May 2008 Archives
Does she like me? [more inside]
What are the best display settings for a Playstation 3 to ensure I get the best possible picture quality when watching Bluray discs and standard DVDs? [more inside]
Are there any trendy, fashion-forward fabric and sewing-pattern shops online? [more inside]
Where can I find a 50-300µh adjustable coil? I have searched the obvious sites; ie mouser, google, all electronics. [more inside]
Is this guy is shy, not interested, passive, or any combination of thereof? (Long explanation provided, naturally.) [more inside]
In my view of the sky from Mobile, AL - looking southward - there is a star shimmering brightly in red, yellow and even green. What is it? [more inside]
Looking for some podcasts about nothing, and video games, respectively. [more inside]
Is software just a commodity? I'm not a student of economics. I understand that a lot goes into software projects but at the end of the day the product is just an expensive apple value-added mainly through labour, is that it? [more inside]
I accidentally popped my pimple with a rusty pin. Ugh. How worried should I be? [more inside]
Water parks in SoCal - I haven't gone since I was in junior high and have some questions about apparel, where you put your stuff, which one is best, etc. [more inside]
I need to have an older pair of Soloman inline skates serviced - they need new axles. However - I don't know the model name for this specific pair. The only marking on the skates is Powerarch DR85. Poking around online reveals several sources for axles - but I don't know what size to order. Anyone know what I need to order (specifically?) Or is there a great skate shop in Chicago where I could have these serviced? And - unfortunately - I don't have the old axles. Thanks!
explain further The Second Law of Thermodynamics [more inside]
Ever been to a Space Shuttle launch? [more inside]
Recommend some natural diuretics to help reduce some swelling caused by a medication I was taking. My doctor has taken me off the medication and says I don't need an RX diuretic, but I'd like to shed some of this water faster. [more inside]
Can I safely reuse a 'plastic' clamshell made of corn? [more inside]
I desperately want a moped/scooter due to rising gas prices. I found this 85' Suzuki Rascal on craigslist. Is it worth $600? [more inside]
Michigan: I would like to donate some clothes, so help me find a good organization to do so. [more inside]
Is there a word for this thing that I do with the names of things? And would you find it annoying? [more inside]
I got into a serious road rage incident with another driver, who turned out to be quite an angry guy. Do you think I should be worried about vengeful repercussions? [more inside]
What programming languages are good for writing a standalone shareware program for Windows? Specifics inside. [more inside]
Swim Filter: I've recently begun swimming a lot more for exercise and I have some questions [more inside]
2.5 days in Aegean Turkey, flying in/out of Izmir. Recommendations? [more inside]
More adventures in home food processing: limeade concentrate from limeade? [more inside]
RecordingStudioFilter: Advice sought on how to run a collective no-budget underground (literally) studio; starting immediately. lots [more inside]
I've been asked to help create a wifi "hotspot" for the outdoor common area of our apartment complex... [more inside]
Why on some web hosts do uploaded file changes not appear immediately? [more inside]
I'm a graphic designer (InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects) who wants to be able to use 3D imagery in my work but I have little to no interest in modelling things myself. I'm very interested in animating in 3D space and playing with lights and cameras. No supercomplicated Pixar-like stuff (no characters), just moving around still (buildings etc) or almost still (flowers etc.) objects. For instance: right now I need to make an animation of some playing cards flying/falling away from the camera. I want to do this in 3D space and would like to be able to 'bend' the cards to exaggerate the movement. Is it possible for me to buy a stock 3D model of a playing card somewhere (where?) and add my own design to them? What 3D software would be most suitable for my purposes? I'm thinking it might be wise to pick the software that has the most enthusiastic modelsharing community...
I'm looking for information about how new technologies have affected book design and typography. [more inside]
I'm planning a road trip. Cheap motels vary wildly in quality, so it's helpful if they've been reviewed by other visitors. Where's the best site to find reliable reviews? I've checked Yahoo Travel and Tripadvisor, but I get suspicious when I see a string of five-star reviews that seem to have been written by the same person.
What different traditions and practices are there which combine meditation and active motion? [more inside]
How do I control a media center pc from a laptop? The catch: I want to make my terminal session run as if I was logged in at the console. This is to control a media center from afar. [more inside]
Canadian Indie song about Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario. References "dollar stores" and "discount whores" in Parkdale. What is the song title, who is the artist and where can I find it?
Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
What does this bag say? [more inside]
Going to Montreal next weekend (June 6-8) for pure recreation. I'm looking for great restaurant recommendations, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [more inside]
I have a humanities undergraduate degree with a minor in computer science. I’m currently in a grad program in the same humanities field. However, I’d like to change directions and pursue a graduate degree in engineering, but I don’t have a math/science/engineering background. What is it going to take to do this? [more inside]
Help me break my Video Game Addiction and get back to work! [more inside]
How do i stop running away? [more inside]
How can a non-believer be most expediently baptized? [more inside]
I went surfing for the first time recently, and had a hard time doing the "hop up" on the surfboard -- my feet always tended to be too close together, and I just lacked agility. What are some exercises I could do that would strengthen the relevant muscles and/or otherwise make me a hop-master? Thanks.
Do non-English-speaking countries hold spelling bees? [more inside]
Is it safe to burn untreated pine which was stained ~10 years ago? [more inside]
I need some project ideas for me to work on with a nine year old Spanish boy. [more inside]
I'd like to find a few recommendations on tai chi DVDs that my 3 year old son and I could watch/do together. I'll save the ninja training for later. Maybe 5.
Is Economics a science? If so, in whIs there a rational basis for making large-scale (world/country) economic decisions?
Is it possible to rationally settle on an economic theary? [more inside]
I will be staying in Japan for a week before I go to S.Korea and would like some recommendations of things to do and places to stay. I will be landing in Narita; however, it seems better to go to Tokyo once I land. I am a student and can't afford too much; therefore, I am looking for some cheaper places that I can sleep and store my bags while I wander around. Also, I will be there August 19th until August 26th -- are there any events happening? Is there anything to be careful of? Anyone know of any good websites or forums that I could check out before I go? I really want to make the best of this trip, yet it's quite intimidating.
What should I know before my trip to Sao Paulo? [more inside]
Imagine you're browsing ebay for an item you want to buy. Two sellers have exactly the same item. What is it that persuades you to buy from one seller as opposed to the other? [more inside]
What are some of the better places to buy used Macs? What are good models to buy? I'd like something that can run OS X and still has some life left in it, but also hoping to keep the cost down. [more inside]
Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
I'm trying to find out the name of a song I heard a while ago. I remember some of the lyrics. [more inside]
My girlfriend's dentist is pushing her to get a crown on a tooth with several fillings. I'm skeptical because she has no pain, he doesn't see anything wrong with it, and he pushed her last year too. Should she listen to him, get a second opinion (any suggestions for Portland, OR?), or ignore him? [more inside]
How can I find a reputable, non-creepy child photographer to take head shots of my 3-year-old son (for the purposes of getting him into advertisements, print specifically)? [more inside]
Where does one take a sick and ailing 98 Jetta in Chicago? [more inside]
I am seeking recommendations for an original artwork with several specific qualities for a certain spot in my house; or for an artist who might produce such work.
I am seeking recommendations for an original artwork with several specific qualities for a certain spot in my house; or for an artist who might produce such work. [more inside]
Accidentally splattered hot chili sauce onto the kitchen floor. Any sneaky (the less toxic, the better) tricks to remove the stain?
Insecurity/CollegeFilter: Making new friends in a new place (college)? [more inside]
I'm looking for quotations or video clips which deal with what it means to be human. [more inside]
Should we do anything about our neighbors stealing our cable and crippling our broadband for the past 2 months? [more inside]
Using OpenOffice Calc (Spreadsheets) - Is there any way to divide the strings in one column into two by the space in each cell? [more inside]
What should I read? Recommend a book (fiction or non-fiction), life affirming, something to be read after a heartbreak/letting go. Possibly involving fate/destiny, and the uncertainty/infinite possibilities of life.
Are there unhealthy thought processes that you've had that once you've dealt with them, had a discernibly positive effect on your life? If so, how did you go about changing them? And what kind of benefit did you see? [more inside]
Is it really true that the more you do for others, the closer you will become? [more inside]
Was I raped? [more inside]
Where is a good place to get a wet shave in New York City, preferably with a straight razor, (best if below Midtown)? Is this even legal in New York?
Please help me choose a new cell phone, I need to replace a broken phone. Details-My plan is Verizon, I have no desire to change providers. I'm eligible for the "every two years" upgrade. I use a Mac (OS 10.4). I would like the phone to have the following features: small as possible, qwerty keyboard (screen or hardware), web access (email, weather, news), can sync contacts and calendar with my mac. I DON'T need a camera (still or video), or mp3 player. And, of course, I want to spend as little as possible. [more inside]
I'm desperately looking for some upbeat, modern Aussie pop/rock songs to play to kids for my new job. Preferably something that could be sung along to w/catchy chorus. No swearing or sexual themes allowed. Anyone got any ideas!!?
My friend is going on a 2-week vacation in the Netherlands starting tomorrow night. Her brother did something to his knee a couple of days ago and they're worried that it'll need more medical attention later. What's medical care like for tourists in the Netherlands? [more inside]
Help me figure out my new Canon dSLR camera's 9-point autofocus feature! [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a "NO POLITICS" doorsign? [more inside]
My home theater PC wakes up by itself [more inside]
What are some good songs to play on a guitar tuned to open D (or E)? [more inside]
I have an idea for a cool (though not very utilitarian) open source app, but I have zero programming experience beyond some very elementary applescript. Can I still suggest the program on a site like sourceforge.net and still have "ownership" of the project? Not for profit, but just to guide its development.
What are good flickr groups to join for getting criticism about my photos? [more inside]
where can i find faith in humanity online? [more inside]
Whats fun to do in Chicago this weekend? [more inside]
Looking for a good guide about what to do when moving from America to a foriegn country generally, or moving to Israel specifically, or advice about anything that I should be sure not to forget. [more inside]
My computer won't go to sleep (suspend mode) unless the Ethernet cable is unplugged. [more inside]
What are some examples of non-traditional employee benefits? [more inside]
Windows network admin moving into the world of Macs. Where & what to learn? [more inside]
I need to provide a recommendation to my bosses on which online property research service the company should subscribe. We had been using Nite Owl which we were accessing via a third-party. Cost isn't too much of an issue, and we were happy with Nite Owl. But I wonder if there aren't others that are just as good? I've been looking at Parcel Quest and DataQuick. Any recommendations for others? We need data for the United States; California, specifically. Incidently, we don't use the information for marketing purposes. It's for socio-economic analyses in support of environmental impact assessments.
In August, a friend and I are planning on driving from montreal to vancouver, where we will meet two friends of ours finishing their summer reservist stints, go camping for a bit somewhere in B.C., and then drive home. The majority of our friends' gear can be shipped home via military mail, but we will need to take all of our stuff out with us, and take our friends' camping + living stuff back to quebec. What would be the perfect vehicle for this trip? [more inside]
Website help: I'm asking for some input on (1) straightening out a problem with Google and its "description" for each page of my blog; (2) constructing a robots.txt exclusion for certain types of archive pages; and (3) the reason why something is looking for page URLs that have "function.fsockopen" at the end of them. [more inside]
Does anyone have suggestions for options to CafePress in terms of on-demand t-shirt printing and fulfillment? [more inside]
Can anyone direct me toward an essay [preferably vetted] on the use of language in advertising/media? [more inside]
Which expression is correct when describing grammatical mistakes: "bad grammar" or "poor grammar?" [more inside]
Fashionfilter: Saw Eddie Izzard in DC last month and I need to own what he was wearing. [more inside]
What in the world is wrong with our bathroom shower? [more inside]
My son has a few friends who will be visiting us this summer. They have debit cards for their UK bank accounts, specifically NatWest/Solo and HSBC cards. Will these work in the ATMs (hole-in-the-walls (or is it holes-in-the-walls?)) here in the US?
How can I remember more of what I read? [more inside]
(TaxErrorFilter) I just received a letter in the mail stating my 2006 tax return is flawed and now I owe about $3600 to the government. Is there any way to fight this? [more inside]
Help me identify this mystery object. It looks sort of like a set of metallic false teeth, smaller than life-size, with a metal tube or something where the tongue should be. [more inside]
Know of any great places to stay or see in Southern Quebec? Looking for a quiet idyll that's not too far (2hrs ish?) from Montreal and Quebec city for daytrips. [more inside]
What stories about everyday things do you tell to your toddler/preschooler? [more inside]
Can i take my driver's license test in a rental? [more inside]
I work in group that really needs good knowlege management and I'd like to drive things in that direction. The powers that be have decided that we will be using Open Text's Live Link. [more inside]
Why does windows disconnect from my wireless network every 3 minutes? [more inside]
I am looking for foreign (non-American) films wherein the antagonists are a nefarious bunch of Americans, doing stereotypically bad American things. [more inside]
I've found myself with a little more time on my hands. I'd like to add a few useful, relevant blogs and podcasts to the ranks of my RSS reader. Any suggestions for me? [more inside]
Inspired by this question - how does one really asses how "safe" a mode of transportation is? [more inside]
I was in Milan and Zürich for the last two weeks and I had promised to bring back/mail postcards to certain close friends and family. Sadly, I misplaced my package of postcards and didn't get a chance to buy any more. Is there any way to buy scenic picture postcards online or are there any shops that sell such postcards? I live in New York if that helps. Thanks for the anticipated help.
I am headed to law school in Brooklyn with a full ride and a great housing offer-- subsidized housing for 3 years. My partner and I can pick between two apartments, but we can't decide which we should take. [more inside]
Why are salaries in different nations stated in their US dollar equivalents in news programs? Are there any news programs or websites that show relative purchasing power in different countries? [more inside]
BostonNorthEndDinnerFilter: Quick! Where should we eat tonight. [more inside]
A website I programmed got hacked. Credit card numbers were compromised. What do I do now? [more inside]
MusicRecommendFilter: Can someone recommend artists who use percussion or drums in novel ways? See inside... [more inside]
Someone stole the ADP envelopes from my work by somehow calling ADP and asking to change the address. Apparently all the perpetrator needed was the name and address of our company. What do we do now? [more inside]
I-80 vs. I-70: Which will get me to Missouri from New Jersey with the smaller headache? [more inside]
A local Dodge dealership has been running ads for $15,000 cash back on new trucks. They make it a point to point out that it does not get added on to the price of the vehicle (i.e. you don't buy a $30k truck and finance $45k to get the cash, I'm assuming). So what's the catch? How is it possible to get a $30k truck for $15k? I'd love for someone to explain the slight-of-hand that my cynicism dictates must be taking place here...
I have a Dell Inspiron 600m that has a weird problem: USB flash drives aren't detected at all, but other usb devices (i.e. external usb harddrives) work perfectly fine. Clean install of Windows with updated drivers does not fix this problem. My google-fu apparently isn't sophisticated enough to dig up a solution. Ideas?
Please recommend resources for learning more about and staying current on user experience design and information architecture. [more inside]
Games PC CPUFilter: Is it worth upgrading from an Athlon64 3500+ Venice to a 4000+ San Diego? (plus a bonus question on 3GB RAM in XP and dual channel memory). [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for a work vehicle for a cabinet-maker. Is it a mini-van? Is it a station wagon? Whatever it is, it doesn't cost much... [more inside]
When it comes to relationships, when do you go for it, even if it's inconvenient or the timing seems to be way off? [more inside]
I've got an old 486 laptop, 75MHz, a whopping 8Mb of RAM, Windows 95 installed, floppy drive (no CD), no USB ports (but does have PC card slot). Charities won't take it. Is there anything useful I could conceivably do with it, other than using at as a doorstop?
Help a PC guy out with Mac/Linux networking. [more inside]
What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
What is the best way for an American nuclear family (2 adults, kid) to emigrate to New Zealand with permanent residency? [more inside]
My husband inherited his late father's gemstone collection 6 years ago, and we want to know how to sell it. Thousands of rocks and stones are in the collection, some valuable, some not. Some are labelled, some not. [more inside]
I would like to end up teaching fine arts (specifically printmaking) at a university level but have a Bachelor's Degree in a completely different field and only a small amount of experience. Where do I start? [more inside]
I'll go a long time between meals, then overeat, then continue to snack until I'm sick and dazed. What's happening? [more inside]
Frozen chicken breasts and other frozen meats: Are they worthwhile? [more inside]
What's my name, sucka? For roller derby, that is. [more inside]
Dual-Boot Macbook; OSX (home)/ Windows (work). Need MS Office on both without rebooting. Office 2007 on the Windows partition + Parallels seems to make the most sense. Anything I should know about? [more inside]
What is the best tool for doing subdocuments? [more inside]
Why does my radio play when it's turned off and there is no battery inserted? [more inside]
Personal Finance Filter: Is there an application that can help me track money in separate accounts AND what that money is earmarked for AND keep a log of the movements? [more inside]
What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
Relocating from St. Louis to New York (Queens/LI border). I need to find an apartment to move into July 1st. How screwed am I? [more inside]
Google reader started acting funny this morning [more inside]
Can anybody come up with a good reason why the shopkeeper in Taxi Driver would be wearing a Tulane ringer shirt? [more inside]
NorthCarolinaFilter: A friend is traveling between Greensboro and Cape Fear and back again - They would love to hear some ideas on what to see? what to do? [more inside]
PerformanceArtMakeupFilter: Asking for a friend who needs advice on full body cosmetics over extensive tattoos. [more inside]
My husband and I are moving to Charlotte, NC in August. Any tips on finding a (rental) house? [more inside]
Here ye, here ye fellow MeFites. I come in need of some suggestions on how to successfully tone myself down better each night for sleep. [more inside]
How can I read Wikipedia offline on my mac (bonus points for portable and cross-platform)? [more inside]
How Does one go about finding a really top notch Private Investigator? [more inside]
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).' /rɛd/ or /rid/ Thanks!
My dad makes really amazing wooden bowls on his lathe. He wants to sell them but there are a few issues and questions: If he sells them on the internet, where? Any one know of higher-end websites that sell quality art? His bowls have been appraised and would go for 100-200$. Also, is there a way to sell bowls at a store even accross the country? My dad lives in a fairly rural part of Massachussetts, and doesnt really have the resources to travel around. Any one have suggestions, ideas, etc of how to help my dad? He is very unhappy in his current job and i really believe he is a true artist. Thank you!!
Why would my wireless router lose its signal strength all of a sudden? [more inside]
Where can I get a cheap(er) battery for my aging 2 year old Macbook? I have tried Apple, but the price is pretty steep! I'm in Australia (Sydney specifically), if that makes a difference.
I left my last position in outside sales after 3 years and it wasn't a great fit for me. I could do it but it left me drained and exhausted at the end of the day. Now what? [more inside]
My little brother just graduated from school in Indiana and is moving to Kansas City. (the Kansas side) He'll be driving there from the eastern side of Missouri and I want to make him a mix for the road but I'm coming up short on songs! [more inside]
I'm a straight, white, upper middle class male. I'm aware that this automatically means I generally have an easier time than people with a different sexuality/race/class/gender. That said, I'm probably unaware of what these benefits are. What does this 'privileged' status do for me that I don't even notice? [more inside]
Best place online to purchase retro/vintage-styled lingerie? [more inside]
Just got cut down to 12 hours a week at my job (originally 40, then 24). Am I eligible for unemployment in Pennsylvania due to lost hours? And how would I apply for it, then?
>How can I have lots of whiteboard/dry-erase surface, without paying a lot, and without altering the walls/furniture of my apartment? [more inside]
How do I best use Apple Soundtrack Pro to record multitake voiceover for a video project? [more inside]
What are some great old buildings and derelict locations in and around the Los Angeles area that can be entered legally? [more inside]
My cats are effectively ignoring their wet food in favour of their dry food. What can/should I do to keep them eating healthily? [more inside]
I returned two items to a store and was refunded $37 extra. The refund did go back to my credit card and is on my statement. Will the company notice and take it back? [more inside]
Complete neophyte looking for an astrology-related birthday present. [more inside]
Between the 4 desktops that my immediate family owns, we've probably been through 6 or 7 DVD burners in the last few years. Does everyone else have this kind of failure rate? Any recommendations on reasonably priced, quality drives, so that I don't have to keep replacing them? [more inside]
I'm trying to lead a crusade for government to publish it's statistics and data in a way that is mashable. Is it possible to define a standard digital format that could apply to a diverse array of data sets? [more inside]
I am trying to decide which web language + framework to focus on for learning this summer. I am stuck between PHP, Python (with Django maybe) or Ruby (on Rails). [more inside]
Where can I find used Gameboy (original) games in or near Atlanta, GA within the next 3 days? [more inside]
My salary increase is less than inflation. I'm making less than the previous year for two years in a row now. [more inside]
What are some unique uses of the mobile web by television networks/individual shows, magazines and newspapers? [more inside]
Ontario car insurance. My wife and I have insurance through PC financial. Over the last year, our cars have been damaged, but we haven't filed a claim. Now, they've requested an inspection of our cars. Is this just to ensure they don't pay for preexisting damage in the event of future claims, or can we expect them to get mad/raise rates for this? [more inside]
How can I deal with the dishonesty of the world? [more inside]
I am a classic example of poorly-designed nose and throat, and I want to fix it. But my ENT doesn't have any advice and I don't know what's going to do the trick. [more inside]
Where can I get good, affordable fried chicken and biscuits in New York? [more inside]
What are people actually doing on the internet? [more inside]
Please help me find free online blueprints for cardboard store displays. [more inside]
Where can I get 120 film (for a Holga) in Washington, DC and Auckland, NZ? Is mail order my only option? [more inside]
Please provide some suggestions for an entertaining 1 day road trip based out of Los Angeles. We've already traveled to Death Valley, Salton Sea... [more inside]
Lost interest in Wii....should I sell it now? [more inside]
Bathtub modification in cheap apartment [more inside]
Inexpensive, basic lens for a Nikon D40? [more inside]
Philly-filter. One evening, mid-June, mid-week. Need watering hole recommendations for city center. [more inside]
I've launched a website less than a month ago, but all the domain names I think best fit what I am doing are taken, so I took a name I don't like. I would like your help renaming it. [more inside]
I just switched to Macs and I was a Windows power user (video editing, audio editing, scanning, graphic design, presentations, flowcharting, spreadsheets, databases, web design). What software can I absolutely not live without for the Mac? Being a fan of Open Source software (and excessively cheap) I'd prefer open source apps when possible.
Does anyone know of an online store (or a real shoe store that will ship) that specializes in hard-to-find shoes, where I might find this shoe still being sold in my size? [more inside]
FSA and mail-in-rebate question: I am purchasing contact lenses to use up my FSA balance before I leave work. There is a mail-in-rebate. When I submit the claim to the FSA are they going to go by the mail-in-rebate price? [more inside]
The new MrsPhritosan and I are going to be in the Clearwater/Treasure Island, Florida area June 2 through June 5 for our honeymoon and are looking for things not to be missed. Food, fun, events, shopping, nightlife. [more inside]
Any ideas for cowboy and country-and-western themed places in London, UK? [more inside]
How can I make SMS backing-up work with a Sony Ericsson M600i? [more inside]
Is there anything good about living in Seoul as an expat? Looking for first-hand experience to counter my (largely unfounded) negative impressions. [more inside]
Reading/poetry to say goodbye to a dog? [more inside]
Does gmail not like the multipart/alternative MIME type? [more inside]
I cannot find a free translation of this small Japanese document, found in some inherited articles of my mother's. I hope someone can help me.
Aquatic Vessel Time Share? [more inside]
I am looking for some good data visualisation books, tutorials and maybe software [more inside]
The Hancock building in Chicago has two different tower lighting systems. During the night the antenna structures have red lights to warn away aircraft. During the day the towers have strobes. Since I was a kid the towers always had red lights. Why did they make the change? It seems like two different systems would need twice as much maintenance.
Adirondacks filter: I'm going camping at Cranberry Lake next weekend. I want your "must see/do" recommendations in the area. [more inside]
Can my batch of (sorta)buttercream frosting be saved? [more inside]
Let's say you are a mission-critical player for your company, but for a number of reasons, it's time to move on... and of course, you don't intend to broadcast your decision to management while you're hunting. How would you pursue new opportunities while treating your current employer ethically? [more inside]
What's the best way to look for a house boat to rent in London? [more inside]
how much should it cost to remove a wall in a NYC apartment? [more inside]
I need a manual for a Panasonic VP-8121B AM-FM Stereo Signal Generator. [more inside]
What is a good way to spend some downtime in central Venice? [more inside]
Where can I find a used bookstore that will buy gently used academic books in the DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area? [more inside]
What are currently the best keyword research tools or software? [more inside]
I'll make it quick: does anyone have a recommendation for a good Obstetrician either in Manhattan or North/Central Jersey? The person I am asking for is insured. Thanks Mefi! [more inside]
Why does my butt pop? Does yours? [more inside]
How do I tell my work partner that I am transferring away to a new location solely because of our toxic relationship? (semi-long explanation to follow) [more inside]
My work is boring and I wish I could have access to facebook and flickr. [more inside]
We use clinical software that uses a MS SQL database. It has a five million records weighing in at 40 GB. The software doesn't have a mobility option but we need one. The company has it on their feature request list but its at least 3-5 years away. HELP. [more inside]
Is there a site, or link within Aim or iChat, where you can videochat in different languages? [more inside]
Archaeology in the Caucasus - are there any digs going on or coming up soon?
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
Any info on contemporary archaeology in the region, please.
I'm looking for an easy way to find (not remove) duplicate information in an excel database. Ideally I need to be able to easily cross reference the other records with identical information in a certain column. [more inside]
Please help with slogan ideas for my technical support team. [more inside]
Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
I think that a thesaurus that was organized in terms of which adjectives typically go with which nouns would be really useful. Like, the adjectives that modify the verb "urge" (as in deep or unfulfilled, say). Same thing could be done for adverbs, e.g., ones that modify "talk" (relentlessly, incessantly, insightfully). I am aware of WordNet and many other on-line lexical databases like the BNC. I'm looking for something like a compiled list, based on actual usage, of what modifies what. thanks.
Vietnam: Website for Black market Dong Rate? [more inside]
What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
Moving to Hong Kong for two years, and seeking advice on keeping the finances in order. [more inside]
The etymology of Greek "glory" names... [more inside]
Babyweb 2.0 - looking for an online app/site to keep track of baby's feeding/pooping etc schedule. [more inside]
For whatever reason, some people are going to fail to cash their economic stimulus checks. What happens to the money that was supposed to be given to those people, but which never leaves the IRS' account?
Beaming my TV / PS3 audio to my bluetooth headphones (specifically for playing Rock Band) [more inside]
My broken foot is healing rather nicely. I'm off my crutches and walking on the boot. My orthopedist gave me some instructions for stretching and rehabbing, but they weren't very specific. How can I do better physical therapy at home? [more inside]
multiple monitors filter: How can I launch a program directly into second monitor without buying Ultramon? Is there a command line tag I can put into the shortcut for instance? [more inside]
We're moving from MD to NJ in mid-June. Looking for information/recommendations for good movers. [more inside]
Do all sample based musicians/bands basically have a full time legal staff? [more inside]
What material is this fountain made out of? What material should I use to make it myself? [more inside]
What song is this? Ethereal and moody vocals (not quite spy, not quite gothic, but leaning ecletic), jazz rock background, sounds a bit like early Goldfrapp, or Morphine, or maybe even Darling Violetta. (All pretty approximate.) Very rough lyrics: I call you Tracy, You get along, You lovely... sing me your song. I call you darling, I know it's strong. I bet... ...and on. Show goes on. Show goes on. I call you ... ... I call you Liza B. I wish I could see That maybe it's only my dream. It's only my dream. Show goes on. Show goes on. I miss... ...queen of bees (beasts?). That honey Suzie, bewitched by me. I think you're... what else can be? ... ... Be my promise breaker, ... delusion maker, ... I wish I could see, It's only my dream. Show goes on, The show goes on.
Where can I drive off road on hills and mud near Boston - Metrowest would be best. 10MPG, I might as well have fun! (Land Rover Discovery btw)
Help me find new rock music please. [more inside]
What are some great national literatures without a substantial presence in English translation? Who/what are their key authors/works? [more inside]
What was daily life like behind the iron curtain? I recently returned from a vacation in a former Warsaw Pact country and could not help but wonder what things were like there 20 years ago. [more inside]
Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
Hi, Booked a vacation to Ocean City MD for the week of 6/16 but now I'm reading about "Senior Week". [more inside]
Why doesn't Moore's Law apply to graphing calculators? [more inside]
The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind... (and shining from the sun, and growing in the pond, etc etc)
How do I invest in green technologies without paying for the privilege? [more inside]
Is It Possible To Create A Wii Fit Workout? [more inside]
I ate tortillas in Mexico that were cooked on an old harrow blade over a wood fire. The harrow blade was dusted with a form of charred bone powder that prevented the tortillas from sticking. They were delicious. Is this anti stick bone powder available anywhere in the US?
Every time I open Word I get the Microsoft Office Setup Assistant opening without letting me open Word. I removed then reinstalled Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac and have the same problem with all office apps. Help? [more inside]
looking for books about the ins and outs of dating sites, from an "experience" point of view or about the psychology/behavioural psychology of those places. anyone read anything like this? [more inside]
How do I meet some intellectual lesbians in Buffalo, NY? [more inside]
Help me realistically assess/improve my (Canadian) law school prospects. [more inside]
My parents are both well into their eighties now with health failing just a little bit more each year. How do I prepare myself for their eventual death? [more inside]
How can I gain a friend's trust? [more inside]
I want to reconstruct Phoenix Mars lander pics in color. There are five B&W images of the same scene with the wavelength in the jpg headers (445, 485, 533, 604, 753nm). How do I combine these? [more inside]
Help me dedicate my book! I am dedicating my upcoming book to my wife and baby daughter, and am searching for inspiration. What are the most memorable dedications that you have seen? [more inside]
Can anyone direct me to a free flyer template that I can download for my MacBook? (PC OK, but I'd have to do the work at home.) We're staging a concert/dance with a cowboy rock band as a fund raiser for the food bank. I've looked and looked with no luck.
Recommend me a low cost terminal/pc/laptop/whatever with an ethernet adapter and a way to access the web. [more inside]
Do I have magnetic superpowers? [more inside]
What has been your experience working as a baker, sous-chef, pastry chef, or on prep staff in a bakery or restaurant? What was the job like? The hours? What skills did you need to know before being hired, and what was OK for you to learn on the job? Did you have any significant professional training before beginning, or was it all self-taught? I have discovered a love of baking and cooking, and am considering going into the field for a couple of years. Is this feasible to do so without culinary school? [more inside]
Hi, I am a contractor and have been assigned the task of building a "weeping wall" in the bathroom for our client. The wall will be a rock wall tilted to about 5 degrees for the water to run down. My question is in regards to the size of the pump and type of drip required to obtain the weeping wall objective. [more inside]
What are your favorite short stories or short story collections, anthologies etc. [more inside]
Other than Quark's own CopyDesk, what "story editors" exist out there that dovetail nicely with XPress 7? [more inside]
Can you create a great fictional team name? [more inside]
Is there a good program to follow to build endurance and cardiovascular fitness on a road bike? I have read previous questions (this seeming the most relevant), but was hoping to find something that was highly structured like the couch to 5K program for runners. How do I do a couch to 100k? I have a nice new road bike and time over the summer.
Coconut milk = sewer gob? [more inside]
My 6th wedding anniversary approaches. Looking for interesting ideas for traditional 6th year gift which i understand is iron. We have a full set of iron cookware already which we love.
What to serve with rosemary brownies? [more inside]
why do kids not flush the toilet? [more inside]
Can anything interesting be done with a broken SLR zoom lens? [more inside]
Chinese language filter: is this site legit? And, if this is a scam, what kind of scam is it? [more inside]
Why is my credit score so @#!%$ing low? I am in a better financial position than anyone I know in my age / earnings category. [more inside]
Vet for a bunny in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Paging all medicos - question about a lung nodule. [more inside]
I'm looking for a small replica (say 8-12") of the Copenhagen Little Mermaid for my garden pond. (In other words, suitable for outdoors.) Anyone know where I can get one? Tried to find online tourist shops in Copenhagen, but no luck. Thanks.
Can you recommend a laptop that is (in order of importance) a. inexpensive, b. small enough to use relatively comfortably on a coach tray table, c. has a looooong battery life. [more inside]
Anyone had regrets about a massive decluttering of their lives? [more inside]
I'm falling in love with Bossa Nova. I want to learn about the genre but honestly have no idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
drupal vs joomla. some questions inside. [more inside]
XP Pro x64 Server + VMware Server + XP Pro x64 --- So my boss has this idea of running VMware Server on our server and backing up the VMware image nightly. His thought here, is that if the server craps out, all we have to do is re-install, copy over the VMware image and we are back in business. [more inside]
Amazon Kindle question: does anyone know if the documents you email to Amazon's 10¢ conversion service are stored in your account cloud forever, as with books you purchase?
I use instant messaging a fair amount to talk to people all over the United States and in Europe, mostly Austria, Germany and England. Why is it that smiley faces (as in =) and :X) are so much more prevalent in Europe (at least Northern Europe) than in America? It feels like one pops up every other line, sometimes twice in the same sentence. I should mention that I am young (18) and so are the people I talk to.
Is there a reason you might experience less ingrown hair after waxing than epilating? Say regular exfoliation practices are thorough and remain the same for both methods. Is my imagination acting up, or is there more to it? I mean they both pull hair out by the roots, right?
How can I keep track of all my people across several computers? [more inside]
Help me with a name for a six week old black pug. We're stumped. [more inside]
What's this foreign-language version of a song from Harry Nilsson's soundtrack to Robert Altman's Popeye? [more inside]
Do any of you have experience with caskets purchased from Costco? The mother of someone very close to me may soon be in need of one, and I've only seen the corners of the displays at the stores themselves. Have any of you actually seen one of the full caskets in person, purchased one, or anything related?
Friend was fired today for being homosexual. State of Iowa. I know she has the opportunity to file for unemployment but does she have any recourse for lawsuit for unlawful termination [more inside]
We'll be around Hot Springs, Arkansas for a few days. What are fun local sights/foods/places/daytrips? [more inside]
My fiance has been experiencing rather severe migraines for close to a year now. Since they began she's been to many different doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. all of whom have failed to provide an answer. Its only now that I'm seeing a correlation between her migraines/headaches and our move into the first floor of an old house within the same timeframe. Could this be mold or another allergen? Help me figure this out and (possibly) get out of here before our wedding. [more inside]
Is there open, free, or inexpensive comprehensive data on the location of coal-fired power plants in the United States available anywhere? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of an xbox game... [more inside]
June graduation + August wedding = announcements and invitations go out within a month of each other. Do I look like a gift-grabbing leech? [more inside]
Recommend some fiction that takes place in autumn. [more inside]
How would I go about buying gold? [more inside]
I'm looking for an application that will scan a website (or subsection) and pull out page titles and the URLs into an HTML site map. [more inside]
I need a new hard drive for my laptop. Best place to shop? [more inside]
Can I download Google Maps for, say, London, to my mobile phone - which I can then access around town? Without going on WAP? [more inside]
Applying to grad school. Help! [more inside]
Can a Chicago landlord transfer storm liability for the structure to the tenant? Can I get out of it? [more inside]
Looking for old westerns with a scene where cowboys have to surrender their guns to the sheriff in order to enter the town, or on their way into an event. [more inside]
Logic board died on my friend's two-year-old MacBook (one year out of warranty). Should she pay for repair ($700 + labor), or sell the carcass for parts and buy, say, a used iBook? [more inside]
My cat has been losing some of her fur and I'm curious about the cause. [more inside]
Law School Filter: What non-Boston schools should I consider if I want to work in Boston after graduation? [more inside]
Creative ideas on how to make BBQ without the barbecue? [more inside]
Can I set up a mailbox that will forward incoming mail as a Twitter direct message? There are several services that will change your Twitter status based on an e-mail. This is not what I want. I shouldn't have to provide my Twitter password either as it is unnecessary for sending direct messages.
Why does a lack of sleep make me markedly more efficient the next day? [more inside]
I'm going to start working out... But what should I do? [more inside]
Sam's Club or Costco? Which one is better? What are the differences? Can I get cases of Red Bull, water, etc at Costco? The website isn't much help.
Rock Album Cover: Mid-seventies, full facial shot of several women, wearing pillbox hats with veils. When you look closer, you see there are sores and scabs on their faces. Artist and title, please? [more inside]
I'm in a bit of a jam economically. I've got to make some decisions on how to proceed. Where can I go for advice and counseling on my best course of action? [more inside]
What does the market for Mac software look like? [more inside]
Advice for going to New Zealand on a working holiday visa? [more inside]
How can I get my web server to interpret perl [more inside]
Can you point me towards a concise summary of the major events from the entire run of the Sex and the City show? [more inside]
I bought a used gas dryer, and need help connecting it. [more inside]
EuropeFilter: Two teens about to spend up to 10 days in Europe. Suggestions on where to go and how to keep it cheap? [more inside]
Could someone please identify the brand of sunglasses being worn by Jason Pierce of Spiritualized on BBCs Later with Jools Holland. Photos inside... [more inside]
Is there a good-quality open source/freeware XML editor for OS X that will understand DTD files (and validate too)? And is geared more toward writing documentation than code?
Server not found at google.com - I get this message several times per day (and not just google - it can be any site) Its been going on for at least 6 months and its driving me nuts. [more inside]
Whenever I diet I get cramp in my left calf at night. It's easily cured by standing up but makes me leap out of bed cursing. What's causing it? And is there any way of stopping it? If I've got to buy something, please bear in mind I'm in the UK. [more inside]
Sumo porn? [more inside]
Why isn't the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters out in America yet when it's already published in the UK? The UK published the first book after America did, so why would the UK publish the sequel first now? Is it even going to be published in the US? Help me, booksellers and those knowledgeable in publishing! [more inside]
Car Sun Shade Question: I have a car sun-shade that is blue on one side and silverish on the other side. Which side should I face out to keep my car cooler? [more inside]
I am 28 years old. I have a master's degree. I am an upper-level administrator at a small college. I make $50,000 a year. And I still live with my parents. Um? [more inside]
Sexyfilter: Lesbian role-play ideas, bonus points for kinky. Yes, really. [more inside]
I have this neighbor who is making me really uncomfortable, and I'm not sure how to make her stop. Background info: she's in her mid 30s, with a husband and two very very sweet little boys. She has a crush on me. Oh, and she's crazy. [more inside]
I am in the last quarter of organic chemistry. I have only about a week to design and come up with my scientific poster to present now (due to circumstances beyond my control). My professor wants us to build these posters the old fashion way (gluing info onto a matte board). I am artistically inept. Please give advice! [more inside]
My doctor told me to quit drinking. I'm a moderate drinker (I think), but I'm having a difficult time with giving it up. Also, what do I tell people? [more inside]
Does anyone know what song is being played in the second half of the trailer for Pineapple Express? The trippy tune with the girl talk-singing, that starts at about 1:20 in this version: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ07JO-SaBc The song is driving me nuts, I'd love to know who it is.
Will academic journals generally publish book reviews written by people who are not academics, but who have applicable experience and knowledge? [more inside]
Which brands/models of used laptops should I be looking at if I want (A) something that won't easily break, and (B) to avoid proprietary parts and chipsets? [more inside]
Is there a word to describe being sucked into wikipedia; inadvertently wasting hours of time by delving deeper and deeper into articles, interesting link by interesting link? If not, can you help me come up with a clever term for this phenomenon?
My car was repossessed and auctioned and now Honda wants the difference paid in full. If I could have made the payments I would have...are there any lawyers out there that can help answer my questions, worries and anxieties? [more inside]
Where can I buy an Archos 605 in-store in San Francisco or Las Vegas? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find the operating software and a manual for an HP Powerwise 2100 Battery Backup? APC bought HP's battery backups unit in 1994, but this unit seems to work great. I want to control it from my PC but have no software and no instructions. I've visited all of the manual sites and software download sites I can think of.
As a Canadian investor with a discount brokerage account (TD Waterhouse), what are the downsides to investing in NYSE stocks as opposed to TSX stocks? [more inside]
Which is the best shipping service to use for moving? USPS, Fedex, or UPS? I would like them to come to my house. [more inside]
Where can I find information on historical paladins? [more inside]
How might I lease a tablet PC, and will it change my life? [more inside]
How can I design a robust system that collects lunch orders and payments, collates them, and then dispatches them to a sandwich shop - all automatically? [more inside]
Design/decorating filter:Anyone know who the artist of this print is, or point me to some similar types of prints? [more inside]
Windows XP TrojanFilter: I caught a trojan, cleaned it out, and now...100% CPU usage making my computer unusable, and I can't turn on Windows Update besides. With System Restore off, and every piece of software I've run so far telling me it's now clean, how can I fix my system without wiping my hard drive? [more inside]
Is there any meaning associated with stars on the sides of houses? On Virginia's Eastern shore, I saw a bunch of houses with 5-sided stars like this one on their sides. Most were black, but some were more muted colors. Do they mean anything? [more inside]
Are there any good websites/blogs for Lights & Sound (as in theater)? [more inside]
Is there a Literary device / term for this example - a character in a story yells quiet or hush. The closest I could think of was irony, but I'm guessing there's something more specific. Thanks.
Working from home -- tips and tricks? [more inside]
CookingFilter: I need cookbooks or websites that have step by step visuals of recipes. [more inside]
My parents are really bugging me about dating/marriage and I need it to stop. How, short of marrying someone random, can I get them to leave me alone? [more inside]
What is the difference between the original Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch and the Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch sold now?
What is the difference between the original Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch and the Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch sold now? [more inside]
I'm interested in a relatively low-cost international service project to join for late summer/early fall. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What are some Bachelor Party options for Philadelphia on a Friday night? "Adult Entertainment" is probably out (Atlantic City for the next night). We're looking for fun places that a group of 8 guys in mid 20s would enjoy (early 20s places are always an option). Bars, BYOBs for dinner, cheesy dance clubs. Probably looking for places where the dude ratio is relatively low. Staying in center city.
What do I wear in central Italy this July so that I don't instantly look like a North American (Canadian) tourist. I'm a 60-year old petite blond. [more inside]
What happens in 50 Perry Street in the West Village of NYC? [more inside]
I have a crush on her filter: Do I tell her now? [more inside]
What music does the world listen to? [more inside]
I would like to go to the drive in on a date in my Audi. The problem? The persistent beep that happens with the key engaged and the seatbelt unfastened. Help me conquer this inconvenience so I can get lucky in one of the classic American dating pastimes. [more inside]
How can I install the Mac Office 2008 Volume License (VLA) version over Mac Office 2008 Peronal License version without losing any user data? [more inside]
Help me make/find a good stir-fry sauce... [more inside]
After a lifetime of no weight problems, I am about 30 pounds overweight (this has happened over the past 5 years) but have not changed my eating or exercise habits since my pre-weight-gain days. My doctor says that I have no health problems (my thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar have all been checked.) I probably consume around 2000-2400 calories a day and I exercise fairly regularly (3x/week). I haven't had any undue stress or strife in my life, and lead a happy, normal life. I'm a female, late 30s, and am finding it next to impossible to lose the weight. If I try to cut calories even for a day, I find that I am totally starving, and I feel weak, cranky, and dopey (I have a very hard time concentrating at work when I try to eat less). Any suggestions for losing the weight at a reasonable rate (I don't want to be "on a diet" for months on end) without feeling so rotten?
How do I find artist space? [more inside]
I'm an attorney, admitted to the New York Bar in February, 2007. I've recently discovered that I did not complete the required number of CLE credits in my first year. How to I best rectify the error and what consequences can I expect to befall me? [more inside]
There is this girl I've had a crush on for about 4 years. She works in a shop, and our relationship is limited to talking in the shop. She has had a boyfriend for a long time. I recently was away for a long period of time, and now that I'm back, she seems to have gotten more serious with her boyfriend, but at the same time now wants to invite me to dinner! What's up with this? (Long, long story) [more inside]
CoconutFilter: Spring/Summer has finally hit Boston. I was at Whole Foods yesterday and was enticed by the freshly cut .45 lb. coconut in a little plastic container. It was white and glistening and tropical, so I bought it. I don't know what to do with it. [more inside]
I'm looking for practical, first-person, inspirational stories of how to launch/bootstrap entrepreneurial ideas with little or no resources. The more specific and detailed, the better. [more inside]
Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
I live in south/central (not coastal, not hill country) Texas. What time of day should I water my tomato plants? [more inside]
What speakers should I bring with me to Burning Man? I'm looking for powered PA-style speakers, preferably less that $250 each, that will withstand the dust and heat. (hopefully for more than one year :) [more inside]
What is a fair price for a vintage Fendi bag? [more inside]
HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
What are your favorite tofu recipes?
Google search problems here. I've asked around the local tech circle and no one can think up an explanation for this one. Google will load in FF and IE7 - but - I can only execute a search from IE. [more inside]
Anyone ever grappled with mysterious headaches? I'm interested in both the grappling process and the treatment. Details within. [more inside]
Is this a low-blood sugar crash? [more inside]
I LOVE my new juicer but the oranges betray me. [more inside]
Help me eat this delicious Chinese crab dish. [more inside]
How can I eliminate and prevent mold and mosquitoes from my apartment? [more inside]
Complicated Excel formula question involving text-search and Japanese characters. Can you help? [more inside]
Where can I get a hagstrom super swede electric guitar in vintage sunburst? [more inside]
Low volume, book scanning service? I want to ship to these people my (recent, copyrighted) paper- and hardbacks, and they scan them, destroy them, ocr them, proof them, and email me back a pdf. I have many books that I want to reference, but I like to move a lot, and they're weighing me down. [more inside]
Plate of beans in the carpool lane: Help me head off summer mama drama. [more inside]
Fixedgearfilter: I'd like to build a single speed bike, but I have no idea what frame and forks to buy. [more inside]
Anyone know a good music store in Little Rock, Arkansas, ideally near the airport, preferably on or near I40 N/I65 W?
Does anyone know where I can show a screening of a short film (15 min.) in New York City on the cheap? [more inside]
What are the best UV blocking sunglasses for overall eye health and well being, brand name or otherwise? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a good software program for e-mail marketing? [more inside]
Where can I find a shirt like this (except white with blue trim), and pants like these (except black), either online or in the Chicago area between now and July 1st? [more inside]
How do I get panic attacks, triggered by the threat of a real physiological condition, under control? Warning: Somewhat gross discussion inside. [more inside]
How to de-fog fogged up storm windows? [more inside]
A few months ago my car was hit (hit & run) while parked on the street (ahh, city living). I filed the police report, and went to my insurance company. They assesed the damage and gave me a check (made out to me) to get my car repaired. I still haven't gotten it repaired. It's an older car (2000) and I won't sell it ever (plan to drive it till it dies- which should be about 10 more years because I rarely drive). Would it be fraud for me to say heck with repairing it and keep the check? Will I regret not having it repaired? [more inside]
Is it rude to purchase leather furniture if I have vegan friends?
I need to find the best doctor to treat Non-Traumatic Myelopathy in a 19 year old male. [more inside]
What are some good parameters to use when judging someone's intelligence on the fly? [more inside]
How to avoid localized Google, forever and ever? [more inside]
Cheapest Flight to Anywhere: I have a large flight credit on Continental Airlines that I need to use with in the next few months. I'd like to find the cheapest ticket for a same day departure/return so that I can get the remaining balance refunded. Is there somewhere I can find all Continental flights originating from Newark, NJ (EWR) over the next few months? Kayak.com is great but I have to know the destination to get the prices.
Where did the file go after it was opened from a website and edited it in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to access the heatsink on my laptop. [more inside]
Anyone published a children's book, or work at a publishing house that does? [more inside]
We are having a new kitchen floor put in. Everything has to be out of the kitchen. The propane company wants $130 to spend two minutes disconnecting and reconnecting our propane kitchen stove. There is a shutoff valve next to the stove. Can I safely DIY. How?
I like to listen to my music loud, but out of respect to others I'd like to keep the noise bleed to a minimum. (Think: riding in the subway.) Are their headphones that are built specifically to reduce the amount of noise pollution given off? [more inside]
I'm translating a script into English, and the dreaded "Hollywood format" in particular. Doing this in Word is a freakin' impossible task with all the goofy formatting and margins, so is there any particular freeware screenwriting software or preprogrammed Word styles I should be aware of? Would sure as cooter save me some hours of my life...
I've currently got a HP Mini-Note 2133 running Ubuntu. I was going to take a stab at installing OS X on it this coming weekend when I realized I could get a 12" iBook or PowerBook G4 for roughly the same price and it would still be small enough I wouldn't mind carrying it around with me all the time and it would run OS X with no hassle. I'd keep my MacPro as my primary workstation that I use for image editing and such, this would just be for email and for surfing the web on the go. If I get a G4 era laptop and install Leopard on it (want to use Back to My Mac after I roll my own dot mac) will I have any issues? I've only recently become a Mac user after years on Linux, so I never used a PPC-based system. Will application like Camino, Mail, Adium, etc all run with no problems? This is what the universal binary thing is all about, right? Anything else I should be aware of? Any tips or tricks for slimming down 10.5 to make it run better on the older hardware? Thanks!
What are some good things to do with one or two pre-teen boys? Besides play video games? [more inside]
My daughter started day care almost two months ago. My husband and I have been intermittently sick ever since she got started. Is it common for adults to be debilitated by day care plagues, and if so, when will this misery end?!?! [more inside]
I irreparably damaged my installation of Windows Vista by trying to clean out my winsxs folder. I'm pretty sure there's no way to recover at this point. I'd like to know if anyone has some good suggestions for tutorials or tools to use to rescue my user info so that when I reinstall I can salvage my stuff. [more inside]
I'm planning a summer vacation with our three teenaged boys. 14 year old twins and a 13 year old. We've done the Florida/disney thing already and I'm looking for some ideas for a fun place to go where they'll have enough to keep them busy and out of trouble for a week. Budget is $7000 all in. Any thoughts out there?
A director friend asked me to design the opening and closing credits for her upcoming film. Please school me on the technical aspects. [more inside]
What does a river look like from above, over time? [more inside]
On BBC Radio 6 a few days ago, probably sometime late at night or early in the morning in British time (I was listening in the afternoon in the US) they were playing a concert recording of an artist who’s volcal style resembled a less coherent Amy Winehouse. One of the songs used part of tchaichovskys Romeo and Juliet for a hook, and it was all mostly soul/R&B type music. Any ideas what it was?
How well-regarded and useful is the Certified Business Manager (CBM) credential? [more inside]
Why would a laptop convert videos to iPod formats so slowly? Is this normal? What changes to make it better? Possibly a new computer? [more inside]
What cheers you up? [more inside]
Workout filter; From time to time, I love to do Crossfit.com 's workout of the day. Any other sites or blogs that feature that? I would prefer workout of the days, that focus of building size/mass but any will do for now. thanks :)
I signed up to give a 90-minute Powerpoint presentation on Microsoft Excel 2007. It's open-ended as to the specific content, and I am stuck. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are moving across the country, from DC to the metro Dallas area. I've never moved cross-country on this scale, so what tips/advice/warnings can you give me about this sort of move? [more inside]
Is there any way to find a cache page of a website that was taken down within the past day? I have tried the major search engines with no luck... [more inside]
I'm looking for gift ideas for my daughter's sixteenth birthday. She's not into the traditional Sweet 16 routine but still, I feel like the gift has to be more significant than a regular old B-day gift. About her: musical hippie type (has good guitar and equipment already), California girl relocated to Moscow Idaho two years ago; mellow, sweet girl. ANY ideas greatly appreciated.
Where can I find a pair of awesome sunglasses I saw on some guy walking down the street last month? [more inside]
Biochemists, cell biologists and assorted biotech types, what's your favorite method for removing gelatin from antibody solutions? No amines allowed! [more inside]
Is my cell phone company lying about unlocking and SIM-carding while abroad? [more inside]
Where to buy a suit that's comfortable when it's warm, in London or San Francisco? [more inside]
Feh. I'm straightening out the accounts of a not-for-profit as a volunteer and putting them onto Quickbooks. Before I got my hands on their books, someone paid the same bill twice. How do I enter two checks for one bill and still take the credit on a future bill? [more inside]
ATL filter. I'm traveling to Atlanta for a concert at the Tabernacle near Centennial Olympic Park. Where should I eat beforehand? [more inside]
Can you restore an application windows missing from the taskbar? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good deli that delivers in Los Angeles, Beachwood Canyon to be precise. I need a website or very patient people. [more inside]
I take tablets of digestive enzymes daily. Am I wasting my time and money? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a simple open source library management system / book database which offers a searchable web front-end / OPAC and which accepts imported data without MARC records (ie CSV or tab-delimited)? [more inside]
Languages: 'I'm coming' versus 'I'm going' in response to 'Come here!' [more inside]
i was in a very bad car accident this weekend and smashed my dominant hand and my non dominant shoulder. i've been told my dominant hand may not regain full functionality. any tips on getting through the next few weeks/months? any good car accident recovery stories? [more inside]
Help me build a simple intervalometer! [more inside]
Moo: Our local farmer, who raises beef cattle organically (no antibiotics, no fertilizers on their home-grown feed, etc., etc.), keeps all of his cows with new calves in a plowed (dirt) field for about two months after the little ones are born. Why? [more inside]
Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing)? [more inside]
Advice for San Diego accommodations for Comic-Con? [more inside]
I need advice on how to organize an urban, neighbourhood-wide Capture the Flag game. [more inside]
I'm looking for universities that allow students to attend classes without enrolling.. [more inside]
When I close the lid of my White 13" MacBook and apply some pressure to the top, as when carrying it, there is some flexibility that is the screen bending slightly. Is this dangerous for the screen or is it designed to withstand that pressure?
How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
How long does it take to get a replacement social security card? I'm in Texas, if it matters.
Does anyone know of a super lightweight (i.e. backpackable) solar still that could be used to purify sea water on a long trip? [more inside]
What's the parking at/near Comera Park like? Is it safe and inexpensive? [more inside]
OK - this is stupid, but how on earth did these people get such high scores on Off-Road Velociraptor Safari? I got 1,000,000 points once when the game crashed mid-jump, but I can't fathom how these guys got scores in the billions!
Will my lifelong habit of crossing my legs cause problems, like circulation, down the road? [more inside]
Everyone in my department at work (desktop publishing) is paid overtime except me (I'm salaried) and we all have the same job title and responsibilities. Is this legal? [more inside]
Best software to start mxing and creating my own dance tracks? [more inside]
Where can I find some good vegetarian eating in the Ft. Lauderdale/ Weston area? [more inside]
Web Page E-mail Links That Don't Work: Bug or Feature? Greetings Mefi-World! Here on my Mac OS X Panther PowerBook, nothing happens when I click on e-mail links on any web page in Safari and Firefox. Is this a feature I need to turn on, or is this intentional; an anti-spam thing? If it's the former, what do I change to make clicking on these links open a new e-mail (in Apple Mail)? All suggestions appreciated greatly.
JobFilter: My boss gets busier every day; I still report to him but expecting guidance/supervision/mentoring has become a joke due to his insane workload. Should I move to another department? [more inside]
Resources for thrill seekers and general superhero/spy training in Texas? [more inside]
Why does my photo scanner show images with "white flecks" all over them? [more inside]
What is the very best water park for 30ish folks to enjoy in the NY/NJ area?
I bought a Griffin Amplifi off Ebay sans power supply. It would seem to be the only product in the world with an AC to DC converter that doesn't specify what the voltage it uses is in the documentation, so that I can buy a generic universal power supply adapter. Anyone own one of these that could look on the power supply brick itself and see what the output is? Thanks.
Where can I comfortably get dinner in Paris, by myself, late on a weeknight? [more inside]
In the Art of Noise song "Instruments of Darkness" (from the In Visible Silence CD, not the various remixes), there is a sample of a voice saying "Your agony must endure forever". This has been attributed to Neil Kinnock, a British politician. Does anyone know what that statement was in reference to and the text of the full speech or comment?
I just bought some Lyle's Golden Syrup, and realized that I have no idea what to do with it. This being my first ever can of the stuff, I'm looking for easy and tasty things to do with it. [more inside]
Give me some ideas to manage my files, my data, my general computer setup etc. etc. for best use from multiple locations. [more inside]
Which path to a career in libraries: diploma or master's degree? [more inside]
I'm interested in learning how to wire LEDs and program/control them. [more inside]
Book recommendation time! Since you guys did so well the last time I looked for books, I thought I'd kick another random search at you. Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances, like in Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist. More inside. [more inside]
IslamFilter: I'm looking for examples of regional cultures/ethnic groups within the present-day Ummah that were bypassed by the expansion of Islam. For example, most of the people of the mountainous and hard to access Nuristan province of Afghanistan only converted to Islam ca. 1890. Prior to that it was known to everyone outside Nuristan as "Kaffirstan" (land of the unbelievers/infidels). [more inside]
Financial skills building classes or workshops for a low-income person with crappy money management skills? [more inside]
What sorts of code words, specific language or techniques are used in your industry, profession, or area of expertise that can be used to manipulate the system? Or, what sorts of tricks have you found that work in similar ways? [more inside]
Do pheromone colognes really work? [more inside]
How do I get over a girl who has lead me on/won't commit, but I like very much? [more inside]
I tire of the summer hiatus from academia. I live with a very strong work ethic and moral sense of duty that causes me a sort of existential crisis when my life seems to be put on hold. This feeling cannot be ignored, and cannot (seem to) be reconciled. Do you have similar experiences? I'd love to hear stories... [more inside]
How do taxes work for a Canadian citizen producing creative content for an american publication? How about a Canadian providing 'e-training' to an American? [more inside]
Do you have any suggestions or insight that could help me figure out whether I should marry my boyfriend? [more inside]
Which living landscape photographer's work can be compared to Anselm Adams' stunning photography? Perhaps Edward Burtynsky (or Andreas Gursky - although he manipulates his images)... ?
Why do some people wear shoes in the house? [more inside]
Help! I have five-ish hours to locate, download, and burn some source of psychedelic imagery/video for a friends' show in Seattle. Think Electric Sheep, only less screensaver, more burnable to dvd. [more inside]
I want to get away from Palm Desktop. [more inside]
What are some good non-religious readings I can use at a memorial service? [more inside]
Help a PGP/GPG noob hold a key signing party. [more inside]
I really want to travel - how can I get started? [more inside]
I need ideas for creative (and cheap) party favors for a "Death & Taxes" party I'm hosting early in June! [more inside]
Getting snookered trying to connect a new laptop running Vista Home Basic to our fully functional home WLAN!
I have recently received a brand new HP530 laptop sporting an Intel Celeron M chip at 1.6GHz running a pre-installed version of Microsoft Windows Home Basic. Lovely to look at, but I rapidly came to grief attempting to connect to my BT HomeHub WLAN which works just fine for my iMac and another laptop PC. [more inside]
Cat lovers! Please tell me whether it is reasonable for me to get (a) cat(s) with the layout / options I have, or whether I should just abandon the idea for now. [more inside]
How good is Slingbox's video? [more inside]
Help me appreciate movies! [more inside]
What Spanish language kids' show (in the USA) would be good to watch for someone trying to pick up Spanish? [more inside]
I have an HP Pavilion a1200y desktop. When you turn it on the monitor is blank, how can I fix this? [more inside]
How can I avoid shiny keys syndrome on my computer keyboards? This relates to the patches of smoothness that seem to appear on often-used keys after a few months of consistent use. [more inside]
Significant Other relations filter: I have a wonderful, devoted, attentive, ardent, insightful, supportive, affectionate, amazing boyfriend. But...I've only had the kind that got tired of me and left in a few months. How do I shake the occasional paranoia that he'll do the same? [more inside]
Desktop monitoring software for PCs and Macs [more inside]
Other than the cost of switching, is it pretty reasonable to convert from oil to natural gas? I own my home, and am unlikely to move.
Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5?
Mac Powermac G4 AGP will not boot, can I take the drive and boot using a firewire enclosure on another G5? [more inside]
Any advice on how to speed up the aging process of a feather pillow to achieve maximum comfort? [more inside]
If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone. I love the writings of Jack Handey. His Deep Thoughts (beware sound!) and his articles in the New Yorker. I would love to hear recommendations of similarly funny writings. [more inside]
I'm so close to finishing my new database project, but I'm bumping up against my personal ceiling. Can anyone help me determine how to search my Rails project? [more inside]
I did a bad thing. I leaned too hard on my Mac and actually created a depression in the top of my laptop. [more inside]
Bottle-Filter: What's the name of these bottles pictured on this TOM BIHN product page? [more inside]
How can I corrupt memory? I have a plain SD card, and I'd like to be able to reliably make the memory corrupt. Can this be done? [more inside]
Recommendations for French Cooking courses in London or Paris? [more inside]
Travel advice filter – planning a trip which will take me via Canyonlands, Bryces and Zion NP to Las Vegas, and from San Francisco to San Diego.
Travel advice filter – planning a trip which will take me via Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion NP to Las Vegas, and from San Francisco to San Diego. I am looking for any thoughts on my itinerary in general and am particularly interested in ideas for: nice places to stop en route, must do things in San Francisco and San Diego. Also, am I allocating enough/too much time to the national parks? [more inside]
TV-Filter: I'd love to get your recommendations for best tv shows on at the moment. [more inside]
What US governmental RFP sites are worth the time/money - or do you know of any free ones that are not impossible to search? [more inside]
hi all, this is a first question for me, so here goes; I have spent this Memorial Day weekend without A/C at home (in Dallas, TX) because I have water "streaming" from somewhere at the top of the condenser unit (inside the house). to be more specific, the water is blowing out of an opening through which a cold (to the touch) copper pipe enters the "box" above the condenser unit... needless to say, the floor has been saturated and will be a second issue to resolve later. any info that would help me resolve would be appreciated. thanks in advance.
Say a large web based company like Amazon or eBay wants to roll out a major new feature but first needs to perform a cost benefit analysis. What's the process used to forecast the benefits? [more inside]
Quite often when debugging hardware, such as a router, a recommended solution is to downgrade the firmware to a version that is generally agreed to be the most "stable". What is it about firmware that often leads to the latest released firmware not being the best firmware? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good DVD Slideshow software download? [more inside]
how can i use my apple remote in parallels? [more inside]
I am very seriously considering attending St. John's School of Law. What's it like? [more inside]
I'm thinking of relocating the base station to a different part of the house, behind a brick wall which will significantly reduce the range of the handsets . Is it possible to open one of these up and install a more powerful antenna? [more inside]
To the Indian MeFites - and the non-indian chefs as well - what are your favorite family Indian recipes and what are some tricks in the preparation to give the food that authentic Indian taste. You know, rich, delicious, mouth-watering, and savoury to the point that eating becomes a spiritual experiece in itself. [more inside]
Have you ever known someone with so much artistic potential, who does nothing with it? [more inside]
Looking for a program that will take an image as the input and gives back a chart/graph/number with the amount of colours as the output. [more inside]
Recommend to me film noir musicals, either performed on stage or screen. Stuff that almost falls within the genre is good as well. Murder, gumshoes, gangsters, speakeasys, the 30s, 40s, or 50s...
Shirt too long to wear untucked—what to do? Or just hang with it. [more inside]
Post-partum vegetarian healthy food help. [more inside]
recommend a good dog-friendly car-camping spot in east tennessee, please. (or recommend a site that can help us find one) [more inside]
Is there an Internet radio station that specializes in the stuff that "bubbled under" the Top 40 during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
Save me from the pain of chilli-in-the-eye. [more inside]
Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
How can I do a stroll in theater outside in my yard on the cheap this summer? I want to have a movie for friends and neighbors in my yard this year. I can't afford a projector. Can I rent?? [more inside]
Is there any neighborhood or general area in San Francisco that allows a carless commute to the Mission, and where an indoor-outdoor cat could be reasonably safe? [more inside]
I have an addiction to sugar free, nearly-zero calorie Lakerol pastilles, ideally in cassis or lemon, and to Ricola's similar lemon-mint breath mints. Because they're primarily made of gum arabic, they're very chewable and give my mouth something to do... and yes, very tasty. The problem being that they're about $1.40 for a .8 oz. box, and I can go through 2-3 boxes a day, no problem. At $28 a pound, that's more expensive than some cigarrette habits! Any ideas on similarly chewable nearly no calorie candies, ideally in a larger container, in bulk, by the pound, etc?
Should I be concerned about mold? [more inside]
Can you help me track down a replacement for a Buddha pendant that a coworker brought back to Australia from Cambodia approximately 10 years ago? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good hiking trails in western Maryland or the northeastern panhandle of West Virginia? [more inside]
How do I port my prepaid number to a different carrier's plan while retaining my balance? [more inside]
How do I gracefully put people at ease who I have met very briefly before but most probably do not remember me when I meet them the second time?
How do I gracefully put people at ease who I have met very briefly before but most probably do not remember me when I meet them the second time? [more inside]
I'd like set up an RSS feed which offers results of a search from news feeds I've selected. Alternatives to Yahoo Pipes, please. [more inside]
What's the process by which published fiction gets adapted into comic book form? [more inside]
OK, OK, nobody else has asked, so I will: How do I get my hands on the popular and way-sold-out Wii Fit in the U.S. -- without paying more than retail? [more inside]
How can I find a gay-friendly doctor in my area?
Compared to the United States, how difficult is it for patients in Scandinavian countries (or Europe in general) to obtain their legally prescribed opiates? (i.e. are there the same, more or fewer hurdles?) [more inside]
Seeking swimming hole at lake around NYC like the ones I used to go to as a kid in Texas. [more inside]
How do I layer a metronome over music on my Ipod? [more inside]
Is a blackberry still useful without a data plan? I have credit toward a phone upgrade on sprint and can get a blackberry for free. My main use for it is text messaging, syncronizing contacts and calendar with my Mac (using missing sync) and Bible software. I don't actually need email or web. In order to get it for free I have to sign up for a data plan which costs $39. I am willing to do that for a month and then cancel if I can. Will the blackberry still be able to do all the things I need without a data plan? Thanks
I've recently gotten out of a LTR where there was a lot of sex without foreplay-- my ex didn't like to kiss/cuddle/etc. Now I'm with a cute, fabulous girl who absolutely loves making out, and I'm thrilled, but feeling like I've forgotten a lot of my old tricks. Suggestions? [more inside]
Anyone have any good vacation recommendations for crossdressers? [more inside]
Flying to the USA - What should i watch out for? [more inside]
Electrical Estimate Filter: Short version is, is $1100 USD a proper estimate for simply replacing a 125 amp breaker and a 60 amp breaker in a standard residential breaker box? [more inside]
Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that won't make me break out? [more inside]
I'd like to create a stock photo service for a client. Does anyone have any recommendations for existing services such as photostockplus.com or those that focus on selling digital content such as tidwit.com or the now defunct blish.com. Is there a leader in this marketplace? [more inside]
How do I scale back Windows Server 2003 for Small Business? [more inside]
Would you please share your recommendations for home inspectors and/or pest inspectors in or around Oakland, CA? [more inside]
Pool clubs in Chicago? [more inside]
I will be moving to Marina Del Rey from NY soon. I've been a New Yorker all my life, and don't know much about west coast economics. I do come from the 10th most expensive-to-live-in county in the country, so I'm sure I won't be terribly ruffled by the prices. I was hoping I could get some insight on how much it typically costs for: Electric, Gas and Heat, Water, Cable/Net, and any other utilties I may have missed. Thanks!
Where can I get some work done tomorrow in Manhattan (around 65th and Broadway)? [more inside]
Although an aquantaince said he hadn't lifted weights in 9 years, he looked like a active weight-lifter, huge. WTF? [more inside]
A question about how our bodies affect radio reception... [more inside]
Good tips or techniques for identifying, and articulating, negative emotions? [more inside]
I tend to get very excited about lots of different projects and overcommit myself. I can be happily insanely busy for a while, but then I get overwhelmed, freak out and flake out. I don't want to do this anymore. How can I find balance and learn to work sustainably?
For the life of me, I can't seem to burn a dual-layer DVD+R on a Mac. [more inside]
Online videos about courage, survival and adventure. Where? [more inside]
I need to hang things from my walls and ceilings, but can't. Help! [more inside]
My Xbox original shuts itself off. [more inside]
Now that I've decided to propose to my girlfriend, I suddenly seem to be picking fights with her. What's going on? [more inside]
I am going on holiday to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich in August, what should I pre-book to avoid disappointment or gain best options?
I'm trying to put a bootable, persistent Linux install on my USB drive, but it won't boot! [more inside]
What code do I need to modify to alter the width of the new post/new page box in WordPress? [more inside]
I'm being driven crazy by what is most likely an interesting, artistic hoax. [more inside]
Things to do with a one year-old and a four-year old outside the house. [more inside]
What does it take to be a doctor (MD)? And what does it take to be a doctor (PhD)? Torn about what path to pursue, [more inside]
My daughter is beginning to learn to build furniture and has a particular interest in learning how to identify exotic and really any furniture-quality woods. She is a visual learner so pictures rather than wordy descriptions work best for her. [more inside]
Need help identifying 3 tree branches from the Southeastern Minnesota region. [more inside]
Where can I find a looooong collage picture frame? [more inside]
Where can I buy baby clothes with Massachusetts Institute of Technology logos on them online?
I've been getting "extra" periods... [more inside]
How to dual boot vista/ubuntu hardy heron and get everything set up. More details Inside. Starting to pull hair out :( [more inside]
Why won't this file go away in Vista's DVD burner? [more inside]
What is the difference between a purse and a bag? [more inside]
My wife has a friend from college (about 20 years ago) with whom she wants to sever relations. Nothing major happened; she just finds the friendship more stressful than it's worth. [more inside]
Every time an electionfilter post gets deleted, people say, "There are websites where this post would be appropriate, but this isn't one of them." What sites are those? [more inside]
mp3 Fiesta - what's the catch? [more inside]
Vegan airport/airline dining - connect and lunch in Dallas (DFO) or Chicago (ORD)? Somewhere else? How long to allow for a connection to assure we can eat at the restaurant you recommend? We're traveling from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco and it's looking kind of grim for in-flight meals; it's > 7 hours overall travel time but broken into two segments; best advice for not-having-to-pack-lunch? [more inside]
Is there a program that will help to convert a batch (10 to 100) of WordPerfect files into TXT or RTF or DOC format so that they can then be archived into a text management program? [more inside]
What do you take for lunch everyday? [more inside]
It's not a feature, it's a bug or why do they impair my equipment when not asked to? [more inside]
Can anybody give me some ideas for fun things to do in and around Rostock, Germany? My other half wants to do a one-week course at the end of July and I'm thinking about tagging along for the trip and need to keep myself entertained during the days. [more inside]
Where can I sell some vinyl records in Austin or San Antonio? [more inside]
Is it possible to bypass a math course requirement at a community college? [more inside]
How can I make my navigation bar in WordPress look like this, without modifying the WordPress code? [more inside]
my daughter 'mod podged' a collage to her wall. now that i'm remodeling, she's distraught about losing her work. anyone know a way to remove it from a painted, drywall surface? i've offered to photograph it, which i'm thinking is the only solution. any other suggestions, or just save my money for therapy? thanks.
Has my gmail been hacked? [more inside]
Why won't Norton Ghost make a recovery point for my C drive? [more inside]
Help me identify this garden snail, please? Most of the info I've found on garden snails is centered on the Pacific Northwest & California. I'm in Philly, and am unsure as to what varieties of snails are common on the east coast. [more inside]
I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
Share your favorite asparagus recipes! I love it grilled and roasted, but I eat it like this all the time. What are some new ways to prepare one of my favorite veggies? [more inside]
Should my friend dip into her 401k to pay off credit card debt? [more inside]
I'll soon be training some new employees remotely via shared desktop + speakerphone (possibly + webcam). I/ we have never done this before, so if I'm put on the spot, what are good, different ways to deflect questions that I don't know the answer to whilst keeping my cool and not sounding like I'm clueless? [more inside]
We ate at Sonic last night and got a cool kids toy that consisted of marble run type pieces with magnetic backs for fridge use. However, instead of a marble, it had a wheel that rides the rails. My son has a birthday at the end of June and I would like to get a large set of these. I can only find the type with marbles, no good in my house. Where can I find the wheel type fridge roller coaster that will keep a 6 and 2 year old busy for hours?
I am pondering whether to get one of those $100-150 department-store above-ground swimming pools to help beat the heat. Are they a steal, or am I wasting my money? Comments from anyone who owns one?
Looking to start running again- it's been 10 years and I want to take better care of my knees this time. What are your favorite stretches and exercises for preventing/relieving patella-femoral syndrome (runner's knee)? and... [more inside]
Movie Filter: I can't believe I am saying this but I couldn't follow the plot of Iron Man, or it just didn't make sense... ***SPOILERS INSIDE*** [more inside]
Female orgasm question (by a female). [more inside]
If you could only own one of Nina Simone's albums (not a "best of"), what would it be? [more inside]
Great places in the world to visit (or short-term volunteer opportunities) when traveling alone?
Question for my roommate about red blur in shooting MiniDV video. [more inside]
Vague Movie Recollection filter: All I remember is this is a movie from the late 60's, set in Africa. One key scene is a bad guy wearing a stolen watch with a builtin alarm starts a stampede (of elephants?) when the wrist watch alarm goes off. Said bad guy ends up crushed in a bush. The alarm watch touch suggests it's set in modern times. Help me, Mefites!
How can I send pictures to my Blogger blog using my Sprint phone? I've set it up so that I can send text messages and they will post, but I'm having a bear of a time setting up picture mail to do the same. Any suggestions?
How do I handle interactions with a parent in the present, when I still haven't been able to let go of anger from the past? It's my mother.. simply calling me every now and then to ask how I am doing, and yet when she comes up on my caller ID I usually have overwhelming feelings of dread, anger, and then guilt if I don't pick up the phone. [more inside]
Loading address list / contact list into iphone. Starting with a word doc. [more inside]
How do I perform well after abstaining from sex for four years? [more inside]
Yet another...help me find a this song after I supply you with really vague details about it question. But come on, it's fun! [more inside]
What kind of community music ensembles are there that a flute player could join in (or near) the San Fernando valley area of Los Angeles? [more inside]
Should I move from an unsatisfying job at a stable company, to a better job at a company that might soon be sold? I'm not happy at my current job, and have just been offered a better position elsewhere. The problem is, the company that's trying to hire me is on the auction block, and will probably be sold in less than a year. [more inside]
[MotoQ Filter] Help me send and receive picture messages with my cellphone. [more inside]
I'm going to be studying in Jerusalem next year, and I'd really like it if one of my friends could come and visit me. The only problem is her father - he is very resistant to the idea, and undoubtedly gets his concerns from the news - which we know has an awful tendency of sensationalizing things beyond recognition. I was hoping you guys could help me put something together that she could show her father, to hopefully help assuage some of his fears. I mean, we're not planning on road-tripping down to Gaza or anything! [more inside]
I just saw this, from the Tower Bridge, and for the first time I thought: "Twitter could be awesome for things like this!" Any similarly awesome twitterers you can recommend? (Strict awesomeness criteria inside.) [more inside]
Why do people I know, both acquaintances and quasi-friends, bring up my oddities whenever we go out together? It annoys me, and I wonder if I'm overreacting. [more inside]
explain-this-joke filter? "Hey, if *I'm* late, think what her husband's saying." (from The Talented Mr. Ripley) [more inside]
Is it ethical to make money subleasing an apartment to others while not living there myself? Does the landlord need to know? [more inside]
Poison Ivy -- Ok, I'm on round 2 of dosepack, steriod creams, and combining N1 and N2 allergy inhibitors -- I'm doing the best modern medicine has to offer, and based on the raised ugly red whelps it appears to no avail. I'm covered from head to toe and unfortunately points in between. Now -- how about some some Hivemind brilliance on other methods to get this more under control. I'm game for about anything at this stage. And yeah, I know I shouldn't -- but I did -- so please, help me! (Thanks...)
Calling all Stained Glass Experts!!! Is it all right to put older stained glass pannels inside insulated glass? Older windows on church, are there better ways to protect - save energy?
How should I reconcile my baby's happy, working sleep schedule with our upcoming international travel? [more inside]
I need Wordpress to display the_time as well as the_time - X. [more inside]
Does anyone know a good multi-function printer (print/copy/scan) that does NOT use ink cartridges with embedded chips? [more inside]
What author should I delve into next? [more inside]
How did paper-based library circulation work before computers? I remember that the librarian stamped the book and the book's card with the due date (by hand), and then kept the card. What did they do with the card? How did they associate the book with my account? Was there a separate ledger where they kept the association? Or did they write my name/number on the card itself?
Hey Metafilter electronic hardware folks: I want to set up a digital picture frame that I can control via software on a Linux desktop to toggle between two different images on command. What should I buy? [more inside]
What happened to the Mccrary twin (of the Guinness world's fattest twins who ride the bikes together) in the Niagara Falls mini-bike accident? He died there, but I'm unable to find anything about how, what or why. Was he trying to jump the falls in a minibike?
I have an Intel Macbook with a fairly large 2" diameter black circle floating in the bottom right corner... [more inside]
In Canada, is it legal to verify the employment history of a job candidate without their consent? [more inside]
Help me interpret this ACT score & figure out what to do with it... [more inside]
I ran into a parade of children from our local Hebrew school today...what were they chanting? [more inside]
Smoking hot american mefites! I'll be traveling from MD to MA soon. Which state between here and there has the cheapest cigarettes? [more inside]
What should I do with eight six-year-old girls for 1.5 hours a week that targets social skills and building peer relationships? [more inside]
Should-we-break-up-filter. [more inside]
Parapet defense 101, or, how to discourage home invasion of an overly-fab rooftop apartment without turning it into a prison. [more inside]
Basically, I want to talk to someone without feeling judged. Both now and in general. [more inside]
How can I split an mp4 video file in two (or three or four) on my Mac, preferably without a lengthy re-encode? [more inside]
Please suggest affordable suggestions for a tropical or sunny beach vacation from Boston -- emphasis on affordable. [more inside]
Are there any convex nations? [more inside]
Summer is here and my wife is now at home all day every day with 5, 7, and 9 year olds. I am looking for ideas for things I can do while I'm away at work during the day to try to help her maintain sanity. I'm already planning multiple daily phone calls.
Which is better, a Hong Kong tailor made suit, or a high-end off the rack suit? [more inside]
Is there a way to find out details about a particular traffic accident and death that occurred in New Jersey on May 11? The only additional info I have is the name of the deceased. [more inside]
Paying for gas to light the boiler pilot lights in a NYC apartment? [more inside]
How to remove dye (paper, not hair) from a bathtub? [more inside]
How do I turn off "extend my desktop to multiple monitors" in XP only using the keyboard? [more inside]
Trying to track down a DVD or a digital download of the filmed version of the Steppenwolf production of The Grapes of Wrath. [more inside]
Halp! I need a new host for a wiki. My RPG has a wiki, because we're wordy and five years old and ... well, we're dorks. Our current host is not so good for us anymore for reasons of database size. [more inside]
Where can you get skinny ties in Austin?
Starting a book club for literature of the decadent movement. Starting with Against Nature. What next? What else?
What are some of the best places to camp around Austin, TX? [more inside]
Walter Tevis's classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell To Earth was published in 1963. Does anyone know how and why, then, the current edition came to contain a reference to the 1972 Watergate scandal? [more inside]
How do I liberate my bike from a U-lock? [more inside]
How do you create a green screen / backdrop effect like at the fair or Disneyland? [more inside]
I'm looking for the address of the official Apple Reseller in Taipei, Taiwan. Languages complications within. [more inside]
How do you pronounce the Latin phrase "primum succurrere"? My best guess would be something like "PREE-moom soo-koo-RAY-ray". But I totally have no idea. Anyone care to throw me a lifeline on this one? It's much, MUCH easier to be pretentious about using a phrase in Latin if you're not mispronouncing it. ;O)
Back in the 1980s, I remember watching a bizarre sort of Indiana Jones-copycat treasure-hunting/western movie. It featured a young, blond Daryl Hannah lookalike and possibly Aztecs who liked to dip humans head-first in liquid gold before decapitating them. It was fairly violent stuff, and one scene had the characters being horrified when one of their comrades returned headless on a horse. The whole thing must have been somewhat tongue-in-cheek, however, because it ended with a humorous 70s-style montage that set up a (presumably fake) sequel with the blond girl as a butt-kicking Indy-type heroine. I am pretty sure it was made in the 80s, and I remember the dialogue as being English, but I could be wrong; all I know is that Bud Spencer and Terence Hill weren't in it. Ring any bells?
Debate at work. Can Bunny Rabbits have heart attacks. [more inside]
If you could pick one sans-serif family from Adobe, what would it be and why? I am trying to branch out from the Myriad Pro I got free with InDesign.
How do you pronounce the "sz" in a German word or name that begins with it, such as "Szigen" (like the festival) or "Szaggars"?
Free online fitness planning? [more inside]
Tools for Life: The last [blank] you'll ever need to buy. [more inside]
I just signed up for a submission only MMA tournament taking place mid june, I have 4 years HS wrestling experience, ZERO MMA experience... help? [more inside]
Looking for a IT consultant for a largish-church in NYC - please help? [more inside]
What are some great animated halloween classics appropriate for the teen set? [more inside]
I'm a very overweight man in my early to mid-thirties, and I would appreciate your advice as to how to dress in a way that's complementary to me for social situations (such as going to clubs, bars, lectures, etc.). More inside. [more inside]
I’m trying to build a simple web portal to share PDF and HTML documentation with our customers, and allow them to search the documentation. I figured this would be many FOSS tools available to do this, but I keep running into roadblocks… [more inside]
What is the pronunciation of Myanmar? [more inside]
Whenever I dream, stairwells, elevators, and large buildings with multiple levels always figure prominently. There'd be nothing strange about this except a) my daily life does not involve stairwells, large buildings, or elevators in any way, and b) they're in absolutely every dream I have -- no exceptions. This has been going on for at least a year, possibly longer. What could be possibly be causing this?
Antique Flag Care: How do I care for a WW I era flag? [more inside]
I need a list of of foreign chemical societies. [more inside]
Help me reconcile losing my passport and disappointing my new SO. [more inside]
iPod won't display Steve Miller Band! [more inside]
An organization I'm in needs to fill the newly created position of Webmaster. How should we determine if a candidate is qualified to hold this position? And any advice on making an impartial selection if the only person among those making the decision with any web experience, is also a candidate? [more inside]
What is "living life to the fullest"? How to do it? [more inside]
We need help! Please advise two hopelessly indecisive travelers on their honeymoon. [more inside]
Going to Portland for RailsConf, and wondering about potential after-conference activities. I have a very broad notion of fun, so any and all suggestions would be welcome.
Do you ride an Express Bus from Brooklyn into Manhattan? [more inside]
Geothermal heating: what happens if you live on a mountain? [more inside]
Help me pick between Lewiston, Idaho or Missoula, Montana for a weekend getaway? [more inside]
Okay I'm trying to set up rtorrent and wtorrent using Debian Etch and this guide. Installs and updates the kernel fine, then I get "bash command not found" when trying to run through the rest of the tutorial. [more inside]
Private party spaces in New York? [more inside]
Sometime in the next month or so. I will have a funeral to attend. I do not own a suit that's appropriate, and as I'm in the process of downsizing (physically) I don't want to buy one. I'm in the Lower Mainland in BC. Does anyone know of a suit rental service (not tux)?
I'm looking for flea markets in Europe. Specifically we will be going through Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia (Sarajevo), Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland (Krakow) before settling in France, but any other suggestions in Europe are welcome. [more inside]
7 days, 2 girls, $2k. We live in FL and want to go on vacation. Will prob fall back on the ol' standby, the funship cruise, unless you fine Mefites have some wackier idea we haven't thought of. We intend to party much and are awesome. Where should we go (1st week of July)?
I'm currently out of work and looking for a new job. I share a cell plan with my family, but thanks to the combination of my having little money coming in and my sister & her boyfriend deciding that text messages are super fun, my phone's been cut off. So now I have dozens of resumes floating around with a bad phone number! How do I let prospective employers know my new number? [more inside]
Backlight or Inverter? How can you tell? [more inside]
Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
What is the deal with people who are following 800 others on Twitter and have no website linked to their account? I'm talking (apparently) private citizens here, not brands. You look at their twitter page, and it's just a photo, a name, and 800 friends. What are they trying to accomplish? Do they really read all the incoming tweets? Are they just hoping to make some random selection of people interested in them?
What to do (if anything) about a kid (Kindergarten) who cannot deal with failure/losing? [more inside]
What are some powerful examples throughout history of public figures or concepts that have successfully united disparate people?
I work in a pretty large office building, and while walking the bi-level lobby floors I always hear trapped birds chirping and see them hopping around... [more inside]
Is there a way to give a dog a safe indoor place away from a cat? [more inside]
Compact dishwashers: are they any good? Which one is best. [more inside]
Looking for advice on a situation involving online slander (?).... [more inside]
I'm looking for relatively recent data on food recalls - anybody have a good source? [more inside]
I need to find a queen sized Aerobed (or equivelent) by in midtown Manhattan by 1 p.m. [more inside]
In the terminology of armored desert warfare, what is a 'box'? [more inside]
ParentingAssistanceFilter! How do I deal with a friend that's a bad influence? [more inside]
I'm looking for cool spaces (preferably bars) in Manhattan where they'd let you just sit and play poker with your own cards and chips -- just among friends, not against a casino. Would most bars not care? Any ideas? Thanks.
As mentioned before in this post, my house is running a jello wrestling night. Now that we have the logistics set up, I would like to make some extra cash on taking bets. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
Mediawiki infoboxes. I'd like to use a Wikipedia-style infobox in my own personal Mediawiki. Help? Please? [more inside]
Amazing movies of 2008? Has there been any? What have I missed? [more inside]
Home buying suggestions in Ann Arbor, Michigan? [more inside]
Me and three friends are flying out to drive across America, mainly following the old Route 66. I have two main questions: 1) What's worth seeing on this route? 2) What should we be wary of? Also, any other advice is more than appreciated.
On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
Can I actually buy an Office 2007 DISC? As in, the actual media? I have really struggled with this, since reinstalling Office 2007 on a reformatted 'Office-ready PC' is impossible: Reformatting obviously wipes out your Office install and the the trial version (which is the only thing available to download) is incompatible with (some of?) Microsoft's own license keys. [more inside]
Is there an automated (or "simple") way to undo iPhoto effects? Some look difficult, but the "pop art" effect in particular looks like if should be fairly easy to get something like the original image back.
What are some good principles and shorthand rules for when you should communicate what you're thinking/feeling to friends/friends-who-are-potential-lovers/lovers. [more inside]
Is there a book like The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire - but for South Asia? Tribes / castes etc?
Princeton, NJ area mefites: What would you recommend for the best independent red-sauce Italian/pizza place?
Time capsule/Mac trouble--help me start backing up my data with a minimum of muss/fuss! [more inside]
Can you provide examples of common false memories? [more inside]
Bought a piece of land and only paying interest. Why would I do that? [more inside]
I'm not from NYC, is there a street name that sounds like hugo? I got an address over the phone and clearly should have asked how to spell the name, anyone have an idea?
My wife's beloved grandmother died yesterday and we are wondering how to explain things to our three year old daughter. [more inside]
Sometimes when I stretch my back, it kind of pops and hurts sharply, what's up with that? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any happy, zippy, upbeat rap that I can run to? My last question about music made me realize there is a lot of stuff out there I've never heard. [more inside]
What's the best way to put my new bike on a diet? [more inside]
What's the best website to research someone's background? [more inside]
How can I be more macho? [more inside]
Know of any good freeform roleplaying sites? [more inside]
the child otto falls down a hill, sprains his ankle, and then the situation gets worse. help me remember what children's book this scene is from? [more inside]
Can you paint over wallpaper glue/backing? And can you "seal" the paint? [more inside]
Suggestions for what additions, widgets, extensions, interactive doodads to include on a blogger/blogspot blog. Looking for input from both blog writers and readers. [more inside]
Home DIY pros: I've just moved to a new house, the upper floor of which has exposed rafters. How can I use these to store my stuff? Details to follow. [more inside]
What is the song played at the end of this recent episode of the Travel with Rick Steves radio show/podcast on Dublin? The singer sounds very much like a young Bono, but the music does not sound like that of U2. [more inside]
I'm totally ignorant about comic books. [more inside]
How do I become a yoga instructor? [more inside]
I lost the data cable for an old IOMEGA HDD 120 USB drive. IOMEGA no longer carries the cables. How can I get the data off it? [more inside]
Lately we have been buying no-iron sheets because they are so soft and do not require ironing. Now we hear that they are treated with formaldehyde. Lands' End says: "The fabric is treated at a fiber level with a no-wrinkle finishing process that is deemed so safe it's commonly used for children’s clothing" but they don't mention formaldehyde. Should we be concerned?
I want to charge this scooter w/o buying another bunch of crap. Can you help me? [more inside]
Please help me find a map of Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala! [more inside]
South Korea travel advice: Seoul, Jeju, elsewhere? [more inside]
What's the hive mind's opinion on MySQL vs PostgreSQL? [more inside]
We have a nest of starlings living in our ceiling. The nest is too far back to remove. We mostly don't mind, except that the noise of the nestlings can be quite annoying. Is there any way to shut them up without killing them?
Handset that works with softphones? As universal as possible. [more inside]
Job Interview help for a DVD menu position, what are the essentials I need to know? [more inside]
Time off between jobs; what are some fun things to do? [more inside]
I'm looking for an old graphic novel. [more inside]
Is there anything like meetup.com for Sydney, Australia? There is meetup.com, of course, but there don't seem to be too many people from Sydney, there. (I'm visiting from the Washington, D.C. area, so perhaps I'm spoiled.)
Good local banks/credit unions in Oakland/East Bay? [more inside]
I live in Toronto, and I want a new job. I currently create 'consumer insight-led innovation strategies' for the marketing department of a major retailer. I want to continue to work in the strategy, planning, consumer insights, trend forecasting, and/or consulting type of roles, but I want OUT of the big corporate cube farm. Please use your fantastic insider knowledge to tell me about the fantastic place to work that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
Furniture for small spaces: Somewhere on the internet, there exists a hip little home furniture/accessories store with products designed specifically for those living in tiny dwellings. Do you know what it is? [more inside]
I've got tickets to the Sonoma Jazz Festival that I can't use. Have any tips on getting ride of them? [more inside]
Bulbs filter...Can I plant these or should I stick them in the fridge? [more inside]
Any tips on web design WITHOUT style sheets? Yes, I know that's crazy talk. [more inside]
How do you properly capitalize "summa cum laude" on a diploma? [more inside]
I'm at the second interview for a job I'm interested in. I'm currently employed and not actively looking (I was recruited for this new position). They've asked me to bring in salary requirements; how is this usually done? [more inside]
Anyone know of a good, cheap (< 300$) digital point and shoot with above average underwater shooting capabilities?
Can anyone point me to a vbulletin script that forces you to pass a quiz in order to use the forum? [more inside]
When I was a kid, I saw a cartoon that featured robot sex and Star Wars rip-offs. What was it? [more inside]
Is there a way I can cost-effectively add more horsepower and/or fuel efficiency to my non-turbo PT Cruiser? [more inside]
Is there an easy way that I can find out what fruits and veggies are in-season in a country before I even arrive there? [more inside]
One of the lenses of my expensive pair of sunglasses keeps popping out. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
I've had what I think is a decent idea for a website. Rather than asking someone to "punch it up" in their "spare time" I'd like to learn to do it myself. I know a bit about html and took a turbo pascal class 11 years ago. Since then it's been all humanities, social science, and law. What do I need to learn and what, in your experience, are the best books/web sites to learn from? [more inside]
Why can't I connect to the internet when using the XP partition of my Macbook? [more inside]
Hi, How do I create a PDF Letterhead Template? or in other words: Does any one how to print to a pdf letterhead template? Thanks! [more inside]
NewYorkCityFilter: I'm headed to New York City this weekend, staying midtown. It's somewhat spur of the minute but I was wondering if any MeFites have suggestions of current things to do, places to eat and drink, etc. I love trying new places, eats, visual, audible, sensual stimulations. Anything discussed on Mefi recently? Thanks.
What happened to Abraham 'Pretty' Levine after the Murder, Inc trials? [more inside]
Has any Mefite actually gotten one of the Allerca kitties or personally met somebody who had? Or is it all just a scam? [more inside]
I want to rip my TV Series DVD's and store the episodes on my computer (Windows 2003 or XP). Can someone tell me what hardware I need to do this? Just a DVD drive in the computer? I've found some software information, including this old AskMe thread, but updated recommendations would be helpful. [more inside]
What do I do with all these radishes? [more inside]
How can I extract myself from a relationship with an overly-clingy (and engaged) coworker? Whole mess o' details inside. [more inside]
NewOrleansFilter: What should I get for my girlfriend, who is going to New Orleans for the summer? [more inside]
How do I even start to locate the therapist that I think would be right for me among so many options? The details are inside. [more inside]
LosAngelesConcertFilter: Is there some site that lists all the live acts playing at various venues around town, broken down by date? [more inside]
I'm looking for an audio file. Its the sound you here in for example a military program as "official" graphics appear to be typed onto the screen.
CityFilter: I'm young and free, but not doing much about it. Where should I live? [more inside]
Is it a good idea to drive out of LA on friday 23rd may for SFO bwn 4-6 pm, if we avoid highways? -- we are driving to SFO for memorial weekend. we cannot leave before 5 due to work. some friends advised us to start at 8-9 pm due to traffic. Is it a good idea instead to leave at 5 pm but avoid highways till we get out of LA and then get onto I-5?
There is a stock audio clip used all over the place in which you can hear a dispatcher say "Beta ... something something", I can never make out anything past "Beta" but it's very common. The last place I heard it was in one of the latest Arby's commercials where a paramedic is getting into an ambulance for some reason or other. And the first place I remember hearing it is in Sim City 2000 when you call in the police it would play this audio clip every time. I am looking for as much information as I can find out about it, and my google-fu has failed me. Specifically I would like to know what the dispatcher says.
My life sucked, so I moved to the opposite side of the world. I'm a former mid-weight graphic designer in London, and I need a new non-design job. What should I do for a crust? [more inside]
How long will it take me to learn MEL scripting in Maya for the sole purpose of creating and manipulating complex geometries? [more inside]
According to Michael Pollan's Eat Food article in the New York Times, we're supposed to eat more plants, esp leaves. So where are the leaf recipes? Does this come down to nothing more than spinach and lettuce salads or is there a interesting cuisine out there somewhere? Are there any cookbooks with leafy foods as their focus?
Need help building an RSA SecurID / Ace Server query [more inside]
I'm in the Washington, DC area for two months with a camera and a bike. Help me explore! [more inside]
Why do most large trucks and other heavy vehicles have wheels with hubs that protrude outward in front?
I'm looking for a digital camera to take on my two-month bike ride. [more inside]
In which I attempt to swap to a more fashionable programming language, just as it becomes unfashionable: are there any good tools for translating C++ to Java? [more inside]
Help figure out what my options are for solving this programming dilemma. I've inherited an ASP.net project (C#) that is poorly written and even more poorly documented. Apparently the previous owners made a change that broke a page and I am stumped as to how to fix it. It has to do with events not firing for dynamically loaded user controls. If you're still interested, read on. If not, I don't blame you. [more inside]
Anyone ever used the VitaCShower or similar products? Did it work? Did you notice a difference? And did you try the bath tablets too? I'm looking for a shower head filter that will remove chloramine and chlorine. [more inside]
Can a person purchase a home from her own family trust? Problem: my friend's dad died a few months ago and left his estate plus the family home in a trust set up for his 3 adult kids. My friend and her sister want to buy the house from the family estate (their brother is against this and wants to sell it "as is" on the open market) but they are running into a problem as their lawyer and others say you can't buy a house from "yourself." Can this be true? We live in Illinois. Thank you.
I think I'm too nice to do certain things entrepreneurship requires. I need tips to be a tougher negotiator and be able to drive good deals. [more inside]
How can I find more music by Nixon? [more inside]
What do I need to learn about wines to be a waitress at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
My life insurance lapsed - and a new signed medical health statement is required - am I screwed if I lie? [more inside]
Should I seek additional physical therapy for my mysteriously injured knee, and how can I continue to work out in spite of it? [more inside]
I love counterfeiting. Especially counterfeit toys and clothes, cars and other crazy items! I LOVE counterfeiting. I want to explore the possibility of a career in intellectual property law or other careers that have to do with counterfeiting (like: becoming a counterfeiter!) [more inside]
Anybody know a CMS for a catalogue-like startpage like the one for this site: http://dnb.neverseenbefore.com/ ?
Was there a falling out between Squirtle and Bulbasaur? [more inside]
I've received a transfer into my account for a not insignificant amount of money that's labeled a "GDP SUNDRY ITEM". What the heck does that mean? [more inside]
Has anyone found a web-based utility for tracking telephone messages? In the Web 2.x world, it would seem that this would be a natural. Instead of little pink slips, a web site where the basic information would be recorded and then of course available to the recipient anywhere, even when she might be far away from the desk where those pink slips accumulate. If it doesn't exist now, shouldn't it?
On this past Mother's Day afternoon, I saw several WWII-era aircraft flying around L.A. over the course of a few hours. Anyone know if there was some air show or something else like that going on that day?
Is there a clever way to figure out what's telling screensavers to exit as soon as they launch? (Windows XP SP2) [more inside]
Where is this image from? Why it is from Taxi Driver, you exclaim. But in actual fact it never appears in the movie with that framing. Help me figure out where it comes from and how I can get a good quality version of it please! [more inside]
What is a good icecast source client for leopard? [more inside]
I'm looking for a single that was popular on college radio during 1987 or 1988. The refrain was "I'm still waiting for you to realise that I'm alive," sung by a young female voice [more inside]
Best book for a beginner to learn C? I've never learned a programming language, but I'm hoping to learn C over the summer. My friend, a computer science student, is going to teach me as he learns it. We would like a textbook or reference book or work book of some kind. What would be a good choice? [more inside]
So my buddy and I are starting a podcast. The catch? I want to record it at the bar. [more inside]
How can I be calm when someone around me is angry? [more inside]
I have two toddlers and a wife with severe postpartum depression that went untreated for two years, all of whom I love very much. However, I think I'm starting to crack, and am not thrilled about my children potentially having two emotionally unstable parents. [more inside]
Let's say you wanted to make red white and blue ice cream treats for the 4th of July, or even Memorial Day. White I can do. Red I can do. What ice cream/sorbet would you do for blue?
I'm looking for a hammock suitable for camping/backpacking. Suggestions? [more inside]
My friend is having an arranged marriage organised by his parents for him and recently decided to say yes to his bride. He made the announcement to his friends and said he was happy to do it even though it had been a difficult decision. We're not entirely sure he is happy or that this is what he wants and don't know how to talk to him about it. [more inside]
Uses for mineral oil, and (why) is it 'banned in europe'? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good dentist in the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area. [more inside]
crunch-filter: how do I stop my abdominal muscles from aching? [more inside]
"Bioesthetic" dentistry: expensive quackery or my last best chance at a pain-free life? [more inside]
Please help me find this ring! [more inside]
Tips for teaching someone to drive who is not familiar with USA car culture? [more inside]
My parents named me after a song called "Tahiti Tiare". I've been looking for copies of this song for a while and cannot find it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
How to deal with the late night munchies? [more inside]
I'm going on a float trip for the first time. What are some things that I should know to make it a fun and SAFE time? [more inside]
Advice and plant identification help for a novice gardener? [more inside]
iTunes thinks my MP4 movies are audio tracks, but I beg to differ. How to fix it? [more inside]
What are some of the best examples of epic storytelling that have taken place? [more inside]
DH and I are looking at grinders -- specifically, grinders that can handle whole wheat berries but we will, of course, use this grinder for whatever else we can (coffee, for example). Looking for your experiences with and recommendations for grinders, as well as your ideas for what to do with ground substances. There is [more inside]
I'm thinking of using a Skype phone as my mail cell phone. Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
I'm looking for reasonably priced transferable-credit online college courses that I can take at my own pace, or at least on an accelerated schedule. Is anything like this available? [more inside]
Marxism Filter: Sure, Socialism was the phase before Communism (state monopoly of the means of production right before the proles took over the same). But where in Marx's writings does he talk about this? [more inside]
Best store-bought Alfredo sauce? [more inside]
Is it true that if you have a business in New Hampshire or Nevada, there are less (or no) taxes than in California. Are other states like this, if so, which ones? Share your experience or direct me to a succinct, layperson site to understanding this. Thanks.
Give us your best travel deals for a fabulous trip this summer for 2 adults, two kids (one a 2 year old, one 11). We'd like to go for about 2 weeks in either July or August (restricted by school schedule). Our goal is to take our children out of the United States for their first time. Husband would love to get some surfing in. I'd like a fun place for the kids where I can also relax. Have thought of Nicaragua, Panama... [more inside]
SeattleSketchynessFilter: I've just been informed that for the next few months, I'll be living on the 1000 block of East Terrace Street in Seattle. While I know that Seattle is generally a pretty safe city, the address in the International District, along with the close proximity to the city's sole remaining major public housing project is setting off some alarm bells in my mind. At the same time, it's quite hard to figure out how how sketchy a neighborhood is online. So before I raise a stink and try to move someplace else, I ask Seattle Metafiltes: just what kind of a neighborhood is this, and might I, as someone who enjoys being able to walk to restaurants/shops, find it a decent place to live?
Infopath 2003 - How can I get the items in a cascading list box to appear when I print the form. [more inside]
What's a good place to check out a wide variety of bags and backpacks in the Chicago area? I have three different bags from Timbuk2 that I ordered online over the past couple of years, but none are perfect; I need to try out my next bag-candidate in person.
Why do I hiccup after drinking anything with carbonation? [more inside]
Microscopy question. Can I use a haemocytometer to calibrate our new camera? [more inside]
NYCFilter: What are some good venues (600-1000 seated theater style) in Manhattan and Brooklyn? [more inside]
Will accepting a disability insurance policy with pre-existing condition exclusions negatively impact my ability to get a policy without them later or have other negative effects? [more inside]
A friend was telling me about a very well written web-journal about a woman working in a video-porn shop. Where can I find this? [more inside]
Help me think of ways to think of a name for my new blog! [more inside]
I'm interested in reading feminist commentary on female sexual preferences, especially on the near-universal (?) preference of women for taller and older men. What does the range of opinions within feminism look like, and what books or articles or essays ought I search for? Suggestions for materials that respond to feminist perspectives on this topic are also welcome.
I seem to have classic achilles tendonitis and am trying to treat it myself. What treatments worked for you? At what point should I just give up and go to a doctor and get professional assessment and physiotherapy? [more inside]
What are those things called that you see on badge clips and rock climbing walls that automatically retract a nylon cord? [more inside]
Any huge bicycle store in Jacksonville, FL? I'm looking for one that I can test ride several Trek and Giant models.
I am a grad student in the physical sciences and I've got questions, but I work in a small group on a project by myself so a lot of the times I have simple questions that can take a while to dig out of papers. Is there a good forum or message board that is generally accepted to be useful for posing questions and such? [more inside]
Tomorrow night I'm flying across the country. I've got a cold. I want to sleep, but not be so out of it I can't manage my connection. I'm in Canada -- what can I buy OTC to make my flight as painless as possible? [more inside]
I won a trip in a drawing. I have questions about the tax implications of accepting the prize. [more inside]
How can I learn the proper way to deal with permissions on a Windows server when I am clearly a n00b?
File and folder permissions on Windows Small Business Server 2003: what's the right way to set up a shared folder so it can only be accessed by a particular group? [more inside]
I recently planted a vegetable patch. There is no outdoor water, so water must come from the apartment. My window is around thirty feet from the ground. Would it be bad for the plants if I misted them with water out the window? [more inside]
My midsized arts organization needs to complete the new audit risk assessment form SAS112. Has anyone done this yet? We need to know if there is standard language, suggested scope, any tips for getting through it with no staff time to spare. Found some stuff on google, but I'm still at sea. I've only made it up to page 19 with about 15 hours put into it, so either I don't know what I'm doing or this is a mess o' hard.
I'm a data dork. Is there a way to rip my tracks and my trip odometer data from my Garmin 60CSx to analyze my commutes to work? [more inside]
Sometimes excel VBA code executes very slow. Sometimes it's really fast. I can't seem to pinpoint why. [more inside]
I want to download my own sound effects onto a multi-button keychain. If they don't already exist, how would I build one? [more inside]
Is it possible to track things such as user movement and button clicking in Google Earth? [more inside]
Where can I find beta testers for a niche-ish recipe site? [more inside]
I have been charged with the task of adding a switch to a network. There are ethernet jack points at each workstation and each of these go back to a network cabinet. Apparently to make the connections live I need to add a switch. Where can I find a tutorial that will quickly get me up to speed with this sort of networking?
What's an easy way to efficiently find and contact many different bloggers at once? [more inside]
Is there software or a website that supports working with nice-looking, chunky, color-coded blocks to build a plan? Kind of like Microsoft Project for aesthetically attuned kindergarteners? [more inside]
How do I reconcile cultural differences with my in-laws? [more inside]
The cupboard beneath my sink would seem to be an oddball, I've never found a garbage can that will fit it perfectly - 20 inches high, 10 inches wide, 15 inches deep. I usually buy taller containers and cut them down. I'd love to find something built to fit. Is there a site you can go to find such a thing, or, even better, where you can input the dimensions of the container you're looking for, and then browse results?
I have pages of cardstock that are perforated such that one can print on them and rip them apart to produce 10 business cards. What software on these? [more inside]
Can you help me translate a certain passage of 7 lines from Homer's Iliad into latin? Book 22, starting around line 70. [more inside]
Why haven't (or to what extent have) prisons embraced video technology? [more inside]
I would like to be more passionate about music. [more inside]
Search Marker is no longer maintained. Does anybody know if a similar extension that is still alive? [more inside]
does the ultimate internet radio/ipod dock/streaming audio portable device exist? [more inside]
whats a good personal finance magazine to subscribe to? i know of kiplinger's. i don't know how good it is, though. what are some other magazines for personal finance?
Looking to purchase a no-frills laptop for my father who currently resides in a nursing home. [more inside]
Our home A/C unit is dying. What next? The other day we came home and our house was 86 inside even though we had the therm set for 75. We called our normal a/c guy and and he came out and said that the main unit which normally holds 6 pounds of freon, only had 2 in it. He suspects a leak in the main coil. [more inside]
Miss Manners Filter: How do I politely say, "Please never contact me again." [more inside]
How can I find a list of compatible audio cards for Dell Dimension 9100? I'd like to upgrade to a top of a line one for this machine since I am a home-studio musician and the C-Media mixer I currently have is full of static and sucks real bad. Thank you in advance!
Where can I access streaming audio of today's Champion's League Final? I am in the US.
How much does a script reader make? [more inside]
Where can I find inexpensive, wrinkle-free, short sleeve men's shirts? [more inside]
Looking for a healthy muffin recipe. [more inside]
I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL!
I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL please! [more inside]
Does anyone know which UK banks give security fobs to regular customers for accessing their internet banking facilities? [more inside]
I'd like to get an entry level DSLR with *only* a basic prime lens for under $600. Is this doable? [more inside]
Other people have decided to do some work on our road and bill us later. We were not consulted at all. What can we expect? [more inside]
[Workout/Weight loss Filter] I'm looking for workout and weight loss podcasts and blogs, and healthy, wheat free recipes (due to a wheat intolerance). Any help? [more inside]
How should an open source project deal with someone misappropriating its code for profit? [more inside]
How to export my Lotus Notes emails and addressbook (.nsf files) to Outlook (.pst) or any other free email client ? Almost all web searches have led me to paid softwares ($250+). Is there a freeware (or nearly freeware - approx $10) utility to accomplish this ? [more inside]
Where can I find a good online database that gives me similar meanings instead of just synonyms? [more inside]
Off to Big Bend, would like some advice from those who have been there before. [more inside]
If my favourite reference on C++ is The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup, what would be my favourite book on Ruby. (And my favourite book on Python.) [more inside]
How can I get 6-8 adults, 2 car-seat-aged kids, and all of the associated luggage from the Bronx to our cruise ship departure site on the west side of Manhattan on a Sunday morning? [more inside]
What can an editor teach medical writers? [more inside]
Item: one Excel spreadsheet. Contains: fifty rows. Column A - parrot name. Column B - parrot selling price. Column C - parrot age when sold. Without sorting the rows, how can I find the average age when sold of the most expensive ten parrots? I know I need an array here but just can't work out how to get my correct parrot average.
Driving through the northern half of Ireland next week, does anyone have any suggestions on castles, sights, breweries, or distilleries that we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
I find this to be fascinating and uncanny. Are there other documented cases of people finding themselves on Google Maps Street View? [more inside]
I'm very tall (6'6"), and like most tall people, struggle with posture - I tend to slump my shoulders forward and tilt my head down, especially when standing. Are there any exercises that target that area (upper back, neck) that will pull the shoulders back and make standing/sitting properly "feel right"? (I lift weights regularly, but I think my back is a weak spot - the more I lift, the worse I feel my posture gets.)
What's with Adobe Acrobat Professional - and not being able to put my custom page / section numbers into the header / footer? Did I miss a meeting? Why has no one else posed this question to the Googles? Is there a 3rd party plug-in that does this? Surely somebody knows something?! [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a comparison chart for different kinds of hormonal birth control? [more inside]
My little brother will in a few months embark in a year-long trip around Asia (India, Vietnam, Thailand...), towards Australia as final destination. He asks me to set up a blog for him - easy does it, I'm a WordPress translator. But what about media? And in general, what should I not forgot to make sure we get the best from his experience while not making it hard for him to communicate? [more inside]
Destination weddings for those of modest means? [more inside]
Thoughtful Gift for 80's metallers? [more inside]
Anyone get the license plate of that potentially Earth-destroying meteor? (Long, needlessly detailed yet interesting story inside.) [more inside]
If someone moved out of the US and defaulted on a federal student loan, and never returned to the US as a resident, what would be the implications/ramifications? [more inside]
I experienced a minor concussion about 3 months ago when I fell off my longboard and hit my head on the concrete. I didn't lose consciousness or feel nauseous I just felt dazed immediately afterwards and into the night. I took it easy for two weeks and all of my symptoms went away and I felt completely normal. Then I made a terrible decision and decided to drink a bit. [more inside]
What's the best way to handle b-school recommendations in regards to submission, length of time and etiquette on following up? [more inside]
What's the best way to move a Yahoo-hosted WordPress blog (v2.5.1) from a subfolder (e.g. mydomain.com/blog) to the root of the domain (e.g. mydomain.com)? [more inside]
What can I expect from a leather couch that is made from "bycast leather" (also called "bicast" or PU leather). Any Kramfors owners out there? Also, if I buy a leather couch, will vegetarians hate me? [more inside]
Minnetonka moccasins in Toronto? [more inside]
Bridesmaid dresses & alterations: legit or racket? [more inside]
Help me with Wii + Projector + 18 foot wall = Massive Fun [more inside]
Coming home with my reel-to-reel. [more inside]
Some colleagues want to set up a voicemail system in the US for a small tech company in Australia and we need some intelligent, welcoming American female voices that sound at ease with technical jargon to do our answering messages. Any adult age. Slight accents ok. I haven't really been impressed with the sound of professional voice models - they're a bit too slick for our image. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
What's the big deal with JL Austin's "How To Do Things with Words"? [more inside]
How do they rank how popular a website is? Which one of the services is the most accurate between Alexa, Quantcast, Hitwise, Compete, Google, etc...?
I'm moving to New York from DC, and I'm trying to decide if I should take my dog with me. I've had her for just over 6 years (she's 8 now), and she's been through another big move (from Michigan to DC). I'm concerned about what's best for my dog - particularly in light of changes to my routine or lifestyle that may result from the move. [more inside]
Is there a cheap or free way to setup a phone number in Trinidad and Tobago and have it forward to an American number? Skype and Grand Central don't have numbers in that area code (868). A dozen other vaguely similar services don't, either. [more inside]
Inconsistent information about bad sectors on a hard drive -- what's going on, and what should I do? [more inside]
My prescription is ourageous for brand name temazepam and my pharmacy doesn't offer any generics of it. Why would one pharmacy carry it and others not? Where can I find it.
How do I test a Hunter attic fan controller? I want to be thorough before I climb in the attic. [more inside]
Is there any way to increase the overall volume on an iPod shuffle? [more inside]
Should I talk to my professor about getting an exemption on a test grade before or after final grades come out (and I learn whether it actually matters)? [more inside]
What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood? [more inside]
I see audio players like the one on this page all over the internet. I am HTML-impaired but want to use this player on my little blog so I can post clips of music and write about them. How do I get this player, and what's the easiest way to implement?
I need to come up with a conventional naming scheme for 200+ computers in my organization. Help! [more inside]
I use a PDA (a Nokia N800) to listen to podcasts in my car. It downloads them overnight, which is wonderful. I keep it plugged into a cigarette-adapter charger, which it uses to detect the car being turned on or off (to automatically play or pause, so I don't have to fiddle with it). The problem is that the PDA's battery doesn't like the short charge cycles, and is now mostly dead. I have a plan to fix this, but it's ugly and I wanted to get more opinions... [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are interested in working in (and eventually moving to) Canada and I'm not sure where to start. We both have strong resumes in reality TV post-production. [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a MIDI interface, and I'd like your opinion. [more inside]
Please help me replace and adjust the belt on my front load washing machine. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations on business card scanners to be used with a laptop running Vista. [more inside]
Devise a fitness "competition" between myself and my roommate. Roommate and I will be having a friendly competition this summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) where the person who improved the most physically will 'win'. Problem is, we are a little different physically [more inside]
Tell me i didnt waste $1,060 on this laptop [more inside]
SeattleFilter: picking up my mom & a friend at Terminal 30 on Sunday, then doing something with them and 3 other relatives, including a 10 year old kid. Any suggestions for parking or fun things to do? [more inside]
What is bookkeeping as it relates to office/secretarial work, and how can I learn more about it? [more inside]
My '93 Corolla (AT) isn't shifting into 1st gear. What's the likelyhood that this is a simple or very expensive repair? [more inside]
OS X Sites folder permissions and a question about flags on the files in bash. What gives? [more inside]
Help me buy a new AT&T/Cingular cellphone that doesn't suck? I need reliability, general feature quality, and (ideally) calendar synchronization, don't need outrageous expense... [more inside]
Mapping IP addresses... How would I make a map of IP addresses that I have in a list? [more inside]
I will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the beginning of June. I will (probably) not have access to a car. I will have one afternoon/evening to myself. What bookstores/specialty shops should I not miss?
Where can I find a good FDIC insured money market account? [more inside]
Is fried cauliflower a regional dish? Have you ever had it at a restaurant, and if so, where? [more inside]
How do I get personal information from banks and utility companies? For immigration purposes I need to gain access to utility bills from old addresses and bank loans I co-signed. How do I get utility companies and banks to give this information to me in a prompt and timely fashion? [more inside]
I'm running OS X Leopard on my beloved shiny Macbook and there's one thing that I find irritating. I love using F9, F10, F11 etc to bring up Exposé, Dashboard and the Desktop, but every now and again they suddenly stop functioning. It's normally when the computer's been on for a few days - I hit the keys and nothing happens. So I check in Keyboard Shortcuts of the System Prefs, and all the boxes in the "Dock, Exposé and Dashboard" are magically unticked. I can tick them again, and everything's fine and dandy for a few days. Alternatively, I can reboot and it's back to how it should be. (For a while...) Why is this happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
So I want to quit my first real job. What's next? [more inside]
How accurate is apartmentratings.com? [more inside]
Followed my dreams, now totally wish I hadn’t-- how do I stop regretting it, make the tough choices and move forward with my poor mangled career? [more inside]
Please help me find a cell phone plan. (Please make it not be with Verizon) [more inside]
Finding a therapist: I'm sure I can find one. But how do I know whether the therapist I choose is any good? [more inside]
ElizabethanDramaFilter. I'm considering doing a PhD (because apparently I'm a masochist who doesn't have quite enough student loan debt yet), and my area of emphasis is Elizabethan/Jacobean revenge tragedies. I'm trying to find a book on the comprehensive history of the form, but the most recent one I've been able to find is Fredson Bowers' Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, 1587-1642 from around 1940. Does anyone know of something similar that was written in the last fifteen years or so?
What video/media player do you use in OS X? Can you recommend one that has some specific features (listed inside)? [more inside]
How did you change your life? What small-ish changes have you made that greatly impacted your life? [more inside]
Glasses filter. I bought my frames at Lenscrafters, but had the prescription filled, and the lenses put in the frames, by a doctor in my hometown. The lenses are the progressive type. My doctor mailed the finished glasses back, and left the markings on the lenses which help with adjusting and fitting the lenses the first time. After the first time fitting you erase the markings with acetone. Can I trust Lenscrafters to fit and adjust these? [more inside]
How to get into account planning? [more inside]
Honeymoon-ish road trip from Mendocino CA to Calgary AB. Routes? Sights? Places to stay? [more inside]
I grew up in northern Michigan and spent my early years eating wonderful hotdogs and sausages cooked by Polish geniuses. Where in the Charlotte-Piedmont-North Carolina-anywhere in the southeast can I find a good meat market? Something like this.
What exactly did I do wrong with this girl, and what can I do to rectify it? [more inside]
What should I do with a gifted Steel Drum? [more inside]
Should a start-up use its patented tech to get some money in the door while it works on its consumer launch?
TechHistoryFilter: Can The Hive Mind name any instances of technology or net-based products that began life as a "white label" business service solution before being rolled out as a consumer-facing service? [more inside]
Can anybody tell me with some authority if it's possible to measure the effects of packet management/traffic management/deep packet inspection within the Bell Canada wholesale DSL network? The effects ought to be felt by any user whose ISP buys DSL service from Bell, but the question is really what effect the shaping has on normal things a user might try to do (e.g. peer-to-peer, but also other stuff).
I'm 26 years old and stuck in a IT-contracting loop. Would an MBA, Masters or going back to get certified in certain hardware/software help me out? What kinds of opportunities could they open up? [more inside]
I'm a transplanted Kentuckian who's been in the UK for almost two years now, and one thing I really miss is Southern-style sausage (think Jimmy Dean). Home made sausage gravy and biscuits is my number-one comfort meal and sometimes I just NEED it. [more inside]
I have an Excel spreadsheet that contains a list of songs, and I want the viewer of the spreadsheet to be able to conveniently listen to sample clips of these songs. The 30 second sample clips are stored in MP3 format on a publicly accessable web server. [more inside]
What is there to do when visiting Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County? [more inside]
I'm looking for a treadmill for walking ONLY that is ideally compact and folds up at an affordable price. [more inside]
Been wanting to quit my job. A unique situation has popped up which might allow me to do so which might give me severance/unemployment. Am I correct? [more inside]
I was gifted a mandolin for my birthday this past weekend. I already play guitar and bass. Mandolin, not so much. Tips, techniques and tricks are appreciated. [more inside]
How can I figure out if my ISP is blocking bugmenot? I haven't been able to access it for about 3 weeks and downforeveryoneorjustme.com has been reporting that it is up. Tracert is "Unable to resolve target system name www.bugmenot.com."
In Paris for four days. Riding the Metro in the center city, not out to the burbs, probably four boardings per day max. What kind of ticket? Per-ride? Daily? Weekly? Some other special ticket I don't know about?
Is there a best order to read the Culture novels by Iain M Banks? [more inside]
I'll have some free time (a week) after Labor Day (Sept. 1). I really really like Miami Beach; I have been there several times in the winter and once in early July. Will hurricane season make a short trip right after Labor Day this year a nightmare? I don't mind really hot/humid weather I do mind hurricanes... Even if the weather is O.K., will South Beach be dead anyway? I can't go earlier than that, and I can't go later. Personal experiences of Miami Beach in September and good weather resources welcome. Thanks!!!
Growing a few green chile plants in the hot desert. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
CatFilter: After two years of uneasy but peaceful cohabitation, the larger of two cats showed up with scratch-marks on his nose one week, and then an unexplained, gaping hole in his back. Do we need to give one of them up? [more inside]
Good coffee roaster that'll cut down on the smoke? [more inside]
Everytime I sync my blackberry with Outlook 2007 my task due dates get screwed up. By at least 500 years. Really. Is this a problem with outlook or does Microsoft know about my plan to get cryogenically frozen at some point? [more inside]
I know there have lots of previous threads regarding time tracking and scheduler apps, but I have a specific need -- we have multiple locations and a huge complex with mobile employees. We need to be able to pull up the web page and see a list of the employees and their status (In/Out/Lunch/Off-Site), and a notes and/or pull-down section that specifies location. [more inside]
This summer I'd like to take the Amtrak from Cincinnati, OH to Holland, MI, by way of Chicago, and I'd like to take my bike. Help me figure this out. [more inside]
What did I hear in the woods? Was it a human crying in pain or a non-human animal? [more inside]
AudioRecordingFilter: What is the best overall pitch-shifting plug-in for Pro Tools LE (Windows)? [more inside]
I'm looking for a script (ideally PHP) to run a website which asks various questions and then suggests the 'best fit' answer, in the manner of an expert system. Examples of the sort of thing I have in mind are the Search by Sight facility at Fonts.com or the 20 Questions game at 20Q.net (the latter uses some sort of neural network simulation, I think). Even just a decision tree tool would be good, though I guess that's more rigid. (I've seen this thread but that doesn't seem to answer my question.) Any ideas?
I am trying to help a friend remove a bootleg copy of Photoshop CS3 from her iMac (Mac OSX 10.4.something) so she can install a legit version she purchased. The legit copy thinks that Photoshop is already installed and won't install itself. [more inside]
Why can't CISC instruction sets be converted to RISC/uops by an advanced assembler so that CISC chips, such as Intel's Atom, would be able to run with a simpler instruction decode hardware? [more inside]
My boyfriend is advancing to PhD candidacy today, and will be giving a talk to his committee and all that jazz. He's been a stress case about this for weeks, understandably, and I'd like to do something nice for him to celebrate. Ideas? [more inside]
Help me recreate these charts in Excel [more inside]
Give me your baby hacks! My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. What tips and tricks can you offer us to make our lives a lot easier? For example, a friend of mine swears that putting a crying baby in front of a mirror will cause it to stop. Another uses noise cancelling headphones to temper the noise from his shrieking child. I am looking for hacks on everything from diaper changing to stroller modifications. Make our lives easier as we enter into parenthood.
I love Firefox 3. However, since trying its most recent release, I've been having problems. I mistakenly activated the "nightly tester tools" extension so that I could activate all my old add-ons from Firefox 2. [more inside]
Where can I buy a Zojirushi coffee maker in Chicago? I'd prefer to pick one up in person, as opposed to ordering online. The Zojirushi website is very helpful in pointing me towards a retailer.
I am thinking about leaving my newspaper career and becoming a high school English teacher. [more inside]
Asking on behalf of an American friend, who's been working in Canada (BC) for the last 3+ years: does anybody have advice on how best to get started on applying for citizenship? [more inside]
Anyone know of honest car audio shops in or around Philadelphia?
Having searched through askMeFi already, I haven't come across anything that answers my query. I use Evernote, which is a fine web/application, that is accessible on all platforms, via the web, and by Iphone. Does such a thing exist in the realms of to-do list software? I prefer being able to put my tasks into an application, but have them accessible and synced to the web. I use OS X
Dead simple mapping software for visualizing data? Any idea how to make something similar to these pretty maps without expensive and complicated GIS software? [more inside]
How did you adjust to living in New York City? I just got here and I'm feeling incredibly overwhelmed and uncertain about my decision to move here. Any advice? [more inside]
What are your favorite mobile (non-iphone) websites? I'm interested in all topics, but, particularly, useful tools when I'm out and about, e.g., weather, traffic, price comparison, etc.) I saw a question from a couple years ago on this topic, but I'm betting there's been a lot of development in this area.
Artisti: If you were going to buy a great pencil or pen or set thereof for someone who draws comic strips, which one would you get?
I love beans! I want a few simple recipes for bean salads that will keep a few days in the fridge, and that I can take to work for lunch during the week. The simpler the better - short prep time, few ingredients. [more inside]
In a few weeks, I'll have the chance to be just south of Yellowstone National Park, and I'd like to make the most of it from a photographic standpoint. [more inside]
I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
I need ideas for mounting screening on windows during a 3-week visit to Italy. We're staying in a house in Tuscany for 3 weeks and I understand it's not common to screen windows in Italy, and that there a lot of mosquitoes. My only idea is to bring some window screening with me and to stick it up on the window frames with duct tape. [more inside]
Does being married justify bad behavior? [more inside]
My company's firewall is blocking my website. Is there anything I can do on my end to fix this? [more inside]
How to exit this job gracefully? [more inside]
Roadtrip along the US' East Coast from New York to Port Canveral, FL with 4 days to make the drive. Where should we stop along the way to enjoy ourselves? [more inside]
St. Louis CBT Therapist Referral: I am looking for a referral to great a cognitive behavioral therapist in the St. Louis metro area to deal with depression and anxiety issues. Suggestions?
PLEASE help me find my grandfather's favorite Trader Vic's Navy Grog mix for his birthday!! I'd be his hero, not to mention the hero of my 40 family members who have just sent out an emergency notice that they discontinued it?!? [more inside]
I have some malware on my machine -- yes, I know, stupid. Prolly got it from pr0n. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 on a Gateway laptop with a Pentium 4, 3.06GHz and 480 MB of RAM. I can connect to the nets, but I can't FTP into sites (I'm a freelance web designer) with either Dreamweaver or WS-FTP, my weapons of choice. [more inside]
SATA I or II? Hopefully very simple question about hard drives [more inside]
I have a duty to teach my fellow peers the basics of web design, and I intend to not bore them to death. Where do you recommend I start? [more inside]
I need a really great, somewhat poker related prize (or a couple of prizes) that will cost less than $1200. I'm giving it away in early August (somewhat flexible on the date). [more inside]
A Crisis of Identity? All my life, I've been the sort of person to avoid my faith to a certain extent (I would pray and try and be as good a muslim as I could, but there was always so much more I could do, and I knew it). Recently, I've met someone who's awakened that desire in me to finally make the commitment, and it feels great to have begun to do so, but there's another side of me that feels like I'm (I don't even know how to say it...) cheating on it... [more inside]
How do I take night shots with my Canon Rebel XTi without looking like a nerd with a tripod? [more inside]
I've been a vegetarian all my life, but caught the fitness bug last year. I lost around 80lbs in about a year by jogging, working out at the gym and following a strict diet. Although I feel that my vegetarian diet is supplementing me well, I'd like to try non-vegetarian food just to see if I'm missing out on anything. More inside! [more inside]
Looking for a CMS or Forum that supports anonymous posting. [more inside]
My friend is getting her molars removed on her birthday - what can we do to make it better? [more inside]
Where can I find books, videos, articles etc. about the history of DC from the 1950s on? [more inside]
Why would an applet work fine on my school's Windows computers, only to throw "java.security.AccessControlException: access denied (java.io.FilePermission filename.gif read)" when I attempt to run it on my Mac? This is using a lot of Java stuff I'm quite unfamiliar with, so be prepared to talk down to me. The thing-I-don't-understand in question is mostly something called MediaTracker, if that rings any bells. Many more details inside and upon request. [more inside]
I wake up feeling drunk, then stumble through the day, and regularly pull all nighters to meet early morning deadlines, how do I break the cycle!? [more inside]
Children nicknamed "mommy" or "papa". What's the deal? [more inside]
I just watched the DVD of Awake, and I'm going crazy trying to figure out what kind of camera Jack (Terrence Howard) uses throughout the film. It is all black and a bit old looking. I'm a bit of a camera nerd, and I have to know!
Help me transcribe 22 seconds of French! [more inside]
How can I learn to ink drawings using a winsor & newton series 7 brush? [more inside]
Where can I find a Crazy Shirts brand Adopt-a-Chicken shirt from Kauai? [more inside]
Is anybody else in the mid-Atlantic, specifically Pittsburgh, area getting massacred by allergies right now? [more inside]
I've been playing guitar for 10 years. How do I forget? [more inside]
TV Filter: Help me find an episode of a show I saw over a decade ago. [more inside]
Weekend in Portland or Vancouver? [more inside]
How can I get a Mac consulting gig off the ground as quickly as possible? [more inside]
Why is my 6-10 yr old Kenmore Dishwasher not draining? [more inside]
My dad's passing a kidney stone tonight....he already took two 5/500 vicodin within the last hour and he's still in a lot of pain....can he take another?
Is there a way I can integrate graphic-type web content into a Wordpress page/post? I'm not talking about just adding an image to a post/page, I'm looking to add photo/graphic content with clickable links similar to something like this. In other words, something similar to what you could do with a normal web page. I know you can add HTML to Wordpress posts/pages, but I'm not sure I understand how to design something in Photoshop/Dreamweaver and then translate that over to Wordpress. I'm using Wordpress 2.5.1. I know Photoshop and I also have a copy of Dreamweaver at my disposal if needed. Bonus to anyone that can tell me how to make the resulting graphic page SEO friendly. Thanks!
We had a Google account which stored photos in Picasa web albums, and paid for extra storage. One day, the account simply disappeared. We contacted Google. They replied "Because our investigation was inconclusive, we can't provide you with access to this Google Account. ... we take privacy and security of our users very seriously. For this reason, we're unable to reveal any further information about the account you'd like to access." This is Kafka-esque. We can't figure out how to get any more information or help. Any idea what to do?
Please help! My landlord management company refuses to let me terminate my lease early. What can I do? [more inside]
1993 Honda Civic or 2002 Suzuki Aerio? I love my Honda, with 125K miles, and have taken very good care of it. The engine is great, but I'm at the point where it needs things that cost $500 to $1,000 a pop, plus the interior is really worn. My mom's Aerio, at 65,000 miles, is still under warranty. So I could drive it for a few years and not have to spend any money. I know the Honda is the better car, but does it make sense to keep it and sell the Aerio? [more inside]
For a friend: where does one purchase a used (read: relatively cheap) bike in Italy in the Trento area?
Places to buy art in Houston? [more inside]
How do I preserve my professional reputation after a rough parting with an abusive boss? Heeding the advice of the hivemind, I quit my job after my boss started yelling at me, calling me stupid in public, and generally berating me to the point that other people started asking me questions about why she was so mad at me. Now I'm worried that she will start to poison the well. [more inside]
Why does the person who sobs and complains loudly about how they think they "failed" every test and that they are doing/did "horribly" in school (but ends up being #1) bother me so? [more inside]
What are, say, the 5 key dumbbell exercises for arm strongening? [more inside]
Looking for a great hotel/restaurant Combo for June in NYC... planning to propose, so much... [more inside]
I want to highlight and otherwise mark-up a PDF document in OSX. [more inside]
I have searched YouTube, Google and the MetaFilter archives until my eyes are bugging out of my head, so please forgive me if this has been posted. I'm trying to find a video of the SNL sketch with Steve Martin and Bill Murray, I believe from 1978, "What the hell is that?" Can anyone help?
CookingFilter: Recipes, books, and blogs dedicated to recipes to beginner cooks or cooks on a budget? [more inside]
I am a web developer, and was working for 9 mos for a large corporation as an outside contractor paid through an agency. Good company, great job and better still, they hired me a month ago as a full time employee, with benefits, corner office--all the trimmings. The Employee handbook says new hires get to fill a cup with their urine since its a "drug free workplace" but rehires don't. After that an existing employee can only be (re)tested for just cause. In short: I was given a job offer and I accepted. I went through orientation a leisurely 3 weeks and 1.5 paychecks later, but its now been a month and they still haven't asked me to fill the cup. My urine would be clean as of today. When can I safely assume the time to appropriately ask me to fill the cup has expired? I really miss burning the rope...
What's a good web host for a novice, who wants her own online space on someone's server to play around with? The idea is a blog and maybe a sample of my cartooning, hosted somewhere that won't break the bank. [more inside]
Tips For Studying & Reading Most of the Day, Everyday? [more inside]
Why am I so lazy? [more inside]
In the early 80's, I read a library book that featured a heroine stumbling into a parallel world and encountering chicken-legged vampires (not Baba Yaga) and their master. I can't recall the title nor author of this novel and you will earn my eternal gratitude if you can identify this work for me so that I can locate and read it again. [more inside]
When was the last time scholars discovered a previously unknown piece of literature from ancient Greece or Rome? Has it happened at all in modern times? If you were to speculate on the chances we'll ever rediscover another play from Euripides, Sophocles, et al, are there any relatively recent discoveries of new works from ancient Greek and Roman authors you could use as examples?
I am having trouble converting Microsoft Publisher files to PDF... [more inside]
Can anyone recommend software for a community forum / photo gallery / blog suitable for a corporate organisation? [more inside]
Do I really need to take my puppy to classes? Can you recommend a good one in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Vegetarian meals for a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy? [more inside]
Vertigo and motion sickness - is there any way out of it? [more inside]
How do I prevent an ankle rash from dive fins w/ socks while snorkeling? [more inside]
Where can I find Cerama Bryte pads for ceramic cooktops? [more inside]
I'm a US citizen, while my wife is from Canada, and is in the US on a K3 visa while we work on getting her Green Card. The downside of this is that until she gets either that Green Card or a work permit, she can't be employed in the US. I filed my taxes as "Married Filing Jointly," and was informed that because she has an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, rather than a Social Security Number, I would not be getting my "Economic Stimulus (Bush Bribe)" check. Does anyone understand the rationale here? Why does her status preclude my receiving my payment?
Song recommendations: Music to bang to. [more inside]
It's summer. Time for eating and Drinking outside. Any Moose wants Sangria recipes. [more inside]
I'm working on an article about new trends in restaurants (things like pickled eggs being served in high end restaurants and bartenders serving meat-infused drinks like the sashimi-tini) and wondered if anyone has noticed new and fun trends out there. [more inside]
Help me find some good blogs about Toronto. [more inside]
Do you attend the birthdays of your nieces and nephews (if they don't live all that close to you)? [more inside]
During the week my only time to exercise (mostly cardio for now) is after dinner. How long after dinner should I wait? Is exercise after dinner/at night less beneficial than exercise at other times of the day?
Is the term “caption” or “closed caption” and the “CC in a TV” symbol commonly recognizable to non-U.S. people? [more inside]
I have a rubbing from Shakespeare's grave slab. I'm trying to figure out if it is potentially worth enough to bother with an appraisal ($150 I think) or just guess a price and sell it. [more inside]
Background - I work for a small accounting firm of six people right now. We have 1 cpa, 2 staff accountants (Im one, currently working on my CPA) and the rest is bookkeeping/admin staff. We just hired a new administrative assistant because of the growth we experienced this year and plan on hiring more CPAs in the future. With this growth comes the need to be more organized, no longer is it possible for my boss to keep track of where every project is, how far it is along and who it is assigned to it. So we need some sort of well known software. (Nothing terribly obscure please) [more inside]
Can someone tell me where a mildew smell in my car might be coming from on rainy days if there are no apparent leaks? [more inside]
I am looking for a cartoon from the 80s that I can't remember the name of. It had an aircraft carrier in space that sent jets down to earth. There was even an old school Captain that steered the space carrier.The pilots could transform them into a "mech warrior" of sorts. It wasn't Transformers that I am sure of. They were protecting us from something that came from space. There was also a sub-plot/love story as some of the pilots hung out/dated. The cartoon was definitely Japanese. [more inside]
New Jersey-Filter: Two questions. First, can you recommend any great B&Bs in Monmouth County? Second, if you had the aim of introducing two close friends to summer in the Garden State, with the ulterior motive of disabusing them of anti-Jersey stereotypes, where would you take them and what would you do?
What is the best way to handle an internship or job situation where you have applied, interviewed 2 or more times for the position, then do not get a call back from the company? Catch, I have not been rejected, their HR staff is simply not on the ball, they have hired nobody for this position as of yet. [more inside]
Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
Traveling to Oaxaca with a friend for a 2-4 week Spanish immersion program this June/July. We are looking for some advice about Spanish language programs, homestays/lodging, and transportation. We are having a very difficult time finding a good learning program—there are so many to choose from and we don't quite know what to look for and how to determine which ones are good. [more inside]
I'm trying to reconcile the significance of red cloth to the natives in Eirik the Red's Saga. Can anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
The new normal sucks. How am I supposed to cope after my father's suddenish death? [more inside]
What should a well-stocked medicine cabinet contain? [more inside]
Help me take advantage of a summer living in Cambridge... [more inside]
I've always thought of early rock and country as being populated by men who might have done very bad things if they hadn't done music, and I want to hear some songs that prove it. Dale Hawins' Susie Q has that vibe. Charlie Feathers' That Certain Female seems like a song Mr. Blonde would bop to. I'd like to hear some other songs that feel just as... raw? Intimidating? I'm not quite sure. I think it's a "know it when I hear it" situation, and I'm hoping someone else has heard it and knows it.
What are some ways to "hack" my J2ME/Symbian phone?
I'm specifically interested in adding additional language support, and dealing with java.lang.SecurityException [more inside]
I'm specifically interested in adding additional language support, and dealing with java.lang.SecurityException [more inside]
Is it possible for a woman to have an orgasm while she's asleep? [more inside]
Could the way in which my boyfriend masturbates render him impotent? Super-sexy questions inside, most definitely nsfw. [more inside]
What are some of your favorite things that a 2 1/2 and almost 5yr old can do together. [more inside]
Post-marathon advice: I'm running my second marathon this weekend; I was very sore after my first and am convinced that an ice bath is probably my best bet post-race to combat soreness. Problem is, I'm more scared about the bath than the race. [more inside]
Had my tricycle stolen this weekend. Thinking it's time to bite the bullet and learn to ride a bike. Questions inside. [more inside]
Some questions about writing a television spec script. [more inside]
I'm looking for great examples of local/city networking and information sites that really offer something useful/fun to both visitors AND residents of a community. Sites that people enjoy using as a regular resource to enjoy and really embrace a specific place and what makes it tick. Do you know of any really kickass city websites that have rocked your world? [more inside]
I'm looking for a picture/scan of a Phoenix Suns ticket and my google-fu doesn't seem to find anything large enough to print. Any links or personal scans would be much appreciated.
If a national news station publishes your home address on television without your consent, what is(if any) the recourse? [more inside]
I work as an admin for a social networking site, and I'm trying to figure out protocol for how to handle users who seem suicidal. [more inside]
My fiancé and I need some help with our first dance at our wedding. [more inside]
How do I prevent flicker in my .NET app? [more inside]
Blackberry privacy: the Blackberry user has the option to get an email receipt and a read confirmation from other Blackberry users for each email sent. Does it notify the sender every time the mail is opened, or only the first time? When the Blackberry email message is sent to Yahoo web based mail would these confirmations also be sent back to the Blackberry for the first time and every subsequent time the email is opened? Even if Yahoo Mail blocks images from being shown (I think this is a way mail opening is detected)?
How can I get WSUS 3.0 to display installed RAM? [more inside]
Is it necessary to have a crush? [more inside]
I am outside the US but would like to watch some online TV episodes from US networks websites. I have found many lists of US-based proxy servers online that I could try, but I am concerned about security -- would using such a proxy server make me more vulnerable to viruses, worms, spam, and/or other such things? Many thanks.
Last night, I spent an hour reading the crazy, hilarious stories posted here. One hour was not enough. I need more davesecretaryatwork - or at least, more like him. [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas for simple, make-ahead pantry-stocking recipes for things I can use as appetizers or nibbles -- spiced nuts, marinated olives, etc. I'd ideally like things I don't need to refrigerate (although I do know how to can things), but I'm also thinking of some made-ahead-and-frozen cheese cracker dough as well; I'd also like things that keep a while. I'd love to be able to just pull some crackers and bread out, grab a couple jars, and there it all is. [more inside]
In 1998 I bought a paperback at a bookstore. It was an anthology of inspirational and spiritual writing by a variety of authors. It was great, I loaned it to someone, and now I'd like to find another copy of it. [more inside]
My 17 year old son has been looking for a part time job for several months, and now would like a summer job before heading off to college. The problem is, he doesn't seem to be able to find anything. [more inside]
Need help recovering lost document on PC [more inside]
What are my options for one week of cell phone in London? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a science experiment book suitable for an 8 year old. When I was a kid, I had a copy of “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” that I loved, but unfortunately it’s out of print. Any suggestions?
Programming as a hobby. Rewarding for the non-professional programmer? [more inside]
MangaFilter: I'm just finishing the Lone Wolf and Cub series, and read the Akira mangas two years ago. I've really enjoyed the mix of action and relatively good writing in both of them. What should I read next? [more inside]
Is anyone going to the Pierogi Fest this year? Has anyone ever been? [more inside]
Help me deal with my severe and (hopefully) temporary anxiety until I can see my psychiatrist this week. [more inside]
How secure is my wireless network? [more inside]
Please tell me about your experience driving the main or alternate routes from Cincinnati, OH to Ann Arbor, MI. [more inside]
Say I have an employee who was using a company computer. They departed under bad terms. I suspect that they took proprietary and valuable company documents with them when they left by sending them to themselves or someone else using a webmail service. If I can recover their webmail password from the company computer they were assigned, is it legal for me to log in and check to see if they did this? Why or why not? [more inside]
I am moving to a new apartment in Washington DC, and in reading over the lease there are a couple things I am not so sure about... Can you please take a look at the clauses and tell me if they seem reasonable? [more inside]
Watching the Champions League final in London [more inside]
What cell service should I get for my in-laws in the Sacramento/Bay Area, for use in emergencies? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize this painting? http://www.fupub.com/images/painting.jpg
Public pillow fight... public water balloon fight... I need more ideas for silly, childish fun to organize in my city! [more inside]
Guitar amp problem: Marshall MG100DFX won't turn on. [more inside]
I've been keeping track of pretty much all the xbox 360 games out there, but i am sure i missed some great games. So, can you recommend some games that are lesser known? Also, games that got poor or average reviews, but are actually fun to play?
What is the best English translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations out there, and why?
What do the players of pro sports teams do when on the road? [more inside]
I'm looking for a serial-port temperature controller thingie for a bizarre cooling system I'm building, for a beer fermenter. [more inside]
Which Star Wars set will give me what I want? I love extra special editions, but I want to buy a copy of Star Wars where Han Shoots first. I am looking for any advice on which versions I should or should not get.
I was sort of bitten by a dog tonight. I'm morbidly afraid of shots. How necessary is it that I see a doctor? [more inside]
How does a driver with a squeaky-clean record (previous to this) handle a speeding ticket from a town that has national notoriety for a history of shady ticketing practices? [more inside]
Is there a name for this phenomenon? Like confirmation bias, but with a positive connotation. [more inside]
In Buddhist philosophy, how is one supposed to do anything? [more inside]
I am trying to decide which to (learn) to use, The Arduino or The Make Controller Kit. Which should I choose as a first buy / entry level controller? [more inside]
I'd like to do my PhD in a scientific field, full-time in the NY Metro area. How can I make it work money-wise? [more inside]
Things to do/learn over Summer Break for a Computer Engineering Freshman. Lives in Maryland. [more inside]
I have relatives in Japan who want me to mail them some over-the-counter medicines--specifically, extra-strength Tylenol and Sudafed (the new kind, without pseudoephedrine.) Both are legal in Japan and would be for their personal use only. So how do I find out how much of each I can mail them at once?
Where can I learn the skills needed to be a successful puppeteer? Are there places in where Miami can I take classes? Are there quality books or websites on the subject? [more inside]
I'm using Blogger. I'd like to have some kind of divider in between posts I make on the same day, but I don't want this divider to appear anywhere else, like between one day's posts and another. Is there a simple way to do this?
Was Aeschylus a Pythagorean? [more inside]
How much should I expect to pay for a car given my situation and what should I know about when looking for a used car? [more inside]
Sourcefilter: I've been seeing large sheets of paper or a paper-like material with cutouts of flowers, animals, and other cutesy designs used as a backdrop in window displays at stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Where can I buy some? [more inside]
After working in a mostly LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment the last few years, I need to make a quick switch to WISA (Windows, IIS, MS SQL, ASP). [more inside]
Clevelandfilter: Where can I find literary magazines in Cleveland? [more inside]
I have three 500 MB hard drives in my XP desktop machine, and another 500 MB external. Right now, I'm working with them as four different drive letters, which gets confusing. Is there a utility that will allow me to treat them as a single drive letter? [more inside]
I'm going back to college next fall, to attend an undergraduate creative writing program. What literary fiction should I read this summer to get up to speed? [more inside]
Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now? [more inside]
My Dell Win XP laptop caught some kind of infection via Limewire which blocks Firefox from loading and produces contast popup ads via IE. I never use IE. I've removed Firefox and redownloaded it. Still doesn't load. I've run Ad-Aware, RegScrub, and every other spyware program I know about. What happened, and how do I fix it?
How do I make medical school affordable? [more inside]
What the heck is it? [more inside]
Help, Backup-Filter: "Access Denied" error when using Memeo's AutoBackup Software to wirelessly backup a laptop HD to a password protected external hard drive that is directy connected to the wireless router via USB. [more inside]
My daughter in Brooklyn NY needs a recommendation for excellent pulmonologist, or appropriate specialist. She has a full med plan, but needs to home in on one or two good specialists whose offices will say: "OK. Here's your appointment for very soon!!" She finds it difficult to get communication going with offices that don't take her anxiety about her condition very seriously. Namely her current internist. [more inside]
How will the recent California Supreme Court ruling affect my resident status? [more inside]
Tell me what to call this topic I'm interested in, so that I know how to research it. It's somewhere within architecture and/or engineering. [more inside]
I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word, and I want the endnotes to have each reference assigned one number throughout the whole document, instead of one each time I add an endnote. I really don't want to have to go through and number them manually. Any ideas? [more inside]
What's the best backup solution for (Ubuntu) Linux? I need a backup as complete as possible of a home directory of ~10+ GB, nightly, etc. I have two large external USB 2.0 drives for the purpose... [more inside]
Where can I stash my car for cheap, during the summer in the SF Bay Area, for a couple months? [more inside]
FairWagefilter: My 25-year old sister is a 2nd grade teacher who is considering going to NY to nanny for the summer. So far the general specifics are: 3 young boys (I don't know their ages); in Rye, NY; 2 days off a week; I think that they will buy plane ticket, groceries, etc.; duties will be taking them to their day camp, sports/music lessons, making food for them, etc. [more inside]
2006 Honda Civic service schedule: Maintenance Minder or dealer service recommendation? [more inside]
Need a recommendation for a dog groomer in Princeton, NJ area. We have a standard poodle, and it's been hard to find someone who is an expert at poodle grooming and deals well with both canines and humans. We need someone ASAP. Appreciate any recommendations.
Where can I find online resources to help me learn to draw like Andrew Bell of The Creatures in My Head? [more inside]
Is anyone aware of a general-purpose 3D renderer built with Flash? Sort of like a Flash version of those VRML plugins that were all the rage in 1997, only without the suck? I'm creating a browser game, and I'd like the main viewport to display 3D images. I could render images on the server and feed them to the client, but the demand on server CPU and bandwidth would be prohibitive. I'd love to find a client-side solution. [more inside]
Is there any way to prevent or alleviate the "asian glow" when drinking? [more inside]
Recommendations and instructions for easy-to-use Mac software to make a 5-minute slideshow / video (with music) of 100+ photos. I need to vary the time of some of the photos - Lightroom isn't sufficient for this task. [more inside]
2.5 years postop for a badly fractured non-dominant elbow (long since fully rehabbed, which I even finished early), I am doing more physical activity. It's sore, which I expected, but not in the way in which I figured. Tips? [more inside]
CampaignFilter: Help me get a Judge Elected in Wake County NC. What is the most effective method to campaign with a limited budget? We apparently have access to a robo-dialer but no call lists. [more inside]
Where can I find RAM for an old Sony Vaio PCV-7762 desktop? [more inside]
Can I propagate a geranium stem cutting in plain water, or do I have to use some other kind of medium?
Can anyone tell me where this picture was taken? The photo was taken in Europe during the 70's by my parents. they think it might have been somewhere in Germany, but Denmark and Sweden are also potential options.
Are my relationship expectations too unreasonable? [more inside]
Can you recommend any books that cover fundamental economics at a beginner level? [more inside]
What's the best way to loan money to a friend? [more inside]
Does anyone have those door locks that use a combination instead of a key? Do you like them? Any problems? I'm considering putting touchpad front and back door locks on a rental house that I own so I'm not out $150 everytime I need to re-key the locks. Good idea or no? [more inside]
How can I create non-downloadable audio files for a website? [more inside]
Traveling to France for a few weeks this summer. At home, I normally blow-dry my hair and set it in hot rollers, but I don't want to lug my full-sized stuff. Anyone have a suggestion for a really good large-barreled curling iron, or a compact set of hot rollers, as well as a small hair dryer? I've seen a few online, but if you have a rec for one you think is good, I'd like to hear it.
Help me find a shul to attend in New York and Washington D.C. [more inside]
mother and father's 50th wedding anniversary in a few weeks-please help my brothers and I figure out a special way to celebrate their special day [more inside]
Should I use helpful bacteria to unclog shower and bath drains? [more inside]
Chasing funding and attracting sponsors / donors for an NGO: European Union / Bulgarian / educational context. Please, teach me? [more inside]
Looking for software that's available now that's similar to online service Dropbox (http://getdropbox.com/), but not necessarily online. [more inside]
How to spend a month or so in the UK as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
I want to help a friend get some nude photos removed from the 'net before they cause real damage. [more inside]
When I start Gmail, it hangs, without fully loading. I input my name and password, and it attempts to load, but hangs before fully loading and showing my mailbox. My only alternative is then to load the HTML view. This is a very limited and unworkable mode. I've tried Google's standard fixes with no avail. Can anyone help? [more inside]
I mostly listen to audiobooks on my mp3 player using only one earbud. I thought of just snipping off the second earbud to keep it from being in the way. Is there any reason this is a bad idea? I can't imagine there would be enough power flowing through them to make any danger of shock, but would the leftover earbud still work?
I make a fairly large monthly to-do list, usually a few words per task. But I omit the vowels for each word and put a dash for spaces, example: "RFLL-CLLNG-CRD" would be "REFILL CALLING CARD", here's one I can't solve... [more inside]
In the mid-eighties, there was some "event" on television. It was a (crappy) movie, but embedded within it was a contest and/or puzzle. [more inside]
looking for examples of world-changing innovation as the result of seeing a conventional thing in an unconventional way. [more inside]
I recently purchased an iPod Shuffle, and while I've been happy with it so far, I'm sick of Apple's earbuds. Are there any respectable headphones that the Shuffle can power without a significant decrease in battery life? I've searched AskMe, and while this question has come up in regard to full-size iPods, I'm worried about the ability of the Shuffle's tiny battery to keep my headphones going for more than thirty minutes at a stretch. If it helps, I'm considering buying a pair of Koss Portapros (I've had great experiences with them before and the price and size are right). Any suggestions are welcome.
I live in Brooklyn, NY and recently on vacation in Mexico I went bungee jumping. Let me say it was fun ... is there any place within reasonable driving distance to Bungee Jump in NY, CT, or NJ or wherever?
Does anybody know a way that we can manage dual boot Macs regardless of what OS they are booted into. [more inside]
I would like to be the bright kid again, but I've just turned 30. What should I do? [more inside]
Is there a type of thermal (or similar) underwear out there that will keep me warm when it's cold, but also cool when it's hot?
Is there a type of thermal (or similar) underwear out there that will keep me warm when it's cold, but also cool when it's hot? [more inside]
I'm looking to hear from people who have both astigmatism and myopia and have successfully transitioned to contact lenses. Also, if your eye doc is in Manhattan, can I have his/her number? [more inside]
Where do you get your ties? Are there any that you recommend? [more inside]
Video games similar to Primal? [more inside]
Why don't the 'current' gen game consoles have cheats/trainers? [more inside]
Can extreme obesity cause facial skin discoloration? [more inside]
I have a laptop. I have wireless internet in Philadelphia through the city-wide wifi program that will be ending very soon. Please help if you can. I know NOTHING. [more inside]
I'm for looking non-karaoke instrumentals to sing over, preferably free. Ideally someone just playing an acoustic guitar or piano with no vocals, limited frills and high recording quality, either jazzy standards or pop. It's actually pretty hard to find all three at once on youtube and other such sites, so I thought I'd give Mefi a shot. Somebody must have a collection...any ideas?
Do Gopher Snakes truly "imitate" Rattlesnakes or could they somehow be genetically related? [more inside]
How do I build animated maps - say, of a city getting built up, or immigration patterns? [more inside]
NameVoyager lists popular baby names dating back to the 1800's. Where could I find something similar for foreign names? Specifically, I'm interested in finding names that were used before the 1970's (as opposed to current baby name lists that show what's popular now).
Help me identify this live-forever lookalike (sort of) [more inside]
I'm 29 and haven't had sex. How can I reconcile with the fact that it might not ever happen for me? [more inside]
My dream job is coming up but [more inside]
I'm spending next week in Ft. Lauderdale, and plan on going to see a Marlins game sometime during the week. I'd prefer to take some sort of public transit to the stadium, but the Marlin's site doesn't mention anything about it. Is there some relatively safe/reliable way to get there without having to drive myself? If so, where's the best place to park to get on the transit? My big reason to want to go this way is to avoid stadium traffic, so I'd like to catch a bus or whatever far enough from the stadium so as to avoid that.
Help me get over being homesick. [more inside]
[Eyeglasses] Anti-scratch coatings deteriorate after a couple of years. Anyone found durable coatings? [more inside]
Last night I was hanging out with a friend of a friend who I'm reasonably attracted to. At one point we were sitting real close as I was showing her photos online, when she poked me in the forearm with her pinky. I instinctively looked at her and she looked away pretending nothing had happened, and then the next thing I knew I was filled with lust, couldn't resist making out with her, and so I did. So what's up with the pinky prod - is it a secret move I'm unaware of? And does it work the other way around...? [more inside]
Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
Standard adult male body, but I have skinny upper arms. Suggestions for a workout to add some mass, specifically from elbows up? [more inside]
Should I tell my professor why I'm dropping his class, or just not say anything? [more inside]
Help me trick my cat into eating his pills. [more inside]
Where can I find fresh pasta in San Diego? [more inside]
Tools > Photoshop > Batch... doesn't work when the selected files in Bridge are on an external drive? [more inside]
What is the best paid dating website with ACTUAL results? [more inside]
I'm running Firefox 3 RC1 on Windows Vista. How can I use userchrome.css to hide the "list all tabs" button until Tab Mix Plus is updated? [more inside]
What is the cello piece that plays in the background of the new Evista ad?
I tried to update my Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and I broke something. Help me make it work again. [more inside]
Where might my fiancé and I marry in South or North Carolina in the next few days? [more inside]
Why is my Firefox Tools menu horizontal instead of vertical? [more inside]
Where can I find travel bras made for large ladies with large bosoms? I'm a 44DD and all of the travel underwear sites like ExOfficio seem to only have bras for more slender/less stacked folks. [more inside]
Spyware infected. Help! [more inside]
The side-by-side fridge in our rental (a GE tfx22zrs, tfx22jrs) has been failing to keep the refrigerator side cool (freezer side works fine). I think I have traced this down to some kind of lightbulb short -- the bulb heats up so much, so fast, I presume it is keeping the food from getting cool; possible fuse problem? Do fridges have user-serviceable fuses? Or is this a compressor problem and the lightbulb a red herring? [more inside]
Anybody good at removing paint thinner from untreated wood? [more inside]
What can I do with a degree in Physics? What doors and pathways will it open for me? How long will I need to study before I am able to call my self a Physicist and make a meaningful contribution in my field? [more inside]
I need to compare construction costs in 1968 to costs for a similar project in 2008. [more inside]
I know Kindle doesn't do color, and I've read that photographs leave a little to be desired. I'm curious how well Kindle does with other graphics and unusual formatting. [more inside]
I'm looking for good sources of creative-commons licensed, edgy rock instrumental music. A really good example of this is www.saviumsaliva.com. The music there just seems to work for the podcast that I'm working on. I've tried Jamendo, and one other "search engine" for creative commons licensed music, but slow going. I keep hoping for the motherlode.. So far, not so much. Anyone have any other suggestions for places to look? Thanks!
Am looking for something nice I can send to someone to thank them for a wonderful kindness, but it probably shouldn't involve food or flowers. Any thoughts? [more inside]
I can't get my Mac laptop's internal speakers to work -- they just stopped one day. When I press the volume adjust buttons, the little bars don't move, and the classic circle-with-bar-through-it appears. I've checked the volume in System Preferences, and the "mute" button is not selected by accident. [more inside]
How do I train for a (half-)marathon? [more inside]
How do I best care for my cat after a hypoglycemic reaction until I can get him to the vet? [more inside]
U.S. cell phone question: Is Tracfone or a major cellular carrier (Alltel is what I am interested in) more economical for a light duty user? [more inside]
Next week, I'm spending four days river rafting with friends in Idaho. I've never done it before. Any suggestions on clothing, gear, keeping a camera safe, etc.? [more inside]
Has anyone used Careington Dental plan, or something comparable? [more inside]
Does your workplace have a clearly-stated 'organizational culture' or defined theme or an All-Encompassing Guiding Principle for employees? I've been told to create one for our company. From scratch. HELP! [more inside]
Hey MeFi, long time listener - first time caller here. I'm looking for guidance on how to help out the homeless in my community, further my photography career, create awareness, and do this all with the utmost respect. [more inside]
I'm working on my dissertation and looking for suggestions for fonts that will compliment each other well. The dissertation will be primarily in English, with substantial amounts of quoted German text, a fair bit of French, and occasional epigraphs or isolated words of polytonic Greek. [more inside]
Applying for a job with a non-profit based in Kenya. Amazing opportunity, I'm very excited about it. Biggest concern I have is spending 2+ years living in a very isolated community, with only half a dozen other native English speakers. How can I stay happy and sane there? [more inside]
My sister loves playing co-op shooters. Can you recommend any? Our systems are the PS2, and a PC running Windows XP that was middle-of-the-road 3-5 years ago (so no Army of Two, thank you). Freeware/shareware/indie are great, but so are huge blockbusters. It just needs to have as long, good, co-op section.
What was the name of this BBC documentary? It was broadcast sometime around 2000. It was about how Britain has changed post-WWII, dwelling on rail closures due to the Beeching Axe, the construction of the motorways, and the subsequent death of the 'traditional' rural Britain. Its tone was pretty melancholic, and it was (to me) quite a moving piece. [more inside]
Where can I find artisanal bread flour in Toronto? [more inside]
Why the uninterrupted heartburn for a week, and how can I make it go away? [more inside]
I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
Suggest an offline booking system, no wait... Suggest a one-click WAMP solution, no wait... Flash and flat files mebbe? [more inside]
How can I install/use the DOS batch scripting SLEEP command with Vista Ultimate? It does not exist by default. Back while scripting on XP, I used to install the free package "Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools" which came with this command. [more inside]
I know what I like to do and I think I've found a job to go along with it. My problem is: padding my resume. [more inside]
What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
I'm looking for a knowledge base about how to get on rooftops in big cities. I live in Portland, OR, so Portland buildings are of the most immediate interest to me, but I'd be interested in any city.
Old movie question involving US military, China, torture, and other things. What movie was this? [more inside]
Please recommend a solution for transcribing voice to text on my Mac. [more inside]
I'm looking for something really freaky to put on the tv at the bar I work at; video imagery to really make some hipster indie rocker kids say wtf when they notice it playing in the background-"holy mountain" and svenmahers"alice" are my usual standbys, but I know you Mefites know just the thing to make a standard night watching post rock bands just a little stranger.what visuals would you use, remembering that the sound of the movie won't be heard--
I have an old hp pavilion zt1170. It's been through quite a lot, such as being frozen, blasted with dust, rained and spilled on, dropped and, well, subjected to a variety of other abuse of which this list only scratches the surface. Understandably it isn't in perfect working order. [more inside]
For a friend: I have an acoustic Martin dreadnought guitar and I am wondering which type of string to use. I have heard that elixers are good, but was looking for more opinions/info. Thanks!
I'm very interested in becoming an editor, please help...yes, I've read the previous posts. [more inside]
Integrating a forum into either Joomla 1.5 or WordPress 2.5.1 [more inside]
Does anyone have recommendations for an orthodontist in Beijing? Can treatment be started in China and continued in the U.S.? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good printable map of nyc's subway system. NFT has lots of great maps, but not a big one that covers the whole system and can easily fit in my back pocket. Any suggestions?
Where online can I find a list of vocabulary from "The Wire" and some plain-language definitions? [more inside]
Looking at my rhubarb patch, it seems I'm going to be eating a lot of rhubarb this summer. Though my mother always had some in our garden, I don't think I've ever eaten rhubarb in any form but in rhubarb pie or rhubarb crisp. What's your favourite rhubarb recipe?
I have missed my (Australian) university's census date. Am I screwed? [more inside]
I'd like to transfer several hours of audio from old cassette tapes to CD for my mom and to iPod for me. Of course if I can get them to CD I can take it from there. [more inside]
Moving from the 519 to the 617. Please help a Canadian moving to Boston plan his banking and wireless services. [more inside]
[igiveupfilter] Trying to export my current wordpress-run blog onto a new wordpress-run blog. I keep getting an XML error that says "XML document must have a top level element. Error processing resource 'file:///C:/Users/damnjezebel/Desktop/wordpress.2008-05-16.xml". I've tried this link which helped me the last time I moved my blog, but that's not working this time. I've tried changing permissions as well and no luck. please help me import my old blog before i pull all of my damn hair out!
I've been given a set of four Le Creuset Ramekins. Some savoury recipe suggestions please? I don't have much of a sweet tooth.
My management company is giving back everyone's security deposits. Tomorrow. Should we accept? [more inside]
I need help finding a maternity dress or nice top to go with black pants in plus size that would work to attend a wedding in June and my baby shower in September or October. [more inside]
Mom's visiting. Along with her decade's old prohibition against eating tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, etc. I'm kind of sick of this. Any clinical proof that solanine causes osteoarthritis? Even better, any proof that it does not? I am forbidden to even re-use cooking utensils between pots that have touched the forbidden foods.
If I fully comply to the terms of a cease and desist notice, will I be left alone? [more inside]
Great San Francisco camera stores? [more inside]
Do any of the new breed of financial websites like Wesabe, Mint, Yodlee et al. offer an iCal-subscribable calendar of your bills' due dates? Or do you have an idea for how to achieve this easily? [more inside]
My cat has recently taken to waking us up in the middle of the night, every night. She's done this before, but not for this long. [more inside]
How do I get the same long-lasting result with an at-home manicure that I do when I go to an upscale salon? [more inside]
I'm looking for information about a basketball game we used to play at summer camp a hundred years ago called Taps. [more inside]
Is there a high-level general procedure or process that can be used to design a course of self-study in any topic? [more inside]
I'm trying to recall a book I read 11 or 12 years ago. Be warned: This may be the vaguest post ever. [more inside]
How do industrial and product designers or human factors engineers or ergonomics experts talk about the safety implications of redundant controls? [more inside]
I'm a software developer in Pennsylvania. Am I eligible for overtime? [more inside]
Can you help me find the fascinating and mysterious forum postings of a self-proclaimed robotic entity on sciforums.com? [more inside]
How much ROI would a VC be looking for in a late-stage biotechnology startup? [more inside]
Do I get a second cat (long details inside)? [more inside]
Why can't I find ginseng anymore? I used to buy ginseng at Target but they stopped selling it a few years ago so I would buy it at Costco. Now I can't find it at Costco. Is there some law or something that I'm not aware of that prevents selling ginseng in Illinois?
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
At the end of a badass and beautiful backpacking trip, my digital camera's memory card suddenly read "format error." My camera is a dinosaur Sony Cybershot with merely 3.2 megapixels. I downloaded Photorec and tried to recover the photos, but all I ended up with was a 13.9 Meg mpg file... [more inside]
I'm in the market for a blue diamond engagement ring...anyone have any experience with any blue diamond jewelers in the NYC area?
An amazing job opportunity has presented itself in the Cayman Islands. Any advice on living and working in their? [more inside]
I'm looking for a journal/magazine that will be all about literature, with all different forms of criticism. Something that has good articles/essays about literature. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
smelly friend, smelly friend, what are you doing today? tomorrow? the day after tomorrow? this weekend? next weekend?
How can I communicate to a very clingy friend, that no, she does not smell, and yes, I value her as a friend, but do not need to see her every week? [more inside]
Is there any way to modify or use an external part to get an Alesis Micron to run on batteries? [more inside]
My truck is starting to get ugly cloudy headlights. What's a cheap inexpensive way to make them look new again?
How to deal with ultra-competitive people [more inside]
I recently rediscovered the song "Man, It's So Loud In Here" by They Might Be Giants, and the delicious juxtaposition of the New Order/Pet Shop Boys pastiche of the music and the sardonic treatment of club culture in the lyrics leads me to my question: What are some other songs that sound like typical dance music but which have lyrics that are critical of dance music or club culture in general?
I want to start composting, but I'm clueless: what do I need to know? [more inside]
I'm looking to use some kind of tablet device, pocket pc, or possibly even e-book reader to display lyrics and chords for me while playing guitar. Criteria: cheap, readable, hackable, in that order. [more inside]
I was just in a car accident and I need your advice on how to handle it. [more inside]
We have LOTS of dill coming up. Can anyone provide any not-too-difficult recipes to take advantage of this situation? [more inside]
What's the simplest way to get from Sea-Tac airport to 1st/Seneca in downtown Seattle? [more inside]
I have U.S. citizenship but have never resided in the states. My mother was from Illinois. Is it possible for me to vote in the presidential election? [more inside]
I am 37, 5'9", 185 & just had a minor heart attack. Diagnosis: diffuse coronary disease. I swim several times a week, and eat well. But I have questions about my new diet, the one that will help me lose 30 - 50 lbs in 2 years, as my cardiologist wants. [more inside]
ComputerDebugFilter: How can I find out what caused my computer to crash? [more inside]
Does anyone know of concise histories of imperialism and/or colonialism? These will be used for developing a 12th grade history/literature curriculum, so extra credit is available for those who can make a literature connection. Plus, books focusing on India and Africa will be appreciated.
I'm in Japan right now, but I have all of August off. I want to hang out in Beijing for a week or so during the Olympics. I don't actually want to attend them, I just want to take part in the hubbub. How can I reserve a cheap bed (~30USD) now? Caveat: I do not speak any Chinese.
Help me find NYC traffic light times! [more inside]
I'd like to get a German dictionary/language program for my Blackberry Curve. Any recommendations or caveats? [more inside]
I am new to renting and I just called the power company and they said that I have to pay a deposit no mater what my credit is. Is this normal practice? [more inside]
How much time does a project manager spend on the "red tape" of project management, rather than on the work of the project itself? [more inside]
What's the next step, career-wise, for an experienced PCB Designer in the SF Bay Area who is finding numerous dead-ends on his current job search? [more inside]
Which is better? A vanity url or a backslashed url. For instance, www.awesometown.com or www.mycompany.com/awesometown Mind you, this is an advertising question. With a product/property it seems smarter to use a vanity url for name recognition, but I understand diluting the brand is a bad idea. What's the best practices you've seen or opinions?
Any good info services other than Metafilter? [more inside]
I've always been fascinated by this book cover for Gödel, Escher, Bach. Anybody know how the woodcarving was designed, how it was made and how I could perhaps make one myself? [more inside]
Where can I buy some Philips SBCH5385 headphones? [more inside]
What are some relatively obscure examples of someone who said no to something? [more inside]
Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
People often say: "The best way to make a small fortune in [insert industry here] is to start with a large one" Who first came up with this joke, and what industry was the joke originally about?
Best website for moderately-priced, interesting and stylish ladies shoes? [more inside]
A single DVD collection defining Modern Cinema? [more inside]
Please help me find some safe, beginner-ish bike routes that start out in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn. [more inside]
How can I get from the San Francisco Airport to my housing in Redwood City on Saturday night? [more inside]
I got a new iphone (en route),what do I need to know?Any tips and/or suggestion/sites?
I have some questions about the metal roofs on our porches. [more inside]
I'm new to Boston (not here even a week yet). What should I be sure to see or do as I get settled? How do I fit in (and hide the fact that I'm from NYC)? [more inside]
What are the tax benefits of being a landlord? [more inside]
I'm 29, male, and with no significant relationship experience. I've been dating the same girl for a few months now and I'm still not sure, although she seems to be. How do I tell whether a relationship is worth sticking with? [more inside]
I'm a male introvert with very, very few close friends. I can make casual friends no problem, but I'm rather particular about the type of people I'd want to be serious friends with. Difficulty: I'm an atheist liberal eco-friendly vegetarian tech nerd who doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs. [more inside]
A fair-sized bit of one of my teeth just fell off. The tooth is a molar, third from the back on the bottom jaw. I'm not in pain, and this has never happened before; I have no fillings and my teeth are generally healthy. I can see an NHS dentist in two weeks' time at the earliest, but what (if anything) should I do about it in the meantime? [more inside]
How can I most effectively hire movers to move out and move in on the same day, but with a giant gap in between?
How do the logistics of hiring a mover work when I need to close my sale and my purchase in the same day (from Chicago to the suburbs, if that matters)? [more inside]
What's the easiest way to geotag a blog post in MT4? Are there any decicated plugins, or any map-based technologies, that could make it easier for people who want to do it?
[ChicagoFilter] What are some inexpensive things for two 30-something, childless women to do in Chicago this Sunday, May 18? [more inside]
Can Air Mail envelopes be used for domestic mail? [more inside]
Help me find little-known destinations in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, please! [more inside]
Prilosec and Zantac. News reports that using Zantac correlates with mental decline have me paying more attention to previous guidance from my doctor that Prilosec would be appropriate for me, but the directions on the package are pretty odd. Do people really take Prilosec OTC for 14 days, not take it for 120 days, then rinse and repeat? That's what the directions say, but it's really hard to believe. Why are the directions like that? Is it supposed to be working that whole time?
Me and a friend want to play chess on a roller coaster this weekend. In Coney Island. Please help. [more inside]
Is there any way of syncing an outlook calender with a blackberry 8100 without installing Desktop Manager on the (locked down) laptop? [more inside]
Who are the Peppercake Orchestra? [more inside]
Where can we try on lots of triathlon wetsuits in New York City? On Saturday? [more inside]
I'm stuck in a relationship I shouldn't be in and don't know how I can end it. [more inside]
Is there a database of looks-and-feels out there? I grok that the term itself is pretty broad. Is someone trying to map the feature space of all ls-n-fs? [more inside]
Why won't my iPod sync? 5th generation 60GB, Leopard 7.5.2, iTunes 7.6.2. Sync begins normally and hangs after a few minutes. [more inside]
Does goon (box wine) actually contain fish eggs? [more inside]
Visual Basic and Excel: How do I replicate the results of excel’s internal function for paired dual tailed t-test in Visual Basic. I tried and failed, where did I go wrong? [more inside]
I want a pet rock for my cubicle. Obtaining the rock isn't a problem, however I also want a mini water dish for it. Don't ask. Anyone know where I could obtain a 1" or so pet water dish?
Help me identify Jon Stewart's accent [more inside]
How do I mount my enormous masonite painting? [more inside]
What folky song is about the things we used to say/do, but don't say/do anymore? [more inside]
What was this giant, crazy statue I saw in New York City? It was near Columbia University in 1999. [more inside]
Regarding "What Not To Wear": What do you think are the tricks to the particularly glowing hair and make-up styling on the hosts Trinny and Susannah? [more inside]
Why does my 13" MacBook's fan start running full speed when watching online video from sites such as youtube? Is there anything I can do about it?
How do I set more reasonable expectations for relationships? [more inside]
Help me find a cool screen saver that won't infect my computer. [more inside]
Is there an issue with putting a laser printer (Lexmark c522) onto a simple timer that just kills the power at night, and lets it power up again in the morning? Am I going to damage components significantly?
Why, when I drag the fleshy (i.e., not furry) part of my cat's paw across the trackpad on my MacBook, does the cursor not respond? [more inside]
I am in Canada, looking to get provigil or modalert from an online pharmacy that delivers to Canada. Anyone know a reputable one?
So I was listening to NPR talk about how the California Supreme Court rejected a ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. During the conversation, the guests for both sides of the issue kept coming back to polygamy. Opponents of gay marriage were all "well, this opens things up to craziness - like polygamy", while the proponents were all trying to distance their movement from polygamy, a la "well, this makes sure it's only marriage between two people... so no polygamy". Why do people have a problem with polygamy (of the non-FLDS-child-bride variety)?
Why doesn't my puppy make a sound? [more inside]
In a home network, I'm using static routing on a router connected to my ISP connection, and added an additional router using DHCP. From the DHCP side, I'm able to connect to the internet, but am unable to reach any of the static addresses, nor can any of the static IPs reach through to the DHCP side. (How) can this be made to work? [more inside]
What would be some good practical web resources for college students? [more inside]
MTBFilter: Which of my two bikes should get the new LX Hollowtech II Crankset I just bought and should I use an XTR Rear derailler on my commuter? [more inside]
What would you call this style of engagement ring? And maybe, more importantly, can you tell who else actually makes them? [more inside]
What are the good public health blogs? [more inside]
Please help me determine if I am a dual citizen with the United States and Mexico. [more inside]
The g/f is starting her hospital rotations in 2 months, and apparently they must have a PDA. Any med students/doctors care to recommend a make/model, or software for it once we pick one out? Thanks.
Is there a name for Satoshi Kitamura's art style in Creepy Crawly Song Book? [more inside]
How can I prevent myself from getting sick of something long enough to finish it? [more inside]
Anybody read Polish? Or know about Stan Nonin? [more inside]
Cannot find "Creative Suite Color Settings" under edit in Bridge. [more inside]
I wish to insert a namespaced XML document into an (X)HTML web page. The "XML Data Island" trick is verboten. There appears to be two ways of accomplishing this. Both continue to elude me. [more inside]
Sometime in the past two months, I came across a blog entry (I think) which asked for expressions for the "largest finite number" that could be submitted. Intuitively there is no such thing, but the piece toyed around with that idea. If I recall, there were few if any restrictions on the how the expression was written. Sorry I can't be more specific than that. I'm not interested in "all you have to do is add one" replies, only pointers to the site if the general parameters of the question are familiar to anyone
Seeking the definitive recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets. [more inside]
What movie defines the 90s? [more inside]
what are the chances she's pregnant? [more inside]
Legalfilter: My friend's car was stolen. Catch: by her husband. What are her options? [more inside]
Best route to get from the PCH / Santa Monica to LAX? [more inside]
What's the difference between a geek, a nerd and a dork? [more inside]
My 15" Powerbook from 2003, running OS X.3, just froze up and demanded that I restart my computer. Why? [more inside]
What copyright restrictions may or may not be placed on me of a picture I took of a band's setlist during a live, public performance? [more inside]
Hot glue: I need a REALLY INDUSTRIAL hot glue gun. Something that puts the glue out like nobodies business. Something that won't make my fingers tired either if I'm doing it all day, if possible. I can spend up to $150. What works?
There is someone with or using my name at one of the Yahoo services to access Asian porn sites. [more inside]
What is the legality of providing free/cheap wifi to neighbors? [more inside]
Salary history questions: the job listing requests resume, cover letter and salary history. What is the most elegant/least awkward way to list the history? Also, I've been a freelance consultant for several years, what is the best way for the self-employed to list a salary? [more inside]
I recently learned I am eligible for Irish citizenship because my grandparents were born in Ireland. I need to obviously prove my relation to them, which is where things get sticky. I am related to them by way of my somewhat estranged father. [more inside]
Planning a trip to Europe in September: the plan is to visit my girlfriend's family in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) for about a week, and then head up to Berlin for another week. What's the best way configure our travel plans? [more inside]
How to become a DB Admin in two weeks? [more inside]