May 2010 Archives

May 31

Wot's for dinner?

Does anyone have experience cooking Ethiopian food? I live in a part of Oakland, CA with a lot of Ethiopian groceries that I'd like to start taking advantage of. I'm looking for any info on cookbooks, kitchen implements, pantry items or special injera-fu techniques I should know about.
posted by WASP-12b at 10:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Travelling to Texas

I am traveling to Tyler Texas and Dallas at the end of June. I could use ideas on things to do. [more inside]
posted by zito75 at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

What stitch is "S.S."?

My new old sewing machine has a blind stitch lever with three settings: "B.S.", "M", and "S.S.". What is "M", and especially what is "S.S."? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the best font settings in Firefox?

What's the best/optimal font settings in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Should inheritance be distributed equally between siblings?

Should inheritance be distributed equally between siblings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 PM PST - 47 comments

Where to find kinetic art?

Where can I find or purchase mobile or kinetic sculpture, ideally of the kind that is featured about halfway through IRON MAN 2, when Tony Stark is talking to "Pepper" Potts in her office and is distracted by the kinetic art on her desk?
posted by Mr. Justice at 7:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Would a plane ticket from Toronto to Beijing cost more after today?

Would a plane ticket from Toronto to Beijing cost more after today? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Can't Connect my PC Laptop to Airport Extreme network.

Can't connect to Airport Extreme with my PC. The Macs in the house have no trouble. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

JPEG / Picasa Metadata Export

Picasa/Jpeg Questions: How can I export metadata from my massive photo collection? Also, is there any reasonable way to get the face recognition information into the pictures themselves? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

buying a garden/storage shed for the yard

I just bought a house with a small yard, and I am planning to get a garden shed for my yard maintenence and gardening tools. This seems like a basic thing to do, but before I spend $300-500 on a shed (or can I spend less?), what should I know? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 7:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Baseball stats on last major league hit?

Last Saturday, baseball player Kendry Morales hit a grand slam to win the game and promptly broke his leg at home plate. It got me thinking, perhaps morbidly -- what if he can't come back, and that was his last major league at bat? So my question is, is there info somewhere on baseball players' last at bats? Has anybody else hit a grand slam and then never appeared again? Difficult to google.
posted by JanetLand at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get oats in bulk near the Boston area?

Where can I get oats in bulk near the Boston area? I'm looking to cut down my breakfast costs, so I want to buy something like this. I assume that I could get it even cheaper than Amazon if I got it from a local cooperative/farm/something in the Boston area. Is that true, and if it is, how do I go about locating such a place?
posted by long at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

pain pains

How can I learn to deal better with my girlfriend's chronic pain? Or should I? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 6:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Reviews Of the iPad Three Weeks Later

Where can I find reviews of the iPad written after the reviewer owned the device for a while? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 6:52 PM PST - 22 comments

What's reasonable compensation for web page copy writing?

Some casual web writing I've been doing for my brother and his friend has suddenly ballooned into something resembling full-time work as requests from various Phoenix-area businesses to re-write their web-page copy have come pouring in. How much should I expect in compensation? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 6:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I recover from depression while in college?

This summer, I am making significant steps toward recovering from depression. How do I maintain these lifestyle changes once I return to college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Who hacked my amazon acount?

My amazon account got hacked. (besides the password) What should I change? [more inside]
posted by TheJehosephat at 6:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Toronto alleycat route

The first alleycat was held in Toronto according to Wikipedia. Is the route available anywhere online?
posted by vegetable100% at 6:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a Wordpress MU hosting service for multiple blogs under a single custom domain?

I'm part of a blog collective with some 20 blogs, running Wordpress MU. We're having a world of trouble with our hosting provider an sys admin. Help us switch. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 6:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How come the audience had to keep quiet on the View?

How come the View's audience, which consisted of naval personnel, were not allowed to clap or cheer when Sarah Silverman suggested that DADT was about to be a relic of the equal rights movement?
posted by jmmpangaea at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Stupid encryption hampers my attempts to get video game footage, how do I fix this?

How can I capture video game footage from my Sony Playstation 3? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 6:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Is Cactus Cooler anywhere around D.C.?

Any place you've seen Cactus Cooler for sale in or around D.C.? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

What home automation technology should I use for my remote light switches?

What home automation technology should I use for my remote light switches? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 5:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is there an apparent difference in book offerings?

Why does there seem to be so many conservative books at book stores? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 5:32 PM PST - 33 comments

Temporary workspaces in Cambridge/London/Paris?

Places to hang out and get work done in Cambridge/London/Paris? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 5:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Vet's closed but my dog needs help now.

My beagle has an ear infection. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. He's scratching to the point of bleeding. is there anything I can do for him tonight to ease his pain/itching?
posted by JV at 4:55 PM PST - 6 comments

My husband is depressed and wants to kill himself. He refuses counseling. How can I stop him?

My husband has convinced himself that his life is worthless and the world is better off without him. How can I help a man who refuses help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I learn to be a better talker?

People tell me I'm a good listener, but that's only good for half a conversation. I want to learn how to be a good talker. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 4:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How to give medical/genetic news to family?

I found out information through a genetic screen that could impact my dad's heart treatment. How do I clue him in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

How to coexist with past partner in an overlapping social circles?

Suggestions/help on dealing with a break up and mutual friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How can Google see password-protected areas of my website?

I've password-protected part of my website so that I could put up some info about a project that a friend and I are working on, without anybody else seeing it. I have a vanity search saved on Google for my name. Today I got a Google Alert for one of the new password-protected pages. How is Google able to read my password-protected pages?
posted by joannemerriam at 4:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Hold the pickle==hold the coffee?

Food Preference Filter: Do you hate pickles? Do you hate coffee? Do these taste aversions always co-occur? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 4:05 PM PST - 78 comments

Overly complex question about overly complex federal hiring process

Federal job application filter. I see that the federal hiring process is going to be simplified by November, but I'm hoping to get a job before then! I'm new to this process, and I understand that federal job applications are different from others. I have a few specific questions about making sure I don't let anything essential slip between the cracks. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 3:56 PM PST - 4 comments

I want brass and I will alliterate to get it

What are some big, bombastic brass bands that will blow out my brains? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:45 PM PST - 28 comments

How to solder electronic components?

I'm trying to pick up this Arduino project, but I do not know how to solder. I bought this temperature controlled Weller unit, and leaded solder (63% Sn / 37% Pb). What temperature do I need set the unit to? How exactly does "tinning" work? How do I prevent the board from burning when the tip gets close? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Who wants to make me some clothes?

How much could or should I expect to pay for the following service (and does this even exist): I walk up to someone and hand them a skirt and some fabric. I say "Please do the following: Rip up the skirt and make it into a pattern. Make one skirt." How much for 3-4-more skirts? What if it was a simple sundress? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 3:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a good wireless network antenna

Wireless Network antenna: Anyone use one/can recommend one? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are my eyes so itchy?

Why are my eyes so itchy? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me with a car problem

Doing 60mph on an incline, I pressed down on the accelerator and nothing happened. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 3:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Dresser drawers wont open. Help!

My dresser is designed to only open one drawer at a time, but now, none of the drawers are all stuck can i fix this? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 2:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Is a compost pile ever "done?"

Newbie composting question: How is your compost ever "done" if you keep adding new kitchen scraps and material to it? [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 2:15 PM PST - 15 comments

This is not the right side of the bed.

What are some good strategies for fixing things when you started out on slightly bad terms? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:01 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I transfer colleges with a fresh start?

Is it possible to get accepted at a community college or university without submitting prior college transcripts and still get financial aid? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Everyone slept until noon.

I'm looking for books about life in New York City in the 1970s; nonfiction preferred. [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 1:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Will the oil well run dry at some point?

Wont the BP oil well run out of oil at some point? How long could it possibly keep spewing? Don't wells run dry? (Sorry if I am hopelessly naive. I've never thought about oil wells in my life before this.)
posted by Sully at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Simulacrum and Simulation

I want to know about the best simulation games out there. Preferably regular (Steam/disc-based) rather than online games - if you know of a farming game that isn't Farmville - or Agricola - I'd be up for that. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to find a database of all movies made?

Is there a relatively complete movie database in csv or other Excel-friendly formats? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA at 12:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Screwy behavior from Facebook like buttons

I'm trying to put Facebook "like" buttons on my blog posts. Some of them work. Some of them don't. I can't discern any pattern. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

How to calculate orifice diameter for laminar flow from a nozzle

How to calculate nozzle orifice diameter for a given fluid flow rate to have a laminar output stream rather drips (orifice too large/ flow rate too small) or turbulent flow (orifice to small / flow rate too large)? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Minnesota Furniture Removal

Getting rid of old furniture. Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota. [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 12:26 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm sorry, I can't understand you

You're at a loud party, or you have a bad phone connection, or the other person has a thick accent. Whatever the culprit is, you're having trouble understanding what the other person is saying. You've already asked them to repeat what they were saying, but still, no dice. How do you handle this politely and gracefully?
posted by estlin at 12:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Purchase Mini Blinds Online Or Local?

There is about a $200 difference between the online price of mini blinds for six windows and the estimate of a local merchant -- same manufacturer, same specs, etc. Have you ever made this choice? [more inside]
posted by partner at 11:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend some indie/hip African or Reggae bands?

Can you recommend some indie/hip African or Reggae bands? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 11:32 AM PST - 21 comments

If Elliot Carter had a radio smash hit it would be...

My ears, they are bored (music recommendation filter): I am looking for badass, virtuosic, intricate, musically interesting, preferably contemporary pop/rock music. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:24 AM PST - 54 comments

Can I tell if oil has already been added to gasoline?

Is there a way to tell if I have already added the oil into the gas can for my two-stroke trimmer? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

My Thinning Lips Want a Boyfriend.

What does it feel like to kiss someone who has had cosmetic lip injections? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments

DVD to iPad?

DVD ripping newbie wants to know: how easy and legal is it to rip DVDs so they can be watched on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by hhc5 at 11:09 AM PST - 22 comments


Who sings the song in the new, French, "my dad doesn't know I'm gay" McDonald's commercial? [more inside]
posted by january at 10:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me make a get your butt swingin' dance music (pop, house, nu disco) playlist!

Help me make a get your butt swingin' dance music (pop, house, nu disco) playlist! [more inside]
posted by wooh at 10:19 AM PST - 2 comments

subconscious run amok?

Do you know the name for this psychotherapy technique: the symptoms come from some element in your routine which seems harmless but something in your subconscious freaks out about it. So you randomly omit items from your routine and if you are lucky you pick the right one for the first or second trial and your symptoms go poof. Also if there was an original inventor of the technique I would be interested in knowing that. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Honey, I shrunk the property.

A neighbor has built a retaining wall that extends a few inches into my property. What action should I take? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 9:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Max out my Roth IRA or diversify first?

Should I max out the contribution to my Roth IRA before beginning to diversify? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me understand these protest signs

I saw a protest in Hong Kong, and took some photos of the signs. I've never been able to read them, and always wanted to know what the protest was about. Can you help me read the signs or understand what the drawings depict? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Need Help Finding a TV show location

Please help me identify a bridge as seen on Justified the TV show. In the first episode of the FX network show Justified, there is a large green suspension bridge featured quite prominently. According to Wikipedia the pilot episodes were shot in Pittsburgh and suburban Kittanning, Pennsylvania and Washington, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get rid of these weird black lines on my Mac

My Macbook's been acting strange recently. I'm getting weird straight, black lines around open windows. (screenshot inside) Help! [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments


Question about the on-screen guide on my Time Warner Cable DVR. [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Not so easy rider

How do i need to train? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

I need some ants to temporarily move out of their home.

I need to put a railroad tie post exactly where a red ant colony is. I don't mind that they are there, except that when I stand there, in seconds my shoes are covered with red ants, and a couple minutes, they'd be all over me and the bites hurt. I need them gone for a couple days. I don't want to use insecticide because I don't like such things in general and because it is very near an irrigation ditch. Ant suggestions?
posted by allelopath at 8:37 AM PST - 16 comments

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for?

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Better the second time around?

Can you think of any re-makes that were superior to the original (or even just as good?) The originals of The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy, ...just as examples, were superior to their re-makes. The first Sabrina was wildly better than the later version. Any suggestions for films whose remakes are well worth watching--or actually better than the original?
posted by uans at 8:21 AM PST - 47 comments

Beach house rental, minus oil

Looking for an alternate beach house rental in late August. [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 7:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What OS X Bit Torrent client is best for working with remotely?

Help me decide on the best bit torrent client for use on a remote machine... (OS X Leopard). [more inside]
posted by Biru at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Why won't Acrobat/Distiller save my file?

Adobe Acrobat/Distiller query: I choose Adobe PDF 9.0 from the print dialog of Word 2008 on my Mac, and choose PDF/X-1a:2001 from the PDF Options. I click Print, am asked for a filename/location, the printing queue window opens, but NO FILE IS SAVED! What am I doing wrong? If I try and open the Word doc from within Acrobat, to output it there, it tells me it can't be outputted as a PDF/X-1a file.
posted by humblepigeon at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

If you tell me just go with "queer" I'll know you're messing with me.

Is "LGBT" the official designation for any particular organization or group, or is it simply an accepted social convention, like saying "white people" or "ball players?" [more inside]
posted by snapped at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Quick and easy scheduling solution recommendation?

Employee scheduling solution? Our in-house staff is big enough to require something better than a manually updated Excel file, but not big enough to warrant the time and expense of a full ERP... [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Chordian Knot

Help me get my head around chords in music. I think I understand the basics, but then get confused when thinking about progressions, inversions, root movements etc. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 5:35 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm moving to Vienna for the summer. What do I need to know?

I'm moving to Vienna to work for nine weeks this summer. What do I need to know? How can I get the most out of my stay? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 5:26 AM PST - 14 comments

advice on moving very heavy

I need to move this very large round stone object onto the bed of truck using only man power without a hoist. It is probably 500kg. Is rolling it up a ramp the best way? Can two people roll a very heavy round object up an incline? I only have one chance to do this. How to go about it?
posted by Infernarl at 5:11 AM PST - 17 comments

A coutnerintuitive idea to plug the gusher

Please tell me why this idea about stopping the unstoppable gusher will not work: I remember vaguely learning of something called Venturi's law in science class - that if you restrict the flow of a fluid, the pressure goes up. Thus to lower the oil pressure enough to allow the mud to push it down, perhaps they should actually open it up rather than try to plug it. [more inside]
posted by Astragalus at 2:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get Japanese iPad apps on my US iPad?

What exactly do I need to do to be able to download a Japanese exclusive iPhone/iPad app? (I am in the US, and the app in question is Puyo Pop Fever Touch.) [more inside]
posted by raygan at 1:54 AM PST - 5 comments

I need songs to be happily sad to, please. Or sadly happy, if you prefer.

Please help me build a playlist around a strangely narrow thematic framework: I need music suitable for bittersweet, fond farewells. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 1:41 AM PST - 59 comments

Navigating across a cultural divide

RelationshipFilter: Hints requested on communicating across nuances of different cultures without constantly worrying about hurt feelings, treading on eggshells and overwhelming fears and doubts. [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:15 AM PST - 16 comments

May 30

Where does Fireworks store image map hotspots?

How can I edit or update an image map in Adobe Fireworks CS4 or CS5? I've saved the .png that contains "hotspots", I have the HTML that Fireworks exports, with all the hotspot coordinates, but if I move these files to a different folder, then reload the .png into Fireworks, all the hotspots are gone :( [more inside]
posted by flutable at 10:56 PM PST - 4 comments

How to go about buying a used car in Sydney?

I need help in figuring out how to go about buying a used car in Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur at 10:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me fill out my old-timey, romantic playlist

I'm trying to build out a playlist of old-timey, romantic songs. The two that I've started with: Guilty by Yann Tiersen (Amélie soundtrack) and Moon River by Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's soundtrack). Which songs would you suggest I add?
posted by charmston at 10:23 PM PST - 29 comments

Interesting budget places to stay in Berlin?

I'm going to be staying in Berlin for nearly two weeks in the summer. I need to pay hostel-style prices (10-40 euro/night), and would like to stay at a great location in a space that attracts and makes it easy to chat with interesting people (writers, artists, or just an eclectic crowd...). Don't want a heavy party atmosphere. Any hostel recommendations? And are there non-hostel accommodations I should consider?
posted by shivohum at 10:23 PM PST - 9 comments

We need a good, fun, intelligent two player board game!

I want a game that is intelligent and very fun for two people that can be played in someplace like a cafe. [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 10:07 PM PST - 59 comments

Who is the mystery-writer equivalent of Terry Pratchett?

I'm looking for the mystery-writer equivalent of Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 9:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Starting a startup?

What do you wish you had known before starting your...startup? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Text to wav without limits?

How can I change text into playable .wav files for minimal cost? [more inside]
posted by candasartan at 8:41 PM PST - 6 comments

I need places to get off the train or I'll spend all day staring out a moving window (which could be fun anyways)

What cool things are off the Metra? (Chicagoland filter) [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Had Airplane Ear for 5 days. Anything serious?

I have had airplane ear for five days, and have tried everything. Any final suggestions? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 7:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me to appreciate the Rolling Stones.

Help me to appreciate the Rolling Stones. I love classic rock and I practically worship Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, but I've never really delved into the Stones. I like music that is quirky and keeps me guessing, whose harmonies or arrangements take me by surprise. When this doesn't happen, I like music that is just unquestionably awesome (for any reason). Where should I begin (album-wise) to appreciate the Rolling Stones?
posted by Alabaster at 7:23 PM PST - 32 comments

Green apps

App Filter: I'm looking for a plant identification/database app for the ipod touch. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 7:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a gift for my techie nephew!

Are there any computer games that teach programming to teenagers? My nephew just turned 13, and he's a budding techie/robotics whiz. I'd like to get him interested in programming, but he'll probably be interested only if there is some game involved. Any ideas?
posted by adverb at 7:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Sitting Ducks

Trying to help a family of ducks trapped in an empty swimming pool. [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds at 7:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Who can get JR Linear tickets?!

Tokyo: In-laws are in town, planning a mini-break, and if NOT Hakone, then where.... [more inside]
posted by lundman at 6:58 PM PST - 8 comments

literature of the Lower Manhattan melting pot

Bookhelp: I'm looking for memoirs or fictional works that are set in Chinatown or Little Italy, NYC, and deal with cultural exchange between Chinese and Italian immigrants. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 6:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Who is publishing funny writing?

Where should I go to read laugh-out-loud humour writing? People talk about the golden days of Mad Magazine and National Lampoon... where can I find funny writing nowadays? It can be online, a blogger or tweeter you find funny, or it can be in print. Bonus points for a collection of writers grouped with a similar aesthetic (like Mad Magazine), but I'm open to anything that's making you laugh. I'm loving Shit My Dad Says, Overheard in New York, The Bugle. Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem at 6:30 PM PST - 39 comments

En danseuse jusqu'au sommet / Pedaler en grand braquet.

SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How many shares in how many hands?

Is there a way to find out how many people own a stock? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Find an elsewhere to be, roaches.

Urban dwellers with concrete yards: Have you had any success repelling cockroaches? I'd prefer less creepy-crawly company in the summer when I'm relaxing in my garden, thanks. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Washer only wants to spin

I just closed on my house a few days ago, moved in this weekend. I thought the inspector had checked the washer and dryer, but apparently he hadn't. No matter what settings I choose, all it does is the spin cycle. What causes this, and is it fixable? Also, how likely is the seller to be receptive to rectifying the problem? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 5:26 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I shut down poor me?

Tips for not complaining about a relatively minor physical issue? I'm beginning to suffer from hereditary osteoarthritis. I stand up funny and people ask what's wrong. I have stiffness and pain and tend to complain. I've listened to family complain about it and found it tiresome. How do I shut up and not burden people with a thing they can't do anything about and can't relate to, and isn't ultimately, that horrible? In twenty years, should I live so long, I'll freely complain about my hip replacements, but until then? We all find our own ailments fascinating, but other people's, not so much. I've read related asks, but this is specifically about a physical/health issue.
posted by rainbaby at 5:16 PM PST - 11 comments

It's been YEARS since they lost a kid, right?

What tips does the Hive Mind have for sending my 7-year old off as an unaccompanied minor on a cross-country airplane trip? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 4:35 PM PST - 33 comments

Critters make my skin crawl

How do I assure myself that I did not just bring in ticks to take over my house? [more inside]
posted by wending my way at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

She's running the distance, she's running for speed

What is the correct way to run at interval speeds for weight loss? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 4:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Laptop as a DVR

Can I turn my Dell D620 into a DVR? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 4:19 PM PST - 1 comment

A t-shirt - that's a cardigan?

Help me find a short sleeved t-shirt that is also a cardigan! [more inside]
posted by pinky at 4:13 PM PST - 16 comments

NYCfilter, hotels in brooklyn

[NYCfilter] Cheapish Brooklyn hotels or hotel-oid situations? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving from Orlando to Seattle. Where to find a pickup with a hitch so I can tow my car and motorcyle?

I'm moving from Orlando to Seattle and I need to move a small pickup truck and a small motorcycle. Is it possible to rent a decent sized pickup truck with a hitch so I can tow my own pickup and put the motorcycle in the bed of the truck? I need to move in about two weeks and it's sort of an emergency. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Wine Question...

Wine Question: I've got a bottle of 2003 Radford Dale Gravity, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Is it still "good"?
posted by shoe478 at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Airvideo for MacBook Pro?

What's the best way to replicate the Airvideo app on a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Recover a Three-Ring Binder

Anybody know of a tutorial for recovering a three-ring binder? [more inside]
posted by Srudolph at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

The Most Awesome Quiz Event

Help me devise a quiz show type event for the final session of a study group I lead. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Need some name ideas of African origin

I need some African name suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 1:53 PM PST - 18 comments

British Columbia Law Filter: Power of Attorney.

Help my (elderly) mother take care of her (even more elderly) sister. YANML, and we will be consulting one soon, but in the meantime . . . [more inside]
posted by Slugette at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I stop feeling these pointless feelings?

How can I truly be happy for someone when they married someone I strongly dislike? (Oh, and I happened to have feelings for the married guy) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Which Singapore retail bank has the best transaction account for expats?

What Singapore bank offers the best transaction account for an expat Australian who travels to the UK and USA? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Also, bookstores with especially friendly cats

Bookstore recommendations in London, Paris, and Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Casuistry at 12:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Moving Nightmare

Any ideas about my moving nightmare? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get tickets to EPL game on Boxing Day?

Best way to secure Boxing Day EPL tickets? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 12:10 PM PST - 9 comments

advanced internet sharing

Advanced internet sharing: I want to share my MacBook's wireless internet connection via ethernet to a Netgear router, which will then act as a wireless access point for other computers. [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

iTunes headaches!

iTunes/Networking Filter: Cannot see a shared library that resides on my Windows XP desktop on iTunes on my Windows 7 laptop... [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 12:02 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I find information about cat personality research?

Librarians? Anyone? I'm looking for information on describing and/or predicting cat personality characteristics. I've been trying to find a library (or otherwise borrowable) copy of the ASPCA's "Meet Your Match Feline-ality guide" somewhere, or science/research/articles about it. No hits in WorldCat. Is it hopeless? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Differences in US/Euro temps and carbon footprint?

How much of the difference between US and European carbon footprints is due to differences in climate? [more inside]
posted by vim876 at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I find a nice apartment in Cordoba, Argentina?

My girlfriend and I are moving to Cordoba, AR in October, and we're having trouble finding a way to search for apartments online from where we are (Austin, TX). Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on websites or rental agencies in Cordoba. Any links help. Thanks!
posted by Eddy at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Trying to locate a first-person essay I once read.

Trying to locate a first-person essay I once read, back in the '90s mebbe. Situation: white English dude makes friends with/seeks to interview a ditzy, goofy, elliptical Arab dude. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses at 10:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Unreleased movie scripts: where are they hiding?

What's the best way to get my fix of unreleased movie scripts? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking eerie, haunting music recommendations

Recommend more eerie, haunting music for me! [more inside]
posted by grayber at 10:21 AM PST - 61 comments

Organizing photo files stored in and out of Aperture

I need help! I'm trying to get all of my photos organized and consolidated in my Mac Pictures folder - but they're strewn everywhere after using various programs to try to keep them organized... [more inside]
posted by fracturing at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Taking my kitties and getting the hell out of Dodge

So, I got a promotion and will be moving from Dodge City, KS to Grand Forks, ND in about three weeks. I've moved many times in the past, but this is my first one with professional movers. And with cats. Please help. [more inside]
posted by weathergal at 9:47 AM PST - 11 comments

$500 to spoil myself. What should I get/do?

$500 to spoil myself. What should I get/do? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 9:29 AM PST - 40 comments


Sometimes I'm browsing on my laptop and as soon as the page loads it turns blank [more inside]
posted by notned at 8:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Worried about Mint

I love the idea of, but I can't get over the idea of handing my online banking passwords to a third party. Am I overly paranoid? Am I underly paranoid? Convince me either way.
posted by soy_renfield at 8:37 AM PST - 22 comments

How much to charge for on-call web dev

Reasonable rates for on-call tech support/web development cover? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Locking folders in place?

Is there a way to lock folders into place on my MacBook Pro desktop so I can't accidentally move or delete them while manipulating surrounding files? Thanks.
posted by dgaicun at 8:02 AM PST - 8 comments

What happened to the 70mpg car I was promised as a child?

Does anyone else remember the textbook I am thinking of from the late 1980's? [more inside]
posted by Yellowbeard at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

I'd like to become Mary Kay

I'm looking for a company that can produce/manufacture custom nail polish for me, ideally in the US. [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 7:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with T-Mobile sim card in Germany

How can I add money to my T-Mobile Sim Card in Germany without knowing German? I'm in a little town where there doesn't seem to be a T-Mobile store or any other obvious place to add funds. I can call a number but it's all in German! Is there an easier way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Music identification

Can someone identify the song running through this trailer?
posted by freud at 6:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Buying Opportunity?

The stock price of BP is at about $42/share. When the US Market opens after Memorial Day, the price will have surely fallen because of the company's failed "junk shot" and "top kill". [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:47 AM PST - 40 comments

Term for these color combos, other than "Agh, my eyes!"?

Is there a technical term for these problematic color combinations? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How to hide/block all text in firefox

Is there a way -using greasemonkey or adblock plus in firefox- to hide/collapse all text in a webpage, but leave the images, etc. alone?
posted by subarctic_guy at 4:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Bookfilter: cult of the super mechanics

Help me identify this book or short story: A man accidentally creates a cult of super-mechanics when he recruits a native tribe to help him fix his plane. They mix religion and an obsession with mechanical detail. I might have seen this on MeFi, but I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by atrazine at 3:41 AM PST - 2 comments

What kind of work is out there for a person with severe muscular dystrophy? Need about $200/mo. extra money.

What kind of work is out there for a person with severe muscular dystrophy? Need about $200/mo. extra money. I have extensive general computer knowledge, sort of a jack of all trades, master of few. [more inside]
posted by MrFish at 1:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Most of my allergies are of the sneezing variety...

Doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals: is this a drug allergy, or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 12:42 AM PST - 5 comments

May 29

MyStickies functionality for sites requiring login

I need something like MyStickies ( that works for sites behind logins. If it ran locally on my machine, that would be fine, but isn't a requirement. [more inside]
posted by dblanchard at 10:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Advice for my website: timelines and comprehensiveness

How can I improve my political action site? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 8:11 PM PST - 20 comments

How to care for lizard eggs?

What do lizard eggs need to hatch? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 8:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Backpacking in the Northeast

Where to backpack for a week in Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire in September? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Lost finale church?

What church was the Lost finale filmed in? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Why no easy way to barter personal services with others?

Why isn't there a good way to trade/barter services with other people via the web? Craigslist is too local, and it takes too long to find an acceptable trade. Various barter sites suck and don't have enough people. Google or Ebay has a great opportunity here. Ideally such a service would also suggest/arrange multi-party trades. Such a website would not need to be very complicated, and would be incredibly socially valuable and fun. Golf lessons for Mandarin tutoring, anyone?
posted by blargerz at 7:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Vegetarian grilling quandary.

I'd like to throw an outdoor grilling-type party, and I'm a vegetarian who won't cook meat amongst a salivating crowd of non-veg types. What do meat-eaters think of a no-meat outdoor summertime gathering? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 7:15 PM PST - 108 comments

Is this Cello restorable to playable condition?

Is this Cello restorable to playable condition? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 7:04 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama?

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Fun With Real Estate Agents

I just learned that in NY State, real estate brokers are allowed to represent both buyer and seller. As a buyer, I don't want the seller's broker for my agent! But it may be too late.... [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 5:58 PM PST - 22 comments

1970s modern outdoor furniture?

Recommendations for 1960s-1970s "California Modern"-compatible outdoor furniture? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 5:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Does a Canadian citizen need a visa to do an unpaid apprenticeship in the States?

I am doing an apprenticeship program at a non-accredited institution (building bikes) in the USA. I am a Canadian citizen. I pay them for this privilege, but will earn no money while I'm down there. I will be in the US for approximately 6 months. Do I need a visa?
posted by seagull.apollo at 5:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Will the iPad keep my parents from becoming senile?

My 65-year-old parents just purchased an iPad. They've never owned Mac products before and are learning a new language of interacting. It got me wondering whether this modern era, with greater access to information and new technologies to discover, will ward off dementia, and if so, to what extent. Any research or experience in that regard?
posted by Josh Coe at 5:22 PM PST - 13 comments

buy me a present

Help me buy myself a present. [more inside]
posted by defenestrated at 5:05 PM PST - 27 comments

How to mail sensitive electronics (e.g. RAM)?

How to mail sensitive electronics (e.g. RAM)? [more inside]
posted by mazniak at 4:53 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a special buckle

Anyone know where I can find a five-point harness type buckle? the kind you find on a high chair or such? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

It's not "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"!

Help me identify a poem mentioned in Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell". [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find cheap flea medicine!

Cheapest online source for Advantage Multi or Frontline Feline. And yes, I do have a prescription from my vet. [more inside]
posted by jenfu at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How did you survive the economic turbulance of the 70's & 80's?

If you or someone you know sat in hour-long gas lines in the 70's or graduated without a job in the early 80's, I want to hear your stories. I'm looking for anecdotal information on stagflation, not textbook definitions. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 4:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Suggestions for beginner BarBri bar exam taker who cannot attend live lectures?

Suggestions for beginner BarBri bar exam taker who cannot attend live lectures? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 4:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone recommend a good vendor for secure internet voting?

I am the secretary of a minor political party in Oregon. We need to do secure remote internet voting of about 55,000 members for elections by district. I have a voter file which is basically a flat file with voter information plus information about the legislative districts plus a unique ID. Our idea is to send each member a card with the unique ID that, once a person logs in, will enable them to vote in all races associated with the districts they live in. Can anyone recommend a good system?
posted by salp at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find my parents in Suggestion for a meeHelp me find my parents in Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, Terminal 1

Suggestion for a meeting point at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, Terminal 1? I'm meeting my parents at this airport in a few days. We arrive on different flights and different airlines around 1/2 hour from each other, both flying in from the US. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Pinhole camera time?

Google-fu fails: I built a plasticam pinhole camera last year. I then printed out a guide of how long to expose the film. Then I lost it! [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Who likes Rugby?

What are the cultural milieux for the various national rugby fraternities? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 3:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Accessorize my laptop

Help me properly accessorize my ThinkPad. To get: bag, external drive, fingerprint reader (?) etc. [more inside]
posted by Miss Mitz at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Elephant Straws

What should I do with 30 10-foot, 1-inch diameter PVC pipes?
posted by scose at 3:14 PM PST - 16 comments

What kinds of things did education focus on then?

In 1920, what would every well-educated British man be expected to know? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Best route to snorkeling for a poor swimmer

I'm not a very good swimmer. I can tread water, float on my back somewhat, and do a mediocre backstroke. But in a few months I'm going to Hawaii, and I'd like to have some fun snorkeling. What swimming skills should I focus on trying to learn? Should I start with learning finless swimming things first, such as the front crawl, or jump right into using fins and snorkel? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 2:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I get my data back? Or am I asking for a rainbow pony?

My 9 month old Macbook Pro flashed the gray screen of death. Is there any way to recover the data? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments

no, why don't YOU have a blessed day.

Why is everyone wishing me a blessed day? [more inside]
posted by camdan at 1:54 PM PST - 36 comments

Best Eastern Shore Crab Shack?

Best crabs this weekend on Eastern Shore around Ocean City and Chincoteague, maybe a little further south along Rt. 13? Other road trip suggestions for the area? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 1:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Lisfranc Injury: what will my mobility be like, and how do I move to NYC?

I fractured my second, third, and fourth metatarsals, my medial cuneiform bone, and I have what is called a Lisfranc injury in my left foot. How much mobility will I have as the healing progresses? How can I prevent gaining weight and stay in shape? How the heck am I going to move to Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by kscottz at 1:44 PM PST - 18 comments

What are some good self-reminders to be generous and compassionate?

What are some short quotes or sayings that can be used to remind yourself to treat others with compassion and generosity? I'm looking for quick reminders (maybe one-liners) to be used on the fly during the day. Thank you!
posted by jenmakes at 1:31 PM PST - 53 comments

help me get my fat cat slim

Fat cat needs to lose weight, but can't afford special foods or diets, um, help? Special snowflake story inside. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 1:28 PM PST - 62 comments

Give me my guillemets pls.

Is there an HTML code for a downwards/upwards pointing guillemet? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me keep the scum of the earth out of my email

My Ipod Touch was stolen last night. Boo Thieves. Help me protect sensitive information the thieves now have access to, please. [more inside]
posted by Term of Art at 1:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Downloading music on MP3 palayer

How do I download music on Curtis MP2012UK MP3 Player [more inside]
posted by page123 at 1:06 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I buy this house?

I can't buy the house because it isn't up to code and I can't fix it up because I don't own the house. Is there a way to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by stinker at 12:44 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to learn about marketing on the web — the right way.

I am interested in learning more about legitimate old-school marketing applied to the web, including how it relates to SEO, web analytics, usability testing, email campaigns, social media, etc. I'm looking for books and other resources to help me learn the basics of both technology and philosophy. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:31 PM PST - 2 comments

How can hon-handy types get a TV installed in Boston?

How do embarrassingly non-handy people in Boston buy a flat screen HD TV and affix it to the wall? [more inside]
posted by mozhet at 12:11 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get this jacket clean without damaging it?

How can I remove the stench of sweat from a wool jacket? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Do tax refund checks expire?

I just found my US tax refund check that was mailed to me in 2009, and never deposited. Last year, I filed my taxes on time, was mailed a refund, lost the check and never followed up. If I take this to my bank, will they let me deposit it? If not, what's the next step? (Anonymous because I'm ashamed of being so disorganized and so bad with money. I'm working on it.)
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

sad and blue

I have just inherited a Samsung LCD tv and I have a question about color calibration. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Effective glucose monitoring for an elderly diabetic

Wearable glucose monitors? Do they exist and if so, are they worth it? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

I need advice on that final trip to the vet.

Our poor cat is slowly dying. When it's time to go to the vet for the last time, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:06 AM PST - 38 comments

blam. all over the wall.

Please help me identify the make / model and place to buy this shower component. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:00 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the cost of living for a Masters student in Amsterdam?

What is a realistic estimate of living expenses for a money conscious international Masters student in Amsterdam who wants to live on the cheap, but also be able to have a good time? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I enter HR?

I'm a stay-at-home mom. I think I've developed an interest in HR. How can I position myself to enter that field when I return to work? More resume-type info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

My eyes, they are a-changin'

Help me read my contact lens prescription. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 3 comments

I've got piles.

Should I use Minwax Wood Hardener or tar on the pilings of my flood-prone house? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 9:28 AM PST - 1 comment

it really puts the "succ" in "succinate"

Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Performance question: Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7 vs. Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Hi there, I need a machine to do some heavy raw image editing on Adobe Lightroom. I am debating whether to buy a new Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7, or a 2year old Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, which would be about half the price of the Macbook. Each have pros & cons for me in related to their form factor, but how would they compare in pure performance terms...? Thanks for any advice.
posted by wildatheart at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How to be the best Best Man

Advice for being a Best Man. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 8:15 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me water my square foot garden!

I've built my first square foot garden, and I'm looking for tips on how I can automate (or at least make easier) the watering process. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

My overactive puppy is voracious and undiscerning!

My 13-week-old puppy eats everything, and a lot of it. How can I teach him some taste discrimination? How can I figure out how much to feed him? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens at 7:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Why preformed taco shells in the south?

Why do restaurants, even sit-down Mexican food restaurants, in the American South/Mid-Atlantic region, use preformed taco shells? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 7:43 AM PST - 36 comments

How to fix gap between residential door and door frame?

Handyman filter: we hired someone to install a new door in our rented house, but there is a gap between one side of the door and the frame. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by halfguard at 7:30 AM PST - 12 comments

A respectable small power source?

Respectable generator? [more inside]
posted by Nish ton at 7:21 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I regain access to my Enhanced USB storage device?

How can I repair / access an Integral/Courier 4GB USB memory stick? When I plug it in Windows 7 [Home Premium, 64bit] says the "Device needs to be reset before it can be used", then "Failed to reset the device to factory default". [more inside]
posted by n3rt at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Vegetarian food near the Roundhouse

I'm going to a gig tonight at the Roundhouse in London with some friends. We'd like to go somewhere to get some food beforehand and I'm wondering if any users here have any suggestions. Most of us are vegetarian and none of us have much money so ideally we'd want a cheap and cheerful little café or something. Anywhere within walking distance of the venue would be great. Thanks!
posted by sandig at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

How to check for identity theft?

How does one check if he's a victim of identity theft? [more inside]
posted by cavedirt at 6:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Distance meter

Is there a range finder / meter that is particularly good for photography? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 6:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Future linebacker in the making?

Will my big baby be a big adult? He 9 months and is in the 80th+ percentile for height and weight and his head is (literally) off the charts big. I am just kind of curious as to whether he is likely to be super tall/big as an adult and my googling of this question has let me down. [more inside]
posted by murrey at 5:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Books for Bhutan

YANM teacher, YANM parent, but which english textbooks would you recommend for grades K-6? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 5:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Yawning innoculation?

I am in India at the moment. When I yawn, nobody else does. [more inside]
posted by devnull at 4:20 AM PST - 14 comments

help me attach my kayaks to my car

Best roof rack for kayaks on a 2003 Toyota Echo? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 4:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Booking a domestic flight on the heels of an international one...

How long should I allow to collect baggage, clear customs, find the correct terminal, etc on (international to domestic) flights into and out of LAX? [more inside]
posted by dawson at 2:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Taking the Family to Tijuana -- Nuts or Not?

Visiting Mexico from San Diego -- safe or not for a family? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 1:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Freelance writing websites similar to textbroker and demand studios?

Are there any other freelance writing website similar to and [more inside]
posted by Tres at 1:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Nachos would be nice, too.

Where can I get cheddar cheese or queso blanco in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by annathea at 12:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How common is/was Alice?

Do/did people have Alices? I'm referring to The Brady Bunch's Alice -- a combination maid/cook/nanny who lived on site and was treated as a much-loved member of the family (with no outside life of her own aside from a mostly chaste relationship with Sam the butcher) while doing almost all of the real work of maintaining the household. Does/did this kind of role really exist in real life? [more inside]
posted by amyms at 12:13 AM PST - 52 comments

May 28

26 year old college graduate looking for first job

I am 26 years old and just graduated from college with a B.A. in Anthropology. I am looking for my first job. [more inside]
posted by pamela123 at 10:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Article about the Transformation of a Middle Eastern Family

Looking for a magazine-style article where the author recounts how his middle eastern family changed over the course of a generation from modern secularism to religious/political conservativism [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated at 10:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Help with addressing itunes buttons with applescript.

In iTunes 9.1, what is the applescript button number for the "Save Genius Playlist" button? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 9:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Up the street without a paddle, or is it 'down' the street?

Grammar filter: When do you say "up the street" versus "down the street"? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotbruce at 9:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Spoilers in the Mad Men season 3 DVD special features?

Are there spoilers in the special features on the Mad Men season 3 DVDs? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

transportation planner post-college

what jobs are out there in transportation planning for the liberal artsy type just out of college + wandering back home to Boston? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Build me an emergency car-kit

What item or knowledge has saved you in a car-related bind? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:19 PM PST - 47 comments

Recording of "RENT: The Musical" opening night?

Does anyone know if there is a recording of the original opening night of the "RENT" Musical; from the night after Jonathan Larson passed away, and if so, where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by linzenoonoo at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I grow a giant cabbage?

I should have paid more attention at 4-H camp. I want to grow a giant cabbage and a giant pumpkin. How do I help them get huge? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley at 6:27 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I convince the temping agency that I am working for to let me reduce my work hours, but not fire me altogether?

How do I convince the temping agency that I am working for to let me reduce my work hours, but not fire me altogether? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors at 6:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Used crossover suv under 20k?

Please help me pick a used car. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for "New Media" Masters programs in a warm climate, preferably west coast

Back to school filter: Looking for "New Media" Masters programs in a warm climate, preferably west coast. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by rampy at 5:31 PM PST - 18 comments

WiFi Poltergeist

My laptop can only connect to my girlfriend's wireless with Ubuntu, not Windows and it's driving me crazy. Tech problem or ghosts? [more inside]
posted by quietfire at 5:16 PM PST - 12 comments

How much of this moolah should be mine?

I work for a small (<40 people) specialized consulting firm. What should I be paid? My time is billed to clients at $150/hour. How much of that should I be seeing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Subscribe to Consumer Reports for Baby Stuff?

Is it worth getting a Consumer Reports subscription to research baby stuff? [more inside]
posted by TEA at 4:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Music database

Are there small databases for music and (less importantly for me), books and movies that are available as sql dumps or flat txt files? [more inside]
posted by rainy at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

help me haul my lazy ass around town

Folding bike or Electric scooter? Help me choose! [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:00 PM PST - 14 comments

How do mortgage broker comissions work in Canada?

A 2-part question about mortgage brokers in Canada: How do their commissions work? How do they source their deals? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 3:58 PM PST - 1 comment

How can a college student make $30K a year to pay student loans while attending school?

Trying to pay for the college of my dreams: Are there any legitimate part-time jobs (hopefully on the internet) that a college student could do to make $30,000 per year? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay at 3:38 PM PST - 75 comments

Help my treadmill time fly by

I spend most mornings before work with 45 minutes on the treadmill at my gym. To pass the time and not stare at the damn TV bank, I read. Help me find the best quality, most creative, intelligent, and engaging short-form non-fiction reading on the internet. Help me strengthen my mind as I strengthen my heart and not get captured by the boob tubes in my line of sight. [specifics inside] [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Oh, I don't want a bad hair day!

From Chicago, but in Denver for 6 weeks for training....who's a good gentleman's barber in Denver? [more inside]
posted by rtodd at 3:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Does no one make portable CD/mp3 players anymore?

Where can I buy a high quality portable CD/mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Where does one train to be a collision estimator in the Greater Vancouver Area?

Greater Vancouver area filter: Where can my husband learn to be a collision estimator? [more inside]
posted by burntflowers at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to download classic video game wav files?

I am looking for classic video game sounds and songs to download in wav file format without much luck. Can it be that hard to find these?
posted by Odinhead at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Moving from regular employee to contractor

The short: I've been laid off, but the company wants me to come back as a contractor to finish up a few projects. And I want to finish them. How much money do I ask for as a contractor? Of course, the details are inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get unicolor, gradient t-shirts

How can I get my hands on unicolor, gradient t-shirts? Where to buy, how to dye? [more inside]
posted by oxit at 2:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How Can We Both Be Right When We're Both Wrong?

Marital Discord filter: After a 30+ hour power outage I open the freezer and touch the ice cubes and discover the ice cubes are still completely frozen on top with no moisture. I declare all the items in the freezer safe to eat. Is this correct? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me find a very specific kind of bag.

Another very specific search for the perfect bag. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 1:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Save me from having to hire a data enterer.

Bah! Help me deal with my difficult excel data! [more inside]
posted by masterscruffy at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments

News on pacaya damage/spanish translation?

Has anyone got information on the extent of the problems caused by volcano Pacaya in Guatemala erupting today ASAP, or would someone be prepared to look for articles on Spanish sites? I have friends there I can't get through to.
posted by Not Supplied at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I make my Wordpress blog [import] Delicious like Tumblr?

Is there a plugin or other way to import bookmarks (and their excerpts, headline and tags) as individual blog entries into a hosted Wordpress installation? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Ford Econoline Safari rack recommendations

I have a 2005 Ford e150 van. I am going camping tomorrow and it would be nice to throw the clothes and sleeping bags on a roof rack. Yet the Yakima and Thule options seem terribly overpriced, and given the vehicle it should be obvious that fashion is not an issue. Is there a functional rack that I can get from a bricks-and-mortar retailer that costs <$300 and doesn't involve suction cups? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Floating wagon?

I work in the marsh and we need to carry some pretty heavy equipment soon; we have been trying to think of some way we can carry it all. We are thinking of some sort of sled/wagon that could handle diverse ground going from firm ground to puddles/ponds to very muddy, soft ground. Does anybody have good ideas? [more inside]
posted by Rustbeard at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Google Apps vs Exchange server ?

Looking for someone to summarize the key advantages and disadvantages of going with a premier Google Apps account versus Hosted Exchange Service versus in-house Exchange (where we are now). We are a small non-profit 150 users with 1.2 FTE IT support. Why the desire to move? Recent experiences with worm have brought the cots of in-house to the fore in downtime and support time to fix things..
posted by dougiedd at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for "Swimming Lessons"

This morning, I took my two daughters to the pool. One is 4.5, the other is almost 3. I thought it might be a fun project to see if I cannot, on my own, teach them to swim. I was wondering if there were any online, pre-designed "swimming lessons for 3 and 4 year olds" that people could recommend. Something thorough, and that you think is grounded in good practice.
posted by scunning at 12:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this zoo statement about tree branches (and apes) true?

What's the real reason apes evolved to move through trees using arms rather than legs and a tail; why do they swing rather than jump? Surely not because "a tree branch can hold more weight above than it than below it" (as purported by a suspect sheet of "fun facts" at the zoo). [more inside]
posted by theDTs at 12:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Portable multi-sample recorder and player?

Does anyone make a portable multi-sample audio recorder and player? [more inside]
posted by satori_movement at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Would a terabyte be terrible?

Am I limited as to the capacity of a second hard drive to be added to my PC? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Ginger-lime-sake cocktail help :)

[Cocktail filter] Please help me re-create Sei's "Liquid Wasabi" cocktail, which is wasabi-free, has sake, ginger, lime, and habanero. [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 12:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Hey, look over there. Whap.

Why did this bird attack me? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 12:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me a wild man, canoe style.

I would like to plan my own canoe trips, especially in whitewater. I've gone on a few trips with my old college, but never been the leader. How can I get started in planning fun, safe trips? How would you suggest gaining more experience? And is it a bad idea to go solo? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I do if I'm taking photos of people doing illegal things?

What are some good practices for taking photographs of people doing illegal things, for "documentary" sort of work? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Any hope to salvage my 2nd Gen iPod Shuffle?

Any hope to salvage my 2nd Gen iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by yeloson at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

This has nothing to do with your high school

Is it St. Louis or Saint Louis? [more inside]
posted by dyobmit at 11:33 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I bike to Sarah Lawrence from Brooklyn?

What is the best bike route to get from North Brooklyn to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY? I'm trying to plan a trip and I'm not sure I trust google maps' bike route feature yet, and doesnt go outside of the city limits. I'm looking for the safest route possible, but I also wouldnt mind going a little out of the way for a more scenic ride.
posted by minicloud at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

The business side of freelance photography.

So I'd like to start an art day camp out of my apartment, but I've heard I may need a license or something like that. Does anyone know what kind of steps I need to take legally before I start this project? [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Will I make it as an MPA?

Were you a Liberal Arts undergrad who got an MPA and ended up in government? I need your help. (Snowflakery inside) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Roussel Flesch: Russian/Hungarian Meat Mystery

My dad remembers his mother making him a dish he loved as a child in the 1930s called "roussel flesch." What is it? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

How much does a medium/large agency charge for creating animations?

How much does a medium/large agency charge for creating animations? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

YA Time Travel -- wish I could recall book

Help me find the title of this YA book I've been searching for for 30 years! Two female friends time travel back to old New York. Published in the late '60's or early '70's in hardcover. That's all I recall, except that I loved it. Thanks!
posted by kidelo at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Bored in the Bay

Bay Area filter: Fun things to do solo over Memorial Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Brain Cyst? WTH?

How serious is an arachnoid cyst in my brain? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Best traffic-less route to Cape May, NJ from Madison, NJ

I have at least two options of going to Cape May from Madison, NJ. Everyone tells me traffic will be insane no matter when I leave. Anyway, it looks like I have at least two routes. 1) I can take the parkway all the way down. 2) I have the option of taking 206-S and then getting on the GSP right after Atlantic City near exit 38. I'm thinking 206-S I'll hit less traffic. Where do people usually hit the brunt of the traffic heading down the shore? Thoughts on which route to take? Thanks!
posted by paulyballs at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Road trip with two 13 year old girls – need audio book recommendations.

Please share your suggestions for short and fun middle-school audio books. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 9:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators?

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm going to be let go--now what?

I've recently found out that I'm probably going to be let go from my job in the next week or two. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How to handle multiple job offers.

Please advise me on how to handle this delicate work situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Fiance's Mother... oy!

Is it wrong to ask my fiance to find an assisted living facility for his Mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 45 comments

Why, yes, I'd love to buy an undamaged, uncorrupted used I-touch.

Buying a used 8gb 3rd gen I-touch from Craigs List. What do I need to check out before handing over the cash? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

A little Vespa help

[Classic Vespa Filter] Calling all scooterists! Need some help. '64 VBB: I have gas in my carb box, a wet and black plug, and more smoke than typical. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Things to do in Newport when you're not dead

Things to do in Newport, Oregon (and environs) this weekend? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move?

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a hot male stripper who's ok with gays!

I'm helping plan a gay couple's bachelor party that is happening TONIGHT, and the male strippers just cancelled on us. Ugh. I know that the couple will be disappointed if there's no nudity involved in the shenanigans tonight. We were hoping to not have to go to a strip club, but rather have the strippers come to a house in the 'burbs. Help me find 1 or 2 gay friendly male strippers in the D.C. metro area [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing at 8:25 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get past the nervousness and have fun?

Good suggestions for calming first-date nerves? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 8:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Getting rid of a gas stove in good condition

I have a gas stove in good condition that I want to get rid of. Salvation Army's donation pickup line in my area (Boston) never answers my calls and never returns my messages. What other options do I have? Also, I was told by the stove salesman that selling the stove wasn't a good idea because I'd be liable if the purchaser hooked it up wrong and poisoned or exploded themselves. Is this true, or was it just FUD?
posted by Plutor at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

So testosterone boys and harlequin girls...

Looking for high-energy songs about lust and/or sexual jealousy. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 8:02 AM PST - 60 comments

Woodworking/Cabinet making on a budget

I've recently got really into woodworking, but, as I don't know if my first project was just a one off in terms of how fun it was and how well it went, I don't want to splurge on LOADS of equipment before I know I *really* like it. [more inside]
posted by dance at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Maintaining unoccupied home?

Tips for maintaining unoccupied home? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 6:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I replace my composite filling?

Should I ask my dentist to replace my composite (white) filling with something stronger, so my chewing sensitivity is eliminated? [more inside]
posted by blake137 at 5:53 AM PST - 13 comments

please fence me in

Our Portland OR house from 1924 is on a double lot, so we don't have a 'back' yard, we have a 'side' yard. The neighboring house from 1925 was built directly on the property line, as verified by surveyor and plat maps. That side of their house contains a window that can't see anywhere but into our yard, and a gas meter that the gas company needs access to. We're in fence building mode, and aren't sure where to put the fence, or how high it can be. [more inside]
posted by foobario at 5:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I trust this website selling cheap software?

Is this software sales site safe? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob at 5:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Am I willfully ignoring signs that he's lost interest: reading tea leaves and SMS?

Am I on the receiving end of an early-stages dating "fade-out"? Or am I just neurotic? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lisitasan at 4:52 AM PST - 8 comments

BayAreaDrivingFilter: help me get from 237 Westbound onto Central Expressway Northbound without getting lost in Mountain View.

BayAreaDrivingFilter: 237 W to Central Expressway without getting lost in Mountain View. [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 4:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me create the best online store for my buck?

How do I successfully build an online store and what online tools do I use? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 4:24 AM PST - 2 comments

I think Aunt Flo is trying to kill me

After 20 some years of having my period, everything hurts and aches so much more. I can't sleep because of it either and am averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Suggestions for eliminating pain immediately (please please) when regular remedies aren't working? [more inside]
posted by anniecat at 3:47 AM PST - 26 comments

Hosting webpage translations: Legal?

I want to translate some pages and make the translation available to other people. Can I do that? Google apparently can, without asking permission of the original author. What happens to the copyright of (Google-) translated web pages? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 3:42 AM PST - 8 comments

NYC => DC: Train or plane?

I heard the Oil Barons destroyed trains in the 70s in the US. Should I let this get in the way of a trip by train from NYC => Washington DC and back (just one night in DC)? Or are flights + security + not-dodgy company better? I have no idea. A previous AskMeFi thread suggested that in 2008 trains were slow but reasonably enjoyable. What's the Q2 2010 view?
posted by at 2:49 AM PST - 31 comments

How do you drink? Judging healthy drinking.

How do you drink alcohol? How do you judge healthy drinking? [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 1:34 AM PST - 41 comments

Random Late-Night Grammar Question

I know this is a silly question, but I've never been able to figure this out. If my sister and I have a favorite song, how would I describe that fact in a sentence? "That's my sister and I's favorite song", "that's my and my sister's favorite song", "that's my sister's and my favorite song?", or some other permutation I may not be seeing? [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey at 12:02 AM PST - 31 comments

May 27

Prednisone Problems

Am I coming off my temporary use of prednisone too fast? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 11:32 PM PST - 9 comments

May need immediate help for out of state friend

I have no phone and little contact information on a friend who may be suicidal right now. I need quick answers - I am very concerned. [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues at 11:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a few words about letters.

What are good resources for the history of letterforms? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist at 10:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Good Living Along the Georgia Coast

This summer, I'm temporarily leaving Atlanta for the Georgia coast, working for a month in Brunswick and for another month in Hinesville. I'm used to ... a substantially more urban lifestyle. Any advice on living in either of these areas? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 10:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me buy a sweet 4x4 truck/SUV.

I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 10:04 PM PST - 29 comments

How to find out transaction counts for credit cards used in restaurants

Been trying my best google-fu to no avail... so perhaps someone here might know where to point me.I am trying to determine the number of credit card transaction count and dollars annually that are used in the food industry, optimally broken out by fast food, restaurant and if possible restaurant bar by credit card type by year. Knowing this info for other countries would be helpful too. thanks so much for any help you can provide. smiles to all.
posted by wildpetals at 9:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Broken mower blues

Why is my lawnmower engine suddenly racing? Can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I move to Boise?

From Oakland to Boise? Liberal, hipsterish dude contemplating a move to attend BSU. Will I hate it? and yes, I saw this post, but it's from 5 years ago and I've heard the city is changing (for the better?) I'm thrilled about the rent prices I'm seeing. I've lived in Idaho before (Moscow), so I have a general sense of the culture, but haven't spent any time in Boise. What are the coolest, most convenient neighborhoods? Are there good (non-douchy) bars? Can I see relevant bands play? Any advice on transferring to BSU as an undergrad would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
posted by ryaninoakland at 9:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't Know how to ease my mom's burden

I feel bad giving tough love to my mom when she is feeling depressed about breaking up with her asshole boyfriend. I don't know how to make her situation better for her, or to ease her pain. All I can do is lend an ear but its annoying that my privacy is invaded constantly because shes totally out of it. I never had a private moment to myself all my life, that's a different story. How can I make light of the situation without losing my own sanity?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 8:29 PM PST - 25 comments

You are not my doctor, which is partly why I need one.

Looking for a new doctor in central or west end Toronto. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What was visual art like in 1560AD Astrakhan?

What visual artistic style(s) would have been popular in the port town of Astrakhan near the year 1560? Links to sample images would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking damage control ideas for pot smoking parents

What can a mom do to ease her 12, 13 & 15 year old's heavy hearts and worried minds after they discover that she and their dad like to smoke pot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 46 comments

Hallway with a View

Is there an architectural principle along the lines of "put your best window view in a hallway"? [more inside]
posted by typography at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Folder, i hardly even...

How can I change the view of EVERY FOLDER on my computer (vista 64) to the same view, sort by and group? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Experience with Flexi Drive Vacation?

Has anyone taken a flexi drive vacation? Is this kind of thing safe? [more inside]
posted by ejames at 6:48 PM PST - 5 comments


My house is completely infested with brown marmorated stink bugs, and I can't take it any more. Are foggers a possible solution? And how bad are they for people, pets, and the environment? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the ultimate toddler cup?

Help me find the ultimate toddler cup! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

CV of life experience?

42 year old man applying to college for the first time. What to put on a resume or CV to reflect life experience as well as work experience? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

A mysterious Thai amulet

Any ideas on the story behind this Thai amulet? [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 5:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Where Oh Where For Temporary Healthcare?

Where do I apply for the new Temporary High Risk Pool? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What do do on a rainy day in Tokyo?

Help me find something fun to do on a rainy day in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 4:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Arts council seeks examples of effective marketing materials.

[Nonprofit Filter] Small-town arts council needs your help! We seek effective examples of 1) an "ask package" or a "leave behind" to use as a guide when creating our own, and 2) an affordable and duplicatable example of a simple artist's database/registry. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Pinball Wizard?

Are there any good pinball games for Windows PCs out there? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 4:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Frieght to Norway

AskInternationalFreightFilter: How can I find the best way to ship a bunch of heavy big boxes from San Diego to Norway. [more inside]
posted by notnathan at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Fake landlords

My friend, renting a room in a house, has found that the people he was renting from didn't actually own the house. He came home to find an eviction notice on his door and the locks changed. The fake landlords have moved all of their stuff out, changed their phone number, and are gone without a trace. Now my friend can't get to his stuff. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 3:41 PM PST - 20 comments

But will you do windows?

We find it exceptionally hard to find and hire people who are not only good at management, strategy and planning, but who are also exceptional at the hands-on tasks that are in their field of expertise. Most people we speak with, or even hire, tend to only be good at one or the other, or are only willing to do one or the other. How do we figure out if someone that we want to hire will truly be decent at both? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 3:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Anyone switching back?

Why do Macbooks cost so much more than Windows notebooks? Now that Microsoft has gotten it right with Windows 7, is the Macbook still worth it? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 3:25 PM PST - 61 comments

How to find the up to date text of an Act of Parliament?

How do legal professionals obtain up to date texts of statutes? This is for lawyers in "common law" jurisdictions--The former British commonwealth and the USA, basically. [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 3:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Famous translators?

Who were the most famous and interesting modern-day translators of ancient texts? Are there any interesting articles or books about the personalities who translated the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 60's, the Mayan codices, etc? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 3:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Any good downhill runs for land paddling in SE Michigan)

Land Paddling in SE Michigan looking for some good downhill runs. Clawson/Royal Oak area is like an MC Escher painting, all uphill all the time. Would like to do some good carving.
posted by mrflibble at 3:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Blogs Curating the Craft of Music Making?

There are so many wonderful visual design websites/blogs where designers are discussing cool things that inspire them. What about music or audio design blogs that do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell at 2:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Anti-white noise?

How can I keep the white noise from the AC unit from zoning me out all day at work? [more inside]
posted by thekilgore at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Portland pubs & garb

Pub and shopping suggestions in Portland? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Driving a new car into the US with non-matching registration?

Driving a new car into the US with non-matching registration? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Fun outdoorsy things around Portland, Maine?

Hiking, kayaking around Portland, Maine? I'm visiting this weekend and I've read many of the previous threads but I have a few specific questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

It's like a sauna in here.

What's the most effective and efficient way to keep our small apartment cool? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 2:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Band vs. Jersey vacation hordes

Driving on a tight timeline from NYC to Philadelphia on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend: are we screwed or really screwed? [more inside]
posted by otolith at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do in Heathrow Airport for 12 hours?

We have a 12 hour layover (10am to 10pm) in Heathrow airport on a saturday. don't have visa to go out. - Looking for thing's to do - a place to rest (or better yet sleep) - restaurants to eat on a budget
posted by WizKid at 1:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Which high-quality bike lock has the smallest keys?

Which high-quality bike lock has the smallest keys? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 1:39 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good tech/computer book swapping site?

Is there another online book swapping service (like Paperbackswap or Bookmooch) that is better/best for tech/computer books? [more inside]
posted by kjhosein at 1:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I depressed or just unlucky?

I have had a rough year and my husband thinks I may be depressed, but I think it may just be a rough patch. There are a few things that have happened in my life over the past year or so that are making me bummed out and exhausted almost constantly. What does your experience with depression tell you about my situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Might have bought a stolen camera?

How would you play this? I think a camera I bought (and paid for with Paypal) may be stolen. The sellers name does not match the name of the copyright owner (saved in the camera). I have tracked down the person's name in the same city the camera came from... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Should my fiancé and I move in with my Mom to help her out?

Should my fiancé and I move in with my Mom to help her out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Fourth anniversary gift ideas

I want to buy my wife a flowers or fruit themed gift that is more permanent than flowers or fruit and I'm drawing a blank. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 1:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Watching Eurovision in Chicago?

Where in Chicago can I watch Eurovision? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comment

mmmmmmmm coffee

Best coffee shops in San Francisco for hanging out and reading for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by MillMan at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me value what Waitrose shares out to me

What's the deal with skin-on UK fish fillets versus skin-off Everywhere Else fish fillets? [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

We all want to change the world

Asking for a friend: "I have a week off in July and I want to spend it volunteering in Asia. Ideally, I want to help save the sea turtles, but I'm open to other ideas. Do you have any advice on this matter?" [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:58 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get good sound without annoying neighbors?

Do you have any recommendations for a sound system / speaker layout that will get good sound to my ears, but not to my downstairs neighbor? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I edit a compiled .cgi program/script?

How can I edit this compiled .cgi file without breaking its functionality? [more inside]
posted by at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Tattoo N00b

[TattooFilter] I've finally decided to lose my tattoo cherry, and have a pretty good idea of what I want, but specific questions remain. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:40 AM PST - 26 comments

Does great decaf exist?

Inspired by this question, anyone have recommendations for great decaf coffee beans?
posted by The Dutchman at 11:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Air Conditioner Question

My girlfriend and I live in an apartment on the 10th floor of our building. It gets very hot during the summer. However, we have an air conditioner in our bedroom. We're wondering how to keep our room as cool as possible. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 11:03 AM PST - 21 comments


What contemporary artists or arts organizations are using art to address major global issues? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

I just want my reading to flow again

I used to read a lot. Those days are gone -- and the "to read" pile keeps getting higher. Help me become an efficient reader again! [more inside]
posted by Opal at 10:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Naughty music needed

Imagine a party à la Madonna's Justify my Love video. What music would you play?
posted by Dragonness at 10:11 AM PST - 31 comments

Embeddable, Real-Time World Cup Scores for Any Site?

Are there any good embeddable World Cup Soccer / Football schedules and scores tools for websites? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 10:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Verdigris in bathtub drain?

How to treat the bright green deposit in my bathtub drain? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm teaching courses I've never taken - do I tell my students?

I'm teaching courses I've never taken, in a department that's not a department of what my degree's in. Do I come clean with my students? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 9:54 AM PST - 51 comments

Help me archive my T-shirts

I want to properly archive a large collection of T-shirts. What's the best way to store these, considering that the most important part is the print, which is made of Plastisol, a PVC-based ink? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

I now pronounce you Nerd and Nerd.

Help me come up with a nerdy inscription for my cousin's wedding present. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there ever do-overs in life?

What's the likelihood that, upon withdrawing from a PhD program at one institution, you would be admitted later into a similar program elsewhere? Is there a reason to believe one would be effectively blacklisted or disregarded for failing to succeed on his/her first attempt? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing at 9:25 AM PST - 17 comments

EC Book, you'd be well advised to at least list the price in EUROS.

I'm hoping one of you knows something about EC Book software. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Is my mom an alcoholic? What do I do?

I'm planning on moving in with my parents at the end of August, but I think my mom might be an alcoholic. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 30 comments

He lives on the west coast. I live on the east coast. Do I try or do I move on?

He lives on the west coast. I live on the east coast. Its the most passionate relationship I have ever been in, except we never talk when we're apart. Do I try or do I move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Where's my child's money going and can I get it back?

YANML (You are not my lawyer) I live in the state of South Carolina and am the divorced noncustodial dad of a 7 year old girl. I have visitation and access to any records on my child and so on. My ex-wife is required by our Divorce Agreement / Court Order to maintain health insurance on our daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

What would be the best wireless outdoor security camera for me?

What would be the best wireless outdoor security camera for my needs? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Do HD movies look as bad as I think they do?

Film geeks.. I'd like to know if I'm really in the minority here, since nobody else I've talked to understands. I find myself being able to quickly tell whether a major motion picture was shot on traditional film cameras or HD.. And it really bothers me. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 8:57 AM PST - 26 comments

sugar craving

How do I control crazy-strong sugar cravings that come only after dinner? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 8:53 AM PST - 15 comments

is Apple's word = law?

Flash is going to be dead? My job is based almost solely in flash development. I love it. Am I going to be out of a job (soon)? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 8:53 AM PST - 31 comments

What eye cream should I use?

I'm looking for a hypoallergenic (or at least non-irritating) eye cream that will reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. I'm in my late 20s, and I usually wake up in the morning looking like someone has punched me in both eyes. The skin under my eyes is very thin and very sensitive, and many of the eye creams I've tried have only made the puffiness and dark circles worse. Any suggestions?
posted by zembla3 at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

too [blank] to f**k

Argh, I'm too uptight - or something - to get it up. HELP. [more inside]
posted by jetsam at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find insurance for a music booking agent?

I'm a music booking agent. I need liability insurance... Why can't I find it anywhere? [more inside]
posted by vilolagrl at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to crank my freelancing up a notch

I am looking for tips on becoming a successful freelance writer. I have a degree in English, and I currently write for Textbroker. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 7:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Emergent Phenomena

Looking for a good book on "Emergence." [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 7:07 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the questions in the Elementary Division Toronto District School Board (TDSB) interview this year (2010)?

What are the questions in the Elementary Division Toronto District School Board (TDSB) interview this year (2010)? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant at 7:06 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I buy a generator for my house?

Help me buy a generator! Degree of difficulty: 5-ton AC. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments

How to add photos to a site and not allow them to be downloaded

How to post photos on a web page so that they can't be downloaded and saved? [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 6:23 AM PST - 33 comments

What is this glass container?

What is this? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 5:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Dustin' off my clogs

99.9% certain I'm going to accept a new job that will involve my moving back to the Netherlands from Germany. I'll be based in the Hague (Scheveningen, actually,) which I don't know well at all. Looking for help from the hive mind on areas to consider living in (roughly 1000 - 1200 / mo budget for rent) along with restaurant, bars, gyms, food shopping and all the good stuff that makes up a life. [more inside]
posted by Expat at 5:41 AM PST - 10 comments

That sounds familiar...

I found a passage in a novel that directly takes material from a popular email forward. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 5:37 AM PST - 63 comments

Can I Tumbl by myself?

I like Tumblr. Is there blogging software out there that can do the same thing on my own hosted space? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know what this medal is?

A friend of mine found an old military medal in New Hampshire. It appears to be made of tin or some other light metal and handmade. The first part is a twig attached to a decoration, and the second part is arrows in a pouch. I put video on YouTube at . The audio is from Lost, which was playing when I did the video. Does anyone know what these medals are?
posted by nathanrudy at 5:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Juvenile Fiction ID?

Young-adult fiction about the barest survival of a family in rural Appalachia? [more inside]
posted by Pamelayne at 4:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Job interviews from the other side of the desk

Any tips for holding a successful job interview? [more inside]
posted by Navek Rednam at 3:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you point me to a good GPL user account management system?

Ok, so, i'm looking for a user account management system that's: open source, web-based, LAMP-based would be best -but if there's a good IIS solution i'd go for it- and reasonably modular/extensible. [more inside]
posted by vivelame at 3:40 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture?

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture? [more inside]
posted by mchow at 2:32 AM PST - 60 comments

Gateau douze points

I am making a cake for a Eurovision party for somewhere between 10 and 20 people, but I'm struggling for design ideas. I'm looking for crowd-pleasing, not-seven-hours-and-$50-worth-of-equipment recipes...and I have no cake decorating experience! Also: I'm in Poland. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:44 AM PST - 9 comments

May 26

Should I clip my turtle's nails?

Should I clip my turtle's nails? Its beak also looks a bit long. [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 11:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Wireless headphones under $40

Recommendations for cheap wireless headphones? (Under $40) I've just destroyed my latest pair of headphones by tripping over the wire. [more inside]
posted by Charmian at 10:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me realize my pinball dreams

Pinball wizards help me find a modern version of a unique pinball computer game. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 10:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Running hacks, anyone?

Running hacks? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 10:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Gourmet Backpacker

I'm going on a 7-day backpacking trip in about a month with three friends and I need your best lightweight meal recipies. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 10:07 PM PST - 13 comments

A Master's in Waitressing.

I've just graduated with my Master's in Social Work and am waiting to be approved to take the licensing exam in my state. Getting a job without a license is veeeery difficult. Also difficult: paying my bills when I have no income. I know opportunities will present themselves once I'm licensed but...any ideas as to what I can do to make money for a few months in the interim? So far it's babysitting and the food service industry... but is there anything even slightly social service-related I can do part-time? Or just easy, temporary gigs? Get rich quick schemes? Thanks all!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make perfect vodka watermelon?

Any tips on making the perfect vodka watermelon? [more inside]
posted by ShortHairyMan at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Calling police over loose dogs in a public park: crossing the line?

As I have a dog phobia, how can I feel comfortable in a park on the edge of town where people frequently let their large dogs run loose? [more inside]
posted by datarose at 9:06 PM PST - 63 comments

This tiny little problem is turning my hair grey.

Help me figure out this Wordpress sidebar problem. [more inside]
posted by shopefowler at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

How itchy is too itchy?

Help me convince my husband that we shouldn't wait to see the vet... [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass at 8:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Leak inside kitchen wall, water appears in basement

Leak in basement whenever water goes down kitchen sink drain, probably leak inside wall since under sink I cannot find any drips. Please prepare me for how bad this may be ($$$) and how to deal with plumber. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 8:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Ooh, you smell nice!

I recently went to Nags Head, NC and encountered a super fragrant bush. It had super green leaves and little yellow flowers that didn't look like flowers, but more like little berries. What was that plant?
posted by MayNicholas at 8:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Georgia Tech Savannah

Daughter applied to Georgia Tech--got wait-listed then got accepted at the Savannah campus. Is this for students who can't make it at the main Atlanta campus of for 2nd or 3rd tier students?
posted by sandra194 at 8:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-profit payment service

I am working with a non-profit co-op that would like to take payments from its members online. However, the co-op is not a 501(c)(3) organization, but has a very small budget and can't afford to shell out for a merchant account and all the associated widgets. They already tried PayPal and their account got "restricted" there because PayPal wants a 501(c)(3) letter. Are there any other choices? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy the longest bread in Chicago?

I'd like to buy the longest loaf of bread I possibly can, in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:26 PM PST - 6 comments

What happened to my car battery?

Yesterday my car started fine, but today the engine wouldn't crank even once. What caused my car battery to fail so suddenly and without warning? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 7:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Baseball business question

Baseball biz question: Can you help me decipher the following news item? [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba at 7:15 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the best Linux web hosting control panel?

What's the best Linux web hosting control panel? I have a client who's hosting a few hundred websites on a homebrew Apache virtual hosting setup. It's a mess. I'm looking at migrating them to proper control panel software. [more inside]
posted by signalnine at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Is a reported lost passport still valid as proof of citizenship?

Is a declared lost but then found passport still valid as proof of citizenship? [more inside]
posted by jng at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Could Gorilla Glue save my lamp?

How can I repair chips on a 1950's cast plaster lamp to prevent further deterioration? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

The Book of Eli

Am I reading the move the Book of Eli correctly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Boy meets girl

New roommate filter: As a woman who may live with a male, what are your tips and tricks for me to make the transition smooth and make things work? I have only had female roommates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 34 comments

How to cope with my mom's death?

My mother, a long term alcohol/prescription drug abuser, died last week. She was in her 50s. I'm a wreck and need help coping. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What should I do with wild ramps?

What should I do with wild ramps? How should I cook them? Recipes? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Bubbly bubbly bubbly boo.

I opened a bottle of prosecco today to make a couple of cocktails, and now I have a 3/4 full bottle of prosecco. Aside from drinking it all tonight (not really an option), what can I do with it? I'm assuming it won't keep until tomorrow.
posted by missuswayne at 5:10 PM PST - 21 comments

How to be more productive while I turn my brain off?

I want to be more productive while I turn my brain off. I seem to get good thinking done if I can occupy my hands and a very small part of my brain on a task, while the rest of my brain is free to wander. Right now I do this with mindless iPhone games, but I get headaches and this is not good for me and I want to do something useful if I can. [more inside]
posted by heybearica at 4:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Chicago Chef Who Stole the Secrets

Which Chicago bars have cocktail menus curated by mixologists who used to work at The Violet Hour? Which Chicago restaurants have head chefs who are veterans of Rick Bayless' Frontera empire? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 4:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What tipped off the credit card company for fraud?

Just got a call from my bank, Chase, for credit card fraud. Got it all taken care of, card canceled, new one on the worries. I'm just wondering, what tipped them off? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 4:08 PM PST - 58 comments

Help make my cross country trip great

Additions, suggestions, and general information for my Cross Country (USA) Trip. Help me make it awesome please! [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is the best climbing tree in San Diego county?

Where is the best climbing tree in San Diego county?
posted by booknerd at 3:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Movie palying in China

Looking for a movie . Location: China / Time: Not sure, maybe around 2nd World War / Topic: A westerner and a Chinese guy live in China and try to run a whiskey business. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 3:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you tell me how to get to Gothenburg?

Travel Filter - Santa Barbara - Gothenburg, Sweden - Detroit - Santa Barbara. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:59 PM PST - 5 comments

US pre-paid plan for HTC Tattoo phone?

Where, if anywhere, can I get a short-term pre-paid plan for a HTC Tattoo (Android) phone in the US? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Skeletons in a closet

NYC/bioloogy/education filter A home for the skeleton in my closet and other biology supplies [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 2:51 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I cook an ostrich, or should I even bother?

How do I cook an ostrich, or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 2:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Play local, think global.

Hey, the theater I am part of is going on tour this September. In order to make this possible we need to book some dates around the nation and Canada. Can anyone recommend some of the great DIY venues [warehouses, galleries, theaters, infoshops, communes] that we might be able to perform at on tour? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Hyper reaction to Benadryl?

Does anyone else have a "feeling hyper" effect when taking Benadryl [diphenhydramine, also in sleeping aids, etc.], instead of the usual sleepiness? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 2:03 PM PST - 29 comments

Happy kids mean happy parents

I need a/some fun easy to prepare bbq appropriate food that the kids will love. [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:01 PM PST - 14 comments


What can I use to synchronize multiple music libraries on one computer without overlap? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Can You Read This Handwriting?

I'm currently working on my family tree and managed to track down a marriage certificate for my great grandfather. The problem is I can't decipher the handwriting. Can anyone help identify these addresses? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find the right bike.

Help me find the right bike. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow at 1:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Tips for running with Morton's toes?

What are the methods and products you've used to deal with a Morton's toe? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my USB port now only work with one device?

My USB port works with my printer, but has stopped working for all other devices. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Fun hobbies at home?

Fun activities for a couple at home (part II)? I'd love your suggestions for fun things to do together at home in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed. Difficulty: see within. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 1:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Need help creating a media center PC setup

Need some advice on creating the ultimate media center PC setup [more inside]
posted by deeman at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do I keep gaining weight?

Why do I keep gaining weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 48 comments

Bad for me, good for...

I think I accidentally got a job for someone I really don't want to work with, at my company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this job awful? Or am I crazy?

Determining the difference between self sabotage and glutton for punishment with a job that's great on paper? (Way too much inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

New to gluten-free diets!

I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Help me wade through the information overload and figure out how to construct a new diet. [more inside]
posted by runaway ballista at 1:11 PM PST - 19 comments

I need a piece of software that will disable my internet connection?

I need a piece of software that will disable my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I work as a registered nurse in U.S.?

I really would like to get some help from somebody who knows about the regulations for international nursing in U.S.. I have ten years of nursing experiences as an registered nurse in Japan. I just graduated from a nursing program in the U.S. and would really like to work as a registered nurse. I am not a U.S. citizen and have only a student visa (F-1). I would like to apply for H1-b visa if I can find a hospital that is willing to become a sponsor. However, I have had a hard time finding a hospital and some say it is almost impossible with current immigration situations to receive a working visa for nursing. [more inside]
posted by Yasu at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I learn to be more flexible? with Yoga? Without a TV?

I would like to learn yoga, but I failed recently due to be extremely inflexible. How can I learn how to stretch and also from their bounce into yoga? I don't have the money or time to take a class, and DVD's are also out. Are their books that are a good beginner primer on this? A website I can print out? [more inside]
posted by lakerk at 12:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Help needed in switch from Blackberry to Motorola Droid

My wife is about to switch from Blackberry to Motorola Droid. Couple questions after the jump. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by eebs at 12:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Vintage Jazz in Spanish?

I'm looking for a good sampling of 40s, 50s, and 60s Jazz in Spanish. I know Spain wasn't producing a lot of Jazz throughout those decades but there was obviously a lot of Cuban influence in American Jazz and I assume Latin American influence as well. Who were the Sarah Vaughans and Louis Primas who performed in Spanish, and more importantly where can I get my hands on their music?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Unusual alphabets needed!

Where can I get unusual alphabets to type and a Nepali translator? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

How I can give one page of a WordPress site different header content than the rest?

How I can give one page of a WordPress site different header content than the rest? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the best tools to create dialog trees, as seen in adventure games?

What are the best tools to create dialog trees, as seen in adventure games? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to host a social event for a conference in Washington DC?

I am hosting a small professional conference in Washington DC in September. Where is a good place to hold an evening social event for 50-75 people? In or near Georgetown is good, but something uniquely DC elsewhere can work as well. [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

how to deal with terrible neighbors (xenophobic edition)

I'm living overseas, and recently moved into a new neighborhood. My neighbors have the obnoxious habit of congregating outside on the footpath and talking smack about the local foreigner-me. The things I hear are always heart sinking, and sometimes mindbendingly scary. What should I do - if anything, and how can I stop it from getting me down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 42 comments

How can I get past my scars?

Self-conscious about my facial scars [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 48 comments

Online-only Digital Info Management programs?

Does anyone know of other online-only digital information management certificate programs similar to the one offered by the University of Arizona? I already have an MLIS, so I'm not interested in another Master's unless it's very in-depth and in a different field.
posted by jrdixey at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Which Shakespeare works should I read next?

Which Shakespeare works should I read next? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Young adult/kids' book featuring death of everyone over age 12?

Help me find a book I read as a kid so I can give it as a gift to the kids in my life. Premise, as best I can recall: Everyone over the age of 12 dies of a disease, and so all the kids on earth are in a post-apocalyptic, quasi Lord of the Flies situation. Except they're not on some random island. They're in their own homes, in cities and wherever they live. Children must learn to drive cars. A girl is the protagonist; she's the leader (of her local group?). I vaguely remember conflict and danger but not the details. My copy was paperback, and the cover might've featured the girl standing in front of some ruined looking stuff and scared kids behind her.
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments

An embryo grows in Brooklyn

Can you recommend a midwife in Brooklyn? Or anything else about being pregnant and planning care in NYC? [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

If anyone knows what this is, you're ahead of me.

Asking for a friend filter: does anyone know the filing fee and proper form of payment for a PAN Application in India? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 11:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Move along... No rule 39 here.

Is it a good idea to run a race in a zentai suit? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 10:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Please show me exactly how hairs are removed by "threading"

How exactly are hairs removed via threading? Looking for detailed close-up photos or diagrams if possible -- or is that knowledge a trade secret? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

What are your favorite fiddlehead recipes?

Okay, the fiddleheads in my local market looked so delicious -- so green, so fresh, so inviting -- that I bought a whole bunch. Now I realize: I have no idea what to do with them. Help me make something wonderful out of all these fiddleheads, please? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 10:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it?

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this lost song!

Help me find this song! It's barbershop-style, and the line I remember for sure is "I just want to go to your house, and spend some time with you." More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

3g for my mother.

I'm looking for an easy to use 3g phone that my mother can use. All she needs is the ability to make/recieve phone calls & texting. Touch screens are a no, no. And the phone should be under £100. 3g is a must as we need to get her on the 3 network in the UK.
posted by nam3d at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Vhost problem with any non-localmachine request

What am I doing wrong with this virtualhost setup that's preventing requests from other machines from using it? [more inside]
posted by nerhael at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

I rather like this person, let's not accidentally curse her..

Help me not bungle up some esoteric part of this dreamcatcher crafting project! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Non-irritating dog harness for pup with sensitive armpits?

Can you recommend a dog harness that won't irritate my little dog's sensitive skin on her armpits? [more inside]
posted by Pax at 10:00 AM PST - 9 comments

check engine light

Can a used car dealer reprogram the engine computer to suppress error codes from the check engine light? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me a radiation oncologist in New York with an open mind

[medicalfilter] Looking for radiation therapy for early-stage Dupuytren's in New York - can you recommend someone? I'm a 30 year old recently diagnosed with Dupuytren's in both hands. It's progressing somewhat rapidly (not surprising, given my age) but has not yet interfered with functionality. I am looking for radiation oncologists who can offer the radiation treatment for this in the New York area. I'd love to hear from patients who've had this treatment, but will take any oncology recs you have! [more inside]
posted by mccn at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments

help me help my kid like daycare!

how do I get my son to like daycare? [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 9:03 AM PST - 25 comments

Suggestions on a better VOIP provider?

What is the best provider for telephone service for a small office? We are looking for a VOIP solution that allows forwarding of 800 numbers, allows everyone to have their own VM box, and call holding, forwarding, everyone to have their own extensions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by banished at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Delete records from every table with a certain column in SQL Server 2005?

SQL Server 2005: How do I create a script to delete specific rows from every table that has a certain column, deleting from the tables with foreign keys first? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Coffee Free Benefits?

Former Coffee Drinkers: What Benefits Did You Experience After Quitting Coffee? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 8:37 AM PST - 49 comments

Why do academic/business people in certain countries use personal email addresses for work purposes?

Why do I see people from emerging or developing countries use personal email addresses rather than official addresses for work-related correspondence? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop! In the name of Love...

Song Suggestions for a Quitting Smoking Mix [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 8:22 AM PST - 32 comments

Sounds like "You will be killed, you will be murdered..." but Idk about all a dat.

What is the Creepy Airport Announcer voice saying at the end of the John Lennon song "Starting Over?" [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Raising an independent kid

How can I help my toddler get better at amusing herself? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Searching for filetypes in spotlight

How do you search for file types in Spotlight (OSX 10.6) ? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Beyond Burgers and Dogs. Or: over-thinking a plate of barbeque.

What’s the best / easiest way to feed 50ish people at a cookout? I’d rather not just do burgers and dogs. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:57 AM PST - 32 comments

A spoonful of xanax helps the vitamin go down...

What is your favorite brand of multivitamins? See potential catches inside: [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr at 7:50 AM PST - 23 comments

Hiring manager flakes out?

How should I handle it when a hiring manager flakes out on a phone interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Third wheel woes...

This girl (20's) and myself (guy in my 20's) have been planning this trip for her to come visit me for some time. I go to an east coast graduate school and she goes to my old college in the Midwest. She wants to check out the school for graduate potential and we've been pretty close friends for a few years (we were in the same major, took many classes together, hung out frequently). The plan was for her to come here and sleep at my place. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 AM PST - 30 comments

teenage mutant ninja turtle trivia question

this question is going to seem absurd but here goes...i'm looking for a "closest to" type trivia question related to the teenage mutant ninja turtles - specifically the 1989 NES game. i was going to use the following: "in level 1, how many bombs must the turtles defuse underwater?" the answer is 8, but i think that may be too easy. does anyone have any other ideas related to the game? maybe how many sewers are in the game or something similar? thanks for any ideas....
posted by matt755811 at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Food for the tongue

What foods are most enjoyable even with a severely diminished or completely absent sense of smell (anosmia)? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me reconfigure my CV for a possible escape from academia!

CV help requested: I'm an academic who's currently looking for jobs both inside and outside of academia. My CV is currently in "academic form". This means 6 pages. How long should a CV be (tech jobs, UK)? What should I cut? What's the general consensus on "straplines" starting the CV? [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

short leg cast

Short leg casts, why 90 degrees? Will variance in the angle of the cast cause the bones to heal improperly? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Why isn't gmail highlighting new messages?

Why isn't Gmail highlighting new messages? [more inside]
posted by gene_machine at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Tell me where to move

Looking to move on to grad school, hoping for input from the hivemind on livable cities. [more inside]
posted by sotonohito at 7:06 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me measue current.

Can I install an amp meter in the positive side of a circuit? [more inside]
posted by Climber at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments


I got into artschool in the US, the scholarships not great, now what ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Well, I won't be dipped in chocolate. . .

Is "I'll be dipped" a New Haven regionalism? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 6:44 AM PST - 31 comments

What's a good way to label keys?

What's a good way to label keys? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Will a Taiwanese 3G cell phone work in the United States?

Will a Taiwanese 3G cell phone work in the United States for data? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 6:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Suggestions for things to do to learn about Hawaii's native cultural history while in Maui.

What are some things I can do/see on my upcoming trip to Maui to best learn about the island's native cultural history? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 6:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Can word choice unconsciously reveal your state of mind?

Outside of Freudian slips, is there any scientific evidence that people's word choices unconsciously reveal states of mind that they are trying to conceal? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 6:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Get Back To The Group Free Cards

English to Italian/Greek Translation [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 6:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Am I singing an offensive song to the children?

Is this children's song offensive and should I stop singing it at our playgroup? [more inside]
posted by taff at 6:00 AM PST - 65 comments

What non-fictional substance can I use to kill off a fictional character?

I know how to dispose of the dead body, but how do I make it dead in the first place? I have a story idea and I need a substance to kill my victim. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 5:44 AM PST - 28 comments


I'm in Beijing and my trusty VPN, Hotspot Shield, has not been connecting since May 17th. Is anyone else having this problem? It just will not connect and assign an IP. I am on a Mac using Snow Leopard, HS Shield Version 1.341. I need Facebook and Youtube!
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Pressing onward, and upward, with WordPress

What can I do for 30 minutes a day to improve my WordPress skills from "intermediate" to "advanced"? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 5:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is my Mac acting like these programs are running for the first time?

Why is my Mac acting like these programs are running for the first time? [more inside]
posted by and1 at 5:01 AM PST - 9 comments


Anybody know a way of playing two movie files simultaneously, in sync? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 4:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I connect wirelessly to my external harddrive?

Help me connect wirelessly to my external hard drive! [more inside]
posted by Philby at 3:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Basic and not-so basic excel questions

Excelfilter: Okay, I'm confident that this can be done in Excel, but I don't know how. Basically, I have a set of samples for which a value (size) was measured at various days. I need some formulas to tell me when the first and last values were measured and what those values were (for each sample). [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch at 3:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Toughen up a thirtysomething.

Toughen up a weak and lazy thirtysomething. I'm looking for a lasting way to toughen up. Are there bootcamp/military-service equivalents for men in their early thirties? [more inside]
posted by meantime at 3:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Multiple DHCP scopes on one server

Multiple DHCP scopes on one server for the purpose of assigning a reservation to one MAC. [more inside]
posted by m3thod4 at 3:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Baby-friendly Scottish holiday

Great ideas for a baby-friendly short break in Scotland. [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 2:03 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I restart my career in IT while drowning in anxiety?

How do I restart my career in IT while drowning in anxiety? In a nutshell, I burned out on IT last year in about August, after the second incredibly toxic work environment I'd had that year. [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 1:09 AM PST - 9 comments

An aussie in St. Louis

I'm moving to St. Louis to do my PhD at Washington University. What should an aussie know? [more inside]
posted by butwheresthesushi at 12:06 AM PST - 13 comments

May 25

Please help me find business cards that carry a logo of an owl, falcon or a bird, etc..

Please help me find business cards that carry a logo of an owl, falcon or a bird, etc.. [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 11:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me identify two beats from The Game - 400 Bars (Skeemix)

Help me identify two beats from The Game - 400 Bars (Skeemix), in which The Game raps 400 bars over 50 beats. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Who's that Lady?

Help me identify this figure from the Eastern Woodlands and Plains Indians hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 10:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for great examples of organizing developer documentation

Which software projects' Web sites stand out as having really well-organized documentation? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 10:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How Should I Fix My Body Menstrual Clock?

I had to delay my period by a week, so I started the next pack of Loestrin. Now a week has passed - can I go back to last month's placebos? [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 10:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Trapping pregnant feral cat - good idea or not?

Is it a bad idea to trap a pregnant feral cat so that she can give birth indoors, the kittens can be socialized, and she can be fixed so there's no more kittens? This seems like a no brainer, but recent events have me worried. [more inside]
posted by korej at 10:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any dangers or health-related reasons one shouldn't go on and off Wellbutrin this

Are there any dangers or health-related reasons one shouldn't go on and off Wellbutrin (as opposed to "you shouldn't do it because your moods will vary")? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Hair Salon in Barcelona

Looking for hair salon recommendation in Barcelona, Spain. [more inside]
posted by pinkkitty at 9:44 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the best way to break bad news at work?

What is the best way to break bad news at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 PM PST - 25 comments

San Francisco in July

Family of four adults, vacationing in San Francisco in July, looking for the perfect lodging. I've spent hours reading previous questions, but you just know I'm a special snowflake... [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 8:58 PM PST - 15 comments

When should I go to and where should go in Argentina and Chile?

When should I go to and where should go in Argentina and Chile? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me be the next Dr. Horrible...or at least Mr. Terrible. Oh, did I mention the zombies?

Help me be the next Dr. Horrible...or at least Mr. Terrible. Oh, did I mention the zombies? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 8:42 PM PST - 16 comments

What does this calligraphy say?

What does this piece of Arabic-script (Persian?) calligraphy say? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 8:25 PM PST - 3 comments


What's with the awkward two-fisted punching in Star Trek? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 8:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How to quit grad school and start a career?

I want to quit grad school and start a career. I'm 25 with a BA in English. I know times are tough, but this PhD program -- and the quality of life that accompanies it -- are even tougher. I can do this, right? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester at 8:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Mommy's all right. Daddy's all right. They just seem a little weird...

How do I deal with family jealousy and grandparent's rivalry? [more inside]
posted by No Shmoobles at 8:14 PM PST - 22 comments

It's getting hot in here.

How much of a pain is it to get central air installed in a home with no ductwork. What's involved financially and otherwise? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 7:34 PM PST - 14 comments

How do used car loans work?

I have some general questions about financing a used car [more inside]
posted by pete0r at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm aware the real best answer is to just ignore them

Is it possible to hide someone's comments from my facebook feed? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Biking through New England

We're biking south along the Connecticut River from Orwell VT to New Haven CT in two days (give or take some east west variation). What should we see or do along the way? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 7:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Blues Harp in the Fog

Where in San Francisco can I find a harmonica teacher who can help me learn to play; and more importantly improvise. (blues and rock specifically) [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 7:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me plan my first trip to Europe!

I am heading to Europe on Sunday, specifically Spain, France and Italy. I will be backpacking and it will be my first time doing this sort of thing. My bag is packed with the basics, but what extra things should I bring? I'm looking for some kernels of wisdom that only previous trips can give.
posted by punch_the_mayor at 6:57 PM PST - 26 comments

What are the best used record and book stores between Tampa and D.C.?

Drawing a curved line from Tampa, FL to Washington, DC, what are the best used record (vinyl preferably) store and the best used book store along that route?
posted by the sobsister at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for the low-down on Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona - need some pointers! [more inside]
posted by doh ray mii at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

I just hope the question isn't "What is a research test?"

How can I prepare for a "research test" in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 2 comments

getting hot, let's keep it cool

My house is very poorly insulated, and the Texas summer is about to attack in full force. What's my course of action to fix this, and what can I do in the meantime to mitigate costs? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 6:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Russian Music + Tablature = Failure

I'm looking for a guitar tab for the song Zhdat by the Russian band Marakesh, but I cannot navigate the murky Russian internet waters. Help?
posted by Askiba at 5:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone identify this character or symbol?

I need some help identifying a character, I think it's Chinese but I'm completely unsure. Can anyone help? image here
posted by reverendjim at 5:35 PM PST - 11 comments

searching for the perfect printer...

In search of a printer with fantastic photo-printing capability... for not so much money... [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me show them who I was

I just found out that I have a very serious disease. I may have only a couple of years left, probably no more than five. I have two very young kids. How do I archive stuff on the Web so I know they'll have access to it, whenever they want, for at least the next 40 years? [more inside]
posted by 0BloodyHell at 5:29 PM PST - 26 comments

It's a good thing this never came up on a test

I think I heard a lie from a cave tour guide as a kid, and it's only recently that I realized I took it for granted as a property of optics. Can you confirm this? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Help an NYC comedian put on a PGH show, pleaaase!

Pittsburghfilter: Help me help my favorite comedian put on a show here! [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 5:21 PM PST - 2 comments

option: full-time student, part-time dealer

How do I finance my education when my university of choice isn't approved by the US Department of Education? How do I take on loans for this venture while causing myself the least financial damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 4 comments

RSS: Really Simple Smut-getting?

What are good resources for pornography that have RSS features? subscribing to specific searchterms, tags, or latest updates? I'd be generally happy with porn sites that have better webapp features. feel free to drop a line to: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I just get a tax id?

I need a tax id so I can open a bank account for my band in Michigan. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Podcast/Twitter recommendations for World Cup 2010?

Which Podcasts/Twitter Feeds are most worth my time in the run-up to (and during) next month's World Cup? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

The real Kung Fu Panda?

Help me settle a bet. I saw this video and thought it was a fake, but after I saw the unedited version I think it's real. My husband is sure it's a fake. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Edith Wharton House of Mirth

Edith Wharton, House of Mirth Interpretation [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is pulse taken at neck or wrist instead of the heart?

Why do we typically take our pulses at the neck or wrist as opposed to the chest or side right at the heart? At least from my n = 1 self-observations, it's both an order of magnitude stronger and easier to find if you just stick your hand on your chest and count off that instead of trying to find the right spot on the neck or wrist. [more inside]
posted by floam at 3:58 PM PST - 11 comments

School's out for summer! Now what?

Where can a new librarian find a freelance work with an online reference service this summer? [more inside]
posted by Junie Bloom at 3:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Six weeks of volunteering?

My new job starts August 1. From about June 13 to July 28, I'll be in Boston with nothing to do. It's a big block of time, and I have money saved from past jobs, so I've been thinking of volunteering in Haiti or on the Gulf Coast. Is there a good way to do either of these things? Is there cool stuff for me to do locally instead? (I do know about Boston Cares, but they would send me to a different place every day and I'd prefer more committed work if it's available.)
posted by shii at 3:19 PM PST - 6 comments


I'm looking for English-language blogs written by international students attending school in the United States. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 3:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Who knows where these bowls came from?

So, we bought a large lot of yellow ware bowls at an auction. Included in the group were these two bowls. [more inside]
posted by Old Geezer at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

What can we do to improve this bad home rental situation?

The proud new renters of the main floor of a very nice house settle in to discover that there is absolutely no sound barrier between the main and basement suite. They signed a long lease and feel duped. Now what? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:44 PM PST - 24 comments

Relative bond energies of common organic bonds

Looking for a chart or table that broadly summarizes/compares the relative bond energies of the most common intramolecular bonds found in organic molecules (think single and double bonds among C, H, O, N, and maybe S too). [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 2:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Would you terminate an 11-week pregnancy where the embryo has a serious genetic but somewhat correctable defect?

Would you terminate an 11-week pregnancy where the embryo has a serious genetic but somewhat correctable defect? We are trying to decide which route to take for our next pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 49 comments

Do I choose the possible future baby or the awesome present relationship?

Do I give up love now in favor of a future I may not even want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Which university is more prestigious, Georgetown or University of Washington?

Which school, Georgetown or University of Washington, do you think has more name recognition and prestige? I got into the Masters program for Computational Linguistics for both universities but I'm not sure which one I should go to. It's okay if you don't know anything about the actual departments or linguistics. Just want your overall impression of both schools. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by w84rav at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm not going to mock videos from the 90s in a blog... honest.

I want to record from a VCR. What is the best Video Capture card for a PC? Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Mount Fail, help me climb it.

I installed a program on my Recently Upgraded Ubuntu OS to help me manage mounting/unmounting various drives plugged into the computer. Big mistake; I've royally messed things up. Now my computer won't mount anything, and so cannot reboot properly. Please help! [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Dates of the 1964 Presidential Primaries?

What were the dates of the early Presidential primaries in 1964? I don't need them all, just the first few - New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas etc. [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me be the best caseworker possible!

Help me be the best caseworker/social worker possible! Could you recommend resources--or share some tips--that will help me prepare for my new job as a direct, on the ground, social service provider? [more inside]
posted by cimton at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

What song is this, and where have I seen it?

What is this song and where has it been used in popular visual media, especially the movies? I know it's not Raymond Scott's Powerhouse but I feel it's been used in similar factory / assembly line situations. [more inside]
posted by komara at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Area Computer Takes Scheduled Break

My computer reboots itself every 2 hours like clockwork. What's up with that? Minutia under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Freyja at 1:51 PM PST - 14 comments

suprise my sweetie at the airport

[]: picking my sweetie up from the airport after many days away. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 1:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Rome Alone

I plan to visit Rome during the end of June primarily for a wedding and to meet up with an ex-girlfriend. I am on a very tight budget and with about 4 days alone, I would like to use the time to partake in some interesting (albeit cheap) activities. I plan on staying at Hotel Taormina due to it's location and reasonable price (43 GBP a night) although I'll take suggestions. Cheap watering holes relative to the hotel and advice on getting from Ciampino airport to the hotel (or one you suggest) would be helpful. Grazie.
posted by asharchist at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Stick some stamps on top of my head/I'm gonna mail myself to you

I am a lazy butt and hate going out of my way to mail things. USPS ClickNShip works perfectly for my needs, but now that I'm doing BookMooch I want to use a cheaper postage method, like media mail. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 1:01 PM PST - 7 comments

This is not my beautiful house

I am really lucky. I have a beautiful house, a good job, a smart, talented kid, a devoted, responsible husband. My life, by all objective measures, does not suck. Except it kind of does. Marital woes question: Should I stay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 104 comments

Help me help myself and my alcoholic girlfriend.

Help me help myself and my alcoholic girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

San Luis Obispo??

What are your favorite experiences in or around San Luis Obispo, CA? [more inside]
posted by private_idaho at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Radioactive Tennis, anyone?

I'm heading to Chicago this weekend. What science/geeky/historical places should I check out? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 12:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Is Jersey City to Somerset a reasonable commute?

Want to know about how long (and how bearable) it would be commuting from Jersey City, NJ to Somerset, NJ 5 days a week for work. Has anyone done it? Any thoughts on how 'sustainable' a commute it is? I am mostly concerned with the day-after-day effects of driving this distance. My commute now is via subway and is about 30 minutes each way, including walking.
posted by dvjtj at 12:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me identify this large Asian tapestry

Help me identify this large Asian tapestry. It's 128 inches long and 75 inches wide, and belonged to my great-grandmother (who lived in Germany, if that helps) so must be at least 100 years old. Any information you can glean from the linked pictures would be really helpful -- what language is the writing? What might this thing be?
posted by plantbot at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What is this shooting pain down leg from car accident?

What is causing this shooting pain from my right gluteus down my leg? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 11:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Seeking old Sierra Club ads

Seeking old Sierra Club ads: Back in the Seventies, the Sierra Club used to have a pro-nuclear power stance and had an ad campaign called "Atoms, Not Dams." Their focus was on saving rivers, as might be inferred. It was only later that they had an ideological split and took on an anti-nuclear stance. I'd like to find some of their literature from those early days of the "Atoms, Not Dams" era, but evidence of that seems to be wiped from memory (and from the Internet, as far as I can tell). I'd give my eyeteeth for an "Atoms, Not Dams" T-Shirt with "Sierra Club" on the back.
posted by Tom Blees at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I truly get back on the health wagon, once and for all?

What tips and tricks do you use to avoid falling off the diet wagon? [more inside]
posted by sonician at 11:17 AM PST - 52 comments

Why does my Windows partition hate the Internet?

The Windows partition of my PC is no longer able to connect to my home network. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Electric Dragon at 10:50 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I setup 120 blogs?

What is the easiest way to setup 120 children with their own individual blog? They're all 10 and 11 year olds and they'll be used solely for a 2 week unit of work at school.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

What would YOU want to hear in a coffee shop?

Tell me your favorite compilation albums! The more eclectic, the better! The catch: I want to play them at the coffee shop where I work, so they can't be too loud or have any cursing in them... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:42 AM PST - 44 comments

Can "a break" be a good thing or are we doomed?

My partner of almost two years and I are "taking a break." Is it possible that this could be a period of growth and not just the death rattle of our (up until recently) happy relationship? Have you ever taken a break successfully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 29 comments

I've defaulted on a loan.

I've defaulted on a loan. How do I arrange to pay it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Too bad this doesn't fit into Grab Bag...

I'm going off to college this fall and need some great panniers... [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 10:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Movie Or Television Show with Same Comic Sensibility as "The Onion" Videos?

Movie Or Television Show with Same Comic Sensibility as "The Onion" Videos? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 10:33 AM PST - 24 comments

Two WRT54G routers - Am I doing this right?

Optimizing my home network, using a pair of Linksys WRT54G wireless routers + Tomato. Best practices? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

iPhone/Windows file manager advice?

Looking for recommendations for a iPhone media file manager running on Windows XP [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Honda Accord Throwdown

Should we take the Accord LX, or the Accord EX? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments

Extra Mile?! I Just Want ONE Mile!

Why aren't I making any progress in running a measly mile? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 10:06 AM PST - 51 comments

How do I order a power adapter from China?

Several years ago we bought a small HD tv manufactured in China, from e-bay. The power adapter plug, the end that inserts into the tv, is now physically broken, beyond repair. How can I find a Dajing DJ-U485-12? Google search turns it up, from various Chinese companies, and translates the pages for me, but when I email I am directed to "," apparently a brokerage firm. I registered with them but haven't heard from any Chinese companies regarding the adapter. I have tried to buy it in the US but can't find any sources here. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks, metafilter contributors.
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Is my rusted gas grill safe?

Is my gas grill toast? How much rust is too much? Can I still use this without blowing up my face? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I being paranoid about emails?

Am I being paranoid about Outlook email, Microsoft and privacy? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

US freelance translator working for a foreign client?

Two parter about freelance translation: What do I charge and what do I do about (foreign) taxes? [more inside]
posted by squawk at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I move to in southern CA?

This fall I'm starting a graduate program that requires me to be in Santa Barbara for 3 days/month. I currently live on the east coast. Where might I move to within driving distance of Santa Barbara that is not insanely expensive but still a "nice enough" place to live? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 9:30 AM PST - 27 comments

ipod backup with playlists?

I am about to backup my ipod on my mac and want to do two things: first, preserve my playlists and, second, merge tracks on certain compilations and mix-cd's I also need to use my ipod on both mac + pc, and use it for data storage, so I know I'm off the prescribed path. Is there an app for this? :-) [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Men's haircut in Toronto - 2010 edition

Having viewed the previous threads from 2008, I thought it might be time for an update. Where do gentlemen get their scalp shorn in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

News/information for creative people

What are the best news or link sites for writers/creative people? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Itch around the collar

I am literally allergic to nice clothes. When I wear collared button down shirts (with a stiff collar), I get red itchiness all around my neck, and if my hands touch it and then my eyes, my eyes start to burn. What am I allergic to? What can I do to stop it? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

how to keep cat from opening latchless door durin ghte day

Please help me figure out how to keep the cat from opening the latch-less bedroom door during the day when we are gone and/or not paying attention. [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty at 9:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Tri-Level HVAC

My part of the house is never comfortable! Help us with our tri-level home heating/cooling issues. [more inside]
posted by thorny at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder?

Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Cell phones for simpletons

Please help me pick out a cell from AT&T [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Could I have ADHD despite my general togetherness?

I am generally calm, happy, and successful, but lately I am very unfocused. Could I have ADHD? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

QuickBooks retail/inventory guru in the hive?

Any retail QuickBooks gurus in the hive? Need to set up summary sales & inventory transactions in QB for a coop grocery trying to get its accounting systems in order. We're processing many sales through Google Checkout. Anyone who can help? If you're in the SF east bay and want to come by, I'll offer food & drink in exchange for your wisdom, and you'd be helping out an idealistic young coop. [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 8:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Conflict resolution strategies for romantic relationships

Tips for conflict resolution in a romantic relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Good Melbourne haircut

Best place to get a quality haircut in Melbourne? [more inside]
posted by kid A at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Self-defense options for the home?

Someone's repeatedly trying to gain entrance to our condo complex. We're working with the police, but in the meantime I'd like to get something for stand-off personal defense. The catch: no firearms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 44 comments

How do I deal with knowing my true love is as mortal as the rest of us?

I have found "the one" I want to spend the rest of my life with and I cant stop thinking that one day she will die. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 37 comments

Cooling a large room

What are some ways, other than air conditioning, to cool a large room (~6,000 square feet)? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 8:11 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you add meaningful page views to a web site?

WebContentAndAdvertisingFilter: How do large content sites generate more page views to fulfill ad requirements? You're running a huge web site. You're running low on promised page views to a certain advertiser, and you certainly don't want to give the $$ back. What do you do to generate more, but still good quality, page views? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I have a fun summer without becoming a Facebook developer?

I need to figure out the best format/logistics for a “summer fun challenge” for my friends. What's the best way to do this, probably on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Name That Plant!

What fungus/mushroom/something is growing in this mulch? (link inside) [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Something between crossing your fingers and the animal ER

Is there a "bible" of home pet diagnostics, treatment, and general health? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 7:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Sloped car crates in the US?

Where can I find a sloped car crate for my dog in the US? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you tell me how many people in the U.S. live at 3,000 feet or higher?

Can you tell me how many people in the U.S. live at 3,000 feet or higher? I'm asking, because I'm interested in the size of the market for high-altitude baking advice.
posted by markcmyers at 7:04 AM PST - 16 comments

What would you do in this situation with ex therapist?

What would you do, if anything, in this complicated situation with ex therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

How to be an adult in the aftermath of a bad breakup?

I just got dumped. I'm devastated and she's happy. How do I handle this in an adult fashion in today's internet dominated world? Snowflake details & three well-defined questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 27 comments

What do I do about my inappropriate boss?

How do I handle my first real job with a boss who is highly inappropriate and unprofessional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 48 comments

baseball's antitrust exemption vs. every other national sport

Please explain to me why Major League Baseball is exempt from antitrust laws while no other sports leagues are. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

I've lost too much weight, and I can't seem to gain it back.

I've lost too much weight, and I can't seem to gain it back. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 5:15 AM PST - 27 comments

This weekend in Ireland

Fun things to do in Ireland this weekend? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 4:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy plain white old style Chinese t-shirts?

Some years ago I bought a pair of Chinese t-shirts from a charity shop. Plain white short sleeved with a slightly scooped neck. The neck and sleeves where sewn (felled) rather than knitted and the fabric was thinner than the usual western t-shirt. The small label was woven and stated something like Two Chickens Brand. They were ubiquitous in the Mao cap era of China but, try as I may, I cannot trace an internet supplier or a bricks and mortar in the UK/London.
posted by Dr.Pill at 4:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a UK IMAP host

Looking for personal IMAP/web hosting; must be UK (and not Google) [more inside]
posted by Luddite at 3:17 AM PST - 10 comments

The end of Lost in a paragraph?

Could somebody summarise the end of Lost in a paragraph? I can't wade through the post on the green; it appears to be all reaction and not a lot of content. Assume the Wikipedia article doesn't do it for me. Take this summary of BSG (Spoiler!) as a benchmark:
[more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 1:31 AM PST - 56 comments

Who is this vaguely described author?

Know an author whose later writings were considered/known to be parodies of the genre they worked in earlier? [more inside]
posted by mdrew at 12:09 AM PST - 9 comments

May 24

What search terms should I be using?

Sometimes the correct search term or phrase can make a huge difference! Help me jump start my research by knowing which terms to use. Topic: decision making and integration of information (psychology) [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 11:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Writing online for money?

I found a review of Constant Content. I feel like writing online for this site. Anybody thinks this is profitable?
posted by susanharper at 10:23 PM PST - 4 comments

I think I've become one of those New Yorkers who calls everything outside of the city "the country."

Inexpensive getaways near New York City? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 10:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What is it called when you remember forever where/whatever you were doing when you first heard of a world-changing event?

What's the term for a never-to-be-forgotten memory of an important event (e.g., when the space shuttle Challenger exploded), when you remember when/where/what you were doing when you heard of the event? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 10:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Introducing Cornel West

What books or articles should I read to introduce me to the theology of Cornel West? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 9:55 PM PST - 5 comments

What novel is this quote from?

I'm trying to find a quote from a book I read way back in my English Lit. days. The general gist of the quote is that the best or only way to avoid the angry fist of God is to make sure that you remain in the palm of His hand. It is a quote from a book written by an African American. I'm thinking Zora Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison maybe. I can't remember the actual wording of the quote, so google is not helping. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks much.
posted by Zendogg at 9:54 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get cockroaches out of my car?

I think I have a cockroach infestation in my car. I've only seen a few of them so far, but I want to stop this before they multiply. I've had a look at other threads dealing with cockroaches in houses, but has anyone had any experience with them in cars before? I could bug bomb the car, but I'm worried about overdoing it, as a car is so much smaller that a house, and also, would it be dangerous from an explosive point of view? Also, should I be worried about cockroaches hitching a ride from the car into my apartment when I carry shopping, etc around and then bring it inside? [more inside]
posted by Piroska at 9:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me Help Them

Complicated question involving hoarding, ad/hd, and a disabled relative. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 9:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend a DVD onJudaism?

I am searching for a DVD on Jewish religion. I intend to show the DVD in a Protestant college to students who have little or no awareness of Judaism. Do you know of a good documentary from PBS, BBC, or History Channel, or another responsible source? I would be especially interested in a DVD that explained fundamentals of faith, practice and ritual, and ideally did so in a historical setting. Any ideas?
posted by lwren at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get my microphone to work?

How do I make the microphone in my computer headset work? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Recipes for making fruit brandy?

I am interested in trying to make fruit brandy. I have searched on the internet but have come up with many different (and conflicting) recipes so would like to hear people's suggestions and experience. [more inside]
posted by CTORourke at 8:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How to choose a big and tall ergonomic desk chair?

I'm looking for an ergonomic chair for big & tall folk. [more inside]
posted by mttwtsn at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I buy this refrigerator?

Our heirloom (hah!) refrigerator is dying. I'm thinking of purchasing an Electrolux ICON Professional 16.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, with plans to buy the matching freezer later (I have an upright freezer already that will suffice for the time being). Does anyone have any experience with this product? Something similar you think might be better or might want to warn me away from? My biggest concerns are for quality of construction and reliability, but I'd love to hear any/all thoughts you might have about this appliance. Thanks!
posted by miss patrish at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comment

sadly, there is no app for this

App development for idiots. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Those three little words.

How unusual is it for parents not to tell their children they love them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 78 comments

drumroll your own

Help me "make" a "DIY" "drumkit"! [more inside]
posted by threeants at 7:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Carbs & calories in Korean alcoholic drinks?

Does anyone know the amount of carbs and calories in a bottle of the Korean alcoholic drinks soju and Baekseju? (Just the regular soju in the green bottles, for example "Cham i sul Fresh" or "Choeum chareum".)
posted by seoulpenguin at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Do the Acer Aspire One netbooks support desktop spanning across two displays when connected to an external monitor?

Do the Acer Aspire One netbooks support desktop spanning across two displays when connected to an external monitor? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me keep track of my home when I'm away.

I'd like to set up a couple webcams in my house with a couple stipulations. [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 6:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Avoiding mealtime awkwardness.

You're out to eat with another person, or a group of people. You're not hungry or are a light eater, so you've finished your meal before everyone else. During the natural pause when everyone takes a bite/chews, where do you look/what do you do to avoid the awkwardness of watching everyone else eat? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 6:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Is my neighbor, my thief?

If I suspect that the upstairs neighbor is the one who broke in and stole my laptop, do I call the cops and tell them my suspicions? [more inside]
posted by khaibit at 5:56 PM PST - 20 comments

What textbook will guide me through my own muscular system?

Which textbook will guide me through my own muscular system? [more inside]
posted by chickenandwine at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Check, mate! Help ID this illustrated chess book for beginners

Help me identify this very dramatically illustrated beginner's book about chess. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Other career options for a public librarian?

My public library system is preparing for massive layoffs; how can I transfer my librarian skillset -- research, customer service, computers -- into a new career? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Fridge cooling woes

We just moved into a new apartment, and our cat promptly decided to hide behind the fridge (~20 year old Inglis System 2000, freezer on top). When we pulled it out from the wall to get her out, we decided to give the back a vacuum. I'm not sure when or how the condenser coils popped out like this but now they won't lie flush with the back again. I'm assuming this is why our freezer is no longer freezing and our food has thawed (as we just moved in, we had nothing in the fridge). Any ideas? Thanks in advance?
posted by avocet at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

MacBook to VGA Projector

How to get an aluminum MacBook (2.4 GHz) to recognize a VGA Projector? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 5:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Golftec lessons

Has any beginner tried the Golftec lessons? How would you compare this with a traditional coach? [more inside]
posted by harigopal at 4:58 PM PST - 1 comment

I need help finding great lighthouses to visit!

VacationFilter: Planning on going for a 4 day road trip to see lighthouses on the coast of Maine. Any suggestions for unique things to do? [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta at 4:29 PM PST - 14 comments

I just want even eyebrows!

[SeattleFilter] Please recommend the best place in Seattle to have my eyebrows groomed! [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 4:23 PM PST - 3 comments

origami how-to

What's the best resource for teaching myself how to do origami? [more inside]
posted by fso at 4:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Baby Love

How long did it take for you to love your baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 47 comments

is she spying with her iphone?

did she secretly record our conversation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I sell a shogi set I designed?

I have designed a new type of playing pieces for Shogi, and I would like to either sell my design, or find an inexpensive way to produce them and sell sets myself. I am also worried about how much I should show my designs around, in case someone steals them. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Must see between Tucson and Denver?

What are some interesting places roughly midway/equidistant between Tucson and Denver? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I watch Lost?

Is it worth it to now watch all of Lost? (No spoilers please) [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 3:31 PM PST - 46 comments

Weird allergy question: why would a rash only ever appear on one finger of my left hand?

Weird allergy question: why would a rash only ever appear on one finger of my left hand? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 3:30 PM PST - 10 comments

A Year in Solo, Indonesia

Living in Java (Surakarta - Central Java) for a year. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 3:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me print my photos!

I am looking for the easiest and cheapest site to print photos from online! I have used both kodak and, but I was wondering if anyone else has any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by luckyme793 at 3:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Why shouldn't I move to Hawaii?

I'm considering moving from Saint Louis, MO to Hawaii, probably near Hilo on the Big Island. What is bad about this idea? [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 3:02 PM PST - 20 comments

What is going on with this lease?

Real-estate filter: Landlord tries to push us to break our August 2010 lease after sabotaging our roommate-finding efforts. Tells us we can't break our lease without forfeiting our $1700 security deposit. Now, they've put the house back on the market BEFORE anything was discussed about breaking the lease. What now? [more inside]
posted by kro at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Quick Pick-Me-Up

What are some ways to "feel better fast"? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 2:27 PM PST - 54 comments

To cut or not to cut (my grass)

We have thin and bare spots in our lawn so I had a professional reseed it using "slit" seeding. The problem is the old grass is at least eight or nine inches tall and really needs to be cut, but the new grass still looks too fragile to walk on. So how long should I wait before I mow it? I'm concerned that letting the older grass get too long will make my lawn become coarse or cause other problems.
posted by 14580 at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Need translation of my mother's Japanese scroll

I have in my possession a scroll, approx 6 ft long, relating to my late mother's hobby of Bonkai (Japanese Tray Gardens). I shall be very grateful if the Japanese speaking MeFites can look at these pix on Flickr and give me a translation. "B. E. Wollen" is my mother's name, is it possible it is her own writing? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 2:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Studying in Baltimore

What are some great study spots in Baltimore City, MD? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for tasty cholesterol-free protein shake

I've started lifting weights with protein supplements, and noticed most are very high in cholesterol - 10-15% DV per scoop, and you're supposed to have 6-8 a day. Can someone recommend a supplement that is cholesterol-free? [more inside]
posted by lrodman at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I learn what it takes to do health policy?

I fell into a job as a policy analyst. What can I do to show that I'm good fit over the next few months, when my position will be posted as a permanent one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I sell a website idea?

I have an idea for a web-based business. How do I sell it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

A Sexless Love Life?

How do I face feeling essentially bereaved over the fact that I feel only a meager sexual spark for my boyfriend, who I love and respect and adore and have fun with? I have every intention of staying together with him, in a monogamous relationship. Any advice or book recommendations or outlandish concepts are welcome. A longer explanation to follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 17 comments

How does divorce really work

My husband and I are going through counseling after 12 years of marriage. It's possible that we won't make it. What are the practicalities of divorce, and how does it really work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

An inconspicuous emergency call button on a bracelet or something for a spry 70-year-old? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Will Work For Happiness

Help me not let depression make my life stand still? Or worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I pay cash for a house?

Under 30 with a 16-month-old. Getting $750k from insurance settlement. Have $65k in a money market from previous settlement, $10k in my Roth IRA, and $13k in my 16-month-old's 529. Should I pay cash for a house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Suggestions for interesting non-fiction about Germany in the Middle Ages

I'm interested in reading some non-fiction about Germany (or The Holy Roman Empire) in the Middle Ages and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by picea at 1:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Video cameras that give me video files

I am looking for a decent hard-disk-based video camera for home use that doesn't record video on its hard disk in some proprietary format. I just want to be able to copy / move / delete the video files in Windows Explorer. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

How to help my ego recover after my boyfriend comment ?

My boyfriend said today while talking about some bad experiences about his ex girlfriends that he wrongly used to look for the wrong type of girl based more in their physical attractiveness. I feel hurt and resentful as obviously his comment implies I am not physically as attractive then, as he is with me . He's very handsome and quite often look /glances other girls when we are together. Should I said to him that I want to be with someone who thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world and he also should stop looking other girls? That sounds pretty insecure and for sure it will push him away. But then how to deal with these feelings? I don't know what to say or how to react when I next talk to him, as I my ego is hurt and I feel very upset. please some advice. thanks.
posted by anonymous at 1:23 PM PST - 33 comments

Limerick contest brainstorming

Help me brainstorm a limerick contest. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How to clean seriously smelly Birkenstocks?

I have many pairs of Birkenstocks, about 25 or so, and I can no longer wear some of my favourites due to their funky odour. I've tried using the Birkenstock brand footbed cleaner, and other mild detergents, but haven't had great success getting the funk out. Looking for suggestions for how to clean old smelly pairs, and also how to prevent the funk from settling into new pairs. Natural solutions preferred, please.
posted by laura_carter at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me buy a birthday present for my F 150 truck

I want to buy my F150 truck a birthday present: a good polishing inside and out. [more inside]
posted by looknevada at 12:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find AOL (circa 1994) screenshots?

I am looking for a depository of old AOL/Compuserve/Prodigy screenshots, ideally from 1993-1998. Even better -- I'd love to find & run these actual programs on a modern computer. Where can I get screenshots, and where can I find the old versions of these programs/a way to run them?
posted by Damn That Television at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone recommend a good cheap second-hand DSLR, please?

I've offered to take some photos for a friend's website, and I need a good cheap DSLR. I know what I'm doing with a camera, but have never bought a digital SLR. I'm on a budget (say $200), so I'm going to look at the second-hand market (mainly eBay). I don’t need masses of megapixels or fancy extras, but I do need high-ISO capacity for indoor shots (hence a high-end P&S won't do). Does anyone have any recommendations, please? Perhaps something that was hot two or three years ago? (I'm in Greece so US-only offers are no good to me.) Thanks in advance.
posted by kitfreeman at 12:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Will a spare receiver work with a different remote?

HTPC aficionados, I have a question about infrared remotes. Can a USB receiver be used by any other remote or is it "locked" to the one that came with it? [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments

put me out of my cell phone misery

Boston Cell Phone Filter: Please help me with this seemingly simple cell phone decision. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

That right there is BADASS.

What are some things I can learn to do in order to become more of a badass? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:28 PM PST - 76 comments

Did round stereotypical bombs exist?

Did the stereotypical round bomb exist in real life? And if so then what is it called and where can I get info about it? By "stereotypical round bomb" I mean a black spherical bomb with a small flat cylinder cap top out of which a fuse sticks out. Did these things exist IRL?
posted by I-baLL at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Baking for the Vegan Hordes

I am looking for large quantity vegan baking recipes (cornbread, oatmeal cookies, brownies, coffeecake, etc.) designed for 50 servings or more. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me identify this song, so I can buy it from Amazon and listen to it a thousand million times and maybe someday put it on a mix cd!

Hivemind, can you help me identify this song? Beat : strong, very danceable. Vocals : female, thick (like honey). For part of the song, she ends each line with "uh huh." I feel like it's a (recent) popular song, but every time I hear it, there's too much ambient noise for Shazam! to identify it.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:11 PM PST - 48 comments

Name that cartoon dog!

Name that cartoon dog. My (relatively) new French Bulldog reminds me of some cartoon dog, and I can't for the life of me figure out which cartoon dog I'm thinking of. [more inside]
posted by ill3 at 12:08 PM PST - 28 comments

How do you lead a bad team?

You're thrust into a leadership position. Of a bad team. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by NoRelationToLea at 11:50 AM PST - 20 comments

"Nick Clegg"

I DESPERATELY need jokes about politicians for a speech tomorrow. Can anyone help me with some (relatively clean) and hopefully snappy material? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 11:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Has Your Therapist Fallen Asleep during your session?

Has your therapist fallen asleep during your therapy session? [more inside]
posted by ChicagoTherapyConnection at 11:24 AM PST - 41 comments

Seeking least offensive light beer

What's the least offensive light beer? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Do I write back?

Another pregnancy and friendship question, tl;dr special snowflake edition. [more inside]
posted by different at 11:05 AM PST - 37 comments

Design comp____?

Is "comp" in "design comp" short for something? If so, what?
posted by scottreynen at 11:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me have fun at the Salton Sea.

What should I do at the Salton Sea for one or two days? I've checked out this previous post, but need more specifics on this area itself. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Asked to photograph a wedding, need help with pricing

I need help setting wedding photo pricing. [more inside]
posted by saffronwoman at 10:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Exercise Away A Double Chin?

How do I get rid of a double chin? I am in good shape, not overweight, but I noticed in pictures taken at a wedding this week end that I have a double chin that really bothers me. I remember my father had one, too. Is it just DNA or can I exercise this away? I'm 65, male, if that helps.
posted by captainmickey at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

How to handle meeting my stepson's mother?

I am step-mother to a charming fifteen-year old. His father and I have been together for 7.5 years and we have a six-year old. My step-son's parents are currently unable to hold a polite discussion about his life, and his mother has asked to meet with me as "you are more occupied with him" at our house. Part of me is glad, part overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Self-Injury in a 5yr Old. DO NOT WANT.

Starting self-destruction young: What methods are best to re-direct problem behavior in a self-harming five year old? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Received someone else's medical bill

I received someone else's medical statement with lots of personal information to boot. What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Help living with a wimmen hatin' husband with Asperger's

My husband has Asperger's Syndrome and a lot of unresolved anger towards his ex-wife. These two things are horrible together, as he is frequently mean to me, punishing me for things she did to him, but then he is unable to grasp how upsetting this is for me. I've been trying to get him to go to therapy to try to work out his anger about her, but in the meantime I need strategies to cope with living like this, as it is making me lose my mind with frustration, anger, and sadness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 29 comments

Old Friends Old Flames

Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
posted by elis at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I beat the heat in the dessert in July?

How can I beat the heat on a summer road trip through the southwest? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

When and how did you realize you were bisexual?

Sexuality seems to be a very fluid and complex matter, and perhaps bisexuality even more so. My question is, when and how did you realize you were bisexual? And on a side note, I'd like to hear some opinions on a unrequited love situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I send my mini-shampoos?

I'm in hotels all the time (about 16 nights a month), and it just occurred to me that those little bottles of shampoo and stuff could go to a better cause than just hanging in the room after I leave. Should I donate them to a homeless shelter or some other organization, or would they rather just have a check? Any specific places that are in need of toiletry supplies?
posted by jnaps at 9:56 AM PST - 29 comments

We don't need a cheap dorm room...what else is there discounted for students?

We're in our mid forties and my wife is going back to college (well grad school actually). What student discounts should we be on the lookout for now that she is officially .edu ?? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Need to party in Orlando

Need to host a party in Orlando. I don't live in Orlando. Need help finding the perfect location. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

American TV series on DVDs in French?

What addictive TV series are available on DVD dubbed in French, with French subtitles? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

My series of tubes needs plunging

I currently have a finicky DSL connection. Is there a utility that will give me near-instantaneous status (like a green light/red light on the task bar) on whether I truly have an Internet connection? I use Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Baby needs new games!

Netbook games? There's got to be at least a few... [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Where can I learn to teach science using the outdoors?

I'm looking for college-level courses that focus on instructing teachers (either preservice teachers in training, or active teachers) how to use the outdoors in their science teaching. [more inside]
posted by franc.o.bolos at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Cat poop fight!

Another cat question, concerning multiple cats and their poop. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

cardiology/mitral valve prolapse questions

Recently was hospitalized for acute bacterial endocarditis. The follow-up cardiologist visit is summed up as follows; "..had his echo/doppler study performed today. It shows mitral valve prolapse, which is quite severe. There is a suggestion of ruptured chordae involving the posterier leaflet. There is thickening of the posterier leaflet and a very severe mitral regurgitation. His left ventricular systolic function remains normal and his left atrial dimension is only mildly dilated. At this point, we are going to manage him medically and further management will depend on his progress". There is no medication yet, and I am due for a follow-up visit soon. Have been researching; and also want to ask advice of hive, for areas/questions to prepare. Subjects include his mention of future possible replacement; exercise and diet for heart health; anxiety related to MVP. Help me focus on a valuable discussion with the doctor.
posted by ebesan at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anybody help me find the song, "Kenny G is not jazz"?

Can anybody help me find the song, "Kenny G is not jazz"? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 9:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Hip hop CAN'T be dead.

I need recommendations on some good/great/exceptional hip hop produced in the last 2-3 years. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 9:00 AM PST - 28 comments

Virus virus everywhere

I think our network as a virus, but virus scanners say no. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 8:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me feed a crowd of hungry wedding goers.

We're hosting a small, casual wedding reception for about 30 people and I need some ideas for food. Ideally, the recipes will be make-ahead (some reheating or finishing touches are ok), easily expandable, relatively simple, and will hold well room temperature or in a crock pot. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 8:50 AM PST - 20 comments

What was life like in the 1980's?

Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:18 AM PST - 35 comments

Exercise for the freshly hobbled

Can you suggest some exercise for the freshly hobbled? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 8:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Rockhounding and fossil hunting in the American Plains

Where should we rockhound and fossil hunt on our road trip through the Midwest and Great Plains states? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

What makes for a great online course?

I've been hired to teach on online course next semester. What makes for a good online course? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 7:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Tips for passing road test.

Help me ace my road test next week (and boost my confidence). [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 7:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me decide whether to get out of a convoluted relationship.

Help me decide whether to get out of a convoluted relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 38 comments

all work and no play...

How do I answer the "Why do you want to leave your current job" question during interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 23 comments

How to respond to fat talk

What is the proper response to people who constantly make comments about how fat they are -- and they are normal weight? I am overweight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 29 comments

Classiest Thursday night dancing in Boston?

Where can I get dressed up and go dancing in Boston on a Thursday night? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 7:30 AM PST - 1 comment

Breaking Load of 1"x12"x30" marble

Breaking Strength of Marble. How much weight can a sheet of Tennessee pink marble support? Sheet is 1"x12"x30". It and two others like it will be the base of an octagonal plinth which will support a concrete urn weighing about 200 lbs empty, maybe 400 lbs when planted. Plinth is entirely built of this marble and hollow inside. I am open to suggestions for interior supports, currently thinking of gluing a rod to underside of marble and extending it below ground surface.
posted by fkeese at 7:17 AM PST - 12 comments

There But for the Grace of Clergy Leadership or Congregation, Go I

A friend of mine is a candidate to be a UU minister at a particular church. He had to go through a hiring process similar to that of faculty interviewing for professorships. The chaplain at the university where I work is Methodist, and she told me yesterday that every year she has to write a letter to those in charge asking to stay here at the university because any given year they could tell her she'd have to go to this community in this place, and she'd have to. She's been doing this for twenty years. Now I am curious, which religions have a more traditional hiring process where an ordained minister or priest has to interview for their position and which religions have a leadership that tell their priests and ministers where they are going? What are the details of how this process works for the religion you mention?
posted by zizzle at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get my dog to take a pill when I can't hide it in food?

How do I give an anti-nausea pill to my dog when he won't eat? [more inside]
posted by emumimic at 6:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What songs have a military sounding snare drum in the background

What songs start with a snare drum (like a military parade) or have a snare throughout the song? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 6:52 AM PST - 35 comments

USAA is screwing me over, what can I do?

USAA is screwing me over, what can I do? They've kidnapped my money and while telling me I'll get it back, won't give me anymore information. [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 6:45 AM PST - 24 comments

How not to burn down the house?

How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 6:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Doctor Who stuck in a time loop.

Please identify this Tom Baker-era Doctor Who episode. I saw it once when I was a child. All I remember from it was the Doctor fixing K-9 and time becoming a loop around him. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Dressmaker, Dressmaker, Make me a Dress!

[LA Filter] Dressmaker and stretch silk fabric near Santa Monica, CA? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm interested in streaming sports from around the world in Canada; what are my options?

I'm interested in streaming sports from around the world in Canada; what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 5:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Help keep my dog sane while he recovers

My dog had a severe laceration to his paw yesterday. He's been stitched by the vet, but paw stitches are fragile and require a dog to be kept inactive. What can I do to keep him from going insane? [more inside]
posted by fremen at 5:38 AM PST - 13 comments

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 5:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Birthday girl

Birthday Filter - What to get a 7 year old who is not a material girl- she loves books, music, her flute - so a book right? But I want something awesomely special- maybe where the occasion is more than the gift.
posted by the noob at 4:27 AM PST - 16 comments

I Mead Help!

Where to find good mead in the Atlanta area? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 4:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get a better earphone seal!

Will these triple-flange sleeves work with Shure SCL2 earphones? If not, does anyone know of a third party vendor that makes compatible triple flange sleeves for the SCL2? I'm having a hard time getting any of the included sleeves to form a seal with my elfin ears.
posted by mattholomew at 4:06 AM PST - 7 comments

edundant switchmode power supply

Where are some redundant switchmode power supplies with dual 240 AC inputs and a 12V DC output... I am looking for some models but google is not working for me. [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 4:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a good quality noise cancelling neckband headset

What's the best noise cancelling neckband headset that's adjustable and similar in sound/noise cancellation quality to the Sennheiser PXC 150/250 series? [more inside]
posted by ponystyle at 3:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Keeping the RATINGS when moving iTunes stuff to a new Mac

Helping my father re-create iTunes on his new iMac—AND keep all of his song ratings. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 3:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for an HTML editor.

Looking for a basic WYSIWYG HTML editor that doesn't add all kinds of code that I don't ask for. I'm still pining for Netscape Gold.....
posted by Framer at 3:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend independent or well-treated Astoria cleaners

Recommend a cleaning person or service in/near Astoria, Queens? If a service, one that treats its workers well. [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 1:57 AM PST - 5 comments

sundress + sportsbra-like thing?

brafilter: I am looking for something that acts like a bra but doesn't look like one in the back... [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 1:56 AM PST - 11 comments

where to study science and mathematics online?

What are the best places to study science and mathematics subjects for university credit online? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 12:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Long lost friends or finally making a move???

Is he asking me out to hangout and catch up on old times or is he asking me out on a real date? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 12:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Ask a stranger for more money to fix my scooter?

When my scooter was damaged after someone backed up into it, I spoke to the driver of the car and we agreed on an amount. Later I discovered there was much more damage than I thought. Should I go to the trouble to ask for more money? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 12:02 AM PST - 9 comments

May 23

Which songs have the singer's full name in the lyrics?

Can you think of any songs where the singer includes his full name in the lyrics? [more inside]
posted by voronoi at 9:50 PM PST - 71 comments

pimp my home network

I found an (relatively) old usb adaptor in my basement. I no longer need it for basic wireless, but can i use it to make my home wireless networking really really cool? [more inside]
posted by bellbellbell at 9:39 PM PST - 1 comment

How to get information on someone given what I already have

I have some information about someone; I want more. What's the best way to get it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Need an easy, cheap, automatic way to keep ~8GB of files backed up.

I need an easy, cheap, automatic way to keep a few gigs of files stored in various folders around my computer backed up. [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 at 9:30 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a reasonably priced way to sell large files online?

What is a cost-effective solution to sell collections of large files (~500MB each totaling ~4GB per collection) online? [more inside]
posted by jaden at 9:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me not have to jump through one more logistical hoop nightmare

What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How much are my basketball cards worth?

Just came across a bunch of basketball cards, looking for tips on getting proper valuation and the best way to sell these cards. [more inside]
posted by mealticket at 8:24 PM PST - 3 comments

seeing many types of blind through a new lens?

Can I get contacts if I have presbyopia (needing progressives) AND astigmatism? [more inside]
posted by kch at 8:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Biking with a baby in the city

What's the best set-up for biking with a toddler in the city? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 8:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Cheep! Cheep! Uh oh... Duckling rescue!

Baby duck filter: I seem to have come into possesion of a wild baby duck. I am in Montreal, and I want to be responsible with this poor little ball of fluff. Help! [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 8:05 PM PST - 20 comments

No Cars Go

EMERGENCY! My car is about to go kablewy (as in any day now), and I have to commute 30 miles a day to work. I can't live without a car, and seeing as hubby and I just moved, we have no savings or nest egg to fall back on. We are looking for an affordable, fuel efficient, used car around $6000ish. IYHO: Who's the best used car dealer in town? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Peace, Hearts, & Music Festivals: I want these pants!

I'm trying to find these pants or fabric. They are made of light fleece and are a simple low-rise, elastic waist, woman's yoga/pajama pant. They were bought at a Bealls outlet in Florida and the label says Feathers. [more inside]
posted by ourroute at 7:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Over Worked Marine Biologist Filter

Asking for a friend. He's a marine biologist who usually does ecological impact studies prior to any kind of construction work along coasts or out in the oceans. He works world wide and constantly. He spends a great deal of time out in the field and it's becoming detrimental to family life. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:23 PM PST - 5 comments

OSX Open With Menu Problem

I'm having the same problem as stated in this question from 2006. [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Modern vs bygone home building techniques

Have US home construction techniques improved since the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 6:46 PM PST - 34 comments

How should I handle this somewhat awkward dating situation?

How should I handle this somewhat awkward dating situation? [more inside]
posted by freem at 6:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me figure out why I seem to be undatable, except when I'm not.

Help me figure out why I seem to be undatable, except when I'm not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 37 comments

Netflix for the deaf?

Is there any way to search Netflix for subtitled/Closed Captioned material? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

How > Why

They say that science takes care of the "how", and religion takes care of the "why"... What I want to know is, do "how" and "why" have equal philosophical footing? [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 5:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Where buy Jim Wilson's Big Fat Mama - rockabilly song

where can I buy a recording of Jim Wilson's "Big Fat Mama" - a hilarious hillbilly song from sometime in the 1950's or so that I just heard on WFMU 91.1 on the way through NYC. [more inside]
posted by 8699oriel at 5:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me deal with previously learned material.

Help me deal with previously learned material. (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Is the instant tent a camping nightmare?

Do you, or does anyone you know, have a Coleman Instant Tent? What do you, or they, think of it? [more inside]
posted by wg at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it socially acceptable to leave a small wad of clean-looking toilet paper in the bowl after flushing?

Is it socially acceptable to leave a small wad of clean-looking toilet paper in the bowl after flushing? I've noticed that a number of people do this on a fairly regular basis.
posted by trevyn at 4:45 PM PST - 38 comments

gameboy music making...

just got an original gameboy and i'm wondering what the better music making cartridges/solutions might be. any ideas or suggestions? thanks!
posted by artof.mulata at 3:43 PM PST - 7 comments

well-developed literature of skeptical criticism of Islam

Where can I find some well-developed literature of skeptical criticism of Islam in general and Shia or Sunni philosophy specifically? Scholarly criticism would be preferred.
posted by clueless22 at 3:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Something fishy?

Where can I learn more about a recurring motif of images of acquatic life in Werner Herzog's films? Jellyfish, fish, etc?
posted by fixedgear at 3:35 PM PST - 1 comment

I Wanna Rock!

What are some community-based online radio stations? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Photo-thwart. Uh-huh. Flash, flash, flash.

Grrr. I'm trying to capture these photos and having a heck of a time. Help? [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find my dead father?

Can you help me find out information about my dead father? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 2:51 PM PST - 24 comments

A digital guitar neck, customizable by me…

I'm not a programmer and don't really want to try to become one, but I'd like to build a little graphic app/utility and am wondering if it might be possible using something like Flash or HyperCard or some other similar no-coding program. Details within… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Word art

Hi I have a list of words i'd like to print them on A4. I'd like them to be differnt clours, hight, font i'm looking for a program that will allow me to do this easily. Any ideas? Kinda like this Thanks!
posted by lpoulter at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Learning by doing

Short group activities or mini-workshops to use in an adult educational setting? I hesitate to say "teambuilding" exercises, but I am thinking in terms of the marshmallow challenge or Abigail and the boatman. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Shade grown organic porn?

I'm looking for "organic" kinky porn in which I know the models are not being exploited. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it coming from inside the house?

A rhythmic click (every n seconds) is coming from my living room window. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by werty at 12:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me root my Droid!

I think I'm ready to take the plunge and root my Motorola Droid to install a custom ROM. But I still have a few niggling questions. [more inside]
posted by malthas at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Has the sun set on these?

[JapaneseTranslationFilter] Can I still eat this? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

The Fungus Blob versus the Weeping Fig

I replanted my indoor ficus benjimana/weeping fig about two weeks ago, putting it into a much larger pot, and using some Home Depot gardening soil. A few days ago, a thin-foam-like, white substance appeared over portions of the soil. Today, I notice I have large, blobby, mushy, fungus-looking things growing on the top of the soil. The tree, however, looks fine. What is this gross stuff, and should I do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

LOST in San Jose

Where can I watch the LOST finale at a bar/venue in the San Jose area? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Tap water question

This morning while cleaning the crock pot, I noticed that the baking soda I was using was foaming up, as if i had added an acid like vinegar. So, I poured some baking soda in a clean bowl, to see if it was the water. It foamed! Is there a reason my tap water would be so acid? The only thing I found on the internet was a vague suggestion the chlorine can cause acidity in the water. [more inside]
posted by annsunny at 11:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do people use Celsius when the weather is cold and Fahrenheit when it's hot?

Why do people use Celsius when the weather is cold and Fahrenheit when it's hot? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 11:18 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me identify this Nike watch.

Help me identify and find a manual for this Nike watch. [more inside]
posted by bgrebs at 11:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for good rock acoustic guitar music, no vocals

Looking for good rock acoustic guitar music, no vocals [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 11:12 AM PST - 11 comments

electrical energy from your car

How can you run a large appliance (e.g. a washing machine machine) off of a running automobile? What's the best way to convert the huge amount of power generated by the car into 110V A.C. at a high wattage? [more inside]
posted by grizzled at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't be a fool, wrap your tool...but not with that!

New girlfriend, we're talking about sex, doing it safely, but she's allergic to latex. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 AM PST - 18 comments

How will global warming affect the nature and prevalance of clouds?

How will global warming affect the nature and prevalance of clouds? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Fly poop --> compost?

Compost question: can I turn this gloopy wet black soldier fly manure into usable compost? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What food should I make for a LOST finale?

I am having a party tonight to celebrate the finale of LOST. I have never seen LOST. What foods should I serve? (At my disposal: Trader Joe's, SuperFresh, Reading Terminal Market, the dollar store.) Budget = 40bucks. People = 10. Difficulty level = 6.
posted by melodykramer at 10:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Open operating system

I have a laptop that Microsoft should have never approved for vista it wheezes and struggles under vista and is close to useless. I was wanted to install some open operating system and use it basically as a netbook. What options do I have and how do I go about it?
posted by ExitPursuedByBear at 10:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Are you my mommy, puppy edition.

What shelters in the Baltimore City area will give a pit bull type puppy a chance? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 10:16 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the etiquette for ending a short-term relationship?

What is the decent method for calling things off with a woman after a month of dating, sleeping together, but never defining the relationship? In person? Over the phone? Via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by lamprey at 9:20 AM PST - 56 comments

Evening/weekend therapist in SF?

An evening/weekend therapist in San Francisco? I'd like to talk over some family and personal issues with a professional. But I can only swing regular appointments via late evening or weekend hours - not easy to find. Any suggestions?
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Please don't ask me on a date.

I know a guy in person that I've been chatting with online. In person, I'm not attracted to him at all. But I am intellectually turned on by the conversations we have. (Anon because I talk to this guy on the internet.) I don't want this to go any farther. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 15 comments

She should have looked into the future and just gotten still pictures in the first place

Asking for my dad, although I'm interested too. What's the best way to essentially get a screen shot of a DVD playing on an XP machine? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Cat vet in Ypsilanti?

Please recommend me a vet in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Hello Pregnancy, Goodbye Friendship?

Being pregnant led me to losing a close friendship with Jane, feeling left out by my circle of friends, and generally feeling guilty about being pregnant in the first place. I'd really appreciate advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Does my family suck, or do I?

Do the items in my deceased mom's home belong to me or the new owners of the house which happen to be my family? How to accept the fact that this house, which I've always considered home, isn't anymore. [more inside]
posted by phox at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Are foreign vs. domestic car brands statistically more reliable?

Are foreign vs. domestic car brands statistically more reliable? [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 7:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for Karen Finley

Help me find cool performance artists, performers, and festivals... [more inside]
posted by metametababe at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments

It's Not That Big a Deal

I feel like my girlfriend gets too worked up over trivial annoyances. Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me get through a customer service job and transition into freelance writing.

How do I leave my grinding, soul-crushing technical support job? I want to be a freelance copywriter and copyeditor, but I don't know how long it will take to build a solid business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Emergency trade show display in Las Vegas by Tuesday morning?

Emergency trade show display in Las Vegas by Tuesday morning? My colleagues just went to Las Vegas for an important trade show. We had a lovely display background made for our booth - a Skyline Mirage. Unfortunately, our guys forgot to take the display on the plane! :/ We need the booth to be ready by noon on Tuesday. Can we get a similar display made in Las Vegas by that time? Any ideas most welcome! [more inside]
posted by krilli at 6:38 AM PST - 13 comments

It's not a tumah! I just weedwhacked!

Swollen hands after manual labor. Ways to treat/mitigate? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 6:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Out with the cold, in with the waves.

What are the best beach havens in Mexico, Central and South America with a relaxed, laid-back vibe and low tourist development? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Great iPad Apps for Kids?

iPad apps for kids? Especially for 4-10 year olds. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 5:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Survival Hobby Communities

Blogs And Forums About First Aid, Survival, Worst-Case-Scenario Etc... Etc... [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen at 5:17 AM PST - 8 comments

DLP for JS?

I'd like to learn Javascript for free (or very low cost), online, as part of a distance learning course. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:33 AM PST - 10 comments

May 22

Hoping for another Askmefi Mystery Machine Victory

Anyone know what city this is? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 11:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Mailing a hard drive in a cardboard envelope?

Will Samsung refuse to replace my defective hard drive if I mail it in a flat-rate envelope instead of a big box with bubble wrap? [more inside]
posted by jrockway at 11:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Wher to buy patchouli in or near Seattle

Where in or near Seattle can i find a shop that sells patchouli perfume/cologne? I purchased my last bottle in Kansas and have no idea where to find some here. I don't want to buy it online so any advice would be very much appreciated.
posted by saran-han at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make my memory more exact?

Homo sapiens can memorize The Iliad, and I can't be that far removed from my ancestors, right? How can I improve my ability to remember things very precisely? I'm particularly interested in textbook definitions, chemical formulas, and mathematical formulas. [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 10:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Where do bootleg concert shirts come from?

I saw Pearl Jam the other night in Boston (incredible show!), and as we spent 45 minutes waiting to get out of the garage, we saw the bootleg shirt sellers drop prices to the point that one guy just gave them away. It got me wondering about the actual process and distribution system of these shirts. Like start to finish, how does it work? [more inside]
posted by speeb at 10:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Where in the world should I go?

I just graduated from a U.S. university and I have the whole month of June to go anywhere and do anything before I start working. I need ideas! Especially travel abroad. [more inside]
posted by ista at 9:13 PM PST - 23 comments

What is this stuff René?

What do Marion and Belloq drink at Tanis in Raiders of the Lost Ark? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 9:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Harnessing/shaping/using stress to your advantage

Stress. How do you balance/manage/harness it for your benefit? [more inside]
posted by sharingideas at 9:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Cook my Coconuts!

How to make an island "Lost" coconut appetizer. [more inside]
posted by Unred at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC?

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC? [more inside]
posted by zcow at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Follow-up to previous orthopedics question

I'm looking for personal anecdotes or data, either positive or negative, about triple arthrodesis. This procedure has been recommended for my 15-year-old brother as a salvage procedure to eliminate pain resulting from an unsuccessful tarsal coalition surgery (also including a lengthening of the Achilles tendon.) [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone at 7:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Do they have a Bigfoot Museum up the road?

Does anyone have any parks, roadside attractions, and Must-Sees for a Saturday day-trip from Portland to Mt. St. Helens? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Russian address decipherment

In a Russian address, what do the abbreviations д., кв., and Ст. м. stand for? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

One luminary clock

Help me understand the phases of the moon. Why is it that a New Moon is visible at all? [more inside]
posted by doubtless at 5:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me remember this kid's book about WWII

What book is this? Kid's fiction set in WWII Britain, featuring a crashed german plane and a salvaged machine gun. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Turns out selling a car is a nightmare.

How do I ditch my old car without taking a bath? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 4:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Intro to IPAs for noobs

BeerFilter: I usually like bitter things, but I can't get into IPAs. Please explain them to me in very small words. (Bonus points for recommending interesting ones to try in the New England area.) [more inside]
posted by dorque at 4:20 PM PST - 38 comments

How to swap caregiving chores

Elderly father-in-law is coming to live with us (my husband and me). Sister caring for our elderly mother, lives nearby. Sister is fabulous cook, and likes to cook. I hate cooking, and always eat out. Elderly father-in-law's presence will end that. Sister and I want to swap chores, doing for each other what we're good at and like to do. How in the world can I compensate her for cooking for us? Besides buying the food. I can do the shopping, and even pay for the food, but what else? My only talents are hand sewing, crocheting, making quilts. Has anyone done this community type of thing? Any suggestions?
posted by readsew at 4:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Is Windows 7 the next XP?

I'm an advanced computer user and would like to know how Windows 7 compares with XP Pro. I'm clinging to the latter like Dagon to an emaciated villager but I know the time will come when I'll have to move on. Basic info about install size, resource hogging, software compatibility (particularly MS Office versions) and tweakability in terms of Windows' always annoying "security" functions will be greatly appreciated. I have tried Vista, only to run away from it screaming. I'll be sitting round the fire in the trashcan, looking forward to reading your thoughts.
posted by New England Cultist at 3:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Best practice file management in Windows 7?

I have: A clean install of Windows 7, an external hard drive full of documents, music and video files, and zero understanding of how the new-fangled folders and libraries are meant to work. Please help me understand best practice file management in Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

CraftFilter: How to attach applique with embroidery, for dummies.

Crafters, please help. What I'm trying to do is apparently called "applique" and "embroidering," as part of a quilt project. I'm totally clueless and kinda need to finish today. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 3:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Learning languages is fun! No, really!

What are the most interesting, fun, unusual, ridiculous, bombastic, affentoll, and/or funkadelic ways to learn a language? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 2:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Should I call his mom?

Should I contact my boyfriend's mother because I believe he needs help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Helping my friend with Cancer

How do I go about appropriately and respectfully helping my friend with cancer? [more inside]
posted by pennstatephil at 2:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Culture in Chicago - Show me it

I'm going to be in Chicago in late July, and was hoping some locals could tip me on finding the best Lebanese food, jazz clubs/events that I shouldn't miss, interesting art galleries maybe even local theater if they're doing something fun. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Why fail, cookies?

Why did our cookies get all burned and fail? [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 2:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for an attractive, appropriate skirt

How can I find a pencil skirt that will flatter my figure? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Save us from breakfast at Tim's

We are in Edmonton for the long weekend and would like to go for brunch tomorrow morning. We are staying in the Mettera so something walkable would be great but are willing to hop in a cab for some fabulous brunch.
posted by sadtomato at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Slip-sliding away

How do I make [someone else's] wood floor less slippery? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Serenity Now! Help me calm down.

I’m suffering a bad reaction to a family crisis. It’s either PTSD or a general freakout, but I need advice on how to deal with this. Long, sad, family drama to follow….. [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 1:17 PM PST - 25 comments

Searching for the name of the band

I once listened to a CD of an american band a couple of years ago. I can't remember the name, but I know some details of the album. [more inside]
posted by madcow20 at 1:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you get grade(d) to post?

How can I effectively use a blog in my class? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Same job, different location

In how many countries could I practise law? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Password recovery or doom?!?

PasswordBuffooneryFilter: I've had a Hotmail account for eons, don't use it a ton, get a couple things sent there on an ongoing basis. Had the password stored via Firefox and it has disappeared from the remember-password feature. It's been long enough that I don't remember the password-recovery info (favorite pet, etc.) and I didn't register an alternate e-mail (that they would use to send me the means to access the account). Based on the Microsoft info I've slogged through and Internet searches, it seems I'm sunk. Or am I?? Much gratitude for any help folks can provide.
posted by ambient2 at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Eggselent Restaurants

NYC restaurant filter: Looking for restaurants in the city which prominently feature egg dishes, or just have excellent egg-based dishes on the menu. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Best Hair Dryers For Black Hair?

What are some really good blow dryers for African American hair? I am on the market for a blow dryers that straightens really well with a comb attachment. The one I currently have, is okay but when I keep forgetting to ask what kind my stylist uses because that one seems to get it straighter and dryer. While t would be great if it is a model that is relatively travel friendly, I'm just looking for the best best hair dryer for black hair. Thanks!
posted by Waitwhat at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me enjoy this gorgeous summer!

I would like to walk to work, but my nice work pants are all tailored to the length of my nice work shoes, which have enough of a heel that I can't wear the pants with flats. If I walk to work in my heels, I'll wear out the shoes really quickly. Plus, they're not as comfortable as sneakers or flats. I would really appreciate any ideas you guys have, because taking the subway two stops is such a waste! Thanks in advance.
posted by prefpara at 11:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Russian to English translation cost?

How much should we expect to pay for Russian to English translation services? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Computer repair in North Carolina?

Recommendations for computer repair in the Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh area? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Staying put and still having lived in many countries

Looking for the quote about a man born in Austria-Hungary, growing up in Germany, coming of age in Poland, dying in Russia, who always lived at the same place. [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan at 10:34 AM PST - 10 comments

How to make sure a business idea has merit before running with it?

How do you make sure a business idea has merit before running with it? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Songs about zoom.

Songs on the theme of transportation? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 10:31 AM PST - 88 comments

fox & dog

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for a good antenna.

Any suggestions for an antenna for my desktop wireless networking card? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy a hula hoop near (or easily accessible from) SOMA?

Where can I buy a hula hoop near (or easily accessible from) SOMA? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Why can't I hear lyrics?

Why can't I "hear" lyrics to songs? I know they're there, but I don't notice them the same way other people do. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:48 AM PST - 26 comments

The cold is gone but the symptoms remain and are MAKING ME CRAZY.

How can I get rid of this lingering congestion and cough? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

What is the quickest, surest, safest way to delete my Facebook account?

What is the quickest, easiest, but especially most thorough way to delete my Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Should guys stay alone in their unsuccessful social situations?

Relatively unfriendly guy, exceedingly caring and friendly with good-looking girl. Help me understand this social behavior -- and should I do anything? [more inside]
posted by knz at 9:24 AM PST - 21 comments

What's a good fit?

Looking to leave my job for a new line of work - what would be a good fit given these conditions: combination of indoor/outdoor work, engaging, varied, $40k/year, ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Idiosyncratic retirement location question

Please give me some advice on where to go to retire at a relatively young age. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I attempt to get my novel published?

Is there anything I should be doing to try to get my novel published? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

How important is a kitchen anyway?

Should we move into this apartment, or stay where we are? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 8:41 AM PST - 22 comments

How to make a stop-motion video in Windows 7

How should I make a stop motion video using a free program on Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Quitting with class

I work for a company which may be failing, and I think it's time to leave. How do I know when it's time to bail out? And how do I exit gracefully without potentially hurting the company further? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Sleepwalking horrors

I live in a high-rise condo and have recently been plagued with the idea of hurtling myself off the balcony during my sleep. Is there any simple cures to unfounded phobias? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 9 comments

It's Like Achieving Nirvana, Only In My Pants.

Help me stop obsessing over having an orgasm with my partner (because if I can do THAT, I might actually stand a chance of having one - d'oh! Obsessing again...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

When you wake up to this, there's no way to come up with a witty title

Kinda gross dog question about the stain my dog left last night... [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 7:40 AM PST - 13 comments

How does my girlfriend get a credit card if she has no credit?

How does my girlfriend get a credit card if she has no credit? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist at 7:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Mount a tv to a brick wall.

Any issues to be aware of when wall mounting a flat tv to a brick wall? [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Recieving Packages in NYC inexpensively

Downtown NYC: Are there any inexpensive package receiving services around? I'm in a doorman-less building and have an Amazon Prime subscription that I'd like to take advantage of. [more inside]
posted by theDrizzle at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

I need some sleep!

Is my cat insecure or just bossy? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 6:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Magpies mobbing cat

Magpies mobbing my cat - is there any danger? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments

How to address a conflict of interest in a dissertation study?

Seeking advice for an issue with my dissertation and how to address a problem in my research protocol. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 6:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Washington dining?

Vegetarian Washington, DC, fine dining? I'd like to get some friends a gc for a great restaurant for their anniversary. They're foodies and vegetarians. Can anyone recommend a place? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

My carpet stuffed up my vacuum!

How do I clean out a vacuum hose that has been blocked by light carpet fibers left over from carpet installation? [more inside]
posted by khelvan at 4:56 AM PST - 10 comments


Explain to me the phenomena known as Joss Whedon. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:12 AM PST - 34 comments

How can I make a felted boulder?

How could I make a felted rock cushion like those made by Ronel Jordaan? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:08 AM PST - 5 comments

"All extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever been decried by the world as drunken or insane"

Books for/about disaffected, disillusioned young men? [more inside]
posted by prufrock at 12:57 AM PST - 37 comments

If my student loans are going to be forgiven ... I might as well go all out, right?

I'm expecting a financial windfall in the next month or two in the very low five figures. I'm also in the middle of law school, and I'm going to have a great deal of debt when I finally get out (several times that windfall). But should I put that windfall toward not having to take out any additional loans? Normally, the answer would be to take on as little debt as possible, but ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:42 AM PST - 6 comments

May 21

Don't wear a shirt with your name on it?

Do you remember seeing a public service anouncement about not wearing shirts with your name on them in the early 90s? [more inside]
posted by pemdasi at 10:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I best be supportive of my mother as she's experiencing medical issues?

My still young-ish mother is having some health issues. I'm far away, but want to help and be supportive. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How to choose a reputable outsourcing company?

I need an outsourcer that I can trust not to steal my business secrets. What are some reputable companies I could work with? I have tasks that I would like to delegate that require access to some website logins and personal information. I want to work with a virtual assistant that is hired through a reputable company that would involve paperwork that would keep me safe. I don't know who to try besides brickwork. What companies should I look into?
posted by Tres at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is my picture staring back at me from this webpage?

Facebook privacy question. Today I visited a site I'd never been to before and to my consternation found, at the bottom of the page, a comment field with my FB name and my picture. I was at the time logged into FB in another tab (I was playing Lexulous). What just happened? And how did the site get my info? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 7:14 PM PST - 23 comments

the way forward with a broken heart

How do I approach friendship with a (formerly?) broken heart? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Blog Hosting for Animations?

Are there any (hopefully free) blog hosting services that allow posting flash, or at least canvas+javascript? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 6:22 PM PST - 4 comments

The Best CMS

Tell me about the latest and greatest in content management systems. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 6:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Why is my laptop's webcam light flashing on and off, sporadically? (Is someone watching me?)

Why is my laptop's webcam light flashing on and off, sporadically? (Is someone watching me?) [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember this song!

The song is called something like Callie's 'Song' (or Kallie, Kylie, Caylie etc.), or possibly Callie's Boat instead of 'Song'. I think it's Irish & it's lovely. It's about a boy who takes his little boat out on the sea - the only refrain I can recall is 'Callie loves the sea'. Thanks!
posted by jsslz at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Health or health insurance? That is the question.

I have a medical issue and not so great insurance; should I get treatment for my problem and risk being labeled with a preexisting condition? I know YANAD. But can you give me advice anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the best customer service or help desk ticket software available?

What is the best customer service tracking (help ticket) type software out there right now? [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I know which wheelchair/rollator to choose?

Is there anywhere that has reviews of wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and other disability aids? I'm looking into purchasing a combination wheeled walker / transport wheelchair for myself, but I'm really overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

AT&T raises the ETF. Can I say buh-bye for free?

AT&T is raising their early termination fee. Does that mean I can get out of my contract for free? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

DTS audio on a media player?

Help me choose a new media player - one that will hopefully decode DTS, because my old reciever does not. [more inside]
posted by kaudio at 5:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Complete invasion of privacy?

How much information can I get about Planet Money's toxic asset? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 5:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How to save a metafilter answer?

I want to save or print out the answers that were given to a Metafilter question that was asked yesterday. I tried highlighting and copying to word but nothing showed up except the poster's names. What do I need to do to be able to save this information for the future?
posted by Flacka at 4:55 PM PST - 13 comments

How to CrossFit while recovering from injury?

I love CrossFit, but I'm recovering from a lower back injury (herniated disc + sciatica). How can I stay active and strong without making my back worse? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 4:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What is life like for an FBI analyst?

What do you know about life as an FBI analyst? I would like to find out general information, but I would also like to know two specific things: (1) what are the hours like and (2) what type of business attire do female analysts normally wear?
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Mr. Good Boy the Dog is Not a Good Boy at the Veterinarian

Chinese herbs for dog anxiety? [more inside]
posted by futz at 4:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Can lightning hurt a person in freefall?

I'm an amateur skydiver, on my last jump at around 9000 feet I saw a lightning bolt in a cloud a mile or two away. In 170 jumps I've blown through plenty of clouds, sometimes with rain, without ever giving lightning a thought. Although ungrounded, am I likely to be struck in freefall? Would being struck in freefall damage or melt tightly packed nylon?
posted by mewmewmew at 3:57 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a young commie to do in San Francisco?

Going to San Francisco with SO June 11 - 14. I'd really like to learn about the history of the city while I'm there. What should we do & where should we go? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 3:50 PM PST - 9 comments


What are some non-English word games? I was playing Scrabble in Asia and wondered if there are similar games in languages that don't use the Latin alphabet. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me Macguyver better WiFi reception at work

I am trying to pick up the new WiFi network at work with my laptop but the reception at my desk is just not quite there. [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me merge storytime with playtime on my kids' computer

I am looking to add some variety to story time and want to combine story and video game in a way that will help my kids with reading skills. There's a jungle of stuff out there, but it's a wide range of quality, formats, etc. So please help me identify the best digital interactive fiction/adventure games for use with school-aged children. (specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

There's gold in them thar backyards.

Is there a name for the flaky, layered clay/soil deposit with a striking metallic sheen found in my childhood neighborhood in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 3:05 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the skinny on tax lien sales?

What can you tell me about your experience with tax lien sales? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

lens me a hand.

Anybody have experience with the Philly Lens Library? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Please sir, may I have my pages back?

When I create a new page on my Wordpress blog, it's unaccessible via the permalink (i.e. ""). All I get is a 404 error. I can only access pages using the "\?page_id#" link. What gives? [more inside]
posted by chara at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Reconciling my submissive feelings

I am looking for advice about or stories of coming to terms with submissive feelings in bed. I'm a lady in my mid 20s and I like dudes. I've seen a few questions like this one and this one, from the perspective of guys who want to be more dominant with their girls, but are finding it hard to get in the head-space. I'm interested in the opposite angle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 35 comments

Which browser should I use?

Which browser sucks the least for OSX? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 2:09 PM PST - 34 comments

Hair salon recommendations in Vancouver?

Women of Vancouver, where do you get your hair cut? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

...and a nice Chianti, yeah yeah

We have fresh baby artichokes. We have fresh fava beans. Help me make them delicious. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 2:00 PM PST - 12 comments

It's either me or the door!

Can I withhold rent until my landlord installs a door on my second bedroom? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

You were in Boston and you didn't see _____?!

I've been to Fenway, The Commons, and Harvard. I'm going back for a week's training (staying at Boston U Dorm with no car). I'm not the most excitable or prolific tourist, so I'm just looking for a few must see things. Just to give some random samples of myself: I like Indie Rock, Modern Art, and if Pax was in town I would have loved to check it out.
posted by Pertz at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Perl is making my head explode

Script-filter: I've been tasked with finding out who at our company is synchronizing to their home folders on our fileservers, and how often. Although initially it was recommended I do this in perl, my head is blowing up trying to get it to work. Lots of blundering attempts to ask for help inside. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Acquiring industrial design skill

What's a good way to start learning about industrial design? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Changing careers within the company?

I work at a large company, in a department I like but am not passionate about.  There are other departments in this company that do things I'm much more interested in, but I have no experience and no contacts in those areas.  How can I make the move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting out and getting in

No .. really ... how can a US married couple without family ties to Europe move to a Western European country and live/work there for an extended period (at least 5 or 6 years)? Must you be ignorant of the "can't be done" thing in order to pull it off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Which grad school?

Got into grad school for education! woo hoo! now which do I choose - La Salle or St. Joseph's university? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that fuse!

Can you ID this fuse given the black/red/black/red/blue stripes on it? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Two writers better than one?

In a feature film screenplay, how do writing collaborations work? [more inside]
posted by rocco at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Makes Learning Fun

Name a movie (fictional, so no documentaries or historical retellings) that gave you some factual insight into the world. [more inside]
posted by soelo at 1:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Multiple Calendars on one Outlook Account

I need to find a way to let someone on Exchange Server A edit a calendar on Exchange Server B, in a different organization. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 12:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Wireless Switched Outlets?

Is there any easy, non-invasive, relatively inexpensive way to turn a wall outlet into a switched outlet? [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Mission Impossible: Student Loan

Student Loans! Which ones are the best at the moment? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 12:49 PM PST - 6 comments

To switch or not to switch, that is the question.

How do you turn most of your lamps on and off: from the wall switch or on the lamp itself? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

If you had 6 months to travel the world, and loved street artists and performers, where would you go?

I am massively interested in street art and artists. At last, I've retired, and think it's time for a little hedonism; a street-art world tour. There are lion dances in China, snake charmers in Morocco, hip hop acrobats in New York, soccer jugglers in Barcelona...where are some great places to travel to see local street talent? All types of art (music, dance, painting, mural, sculpture, performance and so on) are welcome! [more inside]
posted by ingridbroad at 12:36 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I shut off the interior lights in my Jeep when the tailgate is open?

How do I turn the interior lights off in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the ignition switch is set to accessory and the tailgate/liftgate is open? [more inside]
posted by tckma at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Oh My Goth Gift! Subject Me To Your World.

GiftFilter: The daughter of a high school friend is graduating from 8th grade; I'm her Rebel Idol (poor deluded kid). Help me represent! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ at 12:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Good photography magazine wanted

Best magazine for highly enthusiastic amateur photographer? Or suggestions for other photography related gifts at similar price point for a recent college grad? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 12:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How Does Cleverbot Work?

Where does Cleverbot's cleverness come from? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 12:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Peru by train or Peru by bus?

Another question about an upcoming trip to Peru: we are thinking of taking either the train or the bus between Cusco and Puno and Puno and Arequipa. Any thoughts or recommendations??
posted by graventy at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

KCRW bumper song ID needed

Song identification needed for the music in a couple of the station ID bumpers on KCRW's online music stream. Difficulty level: no lyrics. MP3 snippets inside. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I make the most of language immersion and the experience of spending a month in Guatemala?

What can I do (before, during and after I go) to make the most out of a month of language classes and immersion? And what else should I know about traveling alone for the first time and/or about Xela, Guatemala to help me enjoy my time there? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs at 11:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Train Trip to the Pacific Northwest

My husband and I are planning a railway vacation from Chicago to Seattle in mid-July; I've never been there, and my husband has been once. Tips on train travel, fun things to do along the route, and unique things to do once we arrive would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by iceprincess324 at 11:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Cheap car insurance in KY

Hi I am planning to change my Car insurance in KY. Please suggest a good auto insurance with reasonable premiums. It will be for two cars with two drivers for my BMW x3 and Toyota Camry. Both vehicles at same location in Kentucky. Any opinions? Thanks
posted by drmojoo at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

textbook inside front cover blurb

Where did the thing on the inside front cover of many school textbooks originate? [more inside]
posted by oonh at 11:06 AM PST - 27 comments

Nice desk you've got there next to the fireplace

Are there good ways to set up a semi-private office space in unconventional areas in a home? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

How Much Pain is Too Much?

How much pain is OK to run through? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me find the source of this animated gif!

What film is this animated gif from?
posted by johnnybeggs at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Can the cool kids park in the back?

Where can I park a schoolbus, registered as a motorhome, for free or cheap in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Who can help me with this?

Where is the best place to look for help with Access? I like and trust the answers I get on AskMetafilter but they are expensive (1 per week etc.) I have a programming question that I need help thinking through. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 10:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Historical sources for the Passion narrative of Christianity?

What are the best historical sources for the Passion narrative of Christianity? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting off my own lawn

I've been accepted for an MA programme starting in October but I'll be relocating as a mature student if I take the full-time route and I'm worried about about culture-shock. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

planning for data/privacy safety

He's angry at me and he's got serious tech resources. What should I be thinking about in terms of data/privacy safety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Cheap Fun Chicago

Cheap, fun date ideas for tomorrow night in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

"Unknown" caller id calls my cell twice a day. How do I stop them?

Once or twice a day, I get a call on my cell with a caller id of "Unknown". How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by Calibandage at 10:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Too poor to buy a stats package!

Free stand-alone stats programs for Mac and/or Windows that have (at a minimum) two-way ANOVA and linear regression capabilities? Barring that, good resources for learning R? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 10:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Oh, hey, GUHNETTE.

Does my car's Bluetooth have something against my friend? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

How can you encourage music skills and appreciation in little kids?

How do you encourage the development of musical skills in a 3 or 4 year old? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 9:56 AM PST - 19 comments

the amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing race!

i've become hooked on "the amazing race". how can i become the best possible candidate to kick ass on this televised RACE AROUND THE WORLD? [more inside]
posted by raw sugar at 9:53 AM PST - 18 comments

The more the merrier or Hey! Stop Trying to Steal My Social Life!

I'm a grown adult who seems to have blundered into a situation straight out of the 6th grade - a casual friend met through another friend seems to rapidly working her way through several people's social networks. When is it "the more the merrier" and when is it compulsive friend poaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 20 comments

That's some threesome!

It's pretty likely that I'm soon to be involved in some sexy-time with a man and a woman who are married with an open relationship. I'm really excited and a little nervous because I've never done this. Very slightly NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Good online source for aquarium fish, plants, and supplies?

What is the best online store in the US to buy aquarium fish, plants, and supplies from? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

The 8 glasses seem half-empty to me

How can I get more comfortable with health science findings when they seem to be constantly shifting and/or contradicting one another? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

opera browser 10.53 compatible with mac OS 10.4.11?

i use mac os 10.4.11. i recently upgraded my opera browser to 10.53. the documentation says it's compatible with os 10.4 as well as a power pc processor. now each time i open the browser i get an "application unexpectedly shut" message. i hit retry, get the same message, hit retry again and it opens. i've re-installed 10.53 twice, with no different results. any ideas, please? thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Here are some tech questions that I don't really understand

No one here knows anything about databases or web stores, and our current ones are very bad. Do you know things? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me put together a cinematic music mix for my Colorado mountain roadtrip.

Help me put together a cinematic music mix for my Colorado mountain roadtrip. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

"Yeah, but I think punctuality is slightly different from rhythm."

[HobbyFilter] Help a guy with a demonstrated inaptitude for music make some. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Making reports more easily

[LaTeX-Filter] Are there latex document styles that can be used for professional reports? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

What to do now that my internship fell through?

What can I do here over the summer since I couldn't do my dream internship? [more inside]
posted by kuju at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the best truck for my baby seat?

Tell me about your good experiences with a pickup truck and a LATCH car seat. [more inside]
posted by willpie at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Anyone in Seattle want to make their own pajama pants?

Now that I'm freshly unemployed, I'm thinking about teaching sewing lessons out of my apartment. I'm in Seattle, and my target demographic would likely be young adults on the hipster spectrum, like myself, and perhaps kids 8 and above. What do I need to consider about 1. the business side of an enterprise like that (bookkeeping, taxes, advertising, setting prices, etc.), 2. keeping things safe and pleasant while inviting basically strangers into my home. Bonus item 3. what would you want your lessons to be like if you were my student? [more inside]
posted by doift at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

What does it feel like to have anxiety?

Inspired by this post, about what it feels like to have ADHD - what does it feel like to have an anxiety disorder? What goes through your mind, and how would you describe it to someone without anxiety? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 8:13 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I protect my book library with renter's insurance?

How do I protect my book library with renter's insurance? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 8:05 AM PST - 8 comments

HElp my wife's birthday weekend be awesome!

What is the nicest (or your favorite) restaurant in Klamath Falls, OR? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Reading materials on foster care and adoption?

mr. desjardins and I are planning to adopt a child from foster care and I am looking for reading materials. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

help a know-nothing with Word Press

Need help with WordPress [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Questions about the Voyager Records

How did they put images on the Voyager golden records? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Is this peach leaf curl?

Do my plum-nectarine trees [flckr] have peach leaf curl? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

HD or not HD.

Is it worth getting an HD TV subscription if my television is only 720p? [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 6:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Help us not become a marriage statistic

Help us find affordable non-religious pre-marital counseling in the Boston (his) or New York City (my) areas. Please? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Did Obama do better among African-Americans or Prius owners?

Did Barack Obama recieve a higher percentage of votes in the 2008 presidential election from African-Americans, or from Toyota Prius owners? [more inside]
posted by box at 6:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Name that tune

I saw Akira Kurosawa's Nora inu [Stray Dog] for the first time last night. In the climactic scene, Murakami has finally cuffed Yusa, and they are lying on the ground together. In the background, a group of singing school children walks by. What are the school children singing?
posted by Shoggoth at 4:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me see the rain...

When I'm at work or at home and I want to concentrate on coding I often plug my ears into the sound of rain and thunder (usually courtesy of I'd like to extend the experience of immersing myself in a rainy day even further - so I thought I'd ask the hive if it knows of any screen savers / other apps that package a realistic visual and audial experience of rain together. In my mind, I'm imagining a viewpoint across a park with heavy rain falling on trees, wind whipping through leaves, branches swaying, thunder and lightning in the distance -- but anything that brings the experience at looking out at a rainy day would be welcome. I'm open to suggestions about video files, streaming cameras, screen savers, anything else, as long as the rain is the major theme. Bonus points for lack of relaxation / pan pipe music in the background. What say you, Hive? Can you help?
posted by planetthoughtful at 4:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Can't advance book?

Is there any clever way to get cheap tickets (Boston/Providence>Chicago) on the same day you fly? My first grandchild won't give me a firm date of arrival and I want to start my trip as soon as his mother's labor begins. For some selfish reason she's not willing to 'hold him in' until I arrive.
posted by Pennyblack at 4:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Need French Assistance for my Old Moulinex Juicer

Vintage Moulinex Juicer - Can it be salvaged? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 4:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Using Mumble as a Jukebox?

This should be fairly simple. I use Mumble, and I'm looking to have music piped over my server, sort of a juke box sort of thing. The more features (other people queueing songs, play lists, etc) the better, but at a minimum just playing my music without having to buy any extra hardware (something like this, but for mumble). Any ideas? There must be SOME software that does this... right? Thanks in advance!
posted by TrueVox at 4:16 AM PST - 1 comment

It's lonely here, there's no one left to torture

I love collaboration and teamwork and I need your job and career suggestions. [more inside]
posted by mleigh at 2:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Quick 2 player games are teh best!

I recently discovered a fun two player game similar to paper rock scissors (which I also love) involving guessing the total number of raised thumbs thrown between the two people playing. My roommate and I are having a lot of fun playing and trying to beat each others mind games. What are some other quick similar games that don't need much more than our physical bodies?
posted by razzamatazm at 1:39 AM PST - 20 comments

What rules can I take advantage of before I turn thirty?

Thirty seems to be an age that lots of government and other organisations use as an eligibility cut-off. What rules, loopholes, terms and conditions should I be taking advantage of before my birthday next month? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 1:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How much money is spent on communications in International Development?

Can you help to quantify the annual global spend on international development communications as part of a campaign to get NGOs, IGOs and Governments to adopt Creative Commons licenses in international development communications work? [more inside]
posted by johnny novak at 12:58 AM PST - 1 comment

May 20

How to make a local apache (joomla) site live on a windows 2003 server by assigning an ip address.

How to make a local apache (joomla) site live on a windows 2003 server by assigning an ip address. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 11:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me figure out a costume! What's a costume? I have no idea…

Help this costume-newb be amazing. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 11:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a psychiatrist in NYC

Yet Another Shrink Search Question: Help me find a great psychiatrist in NYC. Bonus if they take Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Double bonus if they have experience with ADHD or PTSD. [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 11:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Chill Wind Blows Through Europe...

So is the Euro currency about to collapse? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 10:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Tom Haverford's new girlfriend

Who plays Tom Haverford's new girlfriend on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' ?
posted by shortbooks at 9:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Book Me Quickly

Need something engrossing for about 14 hours of travel, pronto. [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:51 PM PST - 34 comments

ANOVA or t-test???

[Stats-filter] Is there any reason to use ANOVA rather than a t-test when there are only 2 groups and 1 dependent variable? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

You would think this list would exist SOMEWHERE

I need to find a list of every current secessionist movement. Catch: I really don't want to use wikipedia. Is there any legitimate source I could use? [more inside]
posted by elsewhen at 9:13 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I make this chart in Excel 2007?

Can you help me turn this data into a graph that looks like this in Excel 2007. The chart is from SPSS, but the formatting is awful and you can only export the file in picture format. Thank you.
posted by Blacksun at 9:06 PM PST - 3 comments

You can call me any time you wanna grind

I want to brush up on my Hawaiian Pidgin. Are there any movies or books that contain a *lot* of good dialogue for me to soak up?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 8:57 PM PST - 5 comments

You gotta be kidding me...

Fragged my computer registry the other night. I must've turned off the computer at the wrong time. Either way, wouldn't boot, and I used the factory disc to get *a* registry up and running. Problems inside [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments


Help me make computer zombie costumes for my drama class students. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Fun things to do in Norway & Finland

Fun things to do in Scandinavia in June. Itinerary inside! [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I haz a gud metronum?

Hey AskMefi, could you help me find a metronome? [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

If you poke around looking for trouble, eventually you're going to find something.

Short and sweet: Can anyone help me find statistics on the chances of a brain aneurysm rupturing, given it's size? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 6:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Dare I say'm lost! (oh's been done too, too many times))

Help me catch up on Lost before Sunday (Spoilers inside, I assume) [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 6:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Help, I feel like poop!

Question on feeling like I have low blood sugar. [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 6:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Snow in late May. What global warming?

Help salvage my family's trip to Reno/Tahoe this weekend! [more inside]
posted by ardent at 5:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to expand my business. But where do I begin?

I own a retail store, and want to open a second location in another city/state. I need help from people, but I'm not even sure what people. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Computer Fan

If I bought a computer fan with 2 wires coming out, what do I have to do besides hook up power to those wires to make it spin? [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 5:43 PM PST - 11 comments

I'd like to give this teacher a D-

How do I complain about a bad instructor? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 5:33 PM PST - 21 comments

How to record radio baseball games.

I want to record baseball games which often take 3~4 hours. I've tried a Radio Shark to record directly into my computer, but I can't seem to get the reception that I can get with a tuner and a cassette deck. I've tried to find a dual cassette deck that records in auto~reverse on BOTH decks~they used to be common but it seems they're no longer made. Can you help me?
posted by davoid at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a LOST costume!

I'm going to a Lost-themed costume party and need a costume! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:10 PM PST - 34 comments

Vancouver All-Ages Venues

Can anyone recommend any good all-ages venues in Vancouver for an electronica/dance show? [more inside]
posted by CarrotAdventure at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

A grape idea?

Can I eat the grapes (?) that are growing on my building? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Music remakes that could be a different song

Can you recommend music remakes into completely different genres? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 4:44 PM PST - 83 comments

How do I handle a mutl-herbal pill regiment?

How do you handle a multi-herbal pill regiment and is it okay to do? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

to blink or not to blink, that is the question

are new (beginning) drivers taught to use turn signals? if so, is turn signal use required by law? [more inside]
posted by msconduct at 3:50 PM PST - 35 comments

House Full of Scorpions

House full of scorpions: how to live (sort of) normally? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 3:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Go West! ... then north.

What should I see and do on a roadtrip to northern BC? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't have enough lumps on my head.

Help me find this "launch weighty ring; try to catch ring; try not to catch unconsciousness!" toy bought in the early '90s. [more inside]
posted by opossumnus at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Best bike route through midtown manhattan?

What's the best way to get across midtown Manhattan by bicycle? Looking at bike maps of the city, it seems there's no bike lanes going East-West between the lower 20s and wayy up in 90th St (on the east side) and 77th St (on the west side) Assuming I want to get across town by travelling in the 50s (or reasonably close to that), which street(s) should I take for the safest, least traffic-rife ride?
posted by Greg Nog at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Do. See. Go.

What should I do/buy in Kenya? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed, my fingers movin so fast I'll set the place ablaze

Teach me some great Mac keyboard shortcuts. Nothing is too obscure. [more inside]
posted by Herschel at 2:28 PM PST - 63 comments

What are the best "green" cleaning supplies?

What are the best healthy cleaning supplies? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 2:18 PM PST - 22 comments

I like to drink wine and play with my dogs.

Please help me find a dog friendly place to stay in Wine Country: Napa, Sonoma or Paso Robles [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do some web sites fail to load when I'm using a VPN?

Why do some web sites fail to load when I'm using a VPN? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 2:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Dedicated server vs Google App Engine for a Django site?

Is it worth converting Django data models to Google App Engine Datastore API? [more inside]
posted by ckohrman at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Older laptop: upgrade memory?

I inherited a barely-used 2004 Dell laptop, Pentium M 1600 MHz, 30 GB hard drive, Windows XP, Mobility Radeon 9000, 512 MB RAM. Is it worth reformatting and upgrading the RAM to its 2 GB max (at $100), for a few more years of basic internet and Open Office, or as a whole will it forever lag in current-and-near-future contexts? It could be a decent tool for my commuter days as an undergrad, though it is currently far too slow going to be productive or entertaining. Thanks for ideas!
posted by methinks at 1:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I leave my wife?

Should I leave my wife??? I have doubted my feelings for her from day one... story below... This is lengthy, sorry... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 68 comments

difference between bush/pole beans

I planted some dry beans I bought in grocery store. They all sprouted. There were 5-6 varieties, big white ones, black ones, yellow etc. Is there any way for me to know are these going to be bush beans or pole beans? I would like to grow them on my balcony (to cover my wall) and I don't have much space. I would prefer pole or climbing beans, I don't have space for bush varieties. Would I be able to tell the difference when they grow into seedlings?
posted by leigh1 at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

A few volts here, a few amps there, and before you know it there might be nothing left!

Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 1:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Rock and roll all night, party every day? Seriously?

I'm being romanced by a wonderful man. Problem is, he's a super-social extrovert, and I am your classic introvert who needs lots of alone time. Communication is good about this, but I am worried that I am somehow "holding him back". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 14 comments

The blogosphere thinks I'm ugly...

A few months ago I started getting press and now I'm what you'd call perhaps a "public figure," though a minor one. The problem is that I "read the internet" and come across comments about me being ugly, unattractive, etc. I'm letting them get to me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 61 comments

Cheap DNS Registrar with mail forwarding?

I've been using as my DNS registrar for the last decade, and it's always been a little shady looking, but gotten the job done. However, just in the last few months emails to the domain have slowed to a crawl or dropped altogether! To where should I transfer? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Hungry in South Kensington

I would like your recommendations please for restaurants/cafés in South Kensington/Knightsbridge. [more inside]
posted by at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Because it's the phone I deserve. Just not the one I need right now.

Do I really want an Android phone? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 12:01 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I read this astigmatism prescription?

Does this glasses prescription even make sense? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Why track bowel movements?

Why would someone want their roommate to track their bowel movements? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Ultimate Portable BabyStuffList

Babyfilter: What are the most essential and portable baby things to buy for the first year? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 11:49 AM PST - 37 comments

Evening DSL slowdown: where to start diagnosing?

Evening DSL slowdown: best way to measure & compare speeds, and advice on whether to start with my ISP or my DSL provider? [more inside]
posted by barefoot at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Memory like a steel trap. With a big gaping hole in it.

Help me find this contemporary artist's name and/or website. I had it, I forgot to bookmark it, and now it's driving me batty. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

where to buy inexpensive sunglasses in Chicago?

Ack - I lost my sunglasses just before I leave on vacation! Where should I go to find a selection of inexpensive (<$75) polarized men's sunglasses in Chicago?
posted by davidM at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Yeah, I know I sound funny!

How can I break up the monotony of first conversations? (+strange accent situation) [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How much more would computers cost if they were manufactured entirely in developed countries?

How much more would computers cost if they were manufactured entirely in developed countries? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

How shall I waste my time?

Should I watch all of X-Files or all of Battlestar Galactica? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 10:41 AM PST - 40 comments

What are your experiences using microblogging for work

How are you using microblogging in your company? I am particularly interested in the experience of employees of Microsoft or other beta testers of Microsoft's Officetalk - Secondarily: companies that are using other intranet microblogging platforms. -Thirdly: companies that are using Twitter. What are Advantages? Disadvantages? Best practices? Thanks Frodo the 13th
posted by frodoxiii at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I get a side of huitlacoche?

Which foods am I mispronouncing that I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:22 AM PST - 62 comments

12 people, 1 phone message

I'm looking for a way for a dozen people to call the same phone number at the same time and get the same message, which I have as an mp3 or wav file. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 10:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Dog bite compensation

Our dog just bit his groomer. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 9:54 AM PST - 52 comments

It was the most awesome thing, or something like that.

I believe this was on the blue in the last month or two, but my Meta-fu is failing me. Head-to-head challenge of two randomly selected items. I think it was called something like "Most Awesome Thing in the Universe," but of course that's not especially helpful as a search. You voted on one and another two popped up. I think "the internet" was winning at the time. I found it strangely addicting -- mostly because of the in-your-face sound effects -- but some Mefiers were all "meh." I need to find it again and can't. Hope me!
posted by Work to Live at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Transcoding video. Lots of video.

I have a huge pile of video that needs to be transcoded. And it needed to be done yesterday. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 9:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Mad-town Medicine

Can anybody recommend a great GP in Madison, Wisconsin, USA? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Please recommend "big picture" history books.

Please recommend "big picture" history books. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 9:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Things to do in Paris in May

I'm going to be in Paris next week. I'll be alone for three days, and with a friend and her 2 year old daughter for four days. I'd like suggestions for the non-obvious things to do, for restaurants and cafes to go to (by myself and with my friend), for nightlife (there will be a babysitter at night), for places to shop, and for restaurants and activities that adults can enjoy that will be acceptable to a two year old. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 9:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Wanted: Illustrations of My Trees

I recently acquired 1.6 acres in Vermont and want to decorate my house with botanical illustrations of the trees on the property. I've found historic drawings by Michaux, Jaume Saint-Hilaire, and Bessa, but it seems as though I can only by prints from one website, and they are around $140 each. There must be a less extravagant option. They need not be historic, but they should be legible and help identify what can be seen through a nearby window. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 8:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Spirits of the ordinary audiobook

Where can I find an audiobook of Spirits of the Ordinary? [more inside]
posted by jModug at 8:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find chocolate cigarettes in Canada?

Where can I find white chocolate cigarettes either in the Greater Toronto Area or from an online seller based in Canada? My wedding cake and I both thank you for any help you can provide!
posted by Dasein at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Techniques of Standing Sex

Techniques for Standing Sex [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 8:25 AM PST - 18 comments

How did you get out of debt?

What are your success stories for getting out of credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Help my depressed teenaged brother.

How can I help my possibly-depressed teenaged brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I live?

I'm thinking of buying an affordable apartment somewhere in Europe. The question is where can I get the best trade off between being affordable and being awesome? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 8:11 AM PST - 20 comments

CakeFilter: Help me be your ideal bake-sale-stall.

Help me have the bestest cake stall at my work's charity fundraiser! Difficulty: I would like to raise a ton of money AND win the (completely imaginary) prize as Coolest Baker Ever. Suggestions for both cake ideas and aesthetic stall aesthetics welcome. [more inside]
posted by citands at 7:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Change is good. But how does it work? In hockey.

Change is good. But how does it work? In hockey. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 7:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Post-baby, friend's behavior has been awful. How do I deal?

Friend has changed significantly after having a baby. Is this normal? How can I continue to be supportive when she's difficult to be around? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 7:25 AM PST - 19 comments

if i start crying at my desk again, i am ... well, i don't know what i'd do.

What if it's not ADHD, bipolar, depression, or anxiety? What if I just am not made for this stupid cubicle, 401k, 9-5 crap? I know that many people do it and that sometimes you have to suck it up, but when I keep having freak outs and get more and more depressed and meds don't help and i just feel like i am fighting myself all the time, isn't it time to try a new plan? [more inside]
posted by inmyhead at 7:25 AM PST - 37 comments

help me find a book about football

Help me find this book filter: juvenile fiction, chapter book, about an inner city African American kid who is trying to join a football team in order to emulate his hero, a professional football player. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Tall, blond and pretty Canadian citizen

[Canadian citizen vs non-resident status filter] Hi Metafilters! A good friend of mine, an immigrant who became a Canadian citizen few years ago, returned to her home country, got married there, got a child and wants to stay there for indefinite length of time. She wants to keep her Canadian citizenship though. What problems she will face here in Canada if she became non-resident? What are the ramifications if she does not? [more inside]
posted by ivanka at 6:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Talk me through the downsides, please.

Is this real estate deal too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 6:03 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to begin plus size modeling. How do I start?

I want to begin plus size modeling. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by metakiwi at 5:36 AM PST - 5 comments

How to help a rescue dog overcome its past

Help my family learn how to raise a great dog that was saved from an Amish puppy mill. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

I want a fake rothko painting. how do I go about it?

I want a fake rothko painting. how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 5:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Unzipping multiple zips from multiple folders?

I have a large folder on my iMac which contains several subfolders, and every subfolder contains one or more .zip files. How can I unzip all of those files at once and output everything (from every single zip file) to yet another, separate location? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Short in my internet

My internet access is driving me crazy. Sometimes pages load and sometimes they don't. Https pages seem to be particularly inconsistent. I recently had to buy a new Zoom DSL modem which has a Linksys wireless router and Vonage running out of the back of it. What tools and troubleshooting techniques can I use to trace down the problem? I have performed an infinite ping on google and the connection is consistently up. My Bittorrent downloads are working just fine. My Vonage which is plugged into the back of the DSL modem is working just fine. Sometimes I can get Gmail, sometimes I can't. Help me track down this problem before I go and buy a new modem / router combo. Help me become a wireless / connectivity sleuth.
posted by jasondigitized at 5:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Timeshare managing solution.

I need to set up some kind of simple shared calendar for a group of four families that share a summer cottage. We need it in order to sort out who has booked what weeks and to book the free weeks. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 4:29 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to starve my vegan friend

Help me accommodate the lone vegan guest at my party. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 3:55 AM PST - 23 comments

What is the outside diameter of a regular 35" film canister?

What is the outside diameter of a regular 35" film canister such as this one? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 1:34 AM PST - 12 comments

question about noether's theorem in QM

Noether's Theorem states that if a system is invariant (degenerate/symmetric ) with respect to a certain variable, it has an associated conserved quantity - the best example is that if you can rotate the axis of a system without changing it, then angular momentum is conserved with respect to time. If you can translate your axes along a line, linear momentum is conserved in that direction. [more inside]
posted by physicsphil at 1:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Bruschetta + trousers = :(

Stainfilter: I spilled a tasty-but-volatile cocktail of bruschetta topping (raw tomato, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt, ground pepper) on a pair of gray 97% cotton/3% spandex trousers. I threw them in the wash immediately (cold water, Woolite Black and vinegar) but the stain is now even worse. Can you save my favorite pants? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 12:44 AM PST - 13 comments

May 19

Donde es el wire?

Where to find electroluminescent wire in Los Angeles? Burners, hope me! [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Fair Trade Cars? Computers? iPods?

Can you think of examples where a firm tried marketing a more expensive "fair trade" version of a standardized manufactured commodity in parallel? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 10:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Instead of Bangkok?

Help me and my mom to decide where to go instead of Bangkok. [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 9:48 PM PST - 25 comments

I'd like to recognize more languages

Okay, so I was waiting at the train station and I realized that two people a short distance away were speaking in a language I didn't recognize. And it got me thinking. I can probably recognize fewer then 10 languages by ear (note this doesn't necessarily mean I can understand what's being said, just that I know what language it's in). I'd like to be able to recognize many, many languages so when I hear people talking I'll know what language they're speaking even though I won't have a clue what they're actually saying. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 9:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Who will plan the global vacation that I'm too stressed to plan for myself?

What are the best reputable Web sites for booking packaged, affordable global travel from the U.S.? Not looking to actually travel until 2011. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 9:43 PM PST - 10 comments

HOW high-speed Internet?

How fast do I need my Internet connection to be? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 8:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Was My Cat Abused?

Last week, my cat ran in through his kitty door and jumped onto the back bedroom windowsill all in a rush. He had a bunch of those weeds that look like wheat stuck to him throughout his fur, and worse, he smelled very strongly [warning: strong stomach required!] of diarrhea! [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina at 8:24 PM PST - 21 comments

I can't find my PAF Factor loadings < .3

Statistics Filter: After performing factor analysis (PAF) using R, how do I display all the factor loadings, not just the ones above .3? [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 8:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Right now, I am attracted to some fairly specific looks in women. I worry that if their looks change, my feelings will change and I won't know what to do. Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner's looks changed? Can you give me advice on how to get beyond my initial reasons for being attracted to someone?

Right now, I am attracted to some fairly specific looks in women. I worry that if their looks change, my feelings will change and I won't know what to do. Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner's looks changed? Can you give me advice on how to get beyond my initial reasons for being attracted to someone? (thanks to d.g. for helping me by writing the question)
posted by abbat at 8:04 PM PST - 46 comments

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare

San Francisco Plumbing Nightmare [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 7:56 PM PST - 14 comments

What should we do for memorial day weekend?

I'd like the take the out-of-state girlfriend on a weekend trip for Memorial Day weekend, any suggestions for destinations/activities? [Central KY] [more inside]
posted by all the kings men at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Locking doorknobs - can default settings be changed?

My 8-yr-old house has Schlage doorknobs, of the type with a lock in the middle of the knob. When the lever in the middle of the knob is pushed and turned, door is locked. (Vertical position = unlocked, horizontal = locked) When you turn the knob, even if the door is locked, you can still get out (good for emergencies). Problem is, when you do that, the door does not unlock permanently. So visitors are sure to lock themselves out! In other words, it works like a hotel room door. Is there a way to change the default setting, such that even if you lock the knob, once you turn the knob to open the door the latch UNLOCKS? (I tried to find a picture online but cannot find one)
posted by Kentucky at 7:45 PM PST - 6 comments

She's not my BFF

Is she clingy, controlling and manipulative, or am I cold and withholding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Musicians covering themselves?

I'm interested in examples where musicians have recorded very different versions of their own original material. [more inside]
posted by scody at 7:30 PM PST - 85 comments

To burp, alas...

I can't burp (manually or otherwise) and so frequently feel awful/bloated/nauseous after meals. What is this? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 7:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Game of Hearts and Human Psychology

I have played the game of hearts for years. I've noticed my performance comes in waves. I can go for days with excellent performance, and then without explanation, the total opposite, and I don't accept that it's just a matter of "luck". Looking for sources that have delved into the psychology of hearts (as opposed to strategy), does anything like that exist? That go to the mindset of human performance when it comes to challenging tasks (ok, so guess I'm not focusing purely on Hearts, but that certainly is one focus of my inquiry)
posted by shoe478 at 7:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Cheap Traveling Bastard

I've thought about taking an extended break. How long could $75,000 in savings potentially last me? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 7:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa?

Does the German Embassy in the US keep your passport when you apply for an Employment Visa? [more inside]
posted by christy at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

More social awkwardness!

How do you grieve a friendship breakup when you work with the person? And how do you then get over the chronic hopelessness with being lonely? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble at 6:35 PM PST - 13 comments

A topical treatment to help relieve my cat's seasonal allergies (and the associated chewing/licking of fur on stomach and legs)?

Is there anything that can be applied topically to relieve my cat's seasonal allergies? He chews/licks the fur off his stomach and legs, and it's too hard to administer oral medications on him. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 6:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Books and films about leadership.

Suggestions for narrative books and films that study the dynamics of leadership. Was tipped off to "Ender's Game." Leadership is a frequent subject of "Lost." What else should I check out? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 5:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Best Chemistry Review Book

What's the best review/refresher book for high-school level chemistry? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you help me find a reliable taxi service in El Paso Texas?

Can someone recommend a reliable taxi service in El Paso, Texas to ELP airport? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Never been to Chicago. What Can I Do There?

Will be in Chicago next week. Staying in the Chicago River North area. What interesting things should I do in Chicago? Is there any chance of getting Oprah audience tickets this late? Are there casinos close to where we will be or are they accessible via the L? What are the best restaurants to try in Chinatown and Greektown and where can I find a square pizza which I think is just the coolest looking thing?
posted by MsKim at 4:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Charlotte's Web of boredom

My meeting got flooded out of Nashville and moved to Charlotte, NC. Help me salvage my disappointment? [more inside]
posted by acrasis at 4:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Cake decorating air brush in Minneapolis

Any cake decorating stores in the Minneapolis area that sell and stock decorative air brushes? [more inside]
posted by gfroese at 4:19 PM PST - 13 comments

What can I do to keep from getting sick again, and to have enough energy to do my job?

What are some strategies for coping with a busy fulltime job, when I have physical fatigue? What can I do to keep from getting sick again, and to have enough energy to do my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Persian Blues in/near DC?

Looking for a Persian Blue breeder near Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by Summer Glau at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

How to ask a prickly question about wedding gifts?

Prickly wedding etiquette question: We got married a little ways back, had a wonderful wedding, an unforgettable honeymoon, and are now back in the real world again. We're ready to sit down and write our thank-you cards, and have run into a slight... hiccup. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 43 comments

Need the Name of a Rhetorical Device

What is the rhetorical term for the literary device where a sense of mystery is heightened by having characters talk about something that has not been revealed to the reader? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

France has one. Who else?

A Fleur de lis is a symbol readily associated with France. Are there other such symbols for other countries?
posted by wwartorff at 3:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Mocking and Celebrating Chicago's Hoods via Slang

Please help me research and invent nicknames for the neighborhoods of Chicago. Examples include Wrigleyvile, Hans Christian Andersonville, The Crotch, Wes Andersonville, and El Crotcho. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Converting HTML5 Apps to Market Apps

Can I convert an HTML5 app to be able to sell it in the Apple & Android markets? [more inside]
posted by vertigo25 at 3:32 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you work efficiently when you work at home?

How do you work efficiently when you work at home? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 3:29 PM PST - 16 comments

nature, red in tooth and claw, green in turgid stomate.

Please to be giving me your most awesome wild animal/plant videos on the internets. For the Children. [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me help my friend in DC.

A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by fake at 3:09 PM PST - 268 comments

Bummed about my low hormones

I have low hormones and am not sure what to do about it if I should do anything at all before my intrauterine insemination June1st. I could use some advice if anyone knows about hormones and IUIs and supplements. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

My new job is business casual. Where to shop?

My new job is business casual. Where to shop? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 3:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Employment repercussions of having a criminal record

If I get arrested in an anti-logging protest, will I never be able to work as a teacher/engineer/doctor or any other professional organization? (in Canada specifically) [more inside]
posted by figTree at 2:53 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I expect from my mom's DUI charge?

My mom got a DUI in New Jersey today. My parents are getting a lawyer, but what can I expect will happen? Lots more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I cook with all these veggies?

What should I make out of the contents of my crisper? [more inside]
posted by toodles at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you digitize a research notebook?

How do you digitize your research notebook? I've got a small notebook that I carry around with me with about 2 years' worth of notes, ideas, references for papers or books, and scribbles from various meetings, conversations, etc. I had a heart attack moment today when I thought I'd lost it. What's the best way to organize all this stuff digitally? I'm on a Mac, if it makes a difference, but general advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 2:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Do military training tv shows need recruits' permission?

Do reality tv shows about military training etc. needs the trainees' permission? [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 at 2:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Hive-Mind vs. Munch-Colony

Do I need a preventative termite treatment? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

how many resumes should I submit to one organization?

One organization has several job vacancies in different departments but all have skillsets that I can handle - should I submit an application for each? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I stay motivated and dedicated?

How do I break a cyclical lack of motivation and determination and actually move forward in my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments


Recommend me your favorite bagpipe-centric music. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 2:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Trying to avoid "Are you OK?"

How can I clean myself up after a proper crying and get back in the office? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 1:56 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the earliest canonical work of literature written on a typewriter?

What is the earliest canonical work of literature written on a typewriter? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 1:48 PM PST - 16 comments


I came home from work this afternoon to find a dead rat lying in the spot where my cat likes to leave his 'catch of the day' for my approval. Usually he catches small squirrels, moles and birds, and this is the first (wild) rat I've ever seen in my life, alive or dead. I am super grossed out and horrified, and now I'm worried that there are rats around that could get in my house! (Although, I am a bit less worried than I would be if I didn't have a cat that can catch them!) [more inside]
posted by cottonswab at 1:45 PM PST - 17 comments

And for my next trick, I'll make this balloon disappear!

My post-term wife is getting a foley catheter tomorrow in an attempt to increase dilation and induce labor. Advice? Experiences? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Memorization is Not Our Strong Suit

I am looking for an artistic way to present a recipe that my spouse and I use pretty regularly. I would like to create (or, more likely, commission) an artistic representation of the recipe suitable for framing. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 1:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Get a therapist: how?

"Get therapy" seems to be a common decree around these parts, but that's usually where the suggestion begins and ends. Okay: but how? Can I get the Baedeker Guide to Seeking Therapy? [more inside]
posted by gavagai at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

I want to review something!

I want to start a review site. What should I review? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 27 comments

CSS tutorials?

Best CSS tutorials that is not Ideally, it would be in the format of something like Adobe Classroom in a Book, where there are actual exercises of increasing complexity. I have a basic understanding of CSS, but need to delve more into using it for positioning.
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Using Filemaker for a Not-So-Pro

My dad has inherited an old Filemaker Pro 7 (Mac) database. He needs to access and update the data... from his Windows machine, without Filemaker. Help! [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Some fresh games for my n64

What Nintendo 64 games are worth seeking out on eBay? [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 12:13 PM PST - 37 comments

What's the going rate for book cover design?

What is an approximate going rate for freelance book cover design in the US? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 12:12 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm upset, but not for the reasons you think.

My grandfather died today. I am glad that he's dead, but I have to deal with my family grieving and I don't want to pretend I'm grieving too. Ugly explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM PST - 55 comments

Is Cursive Faster?

Is cursive handwriting faster than print handwriting? (Inspired by this question.) [more inside]
posted by k. at 12:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Dinner recommendations in Towson MD?

Mrs COD and myself will be in Towson MD Friday night for a concert. (Rechert Theater for you locals). Since we live on the south side of the DC area, the plan to beat traffic is to head up Friday afternoon and find someplace for dinner before the concert. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money on dinner...$30-$40 for dinner for 2 is about the right range. Any recommendations in the area? A local brewpub with good food would be ideal. I'm not completely opposed to the idea of dining in the Inner Harbor area, but traffic and parking hassles don't make it my first choice. Thanks!
posted by COD at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Vouch for a Disney appraisal service?

I'm looking for a reliable Disney appraiser. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 11:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Missoula Travel Suggestions

We'll be in Missoula, Montana for a couple of days this July. Where should we stay? Eat? Drink? Play? [more inside]
posted by Nothing... and like it at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Unexplained Fever

A friend of mine at work has an eleven-year-old son who, about once a month, comes down with a fever of between 102 and 104 degrees that lasts for about 2 days. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 11:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Uploading/attaching files to web using iPad

How can our students submit files to webpages using iPads? [more inside]
posted by davextreme at 11:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Moving out of state, negotiating with girlfriend.

Moving out of state, negotiating with girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Special combo: extreme anxiety, impending breakup, and financial meltdown. How do I deal?

Extreme anxiety, perhaps for good reason. What resources should I be seeking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I take a job or get a free masters degree?

I'm graduating this semester with a license to teach secondary history. Help me decide whether to take a one-year teaching job or a fully-funded MA in history. I want to ultimately teach high school, but full tuition + a monthly stipend seems too good to pass up, and I can't do both. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me get un-stuck?

I feel stuck. Here's the facts as I understand them (insert usual apology for length of personal issues/relationships-type post and redundancy of "what do I do with my life" question here). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

how can my absent friend sign a tenancy agreement?

Question about flat rental in England. A friend and I will soon be moving out of our current places and sharing a flat together. I'll need to sign a contract for a flat while he's out of the country. How can we end up in a situation where we're both on the tenancy agreement with equal status, as if he'd been present to sign originally? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 11:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Stalling on a hill climb

What does it mean if my manual-shift car is having trouble taking off in first gear, up a steep hill? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:10 AM PST - 34 comments

How to keep my bed from vibrating?

What can I put under the feet of my bed to dampen/eliminate low-frequency vibrations? [more inside]
posted by BT at 11:06 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I join people and groups to specific events?

Looking for an open source solution to keep a small community, up-to-date and connected online. [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Moving grass

Does mowing grass promote outward growth? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Ja, ja!

Swedish translation help? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments


OUCH! I just learned the hard way that donating my junky used vehicle made my car insurance go up by 50%. Should I go buy another junky used vehicle just to lower my car insurance rates? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Name that shrub

Hi, can anyone please identify this flower/shrub? It's in Northern Virginia, and I took the picture a few days ago.
posted by bonsai forest at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me help wordpress newbies

I've set up some clients with fairly complex Wordpress sites and now I have to teach them how to use the Wordpress back-end. I'm looking for any good tutorials and print-outs that would help someone with zero wp or CMS experience to do simple things like write/edit Posts and Pages, add images or youtube videos to a Post, enter data into custom keys. Basically, equip them so they can maintain the site on a day-to-day basis. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should I have my birthday drinks?

I'm having birthday drinks in a few weeks and am looking for a lower Manhattan bar that tends to attract a crowd of people in their mid-20s and older. I'm not interested in dive bars, extremely upscale bars or bars with DJs/musical acts. Just a relaxed venue for me and my friends to spend a few hours on a Saturday night. Ideally, the bar should be below 14th St. Any suggestions?
posted by zembla3 at 10:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Translation Software for small Legal Dept

Translation Software (that you pay for) - Has anyone found reliable translation software? e.g. Babylon VIP? We are a small Legal Dept. and need something better than Google or Bablefish, but we don't want the expense of paying a translating service. Any recommendations or testimonials?
posted by nancoix at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

MotorcycleRepairFilter: Why does my engine struggle to get above 5500rpm?

MotorcycleRepairFilter: Why does my engine struggle to get above 5500rpm? [more inside]
posted by lholladay at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Sleepy's Mattress Box Spring Not Singing Me To Sleep???

My Sleepy's mattress & box spring make creaking noises when I make the slightest movement in bed, help me successfully return or exchange them! [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Not a dummy, but I feel like one when it comes to investing

Looking for a good intro to investments book to get the basics. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 9:17 AM PST - 11 comments

My sister's boyfriend was holding hands with someone else, what now?

Ran into my sister's boyfriend holding hands with another woman. She's trying to figure out what to do now. Advice on setting new limits and ground rules? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 64 comments

Overcoming shyness in dating

Can't make a move... should I just talk to her about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 46 comments

Please help us begin to navigate DC

We're beginning to organize for a cross-country move to Washington, DC with a toddler. Please help us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I estimate the total savings from a specific tax deduction?

How can I estimate the total savings from an $1850 tax deduction? [more inside]
posted by JacksonEsquire at 8:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Healthy beautiful European place?

Healthy, fresh, delicious food; stunning beauty; pleasant, not-too-hot summer weather: where in Europe am I?
posted by shivohum at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Why would shirts get too small in the sleeves?

Why would my Oxford shirts be tight at the shoulders all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments


Is there any way to tell if your facebook scrabble opponent is cheating (using an online scrabble solver)? Is there any way to call them out? My wife is playing a friend of ours and doesn't like the way his skill level has risen lately. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:29 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me feed the bozos on this bus

I need hors d'oeuvre-y ideas for a company party this Saturday. Details and caveats inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Have paragraphs. Want just the hyperlinks. In Excel.

Need list of trade publications. Found huge one on Ulrich's web. How can I remove all information except for the (hyperlinked) titles, ideally in a way that keeps the titles on separate lines so I can then paste them into Excel? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 8:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Luxury resort secrets

I'm honeymooning at a luxury resort next week. What are some insider tips for getting the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Shipping Benadryl from the US to Scotland.

What's the best way to ship 5-10 boxes of Benadryl from the United States to Scotland? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Zoomable GPS

Zoomable GPS: my last car had built in nav that I never used for finding locations, but found real useful for exploring & driving in unfamiliar areas - I'd just turn it on and use it as a live moving map. Now I have a new car with no nav so I'm shopping for a system, but the ones I've seen in Target appear to be more oriented to route finding and don't have a very good perspective/ too high a zoom level for assessing the surroundings on the move. Is there one available that I can use for exploring in this way?
posted by forallmankind at 7:58 AM PST - 12 comments

How are rushes created for 70mm film

I recently saw Cleopatra in 70 mm, and this question came up: How did they do rushes/dailies for 70mm? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Are Sharpies sharp enough for cedar?

What is the best easy way for me to make permanent marks on cedar, as a child's growth chart? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Delete Word Built-In Styles

Deleting Word 2007's Built-In Styles [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

"P" Party! Please Provide Proposals

I'm having a "P" party, please provide possible provisions, participations, and presentations. [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 7:03 AM PST - 40 comments

What is the best way to set up a Windows 7 Media Center?

This weekend I'm going to be setting up, installing and configuring Windows 7 Media Center as a DVR. Do you have any recommendations on things to do or not do in order to get the most out of this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Is telecommuting just another "let's live under the sea!" solution?

Have telecommuting jobs helped anyone's personal projects gain momentum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me publish a calculus textbook.

I want to eventually publish a high school / college level math textbook, but I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan a sexy vacation!

My husband doesn't know I've booked us a week without the kids in a beautiful, sexy hotel on a beautiful, sexy island, where we'll be spending most of our time at a beautiful, sexy nude beach. What should I bring to make this an unforgettably hot experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 41 comments

strange Firefox problem

Using Firefox 3.6.3, Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. I have noticed over the past several days an error that makes reference to a script that is failing to run. I'm not sure how to replicate the error, but it essentially freezes Firefox, and I have to go into Windows Task Manager and kill firefox.exe and re-open it. Unfortunately I don't remember the exact wording of the error message. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Quickbooks solution - custom columns that calculate?

Simple way to track invoices overdue (or, days of sale) in Quickbooks Pro? [more inside]
posted by keasby at 6:45 AM PST - 0 comments

The Yeast Beast

Tell me everything you know about baking your own bread. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:38 AM PST - 50 comments

Arabic Alphabet

What are some good online and offline resources for learning Arabic as a beginner? At this point I'm really just trying to focus on learning the characters and script and it would be great to find some online exercises or a good workbook to start with (I'm trying to learn Levantine Arabic). [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Make the most of free presents.

Help us fill our registry! [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 5:54 AM PST - 19 comments

That Will Be $2.00, Exact Change Only

Did transit workers let people ride for free on September 11th, 2001 in NYC? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 5:31 AM PST - 38 comments

Equipment Hire Web Software Suggestions

Is there a good web-based equipment hire system available, and if not, how would I go about making one? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai at 5:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Songs for Sex Ed

Songs with a safe(r) sex message? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 4:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Bad bicycle... bad touch...

So, I've cycled to work. And I really want to do it again. The problem is, I feel like my saddle and I have been rather too intimate... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:31 AM PST - 24 comments

Brooklyn vs. DC

Benefits of living in Washington, DC vs. Brooklyn, NYC? Work-related caveat involved. [more inside]
posted by brynna at 4:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Cleaning tips for "leather"

A great way to clean vinyl upholstery? [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 4:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Questions on the effectiveness of the vaginal contraceptive film

Questions on the effectiveness of the vaginal contraceptive film (VCF) and how the effectiveness of contraceptives is measured. maybe NSFW [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 4:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me remember title of a sci fi time travel book

Anyone remember this time-travel sci-fi book? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me solve puzzles

Any guides on what to look for when solving puzzles? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 3:19 AM PST - 1 comment


What's the most interesting thing to do in Vancouver (or the vicinity) for four to six months? [Longer explanation inside] [more inside]
posted by awenner at 1:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you identify this insect?

Can you identify this creature? Each wing was approximately 2-3" long. Found in central New Jersey, USA. Thanks!
posted by null terminated at 1:12 AM PST - 3 comments

May 18

Pre-teen/early-teen acne solutions?

Pre-teen/early-teen acne solutions? [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 at 11:06 PM PST - 35 comments

How to vacation in Mackinac inexpensively?

Help plan an August vacation in Mackinaw City/ Mackinac Island, MI relatively inexpensively. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 9:36 PM PST - 10 comments

The last days of Wordpress MU

Why are image uploads behaving so strangely on my Wordpress MU installation? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get stuff from MA to TX

I live in Austin, Texas. I have books and music equipment in Easthapton, Mass. I will be up there in June and have looked for rental vehicles to drive back to Texas. The cost for a one way U-haul is about $1400. Avis charges $1200. I-Pod shipping cost over $2000. Is there any other way to get my stuff to Texas without the cost of a used car?
posted by flyfsh_peter at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Restless legs and I can't sleep

Help me deal with restless legs syndrome. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 8:19 PM PST - 29 comments

Short Boxed Beard & short hair?

I have a "Short Boxed Beard" (as per this pic), which I like, and long hair which just isn't working. Can anyone point me to some photographs of short hair that works well with this style of beard? Thanks.
posted by krisjohn at 7:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Help us fix our softball field!

We're finally getting our act together and doing some maintenance work on our recreational softball field. Help me pick the right dirt/clay to invest everyone's money in! [more inside]
posted by yom3ts at 6:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Why doesn't this potato battery work?

Why isn't my son's science fair project working? His classic potato battery isn't producing any electricity. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 6:23 PM PST - 25 comments

what's the deal?

Does anyone know anything about the Boston nonprofit Corporate Accountability International? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 4 comments

A question about the Russian soccer league

What happens in Russia to the soccer league when the national team qualify for tournaments? I know the league runs throughout the summer, but does it continue despite the World Cup/European Cup, even if Russia qualify?
posted by Monkeymoo at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me leave my luggage in the city without being bomb-squaded

Where can I stash my bags in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

I know there are lots of 'recent immigrant' resources for my husband, but can anyone help me get through this?

I knew this would be a hard time, but I had no idea how hard it would be. Please, help me get through it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

"Internet royalty" website in the late 1990's?

Sometime between 1997-1999, I remember there being a website where you could declare yourself to be the Duke or Duchess of a real city (I chose Texarkana). And then if you paid money, you could upgrade (e.g. Prince/Princess). I can't remember the backstory though (was it after the singularity? was it in case of apocalypse?). Does anyone remember anything more about this?
posted by unknowncommand at 5:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How to become as Asker?

How can I change from being a Guesser to an Asker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I stop feeling so mercenary and unconsenting in my relationships?

How do I stop feeling so mercenary and unconsenting in my relationships? Right now my issue is primarily in romantic situations. I think that I know why I'm like this and have figured it all out mentally, but I need some practical strategies for avoiding situations that trigger my weirdness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

I need advice for and help with the self-publishing process.

Writing a book that will be self-published at the end of the summer. I have questions about writing, layout, self-publishing and more. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Well, this sucks a bit, but I'm wondering what it really means...

When you were involuntarily recalled, what was the process? Did they tell you right away, or did they call you in from the IRR (individual ready reserve) for 'annual training' and then break it to you there? Marine Corps, if it helps.
posted by _cave at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Best Background Check Website?

Best background check site for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Song for Guitar and Piano?

What songs could me and my friend play for a summer party? It needs to be for Piano and Guitar...Suggestions? :/ [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

I suppose that I could just use Safari, or something...

On Firefox, youtube only gives me the message "An error has occurred, please try again later". [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 4:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Take this job and...

I was just given a pay-cut as a disciplinary action. This action came with no warning. Time to quit, right? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 4:07 PM PST - 51 comments

How to report an illegal public viewing/screening?

I have reason to believe that someone is staging unauthorized, illegal public viewings of various films. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find help!

Another alcohol treatment question in Southern California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 8 comments

My mother just wants her damn vase.

Last November, my mother ordered a decorating piece online. It never arrived. We have been trying to reach the distributors with very little success. My mother seems unable or uninterested in disputing the credit card charges. If she continues to refuse this route, can I pursue any other options that will compel this company to deal with us? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 3:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Proposals/Marriage: Does the subsuming feeling of "I'm lying to myself" mean something's wrong?

Proposals/Marriage: Does the subsuming feeling of "I'm lying to myself" mean something's wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Crash course in promoting visual artists

How can I get the inside scoop on the business of selling art? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Branching out from cigarillos...

Looking to branch out from flavored cigarillos, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by AngryLlama at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn?

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn? Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Why isn't Spain called Espanya?

Why do we rename countries in our native language? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 1:49 PM PST - 42 comments

We can't decide where to move. Please help us.

My (soon to be graduated) girlfriend needs a job. Where should we move so that she can get one? [more inside]
posted by vakker at 1:38 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I wring a refund out of our local newspaper?

I want to cancel my pre-paid newspaper subscription. What can I say to maximize my chances of getting a refund for the remainder of the subscription? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

I want my two computers to have identical e-mail files.

Please help me synchronize the e-mail on my two Macs, using short words and helpful illustrations. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Medical Supplies Need Direction

Where can I donate unused medical supplies? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us get away!

My boyfriend, my father, and I are going to take a trip together in September. My boyfriend and I are in our early 30s, fairly active, and are interested in beaches, ruins, rainforests/jungles, white water rafting, and possibly scuba diving. My dad is in his late 50s, quite overweight (like probably 150-200 lbs overweight), and enjoys luxury hotels, relaxing, and fun stuff that's not TOO physically taxing. I haven't seen him in a few years, but he may be interested in white water rafting and scuba diving, if his weight isn't an issue. We're looking at somewhere in Central America, most likely Belize or the Yucatan, but we're also considering Costa Rica and are open to other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 12:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Hanging by a thread...

I have a lousy home situation and my work situation isn’t much better. I am really at my wit’s end and I don’t know what to do. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. (Very long description follows...sorry in advance!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: is there an online version with the Bekker numbers? Or at least some way to match up Bekker numbers with book/chapter numbers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I convert CAD to EUR this early?

I'll be traveling to Ireland in the fall of next year. Is now a good time to get a bunch of Euros for cheap? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 12:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Too old for this.

This is my second semester back after a 4 year “break”. I’ll be 30 very soon and really want to earn my degree. I really enjoy the classes and the discussions on the readings. When it comes to writing the papers I completely shut down. I always underestimate the difficulty of a task and the amount of time it will take to complete. It’s not that I forget. I do a lot of thinking about the paper and the topics – in my head. I have never in my entire life, completed anything before it was due. I have never written a draft. Now that the assignments are for more than 5 pages I am really struggling. I’m drinking way more caffeine, smoking more, sleeping less, completely discombobulated. My grades have been good – when I hand in the work. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 12:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Found a baggie of white powder, so how do I identify it?

Found a baggie of white powder, so how do I identify it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 53 comments

Resources for being positive and understanding the ego

Looking for a "how-to" guide with scenarios on EXTREME positivity in situations where normally you wouldn't be positive or forgiving... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Do you need anything dampened, or made soggy?

I have hyperhidrosis and could use some wardrobe recommendations to help me get through the summer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Grappling with consumerism

What are specific and attainable things I can do to lessen my participation in the consumerist aspect of our world? Related, how can I justify the degree of 'necessary' participation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I fly the family coop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 41 comments

Ripping the CD collection to MP3, the lazy way?

What's the best way for me to rip all my CDs to mp3 and ensure that the files get named the way I want, and everything is tagged the way I want? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 11:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to live in Dublin 1?

Dublin-Filter: What parts of Dublin 1 are safe and quiet? I live in Dublin now but a move is impending. [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best, old Dragon Movie I've never seen?

I just got back from a Science Fiction (Fantasy, Horror) convention and one thing we did was "Movie Night". We got Metropolis and showed it. The movie was great. It stimulted conversation, and the members liked it. They want to do it again next year. With a different movie, of course. But next year's theme is "Here Be Dragons". So I need a great old (so I can afford to license it) Dragon Movie. [more inside]
posted by davereed at 11:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Weather proof a window after A/C Window Installation?

Weather proof a window after A/C Window Installation? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Skills-based volunteer web designers: tell me what it's like!

Have you done web design or development as part of a local "skills-based volunteer" or "pro-bono consultant" program? What were the projects like? Was it challenging? Are folks generally trying to move the technology and design forward, or get more life out of decrepit sites? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Guess which keypad disables the alarm. 10 seconds, MacGruber!

Is there any reason I shouldn't rip this ADT alarm system keypad out of the wall and patch over it like it never existed? [more inside]
posted by awegz at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me buy bikes for me and my brother.

Two old dudes want some bikes. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 11:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Make Firefox spell check a name

I find that I am consistently misspelling a certain proper name when sending mail to a friend who bears that name. I need a way to force the spell check built in to Firefox to flag the improper spelling. This is the exact opposite of the Firefox personal dictionary, which lets you prevent the spell check from flagging uncommon words you use that you know are spelled correctly. I've Googled extensively, and cannot find a solution. Can anyone provide an answer? I am running Firefox 3.5.9 on Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic Koala).
posted by zainsubani at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Help solve a Noir mystery!

Help solve Noir mystery! Looking for info on P J Wolfson author of the noir novel Bodies are Dust (1931). [more inside]
posted by Zipf at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do your boots leave t-rex prints?

What shoes should I get for dinosaur-hunting (and hiking in general)? [more inside]
posted by jma at 10:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Searching for legislators by ZIP code

I'm working on a project that, among other things, lets you look up contact info for your representatives in Congress by ZIP code - since I only require a 5-digit ZIP to keep things simple, the results sometimes includes more than one House district. I can have them refine the results by entering address or ZIP+4, but I was wondering roughly what percentage of people will have this problem. About how many ZIP codes span more than one Congressional district?
posted by OverlappingElvis at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

"When I'm washing windows"

Any recommendations for songs for a Ukulele songbook to be used in schools in Kenya? A friend of mine got asked to to help make suggestions for the songbook.
posted by Artw at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Divided by a common language

A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting? [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 10:23 AM PST - 53 comments

Get my ducts in a row, please.

Old frame farmhouse, may or may not have firestops. Old octopus-style gravity furnace has ductwork to first floor only (but has floor registers in upstairs rooms). When installing a new furnace and ductwork in this situation, if upstairs ductwork is desired, where/how does it typically get routed?
posted by bricoleur at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Should this be my summer project?

Should I buy a 1972 Volvo that needs work? I'd be doing it as a DIY project, as well as to gain a new source of transporting myself. How feasible is a restoration project for someone with no experience working on cars? [more inside]
posted by Candide at 9:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Interesting Websites

I work as a librarian and am on desk for 25 hours a week. I spend much of it on library sites but am interested in sites you find as interesting reads whatever they might be. Anything decent for the workplace. And I know interesting is subjective...I'm all ears!
posted by snap_dragon at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

leave my leaves alone.

What are these strange, meandering white lines on leaves in my garden? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Resources for homeowners-to-be

What are your favorite resources for homeowners? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Rusty? This ain't no love shack!

HVAC Advice. I have a six year old house with a Goodman AC system. Three years ago the evaporator coils rusted like crazy and leaked out -- replaced under warranty. Three years later, low and behold, the coils have started to rust up like crazy. Techs and I are stumped -- "This shouldn't happen." Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 8:29 AM PST - 13 comments

What if the held an interview and no one came?

I am going to Portland, OR from the 26th-1st to look for work with the intention of moving there at the end of the year. I have been applying to jobs for the last month and so far no interviews have been scheduled. What can I do in PDX to help get employment if none are scheduled? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 8:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Once-happily married man comes to find out he's a selfish jerk!

I'm married. I left. Intellectually I think this is a mistake. I KNOW I'm being selfish and short-sighted. That doesn't change how I feel right now though. I could really use some perspective. Some advice. Let me bore you with my story..... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 83 comments

How do I get women to check me out?

Help a girl attract women on OKCupid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Not another year of no tomatoes!

[Tomato Help] Baby tomato plants are turning bronze or yellow on the leaves. What is it? Pest or disease? Visual here. [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

cant remove header

need html help to remove the header on mr site and more... [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do my sinuses shut down at night?

Too frequently, my sinuses ambush me at night. I'm fine throughout the day, then as soon as I hit the pillow--bam--something inside stuffs my nose for no decent reason other than to give me a headache that keeps me up half the night. Doc's X-rays show no abnormalities in my sinus cavities, but if I take his prescribed Allegra D too late in the day, the pseudoephedrine prevents me from sleeping. Do I need to move to a drier climate, or is there some miracle home remedy that I'm missing?
posted by jackypaper at 7:33 AM PST - 29 comments

What would Brian Boitano do?

This is a question about data recovery following a partition and reinstall, and about customer service. Your input is welcome. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:31 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to find some new PCs for the small business I work for.

I need to find some new PCs for the small business I work for. [more inside]
posted by unreason at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me move on.

I need to move on after a relationship with this guy for two years. He was the best thing that could happen to anyone. He brought me lost of gifts, treated me well, painted a portrait of me, made me laugh, listened to my problems, etc. In short it was enough to make all of my girlfriends totally jealous. The thing that nobody else knew about was how serious this was really getting. We talked about getting married sometime in the future, about having babies, once we even fought about whether we'd send them to boarding school or not. He had fought with his mother over me(she didn't approve cz my dad is rich and thought he'd never approve). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Motivation and expectations.

How do I motivate myself when studying for my college exams, when all I can think about is not disappointing people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Lonely Lonely that is me.

How do I meet new people when I am embarrassed because I have had no friends for a while? I'm afraid I'll come across as desperate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting back to normal

How can I get myself back to feeling normal after having bronchitis? [more inside]
posted by Anthro girl at 7:06 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the font used for the headings at

What is the font used for the headings at
posted by FuckingAwesome at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Dear Facebook Pop-up: Never darken my doorstep again.

Occasionally when opening pages that have the Facebook "Like" sidebar box thing (usually Wired or ThereIFixedIt), I get a pop-up that looks like the sidebar (like this--pictures and names blurred to protect random strangers). The address for this pop-up is usually in the form I'm using Firefox with about a million extensions, none of which specifically apply to Facebook, Wired, etc. I have pop-ups disabled and neither Facebook nor any of the sites I'm getting the pop-up from have any exceptions in my pop-up preferences. I want to never see that pop-up again, what do I need to do to make this happen?
posted by anaelith at 6:50 AM PST - 4 comments

It's only 3 more weeks of my life - but what if I get hit by a bus? I want to enjoy myself but am trying to be sensible

I am 3 weeks away from finishing my first on-campus semester of university. After much though, last week I decided that I will definitely not be continuing my studies - and now I am struggling to motivate myself to finish the semester. How can I get motivated? Or should I just not bother (secretly want to hear this but know it's not sensible, and I should at least try to pass so as not to burn bridges) [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Free, online learning opportunities

Where can I get free training and/or certifications? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

When is therapy a good idea?

Is therapy still a good idea for me? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 4:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Is Atlanta a Good Place for a Budding Music Career to Flourish?

How does the Atlanta music scene (for musicians AND for fans, but mostly for musicians) compare to that of other well-known music cities? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 4:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it possible to connect to a Cisco VPN using OpenVPN?

I'm a freelance contractor, and I'm having trouble connecting to a client's VPN. The problem is that I'm a contractor for a client of a client, so no one really seems to know what's going on, and I myself just barely understand how to set up a VPN to begin with. Google is only proving more confusing. Can the hive maybe point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane at 4:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Are my spelling mistakes out there for all to see?

Are the changes I made to my Word document accessible? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 4:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for beautiful one day walks somewhere in the world

Where else in the world is a place like Cinque Terre? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 3:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Best pockets

What is the optimal distribution of objects in my pants pockets? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:13 AM PST - 36 comments

Why is my wireless adapter slow with only one particular access point and not others?

Why is my wireless adapter only slow with one particular access point?? I have an Acer Aspire One netbook connected to my home wireless router. For some reason, they don't like each other. Internet access is extremely slow only when i'm connected to that particular router. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 3:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Power up my PowerBook so I can Get Rid of It!

How do I charge a broken PowerBook G4 with a dead battery (because of bent outer casing)? [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 2:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I use an affiliate network to sell my software?

Should I use an affiliate network to sell my software? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Good running programs?

I want to start running again, having not run for 18 months. I've kept fit though, with cycling and other things. Last time I did Couch-to-5K, and it was great. But I'd like a more aggressive schedule this time. Any suggestions or recommendations?
posted by ascullion at 1:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Reality check, only ten years late

I dreamed up this hash function during a manic episode ten years ago. How good is it, really? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 1:16 AM PST - 24 comments

May 17

Know anything about mid-century California Impressionism?

I'd like to find out more about this painting I inherited from my great grandfather. I think it was likely painted sometime in the 50s or 60s in Southern California. [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 10:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Uninspired AskMe Title

We really want some good scary movies to watch. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:33 PM PST - 71 comments

Buffalo nickel goes 'round the outside

What can you tell me about this WWII-era altered nickel coin? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Power skating in Chicago?

Can anyone point me to a rink or someone in the Chicago area who would give power skating lessons to a couple of college players? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 9:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Name That Other Tune

I've heard this pop song a couple times on the jukebox, full of bass guitar. The vocals sound like Steve Winwood and the chorus phrase I think I hear is "hearts on fire", but this song is nothing like Steve Winwood's Hearts On Fire. Hep meh?
posted by jayCampbell at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Curiosity killed the cat, but damn it tasted good!

Should I eat it? Seared beef cubes, put in crock pot, forgot to plug it in ... [more inside]
posted by wobh at 8:52 PM PST - 28 comments

I hope every delicious bite was tainted by the shame of what a selfish person you are

A woman caused a scene and walked out with a significant amount of food at my parents anniversary party. Should I write her a scathing email? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 7:57 PM PST - 81 comments

I am not acting type A anymore. This bothers me. Is it a problem?

Has anyone taken an extended break of from ambition and life? Was this a good thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Should I try Vipassana again if it wasn't beneficial the first time?

Should I give Vipassana meditation (a 10 day course) another go? Second time lucky maybe? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 7:45 PM PST - 17 comments

BBC I-Player Time Ending Soonest

I want to see what BBC I-Player programs will be unavailable to watch the soonest. [more inside]
posted by oggusfoo at 7:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Ok I know I said that Scrubbing Bubbles is my BFF, but I guess that makes my AC my blood brother

Portable air conditioner works fine, but now developed a rhythmic thrumming noise. Tilting it to the left, and only to the left, by raising the right side ~2cm/1" alleviates problem and gets better airflow... [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Teddy Bear's Picnic weirdness?

Does anyone else recall a creepy version of the Teddy Bear's picnic from the 80's? (it was a cartoon) I think I may have seen it on Nickelodeon. [more inside]
posted by iabide79 at 7:37 PM PST - 11 comments

False hope would suck.

ControversialFilter: is acupuncture a load of bunk? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 7:32 PM PST - 67 comments

Need a venue to practice those smoke rings

Best places to smoke a pipe indoors in NYC? (Easy access to the Q line and/or excellent cocktails would be ideal, but we're not feeling too picky.)
posted by Narrative Priorities at 7:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Ignore, and maybe it'll go away.

Accident and Car Insurance Filter - the other party is stalling, what recourse do we have? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 7:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Someone's a cheatin' thief.

Do we ask for our money, even though it may cause marital strife or do we wear the $70 that was stolen from us? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 7:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Have I ruined my chance?

I am an undergrad double majoring in Ancient History and Classics at a well known Classics department. I am about to start my senior year in the fall and I would like to enter into either an Ancient History or Classical Archaeology program following my senior year, but I believe I may have ruined my chances with some poor marks. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

What disco song does "Bulletproof" by La Roux sound like?

Does the song "Bulletproof" by La Roux sound exactly like a cover of a disco song, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 7:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Dear Self: Stop panicking. You're not dying.

My anti-anxiety (wellbutrin and zoloft) meds are finally working! I feel an intense calmness I've never felt before. But because of a near-death experience, I associate that feeling with dying and it triggered a panic attack. When it happens again, how can I talk myself down from it without sacrificing the relaxed feeling? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

What kind of bike should I buy?

Should I get a new bike, or a used bike? (Bonus points if you are in the Tremont area of Cleveland!) [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 6:37 PM PST - 20 comments

"War of Internet Addiction" by the numbers.

How many times has the Chinese video "War of Internet Addiction", 网瘾战争, been viewed on Chinese video web sites since its released in January 2010? [more inside]
posted by woot at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

UMass People's Market rice & beans recipe?

UMass Amherst - between '90-'94 - People's Market: I used to get a plate of rice and beans for lunch almost every day for a couple of years from People's and I am CRAVING that exact dish hardcore. I remember brown rice, red wine vinegar as a condiment - but what type of beans and what was in them, if anything? IIRC, it was like $1.00. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 6:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Buscando libros en espanol para ninas

Busco libros en espanol para nina de ocho anos. [more inside]
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