May 2012 Archives

May 31

Is it normal to feel this way before moving for an ldr?

I move across the country for my boyfriend tomorrow, and I am not feeling very relaxed about it. [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 10:18 PM PST - 38 comments

You can pry my pinky teddy bear sneakers from my cold dead feet.

I adore the bold, crazy men's shoes and fashion of Jeremy Scott. Who else designs such deliriously delightful men's stuff at vaguely affordable prices?
posted by yellowbinder at 9:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Netflix anime recommendations?

I have a netflix account, and I like anime (but know little to nothing about it). What are the best ones, on netflix, to watch? Among the one's I've seen and liked on Netflix: Samurai Champloo, Macross (all of them), Blue Drop, Spice and Wolf, and Gurren Lagann, and Initial D. There are others, but are there any hidden anime gems on Netflix that I'm missing?
posted by 630 at 8:57 PM PST - 34 comments


I am looking for images of a Marilyn Minter painting that I believe was called Goldfinger. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 8:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find a painting!

Help me find a painting. [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How I've not missed you, 56k modems

Free FTP client that supports auto resume/retry? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 8:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Save our savings!

Interest rates for US certificates of deposit: 1%, if you're lucky. Interest rates for Australian term deposits: 4-5%. What gives? [more inside]
posted by rdc at 7:44 PM PST - 16 comments

I need help making money, making music, and deciding a career.

I'm a full-time student who wants to net some pocket money and try to eventually start a music career, but I feel so lost, and Google's advice is too vague, so I thought I might ask here... More details inside! [more inside]
posted by chongnosall at 7:36 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me not embarrass myself at my first time going on a date at a fine dining establishment

Help me not embarrass myself at my first time going on a date at a fine dining establishment [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 7:28 PM PST - 112 comments

Baby, you can drive my car

How long does it take to get an NJ drivers license? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Southern California in Winter - Carfree Travel

Where should I go/stay/see in Southern California from mid-December to mid-January? I will not have a car since I want to promote low-carbon travel. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I ill-suited or just burned out at my job?

I have worked at the same company for the last 10 years. The longer I stay with this job, the more I wonder if my personality is not the best fit, or if I am simply burned out. Many details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

sustainability after death

At present, what is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with a human body after they die? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Should I apply for *this* particular job?

Should I apply for *this* particular job? [more inside]
posted by glache at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Adaptable Reuse Glass top

What can I do with a approx 4 by 2.5 foot piece of glass (thats about .5 inch deep)? Part of a glass desk top. I have a patio, but virtually no room to use it inside as a desk. Thoughts?
posted by sandmanwv at 4:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Best quiet islands to visit for Greek holiday?

Your recommendations for Greek islands to visit, please. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 4:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Goldilocks, hot town, summer in the city...

Are there air conditions that have an excellent fan setting as well? In my experience, ACs serve as poor substitutes to window fans. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Champagne in a hotel room?

Taking champagne to a hotel? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob at 3:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Who can I trust to build me a decent new PC?

Which UK companies have good reputations for doing custom builds of PCs? Are there any that have given you particularly good/bad service? [more inside]
posted by ZsigE at 3:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Kindle/Nook and learning Spanish

Kindle (or Nook) and Spanish books+Dictionary [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm in love with Massachusetts

I am working on a Boston bands in the '80s mix for One Week One Mix and am having a hard time filling out the mix (due to Spotify availability). What am I missing? Bands that have or have not made the cut below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 3:28 PM PST - 46 comments

How can I be preoccupied with nothing?

I'm nothing preoccupied with nothing. What could be the cause? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I bring my own iPhone to a US carrier?

I have a legally unlocked GSM iPhone 4 from Europe and will be moving back to the states soon for the foreseeable future. Since I don't need to trade the next year or two of my life for a hardware subsidy and am not bound to any company already, what is my best carrier choice for a data plan with modest talk use? Does having my own phone free and clear give me any extra options I wouldn't have otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic at 2:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Kindle, You're Creeping Me Out

How is it possible that the Kindle Touch is automatically turned on when you first open the box? [more inside]
posted by cropshy at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get my laptop's keyboard to work after a beer spillage?

I spilled beer on my laptop. I got a missing or corrupt BIOS error on startup and a number of keys didn't do anything when pressed. I disassembled the laptop and cleaned the inside with alcohol wipes and replaced the keyboard. The BIOS error is gone and the keys register as input but in pairs. Is there a software solution to this problem? [more inside]
posted by Lubo at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

DIY Photobooth?

We'd like to set up a photo booth in a closet for our next party (Jurassic Park themed if you were asking) and we're trying to figure out the logistics. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bouchacha at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How much should I charge per episode of an online animated show?

An entertainment company is interested in an online animated comedy series I'm creating. How much should I ask per episode? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

No cable but need to watch TNT

I do not have cable or satellite and I need to watch a program on TNT. I have a TiVo DVR; PS3; Netflix streaming; ethernet connection to iMac. I am willing to spend a little money for the show. What's my best hope? (If the answer includes the ethernet connection to the computer, please explain clearly -- I'm not very computer savvy).
posted by rexknobus at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to find the best sandwiches in Atlanta, GA?

Best place for delicious sandwiches in Atlanta, GA? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 1:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Using formulae when I should be using VBA

Excel 2007 Filter: Is it possible to nest 3 OR statements in an Index and Match formula? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:00 PM PST - 5 comments

First-time Online PC Order

Pleases help finalize my mid-range PC Desktop. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

I can't ADD

Am I fine? Is the doc a quack? Is this part of the process? Adult ADD content [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco at 12:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Best shopping and food in Burlington, VT?

Best shopping and food in Burlington, VT? [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

The Perfect Photo

North Americana Filter: Find the 10 best pictures taken from each decade onwards from 1910 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Fire the homophobe?

The live-in super of my building has confided in me that he does not like homosexuals. They're already complaints regarding his work but not his homophobia. If I report him, there's a chance he'll lose his job. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 12:24 PM PST - 41 comments

How to reinvent oneself professionaly?

Twice a pioneer, with career disrupted by immigration and maternity, needs badly to reinvent herself. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Deep Brazil at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Accepting help from friends will cost you

I moved from one state to another and my friends, whom I'm staying with for a month and a half, are charging me "rent" and the amount is absurd. How do I process this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 60 comments

How and when to change doctors when a medical malpractice action is pending?

Recently I sustained a permanent disability due to surgical negligence. Several malpractice firms are willing to take my case on contingency, and I am in the process of deciding which attorney to go with. In the meantime, I am continuing to receive care from the negligent surgeon. Obviously I need to end this relationship and find a new specialist. How do I make the transition?  [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Help find Jazz cover of Dance song

Please help me find the Jazz/lounge version of this dance song! [more inside]
posted by Trinergy at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Alef Bet Song that isn't Debbie Friedman's Version?

Can you help me identify this folk-dance version of the Alef Bet Song? [more inside]
posted by danielle the bee at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Set old Facebook posts to a specific list?

On Facebook, can you retroactively set the security for all of your posts from public to a specific list? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

needs a push

If you have made a dramatic change when it comes to employment/lifestyle- how did you push yourself to just go for it? [more inside]
posted by zara at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments


Any tips for a burner newbie? I'm going to Nowhere in Spain, not Burning Man itself. I've selected a barrio already. Any pointers for a kilt that's suitable for 40°C days, as well as potentially cold nights, preferably with pockets?
posted by jeffburdges at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Who made this short stop-motion movie, and what was its name?

Help me find this short Polish stop-motion film from a few years ago.. [more inside]
posted by Theiform at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

How does remotely accessing somebody else's computer even work, anyway?

I just visited Facebook and it showed me the login screen with the email address of the guy I'm dating as the username. I was using FB earlier today, puttering around, sending messages and whatnot, and I haven't logged out of FB or restarted my Mac since. What's going on here? Am I paranoid to think that he (or someone else) could have remotely accessed my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Identify a computer game in a white environment revealed by shooting a paintball gun

What first-person perspective puzzle game was set in a completely white environment that you revealed by shooting blobs of paint? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help finding a book of short stories from my childhood...

I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

You want to see my what?

I have contacted the designer of my WordPress theme for support and they are asking for log-in info. This seems like a "stop right there" kinda thing. Am I being to cautious? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 9:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Shingles vaccine downside?

What are the dangers of being vaccinated against shingles? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Calendar syncing help for a couple using 2 Macs, an iPhone and a HTC One

Trying to make calendar syncing work across multiple devices and accounts is driving me up the wall. Please help! [more inside]
posted by epiphinite at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Seed help please!

What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find the Chicago youth culture in Brooklyn?

Can I get Chicago in Brooklyn? (In particular: Coffee, thrift stores, theater, bicycles, and free stuff.) Keywords: Free or <$5 [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:04 AM PST - 33 comments

OMG, You're Tony Randall!

SNL filter: Please list for me the Saturday Night Live skits where guests unexpectedly show up. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Rest Pause Strength Training

Rest Pause Strength Training [more inside]
posted by Query at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Overnight in Newburgh, NY - food suggestions?

Overnight in Newburgh, NY - late dinner / early breakfast recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Illustrator / Photoshop Course Recommendations

Can anyone recommend good introductory Illustrator and Photoshop classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by beisny at 8:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Cleaning Schedule that Works?

I live with two roommates and need to provide a new cleaning schedule. The once a week, one person does everything, seemed ok until someone started missing weeks. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Art that is both beautiful and strange.

Help me find more unconventional artwork that'll make me say, "Wow." [more inside]
posted by xenization at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

You have fourteen new messages.

Dating filter: did I screw this up or did she come on way too strong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 46 comments

Books about heroic con artists?

What are the best books about heroic con artists? Nonfiction (Schindler's List) or fiction (Going Postal) are both fine.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Sci-fi movie memory

Help me find the title of a particular sci-fi movie. [more inside]
posted by estherhaza at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I set up an Evernote database on company server?

Is there any way to maintain a "local" Evernote database on a company server? It seems that I am only allowed to create a database file on a drive letter corresponding to local hard drives. (I can't use the cloud on account of security concerns.)
posted by moammargaret at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Fun Party Ideas for a Scott?

Help me throw a employee of the month party for a Scott. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 7:09 AM PST - 39 comments

In house counsel, in house questions

Fellow lawyers: If all goes well, I hope to be extended an offer to go in house at a bank, after 7 years at big firms. Is there anything I should know, or any advice you can give? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) at 6:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Nut keeps falling off of bolt

How can I make these nuts and bolts stay put? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 6:45 AM PST - 13 comments

What do you do to calm yourself when in the heat of anger?

What methods have worked for you in terms of keeping a rational mind when you feel yourself becoming (rationally or irrationally) angry? [more inside]
posted by oink at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

What computer game writing software should I use?

I want to make a couple of small computer games for the PC. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 5:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Houston cat adoption filter: Can you help us find a home for Joe?

How can we find a good home in Houston for an adult cat who needs to be an "only" cat? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos at 4:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can we go (cheaply) from London for a last minute trip this long weekend?

Where can we go cheaply from London this (Jubilee) weekend? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 3:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Is creating a compound line graph possible with this dataset?

Is creating a compound line graph possible with this dataset? If yes, how? If not, how should I set up the data? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 2:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my confidence back?

I've lost all confidence in my (work) abilities. What can I do to get it back? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 12:51 AM PST - 16 comments

An issue without issuu

I'd like to upload a .pdf to turn it into a virtual magazine (like on, but I don't want to use issuu. Is there a wordpress plugin I can get somewhere to do what issuu does? [more inside]
posted by drea at 12:35 AM PST - 7 comments

What does a low glomerular filtration rate mean

Medical professionals, please tell me the possible significance of my glomerular filtration rate [more inside]
posted by davisnot at 12:16 AM PST - 7 comments

May 30

Photos in the dark?

How do I photograph my sleeping children, in a dark room, without waking them up? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 11:53 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I go about sending a letter requesting an out-of-court settlement to someone I can potentially sue?

At the advice of counsel, I need to send a letter to a party I thought about suing suggesting we settle a personal injury case out of court. The lawyer is out of the picture for now, otherwise it'll cost me money. So... how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Opal at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Get me out of here!

Where is the End of Nowhere? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:44 PM PST - 37 comments

The Prodigal Cat

My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Spoiled for Choice, Sour by Choice?

Sour Milk, Soured Milk, and Spoiled Milk. Is there an effective chemical difference? To what extents are any and all unsafe to cook and eat? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Should we buy this warranty for our Mazda?

We are buying a 2002 Mazda Protege5! It is a cute little hatchback with 40,000 miles on it. The Carfax is clean. Should we buy the dealership's powertrain warranty? [more inside]
posted by treefort at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Uterine prolapse?

Uterine prolapse? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 8:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Experience moving retirement money into the TSP?

Anyone with experience moving retirement account contents into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments


I'm going to buy an iPad! But I'm mainly going to be using it outside of the US and I'm very confused about international 3G/4G networks. Help? [more inside]
posted by ke rose ne at 8:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Help fix a corrupted .wma file

Can you help me repair this corrupted .wma file? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 8:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my 16-year-old sell his skateboarding booklet.

What is the best way for my teenage son to distribute a self-published book on skateboarding tricks? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Will buying a more expensive UPS fix my brownout problem?

Will buying a more expensive UPS fix my brownout problem? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 7:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Suicide image came from?

Where did this suicide image come from? Anyone know where this originated? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 6:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Super light, super small mosquito tent, available in Australia?

What is the smallest, lightest mosquito tent available in Australia (or to be shipped to Australia within three weeks for a non-ridiculous price)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Serially posted historical journals?

Tomorrow, Pepys' Diary, which I've been following as it's been posted serially for the better part of a decade, will post its last entry. Are there any similar serially posted historical diaries that I can I follow in its absence? [more inside]
posted by sciapod at 5:47 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I copy and paste from Chrome to Word without formatting?

I just started using Chrome. I need to be able to copy text phrases from any random website into MS Word and have it be unformatted or better yet formatted as Times New Roman 12 pt. I'm on a mac. I've been trying to figure this out for so long that it's made me regress. Please talk to me like I'm five and help. HELP. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 5:38 PM PST - 14 comments

But the mortgage worked the hardest of them all

What do you wish you had known about mortgage refinancing?
posted by LonnieK at 5:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Where to host a reunion in Wisconsin?

Looking for a place in Wisconsin about halfway between New Lenox, IL and Minneapolis, MN to hold a reunion with my cousins. Only requirements: camping and hotel lodging with a conference room to rent (in case of bad weather), and cheaper than most Wisconsin Dells resorts. [more inside]
posted by katyh at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Better way to buy beauty products online?

How/Why to buy beauty products online? [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I spent my $500 technology grant?

What camera or lens can I get for $500 and enjoy the most? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 4:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me figure out my next job!

Help me figure out my next job! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Proof you really can't judge someone by their family.

How to deal with inappropriate brother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 PM PST - 38 comments

Hey !, we could do the show at localhost !

Consumer cooperatives for internet services ? Examples and 'how was it done' type information ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments

What's your favorite way to cultivate compassion?

I need more compassion. I'm semi-Buddhist. What's your favorite guided meditation or other focused technique? [more inside]
posted by ceiba at 3:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Etiquette of accepting a job when you may need to leave soon

Ethics and etiquette of accepting a job when you know you might need to resign soon? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 3:19 PM PST - 19 comments

I don't want Amazon credit; I want the money

I got a $400 birthday gift in the form of an Amazon e-gift card. I don't want anything from Amazon, but I could really use the $400. [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese at 3:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Binoculars for outdoor music festivals?

Looking for binoculars for mostly outdoor concerts and festivals. [more inside]
posted by immlass at 3:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Accessible fantasy fiction for fans of MUDs & RPGs?

I used to enjoy playing fantasy MUDs, particularly this one, which involves a mostly solo adventurer, some gothic/supernatural elements, magic, dwarfs, ogres, and a dragon. I also like fantasy RPGs like Oblivion and Skyrim. However, I haven't read much fantasy fiction. Outside of Tolkien, what are some fantasy books I might enjoy on similar fantasy RPG themes?
posted by iamisaid at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Memorize 4500 words in eight days?

Is it possible to memorize 4500 words verbatim in 8 days? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:47 PM PST - 13 comments

If the earth had a second moon, could the moons ever cross? How and when?

Imagine that the earth is hit by another Mars-ish sized object causing a second moon to be formed. If the second moon were orbiting the Earth inside or outside of the orbit of The Moon, and assuming it was not orbiting the Earth parallel to The Moon, the two moons would have to cross each other at some point, right? A sort of moon-over-moon eclipse thing. How would you calculate how often this would occur? What would it look like? Does this happen on planets with more than one natural satellite? Does the premise of this question make no sense because my knowledge of astrophysics is basically nil? Explain to me like I am in fifth grade, please. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Wedding guest apparel advice needed!

We're attending some friends' commitment ceremony scheduled for 5pm on a summer Saturday. What to wear for these occasions is totally baffling to me, so I'm turning to the hivemind for etiquette advice. I'd love to be able to wear the dress from my own wedding 15 years ago (attended by one half of this couple), in part because it's a pretty dress and also as an homage to these lovely people that happen to reside in a state without marriage equality. The dress is not a typical wedding dress (it's a peach and pink floral, in silk chiffon) and style-wise is the sort of thing I think would be appropriate for the event and the venue. But would it be weird to wear it to another wedding? And should I have it shortened from floor-length to, say, tea-length?
posted by DrGail at 2:06 PM PST - 24 comments

What can I do to move into product development software?

I'd like to move to a company that makes software as it's primary product... what kind of skills will I need to add to my resume to get in the door? [more inside]
posted by underflow at 2:01 PM PST - 3 comments

media playback on an airplane - the best strategy

Long flight ahead - what's the best way to play media during the flight? (details/needs inside...) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I use slingbox for my primary cable connection?

Should I use slingbox as a permanent cable replacement for primarily sports games? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

You want I should get *another* credit card?

I have a good credit score according to, have just a handful of credit cards that I pay off monthly, and am otherwise an upstanding citizen (j/k). According to their credit simulator, if I get a new credit card with a credit limit of at least $5-10k, that'll increase my score enough to boost me into the next level. I'm looking to refinance my mortgage, so I'm wondering if this will actually work. None of my research has given this as a fast/easy way to raise credit scores (for someone who already has a few credit cards, that is), so that's why I'm asking. (FWIW, I'm very frugal and disciplined, and I'm not at all concerned that I'm going to go on a wild shopping spree. The only reason to get the card would be to increase my score.) [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the common thread...

I want to read more nonfiction. About anything, really. I'm having trouble capturing the way to describe the kind of nonfiction I want to find. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 1:21 PM PST - 30 comments

Technically speaking, the modern zipper wasn't actually invented until . . .

I would like to experiment with writing historical fiction. Are there any resources that describe best practices for this genre? Do you have any experience/recommendations/advice? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 1:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Finding a place in Boston for a gathering

On a summer Monday evening in Boston, I need a venue where about 200 people could enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Price and location are an issue (we'll all be located near the Hynes convention center; transport time from there would need to be reasonable). I'm not in the area, and would appreciate any advice you might have on how I'd even go about trying to find such a place. Thanks!
posted by langedon at 1:10 PM PST - 10 comments

help my wife with her project?

Should I do more work projects for my wife using my special skills, even though I despise the project? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 1:02 PM PST - 27 comments

This boy likes to bounce! Help me find him a birthday gift.

Help me find a cool birthday gift for a boy who likes to bounce. [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 12:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Printers. With frikkin' lasers.

Should I move to a laser printer? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 12:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Classical sources of omens,

What are the classical sources or compendiums of omens? Which books could I realistically find that list, for example, what a culture believes it means when a certain type of bird visits or what a rainbow means? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Is she a slumlord landlady or am I just a delicate flower for needing a hotel room for a broken A/C in Phoenix?

Is my landlord liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and pet boarding when the air conditioner broke due to lack of maintenance in Phoenix, Arizona? The law seems incredibly unfair to tenants and I'm wondering if I'm misreading it. [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor at 12:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Is lead in reclaimed wood a concern?

Husband bought large paintings made with reclaimed barn wood. I swabbed them and they tested positive for lead. We have a new-ish baby. How big of a deal is this? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae at 12:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Fretting the fretless

Getting frets added to a fretless bass? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

I have this vision of a specific surfing vacation in my mind.

I have this vision of a specific surfing vacation in my mind. Help me make it a reality? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:40 AM PST - 12 comments

How to stop pushing emotion away

I don't go to movies all that often. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I get really caught up in them emotionally. I've always been quite sensitive and I find emotions to have an uncomfortable physical quality to them. So, when I go to the movies, a lot of my effort goes into clamping down on what I feel. I was so excited during the Avengers fight scenes that I am shaking trying to control myself. My question: Anyone experience this? How do you let go?
posted by tcv at 11:31 AM PST - 26 comments

How deadly is out of date beer?

Kind of academic - I've already drunk it - but what are the risks involved in drinking out of date beer? [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons at 11:22 AM PST - 26 comments

Remove WD-40 smell from laundry.

How do I get WD-40 smell out of clothes? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me addict myself

How do you determine the ideal variable reinforcement rate? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it tacky to ask an ex-vendor for tickets?

Manners-filter: Is it bad form to ask an ex-vendor about previously promised tickets from a few months ago? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

How to find wallpaper matching existing wallpaper?

Help me find a specific wallpaper design to replace/repair missing sections. [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor at 10:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Beautiful women, what should the ugly, creepy guy do after saying I love you

I made a horrible mistake. I told Tracy I love her. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey at 10:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me give my writers their due!

How do I ensure that the people who are contributing content to my site are getting enough credit? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Good gifts for a college freshman in the big city?

I'm trying to find a cool high school graduation/birthday gift to give to a young woman who will be moving to NYC for college in the fall [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 9:45 AM PST - 22 comments

What separates the "never-recover-from-this-breakup/shell of my former self" people from the ones who bounce back and love again?

Why is it that some people never seem to recover after a bad break-up or divorce? You know those people...the sort of "empty shell" folks who walk around perpetually sad or simply damaged in some way that keeps them frozen in place. I ask this question on behalf of myself--as I not-so-recently went through a break-up with a man I considered to be THE ONE--but also because I knew someone who had yet to recover from their divorce after eight years. [more inside]
posted by exploringoptimism at 9:28 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the latest on minor wound care?

Years ago, when I scraped my knee my mother put neosporin on it and covered it with a bandaid. Today we have many new wound care products. But are they any better than the old neosporin and bandaid? [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 9:24 AM PST - 25 comments

How to entrance toddlers over videochat?

What are some great ways to spellbind 2- or 3-year-olds over Skype/videochat? Really simple magic tricks? Other cool things?
posted by shivohum at 9:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Scientist with an imaginary friend

Who was this lonely woman scientist with an imaginary friend? [more inside]
posted by Dixon Ticonderoga at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Does this registration security procedure for my website make any sense?

Does this registration security procedure for my website make any sense? [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Resources for first time home buyers - long distance investment property edition.

Please point me to honest, helpful resources for first time home buyers. I would like to purchase a property in the US with cash and then rent it out. Can you please point me to resources that can help me learn the best way to do this while managing some of the risk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

The Cloisonne Bug

A saw a winged bug today, but don't know what it was. Can you help me identify this bug even though I have no foto, only a description? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm a student, I swear! Why won't you believe me!?

Grad school filter: How do I get my loans back into deferment as a masters-->PhD student? [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Insect repellents for dogs?

Help me keep the bugs off of my dog when camping! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How not to fall down after a slip up

The bf and I have been working on establishing healthier patterns (eating better/exercising/drinking less alcohol) and have a question about slip ups. We'll be going along fine for several weeks to a month, then go to a party or whatever, have a night of drinking and eating junk, then get off track for several weeks to a month. How can we minimize the damage from slip ups? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 8:03 AM PST - 20 comments

I got blisters on my fingers

Any options for finger injury and guitar playing? [more inside]
posted by canoehead at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

I want iced coffee and I want it now.

How can I speed up making fresh brewed iced coffee? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 7:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Somerset Maugham'a screenplay of "The Razor's Edge"?

I am looking for the screenplay based on his novel "The Razor's Edge" that W. Somerset Maugham wrote (for free!) but which was not used for the 1946 film version of "The Razor's Edge." Any idea if it has been published?
posted by AArtaud at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for more long form websites

I'm looking for more long form websites [more inside]
posted by Cloud King at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Ugly girls are easy

Is he a player? Give me suggestions to work around my lack of confidence, please, so that I'm not a target. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 31 comments

Questions about 12-step

I went to my first ever 12-step anonymous help group meeting. (For the moment, I won't say which, it's irrelevant.) I had a few questions I'm hoping those with experience can help me with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Worried about getting trapped in a fire.

Talk to me about fire escape ladders. [more inside]
posted by Ys at 5:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Is Paratransit worth the time vs the expense of cabs?

Knee injury - NYC paratransit? Looking for people who have used it. Not sure if it is worth it? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 5:34 AM PST - 6 comments

How does Irish inheritance work?

What can you tell me about Irish inheritance, wills and power of attorney and similar legal things? [more inside]
posted by plonkee at 5:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Pixie cut dilemma.

What face shape am I? And how do you really determine these things (face shape professionals come on out)? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 3:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Fear of changing job

Fear of changing job, due to comfort level at present job. More details inside.. [more inside]
posted by jassi at 3:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Customer base and average discount on

Two questions based around I would like to know, probably rough, figures for customer base and the average percent discount they have on books.
posted by dazzle at 3:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Kimono in London

Where in central London, not online, can I buy a nice ladies kimono (say a silk one about £150 or so) right now?
posted by Segundus at 2:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Combine internship with an unrelated full-time position?

How can I combine an internship with a full-time offer from another place? What could go wrong? [more inside]
posted by molamola at 2:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Windows 7 on MacBook Pro won't acknowledge HDMI out

13" MacBook pro running Windows 7 with an HDMI out adapter. Windows doesn't even acknowledge the adapter, though it works fine on Mac OS. Video hardware is the GeForce 9400M (which can't do audio output via HDMI, since it's basically from just before Apple built in that functionality). What to do? I want to hook it up to a TV that doesn't have a VGA or DVI connector at all, so HDMI was about the only option.
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Ye Olde Pinata

I need to make a piñata in the shape of something instantly identifiable as British (a London taxicab? Big Ben?) by Saturday morning. What should I make, and how should I make it? Extra points for ease of crafting and decoration. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:04 AM PST - 32 comments

May 29

shoe fit

I bought a pair of men's leather dress shoes with an elongated, narrow toe box last week, and now they're killing me. Something about the funky shape is causing the leather to "bite" down right beneath my big toes on both feet, leading to painful sores. I probably should've gone for one size smaller for a more natural fit, but I've already worn them for a week so I can't take them back. Any suggestions for how to fix this, or am I stuck just getting rid of them?
posted by decoherence at 10:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Can a person hack my Mac's webcam?

Can a tech-savvy person hack the webcam on a Macbook through the wireless network? How can I stop it if it is happening? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo at 9:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Friendship issues

MY wife and I just ended up on the receiving end of an email blast from her former best friend. My wife hasn't seen it, but I know seeing it would upset her. Should I delete it from her email? Warn her? What's the best thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 PM PST - 32 comments

Challenge all assumptions

Where's the profit in DDOS'ing IRC servers? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 9:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Divest or encourage me with my fantasy!

Lickety-split, down and dirty house-buying advice needed. [more inside]
posted by mibo at 9:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Fumigation & the foetus.

Pregnant in a termite infested house - do I have to move? [more inside]
posted by Wantok at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

No tengo sed?

Trying to find-and-replace text within a file, using the Terminal on Mac OS X 10.7.4. Can't for the life of me get it to work. Please help. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 9:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Pre-tenure life recommendations

Pre-tenure life: what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Japanese Ecstasy(?)

What is this Japanese ecstasy-like drug I'm hearing about? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 8:32 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Nashville bachelor party?

Nashville bachelor party. 20 guys. I'm the best man. Help me plan? [more inside]
posted by denriguez at 8:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Old Gene Roddenberry Had a Farm!

Where can I find someone doing R and D for growing food off planet? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

holy crap this might've been the only thing you could actually DO with google wave

My manperson/GM wants to play Dawn of Worlds, a roleplaying game where people collaboratively make a map, online. In order to do this, we need some kind of platform that can allow people to collaboratively edit an image with state saving and rollbackable images. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

MBA admissions resume

I am applying to a MBA program and need to submit a resume, how do I change my professional resume into one that fits a graduate program application? [more inside]
posted by TKL0125 at 7:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can we stash our luggage while going around on day trips?

TravelLogisticFilter: We're planning a trip to Japan in October and need help with the logistics of where to leave our luggage as we get around. [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 7:42 PM PST - 14 comments

What currently existing music library-type service lets you easily share single songs on Facebook without having to upload said songs yourself OR forcing a user to approve an app/sign up?

Are there any handy, currently working, copyrighted-music-hosting-library services that will let you share a single streamable audio link to a single song on Facebook (like YouTube or Soundcloud do) - WITHOUT requiring listeners to sign up/give permissions to an app? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Lion desktop scrolling is driving me nuts!

I've run into a Lion bug with switching desktops that is driving me crazy. Googling hasn't turned up anything useful. Has anyone encountered this problem? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Something my grandmother doesn't drink, this time.

Need a successor to rye and ginger for cocktail hour. [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 6:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Where can I practice driving in the Boston area?

Where can I practice driving in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 6:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Neglected trees on vacant property are growing out of control. What to do?

There is a house across the street from me that has been vacant for a little over a year now. I have noticed the trees in the backyard growing out of control and they are starting to block my view. More importantly, I am worried about the potential for a fire from the accumulation of pine needles on the ground. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Ideas of details to keep fun and romance in a marriage

Can you give me ideas of romantic/funny things a wife can do for her husband, besides making his favorite dishes or dressing up for bed, which I already do? If you have other cooking/dressing up ideas, they are also welcome, though! [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:35 PM PST - 17 comments

If I want a drink made in the "classic" way rather than with a mix, how do I ask for that?

At a restaurant I ordered a margarita, but when it came it had clearly been made with a mix. It occurred to me that surely there is a word or a way of ordering that indicates you want it mixed classic style - with lime juice, triple sec and tequila, no mix - without having to order in the negative, e.g. "not with a mix." How do I order the drink I want - or can I?
posted by tomboko at 6:34 PM PST - 22 comments

tell me your favorite baby care books

What are the best books on how to prepare for/take care of a new baby? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd at 6:17 PM PST - 29 comments

How should I explain job searching after only eight months?

Eight months into a one-year contract, I'm aggressively searching for a new job because of a horrible boss. How should I explain my short stay at the company to recruiters and potential employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Why are links from other apps (Twitter, etc) spawning new windows in Chrome?

Why are links from other apps (Twitter, etc) spawning new windows in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:40 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I get started drawing on the iPad?

I have a perfectly good new iPad that is sadly underutilized. I'd like to start sketching and drawing on it, but I have no idea where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

exercise without rattling the neighbors

Looking for some kind of mat or other DIY contraption to deaden vibration when exercising. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

What's more important for a future career: Personality match or potential for future growth?

What's more important for a future career: Personality match or potential for future growth? [more inside]
posted by qxrt at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments


Help me remember this cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Building a basement bathroom.

Anyone here build a basement bathroom with an up-flush toilet? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

This is the headline. God, I wish it weren't.

How can I rip a Region 2+4, 4:3 DVD into a format that'll play on my Apple TV? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Paying for old age care long in advance?

Can I pay for assisted living/nursing home/whatever now so that I don't have to worry about being able to pay for it when I need it? And assorted related questions. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help me keep grandma in L.A.

My mother is 60, has 40k cash on hand, but she has no income. Can you help me brainstorm businesses that she could buy or launch for about 30K (so she can live on the remaining 10K)? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 4:05 PM PST - 51 comments

Have you seen this watch?

Is there a digital watch out there that displays nothing but the time? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 3:58 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I keep a job search organized?

How do I keep a job search organized? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 3:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Virtual Directory Options

Are Commercial LDAP Virtual Directory Applications Worth The Money? [more inside]
posted by scharpy at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me understand the benefits and differences between a living trust (for a property) vs. having a name on the property deed.

What's the benefit of having a living trust for a property over having my name on the property deed? [more inside]
posted by elif at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Innovative jiaozi (potsticker, dumpling) fillings

Jiaozi, dumplings, potstickers, Chinese ravioli, gyoza: as many possible fillings as there are names for these delicious, delicious mouthfuls. In a couple weeks I will host a dumpling party. What are your recommended filling recipes? Of course there will be the standard pork, which I learned from a Taiwanese mom; there will be an attempt to replicate the long-discontinued Trader Joe's Chicken Fajita dumplings; and what else...? Recipes for known standards like seafood and vegetable are welcome, but more innovative entries are truly the best answers.
posted by whatzit at 3:12 PM PST - 27 comments

“Hey baby, do you like fine cooking? Cause you know what? I got Swanson's Dinner in the freezer with your name on it."

How can I learn to like cooking? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:08 PM PST - 33 comments

A dumbphone with email access?

Not-so-smart-phone filter: I'm looking for a Sprint-compatible cellphone with a full keyboard and the ability to read/send email. The catch is, I don't need (and actively don't want) more internet access than this; I'm already too connected as it is! Does a phone like this exist? Or is there a way I can juryrig one, as someone who's only half tech-savvy? Am I doomed to a flip-phone and a separate pocket email-reader thingy? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

NYC hip-hop tiki lounge??

Recommend a Hip-Hop lounge in NYC. Is there such a thing as a hip-hop tiki lounge?? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by pooya at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

On Becoming An Epic Uncle

My brother and his wife are having a baby! How do I become a good best epic uncle? What are some nice or useful things your siblings have done for your children? What are you own favorite memories involving your uncle? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:38 PM PST - 23 comments

prepaid SIM card for use in Germany, but shipped to USA?

I will be traveling in Germany for a week soon, and will need a cell phone while there. I won't be able to use my personal cell phone (incompatible with Europe) but I have an unlocked GSM phone that I've used in Europe before. Please help me find a SIM card (with German phone number) that I can order now and get delivered to the US before I leave for my trip. [more inside]
posted by intermod at 2:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How to help a women in an abusive and controlling relationship?

I need advice about how to help a friend in a non-violent yet intensely abusive relationship, and about how worried I should be for her young daughter and what to do for her too. (We're all in a major Canadian city, we're not all Canadian.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

I promise to share the Spotify playlist with you when I'm done with it

Help me find songs with the same pacing and general vibe as Third Uncle and Dancing Choose.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Willing to try anything to make this suck less

I just had sinus surgery (probably FESS) a couple of months ago, and it seems to have failed. What next? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

When to use the convection feature of my oven?

[BakingFilter] When should I use the "convection" feature of my convection oven? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

[Hospitality filter] What has a family member done for you that made your visit the most comfortable and pleasant it could be?

My sister is visiting my tiny apartment on short notice and staying for a week. I'm touched she chose to visit me on her vacation and want to make her stay the best. How can I be the best hostess? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me pick a spotting scope!

I would like to buy someone a spotting scope for wildlife viewing as a gift.  What's the best bang for my buck?  What's the best place to find online reviews and information to help me in my research?   [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 1:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Craft cocktails in Providence, RI

Craft cocktails in Providence, RI? Looking for any craft cocktail bars in the city that you care to recommend, though especially in the downtown area, if any exist there. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I raise money without going to a bank?

How do I raise money without going to a bank? If I wanted to raise say a million dollars to extend my business and the bank is not being helpful. What are my options? I hear a bunch about P2P lending but how does that work and how do I access it?
posted by monkeywithhat at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Sign here please.

What constitutes token versus semi-professional payment in the North American short fiction market? What's reasonable to expect? What are reasonable contractual expectations when signing away a piece for first publishing? [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Brevity is the soul of wit?

How did you learn to say more with less? [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername at 12:35 PM PST - 20 comments

How to email strangers who work in your academic area?

[Grad School Filter] “Hello more-established stranger who already did the academic research I wanted to do and my committee is making me email you…” Does anyone have any verbage that seems graceful and appropriate? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I help my partner feel better after a random assault?

Some random jerk threatened my partner in public a few days ago and he's still pretty shaken, and can't stop thinking about it. What resources can I offer to help him cope? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 12:29 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I get a customized North Korean propaganda poster made?

How do I get a customized North Korean propaganda poster made as a wedding present? [more inside]
posted by SeanOfTheHillPeople at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

What's time for myself like?

How do I know what I want? Everyone tells me to spend time on me, but I don't really know what that means? [more inside]
posted by skittlekicks at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

24 hours to decide where to live!

My husband has been accepted to med school in Buffalo and Syracuse. We have to pick one by tomorrow (!) and pros and cons are overwhelming. Which would be the best choice for our family? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 12:06 PM PST - 27 comments

How to keep your loft bed cool when it's above your window A/C unit?

It's the classic New York summer conundrum. How do I keep my loft bed cool when it lies ABOVE my window unit air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by manzanita at 11:44 AM PST - 20 comments

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do with a EEE 900?

Fun hacks for my old EEE 900? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me to find some party piano songs.

Looking for suggestions of intermediate level piano pieces suitable for parties/get togethers with friends. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 10:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Unrefrigerated salad dressing components

What can I bring to work once a week (or keep at work), to make a variety of salad dressings for my daily lunch salad, that doesn't need to be refrigerated? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 10:39 AM PST - 26 comments

What to do during therapist's maternity leave?

My therapist is gone on maternity leave. Does anyone have any tips/stories about going through the same thing? [more inside]
posted by dithmer at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Waterproofing glittery shoes?

Help me find a good, clear, waterproof sealant for some shoes I have made glittery. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Please suggest some appropriate non-alcholic gift to HR team.

Please suggest some appropriate non-alcholic gift to HR team. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me stop gaslighting myself.

Help me stop gaslighting myself. I need to take better care of myself physically and emotionally, because invalidating my own problems is going nowhere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Is it possible for a breakup to be the last good thing you do together?

Is it possible for a breakup to be the last good thing you do together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Camping and hiking with kid and dog: Sierra edition

Looking for camping and hiking spots in the Sierras and foothills where I can take our 4.5-year-old son and/or our dog. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can we send him?

What after school options for my three year old son haven't I thought of? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 10:15 AM PST - 37 comments

Nice meals to make for meat-eaters and veggies

RecipeFilter: Sometimes I'd like to prepare a nice meal for one or two friends (usually meat-eaters) and myself (pescetarian). I need a couple recipes to keep on hand that will satisfy everybody. [more inside]
posted by ista at 10:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Please input your output

Having acquired a couch on which to sit and an 8 bit Nintendo to play whilst sitting on said couch, my girlfriend and I are now getting audio and network stuff. Please help us fill in the gaps! [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

docx, PDF, ePub, mobi... Help!

Looking for the best way to publish a frequently-updated document to multiple electronic formats (PDF, ePub, mobi, etc.). [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

We're one dead dog short of a sad country song

How can I best support my siblings, who are managing my parents while I live almost 1,000 miles away? [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Does Sage ACT 2011 have SideACT or something similar?

I've been using ACT 2000 and just upgraded to Sage ACT 2011, however, I don't see the "SideACT" function which I used a lot to maintain to-do lists. Does Sage ACT 2011 have SideACT or something similar?
posted by tangyraspberry at 9:39 AM PST - 1 comment

What's the best way to deal with people who are playing dumb at work?

What's the best way to deal with people who are playing dumb at work? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 9:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How to delete windows.old in Win7?

How do I delete windows.old in Win7 when I am administrator and windows still won't let me? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me build a little greenhouse in your soul

Please help me make the most out of my tiny new greenhouse. Tips on growing, stretching the seasons, maintenance, record-keeping and other garden matters are welcome. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

That's a spicy mocktail!

What beverages can I make with Bittermen's Hellfire Habanero Shrub? Complications: cannot use alcohol or tomato juice. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

A diet of Sudafed and Emergen-C?

I really, really can't get sick right now. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 8:52 AM PST - 25 comments

1980's authenticity valuable?

We have a small 1982 tract home. It has all the original fixtures: brass doorknobs, little clear plastic knob faucets, brown ceiling fans with brass filigree. Is there any benefit to leaving it as is? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Developing a 50 year old upper body.

Help a middle aged guy develop his upper body. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Give me your assistants!

Help me make a list of assistants/valets/right-hand people in pop culture. [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 8:26 AM PST - 58 comments

Why is my home A/C suddenly weak?

I bought a new (to us) house; the 2-zoned A/C worked very well for a week of very hot weather. Starting this weekend, it was having trouble cooling. The evaporator is not iced; the thermostat seems okay. What to look for? [more inside]
posted by ftm at 8:22 AM PST - 7 comments

accomodating or doormat?

I am trying to strike a balance in a romantic relationship between letting go and accepting a person for who he is, and not allowing myself to be taken advantage of. How can I find that balance? [more inside]
posted by lucy40 at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Can nomads find love too?

How do I know if someone I'm dating is worth sticking around for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Are those As-Seen-On-TV onion choppers worth getting?

Virtually every dish my Mum cooks calls for diced onions. Is there an easy-to-clean chopping device I could gift her that could speed up her work?
posted by Dragonness at 7:49 AM PST - 31 comments

How can I prevent exercise headaches in hot weather?

Exercise headaches in hot weather: how to treat (or better yet, prevent) them? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 7:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Help us gauge the importance of school district in housing choice

The McTootsalot family has outgrown our home, and we’re looking to move this summer. We love our area (Durham, NC) so if we could we’d love to just move into a larger house down the street that could accommodate our growing clan. However, there is a caveat: schools. How much importance we should place on schools? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 7:35 AM PST - 20 comments

I need to learn Swedish

I need to learn Swedish, and I'm not the greatest language student. Who can point me towards the best online resources and courses?
posted by ewan at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Maybe I just can't believe that bacon is health food.

Looking for some critical, reasonably independent discussion of some of the paleo diet claims--does such a thing actually exist? Specifically with regards to cardio exercise and saturated fats/cholesterol. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 7:22 AM PST - 16 comments

The biggest FU ever

This was me. That problem was resolved by him killing himself in our flat. While i was there. Sleeping. Now I have different problems, mainly what the heck do I tell people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 40 comments

Promotion potential?

How do I figure out who is getting a promotion at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

A glitch in the matrix...

Where did I see this exact bit of business from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel before? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Lock for an HP laptop

I'm looking for a hardware lock for an HP laptop. [more inside]
posted by gudrun at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I ned to know about Shanghai?

I may be going to Shanghai for a couple of weeks later this year. I do not speak the language, my partner has food allergies. What preparations can I make? [more inside]
posted by epo at 6:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I just asked my husband for a divorce and he is in complete denial about it.

I just asked my husband for a divorce and he is in complete denial about it. It's like I never asked. How do you tell someone you want a divorce when they won't listen to you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 17 comments

What level of car isurance benefits?

Are these levels of car insurance benefits common these days? Our car insurance is up for renewal and out agent is suggesting "Enhanced benefits" (in the GTA area in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 5:29 AM PST - 2 comments

How to make a vintage rolling pin food safe

I bought a lovely heavy vintage rolling pin from an estate sale today. It's pitted and quite dusty and was living in a sketchy teardown house for decades. How do I clean it to make it safe for touching food? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 5:17 AM PST - 7 comments

DIY repair tips for scratched Wacom tablet

Wacom Bamboo fun tablet has a scratch on touch surface - is there any way to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:46 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I make sure that my teenage son hangs out with right friends?

How can I make sure that my teenage son hangs out with right friends? [more inside]
posted by musicgold at 4:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Is closure/ friendship still possible or a good idea?

(warning: long w/ summary inside, and drama) We flirted and worked together. We never kissed, but I fell for him. But he didn't tell me he had a girlfriend until later. I backed off and he got engaged. I miss his friendship and want to get in touch. But I recently googled him and found that he is getting married in a month to someone else than who he was engaged to at first. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by skylines at 4:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Please help me clean my Camelbak!

Cleaning Camelbak's and other water reservoirs (bottles, tubing, mouth pieces, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Reporting death on the Underground?

Is there a policy of not reporting suicides (maybe accidents) on the London Underground? [more inside]
posted by Partario at 4:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Another question about books.

YA fiction books NOT written from a female's 1st person perspective (POV)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 3:42 AM PST - 38 comments

Rescheduling air travel to save $

I was pleasantly surprised today to find out that some flights I had booked a month ago for my family to travel later this year had come down dramatically in price, so even with the change fee of $150 a head, the savings was quite large and I got a better flight to boot. How often does this happen, and should a person routinely screen for lowered fares even after purchasing a ticket?
posted by dougiedd at 12:48 AM PST - 5 comments

May 28

Hope Me Enjoy Hong Kong

Four, maybe five days in Hong Kong in September. What should I do/see/go to/eat? What's the best neighborhood to stay in for someone who wants to see as much as possible and take lots of pictures? Off-the-beaten path is great, but touristy is also OK.
posted by bardic at 10:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Big in 2012

What cultural fads and crazes have hit the big time in 2012? In other words, what are the ZUMBA, Atkins diet and Crocs shoes of today? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 10:11 PM PST - 55 comments

Help me identify this song used in Drive.

Can someone please identify this atmospheric song from the movie Drive (but it wasn't on the soundtrack...)? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Bad Neighbor!

Neighbor is using an ultra-high-frequency device against us at very high decibels. It causes constant low-grade nausea and a long-lasting ringing in the ears afterwards. Problem is, it can't really be heard because its such a high-frequency. Cops have come to our house, felt the nausea and ear-ringing themselves, but refuse to do anything about it because they can't "hear" it and we have no way of recording it. My question is: Can you point me towards a device that can record high decibel sound in very high frequencies so we can show objectively that this is happening? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine at 9:53 PM PST - 53 comments

Should I, Can I change grad schools?

The school I wanted to go to seemed like they weren't going to accept me so I took them off the list a few months ago. I was accepted to another program which starts tomorrow. Whoops, on Saturday I got an acceptance letter from the first school. Now what?? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 9:21 PM PST - 18 comments

How to a influence and achieve organizational change?

How do you help guide others to recognize, accept, and work towards a unified vision resulting in orgazational change? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get a new Macbook as soon as possible?

I want to buy a new Macbook Pro as soon as they come out. Today I saw some reference online to "advance booking." What is this and how do I do it? I feel like I'm missing some secret that everyone else is in on... [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 9:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Troubleshoot iMac Bootcamp Windows-side sporadic internet connection?

Troubleshooting an intermittent WiFi connection on Windows side of Bootcamped iMac? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:56 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do in Louisville?

We're going to Louisville from 6/4-6/6. What to do? (Stuff we like after the fold.) [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 8:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How to have fun and avoid getting taken hostage in TJ?

Heading down to Tijuana next week. What should we do that's fun, interesting, and (mostly) safe? Are there any day trips worth taking? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I get past a disappointing marriage proposal?

How do I get over feeling disappointment in the way that my boyfriend proposed, and just enjoy being engaged? And also, how do I overcome the shame associated with being disappointed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 PM PST - 92 comments

This book made you love books, right?

I'm looking for a book that is so wonderful it will renew my joy for reading. Books that don't make you want to sit in a library and luxuriate in the ability to absorb impossibly lovely stories need not apply. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 8:11 PM PST - 74 comments

How can I bolster my terrible immune system?

How can I bolster my terrible immune system? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 8:09 PM PST - 26 comments

where to hike near vancouver

Please recommend backpacking trips around Vancouver, doable in around four or five days by two people who are in shape and one person who isn't (me). (I.e. we are unlikely to be able to do the entire west coast trail.)
posted by kenko at 7:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice on hiking trails near Escalante, Utah?

My wife and I want to go backpacking near Escalante, Utah next month. Although we're both reasonably fit and experienced desert backpackers, we're not as young as we once were. Can anyone recommend a good trip of no more than 4 days that will be easy to modestly difficult with shade and water for most of the trip?
posted by BillW at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How to say - No, you must stay with me

How to respond when elementary aged son asks to stay with Dad when it's Mom's weekend [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 23 comments

What is the screeching?

Computer/Electronic/AudiophileFilter: I just finished my first build of a computer. When I plug in my computer's onboard sound into my receiver through the standard 3.5mm audio jack and output to two KRK monitors and a sub, I get screeching/scrambling from the speakers that drives me nuts. It basically sounds like I can hear my processor. This doesn't happen with headphones. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by jwmollman at 6:57 PM PST - 22 comments

How has the culture of the US military changed, post DADT repeal?

How has the culture of the US military changed, post DADT repeal? [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius at 6:54 PM PST - 14 comments

"No roommate" policy? Since when?

2 weeks of positive contact with potential landlady regarding new apartment for myself + fiance. She invites me to look at the place then tells me there is a "no roommates" policy and they only provide leases to single tenants or married couples. WTF- is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by shes_ajar at 6:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Apparently the first one really was free

Where does one buy an air conditioner remote control in NYC? [more inside]
posted by greenland at 6:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Building a Narrowing-Focus Questionnaire

How difficult would it be for someone with intermediate HTML/coding skills to build something similar to the Dog Breed Questionnaire on the Animal Planet website? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Friend's wife confided in me about their marriage and I'm worried. How can I help?

Not too long ago, I was hanging out with a very good friend's wife. I have been friend's with him for almost ten years now and have known and been friends with his wife for half that time. She confided in me something very disturbing about their marriage - that they hadn't had sex in a few years (about the same amount of time as their marriage) and it feels more like a room-mate situation. I am going to keep the details to a minimum but I'm sure you can extrapolate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 32 comments

Being overcharged in an illegal sublet in a rent-controlled apartment. No lease. What do?

I've been living in a month-to-month, no-lease sublet in Manhattan since January. I just found out that' it's a NYCHA rent-controlled apartment, and i'm paying way more than my 'share' of the monthly rent (also, i'm pretty sure subletting a rent-controlled apartment is illegal.) Clearly i'm going to be moving out ASAP. What else should I do? Do I have grounds for financial recoupment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Nanny is as nanny does

Suggestions for nanny background check websites? [more inside]
posted by lapidus at 6:02 PM PST - 1 comment

I need a big bagel. No, BIGGER.

I need a giant bagel. As in, six-foot sub: sandwich :: this bagel : regular bagels. I'm in New York City, the bagel capital of earth. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 5:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Chicken Chunks At Home?

How can I re-create chip shop style chicken chunks at home? Specifically I am trying to re-create the kind of fried chicken chunks made at NYC's A Salt And Battery, in general I am trying to get that moist, crunchy, batter-just-pulls-away taste and texture found in fry joints. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 4:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Forgotten sculptural terminology with no relief in sight.

I had a Humanities teacher in High School many, many years ago who, in the course of a lesson, introduced a word that I cannot remember. This word described the act of leaving the lower parts of a highly placed relief carving unfinished, as no one would see the work. [more inside]
posted by patrick rhett at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Computer is now a spacecase.

My MacBook is acting weeeeird. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Tiresias at 4:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I use leveling screed on vinyl floor tiles?

Can I use leveling screed on vinyl floor tiles? [more inside]
posted by krissf at 4:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help me find a new car to fit my specific need.

Please help me choose a new car. I'm struggling to find something that works for me! [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 3:57 PM PST - 13 comments

The Most Boring Battle: Battle of the Mid-Price Sedans

Car buying time: Civic EX-L Sedan or Mazda3 i Grand Touring Sedan? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 3:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Where do I buy a Houseboat?

If building a house is cheaper than buying a house (if you exclude land costs) and buying a houseboat is cheaper than buying a house, could it be cost effective to have a "boat" designed and built outside London and then moor it in London to get a relatively cheap London house? I'm aware moorings are rare and can be expensive, but do you think the costs would work out? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Perfectly Wide and Deep Pasta Bowls

Have you seen this pasta bowl or one like it? I'm seeking a replacement with the same dimensions. [more inside]
posted by girlhacker at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Specialized Art Appraisers in NYC

I'm looking for advice on selling locally in NYC an authentic, hand-sown wall hanging art. Here is a picture I uploaded. It depicts a village and some villagers, and I recall its origins being from India or Southeast Asia. The piece is about 20 years old and was received as a gift so I have no clue if it is a prized work or relatively worthless. Are there specific types of art dealers or specialists that will appraise and/or bid on these kinds of items?
posted by jameslavelle3 at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Weight loss fail despite calorie reduction - WTF?

I have been carefully counting calories using the MyFitnessPal iPhone app since the beginning of May. I have tried to keep to a net 1200 and have rarely gone over net 1500. I am 5ft 6in tall, early 40s, I started the month weighing 133 pounds, still weigh 133 pounds and would like to get back to 126. I am not forgetting to log anything I eat or drink, including condiments. I am not doing regular exercise yet (this will start on Friday). Does anyone have an explanation for this? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 2:42 PM PST - 58 comments

How to lose weight when you're already healthy?

How can I lose weight (10-15 lbs) when I'm already doing a lot of the "right" things? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I quickly obtain a pre-1996 Netscape SEC filing?

How can I get a copy of Netscape's last prospectus prior to its Aug. 9, 1995, IPO, as quickly and cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 2:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you use a co-op to fight a monopoly

If a bookstore were a co-op, would the exemption provided to co-ops in the Robinson-Patman act allow publishers to offer different sale terms for them than they would to say, Amazon or Barnes and Noble? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 2:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Network to get connected with online startups in Toronto

Startups in Toronto: Where can a jobseeker get plugged into the latest online startups in the city? Web sites? Other networks? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 at 2:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Chatfilter, but only sort of

Need help finding a new chat solution for a far-flung group. Our core group of friends is spread across the US and Canada. Part of what keeps us so close is the private chat room we've had for the last 10 years or so. Sadly, the current owner of this is shutting it down, and we need to find a new place to hang out. I've been tasked with finding the solution. To head off the inevitable question, no we can't take over the existing site, for multiple reasons that I don't want to go into. Currently we're using phpMyChat 0.14.5, hosted on a back alley page of the owner's primary site. Are newer versions of phpMyChat going to have similar features? And how do I get one? Needs/requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by spinturtle at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the options for a simple CDMA phone?

My wife wants a new cellphone but her needs are out-of-step with the market. She's looking for something very simple but the hard part is that we're on Verizon so it needs to be CDMA. Are there options? [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

What sort of wild technology do you need to entangle particles?

I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How hard is it for an American to move to England/Scotland/Wales?

How hard is it for an American to move to England/Scotland/Wales? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

realistic surrender

What happens when you surrender on a drug trafficking warrant? (Canadian version) [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 12:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make 545,565 more than just a big number!

Congratulating a bunch of fourth-graders on their awesome reading total tomorrow. How can I make them visualize the number "545,565 pages" in a fun way? [more inside]
posted by harujion at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Want to put a site up for a week or two.

I just want to put a draft website up for a client for a few days. I have created it locally in a few directories and I want to put it somewhere, preferably for free or a few quid and without signing some year-long contract. I just want to FTP my files in and have done with it. Just HTML and CSS for now. It can expire in a month and can have whatever weird URL it wants. What's the best suggestion? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it messing up my results to spread a weight lifting session over the course of an evening?

Is it messing up my results to spread a weight lifting session over the course of an evening? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments

where to get grad photos in Toronto?

Where can I get affordable college grad pictures, complete with cap (if applicable?) and gown, in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Please fill my head up with good things

I need to fill my head up with good things right now—any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 11:40 AM PST - 32 comments

How to reduce stress to lose weight?

If you have a tendency to gain weight due to stress I'd like to know how you recognized this was THE reason for weight gain and found a solution that worked for you. Please don't ask questions that tend to speculate or diagnose the cause of weight gain (no issues with food/exercise) . I want to hear from you if you (or someone you knew) struggled to keep your stress low, which you knew led to your weight gain and how you went about it (without using any drugs!).
posted by xm at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Landsat Island

How did we manage to find every island on earth without satellites? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 10:53 AM PST - 25 comments

My work's training is a bad joke and I'm frustrated. My bad?

New job isn't training me in a way I seem to learn in, and it's frustrating me to no end. Is it all my fault? [more inside]
posted by at 10:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Number of prosectors working in Oregon

How do I find out how many prosecutors are working in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by alteredcarbon at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Life is a bowl of cherry tomatoes

More Kitchen ID: Can you help me find a similar serving platter / bowl to the one shown in this picture? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

World War II Experience, Long After the Fact

I'd like some topnotch resources, whether books, websites, possibly videos, movies or other, to help me understand my father's experiences in World War II. I'm not looking for the tactical or strategic elements of the military campaigns that he was part of, but what his role and experience was like. [more inside]
posted by vers at 9:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Job Offer Waiting Game

I'm waiting impatiently for a job offer after nailing the interview and having my references checked the following day. It's now been almost two weeks. [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute at 9:28 AM PST - 23 comments

How do you train a dog NOT to do something?

How do you train a dog NOT to do something? I understand the basics of training a dog to perform a positive behavior: repetition, treats, encouraging words and body language, etc. I've even been somewhat successful in training my dogs to sit, stay, give paw, etc. But one of my dogs barks at my husband whenever he walks by, and he (the husband) is getting pretty darn tired of it. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 9:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Partner's hobby takes a lot of time away from us

Partner's hobby takes a lot of time away from us [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 8:42 AM PST - 51 comments

How to transfer mail into a folder on my mac, with Apple mail?

My online mailbox is full. I want to move some of those messages to a folder on my computer, using Apple Mail in system 10.6.8. There's doesn't seem to be an obvious way to create a new folder in Apple Mail, under the section On My Mac. Can you tell me how to do this? The account is IMAP and private mail service.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Will evergreen shrubs survive a Calgary winter in planters?

Will any coniferous shrubs survive the winter in planters on my deck? I am in Calgary Alberta, zone 3a. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should I spend the night after arriving into Washington, but not necessarily IN Washington?

Looking for recommendations for a nice hotel, inn or B&B near Washington DC, southwards-ish down towards the I95. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 7:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Julia Child's kitchen table

Can I buy a table just like - or similar to - Julia Child's kitchen table?
posted by Jackson at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Empire state of mind

Third trip to New York is happening next week, I am ready for something a little more than Times Square. New Yorkers, what to do this time? Curate my visit, and help me maybe get out of the city. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 7:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Us Up Our Web Design Game

How to find & assess a Responsive Design consultant. [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 7:11 AM PST - 8 comments

What's your general outline of designing/building a website?

What's the general outline of designing/building a website? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice at 6:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Vacation ideas within driving distance of Toronto?

Short affordable vacation ideas within driving distance of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by barnoley at 6:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Europe on $1 a day

My girlfriend and a friend of hers are taking a trip a Europe on a very tight budget and are wondering if it is possible for two people to stay in a single room dorm in London for example. We know this would be inappropriate for a hotel but were not sure it would be acceptable at a dorm. [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator at 6:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Why must taking a bike places be such a fuss?!

Trunk-mount bike racks: Are they really the enormous pile of awfulness that everyone keeps telling me they are? Are there ones that don't damage your car? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 6:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Freddy? Jason? Damien? Is that you?

Is our town experiencing a live replay of a known video nasty? [more inside]
posted by hand at 6:09 AM PST - 7 comments

What neighborhood do we want to relocate to in Phoenix?

Where do two long-term, typical residents of inner SE Portland want to live in the Phoenix, AZ area? We're a straight couple with no kids relocating for my husband's job in a month, looking for neighborhoods to rent a house in. [more inside]
posted by sweltering at 5:45 AM PST - 15 comments

My spouse flipped out on me and I don't know what to do

My spouse flipped out on me and I don't know what to do. As a survivor of childhood abuse, I'm not appropriately calibrated and could use some advice. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 4:51 AM PST - 68 comments

What does this pictogram mean?

Does anyone know what this Chinese pictogram says? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 3:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I improve my relationship with the family?

Dad and I don't really get along, and I don't feel happy or comfortable in the same house as him. What can I do to make things better, short of moving out? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch at 2:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Graphics card for Medion PC

Need a replacement graphics card for a Medion PC - but which one? [more inside]
posted by humph at 1:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I study?

What should I look into researching regarding language acquisition (ESL) for my masters degree in Japan? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping at 1:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Chasing the Green Fairy

Help me track down a blog (from maybe 10 years ago) where - if memory serves - the author posted feminist pieces and talked openly about her voluntary sterilisation in her 20s. I vaguely recall that the poster's handle was "Green"-something along the lines of GreenFairy (but not 100% sure on that either).
posted by kreestar at 1:07 AM PST - 3 comments

May 27

It keeps coming back, now to end this tile menace.

What is this weird stuff that appears to be growing in grouted areas of my outdoor patio tile? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by cgk at 10:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Lowcarb diets for diabetes control?

High-fat low-carb diets for diabetics? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 10:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Orange tabbies probably evolved past desert survival.

Moving across the country with two cats and a car full of stuff. It's a three-day drive, including hot weather and desert. What are your best practices and pro tips? Buddy cat pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 9:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Stethoscopes: I want one.

I want a stethoscope, but I know nothing about them. Please teach me about the differences between stethoscopes and direct me toward some good ones. [more inside]
posted by bookish at 9:17 PM PST - 13 comments

It's hard to Google infographics

I'm looking for an infographic (?) about how lucky it is to have been born in the developed world. I remember a format similar to "If you are also literate, then you are already in the top x% of the world," with various characteristics substituted in for "literate." [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Expensive Coconut Flour Going to Waste!

I got suckered into buying coconut flour; now I'm moving in four weeks and want to use it up. What can I make with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel at 8:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find these Yello lyrics?

What are the lyrics to these three Yello songs?: "Le Secret Farida", "Santiago", "Crash Dance" [more inside]
posted by XtinaS at 8:32 PM PST - 2 comments

True friendship sometimes means letting go

Tell me about situations where you've reluctantly cut off contact with a close friend, family member, or confidant -- especially those in which the relationship was good to you but you felt that letting go was the best move for *their* sake. [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Narrow, tall or shallow washing machine to fit in a bathroom?

I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 7:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Do you ever wish you had been circumcised?

Adult uncircumcised males - do you ever wish you had been circumcised? [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce at 6:20 PM PST - 67 comments

What is the right home theater system for me, that will work with my pre-wired apartment?

[Home theater filter] Our newly-purchased apartment's living room is pre-wired for speakers but after doing plenty of research I'm totally overwhelmed with options, and not sure what exactly these wires are. Help me figure out what we should buy to take advantage of the hookups? Pictures and details inside. [more inside]
posted by unionsquarepark at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

But he smells like an Orange Julius

Is my cousin's alternative bug repellent safe? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't leave sperm-looking marks on my future stepdaughter, world1

My girlfriend's daughter woke up with a strange mark or bug bite of some type on her arm.... [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Making sheet music 'lower contrast', ideally purple tinted?

A friend of mine is dyslexic and enjoys performing as part of an orchestra, but she finds sheet music very hard to read as it's very high contrast. She would ideally like it to be purple tinted. Any ideas how to practically achieve this? [more inside]
posted by ElliotH at 4:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Monobrow-ow-ow-ow: eyebrow wax tears my skin

Eyebrow waxing (professional) usually tears off a layer of my skin, ow - alternatives? [more inside]
posted by SarahbytheSea at 4:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Just got dumped. What should I do tonight?

Got dumped last night. What should I do tonight in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by awesomedude at 3:11 PM PST - 39 comments

XML to text

Is there an XML-in, text-out utility? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What is wrong with us?

Help me understand what goes through a persons mind when they decide it is okay to lie or lie by omission. What is wrong with us? [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots at 3:08 PM PST - 31 comments

How did you handle new expectations for checking and responding to your work e-mail outside of normal business hours?

How did you handle new expectations for checking and responding to your work e-mail outside of normal business hours? [more inside]
posted by FishBike at 2:06 PM PST - 31 comments

can I glue my mom's Lalique bowl back together?

one of the feet broke off of my mom's Lalique bowl. it's a pretty clean break, it looks like I could just put it back on. can I? what would be the best way to do this? or am I better off taking it to a specialist to repair? thanks in advance.
posted by sabh at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

How to sell art to a first time buyer.

Selling art to first time buyer. [more inside]
posted by Staples at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Grassroots tactics for online communities?

So much of our online social lives are trapped within proprietary constructs. What happens when the developer of an online community starts ignoring its members with a monetary as well as emotional investments? How does one foster grass-roots community organizing within such restrictions? [more inside]
posted by ...possums at 12:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't make me go back to Livejournal.

Does this website exist? I would like to be able to blog about my life in my target language and have native speakers make corrections, ask questions, etc. and do the same for people learning ESL. Livemocha seems like it should allow this but I can't figure out a way to do it. Does a site like this exist or do I need to utilize existing sites?
posted by chaiminda at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Help Me Plan A Vacation In Pennsylvania

Looking at taking vacation in Southeastern Pennsylvania third week of June: Lancaster County (Amish), Gettysburg, Hershey, that area. We think we'll stay at a Four Points Sheraton in York using accumulated points, which puts us close enough to all of those things so we can hit any combination of stuff over the space of a week. Two adults, one 11-yr-old girl. Please share your first-hand impressions, suggestions, things to do or avoid. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by briank at 12:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Is there a porn category for that?

Hot male musicians/artists making lots of sexy eye contact with the camera while they do their thing. This is my porn, but I don't have luck finding much of it. Point me to more? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 11:58 AM PST - 39 comments

Natural purple self-sharpening eyeliner.

Seeking natural/mineral-ish smooth self-sharpening eyeliner pencil recommendations. [more inside]
posted by fructose at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Climate change in your favor?

Does climate change ever work in farmers favor? If one region becomes inhospitable for growing a crop due to climate change (like coffee in Peru), does it mean another part of the world may become perfect for growing that crop that was previously not? [more inside]
posted by secretbenjamin at 11:45 AM PST - 14 comments

part time jobs in Houston that pay $8.50 + / hr?

part time jobs in Houston that pay $8.50 + / hr? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Good nonfiction books/reads for early 20s male?

Good nonfiction books/reads for early 20s male?
posted by nathanm at 10:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Philip K. Dick adaptations: what gives?

Why do Philip K. Dick stories seem to get turned into movies at a high rate? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Primer on the workings of cognition-affecting chemicals

Neuropharmacologyfilter. Brief me on the practical basics (and the theoretical rudiments) of what it means to have a chemical in one's "system." [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How to remove logos from clothing?

I'm essentially rehashing this question: what's the best way to remove logos from clothing, including embroidered logos? Looking to see if anyone has fresh advice before I decide what to do. [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

What's in a name that which we call a rose?

Would an adopted child take on both parents surnames in the case of same-sex parents? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 8:50 AM PST - 31 comments

Tell me your stories about dating in your 30s?

Can you help me show a friend that plenty of people find love after 35? She is afraid that no one will want a relationship with a woman who is single at 35. [more inside]
posted by persephone's rant at 8:40 AM PST - 50 comments

You lied and now Twitter has found out!

I recently became enthralled with the unfolding Twitter saga of the larcenous wedding photographer. So now I'm wondering how many similar stories have happened without me realizing; not just the big stories like Anthony Weiner, the Li Gong incident and Cook Source, but more low-key incidents that I might not have heard about where people were lying, cheating, or were just plain wrong and were discovered through social media. The human flesh search engine and Internet vigilantism articles on Wikipedia have some famous examples, but does anyone know about more obscure stuff? Thanks!
posted by jihaan at 8:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Netflix filters

Is there a process for submitting feature requests/ideas to netflix? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Car brakes "slip" while idling?

My car's brake pedal slowly depresses almost all the way to the floor while my foot is resting on it at a stoplight. It never used to do this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 5:15 AM PST - 30 comments

Holy Results, Batman!

What are your favorite beauty products? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 4:53 AM PST - 61 comments

European marrying a US citizen - US visa process?

European marrying a US citizen - US visa process? [more inside]
posted by LivinginYes at 4:41 AM PST - 9 comments

What the waltz?

What waltz is in my head? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Privacy violations in an ER?

Recently I had to spend a few hours in a psychiatric emergency waiting room where none of the staff seemed to have any consideration for the privacy of the patients being triaged there. Are any of the things I experienced violations of HIPAA or the like, and if so, what, if anything, would you do about them? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Replacement wheel for luggage

I have a Mandarina Duck trolley case - carry-on luggage for flying - and one of the wheels has broken. I am trying to find a replacement to buy and fit myself, but have had no luck to date. Can anyone please advise or help? Many thanks, Kevin
posted by hruntlefoot at 1:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Showing work in a UX design portfolio without violating NDA's/intellectual property laws

I'm updating my UX design portfolio. I've signed a NDA with my current employer so I can't show work that isn't already live. However, I have a lot of great mockups & wireframes I made either for prospective clients (that we didn't sign) or clients whose sites we haven't made live yet. I designed some amazing mockups for a huge client, but their site won't be live until 2013, and I really want to show my work now. How do I show my work in a way that doesn't violate my NDA? [more inside]
posted by matrushka at 1:34 AM PST - 4 comments

May 26

I'm in the worst non-relationship ever and I don't get myself out.

I'm addicted. To a person. And much like addictions to other things, I know I need rehab, but I'm not ready to go there. What can I do to manage until I bottom out/finally wake up/he drops me? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient at 11:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Best way to fix hole on painted wall?

Oh crapsticks! What is the best way to fix a slightly gouged hole on a painted wall? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 9:25 PM PST - 8 comments

turning a page of links into a playlist

Is there an addon for Firefox or Chrome that will scrape a page (like this one) for Youtube links and then put them all in a playlist?
posted by nadawi at 9:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me help my husband put on weight or deal with the way his body is.

My husband has always been skinny. I love his body and everything about him but once in a while, he starts talking about how he wants to work out and gain weight. [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 9:06 PM PST - 36 comments

Honey, get a shoe...again.

Solve for X, where X = number of spider appearances necessary to justify calling an exterminator. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper at 8:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find these frames?

I am trying to find these glasses: Steve Zahn in Treme. Looked on zenni and a few other sites, but had no success. Thanks for any leads or advice!
posted by thineownself at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find a psychology winter research scholarship overseas :)

I'm an Australian psychology student looking for an undergraduate research program/scholarship overseas (anywhere, but especially UK or USA), any time from October 2012-early 2013. The problem is, my summer is your winter, and I can't seem to find any "winter research programs" via Google. [more inside]
posted by KLF at 8:10 PM PST - 4 comments

What did you do with your molecular biology PhD?

I'm doing a PhD in molecular biology, and I want to get a broader feel for my options when I graduate. [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 8:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Indie pop female vocalists

I'm really liking female indie-pop vocalists right now (Kimba, Florence Welch, Adele, Marina + the Diamonds). Who else should I listen to? Sorry, I hate Kate Bush.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:46 PM PST - 69 comments

Multilingual Talents

Multilingual Performers: Name actors/actresses that have acted in at least three different languages, the roles they were in, and (if known to you) if the language-use was fake, broken, fluent, or flawless (without identifiable accent). The most obvious example is Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds: German/flawless; French/(dunno if fluent or flawless); English/flawless; Italian/fake. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun at 6:48 PM PST - 56 comments

Hey, I just met you and this is crazy. No, this is literally crazy.

I'm hopelessly, desperately clueless at dating. Extensive tl;dr content contained herein. Be gentle, but above all: HALP. Now, watch as I over think my plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Some questions about lighting, indoors and out

Dim bulb regarding electricity seeks illumination. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for life-organizing software

I am looking for software to help organize my life : notes, calendar, to-do lists, links, passwords [more inside]
posted by digdan at 5:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Therapist answers texts during our session

How much does this therapist suck? Or am I being overly sensitive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 32 comments

What's the best situation for my sensitive kid?

My 8 year old daughter is a highly sensitive introvert who needs social skills. What kind of atmosphere or school or activities would benefit her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 44 comments

What is this Chief of Staff?

Joni Mitchell's Harry's House/Centerpiece. A lyrics question. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Find a flash game!

Help find this shooting flash game! [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding a full-time gig in Japan while over there, work visa expiring soon?

Looking for work in Japan - Have a work visa that will expire in early August. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 4:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Filling time between speakers while hosting an event

I'm the host/presenter at an event where there will be multiple contestants presenting speeches onstage to a high school-aged audience. What types of things could I say between speakers to fill the time as they set up and judges deliberate? Something interesting/funny to keep the audience interested... [more inside]
posted by nzydarkxj at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Games for 75th birthday party

Help me with games/activities for my mom's 75th birthday party. My sisters and I are planning a birthday party for my mom. There will 60 people there, ages 5 - 80. She doesnt want people just standing around bored and would like some games. We are already spending more than we budgeted on food and drink. Please suggest some no cost or extremely low cost entertainment ideas. Two of us will be flying into town a couple days before the party and the other sister who lives in town is also planning a high school graduation party for her son and just added a year old foster child to her brood of six kids so most planning will need to be done remotely. We're having a Fiesta theme so bonus points for taking that into account.
posted by ms_rasclark at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

I've wondered where home is. It's when I was in Indianapolis when I was nine years old. Had a dog, a cat, a brother, a sister.

Inspired by this thread, from which I got Dan Mangan's Basket, and Chocolate Genius' My Mom. I'm composing a playlist as a mediation on my parents, and I wondered what other songs others thought of when they thought of Mom and Dad.
posted by oflinkey at 3:16 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I direct my customers' phone calls to the correct location?

My store has three locations. People often call the wrong location. Is there a low-cost way to transfer or forward a call to the correct location without forcing the customer to hang up and dial a new number? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Floatings and boatings!

Where in the US (ideally east coast) can I go sailing on a full-rigged ship? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Midsomer Murders DVD collection

Is there any place to buy the Midsomer Murders DVD collection from the start of the series up until the present time? [more inside]
posted by boby at 2:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Van Nuys New Wave Manifesto?

What's the Van Nuys New Wave Manifesto referred to in this "Government Center" Jonathan Richman video at 2:41? The Google does nothing.
posted by ar0n at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments


Somewhat inspired by this thread, I want to order a bunch of funny stamps for friends. Questions. What is a good company to use, what is a "standard size" stamp, anything I should know about fonts, etc.? Also, should I buy an ink pad for everyone, as well, or is just getting the stamps enough?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to start with Supernatural?

Should I carry on with season 1 of Supernatural or skip to a later season? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Down-Tempo Acoustica

Seeking recommendations for the s-l-o-w-e-s-t tunes you can think of from the “roots” repertoire of South, Central and North America. [more inside]
posted by Jode at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me ship a years' worth of personal effects from Netherlands to Southern California

I'm looking for the cheapest options for shipping <20kg of personal effects from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Southern California. [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors at 12:52 PM PST - 10 comments

What conveys the importance of marriage and/or love in approximately 1-3 minutes?

Wedding readings filter... I realize this has been asked before, but new members are constantly being added and new material is constantly being generated, plus there's always a bit of individual nuance. In short, I'm looking for an entirely non-religious wedding reading for a humanist ceremony. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by slide at 12:34 PM PST - 14 comments

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Please recommend an air conditioner!

I need a recommendation for a window air conditioner unit. Preference: as quiet and energy efficient as possible. [more inside]
posted by aparrish at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

There is ice on my AC unit.

So my air conditioning is not blowing cold air. I go to the basement to check the unit, and there is about a half-inch of ice on the main pipe leading out of the unit. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Leaving the city?

For the past few months I've been strongly considering moving from NYC back to the flyover state I came from, that my parents and extended family live in. I made the initial move to NYC in a matter of weeks (from decision to actual Greyhound bus ticket to temp job). Now I'm older and more cautious. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 9:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Abusive consultant pushes my buttons

How do I remove or minimize the menace of an abusive person who makes me see red? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella at 9:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Mastering ramen.

Find me a month-long cooking class in Japan. [more inside]
posted by graphtheory at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should we have our family reunion?

Where should we hold our family reunion? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I take this from my browser into real life?

I'm having a ridiculously fun time playing with Audiotool and am learning a ton about desktop production. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Can this deny me unemployment insurances? Is the company being sneaky?

May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target" this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Hot, Summer Beef....Stew?

Recipes using stewing beef for hot summer days? [more inside]
posted by LN at 8:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Broken Temporary Crown?

Temporary crown on back molar fell off in two pieces, won't stay on with dental cement. I have the appointment to get the permanent put on on Tuesday--what do I do between now and then to minimize the chance of having to go through the whole process again? [more inside]
posted by besonders at 6:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding a tall blonde hunk in Dublin

Handcuffing the groom to a midget on his stag do is an immoral and degrading tradition. So, we want to find a gorgeous, very tall, blonde Atlas of a hunk to handcuff him to, in Dublin. Where should I look? Modelling agencies? Dating website?
posted by omnigut at 5:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Aquatic subterranean polar bear

I read an odd (and very stupid) novel around 1997. Please verify that this book exists and wasn't a product of my young addled mind. [more inside]
posted by arha at 3:56 AM PST - 7 comments

hot coffee

does this mug have uranium glaze?
posted by compound eye at 3:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Your work is so basic the NY Times published it

How are popular opinions and well-known academics perceived in academia (social sciences)? Examples inside [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 3:09 AM PST - 10 comments

How long until you are fluent in a language?

If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 1:31 AM PST - 17 comments

May 25

Credit Union Law...

[US banking law filter] So my credit union 'forces' me to deposit checks, payable to me, into a savings deposit account (share deposit account), rather than my checking account. I'm not sure they should be doing this. Lots of gory details inside.... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 11:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Organizing travel photos

Is there a good (free) service for uploading photographs from a travel trip? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by eliluong at 10:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Career Options-Caseworker

I'm realizing more and more how much I want to become a case worker. The only problem is that I pursued a degree in communications and not social work. What are the next steps in terms of reaching my goal and obtaining a job as a case worker? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 10:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How to be an awesome tour guide?

How can I be an awesome adventure tour leader for international tourists visiting the US? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 10:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Estranged friends sending dead cat memorial cards...

A few months ago, I severed ties with a few people I know through the internet. Today, I received a card from the SPCA saying that these people have made a donation memorializing my recently deceased cat. What is the appropriate way to respond? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops at 9:59 PM PST - 34 comments

British woman in love with cross dresser

I saw a British movie in the late nineties that had a woman falling in love with a cross-dressing man. Any ideas?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:32 PM PST - 4 comments

My SO's cousin wants to be Facebook friends with me. How can I kindly say no?

One of my awesome boyfriend's distant relatives noticed that I'd liked a kind message she left for my SO on his wall, checked my page, saw that he and I were together and sent me a private message asking if we could be Facebook friends. As a general rule, I do not friend people I've not met in person. I've never been great at sugarcoating things; how can I politely and respectfully decline?
posted by oogenesis at 9:23 PM PST - 30 comments

What would Christina Hendricks do?

What hourglass-friendly styles am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 8:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What is an old series of children's books about dinosaurs?

When I was very young, I read a series of books about dinosaurs, where each book was a fiction story (with educational information) about each species of dinosaur.. what books were those? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Name That Novel!

I read a mystery around 1980 that I'd like to find again. Our hero, a professor on sabbatical, goes to Spain and meets an old college friend for dinner. The friend asks a favor along the lines of, "If anything happens to me, please bring this item to the American Embassy," or something like that. He hands something to our hero, and, of course, the friend is murdered before the meal is finished. Our hero is on the run. So, Mefites, any ideas?
posted by islandeady at 7:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Is this famous investment scam real or fiction?

A crooked stockbroker sends newsletters to 1000 people; half the newsletters say stock A will go up, half say it goes down. Stock A goes down. He sends 500 new newsletters to the people who got a correct prediction about stock A; half of the new newsletters say stock B is going up, half say it's going down. He then sends 250 more newsletters... etc. Eventually there's a handful of people who've gotten eight straight correct picks from him, and those suckers invest their life savings. Has this scam ever been carried out in real life, or is it just a story? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Network audio player?

One of my Soundbridges died. What's a decent network audio player to replace it with? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 6:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Identity theft attempt?

The woman sitting next to me at the DMV wrote down (most of) my social security number. Now what? [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I replace my Droid Charge

I got lemoned once, Should I upgrade my phone again? Is the grass as green as it looks? Android phone questions ensue. [more inside]
posted by token-ring at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I better circulate air in my apartment?

How can I better circulate air in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 5:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie at 5:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Need help finding a movie title.

Need help finding the title to this movie. Here is what I do know.. It is French, it is in color possibly from the 60s-80s with a better guess it being made in the 70s and I believe it was a comedy. This man girlfriend is unhappy cause they are unable to have a child. They takes kids at a summer camp then the women falls in love with a boy at the camp. A intimate relations ensue between the women and the boy. The family finds out and send boy away to boarding where he is willing abducted to couple. Please Help with identify this title.
posted by Rolandkorn at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

My MKV stops conversion halfway through

I'm trying to convert an MKV file to mp4 using Handbrake, but for some reason it tells me it's finished converting 40 minutes through. The completed 40 minutes are excellent quality, but I'm at a complete loss as to why it's stopping so early. The file isn't DRMed to the best of my knowledge. What might be going wrong? How can I get Handbrake to finish converting my video? And if Handbrake can't, what other app for Mac handles MKV conversion without horrible quality loss (like VisualHub or QuickTime do)?
posted by Rory Marinich at 4:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Apple's eBook Agency Agreement in Plain English

Trouble understanding Apple's eBook Agency Agreement for the iBookstore [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 4:16 PM PST - 0 comments

Help with noisy neighbor's loud music.

Noisy Neighbors: Am I just a cranky old lady or are my neighbors inconsiderate assholes? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 3:59 PM PST - 36 comments

Help make summer more delicious.

Can you make corn and bean salad without tomatoes? Even more difficult, without any citrus (i.e. lime juice) at all? What substitutions would be possible? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple at 3:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Children's albums with a theme.

Help me find children's music albums that tells a story or has a theme. [more inside]
posted by surfgator at 3:52 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I know whether I should take FMLA or short-term disability?

I broke my tailbone, and have questions about FMLA, short-term disability, choosing the right doctor to help me file for either, and how they affect my chances at future employment. I have Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through my employer. You are not my lawyer or doctor, and any response to the questions and statements posed herein will constitute neither legal nor medical advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I do not worry so much about getting back into online dating?

Advice needed to transition back into casual and not-so casual online dating after a long time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:46 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the best way to migrate from local to IMAP in Thunderbird?

I need to migrate about 5gb+ of email from the local folders in Thunderbird to IMAP in Thunderbird. There are a lot of folders and a lot of subfolders, and migrating them "manually" has really been a pain in the ass. I've got about a third of the folders over, but I'd love to hear a better solution that will actually keep the folder structure in place correctly, not randomly. Perhaps there's an add-on for this? Cheers.
posted by gman at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Baseball scavenger hunt

Baseball puzzlers: I'm tasked with creating some sort of trivia/scavenger hunt to get people to walk through a baseball themed art exhibit. I'm looking for interesting alternatives to a typical scavenger hunt, the more baseball themed the better. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Wear your retainer

Freelancer filter: I'm a graphic designer / creative consultant. I've been at it for 15 years. I like the freedom, but have never been particularly good at invoicing etc. I have a client wanting to work out some sort of "retainer" situation but, frankly, I'm not even sure what this could be like, how it would be structured, and why it would be better for me than my current status. I'm all for regular paychecks... So there's one. Anyone have experience with similar arrangements?
posted by ecorrocio at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help with possessed AC unit!

I have a Haier window AC unit. It is possessed. Looking for some technical help. [more inside]
posted by derivation at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

My, what a lovely bike tire you're wearing.

Ways to repurpose bike parts? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 1:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Wearable landscapes and scenery

I really like clothing (specifically shirts, dresses, skirts and tights/leggings) with all-over scenery or landscape prints. Where can I find more of it, and what search terms would help me zero in on it? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 1:23 PM PST - 20 comments

I need help with used car shopping

Suggestions or help on how to buy a used car when you know nothing about cars [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 1:18 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to be alone! (but I want to want to NOT be alone...)

My job (which I love) is sapping my small reserve of social energy and killing my (already near non-existent) social life. I don't want to be a hermit! How can I get more interested in doing things with people after work instead of always cocooning? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 1:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Why aren't I getting mobile wikipedia?

Why are Google searches now taking me to the non-mobile Wikipedia page on my iPhone, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Help, I'm Stuck Between a Goddess and a Leprechaun...

Obscure Celtic folklore filter: I'm doing a small undergraduate folklore project (around 7 pages) with themes of the Otherworld and fairy lore, centering on the ballads of Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer and the tale of Oisín and Niamh so far. Looking for ideas for one or two other primary source, reliable (and translated) selections within Celtic folklore, which ideally are focused on the fairy myths and not just characters from Tuatha Dé Danann. [more inside]
posted by reenka at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

A content filter that warns and reports instead of blocking?

The Windows Live Family Safety content filter has a neat optional feature: instead of completely blocking a web page that might be inappropriate, it can display a warning that the user can then click through to visit the site if they really need to, and then a notification is sent to the parent or admin that they clicked through the warning to get to the site. Is there a similar system available for Mac OS? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 12:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Google maps API explanation

Can someone explain google maps API to me? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Please give me a crate idea!

What type of crate should we use for my sister's very large dog? [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 12:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Nineteenth-Century Periodicals?

I am interested in exploring the circulation and distribution information for a variety of nineteenth-century periodicals. I would like to know how many people subscribed to various literary magazines and newspapers, where these publications were sent, who printed the texts, etc... Any ideas?
posted by rapidadverbssuck at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Who ruined their family's christmas?

Morbid question about Louis CK's statistical analysis of the crowd at last year's Beacon Theater show. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 12:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Hey, That's me on that CD - Pay me!

What are my rights when someone uses a performance in which I was a significant participant on a commercial CD? I don't recall signing anything that assigned my rights as a performer, nor was I asked permission for its use nor even notified of its release. I have yet to ascertain whether I'm credited on the CD at all. I know YANAL, but surely this sort of thing has come up for someone before. How did you handle it?
posted by DandyRandy at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Which is the cheapest postage meter?

I want a cheaper postage meter. I am tired of paying $30+ bucks a month to Pitney Bowes to rent their postage meter. What is the best/cheapest other postage solution? [more inside]
posted by bq at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for some cooperative video games my husband and I can play together.

Looking for some cooperative video games my husband and I can play together. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner.

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:27 AM PST - 35 comments

Wordpress network, or sub-categories?

Wordpress gurus, please help me think through this site architecture question: multisite network, or sub-categories? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find awesome courses on iTunes U.

My husband and I have gotten absolutely addicted to Yale history prof David Blight's course on the American civil war on iTunes U. Help us find more courses like this, preferably in the humanities. What are your favorites?
posted by rubyshoes at 11:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Some practical questions about quitting smoking.

Need some advice and strategies for quitting smoking, with a couple of other specific practical questions (including how to manage it as a couple). [more inside]
posted by mireille at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Must-sees and advice for short Ireland-Isle of Man - England visit?

Help my boyfriend have an awesome solo Ireland - Isle of Man - England trip! He's leaving today, and while the major transportation and lodging is figured out, he's looking for suggestions of things for the day-to-day, as well as driving route suggestions. [more inside]
posted by foodmapper at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Trending topics

Best way to display a "twitter wall" at a conference? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me determine how high to mount a bunch of touch screen computers!

Help me determine how high to mount a bunch of touch screen computers! [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 10:07 AM PST - 13 comments

How much will a 300 MBPS wireless router improve our home 1.5M DSL?

How much will a 300 MBPS wireless router improve our home 1.5M DSL? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Transfer questions

Transfer, the 2010 German movie: questions! (big spoilers inside; avoid if you haven't seen this awesome movie) [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 9:22 AM PST - 0 comments

Neat stuff to see in the Twin Cities

So, my spouse & I are taking a spur of the moment trip to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the 3-day weekend. What are some quirky, interesting, delicious, unusual, or must-see things to check out in the Twin Cities and on the route between WI and MN? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 9:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Is t-mobile coverage adequate in the northeast

What is t-mobile coverage like in the northeast? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 9:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me watch Eurovision in public in Edinburgh

ScotlandFilter: Help me watch Eurovision tomorrow. I'm in Edinburgh for the weekend for a friend's wedding. I have Saturday night free, and I'd love to be able to find a pub where I can watch Eurovision in all its bizarre glory. I know almost nothing about the town, though--can anyone suggest a place to me?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 9:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Join us next month for more Adventures

Has there ever been a Monthly television program? Why not if not? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:55 AM PST - 20 comments

hi dad! oh yeah, you're a dad btw.

meeting dad... who doesn't know he's a dad. [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 8:33 AM PST - 34 comments

DIY Filter: The nuts on my kitchen faucet won't budge. Help me figure out what to do next. Details inside.

DIY Filter: The nuts on my kitchen faucet won't budge. Help me figure out what to do next. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Favorite Places as a London Local?

How can I go off the beaten path in London as a tourist? What are your favorite local spots? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 8:19 AM PST - 26 comments

Awesome Birthday Celebration in DC!

What is something unique and awesome we can do for my friend's 30th birthday party? DC specific suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by cessair at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

How to become more open minded

How to have more ideas, find the opportunities in times of crisis, and be more creative overall? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Remove gel ant poison from wood...?

How to clean-up spilled gel ant poison from a wood drawer? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

All this computer hacking is making me thirsty, I think I'll "like" a Tab.

Is it really possible to be a freelance Facebook "like"-er? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 7:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Can we build it? Yes We Can! And then eat it.

The best veggie burger I've ever had was The Nut Burger at Beaver's Ice House in Houston, Texas. And, while it tasted great, fell apart easily and didn't stand up to the usual burger mode of eating. I thought, hey, I can do this at home. Help me create the best veggie burger recipe ever (constraints and specs inside) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 6:58 AM PST - 18 comments

What to charge as a communications consultant

What to charge as a communications consultant working with scientists?... [more inside]
posted by Verdant at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

how do you break the cycle of poor relationship decision-making?

How have you stopped the cycle of poor decision-making in relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Superhero comic fans, please help my son become one of you.

Recommendations of Superhero comics for a 13 year old boy, please? [more inside]
posted by qldaddy at 6:33 AM PST - 20 comments

My salad days have only begun!

Your very best salad dressings and salad recipes needed! [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:17 AM PST - 39 comments

Make interesting conversations and making them flow

i need help to make interesting conversations and making them flow [more inside]
posted by soul24rage at 6:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Half of me breathes in you

I'm looking for songs about siblings that don't have words like sister, brother, or family in the title. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 5:31 AM PST - 46 comments

Five fingers in fourteen days?

How long do you need to "convert" to Vibram Five Finger or other "barefoot" shoes for distance running? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 4:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Which 1960s Album Cover featured the Coit Tower in San Francisco?

Which 1960s Album Cover featured the Coit Tower in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 3:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Podcast or audiobook app for iphone

Is there a good iPhone app for listening to my own downloaded podcasts/audiobooks that I have as mp3's? I would love an app that I can upload the mp3's to over wifi, and that has tempo control so that I can speed it up a bit. The app should remember the position I am in on each file I listen to, not just the last file.
posted by davar at 2:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Language learning website using bilingual stories?

I came across a very neat online language learning tool a few weeks ago, but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it again. Basically it worked like this: you choose a preset text or story (I think they were mostly fables and fairy tales), your native language, and the foreign language you're trying to practice. Then it shows the text of the story with a few of your native words replaced with their foreign equivalents, letting you learn them in context. [more inside]
posted by pont at 1:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my iPhone Misplaced or stolen

I have lost my iPhone. When I look at my AT&T account there has been no activity since the last call I made. When I call my phone I get my voicemail message. My question. If someone found the phone and removed my sim card would my voicemail still work?
posted by pianomover at 1:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Worried about going back to work after being signed off

Hi everyone. I've got a problem and wondered if anyone could give me some help and advice. I've been signed off work for a week because my old recurring problem of depression has reared its crappy head. It was very sudden. I went to the doctor on Tuesday basically in tears, exhausted and pretty much unable to function. You know; the usual. [more inside]
posted by Tiltedwindow at 1:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Resale value for laptops

Where can I view and compare the expected resale value of different laptops? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 12:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheese in every fondue pot! Two motorcycles in every garage for a mouse named Ralph!

What to call a presidential mouse and her twin sister? My library's Summer Reading Program mascots need names! [more inside]
posted by beekept at 12:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Seattle bar crawl

You work in Seattle. Your boss cuts you loose at noon on Friday. You decide it is a nice afternoon for a bar crawl. What places do you hit?
posted by Ardiril at 12:11 AM PST - 5 comments

May 24

Why won't my MacBook warn me when my battery is about to run out anymore?

My Macbook used to give me a low-battery warning before it went to sleep: now, before the battery indicator even turns red, it just powers down without warning, and I'll lose anything I had open and was working on. What happened?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find more movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene.

I haven't seen anything like Martha Marcy May Marlene in a long time, if ever. Please recommend more movies I'll like as much. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 10:40 PM PST - 32 comments

French food blog for the bewildered.

I'm trying to find a French food website that I used to use a lot but seem to have lost. What details I remember are inside... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 10:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Save my vagina from the horrible maw of my bike seat.

Love my women's-specific road bike, hate the numbness and pain its saddle causes in my women's-specific parts. Help me fix this? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 10:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Where's the best place to buy home electronics in the Twin Cities?

Where should I go in the Twin Cities to buy an audio-video setup to fit a somewhat specific situation? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 10:17 PM PST - 3 comments

How best to interview a musician about his career?

Looking for tips on interviewing a celebrity musician about his career to write liner notes for upcoming re-releases of his catalog. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Exit Music (For a Film)

Just broke up and want some movies to distract and calm down. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 8:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Department store novel?

Another "what's the novel?" question. A fictional department store at the center of a city, and an employee's last day? [more inside]
posted by Ridge at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Arizona: What's the best place to catch a view of the city at night?

In Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona. What's the best place to catch a view of the city at night? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 7:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Simple Hacks to Showcase My Copywriting & Usability Webwork

Online Portfolio/Samples filter: Hallelujah! I'm finally making some progress with skills acquisition. I've begun the content strategy/copywriting and usability redesign of a medium-sized brand-name non-profit Website. Now how do I extract samples from it, to show off my hard-won know-how? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 7:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Ideas for daughter's 16th birthday camping trip?

My daughter is planning her 16th birthday party, which will happen in late July. She wants an overnight trip, preferably near the Oregon coast or someplace else with a beach. Since many beach houses expressly forbid teen parties, we're probably looking at camping or... I don't know, a remote cabin maybe. There will be three or four parents in attendance. I've already said that we'll have to have a budget (though I don't know what to plan for realistically), that only parents will drive there, and that the guests have to be people I know. 1) What are other suggestions for a party that is memorable, yet avoids things that are dangerous, illegal, or grounds for a lawsuit? And 2), Oregon folks, can you recommend a place that will be okay with late night music/dancing and about 15 teenagers?
posted by meowlix at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Peaches windfall forreal

What to do with all of these not quite ripe small peaches? A branch fell. I now have 25% of the fruit from it, but they're pretty small and not quite sweet enough to eat straight. They seem too lovely to waste. Will they ripen much? Recipes for using them as is?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments

I think my friend should probably break up with her boyfriend. Can I/Should I/How do I tell her?

I'm worried about my friend - I am afraid she going to marry a guy she doesn't like or respect. Any recommendations for things I can say or do to encourage her to take a critical look at the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 33 comments

I need some help to spend money on art!

How do I buy art? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 6:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Making the impossible possible

Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous at 6:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Identify science fiction novel

A science fiction book set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been snowed in. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I support my adult son whose father has turned on him?

How can I support my adult son whose father has turned on him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help us brainstorm for a dog friendly weekend getaway!

Please help us brainstorm for a dog friendly weekend getaway! [more inside]
posted by wcmf at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to listen to songs that make me cry.

Tell me about songs with lyrics that make you cry. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 5:08 PM PST - 149 comments

Polly want a quokka?

I am trying to find a source for a stuffed quokka. Google-fu has failed. Please help! [more inside]
posted by freezer cake at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me grow a beard

I want a beard. If I take testosterone, will it turn my straggly tufts into a lush manly chin carpet? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is the list of cheaters...

Olympic Drug-Testing Statistics Filter - How can I track "total number of drug tests failed" as a statistic during the 2012 Olympic Games in London? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 4:34 PM PST - 0 comments

I am not the boss of you

I'm tired of being the bad guy at home. How to better communicate this? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 4:24 PM PST - 32 comments

I want this to be the best.

My first conference — help me make it the awesomest ever! My boss & I are going to Eyeo, in Minneapolis, a week from Monday. I've never been to a professional conference before. I am super excited about the subject matter (data visualization, creative code, etc.) I am a somewhat experienced designer and a pretty new coder (though I do have a relevant project up on the web). I know nothing though about how do get the most out of this. Please advise!
posted by dame at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Dreams Never End

I really like the music on the first New Order album (Movement, including the tracks on the 2008 collector's edition), but I don't always care for the singing. Are there instrumental bands that I might like that would be similar to early New Order?
posted by perhapses at 4:08 PM PST - 12 comments

If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to report it...

How do studies measure unreported phenomena? For example, this says 95% of campus rapes are unreported. This says that nearly half of all HIV-positive men don't know they are infected. So.. how do the researchers know?
posted by desjardins at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Do we lawyer up?

Do we need a lawyer to deal with a small probate estate case in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

It turns out Atlanta's nowhere near Naples

I'm going to be spending three weeks in Atlanta this summer. How can I see a friend who lives in Naples, FL without spending $300? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Help the two most important magic screens in my life become friends.

What is the easiest way to remotely access bookmarks and word docs on my desktop from my laptop? [more inside]
posted by shipsthatburn at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

'89 7.3L IDI diesel won't crank

1989 7.3L IDI diesel won't turn over in my E350 [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with garage refrigerator

Economical garage/basement refrigerator options? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

What is business casual for plus size and where do I find it?

What are your best sources for women's business casual clothing? [more inside]
posted by percor at 2:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Make this Word document smaller please

[Probably a dumb question filter] How can I shrink this Word file? It has no graphics. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 2:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Classes for programming Access forms - Toronto

Where in Toronto can I take a class on programming Access 2003 forms? [more inside]
posted by jb at 2:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Southern Maine in 2 Days

Boston to Maine for two days. How can I do the following? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 2:18 PM PST - 9 comments

furring strips

Where can I purchase furring strips in manhattan, nyc (preferably near union square)?
posted by beukeboom at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology!

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology! [more inside]
posted by gumtree at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop WinAmp from displaying the song title in the Visualizations window?

How do I stop WinAmp from displaying the song title in the Visualizations window?
posted by Trurl at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Please post the nth example.

Terms from math that have become idiomatic in English? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 1:37 PM PST - 51 comments

What kids' craft can I do using a bunch of foil circles from San Pellegrino cans?

What kids' craft can I do using a bunch of foil circles from San Pellegrino cans? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Will blog for free

Approaching a local small business with an offer to write their blog for free: is this a good idea? If so, how to do it? I'm looking to gain some freelance writing experience and thought this might be the way. [more inside]
posted by indognito at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Planning mobile versions of websites

Been asked to come up with a sketch of a proposed mobile version of a Wordpress website. Any good resources for this? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Nightlife in Quito

Nightlife recommendations in Quito outside of Mariscal Sucre. Travelling with my sister and our significant others in Ecuador and Galapagos for a few weeks in June. We will have a few nights here and there in Quito. I am looking for Nightlife and restaurant recommendations outside of Mariscal Sucre where we are staying. Music, galleries, etc. Thanks Me-fites.
posted by Roger_Mexico at 1:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me learn about my IT needs

I am looking for some resources for a non-IT person who needs to solve the IT needs of a small but growing consultancy business. Heavy snowfall inside. [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

I love me some Top Gear UK. Probably at an unhealthy level. Help me continue.

How do I "reset" a previously-watched TV series on Netflix Instant? [more inside]
posted by OHSnap at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I have foolish dreams of pedaling to used bookstores and coffeeshops on June afternoons

Is there anywhere in the SF Bay Area where I could rent a bicycle long term? [more inside]
posted by erstwhile ungulate at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

txt 4 free plz

My wife and I text each other a lot throughout the day - enough that I go over my one zillion text per month limit. An upgrade to the next level (unlimited) would be $30/month. What's the best, most seamless way to get free (or very low cost) texting? I only need it to work between the two of us; I can use regular texting for others. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 12:55 PM PST - 39 comments

How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all?

I am at wits end with myself. How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all (despite many failures)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I make a water filter for my crock?

How to make my own water filter? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do on a honeymoon in Vancouver?

Vancouver honeymoon: what to do? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Reading multiple blogs as a single stream and sharing the results via RSS

I am reading about 30 student blogs this semester and want to combine them into a single stream that can be read with an RSS client. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Disney Princesses Gone Wild

[posting for a friend, but extremely interested as well!] I need games/recipes/ideas for a bachelorette party I am throwing. The theme: Disney Princesses Gone Wild [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 12:17 PM PST - 15 comments

BCBS PPO therapists in Buffalo/WNY

I am looking for a general purpose LCSW/psychologist/therapist in the Buffalo, NY area (northtowns preferred). I'm looking for someone young, and they need to accept a BCBS PPO insurance plan. Seeking recommendations, or suggestions on how to search better. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Shes finally leaving! Now what?

This question is part law, part human relations. I need to know how to handle a situation when only one person wants to break out of a lease. Are they allowed to break out without the consent of the other lessees? And if not, should we let her? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Im here to volunteer, not get in your pants.

Stuck in Nepal and need a volunteering job that doesn't suck! [more inside]
posted by phytage at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Scented Bearded Irises!

Which purple or purple-ish bearded irises smell good? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Bookmark Migration

Looking for a way to migrate my bookmarks/Favorites list from one PC to other [more inside]
posted by angeldog at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Are we wrongly telling our participants that they don't get taxed?

I'm trying to find information about taxes and volunteer paid experimental (non-clinical) studies. I work in a lab, and one of our participants told us a week ago that if a study pays (the volunteer) over a certain amount, it gets taxed. Can anyone tell me if this is true and give me an official link? We're in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I can provide any other relevant information you need. Thanks!
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Git for delicious cookies.

I work for a business that uses recipes for baked goods. We are having a problem managing recipes. We need a system to control who has access to recipes, tracks and logs changes and archives recipes which have been superseded. [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Which dvd editions of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter are the best quality?

I am looking for the best DVD (not Blu-Ray) prints of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. I know Lambs had a Criterion issue and regular issue, a 2-disc issue and perhaps more. Manhunter had a 2-disc issue (orange cover), a single issue, and perhaps others. I currently have the Hannibal Lector trilogy, which is all three movies in slimline cases with no extras. I am not sure if they are the same prints that come in single issue cases or if my prints are the high quality. When I say "best", I am referring to best picture quality first and then extras. I am not sure if newer issues lime my slimline set necessarily have the best picture or not simply because they are newer. My slimline set is just the bare bones movies, btw. So best print and if any extras that would be great. I know Criterion has commentary on Silence.
posted by snap_dragon at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Are Windows Any Cheaper At Home Depot?

Have you had windows installed by a big-box home improvement store (Lowe's or Home Depot)? What was the experience like? Is there a good reason to go elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I block everything on facebook EXCEPT events and private messages?

What's the simplest way to get rid of everything on Facebook except for events and private messages? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments

How do we keep a house from falling apart?

Can you recommend a good book (or website or other resource) about home maintenance? We are buying our first home this summer and need guidance on all sorts of things. [more inside]
posted by sutel at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Clones of drives, living together, mass hysteria

Cloning a boot drive and then deleting the original drive? But if I boot with both plugged in, it boots from the original drive. Possibly need to make a boot disk in Windows 7? Is this different now that we don't have floppies? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I use an AmEx Gift Card for an American Express Presale at

Can I use an AmEx Gift Card for an American Express Presale at Specifically, this event? I don't have a regular AmEx credit card.
posted by AONeal79 at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Your experiences with the Flashpoint battery grip?

Fellow photographer Mefites, what are/were your experiences with this Flashpoint battery grip on a Canon EOS T1i? [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Fitbit API

I just bought a Fitbit and I want to play around with their API. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Take me far away from home! Well actually, not too far.

Where should my boyfriend and I go that's 2-3 days away from Boston, is a good ways away from civilization, and has stuff we can see/do on the drive there and back? [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX at 9:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Assess this: how can I better judge whether or not to go?

I need to find a source for travel and security advisories for locations around the world. Our organisation is too small to employ a security advisor and I don't always trust the locals. What publicly available resources do you use to prepare for travel? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Drowning in books!

Detroit Filter: Where can I sell my old novels, textbooks, children's books, and test prep books for cash? [more inside]
posted by lotusmish at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick a uniform!

I'm thinking about simplifying my wardrobe by adopting some kind of "uniform" for the work days. Have you done something similar? Please help me choose a sartorial theme for my work uniform. [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 9:04 AM PST - 30 comments

Should I pay these Verizon collectors?

I got a collections letter for a Verizon bill that is nearly 10 years old. To pay or not to pay? [more inside]
posted by even butter at 8:43 AM PST - 15 comments

How do old, poor people go to college on the cheap?

Are there any programs that send Welfare moms to college? What sort of loans should I look for if I want to do it on my own? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 8:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Are there any good molded salad recipes?

I want to make a molded salad for a Eurovision event, as it seems like the perfect '70s thing to do. However, every one I find in cookery books makes me feel unwell and looks rather complicated for such an unappealing food. Suggestions? (Snowflake food issues inside!) [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Making my (WordPress) blog more efficient

Making my (WordPress) blog more efficient [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Changed my major and now I'm struggling, can I do this?

I'm a junior in college and I want to change my major which means I'd have to stay an extra 1 - 2 years. I just finished a bad semester and now I feel more discouraged than ever. Please help. [more inside]
posted by nakedandalone at 8:28 AM PST - 28 comments

My ladyparts are the wrong shape and size, help please.

NSFW question about my (female) sexual anatomy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Mortgage with no credit

According to the loan officers and mortgage brokers I've talked to, I have no credit score at all. (When I try to use the free credit report sites, I get similar results.) Is there any way for me to get a mortgage right now, or am I wasting time looking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend a non-sweet lozenge/hard candy?

Can you recommend a non-sweet lozenge/hard candy? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:19 AM PST - 14 comments

internet productivity for dummies

I'm trying to install some web-blocking functions on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla, but can't seem to get what I want. I'm blocking IE through restricting the content directly on the Options tabs, and using Leechblock for Mozilla. So talk to me like I'm stupid ... what I want to do, simply, is block all .com domains, except for 2 or 3 specific sites. Why can't I figure out how to do this?
posted by yarly at 8:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Mention why you want the job in the cover letter or not?

I've seen conflicting websites on whether cover letters should include why you want the job. It seems to be that US letters do not want you to, while British?/Australian? do? I'm from Australia, so any advice specific to this region would be great, however I am thinking of working overseas in the next 2 years or so, so all international responses also welcome. Thanks.
posted by glache at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Flying solo in Austin for the weekend

What to do in Austin over Memorial Day weekend while my husband is out of town? [more inside]
posted by hrj at 8:01 AM PST - 13 comments

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 7:58 AM PST - 14 comments

The taste of yesteryear

What foodstuffs taste the same today as they did millenia ago? [more inside]
posted by 5imon at 7:31 AM PST - 32 comments

How to tell work contacts I don't want them at my wedding?

[WeddingFilter] Getting married, and I'm in the guest-list home stretch, with a hard limit of 150 guests. I work at a job where I am highly encouraged to do networking from my personal Facebook account. I made the mistake of announcing my engagement there by changing my relationship status. Now everyone expects to come! What do I do? And how do I avoid offending them? [more inside]
posted by corb at 7:25 AM PST - 31 comments

Tips on moving to Germany

I will be moving from Canada to Germany later this year, and would like to gain from your collective experience. Do you have any tips on making a long-distance, semi-permanent move, or things that you wished you'd known ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by frimble at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I may be a $5 n00b, but at least my user number is below 20K

I'm curious about the hidden hierarchies and pecking orders that exist in the world around us. Can you give the inside scoop about who outranks whom? Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:04 AM PST - 72 comments

Are these things related?

I have a lot of trouble with spatial relations, am clumsy, find fine motor skills difficult, and have some bodily asymmetries. Are these related and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 6:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Trying to recover from a bad RAID rebuild

I have a NAS appliance that crashed last weekend. The IT guys apparently / maybe didn't recover it in the right way? There's about 50,000 directories in a "lost+found" directory each with a numeric name like "#4289756". It looks as if all the missing files are within these directories, each with the original date and owner information (Linux). I need to organize them so they are findable to the staff. [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf at 6:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Detroit vs. Cleveland

Detroit vs. Cleveland -- without a car [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I fight isolation and help a Sighted spouse understand what I go through as a Blind person?

Summer was a wonderful time of year filled with swimming, playing outdoors. Lately, though, summer has become just a big reminder of my visual impairment. Feelings of inadequacy and not being understood by my spouse-- what do I do? (Asking for a friend.) [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 5:26 AM PST - 21 comments

How can we avoid not getting our car repo'd?

I have managed to bungle my bil's car loan, and I fear it will be repossessed. Can someone give me some advice? YANAL, YANML, this is not legal advice, etc, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 AM PST - 6 comments

one stone, one or two birds?

I have two very different and unique opportunities during the summer, and I don't know how to choose between the two. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Pretty fed up with these sore heels

Has anybody had any experiences, good or bad, with autologous blood injection to treat insertional Achilles tendinopathy? It was raised as a possible option by a locum standing in for my usual GP and I'm interested in finding out more about it.
posted by flabdablet at 5:12 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I understand and cope with my love leaving me?

How do I understand and cope with my love leaving me? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 4:49 AM PST - 35 comments

Optimum intervals for spaced repetitions. I remember, I remember, I forget.

The science of learning: my Google Scholar-fu is failing me. Do we know the optimum intervals for super-effective spaced repetition learning? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis at 2:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeing a guy who is moving at the end of summer. Had sex on first date. Should I continue things or terminate entirely?

The quick and dirty: I'm seeing a guy. We slept on the first date, he brought up dating exclusively and we were both in earnest, mutual agreement that neither of us were looking for a FWB type of deal. Caveat: He's moving at the end of the summer. How best to proceed? Details behind the cut to fill in the blanks... [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino at 2:50 AM PST - 22 comments

What kind of coat should I buy for bike commuting in spring weather?

What kind of coat should I buy for bike commuting in spring weather? (male fashion) [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 1:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Square Meal: Blandest Foods?

What can I eat that's bland as hell and healthy as hell? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 1:30 AM PST - 38 comments

Help me keep my focus for at least the next 8 days

So much is going wrong, I'm having a hell of a time coping. Huge deadline looming and I need help coping/repressing all this stress for at least a week. [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound at 12:53 AM PST - 12 comments

May 23

How do I handle the salary question when you're on the other side of the table?

There's been a lot of talk on the green about handling the salary question when you are the interviewee/candidate, which I have personally found helpful on many occasions, but now I'm on the other side of the equation, and would love to hear best practices on how to handle the situation and try to gauge a potential employee's salary expectations. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 11:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Confused about concepts in new design terminology

Help me make sense of the conflicting or incomplete information on the web regarding User Experience, UX, User Experience Design and its relationship to physical products not connected to the internet or having electronic parts. [more inside]
posted by infini at 10:57 PM PST - 10 comments

I can't walk straight or hear over the ringing.

I've been experiencing some troubling symptoms with increasing frequency and severity, namely vertigo and tinnitus. They're affecting daily life to such an extent that I know something needs to be done. What kind of doctor should I visit, and can these symptoms be alleviated in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 10:35 PM PST - 19 comments

1 month before work starts: what to do?

I'm starting work soon, any ideas on how I could best spend my time before it starts in one month? This is my second fulltime job since I finished my degree last year, and I'd be far away from home this time. Just wondered if there are worthwhile things to do in this not so short, but not so long period of time. [more inside]
posted by vastopenspaces at 10:28 PM PST - 8 comments

How should a single, mid-twenties guy new to the Bay Area spend his long weekend?

How should a single, mid-twenties guy new to the Bay Area spend his long weekend? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

My dogs aren't catching on to pottytraining.

What am I doing wrong in potty training my three dogs? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Who scratches words into vinyl records?

Who the heck is it who scratches words into the centers of vinyl LP's? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 9:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get my fat cat slim (again).

I got my cat back! Yay! But he's fat again... boo! I'm concerned that putting him on a diet again will do him damage. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 9:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Sign up to bring cookies on Wordpress?

I'd like to create a sign-up form on my Wordpress site where when someone signs up for a task then that task disappears from the list of options. Possible? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 9:02 PM PST - 1 comment


How much notice does an NYC landlord have to give before raising rent? [more inside]
posted by Palmfrond at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

"That's one small step for a baby ..."

I'm throwing yet another party (baby shower). The theme is outer space. GO! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Help save my thumbs! I need a texting alternative

How can I text without typing on an iPhone? Is there a way to get voice translations right into a text without cutting and pasting on a 3Gs? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 8:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Anyone know a good men's blog or community?

Can you recommend a good men's blog or community? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 7:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting Cable -- You'd think Free=Good? No.

I'd like to sign up for cable and internet at my new house that I just bought. One problem: the previous owner is out of the country and he has yet to disconnect his service. How can I get (in this case Comcast) to allow me to start a new account at my house?
posted by sandmanwv at 7:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Five steps forward, Twenty Steps Back?

My roommate has an eating disorder. I USED to have an eating disorder until I moved in, and I cannot move out. Help me survive three more weeks without relapsing? [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Advice and suggestions wanted for a single mother: working, in college, not sleeping, and the hours (and stress) of this are about to blow up in my face. I may implode unless there is some kind of change.

Advice and suggestions wanted for a single mother: working, in college, not sleeping, and the hours (and stress) of this are about to blow up in my face. I may implode unless there is some kind of change. [more inside]
posted by WanderingTheHill at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film?

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

want to be more tolerate of different opinions, want to be calmer and more realitstic

how to you embrace different or opposite opinions from yours, instead of being offended or upset or pressured by it? [more inside]
posted by akomom at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Help my toddler's constipation

Our daughter frequently suffers from constipation. It's her two year doctor visit in a couple of days. Looking for anecdotes and experiences from anyone with a toddler with a similar history that we can raise with the doctor. [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 6:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Flu-like symptoms after thyroidectomy -- is this normal?

Flu-like symptoms after thyroidectomy, and my brain is too fogged to sort them out... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 5:36 PM PST - 8 comments

improving employee culture

how to improve employee culture [more inside]
posted by jseven at 5:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Can we get out of attending this expensive wedding?

Can we bail from this wedding? It's happening in 17 days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 53 comments

gynecology advice (oh yeah this is staying anonymous)

Going to the gynecologist tomorrow: What to ask/test for and should I use my insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is Blogger messing up my formatting?

Why is Blogger messing up my formatting? [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Internet top news stories aggregator.

Is there a news site that collects the "top news stories" from various news sites into a single site? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Podcast Listening 101

In need of PODCAST 101 - How and where to get them, best podcasts for entertainment value, cheap and/or free and something I'm able to upload onto my NON-IPOD player. [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I, a dropout, get academic counseling at CSULB?

CSULB insiders - help this dropout get academic counseling at CSU Long Beach... [more inside]
posted by snoe at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Cough drops with non-stick wrappers for warm climates

Looking for wrapped cough drops that don't turn into sticky messes in the summer. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

chocolate sauce uses

My neighbors gave me a jar of homemade chocolate / fudge sauce for my birthday. (Good neighbors aren't they?) I need ideas on how to use it. [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Cellphone options for senior travelers in London

The recently-retired senior generation of my family is traveling from US to London in October. They are arriving separately and splitting up for a couple of different side trips, and want to be able to stay in touch by cell phone. What are the easiest, cheapest options for cell phones that they can purchase ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I know about Vermont living?

What should I know about living in Vermont? [more inside]
posted by firei at 3:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a printer that can make complete lenticular prints?

Is there a consumer printer which can make 3d lenticular prints from 3d photos? [more inside]
posted by metasailor at 2:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Smart TV: which is the best/ most hackable as of today?

What Smart TV set (Samsung,Philips,YouNameIt) to buy? Bonus firmware and software hack (legal) link inside. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Spider print, spider print, someone hook me up with this spider print

This is a painting by Michael Sowa. I desperately want a print of it for the guest bedroom. Is it available for purchase anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 2:26 PM PST - 3 comments

We bought a home! Now what?

So we bought a condo. Now what? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

I have finally decided on a career path, but am scared of the prospects described online in forums.

I have finally decided on a career path, but am scared of the prospects described online in forums. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Dealing with Liver Soreness

Possible Liver problems (abdominal soreness/pain). Trying to figure out what it is and how best to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord at 2:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How low is this airplane?

Can someone explain this picture to me? It's a Google Earth shot of Russell Square in London. It aslo features an apparently low-flying airplane. It can't be as low as it looks, can it?
posted by Cobbler at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Atypical Vegas wedding Elvii?

Looking for recommendation for an atypical Elvis for Vegas wedding? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Save my armpit from becoming swiss cheese!

I know I'm asking the impossible, and can't believe I'm actually asking this, but I'm at my wits end. How can I train my cat not to knead me to death? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 1:53 PM PST - 31 comments

What can I do with my blood test data?

How can I make the most of the blood test results I have just received? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

help queer my summer reading list please!

What are some great (somewhat) recently released novels/books/memoirs with queer/LGBTQ themes or characters? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 1:39 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I get the most out of my co-op job?

Programmers and other IT folks: what advice can you give a programmer co-op student to help her get the most out of this summer job experience? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Need formula for APR with long/short odd days.

Need formula for APR with long/short odd days. [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

10 ccs of life goals, STAT

What type of doctor should my friend become? Emergency Medicine or Endocrinology? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

This fancy new stuff just confuses me

It's finally time to build a new PC. Help me decide on some specifics. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to find full recordings of FDR fireside chats?

Where can I download FDR's 'fireside' weekly radio addresses? [more inside]
posted by refractal at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Controlling the MacBook heat in LA

MacBook heatsink repair tech needed in Los Angeles - Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by chambers at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 12:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Find this prose monument to metaphorical excess.

Can you help me re-locate a passage full of purple prose? [more inside]
posted by xenization at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

There's a freeway running through the yard

I could use a reality check, before we get any deeper into planning. Can we buy a house/condo in a livable neighborhood in Los Angeles for $400K or under? Is this doable or do I need to remove my rose-colored glasses? And if it is doable, which neighborhoods should we be looking at? [more inside]
posted by agentmitten at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

I just want to be myself again. I need to clean up the mess of the last few months.

Birth control filter : BC linked to risky/daring behavior? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 11:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help translate this line (Spanish to English)

I'm in the process of translating a play, and am having a killer time with the second half of one line. I'm assuming it's because the language is artistic. Apologies for not including accent marks (can't figure out how to do them on my keyboard). [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 11:21 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I develop a more stable, internally based sense of self-worth? Or how to stop feeling insecure?

How can I develop a more stable, internally based sense of self-worth? Or how to stop feeling insecure? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 11:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Advice for teaching English in Germany?

I'm getting my CELTA in July in Germany, and I'd like to teach English there afterwards. Help me be a good applicant for teaching jobs and an attractive tutor for freelance work! [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

I have a tricky situation involving a past acquaintance that I'd like to get some opinions on

I have a tricky situation involving a past acquaintance that I'd like to get some opinions on. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Arab Spring for beginners

Help me understand the Arab Spring. [more inside]
posted by geryon at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

How to clean wood before restoration

What is the best way to clean wood furniture BEFORE applying the Tung Oil? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:16 AM PST - 3 comments

There's no place like localhost... please help me get back there...

Just installed Apache on a new machine, and now any calls to localhost goes to one of my VirtualServers instead of the docroot. Help! [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 10:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?

Where was this circa 1970's photo taken? [more inside]
posted by crayon at 10:02 AM PST - 12 comments

What should we do in the Catskills?

What is there to do in the Catskills, particularly near Boiceville/Phoenicia/Haines Falls/anywhere else in Ulster County? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Aoutomated check systems endorsement query

When check deposits are processing internally, instead of being physically deposited at the bank, what are the endorsement requirements? Do they always need to have an endorsement stamp? Is there a requirement for the OCR processing to print coding info on each check? [more inside]
posted by readery at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

weird indescribable medical condition

You are not my doctor, but I have an intermittent neurological(?) condition that is very hard to describe, and I’d like to get some responses so that I can better describe what I’m feeling to a doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

There's more TV options than channels...

All I want is a TV... why are there so many choices? I'm moving to a studio in a week (YAY!) and don't own a TV. I've gone browsing a couple times recently, and am so overwhelmed by the options and price differences that I just don't know where to start, or even the price range I should be looking at (cheaper the better, but how cheap is too cheap?). How can I sort through all the info and find the right TV for me? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 9:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Know any trailers that spoil the film?

Speculation abound that the new Dark Knight Rises trailer actually contains plot spoilers. Can anyone think of other movie trailers that actually give away the movie ending? Clearly this doesn't apply to movies that were books first.
posted by msali at 9:07 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I start an ebook publisher?

I'd like to start an ebook publisher. Do I need to incorporate? Is there some other official...designation...I should be seeking? [more inside]
posted by mekanic at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy?

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 8:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Entertaining your folks in Portland, Oregon!

How should I entertain my midwestern mother as she visits me in Portland for the first time? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge at 8:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Need source for "When not to cut" quote?

I need a reputable source for the surgical maxim that suggests that a good surgeon knows when not to cut. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Unlovable and unworthy

How do you cope with feeling unlovable? What do you do (or undo) to feel lovable? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Biochemistry major to aerospace engineer: is this possible?

Recent biochemistry graduate wants to change direction and pursue engineering, specifically aerospace (but I'd settle for mechanical) engineering. Is this possible? And if so, how the heck do I plan to get from here to there, hopefully without bankrupting myself? I'll take any advice I can get. [more inside]
posted by escapist53211 at 7:52 AM PST - 4 comments

A Painful Triangle

How to handle my husband's "friendship" with a woman half his age? I am upset about it, and he refuses to give it up. Snowflake details inside: [more inside]
posted by chaoscutie at 7:42 AM PST - 53 comments

Summer Vacation Filter: Pagosa Springs Edition!

Summer Vacation Filter: Pagosa Springs Edition! BF and I will be staying in Pagosa Springs during the first full week of June and have never been to the area before. Any tips or recommendations for activities to make our trip great? [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz at 7:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Do Family Members Have ANY Moral or Other Obligation to Help Send Family Members to College?

What's a realistic expectation for family financial support for my kid going to college as it specifically applies to cosigning loans along with me? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 7:33 AM PST - 49 comments

alternative to or experiences with canine thoracotomy?

My dog (obligatory pictures) has a mass in his lung. The vet specialist explains that it could be an abscess, tumor, or lung lobe torsion, but regardless of which it is, it'll have to come out. His usual vet agrees. I trust the veterinarians, and I'll schedule surgery soon. Two questions: any alternatives I should consider? And have you had experience with small dog thoracotomy? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

How does the Buddhist understanding of enlightenment compare with the Western Age of Enlightenment?

How does the Buddhist understanding of enlightenment compare with the Western Age of Enlightenment? People who we might now call children of the Enlightenment--Chomsky, Hitchens, Dawkins, deGrasse Tyson, Pinker, and so on--have a way of relating to ethical questions that is very similar to the teachings of the Buddha. There is an understanding that human suffering is a problem to be overcome, and that it can be overcome through understanding things as they are and engaging productively in the physical world, rather than getting caught up in metaphysical abstractions which, stemming from delusion, greed, and aversion, prolong cycles of suffering. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 6:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Help Me Watch TV AND Work from Home

Please recommend a monitor that will double as a TV, or a TV that will double as a monitor. [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 6:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?

YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 6:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I water my lawn this way?

A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
posted by otto42 at 6:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Starting therapy... for three months?

Starting therapy... where to look? And the catch... I'm only here for the summer? Then what? More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Can unclaimed assets be legit if they don't show up in a state-run site?

I received a letter from a shady-sounding Legal Claimant Services, a 'division of Keane' claiming that my recently-deceased father has some assets in a Georgia bank. Of course, for a fee, they would help me recover the assets. Immediately, I performed an unclaimed property search in Georgia; the search yielded no results. Since I didn't see any unclaimed property in Georgia, I disregarded the letter... [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 6:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Wordpress Twitter Tools replacement

I've been using Twitter Tools on my Wordpress blog for a while now but it's not working the way I want. I tried using the newer beta version but that doesn't actually work at all. There's like a million Twitter-related plugins for Wordpress but which one(s) does what I want? Details within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 6:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Do cars really go 10,000 miles between oil changes these days?

We bought our first new car of the millennium back in March, and it came with free oil changes for life. Since it hit 5000 miles this week, my wife stopped by the dealership for an oil change / tire rotation. They are telling her that the car (2011 Corolla) only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles because they are using synthetic oil. I religiously change the oil in my cars every 5000 miles, and the idea of going 10,000 miles makes me nervous. Should it make me nervous?
posted by COD at 5:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Cut the big blue marble in half...

What would happen to the earth's rotation, orbit, etc. if the planet were half as large, diameter-wise, as it is now? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 5:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Finding a roommate: beyond Craigslist edition

Where/how to find a good roommate? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 5:21 AM PST - 10 comments

How should I deal with team friction?

There is friction building within a team. Is it time to shuffle the team? [more inside]
posted by pxharder at 5:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Summer Activities for College Student

What are some ways a guy who just finished his first year of college and is home in New York City for the "summer" ("summer" = 3 months + 10 days) might expand his social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Who knows what I did last summer?

How can I do a thorough background check on myself? What can be found out about me, by fair means or foul, for free and for a price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me discover how accurate iTunes Top 25 is and/or how to make it more on point

How accurate is iTunes Top 25 most played and can I make it any moreso? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 4:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me make the most out of my Android Tablet

Help me make the most out of my Android Tablet [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque at 4:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Online ivory tinkling.

Direct me to the best online piano lessons for someone who already has decent theory knowledge! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 3:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How were car emblems designed?

My focus is mainly on the chrome badges that labeled models of the 1940s–’70s, as celebrated at Chromeography. Who was generally responsible for designing the emblem? Were they from inside the car company? Did they have lettering experience or were they more often car designers who were handed the job because there was no one better available? Has the situation changed much since then? [more inside]
posted by Typographica at 2:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Shut (me) up, put (me) down

My boyfriend of two years feels compelled to put me down, in not-so-friendly ways, for the negative tendencies he sees in me. [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire at 12:10 AM PST - 73 comments

May 22

Design us a wonder of the world honeymoon!

HONEYMOON FILTER - are we crazy for considering this? Help us plan the best honeymoon ever! My fiance and I are from Australia. We are getting married in the end of October in Singapore, and we are planning for a November honeymoon. We have about 4 weeks to play with and are planning the trip of a lifetime, with some luck, and the help of the wisdom of the pleasant Mefite people. [more inside]
posted by shazzam! at 10:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Misanthropic comedians who are women?

Looking for absurdist and/or misanthropic comediennes in the vein of Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Lewis Black, etc.? [more inside]
posted by jyorraku at 10:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Trying to simmer down now.

What do you wish you had done just before you moved in with your SO? Pretty SFW. [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa at 10:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Anxiety on the run...

I have anxiety. I've recently started running. While I'm running, I have occasional anxiety spikes, some of which get close to panic attack territory. Help? [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 8:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Me talk pretty one day?

My informal English is boring! I'd like to make it more interesting by incorporating new and/or local (to Philadelphia) linguistic features to it. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Make my meals less boring!

Need healthy food ideas with some specific criteria (food allergies, veg-aquarium). I've looked at all the other questions around this, and for one reason or another, they don't meet my needs. (Special snowflake, party of me!) [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 8:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Yoga in the beach - recommendations and tips please.

Yoga on the beach: looking for routines/workouts to follow... And any tips/tricks. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 7:59 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't even remember what my periods were like in 2004, man.

What was it like for you to quit hormonal birth control after using it for a long time - let's say 5 or more years? [more inside]
posted by town of cats at 7:58 PM PST - 40 comments

I'll Give You Money to Give Me Motivation

Is there an online service that helps you stay motivated by charging you money if you fail to perform a verifiable action? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:56 PM PST - 9 comments

apartment hunting in SF during boom times

We're trying to find an apartment to rent in SF (1-2br in the Mission or Noe Valley) and it's difficult. Competition is intense (20+ candidates showing up to see a open houses). What kind of things can we do to stand out from the crowd during the entire process?
posted by mrunderhill at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Sayōnara, Willkommen

Moving from Japan to Germany. Recommend a moving company? I read the suggestions in a 2006 AskMeFi post, but since it's several years old, I thought I'd ask again.
posted by dmvs at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments


My doctor prescribed Lopressor in place of an anti anxiety medication. Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx at 6:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Tantric sex for dummies?

Is tantric sex as awesome as they say? Any resources for a beginner couple? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How to decide what to do after college

I will be a senior in college next year. Up until recently, I was absolutely positive I wanted to go to grad school and become an archaeologist. Now, I'm second doubting myself (teal deer information inside) [more inside]
posted by raeka at 6:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Waterproof shoes...sweaty feet.

Waterproof shoes...sweaty feet. [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 6:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Bible passages for a wedding?

Ideas for a wedding Bible reading that isn't 1st Corinthians 13? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:13 PM PST - 16 comments

help stretch thy knee and hammy?

Need help stretching knee/hamstring? Tight knee is causing more and more pain in my leg (heel and rest of leg)... i'm fine once i warm up for a while, but need help stretching knee and my hammy [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 6:13 PM PST - 6 comments

tell me about HIM

Tell me about job prospects in Health Information Management. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Standout cultural memberships in NYC

Which museums, venues & institutions in New York City have the most rewarding membership programs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 PM PST - 9 comments


Hey, single-speed / fixed-gear bike conversion experts! Help me buy the right stuff from the right place at the right price! [more inside]
posted by apip at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Irish roots of Cardinal Dolan?

An elderly relative (married to a "Dolan") is very eager to find out if her husband might be somehow related to Cardinal Timothy Dolan - even if he's just from the same county (Galway.) I've scoured the internet but could find nothing about the Cardinal's Irish lineage in the Auld Sod. At one point Dolan had said he had done some personal research but was "so embarrassed" by what he found he stopped looking. God knows what that means...possible Republican history?
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:11 PM PST - 3 comments

i said tuck.

have you ever used amazon mechanical turk to transcribe voice recordings? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm thinking of a number....

Yet another Episode of "Help Me Remember This Book: Science Fiction Edition." [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

This may or may not, in fact, be a book.

Name that book! [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Buying guitars: is it normal to get the one you see and play in the shop?

Buying guitars: is it normal to get the one you see and play in the shop? [more inside]
posted by fry at 3:45 PM PST - 33 comments

Using Google Talk Android App through Web Browser on PC

Is there a way to use the Google Talk Android App via a web browser on my PC? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

It took me three tries to ask this question successfully

How does Clear stack up against Verizon DSL? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

the name behind the funny faces

Artist filter: Who illustrated these funny face packs? A friend of mine is desperate to find the name of the artist, and other works by him or her.
posted by DaveZ at 3:24 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good wireless solution for uploading photos from a DSLR on the fly?

I've got a Canon 5D, an iPhone, and an iPad. What's a good on-the-go solution for uploading photos while bike touring? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Being an airbnb host?

I'm thinking about becoming an airbnb host. Have you done this (or are you an experienced guest)? Is this a good idea, and do you have suggestions on how to make this more fun and profitable? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Coping strategies and help from-a-distance for a small family stretched thin by a few curveballs?

What can I do from afar for a bedridden SAHM of an 18mo, and in general for their stressed-out family? Looking for anything and everything---advice, care basket ideas, childcare options, cleaning services, etc.---in the Echo Park/Silverlake/Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a large group dine in New Orleans' French Quarter!

I'm organizing a group trip to New Orleans in June. There will be 12-13 of us and I'm trying to find a Friday-night casual restaurant and a Sunday brunch spot in the French Quarter that will take reservations for such a large group. (French Quarter preferred as it's near the hotel and some folks have walking issues, but we can possibly branch out with cabs, etc.) [more inside]
posted by GaelFC at 1:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Venture funding

Getting funding from VC [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

This would be easier if I read Italian.

Italy Travel Filter: How do we get from Bologna to Codroipo by train? Added bonus: how do we then get from Codroipo to the Marco Polo airport? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Which motorcycle is in this music video?

Can anyone identify the motorcycle at the very beginning of Lana Del Ray's "Video Games?" It appears from approximately 0:05-0:10. Also, are there mainstream models that resemble that particular make and model??
posted by geoff. at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving to California... But, where?

Moving to California in a few months. Central Coast, maybe? Any ideas, opinions, etc? See explanation... [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul at 1:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Moving the dough from here to there

What is a cheap yet secure way to send money from Canada to the US on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 12:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me save the memories...

Any way to salvage pictures off of a wet iphone? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Help an semi-autodidact learn to be a multidiscipline participant-observer

I’m currently working on my masters in an Industrial/Occupational Psychology program. My main topic of interest will be differences in national, social, and organizational cultures. What sort of anthropological or ethnological resources or books can you recommend regarding learning how to be good participant-observer and the techniques to do so? I’m already familiar with the works on culture from researchers such as Geert Hofestede, Edward Hall, and Fons Trompenaars. If there are any other recommendations regarding relevant resources or texts in related fields that my compliment my studies, please let me know. My interests lie in psychology, sociology, and politics which I believe are applicable. Thanks in advance!
posted by Che boludo! at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How to build a perennial garden from the ground up?

Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane. Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 12:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me help my marriage

My wife of 14 years never tells me she loves me. She never initiates sex. She never holds my hand, kisses or casually touches me. No pillow talk. No thoughtful little gifts. I do all of these things for her as often as I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 43 comments

An Especially Different Unhappy Family Story

My mentally ill brother may not be doing so well. I'm estranged from the rest of my family. How to address? Wall of sad text within. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

dating/life in your 30s for nontraditional 30 somethings

How important is age vs life-stage when looking for a partner? I'm 30 but might as well be 25, and I don't know where I should be looking for my next partner. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 11:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Where to go after the Galapagos Islands?

Help me find a place to travel that is remotely as amazing as The Galapagos Islands. [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

A woodshed of one’s own

Plenty of time to practice music, but no place to do so. Creative solutions wanted! [more inside]
posted by messica at 11:02 AM PST - 19 comments

What to do, what to do...

Things to do near Valdosta, GA? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Pool vacuum broke. Alternatives?

Long story short but there was a dishonest home seller & realtor and the house we purchased has a pool with leaking skimmer line. No suction for vacuuming. We have a temporary garden hose vacuum for the big stuff. Any idea how I can get the little stuff until this is repaired? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I being ripped off by my car dealership or are they just idiots?

Dealer says they sold me a stolen car and I have to return it tonight. WTF? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 10:40 AM PST - 74 comments

RROD soon?

Playing multiplayer Battlefield 3 on the weekend on an Xbox. My Xbox was juttery and slow. Not laggy from a poor internet connection, the problem seemed to originate on the Xbox itself. Animated loading screens were stuttery. Walking in the game felt like traipsing through mud. My only solution was new batteries in the controller, to no avail. Anyone else have a suggestion?
posted by Keith Talent at 10:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Where are the promising tech hubs in the US outside of Silicon Valley, NYC and Boston?

If you were looking for tech jobs in the US outside of the usual suspect places of California, New York City and Boston area, where would you start looking? I'm trying to find promising tech hubs for software development / digital media jobs with great quality of life outside of the aforementioned places.
posted by gertzedek at 10:30 AM PST - 23 comments

A running backpack that DOESN'T move.

I need recommendations for a running backpack that's just big enough for my work clothing and DOES NOT BOUNCE! [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Sweet spots in Detroit

Detroit Filter: Where can I go to see beautiful examples of nature taking over abandonment? Also, interesting places where artists have re-worked the space? Or places were artists have kids. [more inside]
posted by ohisee at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Data on civilian casualties of war?

I am interested in seeing some comparative data on the civilian casualties of warfare, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Are there any great analyses of this topic, perhaps on DVD, YouTube, or illustrated in books with graphs? (I have a hard time envisioning the magnitude of these things when they are presented only as bald numbers.) I started thinking about this topic after watching The Fog of War, which is a documentary about Robert McNamara. He presented some amazing comparative information about World War II and the Cold War. I would love to acquire a similar critical context for other conflicts, including the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by mortaddams at 9:45 AM PST - 1 comment

How to avoid email blocking?

Help! My emails are getting blocked as spam. [more inside]
posted by jabo at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

No escucho bien.

Foreign language filter: What did you do to improve your listening comprehension in your target language? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 9:06 AM PST - 30 comments

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating?

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 8:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Visiting Iceland in October

I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, so my boyfriend and I booked a package through IcelandAir for the end of October*. We're spending two nights Reykjavik and two Akureyri. What might we need to know or want to do that a guide book might not mention? With what seems like so much to see in a short amount of time, what's not to be missed? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 8:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Distorted recordings of live music

How do we fix the problem of an over driven microphone recording live music in bars. [more inside]
posted by txmon at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

7 Deadly Zins and Twinkies

Next month I'm traveling overseas from the US for the first time. What's the best way of packing the foods and beverages that friends have asked me to bring for them? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 8:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Proper fit for minimalist running shoes?

Minimalist running filter: I normally size up a full size when buying running shoes (8.5 in "street shoes" to 9.5 in running shoes). Should I be doing the same for minimalist running shoes, and do socks matter? [more inside]
posted by ariela at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Time for a Rocky montage

Stage IV esophageal cancer, metastasized to liver and lungs. What now? Where in Toronto can one find the most aggressive treatment? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Free alternative to Nelson Handwriting Font?

Does anyone know a free alternative to the Nelson Handwriting Font used for teaching children handwriting? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 7:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Make me more comfortable with biking

You started biking later in life, and you did it in a big city. How did you become comfortable biking on roads with cars? I'm kind of freaked out by this. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:09 AM PST - 42 comments

What's the best way to attach an open Word document to an open Outlook email?

Using Windows Vista at work: Once I finish making changes to a file in Microsoft Word 2007, I want to attach the file to an email in Outlook 2007. Currently, I am opening subfolder after subfolder getting to it either on the desktop or in the attach file dialog in Outlook, but that's annoying. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments


I need to back up my LiveJournal account offline (preferably including comments) and then empty it without actually deleting the account. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

mental health will drive you mad

I need mental health insurance. Spouse's might have lapsed from the old job. The new job has crappy insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you manage not drowning in stuff?

Do you save email? Bigger, philosophical question inside.. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 6:05 AM PST - 41 comments

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music?

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music? We want to do an album in 24 hours, and we're looking for a site where we can upload parts of audio tracks we are working on and do basic editing on them. [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 5:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for social media buttons with counter

Social buttons for website. I want the HuffPo ones. I can't have them unless we custom build them, sez dev. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 5:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Girlfriend has a crush but not on me

My girlfriend told me that she has a crush on another guy. Not really sure how to deal with this revelation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:43 AM PST - 35 comments

What is the best way to get better at disc golf?

I used to play a lot of disc golf 10-15 years ago, but haven't played much at all in the past decade. I recently took it up again, and quite frankly, I stink. I'd like to at least be able to be within a couple strokes of par. Am i better off just playing as many rounds as possible, or should I devote some of my time to just practicing my driving, putting, etc? What else can i do to make myself better at disc golf?
posted by BlackWalnut at 4:17 AM PST - 4 comments

biggish group of design students traveling to Paris suggestions

Paris filter: A group of 17 design students in their early 20s will spend 3 days in Paris next week. The aim of the trip is to visit places related to books: Bibliotheque National, shakespeare bookstore, beaubourg etc. We're looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller at 2:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Cheap, safe and in New Delhi- any ideas

Where can a single woman stay in Delhi for a few days that's both cheap and safe? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 12:29 AM PST - 6 comments

How to petition a college course prerequisite?

My community college requires a basic, high school level Physics course as a prerequisite to any other course in the subject. While I took such classes in high school, I have no proof of this on my transcript. My only option at this point is to appeal to the head of the department of Science and Mathematics. While I do plan on making as compelling of a case as possible, I've been told that they want to see some kind of proof that a student would succeed in such a class before granting the petition. Does anyone have any idea what kind of things they might be looking for? What might I be able to do to prove that I know the material and would be able to handle the coursework?
posted by zazzles at 12:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I get him anything on Father's Day?

Father's Day - He's got kids, but they're not mine. Should I get him anything? [more inside]
posted by p1nkdaisy at 12:11 AM PST - 22 comments

May 21

Unique gift from California

I'm looking for unique gifts/souvenirs from California for my sisters and girlfriend (all in their 20s) and for my parents. I'm traveling the length of the state so almost any location would work. I would prefer to spend $50 or less on each gift but I have some flexibility. Local/unique items or something specific to California would be perfect! Food can work but must be nonperishable as I have lots of driving to do.
posted by Imago at 11:34 PM PST - 13 comments

How does an extreme introvert find a suitable career path?

How does an extreme introvert find a suitable career path? [more inside]
posted by Selena777 at 11:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Dog-friendly long weekend trip north of Chicago?

Destinations for memorial day weekend trip north of Chicago with a 75 lb dog? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat boner-farts

Double-cat-penis-question: About 2 weeks ago my 6-9 month old neutered male cat started humping his favorite stuffed turtle. Now he's humping everything but sometimes farting too and having, um, anal squeezing. Is there a medical issue? Should I have him double-checked for neuterage? This gets a little gross. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon at 9:20 PM PST - 163 comments

Salary negotiations for a lateral career move?

What exactly should I say during salary negeotations when I am changing jobs within the same company? [more inside]
posted by MadMadam at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find more music like "What You Feel" from Once More, With Feeling?

I'd like to find more music like the song "What You Feel" from the episode "Once More, With Feeling" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments


Can anyone tell me which institution offered the first computer science degree in Australia and when that was? My Google hand is not working.
posted by mattoxic at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it dangerous to eat ice?

Aside from the dangers to your teeth, is it dangerous to eat ice? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 8:05 PM PST - 25 comments

slanting WHAT?

What does the Latin genus name of the Mexican Burrowing Python, "Loxocemus" mean? In particular, what does the "-cemus" part mean? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 7:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Explaining the physics of the motion of falling objects

How would explain and draw the solution to this physics problem re: packages dropped from an airplane (projectile motion/falling objects)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 7:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Her plants used to glow.

Plants vs. Zombies Zen Garden iPad filter. My obsessed hoarder mathematician spouse's cherished plants are not happy, and apparently nothing can be done to make them happy, and Crazy Dave will not sell her any new ones. [more inside]
posted by feral_goldfish at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Never produced Technology

What advanced technologies have been developed but shelved due to various concerns? [more inside]
posted by Query at 7:12 PM PST - 30 comments

America's Most Wanted is her way of finding eligible bachelors.

My mom was a victim of robbery. I am feeling immense victim-blaming and frustration. How can I alter my attitude and what can I best do to help my mom through this? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 6:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Family Dynamics

How do I learn to feel safe around my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 18 comments

help with septic system

Has anyone ever used septic seep to help with their leach field
posted by madsdad at 6:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me cope with the idea of a coming separation

We've been together for the past 15 years. My wife recently discovered that she in fact does not love me. It's making me feel very weak - we've started therapy, but i'm looking for ways to cope between sessions, and also come to terms with the fact that we may separate. Long story follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Documentaries/other media that show logistics of how businesses grow?

Are there any good documentaries, books, or other media that portray the logistics of how businesses go from startup to large company? When I say logistics, I mean everything from finding and leasing real estate to hiring employees to accounting systems to inventory management to computer backup -- all the grittiest of the nitty details of how the large trains are made to run on time, for the first time, by a growing organization? I want to see how the infrastructure is built that makes large organizations work.
posted by shivohum at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a good mindset/approach for developing a workout routine?

I'm in okay shape, but fitness and athleticism don't come naturally to me at all. Gyms are weird and stressful. Any advice on the best way to think about and develop a good workout routine? [more inside]
posted by whymog at 5:28 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm looking for the Peter Hessler of the TCK world.

I am looking for memoirs written by Americans who grew up overseas. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 5:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Yes, I know what it rhymes with...

Mr. Sadtomato and I are going Regina, Saskatchewan for just two nights this weekend. Please tell us where to have the best breakfast and the best lunch on Saturday. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 5:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Study wine then baby, baby and wine or baby then wine?

I'm interested in studying all things wine related but what stops me is the desire for a second child sooner than later. How can I study wine while pregnant? Odd question but could use some help in understanding. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 5:19 PM PST - 15 comments

What diet book would best fit my need?

What diet book would you recommend that includes low cost, pre-made meal plans with shopping lists included? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

What maintenance tasks should I be doing on my family's Macbooks?

I need to fix up my family's two Macbooks for the first time in three years. What needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a good job match for someone who is strong, courageous and enjoys helping people?

A friend of mine wants to make a career change. Friend is physically fit, courageous, intelligent and enjoys helping people. Can you help me brainstorm some more options? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

How to handle neighbor's nocturnal emissions (of cigarette smoke)?

Should we ask our new neighbor to lay off smoking in her bedroom, or just do our best to ignore it? [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah at 4:41 PM PST - 26 comments

What the heck did I do to my knee?

I injured my knee somehow. I don't know how. I just remember noticing one day that it really hurt. What the heck did I do to it? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 4:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Movin' on up and out

Moving out of my apartment and I have a few questions on how to handle the last month of rent and the security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I convince my wife to come to marriage counselling sessions with me?

I'm trying to convince my wife to attend marriage counselling with me, but I'm having a hard time doing so. Her opinion of marriage counselling (based on what she's read online) is that it's a waste of money and that a marriage counsellor would "only tell us what we already know." When I've pointed out that a marriage counsellor is there to help facilitate communication, her response has been "if we need a facilitator to help us communicate we're fucked anyway." Reasons for needing counselling + bonus snowflakery inside. Apologies; it turned into a bit of a mind-dumpy wall of text. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 22 comments


Livejournal is failing me. Help find a replacement? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 4:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do Big Store foods taste different?

I'll phrase this in a way to avoid legal problems or simple unfairness. I've noticed that certain foods and drinks I buy from The Big Store differ from the same items when I buy them from a Small Store. The items are the same brand with same description on packaging. But they just seem different in how they taste, feel, or spoil. Any insights on how and why this happens? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 at 3:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Love our kitties, need a vet

Park Rose area of Portland. 2 cats, we are new to the city need a vet we can trust and who likes kitties, any success stories?
posted by Freedomboy at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my plastic money good enough for them?

Am I going to be stranded in Denmark by my American credit cards?! [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 3:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Your goose is cooked son

PlotFilter: I'm researching heat waves in the 1970s (with the sweet spot being between 1972-1976) that would have led to fatalities in the Washington, DC area. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Make me a cache money millionaire!

Help me set up a simple 100% caching forward proxy for my home. I dicked around with squid and then apache+mod_proxy/mod_cache yesterday afternoon, and while they proxy beautifully, they don't seem to have much cache hit even on static content- almost or completely 0% cache hit. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving is very moving, in a bad way

Husband has taken his dream job which requires us to move back to Louisiana. I was initially enthusiastic about the move which would also put me back in my office. But, now I'm getting discouraged and concerned that we're moving a third world country and our toddler and new baby on the way will suffer. Help me get some perspective. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 2:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Help! My flat stinks of cat pee! The UK edition.

What can I do to clean up cat piss and stop a tom from coming in and spraying? Tell me about products you can buy in the UK which work. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

WTF FdjLmAi.exe

Anyone have an idea what FdjLmAi.exe is? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 2:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying a minivan....

Looking to buy a used minivan and need recommendations and resource suggestions. If anyone reading this is currently driving a minivan and would like to mention what they like or dislike about it, I'd love your input and recommendations. Also, is there a site that charts what the most reliable, low-maintenance fuel efficient models were, from years 2006-2011? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Harmless glance or red flag?

My sister received a dream job offer but for one thing - the man who will be her direct supervisor was definitely looking at her boobs both times she went into the office for the interviews. [more inside]
posted by pluot at 2:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Help! How many Crowns are there?!

How many Crown Attorneys are there in Ottawa & Montreal? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Windows backup returning error

I recently bought another 1TB HDD, so I now have two 1TB HDDs (Both western digital; caviar black) and an Intel SSD (operating system). The new HDD, after one day of use has gone bad. S.M.A.R.T has detected errors, I ran the western digital tool and that also detected errors. I was warned to backup my drive, so I tried to last night but after 2 hours I gave up to re-do it tomorrow (tons of files). I stopped the backup properly and shutdown. Now this morning I'm trying to get all 830gigs of my files off of the new bad drive, back onto my original storage hdd before the new drive goes completely bad and I lose all of my important files. The windows restore and backup program is giving me error code: 0x8007045D near the start of the backup. I/O device error. I've checked the destination HDD and it returned no errors (both with the western didgital tool and using chkdsk). I need to fix this problem quick before my new drive totally fails.
posted by johnx at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm not who you think I am...

How can I stop receiving other people's email that have the same name as me? [more inside]
posted by matty at 1:36 PM PST - 27 comments

1988 Toyota 4Runner V6 Transmission Trouble

How much will my transmission cost to fix? Left to its own devices, how much longer will it last? Any advice for a mechanical laywoman? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this sound and where can I find more of it?

Fifteen years later, Calexico's The Black Light has finally clicked with me in a big way. I absolutely love the guitar sound in Gypsy's Curse. Does this sound have a name, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 1:18 PM PST - 22 comments

I didn't call you. My iPhone did.

Why is my iPhone dialing a number repeatedly? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Bicycle question: down to two, help me choose one.

Bicycle question: which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

What would a woodchuck build with all this wood?

Usable scrap wood left over from a home project. What can I build with it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

I can see clearly now, the pain is gone...

I am considering changing from contact lenses that last one month to daily disposable lenses. Is there anything that I should know? Looking for pros and cons, particularly from anyone who has made this switch. [more inside]
posted by blurker at 12:31 PM PST - 22 comments

For customer @ work: What shades does Agent Coulson (The Avengers) wear?

For my job: I told a customer I'd try my best to find a specific pair of sunglasses, model/brand, but I'm having trouble doing that. What sunglasses does Agent Coulson wear in 'The Avengers'? Picture link inside [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I being overly sensitive about an ex visiting my blog?

Someone I dated years ago obsessively visits my blogs and leaves messages. The messages aren't threatening, but they're starting to annoy me. Can I do anything about it? Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Old feuds, new friends, ultimatums and a sticky social situation. How do I navigate this stupid fight that precedes me?

Old feuds, new friends, ultimatums and a sticky social situation. How do I navigate this stupid fight that precedes me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Arizona Rite-of-Passage

Hot hacks. I'm in Arizona. It's supposed to be 108 degrees here today. Our a/c went out and won't be fixed for at least another 24-48 hours. Help us survive with dignity. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 11:59 AM PST - 32 comments

in honor of darwin

Best way to turn a wooden box into an herb garden? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments


What are good examples of City/Country/Place nicknames that natives never use? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse at 11:23 AM PST - 89 comments

Show me the files.

What is a good online storage solution for huge amounts of data, high privacy settings, and streaming online videos for multiple users? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain?

How to deal with a clogged foundation drain that's flooding my alley? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Stop using my email address, whoever you are!!!

My email address being used by someone on (Barnes and Noble)... [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 10:42 AM PST - 29 comments

A "free apartment locator service" won't stop calling my cell phone.

A "free apartment locator service" won't stop calling my cell phone. Legal (U.S.) and logistical questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Let this zombie account go on?

Should I just let my zombie Yahoo! account alone? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Really big thighs

Asking for a friend: I have a 31 in inseam, 31 inch waist, 41 inch hips, and 24 in thighs (all circumferences). At what brick-and-mortar stores in Chicago can I buy nondescript men's slacks? In the past (fashionistas avert your eyes) I've mostly bought pleated pants several sizes too large and just belted them in. If possible I'd like to avoid that this time around.
posted by newtux at 10:25 AM PST - 9 comments

It can't be, can it?

Identify that Bug. Photo 1 Photo 2
posted by Yowser at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Books on stained glass?

A fine old fellow who did amateur stained glass has passed away, and I would like to purchase memorial book(s) for the local library. [more inside]
posted by tommyD at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a good gaming conference

Social Gaming Dev Conferences - what are the absolutely can't miss social gaming conferences for developers, start ups and creatives around the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Tips to buy a laptop?

Need a new laptop, help me pick one. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

None of us could ever commit a crime.

What methods have you used to reduce and clean up pet hair (cat picture included), human hair and human skin? I feel like I'm living in some sort of suffocating winter wonderland. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 8:52 AM PST - 37 comments

Dearly Beloved, We're All Made of Star Stuff

Wedding reading for the (very) non-religious space nerds. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lydhre at 8:49 AM PST - 33 comments

How to organize a text-heavy site?

Looking for examples of well-designed text-heavy websites. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Spaces + Chrome = PITA

OSX: What did I do to cause Spaces to freak out when I tear off tabs in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Diamonds are a girl's best friend?

What to do with a loose diamond? A very kind family friend has given me a very lovely quarter caret marquise-cut stone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

West Palm Beach Cheap Excursions?

Visiting West Palm Beach, Florida area in a couple of weeks. Searches for cool things to do in the area (including previous AskMeFi answers) always bring up a price tag of around $100 for a family of four (japanese gardens, wildlife preserves etc). Any ideas for inexpensive things to do and see in the area. We've visited in previous years and have enjoyed driving the A1A, hanging out a Delray Beach, browsing at City Place in West Palm Beach. I'm a Dad traveling with three females ages 45, 20, 13 - and I'm sick of shopping. Many thanks.
posted by incandissonance at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for Christopher Hitchens audio files (debates, interviews, etc)

Looking for Christopher Hitchens audio files (debates, interviews, etc) [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 7:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Paper business cards? Give me something to work with!

Business cards circa mid-2012 - giving out paper business cards still seems necessary in most networking circles, but there's got to be a way of organizing the data in a useful matter... Right? Bonus points if it can interface with an iPhone and iPad. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this flashlight going to kill me?

This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Accutane alternative

What's the next best option after Accutane? I have Crohn's disease so that's not an option, but doxycycline and topical treatments haven't worked. Are there any other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Why Offshore Banking?

Are there any benefits for an American working abroad, paid in local foreign currency, to having an offshore bank account (ex: Jersey), besides the obvious, of avoiding to pay taxes? I file taxes in the US every year and report all of my foreign accounts truthfully, and plan to do so for the rest of my life. My European-based spouse says I should have an offshore bank account "just in case". He can't really explain beyond that, except it's what a lot of Europeans do, and it's "safer". What's the point, especially if you're an American? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm new to this game but with a load of experience!!

Tips for getting that next contract. I'm an IT contractor in the UK and have been for about 12 years. I'm pretty lucky to have not been out of work in that time. Unfortunately, current contract ends shortly and as yet, I'm not managed to find anything else. Every contract I've ever had has been based on someone recommending me into a new role, so I've never had to do the whole contract search thing. With my network currently failing me, where do I look for those roles I'd be great for? Do I register with an agency? Which Agency? Help!!!!
posted by lloyder at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do besides stalk Stephen King?

Going to Bar Harbor in a few days but.... have done absolutely no research. Any fun suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Movie musicals without show tunes?

What movies are like "The Blues Brothers" and "O Brother Where Art Thou" in that they have music, but not in the "show tunes" style of most musicals?
posted by TheophileEscargot at 5:01 AM PST - 70 comments

Running a small online competition - help me make sure we're staying on the right side of the law.

The charity I volunteer with want me to set up a photography competition with a prize or prizes to be determined. Anyone can submit an unlimited number of entries (within reason) and the winner(s) will be decided by judges appointed by us. We'll display the photos on our website. What kind of legal warning do I need to provide on the competition entry page to safeguard us? Can I use some kind of standard template? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 5:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Firefox - new is not always better

Firefox - how to be only a little bit up to date ? Selenium (and a whole swag of other plugins/addons/extensions) don't work under FF 12 - what to do ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Am I too passive under stress? How to fix?

Should I be someone who takes more action when I'm under stress? If so, how do I go about becoming that person? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 4:31 AM PST - 9 comments

My PC doesn't recognise my phone any more. Please help!

I have a Samsung Nexus S smartphone. Since upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich, my PC (running Windows 7) no longer recognises the phone. [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 4:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Best clothing brands for men in their 20's

What are some good clothing brands for young men in their 20's? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 2:54 AM PST - 19 comments

What's fun in the peninsula?

Looking for a weekday date idea in Silicon Valley between Mountain View - Redwood City. Not just dinner. Challenge: It's going to be coldish this week. [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 12:53 AM PST - 8 comments

May 20

Real Food in the Dramatic Arts - How Does It Work?

Edible theatrical properties - whose responsibility and how does it all work? [more inside]
posted by gingerest at 10:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Which netbook to take on a bicycle tour?

What is the best netbook to take on a bicycle tour? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 10:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Wearing glasses. I dont want to but i know life will be easier! help!

The time for wearing glasses has come! What do I need to consider? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea at 8:59 PM PST - 37 comments

Dog Friendly Watering Holes Near Denver

Our new rescue dog (Abby) loves water. I mean, LOVES water. Help us find awesome spots to take her to play near Denver. [more inside]
posted by shew at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this book?

BookFilter: This book had some futuristic name for Australia. What's the name of the book? [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

How to jazz up a solid silk necktie?

Boyfriend has a solid-colored teal silk necktie he was forced to buy for a wedding. He says he'll never wear it again in it's current state as it is too "prom-y". Anything I can do to either a) make the tie more interesting (ex. a pattern) and thus wearable or b) put it to some other crafty use? [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish at 8:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Feels bad, man

My spouse is under some pretty severe work stress, and has recently come to realize that he might be depressed. Appointments with a therapist and a GP will be booked this week, but in the meantime I'm looking for other resources and support ideas. Depressed mefites, what are some amazing things that people have done to help you? What are some things you've wished you had someone around to do for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 22 comments

How to cool the computer?

My computer heats up the entire apartment. Is there any way to cool it down? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:15 PM PST - 17 comments

I ought to be... flattered?

She (possibly) likes me. I don't. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Minnows that eat mosquitoes.

I have a 2 gallon clear plastic fish tank. I just put a couple of water hyacinths in along with the tiny aquatic snails they harbored and a handful of compost for nutrients. I also want to add a few small fish that will feed on mosquitoes. What would be the best commonly-available species, or mix of species? This is all just for fun, by the way. I live new Atlanta, Georgia.
posted by gray17 at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is the best place in the world for a porter/stout (beer) enthusiast to travel if they want to taste it all?

Where is the best place in the world for a porter/stout (beer) enthusiast to travel if they want to taste it all? If there isn't a place that's best for those dark styles specifically, where do you go if you're a beer enthusiast generally? [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 5:58 PM PST - 24 comments


What is the quickest thing I can do to improve my cello playing and sight reading? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I document my sideline business while collecting unemployment in PA?

Can you walk me through the steps/documentation necessary to collect Pennsylvania unemployment while maintaining a "sideline" business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What to plant near a creek that will be able to overcome weeds?

I have a area in my yard that is sometimes muddy and sometimes not due to a small creek that is a trickle or bigger according to the weather. I normally weed-eat this area but do not like disturbing the frogs, etc that live there naturally. This area is partly sunny and partly shade. What could I plant in this area that would thrive in mud and be able to overcome the weeds? I live in East Tennessee (Zone 6).
posted by sandyp at 5:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Web/mobile app for planning adventures with friends.

Looking for a web/mobile app for planning adventures with friends. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 5:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Story based language instruction?

Do you know of any story based language instruction books? I have a vague memory from when I was a kid (late 70's/early 80's) of reading book that was the story of an american boy going to visit france. The book starts out in english, and adds french words to the story as the boy in the story encounters them. If I remember correctly, the last chapter is entirely in french. [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood at 5:13 PM PST - 8 comments

WHo owns an app?

If I make an app using an app builder like Apple Developer, Buzztouch, Mit App Inventor or Andromo, for example, who owns the app? [more inside]
posted by cda at 5:10 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do on a rainy anniversary?

Please help us save our anniversary! The boy and I are celebrating one year together tomorrow (Monday) and have been planning on going to Coney Island for months. Now there's a 70% chance of rain. What to do? [more inside]
posted by dysh at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet Missing Mouse?

I am in a position to be able to buy a used Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet at a very good price, but it is missing the mouse. Is that something that I would miss? (I would be using it primarily for drawing).
posted by cardamom at 4:41 PM PST - 16 comments

What to give a Boston-bound individual?

Boston-specific (or not) graduation gift? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Help my figure out my career path

I really need help figuring out my new career track. I want to take "the next step" and don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 4:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Spinning an answer in an interview

Could one get away with saying he was laid off instead of let go for poor performance in an interview? Have you ever heard of anybody being fired for cause because he said he was laid off? [more inside]
posted by molamola at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Buying a Typewriter with history

I would like to buy a semi-famous typewriter. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Why and how do people become dog breeders?

My wife and I want to become dog breeders (take a wild guess at which breed). We have some land. We both work at home. We both love dogs. How do people get started and why do they get started? Do they make an income from it or is it all about the love? What do they do when they're not breeding?
posted by vizsla at 3:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Tips for Pyrenees and Southern France?

Tips for Pyrenees and Southern France? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a cheap but charming Bohemian paradise to live in forever.

Where in the US should I move? A whole variety of criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 52 comments

How unhygenic is constant handwashing of laundry?

For various reasons, it's significantly more convenient for me to handwash my dirty clothes/linens with detergent in the bathtub, and dry them on a rack in the living room. It's so convenient, in fact, that I'll bother to do my laundry, rather than wear rarely machine-washed and dirty clothes most of the time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I decay VHS tapes to get interesting audio effects?

Are there any resources I can use to learn about deliberately degrading tapes? [more inside]
posted by Pope Xanax IV at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Places to find "this will knock your socks off" type of projects

Where do I find information about cutting edge, uber creative "this will blow your mind" kind of projects? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 2:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Who is T.J. Ecklebird?

What kind of baby bird did we find in our backyard? Will it be OK? Are we doing the best thing for it by leaving it alone? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Is the Chum-Churum drinkable?

Chum-Churum (19.5% alcohol made from sweet potato with added sugar and hfcs). Open, unrefrigerated bottle for 24 hours at room temperature, then refrigerated. Safe to drink? I'm saying it's totally fine. My friend has grave doubts.
posted by who squared at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to Retain Lots of Technical Stuff ?

I move back and forth between language, technologies and systems. I spend inordinate amounts of times getting back to speed. Is there any way I can ease this and reduce this time period? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

In the past 4 days I've had 4 lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem?

In the past 4 days I've had 4 major-ish lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 1:59 PM PST - 27 comments

Wireless vs wired video streaming to my TV - Help.

Why does Windows 7 "play to" work on wireless but not wired? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 1:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos.

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos. [more inside]
posted by hrhcc at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Joomla, but the code is so short and simple anyone could help...

Seems like a simple two-line piece of code stopped working after a minor Joomla upgrade. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How to connect a home network to Amazon VPC (with hardware VPN)

Is it possible to use a Cisco 881 along with a broadband router to connect to Amazon VPC (with hardware VPN option)? [more inside]
posted by bootlaces at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

I don't want sex with my husband. What should I do?

Four years ago I married a great guy. We've been together a total of eight years. Sometime around when we got married...maybe a little before, I stopped wanting sex with him. I dreaded it on our wedding night/honeymoon. At first I thought it was just a phase, something to do with wedding planning burnout and general nerves. Four years later, it's even worse than it was. Otherwise, we have a good relationship, I think. We have everything in common, a shared worldview, good communication. Because of the sexual issue, we have talked numerous times about separating. I guess what I can't figure out is, why this has happened, and if our entire relationship is worth ending over it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 PM PST - 84 comments

Camtasia headache = sadface.

Why are my Camtasia MP4 exports cropping 1/4 of the video? [more inside]
posted by denriguez at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Role and efficacy of hand "scribing" in learning

Is there any research either supporting or negating the importance of manual symbol making in learning? I'm thinking that manual symbol making, going back to diagrams in the earth, must be a well evolved capability, and that when we write something down all sorts of neural pathways are employed, and that those pathways and associations facilitate learning. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

How to hang a bunch of corkboards on my wall?

What's the best way to hang a bunch of bulletin boards (corkboards) on a large plaster-and-lath wall? Constraints: the boards should sit flush/flat on the wall, and should be removable / repositionable (within reason). [more inside]
posted by sixswitch at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Heartbreak support

Is there something like a 12-step program with meetings that I could attend that focuses on getting over a breakup? [more inside]
posted by Failure31 at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

can the second noun ever be the subject?

[Language Processiong / Grammar Question] With a pattern of noun infinitive adjective noun verb infinitive, can the second noun ever be the subject of the verb? Bonus question (below the fold): In the second case does the adverb of the verb always determine the sentiment of the second noun? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Bookfort self-destruct will commence in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome. I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:42 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to be plugged in while in Europe.

US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me save my Shuffles

I put 20-100 songs into Windows Media Player (for example) and engage the "shuffle" or "random" play function. Many times the resulting generated playlist really, really, works, and I would like to save this playlist to burn a mix CD or just to replay later. Is this possible? With any program that you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by J0 at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there any single mother MeFites who conceived via a sperm bank who would be willing to share their experience with my friend?

Are there any single mother MeFites who conceived via a sperm bank who would be willing to share their experience with my friend? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Do sunscreens that don't smell like sunscreen exist?

What sunscreen smells the least like sunscreen? [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 9:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Cozy it's not

Highly functional large room ideas for a small family of three? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc at 9:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Is asking someone to turn their headphone music down a bad idea?

You're on a crowded bus, street car or subway. Someone has on headphones with the music so loud that you, and everyone in a 7-foot radius can hear it. Do you politely ask that person to turn their music down? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 9:42 AM PST - 55 comments

Please don't say "wear a hat"

Where can I buy BIG, or at least non-tiny containers of natural / mineral / physical sunscreen? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Amazing, newer French novels that are not available in English translation?

Amazing, newer French novels that are not available in English translation? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

laundry stain removal

Laundry stain removal. Can't get a stain out. What works? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

How to troubleshoot an iMac/Boot Camp/Win7 installation

Help troubleshooting an iMac/Windows XP/Windows 7/Bootcamp/Parallels installation, please? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Last minute gift idea

So... it's my stepmother's 78th birthday in a couple of days. This time, I need help in coming up with a last minute gift. [more inside]
posted by vers at 8:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Oh Brother, Trouble Weighs A Ton...

My 22-year-old brother is an inconsiderate jerk. My parent's have kicked him out. He's about to be homeless in an hour, with literally nothing to his name. I want to help him not live in a ditch but should I do that? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 7:56 AM PST - 101 comments

It's all just a game.

I need an Ask sanity check about something in my relationship that is driving me crazy. My husband has a planned activity every other weekend, and my mounting frustration with the situation is becoming harder for me to ignore. But is it really something that I should be this upset about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 61 comments

Peripheral comfort zone?

What ambient temperatures are safe for typical consumer electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 7:55 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I encourage my brother to leave his extremely toxic workplace?

How can I encourage my brother to leave his extremely toxic workplace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Japanese grocers between Portland and Boston?

I need the best Japanese grocer between Portland, ME and Boston. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Buy audi a1 or mini convertible?

Should I buy Audi A1 1.4 or Mini one 1.6 convertible? Which will I enjoy more? [more inside]
posted by starrjenny at 6:35 AM PST - 8 comments

90s Pro video equipment - Betacam SP - recycle, donate, what ?

I have a Betacam-SP UWV 1800-p player/recorder. I cannot think of any use for it. Would it suit a college AV department ? Or a museum ? I'd like to see it find a good home, but I will settle for getting rid of it. Can any Mefiers recommend a next step ?
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 6:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to I find this Samsung LED TV component adapter cable?

A friend's got a Samsung LED TV which has two input jacks (appears to be the "3.5mm" type) for Component signal - 1 socket for video (red, green, blue) and 1 for audio (red, white). Problem is: where do I find these cable adapters so we can connect (5) component cables into these (2) input jacks? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 5:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Fix Grocery IQ or recommend an alternative?

Help me understand the Grocery IQ app for iOS or recommend an alternative. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Was this really a hijack attempt?

Was this really a hijack attempt? In Texas in the 1960's or early 1970's there was an attempted hijacking of a plane. The Army drove by the plane with two jeeps and rendered the plane useless by almost severing the vertical stabilizer with machine gun fire. [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 1:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Does my cat scare away roaches?

Are roaches afraid of my cat? [more inside]
posted by kinsey at 12:23 AM PST - 12 comments

May 19

What is the Facebook friends algorithm?

I'm trying to figure out the Facebook friends algorithm. Because I'm nosy. [more inside]
posted by rose selavy at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Get me out of your starry eyes and

What cover of the Records' "Starry Eyes" am I remembering? [more inside]
posted by lowest east side at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn how to draw simple comic style drawings.

I'm writing a book. I want to draw very simple black & white comic strip style cartoon drawings to go with it. PROBLEM: I can't draw. Heck, I don't even doodle. But I can learn! What books/websites/iTunes U/online classes/etc are out there? Got any advice or knowhow to pass along? Help me get started! [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected at 9:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Are medical school loans too complicated for doctors to understand?

How would a doctor fresh out of residency figure out how to manage her new income and address her med school loans? [more inside]
posted by emmykm at 9:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Recipes for an evening cocktail after baby has gone to bed.

Somehow I ended up with a bottle of Disaronno. What are some good drink recipes? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 9:34 PM PST - 31 comments

My rock Band needs wireless monitors.

Need suggestions for adding wireless monitors to my rock band set up. I ask the question here because the PA forums I've looked are overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What?

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo at 9:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to volunteer in Austin, Texas?

Needed: Austin-area non-profits at which to volunteer my time. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What's a good website to find roommate(s) other than Craigslist?

What's a good website to find roommate(s) other than Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 8:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Meditation Before Sleep

What sort of meditation would be appropriate to aid in attaining a deep sleep? Something to do in bed immediately before you doze off?
posted by parallax7d at 7:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Adding apps to someone else's iPad, or How do two people use the same iPad?

Is it possible for me to add apps to a borrowed iPad without losing everything that is already on it? [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 7:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for this set of bento boxes

Do you see this 3-layer bento lunch box for sale online? One box in the stack is white with the yellow design, one is white with the orange design, and the 3rd box is white with the green design.
posted by cashman at 7:13 PM PST - 10 comments

help me become a better potential employee.

How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the easiest and quickest way to get rid of hundreds of books?

I'm moving in about ten days, I'm disabled, and my mother (who is in her mid-sixties) is here helping me pack. I've got four of five hundred books, mostly paperbacks and mostly genre fiction, about which I'm finally being sensible and eliminating. The problem we're having is that it's almost as much trouble to get rid of these as it would have been to pack them. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:32 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some good movies about Berlin?

What are some good movies about Berlin? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 6:28 PM PST - 27 comments

How to teach an adult beginner how to drive?

What's the best way for me to teach a beginner how to drive? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 5:26 PM PST - 31 comments

Brief double vision in the mornings

For a while now, I've had about 5 minutes of double vision in one eye, but only in the mornings. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 5:18 PM PST - 11 comments

I.D That Pin/Button!

I found a pin (with a button backing) at the flea market on the UWS in NYC last week I'd like to know what, if anything, it represents. Photo , Clearer with size comparison. Where/What is this design from? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find .net/ruby/r contracts?

Well I just lost my job since the company I worked for folded. I have thought about starting my own Microsoft stack, and Ruby on Rails stack consulting company. (I am in the US, in Colorado) Need some help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for Netflix instant films with great cinematography

We want to watch movies on Netflix Istant that have beautiful cinematography. Nothing too violent or gory. We'd prefer a good plot and characters. We're not talking a good looking film, we want beautiful, drop dead gorgeous photography, available on Netflix Instant. For an example of what I mean by drop dead gorgeous, check out the trailer for Nostalghia. Obviously other films by that director, Andrei Tarkovsky, are one list, but what else would you suggest?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:38 PM PST - 40 comments

Strange trance-like effect from repeating action?

When I was younger, I sometimes used to amuse myself by repeating a simple action over and over again until I got into a strange state. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 4:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Did I just see someone get raped in porn?

NSFW porn question: I am a hetero woman and I like to watch hardcore porn once in a while. I just had an unpleasant experience, though. And I would like to know if what I saw is abuse or what the hell. [more inside]
posted by ADent at 4:28 PM PST - 36 comments

Policy Solutions for DC Prisoners?

I'm doing a research and policy project on DC prisoners. I'm looking for information and personal stories on what the situation is like for DC prisoners serving time in the federal system. I'm also interested in information on conditions in the former DC Prison at Lorton. I'd like to compare conditions before and after the closure of Lorton and make some recommendations for how to improve outcomes for DC inmates, both during their sentences and after release. [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does the dryer fuse keep blowing?

Why do my fuses keep blowing? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

What does (depressive) self-criticism sound like?

What does (depressive) self-criticism sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM PST - 14 comments

OH MY STARS! Can you help me keep them standing?

I'd like to use star-shaped paper lanterns as centerpieces for my upcoming wedding. (Such as these Is there any way to make them stand up easily? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I get a U.S. Dept. of Education Special Direct Consolidation Loan?

Should I get a U.S. Dept. of Education Special Direct Consolidation Loan? [more inside]
posted by scose at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Disinfecting My Feet After a Spa Pedicure

Currently in the process of getting a mani/pedi at a salon my friends have been to, but I haven't. Question about hygiene. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

The dress must be out there.

Mefi Sewers! I am a beginning sewer and just found a fabulous vintage patterned length of fabric (two yards x 58 inches) at a thrift shop for two bucks. I want to make a very simple a-line shift dress that is made from two cuts of fabric, front and back, that sew together on the sides of the body. A zipper in the back is ok. I cannot seem to find a pattern, vintage or otherwise, that fulfills these criteria. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to hide the thing that will promote it once you've wandered inside.

Iframes and CSS insertion. Help or a better idea? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm lost!

Help me plan my next career move [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 47 comments

Recommended moving companies for a move from Vancouver (Canada) suburb A to Vancouver suburb B?

Recommended moving companies for a move from Vancouver (Canada) suburb A to Vancouver suburb B? Need to move furniture up narrow steps without dinging either walls or furniture. Looking for reliable service but reasonably priced. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Redeeming points for a great getaway?

Best way to use my Priority Club points? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for a therapist in SF/Oakland area?

Life happens. Looking for recommendations for a therapist in SF/Oakland area. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 12:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Have any of you participated in or led the genetics lab using fruit flies?

Have any of you participated in or led the genetics lab using fruit flies? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Crush Hooked Up With Someone Else

First things first: I am a gay female. I have had a crush on my friend for several months (also a gay female), however, being inexperienced at making first moves and being shy, I have been moving very slowly. I thought perhaps she felt something for me, but never made any overt moves. Recently she drunkenly hooked up with another girl (whom she had just recently met within the last 2 weeks and this was only the second or third day they had really hung out together) at a party. I am wondering if I have completely missed my chance, and what I should do. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 11:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Help a Dumb Daddy Out, Please

Help me unlock a locked phone without the code! [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

At least the vodka stayed potable.

Freezer disaster! I came home from a week long trip to discover that the seal on my freezer had failed, and that everything at the front of the freezer had thawed. Everything at the back was coated in ice. But what about the stuff in the middle? [more inside]
posted by pickypicky at 10:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Nashville, where can I pedal for entertainment?

Spontaneous day-trip to Nashville! When: Tomorrow, aka Sunday. Who: 2 weird, young dudes with a car and 2 bicycles. MeFi: What should we put on our list of awesome stuff to do and places to go? We already plan on eating and drinking at Bosco's. More growler-worthy beer is always welcome.
posted by Giggilituffin at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Talk to me about dissociation... or whatever my problem is

Is this dissociation? I would really like to learn more about my slightly peculiar experience of living life, and what it means, if anything. I've been suspecting some form of dissociation, but I'd love some pointers to books, articles or sites, or informed experiences that might help make things clearer. [more inside]
posted by lizwykys at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Horses over hockey???

How can I watch the NHL Playoff game today in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by capnsue at 10:24 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me understand the term "high-maintenance" in describing a partner.

Help me understand the term "high-maintenance" in describing a partner. I am asking this question to get a clearer understanding of the term "high-maintenance" when your partner describes you as such. My interpretation of it has been respect, dedication, commitment and love and want to gauge whether I should alter my understanding of my definition and my actions. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots at 10:15 AM PST - 60 comments

In the mood

Where can we go jazz/swing dancing in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Teen Drug Usage and Rehab

From past addicts/addiction experience - At what point does a teen drug use go beyond teenage rebellion into a full blown addiction, and can anything be done if the teen doesn't want help, and not all parties are on board with consequences? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 15 comments

It's not a triffid, but what is it?

I have this plant [1] [2] [3] in my office. What is it? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Links, links everywhere

I love the One Thing Well blog and the newish The Toolbox. Are there any other good link blogs similar in purpose (links to resources and webapps instead of news/articles)?
posted by Memo at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I manage a group of active alcholics at a wedding without losing my mind?

My brother is a problem drinker at best, probably an alcoholic. We're heading to our small home town to watch my alcoholic father marry his prescription drug addict girlfriend. oh, the snowflakes. I'm trying to figure out how bad this is going to be, and if there is anything I can do to keep it smooth for the wedding. I would like to hear other people's experiences to help me think positive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Questions about The Avengers Movie

At the risk of sounding like an idiot, I have some questions about The Avengers (the movie). Mild spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Tips for replacing all your stuff after a move to Chicago.

My wife and I will be moving across an ocean(the atlantic - from Birmingham, UK to Chicago) in a couple of months and in the process I will be abandoning 87.6% of my stuff (everything but sentimental knick-knacks, some clothing and laptops). I'd like advice on rebuilding my stuff collection - furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils and all the other stuff you need to make an apartment livable. What would you do if you could do it all over again? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 6:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Male lesbian?

Advice and guidance for someone grappling with sexual and emotional orientation? Specific case inside. trigger warning [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Preparing for Law School App

What can I do to prepare for applying to law school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 20 comments

What cat breed is this?

What type of breed is this cat? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 6:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Mua ha ha ha

How to play a hilarious prank on phone scammers? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 5:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Lucky Strike cigarettes in Dallas

Anyone know where I can get Lucky Strike cigarettes in Dallas, TX? Thanks
posted by senseofsurreal at 5:46 AM PST - 4 comments

The modulation of our sense of smell

How and why do we become accustomed to smells? What makes some odours personally super-pungent one day and unnoticed 'background noise' later on, despite the smell remaining objectively unchanged? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 4:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Awesome but not for me

Should I forego an opportunity in a (somewhat competitive) field I am not pursuing when I have nothing else lined up? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 2:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Apps for an apple flavoured snowflake?

Friends, mefites, global citizens, recommend me your apps for the iPad. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 1:47 AM PST - 14 comments

May 18

Next time, solicit advice before making major purchase...

I decided to try gas permeable contacts today, but now I've read previous questions on mefi, I am having serious concerns over my choice. Does anyone like their RGP contacts, especially after years of soft contact lens wear? [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 11:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Miniature Chinese landscapes?

You know those miniature dioramas you sometimes find in Chinese restaurants, the ones made out of something like bamboo shavings (?), usually scenes of some trees, a bridge and a small temple or gazebo, set in a little glass box/frame? My Google-fu is weak - my young son is disappoint (he would love one for his birthday)... [more inside]
posted by progosk at 11:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I take advantage of the medium of VHS?

I want to make a music video straight to VHS. How can I maximize the glitches and poor quality associated with the medium? [more inside]
posted by synthedelic at 9:32 PM PST - 16 comments

I believe in sunshine and lollipops and manicures and jolly fun time..

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - attributed to Audrey Hepburn, but I'm kind of obsessed with how modernly wooey-gooey fabricated it sounds and wanting to know exactly where it came from. I'm happy to be proved wrong OR right, I just have to know. Does anyone know where this quote actually comes from? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 9:05 PM PST - 20 comments

What trendy women's shoes are cozy through a long day of retail?

Help me find some wide, stylish shoes that won't have my feet in agony after long days of retail! [more inside]
posted by araisingirl at 9:00 PM PST - 22 comments

A Good Bowl of Popcorn Should Not Be Hard

Unsatisfying popcorn making: Either help me figure out what I am doing wrong with the brown bag method or help me choose between the Whirley Pop, the Lindy's, or some other tool/method aside from traditional pan popping. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 8:49 PM PST - 36 comments

Can't seem to get ahead...need your experience and expertise.

I got moved to a new department at work-- only to find out I'm working harder and with less of a break for the same pay. I feel I'm getting punished for being a good worker. How do I civilly and professionally tell my boss this without being canned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 19 comments

How to navigate crazy daddy issues?

How do I deal with an emotionally charged email from my (semi-estranged?) father? Is it time to cut ties? Crazy snowflake wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Do we have to smell that smell?

We're looking for a new home and found one we like, but the odor is a bit overwhelming. Can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by roue at 7:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I eat my chorizo?

So I've got the classic dilemma- to eat or not to eat. I have some chorizo (the mexican variety, olé brand, if it matters), that I opened maybe two, three months ago. The chorizo is stored in individually wrapped sausage shaped holders. The sell by date on the package is June 16, as in next month. When I broke open one of the wrappers, the chorizo still smells divine inside. Is it ok to eat it since the main package was opened? Does the air outside of the little wrappers cause what's inside them to go bad? The internet was full of generalizations ("it's ground meat, of course it will go bad"), but I'd like a more definite answer. Anybody know?
posted by nzero at 7:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Make a wench of me.

What do ladies wear to kink events in NYC? And where can I, a plus-sized woman, shop for such clothes? Brick and mortar preferred. [more inside]
posted by KinkySockPuppet at 6:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Career Advice for a Recent Law Grad

I'm seeking any and all advice regarding my career search. I will be relocating to Los Angeles from the Midwest in July. I lived in Los Angeles prior to attending law school and have always wanted to move back. I graduated from law school this month and will be taking the California bar exam. Unfortunately, the Career Services department at my school offers me very little assistance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Tooth and clause

Dental Insurance: I have it for the first time in 20 years. Help me figure out how (if) I can get coverage for a procedure that was pre-approved and then denied coverage. [more inside]
posted by caryatid at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice on driving the TransCanada highway.

Help me figure out my route, travelling from Edmonton to Toronto on the TransCanada highway! [more inside]
posted by pytar gucchy at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Time/temp/solar: What is solar?

Time/temp/solar display: what is the solar telling me? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 5:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Is House headed for liver failure?

At some point, I remember someone telling me that one of the reasons vicodin includes acetominophen in addition to hydrocodone was so that people trying to abuse Vicodin would suffer liver failure before the opioid abuse killed them. Wikipedia does not mention this, nor do the obvious Google queries. Can anyone confirm or deny this? And, more generally, what would be the ethical or business considerations that inform that decision?
posted by d. z. wang at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments

What is THE BEST, most creative, most moving story & character-based PC game you've ever played?

What is THE BEST, most creative, most moving story & character-based PC game you've ever played? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 4:59 PM PST - 45 comments

Who drinks the dregs of champagne?

What do they do with perishable alcohol at the end of a cruise? [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Motofilter: how do you rate Hyosung as a manufacturer of motorcycles?

How does Hyosung compare to other motorcycle brands? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Producer, Director, Key Grip, Best Boy etc

How to find someone to create a short business video for display in a public space. [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 3:07 PM PST - 3 comments

A Receipts Scanner needed with 'scan to email' functionality

I have been asked to find a receipts scanner. It should be able to work preferably as a stand-alone device (so not attached to a PC) and email receipts to an email address ('scan to email' so digital copies of receipts can go into an expense system), cost a few hundred dollars and be easy to use. So far I am not having much luck - there is the Neat scanners ( but they seem to require a Mac.
posted by tahirh at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you still get your kicks on route 66?

Recommendations for routes and things to do on a two week road trip from Illinois to California and back? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

How to keep sane on a 6 month roadtrip?

Gearing up for a 6 month road-trip in the US. What do I take? Looking for sleeping bag, technology, and other gear recommendations. [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 2:33 PM PST - 13 comments

"Boot and Rally" is not a Feat of Skill

Help me come up with a list of "bar games" for a pub crawl! [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for books on WWII that could be read aloud to an elderly, ex-Marine who served in the war.

I am looking for book recommendations that might be suitable to read aloud to an elderly man who served six years in WWII as a Marine, he has dementia, but has some very alert periods of time. He loves war movies (and MASH), and is still very much interested in the war.
posted by nanook at 2:18 PM PST - 24 comments

What's this pain in my ankle?

Pain in my ankle. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Photograph Framing

I want to frame a 8x10 photograph, but I want to find a really cool place/website to either buy a cool and different picture frame or figure out how to do it myself. Any suggestions?
posted by Mikon6 at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I enjoy superman ice cream in Virginia?

Help me find superman flavor ice cream in the metro DC area -OR- help me find a cheap (but reliable) way to ship ice cream from Michigan to Northern Virginia. [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Car brakes broken?

Car Experts ahoy! 2009 Sonata with grinding rear brakes. Dealership says its normal wear and not covered under warranty... I'm skeptical.... [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 1:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How should I sell my MacBook Pro in Florence?

[Asking for a friend] How should I sell my late 2008 15" MacBook Pro in Florence, Italy? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron at 1:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What's my next move?

At a work-life crossroads: 23 years old, college grad, getting laid off, about to get married and buy a house, struggling to find the next job, in school but thinking about going back for more degree(s). Seeking general advice on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by wansac at 1:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Saturday Morning Rock Show

In the late 90s in Portland, Oregon, there was an AM radio program called the Saturday Morning Rock Show (if I'm remembering right) on (maybe) 1010 AM. Ran for 3-4 hours or so. Switched to Sundays at one point, then back to Saturdays I think, and then was gone. For most of their time they only played local Portland bands. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 1:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Shark animation machine: go!

I want to make a lightweight, non-Flash animation for my webpage that looks like this one example... [more inside]
posted by pavane at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Best beginner tai chi videos?

Please share your recommendations for good tai chi videos to improve balance. [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air: Reviews of portable air conditioning units are rather vague about how loud they are. There are a few that advertise "library quiet", but I'm not so sure. Does anyone have experience with one of these machines? I need a QUIET one. If I could get down to half the volume of a window unit, I'd be very happy.
posted by ecorrocio at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Aviator sunglasses that don't snag in hair?

Please school me in the mysteries of wearing aviator sunglasses. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

ISO electrical expertise

I just bought a house (yay!) and I need some schoolin' by educated mefites about the relative importance of various electrical upgrades my inspector recommended. If you're an electrician, a handyman with electrical expertise, or just a homeowner that's been through this, I'd love some thoughts on what is worth spending $$$ to upgrade now, versus not that important. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 12:53 PM PST - 26 comments

Streaming music sites for discovering new artists.

I want to discover new artists by streaming music. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 12:26 PM PST - 22 comments

I keep having bouts of self destructive behaviour in a relationship. 23/M Best ways to stop it?

I keep having bouts of self destructive behaviour in a relationship. 23/M Best ways to stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

My name, please make a note of it.

I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 12:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Unemployed, looking for an adventure

I'm 26 year old guy recently returned from teaching in Japan, out of a job, and looking for a new adventure. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Volunteering in Tanzania?

Volunteering in Tanzania? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 11:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Cartilage, anyone?

This might sound totally gross, but...where can a girl get her chicken cartilage fix? [more inside]
posted by amyshmamy at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

help me play with my model ships.

[gamefilter] Best, fast to play, naval or space miniatures (tabletop) simulation? Supports lots of players, time period irrelevant, won't take all night. Fussy details inside. [more inside]
posted by gregglind at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the best reputable sources to learn more about internet marketing?

Though I've been working with web development since the 90's, I have a hands-on knowledge gap when it comes to internet marketing techniques like SEO, Adwords, analytics and the like. What are the best sources, free or paid, to learn more? I've been looking around for good resources, but it looks like this field is dominated by crooks. Any recommendations of books and sites written by reputable professionals is appreciated. I'm also a big fan of video lectures, if you know of any.
posted by falameufilho at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Keep the Jeep ?

Keep the jeep? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 10:28 AM PST - 23 comments

Please recommend me a good gaming laptop (with a max budget of £800)

Can I be recommended a decent laptop that is fast, has good graphics and is overall good quality please. My maximum budget for this is £800. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Uk EEA hassles.

UK Visa and Work Permit Help: So I just received a Uk Entry Clearance which was a "EEA Family Member" type because my unmarried partner being German and she is working in the UK. But: a) why is it only valid for 6 months? and b) am I actually allowed to work on this Entry Clearance? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do about surprise cockroaches on day 1 of our lease?

We just signed a year long lease on a very nice house but haven't moved in yet. The lease started on Tuesday, the checks are cashed by the landlord, and the walkthrough in the bright light of day was fine. The landlord assured us that there were no bug problems (except termites in the past, which have been treated). However, yesterday evening when we were moving the first load of stuff to the new house, we spotted multiple cockroaches (outside, but against the house/diving into cracks in the foundation). NOOOO!!! How to proceed when we would have not signed the lease under these conditions? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter at 10:05 AM PST - 23 comments

History of Games 101

History of Games 101. I need to learn more about the history of gaming. Ideally getting a solid overview of the continuum of ancient games such as dice, chess and Go, all the way up through present day video games. Please recommend some books for me. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Is something killing my roses?

My rosebushes were robust 2 weeks ago, but something's going on. Here's what the worst one looks like from afar and a closeup. [more inside]
posted by buggzzee23 at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

what do you talk/move with ur gf's friends?

I am nervous(totally) about meeting bunch of strangers and the thought they are all there to meet me. How do you handle this? what kind of conversations would you have with them? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 at 9:54 AM PST - 24 comments

A console game deserving of the British Bulldog

Name a recent (and good) console game by a British company [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Mountain bike needs upgrade! Help

So I have a 5 year old mountain bike(IronHorse Team SE) that I have been riding beginner trails and mostly commuting. Condition is fairly good and have been keeping up with cleaning and lubing. I want to spend up to $200 to upgrade components to make it lighter and faster while maintaining the same trail-ability Components are Rock Shox J-1 fork Hayes IH-2 disc brakes AL-6061 Frame Shimano ST-EFX35 Shift Levers TruVativ X-Flow Crank Shimano CSHG30-8I Rear Cogs Acera Shimano Rear Der. Shimano C050 Fr. Der. MythosXC 2.10F Tires Weight 35 lbs Any suggestions please?
posted by radsqd at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Low-key in lower city

NYC: Low-key non-dive downtown Friday night bar? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Open enrollment deadlines and dilemmas

It's open enrollment time, and given the changes in all the policies, it's now a lot harder for a clear cut decision. [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 9:06 AM PST - 3 comments

iPhone backup and protection during iOS 5 upgrade

Augggh. I'm being forced to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 5 (critical app requires it). Questions inside -- most importantly, can I completely opt out of iCloud? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me take payments from future customers by phone!

I need suggestions on ways to be able to generate an invoice and then take payment details from a customer by phone. If the customer is uncomfortable with this I would like to offer the invoice with an online payment page for them to fill in themselves. [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

How to scrape the Google cache

Had a plan to scrape a website, but now it's down indefinitely. Google has the site cached, but this makes things kind of complicated. Newbie questions about scraping websites and using the Google cache inside. [more inside]
posted by hot soup at 8:52 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd like to smoke outside, but I don't want to piss off the neighbors.

Should I introduce myself to potential new neighbors to see if my outdoor cigarette smoking would bother them? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 8:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

So Confused Right Now.

How do I deal with being a platonic relationship? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac at 8:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Need inspiration for my next work of... well... something.

I'm not an artist by any stretch, but I recently discovered that I kind of like painting with acrylics-- and I've badly needed a hobby for a while now. But I also need inspiration and so I'm looking for images that I can use as examples, but that I can make my own. For example, I really liked this and so my very first (and so far only) painting was this (1,2). I'm liking very geometrical or line-based repeating patterns that are either brightly multi-colored or monochromatic designs, but even though I have rulers and compasses, I also have a very unsteady hand so the design has to be kind of forgiving. Can you help me find images or sites where I might be able to find an idea for my next one? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Brainstorming daily ideas for a photo blog.

Help me brainstorm daily ideas for my photo-a-day blog. I just finished Day 70, and I'd like to get more creative. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 7:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I tell my friend his memorial plan is too expensive?

Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for a vocal instructor / coach in the New Haven / eastern CT shoreline area?

Recommendations for a vocal instructor / coach in the New Haven / eastern CT shoreline area? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:16 AM PST - 1 comment

I am a total banking n00b

I need to open a local bank account so I can keep track of my money. But I'm thinking I might switch to an online banking service once it becomes available in my area. Can I open an account, deposit cash, and then withdraw it all and close the account again in the future without any hassle? Is there a particular bank I should lean towards using to make this process easier? I'm in Philadelphia, for what that's worth.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Hip pain causes scoliosis? How do I fix it??

How can I fix this muscle strain that is giving me scoliosis (?) [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 6:16 AM PST - 10 comments

What's my best option for my company's email and to-do lists?

How difficult is it to switch to Microsoft Exchange? And is it worth it for my needs? [more inside]
posted by gman at 6:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Like Twisted Sister, we wanna rock

Where can a rock band get a gig in Manhattan on a favorable night of the week without having recent gig experience? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 5:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Design a small apartment from scratch.

What could be a reference design for a comfortable, well-equipped, small (150 to 300 sqf) highrise apartment for up to two people? [more inside]
posted by UrbietOrbi at 5:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Nonfiction books/articles about trials?

Nonfiction books/articles about trials, please. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 5:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Surfer mom

What's a good place/way to set up a website for a parent? [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 4:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Children's book about Quaker riddles?

Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle at 4:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I turn off my hearing?

Would it be possible to install a switch of some sort in my head that would enable me to turn my hearing on and off? I realise that I would be unlikely to find a doctor willing to do this, but I'm interested in the theoretical possibilities. [more inside]
posted by alby at 3:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Insightful, high quality information design

Examples of high-quality user experience / interface / information design? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 3:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Large Red Flower identification

Flower identification: What is this large red flower? A picture of the plant. [more inside]
posted by la_rousse at 3:36 AM PST - 5 comments

All I know is I take my medicine, I always take my medicine.

[PlaylistFilter] Songs about being on, or prescribed with, psychiatric medication. [more inside]
posted by Yma at 2:26 AM PST - 52 comments

Large file upload service? In real life?

We are traveling and have very slow Internet service. My BF is a photo retoucher and has about 100 large file images he needs to send to the client by tomorrow. It will take a week to send with our sketchy Internet connection. Is there a real life service that would do this for us (in the U.S. Not all images SFW)? Does Kinkos or some other place have a service for this? Any othe ideas? Thank you!
posted by Vaike at 12:29 AM PST - 9 comments

May 17

whoa what huh whuh

What are the origins of this creepy psychedelic image? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 11:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Tell me your unlikely-yet-successful wireless plan sharing situations!

In-laws? Old roommates? craigslist? I'm trying to save some money here! Plus bonus snowflake question about tethering/MiFi options! [more inside]
posted by leemleem at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Meditation for busy parents?

How do I find a time and place for meditation as a parent? [more inside]
posted by dylan20 at 8:59 PM PST - 19 comments


My friend-with-benefits rarely texts me or asks to see me. So I think he's probably not that into it. But then he spends hours fixing things around the house for me. What would explain this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 41 comments

How to BLOCK browser toolbars from installing?

I need a method to BLOCK browser toolbars from installing. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 8:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Correct way to put a 110V (three-prong) dryer onto a 240V circuit? Or should we just throw it in and get a new one?

We've swapped out a three-prong dryer cord with a four-prong one but not wanting to plug it in and potentially blow something up. Approach from here? [more inside]
posted by jgunsch at 8:45 PM PST - 12 comments

A group of humans is called a...

A group of wolves is called a pack. A group of cattle is a herd. A group of crows is called a murder. A group of humans is called a ________? Is there a specific, academic term for this? [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week at 8:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Finding Summer Research Opportunities

Help me think of summer research opportunities for teachers/post-baccs. [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Testosterone supplementation for women

Testosterone supplementation for women - looking for research or information to share with my doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Got Trouble finding River City

Is there a simple way to find out if a particular play will be performed near me? I have an itch to see The Music Man on stage and I don't care whether it's a school production, community theater, or further up the chain, I just want to see it. [more inside]
posted by apparently at 6:06 PM PST - 12 comments

K stands for the Kindness we show our customers

Looking for funny 30 rock "Kabletown" quotes. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 5:39 PM PST - 2 comments

induction cooktops

Tell me about the merits of induction cooktops. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:35 PM PST - 30 comments

What camcorders record straight to a computer?

What's the best camcorder I can buy for a reasonable price that will output directly to PC? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comment

How Does One Go About Changining or Amending California Law?

A good friend of my wife lost her brother in a vehiclular hit and run. The accused was convicted of felony hit and run resulting in death. At sentencing it was discovered that felony hit and run resulting in DEATH falls under the same law/statue as felony hit and run resulting in INJURY and so the felon was sentenced to only four years in prison, three with good behavior. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:12 PM PST - 31 comments

Caffeine thy name is C8H10N4O2, now get in my belly!

DripCoffeeFilter: Help me find a great drip coffeemaker. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me pick a new city to start a new career in

New career has me relocating to either Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Tampa, FL. Help me choose the best fit. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 at 4:48 PM PST - 46 comments


Are there any photographers in the SF Bay Area who specialize in wacky/zany/surreal portraiture? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Time to change gears - from workaholic to worklife balance

Currently I am working in a job that requires me to be your typical workaholic but I am soon moving onto a new position in an organisation that is very worklife balance oriented and I am concerned I will struggle with the transition. [more inside]
posted by latch24 at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find the perfect printer(s) for my project!

Please help me find the perfect printer(s) for my project! [more inside]
posted by perpetual lurker at 4:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Transgender surgeon around Middle Tennessee?

I am looking for a surgeon in or around the Middle Tennessee area willing to do FTM Transgender chest reconstruction surgery. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Quick haircut in Denver?

Denver, CO: I am flying in to Denver tomorrow and have a small window of time during which I need to get a haircut. Where can I get my haircut tomorrow afternoon, downtown in the central business district? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Mysterious islands in the street

What is the purpose of very small median strips close to the sidewalk near an intersection? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 3:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me not feel like the most incompetent housewife on the block.

We just bought a new three-story house with 2,900 square feet of gorgeous dark hardwood floors that make every single tiny speck of dust stand out (and we're about to get a short-haired, light-colored dog). How the hell do I keep this place clean without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 3:49 PM PST - 20 comments

What kinds of problems are likely in software engineering temp contracts?

I'm a software engineer. I have a job lead that requires me to go through a temp/contracting agency. I have not done that before. Is this a good idea? Are there things I should be watching out for in the contract? Or is it generally clear sailing? Thanks very much for your help.
posted by anonymous at 3:25 PM PST - 13 comments

My ginny gin gin cocktail

Cocktail troubleshooting: I am trying to create a drink for a party tomorrow, but my gin-based drink is too ginny. [more inside]
posted by supramarginal at 3:21 PM PST - 18 comments

B-100 Complex

I got this B-100 Complex from Costco that promotes energy and mental clarity. I took it for a week, every single day made so sleepy I even was afraid to drive. Does anyone has any idea why it has that effect when all the comments are so positives?
posted by 3dd at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for suggestions for middle-class to upper-middle-class rural areas around the Bay Area.

I'm looking for suggestions for middle-class to upper-middle-class rural areas around the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What to Do Down in Monterey

I'll be visiting Monterey, CA for a weekend getaway soon (most likely the end of June), and I'd love some suggestions for what to do. I've been countless times with visiting relatives so have already done all the basic touristy stuff and chain restaurants, but don't know what else the area has to offer. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

What do I need to turn my bike into a reliable form of practical transportation?

What do I need in order to start commuting by bike? Assume that I currently have 1) a bike, 2) there is no 2. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 2:25 PM PST - 51 comments

I'm studying abroad at Kangwon National University in about a month. Any interesting stories?

I'm studying abroad at Kangwon National University in about a month. Any interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 at 2:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Which is better, being debt free, or having large investments?

Should I try to pay off grad school loans this year (~50k@6.55%) or should I invest ? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 1:58 PM PST - 34 comments

Do kids do better with individual chores or group chores?

Parenting filter: I have two kids, 11 and 9. I'm a divorced dad trying to figure out a plan for their accountability for their chores when they're with me. The biggest stumbling block seems to be division of labor. On the one hand, assigning individual chores (Daughter, you wash the dishes. Son, you dry and put away) and rewarding for completion seems simple enough. But I want to teach them teamwork, negotiation, time management (who does what part first) and shared responsibility. So sometimes I say "Clean the kitchen, you figure out who does what". The latter seems better for a shared reward like a trip to the movies. Does anyone favor one approach over the other, and why? BTW they're coming from a household where their mom and I differed on how to handle chores, so they're a little used to coasting.
posted by punocchio at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

What radio plays should I listen to?

Where to start in researching the 'best' radio plays? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 1:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Advice on using investments to pay down debt

I have an investment account that I can access with only the tax penalty, but no other penalties, as well as various debts. I would like to use my investment account to pay off those debts. I am looking for advice on my particular situation. Ratios and special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 1:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Advice on setting up a VPN

Advice on creating a VPN type service using a windows desktop. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Analyzing data using surveys in Google Docs

We conducted a survey using Google Docs Spreadsheets. Unfortunately. Now we would like an easy way to analyze the data. How? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Cheapest, fastest internet in the emerald city?

What are my options for broadband residential internet in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a trick of your trade that you always do, even if the results are not noticed?

In your given field, is there one thing that you always do that may be overlooked but you consider it important? It may not be obvious, but it makes your work higher quality and/or more efficient and you can't imagine being happy with the work if you didn't do it. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 12:31 PM PST - 57 comments

Is there a way to eat lower-carb as a vegetarian with dietary restrictions?

Lowering carbs as a vegetarian with many diet limitations – this seems impossible and I'd love to hear how you navigate it. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 12:30 PM PST - 32 comments

I've lost touch with my kids, and I don't know how to fix it.

I've lost touch with my kids, and I don't know how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 39 comments

Please leave your answer after the beep.

Help me understand my landline phone problems and possibly buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Cool job or practical internship?

I haven't gotten an offer yet, but if I do, would it be a bad idea to pass it up for something with less benefits? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 12:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get out of this low GPA mess?

End of junior year in college, biology major, low GPA, just feel miserable. Is there any hope left for me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 11:32 AM PST - 39 comments

My only regret is that I never wrote down the name of this friggin book...

Another "vague memory of childhood book" question. This one had to do with some kids and...something about the American Revolution. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Best companies in America

I am beyond fed up with large companies. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a choice in some cases, but I’m hoping to get a list of companies that are decent and still practice actual customer service, rather than just giving lip service to it. (Examples at the bottom for people who feel like reading a rant). [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:59 AM PST - 64 comments

DEC (Device Ecosystem Failure)

Ipad 2 - how to transfer a SUBSET of photos in a folder to an iMac. Problem: can transfer ALL photos, and can transfer handpicked photos, but not a folder of selected photos. Tried iPhoto and Image Capture. [Asking for a friend]. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 10:44 AM PST - 3 comments

CMS for science!

Looking for a good content management system for a science research lab website. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Need advice on work-order software.

My very small office is looking for Windows software suggestions for tracking work orders. I know nothing about this kind of software, only that someone suggested BMC (Numara) Track-It. Are there others you have used that you can suggest to me? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!

Art technique filter: How did Stephen Gammell (the original illustrator of the haunting book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) accomplish his nightmare-inducing style? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

I Feel Pretty Oh So Pretty...or is it something else?

How concerned should I be about my teenage daughter's obsession with taking pictures of herself? [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 10:22 AM PST - 61 comments

Hotels in Oahu

Going to Oahu in June. Looking for any updated/current info anyone can provide regarding 1. a good/great hotel for three nights at a good/great value and 2. any off-the-beaten path recreational activities/site seeing/leisurely must-dos! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

My wife confessed to being molested as a child and I am not sure how to respond

I've been married to my wife for a few years, but she confessed to me recently that a neighbor molested her when she was a child. How can I respond to this in a helpful, supportive way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 33 comments

Yet another "what is this book I read as a kid" post.

Help me identify a young adult book I read in the late 70s or early 80s about a boy lost in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by Occula at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Cajón of my own

Should I buy a cajón? I know the best thing would be to go to my local big box drum store (ba-dum-dum) and try them out, but in the meantime...Can I get something in the hundred dollar range that sounds good, isn't too fragile, and is portable-ish? Are there particular brands/models that are considered particularly good value, can't-go-wrong choices? Also, I'm 5'2" -- Should I be worried about getting something too big? I'm interested in getting a cajon because it seems versatile and reasonably easy to get nice sounds out of it even while learning. Is that a safe assumption, or is there a better choice in the portable-hand-drum, sitting-around-playing-music-with-friends department (e.g., bongos, djembe...)? Have I asked too many questions for one post? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 10:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK.

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Restaurants in/around Lake Villa, IL

Posting for my girlfriend: I am looking for restaurant recommendations for a date somewhere in or around Lake Villa, IL (roughly 10 miles west of Gurnee.) I am willing to drive up to 30 minutes. I am looking for good food, strongly prefer an independent restaurant to a chain and absolutely no sports bars. Unique/hole in the wall is okay, as long as the food is good and we can talk. Both people on this date are female, but I'm not holding my breath for lesbian bars/restaurants in that area.
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Bird tattoo

I am getting a tattoo of two birds on my back to cover up some old tattoos that I no longer like. I am looking for bird species inspiration. Ideally these will be some sort of plumed birds, but please link me/give me a species name of any birds that you find to be particularly beautiful. Thanks!
posted by corn_bread at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

How did you escape your toxic work situation?

How did you escape (or deal with) your toxic work situation? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you avoid being tired after work?

Give me your best tactics for avoiding sleep and slack after a long workday. [more inside]
posted by fake at 9:26 AM PST - 26 comments

What is the origin of the "fishing up a boot" trope?

We've all seen this trope. A man is rod fishing, when he thinks he's just made a catch, but, tarnation! It's an old boot! Only there's something about it that just strikes me as quite odd about this whole business. [more inside]
posted by Algebra at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Can anyone help me identify two obscured songs from vaguely remembered lyrics?

Can anyone help me identify two obscure songs from vaguely remembered lyrics? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 9:15 AM PST - 5 comments

She's dating a guy who had an affair and is now divorced - can it work?

She's dating a guy who had an affair and is now divorced. Can it work? How? [more inside]
posted by paindemie at 9:12 AM PST - 31 comments

Grandpa wants to see the heir apparent

How to email an iPad photo to a large group? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 8:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me write Third Reality

I want a simple, bare-bones environment for working on my systems programming chops. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

A cluttered mind is a sign of...wait I forget.

This is a question about organization and task management. Long and snowflakey, harsh criticism allowed. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Searching Craigslist

What is your favorite tool for searching multiple Craigslist cities? Crazedlist is now defunct and I'm sad. I know I could set up a million RSS feeds, but I thought I'd ask here first before going to the trouble.
posted by MacChimpman at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get over burnout

How do I push through feeling burnt-out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I avoid self-sabotage and turn this internship into a career?

I just landed a dream internship (part time, unpaid) that will probably last about 6-8 months. Please help me avoid self sabotage so I can turn it into a job/career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you help us bless our wedding dinner?

Can you help us find the transcript of a blessing or poem from Praire Home Companion? Either that, or some other suitable grace for a Catholic/atheist/multifaith wedding blessing before dinner. [more inside]
posted by teragram at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Fern with Lettuce on her Tooth

Name This Book: A children's chapter book (think Judy Blume) in which a nerdy girl named Fern gets lettuce stuck to her front tooth. [more inside]
posted by something something at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Ipad as a musician´s friend !!

creative use of the iPad for musicians ? [more inside]
posted by theKik at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find this out-of-print book?

Where to find an out-of-print geneaology book? [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it possible to make my cat less needy?

Cat psychology filter: Is it possible to make my cat less needy? [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 7:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Why is my broadband acting weirdly?

Why does my wireless router stop some devices from accessing the web every now and then. [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

to Russia with love

Do you know any good videos for young children to learn a little Russian? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Power Grid: The Game is way more fun than this.

Explain alternating current distribution across "the grid" to me in terms an educated layman can understand. Specifically, I have a question about how to talk about which power plants are providing power to a particular consumer. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 7:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Therapist Recommendations around Westchester County NY

I am looking for suggestions for a great therapist in the Westchester County, NY area. I am thinking one that focuses on cognitive-behavioral therapy may be best, but am open to suggestions. [more inside]
posted by en el aire at 7:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Comfort foods of the world! I wish to cook and eat you!

I want to amass a collection of comfort food recipes, and I want them to be from as many different cultures and cuisines as possible! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 6:51 AM PST - 40 comments

Grammar correction in older fiction?

Correcting the grammar of other people. How long has this been a part of popular culture? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 6:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Sudden influx of calls to mobile phone

My mobile phone is suddenly getting lots (more than 30 in the last 18 hours) of phone calls from "unknown" numbers and numbers with strange area codes. No voicemails are left. In many cases, the leading three digits don't appear to be area codes used in North America (examples include 375, 736, and 486), so these could be calls from outside the U.S. and Canda. What's going on? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 6:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Old Fashion Candy Classics

Who invented Starlight Mints? [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

too many copies of a book?

What to do with ~50 copies of a Physics Text? [more inside]
posted by youchirren at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Domestic legs of international flights

I'm trying to wrestle with flights here, and none of the domestic options are very good. So I'm considering flying the domestic leg of an international flight instead. But I've got several questions. [more inside]
posted by glache at 6:16 AM PST - 20 comments

What is this thing?

What is this snuggly thing? [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I handle my mother's crush on my boyfriend's (much younger) brother?

My mother, who has borderline personality disorder, has thrown a tremendous wrench into my relationship. I am so overwhelmed by this right now. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:45 AM PST - 47 comments

Can I sue a freight forwarder for loss of future business?

My company lost its largest customer due to a freight forwarder screwing up and delivering an order a month late. Can I sue the freight company? [more inside]
posted by PSB at 5:44 AM PST - 7 comments

mp4 battery

Replacement flat battery pack for a dead mp4 player. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 5:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I infesting my garage with wood ticks when I leave my work clothes there?

I volunteer at a nature preserve which is known to have wood ticks & deer ticks. People have gotten Lyme disease from tick bites there, so out of concern for our household critters, I take off my clothes in the garage upon returning home and proceed directly to the shower. Would any ticks on said clothing migrate to the rest of the garage, or would they stay put until I pick up the pile & put it through the washer?
posted by rpaxton at 5:40 AM PST - 6 comments

New, [unsusual()?] career choices.

I am a Systems Engineer. I work with models and simulations and do a lot of work with Excel and Bespoke modelling tools and massive massive piles of data. I'm pretty good at it, most of the time. But, what else could I do (preferably in or near London) ? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Peeling paint reveals Lockwood sticker: which came first?

On two doors, the door closing mechanism's paint is peeling, and underneath the paint there is a Lockwood sticker. Is this a design feature, an 'easter egg', or what? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece at 5:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get it on this weekend.

Fun, nerdy, date ideas in Ottawa, On? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 5:09 AM PST - 9 comments

when i find the time capsule, maybe i'll find my memory

I buried a time capsule in our backyard 25 years ago. I'm not sure I remember where I buried it. Can you help me find it without tearing up the yard? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Serging forward

I used an overlocker (serger) for the first time yesterday, and I was impressed. I'd like to get one when I am in a position to have a proper sewing space (hopefully in the next year), but can I survive without one for dressmaking well enough? And what should I be looking for in a first machine? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:38 AM PST - 13 comments

How hard is it to drive with a hitch?

I was asked to help a friend move. I'd be driving a small two door hatchback. Attached would be a U-Haul U-Box hitched on to the back (See here for details). I have never driven anything with a hitch on the back. I would need to drive it 4 times, each time it would be about 15 miles or so. It would help save a lot of money if i could do this. How hard is it to drive with something big hitched behind? Should I help out? Any thoughts, or tips on the situation would be very appreciated.
posted by Mr.X at 4:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Spoof "how-to" videos

What is the website full of fake home improvement / how to videos that seem reasonable at first but are actually all spoofs / parodies with bad advice? [more inside]
posted by ac at 3:10 AM PST - 5 comments


I'm going to be spending the upcoming weekend in Melbourne, and am interested in shopping for vintage and handcrafted items, as well as general wandering/people watching. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by Georgina at 2:37 AM PST - 9 comments

I need to replace my netbook

Help me replace my eee901 netbook. My needs are annoyingly specific. [more inside]
posted by rhymer at 2:05 AM PST - 8 comments

May 16

Please help decipher the signatures of a drawing and painting

My wife and I bought a sketch and a watercolor, both of which have visible signatures, but that we cannot decipher. Images: Sketch Img 1 & 2, Painting Img 1 & 2. Does anybody recognize the artists or have any suggestions on how to ID the artists? [more inside]
posted by comradechu at 11:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you watch movies on an iPad without a network?

How can my friend watch movies on her iPad like you would on a laptop? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 11:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Yea, verily wast he tricked oute withe many fineries

I recently came across the phrase "tricked out"--used just the way we use it today--in a book from the late 1800s. I was so shocked that I searched Project Gutenberg and found it used all over the place. What's the deal? And what are some other current-sounding phrases that go back further than you would think--used the way we use them today?
posted by circular at 10:43 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I transform my bed into gold?

How can I transform my super old vintage painted cast iron bed into a rad shiny metallic aged gold bed in the least painful/expensive way possible? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum at 10:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Earnest TV that doesn't short change women

Can you recommend me a TV series that is both earnest and feminist friendly? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 9:46 PM PST - 51 comments

Do all cats look like sphynx cats under their fur?

Do all cats look like sphynx cats under their fur? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 9:14 PM PST - 3 comments

No time left to lose

Did nothing for 3 years. Now I need a job again. Am I doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 17 comments

VERY simple alternating strength-training program

I want two quick and easy strength-training exercises I can alternate and do every day, in order to get my exercise groove back. What are two complementary ones? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 8:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Name this obscure work-related principle of efficiency?

Looking for the name of a principle, probably named after its originator, who was likely a programmer, that goes something like "When we interact, please assume that I won't be offended by a lack of social niceties, and get right to the point for the sake of efficiency." I feel like it had a stub or some brief mention on Wikipedia, and I remember first encountering the idea in someone's forum signature.
posted by Lorin at 8:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Which of these Spanish language films should I watch?

My college's language lab has a bunch of Spanish language movies that I can watch to fulfill my language lab requirement for my Spanish class. But I know very very little about Spanish language film. Which of these movies should I watch? For an added level of difficulty, assume I can only watch five films in a semester.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:01 PM PST - 32 comments

I'd love to work two months.

I have an interview tomorrow. I had a phone interview that went well enough that they’ve asked me to meet other people on the team in person. The job seems like a good fit for my skills and based on what I’ve learned so far, I’d like the job. The issue: I’ve planned a month-long trip for July. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart at 7:55 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to be a roughneck!!

Roughneck/oil rig filter: Im trying to pursue a career change and working on an oil rig & doing the roughneck type work is something I'm interested in. Ive been a IT Support/Network administrator/Network engineer for the past 12 years and its time for a change and time to get out of the office environment. How do i get into this line of work? I see a lot of websites promising to "Help you" get into the industry but when i look closer they look like a bunch of crap. Anyways if anyone knows please let me know. BTW...Looking for something in Tx...Ideally working xxxx number of days on xxxx number of days off because i have a family. Really any foot in the door would be ideal i just don't know how to get there,
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Xenophobia or anti-oppression?

Why is cultural appropriation bad? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump at 7:51 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I include this in my online freelance clips even if the editing is not up to my standards?

I'm new to freelance writing online. What do I do if a website publishing my work (through a middle-man content network who pays me) edits/adds to my writing in a way that I feel detracts from the quality of the work? I only have 4 published clips so far; should I include a link to this website when clips are requested by potential employers? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Games on Discrete Planes

What video games take place on multiple (but finite/not many) two-dimensional planes? [more inside]
posted by 23 at 7:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Gluten Free Carribean

Are there any gluten free dining options on St. Thomas or Dominica? [more inside]
posted by no1hatchling at 7:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Overcoming panic attacks involving urinary urgency?

How to control panic attacks/panic disorder when the primary symptom is sudden urinary urgency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 12 comments

A head full of snot at altitude

In two days I will be taking a series of flights to travel from Australia to Europe for a very much needed month long break. Unfortunately I have a bad cold, secondary infections in my throat and sinuses and generally feel like crap. Given that 27 hours of travel time is not likely to be kind to me, how can I avoid turning up in Edinburgh in even worse shape? [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 6:38 PM PST - 16 comments

iPad + ? = music

With all this tech, surely there's a way to listen to music in my living room? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 6:31 PM PST - 25 comments

That quiet guy at work...

My introversion is causing some friction in the workplace. How do I address it? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 6:19 PM PST - 21 comments

I've painted myself into a box...

What are the top "best practices" for graphic designers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Spock vs. the Anti-Spock

Anyone have good ideas of characters who personify over-emotional thinking, over-rational thinking and a healthy balance of both? The missus leads a group at a recovery center, and she's trying to find examples to show the patients to help them understand between emotional and rational thinking. The best we've come up with is Spock/McCoy/Kirk; is there a good clip that shows this interplay between the characters? Or, please, if you have better characters and scenes she could use, we'd appreciate it.
posted by jsmith77 at 6:16 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I carry my yen?

What's the best way to handle getting/carrying foreign currency? (For travel to Japan, in particular.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for blog and podcast networks

Looking for blog and podcast networks. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

I didn't order the paint chips!

How to deal with a car dealer for problems with new car before delivery? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 6:06 PM PST - 13 comments

torturing loved ones for fun and profit

We're considering having our wedding ceremony outside. At night. In winter. Is this completely crazy? Is there any way to make it less crazy? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 5:36 PM PST - 69 comments

Ghost stories to tell children aloud?

Ghost stories to tell a five-year-old? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 5:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Are Moscow train tickets change-able?

Moscow train tickets -- change-able or refundable? ISO on-the-ground info. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 5:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Legal Writing and Advocacy

Hi , I was wondering if any mefiers could help advise me on potentially choosing a certain module for my llb (undergraduate law) option. I was thinking of choosing the legal writing and advocacy option, but I am not sure. Has anyone any idea of what is usually expected in a module such as this? It strikes me as an option very similar that provided in American law schools. How are these usually assessed? The naive bone in me is entertaining the prospect of a slightly less harsh marking criteria compared to the substantive core modules I shall be studying as well; but I could be wrong. My course book mentions the break down of the module as follows: Legal Writing and Advocacy: - Reflective Learning Journal (40%) - Response to Consultation Document (30%) - Oral Presentation 1 - (15%) - Oral Presentation 2 - (15%) [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Need to deliver baked goods to a friend, in Toronto, at night

A friend of mine, who lives in East York (Toronto), is working insanely long hours. I want to send him baked goods from a great bakery (since he wants cookies really badly). Can you help me find a bakery that will deliver to him outside of regular office hours (possibly faaar outside regular hours), and that I won't have to go to in order to set this all up--since I'm in Ottawa?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I ditch COBRA and switch to an individual plan?

Health insurance question: I got laid off from a small company a few months ago, and have been paying over $400 monthly for COBRA. This eats up a ton of my unemployment money. I'm wondering if I should switch to an individual plan. [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 4:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Please enter a phone number for the verification code to be sent to you (NOT)

Is it safe or desireable to give a mobile phone number, to a website for verification? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

"May you always find water and shade"

What are some non-generic blessings our officiant-friend can end our wedding ceremony with? Difficulty: no mention of God, please. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I get undeleted on Blogger?

Can I get undeleted on Blogger? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Low heart rate: how much to worry and what to do?

I went to see the doctor this morning about some stomach pain I thought might be an ulcer. When the nurse checked my heart rate, it was 48 bpm. Neither the nurse nor my doctor (who knows my med history) said anything about this. I wasn't concerned until I googled it when I got home, and now I'm having a lot of anxiety about it. Called my doctor and he said that a one time reading of 48 with no other symptoms is not troubling. Nurse said I should check my pulse tomorrow and if it's still in the 40s, call them. How much should I be freaking out right now? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder at 4:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help me track down this (very faintly remembered) comic book!

Please help me track down this (very faintly remembered) comic book! [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Back together or bust?

My fiance's parents moved back in together after almost 17 years of being divorced. I know it's really none of my business, but still I'm curious: has anybody else had parents that got back together after a long time apart, or has anybody done this themselves? How'd it go? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 4:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Simplify, simplify, simplify!

What are some items you purchased that have had the net effect of simplifying your life or reducing the clutter in your home? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:55 PM PST - 37 comments

Donating to an NGO in Uruguay

I'd like to make a donation to the SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, an NGO in Uruguay, but I'm not sure how best to do so. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

One Way or Another

How practical is airline travel for fat people? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 3:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Make our family cruise memorable, but in a good way?

Taking the family on our very first cruise on a Carnival Conquest. A 7 day Western Carribean itinerary going to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Help me with experienced cruiser/traveler tips, especially with children. What should I know about, avoid, and go out of my way to do. Of course special snowflake multiracial special needs family details inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Single device encryption - is sounds like a SHAm.

Help me understand how encryption works when there's just one device involved. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

What's that funny smell from the sauna?

Over the last few months we've noticed a strange lighter fluid/butane scent coming from our home sauna. I need help trying to figure out a possible explanation. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I need to protect my new carpet!

I'm moving into a new apartment in less than a week. I have three dogs that are not fully potty trained. Please recommend products I can spray around the place to discourage accidents on the carpet, furniture and floor. Please also recommend which products I need to make sure accidents don't result in a permanent stain and/or smell. Thank you !
posted by Autumn at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

When should I stop working and start looking in a relationship?

Relationship-filter: I am willing to work on my relationship with a S.O. This leads to the problem that I have a hard time assessing if the relationship is working through. Let me explain more: [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Attachment and daycare

Attachment and daycare: how do people do it? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 2:50 PM PST - 31 comments

Don't argue with me!

What's wrong with this argument? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 2:44 PM PST - 19 comments

I have a simple mind, and I want to make a bunch of simple invitations.

I have a simple mind, and I want to make a bunch of simple invitations. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Perparing to adopt a teenager.

Attention therapists, social workers, and counselors of Metafilter: Suggestions of books and resources to equip a couple in their late fifties planning on adopting a 17 year old girl. [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How best to sell a junker car?

What's the best way to (legally) get rid of a car that's currently running, but beyond economic repair? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Something stanks and I want some

Help me find a perfume that smells like these flowers. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get a new patient appointment in San Francisco this week?

Where in San Francisco can I make a new patient appointment THIS WEEK? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

I mean, they're all just competing for resources, right?

What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics? [more inside]
posted by gauche at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

On-line subscription contracts

I'm looking for pointers to draw up a contract for an online subscription-based service. (UK based) [more inside]
posted by Ricardus at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Gotta get the hell up out of here.

What are productive ways to use a year off from work if I want to make myself more marketable, skilled, and noteworthy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you rebuild a professional network?

Please help me rebuild my professional network. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 1:56 PM PST - 4 comments

What are my silly cats doing now?

Why do my cats act all funny? (Obligatory adorable cat pictures inside.) [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Come now Metafilter, help me compile a playlist of the best R&B Summer Jams from the years 1986 to 1991, which are similar in radness to the two featured inside this post...

Come now Metafilter, help me compile a playlist of the best R&B Summer Jams from the years 1986 to 1991, which are similar in radness to the two featured inside this post... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:18 PM PST - 52 comments

Gay-friendly doctor in NYC?

Can you recommend a gay or gay-friendly primary care physician in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Find me a good Yankees bar in NYC

Where are some nice bars to watch the Yankees in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Game/tech blogs

I'm looking for blogs that will answer questions like "Is now a bad time to get an unlocked Galaxy Nexus?" or "Now that Diablo has arrived, what are the most anticipated games of 2012?" Tech and video games galore, please. Bonus points if it's hilarious.
posted by goosechasing at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Survival Horror Game?

For a friend: "Help me identify this survival horror game I remember playing several years ago." [more inside]
posted by estlin at 12:45 PM PST - 3 comments

What Does The French Text on The Drawing Say?

French speaking friends on Ask Mefi - Can you please tell me what the text on this drawing says? Full drawing. Close up.
posted by extrabox at 12:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Buying a shirt for skinnyfat dude w/long arms in NYC

Shirt-filter: Buying, via Mail-order or in NYC, a casual dress shirt for a guy who is skinnyfat, with long arms. Shirt Me AskMe! [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a freelance coder

Where can I hire reliable coders to do piecemeal coding for me? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments


iPhonefilter: After getting my screen replaced I cannot hear people when they call me but they can hear me. Speakerphone still works though. What happened? This is a 3GS. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Tweak or replace this stalling bittorrent client?

My qBittorrent client (for Linux) stalls out far too often and knocks me offline. Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix or mitigate the problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

The dos and don'ts of getting ambushed with a camera

I recently discovered that someone I dated a few years back (it ended badly) is the subject of a soon-to-be-filmed documentary in which he "gets back" at all the people who have romantically wronged him in the past. The production has a crew, a blog, and a fundraising page. The copy implies that the "getting back" will occur in-person. What is the best way to behave if one finds themselves ambushed by a documentary crew, possibly in a prank-like situation?
posted by anonymous at 12:13 PM PST - 62 comments

Did you ever notice that...

I'm looking for movies with such rich production/set/etc. design that you can watch them repeatedly and always find something new. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:57 AM PST - 54 comments

How to send a just friends email

I slept with a guy, then found out he might want more of a relationship. How to be nice but make it clear I don't want one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Finding grants to start a private, nonprofit school

Some folks in a small town dear to my heart are hoping to start a private, non-profit elementary school. I've offered to help out finding grants. But it's... confusing. [more inside]
posted by staboo at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I convert a letterhead template from Word or pdf to Wordperfect?

My firm has a letterhead template in a Word picture image and pdf format. I'd like to be able to use that with Wordperfect X4 so I can type directly on/into it. Is this possible? Alternatively, can I "print" a Wordperfect file onto a letterhead template in pdf? [more inside]
posted by dios at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Can an elderly person who has lost their will to live actually induce a physiological problem solely with the power of their mind?

Can an elderly person who has lost their will to live actually induce a physiological problem solely with the power of their mind? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Who are we in the U.S., really?

Besides Central Americans, what are other countries that have major first-generation diaspora communities in the United States? India? Armenia? Cambodia? Other Asian countries? Just wild guesses here. [more inside]
posted by metajc at 11:22 AM PST - 13 comments

And maybe something with dollar signs I don't know

Need help with (possibly?) "indirect" in Excel. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 11:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Please help me get my Excel data back.

Earlier this morning, I accidentally deleted some columns of data on an Excel spreadsheet and then saved it. Is there a way to get those columns back? [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

What Would You Want To Learn at Cookery School?

I'm opening a cookery school, hoping to entice people and children from all walks of life to learn and care more about their food and how to prepare it. What courses would you want to see offered at a professional cookery school?
posted by mooders at 11:03 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me talk to my friend with cancer

My neighbor is dying of cancer. It's touch or go, and I am not sure, but it may be the end. I am young enough that I haven't known many people to die, and my neighbor is himself young. Not to be dramatic, but I don't know how to say goodbye and I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by scunning at 11:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Facebook wants me to share everthing, but...

FacebookPrivacyFilter: I'm out to increasingly larger circles of friends and work colleagues, but am not out to my extended family. What steps can I take on Facebook to delay the inevitable without causing drama? [more inside]
posted by TranSubstantial at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

In need of a cornbread recipe.

Looking for a cast iron skillet cornbread recipe. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 10:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Massage School?

Careers for massage therapists? [more inside]
posted by gpoint at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I sue my university?

Can I sue my university? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 10:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Is it legit that I should go to small claims court?

I've been asked to testify at small claims court for a car accident I was in 3 years ago in which another person was at fault. Is this normal? More inside. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 10:13 AM PST - 16 comments

How to Handle the Hormones

Emotional cheating vs. Real Life cheating (with prostitutes!) or how to handle hormones... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 72 comments

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective?

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective? [more inside]
posted by flod logic at 9:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Me Do Better At Personal Ads

At my wits end with personal ads (and photos). Sorry guys, this one is long. You've been warned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 30 comments

Not So Grimm Fairytales

Can you recommend books of fairy tales, folklore, or myths, that are not European? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 8:43 AM PST - 26 comments

"Hey, remember that one episode where ..."

What are the best examples of experimental television episodes? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:25 AM PST - 90 comments

What to do when your house shrinks without you knowing it?

Our house is 300 square feet smaller than we thought it was. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Black and White Road Stripes

What are the deep black stripes on highway lane markings immediately following white stripes? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 8:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Dear in the Dealership Headlights

YANMM(mechanic) - so I have a 2007 Equinox with around 120,000 km and it is time for a regular oil change. I have it done at the dealership when the car tells me to (some usage meter thing on dash). This time the dealer tells me I have lots of other recommended services. It seems excessive but I have zero car knowledge. Can you smart folks give me some guidance? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 8:07 AM PST - 25 comments

Best book for beginning C++ student?

What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
posted by killdevil at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Help with a WordPress website conversion

I need a little advice about a WordPress site. I'm helping to redesign an existing website, the owner of the site is requesting a WordPress conversion. Everything's been set up, but it might not be in the right place. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for music tinged with nostalgia and sad longing.

Songs like Jackson Browne's These Days are suffused with nostalgia and wistfulness, what other great songs fit this mold? Help me find them. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 7:35 AM PST - 60 comments

Will there be a run on Greek banks and if so what would that mean?

How likely is a run on Greek banks? What would the short to medium term effect of a run be on Greek businesses? Would it effect different types of businesses differently?
posted by digitalprimate at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Religious conversion stories in literature?

Looking for: Religious conversion stories in literature, from Paul onward. Specifically: from non-belief to belief. William James covers this nicely. And I seem to recall Dostoyevsky addresses the issue at least once in his novels (which?). Also C.S. Lewis, I think, somewhere. Other thoughts?
posted by Hobbacocka at 7:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me be a great dog owner.

I'm going to be a dog owner soon but I've only owned cats. I want to be a great dog owner. Can you recommend a good all-in-one book to get me ready for training and care?
posted by sharkfu at 7:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Can two days of changed diet significantly affect my running capabilities?

Can two days of changed diet significantly affect my running capabilities? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 7:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Being a bridesmaid is the WORST THING EVER EVER EVER

I'm in the wedding party of a woman I detest. In fact, 3 of the 4 women in the bridal party now officially hate the bride. Help us navigate this crazy situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 38 comments

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution.

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I