June 2006 Archives

June 30

Webserver / Email behind firewall, need Samba access from clients behind same. Eh.

Home Network Madness - why doesn't this layout work? RRRRRGH. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 10:55 PM PST - 16 comments

What to wear to a job interview?

I'm interviewing for a developer position at a software company in Silicon Valley in a couple of weeks. The dress code there is casual. What should I wear to the interview? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 10:38 PM PST - 26 comments

How to get another foreigner into the US?

Can I get my fiance in the US? I'm a Canadian grad student in the US on an F-1 visa. My fiance is a citizen of New Zealand. We're looking for a way to bring her here that will let her work (we're both far too poor to make things work with an F-2). Right now, her entering the Green Card lottery seems to be the best option, but is there anything we're not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 10:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Remember the cold war?

My wife and I were watching the first episode of LeCarre's Smiley's People. Afterwards, we were talking about how the Cold War was such a big part of growing up, to the degree that my wife was taken back by the appearance of a *Russian* basketball player on a lunchbox promotion. Ok, so my question is, if the cold war was such a huge part of US history, why does it seem to have slipped so quickly from our national consciousness? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:46 PM PST - 53 comments

Help me Calibrate my 3D card and Monitor!

Is there a program/website I can use to calibrate the color settings on my monitor through my 3D Card's settings? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 9:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Let them eat cake

Help me transport food in comfort, if not in style. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Slingbox won't get IP Address from DHCP server

SlingboxNetworkingWoesFilter: I recently got a Slingbox, and while I am quite happy with the product in theory, I'm stalled with networking problems and the Slingbox fails to get an IP address from the DHCP server. Network routing is being provided by Mac OS X's Internet Sharing feature, and while the DHCP log shows numerous DHCP DISCOVER requests from the Slingbox, no IP address is ever assigned. Read on for details. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it me or WMP?

All of a sudden I can't rip a CD to mp3 files using WMP-10. What happened and (more important) how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dragonbay at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Pins and Needles: Why?

What is the underlying physiological cause for paresthesia (tingling of the fingers) secondary to hyperventilation? Specifically, what metabolic or neurological process causes you to feel tingling in your fingers when you hyperventilate?
posted by scrump at 8:21 PM PST - 2 comments

LegaleseFilter: How does AT&T's new DSL privacy policy compare to my current provider's?

LegaleseFilter: How does AT&T's new DSL privacy policy compare to my current provider's? Obviously, lawyers or other such persons will be most helpful here. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 8:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Sealab 2021 - In-joke

What does this (seemingly an inside joke) comment on Sealab 2021 mean? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I improve my parking skills?

I am horrible at parking:-( Thanks to the great advice in this thread, I was able to pass my driver's test. Unfortunately, my parking skills are all over the map. Is this something that will improve with more practice, or are there certain tricks and techniques that I should know? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers at 7:48 PM PST - 23 comments

How to make this automator action?

Tearing my hair out over automator and applescript. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 7:16 PM PST - 8 comments

how to hide the long boxes?

My boyfriend has about 23 long boxes of comics (22 are full). He still gets a stack of comics every Wed. He won't stack the boxes over 2 high. Is there any thing that can be done to store these boxes so the room they are in doesn't look like a comic book shop? Our area floods, so the basement is out. Our house is a converted cape, so there is no attic. I don't want him to get rid of them, or stop buying them. I just would like to find a way to camouflage them. PLEASE.
posted by gminks at 6:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Desert hiking safety

Desert hiking safety for a Northeasterner? [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to close my hood?

I was topping off the windshield washer fluid on my 1999 Toyota Tercel. That was easy enough, but now the hood won't completely shut. It will catch on the very first latch, but will not completely shut. How do I make it shut on my own? And if I can't do that, will it be safe enough to drive (not on major highways) until then? [more inside]
posted by BlzOfGlry at 5:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Yet another credit card question.

I paid off my credit card in full this month after carrying a huge balance for years. They sent me a bill for the finance charge even though my payment was posted before due date. How is this even fair/legal to credit card consumers? [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 5:00 PM PST - 14 comments

I like explosions

Where to go for the best fireworks in the Bay Area on July 3/4? Which are the best ones? What's the best way to get there / best view? For July 3? July 4?
posted by lpctstr; at 4:04 PM PST - 12 comments


I can't stand the oily feeling of lotion! I've been using aloe gel, but in the heat and dryness of summer, it just isn't enough. Slightly [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 3:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Seeking the photographer. Really. I want to ask you a question.

I've read through the AskMe archives, and I didn't really find an answer to my question. We found a photo on Flickr that we want to use as a banner on the site for our new production of a play that is in the public domain. I've mocked up the banner and tried to contact the owner of the photo. . . but what if she doesn't contact us back? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 2:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Would leaving New York allow me to break the temp trap?

Would leaving New York City allow me to escape the temp trap and get a permanent position in my field? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Apocalypses for Kids

Help me remember this novel where all the adults die, leaving children to run the world. [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 1:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Are college funds necessary?

Are college funds necessary? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 1:20 PM PST - 48 comments

Where can I find movie stills to publish in a newspaper?

Where can I find movie stills to publish in a newspaper? ...And what images are fair game/fair use if I'm writing an article about a movie?
posted by stokast at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Automatically decompress all files on a Mac disk?

Is there a way to have ZIP files automatically decompress when they are copied to a remote Mac server via FTP? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Tips and tricks for travel by train in Italy and France?

Tips and tricks for travel by train in Italy and France? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 12:48 PM PST - 18 comments

help on SQL

Need some help with combining SQL queries. New to SQL - some programming back ground. [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

hair emergency!

Why is my hair suddenly greasy all the time, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by transona5 at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Selecting text from PDF in Preview

Some PDFs in Preview (OS X) have quite a fuzzy text even at high zoom, and I can't select the text (which is the main problem). Is there some remedy for this?
posted by raheel at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments

I won't shoot spitwads at Charece.

Do schools still make children write the same sentence over and over again as a form of punishment (ala Bart Simpson in the opening credits)? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 11:56 AM PST - 35 comments

What should I do in Pasadena?

What should I do in Pasadena? [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 11:37 AM PST - 26 comments

So I got scratches on my car from going to the cheap car wash. Is there some sort of miracle cream to apply to take care of them?

What's the name of that stuff that you rub into your paint job that gets rid of the little scratches inflicted from car wash rags?
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

help me find the best bag ever

Looking for nicely designed, functional, stylish luggage for trips of a two-week duration. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Egg curry in NYC?

Restaurant in New York (Manhattan or Brooklyn) that serves a great egg curry? [more inside]
posted by gentle at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments

What's this YA book about time travel?

I read a book some years ago about an adopted teenage girl in 20XX Seattle who discovered that she had a long-lost twin sister from the 1970s. Googling has failed me. [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me ditch painful morning ghost-arms.

Please help me change my sleep posture. [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

PDAFilter: My Palm Lifedrive's screen is unresponsive. How do I fix it?

I recently changed the plastic protector screen on my PDA and now the screen won't work. [more inside]
posted by thandi at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments


Name My _______ Filter: Help me generate ideas to rename a non-profit! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Need New Undershirts

Please help me find comfortable undershirts. I searched previous entries on metafilter, but had no luck [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

A DJ earbud?

Why do DJs use only one headphone? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 9:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Parking in Montreal?

How is parking in the Old Montreal area of Montreal? I'm staying there for the long weekend at a place without parking. Is it worth parking somewhere else and taking the Metro in?
posted by smackfu at 9:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Tour de France Web2.0???

How to follow The Tour de France online.. I've been using a plugin for firefox to follow the world cup from a website called Joga.com.. It's pretty cool.. Live scores in the left hand side and popups when there are goal's or a yellow/red card.. Anyone know of anything like this for (what's left of....) The Tour?
posted by joshgray at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

How flexible are the USPS's postcard size guidelines?

How flexible are the Postal Service's postcard size guidelines? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 8:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Adding a text to every page of a PDF?

Is there a tool for OS X (preferably free) that can easily allow me to add a small bit of text to every page of a book-length PDF without having to add it manually to each page? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Why Don't Web Graphics Display?

Sometimes graphics are not displayed when I'm online. Graphics *are* turned on and generally *do* display--that's why I'm confused. I'm not talking about unusual graphics, odd graphics formats, I'm talking about regular GIFs or JPGs. I use Internet Explorer version 6, if that helps. I would appreciate any/all tips! Thank you.
posted by whitebird at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

querying the bird brain

What do I do with a baby bird in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Rotator cuff surgery and the aftermath?

What were your experiences with rotator cuff surgery? [more inside]
posted by La Cieca at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Software for nothing and graphics for free

Does anyone know where I can get a free (legal) copy of Paint Shop Pro? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 7:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get started as a delta wing RC plane geek...?

I'm looking to get into flying remote control planes. I like the look of delta wing aircraft like this one but I don't necessarily want a toy. Can anyone suggest what I should start with, and what I should aim to graduate to as I get my flying wings?
posted by unclemonty at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Shake it. right. off.

Does anyone have a video recommendation to dance my way to skinny? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 6:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Examples of good design company websites.

I'm looking for similar design (and allied trades) company websites to Coudal Partners. When I say similar I mean a site that is constantly updated with interesting content which makes visitors want to return. Bonus points for UK-based companies. (Coudal's copy can be a bit 'Wow! Gee!' sometimes.) [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

TIVO with Vonage

I have Vonage (love it), and would like to get Tivo. Does anybody have both? I hear I need a landline in order to recieve Tivo service...is this true?
posted by peglam at 4:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Why do people's voices lower as they age?

Why do people's voices lower as they age? [more inside]
posted by Ms Snit at 2:39 AM PST - 10 comments

I want a new phone charm!

Where can I order those little mobile phone charms online? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Filler or art?

Armchair Movie CriticFilter: I want to ask everyone's opinion about George Clooney's "Good night, and good luck". Specifically about the subplot with Robert Downey, Jr. and Patricia Clarkson (possible spoilers). [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:44 AM PST - 20 comments


Please tell about your degree of recovery from an abdominal hernia. [more inside]
posted by rudster at 1:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Convert Quicken 2001 Data To QuickBooks Pro 2006 (And I'll Give You A Kitten!)

How do I port data from a Quicken 2001 database to Quickbooks Pro 2006? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 12:10 AM PST - 4 comments

June 29

Can I download Flash Videos from the internet

How do I download videos on the web that are embedded inside Flash Players. For example, I want to download this video : http://news.com.com/1606-2_3-6089260.html?part=rss&tag=6089260&subj=news I check in the IE cache and there's no swf or flv file ? Please let me if it is possible ? Thank you.
posted by labnol at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Coop C64 Space Game?

Cooperative C64 space adventure game - what was it? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 10:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Doggie Go Downtown?

My friend's bullmastiff puppy has a swollen nose. There's suspicion of a possible spider bite from a wolf spider (black, with white dots). There are puncture wounds maybe 1mm apart, swelling about the size of a tablespoon, no rupture, nausea, diarrhea, or collapse. Nose is swollen, though. Go to the vet?
posted by effugas at 9:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me ID cheesy sci fi movie with stolen soundtrack

I'm trying to remember a cheesy sci fi flick from...the 80's maybe. I can't remember much except there was something about a spaceship that crashlanded somewhere, and there was a "sci fi babe" on board...there was probably some sort of talking robot too. The most memorable thing about the movie was that the music was (stolen) from the movie Somewhere in Time was used...or at least something similar. Can anyone help me identify this movie?
posted by edjusted at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Why lock half of a double door?

When a building entrance has a set of double doors, why is one of the two door locked? I've seen this in many buildings. Is it for security? It's one of my pet peeves, especially when there is not a "use other door" sign on the locked door. I think it's a safety issue. I really want to understand why people do this. Any building managers, or business owners care to comment?
posted by hockeyman at 9:36 PM PST - 20 comments

$is_unique = (substr(md5($customer_id . $last_name),0,16) != $other_code ? 1 : 0);

MD5()Filter: Are the first 16 characters enough to use without worrying about any repeats, ostensibly? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 9:10 PM PST - 22 comments

cel-ray quest!!

quick! it's my last night in nyc and i gotta find some dr. brown's cel-ray for my sweetie. anyone know where to find it (preferably near the west village)?
posted by psychoticreaction at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

The Wacka Wacka fish.

Someone help me find another toy like this one. (more inside.) [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 7:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Piano teacher recommendation in Los Angeles

Piano teacher recommendations for Los Angeles area? (Or, for those not in LA, how do I know if a piano teacher is any good?) Bonus points for someone who teaches good technique near the Studio City/Sherman Oaks area. (Also, if there's a good forum for getting such a recommendation, that'd be good info too) [more inside]
posted by sirion at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Help! My sister's ginna kill me if I let this get out of hand

Any lawn gurus here? I need help with a puncturevine outbreak. [more inside]
posted by buggzzee23 at 7:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Losing my job?

Well- I have about a 1 in 3 chance of being RIFfed (reduction in force). I've been 10 years with a "major communications company" and they are cleaning house. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:24 PM PST - 9 comments

My car would like to shed it's bra. Help!

Can anything be done about faded paint on my new (used) car? [more inside]
posted by utsutsu at 6:46 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get my doctor to stop lecturing me about my weight?

How do I get my doctor to stop lecturing me about my weight? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger at 6:27 PM PST - 57 comments

Is it possible that taking 10mg of Ritalin a day could cause my tendons/ligaments to tighten up and be sore?

Is it possible that taking 10mg of Ritalin a day could cause my tendons/ligaments to tighten up and be sore? I am noticing a correlation between starting taking it again and tendon pain in my wrists and ankles (achilles) and the top of my foot
posted by kaytrem at 6:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Oblivious hymen breaking?

Is it possible I broke by girlfriend's hymen without knowing? [more inside]
posted by suomynona at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you keep in touch with new business acquaintances?

You've just been to a conference and made many new acquaintances. Now, what is the proper method / etiquette to maintain contact? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What book am I thinking of? It has recipes and adventures in wartime Europe, but no pirates I don't think...

ID-That-Book-Filter: I read this novel in the mid-90s, and my recollection of it is very vague, but I'd love to find and read it again. I read it in the school library so it was probably written well before then; I'd guess maybe in the 80s. It was [more inside]
posted by evariste at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Investing beyond an IRA

How can I invest more than $4000 per year toward my retirement without annually paying taxes on the gains? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 5:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Taste in olives as a metaphor for an unhealthy relationship.

There was a movie or TV show where a a guy hated olives and his girlfriend/wife loved them (or maybe vice versa), and at some point one of them made that a metaphor for their relationship and its failure, or something along those lines...anyone remember what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 4:44 PM PST - 7 comments

High school=awkward

I'm going into 12th grade and I've only gone out with one girl ever, my current girlfriend of 1 1/2 years. Has anyone else had a similar situation and regretted it? Should I date other girls? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 4:29 PM PST - 50 comments

Tips for first-time roadtrippers

My SO and I are driving from Minneapolis, MN to Southern Virginia to visit my folks the first few weeks of August. We've never been on a road trip before. What should we know? What should we bring? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Or is it the "Redneck Riviera" for hubby and me?

I am interested in the hive mind's ideas on how to either rent a car with terrible credit, or ways to get to and travel in deep woods Minnesota without renting said car. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 3:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I screwed?

TaxFilter: Will this unusual withholding situation get me into trouble? [more inside]
posted by equalpants at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me a story about diabetic retinopathy laser surgery.

I've been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. I'm AskMe'ing for first- or second-hand accounts of the outcome of laser surgery. [more inside]
posted by deborah at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Guinea pig: the other other white meat?

Travelling to Peru next week, and looking for recommended local food/drink..... [more inside]
posted by sbrollins at 3:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Which style of writing is best?

HelpMyWritingFilter: Am I overthinking or do I actually need these extra words of clarification when it comes to writing fiction? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 2:42 PM PST - 41 comments

Peter North Facial

Vanityfilter: What kind of facial hair should I go with? (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 2:33 PM PST - 71 comments

My first camera got stolen last year around 4th of July as well

Canon 350D Rebel Filter: I am probably buying a used one off craigslist. When I go to see it what should I look for? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Recommend some great books for me, please. (MetaFiction?)

I need some recommendations for great fiction. And yes, I've read all those other threads. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 2:30 PM PST - 38 comments

The page is an inkaholic

Does anybody know where I can get a full version of the Nas song The Curse? Or better versions of Just Another Day In Projects and Nas Will Prevail? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

something to grip onto in turbulence

This person says "I like white-on-black terminals, but after a while the plain black background gets to me. So years ago, I generated a tiled turbulence image using the GIMP, and darkened it down to nearly black. It's an extremely subtle effect, but it gives my eyes something to 'grip" onto." Has anyone tried this? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Who sings this song?

Help me identify the artist of this song. It's labeled as "Imposible" by Jose Gonzalez, although the only Jose Gonzalez I can find info about online is a different Swedish songwriter. Mp3 enclosed... [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Keep my hot tub at 98.6F, please!

I've been reading a fiction book set in Antarctica, which goes into a lot of detail on frostbite, severe cold, etc. One of the characters gets caught in an underground hot spring, but thinks that he is safe because the water is relatively warm. His companion says that "human beings can die of hypothermia even in a bath at 90F if they are immersed long enough." Could this really happen? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Is sex really not supposed to hurt at all?

Is sex really not supposed to hurt at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Are my Nads working properly?

Ok, here's the situation. Ever since puberty, during sexual activity, I've only ever experienced pleasure from one testicle. I have both testicles, but only my left one seems to function. Whether it be stroking/rubbing during foreplay, or upon ejaculation, all the pleasure seems to emanate from leftie. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Blinded by the light or by an urban legend

Was there ever a plan for a public art project which would placed a giant rearview mirror next to Chicago's Lake Shore Drive? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

What tv shows would you recommend for learning about history and evolution of human society and connections across times and places and disciplines ?

What tv shows would you recommend for learning about history and evolution of human society and connections across times and places and disciplines ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 1:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me help my parents unmuck their computers remotely

ParentTechFilter: Help me do remote tech support on my poor Luddite parents' computers. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 12:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Finding gay

I'm in NY for the summer, in my 20s, a graduate student, and gay. I want to hang out with chill, smart, nice, gay people my age in the NY area. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Relocating Mature Trees

Can large, mature trees be transplanted, and are there some cost-effective (i.e. cheap or free) ways to have it done? [more inside]
posted by Bobtheordinary at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Good places to be in French-speaking Africa?

Where can I safely and productively visit in French-speaking Africa for a few weeks (other French-speaking areas considered)? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Builder Superintendent

I'd like to become a builder superintendent.....What do I need to do/learn.... [more inside]
posted by teapot at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Two sided jigsaw puzzle with numbered code

Puzzle Filter: Looking for any information about a puzzle I saw in the late 70's (?). As a kid I saw an explanation of a jigsaw puzzle that was distributed in a velvet bag, on a TV show (That's Incredible! maybe, or 60 Minutes). The jigsaw pieces had a code written with numbers on both sides of the puzzle pieces (white numbers on black background?). [more inside]
posted by unceman at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

actionscript help for a non programmer who wants to do it the right way

OK. So I have five movie clips on the stage named b1 - b5. When the user clicks on one the other four need to gotoAndPlay. I could write a function for one object then cut and paste and just change the names, but that seems inelegant. What I think I need to do is generate an array containing the five objects, then, when the user clicks on one of them, that one is removed from the array and triggers a function that loops through the remaining clips in the array and does the goto. Does that make sense? And if so, how would I do it? And if not, what is a better way? In other words, user clicks on movie named b1 and b2-b5 do something. user clicks on movie named b3 and b1,b2,b4, and b5 do something. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Grod at 11:11 AM PST - 22 comments

creature of habit log

What web app will help me to track my daily routines such as what I eat, what I spend money on, exercise, watching too much TV vs. reading, biking to work vs driving, etc.? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 10:51 AM PST - 13 comments

AIDS Incidence at Birth (U.S.)

How many kids were born with AIDS in the United States in whatever is the most recent year for which data are available? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

I need some help constructing a shadecloth/tarp type thing for the backyard.

I need some help constructing a shadecloth/tarp type thing for the backyard. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot a scooter that, suddenly, no longer starts up?

My girlfriend has a 2006 Vespa scooter (still under warranty, less than a year old). Last night, it simply wouldn't turn over. No warning signs before this, no problems. Full tank of gas. I can hear it click, but the motor simply doesn't catch. I'm not much of a gearhead. Any suggestions on how we might troubleshoot this more ourselves, before we have it towed to a dealer? Any basic checks that we can do, before taking it in to the shop?
posted by avoision at 10:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Blog comment spam puzzler

I am getting some odd blog comment spam. Does anyone know what this is about? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 10:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me take down a scam junk mailer

I just got a shady piece of 'scam' mail in my (snail) mailbox today. It came on an index card-sized piece of blue paper, and promised luxury vehicles, a cruise, and/or outrageous gobs of cash, among other things. I could simply throw the damn thing away, but I'd rather pull a P-p-powerbook, or find some other way to inconvenience the idiots behind this. Any ideas? Of course, there's much [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me choose an intranet.

IntranetFilter. Help me choose a corporate intranet package. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 9:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Asheville Bound

TravelFilter: My wife & I A user and his wife are traveling to Asheville next Tuesday on July 4th for 3 days and I' they'd love to ask for suggestions on places to go/things to do (other than Biltmore). via MeTa
posted by geekyguy at 9:18 AM PST - 15 comments

How to reinstal Car Door Panel?

What's the best way to re-install door panels after removing them to install speakers? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Can You Use Cable and a T1 for Super Fast Internet?

Can I Use a T1 Line AND a Cable Modem (wirelessly) for Super Fast Internet? [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 8:37 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I come up with an hourly rate for a contract programming job?

I need to come up with an hourly rate for a contract programming job, and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Intensive Japanese language camps in NY metro area?

How would I find a Japanese language "camp" or intensive school in the greater New York metro area? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Viva la web revolucion!

What is this web revolution I see before me? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 7:23 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I get more people to join and post on my new forum?

How do I get more people to join and post on my new forum? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 7:19 AM PST - 15 comments

A specklet has invaded my belly

I find myself in possession of four separate pee tests stating that I'm preggers. So now what? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 7:12 AM PST - 27 comments

Help us plan some Minneapolis adventures.

VacationFilter: Help us plan some Minneapolis adventures. [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 6:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Securing an air conditioner in the window

I live on the first floor in a city. Now that summer is finally here, I want to know if anyone has any ideas on how to secure an air conditioner in the window so a potential thief cannot push the air conditioner in the house or pull it out of the window in order to break into our apartment. I would prefer not to put a grate over the air conditioner, and, if possible, I do not want to drill into the windowsill.
posted by toddst at 6:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Mondll.dll, anyone?

Do you know what mondll.dll is and why it's causing me a headache? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 6:19 AM PST - 4 comments

How long can humans last without water?

How long can a reasonably healthy human survive without water? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 5:28 AM PST - 25 comments

List of stuff to do when bored.

"I'M BORED!" I need a list of things to do for the pre-teen and SO, in response to that so very irritating statement. [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 3:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Know a good company for (very) short-term apt. rentals in SF?

Does anyone know a good company that does short term rentals for apartments/houses in San Francisco? I'm going on holiday there in August for a week with a few friends (there'll be 3-5 of us), and we'd prefer staying in an apartment rather than just getting a hotel room each. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 3:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me with math!

Please help answer a simple math question. [more inside]
posted by azuma at 3:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Cheap airfare from here to anywhere?

What good websites are there that will let me type in my location and see where I can go for cheap? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 1:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me illuminate my little aquatic ecosystem

There's a pond in my new backyard, help me brighten it up [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 1:16 AM PST - 5 comments

June 28

My domain name used by a spammer

An email spammer is using my domain as the from: address for sending out endless amounts of spam. I am receiving all the delivery failure messages in my inbox. I could tell my mail server to dump all unrouted (nonexistent account) mail to /dev/null. Are there any other options?
posted by Argyle at 10:25 PM PST - 16 comments

xp shutdown / windowsupdate troubleshooting

I've been having shutdown problems in XP for a while, which I think I've narrowed down to windowsupdate, anyone help me troubleshoot? (Info inside) [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 9:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Describe ideal grad student

What is a typical excellent grad student like as a person? I'm not interested in grades/GRE scores. My concern is with character, personality, work ethic. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 9:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Does such a thing as a visual wiki exist, and if so, where?

Does such a thing as a visual wiki exist, and if so, where? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 9:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me reclaim my door knobs for their intended use.

Do you have a good way of storing your bags, totes and/or purses? [more inside]
posted by moonshine at 9:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Leather Messenger Bag

I'm looking for an inexpensive (less than $80 if possible), quality, brown leather messenger bag. It'd be great if it was big enough to hold my HP Compaq nc6000 (1.34 x 12.51 x 10.31 in). [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 9:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Alex Grey books

I want to buy a book of Alex Grey's book, what's the best "first book" to buy?
posted by pelican at 9:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Any Web 2.0 Calendars Sync with Outlook or Pocket PC?

Are there any web based calendars/task management programs that will sync with Outlook or straight to my Pocket PC? I got Sunbird syncing but after using it a while I switched back to Outlook, but I really like the idea of using something like Google Calendar, Backpack or iCommit when I'm at work or at school. I’ve thought about an exchange server account somewhere, but all the places I looked seemed to be pretty pricy for a student budget. Any suggestions?
posted by chrisWhite at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Fixing a crooked door.

Fixing a crooked door... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:58 PM PST - 14 comments

The right blog publishing software... which one allows embedded flash codes to be posted without any tweaking?

The right blog publishing software... which one allows embedded flash codes to be posted without any tweaking? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 7:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Songs about Western and Midwestern States?

Mixtape filter: I need songs that reference any of the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. [more inside]
posted by sarahnade at 7:28 PM PST - 71 comments

My friends' hs sophmore daughter is going to bars and they don't know.

Some friends' fifteen year-old daughter was recently spotted in a bar. And then it gets a bit more complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 93 comments

Help me deal with small penises.

How does one deal with small penises? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How much does an A/C unit cost?

Any idea how much a new combination electric A/C and gas heater costs? Our house is approximately 1450 square feet.
posted by jayder at 7:23 PM PST - 1 comment

I want to watch the Argentina vs. Germany match this Friday among Argentineans in Los Angeles

I want to watch this Friday's (June 30, 2006) Argentina vs. Germany World Cup soccer match with other Argentineans in Los Angeles. Where can I do this? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Concert Audio Distortion- reduce to better than average

Live Concert footage recorded w/Casio exilim 7.2 meg. Audio is on a scale(1-10) 7-8 distorted. I can extract from source. I have roxio 8 and demo of sony-vegas. Is it possible to reduce distortion at least enough to be decent. 3-4 (or better ) on the same scale? Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated. Will trade for said footage. The band is Mutemath, and Vedera.
posted by proph8 at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Believe it or not, this could be a life or death question

What are some catchy, popular songs that have a tempo of about 100 beats per minute? Why is this health-related? That's why there's... [more inside]
posted by TedW at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Why don't Americans need visas to visit Mongolia

Why don't Americans need visas to visit Mongolia? [more inside]
posted by maschnitz at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments

What is this a photo of?

In an online treasure hunt, one of the clues is a photo of a piece of artwork made out of green bottles. The photo is included inside. Does anyone know where/what this is? [more inside]
posted by hades at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments


Help Me Name a Development Team in My IS Department [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 4:51 PM PST - 25 comments

School Search.

Which schools in or around New York City offer bachelors programs in Telecommunications?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:42 PM PST - 4 comments

How 'bout door #2?

Dating-filter: She answered an add I posted looking for a roommate. I showed her the place, sincerely and with an open-mind... [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 4:27 PM PST - 51 comments


Has anyone had any experience with IPodResQ or any other iPod repair outfit? Is there one you can recommend?
posted by jfuller at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

What are your must-see attractions?

What are the must-see attractions or must-have experiences in the lower 48 that we need to catch when the wanderlust strikes? [more inside]
posted by gyrom at 4:25 PM PST - 35 comments

Where's the noise?

Where does one find bands to hire for events? I'm talking about any type of band here, mariachi, swing, cover, etc. I'm looking to hire bands for my school's upcoming school year but since I'm not local to the area I'm having trouble. The school is in Trenton, NJ.
posted by daviss at 4:17 PM PST - 6 comments

where one could find future speaking enagaments in one place?

Any online repository where one could find future speaking engagements in one place? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Commute times across London (Wimbledon / Reading, Wimbledon / Windsor)

Any experience with real-world commute times between Wimbledon and Windsor (UK) and Wimbledon Reading? Car or train? [more inside]
posted by kiwi.es at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I get a pet mouse?

Is it a bad idea to keep a pet mouse in your bedroom? How noisy and/or smelly do they get? [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 3:46 PM PST - 29 comments

three-way calls in the toronto area

How do you perform a three-way call in toronto? [more inside]
posted by alon at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Data Organization Software Anyone?

DataOrganizationFilter: I am looking for software that will allow my market research team to efficiently store and access information from PDF and Excel files. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure out what movie I'm thinking of.

Help me figure out what movie I'm thinking of. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

%#\D* Macromedia!

My uncle died last week at 86. In World War II, he was with the O.S.S. in the China-Burma-India theater and on 8/17/45 parachuted into the Shantung peninsula to liberate the Weihsien internment camp from the Japanese (this was the camp that Eric Liddell died in - he was the English 1924 Olympics runner in Chariots of Fire). There is an online exhibit at the Smithsonian American History museum with a picture of him and three others at Weihsien (page all the way down, next to last picture on the right, he's on far left). My question: when I click on the picture to enlarge it and then attempt to right click it to save it, up comes a Macromedia Flash Player script & no joy. Is there any way I can save this enlarged picture to my hard drive? Help of Mavens of MeFi! http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=9&sub=8
posted by Pressed Rat at 2:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Help estimating how much to feed a large crowd?

10 pounds of cole slaw? 75 hamburgers? I don't want to screw this one up! [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 1:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Choose my new gadget.

Help me buy a new MP3 player. [more inside]
posted by The Wig at 1:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Job Interview with a business case to solve

I have a job interview where I will be given a business case and expected to discuss how I would go about resolving the issue. Any out-of-the-ordinary things I could read up on? [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Any suggestions for a traveling laser printer?

I need a small laser printer that I can ship repeated across the country. (needs to be laser, needs to have paper tray) Anyone have suggestions for a simple sturdy printer? [more inside]
posted by svdodge at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Books about craftsmanship?

I'm interested in reading about craftsmanship, in the sense of attention to detail and finish as it relates to the overall success of a project. My specific project is ceramics, and so books (and suggestions) about pottery would be really appreciated, but I'm interested in other disciplines as well. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 12:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Copyright laws for famous artwork?

What copyright laws and other legal aspects do I have to look into before I can hang up famous artwork in public places. I don't have any specific pieces of art yet but I intend on hanging up a very broad selection of paintings (only paintings). Do I have to contact the museums that own them? Will there be a fee? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 12:21 PM PST - 29 comments

What is an "anonymizer" and what does it have to do with educational films?

What is an "anonymizer" and what does it have to do with educational films? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

On the road

Where can I get indie rock gigs outside of (but nearby to) Pittsburgh, PA? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 11:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Terminal Server/Citrix Host Recommendations

Need a recommendation/ideas for a terminal server or Citrix hosting company that can also offer good SQL services and possibly Exchange. [more inside]
posted by jbradley at 11:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Pampered Pooch Seeks Plush Puppy Palace

PetFilter: Need kennel/boarding recommendations in the Silver Spring, MD/Montgomery County, MD area (or along the I-95 North corridor as we will be traveling to Philadelphia). [more inside]
posted by clpage at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Wiping hard drives?

Wiping non-Windows hard drives? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Managing processes

I reinstalled Win2K for business use at home. What utilities can I install that will help me manage & oversee system processes that get put on this computer over the next year or so? What's that program that allows me to run a Win2K "microwindow" to containerize suspicious freeware/spyware.. VMS or something like that... is that worth having or does it seriously slow down the system? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop loving food?

I can't stop eating and my metabolism has come to a screeching halt. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:13 AM PST - 37 comments

I really want this job. Can I say so?

[HR/employmentfilter] Is it very unorthodox or unacceptable to 'circumvent' an agency who put you forward for a job and ask questions of the employer directly? (UK if it matters) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do these frames misbehave?

Can anyone tell me why the left frame in this website (be warned, it is a travesty of logic and good design) is minimized when I open the page in Internet Explorer, but opens correctly in Firefox?
posted by foxinthesnow at 10:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do The Movies Sound So Much Better?

I've noticed that post-processed songs in movie/tv shows have a certain 'richness' lacking in the original music. What are the common manipulations done, and is it possible to reproduce on a home computer easily? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Sensible Sensitivity

I have always been an a emotionally sensitive guy, and I guess being this way has its pros and cons. In my current and past relationships, my emotions really seem to get the best of me. When I am single, I usually have a firm grasp over my emotions, but when I am in a relationship, my emotions become heightened. I am usually very sensitive to the moods of my significant others, to the point that if they are in a bad mood, I also get in a bad mood. And a lot of times, I think I wrongfully attribute the reason for their bad moods to myself, and therefore get somewhat insecure. I don't think this is very healthy. My current girlfriend thinks its great that I am sensitive some of the time, but not great at other times. It drives me crazy when she says "I am too sensitive" when she may tease me about a topic that I am sensitive about, but she feels is funny or harmless. I don't like feeling like a wimp, but I also don't like feeling like my sensitivities are unwarranted. I guess I want to figure out how to be more disciplined with my emotions while at the same time not becoming a heartless boyfriend. Help me become emotionally mature and intelligent.
posted by jasondigitized at 10:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Sexual behaviour stats?

Can anyone here point me to a website or know the approx. percentage of couples in North America who regularly use sex toys including vibrators with intercourse? Thanks!
posted by GoodJob! at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Chinese to English Translation

Can anyone translate this Chinese to English for me? The image will open a full size jpeg that is 478kb.
The box was a gift that my brother-in-law received and we were hoping to get the full story about it from both pieces of paper. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 9:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I switch from a bank to a credit union?

CreditFilter: Does opening a new account look worse on your credit than keeping an older one? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

6 sexes?

How many sexes are there? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Kirk's John Hancock

Star Trek TOS: what were those things the attractive ensigns would bring Captain Kirk to sign in some of the episodes? He never read them, he'd just sign them, smile at the eye candy, and go back to whatever he was doing. Was this just an excuse to get eye candy on the screen or is there a real world analogue?
posted by lord_wolf at 9:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Where I can I get a counter thingy for a powerpoint slide?

I'm looking for a counter to put on a powerpoint slide that will count up to a number of my choosing. Is there such a thing? I want to be able to say e.g. there are surprising number of widgets in this country and then have the counter ticking up as I'm tallking and then stop at the right number. Variable speed would be good, in case I need big numbers. Any ideas?
posted by janecr at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

JPG metadata help?

Does the JPG description information work in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

NiMH so useful, so confusing

Another question about NiMH rechargeable batteries: Can I use brand A batteries in a brand B charger? Also, how can I tell a 'smart' charger from the timed version I hear tell of? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Depersonaization disorder, dealing and living with

For those who have experience with depersonalization disorder, what ways have you succesfully dealt with the disconnection and "un"reality that exists as part of this disorder? [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I turn my blog into a book

Can I turn my blog into a book or PDF document? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

My bed is a racecar

My g/f is getting more and more pissed with my nightly antics. [more under the sheets] [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 6:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Starting consulting in the UK

Where can I find consulting contracts/agreement templates specific to the UK? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 6:22 AM PST - 3 comments

The ol' Kirk Van Houten?

Is there a specific socio-/psychological term for women who do this? Does it ever happen with the genders reversed?
posted by kittyprecious at 6:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my car's smashed window a break-in or a hit and run?

Can a car window be "popped out" by hitting the door mirror housing? Or was my window just smashed by an inefficient thief? [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 5:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for portable dvd/tv

Hurricane season is upon us (I'm in Florida) and I've been looking for a portable dvd player with a TV tuner, so that I can use it during power outages ( using battery power ) and the kids can use the dvd player on long car trips. Any suggestions? It seems that those players with TV are very rare. I wont mind a separate TV tuner that I could connect to the player....
posted by FLHunter3006 at 4:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Benzodiazepines and sporting performance

What effect (if any) do prescribed benzodiazepines have on sporting performance? [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 at 4:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Practical math

Math help. (Practical, I'm not in school!) [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 3:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I get contact lenses?

Should I get contact lenses? I've been wearing glasses for about 10 years, and mainly need them for driving. I don't need to wear them every day, but do if I have a pair of glasses I wear them. Currently I borrow my wife's spares but this has to stop because I have a poor track record with looking after spectacles, and I'm toying with the idea of getting contacts instead. In particular because I'd like not to have to bother with prescription sunglasses as well. Is it worth it? I had quite sensitive eyes as a kid, and do a lot of computer work. Does this affect my decision?
posted by singingfish at 3:00 AM PST - 20 comments


I'm starting a scripts submission site for Singaporean screenwriters, inspired by SimplyScripts. But what should I call it? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 2:28 AM PST - 7 comments

What's with this stretch input image in my form??

HTMLfilter: The image in a custom image button in a form appears to be stretched to a certain size, why is this? [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 2:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Windows XP not booting without Boot Logging on.

Why does my Windows XP installation not only boot when I turn Bootlog mode on? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:21 AM PST - 4 comments

TB? To test or not?

Do I need to get a TB test? [more inside]
posted by MrC at 1:10 AM PST - 16 comments

How much am I worth?

Please help me figure out how much to charge for two potential jobs! (Both are database related) [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 12:06 AM PST - 8 comments

June 27

Can I get in trouble for reporting security issues to my bank?

Can I get in trouble for reporting security issues with my banks' online interface? [more inside]
posted by floam at 11:11 PM PST - 43 comments

Need a Bag/Purse

Help a girl who doesn't really like purses find a bag to carry. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 10:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Japanese stuff that American kids like

Calling all kids and kids at heart... what kind of souvenir would you want from Japan? [more inside]
posted by QueSeraSera at 10:27 PM PST - 42 comments

Looking for new things to do in NYC

NYCfilter: I'm heading up to the Big Apple this weekend as I got a free plane ticket for my birthday and was looking for a few different things to do since I've been there a few times before. I'm interested in finding out about three things: a unique dining experience, something to do on the 4th, and a great jazz club. [more inside]
posted by Gaiwan at 9:33 PM PST - 28 comments

Co-signing a mortgage: its effects

How much will my father co-signing on a mortgage help me? [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I have to provide my CMS modifications under the GPL?

Say I was using a Web Content Management System that was covered under the GPL. If I made lots of modifications to the CMS, but only used it for my own site - do I need to provide my modified CMS to the public to download? I'm debating this with a friend - I thought it was only if you are planning to redistribute the software to others, but now I'm wondering - and certainly don't want to a afoul of the GPL.
posted by Dag Maggot at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Will this computer run Oblivion?

Will this computer run Oblivion? [more inside]
posted by jiawen at 8:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Good advice for a new dad.

If you could tell a soon-to-be dad anything, what would you say? [more inside]
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 8:18 PM PST - 61 comments

you did it when?

Is there a way to prove that something happened prior to a given date, in a similar way that a photo which includes e.g. a newspaper shows it was taken after the publication date? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 7:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Internet's role in the EU referendum?

What role did the internet play in the Dutch and French referendums on the EU constituion last year? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Books skeptical about global warming's effect

What are some reasonable, readable books which are skeptical about the dire threat of global warning? [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 7:28 PM PST - 37 comments

Trouble accessing my C drive wirelessly

I just purchased a Macbook, have it up and running nicely with a Linksys router which is connected to my desktop (an HP WinXP machine) and I can't see/access my desktop hard drive from my Mac... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Keep saving for that plasma screen or prepare to die?

What is a reasonable cost for the preparation of a will? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 7:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How to participate in a chat without being intrusive?

How do I participate in a chat where the others frequently talk about personal topics, but want me not to but in, since I am not a long-time member? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Fast and Furious, American Cars.

Fast and Furious 1, 2 and 3 and American Musclecars... (spoilers?) [more inside]
posted by lundman at 6:20 PM PST - 33 comments

How do you deal with clashing meetings?

How do you deal with clashing meetings? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Song in new Mac vs PC ad?

Does anyone have or know what song they play in the background of the new Mac vs PC ads? A link to the mp3 would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by hummercash at 5:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Motivation for summer semester

How can I get motivated to do well in school during this summer semester? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Family Crests and Coats of Arms

Are people selling coats of arms over the internet making it up? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 5:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I turn down a job offer from a close relative?

How do I (gently) turn down a job offer from a close relative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

JewFilter: Which Kaddish text am I looking at?

JewFilter: I have a beautiful musical setting of (I think) a Chatzi Kaddish, written by Maurice Ravel. Given that it doesn't seem to be a mourner's kaddish (despite the mournful tone of the melody), when is it appropriate and when is it not appropriate to recite/sing this text, religiously speaking? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Credit card debt vs. car loan debt

Which is a "worse" type of debt - credit card debt or car loan? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 4:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Can you help me help a friend to resolve his college major?

Can you help me help a friend to resolve his college major? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Why did you stick those needles in my eyes? My daughter wants to know.

What song is this? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 3:46 PM PST - 21 comments

localhost diskarbitration[number]: could not create "file system unmounted" notification

I have a problem with the hard disk on my iBook. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Metal regiert in meine Meisterplan

Looking for lyrics of the Siouxsie and the Banshees' song 'Metal Postcard'... the German version. [more inside]
posted by prolific at 3:39 PM PST - 4 comments

out-of-town ID

I lost my texas state driver's license, the problem is that i'm in Washington right now on vacation and I need an ID. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman at 3:39 PM PST - 14 comments

How to manually clean a registry?

How hard is it to do a manual registry cleaning and is it worth paying HP $45 to help me? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Laptop Battery Issues

I have a Dell 6000 notebook with a 9 cell battery. It is less than one year old. Upon purchase my laptop battery could hold 5 hours + of battery. Now it barely holds and hour. What's wrong and how can I fix this?
posted by jne1813 at 3:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Regarding the Proper Way to Shower

Do I face the wrong way in the shower? [more inside]
posted by inging at 2:54 PM PST - 47 comments

What should I do with my play?

I've written a play. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Wet Shaving Accessories in the UK

Where can I order wet-shaving accessories and accoutrement, as per this MSNBC article in the UK? [more inside]
posted by dance at 2:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Hair dyeing on the road.

Where do I go to get my hair dyed? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Why will no one break the champions?

Why is it that Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" always plays back to back? [more inside]
posted by sled at 2:19 PM PST - 30 comments

Is my iPod a write-off?

My G4 iPod has crapped out. It's a few years old and was working with no problems for some time. But recently it corrupted a bunch of my songs. I tried reloading and it now crashes my Mac running 10.4 because the move hangs halfway and nothing can be done. Is there anything I can do with this thing? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 1:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Stopping the blog spammers

I want to start a Wikipedia page featuring the domains of blog spammers. Does one already exist?
posted by bamassippi at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Am I a total freak or does everyone do this?

My fiance recently informed me that I often sit up in the middle of the night while fast asleep and he pushes me back into a reclining position and I never awaken. When I mentioned it to my mother, she casually said, "Oh yeah, you've been doing that since you were a baby." [more inside]
posted by wildeepdotorg at 12:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Do Jew Tattoo?

Ok, I'm self-admittedly jumping the shark here. I'd like to get a tattoo. I'd like it to mean 'will'. Like the type of will it takes to pedal one's ass up to the top of a mountain on a 100-degree day. Or the will it takes to climb canyons in 35-degree weather. You know the drill. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:28 PM PST - 59 comments

Napster songs onto iPod

How do you get songs purchased on Napster into the iPod? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

TV station using my midriff in obesity show promotion.

A local news station in my (small) town is doing a mullti-part series on "the obesity epidemic". The teasers and the intro for this series includes pictures of rather hefty people (shot from knees to armpits only, so no face identifiable) strolling about town. One of them is me. [more inside]
posted by Quadroonian at 11:26 AM PST - 35 comments

How to put music on my iPod

I have a new (to me) iPod that I can't put music on. [more inside]
posted by a red so deep at 11:25 AM PST - 11 comments

I need a free/cheap database system

I'm starting a commercial web site. I doubt it will make money for a long time, and maybe it won't make any at all, but I'd like to give it a try for the hell of it. It will be a rating site, similar to epinions and I want to store the info in a database; mysql wants $600 a year for licensing which is simply too much. Is there another suitable DBMS that would work with PHP or Perl? If there are no free database packages out there, how might I get around the need for one?
posted by zorro astor at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Software for change management control?

ChangeControl/ManagementFilter: Anyone know of a good software package to handle change control/management? Preferably free. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Compiling a .NET program with Mono

Is it possible to compile a .NET program in Linux using Mono? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Girls and gaming

What video games do girls (8-14 years old) like to play? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 10:56 AM PST - 34 comments

"There's no place like home...."

Need a tinker-free Linux/MySql install for Ruby On Rails. Also, seeking advice for getting started in RoR. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Help with my ink

Please help me with my next tattoo... [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What Did I Eat?

Who: Me Where: Near Ocean City, on the great Assawoman. Why: Alcohol. When: Sunday, 4 PM. How: Tossed to the back of my throat, and swallowed with the Why. What: Aye, there's the rub. [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Break my fast.

What can I have for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 10:30 AM PST - 49 comments

Whatever happened to Dick fraud?

Whatever happened to this? Seems like a huge story that has dropped completely off the radar. As well, as there a decent, fact-filled, not super-inflammatory, list of 'scandals' involving the current U.S. administration?
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Environmenally friendly bathroom cleaning products?

Are there environmentally friendly ways of cleaning the bathroom, especially to remove mildew from the grout around the shower? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 10:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I sell a bunch of 1990s comics in Phil?

Where/how should I sell a bunch of 1990s comics in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

I fought the law, and the...

How do I kill ninety-days in the hole? [more inside]
posted by cedar at 10:05 AM PST - 67 comments

Help me fix my dead wireless before I kill again.

Does anyone have any idea why my laptop suddenly stopped connecting to any of the various wireless networks in my building, but connected immediately to CompUSA signal when I took it into the store this morning? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find this song...

I was out shopping yesterday and heard a song, and the only things I can remember about it is that it name-dropped Sufjan Stevens and mentioned Chicago. Naturally, Googling Sufjan Stevens + Chicago got me nowhere, so I was hoping someone knew what it was. Anyone?
posted by assmatt at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get subtitles to burn to a DVD?

I have a bunch of Korean movies with .srt files as captions, and now I'd like to burn them to DVD. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Dance Commander at 9:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me be real

I would like to stop faking orgasms. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 18 comments


How to bite without leaving long-lasting bruises? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Powerbook damage repair advice needed

Yesterday on the sidewalk in front of the office, my computer bag strap broke and the bag fell to the ground, denting the corner of my (loaner) Powerbook G4. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Magazine suggestions, please!

Do you have any fun, cool, hip magazine suggestions for someone who desperately misses Budget Living and needs more stuff to read around her messy apartment? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 7:55 AM PST - 18 comments

what's the name of the sport where the players have a scoop on their arm

what's the name of the sport where the players have a scoop on their arm
posted by Svea at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

locked out

We locked ourselves out of an apartment hotel room and the owner had to get a locksmith to open the door. Who should pay? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 7:29 AM PST - 36 comments

Ironically, I'm OK with cuecumbers.

The pickle phobia video hit my office yesterday and now everyone is offering opinions on why someone would be afraid of pickles. Look, there's [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 7:10 AM PST - 32 comments

Scared of San Fran!

Scared of San Francisco! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:56 AM PST - 24 comments

How to preflight files for a UK printer

US graphic designer needs to learn about best practices in prepress for offset printing in the UK. Software, file formats, etc. [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 6:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Who's who?

Who owns who Filter: Website linking all major companies to one another? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

What are your favorite blog/news sites?

What are your favorite blog/news sites on a specific subject? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 5:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Is this site really the answer to our crushing real estate worries?

My wife and I bought a house shortly after we got married last year; due to various financial circumstance, we cannot afford the house, the homeowner's insurance or the property taxes this year-- heck we really can't afford to live there anymore, period. We're working with a realtor to try and sell our house, probably for even a short sale in hopes that we won't be foreclosed upon or declare bankruptcy. We just got an offer from a company that says they specialize in buying houses-- is this the answer to our prayers, or just another come-on? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 5:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Why doesn't Opera work for me?

Why doesn't Opera work properly for me? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 5:34 AM PST - 8 comments

play that funky music at my wedding on long island

Help me hire a great wedding band in the NYC area. [more inside]
posted by josh at 5:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Do big cities subsidize their state or vice versa?

Specifically, I'd like to know how much Chicago contributes to Illinois (in terms of taxes) versus how much it receives. Generally... [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 5:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Accessing Mac file system on a PC

How do I access a mac-formatted HD in Windows? [more inside]
posted by fintanc at 5:03 AM PST - 13 comments

The black eskimo

Does anyone know the story of the "Black Eskimo" who travelled from Africa to the Arctic to escape a snake cult? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:16 AM PST - 4 comments

What's lurking in the cave?

What happened to the cave explorers? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 1:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Book Filter: I got one that may stump you. The gauntlet has been thrown.

Man, this is a long shot. But I see so many "Book Filters" get answered and well, one never knows. I apologize now for how vague I'm about to be. But an image has haunted me for years... [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 1:42 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm tired of cutting and pasting, I just want to right-click insert|

It's kinda like cut and paste in Word, but not really. I need to find a way to have embedded in the right click menu a hierarchy of pastable sentences. How do I do this? Or is there an app/addon that does this? [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 12:48 AM PST - 6 comments

June 26

Teach a man to fish... "The power to choose, to respond, to change" Stephen R. Covey

What contributes to developing an important Life Skill? For instance, [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 11:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Book title for girl and dolls come to life?

What's the name of the 1970/80's era junior's book about a girl living with her old Aunts, discovers a secret room with dolls that come to life? [more inside]
posted by scamper at 11:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Demo Coding, and Audio... uh, playing

1.I'm looking for "demo coding" specific websites... i've seen a few that were lame, like, i wouldnt consider gamedev.net a demo coding site... oh, and by demo i mean graphics demo, like the ones seen on pouet.net. 2.a link to the smallest audio player you can think of, must play ogg, mp3, xm, it, mod, and s3m... the smallest i've found is called xmplay on un4seen.com, its 250kb or so
posted by xteraco at 10:58 PM PST - 5 comments

You have died of dysentery.

It taught me how to read a map... What was this "educational" computer game from the 1980's? [more inside]
posted by peppermint22 at 10:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Is this homemade diving bell story credible?

A friend thrice removed claims that as a kid, he used to shut out the world by inverting a trash can, tying a few cinder blocks to it, and submerging himself in his parents' swimming pool. I dig this story... [more inside]
posted by Phred182 at 10:06 PM PST - 35 comments

Why not learn about biophysics in Corsica?

Any suggestions for what to do with (perhaps) limited spare time while spending two weeks in Corsica? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic at 9:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

How do I get my browser to ignore a certain site? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 9:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Most interesting true-life tales?

Looking for unique and offbeat biographical book/article recommendations. More specifically lives/events that have played out in the last 70 years or so. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 9:11 PM PST - 14 comments

What to do about excessive self-consciousness?

I'm incredibly self-conscious and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 8:44 PM PST - 24 comments


What was the name of this book about a girl trapped in a red gem with a demon? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Surviving Cat

How do you help a cat survive another cat's death? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 8:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me wire this crazy-ass layout for surround sound...

Help me inexpensively and at least somewhat discreetly wire my place for surround. The problem: Really challenging room layout and a tight budget. [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 8:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Absinthe Spoon

I am in need of an Absinthe Spoon for a gift. I'd much prefer to purchase one in Toronto or the GTA as soon as possible. Anyone know where one can be acquired?
posted by juiceCake at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me internet strangers!

Can I consolidate my non-federal student loans? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 8:06 PM PST - 8 comments

A great frozen drink.

We are having a block party of sorts this weekend. What is a good frozen drink I can share with my neighbors? I'll do margarita's most likely, but want something a little different that's not gonna knock everyone on their ass to add to the mix.
posted by jamie939 at 7:35 PM PST - 15 comments

24-hours to cancel flight to Nassau, Bahamas -should i do it?

24-hours to cancel flight to Nassau, Bahamas -should i do it? [more inside]
posted by Jujee at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Good whole bean coffee in NYC?

Looking for Intelligentsia quality coffee in NYC--around Chelsea, if possible. [more inside]
posted by gsh at 7:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Technical advice for watching downloaded shows on my TV?

Technical advice for watching downloaded shows on my TV? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to die of frustration before we buy our first house; can you help? Please?

Tucson, AZ real estate filter: Trying to buy our first house in central Tucson, AZ (I find the whole process intensely painful for reasons outlined below). Should we wait a little longer for the prices to go down a little more? [more inside]
posted by eebs at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Old(ish) Italian Chandelier?

AskMe Antique Roadshow: School me to the history of this chandelier. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Playing hooky the right way...

I haven't had a day off from work in over 3 weeks. I've just finished a major project, am about to start another, and would like to take a single day to recharge my batteries first. The problem: I have no idea what to do with the day I'm giving myself. So, what should I do with my free day, Metafilter? What would you do with a free day right about now? Bonus points for those who have recommendations for the Phoenix, AZ area, but really, if you have good general ideas, I can research a local equivalent. [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Is Dark Matter the new Phlogiston?

Is Dark Matter the new Phlogiston? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:33 PM PST - 35 comments

America's Mexico?

Where does Mexico end and the USA begin? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 6:23 PM PST - 29 comments


I'm interested in joining a fraternal organization of some sort or another. However, there's... [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 6:18 PM PST - 16 comments

401(k) woes, big time

Having trouble with my 401(k) direct rollover... how screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Vonage's Click2Call for Thunderbird.

Is there a Vonage Click2Call extension that will work with Thunderbird? I found this extension (via this forum thread), but as you can clearly see, the person's Web site has been parked. I found this earlier AskMe question that mentions a Greasemonkey script, but I'm not sure how to use it. I've got Greasemonkey running on my WinXP computer, but I don't know how to edit the script itself like you are supposed to. Plus, I'm not sure that it can access my Contacts list in Thunderbird.
posted by NoMich at 6:06 PM PST - 0 comments

What to do in Oslo when poor?

Where to spend my days in Oslo [more inside]
posted by herting at 5:56 PM PST - 9 comments

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil?

Vegetable Oil vs. BioDiesel? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Squealing fan, not tires.

For a friend: How would a semi-mechaically-inclined person with their own tools find, remove, clean & lubricate -OR- find, clean & lubricate without removing, the vent/AC van which is under/behind the dash in a 93-95 Cadillac Eldorado ETC? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 4:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I bad neighbour or just lazy?

Am I a bad neighbour for not sweeping the sidewalk after I mow my lawn? [more inside]
posted by meringue at 3:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Connect the dots on a map

If I plot directions on Google Maps between two places it works well, except that one of the places is actually a few 100m away (enough to throw people off). Is there a way for me to correct this? Replot the position? Are there other services that might be of better use? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 3:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you remember this website hoax about a huge mountain tunnel?

Does anyone remember an absurdly over hyped internet event/hoax that had something to with an enormous mountain tunnel? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 3:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Shut out again. Why?

Why does she get close & then shut me out? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by eems at 3:19 PM PST - 28 comments

Considering moving to the Richland / Kennewick / Pasco Washington area

Considering moving to the Richland / Kennewick / Pasco Washington area from SoCal. Do you live there now, have you lived there before, do you have advice? I would like suggestions about how to learn about the area without actually driving up there, although we probably will drive there in the next few months. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments


Ingredientfilter: this page accurately describes pizzoccheri as a dish (Italy: Valtelina), but I find the usage of bok choi as an ingredient decidedly non-authentic. Steer me or the author right? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 3:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Dirty Credit Cards/License

My credit cards and driver's license are dirty. They have some black marks on them. I guess from my wallet. What's the best way to clean these cards without ruining them?
posted by rme014 at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me waste 4 hours in NYC

I'll be arriving at Penn Station in NYC about 4 hours prior to an appointment about a mile away on 66th street. What would you do if you had 4 hours to kill in that area? If the weather continues to suck, suggestions for a coffee shop with free wifi?
posted by COD at 2:53 PM PST - 20 comments

What can they read to help motivate the teens?

A friend of mine is looking for suggestions of newsletters, videos, books, etc. that will help staff-members in a residential foster care program interact with their clients. The clients are 16-21 year old young men, that have been in and out of the foster care program. This material would preferably be in Spanish, would help motivate the teens, and/or would possibly discuss developmental issues. Any and all ideas are welcome.
posted by sa3z at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

My dpkg database is hosed!

My Debian package database is a mess! How can I reset its state? [more inside]
posted by ciaron at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Timing of home equity loan

How soon is too soon to get a home equity loan? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there Xbox deals to be had?

Now that the initial launch hype is over, where should I go to find Xbox 360 bundles/deals?
posted by o2b at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get a copy of an Illinois residential property settlement statement from 2003?

How can I get a copy of an Illinois residential property settlement statement from 2003? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 2:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me cook something new!

What dishes can I make with cape gooseberries (physalis)? [more inside]
posted by bella.bellona at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

1st Anniversary Ideas in NYC

Romantic and sweet 1st anniversary ideas in NYC? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify what this type of switch is called.

What do you call this type of switch? [more inside]
posted by Symeon at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

So many colors.... please help me choose!

I need help choosing corporate colors for my small business. Please help! [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Putting a professional spin on my Burning Man experience.

How can I spin my experience so it sounds more professional? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 1:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Nesting vLANs?

Is it possible to nest virtual LANs within a larger virtual LAN, which has its uplink to the backbone? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Six at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Cycling Turbo Trainer setup

I am considering setting getting a turbo trainer like this one but I am not sure about the skewer. I have a pretty low end mountain bike. Will I have to pull the axel out of my rear tire?
posted by srboisvert at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I access craigslist (and only craigslist)?

Why can't I access craigslist (and only craigslist)? [more inside]
posted by ellanea at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Activating OSX Remote assistance via an IM chat

I need Apple's Remote desktop to be as easy as Remote Assistance in Windows [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Will an electric fence work with my beagle??

Will an electric fence work with my beagle?? [more inside]
posted by MJaffaDMB at 12:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Recommend a donation website

What social networking sites are there for managing personal donations? I have some projects in mind that require more resources than I have available. I'd like to set up some system for people to donate both money & expertise to help me take my ideas & realize them. I could just put up a little writeup with a PayPal Donate button on my personal domain & point to it from various places I frequent, but I'd like to see if any of the donation-oriented social networking sites have any elements that'd make them a more attractive venue for my plea.
posted by scalefree at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Best place outside SF to live in the Bay Area?

If you worked in San Francisco but didn't want to live in San Francisco, where would you live? [more inside]
posted by jjg at 11:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Dammit! I need more rocking out and waiting until November is not cutting it!

Can anyone recommend a Playstation-to-PC controller convertor (and where to purchase it) that specifically works well with Freetar Hero and the guitar controller? The one recommended by the creator of Freetar (Soyo KiKy X-Series Game Pad Converter) seems to not be available anywhere.
posted by emptybowl at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Get me out of language limbo

Learning Italian in the Boston Area [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I come up with work samples and get this job?

I'm applying for a part-time copy editing position at a local paper. They're asking for ten work samples, but the thing is, I haven't really done anything professionally. Even better, I don't have all that much experience in journalism. (A little bit of work with the high school paper is it.) What can I do to overcome my lack of experience and get this job?
posted by kyleg at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Are religious differences enough to split a long term relationship?

Are religious differences enough to split a long term relationship? [more inside]
posted by ninjew at 11:21 AM PST - 55 comments

How to build a massive LED array

Continuation from my last question: how do I make a giant red "M" out of little LEDs? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 11:02 AM PST - 20 comments

The price of gas

How does the price of crude relate to the price of gasoline? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Most requested computer repair services?

ComputerRepairFilter: To those of you who do computer repair for a living, what are your most requested services? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 10:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Are you ready for some foootballl?

Are there any well-known songs that were (or might have been) recorded while the artist was stoned/wasted/tripping/etc? Not counting concert performances, unless the song charted. [more inside]
posted by zek at 10:07 AM PST - 47 comments

Anyone moved to Frankfurt, Germany?

Anyone moved from the US to Frankfurt, Germany? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

ebay for sellers

I've just started selling on eBay, and have Qs about protecting myself/etiquette. [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 9:40 AM PST - 23 comments

TV shows for those wanting to be famous

My friend is looking for clips of different types of TV shows where people do things in order to become famous. The funnier and more outlandish the show, the better. What TV shows can you think of?
posted by blueyellow at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Java programming to save the world?

I'm a Java programmer and I'd like to volunteer in my spare time. Any leads ?
posted by toastchee at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Digicam for a kid

Digital camera for a kid? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Get US money out of the Third World now? Or, how best to ameliorate poverty?

GlobalPovertyFilter: Is poverty in the third world and emerging countries like India and China due more to exploitation by multinational corporations, or due to disconnection from globalization? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

What are some contemporary "story-telling" concept albums?

What are some contemporary "story-telling" concept albums? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 8:16 AM PST - 60 comments


Why do many syndicated articles and press releases end with "###"? And what is it called?
posted by honorguy7 at 8:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Green-card marriage: risk vs. reward.

A friend is considering participating in a paper-marriage-for-money to permit a stranger to remain in the U.S. The amount of money in question is not trivial and said friend is quite excited. I'm inclined to object, but need better grounds. What are the practical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in this? Any real-life stories?
posted by Tubes at 7:51 AM PST - 37 comments

how to make a presentation transparent on the desktop

need a method to display a presentation using a transparent background --- the user's desktop is still visible
posted by bliss322 at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Where/how should I rent a cell phone to make calls from Japan to U.S.?

Looking for info on renting a cell phone. I want to be able to call home (U.S.) while hiking in Japan (Fuji, Japan Alps, Hokkaido). Any experience with with this? Advice? Thanks!
posted by cyrreb at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Software Bundling (tied selling) in Canadian Stores

I know I can build computers myself. But I want to buy a notebook. And I want it already fully built, with a nice in-store warranty. However, I want NO SOFTWARE along with it. Absolutely none. Am I entitled to that? [more inside]
posted by a007r at 7:05 AM PST - 32 comments

Investments for Dummies

Just inherited a bit of cash, need eschatological investment pointers [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 7:02 AM PST - 14 comments

An all-in-one drive solution with RAID and room for optical drives?

I want a box that will hold 2-4 HDs and 2 optical drives, and connect to my laptop via one or more USB cables. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Nova Scotia cell service

Nova Scotia cell service: I am taking a trip to Nova Scotia next week, and no one seems to know if Sprint cell service works there. Anyone had any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by joshmiller at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Things to see & do in Nice, France?

Going to be spending 4 days in Nice, southern France, beginning of August. Recommendations on things to see & do? [more inside]
posted by slater at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

What should I do with a plea for help when it's based on a psychic consultation?

Help me with a family member who wants me to help her because of the word of a psychic! [more inside]
posted by andraste at 6:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Best approach to wireless network for iMac g4 (lamp) and eMac

macfilter: What is the best way to create a wireless network between my eMac and iMac g4 (lamp) without using Airport or Airport Express? [more inside]
posted by greedo at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Targeted power outage

We had a severe thunderstorm yesterday evening where we live in northern Virginia, and later the lights would not work in the bathrooms. The power in the rest of the house works normally. At no time during the storm did the lights even blink. Afterwards, when I checked, the circuit breakers were all in the "on" position. I tried switching them on and off but to no avail. We live in a townhouse that was built in 1976. I'm wondering if there's any kind of quick fix I could do before having to call a professional.
posted by NinaLee at 4:47 AM PST - 17 comments

To sleep, perchance to learn.

Is there anything to be gained by playing recorded lectures while I sleep? [more inside]
posted by amro at 4:35 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I control and manage my authors/stories/deadlines?

Is there a software to help an Editor to manage the authors, assignments and deadlines of a website? [more inside]
posted by cardoso at 4:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Sites for Honda Civic information.

1995 Honda Civic, new to me, where can I find info online about maintenance and care for my new car? [more inside]
posted by efalk at 2:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Why are there no nutritional facts on alcoholic beverages?

Why are there no nutritional facts on alcoholic beverages?
posted by isopropyl at 12:13 AM PST - 8 comments

June 25

Oh my god she just got pulled in half!

Help me figure out this "Pulling Apart" magic trick video I found on Snopes. [more inside]
posted by onalark at 11:06 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I flip my textbox?

How can I flip text horizontally, without converting it into a picture? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 11:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I become a better writer?

How can I become a better writer? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 10:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Why am I unattractive to local mosquitos?

Why don't Bay Area mosquitos bite me? Last year, in Desolation Wilderness (CA), the air was thick with mosquitos, and I was bitten liberally and painfully. This year, in my apartment in the Bay Area, the air is again thick with mosquitos and I am without noticeable bites. Why? [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 9:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I get a religious icon appraised?

I have a several-centuries-old Greek icon. Where can I bring it to get it appraised and learn more about its history? [more inside]
posted by Alexandros at 9:25 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm leaving the country and scared witless; care to help with the particulars?

I'm twenty five, divorced, done with school, and finally able to get out and see the world. There's just one problem: logistics. [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 9:09 PM PST - 25 comments

How to keep a sewing machine quiet?

How can I prevent the vibrations and noise from my Juki DDL-8700 sewing machine from bothering my downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 9:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Factory-themed OS 9 game?

Back in my OS 9 days, I played a game in which you controlled a factory. Raw materials would come out of a pipe somewhere, and you had to control the conveyor belts, chutes, and other machines in the factory to make a certain quota of items by the end of the day. Incorrectly made items, of course, were deducted from your score. Can anyone else remember this game, and (even better) tell me where to find it?
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you remove red kool-aid from carpet?

Stainfilter: Kool-aid, children, and puke don't mix. Help me remove a stain from white carpet [more inside]
posted by huy_le at 8:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my mom identify this film before insanity drives her to starts spam the front page with youTube links

Help my mom identify a 1960s film based on a Guy de Maupassant short story. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Weird Suburban Portland

Tell me some random, strange things about the suburbs of Portland, Ore. [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Things to do in Brisbane when you're [at a conference]

Does anyone have any tales of joy—or woe—concerning hotel accommodation in Brisbane? And what might I do while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

The Piper is down

songfilter: I am trying to compile a CD of pop/rock tunes that uses the bagpipes or its assorted cousins including keyboard fakery to achieve a celestial set of tones that only squeezing a bladder with a mouthpiece can provide. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 7:58 PM PST - 33 comments

Splicing Major Motion Pictures

When all of those Brokeback Mountain-inspired trailers (i.e. Brokeback to the Future, Brokeback Heat, etc.) were coming out earlier this year, how were people getting the manipulatable versions of the films? [more inside]
posted by Aghast. at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Tennis, everyone?

Cost of building a tennis court? [more inside]
posted by starman at 6:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Good magazine about Money for younger people?

Good magazine about Money for younger people? [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos at 6:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I ask when I visit my dream condo?

Chicago real estate: Help me create a list of questions to ask a real estate agent as I see my (agent owned) dream condo. [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Signed books: why do authors cross their name out?

Why do some authors cross out their own printed name when they sign their books? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 6:52 PM PST - 23 comments

When it falls off, your wish will come true

I recently decided to re-visit one of my favorite summer activities: making friendship bracelets. I am looking to a) remember some of the techniques I used to know b) learn new and interesting bracelet patterns. [more inside]
posted by nekton at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Linux + college = ?

I just made the jump to Linux (Ubuntu). Any good note taking software for this strange new beast? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 6:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a hat to protect my honky skin!

I am looking for a special kind of hat, preferably in the Portland area. [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 6:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Is God Perfect?

Is God perfect? [more inside]
posted by fatbobsmith at 6:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Help Me Find The Sesame Street "Sugar Beet" Song

I am looking for an MP3 or video clip of the old Sesame Street song "Sugar Beet" but google and youtube are failing me. It featured background kids going "Beet beet sugar beet beet sugar", etc. At the end it featured a man dipping his finger in a vat and as he tastes the resulting goo he says "Sugar!" and the kids sing "BEET!" loudly. Does anyone have a copy of this?
posted by pookzilla at 5:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me fix really crappy sounding brakes

New bike has disk brakes that squeek, cry and grind. It sounds awful. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I get waxed downstairs and still maintain my dignity?

I'm a guy. Can I get waxed downstairs and still maintain my dignity? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 4:44 PM PST - 39 comments

How to efficently set up a sales department?

What is the most efficient organizational structure for a sales department? [more inside]
posted by tundro at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I have simultaneous access from 2 computers to 1 external HD?

USB/Firewire External Harddrives - how can I get simultaneous access from 2 computers? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 3:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Please recommend or disparage your new "quiet" XP PC.

Please recommend or disparage your supposedly "quiet" or "silent" XP desktop computer; unlike some recent posts here, pre-assembled rather than home-brew. Have you used a Dell XPS 400 or Dimension 5150 in a quiet bedroom? I'd appreciate advice based on recent personal experience. I'm aware of endpcnoise and quietpcreview. [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 at 2:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Latin translation please!

I just bought a puzzle today of an old map, and across the top it says "nova totius terrarum sive novi orbis tabula". Can anyone translate for me? My Latin is quite rusty!
posted by orangskye at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Blogging in Myspace

Is there a way for my Blogger posts to simultaneously appear in a Myspace blog? Either a system which will post to both simultaneously or which will pull material from an RSS feed and drop it into myspace will do. Thanks very much.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I set my DSLR down on its lens?

I just bought a new DSLR camera (Nikon D50). I love it. But the bag I bought for it has the camera going in vertically, lens-first, which means all the weight of the camera is pushing on the lens. Is that bad for the lens? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How to tell if I've bought a bad microwave

How can one tell the production history of a microwave oven? I bought a GE JES1656SJ at Best Buy today. Got it for a good price. Went home, Googled the model number. Very few hits. Nothing at epinions or consumerreview. Not sold at amazon. On the GE website itself, I found its page (with some effort). On this page it said "Sold Only at Lowe's" (the chain hardware/appliance stores). The fact that I bought this elsewhere notwithstanding, is there anyway to find out if this is an old/defective/dangerous/unpopular model? Is it unusual to produce specific models for certain outlets? The oven is still in the box pending the results of my investigation. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Children's poetry emergency

Does anyone have the poem Rat It Up by Adrian Mitchell. I can't find it anywhere on the net. I have to read this tomorrow to a class of kids and I forgot to buy the book over the weekend. Drats.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 1:20 PM PST - 0 comments

Camera and computer incompatibilities

My camera died and inexplicably killed my computer in the process. [more inside]
posted by msali at 1:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Any way to pillage photobucket a directory at a time?

Is there any way to mass-grab photobucket galleries, instead of Save-As'ing ever image? Like something that you can put a URL into and it'll dump all the large images into a directory for you? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

What non-BTTF 1980s time travel movie am I thinking of?

Looking for a time travel film: I rented it in the early 90s but it seemed to be an 80s flick. Took place somewhere warm, probably CA to save on budget. I recall a strong element of family in it, but it's obviously not BTTF. I think it had two brothers (cousins? best friends?) heading back to the 1950s. I remember them in a nice old car with chrome and fins, but for all I know I may be making that up. It was as much drama as it was anything else. Sorry I don't have more to go on.
posted by ktoad at 11:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Go home or come out?

Gay athlete needs life advice--should I keep training at the elite level or move on and get a "real life"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Installing a Pre-hung door.

Installing a pre hung door. Or rather filling the hole you put in your new house when you decided to replace the door. [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Cellphone Filter: Hunt for a superphone.

Cellphone Filter: Help, getting a new phone this week! Looking for an awesome superphone. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a VOIP Headset

Where can I find a single-earpiece VOIP headset? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Page up/down exactly one page in Adobe?

Can I get Adobe Reader to page up/down by exactly one page? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Best pixel dimensions for portfolio site?

Suggested max width/height variables for portfolio site? ... And, should I use a sniffer to branch people off? Also, if you've got any links to art sites that have solved this problem gracefully, I'd appreciate them. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Sata drive question

sata controller question for Dell 8300. [more inside]
posted by arh07 at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do in Cabo?

What are some totally awesome things to do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 8:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting licensed with nothing to drive

Does one require a car to obtain a driver's license? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

I think I can make it taste better.

I'm trying to clean up my del.icio.us links... [more inside]
posted by youarenothere at 7:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Why is my MSWord program seizing up with hot-pink static snow and how can I make it stop?

Help! What is making my MS Word program suddenly seize up and look like scrambled pink and blue static? [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 6:43 AM PST - 9 comments


Cycling questions: UK cyclepath etiquette, numbness, squeaking, body temperature! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 5:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Save my wine!

What is the best way to store wine long term if I don't have a cellar? I'm particularly worried about the Australian summer coming in six months or so. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 5:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Sad little puppy

One of my sisters dogs had to be put to sleep due to cancer, her other dog, a Jack Russel Terrier is really taking it hard. She won't eat, isn't playful and mopes around the other dog's bed. Right now I'm mostly worried about the lack of food, she's a small dog, any suggestions on what to do?
posted by substrate at 5:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Old IBM sub-sub-notebook information?

Asking for the boyfriend: I saw an extremely small IBM ThinkPad sometime in the mid-90's. It ran DOS and had an external floppy drive, and it sparked my love of sub-sub-notebooks. Does anyone else remember the machine I've described, or know its model number or where more information can be found?
posted by dreamyshade at 2:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a program (Windows) that can search by Artist/Song and add Album/Year/etc info to my MP3 tags?

All of my MP3s contain only Artist/Song info in their ID tags. Is there a program (Windows) that can search by Artist/Song and add Album/Year/etc info to my MP3 tags? [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork at 1:53 AM PST - 5 comments

June 24

Looking for 70Kids TV Show called Vegetable Soup. Basically, Sesame Street on Acid

I'm desperate here. I need to see an episode, any episode, of the old children's TV show called Vegetable Soup. A basket full of carrots and cauliflower to anyone who knows where to find video of this show, either on disc or online. Preferably online. Does anyone else remember this show? It was on in the mid-70's. I've looked on YouTube and other such sources, but there must be something I'm missing.
posted by Sir BoBoMonkey Pooflinger Esquire III at 11:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me decorate this small apartment?

How would you arrange living space in this oddly shaped area? [more inside]
posted by knave at 11:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Pork poster en français?

Where can I buy a pig poster like they have in french butcher shops? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Yank needs advice on settling in Montreal

How to settle in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by concourse at 8:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Changing how I make change: why is how I did it offensive?

Why is not placing change in a customer's hands offensive? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 8:26 PM PST - 67 comments

Lonely pda, 802.11b, seeks relationship with desktop machine

I am about to upgrade my pda from an old iPaq 1910 to any of several newer models. I am looking at several choices that have built in 802.11b wifi... and I am utterly clueless as to how to use wifi! [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries at 7:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Leopard Plant?

Help me identify this plant. [more inside]
posted by splatta at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Professorships in Europe

How can I best position myself in my PhD program to get a job overseas when I complete my dissertation? [more inside]
posted by trey at 6:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Kid-friendly manga?

Are there any quality manga titles that are appropriate for an eight-year-old?
posted by EarBucket at 5:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?
posted by airguitar at 4:54 PM PST - 31 comments

north New Brunswick & Gaspe Peninsula

What are the “must see & experience” sights, eating experiences, photo stops, etc. in northern New Brunswick, then around the Gaspe Peninsula, along Bais des Chaleurs, east through Perce, Gaspe, west to Matane, Quebec and finally south to Cambellton, NB?
posted by thebarron at 4:35 PM PST - 3 comments

The Devil's in the Details

Help me recreate my grandmother's deviled egg recipe. [more inside]
posted by Daddio at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

how secure is remote connection

How secure is network drive? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:50 PM PST - 8 comments

This story is boring, miss!

High-interest short stories for teens? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 2:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Friend = cab driver?

Ethical or no: My friend gives me a ride to the airport before a business trip. I get reimbursed for a reasonable "cab fare" (less than or equal to what calling a cab would have cost) and use the reimbursement to pay my friend for giving me a ride. [more inside]
posted by em at 2:02 PM PST - 53 comments

What's wrong with my 'fridge?

What's wrong with my 'fridge? The refrigerator is only cooling down to about 60 deg. F, and the freezer is only going down to 30 deg. F, even on maximum cool settings. Secondarily, is it worth getting it repaired, and is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I need to check gmail's spam box?

How reliable do you find Gmail's spam filtering? Do i need to check the spam folder before I (or Gmail) empty it? It seems quite good to me - I've been using it since february, and it's been months since any real mail got filtered as spam, and relatively few spam get through. But checking is getting tiresome. what is your experience? Judy
posted by judybxxx at 1:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Marred Marble?! Help!

Marble Countertop Help! It seems that the finish/sealant/coating has bubbled or otherwise created a white spot on the black marble countertop in our house. What would've caused this? How can we fix it? The countertop is man-made black marble, and there's now a white spot on the top marring the perfect marble-ness.
posted by SpecialK at 1:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Toronto traffic scares me.

Driving from Toronto to Rochester and back. [more inside]
posted by oaf at 12:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Shift my visual paradigms

Please point me towards new trends in cinema, with an emphasis on narrative stuff. [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find large adhesive panels?

I'm working on a craft-type project that, when finished, will involve adhering large nylon panels to plastic or metal surfaces. I've done a few sample versions of this by covering cardstock in cloth tape, putting my image on the tape, and then using more of the matching cloth tape to adhere the panel to the surface. There has to be a better way to do this with the nylon, though - is there such a thing as large double-sided adhesive sheets that can turn a reasonably light piece of cloth/sythetic/paper into what's essentially a giant sticker?
posted by OverlappingElvis at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Wok -- round or flat bottom?

I want to buy a wok. For the typical American (electric range) kitchen, which style is best? Flat or round bottom?
posted by 10ch at 10:30 AM PST - 25 comments

Apartments in Houston?

Can anyone recommend a safe, pleasant apartment community in southeast Houston (possibly between Pearland and League City or somewhat north of there -- we wouldn't want to go much further south). My husband and I are looking to sign a 6 month lease (we'll be househunting in the meantime) for a 3bd, 2ba apartment for $1100/mo or less. [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments


I've seen some drummers lay small cymbals over their snare drums to get a loud, rich 'PANG!' sound. I like that, which leads me to my two-part question: 1. What's the best size/type of cymbal for this effect, and 2. what other ways can I manipulate my drums (preferably without damaging the shells) to get unique sounds?
posted by Evstar at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Build my own touchscreen-capable multizone system to distribute audio from a NAS or a Mac?

Build my own touchscreen-capable multizone system to distribute audio from a NAS or a Mac? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Sarasota trip: where to go, what to do. No gators.

Last-minute trip to Sarasota, FL for July 4th weekend to visit a sick relative. Any nice places to stay? Things to see nearby? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 7:47 AM PST - 16 comments

How to make Win 98 hop on to the internet over a small home network?

Question regarding getting Windows 98 to play nice with a Linksys Router and another Win XP computer on a home network. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

E-mail tech information

Is there an online reference that provides technical information about all e-mail clients - their data files, where they install, the format they take, etc.?
posted by megatherium at 6:40 AM PST - 0 comments

Oh man. ANOTHER HPV question?

I know HPV has been talked to death here but I have some questions about viral shedding. I don't really understand it. What is viral shedding exactly? So, if you have HPV does viral shedding occur only around the genital region or also on your hands and so on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I can't come.

I'm male, in my early twenties. Ever since I popped my cherry, I've had issues orgasming from sex. Condoms make this only a small fraction below impossible; without, it's still very likely I won't be able to come from sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Tiny Memory Cards

What can I do with some old, tiny, memory cards? I recently purchased a new digital camera to replace my near-broken model. When I purchased the camera, I also picked up a 512 MB SecureDigital card. Previously, I used a 32MB card with my older camera. The camera also came with a 16MB MMC Card. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 3:36 AM PST - 13 comments

June 23

What is the port on this hard drive?

Attempting to plug my old hard drive into an enclosure, but I don't know what this port is or how it connects. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by sian at 11:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How can i stop my explorer from crashing?

Divx seems to make my computer crash, has this happened to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by Rlocurto at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Best cell phone / provider for data?

What is the best cell phone / provider for DATA / email services? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 9:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Farmer's Market Fundraiser Ideas?

My non-profit group needs a high profit margin, child and adult friendly food (or not) item to sell at a Farmer's Market by next Saturday. Any suggestions besides popcorn? [more inside]
posted by Jada2929 at 9:35 PM PST - 25 comments

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her?

Is my great aunt hinting that she wants me to call her? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 9:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Calculating mutual fund profits with pre-authorized contributions?

Is there an easy way to figure how much profit one has made from a mutual fund portfolio where additional fixed contributions are made each month? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I become less materialistic? Should I become a luddite?

The things I own end up owning me. Should I become a luddite? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:13 PM PST - 45 comments

How do Ouija boards work?

So, how do Ouija boards work? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 8:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Thunderbird email junk filter won't filter

Thunderbird email junk filter thingy was working fine at first now 6 months or so later--it's not getting rid of mails that I have designated as junk--what happened?
posted by sandra194 at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Inexpensive jewelry in Chicago

I need to buy a sterling silver ring, Celtic-design and others too, in Chicago, sometime soon. Any recommendations? I live along the red line and thus that would be most convenient for me.
posted by cajo at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Rags to riches - how?

How to make the most money from 0$ [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 7:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Oh how my back does ache...

There's sore back muscles, and then there's just back 'ache'. Does anyone know what this is and how it can be prevented? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:58 PM PST - 20 comments

.dmg files won't mount...

My iBook is not loading .dmg files. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 5:39 PM PST - 5 comments

That's not flying, it's falling with

Skydiving with respiratory condition...should I try it? Is it safe? Am I batshit insane? Skydivers and medical sorts are most welcome to reply! [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 5:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me deal with my penis.

How does one deal with being too well endowed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Normal Hitler Quotes?

I'm looking for Hitler quotes that are perfectly normal. Stuff like "I'm going to have lunch now."
posted by Tlogmer at 3:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Where do these redundant Applescript dictionaries come from?

When I use the "Open Dictionary" option in Apple's Script Editor (2.1.1, part of OS X 10.4.6), a lot of my apps have multiple dictionary entries. Where do these come from? How do I get rid of them?
posted by mph at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us stay connected!

Options for temporary mobile phone access while in Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Shopping in Brussels

Shopping in Brussels? A friend and I will be in Brussels for one afternoon and she wants to buy a dress for a wedding. Semi-formal but she is not into designer. Any tips on shopping in Brussels? I only know the main square and a few streets around that?
posted by Wilder at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

"Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain."

How do you deal with parents moving to your town after years of living far apart? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 2:26 PM PST - 26 comments

How can my new site be more tell-a-friendable?

How can my new site be more tell-a-friendable? I recently launched a personal ads site. When it gets a good link, memberships and traffic take off. But there's no word-of-mouth momentum and as soon as that good link disappears, things quiet back down. This may have a lot to do with the fact that telling your friends about a personal ads site can be like telling them about a new hemorrhoid treatment. What can I do to overcome this? [more inside]
posted by the jam at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

don't forget to breathe

children's animated cartoon: sad, though. a bird that migrates every winter between country x and country y (maybe france/us) ends up forgetting to migrate and dies, possibly at the statue of liberty. any clues? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

OS X Home and End Key Equivalents?

I recently made the switch, and bought a nice, shiny Macbook. I'm loving it, but the keyboard shortcuts are giving me some trouble. Are there equivalents to the Home and End keys on a PC keyboard? [more inside]
posted by phr4gmonk3y at 1:50 PM PST - 13 comments

What carrier has the best txt msg plans?

ATTN TXT-AHOLICS! What carrier has the best text messaging plan? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 1:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Which Dilbert cartoon was it?

There was a Dilbert cartoon a while back about a really stupid client not knowing what they want, etc... Anybody know which one? Or able to find that one? Thanks.
posted by gummo at 1:12 PM PST - 14 comments

How do you like them apples?

"How do you like them apples?" Can you explain to me the meaning of this line by Will Hunting (Matt Damon) in "Good Will Hunting"? [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 12:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me move data from a database to a PDF, automagically.

I need to capture data from an HTML form into a database, then use that data to populate a template. The template, however, is of a certificate of accomplishment, and must be in the form of a printable PDF. What's a good software/middleware/whateverware package to automatically take the data and inject it into a PDF like this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by mattoly at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I keep track of my business's money?

Our company needs a way to keep track of money. And not in the "Quicken" sense - we need a way to track how much we can spend and how much we need to reserve to pay invoices. This is a little confusing, example inside. [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Overseas tailor

Is there a site on the web that rates workmanship and prices of overseas tailors? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Unknown DVD player control

Someone pilfered a DVD player from an interactive display that my employer designed and built. For some reason, no one seems to have record of the model of DVD player in question, and it was attached to a "menu" and "play" button via an 8-pin cable (pictures here and here.). Does anyone out in the void know of a DVD player with this kind of controller input?
posted by hominid211 at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

How Does a Newbie Find Out About Wikis?

I really should post this anonymously, but what the hell... I'm at the level of tech savviness/cluelessness where I usually know the meaning of tech. terms but often have no idea what things really mean or how they're applied. So while I read all the references to wikis here on askme, I realize that, aside from wikipedia, I've never looked at a wiki and have no concrete idea what differentiates it from a forum, or a blog. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Spent my money, took my cab

Where can I find videos of the Jimmy the Cab Driver skits from MTV....specifically the one where he sings the beginning of 'Black Dog'? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the reasoning behind threatening to shoot down North Korea's missle?

The Bush administration is reported to be considering using a missile defense system to knock down North Korea's ballistic missile test. Why? The chances of our antimissile systems actually working are, in my uniformed opinion, close to zero. Why would the administration remove any doubt about the complete ineffectiveness of our missile defense systems by actually using it?
posted by rdr at 11:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Explain Commuting To Me

Seattle Traffic Filter: Why is there more rush hour traffic on 520 going West-East than East-West? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:39 AM PST - 20 comments

Can't get my kicks on route four one six.

I'm driving from Toronto to Ottawa on Canada Day weekend. I don't want to take the 401. Is this reasonably possible? [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Broadband in Antigua, Guatemala?

Broadband in Antigua, Guatemala? Any expertise on getting a reliable fast or broadband connection in Antigua, Guatemala would be appreciated. A friend needs to telecommute for several months. I have a gmail account if you want to reply directly. Checking it only every other day or so. thanks.
posted by theora55 at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Pull out the plug, turn off the lights

A million dollars a month in bandwidth costs; 200 TB of data moved daily. How long can YouTube survive? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 11:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me price a 15th C oil painting

FineArtFilter: I'm looking for a ballpark figure on a possible selling price of an oil painting, circa 1500 or so. I'm waiting for information from the museum which conducted research 40 years ago; in the meantime, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 11:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you identify the insturments in Matisse's (The Joy of life)?

What are the musical instruments depicted in Matisse's 'Le bonheur de vivre(The Joy of life)' called? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Importing DS Games

I want to import a Japanese Nintendo DS game. [more inside]
posted by The Castle at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Spam checker?

A couple months ago I downloaded an application that worked with google (and maybe other search sites, I don't use them so I'm not sure) that would check sites once you had completed a search. Anyone know what I'm talking about and how to find it again? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

auto close pop up window

How do I alter this piece of code to make the pop up window close automatically after exactly 37 seconds? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 10:36 AM PST - 16 comments

What should I do with an old TiVo?

What should I do with an old TiVo unit? [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Junk, Junk and More Junk!

What is this Application Tracking Code thing? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Make one field = another in Access.

I have two tables in Access and this is what I want to do: [more inside]
posted by monochromaticgirl at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Hose Health

How do I keep our garden hoses from corroding and sticking together? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I fix an old Ms. Pacman machine?

Ms. Pacmanfilter: Help me repair a 1980's cocktail arcade game. [more inside]
posted by Ohdemah at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

WTF, dragonfruit with a purple interior?

Why was the inside of my dragonfruit purple? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

portable shade

I need a parasol, in Chicago, today. [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath at 9:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Editing screenshots

editing and adding graphics to a screenshot? [more inside]
posted by turtle42 at 9:39 AM PST - 9 comments

freeware pop3 forwarding?

Cheapest (free?) and best way to forward email from a dedicated Windows 2003 server? [more inside]
posted by Edible Energy at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Domain Problems

We are having a very strange issue with our domain when accessed from our offices here, and we've run out of troubleshooting ideas. [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I deeply traumatized without realizing it?

I recently went to a therapist for the first time ever, for a screening for ADD. She told me that I had a severely traumatic childhood because of things like "My father wasn't around much." I don't feel severely traumatized... Is she crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 33 comments

What happened to my libido?

I'm a recently out, gay 21 year-old college student. I recently met someone and things are starting to get serious. Last night he came over and I couldn't get aroused. I've never had a problem with that before. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Breaking up

Help me survive the break-up of a 5 year relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 23 comments

How to relieve pain from braces

A friend of mine is 34 and just got braces. They're really hurting her, the inside of her lips are getting torn up and the canker sores are driving her nuts. I thought I'd ask the collective intelligence here if there is anything she can do... any ideas?
posted by Scoops at 9:23 AM PST - 27 comments

The pretension is killing me...

When, why and to what extent have seat belts moved from a mechanical trigger to an electronic one? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Spoilers in Twin Peaks DVD commentaries?

Do the commentaries on the Twin Peaks DVDs contain spoilers? [more inside]
posted by Dean King at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

"Not to be sold separately" - why not?

Is the phrase "not to be sold separately", often found on individual food items sold as a multipack, legally binding? If so, why, and if not, what is the point in it being there?
posted by Orange Goblin at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Downtown Ft. Worth

What are some good/cheap places to eat in walking distance of Downtown Ft. Worth? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments


Name some big things in the continental US. Examples of the sort of thing I'm looking for are inside, but if I had to sum it up it would be: man-made or natural objects that are awesome in size, scale, ambition, or displacement from their surroundings -- and which I can drive to without needing special permission or lots of advance preparation. [more inside]
posted by ook at 7:50 AM PST - 90 comments

Ditching the home office for the couch.

Recommendations on converting VGA to S-video. [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

networking/windows server 2003 n00blet needs reading material

I'm the new networking/windows servers 2003 administrator at school. Only problem is i know jack about networking! Looking for something I can pick up at the bookstore to give me a good introduction into the subject. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Destination Guides?

I need travel websites that are specific to a single destination. [more inside]
posted by blim8183 at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Filming on a white background.

How do I film a plain, white background with a couple of actors. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Boric Acid (roach killer) safe to use in my cupboard?

I'm Using Boric Acid for a cockroach problem - is it safe to put it in my cupboard next to plates and cups? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 6:49 AM PST - 18 comments

How does sodium affect your blood pressure?

What in the process of absorbing sodium causes an increase in blood pressure [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 at 6:46 AM PST - 11 comments

How to reduce the decline of our neighborhood?

The incidence of petty crime, particularly vandalism of flower planters (even in daylight), is up lately in our (small city) neighborhood. The ratio of absentee landlords to owner-occupied has been increasing over the years, and the quality of life in the neighborhood is slowly declining (e.g., more trash in the street, petty vandalism, graffiti, outright theft). Fundamentally, the solution is economic, and the city is slowly working on that. But in the short term, what are effective crime reduction methods that can be implemented at the neighborhood level (i.e., we can't direct the police to patrol more or install more street lights, but we could organize a "neighborhood watch")?
posted by juliewhite at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Digal Photography Workflow

What is your workflow for getting pictures off a digital camera, filed and to the state you want them in? Can you improve on mine? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 6:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Why is the opening at the front of men's briefs still there if it's rarely used?

UnderpantsFilter: What is the opening at the front of briefs (and boxer breifs) for? Okay, I know what it's for, but does anyone actually use it? It seems far more trouble to manipulate than pulling the front of your pants down four inches. If no one uses it, why is it still there? It seems to add extra fabric and stitching that cost-reductionism would have eliminated long ago. Is it simple industry momentum? Does it add something to the comfort I don't see?
posted by Plutor at 6:02 AM PST - 168 comments

Staightening my legs

How do I straighten my legs? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a song for the Father/Daughter dance at my wedding.

Help me find a song for the Father/Daughter dance at my wedding. [MI] [more inside]
posted by geeky at 5:32 AM PST - 33 comments

Don't Follow Me; I'm Lost

What is the most independent-minded city in the US? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:34 AM PST - 37 comments

slit your wrists muzak... not really.

Jazz Noir [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User at 4:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Must I go barefoot?

Where online can I get Clarks shoes in (or delivered to) Australia? [more inside]
posted by backOfYourMind at 3:51 AM PST - 5 comments

CSS? Tables?

Should I feel bad because I use tables instead of CSS? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 2:15 AM PST - 32 comments

Applications crash when access internet

While I was using Spybot Search and Destroy, the computer became very slow. I rebooted using the hardware button, and since then whenever an application tries to use the internet (IE, Firefox, MSN Messenger etc) the application crashes, saying the application needs to close as an error occurs. Even the Windows Genuine Workaround app crashes! When not using the internet, everything works fine. How can I fix this?
posted by wibbler at 12:40 AM PST - 10 comments

How much do you need to retire young?

How much money do you need to retire at 40 these days? What amount of money do you need to survive comfortable indefinitely? What about if you just want it to last until you are, say, 85? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:12 AM PST - 23 comments

June 22

Hip logo for school

What are some interesting school logos that blend traditional and modern design elements and typography together? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 10:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Whither Capnius?

Can you explain this line from Aristophanes' "The Wasps"? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 9:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Insider Trading.

The UK based company I don't work for is not a fairly large online financial information provider. Understandably we receive no traffic at all from Google and other search engines for searches related to various company names. Recently I discovered that we catalogue all the search terms by which people reach our site and do a WHOIS search on their IP address using public WHOIS servers. We then search this information for things like "users from ms.com searching for takeover and at least one other word." Then we buy shares in whatever company people from ms.com are looking for along with takeovers. We have no relationship with any of the companies involved other than that we get to see their search terms. So far there is a definite correlation between these things, and we have made money. Could this qualify as insider trading? We are exploiting non publically available information that's for sure.
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember this song from the mid 90s

I need some help rediscovering the artist and title of a song from ten years ago or so - vague memories follow: [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 9:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I properly connect my internal wireless antenna properly?

I need some help with my internal laptop wireless antenna. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my cat so lovey-dovey all of a sudden?

Why is my cat so darn clingy these days? Is it because I'm pregnant? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Screen grab from the back end?

Can I get a screenshot of the GUI desktop from an ssh login? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 8:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Who's the next hot designer?

We've heard of IDEO and Pentagram. What's your favorite new, lesser-known full-service design firm out there?
posted by rossmeissl at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

I have no willpower

Can anyone suggest good (and hopefully free) software that will prevent other applications from running during specified parts of the day? The idea is to block certain non-productive applications (media players, games, etc.) during the day when I should be working. Ideally it would allow me to specify which hours each program was blocked and to allow the programs to be unlocked with a password if needed.
posted by Mbarron2896 at 7:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find these giant plastic cups?

Where can I find these giant plastic cups? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a good media center application for OS X.

I need a good media center application for OS X. [more inside]
posted by triolus at 7:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Show me the "real" you.

What are your favorite subtle questions to ask, while in the early stages of dating, that'll help reveal some insight into the real personality of your potential S.O.? [more inside]
posted by peewee at 7:42 PM PST - 50 comments

contacting Jacoby Medical Center

Does anyone know of a phone number for Jacoby Medical Center in Bronx, NY that actually gets answered? I just found out my mother-in-law was found unconscious and taken there on Tuesday. The only number I've found online is (718) 918-5000, and nobody is answering. If anyone has a direct number to a specific department where a human might answer, I'd be very grateful. sorry if this is abusing askme.
posted by nixxon at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get that irresistable scent

Girls: How do you like a guy to smell? What products should I use? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 6:41 PM PST - 66 comments

How to determine health risks of living at a particular address

How can I tell how dangerous pollution in a specific area is to my health? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 6:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Girls can roll dice too!

How do I find a roleplaying group in my area (general question, not a particular locale) for a beginner to D & D? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a data on global service exports.

Could anyone direct me to a comprehensive study of global service exports? In particular, I want see service exports in terms of type of export, and then broken down by country and region. [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 6:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to order Japanese tableware online?

Where could I order tasteful, authentic Japanese tableware online? Advice on donabe, serving "sets" or complete table settings (is there such a thing?) would be much appreciated, as would advice on using them!
posted by obiwanwasabi at 6:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do so many people order tomato juice when they're flying?

Every time I fly I notice that people order an inordinate amount of tomato juice from the sky waitress. It's out of proportion to the amount of tomato juice I see people drinking on the ground. What gives?
posted by mikemonteiro at 6:00 PM PST - 41 comments

Computer keeps resetting itself.

My friend's computer keeps 'resetting' itself after each reboot. [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

From Modena to Trondheim - on a student's budget

I'd like to go to Modena, Italy in early December to meet some friends. I'd also like to attend a student festival in Trondheim, Norway, in mid-February. What else can I do between December and February? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:34 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the rules & regulations of deleting self-authored Usenet posts?

Is there a simple way to have very old Usenet posts authored by you, deleted? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

After 'A' Levels: advice and recommendations for a university undergraduate.

What would you say to a reasonably bright (nearly) 19 year old at this stage of her life? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 5:09 PM PST - 38 comments

Help name our conference rooms

Help me find related names for our three conference rooms. [more inside]
posted by j at 4:24 PM PST - 66 comments

Where is the space in my /var going?

Here's what concerns me: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md3 508M 475M 33M 94% /var not much open on /var. So I go to the /var directory and use du to find where the space is going..... [more inside]
posted by Steve3 at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

What does it mean when someone says they can't swim?

What does it mean when someone says they can't swim? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 4:06 PM PST - 56 comments

Need Bike Gear Reccomendation

Recommend a good cycling shoe-pedal combo I just started biking again and i'm really loving it. I have a mid-range hybrid bike, nothing fancy and I don't ride compeditively but more for fun and exercise, all on paved road. I'm looking to buy cycling shoes and pedals. What i'm looking for in a pedal is one that can serve both a bike shoe and a regular shoe. The guy at the bike shop showed me something that was a hybrid by shimano but i dont remember the model. As far as a shoe, I dont need anything fancy or expensive but not crappy and cheaply made either. Can anyone give me some recomendations? Also, is there a reliable bike gear review site that has user reviews? Thanks!
posted by postergeist at 3:52 PM PST - 32 comments

Casing suggestions, please.

Where to find some sort of carrying case for a small notebook computer? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Escaping Perl regexp meta-characters

What's the best way to escape meta-characters in Perl regular expressions? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 3:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Best IRC for Mac

What's the best IRC client for Mac if you’ve never used IRC, don’t know much about it, and are sort of dense? I’m running 10.4.6, if that matters.
posted by MarshallPoe at 3:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Horses for Juniors?

A friend is trying to track down a magazine whose title she recalls as Horses for Juniors. "It was a horse magazine for kids, and they had articles and stuff, and also you could submit drawings of your favorite horse and they'd publish the best of the bunch." This would have been in California circa 1981. Any leads on what it might have been and/or how to find copies?
posted by Eater at 3:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Animation of an Audio Tape

I am looking for an animation of a turning audio tape. Any suggestions?
posted by mitocan at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I use to convert speech to text?

I need to convert speech on wav files into text and I don't want to do it via manually transcribing them. Do you have any suggestions or stories from experience? [more inside]
posted by stevis at 3:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Web-Based Technology Roadmap Application Needed

Web-Based Technology "Roadmap" Application Needed but it doesn't need to be specific to technology information; it could have been created for the fashion industry, for all I care. As long as the data can be changed. [more inside]
posted by Luciferous at 2:19 PM PST - 1 comment

What do I plant?

What type of trees/shrubs should I plant? [more inside]
posted by shemacg at 2:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Best wiki to use as personal notebook (esp. 1. project management, 2. annotated bibliography, 3. science research and notes)

I wondering what the best wiki is to use as a personal notebook. I will be using it for project management (GTD style), but also as an annotated bibliography and for research notes. [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Apache permission errors on OS X

Apache on OS X is giving me some trouble. It's been working fine for years on previous Macs, but now I can't load my own user account site folder (/~username/) on my Intel iMac, which arrived last week -- I'm getting a 403. [more inside]
posted by mcwetboy at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

What's wrong with PHP?

Are PHP/mySQL applications inherently insecure and unstable? [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 1:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find the Obi-Wan of keyboards

No, really, what's the best PC keyboard out there? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Getting .flac files from Azureus to iTunes

How do I get a .flac file from Azureus to iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

How the $%&# can I get DTMF tones to work with Skype??

How the $%&# can I get DTMF tones to work with Skype?? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Brokeback: Why does it go numb when I ride?

When I ride my bike for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more) the left side of my lower back goes numb. When I dismount, I regain feeling within 5 seconds and there is never any associated pain. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 1:23 PM PST - 17 comments

What is this electrical panel thing in my kitchen wall?

ElectricalFilter -- please help me identify this mystery panel in the wall of my old apartment! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:54 PM PST - 15 comments

What does "Kommienezuspadt" mean?

It's the name of a song on Tom Waits' album Alice, in which he repeats the word over and over. I assume it's German, but I can't find any translations. If it's not an actual word, does it at least sound like something in German?
posted by monsterhero at 12:54 PM PST - 16 comments

To the moon

Help me with the hard science behind a sci fi idea. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Need help commuting via public transportation to get from downtown Silver Spring to near BWI Airport/Arundel Mills daily.

Need help commuting via public transportation to get from downtown Silver Spring to near BWI Airport/Arundel Mills daily. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Ukrainian or Polish: help me choose which one to learn

Ukrainian or Polish: What language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 12:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Point plotting problems!

Excel 2003 graph woes. My friend is looking to make a simple x:Date; y:Value chart but with one problem. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Copyright and decoupage

The copyright of decoupage? If I use pieces of comic books, photos, etc. in decoupage and then attempt to sell the pieces am I violating copyright law?
posted by drezdn at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to be a leader, not a boss.

I start a new job tomorrow. Help me not make an ass of myself! [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Firefox menu delay

FirefoxFilter: Is there any way you can control the speed of the drop-down menus? [more inside]
posted by bitmage at 11:32 AM PST - 4 comments

moving to san francisco 2006

moving to san francisco (2006), what are your recommendations [more inside]
posted by kewlio at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

To uproot or to stay?

Is it insane for two married 40+ year olds, no kids, to think about moving from Seattle to Portland? The thought that we'll never be able to afford a house here unless we opt for a two hour commute is killing us. Ready to throw in the towel. [more inside]
posted by dchunks at 10:13 AM PST - 25 comments

What needs to be done to get married in a church?

My fiancee and I are not particularly religious, but my mother is and she's pissed! What are my options? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 9:58 AM PST - 69 comments

The centre of the centre of the Canadian universe?

What is the exact geographical centre of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

The Skulls, Pt. III

What secret society does a gold ring with black triangles-- 10 or so of them-- around its circumference represent? Two of my friends in college (Ivy League) wore these identical rings. When asked about it, they would say "A friend gave it to me," and then change the subject. Rumor had it that these were secret society rings. Any ideas?
posted by bethm at 9:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Kid's lunch in NoVa

Where should I take my daughter to lunch this Saturday in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me go green with white goods!

Can anyone recommend any guidelines or specific household appliances (eg fridge, freezer, washing machine, sofa and bed) that are reasonably environmentally friendly and affordable (in the UK)? [more inside]
posted by badlydubbedboy at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

set geneva.fun = true

Is there anything fun to do in or near Geneva? Cafe or restaurant recommendations are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Need help with PCI to IDE controller card

Having problem with S.M.A.R.T data collection apps with IDE drives on a PCI to IDE card. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Information about La Paz, in Baja California, Mexico?

Can anyone share any first hand experiences in La Paz, Mexico? My wife has a distant relative who owns a bed and breakfast there, and we're having a hard time finding specific information about the town, nearby beaches, etc. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Insane tiled walls!

Wacky Tiled Walls, need cheap creative solution...For some strange reason the entire apartment is tiled! To make matters worse in each room there are about 4 or 5 different style of tiles. I need a cheap creative solution to make the apartment more home like and less like one big bathroom. Anyone? Please help!
posted by mscatch22 at 8:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Please help me teach myself to use electrical components.

Looking for resources that will teach me how to use capacitors, resistors, solar cells and other electrical components. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How to change poorly formatted text into a usable database.

I have a directory which is swell for printing, but I need it in a database. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 7:52 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find a manufacturer in the UK

How do I find a manufacturer for a product I'd like to produce? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

I wish it would just say PC Load Letter, I know how to deal with that

Epson 1520 printer is refuses to print properly. Streaks when printing color and won't print head alignment tests properly. [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Why doesn't anybody care about HIV/AIDS in the US anymore?

Why doesn't anybody care about HIV/AIDS in the US anymore? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 6:57 AM PST - 33 comments

How did you find your nanny?

How do we find a nanny? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I confront a corporate bandwidth thief?

A corporate computer has connected to my wireless network and is wasting bandwidth. How can I stop this and get compensated? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 6:31 AM PST - 28 comments

What are those cobwebs I find sometimes in walnuts?

Mmm, walnuts. Hey, what's that cobweb stuff? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Software testing book recommendations

I'm looking for a good book or books on software testing and test development. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 4:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Diagnosis: possibe rusting insides

On a scale of 1 to 5, how freaked out should I be that I haven't had my period in six months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 AM PST - 28 comments

How can I get my computer to work properly?

How do I get Windows to see a drive, and fix some other wierd things? [more inside]
posted by missed at 4:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a website that reviews airlines?

International-Travel-Filter: How do I tell which airlines are good and which are shit? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 1:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me choose where to work as an IT-consultant

I’m almost graduated, in the process of applying for a position as a junior consultant with a number of different IT-consultancy companies. I have my own ideas about who to choose, but since these companies are international I thought I could get some information from the smart people here at MeFi. [more inside]
posted by bering at 12:41 AM PST - 12 comments

June 21

Large Scale Digital Video Submissions

I teach a college course that requires my students to turn in video projects. Each project is, at the most, 500 MB. In the past, we've had the students burn their projects onto CDs and/or DVDs. We'd love, however, to come up with a way for them to submit them electronically. How could we pull this off? Would Google Video work? Would Streamload be reliable? YouTube? (FYI: there are 75 students and each of them turn in 7 projects through out the semester). Our budget is modest ($50/month at the most).
posted by JPowers at 11:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Sleeping gear for camping that is both light/ultralight and cheap?

I'm looking to put together sleeping gear for mild-weather camping, where low weight and low cost are equally important. So I'm seeking advice on the best way to balance these factors (since the lightest products seem to be the most expensive). [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 11:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Trotsky v. Marx

Like, what are the main differences between Marx's Communism and Trotsky's Communism?
posted by xmutex at 10:50 PM PST - 15 comments

How does this oven work?

This may sound like a dumb question, but seriously: how do I use my oven? [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 10:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Technology & participatory democracy?

Why have advances in technology not led to more participatory democracy? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:10 PM PST - 22 comments

What do you want to know about Korea?

If you're interested in Korea, what would you want to see in a Korea-centric website? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Help to separate the (whole) wheat from the chaff

I'm thoroughly baffled about how I should eat. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Songs with a year in their title

I'm compiling a collection of songs that I'm calling "The History of the 20th Century". What songs have a year in their title? [more inside]
posted by meech at 9:31 PM PST - 46 comments

Where should I spend one day in Europe?

I have two nights and one day to spend basically anywhere in Europe (the EU or UK would be easiest). Where should I go? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 9:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for kava source

Where can I order kava kava tea? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Books for an Older Lady?

Books for a bed bound, intelligent, cynical 79 year old with colon cancer? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:12 PM PST - 45 comments

Palm sync problems

Can anyone point me to the best Palm Pilot resource? I tried to fix a Palm for someone and after 10 hours I cannot get the sync to work properly. Duplicates is his calendar, triplicates ... etc, and the to top it off, it hangs during a sync. Desperate and willing to pay. Oh - and Agendus is also on his Outlook. Thanks BB
posted by bright77blue at 6:50 PM PST - 2 comments

why do AP scores matter for grad school?

is there any way to complete my application to drexel without sending them my AP us history score from 1998? of course there's [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Sugar + Multi Vitamins = Healthy?

I was curious to know if it was possible to leave off of just sugar and multi-vitamins?
posted by nosophoros at 5:24 PM PST - 25 comments

People are selling my rubbish.

Recently I took a large quantity of household junk to my local council run landfill/refuse site. 3 weeks later these items, which I presumed would be destroyed and buried, are appearing at local auctions. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:03 PM PST - 45 comments

eating "disgusting" animal parts

What are some "disgusting" animal parts (i.e animal parts that "normal" Americans don't eat for reasons of revulsion) that are good for you nutritionally speaking? Also, what are some animal parts that are unhealthy for you? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 4:51 PM PST - 45 comments

Linksblog sidebar in WordPress?

My personal weblog runs under Movable Type. I use the plugin "otherblog" to embed the contents of a secondary linksblog in a sidebar of the main blog. My new financial blog runs under WordPress. What's the best way to implement a linksblog sidebar in a WordPress blog? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is OS X so damn slow?

Why is OS X so damn slow? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 3:44 PM PST - 50 comments

What gift should I send overseas?

I'm in New York. She's in France. What gift can I get her that won't be too expensive to ship or too fragile to make it? [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 3:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I develop immunity to mosquito bites?

Can you build immunity to mosquito bites? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 2:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Adobe Cleanup freezes my apps!

Recent Windows versions of Adobe apps, specifically programs in the CS2 Suite and Acrobat Pro 7.0, all run some kind of auxiliary program called "Cleanup" not long after they start up. In my experience, "Cleanup" always freezes the Adobe app in question while it does whatever it's doing. So what is this program? Is it necessary? And if not, how can I stop it from running?
posted by limeonaire at 2:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Magic construction cranes?

How are these free standing construction cranes erected? [more inside]
posted by andywolf at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

SmartServer, FrustratedSysadmin

Due to circumstances, my department has inherited a 1U server that, after a firmware update, the fans are blowing much, much louder than they were originally. Normally, I would call/write to support or look it up on their site. Here's the M. Night Shyamalan twist: it is a server only sold and supported in Korea ("What a twist!"). It is the Samsung SmartServer ZSS100 and I was able to Google my way to the official list of drivers and firmware updates, but the one driver/firmware update that affects the fan (here) has corrupt download links. I need help on a few fronts: [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 2:24 PM PST - 3 comments

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? Please share your wisdom.

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 2:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Rocover forgotten windows xp pro admin password

I cannot remember my windows XP Pro password. I am an administrator. Need to install software and change to a dynamic ip address. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 2:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with a loss of accomodation.

Cataract questions. Is there an ophthalmologic surgeon in the house? [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus at 1:57 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I politely end a contract with my broker?

I have been, for some time now, looking for a space for my retail store. I had to sign a contract with a broker, since in the area I was looking you can only have one broker working for you. I have seen a few spaces and have been in contract talks with one of them, but that fell through (not because of the broker). I also asked the broker about a SPECIFIC space, but they said everything was taken and nothing was available there. Later I called myself and found out more information, and soon contacted a landlord willing to lease me a space. I like my broker and think they tried their best, but I need to break the contract so I can go on and deal with this space myself. It is no problem to cancel the contract I just need to send a letter. I guess my question is, how can I let my broker go, without harboring or sending any bad feelings?
posted by savagecorp at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

My Cat, The Poop Coach

My husband and I have a kinda old, kinda ornery cat with a meow not unlike a gameshow buzzer. She’s something along the lines of 14 or 15 years old and even as a kitten was never particularly cuddly. Most of the time she wants to be left alone to catch a beam to warm her arthritic bones. There are however, certain times of the day when she demands attention. [more inside]
posted by verveonica at 1:01 PM PST - 33 comments

Extending the life and beauty of my car

I want to extend the life of my car and so I need some advice on touching-up paint scratches on my 2001 Civic as well as on the issue of window tinting. [more inside]
posted by bove at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Her Past is Weighing on Me

My girlfriend of one year and I get along famously. She's 21, beautiful, intelligent, super sweet, madly in love with me, and has had almost as many partners as I have at the ripe old age of 33. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 PM PST - 56 comments

How many homes/condos did you go and see before deciding on the home/condo you bought?

How many homes/condos did you go and see before deciding on the home/condo you bought?
posted by chunking express at 12:01 PM PST - 55 comments

What Adobe Acrobat and elephants have in common.

Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro. How can I get it to discard parts of the document that I've cropped out? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How many students will be enrolled at colleges and universities in the U.S. this year?

How many students will be enrolled at colleges and universities in the U.S. this year? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 11:35 AM PST - 6 comments

How to restore XP system state?

How to restore the "system state" data on an XP system? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Stories about giving

Classic stories or fables about gifts/giving. [more inside]
posted by hamfisted at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Green food coloring makes Hulk angry!

My 3 year old just dumped green food coloring all over our dining room... HELP! [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 11:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Mid-1980's hunting-horns classical album?

I am looking for a classical music release that I last heard in maybe 1986, and all I remember is this: 1) It was on the Erato label; 2) it was nothing but the kind of horns used in (I think) fox hunting, 3) and the net effect was beautifully weird. Anyone know what the name of the album or group might be? [more inside]
posted by everichon at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Swim, Walk, Fly?

Are Humans Evolving? [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 10:48 AM PST - 33 comments

A doctor in Toronto?

How do you find a doctor in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger at 10:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Why don't ISPs compete on upstream bandwidth?

Why don't DSL and cable providers compete on the amount of UPLOADING bandwidth they offer? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 10:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for good food in NYC

I need good but affordable restaurant recommendations for New York (specifically Manhattan). [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:21 AM PST - 44 comments

Why does Entourage hate me?

Why does the first episode of the third season of Entourage refuse to play on my mac? The second episode of this season, as well as the the entire second season play fine (all hd xvid). I've downloaded several copies but none of them play. Any advice?
posted by adamdrici at 10:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Is the misty air coming out of my A/C dangerous?

My car's A/C unit is sending out sort of misty air? Is this safe? Or is it just moisture? The A/C unit still cools down the air.
posted by sandmanwv at 10:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Deleting Data Remotely

What's the best way of securely deleting data remotely? [more inside]
posted by dweingart at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Fix my microwave

I have a sharp carousel r1750 above the range microwave. Back before the warranty was out the control unit (a box with all the buttons and display died) and the warranty guy replaced it. It was as easy as plugging in a hard drive. How do I get the unit to replace it myself, now that it has died again
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Golazo! Golazo!

How is a GOLAZO! different from a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL? [more inside]
posted by dw at 9:08 AM PST - 17 comments

What is wrong with my Ibook?

Why is the "dock" of my OSX freezing? What does this problem say about the general health of my Ibook? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Can a noise provoke disgust?

Is there a sonic equivalent to goatse? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 8:34 AM PST - 45 comments

Now that I have torn my hair out. Whats next access?

Yet another Access Query Question. Similar to my other question, but even more frustrating. I need to craft a query that will tally values across many fields and entries. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 8:25 AM PST - 27 comments

robots are taking over

media players (on winxp) play automatically when you populate the playlist window - help me stop them from doing so! I dont want them to play until I hit the play button. Am I the only one who wants this? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Brunch ideas

Planning a tasty and attractive brunch... [more inside]
posted by jheiz at 8:06 AM PST - 20 comments

In kindergarten terms, please explain wireless networking.

In kindergarten terms, please explain wireless networking. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Can a queen futon fit in a car

Can a queen-sized futon fit in a car? I've found someone willing to take my futon (not the frame), but they say the "only have cars" and are wondering if it will fit. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Links and tags and categories, oh my!

How do YOU use those bookmark/web info organizers? [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 7:29 AM PST - 21 comments

What should I do with this TMJ pain?

Please give me your input on a TMJ quasi-emergency. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Sexual history protocol

You have a new partner. From time to time the two of you meet up with, or maybe just bump into, people with whom you have had sex in the past. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 6:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Researching the software development scene

How do I approach software companies for information on getting future jobs? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Kick-start my brain!

How do you kick-start creative brainstorming? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 3:30 AM PST - 21 comments

phone to mp3

How can I turn a conference call into an MP3? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I let the vampires get me?

I'm taking medication. Am I still eligible to donate blood in the UK? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 1:24 AM PST - 11 comments

June 20

What show came on AFTER Arliss on HBO?

There was a show on HBO that came on AFTER Arliss that I remember loving. I've been trying to figure out what this show was by searching the internet and asking around to see if anyone else remembers it. I remember it was a comedy, but I don't remember the name or anything about it! [more inside]
posted by super_not at 11:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me get a new battery for my laptop.

I'm looking to purchase a "new" battery for my laptop... a simple google search brings up a ton of possibilities, while a froogle search brings up some more realistic prices. I'm looking for anyone that has experience with buying laptop batteries online. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 11:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me pick a winner!

Interview Filter: What are your best interview questions and techniques? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 10:00 PM PST - 21 comments

travel advice through costa rica in june?

we're headed to costa rica at the end of the week for a honeymoon/ backpacking trip and we're wondering if anyone has any insight into getting around: public transport, shuttles, or driving? [more inside]
posted by ronv at 9:37 PM PST - 13 comments

I need help tracking down my friend

My friend was forced into an arranged marriage. I've lost contact with her and now I am trying to find her. Any suggestions for how I should go about doing that?
posted by haasim at 9:00 PM PST - 27 comments

Do Asian people stereotype other Asians?

Can'tWeAllGetAlongFilter: Do Asian people stereotype other Asians? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 7:28 PM PST - 79 comments

Dishwasher versus roach

Does a regular consumer dishwasher chew up food particles? Reason is that a live roach that was in there when the cycle was started is now missing, and I think I saw an insect bit. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 6:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Poetic analysis: different countries, different methods?

I am working on translating some of Paul Celan's poems into English. Are there any major differences between my traditional American understanding of poetic analysis and that of German-speaking countries? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I He-Man Yet?

How do you determine when you are physically strong? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 5:50 PM PST - 38 comments

From whence doth Ceiling Cat?

What's the history behind ceiling cat? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 5:43 PM PST - 20 comments

What else should I say Everyone is gay

I need a list of gay rock/pop and jazz musicians and naturally thought of the obliging folks here at AskMe. So...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 5:41 PM PST - 69 comments

I don't get it

I was recently in London, and was really happy to be paying only 12% in tips. And then I began to wonder... [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 4:46 PM PST - 76 comments

Computer repair in NYC/NJ

Where to get my Toshiba laptop (which I hate and don't recommend) repaired? [more inside]
posted by Lizzle at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you name this drawing?

I'm trying to identify a drawing by Picasso . . . [more inside]
posted by leesh at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Whisky on the rocks and Townes Van Zandt only gets you so far.

AC Filter: Help me pick the best air conditioner for my giant-windowed apartment. With visual aids! [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Birthday gifts for a new cat owner?

GiftFilter: My brother just got 2 new kittens. His birthday is in a week. Gift suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 4:11 PM PST - 17 comments

$1900 in San Francisco parking tickets on a <$1900 car

My sister has $1900 in San Francisco parking tickets. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

An Overdose of My Kind of Town

[ADVENTUREFILTER] This summer, I'm riding my bike from one end of Chicago to another. I haven't picked which end I'm starting at or ending at, yet. I plan on exploring a fair amount but I was wondering about some interesting points I might want to stop at along the way. This will probably happen more than once this summer, more likely on weekdays than weekends. [more inside]
posted by elr at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I occupy my mother-in-law?

Help me find a way to entertain my homebound future mother-in-law! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Shoe shop recommendations for a walking shoe? (L.A. area)

Help me find somewhere to buy a really great every-day shoe like you helped find me a running shoe shop! [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 3:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Villanelles by Sylvia Plath?

Did Sylvia Plath write any villanelles besides 'Mad Girl's Love Song'? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

City musicians: How to hoof it with all your equipment?

How do I transport gear between New Jersey and Manhattan using public transit without it being a logistical nightmare? [more inside]
posted by jake at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments

When searching for artwork on my computer is there anyway I can tag the file to include its contents?

When searching for artwork on my computer is there anyway I can tag the file to include its contents? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Dealing with what is not mine but in my house

Dealing with "permanent" artwork from the former homeowner: Is there an easy way to replace just a few tiles in a shower? What about some of the more "creative" concrete work? [more inside]
posted by MysticMCJ at 2:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a German.

How can I find an old German friend of mine? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a Batman shower curtain...

Help me find a Batman shower curtain... [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

HMO no wanna talky.

How do I maintain communication while dealing with HMO? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

how to get DVD's onto my iPod

need help getting DVDs to my iPod [more inside]
posted by The Boy at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Literature-based video games?

I am looking for video games based on literature. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 2:04 PM PST - 33 comments

Minivan Advise

What kind of minivan should I buy? I'm in the market for a used minivan, something 4-6 years old. What make/model do you recommend? Why? I've got a bead on a Pontiac Montana. Any good reason to avoid it?
posted by kc0dxh at 1:54 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make bloodwork painless?

Getting Blood Drawn- Getting a Shot- Do you find it painful? any tricks? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 1:24 PM PST - 56 comments


I need to find audio clips of RUSH LIMBAUGH from the period after he went deaf and his voice began to sound different. The change in his voice illustrates the fact that one needs to hear one's own voice to keep it "tuned;" it isn't just permanently wired in your brain. The same thing is true of song birds, too. Thanks!
posted by cogneuro at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Workgroup Manager

I'm looking for a great end-user web-based LDAP interface. Something like GOsa or simpler, but that will run on OSX. For scale LDAP Admin is too low level. Thanks!
posted by The Jesse Helms at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Volkswagen Dealerships in MA

What Volkswagen dealership (Besides Tracy in Hyannis) would be close to Cape Cod, MA and good choice to take my car to? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

DHCP Name Game

If all else fails how do I get a mac running OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) to pull or request a DNS name. I have over 180 Macs online, and two won't register.(more inside) [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Ideas for inexpensive yet stylish curtains?

Window Dressing: Cheap, Creative, Easy – need I pick just two? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Sam at 12:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find the right dog!

What kind of dog should a bunny/bird owner consider getting? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 12:17 PM PST - 25 comments

Should I seek counseling for unhappiness?

Is unhappiness with my career, lack of meaning in my life, and a general lack of energy/motivation enough reason to seek counseling? [more inside]
posted by Raven13 at 11:56 AM PST - 35 comments

I want to travel the West Coast for cheap

How do I travel the West Coast by rail for cheap? I have the general plan mapped out (I want to go north... or south?). I most certainly will see people and places in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Hopefully in a semi-linear fashion with interesting walk-abouts in between. I'm thinking railpass. I'm not really asking for nuts and bolts, I'm asking for [more inside]
posted by tweak at 11:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Nashville neighborhoods

I'm considering moving from Portland, OR, to Nashville, TN. I love Portland's cool neighborhoods. Where are the hip neighborhoods in Nashville? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to Watch World Cup in Rome

Anyone know a good place to watch World Cup games in Italy -- and not Italy games?
posted by jgballard at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

how to find and get jobs in NOVA?

Job opportunities for a teenager in NOVA [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 10:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend me some recent books on cognitive science.

Can anyone recommend any good, recent popular science (or undergrad/grad level) books about the way in which our brains work? [more inside]
posted by handee at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Why the passenger side?

I watched the 1960 Hitchcock version of Psycho and noticed something: Every time a character exited their car, they did so through the passenger-side door. Why?
posted by elwoodwiles at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Tea removal from laptop?

Is there hope for my tea-stained laptop screen [detailed pics inside]? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 9:54 AM PST - 5 comments

What happens if my dog kills an intruder?

What are the consequences of an intruder who gets killed by a guard dog in the house they were breaking into? To the dog and to the homeowner?
posted by fenriq at 9:34 AM PST - 37 comments

Tutorials to learn how to make websites in flash in a hurry so I can impress my bosses and turn this internship into a real job?

Best free online tutorials (video or still) for learning Flash 8 in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by Grod at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Rabbi killing a chicken?

What Jewish tradition involves a rabbi killing a chicken? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you do a successful workshop?

I've been asked to fill in for someone at a workshop. Problem is that I've never led a workshop, at a conference or otherwise. What are some pointers and tips on how I can be successful while making it interesting and informative for the audience? [more inside]
posted by mutantdisco! at 8:51 AM PST - 10 comments

How to haul a toddler on a rbent bike.

Is there a way to carry or tow a toddler on a recumbent bike? And, by the way, what bike should a fat 40-year-old start out with? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 8:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Care and Feeding of Butane Lighters

I've bought several butane "torch-style" lighters, but they all seem to fail after a month or two -- is it the lighters, or is it my method? [more inside]
posted by nonliteral at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

lost in yonkers

Help me learn to love life in Yonkers, or anywhere along the Metro North railroad and surrounding area. With no car. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:27 AM PST - 15 comments

TLC, my friend, and her toes.

Apparently an old friend of mine was on some TLC show, but I'm not sure which one, or when. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Coming to America

I am an American citizen; my fiance is a British citizen. He is here in America right now as a tourist and will return to Britain in about 10 days. I'm sure I want to marry him and he's sure he wants to live here. Would it be better to marry him now and have him immigrate as a spouse (K3 or CR1?), or to bring him in on a K1 fiance visa? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 7:59 AM PST - 22 comments

'Pay as you go' mobile phone in London

Please advise us on mobile phone calling plans in London. We'll be on sabbatical in London for 6.5 more months. We're in university housing and can only call on campus without using a calling card. We've gotten tired of dialing 30+ digits, so we'd use the mobile as our main phone, at least for outgoing calls. We'll be making a couple of calls a day in London, and two or three 10-20 minute calls to the US and France each week. I assume we want a 'pay as you go' plan, since we're only going to be here less than a year. We don't need a fancy phone. We'd probably prefer 2 cheap phones. Also, will our phones work in western Europe? Thanks for your advice.
posted by lukemeister at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Saint Albert in a can

I got a prank call in the middle of the night. The weird part is that my modem was connected to the net at the time. [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 7:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I use my double-tiered windows efficiently?

I have double-tiered windows (windows with two panes that slide from either the top or the bottom). Is it better to open the top tier or the bottom tier in the summer? [more inside]
posted by hooray at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Are they going to think I'm a terrorist?

Help me figure out whether I can fly in spite of the crazy Kansas DMV. [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 7:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How to access a foreign bank site?

I can't seem to access my personal banking with a foreign bank. How can I get this website to work properly, so that I can login? Error messages are: # Normal operation is not possible. Verify and correct the date and time displayed on the compute. # Your safety setting is not set properly. If this screen is displayed, setting the internet security setting to normal. # additional plugins are required to display all tech media on this page. # The page has content of MIME type “application/x-ocx-container-plugin”. Because you don't have a plug-in installed for this MIME type, this content can’t be displayed. # The page has content of MIME type “application/x-softforum-xecssl40”. Because you don’t have a plug-in installed for this MIME type, this content can’t be displayed. [more inside]
posted by MD06 at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I never got my basment inspected. Should I?

When we finished my basement, I never got it inspected or approved by the town. Is this going to be a big problem for us? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:10 AM PST - 10 comments

OS X only makes bitmap PDFs

When I make a PDF from any application in OS X (10.3.x), they come out pixelated. Much like the steering well in the pirate's pants, it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 7:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me, Mr. Computer!

Scheduling meetings: I need software (or a good human-based procedure) to help me juggle complicated schedules for a group of people. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:37 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I tell if my microwave is safe?

How can I tell if my microwave has become unsafe? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 6:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Hello nurse!

Is it appropriate to ask out a nurse that was treating you at a hospital? [more inside]
posted by zerokey at 5:19 AM PST - 34 comments

Physics vs Geography, the undying battle

Physics vs. Geography at university. Which is better to do, specifically careerwise? [more inside]
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 4:53 AM PST - 12 comments

How to build a family website?

How do I build an interactive family website? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 3:43 AM PST - 15 comments

no title

Is it possible for digital camera sensors to absorb light faster than silver halides on film ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Tracking down Battlebots

I've got a hankering for some robot combat. Could anyone help me locate some copies of the Comedy Central Series Battlebots? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 12:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Cant get that animated music video out of my mind!

I am looking for the title/artist/director of a 90s animated music video that takes place in space. [more inside]
posted by Binliner at 12:32 AM PST - 7 comments

June 19

I don't want to pay for bloody TiVo!

I know about MythTV and Freevo. My question to the hive mind is [more inside]
posted by evariste at 10:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Engagement/Wedding paired gifts?

A number of years back I gave a pair of Swatches like these as a wedding gift. It's hard to tell from the photo, but one watch has the hours, the other has the minutes. They belong together so much that they barely function separately. I have a bunch of wedding-related gifts to give in the near future. Can anyone recommend paired things in a similar vein?
posted by krisjohn at 10:14 PM PST - 8 comments

TiVo disconnects 1 computer from my network

Similar to this previous question, my TiVo is disconnecting one of my computers from the network. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Realistic fake tattoos

What do they use as far as makeup in movies for fake tattoos, and where can I get some of this makeup? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

curry me green with an inebriating imbibe

what is a fantastic recipe for green curry (more specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by sourbrew at 8:24 PM PST - 27 comments

How to find a Freelance PHP Programmer?

Where can I go to find a reliable freelancer to do some PHP programming for me? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 8:24 PM PST - 14 comments


Can mute people clear their throats? [more inside]
posted by lain at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Falemenderit Shume!

Albania - where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I fit my 3 kids into my smallish car?

Help me find a suitable carseat before vacation this year. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 7:31 PM PST - 3 comments

More than salad

Suggestions for barbequey, easy-to-prepare vegan food? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Chiggers are eating my legs off.

Chiggers!!! [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Massages releasing toxins? Truth or Fiction?

What toxins are released by massaging tense muscles? I have a friend who is training for her massage certification, who told me after she worked on my shoulders to be sure to drink lots of water to flush out the toxins that were released when she massaged my shoulders. But when asked, couldn't tell me what they were. What toxins would be released? Is there science behind this claim?
posted by gilsonal at 6:55 PM PST - 42 comments

Take the GRE and cancel the score?

Is it possible to take the GRE without having the score counted on my record? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Can food poisoning cause laryngitis?

Is it a coincidence that I have gotten laryngitis along with a mild case of food poisoning? [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Why this obsession with anonymous sex?

I'm a normal, straightforward, simple guy. Why do I feel the need to participate in anonymous sex with couple? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 5:54 PM PST - 15 comments

VOIP phone number links?

Are there any VOIP services that allow hyperlinks to open connections to specific phone numbers? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

I've been workin' in the dairy, all the livelong day

Why are shopping carts abandoned? Why do people leave unrelated stuff in random aisles? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 5:48 PM PST - 44 comments

Can I undo a bad interview answer?

Should a job interview faux pas be addressed in a thank you email? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl at 5:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Lack of rocking out is hurting my feelings

Why won't mp3's play on my laptop with Vista Beta 2? [more inside]
posted by Drunken_munky at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Help fixing a hosed NTFS

Big help needed, Windows corrupted most of my NTFS disk... [more inside]
posted by lundman at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I recycle my batteries?

BatteryFilter: Where can I recycle my batteries in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Track down an LCD television that supports media streaming over UPnP.

Does anyone recommend a specific LCD television that will allow streaming over UPnP from a media box, decode DivX, XViD, and other MPEG-4 video formats, and is available in North America (specifically Canada)? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 4:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Domo Arigato...

Looking for large websites where I can download Japanese mpgs or podcasts, in any language. [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 4:15 PM PST - 1 comment

"You're going home with me tonight," baby!

Sourcing tracks for a themed CD of dancefloor booty music. [more inside]
posted by Isabeau Sahen at 3:06 PM PST - 34 comments

Caught a virus.

Seeking help trying to find a virus. [more inside]
posted by astorias at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

the entire state of Carolina waits for me

Help me find a place to stay in NC! [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Does it make me fat AND happy?

Can hormonal birth control have positive side effects on mental health? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 2:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Should my mouth hurt this much?

I had two root canals on two upper right molars and now my entire mouth hurts. Is this common? [more inside]
posted by nuala at 2:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Punny dog names

Giacomo Poochini, Rover Cleveland, Rutherford B. Bays, Billie Howliday... [more inside]
posted by hindmost at 2:14 PM PST - 51 comments

Good interview questions

What are some good technical questions to ask a potential candidate for a tech support position during the initial interview? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Water during long distance runs?

RunningFilter: Newbie long-distance runner wants to know how to pace drinking water to avoid dehydration. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:07 PM PST - 15 comments

I smell chemicals in my brain

Why can I smell chemicals in my brain? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 1:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Give me hope, give me some 'late achiever' stories!

I'm almost 31 and though I have had some achievements in life they're not spectacular. Most of the time when I see a biog in the paper the 'achiever' was already doing well from a very early age. To give me hope that achieving at this stage in life is possible I would like to hear of people who went on to make great achievements relatively late in their life (ie 30+) with not much happening before then. These can be anybody, famous or people you know, in any field, both creative and career wise. I haven't defined great achievement but I mean something rather outstanding (unusual I suppose) rather than 'passed my driving test' or 'got married'.
posted by razzman at 1:38 PM PST - 73 comments

What's the most delicious lube?

What are the best flavored lubricants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

what to do about extra skin

This is embarassing: I would like to know if there is any surgery ( cosmetic or otherwise) to remove excessive rolls of skin I have on my belly after a serious amount of weight loss. With clothes on I look fine, but undressed I am so self conscious. I am very small, and my belly used to be much bigger, (pregnancy etc.) but now that it isn't there is nowhere for all that extra (stretched) skin to go. Any thoughts?
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Getting a Chinese Citizenship

How do I become a Chinese citizen again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

I just wanna hide!

I have an Excel worksheet populated with data from columns A through IS. I’d like to hide columns but I am getting the following error: “Cannot shift objects off sheet.” Why? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

It's a ... sword. Yes.

Help me identify this book... errr... sword! Bought it for 25 euros (30 dollars) in some junk shop and I really don't care if it's an antique or not because I just like how it looks, but I'm interested anyway. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:34 PM PST - 18 comments

breakfast/sports bars in SF??

WorldCupFilter: Where can I watch the 7am PDT games in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

After about thirty minutes I had to ask myself, "Shit, what should I buy?"

What is up with television commercials that get cut off, played over, or otherwise mishmashed by other commercials on cable television? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a handyman/contractor STAT

So after my water heater started leaking (a water heater that was located curiously in the attic), I've lost about half the ceiling in my bathroom to water damage. Does anyone know a reasonably priced and RELIABLE handyman/contractor in the Tampa Bay area? I'm in North Tampa, near Lutz, if that helps. Speed is of the essence, since there is a giant, AC sucking hole in the ceiling. The water heater has also been replaced already. I just need the ceiling fixed.
posted by Ikazuchi at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Ethanol's pros and cons

How much does an x% ethanol gasoline blend product reduce mileage? Does the environmental benefit from ethanol blends outweigh the increased consumption of gasoline products? Or is the benefit negligible for the consumer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Best Jukebox bars in northern NJ

Where are the best jukeboxes in northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by TheManticore at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help identify this medical condition

My older brother was born with a medical condition that I would like more information about. Being from a third world country does not help finding a label or diagnosis for it, so I will try to explain it as best as I can and hopefully someone will pinpoint it. I have been a US resident for a while and I am unfortunately not with him to see a doctor and find the answers that I need. From what I know it is incurable but who knows, maybe there is something out there that can help him out. [more inside]
posted by convex at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Ticket troubles

I received a Montreal municipal ticket for public drunkenness. Do I get any sort of record if I pay the ticket (thus pleading guilty)? [more inside]
posted by azman at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the difference between business blogging and forums

How can I convince my boss to use business blogging instead of forums? Or, how can my boss get A Clue? [more inside]
posted by freakystyley at 10:51 AM PST - 30 comments

"We're not in Kansas any more! We're in New York."

Rufus at Carnegie Hall. Were you there? How was it? And if you weren't there, did you read online an especially good review? Thanks.
posted by matteo at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Non-existent car deal on credit report?

Does backing out of a car deal affect your credit? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 10:45 AM PST - 21 comments

Does this building really exist?

I am trying to determine if a building I saw once was real or a dream. [more inside]
posted by beetsuits at 10:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Help on finding an obscure book

I'm looking for help in finding out who the author/publisher of a book called "The Camp" are [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Timeline of world history

I'm looking for a world history timeline that I could put on a wall... [more inside]
posted by scubbadubba at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

From banned to boring.

What are some songs that were shocking or sensational when they first came out - even got banned from radio play - which are now considered so humdrum that they're played on "easy listening" or "soft rock" or perhaps even "family safe" stations?
posted by dmd at 9:43 AM PST - 62 comments

How can I help my young friend?

How does an adult start a meaningful dialogue with a pre-teen boy? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 9:35 AM PST - 81 comments

Loud air conditioner, please hope me!

Noisy air conditioner: Our brand-new window ac unit makes an unholy racket every 15-20 minutes or so. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 9:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Why are some bosses evil?

Why are there so many bad employers? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:28 AM PST - 42 comments

Applying for a home loan.

I am just starting the process of applying for a home loan. I've attended a first-time home buyer seminar in my city, read tons of books and have done my homework regarding mortgage options, home buying process, etc. I have an excellent credit score, and one debt (car payment), and make a decent salary. I've been advised to deal with a direct lender as I could get better rates, and fewer fees with them than through a mortgage broker. My problem is, I get virtually no response from the lenders. They take my information to start the pre-qual/pre-approval process, then nothing. They don't call back, and don't return my calls. This has happened 4 times in the last month. Has anyone else experience this? I live in Southern California (LA/Southbay area); do lenders here not need the business? I have never seen this issue addressed in home buying books or websites. Any insight, advice or recommenations?
posted by socrateaser at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

King What?

Who is the famous guitarist whose name sounds like "King Gannom?" I am transcribing an interview and my respondent refers to someone whose name sounds like "King Gannom" but I can't find any person named that. Is there a famous guitarist (maybe from the 50s, 60s, or 70s) whose name sounds like that? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 8:50 AM PST - 20 comments

The South is more than a mint julep, right?

I need some help creating graphics with a southern(US)-theme. What feels or looks distinctly southern to you? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 8:21 AM PST - 38 comments

Living paycheck to paycheck is madness!

Heavily in debt and living in a city with no friends. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 8:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Wireless network/router problems

Wireless router/network issues... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 8:03 AM PST - 11 comments

School me on fresh coffee cherries.

Has anyone tasted a coffee cherry? How about a guarana berry? Most of the caffeine we ingest is derived from these apparently-edible little red fruits, but I have never seen a fresh one in the U.S. Is it possible to mail order some? What do they taste like?
posted by clango at 7:43 AM PST - 26 comments

The grand visor of Oregon?

How much autonomy do States in the United states in structuring their government? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton at 7:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to open a group blog for a non-fiction writing group?

I'm organizing a non-fiction writing group and I wanted to use a group blog to publish our pieces. Where should I open the blog? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 7:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Two empty weeks in July - what to do?

Okay, I have two weeks at the end of July when I have nothing planned, and want to do something a bit different that is going to be something to write home about as such. I'm 18 and off to University at end of September and have lined up plans for the rest of my holidays, just not anything for these two weeks. [more inside]
posted by philsi at 6:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this forgotten book.

My turn to ask about a book... [more inside]
posted by Spoonman at 6:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to get a car painted in Northern Virginia?

Any recommendations for an auto paint shop in northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by TommyH at 6:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Matt over eggshell paint?

I painted a room (two coats) a darkish color, with an eggshell finish. I now find the eggshell finish brings out the flaws in the wall and looks too shiny for my taste. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

London or Seattle?

Where should I live? London, or Seattle? [more inside]
posted by f4 at 6:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Satisfy three of us at once!

I'm looking for suggestions for an island (or other warm place) vacation (4-5 nights) for my family in January. [more inside]
posted by Framer at 5:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Aspergers (ASD) and Yu-Gi-Oh?

Aspergers Syndrome and Yu-Gi-Oh: What activities could fill-out popular Yu-Gi-Oh sessions to help build confidence and sociability in teenagers with Aspergers? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 5:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Hack my PowerBook an antenna

How might I attach my (broken) wi-fi antenna to my PowerBook, or to a (non existent) PCMCIA wireless card...? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 5:37 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I change single clicking to double clicking?

My new company Windows XP laptop does single-click, internet browser style opening for all icons on my desktop and in explorer. It is driving me mad, how can I go to good, old fashioned double clicking? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 4:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I promote this book online?

Creative ways to promote a self-published book online without spamming? (UK) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 4:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me ease the suffering of a family member with cancer.

OncologyFilter: An immediate family member has colorectal cancer. I need advice and recommendations in several areas. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 4:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Firefox has the Shakes, Bad

I use Firefox/1.5 as my browser. The problem: the screen jumps around like crazy, like the computer is in the middle of an earthquake. The screen started being shaky and jumpy right after I attempted to download Google's toolbar. So, I unloaded the toolbar; it did no good....the screen stills jumps around. So I even uninstalled Firefox and re-downloaded it.....still no good. Things are so bad I went back to Internet Explorer! Although IE 7 isn't too bad.....but I miss my Firefox! Please help!
posted by JackO23 at 3:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know what this book and these films are?

Does anyone know what this book and these films are? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 2:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Could I be pregnant?

Could I be pregnant? We didn't have sex but I've heard it's still possible... [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 2:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Taking a Career Break.

What options do me and my wife have in terms of taking a career break/going travelling/working abroad? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 2:37 AM PST - 5 comments

I need more space!

I'm in a spacey mood today, and to that end I'd like to ask for your collective recommendations for good space related documentaries/videos - preferably web based for instant gratification :) [more inside]
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 1:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Exercise Triggers My Gout

How can I work out and lose weight without triggering the gout that has repeatedly sabotaged my weight-loss efforts? [more inside]
posted by Didaskalos at 1:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Dyer's Power Of Intention

DyerFilter: If you have read Wayne Dyer's book The Power of Intention and applies its teachings/ideals/principles or whatever you call it to your life, how has it worked for you?
posted by miltoncat at 12:18 AM PST - 1 comment

June 18

How do I get my hijacked domain back?

My website domain went to the Ukraine. Any chance of getting it back? [more inside]
posted by slater at 11:49 PM PST - 17 comments

You know -- for kids!

OK. Here's another question about a book I read as a kid, 25 or 30 years ago. It was a collection of short stories where truly horrible things happened... [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love at 11:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Vesa 2.0, good for 3d lib?

I'm looking for information on Vesa 2.0, as far as usage in assembly (fasm) and c++ (gcc) goes. The reason i'm looking for this is because i'm interested in making a software rendered realtime 3d lib, so if you have any info on that (software libs) as well, it would be most helpful.
posted by xteraco at 10:05 PM PST - 10 comments

I cant figure this out..

Is it possible to view the source of an AJAX website? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify a book from limited information.

I'm hoping someone can help me remember the title of a book I read a long time ago. When I was in middle school, I picked up a fantasy book at the library that I absolutely loved. This many years later, I can't remember the title or author for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 9:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me, I'm mop impared...

Can you teach me how to mop? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:00 PM PST - 25 comments

we're the best gamerz

My wife and I have two computers and are looking 2 player online (or offline) games that we can play together for fun. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 8:58 PM PST - 18 comments

How bad is it to have a crack addicted coworker?

I just had a long talk with my ex-boss, who's back as a consultant. She just told me that she let one of my coworkers stay with her after he got out of recovery, she was keeping it a secret (because it's weird, and because she was still his boss for half the time), she just kicked him out yesterday. I knew he was in recovery, but I didn't know the details (or which drugs). He is a long-term crack addict, went into rehab for a week, but is now back at work and back partying every night (she isn't sure if he's back on drugs, but I'd assume so). His work has been erratic for the year I've been there, and he's prone to aggressive, random, ten minute rants. He's late for everything, snappy, sleazy, and totally inappropriate in the office... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 8:29 PM PST - 42 comments

Traveling to South Africa

Help me go abroad to South Africa this fall. What should I pack if the program I'm going on involves a series of homestays? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 8:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Soccer scoring

What does the second, parenthetical pair of numbers in a soccer score signify? [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments

How to have fun in Aruba without hanging out with strange men in bars

HoneymoonFilter: my fiance and I have settled on Aruba (although we're willing to consider the other ABC islands) for our late October-early November honeymoon; however, we're stuck on the details. [more inside]
posted by wildeepdotorg at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Why won't my page line-up properly?

HTML/CSS-Filter: Why won't my page keep its width properly? One row keeps expanding over all the others. [more inside]
posted by taita_cakes at 6:47 PM PST - 12 comments


Indonesia: Should I go? How long for and where? What about a visa? 18,000 islands await me... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Pepper sauce woes...

Help me find tasty things to do with this yummy pepper sauce. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 6:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find some economics reading material.

I'm going to be starting a Master's degree in economics in September and I've never taken an economics course in my life. My undergraduate degree was in pure mathematics. I've been given a few economics textbooks to help get me up to speed. I was wondering if anyone could suggest to me any light reading that would help introduce me to economics and more financially based mathematics. Thanks.
posted by jplank at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Cheap tickets, without the lineup?

In an effort to avoid spending half my trip to NYC in the line-up at TKTS, I'd found the www.entertainment-link.com site, for discount theatre tickets. Problem is, I can't find much info on it, and I'm nervous i'll be handing my credit card number to some nefarious entity. Anyone have any experience with the site, or, alternatively, another recommendation for avoiding long TKTS lines? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 5:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Where to live in LA?

Where to live in LA? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 4:43 PM PST - 9 comments

What makes your todo list work for you?

What makes your todo list work for you? I don't care if it's digital or on papter, I want to know how you got in the habit of using a todo list everyday.
posted by the giant pill at 4:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Fun on Highway 1

Driving up the California coast from LA to San Fran, 101 to 1, before turning inland at Santa Cruz. Looking for recommendations for great places to stay (relatively cheap) and great things to do along the way. Big Sur is definite, and I'm looking to overnight in the area. Everyone has favorites along this route. I want to hear 'em all.
posted by fourcheesemac at 3:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Focus and clarity after going out for a movie - why?

Sometimes when I come out of a movie I get a beautiful feeling of clarity and focus. I have some questions about this. [more inside]
posted by teleskiving at 3:42 PM PST - 24 comments

red dragon tattoo is just about on me, and now it's sunburned

Sunburn on a week-old tattoo...eek [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 2:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Good Soccer Reading?

Can you recommend some interesting soccer (football) books? [more inside]
posted by kickerofelves at 2:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy a car?

I'm moving from New England to Southern Florida and I need to buy a car. Should I bother to look here, or just wait until after I move? I'm more likely to purchase outright than to lease, so mileage restrictions aren't much of an issue.
posted by feloniousmonk at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

My Tenant's Auto Insurance becomes my problem??

Do I REALLY need to be listed on my tenants auto insurance as an additional driver if I'm never going to drive the car? [more inside]
posted by matty at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Does the Creative Zen Vision:M play itunes video files?

(Mp3 Player Filter) -- Can someone please tell me if the Creative Zen Vision:M will either play shows you buy from itunes or if it's own software has its own similar types of shows you can buy too? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the magic spray used by soccer/football medics?

What exactly is the "magic spray" used by soccer/football medics? [more inside]
posted by jeversol at 12:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Illustrator problem

Adobe Illustrator question: How can I get Illustrator to smooth out the pen line segments I'm drawing? [more inside]
posted by zek at 12:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for urgent care clinic in LA...

Where do you go for medical care when you have no health insurance? [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Driving from San Francisco to Seattle: how do we plan a pleasant 4-day trip up the west coast?

Driving from San Francisco to Seattle: how do we plan a pleasant 4-day trip up the west coast? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

A way to make OS X like OS 9?

Is there a way to make the entirety of the graphical interface of OS X not only look but behave (as much as reasonably possible) like OS 9? (Again: I am not solely interested in the appearance of the window max/min/close widgets.)
posted by Mr. Six at 11:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Fixing virtual to fixing physical

From computer pro to trades....can I sanely do it? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Nice pants...what gives?

Why are pin-striped pants so...hotter? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 10:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Computer Reading Games for a 6-Year-Old?

What educational computer games are best for teaching a 6-year-old to read? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

is anyone aware of an online (or offline) extinction tracker?

extinction tracker? ... is anyone tracking the daily list of vanishing species from this planet? like some sort of online resource of known exctinctions as they happen?
posted by specialk420 at 9:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Who pays the rent?

3 people sharing a flat: How are contracts to 3 separate people enforced? (UK) [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 9:03 AM PST - 19 comments

My make Mouse faster!!!

I like my mouse fast. I recently switched from a run of the mill 1024x768 CRT to a 1920x1200 LCD, and during the switch the speed of my mouse has stayed the same, rather than changing proportionately with the larger resolution. I already had my mouse set to the quickest speed on the old smaller screen, and I can't make the slider go any higher. Do I have any other options? (I'm on WinXP, btw)
posted by northernsoul at 8:23 AM PST - 10 comments


What would happen if I plug a non-keyboard/mouse into the USB ports on my KVM switch? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 7:49 AM PST - 8 comments

What does it take to be a dad?

What is the most important thing your father ever taught you, either explicitly or through example? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 7:45 AM PST - 98 comments

Password issues

Why am I see the 'save password' window so often? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Restricted Files on Windows

How can I access restricted files on a Windows partition? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 7:10 AM PST - 3 comments

wireless ADSL nework router with at least 6 network ports that will log websites visited

I need recommendations for a wireless ADSL network router with at least 6 network ports that will log websites visited [more inside]
posted by toocan at 7:00 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a Good Middle Name for a Girl That Meshes With "Moonbeam" and "Rainbow"?

First girl has middle name Moonbeam. Second girl has middle name Rainbow. What's a good middle name for a third girl in a similar vein? [more inside]
posted by meehawl at 6:54 AM PST - 92 comments

power surge done it.

my friend's computer is dead and is considering not buying a new one. wtf? I know, Insanity. Whats the cheapest way to get him back on a PC that can email, surf the web, handle office documents and listen to music and maybe play movies. [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 3:39 AM PST - 15 comments

And many shall be one

How do you uniquely route traffic from a large number of domains to a single server? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:10 AM PST - 17 comments

June 17

Donde esta los pop artists?

Why can't I find "modern" Spanish music on the radio? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B at 11:46 PM PST - 8 comments

What if my boss isn't paying his payroll tax?

I don't think my boss is paying his payroll taxes... should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by risk at 10:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Non-Java Traffic Stats with Link Refferals?

I have been looking for a non-java web traffic stats service that provides referral link information. I have only been able to find non-java ones that do not provide this information (they just count hits but don't tell you where they came from). I need non-java because sites like lulu.com etc. don't allow java services like the very good statcounter.
posted by Moose at 8:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Final Cut Pro frame rates for 24p advanced

If I shot in 24p advanced mode on a Panasonic DVX-100, what is the correct frame rate that Final Cut Pro should be capturing? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I create a ISO file on my Mac?

On My Windows XP: I have been using LC ISO Creator to create ISOs from CD/DVD-ROMs. Once I have a ISO I can mount it using Microsoft's Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel. On My Mac: How do I create ISO files from CD/DVD-ROMs on my Mac (for free?) I have a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X (Tiger). I want my ISO file to work on Windows, Macs, Linux (maybe ISO 9660?).
posted by honorguy7 at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Teaching English in Italy

Are there actually well paying (enough to support a family) English Teaching jobs in Italy? Euro MeFites, I'd love to hear from you. Much [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Mexican & Hawaiian music!

Looking for artist recommendations for Mexican and Hawaiian music. [more inside]
posted by The Wig at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

EU delayed flights

UK/EU flight. My friend's plane was 3 hours late, flying Southampton to Edinburgh, making her miss a wedding. I have an inkling that this means she is likely to be able to make her airline pay out under recent EU law. Is this the case and if so what's the best way to make them pay?
posted by biffa at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Baby snatching across the years

Suppose it was possible to move between 2006 and thousands/millions of years ago. And suppose I snatched a baby from a 2006 maternity ward and swapped it with a baby born in the year 0006 as they lay in their maternity ward. [more inside]
posted by selton at 5:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Scanning multiple photos without clicking excessivley

Is there a way I can scan multiple photos without having to click through dialog box after dialog box? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 5:08 PM PST - 10 comments

It's a small, small world...

If you had $1600 USD/mo in after-tax income, absolutely no debt, $15K (US) in savings, and a job that allowed you to work from anywhere in the world with a net connection, where would you live? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 5:05 PM PST - 54 comments

Broth vs. Stock

Would you substitute chicken stock for chicken broth (or vice versa) in a recipe? How interchangable are they? [more inside]
posted by 1fish2fish at 4:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Why do you cook with the shiny side of the tinfoil in?

When cooking with tinfoil, why do you put it with the shiny side towards the food? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Who are those spray-paint art vendors I see in Times Square?

For anyone in the NYC area, you know those spray paint artists who make the "galaxy" pictures? They're usually around Time Square, making their pictures for crowds and selling them. Do you know what this style of art is called? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 3:57 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I tie a decent bow on a dress or coat?

I have a trenchcoat that ties in the front, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to make a bow that doesn't look lopsided. Is there an illustrated guide to this somewhere? I've checked Google, but all I can find are guides to making floral bows or tying neckties.
posted by zembla3 at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

What do I need to get in to mountain biking?

I'm wanting to get in to mountain/off-road biking. What do I need and what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Volvo 240 Glovebox

Volvo 240 glovebox - mine won't stay closed. Please supply creative solutions beyond Velcro. [more inside]
posted by vers at 2:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me identify some weird stuff growing on my lawn...

Some weird stuff appeared on my lawn in the past few days. Is it a problem, and if so, how do I get rid of it? Link to a photo is included inside... [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 2:29 PM PST - 12 comments

My hard drive has been upgraded to paperweight

Non-catastrophic hard drive failure. Should I go to SATA? Any last minute tips? [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 1:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Stupid hipster dumpster.

Who's responsible for the area around a dumpster? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Wildlife summer in the City

What are great summertime biology-themed date/experience/outings based from the Chicagoland area? (Drivable okay)
posted by onalark at 12:20 PM PST - 16 comments

CareerFilter: How do I find one?

In May, I graduated from university. Help me figure out what to do with/for my working life! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does my dog slime my new kitten?

Why is my dog sliming my new kitten? [more inside]
posted by gokart4xmas at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Perhaps I should become a Buddhist monk and leave the situation.

Wow. My sexuality is really messed up. [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy at 11:16 AM PST - 33 comments

Songs about love as a disease?

If you believe BonJovi, love is a social disease. What other songs link love and infectious diseases, metaphorically or otherwise?
posted by obliquicity at 11:11 AM PST - 28 comments

anon, anent!

Know any rare English prepositions? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 11:11 AM PST - 11 comments

CSS, 3 column layouts, max-width

CSS, 3-column layout, max-width on the centre column, side columns "sticking" to the centre column. Possible? [more inside]
posted by Leon at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for more fantastic adventure literature. Any suggestions?

Looking for more fantastic narrative adventure literature. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me find creative gift ideas for my girlfriend...

I'm looking for creative gift ideas for my girlfriend's birthday. Preferably ideas for things that could make a "long distance" package... [more inside]
posted by coolin86 at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

What durable yet flexible material should I be using for my longboard?

I'm going to make the deck on my next longboard my self. What durable yet flexible material should I be using? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 9:14 AM PST - 3 comments

My file downloads in OS X are ending unexpectedly

Lately my computer (Powerbook, OS X 10.4.6, wireless ADSL internet) has been giving up halfway through downloading files. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by teem at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Can a car have two different insurance policies that are being paid by two different people?

Can a car have two different insurance policies that are being paid by two different people? Is it possible to make insurance claims on both, if the car is involved in an accident? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by JFunk2800 at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Questionable video codecs; how do I get rid of them and what ones do I need?

I have installed a questionable codec pack. Now video doesn't work correctly and I can't burn DVDs. How do I remove the codecs that I installed and what codecs should I be using? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get a decent picture of my black lab.

Help me get a decent picture of my black lab. [more inside]
posted by saucy at 6:20 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I go after my backstabbing business partner?

What can I do about a business partner who ran off with an idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to sleep & what to see while driving from LA to Denver in 2 days?

Roadtrip advice. LA-Denver in 49 hours. Where to sleep, what to see along the way? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 5:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the Harvard Pause really called?

What is the real name for the social phenomenon my wife and I call the "Harvard Pause"? [more inside]
posted by jshelus at 5:06 AM PST - 25 comments

Where is my free disk space hiding?

What happened to my disk space? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 4:13 AM PST - 11 comments

which movies are similar to "twelve angry men" ?

Movies similar to "twelve angry men" ?
posted by vincentm at 3:23 AM PST - 20 comments

June 16

Does anybody recognize the song on this website?

Does anybody recognize the song on this website? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 11:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy PDAs in the centre of Dublin?

Dublinfilter: Where can I buy PDAs in the centre of Dublin? Preferably Palm PDAs, but not exclusively. [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 11:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I carry all my stuff without jamming my pockets, or wearing a fanny pack?

I carry too much in my jeans pockets--cell phone, keys, wallet--but it's stuff I need pretty much all the time. Is there another way to keep it all on me, without, like, wearing a fanny pack?
posted by scrawlyman at 10:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Fifth Grade Reactions to Radiohead

I'm looking for a mirror of the link originally posted here. Does one exist? If so, where?
posted by x_3mta3 at 10:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Good at math, bad at programming?

I'm good at math but bad at programming. What could this mean? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 10:44 PM PST - 39 comments

Favorite random/recent-photo post?

Please list sites/pages that are similar to toothpaste's LJ recents and Photobucket's recents. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Stop TIVO Stop!

My TIVO is possessed. Pushing the directional arrows no longer moves it one space in that direction, but starts it moving that way and then keeps going! This is seriously hampering my TIVO watching. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Cable/POTS Crosstalk

My dialup is crosstalking with my wifes cable internet connection. She works from home and has a dedicated cable internet connection with VOIP. Only her fax is connected to the phone line. She can hear my system dial up and sometimes can hear my phone call conversations over her VIOP. My office phone connection passes through my modem. The phone is not a wireless. Both services share an underground conduit coming into the house. The cable company sent a Tech out who could not find any problems on my wifes system. What can I check out on my POTS before I blow $100 on a visit from a phone Co. Tech?
posted by Raybun at 8:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Mystery Contact Lenses

Help me identify these contact lenses, allegedly Cooper Vision Frequency One Dailies! [more inside]
posted by ajbw at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me not have to write this myself.

Is there anything less awful than Gallery for photo gallery software? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Self-powered USB Hubs?

Hello MetaFilter. This is my first question, so I thought I'd start with something easy. I'm looking for a a USB hub that runs off it's own adapter. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by AndrewH at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

At the end of my rope

I'm looking for a gym, health club, or obstacle course in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that has a rope climb. [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Fix my Blackberry

My crackberry is doing something strange... [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 6:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I make my Mac laptop's screen brighter?

Is there any software for OSX that will let me make my G4 PowerBook's screen brighter? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do they do this, and how do I deal with it?

I had an insurance adjuster come by my house to look at damage caused by a recent hail storm. During a follow-up phone conversation, she mentioned that the checks would be made out jointly to me and my mortgage company. Why do they do this? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup -- in today's ARG SMT 6-0 drubbing it was clear when viewed slow motion on TiVo that goals #3 and #4 came off the feet of the opposing players. Question -- does anyone care? The players actedf the same and the announcers didn't note any difference. Is this standard operating procedure when the scoring is "close enough" by an offensive player?
posted by queue_strategy at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Workplace shooting in Maryland

I'm looking for information concerning a recent workplace shooting in the Maryland or DC area, resulting in the death of a police officer. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How best to recognize intervals?

Help me with Music Theory! Specifically, intervals... [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 5:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Query for Megaphones

Where can I get a bulk order of the classic style megaphones? (Classic meaning preferably not plastic, but I'll compromise on that if the megaphones are cheap and large.) Color not an issue as long as the megaphones are able to be painted. Bonus for free stenciling.
posted by daviss at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Schizophrenics are selfish?

Are schizophrenics really selfish? (warning: spoilers to an old episode of House) [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott at 3:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Bio info about designer Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler

What did you do during the war, font question: I have found the perfect letter 'B' for a tribute tattoo. It is the elegant Schneidler by the German designer, Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler, who is sometimes referred to as F. H. Schneidler. (The lower roll of the 'B' looks like my grandfather's belly in profile.) [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 3:12 PM PST - 3 comments

English placenames

What are some placenames that are recognizably English-language in places that are definitely non-English? The only example I can think of is Bluefields, Nicaragua. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 2:55 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I patent a jump-to-conclusions mat type thing?

How do I patent a product that I know can be made but can't do it myself? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to go in Jamaica?

My friend and I are going to Jamaica at the beginning of August to do a service project in Kingston. [more inside]
posted by Dance Commander at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

phpBB help needed! Deleted admin account.

I accidentally deleted my phpBB admin account while attempting to delete myself as a user, now I can't admin my own forum! What now? [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 2:23 PM PST - 3 comments

1and1's visitor stats bite donkey balls

My host doesn't count some visitors to my website. Why the heck not? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

iPaq hw6945 release date?

When can I get a Hewlett-Packard iPaq model hw6945, for SF/Bay Area use? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 2:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Cbr & Dvd Players

Are there portable dvd players that can read cbr files?
posted by Hesychia at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

TradeSports.com Legal in America?

Is it against the law for US citizens or residents to trade on overseas futures markets such as TradeSports.com? [more inside]
posted by sebrenner at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comment

QuoteFilter: "Anyone who goes to sleep before midnight has something to hide."

I'm looking for a quote that I vaguely remember as "Anyone who goes to sleep before midnight has something to hide", along with any quotes with a similar message. [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 1:33 PM PST - 19 comments

How is it best to get from Ft. Lauderdale airport to the Port of Miami?

Floridafilter: How is it best to get from the Port of Miami to the Ft. Lauderdale airport? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 1:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Garbage disposal dos and don'ts

We just rennovated the kitchen and now have a garbage disposal and dishwasher that neither of us ever had before. Dos and don'ts for what we should put down the disposal? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 12:46 PM PST - 45 comments

Hard drive on the fritz?

Time to get a new hard drive? I got a BSOD. When I restarted, my second hard drive was gone. I opened the computer case, unplugged the cable, plugged it back in and the hard drive came back. But for how long? Is this a sign that the hard drive is about to give up? The drive is about 3 years. [more inside]
posted by Termite at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

How to change from PartnerMail to Asterisk?

I would like to upgrade my company's aging phone hardware from a Lucent PartnerMail system to Asterisk. Can anyone point me to a site, or worklog detailing something of this nature? We would like to keep our existing phones, and I'm not sure if and how it would support these phones.
posted by jackofsaxons at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it against the law to drink in public?

Is there any law against drinking (alcohol) in public? Or is it being inebriated in public? Or neither? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 12:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Standalone video capture?

Does this exist: A Standalone video capture solution? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Quality T-shirt printing that ships to Europe

I'm looking for a company that can print a custom T shirt design and that will ship to Europe. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Shouldn't have registered for china!

My wife and I received some fancy china for our wedding. Now that we have been married 6 years and have only ever used it ONCE ... we think we want to sell it. Any ideas where to get the most money for it? And how would we ship it without it breaking?
posted by Wiggo at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

White-on-black comic inking?

Any tips for doing white-on-black comic inking? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 11:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Apartmentfilter: Is my deposit gone?

Recently I applied for an apartment and put down a $600 deposit. I was told $450 of the deposit was refundable. I didn't take the apartment, and they took all my money. [more inside]
posted by MonkNoiz at 11:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Family-friendly books and audiobooks?

Family-friendly audiobooks and/or book content reviews? (Have you read The Kite Runner? Never Let Me Go? Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?) [more inside]
posted by rafter at 11:16 AM PST - 30 comments

Need some thoughts regarding my noisy home media center

I built a media PC long ago. Our old house's layout allowed me to place the whole shebang in the laundry room, but the new house does not. The wife (correctly) surmises that it is too loud to have in the living room. Need some help with my options. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 11:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How do i qaulify to work in the F & I department of a motorcycle dealership?

CareerChangeFilter: Im currently a network engineer/administrator and have been for the past 7 years. I want to change careers. Specifically i want to work in the F & I department of a motorcycle dealership. Im in Texas. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I use an iPod without the iTunes software?

Can I use an iPod without the iTunes software? [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 at 10:42 AM PST - 25 comments

Friday night adventure.

Where can we go an adventure on a Friday night (in the SF Bay Area)? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 10:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Norton Antivirus for Mac question: What's the best way to configure SafeZones?

Norton Antivirus for Mac question: What's the best way to configure SafeZones? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Eleven sombreros.

I have eleven sombreros. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 9:42 AM PST - 35 comments

Will my Sirius radio let me down in new york city?

Just bought the Sirius Satelite Sportster unit and portable bombox. I live and work in NYC. Now , I have asked around and have repeatedly been told that living in NYC will not be a problem in a 'reception' sense. My father seems to think that there are too many buildings and obstructions for me to ever get a decent dignal from my aprtment or office. ... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

How should I set up our new office?

The company I work for is probably moving away from our parent company into a 3400 sq. ft. building of our own. I have the task (opportunity) to suggest how we can set up this office for our 31 people. The question is, is there a non-traditional option that is better than the standard cube farm, but is still inexpensive and effective? [more inside]
posted by quirked at 9:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Bringing laptop battery back from the dead

Can I recondition a dead laptop battery? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I name my bike?

Forget about urban modeling applications, your son, your new screen name, your store, your new puppy, your funny stage name, your different boy, your domain, your band, your blog and all others - what should I name my new bike [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:07 AM PST - 48 comments

Are there any wxWidgets applications on Mac OS X with good UIs?

Mac OS X software is sometimes known for excellent UIs. Is this something that only comes with Cocoa. Or are there applications written using another framework (specifically wxWidgets) that have great UIs? [more inside]
posted by schwa at 9:05 AM PST - 13 comments

best lightweight tool for os x image database?

My wife is an art history professor who uses a mac, and has a large collection of scans of images. She needs an orderly way to organize the scans for sensible, easy retrieval. [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Online Invoice Payments?

Online payments: I need a way to invoice and have clients pay invoices online. Not with Paypal because that requires too many hoops for the client. Preferably with something that will allow payments via a credit card using Authorize.net or Paypal Web Payments Pro. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Intermittent PrePOST Hangs

How can I trouble a system that intermittently hangs before the POST? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Has my friend joined a cult?

Has my friend joined a cult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a Bay Area-style burrito place in Los Angeles?

If you've spent time in the Bay Area, you've probably been to one of those burrito places where they make the burrito in front of you with your choice of fillings. Kind of like how they make sandwiches at Subway, but these are generally really good burritos. They steam the (gigantic) tortillas, there are three different beans to choose from, tons of guacamole, Mexican sodas, etc. Is there a place like this in LA? I promise that I've been looking. [more inside]
posted by benrodian at 8:35 AM PST - 34 comments

Should I keep or sell my 1995 Mercedes C280?

What should I do with my 1995 Mercedes C280? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Porting from Vivo Audio

How can I port audio in the old Vivo format into something that will play with modern audio players? Let's say I don't have the original files. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 7:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Because Simply Paying for It Would Be Boring

Loaning myself some money. I'll try to keep the details inside to not bore the scanners, but how do I pay a roofer with a credit card when he doesn't take credit cards? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 7:21 AM PST - 19 comments

why do they do it

why are they watering the bqe? [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 7:12 AM PST - 11 comments

What, if anything, did this person do to my computer yesterday?

What is the purpose of Altiris Connection Monitor Log or Altiris Carbon Copy? [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Recovery of Word 6.0 Doc

Help me recover a seemingly corrupted Microsoft Word 6.0 file. [more inside]
posted by gwint at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Help a geek inherit the earth

What language/environment would be a good choice now for a 6-year old math whizz to learn the basics of programming? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:45 AM PST - 35 comments

My poor right nostril

Help me stop my bleeding nose! [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

What is this book?

As a kid, I once had a book about a rather detailed tourist trip to Alpha Centauri, with lots of graphics. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by Harry at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Cell phone buying tips for a new user?

First time cell phone buyer. I'm looking for a cell phone with an interface that won't make me want to kill myself: the equivalent of an Ipod for cell phones. I'd also like it too be small, and I want to buy it online. Finally, I'm looking for general tips and suggestions, since I've never owned a cell phone before. [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:16 AM PST - 35 comments

Fill my bookshelves.

Given my favorite authors from the modern and pomo canon, please help me find some young, lesser-known contemporary writers. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 6:00 AM PST - 29 comments

But I just want to feel minty fresh!

Why does toothpaste nauseate me in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 5:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Independent WAP/GPRS provider?

Is there an independent WAP or GPRS service provider in US esp NYC area? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 5:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Midday Snack

FingerFoodFilter: Looking for recipes for group of around 10 for an afternoon snack. Ideally this item would be something a bit more substantial than typical Hors d'oeuvres, but not a full meal. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Social vs Economic Conservatism

I need a link to the online test that analysis political conservatism and social conservatism. [more inside]
posted by arha at 4:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Florida Everglades Sunrise

If one were to seek exploration (by car and foot) in the Florida Everglades (starting from Miami) where would be one want to go? [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 4:14 AM PST - 7 comments

The Dillon Brothers: A Study in Hotness

why is matt dillon so much better looking than kevin dillon? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 3:49 AM PST - 36 comments


Help me get to Austin. Know any good (or bad) headhunters in Austin area? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 3:00 AM PST - 7 comments

I Eat You!

Help me find a long lost Flash movie....Learn English. I am a Lion. I eat you! I am eating you! I ate you! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:30 AM PST - 2 comments

What should a student install on his laptop?

What should I install/do to my new laptop (I am a student)? [more inside]
posted by bd at 1:12 AM PST - 23 comments

June 15

There's a quote by Schweitzer about chicks I'm trying to find...

There's a quote by Schweitzer about chicks I'm trying to find... Or at least I think it's albert schweitzer. The basic jist of it is "When I think back on my accomplishments I realize how much more I could have done if I wasnt chasing women" That's close to it (I think) but I need the exact quote. And who said it. I think it's Schweitzer but that may have been my late fater screwing with me. One time he told me that Ghandi was the first one to say, "always leave a little hungry." I bought it. I was six but I bought it. If anyone knows this quote please chime in.
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:35 PM PST - 4 comments

epistolary comic books and books

Has anyone done an epistolary comic book? It's not obvious to me how such a project could work and I'm interested in seeing what, if anything, artists have done with the form. I'm also interested in recommendations for good epistolary novels. I've already looked at the wikipedia page on epistolary novels and I plan to read some of the novels mentioned there.
posted by rdr at 11:08 PM PST - 7 comments


Is my balcony too small for a hammock? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 10:25 PM PST - 14 comments

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil?

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil? What is working for you? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a gift for a friend who's moving to Paris for two months.

I have a friend who has decided to go live in Paris for two months or more. She's searching for her next career and life move, and has always loved the City of Lights. I'm looking for a gift that is inspired, but practical. It also has to pack and travel well--not weigh her down. She's going to be free and hopes the city will be a sort of muse. She's set on luggage, has a place to stay, won't have a car, loves fashion, going out on the town, and I'm sure has plenty of maps. Somewhere in the range of 100 euros.
posted by nenequesadilla at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

converting obsolete file types

How do I convert antique files to a more modern format? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 8:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Favorite wines under $20?

What are your favorite wines under $20?
posted by callmejay at 8:20 PM PST - 54 comments

Insurance flawed?

If the (small) company I work for goes bankrupt, am I still eligible for COBRA, or is COBRA predicated on the continued existence of the company? I live in California.
posted by Sinner at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Spatial Memory?

Help ME win a bet with MY girlfriend. When recalling events, I often mention what direction I was facing when something happened or I said something. [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 7:04 PM PST - 39 comments

Wines with low levels of tannin?

Help me find a good wine with the lowest tannin levels as possible. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 6:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Deaths as a result of opening plastic packages.

Help me win a bet against my girlfriend. Relates to deaths while opening those pesky plastic packages. [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 6:08 PM PST - 22 comments

How do you stay productive while working full-time?

How do you stay productive while working full-time when there may be elements of stress and burning out involved? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Which dutch oven should I buy?

Le Creuset or Le Chasseur? Is one a cheap imitation of the other? Or are they much of a muchness? Are either even worth the money in the first place, or would I get the same result from a cast iron dutch oven from a camping supply store?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:38 PM PST - 14 comments

In Search of Good Sci-Fi / Fantasy

FicFilter - Seeking online SciFi/Fantasy books with entertaining, accessible storylines. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 5:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Philly to Glassboro, NJ

How to get from Philadelphia to Glassboro, NJ on public transportation (or private, if available)? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:04 PM PST - 2 comments

How to deal

How should one deal with an irrational co-worker with whom one is having an argument? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 4:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Insulating cold drinks

Coffee cup sleeves: is there any reason to use one on a cold drink? The java industry is pushing the idea that it's not just for hot drinks. They claim that cold drinks stay cold longer thanks to the insulation (from your warm hands and the environment.) But is this scientifically valid? Isn't the insulation kinda negligible?
posted by Kirklander at 4:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Incredimail or incredicrap?

Is incredimail really just incredicrap? [more inside]
posted by peglam at 4:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Cowon A2 or Archos AV500?

Cowon A2 or Archos AV500? Which is the better video player? [more inside]
posted by Sibrax at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

WWJPlay? (The "J" is for "Jack")

I have been reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, and I like it a lot. Now I want to play video games set in the era (or thereabouts). Are there any good ones that simulate the Napoleonic Wars or other European and Colonial wars of the general period? Or that have better sailing ship naval battles than the new Pirates!? I liked that a lot at first, but it's too simple and repetitive for me. I have modern computers running windows, OSX, and Linux and a PS2. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving Files To A New Computer

Hello: After several years, I am finally upgrading and purchasing a new computer. My dilemma is moving files onto this new computer. My operating system on both computers is Windows XP. 1. I need advice moving my Thunderbird Email and Email folders onto this new computer. I understand that emails are really embedded and can be a problem. I also need assistance moving my FIREFOX bookmarks. I would really hate to loose those bookmarks! 2. I then plan to copy all my document files onto a CD using Nero and then recopying to the new computer. 3. I plan to go through the arduous task of reinstalling all my programs. That is my plan; however, I want to insure I am not overlooking a vital task! I really do need assistance moving my email and bookmark files. If I have missed anything, please advise. Thanks in advance. Bruce Thompson
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions on home security hardware please!

Moving to a new house soon(ish). It's our first home in an area that will (we hope) improve over the next 10 years. The previous owners had a large dog that we're pretty sure discouraged most folks from being too ambitions about breaking in. [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 3:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Manage PDFs on a Mac

I want to manage the huge list of pdf based papers that I read for my PhD in CS: keep them organized by categories, put long notes in them, etc. Anything for OS X?
posted by raheel at 3:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Could you just ask first?

Crossing the line or being petty? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 3:05 PM PST - 48 comments

Which is the cheapest fabric store in Toronto?

Diaper fabric wouldn't cost too much, would it? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 2:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Any peanuts with that beverage, Senator?

How do U.S. Senators travel? I know the President uses Air Force One, and I imagine Congresspersons fly on commercial airlines, but it is hard for me to picture a U.S. Senator flying commercially. At the same time, chartering flights seems awfully expensive.
posted by bullitt 5 at 1:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Are there any sleeping pills that I can take that arent physically addictive?

Are there any sleeping pills that I can take that arent physically addictive? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 1:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Should I quit my job?

It's very possible I'll be fired from my job next Wednesday. Should I resign before then? What should I tell prospective employers? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 1:29 PM PST - 38 comments

How to give two week's notice?

What's the "right" way to to give two week's (or in my case, one week's) notice to an employer? [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 1:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Wedding dress shops in the Bay Area

My fiance is looking for wedding dresses this weekend, and is wondering if anyone has recommendations for stores in the San Francisco Bay Area (esp. SF, Peninsula and San Jose areas). She is looking for places with a good selection of <$2000 dresses. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
posted by rorycberger at 12:57 PM PST - 6 comments

What's a good, cheap outdoor mic?

What's a good microphone for recording audio of outdoor TV interviews? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Synching Groupwise with Outlook - can it really be so difficult?

Are there any (relatively) painless options for keeping my corporate groupwise calendar in synch with my own Outlook calendar? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments


How can I deal with irrational attention craving issues when I'm out at the bar with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 12:36 PM PST - 29 comments

Is it unethical not to ask relationship status before sex?

EthicsFilter: is it wrong to sleep with someone you haven't made sure is single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 PM PST - 53 comments

Powerbook as workstation: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Is it a good idea to use a Powerbook running closed-lid as a workstation? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 11:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Tab help in WordPerfect

WordPerfect help: I can't make it default to a regular tab instead of a hard indent tab when I hit the tab key in a manual outline (you know, typing 1. &c--there is a reason I'm doing the outline this way, and yes, I know how to set the automatic outline to use the tab and not hanging indent). Suggestions for how to change this setting? The help entries for hard tabs and tab set and the like have not helped.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Why don't you visit your mother?

What to do when parental pressure to visit goes nuts and leads to crazy allegations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me create a video with lots of eye candy for my anniversary.

Need recommendations for free/low-cost options for putting together a DVD video from still photos with lots of snazzy effects. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Accidentally wrote over a file I really, really need!

I just know I can't be the first person to ever do this, but I haven't been able to find an answer. I religiously back up my files from my local drive to my network every day, but it appears that yesterday, while I was in a hurry, I actually copied the files from my network drive down to my local drive, thus overwriting a very full day of work on one particular file. Is there anyway I can get back the version that was stored on my local drive or am I, as I fear, screwed? Also, when I try to search my local drive for all the files with the same extensions (*.as) in hopes that I actually just saved it in the wrong place, Windows XP tells me I have no files with that extension, even though I can see that I do. Is it possible that my problems are bigger than my own incompetence?
posted by katyjack at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Competitive videogame players and graphics

Can you help with my videogame research question? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Help with a car bid.

I need a little help thinking through an offer I am about to make on a car, rather quickly. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Ow, my eyes!

This Monday morning, when I woke up and went to look in the mirror, I was amazed to see the skin around my eyes (on my eyelids and under my eyes) was all puffed up to the point where I could only open my eyes halfway. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

where to get breast/milk cup?

Breast Feeding Filter: 32 years ago, (1974),when I was pregnant, I discovered, in the Whole Earth Catalog, a wonderful device called a 'breast cup' or 'milk cup'. It was plastic, shaped like a hollow ball wth a circular hole on side, with that side pressed in so the space was fairly narrow. I wore it on one side while nursing on the other, especially early on, - I caught the leaked milk, [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for American Psycho style business cards.

I'm looking for American Psycho style business cards. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 9:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Books about journalists

Recommend books about investigative journalists. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Which court do I sue in?

My understanding is that to sue in NYC Small Claims Court, the defendant must live, work, or conduct business within NYC. If the defendant does not live, work, or conduct business within NYC--though the claimant does--what's the proper court for a Small Claims Court type of lawsuit? And this might solve it, too: If the defendant bought something from a store in NYC, is that conducting business?
posted by whitebird at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

How to bag 3 dozen iZones & film affordably?

Please...out-Froogle me! Will soon need three dozen or so el cheapo "sticker cameras" -- the kind that spit out tiny pictures with sticker backing. Any links or suggestions on how not to spend a mint on the cameras plus reload film? [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for simple gallery creation software

Alternatives to Simple Viewer gallery creation software? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Flamenco guitar lessons/self study

I play some classical guitar (mostly self-taught), and after watching a few flamenco videos on youtube and elsewhere, got enthusiastic about flamenco. How can I find a flamenco guitarist around Atlanta who would teach me? Are there good DVDs, or book/CD combinations for self-study?
posted by palet at 9:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

Did a band in the 90s cover The Barbarians "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" or was there a song very similar to it? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 8:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Can my Canon Powershot A510 be Hacked?

My camera's video recording option is limited to 30 seconds which I think was done to prevent people from using it as a video camera and therefore drive sales for other products. I think that sucks. I should be able to record to my heart's content Does anyone savvy know of any way to hack the software/firmware to remove the 30 second limit?
posted by postergeist at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Nobody walks in L.A.

Is there such a thing as an online map of Los Angeles that denotes (through color-coding, for example) the time allowed on each street for parking (e.g., 8 AM - 10 PM, 1 hour parking only), as well as street cleaning days? I just spent well over half an hour wandering through an endless maze of "2-hour parking only" residential streets in West L.A. looking for a spot where I could park all day. UGH.
posted by zharptitsa at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me plan a parade!

Help me plan a parade! [more inside]
posted by Sfving at 8:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Border crossings and driving side.

Have you ever experienced a border crossing somewhere in the world where you are required to drive on the opposite side after passing immigration?
posted by machaus at 8:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Visas - What Are They Good For?!

What's the point of a visa? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Where to get older version of MS Explorer?

I need to download version 6.X of MS Explorer but can't seem to find it on the Web. Can anyone pont me to a site that keeps older versions? Thanks
posted by lometogo at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Load testing a java/jscript web app?

Are there any free/open source web app load testing tools that also handle javascript? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

How to fix a bike seat post in place?

How can I fix my bike saddle to the correct position? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Mac-compatible keyboard recommendations?

Mac-compatible keyboard recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 6:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for an outfitter for a backpacking trip out west.

I'm Looking for recommendations for companies that offer backbacking trips in the western part of the country. Areas in mind are: Grand Canyon area, Santa Fe (northern New Mexico), Yellowstone, Montana, Yosemite, or any other great place to see nature's finest. [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 6:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Should I get my mouth wired shut for weight loss?

Thinking about getting my mouth wired shut for weight loss(for about a month or so)--good idea or bad idea, you make the call.
posted by sandra194 at 6:24 AM PST - 65 comments

Best bookstores in NYC?

Where are the best book stores in NYC? [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting at 6:15 AM PST - 27 comments

How to screed an internal floor?

How do you screed an internal floor with a dry concrete mix? [more inside]
posted by plep at 6:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Cool online bag/gift store ideas.

Panic! It's my girlfriend's 'n'th birthday in 2 weeks and I'm trying to get her a cool bag in which to put the gifts I have bought her and to double as a gift itself. I've searched elsewares and popgadget but can't find any other good sites for indie designed bags. In the words of Princess Leia 'you're my only hope'..[nb preferably a UK online store]. Thanks in advance.
posted by you're only jung once at 6:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Portable HDs with USB-To-Go support.

Looking for a portable hard drive with USB-To-Go support and thumbdrive compatibility. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 5:57 AM PST - 0 comments

Panoramics and Photostitching

What is the most impressive flash-based panoramic image web script? And as a secondary question, anyone have an idea of the best photostitching software?
posted by wibbler at 5:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Internet banking

Internet banking - I have an account with ING, and they're fine, but I'd like to find an online bank that has a decent interest rate but 1) doesn't hold your deposits forever before they're available and 2) can transfer money back to my checking account rather quickly. Does anyone have good experience with such a place?
posted by dpx.mfx at 4:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Can't print and use internet simultaneously

Network follies. Airport + wireless ethernet bridge + gigabit switch + printer + Mac + PC = any single network service works until I try to use another one. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 4:08 AM PST - 13 comments

What sports are best suited for short people?

I'm trying to find sports other than horse racing, rowing (specifically the cox) and gymnastics, in which being small-framed or just plain short can be an advantage. Is there some advantage gained in having a low centre of gravity in things like surfing or even skateboarding?
posted by bunglin jones at 3:21 AM PST - 38 comments

"Make me look trashy"

Flat-Iron, Blow-drier... Now what? How do I get that awesome pieced out hair. The stylist seems to be able to pull off in minutes. [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 2:08 AM PST - 8 comments

I've lost that intrepid reporter feeling

MacFilter: Know that annoying "Use click key sounds" option that makes clickety-clack sounds as you type, and that most people turn off immediately? How do I turn mine back on? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 12:43 AM PST - 3 comments

June 14

Drugs and Computers - Two addictions, one job?

Clinical Trials, Biotech, and Computers - Is there a better job out there for me? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc at 11:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Wonky PDF fonts.

Why is the font rendering in the .PDF documents I'm reading so bad? Errors in the document, or can I fix it? (Examples inside) [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 11:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How to format a linux'd drive

How do I format a Linux'd harddrive with XP? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 11:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Hotels North of Downtown Seattle?

I'm looking for a clean and inexpensive hotel north of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 10:31 PM PST - 5 comments

DIY Bean Bag Games

Bean bag toss games in Chicago - can I buy or make my own before Saturday? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 9:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Funky family seeking fun in big cities

Fun things to do in NYC and Boston for a young family? I'll be in NYC with my wife and two small children (3yrs & 8months) from June 16th-19 and in Boston from the 25th-29th of June. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 8:53 PM PST - 16 comments

And behind door number two...

Which websites offer the best/most interesting deals on merchandise? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 8:16 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to download google!

How do I download google's entire cache of a website that has 137,000 hits? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I Remove the Bypass from a new GE Refrigerator ?? It's super tight.

Bought a brand new condo that came with a GE Refrigerator with built-in filtered water dispenser. The new fridge came with a bypass in place of a filter -- How in the world do I get it out so I can replace it with a real filter?? It is SUPER tight. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

giant stomach

Seeing this picture, I was wondering about China's One-Child policy: What did they do with twins, triplets & births of multiples?
posted by growabrain at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Buying three of everything and the fine art of imposing permanence on the fashion world

Any stores that specialize in designer fashion from 1-2-3-4 years ago? (shoes, jeans, all of it!). [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How to kill time in Montreal...

I'm doing a totally crazy trip to Montreal next week and need some advice form residents of the fair city. [more inside]
posted by ChazB at 7:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me make my stomach happy.

GastrointestinalFilter: My body disagrees with EVERYTHING. (warning: a lickle nasty) [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 6:42 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I "HR Proof" myself?

I feel like whatever I do my boss is gearing up to fire me... I am a high performer who built most of my consulting practice, yet there's blood in the water and several of my peers are getting laid off. [more inside]
posted by kaytrem at 6:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does my shoulder hurt while I run?

My left shoulder inexplicably hurts when I run. [more inside]
posted by Burritos Inc. at 6:22 PM PST - 9 comments


New York City pedicure [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you know this insect?

What is this? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 5:02 PM PST - 14 comments

BBQ recipes

BBQfilter: Like many people, I use my (charcoal) BBQ to grill vegetables and meat, but I'd like to move on to the "smoking, indirect heat" type of cooking. While the technique seems simple enough, I'd like recommendations for simple recipes to get started.
posted by bluefrog at 4:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. Degeneration X proudly brings to you its WWF tag team champions of the world! The Road Dog Jesse James! The Bad Ass Billy Gunn! The New Age Outlaws!

Professional wrestling blogs/websites? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 4:39 PM PST - 6 comments

So sorry you lost your ticket, not sorry we are now sticking it to you!

I watch Airline on A & E a lot and a common problem is that people loose their ticket. The result is that if they want to fly they MUST BUY a new one. This seems downright completely and utterly wrong to me. Please explain why this policy has lasted through all of the trouble I am sure its caused. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 4:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Can/should I reformat my Mac?

Similar to a previous question, but for a Mac: how do I reformat my hard drive if I don't have the correct system disks? see inside for further details [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

cheap one off homemade bbq.

any ideas on how to make a simple one off bbq out of things fond in the house [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 3:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Best option for a cheap (under $200) PA System for a block party?

What's my best option for a cheap (under $200) PA System for a block party? [more inside]
posted by pjhagop at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Xeny is not fond of Access.

Dealing with no-records cases in Access [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

This American Life - Taking the kids

My kids like listening to the stories on TLA when we happen to catch it in the car. I was going to grab a few off of Audible.com for an upcoming road trip. Kind of a subset of this question (http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/20670). Any suggestions?
posted by jbradley at 2:20 PM PST - 17 comments

What is a kilowatt-hour?

What is a kilowatt-hour? Or: why is the eco program on my dishwasher better than the normal program? [more inside]
posted by davar at 2:12 PM PST - 20 comments

What's funny about potatoes?

What is funny and/or interesting about potatoes? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 2:01 PM PST - 90 comments

Please help a JavaScript idiot

Displaying multiple random images via JavaScript? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Experiences of intensive NLP courses

Has anyone done a one or 2 week intensive NLP practitioner course? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 1:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Full stop, no stop, or what?

How do I end a sentence that's a list item? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup?

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 1:14 PM PST - 11 comments

A hot cup of science, please, no room for milk.

I am looking for actual science of coffee to improve my home espresso making. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Good, non-big-name bands playing Roskilde Festival

Got any lesser-known band recommendations for someone going to Roskilde Festival? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 12:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me be nice withoutbeing patronizing

I have hired a very nice man to help me paint my apartment, now what? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 12:37 PM PST - 27 comments

Advice on Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington, Indiana question: I'm in Bloomington for an intensive language course for the next 2 months. Ideas on things to do, places to eat, general living advice? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Letting go

How do I get my husband to let go of old boxers and socks? [more inside]
posted by chicken nuglet at 12:24 PM PST - 37 comments

How to recover lost email in Thunderbird, OSX?

Lost email in Thunderbird, OSX 10.4 (Tiger), caused by changing the settings in the news reader. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Lube (Astroglide) allergy?

Lube (Astroglide) allergy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Ideas for public park

Ideas for a public park.... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 12:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Concord NH job hunt.

How do I get a job I will love in Concord, New Hampshire? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

This Server's on the Road Again...and Again...and Again...

At work, we have a storage device that we need to send across these United States for live demonstration purposes. We want to send a 2U device, along with a 1U server host and a 1U pull out keyboard/trackball/flip-up LCD. I have some questions regarding this, notably how to ship it, in what, and with what? [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 11:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Suddenly Sluggish Powerbook G4

Why is my Powerbook G4 slowing way down every two or three hours? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Personal cooling

I'm going to Orlando in August. I know its going to be hot.... does this thing (http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/catalog/product/sku__SI758SL2) really work?
posted by Scoops at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

my poor feet

So I got a job working in a bar. But I've got a problem: my feet don't seem to be able to take it. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 11:41 AM PST - 28 comments

how to automatically copy appointments from person to public calendar.

Outlook/Exchange: I want appointments in my personal calendar belonging to a certain category (can use label if necessary) to automatically copy over to a public folder calendar on the exchange server. [more inside]
posted by striker at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers?

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Nasty Landing

In between trash days -- Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday -- people in neighboring apartments deposit their trash on the first floor landing, outside the door to my apartment. I expected the super to put a stop to this practice but it turns out he condones it. I asked him to fix this and he said he'd try but I'm not sure he will. There are no trash cans or anything, just trash bags piled up. Is this against any NYC codes? How should I proceed?
posted by Aghast. at 11:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find a replacement for a discontinued Ikea lampshade?

[LampshadeFilter]: I accidentally broke a beloved glass Ikea lampshade and I'd like to find a replacement. I was a klutz this morning and broke this lampshade that holds high sentimental value to its owner. It is a medium-blue glass, mushroom shaped lampshade bought around 2002. Ikea doesn't have a stock discontinued items, and eBay and Googling turn up nothing. Pictures are inside. [more inside]
posted by carabiner at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments


How quickly do other animals react to changes in light, and why are we so slow by comparison? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Planning a blog on planning

I need help coming up with a clever and not-too-obvious name for my new blog on urban planning. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Bloomsday in Berlin?

Are there any English language Bloomsday readings in Berlin? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 10:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Not Particularly Fast, Real Cheap and Under Control

I am looking for a very cheap single-board computer for use in a project. It needs to be small, and have a graphics controller built in. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 10:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for desiccated corpses? Find it on Ebay!

How do Ebay and others do Google ads that put your search term in the ad? [more inside]
posted by Help Me Impeach Bush at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Phoenix to Santa Fe & back on two lanes...

Slightly insane road trip. Phoenix to Santa Fe and back in four days with a wedding in the middle. Route & overnight stop questions. [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Going to Sudan...maybe

Say you wanted to travel up into southern Sudan from northern Uganda - neither place very happy at the moment - sometime in the next year for a journalistic research project. Say you might even want to try going all the way down the Nile to Cairo. How might you go about this? Finding out specific safety issues, red tape/paperwork, etc.
posted by gottabefunky at 9:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Let the Eagle Soar / Like She's Never Soared Before

Who remembers/loves the John Ashcroft hit "Let the Eagle Soar?" Trying to find an mp3 *and* a MIDI (or instrumental version) of the song on the Internet, but every file I've found is scratchy, a poorly-edited cut (it cuts out near "This country's far too young to die" or both. Help!
posted by kenneth at 9:15 AM PST - 3 comments

I am not rational right now, and need advice.

What's the best way to approach our hippie landlord so that he agrees to waive our July rent? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:54 AM PST - 19 comments

English is soooo much fun! Right?

Australian, Indian or Mexican games/activities for children? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

13 hours in Paris

Arriving at Charles de Gaulle at 7:35am, departing from Orly Sud at 8:30pm. Help? [more inside]
posted by icosahedral at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Doctor my eyes.....glaucoma in your early thirties.

After getting a diagnosis of glaucoma (after being suspect for two years), the information I'm finding online is varying from "you're definitely going to go blind" to "it's nothing at all to worry about". I suspect the real answer is somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get donated programming services for non-profit?

Where would I find help developing social-networking software for non-profit that might have other applications outside the non-profit industry. [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Go play Go play

Looking for Go in all the wrong places. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I figure out what to do next with my career?

What do you think about professional career coaches / executive coaches / life coaches? What about other methods of figuring out what you want to do NEXT in your career when you're unsatisfied with what you do NOW? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 8:31 AM PST - 16 comments

How bad are late fees?

My credit card company seems to have recently shrunk the grace period. I have made two late payments (barely late, 2-3 days) as a result. I have paid in full each time, should I be worried about it hurting my credit score? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Following World Cup action on the Crackberry

What's the best way to follow the World Cup live on my Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 7:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Back to Magic the Gathering

Gathering for Magic - So after a few nostalgic talks of days gone by, filled with geekery courtesy of Magic the Gathering, I'd like to put together a casual sealed deck tourney for myself and a few friends, but seeing how I have not played since Ice Age there's [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:56 AM PST - 21 comments

I can no longer waste time with Bloglines

Bloglines isn't showing my feeds anymore! I'm using the most updated version of Firefox, and haven't installed any new extensions, but my "feeds" tab no longer shows any feeds! This started happening last night. It shows the "Add, Edit, Clippings" and the "Extras" down below - but no actual feeds. I double checked in the "Edit" option to make sure my feeds were there. I disabled all my extensions. I updated Java. I even searched MeFi and the painfully slow Bloglines forum, but can't seem to figure out why my feeds are missing all of a sudden. I checked in Internet Explorer, and Bloglines is working - I even checked it on my wife's computer running Firefox, and my feed show up. What could possibly be wrong on my machine that their feed tree doesn't show up on my Firefox?
posted by itchi23 at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Housing in Denver

I'm posting this for a friend who isn't a member: We are planning to relocate to the Denver metro area at the end of June. We would like suggestions on where to look for housing. [more inside]
posted by smich at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find purse- and bag-making supplies online?

Where can I find purse- and bag-making supplies online? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Don't make me turn this tour around, kids!

Cool bars in Chicago near the Auditorium Theatre? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a book that gives a good overview of WWII?

What's a good book (or more) for a general historical overview of World War II? [more inside]
posted by almostcool at 7:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me plan a 5 day get-away

Going from East Coast to Vegas in July for 5 days -- Family not friends. Assuming we spend 2 days in Vegas, what is the best way to spend the remaining three ? [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 7:27 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the difference between a town, city, borough, or township?

What is the difference between a town, city, borough, or township? [more inside]
posted by aurigus at 7:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Resources on Somalians

Good resources - print, online - on the experience of Somali immigrants to the United States? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 7:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Tell me how to walk for weight-loss.

I want to start walking to shed some pounds. Besides getting good shoes and being aware of my surroundings... [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Why aren't people who bomb or plan to bomb abortion clinics considered terrorists?

Why aren't people who bomb or plan to bomb abortion clinics considered terrorists? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 6:42 AM PST - 30 comments

Mid-Atlantic to New England Drive

Friday travel: My usual drive from Shepherdstown, WVa to Cambridge, MA is I-81 to I-84 to the Pike. I have made this in 8 hours (with few stops). This time, I am going from Dulles, VA to Cambridge. What's the better route? [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments


Something I have been thinking about lately: why PRNDL? Why is the selection order on an automatic transmission PRNDL? [more inside]
posted by internal at 6:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Kid in a coma TV show.

Obscure Canadian TV Showfilter: Anyone remember the name of a kids/teens series made in the mid-nineties about a teenage boy who's in a coma? [more inside]
posted by jcruden at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Aftershave suggestions?

Please help me replace my dearly beloved discontinued aftershave. [more inside]
posted by leapfrog at 5:48 AM PST - 20 comments


Can I VPN across a XPHome server? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 5:02 AM PST - 6 comments

The Coolest Path Between Two Points

What is the most interesting method of travelling from Toronto to New Haven, CT? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 4:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Why low platform beds?

Who likes sleeping only 18" off the floor? Why have box springs been eliminated from modern bed design? [more inside]
posted by saffron at 4:28 AM PST - 28 comments

Ipod+Nike=Crazy Confusing

Anyone know how the foot pod works and how reliable it's going to be? I have not come across any technical details about that at all, only the ipod interface.
posted by joshgray at 3:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Layover in Singapore

I will be flying Heathrow-Auckland via Singapore Airlines in late July. En route I will have a layover at Singapore Changi Airport from 14:15 - 21:00. (It's a Sunday.) Is there enough time for me to see anything interesting? If so, what?! [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 2:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Intercom function on BT lines

I'm sure there used to be a code one could dial on UK telephones which would cause the line to ring - thereby achieving intercom functionality? This number was something like *173, but either my memory fails me or it no longer works. Any ideas on the specifics?
posted by dance at 2:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Allergic to everything. Desperately need remedies.

The new girlfriend seems to be highly allergic to everything (pollen, pets, smoke, etc). She hasn't seen an allergist and takes virtually every OTC product already with poor results. Is there some remedy I can entice her with to see an allergist? What else can be done?
posted by donmayo at 2:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Where to stay in Padua

Places to stay in Padua? [more inside]
posted by Touchstone at 2:01 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I find musicians to collaborate with?

How can I find musicians to collaborate with? [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 1:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Car accidents, randomness and fame.

Can you name famous (or notable) people who died in car accidents at the height of their fame? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:34 AM PST - 48 comments

June 13

I'm drunk, not pleased

When you drink, how long does it take to sober up? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 9:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Environmental car choice?

Car question: a choice among Honda Ciivc Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and VW TDI Jetta. Primary concerns (in order of priority): (1) general safety, reliability and maintenance issues, (2) gas mileage, (3) emissions, (4) pimpin' built-in iPod accessories. The car's used 80% in a daily stop-and-go commute (40-60 mins each way) but road trips are certainly in mind too. Opinions, experiences, venting appreciated. [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 8:32 PM PST - 41 comments

My, my, my music hits me...so hard!

How, in the name of all that is good and holy, exactly do I wear a hakama? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find a job when relocating to a new city?

My fiance is returning to school, which means I must relocate (from Virginia) to the new city (Oklahoma City) where I have very few contacts. Are there any tips or tricks for finding a job in a specific location?
posted by boring_prophet at 7:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Where has this Manuel de Falla piece been used?

Can anyone recognize this theme(YSI mp3 extract; 1.2MB) from Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo? I have a strong sense that I've heard it appropriated as(or "inspired") some movie's theme, but the IMDb soundtrack search doesn't throw up anything familiar, credited to de Falla.
posted by daksya at 7:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me understand SVN

Help me understand SVN [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:47 PM PST - 18 comments

My... my hair? But that's my meal ticket! *cries*

I'm losing hair over one of my temples. WTF? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 7:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Best-ever slow-cooker recipes?

What are the most amazing low-fat slow-cooker recipes in the world? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Klaus is insane and kind of a dick

Why does our cat try to cover our heads like litter when we sleep? Does our cat think we're filthy?!? I'm a little insulted... [more inside]
posted by ibeji at 5:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Stickers on tinted windows

I just got a used car that has tinted windows. I'm not sure if they're factory-installed or after-market (is there a way to tell?). Anyway, I'm going to be putting a parking sticker inside on a window. Will the sticker be a problem removing in a year? Will that tear off the film? Thanks.
posted by tommassit at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

County Contiguity

I need a data file describing which US counties border which other US counties. Is it somewhere on the internet? [more inside]
posted by thrako at 5:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Do I need to worry about maggots in my apartment?

Do I need to worry about maggots in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend at 5:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make my new city feel like home?

Six months ago, I moved to a new city (Philadelphia) to pursue a fantastic career opportunity. It has turned out to be everything I wanted from a career. Professionally and financially, things are great. So, why am I so unhappy here? [more inside]
posted by galimatias at 5:13 PM PST - 37 comments

Software to snap file list

What software can produce on disk a list of all files on the hard drive (including hidden and system files) and display the result in a nested hierarchy like Windows Explorer? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Nu Klar!

I want to learn German. By which I mean I want to do anything that will lead, in the long term, to fluency (by which I mean well enough to live a full life in a German speaking country some day). I have absolutely no experience. I am not a "busy professional" who wants to "learn the basics of communication". I'll be taking Introductory German in college next year (I don't know what textbook they'll be using, or I'd buy that). I have a summer free of distraction (except for a 40 hour workweek) and approximately $50 at the moment (though lets say $100 for the purposes of conversation). What should I do?
posted by phrontist at 4:57 PM PST - 27 comments


I'm looking for accredited fencing clubs in London. [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 4:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this hearing loss?

Is there something wrong with my ears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:45 PM PST - 23 comments

What happened in Sacramento?

My co-workers and I are interested in forming a group that explores the cultural history of Sacramento, but we're not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

rolling credit cards?

I've never rolled over a credit card balance before, I don't even have very many credit cards and try to be very good with them. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you read a Russian word for me?

PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Save my blazer!

Laundryfilter: Stain remover stained my favorite blazer? The dry cleaner has failed. Help! [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 3:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I get my old, dead blog on paper?

I had a blog for many years that I let wither on the vine. I no longer have the site, but I *do* have an export of my Movable Type entries. Is there any way to get this printed ? Any companies that will work with a file? Other blogging tools that take MT exports that will produce a printable version ? I'll settle for any solution, from a bound book to straight-up printable pdf.
posted by duckus at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Suspicious activity at the neighbor's house

I suspect my neighbors are drug dealers. Do I have enough evidence to call the cops? Sorry if this has been asked before... [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 2:56 PM PST - 54 comments

Linguistics from 50,000ft.

What are the major unanswered questions in linguistics? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 2:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Green LED info wanted -- pure green, not yellow-green.

Tell me about the development of green LEDs. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 1:26 PM PST - 21 comments

No User Accounts Access

Windows XP: When I Click "User Accounts" nothing happens. [more inside]
posted by sophist at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best dial-up Internet service?

Forced for the summer to access the Internet through dial-up I wonder what the least expensive, least annoying, fastest option. I currently use NetZero which is free (three months which are almost up), fairly fast, but very annoying with video ads and hijacking my preferred browser i.e. making IE my preferred bowser every time I dial-up. I've used AOL in the past but find it very, very annoying. Any recommendations?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get a wireless router to work with dialup

Is it possible to get dialup to work with a wireless router? [more inside]
posted by missed at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Volunteer work from home?

Help me help others from home. [more inside]
posted by moira at 12:10 PM PST - 14 comments

How to rejoin hjsplit files on a Mac?

Files split with hjsplit: is there any way to rejoin them on my Mac, without using Mac Joiner? [more inside]
posted by livii at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Post-Hippie Living in the 21st Century?

Alternative living filter: I am a single woman in my mid-30s, seriously contemplating having a child on my own. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 11:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Proper Invoicing for Sold Photograph?

I recently sold a photograph (of dragonflies copulating, no less) to an Italian publishing house. They asked me to send an invoice and appropriate tax information. This is the first time I've ever sold something like this; can anyone tell me what forms, et cetera I ought to use or make? Thank you!
posted by Coherence Panda at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Get a lazy router to work.

Yet another tech support question: Help me get my router to play nice! [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

"She's a New Yorker, you know. Thinks New Englanders are a species of elves."

I'm going hiking on Cape Cod (around Wellfleet) and am looking for cool places to visit en route to/from Boston. Points for weirdness and local flavor. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 10:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Palm Syncing Woes

My Palm hates my mac. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Best video card for G5 tower?

What is the best video card I can upgrade my G5 tower with? [more inside]
posted by triolus at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

fm radio + ipod = crazy delicious (?)

Is there some gadget that will allow me to listen to FM radio on my iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 10:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Duration of paxil side effects?

So I've been on Paxil for anxiety for a few months and I'm starting to notice... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Clinics in London?

Sexual health clinic options for a tourist in London? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

UTF-8 headaches

Why can't IE display the same characters as charmap, for the same char-set/font combination? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Hyper-caffeinated Shock Coffee

Have you ever tasted hyper-caffeinated Shock coffee? If so, your review?
posted by NYCinephile at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Mini Question

Will a standard baby seat properly (comfortably) fit in the back of a new MINI? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 9:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting Affordable California Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition?

Getting Affordable California Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

safe computer access of bank account

How would you go about accessing, via the web, your bank accounts and bill paying services while away from home and trusted computers for months at a time? Does anyone have experience with Stealth Surfer and Roboform? Have you been able to use usb drives at public library's and/or internet cafes? (Bonus question: how about downloading mp3s at a library or internet cafe?)
posted by flummox at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Al Gore wants me to get new windows

How can I find out how much people are paying for premium windows in my area? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Save my Shirts!

How can I stop the color from disappearing from t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by dseaton at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Best Codec for Youtube Videos?

What is the optimal Quicktime Codec to use when compressing Quicktime movies for You Tube? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

"Papers please!"

Identi-Filter: How bad is it that I'm walking around with an expired driver's license? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 7:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me seperate the settings from the applications

How can I separate the personal files/settings from the "utilities"? I usually install windows and the apps to the C drive and try to keep all the data + configs on D drive. This way I can pretty safely format C without worrying I'll delete important data. I wish to learn how to improve this process. [more inside]
posted by sierra13 at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

"‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”

Fear Of A Brown Planet: I'm looking for songs with a Jingoistic bent, preferably in Country Music. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:36 AM PST - 28 comments

this phone, it rings?

recently purchased a nokia 9300. didn't realize it has no vibrate mode. are there any call alert accessories out there? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Blogging While Politicking

Jerry Brown, Mayor of Oakland, has one. Ray Cox, MN State Representative, has one. Anyone know of other good blogs written by politicians? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

The most expensive line in a movie script

I need some help tracking down the basis for a bit of film lore about the most expensive line from a movie script. [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Cheese Vacation

European vacation with a focus on cheese? [more inside]
posted by MrCheese!!! at 6:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Fingers melting! Why? What'll stop it?

The skin on my fingers is peeling off! Why? What'll stop it? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:56 AM PST - 17 comments

With the transitions how the hell do you do this?

[Google Video] http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7661095487366390191 With the transitions how the hell do you do this? is their some sort of software that can morph pictures?
posted by spinko at 2:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Nostalgia For A Nonexistent Past?

Help me find two toys from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 1:33 AM PST - 10 comments

June 12

Reputable trade-ins for laptops?

Where can I trade-in my used laptop for money, not for a discount on a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 11:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Get Me Thin or Kill Me Trying

I don't need to be thin, or skinny, or even svelte. I'm just sick of being fat. I exercise all the time and my diet is improving every year; it's not good but it's getting better. Here's the thing: I don't care if your advice is bad for my liver or my heart, or anything else, but I need something to kickstart weightloss. [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:13 PM PST - 91 comments

Books about prehistory

What's your favorite book about human prehistory? [more inside]
posted by jgee at 11:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Project Gutenberg Guide?

Are there any guides or reviews to books on Project Guttenberg? With 18,000 books there has to be some hidden gems, but how to find them? I'd also like to find other free book sites.
posted by afu at 9:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a good running shoe store

Running Shoes: Where should I get them and what should I know? Bonus points for Los Angeles running shoe store suggestions, but general advice appreciated. Alternatively, help educate me on what a comfy shoe (of any type) is supposed to feel like. [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 9:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Bear Market Investing

Trying to find an online article about an investment firm that had put together a fund set to have positive returns in a down market [more inside]
posted by ptm at 9:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't I find a sincere man?

I'm 49 yo, Asian woman (my English writing is not very good). I have grown kids and they are on their own. I have a college degree, working for the same company for the last 16 years. Have my own house, above-average looking (I received many compliments about my look), younger looking than my age. I exercise regularly. I'm 5'3" and weight 126 lbs. I try to dress sophisticate most of the time. I'm a little shy, can carry on a conversation with someone, but not at a very deep level. [more inside]
posted by teapot at 9:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Part-time jobs for Mechanical Engineers?

What part time engineering jobs are there for a mechanical engineer just out of school? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 9:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Hypothetically speaking...

Lamisil pills are extremely expensive. Lamisil cream is very reasonably priced. Lamisil cream applied topically does nothing for a fungal toenail infection; one needs to ingest the drug to cure that type of infection. Could someone eat Lamisil cream for the same effect as the pills? What kind of dosage and preparation would be required?
posted by thirteenkiller at 9:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Fix my OralB Sonic Complete Toothbrush!

Help me fix my OralB Sonic Complete toothbrush! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a former athlete deal with depression.

As a former athlete, I am having trouble coping with both the loss of my sport, and in its absence, the associated lack of euphoria. What can I do to feel better without taking anti-depressants? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 9:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Samples, Junior

Are there any comprehensive sites which catalog the original sources of audio later sampled in songs? [more inside]
posted by Danelope at 8:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I just keep applying for credit cards from amex after getting an instant-approval?

So, I applied for an AmEx credit card online, and got instant approval and a 10k limit. On a whim, I decided to apply for another amex credit card immediately after, and got another instant approval for another 10k limit card. Can I keep doing this and apply for more of their credit cards and keep getting instantly approved? Does this sound like a really bad idea to anyone else?... It's so tempting though... [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 8:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Bad 1980's sports movie, anyone?

Yes, it is a 'what was that movie that I can only remember one scene of?' thread...Featuring the 1980's (I think). [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 8:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Diamond Dust Mirror

What can you tell me about diamond dust mirrors and how they were made? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 8:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Re-installed WinXP Won't Show CSS Images

Re-installed Windows XP on my old laptop (Sony PCG-SRX87). Let it run through all the updates. Now neither IE nor Firefox will show CSS background images. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 8:09 PM PST - 2 comments

"So what are you doing now?" "Oh, nothing. How's the shrimp?"

No job, family reunion. How do I deflect the inevitable questions? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 7:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Joy Luck Club band mystery

Has anyone ever heard of a 1997 alternative rock band called Joy Luck or Joy Luck Club? (NOT Joy Division) [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 6:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Putting in the diva cup

Lady Mefites: If you use the keeper of the diva cup, can you give me advice on how to get it in? [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 6:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Easy ways to make life easier

What are some cheap and effective ways to make your life easier? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 6:09 PM PST - 43 comments

My dog doesn't like (queue spooky music) Human Blood...

MacabreFilter : Why doesn't my dog show an interest in my blood? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Where should I sell my hundreds of baseball books?

Where can I most effectively sell a huge quantity of baseball books? I'm moving, and I have to get rid of several hundred [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 5:55 PM PST - 13 comments

gifts for wedding attendants?

I'm getting married next Saturday. I don't know what to get the two women who are standing up with me. We are 30 something women (technically cheating for me). Both quite artsy. I can't (or don't feel competent) buying jewelry or art or books for them (though that's what they like). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by noether at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Credit Counseling - No More Interest- How?

How do I get my debtors to allow me to pay them off on a payment plan and no further interest charges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments

God save the footie

I don't want to hear Brent freaking Musburger call World Cup games. Any way I can hear British commentators calling the games on separate audio while watching on my tv? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 3:51 PM PST - 39 comments

Input PAL video through non-PAL VCR

Is it possible to get a non-PAL VCR plugged into a Mac Mini to show content from a PAL videotape? Or will I need a PAL VCR? [more inside]
posted by destro at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments


I have an application called OEscan.exe which runs intermittently, and hangs my system (XP SP2). Google produces 2 identical questions to mine, but no answers. I have a feeling it's related to SpamCatcher. Can anyone enlighten me?
posted by Neiltupper at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I reconnect my iPod?

How do I get my iPod to work again? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a .wav .mp3 or .midi of the Keystone Cops theme?

Where can I find a free downloadable .wav .mp3 or .midi of the Keystone Cops theme?
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Editing and feedback communities.

Looking for resources and communities that help edit written work and offer feedback. I am looking for assistance with all forms of writing, such as poetry, essays, and short stories. I would of course be willing to offer my own feedback for other people's work. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by Knigel at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Turn my frown upside down

Leonard Bernstein talks about Brian Wilson in the Smile Documentary, does anyone know where to find this footage in its entirety? [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Pet Friendly Pet Food

I am sure that we are way behind the times but, my wife just read about Iams and the alleged animal cruelty which they either actively participate in or overlook in their suppliers / labs. That, of course, prompted a couple of questions. 1) does anyone know the validity of the claims by PETA et. al.? 2) if they are valid claims, what options are out there for us pet owners who want to use healthy, not terribly expensive and readily available food (large dogs in this case)? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 1:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Bringing iTunes files from my Mac HD onto an external HD

iTunesfilter: I have the vast majority of my songs on an external hard drive, but somehow maybe 20 GB of songs have wound up on my Mac HD. I'm hoping to move all the tracks from my Mac HD to the external without having to re-import all my songs or have any broken links to tracks. Hope me, AskMeFi! [more inside]
posted by evadery at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Different cell phone standards around the world

Cell phone standards around the world. Specifically, a map that shows which ones are where, that would be great... [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Help! I'm moving to White Plains

Where (and how) to live in White Plains, NY? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 12:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Watching the World Cup in PDX

PortlandWorldCupFilter: My wife and I are just getting interested in soc...um, football and want to see England's Thursday game... [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Need to get a driver's license...

Where is the closest or cheapest place I can fly to from Toronto, Ontario to take a driving test that, when I come back, the acquired license can be swapped or recognized for a full Ontario driver's license (ie, so I don't have to go thru that graduated crap)?
posted by Manhasset at 12:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Google Calendar to DayRunner printout

I am enjoying using Google Calendar, but I still love my DayRunner. I would really like to be able to print out monthly and/or weekly calendars with the gcal information, but in a 8.5"x5.5" DayRunner format, complete with word wrapping so I can read each event. Here's what I've tried so far: [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 12:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Alternatives to Norton???

Disk Repair tool similar to Norton Disk Doctor for Windows? [more inside]
posted by apark at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I get a clip from the Daily Show?

Looking for permission to use a clip from The Daily Show [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I deposit a check without being there in person?

I'm expecting a check to arrive in in the mail in a couple of weeks. However, this Friday I'm moving to South Korea and won't be back in a year. The check expires in six months. How do I get this check deposited to my bank account?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:45 AM PST - 18 comments

So I've decided to look into moving to Seattle.

So I've decided to look into moving to Seattle. Where should I live with the budget I have? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 11:39 AM PST - 35 comments

car trip pills

Driving from Atlanta to Minnesota over two days and I'm looking for some magic pills which helped me stay alert. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 11:31 AM PST - 24 comments

Ajw mt bdtnsaoh!

Windows XP Language Bar -- is this really as useless as it seems? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

I can't separate the DRM hype from the facts, so I'm appealing to you.

What are the possible DRM consequences of upgrading to Windows Media Player 10 and/or Windows Media Center Edition? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

freeware cdrw software???

I'm looking for freeware cdrw software that will allow me to use cdrw's like they are floppy disk. I know this can be done using roxio etc but I would like to know if any free versions exist. thanks and it will be for a windows xp machine.
posted by antisocialiting at 10:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How to put fans in the seats.

How can I generate fan interest in a minor college sports team? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

WWII book suggestions

Long car trip coming up, I'm asking for book suggestions from others who enjoyed Leo Marks' "Between Silk and Cyanide : A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945". [more inside]
posted by JigSawMan at 9:53 AM PST - 16 comments

happy life or good research?

It's the end of my first year of grad school, and the only professor I am excited about working with is moving to another university...do I go with him? [more inside]
posted by emyd at 9:49 AM PST - 21 comments

How to prep cats for introductions

Four cats, soon to be living together in one house. I'm looking for suggestions as to how to introduce them. Help me help them play nice. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Dreams vs. Reality

Are your dreams better than your waking life? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 8:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Where I can get framed in Toronto?

Can anyone recommend a good framing shop in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Can't Remember My Own Lyrics

I'm starting to gig out for the first time. Problem is I often forget the lyrics, even though I wrote them. Any suggestions for remembering one's own lyrics?
posted by Ironmouth at 8:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Who are the children involved in top-level football pre-match festivities?

Who are the little kids that stand in front of the players at the beginning of football (soccer) matches during the pre-match festivities? [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Two Player Video Games

I'm looking for two-player video games that are suitable for a father & teenage daughter. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 7:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Why does my new computer crash?

Why does my new computer crash? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Cataloging and Authority Records for n00bs

I am an academic reference librarian who has been thrust unceremoniously into a cataloging position. Help me understand what I'm doing! [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

complicated RSS question.

RSS feeds for search/query results in the "careers/open jobs" section of various company websites? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Moving UK to Czech- specific questions

Moving from UK to Continental Europe (Brno, Czech Republic). Tech and money advice greatly appreciated! More inside [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 7:24 AM PST - 6 comments

How to embed a DVD clip into Powerpoint?

How can I put clips of a DVD into Powerpoint? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 7:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Amazing headphone songs?

I'm looking for songs that sound particularly great in headphones. Any recommendations? Any genre is fine.
posted by futility closet at 6:44 AM PST - 52 comments

Remote Camera

Question about remote CAM [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 6:31 AM PST - 0 comments

Is that horse a hobby or an investment?

What do you know about the economics of the Grand Prix horse jumping circuit? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:17 AM PST - 5 comments

play me a tune

For theatre (and other) projects, I sometimes need music that I can't find on CD. Is there a service that lets you email sheet music to a musician, who then a musician records the song and sends it back to you as an mp3? I'm looking instrumental music -- no vocals. Just a piano/keyboard is generally fine. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 5:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Lifelike anatomical model of a flaccid penis?

I'm looking for a lifelike anatomical model of a flaccid penis. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Penis enlargement - why all the radio and TV ads?

What's with the onslaught of penis enlargement ads on radio and the less watched cable channels just lately? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 4:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Liquid vs Powdered Pectin?

Does liquid pectin cause jam to set more slowly? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 4:20 AM PST - 7 comments

A Human Shedding Hair Like a Cat

I'm a male, and have had long hair for about three years now. Right now, it's shoulder-length. However, I seem to shed an awful lot of hair. It breaks and it gets all over, especially on my clothes. What can I do to strengthen my hair and reduce how much I shed, short of cutting it off?
posted by SansPoint at 3:42 AM PST - 15 comments


If you truncate a distribution, how do you figure out the new mean? For example, if you know the average height is 6 foot, how do you figure out the average height of the top 50%, lower 30%, etc? You can make up a standard deviation, it's just an example. Yes, I am dumb.
posted by fucker at 1:55 AM PST - 12 comments

How to Backup my Powerbook to DVDs

I have a Powerbook with a CD burner and I have access to an iMac with a Superdrive. I'd like to backup my disk (or at least my user folder) to DVD-Rs. One catch: I can't install any software on the iMac. [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 1:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Laptop for a child

Portable computer for a child: I'm trying to find out if anyone is currently manufacturing a robust and light portable computer for a seven year old to use at school. [more inside]
posted by jb at 1:17 AM PST - 15 comments

cheap omega-3 from fish filter

I've decided that I'd like to get more omega-3 fatty acids from fish in my diet, and I'm wondering what the most cost effective way to get it is. [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 12:22 AM PST - 12 comments

June 11

Huh? Wha? Adult ADD Meds

Need some anecdotes/advice about meds for adult ADD. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 11:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Citation/article database for OS X?

Where can I find a citation database for OS X (and am I using the right term)? [more inside]
posted by kurumi at 11:04 PM PST - 13 comments


Will appearing in court for a driving ticket help me any? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 10:56 PM PST - 25 comments

pcmcia usb card- it don't work

My PCMCIA USB card is crap [more inside]
posted by MrC at 10:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I beware of Nair?

I'm considering removing all my body hair. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 10:29 PM PST - 22 comments

My hand, she hurts...

How can I keep my picking hand from cramping up when I play guitar? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 10:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for advice on how to torment Sims

A few years ago I found an entertaining article online, where the author described playing Sims 2 to make life as difficult as possible for his main character. I seem to remember that he made the character colossally ugly, and that he made the house into a maze of twist little passages, all alike. I can't seem to find the article on the basis of these clues, though; does anyone remember this better than I do?
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Selling Python at Work?

I work in a highly regulated industry (big pharma.) I would like to use Python to write backup routines and other simple things. My boss wants me to use C#. What is the best way to sell a new technology? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed at 9:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me make a flip-flop charm entirely out of beads!

My mother received a cute flip-flop beadwork craft as a gift and will give me a whole dollar (ooh, ahh) if I found out how to make it or found instructions that make sense. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 9:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Unicorns, faeries, non-Chinese cordless phones?

Do you know of a decent cordless phone that isn't made in China?
posted by melvix at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Show a veteran Myrtle Beach goer a good time.

Fun suggestions for the Greater Myrtle Beach area. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 8:16 PM PST - 3 comments

How to establish rules for a newly broken-up couple living together.

Break-upFilter: What are the rules for interaction between a newly-separated duo who still plan living together for now, and is there a way to make things less awkward? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 7:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Please share your roofing advice.

Questions and advice about replacing a roof. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Appledore Island? Ever heard of it? Know where to get a tshirt?

So, the lady friend once spent some time doing research on Appledore Island. The tshirt she got when she was there is in need of replacement. Any idea where/how to get an Appledore Island tshirt? I found the group that manages the island but there's no link to buy stuff... Any thoughts?
posted by inigo2 at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

easy way to restore mbr in winXP after removing linux partition?

I was using GRUB to dual boot a linux partition and a winXP partition. I set this up ages ago and recently needed to remove the linux partition. I used Partition magic because I was feeling lazy. Now when I boot I get some grub error. I can boot using a morphix liveCD and selecting "boot from first partition" or whatever it actually says. WinXP doesn't have fdisk so I can't fdisk /MBR, and I'm not familiar enough with diskpart to want to mess around. Although I feel like an idiot for asking this question, what simple and probably obvious command will restore the MBR to it's pre-grub state? Thanks.
posted by Grod at 5:49 PM PST - 8 comments

restricting url access on public kiosk

If you were setting up a public kiosk and wanted to limit Firefox's access to five different URLs, how would you do it? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 5:34 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some decent latin nightlife spots in Philadelphia, PA?

What are some decent latin nightlife spots in Philadelphia, PA? Currently I am aware of Brazils Nightclub and Cafe Havana.
posted by hcastro at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some best practices and tips for editing Flash files that I didn't create?

What are some best practices and tips for editing Flash files that I didn't create? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Any free or cheap online contact managment software for business?

Does anyone know of any good free or cheap online contact management software? I would like to keep track of when i have talked to a certain contact and possibly as Rss feed or email reminder system to remind me to follow up with contacts.
posted by Bjkokenos at 4:04 PM PST - 3 comments

How To Stay In The USA?

Can someone refer me to an immigration lawyer in CA? I'm trying to find out if applying for a Green Card is the only way to go about trying to secure permanent residency in the US. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Lingerie for the Big-of-Boob

Where can I find honeymoon-worthy lingerie for the big-of-boob? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Baby Shower etiquette for men/dummies

If my wife hosts a baby shower, fairly large (30+ people) for her friend (with all the expense, labour and effort that requires) would she still be expected to give a present to her friend on top of this?
posted by iTristan at 2:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Big belly blues

OddBellyFilter: Is it weight, an allergy or just the way I was made? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 2:37 PM PST - 11 comments


How do I keep cat fuzz from balling up into lintballs on all my laundry? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Problem downloading large files

I need help figuring out how to fix my home network. [more inside]
posted by Riemann at 2:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me send to a new folder via right-click in XP

I want "send to a new folder" to be on my "send to" right-click menu (XP) [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Legitimate Work From Home

Are there any work from home, (data entry) part time jobs out there I can do?....Or are they all scams? [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

PHP - same trivial code behaving differently in two places

Short piece of PHP code - all it does is set a variable and POST it back to the same PHP code - that works when executed on my hosted web site, but doesn't work when executed on my local machine running XAMPP. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 12:48 PM PST - 22 comments

What does 'Terror' mean?

Is the definition of 'terror' as 'Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes' a recent development, or a regional variation? [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 12:33 PM PST - 21 comments

saying goodbye to my IBM PCjr

I have an old IBM PCjr 4860 that once upon a time we added a jrCaptain Tecmar extension piece onto it so we could attach a printer. I have three questions. I want to get rid of this beast but I want to print everything off the disks (I was quite the prolific writer as a kid). Unfortunately we lost the jrCaptain power transformer and cable (power supply) for this extension piece so we think that's why every time we turn on the printer it stops the computer from doing anything (no keyboard, no running of whatever it was running) and then upon turning off the printer it suddenly is back to normal. Where can I get my hands on that power supply or what could I use in it's place that wouldn't kill the extension. (voltage?) Second question: what about a way to transfer the big floppies onto a modern storage device? What are the options out there? Anything I can do at home? Any places that do this for you? Third question: what do I do with an old IBM PCjr when I want to toss it? [more inside]
posted by toftk at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Another soccer/football question

I've played soccer my whole life, compared to my European brethren I know very little about the sport (and its stars). Anyone know a good book about soccer/football that will allow me to speak with authority when someone references Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer, or even Cisse or Ronaldinho?

Also, if you've been watching the World Cup, you've probably seen this great commercial (different from the question below). Does anyone know what the song is?
posted by Cochise at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

NameThatTuneFilter: Song in this Adidas Ad?

I found this adidas ad over at YouTube (It's the one with the shoes running all over town).. The song is super catchy.. (and the ad isn't half bad either).. Can anyone tell me what the song is?
posted by dennis at 10:41 AM PST - 3 comments

How safe or unsafe are online photos?

Is it safe to post pictures online? Should I worry that they might be taken the wrong way or seen by the wrong person? [more inside]
posted by golden_lady at 9:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Songs about 'home' and 'soul.'

I'm doing a presentation soon, and I need some ideas of popular songs that relate to home, coming home, the journey home, and soul (either "the soul" or just soul itself in title/lyrics). The songs need to be quasi-knowledgable to a large audience of a large age/culture range. Thanks in advance!
posted by moonbird at 9:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Yes, I just got a Nintendo DS Lite

You know how when you buy a new phone/laptop/mp3 player, the instructions always say to charge the batter fully before using it? Does that mean I shouldn't use it while it's charging? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't deserve my husband.

We've been together for a little more than ten years. He's an all around nice level-headed guy and we share many interests. He's very handsome and I am attracted to him still. However, I've cheated on him a couple of times since we've been together. No sex. But recently, the invitation was offered...by me. The invitation was declined - good thing but of course I badly wanted it to happen as the chemistry was intense. It was purely lust in both incidences but neither led to sex. I am wondering why I got married in the first place. I do care for my husband very much and enjoy spending time with him. We go out together, we do day trips, etc. Sex is good but not great. I have tried communicating this with him many times but nothing really changes. Either way, I still love him immensely and love being with him so I'm not sure why I let myself do these things. Naturally, I don't trust myself... After the first time, I tried to work on my "hormones" by focusing only on him but now, I find myself back in the same spot. Should I let him go so he can find someone better (we're both in our mid-30s) or try to change...
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 39 comments

How can I communicate better with my post-Soviet girlfriend?

I am 23 years old and have been with my girlfriend, who is from the former Soviet Union, for almost four years now. We often have drastic and painful arguments that result from socio-cultural and religious differences. Is this a common problem or experience for those in similar relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 37 comments

Crush on guy at work

So there's this guy at work that I'm getting a crush on... [more inside]
posted by speranza at 8:05 AM PST - 24 comments

Help us date a mystery picture and potentially identify its subject

We dropped a photo on the floor, and the frame broke. Out fell two pictures: the one we knew about, and this one which was behind the original: [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

How to print fonts correctly with Firefox under Linux?

How can I print fonts correctly with Firefox under Linux? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 5:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I'm lying on the grass staring at the summer stars. I see a star that's moving slowly but steadily - if I stretch my hand right out in front, it crosses my palm in about 30 seconds. Using only common-sense, how can I work out what it is? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 3:39 AM PST - 13 comments

This is not a love song this is not a love song

Help me find upbeat, melancholy free songs about love. There's [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 2:08 AM PST - 36 comments

Used Dreamcast games in Houston, Texas?

Is there a used games store in Houston, Texas that still deals in Dreamcast stuff? (also, am I killing my Dreamcast?) [more inside]
posted by raygan at 12:15 AM PST - 9 comments

June 10

Safe walking in SF at midnight?

Is it safe to walk from Great American Music Hall (SF) to BART after a show? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 9:09 PM PST - 15 comments

The search for dual-layer discs

Is there some reason that dual-layer DVD-Rs are hard to find? I can't find them at my tiny city's Office Depot and (rolling eyes) Wal-Mart, and I'm not sure whether this is just a fluke or if big box retailers simply don't carry them.
posted by hodyoaten at 8:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Notebook repeatedly restarts after a second or two.

My notebook repeatedly restarts after a second or two. Anything I can do before next week's repair, if possible, to save some cash? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 10 comments

My boyfriend hurt his knee badly, starts new job Monday. Help bring swelling down!

My boyfriend hurt his knee badly, starts new job Monday. Help bring swelling down! [more inside]
posted by sandrapbrady at 6:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Come on baby light my "M"

Keeping with the fine, fine tradition of querying the hive mind to build a better indie theater, I'm wondering if any mefites might be able to help me build a giant, glowing, red letter "M." [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 6:08 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Get A Poker Table Reserved at a Casino?

GamblingFilter: How does a person reserve a poker room at a casino not in Atlantic City or Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 5:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Manufactured criminality

Is online gambling legal in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Marla Singer at 5:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Was this a near miss?

A plane I was on seemed to have a very close encounter with another plane. Is it possible to find reports of 'near miss' incidents online? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 4:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Websites that display user-entered text.

Would like to see examples of web applications that display user-entered text in a chosen font. In other words, I choose a font from a menu, enter text in a field, click submit...my text is displayed in the font I chose.
posted by davebush at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How to rescue the data off a hard drive when the usual means don't work?

How to rescue the data off a hard drive when the usual means don't work? Tried several previously-recommended recovery programs and am currently running a LiveCD, but none of it works. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by duende at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Scooting to Caltrain?

How viable is scooting to Caltrain? [more inside]
posted by natan at 4:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Ever wonder where the sun is?

June 21st, the day of the summer solstice is the longest day of the year. Where in the central time zone, (or any time zone for that matter) is the sun directly over head at exactly midday? [more inside]
posted by ok at 4:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there more to do in Hiroshima or Nagasaki?

Three Americans heading to Japan and want to visit one of the atomic bomb sites. Which city, Hiroshima or Nagasaki, has more to do in addition to peace-museum and bomb-site related things? [more inside]
posted by GaelFC at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to start a meaningful, interesting conversation?

How can I get friends and strangers to have a meaningful, intelligent conversation about something deeper than music or cars? Specifically what are some good thought provoking questions or topics to bring up that the average person could discuss? [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 3:44 PM PST - 21 comments


How to be more outgoing and social? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Snap Crackle and even some pop on Sky+

UK Sky Digital question. I've got Sky+, and increasingly the sound is very poor, static is the best description, with some crackles & loud pops'. Any ideas?
posted by lloyder at 3:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Dress Like I'm Hip and Emo

I'm looking for a bunch of really hip and (sorry I have to use this word) indie clothes and apparel stores that have a web presence. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I develop film from a disposable camera that I suspect contains a lewd picture?

How do I develop film from a disposable camera that I suspect contains a lewd picture? [more inside]
posted by Pacheco at 2:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Give my baby some light!

Sources for baby-ish lighting? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Chemical Equation for Syphilis

I found this chemical equation on the wall of a men's room in a bar last night. What is it? More importantly, why would someone write it above a urinal at a bar?
posted by nomad at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Pit roasted beef

Does anyone have a good method for cooking a largish (10lbs) beef roast in a pit of coals? [more inside]
posted by Tenuki at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

New Playboys: As good as these old Playboys?

I just found a big box of old Playboys that cover dates from the mid sixties to the early eighties. I got to reading them (clothed) and you know what? Everything I've ever heard about how good the articles are is true! I'm sure they still have hot babes, what I'm asking is are they still writing these great, edgy articles about culture and politics, or are they basically FHM now? I mean these magazines have articles from everyone from Andy Warhol to P.G Wodehouse for chrissakes. [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 12:40 PM PST - 15 comments

First date advice for a

First date: I'm going to call the nice young lady I met during jury duty and I have a couple dating questions. I like to think I'm nice but I'm not flirtatious or otherwise outgoing. I think I'll come across as uninterested on the date (and I'm afraid that I already have in our previous contact). [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 12:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Why do soccer players seem to have such low pain tolerance?

Why do soccer players seem to have such low pain tolerance? Not trying to insult the game or players, but it seems they roll around like they've been shot any time they fall. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 11:32 AM PST - 91 comments

Great Governments?

What countries have great governments? You know, little corruption, little oppression, little government waste, safe streets, good education, good foreign relations etc.. No this is not a dig against [insert your government here].
posted by parallax7d at 11:13 AM PST - 54 comments

For the last time, I'm not going to buy a @#$@ing SUV!

Cars and car seats: I have a 2-door 2005 Ford Focus ZX3. The baby is coming in six months. Should I plan on buying a new car? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 11:09 AM PST - 15 comments

How do search engines react when you change a 301 redirect?

How do search engines react when you change a 301 redirect? [more inside]
posted by HAMFIST at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Wordpress plugin for voting on posts

I am looking for a plugin that lets users vote (+ and -, or just +) for a post. Simple Vote seems perfect, but it doesn't look like it will be released anytime soon. Thanks.
posted by magwich at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

What is that floating stuff during a World Cup match?

World Cup 2006... any idea what that floating stuff is in the stadium during the Sweden vs. Trinidad and Tobago match right now? They look like large out of focus white things.
posted by bobo123 at 10:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How to ask out a co-worker who I rarely interact with?

Cute girl at the office. How to ask her out? We've spoken at lunch once, but she joined only once over multiple months, and we very rarely get a chance to interact. Plus there's no opportunity for a hint of privacy to speak with her. [more inside]
posted by umlaut at 10:00 AM PST - 25 comments

social filtering software

Diggfilter: I see a lot of digg-like sites out there, and I'm assuming there must be some Open Source software to implement a digg-style social filtering site. What's out there and what's good?
posted by delmoi at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I learn to tie a necktie better?

How can I learn to tie a necktie better? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 8:52 AM PST - 18 comments

What are the BEST deal sites?

What are the best sites on the Internet that guide you to finding the best prices on a wide range of consumer items? I want to do comparison shopping, by locating the biggest selection from reputable stores (sites), compare product features, prices, possibly read reviews, but that's not a must, to get the best deals, period. In the past, I’ve used: BizRate, PriceGrabber, Shopping.com, and Froogle (Google). I know there must be more, or better sites out there, so what are they and let me know your experiences – pro & con.
posted by thebarron at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I use a different voltage transformer?

I lost my camera's battery charger transformer on a trip. Can't find one anywhere cheaply. Can I use another voltage? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments


PoliticsFilter: Help me (a moderate liberal) find ways to be comfortable in a social circle dominated by apathy and ultraconservativism. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:48 AM PST - 29 comments

this is what I get for not using bittorent...

DVD drive problem, Specifically with Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion... [more inside]
posted by Cyrano at 7:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Water, water everywhere...

I once saw a projection lamp that projected a scene of water as it would appear cascading down a flat pane of glass, on the ceiling. Help me find what I was looking at! [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 7:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Twonkyvision anyone?

Is anyone familar with the Twonky Vision server, if so, is it possible to run lastfm through it and if you have done it can you tell me how you did it? [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User at 4:56 AM PST - 2 comments

I may not be able to read your reply, but thanks.

My 17" Dell LCD monitor is erratically flashing on and off: possible reasons and solutions? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 4:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommendations as too which laptop i should get as a replacement for my current desktop

I need recommendations as too which laptop i should get as a replacement for my current desktop. For a web developer, mostly coding and doing a little graphic work. [more inside]
posted by toocan at 4:09 AM PST - 15 comments

June 9

Looking for an old game for the Mac

Looking for an old Apple Macintosh videogame [more inside]
posted by jonson at 11:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Get Dishnetwork working with TIVO?

Tivo and Dish Network...why won't they play nicely? [more inside]
posted by legotech at 11:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Stolen Purse

Is there anything else that I can do about my gf's stolen purse? [more inside]
posted by geonags at 10:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find an interesting comic about the legal rights of pot smokers.

Some time ago I remember seeing a cool cartoon online that explained legal rights in a funny and interesting way. I've googled and googled, but can't seem to uncover them. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 10:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Fire! Fire! Heh huh huh. Fire!

Help me use my wood-burning stove! [more inside]
posted by frogan at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I deal with an painful pubic bone?

[PregnancyFilter] My pubic bone really, really hurts! [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Urban Hiker, where have you hiked to now?

What happened to "Urban Hiker" magazine in the triangle region of NC? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments


My daughter wants to decorate a sphere in a football pattern. How do we determine the correct side length for the pentagons and hexagons, given a sphere of diameter n?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 6:57 PM PST - 11 comments

I don't like who I've become...

I am a horribly controlling, manipulative, and selfish person... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 6:49 PM PST - 26 comments

Insect eggs?

Please help me identify these insect (or arachnid) eggs. They appear in patches on the exterior of my house, and also in some indoor cabinets. [more inside]
posted by markmillard at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get into my corset!

help lace me up...into a corset! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink at 5:55 PM PST - 12 comments

I snooped, he cheated. Now what?

My boyfriend cheated on me. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 88 comments

How much physical abuse can "Wal-Mart Cops" legally dish during a detainment for suspected shoplifting?

How much physical abuse can "Wal-Mart Cops" legally dish during a detainment for suspected shoplifting? Can cops seize a car for being used in a crime when no charges are ever filed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 44 comments

Parents are relocating to Portland...

Need input from Portlanders (Oregon) on city dwelling... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 5:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Working in the Sydney CBD (Australia) and wondering where I should live?

Working in the Sydney CBD (Australia) and wondering where I should live? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 5:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Why do people get married?

I've got two reasons for asking this: 1) to try to get some sociological insight and 2) for my own selfish purposes. [more inside]
posted by 1fish2fish at 5:14 PM PST - 44 comments

Hitchhiking - what happened?

Hitchhiking - what happened? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 4:57 PM PST - 45 comments

Lebanese music, 1958

What music was popular in Lebanon in 1958? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:56 PM PST - 11 comments

with my mind on my money and my money on my mind

LongBeachFilter: With so much drama in the LBC, I'm looking for travel plans for my son and me But i, somehow, some way Gotta find something to do with him next Wednesday [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Deleted photo crisis

I accidentally deleted, in-camera, an important and unrepeatable picture. It was written to a sony memory stick pro in a sony cybershot dsc-p150 camera. Any way to retrieve it?
posted by londongeezer at 2:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Putting my eggs in one basket?

Should I get another credit card? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 2:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Who runs errands in Springfield, IL?

Courier Service in Springfield, IL? Or really, a sort of personal errand? I'm in Slovenia. I need an apostille for a certified birth certificate here by Friday the 23rd. [more inside]
posted by cactus at 2:37 PM PST - 1 comment

How to seperate Important vs. Urgent

Over and over again I am being told I need to distinguish between the important vs. the urgent. But nobody gives you any specific strategies on just how to go about doing that. In the morning everything looks urgent and everything looks important. I'm being told that tasks like: Balance the checkbook - Change the oil - Return the overdue library book - Making collection calls, etc. are all unimportant tasks and should be pushed aside for the Important tasks, like: Researching that new business idea, developing my subordinates, personal development. Yet when ever I spend time with the important tasks, the unimportant task terrorize my mental energy and sap any enthusiasm I have for engaging in important tasks. I often give to the impulse to get at some urgent but not important tasks and piss away another day. Only to get up and repeat the process the very next day. I'd be interested in hearing about strategies, systems or products that you use to break yourself out of this loop.
posted by garyfugere at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

The Greatest Underwears Ever?

Guys: Please name for me your favorite brand of skivvies. [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:24 PM PST - 33 comments

Better regions for asthma?

Comparing regions for asthma sufferers? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 2:23 PM PST - 9 comments

identify the last kiss teaser trailer music

can anyone identify the last kiss teaser (zach braff) music, thanks, yall rock
posted by kewlio at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Laptop locks lacking

Two coworkers of mine just had their personal laptops stolen. They were both locked using Kensington-type cable locks. Whose gonna pay for this? [more inside]
posted by istewart at 2:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help this tenant evict a bum house-mate.

For the past ~3-4 years, I've been a caretaker for a seventy-seven-year-old (hellishly irritable) diabetic and his invalid wife. Despite some friction when I first arrived, I've grown to love them - especially the old man - almost as much as if they were my own parents. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 2:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Investment tracking web sites

What are some good (preferably free) web sites that offer tracking for stocks, bonds, mutual funds etc. and don’t require you to have investments with them (like a brokerage firm).
posted by jabo at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Crimebusters alert

I was interested in how I could find information about a crime that supposedly occurred in London or Cambridge in 1993. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

OS X on non Apple hardware viable?

Is it viable to use OS X on non Ap