May 2009 Archives

May 31

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think)

Help ID: Young adults book about kid who builds robots (out of spare parts, I think) [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 11:32 PM PST - 6 comments

any MS Money 2007 users?

In MS Money 2007, I am able to open my MS Money 2002 file and everything is great except for one difference that is causing me fits. I like to put all my Bills in the bill section and then I can easily see what the balance is going to be in my account after all those bills go through to make sure I have enough money (Shift+Click), but it seems that starting in MS Money 2006, that functionality was taken away. I am not aware of a way to select multiple bills to see the balance after paying all of them. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook at 11:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How to import AVI video files in Adobe Premiere Pro?

When I import an AVI video file I recorded on a Canon digital camera to Adobe Premiere Pro, it only shows up as a still picture with audio. Why does it do this and how can it be solved? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 10:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Government longevity, who wins?

What country or countries have the longest continuously functioning government? Please specify the type/form of government, such as US/ democratic republic.
posted by woman at 10:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Perfect disc brake rainy-day single speed commuter frame.

Bike Filter: I'm looking for a cro-moly steel frame and fork that can handle disc brakes and enough clearance for fenders and has track drop outs with a road bike geometry. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 8:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I differentiate instruction?

Can you recommend a good book (or journal, or webpage) on differentiated instruction? [more inside]
posted by Elagabalus at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I go to the shower if I wasn't invited to the wedding?

Can I go to the shower if I wasn't invited to the wedding? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 8:16 PM PST - 37 comments

Crested Butte, CO, Vacation-Filter:

What are the must-do/see/eat/visit places in Crested Butte, Colorado in July? Yeah, we've googled the heck out of the place, but nothing beats AskMe for travel tips. [more inside]
posted by webhund at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend some older Japanese fiction.

Looking for Japanese novels both written in, and taking place in 1950's and 1960's Japan. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 8:09 PM PST - 18 comments

What kind of cheap coffee maker should I buy?

What kind of cheap coffee maker should I buy? [more inside]
posted by mizike at 8:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Upbeat Synthpop

I'm interested in finding more upbeat-sounding synthpop or alt/pop singles with electronic elements for my music library. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:47 PM PST - 40 comments

DIY audiobooks

I do lengthy reading to my daughter (6) every evening, and it's a valuable part of our day. Later this summer, she's going to be visiting her mother for a few weeks, which means no reading. I'd like to send her on this trip with some CDs or a memory stick full of pre-recorded stories, so I have a couple quick questions as to how to best accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by glider at 6:37 PM PST - 11 comments

From PH to US

What are the processes and requirements for a Filipino citizen to buy property in the USA? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

where can I watch televised Rugby League in Melbourne?

MelbourneFilter: where can I watch televised Rugby League in Melbourne? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Do these letters even mean anything?

I really like this girl. I don't see her regularly, but we write letters to each other, which I thought might have been the start of something more than just friendship. Then she gets into a relationship with some guy, and the letters stop for a while. Then I get another letter. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Petrot at 5:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Snow white and the seven male roommates

I am a female college student who has decided to live with 7 males around the same age. Help me cope with this radical change and make it through the year without flipping my lid or regretting my decision! [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 5:39 PM PST - 32 comments

How to call USAA bank without a toll-free number.

i need a plain old phone number for USAA Federal Savings Bank. [more inside]
posted by bryak at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I break up with my (much older) boyfriend?

Dead ex, fifteen year age difference, with jazzy tunes in the background.. help? (aka- do I dump my boyfriend?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me open my Clean & Clear face wash!

Help me open my Clean & Clear face wash! [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Macbook screen dimming, flicker!

My Macbook Core Duo 1.83 GHZ experiences random dimming of the screen, like a flicker, from time to time. I just bought it from my sister in law and installed Leopard on it. She said she'd never had this problem while she was using it, when it had Tiger. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 5:02 PM PST - 17 comments

My brother's girlfriend is nuts should my wife have to deal?

I have to move clean out my mother's house in another state. She just moved into assisted living for Alzheimer's Disease last weekend. It will be an emotional week where I will need a lot of support. My brother has been in an on again off again relationship with a woman for the past five years. He was off for the past six months or so and moved in to help take care of Mom, but now they are back together and spending all their time together. SHe is annoying, crazy, doesn't work and last year punched an 87 year old family friend in the face. Anyway, my partner/girlfriend has said she will only go down and help me and my brother clean out the house if she has the right to never see my brother's girlfriend. Meaning I rent her a car and she leaves anytime this woman comes around. I think that this is going to cause a lot of drama, but I completely understand where she is coming from. I really need her there, but I am really afraid that WW3 will break out and I will be in more hot water. ANy ideas?
posted by washateria at 5:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find the best vet in Southeastern VA!

My cat is very sick. We went to the vet and were incredibly unsatisfied. Please recommend an awesome vet in the South Hampton Roads (preferably Norfolk or Virginia Beach) area. (Also, if you have ANY idea what's wrong with my cat, please give me an idea, because I'm sick to my stomach with worry.) [more inside]
posted by srrh at 4:51 PM PST - 19 comments

What is the name for this type of fencing?

What is the name for this type of fence? Fairly thin metal posts with lots of tabs punched out onto which a large metal mesh can be placed (not chain link) and fastened. (And where can I get some?) [more inside]
posted by imposster at 4:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I keep my clothes from fading?

How can I keep my clothes from fading after washing them? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 4:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me entertain my boyfriend while he's across the ocean.

My boyfriend will be in Ireland for 3 weeks. He's taking my laptop, and I'd like to record some short videos for him. Help me think of some ideas! [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX at 4:21 PM PST - 14 comments

That sounds "Polly Wolly Crappy!"

Guitar teacher filter: What's the best contemporary guitar method book for beginning (younger) guitar students? [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do minor chords sound cold?

Why do minor chords sound cold? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 3:50 PM PST - 16 comments

No Gap CD Burning

Can you recommend a program that will burn audio CDs with absolutely no gaps between tracks for mixes? Both iTunes and Nero have an option to remove gaps, but there is still an audible gap.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Used books in central NY state?

Any good used bookstores in central NY between Binghamton and Utica? I'll be traveling mostly in Chenango, Oneida, and Madison Counties along Rt. 12. Just ordinary, comfy places, somewhere in between crappy-paperback swap shops and collectible/antiquarian snobbynoses. Thank you, hive.
posted by scratch at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

What!?! Oh, nevermind.

Why is the music in bars so loud? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 3:19 PM PST - 37 comments

Just won the lay-off lottery

Just got laid off. Don't HAVE to work for about a year. I could hit the pavement hard and try to get right back into lawyering or I could pretty much do whatever I want. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 3:16 PM PST - 22 comments

The portable tofu conundrum

Another "safe to eat" question, this one about tofu. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 2:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Best immediate treatment for severe wetsuit/nappy rash?

What's the best way to immediately treat severe wetsuit rash on neck? [more inside]
posted by lndl at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

zit or is it?

I'm getting a strange new kind of zit (or is it?) [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 1:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Can anyone diagnose by car problem?

What the heck is wrong with my car? And no, you are not my mechanic. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

second Phd or not

second Phd? [more inside]
posted by nootnoot1 at 1:12 PM PST - 16 comments

can't we just be friends?

I accepted a date from a much younger guy and am now having second thoughts. Help me navigate this situation, which is quickly becoming really weird for me. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 12:45 PM PST - 36 comments

There's a jack stuck in my computer

I just unplugged my headphones from my PC to find that the top of the jack has broken off and is stuck inside the socket. Does anyone know how I could get it out?
posted by Andy Harwood at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

The Hardest Button to Button

What the diddley does this button in my car do? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 12:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Carma puhlease

What car should I buy for £5000 - £6000? I'm in the UK, male and looking for something sporty or fast. Any suggestions?
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 11:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I ensure my fish live long, happy lives?

What size tank and type of fish are best for a beginner with a ~20 tank size limit? I'd like something that isn't too time-consuming. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

How long to wait after denied credit application?

How long should I wait before making another credit card application? I was denied for a specific card I'd like ( card through Chase) in February for "too many credit applications." Can I apply again for it now? [more inside]
posted by jgunsch at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Car insurance during a long overseas trip?

What can I do about my car insurance during a long overseas trip? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Why don't adults enjoy dizziness?

Why don't adults enjoy dizziness like kids do? When I was a kid I remember thinking adults were boring for not enjoying the feeling of dizziness, and I vowed to always enjoy it :) Now as an adult, I can't stand it, and feel like throwing up. It seems most adults (if not all) feel the same way. Why is that?
posted by ivanv at 10:15 AM PST - 34 comments

$1000-$2000 Professional Video Camera advice needed

$1000-$2000 Professional Video Camera recommendations for my sister. [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Burglar Proof

I want to burglar proof my home! Now that I have a family, the last thing I ever want to have happen is to become the victim of a home invasion, robbery, burglary, etc. I am interested in things that I can do to deter bad guys and prevent this from happening. Secondly, if a robber / gang did get into my house, how could I get them to leave peacefully. I am open to any idea from physical security, reinforced doors / locks, cameras, psychology, geography / topology, lasers, stun guns, trap doors, safe rooms, fake jewelry / money, persuasion, etc. Keep my family and all MeFites safe from the bad guys.
posted by jasondigitized at 9:53 AM PST - 40 comments

Baking with bittersweet chocolate?

Chocolate-loving bakers: What can I do with five pounds of bittersweet chocolate baking squares? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:47 AM PST - 17 comments

I drink 12 beers a week, am I an alcoholic?

I drink 12 beers a week, am I an alcoholic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 52 comments

An oven element's silent protest...?

My electric oven's bottom element looks fine, but... [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 8:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Rewarding a Kind Neighbor

How to thank a kind neighbor who went out of her way to return a lost phone? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Why the change of heart Mr. Man?

I have been a great tenant for 2 years. I keep the place clean, I am quiet, I take out everyone's recycling, pay my rent on time (occasionally early), pay for my own carpet cleaning once a year to name a few of my glowing tenancy points. I have not physically renewed my lease in that time, but it states on the lease that I need to state my intention to stay and my lease is automatically renewed. Great! This year my landlord wants me to physically resign lease. No problem. He put a letter in my mail box with the new lease info. Same as always, so I said I would be over to sign. But two days ago he decided to change the terms... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:22 AM PST - 23 comments

How to save streamed programs permanently?

Can you save downloaded programs from 4oD onto your computer permanently? [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Molecular cartography - how's it done?

What techniques do chemists use to map the molecular structure of a substance?
posted by shivohum at 7:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting a Guitar and Computer Back to the US

How do I get a guitar and macbook laptop from Israel to Los Angeles when I am going on a three week detour through Europe. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 6:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a gift for a hard to buy for female friend.

I want to buy a small cheering, comforting, gift for a friend who has recently endured financial troubles, a relationship breakup, the start of a new job and an interstate move - and moved back in with her parents. But we have very different tastes and I'm at a bit of a loss as to what, exactly, I might get her. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 6:46 AM PST - 20 comments

How much is "some" in C programming?

How much of C do I need to learn before moving on to Cocoa, and what's the best resource for learning it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 6:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Strange/Interesting Places for a Summer-long Road Trip?

Where can my friends and I go on a summer-long USA road trip in a similar vein to Burning Man or 24 Hours of LeMons? [more inside]
posted by jkoby at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

camping toilet advice

Prior to a few short camping breaks this summer I'm looking to purchase a camping portaloo - more for my wife's benefit you understand! Any advice on models/makes etc and how much chemical stock I need. Also how user friendly are they?, if you know what I mean...
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Help us eat for the winter!

We want to freeze vegetables for the winter. Here's the trick: we don't want to use a refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by puckish at 5:36 AM PST - 19 comments

What should I do about someone else's badly behaved dog?

My friend's dog keeps biting me and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by uri at 3:16 AM PST - 47 comments

Search for foreign films about everyday people

What foreign film titles are there that involve remarkably realistic characters -and- settings as part of the plot and use a contemporary setting? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 2:58 AM PST - 37 comments

A crash course in server administration

At work I'm jumping head first into trying to setup and manage a OS X Server to be used for network load balancing, routing, and possibly netbooting a group of machines. Any tips or help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by meowN at 2:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Are my dreams sign of a sleep disorder?

I have issues with dreams...specifically having them before I'm supposed to. I think I have a sleep disorder. [more inside]
posted by idle at 1:56 AM PST - 17 comments

From Wordpress to Word Document

Backup Blog Posts As Word Documents? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 12:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find products that are universally considered the best in their category.

I am looking for the best consumer products in its category that is universally recognised, as long as it is in a reasonable price, ie not several times more expensive than the competition. While Mac OSX, the Dyson vaccuum cleaner, Blackberry smartphones, Moleskine Notebooks are obvious examples, Axiom Audio(audiophile speakers at fabulous value for money), Michel Thomas Language learning CDs, or Fujitsu Scansnap scanners are not so well known. Generally, products that get off the chart rating in unbiased reviews, but are not well known in the mainstream. [more inside]
posted by tusharj at 12:51 AM PST - 21 comments

May 30

Help me identify this unnamed song

Help me identify the artist & title of this song. [more inside]
posted by drid9ghots at 11:18 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a great Biblical animation for kids

Looking for a good animated Biblical DVD for my five year old. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 10:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Grass burns here we come!

Help me make an awesome homemade (adult) Slip N' Slide. [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 9:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Good books for the infant?

Good books to read to the infant child? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 9:47 PM PST - 41 comments

Wishing I could call JG Wentworth

Loan to pay back loan until I get another loan? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat at 9:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Does (screen) size matter?

Why do movies (.avi files) look better when viewed using a DVD player than on a computer screen? [more inside]
posted by murtagh at 9:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me expand my horizons?

Please help me expand my knowledge of sexual practices. NSFW, obviously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Why can't they drive 55?

In the movie "Transamerica" (2005) with Felicity Huffman, why didn't Bree and her son travel on the interstate when driving from New York to LA? Wouldn't it have been a lot faster?
posted by Shoggoth at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Meeting the ex?

Tips for meeting the ex girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 20 comments

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time.

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 30 comments

asking the roommate to close the toilet lid

This sounds so dumb it's embarrassing, but I find the idea of flushing the toilet with the lid up to be seriously gross, imagining this spray of human waste clouding the bathroom with every flush. More often than not, this is how my roommate leaves the toilet and, one presumes, flushes. Is there a way I can say "Hey, dude, do you mind flushing with the lid down? Because it's gross to leave it up and squicks me out," without sounding like a complete loon? Or crazy or super anal? If your roommate asked that of you would you think he was just nuts? Would it be an unreasonable request? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 74 comments

Help identify this mystery canteen

I am curious about the identity of this canteen. It is shiny silver color (alumnimum?). I thought I had been told it was a WWII Japanese canteen but my husband thinks the writing looks more like Chinese. Can anyone in meta-land translate the inscriptions or have any clues as what this really is?
posted by metahawk at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a typing game with a particular feature.

Help me find a typing game that requires you to hit "enter" [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Wide Screen, Narrow Resolution

I have a computer running Windows XP and I just connected it to my TV via VGA cables. The TV reports its maximum resolution as 1024x768, which Windows will happily provide, however my TV is 16:9. This results in an over-wide picture. I would like to have Windows use this 1024x768 resolution, but tell it to use non-square pixels, or something similar to bring everything back to the correct shapes.
posted by Xoder at 5:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a good women's tailor in Los Angeles.

Looking for a good women's tailor in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm building my first Flash program, and I need help with a problem with collision detection...

I'm building my first Flash program, and I need help with a problem with collision detection... [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

좋은 한영사전 알습니까?

Looking for a cheap, non-romanized Korean-English dictionary. [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Vocal remover (from CD) software

The best software available for voice remover from a CD etc.
posted by page123 at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Student/former professor romance

Student/former professor romance. Personal experiences and anecdotes are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 29 comments

How to get a perscription for Modafinil?

I have to work night shifts three nights a week, and it has turned me into a zombie. I strongly suspect I have shift work sleep disorder. I've done a lot of reading, and I think Modafinil (Provigil/Alertec) is right for me. I'm a healthy, non-depressed young man, not on any medications. How do I ask a doctor for it without getting the run around? Canadian, if it matters. Since I don't have a family doctor, I have to go to a clinic where the doctors usually rush things, and I'm worried the doctor will be unfamiliar with Modafinil and simply say no. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 11 comments

How do normal people pay for custom homes on land?

Dream Home Filter: How does one go about financing the buying of land and building of a custom house? I need help with land loans vs. buying land with a house on it (to improve/tear down), construction loans vs. home loans, etc [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

These boots aren't made for walking...yet

I just bought a pair of amazing leather boots. They were the last pair. I'm not returning them. However, they're knee-high and the left one is a little too tight on my calf. I can still wear them, but I'm looking for advice as to how to stretch them, just a little, to make them more comfortable in the short term. I imagine that they'll naturally stretch a bit over time, but I'm hoping for a quicker fix. Anyone?
posted by B-squared at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

How many working hyperlinks does the Web have now?

How many working hyperlinks does the Web have now? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 3:30 PM PST - 32 comments

To Swim or Not To Swim

i like to swim, but friends have been lecturing me about the dangers of chlorine -- that it's been linked to cancer, that it's god-awful for your health and well-being, even if not cancerous. does anyone have an informed opinion on this issue?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 3:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Dice games with other than d6 dice?

I just picked up a rare d5 and d7 to augment my rpg dice collection. I want to use them, but for more than just table-top rpgs. Are there any dice games that are played with more than just d6 dice?
posted by hpliferaft at 3:12 PM PST - 19 comments

You can go to school, but you can't buy class

I am interested in who/what/where of people with money that act with class. [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns at 2:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Gimme Friction

Need help keeping it up! My car sun visor, that is. [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 2:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Any statisticians, psychometricians, econometricians, etc. in the house?

Any statisticians, psychometricians, econometricians, etc. in the house? I've got a question about survival models..... [more inside]
posted by jtfowl0 at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me diagnose unusual wear on my Yokohama tires [photos inside]

What is causing this strange wear on my tires? [Photos inside] [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 1:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Stress relief

Target Terror! I'm in Manhattan and I need to shoot people. No worries, I'm just looking for the video game. [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 1:14 PM PST - 1 comment

A practical gift

What are some useful items I can give to my friend as a gift for when she leaves to study abroad in Zambia? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 12:52 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the REAL Final Fantasy Tactics 2?

What games are like Final Fantasy Tactics? [more inside]
posted by explosion at 12:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Can a county school become a town's private school?

I need expert opinions on the following situation involving a municipality and a county school boundary... [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

ugh. I'm going to be homeless in Paris.

I need to find a place to stay in Paris, starting tomorrow morning. I'm starting to panic. Oh yeah, and I have a migraine, haven't had any food on my stomach since yesterday, and generally feel awful. I feel pretty stupid. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

sourcing a Frost quotation

I'm trying to find the context of the Robert Frost quote "Freedom lies in being bold." [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Heckuva Brownie!

Hey, Seattle-area photographers! I was just gifted a Baby Brownie Special for helping a family member find a good computer. I'm really excited and I want to start using it. Just a few things... [more inside]
posted by gc at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Trade in my leased (body damage) car for a new one?

Single girl. Two large dogs. 19 months left on a leased sedan now complete with body damage, and the real need for a larger car. Are there any good options? [more inside]
posted by alma at 11:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Hiking and Camping in Keet Seal

What information, advice and personal accounts can you give me regarding a hike into the Keet Seal site in the Navajo National Monument? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 11:18 AM PST - 0 comments

digital photos scan resize resolution freeware frame

Seeking software for scanning old paper photos into digital format. I'm hoping to find something that will automatically crop to borders of the photo so I don't need to manually crop every one in Photoshop. Bonus points if it will automatically resize all the scanned images into a specific resolution size. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I tell a guy I'm dating that I'm really a lesbian?

Lesbian-dating-a-man-filter. When should I tell a guy that I'm dating that I've only ever dated girls before? And how? And does it even matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 35 comments

My wife had cybersex with someone else. What should I do?

My wife had cybersex with someone else. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 46 comments

Listen to the album, cuz it's bangin'

Where can I get ahold of hip hop mixtapes? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Permission needed to film in NYC government housing?

Filming sports doc in/around Harlem government housing - permission/payoffs needed? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Alternatives to OmniForm?

I'm wondering what alternatives to Nuance OmniForm are out there. They haven't updated the software in many years. The "standard version" costs $99 and the "premium version" costs $499. Holy crap! [more inside]
posted by reddot at 9:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I learn quantum mechanics?

I'm reading Quantum: a Guide for the Perplexed and I'm enjoying the graphics, history and simplification of the math and science used to explain quantum mechanics. But I'm reasonably well versed in math and science - I took a year of college physics, linear algebra, and diff eq about ten years ago. Is there any chance of me learning to understand the equations and papers of Planck and Einstein that are the basis of QM? Are there any good books that could help walk someone like me through this stuff? Or am I stuck as a layperson unless I earn a degree in math or physics?
posted by Grundlebug at 9:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is the Blue noise?

I'm watching the FA Cup Final. Why do there seem to be a lot more Everton fans than Chelsea fans at Wembley today? Don't they sell the same amount of tickets to each side? [more inside]
posted by Zambrano at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm Famous on the Internets

People like scene queens or lady bloggers who seem to be more famous for their personality and style than anything they do specifically: how did they get famous in the first place? Is there a term for that, aside from "famous for being famous"? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Taxes on a Slightly Complicated Stock Market Play

How does one handle the tax situation when frequently buying/selling small stakes of a stock in which you are also holding a long term large stake? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

help me scan

Scanning question: I have Epson Perfection v350 photo scanner. It can scan negatives. I would like to scan one long strip of negatives. Do I have to cut the film into 6 frames strips? Film is not mine and I would rather not have to. I have an option of Auto Film Loader and I can scan first 6 pictures, but I don't know how to tell the scanner to load the next six.
posted by leigh1 at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't drop your computer in the Antipodes

Where can my daughter get her MacBook hard drive fixed in Christchurch NZ?
posted by nax at 6:33 AM PST - 6 comments

My water jug has a funny taste.

The water in my #7 plastic polycarbonate 5-gallon jug is starting to taste funny. Also a bonus BPA question. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 6:04 AM PST - 13 comments


I'd like to make my own half life 2/counterstrike source mod - how do i go about that ? what programs do i get ? are there tutorials anywhere ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Hanoi city worker bag question

Bagfilter Hanoi: I am in Hanoi and I keep seeing utility workers with these really cool box shaped green canvas bags. Does anyone know where this kind of stuff would be sold? It seems like there must be a street for this kind of thing somewhere since there is a street for everything else here.
posted by miles at 5:10 AM PST - 3 comments

What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop?

What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop? (list of countries inside) [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 4:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Suppress right-click menu on a web site

Is there a way to disable the right-click menu on a particular web page I visit that isn't managed by me? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 2:50 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a gel that turns to liquid with minor agitation?

What do you call a gel that turns into a liquid with very minor agitation/pressure? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 2:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Help out a Wii newbie.

We're getting a Wii! Help me figure out all the parts and pieces to buy for my husband, sons, and me. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 2:43 AM PST - 19 comments

May 29

How do I use an iPod as an information display?

I have a 1st gen iPod Nano that I don't use. I want to use it to act as an information display like an external LCD display on a mac. Can I do it?
posted by dantodd at 11:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this eerie rap video

In the 90s, I used to watch music videos on The Box. In particular, I remember this one video that was spooky, with a lot of echoes in the music, possibly black and white video, possibly with kids playing in the ghetto street. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 11:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How does 3d work for this dvd?

I saw My Bloody Valentine 3D in theaters, and it was awesome. I also just saw the DVD at target with four 3D glasses!! Since I know the theater uses the REALD (CP polarization) system, and I know tv panels don't operate the same way, has anyone bought the DVD/know how the home theater version works/is it worth checking out?
posted by Large Marge at 11:11 PM PST - 2 comments

How to make tennis balls on a walker take a licking and keep on ticking?

How to I stop tennis balls on a walker from wearing out so darn quickly? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 10:36 PM PST - 16 comments


Help a newb explore African pop music. [more inside]
posted by bardic at 10:35 PM PST - 22 comments

I am looking for a little graphic that you print out with an image to make sure that the image is color corrected.

I am looking for a little graphic that you print out with an image to make sure that the image is color corrected. This particular one has the face of a baby on it. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 10:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Exploring Southern California

What are some good travel guides for Southern California? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude at 10:00 PM PST - 2 comments

I wanna rock and roll all night and party ev-ery day!

I need reccomendations for music. Needs to be SFW. (No screaming death metal or excessively profane rap, etc.) I'm working retail and employees must supply the store with their own music and I intend to compile several large playlists organized by type. [more inside]
posted by Pseudology at 9:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Cellphone for a biker on the backroads?

Every year my DH hits the back roads on his bike, most of the time alone. I've been bugging him to get a phone to take with him since he dumped the bike a couple of years ago while riding alone. He hit a road that was covered in sand and couldn't pull up before he hit the ditch. The bike was not too bad, but he separated his shoulder and had to wait for someone to help him get it out of the ditch as he couldn't call roadside assistance. Of course, he wants me to find the phone and I haven't a clue. So what's the best for him? [more inside]
posted by x46 at 9:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Identify this clip of nude bald people making out in the 80's.

Help me identify a clip I saw randomly at a bar. [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 9:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I know if my email msg has been blocked?

Hi. I have a PC w/ Vista from 2008. Yahoo email. My question is, there is an email that keeps bouncing back to me saying... "Hi. This is the qmail-send program at I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out. : failed after I sent the message. Remote host said: 554-: (HVU:B1) 554 TRANSACTION FAILED." Is this a hint that my message was blocked by the person on the other end? Does Yahoo give you a way to tell if your messages are blocked? Thanks for any help.
posted by noelpratt2nd at 8:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Title of classic Mac game about getting drunk?

Title of classic Mac game about getting drunk? It was European (maybe Danish or Swedish), and ran on System 6/7. [more inside]
posted by deepbeep at 8:20 PM PST - 7 comments

It's what's inside that counts.

I just had an MRI and MRA in response to these issues, and the radiologist's report should be relayed to me in a day or two. I've already had one normal CT scan. I received a copy of all the images from this scan - should I look at them? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus at 7:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How best to manage a prize draw / giveaway?

What rules / laws govern prize draws and contests in Ontario? How best to manage a giveaway much bigger than I've done before? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Same same? What what?

What's the deal with the SAME SAME t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 7:36 PM PST - 12 comments

I wistfully remember how we used to reminisce...

Trying to find a comic strip about wistfulness... [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse at 7:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Weight Training Filter: Is it time to start weight training again?

Weight Training Filter: Is it time to start weight training again? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 6:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find albums by Donna Savage, if any?

Anyone know what happened to NZ singer Donna Savage? [more inside]
posted by elmono at 6:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What sites tell you what's going on in LA?

Which web sites do you check to find out what's happening in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Back up some old videos?

Best way to get analog 8mm videotapes to digital format? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to sleep like a starfish, not like Dracula

Lately I sleep in the coffin or mummy position (elbows at sides, hands on chest, legs straight, ankles crossed) , no matter what size bed I'm in. How can I teach myself to relax and spread out? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Calling menswear mavens

What kinds of style and cut in formal and semi-formal menswear will flatter someone my shape? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments


So... I may be going on television... [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 4:39 PM PST - 22 comments

How to REALLy find a doctor.

Looking for a (way to find a) good dermatologist in North Texas. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

CFL bulbs vs incandescent?

Help me understand which CFL bulbs give off the same amount of light as a conventional 100 watt bulb. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

LA to SF not on the PCH

Los Angeles to San Francisco: Help me find an alternate route! [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 3:50 PM PST - 17 comments

What music uses geeky samples?

The track www.nevergetoveryou uses the ICQ "Uh oh!" sample. What other commercially released music uses samples from computer programs, OSs, or related geeky sources?
posted by Mwongozi at 3:48 PM PST - 17 comments

A concert...without fries on it? In Pittsburgh?!

Going to a concert at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion this Saturday. It starts at 7:00, and it takes about an hour to get there from Shadyside/Oakland. What can we do to eat a tasty dinner? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Australian Vacation: Round Two

AustraliaFilter: The hive mind helped me plan a very enjoyable trip to Australia in April 2008. I had such a good time I'd like to return this October/November for another few weeks and try some new places. Suggestions/advice please! [more inside]
posted by adamk at 3:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Tomato Plant Identification

I found some tomato plants growing wild in my back yard in February. I transplanted them to a safer location, and now one of them is about five feet tall (and going). Help me identify the tomato variety? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 3:24 PM PST - 9 comments

DEATHMATCH: Tenori-on Vs Monome

Which is a better musical instrument: the Tenori-on or the Monome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Effectively hiring landscape architect

What is the most effective process for hiring a landscape architect for a large project? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Pasadena? Huh?

I'm vaguely thinking of applying for a job in Pasadena, CA, and never having been to southern California I have no idea what it's like, culturally OR geographically. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 2:44 PM PST - 18 comments

LCD TVs & $$$ Expectations

Including both big-brands and generic, what should I expect $500-600 to get me as far as LCD TVs go? 30-40 inches? Unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Hepatic Hideaway.

Please tell me I didn't destroy my liver! Details within [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 2:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Why are car dealerships closing?

What is the financial gain to GM and Chrysler from forcing many of their dealerships to close? I always thought that car dealerships were independent franchises and therefore cost the parent company very little except for the complexity of delivering cars to so many locations.
posted by DrGail at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Oregon camping spots

Need some suggestions for Oregon camping. I'm located in Eugene. My wife's b-day is coming up and we're due some off-the-beaten track in Nature time. We'll have four days and don't want to drive more than 4 hours or so, so that's a radius of 240 miles in any direction. We'd like to find some place off-road that our van (old, not particularly robust) can negotiate which is ripe for exploring, camping and checking out. [more inside]
posted by diode at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

This date left me with a bad taste.

What's up with funky-tasting dates? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to buy asian/indian instruments in Seattle (erhu, bansuri, etc.)?

Where to buy asian/indian instruments in Seattle (erhu, bansuri, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 1:18 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm moving moving, out out, to Cali Cali

Moving from Milwaukee, WI to take a job in Carlsbad, CA - what should I know, and where should I live? [more inside]
posted by Never Better at 1:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Lost his iTunes playlists, and wants them back.

Friend Shane moved iTunes to an external hard drive, and he seems to have lost his library--he can re-import the songs, but the library in which his play counts, etc., were stored seems to have vanished. Help getting this info back? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Los Angeles Area Cyber Cafes for WoW?

What's a good, clean, safe cybercafe/lan party place with decent computers in Los Angeles? Objective: 5 hours of World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by felix at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

I see live people

Was this a hallucination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

How are prison sentences applied?

Phil Spector received a "19 years to life" sentence. Does this mean that (a) he must serve 19 years without exception and possibly more, or (b) he will be eligible for parole based on various factors before he serves 19 years? Can you explain the "to life" part? His sentence might be extended? I've always wondered how it works when you hear of someone getting "5 to 10 years," and reading of Spector's sentencing today reminded me to ask. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

washing the counter each day keeps the cockroaches away

How do you structure your chore system? I live with 6-7 other folks in something resembling a relatively new housing co-op. Some chores get done, some don't. We have agreed that we're not interested in a punishment-based system, such as paying a fee if your assigned chores don't get done. What options are available to us for keeping a cleaner home?
posted by aniola at 12:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I buy a natural gas car?

Seriously considering buying a natural gas car. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 12:18 PM PST - 10 comments

camera recommendation for graphic designer?

What's the best camera for a cash-poor graphic designer? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 12:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Pretty Pretty dress, please be shorter

I need recommendations for someone to alter a very expensive gown (to be worn for a wedding) somewhere in New York City (& S. Brooklyn). [more inside]
posted by Unred at 12:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there anywhere online I can watch the season 5 premiere of Jon and Kate Plus 8?

Is there anywhere online I can watch the season 5 premiere of Jon and Kate Plus 8? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Camping around Seattle this time of year?

I want to go camping this weekend somewhere inside a 3 hour drive (or so) from Seattle. I'd prefer backcountry camping so I've got some isolation. But I don't particularly want to hike and camp in the snow, so I need to stick to a low elevation. What are some good options?
posted by grammalvsu at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

How to deal when there's been more time away than together

LongDistanceRelationship-Filter: Met, fell in love, knew she had to leave the whole time, now what to do? (long, complicated explanation to follow) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 15 comments

PDF/HTML resumes?

How OK are PDF resumes in the tech sector? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 30 comments

If I dial 911 and cannot speak to the operator, what happens?

I live in an apartment complex. If I dial 911 on my cell phone and cannot speak to the telephone operator (if, for example, I'm choking/having a heart attack/etc), what rescue-related events are likely to ensue? [more inside]
posted by rinogo at 11:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Not you too!

What are some examples of this (I think at least) sci-fi/horror cliche? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 10:59 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me buy a used car in the bay area!

Got a used car dealer in the Bay Area/Peninsula to recommend? [more inside]
posted by skaye at 10:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me unlock the power of the four chords.

Why exactly is the appeal of those notorious four chords in pop music? I hear them everywhere, and I am starting to lose my shit. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 10:43 AM PST - 46 comments

How Can I Import the Titles from an Old Wordpress Blog?

Is there a way to import only the titles from an old Wordpress blog and insert them into a new Wordpress blog, on the same dates as the entries in the old blog? [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 10:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Baltimore Blogs

Since I'm moving to Baltimore in July, I'd like to get a handle on some good blogs by Baltimoreans. Content does not necessarily have to be Baltimore focused, but that would be nice too. What sites should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

You want it to be HOW long?!

I have to write an admission essay for college, and the guidelines are... vague. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Vocal coach for 30-year-old male aspiring soul/reggae singer.

Looking for a vocal coach for a 30-year-old guy (me.) Preferably one who is hip to soul, jazz, r&b. [more inside]
posted by rubadub at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Jicama, Jicama everywhere! But please not another salad.

Do you have any good recipes for jicama? I am interested in ones that are NOT salads. In particular, do you know of any drinks/smoothies that use jicama? Or of any savory dishes? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 10:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Last minute advise for Europe

Any last minute advise for my european vacation? [more inside]
posted by bajema at 10:15 AM PST - 12 comments

What does the Locale developers use for their feedback forum?

Identify this system. The android app Locale's feedback forum. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Jeckyl at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Quick dental aesthetics-fix in NYC?

Top-notch dentist or prosthodontist in NYC to fix small chip on front tooth asap. [more inside]
posted by pearl228 at 9:38 AM PST - 3 comments

new MLIS student looking for some good reading!

What are good blogs and resources for MLIS students? [more inside]
posted by ginagina at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking at fine art without visiting the gallery

What is the best way to view fine art without visiting the gallery? [more inside]
posted by vespr1610 at 9:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Make me a macro...

ExcelMacroFilter: Am I screwed? I need a macro in a pre-formatted Excel template that will open the Open File dialog box and then, once a file is opened will copy/Paste Special...Values into the template. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Fecal Coliform question

Fecal coliform contamination. Not in bathrooms, or kitchens, or doorhandles, or workplaces, but on you. Related to a previous Mefi post which I've been unable to find. [more inside]
posted by Barmecide at 8:39 AM PST - 11 comments

How did my sandwich taste?

I went to Steak 'n Shake last night, and as I wolfed down my steakburger, a question regarding foodstuffs popped into my head. Read on, adventurer! [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 8:31 AM PST - 44 comments

I need a good orthodontist in Toronto.

Can someone recommend a good orthodontist in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Why my anxiety??

I feel slighty anxious for no apparent reason at certain times of the day. It's not enough to be called an 'anxiety disorder', but I'm wondering if others have this or had it and how you deal/dealt with it. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 8:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Travel spots near Charleston (for me + wife + toddler)?

What are some toddler-friendly vacation destinations within a reasonably short distance (by car or plane) from Charleston, SC? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?

Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Bike distance riding hacks and tips

Recommendations, tips or techniques for distance cycling. [more inside]
posted by readery at 7:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Using Online Radio for Foreign Language Immersion

Looking for favorites among the MeFi regulars in the category of: Foreign Language radio streams, suitable for language immersion and/or passive practice. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 7:27 AM PST - 19 comments

What makes eyes seem to sparkle?

What makes eyes seem to sparkle? [more inside]
posted by larkin123 at 7:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Paying for the show, not the parking

How to attend a concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto without paying $25 for parking? Is there a cheaper place to park or an easy & safe TTC route? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello at 6:43 AM PST - 31 comments

Best practices for buying an unlocked HTC Magic

I want an HTC Magic, badly. T-Mobile is sitting on it for probably the rest of the summer in order to prevent cannibalizing G1 sales. But I know they're for sale by Vodafone and Rogers will be shipping them in the next couple of weeks. What are the best practices for buying an unlocked cellphone? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 6:20 AM PST - 8 comments

flashdevelop workflow

Question for the flash experts. I've swiched to doing my actionscript coding in FlashDevelop - but I cant get autocomplete to work for the movie clips in my fla. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 6:06 AM PST - 0 comments

Name that tune and enjoy some Pad Thai

Can anyone identify the song in the background of this video? A colleague of mine is curious, and we can't find an exact match. I told him that someone here would get it in less than an hour. And your time!
posted by genefinder at 6:00 AM PST - 4 comments

"Mother dearest"

What is a lesbian daughter to do, when the mode and extent of her mother's display of affection becomes "too much"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 31 comments

How to Install a Vise on a Workbench

I bought this vise on Amazon but it didn't come with any screws. Can you advise me on how to install it on my wooden workbench? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 4:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Douglas Adams meets Tom Sharpe -- good idea?

I'm writing a novel that's a mix of Douglas Adams-like humorous sci-fi and Tom Sharpe-like bawdiness. Am I mad? Would you be interested in such a book? Read on for more info. [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 4:09 AM PST - 24 comments

Stuffed crocodiles hanging from the ceiling?

For a friend: Looking for a story, or possibly book, or possibly series of books. The only thing they remember is that at one point the protagonist(s) visit a wizard or magician for help. He has a stuffed crocodile hanging from the ceiling. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Backup à trois

I need to have triple backups of my PCs - Mac OS X, Windows Vista and an external hard drive. The same stuff, 3 times across. With version control. How? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 3:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a sane way to batch-convert a year of expenses from one currency to another in Excel?

Excel n00b filter: Is there a way to automatically convert an expense sheet from one currency to another by matching the date the cost was incurred with the exchange rate applicable on that specific day? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Rangefinder or DSLR?

I keeping coming up with good reasons why I should by a Leica m8 rangefinder camera.

I am fairly competent with a dslr.

Q1: Is a rangefinder camera worth the trouble? compared to dslr?

Q2: Should I wait for other companies (Zeiss etc) to release the digital versions of their rangefinder camera, rather than paying the Leica tax?
posted by merv at 2:46 AM PST - 29 comments

What would it mean if Obama's birth certificate is a fake?

What would it mean if Obama's birth certificate is a fake? [more inside]
posted by edavidoff at 2:01 AM PST - 40 comments

Eye fitness

Why are there no eye gyms? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:59 AM PST - 12 comments

How does a person get crabs in the UK?

Where can one purchase pet hermit crabs in the UK? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 1:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Richard Nisbett's "The Geography of Thought" over-generalised and realistic?

Help me determine the accuracy of Richard Nisbett's "The Geography of Thought : How Asians and Westerners Think Differently". I haven't read the book yet; however, I was shown a video associated with the book in my class. While watching the video, my skeptical senses tingled; therefore, now I'm trying to find criticisms of the book. From my perspective, the concepts of difference seemed too far generalised and "Western" and "Asian" seemed too black and white. The book seems popular; however, is it more pop science than real science? How scewed is the hard science of the book?
posted by Knigel at 12:19 AM PST - 7 comments

May 28

Hardware remaping CAPSLOCK to CTR

Is there a hardware solution that lets me either change the CAPSLOCK key into a CTRL key or swap the CAPSLOCK and the CTRL key? [more inside]
posted by cm at 11:47 PM PST - 11 comments

GoogleReader sez that's last week's news. You cannot haz last week's news.

So frustrated... For the past two months my GoogleReader has been making my unread items expire (i.e., not show up in the "new items" feed view) in far less than the standard 30 days. Right now I've got things about 10 days old, at one point it was down to three or four days. Why? And how the heck can I fix this? Old news is still good news! [more inside]
posted by ahimsa at 11:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Retinal tears and detachment 101?

Retinal tears and detachments 101. Please tell me everything you know or have experienced from symptoms to treatment and aftercare. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 11:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Selling a dead battery car: Dealership or Craigslist?

Car with a dead battery (sorta). I want to sell it immediately. Will I be better off selling it to a used car dealer or on Craigslist? If the former, can anyone recommend a dealer in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 11:23 PM PST - 14 comments

We look good on paper. Or do we?

Any mortgage professionals in the house? I have a question about lending standards for small-scale real estate investors. [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 11:10 PM PST - 0 comments

How casual was air travel in 1974?

In the movie The Parallax View (1974), Warren Beatty boards a passenger plane, without a plane ticket. He doesn't have to buy one until the flight attendant comes down the aisle to ask him, "Round trip?" Was air travel really this casual back then, like getting on a train?
posted by Kirklander at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a "family size" web task/calendar system that'll survive my work's firewall policy?

My household has suddenly found itself need of a new family-scale web-based planning/organization tool. This is tougher than it might sound as we (well, I) have some pretty twitchy technical requirements, thanks to my work's firewall rules. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 11:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Red Fuji southern wind clear morning... on my wall

I need suggestions as to how I can most easily and inexpensively get the full-size version of this arresting image reproduced at large size and on high-quality art paper. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 10:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Best way to celebrate your birthday

How to celebrate my birthday (without much $). So I turn the big 28 tomorrow and while I am planning on doing some great things, I'd love to start some new traditions as well. I have had a pretty rough year so this birthday is welcomed and I want to do it right! Any ideas? Ive looked though older posts and had a few tips but I thought ya'll might have some insight.
posted by Meemer at 9:46 PM PST - 14 comments

I need to go to design school

Large-format printing filter: Help me figure out a workflow for getting my very large photographs into a 60" x 90" Adobe Illustrator file. Difficulty: need the job done tonight! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 9:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How much clothes to pack for a 10 week internship?

How many outfits should I a (24f) pack for an 10 week internship in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 9:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Professional de-cat-dandering

Professional services to help de-cat-dander a house? [more inside]
posted by ~ at 9:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Splitting a PDF by bookmark

I'm looking for some inexpensive/free solution to splitting a PDF by bookmark (first level bookmark), and using the bookmark names for the filenames of the split PDF. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 9:17 PM PST - 2 comments


Looking for sturdy cheap plastic crates in the Boston area [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 8:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend wife sharing websites and/or forums

Please recommend websites/forums where people/couples share their experiences with swinging. [more inside]
posted by rockhopper at 8:33 PM PST - 3 comments

What is an Intervox? Can I use it to take over the world?

What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail?

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Where the trans fat news at?

Is there any website that keeps track of trans fat news now that quit updating? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I interpret Google image searches that lead people to my blog?

How do I interpret Google image searches that lead people to my blog? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 7:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Time Cleanses Everything?

Let's say, 15 million years ago, some creature on Earth got a boost and started a civilization in the span of around 100,000 years, getting to a renaissance-level society - architecture, art, philosophy, basic science, but no titanium, steel girders, nuclear waste, etc. Would they have left any evidence that we could find, or would time destroy the proof before we got here?
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:47 PM PST - 36 comments

Are dealer maintenance departments for suckers?

Are auto dealer maintenance departments for suckers? [more inside]
posted by gompa at 7:33 PM PST - 15 comments

All bark so far, but afraid there will be an eventual bite... help!

[pit bull filter]: Help me sell my house. Caveat: Three large dogs next door are scaring away buyers, including one very aggressive pit bull. I believe the way these dogs are left to roam outside may also be potentially breaking the law. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 7:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Turning An Idea Into Reality When I Can't Build It Myself

I want to create the next big thing. I'm full of bright ideas, but it's software, and I don't code. What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Warn and risk losing a friendship? Or just feign ignorance?

I have a delicate matter on my hands regarding a lady friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 16 comments

French speaker in Quebec?

Is there a quebecois on line who would be willing to speak via Skype in order for me to get used to the Quebecois accent before I go on a field trip? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I just want him back.

Oh joy, it's another cat piss question! Sort of. Please share your experiences with cat perineal urethrostomy (PU) surgery, or other advanced treatments for urinary blockages. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann at 5:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to find vacation rental in vancouver?

My mom is coming to visit and I'm looking to rent a furnished apartment for a week around downtown Vancouver. My budget is approximately $600. If that figure doesn't work, what's a more realistic budget? More importantly, where can I find short-term rentals besides craigslist?
posted by Xianny at 5:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Ahoy ye Sailors!

Ahoy Ye sailors! Asking for a small piece of fiction I'm writing. How long would it take to sail (modern boats/yachts) from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and then from SF to Hawaii? Any personal experiences, details, or links to such adventures welcome.
posted by elendil71 at 5:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Chew. Pop. Chew. Pop.

Please help me cope with noises I have no control over! [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 4:59 PM PST - 22 comments

TV that can make me think? Impossible!

Philosophy and popular entertainment! I am close to being obsessed with Ghost in the Shell and its astonishingly deep themes - it's crack cocaine for the existentialist. What other movies or TV shows can help me get my fix? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 4:47 PM PST - 16 comments

What was that music video?

VideoFilter: Remember the music video, but not the song. [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

This beef is so silly I'd like to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant

The Tracy Morgan/Jimmy Fallon Beef: Explain it to me. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 4:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Got more info about this music?

Music ID Filter: Nan-Lo and the Knights - got any info about this group? Trying to find out more about some tracks on an acetate purchased in Southern California. The label says the songs are called "Oo Hun, It's Fun" and "Haunting Blues". [more inside]
posted by chuke at 4:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Memetic or splenetic?

What is the proper pronunciation of the word "meme"?
posted by Elmore at 4:18 PM PST - 47 comments

Where in St. Louis can I find a quality cheap dinner for my girlfriend and I ?

Whats the best affordable food in the downtown area of St.Louis ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 4:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Movies in Spanish

What are some good movies that are entirely or mostly in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by swellingitchingbrain at 4:02 PM PST - 40 comments

What are your favourite things to do in both the Byron Bay and Melbourne areas?

What are your favourite things to do in both the Byron Bay and Melbourne areas? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a radio to receive DTV audio?

Posting for a friend:

"I own a Sony ICF-C113V bedside clock-radio that receives television signals from the soon to be obsolete VHF channels (2-13). Does anyone know if there is a clock-radio solution on the market yet that receives the audio portion of the DTV television signals in a clock-radio footprint? I have an iHome which I use as my primary clock-radio for alarms and music (iPod), but would still like the option to listen to television periodically."
posted by ThyroidBob at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Choir in Philly?

anybody know of a good choir in philly? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

My Mouth Feels Awkward

When I get nervous my mouth feels awkward. My tongue doesn't sit right in my mouth and I can't keep my mouth still. I come to the hive for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Digital Sound: Variable Speeds with same pitch: How?

many programs and devices have a function that slows down or speeds up audio without changing the pitch. my rockheaded layman's theory on illustrating how this must be done is that it divides the whole audio track into something like audio pixels that are so short that they can be shortened without actually removing any of the details that you're hearing-- it's just you're hearing every small detail for less of an amount of time (likewise with slower speed, it lengthens the amount of time that you hear every of those little "audio pixels" so that it is twice as slow). [more inside]
posted by candyhammer at 2:44 PM PST - 13 comments

What the best way to track my work projects?

What the best way to track my work projects? I usually have thirty to fifty different projects going on simultaneously, all in various stages of completion. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Best sandbox video games?

I'm trying to make a list of the best open-ended, non-linear sandbox video games of all time. Any suggestions?
posted by micahmertes at 2:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Where do I find the IPO?

Who made the initial public offering? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

awesome laser-pointer-spinning thing

Help me improve my awesome laser-pointer-spinning thing. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:13 PM PST - 24 comments

To pay or not to pay?

A few months ago, I lived in a four-bedroom group house. Since then, one of the roommates and I have moved into another place, two months before the lease on the group house ended. We've dutifully paid our portion of the rent on the old place, as we're legally obligated to do. Now one of the roommates is asking us for money for utilities that, of course, we haven't used. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 1:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Zipcar Update?

Daytrip Dreamin': I've read the previous question about Zipcars in NYC, but it's about a year old and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Passive data sharing in meat space, help me make it happen

I am seeking to build/buy a device that I am not sure exists, can you help me figure out if it already exists or give me pointers on technologies I could use to build it. See inside for description/specs of what it would have to do. [more inside]
posted by stilgar at 1:28 PM PST - 15 comments Promotion

Different page ranking in and [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Font that looks roughly sketched?

Hey, another font question! Do you know the font used in this image, or another font like? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 1:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Blackberry Storm Downloads/App's

What are some cool downloads/applications for Blackberry Storm? I would prefer that they are free, but if they cost a little thats ok too. I don't have very many app's on my Blackberry yet and would like to get some good ones. I guess I would like to get good app's that provide music streaming, connections to resourceful news contacts like NPR, maybe some games, maybe some cool art, etc... Any ideas or suggestions would be great. Thanks!
posted by Direwolf at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Moblin on my mind

Thinking of adding Moblin to my boot choices on a Netbook, any users have experiences to report? Does it give better web surfing by having a custom designed screen? Does not having Windows running improve the speed with less baggage?
posted by Freedomboy at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I care for this plant?

What is this plant and how do I care for it? [more inside]
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the best security camera system for a medium sized business?

Securitycamerafilter: Our company is installing a surveillance system for our small two story building. We would like to know what you may have used, your review, your recommendation. We are mainly focused only on the camera, what kind of cabling (cat5, coax, etc.), and server versus stand alone dvr. [more inside]
posted by lateriser at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I make Vernazzian foccacia?

How do I make foccacia like we had in Vernazza, Italy? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

New York, the final frontier. Help me understand the geographic lingo.

New Yorkers seem to have an incredibly detailed implicit and explicit knowledge of their city. I want to know more. [more inside]
posted by milqman at 12:04 PM PST - 75 comments

When the bling don't bling...

$Filter: Was there ever a time when gold was NOT accepted as a medium of exchange? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 12:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Makeing allowances

How much allowance should I be giving my kids and for what? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me at 11:52 AM PST - 29 comments

Tell me why my bad habit is bad for me.

I want to break my habit of having a few drinks at night, and I could use your help. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me "negotiate" with Sprint.

My contract is up with Sprint and I've decided that if they'll offer me some goodies, I'll stay with them. I've been with them for 9 years. What do I ask for? Where to start from negotiating-wise? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Credit Card Deals in US?

What are the BEST credit card offers with values like cash back and other perks? I have excellent credit now, and want to buck up on credit now as I will be losing my job in August. I pay it off monthly. It's time the banks work for ME instead of THEM. Clark Howard was not helpful.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 11:27 AM PST - 15 comments

YAWLQ: Yet Another Which Laptop Question

Dell E6400 or Lenovo T400? Or will a newer, better product be out in a month or two? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Jamie Hewlett's Drawing Process

What materials does Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) use for his drawings, posters, etc? [more inside]
posted by Camel of Space at 11:22 AM PST - 2 comments

How can Mediawiki and my Extranet share users?

I've created a wiki running on our Dreamhost account, using Medawiki. I would like it to exist on our Extranet with one log-in for both. [more inside]
posted by jdl at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What's wi-fi like on trains?

What's wi-fi like on trains? I need to work on the 5hr London to Scotland rail journey, and both National Express East Coast and Virgin are offering wi-fi. Are either of these services good enough to work on? The work I have to do is updating a US intranet via VPN (Nortel Contivity). [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 11:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Japanese Classes/Bootcamps in Los Angeles

Japanese Classes/Bootcamps in Los Angeles? I'm looking at possibly spending a lot of time in Japan in little over a year, I'm going to be studying very intensely on my own as well. I'm worried that I'd sign up and pay for a class and it be kind of casual and not geared towards those looking to really learn the language. Thanks!
posted by mattsweaters at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Fresh juice in LA?

Where can I buy fresh-squeezed juice in LA, in bulk? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 10:43 AM PST - 1 comment

What looks like a clarinet but is not?

What musical instrument looks like a clarinet but has a tiny thin reed? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Find that painting!

Looking for an art print of Romaine Brooks' "Le Trajet". [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Where is a truly internet enabled picture frame in this day and age of uncapped data plans?

Which wireless digital picture frame does update RSS feeds often ? (Alternatively: To which frame can I push a picture over WLAN via ftp/sftp?) [more inside]
posted by mmkhd at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Couples bonding... or (?)

I'm looking for books and articles about (for back of a better term) "couples bonding" - the way in which couples befriend other couples and reinforce one another's relationships through social interaction and emotional bonding. Is there a real term for this? Are there any folks who have written about this that aren't too pop-psych?
posted by mykescipark at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice for the first time at a hockey game?

What advice to you have for long-time hockey fans at their first live game? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 10:10 AM PST - 25 comments

How did surveying work in the late 19th century?

How did surveying work in the late 19th century? I'm looking for a brief layman's overview of tools & techniques. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Help us design a simple outdoor bike shed

Help us design a simple outdoor bike shed combo. [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

When should I negotiate rent for a new apartment?

When (and how) should I negotiate rent for a new apartment? Everyone says I'm in a great position to bargain, but I'm not sure at what point in the process I should bring it up. [more inside]
posted by eleutheria at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Contemporary SF for someone who liked Philip K Dick?

Science fiction - filter: I used to read and love Dick, Farmer, LeGuin, and others who coupled great writing with directly confronting sex, violence, and societal change. What contemporary authors might I like? [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 10:00 AM PST - 40 comments

Booty call..where/ how to

If I booty call/txt a guy (i'm a girl) should it be expected of me to show up to his place or should I ask him to pick me up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Runnin' around

I am curious about a childhood habit I had of daydreaming, or fantasizing, I suppose, while... running (for lack of a better term). Has anyone heard of this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Do cold cuts cause cancer?

I've seen several news articles (including this one) over the past few years highlighting studies that suggest a link between processed meats and cancer. Does the preponderance of scientific evidence suggest that people should stay away from foods like deli meats and hot dogs, even in moderation?
posted by zembla3 at 9:40 AM PST - 15 comments

What do oceanic research vessels look like inside?

I'm a short story writer and I'm looking for information on oceanic research vessels. More specifically I'm interested in the 'lay of the land,' so to speak, aboard the vessel, how many crew members typically manage the ship, and the how the ship communicates with the outside world. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
posted by captflamingo at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Miro hates us.

Why is Miro killing my internet? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 9:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Someplace warm

What warm, relaxing, beach destination (probably in Europe) do you recommend that will be easily accessible from Dublin via RyanAir (or other low-cost carrier) this coming September? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone identify this font?

Can anyone identify this font? [more inside]
posted by klinefelter at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

What is/are Pipeline Reports?

What is/are Pipeline Reports? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me learn about Staten Island neighborhoods?

Help me learn about Staten Island neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by aletheia at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

How to make some money on the side...

I am looking for making some money on the side [more inside]
posted by minsid at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me schedule a kids' party

Help a socially clueless person plan an end-of-kindergarten party. [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find some linguistics posters!

Looking to purchase some awesome linguistics-related posters. I've searched for hours on the internet and I can't seem to find any family tree posters, IPA posters, or even anything remotely related to linguistics that is interesting and somewhat academic. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 8:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Simple Code

Dreamweaver or Coda for web design & programming? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 8:35 AM PST - 19 comments


As a non-AAA member, what are my cheapest options for transporting a broken vehicle 12 miles? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 8:27 AM PST - 21 comments

LA now

Los Angeles now: in town for a week and want to eat, shop, relax at the best new places. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it really my child?

I don't know if it's really my kid. It's our second and I see myself in our first, emphatically, but the second one, I don't recognize myself in at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 77 comments

Art Gallery closes, my "friend" steals from fellow artist

I am an oil painter. I have a friend who is (was) a gallery owner (G). The gallery owner knew I am in touch with an esteemed oil painter (E) and arranged to have a two man show with E and another local (venerated) painter. Unbeknownst to E the G is/was in serious financial trouble. E had a gallery for a decade and had a decent reputation. Well, E's show went up and 3 paintings were sold. The other artist had 2 paintings sell. I know E trusted G largely because he felt if I was involved G is a good guy. (The "contact" type of arrangement). G's gallery has now closed and I have helped in final details as a volunteer as G has no staff. I consider G a friend..he has helped me as an artist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Click on, Click off!

Most lamp switches require two clicks to turn on or off... why do they need 4 positions for only two states (on and off)? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick some awesome Bachelor Party Bars/Lounges in New York City!

Bachelor Party Help! What are some ideal Bachelor Party outing bars/lounges in New York City? I'm the Best Man for my brother's wedding next month. I'm planning a Bachelor Party and I've never done this before. My brother is a little bit older, (he's 40), so it's not going to be that classic Tom Hanks affair at a strip club etc. The night will be comprised of 2 halves, an everybody dinner out Hoboken then a night out on the town. Right now I'm considering the first place to be the Brass Monkey ( but I really need at least 2-3 other bars in the City that would be great. Help!
posted by PetiePal at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I redesign my business structure?

I am attempting to reorganize the structure of my business and was wondering if anyone had experience with this or could direct me to some templates. [more inside]
posted by Tavern at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

What modifications can a tailor make

I have never been to a tailor before. What exactly can a tailor do? Extend, chop shorten, etc? What are good prices? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 7:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Need help picking a good E-cigarette that will get people talking.

I need some advice about a first time e-cigarette buy. I really want to get my smoker friends all switched to electronic cigarettes over regular ones because they straight up stink and are grose. I used to smoke myself and quit just fine under the cold turkey method. But I don't mind buying one for myself smoking non nicotine content cartridges to kind of set up a sort of "Viral Marketing" campaign to my friends. I have been looking into stick style ecig's like the "M 401" and the "Janty Mini" I heard the Janty series have a cartridge that can hold a huge number of refill drops as well (although I don't recall the name of the carts or for what specific Ecig it works with). Any advice on this is appreciated. I would love to buy the Janty because you know where its coming from but if there are any other sources please let me know in the reply's. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 7:29 AM PST - 11 comments

iTunes is randomly deleting songs...which ones?

Help me fix this absolute mess of my digital music collection which is in iTunes. Over 2300 CDs, but some are missing.... HELP! [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me title my PhD thesis?

Help me title my PhD thesis! Cool Photography/Cinema/Camera phrases wanted! [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 7:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Recommended library computer skillz?

Seeking recommendations on what software/programs I should learn to be the wiz-kiddiest library science student ever. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me nail down my colors in PShop?

Help me understand what's going on here, please. Sometimes, when I'm working in Photoshop (CS3 10.0.1), I get color weirdness, along the lines of the following examples. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Large amounts of decent coffee needed!

How do I provide some not-terrible coffee to about 50 guests in Windham, NY? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford at 6:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Fees and Contracts for Consultants

Enough people suggested it that I have started to do strategic management consulting on my weekends. My clients now are pro-bono until I see a horizon for costs. What are some resources on fees and what should I have them sign so that I can better manage the consultancy?
posted by parmanparman at 6:22 AM PST - 2 comments

English to Scottish Gaelic Translation Help, Please.

As it seems others have found, it's difficult to find/figure out a Scottish Gaelic translation on the intarwebs. I need a phrase translated and I've come up dry. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me manually manage my Iphone...

My Macbook, with which I synced my iPhone, is in the shop for repairs. Meanwhile, I have iTunes on my eee PC. I've authorized this computer with iTunes and want to manually put new music purchases (made on the netbook) on my iPhone, without erasing all of the other music already on my iPhone (from syncing it with the Mac). iTunes doesn't like this--a little help? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 5:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I go to hear a klezmer band or a large steel pan ensemble in South Florida?

Where can I go to hear a klezmer band or a large steel pan ensemble in South Florida? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 5:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Whats Hapenning? ... in Paris

What are some good events (art, music, film, dance) websites or weblogs for Paris? Are there equivalents of Le Cool or Flavorpill. Looking for something a bit more focused than Time Out Paris or Parissi. French or English is fine. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 3:58 AM PST - 4 comments

What musn't I miss in New Zealand?

I've been studying abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand since early January. The semester is wrapping up quickly and I have a pretty undemanding finals schedule, leaving me with June to do more or less whatever I want minus two exams for which I have to be in Christchurch. What should I make sure I see in New Zealand before jetting back to the States in July? [more inside]
posted by thebabelfish at 3:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Better way to say "datacentre"?

Is there a more elegant, grammatical or pedantic way to say "datacentre"? Both words have Latin origins, but there seems to be something clumsy about that combination. Should it be a datumcentre? One word, two words or hyphenated?
posted by TheophileEscargot at 3:04 AM PST - 28 comments

San Francisco tips

I have a few questions about my trip to San Francisco this weekend. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 12:16 AM PST - 20 comments

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:02 AM PST - 15 comments

May 27

Since time travel just isn't an option. Help me live in 1974, sartorially at least.

Anyone know a good, relatively inexpensive tailor in Sydney who can duplicate a fabulous vintage dress for me? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

what voltage?

12v versus 240v set-up in a new off-grid (solar PV) residence. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 11:24 PM PST - 11 comments

When should I have Keyboard Cat play me off?

I started a job after taking a year off of work. I've found I don't think I want to stay at it long-term. How soon can I leave without hurting my future employment prospects? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I need to remove my photos from flickr if I put it up for sale on istockphoto?

Do I have to remove photos from Flickr if I put it up for sale on istockphoto? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 10:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How long will you wait before buying a blu-ray player?

How long are you waiting to get an HDTV and Blu-ray player? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 10:36 PM PST - 39 comments

Doing creative work on a schedule?

How to do creative work within scheduled, time-limited sessions? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 10:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I allowed a wedding guest?

I've received a wedding invitation and I'm clueless on a point of etiquette. The invitation and reply cards are made out to "Mr. Indyz", not "Mr. Indyz and Guest." Does this imply that I am not expected or allowed to bring a guest? [more inside]
posted by indyz at 9:35 PM PST - 34 comments

design my resonator

how to design a helmholtz resonator for a two phase flow to eliminate noise of particular frequencies in that flow. [more inside]
posted by edtut at 9:01 PM PST - 0 comments

Do you add a suffix to your name in your email signature?

Do you add a suffix after your name in your email signature? For example, if you are a certified project manager, do you add PMP after your name? Or if you have your MBA, do you add 'MBA' after your name? If so, why? I ask because I believe in 99% of the cases where I've seen a suffix, it is unnecessary and not used within the right context or it just simply isn't worthy of being added after a name. I would be interested in some responses arguing both sides of the issue.
posted by dudleybdawson at 8:46 PM PST - 37 comments

Sex - how many times/month is typical for married couples?

For couples married around 5 years - how many times a month do you have sex? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 8:36 PM PST - 37 comments

those end tables were not worth 200 dollars

Can my landlord REALLY send this to collections? [more inside]
posted by vas deference at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments

What is a "successful" relationship

How do you define "success" in relationships? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato at 8:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Wedding dresses in Seattle?

What are the best Seattle shops for wedding dresses?? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Talking to children about a parent's depression as a non-family caregiver.

How do you talk to young children about a parent's depression? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What were pre-Web library resources?

What were the typical resources available to U.S. library users in the early 90's (that is, pre-WWW)? [more inside]
posted by needled at 7:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Storytelling Grandfather - Author?

Can anyone identify a short story or teleplay with the following plot or some variant thereof: A grandfather frequently tells his grandchildren about his experiences in the Revolutionary War, pointing to a general's portrait hanging over his fireplace as he sits in his rocking chair. He has one favorite grandson, who grows tired of the grandfather's story. [more inside]
posted by CarolynAMW at 7:15 PM PST - 0 comments

ID this Indian video?

GangesFilter: Tell me about this video. Who is it singing? The song's title is either "Har Har Gange" or "Ganga Maa". And how old is it? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 7:05 PM PST - 3 comments

I failed out of college. Appeal advice needed.

I failed out of college. Appeal advice needed, because I'm pretty terrified. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Cool Beats and Soothing Sounds to Give Birth By?

Wanted: Beats and Soothing Sounds for Labor. Beats to help us keep the breathing even and soothing sounds to relax. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some great ways to program collaboratively?

Some friends and I are starting out in the computer science / technology world and we would like to start working on projects together, mostly focusing on web based applications. Bespin looks like one really cool technology developing to aid online collaboration, though it's still very beta. What other technologies work great for managing a project between a small group of people, especially at a distance, preferably on a shoestring? By all means, please include any tools that can smooth the process--not strictly programming platforms.
posted by mockdeep at 6:46 PM PST - 10 comments

retail or wholesale?

How does American Apparel make money? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 6:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Deadly Dressing?!?!

Can I Eat It Filter: homemade salad dressing edition [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

What's that music style? Gettin Jiggy wit it

Is there a name for the guitar riff style in Gettin' Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 6:05 PM PST - 12 comments

It's a bit gamey

I am an unapologetic and adventurous carnivore, and I would like to broaden my meat-eating horizons. Can you recommend restaurants that serve wild game and other more unusual meats in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thebergfather at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Where is this picture of Zachary Quinto from?

Is this picture of Zachary Quinto a screencap from an episode of Heroes? If so, which episode? If not, where is it from and can I download/buy a better version? I don't remember where I found the picture.
posted by desjardins at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Which document scanner to buy?

Should I buy epson or fujitsu document scanner ? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I repair a broken crystal vase?

How do I cut or file down a crystal vase? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

No, really, I am so awesome!

Hints for punching above my weight in the job search? Particular focus is UX/IxD/IA work. [more inside]
posted by dame at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheapest way to get a blackberry?

I bought a Verizon Dare about 6 months ago and I've got phone envy. I'm stuck with Verizon (and my wife prefers it) for the next two years. How can I get a Blackberry on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Excel formulas for Dummies, please.

This is probably a pretty basic Excel formula question, but I'm clueless. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Outlook 2003 runtime error '4198' - wuzzat?

When I copy/paste documents into Outlook 2003 on the computer I got this week, I get a "Microsoft Visual Basic Run-time error '4198': Command failed". My go-to person for IT stuff is away, and whatever this VBS stuff is, I find google results to be over my head. Help? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 4:21 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I fix slow network speeds?

What is making the connection between my two computers so slow? [more inside]
posted by mithiirym at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Save or Spend??

Shopping Filter: When do I need the best of the best? What is the best of the best? And how do I know the difference? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 3:53 PM PST - 47 comments

Wrong time for expensive house maintenance?

Getting the exterior of my house painted: A dumb investment, given the economy? Or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Put that coffee down!

Why did David Mamet change the ending of Glengarry Glen Ross in the film version? (Spoilers within!) [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What do I need to import items from USA and abroad for the purpose of reselling

I just got a new job in a retail store in Toronto, Canada. We want to import items from the USA and Europe in order to resell them. I am concerned about getting hit with customs/duty/taxes/broker fees/etc. What fees am I able to avoid and how can I avoid them. Who do I need to contact in order to get this stuff across the border as quickly and cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:18 PM PST - 15 comments

GRE Literature as Subject Test HELP!

I'm trying to find a prep course for the Literature Subject Test of the GRE (which is not the same as the general GRE) in NYC. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone identify the actress shown in this picture

Can anyone identify the actress shown in the picture that's hanging on the wall in this picture. Is that Greta Garbo?
posted by carlsdad at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments

My new novel: "How Effed Was My Bathroom"

Bathroom DIY Filter: Tiling our one full bathroom. Is it okay to do one wall of tile, cover it with plastic, and take a shower? It's really the only way I see of doing this and having a normal life in the process. Or we're gonna be some stinky people. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 2:58 PM PST - 12 comments

To apply or not to apply.

Should I bother applying to this employment agency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Does YOUR upper left abdomen swell out too?

The upper left quadrant of my abdomen, just below my rib cage, swells out noticeably more than the area below my right ribcage. It is also tender to the touch. Is this normal? If not, what could be causing it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Dyke seeks suit.

Lesbian seeks men's (or men's-like) suit in Montréal ASAP. Other non-location-specific genderqueer shopping advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find easy tactical RPGs!

Help me learn to appreciate and have fun with tactical RPGs! [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 2:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Why will Airport recognize but not connect to an open wireless network?

Why will Airport recognize an open network but no longer connect to it? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Hook-up: Good. Feelings after hook-up: bad.

So I got a little action this weekend with a friend of a friend (yay!). I gave him my phone number, etc., but don't really think I'll ever see him again. How do I keep myself from feeling down about that? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 1:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Wrinkly Shirts and Linty Towels

[LaundryFilter] I need help de-wrinkling and de-linting my clothes and towels! [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Give 'em the boot!

What brand of (mens) boots should I buy if I want something like Doc Martens but I don't want to buy Doc Martens? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:34 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the name of this quiz site?

I am looking for this website that has flash quizzes and for the life of me I cannot remember what it is called. Probably the most noticeable thing about it is the quizzes come in episodes and the loading screen always contains the top half of a bald head and the eyes follow your mouse around. Anyone know what this website is called?
posted by Catarax at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Seattle life drawing classes?

i am trying to find a life drawing session to regularly attend in seattle. what are reasonable metrics for determining what is a "good" life drawing session? is there any reason, for example, that i should be dropping mad scrills to go draw at the Gage?
posted by beefetish at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

interval beeper device

Looking for a device that will beep, flash, or vibrate a light every 10 seconds. [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Have a Macbook and a burning desire to learn web development. Tell me where to begin.

I have a Macbook and a burning desire to learn web development. Tell me where to begin. [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Moving to Europe but traveling before I settle in. How to deal with luggage?

I’m moving to Sweden from the US at the end of the summer. I’m hoping to spend the month of August kickin’ it around Europe, but I don’t want to bring all of my luggage with me during my trip. Here’s what I’m thinking. [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me be heard! ( Podcast style )

Is there an application that will automatically take my ready-to-publish podcasts from my local PC, and upload them to a website and publish their links to an RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I import a lot of links into Firefox?

Is it possible to import large amounts of links into Firefox as bookmarks? [more inside]
posted by ataxia at 12:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations on a new IDE to remotely edit PHP files?

Recommendations on a new IDE to remotely edit PHP files? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Are microbrews causing my gout?

Do different kinds of beer (microbrews vs. bottled) have a greater likelihood of causing gout? [more inside]
posted by malchick at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

I didn't defend my wife...what should I do different the next time?

I think I put myself in a compromising position that I think I could have handled differently. New acquaintances came to me privately to essentially say that my wife was very rude to them. I was a tad astonished at their directness, but essentially nodded knowingly. I was there when the *rudeness* happened and said nothing. My wife loves this couple and is trying to make further plans with them which I know will go unanswered. I can't tell my wife why they're not calling back because I did not defend her. What should I have said to this couple when they came to me? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 11:56 AM PST - 52 comments

Get me from San Jose to Urbana-Champaign!

Get me from San Jose to Urbana-Champaign on Southwest. [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm handsome, excellent flirt, and women willingly give me their numbers...Now what?

I'm handsome, excellent flirt, and women willingly give me their numbers...Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Can my girl friend become my girlfriend?

Should I reveal my crush to my friend? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 AM PST - 28 comments

Replica of Mission Accomplished Banner

I'd like to buy a replica (but smaller) of the "Mission Accomplished" banner that President Bush stood in front of on the U.S.S. Lincoln. [more inside]
posted by davextreme at 11:29 AM PST - 1 comment

Don't keep it hid, Alice

Stumbled across this amazing song, "I Keep It Hid" by Alice Clark, released in 1972. I can't seem to find any information about Clark online. Who is (or was) she? Whatever happened to her? How do I find out?
posted by hermitosis at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

What to expect from a parent interview at a Quaker or Montessori school?

What sorts of questions will a Quaker or Montessori school ask me, the parent of a prospective student? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 11:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me Hivemind: spending money and eating veggie in Japan.

How much spending money do I need for 10 days in Japan? And: help me eat vegetarian while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Please help me help my uncle

Please help me help my uncle, who is drinking himself to death. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

No Work, No Worth

How to redeem my professional reputation and rebuild my own self-worth after termination for unethical behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 20 comments

How to make multiselect dropdown lists

Form creation on MS Word 2003 on an XP system. How do I make an MS Word doc with a multiple-selection dropdown listbox? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 10:36 AM PST - 4 comments

How do we make sure our client in India pays their last invoice?

Our consulting company is doing business in India and we need a way to make sure that our client will not skip out on the last payment in our contract. [more inside]
posted by davidfitzy7 at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

I want to read your exciting and much loved philosophers!

I need your suggestions for interesting, exciting and thought provoking philosophy for me to read this summer! [more inside]
posted by tumples at 10:33 AM PST - 38 comments

I'm looking for a tiny video camera to use with a robotics project

I'm looking for a tiny video camera to use with a robotics project. The camera needs to be digital, have a digital connection (preferably USB, not wireless), support a minimum resolution of 1024x768 at 30fps and weigh as little as possible — maybe as much as 120g but hopefully lighter. And it must be affordable: less than $500 including lens. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find the right software for creating mash-ups and sound collages.

Help me find the right software for creating mash-ups and sound collages. [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Going cellular in Germany.

I'm a cellphone noob, and I'm seeking answers on how to use my GSM phone in Germany. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments


I have a little less than 2 weeks to arrange for a birthday gift (i.e. stuffed animal or flowers) to be placed in front of an apartment in Matsumoto, Japan. [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 9:52 AM PST - 2 comments

We both want to live close to our families, except they live 1,200 miles apart.

We both want to live close to our families, except they live 1,200 miles apart. [more inside]
posted by lolalivia at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

You mean I have to pay you, for you to charge me less?

How do I tell if a "Discount Club" is worth it? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for the Best Dried Blueberry

Kirkland Dried Blueberries are far larger and plumper than any other dried blueberries I've ever seen, akin to a ball bearings, but they're sweetened. Can I find get an unsweetened dried blueberry like that, or is the process that makes them sickly sweet also what makes them so much larger than usual?
posted by boombot at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Who's doing neat stuff with the web and comics?

Most comics on the web seem to be just scanned in print comics or the equivalent of same. Can you point me to any web comics that are making use of web/internet technology to make the comics reading experience different from print comics? No need to mention Scott McCloud. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:57 AM PST - 22 comments

I need challenge and pressure to stay motivated... how do I stay motivated during times when those things aren't present?

I have a very hard time keeping motivated and being productive when work is slow. If I am not either feeling pressure or being challenged, I get sloppy and underperform. Is this normal? What can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Help plan our vacation to Maine

My spouse and I are planning to travel to Portland, Maine for a one-week vacation this summer. Will we have a good time? Is our planned route insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

When does becoming a good listener go too far?

As a friend of someone who is going through an extended personal rough patch, how do I find and maintain a good balance between being a sympathetic ear and feeling like a punching bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 18 comments

cystoscopy - eep

Cystoscopy - have you had one? Do I need one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I decide how low or high of a salary to ask for in a job interview situation?

Should I take a lower salary? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me wake up

I have a tough time waking up in the morning and it is making my wife crazy! How do I wake up before my wife while disturbing her as little as possible? [more inside]
posted by cmar618 at 8:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Min-esophagus Wheats

I just inhaled a piece of cereal. I think I can feel it in my windpipe, just around collarbone level. Is there anything I can do to get it out? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Music Videos Featuring Walking or Driving Across the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridges?

What music videos feature people standing on, driving across, or (preferably) walking across either the Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan Bridge? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

free sonics

What sort of free online resources are there for quality audio samples? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Don't get me wrong, clotheslines are great, but help me make one AWESOME!

Items weighing less than 1lb that make you think "WOW that's cool!" or "GOT to buy that!" on first glance? Catch: items already in your home or could do a bang-up job of creating in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by variella at 8:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Voulez-vous loadez mon site avec moi?

InternetQAfilter: how can I test my site as if it were being loaded from other countries? [more inside]
posted by Billegible at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments

External burner for MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro no longer burns DVDs, and from what I can see it would cost more to fix it than to simply buy an external one. Anyone have any recommendations for a good burner?
posted by dearleader at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Is safe?

I like the idea of, and have read all their statements regarding how secure it is, but more than once I have bailed at the point where they ask for your bank info. Am I being overly concerned about this?
posted by R. Mutt at 7:08 AM PST - 39 comments

My students have a "lean and hungry look."

Can someone give me concise Julius Caesar background information (both in Shakespeare's play and in real history)? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 6:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Motor needs some drying and tlc

We need to salvage an the blower motor in the our ac unit. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Rehome the bunnies or get ready to take lots of pics?

Our beagle discovered a nest of bunnies in our backyard. A few are dead or dying, but most are undisturbed in the nest with one with only apparent minor external injury. Humane society is closed until noon today for training; now what? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I Take My Old Landlord To Small Claims Court?

Should I take my former landlord to small claims court? [more inside]
posted by heartquake at 6:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I start a photo retouching business?

Should I start a photo retouching business? My wife asked me to take a head shot of her with my digital camera. She wasn't happy with the result. I said, "I'll bet someone on the Web does quickie retouching for 20 bucks." But Google turned up no such service. Should I start one? And how would you market it?
posted by markcmyers at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Best hardware for this homebrew universal remote?

What hardware should I use to build this networked universal remote? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this tree!

What is this tree? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 5:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Art project with/for/about my newborn son

What long-term art project should I do with/for/about my newborn son? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 5:50 AM PST - 16 comments

A romantic nuclear bomb couple movie?

Identifilter: A modern-day east-asian movie about a girl who was apparently built as some kind of bomb or war weapon? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 5:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Click. Click.

What is the use of double locks? Not two separate lock, just the kind of lock that you can turn once (which locks the door) and then another time, in the same direction (which locks the door... more?). [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 4:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Name me name me name me!

I love my name but people can't say it. Help me choose a 'stage' name. [more inside]
posted by 913 at 1:57 AM PST - 34 comments

May 26

Where can I get large pieces of velcro?

Where can I find colorful velcro larger than 3" in diameter? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 11:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Could doing power yoga 2 - 4 times a week for 1.5 hours be hurting my joints?

Could doing power yoga 2 - 4 times a week for 1.5 hours be hurting my joints? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 10:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does packing tape smell like vinegar?

Why the heck does plastic packing tape smell like vinegar? [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat at 10:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Two man enter, one man leave

I kinda feel like rounding up a couple of rubber practice knives and coating the edges in lipstick and having some simulated knife fights just for kicks. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Who is this person?

Who is this person to the right of General Abrams? With the sharp part and black glasses on the very far right.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:39 PM PST - 18 comments

How to safely clean this stinky food container?

How do I safely clean a very stinky glass dish with plastic Tupperware-style lid that sat out on the counter for days after holding smoked mackerel? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 9:36 PM PST - 11 comments

What's wrong with my DirecTv HD receiver?

One of my two HD direcTv receivers routinely loses its satellite signal and will spend countless hours 'searching for signal' while my other receiver works just fine. What's up? [more inside]
posted by calgirl13 at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to include a 40-year-old song in a Youtube video...

I'm trying to find out: a) is the song copyrighted? b) who owns it? c) will they let me use it? (is this a pipe dream?) The song is Ice Pick Mike by Lalo Schifrin, and it's on the soundtrack to Bullitt. Totally groovin', BTW. :)
posted by raising_arizona at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Where did the Honest Scrap Award originate?

A group of East African bloggers I follow have recently begun circulating the Honest Scrap Award — a sort of informal bloggers' award-slash-meme — among themselves. I thought they had created it, but a quick Google search shows that it's been around since at least December of 2008. Does anyone know where or why it started?
posted by rebekah at 8:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Oh no...

My college sticker cooked onto my rear windshield. Please help. [more inside]
posted by melangell at 8:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Can zucchini and butternut be grown in the same patch?

I am trying to plant a traditional Three Sisters garden for the first time - corn, beans & squash in the same location as companion plants. Can I put two varieties of squash (yellow zucchini and butternut) in the same planting? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 8:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Business Statistics: A Synergistic Customer-Focused Experience

What are your best practices for learning Business Statistics? [more inside]
posted by winna at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Cubello strategy?

Tips for Nintendo Wii Ware's Cubello? [more inside]
posted by Matt Arnold at 7:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Who embarked on an early 90s bike/canoe trip with a computer?

Around 1990 I read a magazine article about a guy who took an extended journey by canoe, and then another by bicycle, rigging a computer to each to store route data, his journals, etc. Nobody had ever done such a thing before. Who was this man? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 7:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Will I get into a top-tier law school?

I am a Biomedical Engineering major at Duke University with a low GPA (3.1) but have yet to take the LSAT. I am interested in IP law and was wondering what law schools I could get into based on different LSAT scores that I might get. Also, I was charged with a minor in possession of alcohol that was taken off my record without conviction. How much will this affect my admission potential?
posted by jbh26 at 7:09 PM PST - 15 comments

How to sharpen acuity?

I pride myself in being a "picker-up of learning's crumbs" (R. Browning) and an aspiring polymath, but I have atrocious observational skills. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by litterateur at 7:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Helping the child of an illegal immigrant get right with the law

I'm in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and I'm trying to help my 15 year old Little Sis get her learner's permit and on the road to a drivers license. We need to order her birth certificate from Texas. However, parental permission is needed, and her undocumented mom doesn't want to send in the required copy of a photo ID. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Thank you too much!

A friend made a really sweet, but kind of awkwardly generous, gesture. How to respond gracefully, while still giving her an out? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 6:42 PM PST - 24 comments

What would Clark Griswold do?

What is your best advice, recipes and cocktails for an RV camping newb? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I find housing that is inconvenient to the Cornell campus?

We are looking for (rental) housing between Ithaca and Syracuse -- it doesn't need to be convenient to Cornell or on a bus line, etc., but we only have a small window to look onsite (starting ~Jun5th) and we need to move in by Jun 21st. Can anyone recommend a realtor, etc. that could help us out or recommend a better strategy for looking than craigslist? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get Verizon to fix my dsl?

How do I get Verizon to fix my DSL? [more inside]
posted by geos at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments


Silk screen printing: I have the blank shirts. I have the design in a PSD file. I need a printer that can print shiny silver foil... Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't Mean Maybe

When did calling someone "baby" become an popular expression of love/affection (other than in the parent-child relationship)? Particularly in music? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Surf lessons in LA

LA filter: I want to learn to surf this summer. Where can I find reasonably priced, good quality lessons? Should I opt for group or semiprivate lessons? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 5:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Whither amateur podcasting?

I'm a brand new amateur podcaster. However, it seems like I may be a little late to the game. Most podcasting forums/communities seem dead or full of spam, and many of the early podcasters seem to have given up on podcasting entirely. Is this indicative of anything about the current state of amateur podcasting, and where do said podcasters go to hang out and share advice these days?
posted by iamisaid at 5:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Best practices for seducing someone after having the "just friends" talk

I met this girl, and we were sorta-dating for a couple of weeks, before eventually she decided she wasn't up for dating anyone at the moment and we had the "just friends" talk. I'm fine with that, but would like AMF's advice on best practices for making her have second thoughts. This is less of a bad idea than it might seem, I promise. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 4:48 PM PST - 52 comments

Why won't my in-line Word images stay put?

I am a very frequent user of MS-Word, right now Word 2003. I routinely drop pictures into text documents, selecting the layout option "in line with text". I have inherited a document with wonky picture behavior, where putting a picture in-line makes most or all of it disappear. The document originator seems to have temporarily solved by floating all of the pictures over loads of paragraph marks, which is un-elegant and will not please my learned client. My mad Google skills have failed me for an explanation. I have tried everything from monkeying with the advanced layout (Picture Position) settings to lowering the acceleration on my graphics card, all to no avail. (Virtually) all suggestions will be cheerfully tried.
posted by Breav at 4:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Maybe we should sleep in the car

NY Metro area (really Long Island)/JFK filter: where to stay? [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Paying out of pocket and preventing future involvement of car insurance co.

If I pay out of pocket for repairs to another driver's car, is there a form I can ask him to sign to prevent later involvement of insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by ecsh at 2:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Turn a $300 PC into a $1000 tablet?

Is it possible to turn my tablet PC into a secondary monitor and still retain its tablet-y properties? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

My Tastebuds seek "Black" Cognac...

About a year ago, while living in Honolulu, I went through a phase where I sampled many bottles of Cognac. [more inside]
posted by petethered at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Communist dogs vs Capitalist pigs

What game can I play with a History class to demonstrate the differences between Capitalism and Communism? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 2:32 PM PST - 30 comments

Origin of latin names for different species?

Is there a database of the origins of Binomial Latin names for species? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy clothes online that fit?

Too fit to fit? I can't seem to find clothes for my body type. [more inside]
posted by Sourisnoire at 2:02 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to play in a fountain.

playing in fountains and other alternative entertainment (in/near RI)? [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Teaching the Teachers

I'm in Spain and have been asked to give summer courses in English for academic purposes to university researchers and teachers of engineering. Apart from "English Academic Vocabulary in Use" (CUP), which I used last year - it's good - do any MeFites have any tried and tested recommendations for books and other materials that might be suitable? Amazon is great, but too often you can't get a feel for the book.
posted by Holly at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do the pilots at Airtran always fly the plane like they stole it?

Why do the pilots at Airtran always fly the plane like they stole it? No matter where they seem to hammer the takeoffs and come in hot on landing. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Health Insurance Woes

Our daughter's back was broken when a 67 foot dead ash tree fell on her in a public park. HAP (Health Alliance Plan), our insurance company, is deliberately delaying review of authorization for her to see her neurosurgeon until after her appointment tomorrow. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 1:32 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for nonfiction books about exploration-type stuff

YABRT (Yet Another Book Recommendation Thread): Please recommend some nonfiction camping-trip reading along the lines of True North, Endurance, and In the Heart of the Sea. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 1:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Whats the best way to capture, edit and share an over-the-internet recorded interview for my blog?

Whats the best way to capture, edit and share an over-the-internet recorded interview for my blog? [more inside]
posted by msoffab at 1:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Twin Cities restaurant recommendations please!

Calling all Minneapolitans - looking for a restaurant recommendation. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 12:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me stop fainting!

Why do I faint at the doctor? How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 12:49 PM PST - 27 comments

slow PC complaint from IBM users

Hi fellow MeFites! You are all Great! Today, I am posing a question that has hounded me for a year or so... at work, we have an IBM workstation environment, with some M50's, M52's, S51's, etc. in the line-up. the issue that I am having is with our/my S51's. [more inside]
posted by rxbert at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Meaningless records?

What are some instances of sportsmen skirting or defying convention in pursuit of a meaningless record? [more inside]
posted by beukeboom at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

wifi ignorance

WiFi router ignorance [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Laptop computer acts like CTRL button is pushed down all the time

My old laptop computer is acting funky; for extended periods of time it will act like the CTRL key is pressed down, which makes it really difficult to do anything that requires anything more than clicking (no typing can be done basically because the CTRL keys are shortcut commands). I can't figure out what's wrong or how to deactivate the laptop computer. Please help! [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find my elementary school music songbook?

Oooooh once there was a goat / a very clever goat / spoke French and German fluently as you will note / ooooooooooooooo/ fa la la la la / tra la la la la la / spoke French and German fluently as you will note ... I remember this song from my elementary school songbook. As well as fragments, snippets and scraps of song both traditional folk and (possibly) written just for this book. What is the book? Where could I find it? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 12:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Where the developers at?

New York City or Tri-State Area web developer conferences - are there any upcoming where I could network to find new hires for my company? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Where do the designers hang out?

I've been trying to find a designer (or several) for my web application consulting company to work with on a regular basis. To find people, I want to run a sort of design contest/job posting. Where (other than the obvious job boards) should I promote this contest? Colleges? Specialist Forums? Mailing Lists? Flyers? Where do these people hang out? [more inside]
posted by systematic at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Budgets for Ex-Cons

Budget advice for people just released from a California state prison. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Manana in Mexico

I'm going to Mexico for a year in September. Michoacan to be precise. I don't want to appear like a dumb tourist, so help me prepare culturally! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

donation pick up in manhattan?

Is there any group who does clothing donation pick ups in Manhattan other than Salvation Army, Catholic Charities or NYC Opera? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for image of whiteboard with specific text on it...

Looking for a picture of a whiteboard... drawn on the left hand side has stuff like "check e-mail only at ... 10... 2... 4" an "max of 3 open projects" and "home by 5:30... NO EXCUSES" couldn't find with google.
posted by psychotic_venom at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

iSync and RAZR V3xx

iSync 3.0.2 won't sync with Motorola RAZR V3xx. Looking for a fix. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Champagne from a coupe or flute? Or how about a handy mug?

When did the champagne flute become the norm over the champagne coupe? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

How big can a dog get?

How big and how small could a dog theoretically be? If people decided to breed the biggest dog possible, could they make one as big as a bear? If they tried to breed the smallest one possible, could they get it to the size of a shrew? If so, how many generations or how many years would it take to breed a bear-sized dog? I'm talking about standard breeding techniques, not genetic engineering.
posted by empath at 9:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Trolling, trolling, trolling, RawHide!

What is the attack vector on this apparent facebook phishing email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Just not that into me?

Hi, I met a man online about a year and a half ago...we have communicated via phone for all this time though some times more frequent than others. I am a 30 something and he is a 40 something. It took us a looooooong time to met (which I finally did this past weekend) for a variety of reasons. I was nervous, we both are shy, I was not sure if he would like me physically, etc., etc. In fact, there were two trips that were previously cancelled. This weekend, finally, I went. I stayed at a hotel, and he was a good host. I was there for 3 days. We did all kinds of touristy things in his town and he treated me like a lady, yet, there was no physical contact. Actually, 2 hugs, that was it. When I arrived, and when I left. No attempted hand holding, no subtle touches, no took so long to meet and we are not exactly close in proximity so another meeting may not be anytime soon. I have to say, I expected that he I gotta wonder, does this mean that he was "just not that into me?" I am not sure how to proceed. Hope you can help me figure this out?
posted by mdn31 at 9:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Baker Looking for Kitchen

I bake breads at home using an artisanal style (sourdough, handcrafting, small batches) and would like to eventually start a business. How can I get access to a decent space to bake these breads so I can sell them? [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 9:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Because I want to enjoy my patio

Critter identification filter: Anyone know what kind of snake this is? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Lots of Overtime = How Much Free Time?

What should I do about my accrued overtime? [more inside]
posted by Strumpf Marionette at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

MonkeyBone meets XXX

[AdultFilter] Recommendations for fantasy adult films [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 19 comments

lower back pain after lifting legs in the gym.

lower back pain after lifting legs in the gym. [more inside]
posted by l2yangop at 8:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Most efficient balance for earning interest?

Mathematically speaking, what's the optimal amount to keep in an account that earns a high rate below below a certain sum and a very low one above it? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Programming a gaming keypad.

I have a nostromo n52 gamepad for my XP gaming computer and can't figure out WHAT to program each key to do for games. Can someone tell me what they have programmed the keys to do (run, jump, shoot) and their location and why that key is good? Please tell me what game you have this configuration for (fallout, guild wars, battlefield 2142, etc). Especially helpful if you actually have a configuration file for me.
posted by CodeMonkey at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my Japan!

Looking for some advice on how to cope with long-standing psychological issues - except...I'm studying in Tokyo for the next month, which adds some unique twists. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb at 8:32 AM PST - 8 comments

MeFi recycles it beautifully!

Tell me about the best and worst elements of recycling in your town so you can help me set up my recycling (collection) business. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 8:32 AM PST - 32 comments

No, really. I have a speech impediment. I've talked this way all my life.

I would like to stop using sarcasm and snark, entirely, in any form. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 8:22 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me remember the name of a website that records all tracks recently played by almost any radio station.

Help me remember the name of a website that records all tracks recently played by almost any radio station. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 8:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Not a guest, not yet a roommate

Etiquette for the long-term guest [more inside]
posted by delayed-reaction android at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Atheism definition aka Philosophy 101

Is atheism the belief that there are no gods or the lack of belief in existence of gods? This is philosophy 101 but I honestly keep finding different definitions claimed by atheists. Can someone clarify? (and if my question is phrased poorly, please forgive me but I hope you understand the gist.)
posted by snap_dragon at 7:58 AM PST - 51 comments

Unexpected scores in sports

Which of the major US sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer) has the most variance in final score? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

How to go from friends to more

I have this friend; I'd like to see if she and I could become more than friends. Old story, or the oldest story? Wall of text ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Wireless headphones for TV

Best wireless headphones for TV? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

What do I do with my similar design?

My design is very similar to theirs but I hadn't seen theirs ahead of time. What trouble do I get into if I continue on and sale mine? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 7:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me remember this great website of medical school application experiances...

Does anyone know of this certain website that allowed people to share their medical school application results? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 5:50 AM PST - 2 comments

College Radio Singles Chart

Is there an American College Radio singles chart? [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 5:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How does web hosting actually work?

How does web hosting actually work? I need to host a web application that I've made. I've had a look at a few forums, a few reviews, and now I'm more confused than ever. [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 12:08 AM PST - 13 comments

May 25

Dummy = Duddy?

For some reason, I have always thought that one common name for a "pacifier" or "dummy" was "duddy" (I am not a native English speaker). Is this word used anywhere? Is the spelling correct? I can't find really any reference to it on the web.
posted by rom1 at 11:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Woodworking for beginners

Looking for resources on carpentry. Online resources preferable but books OK. [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 11:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Colorado camping (with some criteria)

I need help finding a camping site near Denver. There will be 6-8 people, and we'll be camping Friday and Saturday nights in the middle of July. Where can we find a place with scenery, at least some privacy, and access to swimming? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 11:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Are all HDDs created equal?

Hi friends, I have one of these WD Elements drives. It only requires one usb cord and no external power source. Is this a feature of the drive itself, or the enclosure? I wish to swap out the drive and want to be sure it'll work.
posted by buicksix at 11:12 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the pitfalls of installing my OS on a 1TB hard drive?

Due to a virus corrupting my USB drivers, I've been thinking about a fresh WinXP install. But I'm thinking of getting a 1TB hard drive (my current one is 250). My question is, are there any potential pitfalls in having a HD that is so big? Other than the fact that it might fail six months in and I lose a large chunk of stuff. The reason why I want a huge HD is that I like the feeling that I don't have to worry about all the crap I might put on my desktop, or how many videogames I want to install.
posted by Sully at 10:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it just me or do Bluetooth mice and keyboards suck?

Is it just me or do Bluetooth mice and keyboards suck? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 10:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Seeking a A System for Selling Videos A La Cart

I'm working on a new project that has some particular requirements for selling video online. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 9:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Which PVR application is the best for me?

I'm looking for an open source PVR-like application for my vista computer (which is dedicated solely to playing downloaded videos). [more inside]
posted by nitor at 9:29 PM PST - 9 comments

At the risk of looking like a kitchen idiot

How can I take care that when I'm reheating glass jars of frozen sauce (or any food) on the stove, they won't shatter? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Conversations from the past

Are there any good sources for accurate transcriptions of historical conversations? I am very interested in history, but am getting a little bored of primarily reading descriptions of things that happened, and would rather see actual conversations. In some ways I'm even more interested in people who aren’t historically significant, i.e. day-to-day conversations from the past. Thanks for reading!
posted by ben5757 at 8:59 PM PST - 13 comments

JD Preferred

What nonlegal, "JD preferred" jobs would be suitable for someone with a background in employment law? TIA.
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 6 comments

More abstract recipes please

I'm looking for more abstract recipes like this. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:44 PM PST - 23 comments

What is the most difficult social dance?

What kind of social dancing is the most difficult to learn? I'm wondering about which lead-follow partner dances are the most difficult, and what makes them so tough. I'd curious about the difficulty for both learning the basics of a dance (so that one could lead or follow socially), as well as learning a dance at a high level suitable for top-tier competition.
posted by philosophygeek at 8:37 PM PST - 16 comments


I have swarming formosan termites in between my kitchen window and the screen. I duct-taped the most obvious openings for them, and turned out the lights. What else should I do before the exterminator arrives tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 7:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Lost folders and albums in Picasa 3

I started Picasa 3 today and it immediately started searching my folders for pictures. After this was completed all my albums were no longer there. How can I get them recovered? [more inside]
posted by yezimary at 7:34 PM PST - 6 comments

My left foot looks inflated.

For four years, I've been dealing with a really puffy foot. My doctor mentioned that it's likely edema. She didn't, however, tell me anything useful about eliminating the swelling. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 7:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Cheap Cell Phone Service in Europe

What is the cheapest option available for using my iPhone (AT&T) in Europe? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I put my thunder thighs in some cute shorts?

I'm a fairly petite lady, but I have disproportionately large thighs and butt. Summertime is upon us and I'd love to wear some nice structured shorts (instead of my usual athletic style) once in a while. Fit is an issue. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to feel more positive and confident while riding out uncertaintiy in "transitional" phases of my life?

What can I do to feel more positive and confident while riding out uncertaintiy in "transitional" phases of my life? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Fix my DS hinge, please?!

I've dropped my original model Nintendo DS, and the hinge is now cracked, where would be best to send it to get it repaired? [more inside]
posted by deezil at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

It's got to be sexy funky ladies

Where can I find some skates like the ones in Flight of the Conchord's Ladies of the World? [more inside]
posted by DolorousEdd at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

The internet inside my router.

My router (I think) keeps getting in the way of me and my internet! When I click on links, the browser will instead ask me to log into my router—the address bar reads [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 5:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Umbrella recommendations?

Recommendations for an awesome umbrella? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse at 5:14 PM PST - 28 comments

(I'm a Journeyman Librarian)

If you were building a library collection around the history of business—guilds, apprenticeships, royal charter companies, corporations, and so on—what books would you select?
posted by sonic meat machine at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Removal of sticky residue.

What's the best way to remove thoroughly sticky residue from furniture that appears to be vinyl? [more inside]
posted by kidbritish at 5:11 PM PST - 11 comments

My printer won't turn on after leaving it unplugged for 2 weeks. Why, and how can I fix it?

My printer, an HP PSC 1410 All-in-One, will not turn on after leaving it unplugged for two weeks (I was out of town and always unplug everything to save on electrical costs). It's connected through a power module, and I have tried unplugging the power cord from the power module and the power module from the printer, and reconnecting them all again. I have tried different outlets, and it will simply not turn on. I have also tried disconnecting the USB cable that runs from the printer to the computer, just in case it was interfering in some way. Does anyone know how this could have happened, and what I can do to fix it?
posted by Beep at 4:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for Nerja, Spain area

Please recommend day trips around Nerja, Spain.... [more inside]
posted by aelish at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are all the interns at?

My company needs a Fall intern in DC. The program we've become reliant upon has let us down. Where do we start looking? [more inside]
posted by gagoumot at 3:39 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I go about getting more knitting work?

Seeking tips on finding more pattern testing and sample knitting opportunities (preferably compensated in money or goods). [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find my station (wagon) in life.

The time comes in every man's life -- the time when he considers buying a station wagon as his next car. Difficulty: a cheaper, used one. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 3:13 PM PST - 41 comments

Depression and Parenting

I'm going through a severe period of depression, and I'm having a hard time being a good parent. Can anyone give me advice on how to get through this without traumatizing my children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Where should I look?

[CareerFilter?] Help me make the most of my time in Korea (plan for career, have fun) [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

mistery car

What car is this, anyone please? [more inside]
posted by xmradio03 at 2:21 PM PST - 27 comments

moving past feelings of disappointment.

how to deal with canceled plans and disappointment in long-term relationships? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 2:18 PM PST - 17 comments

What is this song by the Ethiopian Elvis about?

Ethiopia/Amharic Filter: I created a vacation video of my trip to Ethiopia and used the song, Mekeyershin Salawq by the famous Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete. What is the song about? (Link to song inside) [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 2:11 PM PST - 1 comment

What are some good staffing agencies in Toronto?

What are some good staffing agencies in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Which hospice?

We've come into a situation where we will need hospice care soon. What hospice do you recommend in the Tulsa, OK area?
posted by drleary at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Dancing to "Midnight, the Stars, and You?"

What type of dance/step would one use to dance to "Midnight, the Stars, and You" by Al Bowly?
posted by entropicamericana at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

The best Spanish-language translators and anthologies of English-language poetry

Who are the best translators (living or dead) of English-language poetry into Spanish, and what are the best anthologies of English-language poetry translated into Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 1:20 PM PST - 0 comments

Embeddable Video

What video sharing website has the 'cleanest' looking embeddable video player which has less branding on it than say YouTube or Daily Motion? It would be a plus if it had a "HD" video option.
posted by nam3d at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Any good classical music blogs or news pages?

Any good classical music blogs or news pages? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 12:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get my landlord to stop saying inappropriate things to me.

Help me get my landlord to stop saying inappropriate things to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 63 comments

Chasing down some hot European sex

American male/female swinger couple stranded in London next month. Where's the best fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me paint my floor!

Have you ever painted a floor? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Flavor tome?

What are the main basic references on the art & science of flavor creation? [more inside]
posted by gorgor_balabala at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Are cheap fish oil capsules OK?

Are Trader Joe's Salmon Oil capsules still good for you even though they are so much cheaper then health food store brands? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 12:01 PM PST - 13 comments

How to Keep Steady?

Please help a fella out with the next stage of his Courtship Reeducation Program: How to stay cool when you can't stay ambivalent? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Wiki in a WordPress advice

How can I get my website a wiki? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Noise canceling technology for a whole apartment?

Any good solutions for canceling out my neighbor's bass from their stereo without headphones? Headphones aren't an option all the time if I need to sleep. Are their nose canceling stereos? How well do they work? What else could I try? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to live for a time outside the U.S.?

Mixed-race family of five wants to spend some time as expats. Where? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 11:04 AM PST - 20 comments

the bunny will be reassigned to an undisclosed location

how do I utilize my have-a-heart trap to get the bunnies out of my garden? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Desire Paths/Lines: the original translation and related concepts/terms

Desire Paths / Lines: a term apparently coined by Gaston Bachelard in The Poetics of Space. What was the original French he used? and are there any other terms for the act and outcome of paths that emerge through routine, reflexion and the feedback of movement. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 10:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Training a Welsh Pembroke Corgi

The corgi I am adopting on Saturday is already crate-trained, but not house-broken. Leaving her outside while I'm at work is not an option. How should I start training her not to go in the house? [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this pain and what should I do about it, if anything?

What is this pain in my hip, how can I make it go away, and should I make a doctor's appointment yet? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to buy wine glasses in New York?

Where is a good place to buy wine glasses, cocktail glasses, and other assorted glasses you drink out of in New York? [more inside]
posted by hoobichu at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Old Dog, No Tricks

Is there any way to re-housebreak an older dog who is starting to slip? [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Whale Watching in CA?

Whale Watching in CA, I will be traveling to Bakersfield CA in the next couple of days and spending some time there and in Santa Monica. Anyone know of somewhere I could go and take a whale watching trip while there? (within a reasonable driving distance from either location)
posted by jseven at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Help please finding blogs,podcasts & fora on specific Christian discipline

I am trying to find practical, contemporary advice on living in moment by moment dependence on Jesus Christ. I mean things like forums, podcasts, blogs, as opposed to books or PDFs. More specifics within. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this all there is?

How do you know when you've recovered from depression? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 8:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Seeking air tight caper flicks or thrillers

Seeking first rate caper flicks or thrillers. (Books also acceptable) AIR TIGHT PLOT ESSENTIAL! Stylish is nice, but I hate, hate, a cheat. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 8:33 AM PST - 64 comments

Should I get a ticket if the sign wasn't visible?

First speeding ticket. Should I go to court and try to fight it or just pay out and take the hit? [more inside]
posted by panorama at 8:16 AM PST - 50 comments

What's the best advice you have regarding successful marriage/ divorce prevention?

What's your best advice for preventing divorce- starting before you even decide to get married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 56 comments

Is it me or him? Help me with neighborly noise.

Am I overly sensitive to my neighbor's noise? If not, what magic words can I say to my landlord? [more inside]
posted by motsque at 7:26 AM PST - 32 comments

Another young woman feeling fat in her skinny jeans.

How can I help resolve my body image issues? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:52 AM PST - 33 comments

NYC Restaurant Recommendation

NYC Restaurant Filter: Looking for a nice restaurant very close to Carnegie Hall for dinner on Wednesday night. (Or walking distance from Madison Sq Park would also work.) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 6:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Evaporation or Condensed Milk

[RelationshipFilter]: Omelettes. Which is better to add to the eggs? I believe it's milk, and contend her family resorted to water as a result of poverty. What is the difference or is it just preference?
posted by Funmonkey1 at 5:50 AM PST - 44 comments


It seems to be a commonly acceptably statement that women are better at multi-tasking than men. Is there any research into the opposite? Purely anecdotal evidence suggests that women aren't as hot at single tasking as men, but I've never seen this suggested...
posted by twine42 at 5:31 AM PST - 8 comments

How to prepare snail shells for DIY jewellery?

How to prepare some snail shells that I got from the mountain so I can make some kind of basic jewellery from them? [more inside]
posted by tseo at 4:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Our HP PSC 1600 has gotta go!

Looking for recommendations: high volume, low cost printer. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Best British Brand Builder

Please recommend 8-10 British design agencies known for their stellar brand identity book (work) especially for conservative entities such as solicitors. Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 3:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I sunbathe naked in London?

Where can I sunbathe naked in London? [more inside]
posted by rose selavy at 2:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Windows XP Undelete

I don't understand how I could have gotten myself into such a mess, so quickly. I had specifically taken this weekend to organize a large mess of files (on my PC) that I have had for a long time. I've put hours and hours (about 30) of work into this. An hour ago I attempted to delete a file and noticed that I had made a mistake, and accidentally deleted a huge branch of my work. [more inside]
posted by Gusy at 1:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Banjo in China

A bid of a wild side multi-layered question. Learning the banjo. And doing so in Shanghai. Most people who travel (younger free-spirited types, work with me here) sling a guitar over their shoulder. [more inside]
posted by dawson at 12:06 AM PST - 15 comments

May 24

Meetup group organizer needs promotion tips

What steps can I take to make my meetup group appear legitimate so that membership can continue to grow and improve? This might involve fixing the meetup or building my promotional skills. [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 11:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Good food in Boston

So, Boston, where do you go for your good food? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 11:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Stats/Maths filter: How do I solve a sigmoidal?

I am trying to fit my data onto a sigmoidal function. The fit won't be perfect, but I am stuck with it for now. To help with this, I have been (very generously) given a spreadsheet that creates a sigmoidal curve if the values a, b, x0 and x are known. How do I get these values? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you always see the Moon from the Earth?

Is there anywhere on Earth, where you can't see the Moon? [more inside]
posted by Dub at 8:25 PM PST - 16 comments

I want my PC back

My hot corners just stopped working for no reason [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 8:18 PM PST - 19 comments

medical education in the United States

Why do medical schools in the United States generally require a bachelor's degree before admission? [more inside]
posted by esnyder at 8:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a blog post on web hosting!

Where did I read about a semi-famous blogger and entrepreneur's advice on webhosting? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

how do new startup companies outsource labor for a cheaper price?

What if I want to outsource a product to another country to get it made cheap. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by femmme at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Anything but Lynx, please

How do I browse the web using a minimal amount of bandwidth? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 6:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Local Bike Shops in Pasadena, CA

Please recommend a bike shop near Pasadena, CA [more inside]
posted by onich at 6:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Fish simulacrum

Where can I buy a fake (non-edible) salmon fillet? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does Google Mobilizer no longer work on my phone?

Why does Google Mobilizer no longer work on my smartphone? For a couple of years, visiting web pages via stripped out most of the layout and all the images, making the sites load quickly. Now it seems to have no effect, as of about a week ago. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:46 PM PST - 1 comment

How soon can I request a transfer?

How soon can I request a transfer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I change my diet to reduce acne?

Can you personally recommend a nutrition regimen that reduces acne breakouts? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:14 PM PST - 27 comments

unfill my hbox

LaTeX/BibTeX-filter: How can I keep long citations from overruning the line when the references are by names and year (apalike)? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

An iPhone 3G unlock around the corner for current firmware?

I bought an almost new iPhone 3G to unlock to use on T-Mobile. It has the latest modem firmware (2.30.03) and bootloader, so (I believe) there is not currently an unlock available. My question: has there been any indication from the iPhone Dev Team that an unlock is forthcoming for recently sold iPhones with current firmware versions? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 3:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is my internet connection so slow?

How did my internet connection get 5x faster in 10 minutes? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:15 PM PST - 9 comments

How Do You Deal With An .SCR File That's A Likely Virus?

I downloaded a .scr file that was probably a virus. I was at least smart enough to trash the file instead of opening it, but is it likely that my computer is infected, anyway; that the file is executed merely by downloading it? (NOTE: This happened on a Macbook Pro.) [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling at 3:12 PM PST - 9 comments

iPhone on Airplane, is crew likely to have issues?

What is your experience using an iPhone in Airplane Mode, on an airplane? Have you gotten flack from the crew for trying to do this, or is it normal enough now that no one bats an eye? [more inside]
posted by MsElaineous at 2:42 PM PST - 21 comments

how did you feel when you turned 40?

How did you feel when you turned 40? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin at 2:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me bond with the evangelicals!

Okay, not really. Possibly moving to Colorado Springs in the next ~6 months. Any advice from knowledgeable present or former locals is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 2:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Widespread credit card fraud or bizarre coincidence?

Both my daughter and I have fraudulent charges at the same online poker site on our credit cards. Is this happening to lots of people or is it a weird coincidence? [more inside]
posted by nelvana at 2:22 PM PST - 21 comments

How to make a vertical timeline?

How to make a vertical timeline? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Was I prescribed the wrong medicine for a cold?

Why did this doctor prescribe Penicilin vk 500 for me when the description says it's not for fighting a cold or flu and yet that's CLEARLY what I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Gave cell phone to fire victim

I gave my cell phone to a badly burned fire victim and she took it with her to the hospital in the ambulance. It was covered in blood. I dont want it back. I have no phone insurance. I'm with Sprint. Any provision for a replacement if the phone is lost in in a life saving circumstance? WARNING: graphic details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 11:26 AM PST - 36 comments

Help me store & play media on the cheap.

I bought my mac laptop just before digital media became the thing. That said, my internal hard drive just can't hold it all. There are a lot of variations on this question on the hive and other places, but I am having trouble finding an answer to a basic question. How fast does a external hard drive need to be to play music and video off of without hiccups or interruption? Want to spend <$100 if I can.
posted by shimmer at 10:24 AM PST - 16 comments

"I am a believer." In what?

"I am a believer." What does this mean, exactly? I think it means that the speaker believes in the resurrection of Christ, but I am wondering if it also conveys more information--perhaps that the person believes generally but does not identify with a particular denomination. Or does it indicate that they are an evangelical Christian? Is this something that a Roman Catholic would be likely to say? I've only been hearing this in the past few years--is that just coincidence, or has this expression recently gained currency for some reason?
posted by HotToddy at 9:50 AM PST - 33 comments

Where to find Del Taco's Mild Sauce outside of Del Taco?

Del Taco filter: Is there a bottled suace that tastes like Del Taco's Mild sauce? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 9:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Dairy Spoilage Question, or should I Mooooove on?

There's a recipe I love doing - chocolate eclair cake - it's pretty much graham crackers, frozen whipped topping mixed with prepared (with milk) instant pudding mix, and the chocolate top is cocoa, sugar, a little bit of milk, and butter. This weekend, I'll be taking an 8 hour train to NYC, then have about another 3 hours to kill, then I'll be at a fridge for the night, then the next day, I'll be walking around NYC for about 8 hours, and then delivered to the house of the person the cake is for, with another fridge. So aside from the pain in the ass of carrying it around... am I risking major major dairy spoilage? I've left this cake sitting out on a table at work all day, but this seems a bit different. Thank you!
posted by dithmer at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

WTB Mr.Roboto, will robot boogie for pay.

I would like to purchase the Japanese version of some DS games. eBay, trouble friends/families in Japan/southeast Asia, or just bite the bullet and buy US versions? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

What comes after 'Ogilvy on advertising'?

I just read 'Ogilvy on advertising' and I'm looking for facts and research about advertising. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

NGOs in Francophone Africa?

I'm looking for a human rights NGO to work for in the Francophone world. My preference is for a Francophone Arab country, but I'm open to any option that would be a good work experience. Does anyone have experience or other knowledge of NGOs they would recommend? [more inside]
posted by totalbs247 at 8:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Community College isn't as barren as they say it is... right?

Give me your community college success stories! I'd like to know if you went to community college at a traditional age and had a blast. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 8:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Get me stranded in London, please.

As a way to visit a friend during my travels in Europe this summer, I'm looking to obtain a days-long layover - ideally at least 2-3 days, but the longer the better. I have no idea how to go about getting such a thing, but I'm relatively sure the possibility exists. What are my best options for getting a layover like this, while still keeping my overall flight cost low? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

What is growing on my tree?

What are these red, spiky... "things" growing on the leaves of my linden tree? Link to pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by Steve3 at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

DC Brunch

Can anyone suggest a good place for brunch near Union Station in Washington DC? We're looking for about $20 per person, not something as expensive as B. Smith's (and it doesn't need to be a buffet either.)
posted by Jahaza at 7:44 AM PST - 4 comments

East Coast Surfing

Where is the best place to learn how to surf on the east coast? [more inside]
posted by gonadostat at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I make a glass ceiling?

What should I do with a bunch of glass shelves that I came across? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Good Mary-Jane style sneaker with arch support?

What's a good Mary-Jane style sneaker (for walking) with solid arch support? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka at 7:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Katrina upheaval

At a conference, I heard a knowledgeable person say that "Katrina forever changed the way that the Federal government and the states interact with each other". I had not heard such a thought before. What did he mean, and is it true?
posted by megatherium at 6:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Where else have I encountered this plot line from The Invisibles?

I've been re-reading The Invisibles and a very specific plot line came up that I know I've encountered elsewhere. Can you help me remember? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Rock the Casb-AHHHHGH!!

Richard Cheese's version of Rock the Casbah. At 24 seconds in, the piano lifts a measure from a popular older tune. What is that older song? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Portents of Porting Ports

ApacheFilter: What's the easiest way to have a "default page" on an alternate port? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 5:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Google's services don't work in a specific way

Why aren't most google services working for me and why do the error pages look identical in firefox, chrome, and IE8? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 5:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What happens to iPhone apps on upgrade?

If I upgrade my iPhone, can I move my App Store apps to the new phone? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 4:38 AM PST - 10 comments

What causes inconsistent water flow from my kitchen sink?

What causes inconsistent water flow from my kitchen sink? [more inside]
posted by boby at 3:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Songs that remix dialogue from films?

PF Project's song Choose Life is constructed from samples of a monologue by the lead character of the film Trainspotting. Similarly, This Is Your Life by the Dust Brothers is built around samples from the film Fight Club reformulated as a monologue and overlaid on some trip-hop beats. Neither was actually featured in the film, but were released as singles and appeared on the soundtrack. What other songs like this are there?
posted by xchmp at 2:41 AM PST - 19 comments

High School movies?

I know Heathers, Clueless, Breakfast Club, Carrie, Dead Poets Society, all the obvious ones... can you complete this list? Thank you, Hive Mind.
posted by mooza at 2:19 AM PST - 59 comments

The hardest won manhattan ever

Where can a Manhattan lover find bitters in Daegue, South Korea? [more inside]
posted by smartyboots at 12:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Bilingual Garcia Lorca online?

Federico García Lorca poems, in side-by-side Spanish and English: where can I read them online? (Websites, Google Books previews, etc.)
posted by kalapierson at 12:27 AM PST - 5 comments

May 23

Will my 2-year old destroy my wife's MacBook Air?

Will my 2-year old destroy my wife's MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 11:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I take a long-term position in which I don't intend to stay?

Should I take a "career" position in a field in which I don't want to advance so that I can get the money to do what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 11:34 PM PST - 32 comments

Ebook vendor for pulp scifi?

Does anyone sell Ace Doubles and other similar pulp scifi in ebook format? [more inside]
posted by rr at 9:57 PM PST - 4 comments

They rock. I want to wear them.

Where can I get an Electrelane t-shirt in size XL? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Burning Question

What is the cheapest (best way) to get my vinyl on to YouTube? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 9:20 PM PST - 11 comments

great mp3 mountain

how (on a mac) to share and browse an external hard drive full of music , all of which is stored as numbered files with the music details only in the mp3 meta data. [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you identify this surf/skate mag?

Long shot quest for a surf magazine published in 1989/1990... [more inside]
posted by jenh at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get from Chicago to La Crosse, WI!

I'm most likely going to Clown Camp(!!!) this June in La Crosse, WI. I'd be leaving from Chicago. The best way seems like Amtrak, but I need to be there by 4 and the train doesn't get in until 7. I'll take this back to Chicago, but I need a way to get from Chicago to La Crosse on public transportation. Some options have been a bus from Chicago to Madison and then Madison to La Crosse. I have no familiarity with this area at all. Going on Amtrak the day before is not an option, since I have a wedding the night of the 6 in Chicago! Help please! Also, any tips on clowns/clown camp/clowning/etc. would be appreciated too.
posted by iliketolaughalot at 8:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do I need building permits?

From what source does the authority to require building permits and inspections derive? I've dealt with this whole process before, but every time I have to, I think, "But hey - it's _my_ property! I paid for it, I pay taxes on it, and I pay for the upkeep. As long as I don't build something that could potentially damage or destroy the property of another, why do I need 'permission' from the government?" I know there are lots of issues involved, but when did we, as a nation, give up the right to do what you want on your own property, and is there a way of getting that right back?
posted by Death by Ugabooga at 7:54 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the easiest way to digitize magazines?

What's the best/fastest/easiest way to digitize magazines? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Is non-solicitation the same thing as non-competition in a Separation agreement?

[EmploymentLawFilter] Is non-solicitation the same thing as non-competition in a Separation agreement? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 6:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me to reminder the title of this film

This has been bugging me for a long time now. Does anyone know the title of this film based on limited information I can remember? [more inside]
posted by errspy at 5:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me master the ukulele

Help me unleash the ukulele player within! Looking for online tips and/or details from MeFi uke-players as to how they went about learning to play the instrument. [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney at 5:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying to find a random photo

Longshot filter: Sometime in the mid-90s, Big Brother magazine ran a photo of a male skateboarder sitting on a bench or concrete wall, skateboard in hand, and a female next to him, kissing him on his cheek. Is this photo online? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 5:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get one ticket to tomorrow's Yankees' game?

Best way to get a solo Yankees ticket for tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments

funk my flute

Please recommend the dirtiest, overblown, funked up, angry distorted flute playing.
posted by mattoxic at 4:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find out what I'm missing on the Beebs

I've really enjoyed all the programming I've seen from the BBC themed seasons (The Edwardians, Shakespeare ReTold, the current Poetry Season). Where can I find a list of the seasons I've missed? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

ssh, I'm not listening ...

How do I really - no, really - put my home server in my Linksys WRT350N router's DMZ? The router says it is, but it clearly isn't. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 3:32 PM PST - 9 comments


BRICKLAYING. I need to learn all about how to lay brick; the classic/historical patterns; esp. in the US.; techniques; thin mortar joints; different types of bricks. European precedents.
posted by ebesan at 2:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me enjoy the beach on my own...

Help me enjoy the beach on my own... [more inside]
posted by GraceCathedral at 2:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Please share your experiences with foot tattoos?

Do you have a tattoo on your foot? Do you have any regrets, lessons learned, or advice for someone considering it? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 2:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Pets allowed?

Renting the downstairs of my duplex. Should I allow dogs? Cats? Under which rules? [more inside]
posted by msalt at 1:59 PM PST - 29 comments

Canadian seeking savings account at a US bank

Canadian who wants to open a high-interest savings account at a US bank, in USD - which bank? [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Is eternal damnation worth a little bacon?

What's the story behind this picture? [more inside]
posted by Max McCarty at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Does this painting sound familiar?

Help me identify a painting I saw, loved, and forgot... A group of "bohemians" are eating/drinking/sitting under a bridge... there may or may not be a bonfire... it may or may not be night... I use the word "bohemian" because it has stuck in my mind... I don't know whether that's part of the title, whether the painting is German, or whether it just struck me as abstractly "bohemian" - I had just become an artist :> - I saw it in a museum, most likely in NY, San Francisco, or London - sorry for the slight reeds of info - anything sound familiar to anyone?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Regional bison meat for sale in Chicago?

Does anyone know where I can find regional/locally raised Bison meat in or around Chicago? I know there are several ranches in Wisconsin but so far I haven't found one that sells anywhere in the city.
posted by RDJenB at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

No such thing as painless systems design

What are the internal business processes I should concentrate on when evaluating a clothing retailer? What are some questions I can ask the owner to help me identify where the processes could use some improvement? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

SSH on Kindle2

Has anybody managed to get an ssh client working on a Kindle 2? Others seem to have gotten it working using javascript and the basic web browser, but I've had no luck so far.
posted by hal incandenza at 12:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Field Interview Help

Great Books And Resources On Doing Field Research Interviews? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Out of the Past

A woman who I thought was out of my life has started e-mailing me again. I'm not sure how to interpret it and need some perspective. The long version inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Phone service

Advice on phone options? My wife and i currently have: 1) cell phone that i use 2) Home line that we share 3) High speed internet connection with skype mostly Long distance We are moving and want to consolidate Options include 1) ditch land line and get cell for my wife 2) add cable phone serviec 3) continue current Any advice?
posted by dougiedd at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I mistakenly assuming the worst about my landlord and my potentially shady gas bill?

Philly filter: Is my gas bill too high and/or is my landlord shady? We get charged a ton for "indirect" charges by a non-PGW company and must write our checks payable to the landlord, not the utility. I also pay the same amount every month, and am not enrolled in some budget plan that makes the amount due the same each month. Several residents (me included) think this is some sort of way for the landlord to rip us off. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments


I have some questions about Chlamydia and its extended effects... is anyone a doctor or nurse or medical professional [or just plain knows] who can give me some general information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

What would a normal person do?

I am super socially awkward. I don't really want to talk about that, but I do want some advice from you all about how to handle this party invitation like a normal person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 30 comments

I'm in the dark, Charlie. Again.

Light bulbs with short life spans + older house = scary wiring problem? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 11:06 AM PST - 17 comments

German for day-in-which-the-danger-of-frost-is-gone.

My wife heard a German word for the last frost date, but she can't remember it. Are there any German-speaking gardeners who can tell us? It was a pretty long word with multiple syllables.
posted by RussHy at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

San Francisco Masking Tape Poems?

I've become fascinated with Masking Tape Poems found on the streets of San Francisco, and feel sure that there must be more documentation - some alternative weekly article, blog post, art historian musings, etc. - out there that I'm missing through my lame googlefu skills. Looking for links, photos, or "oh yeah I've seen that and heard..." information. [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How to turn an apple into a banana

I'm an apple, but I'd much rather be a banana. How can I get rid of my middle and reshape my body? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 10:15 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I make a movie from 4000 still images?

I want to assemble 4000 still images from a recent trip into a movie. I don't want to do it manually. Please tell me what software will do this for me! [more inside]
posted by jozzas at 10:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Is it ok to ask for a phone interview rather than face to face if you have a legit reason?

Is it alright to ask for a phone interview instead of face to face because of the large distance between where I live and a possible job? [more inside]
posted by Jason Land at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Who has the best comparative literary analysis of Whitman Leaves Grass and King James Psalms?

Is there a comparative literature study of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass v. the Psalms in the King James translation of the Bible? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Is it safe for my baby to sleep in a dog crate?

Is a large port-a-crate a good idea for a portable bed for our 11-month old human baby? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:34 AM PST - 24 comments

How do you pronounce "Gebeta"?

I'm a storyteller learning a story about a game that uses a Gebeta board. The game is similar to Mancala. I need to know how to pronounce the word "Gebeta", so I can be true to the story and its origins. Any ideas?
posted by hdh at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

best scholarly books about the Korean War

Names of a few of the best scholarly histories of the Korean War [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Needing advice re car payments.

My niece was in an upside down situation with a van which was breaking down constantly and was also a gas guzzler. She could no longer afford to run this vehicle. She works full time in a daycare where her children are enrolled and she is attending a tech school at night to improve her situation. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 8:20 AM PST - 24 comments

how do I get a cheap law degree

Where can I get a cheap law degree? And should I? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 7:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Europe Without Breaking The Bank?

Help me plan a trip to Western Europe (Paris, London, and Rome) on the cheap. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 7:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Florence, Italy. Good idea to skip the tourist traps?

Visiting Florence, Italy for the first time in June. Should I skip the popular tourist attractions and just explore the actual city? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Design me a cost-no-object urban bike.

Specify me a cost-no-object urban bike. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 7:01 AM PST - 23 comments

How to communicate with a loved one

Is there any reason why some people don't like to be "put on the spot" to answer questions? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:50 AM PST - 60 comments

How to connect an iPod Touch to an ethernet port

I have an iPod Touch (2nd gen) and a working ethernet port. If I buy an Airport Express, can I get internet access on the iPod? Note that I don't (currently) have access to a computing device other than the iPod to run any setup/admin utilities. [more inside]
posted by robtoo at 5:24 AM PST - 12 comments

May 22

Find me a nice and cheap hotel in Mykonos...

What is a great hotel on Mykonos that won't break the bank ? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 11:54 PM PST - 2 comments

squeaky clean?

Washing the dishes with methylated spirits. Is this dangerous? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 10:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Skype support number?

Is there a telephone support number for Skype? I'm having a problem with their billing and as far as I can tell this phone company does not have a phone. The E-mail support is not great either, which is why I'm looking for another way to get in touch.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 10:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

I just finished undergrad. I don't have any particular attachment to this city and I don't think I can handle another winter here, so I want to buy a one-way ticket to somewhere interesting and find a new place to live. I've done this before and I'm not really concerned about the logistics, I just need somewhere cool to start my life. I want to leave the US and I'm thinking South America, but all suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Event Planning software for DJ

What is a decent event planning website/software solution for a mobile DJ company? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder at 9:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Fighting tickets in L.A.

How difficult is it to fight a parking ticket in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 9:47 PM PST - 11 comments

How Can I Help My Troubled Cousin?

How can I support my troubled cousin who suffers from attachment disorder? [more inside]
posted by harnharn at 8:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a cash-out refinance on a newly purchased property?

Stupid-mortgage-company-filter. Is it possible to get a cash-out refinance on an investment property without going through the 6-12 month seasoning process? [more inside]
posted by walla at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Free Furniture?

What about free furniture on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude at 7:43 PM PST - 17 comments

How do i get my roommate to give me and my girl some space?

How do i get my roommate to give me and my girl some space? [more inside]
posted by oviedo at 7:27 PM PST - 28 comments

First-time home buyer seeks help making a good investment

First-time home buyer seeks help making a good investment [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm Michael, not Mike. How do I get this into people's heads?

I'm Michael, not Mike. How do I make sure people know this? (Extra degree of difficulty: for a few years I was a girl, so I'm sensitive about names in some weird ways.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:41 PM PST - 67 comments

Advice for growing hops

Does anyone out there know about companion plants for hops? [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

unlike the former president, my son inhaled

Help me respond appropriately to my teenage son's marijuana use. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 6:02 PM PST - 42 comments

My 5 year old dell laptop (8600) has suddenly lost processor speed.

My 5 year old dell laptop (8600) has suddenly lost processor speed. Techy details after the break... [more inside]
posted by merocet at 5:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't Drink, Don't Smoke. What Do I Do?

So, it looks like I'm going to Vegas next week for three days. Uh... I don't like strip clubs. I don't gamble. I don't drink much at all. Is there much I can do besides stare at the hotel walls? Any and all suggestions welcome. Nightmare Mode: I HAVE NO CAR.
posted by tcv at 5:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Paypalfilter please help me!

How do I send someone a Paypal subscription invoice? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

I can't wait on two hours for a pizza to bake

I'm having trouble with my oven and think it's the door gasket/seal. Specifically, I see that the gasket is only going 3/4 of the way around the door, and isn't on the bottom. Is that normal? I think the answer is probably no, so...... how easy is this to fix?
posted by saffry at 5:06 PM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for a book that depicts life as a factory worker in Industrial Revolution Britain?

I am looking for a book recommendation that depicts life as a factory worker in Industrial Revolution Britain? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

How to acquire domain name similar to our company's domain

Want to acquire a domain name that is the plural of our company's name. [more inside]
posted by sfdrew77 at 4:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Temporary move to Ann Arbor, what should I not miss?

I am moving to Ann Arbor, MI in a week and a half for a temporary summer assignment at U of Michigan. What are must see sights/places and must visit restaurants, bars, etc. that I should be sure not to miss?
posted by stevechemist at 4:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Grilling in DC sans permits?

Where can we grill outdoors, in a park-setting, in DC or Arlington -- without permits or law enforcement getting involved? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 4:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Small library circulation system?

What's the best way to create a circulation database for a small-medium music score library? [more inside]
posted by those are my balloons at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Cubed time? Ha, fool. Nature is a dodecahedron! You have been educated *stupid*.

SchizoFilter: I'd like to become a connoisseur of internet crazy. Does Timecube have a more harmonious 5-Day cousin? I know Cindy McCain (but not John, thankfully) is a Reptilian, but are they mole people, too? Can I get cursed by some chain-mail, please? I want all the crazy! Let loose your delirium, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by Keter at 3:07 PM PST - 37 comments

Trying to import big file into iMovie

iMovie Question: I have a two-hour .avi movie file that I imported (File>Import>Movies), but for some reason it's only importing 19 minutes of it. I have the iLife 09 version of it. What am I doing wrong?
posted by Idiot Mittens at 3:05 PM PST - 4 comments

A class in L.A. to help my mom stop worrying and learn to love Excel and Word?

Please recommend beginning MS Excel and Word classes (offline) in Los Angeles for a computer-antagonistic but somewhat -knowledgeable almost-senior. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

flight/hotel package travel to Hawaii

I'm living in San Francisco for a few months, and wanting to do a solo trip (via hotel/air package deal) to visit Hawaii while I'm out here. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Pink Hair & Green Money

If potential employees find my Flickr page and find out I have pink hair, will it hurt my chances at getting a job? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:21 PM PST - 43 comments

Would you hire a new assistant professor from another field?

What are the chances that I will be able to get a job outside of my discipline following completion of the PhD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 13 comments

$30k: real estate or stocks?

I will receive $30k (canadian) as an inheritance. I'd like to invest it to start getting some revenue out of it. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Replacing my dead MBP's display.

Dead Macbook Pro display. Apple resellers charging $1,000. Any recommendations on somewhere else to purchase from? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Is my torso shrinking?

Is anyone currently selling t-shirts for women that aren't below-hip-length? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 1:33 PM PST - 23 comments

What songs did Bob Dylan steal from?

What old or traditional songs has Bob Dylan bogarted for his own use? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 12:59 PM PST - 26 comments

My reel mower is fight?

Does anyone know how a gas powered reel mower will handle tall grass? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a place to sit and eat lunch... for free.

Where can I eat my brown-bagged lunch in Ann Arbor, MI? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Extra Windows Installations

Help me get rid of my extra Windows 7 installations! [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Transliterate Greek Written in the Latin Alphabet into the Greek Alphabet

I work in a public library and I have a library user that comes in and she wants to be able to type an email to her family in Greek using the regular keys on our keyboard and then transliterate the text into Greek characters. Any ideas about an application web or otherwise that will do that for her?
posted by zzazazz at 12:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Good FLOTUS reads?

Good biographies or autobiographies about First Ladies? [more inside]
posted by LolaCola at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm raising money with beer!

It's beer! For charity! But....what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Full audio/video of Michael Steel's speech

I'm looking for full & unedited audio or video of Michael Steele's speech last Tuesday (May 19).
posted by keith0718 at 12:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find inspiration for a postal adventure project?

Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Any good quotations about regret (or the lack thereof)?

Occasionally I find myself regretting and second-guessing decisions I've made in the past. Whenever this happens, it naturally wreaks havoc on my happiness and self-esteem. I'd like to be able to cheer myself up during such times. What are your favorite quotations about letting go of the past/looking toward the future/stopping regret/living in the present/etc.?
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 11:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Returning an identical item to Amazon

Instead of retroactively applying a promotion, Amazon had me repurchase a wristwatch and wants me to return the old one. Should I just return the new one? [more inside]
posted by Garak at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find mead in the Willamette Valley?

Where can I buy mead in Portland, OR or the Portland metro area? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Buy a new bike wheel or a new bike?

Yet another sad bike story in Chicago. Can you help me find a new wheel or a new bike? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Tell Me About Hippy Communes

Hippy communes. I want to know more. [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

How effective is dabbing a pizza slice with a napkin?

How effective is dabbing pizza with a napkin in terms of reducing total grease content? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions at 11:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommendations for a small backpack with wheels?

Recommendations for a small backpack with wheels? [more inside]
posted by creepygirl at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

I've been slowly regaining my sanity, how have you been?

How I move on from my past and accept the new me? I've spent the last 2.5 years rebuilding my life and getting treatment for bipolar disorder. While I was in law school, I swung from "normal," to full blown mania, and then crippling depression. How do I deal with seeing people who last knew me as crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Average Severn Bridge traffic?

What is the average traffic volume per day on the Severn bridges? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Fire-retardant material to protect work area?

What are some cheap fire-retardant materials I can use to protect my garage when welding? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Sex without pleasure

Does there exist a culture where sex doesn't result in orgasm? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 10:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Succeeding on the dating scene - where does a woman get advice?

Succeeding on the dating scene - where does a woman get advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments


If you are really exhausted from lack of sleep and stress, x say 2 months off and on, what's the best thing to do to get back in good shape? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 10:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Craigs list 419er

I am selling a motorcycle on Craigs list and I am getting a few scammy kind of offers. I am thinking about playing one of these out and documenting the process on Facebook I will not sell this bike to this person but want to see how for it will go ala 419 eater Can anyone think of a reason not to do this experiment?
posted by citybuddha at 9:58 AM PST - 17 comments

professional options for Dr. who has lost license to practice

My brother has surrendered his license to practice family medicine because he tested positive for a pain medication that was prescribed for our other brother who was dying of cancer... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Things to see or do in Milwaukee this weekend.

Things to see or do in Milwaukee this weekend. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Statistics on the entire population

How does statistical analysis differ when analyzing the entire population rather than a sample? [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me fill this large white wall! (Spending as little as possible).

Help me fill this large white wall! (Spending as little as possible). [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 9:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Why is there an Intel advert in my downloads folder?

Yesterday I found a mysterious mkv file in my Azureus downloads folder. I opened it and it turned out to be an advert for Intel. I promptly deleted it but it showed up again the next day. Has Intel started putting adverts in bittorrent files?
posted by Andy Harwood at 9:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Who drew these????!?

Redux: I'm looking for the name of an artist who drew for Commodore Magazine in the 80s. Now with examples and a name (Baxter). [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Please don't say it rhymes with "penis"

How do you pronounce the last name of Emmanuel Levinas? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 8:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I offering a fair wage to freelance bloggers?

How much do I pay a freelance blogger? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me name my English-Spanish translation company

Help me name my Spanish-English translation company [more inside]
posted by imaswinger at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

how to clean cat piss and litter off tile floor?

Need to clean dried cat piss and litter off of a tile floor [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Extended Stay around Mountain View, CA

Looking for recommendations for Extended stay around Mountain View, CA. Due to work I will need to work out of our Mountain View office. I was looking for suggestions for decent, reasonably priced extended stay (month to month) outfits to stay at around that area while I look for rentals etc. Would be looking for a studio type place with internet/TV connection and some kitchen facility.
posted by flyby22 at 7:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Will the real biophysiopathologicoculprit please stand up?

For the last ten years or so, I've had chronic pain and mild swelling in (what I think are) my parotids, the largest of the salivary glands. However, my docs beg to differ (sometimes with me and often with each other, it seems). Help me figure out what hurts. [more inside]
posted by blisskite triplicate at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Where and what to do in Philadelphia

My wife and baby daughter will be going to Philadelphia in two weeks. We need to go to the Children's Hospital. Where do you recommend we stay, and what types of things should we do. I know nothing about Philadelphia, so I have no idea if it is walking and stroller friendly. We would just like to do some shopping, eating, sightseeing etc. We will be carting around a 7 month old girl. Help us have a good time in the city of brotherly love.
posted by jasondigitized at 6:57 AM PST - 20 comments

501(c) status for non-us NGOs?

501(c) status for non-US NGOs? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments


A group of my friends have been challenged to an epic food fight. Please give me all your awesome suggestions, tips, and secrets for what we should use for ammunition. [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 6:35 AM PST - 47 comments

Quick Latin translation question.

Can anyone please provide a quick translation of the following Latin: "Quid, qui emissitios nusquam non iactat ocellos? Hoc agit ut pandas mors involet atra senestras." Many thanks.
posted by washburn at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Hotel Uniform November Tango

I'm creating a scavenger hunt for friends and family, and the first step for participants is to figure out what they're looking for through a series of riddles, codes, and puzzles. I'm looking for fun ways to encode or otherwise obfuscate the clues. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Custom Playing Cards

I'm looking to make a couple couple custom decks of playing cards. Google returns a ton of companies that do this. Does anyone have any personal experience and recommendations? And, any idea on what I can expect to pay?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:53 AM PST - 4 comments

How to stop nervous behaviors during conversation?

I've been told I'm a very good conversationalist, but when I talk to people, I often get nervous about silences. This leads to two problems: 1) I compulsively fill in silences with questions or comments, in a way that eventually exhausts me, and 2) if food's available, I tend to impulsively snack and mindlessly eat to have *something* constantly happening (admittedly I often am munching away even when there isn't a silence). Any tips on changing these behaviors?
posted by anonymous at 5:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Snip, shot, or something else?

Snip, shot, or something else? We need the sex but we don't need the baby. What's the most reliable - and permanent - form of birth control that's available with minimal pain / problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 AM PST - 36 comments

"Stillsuit, check. Thumper, check. Maker Hooks, check."

I am looking to be doing a charity trek across the Sahara desert in support of MacMillan Cancer Support next year and have several questions for the hive mind before I go ahead. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 5:06 AM PST - 3 comments

His Two Friends Were soooo Fine

Who sings the female vocals for Macarena by Los Del Rio? I would love to put a face to the voice and maybe get some more of her music. The music video is no help as it shows lots of different girls singing the part. I have searched Google periodically over the years but turned up nothing. I think she has such an "alluring" voice. Thanks.
posted by Ennui at 5:02 AM PST - 4 comments

generating tables using mako templates

Using a Mako template and CSS, I need to generate a m x n grid display from a variable length list of elements. [more inside]
posted by zippy at 4:01 AM PST - 7 comments

My first proper career choice...

Careerfilter: My first proper career choice... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 2:31 AM PST - 9 comments

What French-language comics would you recommend?

What French-language comics would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 1:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Suggestions for Top Hawaii Activities

Any suggestions for what the top Hawaii attractions are? Heading to Hawaii in a couple weeks with some friends. I wanted to get some feedback from people who actually have experienced some of the better attractions there. Aloha.
posted by omarpeppy at 1:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Treadmill versus running

Treadmills: is running on a running machine a good approximation of running for real? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:34 AM PST - 18 comments

A Few Questions About ESL in Korea

I'm going to be teaching in Korea soon, so I'm looking to ask people who have already done it (perhaps are currently doing it) a few burning questions. I've googled these questions extensively, but never found answers that were both unambiguous and current. [more inside]
posted by Chasuk at 12:54 AM PST - 4 comments

May 21

What are these bugs coming out at night and why do they die so fast?

What are these bugs coming out at night and why do they die so fast? [more inside]
posted by rintako at 11:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Attention chemists and nurses.

What chemical did I inject into myself, and will I be okay? [more inside]
posted by lostburner at 11:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me go hiking in the Dolomite Mountains

A friend and I are traveling to Italy at the end of June and will be going hiking in the Dolomite mountains. We plan to head out from Bolzano on one of the lifts and hike from rifugio to rifugio (and then back) for about 5 days, with the route to be chosen with help from the tourist office there. Has anyone done this and have 1) any specific advice on which trails to take; 2) recommendations for inexpensive lodging for our one night in Bolzano; 3) suggestions for what we should bring with us (keeping in mind that we want to travel light)?
posted by sumiami at 11:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Oh hello mid-life existential, identity crisis.

20 years old. 3rd year of college. Rejected from the design program I applied to. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt at 10:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Computing makes sense to me, until they do something completely stupid (or too fucking clever)

Dinovo Edge keyboard works fine in OS (Win7 x64 RC1 7100), certain keystrokes in Metafilter turn into extended keys (ie., é is (slash) `` (is shift comma), < (is backslash) ? (is shift-6). It`s a really simply thing I`m not getting, rightÉ (that accented E should have been a query). Or let me rephrase that; am I`m just being stupid and there`s a really simple fix for this and could you please tell me what that simple thing isÉ [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Tack for getting my yak sack back

What is the characteristic regeneration time for the stomach lining, after daily NSAIDs or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

help me help others

I would like to do overseas volunteer work for about a year, and am looking for program suggestions. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Chip off the ol' molar

How worried should I be about my chipped tooth? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 9:00 PM PST - 11 comments

A Visit to the Cream-Puff Factory

Help me remember the name of this short story I read in a humor anthology in the late 70's. I remember the title as "A Visit to the Cream-Puff Factory," but all my attempts to find it again have been unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by oozy rat in a sanitary zoo at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Online league score management: Does it exist?

I'm running a website for a large kickball league this summer. I want to give the coaches and commissioners and easy way to input scores to the site after each game. It's a WordPress site, but hand editing would be a pain. Is there a free league management tool online anyone can recommend? is down, which was what I was going to use. Any ideas for team score management? [more inside]
posted by mattoly at 8:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Broken legs suck, and so do totalled cars...

My best friend has a broken leg from a car accident and is very depressed. Need activity suggestions and advice on how I can encourage her to comply with her doctor's orders to keep any weight off the leg and keep her immobilizer on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Driving Time Google Map Mash Up?

Does a Google Maps (or other mapping service) mash-up exist that will show me the driving time to various places in a heat map type format? So basically what TripTop does for the NYC subway system, but for driving instead? [more inside]
posted by John Frum at 8:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Lost: I'm Lost!

Can someone tell me what the hell is happening on "Lost"? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 7:51 PM PST - 42 comments

Full home sound?

Four Airport Expresses to full listening environment? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Ethnic Jewelry in NYC?

I'm looking for a store in New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn, ideally) that sells ethnic and sterling silver jewelry. The store could have clothes, accessories, or art, but it should have a significant amount of jewelry for sale. Can anyone help me out? I'm of course googling on my own, but this is the kind of place you would know when you see it, and I can't walk all the streets of NYC. Thanks for any leads.
posted by tk at 6:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Historical tick data? Broad range of stocks?

I am looking for something similar to Reuters DataScope Tick History, or something that can provide historical data for thinly traded securities. Most importantly I would like to download this in a structured format so I can manipulate this. <$5k or something with student discounts would be a huge plus. I do not need a real-time feed. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 6:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Books that are a tease.

I'd like to read some mindless romance novels. I'm looking for books that have the drawn-out, difficult, possibly unrequited string-you-along love of a television series. [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U at 6:07 PM PST - 28 comments

How noisy are metal roofs?

Just how noisy is rain on a metal roof if you're not underneath it? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 5:59 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to shut down.

Work stress is killing me. Help me get my mind off work when I'm not at work? [more inside]
posted by drea at 5:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Which prepaid cell company to use?

PrepaidCellFilter: Two questions about prepaid cell plans: 1. Can I use a phone I buy off eBay with one of these plans, or is it essential to use the phones provided by the carrier? 2. If I'm mostly interested in texting, which prepaid cell provider would be the best for me? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 5:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Gomorrah movie

Movie Filter: Where can I find a copy of the recent Italian mobster flick "Gomorrah". Digital copy or US format of the DVD.
posted by cheechman85 at 5:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I transfer voice-mail messages to my PC ?

I am curious to know if I can transfer phone mail messages to my PC as MP3 files ? [more inside]
posted by therealshell at 5:34 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I rewrite the image paths on my web server?

How can I rewrite the image paths on my web server? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Buying original art in china

I will be in Shanghai and Beijing for 2 weeks. What are the best places to look for and buy original chinese art? [more inside]
posted by typography at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Midweek SF Brunch?

What's a yummy brunch place in San Francisco that'll be open on a Tuesday morning?
posted by Maia at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any major downsides to becoming a human garbage disposal?

Are there any downsides to becoming a human garbage disposal? I'm tired of composting and/or throwing out vegetable material. Would there be any seriously ill effects if I just started eating all of the vegetal "waste," i.e. peels, rinds, seeds, myself? What about egg shells?
posted by mrgrimm at 4:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Bikes and such.

I want a motorcycle, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 4:12 PM PST - 40 comments

Why can't I transfer files over a network?

Why can't I access the C drive via crossover connection? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Polyglotfilter: How do I keep track of all these languages in my brain?

Polyglotfilter: How do I keep track of all these languages in my brain? In short: I'm at various stages of each language, though some are on "pause" for the moment. What are the best methods for continuing my progress in each, without mixing them up? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

What would cause computer to not finish booting after power surge?

What would cause computer to not finish booting after power surge? [more inside]
posted by HenryGale at 2:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for piano movers.

Please recommend (or warn me against) a piano mover in the city of Chicago. I need to move my sister's baby grand piano about two miles from her townhouse (Bucktownish) to my first floor condo (Boys' Town). We pretty much can't ask our friends to do this for beer and brats.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I get Wodka Gorbatschow in Chicago?

Where can I get Wodka Gorbatschow in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I *have* to put my son on my car insurance?

How mandatory is insurance for a family member with a license who won't be driving...? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 2:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Unsure as to how I should proceed.

The place I work may be going under. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 13 comments

help me figure out what this system process is doing

What is this system process (WinXP): "bcmdeviceandtaskstatusservice.exe" ? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What Church is this?

What church is this in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I walk to Golden Gate Fields?

Can I walk to Golden Gate Fields? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes at 1:54 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of jobs to apply for with a graduate degree in journalism?

What kind of jobs should my friend be applying for with a Master's degree in journalism and alot of "web 2.0" experience? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Rustic relaxtion ...

Looking for some U.S. rustic beach / hiking options for mid-July. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Any recommendations for a helpful mental health practitioner person in the area of Portland, Oregon?

Any recommendations for a helpful mental health practitioner person in the area of Portland, Oregon? After a few stressful months of medication issues, my boyfriend and I have lost a lot of faith in our psychiatrist, and are looking for additional forms of help and advice, whether a therapist, counselor, or even just a different psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by brisquette at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Xbox 360 game suggestions?

Just looking for some suggestions on a new shooter type Xbox 360 game for someone that plays occasionally. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 1:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Preventing brain auto-pilot?

How can I stop my brain switching to auto-pilot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Series of books about WWI pilots

I once heard about a series of novels about WWI pilots in the vein of the Aubrey-Maturin series, or Flashman. Might have had "Hell" in the title. It was basically about a bunch of crazy guys who knew that they had a good chance of dying. IIRC, the commander of the group had to justify buying silk scarves for the pilots to keep their necks from chafing. Any ideas?
posted by nushustu at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Satisfy my salty-sweet tooth!

What are your favorite salty/sweet food combinations? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 12:40 PM PST - 118 comments

Health insurance question

Health insurance question: my insurance benefit ran out for a recurring doctor's visit. The doctor knew this - I didn't - and they kept accepting my copay as if nothing had changed. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Hang out the shingle or get more experience first?

I just graduated from law school on Sunday. I want to open my own law firm and practice criminal law after I pass the Oregon bar. But how can I get up to speed fast enough that I don't give my new clients poor legal services? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 12:10 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I work out an average spend?

ExcelFilter: I want to calculate an average food spend, but the days I buy food are irregular throughout the month. How can I draw up a table/graph that gives an average based on a date and amount (for OpenOfficeCalc)? [more inside]
posted by Gisela at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Rapha - worth the money?

Experiences with Rapha cyling gear? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

I need to be less odd. How?

I want to stop being seen as odd or eccentric. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 48 comments

Best way to do graphs in LaTex?

What the best way to put two-coordinate graphs in a LaTex document? [more inside]
posted by mai at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

I'd prefer the Old Lace

Are my pressure-treated raised vegetable beds permanently toxic? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 11:31 AM PST - 9 comments

NYC subway station coordinates?

Where can I find a listing of the coordinates (latitude, longitude) of all the New York City subway stations?
posted by lupefiasco at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

The Best Possible Prayer(s) You Can Think Of

Spiritual-filter: What general prayers would you recommend to use on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 11:03 AM PST - 37 comments

Can I help my therapist?

My psychotherapist's husband is very ill, perhaps dying. I have a strong relationship with my therapist, but we have always maintained clear doctor/patient boundaries. What (if anything) can I do to offer support without overstepping the boundaries of our relationship?
posted by anonymous at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Relatively inexpensive high-quality kitchen cabinets?

Inexpensive (relatively), high-quality kitchen cabinets? My Husband is a wood worker who doesn't have time to build a whole kitchen's worth of cabinets. But being a woodworker, he is particular about cabinets (see desired attributes inside). We have been quoted approximately $23,000 for our kitchen (which is a fairly normal sized, middle class level kitchen). $23,000 seems excessive to me. We are in the Bay Area. Any thoughts about where we can buy high-quality cabinets (as described) at a lower price either in a store in the Bay Area or online would be appreciated [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 10:31 AM PST - 29 comments

Considering studying genetics

My best friend is considering a career in genetics and would welcome guidance, advice and anecdotes on schools/ jobs. [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Vista or Windows 7?

Vista or Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 10:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Alternatives to boat trips in Cairns, for snorkeling?

Alternatives to boat trips in Cairns? [more inside]
posted by choochoo at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a new barbeque grill.

So....I need a new barbeque grill. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 9:47 AM PST - 27 comments

How do casinos in Las Vegas get their glasses back?

How do casinos in Las Vegas get their glasses back when you walk them down the strip? [more inside]
posted by hutta at 9:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Dizziness that can't be explained. Any ideas?

I woke up feeling dizzy this morning, but the doctor can't find anything wrong. Any ideas? Read on for more info. [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 9:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me find some decent eggs.

When given the choice between grocery store free range eggs or local battery cage eggs, which is a better choice? [more inside]
posted by scarello at 8:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Cleaning -- and un-holying -- my mirrors

A couple of my mirrors at home have stubborn, sticky stains from drips of a resin-y oil. How can I shift them? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:53 AM PST - 18 comments

The Art of Giving... Art

I made a drawing. I want to give it to my parents. How do I tell them it's okay if they don't hang it on their fridge? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

What's are these bits of residue that drift down out of my ceiling vent?

What are these brownish-blackish floaty smudgy bits that drift down out of my ceiling vent at work? Is the stuff dangerous? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Facilitator Guide Template

Need a template for a facilitator's guide I'm creating. [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Apple Sours

Apple Genius Bar not so Genius - I bought my macbook back in 2004 and recently took it into the London Apple store for help with a software problem. [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Can't stay full!

I'm trying to watch what I eat, but I'm hungry all the time! What should I eat to help curb the hunger? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 8:13 AM PST - 44 comments

Help a vegetarian lose weight!

Smart fitness people help a vegetarian lose weight! Is there a veggie atkins? Other suggestions wanted! Rambling details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 8:01 AM PST - 17 comments

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

How to you curb your desire for material goods? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 7:39 AM PST - 38 comments

Oh honey, honey, sugar sugar ..

I have a quantity of local raw honey that is crystallizing. I know I can boil the mason jars to send the sugar back into solution, but how do I handle the plastic honey bear? I don't want to lose any of that sweet goodness.
posted by Talia Devane at 7:29 AM PST - 14 comments

No, we don't watch it just for the crashes

How is collateral damage from rallying handled? [more inside]
posted by Ickster at 7:24 AM PST - 2 comments

You can show it but not say it?

NSFW question about adult films... [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the ramifications when a real estate disclosure is misleading, and nasty surprises are revealed after sale?

What happens when you buy a house with an unfortunate history (suicide) that has been disclosed, but no one bothers to tell you that the victim's blood is hidden under the new carpeting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 43 comments

Music - Rockin Rockin Music

Why don't I pay attention to lyrics? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 7:01 AM PST - 39 comments

Leave two separate tips?

Why are there two lines to leave a tip at Trader Vic's? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 6:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Cultural Data Project

NFPFinanceFilter: my state arts council is about to start requiring use of the Pew Trusts Cultural Data Project. Has anyone used this yet? Any tips or warnings before I start in on the onerous task of entering two years of financial data? Thanks.
posted by nax at 6:08 AM PST - 0 comments

Ads that pay per view

What ad agencies pay you for page impressions vs. clicks? I have an idea for a site that will provide a very useful free service and then present users with a 5 second screen where the service will be delivered - I need to fill that space! [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 6:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Birdwatching over IP?

I love my mom, and she loves birds. I want to put her bird feeder online so she can watch it at work. Is a networked webcam what I'm looking for? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by fake at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments


I would like to dowwnload a registry cleaner, but find all the comparisons seem to be sponsored by a software company trying to sell THEIR cleaner, which of course, is "the best" of those compared. Is there a truly independent comparison I can refer to? Or, is RegCure REALLY the best one to try or do they just have a huge marketing budget!?? My problem is the stupid flash player ver 10 won't download properly, and I'm hoping a reg cleaner will help. Anyone know?
posted by bbfunluvingal at 6:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Need advice on rebuilding a stripped-down audio recording studio

I want to (re)build a small, mostly digital studio in my office. I write and play mostly indy pop, typically using no more than 16 tracks with a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments. Although I have a ton of gear, most of that will remain in boxes. I'm going for a smallish singer/songwriter production suite. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 6:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Why does this ice shatter?

Question for a friend: "When we make ice in ice cube trays w/our local spring water, it doesn't come out in whole cubes like it does when we use tap water. It fractures. Is this because of the high mineral content? What's going on and can you explain why?"
posted by Pressed Rat at 5:33 AM PST - 9 comments

London doesnt have Diet Snapple!!

One of the only things I miss in London is diet Snapple ice tea (or Lipton version). I cant seem to find the diet versions of many drinks which are readily available in the US. Does anyone know a source (pref. online where I can order a case or two, not trade where I need to buy a van ful)
posted by london302 at 4:08 AM PST - 8 comments

How to master ________ cooking on a tight budget?

I need to eat cheaply. Can I do so while extending my cooking ability in a specific direction? What cuisines, categories, or focuses can my home cooking pinpoint while living on a budget? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 3:52 AM PST - 23 comments

Who wrote the donut song?

My Dad used to sing a song about donuts. I've never heard the original, but am keen to find it. Vague recollections of lyrics below. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Information Society

Is there an equivalent to free web metrics sites like Quantcast and Compete for the UK & Europe? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 2:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Volvo V40 shaking at 60-70mph

I own a 2001 Volvo V40 that done 109000 miles. It has developed a fault that I am having difficulty identifying. When reaching speeds of 60mph to 70 mph the car is shaking badly when the engine is under power, it stops when you ease back the accelerator even if maintaining the same speed. Up to 50/55mph it is not evident. I have had all wheels rebalanced and new tyres on the front, the rear are also in good condition. Swapping them round made no difference. Can anybody point me in the right direction?
posted by oxide at 2:10 AM PST - 13 comments

May 20

Popping the news!

Help me and my new fiancé tell our friends and family the news in creative and fun ways! [more inside]
posted by pised at 11:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Where is Morestuff?

Point me towards realistic, gentle, lightly comedic, probably viewed as boring to some, human relationship oriented anime. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:41 PM PST - 25 comments

is there a word for daily or weekly anniversaries?

latinfilter: My turkey poults arrived at my house two weeks ago today. How can I express the special meaning of this day with one word? I am looking for a word that is equivalent to 'anniversary', but for weeks instead of years. [more inside]
posted by csw at 9:55 PM PST - 11 comments

If you were a Martian teaching another Martian Spanish, how would you do it?

Do you have any good resources/tips for a beginning free-lance Spanish tutor? [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:51 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this robot-girl-filled anime?

Can you help me identify this anime? I only saw maybe ten minutes of it, more than a decade ago, and I can't figure out what it was. [more inside]
posted by cheesegrater at 9:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I just a victim of inept bureaucracy? Can I do anything?

I have had a perfect storm of bureaucratic screwups take $400 and many hours of my life from me. Can I get my money back? I've been fighting up to now with no success so I don't even know who or what to do anymore. Help! (Companies involved: AAA, DMV, LA Parking Violations Bureau) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 8:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me avoid Memorial Day weekend eastern seaboard gridlock!

Traveling Baltimore to Boston Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Help! Best time to leave Baltimore to avoid gridlock? (I'm flexible) Best or alternate routes?
posted by inkyr2 at 8:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Removing melted/burned plastic from Stainless Steel Pan

How do I convince my wife- and myself- that I've removed all the melted, burned plastic from the inside of our All-Clad Stainless saucepan? Trying to de-crystallize honey we keep in a plastic squeeze bottle, I inadvertently left it and a couple cups of water in the pan on low overnight. In the morning it was a delightfully bubbling mass of brown goo. I've scrubbed the pan and now there's no tactile or visible residue. Still... is it safe to use this pan?
posted by carterk at 8:17 PM PST - 22 comments

How Can I Negotiate with AT&T?

How Can I Negotiate With AT&T? Anyone else with experience dealing with AT&T? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What is a good, inexpensive option for light therapy in Scotland?

Where can I find a sun lamp (or something similar) for a reasonable price that can be shipped to Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Minding the gap year...

I am at a crossroads in my life... I am a mid-20 something teacher at a high needs district. The stress is getting to me after only a couple of years. Help me decide whether or not to take a gap year. [more inside]
posted by karyotypical at 7:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Sudden mysterious spreading of old bald spot (scar)!?

I'm a healthy 26 year old female, who suddenly has a spreading bald spot from an old chemical burn. I haven't found much googling and I'll see a dr. in about a month. [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Travel San Antonio

San Antonio this weekend: stuff to do, restaurants, etc. Tell me all! [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 6:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me launch my boat

I've nearly completed building my first boat and would like to get it in the water. I know that I can take my boating license online, but how do I get a "hull number" or some sort of registration for the boat (assuming this is needed)? I am located in Toronto, Ontario.
posted by glider at 6:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How long can I keep soaked beans?

I soaked some beans, and then put them in a tupperware in the fridge. How long will they hold this way?
posted by TigerCrane at 6:29 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I expect after abdominal surgery?

I just found out I need major surgery, and I've got some questions... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 21 comments

how do i address possible memory/cognitive issues with my doctor?

as a twenty-something, how do i address possible memory/cognitive issues with a doctor without both of us thinking i'm crazy? or am i crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to find Diet Mt. Dew in NJ?

Where can I buy Diet Mountain Dew in cases in/around northeast New Jersey (as close as possible to Scotch Plains)? I can't even seem to find it in 2L bottles, but I'm really looking for the 36-can cases. [more inside]
posted by ThyroidBob at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

What do you do with a long layover in Manilla?

How do I kill 12 hours in Manilla? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 5:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Comforting words for close friends.

Searching for short poetry (or prose?) appropriate to send 2 close friends who have had sudden family deaths shake their foundations. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:12 PM PST - 19 comments

How to learn Hebrew in the Boston area?

My daughter, a first-year college student, wants to learn Hebrew, but doesn't want to take it at college. Any thoughts on whether it's better to take an on-line course or to take an instructor-led course? And are there any good resources, preferably in the northwest area of Boston? She speaks French pretty well, so she's had some experience in learning languages. We'd appreciate any advice.
posted by jackmcc at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my Mom

So, say you find out that your employer has been using a program to record your keystrokes. Is this illegal? [more inside]
posted by citizngkar at 4:57 PM PST - 25 comments

MMMMM Steak.

Where did my husband and I eat dinner in Covent Garden, London? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 4:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Normalize my photos!

Is there any software that will allow me to get a series of photos (taken from roughly the same vantage point) to "match"? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

That weird mega man dying video on youtube

I remember a year ago this strange, japanese video on youtube that featured mega man dying. It was all him dying of the stupidest things, all the ways you can die and some stuff added from the "otaku" scene or whatever. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Walk home from dinner or carry a lunch?

Okay to walk back to our hotel (Riverfront Residence Inn) from Simpatica (Portland, Or) on a Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 3:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Less Cops?

How do bands in cities practice? I've got the band, I need the space. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 3:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Convert Webex recordings to something useful?

How can I convert the WebEx recording format called ARF into something I can actually use? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 3:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Why do I sometimes find hair that is black at root but white at the tip?

Occasionally, I will find one or two hairs that are white at the tip but black (my normal hair color) at the root/base - the bottom 2-3cm of hair will be black, the top will be white. What's going on here? I've not noticed this happen anywhere on my body but ... down there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How far do you go before you call it quits?

How far do you go before you call it quits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I still sign up for COBRA?

I lost my job, got a new job, now I'm quiting that job, am I still eligible for COBRA from my previous job? And if I am, should I sign up for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 2 comments

That Red Hat is awfully expensive!

Is paying for a RHEL subscription worth it, or should we just go with CentOS? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to rent a skimboard in or around Malibu, CA?

Where can I rent a skimboard for the day in Malibu, California? Where is the best beach to do it? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Where should I watch the Champions League Final in Baton Rouge?

What's the best place to watch the UEFA Champions League Final in Baton Rouge? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 2:43 PM PST - 2 comments

How to open an image with an invalid jpeg marker type?

I was sent a CD of images today, however none of them will open in any application I have. I'm getting an unknown or invalid jpeg marker type message. Does anyone know a way around this? [more inside]
posted by seaweed at 2:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a speedier Hard Drive

I'd like to upgrade to a speedier HD for gaming, as I'd like to eliminate some lag in the texture loading. Could someone help me understand the performance difference between two drives? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Procedure Writing Help Needed

Looking for software or document templates of some kind to make writing up informal procedures at work easier. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can we find interesting men's clothing in the Boston area?

We're looking for more than just jeans and polo shirts - but where? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Did Keynes really say this?

Did Keynes really say, "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."? [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 2:00 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to share the laughs

Please help me find this cartoon where a son changed his grade. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 1:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Illustrator Pencil Tool Help

Is there a way to change the options for the PENCIL TOOL in ILLUSTRATOR so that it just draws a new line once you pick it up and put it down again - (no matter how close you are to the previously drawn line)? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Need to find a company to fix my credit score and rating.

Need to find a company to fix my credit score and rating. I didn't understand years back when I had a credit card and kind of messed it up. Please help. [more inside]
posted by minsid at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

FSI German recordings

FSI language courses: is this a particular accent, or just the tape? So I'm going through the Foreign Service Institue German program, available online here, and I'm wondering if the speakers on the audio portion have a particular accent or if their pronunciations pretty much the most common. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

How much power can an HP9000E provide?

[ElectricalGeneratorFilter] Does anyone have a spec sheet for an HP9000E generator? [more inside]
posted by trokair at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off?

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting a night train reservation

Need help making a reservation on the night train from Naples to Venice. [more inside]
posted by bajema at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Marin Car Rentals Accessible Via San Francisco Public Transport

I'm thinking of flying into San Francisco (SFO), renting a car, driving up the coast, and flying home from Portland. I'll spend a few days in the city before heading north. I want to avoid renting the car either at the airport or in the city. (This is a fun trip. Driving in San Francisco is never fun for me.) I've rented before from a small Hertz shop within walking distance of the ferry landing in Sausalito. Are there other rental car shops within equally easy reach from public transportation or a cab from the city into Marin?
posted by justcorbly at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Africa as a country

I'm looking for instances of Africa being referred to as a country, or at least as culturally/nationally homogeneous. Pictures/diagrams/video clips would be ideal.
posted by Dr. Send at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

The Old Scary Black Wire

Is it worth the effort to get Verizon to come out and update the external phone wiring, specifically, I don't have "the gray box" (NID) [more inside]
posted by nnk at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I use my PC's DVD drive from my netbook?

Does software exist which will allow me to use my PC's DVD drive as an external USB drive for my netbook? [more inside]
posted by whir at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to cure my lower-left back pain.

I have pain in my lower-left back and occasionally in my left groin area. Does anyone who has had a similar problem know stretches or yoga techniques that will permanently alleviate this pain? [more inside]
posted by jasonmdennis at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Evening language courses in Chicago

Recommendations for foreign language evening classes in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

iPhone + Prius - Bluetooth

How can I connect my iPhone to my 2005 Prius? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Can someone recommend a good oral surgeon/and or place to get wisdom teeth removed in Bangkok?

Can someone recommend a good oral surgeon/and or place to get wisdom teeth removed in Bangkok? [more inside]
posted by bertrandom at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help me find skin-friendly earphones

I love my in-ear headphones (regular old Creative EP-630s). Unfortunately, I've always been prone to -- TMI warning -- pimples and blackheads inside my ears, and these are exacerbating the problem. What kind of headphones should I switch to? [more inside]
posted by Ildeth at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

He is literally making me sick.

How to stop from getting physically ill from post-breakup stress? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:57 AM PST - 19 comments

you want me to wash my hair with this?

Why does the shower head only come up to my chest? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 11:46 AM PST - 30 comments


How do people transmit that positive energy that makes you like them.
posted by page123 at 11:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Have they landed?

Weird-bug-filter? What's THIS? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 11:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Put a "star" on our "tree"!

Your suggestions for lighting the top of a 50 ft. sculpture being displayed at our state fair? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 11:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me choose the best domain name to use for my new bartering classified site.

Please help me choose the best domain name to use for my new bartering classified site. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 10:51 AM PST - 24 comments

What is the name of this short film about a strange radio station?

[NameThatMovieFilter] I'm looking for the name of a short film about a radio station that sends out a mysterious signal. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

30,000 dollars. Pay off loans or put it away?

So, I have about 25,000 I'm about to receive a bit from a settlement. With additional savings I have, I will actually have about $30,000 total.This is basically all my money, period- other than that I live hand to mouth. I also owe about 10,000 in student loans. I'd really like to get rid of those loans. However, would it actually make more sense to put my money in a high yielding savings account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Putting all my eggs in a basket.

I'm going to be away from a computer for a couple years and am tangled in every corner of the internet. What should I do to insure it's all here when I get back? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

IBM Websphere Portal vs Microsoft SharePoint?

IBM Websphere Portal vs Microsoft SharePoint: which is less loathsome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Question about insurance and male fertility

Me and my wife have been trying to get pregnant for over a year with no success. She has had tests and found out she might have trouble getting pregnant. She wants me to get my sperm tested for fertility, as well. The problem is that she has insurance, but I do not. What are my options for testing, and how much are they likely to cost? If we both go to a fertility doctor, is it possible that her insurance will cover getting me tested?
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

I am trying to trust him

Am I totally off-base regarding trust issues with my boyfriend? Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Secure(-ish) online mp3 player?

Need an MP3 player for a website that won't expose the actual MP3 files for people to download. [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me be a stronger person

I work out at home. I'd like to add some free weights to my workout routine, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by misha at 10:06 AM PST - 20 comments

If I purchase a book on a kindle, is it wrong for me to let a friend install it on her kindle after I am done reading it?

Ethics question: If I purchase a book on a kindle, is it wrong for me to let a friend install it on her kindle after I am done reading it? People do this with paper books all the time... is it ethically wrong to do it on a kindle? [more inside]
posted by stilly at 10:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Speeding tickets inside construction zones

Are the lowered speed limits enforced after a construction job is finished? Read on for a better explanation. [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 10:02 AM PST - 16 comments


Can you help me solve this picture puzzle from Roland Soong's Eastsouthwestnorth website? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

how to host a fun trivia-games party

What do you think makes a really fun trivia/quiz game? If you were hosting an at-home trivia party how would you go about it? I need resources for making this a good time for about twenty people.
posted by pipti at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

back it up, back it up

Can a virus on my desktop infect my external HD? Solutions needed for backing up data on a computer I'm about to nuke. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Lost my Brazilian Entrance Form

I´ve managed to lose my Brazilian tourist immigration card (Cartao de Entrada, i think). It´s two white forms stapled together, which was stamped along with my passport when i entered Brazil at Foz de Iguassu border. What should I expect when I fly out of Rio de Janeiro intenational airport next week? What can I do to sort this problem out?
posted by ashaw at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my health insurance a rip-off?

Is my health insurance a rip-off? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 9:10 AM PST - 35 comments

Faster way to upload to Amazon S3?

Is there another way to upload ~15GB of data to Amazon S3 besides my slow DSL line? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Is this wise / How unwise is this?

Should I take out a car loan? I live in an expensive country but it looks like I'm about to get a steady job with a decent salary. My partner too. We're about to make the move from student style living to normal life and I want to finally buy a decent car that will last a while. But I'm not sure if taking out a loan on a car is a good idea, especially when the car won't increase in value. [more inside]
posted by dance at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

What happens if my kids think they're poor when they're really not?

How will living well below our means affect the lives of our future children? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 8:16 AM PST - 56 comments

Help me help you know what I'm doing.

I'm walking to raise funds for an institution that provides health care to children and I want to set up an online page or site to let donors know of my progress live on the day of the event. How can I do that as painlessly as possible? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Caring for cockatiels

We just got new cockatiels and we need all the help and advice we can get. [more inside]
posted by asras at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Web Script to process incoming email on IIS?

Looking for a way for a website to process an incoming email on an IIS 7 server (PHP, .Net, or Classic ASP) [more inside]
posted by Mick at 7:39 AM PST - 2 comments

What do I need to know before attending a quinceañera?

My SO's sister is turning 15 in a few weeks and her parents have planned an extravagant quinceañera. I've never been to one before, and I'm pretty excited to go! I just have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by geekchic at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Summer chillin'.

I'd like to install an air-conditioner to cool a 200 sq ft. bedroom. Problem is, the bedroom is fitted with crank-style casement windows, rather than sash windows with an opening for a rectangular air-conditioner. Will I have to endure the summer heat, or do I have options? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Medieval flash game

Looking for a flash game from a few years ago that was a kind of top-down view of battles, where you set your army up in formation at one side of a grid, and command them to do different tasks. The enemy is at the other side of the grid. IIRC it was medieval-esque, but possibly as you progressed through the game, you might have traveled forward through time as well. [more inside]
posted by Petrot at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

PLEASE help us get a better nights sleep!

How can we make our mattress firmer and give us a better night's sleep? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Help I hate my job and myself

How can I find the right job for me? I used to be reasonably satisfied in my current job, but lately things have been turning sour. I've never really gone out looking for a new job while I had a current one. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

How to save emails offline and maintain a good organizational system?

OutlookFilter: we've been instructed to clean out our work e-mail. My co-worker has been using her e-mail as an effective filing system. Is there a way that she can both a) download the emails to her hard drive and b) maintain an interface that allows her to organize the e-mails by date, subject, sender, etc.? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 6:51 AM PST - 5 comments

What cartoon was this?

Can you help me find out the animated short I saw in the late 1990s on SPACE (the Canadian SciFi Channel)? [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante at 6:48 AM PST - 0 comments

Endless Chatter

Talking on my Blackberry while it was plugged into the charger did weird and horrible things to the battery (battery started bulging a bit and voltage changes made my phone crash a lot), and so I bought a new battery and refrain from doing that. Must I avoid doing this with my iPhone as well or is this problem a quirk related to how Blackberries operate while in charging mode? I have unlimited minutes on my cell plan, other than battery talk-time limits...
posted by Fupped Duck at 6:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Document mis-management?

How can I convince a document management vendor to stop embracing 100 DPI / JPG as a universal format for scanned documents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I use regular drill bits in a bit brace?

ToolFilter: Can I use regular drill bits in a bit brace? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Like I Need Another Hole In My Head.

No Insurance-Filter: I suspect I need some minor dental work done, where can I get it done cheaply and quickly in NYC? Caveat: No Insurance, but some savings. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 6:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Body Weight Set Point

How to lose that stubborn, unwanted 5-7 pounds? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 5:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Whats you best Italian recipe?

italiancookingfilter: give me your best Italian recipe - can be authentic Italian or Italian-American...doesn't matter one way or another! [more inside]
posted by knockoutking at 4:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Design Dunce.

Adobe Filter: Please help me with my graphic design woes. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Will my spouse be deported?

YouAreNotMyImmigrationLawyer-filter: How likely is it that my spouse will be deported for this crime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Where is that hole in my garden coming from?

Something is digging in my garden, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 4:22 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I ease my body into liking exercising again?

I decided to exercise! Hurrah! So I bought me a skipping rope and decided to start jogging. Unfortunately, my body is not liking the idea (especially my knees). Help? [more inside]
posted by veol at 2:36 AM PST - 19 comments

What is this movie?

Name this movie filter - trying to find a movie set in a hospital where all the staff are children, but what is it called? [more inside]
posted by eclecticlibrary at 2:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an online spectacles retailer (UK) that will make lenses to a very strong prescription.

Looking for an online spectacles retailer (UK) that will make lenses to a very strong prescription. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Coverage of domino day? (not that one, Lotus!)

Where can we get extended TV coverage of Domino Day in the UK? (and fun ideas pertaining to Domino Day) ... [more inside]
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 2:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Exporting graphics to make an animation in Final Cut?

I'm attempting to make an animation by exporting graphics from Photoshop into Final Cut. The dimensions of the image are fitting, but I think the format of the graphic is making it appear pixelated in Final Cut. What file format should I be saving it as before I import it into Final Cut? (pngs and jpgs are failing, rather predictably).
posted by nextian_geometry at 2:05 AM PST - 5 comments

I love stationery! Help me learn to make my own!

I love stationery and letterpress and prints and graphic design generally and, for fun, I'd love to learn to make my own. Right now, I spend a lot of my down time oohing and aahing over pretty paper products on Etsy and at Design Sponge. I make my own party invites, cards, gift tags and wrap - but just in a cobbled together kind of way. I'd dearly love to learn to design and print lovely things like this and this and this. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 1:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Basic image editing question

Basic image editing question [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 1:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Hilarious Shakespeare?

What is the funniest scene in a Shakespeare play? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:56 AM PST - 28 comments

How many ties does the typical Metrosexual own?

How many ties should I own? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 12:01 AM PST - 27 comments

May 19

Employment contracts are all take and no give?

How do you balance employee rights vs company needs in an employment contract? [more inside]
posted by tracicle at 11:59 PM PST - 13 comments

application that will allow you to record itunes radio stations

Is there an application that will allow you to record itunes radio stations? If not please help me find a simple to use preferably free app that will allow me to either record from the web page or from another app winmedia winamp etc. If there is a firefox plugin or grease monkey script that would be great also. Please only post apps you used or are using now. [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting at 11:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me explore and conquer the final frontier.

Trying to remember the name of a spaceship video game from the late 90s to early oughts. [more inside]
posted by cabbages at 11:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Automatically connect to VPN on specific wireless network?

Is there a way to automatically connect to a vpn upon connecting to a specific wireless network (preferably in Windows 7)? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 10:44 PM PST - 0 comments

How to not get kicked off the beach for camping?

Where can I find public access beach camping in Washington State? [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Volunteering in DC

I'm a 20 year old male in the DC area (I live near East Falls Church Metro) with a pretty significant amount of free time on my hands for at least the next three months. I don't have a car, and can't drive. I'm looking to do something that will improve other people's lives. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 10:02 PM PST - 11 comments


WordMacroFilter: So my new boss is great but he has some crazy grammar and wordsmithing quirks. I received a list (no joke) of the edits he wants to see of documents that come to his desk (use affect instead of impact, effect instead of impacts, etc). I'd like to create a Microsoft Word Macro that will automate the task. [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

French-speaking university for a student from the U.S.?

What are some universities which teach in French that a student from the U.S. should consider? (Especially in Quebec.) [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter at 9:36 PM PST - 6 comments


What should I use to catch bottle caps? [more inside]
posted by erikgrande at 8:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do we care?

Why do we feel bad about hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by Taurid at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Where Da Good Wo'Pop, Citizen?

In Which LT Hits Up The Metaverse For More Musical Goodness.... [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I break up with my smoker girlfriend?

My girlfriend and I have been together for about five years. When we first got together, I knew that she smoked, but she said she planned on quitting smoking altogether and I believed her. Not only do I find smoking offensive but I also have pretty severe asthma, which means that I cannot be anywhere near smoke. Is this hopeless? Should I just break up with her, since smoking seems to be the glue that hold her whole life together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 PM PST - 41 comments

Contact Info Help

How do I get someone's contact info without having to pay a service like LinkedIn for their e-mail address? [more inside]
posted by MTheresa at 7:41 PM PST - 13 comments

How to expat myself and my family?

I'm 35, an attorney, and married with 3 children, and want to move myself and my family to Europe (preferably Germany) for the experience. My preference is to work for the U.S. Government overseas, as that seems the easiest transition, but positions are not easy to come by. Any ideas?
posted by gm2007 at 7:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Please to be my party planner?

Where should 5 or 6 people go in Chicago for birthday dinner/drinks this Saturday? Some of us are not yet of legal drinking age. Further requirements/preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 6:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Are FHA loans ok for older homes?

I'm selling my home. I have an offer on the table, but my realtor seems a little cautious about it because it's an FHA loan. Should I be concerned about accepting the offer since my home is older? [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 6:24 PM PST - 20 comments

What everyday objects can I turn into nifty bracelets?

My girlfriend really likes bracelets made from ordinary objects. She has a fork bracelet and a bike chain bracelet already. What are other objects that I could turn into bracelets for her? Or, alternatively, what are some cool Etsy shops that make cool bracelets out of everyday stuff? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 6:19 PM PST - 29 comments

adding floor fans to a ac

Can a 3ton ac intake be incresed by adding floor fans to the intake? [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I fatten up my Kindergartner?

My six-year-old son takes a stimulant medication, and going off it is not an option. In the two months he's been taking it, he's lost a considerable amount of weight. Have any of you faced this with your kids or yourself, and if so, what did you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Japanese conversation practice with a native speaker in the Portland, OR area (or maybe Skype)?

Japanese conversation practice with a native speaker in the Portland, OR area (or maybe Skype)? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Recovery time after median nerve was manipulated during wrist surgery?

How long after your median nerve was manipulated during wrist surgery were your fingers numb? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Soul mates splitting

How to say goodbye to someone you love? [more inside]
posted by Direwolf at 4:17 PM PST - 23 comments

I suck at buying birthday presents. Please help me find a book on home businesses!

I need to find a helpful book about starting home businesses for my friend. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 4:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Electonics Store in Vancouver area?

Where in Vancouver/Fraser Valley can I find a good warehouse-type electronics store. Not looking for a Future Shop or Best Buy, anything with fancy display rooms or even carpet on the floor. Looking for something more similar to NCIX (thanks Emanuel from previous AskMeFi question), which I think is like Tiger Direct. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook at 4:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Is this credit counseling scam worth it?

DebtFilter: I've been paying a credit counseling company (law firm, actually) $60 a month for the past three years to make my minimum payments to the credit card companies I owe. They lowered my annual interest rate to an average of 10% and threaten that if I cancel their service, my interest rates will reset. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me rock harder than I already do.

Recording software/hardware filter: I wanna rock even harder than I already do... Give me some technical advise. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 3:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is there no protein-fortified beer?

Looking for vegetarian high-protein food ideas. More restrictions inside, but in summary: everything that has lots of protein is gross! [more inside]
posted by dame at 3:19 PM PST - 50 comments

Wordpress can't save.

Wordpress- When trying to save a post, I get redirected to my public blog page. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 3:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Canadian Indie radio?

Where can I listen to Canadian Indie radio, online? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 3:12 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I respond to an EEOC complaint?

I am indicated but not named in an EEOC complaint for which my employer is the Respondent. The complaint is about me, and I am probably named in the supporting documentation that I am not privy to as yet. What do I need to do/what is my personal liability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to be the only one to know if something's wrong.

Can I get 1 blood test for 100s of possible problems, anonymously?? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

nom nom nom

Is there a good online form which will allow me to contact my NY state senators and encourage them to vote in favor of the gay marriage bill that's coming up? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Sculptor / artist who creates lifelike horror / alien scenes?

Sculptor / artist who creates lifelike horror / alien scenes? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Vintage Stores with Permanently Inlaid Sidewalk Logos?

Vintage Stores with Permanently Inlaid Sidewalk Logos? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis at 2:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Connecting a really old laptop to an airport express wireless network

How can I get my old Gateway laptop to connect to the Airport Express wireless network? [more inside]
posted by elysenavidad at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Videos of plays?

Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
posted by prior at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to get an interview?

What can I do to get an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 24 comments

US bank account outside the US

Assuming I'm a US citizen with no bank account, what's the best way to obtain a debit card, bank account, or credit card within the US? I'll need it for online ID verification, online ordering, paypal, and the other standard slough of uses a debit card is good for. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the story with brown chicken livers?

What's the story with brown chicken livers? There always seem to be some in the carton, mixed in with red ones. They seem spongier. Are they lower in quality? Should I toss them?
posted by markcmyers at 1:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Cheating, pending divorce...does it get any better?

How to deal with a cheating wife? very sad story.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 PM PST - 81 comments

Train ethusiasists - help me identify this railroad lantern

I have this old train lantern - not in very good condition - but I'm curious about it. The only printing I see is on the button you push to open the lantern and it says "Handlan St.Louis." I've found out a little bit about the Handlan company but I'm looking for more. Can someone more knowledgeable than I tell me about this lantern or direct me to some resources where I might find an image of a fully intact lantern of this kind?
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Alternatives to MS Access?

MS Access Alternatives? I have a user that needs to keep data in a relational database, but I'd like to advise her against Access because of it's various limitations. She has no programming knowledge. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

It's life, but not as we know it

Alternative-biochemistry-filter [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do about my school debt lawsuit?

I just got served papers showing that I am being sued for university tuition. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Separation or divorce while continuing to live together?

Is it possible to get started on an amicable divorce or separation agreement while still living together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I negotiate my debt?

Should I pay my full debt to a collection agency, or bargain the debt down? [more inside]
posted by Pinwheel at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Eats and Joe near Ace Hotel (Seattle)?

Seattle eats- cheap, cheerful, and coffee walking distance from the ACE Hotel? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the correct pronunciation of Dyedushka Vodyanoy?

What is the correct pronunciation of the mythological character Dyedushka Vodyanoy?
posted by Izner Myletze at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Hit me with your best blues artist and album recommendations.

Almost every type of music I love is inspired by blues. What are the quintessential blues artists and albums I should explore to really get a basic understanding of the genre?
posted by DrDreidel at 12:03 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I go to the circus?

Should I go to the circus? [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 11:40 AM PST - 23 comments

I must have my "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me"

I am soon embarking on a trip which will involve a lot of time in a rental car. I am planning the in-car entertainment (podcasts). What are the odds I'll get a car with 1) an aux input for my iPod, or 2) the ability to play a CD full of MP3s? [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Who's at my front door?

I want a Video Door Phone, but hurdles regarding installation may not make it possible. Can you see any way to get around this? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Best setup for an interview-style podcast?

What affordable equipment could I buy to have a simple, professional-sounding conversational podcast? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 10:58 AM PST - 16 comments

New York must be full of web recruiters! Surely?

I'm a senior web content producer (the chap who figures out what content should be on a website, and sometimes writes it) in London, but I'd love to be in New York (or any other major urban area in the United States). Can you recommend any recruiters who specialise in this field and who might be able to help me? Bonus points for New York ones, as I'll be there in mid June. [more inside]
posted by almostwitty at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

An air conditioner thru my wall?

Thinking of putting our bedroom window air conditioner in the wall... bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 10:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Should I go to podiatrist?

My feet are in pain. What kind of doctor should I go to? I've heard that podiatry is sort of a dubious branch of medicine. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 10:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Why is Plastic Model Breaking, How Best to Replace Parts

Do unassembled plastic model kits become brittle or warped over time? Is there a preferable medium for building replacement parts? I'm assembling MPC's The Strange Changing Vampire (1970s) and pieces are breaking. I think it is styrene. One piece just didn't fit; I tried heating with a hair dryer (ineffective) and hot water (ruined the piece). I can replace it but the ones that broke are moving parts, essential to the function of the model. How-Not-Tu-Do-Torial in progress.
posted by rahnefan at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Need sample of old census

Can someone help me find older version of the United States census? I'd like to compare and review the questions they are asking this time around versus the questions of years past. I know I can download a sample census for 2010. I'd like to download a pdf of the older ones as well. Thank you.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

DC Filter: What's the story of the lady at 17th & K NW in the mornings?

DC Filter: There is a lady who stands on the corner of 17th and K st NW every weekday morning holding up a sign of Frank Sinatra and talking. I can never understand what she's saying, but I know hundreds of people a day walk past her. Does anyone know her story?
posted by picapica at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

When I say draft I mean draft!

How can I get my HP printer to work correctly with my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Computer taken over?

Two tech questions: I've just started running into a weird message when I try to go to a page on the ABC News page: This Account Has Been Suspended Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible. and this is the URL I was reading a NYT story earlier today that mentioned Lamda at the very end of the story. Cleared the cookies, shut down and restarted both browsers (IE and Firefox) but keep getting the same message. Separately, lately when I read certain blogs, I am suddenly taken to a Google images search page; the original pages' URL shows up in the search field and the message is that the URL can't be found. I cannot seem to get rid of this problem. All ideas welcome, and thanks.
posted by etaoin at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

How does one actually make a bindlestick??

Ideas for a Recession/Depression themed Birthday Party? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 9:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Stop the calls

How do I stop getting a scam(?) call daily on my cell phone from a number in New York? [more inside]
posted by dios at 9:34 AM PST - 7 comments

What are these desert insects?

What are these two (possibly male and female) insects? Here are two pictures of each. [more inside]
posted by metadave at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to go around SF in a Rental Car?

I'm vacationing in San Francisco, and I have a rental car that gets returned tomorrow morning. What things outside SF should I go check out? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 9:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Book Recommendations: Mercenaries, Security Contractors & Paramilitary Organizations

What are the best books and articles about Security Contractors/Modern Mercenaries/Paramilitary Organizations? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Replacement cost insurance for my bicycle - US

Is bicycle insurance available in the US? [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I keep some of the money?

PARS distribution questions -- I taught part-time for 10 years. Recently I realized that life is too short for doing that and so I've stopped. The school notified the PARS retirement and they want to distribute to me. [more inside]
posted by notned at 8:28 AM PST - 1 comment

What to do in Seattle on Memorial Day Weekend?

What to do in Seattle for Memorial Day Weekend? [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Unclear Type

Some text looks blurry/smudged after upgrade to XP from Win2k. [more inside]
posted by preparat at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking a lost hat from my lost youth

I used to have a brown UPS drives hat. It was the old style with the plastic buckle. It was given to me in 1998 or so by a UPS driver that I randomly asked if he knew where I could get a hat from. I was doing a school project where I wore a different style of hat every week for the entire school year. Anyway. At some point I lost the hat. I would like to get another one. Anyone know where I can get it, or just really sturdy hats with the nice plastic snap buckles any more? The ones with the holes and pegs in them. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm getting a skinny man's gut.

I need a meal by meal diet plan for a mostly sedentary person. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Copyright - Similar or different?

If I put most of my photos in the public domain, how different does one of the photos need to be for me to *not* label it as public domain and retain copyright and try to sell it? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 7:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Musical background advice

Anyone point me towards some music that I can download and use to accompany the photographs that I'll be taking at my son's school sports day? I intend selling copies of the disc for a few pounds each to raise some money for school funds, so either copyright free or some sort of UK waiver would be essential. The music should be upbeat and appropriate for a sporting theme.
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Dont leave me hanging on the telephone...

Help me find on hold music for my company. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 7:04 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me DJ a bar in Toronto!

I'd like to pitch a DJ night for a bar/pub in Toronto wherein I'd play retro (i.e. '50s-'80s) Canadian music of the sort featured on my websites -- country, r&b, reggae, rock, jazz, pop, you name it...although I could tighten things up, genre-wise, depending on the bar's preferences if need be. Anyway, could anyone suggest any bars that might be suitable for this sort of thing on a weeknight? (note: I've already approached Sweaty Betty's and The Cock and Tail).
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Conditioning treatment for my hair!!

Avocado to condition the hair?? [more inside]
posted by 1Ariel1 at 6:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Its raining again...

Please give me a good technique for getting drops in my eye rather than my cheek.
posted by CodeMonkey at 6:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Is the Zimbabwe govornment still printing 100 Trillion Dollar notes?

Is the Zimbabwe govornment still printing 100 Trillion Dollar notes? I looked in Google for a while and cant seem to find a definitive answer. thanks everyone.
posted by dent8101 at 5:34 AM PST - 10 comments

PowerPoint via iChat?

What's the best way to webcast a PowerPoint presentation over iChatAV? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Any common css includes for iphone web app development?

I am a bit late in asking this, but has anyone developed and released a standard set of CSS files and templates (and perhaps JS) for building iPhone web applications that mimic the iPhone UI? I want to write a quick iPhone (Safari-based web) app but obviously don't want to waste time doing the UI work if someone else has already done it. [more inside]
posted by helios at 5:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to wrangle a creative business into a business plan is tons more difficult than I expected

How am I supposed to make financial projections for a business plan when I don't even know how much money I'd earn in a month? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me, stat!

How can I transfer my free Motigo Webstats icon (and history) from my old MS Frontpage designed website to my shiny new Wordpress one - do I have to modify the theme somehow (and if so, how)? Thanks!
posted by timpollard at 2:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Cone of Silence, please...

KidsReadingCocoonFilter: looking to create an awesome reading space for voraciously reading first-grader. Ideally something better than a box... What did you have? What does your kid have? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 2:30 AM PST - 34 comments

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around...and then what?

What's your version of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around? Miss Susie had a steamboat? Cinderella dressed in yella? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 2:10 AM PST - 75 comments

How do I convert flac to mp3 in Windows?

How can I convert flac files to mp3 in Windows? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:24 AM PST - 11 comments

A bike hit my parked car, who pays?

Someone hit my car whilst riding their bicycle, knocking my side rear-view mirror clear off. They were nice enough to leave their number for me but I'm curious- is that something their insurance would pay for, or is it something I'll have to try to get money out of pocket for? I have only liability insurance. Totally inexperienced when it comes to such matters so talk to me like an infant.
posted by ryaninoakland at 12:31 AM PST - 28 comments

Software override for iPhone stuck on SILENT?

My iPhone silent switch is stuck on SILENT (silly idiot me) - is there a software override? HELLLPPP! [more inside]
posted by kairab at 12:01 AM PST - 10 comments

May 18

Songs similar to Diva Dance?

Please recommend music that is similar in style (as close as possible and working outward from there) to the song Diva Dance from the movie The Fifth Element. I would particularly enjoy similar opera, if that exists. Be sure to recommend groups/bands/singers and, if possible, specific songs as examples. Here is the Diva Dance video for comparison: Thank you very much!
posted by Nox at 11:45 PM PST - 9 comments

We heard that you were feeling ill, headache, fever, and a chill

I want to send someone a singing telegram, but they're too expensive. What's a gift that is equally as corny that I can have delivered to a hotel conference room in Orlando?
posted by c:\awesome at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get from Santiago to Serbia.

What's the cheapest or best way to get from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, to Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia? Optional: a detour through the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 11:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you hook up a TV to use as the monitor for a macbook?? I'm having some problems..

How do you hook up a TV to use as the monitor for a macbook?? I'm having some problems.. [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me hang my posters please

I have a large and beloved collection of People's History posters. Last year I had them mounted on thin foamcore (thinness illustrated here), thinking that would lengthen their lives, but I cannot keep them on my walls. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:37 PM PST - 14 comments

I don't know why they call it the Great Depression. Great makes you think there were Pony Rides.

Now, after a really bad episode of Depression that has lasted the last 14 months, my doctor has prescribed Celexa for my depression. I just started taking it today and seemed to have a rather mild, pleasant day. I was on Paxil years ago and it didn't go as well. I know that YANMD, but I'd like some real world experiences. I have a few specific questions I'd love other Celexa users to answer. Please feel free to offer other advice as well. [more inside]
posted by aristan at 9:34 PM PST - 16 comments

timestamp in ichat?

how can i get timestamps to show up next to messages in ichat 3.1 chat windows? [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 9:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Yet another little IE annoyance

How is Apparitions (Media) infecting my IE window title? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Seville or Cordoba?

My boyfriend and I are traveling to Madrid next week. We'll be in the area for seven days, and plan to spend the second half in either Seville or Cordoba and then on to Granada. Seville or Cordoba? We need to book hotels asap and can't agree on this leg of the trip. [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 8:22 PM PST - 21 comments

A slightly more functional twitter

I'm looking for a minimalist, browser based twitter interface that allows my to group those I'm following. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments


How do you snap yourself out of a temporary, but fairly deeply depressed state in order to accomplish tasks at hand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 29 comments

My nephew is morbidly obese. What do I do?

For MeFites who've been overweight all their lives and are unhappy about it as adults: What do you wish someone had told you (or demonstrated to you) as a kid? [more inside]
posted by dogrose at 7:19 PM PST - 52 comments

Advances in battery technology on the horizon?

Where can I read about exciting or revolutionary advances in battery or energy storage technology? What is on the horizon that might actually see the light of day? I'm interested in all applications, but most especially computers and cars.
posted by Crotalus at 7:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Doctor Who withdrawal! What do I watch now?

Please recommend sci-fi/fantasy shows to this Doctor Who fan. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 7:08 PM PST - 23 comments

First church to name themselves

What was the first church to give themselves a non-geographic name? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to grab XML across domains?

Trying to grab XML across domains, wondering if what I'm trying to do is even possible.. [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Old computer upgrade...

Decrepit PC RAM question - I am trying to figure out what kind of SDRAM is supported by my K7VZA Rev 1.0 motherboard. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Medical butchery

Need no or low cost reconstructive surgery for friend who had a radical vulvectomy [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 6:11 PM PST - 17 comments

OPtimal Settings for Apple Airport Extreme

I have an Apple AirPort Extreme that is about one year old and recently our wireless network has been experiencing connectivity issues. We've played with some settings...are some settings better for connectivity than others? Do we need a repeater? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I know before I attack this chimney?

What should I know before I attack this chimney? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Playing tourist in Sheffield

What can I do/what should I see when I am in Sheffield, England? Also, where I can stay that's cheap yet decent? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Unfortunately, "Move to Canada" is also not an option.

I Live in A Stupid, NonSocialized Imperialistic Country Filter: Please hope me find private health insurance. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:09 PM PST - 26 comments

To buy or not to buy...That is my question.

How soon in advance should we purchase airline tickets to get the cheapest flights? [more inside]
posted by clpage at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

The first session was free, but are the next ones worth it?

FitnessFilter: how should I evaluate options for a personal trainer at a local gym? Lots more discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

We can't stop here - this is jellyfish country!

Have you ever been to the beaches in the Charleston, SC, area in May? Is the water warm enough to swim in, and how clear is it (jellyfish? seaweed? etc)? Should we instead go further down the Atlantic coast to Tybee Island? Is our attempt to find a new beach hopeless? Should we just go back to the Redneck Riviera (read: Gulf Coast)?
posted by TheNewWazoo at 4:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Side-ache Prevention

What are more in-depth practices I can use to prevent side-aches? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 4:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Books about Peru & Bolivia?

Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Pre-Victorian Serial Killers?

Are there records of famous serial killers before the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 4:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Math Final

Hi everymathperson! I guess I'll just jump right in: What is the radius of a circle with a subtended theta angle of 60 degrees and an arc length of 10? [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 3:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Will a paper bag protect my potted plants (herbs and flowers) from frost?

Will a paper bag protect my potted plants (herbs and flowers) from frost? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 3:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to get supportive swimwear for large chested, but otherwise petite, woman in Vancouver, BC?

Where to get supportive swimwear for large chested, but otherwise petite, woman in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Backpack repair 101

One of the two straps on my backpack is literally (no, really, literally) hanging on by a thread. The strap itself, where it's detaching from the bottom of the bag, is very frayed. How can I reattach the strap to the backpack? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 3:07 PM PST - 11 comments

[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets?

[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets? [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 3:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Futuristic American illustrator from the 1940s/50s

I'm looking for an American illustrator from the 1940s/50s who painted detailed, photorealistic, optimistic visions of the future, often with scientific explanations of how and why things would pan out this way. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

stopzilla is teh devil

i want to remove stopzilla from my pc it just will not let its self be removed from add remove programs... i got the annoying spalsh to go away but i think its still there [more inside]
posted by quseio at 2:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a word for things that are beyond one's control or ken?

Is there a word for things that are beyond one's control or ken? [more inside]
posted by long at 2:47 PM PST - 24 comments

What comics to get a non-comic-reading snob?

Help me convince a snob that comics are worth reading. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:28 PM PST - 66 comments

How to word the invitation for a Happy Hour that's (partially) in honor of those being laid off?

Some of my coworkers are being laid off. I'd like to send out an invitation to a Happy Hour so we have a chance to get together informally before "the end". How do I word the invitation? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 2:24 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get from point A to point B while avoiding crowd C?

Memorial Day Traffic Filter: Are there any resources out there (either online or widely available for purchase in stores) that provide tips on getting around by car while avoiding horrible traffic (particularly along the New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC corridor)? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Wanted: suggestions for dealing with fluctuating mood

I get somewhat euphoric when working on a major project, but crash when it's done. Any suggestions for avoiding/dealing with the crash, and keeping myself in check during the euphoric periods? Is it possible that this will get worse? [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 2:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Keep On Truckin'

How do I reboot myself when I feel like I'm getting nothing done at work? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Feminist sci-fi novel featuring psychic hunting animals written b/t 2001 and 2004?

Feminist science fiction novel written between 2001 and 2004, featuring (IIRC) women with psychic connections to their hunting mount animals. I believe the title is a combination of a few letters at the beginning, then a three- or four-digit number, like NNN-####. What is the title? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Double Click Me All The Way To Heaven

Visual Basic 6 Filter: Double click on file, my program opens that file. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Brettus at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Flying around Brazil: airpass?

Where can I buy a Brazil airpass in Toronto? Or is the airpass a terrible idea? Any travel tips to the Brazilian Amazon (and Rio) generally? [more inside]
posted by chalkbored at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Any Solid Edge v20 experts out there?

How do I create my own draft templates in Solid Edge v20? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 1:44 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for Country and Rap/Hip Hop songs NOT in 3/4 or 4/4 time...

Looking for Country and Rap/Hip Hop songs NOT in 3/4 or 4/4 time... [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I think I don’t like or trust my partner sexually any more.

I think I don’t like or trust my partner sexually any more. Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? How did you manage? Long account under cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 42 comments

New York City for 1000 a month?

Is is possible to live in NYC on a $1000 a month living stipend without incuring lots of debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Can proton decay cause tranmutation?

Could proton decay combined with matter/antimatter annihilation and radioactive decay cause transmutation? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 12:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Any Recommendations For Appointments Calendar?

I'm looking for a good appointments calendar for use in our office of eight people. It might be located online, or based on our server. It doesn't need to be very fancy (or expensive), but it should be searchable, printable, and usable/viewable by more than one person at a time. Any ideas?
posted by partner at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Your favorite obscure games

What are your favorite obscure games? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft at 12:18 PM PST - 59 comments

How to detach adherent cells when trypsin is ineffective?

How would you detach primary adherent tissue cells from tissue culture polystyrene if trypsin/EDTA is ineffective? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Can the sun power my building?

Is solar power feasible yet for a multi-unit dwelling? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

trust issues for parents

My parents aren't behaving… what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 56 comments

Info about how holographic projection works?

This is a bit of a lazyweb question, but I'm looking for information about holographic projection for some research I'm doing. I just need to figure out the levels of feasibility for some ideas that I am putting together and my Google searches / limited starting knowledge about the subject aren't giving me the quick answers I need. [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Edward Tufte, make me a taxonomy!

Help me devise an Edward Tufte-approved visual system for tracking my life/health/happiness! Portable, layered, colorful, graph-like but illustrated... [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking the perfect lakeside cabin in the Adirondacks for my Honeymoon.

Looking to rent a lakeside cabin in the Adirondacks this August for a week-long honeymoon get-away. Overwhelmed by the size of the 'dacks and seeking recommendations for a romantic, yet affordable area with great scenery and access to a variety of outdoor activities. [more inside]
posted by atreyu at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Island of Dr. More-asses....

How can I make a monkey with four asses? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommendation for tiny flash drive for ReadyBoost?

What's a good, *tiny* flash drive for use as a dedicated ReadyBoost drive with my laptop? Tiny, as in similar to, say the Logitech VX Nano receiver
posted by arathorn at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to buy Coach Canada tickets when I board the coach?

Is it possible to buy Coach Canada tickets when I board the coach, which will be late on a Sunday night at either Toronto Pearson airport or the Toronto downtown bus station (depends on what time my flight gets in), or do I need to book in advance?
posted by caek at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments

PsychologyFilter: Is this called projection?

What's the correct term for this psychological trait...projection? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Don't look into the light!

I currently have an iMac 24" (early 2008). If you are acustom to the iMac you'll know that the brightness setting is extremely high. Unfortunately everytime I boot the computer up the brightness settings reset and I have to go through the hassle of lowering the brightness. Why is the keyboard/mac doing this? and can it be fixed?
posted by nam3d at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Custom my dream impossible?

Is it sensible to have this bicycle custom made? [more inside]
posted by MeeMaMN at 10:10 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I figure out what is taking up all the space on my wife's macbook?

How do I figure out what is taking up all the space on my wife's macbook? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 10:04 AM PST - 25 comments

Is there software that can organize and search PDFs based on their subjects?

How do you make journal article PDFs searchable by keywords, controlled vocabulary subject headings, as well as authors and titles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my friend pretend he's The Stig

Supercar/ racecar driving experience within a reasonable distance of London (i.e. daytrip)? Top Gear-obsessed friend from U.S. is currently visiting. [more inside]
posted by dicaxpuella at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I make a song longer?

Looping within a song for a slideshow? I am using an instrumental piece for a slideshow that is not long enough to fill the show. How do I loop the song internally to stretch it to the length I need? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

comfortable cordless phone -- my holy grail

Is there a comfortable cordless phone out there? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 9:39 AM PST - 9 comments

What are those circles in Fenway Park?

In Fenway Park, close to the base lines between home plate and first and third bases, there are two dirt circles in the grass. What are they? Example. They are too close to the baselines to be the on-deck circles, and I have never seen a photo with anyone standing in them.
posted by bensherman at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Racist symbols in a transracial family?

My white nephew hangs out with Neo-Nazis. My kids are black. Help me deal with this family mess. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 9:39 AM PST - 61 comments

What jazz concert in NYC should I give my mom tickets to?

Want to get my parents tickets for great old school jazz concert in NYC this June. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 9:38 AM PST - 8 comments

What's a good book about the cultural significance of food?

I'm looking for a recommendation for dealing with the relationship between food and culture/society/history [more inside]
posted by KilgoreTrout at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Pull the strings!

I'm looking for a free or very cheap 3-d model of the shoulder joint. Online or for real. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

How far can corn pollen drift in the wind?

How far can corn pollen drift in the wind? 1 mile? 10 miles? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Vetfilter:Canine Addison's disease

Could my dog have been saved? Did the vet drop the ball? Any vets or folks who have experience with canine Addison's disease, please help shed some light on this situation for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you get someone to listen?

Why am I constantly be dismissed in conversation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

bed etiquette?

Do you sleep with tucked-in sheets? [more inside]
posted by speef at 9:11 AM PST - 111 comments

Help me put the "fun" back in "fungus!"

Our upstairs neighbor's pipe burst this morning, and I'm worried about mold. Help! [more inside]
posted by dansays at 9:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Should non-hemophilic women with a factor VII deficiency have children?

Should non-hemophilic women with a mild factor VII deficiency have children? Are the risks too serious to chance child birth?
posted by brokekid at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

I've made a huge mistake.

Thinkpad T61 (Vista) doing scary things. Extremely naive about computer matters. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds at 9:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me organize my to-do list when every task is swarming with interdependent subtasks and prerequisites.

Yakshavingfilter: How do you keep track of all the not-untils and but-firsts in your life? Help me organize my to-do list when every task is swarming with interdependent subtasks and prerequisites. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Poetic licence

Am I stretching the bounds of poetic licence? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 8:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for good books on wood

Woodworkers of MeFi, what reference books about wood do you recommend? Please note that I'm not looking for books on the craft of woodworking so much as for reference books on the varieties of wood and their properties. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Visiting Los Angeles for the First Time

Visiting Los Angeles for the first time What do I need to see and do? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 8:36 AM PST - 52 comments

Am I a professional Adam West?

When do you become professionally typecast? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Where should I take 8 summer interns on an outing in Chicagoland?

Where should I take 8 summer interns on an outing in Chicagoland? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

How to remove facebook from my blackberry?

How do I get facebook completely out of my blackberry? [more inside]
posted by lullaby at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Need some help replacing electric cooktop with gas

As I've become more and more interested in cooking my satisfaction with my electric inductive cooktop has gone proportionately down. I scored an awesome deal on a used gas cooktop on Craigslist and now I need to hook it up. I'm fairly handy, if not very experienced, but my brother-in-law will be helping and he's very competent. Please, no advice to hire a professional. I've researched the safety aspect of this and I'm confident that we can handle this safely. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 7:57 AM PST - 20 comments

I think I'm gonna puke.

Why do graphic/gross sights cause nausea? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 7:54 AM PST - 14 comments

When a sign that says keep out just won't do.

Looking for a unique door to my gun room/armory. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Suggestions for good and quick reading

Looking for short story collection suggestions. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 7:32 AM PST - 23 comments

Best Man Planning Bachelor Party For Brother!

Bachelor Party Help! Where are some great restaurants in Hoboken, NJ and NYC that are ideal for a Bachelor Party outing? What about Bar or Lounge locations in NYC that would be ideal? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I move to in the Philadelphia/South New Jersey area?

Where should I move to in the Philadelphia/South NJ/Moorestown area based on these requirements? I have read other questions and still need help. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:11 AM PST - 6 comments

crazy jealous person seeks reassurance

How can I overcome my intense irrational jealousy and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 19 comments

TI-99/4A ROMs?

How can I play Munch Man on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

my homemade heating pad stinks!

help me make a microwaveable heating pad that doesn't burn or smell bad. barring that, help me buy one. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 6:51 AM PST - 12 comments

How to act like I know how to act

Help me develop the skills needed to carry an (essentially) one-man stage show despite never having even vaguely considering acting. If I get the part, I assume we'll start rehearsals in late autumn. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Blackberry Bold Messenger

I have a Blackberry 9000 on vodafone UK. I accidentally deleted the BB messenger. I have since been trying to reinstall it. The application loader on the desktop does not have it. On the BB website there is a link to download messenger; but since the Bold runs version 4.6 this is not downloadable. I have reinstalled the BB desktop application from the CD. Still there is no messenger avaialable. I have asked Vodafoine; they have no idea. How do I get the BB messenger onto my BB again? much appreciated. Thanks
posted by gasrush at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Dating photos using branding and codes

Is there a way to date photos by using the photo paper branding or the printed serial numbers on the back? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 6:34 AM PST - 3 comments

I need DJ equipment and furniture. Suggestions?

So: I've finally moved to the new place and set up the turntables and mixer that had been languishing in storage. I added Serato to the mix to make it interesting. But I find myself in need of furniture and equipment to complete things, and I was hoping for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mjbraun at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Will this dual-xeon motherboard boot with a single CPU?

Will a dual-1366 (Nehalem, Xeon 5xxx) motherboard work with a single CPU? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 5:31 AM PST - 4 comments

What's going on with UK petty crime?

Can someone explain what the deal is with petty crimes/ASBOs in the UK to a somewhat baffled American expat? [more inside]
posted by crayz at 4:23 AM PST - 40 comments

iPhone or dedicated portable GPS?

I've resisted getting in iPhone so far. However, now I need a good, portable GPS and am wondering whether I should go for an iPhone, or a dedicated GPS. If the latter, which one? [more inside]
posted by thread_makimaki at 4:03 AM PST - 32 comments

Short term but regular stay in Paris?

Short term flat let in Paris? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Before and after a stag weekend in Hamburg...

A weekend in Hamburg, with two parts to it - what's worth doing and seeing? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 2:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Resume on your blog

Is it good to have your full searchable resume on your blog? if yes. What would be the good HTML format for resume.
posted by thejeshgn at 2:14 AM PST - 6 comments

I tried to be good and it went bad: help me recover my Gmail from the clutches of my computer.

After reading this AskMe, I decided to use Mac's Mail program to keep copies of my messages on my gmail account on my computer. However, I wanted to use the "IMAP" option to keep copies of all my mail both on the web, in gmail, and on my computer, in Mac Mail. Instead, something else happened and now I'm in trouble. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:50 AM PST - 7 comments

The cost of dental care in Germany

I need information regarding the German dental costs to non-resident European nationals, with a EU health card but no German health insurance. [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 12:35 AM PST - 4 comments

May 17

Motels in Del Rio Texas

I need a little Motel help. Spending a week in Del Rio Texas, end of May to the 5th of July. How are the local motels, anyone have any recommendations on any of the chains or perhaps other options.
posted by Upon Further Review at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

You Are What You Eat. I Eat Diplomas.

I'd like to get a certification in nutrition. Is Registered Dietitian (RD) the only well accepted credential? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I stop paying attention to my wife?

My wife hates warm weather. I think warm weather is the bee's knees. How do I cope with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I keep me, my cat, and my iPod safe?

We just moved into a ground-floor apartment with an abundance of windows. How can we increase the security of the apartment short of installing bars on the windows? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:12 PM PST - 26 comments

loops on a stick

What is this tool used for?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 8:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

RelationshipAngstFilter: Am I overreacting? More inside.

RelationshipAngstFilter: Am I overreacting? More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 62 comments

Why am I peeing like this?

YANMD: Liver, Diabetes, or too much Caffeine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Trouble starting Starting Strength

Ok, so I've read, highlighted and taken notes on Rippetoe's Starting Strength, after half of Metafilter and my gym going friends recommended it. I've run into some trouble with the program, though, since I can't seem to do deadlifts and I can't follow his dietary advice. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus at 7:13 PM PST - 29 comments

How to embed Boos in Wetpaint?

How does one embed the AudioBoo player into a Wetpaint wiki page? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 7:12 PM PST - 2 comments

is my thing big enough (for general screwing)

will a M6 cap screw allow me to use a higher torque spec than and M5 cap screw [more inside]
posted by edtut at 6:53 PM PST - 10 comments

How to not dress like a grad student?

I'd like to learn to dress well and look sharp... but I've got no natural talent for it. Can anybody help me figure out how/where to start? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 6:35 PM PST - 39 comments

What's another term for music Nazi?

What phrase best describes the annoying person who shows up at the party with their own cd's, hijacks the stereo, and forces everyone to listen to 30 seconds of a dozen different tracks? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 6:26 PM PST - 43 comments

ceci n'est pas un pipe, c'est un pipe stand.

Who can tell me about an antique pipe stand that I have? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Women in journalism

Influential or groundbreaking female journalists, past and present - who were/are they? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 6:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Can someone find these sunglasses!?

Where can I find these sunglasses!? [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 6:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Any way to repair brown patches on lawn caused by dog urine?

Is there any way to repair the brown patches on my lawn caused by dog pee? [more inside]
posted by calgirl13 at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the Best Thing You've Ever Seen Here?

My son is graduating from high school in a week. I want to make him a Best of Ask Metafilter book with all the best advice from the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 5:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Is a CA store compelled to honor the price shown?

Was at Best Buy today. They had the Flip Ultra HD on display - an employee led me right to it when asked. The price card said $150. As I suspected, they'd mixed it up with the Flip Ultra II. Is there anything in California state law that requires them to honor the price shown? I've been in this situation before and I'm never sure if I'm in the right to insist that they honor the price displayed. I thought there were consumer protection laws governing this stuff, to keep the retailers honest and make them care about accuracy, but I don't really know.
posted by scarabic at 5:05 PM PST - 17 comments

What are the simple concepts that have most helped you understand the world?

What are the simple concepts that have most helped you understand the world? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 5:03 PM PST - 131 comments

I have me an xls table, I do!

I have an xls file I got from a survey I created on Google docs. Now I want to make it pretty without copy-pasting every bloody cell into an Indesign document… [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 4:59 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to be entirely clear, THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE.

A place that my husband and I spend a lot of time in has termites. A plethora of questions about termites and my possibly insane level of fear about them follows. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 4:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a cheap, easy way to put a custom welcome page on a home wifi network?

Is there a cheap, easy way to put a custom welcome page on a home wifi network? I'm leaving the connection unsecured, and would like anyone who comes on to see a custom home page telling them about the area and why it's an open network. [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Salty beans?

Savory, salty black beans in take out Chinese food... how do they do it? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Make me a REAL jester!

UKCostumeFilter: I want a jester suit. I have the most marvellous jester hat, but no suit. Where can I get one in the UK? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Modernist on 30A?

Who or what owns that crazy awesome house on Alys Beach on 30A in florida? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 4:17 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm going to use the word "poo" a lot in this question

Why do I have to poo all the time when I drink? I'm not talking about the "morning after" poos. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

How clean is your house (or small apartment)

Can anyone recommend a good one-time maid/cleaning service in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 3:36 PM PST - 2 comments

my powdered milk cup overfloweth

what the hell do i do with three pounds of whole-fat dried milk? [more inside]
posted by chickadee at 3:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip?

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip? Finally heading out on a very unplanned RTW trip with one of those Star Alliance tickets. These are the flight routes I have set at the moment (three weeks before heading out, so still malleable) [more inside]
posted by avocade at 2:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Booking multi-stop international travel

What is the best way to book a multi-stop series of international flights, preferably with flexibility to modify the itinerary later? [more inside]
posted by aatreya at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Mat and frame pros in Toronto?

Where in Toronto should I take a 19th century print to be matted and framed? [more inside]
posted by iona at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Strange insect/beetle

What is this bug? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking ideas on what systems can be used for efficient internal business reporting in a small / medium business

What efficient systems can one use to report different internal working data generated in a small / medium sized business - excel is too clumsy and a customized database based application feels like an overkill? [more inside]
posted by shalam at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the US tax non-US citizens working outside the US for US companies?

I am not a citizen or resident of the US, but I've been offered the opportunity to do some freelance work for a US-based company. The work will be done entirely in my country, without ever visiting the US, but as far as I can tell they will be paying me directly from their home office in the US (not via a subsidiary in my country). Under these circumstances, would the IRS be expecting some sort of filing from me relating to this when the next US tax deadline comes around?
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

So it's a Volvo, then.

Twenty-something interested in buying first serious car...a Volvo maybe! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 16 comments

AdviceFilter: Help me fine-tune my 2+ year plan

Many questions, covering life goals, academics, internships/co-ops, and a big move to the Southwestern U.S. With the number of questions, there must be something for everyone to answer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments


Looking for a free Windows program that will batch convert a bunch of BMPs to PNGs without making the colors darker. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Feel the lovely vocoder

What are the lyrics to the vocoder chorus in Cut Copy's Feel the love? [more inside]
posted by yourcelf at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Selecting A Respirator Mask

Need help selecting a respirator mask. I googled, researched, and am still confused. Masks and other safety recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 12:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is my period so weird?

Question about menstruation after an abortion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I be planning to live past 50 anyway?

Am I headed towards liver cirrhosis at "normal" alcoholic speed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Backing up OWA without a client

I need to backup an Outlook Web Access account without any access to POP or SMTP. I have weak Google-Fu in this matter. [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Swine flu and me

How worried should I be about Swine Flu on a business trip this week? [more inside]
posted by taubman at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Emigration advice: What do you wish you'd known?

I'm moving country on Tuesday. For those who've done this before - what do you wish you'd known before you set out? Is there anything I can do now to make it easier? [more inside]
posted by handee at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Deceptively Synonymous

Is there a term for words that seem like they should be antonyms but are actually synonymous? For example: Caregiver & Caretaker. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I help a friend find a screen printing class or workshop in Minneapolis/St.Paul?

Where can I help a friend find a screen printing class or workshop in Minneapolis/St.Paul? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 11:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to find extra large cloth for poker table?

Poker table cloth fabric (velveteen or similar) that is larger than 60" wide? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Barber Shop in southwest Minneapolis.

Looking for a Barber Shop in southwest Minneapolis. Must have straight razor shaving. Specifically I would like it to be in close proximity to Chanhassen MN, but I can travel up to 30mins for an exceptional location. I want to treat my groomsmen to a straight razor shave the morning of my wedding. If possible, a bar/barber shop combo would be fantastic.
posted by dpollitt at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Do contact lenses that compensate for color blindness work?

Are those contact lenses that compensate for red/green colour blindness actually any use? [more inside]
posted by Elmore at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Who played that amazing song?

What version of "Sous le ciel de Paris" was that? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 9:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Help make my card catalog into an awesome pixel-ated image.

I recently acquired one of these orthodontic cabinets at a consignment shop and it is in desperate need of a paint job. Because there are 100 drawers (10 x 10) I would like to paint the individual drawers to create a neat image when the cabinet is viewed from a distance. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 9:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Music that endures?

What contemporary songwriters/composers will be culturally relevant and accessible 40-50 years from now. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 9:21 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me rent my condo

I need ideas for renting out our furnished Seattle condo while still allowing us to use it periodically, and while not running afoul of our condo association's rule regarding rentals. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Calling all chefs!

Calling all chefs! I would like to make this recipe for dinner tonight. Can I make the bacon/vinegar/cream sauce a couple hours ahead and reconstitute it right before I serve the dish, or will it end up lumpy and weird? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Help with low testosterone

Hi. I'm a 40 year old male with a 32 year old girlfriend. I have just discovered after a recent decline in sexual interest and performance, loss of muscle mass, intense depression and fatigue that I have extremely low testosterone for my age. I took two blood tests and my serum T levels were 200 and 250. I would love to hear any success stories with testosterone replacement therapy. I'd be particularly interested in the resulting career and professional successes that coincided with testosterone therapy as well as any improved sexual drive and performance. I'm at the lowest point of my life financially and professionally. I have an appointment with a well known endochronologist coming up and I'm trying to keep positive. Thanks
posted by FazioGazebo at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

My head hertz.

More rental car insurance confusion. I live in NYC so have no car/no insurance. I can't tell if I need to buy what the rental car company is selling. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:19 AM PST - 13 comments

How to transpose from guitar to banjo?

How do I transpose guitar sheet music, not tabs, into banjo sheet music?
posted by shesaysgo at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to make it warmer, but how?

I'm in the midst of a bathroom remodel and about to insulate and close up the walls. I'm a little confused on the best way to insulate the exterior walls of my 80-year old house. A diagram of the existing wall can be seen here: I've checked a lot of online resources and books, but few of them deal with a wall construction such as this. [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

No pithy title: after Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, irony died.

I've read hints here and there that there were American soldiers who flipped sides and joined the Vietnamese. Where can I find definitive accounts of these stories? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 6:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Why are trains so heavy?

Why are trains so heavy? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 6:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me choose a game

I would like some suggestions for a game to play with my girlfriend. On the computer would be nice, for free would be great and there can be no killing of stuff. [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind at 5:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Watched the Birdie

A woman's head on an owl's body. What film did I see? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 3:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Hello? What?

My iPhone's volume is too freaking low. How do I boost it? When calling out, the first ring is at a decent level, then it backs down to almost inaudible. When talking to people, especially if I'm outdoors, or if there is any background noise, I can't hear anything! Does anyone else have this problem? This is a first-gen iPhone, in case that makes a difference, and I've already traded one in at the Apple store for the exact same reason.
posted by valkane at 3:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Would a tire that is losing pressure rapidly be safer on the front or back of the car?

I have a tire that keeps losing pressure rapidly. In a car with front wheel drive, would it be safer to have the tire on the front, or the back? At least until the tire can be replaced. [more inside]
posted by Malice at 3:10 AM PST - 18 comments

What are some great books not originally in English?

Summer Reading Filter: looking for great books NOT originally in English [more inside]
posted by maca at 2:00 AM PST - 36 comments

And what of petabytes? Will they simply be "pets"?

In the distant past the megabyte and gigabyte were honorable quantities of storage and we referred to them by their full names; now they are too familiar, and we call them "meg" and "gig." Has a common spoken abbreviation already emerged for the terabyte? Or must we wait until TBs are readily available in larger multiples before the linguistic hivemind of digital humanity collectively determines the spoken shorthand? Sysadmins and data center pros--you know best. What do you call 10,000,000,000,000 bytes?
posted by lucius at 12:32 AM PST - 31 comments

Centering a div element

What is your favorite method to get <div style="width:400px;height:300px;"> to be in the center of a page (both horizontally and vertically)? Preferably CSS rather than tables.
posted by jgunsch at 12:24 AM PST - 11 comments

May 16

Headphone recommendations for road cycling?

[cycling] best headphones, preferably not buds? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 9:34 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I make soap?

I want to start making homemade cold-process bar soap in my kitchen. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 9:32 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I overcome my debilitating fear of regret?

I have to make a hard, life-altering decision that I've been debating on for a year. I am having a hard time doing so due to past issues that resulted from me not thinking through these things first. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Best weight loss shakes

What are the best/healthiest weight loss shakes and where to purchase online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Can unplugged irons cause fires?

Can unplugged irons cause fires? One of my housemates (Housemate A) observed that my other housemate (Housemate B) put the clothes iron back into the cupboard without letting it cool down. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 8:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Getting kitty pee out of a dog bed

Cat Pee question - this time preventative and on a dog bed [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Please make me a better letter writer!

My partner and I have broken up because of a move but have decided to correspond with one another through handwritten letters. Please help me be a better letter writer! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 8:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Gmail lockout

Asking for a friend: trying to solve a Gmail lockout issue. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 7:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Safe place to spend the night between Phoenix and San Francisc?

I am driving from Phoenix to San Francisco, with all my worldly possessions in the car. I plan to split the trip into two days. Any suggestions of a good place to stay overnight where my stuff will be safe in the car? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 6:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Greasemonkey MeFi Deleted Posts Problems

Why is the Greasemonkey MeFi deleted posts script working on one computer and throwing an error on another? [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster at 6:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for love video clip

I'm looking for video clips of either (1) someone burning a love letter or (2) a plane writing "I love you" in the sky which fades. Does anyone know what movies have these scenes, or even better, point me to such videos online?
posted by tasty at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Degree or Disagree?

(How) Should I pursue a career in industrial design? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Straight answers about HPV

I'm a straight male, and I have genital wart-causing HPV. I have searched high and low and can't find straightforward answers to a few questions. I need some help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Retirement gift for my dad?

I'm in search of a retirement gift for my Dad, who literally has no interests/hobbies. And in fact could be considered a workaholic. [more inside]
posted by TwisterSister at 6:15 PM PST - 14 comments

The wheel goes rusty.

Do I need new bike wheels? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 5:42 PM PST - 12 comments

From dusk 'till dawn

I'm self-employed, work at home, and have a pile of work that needs to get done over the next three weeks. I want to switch to a night schedule. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 5:41 PM PST - 7 comments

CERN GUIs in Angels & Demons

I just watched the Angels & Demons movie starring Tom Hanks. The first part takes place at the CERN collider, and shows many very cool and stylish computer graphics on the screens of the operators. Where can I find more about these GUIs? Are they real, or just movie glitz?
posted by Emera Gratia at 4:56 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some great online financial tools?

What are your favorite single-task iPhone and web financial tools? I already know about comprehensive stuff like Wesabe and Mint, but I'm interested in finding more specialized financial apps like Fuelly (lets you track vehicle fuel economy) or WhiteFence (lets you compare costs on certain utilities) or Zillow (lets you survey housing prices). Which ones should I know about? (Please note: I'm not talking about mortgage calculators, etc. I want actual web apps.)
posted by jdroth at 3:49 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I put in my lunchbox?

Help me brainstorm easy packed lunches. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 3:43 PM PST - 19 comments

The real world approaches!

This time next year I want to move to Chicago and get a job. Like, a real job. What do I need to do NOW to set things in motion? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 3:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Falklands war DOS video game? (not Falklands '82)

Please help me find a video game from the 80s. Subject of the game was the Falkland Wars, but it is not Falklands '82. [more inside]
posted by tremolo1970 at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

3D GeometryFilter: Is there a mathematical equation that defines relative lengths of objects at different depths of field for humans?

Is there an equation that defines the change in apparent size as a function of distance from the viewer? Basically, if I'm looking at a set of railroad tracks head on, if one plank is like 10 ft away, it appears to be one size. The same plank 20 ft away appears smaller. What is the relative size difference? Put another way, how big does a 1ft line appear to be at 10 ft, at 20 ft, etc.? [more inside]
posted by miasma at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

How fussy are Easyjet about hand luggage?

Easyjet flight UK to Spain hand luggage: can I use a M&S Xenon medium rollercase? It's 22.5cm wide but limit says 20cm - too risky? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Reselecting local wireless network

A friend of mine has a 1 Ghz Apple TiBook. He has to reselect his local wireless router in the wireless menu each time the laptop sleeps or is rebooted. What's the fix for this? [more inside]
posted by diode at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Quick rusty door fix.

My outside metal door is rusting. Is there a quick fix or do I need to sand, prime and repaint? The rust is more of a discoloration than deep rust.
posted by boby at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me with my lazy tuxedo costume

I'm supposed to dress as a movie character for an event. My lazy plan is to wear a tuxedo and say I'm James Bond. Who else can I be? [more inside]
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 2:01 PM PST - 19 comments

70s style character intro freeze-framey thingie?

70s style character intro freeze-framey thingie? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Iphoto for windows?

I use Iphoto but my wife has a laptop with windows XP installed. She has been using Picasa, but we both hate it. We import pictures then they disappear. It's really difficult to navigate our existing photos, whereas with Iphoto it's fairly simple, even though hardcore photographers seem to hate it. We just want something that allows her to easily import pictures from her camera or card reader and browse them easily with a chronological sort by roll/album/year etc. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 1:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Help with last night's John Prine set list

Does anyone have the set list for the John Prine show last night at the Beacon in NYC? It was a great show! I thought he did a song with the words "poor fool" in the chorus, but I can't find what song that is. Also, he did a song that ended with something like "Daddy told me (something) but Mama said they can't catch you if you keep on moving" and I can't figure out that one, either. [more inside]
posted by Majorita at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the best way to teach my daughter to read?

What's the best way to teach my daughter to read? [more inside]
posted by lexfri at 1:06 PM PST - 35 comments

Last-minute Chinese visa

I have a U.S. passport. Same-day and rush processing for Chinese visas in the U.S. has been suspended as of 4 May 2009, likely because of swine flu fears, leaving everyone with a 6-business-day wait. But I leave sooner than that. [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a job in public radio?

How can I go about getting a job in public radio? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

a backpack that won't warp or crumple paperbacks

I need a backpack that won't warp or crumple paperbacks. Cheap, plain, no frills. Should simply hold books in place and maybe a binder. I don't carry a laptop or any fancy accessories. Bonus if it doesn't make me (25 y/o grad student) look silly.
posted by limon at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me read.

On the cusp of every summer for the past couple of years, I made a list of books to read over the summer. But I have spectacularly failed to actually read, every single time. What do you, fellow-mefites, do to keep your noses buried in books and not be tempted by the beach, the bar or the intertubes? [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator at 12:15 PM PST - 19 comments

I knew my first question was going to be edgy

Can anyone identify this Gillette DE razor I picked up at a flea market today? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

knock knock! Who's there? Not your washer anymore

My top loading washer might be dead, can you help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Dog ate my shoe! Again!

Hi. We have a puppy that's a little over a year old, and lately she's picked up a bad habit. She's started to chew on (and ruin some of) our shoes. Rather than totally removing access to the shoes, how can we get her to stop? We've tried showing them to her and telling her "no", but she's a little airheaded so that's not working very well. I bought some of the bitter apple taste-bad spray stuff from PetSmart. It kind of worked, but it seemed like if there wasn't a lot of spray on there then it didn't deter her, so I had to re-spray a lot. Is there a better spray? I was wondering about maybe wiping mace on them, but would that damage our shoes? (btw, we can handle washing our hands after handling our shoes until she gets trained to leave the shoes alone). Or what other techniques would work? Thanks!
posted by atm at 11:41 AM PST - 85 comments

What iPhone flashcard application will best help me study for the bar?

What iPhone flashcard application will best help me study for the bar? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to buy psychedelic shirts in the UK?

Does anyone know where I can purchase shirts (as in, not-tshirt-shirts) with psychedelic patterns on in the UK? Real-life or online is fine. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her.

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her. [more inside]
posted by hypervenom at 11:16 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you practice your guitar solos?

How do you practice your guitar solos? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Verizon capable phone + cheap data plan + useable web browser?

Which phone (older and cheaper maybe?) has an affordable data plan and an acceptable web browser for use on the Verizon network? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How to all Javascript to run only within it's own domain?

Is it possible to make NoScript disable certain site's scripts only on certain sites? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me keep my nose inside a book all summer

I need to compile my summer reading list ASAP. Please give me some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:40 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I clean under this grody gas stove top?

How do I safely clean under the cook top of my gas range? [more inside]
posted by jennyb at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

How to build a really simple site that sells PDFs

Codefilter: I'd like to build a website that allows people to buy a PDF of a publication and then download it. Only problem is, I'm not an out-and-out coder/developer. [more inside]
posted by Sifter at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Sensational scenic Shenandoah short-sabbatical suggestions

Travel Filter: Planning trip from NC to Appomattox and Shenandoah Valley VA for Memorial Day weekend. Looking for off the beaten path, cultural or natural destinations and any other "must see" recommendations on food, lodging or attractions [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I print an old dos-era postscript file (font encoding: codepage 850) containing german umlauts?

MS-DOS/Legacy file format filter: How do I convert an old postscript file (font encoding: codepage 850) containing german umlauts to pdf?/ How do I print such a file on modern printers? [more inside]
posted by pu9iad at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Experiencing the quintessential of a place

I like to travel, and generally try to visit and take part in the unique things a place has to offer. Even so, I still find joy in experiencing the quintessential (if often cliché) things to do in a place. Drink a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub, for instance, or run with the bulls in Pamplona. What are the other "You must ____ in ____!" experiences around the world?
posted by nitsuj at 9:12 AM PST - 79 comments

Great writing about soccer?

Soccerfilter: where would I find the best descriptions of game play? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

For the birds...

Baby pigeon that can't fly yet and dead pigeon (the mother?) on our balcony. We are going away for the weekend. Assuming the dead pigeon is the mother, what can I do to make sure the baby stays alive until we get back in two days and can call some kind of animal services org? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I want my sissy to have an awesome 30th birthday!

What's a good gift for my little sister's 30th birthday? I'm arranging this from across the country, and she's going to be on a motorcycle in the middle of nowhere. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by mattybonez at 7:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Resume screwup--now what?

So I recently managed to score a job interview and offer with a company that offers very nice benefits and pay better than I've seen before. The problem is this: I realized yesterday or so that my resume stated that I graduated with honors when in fact I did not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 23 comments

Is it okay to take Effexor without its capsule?

Is there any particular reason that Effexor comes in gelatin capsules? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Name that tune

What's a good freeware tool to capture tiny bits of videos (avi, divx, etc.) on my Vista PC? [more inside]
posted by activities not in keeping with my status at 6:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Which 19th/20th c. artists painted house interiors?

Can you recall the names of any artists, especially 19th or 20th century, who covered the entire interiors of one or more houses with murals? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommend repetitive audiobooks?

Recommendations for repetitive audio literature? While driving to work, I enjoy audiobooks that won't punish me if, for instance, I stop listening for a second while making sure not to crash my car. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 5:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Multimedia Baby Publishing

What's the best way to share short posts, videos and photos of our new baby with our families and friends who live an ocean away? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Seeking broadband + phone + mobile consolidation options (UK).

I'm spending about UKP65 on phone, cell/mobile phone and broadband Internet each month. How can I consolidate all these options into something cheaper but just as reliable? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish at 4:41 AM PST - 7 comments

How to write a scientific literature review?

I'm at that point in my PhD where my experiment is (almost) up and running, so I have more free time to do other stuff. I've decided that writing a general introduction to my thesis will be less beneficial than trying to get a review article published. How do I go about writing a review article, from the perspective of an unpublished graduate student? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 4:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Not a Loser

GlandFilter: My SO has a problem. She has numerous symptoms of thyroid imbalance, but she shows up on tests as normal. Now she's trying to lose weight. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 4:13 AM PST - 23 comments


MANF ANGWA RDASM ORT. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 12:14 AM PST - 16 comments

May 15

Blogger Help

Are there any tools to make Blogger commenting easier (posting links, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 10:38 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm not supposed to kiss through Saran wrap, am I?

I'm about to enter the college dating scene - or sex scene, I guess. I know to always use condoms - but what about kissing? I know diseases can spread orally, but I never hear about anyone worrying about kissing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Is a low blood platelet count serious?

What does having low blood platelets mean? I went for a check-up a couple weeks ago (it's only a few months before I reach the big 30) with a new doc. The doc I usually go to left my insurance company and the new one I was assigned was booked for months, so I just randomly found one to go to.) I was told everything checked out except my blood platelet count was 119, and that I need to come in and get re-checked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Pre-med Requirements After B.A.

How can I complete pre-medical requirements after having earned my B.A.? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 9:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Circles, but how?

What are the individual elements of this picture? [more inside]
posted by bach at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you reinforce a belly cast?

How do you reinforce a belly cast? [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 5:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheers! *clink*

My family is very big on toasts, but generally the same ones are repeated throughout the holidays or birthdays - toasts for health, success, and happiness. I'm curious as to what kinds of toasts are your own favorites. Something beautifully worded you really liked? Or a subject you think is really worth drinking for? (Well, that last one is quite the slippery slope - but still!) What do you usually raise your glass for?
posted by Bakuun at 5:40 PM PST - 29 comments

What have been the significant advances in biology since 1993?

What have been the significant advances in biology since 1993? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 5:29 PM PST - 18 comments

You've got something on your head there

I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing. Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
posted by ardgedee at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What's this still motion effect called?

This motion technique is used all the time on History Channel shows and the like, and I'd like to learn more about it. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I care for my volunteer plants?

How do I care for and encourage my volunteer plants? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Cannot install Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0.

Cannot install Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Can Cats and Allergies Co-exist?

My partner and I would like to get a kitten, but I'm very allergic to them and not keen on living on a daily diet of Telfast to cope. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:50 PM PST - 23 comments

I-864, Affidavit of Support

My sister is marrying a man from Mongolia and wants me to be his sponsor for immigration purposes. What are the risks? [more inside]
posted by degrees_of_freedom at 3:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Diagnose my laptop...

When I turn on my Asus A8Jm (NVIDIA go7600) laptop, I get a strangely beautiful cross-hatching of colored lines. This sounds like a fried video card, right? Luckily, the card is replaceable... how likely is that this is the only problem and replacing the card will fix things?
posted by geos at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Burned down building, rising health concerns.

Asbestos, mold and spores! Oh my! Slightly afraid of the burned down building next to me. Should I be? Details, and a heartwarming metafilter-related story inside. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

shipping insurance?

Third party shipping insurance - any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ethel at 2:41 PM PST - 0 comments

Oven dilemma: gas vs electric (240 or 120 volt)?

Apartment not wired with 240 Volts - should I rewire or replace my 240v electric wall oven with 120 volt oven and is it recommended? Or should I go with gas? [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 2:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Car w/column shifter?

Do any late model American cars still come with a shifter on the column? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 2:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Powder your bum with food.

Starch is food. So, why do we put cornstarch on skin to prevent, and dry up, topical skin infections, like diaper rash? I know from experience that it works. Why can't the infection use the starch as a food source?
posted by Foam Pants at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for my old scifi encyclopedia...

Looking for a specific illustrated encyclopedia of science fiction aliens. I owned a copy 15 years ago- beautiful glossy pages, each depicting an alien from a sci-fi book, and I believe a short paragraph of description. The cover was black with one of the gorgeous illustrations on the front. The illustrations were very detailed and may have been painted. Wasn't gigantic, maybe a 1/4 inch thick. I have googled and searched amazon to no avail. Thanks in advance.
posted by bmct at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it normal to cut off your female friends for the sake of your girlfriend?

Is it normal to cut off your female friends for the sake of your girlfriend? [