May 2007 Archives

May 31

How best to overcome impotence?

How best to overcome impotence? I feel really horrible about myself right now. [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy at 11:14 PM PST - 27 comments

L'espace Au Sol Est Redessine Par D'immenses Panneaux Bleus

I bought some new clothes. I don't know what to wear with them. Ladies? Particularly fashionable gents? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 10:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Crazy visual anomaly

WTF-Filter: The left side of my visual field is being overtaken by what can only be described as... a crawling anomaly. If you imagine the sorts of random colors and shapes you see under certain circumstances with your eyes closed, or in the dark, it's like that... except there is also a feeling of movement... as though everything is sort of undulating kaliedscopically. The anomaly tracks along with my eye movement... so I can't look at it... it's always in my periphery. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 10:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Donde esta la biblioteca?

[Foreign Film Filter] What newer foreign films would I like? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 10:28 PM PST - 39 comments

cranky 17" g4 powerbook screen

Why does my 17" PowerBook G4 screen suddenly go black? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 10:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Give the girl a gold star!

PC filter: Why did a gold star labeled "Favorites" appear on the desktop of my new laptop? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 10:21 PM PST - 5 comments

I've been oddly fascinated with scenes in movies when the theme of the music diverges from what is going on in the movie. What is this device called?

I've been oddly fascinated with scenes in movies when the theme of the music diverges from what is going on in the movie. What is this device called? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 10:20 PM PST - 41 comments

only the moon has never abandoned me

Poems about moon. Know any good ones? [more inside]
posted by nixerman at 9:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Click of Death, and then my drive works again? What gives?

It was failing, but now it's not? Wednesday morning, I woke up to my Powerbook stalling. I got the beachball of doom when I tried to log in from sleep and it lasted 20 minutes, so I powered off and rebooted. On reboot, it took 30 minutes plus to load to the desktop, and my desktop icons didn't appear. I held the book to my ear and heard it -- yes, the "click of death." [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 9:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How to shut off a fire hydrant that's been open full blast all day

Fire hydrant has been open full blast on my street for at least 9 hours. I've called 311 (NYC's non-emergency hotline) three times over these hours; they transfer me to the relevant department, the DEP, who take the report, but nobody comes. Yes I'm positive I'm reporting the correct intersection, and it's ultra-simple to find. Anybody else I can call or anything else I can do anonymously? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 8:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Can you identify these bug bites?

Can anyone identify the insect(s) that caused these bug bites?
posted by banished at 8:03 PM PST - 23 comments


How can I avoid both thyroid cancer and the medical-industrial complex? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 7:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Buy a $1888 domain?

$1888 for a domain more soon [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 7:44 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I get old silly string out of my shirt?

Does anything get old silly string out of, say, my favorite shirt? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I just sleep in the lab?

I'm moving to Ithaca, NY for grad school, but it's tough to find housing from a distance. Any suggestions regarding rentals and neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 7:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Make me vomit!

I want you to help make me vomit! [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Newbie urban explorer in the Bay Area.

I've always wanted to try urban exploration, but I don't have anyone to do it with. How does a newbie urban explorer get into the hobby? Are there any urban explorer groups or meetups in the Bay Area friendly to beginners? What's the best way to find abandoned buildings or otherwise appropriate structures in a specific area? Thanks!
posted by archagon at 6:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Interference robustness???

OSX wifi: Why would I not use 'Interference Robustness'? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Can we run our window unit AC indoors, as long as the vent points out at the screen?

Our homeowner's association doesn't allow window air conditioning units to be mounted outside of dwellings. But with our built-in inside window ledge, we can put our AC window unit right against the screen, keeping it fully indoors while still venting outside. Are there any health or safety reasons why we shouldn't do this?
posted by croutonsupafreak at 6:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Never put pictures on the internet you wouldn't want your neighbor to see.

An acquaintance I see fairly regularly made it pretty easy for people to find him on an online forum that he probably thought would stay private from people he actually knew in real life. Being the curious sort I am, I followed the clearly marked trail, and now I know personal things I'd rather not. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 6:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Keep getting prompted for wireless password

When I use the wireless network at my local library with my ibook, I am continually prompted for a password and username, and although the signal strength remains reasonably constant, pages often fail to load. Can I do anything to fix it? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

GPS for Urban Living?

I'm moving to NYC soon and given my history of getting lost half the time I leave my house, I'd like to get a GPS to help me navigate my new city. However, I'm sort of stumped to as to whether or not I can actually get what I want... [more inside]
posted by ml98tu at 5:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Advice on dealing with a sick spouse who won't help himself? (sorry--a little long)

My husband has Type 2 diabetes, diagnosed about seven years ago. He has quickly moved from pills to shots to an insulin pump, and he's in his late '40s. The problem is that he doesn't take proper care of himself. When he was first diagnosed, he lost about 40 pounds, but quickly put it back on. Now he won't diet or exercise. He takes plenty of medications for cholesterol, depression, and high blood pressure besides his insulin. Even on the pump, he has not gained any sort of tight control over his blood sugar. [more inside]
posted by SMP at 5:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Mac startup problems.

Mac OSX startup problems. Please help? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me Tag and Index a Pile of Office Documents

Networked repository for Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, full-text indexed and tagged. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 5:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Employee Pit Fight

how would you moderate this conflict between two employees? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How long does a psychiatrist need to diagnose a disorder?

Can a psychiatrist diagnose a disorder in five minutes? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:43 PM PST - 34 comments

Flowers? For me? Oh ANDY!

Artfilter: what flower is featured in the Warhol series "Flowers"? [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Tired of feeling 2nd best. What to do?

Tired of feeling 2nd best in everything. What to do? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 4:41 PM PST - 29 comments

I can't pay rent! What should I do?

Rent's due tomorrow, and I don't have the money yet. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Scanner recommendations with feeder for images & or photos?

Scanner recommendations with feeder for images & or photos? [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

What [awesome casual MMO]?

NotWOWFilter: Are there any decent semi-casual MMORPGs out there? [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 2:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Tandem Trail-a-bike

I am in a desperate search for a tandem trail-a-bike. I know they exist but from my searching on the internet and calling local bike shops they possibly aren't being made any more. Adams seems to be the company who has made them. [more inside]
posted by bove at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Fabulous food for a hip party?

I need recipes and ideas for appealing appetizers and cool party food for a hip get-together! [more inside]
posted by lychee at 1:44 PM PST - 31 comments

I need to use the Disney logo's font.

Can anyone tell me what font is used in the Disney logo? [more inside]
posted by nax at 1:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE?

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Time left in the title

Programmable timer in browser title? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:55 PM PST - 13 comments

If my memory serves me ...

Upgrading memory - is the price difference between DDR PC3200 and DDR PC4000 worth it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Where is my package?

Where oh where have all of my wifes clothes gone? A postal Mystery in 3 parts. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:43 AM PST - 7 comments

F you "Friend"ster

So, bored at work, instead of stabbing myself in the eye, I decided to Google myself, since I haven't done it in a while. So the usual results came up and with them a Friendster page with my first and last name. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments

What the heck do young people in Silicon Valley do after work?

What's a good place to live for someone young and working in Santa Clara? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat at 11:30 AM PST - 25 comments

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1?

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Big Ideas and Counter-Culture via Podcast

I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 11:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Suit me up

Los Angeles Interview Suit— I need to find something cheap for interviews after finding my last suit had irreperable moth holes in the pants (yeah, you can tell that my last couple of jobs haven't really required dap to the tap sartorial sense). Where in the LA area can I get a cheap (nice) suit fairly quickly? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 10:56 AM PST - 20 comments

destination wedding etiquette

We want to hold a destination wedding in Central America. How do we go about this without hurting feelings? How do we go about this at all? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 10:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Food poisoning prophylactic

I think I had some rotten meat in an egg roll at a Chinese restaurant. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by calhound at 10:39 AM PST - 28 comments

How much notice to give?

Ontario employment law: I'm quitting my job to go back to school full-time in September. I'm currently employed full-time as an engineer. I want to tell my employer as far in advance as possible that I am leaving so that everyone knows what's going on, but I want to minimize the risk of finding myself unemployed and unpaid early. How much notice should I give? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking Encouragement About the Fate of My Teeth

Due to some psychological issues, over the last one to two years, I've brushed my teeth ... well, probably no more than ten times, total. Having somewhat exorcised whatever little demon caused this neglect, I'm now trying to work my way back to dental health; I need some encouragement that the next step isn't going to be dentures. As always, there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 48 comments

What is the OK America Registry?

What is the OK America Registry? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Jewelry help

How do I clean a rose gold pendant and chain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

help me get my money back!

I got a piece of junk mail from a company called Florida Direct Vacations who said they were going to charge me $140 for some kind of vacation package if I didn't cancel the order by May 22. I think they got my credit card information from Holland America, who I took a cruise with a few years ago; they claim to be some kind of authorized reseller for them, although I've never done business with Florida Direct Vacations before. I called and canceled, and they charged my debit card anyway. I've called and they say they never got my cancellation and, basically, tough luck. What now? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 9:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Outsourcing my hobby

I have some wargaming miniatures. If I get someone else to paint them will I regret it later? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

FSBO or Agent? Need to sell fairly quickly.

FSBO or Agent? Need to sell fairly quickly. [more inside]
posted by mjger at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How did the birds get there?

How are dead baby birds showing up in parts of my yard with no trees? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Who will stop Domain Registry of America?

Yet another one of my clients has been confused by a Domain Registry of America "invoice" mailing, and now I'm even madder at them. I saw this FTC ruling from 2003, but is there any kind of action/suit against the company now? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

How Long, How Long Blues.

What's the relationship between this recording of Leroy Carr I'm listening too, and the solo piano arrangement of "How Long, How Long Blues" that I'm looking at? [more inside]
posted by sfenders at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I meet women in Phildelphia?

Where can a 29 year year old guy on a temporary assignment in Philadelphia meet women? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Web Notebook - On my own server?

Does anyone know of similar online solution to Google Notebook that one can host on their own servers? I use Google Notebook every day to archive notes and web clips, but I would like to keep my information secure, private, and under my control. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

the sadness of Second Life

The sadness of Second Life, if you know any examples. Bad things that have happened in there, stats about why people leave, anecdotes about what's wrong with it, etc. [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 8:37 AM PST - 20 comments


When I'm chewing a piece of mint gum, and I then take a sip from a cool glass of water, why does it taste icy cold? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Building electronics for money

Is it possible to get work doing electronics assembly in your home, and if so, how do you go about finding it?
posted by dial-tone at 7:19 AM PST - 13 comments

What can I get as a leaving present for my good neighbour?

I'd like to get a gift for my neighbour, as we're moving out soon. They've invited us over for "A Banquet" to say bye (which is fab!). Pertinent details: she's friendly, about 60ish, Islamic, from Bangladesh, she likes growing vegetables. She's been a good neighbour over the last 7 years, but partly due to the language barrier, I haven't a clue what she likes to do. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:15 AM PST - 10 comments


I am looking for examples of innovative uses of boring old PowerPoint—beyond the normal title and bullets. I want to create a presentation that...doesnt look like PowerPoint. Are there any places to get ideas?
posted by punkfloyd at 6:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I be worried about Mt. Rainier erupting?

Seattle: seems like a nice place to live. But I'm somewhat concerned about Inevitable Volcanic Death. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 6:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Where to get Maxwell's Equations on a t-shirt?

As an unrepentant electrical engineer one of my favorite images is one I've seen a few times of Maxwell's equations and a demon whipping away at a classroom of disheveled engineering students as they toil away. I can't find it online though, what I'm really after is either a ready made t-shirt or a high enough resolution version that I can get put on a t-shirt. A friends son, who I've known since he was in pre-school - while I was in grad school is embarking on a EE degree of his own, I'd really like to give him this.
posted by substrate at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get rid of magazines while keeping the articles

I'm trying to find a good solution for scanning and cataloging articles in magazines and books so I can get rid of the hard copies, but find the articles easily. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 5:04 AM PST - 7 comments

La Dolce Vita

I am planning a trip to Italy for early August. What are some services that will make booking and going on the trip go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 4:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Access to scholastic papers

Accessing JStor would greatly improve both my mental life and my historical research. However there are a few problems. I live in Spain and I am not accredited to any Institution of learning so popping down to my local library is not an option. Does anyone have any suggestions.? Email in profile.
posted by adamvasco at 4:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do economic models in computer games suck?

Why do the economic models in computer games always suck? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:46 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me with my (non-education related) research

I'm writing an article for a friend's zine about fictional media portrayal of adolescent and pre-adolescent sexuality - looking for examples and sources [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 3:17 AM PST - 23 comments

legality/possibility of paying off someone else's debt anonymously

I wish to anonymously pay off the debt of someone I know. How easily/legally can this be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 AM PST - 26 comments

What's my kink?

Do I have a (sexual) kink? Should I have a kink? If I do have a kink, how do I discover it? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 1:34 AM PST - 27 comments

Why is eating right before bed bad for you?

Why is eating right before bed bad for you?
posted by isopropyl at 12:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Crescend of times

Crescendos. I love them. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 12:01 AM PST - 67 comments

Mac/PC war

I vaguely remember seeing a spoof(?) of a Mac vs. PC commercial where PC kicked (or kneed) Mac in the groin. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 12:01 AM PST - 5 comments

May 30

The last misdirection, or deus ex machina?

Regarding the ending to David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner (note: spoilers contained within). [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:37 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm just giving a little whistle, is all.

How do you feel about whistling? Specifically, how do you feel about people who whistle songs in public places? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 11:11 PM PST - 73 comments

Hoods in 60's Germany

What was the cultural significance of a hood, this modern american would identify as klan like, in 1960's germany? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:58 PM PST - 4 comments

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do?

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 10:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How to locate a spot for a roaring campfire?

I live in the Portland, Oregon, area. Looking for a place away from the city lights where I and a few others can have a roaring campfire (nothing illegal going on), ideally in the middle of a field of corn under the stars, but you get the idea. Won't be camping there, just enjoying a campfire under the stars into the late evening. Don't have any friends who have a private piece of property in the country, and not interested in state parks or state camping areas. Suggestions on how to locate a spot other than knocking on someone's door???
posted by america4 at 9:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Tonight I'm gonna blog like it's 1993

What blog/CMS software would you recommend that doesn't rely on MySQL or another database backend? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 9:26 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the title of this B-monster movie, possibly starring Kurt Russell?

My friend is searching for the title of a low-budget B-monster movie. The plot: The crew of a spaceship find a derelict spacecraft and awaken a demon/alien creature who possesses the crew one by one. Also, the movie might star Kurt Russell. [more inside]
posted by shoseph at 9:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I recover my stolen laptop?

My laptop was stolen - but I think it might still be nearby! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 9:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Feel the tast of the change in my pocket.

If I handle certain metal things, especially pennies, I get a metallic taste in my mouth. I know there's a term for it but I can't find it no matter the combo of words I dump into Google. Help me green people!
posted by @homer at 8:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How many cats?

Should we get one cat, or two? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 8:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Where did my WordPress blog go?

WordPress filter: My blog was fine last night. Now it's gone. Where did it go? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 8:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Oh God. Kill me now. (Quicken 98 Y2K clusterfuck)

[BoringAsFuckFilter] How to retrospectively correct a Y2K problem in a Quicken 98 file? Staggeringly dull details follow. [more inside]
posted by sweet mister at 8:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Coordinating Firefox extensions across installs

Is there a Firefox extension that will help me coordinate added extensions across multiple installs of Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Inkslinger at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I import foreign drinks in the US?

Is there any way I can obtain non-mainstream European brands of hard cider in the US? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Pimp my VR

I have been tasked with creating a virtual walkthrough of an existing space, using some sort of 360º panoramas, with zooming, maybe audio. I am of familiar with QTVR and, VRML, and have heard of X3D, but wonder what the state of the art is for this kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I keep Grey Poupon on hand?

What's it like being a limousine driver? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

why am I (almost) blacking out?

why am I (almost) blacking out? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 7:14 PM PST - 30 comments

What can I get my mother for her 70th birthday?

What can I get my mother for her 70th birthday? I'm thinking a cultural/educational experience more than an object. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 7:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Not the dude in Tenacious D

I'm looking for additional information about the author Jack Black [more inside]
posted by The Castle at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find cool bathroom vanity?

I've run out of money on our house remodel and still need to do a downstairs bathroom. Any suggestions for finding some affordable, modern-looking bathroom sink/vanity combos online -- like this unit from Ikea? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Drum n Bass in a major key?

Looking for DNB artists/tracks similar to the Brookes Brothers' Hard Knocks... [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 6:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Trying to figure out a WAP gateway problem

Why is it that my WiFi doesn't work unless I go to TCP IP Settings > Advanced and delete the Default Gateway? [more inside]
posted by zek at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

[ArabicFilter] لكن vs لكنَّ: I still don't get the difference.

َ[ArabicFilter] لكن vs لكنَّ: I still don't get the difference. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 5:54 PM PST - 9 comments

cpu help

My Dell's battery won't charge. Any thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What To Do in South Carolina?

I and my SO have to travel to the Sun City, Hilton Head, Florence part of South Carolina. We have a two day block where the person who we are to visit has to attend a conference. Whats to do in this area? Not interested in golf or other sports.
posted by Raybun at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Friend behaving "badly"...

How to handle friend's choices when you don't approve? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB at 5:11 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I give my graphics the emotion of joy and not frustration?

How do I learn motion graphics in nyc? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 4:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Only Fools and Webgeeks

I need to parse an XML flat file with JavaScript, and I'm struggling with how to use the DOM to select one particular node via an attribute then use its child nodes to populate some values. [more] [more inside]
posted by dw at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Best place to get married/divorced?

Where is the best place in the world to get married in terms of most favorable property settlement and alimony laws to the primary provider in the event of a divorce? Just wondering. (No I'm not planning on finding some Tanzanian girl to marry) [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 4:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Computer Game Suggestions

I need some suggestions for computer games. I tend to dislike FPS and RPG though WOW was OK. (Obviously I love my TLA's :) ). See more inside please. [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 4:27 PM PST - 15 comments

How to get a company to fix their mistake?

New shower installation botched, but the installers don't seem interested in repairing it. Next action? [more inside]
posted by justgary at 4:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Honesty damaging kids?

Am I depriving my three-year-old of her childhood by being too open to her? [more inside]
posted by catherinem at 4:19 PM PST - 27 comments


Left-wing/radical/hippie/communist/revolutionary bookstores and places in DC. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 3:55 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm making my full time web dev job into part time freelance work. How do I determine a rate?

I'm making my full time web dev job into part time freelance work. How do I determine a rate? [more inside]
posted by keame at 3:49 PM PST - 13 comments

How much is a "lifetime supply?"

When companies sponsor contests to win a "lifetime supply" of their product, how do they decide what constitutes a lifetime supply? [more inside]
posted by amyms at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

saving money to spend on more daytime cellphone calls!

How to be a (cheapskate) grown-up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

International voltage converters/transformers..

Advice on voltage transformers for using US kitchen appliances in Europe? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I disassemble my Ikea bed?

How do I disassemble my Ikea bed? [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 2:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I find a good contractor to install carpeting on really short notice?

I need carpeting installed in an apartment in Yonkers NY within the next 48 hours. I also don't want to spend a lot. [more inside]
posted by Darke at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Flower ID

What is this flower? [more inside]
posted by teishu at 2:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me enjoy summer sweatstain free

How can I stop my underarms from sweating? I use Mitchum antiperspirant / deodorant and if the sweat really starts getting out of control I apply some Drysol which seems to keep things at bay. The main frustration is that I can't wear a single layer t-shirt. I start getting that sweat drip right away. As soon as I throw on another t-shirt on top, my underarms are moist throughout the day but the bottom layer isn't wet under the arms. What gives?
posted by GleepGlop at 2:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Dealing with Sudden Death

Processing and dealing with a sudden death. [more inside]
posted by atayah at 2:26 PM PST - 19 comments

What is a "perpendadore"?

What's this Spanish word? In the first bit of "The Ghost Map," Steven Johnson says: "Where wages remain depressed, scavenging remains a vital occupation; witness the perpendadores of Mexico City." I can find no record of "perpendadores." What word is he talking about here? Is it a misspelling?
posted by mattbucher at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Problems with XHTML content type.

I seem to have hit a bit of a brick wall in approximating W3C XHTML standards compliance on my website. From what I've read, XHTML should be served with content type application/xhtml+xml, rather than text/html, and recent versions of Microsoft and Mozilla browsers should support serving them as such. Well, they aren't. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 2:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me Build an IDX Search Form?

I'm currently building a web site for a real estate company and they've asked me to customize an IDX search form. Having no experience with IDX (it's a real estate website specific technology), I tried googling for some information on how to build an IDX search form, but the only results were from companies who perform these services. My question is, does anyone know how to do this, or have any links to sites with this information?
posted by ghastlyfop at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Radio Free Amarillo?

How do these radio stations pay the bills? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

The World's Busiest Library

The director of Bogota's Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango believes that, with around 10,000 visitors per day, it's the world's most-used library (in terms of physical users). Is there any evidence out there to suggest that she's right or wrong?
posted by Holly at 2:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I get my batteries to charge?

Fixing problems with a 14.4 V cordless tool charger, or if that doesn't work, turning it into a "corded tool." [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I determine a server's power supply type remotely?

For UNIX-like systems (Linux, BSD, Solaris) is there a way to determine power supply type remotely, preferably with a simple command-line tool? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

My dog won't heal.

Me and my vet are stumped as to follow up care for surgery. More dog filter. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Tell me where to go.

I have some AirTrans passes which will be expiring soon (end of July). Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Building my own Mac?

I am going to be buying/building a new computer soon to replace my Powerbook G4 and I am debating whether to get a Windozer or a new Mac. I thought I might be able to build my own X86 machine and install OSX on it using something like OSX86. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 12:48 PM PST - 12 comments

best forums and community software for .Net platform?

Does anyone have an opinion on the best of breed web forums software and drupal-like or community software out there for an asp/.net environment? [more inside]
posted by andytmp at 12:30 PM PST - 1 comment

How much should it cost to add meta tags to an ASP file?

ASPfilter... my company has a website that was constructed in classic ASP. We wanted to add some meta keywords to the header, so we had the original designers add the keywords to the header file. Long story short, they're now charging us for 4 hours of work, which included testing. That's $600. Am I wrong to think we're being overbilled?
posted by bucko at 12:24 PM PST - 16 comments

dreamweaver not so dreamy

Dreamweaver question... I want some of the links on a page to be one color, and the rest of the links be a different color. Setting the link colors in page properties makes ALL links the same color. Is there a way to make links of different colors? Maybe by over-riding the page properties in a specific section of the page? Or separating the page props some how? thanks... novice
posted by hazel at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

For various reasons I need to work out in my apartment

For various reasons I need to work out in my apartment… [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 12:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Flying the Friendly Skies...

There was a story last week in the news about a woman who gave birth while on a Delta Airlines flight from Munich to Atlanta.... [more inside]
posted by matty at 12:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a first time bike courier

Help me be a bike / bicycle messenger / courier in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 11:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Tips on Miloli'i, Big Island?

The SO and I have rented a house on the Big Island of Hawai'i in "the last authentic Hawaiian fishing village," Miloli'i in October. There is very little substantive info I can find on the web (it's mostly real estate listings). I know it is on the dry, lava side of the island and I know it is somewhat remote. Can anyone here who is familiar with this community and the area provide some tips? FYI and FWIW, we are not beach junkies but like hiking, traditional Hawaiian culture and "local color." Help?
posted by Mmothra at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Recursive anxiety?

Life after therapy: I've been fighting depression and anxiety issues most of my life, and I'm just now truly seeking help with it. Should I be worried about who I will become? [more inside]
posted by MysticMCJ at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

What bit me?

What is this insect that bit me? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Premature grey hair--what to do?

How to deal with grey hairs amongst an otherwise brunette headset? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 11:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Can your artistic pursuits survive the realization that you have modest talents and limited prospects?

You set out to be a writer, a musician, a painter, a filmmaker, an actor, something creative. Somehow you didn't become the success you once envisioned. Have you been able to maintain an interest and participation in artistic pursuits as a hobby or small sideline, or have you needed to let the spark fade away completely? [more inside]
posted by TimTypeZed at 11:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Using Facebook "For the Web" applications

Social-networking-research-for-work: Not a fan of the social networking scene, but too bad for me. Can someone please explain the purpose of Facebook's "For the Web" applications found in the Application Directory? [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Fiction in which the US has all the bombs?

Is there an alternate history novel about the US as sole possessor of nucear weapons? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Is a scam?

Has anyone used to get a list of apartments in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to see lucha libre in Cancun?

Is there anywhere in Cancun to see live lucha libre? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I factor a lousy housing market into a job offer?

An opening for my possible dream job has come out of the blue (I'm currently employed). How do I factor in a lousy housing market and the fact that I would have to sell my townhouse when evaluating this job offer (which would require relocation)? [more inside]
posted by karmagirl at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

e.g. .ie

Ireland Internet Question: I want to register a .ie domain. Who is a reliable registrar? Who are the ones to avoid? What was your experience? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

What goes down in the South in terms of bachelor parties?

Memphis Bachelor Party: Need some ideas for things to do as well as details on activities from TN residents. [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How to make lifesize cutouts of normal people

A friend needs to make a lifesize cardboard cut-out of themselves and ship it somewhere. They live in Baltimore. How to do this?
posted by schroedinger at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

In DC, what can a previous employer who terminated an employee say to a job applicant's prospective new employer?

In DC, what can a previous employer who terminated an employee say to a job applicant's prospective new employer? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 9:00 AM PST - 14 comments

One Sharpie to Rule Them All!

What's the most permanent marker pen in the universe? [more inside]
posted by clango at 8:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Best mapping software?

What is the best free online directions service for a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Yeah, I'd get free cookies and cakes, but is that enough?

How do I negotiate (tomorrow!) a decent salary for working part-time as a creative services manager for a successful bakery where the company wants to leverage the coolness factor of the environment and I want to leverage my years of varied experience? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 8:36 AM PST - 12 comments


ToolFilter: I'm outfitting a new tool chest and looking to upgrade my sorry, incomplete tool sets. Any particular recommendations (e.g., brands) out there for the basic things -- screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Anything you can't live without in your tool chest?
posted by jgballard at 8:30 AM PST - 37 comments

s video to rca

A friend bought me this monster cable to hook my ibook g4 up to my TV, but my tv has composite video. i haven't been able to locate a working converter-- anyone have any ideas?
posted by LizardOfDoom at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

My bologna needs a second name...

After being shamed by this article, I am looking for alternatives to the chicken nuggets I feed my two-year old. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 8:27 AM PST - 31 comments

scooter for an autistic adult?

Should I encourage my mildly autistic younger brother to buy a scooter? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 8:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me help my body!

Workout Filter: I've hit the end of my 8 week cycle. Help me layout a new routine. The gym trainer gave me one, but I'm looking for second opinions/other ideas. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Pasting unformatted text in word

Pasting text in MS Word without formatting [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Best source for old RAM

Looking for a reputable source for old RAM (Dell XPS, T600). [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Chicken & Waffles in NYC

Where can I get the best chicken and waffles in New York City? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Online Collaboration and Interactive Madness

What are some web sites that allow people to interact in unusual and awesome ways on the internet? Massively Multiplayer Pong was great, but it seems broken. Swarmsketch is another great example. Help me find others... [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Prince at the end of Hwy 61

Is there a connection between religion and place in African-American music? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get a programming job in the EU

How does a computer programmer find a job in Europe? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Is the county trying to pull one over on me?

Can you owe property tax on a house for the year before the purchase? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 7:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Please help me expand my Hindu pantheon!

There is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Paris called Krishna-Bhavan (delicious, BTW), that has an image of a flute-playing butt with eyes (and jewellery) on one of their walls. Can anyone help me identify this deity / character? Picture here (scroll down). [more inside]
posted by LMGM at 6:50 AM PST - 10 comments

For a multi-leg transatlantic flight, what can I do to minimize the likelihood of connection problems, involuntary bumping, etc.?

For a multi-leg transatlantic flight, what can I do to minimize the likelihood of connection problems, involuntary bumping, etc.? First leg (on US Air) is LGA to PHL to LGW, and I'm hearing a lot of anecdotal reports that both USAir and PHL are worse-than-average for connection problems. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 6:07 AM PST - 30 comments

Going private in Hong Kong

In short: how does my father, trapped in a hospital bed, get a private doctor and a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic at 5:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me get rid of this stupid scar!

I have a scar on my forehead. It's not raised but is just a darker color than my skin. I got it from using a massager on my head when I had a very painful sinus headache - somehow I managed to take off a layer of skin, though it didn't hurt at all. Now it's six weeks later, and I still have the scar. Is there anything I can do to minimize the appearance? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 5:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Ear, ear, what's going on ear then?

Why does my ear always hurt? (and apologies for awful puns) inside [more inside]
posted by eb98jdb at 5:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Need a funny one-act play to perform at family gathering

One-act play: I'm looking for a funny, perhaps topical, and maybe edgy one-act play for my family members to read as part of a family gathering. [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 4:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Feasting on Asphalt in the Northeast

Please introduce my non-American friend and his mother to Real Americana food joints in North East USA, the more picturesque and famous the better. [more inside]
posted by derMax at 4:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Business Models Help

MBAFilter: Where can I find an overview of different business models, their merits and downsides? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 3:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Global position system based on position of moon?

If I looked up at the sky some time at night, pointed to the moon and gave you the exact orientation of my arm (the two angles in the north/south and east/west directions) and told you the exact time of night and date it was, would you be able to tell my exact location in the world? If so, how?
posted by DirtyCreature at 3:11 AM PST - 39 comments

A question about the observer-participancy phenomenon in subatomic physics.

A question about the observer-participancy phenomenon in subatomic physics. [more inside]
posted by heylight at 1:53 AM PST - 17 comments

ESL material for children

Where can I find material for young (7-9 yo) ESL students online? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 1:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Is Greencine worth it if you live on the East Coast?

Is Greencine worth it if you live on the East Coast? [more inside]
posted by lia at 1:26 AM PST - 8 comments

May 29

What is this maddeningly catchy song?

Help me find a techno song called "Around the World" which until now I had been convinced was by Daft Punk! [more inside]
posted by Phire at 10:51 PM PST - 6 comments

What book(s) on negotiation should I read?

What book(s) on NEGOTIATION should I read? [more inside]
posted by ialas at 10:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me find a job title!

I'm joining a startup soon, and I've been told that I can choose my own title. [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 10:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Medical tests for an anxiety disorder

What tests should I be requesting to rule out physical causes of an anxiety disorder? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 10:02 PM PST - 13 comments

I was gonna walk the dog...

Is it wrong to get my dog high by blowing marijuana smoke at him? I am asking medically and ethically, of course. He's neutered and very good natured. I have known people that have intentionally 'smoked out' their animals from time to time, and it hasn't seemed to be harmful, but I was just wondering, since it's come up recently.
posted by chlorus at 9:58 PM PST - 58 comments

Kerberos Spying on Work PC?

I was reviewing the Application Logs on my XP machine at work and noticed an error message which concerned Kerberos and mentioned the computer name of a manager in the HR department for my company. The log said something about an incorrect password. Does this indicate that my online activities are being monitored? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I take a good job when I know I dislike the work culture?

How to weigh an appealing job offer against an unappealing organizational culture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

How hard is it for an overweight gay gay to find someone attractive?

In the gay male community, how hard is it to date someone pretty handsome/cute (though not necessarily physically "ripped") if one is, say, 20-25 lbs overweight (so overweight, NOT "obese") and in his mid to late 20s? How far can intelligence and personality take you? Is it easier to have a relationship on these bases than a one-night stand? Are things relatively hopeless without losing weight?
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find an affordable Air Compressor and Spray Gun combination?

What is an affordable air compressor and spray gun combination? I'm not sure about how powerful a compressor I'll need. Also, I'm planning on keeping it down the basement and running the hose up through the floor. Is there a way to turn the compressor on and off without having to venture downstairs? (I'm in an apartment and the basement door is outside) I've seen things that allow you to shut off lights with a remote control. Maybe something similar to that? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 8:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Gonna party like it's 2099

What Science Fiction movies feature dancing? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 8:48 PM PST - 40 comments

Is in any way dangerous or unhealthy to drink very old/expired soda?

Is in any way dangerous or unhealthy to drink very old/expired soda? [more inside]
posted by boscord at 7:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Hostile aquisitions and stock prices -- what happens?

What tends to happen to a large, international company's stock price post-hostile acquisition in the case of the acquired company? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Fe3O4 + Al = Fire

What is the most entertaining use of 1 lb. of thermite? [more inside]
posted by p3on at 7:28 PM PST - 29 comments

How to have a Happy Happy Fun Family Vacation

I'm trying to plan a reunion of 6 families. 2 families have no children. 3 families have one infant. 1 family has 2 kids under age 6. I'm having trouble finding a place that will make everyone happy. [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 7:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Ooda bada bim bo, go yeh go...

AlbumFilter: I've asked this to guys at used music stores and just got a duh. What is that album my ex got? Can I still get it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 7:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Color Picker keyboard shortcut in Photoshop...?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the Color Picker dialog box in Photoshop CS2? Or how can I set such a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by erinchan at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Any hope of repair for my cracked lcd monitor?

Is there any hope for repairing my girlfriend's cracked monitor? [more inside]
posted by mindless progress at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Importing files from directories into iPhoto albums?

Will iPhoto use directory names as album names when importing photos from a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by jgarbers at 6:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Summer is for swimming

Where's the best place-- within a 60 to 90 minute drive of New York City-- to go swimming in a lake, river, or stream? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 5:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Newport Noob

What to do in or around Newport Beach, CA with a budget of $1,000? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 5:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Fax and figures

Where can I find statistics on worldwide fax usage? [more inside]
posted by lhauser at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia?

How do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 3:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Hero Joy Nightingale: where did she go?

So what really DID happen to Hero Joy Nightingale? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 3:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Know a short story where service-worker drones started being managed by constant messages in their earpieces?

Looking for a short story I read online, where technological advances eliminate middle management and then junior employees, with a fast food restaurant used as an example... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy Orange Flower Water in New York City?

Where can I buy orange flower water in New York City?
posted by jeb at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Teaching in Canada

Where in Canada are they hiring teachers? British Columbia? Alberta? Please fill me in. Are there permanent jobs in your province in teaching elementary school and high school? Or where can I find out?
posted by chuma at 3:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Name This Sporting Event: Cannon + Obstacle Course

What is this sporting event? Teams compete to move a functioning artillery cannon from one end of an obstacle course to another, requiring them to disassemble, move, and re-assemble the cannon. [more inside]
posted by frogan at 2:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Need to create an online event registration system

I'm looking for online event registration/management tools. Can be hosted or an app that I can use on my own server (prefer the latter). [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I prevent highlighted text with quotes from a browser from turning quotes into %u201C when using Movable Type Quickpost?

When I highlight text on a webpage in Safari that contains quotes (") and then click on my Movable Type Quickpost link to include the text in the Quickpost body, the quotes in the highlighted text in the browser are turned into %u201C once the text is included in the body of the Quickpost in the pop up window. If I manually input the quotes directly into the body of the Quickpost window, the quotes do not turn into %u201C, it is only when I highlight text in a browser with quotes and then click on the Quickpost link do the quotes turn into %u201C. Does anyone know how I prevent highlighted text with quotes from a browser from turning quotes into %u201C when using Quickpost? I would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks.
posted by cg2 at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do for a used car?

Used car filter: At a fork in the road while shopping for a car. Opinions needed! [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:46 PM PST - 19 comments

How to Batch Rotate Multiple Images in Multiple Directories

How do I rotate batches of images based on a certain criteria? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 2:09 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I find a new job that does NOT require drug testing without cause?

How can I find a new job that does NOT require drug testing without cause? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Any Advice?

Recently, quite out of the blue, I've become uncharacteristically obsessed with success. What's going on and how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What BDSM clubs can I find in New York City?

What BDSM clubs can I find in New York City (and surrounding)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Making Visual Teaching easier on XP (OSX equivalents needed

As a followup to this question (2 years ago)... I need in WinXP to have three features (and I'll take any of the three, preferably all). 1) Bordered Cursor (round ring, called Pinpoint for OSX). Bonus for a visual change when you click (and right click) 2) Key overlay like KeyCastr for OSX, showing the audience control/alt keys as you type them in an overlay. 3) Dynamic Zoom (yes, I know it's open gl based, I have only open GL cards) to push in. MacOS Universal Prefs.
posted by filmgeek at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Rum and Apple Cid-ER! Rum and Apple Cid-ER!

I seem to remember a cartoon (might've been a Looney Tune, with Daffy perhaps?) from my youth in which a pirate song that ends up with "yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" was sung, but it ended instead with a conga-beat rhythm that went something like "yo ho ho and a bottle of" (and here's where the conga beat came in) "rum and apple cid-ER / rum and apple cid-ER / rum and apple cid-ER" (with the 'ER' being the beat). It's an obscure vague memory at the outreaches of my childhood, but that "rum and apple cid-ER" has become a real earworm for me the past few days. Any idea where this little comedy bit came from, and if it's on one of the online video services?
posted by WCityMike at 1:14 PM PST - 11 comments

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I employ to fix the problem of exposed points of wood screws?

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I use to fix a problem exposed points of wood screws? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 1:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Internet Television

Looking for suggestions for comedy web-series. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Lourdes Travel and Trip Afterwards

I am visiting Lourdes in mid-August with my family, there will be 6 adults and 1 4 year old child. I am looking for some tips about this and what to do afterwards. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 1:04 PM PST - 1 comment

How to get a firstname.lastname email address with a common name?

What's the best way for someone with a common name to get a permanent firstname.lastname email address? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 1:00 PM PST - 26 comments

My notebook needs to chill out

ChillFilter: I'm purchasing a notebook computer to replace my desktop, and have been shopping around for cooler mats (a.k.a. chill mats). Alas, the brand I'm most likely to find at my local electronics outlets, the Targus Chill Mat, is also the brand most likely to generate screams of rage from users. Experiences with alternative brands, anyone? (The computer will be a 15.4" widescreen.) Money is not (that much of) an object.
posted by thomas j wise at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Backup/File Access Filter

I am looking for a secure backup/file access solution that allows me to mount the space as a drive as well as access the data through a web interface. I have tried many solutions but each one is missing a critical piece of the puzzle. [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting a second job at a bar/restaurant in the Bay Area: which one? how to survive working two jobs?

I’m thinking of getting a second job at a bar or restaurant in the Bay Area, on top of a serious day job. Any tips on 1) places to apply and 2) how to survive working two jobs? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Desperate to set up an effective weight loss strategy

I badly need some help / advice on getting my weight under control. I get mixed messages everywhere I turn, but I feel like I don't have time to play around anymore. I'm completely desperate to get myself to do something and stick with it so I can at least get from "obese" to "overweight" if not to "normal". [more inside]
posted by catfood at 12:18 PM PST - 51 comments

Invoicing software for therapists?

My girlfriend is a child therapist with her own practice and I'm looking for easy to use invoicing / billing software for her. She basically provides four or five different services (individual sessions, group sessions, evaluation reports etc.) with different rates but that's about it. All of the software I have been looking at is far too complicated for what she needs to do and obviously geared towards businesses who sell products instead of services. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 12:15 PM PST - 9 comments

How much should bridesmaids be expected to chip in?

A friend and I have agreed to be in a third friend's wedding this fall. Lately the bride-to-be has been suggesting some potentially expensive pre-wedding activities. My friend and I are concerned with what we're expected to pay for as bridesmaids. My questions are: Is footing the bill for the bachelorette party or bridal shower the responsibility of the bridal party if the bride (or her sorta wealthy future mother-in-law) plans it? Is it gauche for us to approach the bride and ask her what her expectations are after agreeing to be in the wedding?
posted by redbed at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I (not) listen to?

What's your background music? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 11:58 AM PST - 44 comments

Help me find a 40-50 minute MP3 mash up

40 minutes of music help, please! 1 long MP3 of music for a fashion show. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 11:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I do with $1200 in gifts?

What should I do with $1200, keeping in mind that I may need it in the short term? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

How does one unregister to vote?

How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind at 11:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Facebook Data Synergy into an Excel Sheet

Is it feasible and not a violation of the Facebook terms of service (and not exorbitantly expensive) to find a programs (or someone to write a program) that would go through a list of Facebook profiles and create an excel sheet with fields filled in with their info from the various fields in their profiles? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 11:17 AM PST - 12 comments

hey, Ruritania, is that your consulate or are you just happy to see me?

Why do some countries have such large consulates in New York? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I see the Papal Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy) in Panama City?

All I want in the world are photographs of the Papal Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy) in Panama City. I've seen the photos of the U.S. troops outside and at the gate, but I'm most interested . . . [more inside]
posted by Vault13 at 10:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Religion on RTE TV and Radio

Irish and Northerners: Tell me your reflections on religious programming on present-day RTE TV and Radio? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How to stop my blue jeans from blue-ing my white shoes?

I just bought a pair of sneakers that are made with white leather that has an unfinished feel to it (not glossy, but not suede either). My jeans are leaving blue marks all over them! How to remove the blue stuff, and how to prevent it in the future? Must I absolutely avoid wearing these shoes with jeans, or is there something I could treat them with, perhaps?
posted by freudenschade at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does it hurt when I jump on a trampoline?

Why does it hurt to jump on a trampoline? I never could when I was young because I would get this stabbing pain in my back when I jumped. I never really thought much of it. Now fast forward 20 some years and now my 11 year old daughter can't jump because she says "it hurts too bad." This is the first time she's tried it. I guess I should count my blessings since they can be so dangerous but it stumps me that neither of our bodies will even tolerate it?
posted by redwinger at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

It's my secret X-men ability.

MutantFilter: For as long as I can remember, I've had what I thought was a muscle missing in my upper right arm. I've never seen anyone else with this, nor have I been able to figure out if that's it for sure. Anyone who knows something about anatomy want to take a look at this? (Pictures included.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I make them want me?

I'm attempting to apply for a job/internship in a very unusual, creative field. I have as much training as I can get in this area without working as an apprentice or assistant, and that doesn't amount to much. So my question is, how do I get into an exclusive training program when it's impossible to have much prior experience or a portfolio without being in an exclusive training program? [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Photo toning for beginners

A (very) amateur photographer needs help with toning photos in Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Cartoon of cat falling from aircraft?

I'm trying to find a cartoon image of a cat falling from a (Dakota-type) aircraft. The caption said something like: "Sooty suddenly realised that it wasn't going to matter, even if he can land on all-fours from a mile up" [more inside]
posted by Dub at 8:49 AM PST - 10 comments

International favorite books, movies, music?

Where can I find lists of other countries' favorite books, music and movies? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Reviews of Georgia Team Building Event

Has anyone around Atlanta participated in the Stone Mountain Corporate Team Building activities? Or been to any other event put on by the InnerWork company? This seems like a fun event for our company to do this summer but the $3,200 price (plus food and park fees) seems a little steep for what they are providing.
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

MySQL SLAVE, obey your MASTER!

MySQL, why won't you replicate properly? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Music from Life on Mars?

Music like unto that featured in Life on Mars? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Is Music Jobs useful for getting gigs?

A friend of mine (reggae dj, sound engineer, A&R) called me about trying to get jobs through Music Jobs. She said it took her something like 30 minutes to fill out her profile, and only at the end did they hit her up for money. This gives me the willies: that sort of trick seems suspicious, and I wonder how legit or worthwhile the site really is. Has anyone had success (or otherwise) with these folks, and are they worth it?
posted by mjbraun at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Thunderbird Won't Fly

I'm unable to open my Thunderbird e-mail program. After I upgraded it, it wouldn't open when I clicked on any of the appropriate icons or its listing in program files. I then did a system restore to before attempting the upgrade, hoping at least to be able to use my older version. Still no luck, not even in safe mode and not even after rebooting several times. A further complication is that I can't even bring up the Thunderbird profile by typing "thunderbird.exe -ProfileManager" in Run. I'm using XP Home. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
posted by NinaLee at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

How to collide new media and old media?

What features should I put into my new radio show's website? I'm thinking of forums or something, but ideally there should be something more, I think? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 7:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Have you ever worked at a place that encouraged people to stop and think before they did any and all actions?

Have you ever worked at a place that encouraged people to stop and think before they did any and all actions? Did it work? How was it encouraged? [more inside]
posted by jwells at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments


Nosebleed filter: I tend to get nosebleeds easily. I am not a cocaine addict. More inside. [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 6:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Whither realistic cops on TV and film?

Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:56 AM PST - 26 comments

Torn Achilles- looking for cardio exercises to do

I'm an avid runner and tore my achilles. Looking for cardio exercises to do that don't involve ankle/legs much. [more inside]
posted by rryan at 5:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Will I get denied entry to the US for having visited a Communist country?

HomelandSecurityFilter: If you have visas/stamps in your passport from Communist or former Communist nations, can this prejudice your entry into the US? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed at 5:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me change my exercise routine.

While I'm still super enthusiastic about exercise, both my motivation and fitness level have plateaued. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Internship in China

How do I find an internship in china? I've got mad skillz in C++ and general low level software development. [more inside]
posted by markovich at 2:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Hey China, what's up?

This time next week I'll be in China. To say the least, I'm extremely excited. I'll be there for more than a month and I'll be staying in Beijing for the most part. Tell me all the crazy things I can do, spare no details or costs [okay, maybe spare some costs]. I'm more than willing to travel around.
posted by 913 at 12:29 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I survive a hot, hot summer without cool, cool AC?

Does anyone have tips for surviving a summer in very hot temperatures without AC? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:09 AM PST - 43 comments

How can I cure my knee pain?

Can you offer advice or techniques to help me with my worsening knee pain? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

May 28

Friends need help advertising their cheap porn store.

I've got some friends who have recently started a porn store, but they need a way to advertise. [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:33 PM PST - 32 comments

HP laptop battery issues...

Help me diagnose my laptop battery problems... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 8:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Other "beginner" coffee drinks?

Starbucks mocha... mmm... what next? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 8:15 PM PST - 37 comments

Shouldn't our landlord sign the lease too?

We signed a lease (2 copies) on a new apartment in NYC, at our broker's office. The 2 copies were sent to the management company. As promised, the management company sent one of the copies back to us about a week later. It's got our original signatures, but the landlord didn't sign it! The line for the landlord's signature is empty. Doesn't this mean that we're bound to the terms of the contract, but the landlord is not? It seems very wrong. Is it normal? Should we demand a copy of the lease with the signatures of both parties on it?
posted by edlundart at 8:11 PM PST - 18 comments

No-Chew-Through Dog Harness

Is there such a thing as a dog harness that a dog cannot chew through, or is unlikely to physically chew through? I am not interested in answers regarding repellants such as bitter apple--I already know about them. [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 7:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find old car safety ratings?

Seeking safety data for old used cars. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Which town in southwest Michigan would be most desireable to re-locate for early retirees?

I'm considering buying a house on the southwestern coast of Michigan on Lake Michigan - New Buffalo, Saugatuck, Coloma, Union Pier, Douglas, Holland , etc. - which would be the best place to buy -pro's and con's of each community.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:48 PM PST - 5 comments

web design

I'm looking to learn about xml, sql, web design and programming in visual studio by making sample websites. Where can I do this. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

What "Rules for Life" should I pass on to my 15 year old brother?

So I'm putting together a collection of "Rules for Life" as a gift for my 15 year old little brother, that I'll likely put together on one of those one-off vanity book publishery things... and I'm looking for some suggestions as to some good rules. Looking for real advice for obscure situations one might find themselves in, great quotes that can inspire someone to live their life better, serious thoughts that people have realized later in their life that they wish someone had told them previously, and a good dose of humor. Cliche as it is, Mary Schmich's "Wear Sunscreen" column gives a decent examples of the general tone I want for most of it. So.... What else should I put in the book? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:40 PM PST - 87 comments

career change to radio sales

The local radio giant is looking for sales and promotions reps, and I'm interested... [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Buying carpet in Kusadasi

Help our friends buy a rug in Kusadasi, Turkey, without being completely swindled or drowned in apple tea [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 6:31 PM PST - 19 comments

I can't get hangovers. No, seriously.

I've never had a hangover in my life, how common is this and will it stay this way? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 5:30 PM PST - 53 comments

DPI Demo dilemma

Somewhere on the web there must be an interactive explanation/demonstration for DPI (pixel density) help me find it. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Avoiding scams selling expensive items on craigslist

I'm about to list a relatively expensive item on Craigslist (asking ~$700) and have been reading up on all of the different scam horror stories and what _not_ to do. I'm only going to be dealing with someone in person, and I won't accept any wire transfers, cashier checks or money orders because of the high abuse potential, but I'm not sure what this leaves as viable alternatives for what I _should_ do to receive payment. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 5:25 PM PST - 26 comments

How to influence a web design team.

I've been invited to join a project team to redesign our website, as a technical resource. How best can I help the team ? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 5:16 PM PST - 11 comments

What was the song played through the opening HNIC montage?

What is the name and performer of the song that was played on Hockey Night in Canada during the opening montage for the first SC final game? [more inside]
posted by Dipsomaniac at 5:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Why/how did metal bathroom fixtures "sting" me?

Why/how did metal bathroom fixtures "sting" me? [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get ubuntu to recognize my monitor's proper resolution again?

During the Ubuntu install process (text-based), it asked what screen resolutions I would like X not to include. Not thinking, I selected my preferred resolution (1280x1024, the most my monitor can handle) and hit continue. Now I can't use that resolution in my finished install, as it's not on the list in the Screen Resolutions system panel. How do I recover that possibility? Thanks!
posted by invitapriore at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Triumph for the geeky girl?

Hello! I am looking for examples of movies (or pop culture in general) in which the geeky, less-attractive girl gets a guy who (she thinks) is totally out of her league. [more inside]
posted by granted at 4:58 PM PST - 74 comments

Bang bang, it's

My landlord is renovating the apartment next to mine. It is very noisy from 9 to 6 every week day (even today). Constant hammering, squeaking, sawing, etc. The walls are shaking and I found paint dust along the walls of my apartment.. It's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 3:11 PM PST - 9 comments

I've got the summer tv blues

Do good what-to-watch TV blogs or webpages exist? [more inside]
posted by pinky at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Going to green Carolina to build a green home for our would-be green family

For three years, I've been encouraging my family to think about relocating from our home in Miami to a community that is less dependent upon automobiles and other oil-enabled ways of life. I sold them on Asheville, North Carolina, and on the idea of building a green (or close to it) home. We're going up there in three weeks to look around and get a better feel, and I want this plan to be well-considered! Help me think through the important elements of a successful home-relocation scouting trip, to Asheville specifically or just in general, as well as the larger questions involved. [more inside]
posted by greggish at 2:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Don't make that puppy dog face at me. Help me choose the ultimate shelter / rescue dog!

I'm looking to get a dog in the next month from a shelter / rescue league. I'm wondering: - How can you tell which one is 'the right one'? - How can you make sure to pick one that won't snap and eat a baby? (I'm leaning towards puppies/younger to try and combat this, there's a lot of dog fighting and douchebags in Florida.) - What breeds do you recommend? - What breeds do you recommend staying away from? - Without the parents on site, how do you assess if an animal is going to be healthy? (I know the shelters do basic checks, but ... I get really attached to my animals and to have one die prematurely would be really rough) [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 1:09 PM PST - 37 comments

Selling tickets

Posting for a friend: I have a ticket to [a one-day music festival] but I can't afford to go (can't afford the travel or hotel). How can I sell the ticket? The booking paper I have says it'll be delivered to me "no later than 48 hours before the performance" - surely too short a time for eBay selling. How do other people do this?
posted by reklaw at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Cubs tickets: Now or then?

Our family wants to see the 7/20 Diamondbacks-Cubs game but we don't have tickets yet. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

On the internet, everybody knows I'm a researcher/

I'm going to do some online social research and am investigating methods. I've ordered this book and to supplement I am looking for the best articles, reference lists or even journals on online social science research methodology. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I quickly browse media rich RSS feeds?

Is there some format more suitable for quick scanning of image dense feeds than your standard RSS reader? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 11:38 AM PST - 1 comment

how to feed two cats separately

I have two cats who are used to eating together. But one has a weight problem that needs to be controlled. How can I get them used to eating separately? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Domain Name Ownership Weirdness

How is it possible that I still own a domain name that I let expire (with a registering company I've never even heard of)? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

This post will not turn into a flotation device. Sorry.

Some international commercial planes have really odd seat numbering. Does anyone know why? Believe it or not, I'm dying to know. Please humor me. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I become Hero of the Beach?

How can I toughen up? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 10:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Why does my motorcycle keep dying

Help me diagnose my motorcycle problem. (fairly lengthy explanation follows) [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What kind of tofu am I describing, and how do I make it?

What kind of dofu (tofu) did I have at a restaurant (made at our table), and how do I make it at home? Despite their claim, I don't think it was actually yose dofu. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Why are people from the Philippines referred to as Filipinos rather than Philippinos?

Why are people from the Philippines referred to as Filipinos rather than Philippinos? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Find books in blog?

Blogging anesthesiologist Joe Stirt has a great site, and I particularly like his book recommendations. I'd like to compile a reasonably comprehensive list of these books, but Joe doesn't use tags, so: what is the best way to go about finding his book recommendations amongst all his other posts?
posted by forallmankind at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Graduation songs for adults?

What are some good songs for a graduation mix? This is for twenty-and-thirty-somethings. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Who do you recommend for website design in the Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland area?

Who do you recommend for website design in the Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, FL area? [more inside]
posted by the_binary_blues at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Advice for finding reputable photographer for nude photos

How do I find a reputable photographer who will take artistic nude black and white photos of me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

She's better in shea butter.

Is shea butter a distinctly feminine scent? I love the smell of it on a lady; is it unseemly on a man, or just as pleasant? Let's not get into any gender debates, I'm only curious because most often I smell it on women.
posted by Evstar at 8:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Bloggers for hire?

I'd like to hire one, or maybe two, bloggers to keep my subject-specific weblog updated while I go on vacation (two weeks only). Is there a website that hooks up bloggers with potential clients for this purpose?
posted by afx237vi at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Central Florida with a two year old. What to do?

My wife and I are going to central Florida (Orlando to Daytona area) with a 2 year old boy in a few weeks. We are looking for some ideas on what to see/do with the little tyke. Can be free, cheap, or expensive, as long as its worthwhile. We're looking to fill up one or two days. Bonus points if we can include the grandmother (active 63 year old) along. I used to live in the area, and we've already made some decisions: [more inside]
posted by Merdryn at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to get married in NYC for under $15K?

Where in Manhattan or Brooklyn can we have a wedding reception for under $15K? [more inside]
posted by Silverlantern at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Trouble with Firefox

I love my homepage which I have used for years. All of a sudden loading it with Firefox has become frustratingly long. 3,4,5 minutes sometimes. The help desk at JouralistExpress told me there is a known problem with Firefox and gave some suggested adjustments to settings all of which I made. No difference. Here's what they told me was the problem. [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 7:04 AM PST - 10 comments

So They Do Not Die In Vain

I woke up this Memorial Day sad, angry depressed over the unending loss of life in the Iraq war. What is an appropriate way for a non-believer in and non-supporter of the war to honor the dead (military, contractors, and Iraqi civilians)?
posted by Xurando at 6:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Help an old software engineer find work!

What software development skills are in high demand right now? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 5:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Warsaw to Prague to ???

With a week to spend in Europe this summer, I am going from Warsaw (2 days) to Prague (3 days) to...where? Krakow? Dresden? Berlin? I have two days and have to be back in Warsaw on the 2nd day. I'm traveling by train. What would I be an idiot to miss? [more inside]
posted by B-squared at 5:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Braces: Are dental surgeons adequate, or do I need an orthodontist?

Is there a significant difference in quality when it comes to getting your braces put on by a dental surgeon as opposed to an actual orthodontist? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 3:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Hair damp make look.

Can I (a dude) use some kind of fabulous product to make my hair look the way it does when it's damp, all the time? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:34 AM PST - 20 comments

The right trousers?

'Smart casual' trousers, what alternatives are there for men? [more inside]
posted by MrC at 1:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Help find the title of this 80's song

Help find the title of this 80's song that's stuck in my head... [more inside]
posted by Baud at 1:48 AM PST - 12 comments

May 27

THings to See On The Way To The Cruz?

Sight-seeing filter: What are some things we should stop and see during a leisurely drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz? [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 11:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a background song from a recent tv commercial

Re-make of popular 80s song that plays in the background of recent Mother's Day T.V. commercial [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 11:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Weekend in Chicago: how to find a few things

I'm going to Chicago in June for a weekend. Where should I go to find the following:
  • Cool neighborhood with coffee shops where I can get a copy of Illinois Entertainer and Chicago Reader
  • Best music equipment store in Chicago or northern suburbs (I'm staying in exciting Itasca)
  • Something unique and fun to do on a Sunday afternoon

posted by 4midori at 11:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Stop! Blinking!

How do I turn off the annoying "this is all the white in your photo" 'feature' on my Nikon D80? [more inside]
posted by travosaurus at 10:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Who thinks perfect breasts are shaped like cocktail glasses?

Writer who said, "Perfect breasts should be shaped like wine glasses" (or something to that effect)? [more inside]
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Admittedly not the most important question, but...

Best practices for disposing of charcoal after a barbeque? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 9:49 PM PST - 11 comments

bamboo floors

bamboo flooring...its been discussed in the past but was wondering if anyone had new advice or anecdotes.. [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian at 9:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Why doesn't load?

Why can't I get to load? [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 9:09 PM PST - 13 comments

My money is doing nothing more than 80% of the time!

Since the stock market is only active from 9:30-4 M-F, (less than 20% of the hours in the week, and even less of the year because of holidays), is it possible to sell at the end of the day and plop the money into a savings account, and then buy again on the beginning of the next day? If not, what prevents this from happening? Is it just fees? Would be an easy way to make an extra 4%/year from interest.
posted by tasty at 8:53 PM PST - 17 comments

El Gigante

Help me make a luchador mask. [more inside]
posted by e^2 at 6:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Weird bumps on my cat's head

My cat has recently developed several bumps on his head, and I'm wondering whether or not I should worry, and how worried I should be. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 6:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Fight a ridiculous ticket?

I got pulled over for being in the middle of an intersection when the light turned red. I saw only a few milliseconds of the yellow light because I was behind a big UPS truck. This happens to people all the time, and I'm surprised I got a ticket for this. Any chance of fighting this successfully? [more inside]
posted by chadparker at 5:42 PM PST - 31 comments

"Little sister, don't you kiss me once or twice / Then say it's very nice / And then you run"

Songs about a relationship which starts off enthusiastically, but where someone gets cold feet early on? The song quoted in the post title would be a good example/starting point.
posted by pantone292 at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

help a moderately experienced business traveller pack for a long trip and keep her Zen

I travel regularly for work -- at least one week out a month during down time and three weeks out during peak time. But, my schedule is usually domestic, and always gets me home after 5 - 6 days, 10 at most... till now. I'm departing Wednesday on a four-week trip: first leg = two-day stops in all four US time zones, second leg = two weeks in one European city, with zero time home. I'm feeling anxious about my preparation. [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 4:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Turn an antique bottle into an incandescent bulb!

Craftiwork Filter: Help me turn an antique bottle into a light bulb/fixture. The incandescent sort. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Why no Twin Peaks 2 in Blockbuster?

BlockbusterFilter: Twin Peaks Season 2 has been out for almost 2 months now, and it's still unavailable both in Blockbuster stores and Blockbuster Online - what gives? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 4:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Mickey Mouse's Brigadoon

Walt Disney World: It's been three weeks since we got back, and we're all wondering what's left in life that can really compare. We had such a good time, the regular world just doesn't hold its sparkle any more. Can you help us keep some of the Disney magic going? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 4:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find my new favorite shorts!

Help me find comfortable durable cotton shorts to replace my USA Rugby shorts (whose manufacturer went out of business) [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 4:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Sign lease or move?

Sign lease or move? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify this classical music please.

Can anyone identify the background music (modern classical I think) in the clips I have linked to inside? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 3:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Where do movie and TV miniatures go?

What happens to models and miniatures after the movie is done or the show is cancelled? [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Which website designers do you recommend?

Who do you recommend for website design in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

What are these Chinese plates?

These plates with golden inscriptions (1 2 3 4) were bought in China in the 1950s or 60s. They're 13.4 cm tall, 9.5 cm wide and about 4 mm thick, two-sided; I can't tell which ones are page 3 and 4. They're illuminated from behind in these photos so you can read them more easily. What are they and what do they say?
posted by klue at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Community Groups & Money

How do small community groups with branches in different areas manage membership fees? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:47 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I get the best Chicago-style hot dog in San Francisco?

Where can I get the best Chicago-style hot dog in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap/Dangerous places in NYC

Where do the poor folk live in NYC? [more inside]
posted by iamck at 1:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Great graphic design studios in Chicago?

Great graphic design studios in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by SoylentErin at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

I need thoughtful Chicago insights!

I'm from Chicagoland. Me and my Canadian gal are soon moving from Toronto to the City of Big Shoulders so she can go to grad school there, and she's been asking me all kinds of questions about the character of the city. Though I consider myself a Chicagoan, I am embarrassingly tongue-tied. Please give me your insights on the character and atmosphere of the jewel of the Midwest! [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 12:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Non-tourist Las Vegas websites?

Can anyone recommend a blog/news site with good, insightful information about events and goings-on in Las Vegas? Difficulty: not a tourist [more inside]
posted by falconred at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with car paint?

Over the weekend, a weekend in which my father was away on vacation, some car damage happened to occur. Problem? The car is my father's. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 25 comments

What should I do in Amsterdam next week?

This sort of question has been asked before, but not recently. I'm in Amsterdam next week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with the girlfriend. What are Mefites' favourite activities, museums, galleries, tours, clubs, bars, coffeeshops, restaurants etc? [more inside]
posted by alby at 10:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Quick way to dispose of lots of stuff?

What's a good, simple way to donate or dispose of a lot of household items? [more inside]
posted by Zonker at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Bendable driver's license? WTF?

Why are New York driver's licenses made from a flexible material? And what is it? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Lost in translation...because I cannot read hiragana.

I have had some interesting works of art in my possession for four years. They have what appears to be writing on them in Japanese characters and I'm extremely interested in knowing what they say. As fate would have it, [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:43 AM PST - 25 comments

finding movie theatres and showtimes in NYC

Is there an easy-to-use site that lists all movies, theatres and showtimes in NYC. Please, God, PLEASE don't say citysearch! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:02 AM PST - 14 comments

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Anyone here have direct (or at least accurate) knowledge of how state-to-state DMV registration queries are performed? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

My puppy is needy.

My puppy is needy. She whines if she can't be physically in contact with me, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Sanford & Son backup device

Can I use an older PC with several drives and a firewire card as a standalone backup device? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Editing MP3 tags with Explorer

For a friend: How do I get the option to edit the mp3 tag in Windows Explorer with right clicking and going to Properties? [more inside]
posted by danb at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Will I be able to get my sister into an 18+ show at the Middle East?

How strictly does the Middle East in Cambridge MA enforce 18+ limits at their shows? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

To where should I move?

To where shall I move? Can you recommend a good place for me to live? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

pop music written for symphonic orchestra

Looking for examples of pop music written for symphonic orchestra or that draws heavy use of typical symphonic instruments. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 6:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Six-pack abs

If you have kept yourself lean, with a flat stomach and possibly visible abs, for some time - what is it that you eat every day? [more inside]
posted by objdoc at 6:45 AM PST - 27 comments

Report please.

Bookfilter. I'm looking for recommendations on great nonfiction writing by reporters. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 6:26 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I fast track my way into consulting?

How do I fast track my way into consulting? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 4:49 AM PST - 8 comments

risks of nuclear power

what is the difference between radiation poisoning, burn due to radiation, contaminated/heavy water, etc. what are the differences between nuclear power plant accidents and atomic bombs. [more inside]
posted by edtut at 3:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Changes ahead in Australian tertiary education?

One of the two big universities in Melbourne, Australia have radically changed their philosophy on education to be more in line with that of the US and Europe. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 3:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Are rental prices seasonal?

Are apartment rental prices seasonal? Is summer the expensive season? I am in downtown Seattle, but I guess experience from any large American city helps... [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 2:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Is East Hollywood Right for Us?

What can you tell me about East Hollywood/South Los Feliz/North Koreatown? (Los Angeles) [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find classical female statuary in Wash., D.C.?

Where can I find classical-type female statuary in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:20 AM PST - 7 comments

May 26

Are these Cubs tickets authentic?

How can I make sure my Cubs tickets are the real deal? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 10:35 PM PST - 2 comments

All I want for Christmas is my old front teeth

Coke Zero, or some other acidic drink, may have done a number on my teeth, or maybe I just have lousy Québecois teeth. About one third to one half of each of my incisors and canines (from the biting edge inwards) appear slightly translucent. My dental hygienist confirmed today that there appears to be some demineralization. Is there any effective treatment to remineralize them? [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 10:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking to buy an SUV as my first new car ever.

The time has come to buy a new car, and I've got a LOT of questions with regards to cost, options, leasing vs. buying, and haggling. Also recommendations on Toyota Highlanders and Mazda CX-9's... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 10:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Reminder email system sends emails only when files have not been received

Looking for a web system to automatically send reminder emails to registered clients who don't submit documents on time. [more inside]
posted by bakerybob at 10:09 PM PST - 6 comments

13th Floor Elevators Popping Sound

Just about every 13th Floor Elevators song has a really cool effect going on in the background. Sort of like a really fast bubble machine sound. A popping sound, maybe. What created it? Has anybody else ripped it off in this day of everything old is new again?
posted by NoMich at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Seems I Need To Know About Neem Cream

Does anyone have experience using Neem oil/balm to treat psoriasis patches? [more inside]
posted by peacecorn at 9:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How to flatten old diplomas?

How do I safely flatten old diplomas? I have two diplomas from 1927 and 1931 that I'd like to frame. They were rolled up in a box with other items for many decades. They are a little squished (but not creased), and they want to retain their rolled up squishedness. Both are printed on a heavyish material with a plasticy feel and a slight sheen; I don't know if it is imitation vellum, or actual animal skin. The documents are from the Mary Institute at Washington University at St. Louis (1927) and Mt. Holyoke (1931) if that helps.
posted by thinman at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

What are these little wingless red and black beetles in my driveway?

What are these little wingless red and black beetles in my driveway? [more inside]
posted by closetphilosopher at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Where is waiterrant?

What has happened to Waiterrant? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Big appetite? Don't eat! (!?)

Why is it that when I barely eat anything during the first half of the day, my appetite remains almost nil through the evening? But when I have a sensible breakfast and small lunch, my appetite ramps up and up through the afternoon? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do British television programs look different than American programs?

Why do British television programs look different than American programs? [more inside]
posted by koshka at 6:01 PM PST - 37 comments

Going to a concert - alone.

What's it like going to a concert ... alone? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 5:57 PM PST - 50 comments

Name that tune!

Name that tune: rock/pop, heavily-repeated catchy "na na na na" chorus, nylon-strung open guitar chords, heavily-reverbed Asian-language (or French) female vocals, and string section. Slow, lilting, sad, and haunting. Reminiscent of "Crimson and Clover", but a little less psychedelic. [more inside]
posted by acehigh at 5:52 PM PST - 13 comments

External Hard drive USB device not recognized

External Hard drive USB device not recognized, how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by complience at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Bar to watch UFC?

Where can I watch UFC71 (pay per view martial arts) on TV in a bar in the greater Boston area? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Blush ain't cutting it.

Silicone cheekbone/jaw implants: advice or experiences about shaping a new skull? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

How does a baseboard heater come off?

How does a baseboard heater come off, so I can put some bookcases along that wall? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Battery charger for 12V power supply?

Calling electricians: can I use one of those "battery chargers" they sell at Auto Zone to power a small appliance that needs 12V? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this film

A few years ago I saw a movie that I now remember vaguely but vividly. It was sort of an arty drama, and it might have been European. The story concerned a man and a woman vacationing(?) in a house near a beach. The man was in some sort of psychological distress, eventually culminating in some bloody self-mutilation. The title may have referenced Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in some way, but I could be misremembering. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Can we avert disaster? (mental-illness-legal-issues filter)

My adult brother with various mental health issues (living at home with my parents in the Chicago area – near north suburbs) keeps going off and doing self-destructive...and illegal stuff. It’s getting worse, and it can’t go on. We’re clueless and scared. Help us, HiveMind! So much [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 2:04 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I feel more optimistic about my life goals and ambitions?

How can I feel more optimistic about my life goals and ambitions? (fairly long) [more inside]
posted by hypervenom at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Flashing text in online ads: effective or not so much?

Please help a friend prove quantitatively that flashing text in online ads is a) counterproductive, and b) against best practices. Do you have any case studies, reports or first-hand experiences that may help him prove his point? Bonus points for including authorities he can cite; the ability to cite some esteemed person or institution will help strengthen his argument.
posted by necessitas at 1:33 PM PST - 25 comments

Is my friend a stalker?

Is my friend a stalker? And if so, how do I help her stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 22 comments

What does imitation crab meat taste like?

Does imitation crab meat actually taste good and what can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 1:10 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for that blank canvas feel

How to recycle old paint canvases? I'd like to do some sort of photo transfer onto them, but how? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there any current visual fact books about the United States?

Are there any current visual fact books about the United States? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Life in NYC with $50,000 salary

How much does it suck to live in Manhattan on a public school teacher's salary? Can you make me a budget? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 11:46 AM PST - 22 comments

What can an artist do about unauthorized commercial use of his artwork?

An artist friend of mine was surprised to see his artwork used without permission on a flier for a band. He had posted the artwork on his website. What can/should he do to stop the misuse? I know that he automatically holds a copyright on the work as its creator. (I have advised him to post watermarked versions of his work in the future to prevent future misuse.)
posted by espertus at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Do take our business plan and talk with "an angel" now?

Three years ago, a friend and I began developing a web app that allows for instant video conferencing. It uses 15kbs, and uses Flash to achieve its internet goodness. It just works, no problem. And we have had success with it - as a product at two separate companies, no less, building it from scratch both times. Up until now we have been charging for it, month to month, as a service for businesses that can want something better than IM chat. (It has a lot of extra "bells and whistles.") But now we want to switch it up. We want to go Web 2.1. [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 11:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Best alternative to road bikes for long distance rides?

Best alternative to road bikes for long distance rides? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

wedding ceremony music for a soprano

What wedding songs (ceremony, not reception) would music lovers here suggest to be sung by a skilled, classically trained soprano accompanied by a not as skilled, works-for-a-small-church pianist? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

What salary should I expect as a young assistant editor for the monthly magazine of the leading organization of professional _________ engineers?

What salary should I expect as a young assistant editor for the monthly magazine of the leading organization of professional _________ engineers? [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling at 11:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Please suggest ways to improve my situation in life.

The short version of my question: I am underpaid and need to make what I'm worth but I am also incredibly insecure and the thought of applying for another job sends me into panic and depression. Even when asked by, for example, the VP of the online division of a national newspaper I find myself unable to write a resume and offer it up (true story). Is it possible to convince my current employers to pay me what I'm worth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 AM PST - 23 comments

kid and budget friendly SF

Entertaining an eight-year old on a budget in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 10:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Which bank for a small business.

I am looking for a bank account for a small (professional services) business in Arizona.. [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Watching TiVo shows on another computer

Is there one of the PVR software systems (MythTV, SageTV, etc) I can use to access my TiVo shows over my network? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

All the programs in the world and I can't find this one

How do I change Extended File Attributes (also known as NTFS File Attributes) like Title, other than one at a time? [more inside]
posted by EllenC at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Should parents finance grad school?

Should parents help their children pay for grad school if they can afford it? My parents are divorced, but both are in households considered in the top 1% of the US in terms of income and net worth. After limited financial assistance from them during undergrad, I am getting no help at all for grad school. Am I out of line to expect that I should? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 128 comments

What is Equitable in a Book Deal?

I've been asked to co-author a nonfiction book with a woman who is an expert in her field, but not a writer. I have some questions about contracts and rights to the material. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 6 comments

why is E not E?

i'm a total guitar noob and have been learning for only a month now, so please forgive what may be a really dumb question. why is it that to play certain chords on the guitar (for instance, C major, or A minor) you don't play the open low-E string, but you do play the open high-E string. it's the same note, isn't it? so why doesn't it sound as good?
posted by sergeant sandwich at 4:18 AM PST - 25 comments

May 25

Anyone have Eigenradio archives?

Does anyone have/know where I can find Eigenradio archives? [more inside]
posted by Phantomx at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

DIV height issues...

Let's say I am using a JavaScript technique that requires a DIV to have a specified height, but the amount of text filling it, and thus the height it needs to be, will vary. Can I make it work? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 10:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for wrapping a bicycle frame with tape?

I need to wrap a bicycle frame with a specifically colored tape. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 10:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Miami Vice blazer

PromAttireFilter: Have one (1) White linen, 2-button blazer from the mid to late 1980s. What to add? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Television tube testers - when did they disappear from grocery stores?

Television tube testers in grocery stores - when did they start becoming uncommon? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:05 PM PST - 18 comments

How slowly does a new head grow?

Small, smooth, strange red bump on my shin for nearly four years. Doctors & pharmacist stumped. What is it? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 8:35 PM PST - 15 comments

The reverse-Goldilocks phenomenon

Why do people seem to prefer food that's very cold or very hot to food that's more of a medium temperature? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 8:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Life during the rise of Hitler?

Life in Germany between 1929-1933? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:14 PM PST - 22 comments

What Los Angeles DVD rental store has the biggest selection?

What Los Angeles DVD rental store has the biggest selection? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Be Awesome

How do I become a bubble-blowing hero to my kid? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 7:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I buy a Harley?

Should I, at 58 years old, with a somewhat complicated history, purchase a new Harley? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 7:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Were the NOD mice really stolen from the Japanese?

I was told a story once, about an American stealing Non-obese Diabetic (NOD) mice from a Japanese lab, and smuggling them back to the States. But I can't find the story anywhere on the web. [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a guy try on a pair of pants at Century 21?

Does the Century 21 store in Lower Manhattan have a men's dressing room these days? [more inside]
posted by doift at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Sensible (numerical) weight loss plan, followed meticulously, seeming to not produce results after 16 weeks.

Sensible (numerical) weight loss plan, followed meticulously, seeming to not produce results after 16 weeks. I'm still maintaining it just as consistently, but I'm starting to feel discouraged and somewhat lost. Inside are four potential problems. Which do you think are holding me back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 41 comments

How do I fix ialmdnt5 display driver?

ialmdnt5 display driver periodically stops working, how do I fix it? windows xp.
posted by anticlock at 5:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Why won't my G3 boot?

My G3/700mhz (DualUSB) iBook is not booting in a strange way: I definitely need a hint on this one. Lots and lots [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 4:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways?

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways (like a book)? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How to respond to an email from your boss asking you to back off a bit?

I've been working six months now at a small ad agency in a medium sized city (70,000). I come from big agency experience. I'm an art director. We have 8 people total, all great people to work with. I like the change from big city to smaller city. There are a lot of plus-es to it. Just recently, we landed a big account. They're looking for a redesign of their brand and ad campaign with internet, non-traditional, advanced website... the works. Whereas most of our job lists for clients number in the few, this one starts with well more than a dozen with several of them as very big projects and with very tight deadlines (in the next six weeks). Skipping to the question, I've been asked by the creative director to step back and stop treading on toes via email. More inside... [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 4:20 PM PST - 13 comments


thanks to this question about genets, I now *need* one. Help me find a breeder! [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 4:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Web Site Launch Best Practices

I am an old media expert, but I need to understand new media pronto! [more inside]
posted by redarmycomrade at 4:03 PM PST - 19 comments


I just received a phone call from what appears to be a US phone, but the number had an area code which hasn't been assigned by NANPA (the area code people). [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to get bone marrow match testing?

How do I get tested to see if I am a donor for a friends blood marrow transplant? [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get a new can of sardines which opens with a key?

Where can I get a new can of sardines which opens with a key? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards at 2:03 PM PST - 18 comments

thank god for the war on drugs

I was recently terminated due to the state denying licensure based on a felony conviction that no longer exists. it's a little complicated, the old felony is sealed (i was 19 at the time). is the state essentially reopening a sealed case? [more inside]
posted by andywolf at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Keep your pets away, I might accidentally vacuum them up whole.

This shirt is a black hole for lint. Please help. [more inside]
posted by sellout at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Bus boyfriends

Sexual harassment on the bus: how to deal with it now and how to avoid it in the future? Particularly, I need advice on how to deal tactfully and sensitively with harassers who are mentally disabled. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 12:53 PM PST - 61 comments

(Another) What is the name of that story I read in 1981?

Horror short story about a couple on a road trip, end up in a small town during springtime, fight with each other, have sex, then notice the townspeople are all climbing on top of one another, crushing and killing each other to make some sort of ?. Story ends when the couple joins in (WTF?) I read it when I was like 8. I thought it was a Stephen King short story, but wiki'd all of them (I think) and couldn't find it. ...and (bonus question about La Cabina... sorry for cheatin')... [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 12:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Vacation Ideas for August

My girlfriend and I are taking a week vacation in early August, somewhere in North or Central America, where should we go and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by Inkoate at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

molecular dynamics animator

Help me find software to animate my molecular dynamics simulation [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 12:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Comic Chronology

Is there an agreed upon chronology for where Amazing Spiderman annuals fit into the the regular issues? How about X-men annuals? [more inside]
posted by stavx at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I get a dog?

Should I get a dog? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:05 AM PST - 33 comments

How "free" is GNU?

GNUFilter: Building a for-profit website that needs forums. Don't feel like writing them from scratch. Can I safely use something like this, released under GNU? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Dude, where's my disk space?

Windows Server 2003: My 40GB disk partition shows up as being less than 5GB in Windows Explorer, but appears as 40GB in Disk Management. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Obligation to Recalcitrant Bully of Childhood?

Someone who I attended Middle School and High School with twenty plus years ago recently Google'd me to apologize for the way he treated me back then. I'm pretty much over all that school age bullying, what's my obligation to my former bully? How should I reply to his email? Or should I just forget it and move on?
posted by IndigoSkye at 10:20 AM PST - 82 comments

What is ailing my mac?

Macfilter: is it on it's last legs? My dual-1.25 ghz G4 running 10.3.9 with 768 MB RAM and 14 gigs of empty space on it's hard drive is acting strange. What should I do? How serious is this? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Can scientists compare complexities?

Do scientists have an accurate way to measure complexity? Are they able to compare a human body with a city, for example, and say that one is more or less complicated or complex than the other?
posted by cgc373 at 9:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Too alcohol, the cause of and ...ooh bacon!

Why do I crave greasy food when I am hungover? [more inside]
posted by fiTs at 9:29 AM PST - 24 comments

Like a disaffected grad student, for some reason my firefox won't finish

I like to think I'm a reasonably smart guy. But after a dozen google searches and innumerable hours spent on tech boards I'm stumped. The last few images on every web page I go to will NOT load. What gives? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:12 AM PST - 22 comments

I know it's not anthrax, but what is it?

What does asbestos look like? [more inside]
posted by brina at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Needled by my sewing machine

Can any sewing people answer this: How can I "recycle" sewing machine needles? It irritates me that after I've sewn some clothes or worked on a quilt, I have to toss the needles or my machine will get all huffy and start bollixing the thread -- especially the bobbin side. Can machine needles be resharpened or used for something else? I live in a small Texas town and it costs a lot (gas prices, you know) to travel over 100 miles to the nearest city to buy a new supply of sewing machine needles. Thanx.
posted by Smalltown Girl at 8:55 AM PST - 19 comments

The hospital is making me sick.

How do I make a hospital birth not suck? Suddenly midwife-less. Local hospital a horror. Bitter, depressed. What does a doula actually do? Etc, etc. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:46 AM PST - 35 comments


Can anyone who lives on the DC SW Waterfront tell me how they like it. I am thinking of buying a townhouse in the River Park Mutual Homes Co-op. I have children of various ages-are there many kids in the area? Any information good or bad on the area would be appreciated.
posted by gogomickey at 7:42 AM PST - 1 comment

Why can't I drink?

Are there any solutions to alcohol intolerance? And does alcohol intolerance developed later in life (late twenties/early thirties) indicate other possible health problems? [more inside]
posted by seeka at 7:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Last Minute Outer Banks, NC Trip Planning

Outer Banks, NC: Heading down there for the week (yes, last minute travel-planning). Any suggestions on what to do while we're down there? Places to stop at on the way down there from DC? (Aside from the fact we'll be stopped on 95 the whole way down...) [more inside]
posted by inigo2 at 7:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Who said this?

Who originally said "The half of knowledge is knowing where to find it"? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

carpe the crepuscular diem

6-11 pm filter: what do you people DO between these hours? I am tired of watching bad TV and drinking warm vodka. [more inside]
posted by bluenausea at 6:16 AM PST - 73 comments

Where can my parents retire in southern Europe?

Where should my parents retire to? Criteria: Europe, warm, sunny, cheap rent, no car necessary. [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 4:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Running on Empty

Running out of fuel: does it really harm a diesel engine?
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I help my beloved girlfriend out of Effexor, and how?

Knowing that my girlfriend is taking Effexor (which has strong side effects), should I help her get off, and what should my role be? [more inside]
posted by V-Turn at 2:29 AM PST - 42 comments

May 24

Why am I sun burned so badly?

I'm 50% Native American, and 50% Sicilian. Why am I sun burned so badly? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 11:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I hold a family pet funeral?

Our 18 year old cat died this afternoon. Would it be beneficial to my 6 1/2 year old daughter to have a full "pet funeral", or should I just quietly bury him in the backyard before she gets home from school today? [more inside]
posted by aguy at 11:07 PM PST - 44 comments

Celebrate patriotism with no money down

What's the cultural history behind car dealerships in the US flying massive flags? [more inside]
posted by holgate at 10:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Carpentry classes?

Where can i find a good beginners carpentry or woodworking class in Los Angeles?
posted by cwarmy at 9:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me with my professor problem

How do I make sure my professor doesn't hate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 PM PST - 32 comments

Fun in F-burg?

Is there anything fun to do/see in Fredericksburg, VA on a Friday evening? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 9:10 PM PST - 4 comments

"when it clicks, it becomes huge"

Please help identify this animal! [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

How to become less of a workaholic?

I tend to work, or think about business, a lot. I'm involved in two separate successful businesses that I started. And I have ideas for more. Even all my hobbies are 'productive' activities where you're learning something new or creating something, rather than pure recreational activities like watching TV, hanging out, or reading fiction. Consequently, I haven't put enough value on my social life and meeting new people. I sometimes see that aspect of life as unproductive and not as valuable as other things I could be doing. It's not a great way to be and it's something I'd like to change. I'm looking for suggestions on how others have overcome this.
posted by lsemel at 8:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Turn my house into a Nordstroms!

MIDI-playback on a Yamaha Digital Piano: How do I get downloaded midi files to sound good? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Chasing grades

Chasing grades is no longer working for me. I feel terrible when I get less than perfect grade, even if I have put in a great effort, even if I get the next best grade. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Foundations without water or electricity? Am I dreaming?

I need to create a foundation for building a shed, with specific parameters, but I have minimal/difficult on-site water and no electricity. Impossible, you may say! But I'd still like to do it. Please help me come up with the best plan to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 6:51 PM PST - 31 comments

I accidentally went too high up on the chain of command. Help me apologize!

I accidentally went too high up on the chain of command. Help me apologize! [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 6:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Let's say directing air traffic seems a lot less boring than my current job

How does one become an air traffic controller? And why wouldn't one want to do such a thing for a living? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 6:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Huge gaps in my construction/maintenance skillset. What's my best shot to find work?

What summer job should I get in Austin, TX with this new mixed bag of construction and maintenance skills? And how on earth do I go about getting it? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Suggest some songs I can learn to play on the guitar!

GreatSongsfilter; I would like to learn a few great songs on the guitar, and need suggestions from the great people here. [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 5:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Wii Wi-Fi via Airport Extreme?

How can I get my Wii online via my Airport Extreme? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 5:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Automatic Streaming

Is there a way to simplify watching/listening internet tv/radio by click on ONE icon and have the computer automatically login (website) & click the "watch/listen" button? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Life span of auto parts

What is the REAL life span of auto spare parts compared to what the manufacturer or the auto mechanic tells you? Is there some sort of graph showing risk of failure of parts versus time out there? Specifically I am interested in Peugeot cambelt life spans. How dead am I if it fails? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me test our water

Home water quality testing: Any recommendations or experience? [more inside]
posted by donovan at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Broke down in Berkeley.

My car won't start. [more inside]
posted by sophist at 4:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Dancing on the west side of LA

Good places to go dancing in LA on the west side? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

My special copy says Yoko is dead

I have an old record turntable (in excellent shape) that I would like to use, but I'm stumped regarding to power it. [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 4:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Will my recently obtained US passport get me into Spain?

Will my recently obtained US passport get me into Spain? [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

LibraryFilter: Should I make my goal to be a systems librarian?

Reading up on a few posts here, I realized I am building on being pretty well-equipped to become a systems librarian. Should I concentrate on it? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 4:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Landscape Painted with Tea

Anyone very familiar with Milorad Pavic's Landscape Painted with Tea? (english translation) [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Has the bar exam changed a lot in ten years?

How much has the body of material tested on the Multistate Bar Examination changed over the last ten years? [more inside]
posted by Phred182 at 4:01 PM PST - 2 comments

How best to invest money for my kids

My daughters regularly get US Savings Bonds from relatives as presents. Can I do better for them? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Post wisdom teeth extraction problems

Seeking advice regarding Wisdom tooth extraction complications. [more inside]
posted by crack at 3:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Where could i find a sort of "Super External Enclosure"?

Is there such thing as an all-in-one external enclosure that would house Hard Drives AND Optical Drives, and have USB and Firewire Hubs? [more inside]
posted by thirdoptical at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

In my younger and more vulnerable years...

"The master's body!" roared the butler into the mouthpiece. "I'm sorry, madame, but we can't furnish it — it's far too hot to touch this noon!" What he really said was: "Yes… yes… I'll see." I've always wondered what this passage from The Great Gatsby means. [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

More than friends, ug! I hope not

I think a long time friend may want to be more than friends... and I don't... What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Way over Jordaan, Westerkerk's bells

Amsterdam: Are Westerkerk's (sub)hourly bells playing a piece of a larger melody and if so, what?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I get the VEOH player to work under wine on Ubuntu?

Has anyone been able to get Veoh's video player running under wine? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm a single woman looking for honest, legal, and (unlike adoption) quick ways of having a baby.

I'm a single woman and have decided it's time to think about having a baby. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 2:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Study proposal: The Effects of Mud Wrestling on the Female Urogenital Tract

How do women who mud wrestle or take regular mud baths (esp. naked, say at a spa) avoid getting mud in their, er, orifices—or do they avoid it? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 2:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Where else have I heard the Hijack flute loop?

Where else have I heard the Hijack flute sample? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 2:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Recycled content? Energy Use? None of the Above?

Looking for stats on what people THINK is most important in a "green" product. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the top bioinformatics graduate universities in the US?

What are the top bioinformatics graduate universities in the US? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 1:44 PM PST - 14 comments

help me shop locally and support the little guy

What commodities can I buy that are produced by individuals/very small businesses? Where should I look for them, online and out there in the outside world? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 1:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get Drupal to work nicely with MarsEdit (and Ecto)?

How can I get Drupal to work nicely with MarsEdit (and Ecto)? [more inside]
posted by missed at 1:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Help a poor girl buy a kick-ass sewing machine.

What's a good sewing machine for a beginner quilter (and sewer, but at the moment I really just want to quilt)? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 12:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Number of U.S. Sports Enthusiasts

How would I locate the U.S. "market" numbers on people could consider themselves sports enthusiasts - i.e., "how many swimmers are there"? How many backpackers? How many triatheletes? How many kayakers? I know someone has done this research. I'm looking for Adventure sports in particular.
posted by wavejumper at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

A Hydroelectric Education

I've done my research, and now I'd like to get some hands-on experience with a variety of microhydro on- and off- grid systems. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

What on earth is this Vogel painting?

I'm trying to track down a painting that I know exists, but Google has failed me utterly... [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Real Estate Agent in Port Charlotte, Florida.

I am looking for recommendations for a real estate agent in the Port Charlotte, Florida area. Especially helpful if the person has experience selling lots. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 12:25 PM PST - 1 comment

pain control

Vicodin is not working for my post-wisdom tooth holes, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 12:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Boston: Where would you live, and why?

BostonFilter: If you could live anywhere (as a student) in Boston for the summer, where would it be and why? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 12:13 PM PST - 26 comments

"We're not raising grass. We're raising boys." Harmon Killebrew

For kids (boys) what would make for the coolest back yard ever? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 12:11 PM PST - 71 comments

Learning English as a Spanish speaker

I have a Spanish speaking friend who wants to learn English. Are there any easy audiobooks for learning basics? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 11:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me save my beer bottle ivy plant!

Help me save my beer bottle ivy plant! [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

What is a good program for a travelling representative?

I am looking for a program that can take customer lists, output route maps and allow for record keeping of sales/customer history. [more inside]
posted by uri at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I discover and attend focus groups that offer monetary compensation for participaton?

How can I discover and attend focus groups that offer monetary compensation in exchange for participaton?
posted by davidriley at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a good school for Broadcast Engineering?

Back-to-school-filter: I'd like return to school to pursue training in broadcast engineering. Are there any programs you recommend? (Bonus if they're in Chicago-ish). Or should I just look into getting a general electrical engineering degree? [more inside]
posted by pfafflin at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Anyone with a Master's in Public Administration?

What kind of jobs are available to those with a Master's in Public Administration? [more inside]
posted by bilbo baggins at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Need REALLY STRONG glue to fix a chair

Need something stronger than epoxy to fix a plastic office chair arm [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Renaming numbered files in OSX incrementally

Renaming numbered files in OSX incrementally [more inside]
posted by bcnarc at 10:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Trouble pronouncing some Hindi characters.

Devanagari / Hindi pronunciation question: help an (American) English speaker figure out some of the dental consonants. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 10:27 AM PST - 15 comments

How do two women have a child?

I want to have a baby with my wife. Problem is, we're both women. [more inside]
posted by misswiss at 10:12 AM PST - 49 comments

Summer extended-weekend trip from NYC

Where could two twenty-somethings go from NYC for 4-5 days to find beautiful beaches and a touch of the exotic, without extreme heat or heavy rainstorms, in July? Ideally, someplace where this could be done <$1k/person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I be less misanthropic and get people to like me more?

How can I be less misanthropic and get people to like me more? I'd like to know strategies for becoming less annoyed with people and thus increasing my desire to interact with them more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 17 comments

What is this indie rock love song?

NamethatSongfilter: Male singer, indie rock, the general gist of the song is that he is good enough for his lovers best whiskey or alcohol, something like that.
posted by holdkris99 at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Things that go lump in the night

I woke up yesterday morning with a pinched nerve (?) on one side. I woke up this morning with a strange lump on the other side. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I really play Monkey in the Middle?

Are these ways of finding the centroid of a backyard equivalent? [more inside]
posted by landtuna at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommend a DSL modem?

I'm in need of a DSL modem (details inside) and am wondering if I'm better off buying one or renting one from my (soon-to-be) provider. Any suggestions on brand or things to avoid is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Hole in my glass - what to do?

I have a hole in a glass bottle - can i patch it or fill it with something? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

So this MeFite walks into a bar

Where do jokes come from? Every day I get a joke via email from a friend. Every once in a while, I hear a great joke at a party or the bar. Where do these things originate? Do most of them start out as a bit from a professional comedian? Are there people who are professional joke writers? Do jokes evolve from anecdotes that had been embellished over the years?
posted by jasondigitized at 9:23 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I find young musicians to hire in London?

I'm interested in hiring some musicians for some steady part time work in the West London area. Other than Craiglist and Gumtree, are there any free or inexpensive places I could advertise? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Please help me choose a Shakespeare speech for a short class on "Playing Shakespeare". [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me identify and hear a musical instrument I saw on TV about 20 years ago.

Singer Linda Ronstadt appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson years ago (20 or more?). She sang a song that was accompanied by a strange looking instrument. My faulty memory bank says it looked like a ceramic pot turning on a horizontal rotisserie! Can you help me identify me a picture...let me hear it?
posted by rdauphin at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Where is Safe, Affordable Housing in Brooklyn?

I need to find an apartment in New York City, quickly, moving from Adams-Morgan in DC. I am looking to live in Brooklyn somewhere, maybe along the L train or the J/M/Z. Apart from Williamsburg hipster haven, can any of you recommend areas that are some combination of affordable and safe? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Thumb Drive Life Cycle

Thumb Drive Life Cycle [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

What to do with too much body hair?

Excessive body hair... what to do? (Probably NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Inter State Car Buying Questions.

Buy a car in Florida for use in Georgia - How do I save on Title/Tax etc? [more inside]
posted by carthik at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to study French in France?

My wife and I want to spend about 6 months in France learning French intensively. Where should we go to study? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Fun for folks in the south

Need to plan a family friendly, summer outing for a small company in Atlanta, GA.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to watch NHL games in Kingston, ON?

Which are the best bars/pubs to watch Stanley Cup Games in Kingston, ON? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 6:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Futbol vs Football

Why do Americans switch the names of Football and Soccer?
posted by honorguy7 at 6:28 AM PST - 35 comments

How to use email to get some jobs done

How can I use email to automate some tasks for our helpdesk? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 6:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Miscellaneous Meat....?

(ComedyJerkyFilter) Help me name my Jerky for the big camping '07 'Jerk-Off'! [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket at 5:54 AM PST - 18 comments

PDF converter

Please, i am looking for a freeware that can convert DOC files to PDF accompanied with copy protection. Is there any programme out there ?
posted by Yiba at 5:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to get bras made for sleeping in? And should I?

Should I wear a bra to bed? As it is now I tend to sleep on my stomach which is playing havoc with my neck. Will sleeping in a non-underwired bra actually be more comfortable, and enable me to lie on my side in supported comfort? If so... where can I get such a bra? [more inside]
posted by esilenna at 4:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a career in corporate finance

Help me find a job in corporate finance. I have a master's degree in accounting and have been working at one of the Big Four for about a year. I went into accounting because I liked working with numbers. But in my current job, I don't work with numbers at all. I'm in a group that audits controls over IT and business processes. I hate it. It bores me to tears. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 4:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Youtube but minus the eyes

Php Youtube clone but for audio only? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 3:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you recommend a book on small group leadership?

Can anyone recommend a book on small group leadership? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 3:50 AM PST - 2 comments

hosts file broke my Internet

The hosts file on my Windows machine seems to have broken the Internets... [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Red screens of death even without Vista

Diagnosing multicolor screens of death [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland at 2:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Like a post-it note, but on your skin. With a needle.

Help me flesh out a tattoo (ha!) to commemorate life-changing events. [more inside]
posted by milinar at 1:41 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the NHS smoking cessation program like, and how can I prepare for my first meeting?

I'm going to see the smoking cessation nurse at my local GPs surgery next week (UK). I have a 2 part question about this. Firstly, I'm interested in trying Zyban as an acquaintance said it was really good for them - is this easy to get on the NHS? And secondly, what's the smoking cessation program actually like and is there anything I can do to prepare now (for example, keeping a smoking diary or similar)? I'm fed up with my frequent unsuccessful solo quits and am really serious about making this one stick, so want to go prepared.
posted by handee at 1:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Visit L.A. on memorial weekend?

A few friends are coming to visit me in San Diego next week. We want to spend a few days in L.A. walking around, seeing the sites, and going to the getty. Is it a bad idea to go this Sunday and Monday on memorial weekend? I'm worried that the crowds will be larger than normal and some of the stuff will be closed down. We could definitely post-pone it till later in the week. Please let me know what you L.A. folk think, thanks!
posted by meta87 at 12:46 AM PST - 5 comments

May 23

A program to create a photo slide show on a blog

I am looking a simple, pretty, automatic slideshow program (free or cheaper) to use for a post on my blog. I want to include about 100 photos that I took on a trip. Not necessary something with lots of bells & whistles needed, but I want it to be "nice" & practical. Suggestions? Thankyouverymuch...
posted by growabrain at 11:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Electricity = juice ≈ OJ

What could cause electricity to go out sporadically? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

So what's the deal with the creepy anti-Arab Gristedes bags?

So what's the deal with the creepy anti-Arab Gristedes bags? Didn't they say they'd stop using them once their supply ran out? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 10:02 PM PST - 21 comments

How to be a good and sane professor in a crazy research world

I am a new tenure track professor (research uni) in the US. I just finished my first year and feel barely competent in a lot of areas -- ok but not good teaching evals, 3-6 weeks late in paper "deadlines", so many last minute "preparations" for classes or meetings, no good ideas for future research. I need some help figuring out how to better play the game, or to be happier with just getting by. Fellow academics (or others in similar professions), to the bat phone! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Should I start a new career?

I have a dream job at my dream company. And I'm bored to death. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Who hijacked my Google cache?

How was my Google cache hacked? I have a web page that is fine, but the Google cache of the same page is a "spam" page with keywords linking to other web sites, random text and images, but also some valid links on my web site. How did that happen? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 9:48 PM PST - 6 comments

I have the summer free. I want to lose weight.

I have the summer free. I want to lose weight. Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 9:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Please help me structure my wiki!

MediaWiki + hierarchies: Can it work? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Your lips move, but I can't hear what you're saying

A question for talented lip-readers: What did Homer and Lisa really say at the end of the Simpsons season finale? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:37 PM PST - 11 comments

a shot in the dark?

is depo-provera affecting my ability to lose weight? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 8:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Unmissable food in DC?

What do I absolutely HAVE to eat in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 7:58 PM PST - 56 comments

What's on the syllabus?

What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 7:57 PM PST - 24 comments

what are the travel websites worth knowing?

what are the travel websites worth knowing? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

A burning bacon question.

So, bacon. Did it used to be a wholly different foodstuff? I often run across descriptions of bacon as a wartime staple in the 19th and early 20th century--i.e. before refrigeration--wherein it would appear that the bacon was shelf/wagon-stable for months on end. With the bacon we get today (at least in America) refrigeration is absolutely necessary, and once the seal is broken, you have about a week of usability. So what's the deal with old-school bacon? Did the bacon change, or did the people? I must know.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 6:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Need to find a "personable" web developer who won't steal my ideas.

How do I find the web developer/programmer of my dreams? And in the process, how do I not get my ideas stolen? [more inside]
posted by creative at 6:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Help Me Fill in My Blanks

Seeking Sample Freelance Contract Suitable for Filling-in-the-Blanking. A few weeks ago I posted this and got all kinds of good advice and cheerleading (thanks to all!). It worked- I had a great time chatting up Mr. Big and they agreed to pay me what I- with bated breath- asked for. Now I need to find a contract to make it legal and am hoping one of you has a sample or suggestions on where to find one. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I monitor the bandwidth usage on our home wi-fi network

How can I monitor the individual bandwidth usage/data transfer rates for the laptops connecting to my home wi-fi network. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 5:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a dpreview for cars

Any dpreview/tomhardware alike for cars ? I am looking for a practical equivalent of what dpreview is to digital photography , but for cars. I care about accurate date (weight, dimensione, inside, outside, output in Kw, couple and whatnot) and not for "the interior is upscale outstanding" bullshat. Would be outstanding if focused on european market.
posted by elpapacito at 5:32 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make an ape look schmick.

How to make a big oaf look presentable, even sharply dressed, on a sustainable basis. [more inside]
posted by mikeybidness at 5:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Quitting on vacation

I have a good job that's a little boring but a good opportunity. I recently scheduled all of my 2-week vacation at once to go to Europe, and I'll be leaving next week. An opportunity has come up to work over there for the next few months and it's really tempting. I had no idea this would came up when I scheduled my vacation, and when my boss jokingly asked me, 'you're coming back, right?', i said 'of course!.' [more inside]
posted by octavia at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Someone Stole My Money and I WANT TO CATCH HIM

How did someone steal my Debit card number, fabricate a fake card, then get my PIN? + How can I catch them? [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 5:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Gaming PC on the cheap

Yet another PC upgrade advice question. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Fleur de sel to Kosher & Beyond

What are some interesting salts you’ve come across? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 5:00 PM PST - 31 comments

What motivates you?

I just successfully reached a life-long goal of earning a doctorate. While this has been an exciting and fulfilling process, I am now feeling somewhat lost. In about three months I start with a new job/program. Until then all my days and nights are free. I'm quitting smoking and starting back at the gym. I'd love to lose ten pounds or more and read some great books. While all this sounds great on paper, getting motivated and into action is entirely different. What are the things that get you motivated, moving, and out of the house (ideas, books, songs, etc.)?
posted by contog at 4:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Unicode, Shunicode

Fonts Filter: In MS Word 2002, I'm trying to type a "combining diaresis" (umlaut applied to the preceding character). Sometimes it actually works; sometimes i get a square box. I have no idea why it works when it does, or why it doesnt work when it doesnt. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do in Lincoln?

Stopping in Lincoln, NE tomorrow (Thursday) night. Where to eat, sleep, and be merry? [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Feel my heartbeat

Is there some way I can view the data I'm recording on a 30-day heart event monitor? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Help identify my mystery aroma!

What is the smell in my car? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 3:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Where else can I recycle in Philadelphia?

Are there alternatives to the Philadelphia city recycling program? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

embedded youtube behaving badly and making me nuts

Why does the process of embedding a Youtube video suddenly seem beyond me and can you help? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Wither nonfiction book title formats?

When/how did the custom begin of titling non-fiction books according to a few narrow formats, such as "Clever Abstraction: One Specific Interesting Thing, Another Specific Interesting Thing, and A Sleep-Inducing Generalized Thing" [more inside]
posted by luser at 1:59 PM PST - 13 comments

What's my problem?

Is it possible for a 43-year-old woman to have a mid-life crisis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 22 comments

What do you do with a new bisexual (maybe), earlaay in the maaarning...

I identify as a lesbian. Friends have recently begun discussing the fact that they think that that I'm bisexual. I honestly don't know if they're right. Help me find good essays/books/etc, preferably online, that deal with some of these issues... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Young adult novel about a girl who runs away to live like Thoreau?

Do you know the title of this young adult novel? It was about a girl, possibly a foster child, runaway, or both, who goes to live in the woods like Thoreau. The more inside contains big spoilers! [more inside]
posted by peep at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Ford! You 'ol scoundrel!

I have heard that during the 20's when capitalism was hot shit, many municipalities decided to privatize their public transit systems. The legend goes that Ford bought up a bunch and promptly shut them down. True or false? Couldn't find anything on google or snopes.
posted by nihlton at 1:14 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm so vain, I think this pictures about me

Is there a commonly used term, slang or otherwise, besides self-portrait, to describe a picture taken of yourself, by yourself, holding the camera at arms length?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 1:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Missouri rental lease question!

Missouri rental lease question inside. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there Sky in the sky?

Can astronauts/cosmonauts on the International Space Station get satellite TV? [more inside]
posted by medium format at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Educational Wall Chart

Can you help me find a great educational wall chart to put on our living room wall? [more inside]
posted by davar at 12:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect"

Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect" [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Integrating the output of 2+ programs?

I am trying to find a way to generate a CSV table based on output from two or more command line programs (DOS on Windows XP). [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

What is that sound in "Hollow Hills?"

Toward the beginning of Bauhaus' "Hollow Hills" (right after the guitars kick in), there's a noise that sounds weirdly like one of the door-opening noises from the original Doom. What is that sound?
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Way to watch Champions League Final live online?

The Champions League Final starts in just over half an hour. I'm at work in LA. I have a net nanny. I can use vtunnel to get round it, but I can't access video on channelchooser using vtunnel. And there only 2 crappy sports channels on TVU. How am I going to watch the final live online?
posted by russmail at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Clogged Print head!!

How to clean clogged printheads on an Epson Stylus Photo 2000p printer [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Peanuts in Philadelphia?

Where can I find raw peanuts in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by oreonax at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Ripping and listening to my CD collection

I'd like to rip my CD collection and be able to listen to them when I'm not at my computer. I want to be able to listen to them in the living room or kitchen. I've got several hundred CDs. And I don't want to spend a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 10:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me get teenagers to read! With good yet cheap prizes...

Seeking cheap yet not-lame prizes for a teen summer reading program... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 10:13 AM PST - 26 comments

Animal Tooth Jewelry How-To

How do I clean and prepare my dog's extracted tooth to be made into a charm necklace? [more inside]
posted by imjm68 at 9:59 AM PST - 12 comments

He/she has the IQ of a...

Fill in the blank: "He/she has the IQ of a _________." I've heard various phrases to refer to stupid people. Googling brings up interesting simple or inanimate objects such as a sugar beet, tapeworm and dirty sock. (I've always used doorknob for some reason...) I'm looking for the ultimate funny comparison!
posted by adverb at 9:59 AM PST - 118 comments

I'm looking to e-mail some faculty members of a graduate program. How do I do it and not seem rude?

I have my eyes on a very specific sort of graduate program at a University that while not top-tier, will be tough to get into. I'm looking to make some contacts in the program: What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Best savings in New York?

Recently in the New York Times, there was an article here about where to buy no-frills kitchen equipment in New York. What are some other stores/types of stores like this in New York for bulk/no-frills/cheap essentials? Specifically does anyone know of a place to get cheap and generic computer parts and cables? Or Audio/Video cables?
posted by idledebonair at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the variability of plasma norepinephrine levels?

Does plasma norepinephrine stay relatively constant, or does it fluctuate a lot? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Highschool MLA citation for less?

Help me find a citation engine for my school! [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Drugs anyone?

Do physical therpists prescribe drugs? I have been trying to google this for the last 20 minutes. My freind is going in to physical therapy in college and I am sure my grandpa's physical theraist prescibed him things but she claims she wont be able to. can someone please settle this.
posted by DJWeezy at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get up to speed with Matlab.

What are the best online and offline learning materials for Matlab? [more inside]
posted by fake at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Get rid of the NY Times dictionary popups!?

How do I turn off the dictionary lookup popup thing on [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

libido odds

What is the likelihood my girlfriend will ever get any sort of horny? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 AM PST - 71 comments

How can I help my dad who has begun to lose all hope?

How can I help my dad who has begun to lose all hope? My father has gone through a string of major life setbacks lately. I'm worried about his health, his mental state, and his future. And I'm wondering how best to help him turn things around. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Really large chess piece ideas? For large backyard chessboard.

I am constructing a large backyard chessboard, but can't decide from what to create the pieces. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 7:36 AM PST - 27 comments

WAP / WML Analytics packages- are they out there?

Anyone know of any good open source packages for WAP / WML traffic analysis / analytics? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

I've been working on the ...

Did you work full time and go to college/ grad school full time? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:07 AM PST - 48 comments

Purchasing fine art photographs

At some point in my life I would like to graduate from displaying posters on my wall to having fine art prints from the photographers themselves. I am thinking I would like a candid photograph of Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer (not in the same picture!). I assume there is a gallery to represent these photographers, but how do I start the process of finding them?
posted by nonstopflights at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How far out of my depth will I be?

So has anyone here attended or been involved with the St Gallen Symposium? I'll be a student participant in this year's one, and I'm hoping to find some advice and anecdotes from people who've been there before. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 6:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Yes, PuGZ, this is about us.

How to introduce my (white) boyfriend to my (very traditional, a bit xenophobic, and extremely Chinese) extended family? [more inside]
posted by Mrs PuGZ at 6:15 AM PST - 24 comments

Too many coins, not enough time...

I have lots of coins. And no young relatives. I need the coins sorting. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:00 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I define a folder on Mac OSX to be readable and writable to all users that will store all the itunes on that computer and give every user account access?

How can I define a folder on Mac OSX to be readable and writable to all users that will store all the itunes on that computer and give every user account access? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 5:57 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC shopping for hip urban girls?

Where do hip girls shop in NYC? And eat cake? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 5:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Blocking for dummies

Many Asian martial arts rely on an extensive, and often showy, system of blocks to protect the face and body. Boxing arts don't. Why? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Replying to a formal invitation

So, I've been invited to a party at my country's embassy later this week. The formal invitation asks me to RSVP, but I don't do this sort of thing very often, and I've got no idea what the right protocol for a response is. Anyone got any idea?
posted by ascullion at 2:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me make great big plywood models!

CAD on a budget. I want to design some plywood models that are cut/milled from a sheet of plywood, and then slot together to form a 3D model... [more inside]
posted by dowcrag at 2:13 AM PST - 10 comments

a tattoo to represent 'voice'?

I lost my father last year to throat cancer and I'm thinking of getting a tattoo to remember him. [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 12:44 AM PST - 11 comments

May 22

allergic to flying

Can i bring an epipen on plane with me? I am flying to vegas on American airlines. Anyone have experience with this thnx
posted by starvinron at 11:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Oy, my aching back!

How can I learn to sleep better, so I don't constantly wake up with back pain? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 10:41 PM PST - 24 comments

How does my sister get her suicidal roommate's family to get involved instead of leaving it all on her?

My sister is in med school. Her roommate, "Jane," is unwell in many, many ways. My sister doesn't have time to keep on being the hospital and police liaison and chief ambulance driver for her roommate. How do we get "Jane's" family to step up and take some responsibility? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 10:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Need a raise, but how?

How do I ask for a raise from bosses I like in a company that isnt profiting? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Teeth slanting inward

Help me find the word that describes teeth that slant inward. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 9:41 PM PST - 12 comments

More than 2 IE7 connections?

How do I make IE7 use more than 2 connections at once? [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 9:21 PM PST - 3 comments

DROD help

dungeonfilter: i can't find any DROD: KDD walkthrus. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Nomex webbing source?

I need an online source for nomex, or kevlar core/nomex wrap, webbing by the foot or by the roll. Note, this webbing is not the same as common nylon webbing. I would prefer a range of flat webbing widths, but 1/2" to 1" will do.
posted by wylde21 at 8:42 PM PST - 8 comments


I'm on the fence about having a BABY! Please see more inside. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:37 PM PST - 42 comments

Where can I find an external flash for my camera?

Where can I find an external flash unit for the Fuji Finepix S20 Pro? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 7:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find women's mod clothes in NYC?

Where can I find women's mod style clothes similar to this in NYC? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

printing skype history

How can I print a list of skype calls from my account? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 7:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Lost souls parting ways

Emotional attachment to a co-worker who is leaving. Mutual sense of respect, wonderful person, perhaps attachment, unexpressed feelings. Cope much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 PM PST - 13 comments

How Many People Will Watch Tomorrow's Champions League Final (Worldwide est.)?

How Many People Will Watch Tomorrow's Champions League Final (Worldwide est.)? Just wondering how it compares with the Super Bowl.
posted by wfc123 at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Programing exercises for the weak?

Somewhat of a budding programing looking for programing exercises. I'm kind of middle ground between not knowing anything and what you might call a novice. So really I know just enough to be dangerous and have ideas too big for my skills. What are some good exercises (mostly thinking C# [mono] here) that will help me develop into at least a novice? More after the break. [more inside]
posted by blackout at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I mail books cheaply in Canada?

How can I mail books cheaply in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Trinkers at 6:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Kris-Kross Site Scripting

Help explain how a hacker could perform a XSS exploit. This article explains how a bad-guy could send a malicious query through an unvalidated searchbox and essentially modify the html on the search results page. What I don't understand is how the hacker could have this malicious code display on a page that I am browsing. Except for unvalidated forum posts, how can a hacker inject malicious code into a webpage. If I ensure that my forum posts don't allow HTML and I am not loading external js files, what do I have to worry about?
posted by kaizen at 6:01 PM PST - 6 comments

What's about rock climbing is making my elbow hurt?

I've gotten into rock climbing (indoor rock walls), and I'm starting to experience some elbow pain. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I change my car insurance?

My girlfriend and I are considering changing our car insurance. Are there any penalties or caveats we should watch out for? [more inside]
posted by msalex at 5:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Proper GET/POST Design for Deleting Items on a Web Page

I'm designing a webpage that will have a list of items and each item can be deleted. I was thinking to have the delete command be link to a URL that does the delete when called. But then I realized maybe that isn't safe since a spider following links might cause things to be deleted. What is the proper design for this type of thing?
posted by GregX3 at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I buy boots here or in Chile?

Can I buy work boots in Chile at a reasonable price - and immediately after arriving? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Not His Debt, But it is His Problem

I tried searching high and low on here, but nothing I found quite matches the problem. My boyfriend has to move out of his living situation here in Seattle ASAP, but mysterious and questionable debts on his credit report are making this impossible... [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

More t-shirts vicar?

Elbow length t-shirts (for men), where? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Is my online friend an imaginary one?

How can I go about verifying some information on someone I've been corresponding with online for years, but recently am starting to doubt? (He's in Vancouver, BC; I'm in the U.S.) [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 3:49 PM PST - 30 comments

Importing movie ISOs on a personal computer?

OK, so that's how to do it, but should I do it? Should I rip my DVD and/or CD collections to a media server and then import the computer - but not the original discs - to the US, if I were move there? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 2:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me calculate if it's a good financial decision to buy a new car considering today's gas prices?

Help me calculate if it's a good financial decision to buy a new car considering today's gas prices? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Civil War balloon photography.

Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Open-source build management tool?

Anyone know of a free, open-sourced build management/tracking web application? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get free products for my user-group?

How do I get companies to provide me with free products/services/swag that I can use as give-aways at my user-group meetings? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Quick! Who said it?

QuoteFilter: Who coined the phrase, "death is the great equalizer"?
posted by jknecht at 1:49 PM PST - 15 comments

A great online video course for $10,000?

We have: 10 Hours of raw video footage (mini-DV). 1 Website. $10,000 Budget. We want: A sub-site on our website that features a video course, with room to add more courses, as well as shorter videos and podcasts in the future. We need: to know how. [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

White spots on pea plant leaves

Pea plant problems: Some of the leaves on my "Super Sugar Snap" pea plants (grown from seed, planted about 5 weeks ago) have developed white spots. (sample 'bad' leaf, sample 'good' leaf) What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Window air conditioners and winter: how do they mix?

I'm probably going to need to leave my air conditioner in the window during the '07-'08 winter, and I have a few questions about air conditioners and winter. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

How to handle giving personal references... when you don't know anyone?

How to handle giving personal references... when you don't know anyone? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do I have so many scraps of paper?

How do you keep track of your recipes? Need recommendation on some sort of 21st century way of keeping them all together. [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 12:43 PM PST - 24 comments

A good CMS that allows user submission?

Is there a good CMS for a site that allows users to upload media? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How many fathers are there in the US Congress?

How many United States Congressmen are parents? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Help Me Find A Contract Seamstress To Make Plush Animals!

Where can I find a trustworthy contract seamstress? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

I wanna divorce.

I need a divorce lawyer in Richmond,VA [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Between death and taxes, I'm less scared of death.

Taxes. Apparently I owe them. A lot of them. About $40,000 more than I have. And the story gets worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Cats or No Cats?

The ethics of getting a cat. A roommate and I have been planning to get a cat when our allergic roommates move out. We got the OK from the new roommates on getting the cats. The day after the three new roommates signed the lease, one of them calls and asks us to not get the cat because his girlfriend is allergic. What should we do? (Apologies for the length inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 PM PST - 101 comments

Matchmaking CMS-type software?

Does a dating or matchmaking script exist that I can repurpose to allow professional schools to maintain profiles of their programs, and allow potential students to browse those profiles to find matches? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 12:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me become a general!

How do I become better at real-time strategy games? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Will the RIAA tear us a new one?

My friend and I have amassed a large collection of live dj sets (e.g., think sven vath live from Ibiza). We were thinking of making this collection available to the public through a website where the sets could be downloaded free of charge. How wary of the RIAA should we be? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

How to enforce custody agreement?

My ex-husband has violated our month old custody agreement three times already... how can I enforce? It's somewhat complicated.... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 11:58 AM PST - 23 comments

What's it like to have a short range traveling job?

What's it like to have a short range traveling job? [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Which path do I take: Norway, an MBA, or nothing at all?

I've been offered a position in Norway. I am happily and gainfully employed in Maine. I am also considering an MBA. Does anyone have advice with regards to Norway, choosing the path less traveled, and life stability? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 11:43 AM PST - 18 comments

freeware LAN games for 12 players?

I'm looking for free, cooperative games that could be played by 10+ people on a LAN. Ideally the games would allow for a good amount of chat among players. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Flight Pricing Mistakes

Trying to find a website that publicizes airline's online mistakes in terms of pricing, giving you very cheap flights. [more inside]
posted by alon at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Fat or water? What do we lose?

There's been talk recently about people who lose weight not actually losing fat, but losing water. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 10:58 AM PST - 11 comments

I like Mana - who else do I like?

Latin Pop Music: I really like Mana. Who else do I like? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 10:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Name that 1950s or 1960s TV theme song

What 1950s or 1960s TV show theme song sounds like Dragnet? [more inside]
posted by zek at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Things to do whilst on holiday in Brighton. (UK)

What holiday things can I do in Brighton (UK)? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Know of any good Portland print houses that do big stuff quickly?

Anyone know of any good large-format (5 foot by 3 foot poster) printers in the Portland, Oregon area? I've been burned by the wrath of Kinko's too many times and I need it within 48 hours. I know the right outfit could do it in just a few minutes, and I don't care what it costs. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me run OS 9 on my desktop

I'm feeling nostalgic after having gotten this to work, and I was wondering if it's possible to make the OS 9 "Classic Environment" run in a separate window within OSX. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

How to Create Cheap Bound Editions of Printed Out Material

I hate reading on screen, so I do lots of printing of articles I grab from the web. But for really long articles or ebooks, especially where I'd like to store a (hard) copy, I often wish there was a way to create a more or less bound copy. Publishing-On-Demand doesn't work for single run-offs (it's expensive and requires copy to be set in Quark). Adding clips to printouts isn't quite the same as binding. there a service out there where I could email a PDF and have them mail me back some reasonable approximation of a book? Even if it's 8.5x11 copy paper pages just cheaply "bound"? Even better would be if I could get something like this from copy shops, Staples, or other local service outlets.
posted by jimmyjimjim at 9:52 AM PST - 23 comments

Is my vet under-concerned, or am I overly-concerned?

KittyFilter: My 4-year-old cat had an abscess (about golf ball sized, between his shoulders) and it burst. The (brand new) vet kept him for five days, cleaned the wounds and sent him home with antibiotics, but the wounds are still open. I asked the vet about the stitches, and she said it would close on its own. This can't be right - please help. [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Helping to cope with blindness at the end of life

How to reach out to someone who is going blind, when you can't be there? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a book for family bookclub

FictionFilter: Family bookclub. We're convening in Woodstock at the end of August to discuss 3 books. Help me choose one of them. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 8:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Crowdsourcing holiday fireworks?

On holidays in your part of the world, do people gather to do mass-launchings of small fireworks? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 8:49 AM PST - 31 comments

Small Camera, Tight Crops

Lightweight Digicam Filter: I am looking for a lightweight digital camera with the longest optical zoom. Most small point and shoots have a pitiful 3X optical zoom (because their thin body won't support a longer one) However... [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 8:46 AM PST - 23 comments

Is my poor truck worth anything to anyone?

Is my mechanically troubled '97 Ford Explorer completely worthless? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 8:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me create my new job.

Help me create my new job. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

What are your experiences with naturopaths?

Naturopathy: What are your experiences with naturopaths? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 8:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Tax consultants: Good? Bad?

Has anyone had experience with Tax consultants. The ones that claim to settle your IRS debt for pennies on the dollar? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 8:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Google Search Results

I am looking for someone to explain Google's search results. The reseach I have done says you need to have lots of good links coming into your site from other high PR sites. I am wondering why Google does not use website visitors. Ie. If you have 100,000 visitors per week, this must be better than a site with 1000 visitors per week, but has high PR incoming links.
posted by bytheowner at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

File Dependency System

Are there file dependency management systems out there? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comment

What's up with my mouth?

Once in a while after mild to strenuous exercise, I can suck air through a little spot in the roof of my mouth (kinda just behind the "aveolar ridge"). There aren't any obvious holes up there. This happens fairly rarely. It's not particularly uncomfortable. What's going on here? Is this normal? Does this happen to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me see John Force race!

Help me see John Force race this summer. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Chinese language programs in China

Help me find college-level Chinese language programs in China. [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Custom Form

FormFilter: I need a form that i can use and put custom fields/entries in there that i can check off and add notes to then automatically email the completed form out, preferably something in word or excel. I cant program at all so is there anywhere i can get what im looking for?
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

DVD archiving to a media server - best practices?

I'm planning on ripping my DVD collection to a media server, with varying amounts of losslessness depending on the film. There are a lot of ways to do this, and I'm looking for the "best" way. After the jump I'll describe my current plan, please comment on and clarify the various technical considerations. [more inside]
posted by lifeless at 7:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Activities in Luray, VA?

Activities in Luray, VA? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 7:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Art appraisal:

Art appraisal: Where to go? Who to trust? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 6:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Fullscreen youtube to the telly.

Did youtube change its 'fullscreen' option recently? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Crazy CPU usage only at one wireless location

Why does my ThinkPad z60T freeze as soon as I go online - but only in one particular location. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 6:13 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the bet web conference system?

What is the best web conference: teleconference plus desktop / browser sharing system out there? [more inside]
posted by JpMaxMan at 5:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Will my money get to the musician, or all end up with the record label?

Help me make sure that my money gets to Handsome Dick Manitoba: downloading vs buying music, and how to find out if an artist actually gets money from their own album sales? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 5:46 AM PST - 32 comments

A Good, sub $1500 MCE with Cablecard?

Are there any good sub $1500 notebooks with Vista MCE's new cablecard for recording high def video? [more inside]
posted by Apo11o at 4:34 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get the Guitar Hero II controller for Xbox 360 to work with Windows XP & Frets on Fire?

How to get the Guitar Hero II controller for Xbox 360 to work with Windows XP & Frets on Fire? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 4:26 AM PST - 2 comments

IRC Client for Dummies

IRC for dummies - what's the best client to reccomend for serial Internet Explorer users, that supports irc:// links? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 2:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Keeping my laptops in sync

I need some ideas to keep my email, calendar and some key files on my laptops in sync. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 2:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for the coat I had in high school

Looking for a robe coat like I had in high school... [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 1:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Judo Club in Brighton and Hove

Can you help me find a good, friendly and mixed Judo club in the Brighton and Hove area? [more inside]
posted by informity at 12:21 AM PST - 0 comments

May 21

Unexplainable damp areas in carpet

Two chronic, unexplainable (to me) damp areas in the household carpet. Help me find the culprit, please. [more inside]
posted by donmayo at 10:51 PM PST - 13 comments

ShortStoryFilter: Lamp that you have to sell for half what you paid?

I read a short story once about ten years ago, it was in a compiliation of short stories but I don't remember the title or author. The part I remember from the plot is that there's a magic lamp that gives wishes but you have to sell it for half of what you paid for it. I believe the main characters keep trying to find lower currencies so they can continue reselling it.
posted by bertrandom at 10:29 PM PST - 3 comments

A Paper and Ink Version of a Blog?

I'd like to make a nice paper 'n' ink book version of a blog to give as a gift. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 10:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I still be a secretary transcriptionist if I'm wearing stockings and high heels?

I know that there's an old closed thread on medical transcription. Medical transcription is also a very common response to making money in one's spare time. As a grad student, are online courses for certification worthwhile towards getting work - and is this something that I could do? [more] [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Song ID: Overheard from a MAC (Cosmetics) Counter.

Help identifying a song. Overheard coming from a MAC (Cosmetics) Counter. [more inside]
posted by ialas at 9:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Pressure on small, infected wounds a good idea?

Am I helping or hindering healing, by squeezing out the pus? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:49 PM PST - 20 comments

If you were me, who would you be?

Add up all these career skills. What small business do you get? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 8:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I find the population within a defined radius of a certain point?

I'm looking for a tool (preferably free) that will provide population data for the area within a defined radius of a point on a map. [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 7:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I commit to my significantly overweight girlfriend?

Should I commit to my significantly overweight girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 47 comments

Chlorine alternatives for a pool?

I am moving into a house that has a (currently unmaintained) pool. I would like to use it, but I don't want to use chlorine or bleach to keep the pool clean. What are my options?
posted by Jairus at 7:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Why does my body only lose weight when I take a break from exercising?

Why does my body only lose weight when I take a break from exercising? I exercise three weeks, take a week off and on the week off I lose weight. Why? [more inside]
posted by zymurgy at 7:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Dealing with occasionally abusive stepfather?

My stepfather abused my sister a few weeks ago. She walked out of the house, but then reconciled a week later. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 43 comments

Schools for Home Ec. education?

Going to college to become a Home Ec teacher? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Hurt over no wedding invitiation.

I wasn't invited to my great niece's wedding and 'am quite stung by this oversight. I didn't know her very well but I still am her grandfather's sister. I bet the grandmother's sister is going!! Should I just ignore it or, in my next conversation with my brother, bring up the wedding and ask (innocently) how it went? These people are loaded so its not like they couldn't afford to ask extended family. Thanks.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Why did the hot tub turn my white t-shirt blue?

Why did the hot tub turn my white t-shirt blue? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find this painting!

I desperately need to find a copy of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes's "The Prodigal Son." [more inside]
posted by Lisa S at 6:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Loading gmail in html frames

Why can't I get gmail to load in basic html frames? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 6:05 PM PST - 8 comments

How to administer a read-aloud math test

Suggestions/resources for administering a math test out loud? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Songs About Incompetence

Seeking songs about incompetence. [more inside]
posted by kmel at 5:23 PM PST - 51 comments

Can I "own" PayPal transactions?

Can I develop a shopping cart that allows people to pay via PayPal but keeps the transaction on my site? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 5:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)?

LanguageFilter: Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 4:49 PM PST - 72 comments

Effective Speedreading Self-Study Programs?

What is an effective self-study program (software / online / book / other) for speed reading? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 4:46 PM PST - 1 comment


Please help me figure out how to learn the basics of db/app development IBM Lotus Notes 7. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Searching for something 'Lost'

Gift Filter: My girlfriend very much wants a poster of this specific shot of the "Lost" TV show cast in semi-darkness. Anyone know if 1)it's available as a poster, or 2)available somewhere in a larger version so I can make a poster of it myself? Many thanks in advance.
posted by ktoad at 4:24 PM PST - 3 comments

whats the easiest way to print on a leaf?

I need to recreate a birthday invitation that was done about 30 years ago, consisting of silk screened letters done on a large leaf, Is there a better, cheaper, more manageable way to accomplish this now? I need about 200 pieces done.
posted by kanemano at 4:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Where in the world is metro area data?

Is there a freely available database of major metro areas? [more inside]
posted by pb at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Shock me!

Somewhere on the internet, there is a flash game on a website, and when you play the game for a few minutes, some scary monster comes out and scares you to death. Where? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 4:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Toilet Paper: Under vs. Over

What are the reasons for hanging toilet paper with the paper in front versus in the back? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:06 PM PST - 48 comments

Is justice blind?

How has Jigaboo Jones not been arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to a large number of years in prison despite committing numerous relatively serious criminal offenses on camera? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Alternative Driving Directions to Google/Mapquest?

Driving Directions Filter: Is there another online service like Google maps or Mapquest that will allow me to customize part of my route? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How Can I Make Cool Maps?

How can I make cool Flash timeline/maps like the one featured in this MetaFilter post?
posted by kirkaracha at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Software for documents management in Windows

Software for documents management Hi all, I am looking for a software for documents management. I mainly have .pdf files and some ms office documents, text files and a few .chm files. [more inside]
posted by panzerboy at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Are Comcast broadband resellers legit?

I'm trying to get my parents set up with high-speed cable Internet on top of their cable TV service. They're in the Tucson, AZ burbs and their cable provider is Comcast. Google searches return "broadband resellers" who offer special deals (e.g. free cable modem+free router+$19.95/mo for six months) that don't appear on Comcast's official site. Are these resellers legit? Has anybody used them? Anything I should be wary of? [Comcast offers a combined cable/phone/internet package, but that's not available to my parents since digital phone is not yet supported where they live.]
posted by ldenneau at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

New Puppy + Old Cats = ???

Will getting a puppy ruin my cats' lives? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 1:59 PM PST - 31 comments

What is this card game?

Card game played by multiple players. Each person has nine cards in front of them in a three by three grid, initially faced down. In turn, players flip these cards over and in some way associate them with other players' revealed cards. Score is kept. [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Character at a time chatting?

What happened to character-by-character chat? I miss the intimacy, subtle nuances of meaning, and most of all the ability to interrupt one another and complete one another's sentences that was inherent in old-school unix 'talk'. How can I replicate this nowadays? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 1:29 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the max size harddrive I can put in a MacBook?

I'd like to put a larger HD in my MacBook, but I can find any reference to the max size I can put in it. I have an Intel Core Duo MacBook (2GHz). I purchased it around Sept. 2006. The stock 60GB HD is full. I saw a recommendation for a Seagate Momentus 160GB at 7200rpm. Can I go above 160GB? Is there a max that this laptop can handle? I'm leaning towards 7200rpm for better performance, but will this impact battery life??
posted by jpep at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

What work-at-home things are available that aren't scams?

Is there any sort of part time work that I can do from home in my spare time that I can actually make money at? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 12:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Visual Mouse acitivity indicator application for windows?

Visual Mouse indicator? Looking for a windows app that will visually show what is happening with the mouse, i.e., if the button is clicked, or held down, or then if a drag occurs. The purpose is for screen casting tutorials. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

tropical acne is not pretty

Has anyone out there experienced "tropical acne?"... [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments


What would Rudy Giuliani Do? I'm looking for any sorts of guides that explain the culture/life/upbringing of Rudy Giuliani, specifically in regards to the life of a Italian, Catholic, New Yorker. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a list of all active sweepstakes and contests?

Is there a list of all active sweepstakes and contests? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Why doesn't the Wayback Machine give current results?

Why don't I see any 2007 snapshot pages on a Wayback Machine search [more inside]
posted by Roach at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Goo goo. Gaa gaa. WAAAAAAAAAA!

How do you handle a baby that cries when you put him down? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 12:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Ion Exchange

I'm looking for a source for ion exchange resin membranes. [more inside]
posted by killermac at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stop being a spam dupe

My virtual server has been hijacked - I'm getting around 1000 bounced message notifications an hour. My sys admins seem fairly useless and likely will not get back to me anytime soon... is there anything I can do to stop the spam going out over my network? It's the usual apache/linux setup. thanks.
posted by magwich at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Wordpress confuses authors/identities in small group blog owned by Mefi member...

Our group blog (WordPress 2.1.1) confuses our IDs, and so sends email notifications to the wrong author. Also, this screws up loads of other stuff too. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Should we get a couple of llamas?

Should we get a couple of llamas? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 11:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Not-quite emergency health care in NY?

Where do I get a prescription for antibiotics in NY? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Rock Bottom

How can I feel better about grades when they're said and done? This semester was a rough one, with relationships, too many credits, and lots of other responsibilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Point me to a map of the effects of global warming

I'm looking for a dynamic map (of the USA, or of the world) that will graphically display various trends relating to climate change and the effects of global warming in the next century. [more inside]
posted by greggish at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Observational Repetition?

Have you ever learned a new word, or heard a famous quote or something and for the next few weeks you see or hear this new thing again, sometimes repeatedly? Is there a name for that?
posted by OpinioNate at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

BrainFilter: What is my major malfunction?

I am a 24 year old female at a pivotal point, and I need to address some serious personality and behavioural issues before I can figure out what I want to do with my life. Where are things going wrong here? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 10:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Why did George Romney lose in 1968?

Why did George Romney get outed from the 1968 presidential race? [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Book recommendations about the history of Chicago activism?

ChicagoActivismFilter: I need a book that details the history of political activism in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Shopping for 15" MacBook Pro: Buy now, or wait?

Shopping for 15" MacBook Pro: Buy now, or wait? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 10:11 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I motivate myself to be a good cog in the machine?

How do I motivate myself at work now that I'm at a much bigger employer and my contributions to the organization aren't that important anymore? "Just do it" is the WRONG answer. So it GTD. I need a new way of thinking about the world, or a life coach, or something. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Google Analytics Question

What does "Direct" in Google Analytics mean? [more inside]
posted by quiverandquill at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Agonizing Dilemma

How to decide between a better job and a more satisfying social world? [more inside]
posted by umlaut at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

I hope their first child be a masculine child

I have just been "schooled" by my Long Island in laws about what I am expected to give, in cash and gifts, for my neice's upcoming wedding. I was apalled, and am wondering if what they keep calling, "wedding protocol" is TRUE or some white trash, goombah way to get guests to finance the wedding. [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 9:35 AM PST - 80 comments

How about another MusicFilter question?

MusicFilter : I'm looking for not-so-serious covers which have been yanked from one genre to another. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 9:29 AM PST - 77 comments

Image hosting for sharing.

Looking for an image hosting solution that allows anyone to upload photos with some sort of approval process. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 9:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Jewish Curiosity?

What does it mean if someone asked me, "Do you have a limited Jewish background but an unlimited Jewish curiosity?"
posted by Maia at 9:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find Canadian cussing?

I'm working on a book of international curses and insults and I'm supposed to write a section on the U.S. and Canada. Now, I have no problem finding examples of invective by Yanks, but (like a typical Yank) I'm completely at a loss when it comes to the Great White North. I'd appreciate any pointers to good use of wicked language by Canadians (doesn't have to be obscene; cf. Twain's "Harte is a liar, a thief, a swindler, a snob, a sot, a sponge, a coward..."), old or new, online or off. Thanks!
posted by languagehat at 8:52 AM PST - 43 comments

What's the best source for info on the first "Oklahoma" authors?

I'm looking for a journal article or book that addresses the first writers active in Oklahoma territory (before statehood in 1907). I've tried Google Scholar, but perhaps my Google-fu isn't as strong as it could be, because I'm not coming up with very good results. I'm trying to find a source that deals with the first authors (Native American, white, black, whomever) known to have published letters, articles, poems, or fiction in the territory that would come to be known as Oklahoma. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Where Have All The Systems Problems Gone?

For CompSci Researchers: Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

NYC Couples Therapist?

Can anyone recommend a couples therapist here in New York City (ideally Manhattan)? Trying to work through a few outstanding issues in our pre-marriage relationship, and looking for some outside help.
posted by thomascrown at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Alpha Avenue and Bravo Boulevard

What are some city neighborhoods that follow an alphabetical-order street-naming convention like the north/south streets in Boston's Back Bay (from east to west: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, etc.) or the east/west streets in San Francisco's Richmond and Sunset Districts (north to south: Anza, Balboa, Cabrillo, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by letourneau at 7:42 AM PST - 37 comments

Please help me translate

Please help me translate some graffiti in German [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 7:30 AM PST - 5 comments

I want better finger control!

Help me develop better finger control. [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 7:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Give me an amazing 12 hours with an audio book. rocks. I have listened to two books a month on various devices for the past six years, and the well of known winners is getting a bit dry. Help me (and anyone else who is interested) find some great new finds from Audible's collections, especially in nonfiction or science fiction/fantasy. A few conditions (and my suggestions) inside... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 7:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Changing Banks . . .

So, I need a new bank. And I'm picky and I don't need or want a brick-and-mortar. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 6:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Has thirteen years of WWW ruined my brain?

I think thirteen years of surfing the internet has ruined my brain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 35 comments

Put the 'I' in Ireland

Is there any way for an American to live in Dublin other than a work permit, marriage, or student visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get ruid of Bloodhound.exploit.106?

My laptop has been infected something called Bloodhound.Exploit.106 which is darn hard to get rid of... Help! Please! [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 6:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How to plan a daily schedule for a dissertation?

I need a daily work schedule to get me through a PhD. I am really bad at managing large amounts of unstructured time. I'm trying to draw up a daily schedule which factors in all the different things I need to do - writing, reading, library, sorting out notes etc. It should be easy, but I'm struggling - any tips, examples?
posted by janecr at 3:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Got broadband - now what?

After an eternity with dial-up net access, I've finally made the move to (24Mbit / 20gb month) ADSL broadband. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What are some good movies that have faithfully represented the book they're based on?

So many of my favourite books have been turned into bad movies. I'm trying to find more movies that properly represent their source material. Your recommendations, please? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 1:57 AM PST - 90 comments

May 20

What to do in Zadar, Croatia?

Can anyone suggest things to do and places to stay in Zadar, Croatia, or any of the islands near it? [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I should have bought the AppleCare. Damn it!

My 13-month-old MacBook Pro broke. Can you guess? Yeah, the AppleCare warranty had just expired. The fan made a horrible "playing card in the bicycle tire spokes" sound for about 60 seconds, then stopped forever. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 11:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Does our personal injury claim stand a chance?

My fiancée is only 24 years old, but she has osteoarthritis (see this previous question). As a result, she has a lot of pain, particularly in her back, but she is just generally sore all over. We suspect that her job (customer service in busy cafe with a lot of heavy manual work thrown in behind the scenes in the kitchen and store rooms) may have exacerbated her condition because before she started there, she never felt the sort of pain she feels now after just two years of working there. We're thinking maybe we should get a personal injury lawyer and see if we have a case. Do the medical and legal minds of the hive think we do, too? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:59 PM PST - 18 comments

A low-cost base city in Europe with good wifi availability?

I'm doing 7 months in Europe, paying my way by telecommuting as a freelancer. To this end, wireless internet access is vital. I often spend a few days in a row working, without doing any sight-seeing, go out exploring a few days and repeat. I need a base city where I can work from, but also keep my expenditure to a minimum. [more inside]
posted by linus587 at 10:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Music that inspires you to do less with your life

Over the weekend, I heard the song "To the Beggin' I Will Go" by Old Blind Dogs, and it made me really, really want to quit my job. Any suggestions for other songs with the same effect?
posted by bokane at 10:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Where should my brother live in Columbia, South Carolina?

My brother is moving to Columbia, South Carolina for school at USC and would really appreciate your input on a safe place to live and enjoy the city for at least 4 years. [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:50 PM PST - 11 comments

RugFilter: Help me sell some inherited Navajo rugs.

RugFilter: I have inherited the family bounty of old Navajo rugs. Now, how do I turn them into profit? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:46 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do in New York City if you're under 21?

Is it possible to have fun after dark in NYC if you're under 21? [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 8:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Adobe CS2 bundles at academic discount? Or not even worth it?

Any sites selling Adobe Creative Suite 2 bundles at academic discount? (Or is this a fruitless quest - should I aim for CS3 instead?) [more inside]
posted by cadge at 8:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I get my little sister for her High School graduation?

What is the perfect gift from a brother to my little sister for her High School graduation? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 8:15 PM PST - 24 comments

Advice for building a road bike

Should I build my own road bike and, if so, how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by dzot at 8:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Remote Control

I have a problem with my universal remote. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good Canadian on-line shoe-care source?

I'm looking for an online store to buy a shoeshine kit in Canada- any ideas? I'm living in Wells, BC, and the only nearby town is Quesnel. Wal-Mart has the stuff, but I flatly refuse to buy anything from Wal-Mart. What is a on-line Canadian shoe company that I could buy polish, brushes, etc. from? I'd like to keep it in Canada, so I don't have to pay international shipping.
posted by rawredmeat at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

A rose by any other name...

NameFilter: Help me give my first design business a cute name! [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 6:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Absolute beginner at Dutch

Dutch as a second language [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo at 5:40 PM PST - 25 comments

'Ethical' funds?

How ethical are Ethical Funds? After meeting with an SRI adviser and perusing the literature, I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

The best puzzle/RPG hybrid videogames?

Looking for more puzzle/RPG hybrids! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 4:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us with our NextFlix!

Please help me find some good small town/quirky character movies [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 4:24 PM PST - 81 comments

Help with synchronizing two text blocks in PageMaker

I have been writing books in PageMaker 7. With some projects I like to put "factoid" type material (quotes, facts, minor tables, etc) in the margins. Unfortunately I've never found a way of binding these with the main body of text so that factoid text blocks will be forced to appear on the same page. So I've been doing it manually, and it's a big PITA. How should I be handling this? Will Quark or newer versions of PageMaker help?
posted by rolypolyman at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Years-long crush, need to get over it

My window to get over a crush of many years - how to stay on track? How to deal with mutual acquaintances? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get my tipis from Canada to England?

Wondering how to: Travel with 26 foot (cured black spruce) tipi poles, canvas and various assorted camping gear from Toronto Canada to England / Wales. Alternatively: How do I rent a tipi or a yurt (or other rustic / gypsy style camping caravans) in the UK? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 2:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Old Growth Lyrics

LyricsFilter! [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments


help me shake my writer's block! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 12:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it worth the price premium to buy Kingston RAM?

Is it worth the price premium to buy Kingston RAM? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 12:23 PM PST - 28 comments

What is required for a Chicago porch repair permit?

In Chicago, can I obtain a porch repair permit to fix my porch but not bring it entirely up to code? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Castle Banks Cottage B&B?

Has anyone been to Castle Banks Cottage B&B in East Sussex, UK? Reviews, good or bad, would be appreciated.
posted by suisse at 12:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Enterprise 2.0 at work?

What are some examples of corporate websites that include a dialog (in the form of blogs, message boards, etc.) with the customer base, about how the company and its products, and the industry, are doing?
posted by bingo at 11:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Vintage lorry alert!

To which vintage British (?) manufactured lorry or commercial vehicle does this radiator part belong? Photos follow. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Pill at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me help my friend's niece

My friend asked me to set up a blog and donation box for his niece, who's in the news after she was hit by a car running a red light. How should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm making myself miserable!

How can I stop thinking about my boyfriend's past loves? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 10:03 AM PST - 33 comments

What Tips Do You Have For Living in a Small Town?

What guidelines for appropriate behaviour should people keep in mind if they are moving to a small town (population no more than 1,500)? [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 10:00 AM PST - 31 comments

Arts Mentor seeks NYC Youth

Know any performing arts-related youth mentorship programs, where artists can teach kids & teens, in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get the most mpg out of a 5-speed?

How do you drive a 5-speed for better gas mileage? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 9:39 AM PST - 30 comments

Auf Deutsch, bitte!

Can anyone help me get a copy of DragonDictate in German or French, or point me towards a discrete speech voice recognition program in either language that's currently on the market? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 9:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Movie with good d-day sequences

I need a movie or documentary that has good visual shots of the D-Day invasion to show in my 7th grade classroom. PG-13 necessary [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 9:35 AM PST - 13 comments

How to find a yoga studio for beginners in Oklahoma City?

How to find a yoga studio for beginners in Oklahoma City? [more inside]
posted by sara558 at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I cancel credit cards when I don't know the account number?

How can my girlfriend cancel credit cards when she doesn't know the account numbers? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I help myself not feel depressed?

What do I do about being (maybe) depressed when one of my issues is a complete refusal to talk to others about how I feel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Favorite exercises/ materials for Freshman Composition classes?

Favorite exercises/ materials for Freshman Composition classes? Help me engage young minds in order to brainwash educate them! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this religious symbol?

What is this religious symbol? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

I have some savings and would like to become a programmer. Is it still possible to do this if you're entirely self-taught?

1 year to become a self-taught programmer [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 8:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Photographic Memory pre Photography

What term was used to describe a person with a photographic memory prior photography? [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 7:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it okay to quit keeping track of my finances?

Should I bother keeping track of my money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 24 comments

What painting is this?

Can someone please identify this painting? It's bugging me. Thanks.
posted by Superfrankenstein at 5:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Clothes and the man

How can a tall, mid-thirty's male put together an inexpensive but stylish wardrobe covering casual, business casual, going out, etc. using as few repeated pieces as possible... [more inside]
posted by objdoc at 5:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Flying with steel cap boots

Are steel cap boots allowed on airplanes nowadays? [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 5:03 AM PST - 17 comments

My new dog can't be left alone.

I just adopted a dog which apparently has separation anxiety issues (and we have cats). We had planned to initially leave him crated during the day. What can I do to help him through this transition? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 1:47 AM PST - 15 comments

How I do I turn my audience into loyal fans?

How I do I turn my audience into loyal fans? We have several concerts coming up, and though we've got a handle on promoting shows (getting people to come out), our questions are: (1) how do we get them to run home and tell their friends to go to our next show? (2) and how do we learn more about people who come? Looking for personal experiences from concert-goers and tips from musicians and other industries - [more inside]
posted by barmaljova at 1:46 AM PST - 31 comments

More than just beer.

RomaniaFilter: Where to go in Ploieşti? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 12:55 AM PST - 6 comments

A cheap hand held gadget for use in research?

Our research study requires subjects to respond to surveys administered at random intervals over the course of several months. We'll need to distribute some sort of hand held device. What's cheap, programmable, and mobile? [more inside]
posted by nilihm at 12:10 AM PST - 11 comments

May 19

This happiness thing? It causes more problems than you'd think.

Is it bad for me to mention the good things in my life around friends who are unhappy with theirs? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 10:53 PM PST - 21 comments

What to do in Knoxville, TN

So what is there to do in or around Knoxville on a Sunday? Can you buy booze?
posted by RicciHull at 10:45 PM PST - 5 comments

evolutionist baseball cap

I saw someone on the street recently wearing a black baseball cap that had "evolutionist" written on it. I've searched online since then to see where I could buy one, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know where I can get one?
posted by jsmolenski at 10:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Name this pretty mystery!

What is this flower I snapped at the Botanic Garden? [side view, top view] [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you place a value on quality of life?

How do you place a value on quality of life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Holocaust memorabilia for sale?

I found WW2 "yellow stars," Jewish identity papers and other tragic items at a Hungarian flea market. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 8:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Seeing is believing?

Is it normal to see things that aren't really there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me spend $2k. In 6 weeks. With restrictions.

MedicalFSAFilter. Again. Have $2000 to spend in 6 weeks, had hoped to spend it on ugly teeth. Have pits in enamel on front teeth due to high fever (or maybe the medicine that brought that fever down) I had as a child. Said pits are ugly and brown, and I worry are just cavities waiting to happen. Dentist has mentioned veneers, but they aren't eligible for reimbursement. Any way to treat them that is reimbursable? [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 6:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Making quick cash while waiting to hear back for a job

How can I make some quick money for groceries & bills while I'm waiting for my job interviews to pan out? [more inside]
posted by Kwirq at 4:06 PM PST - 32 comments

"MEANWHILE", what are these sort of words called?

What is the word for phrases such as "meanwhile", or "in an entirely different place altogether"? The sort of words you would see in the narrative box of a comic strip that contextualises the action. Do you have any rather verbose examples?
posted by takeyourmedicine at 3:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Swallowing toothpaste - a bad thing for adults?

I have swallowed my toothpaste since I was about 5 years old. I know you shouldn't swallow toothpaste when you're young (so it says here and here) but I have strong teeth, with no fillings or problems. does it have any effects later on in life on your body?
posted by wibbler at 3:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I stop this type of coughing?

Can you stop being affected by the contagiousness of yawns and coughs? Especially coughs? [more inside]
posted by Many bubbles at 3:10 PM PST - 4 comments

seeking a gerontologist

How can I find my parents a gerontologist in Michigan? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

How to tell someone stop using so much TP?

How to ask a roommate to use less TP without getting too personal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 55 comments

Is my large penis going to kill my happy relationship?

My penis might be too big for my girlfriend, who I once had a blissful relationship with, and after two years it might cause the end of us. I can't believe this can happen in 2007. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 45 comments

Why does almost sounding right kind of sound wrong?

Guitar tuning through harmonics: Could you fine fine folks explain the physical/mathematical principles behind the increased "distortion" as two guitar strings being tuned through harmonics approach being tuned? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 2:09 PM PST - 24 comments

hearing loss at concert

I went to a concert three days ago and my left ear is still ringing. How do I tell if it's permanent hearing loss? Should I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 2:05 PM PST - 22 comments

What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce?

I've been out of work for a number of years, by choice, staying at home to raise my kids. I have a Bachelor's in Education with a minor in English from back in 19mumblemumbleyear, and even if it were up-to-date, my life has taken a different turn, and I don't feel that teaching is for me any more. With this kind of background, if I don't teach, I am pretty much, as one of my English teachers once put it, an "educated un-employable." What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce? [more inside]
posted by misha at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

art and sunlight damage

I have a pencil (maybe charcoal?) sketch of Pompeii my mom drew, about 50 years ago. It's gorgeous. It's been tucked away because I'm afraid of light damaging the picture. Are there any specialty picture frames/glass coverings I can use to display her artwork, while minimizing fading or light damage?
posted by raztaj at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you tell a sinus infection from a damaged tooth root?

Tooth question: How do you tell a damaged root from a sinus infection? Also, I just had my wisdom teeth out. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 11:26 AM PST - 19 comments

A Great World History Book

Which is the greatest world history book you know about? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 11:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Help Me Get A Travel Perq

How do I convince my company to buy me upgraded airline seats as a perq? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 19 comments

Name my PC Repair Business

I'm starting a small PC repair business to make some extra money, and I'm looking for suggestions for a clever (but not too cutesy) descriptive business name. I'll primarily be doing in-home (or drop-off) hardware and software troubleshooting, but no major hardware modifications. Come to think of it, would that even qualify as computer "repair" since I won't be tinkering with the computer's physical components? Looking forward to your suggestions.
posted by jacksides at 10:50 AM PST - 18 comments

What happened to my espresso maker?

What did my dishwasher do to my stovetop espresso maker?? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 10:46 AM PST - 14 comments

What is this Jewish cemetery in Eastern Berlin?

Help me find a Jewish cemetery in Berlin. (No, it's not the one you're thinking of.) [more inside]
posted by craichead at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I powerwash asbestos siding?

Is it safe to powerwash asbestos/cement siding? [more inside]
posted by eirelander at 10:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is work bonus separate from the paycheck?

My employer gives out bonuses as separate checks, which are taxed separately. Why? [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Using Firefox with Yahoo mail: How do I make "clickable" a url that is pasted into the body of an email?

Using Firefox with Yahoo mail: How do I make "clickable" a url that is pasted into the body of an email? [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for charity shops and South Asian clothing in London

My friend and I would like to go clothing shopping in London, UK at charity shops and other cheap places. [more inside]
posted by jb at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the soul cover of CSNY's Ohio

Help me find who did a great, soul/reggae/R&B cover of the classic CSNY, "Ohio" on Paris' Radio Nova. It was a very extended version that tended toward soul, possibly with some reggae overtones. It played May 17, 4:55-5:00AM local time. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

How much should I charge to design a Web site?

How much should I charge per hour for Web design services when I'm not a Real Designer? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:45 AM PST - 14 comments

astrological transit websites?

I'm looking for the best website about current astrological transits -- what is happening this month, this year, or this day astrologically, and - suspending disbelief in astrology - how will this effect us? I've found some sites similar to what I want on Google, but they are either terribly unorganized and hard to navigate, don't update regularly, or have incomplete information. Any nod in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Polaroid back for Bronica

Polaroid back for medium format camera question - how do i get a full frame shot with the polaroid back? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some good furniture stores in Toronto?

What are some good furniture stores in Toronto? My taste leans towards modern furniture (but not too modern), I really like Room & Board Furniture, as well as Design Within Reach (although it is a little pricey for me). [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

A relocation drama - leaving London for NY

Most of the questions I've read so far were made by people moving from NY to London, but I am considering the opposite, so I'd like to ask for some opinions to help me make a decision. I am a Brazilian-Italian girl, 26 and have been living in London for the past five years. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 5:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Raining, but What?

Poetry question: Can anyone identify a poem that says something like "it's not raining rain today"? I don't think it's the same as the lyrics to this song. [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 4:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Helicopter Pilot

Getting trained and working as a Helicopter Pilot-filter. - I'm getting out of the Navy after four years, with a worthless AA degree. Flying helicopters is something I’ve always wanted to do but not for the military. Any helicopter pilots out there that can tell me where to get started??? (I'd love to hear some personal experiences:) [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 1:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Why did she laugh when I kissed her?

Friend laughed when I kissed her cheek/ear what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 1:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Combining mini European city breaks into one great two week holiday

Hi, I am trying to put together a series of city breaks in Europe so that I end up with one great summer holiday of around two weeks long. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 1:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Oxaprozin side effects.

For a friend; Is it possible to experience physical side effects (dizziness, heart palpitations, anxiety) in the 5-10 minutes after taking the NSAID oxaprozin? Assume it was taken with food and water. [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 12:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Please don't kiss me unless I'm in love with you.

Why do some Americans do the hello/goodbye kiss thing? [more inside]
posted by Elmo Oxygen at 12:44 AM PST - 34 comments

May 18

To sleep, perchance to dream

Why would I start having night terrors all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 11:55 PM PST - 15 comments

What was the camera technique used in CSI last night?

What was the camera technique used in CSI last night? During some transition scenes, Las Vegas was shown in a macro/blurred process, making the entire city look more like a miniature set than the real thing. It was posted on the blue before. Please help? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 10:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Importance of arch support

How important is arch support for walking? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 10:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Photoshop 6 is possessed.

Sometime today, Photoshop 6 decided it was done making transparent pngs. Probably it's some setting I toggled accidentally, but what, and how do I untoggle it? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 9:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Anger is short-lived madness. ~Horace

How can I deal with anger/fear over a senseless death? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Add an auxiliary line-in to Lexus ES300?

I have a 2003 Lexus ES300. I'm looking to slowly upgrade the factory audio system. First step, enable the system to play my mp3 player without using a tape adapter or fm transmitter. I can't add a new headunit with this input, as the Lexus has a custom dash that would make install sloppy looking, and would cost a lot of money... [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 8:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Like a thousand suns all crying at once, or a slim little japanese number

New camera or new flash? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 7:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Thanks so much for any help!

Help me find something that will let air in and keep prying eyes out. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 6:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Cheap or Free Things To Do In New York Next Week?

I have a week in New York City and limited funds... [more inside]
posted by Becko at 6:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Books for the desert

Looking for a few good books.... I am going on deployment to the "desert" for 6-7 months and will have an abundance of time on my hands. What books would y'all recommend? [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 6:11 PM PST - 50 comments

Please help me define my strengths and weaknesses

Please help me define my strengths and weaknesses. I am trying to do a SWOT type analysis of my personal strengths and weaknesses, but I am finding it difficult to know what kind of things I should put on the lists. Can anyone point me to resources which would help with this? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

I skipped out on my degree. Can I run back and get it?

About three years I graduated from a fairly prestigious art college in the USA. At least...I was supposed to have. I fell hilariously juuuuuuust short of graduating, and now I'm feeling the burn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Find that book!

It's another find that book I read as a kid question! [more inside]
posted by macfly at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I lose my sense of entitlement?

How do I lose my sense of entitlement? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Breaking up is hard to do.

My therapist has decided to return to grad school for a PhD. I'm happy for her, but this also means she won't be seeing patients anymore. Our final appointment is on Tuesday. How do you achieve closure in this kind of relationship? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Suggestions for the Super Canon?

[Comic Filter] I was recently offered a job that requires a working knowledge of popular American superheroes from the 1930's onward. I've always been a fan of the darker comics (Hellboy, Sandman); now I need to know the difference between Green Lantern and Green Arrow. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 4:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Blogspot Frustration!

Blogspot is driving me crazy! I need help from seasoned vets. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it possible to artificially jump-start the onset of puberty?

Question for a short story, not a creepy science experiment: is it possible to jump-start the onset of puberty through hormone injections or other means? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 3:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Press ctrl-alt-delete to begin.

WindowsFilter: Please help me find examples or reports that state that it is recommended / required that machines running Windows be rebooted from time to time. [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 3:43 PM PST - 22 comments

I know they recommend exercise for PMS... but how do you exercise?

How do I maintain a regular exercise routine despite period fatigue? [more inside]
posted by scission at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Japanese A/C Unit - Translate Buttons, Please!

Japanese A/C Unit - Translate Buttons, Please! [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

What's better than blogging around the world?

The GF and I are traveling around in Europe, Kenya and Latin America starting late June and ending up living somewhere in Latin America in 2008. What kind of project can we do that will capture, encompass and enhance our trip? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

What typeface is in this logo?

I came across this typeface today and I really like it, but I can't figure out what it is. I am referring to the words "Campus Progress" in this link. Any suggestions? Thank you!
posted by simpleperson at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this short story?

After an extensive Google search, I have yet another "name that short story" question, posed by a friend. [more inside]
posted by landedjentry at 1:37 PM PST - 2 comments

My new life begins today? How to celebrate it...

I have just finished my last days of graduate school and I am looking for activites, rituals, practices that others might have employed to transition from one life phase to another. Im not looking for anything drastic like throwing out all of my papers and moving to a mountain top but little things that signal change is at hand. Thanks.
posted by Meemer at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I mess with the unbelievable impatient drivers honking outside my window?

What can I (legally) do to impatient drivers who honk because the light changed a split second ago, 12 cars up? Watergun? Water balloons? Some sort of sonic weapon that bursts their teeth?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 1:26 PM PST - 38 comments

need big pix Stalin pls

Does anyone know where I can find a rather big photo of Josef Stalin online? I'm making an iron-on transfer that will go on a babie's onesie, so it needs to print out at least 4 inches (10cm) wide at 300 dpi. Google image search ain't cuttin' it, but it must be out there.
posted by Mayor Curley at 12:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Building a home library

Avid readers: In twenty years, am I going to regret the fact that I only checked books out of the library, rather than amassing my own collection? I read about a book or two a week, and my budget could stand buying 3-4 used books a month.
posted by footnote at 12:50 PM PST - 57 comments

Why shouldn't I move to the Orkneys?

Why shouldn't I move to the Orkneys? [more inside]
posted by Lionel d'Lion at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Have we caveman brains?

What are the best sources for a layman to learn more about evolutionary psychology? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 12:09 PM PST - 33 comments

Reinventing the scarlet letter

Can a blogger humiliate copyright infringers? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 11:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Help an Unhandy Guy Out

Help an Un-Handy guy out with building deck stairs. [more inside]
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

getting from Berlin to Prague and back again

I will be in Berlin in mid-June for work. I am looking to meet a friend in Prague, leaving Friday night from Berlin, and leaving Prague on Sunday night (a short time I know). What's the best, cheapest way to get there. An overnight ride isn't a problem, though shorter is always better. I can arrive in Prague on Saturday morning, and back in Berlin on Monday morning. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Fuss-free email accounts for my folks?

If your 70 year old dad used Outlook and a Blackberry what email service would you suggest he use? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a poster for my new cube

I'm looking for a poster with Arthur C. Clarke's Three Laws of Prediction on it. Google is failing me. [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

MySpace hates Firefox.

MySpace brings FireFox to a standstill. Why?! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Kundera Illustrations?

I'm looking for a poster of Milan Kundera's cover illustration for his novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

toront makeup school

toronto make up school? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 9:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is the Bullets player in the back court of this picture wearing the wrong uniform?

NBAHistoryFilter: why is the Bullets player in the back court of this picture wearing the wrong uniform?
posted by Grundlebug at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting purchases for $30-$50.

What is the most interesting* thing you can buy for $30-$50? *(By my definition: non-consumable, long-lasting, functional.)
posted by archagon at 9:26 AM PST - 64 comments

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Should I leave the city I've spent my whole life in when it seems like things are starting to go my way? [apologies in advance. more information than is probably necessary/confused word vomit follows] [more inside]
posted by elr at 9:21 AM PST - 22 comments

My milkshake brings all the stains to my car

Spilled chocolate milkshake + cloth car seat + several months time = Icky stain. Remedies? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

self building a quiet computer

AcoustiCase 340 and 360 Acoustically Lined Cases any good [more inside]
posted by complience at 8:52 AM PST - 3 comments


What's the best way to deal with a terrible disease called IBS? ( Irritable bowel syndrome) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 31 comments

Focus and sport

Personal drive and sports. I need to learn to push myself more. [more inside]
posted by glip at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What can I read to really understand how financial instruments work in the market?

I have become interested in finance. After lots of reading, I understand the mechanics of how most financial instruments work. Now I want to understand how they are used in the marketplace, specifically analysis or description of transactions and their outcomes. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Power Industry Research

How do I find out how many domestic Combined Cycle power plants there are? [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Equal and Opposite Reaction?

Physics: Difference between two people pulling on each end of a rope, and one person pulling on a rope tied to a tree. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 8:09 AM PST - 35 comments

Should I take betablockers?

What should I expect from betablockers? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Good affordable neighbourhood for families in San Francisco/the Valley?

Good affordable neighbourhood for families in San Francisco/the Valley? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 7:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Help! Trouble roommates need to go!

Dream living situation turned nightmare. Is there a way get rid of the problem roomies before things turn even uglier? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

canned cat food or sushi?

So I will be making x dollars gross in Ontario, that translates to... [more inside]
posted by the dief at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How to form a shop co-op and teaching center?

How can I pull this off? I would like to start a communal shop for metal-working, wood working, electronics, etc that also helps kids? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Did the Chinese government fund research into whether Han are human?

I once read a claim that the Chinese government had funded "research" whose aim was to prove that Han Chinese are a different species to other humans. It was a physical book, not online. What might it have been? And incidentally, is the claim true?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 7:10 AM PST - 15 comments

What Adobe package to use for simple designs?

I've used Adobe products in the past and have been fairly impressed. Now I want to buy an Adobe package to design and generate JPG and EPS files of my relatively simple t-shirt, bumper sticker, and button ideas for emailing to a printing shop. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

24 hours in St. Thomas

So I'm going to St. Thomas June 5th for 24 hours... alone. How can I make the most of it? I am excited and scared. [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 6:47 AM PST - 8 comments

When, if ever, do I try to repair this post-relationship friendship?

When, if ever, do I try to repair this post-relationship friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I make myself the best flatmate?

Flathunting: How do I convince people that I'm the perfect new flatmate for their established flat? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 4:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Math makes my head hurt.

Maths Question. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 3:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Devalued rugs?

My oriental rugs were scotch guarded without my consent. Exactly what damage has been made and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 12:21 AM PST - 15 comments

May 17

I'm sure Homer has said great things.

Help me with a Homer Simpson-esque quote for a keynote speech! (Please.) [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 11:52 PM PST - 31 comments

Great career counselor for law-affiliated career?

Any recommendations for a really great career counselor, particularly one familiar with careers at least tangentially related to the law? I'm looking for someone who can really help me evaluate my strengths, personality, interests, and values and who has extensive familiarity with a wide variety of careers -- someone who can help me find my passion in life.
posted by Malad at 11:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Perfect wedding Gift for Mr. and Mrs. America?

Best Wedding Gift Evar? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:05 PM PST - 31 comments

free music for kids?

I'm looking for free, legal kid's music for my three year old little girl. Ideally mp3s of stuff that is past copyright, like old folk music, kids classics, or anything else that might appeal to a three-year-old who likes to dance. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Stop Word from eating my text.

MSWord Filter: Why is Word eating my documents? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 10:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Who sings this song?

Song filter help - "I'm Big in Japan" -Tom Waits - Who covers this song? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 10:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Shits and Giggles vs. Craps and Laughs

I want to move to LA and try to "make it." What are some general (or specific) things my young, naive, optimistic self should know before embarking on this adventure?
posted by Mach3avelli at 10:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Interesting things to do in Des Moines

Going on an impromptu road trip to Des Moines. What do we do once we get there? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 9:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it possible for an otherwise happy relationship to survive an act of willful cheating?

Is it possible for an otherwise happy relationship to survive an act of willful cheating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 87 comments

Yankee Stadium Help

Surprise trip to NYC to see a Yankees game. I know nothing of NYC. Please help me figure out where to fly and where to stay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me get past L1 support at Paypal. Please?

Can anyone help me with escalating past first-level support on Paypal? It's an old old story with Paypal, apparently, but I'm almost at the end of my rope. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Please save my subfactors!

Please help me save my master's thesis... [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Arrrgh! Here be radio...

What is the legal status of offshore (maritime, international waters) broadcasting in the United States? Is there a stateside equivalent of the Marine Offenses Act? What steps would the United States take to hamper the operations of such a broadcaster?
posted by phrontist at 9:01 PM PST - 2 comments

A Silver Rose

I would like to spray paint a whole rose with metallic silver paint. The intention is that it will encase the rose, fully retaining its pretty rose shape for at least a few days, if not permanently. In reality the rose will probably wilt, or otherwise warp, leaving an ugly silver mess. I don't know. Any suggestions on how to get the results as imagined?
posted by fucker at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments

I kill baby plants!

I kill baby plants! Help me, gardeners! [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 7:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting a new life off the ground

I'm graduating college and going across the country to San Francisco for grad school. I couldn't be more excited about this, but there's the minor issue of a job and a place to stay until school starts in the fall. [more inside]
posted by Rictic at 7:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Good times in D.C.

Any suggestions for a fun, relaxing time with my future in-laws in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 7:19 PM PST - 16 comments

I need MBA advice to make sure I don't waste two years and $100k

Is an MBA worth it for me, or am I just trying to keep up with friends who all seem to have letters after their names now that we're hitting our late 20s? [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Can an I-485 filer go to Puerto Rico?

Does Puerto Rico count as international travel for the purposes of a US Immigration form I-485 filer? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

I need to generate many neutral pseudonyms.

Renaming myself in grey. I need to come up with an ongoing supply of carefully neutral yet non-random (and non-lame) pseudonyms, for judging processes that require anonymous entry. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 7:00 PM PST - 33 comments

statin static

I experience nagging muscle aches and pains in my legs and feet because of statins (lipitor, zocor, pravachol). I'm interested in hearing from others that may have experienced the same and how they dealt with the issue. [more inside]
posted by brandz at 6:49 PM PST - 3 comments

How exactly does one pronounce "Strč prst skrz krk"?

I'm looking for a good Czech pronunciation guide. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 6:31 PM PST - 4 comments

My tax returns are being sucked up by unpaid Stafford Loans that have long disappeared from my credit report. If I offer to pay the whole thing off, what can I expect?

Repaying Stafford college loans that disappeared from my credit report (due to age), but still collect all tax refunds - what kind of hit might I expect on my credit, reactivating the account by a full-payoff? More importantly, what kind of deal can I propose to avoid all the interest? Anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help my Toshiba laptop recognize DVD-Rs.

Help my Toshiba laptop recognize DVD-Rs. [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Do Fords really have solid steel frames?

I had an auto accident a while back in a Taurus where a huge truck got crushed against my passenger-side while I drove away with just a dent. The truck's front was completely crushed and it was towed away. I figured it was just luck that my car wasn't damaged much, but I recently read in a Ford brochure that their cars have solid steel frames which may be why my car was okay. Is the "solid steel frame" a marketing thing or really a unique feature of Fords?
posted by tasty at 6:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Legal headhunters - the real deal?

Looking for advice and/or anecdotes about a legal recruiting company called Pemberton Co., and about legal/corporate recruiting companies in general. [more inside]
posted by elquien at 5:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get my (somewhat close to a) dream job!

I want to apply for a job in a field I've worked in once before. However, there is no doubt that I will not get a positive reference from the company I was at. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 4:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Fluorescent bulb lit by coiled extension cord?

Lighting a fluorescent bulb by just wrapping a plugged in extension cord around it. I remember this. Can't find an example. Help me? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 4:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Which SF neighborhood is safest with respect to earthquakes?

MovingtoSF-filter: Which San Francisco neighborhoods are more resilient [for a lack of a better term] to earthquakes? Marina, for example, is built on trash so it is probably not the safest. Looking to stay within San Francisco proper, close to downtown preferably.
posted by ngn01 at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Immigrant experience?

Any good books/movies/etc. about the immigration experience for Mexicans in America, particularly southern California? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 4:06 PM PST - 31 comments

2 hours now, 5 minute salads later?

SaladFilter: Help me find stuff I can prepare ahead of time, preferably won't spoil (/will survive freezing), and I can simply dump on top of mixed greens and create a delicious salad! [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 2:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Stop a site showing up when Googling particular phrases

Is it possible to stop a page or image appearing in Google's results for a particular term, without removing those pages or images from Google's results for other, relevant terms? [more inside]
posted by caek at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Book or Web Recommendations for Using Gym Equipment

I've been a member of gym now for the last few months. I've gotten some training on some of the myriad of machines at the place, but I'd like to know more about using them in-depth. Can anyone recommend good books or web sites that focus on the various exercises you can do and/or exercise machines you can work out with at a gym? P.S.: am not much interested in a *lot* of heavy weight-lifting using barbels and such, just mostly the other devices.
posted by Kellyu at 2:26 PM PST - 25 comments

I need info on Franco-Celtic myths and legends.

I'm looking for some good books/websites/journals etc dealing with Breton and/or Acadian mythology. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

A good printer for my Intel iMac, under £100, for general personal use?

Recommend a good printer for my Intel iMac, under £100, for general personal use? Mostly for text - doubt I'll be printing many photos. Thanks!
posted by Ira.metafilter at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

"Disposable" phone options for 2 weeks in Vancouver, BC?

I'll soon be in Vancouver, BC for about 2 weeks, and it would be helpful for me to have a cell phone while I'm out there - but only while I'm out there. Would a prepaid cell phone be my best bet? If so, any suggestions as to where to pick one up? If not, what else might work? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

A companion for Infected ?

[Musofilter] What goes with the forgotten 1986 masterpiece : The The - Infected ? [more inside]
posted by Webbster at 1:31 PM PST - 34 comments

NSA Surveillance in Las Vegas for Extortion

Was there a story a year or two back about Patriot Act/NSA/FBI surveillance in Las Vegas being used for extortion against a casino? I distinctly remember something about it but can't find anything.
posted by destro at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Buddhist wedding tips?

We've been invited to a Buddhist wedding. How can we stay faux-pas-free? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Balance tattoo?

I'm looking for a symbol/representation for possible use as a tattoo. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 1:09 PM PST - 43 comments

Should I find a lawyer and ask for more money from the other party's insurance company?

Does this sound like a reasonable insurance settlement? Should I find a lawyer and try to negotiate more, or just accept it and move on? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:49 PM PST - 17 comments

BlackBerry vs. Windows Mobile?

I just started as a creative director at a new company. Having a mobile device to read emails on the go will be necessary. I'm wondering which is better for my needs? A BlackBerry or a Windows Mobile smartphone? [more inside]
posted by lunarboy at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

I pledge allegiance to the... what?

Memorial Day in the U.S. is coming up, and my house has a flag-holder on the front porch. I'd like to honor our brave servicepeople -- but I don't want to fly the Stars and Stripes. [more inside]
posted by turducken at 12:08 PM PST - 79 comments

But I don't wanna interview on the phone!

How do I turn the prospect of a phone interview into the prospect of an in person interview? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 11:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Name this electronica/dance song's artist

Please name the artist who made this mystery electronica/dance song. I pulled it off of ageispolis's fantastic MeFiSwap mix, but sadly, he only knows the name: "The Hand". I don't know if it's the mystery of it, but it's my favorite track among a lot of great tracks. And I want to hear more, but Googling is is essentially impossible since there are no lyrics. According to his liner notes, he ripped it from a friend's vinyl. (Link to downsampled MP3 inside.) [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 11:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I get a get?

What does "bais din tzedek umishpot" mean and why is it posted in a courthouse? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 11:09 AM PST - 16 comments

I want paprika potato chips!

Paprika chips: are these available in the U.S.? I was in Europe last year and it seemed like every country had paprika potato chips from different brands (even Pringles). I can't seem to find any store/brand in the U.S. that has these. They're so good! Yeah there...I just used my ask mefi question on potato chips.
posted by edjusted at 11:03 AM PST - 23 comments

MBA, GMAT, life goals - and I'd perfer not to be an assistant for life.....

MBA, GMAT, life goals - and I'd perfer not to be an assistant for life..... [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Should we be scared?

Is my apartment a ticking time bomb? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 10:45 AM PST - 28 comments

Travel to Punta Cana

How do I become a culturally courteous traveler in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 10:29 AM PST - 11 comments

After effects of circumcision in a 11 month old baby?

My 11 month old son needs to be circumcised soon due to extreme phimosis which has led to repeated urinary tract infections. (See this question for some background, actually.) Are there other Mefi parents who have had their older infants/children circumcised? Our urologist seems to think that he'll only be in discomfort for a day or two, and that the aftercare will be fairly minimal, but I'm not sure I believe him. Please lets not debate circumcision, ok? We chose not to have him circumcised at birth, but repeated serious UTIs are a whole other kettle of fish. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:26 AM PST - 34 comments

What can I expect at the Georgetown (DC) DMV?

When is the best time of day/day of the week to visit the Georgetown (DC) DMV to convert my CA license to a DC license? [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 10:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Are we barking up the wrong tree?

Any secret search engines or sites for finding rental houses in the DC metro region? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 10:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Hooking Up a Tascam TM-D1000 to My SoundCard

How do i intergrate a Tascam TM-D1000 mixer into my setup? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

For academic types...

I don't believe that authenticity exists in any form. What scholars/philosophers/social critics have argued similiarly? Jameson? Derrida? Deleuze? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 9:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Jala Neti recommendations

Neti pots - good idea before nose surgery, and how do you heat the water to the correct temperature? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I remove rusted toilet seat hardware?

So I have an OLD toilet seat with hardware that is pretty much completely rusted/broken down. I cannot get the nut down the plastic screw with ANY type of wrench/screwdriver/plier combination. How do I remove the seat hardware without breaking the toilet??? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 9:49 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I buy a reserved train ticket from Paris (CDG) to Épernay using this 'World Wide Web'?

How do I buy a reserved train ticket from Paris (CDG) to Épernay using this 'World Wide Web'? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

How to gain computer science experience?

What should a recent computer science graduate, who is currently job hunting, do to gain the experience almost every potential employer is seeking? [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 8:36 AM PST - 29 comments

Smart mailboxes with only unreplied messages?

In Thunderbird, I can make a smart mailbox that shows only messages I haven't replied to, but I can't change the size of the text in the message lists. In Apple Mail, I can change the list size but can't figure out how to make a smart mailbox that only shows unreplied messages. I think I'd be better at answering mail if I could solve either of these problems. Help?
posted by clango at 8:34 AM PST - 5 comments

uninspired home allergy question

trying to isolate sneezing allergy source in my house, think it may be my plant. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Can my landlord prohibit me from installing a satellite dish?

Can my landlord prohibit me from installing a satellite dish on my apartment's property? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 8:13 AM PST - 36 comments

What can my non-joint hand pain be?

Besides "see a doctor", what can my relatively mild, non-joint, pressure induced hand pain be? Too many details inside. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

California dreaming?

Westfalia-filter. I'm on the market for a Westfalia vanagon (1984-1989). I'm based in Montreal, but I have this crazy idea that I might get a better deal in CA. [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

I wish that they accepted credit cards

I am going to hire a landscaper to do some major renovations to my backyard. Since I don’t have all the cash on hand right now, I was planning on paying with a 0% interest credit card (and I would easily be able to pay it off in less than a year). The problem is that the landscaper (who we like much more than the others) does not accept credit cards. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 7:44 AM PST - 21 comments

side business + 9to5 for the man = difficult resume situation

I am looking for a new job and would like to make a slight career change. Right now, I have a full time job and a side business. While I am qualified for my "ideal job," in order to demonstrate this on paper, I will have to emphasize my side business. How do I list both my side business and full time job on my resume without giving off the impression that I am a distracted or disloyal employee. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I pursue or let it go?

I currently work for the government and recently applied for another job in a different location (still with the government). The new job description sounds like it was written for me. I am currently doing the exact same job and more at the same pay grade. I am extremely well qualified and went to one of the best schools in the country for this field. The problem is – I didn’t even get past the first hurdle to be considered for an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

name my recipe website

NameFilter: Help me find a domain name for my recipe-sharing website. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 7:40 AM PST - 28 comments

How to find a long-distance musical partner ?

Singer / songwriter looking for producer / arranger / multi-instrumentalist type for a serious collaboration over the internet. I have given up on the people in my hometown: is there a site that would help me find a musical partner anywhere else on this planet, someone who doesn't mind not being able to meet face-to-face? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a pulp story to illustrate

I'm looking for a short story from a pulp magazine, preferably an advenure story. Something along the lines of Edgar Rice Burroughs would be perfect. I want to design a pulp magazine cover illustrating a scene from a real pulp story for a college graphics project. I don't have alot of time and I'm a pretty slow reader so it has to be short. Is there anywhere I can find one online?
posted by Andy Harwood at 7:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my friend keep her teeth, dignity

A girl I briefly dated, and am still on good terms with, is currently seeing a scumbag. I'd like to warn her, but there's a catch or two. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 26 comments

Help with lack of romantic experience?

Help me get past my staggering lack of romantic experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 44 comments

Rental car agency trying to make me pay for unrelated damage?

A rental car I had rented was scratched and dented. There was damage in the same area prior to my renting the car, which was noted on my rental agreement. I am very suspicious of the way the rental company has handled this since, and I believe they are charging me for more than they should. I have no problem paying for the damage, but the situation makes me feel very uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me pick blackberries!

Blackberry for non-business use (mostly): It would be really useful for me to have Blackberry or Blackberry like functionality for my University/personal/computer support work. [more inside]
posted by dance at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Freelance Mech Engineer- Programmer: is it possible?

Can I find freelance work as a Mechanical-General Engineer doing computer programming for customers in the Engineering field? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 6:56 AM PST - 5 comments

How to see thumbnails when uploading images from my mac?

How to see thumbnails when uploading images from my mac? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 5:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Two Weeks in Hong Kong

My partner has a consulting gig in Hong Kong... [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Which Kia commercial?

does anyone know which model of kia is driving by a smiling bunch of people clapping to a breakbeat with sort of tinkly keyboard playing? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo at 2:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Topless in Paris

Parisfilter: breast feeding and colicky baby etiquette plus, housing choice [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:27 AM PST - 7 comments

May 16

Who sponsors "The Factor"?

How can I find out what products and services sponsor "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 11:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Roadside diners in SoCal

Are there any good roadside diners (with classic highway ambiance) in north San Diego county (e.g. Oceanside), or south Orange County (e.g. San Clemente)?
posted by tabulem at 11:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Print lyrics to all (elliot smith) songs at once

Looking for a site where i can view all the lyrics of a given artist on a single page so i can print them out without having to do each individual somg one at a time. (elliott smith is the artist if it matters)
posted by holdkris99 at 9:47 PM PST - 3 comments

I wanna take it on the run, baby, cause that's the way I want it, baby.

I watched a documentary tonight about a music festival, and one of the guitar players had a totally awesome-o guitar amp, a little bitty one that he wore around his waist on a leather strap. It basically allowed him to do the wandering-guy-with-guitar routine, but with an electric. What's the best one of these to get, and where's the best place to get it?
posted by jbickers at 8:06 PM PST - 12 comments

"Finalize disc" should be the default option.

My backup DVDs don't work. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I steal someone else's girlfriend?

How can I steal someone else's girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 7:30 PM PST - 62 comments

Can you ID this tree?

Can you please ID this tree? The little pods (for lack of a better word) have the smell of a mix between honeysuckle and gardenia. Any ideas what kind of tree this is? The largest size shows the best detail. Thanks!
posted by GlowWyrm at 6:49 PM PST - 11 comments

We could put on a show

What should I do with my barn? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 6:44 PM PST - 23 comments

I need a fake ID detector!

Members of my family conspired to create a false identity for a sibling years ago--mine! How can I ensure that this ID is no longer being used? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Records of calls made using *67

When a caller uses per-call blocking (usually activated by pressing *67 before dialing the number) to mask their identity to the receiver of the call, would subpoenaed phone records for the caller's outbound calls still show the number they dialed? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 6:29 PM PST - 10 comments

long zoom anyone?

Searching for famous scenes from movies where the camera pans out across a vast distance in a single shot... [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 6:27 PM PST - 31 comments

How to find strange cat pictures?

Where is this crazy cat website!?! [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 5:43 PM PST - 18 comments

HSA's = tax-free retirement account?

Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) ... Can they be used as just another tax-free retirement account after you max out your Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm Bipolar and Disorganized -- Please Help

I'm trying to get my life organized. As I've mentioned here before , I'm also bipolar. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed at 5:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get find/replace to work again in MS Word 2003?

Find and replace has stopped working on MS Word 2003 using MS XP Pro. Whatever shall I do? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the skinny on Gold Cards?

Why would I get an American Express Gold Card? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 4:58 PM PST - 23 comments

How to talk to friends about death and illness if you hate talking about it?

I have a hard time talking to my friends about other people's terminal illnesses and/or deaths. I'd like to get better at this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get the most out of my keurig and the

I love my new Keurig and I love the idea of using the My-k cup. How do I get the BEST possible cup of coffee from the refillable my-k cup? Also, does anyone DIY or hack their Keurig? [more inside]
posted by irisell at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a Short Story's Title!

Can someone help me remember the author and/or title of this short story: An inmate in a concentration camp has to pretend to speak Persian so the commander (who wants to learn how to speak Persian) will keep him alive. I seem to remember that at one point, a real Persian shows up, which threatens to unravel the inmate's plans, so he arranges to have the Persian killed. Does this ring a bell?
posted by John of Michigan at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

List your favorite design publications

What are your favorite publications for graphic designers? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Webcasting for public access TV station

I'm a volunteer for a local cable access TV station and they're now considering building out a webcasting and VOD system. We're in the process now of seeking competitve bids but it's hard to know exactly which vendors to send the requests to. [more inside]
posted by Pinwheel at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I keep casement windows from opening?

How can I limit the opening of casement windows? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I pass my personal info on to selected clients of the company I'm leaving?

Business ethics filter: Should I pass my personal contact info on to selected clients of the company I'm leaving? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 17 comments

How to tell a company offering me a job to wait a little?

I have a job offer from company A. I have a second interview coming up with company B. Company B is my first choice. Company A wants an answer ASAP. How do I ask them to wait another week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 22 comments

My wife and I don't have sex. And it's my fault. I'm looking for answers.

What is the problem? Why can't I have sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 39 comments

how do I find local cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels while on a roadtrip?

how do I find local cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels while on a roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Video game design for middle-schoolers?

My middle-school students are interested in video game design. What classroom projects can we do? [more inside]
posted by mai at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

rc helicopter advice

I'm thinking of buying an RC helicopter. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Status of journalist privilege laws in the US?

Whatever happened to the proposed journalist shield bills (S. 1419 and H.R. 3323) that were introduced into the (American) Senate and HoR in 2005? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Is $320 too much to replace the thermocouple on my classic 1950s-era oven?

$320 to replace the thermocouple on my classic 1950s-era oven. Too much? Nothing happens when I turn on the gas. I believe the guy when he says it's a bad thermocouple, I just don't know if the price is crazy or not. It's $65 if I send them home without doing anything. Thanks!
posted by scarabic at 1:27 PM PST - 13 comments

pdf unpaper 'ed

The unix program 'unpaper' was recently recommended for cleaning up artifacts on scanned images. Unfortunately it doesn't natively do pdfs, only "pnm family" -- pbm, pgm and ppm formats. [more inside]
posted by acro at 1:25 PM PST - 11 comments

DIY Bridal Shower Projects

My wife is helping throw a shower for a close friend and colleague. [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Will the evil raccoon kill my cat?

Will the evil raccoon kill my cat? [more inside]
posted by granted at 1:04 PM PST - 46 comments

Is there a stand-alone mattress pad/topper that is like the one on a pillowtop bed?

GoodNightSleepFilter: Is it possible to find an individual mattress pad/topper that replicates the actual pillow-top that comes attached to pillow-top mattresses? [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Did the subway sarin incident go to plan?

SarinGasFilter: in the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, 5 team members released a total of 5.5 litres of liquid sarin at 5 different locations. According to this Wikipedia article, "a single drop of sarin the size of the head of a pin can kill an adult," yet the total deaths = 12. Were Aum Shinrikyo aware that their sarin was spectacularly bad/ impure/ degraded, or were they aiming for significantly more fatalities?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Choice of braces

My wife has to choose between the classic metal braces and the new-fangled clear ceramic type. What to do? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole at 12:38 PM PST - 20 comments

John Petrucci Guita Solo Riff Origins?

What song is this riff by John Petrucci from? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Mailing a cake -- please advise

What's the best cake to mail? What's the best way to mail a cake? When should I send it to arrive in time? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:19 PM PST - 30 comments

Honey, look at that moon!

The very-soon-to-be misses and I will be driving from Chicagoland to Door County, WI -- Little Harbor, to be exact -- this weekend as a mini-honeymoon. Is there anything we should make a point to see along the way? How about from there to Madison?
posted by jammer at 11:53 AM PST - 25 comments

Magical, From (not)Blown Speakers. Please.

Please help me narrow my search and find the right sound system for my apartment. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 11:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Porn sites are spamming my web stats. Make it stop.

Porn sites are spamming my web stats. Make it stop. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments


Cat fur is killing me. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 10:39 AM PST - 42 comments

How "real" is "Planet Earth"?

Just how "real" is the nature footage seen on the show "Planet Earth"? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 9:41 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I get a section of the CFR into one, convenient PDF?

I'm trying to get a section of the US Code of Federal Regulations into one PDF file, but joining the different files in Acrobat gives me a ton of duplicate pages. Is there an easy way to remove duplicate pages? A better formatted version of the CFR? I have access to both Mac and PC.
posted by hue at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the easiest and most effective way to limit a web browser to one specific website?

What is the easiest and most effective way to limit a web browser to one specific website? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Graduate EE programs in NE Massachusetts & Southern NH

Does anyone have recommendations for graduate electrical engineering programs in northeast Massachusetts or southern NH? They would need to be night/weekend based and if there are online classes available that would be even better (but at a brick & mortar, legitimate universities). [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 9:22 AM PST - 1 comment

What Is the Logic Behind this Pricing Strategy?

What is the strategy behind gas station pricing? Frequently I'll see two gas stations across the street from one another. Basic sales logic would tell you that the two stations need to be price competitive with one another to earn business, since both are equally accessible to customers. Yet often I'll notice that one station's per gallon price is a good $.10 higher than the across the street competitor. Is there a strategy to this than I'm missing? Or just illogical greed?
posted by The Gooch at 9:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Grad school recommendations: whom to ask?

If I've been out of college for twelve years, from whom do I get recommendations for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Rotating woes.

Why won't my scanned photos show up in those lcd photo frames? [more inside]
posted by chickygrrl at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

how to shoestring germany

So I'm going to Germany for about a week this summer, flying into Cologne. The cash available for good times is significantly lower than I had thought. Anyone have good ideas for cheap ways around and thru Deutschland? Can I take an inner-tube down the Rhine? [more inside]
posted by bluenausea at 8:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me impress my GF with a frugal, adventurous, and romantic vacation

I need to plan a relaxing, adventurous and very frugal vacation for my GF and I in late July leaving from So-Cal. Help! [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Did Norway have gas lighting around the year 1879?

Did Norway have gas lighting around the year 1879? [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

'Wow' sound on bass - what's it called?

What's it called when a bass guitarist goes all the way up, then down, then up the fret on one string? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 8:35 AM PST - 14 comments

How to avoid may 24th congestion around Toronto?

What are the peak times of bad traffic around Toronto on May 2-4 weekend? [more inside]
posted by ~ at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the source of this quote about experience?

I'm trying to find the source, as well as the correct phrasing, of a saying I've become fond of regarding experience and personal growth: "Beware the man who says he has 10 years of experience, who actually has 1 year of experience 10 times" For some reason, I seem to recall it may have been from a Japanese source, but my Google-fu has failed me thus far.
posted by mjbraun at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Biography of Ataturk?

Can anyone recommend a good book about Atatürk? [more inside]
posted by kosem at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

.doc to .ppt - why so hard?

How does one convert a Word document into a Powerpoint presentation? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

songs about communal living

I have to do a mix tape at work and the subject that I got lumbered with was songs about communal living. Assitance in this matter would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov at 7:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Wine Fridge

I am looking to get a reasonably priced wine fridge for a friend for her wedding. I am in Toronto and looking for something in the area. Any tips on good brands or personal prefs. would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
posted by Vanna79 at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Retro Game - Sleuth

I'm trying to find an old atari game I believe was called Sleuth [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Pimp My Lawn!

I had my septic tank replaced with a sewer, and the excavation work laid waste to my backyard. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

XP Reset Itself - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I woke up last Saturday morning to find that my WinXP machine has reset itself to settings from a year ago. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

"Quarelin" painkiller in the USA?

Is there something like the Hungarian "Quarelin" painkiller available in the USA? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to find out the census of Bosnian immigrants (or the Bosnian Population in US) in the USA, for each individual state?

Is it possible to find out the census of Bosnian immigrants (or the Bosnian Population in US) in the USA, for each individual state? If so, how can I go about doing that task? I am working on a Bosnian/American statistics maps and I am in a need of state census reports for each state. I don't know if this is hard to obtain, but some helpful leads would be great. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by cheero at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

New music for a guy who likes the cello

I really like string music like Appalachian Journey and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Please help me find some more. [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 6:45 AM PST - 20 comments

What was the US up to in Central and South America?

I am looking for the definitive book on the United States involvement in Central and South America. Can anyone recommend one -- or several, I suppose? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:33 AM PST - 14 comments

My hayfever kind of just stopped. I think.

I have shocking hayfever, last year it all but went away. Wondering what happens next [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 5:33 AM PST - 12 comments

I will only complicate you, trust in me and fall as well, but before that, where should I sit?

Say I have a friend who is travelling from Australia to the Grand Old US of A to see Tool. Let's say this friend wants to see them at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Where should she sit? [more inside]
posted by threeze at 5:29 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this show I remember?

Was anyone watching PBS in the early 90's? Help me find my childhood, and a Beauty and the Beast short television program! [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 5:11 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm traveling cross-country from SF to NH via AZ. Any food/photography related stops other than the obvious?

I'm moving! I'll be driving from San Francisco (just north from there really) to New Hampshire in a month or so. I plan to document the trip w/a Nikon D40 camera and and cheaper, soon to be bought camcorder. It'll probably be a Samsung Sports Cam, although it's not central to the question. I want a great route which I have half checked out, I guess. I want a great culinary as well as a scenic sample of the US. I'm looking for the rural food/scenic stops just outside of major (or not so major) interstates. If the stops are on the interstate, awesome! If not, please tell me why the stops deserve an off interstate jaunt (50-100 miles or so off of the interstate.) Please feel free to message me if you'd rather. Most likely, I'll visit most of them, anyway. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 2:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Website statistics mystification

Can you explain what these entries are doing in my website stats/logs? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 1:22 AM PST - 3 comments


Help me be fashoinable. Um, Seriously. [more inside]
posted by metasav at 12:56 AM PST - 36 comments


What, specifically, makes an ugly person ugly. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:30 AM PST - 52 comments

May 15

Kickbacks and Shady Business

I own with my partner a transcription service for film and TV production companies in Ontario. Recently, a company asked us to do something I consider slightly shady, and I'd like some opinions about what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 PM PST - 25 comments


I am male. I have had dandruff or flaky scapl for as long as I remember. The OTC shampoos do nothing. Sometimes I think it might just be dry scalp. What can I do?
posted by contog at 11:31 PM PST - 38 comments

What Professional 3D Projection Systems Are Being Considered For Movie Theaters?

What 3D Projection Systems Are Movie Theaters Likely to Install? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 10:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Running Bay to Breakers

I'm running the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco next weekend. What to expect? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Where should we book shows in the mid-atlantic US?

Where should I book tour dates for an unknown indie-rock band in the middle-atlantic US? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 8:50 PM PST - 16 comments

How to screen a screen-less window?

The windows in my apartment are rather old-fashioned. It's spring, and I know the bugs will come soon. How would I go about screening the windows to prevent bugs from entering my apartment? [more inside]
posted by akka at 8:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Asian Blondie

I've always wanted to cut my hair short(ish) and dye it blonde. Problem: I'm Asian-American. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 8:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Ya cain't get thar from hee-yah!

Are there scheduled (or irregular) flights between small airports on which one can book passage? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheapest way to ship an office chair across the US?

What's the cheapest way to ship an office chair cross-country? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 8:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I break up with my boyfriend for no sane reason?

Break up with someone for no sane reason? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 35 comments

So a man meets this tall hot chick in a club...

I was out at a club, and a girl invited me to come to her place - tomorrow. She probably wants to have sex. My girlfriend is visiting the day after. That's the uncomplicated part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 59 comments

Having a baby while in grad school?

Having a baby while in grad school? Yea or nay from any of you who have gone through it, especially the women... I am a woman so hearing about your first-hand experiences would be good (although there have been some great past posts from dads in grad school as well). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Is air exposure ok for Pseudoephedrine

Is it safe to repackage Acetaminophen/Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride/Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride from the manufacturer's blister pack to a child resistant pill bottle? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me avoid rain in China.

I'm on vacation in China - there's only one problem: I Hate Rain. Can you help me plan a new itinerary with as little rain as possible? Also, which online weather sites are reliable? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Simple manga choices?

I want to buy some manga to learn to read Japanese, but I'm not sure which ones to buy... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Magicians could be stealing our stuff

I reckon an expert magician can "trick the public" most of the time - with disappearing/switching watches, coins, jewellry etc.
Given that...
1) would the normal magician-like techniques work in real life situations? In other words could a competent magician go through their life just thieving from us innocents?
2) Have any magicians ever been exposed as using their skills for "evil"? By evil I mean non-performance fraud/theft/short-term monetary gain?
A very poor example: early on in The Grifters, John Cusack gets the crap beaten out of him for trying to switch a large denomination $bill for a smaller one in a bar when he paid for a beer.
posted by selton at 7:16 PM PST - 20 comments

New cable box?

I subscribe to Comcast digital cable and I'm interested in getting some HD programming for my HDTV: the problem is that my cable box is not capable of supporting HD. I would like to get a new box that can transmit an HD signal to my TV, but I don't want to rent one. Can anyone tell me where to find out which boxes are supported and where best to buy one? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Advice on small condo associations wanted

I'm looking to buy a condo in Cambridge, MA, where many of the attractive properties are old, multi-family houses, with 2-6 units each. I have some reservations about buying a condo with such a small group of people running the association. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

What type of courses in Japan are taught in English?

I'm investigating doing an exchange with my university here in Australia to study in Japan for 6 months. I will only have learned a semester of the Japanese language before I go over, however there are some exchange courses offered in Japan taught in English. Does anyone have any experience with these courses, and are they limited only to some majors? [more inside]
posted by jord at 7:07 PM PST - 1 comment

It's not me the ID thieves are killing. It's poor Mr. Quicken down the street.

Lots of closed accounts. A few ID thefts. And hell on the checkbook balancing. Here's the magic question: how will it affect my Quicken? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me use my cast iron pan properly

I just purchased a Le Creuset cast iron grilling pan and after cooking a few times I realize I dont know what the hell i'm doing. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 6:57 PM PST - 24 comments

Optics n00b question

Optics n00b question: I'm working on an art project wherein I etch drawings onto glass and then project shadows of said srawings onto a wall. I've done this before using an overhead projector as a light source and it worked great. This time around I bought some lights that don't work quite as well... [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 6:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Statistical Analysis Help

Simple Stat Filter: I'm trying to do a statistical analysis of correlation between two value fields, but all the simple tests that I know are inapplicable. Help me MeFis! [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

I'd sort of like to be a mechanic

I've always liked cars, but I'd really like to learn how to repair them and get some hands-on experience, if possible. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Oobidaius at 6:32 PM PST - 26 comments

Music moves me ... but how do I move the music?

I want to move my iTunes library from an old iBook to a new PC laptop. I don't have an external hard drive. The library isn't very large -- only about 3 gigs -- but I have nothing large enough to save it on to do the transfer. And because the iBook is so old, it doesn't have a CD/DVD burner. Is there hope? Or am I faced with reloading all of my CDs onto the new machine? I've checked previous AskMe questions as well as Lifehacker, and can't seem to find any situations that quite fit mine.
posted by shallowcenter at 6:32 PM PST - 16 comments

What is that tasty pastry in Volver?

In Pedro Almodovar's Volver... when Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and Sole visit their aunt Paula, Raimunda eats a pastry from a plateful that is sitting on the table. Can anyone tell me what that pastry is called? [more inside]
posted by BugsPotter at 6:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Joining a Mac and a PC, how?

One modem, two computers-a Mac and a PC. How do I do this? Can it be done if the two computers are on separate floors of the house? Not so good with computers... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Nationally-known artist, local photo gallery.

I'm looking for a photographer featured in a gallery in Breckenridge, Co. [more inside]
posted by icebourg at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

black comedy

Looking for some character-driven black comedy. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Is all vanity?

"All is vanity" is, among other things, a quote from the bible. I'm looking for a bit of Japanese poetry, however, in which I remember seeing that phrase. Anybody got a clue? My google-fu was not strong enough.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Michael McGee/Fred C. Dobbs ?

Where is Fred C. Dobbs ....?? [more inside]
posted by therealshell at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Weed made my crazy!

I smoked marijuana as a 15 year old. Since then, I've had this very weird feeling as if I'm not really me. As if I'm not really here! It has been 10 years now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 57 comments

Common sense

Looking for quotations about common sense. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 3:08 PM PST - 18 comments

I need to print invitations for my box social - halp!

a "straight-through" laser printer - does one exist? [more inside]
posted by snailer at 3:07 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get gmail emoticons in the Google Talk client?

Is there any way to get the animated smilies from the Gmail-based Google Talk to show up in the Windows Google Talk client? [more inside]
posted by stilly at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Anxiety attack from a constant long-term level of anxiety?

Can this be an anxiety attack even though my anxiety/stress has been constant and not sudden? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

how to get started providing a service via SMS?

i would like to develop services that receive and send sms (text messages). how can i get started, playing around with my ideas? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 2:32 PM PST - 5 comments

How to map a network drive over the Internet?

What's the easiest, most secure way to map a network drive over the Internet? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Driving Mister Bachelor

How much does it cost to rent a limo or van to go one-way from Brooklyn to Atlantic City? [more inside]
posted by owenville at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Do they drug test?

How can I find out if a company does drug testing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Eloping in New England

We just decided to elope next month. I am thinking of someplace in Vermont or Maine. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Quotes about turning 60?

Please help me find good quotes, lyrics, verses etc. about turning 60. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this beautiful weird thing?

Weird thing I found. Any idea what it is? Possibly a coin or button or.... Has some bird on one side... the other side has a ??? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 1:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Finding per-state alcohol prices?

AlcoholPricingFilter: Search engines are failing me. I'd like to know more about how prices are determined for various bottles of alcohol across the USA. Published data, liquor taxes, and math... fun! [more inside]
posted by adamk at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are the Bone Thugs on fire?

What do the flames that appear on the heads of the Bone Thugs in the "1st of tha Month" video signify? [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie at 1:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Adults can't be abandonded but it sure feels that way

A couple of weeks ago I posted this askme about a SO asking for space and received some answers that really helped me out. They mostly validated what I already knew but that validation was a big help. Now I have a related plea for advice... [more inside]
posted by TurdBlossom at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

You can't hide forever, Baal!

So I have a scratched CD with a few corrupt files, and access to the files that I need on another PC...can I combine these somehow to create a working CD or image with which to install/use my program? [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Who coined this phrase?

What is the origin of "Nothing about us without us"? [more inside]
posted by beelover at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Type of anxiety attack people never heard of?

Has anyone had the experience of being sick, weak, panicky, malnourished, anemic, perhaps about to faint, and the world turns into a kind of claustrophobic twilight horror zone where you feel like a ragged ghost or like you've stepped into another ghastly dimension, even though everything looks and sounds EXACTLY the same and you know you're physically in the same place and you can even talk rationally, but now your world has just turned into a kind of hell? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 12:52 PM PST - 21 comments

SecondLife presence for nonprofits -- Yay or Nay?

My overlord has fallen in love with SecondLife, and wants our organization to build a presence there. How can I convince her that this is a dumb idea? Or is it not a dumb idea? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:50 PM PST - 34 comments

Nice hotel near Wimberly Theatre in Boston?

Looking for a hotel within walking distance of the Wimberly Theatre in Boston. (Easy public transit shot would work too.) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 12:49 PM PST - 6 comments

A Simple, Secure App for filesharing on my online Server?

Is there a simple, secure (open source preferably) application I can set-up on my server (dreamhost) to allow my parents a simple password protected webpage they can download (simple right click) the pictures and kids' films I make? [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

someone else's slide show

I'm looking for a website that I can use as a screen saver. The site should have a continuous slide show function with random and weird pictures that don't repeat for 15 minutes or so. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Buying an IPod at Costco

First-Time IPod Purchaser: Help save me from a fruitless trip to Costco. [more inside]
posted by redarmycomrade at 12:45 PM PST - 10 comments

rock rock the planet rock...dont stop

I'm riding the Salt Lake Century this weekend and am looking for some good full length electro mixes for the shuffle. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

"A screen",the pittiful cry they heard. Then more wailing and gnashing of teeth.

What is it? Is it possible to repair? Or where on Gods green earth can I get a replacement? Slowly increasing white strip with sporadic coloured lines throughout on my notebook screen. Funnily enough it is more frustrating to look for the answer than it is to just try to ignore it. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Chicago Movie/TV Fandoms (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, BSG, Trek, Gen Scifi)?

How can I get in touch with television and movie fandom in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Modern Hebrew word frequency list?

Does anyone know of a good word frequency list for learning modern Hebrew? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I do after a hit-and-run car accident?

I was pulling out of my parking spot as some guy, going at high speed, out of nowhere cut in front of me, causing me to bump into him, and then ran away. What's my best action at this point? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 11:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Where do I get a rigid queen-sized board for a foam mattress

Where do I get a rigid sheet of plywood, plastic or thick particle board to go under my queen sized (60" x 80") foam mattress? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 11:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Data Regs Compliance Law Firm to consult?

I am part of an IT department for a biggish small comany. We don't do any retail anything, but we do do government contract work. We want to make sure that we're aware of any data-retention compliance issues that could eventually bite us. I am looking for a law firm we could pay to advise us on this. Can anyone recommend such a firm (or lawyer) from experience? I would rather go on a recommendation than throwing a dart at a Google results page.
posted by everichon at 10:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Similar names, similar fields -- still OK?

I'm working on a portfolio site that will collect my work in a particular realm and serve as the front for that side of my career. I had planned to use a domain I've owned and marginally used for several years. It struck me that I should check on whether there are other companies with a similar name... [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

You take the high load, I'll take the low load

My 401k retirement plan through the company I work for is managed by Fidelity Investments. I have read recently that a "high-load" mutual fund will often return poorer yields than a "low-load" or "no-load" mutual fund. How do I find out if my plan is high-load, low-load, or no-load?
posted by doctorcurly at 10:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Wandering Eyes?

What if your girlfriend frequently accuses me of looking at other women when I'm most certainly not? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 10:36 AM PST - 55 comments

Young Guitarist

Who is this fantastic young guitarist? [more inside]
posted by JayRwv at 10:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Automated Media Wiki Page Creation

How can I automate importing thousands of CSV files (or 1 large CSV file) into a MediaWiki installation? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Men's Skincare Arbonne vs. ?

Men's Skincare Arbonne vs. ? [more inside]
posted by strangej at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Generating swatches around a specific color

Is there any way to generate a series of swatches around a specific spot color in either Illustrator, InDesign, or CorelDraw? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Durable Tropical cotton pants

Are there any good quality, tropical weight, 100% cotton pants for close to $50? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

hey! it's that guy!

I love movies with large ensemble casts, especially ones with funny and/or surprising cameos. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 9:52 AM PST - 38 comments

Name this Tune

What is the title of this common piece of music? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Office Chair Repair

How best to reattach the back of an office chair? [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad at 9:33 AM PST - 3 comments

AIM service chanegd last week?

Did AOL change something with AIM statuses? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Can Excel copy text from cell in one worksheet to cell in another?

MS Excel help, please. I'm creating a multi-sheet workbook, and cells on one sheet will contain the same text as cells on another sheet. Is there a way I can avoid having to enter the text on each sheet? Is there a function that will automatically copy text from a cell on one sheet to a cell on another sheet?
posted by msacheson at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get fit/effect a lifestyle change

How to get fit/change my life for the better [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

girls before graduation

how does one ask a girl out? [more inside]
posted by oranges at 9:05 AM PST - 39 comments

Is our Linux server compromised?

CracketyCrack? Is our Linux server compromised? (Strange high-load Perl processes spawned by apache.) [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 8:51 AM PST - 17 comments

How to fix a paneled ceiling

How to fix acoustic ceiling panels and their light fixtures. Our low basement ceiling (maybe 6' high) is a frequent casualty of college parties and the drunken men that attend them. Panels are knocked out and two fixtures have fallen. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

"The Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City."

I'm looking for maps "the same scale as the Empire." [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 8:50 AM PST - 16 comments

What should you do to be a drunken sailor?

Through providence, luck, or my ability to be completely spontaneous, I've just landed a job crewing on a catamaran headed from Miami to Panama, then up to Seattle. The catch is that I have absolutely no experience doing anything like this. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 8:49 AM PST - 16 comments

NYC Italian restaurants?

Italian restaurant for a celebratory dinner in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 8:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Google Reader Why Doest Thou Hate Me?

I use google reader as a feed reader. Recently some of my feeds seem to be getting doubled up. I don't really know what happening but when i read I will see and article and then a day later the same story will show up as unread again. It is really starting to bug me. Any ideas?
posted by DJWeezy at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Rave's not dead!

Throw me your best ideas for (inexpensively?) decorating a nightclub! [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 8:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for half-width shower curtains

Looking for half-width shower curtains [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Regular triangulation of irregular mesh.

Given a three dimensional triangular mesh M, composed of irregularly sized triangles, is there a program, plugin1 or algorithm that will create a new mesh M' with the same overall shape as M but with regularly sized triangles (i.e.:all triangles having similar sizes)? 1: For 3dsMax, Rhino, etc. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Mobile Broadband Questions

I will be traveling for work later this year, but to keep down costs I will be staying with relatives that do not have internet access. Is there anywhere that rents broadband cards for a PC and access to a network for just a few weeks? Alternatively... [more inside]
posted by worker_bee at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Keep my own records?

Now that the CALEA deadline has passed and the feds could potentially have access to any and all of my internet communications, is it better to keep a record for myself of everything I do online? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 6:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Eliminating odd characters from web site?

I have a client (I make web sites) who emails me stuff to put on their site. Invariably they're Word or RTF files or just straight emails. Often, when I cut and paste their content, quotation marks and other punctuation turn into whacked out characters when appearing online. It drives me batty to go thru these (dozens pages long) documents every day to replace their 's with my own 's (which don't get all whacked out online). What can I tell them to do on their end or what can I do on mind to eliminate this problem. Them --> Windows. Me --> Mac. Site --> Linux.
posted by Manhasset at 6:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Mystery Cable: Better used as rope, or sold to tech firm?

TeleComTechFilter: I have recently come into the possession of a number of lengths of think coax-looking wire/cable. Are they worth much anything? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 6:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Do people with delusions ever/often recognize that?

Do people suffering from delusions ever/sometimes/frequently recognize this without it being pointed out to them? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 6:37 AM PST - 26 comments

OS X has forgotten my password

I put my g4 ibook to sleep yesterday, and when I tried to use it later that evening, it didn't recognize my password. Googling brought up this which seems like it might be on the right track, but i have no real idea. I don't know where my install CDs are, so I can't use the password recovery utility. [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Dynamically save automagically generated word document!

VBA assistance needed. I've got the automerge and print down, now to save it as a unique file... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Norwich Market

How do I go about getting a stall at a market in the UK, specifically Norwich market? Any experiences to share regarding working a market stall anywhere in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 6:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Quotes on a Pyrrhic Victories.

Me-fites! I want you to inspire me.. and then destroy me! Your best quotations regarding bittersweet (Pyrrhic?) accomplishment, please [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 6:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Hope me obi wan! Teh servers is crashed!

Exchange 2000 has a limit of 16 gigs. When you hit that limit, there is a registry entry to increase it to 17 gigs on a temp basis so you can clear out email and do an offline defrag. Well. About a hour after increasing the limit, we hit 17 gigs and now our exchange store is not compressing. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 5:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Gmask in the UK

Can I get anything like Gmask in the UK?
posted by xvs22 at 4:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Lessons...With Strings Attached.

I'm looking for tennis lessons in London....and some guitar lessons / workshop. As you may have guessed these are unrelated. Can anyone offer any recommendations for either? [more inside]
posted by mjlondon at 3:52 AM PST - 0 comments

How do I choose which apartment to rent?

Help me choose between two apartments for rent, and decide if I would like living in a highrise in the city centre. [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 3:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Newspaper printing

Who is the cheapest small-run newspaper printer in the UK? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 3:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Could someone tell my if my door is wide open?

I believe the mail server associated with my domain name is acting as an open relay. Hosting company claims everything's good. How can I double-check? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 2:12 AM PST - 12 comments

What can I learn in 3 minutes?

I'm in the second round of interviews for this competitive science summer camp teaching position. This includes presenting a three-minute lesson on anything in particular that targets K-5 kids. My problem: I've never taught kids before, and I'm pretty sure those I'm up against have. What do you think would be a good, short demonstration that gives kids some hands-on experience and that would also blow their minds? [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 1:36 AM PST - 15 comments


I want to start a website using very little money. Basically I want to be able to have a website so I can learn html and javascript. What is the cheapest way to get a domain name and hosting? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:23 AM PST - 25 comments

May 14

Exertional Headaches

Exertional Headaches: Experiences? More info? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good fictional Star Wars books to check out?

What are some good fictional Star Wars books to check out? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Actionscript development on OS X that doesn't suck?

I'm developing in Actionscript 3, and I hate (hate, hate, hate) Flex Builder 2. What are some other good options for as3 development on OS X? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 10:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Sometimes I need a caretaker myself...

Some people seem to hold different expectations of me than they do of others. I used to think it was in my imagination, but lately a few of my friends confirmed that they've noticed it too. How can I make this stop? I need to be allowed to be human. Just because I'm a strong woman, doesn't mean I want to always HAVE to be. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:36 PM PST - 58 comments

iTunes and shared libraries

iTunes: is there any way of making it look at "Shared" music by default? [more inside]
posted by Pinback at 10:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find business case studies?

Where can I get business case studies? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I tell my friend that I...adore her?

How do I tell my friend that I...adore her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Pros and Cons of Google's 20 percent time concept?

Pros and Cons of Google's 20 percent time concept? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 PM PST - 25 comments

A Noob's Guide to Wellbutrin

I have just started taking Wellbutrin. What should I be feeling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for Boston photography class

Can anyone recommend a good one day digital SLR photgraphy class in the Boston area? I'm looking for a class that would include principals of photography including aperture and shuterspeed as well as different techniques to achieve effects.
posted by ehamilt0n at 9:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Restaurant concept to reality?

On a recent trip to Mexico I came across a restaurant with a concept that I think would do really well here in the states. I have no experience in owning or managing a restaurant. At this time, I'm not interested in the gritty details in restaurant management, I'd like to know where I could find people (or investors) who would be interested in something like this. Are there people out there looking for concepts to finance and/or start up restaurants? If so, how do I find them and present my idea to them?
posted by ieatwords at 8:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Desktop DVD-Recorder Help!

Whenever I record something from TV on my Samsung DVD-120, I get a strip at the top of the screen that you can't see when you play the DVD back on the TV, but if I watch it using anything on the computer (VLC, Media Player Classic, WMP, etc.) it's always there. The strip is black and white and I have a screenshot here. I can usually fix this in Media Player Classic by using the "lengthen screen" tool in the program. But it's a hassle doing that with everything I record. If I rip the show from the DVD to the hard drive - same thing. The strip is still there. Does any MeFite know what vthe hell this is? It's driving me crazy! I've tried Googling, but came up empty. Maybe I wasn't using the right terminology with "strip"....I don't know. Any ideas??? Thanks!!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 8:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a printing house in Toronto!

Can anyone recommend -- on short notice -- a good printer in the Toronto-area for a short-run magazine? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 8:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Once you go Mac...

What cool things can I do with a G4 Imac in the dining room besides music and picture slide shows? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the name of this Miles Davis album?

Which Miles Davis album begins with a riff of Westminster Quarters? [more inside]
posted by kuppajava at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

summer in Seoul

My friend is going to spend July and August in Seoul for work. She will have some free time -- weekends, she hopes -- to explore Seoul and South Korea... [more inside]
posted by of strange foe at 8:06 PM PST - 5 comments

My garden smells like crap!

I put cow manure in my garden. Now our backyard smells like crap. Is it going to smell like this all summer? Is there anything I can do to make the smell go away faster? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 7:52 PM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with doggy BO?

How to deal with doggy BO? [more inside]
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 7:31 PM PST - 15 comments

I keep writing but I don't get to the end.

I'm going back to school and I haven't written essays in about...oh...five years. I can brainstorm like crazy, but I can't seem to structure it properly. As my girlfriend puts it: my essays are just black holes that suck up my time, and I get no where. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 7:23 PM PST - 32 comments

VPN on Blackberry

Is there a VPN client for Blackberry devices? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

The next best perfect place

Motorcyclist/CaliforniaCoast/MemorialFilter. Please help my find- or narrow down- the location of a strip of road that my friend loved so we can scatter her ashes. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 6:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Wedding and reception venues in New York?

Friends are looking for wedding and reception venues in New York State, preferably within an hour or two of NYC. [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me keep my head from looking like a bowling ball.

How can I style my hair to avoid getting overheated without making my head look tiny? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?

Is science a philosophy? Is philosophy a science?
posted by hiro at 6:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Alcohol treatment in CA?

Hi. My name's Anon and I'm an alcoholic. Please help me find a treatment program in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice for a job interview

I need advice for my community college job interviews this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I set up a stipend in a will?

LastWillAndTestamentFilter: Can I specify, in my will, that a certain beneficiary is to be paid by stipend, rather than by lump sum? How does this work? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the filter on my air conditioner so I can change it

I need to know how to get this air filter changed. I've searched the web and can't really find good answers. One of the panels is labeled "Arcoaire". Here are pictures: pic 1 | pic 2 | pic 3 | pic 4
posted by bofe at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Subtler Disdain for America

Partly inspired by this question, what are some examples of Europe's subtler disdains of American culture in the 60s and 70s? To put it differently and more focused on my research purposes , where can I find commentary on France's/Italy's anti-American response to the information gathered in Servan-Schrieber's The American Challenge ? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 5:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Byke March 2001

[ChicagoFilter] I am going to attempt to bike to work, which means biking along the lake from Andersonville to the Navy Pier area. Any tips? I haven't biked in 10 years, and don't want to be killed by racing pros. [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 5:03 PM PST - 15 comments

A Roast Pig and A Bottle of Rum

What are your favorite luau or tiki lounge related recipes? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

How to cook delicious beans?

I love beans, but when I make them myself, they taste gross. What's the secret to great tasting beans? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:58 PM PST - 37 comments

JavaScript/IFrame/Form woes.

Help me solve my seems-like-it-should-be-easy-but-I-can't-figure-it-out JavaScript/Greasemonkey problem! [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 4:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Book about Rock Music

I don't remember the original question, but someone answered a post a while back with a recommendation for a book on the history of rock music. Lots of others chimed in and agreed that the book was what was it? Sorry I can't remember any other details.
posted by richmondparker at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Detailed descriptions of the act of smoking

How does one smoke? [more inside]
posted by billybunny at 3:38 PM PST - 28 comments

How is physical memory recognized by a 32-bit OS running on 64-bit hardware?

How is physical memory recognized by a 32-bit OS running on 64-bit hardware? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Thermoelectric cooler?

Is there any reason that a portable electric cooler can't be used as a permanent refrigeration unit? [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 3:22 PM PST - 9 comments

1970s reading instruction kit using sight reading

Does anyone know the name of an educational toy/kit for learning reading skills (English language) which involved a big box/case containing a number of small books with pages of heavy white cardboard, each page bearing a letter combination or a simple word. I think they were comb or spiral bound. [more inside]
posted by bunky at 3:21 PM PST - 3 comments

When you forward a message through outlook, how can you tell who it was forwarded to?

This is probably the most obvious question in obvioustown, but when you forward a message through outlook, how can you tell who it was forwarded to? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 2:51 PM PST - 7 comments

What is an appropriate modern love poem for a reading at a wedding?

I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two AskMe questions on this topic helpful, and I have some ideas, but I'm hoping to generate a few more. [more inside]
posted by painquale at 2:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Where the sidewalk ends.

Looking for info about designing sidewalks by understanding human traffic patterns [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 1:36 PM PST - 20 comments

TestWell in Manhattan for LSAT prep?

LSAT Prep Test Question: Does anyone have an opinion about TestWell's Manhattan classes? [more inside]
posted by buriedpaul at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Will my rental car be towed if driven by someone else?

I recently rented a car for a trip. I was told that if anyone else was stopped driving the car it would be impounded at my expense (even if I am riding as a passenger at the time). Does anyone know if this is for real? Seems very steep. After all it's perfectly fine for anyone else to drive a car that I own.
posted by vprzebinda at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments


I think I have a cataract. I'm 30 years old, and I live in China. What now? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Excel translated w/o my permission.

Excel - automatically converted my numerical values - [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Dear Windows Update: please work again.

Why can't I run a Windows Update anymore? It used to work; it no longer does. I've tried everything I can think of and I don't know how to get it to work again. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find the most thorough indictment of the Bush administration and its activities to date?

In light of a recent mefi post, I'd like to ask a question I've been meaning to ask for a long time. Where can I find the most thorough indictment of the Bush administration and its activities to date? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

What's under my wall?

We recently purchased an old rowhome in Philly & are slowly but surely doing some renovations to it. We're pondering ripping out some drywall to expose a bit of brick, but are trying to figure out the best way to see what's under there before destroying everything. [more inside]
posted by zempf at 12:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Batch rename a group of files to odd numbers only?

How do I batch rename a group of files so that the new names are all odd numbers? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy a work wardrobe for my new job in Germany.

I'll be starting a new job in Germany soon. Conservative dress (read: a suit) is expected. AskMe Germans, expats, and/or fashion mavens, please help me figure out what I can buy online or in the USA that won't look too out of place in Deutschland. Danke! [more inside]
posted by barelylegalrealist at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Need help identifying 80's fantasy book series

I'm looking for help identifying three fantasy book series (presumed) from the mid 80s. See below for details on each of the three. [more inside]
posted by gyrom at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for "voyage of the mimi" theme

Does anyone know where I can find the theme song to the '80's PBS show "The Voyage of the Mimi"? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Rehearsal Dinner

Help me find a good spot in Bethesda MD/Washington DC for a wedding rehearsal dinner. [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo at 11:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Help a friend become a teacher.

FriendSwitchingCareersFilter: What is the most efficient route for someone to be able to become a teacher in Tennessee or Alabama? Anyone change careers INTO education and would like to give their perspective? [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas at 11:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Butch Cassidy and the Spuddance Kid

Hey Mouse Potatoes! What does this tshirt mean? [more inside]
posted by idiotfactory at 11:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom?

Why is the United Kingdom still a united kingdom? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 11:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Where are we going? Oh, Oh. What's the future showing?

I am moving to the South Coast of Massachusetts. What do I need to know about it? [more inside]
posted by fair_game at 11:34 AM PST - 10 comments

What was the name of the worst superhero ever?

Who was the bouncy superhero? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

First-time cat companion advice?

Before I get my new kitten, I have some first time cat companion questions. Advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 11:17 AM PST - 48 comments

bigfoot's RV

I'm going to the Sasquatch festival in George, WA in a coupla weeks. Apparently they no longer have any RV camping spots available, and none of the local campgrounds we've found will take an RV, either ... Any ideas on where we can park our RV legally near there? And any ideas on how we can get to the Gorge from the RV spot, since they say no RV parking is allowed? We are, obviously, RV newbies (it's a rental).
posted by luriete at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

These dreams go on when I close my eyes

Dream filter: My dreams wake me up occasionally. The dreams that wake me (or cause me to come back to consciousness briefly) are always about bugs. I am 24 - this has happened since I was a small child. [more inside]
posted by at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Wish I had the PDF right now

Where can I get a digital copy of "The Passion" by Jeanette Winterson right now? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

ATL for Michiganders

[Atlanta Filter] Where should two mid-twenties kids who love rock and roll and museums and books and indie films live in Atlanta, GA? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 10:45 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I get MS Access to create organized web pages?

How can I make Microsoft Access 2002 crank out organized web pages that conform to my design ideas? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for non-Zorb-licensed plastic bubble riding info

What's the name for those giant plastic bubbles people get into to walk on water, slide down a hill, and crowd surf with called? (besides ZORB) [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Road Trip Boston to Boise

[RoadTripFilter] Point me to some can't miss attractions/camping/lodging/whatever along I-80/I-84 From Ohio To Idaho. [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Food and gift delivery in Chicago

Chicago mefites: What interesting things are you aware of that can be delivered in Chicago? When I say "delivered" i mean foodstuffs and/or toys or even something like singing telegrams or something like that. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 10:04 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I choose which Peace Corps assignment to take?

How do I choose which Peace Corps assignment to take? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 9:51 AM PST - 33 comments

Curious behavior of a micro-sd card

Odd problem with a micro-sd card. I was writing +-400 files to the root of it (under winxp) when after +- 10x files I got a "remove write protection" error , I couldn't write more files to card. I moved all of them to another just-made folder in the card. Now I can add more files, but the transfer rate has dropped from a good +-1000 KBs to +- 150KBs. What the.. ?
posted by elpapacito at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How does Apple TV behave?

Can someone with an Apple TV tell me something? When you listen to a music track on your Apple TV, does the play count of the song in the relevant iTunes library increase?
posted by ascullion at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Travel to Newfoundland via Maine?

I'm planning a road trip from Maine to Newfoundland in August or September '07. Could any Newfies/travelers share thoughts on cross-border car rental, the ferry system, the roads, and of course sights and places to stay? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

How to use gps chips as anit-theft devices?

I would like to put some sort of gps chip in items that are likely to be stolen from me. Does anyone know how well these work, how they work, or what they cost? [more inside]
posted by flarbuse at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Woody Woodward vs. Flour: Photograph?

Does any photography exist of the 10-pound sack of flour falling and almost killing Woody Woodward of the Cincinnati Reds? [more inside]
posted by magacid at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How should my friend and I handle the copyright violation of one of his photos?

My friend snapped a photo of me which was used for the cover of a for-profit magazine without his permission. We contacted the magazine about their copyright violation, but their offer was paltry with regard to normal rates for the use of photographs. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 8:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Suffer Fools Gladly

How do you remain friendly and patient with people? Through the course of my day, if I am not in the right mood, I have neither the time nor the patience for certain people. For example, someone may come into my work area and want to chat. I would like to be more friendly and chatty but if I am in the zone, or having a stressful day, I just can't be bothered. I tend to be curt and/or dismissive. I think this gives people the impression that I am an asshole. This applies to interactions with different people throughout my day. Someone asking questions, my boss going off on a tangent, a small-talker on the ferry, sometimes I just can't stand interacting with people. Does anyone else struggle with wanting to be friendly, but not having the energy or constitution to consistently be friendly? How do I build up my friendly muscles?
posted by jasondigitized at 8:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for ways to store 1 large bag in Paris for 1.5 months this summer.

Where in Paris can I find a cheap or free place to store 1 duffel bag for 1.5 months this summer? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Moving to the CA Bay area. Need some advice.

Moving to the CA Bay area. Need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bizack at 8:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Does anyone recall this movie?

Movie recall filter: Help me figure out the name of this movie. [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me autoimport!

Automate Excel Filter..... I am getting via email a CSV file daily that I would like to automate into excel. [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

How to keep the neighbors entertained?

We have a block party in our (Chicago) neighborhood every year and I've been asked to help with kids' games. I'm not a fan of traditional competitive games. So, I'm looking for some unusual ideas that will appeal to kids and adults alike... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there an open source CMS that integrates with Amazon S3 easily?

Any open source CMS products that have Amazon S3 integration already built-in? [more inside]
posted by zymurgy at 7:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?

Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
posted by barbelith at 7:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Investing guide for beginners!!

Iam 20 years old and have a internship job, the only thing I have to pay for are gas,food, general maintenance and miscellaneous stuff. From all this money, Iam trying to save towards early retirement and was thinking of investing into Vanguard 2050 retirement fund. anyone have experience with them or have better ideas for me to invest in? I can start a accnt balance of $3k and add about $1k per year. Iam new into this field and almost have no experience.. any links that have helped you through your finance times would be helpful Thanks
posted by radsqd at 7:08 AM PST - 20 comments

That was yesterday?

I own a small importing business. Each of our orders has in the region of nine critical milestones that have to occur for us to sleep well at night. Currently we use MS Access and run reports weekly to make sure nothing gets overlooked. If Access had alarms alerting us to overdue milestones it would be ideal but that does't seem to be the case. Does anyone have any suggestions for software that would do this for us? It needn't be heavy duty - in fact the simpler the better.
posted by Umhlangan at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an online file browser program

I'm looking for an online file browser program for my company. [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Crossing highways?

Is there anywhere that two interstate highways cross at the same exit number? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Movie where an art student manipulates her boyfriend and turns this into

I'm desperately looking for the name of this contemporary US movie [spoilers within!]: [more inside]
posted by V-Turn at 6:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Which original-Xbox games should I get for my 360?

I recently bought an Xbox 360. I never had an Xbox. Of the original-Xbox games which are playable on the 360 (here's a list), which ones are worth picking up, and which ones are to be avoided at all costs? [more inside]
posted by box at 6:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me choose a colour laser printer?

Looking for recommendations for a colour laser printer, specifically for printing colour text. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 6:06 AM PST - 6 comments

New Spanish Language DVDs?

I write a monthly article on Spanish-language DVDs to be released in English-speaking territories. Where, on the Net or elsewhere, I could find such DVD listings without trawling through ALL the DVD releases for a particular month, as for example at
posted by Holly at 6:04 AM PST - 2 comments

What are some possible career paths for a newly minted statistican?

Finally managed to quit college with a double bachelors degree in statistics and economics and it is time for me to get my first job. Need to know what kind of jobs there are. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 5:22 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get Gmail to stop flagging a message as spam?

How can I get Gmail to stop flagging a daily email as spam? [more inside]
posted by jazon at 5:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Marketing and PR help (maybe pro-bono)?

Where can I find or find out about PR and marketing help for non-profits in the Washington, DC metro area? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 5:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Are common-law spouses treated the same as real sposes on temporary workpermit visas?

US Joboffer. If I do get the gig on a temporary work-visa, how is my common-law 'husband' treated? Can he come along and take care of the kids or do I have to actually marry him to make that 'dependant spouse' thing work?
posted by dabitch at 12:59 AM PST - 15 comments

May 13

Short story adaptation on a budget - and camera too?

What stories (short or otherwise) are begging to be adapted into a low-budget film? And, what camera should be used to film it? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 11:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Y'know, I'd really like to be a luthier.

I'm a college sophomore on my way to a CS Major / Religion Minor. Apparently my initial career options (just from that major) are a little bit better than my English-major friends. But I'd much rather make interesting things than work in a cubicle. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me maxamise my picture quality on a Sony Bravia LCD TV.

I've just bought a Sony Bravia 40" LCD TV. I'm interested in what others here think are the optimal settings for viewing HDTV? And, while we're at it, for watching DVDs, as I'm sure that HDTV would benefit from different settings than DVDs would. I think I have the settings pretty much as good as I can get them, and I recognise that different settings suit different people, but I would be interested in what other Bravia owners think are the best settings for optimising their picture quality.
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:44 PM PST - 6 comments

"Second Interview Focus?"

I have been asked back for a second interview (technical position but not software/coding centric) with 4 of the 6 people that interviewed me the first time. I will likely be interviewed by 3 of them first followed by a one-on-one interview with the other gentleman, as I was last month. [more inside]
posted by hellhammer at 10:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Los Angeles 4 Dummies

Four 19yos coming to Los Angeles within two weeks. Their privately arranged accommodations in South/Central suddenly unavailable. Me = mother of one and friend of the SC LA host. Any suggestions? (4 kids flying in for 3-4 days, midwest clean-cut... not me but them) [more inside]
posted by maggieb at 10:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get colours to match?

Why am I getting different colours when saving images in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Natural remedy or tonic for lungs?

Natural remedy or tonic for lungs? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I convince distant co-worker her to take a leap of faith on me?

I normally don’t date co-workers. But I've recently became smitten with a distant co-worker. We've become great friends in the past month and I asked her out tonight. ... but I received a mixed response. (See full post for the whole background) What should I read into her reaction? How can I convince her to take a leap of faith and just try it out? And/or what should I do next, if anything? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 9:58 PM PST - 41 comments

Moon shot + free binos - what film is this ?

Anyone remember this 1970's film which features a moon shot launch + 'nasty congressman' demanding freebies for his wife ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 9:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I call her?

I'm a guy, she's a girl. We were good friends when we dated the first time, 15 years ago, before breaking up and regaining contact 9 years after that. We had an acrimonious breakup three years ago and the last she wanted was never to hear from me again. I would send her birthday emails every year, except this year, because I'm trying to shed some baggage and she was a part of that. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 9:52 PM PST - 18 comments

trying to create a privacy wall from glass blocks

I want to create a privacy wall on a deck we're building using recycled 6 x 6" glass blocks. What is the best material to use to set them, portland cement or flexset tile mortar? Also, what safety considerations do I have vis- a- vis windage and reinforcement i.e. what kind of a span is safe?
posted by frizelli at 9:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean?

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I send my digital TV signal to my analogue DVD/HDD recorder?

Can I send my digital TV signal to my analogue DVD/HDD recorder? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Katko v. Briney

My girlfriend and I were talking about the Katko v. Briney case from our first year torts class, and were trying to recall the specifics of the events after the initial decision was handed down. [more inside]
posted by darainwa at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Ack! Not another case of Strep!

I keep getting strep throat over and over. Is there any way to help keep from RE-acquiring it? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 8:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Windows Vista mp3 playback errors

I've installed MS Vista on my shiny new computer and everything works. Except mp3 playback. Whenever I play an mp3 file, be it in Winamp, MediaMonkey, or Media Player 11, songs 'skip' and screech every few seconds, mostly during louder or more complex passages, and as a vast majority of my collection is heavy metal and rock, that is almost all of the time. I've done Google searches and everything keeps pointing to turning off sound enhancements in the Vista Audio control panel. I've tried that and I've even tried updating the bios of my nice little Shuttle xpc. I've updated the Realtek drivers. I'm at a complete loss. Has anyone either run into this and fixed it or know of a solution?
posted by Ikazuchi at 8:07 PM PST - 14 comments

How did you turn your life around?

How did you turn your life around? I'm looking for inspiring stories and general patterns. Be as philosophical or as specific as you like. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 7:55 PM PST - 27 comments

What's Up With My Flu/Cold?

Medical Advice/Common Sense Filter: This is my second week of having pretty serious flu symptoms. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Did I get the trig right?

Does my documentation accompanying this JavaScript function as implemented on this page of my site demonstrate an adequate understanding of the use of trigonometric functions therein? [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 6:49 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the best style/brand knee-brace for ACL?

What is the best style/brand knee-brace for ACL? [more inside]
posted by drinkspiller at 6:31 PM PST - 4 comments

headphone amps?

A friend recently gave me a pair of used Sennheiser HD - 600 headphones. Plugged directly into the back of my computer they sound very meh. So I'm guessing they need an amp. What are some of the best at the best price that will work with my computer?
posted by vronsky at 6:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Is a safe deposit box really necessary for the average person?

Is a safe deposit box really necessary for the average person? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 6:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find an organization system that actually works for ME.

I've tried a lot of personal organization systems, and have had varying degrees of success with each. I've yet to stick with any, however, so I'm trying to find a system that works for ME so that I can be productive more often than not. [more inside]
posted by SanctiCrucis05 at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Keeping strong

So after 10 1/2 years together it is starting to look like the split is inevitable. I am moving to a new city and he is emphatically saying he is not coming with me. How do I stay strong in being excited about starting over? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 4:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Where can I buy scratch card paper?

Is there such thing as scratch card paper/transfer? And if so where might I be able to get it? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Java update query

Java update query (extreme ignorance) [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Styrofoam Pop Cups in Seattle

Are there any gas stations or fast food places in [North, preferably] Seattle that sell fountain pop in Styrofoam (polystyrene) cups? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:00 PM PST - 21 comments

name that SNES game

I am trying to remember the of a SNES game I used to play that had been redone and was made available for PC. There was a post about it on me-fi about a year ago but I can't find it. The premise was that your character was transproted to an alien word and you have to escape their prison and find out how to get home. I have searched the following tags on me-fi: alien, game, games, videogames, and Nintendo. I remember the post mentioning that the creator was French so I even searched that and got nothing. I have searched other places with no luck. All I need is the name of the game and I will be set.
posted by graham1881 at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Best Open-Source Data ETL Program?

What is the best open-source ETL (extract, transform, loading) tool for data? Esp. for loading text into SQL Server. [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Banjo tracks?

Banjo Filter: Looking for great foot-stompin', lightnin-pickin' songs, a la Phillip Roebuck's "Pocket Knife", etc. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

AntiqueTractorFilter: Find my dad a decal!

Please help my father find as-original decals for the 1955 Ferguson 35 Deluxe tractor he's restoring! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Can a PAL Monitor/TV work in the US

Just how international are A/V Standards, anyway...? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 12:06 PM PST - 5 comments

how much do you tip? am i a good tipper?

Am I a good tipper? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 11:42 AM PST - 31 comments

Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business?

Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business? I want to keep everything legit and above-board and recently I have been thinking of registering a small business to represent all the online activities that make me money, like hosting a couple of people, designing and fixing wordpress blogs etc. The question is - do I have to be a US citizen to register myself as a small business. [more inside]
posted by carthik at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Scanning Shoddy Microfilm

How do I improve the legibility of the horrible old Cyrillic newspaper microfilm negatives I am scanning? The main problem is that the background is often faded and hard to distinguish from the text. Is there some clever software trickery that will solve it?
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Can you plug two WRT54Gs into a router?

Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to plug two Linksys WRT54G WiFi devices into a Linksys BEFSR81 LAN router? Will the WRT54G's play nice or will they fight with one another, requiring configuration to be done? SSIDs will be different of course.
posted by rolypolyman at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Signatures and Law

In Canada, is it illegal to post someone's signature on the internet without their consent?
posted by Knigel at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Overpowering kitchen sink stench threatens life on earth

My kitchen sink drain stinks! I've tried a couple of different things to fix it, and done some Googling, but the stench remains. Help! [more inside]
posted by autojack at 10:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome?

Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

What constituency am I in?

This is a question directed at the Irish MeFites out there. The General Election is drawing near, but I have no idea what constituency I'm in. Where am I? Please help! [more inside]
posted by macdara at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Reach out and touch me.

I have an overwhelming need to be touched. How do i get my fix? Better yet, screw the fix. Can I turn off the desire completely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 39 comments

How do you know when its time to have a child?

How do you know when its time to have a child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 28 comments

Those eggs be deviled!

Ok. So This question made me hungry enough for a deviled egg that i had to rush off and make one. I am curious, though, what other things can be done with them? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Applying for social housing in UK

Explanation of social housing in UK [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

The Educationalist Path Less Taken

Where does my educational experience fit into my future? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments


People of Toronto, do you know of anywhere we can hire a London black cab for our wedding? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Bobbin thread breaking despite careful adjustment.

Thread breaking on sewing machine; all common fixes ineffective. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Separation of church and medical care?

The school nurse called my best friend a slut! Well, not exactly, but darn close. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 7:34 AM PST - 76 comments

I might act crazy but I don't smoke crack.

Is my flatmate really on crack? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 7:27 AM PST - 18 comments

'An overwhelming sense of familiarity'

In your opinion, what causes déjà vu? I mean the most common type - déjà vécu (already lived)?
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:57 AM PST - 36 comments

International Biking Adventure in Chicago

I want to do the 2007 Chicago Bike the Drive on this coming memorial day weekend as I'll be in Chicago and it looks fun. After grappling with miles vs kms conversion and the thought of renting a bike I think the short route looks good - but I havent been able to work out if its a hilly road? I'm hoping for dead flat - so, is the road very flat or should I rethink my ability to complete it? [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 4:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Homemade hamburger bun help

Has anyone here tried to make thier own hamburgr buns? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 3:58 AM PST - 15 comments

My fathers Estate is a mess

My father recently passed away and left my mom to clean up their poor estate planning. In one of his bank savings accounts in Florida he never put her name on the account. She has asked the advice of an attorney who wants to charge her $3,000 to fix this. She has the death certificate and the living will, I think this is an outrageous amount. Any ideas what she (I) should do?
posted by aisleofview at 3:26 AM PST - 10 comments

The View from the Iron Curtain

What was the attitude toward Americans and America in East Germany and the former USSR? What are some interesting propaganda campaigns, or stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 2:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Calling All Vloggers

How do I find video bloggers to answer a survey from a startup that is trying to promote its own video blogging software/service? I'm specifically looking for folks who use their mobile phones to capture video for their "vlog" -- b/c that's what this startup company does. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 1:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for the best value AA battery available (or "Let's Have Some Truth in Battery Advertising")

So Energizer or Duracell? Or some other brand? I'm confused. Apparently they are both 5 times more powerful than the other. I'm looking for the best value-for-money AA battery on the market (i.e. battery hours per dollar). I understand it depends to some extent on the device. Let's say two devices - the TV remote control - and a digital camerra. Anyone have a link to the definitive report? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:08 AM PST - 28 comments

reboot -> reboot -> reboot

Scary windows boot problem: why does it reboot in the middle of every boot cycle all of a sudden? How can I save my computer without tearing it apart first? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

May 12

Flickr for Clothes, y'all! Good idea?

Wardrobe software. Has nobody done this? Wouldn't a social webapp for clothing be fiercely awesome? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 11:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I use my Nokia N73 as a modem on my Macbook via USB?

Can I use my Nokia N73 as a modem on my Macbook via USB? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 11:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me be a not-jerk

Blogfilter: What is the etiquette about using photos found on other people's sites? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Comfort issues

How do I add some padding to my messenger bag's strap? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 9:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I stream real time digital TV across a lan (XP).

How do I stream digital TV from my PC to another PC? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 7:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Learning science while travelling abroad

Please help me keep my science education going while I trot around the globe. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:11 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to find a religious studies graduate program!

I'm about a year off from Grad school, and I'm beginning to look around for good places to go. I'm a bit of a dinosaur, however, and am very interested in existential religion and am interested in studying a kind of... ontological foundationalism whereas the focus will be how man establishes and functions through his sense of being/meaning in the world. [more inside]
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