more inside]
posted by cramer at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Record number of games with a hit in a season

BaseballFilter: A friend is trying to determine who has the single season Major League Baseball record for most games in a season with at least one hit. [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 6:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Where did "Genius of the restoration, aid in our resuscitaition!" come from?

What is the etymology of "Genius of the restoration / Aid in our resuscitation" from The Last Crusade? Remember? Marcus and Dr. Jones Sr. do a little dance in a german tank, and Jones says "Genius of the Re-Sto-Ration!" and Marcus automatically replies "Aid in our Resus-ci-tation!" Anybody know where this came from? It smacks of inside Ivy League joke, and I want to know bad. Thanks metafilter.
posted by excitementMD at 6:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Gotta go!

Is there any way one can buy an international plane ticket while waiting for a replacement passport? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 6:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Are there any quick, easy lifestyle changes I can make to help the dress fit better?

Help me fit into my dress! [more inside]
posted by saucy at 5:23 AM PST - 25 comments

What games are these?

I'm looking for the names of two video games I used to play in the early 90's... [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 4:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Archiving strategies for DV?

Final Cut Pro users: What do you do with your bulky collection of project and video files when you're ostensibly done with the project?
posted by evil holiday magic at 3:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Essential gear when riding to work.

What's the essential gear for bike commuting? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 2:17 AM PST - 37 comments

Help us never get dressed.

Since my lady and I mostly just lay in bed all day, we're looking for some more appropriate clothing for our lifestyles. What are your favorite lounging around clothes? [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 1:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Need help identifying a song from an old cartoon....

Need help identifying a song from an old cartoon.... [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant at 12:07 AM PST - 4 comments

May 21

Cool off a heated kitty

What to do about a cat that can't be spayed? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 11:24 PM PST - 6 comments

High pressure sales.

My wife succumbed to a high-pressure car salesman when I was out of town. Help me get some or all of my money back! [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:41 PM PST - 36 comments

'....amigo, you dance across wide open spaces.'

When I was in school in '98 I read one of the best poems ever. Help me find it. [more inside]
posted by rebirtha at 10:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Worth a thousand words, but $175?

WorthaBuyFilter: So I was perusing an antique store and came across an old photograph of U.S. Army soldiers in China during the 1890's. The price was $175. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 9:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Video players for .m4v files?

Are there any video players aside from Quicktime and iTunes that will play an iTunes .m4v video file? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should we live in Washington, D.C., with two kids?

Which Washington, D.C. neighborhood is right for my interracial, liberal, priced-out-of New York, two-child family? [more inside]
posted by hhc5 at 8:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Jbods gone bad

How do I replace a failing disk in a jbod array setup using the windows XP Pro dynamic disk system? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 8:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do I get angry with people close to me and how do I stop?

Why do I pick fights with people close to me and how can I stop? I'm not like this with friends, just relatives and S.O. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 38 comments

is it possible to reverse breast shrinkage after going off the pill?

after being on birth control pills for many (8+) years, i had to go off them (permanently) for medical reasons. six months later, my breasts have noticeably shrunk almost a full cup size. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 15 comments

how to casually come out as poly?

What are some casual ways to come out as polyamorous or as being in an open relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Questions regarding House of Commons/Prime Minister's Questions

Prime Minister's Questions questions. UK citizens, please explain a couple of things to this curious American. [more inside]
posted by shifafa at 7:14 PM PST - 19 comments

adjusting to RGP contact lenses

Adjusting to RGP contact lenses [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 7:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Why must you shutdown, XP?

Why must XP insist so infernally on rebooting? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 6:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Make my sister's face pretty.

What's the best foundation you can get for less than $20? [more inside]
posted by joegester at 6:06 PM PST - 17 comments

firefox settings

FirefoxFilter: why is the date displayed in American format (mm/dd/yy) using firefox on a website, and correctly (dd/mm/yy) using IE? Followup, how do I fix my firefox settings?
posted by wilful at 5:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding a natural treatment for urinary infections

My question is, other than antibiotics what can be a natural medicine known to treat urinary infections. I heard a lot about drinking chamomile, cranberry juice, even weird things like boiling and drinking cherry stems! Any ideas of possible natural treatments that work to avoid medications? [more inside]
posted by convex at 5:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Free software to open / convert InDesign on XP?

What free software can I use to open and convert an Adobe InDesign .indd file on Windows XP? Will GIMP do the job? Inkscape? Yes, I've read the answers to this question.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy this evil snack treat?

Where can I buy a Taiwanese snack over the net? [more inside]
posted by A frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter. at 5:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Graduate School Funding

My girlfriend is starting a master's public health program next fall and she's looking for funding. [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 5:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I have an HD fly in my DLP

The back of my DLP HDTV, has a vent in the back for the light projector. Some light escapes out of this vent. A small bug got into the house recently and found the light from the vent. It then discovered an illumination jackpot inside the set. This resulted in a big bug inside the unit and projected onto the screen that I couldn't get out. Does anyone have tips on keeping small insects out of a projection TV like a DLP without restricting the airflow to the lamp, potentially damaging the set?
posted by quixado at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments


Can I eat this? [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 4:48 PM PST - 24 comments

What are these teeny blisters on my thumb?

Weird skin thing-- for the last month or so I've been getting these teeny tiny blisters on the pads of my thumbs and forefingers. [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 3:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Show Me the Way to a New Mousepad

My mousepad is in its last throes. Help me find a new one that has some pizzazz. Something unusual or perhaps one like yours. Extra points for anything geeky, retro, or tattoo culture oriented. Much obliged.
posted by captainscared at 3:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for an old Atari game

I'm trying to remember the name of an old Atari game. It's been about 20 years since I played it so my description may be a bit hazy. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Milk and... pretzels?

SnackFilter: Milk with pretzels and orange juice with cookies. Why? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:58 PM PST - 18 comments

The Palio in Siena, Italy

I'm backpacking through Europe this summer and I just realized that I might be able to make it to Siena, Italy in time to see the Palio horse race. Can anyone offer me tips to make it a great experience? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How to find similar websites?

What are some techniques you use to find websites similar to a random website that you come across and like? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 1:42 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I get my ears kissed without getting them infected?

I love having my ears kissed/licked, but this seems to cause ear infections sometimes. Is there a way to avoid the infections?
posted by rwatson at 1:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I fly into the U.S. on a one-way ticket?

I would like to know if it is possible to fly from Canada into the United States with only a one way ticket. I have searched many U.S. government web sites and have been unable to find any information. Will customs let me through, or will they deny me access?
posted by vansly at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

philly apartments?

Moving to Philly! Where should I live? When should I start looking for a late-August move? Any good source of apartment listings, besides craigslist? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

The first draft of anything is sh-t

I just finished the first draft of the second half of my first book. Now I have to revise it, and I have to revise it good. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Broadening AdSense

AdSense: Is it possible to force Google to broaden (or randomize) some of the ads on my Adsense for Content banner? I run a forum and I think I'm losing potential revenue because Google tends to serve up a lot of the same ads all the time. Can I put keywords into a meta tag to bring up new ads?
posted by chef_boyardee at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

India Visa

Has anyone gotten a travel visa to India at the consulate in New York City? Just wondering if it's a long long wait and if I should use a visa service (and pay for the trouble)
posted by dearleader at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

DVD recorder for highest 2 hour quality

What's the best DVD recorder (hopefully with a VCR as well) which could capture a 2-hour movie from the cable box with the highest quality?
posted by quintno at 12:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Upper body exercises without using wrists

What are some upper body exercises I can do without putting any load on my wrists? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 12:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Non-religious home school curricula?

Home schooling filter: Where else can I find non-religious, relatively complete curricula for home schooling purposes? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 12:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Reporting a (probably) one time medical event to Driver's License Medical Board?

Should I report a (probably) one time medical event to the driver's license medical board? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How to finish a blowjob?

Help a girl out with oral sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 39 comments

Legal implications of a university cataloging all student email?

What are the legal implications of a university monitoring, storing, and cataloging all incoming and outgoing email into a searchable database? What if I have first hand knowledge of a university doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Six computers, a router, some laptops, and a NAS walk into a bar... (stop me if you've heard this one)

Six computers, a router, some laptops, and a NAS walk into a bar... [more inside]
posted by humuhumu at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a divorce lawyer on the Peninsula

Well, I've looked through other posts and took the advice to heart. Anybody have any recommendations for a divorce attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area? Preferably on the Peninsula.
posted by Daddio at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments


I need help with an Excel formula. Warning: this may venture into the realms of calculus. Maybe. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

TVWoP recaplets?

Are there archives of Television without Pity's initial smaller recaplets anywhere? I can only seem to find archives of their full multi-page recaps, but I'd enjoy going back and reading through an entire season of something using the smaller recaplets.
posted by Robot Johnny at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Need help monitoring my ISP

Broadband connection uptime monitoring? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Rolling Averages in Excel?

Excelfilter: how do I compute a rolling seven-day average for something that happens at sporadic intervals? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 8:51 AM PST - 21 comments

The grammer police strike again!

Why is electrical a word, but electronical isn't? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:45 AM PST - 60 comments

Stinky Sickly Air "Freshener" Situation

I believe that another tenant has place an air "freshener" in the hallway out side of our apartments in violation of their lease. I want it removed. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy at 8:33 AM PST - 47 comments

Mommy, I want one!

Cell phones for elementary school kids? My kid wants one, I don't see the need. Am I missing something here? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 7:18 AM PST - 35 comments

How to deal with unprofessional liquor patrol agents?

I had an incredibly rude, and I think incredibly unethical run-in with the liquor patrol at the bars last night. I wish to do something about it but I do not know where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 AM PST - 28 comments

What are the long-term effects of regular drug injection?

Ignoring the the drug itself, what are the long-term effects of regular drug injection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 AM PST - 18 comments

How to make stuff in ferrocement.

How do I get started in constructing ferrocement sculptures? [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 3:57 AM PST - 3 comments

How to give wood a metalic affect?

Is it possible to paint a wooden sword to give it a metallic affect? [more inside]
posted by sierra13 at 2:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me help a friend find/hire a coder who has written games and is willing to do it again.

Where would I look for a couple of experienced game designers in the Baltimore Washington area who aren't so experienced that they avoid startups? [more inside]
posted by Grod at 2:28 AM PST - 3 comments

car seemingly overheats while idling. Help!?

My car's engine heat indicator suddenly began soaring anytime I idle. This can't be good. What is the cause, and how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by donmayo at 1:24 AM PST - 12 comments

May 20

Copyright implications of creating an ad using figurines?

What are the copyright implications if creating an ad using photos of figurines? [more inside]
posted by freakystyley at 11:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Unicorn caterpillar

A wee horned caterpillar turned up in my backyard yesterday. Can you identify it? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 10:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find "Idiotic Infinity"(no, not the Internet)

Philosophy-Filter: In reading a paper about mathematics philosophy I came across a reference to the term "idiotic infinity"; which Hegel used to express the unlimited accumulation of ideas, all of which become equally profound. I'd like to read more of what Hegel said about this idea, but I cannot find the term in use anywhere. Does anyone familiar with Hegel know where in his enormous corpus I might find the discussion of the "idiotic infinity"? There is also the off-chance that the math paper reference was wrong, and the term might have originated with another philosopher entirely.
posted by archae at 10:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Online address book?

I would like to make or use a web2.0ish personal address book. Little image for the person, birth date, phone number that opens up skype and starts dialing, address, etc. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 10:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Whats the best way to remove an iron on?

What is the best way to remove an iron on from a tee? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 10:15 PM PST - 4 comments

What was I given recently in a Japanese restaurant?

At a local traditional Japanese restaurant a while ago, the server brought a little fabric ball with a bell on a string with our check where you'd usually expect mints. She made it clear that it was for us to take, but we didn't learn anything more about it, and now I'm wondering if there's any symbolism, meaning or tradition behind it. There's a picture and [more inside]
posted by mendel at 10:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Pissed off

So a kid just wet my bed... [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

a room with a view...

What to do in London during June 10 ~ June 17th? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Suffrin' Safari

Safari is not retaining any history older than a day. This is a problem because it 'forgets' long URLs to auto-complete. How do I make it remember again? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

To sign or not to sign?

When you sign for your credit card, do they save the digital signature? (A little more to it, too) [more inside]
posted by starman at 8:07 PM PST - 21 comments

a country between us

songs about/featuring d.c./l.a? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 6:56 PM PST - 28 comments

Books for a two-year-old first-time flier

Can anyone recommend good books to read to a two-year-old boy who's going to be taking his first airplane trip in ten days? [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 6:48 PM PST - 18 comments

What are your tips, tricks, tools and resources for making kick-ass presentations?

A slightly different PowerPoint/ presentation filter: What are your tips, tricks, tools and resources for making kick-ass presentations? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 5:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Greenshell mussels

Apart from the Fulton Fish Market, where in NYC could I buy frozen greenshell mussels?
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

What are they protesting?

What are these people protesting? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Generic iPod cables?

I have an iPod 4G with a click wheel that the USB cable has died on. I was going to order a generic cable for $5 from Amazon rather than the $20 connector from Apple. I read a review (two actually) on Amazon saying that there were sync problems with this cable. Anyone have experience with these cables?
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

crepes on cole recipe

As a birthday present, I want to make my spouse's dream meal, which is apparently a feta cheese or greek-style crepe from Crepes On Cole in San Francisco. I've never been there and don't live in SF. Can any one guess at the recipe that I'm after? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Yeah yeah, go ahead and laugh.

Tell me about day spas? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Online photo printing with archival borders?

A number of online photo printing services have been mentioned here on AskMeFi, but a search hasn't revealed one that will print to my liking. I'm looking for a top notch black and white print with archival borders - 8x10 image on 11x14 paper. I'm working with high quality scans of black and white negatives. Suggestions?
posted by aladfar at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

How to keep my neighbors off MY network?

Two computer questions really, if that's legal. How do I make my wireless network safe, and what the heck is this cmdlog that keeps popping up in my documents. [more inside]
posted by Ber at 2:28 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I get on an A380?

Say I wanted to be on the first commercial flight of an Airbus A380. Would it be possible and how would I go about arranging it? [more inside]
posted by ciaron at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Eurovision - nul point?

It is Eurovision Song Contest time tonight - is it just the UK or is it a joke to the rest of Europe as well? [more inside]
posted by badrolemodel at 1:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Unexpected and Uncofingured Port Forwarding from Netgear Switch/Router

On my XP system, the recently installed Norton anti-worm app told me that my Netgear RP614v2 NAT-enabled router attempted to udp connect to my port number 2061 from its port 12024. However, there is no port fowarding or triggering enabled, nor is there a DMZ address configured at all. [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking Offbeat, Non-Chain Lodging within 2 hours of L.A.

For a late June, post-wedding escape from L.A., my groom and I would like to find an off-the-beaten-path town/hotel. Our requirements must be odd, of which [more inside]
posted by Scram at 12:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Alraune in English for Less Than Hundreds of Dollars?

I am trying to find a reading copy of an English translation of Hanns Heinz Ewers's novel Alraune. I have not had any luck. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

AP Photo license?

Can anyone speak to acquiring a license (if it's even necessary) to use AP Photos on your web site? I've searched and I've searched and I've searched.
posted by xmutex at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Water stain on my coffee table

A white, circular discoloration has appeared on my oak coffee table. It was probably caused by condensation on a vase. Is there anyway to remove this stain without refinishing the entire table top?
posted by partner at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for information about bicycle touring in Spain

What can you tell me about bicycle touring in southern Spain? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How Hard is it to Use a Drain Snake?

ShowerDrainFilter: Every six months or so our shower drain clogs and we have to call a plumber to snake it out. That costs about $125 each time. We asked him the last time if we could buy our own snake and do it ourselves and he strongly cautioned us against that. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 12:16 PM PST - 33 comments

What's this cable? Does it have any value?

What's this cable? Would it have enough value to anyone for me to sell it or put it on eBay, or should I just chuck it or try to give it away? [more inside]
posted by weston at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Putting out

How long do people date before doing the deed these days?
posted by wordswinker at 11:57 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I keep my fingers agile in cold weather?

How do I get rid of stiffness from my fingers? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How Long Will A Mylar Mirror Last?

Under indoor conditions, what is the life expectancy of metalized Mylar? [more inside]
posted by Ken McE at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you make a Palm a guitarist's best friend?

How do I convert my Palm into a guitar player's best friend? [more inside]
posted by bd at 10:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Seattlites go to Canada - what to see?

Driving from Seattle to Canada on vacation - what should we see? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:41 AM PST - 21 comments

IE7 beta - can't install or uninstall

I tried to remove IE7 beta1 from my pc and the uninstall failed. If I try to reinstall it that fails as well. This is causing problems in various other programs e.g. Dreamweaver. Help! [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments

What car should I buy?

Yet another "time to buy a car" thread [more inside]
posted by ajpresto at 7:43 AM PST - 44 comments

circle detection algorithm?

computer vision: i need an algorithm to extract statistics about the diameters (in pixels) of some roughly-circular objects from an image file. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 7:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Gamepad Woes

My iBook doesn't love my gamepad. How do I get the romance started? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 6:59 AM PST - 0 comments

Zoo story.

I am in Philadelphia. My wife and I would like to travel from Reading Terminal Market to the zoo by public transportation. How do we best do it? Also, we would like to get to Citizens Bank Park via public transport today. Is this possible? The web site has a lot of information about parking but nothing about getting there by public transport.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

"If we're both single when we're 40, let's marry each other." "Ok."

Two friends agreeing to marry each other if they are single by a certain age: does this really happen in real life? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:46 AM PST - 47 comments

HDD 0 Password comes outta nowhere!

Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:03 AM PST - 15 comments

How to produce a Gmail-style checkbox selection interface?

Does anyone know how it's possible to produce an interface for checkbox selection like the one in Gmail? Namely, where you can hold down shift and click the first and last items in a list, and it'll automatically select all the ones in between. Is it possible with simple JavaScript without having to use AJAX or other fancy-pants technology...
posted by tommorris at 2:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Chewy Chewerson

[Chewing Gum] Does this exist? A sugarless, flavorless chewing gum that loses its pliableness the longer you chew it? [more inside]
posted by zippity at 12:24 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I stop Outlook from continuing to try to recall a message?

Outlook question: I tried to recall a message, and now every day I get 30 or so e-mails telling me that the recall effort failed. How do I stop these 'failed recall' e-mails? (the message was re-called to correct a typo and in any case has been obe'd, i.e., "overtaken by events"). Thanks.
posted by tesseract420 at 12:10 AM PST - 5 comments

May 19

override this!

java: If a private method can't be overriden, but it's possible to create a method in a subclass with the same signature, what's the difference? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 11:57 PM PST - 20 comments

downloads sans spyware?

Is there anywhere I can download software shareware and cost-free software with the assurance that it's spyware free? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 10:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to buy a retro flip clock?

Where can I get one of these? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 9:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Integrated air purifiers & heating/cooling systems

How do the air purifiers integrated into a house's heating/cooling system work? [more inside]
posted by Anoxs at 9:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find pics of woman who photographs herself dressed like Ronald McD!

Help me find the website with pics of the (Japanese?) woman who dressed up like a sexy Ronald McDonald! My Google skills have failed me, enough that I'm not even sure I saw this thing I think I saw in the last 2 years... [more inside]
posted by stevil at 9:00 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm not afraid of dying, just don't give me a ticket!

Does anyone know a source for this story? I once heard about a railroad crossing that had quite a few fatal accidents, because drivers would routinely duck under the barrier gates as they closed instead of waiting several minutes for interminable freight trains to pass. But there's a twist ... [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Woman acts like she is the only pregnant woman in the world. Film at 11.

Help me document (on film) my pre-conception, conception and pregnancy process. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 7:23 PM PST - 15 comments

The Anthropology of Metaphor?

Where can I find more writing about metaphor? I vaguely remember reading something about how, when machines became ubiquitous, people began understanding their lives in terms of machines. I'm looking for that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by Aghast. at 6:22 PM PST - 21 comments

What's it like to give birth?

What is it like to give birth? I'm male, and one of the side affects is that I'll never get pregnant. I'm wondering what it's actually like to give birth to a whole new person. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 5:36 PM PST - 33 comments

UK property bubble to burst?

Is the UK property market bubble ever likely to burst? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 4:40 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I keep my dog from peeing where I don't want him to?

How do I keep my dog from peeing where I don't want him to? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 4:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Insurance Broker

Can anyone recommend a good insurance broker for the San Francisco Bay Area? My current guy is getting very flaky and I want to shop around for my home owners and car insurance. I'm looking for someone I can trust. -Thanks.
posted by tichance at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Movie countdown graphic - howto?

I want to create a short movie (DVD) clip that does the cinema count-down 10, 9, 8 ... gray circle with black numbers. Can someone more creative and smarter than me advise how? [more inside]
posted by johoney at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Keeping inventory in HTML, boo to Excel!

AJAX / DHTML / javascript-filter: If I have an HTML table of numbers, is there a script I can add which would allow me to have a little -/+ button for each cell that would adjust the value of a number in the cell? This is for simple inventory management and would preferably just run as a local HTML file on a Mac OS X machine. (or flash drive)
posted by clango at 3:33 PM PST - 21 comments

What song makes Navin R. Johnson dance?

This has been bugging me for years; someone has to know the answer. In "The Jerk" (Steve Martin, 1979), Steve Martin's character gets out of bed to snap his fingers and dance to a song on the radio he claims "speaks" to him. What is that song, and who performed it? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Suspect Soporific

Could it be that a little bit of coffee before bedtime is actually helping me sleep better? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 3:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Help with a difficult graduation question

fundamentalists; My nephew is graduating from High School this month. He has been given a scholarship to an extremely fundamental christian college, similar to a Liberty or Bob Jones.....I have been invited to; [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 3:23 PM PST - 49 comments

Help me propose in the most bizarre way you can think of.

I'm getting married in a week to a girl I've been dating for just over three months. We decided last night. It just sort of came up in conversation, but I need to come up with some creative way to formally propose to her in the next few days. She's got a sense of humor as twisted as my own, so the key adjective here is wacky. [more inside]
posted by signalnine at 3:04 PM PST - 50 comments

How to quickly travel one mile?

What is the fastest way to micro-commute one mile to the bus stop? The bus may not have space for bikes. I'd like to spend under $200 inclusive of protective gear/clothing. [more inside]
posted by hammurderer at 2:58 PM PST - 32 comments

How long does champagne keep?

How long does champagne last? [more inside]
posted by duende at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Darkening a rosewood fretboard.

I have a 1997 Telecaster Plus with a rosewood fretboard that I'd like to darken up a bit. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Assist a cell phone virgin, finally ready for his first mobile.

Help me identify a no-frills cell phone and carrier. I have two firm requirements involving design (gotta be small!) and custom ring tones. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:36 PM PST - 13 comments

chinese vs US currency

Given the current economic trends, what will happen to the chinese currency when it is no longer pegged to the us currency? That's about it, I am just curious whether people think the chinese currency would gain or lose ground to the dollar if that happened.
posted by batou_ at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Streaming audio server statistics

ObscureStatisticsFilter: Help me find usage and market adoption statistics for major streaming audio servers. [more inside]
posted by bhance at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

I'll buy that for a thousand dollars... but no credit please.

My work wants to accept payments online but doesn't want to accept credit cards. Most banks issue debit cards that work as credit cards. Is there a way to determine the difference? [more inside]
posted by lockle at 1:00 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the best resources for learning Turkish?

What are the best books/dvds/cds/websites out there for Turkish learning? What did you use and recommend? Are there any tips or things that helped you? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

The Honeymooners

Help me plan a trip to Italy - Rome, Florence and the countryside in Tuscany and Umbria. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 11:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Help this lonely bookworm find a virtual community.

Please recommend a good book blog where I can hang out. Because heaven knows I don't fritter away enough time on the Internet. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 11:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Excel Help for Pie Graph of Frequency of Appearance of Values in a Column?

ExcelFilter: I need help creating a pie chart as a separate worksheet in Excel that counts how often values appear in a column and creates a pie graph based on that data. I'm stumped, I'm not using the right Google terms, and my company's help desk couldn't guide me through the process, either. (That sounds awkward, so I describe it more comprehensibly inside.) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to stay (for cheap) near Harrisburg, PA?

Where to stay (for cheap) near Harrisburg, PA? What to do while there? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

3000 smiles to grace... my face

I need new teeth. (For entertainment purposes only.) [more inside]
posted by TG_Plackenfatz at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

How to organize piles upon piles of paper.

I currently just finished my second year of college. As a electrical engineering major I find that I sometimes go back to look at course notes and material from past semesters. Thus, I have a lot of paper and not a whole lot of room to put it. Currently each class I have taken is in its own manilla folder and in a file caddy I have. This is less than ideal as most classes don't really fit in a single folder yet I do it anyway so I can keep track of them. I am looking for a creative and space saving way to store them for semi-easy access and more importantly organization. I have thought about 3 hole punching everything, but I would probably end up spending a day or so doing that. Any suggestions.
posted by dyno04 at 10:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Enjoying NW Europe on the cheap?

TravelFilter: This summer I and 3 friends are planning on travelling around part of Europe by train and are looking for advice on the main areas we plan to stay in. Information on hostels or other cheap accommodation (first hand if possible) would be great (more inside) [more inside]
posted by knapah at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

An old savings bond

I found a $100 Series EE savings bond of mine that matured in 1999. Did it continue appreciating after 1999 or is it limited to $100 forever? None of the resources I've checked tell me the answer. Where can I redeem it locally (U.S.) if I don't have a local bank branch?
posted by rolypolyman at 9:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can they buy matzah?

Advice for native NYCers moving to Lexington, KY? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 9:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Group Date ideas

Unique group date idea for Saturday night in Wilmington, NC [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Quality Anorak for hiking across Norway required

I need a goretex Anorak for hiking in spring/fall that is rainproof, breathable and provides some warmth for varied terrain across Norway. Priced out some options in country, but am very hesitant to pay 3000 Kroner (500 bucks) for top model gear here when my brother is coming over from the states in June. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 9:18 AM PST - 16 comments

I didn't realize anyone would consider this a feature.

Why is that new MacBook firmware update making my computer suck? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I stick to things?

How do you get yourself to stick with routines that will improve your life? I'm trying to get myself to stick with simple & easy routines surrounding issues like my finances, my health, and my work, but have trouble being consistent. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Caray's glasses

Harry Caray's trademark oversized black glasses: Who makes them? Where can I get a pair? [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I play with my TS1000?

So, I just received a Timex Sinclair 1000 (WITH the 16k memory upgrade! and flight simulator!) as a gift. Should I open the box and play to my hearts content? Or will this monolith of computing power be worth enough in the future, to justify it staying trapped and suffocated in its yellowed shinkwrap? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 at 8:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Free menu code?

Where can I find free DHTML menu code that doesn't require a visible link back to the developer's website?
posted by tizzie at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a Beethoven Poster or source art

I'm trying to find a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven for my wall at home. I would love to have a poster with an image of Beethoven, perhaps some notes or sheet music, and some of the text (the original German, not a translation) of the Choral movement of the 9th. Obviously, I want something very specific. I've looked at and several other online poster sites and I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Nafai at 8:00 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the next step in collective intelligence?

What's the next step in collective intelligence? [more inside]
posted by scalefree at 7:49 AM PST - 20 comments

What are some good books about the international arms trade?

What are some good books about the international arms trade? Nonfiction or informative fiction, please.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Don't make me kill you. *yawn*

I’m looking for songs that won’t piss me off at six a.m. [more inside]
posted by cdadog at 7:34 AM PST - 49 comments

Converting Canvas to HTML

How to convert Canvas 10.4.0 files to HTML? [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Where are the new CitiBank Ads?

CitiBank has just released a new round of their humorous identity theft ads for May, 2006. You know them instantly by the mismatched video and voices. Here are the original ads from 2004. I've Googled using all possible tags with no success to see who might have them posted for download. Thanks for the hunt!
posted by thebarron at 7:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Who won the War of 1812?

Does who won the War of 1812 depend on where you live? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 7:21 AM PST - 46 comments

Keep new car to 50mph for 1st 500 miles?

I just bought a new car. I seem to remember hearing that you should keep the speed to, say, 50 mph, for its first couple hundred miles - something to do with tires or brakes... Is that right? Do I need to do this?
posted by crepeMyrtle at 7:19 AM PST - 15 comments

What would you do with an extra $100 a month?

I'm quitting cable. What should I do with the money? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 7:10 AM PST - 22 comments

...because the world needs another emo singer/songwriter

How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

What goes on at the Netflix sorting facilities?

How are the envelope window and sleeve barcode use at the netflix sorting facility? [more inside]
posted by killyb at 6:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me replace my boxy, sedate sedan.

Suggestions to replace a 1995 Volvo 850? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Reformatting after a magnet attack

I found a magnet hiding under my PC yesterday. Now Windows is telling me that my second hard drive isn't formatted, but it's unable to format it when I try to do so. I don't care about the data on the drive, I just want a useable disk again! Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by billybunny at 6:14 AM PST - 9 comments

SFW short story rec's

I need recommendations for short stories suitable for discussion at a work-sponsored short story club. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 6:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is he still going to

If a guy is not a player why would he continue to frequent a dating site a month into what seems to be a pretty good relationship for both of us? [more inside]
posted by terra at 4:30 AM PST - 36 comments

Why do people bid on eBay in this way?

I have a question about bidding on eBay. Take a look at the bid history for this crazy auction to get a place on UK TV's Big Brother programme. Why are some bidders such as ceo_of_crazy_thursdays, puppy_sandwich and robthecricketer posting multiple bids in a row which often add thousands onto the price? Why not post just one big bid? Even stranger, why put up the price so much with sucessive bids before waiting to see who outbids you? The actions of these people appear to only serve to help the seller as it'll massivily boost the final price - so is this some sort of scam?
posted by mr_silver at 4:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommended albums by R.E.M for newbie

After hearing "Imitation of Life", I'd like to listen and enjoy some more R.E.M. music. Where should I start? What albums are recommended for a newbie to R.E.M?
posted by vac2003 at 3:02 AM PST - 34 comments

May 18

Geometry puzzle

Attention geometry wizards, Explain this picture
posted by Crotalus at 11:35 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make dosh in WoW?

Auction House speculation in World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by malpractice at 10:27 PM PST - 14 comments

The sound of silence.

Laptop power supply interfering with PA speakers. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 9:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Maybe moving there would be easier?

I really want these shoes, but they don't ship outside of the U.K..... [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Pardon me...

What are the best manners that I am not aware of? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:38 PM PST - 128 comments

What's wrong with saying that I'd never say never?

My girlfriend asked me if I'd ever have sex with a man. I replied by saying that I'd never say never. Does this make me less of a heterosexual? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:23 PM PST - 45 comments

darwin's tumor

Ive read that cancer can be pretty clever - securing nutrition by releasing hormones which cause the creation of blood vessels, employing various methods of fooling our immune system etc. All these seem (at least to my layman's mind) to be pretty specialized eh... 'behaviors' i guess is the word. My question is, how would they evolve? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 7:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Help make my car like new...

I am going to be detailing the interior of my 2002 Ford Mustang this weekend. I'm looking for the best techniques/products for the job. My goal is for it to end up looking like a professional detail job (or at least as close as I can get it to be). What has worked for you? I have no leather seats so I don't have to worry about that. But what about the cloth seats...carpets...dashboard...steering wheel...sticky soda drips? What do you suggest?
posted by ieatwords at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

How reactive can metal in water be?

My friend swears that he once saw a video of a guy dropping highly reactive marble sized pieces of metal in a bathtub. The guy would drop in more reactive pieces of metal until eventually "a geyser shot up from the water and the tub split in twain." Is this remotely possible? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 5:15 PM PST - 36 comments

Sous La Plague

How can I buy tickets to see The Pipettes at Sous La Plague at Park of Paris? [more inside]
posted by zinegurl at 5:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Desktop v. Laptop

The MacBook calls to me. But I have a desktop (PC). Is there any justification for having a desktop AND a laptop computer? If not, is there any way I can sell a desktop computer without taking a huge loss?
posted by miltoncat at 4:45 PM PST - 29 comments

What's this mystery sound effect?

What is this subtle sound that I keep hearing while using my computer? [more inside]
posted by helios at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for starting a book club?

How do we start and run a successful book club? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 4:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Boston Restaurant for Entertaining Clients?

Recommend a restaurant in Boston for business dining? [more inside]
posted by mam at 4:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Identify my font

Can anyone help me identify this font? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for discussion list software

I'm looking for discussion list software that will allow users to receive e-mails only from other users that are within X miles of their zip code. [more inside]
posted by retrorider at 3:49 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I develop writing skills in a non-native language?

How can I develop writing skills in a non-native language? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 2:24 PM PST - 25 comments

iBook for the hard of thinking...

Has anyone added RAM to an iBook G4? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Time to Reclaim Part of my Garden.

Part of my garden has been growing wild for some time: I've decided it is time to reclaim it. But my current tools aren't up to the job. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 1:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a homework submission script.

Where can I find a simple UNIX homework submission script? [more inside]
posted by event at 12:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Two weeks or two months notice?

Job ethics: I have decided to leave my job two months from now. Do I let them know now so they have more time to find a good replacement, or do I wait and just give my two weeks notice? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 12:42 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I determine the sell value of a web site?

How do I determine the sell value of a site that has 5000+ readers per day (including RSS readers), 3300+ articles written, 120,000+ comments, 40+ active authors, and a high Google PageRank of 7? [more inside]
posted by camworld at 12:26 PM PST - 22 comments

How to find business partners to put up funds to buy a bar?

What are good resources, books, etc. on how to find investors/business partners for buying a bar? [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Coverting video files for iDVD

How do I make a DVD from my iTunes video downloads? [more inside]
posted by mudhouse at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

How much copper in an average PC?

How much copper is there inside an average PC? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 12:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Upper Canada + Lower Canada = fun!

There are 2 small groups of people, one in Montreal, one in Toronto. Help me plan a low budget Summer event to bring them together. [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Inconvenient funds?

Assuming denomination of currency was not specified in the contract, could someone hold the terms of a contract unfulfilled because the denomination of currency was inconvenient and/or costly to process? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Writing biography or history

How would I write a biography or history book? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there such a thing as passenger ferry service from Chicago?

Does anyone know of a passenger ferry service which leaves from Chicago and goes on Lake Michigan to ANYWHERE? I'm looking to get away for a weekend to somewhere in maybe Wisconsin or Michigan (think Door County or Mackinac Island) and would like to not have to drive much, if possible. I thought it would be fun to take a boat ride to my destination starting from the lake in Chicago, but so far have not found anything online. Chicagoans, let me in on your secrets!
posted by achmorrison at 11:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Something in my house is causing my wife and I to itch. What could it be?

Something in my house is causing my wife and I to itch. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Paid Thinking Time... but what about?

I work at a national retail store full-time, and the majority of the time when I'm not working the register it's all very simple stuff like straightening and folding clothes. It only takes maybe 15%* of my focus. I need suggestions for things to think about, mental games, and methods of mental improvement to take up the other 85%. [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 10:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Can I keep the house?

Can one partner of a divorcing couple compel the sale of the house for the purpose of division of assets? [more inside]
posted by pgoes at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Spanish or Mandarin Chinese? What is the better choice for the IT field?

I'd like to learn a new language to help improve my skills in the IT field. I manage multiple teams in a support environment, both desktop and server. A foreign language seems to be a good way to improve my offerings to employers and help broaden my mind. [more inside]
posted by zymurgy at 10:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Free group/file-sharing site

I'm looking for a group file sharing, discussion web site... [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Songs about traveling!

Hi! I'm looking to compile a list of travel-oriented songs in any genre, specifically ones that hit on the independent, vagabonding, adventure, exploration style of traveling. Let's hear your suggestion!
posted by nitsuj at 9:52 AM PST - 56 comments

Bachelor Party in Calgary

I am organizing a bachelor party to be held in Calgary, Canada and I could use some suggestions to increase the awesome. [more inside]
posted by metaname at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me be the Green Lantern!

Help me fulfill my nerdly destiny and make my lantern into a decent Golden Age Green Lantern prop. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

PureVision contact lenses: better than the competition?

Have you worn PureVision contact lenses? Do they really "combine breathtaking clarity with incredible health and comfort," and would you recommend them? [more inside]
posted by hsoltz at 9:22 AM PST - 13 comments

This Baggage is Literal

TravelFilter: Got Luggage? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 8:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Shouldn't I be going in the other direction?

What should you take into a tropical post-hurricane situation? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

The sad thing is, my lunch is in the car and I'm hungry!

Calling all armchair MacGuyvers: My car is locked in my garage, and there must be a way to get it out. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 8:23 AM PST - 24 comments

I'd Thank You If I Could Find You

How do I find a girl that I knew as a child/teen? All I have is her name (she may have changed it through marriage) and the town where she grew up? She doesn't live there any more. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:11 AM PST - 53 comments

Save TEH baby HAWKS!

There is a hawk's nest in the lot next to our house with babies in it. They are about to clear cut the land to put yet another crappy built house there (all in the name of "money"). Is there anything that can be done to save that nest?
posted by Hands of Manos at 8:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Chemistry for a dummy

When I pour sugar in my coffee the total volume in my mug increases. What happen to the volume when the sugar dissolves (decreasing or stable ?) ?
posted by vincentm at 7:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I pick the right phone/internet plan?

Please help me figure out the most affordable, logical phone/internet package for my house. There are too many options, and I'm not quite sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:34 AM PST - 12 comments

How many U.S. scientists do biomedical research?

I'm writing a business plan for a company that will develop software for scientists doing biomedical research. I need to estimate the size of the market--e.g. how many labs in the U.S. fit this category. One starting point would be the number of grants given out annually by the NIH. Does any one know this number or know where I can find it? Any other suggestions as to how to make this estimate?
posted by Turtles all the way down at 7:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Short course to improve p/t rates

What short course can I do to get better paid part time or self employed work? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 7:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Japanese Black Trifele Tomato??

Gardenfilter: I'm starting my garden this weekend and never had a real vegetable/herb garden. I'd like to grow some unusual/heirloom varieties of vegetables but wasn't together enough to order seeds, etc. Any Mass/Southern NH Mefites know of a garden nursery or greenhouse that has LOTS of variety for veggies for plants??
posted by beccaj at 7:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Can public library books harbor bacteria/virii/disease?

Can public library books harbor bacteria/virii/disease? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 6:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Are new ipods more reliable than old ipods?

Are new ipods more reliable than old ipods? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 6:08 AM PST - 28 comments

Suche Font des Doktor Caligari

Help me find a the typeface used in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. [more inside]
posted by prolific at 5:31 AM PST - 5 comments

mp3 for visually impaired

I need recommendations for an mp3 player for a blind user. [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy at 4:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Japan to the UK (via the entire world)

I will leave Japan to travel back to the UK this August and am looking for interesting, original places and/or ways to make my way back. Where/how should I go? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 3:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How to improve debating/arguing skills and general eloquence.

How do i go about improving my arguing/debating skills? [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 2:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Title Cards from Silent Films

Looking for examples of title cards from silent films, and the fonts used thereof. [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes at 2:17 AM PST - 5 comments

vcf files and Thunderbird

How to import vcf files into Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 2:05 AM PST - 1 comment

translation q

Can someone translate this phrase from an Indian language (Hindi?) into English please? Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a good, warm tube amp to buy?

What's a good, warm tube amp to go with a Gibson SG? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 1:37 AM PST - 17 comments

How to live on 18000 a year

Living inexpensively in London [more inside]
posted by sic at 1:37 AM PST - 18 comments

What exactly can this watch do?

I recently received this cool watch as a gift. What I want to do is figure out how to do all the nifty functions, namely the bezel and all numbers running along the rim(s). It's a (partial) calculator I know, and has techy-sounding words like "STAT" and "NAUT" and "Flight Timer", which I deduce will allow pilots to...well, do what? Can someone help me decipher all the geeky goodness so I can impress my fellow nerd friends? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Windows Explorer behaving weirdly

Windows Explorer behaves weirdly; showing all my desktop folders as "Desktop". Screenshot here. What's going on?
posted by arrowhead at 12:26 AM PST - 5 comments

May 17

Name that Font!

Please hope me! What font is this?
posted by spaghetti at 9:42 PM PST - 13 comments

How to chase these feelings?

My live-in girlfriend has flown to Europe for a month and a half, and I feel a little lost as to what I should do with myself now. [more inside]
posted by chimmyc at 9:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Swedish Airmail Photo/Scan?

I need a scan or photo of a Swedish airmail envelope (not an aerogram), as in, from Sweden to elsewhere. Ideally from around 2002 but I'll take what I can get. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 9:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a portable digital recorder. It's for art.

Suggestions on a portable digital recorder, with compactness, data portability and price as the key features [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:25 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I get more obscure music on the internet?

How can I file share more obscure music? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 8:24 PM PST - 24 comments

Receiver of Stolen ebay merchandise

I bought an ibook recently on ebay here in Australia. I've just been emailed by the police today, informing me that the laptop was stolen merchandise. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll have to return the laptop to the original owner. (I would want no less if it was stolen from me) - but do I have a chance of getting compensation from ebay? the laptop was about $1,200 AUD. Any tips on approaching ebay and negotiating this are very welcome.
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Why should philanthropy be inconspicuous?

Generally it seems frowned upon to allow information about the extent to which someone supports charity enter the public sphere. What is the reason for this or if that is too obvious the origin of this belief? [more inside]
posted by I Foody at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

efficient c++ comments?

Good utilities for writing comments in visual c++ (2005)? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 7:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Why does my eyelid twitch when I ingest lots of alcohol?

When I get plastered enough, my eye twitches. Why? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

In Soviet Russia, MS Word Dates You!

I have a file in Word with a header that consists of a date, centered. Is there any way I can add 29 pages to the document to make a total of 30, dated " Thursday, June 1, 2006" - "Friday, June 30, 2006"? It seems like some sort of mail-mergy voodoo might work. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 7:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice for a first-time manager?

Advice for a first-time manager? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by rocket88 at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Mysterious junk mail

Why am I getting junk mail in my ex-husband's name? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:45 PM PST - 10 comments

It's all ram to me

What's the difference between all these types of laptop memory anyway? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 6:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Scare quotes.

Why does Windows think I want to permanently type in "accent character" mode? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Bicycle rear wheel problems.

Bicycle rear wheel problems. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 5:40 PM PST - 30 comments

Business-starting for idiots

I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Did my new apartment give me a rash?

Did my new apartment give me a rash? [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 5:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Is Project Entropia any good?

Is Project Entropia a good playground for a 14-year-old? Does its economic model encourage the exercising of real-world social skills, or is it just another unaccountable identity-hopping scammer's paradise? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Sub $100 computer speakers?

What "good" sub $100 computer speakers are out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 5:14 PM PST - 15 comments

I Wish Life Was Like on The Apprentice

I need recommendations on good "personality" jobs. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Eel: it's what's for dinner

How do you prepare eel? [more inside]
posted by Drunken_munky at 4:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Ask the MythBusters!

What would you ask the Mythbusters stars? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 4:52 PM PST - 24 comments

One-click Outlook archiving?

Outlook 2003: adding an "archive" button? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 4:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Need Help Getting Apt. in L.A.

I need to find an apartment in LA, where I am moving for a new job in Burbank. I know nothing about LA. Do you have any advice on neighborhoods? Buildings? Rental companies? Apartment brokers or services? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 4:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Jon Sits Last

Why does Jon Stewart insist that his guests sit down before he does? He will keep standing no matter what, even if it creates an uncomfortable situation. It's awkward and has always bugged me.
posted by parallax7d at 4:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Which Car?

I'm asking a question for my roommate. She's trying to decide between 2 cars, same price. Which should she choose? 1) '98 Subaru Forester S Series, 160k miles, Power everything, anti-lock brakes 2) '97 Volvo GLT 850 5-cyl Turbo wagon, 150k miles. Any experiences with either car? Opinions? Advice? Thanks.
posted by slow, man at 3:59 PM PST - 21 comments

The true meaning of 'fictual'

What is the true meaning of the word 'fictual'? Is it actually even a word? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Selfish Charity

Where can I make a charitable donation that will provide me with cool benefits? [more inside]
posted by etc. at 3:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Why has the sun god abandoned LA?

Is it just me, or has 2006 in Los Angeles been extraordinarily foggy and overcast? And if I'm right, is there an explanation? Something about jetstreams or low-pressure systems in the Indian Ocean or maybe butterflies?
posted by lbergstr at 2:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Alternatives to SourceForge?

Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
posted by knave at 2:31 PM PST - 4 comments

How to monitor if my internet connection is out, when I'm out?

I'm having troubles with my ISP (UK) and I need to prove the times when my internet connection is out. How can I record if my connection is up or down when I’m not there to check? [more inside]
posted by lagavulin at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

does 51% sharehold mean control?

In a UK company with 3 shareholders, with percentages 51%, 24.5%, 24.5%. Can the person with the majority force the other 2 holders to sell-out ? [more inside]
posted by toocan at 2:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Do straight guys ever eat their own come after masturbating?

Do straight guys ever eat their own come after masturbating? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 1:54 PM PST - 80 comments

I wanna play Spore. I don't want to wait.

How can I get a chance to become a free beta tester for Spore? And how much time would I have to commit to it? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Poor Man's PDA

Will the Opera browser for the Nintendo DS Lite support GMail and Google Calendar? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 1:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Want some?

Is it tacky to bring a flask to a music show at a club?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 1:01 PM PST - 54 comments

VB? WTF? :(

After spending so many years in *nix environments, I need to get up to speed with Microsoft products (specifically without losing my sanity. [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Does MS Access have Triggers?

I'm using Microsoft Access 2003, SP2. Does it come with triggers and procedures? I searched Help, and it says trigger is only available to Access project. What's Access project? Help please.
posted by dy at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Surely someone must have invented this.....

Does This Exist: A standalone compact flash card reader that can copy (and then delete!) pictures from a camera onto a hard drive for later retrieval? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 12:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Egotistical songs?

What would a mixtape of over the top egotistical/self-aggrandizing songs contain? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 12:07 PM PST - 73 comments

Landscape gardener recommendations

Bay area landscape gardeners—anyone have a recommendation for a good landscape gardener on the peninsula? My yard is sad.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Gonna get my Gion on...

Accomodations in Kyoto for Gion Matsuri? [more inside]
posted by lovejones at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Space Simulation - the dead genre of games

Recommend me some good sci-fi space simulation games I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments

How bad is it to stay in East Memphis?

Is it a bad idea to stay in East Memphis? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

The Shortcut Express

I'm failing to see the joke or point in this week's Perry Bible Fellowship. Is there one?
posted by juniper at 10:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Supermarkets and Shopping Cart Liability

Why aren't supermarkets liable for damage as a result of their shopping carts? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 10:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there any reason not to buy a used ergonomic chair?

Is there any reason not to buy a used ergonomic chair? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 10:23 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get a work visa if I don't have a job?

Working in Europe: Visa Conundrum. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do I find curb appeal advice for my semi-detached home?

Where can I find good resources/tips for how to improve the curb appeal of my semi-detached house? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

you're not worth an additional 62%, san jose state

LibrarianFilter: Is this even legal? My school has just announced they will be increasing student fees by over 60% for the next semester. I've sent an email to the director, but what can I, or other students, reasonably do to combat this? Do I have to drop out of school because I can't afford an additional $5,000? Full text of the announcement is below. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 10:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Such A Thing As A Cool Lunchbox?

Is there such a thing as a "cool" lunch box or bag? Not cool as in 1970s Godzilla lunch box, but one that you would carry to work and is not a lunch sack or one of the ones you always see? I like a nice design aesthetic (if possible), and I have been unhappy with the ones I have seen. Extra points for insulation and something that can fit in a briefcase if inclined.
posted by gnash at 10:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Audiobooks on the ipod

I use my ipod Mini for audiobooks. When I stop and turn the ipod off and then later turn it back on, I usually have to search for my place. Can anyone tell me how to solve this problem?
posted by leavens at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Quasi-entry level jobs for professionals making a career change?

I'm looking for companies that offer quasi-entry level jobs for professionals making a career change. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Eloping to New Orleans post-Katrina?

My fiancee and I are thinking about getting married in New Orleans. Advice? Is it still in bad enough shape that this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggest a video editing program?

Suggest a video editing program? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 9:33 AM PST - 20 comments

How to pick a simple cell phone?

I am tired of being connected and available all the time. To that end I have decided to drop my Treo PDA phone and just get a simple phone that will give me access to my calendar and contacts - but no email - no web - mobi-video - just plain old POTS. Any recommendations for simple cell phones?
posted by eaglemoon at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Just got a Motorola SLVR, show me around!

So I got a new Motorola SLVR L7, what are some cool things I can do with it? Bonus points for OSX-Friendly apps/solutions. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

How does "not equal" translate into Access Language

In Access (and Excel as well I would imagine) what is the symbol for "Not Equals"? I would imagine since = is equals there must be a symbol for everything excluding said parameter [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 9:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Making a little recipe into a big one

Cooking Filter: I need to convert a recipe that serves eight into a recipe that serves 100. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this arena show device?

I'm curious about equipment seen at larger concerts: opaque plastic (?) disc, clear plastic tube attached to one side, spiral wire around the tube, cable coming out of the other side of the disc. Some kind of microphone? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I create a small, Terminal friendly screensaver?

I need to create a simple and small screensaver, like the logon.scr that comes with windows server 2003, that has my company's logo instead of "Windows Server 2003." [more inside]
posted by bloodniece at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I stop my Windows Explorer from crashing or keeping me out of my own computer?

Windows XP problem possibly involving Windows Defender or spyware. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I disinfect my lawn from floodwaters?

The Merrimack River in Massachusetts decided to become part of my backyard these past few days, but thankfully has receded. My question is, how do I disinfect my lawn from all the bacteria and what not that was in the river without actually killing the lawn?
posted by kraagenskul at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

PowerBook slow to recognize my iPod

Why does my PowerBook G4 take so long to recognize my 60g iPod? [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 7:52 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I split the rent?

2 Bedroom Apt, 3 people, what's the most fair way to split the rent? [more inside]
posted by empath at 7:42 AM PST - 38 comments

Best weird/alternative places to go in NYC

I'm going to NYC for a week in September. I need recommendations of the best alternative/weird/unusual/eye-opening places in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 6:45 AM PST - 40 comments

What's that stuff that is said in Mishima?

Does anyone know off the top of their head what Mishima says about exercise? I'm talking about the 1985 film by Paul Schrader. The scene I'm talking about is when he's using a sort of rowing machine and you see him topless. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Know of any cheap, non-invasive bridges?

Cheap and innovative bridge solution that doesn't interfere with the river, or the banks at all? [more inside]
posted by jcruden at 6:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I learn to shut my Big Fat Yapper?

How do I learn to shut my Big Fat Yapper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I stop being a pothead?

How can I successfully transition out of being a pothead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 AM PST - 34 comments

Gmail, POP, Verizon

Sending email via Gmail using POP and Verizon ISP? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 4:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I download Wikipedia to my Sony Ericsson K750i?

Can I download Wikipedia to my Sony Ericsson K750i, or do I need a fancy smartphone? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me help my iBook, please

My iBook has started freezing on me. When I start it up, it starts making a buzzing, whirring sound from under the left of the trackpad, then won't do anything else. I'm thinking it's some sort of a fan problem or HD-related issue, but I'm at a loss, and very frustrated. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by macdara at 3:44 AM PST - 10 comments

what fiction to buy for an urologist?

what fiction to buy for an urologist? [more inside]
posted by ouke at 12:46 AM PST - 25 comments

How to look "more like yourself" in snapshots.

Do you "pose" for snapshots? Should I? It has been kindly brought to my attention that I look like crap in photos--worse than in person. [more inside]
posted by QueSeraSera at 12:31 AM PST - 20 comments

glasses, moustache, handkerchief, WE HAVE AN OPERATION

Teachingfilter: So, fellow mefiteachers, how do you deal with the exhaustion that comes with the job? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 12:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find this video again?!?

[CollectiveMemoryFilter] Please help me find an FPP from a while back with a single link to a short video skit about a guy serenading a girl in a coffee shop early in the morning, with the help of the other patrons. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:20 AM PST - 4 comments

May 16

Advice on this growth on my tongue?

In the last two weeks, a weird nodule has formed on the bottom of my tongue. I think it's a ranula, but I'm not a doctor and can't say that for certain. I don't have health insurance, but I gotta get rid of this thing before it gets massive and more painful. What kind of doctor do I see to get this removed? How much will something like this (getting a "thing" on your tongue removed) typically cost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Image search engine scraper/downloader

I need a web scraper script/proggie to download and thumbnailize images for a long list of search terms. [more inside]
posted by Moistener at 10:08 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to sell my Star Trek DVDs. Any clever ideas other than ebay?

I recently bought a bunch of Star Trek DVDs cheap and need ideas on how to sell them, preferably easily. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 9:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Local TV News corrections

I see corrections in newspapers all the time. And now come to think about it Ive NEVER seen my local TV news do a correction. Nobody is perfect. So how do they deal with mea culpas? [more inside]
posted by freeflytim at 9:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Old Palm PDA/USB adapter woes

Syncing an old PDA with a USB/Serial Adapter. Help me figure out why I can't choose a COM port that isn't busy, and what I need to do about it. [more inside]
posted by BT at 8:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Calder Mobiles

I want to learn to make mobiles! [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Wanta Fanta?

FantaFilter: Help me get some european soft drinks in the US... [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 8:25 PM PST - 21 comments

A really big shoe for you

Toddler shoes -- what are the best brands? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 8:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Identifying IP addresses

I have an IP address and I would like to work out where it is. I know it is on a university network but I would like a more accurate placing of it than that. Can anyone recommend a technique, software or website, which might give me the information? Thanks.
posted by Hermit at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Nursing Shoes

Help me make my hard working wife's feet happy. My wife is a surgery nurse and is due for a new great pair of nursing shoes. We'll be in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area in a few weeks. Anyone have any recommendations on a great place to buy such a pair of shoes in that area?
posted by killThisKid at 7:52 PM PST - 24 comments

"In Your Eyes" nostalgia trip

It's 80s-music-nostalgia-filter: For sentimental reasons, I'm trying to track down versions of Peter Gabriel singing "In Your Eyes" live with Youssou N'Dour. How many versions are out there? And what albums are they on? Bonus question: Is there an "IYE" cover that beats the original? Thanks.
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:48 PM PST - 11 comments

MacBook: How do I listen to the old ballgame now?

Got a sparkly new MacBook today, and I want to listen to my Gameday Audio subscription on but Windows Media is blocking my way. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 7:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Network-accessible standalone video player?

Does this device exist: standalone video player with a builtin harddrive, component video outs, menu system & remote, ethernet/wifi. Does not rely on computer in the house. Can be turned off/made silent like a normal device when I'm not using it. But when it's on I can watch shows and movies I've transferred to it over the network without excessive hacks-- hopefully it can decode most common video formats and play in HD if necessary. Does not need video in--I don't want a recorder. [more inside]
posted by neustile at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Email auditing and backup, by date?

I've been asked to set up a mail server for a small company with a specific auditing requirement. How do I insure their requirement "show me all emails from May 30, 2005 to June 30, 2005", for example, is fulfilled? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How to track what I need to do on the work website?

What methods and processes can I use to manage the content of a university-school website? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

The Cross of Lorraine

I'm planning on getting a tattoo incorporating the Cross of Lorraine, does it have negative connotations? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Kafka On the Shore fan site

Where can I find Murakami's website that allowed readers to submit questions regarding the meaning of the book Kafka On the Shore? [more inside]
posted by pelican at 6:22 PM PST - 2 comments

All your base are off of us

Did "based on" beget "based off of"? [more inside]
posted by Mr Stickfigure at 6:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!

[New York City apartment filter] So my future roommate and I found a place we thought was perfect. We're thisclose to signing the lease. And then a search with HPD turns up 96 open violations in the building. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 6:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Correlation between bonds and CDs

Investment finance question: Where can i find the historical correlation coefficients between Certificates of Deposits and US. Gov't bonds? Where can I find the equivalent info for Canadian GICs vs Canadian gov't bonds?
posted by storybored at 6:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Music price guides online?

Can you recommend a good online record/CD price guide database to help sell part of my collection? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 5:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone come close to Borges in the field of very short fiction?

Has anyone written and published very brief, dense prose works akin to Borges' ficciones, and are they any good? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 5:41 PM PST - 17 comments

In search of loving pooch friend

I've been applying to adopt a dog in Massachusetts for about a year. I live in a tenant-at-will apartment, so they won't give me one. My situation is such that I rent from a friend, his elderly aunt lives downstairs and I look after her, and she would love to have the companionship of a dog during the day when I'm at work. But it seems I can't have one, even though my landlady has given me the go ahead. She is deaf and partially blind, but able to play with a dog. I read the post about dogs being euthanized in Georgia (May 11, MeFi) Maybe these people should advertise in other states. I'd be happy to pay the transportation fee for a long-life friend. I don't want to buy one from a breeder, because that's a waste. I want a nice, friendly pooch, I don't care what it looks like, just that he's in my lap in the evenings when I'm watching TV, and an inspiration to get me up early in the mornings for the morning and evening pee, happily clutching my plastic bag to pick up the poo. Anyone in Massachusetts have any ideas?
posted by WaterSprite at 5:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Tango creative site

Help me remember this website! Small website consulting company. It had two words, most likely starting with "web____". It was award winning, made with flash, punchy animations and a distinctive tango-like soundtrack.
posted by omidius at 5:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Help! FTP is gefückert!

I can't FTP to my domains and, which are both hosted with Help me figure out the weirdness -- this isn't a firewall issue as far as I can tell. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 3:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find that IM video

This should be a layup for AskMeFi. Funny video of two male roommates communicating with each other ONLY via IM, even though they're sitting in the same room together. [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

name that song? it's killin' me...

what's the name of that song, couple years back, cello, acoustic guitars, male and female duet, b&w video with the camera slowly spinning from the inside of a circle of singers/musicians and a portion of the lyrics go something like "hurricane come knock me down" (or maybe it was 'tornado'?) is it just me or is it impossible to search for song lyrics on the intarwebs!
posted by garfy3 at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Influence of the "blogosphere"

Does anyone have specific examples of products that were either boosted or busted solely from buzz created on the "blogosphere?" [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 2:48 PM PST - 44 comments

I just got my passport back from the dry cleaner

Does anyone have recent experience with a damaged U.S. passport? When does one need to be replaced. [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Accepting a job, negotiating a salary...

Salary negotiations tomorrow morning. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ruff at 2:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Tell me where to put it.

Where shall I shove a new HD? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:27 PM PST - 13 comments

How to rent a Floridian Condo

My parents just bought a new condo in Naples, Florida. What is the best way for them to rent it seasonally? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I easily, quickly and twice daily sync two computers

I want to easily and quickly synchronize my work laptop with my home office desktop every evening when I get home, and visa versa just before I leave for work. What software and what hardware do I need. Cost is not a primary issue, but time and convenience are. A seamless "plug this here" "two clicks there" operation is my goal. Machine 1/2 is backup for machine 2/1 every 12 hours.
posted by elmaddog at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

What are good tools for managing software archives?

What are good tools for managing software archives? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 12:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Homeless in the fall?

Questions about grad school housing: 1. Anybody know a good site to find apartments on? I'm moving to Mt. Pleasant, MI in August and need a place for me to live that takes cats. I tried but its not helping much. 2. Are there any sites that help match you up with roommates? 3. Living with your classmates? High compatibility or just plain dumb (I'll be in a class of 7) [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

like obsequious, but for gratitude

I'm looking for a word that is like "obsequious", but has more to do with gushing gratitude -- to the point of being obnoxious -- rather than compliance and approval-seeking. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 12:11 PM PST - 31 comments

I need men.

My homies and I are playing a Fantasy World Cup Competition, any hot tips? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 11:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I buy horsemeat?

Where can I buy horsemeat? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Common Song in the Movies 'Stay' and 'Go'?

MovieSongFilter: Need some help getting the name and performer of a song I've heard now in two separate movies. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How to build da Vinci's self-supporting bridge

Need help building da Vinci's self-supporting bridge. [more inside]
posted by F Mackenzie at 10:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Common Words

Do you know any words which are common to many languages? [more inside]
posted by booksprite at 10:06 AM PST - 52 comments

San Diego Mazda

Need a recommendation on a Mazda mechanic in San Diego. [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Think Ink

I need a reliable, cheap online source for printer ink. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

I hate cars but...

I want a car that carries more than 5 passengers AND gets good fuel economy! I did see some similar recent posts on this question, but not explicitly including the more than 5 seating issue! Right now I drive a tiny civic hatch back. I don't care about having a BIG car, I just want a car that can carry more people than the members of my immediate family. I hate to switch from 35 mpg to the 18 that even the most efficient minivan provides. Any creative seating solutions (Optional rear bench? Back facing station wagon seating?) will be considered!
posted by serazin at 9:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Good site for borrowing books?

Can anyone recommend a good site for borrowing books online? Physical books I mean, not e-books. I've found Booksfree; are there any others out there?
posted by JanetLand at 9:09 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I focus on work better?

What are some ways I can stay more focused at work? [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

airline movies

Why are movies on airplanes so bad? I just sat through 12 hours of oxygen-deprived mediocrity (Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Rumor Has It, King Kong, The Transporter 2). I mean, it is just simple economics -- do the airline companies get a better deal on movies that suck? But then why does it cost no more to watch or rent a good movie than a bad one? If they're aiming for wide mainstream taste, couldn't they at least have things everyone wanted to see -- movies that have won awards, or genuinely done well at the box office?
posted by jgballard at 8:52 AM PST - 38 comments

Should I use an apartment locator service?

I have to move by July 30th, and I've started looking for a place. I would prefer a private landlord vs. a managed complex. In my searching, an apartment locator service has come up, and I'm wondering if I should use them. [more inside]
posted by golden_lady at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

bitchy, not itchy

Does it make sense that unknown exposure -- allergies or sensitivities -- is making me wildly moody? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Straight to Gay?

Is it possible to move up and down the continuum of human sexuality? That is, can gays turn straighter or straights turn gayer? And how would you go about doing it? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:57 AM PST - 49 comments

Knocked Out Before The Bell Rang

I'm encountering what I imagine is an entirely rudimentary SQL error, but am baffled as to how to solve it. [more inside]
posted by boombot at 7:18 AM PST - 80 comments

Should we get our parents a gift for our wedding?

Should we get our parents a gift for our wedding? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

... but that, my children, is called cannibalism, and is infact frowned upon in most cultures.

Can someone point me towards an online version of the screenplay or at least a transcript of Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Thanksverymuch.
posted by Skyanth at 6:51 AM PST - 2 comments

World Cup Calling

I am headed to World Cup for the Trinidad vs. Paraguay game. I will be flying into London from Bermuda. I am planning on heading to Germany for the game, and then heading to Italy for a few days, and then to Madrid for a few more, ultimately going back to London and then onto Bermuda. What is the best / cheapest way to get to these countries once I am into London. Should I fly, take a train? Use a ticket broker like AirTreks. Look at RyanAir??
posted by jasondigitized at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

What are you in hiding in your closet?

What's in your condo storage locker? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc at 5:33 AM PST - 11 comments

NYC-area Wedding Photographers

Help me find a great wedding photographer for my wedding on Long Island next June! [more inside]
posted by josh at 4:46 AM PST - 12 comments

My doctor has inflated my bill.

How do I fight an inflated doctor bill? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 4:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Computer Music Software for Minimalistic Music: Which Is the Best?

I want to get into making electronic music on my PC. What software should I purchase for ambient moody pop stuff? Any help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by mosspink at 1:52 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I deal with email to non-US mobiles? And should I?

Can I figure out email addresses for mobile numbers outside North America, if I know the provider? Does most of the world who use SMS even send/receive email through their mobiles? [more inside]
posted by lizardqueen at 12:19 AM PST - 11 comments

May 15

Where should we sleep?

Good hotel close to Fox Theatre, ATL? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 at 10:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a topical solution to acne scars?

Is there a topical solution to acne scars? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How good is the reputation of Swinburne University in Victoria, Australia?

How good is the reputation of Swinburne University in Victoria, Australia? Are they more focused on teaching or research? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

waiting for the elves.

Leather shoe repair with putty? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 7:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I try to bill my asthma medicationto my insurance company, or will they fire me for a prexisting condition?...

Hi. I recently (about six months ago) switched health insurance providers. I filled out the application form honestly, except for one thing: I forgot to note that I'd received a prescription two years ago for an albuterol inhaler (which is an inexpensive inhaler used to relieve asthma attacks while they're occuring.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I upgrade my Sawtooth G4's CPU for Logic?

Does it make sense to do a CPU upgrade to a Sawtooth G4 for Logic? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 6:20 PM PST - 10 comments


Help my iBook talk to my Commodore SX-64. [more inside]
posted by trey at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

I need a new computer!

What kind of computer should i get? My laptop died (motherboard fizzled). [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 6:18 PM PST - 27 comments

I got fingered to this song

What is that song?! [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Care and Feeding of My 1950s Low Voltage Relay Lighting System

1950s era Low Voltage Relay Lighting - My new home has a system, and I'm not sure what to do if it ever breaks. Are there any good resources for parts out there? Any good discussions on these systems? Books I should pick up?
posted by salsamander at 6:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get an audiobook bought from Audible to play on my iriver H10?

How can I get an audiobook bought from Audible to play on my iriver H10? [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Can not delete files on portable drive

Why couldn't I delete/update/rename my files in a portable drive suddenly? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 5:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What to give a graduating social worker?

I have a friend who has just finished her Masters In Social Work. I am looking for a good graduation gift for her. [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 5:12 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to make an ellipse (rather than bubble) chart in Excel?

Let's say I want to make a chart that's like an excel bubble chart, but I don't want the size of the bubble to vary depending on a third variable. Instead, I want the width of each bubble to vary by some amount, and the height of each bubble to vary by a different amount. [more inside]
posted by sentient at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

they said not to build your own...

[How] can I rebuild my laptop? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Good styles for good business site design?

What website layouts work best for a site selling some books and/or software? Ideas? Examples? What about NOT-recommended ideas and examples? [more inside]
posted by zek at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Video Color Space is a mystery to me..

I would like to find resources, either in print or online, for learning as much as I can about video color space, specifically where it applies to compositing/keying work. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 3:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Intractable math / physics puzzle: Light in a perfectly mirrorred sphere.

You are suspended in a large, hollow sphere. The inside of the sphere is perfectly mirrored. There is nothing else in the sphere, and all you carry is a flashlight. You turn the flashlight on. What do you see? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 2:49 PM PST - 41 comments

Take a bubble bath baby? Song & Band help needed

Song name problem. I remember an upbeat and poppy tune from a CMJ issue from the late 90's. The lyrics I can recall are "Take a bubble bath baby. There's a towel on the towel rack" and "Got a pimple, keep it simple". I've tried searching lyrics sites via google and had no luck.
posted by srboisvert at 2:47 PM PST - 3 comments

When god closes a door and forgets to tell you how to open the window

How do i open the top of really tall windows? [more inside]
posted by jeffe at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

The Bible - proving the facts, proving the fiction

So how do we know the Bible isn't just a book of fiction that someone has written? [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 2:20 PM PST - 44 comments

Need a photo ipod sport case

IpodFilter: I have the photo ipod and am looking for a really good sport case I can use at the gym..... [more inside]
posted by deeman at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

How to turn a movie into a vacation itinerary?

How can I find out what Barcelona locations were filmed in the 1999 Pedro Almodovar movie All About My Mother? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

When to go to wine country?

What is the best time of year to visit California's wine country? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do with a big fat August

I just found out that I have the entire month of August to do with as I please. This may be the last time in a long time I have a big chunk of time like this. Help me use it wisely? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Hydrogen Peroxide --> Stinging foaming goodness

Why does hydrogen peroxide on a cut start to foam and bubble? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Rescue me from my labyrinth. Help me translate Borges.

I'm looking for an English translation of Borges online. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Weekend getaway locales and lodging near Portland, OR

I'd like to gather some recommendations for good bed & breakfasts or rental cabins for a weekend couple getaway in the Oregon Coast area or other areas of Oregon with great natural beauty. Requirements are listed on the inside. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

job in the Netherlands?

One-year position in the Netherlands: Should I take it and how do I prep for it? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Ginger ale is a scam

Is it possible to take a dangerous dose of ginger? [more inside]
posted by Zozo at 1:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Downloaded video to DVD?

How do I convert the various popular flavors of digital video floating around the Internet into a format I can easily and reliably burn to DVD and play on a DVD player? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a design class anywhere in the world

Please help me help my ex girlfriend find a design class for 2-10 weeks anywhere in the world. [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 12:44 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I learn to identify and deal with garden pests?

How do I identify garden pests? And what do I do about them once I've identified them? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Have you seen a messiah somewhere around here?

Please help convince me to become a Christian. Or not. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 12:09 PM PST - 117 comments

Church Ladies Gone Wild!

ChurchFilter:I don't know if I should stay with this congregation or cut my losses and find a new parish... [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 11:50 AM PST - 24 comments

How does Amazon keep track of the pages I view?

Exactly how does Amazon know the number of pages I view? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I rent an apartment in Paris for three months?

How do I rent an apartment in Paris for three months? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

ROKR E1 images to Mac g5

Help my friend download images captured from her Motorola ROKR E1 to her Mac computer. [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel- conditional data copy

Excel use question: what's the term (and usage, if you don't mind) for the concept of "copy only the rows with (special indicator here) from that worksheet"? [more inside]
posted by Steve3 at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Who talked me into this madness?

Roadtrip Filter: I need advice on how to kill 72 hours in a mini-van, among other things. We leave on Friday. [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 10:57 AM PST - 20 comments

I need a lard can

Where can I find a container to let me strain and store bacon grease? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Turkey in June

We're going to Istanbul for about a week and a half in early June. Any suggestions?
posted by lalalana at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Gotta get me some more Milchrahmstrudel!

Do you have a great recipe for custard strudel? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 10:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Why does my cat put his paw in my mouth while sleeping?

CatFilter: Sometimes in the early morning my cat who sleeps near my shoulder puts his paw in my mouth... [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian at 10:41 AM PST - 29 comments

Is IMac new as fast and good as 6 year old PC (Dell)?

Is the IMac as strong (poerful) as my Dell, some 6 years old? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Tips or tricks for lowering fasting morning glucose levels without resorting to insulin?

Tips or tricks for lowering fasting morning glucose levels without resorting to insulin? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

mom got let go. how can i raise her spirits?

My mom just got let go from her job. What can I do to help her? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying & Fixing a House in Portland, Oregon

Can anyone recommend home inspectors and/or renovation contractors in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Easiest way to get home movies onto DVD?

Hi8 to DVD - easiest solution? Looking for a USB capture device/software package for transferring all of my Hi8 home movies to DVD [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I prevent edits on my networked .hta file?

How do I prevent edits on my networked .hta file? [more inside]
posted by turtle42 at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Name That Font

Please help me identify this font! [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Ditching jewel cases! Need binder sleeves to store everything.

I want to store a few dozen CDs with their liner notes and inserts (we're talking the regular American style thick CD jewel cases). Most of the CD binders seem only able to store the booklet, not the tray inserts. I'd like one that can store everything except the plastic. I want to be able to stick them back into jewel cases if I ever decide to get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

What animal produces this cry?

The other night my wife and I heard a creature calling in the woods, near our house, for about half an hour. It was an alarming cry that neither of us have heard after a lifetime of living in the woods of central Virginia. Naturally, we recorded the sound (190k MP3) knowing we could just Ask Metafilter. Can anybody ID this critter?
posted by waldo at 8:39 AM PST - 38 comments

3 days in London and 1 day in Paris : what to do?

3 days in London and 1 day in Paris : what to do? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 8:32 AM PST - 25 comments


CroatiaFilter : I'm going to Croatia in July and need tons of info , help ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Sacrifice friendship, or endure constant pain?

Should I (male) stay friends with someone (female) who I love uncontrollably when there is no reciprocation? Messy story and a lot [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 42 comments

Oh no! You broke my stereo!

My twenty month old jammed three cds into my car cd player. The eject button is less than useless. What is the best way to recover them? [more inside]
posted by Apoch at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Jokes re Ancient Egypt & Pyramids

Any jokes with the theme of Pyramids, Ancient Egypt or Joseph (Dreamcoat)? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it a black hole?

I would like to get an educated guess about what this black spot is in some old x-rays. [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Cutting into chipboard for desk, without leaving hideous insides showing?

Carving docks into desk: If we're going to sling some MDF or other density chipboard style wood between two walls as a benchtop, how can we cut holes for ipods, phones, and usb plugs without having hideous amounts of chipboard showing through? [more inside]
posted by taita_cakes at 5:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a way to keep bamboo out?

Help us keep bamboo from invading our yard. [more inside]
posted by saucy at 4:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Does mothercare?

Guarantee question. Bought a load of stuff from Mothercare in the UK. Arranged to have it delivered to home. Some of the stuff was not in stock, so it took them nearly 2 months to deliver it all. Now this is not a problem, baby's not due for another couple of weeks, my problem is they are stating that the guarantee for each of the items starts on the day of purchase and not on the actual day we took delivery from them. So in effect we've been stiffed of 2 months guarantee. Is this right?
posted by lloyder at 4:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Teach me magic?

Teach me a card trick. Inspired by a recent post on card tricks, I'd like to learn a simple but reasonably impressive trick with which to pester children at family gatherings etc. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 4:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Broken retainer, what to do?

My invisalign-type retainer has broken and I won't see my orthodontist for months! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 3:23 AM PST - 3 comments

How to extract metadata about emails?

What's the easiest way to extra data about my emails? It's for the purposes of making a visualization along similar lines to Mountain. [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah at 3:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Lost Cat

How do I find a lost house cat that made a break for it? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 12:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for more information on ClickBank and Ebook Selling...

OnlineSalesFilter: ClickBank | eBook selling; is anyone here in affiliate marketing for these ebooks? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 12:08 AM PST - 1 comment

Whoop whoops?

Is there a name for the type of vocal 'whoop'ing that sometimes happens at some dance parties or raves or somesuch, where the audience will all yell out 'whoop' or 'whoop whoop' in time with the music? Bonus cool points for recommending songs that actually have samples of said whooping in them.
posted by geekhorde at 12:01 AM PST - 10 comments

May 14

Responsibilities of Best Man?

I'm best man at my friend's wedding in July. What are all of my responsibilities? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Planning a party in Seattle

My wife is planning a 'stagette' type party for her soon-to-be-married friend, and needs some info about Seattle. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

I refuse to ratify the roof treaty

All diplomatic efforts at a peaceful solution have failed. I have no choice but to invade and depose the ty-rat-ical government in my roof. But I don't want to injure the canine civilians. Can I do this myself or do I need to bring in the elite forces?
posted by zaebiz at 10:55 PM PST - 16 comments

I asked him

I got bold and asked a man out. Now, how do I mitigate my boldness? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 10:15 PM PST - 36 comments

Apartment vegetables

Does anyone know any resources on growing vegetables while living in an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 9:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Sensitive salad or dessert

Need SALAD or DESSERT recipe for a pot luck with a group of friends with lots of different food sensitivities. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 9:26 PM PST - 12 comments

au pair ?

We have two small children, and we're thinking of hiring an au pair. We're looking for advice from those who have done this. [more inside]
posted by richg at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

in search of margarita madness

Where can I rent a frozen margarita machine in New York for one night? [more inside]
posted by hooray at 8:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Hobby that has grown into something more seeks advice on making it formal.

My husband, a friend and I have started a community theatre group. We're in the midst of our first show, and we've gotten great publicity and we're getting healthy first-time audiences. We want to keep doing this, but we think we need to incorporate (become an LLC, LLP, something) before we get in too far. A lot . . . [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Setting Up Mom's XP Computer

I am a Mac Geek and will be setting up a Windows XP Pro computer for my computer novice mother, but I am concerned about XP security. [more inside]
posted by DuckFOO at 8:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Creepy neighbors issue.

What's up with my weird Latino next-door neighbors? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 7:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Help with anxiety/relationship

I know similar questions have been asked, but here goes...I've had anxiety and depression for awhile now, but more severely the last few months. I've been seeing a therapist, and have been on some medicine, and both have helped, but I'm looking for more help [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 7:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing

I live in Canada and cannot buy Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing. I have tried twice, but cannot get the egg taste. Even with 3 eggs, sugar and oil in a double boiler, I cannot get the taste right. Can anyone help?
posted by bright77blue at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Do baggers hate canvas bags?

Is it my imagination, or do grocery baggers hate canvas bags? [more inside]
posted by miriam at 6:52 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I install a PC game on MacBook Pro running Parallels?

Has anyone successfully installed CivIII or Age of Empires on a MacBook Pro running Win XP SP2 over Parallels? [more inside]
posted by eirelander at 6:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Moving to Charleston, SC?

Hi there, any peeps on the green have any advice on whether to move to Charleston? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

I Am Jack's Albatross

I want to make large lifestyle changes, but I'm fighting my own ingrained negative mental attitudes that go back 17 or more years, and they're winning. Help me overcome them. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 6:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Mouse for the left-handed fat-fingered?

I need to find a mouse to suit someone with large, but not long, fingers. Who's left handed. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Help! I've fallen in love and I can't get up.

Lovefilter: how do I get over a girl while remaining close friends? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 5:54 PM PST - 37 comments

Really thick socks

Tomorrow I sign a lease for a huge old house built in the 1800's, and I am worried about how much oil will be required to heat the place. How can this be predicted without appropriate historical data? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Restaurants and Hiking in Twin Cities

What are good restaurants and hiking trails in the twin cities area (for a visiting Houstonian to go to)? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Is exercising bad on my sinuses?

Why does my ear clog up when I exercise? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What unique methods can I use to find a graphic/web designer who is also a good teacher?

What unique methods can I use to find a graphic/web designer who is also a good teacher? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 3:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Does my dad need to protect his Intellctual Property rights?

My Dad sells computer games on the Internet as a hobby. He has done nothing to protect his intellectual property rights other than placing a copyright notice on an "About" screen. He thinks Nintendo might like one of his game ideas and would like to contact them about it. Should he be concerned about protecting his IP rights before contacting Nintendo or is it too late? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments


I need recommendations for the best book to buy for my sales team helping them understand the basics of information technology. More specifically we are an organization that offers computer training. Classes cover Microsoft certifications, Novell, Citrix.....etc.... This team is very green and I need to help them learn this stuff faster. Any ideas?
posted by sandrapbrady at 3:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Executive skills: How to manage managers?

I've recently been promoted to VP, and I've realized that my skill set needs an upgrade. I need a methodology for setting goals for my reports. I need a system in which I can feel confident with their progress (and coach where needed) without micromanaging. Any suggestions or books I can read? [more inside]
posted by Kenshiro70 at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How many credit cards?

How many credit cards do typical people have/carry? [more inside]
posted by raf at 2:46 PM PST - 50 comments

Do I know the words yet? No, not yet!

The professor and his students break into drunken song in Madadayo. Are those traditional songs? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

People search in Canada, maybe Ontario?

What are the best resources ( public records etc) for locating someone in Canada. Possibly in Ontario but not sure. All suggestions very much appreciated. The name is very common-- internet search not successful so far...
posted by GoodJob! at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Fix My HD-Out on My Graphics Card

I just bought a new graphics card. The only thing I need it to do is to output my computer display to a television. To this effect, the card has three output options: (1) RCA, (2) S-video, (3) HD (red, blue and green cord). The first two options work great. The third, which is the one I'm really jonesing for, doesn't. What appears on the TV through the HD-out is all wonky and strange -- I can sort of make out stuff, but just barely. Any ideas as to how to get this up and running? I'm on XP (Home Edition), and here is the TV I'm using.
posted by JPowers at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Comfy blanket

I want to buy a very comfortable blanket/cover to wraparound when I read. Please recommend some nice samples.
posted by growabrain at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Level Design in Video Games

What was the first video game to have a level design feature? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 12:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Why does my volume control Icon keeps removing itself?

Long time listener First Time caller, can someone please explain to me why my volume control Icon on my task bar keeps removing itself. (More inside). [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Computer Lines

Why does my computer keep doing this? Moving around an open window does this. The purple lines usually pop out of nowhere, independent of what I'm doing. It started this week and has been happening more often as time goes on. Restarting the computer seems to be the only cure.
posted by lotsofno at 11:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Contact information for Venezuela press office in London?

Hugo Chavez is in London. Does anybody have a quick link to the Venezuelan Government press office? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you solve a real-world maze?

Non-theoretical real-world maze solving? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Travel: what to do in Austria ?

Travelling: Gruβ Gott ! What could I do in Austria and Southern Germany near Munich? [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Trash or treaure?

What should I do about my weird neighbor encounter? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 9:19 AM PST - 36 comments

where is my ikea catalog?

How can I find old ikea catalogs? [more inside]
posted by caelumluna at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Fluency in Arabic

I've just been rejected from ALI. How am I ever going to get fluent in Arabic? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 8:51 AM PST - 17 comments

The programming is insubstantial, Catsby.

What kind of documentation will convince a non-software guy that writing a program is actual work? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages?

Linguists: What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 7:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I buy a window / portable air conditioner?

Should I buy a window / portable air conditioner for my home office? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 3:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Troubleshooting Mac Audio Recording Problems

Major audio recording problems on an iMac - help?! [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 12:57 AM PST - 10 comments

May 13

What's your best idea for a high school social event

So-- I go to boarding school. At my school, there's a senior position entitled Vice President of Social Life. I've already made it to the finals- just two candidates left. I have to give a speech on Tuesday. I was wondering if the MeFi community had any good ideas for social events to be held for a 9th through 12th grade high school. [more inside]
posted by daviss at 11:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Who's that flying naked woman in "Jesus' Son?"

Who is the actress that plays the naked flying woman that Billy Crudup and Dennis Leary see in the movie "Jesus' Son?" The Dennis Leary character says it's his wife, though I'm not sure we're meant to take that literally, and we never see the woman before or after that scene. IMDB and Google give no love.
posted by artlung at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that 80's feature-length cartoon (or Anime):

Giant slugs with odd appendages bent on destroying all life run over kid, feel bad about it, then heal him. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 11:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Movies on the PS2

What exactly do I need to do to play AVIs and the like on my Playstation 2? I have a CD-RW drive and don't want to spend any money.
posted by squidlarkin at 11:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Breathe Right Paranormal Mystery

Great googly moogly! When I open my Breath Right Nasal Strip at night in the dark, it briefly flashes with an eerie light. What the heck is causing this unearthly phenomenon, and must I seek an exorcist to properly address my sleep apnea?
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Oh Dear God What Have I Done?

Help! I just lost a very expensive, very old, and a very beloved family heirloom of a diamond ring down the drain of my bathtub. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne at 11:01 PM PST - 22 comments

What AWESOME books should I read this summer?

I want to read some awesome books this summer. Recommend! [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 10:33 PM PST - 36 comments

Sounding the horn for people who know something about math

Suppose there's a web form with 50 checkboxes (representing options or interests), and that checking one has no effect on any of the others. A user could select any two boxes, or a half dozen, or a different half dozen, or all 50. The only constraint on the form submission is that the user must check at least two boxes. How many possible combinations are there? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 10:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Music of Ancient Rome sounded like...?

What did the music of ancient Rome sound like? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

The best way to organize my photoshop brushes

I have a large collection of Photoshop brushes and am looking for the best way to organize them. [more inside]
posted by medelle at 9:06 PM PST - 0 comments

How long does it take for human languages to fork?

linguists: i vaguely remember a story that i can't verify. the gist is this: two groups of people who spoke the same language became separated by some minor geographical obstacles, like hills, and remained so for a period of years (decades, i think). upon analysis some years later, their common tongue had forked noticeably into fairly different languages. is this true? [more inside]
posted by patricking at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Bloglines to Palm T|X

I'd like to be able to download unread articles from Bloglines to my Palm T|X via the Wifi - no PC sync involved. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 7:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Why do waiters at certain restaurants NOT write the order down?

At P.F. Chang's, our waiter didn't write any portion of my family's order down (party of six.) This seemed to be the custom at this particular location, but I don't understand why. Do restaurant managers specifically instruct their wait staff not to write the order down? Why? Is it considered more personal and attentive? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 6:52 PM PST - 37 comments

No ethanol in our gas

Is regular unleaded gasoline made with only petroleum-derived compounds better than gasoline containing ethanol? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

When clowns and pony rides aren't enough, then what?

I'm looking for easy outdoor party themes and ideas. Do you have a memory of a good outdoor party? What makes an outdoor gathering memorable for you? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 5:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Need somewhere for the caboose

NYC FurnitureFilter: Moving to a new place on the UES and looking for some cool furniture on a budget. [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 5:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me get files off a hard drive

My laptop died. I mounted the hard drive in a USB enclosure. If you can solve permission problems, that would help. If you can solve Mac / PC compatibility problems, that would help. If you can solve both, that would be great! [more inside]
posted by salvia at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Is that our waitress?

Our waitress took the late, over-cooked burger off the check. Should we have tipped on the pre- or post-adjustment amount? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 5:31 PM PST - 44 comments

My computer is getting old and cranky.

My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 5:11 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I install a window air conditioner into my metal framed window?

How can I install a window air conditioner into my metal framed window with no place to screw in the rails? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Name That Font!

Name That Font! [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Presenting newspaper scans as a book

What's the best way to organise a book of old newspaper clippings, quotes and recipes? (Scanned and/or transcribed) [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Combining Photos

How do I merge/combine 4 separate photographs onto a single sheet? This is for an insurance record. Four separate photos might be more easily lost in my insurance agents' filing cabinet. i need to keep the four separate images intact and unmodified. I have Photoshop Elements 3, Photoshop 7 (which I have never used) and Corel Photopaint 8 and could not find (or did not know how to properly phrase a question to find) a description of how to do this I any of these programs. Can this be done in any of these programs? I would prefer to use PE3.
posted by Raybun at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

What does one do with gypsum?

The previous owner of my house left bags of gypsum pellets behind. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Herbert West, Hard Disk Reanimator

How do I recover data from dead hard disks myself? [more inside]
posted by portabella at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

My last contact ripped and new ones wont be here for a week! Help!

My last left contact (-3.50 Power, BC 8.3, Dia 14) ripped. Anticipating this, I placed an order at 1800-CONTACTS a week ago, but it's in the mail. Help me see!
posted by sirion at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Mud Lag

There's Lag in my Mud! [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Where has all the music gone?

Does anyone have the skinny on what's going on with I haven't been able to order anything or add funds for a week now and every day seems to produce a different error message.
posted by helcat at 12:14 PM PST - 34 comments

GPS Auto Purchasing Assistance

I would like to purchase a GPS receiver for my car. I primarily need it for work covering Chicago and suburbs. I would like one that can speak and talk me to my destination. There are just too many models to choose from! I do not want to purchase the cheapest model and regret the decision later. Neither do I need one to cover all of North America and Canada. I am just seeking a good reliable system that has a good reputation for always picking up the signal. Any assistance would be appreciated.
posted by Mckoan1 at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Talent vs Training

A couple of months ago I read an article that stated that world class athletes or musicians were not that much more talented than other people: they just worked harder. Does anybody know which article I mean? I am also interested to learn other opinions about this. How good can you become if you are very motivated and willing to invest the time? My personal interest is in long distance running, but I am also interested in general stories/opinions/articles.
posted by davar at 11:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me find good IT-based summer work?

Interesting summer work for a technology/IT enthusiast soon to be graduate [more inside]
posted by dance at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to find details on Toronto party/gathering bylaws

My wife is hosting a baby shower for a mother-to-be that wants 50 people to be invited (she's even providing the list). But I have heard that here in Toronto, you need to have a permit for private gatherings of more than 25 where alcohol will be served. We can't find any detailed information on this though. Anyone know where to look, or know the answer?
posted by iTristan at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

It is not fun trying to find a home for 10 tonnes of tile.

Where could I sell vintage bathroom fixtures and tile? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

BitTorrent vs. my ISP: am I missing something?

My ISP doesn't like "unrestricted" peer-to-peer, so shouldn't "restricted" peer-to-peer (namely BitTorrent) be ok? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 10:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me fix my broken IOGEAR KVM Switch in OS X / XP.

Help me fix my broken IOGEAR KVM Switch in OS X / XP. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

"Windowshades" functionality on Windows XP? Possible?

"Windowshades" functionality on Windows XP? Possible? [more inside]
posted by enrevanche at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Poisoning the roaches not the pooches.

If the exterminator comes to kill roaches will they kill my pets too? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Making an income from organic farming?

In a few years I’d like to drop out of an unfulfilling IT career, buy some good land, and do something related to small-scale sustainable organic agriculture. Does anyone have any advice or ideas for making a modest income in this area, or is this just a naïve dream?
posted by Meridian at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

How to ace a committee interview?

InterviewFilter: Help me ace an interview with a hiring committee -- of my current and former professors! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 6:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Algorithm performance and throttling in PHP/Apache

Efficient string array comparisons in PHP, and a question about Apache and PHP performance... [more inside]
posted by Mr. Six at 4:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Get out of my head

I have to spend time professionally with a former lover next week. I still have frequent thoughts about her which I would rather not have, since they are unhelpful in trying to 'move on' . Please suggest some songs that will help me with this? [more inside]
posted by funboytree at 4:32 AM PST - 35 comments

Yellow legal paper vs white legal paper

Is there any benefit to using the yellow legal-pads instead of the white legal-pads. I used to buy the yellow for note taking simply because they were cheaper, but now I am finding I perfer the white. I am simply curious if the yellow paper has any benecit such as being better for the eyes or something, or if it is entirely just personal preference.
posted by dbooster at 3:58 AM PST - 16 comments

How to control a human

I'm looking for a book on how to manipulate and control a group of humans, non-physically. Governments use manipulation to convince it's citizens to agree with them. Companies invest billions of dollars into researching how to convince a consumer to buy a product. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 2:49 AM PST - 17 comments

May 12

Help me be a temp-er

Temp agencies in Toronto... [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 11:14 PM PST - 3 comments

charAt vs startsWith

Java: What is the difference between a String starting with a certain character, and a String having that character as its prefix? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 9:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Equivalent of CDOSYS with Apache?

Although I've created sites hosted on Apache servers before, I've never had to take form results from a page and send them to a specific email (i.e. a standard form request) with Apache/PHP. Done it many times with CDONTS/CDOSYS or similar mail objects. Is there an equivalent object with Apache? I can't get an answer from the host provider (yet.)
posted by juiceCake at 7:55 PM PST - 6 comments

New York City suggestions?

New York City: My husband and I will be travelling to NYC next weekend. The weather is supposed to be rainy. Suggested activities for this kind of weather? [more inside]
posted by alexmikayla at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Die! Mansa Musa! Die!

Civilization IV: if a UN civics resolution passes, is it possible to change those civics ever again in the game? How about if you become Secretary General?
posted by crush-onastick at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

LabourForceFilter: Sex-industry participation rate?

What are the comparative participation rates of workers in sex-related industries country to country? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 6:50 PM PST - 9 comments

New House Renting Questions

I'm looking at renting a house with two or three friends. We're all young (early 20s) and I'm the only one that really has much of a credit history. What do I need to know about working this out? [more inside]
posted by Bondrake at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

What does "<3" mean?

What does "<3" mean? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 6:12 PM PST - 53 comments

Brook's coffee, Japanese wrappers

For Japanese readers, what does the text on these two coffee wrappers say? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Henry V at El Alamein?

In a course I teach, I've assigned students to remix a cultural text of their choosing. One student, after missing many classes, has turned in Henry V's famous "Once more unto the breach" monologue pasted into the word balloons of an old WWII comic showing the English at El Alamein, and I'm suspicious of plagiarism, especially since he's shown no previous drafts. (I'm hoping I'm wrong, because if he came up with it on his own, it's a really cool idea.) It's one page, five panels, with Montgomery speaking as Henry V. Has anybody seen this elsewhere?
posted by vitia at 5:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Daffy and Bugs as American Gothic, too.

What painting is represented on this tin cover? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 4:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Where should I live in Oregon?

I want to move to Oregon. I have heard good things about Ashland, Medford, Roseburg, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Beaverton, and Portland. How can I choose where to try first? We have ‘up and moved’ before (without plans, no jobs waiting at new city) and I don’t want to do that again. I can see us moving summer 2007. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 3:57 PM PST - 30 comments

Gagging for a solution.

Gag/dry heaves with exertion. Help. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Shared drive network troubles

Why is it that I cannot see shared drives on other machines on my home network unless I install "NetBEUI Protocol" on each participating machine's network configuration? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 2:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Legalization advocacy concerns

Should I be concerned about my emails and letters to my US Senate and House representatives ? I have written to my Maryland federal representatives expressing my opinion on the War on Drugs and support for legalization (marijuana) and decriminilzation (all other "illegal" drugs). I have listed my address as to not be a crackpot when I sent the email. With this issue spiraling out of control - how concerned should I be that I am now going to be on some list somewhere for thinking for myself? I know I am asking this after sending but I was just curious to see what everyone else thought.
posted by evilelvis at 2:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Did Asimov get the origin of the universe right?

Today's big science news story about a theoretically infinite number of big bangs immediately triggered memories of a non-fiction book or essay by Isaac Asimov that proposed the same theory of the universe. Am I recollecting Asimov's conjecture correctly, which if I remember correctly he proposed almost as a flight of poetic fancy. Does anyone remember what book this was in?
posted by Kattullus at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

clock face templates for printing?

Clock Face Templates? Bought an old clock. The paper face is stained and ruined. Are there any websites offering templates of clock faces that I can re-size and print? Looking for something about 3 inches square with cool art deco numerals.
posted by nancoix at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Diesel that meets CA's "clean air vehicle" requirements?

I would like to purchase a high-mileage / low-emissions vehicle which I can drive (alone) in the carpool lanes around the Bay Area. Hybrids present one option, though I'd rather be in a diesel VW Golf, running biodiesel. I need help figuring out the requirements listed here to see if a diesel Golf meets them. And does anyone know if filling it with biodiesel changes anything? What other vehicle options are there?
posted by scarabic at 1:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Wow. That was fast.

My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Somewhat gross bodily function question inside. [more inside]
posted by contessa at 1:32 PM PST - 37 comments

Disembarking at CDG and getting to Austerlitz in 2 hours?

Can I make a 10:08 AM train from Paris' Gare d'Austerlitz if my flight's arrival time to CDG is 7:45 AM? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 1:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Is is impolite to invite some coworkers but not others to a housewarming party?

HousewarmingPartyFilter: Is is impolite to invite some coworkers (my immediate team) to a housewarming party but not others (the office at large)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Everybody be like whoa!

ObscureHipHopFilter: identify this sample. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

How much should I redact a writing sample to a prospective employer?

How much do I need to redact my writing sample? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Bleeding edge tech blogs?

What bleeding-edge technology websites do you frequent? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 12:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Click here to delete cookies

What code can I include on my site to delete all cookies it has set? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

"Chrono Shift?"

Is this "chrono shift" - your memories shuffle chronological order? Does this happen to other people, is there a medical term? (Drinking involved) [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 12:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this a contact lens conspiracy?

I use Miraflow as my daily contact lens cleaner. I use either AOSept or AMO UltraCare as a disinfectant. All three products have completely disappeared from the shelves, in stores and online. What is going on, is anyone else experiencing this, and can anyone suggest an alternative for cleaners or disinfectants - even my eye doctor's doesn't know what's going on.
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 12:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Kids and Spicy Food

Why do kids dislike spicy food and is this culturally specific? What about Mexican/Thai/Indian/etc kids who can't avoid it?
posted by arcticwoman at 11:50 AM PST - 33 comments

PDA Timer Hack

Would it be possible to turn an old PDA into a multi-item timer? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Making your own Northwest vintage

Suggestions for vineyards in the Pacific Northwest where one can do the "pick grapes and make your own wine" thing?
posted by bradhill at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

O sole mio!

I'm going to my first opera tomorrow night. It's Don Giovanni here in Portland. It's opening night. We have cheap seats, I think. I'm moderately overweight, and so cannot fit into my truly nice clothes (which aren't even really that nice to begin with). What the hell do I wear? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 11:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Question about D 'n A...

Iconic Dionysus / Apollonian imagery (i.e., for a tattoo)? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Plaid Jacket Optional

Buying a used car in Vancouver, BC, dealers you'd recommend, or conversely, those to absolutely avoid? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

edit javascript for FeedJumbler

Help editing javascript QueryString using FeedJumbler. [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

"You start coding, I'll ask what they want."

Looking for this old IT cartoon: a manager walking away from one or more programmers while saying, "You start coding, I'll ask what they want." My husband and I have found many references to the cartoon, but not the cartoon itself.
posted by rosemere at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

When should I open my Roth IRA?

Should I open my Roth IRA now and buy what I can afford, or wait until I can afford the minimum investment in the fund I really like? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I tell what revision Apple hardware is?

The conventional wisdom is to not buy "Rev A" Apple hardware. How can I tell what revision a specific piece of hardware is? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer at 10:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Cellphone Radiation Paranoia

I like to carry my cellphone in a cargo pants pocket, on the outside of my body away from vital organs. I believe this is good for my health because the odds of microwaving my kidneys and intestines and all that other good stuff are reduced. Am I being crazy?
posted by clango at 10:04 AM PST - 38 comments

Philosophy of Transience

What can be said of a philosophy of transience? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 10:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Birth (out of) Control

Asking for the girlfriend (if that wasn't clear): My significant other is plagued by oral contraceptive -induced sunlight sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

loan consolidation? now or later?

LoanConsolidationFilter. I know this question has been asked before, but I can't find any information about my specific student loan cirucmstance. Please help! Should I consolidate in-school and lock in low rates? Ive been told i need to do it before July 1st or i cant consolidate in school anymore! [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Who's the wo/man I should be talking to in FedEx?

FedEx Help - - I did a driving course online and I need the documentation in my hot little hands before I go to the judge on monday. I paid for next day and should have received it yesterday. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

big plasma tv = couch potato?

A question for big-ass TV owners. [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 9:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Where is this place?

Need help with a Google Earth based puzzle game... [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Information on pre-Zionist militant Judaism?

Where do I look for information on Jewish violence? Does Judaism have much violence in its history? I'm specifically looking for information on pre-Zionist Jewish militance, if such existed. Were there any major battles or wars involving Jews before the twentieth century?
posted by goo at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you ween a 16 month old from biting?

How do you ween a 16 month old from biting? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Mexican OTC aphrodisiac

I'm trying to find the name of a Mexican male "performance" enchancer that I once saw at a Walgreens in Berkeley. It comes in a yellow box and has a picture of a bull's head on it and is apparently made from bull's testicles. The design is fantastic, and I'm having no luck google-fuing up a name.
posted by AArtaud at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do with my higher shoulder?

Standing upright and relaxed, my left shoulder appears to rest higher than my right. Who do I go see? [more inside]
posted by striker at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Adobe Acrobat: Change all links at once?

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional: I've got a document with several hundred links in it. Right now, they're all invisible; I'd like to change them all to dotted rectangles of a particular color. Is there any way to change the appearance of every link in the document simultaneously? "Make this the default appearance" doesn't do it; it only affects the links you make in the future. Help?
posted by logovisual at 8:41 AM PST - 1 comment

How to get rid of mice

I've got a mouse problem in my house and I need advice on ending it once and for all. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Any advice for a person new to working from home?

Anyone have any tips on making telecommuting work? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How much documentation should come with a newly-developed website?

How much documentation should my non-profit expect from our web developer at the conclusion of our new website project? [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Good UK TV forums?

What are some good message boards to discuss British TV? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Good lunch on the Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway?

Ridiculously Specific Travel Filter: I'm driving from Washington to Hartford on Saturday to visit the family. My well-honed route involves taking the Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway to 684. I'd like to grab lunch somewhere interesting along the way. Assuming I'm flexible about what time I leave, and I don't want to go too far out of the way -- under 10 miles -- where should I go?
posted by jed at 7:21 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I tell if someone is remote desktopped to my PC?

Is there any way of telling whether someone is connected to my computer via remote desktop? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus at 7:05 AM PST - 21 comments

about turn

I love doing cryptic crosswords. I can spend hours over some clues and not get the answers. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 7:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to stay in Manteo / Nag's Head (NC)

Manteo / Nag's Head (NC) lodging - 10-ish minutes or less from Jockey's Ridge, lets us microwave/refrigerate our own veggie food, clean (mold-free, non-stinky) -- where can we stay for a minimalist hang-gliding-school weekend? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:04 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I clean shoe polish off of rubber?

Any ideas on cleaning shoepolish off of rubber? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 6:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Is the Buddha in It?

Soka Gakkai International. Experiences, good/bad? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Code Monkey Want Music

Songs about coding/programming? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 6:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Parking ticket

I just got a ticket for parking at a commercial meter in NYC. Can I leave the car there for the rest of the day or do I need to move it?
posted by MrMulan at 5:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Preparing emotionally and financially for the terminal illness of a parent

My father has primary liver cancer, how do I prepare for the coming months emotionally and financially? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 5:17 AM PST - 23 comments

A roadmap for life

At the grand old age of 37, I've suddenly been hit by the realization that I'm in the wrong career and it's corroding by soul. I want to work in something to do with the surveying and production of maps (I love maps). Does anyone work in this field and have advice on what qualifications I'll need and be able to tell me what sort of stuff they do?
posted by DZ-015 at 4:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me grok the internets

So, it looks like this internet thing is here to stay and it's playing a bigger and bigger role in my professional and personal life. Hence, I want to bite the bullet and learn how it really works. I'm looking for suggestions of great resources (online and otherwise). [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 3:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Breaking the Groove

What are some good breakup movies? Think, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," not the sort of movie where the two get back together at the end.
posted by digitalis at 2:41 AM PST - 53 comments

What would you look for in the design of a radio station website?

What would you look for in the design of a radio station website? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 2:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Alaska Fishing Experience?

Can anyone share their experiences of working in the Alaskan fishing industry (commercial not sport), either harvesting or processing? Did you have a blast or wish you were dead? Make loads of cash or left with nothing? [more inside]
posted by visit beautiful mount weather! at 1:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Mac Backup sucks, but does it work?

Let it be known, first, that I devoured past posts on Macs and backup tools, and see a lot of things I want to try. However, I used Apple's own Mac Backup 3 application (a .Mac tool) prior to learning here that it sucks. So, for those who have also similarly (if inexplicably) used Mac Backup, I have a question. How do I know if it worked? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 12:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How to partition an external hard drive for use with OS X and Windows, and booting OS X too?

I need help using my external USB hard drive with Mac OS X, and there's [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:10 AM PST - 4 comments

May 11

Mystery Tool

Do you know what this tool is? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 11:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Music to make you sad

Can anyone recommend some pensive, melancholy, dirge-like chamber music for rainy days and blue moods? (Other genres, like post-rock, are also acceptable--but no vocals please . . .) Thanks.
posted by Crotalus at 11:07 PM PST - 31 comments

SF shredder

Anyone know of somewhere one can either borrow or rent a paper shredder in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by nadise at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find my 9th grade english teacher

I'm trying to get in touch with one of my middle school english teachers. I've found everyone I've ever looked for by using google but this guy is totally eluding me. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Wet sofa - yikes!!

How do I dry out a wet sofa? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Which French film invoves a train crashing into the sun?

I'm looking for a very old French film where some characters take a train that eventually takes off an crashes into the sun. [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

The Squid and the half Whale.

Is this the installation shown in the film "The Squid and the Whale"? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What's micropigmentation treatment for scars all about?

Has anyone ever had micropigmentation treatment on bodily scars? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 5:02 PM PST - 0 comments

Does a 530 GMAT mean I will not get into NYU?

So I bombed my GMAT test today. Can I still get into grad school? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 3:38 PM PST - 20 comments

TV show themetunes in US and abroad

Fox's House MD features a theme tune by Massive Attack in the US, but in Europe it has a different theme called "House" due to licensing problems. What other programs have had to do this, and what does a "licensing problem" mean, exactly?
posted by twine42 at 3:27 PM PST - 14 comments

help me set up my office's sharp laser printer

Need help with a Sharp Laser Printer Model Ar-M355U [more inside]
posted by luneray at 3:26 PM PST - 0 comments

Isn't it outrageous...

Surprise! Paul Simon's newest album works on an external CD player but not on either of my Macs. I assume this is a DRM issue (my experience, backed up by one Amazon review). The iBook says it can't recognize the CD and spits it out; the PowerBook says nothing and spits it out. Any ideas here, beyond bittorrent, returning the disc or initiating the class-action lawsuit? The label is Warner. There is no mention of DRM/compatibility on the disc.
posted by thejoshu at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

New Computer, Old Data

New computer, yet want all my old stuff... I have a new (to me) G4. I want to take all of my stuff, but most specifically my Thunderbird email and settings (bolded for easy scanning on the page) and put it on the new computer. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

arabic translation?

Many years ago, I found this keychain on the ground near Columbus Circle in NYC. It looks to be solid silver, and there are identifying marks of some kind on the clasp and one of the links. The text appears to be Arabic... [more inside]
posted by modge at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Machine-free workout

What's a good, thorough full-body workout that you can do without any machines, like in a hotel room?
posted by gottabefunky at 2:03 PM PST - 21 comments

How to get a 4 yr old to wear a patch

My 4 yr old has recently been put on an eye patch to make his back eye strong. He won't wear it! What do I do? I have tried everything. [more inside]
posted by Tiffanyfinch2003 at 1:46 PM PST - 45 comments

Help a first time homeowner with all sorts of moving and decorating stuff!

NewHomeFilter: I have a few questions about moving into my first new condo. I'm on a budget and green to the process with questions about: furniture (where to get), TV service (see inside), and lots... [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I retrieve a lost serial number

I had Micro$oft OneNote installed on my laptop. My laptop died (hard drive= OK) & I lost the install CD (which has the serial number). How do I get the serial number from the old install so I can register it on my new laptop? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

public speaking books

I need to buy one or two *good* books about speaking in public. Techniques, how to build a good presentation, usage of humour, tips, etc. The works. There are thousands available on Amazon and I don't want to waste my money. Any good recommendations?
posted by falameufilho at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Feline attraction to allergic person

Cats are mysteriously drawn to me. [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 1:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Where do I get breakfast in Gilroy, CA?

Breakfast in Gilroy, CA? [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

David's last summer - or, music that deals with the transition from adolescence into a different world

Looking for songs that have a wistful, bittersweet feel to them that captures the move from adolescence into "adult" life - eg the moments before leaving school, or before getting your first job. [more inside]
posted by greycap at 12:22 PM PST - 97 comments

When should I buy tickets to Hawaii for travel on August 7?

When should I buy tickets to Hawaii for travel on August 7? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it?

How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it? Oh, did I mention SSL is no longer an option since they intend to decrypt all SSL traffic that passes through their proxies? [more inside]
posted by Spoonman at 11:51 AM PST - 35 comments

Why is my hair thinning?

My hair is thinning. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Constucting a super efficient home gym..

What would you put in a small home gym? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:23 AM PST - 33 comments

Do people sometimes regret losing a massive amount of weight?

I need to lose a lot of weight, but I'm worried about being left with excess skin. Like, it worries me to the point where I'm reluctant to even start Project Weightloss. My question is: do people sometimes regret losing a massive amount of weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 43 comments

She's only had one outbreak of genital herpes a year ago. Do I still need protection?

What is the relative safety of certain sexual acts with a partner who has had one confirmed outbreak of genital herpes and no subsequent outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

maybe i should just get a realistic doll

How to sate my baby lust without actually having a baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 40 comments

Xbox 360 controller help

I can't get my new XBOX360 to work, should I return it? I have a premium system with the wireless controller and I can't get it to stay connected. I hold down the thing in the middle until the upper left quadrent stays green, and there's also a green upper left quadrent on the XBOX360. When I let go of the button (after I have the solid green) it goes dark again and I get a thing saying "Please Reconnect XBOX360" [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Tell me about the Gizmo user experience.

I'm strongly leaning toward dumping Verizon and switching to Gizmo. What I'm curious about is the actual user experience of making and receiving VOIP calls. Is it be a hassle to be tethered to the computer via a headset? Do I need to leave my computer on all the time? How do I check voicemail (it's got something to do with e-mail, apparently -- does Gizmo e-mail me WAV files or something)? How do I dial out? If I'm making a call to an automated system that requires touch-tone data entry, how would I do this? How expensive and complicated would it be to route my calls to a conventional handset?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me understand a pair of idiosyncratic behaviors I observe at the gym

Please Explain two things I've observed at any of the several health club I've belonged to -- one involving people (usually women) avoiding the locker room, the other a tradition among racquetball players involving their gloves. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:21 AM PST - 51 comments

What is the best way to deal with a dedicated server provider gone M.I.A.?

What is the best way to deal with a dedicated server provider gone M.I.A.? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Desperately Seeking Suse (Linux)

I need to find a source for DVD Suse ISOs. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Riddin' a bushpig

Have you experience with the Wheelman Bushpig? [more inside]
posted by killyb at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How does an iron cool quickest?

I've finished ironing, and I set aside the iron to cool before putting it away. It's still half-full of water. Will the iron cool down more quickly if I empty the water before it cools down, or after? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me get a good curly haircut.

I want a great short curly female haircut. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Who's making good breakcore lately?

Who's carrything the breakcore/gabber/drill'n'bass/whatever torch these days? [more inside]
posted by moift at 8:51 AM PST - 16 comments

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is team leader

"Managing" the development of an application: I'm the lead developer on a project that has swelled to 6 people. How do I smartly break tasks up into discrete chunks, assign them to people, get accurate estimates of how long it takes someone else to do something and track their progress? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Perl Guru's, I need you!

I need, post haste, a perl or shell script that will loop through a directory and combine files. The files are named like this: 212_Class001, 212_Class002, 212_Class0** There are some gaps in the sequence. In retrospect it was a bad idea to store class notes in individual files. I'd like to combine them in the sequence they are numbered. Can someone please help ‽
posted by Grod at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap Local Advertising

What is the best way to go about advertising locally? [more inside]
posted by ndillon at 8:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Alternate Alt-Key Behaviors Drive Me Mad

Web page access keys are driving me crazy! How can I turn them off? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Web advertising targets

Where can I find a source that can tell me targets for web advertising? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 7:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Music to tie for.

Music for bondage. [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 7:31 AM PST - 49 comments

Testicle injury (eeeewwwww)

My right testicle hurts and I'm not sure if it's twisted or not. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:27 AM PST - 34 comments

Where can I send my friend to look for a job as a graphic designer in or around Springfield, Missouri?

What is the market like for graphic designers around Springfield, MO? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I apply to grad school and take the GREs in 20 days?

I've been checking out grad schools for a while and Tuesday evening found the program I want to apply to. The deadline for Fall 06 is June 1. [more inside]
posted by jdl at 7:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Temping in Atlanta

I need advice on temping in Atlanta. I relocated to Atlanta from Boston a week ago and would like to start working as soon as possible. I've been sending out resumes, but haven't had any bites yet. I have a lot of professional administrative experience and have previously worked for colleges and public television. I've had experience with less than great temp offices (Office Team) and would like to know if anyone could suggest a good place to try. [more inside]
posted by Constant Reader at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

iPod Fails to Connect to PC

Why won't my iPod show up correctly on my work PC? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:05 AM PST - 3 comments

OK in Boston, but banned in Beijing

Can I get China to stop blocking my domain? [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Are you my Nemesis?

There was recently an article published that basically said that it was healthy - even beneficial - to have a "nemesis." I would really like to find that article again. Anyone know where I can find it?
posted by ilikecookies at 6:29 AM PST - 2 comments

StopSaw that good?

We had a table saw injury this week at the furniture factory where I work. Does anyone have experience with the SawStop? The web page is impressive. Interested in experiences good, bad, and indifferent.
posted by bobduckles at 5:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Help, I can’t bear my in-laws.

I’m a Brit living in the US and my husband is a New Yorker. I really suffer in the presence of my in-laws and don’t know whether this is just a cultural difference and I need to be more understanding and less uptight or if they really are insufferable and I need to draw a line. Below are the main issues. (Long sorry!) [more inside]
posted by anapurna at 5:27 AM PST - 61 comments

Make my Mac beep me when it's finished.

Help me make my other Mac, in the other room, beep me when an app has finished what it's doing. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Task orientated intranet redesign

Looking to re-develop an intranet around task orientation rather than business structure. Have you done this? [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 3:09 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm at a place called vertigo

Does anyone have any recommendations about how one could go about gaining access (legally) to interesting roofs in interesting buildings in interesting cities around the world? [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 1:59 AM PST - 8 comments

you call him tarzipan!

soundeffectfilter: Looking for the sound effect that is used when a bad joke falls flat. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 1:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Jamie Oliver'th Lithp

Help me identify this physical characteristic. What would you call what Jamie Oliver has? A lisp? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me with grad school ideas

What are some cool/interesting grad school programs for someone with a B.S. in physics and 7 years of programming experience but which would be outside of those fields. [more inside]
posted by zgott300 at 12:34 AM PST - 8 comments

May 10

No TV and no beer make Homer something something

I'm going to backcountry Alaska to work for 3 months. What should I do in my spare time? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 10:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Sloooow internet

I just switched to Adelphia cable internet and my connection speed is 99.2% lower than the average user [more inside]
posted by fearandloathing at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Young dog dementia?

Our young (1 1/2 year) mini Jack Russell has a new habit. He growls at nothing. Or more specifically, ever-changing places around the room, but with much intensity, looking to us and obviously bothered. He's also sniffing the air a lot. [more inside]
posted by dreamsign at 9:50 PM PST - 24 comments

What are the lyrics to this wacky song?

Can anyone make out the complete lyrics to "Goodbye, My Friend" (sample here), the catchy but hard-to-decipher theme song from the 1974 Italian movie "Street Law," starring Franco Nero?
posted by johngoren at 8:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Sane vet in Sacramento?

Does anyone know of a reasonable vet in Sacramento, CA? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 8:00 PM PST - 4 comments

How to reduce a sweaty butt?

How do I reduce the sweat in my butt? [more inside]
posted by bd at 8:00 PM PST - 16 comments

blind roommates?

How is it to have a blind roommate? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

really bad credit in Texas = no credit in Washington?

[badcreditfilter] Does moving out of state affect your credit status for the good, for the bad, or no? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I tell my mother-in-law-to-be that I've been married before?

How do I tell my mother-in-law-to-be that I've been married before? [more inside]
posted by paterg at 6:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Crime in DC

Is every crime committed in the District of Columbia considered a federal crime?
posted by pealco at 6:15 PM PST - 9 comments

How Elham-Eid Alldredge is pronounced

How is this Palestinian name pronounced? [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 5:59 PM PST - 14 comments


Rebuilding my teefus... [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Money mite be a problem for kitty's ears

Cat with a minor case of ear mites, but I cannot get him to the vet... [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Buying a Laptop for College

My brother is going away to college this upcoming fall, and for a high school graduation present, my mom is getting him a laptop to take with him. He is interested in trying a Mac. We are both life-long PC users. I am the most technologically-inclined in my family. My brother knows the basics and has no trouble with them, but anything more is my job. [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 5:12 PM PST - 37 comments

How did I get server side includes working?

Regarding this previous MeFi thread, how did I get server side includes to work? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Who in Montréal would take cellphones for charity?

Giving celphones to charity in Montréal? I've heard of women's shelters accepting and/or refurbishing celphones so that battered wives can call for help. [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 3:39 PM PST - 4 comments

How long does it take to determine if a relationship has long term potential?

What is a reasonable/fair amount of time to date a person while you are trying to determine if you have feelings for them, could develop stronger feelings for them and if they have long-term potential? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser at 3:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Is indomethacin still being manufactured?

(Note: I'm in the US) My pharmacist this week was unable to fill my prescription for indomethacin. I was able to find it at another pharmacy; but several pharmacies are out of it and my regular pharmacist says that the manufacturer has stopped making it. Does anyone have any information about this? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 3:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Efficacy of wrist gyroscopes.

Experiences with the Dynabee/Powerball? [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me feel healthy in a hurry

I have had a pretty unhealthy lifestyle for several years - too much alcohol and coffee, not enough sleep and exercise and its all catching up with me - I feel old and knackered. I know long term changes are needed but I'm also looking for some quick fixes to get me motivated. Any tips for quick and easy changes that will have a big impact?
posted by janecr at 1:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it?

Is it a bad idea to check a bag on an airplane with a small form factor (SFF) computer in it? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 1:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Will my scars heal in a month?

I want to get some moles removed. Will the scars heal by this day in June? I want to look pretty for a wedding. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 12:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Which way do I hike to the hiking store?

Where can a high heels devotee buy hiking boots in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Please Mister Postman

Anyone used Address Validation software? [more inside]
posted by juggler at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

JavaScript onMouseOver woes

JavaScript filter: how can I change the onMouseOver for an element by name from within another javascript function? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I drive across the USA in 12 days?

Can I drive across the USA in 12 days? Say a route from LA to Las Vegas to Salt Lake to Denver to Mt Rushmore to St Louis to Nashville and on to New York
posted by A189Nut at 12:09 PM PST - 23 comments

really big Palm? or just "Rosy"?

Is there a conceivable method of getting a Palm to have a full-size (say, 15" laptop screen) display? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 11:48 AM PST - 9 comments

So long Safari?

Has Safari become a second class browser? Does it have a future? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 11:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me be rich!

Any rental property owners with experience using a property management service? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 11:32 AM PST - 11 comments

there's a stalker book?

what can i do to get this person to stop harassing me? [more inside]
posted by kooop at 11:19 AM PST - 86 comments

Are snobs the new dinosaurs?

Who is buying music by Shostakovich, watching silent movies, and reading Thackeray? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:17 AM PST - 33 comments

Study guide design elements

I'm going to be writing a certification workbook, and am trying to come up with an engaging design. I'd like ideas for study guide features/layouts you like and those you hate. [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 11:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Boston Law School Filter

Tell me about law schools in Boston. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 11:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Intelligent (i.e. working) blog advertisements?

I'm looking for a intelligent (i.e. successful) way to advertise a new blog about baseball. We just started up and I want to increase readership but want to avoid scammy blog ad techniques that don't work.
posted by xmutex at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

what to do during the work day?

i need things to do during the day, at work, on the computer or that look like work. [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 10:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Why dog? Why did you eat the camera?! Bad dog.

My dog ate my brand new digital camera. It's a Panasonic Lumix FX-9, and is pretty much a goner. The LCD is cracked and since the camera is a ultra-compact, it has no analog viewfinder to fall back on. The lens housing is also a little bent up and doesn't seem to extend all the way. [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 10:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Help Buying a Retail Business

BuyingRetailBusinessFilter: What should my first steps be? [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 10:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Why can't I play HD video?

Why can't my fairly powerful system play HD video content? When ever I try, the audio works fine but the video stutters and lags behind. [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 9:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to dance in LA?

Where can a 45 yr old non-dancer take his wife out dancing in LA? [more inside]
posted by johngumbo at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend cooking classes near Fairfax, VA?

I'm interested in giving someone the gift of cooking classes near Fairfax, VA. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Library educated, thank you very much.

I've often wondered if the quote from the movie Good Will Hunting: "You wasted 150 grand on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library" is feasible. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 8:55 AM PST - 43 comments

Can I buy a bike like this in the US?

Can a bike similar to this be purchased in america? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 8:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Grazie, grandma!

How do I get my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates from the town of Randazzo (province of Catania, Sicily), Italy? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day.

Labor, Vacation and an Unreasonable Policy. I need help figuring out how to strike an acceptable live/work balance when my company's "policy" is designed to crush my soul. [more inside]
posted by cior at 8:29 AM PST - 47 comments

Flasf mp3 player recommendations

Today's request for an mp3 player recommendation. [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

I want to change someone's mind

I'm one of the top two candidates being for a very large and complex public art project. It's the second location of a high profile hospitality industry brand leader, and they want to do a similar art treatment as they did successfully at their first location. [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Mac OSX desktop folder question...

I run Mac G5 with OSX. I have several folders on my desktop that I use to place various documents, downloads, music files etc... My question is: can I protect the folder (s) with a password? For instance when you double click on the folder icon a password box pops up, you enter the password then gain access to it, as opposed to the folder immediately opening up once its double clicked...
posted by Cohiba4009 at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Shall we dance?

Can anyone recommend affordable, beginner classical ballet, or tango, classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

broken ironing board

My ironing board is broken. The lever-thingie that you use to close it fell off, and I can't figure out how to put it back in. I would like to know how the closing mechanism works, how to release the catch, so that a) I might not need a new board or b) if I do need a new one, it won't be a pain to carry an open ironing board 5 flights down to the sidewalk.
posted by chelseagirl at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

How to politely tell ex-girlfriends to stop contacting me?

How do you phrase a letter politely to let an ex (or whomever) know that you no longer want to be contacted by them? No bitterness, no hurt - just the expression of the preference that you would prefer all future contact to cease? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 6:57 AM PST - 26 comments

Depo Provera Question

After long term use... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Any murderer who killed own parent became famous later on for a valued skill? Is Mary Lamb the only person you know of? Who else?

Any murderer who killed own parent became famous later on for a valued skill? Is Mary Lamb the only person you know of? Who else? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 5:48 AM PST - 23 comments

OpenOffice to Word Conversion Needed

How can I convert OpenOffice formatted files to MS Word? [more inside]
posted by mikewas at 5:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my company getting ripped off?

How should I deal with the prospect of being put out of business by a greedy University? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 AM PST - 11 comments

What does the colour of UK police cars signify?

What does the colour of UK police cars signify? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 4:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Time tracking

I am looking for a simple, free, time tracking solution. Online would be nice - offline ok. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 4:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Robot Planes!!!

Flying Robot Planes? The analysts seem to think there is no good way to stop these things. Why isn't the government interested in using the wisdom of crowds to prevent terrorist attacks? [more inside]
posted by tweak at 3:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help a confused student (US citizen) figure out how to study Mandarin in Taiwan. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa at 3:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What happens when young dreams grow old?

How have your life lessons/philosophies/epiphanies etc changed over the course of your life so far? What has changed now? What don't you believe in now that you did ten years ago? And vice versa. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 2:16 AM PST - 26 comments

The wikipedia template?

Hi, I want to make a page on my site that mimics the wiki template, but isn't a wiki (ie: isn't editable by anyone, doesn't have their complex cross-reference page, etc...) Help? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 2:08 AM PST - 6 comments

surround sound for my Mac Mini?

What's the best surround sound solution for my Mac Mini? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 12:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with SQL unions needed

Question for the SQL ninjas in the house. Say you're grabbing data from a bunch of similar tables in a big union. Now say you want the last ten items added anywhere to the database, from any one of those tables. What's the most efficient way to do that? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 12:06 AM PST - 22 comments

May 9

Eight more years of unemployability

I have questions about grad school for literature. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 11:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Standardizing Micro$oft Word templates-

I need to have everyone 'on the same page' so to speak. [more inside]
posted by bdave at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you identify this Japanese tea cup?

Please identify this Japanese tea cup. A friend is looking to find other pieces of the set. She is hoping that someone can identify the brand or provide more information, probable dating, etc. First picture, Second picture. Thank you.
posted by user92371 at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does bad sleep cause eyestrain?

When I don't sleep well, my eyes are sore all day. Why? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund?

How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund? I have a very good friend who is a legal bind and will very possibly be charged with three felonies as a result of a barroom brawl. [more inside]
posted by thebarron at 9:40 PM PST - 12 comments

The Knights of Ni. Heh.

What did nerds recite before Monty Python existed? [more inside]
posted by Aknaton at 9:28 PM PST - 51 comments

How do I make my application work on all computers?

How can I bundle OCXs, DLLs, and other required files with my Visual Basic application? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 9:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Know anything about juvenile boot camps?

Need juvenile boot camp recomendations for a troubled 14 year old, particularly around Virginia but anywhere will do. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:15 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I travel to a country where a visa is required for one of my citizenships, but not the other?

I'm a US citizen, but through my dad I also have Swiss citizenship and a Swiss passport. I have to travel to Brazil for work and I found that for US citizens a visa is required (about $160), but Swiss citizens are exempt. Is it possible for me to travel to Brazil on my Swiss passport? If so, how would I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by yasny_jp at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for great dance music.

My friends and I are throwing a large, time-travel themed dance party. I need recommendations for funk, soul, and R&B to play during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as I'm deeply asea in this area. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 7:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I get a driver's license without a car?

Is it possible to get a driver's license without a car? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 7:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Enterprise is defying logic and I'm the victim.

How can I avoid letting Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Scam in Process Succeed? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 7:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Help! My notebook is sliding everywhere!

One of the rubber "feet" on the bottom of my notebook computer came off and I can't seem to find it. Where can I purchase a replacement? I called technical support (Gateway), and they said they do not ship them nor can they repair it in their warehouse. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Gum and the Brain

Does chewing gum increase serotonin production in the brain?
posted by iced_borsch at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do we say "um"?

When we hesitate when we speak, the most often heard sound is "um". Why is this? Is it learned? Mechanical? Is it the same in other languages?
posted by peacay at 5:30 PM PST - 37 comments

Godzilla trademark quandary

I have some copyright and trademark questions for the fine folks at AskMe. Ok, so I run this online t-shirt store and I had a design based on Godzilla playing the drums. I know some of the Godzilla movies had passed into the public domain, so I just assumed (or perhaps hoped) that would place my design firmly into fair use territory. Welp, I got a cease and desist from the folks that own the trademark and copyright on Godzilla, so I was just hoping to find out more about my options here. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 5:30 PM PST - 27 comments

Cars sold in US?

Looking for car *brands* currently sold at dealerships in the United States. I've got a 40+ member list (after the jump) that strikes me as fairly exhaustive but I also have this nagging feeling that I'm missing one or more "niche" brands. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 5:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Lap-top laptop cooling system?

What's a good laptop cooling system for, you know, your lap? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 5:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I get a refund for half-assed white glove delivery?

I just took delivery of a large TV, ordered with "white glove" service (an extra $100+ on top of the $250+ standard delivery charge) to have the deliverymen carry the set into the house and set it up wherever I want, and dispose of the packaing... [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 4:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Hot tub rentals in the DC area?

I'm looking for someplace in the DC area (bonus points: Montgomery County, Maryland) that has (jetted) hot tubs that can be rented by the hour. Google searches just turn up dealers who sell hot tubs; the yellow pages (DC, Maryland) also show nothing. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help an accent-deprived thesis writer do her thing.

I am looking for word processing software that will do very specific accented-character-related tasks. [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 4:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I recoup the value on my car that somebody hit (and ran from)?

Can I recoup the value on my car that somebody hit (and ran from)? My car was hit, person admitted to it, they're insured, now what? All the juicy details are inside. [more inside]
posted by cubedweller at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

CD Sleeve Origami

A few years ago I found online a method of folding a CD case out of a sheet of letter paper. I can't find it again. There was no cutting involved. It was not a pdf file. It was not the one which requires you to divide the top of the paper into 5 equal segments, it was more of an asymetrical thing.
posted by TiredStarling at 3:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Indoor/Outdoor Cat Battles!

How do I stop a neighborhood stray from coming into the yard and antagonizing my indoor cat? The howling! The hissing! The fighting! [more inside]
posted by oldkentucky at 2:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Hunt or Heart?

HelpMeGiveGoodAdviceFilter: My very early-20s friend is in a long-term relationship approaching two years. They love each other, they love each other a lot, but he's restless for the "hunt" among other issues. I'm torn between telling him settling down is inevitable in any LTR and cautioning him not to commit himself too early before he's gotten his play out of his system. There's much [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me be a better law clerk!

Help me be a better law clerk! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find instructions on how to fold this collapsing map.

Can anyone give me directions on how to fold this style of collapsing map. It's fairly easy to reverse engineer but I would like to have some comprehensive guidelines if possible. [more inside]
posted by Glum at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

help me empty my minidiscs

How do I transfer mini-disc to CD? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 2:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Howto: Mandarin in Latin characters

I'm presently working on a set of Pimsleur Mandarin CDs, and the Pimsleur system is spoken-only. I'm dying to write down what I've learned (I'm addicted to practicing with note cards, I don't feel that I'm really working hard on a language until I have a thick deck of dirty, dog-eared note cards.) But I'm nowhere near ready to write stuff down in Chinese characters. Is there a standard or widely used way of transliterating Mandarin into Latin characters, and somehow also indicating the tonal content?
posted by jfuller at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

I know they're money-grubbing bastards, but would they stoop this low?

Who would I contact if I suspect a gas station has altered the pumps to give out less than a full gallon? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 1:53 PM PST - 36 comments

custom card sleeves

I am looking for clear vinyl sleeves for trading cards that have the dimensions 120 mm x 70 mm (4.72" by 2.7559" inches). Ideally the sleeves would fit the cards fairly snugly. It's an odd size, and I don't believe that any generic card sleeves will work. Thanks for any suggestions. They are for a game called "Blue Moon" by Reiner Knizia. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Video Editing System - purchase advice?

Aside from price, are there any other reasons why I should not buy a Mac Mini for video editing? I want to learn how to edit video and maybe put together some short films. I can spend $1000-$1300. I've heard the defacto standard is Final Cut Pro. I probably don't need that immediately but if it's the standard i'd like to work up to it. I have two old PCs but no Mac experience.
posted by storybored at 1:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Sweat electricity

Why does the equipment at the gym that uses rotational resistance not have generator feeding electrical power back into the power grid? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 12:56 PM PST - 48 comments

What's the dirtiest book?

What is the most profane novel ever written? I'm talking about the absolute dirtiest work of fiction. And by "dirty" I don't really mean sexual content, like a de Sade book. I'm more interested in sheer volume of swears. Thanks!
posted by ktoad at 12:53 PM PST - 36 comments