June 2007 Archives

June 30

I don't want to start from scratch!

After I installed a new hard drive on my laptop my DVD burner/player no longer works, but plays and burns CDs just fine. [more inside]
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me decide which computer to buy.

I need your help to decide which computer to buy - Macbook Pro 15" or the Dell Dimension XPS 1330. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 10:29 PM PST - 46 comments

How to secure my computer for guests?

Is there a method/program for limiting a guest's access to my computer to -only- a web browser (no start menu, programs, file directories, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me sell my wedding dress.

Is there anywhere in the Inland Empire area or in Los Angeles that buys secondhand wedding dresses? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 8:45 PM PST - 1 comment

I broke down on PowerPoint, don't make me use Outlook

Do I really need to use Outlook if I buy an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:35 PM PST - 9 comments

I lost out before, but don't want to this time

I applied for a job a couple of years, and didn't get it. I just saw another posting for the same job. How can I get it this time? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:11 PM PST - 8 comments

"Skinny jeans" on 40-year-old

Do "skinny jeans" look silly on a 40+ year-old? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB at 6:56 PM PST - 43 comments

How do I keep books with a cracked spine from worsening?

I have quite a few books that I bought used that have cracked spines. They're not to the point where I need to rebind them, but I'd like to do everything I can do to keep them from reaching that point. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JoshTeeters at 6:11 PM PST - 18 comments


Khaki pants— $50 or less solution to fix girlfriend's khaki pants. Went through laundry with detergent on top; got orangish bleach stains. Dye? Some sort of hot soak with other khakis?
posted by klangklangston at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

You deserve a buck today! Twelve Pointer Steakhouse! Thank you, drive thru!

Why is there no such thing in the US as a successful national fast food franchise for venison? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind at 5:58 PM PST - 41 comments

Best Mac screensavers

Best (free/cheap) Mac screensavers? No Electric Sheep. [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 5:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Should I resist the bug juice?

Can I do what I want next summer (namely, be a summer camp counselor) and not kill my options for the future (namely, going to grad school)? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 4:59 PM PST - 18 comments

My sinuses are trying to kill me.

I've had sinus pain for about 11 days now, and I've tried about everything (details below). Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 4:46 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get time with dad back from WoW?

What should I do about my dad's WoW addiction? [more inside]
posted by jkoby at 4:45 PM PST - 26 comments

SO my laptop was stolen

SO my laptop was stolen... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone experienced post-ejaculatory pain?

Does anyone else experience or know anything about post-ejaculatory pain in the testicles? My (first opinion) doctor is stumped. (Hint: It's not blue balls and I'm also infertile) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a web design firm in NYC

I'm looking for a sleek web design company in New York City. [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Alternative to Windows Explorer

I'm looking for an alternative to Windows Explorer. Specifically, I would like there to be 2 trees, and 2 related panes, either in a horizontal or vertical arrangement. [more inside]
posted by russmail at 12:34 PM PST - 15 comments

where's a dog to beach

I live in brooklyn, have a dog and i want to bring him to an (ocean) beach [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 12:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me get an iPhone!

How's AT&T/Cingular reception in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by raf at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Removing stains from floor.

Any 'real' success stories with getting water/mildew stains out of an oak hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Tell me about the downside of drinking directly from a camels hump

People drank from a rumen. Although no-one died, is it really okay? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 11:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for weird old shit in NYC.

If one were looking for random army/navy surplus stuff in NYC, where might one find it? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Drug arrest and release- what's next?

My female friend's car was pulled over yesterday, and marijuana was found. They released her with some conditions. She is getting a lawyer, but we are wondering if what occurred is common, and where she should go from here. [more inside]
posted by zoey08 at 10:28 AM PST - 41 comments

iTunes bug or "feature"?

"Simple" iTunes question -- why do some covers get grouped together and others do not? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I murder my fridge in a way that rules out foul play?

How can I murder my fridge in a way that rules out foul play? [more inside]
posted by crawfishpopsicle at 9:06 AM PST - 35 comments

Invisible slugs in my house

I keep finding slug trails in the house, but I can't find the slugs. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 8:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Fear The Pill.

Could birth control cause a phobia to rear its ugly head? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Surround Sound Movies?

Can you recommend some good movies to watch that will utilize my surround sound, but won't put me to sleep? [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 8:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Amazon oops!

Help me with my Amazon refund snafu! [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to be a Pepper, but caffeine gives me headaches

I want to be a Pepper, but caffeine gives me headaches. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 6:58 AM PST - 18 comments

What does the Diet of Worms Card say?

Wargame filter: I am starting a game of Here I Stand (by GMT) in a little over an hour, and I have lost an important card! Can anyone who owns the game post me the text? [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 6:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Great venues for live, local rock bands in London

I'm going to London for the first time in years for the week of July 8-15. What are some good venues for seeing good, local bands? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Bad Memory

Did I buy faulty memory? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 5:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Copyrights on web & software projects

Who owns the copyrights to a web / software project that we develop for a client? How much should we charge for exclusivity, ie serving only that ONE client in the market? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 1:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Why won’t my basic KML file show a map of Japan?

I recently bought “Google Maps Applications with PHP and AJAX” and am already having a problem with the first chapter. Going over KML files and how they can be used to mark certain areas on a Google Map, the book gives an example of multiple points in Toronto. I followed the same example to try and mark a point in Yokosuka, Japan. When I view the Toronto example, it works fine. When I try my Yokosuka example, it just displays a point marker on a blank grey background; the map never loads. [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 12:14 AM PST - 6 comments

ipod attacks human

The dock for my second-generation ipod shuffle was on the floor next to my bed and I stepped on it this morning. Oh my god, the pain... [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 12:00 AM PST - 14 comments

June 29

She's sleeping while I piss my pants

Just a few hours ago we learned that my SO of 7 years has a brain aneurysm. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 10:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Bleeding heart tired of the blood...

Help me trust my gut instinct, and not feel bad about using stereotypes, in regards to teaching to pretty much life in general. [more inside]
posted by every_one_needs_a_hug_sometimes at 10:26 PM PST - 21 comments

ExcelFilter: How do I display the sum within that column without resulting in a "circular reference" error?

ExcelFilter: How do I display the sum within that column without resulting in a "circular reference" error? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments

i just got a nokia n95 phone. what kinda cool stuff can i do with it?

i just got a nokia n95 phone. what kinda cool stuff can i do with it? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 9:57 PM PST - 3 comments

How will I ever get my fitness back after two years of major respiratory problems?

Can I rebuild my lung capacity? And how? In the past two years, I have gone from being a high-level aerobic athlete - one to three hours daily of bike riding or running - to doing almost nothing. The reason? Respiratory problems. It started with asthma, went on to sinus infections, then two cases of pneumonia. I've had two sinus surgeries in the past six months. The good news is I am feeling better. The bad news is that my wind is shot... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 9:23 PM PST - 10 comments

How many is a few?

How many is a few? Ms. 71 thinks it to be three exactly. I disagree and think the term is relative.
posted by josher71 at 9:18 PM PST - 73 comments

What is "light activity", exactly?

My OB has put me on "light activity" due to IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) and a shortened ("funneling") cervix. He specifically said: No strenuous activity. No heavy lifting. I can go places as long as I drive and do not walk. I should stay off my feet as much as possible, and sit with my feet up. I should not take walks. He says this is "almost bedrest, but not quite". This all seemed self-explanatory when I was at the office, but now I'm not exactly sure what I need to be doing. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Want to order Del Monte Red Grapefruit

Where can I order Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit by the case and maybe get a discount? (http://www.delmonte.com/Products/FruitItem.asp?id=54) I usually buy a few of these from the grocery store but they are only 8oz each and cost so much. But I love this fruit and it's so easy for me to take to work for a healthy breakfast or snack.
posted by sandra194 at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out if I blew it with my new guy.

Help me figure out if I blew it with my new guy, or if there's hope, and if there's anything I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by messiejessie at 8:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Who's Avril Lavigne meets Panic at the Disco?

What did we hear at the record store? It was like Avril Lavigne meets Panic at the Disco.. but it was neither. [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 8:07 PM PST - 14 comments

please help my pregnant wife with her bronchitis

please, help my pregnant wife with her bronchitis [more inside]
posted by starr226 at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

What's with my earlobe?

For several years I've had this small lump in my right earlobe. It's firm, but not hard, and it doesn't hurt or anything. I'm just stumped as to what it might be. Any ideas?
posted by fishmasta at 7:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Where do random friend requests on Facebook come from, and why?

Why do I get so many friend requests from people I don't know on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by bijou at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Make MAME easy for me.

What's the easiest to use, slickest, best looking MAME for Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I get him back?

Very touchy situation with my ex almost but not quite boyfriend. Any and all insight appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 24 comments

mixing it up

Does Triple-Sec alcohol need to be chilled? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

What are your experiences with tigerdirect.ca?

Any Canadians tried tigerdirect.ca? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 5:48 PM PST - 22 comments

You oughta be, um, near pictures?

My boyfriend loves movies, but doesn't want to make them. What careers should he investigate? [more inside]
posted by doift at 5:34 PM PST - 15 comments

What's with my eye?

What's up with my eye? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Was Warren the Something About Mary?

Does anyone have any input on the dating prospects, histories, etc. of an only sibling of a mentally retarded person? [more inside]
posted by smallstatic at 5:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Dead or just mostly dead?

My external drive has gone pfft. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 5:05 PM PST - 2 comments

VA benefits for dependents?

Some co-workers of mine are Vietnam era veterans. Most of them have sent their kids to really great universities and colleges using their VA benefits. My Dad's a Vietnam vet, and I worked a bunch of jobs just to afford a car and junior college. Did I get screwed? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:02 PM PST - 24 comments

What is a good (free or low-cost) program to mine text from large numbers of patents?

What is a good (free or low-cost) program to mine text from large numbers of patents? [more inside]
posted by underdetermined at 4:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Who do you go to for PC help?

Who do you go to for PC help? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 4:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my cat sniff my eye?

My cat loves to smell my eye. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Origin of "we are all [blank] now"

What is the origin of the phrase "we are all [blank] now"? The earliest 'famous' usage I'm aware of is Nixon's "we are all Keynesians now," but I don't know if that was really where it started.
posted by Urban Hermit at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Orange County Electric Guitar Repair?

Who in Orange County, California, should I take my electric guitars to for repairs & maintenance? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How can we make more money and stay happy?

Interesting profit-sharing schemes or payment incentives for programmers? What can my boss give me to make me work more efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Post-it Goat at 3:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it wise to take Pantocip for Protonix?

Is it wise to take Pantocip, an Indian "generic" proton-pump inhibitor, instead of Protonix? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Preventing a basketball from going over my fence.

How can I prevent a basketball from going over my fence and into my neighbor's yard? [more inside]
posted by creative at 3:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How to play piano again

Trouble with sound module - I just want to play piano! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I include a link to driving directions in an embedded Google Map?

What is the best way to embed a Google Map of a business's location, including a link to driving directions? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

I think I am going to pay alimony -- what am I getting myself into?

DivorceFilter: Am I being too nice to my soon-to-be ex? What do you make of this situation? [more inside]
posted by calhound at 2:46 PM PST - 56 comments

Help! Must I get to the dentist NOW?

I have an inflammation in my gum plus what looks like popcorn sort of stuck inside... [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 2:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I get free and specialized counseling to segue into more general therapy?

I need/want to talk to a counselor or therapist soon about a multitude of things. My insurance doesn't really cover therapy and I have one option for getting free counseling, but it would be somewhat "specialized" and not answer all of my questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

donor database programs for non-profits?

My non-profit needs a better method of tracking our donors, what database programs are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I being paranoid or is this a common glitch?

Uh... I'm a mac user, on adium. When I log into gmail via browser, the chat option within the browser doesn't work. So besides the fact that someone else might be in my email account, is there any reason I'd see myself pop up in the gtalk list of my Adium account? I've used adium for a long time and this is the first time this has happened. I have never given my password away to anyone, and just want to see whether this anomoly has happened to anyone else, or advice as to how I might look into this.
posted by margaretlam at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Poking my iMac in the eye, AKA disabling the internal monitor.

I thought I was a Mac geek, but I'm beginning to think I'm not. Can one take an Intel iMac, plug in an external monitor and TOTALLY DISABLE the internal screen? I'm beginning to think it's not possible.
posted by clango at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

My main PC stopped browsing the internet, but can ping IP and Adress.

[Networking filter] 2 PC's, Router on ADSL: PC 1: Cannot browse the web, can ping IP, can ping address, can use MSN. PC 2: Works normally. Sniffer shows odd results... [more inside]
posted by sierra13 at 1:50 PM PST - 17 comments


Does anyone know what's up with Rustboy? He announced last January that big things were afoot, but not a peep has come out since then.
posted by crickets at 1:47 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me find Rusty's owner

Can you help me find the original publisher of the educational short film featuring Rusty the narcoleptic dachsund? [more inside]
posted by scottandrew at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me feel more at ease about meeting up with an old flame

I've re-connected with an old flame, who is now divorced. He's been off-limits for so long, but now wants to come visit me. I'm thrilled. I'm single. But I can't stop worrying that it will somehow fall apart and not happen. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 12:32 PM PST - 25 comments

simple machines for complex problems

Help me help a friend lift heavy things using pulleys and a ramp. [more inside]
posted by zem at 12:15 PM PST - 13 comments


Help! I'm running a pie contest Sunday. I need pointers on how to set it up. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you move from chemical engineering to software development?

Can you help me change careers? I'm a chemical engineer. I did well in school, got good grades, went back for a doctorate, graduated, got a job in a big company with a cozy salary and nice perks. And then, two years later, I hit a wall. I went through an "America Beauty" moment. I stopped enjoying what I do and found myself almost everyday running home to learn/work on software, to what my wife calls "computer stuff". [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vega at 11:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Look Me In The Eye & Tell Me...

Can you recommend movies which implements camera work which focuses on and then expands / zooms-in on a person's iris? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 11:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Caught Between an HD Rock and a Hard Place...And a Hard Place

I have just moved from Berkeley, CA to Austin, TX and have to move my TV service with me. We were using DirecTV in Berkeley and I was perfectly happy with my (hacked) HR10-250 HD TiVo unit. Now I am faced with a choice. D*, cable or Dish? What service do I go with if I want to have TiVo and HD? I seem to be screwed in one way or another. More inside... [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Finding a weight loss community that doesn't drive me batty...

I'd like some help finding a new weight loss community to join - one with a relatively intelligent / fun user base but that takes healthy weight loss seriously. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 11:24 AM PST - 26 comments

Does this sublet sound like a scam?

Does this sound like a scam? I want to sublet for 1 month while I am travelling overseas. I answered an ad and got an odd message. It sounds like the person needs to extend his lease in order to sublet. He wants 1/2 month up front. [more inside]
posted by cotterpin at 10:42 AM PST - 12 comments

seeking Somerville shrink, STAT!

Due to several simultaneous personal disasters (romantic, financial, social, professional), I need to deal with my (long-standing) anxiety problems right away. Please help me find the resource I need -- I live in Somerville MA (near the red line, but have no car), would prefer free or a sliding scale, and would like to be prescribed medication. I'm not sure what assistance I might qualify for, I make ~$35K. Its very difficult for me to get time off of work, so I'd prefer to be seen on a weekend or after 5:30 on a weekday. I also have a ton of fear about the idea of seeing a therapist in the first place. GLBT resources would be appropriate, but not required. This seems impossible. Thanks for any advice.
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Thoreau's haircut strategy

Has anyone read Thoreau's "Walden"? Does he mention whether, and how he cuts his own hair?
posted by gelcap at 10:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for an Apartment in Norfolk, VA

My wife has landed a job as a professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. In anticipation of moving in August, we are visiting to look at apartments next weekend. What neighborhoods/areas (or specific locales) can you recommend for a young academic/professional couple on a budget? Some factors that we think add to a location: cultural amenities like book stores, music shops, good food, and music venues. We have read about Ghent and will check it out, but are there other neighborhood to look into as well?
posted by Verdant at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Which graphics card manufacturer should I choose, and does it make a difference?

Buying an Nvidia graphics card... which manufacturer to go for? Does it make a difference? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 10:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me give no boot the boot.

Is my new PC dead already? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 10:04 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to dress for success, but in the office not at the bar

Can you help me get dressed? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:02 AM PST - 25 comments

What is this movie? Where can I get it?

I'm looking for an old movie. William Shatner was definately in the move. It was black and white. More inside [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do my SMS short codes get "Access Denied"?

Why does my T-Mobile cell phone respond with "Access denied" when I send an SMS text message to short codes (such as 46645 for info from Google)? [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a karaoke track

I need help locating a karaoke version of a song. Can anyone help? I'm running out of time. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 9:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Lost my vacation photos, HELP!!

Digtialcamerahive: Anyway to UN-delete photos from a memory chip? Lost images of a Europe trip are in the balance here, lots of memories and we think we deleted them unknowingly. HELP!!
posted by Freedomboy at 9:27 AM PST - 15 comments

After Klimt?

Who is the artist that created this image? Where can I get a print of it? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

What's my job?

I know what I enjoy doing - but my profession doesn't reflect it. Can you help me identify my best profession match, based on what gives me gratification? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ariana at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for cool to hang in the middle of a room...

Chairs and other things that can hang from a high ceiling... suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

tubal ligation/ c-section

Tubal ligation during c-section? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 8:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Help moving broken Movable Type database to WordPress?

I have a personal blog running under Movable Type. I want to move to WordPress. I've exported the existing entries to a text file, so that's good. However, a couple years ago my previous MT install tanked (similar to this). I cannot access it. I have several years worth of posts that are stuck in a database that I can't get to. I've been gradually moving these by hand to my existing MT install, but that's a pain in the ass. Is there some automated way to crawl/scrape the existing HTML files in order to retrieve these "lost" entries? Some way to break back into a corrupt MT database? Some way to repair it? (The install is BerkelyDB-based.) [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 8:25 AM PST - 11 comments

U.S. states named in Lyle Lovett songs?

I went see Lyle Lovett & his Large Band last night and they did a song with a line about corn growing in Indiana. "Her First Mistake" mentions Alabama and Louisiana. Texas shows up in multiple songs, such as "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)." And of course there's "North Dakota" (which he did not perform last night). What other U.S. states does he mention in which of his songs? How about cities or other place names?
posted by needled at 8:09 AM PST - 20 comments

3G data card rental?

I would like to rent a 3G GPRS data card for a month in New York City. I live in the city, and would like to pick it up today. My Googleing only reveals similar services abroad. Does anyone know if such a service exists in NYC?
posted by suasponte at 7:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How to rip clips of a DVD to a YouTube friendly format?

How do I rip just parts of a DVD to a format suitable for YouTube, and not the entire DVD? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

What New York clinics offer Implanon?

What New York City health clinics, or women's centers, or whatever -- ideally with a sliding scale -- offer Implanon (contraceptive arm implant)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

My first makeover--be gentle

I have an appoinment with a personal shopper next week at a high end department store in NYC--what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by zeraus at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How a Deaf Person Communicates with a Blind Person?

How can a deaf person communicate with a blind person? [more inside]
posted by Locative at 6:19 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I save literally seconds a year via Firefox keyboard shortcuts?

How can I change Firefox so that Shift + Enter turns a URL of "example" into an address of www.example.co.uk rather than www.example.net?
posted by Hartster at 6:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Cheap Temperature Logging

How can I do cheap temperature logging? Is Arduino a good choice? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Japanese sweets without the sugar?

Where can I find Japanese candy made with stevia? [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster at 5:54 AM PST - 3 comments

AP Stylebook? I don't need no AP Stylebook.

Journalistic standards aside, should I use my subject's first or last name in a magazine profile? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 4:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do my lungs ache after I carry my backpack?

ChestPainFilter: I am breathless and my lungs ache after I carry my backpack, even for short intervals. [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 3:14 AM PST - 16 comments

African geetar

Online resources for learning African fingerstyle guitar? [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 2:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Who were these masked kids?

Can you provide context for a gas masked army of children? [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 1:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Make My Keys Interesting!

Help me find cool / useful / interesting keyrings... [more inside]
posted by mooders at 12:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Economist filter: How exactly does the fed set interest rates?

Economist filter: How exactly does the fed set interest rates? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 12:18 AM PST - 9 comments

June 28

How do you sign WTF in Japanese?

Please give me your interpretation of the Japan storyline in Babel... [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 11:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Graphic design and/or photoshop question

Graphic design and/or photoshop question. I'm designing a T-shirt, and I need to prepare/convert a photo I have of a car so that it is more T-shirt-ish. What I mean is, the photo is, well, photorealistic. Cars on shirts are usually sort of cartoony. Though I don't want to mess with the dimensions of the car and make it squished and bouncy looking. I just need the car to be less colors, or outlined, or ... something. I can't even really describe what I mean. Take a look at these images of T-shirts. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 11:41 PM PST - 19 comments

... Aprikose in der Hose, und eine Bratwurst dazu.

Sound (or video with sound) clip of the "Happy Birthday" song ... sung in German? [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 11:36 PM PST - 3 comments

a stat program, stat! (I'm cheesy -__-)

Help me post personal game statistics online [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 11:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How to save all cached pages for a particular domain?

A web site with lots of useful information recently went offline, but the cached pages are still available from Google. Is there a program (for either OS X or Windows) that will automatically save all of the cached pages on Google associated with a particular domain?
posted by Ø at 10:53 PM PST - 8 comments

tweak mah guitar

Guitar Filter: On a 6 string electric guitar playing blues or rock, have you ever strung the same gauge on all three lower strings and the same gauge on all three upper strings? What did it sound like, and did you like it? How about the playability? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:39 PM PST - 17 comments

does therapy work?

I think I need to get back into therapy, but I also think that therapy doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by timory at 9:20 PM PST - 26 comments

Aye, there's the rub.

Shoe issues-- My Earth shoes are ripping my feet apart. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Help my sister wake up on her damn own, or so help me...

I need the best alarm clock to wake up my impossible-to-wake sister. Issue: it can't wake ME up, in the next room. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Send me to a law school?

Law Schools. Cardozo or Brooklyn? Must decide by tomorrow, and really I am still (somehow) not sure. I'm leaning, but I want to query the hive mind before I commit. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I finish strong?

How can I finish strong? How can I maintain the same discipline that I have at the beginning and middle of a project or goal once I start to near the end? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to find cheap bulldog clips in Montreal?

What's the cheapest way for me to buy 20-40 bulldog clips, probably in various sizes? I'm in Montreal. [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

must-have online advertising research tools

What are the must-have research tools for the planning and buying of online advertising? I'm talking about tools that will show where money is being spent, who is advertising where, what sites are frequented by what demographics, etc.
posted by bingo at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us find the best wine Willamette has to offer...

Can you recommend outstanding wineries in or around Willamette Valley, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 7:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Why should anyone take three weeks of antibiotics?

Should I load my body with antibiotics for three weeks? [more inside]
posted by bash at 7:45 PM PST - 30 comments

Dealing with severe depression after disability

Does anyone here have experience with severe depression following a permanent (partially but significantly) disabling injury at a young age (late teens, early 20's)? [more inside]
posted by onemorething at 7:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Those tickets are...outta here!

We have tickets to a sporting event. It's a big-deal, nationally televised sort of thing. We'd like to re-sell these tickets for more than we paid, and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How to use my office phone at home?

Suppose I wanted to rig up the phone in my office at work such that I could access all of the phone's functions from someplace else, not on the office PBX...like, say, at home. Is this possible, and how? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I learn to salsa dance in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a good, but affordable place in Manhattan (preferably near Soho) where I can learn how to salsa dance, without requiring me to bring my own partner?
posted by Juggermatt at 7:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Meeting gellow teachers in Florence, Italy- how?

we're teachers, going to Florence, Italy, looking for local teachers. what is our best chance to meet them? [more inside]
posted by tristanshout at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the Brisith cartoon show that has characters with noses like faucets?

Help me remember the name of this British cartoon show. It starred a bunch of little blue guys that had noses like faucets. That's all the information I have. Good luck!
posted by painquale at 6:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a decent wireless USB hub on the market?

Is there a decent wireless USB hub on the market? [more inside]
posted by getupandgo at 6:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there any good hiking trails near NYC for an autoless gal?

I am looking for some good hiking trails near NYC that are easily accessible via public transportation that aren't too long (over 6 miles total) or too steep (no Breakneck Ridge for me yet, thanks). I am also looking for a good hiking club to join in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Empyrean_72 at 6:51 PM PST - 9 comments

dining out in melbourne

best night out with a special girl in melbourne australia [more inside]
posted by edtut at 6:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Where should I vacation the week of July 8?

Where should I vacation the week of July 8? [more inside]
posted by fernando at 6:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Home Inspection Checklist

What should I be looking for during a home inspection? I'm a first-time buyer and will be there for the inspection tomorrow. What should I be looking at while the inspector is looking? Will I be following him/her around or do you generally leave them alone to do their thing? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 6:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me make friends while avoiding long-term suicide.

All the cool people at work smoke. What's a perfect excuse to go join them outside and chat when I don't personally want to suck cancer into my lungs? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 5:59 PM PST - 28 comments

What destroyed itself, only to emerge better? And don't say Paris Hilton.

Mythology (?) question: I'm looking for a story or creature that must destroy or consume itself in order to either become stronger or to reveal its true form/essence. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 5:53 PM PST - 25 comments

I want turkey meat between two slices of bread

Where can a guy get a good turkey sandwich (the carved-right-off-the-bone kind) in NYC? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 5:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Help identify an awesome blues song sung by two guys.

Help identify an awesome blues song sung by two guys. It is performed by two men, the harmony resembles Taj Mahal's Queen Bee (and he may be one of the performers, but I couldn't identify the song by looking at his discography). I remember some of the lyrics... [more inside]
posted by andreinla at 4:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find someone who will find someone to insure me!

Can someone tell me how to find a good health insurance broker in LA, or recommend one you've used? Finding individual health insurance here is MUCH more difficult than I expected it would be, seeing how I'm extremely healthy. I need to find a professional to help me with this! [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What software should I use to write a VCD?

What software should I use to write a VCD? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 4:30 PM PST - 6 comments

It smells so yummy...

How do YOU bakhoor? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Land of Confusion

How do you cope when you seem to be surrounded on all sides by ineffectiveness and apathy ? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 3:27 PM PST - 45 comments

French Films about Americans in France Filter

I'm looking for French films featuring American characters in France. The years I'm most interested in are between 1945 and around 1970, but if there's something more contemporary I'd be glad to know about it too. I've already looked at a bunch of Jean-Luc Godard's films; now I'm looking to branch out.
posted by BackwardsCity at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Blade Runner this ain't...

ChildhoodMemoryFilter: can you help me identify this old science-fiction film? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy a Vince Noir wig?

For Halloween this year I'd like to dress up as Vince Noir from the TV show Mighty Boosh. However, after searching high and low on the internet, I can't seem to find a wig to buy that matches his hair on the program(me). Can anyone link to a suitable item? Much obliged.
posted by ktoad at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Japanese haiku audio wanted

Want to hear Japanese language haiku - audio or audio with video [more inside]
posted by Listener at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Public asphalt for insane driving

Looking for an abandoned/public military base or old airstrip, for crazy driving experiences and to teach a friend some things [more inside]
posted by revmitcz at 3:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Stringy seaweed

What is the stringy seaweed in seaweed salad? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Impressive stock photo, now what is it?

What is this nifty-looking piece of equipment? [via]
posted by Skorgu at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Cellswapper - good or evil?

Cellswapper, anyone? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I do in the Wimbledon queue?

What do I need to know about the queue at Wimbledon? In particular, what kind of tent should I bring? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I quickly clean broken eggs off of grass?

What is the best method for cleaning broken eggs off of grass during an event? This must be done in a timely manner over a fairly large area, with the help of 4 people. [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find cheap Chimay!

I'm completely addicted to Chimay Blanche (white label, or Cinq Cents), but it's so expensive! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 2:21 PM PST - 21 comments

i need to get my shit together!

Why is it so hard for me to do the things I need to do to make my life better? How can I motivate myself to get my shit together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Budget holiday ideas, early September

Where to go from London for a few days of vacation? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Bizarre IMAP mail server setup

I want to run a mail server on my computer so that I can feed email from different POP accounts into an IMAP account. The weird part is I don't care to access by IMAP over the web, but I do want to POP it into GMail. Confused? Me too. [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Driving from Portland to Tigard

PDXCommuteFilter: What have I gotten myself into? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

What is a blackout gag?

What is a blackout gag? [more inside]
posted by codger at 1:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Why doesn't my partner want me?

Please help my sex life... I have been with my partner for two years and I love him very much. Our sex life has never been as good as what I aspire to- but, I have hoped, until recently, that it had the potential- and I am more than willing to patiently work towards something more fulfilling- but I am at a loss here... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Wanted: information about this show.

I'm trying to find out the name of a British comedy show I saw on PBS once, but I only have a few details about it. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

CMS with vanity domain and ecommerce.

I need a CMS that will allow me to do the following: [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you know of any forum or support groups where lifecasting life streaming online people hang out to share information?

Lifecasting life streaming forum or support groups to share ideas with? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for help translating a couple of Dutch sentences.

Can someone translate a couple of Dutch sentences for me? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Disconnect ethernet cable?

Where to buy a quick disconnect Ethernet cable that will just pop open if tugged like those found on X-Box controllers? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 12:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Non-Yahoo Group solution?

Other than Yahoo Groups, can you recommend something like it--a virtual classroom--that I can use to conduct an e-class with assignments etc. Thank you!
posted by quiverandquill at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Need a PHP script for managing links on a web site

I need a good PHP script or some other solution for managing a large number of external links on a web page. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to learn 6502 assembly

Help me identify tools and resources for learning 6502 assembly language. [more inside]
posted by aparrish at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Entry into NGO aid work

How does one groom oneself for development/aid work in developing countries? What are your experiences (or resources for experiences) landing positions with NGOs, and the difference between bottom-up and top-down approaches for contact? [more inside]
posted by iamck at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Inexpensive Honeymoon

Suggestions for an inexpensive and fun honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by Viomeda at 12:01 PM PST - 13 comments

My Teeth Need Help

I've spent the total amount of my dental benefits for this year. The insurance company cannot increase these, or sell me additional coverage. Can anyone direct me to a source for additional dental insurance so my teeth don't rot out before the first of the year?
posted by partner at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this legal?

Is the HelpMyBabye.com type of site (mentioned on the front page)legal in the United States? [more inside]
posted by MichaelKnight at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you name the disco song and artist from this sample clip?

Can you identify the disco song and the artist from this short music clip? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do I look pregnant when I get my period?

Why do I look pregnant when I get my period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Why, body, why?

What am I doing wrong? Either I've got the worst metabolism in the world, or my body *likes* being fat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 AM PST - 31 comments

What do I do now?

I'm not even thirty and the sex is terrible. Am I the only person with this problem and what should I do about it? Apologies, there is... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

How to make hash browns

How do you make hash browns so that they don't all stick together?
posted by stuffedcrust at 10:56 AM PST - 26 comments

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Someone, O someone, please tell me more about the person in this picture. (Referenced here, and apparently something of a meme I missed out on...)
posted by nevercalm at 10:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Facebook problem with friend requests

Facebook frustration. I am extremely new to Facebook, and got a friend request notification by email. However I see no such person in my Facebook account. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 9:56 AM PST - 14 comments

What cool stuff can I do with a satellite TV dish?

I have a Dish Network satellite dish + satellite receiver that I never returned after I cancelled my contract with them. What cool things can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify a movie from my childhood

Help identify this martial arts movie [more inside]
posted by aofl at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Autocomplete track name fields in itunes?

Is there a way to set itunes to autocomplete the track name field? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

We just really want to see the Haunted Mansion in French, okay?

What's the best way to get from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Do I report life-threatening spam?

A sick twist on scam e-mails. Is it worthwhile to do anything about this threatening, extorting e-mail? Has anyone else gotten anything like this? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 9:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Movie Suggestions?

Which Bollywood movie should I watch on my birthday? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 9:00 AM PST - 23 comments

PHP forms failing in IE

Any general reason why php and javascript web apps would fail in Internet Explorer and yet work correctly in Safari and Firefox? (isset($_SESSION), $form->value, etc.)
posted by four panels at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

thanks bittorrent

"In any case it is not possible to login" -- GNOME, ubuntu [more inside]
posted by acro at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find images with some mystery.

Please help me find some good mysterious images for students to write to. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 8:21 AM PST - 23 comments

What's up with this lump in my neck?

I recently noticed what appears to be a slightly swollen (pea-sized) lymph node on the left side of my neck, about halfway up the neck. I first noticed it about 5 days ago. I can feel another node next to it, but on the right side of my neck, I can feel only one node in the same place. I don't have any other symptoms that might suggest lymphoma (itching, fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss). The swollen node does not feel hard or fixed, and it hasn't changed size. Is there cause for concern? I do have a blemish that I've sort of been picking at on the left side of my neck, so could that be the cause of the swollen node? I guess it's possible that this node has always been there but I haven't noticed it before. I do have hypochondriac tendencies. I'm 26 and had mono about four years ago.
posted by zembla3 at 7:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Squash season just isn't the same without the sauce! Please help us locate a supply of this rare Japanese sauce.

Can anyone help locate a seemingly rare Japanese sauce? [more inside]
posted by jcruden at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

help me understand English grammar.

Best book for "learning" English grammar? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 7:19 AM PST - 29 comments

Healthy Dry, Sick Humid

Feeling better in dry conditions and sick in humid places: common? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I reschedule a trip to Longleat?

So, I've agreed to drive a group of people to Longleat Safari Park this weekend. It's been in the diary for months, but the weather forecast is not good. If you've been to Longleat before - is the bad weather going to spoil the trip? should we reschedule?
posted by ascullion at 7:08 AM PST - 3 comments


What are the essential documents that all (software dev) projects should include? [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Name My Car

CarNameFilter: Help me name my car please... [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 7:01 AM PST - 50 comments

Does shaving/trimming your armpits increase or reduce armpit sweat/stains?

I tend to sweat a lot on hot days and occasionally this ends up ruining nice shirts with pit stains. I've read plenty of threads about deodorants and anti-perspirants that could be helpful, but maybe I should address my long armpit hair. I can see both sides: More hair means more surface area for deodorant and keeps sweat from running (I think). Less hair means less surface area for sweat to stick onto but gets the deodorant closer to the pores. What's the way to go? I'm not considering shaving my pits, but more or less trimming them down short.
posted by sub-culture at 6:38 AM PST - 21 comments


After a short but hitherto blameless existence, my cat has started randomly peeing around the house. Help me figure out if it's health or behavioural issues! [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 6:20 AM PST - 12 comments

AskMe do answer me!

What is the most intellectually challenging question you have ever been asked that is not knowledge specific? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 6:18 AM PST - 37 comments

Dealing with a slow metabolism

Slow metabolism and exercise. How do you combine the two? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 5:09 AM PST - 22 comments

A modular design for a webpage

What's the best way of designing a modular webpage that is intended to be used by plugins? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 3:39 AM PST - 3 comments

FontFilter: What font is this?

FontFilter: What font is this (pic inside)? [more inside]
posted by adi at 3:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Do you recognize these songs?

Do you know any of these songs? Do these lyrics sound familiar? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 2:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Sardinian Tips?

Things to do, see and avoid on the island of Sardinia? [more inside]
posted by oh pollo! at 1:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Want to contatc Peter Davies Doc Film Maker.

Looking for agent of Peter Davis, made Vietnam documentary "Hearts and Minds" in the 70s. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 1:26 AM PST - 7 comments

June 27

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in computer power supply?

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 11:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Missing device?

Soundblaster problem: WinXP. The device, even after reinstall, does not appear [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 11:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Who writes about Postmodernism, anyway?

What are some good books on Postmodernist literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 11:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Calling all postage meter experts.

A postage meter was moved from a branch office in California to an office in Vermont. The machine has yet to be updated. Specifically, it still prints "sent from 90210" instead of "sent from 05602." Will the post office in Vermont return the metered mail because of this zip code discrepancy?
posted by who squared at 11:32 PM PST - 6 comments

T-Mobile data coverage around the world: is there a single map showing all covered areas?

T-Mobile's Unlimited International Email add-on for BlackBerry currently offers data service in "90 countries and locations." Is there such a thing as a single map showing these 90 countries and locations? If not, what's my most efficient way to make one myself? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 10:52 PM PST - 2 comments

New private pilot

New Private Pilot help: I'm trying to take the FAA written exam, I've been doing lots of self study, read plenty of books, taken and passed a dozen free online practice test, and am ready for the real thing but am now being told I need some sort of "ground school endorsment"....? [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Wild baby bird, now what?

My dog found a baby bird. What kind of bird is he and what do I do with him? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 10:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Do not care for the crimson wave

I'm going back on the pill again and wondered what the best course of action is... [more inside]
posted by sweetlyvicious at 10:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Tainted fast food?

Has anyone here worked in fast food? How common is it for cooks to "mess" with food? Was it more common than you wanted to see, or did nobody bother with such shenanigans? I emphasize this question is about fast food, not traditional restaurants, and I'm wondering how much stock to put in those stories that sometimes make the rounds.
posted by rolypolyman at 9:54 PM PST - 69 comments

How do I talk to my boss about changes in responsibilities.. that weren't at all what I expected?

How do I adapt to unexpected and unclear changes in roles for myself and my immediate colleagues? A new person has joined my small department (we build and maintain web sites) and I was surprised to find out my boss has plans for this person to take on some responsibilities that I wanted.. and had thought I'd be assuming.. but now I don't know what to think. More detail follows.. [more inside]
posted by citron at 8:34 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some great (and not so great) Australian inventions?

What are some great (and not so great) Australian inventions? [more inside]
posted by sam and rufus at 8:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Lost items from luggage - what can I expect?

I flew with JetBlue last month. Some small items were missing from my luggage when I arrived at my destination. I am trying to figure out how far I want to go with this to try to 1) get reimbursed for lost/stolen items and 2) get them to make their legal documents reflect their actual policies. I'd like some advice from people who have dealt with airlines and their luggage policies to help me strategize. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 8:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Attorney Career Coach

I am looking for a career coach geared toward the legal profession. I am a litigation attorney practicing primarily in the area of insurance defense. I also have a background as a criminal prosecutor. I am interested in an unbiased assessment of my carreer (e.g., where I am vs. where I should be), business development advice, etc.
posted by gm2007 at 7:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap fruity sorbets and ices?

What are your suggestions for ice cream makers, fruit sorbet recipes, and Italian ices? [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima at 7:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Help make our relationship more positive!

How can we overcome unhappiness in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Save a tattoo from stretchmarks?

A stretch mark is appearing over my hip tattoo. Can I do anything to save it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Any Other Countries Moving Up In The World?

Has any historically "Third World" country other than the Asian Tigers managed to approach "First World" standards of Quality of Life? Any nations poised for improvement in living standards that might put them there? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:12 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm looking around the internets for Japanese radio webcasts (not music)...

Are there any good Japanese radio stations on the internet which are not J-Pop? [more inside]
posted by mezamashii at 6:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Cat vs. Landlord

Can our Sydney landlord really demand that we get rid of our cat? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 6:44 PM PST - 36 comments

Online marketing - tools for keeping track of the tools?

Online marketing - tools for keeping track of the tools? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 6:04 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I do with my Dremel tool?

What should I do with my new Dremel tool? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 5:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Are Mutton Chops Professional or a Poor Idea?

Are mutton chops professional? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 5:36 PM PST - 81 comments

Help Me Learn About Design

I'd like to learn more about print design and typography (I think. I'm not sure if these are the right terms). [more inside]
posted by rossination at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Nintendo DS news into my Bloglines, please.

Searching through the tags, I don't think this has been asked before. I'm looking for feeds that I can slap into my Bloglines that will keep me updated on Nintendo DS releases and reviews. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:25 PM PST - 7 comments

How to fix a leather saddlebag?

What is the best way that a rookie leather-worker can salvage a torn leather saddlebag? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Single forever?

What do you do with your life if you never get married or have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 PM PST - 82 comments

I'm at home in an apartment. Do I have to buy a condo?

What can I do with my money if I don't buy real estate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Small Inexpensive Bluetooth Device?

Looking for a small battery-powered bluetooth device that does... nothing in particular. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

seeingseeing doubledouble

My opthamologist diagnosed me with convergence insufficiency. Can anyone who has been through treatment tell me whether it helped them, and if they thought it was worth the effort and expense? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 4:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Optometrist recommendation (for contact lenses) in Washington, DC?

Optometrist recommendation (for contact lenses) in Washington, DC ? [more inside]
posted by dcjd at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some niche, street credit, cutting edge music sites where new bands can come to be found?

What are some niche, street credit, cutting edge music sites where new bands can come to be found?
posted by herbiehancock00 at 3:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Disappointing accommodations-can i ask for a refund?

I just paid a lot of money for what turned out to be unhealthy and substandard accommodations while attending a weekend-longfundraiser-do I have a right to ask for a refund? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 3:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Magazine subscriptions from the US, if they don't specifically offer international subscriptions?

How can I subscribe to a US magazine from the UK if they don't specifically offer international subscriptions? [more inside]
posted by Hates_ at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Making a spectacle of myself

Eyeglasses filter: Any members out there that still buy their specs from a non-chain optical store? (long post) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 3:11 PM PST - 20 comments

My landlord is crazy and also there has been some check fraud.

My landlord is crazy and also there has been some check fraud. Help me unravel my responsibilities [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 2:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Branding with liquid nitrogen?

Any good sources of information on freeze branding for humans? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk at 2:39 PM PST - 11 comments

What do I talk to techy teens about?

I have to make a brief 20-minute presentation to some 12-16 year old kids who are interested in technology for a tech-focused summer camp. I need help figuring out something interesting to this age group, and what I should talk about [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Mysterious bug bite with a gigantic welt

AustinBugFilter: Mysterious bite caused a strikingly large welt. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by liet at 2:30 PM PST - 13 comments

What do I need to have in my pantry?

I'm about to move into a rented house house- what staples should I use to stock my first-ever pantry? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Why are some families more creative?

A friend of mine is a gifted writer. Her brother is a songwriter, her mother is a painter, her father was an artist and her grandfather was a famous writer AND painter. Does creativity come in the genes? What does science say? [more inside]
posted by up!Rock at 1:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Working with Dreamweaver Design View and CSS

How do I, using Dreamweaver 8 on a PC, "see" the css in "design view"? [more inside]
posted by 100watts at 1:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there anywhere to buy counterfeit goods in Portland, Oregon?

Are there any stores that sell counterfeit goods in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Framing my Diploma

Should I have my diploma from my university put into a custom frame, or should I just buy one of the pre-made frames available at the college bookstore and do it myself? [more inside]
posted by debit at 1:21 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I find out about a murder?

I need help researching a 1950s murder in Massachusetts, but I live in Atlanta and know no one there to find the info for me. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 1:04 PM PST - 34 comments

What is the best IP-based document sharing solution for small groups?

We have a typical small business with the typical documents to share (spreadsheets, plans, handbooks) and jointly edit. We also have a lot of remote workers and an allergy to tech support, so we're not going to set up a VPN or anything. I am looking for the category-killing, Insanely Great solution to document sharing over the internet. It should be: [more inside]
posted by eshepard at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find housing in Rio de Janeiro!

I'm a student and will be staying in Rio de Janeiro for 1.5 months this summer and need to find an apartment! What are good ways to find a decent apartment (or room in a shared apartment) in Rio without being gouged? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 12:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Media Center alternative?

Is there an alternative to Windows Media Center? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments


An annoying bleep from my computer is unnerving and occasionally terrifying. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Any suggestions?

I am looking to build a relatively simple, focused social networking site which will not initially be open to the public and membership will be through invitation only. Are there pre-written codes I can use, buy or otherwise take advantage of? Also, if you have made a networking site what did you learn in the process that would be good for me to know up front. [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 12:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Peace and Quiet in Turkey in August?

Help me relax in the Turkish countryside. Sandy beach not required. [more inside]
posted by minervous at 12:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Need resume advice

I took some course/seminars. I'm updating my resume and getting ready to apply for new jobs. Should I put the courses on my resume? See below for specifics on job and course. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I help my girlfriend to 'get over it'?

How can I help my girlfriend to 'get over it' beyond being the good person I am to her? ('it' being my past, her crazy conspiracy theories, etc.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 40 comments

Is there profit to being a non-profit?(???)

An individual looking to buy a multi-family home to create a low rent situation for several artists. Is there a benefit to becoming a non-profit? Is there money to help support this venture that I should be chasing after? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Really, really, really good non-fiction books

Few books have given me as much sheer joy as Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style". Tufte's "Visual Explanations" is also up there in terms of content and presentation. What other exceedingly well researched, written and designed non-fiction books would you recommend for somebody interested in Design, Architecture, Programming, Information Visualization, Maps, Math, Music and Science? [more inside]
posted by signal at 11:46 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me inherit code, not objects

I'm about to receive a large chunk of code for a nearly code complete web app from several consultants and have been tasked with assuming the knowledge transfer. What questions do I ask? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Special Events at Tech Conferences

If you could pick a special event activity at a large technology conference, what would it be?
posted by vraxoin at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Books/wares to help kids think like mathematicians?

Books/wares to help kids think like mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by O Blitiri at 11:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Detroit after 5:00 p.m.

What is there to do in Detroit after 5:00 p.m. with two teenagers in tow. (Forgive me for posting this question to MeFi earlier today. I am indeed a freakin' newbie.) [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 10:50 AM PST - 18 comments

How to deliver a random page from a single link?

If I have "page1.html", 'page2.html", "page3.html" and "page4.html" and on examplehomepage.com I have a link that says, "give me a random page" how do I make it so that link delivers 1,2,3 or 4 randomly each time the link is clicked? [more inside]
posted by wtfwjd? at 10:35 AM PST - 3 comments


Do you read japanese? I was given a japanese laptop which has both a Japanese and English (American) character keyboard. I installed WinXP and created an account name and login / PW. It worked fine then i turned it off. Now the login / PW no longer work. I strongly suspect the problem is the keyboard has toggled to the Japanese character entry mode, while the login / PW is in English characters. And so I am locked out unless I can figure out how to toggle the keyboard back to English. Please view this high res image of the keyboard ( http://bayimg.com/hacgmaABI )and see if you can tell which Japanese character keys or key combination might toggle the keyboard between the two character sets. Mucho Arigato!
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Modern Greek classes in NYC

I'm looking for beginner-level Modern Greek classes in NYC. Are there any that folks would particularly recommend? Places in Manhattan would probably be easiest for me, but I'll trek out to Astoria if that's where I oughtta go.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Something is hiding on my computer

There's a 1 pixel square window in the upper left hand corner of my Windows XP computer that I just noticed. How do I figure out which process owns that window? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Long distance telephone/VOIP options (USAustria)

Long distance options between USA and Austria (VOIP preferred on Austria end) [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Find My Solitude

Solitude on the Atlantic Coast or Gulf of Mexico? I am looking to get away for about 4 days sometime this month for some R&R by myself. I would prefer to be by the water, away from crowds, maybe in a hammock or sitting by a pool. I will spend most of my time reading, writing, napping, and maybe walking. I wouldn't mind some healthy food. A massage would be a bonus. It could be at a hidden away resort, a cabin, or a spa. Price isn't really an issue. I would prefer to be within a few hours drive to a major airport. I am just looking for somewhere to chill out and find some much needed solitude. Where should I go?
posted by jasondigitized at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Dentist in L.A. pls

recommend a dentist in L.A. pls [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

How should I get 170 people good and drunk?

I'm doing a (semi) limited bar at my wedding reception on a (semi) limited budget. What is the best hard liquor to serve? How much should I buy? We would also love to hear suggestions for wine and champagne that offer the most for our dollar. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 8:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me find character-driven 'crazes'!

In order to assist with a business plan, I'm looking for examples (within the last 5 years) of character-driven memes or products that "came out of nowhere" and rapidly built wealth for their creators (and/or licensors). [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 8:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Best Photoshop Books

What are you favorite Photoshop CS2/CS3 books? I have a handful of books that cover the basics and efficient photo processing/improvements, so I'm most interested in books with innovative tips and special effects to really energize photos. [more inside]
posted by jacksides at 8:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Multiple Copy & Paste shortcut keys.

How can I have multiple Copy & Paste shortcut keys at the same time on Win. XP? [more inside]
posted by ndillon at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Nerf baseballs?

Whatever happened to Nerf softballs/baseballs? [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 8:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Did you get that memo? Yeah.

Calling all IT professionals! Teflon recruiters! Scrum masters! Project overlords! I'm curious about the current state of certifications. PMP, CAPM, Six Sigma BB, CSP, that kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Is voltage/frequency all I need to know to bring my appliances from Brazil to the US?

Is voltage/frequency all I need to know to use my brazilian appliances in the US? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 8:16 AM PST - 9 comments

I refuse to buy any more pull-ups

Why is my son suddenly peeing everywhere BUT the toilet? [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Private listserve (or alternative)?

Is there a way to privatize an email list whose members' email accounts can be read by "the man?" [more inside]
posted by jckll at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Storing & printing photos w/o a credit card or CD burner

I've bought a digital camera for a friend who is not a legal resident of the US, has no credit cards or bank accounts, and doesn't have much money to buy computer hardware. How can I help her store and print the photos she takes? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Lev. 11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

What are some good, unholy, "scripture"-like quotes I can use as an email signature? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:50 AM PST - 59 comments

OOhhh my achin' back!

Strained lower back muscle on Sunday. Leave for fishing trip on Friday. Please give me your quick fixes! [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 7:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Wiki Wiki Tavi

Is there any way to import OpenWiki data to MediaWiki other than manually? I'd hate to have to do it by hand.
posted by jopreacher at 7:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Skin Scratch Quandry

My female loves to be scratched until red marks appear. Is frequent scratching bad for her skin in the long term? If so, please suggest alternatives.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Upgrade parts for humans

A few years ago I stumbled on a website that proposed (very likely fake) upgradeable human parts for sale : added memory, bionic eyes, legs, etc. I can't recall this website and can't find it on Google, does that ring a bell to anybody?
posted by V-Turn at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Wanna come back to my place and check out my bookshelf?

What books should I read if I want to impress women? (NOTE: I am NOT looking for books on 'how to pick up chicks') [more inside]
posted by Elmo Oxygen at 6:48 AM PST - 79 comments

Books on the 19th century South African diamond industry

What are the best books about the South African diamond industry during the mid-to-late 19th century? [more inside]
posted by stammer at 6:36 AM PST - 4 comments

This is a question about cheese.

Where can I buy blocks of paneer in the Bloomington/Indianapolis area or, failing that, online? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 6:34 AM PST - 11 comments

St. Louis psychiatrist recommendation?

St. Louis psychiatrist referral: I need a referral to an excellent St. Louis-area psychiatrist who specializes in depression and anxiety. [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Refinancing my home, but it's appraised too low.

Trying to Refinance my home (& consolidate some bills). 1 year ago it was appraised at $410k. In the middle of this process, my lender indicated that 2 different appraisers indicated that it's only worth $350k compare to other similar homes in my area... although they haven't come out to do the appraisal yet. I'm concerned that because this is what they believe the value to be, it will be that or close to it. In order for me to do what I need to do (with my bills), I need the value of my home to be at $410. What can/should I do? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get medication for a year while abroad

What's the best solution for getting my medication for a year long trip around Europe? [more inside]
posted by nonstopflights at 6:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do we run/skate/race counterclockwise?

Seems like a lot of races and similar activities go counterclockwise -- foot, dog, horse, and auto racing; skating rinks both ice and roller; baseball. Is it confirmation bias, "just one of those things," or is there a valid reason?
posted by sonofslim at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Banishing greenfly

I want to eat my chillies before the greenfly do. How do I keep them away? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I not Godly enough for her?

Why won't the fundamentalist Christian I work with say "God bless you" or at least "Bless you" after I sneeze? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 5:39 AM PST - 46 comments

growth on cats paw

What is this strange protrusion from cat's paw? This odd "growth" extends out from the upper pad of front paw. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 4:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Thai spas

Spa recommendations for Bangkok/Chiang Mai? [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 3:04 AM PST - 1 comment

What does a supercomputer do?

What do supercomputers actually do? Specifically... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 2:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How to frustrate an advance fee fraudster

Responding to an 'advance fee fraud' email. I've had a blatant 'advance fee fraud' email from someone in west africa wanting to buy my car online (I am in Ireland). I want to respond in a way that sends this would-be fraudster down the longest rabbit hole possible. [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 1:21 AM PST - 10 comments

June 26

Indians- Why and How?

What are MeFi's favorite resources about American Indian law? I'm a fairly well-read person on the letters of the law- I read the appropriate journals and legal briefs- but I'd like a more comprehensive set of rhetoric about the native peoples of the Americas. [more inside]
posted by thethirdman at 11:23 PM PST - 8 comments

simple explanation of peer to peer filesharing

Can you explain peer-to-peer filesharing to me in really simple terms? Particularly, I want to know about the similarities and differences between two programs. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:01 PM PST - 16 comments

These boots WEREN'T made for walking

I just got some second hand Doc Marten boots, but the previous owner seems to have had some weird way of wearing them which was put them out of shape, how do I get the leather to behave? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 10:53 PM PST - 2 comments

A somewhat folk-y, non-contemporary song to sing at a friend's wedding ceremony?

Suggestions for a somewhat folk-y, non-contemporary song to sing at a friend's wedding ceremony? I've searched all over, to no avail, to find something that is hauntingly beautiful in just the right way. [more inside]
posted by bigd at 10:52 PM PST - 38 comments

NuvaRing out for 1/2 hour longer than it ought to have been... looking for advice and experiences.

NuvaRing out for 1/2 hour longer than it ought to have been... looking for advice and experiences. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 10:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I break a California rental lease that hasn't started yet?

How do I break a California rental lease that hasn't started yet? Can an apartment refuse to remove one person from a lease two people signed if both roommates wish the removal? [more inside]
posted by avagoyle at 10:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Food and other shopping available only in CA?

So I'm going to San Diego because I'm a big ol' geek and I'm finally going to San Diego Comic Con this year, about which I'm super excited. While in San Diego, what food should I eat/buy? [more inside]
posted by Samantha at 9:58 PM PST - 28 comments

help me find a good vista point to spend fourth of july.

4th of july filter: what's a good hike in topanga canyon state park that allows panoramic views of los angeles and the ocean? [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 9:34 PM PST - 2 comments

This is why I didn't get a dog

How can I get the poop off my cat? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 9:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Oh crap! So much for trying to be frugal.

Can you get bedbugs from thrift store clothes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Of ascots and collars

Hi, Do you happen to know where one may find an ascot in Chicago? Also, what type of collar should be worn with an ascot?--I was thinking of the open collar, summery ascot (in case there are multiple variations). Sorry to "ascot" so many times in such a short span of time. Yours in mildly ironic fashion, Mike
posted by mwachs at 8:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheapo way to plug piano keyboard into a mac

What's the cheapest way of plugging a piano keyboard into my mac [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments


Wasp paranoia??!! [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 7:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Remotely edit playlists and mp3s with WMP

Editing Windows Media Playlists remotely [more inside]
posted by loquax at 6:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I submit by psychiatrist bills to my employer?

It's time to submit my out-of-pocket medical expenses to my employer for reimbursement under the pre-tax medical account program. All my receipts are for psychotherapy, psychotropic medication, and other indicia of mental illness. Is it professionally "safe" for my employer to have this stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 15 comments

no, i can't spend $4,000 on your wedding

(Weddingfilter). Friend is having a "destination wedding" over 6,500 miles away. I can't afford to go. Friend thinks I should borrow money from my dad and go with him. I'm 27 years old, and don't really want to "borrow money from dad." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 39 comments

Sin City, here I come

Weekend in Las Vegas - any recommendations for strip clubs or other naughtiness? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 6:24 PM PST - 15 comments

I hate gyms

Canceling gym membership, problems with their billing company... [more inside]
posted by outsider at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

I want rhythm, I want music, I want tap class, who can ask for anything more?

I used to be a dancer. I was never a gifted ballerina, but in recent years, I have come to miss the tap. How do I find a great, easy going, affordable adult tap dancing class in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 5:24 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I make Uber '07 an Uber experience?

I'm finally going to a developer conference! What do I bring? [more inside]
posted by DarkElf109 at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

For austin tx cyclists: going downtown (6th, red river, etc.) for shows at night, where's your favorite place to park your bike?

For austin tx cyclists: going downtown (6th, red river, etc.) for shows/clubs at night, where's your favorite place to park your bike?
posted by anticlock at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me understand better these biblical conundrums.

I wish to continue a question that I posed in another thread to perhaps get some idea what others (either religious and not) thought of these two biblical situations... [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 3:38 PM PST - 40 comments

Dirty Jokes for Grandma

What are some good, somewhat dirty jokes suitable for telling to my Grandma? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 2:52 PM PST - 54 comments

Japanese or Mandarin?

Need to take a language next year; Japanese or Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by pwally at 2:36 PM PST - 38 comments

"We should have recorded the album in Dubley..."

Wireless speakers for a Philips HTS3555 surround sound system? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Bible copycats?

Books that imitate/parody/use-as-inspiration the story of Jesus? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 1:51 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I find a track listing for the David Sedaris CD box set?

How can I find a track listing for the David Sedaris CD box set? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to start my own needle exchange

What should I do with a large quantity of unused but unneeded insulin syringes? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Help with creating a SQL query with optional multi-value parameters

Looking for some guidance in building an "advanced search" query using XML and optional multi-value parameters. [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me build the perfect piece of furniture?

Calling all woodworkers! Can you help a noob build a very unbalanced but sturdy piece of furniture? Googling about joinery has proved fruitless and my woodworking skill is lacking. Feel free to also tell me to give up and recommend custom furniture makers in the Atlanta area! [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Is entrepreneurship inheritable?

Is entrepreneurship inheritable? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:19 PM PST - 22 comments

4th of July Barbecue in Los Angeles

Good park for a 4th of July barbecue in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Fix for slipping shoe tounge

Is there any way to keep the tounge of my shoes from slipping to the side? [more inside]
posted by MysticMCJ at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Lady (needs a) Cab Driver

How would I find a really good car or taxi service in Austin, Texas? My wife had a bad experience and now refuses to take cabs--especially if its late at night or early in the morning. Her company pays for them, but she is afraid of bad driving and threatening individuals that have made her feel unsafe. I'd like a way to find a nice, safe, reliable driver. If there is someone you recommend, that would be good, too. Also, any tips on verifying the safety and legitimacy of such a person would be very helpful.
posted by verevi at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do AT&T's data plans differ between phone platforms?

Wireless data plan pricing annoyance. To wit, how can AT&T justify charging what they do, apparently based on the phone platform? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 11:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Take the icepick, leave the cannoli?

What are some unusual real-life hitman-weapon pairings? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Paris fabric shops that sell beautiful lace? Paris dress shops that sell beautiful lace dresses?

Paris fabric shops that sell beautiful lace? Paris dress shops that sell beautiful lace dresses? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you recommend someone to treat my TMJ problems?

Can you recommend someone to treat my TMJ problems? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Books about the Falklands War

Can someone recommend a good book (or books) about the Falklands War? Preferably something for the casual but interested reader.
posted by Rangeboy at 10:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Please recommend software to help me track my fitness activities and goals.

Please recommend software to help me track my fitness activities and goals. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Reason #12 why I'll never go to the hospital again...

Mr. trixie_bee has a movie question: This image is from a movie he has seen, but he can't remember which one. The Asian horror genre gets bigger by the day, so it's hard to remember! Any guesses?
posted by trixie_bee at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me TASTEFULLY "pimp" my car audio.

I'd like to modernize my 2001 Honda Accord's audio system -- satellite, HD Radio, Bluetooth handsfree, and on-screen iPod controls/track display. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you work a file cabinet?

Tell me about your personal filing system. How you organize your file cabinets, that is. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 9:21 AM PST - 24 comments

What tree is for me?

What kind of tree should I plant? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 9:09 AM PST - 22 comments

how can I email myself in the future?

I want to be able to email myself into the future, using Gmail. So for example, 3 months from now, I want to receive an email from myself reminding me to renew the license sticker on my car. How can I do this? If not Gmail, then how?
posted by esolo at 9:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me understand signal engineering and PLCs in less than a month

In a little more than a month I have a job interview for a job as a programmer/consultant at a European software company. The job description asks (among other things) for a background in signaling engineering and PLC programming which I don't have. They already know that this is the case, but as I'd really like to get this job, I'm thinking that I could maybe try to learn the basics before the interview to show that I'm serious. So MeFi, what would be some good books/resources on the web/... on signal engineering and PLCs?
posted by Friday at 9:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Mind your own damn business!

MeFites:Help me figure out the best way to deal with my ridiculously rude, yelling neighbor. [more inside]
posted by engling at 8:58 AM PST - 60 comments

Join some of the dots, throw the rest away

Map geeks: can I generate a polygon shapefile from the outline of a large collection of points? There's more detail, of course. [more inside]
posted by genghis at 8:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Learning stick is the easy part.

I have a 1964 (and a half) Mustang. The only problem is that it has not run since 1981. It has been on blocks in the garage. How much would it cost me to get it on the road again? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with a coworker/friend

Hormone filter...How do you tell a friend/coworker who has had a hysterectomy that she really, really needs to be on hormone therapy? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 8:27 AM PST - 56 comments

Is my T1 slow?

I get 3800kbps down on my cable connection at home, but I'm only getting 1300kbps down on my office full T1. How is this possible? Should my office get a better pipe?
posted by plexi at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Update Entire Field?

Microsoft Word Training Filter: Can anyone recommend any good, comprehensive online training courses for Microsoft Word 2007. Bonus points for: free or cheap. [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do with this BA piece of hardware?

I have a Dell Powervault 120T DLT Auto loader that is decommissioned at my workplace. I would like to do something cool with it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

los angeles taxi?

Can anyone recommend a good taxi service in Los Angeles to use on a Friday or Saturday night? I'm thinking 213 and downtown-ish. A few I've tried are always busy on hot nights. Thanks.
posted by fac21 at 7:42 AM PST - 0 comments

Windows photo reviewer?

Looking for a photo reviewer for Windows that will let me cull my bad photos quickly and efficiently. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

The three-star edition

Does there exist a reference to help determine when a particular newspaper went to press? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 7:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there some secret crumpler batcave no one's told me about?

Where in the Washington, D.C. area is a retailer that carries the 'million dollar home' line of Crumpler camera bags? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Bucket wash my car.

How do I wash my car without a hose? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:04 AM PST - 26 comments

Rose-coloured glass jar?

What the heck do I do with a jar of rose petal jam? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 6:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me find and buy cool maps in Ohio

Where can I browse and purchase antique maps in Ohio, specifically Columbus? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I move a heavy TV set?

How do I move a big tv set down two flights of stairs? Help me use brains rather than brawn. The 32" TV weighs 80 lbs. That by itself is challenging but what makes things really tough is that it's 23"x27"x31" and i can't get a grip around it. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 6:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Anonymous but cool

Would you pay to be anonymous with a cool domain name? [more inside]
posted by almost_wild at 3:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Pre-emptive round buying, or another way of celebrating the death of an asshole.

I occasionally read about people buying rounds of drinks for a bar on the death of some hated public figure. I’m interested in doing something similar for a public figure in particular, but I may well be not flush with cash when it happens, so I'd like to do the legwork for it in advance. [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 3:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Do you know the nicest way to San Jose?

Will be driving from LA to San Jose. Starting lunchtimeish on a weekday near Century City. Would ideally like to take as much of State Route 1 as possible and happy to split up the drive with an overnight at a motel or something on the way. Need to be in San Jose lunchtime the next day. Doable? Sensible? Should I take the 5/101 and forget about the scenery? And what are the highlights I shouldn't miss?
posted by humuhumu at 3:37 AM PST - 13 comments

What? I can't hear you!

Are active noise cancelling headphones safe for your hearing? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 1:53 AM PST - 14 comments

June 25

Song on H&M in-store radio

Name that tune! H&M on State Street in Chicago plays this song all the time and every time I go in, I try to get enough lyrics to look it up on the internet and I always fail. Girl singer (not Fiona Apple, but has the same rough edge and approximate range. Her tone is sweeter, though). The first lyric is something like "you've got her picture. you've got her picture. you've got her picture on your wall" and I think there's something about scars toward the end of the song. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

What web books do you recommend?

Wanted: 'WAI for dummkopfs'. Please recommend your favourite dead tree books on web design, usability, accessibility - or anything you wish the average corporate webmaster knew. [more inside]
posted by Catch at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Comcast v. Verizon

What internet service to use in Cambridge, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 9:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Teach like an Egyptian...?

I've been encouraged to apply as a possible guest lecturer/temporary teacher at the American University in Cairo. Basically, I guess they're developing a brand new campus with a state of the art media/art department and starting up new programs, and because I have a strong background in American media the faculty department there feels I may have something to offer. Thing is, although I'm a total travel addict, I've never lived overseas & have never even considered anything like this before. I'll be honest, I'm feeling pathetically clueless about this idea. I am just not sure yet how serious to take this. Aaaggghh! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 7:49 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss?

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I see a therapist on my parents' insurance without my parents finding out?

I would like to see a therapist. I am 19 years old, in the U.S., and on my parents' insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield), but I don't want them to find out. How can I see a therapist on their insurance without them finding out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 22 comments


Why are gay people so flamboyant? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 7:27 PM PST - 105 comments

China adventure tips

I'm traveling to china in a few weeks, for a few weeks. We're going from Beijing to several outer areas, staying in hostels, figuring things out as we go. What do we need to be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

So an improv wannabe walks into a bar....

Improv Comedy Filter: I just moved to Chicago and everyone tells me "To meet people like you, you gotta join an improv troup!" The problem is: there's like 30 of them, and they're all different. So Chicago (or improv) fans: What's the deal with these improv classes, which do you recommend, and what's the best way for a newbie to the city to get situated in the scene?
posted by moooshy at 6:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Strange Travelling Filter: I am trying to get to Singapore in the next few weeks from Madrid or New Jersey. Intrigued? Read on and humor me.

Strange Travelling Filter: I am trying to get to Singapore in the next few weeks from Madrid or New Jersey. Intrigued? Read on and humor me. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 6:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Buying a mobile home, without being taken for a ride.

What do I need to know about buying a used mobile home? Yes, I really want to do this. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 6:10 PM PST - 12 comments

How to search in conversations

ComputerScienceFilter: What algorithms or existing programs out there are good for searching files with conversation? Say I had the transcripts of every single AOL chatroom conversation. What algorithm would find dialogs about oranges if I searched for "oranges" and rank them according to relevance?
posted by lpctstr; at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Photographer's tour of Beijing?

I'm going to Beijing for a week in October. I would like to take some really great pictures. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

No holes in the roof please

Help: My Norfolk Island Pine is about to grow through the roof. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:59 PM PST - 14 comments

How and where should we beach camp on the Oregon coast?

Some friends and I would like to camp on the beaches of Oregon. What do we need to know and how do we go about it? [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 4:43 PM PST - 15 comments

who-the-heck-sings-this-song filter. Help me identify an obscure piece?

I've got this MP3 I'm trying to identify, and many attempts at googling the lyrics have left me wanting. The lyrics to the chorus are "you're feeling sorry, feeling sorry, alright... (snip) for nobody but yourself" It's a lady singing, very catty, chacha beat. Link to a snippet of the song is inside, if anyone could provide me artist/title/album or any of the above that would be fantastic! Thanks for considering it! [more inside]
posted by jwhowa at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

I can't see!!!

How do I replace my headlight bulbs on my 2002 Cavalier? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I fix my wireless connection?

Why has my wireless connection gone wonky? And how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Len at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Bars with a low-key vibe in Boston

Need suggestions for a grown-up bar/lounge in Boston [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 2:55 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I do with my overheating 1994 Nissan Sentra ?

What should I do with my 1994 Nissan Sentra ? It has 270K miles on it and now the water pump needs to be replaced. I don't want to put any more money into it. Will a scrapyard or a used parts dealer pay me for it ? How much should I expect to get ? Any specific recommendations for Tampa, Florida ? Thanks for your help !
posted by kingb at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

PayPal Security Question

If my PayPal account got compromised, would it be possible for someone to send themselves money funded by my credit card thats attached to the account? If that happened, could the credit card charges be disputed? Thanks
posted by jorlando at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Skin Cancer Here I Come

Elite tips on avoiding sunburns that go beyond the standard online guides about staying out of the sun during the middle of the day and finding a high SPF sunblock for a light-skinned person about to embark on 3 weeks of way-too-much sun. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 2:33 PM PST - 36 comments

work misery

Some knuckle-dragging, hot-dog eating dufus at work thinks it's okay to yell at me. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 2:27 PM PST - 61 comments

Burning Map

What's the easiest way to turn the Google Maps for a certain area (at the highest resolution) into a big JPEG? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Ok, just piss off!

How do you deal with irritating people? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Make some vroom for me in the driver's seat.

If you've taken a defensive driving course, did you think it was worth it? And.. Any driving school recommendations in the Toronto area?
posted by catburger at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

audio stimulation for stroke victim

Audio stimulation for stroke victim. How can I do bulk downloading of podcasts, as a simple library on an mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

What's this thing called?

In my old office, we had a machine that would enlarge 8.5"x11" flyers into poster-sized prints. What's it called and where do I get one? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

1 trillion btyes of beer on the wall...

GPG/PGP: Is it possible to verify that a file is a valid GPG/PGP file before decrypting it, without a signature? [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Mix-and-match bathing suit sizes?

Mrs. Windphone wears one bathing suit size on top and another on the bottom. We're looking for a store or website that will let you mix and match sizes — or buy bathing suit tops and bottoms separately — and so far we've been coming up empty-handed. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Cover me! Over!

Does anybody know of any software (Prefer free, web-based or hosted but want to hear it all) for easy and simple mapping of radio station coverage? [more inside]
posted by puddpunk at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Make My Son's Birthday Rock

PS3 Filter: is "Bully" for PS2 compatible with PS3? Can't find via compatibility list, hoping someone here can educate me. Also, which is the best headset to use with PS3 for online play, in terms of low-cost and ease of use? Specifically, for playing "Resistance: Fall of Man" with clan members online.
posted by misha at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How much is a life worth?

Educate me about life insurance. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Drugs for dogs

What are some good online sources for pet medicine? Medicine from my vet is expensive, and I want to get the best price without sacrificing quality, service, or my dog's health. [more inside]
posted by kyleg at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Content Management Platform w/integrated BitTorrent Tracker?

Is there a simple, themed content management platform with an intergrated BitTorrent tracker module? [more inside]
posted by limon at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

something wrong - patrick? you're sweating.

BusinessCardFilter: I'm looking for something convenient that will keep a small number of business cards tidy - inside my wallet. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

one man with a dream and some steel cable.

I have seen steel cable used as cool magnetic bulletin boards before, which got me thinking.... If I were to run horizontal steel cable at a consitent heigth around all 4 walls of my home office, what could I do with it? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Which student loan is best?

I'll be borrowing $22,200 to pay for school. All other things being equal, which loan is best? All three options have a 10-year term. Loan #1: 5.55% fixed rate; 1% principal rebate after 12 months; a second 1% principal rebate after 24 months Loan #2: 5.55% fixed rate; zero payments for the last 6 months Loan #3: 6.55% fixed rate; a 3.3% principal rebate after 33 months [more inside]
posted by kakes at 12:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Connect my MacBook to my laser printer via bluetooth

I have a MacBook and a Brother HP 2040 small laser printer. How can I connect them via bluetooth so that I don't have to use a cable? The MacBook has bluetooth but the printer doesn't. Is there an adapter for the printer? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Technical midget persuing a giant of a project

I want to build an engine as a hobby. How misguided is this, and how would I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 11:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Meetup frequencies

I started a meetup group 2 weeks ago that really took off, and we did a meetup at a restaurant and 10 turned out. Now I'm wondering when to schedule the next one. Help! [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

More work = more money?

How much should a technical team lead be making relative to a developer? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

WordPress: How to resize and cache images on the fly?

WordpressFilter: I'd like to upload an image, resize it to 3 different sizes, cache the thumbnails, and grab the URL of the cached images using some kind of [?php thumb_1(); ?] or [?php thumb_2(); ?] template tag within the loop. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Can my computer upstairs power a monitor and cordless keyboard downstairs?

After only living in tiny apartments, I'm moving to a two story house, but I'm an utter newbie about household networking. Here's the main dilemma: Upstairs, in my office, my Macbook Pro will power an external monitor and keyboard. That's where I'll do most of my work. Downstairs, I intend to buy a 52" HD monitor to watch DVDs. I'd like the option to sometimes work down there....with the upstairs computer driving the downstairs monitor, and using a cordless keyboard that talks to the upstairs computer. Note: I won't ever need to drive monitors simultaneously. Is there any way to do this? Or do I need to buy a downstairs computer, and network the computers so both HD's are kept dynamically in synch (e.g. via Leopard's "Time Machine")? That'd be more expensive, though I could probably get away with using a pretty old/crappy computer downstairs (so long as its HD is at least as large as the one upstairs so they can synch properly, and so long as it has enough video ram to drive the large monitor).
posted by jimmyjimjim at 11:25 AM PST - 24 comments

How safe is torrent now?

Asking for a friend, and as an update to old askme. Since it's been more than a year, how hazardous is it to continue to use the p2p torrent sites? [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Replacement foam for a larger Pelican case

Need to some replacement foam for a larger Pelican case. [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking a certain new nonfiction book about Germany in WW II

Help me find a new (I think) nonfiction book about Germany in World War II. All I know about it: It MAY have been recently mentioned in the NY Times (a search there failed) and one memorable scene. In the scene, a German pilot writes about flying over Normandy on D-Day, seeing the sheer mass of the Allied force, and knowing right then that the war was lost for his country. I know it's not much to go on, but can anyone help?
posted by GaelFC at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Go green or save green?

Should I switch to green power, wind power, or whatever is cheapest? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 11:08 AM PST - 24 comments

OS X plugins

Novice programmer; OS X plugin question... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Belly button problem

Possibly disgusting medical question regarding the belly button... [more inside]
posted by Hugh2d2 at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

How to combat receding gums?

Help! My teeth are just fine, but my gums seem to be receding. I can't see my dentist for three months. What can I do in the meantime?
posted by krisken at 10:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Who is this woman?

Who is this woman? A while ago, I saw this image on Shorpy and the woman on the right shaking hands looks very very familiar to me. Please help me track down where I've seen her image before... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 10:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Help with my stained stainless steel!

Silverwarefilter: As much as I hate to waste a mefi question on this, but I feel I have to because it's driving me crazy. I have a set of stainless steel silverware and a set of cutlery also made of stainless steel (different brands/sets). We wash them in the dishwasher and they are constantly getting these orange like rust stains on them. How do I get rid of these? They can be rubbed off with some heavy scrubbing but I want the stains to stop recurring. Any ideas?
posted by wile e at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I foreclose on my house?

I have a crappy house that is falling apart and keeping me from moving on with my life. Should I foreclose on my house? [more inside]
posted by simpleperson at 9:26 AM PST - 26 comments

BlackBerry as laptop replacement

BlackBerry: can my new 8830 replace my laptop (or come really close)? I want to be able to view and edit Word and Excel files, view PDFs (including those on the web), and keep my documents (about 1.5 GB worth) on my BlackBerry. I'm willing to pay, but there are some complications . . . [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

What is this Typeface?

What is This Type Filter: Seen here. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 9:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Triangle hotel toilet paper fold

How do you fold toilet paper into a little triangle like they do in hotels?
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Mmmm, tapioca pearls...

Where can I find bubble tea in Columbia, South Carolina? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 9:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to go around NYC to see the meteor shower on August 12?

Where to go around NYC to see the meteor shower on August 12? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

My tap water tastes flat

Can I make my tap water better, or is it time to get bottled water delivery? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I get an automatically generated line graph from a text file with a list of numbers?

Is there a program that can automatically create line graphs from a text file with a list of numbers? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Touchscreens for LCDs (since I can't do a CRT-style light pen interface)

TouchpanelFilter: Is it possible to order "bare" touchscreens without the logic? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

New York, New York, etc, etc.

Night out in Manhattan. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Best Bluetooth Headset?

Best bluetooth headset? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 8:02 AM PST - 8 comments

What's up with this weirdo cat?

One of our cats acts all weird and aggressive whenever we get home from a trip. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Cookiebastard at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Batch editing photo dates

While on vacation, I bought a new camera but accidentally set the date to 2006, not 2007. I want to fix this, but keep still keep the dates in order. Is there a quick way to batch edit a large set of photos where I can simply roll the date forward a year instead of having to go in individually to change each date? I've found a mac program that does this, but have yet to find a windows one. Flickr has something similar, but you can only roll forward a couple of days.
posted by nyu2 at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Relationship counselor in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Looking for marriage/relationship counseling in Minneapolis/St. Paul area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

My Mom Keeps Losing Her Wallet

Help! Elderly mother, who lives 2 states away, keeps losing her wallet/purse. Any innovative ideas to help her keep track of thing? More follows..... [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 7:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Colonial style reproduction or antique furniture in Massachussetts

MA furniture filter: looking for reproduction or antique living room / bedroom furniture and lighting near Worcester, MA. [more inside]
posted by snatchos at 7:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Stage my hellstrip...and staging resources needed.

What is the best thing to plant in the hellstrip/parkway in terms of selling a house? Also, best resources for staging a house to sell? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 7:07 AM PST - 8 comments

What Constitutes a Verbal Contract?

About a year ago I agreed (verbally) to do some programming work for a startup in exchange for a small amount of equity. In the meantime I've lost faith that this equity will be worth anything. Can I decline to do this work, or have I made a binding verbal contract that I must now fulfill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I get money from a shady business?

A shady business, a surprise firing, thousands of dollars up in the air. What have I gotten myself into? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Book Podcast legal question.

Say I did a five minute podcast about books (promoting new titles or backlist I love), could I read a small section of the book (less than five minutes worth) without getting permission?
posted by drezdn at 6:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get Jelly Babies in the Twin Cities?

Where can I get Jelly Babies in the Twin Cities? I'm looking for some Jelly Babies, and being that the Twin Cities aren't quite the UK, I'm having a hard time finding them. I've also googled for places that may sell marmite in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but still no luck.
posted by adamwolf at 6:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Memory Foam vs Pocket Springs - Which one too choose?

Which bed mattress would you pick? Mattress with 3,600 Pocket springs or Memory Foam? [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 5:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Website forms question

I want to cut down on the chance of getting spam from a form on a website I maintain, so I want to incorporate the kind of thing I have seen on other websites where you have to enter a set of jumbled letters or numbers in order to submit a form or buy a ticket. What is that called? How is it set up and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by worker_bee at 5:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Dante/Italian filter: Nuova or Nova?

Looking for a quick and simple explanation as to the difference between "La Vita Nuova" (with a u), and "La Vita Nova". [more inside]
posted by Nugget at 2:49 AM PST - 8 comments

What's it like to work in the Navy's Nuclear Power program.

Looking for stories from anybody involved with the Navy's Nuclear Power program. [more inside]
posted by concrete at 2:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I legally use celebrity's names in a browser-based game?

In a browser-based game, am I allowed to use the real names of actors and actresses, or do I need to use similar sounding names so as not to get into legal trouble? [more inside]
posted by slater at 12:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Compressing Dolphin vocalizations and Boat noise?

Hi there, I am doing an honours project on the effects of boat noise on dolphin communication and my supervisor had this idea of using compression to analyse this. He basically suggested that we record dolphin vocalizations in the presence and absence of boat noise, and then compress the files and determine which compresses more (dolphin sounds with the boat noise, or dolphin sounds without the boat noise). His thinking was that less complex sounds should compress less...so he thinks that boat noise will compress less than dolphin vocalizations. Thus, if dolphin vocalizations happen to compress more in the presence of boat noise than they do without the boat noise...this would sort of imply they are "losing information" so to speak. Does this make sense? [more inside]
posted by Racergirl at 12:37 AM PST - 15 comments

recurring armpit rash

I've had this recurring armpit rash for several months now. At first I thought it was brought on by chafing (I do manual labor for a living). Then other members of my family started getting it (I could have got it from them). We've tried different types of bath soap and deodorant. I've just now switched away from different versions of the crystal deodorant stone. (I used the actual stone for about 15 years with no problems. I recently tried two different liquid versions). My wife thought it was a yeast infection that we're all passing around via the bath soap. I tried doing some googling and was overwhelmed at the plethora of different explanations that came up. Thought I'd give it a shot here. It's painful if it progresses too far. I've been keeping it in check with hydrocortisone cream.
posted by keith0718 at 12:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Pain, pain go away.

Femalefilter: What is this sharp pain? [more inside]
posted by hannahq at 12:13 AM PST - 20 comments

June 24

Are my dreams old or am I crazy?

DreamFilter: I sometimes 'remember' dreams for the first time when awake, but seem to think that they occurred weeks ago. Did they? Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 11:10 PM PST - 15 comments

free webmail pop HTML-mode

Free webmail with HTML mode, allows embedded graphics, does not have embedded advertising, and retrieves POP mail? Need it only for a month. [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Michigan Travel Excitement

We’re heading up to the northern shore area of MI from Chicago mid-July and want to know about any exciting (safe) adventures like jet boat rides, dune buggy rides, zip lines, etc. that are memorable and “not to miss” while in the area. In the past, we have found some of these experiences are not mentioned AAA books or online travel sites. Thanks!
posted by thebarron at 9:28 PM PST - 9 comments

New House & New Sufur Smell - What do we do?!

We've just moved into a new house and we've noticed a strange odor both inside and outside most nights since we've been here. It's our first house ever and we're at a loss with regards what to do... [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:23 PM PST - 30 comments

What is the name of this "yellow" 60s/70s song?

StonerMusicFilter: Please help me find the name of a 60s/70s song that has the line (I think) "shade of yellow". [more inside]
posted by solongxenon at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Job Interview for my First Postdoc - help!

I have just finished my PhD (Biochemistry) and will shortly be having a job interview for my first postdoctoral position. What can I expect in the interview? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I regulate my exercise?

I'm working on improving my exercise habits, and I need some help on regulating them. How do I maintain useful aerobic exercise without going too light or too heavy? My body and my mind are fighting against me. [more inside]
posted by JZig at 7:26 PM PST - 19 comments

How much should you get paid installing satellite dishes in Iraq

Someone I know is working in Iraq (Camp Anaconda, AKA Mortar City) installing satellite dishes, and I think he's being ripped off on his pay. How much should he be getting paid?
posted by Jairus at 6:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Scotchy scotch scotch. Get in my belly.

I'm getting married in September and I want to get my guy a nice bottle of scotch as a wedding gift. [more inside]
posted by sutel at 5:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Drivecleaner virus and firefox. Why is drivecleaner stalking me?

Firefox and disk cleaner virus - not sure if I have the virus or not.... [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a DVD "A Father's Choice"

Looking for a dvd "A Father's Choice", cant seem to find it. Googled for it, still cant find it. Any ideas? info at imdb and the movie trailer google video
posted by IronWolve at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What are your most absurd, thought provoking questions?

What are you most absurd, thought-provoking questions? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 4:46 PM PST - 143 comments

Syntax Error at Line 1, Column 61?

Mystery error ... possibly with MagpieRSS in WordPress' rss.php, but I can't figure out how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 4:41 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I not shock and dismay my normal family?

While I love my family, I want to claim the other half of my heritage (my father’s side of the family) in an upcoming visit. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 4:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for a contemporary workspace.

I'm looking for a cool but usable computer desk for my new place. [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 4:07 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I consider before my son's surgery?

I'm looking for thoughtful advice/opinions on whether to have an elective surgical procedure performed on my son. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 3:27 PM PST - 35 comments

No jokes about self-love please

Loving myself and loving others: Your tips and tricks please. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 3:12 PM PST - 25 comments

2 Cats in a Car

PetFilter: I am about to travel over 1000 miles with two cats in one car. The cats get along together. Both are healthy, about two years old, and hate car trips (usually because it takes them to the vet). We are only going to stop once for the night. I need your advice, opinions, and experiences to make this move easier for all involved.
posted by contog at 2:44 PM PST - 20 comments

What are the best Safari plugins?

What are the best Safari plugins? [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 1:26 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I say no without being mean?

I have problems saying "no thanks" on dates. Help me be honest without being mean. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly at 1:07 PM PST - 96 comments

Experience with canine distemper?

Sadfilter: Does anyone have experience with canine distemper? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Each week we clean the house, and listen to a variety of different stories while we clean the house...

What are your recommendations for good radio programs? I need something online to listen to while I clean house. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 1:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Safe areas for a SCAD student to live in Downtown Savannah?

Safe area for a student to live in Savannah's downtown historic district? [more inside]
posted by apipameme at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Teach an old iPod new tricks?

3rd gen 10gb ipod... working fine but not worth much. What cool stuff can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by tomw at 12:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Save me from last.fm embarrassment!

Recommend me some music to run to. My current favorite album to run to is Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSongs: it's pretty good musically, a little cocky in the lyrics, and is paced perfectly, leading me to run between 8:15 and 8:45 miles. I'd appreciate any suggestions to provide variety, saving me from the embarrassment of having JT as my top artist on last.fm. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 12:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Cycle fitness

How can my push-bike stay healthy if stored outdoors? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 12:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Slowing the RSS Tide

Is it possible, via a intermediary website or some other method, to delay an RSS feed, causing posts to hit Google Reader and/or iTunes a chosen amount of hours/days after being published?
posted by boombot at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Best current community blog software?

Wanted: latest advice and software recommendations for starting a community blog. [more inside]
posted by scrumtralescent at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Andreana Weiner: recent-ish pictures plz?

Can you find me some more recent pictures of Andreana Weiner, an American actress, other than from the ST:TNG s07e07 "Dark Page" with which co-stars a young Kirsten Dunst? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I get a job at a sushi place?

How can I get a job at a sushi restaurant? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How to switch a Treo 700p from Verizon to Sprint?

Is it possible to use a Verizon-branded Treo 700p with Sprint service?
posted by bdk3clash at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

think globally, exchange ideas locally

What cities around the world are considered global crossroads where ideas are exchanged? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 11:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Nobody Walks into traffic in LA... we hope!

Can anyone please provide some standard legal language for a walking tour release form to be used in California? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

This rash, it itches.

What the hell is this rash? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 10:18 AM PST - 20 comments

What does "black tie" mean for women?

Black tie dress codes: do I have to go and get myself a dress? How "formal" does it have to be? [more inside]
posted by handee at 10:12 AM PST - 46 comments


Castanets! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Avoiding wrinkled shirts!

ClothingFilter: When dressing casually, I often wear button-down shirts out, rather than tucked in. The problem is that the moment you sit down, the bottom third of the shirt becomes a wrinkled mess, and looks terrible. Assuming I'm not going to remain standing forever, is there a particular brand, type, or material of shirt that avoids this problem?
posted by lsemel at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can I buy cotton candy in Calgary?

Where can I buy cotton candy in Calgary, Alberta? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Why Does GMail Hate My Jokes?

How can I stop Google Gmail from blocking my OUTGOING emails to my distribution list? [more inside]
posted by Corky at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Vertical Blinds: replacement slats (vanes)?

Vertical Blinds: replacement slats (vanes)? [more inside]
posted by NYScott at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Low cost MRI?????

Is there such a thing as low cost MRI's? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Triggering stuff after connecting to a network

OS X: Automatically trigger actions after connecting to a network. [more inside]
posted by uncle harold at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I creative or is it all coincidence?

Is my knack for coming up with "revolutionary" social policy ideas independently of the thinkers who get a lot of media attention for them anything special? And what can I do with it? More explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I get over a friendship breakup?

How do I get over a friendship breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Free/cheap VJ software with FLV support and sound output?

Looking for free or cheap VJ software with FLV support and sound output. [more inside]
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl at 5:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Why couldn't you just leave them alone!

Dog got cut on leg. Dog got 4 stitches. Dog rips out stitches. Vet is closed. Now what? [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 5:17 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I begin to teach myself "real" stop-motion animation?

After years of saggy play-doh models, Legos, dolls kidnapped from young cousins, cardboard sets, and detailing the play-doh with the tip of a dried-out ball point pen ... I'm interested in taking the next step in stop motion animation. Changing facial expressions! Custom colors not available in Crayola's play-doh catalog! Sophisticated sets! All this and more at 24 frames per second! But - how do I equip myself? Which books should I read, the really useful ones that'll be worth their price? Which materials (clay, armatures, etc) are best, and which ones to avoid? What sort of tools? A couple more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 1:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Please be a pawn in my music search!

It's a minimalist album, the title of which is a chess move...it exists, right? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 1:03 AM PST - 8 comments

June 23

Help me find a cool little unix http utility I can't remember!

I saw a really cool unix utility the other day blogged about somewhere, that in addition to some little boring http-ey tasks I can't remember, it also served as a tiny little HTTP-server-in-a-pinch like so: ./magicutil file.tar and boom, http://localhost/file.tar is alive. What was it!? Note: please don't try to find something that can /probably/ do this or show me a cool python script that will - this did some other cool stuff too I can't remember!
posted by floam at 11:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you balls hang low? Can you swing them too and fro?

My left testicle is suddenly hanging significantly lower than the right. Eek. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 PM PST - 22 comments

two guys and a car

Where should I stop on my drive back from Miami to Raleigh? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 10:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I pack for air travel these days?

Dear seasoned travelers of MeFi, help me plan for my trip to PDX. I haven't flown in a while and am a bit nervous about the whole airport security thing. I want to avoid issues with the TSA and airline workers, so if you would, please give me suggestions on packing. [more inside]
posted by Lynsey at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Apply for a loan to help my credit?

I am in my 20's, have no debt and have no need for a loan; should I get one anyways to help my credit? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 9:05 PM PST - 18 comments

TV show recommendations?

I need some recommendations for new TV shows to check out on DVD. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 8:58 PM PST - 48 comments

Where to go in Europe for Cheap

My wife and I are avid travelers - we usually do one or two trips abroad each year. The past few trips have been to Rome and Athens. This year, we were thinking of going to Paris (we've not been there together). However, there are two problems: 1) the dollar is doing crap-all against the Euro. 2) we have one-year old twins. Suffice it to say, the budget for travel will be tight. We can take care of a place to stay and airfare. We don't eat expensively (we prefer to eat native) and our interests are museums, learning, and generally absorbing culture. What place in Europe will be relatively easy on the wallet?
posted by ca_little at 8:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Identity theft - help!

I am having problems with a debt collection agency who are being mean to me after an identity theft incident. Does anybody have any good advice? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 8:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Drafting a new roommate

How hard is it to find a roommate in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

what is Iron Chef Morimoto trying to say?

My wife and I just had the opportunity to meet Iron Chef Morimoto and he signed a menu for us. I can read Japanese up to maybe the 3rd grade level so this is beyond me. Can someone help translate this? Here's a pic of the menu.
posted by edjusted at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find the most affordable solar panels to power my dorm room?

Where can I find the most affordable solar panels to power my dorm room? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 7:23 PM PST - 27 comments

LOLest Japanese online TV pls, thx.

I'm looking for online streams of Japanese TV, with as many game shows as possible. [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Implant vs. bridge

Is an implant a solution to the terrible removeable bridge I just got? It's my front tooth and the tooth next to it. I hate the bridge, it hurts, I can't eat, what I do eat I can't taste, I can't talk--it sounds like I'm drunk I slur so much and all around I'm very unhappy. This removeable bridge replaces a failed fixed bridge. The root canal on the front tooth went bad and the fixed bridge to which it was attached failed and couldn't be repaired. I'm very unhappy with the new (temporary) bridge and wonder if I can get an implant instead of going ahead with permanent removeable bridge. Anyone have a similar experience or recommendation?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me work less and live.

How do I work as little and as flexibly as possible, and yet earn enough money to live? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 5:32 PM PST - 29 comments

iTunes annoyance

When I right-click the iTunes icon in the Windows system tray, often the taskbar context menu will pop up at the same time and interfere with the iTunes menu, like this. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Aloysius Bear at 4:38 PM PST - 8 comments

visitors from china

my sister in law's parents are visiting from China and they want to take a 3-4 day trip someplace in the states. suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 4:32 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the deal with PhotoReading?

What's the deal with Photoreading? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 4:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Life insurance for senior dad?

Should I buy life insurance for my 63-year old father? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Gotta get out of this place

Help me plan a weekend getaway in upstate New York and save my sanity. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 3:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Where does this quote come from?

"Who are you? Are you good enough to eat?" What movie or sound clip is this from? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Did animals die during the making of Milo and Otis?

I remember watching Milo and Otis as a kid, and loving it - but the playground gossip told me that heaps of animals were injured in the making of it... is this 6yo urban legend, or fact?
posted by jonathanstrange at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Wanted: Nike sunglasses from mid-90's or similar.

I had a pair of Nike sunglasses that I bought in 1995 or 1996. (I think I bought them at an outlet, so they might have been even earlier model.) They were the only sunglasses I ever bought that looked good on me, and I would like another pair or something similar. Details in extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Easy way to sell documents on the web?

Is there any easy way to sell downloadable electronic documents (PDF format) on the web? I'd prefer that it be closely integrated into the interface of an existing website that I maintain. I'm looking for a system where someone chooses a document they want to buy, pays through a third-party site (and the third party then passes the money on to me), and the document is instantly made available to the customer. I know about sites like Lulu.com, etc., but I would prefer that this be done on my website.
posted by jayder at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Feel like bestowing me with a snappy DJ moniker?

DJ name me, if you please. [more inside]
posted by freudenschade at 1:30 PM PST - 76 comments

event planning carcon calculator

I am looking for a friendly carbon-footprint estimator for events (small business meetings or conferences). I have been googling around but can't fine one that I saw about a month ago. I am looking for something that would give me a quick estimate based on # people, distance traveled, and number of days/space. Thanks.
posted by cgk at 1:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Which mind machines

Mind machines – Do you currently use any particular model? I've been using "Mind Gear" and Theta’s "Voyager" for about 10 years, but they kept breaking, and now I want to get a new box. Which one would you recommend?
posted by growabrain at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a Field Guide to French Pastries?

I want to try every French pastry, over time, and be systematic about it. Walking into a big patisserie, we’re overwhelmed by choice, so before our next trip to France, I’d like to make up a life list. But I haven’t been able to find a complete list of pastries on the web nor in cookbooks. What resources am I overlooking? Let me know your own favorites, including regional specialties. Also, if you know any outstanding patisseries/boulangeries in Normandy or the Loire Valley, please share. My sweet tooth thanks you.
posted by sevenstars at 12:54 PM PST - 11 comments

8 months, no pain meds - long enough?

Have I given the "no analgesics" strategy long enough to work on my chronic daily headache (CDH) AKA "coexisting migraine and tension-type headache" [more inside]
posted by egk at 12:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Is live-monitoring a USB mic in Audition 1.5 possible?

Live monitoring a USB mic in Adobe Audition 1.5: can it be done, or not? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

A World of Warcraft mod to make life easier to quest?

World of Warcraft filter: Is there any mods out there that show you where to for the quest? instead of searching for hours... [more inside]
posted by spinko at 12:06 PM PST - 15 comments

State Song

There's "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Georgia on my Mind." How many other states have songs dedicated to them? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 11:40 AM PST - 74 comments

What gives with these back spasms?

Why does my back spasm when someone talks behind my back (in the literal sense)? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Third party stereo mix recording

Is there any way to do Stereo Mix recording in Windows Vista when the soundcard does not support this feature?
posted by punishinglemur at 10:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Need to know about airline security now

Do I need a ticket to go through airport security? [more inside]
posted by nax at 9:29 AM PST - 36 comments

racer to hybrid conversion = just plain dumb?

Is it worth rebuilding my racer (bike) or should I just buy a new hybrid/tourer? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 9:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Dog biting

Why has my perfectly nice dog with no history of biting suddenly doing it? Please help me save my face. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 8:53 AM PST - 31 comments

Name that book: whatever, oh well

Someone told me about a book in which a woman character says two prayers every day: in the morning, "Whatever!" and before bed, "Oh well!" Anyone know the title?
posted by clavicle at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me learn how to sing!

So, I want to work on my (admittedly lacking) singing skills. Is there any way I can do this online? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Short-term memory loss continues 1-2 days after I smoke marijuana.

Sometimes when I smoke marijuana, my short-term memory remains nuked for 1-2 days after I smoke. This symptom doesn't seem to be correlated with the amount of marijuana smoked, and does not reliably happen when I smoke the same marijuana twice (i.e., it's not bad/different weed that causes it). It usually happens when I drink moderate amounts of alcohol in addition to smoking, but not always. Does this happen to other people? Is this harmful? Is it possible to counteract this effect? Does this mean I should completely stop smoking marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 27 comments

what should i take to a psychiatrist?

what should i take to a psychiatrist? i'm 33, have recently separated from work, never had a relationship and am seeing him for depression. i've had four sessions, and he's asking me to bring in things so he gets a better idea of who i am. i didn't think to ask what (i will) but i figure creative things eg: my folio with paintings/drawings/artwork is a start. what would you recommend?
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Importance, and cost, of braces for an adult?

How important is it for me to get braces as an adult? If it's critical, how much would they cost, and how could I afford them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I access a work PC from home - file access only?

How do I access files on my work PC from home? I just need to share files, not take control of the computer. [more inside]
posted by valleys at 6:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Is there any freeware that helps to mix songs ?

Is there any freeware that can seamlessly fade in and out tracks that i compile as a mix CD ? [more inside]
posted by Yiba at 6:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Bed floating in a river art?

Is anyone familiar with a surreal painting that shows a man and a woman lying in a bed that is floating down a river? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:09 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the name of the French pig ad?

Looking for the name and/or pictures of a classic French advert with a pig. [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 4:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Analysing music files online

Is it possible to analyse audio files in php/flash? More specifically bitrate, tempo and conversion between media formats. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 3:30 AM PST - 8 comments

How not to be anal about finding a good career

How to stop obsessing about the perfect career? Trying to choose between becoming a librarian or speech pathologist. [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 3:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Any recommended online computer hardware shops who are based in Asia and are willing to ship to Australia?

Hello All! I'm under the impression that computer hardware is quite cheap in Asia compared to here in Australia. My question is: are there any good online retailers, who are based online, based in Asia, willing to ship to Australia and accepts Paypal? Good prices a must! Thanks everyone.
posted by Jimmeh at 2:59 AM PST - 6 comments

ID a song

What is the name of this recognizable and prevalent piece of classical music in the background of California's "Flex Your Power" TV ads
posted by pacifica at 1:11 AM PST - 3 comments

June 22

I'm fine, really...

My move is exactly 7 days away. I have a short fuse which I NEED to curb. Please help me to do so... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 11:47 PM PST - 25 comments

What's a sensible way to manage my diverse drawings?

Best way to manage sketchbooks? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 10:41 PM PST - 6 comments

How to activate Vista with an uprgrade key?

Windows Vista Activation: can I move from and un-activated install to Home Premium Upgrade in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 9:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to buy Double Happiness cigarettes?

Where can one find Double Happiness cigarettes in New York City? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 8:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Chicago Lawyers

ChicagoFilter: Seeking lawyer recommendations for landlord/tenant law in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by cajo at 7:27 PM PST - 5 comments

I need more free stolen music

Help me discover more country music. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 6:20 PM PST - 77 comments

Oh no! Metal stud!

How to securely attach my double-monitor wall mount? I thought I would just be screwing two 5/16 lag screws into the stud, no worries. As soon as I drilled the pilot hole I discovered that I don't have standard wooden studs there. Instead, the stud is metal. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How to monitor processes sending out data over the Internet in Mac OS X?

I had a problem recently with my school's network shutting down my dormitory Ethernet port because of some suspicious activity originating from my computer, a MacBook Pro. It occurred when I was not at my computer at all (and it was in a location secure from any other in-person manipulation). I vaguely recall that there exists a program on Mac OS X that records, and asks for confirmation for, every application that tries to send data out over the Internet. Anyone ever see such a thing? [more inside]
posted by sappidus at 5:59 PM PST - 3 comments

LibraryThing for Music?

I've fallen in love with LibraryThing...but I wonder if there is a MusicThing? [more inside]
posted by mattr at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Do people still make Ragga-Jungle?

Do people still make Ragga-Jungle? Jump-up? If so, can you recommend some artists to go look for. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 3:45 PM PST - 17 comments

xp can't handle 4GB of ram?

I was under the impression that windows XP SP2 supported 4GB of physical ram so I recently bought 2 additional GB. cpu-z says it's all there but windows is only reporting 2.87GB. If the OS doesn't report it my applications can't use it, can they? Now, I understand the .87 part of that number since .125GB is used for video, but where'd the other 1GB go, or was I miss informed? [more inside]
posted by Grod at 3:38 PM PST - 13 comments

key signature database?

Is there a database/website that has key signature information on popular songs.... (.e. U2 "Where The Streets Have No Name" key of D major)
posted by mrmarley at 3:20 PM PST - 1 comment

What are some small, swift laptops without Vista?

Where is the small, swift laptop without vista? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 3:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Harpers Ferry Weekend Honeymoon for the Carless

Newlyweds in DC planning a quick weekend honeymoon up in Harper's Ferry, WV. Difficulty: carless. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

How much should I pay for a website?

Your a small restaurant, say ~$2M in sales/year, you want a web site, what's it worth? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 2:35 PM PST - 38 comments

Does anyone know of a company that makes a single metal file drawer?

Does anyone know of a company that makes a single file drawer? I mean in metal (or some other sturdy material, ie. hard plastic) like a file cabinet but with only one drawer. I found this, but this is carboard, so not good for my purposes, but the form is perfect. I've searched and searched on the internet and I can't find anything, but it seems like something that should exist. Can anyone help?
posted by semidivine at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Making two rows into one in Excel

AnotherExcelQuestion: Data that is in two rows needs to be in 1 row. I know it can be done manually, but I have data for 998 individuals to deal with. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 2:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Should we get a hedgehog?

Looking for personal experiences of folks who've kept hedgehogs for pets... [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 12:46 PM PST - 20 comments


GDM KDE GNOME KDM XDM XFCE ARGH! Logon manager? Window managers? KDM that can load GNOME? I am so confused on this topic of the differences and how they all fit together. Can someone point out some good things to read on the topics? Something that ties it all together?
posted by tcv at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Natural Language Parsing library?

A freely distributable Natural Langage Parsing library? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Wine, Women and Song

How do I take care of my liver? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:30 PM PST - 25 comments

thrift store axe needs TOP doc

who-- in the bay/northbay area-- should repair the headstock/neck joint cracks on my 1963 marcelino lopez flamenco guitar? [more inside]
posted by oigocosas at 12:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking Testiomnials From Arise Certified Professionals

Does anyone have experience as an Arise Certified Professional? If so, please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

XMHelp!! XML and MyPHPAdmin import problem

MySQL, PHPMyAdmin and XML imports/export problem... [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Help with iPhoto

How can I use iPhoto to put my photos online? [more inside]
posted by triolus at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

How to make secure PDA

How can I make my PDA secure? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I hide completely?

How do I hide properly? Is a PO Box enough? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:51 AM PST - 38 comments

Laser Hair Removal

Columbus, OH Filter: Any recommendations for laser hair removal and/or electrolysis in central Ohio? Any specific clinics/doctors I should avoid?
posted by anonymous at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

pizza by air

Who has the best New York pizza by FedEx? [more inside]
posted by zek at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

So Much Yeast, So Little Time

What do I do with all this yeast? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 10:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Choosing between size, safety, location in an LA rental.

Priorities when choosing somewhere to live? Safety? Size? Location? As new parents to be in an expensive city, help us decide what we can give up. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Off-the-beaten-path things to do near Lewiston, Maine

I'll be spending next week with my wife in the midcoast region of Maine. (Just outside of Lewiston-Auburn.) She has family there, so she has spent plenty of time at all of the touristy things around. What off-the-beaten-path things can I suggest for us, within about an hour of Lewiston?
posted by Plutor at 10:25 AM PST - 33 comments

Best solution for group-sharing photos

What is the best web resource for sharing large numbers of photos between a fairly large group of people? [more inside]
posted by dseaton at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

How can we be randomly assigned to bedrooms?

My future flatmates and I would like to be randomly assigned to the bedrooms in our apartment. There are three of us, but one of us is currently overseas until we move in. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Selling a car: the details.

Selling a car, step-by-step. Help, please? (Massachusetts) [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Satellite phone rental in bay area

Where can I rent a satellite phone in the bay area (CA)? [more inside]
posted by ill3 at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Percussion instrument recommendations.

I'm interested in buying some cool, portable, percussion instruments over the next few months. I'd be willing to spend up to $200 per piece, and I'd like them to be beginner friendly. What should I start with? Are there any instruments I should avoid because they break too easy, etc? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 9:02 AM PST - 17 comments

OK, I'm a freelance writer. Now what?

How can I parlay the sudden improvement of my freelance writing resume into career advancement? [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

If this car's a-rocking, will I be spending a lot of money, or crash and die on the highway?

Why does my car make knocking sounds and get all swervy? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:27 AM PST - 22 comments

How did I get a fat lip?

Last night I was at a party and drank too much wine. When I got home I puked and went to bed. Today I woke up with a fat lip. What happened and is it doctor-visit-worthy? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Pain under foot when waklking.

Yesterday I started feeling pain when I walk. It happens when my foot is bent upwards, before taking your foot off the surface. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Where did my thunderbird email go?

I lost all of my thunderbird email while transferring my local hardrive to my company server - where could it be? [more inside]
posted by copernicus at 8:01 AM PST - 4 comments

My filthy capitalist dreams can ride on the wings of religion. Maybe.

I would like to form a new religion for personal gain, and am wondering how to go about it. Legally. [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 8:01 AM PST - 29 comments

My last boss was a jerk

I gave notice at my last job, then was 'fired' before the end of my notice period. What options do I have (in Florida)? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Docking Stations and Laptop Battery Life

LaptopFilter: Am I decreasing the effective lifespan of my battery by using a docking station 95% of the time? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 7:52 AM PST - 8 comments


Windows XP wierdness (NT has not found enough memory - extended memory required) after motherboard upgrade. Arg. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 7:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to find those Chinese Mary Janes?

Where in NoVA/Metro DC can I buy those cheap Asian-style Mary Jane shoes that used to be so easy to find? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

My lungs are like katamair damacy rolling up all the ick it passes.

What is your action plan for staying well? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:15 AM PST - 21 comments

I blacked out on a roller coaster last week. What should I do?

I blacked out on a roller coaster last week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 7:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Can an Oyster Card be hacked?

Can an Oyster Card be hacked? [more inside]
posted by complience at 6:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a long lost song

A friend of mine has searched for years for a song he heard on vacation in France as a child. He can only remember a part of the chorus, which was "which side of the line are you". [more inside]
posted by magnusbe at 6:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a yoga class in DC.

What's your favorite yoga class in DC? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 5:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Who Whistles Morricone?

Whistlefilter: Who was the whistler on Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"? Was it Alessandro Alessandroni, or Kurt (Curro) Savoy? I've looked around the web for confirmation, but I'm not turning up anything definitive.
posted by Holly at 4:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Flying High

Tell me all you know about a career of an airline cabin-crew and how should I prepare for it's interview coming up next week? Apart from presentability, what other qualities do they look for? Also, I am way over-qualified for the job, and it's a industry-cum-profile shift for me which I don't mind, but how do I stop that being an impediment to my selection? [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 4:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Blasted internal IPs

WindowsAdminFilter - I've got a small, single controller Active Directory domain comprised entirely of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition boxes. Things are ticking along nicely, bar one aggravating DNS problem. Namely, the boxes all have multiple interfaces, one of which I want to show up in DNS, the rest of which I don't...but for some reason, I get the address I want, plus a couple (but not all) of the other ones. [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 4:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice for a new work at home dad?

I currently am self employed and work at home. We have our first kiddy on the way. What am I going to need to compromise on/totally change? [more inside]
posted by rus at 3:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I buy a temporary SIM in Sweden?

Going on holiday to Sweden tomorrow, and I've lost my mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Touchstone at 2:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Headaches, go away.

I am off to see the doctor first thing in the morning, but has anyone else experienced a mild week-long headache? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:39 AM PST - 24 comments

June 21

I need to to learn about old paper.

I need to learn about paper. Specifically, I need to know where, if you were trying to write a medieval-looking text (Like a prop Necronomicon for an amateur production of Army of Darkness), you would get that thin, wispy parchment type paper. [more inside]
posted by spiderwire at 10:49 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I find a job / apartment in a new city?

Any advice on moving to a new, far away city, renting an apartment, getting a job, and perhaps attending a college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me officiate friends wedding

Recommendations and creative ideas for being the officiant at your friends wedding? [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 9:56 PM PST - 5 comments

We need an in-house only life-alert type system.

We need an in-house only life-alert type system. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 9:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Scientific name for ability to see random stream of images?

I and some others I've spoken to have the ability to see a plethora of random images or movies (and sometimes sounds or other sense-imagery) in our imaginations at will. These manifest when we relax our minds a little and will the images to come -- they might be connected or not, bizarre or not -- a lot like dreams, really. What is the scientific name for this phenomenon and how common is it?
posted by Malad at 9:39 PM PST - 21 comments

He Shot, He Scored! (Way Back When)

I'm looking for a table hockey game (rod hockey, not air hockey) that I played as a wee 'un back in the 80s. It featured a super-slick surface, 3D players, an electronic timer (and goal counter), and a behind-the-net left winger. [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 9:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Windows XP can't keep its windows straight!

Bizarre Windows XP behavior: when switching between applications, sometimes more than one window will pop to the foreground. Huh? [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 8:42 PM PST - 11 comments

How to keep notes for writing history

How do I learn to keep notes and records on the things I'm studying for looking back on later [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:33 PM PST - 11 comments

What shall I do to bring my dentist to a small court for his negligence, and for how much?

What shall I do to bring my dentist to a small court for his negligence, and for how much? [more inside]
posted by dy at 8:19 PM PST - 17 comments

How not to get malnutrition :D

Help me create the ultimate grocery list! [more inside]
posted by Phire at 8:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Cant see preview thumbs with FireFox or IE!

Unable to view preview pictures on webpages [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 8:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Make Excel Make Coleslaw!

Excelfilter!! Okay, how would I do this in MS Excel??? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

My google fu has failed. I am not worthy of my cable modem. =(

Don't ask me why, but this question reminded me to ask this - help me find a possibly nonexistent song from a MILK commercial in the 90's! [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 7:53 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I not erase all of my iPod's music?

How can I plug in my iPod without erasing its music? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

I smell gas

We just moved in to a new apartment with a gas stove/range. When we run the oven, even though the pilot light is lit and it heats up, there is a strong gas smell. We freaked out and turned it off but is this dangerous? Is it possible that it just smells of gas right away but it would dissipate in a few minutes? I would call the landlord right away but we already called with a laundry list of problems today so I'd like to avoid a follow up if at all possible.
posted by jules1651 at 7:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What gives with the strap on the foot?

I was hanging out with a U.S. Navy officer. I noticed that he had something unknown to me on his feet... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Describe the technology of a society with gaslights.

NovelFilter: What other inventions would a society advanced enough to have gaslights also necessarily have? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Adventures in Miami?

Non-touristy, offbeat or interesting things to do in Miami/South Florida next week? [more inside]
posted by qz at 6:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Hotel bathroom light switches outside the bathroom?

Why do some hotels have the bathroom light switch outside the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco at 6:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Bell's Thugs

I stopped my Bell DSL account several months ago (2-3) because I realized I hated their company and their service. Just today I get a bill from a "Financial Services" office saying I have to pay 200$, but I never got any bill! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

SDL Sound Crackling

Why is there a sound crackle with SDL in some (mainly open-source) games? Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by jammnrose at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Donating/Keeping a human skull?

My fiancee wants to keep his father's skull after he passes. How does one go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by tugena13 at 5:34 PM PST - 24 comments

'cause I sleep with 'lectric guitars...

Is a Fender Hot Rod (1x12) the best (tube) amp I can get for the amount of money I want to spend (~$400) and the power I want (>15 watts)? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 5:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Tasty tentacles? Succulent suckers?

Do people eat nautiluses? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Renting an apartment in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires for 2-3 weeks: get an apartment? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this product!

Curtain-like, wall hanging, transparent plastic, self watering planter I can no longer find on the internet. [more inside]
posted by machaus at 4:34 PM PST - 1 comment

What's wrong with the colour picker?

When I use the magnifying glass in the Mac OS X colour picker, I get a colour value darker than what I clicked on. Why? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San at 3:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Can FileMaker read from SQL?

Can FileMaker read from a SQL database? I've talked to (SQL) developers and they can't find a way to do it. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the origin of Veggie Tales' Pizza Angel song?

Veggie Tales has a Silly Song with Larry called Pizza Angel that sounds familiar, but I can't quite place it. The closest song I've found is Last Kiss, originally written by Wayne Cochran and later sung by Pearl Jam, but they aren't all that close. Some of the comments on the YouTube video suggested it was a parody of Johnny Angel or Teen Angel, but neither of the versions I found sounded like the origin of Pizza Angel. It’s quite possible this is an original composition, but it sounds so familiar. Does anyone know of a song that could have been the inspiration for Pizza Angel?
posted by jaden at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

History, Anthropology, and Fiction

I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 3:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Help Me Find A Story About The Ten Commandments

I am trying to find the title and author of a short science fiction story. The story centered around Moses returning from Mt. Sinai and finding the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. In the biblical version he breaks the tablets and later goes back to get another set. In this story, the Israelites realize the error of their ways and gather all the pieces. [more below] [more inside]
posted by mshellenberger at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Googling: I'm doing it wrong.

I'm trying to find a list of the most common lolcat captions (invisible x, im in ur x ying your z, do not want, i can has x, oh hai i xed your y), and I'm coming up empty. I've googled "common lolcat phrases" "lolcat captions", etc. I checked some wikipedia entries too. Anyone know of a list of decent length anywhere?
posted by tzikeh at 3:00 PM PST - 26 comments

please help, Mac issue

Need help bypassing password protection [more inside]
posted by cg2 at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Our amicable joint custody is getting ugly. What can I do?

My ex is trying to change our custody agreement. His motives are questionable. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 22 comments

How often do you replace your nonstick pans?

How often should you / do you replace your non-stick pans? [more inside]
posted by synapse at 2:36 PM PST - 26 comments

identify some electronica

Old school techno songs identification: one remix of National Geographic, and one (mis-heard) quote. [more inside]
posted by sandking at 2:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a coffee maker like the one at the Westin

Where can I find the personal 12 oz. coffee maker like I used while staying at the Westin Ottawa for purchase? [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify this teletype font from Andromeda Stain?

FontFilter: Can anyone identify the source for this font from Andromeda Strain? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a doctor in New York City.

I'm looking for a new doctor. I live in upper Manhattan, and an office nearby would be ideal. Just a general practitioner/family doctor/internist--aren't these all the same? Recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by rascalface at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Ho(s)tel recommendations in Victoria, BC?

Lodgings in Victoria, BC? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying stamps online

Where can I buy first class postage online? I need to be able to choose a custom rate (say, $1.57). [more inside]
posted by indyz at 1:34 PM PST - 14 comments

12pt Times New Roman Jumble Jumble

Microsoft Word Filter: Why does anything typed in 12pt Times New Roman decide to pile up on top of itself? Character spacing issues? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Where in Shea does the mezzanine roof start?

SuperSimpleFilter: in Shea Stadium, what rows of the mezzanine are under the roof? [more inside]
posted by geremiah at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

How are the different neighborhoods in Tacoma?

O wise Tacoma familiar folks of Metafilter: What parts of Tacoma could be described as "up and coming" and what parts are currently just plain bad? [more inside]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 12:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Baltimore: how far south does Federal Hill extend?

Yet another Baltimore question. Federal Hill: what is the boundary with South Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

What movie is this from (if any)?

Anyone know what movie this prop is from? [more inside]
posted by exolstice at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments


For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that tune!

I really like the music in this XBOX 360 "Summer Blockbusters" commercial. What is it? [more inside]
posted by colgate at 11:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Parking or forwarding my phone number, while living abroad

I know that phone numbers can be moved from carrier to carrier, but I'm moving outside the country for a while. Can I "park" my fantastic mobile number and reclaim it when I return? [more inside]
posted by cmiller at 11:55 AM PST - 10 comments

3rd TB hard drive failure in 6 weeks. Am I doing something wrong?

3rd TB hard drive failure in 6 weeks. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

What kind of lighter is this and where can I find one?

What kind of lighter is this and where can I find one? Here are a couple of pictures. My brother got this lighter as a gift years ago and I've always wanted one. Anyone know where I might be able to find one. My brother always refers to it as a "miners lighter" and on the bottom it says; IMCO TRIPLEX SUPER austria 6700
posted by blackout at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

How to package a book with a DVD to sell as one product?

How would you go about packaging an existing, published book (with an ISBN) with an existing movie on DVD (without a UPC) for sale as a single item on Amazon and elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

No more POTS. What else to do with wiring?

No more landline. What else can I use my home phone wiring for now? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Stay in NJ to see NYC?

Take the family to NYC-filter. Can a couple and their three active children save money while enjoying the Big Apple by staying in a New Jersey hotel? [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

What is a way to copy blog content to allow for comments?

Would it be possible to set up an automated way to mirror portions of posts from a popular weblog to allow people to comment on posts if the original writer does not have comments on his blog? Would this be illegal? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

History blogs?

Favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a solution for electronic forms, signatures & workflow.

Help me find a solution for electronic forms, signatures & workflow. What are the best options? Is there anything open source that fills those requirements? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Standards for false and pseudo-color imagery?

In data graphing and visualization, are there any existing standards for false-color or pseudo-color images?
posted by fake at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Hear My Prayer

Help me find the name of this song! [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 10:52 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I get a handle on the negative thoughts running through my mind constantly

To those who have successfully treated their depression using CBT or are in the process of doing so: How did you/ do you handle the constant barrage of negative thoughts and self evaluations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:11 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for film reviews/discussion with fairly long and intelligent commentary on plot/cinematography/history of the films.

I am looking for a good source of both modern and classic film reviews/discussion with fairly long and intelligent commentary on plot/cinematography/history of the films. [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Vitamins stink - do I?

Vitamin supplements stink. Do I stink too? [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 10:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Favorite small publishers

I love finding books and authors who have been forgotten until a long time fan decides to make their work available again through some labor of love small press. Do you know of a publisher that has a somewhat esoteric focus along these lines? Who are they? Fiction or non is fine. It doesn't have to be someone who republishes old books though. If you know a house that has great taste with contemporary authors, go ahead and share. I would also like to hear about small presses that do particularly beautiful editions of good reading books as long as they are reasonably priced (barely breaking a $100). I've got a few examples inside. [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I promote my writing on-line without becoming a spammer?

I'm a writer who has been contributing free works of fiction (novellas, short stories) to the Web for the past five years. I've enjoyed sparks of brief net popularity and these glimmers show that what I put out there is definitely appreciated by a certain faction of the reading population. Is there something better I can do to get my name and work out there than waiting around to get Slashdotted again? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown at 9:58 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm living a Meg Ryan film. Kill me.

I like him. I think he likes me. How do I find out for sure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Need info on Chauvet stage fixtures

LDs, stage techs, pro musicians: what has been your experience with Chauvet lighting? Despite the goofy packaging, they have a couple of pretty innovative fixtures that I'm considering for a permanent install. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 9:52 AM PST - 0 comments

Am I getting this right?

Can I use the Samsung Blackjack as my mp3/video player? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Sudden change of plans

baltimorefilter: i was planning to move to Charles Village, but due to a weird situation with my apartment, am now moving to Canton instead.... [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 9:32 AM PST - 15 comments

A Cabin with a Kitchen?

My girlfriend and I are planning a weekend get away . The place we normally go for a quick break is booked the only weekend we have free this summer. Does anyone have any recommendations. This is what we are looking for: [more inside]
posted by toddst at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

iTunes ate my music and puked it all out again

iTunes ate my music and spit it out all over the place. [more inside]
posted by smorange at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments


Female Buddy Comedy Filter: Please help me shop for an 11-year-old girl who loves female slapstick comedy. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 9:21 AM PST - 26 comments

Hiring a stripper in Vegas?

I'd like advice about hiring a stripper in Vegas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Your Favorite Condom?

Condom recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 41 comments

Setting boundaries with a workaholic spouse

How do you set boundaries with a workaholic spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Please Help Me Find Border Points in Michigan

Traveling from Chicago, IL to Toronto, Canada. Wondering about border point routes other than the obvious ones, because the obvious ones are awful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Is this mold? If so, can I get out of this lease?

Is this mold? I just leased an apartment and then found standing water, a leak, and what looks like a lot of mold. I want out. Property manager obviously doesn't want to let me out without lots of money. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 8:37 AM PST - 22 comments

Lodgings in Munich during Oktoberfest without spending an arm and a leg?

My parents decided they want to visit Munich during the Oktoberfest. Every hotel or B&B near the town center seems to be booked or prohibitively expensive during this time. Can anybody recommend lodgings or other areas in which to look for lodgings that are not directly in the town center? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

North-central Massachusetts

May be relocating to north-central Massachusetts. Areas to avoid? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Give Blue Cross the old heave-ho

How could a person learn about and find resources for starting - yes, starting - a medical insurance company or friendly society involved in medical insurance? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Begone, basement humidity!

Are you experienced . . . with buying dehumidifiers? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Medical supply question

MedicalSupplyFilter: Those blue absorbent thingys? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a new style

Help me find a new style [more inside]
posted by orlick at 6:30 AM PST - 8 comments

It ain't easy cooking green.

What do I do with all these unfamiliar veggies from the CSA? [more inside]
posted by Inconceivable! at 6:28 AM PST - 31 comments

My computer is being locked randomly

Windows XP Pro randomly being locked by unknown users. Is my computer being hijacked? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 6:16 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I make my network play nice?

Really simple windows 2000 server question: How do I add a network user to the local admin group? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 5:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I make different categories of link text on a web page show as "unvisited" after different intervals?

With Javascript, CSS or anything else, can I make different categories of link text on the same web page behave differently? Specifically, if I wanted to make a page listing some links I need to visit daily, some I need to visit weekly and some I need to visit monthly -- could I make each category of link text change from "visited" color back to "unvisited" color after the appropriate number of days? Or if this can't be done, how would you solve this need (in a visual way, rather than just "keep a list manually of when you visit each")?
posted by lorimer at 5:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Calling all publishing professionals and authors

Should I follow in the footsteps of Douglas Adams? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 4:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Why hasn't my domain auto-renewed?

One of my .co.uk domain names does not appear to have auto-renewed with GoDaddy. The UK body for domain names, nominet, are mailing me by email and regular post to warn me about this and since this week, have sent a pro forma invoice (£94) so that I can directly renew my domain and save having it suspended... [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:56 AM PST - 8 comments

web-based business

I have an idea for a web-based business and not only need a web page but a program to keep track of units/credits, no money involved. It would involve marketing/advertising which I have experience in but no experience in computer programming. Where do I go from here?
posted by bethrossrn at 4:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Is sex not always, or nearly always, really good for men while they're in a relationship?

Is sex not always, or nearly always, really good for men while they're in a relationship? Warning: Severely naive question [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 3:51 AM PST - 43 comments

True Crime message boards make me want to commit a violence!

Are there any "smart" true crime community blogs or message boards? [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Statistics: tell me about r-square for nonlinear models

StatisticsFilter: Can someone explain - with examples - why R^2 (r-square) values are not appropriate for use with non-linear regression models. [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:36 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm not a portland squatter...

I lost my birth certificate in downtown Portland, Oregon. I live in Oakland, CA. My credit is shot, so I don't think I have to worry about that, but what should I worry about, and what can I do about it?
posted by gally99 at 12:47 AM PST - 3 comments

It takes time to make time

How do you fit everything into life that you want to do? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 12:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Romantic get-away Seattle area

My girlfriend lives in Tacoma, WA; I live in Oregon. Looking for a romantic get-away this weekend on the ocean, with a view, or ???? [more inside]
posted by america4 at 12:24 AM PST - 10 comments

June 20

Why did they make fun of me like that?

Strangers have mocked me twice in the last week in the same way. I'm wondering how pervasive this phenomenon is. [more inside]
posted by Kwine at 11:42 PM PST - 43 comments


(PISS FILTER) A guest just relieved himself on my futon. [more inside]
posted by CoinOp at 9:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Midwest Beach Vacation

Circumnavigating Lake Michigan by road. What to see? Where to stay? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 9:38 PM PST - 23 comments

why is wal-mart getting into banking bad?

why is wal-mart getting into banking bad? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:31 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I hush an annoying coworker?

How can I deal with an annoying coworker who talks to me too much? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 9:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Is there an easier way to switch monitor modes with my Macbook Pro?

Is there an easier way to switch monitor modes with my Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Avoiding an Internet Scam

I am pretty sure I am caught up in an Internet scam, and I want to know the best way to proceed to make sure I cover all my bases. [more inside]
posted by mto at 9:06 PM PST - 24 comments

A lost credit card cancellation fee?

I lost a credit card; I call the lost-card-number and report it. They say it's $10 to cancel the lost card... [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Deadbolt lock question

My deadbolt won't lock, only sometimes, when I lock the bottom lock on the door. Can you help me troubleshoot? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Moduar Furniture Experience?

Has anyone had experience ordering furniture from Levenger.com? Or know of any modular office solutions similar to Levenger's "Euro Desk System"? [more inside]
posted by bodega at 8:21 PM PST - 12 comments

WRT45G v6 as wireless bridge?

I have several machines without wireless cards in my basement, a wireless network upstairs, and a WRT45G v6 wireless router I'm not using. Can I merge these all into one big happy network? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Delayed delivery for daily doses of ... uh ... me?

I'm out of the country with my family for the next few weeks, and don't want my boyfriend to get too lonely back home. How can I schedule pre-written emails to be automatically sent to him? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 7:38 PM PST - 15 comments

MametFilter: 10000 Yen?

Do you recognize this short story, possibly written by David Mamet? A Japanese couple scrimps and saves so they can incrementally improve their lives, and they go to a shopping mall/set of stores for fun, where they purchase candies/cookies that look like 1000 or 10000 or 1000000 yen. (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Attacking my URL

How do I prevent hackers from embedding scripts into my site's incoming urls. For example, a hacker can easily create a link like link with javascript to ultimately grab users cookies. How do I prevent this from happening. Can I use javascript to prevent this, or is this something that need to be prevented on the server end?
posted by kaizen at 7:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I do well on my phone interview?

I have my first phone interview (and third job interview ever) for a sysadmin job on Friday, and I'm looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by drdevice at 6:40 PM PST - 13 comments

buffer chemists, please hope me!

ChemistryFilter: I want to buffer a solution to pH 4.5. The catch -- no carbon compounds or phosphate allowed. Any suggestions for low- to mid-range pH buffers that don't contain C or PO43-? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 6:05 PM PST - 13 comments

I want this awesome job... I think

I've heard about a job that sounds amazingly perfect. How can I go after it without being obnoxious? And how can I reconcile the two different descriptions of it? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie at 5:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Quote for an indie flash site

Film Website $ Question: What's the ballpark figure for having a slick flashy website made for an indie flick? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 5:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Disposal of non-usable CDs

How does one responsibly dispose of a stack of outdated CDs? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments

WYSIWYG editor is missing icons.

Interspire Webedit editor toolbar isn't displaying images in IE. Firefox, yes. Why? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 5:29 PM PST - 0 comments

Scenes of a monster floating outside a window.

I'm looking for instances (either from movies or tv) of vampires or any other undead-type monsters menacingly floating outside someone's window. I'd like to see clips or pictures of such a scene if you got em. Also, if you have any examples from books, video games or anything else, I'll take those too. [more inside]
posted by puke & cry at 5:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Jumping the fence

Suppose I have 250 songs purchased on Itunes for Windows. If I buy a new Mac, will those 250 files be useable on the Mac?
posted by yclipse at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is Google Reader making some links have bold underlines?

Why is Google Reader making some links have bold underlines? [more inside]
posted by JoshTeeters at 5:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Why would Starbucks throw perfectly good coffee away?

Why would Starbucks throw perfectly good coffee away? [more inside]
posted by bach at 3:42 PM PST - 29 comments

Hows does my package get delivered in China?

I sent a package to Beijing today. I addressed it in English, and I assume that somewhere along the line the address gets translated into Chinese script so that the delivery person on the ground knows where to take it. Does anyone know how this process works?
posted by Cobbler at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for songs about selling your soul to the devil.

I'm looking for songs about Faust or deals with the devil, a la "Devil Went Down to Georgia" or "Gretchen am Spinnrade." [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 3:31 PM PST - 44 comments

How Does a Google Query Work?

How Does a Google Query Work? How many machines does it hit? How many clusters are there? How many Google DNS servers? How many data centers? I know Google is famously secretive about this information, but I'd love to understand just how the results page gets back to me, with as much detail as possible. Many people take guesses about this, but I'm looking for some real concrete data.
posted by raconteur at 3:19 PM PST - 12 comments

If I move to San Fran and earn the same salary as I do in St Louis, will I be poor?

I need help understanding the difference in cost of living between St. Louis and San Francisco. I live in St. Louis and am a candidate for a job in San Francisco for the same salary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 43 comments

Bald In The Middle

How do i stop this hydrangea from sagging? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How would you move a bed if you don't own a truck?

What would you recomend for getting a bed from Atlanta, GA to Chattanooga, TN if you do not own a truck? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 2:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me with this Organic Chemistry doozie.

Organic Chemistryfilter: In H NMR spectroscopy, why is it that as a carbon is more substituted, it is also more shielded? Better explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle

Calorie intake and gaining modest amounts of muscle (i.e. not hardcore body-building). Plus, what is happening when your muscles are getting stronger and harder, but you've been running on a calorie deficit and losing weight? [more inside]
posted by peep at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Make my Google Reader Readable again.

My Google Reader page format is totally borked. Help me figure out why and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

From L.A. to Santa Fe and back. By Car

From L.A. to Santa Fe and back. By Car, necessarily. Next month. I'm planning a 1.5 day drive, a 3 day stay in Santa Fe (already taken care of, thanks), a 1.5 day drive back to L.A. Where should I sleep en route? I'm thinking Flagstaff, right? Sightseeing in or around Flagstaff? (touristy stuff is OK unless it's something horribily overcrowded or plainly for kids). Is the drive too long/boring? Any better ideas to make the trip more fun? Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by PenguinBukkake at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

River free plant watering

PlantFilter: Can someone suggest a way for me to keep the surface under my house plants dry? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

VetFilter: Dog's posture not right. Is it her back or her belly?

I know you ANAV, and even if you are, you ANMV. Which is exactly the point, because I'm not sure if my vet has this diagnosis right. [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Point, Click, Shoot

Any recommendations on a good gaming mouse? [more inside]
posted by uri at 1:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Picture of Roger Clinton Sr?

Where can I find a picture of Bill Clinton's (step)father, Roger Clinton, Sr?
posted by Maia at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Books that changed your life as a girl

MeFi Women: I am working on a book for girls that will feature a chapter on books that every girl should read -- books that changed your life, so to speak, and that you'd want your daughter to read before she's grown up. My list so far is inside. What would you add to it? (or boot from it?) [more inside]
posted by mothershock at 1:04 PM PST - 140 comments

Outdoor gear repair, or Help unstick My Zipper

I bought a REI Taku jacket at their annual Attic sale (they sell their returns at usually a huge discount), for like 10% of the original cost. Enough of a commercial here's my problem, The inner pit zip zipper is stuck. I need to find a place that specializes in outdoor gear repair to fix it. I am tempted to take it to a dry cleaners, but I am scared they will screw it up. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

We're just a million little gods making rainstorms...

LostPassionAndCreativityFilter: How does one rekindle one's skill in the zany, lateral, eccentric, imaginative, radical, random, funny, artistic, and kind? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 12:42 PM PST - 21 comments

HerniaFilter II

I was just diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which I've apparently had for almost 2 years now. I know next to nothing about hernias, let alone inguinal hernias, and it looks like it'll be 6-12 weeks before I can get into surgery, and at least 3 weeks before I get a proper consult with the surgeon. I exercise frequently with weight training, cardio, and flexibility training in the gym, and am wondering what if any exercises are safe to continue in the interim, or what exercises definitely need to be avoided. Can I still stay in shape without making this thing worse? [more inside]
posted by skechada at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Best Approaches to Work-Study Student Management?

How best to manage work-study students? If you were a work-study student, how did you like to be managed? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Feud quotation

Quotation help! Whose, and what, is the famous quotation that says essentially: "The bitterest feuds are always over the smallest differences" "You fight most viciously with those whose position is closest to yours"? Any ideas?
posted by gelcap at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Yanks & Mainers, help me out!

Help me plan a road trip from Philadelphia to Mount Vernon, Maine. [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 11:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I go see Dr. Zizmor, the most heavily advertised dermatologist in NYC?

I still have periodic acne breakouts at the age of 24, and now that I have health insurance I want to see a dermatologist. However, there's a million of them in NYC, and I don't have the time to shop around, so I'm considering going with NYC's most heavily advertised doctor, Dr. Zizmor. Is this a bad idea? Have you or anyone you know ever said, "Thanks, Dr. Zizmor?" [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Spare time in New Bedford....

Looking for unique places to visit in New Bedford area- especially dining. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 11:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does my dishwasher fill up my sink?

Why does my dishwasher fill up my sink? [more inside]
posted by aofl at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Need help finding old valentine cards

Trying to find the valentine cards of my childhood. some of you might remember passing out these 32 card sets between teh ages of 5 and 12 in class. When i was a boy we used to pass out valentine cards to everyone. Growing up there was Transformer, Dukes of Hazards, and A Team cards. I am looking for find these genre of cards again. I am going to start using them as my calling cards in a way. If anyone wouldnt mind showing me a place that might sell them. I looked on ebay and didnt have much sucess. Maybe i am not typing in them search field right. Thank you in advance.
posted by Rolandkorn at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Overclocking my processor.

Overlocking-filter: I am building a new computer (my first attempt) and I wanted advice on overclocking my processor. I'm installing an Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 and I've heard it's great for overclocking, even with the stock cooler. Can anyone give me tips or a guide to doing this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 10:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Not all that David Copperfield kind of crap

Marcovaldo, Old Man and the Sea, Catcher in the Rye, House on Mango Street. What are some other adult books that precocious middle schoolers might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 10:11 AM PST - 62 comments

Are there any programs that allow one to draw graphs (plots/charts) using a visual interface?

Are there any programs that allow one to draw graphs (plots/charts) using a visual interface? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Good nonfiction books about Seattle?

Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find authors like Tom Robbins

Help me find novelists that are similar to Tom Robbins. [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes at 9:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Tech and Conference podcasts?

I enjoy tech conference podcasts like the excellent archives offered by those offered by the future of web apps folks. Curious if anyone wants to share bookmarks of similar good stuff?
posted by specialk420 at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Seattle CPA, please.

Suggest a CPA in Seattle who can help me with my business? [more inside]
posted by ImJustRick at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

last minute tickets to 930 club?

How can I get tickets to tonight's sold out The National show at the 930 Club in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Help Me Write A Church Survey Question

My church is writing a survey to get some information on the neighborhood, and we're having some trouble with the wording of one of the questions. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

I need a blog. No, a wiki. Or something.

I need a blog or a wiki or a cms or a combination of same or something that doesn't really exist. Help? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 9:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Need to restore a baptism gown

I need guidence on restoring an Antique Christening Gown in the Southeast US... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

The good part is, we need an agreement

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced lawyer with a experience with intellectual property agreements? Specifically software, but maybe that's not so critical. My usual sources aren't being that much help. Anywhere in the U.S. would be fine, Michigan would be best of all. [more inside]
posted by EllenC at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I go karting?

Where can I go Go-Karting in NYC? (Actually Westchester county) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Map of US media markets?

Can anyone help me find a bigger, cleaner version of this map? I'd like a higher-resolution image (or vector image) of the 210 US media markets. The other common image out there for this is this one, which includes county lines and makes the map a little busy. Free is best, of course.
posted by blueshammer at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

How to use Outlook Deleted Items folder with imap?

Why can't I make Outlook 2003 for Windows (or 2007, if this is doable) store deleted IMAP items in the actual Deleted Items folder instead of forcing me to either show them with a strikethrough, or hide them from view until purging? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 7:57 AM PST - 1 comment

Possible move to Albany, NY

Visiting and possibly moving to Albany, NY My husband has a job interview in Albany, NY. We would love some advice from people who have lived there on neighborhoods and places to visit. [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Where does that name come from?

Are there any sites/search engines that will allow me to find the origin of a surname? Specifically European names. I'm looking for country and/or language of origin, and any other information a particular surname can reveal. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Searching for the copy editing bible

What are the best books I can buy to learn how to become a proficient newspaper copy editor?
posted by dead_ at 6:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Can't bluetooth contacts from Mac to Cellphone...

Problems syncing (bluetooth) Razr (cellphone) with Mac. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 6:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I download my Headers?

Windows Vista Mail - My Google Fu has failed - How do I download headers only in POP mode? [more inside]
posted by moocheen at 6:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Starting a Foundation or Fund

How do I start a fund or foundation? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Best program to get your downloaded movies to play on your DVD?

Help me not spend $70 on Nero. What is a good piece of free stuff or more moderately priced program that will effectively help me convert stuff I download from the web (avi, torrent stuff) to a DVD or VCD so I can play it on my TV? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 5:20 AM PST - 21 comments

working the network

Help me mingle at a conference full of people from graduate school programs I want to attend. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 5:13 AM PST - 5 comments

All the weird words on the Interweb?

Webspeak filter: A lot appear on Mefi (IANAL, YMMV, IMHO et al), but i'm looking for more. Please tell me all your interweb acronyms or made-up words along with definitions, the weirder the better. zomg lolcats!
posted by cardamine at 4:46 AM PST - 42 comments

When is my birthday?

They tell us that future travelers in high-speed spaceships will have their perception of the passage of time distorted by relativity effects, but what about the more mundane problem of earth-bound time zones? I can't figure out when my birthday is... [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 4:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Poconos Romance...Does It Exist?

My wife and I are new to the Poconos area (East Stroudsburg, PA, to be exact), and we're looking for something nice to do on our upcoming 5th wedding anniversary. Anyone from the area, or who's been to the area have any suggestions? We're thinking a nice dinner and then perhaps a show somewhere (if that's even an option). We're willing to drive an hour or so (but not much more) away.
posted by chaosscontrol at 3:41 AM PST - 5 comments

The Last American?

BookFilter: Looking for a post-apocalyptic novel that I thought was called "The Last American" but apparently isn't. [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 12:20 AM PST - 8 comments

June 19

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that had/has no form of music ?

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that has/had no form of music ? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 11:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Broken Laser Blues

Calling all spectroscopists! My chemist friend needs your help! He writes: Our tunable dye laser is broken, and we need it for our research to continue, but we don’t have the time to send it away for repairs. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by benign at 11:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Choosing a video contractor

What's the procedure for choosing a videography company? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 9:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to find similar deliciousness to freeze-dried granola?

I adore Mountain House granola with blueberries and milk. Where can I find similar deliciousness in a less-expensive package? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 9:25 PM PST - 8 comments


what do you do, or who do you call, when someone dies at home? not suddenly or unexpectedly, nothing you can do to prevent it. they're just sick and you know it's coming.
posted by andywolf at 9:09 PM PST - 40 comments

What now?

Break Up Filter: How do I get my life back? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 9:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Cats & behavior: How can i keep cats off a new car?

Cats & behavior: How can i keep five cats off a new car? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 9:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Maybe this is all just glorified procrastination.

I use GTD, and I am getting a bit tired of Entourage for my Mac (mainly the interface), and I am considering a web-based solution like Remember The Milk, Backpack, or Vitalist, or even built-in stuff like iCal and Mail.app. The problem is that I want it all to work with a Treo 650, so there is [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:14 PM PST - 3 comments

My girlfriend wants to spend more time together than I do.

My girlfriend wants to spend more time together than I do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 PM PST - 18 comments

OS X Mail - autonomous processing of email?

Can Mac OS X Mail be configured to autonomously process email, and based on specific From: and Subject: lines, save the attachment(s) of that email into a specific folder? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Dyscalculia Schools

What schools in the US will waive math requirements for people with dyscaculia? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

What sneakers will protect my feet without alienating them from the rest of my body?

I need a new pair of sneakers, mainly to be used for going to the gym. Most sneakers appropriate for running are gaudy, strangely bulbous and look like some sort of terrifying cyborg technology. I just want a humble and functional pair of shoes that will protect my feet while exercising and possibly promote good posture. Any suggestions?
posted by davidriley at 7:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Oh the Horror! The Putrid Horror!

How to get the care you need when you just cant seem to find the way around the blockade?Hillsboro/Portland/Beaverton area of Oregon [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty at 7:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Turning a Fashion Don't into a Fashion Do

How do you alter a dress into a skirt? Or should to go to a tailor? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

HPShopping.com back-end number

Does anyone have a back-end number for HPShopping.com, i.e. a means to call from Canada? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 6:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Simple Digital Photo Frame for Grandma?

Recommendations for a cheap, simple, easy to use digital photo frame that runs off a thumb drive and is beloved by grandmothers? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Hand-painted art - tacky or good value?

Your experience with and-painted art - tacky or good value? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 6:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How to adjust to the Midwest?

Moving to Kansas City, single and mid twenties. How do people here socialize? Where do they socialize? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 19 comments

IPCC/RCM climate data

Need IPCC/RCM climate data. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 5:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Legal requirements for an adult dating site?

I'm considering starting an adult internet dating service in the US. What legal implications do I need to consider? (Some mildly NSFW details follow). [more inside]
posted by treepour at 5:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Lookin' for upper back heat

Does anyone know of a back cushion that heats the entire back rather than just the lower back? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Animation kit/supplies for budding cartoonist?

Animation kit/supplies for budding cartoonist? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 5:03 PM PST - 8 comments

men can't wear sundresses.

My boyfriend and I are heading to an outdoor wedding this weekend. It's expected to be hot, so I am questioning the appropriateness of a suit. The poor man will roast. What should/ can he wear that is acceptable? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 4:21 PM PST - 39 comments

How to remap a key to right click in OS X?

Is there any way to remap the oddly placed (in my opinion) enter key on the right side of the Mac keyboard to right click in OS X? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

To van or not to van?

I am looking at a 1985 VW Westfalia camper van. Does anybody have experience with this year and model? Pros? Cons? Reliability? It is in great shape, everything works and the price is right. THANKS!
posted by punkfloyd at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

It is hot. There is no escape.

How can I vent hot air from my 3 open story condo? Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by striker at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Can everybody just leave me alone?

How can I dissociate my personal life from my professional dealings? [more inside]
posted by askmeanony at 3:52 PM PST - 16 comments

How to spend my budget before it disappears

Help me spend the last of my yearly academic budget. [more inside]
posted by bove at 3:45 PM PST - 25 comments

What should I know about my new iBook?

I'm switching. Help this longtime Windows user love his new iBook. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 3:27 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I be a normal to low moderate person?

First time booze drinker, I'm scared so please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 65 comments

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: buying out a family home

Is investing in this house a good deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm involved in a long term relationship with a bad boy. Can I keep doing it?

I'm involved in a long term reationship with a bad boy. Can I keep doing it? [more inside]
posted by Lorna at 3:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Room for Rent

Renting a room out: what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by puddleglum at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Mmmmm.... Stew

Recipefilter: There are hundreds of recipes for Beef & Guinness Stew out there in web land, but I have particularly fond memories of the version served in the restaurant at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Can anyone help me find the "official" recipe? [more inside]
posted by JohnYaYa at 3:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Good Historical Fiction For My Mother?

Help me recommend a historical novel to my mother. [more inside]
posted by thivaia at 2:44 PM PST - 50 comments

Can I Accidentally Poison People with Ice Cream?

Can I accidentally poison people with ice cream? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 2:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Cucumber woes

Cucumber woes - why are my baby cucumbers falling off without maturing? [more inside]
posted by chundo at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How badly will my credit be affected by recent illness?

I spent the first several months of this year ill to the point of being unable to work—which, being an independent contractor, meant that I was not billing, which meant that eventually I had no money coming in after a couple of months and ran up a lot of credit card debt as a result—which payments I have not been able to make for the last 2-3 months. How badly will this affect my life, credit-wise? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

MA Driving History in CA?

MA Driving History for CA auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Buying golf clubs online

Need advice buying golf clubs online [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Should network administrators have their mobile phone and home internet expenses reimbursed?

Is it reasonable for a network administrator to require reimbursement for his personal mobile phone and home internet connection? [more inside]
posted by Xazeru at 11:53 AM PST - 43 comments

Content Management Systems (CMS) that play well with a PDA

I really like CMS systems such as Joomla and DotNetNuke that allow me to host information I want to access remotely (blog posts, news, serial numbers, etc...). However, since I have my PDA with me all the time and not my notebook, I would really like to use a CMS that I can access via my PDA. My screen size is 320x240 pixels. Most of the CMS systems I have ever seen don't translate well to a PDA screen. Are there any out there that do? I am looking for a system that I can host on my own servers. Thanks!
posted by DerekTheGeek at 11:32 AM PST - 9 comments

The job is in White Plains, should we live there or commute?

Moving to NY. The job is in White Plains, but should we live there or commute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I want my money (All of it)

How to collect a debt from a incorporated company. [more inside]
posted by Ferrari328 at 11:02 AM PST - 13 comments

advice on making old laptop into home server

Converting an old laptop into my first home server - what should I know? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

How to give away an evening of pinball and bowling

BirthdayGiftFilter: Looking for a clever way to give my father an evening of bowling and pinball. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 10:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone have a contact at Urban Outfitters?

I would like to contact the head office for Urban Outfitters, but I'm having trouble finding a satisfactory email address. [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Books-beer-beach-bum foodie in Florida.

Florida questions: going to Leesburg (nearish Orlando). Want not usual Florida tourist things but instead books, beach, beer, food. And what can I do on a lay-over in Ft Lauderdale? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find an online music criticism community?

Are there other online communities like MeFi Music, where people can post songs and get feedback? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a very large, very light duffel bag...today

I need to buy a gigantic, lightweight (under 4 lbs) duffel bag. Basically a light fabric sack with handles. And I need to get it today, in Los Angeles. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Which tone is the ringtone?

What is Rusty's (Brad Pitt) cell phone ringtone in Ocean's 13? I have done some searching and have found multiple answers, so it's not as simple as it may sound. [more inside]
posted by boreddusty at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with my unbranded debit card?

Why won't some places accept my unbranded debit card? [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 9:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Need J2EE/Java Training

JavaTrainingFilter - Boston, MA - I would like to find an instructor/consultant to come into my work and teach/train J2EE programming to me and a colleague in approximately a two full-day course. [more inside]
posted by deeman at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Books and movies about resistance movements

Bookfilter / Moviefilter - Need book and movie recommendations about resistance fighters in wars. Particularly interested in the European theatre of World War II but open to other times, settings, and points of view whether fictional or non-fictional. [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da at 9:26 AM PST - 33 comments

iPhone camping supplies

I'm planning a campout for the iPhone. What supplies should I get? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Taking the plunge: a new pool?

We're looking into building a swimming a pool in Northern Virginia and could use the advice and assistance of the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by flyingrock at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

I have to become an athlete for one night: what do I eat?

My boss has challenged me to complete some sort of marathon workout at his gym. I'm not very athletic, but if I can finish, my boss will buy all his employees an expensive steak dinner. I need tips -- especially as to what/when to eat. The workout is at 8pm tonight. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:57 AM PST - 25 comments

There's not enough sushi in my sushi bar video?

So I got permission to use this* Kaiten-zushi footage for a music video. It's over a minute short. What can I do?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I deal with non-profit disorganization?

I have been working for a non-profit in New York City for the past year. It is a great program, using education as an anti-poverty tool. There have been money and organizational problems since I began working here, but now it seems as though everything is falling apart. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting inked knocks me out.

I like tattoos, but I pass out when I get them. Is this preventable, and if not, is there any harm if they keep inking while I'm out? [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 8:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Where Can I Practice Tennis for Free?

Anyone know where I can hit some tennis balls in the upper east side area of Manhattan for free? Just need a good wall to practice against before I start playing matches again. [more inside]
posted by bronxteacher at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me eat without a kitchen

Due to works in my flat I will not have a kitchen for the next couple of months. What can i keep in stock which is easy to prepare and can be stored without refrigeration? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Specific categories for specific users in Wordpress

Attention, Wordpress folks: I am looking for suggestions on how to let specific users write new posts only in specific categories. [more inside]
posted by danwalker at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Bork Bork Bork!

Help me learn to cook like a pro. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 8:25 AM PST - 24 comments

Neat places to stay overnight in Upstate New York?

Neat places to stay overnight in Upstate New York? In August I'll be driving up 81 through New York State on my way to Montreal. Since Buffalo to Montreal is an 8 hour drive, I was thinking of breaking it up with an overnight stay somewhere upstate--vaguely Watertown area, say. Are there any attractive spots, little hotels or B&Bs to recommend around there? Rural spots are appealing, too, though we won't be camping.
posted by Riverine at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Bachelor party ideas

A dozen drunken idiots? Bachelor party help. [more inside]
posted by mgrimm at 8:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Random repeating keys

So I am having this problem with keystrokes randomly repeating in all Windows XP programs. [more inside]
posted by corpse at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Husband only on deed, wife out of luck?

If a husband buys a house in his name only, would the wife have property rights? This is in Pennsylvania, regarding a newly purchased house to rent out, in a long-standing marriage, with significant but not total mingling of spousal finances. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the odds that I can solve this problem?

Probability/stat question: I'm looking for patterns in a protein sequence, and I've found a few that occur quite frequently. How do I know these are actual patterns and not just an artifact of random amino acid distribution? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 7:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Catering opinions from D.C.

Has anyone in the D.C. area used Matters of Taste catering for an event (or been a guest at such an event)? My fiance and I were considering them for our wedding, and curious for any impressions others might have. (Due to location choice, our options are limited--so suggestions of other caterers won't be of any use to us.)
posted by stevis23 at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Methods of semi-precise breaking of a cinder block in half lengthwise?

I want to use cinderblock halves for the border of an outdoor project, but my question -- how to break them along intended lines without cracking/fracturing the rest of it? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 6:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Local or Express?

Help me optimize my daily New York City Subway commute! A good question for those who love transportation puzzles: [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Getting past the guilt of breaking up

So, I finally took a deep breath, steeled my nerves, had the hideous We-Need-to-Talk conversation, and broke up with the boyfriend. Now -- how do I deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Information design for ADHD

Tufte didn't cover this one: How do I display quantitative information to ADHD users? [more inside]
posted by mrbugsentry at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Unfiled tax returns

I never filed my 1999 and 2000 tax returns. No one has noticed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I explain to my boyfriend that his request is insane?

How can I explain to my boyfriend that his request to tell "the other woman" is insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 74 comments

Tablets for handwriting (not art)

Thinking of getting a graphics tablet to replace my keyboard as much as possible. Do I need to spring for something high-end, or are the cheaper / smaller tablets good enough to write with? [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland at 6:27 AM PST - 7 comments

ADD-friendly physical activity advice needed

Help me find an ADD-friendly physical activity. Looks like there's [more inside]
posted by Baud at 6:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Fete de la Musique

Which performers are you going to see at this year's Fete de la Musique in Paris on June 21st? [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:05 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to work for the gubmint

I need help on the Federal job application process [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:01 AM PST - 9 comments

What was the comic where DC superheroes appeared as babies?

I remember reading as a young kid - in about 1985/6 - a comic book starring the cast of the Justice League of America as babies or toddlers. I'm not sure of the specifics, like if it was actually the JLA, but it definitely had cute little baby versions of all the favourite DC staples: Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman and the Flash. Does anyone else remember this? Am I imagining the whole thing? What was it called and where can I find a copy? [more inside]
posted by joshnunn at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Mad Japanese electro pop rock and so forth.

Japanese music. I like Polysics and Plus-Tech Squeezebox. What else would I like? Are there any good English-language blogs about music of the Orient?
posted by stammer at 3:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Are dual-US citizens required to disclose US citizenship when entering the US?

Lawfilter: Is there any actual law requiring Dual (US/Other) citizens to enter the United States as US citizens? [more inside]
posted by newatom at 3:27 AM PST - 15 comments

What can friends do after a car accident?

One of my best friends just had a major car accident in which a motorcyclist died. What can I do to help him out? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:15 AM PST - 16 comments

The New York Pass: any experiences / cautions / advice?

Have you used the New York Pass? Any advice, especially any scheduling or usage strategies that worked or didn't work for you? Any aspect of the experience that wasn't as advertised? Anything you wish you'd done differently? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 3:08 AM PST - 13 comments

How'd they cook that egg?

How'd they cook that egg? I ordered a "fried egg, over hard," and was presented with a normal fried egg but with what looked to be the yolk removed. There wasn't a hole in the egg, but rather just the skin of the yolk laying flacid over where one would normally see yellow. Upon further inspection, the yolk was actually "sandwiched" between the two cooked sides (top side and bottom side) of the egg white surrounding the yolk hole. It wasn't a fluke, as I got two eggs like this with my order. What is this type of egg called and how'd they do that?
posted by pwb503 at 12:06 AM PST - 17 comments

June 18

Is data recovery possible?

my brother had a corrupt system file that causes windows XP media center ed. to not boot up. while in the recovery console, he accidentally clicked an option to restore the computer to factory settings. Is it possible to recover the data he lost?
posted by FireStyle at 11:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Did chkdsk eat my files?

So my server reset while my RAID array was synchronizing... now my files are corrupt? :-( [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 11:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Redirecting nowhere...

firefoxfilter: When I sign on to some websites (including westlaw and all google derivatives) firefox doesn't follow through. It stops, displays a blank white page, and the word "Redirecting" appears in the tab title where it should say "Gmail" or whatever. Did I do this? Could it be adblock? Can you tell me how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 10:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best free way to track and analyze data about mood, sleep, exercise, and other potentially related variables?

What's the best free way to track and analyze data about mood, sleep, exercise, and other potentially related variables in my daily life? [more inside]
posted by gorillawarfare at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Which cell phone will work..?

I have found myself in Seoul, South Korea! The thing is, I want to buy a cell phone here and bring it back to Canada... [more inside]
posted by veol at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How to

From a technical and practical standpoint, how can I set up both of the following in my office building. 1) a news ticker (real, scrolling text) 2) a light that flashes every time an incident is triggered on an attached computer [more inside]
posted by gbinal at 9:40 PM PST - 10 comments

How to SSH/telnet into Windows command line?

How can I SSH (or telnet) into my Windows machine (2000 and XP) and get a command line?
posted by jkoby at 9:38 PM PST - 16 comments

[Acoustic] guitar gets run over by a [baggage] car

Am I a complete lunatic for flying with my guitar as checked baggage? [more inside]
posted by Tiresias at 9:30 PM PST - 23 comments

How to find a cheap doctor

I am trying to decide on a doctor that is cheap and has the resources to help me. [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 9:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Breaking PHP scripts into manageable chunks

Strategies to keep PHP timeouts at bay in a shared hosting environment. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 9:05 PM PST - 13 comments

dSLR or not dSLR, That is the Question.

Should I go dSLR on my next camera? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:44 PM PST - 27 comments

How to buy Rx Drugs while in Canada

How can a U.S. citizen buy prescription drugs while visiting Canada? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 8:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the cheapest and easiest way to record music on PC?

What is the cheapest and easiest way to record songs on PC? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a clever ending to a German song

CornballFilter : I'm trying to change the words of an old German song to make a German girl laugh. (Look .... you are just going to have to trust me on this) Need help making it rhyme. [more inside]
posted by DirtyCreature at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Thingie? Doohickie? Whatzit? WTF!!!

MacUsersFilter: This seems like a fairly simple Google search, but I'm coming up short all over the place; what is the name of the little part with the actual power prongs that interfaces into the power brick shipping with all Macs, and will interface with any power brick (post Yo-Yo), any AirPort Express, or any iPod charger brick? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 8:13 PM PST - 9 comments

What royalties are owed for an arrangement of an old folk song?

My band are thinking of putting out a CD using a modified version of someone else's arrangement of a traditional folksong. What royalties, if any, do we owe them? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. at 7:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Nintendo DS Opera?

Does anyone have a Nintendo DS Opera webrowser thing? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 7:04 PM PST - 14 comments

In what order do I taste these sweet wines?

I am planning on tasting a bunch of dessert and port wines tomorrow with a client. What order should I taste these wines in? [more inside]
posted by eggerspretty at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

laptop for matlab and photoshop

stolen laptop/replacing said computer question: My old 17" Macbook G4 was stolen this moring :( I need a good laptop for running matlab. open to macs or PCs... [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How to write a mathematics paper

I need to write a document with a lot of algebraic formulas. What word processor / page layout program would make this quickest and easiest? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 5:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Dust in my digital eye

How do I get dust out of the inside of my lenses? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

This webcomic meant a lot to me when I read it, now I've lost it...

Tracking down a specific webcomic: Starts with the protagonist hiding from his landlord, then details his past ambitions towards working in the tech-industry--eventually culminating in a trip to a futurism convention that sours him on the whole thing. He finds a typewriter at a garage sale and resolves to live a simple, working-class life and write a lot... sound familiar? Thanks.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Automatic still image capture of a video file on Windows XP SP2

Automatic still image capture of a video file on Windows XP SP2. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to be a part of BA, Buenos Aires, Big Apple.

I'm going to Buenos Aires and Montevideo in October or November. My Spanish is pretty good, but I need a better handle on the Rioplatanese dialect. So, recommendations on movies set in either of those and preferably in Spanish are welcome. Difficulty: No Evita or Alive.
posted by pieoverdone at 4:45 PM PST - 13 comments

SQL to update multi-values?

Need some help with MS SQL text replacement. [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 4:43 PM PST - 15 comments

East Beach recommendations?

We are escaping to East Beach in RI at the end of this week. We are planning on camping at the Burlingame State Park, but as we have never been to the beach or the park we'd love some suggestions [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 4:32 PM PST - 4 comments

We can get down, but can we get back up?

Haleakala for the novice hiker We're headed to Maui next week and are spending a couple of days upcountry, and would like to do some hiking in Haleakala. It's a fairly specific question so for those who are familiar with the park, [more inside]
posted by bobot at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

hippie hangouts in Twin Cities

Where are some Hippie Hangouts in the Twin Cities since Hidden Beach was destroyed?
posted by wheelieman at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a non-coder learn tech!

What are some good books to introduce a technologically literate non-programmer to more advanced topics? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 3:51 PM PST - 5 comments

reducing religion

What are charitable organizations working to reduce the influence of religion in the world? I'm thinking of the more active missionary-equivalent types.
posted by klue at 3:34 PM PST - 29 comments

PSA: go to the dentist before it's too late!

Should I remove my permanent dental retainer? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 3:24 PM PST - 38 comments

Fiber Pentel replacement?

Pentel no longer makes the porous-tip pen that my boss loves--the Fiber Pentel. They've discontinued the Tradio, too. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Chris Kimball's Vermont

If you read Cook's Illustrated magazine, you'll see that the editor, Christopher Kimball, is always going on about the small town in Vermont he (sometimes) lives in. I don't want to turn this into a forum for pro/anti-Chris Kimball comments, but I was simply curious if anyone knows what town it is he's always talking about?
posted by jgballard at 3:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How to stop a lost money order, friends?

A friend of mine accidentally lost a money order that was her entire rent. It was in her purse early in the day, missing later. The coupon/receipt was still attached and it wasn't made out. She got it from her bank, drawing the funds from her account. The question is: can she cancel the money order without the coupon, like a stop payment on a check? Or is she totally screwed? [more inside]
posted by mattoly at 3:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Carbamazepine/Tegretol for bipolar disorder?

What should I expect when taking Carbamazepine/Tegretol for bipolar disorder? Should I expect it to do something clear in regard to the depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Negotiating at end of teaser rate

Do most people try negotiating near the end of a teaser rate? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 2:52 PM PST - 4 comments

BrainScan filter

Is it possible to tell the difference between an old, long-standing injury and a more recent injury to the brain on a brain scan? Would a particular type of brain scan (fMRI as opposed to CAT scan) be better able to reveal the difference between the two? This question would be pertinent to the Peter Braunstein case: earlier in the news coverage, they showed Braunstein's brain scan on television, because the defense claims that the decreased activity shown in the frontal region is consistent with schizophrenia. However, I understand Braunstein hit his head while in custody, and I'm thinking that could cause a similar result on the brain scan. I'm also wondering, could a brain scan show whether he got dropped on his head when he was a baby and/or all three possible conditions and when, approximately, they developed?
posted by bunky at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

a book to take to the beach

Help me complete my ideal vacation setting. I have the hotel and airplane worked out. All I need now is the right book to take to the beach. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get "The Seventh Guest" to run on an g5?

How do I get "The Seventh Guest" for OS8 to run on my imac g5? I've tried seveal things including launching it in OS9 but all I get is a scrambled menu that never really loads the first level.
posted by guruguy9 at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us walk Fraser Island!

FraserIslandFilter: We'd like to do the Great Walk on Fraser Island, Australia next month. But we're having trouble figuring out logistics.... [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman at 2:08 PM PST - 1 comment

What does this inscription say?

I came across this inscription in a small park near my public library yesterday. What does it say? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 2:06 PM PST - 19 comments

What counts as an "accredited news publication"?

What counts as an "accredited news publication"? [more inside]
posted by ObeyScient at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Not Thundarr, but like Thundarr

(70's/80's cartoon filter) - What is the name of this Thundarr-like cartoon? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Way to Organize/Display a List of Online Resources

Hosted (free?) CMS to contain a directory of online resources and organizations for a college student population. Is there something better than blogspot for what we are doing? Also, is there a way to allow people to rate each post? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Froggy-named backup system?

I'm looking for a file backup "on the fly" system recently discussed here. It involved some kind of cute frog name and sounded like a frog noise. Ribbit? Revit? Something like that. The -fu is gone. I throw myself upon your mercy.
posted by answergrape at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Blotchy laundry

Laundry filter: A lot of my clothing comes out of the washing machine with white blotches. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Swimsuits for the active large-breasted ladies?

Swimsuit suggestions for active, large-breasted women? Please help me survive a SoCal summer! [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 1:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Practicing Digital Forensics in MA

A few questions about being a digital/computer forensics practitioner in Massachusetts and licensing. [more inside]
posted by about_time at 1:17 PM PST - 4 comments

DVD duplication service: quick and quality over speed

I'm looking for a good DVD duplication service where I can ship them the master and art and they ship me my product. Small run (50) with printed design on DVD in plain white sleeve. Any recommendations based on your own satisfactory results with a service?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best way to run a proxy website?

Looking for some insight and personal experiences running a proxy site network.. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Buying a domain name on NFS instead of GoDaddy

So I just started signing up for a domain on GoDaddy, but then found out I could do it on my Nearly Free Speech account for less instead, but I can't register that domain on NFS right now because I'm partway through the registration at GoDaddy. What do I need to do to sign up for it via NFS?
posted by freddymungo at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

You can't put a price on love, but let's say that love has a 6 cylinder 225 in it...

How much do I charge for my lovingly restored 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger with a salvage title? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I make an eBay lesson plan?

How do I teach library patrons the basics of buying and selling on eBay? [more inside]
posted by english lit.ter bug at 12:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Pilot of the airwaves, here is my request. You don't have to help me, but I hope you'll do your best.

Who here is willing to help a PHP noob with what should be a simple task? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How dangerous is a bumpy ride to work for my laptop?

Commuting by bike and carrying a laptop in a pannier: good idea or recipe for a data disaster? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me buy an iPhone now, or later.

Thinking of buying an iPhone? So am I. Help me decide to wait 'til later, or get it NOW! [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 11:32 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I change the date in MSWORD 2003?

I am typing up reports in MSWORD 2003 and need to have it show a future date instead of todays. When I go to print the file it shows the current date no matter what I do. Any changes just revert back to todays. Is there a way to correct this? Surely this is possible?
posted by beautifulcheese at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Fast access to Escalante slots?

Searching flickr for Escalante slot reveals incredible photos of various slot canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If I arrive in Escalante on Thursday night and wish to sleep in Salt Lake City on Friday night (meaning I can get there at any late hour), will it be possible to hit some slot canyons? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a writer feel at home in Chicago

The Writer's Chicago: Please help me get the most out of my month long stay in the windy city. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 10:53 AM PST - 23 comments

How to mail wine in the U.S.

Is is possible to mail wine from one person to another person in the United States? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 10:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Poker poker poker. It's poker craze!

Poker poker poker poker poker poker? It's poker craze! [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 10:45 AM PST - 19 comments

How much should I charge?

How much should I charge for my brand-new business, which is landscaping and disaster preparedness related? As always, there is [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Aren't the Mac Geniuses usually right?

Am I courting disaster by doubting the Mac Genius? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 10:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Welcome me to a dollhouse?

Where can I find a good dollhouse (online or in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Door County Must-Dos?

Door County must-dos? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Book identifying mythical archetypes?

BookFilter: Looking for a book a friend once found containing every myth, fable, and legend the author could find from multiple cultures, with analysis breaking them down into (I believe) a hundred or so archetypes. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Bed bug bites

Is there anything that I can do to prevent bed bugs from biting me? [more inside]
posted by jp021272 at 8:54 AM PST - 10 comments

I swear I'm not emo or goth.

HairDyeFilter: Used the stuff in the box with bad results. Help me not look like a freak! [more inside]
posted by sephira at 8:47 AM PST - 33 comments

DAMN! MacBookPro = $$$

About to join the ranks of the mac faithful, but wtf is with these prices? [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 8:44 AM PST - 31 comments

Seattle Vacation

What to do and see in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 8:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Why can't I get Gardasil at 27?

Why can't I get Gardasil after I turn 27? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Resources for convicted felons on probation

Father's Day gift filter: Help me keep my dad out of prison. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Is thinking about my therapist this much normal/ healthy?

Is thinking about my therapist this much normal and/or healthy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 21 comments

reasons for perspective

How do living conditions affect an artist's perspective and art? [more inside]
posted by azriel2257 at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

DRM-free mp3s that refuse to be edited?!

Why can't I edit the track information of certain MP3s I've downloaded in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

From Russia with cash

Why is Russia so expensive? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Utility to tell which program is makeing sounds?

I'm looking for a utility that will indicate which program is making sound for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 7:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Carpal Tunnel Redux

Carpal tunnel relief question and a request for an Atlanta-area specialist. [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 6:56 AM PST - 15 comments

It's a holiday in Lisboa!

We're leaving for a week's vacation in Portugal on Thursday. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 6:15 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I send SMSes from Address Book (OS X) using my Nokia N73?

How can I send SMSes from Address Book (OS X) using my Nokia N73? / Where can I find an AT command set for the N73? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 5:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Updated advice for those moving to Boston?

The wife and I are moving to Boston sometime this summer and naturally I have housing questions. Their are previous questions here, but most are at least a year old. Naturally... [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 5:45 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I change

How can I change permissions so that i can run an underclocking program for my notebook under a guest account? I've looked in the control panel under administrator tools and tried changing some registry key permissions. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 5:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Frozen window height

How to unlock window height in GNOME (more specifically, Thunderbird)? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 5:38 AM PST - 2 comments

quite a tale indeed...

ScienceFictionfilter: Suggestions for gift subscriptions of science fiction magazines, journals printed in English and dead tree format [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 5:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Motorola RAZR V3 RTSP Support

Does the Motorola RAZR V3 support RTSP (Real Time Stream Protocol)? If not, is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 4:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Taxes on house appreciation in Canada?

If I sell the house I live in, will I have to pay taxes on the difference between the original purchase price and the sale price? [more inside]
posted by watsondog at 4:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Weird problem with wireless modem / router - connection dies after 20 minutes.

Weird problem with wireless modem / router - connection dies after 20 minutes. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 3:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Keep trying or cut and run?

Chapter 3 - Finally left and now wondering why i am still getting treated like dirt! Any ideas....? [more inside]
posted by rainbow_2006 at 3:40 AM PST - 50 comments

Taxed Twice: will I have to pay a fine?

Is the IRS going to penalise me for filing late from a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:26 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the difference between highways and freeways/the interstate in the US?

What's the difference between highways and freeways/the interstate in the US? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 3:17 AM PST - 30 comments

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying?

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 2:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Removing metallic stain from sink

Our white porcelain enamel sink has a stain on it. The stain is silver/grey and seems to have resulted from dropping a steel cup into the sink (probably repeatedly). Two related questions: Is it possible to stain a sink in this way? And how can we remove the stain?
posted by beniamino at 2:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Superdeluxe Automatic portmanteaus

I want to make a couple of lists . It's a pretty simple format, but I have no idea how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Sexy Havens for Sophisticated Silver Surfers

A very quick and light-hearted 80-year-old I'm been sweet on since the day I was born is about to cast caution to the winds and enter the Internet. What chatty-but-literate merry widow and laughing cavalier websites should be fighting for her attention? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:38 AM PST - 26 comments

What if I could change the world during coffee-break?

I have an idea for a blog that might actually make the world a better place. Could it actually work? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 12:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Visiting Auschwitz: Good or bad idea?

Traveling in Europe. One potential stop I'm still undecided on. [more inside]
posted by sellout at 12:12 AM PST - 21 comments

June 17

Suggest spiced drink recipes

I'm looking for non-alcoholic drink recipes that include spices. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments


Vacuumfilter! Has your Dyson ever shocked you? Also, Dyson vs. Miele? [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 9:53 PM PST - 12 comments

My tank's on empty.

I'm afraid of the Interstate. What can I do about this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 25 comments

I can't decide if I want to move to another city.

I have an eating disorder and I can't decide if I want to move to another city. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate?

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate? [example] [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Water Water Everywhere... and all on sale this week.

I'm buying Groceries... for a grocery store. I'm now buying for the grocery department of the largest store in our (rather small) chain and I'm at a loss as to what to fill the store with! So Mefi Vegans & Organic Foodies... What organic, all natural, or "alternative" foods, snacks, drinks, & cleaning supplies could you not live without? Do you know of any blogs that cover or review natural & organic packaged foods? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 8:59 PM PST - 46 comments

Dive into ?

I'm an administrator who is a relative n00b to programming, and need to find a good place to start. [more inside]
posted by adampsyche at 8:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What's It like to fly above the world at mach?

Military/FictionFilter: I look at my western skyline at dusk and see lines of contrails everywhere. I've been in planes flying all over the world and seen all sorts of sights at dusk, but what's it like to see that from a military jet sending out those trails at whatever speed? Personal details would be nice, but suggestions from established fiction would be fine. Details aren't necessary - I dont want to plagarize anything, I just want an impression for a short piece of fiction.
posted by elendil71 at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments


Foodies of AskMe, help me with a food-substitution puzzle-- specifically, Tater Tots. (Any other healthy substitution suggestions also welcome). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 7:42 PM PST - 16 comments

MSPaint won't open from Picture Viewer to edit pictures

When viewing a picture in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, I cannot get MSPaint to open up when I click on the edit button. [more inside]
posted by nelvana at 7:23 PM PST - 3 comments

What happens when a non-profit forgets to pay its taxes?

Yikes! I recently started helping a small non-profit manage its finances, and I just discovered they failed to file their taxes last year. Are they doomed? [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

When a lawyer wants a new job...

What are some alternative careers for lawyers? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 7:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Watching the Tour de France in London

Watch the Tour de France in London for the prologue or stage 1? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

omg global warming in my window!

would my window sill plants benefit from enclosing them and ramping up co2 levels? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

YouMailFilter: Where can I download fake telco "out of service" messages?

I've been loving YouMail for the past year, as a replacement for VerizonWireless' sucky voicemail, but I've only now started playing around with it's individualized greeting/"ditchmail" features. I'm looking to mess with my friends & co-workers minds using this feature. [more inside]
posted by melorama at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

This presure is killing me.

Pressure on my nose from my glasses, even a very slight pressure, makes me feel like bugs are crawling under my skin. What gives? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Black Walnuts and snow?

I need to pick, purchase and plant a tree (larger is better) as a memorial. The planting part I can handle and equipment is readily available but I we don't know what species to buy. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 6:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap international cell phone calls using VoIP

Is there a good (and cheap) way to maintain phone communication between US and European cell phones using VoIP or other services, so that neither party needs to make international phone calls? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Opening a US account without residence?

I am a US citizen, but live in Australia. I have a Delaware based schedule C corporation. Can I open a business bank account in the US?
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

help me convert a mini-fridge into a foot-rest/fridge?

will a mini-fridge ("cube") still function if turned on it's back (cooling coils downward-facing)? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Help Me Plan Our Trip into & Out of Chicago

We're flying into & out of Chicago in mid-July. We want to head north possibly to: Macinaw City/Island, Thunder Bay, Duluth, somewhere neat to see in Wisconsin, and back to Chicago. We'll have 15 days. Will want 3 days in the end in Chicago. Is this doable? What are the "must see" places & how much time at each? Travel clockwise or counter? Thanks for all suggestion of what to see & what to avoid.
posted by thebarron at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

False Eyelashes: Awesome or Annoying?

MeFi Ladies, a question for ye: What thinkest thou of false eyelashes? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 4:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Gillware - good or bad?

Does anyone have experiences with Gillware for recovering data from a dead hard drive, aside from user bhance? They are cheaper than the big enterprise-level data recovery companies, but I'd like to see comments from more than one person if possible.
posted by matildaben at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me rediscover the simple life!

Help me rediscover the simple life! [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet at 3:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Help finding lost charm

Help me relieve my guilt with the use of beads - specifically round ones with stars! [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 3:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting a job with a help desk?

I'm looking for advice on moving into a computer help desk position. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Deconstruct Domino site please.

Are there any tools to copy a website built with Lotus Domino? I'd like to find a free or reasonably cheap automated way to rebuild this site elsewhere. (Moving away from Lotus Domino to an open source cms).
posted by acro at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me to learn to use an API.

Help me to learn to use an API. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments


My HP Pavillion dv4000 is not allowing me to log into the computer. It did this once before saying i lost my password and i had to have my ex do some trickery and it was fine. Now it is doing it all over again. This time I did not have a password..it has just locked me out completely. [more inside]
posted by eve28 at 1:28 PM PST - 9 comments


Tips and advice for a long-distance move by car? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Clink on link in text message?

Someone has sent me a text message on my cell phone with a url link in it. How do I "click" on the link to make it go to the mobile web? I have Verizon as my service and I do have the mobile web service with them. My cell phone is the Verizon enV. Thanks.
posted by sandra194 at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Ad Nauseam

SongFilter: There's a new Sears commercial circulating, and I love the song in it. It sounds like Regina Spektor's voice for part of the commercial, but then it doesn't in other parts. A Google search turned up a new ad with "Coming Home" by The 88, but that's not the song I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

My girlfriend went emotionally AWOL and then my mom died. Get out now?

I had the perfect relationship for 2 years. Perfect, happy, every second. Then my mom got sick and my girlfriend started having trouble in school. She responded by sleeping with my roommate and changing her entire personality. Then my mom died. Your advice, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 35 comments


Wireless connection to LCD projector? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Evaluating Potential Piano Pedagogues

I've resolved to start private piano lessons this coming fall semester, and want to know how to evaluate (and what questions to ask of) potential piano teachers. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me explore the infinite abyss and become a more well-rounded, interesting person!

Help me break the bread of life and feast on the warm ooey gooey goodness inside. This summer I’ve set out with the goal of each week finding / experiencing / learning about / having 1 new, awesome experience that I haven’t had before. And I'd like to hear your suggestions/anecdotes/experiences for cool stuff I should do. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 11:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Random couches? A good idea for a young, adventurous couple?

Should my b/f and I attempt the couchsurfing experience for our upcoming roadtrip, or do you have any tips regarding the process? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Wacky compile behavior

Why does my Visual Studio 2005 project compile, and then immediately NOT compile? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Stop eucalyptus roots from damaging pool

Our eucalyptus trees are damaging our pool area. Is there a way to save the trees and the pool? [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

What is a good opinionated list of cultural events in Washington DC?

I've just moved to Washington DC and want to find a good opinionated list of cultural events (films, concerts, theater, galleries, etc.) in the city. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 10:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I want to program a board game.

I came up with an idea for a new board game, and I'd like to code an online version of it, but I've never done any game programming. Need some direction... links to engines, graphics, etc. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

I wanna publish 'zines and rock vinyl skirts.

What brand website did these photos come from? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Not the Pretenders, either

SongFilter: Sad love song, big band era. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 10:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Portland OR Accomodations

My wife and I are walking the Portland (OR) marathon this fall. Any recommendations on which hotel to stay at during our long weekend in the city? Somewhere close to start/finish, downtown amenities, 3 stars or better?
posted by bytemover at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Are my migraines... well... migraines?

Daily headaches, occasional migraines, now sever chest pain. Is my diagnosis correct? More inside... [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Money for improving first home?

I am planning on buying my first home within the next year. Based on the information I have gathered thus far about how large of a mortgage I will be able to afford, I will be able to afford a home for approximately $130,000 maximum. This is assuming a $20,000 down payment and a $110,000 loan. Where I am looking, there are plenty of homes that I can see myself in that are $100,000 - $110,000, but I know that I would like to make improvements, such as new appliances, bathroom updates, that sort of thing. But, I will spend all of my savings on a downpayment. So my question is: How do people afford to fix up their new homes when they spend all of their money on the downpayment? Do lenders allow you to take a larger loan than you need to buy the home and use the rest of the money for improvements? Could I take a $110,000 loan, but only put $90,000 toward the house and use the rest for home improvement? Would I have to take a second loan just for home improvements?
posted by foxinthesnow at 9:52 AM PST - 19 comments

KVM + keyboard/mouse combo

Help me redesign my nest of cables and create a decent KVM+ system, with just the right kind of keyboard/mouse combo. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 9:40 AM PST - 1 comment

Why is the Canadian wireless telecom industry the way it is today?

Why is the Canadian wireless telecommunications industry the way it is? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I call my wife in Sweden, Copenhagen, and Hungary while she visits for two weeks?

How do I call my wife in Sweden, Copenhagen, and Hungary while she visits for two weeks? I'm in the US and she will not have a cell phone or a computer. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Christmas/holiday family fun in the Southeast...

Southern Christmas/winter holiday traditions for families with kids -- point me to some good things to see, places to go, eat, etc in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama especially (GA, Arkansas, TN also welcome).... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Fastest way to create search engine for discussion web site?

What's the simplest, easiest, fastest way to create a search engine for a discussion website (in particular, this one) which is NOT RUN by that website, but on another computer, and which recognizes as searchable/sortable fields: 1) the "board" the post is in, 2) the titles as well as the bodies of posts, and 3) the dates the posts were made? Oh, and it should update with new posts every few hours, say.
posted by shivohum at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

sometimes you feel like a nut

How can I make boiled peanuts using my rice cooker? And other unusual things not indicated in the operators' manual? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 3:54 AM PST - 14 comments

The detested blot

Streaks of ink when printing - Canon SmartBase MP360. Can anyone tell me how to take the printer apart? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 1:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Name these yellow thingies

What are these flowers called and how long should they last (when cut)?
posted by tasty at 1:14 AM PST - 7 comments

June 16

How do I get my computer to call my phone and play a sound file?

How do I get my computer to call my phone and play a sound file? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 11:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

Chairfilter: Does anyone have positive or negative experiences with the Stance computer chair? Are there cheaper alternatives with similar functionality (i.e. a partially standing reclined position)?
posted by Krrrlson at 10:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Milk churner-like musical instrument?

MusicalInstrumentFilter: I was watching a program on german folk music, and one musical instrument basically looked like a small milk churner, and made a .. uh.. farting sound. Anyone know the instrument?
posted by slater at 10:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me save time editing pictures with Photoshop!

Is there a way to add brightness/contrast and hue/saturation to the first window I open instead of having to always get to them through the drop down menu? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 10:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Eligibility for Medi-Care/Medi-Cal

How do I go about applying for Medical/Medicare? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Beer bad, fire pretty

Why does drinking beer make me sick? I've tried different types of beers (ales, stouts, weissbeers) and without fail they will make me feel nauseous about an hour after drinking. Why? [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 9:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Portable Life Alert system??

Is there a system like Life Alert that works outside the home? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 9:29 PM PST - 12 comments

correcting minor basement moisture

Need advice on controlling moisture in a basement... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I need a pirate costume to go with this eyepatch?

Why can't I stop seeing double? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

It's all in my head, or is it?

I think I may have some sort of depression, but my parents don't really believe in mental health care for that. What do I do? [a bit long] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 PM PST - 37 comments

What is the geographical center of Polk County, Florida?

What is the geographical center of Polk County, Florida? [more inside]
posted by ?! at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

How many metafites does it take to change a light bulb?

How many metafites does it take to change a light bulb? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 8:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Have a Nice Decade?

Should I get Rhino's Have a Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box or the individual Have a Nice Day CDs? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 8:17 PM PST - 4 comments

name this bug

Why doesn't this code from O'Reilly's PHP and MySQL work for me? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 8:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Want to add real mixing to my mix CDs on my Mac.

I'm a long time mixtape (er CD..) enthusiast and MAc user, and I'd like to take things to the next level by actually doing some real mixing and looping etc in my creations. I've researched a lot of DJ tools (Tracktor, Logic, Mixxx, etc), but I'm not really interested in doing anything live or realtime. Nor do I particularly care to replicate decks. On the other hand, I don't think high-level audio production suites are what I'm looking for either. Overkill. Either way, the costs seem prohibitive in most cases. It boils down to this: I need to be able to beatmatch, crossfade, loop and save to mp3 and then split the resulting track into smaller ones of my choosing. My thoughts so far are to use a BPM counter in Itunes and then try my hand at Audacity. Don't really know how to split mp3s yet... Any alternative ideas or successful set-ups?
posted by two7s_clash at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting the Ferret up to Speed

What are all the things I need to apt-get, in order to turn my minimal Ubuntu Fiesty Server install into the complete graphical OS? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 7:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Statistical Question

(1) When doing an inter-rater reliability study, does Rater A always have to be paired with Rater B, and Rater C with Rater D, etc? Or can Rater A be paired with Rater B sometimes and Rater C other times? (2) When trying to determine the appropriate sample size for this kind of study, is the N based on the total number of subjects rated, or on the number of subjects each pair of raters rates? [more inside]
posted by kenberkun at 7:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Downloading Videos Off Google: High Quality Off Limits?

I can't download high quality .avi files from Google Video with Keepvid. Any other way to grab them? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Hmmmm. I might just join a club. Even if it would have me as a member.

May I pick your brain for a moment? Yeah, thanks. See, I'm thinking I want to join some clubs or groups or organizations in the Bay area to inspire myself as well as to meet more creative, vibrant, funny, smart, interesting people my age. Tell me, what does the Bay area offer that might really enrich my life here that I might not know about? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 6:53 PM PST - 27 comments

I'd like my $3 package to cost less than $30 in postage, please.

With the end of USPS international surface mail, what alternatives remain for posting bulky, low-cost items that don't qualify for the M-bag?
posted by holgate at 6:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Metal Marks on China Dishes

Can metal from forks or utensils come off on china plates, cups and other dishes, and if so, does anyone know how to stop it or fix it? [more inside]
posted by Alex Marshall at 5:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this awesome watch!

Please help me find this [very cool] watch. [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question at 5:55 PM PST - 13 comments

How safe is public wifi and how to make it safer?

Public Wifi. How safe is it and what should I do to enable more secure browsing? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 4:20 PM PST - 27 comments

Fishin' in the P-Land Metro Area

Portlanders - where is your favorite place to fish? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Baseball statistics question

Baseball question: Does anyone know why an out counts as 1/10th of an inning instead of 1/3rd of an inning when it comes to representing total Innings Pitched? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

18 days in spain

planning an 18-day trip to almeria, spain, in late july. help me plan an itinerary! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Virgin Mobile custom ringtones

Is it in any way possible to add a custom ringtone to a Virgin Mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by zixyer at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Where my hose at?

Becoming a firefighter. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Where and how can I store luggage in Brussels, Belgium for ~8 days?

Where and how can I store luggage in Brussels, Belgium for ~8 days? [more inside]
posted by ejames at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Walkie Talkies in Europe?

Can I use my 462.5625 Mhz walkie talkies in Europe? I know this frequency band is for public use in the US. Is it also for public use in Europe (Netherlands, Germany and Italy)? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is it so cold in jail?

Why are jails so cold inside? [more inside]
posted by konolia at 10:20 AM PST - 23 comments

How to revise vocab for JLPT level 2?

I'm considering taking level 2 of the Japanese Languge Proficiency Test (JLPT). I read somewhere that you need to know 6,000 words for level 2. Does anyone know of any good text books for learning a large amount of vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Where K5 at?

I miss Kuro5hin. Is there any other such site where you have a community of people with miniblogs? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 10:00 AM PST - 12 comments

I want harder poop

Is there a pill or powder that has the opposite effect of a stool softener? I eat lots of fiber and I need something to negate its effects. [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 9:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Help a teenager make the most of his summer.

Help a teenager make the most of his summer [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 8:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Can I find out my dog's breed(s)?

I heard that you can send a sample of your dog's DNA out to be tested to determine breed. I have a pound mutt who I would love to know the mix before she passes. Anyone know if such a service exists?
posted by archimago at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

What should my screen resolution be?

I'm having some trouble figuring out what my screen resolution should be. My monitor is the Dell UltraSharp Widescreen 2007WFP... which is a 20 inch widescreen. Its native resolution is 1680 x 1050. At this resolution everything is very clear and normal and good. However, everything is a bit too small for me to read comfortably. The monitor is maybe 2 - 2.5 feet away from my face, which I think is normal, but everything is still just a little on the too small side. Because of this, I've been using a 1280 x 800 resolution with a 96 DPI. Everything is easily and comfortably readable for me like this. The only problem is I lose a lot of screen real estate vs its native resolution, and everything becomes just a slight bit less clear. So, what I'm wondering is, what should my settings be? Thanks in advance for any help.
posted by creative at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Using my TV as a monitor

Can I use my TV as a monitor for my laptop while doing other work on the laptop? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Thunderbird thinks I haven't check my mail in three years!

Every so often Thunderbird thinks all the messages in my Yahoo Mail Plus account are new and downloads 8000 messages! Help me stop this annoyance please. [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 6:41 AM PST - 5 comments


In a few months I will be relocating to Ann Arbor, MI. Located only about 45 minutes outside of Detroit, I am planning to volunteer at a couple of teen organizations. My family however is adamant that Detroit is too dangerous to work in. What can I tell my family to counter their fears?
posted by contog at 6:24 AM PST - 21 comments

2 + 46% = ?

I need some really REALLY basic spreadsheet help. I've been given the task of creating a spreadsheet that will work out for us several things - how many orders we need in total and per week, how much revenue this will bring, etc. I've got most of it worked out, but I can't for the life of me how to work out percentages. Yes, I did Google this before asking. :D [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

My wifes home health care business is an LLC so does that mean all our personal assets are protected?

My wife owns a home health care business with some other nurses and she says that because it's a LLC, our home, 401k, and other personal assets are safe from being used in a judgement. Is it that simple? My wife who's been an RN for many years, has never even had nurses liability insurance (and still doesn't) so I'm not sure if she understands what her personal risks are as a nurse.
posted by qsysopr at 4:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Mystery Equation

Mystery Equation: x2+y2=(1-z)z4 A friend of mine has a bet regarding whether anyone can figure out what it represents. It's supposed to be mildly romantic. Ideas?
posted by Firas at 4:34 AM PST - 33 comments

UK Tax Matters

I'm recently self-employed and I need some advice about tax deductions. I'm going to be getting a new, rather expensive computer but I also want to make sure I have enough money to pay my taxes. The computer will be used for business and home use - so where do I stand tax deduction-wise? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 1:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Free Falling

Looking for a decent (used) sport parachute. [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 1:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a site which will notify me when a TV program I want is on, by keyword?

Is there a site which will notify me when a TV program I want is on, by keyword? [more inside]
posted by aguy at 1:14 AM PST - 4 comments

June 15

installing java at work

My work doesn't allow computers to install java. Is there a way around this or maybe an alternative I could use?
posted by nyu2 at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the black crud in my ear piercings?

After my ears healed enough to take the training studs out, I switched to cute little hypoallergenic studs of unknown silver metal, from Clair’s. However, they still have to be left in overnight, and one day when I was taking them out, instead of the usual light flaking of a new piercing I discovered black crumbly crud. Is this the dreaded tarnish that dyes your ear? The earrings themselves are still perfect, with no blemishes to the part that goes in the hole, but the holes are now dark and still shed lightly.
posted by Phalene at 11:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Tips for Executive Assistants wanting to be black belt GTDers

Are there any tips for Executive Assistants wanting to be black belt GTDers? [more inside]
posted by dchunks at 10:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Mutant hybrid office supplies

Flat pencil or pen that can be used as a bookmark- does such a thing exist successfully? [more inside]
posted by doift at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I play my Xbox 360 on my laptop?

Is there a way to hook up and display an Xbox 360 on a new laptop screen via, well, anything? [more inside]
posted by Apo11o at 9:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Identity of the mysterious robotic ribcage girl

Can anyone identify this drawing of a girl with a metal ribcage in a library? The signature looks to me like "K.T. 03" but I'm not sure about the "T." [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Between the hammer and the anvil...

A birthday present for someone into blacksmithing? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:57 PM PST - 6 comments

How to fix a burred laptop screw

I am trying to replace a laptop keyboard but the final screw has burred and neither the regular or precision screwdriver works. If someone suggests that I go to repairman and 50 bucks to fix this, I am likely to do serious damage to this laptop (namely by throwing it against a wall). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Dry eyes while sleeping

My young wife (32 years old) for years has complained about her eyes drying out while sleeping. Any good ideas for relief? [more inside]
posted by tdabbott at 7:40 PM PST - 16 comments

is that a hickey?

So, I've got this red splotch on my chest. I've only had it since a sunburn last year, and it gets redder if I'm flushed. [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Corporate etiquette dilemma

I'm trying to get a new job, but stay within my current company. I've applied and had two interviews for a role I'd love in a different department. Is it bad form to ask people I work with in my current role, who are in that department, to put in a good word for me? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a great neurologist.

Can you please recommend a great neurologist in the New Haven County (Connecticut) area? [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

What just happened to me and do I need to worry?

I suddenly have an achy arm and a swollen, itchy armband tattoo. The tat is 3 years old! [more inside]
posted by andihazelwood at 6:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Save my steak!

My gas grill won't light properly. I read about the Flow Limiting Device (FLD) but the steps to reset it seem not to work. What is my problem, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Denver's just a cow town....

Can you recommend a good steakhouse in Denver near Coors Field? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Not working on a full stomach.

Another broken quotation. Who said plenty would bring a country to its knees? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 4:06 PM PST - 8 comments

"Clever" music videos?

"Clever" music videos? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 3:48 PM PST - 63 comments

I need a bamboo forest in my apartment or my brain won't let me sleep at night.

I would like to paint my wall so it looks like a bamboo forest, but I'm left-brained and would like some help. [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 2:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Newly-learned programming language practice

Suggest programs to write in a newly-learned language. [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 2:37 PM PST - 18 comments

I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way

How to figure out what I would like to do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

wood you, could you?

I just bought an old danish-midcentury modern type dining set. Its wood with a finish (lacquer or shellac, I don't know). It has a couple of nasty scratches. I live in San Francisco....know of any businesses/individuals that do wood furniture repair? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 2:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this behaviour reasonable for a mechanic?

Is this behaviour reasonable for a mechanic? Also, why is there so little consumer protection laws for this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 2:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Easy way to make money for uni

I'm starting university in October and I'd like to make some money over the summer. What are some easy/fun ways to make money? I've just finished a foundation art and design course and I'm studying graphics at uni so I'd like to do something that's in some way related to graphic design but if that's too much to ask then a job where I can just sit at a desk and read for most of the day would be cool. I live in Weymouth which is a sea side town in south-west England if that's helpful. Also, I've never had a job before.
posted by Andy Harwood at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Animal companion grief

What steps do you take to grieve companion animals? [more inside]
posted by vers at 2:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for wedding gift ideas for the groom.

Looking for truly unique, male-centered wedding gift suggestions that would be of absolutely no use to the bride....sorry ladies ;) [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 1:58 PM PST - 61 comments

How do I simplify my graph?

Math/CS majors: What algorithms are out there to do "approximate reductions for weighted graphs"? This is a term I made up, but basically I have a 200,000 node graph with weighted edges and I want to reduce it so I can see clusters and/or patterns. I know of SUBDUE, but it only works for unweighted graphs.
posted by lpctstr; at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Laptop freezes when I take it somewhere.

Otherwise well behaved laptop sometimes freezes when I move it or take it somewhere. I leave it running, and sometimes on the trip from my desk to my car it freezes up. [more inside]
posted by powpow at 1:32 PM PST - 10 comments

What tool do optometrists use?

What are those things called that optometrists use to determine your prescription, and how do they work? (The ones where they say, "Which looks better, this... or this?")
posted by smackfu at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

bible translation study resources

What are good resources for studying language and translation issues of the Christian Bible (particularly the New Testament and more particularly the Gospels) [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to take and pass the MCSE.

I am a self-taught computer geek - and I want to take and pass the MCSE. Have you got any tips? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

NYC filter: How to visit the Chrysler building beyond the lobby?

To go beyond the lobby of the Chrysler building, one must have an appointment on one of the floors. Does anyone know of a doctor or another health practitioner in the Chrysler building? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 1:03 PM PST - 21 comments

How Do I get Outlooks out of office assistant to work for e-mails received from the internet?

Our organization's MS Outlook out of office assistant is not working for e-mails received from outside the organization. Why is this and is there a way to fix it? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Sleepless in Chicago

I'm looking for information on sleep clinics in or around Chicago. [more inside]
posted by sic at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Finding the closest thing to a coal powered watch

Where can I find cool watches (like this) that don't cost too much? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists?

What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists? [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 12:26 PM PST - 23 comments

What is some good & free disk cloning over a network software?

Hard disk cloning over a network: Does anyone know of any free, lightweight software that will allow me to distribute a disk image across a network to a bunch of machines? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Ecstacy Herbal Cigs in NYC

Anyone know of a reliable local source for Ecstacy brand herbal cigarettes in the NYC or Poughkeepsie area? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 12:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Most unspeakable Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios.

Most unspeakable Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Anything at 11:56 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the best legal setup for a local chorale?

We are a upstate NY local chorale, 10 years old now, reorganizing with a new director and we are not sure of the best legal setup. We want to have a board with officers so the chorus members can become more involved in management. Currently there is just a tax ID#. Should we incorporate as a non-profit and get 501(c)(3) status? Just incorporate? We want to try and get grants to buy some risers, for example, and don't know if non-profit status would be required. But we are also thinking of raising money by paid singing gigs (as opposed to our regular community concerts where people donate to support us) and we don't know if we could still do that as a non-profit. We would like to know what other groups have done, and would be grateful for any advice.
posted by tejasa at 11:03 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I improve my depth perception?

How can I improve my depth perception? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

813-840-3045. Who owns this number?

813-840-3045. Who owns this number and how can I get them to stop calling me and hanging up. It happens 2-3 times a day and it's not just me they are bothering (see here and here). Calling the number just returns a rapid busy signal. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 10:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Good hikes around Seattle.

Good hikes around Seattle. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Tours to the atomic blue glow?

Where can I go to see Cherenkov radiation -- not some simulation with a blue light in a deep-water bath, but the real thing -- as a tourist? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Where in NJ should I move to?

I plan on moving to NJ. Collingswood seems like the best option, are there others? [more inside]
posted by bkpr at 10:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Mobile Baby + Stairs = Dangerous Combination!

Our newly walking one-year-old has learned how to climb up stairs (oh, joy), but not down. Help us put in safe a baby gate. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 9:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Townes Van Zandt's Mr. Gold and Mr. Mudd

Card players, I'd appreciate some help in dissecting a song about poker called Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud by Townes Van Zandt. [more inside]
posted by dios at 9:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Like a bowlful of jelly.

When I work my abs a lot, I get little mini shaky spasms, similar to what your muscles do after lifting, except they last for a while, say 24 hours, give or take, as opposed to up to two hours or so after weightlifting. Does this happen to you too? Is it common? [more inside]
posted by dame at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What foods to pair with whiskey?

I'm having a whiskey party tonight. There will be a mix of scotches, bourbons, and other whiskeys, single-malt and blended. It will not be a dinner party but I'd like to provide some hors d'oeuvres and possibly desserts. I've heard sushi is good with whiskey so I thought lox might work, and this Honey and Whiskey ice cream looks good, but does anyone have any other ideas?
posted by schroedinger at 9:41 AM PST - 16 comments

2nd Amendment

I'm hairy but work around food. How weird would it be if I shaved my forearms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM PST - 27 comments

Pigeon Toes

Why do so many pigeons in San Francisco have mangled feet? And why is it usually only one foot? Is this specific to SF, or do you notice it in other pigeon-heavy areas?
posted by FuManchu at 8:49 AM PST - 25 comments

Does the phrase "please, not in the face!" come from anywhere in particular?

Does the phrase "Please, not in the face!" (in reference to a metaphorical imminent beating) have a definitive, particular origin from a famous film or some other piece of pop culture? Or has it just sort of established itself from actual beatings?
posted by so_necessary at 8:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Qi gong, health and western medicine

I’ve been reading a bit about qi gong and its applications to healthy living, but am finding it hard to find information that goes beyond anecdotes. I’d like to know if the claims of qi gong (and similar internal practices) have been tested, and if the claimed mechanisms have any common ground with western medicine. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

homebrew memory cart for a toy

Need help building my own memory cartridge for a toy laptop. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

I know it's where Jerry Garcia grew up. What else?

Moving to the Excelsior district in San Francisco: Tell me everything you know (please)! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit Cards Vs. Home Equity

Is interest calculated the same way on a credit card and a home equity loan? In other words is it stupid to take out a home equity loan at 6.9% to pay off credit cards at 5.9%? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to live in Mizzou Land?

My girlfriend is moving to Columbia, MO for her first job. Where should she live in town? What rental companies have worked well for you? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Rental negotiation

I am looking for advice on forming a direct relationship with my landlord. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

How to sweat less?

I'm never enjoyed the heat, but this summer I'm sweating like a pig! Bearing in mind that I'm already down to the bare minimum of clothing, and taking exercise (I am marginally overweight), is there anything I can do to make my body more in tune with summer?
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 27 comments

Quitters never win?

I'm about to resign from my job. The problem is I only started two months ago. How do I break the news? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me make a thing of beauty not a grand mess!

My boy is going out of town for four days and I want to make a project to surprise him when he gets home. I am making a pathway in our backyard, does anyone have any experience in this? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Because no one wants to regret that tattoo they got way back when from the narcoleptic tattoo artist...

Looking to get a tattoo in Chicago. Suggestions for where to go? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Got a girl coming to stay with me in London - what fun things can we do?

I got a girl coming to stay with me in London (England) and I want to show her a good time. Where should we go and what should we do there? [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 6:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me to make an ~*~impression~*~

Men's FashionFilter: I need to update my develop a wardrobe for the Fall and after. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 4:07 AM PST - 19 comments

From standard snaps to great photography

How can I improve my photographs so they have a much more 'real' quality? I've taken some nice shots - not bad composure / colours etc but at best they're quite good. I'm looking to improve to amazing/wow photos...or at least as close as I can get. [more inside]
posted by mjlondon at 3:44 AM PST - 37 comments

I want to have value past my mundane existence?

Lady Li posted a question (2 below this one) searching for this quote... "Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion – in the long run, these are the only people who count." How do I become one of those people who count?
posted by crewshell at 2:21 AM PST - 38 comments

June 14

Coffee, Tea, or…..

[Glorious-Caffeine-filter]: Help me in my search for the elusive gourmet coffee single… [more inside]
posted by numinous at 11:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this quote?

Looking for quote about "the few who think well and often". Possibly from science fiction? [more inside]
posted by Lady Li at 10:41 PM PST - 7 comments

ATL / COM / Automation / ActiveX VC++ 2005 Advice?

ATL, COM, Automation in VC++ 2005 - Help me make sense of it all! [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Help getting more out of M$ Sendto Powertoys?!

I'm a Win2k user and have been in love with a couple of M$ Powertoys shell extensions that have been around forever: The "sendto" .nameonclipboard and .contentsonclipboard right click options. The only thing I regret is the amount of time I spend using the mouse to navigate to my selection after the first right click: rightclick->sendto->selection(contents/name). I'd love to figure out how I could left click to select / focus the file, and then finish with a control key combination. Better yet would be the ability to just (key combination)-> (left middle whatever) click to perform the action. Ideas?
posted by lasitter at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

My Spotlight won't shine on me

How can I search for specific strings of text within multiple individual text files in Mac OSX 10.4? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:12 PM PST - 9 comments

BabyFilter: I'm looking for advice on how to schedule late night baby feedings once I go back to work.

BabyFilter: I'm looking for advice on how to schedule late night baby feedings once I go back to work (details inside) [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 10:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Book recommendations for the mature woman

I’d like to read some fiction books where the heroine is intelligent, 40+ years old, not incredibly gorgeous or incredibly wealthy or incredibly famous, but with responsibilities (like teenage kids or a career), who has explicit & hot sex. Chick lit all grown up, you might say. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 9:52 PM PST - 25 comments

How do you show that you had an object before a certain date?

How do you show that you had an object before a certain date? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 9:03 PM PST - 72 comments

iPod Help

my ipod wont play certain songs. [more inside]
posted by The Boy at 8:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I practise and record my music?

Where can I practise and record my music? I'm only looking for very basic demo quality, and need to do it very, very cheaply. [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Unchain my rollups

What is happening to me when I try to do situps? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find a taller platform bed?

Where can I find a relatively tall and simple platform or lofted bed, or at least a better way to describe what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by madetoheal at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Technobabble for the sextogenarian. Please?

Help me help my dad. One of those cheapest-best-multimedia-experience questions. Details inside. (Oh, btw, kinda long.) [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me keep my mind about me when I just want to order coffee or interview at Google

I'm painfully shy. My mind often goes blank during social interactions. It's almost like I kind of lose myself. I'd like to find a way to fight this. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 7:14 PM PST - 18 comments

How hard are Photoshop and Illustrator tests?

I have an interview with a recruiter next week. I will have to take either a photoshop or illustrator test. What is normally on these tests? How hard are they? What format are they normally in (e.g., multiple choice or are you given a project to complete)? What are some more obscure things I should make sure I know before I walk in there? Anonymous because people at work don't know I'm job hunting
posted by anonymous at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

I am woman, hear me game

I'm a well-educated woman dead-set on creating a career in the game industry. Advice please! [more inside]
posted by Hyzenthlay at 6:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Open Source Media Player for Customized playlists using Thousands of Short Audio Snippets?

I'm looking for an open source MP3 (or OGG) player for creation of educational listening drills. Must be portable, and flexible for creation, editing, burning of playlists and queues -- details on its use in here... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 6:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Do train conductors still exist?

Do trains still have human conductors? What do they do?
posted by xmutex at 6:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Making a laptop take VGA input, or a cheap, tiny display.

Making a laptop take VGA input, or finding a cheap, tiny display. [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 6:28 PM PST - 14 comments

A poem/tune: Possible to publically perform?

What is the easiest way to have one program running in Mac OS X while another displays keystrokes in real time? I'll explain the details inside... [more inside]
posted by umbú at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

impress my tastebuds

Fantastic baba ganoush and hummus recipes? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 5:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Online project management tool

Can you recommend an online collaborative project-management tool (one that is not Basecamp?) [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

A Walk in the Woods

A few friends and I are looking to start backpacking this summer but on a budget. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:18 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I keep water from coming under my basement door?

Looking for ideas on how to stop my basement door from leaking. [more inside]
posted by COD at 5:10 PM PST - 6 comments

When only the best will do...

Help me revamp my wardrobe. I need suggestions for the best quality clothing and accessories in each category, i.e. t-shirts, suits, sandals, umbrellas, whatever. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 4:59 PM PST - 15 comments

What's a great scotch for father's day?

My dad drinks scotch and I've gotten him some single malt ones, which I prefer, and he didn't like them too much. I am looking to get him a great high-end scotch. He likes johnny walkers so I've gotten him a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue once and he liked that a lot. So I am hoping to get him something else that's similarly high quality. I am hoping to spend perhaps $75-$500 or so. Don't know much about scotch, esp. blended, so your suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by icollectpurses at 4:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Hydrogen Powered Cars

Hydrogen Cars. All the talk we hear now of hydrogen powered automobiles involves fuel cells. How about burning hydrogen directly in an internal combustion engine? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 4:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Access Password Recovery

My MS Access files are password protected. I don't know/remember what the password is. I need help on password recovery. [more inside]
posted by dy at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a guide for my spiritual path

I had planned to embark on a period of introspection following a bad relationship and other life changes but I've been lazy about it. Are there any books that offer a sort of step-by-step course for something that really shouldn't be a step-by-step course? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Wow, that looks...snug

Cycling clothes that won't make me look like a jackass? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:20 PM PST - 27 comments

chair for a bad back

I have a bad back and I am looking for chair recommendations. Further specifications and [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How to reward the Bestest Daddy Ever?

Father's Day is Coming. My partner is the "Bestest Dad Ever". I want to give him something amazing and cool, that shows how great a father I think he is, but we have no money and very little time. Our son is just under 1 year, so the gift will have to come totally from me - he's not really old enough to make a craft for dad. What awesome and memorable gift First Father's Day gift can I give for under $20?
posted by anastasiav at 2:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Tired of being a crybaby

I am not depressed or unhappy, in fact, just the opposite. But I cry all the time and I need to figure out how to stop because it's really embarrassing. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:40 PM PST - 26 comments

How to have computer automatically change primary and secondary display settings once projector is plugged in?

I need help with using a projector as a secondary display. I would like the computer to be able to recognize when the projector has been plugged in and automatically set the projector as the primary display without having to fiddle with the settings. Is there software or some trick that will do this? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Pedos bad! Linking bad! Help!

File this under disgusting. A pedophile site is linking to my friend's business site. They've been contacted to take the link down. Is there any other option to block unacceptable linking like this?
posted by miqueltegler at 2:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find mid century design examples in New York?

I am looking for buildings in New York City with public spaces that are good examples of mid century modern design and architecture. Building lobbies, plazas, diners, etc. Something along the lines of the old TWA terminal 5 at JFK.
posted by billyfleetwood at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Not moving to DC with fiance a huge mistake?

Am I making a huge mistake by not following my fiance to Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 1:58 PM PST - 38 comments

English library in Tokyo?

Is there a good English library in Tokyo? What about used bookstores? [more inside]
posted by rsk at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Did I dream this 80s movie about a guy who died and came back to reconnect with his wife?

I'm looking for a movie I saw in the early 80s on cable - about a guy who dies and then is returned to Earth and tries to reconnect with his wife. [more inside]
posted by monarch75 at 1:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What would you do with a grand and 4 free days?

Next Thursday - 21st - it's your birthday (Happy Birthday!). You'll be 35, you're single, you live in LA, you're off work until Monday, and you've got a $1000 burning a hole in your pocket. What would *you* do?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 12:56 PM PST - 47 comments

I'm worried about getting a hernia from deadlifting

I'm worried about getting a hernia from deadlifting. Are there any exercises to prevent or minimise a hernia? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Tahoe Apartment Living

Lake Tahoe Living: Possibly moving to north-shore of Lake Tahoe. What are the cheapest options available for apartment living up there? [more inside]
posted by rlef98 at 12:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Best way to make an impression when sending a resume?

Best way to submit resume and samples? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Raleigh Real Estate

My fiance and I just returned from Raleigh. We went to check out the culture, climate, shopping, food, etc. in hopes of possibly living there. We were so impressed that we are thinking of buying some real estate there as an investment. My gut tells me this is a good move, but I would like to be a little more objective about the decision. How do I go about performing due-diligence on real estate markets? Forbes ranked Raleigh #2 for the best place to do business this year. I want more information than that. Are there good websites were people talk about this kind of stuff? Is there a Morningstar for real estate? How can I get the skinny on a market without talking to a biased real-estate agent? Anyone want to chime in about real estate in the Triangle?
posted by jasondigitized at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I deal with a parent who cheats?

How do I cope with a parent who cheats? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Friendship, dating, and loneliness.

Why doesn't the woman I'm dating invite me out with her friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Possible move to San Antonio/Austin, what can I expect?

Possible move to San Antonio/Austin, what can I expect? [more inside]
posted by captaindistracto at 12:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Do I have to sign this employee document?

How customary is it for employees to be required to sign a company policy document when they've already been employed for awhile? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 11:50 AM PST - 16 comments

CreativeProblemSolving: Moving overseas in stages

CreativeProblemSolvingAdventureFilter: If you were moving overseas for a period of 2 years via 4 air trips, spaced 1.5-2 months apart, what stuff would you bring when? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me identify this amazing sound?

I was in Amsterdam this Monday and Tuesday. Early tuesday morning I walked past a group of buskers who were playing music which changed my life. I've never heard anything like it. They looked to me to be maybe Turkish, somewhere eurasian. Two guys were keeping up a simple 2 - chord rhythm on accordions, whilst the lead guy was blasting his soul into a clarinet, playing a kind of desperate, breathy, technical jazz / polka kind of sound. It was awesome. Anyone seen these guys? Anyone know what kind of music I might have heard? Thanks in advance...
posted by sann1657 at 11:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Why did my Wordpress blog freak out when I wasn't looking?

Wordpress filter: Why did my Wordpress blog freak out when I wasn't looking? What could have caused it to change themes all on its own? [more inside]
posted by wayward vagabond at 11:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Small can be Beautiful - but how to find it

Please help me find a new(ish) monitor. I'd like a small (15"?), inexpensive, glossy LCD that will work with my old VGA video card (max 1024 x 768), and would prefer it be "mountable" for future ease-of-fitting-somewhere. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Whittle down my Palm to a Thumb?

Cross-platform, portable PIM? Not wearing a winter coat anymore, I find my Palm T|X is larger than I want to carry. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I move a collection of vinyl LP records?

How do I move a collection of vinyl LP records? I have a medium (500-1,000) collection that I am taking with me on a 2 day move up the east coast in a non-airconditioned moving truck this summer. What techniques should I avoid? What do I need to be aware of?
posted by dickumbrage at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Single word name for bird training.

I need single word name for bird training. It needs to be either more generic than falconry or if it exists, more specifically, it's related to the art of training homing pigeons (often mistaken as carrier pigeons).
posted by Davidissimo at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me de-stuff my life!

Like you, I've got a lot of unused stuff. Also like you, I could do with some extra money. Do you have any tips or experiences to share with regard to selling specific types of items? [more inside]
posted by pantone292 at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

West Coast Road Trip

I'm preparing for a road trip that will take me up the California Coast, Oregon Coast, Washington (Seattle) and into Canada at least as far North as Whistler. Can you provide specific recommendations on where to stop? What motels should I stay at? What's interesting to see/do/photograph? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 10:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there such a thing as semi-pro insurance for photographers?

I suspect the answer is "No", but I thought I would ask anyway: Is there such a thing as a semi-pro level of insurance for digital cameras? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Pricing for set of copper Jade Snow Wong plates?

I have a set of 12 copper enamel Jade Snow Wong plates that I need estimates for. [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Inexpensive Mac barcode scanner.

Looking for a barcode scanner (>$100; usb, wireless or firewire) to import books into delicious library on mac 10.3.9. Must be plug and play (no cuecat).
posted by jchinique at 9:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Searching for flying koi and pretty hair goods...

Where in Manhattan can I find Japanese Kanzashi (silk flower hair ornaments) and/or Koi Nobori (carp windsocks)? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Bilble passages for a child

I've been asked to provide a favorite Bible passage to a friend's six year old child who is starting his religious instruction. Not having nearly the bible knowledge of a Bertie Wooster, I'm asking the hive mind for a favorite passage that might be instructive or inspirational and suitable for a young child. Extra credit if it teaches tolerance of other's beliefs.
posted by bbranden1 at 9:02 AM PST - 39 comments

On a sloth and pirañas: a book?

I'm looking for a book about a sloth and pirañas. Do you know it? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Why not cut it off?

Bariatric surgery question, gastric bypasses et al. After watching some people receive surgery to clean up loose skin post gastric bypass, I started to wonder... [more inside]
posted by Calibandage at 8:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Hotel in Asheville NC?

Good hotel recommendations in Asheville NC? A friend and I will be in Asheville for one night, and would like to stay within walking distance of stuff.... [more inside]
posted by eileen at 7:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Sock quality modelling and optimisation?

Let's say I buy s socks. Now, these socks feel the very best (have a quality factor of 100) after f wearings, and must be discarded (have a quality factor of zero) after f × 100 wearings. I want to add these socks to a pool from which I draw two daily, and want to maximise the probability of selecting socks with the highest quality over the life of the pool... [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 7:10 AM PST - 24 comments

What are these hoofprints?

What are these hoofprints in Turkmenistan? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

looking for a network storage solution to share files between offices

I'm looking for a shared network drive solution for three offices physically distant from one another - something with 10-50 gigs of storage space and that could easily be intergrated into Windows for ease of user use. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 7:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it ironic?

My daughter says she is having trouble grasping the concept of irony, so I promised to come up with some examples. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:53 AM PST - 57 comments

looking for Online real time webbased share monitoring services

looking for Online real time webbased share monitoring services specifically for the footise [more inside]
posted by complience at 6:19 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I use a condensing deep fat fryer?

How do I use a condensing deep fat fryer? [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick at 6:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Do people stick around?

"80% of people grow up to live within a 20 mile radius of where they were born." Is this true? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 5:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Identity theft via attachment?

How likely/difficult would it be to steal identity information from an e-mail attachment, like a Word document or an Excel file? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 5:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I move on with my life quick?

Can a person be addicted to another person who is a cheater? [more inside]
posted by confused1965 at 5:10 AM PST - 40 comments

What easy to use (and free) text editor and ftp clients exist for the Mac?

Can anyone recommend some easy HTML editing and uploading tools for a mac? (ftp, text editor) [more inside]
posted by handee at 4:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Tool tips for a tool tool.

The perfect tool: a drill, screwdriver, and wrench combined into a single, battery-powered device. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Sudden death: Coroner or copper?

I'm confused about when a sudden death becomes a coroner investigation, rather than a police investigation (UK). [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 2:28 AM PST - 13 comments

First Pass/Kiss jitters

How do I get over my nervousness and just make a pass or just kiss the girl now I'm seeing? [more inside]
posted by Cog at 2:27 AM PST - 39 comments

Safari uninstall woes

My beloved Mac broke after an attempt to uninstall a buggy Safari with AppDelete. Do I need to reformat or might there be hope for this severely confused n00b? [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 12:44 AM PST - 20 comments

June 13

Fall in love with sound

Looking for new music to get me going. Something somewhere around the bands "Soul Coughing" and "Sigur Ros". If anyone listens to & loves these guys like me, can you please help me find some new bands to love. Or really any great music anyone can suggest. Thanks everyone.
posted by nintendo at 8:56 PM PST - 36 comments

I want to come out as hetero at my gay workplace.

It is a good thing where I work that I identify as gay. Very good. Recently however, I have fallen (madly) for a hetero... This would be somewhat of an issue of at my gay workplace and I'd like some good ole MeFi advice (MI) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 PM PST - 34 comments

m o o o o v i n g o h c r a p

We're driving up from DC to Cambridge, MA. We have a moving truck. The hotel we're staying at this Sunday night does not have parking. What to do? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:52 PM PST - 15 comments

80s emo ballad mix

Making an 80s emo ballad mix--what am i missing [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 7:47 PM PST - 64 comments

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I embed special characters in my Director text field?

Macromedia (sorry, Adobe) Director question. If I paste text from Word etc. into my Director text field, and I then select it and change it into an embedded font, will there be problems with curly quotes, em-dashes and such on other users' computers? Or does the "embedding" process enable me to use these characters? I don't care too much about curly quotes, but I do like my em-dashes & would rather not have to change them all to double hyphens.
posted by media_itoku at 6:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I borrow $80K to finance my business school education?

Right now, I plan to start business school in the fall. It's a top five program, and in all likelihood, my salary after school will be about twice what I make now. That said, I'll be borrowing about $80K to cover the costs in the short-term. Is this a good idea? I'm excited about b-school in general but perhaps not to the extent that I'm willing to incur a debt that will burden me for decades to come.
posted by kakes at 5:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Are we thieving magpies?

Monty Python fans, I need your help. Please tell me if my sketch group has inadvertently duplicated one of their jokes. [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 5:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Life in the Quad Cities?

We are semi-retired and live (and grew up) in Chicago. I went to college in a little river town along the Mississippi in Iowa and we're now thinking about moving to the Quad Cities as we are sick of the density, smog and crime in Chicago and long for slower, more peaceful days. There are some great running trails and fantastic old homes in Iowa in the Historic District, near the River, which appeal to us very much, but I'm worried about the lack of top notch hospitals/doctors and the fact that Iowa taxes both out of state pensions and Social Security. Any thoughts on the benefits or lack of same of the Quads? My husband and I both have some health problems but not immediate ones . Our specialists are in Chicago but I hate to think that we will not be able to enjoy the rest of our lives (we are 63 and 64) waiting for the Grim Reaper or trip to the ER. Thanks for any help.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Creating a VCD/DVD from camcorder tapes

1) I have a sony camcorder. I want to convert the contents of the camcorder tape, to a video cd or dvd format. Currently i tried using windows movie maker to see if it is possible, but it is not allowing me to create a video cd or dvd. It only creates a file playable in windows movie maker or windows media player.. [more inside]
posted by tom123 at 5:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Folder only displays first 287 items?

My music album folder contains ~1000 folders in it. It's stored on a large external hard drive. It suddenly began only displaying the first 287 folders, ordered alphabetically. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 4:52 PM PST - 14 comments

How much is the Temp Agency that I work for getting paid for my services?

How much is the Temp Agency that I work for getting paid for my services? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Email-controlled reminders

Is there a service that I can control via email rather than the web which I can use to email myself reminders? [more inside]
posted by caek at 4:37 PM PST - 10 comments

411 on the 02171?

What's it like to live in Squantum? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What can I do, from the big changes on down to the minutae, to make a difference?

What can I do, from the big changes on down to the minutae, to make a difference? I want a more environmentally conscious lifestyle! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 4:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Civil ceremony. Informal. At home. What does the bride wear?

_Wedding filter_ Civil ceremony. Informal. At home. What does the bride wear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 33 comments

I love the car, but the car can't love me back.

Should I sell my car? Am I doing the math right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 21 comments

No spark, now what?

My girlfriend of 6 months is starting to talk about marriage. I love her and all, but I don't have that "spark" you sometimes get in relationships. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 52 comments

Bicycling into Charlottesville, VA

Can you recommend me a reasonably bicycle-friendly route into Charlottesville, VA coming from the west (from Lexington, to be precise)? I don't mind sharing a road with traffic - I ride Route 11 frequently and happily - but as much as possible, I would like to avoid getting mixed in with dense commercial traffic.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is the "interview" style Vonage commercial filmed?

Where is the "interview" style Vonage commercial filmed? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

What's that blurry wavy graphic to challenge registration called?

When you register as a new user on a site, often times you are presented with a graphic where the letters/numbers a blurred or distorted (to present bots from registering) and a box below it where you are supposed to replicate its content with keystrokes. What is that thing called?
posted by psmealey at 3:11 PM PST - 15 comments

How to deyankify a resume?

What is the difference between an American resume and a British CV? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 3:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Weird phone numbers showing up on my cell phone caller ID

There are weird phone numbers showing up on my caller ID - what's going on? What should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

In NYC, where can I get a violin CHEAPLY looked over and serviced?

In NYC, where can I get a violin CHEAPLY looked over and serviced? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me pick a new surfboard.

SurfboardFilter: I've outgrown my starter board. Help pick a new surfboard to kick off the San Diego summer. [more inside]
posted by rezaman at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

NYC subway secrets

Most visually interesting parts of the New York City subway system? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo at 1:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Are generic and brand name drugs exactly the same?

Is it possible for me to experience different side effects on a generic drug vs. its brand name equivalent? The drug in question is neurological. [more inside]
posted by samh23 at 1:05 PM PST - 30 comments

Aloe dying

Help! OfficePlantFilter: My aloe is dying! [more inside]
posted by omidius at 12:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Lighting Paper Lanterns

A question about lighting for my wedding. I am making lights for my wedding, which essentially will be in a tent. I am making a bunch of fixtures and each fixture will have 3 to 7 paper lanterns hanging in clusters. The problem is that the lanterns are either 12, 14 or 16 inch diameters and I want to find a way to make sure that all shine equally as bright. [more inside]
posted by commissioner12 at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Fix my WiFi

Suddenly, my laptop and wireless network aren't playing well together. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me compare Dallas & Houston.

I'm thinking about adding either Dallas, TX or Houston, TX to my list of potential areas to relocate to. I'm getting pretty sick of California (the SF Bay Area) and have always liked the midwest. Help me learn more about the two places. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 12:29 PM PST - 58 comments

Help Me Make it Through a Long-Ass Flight in Economy Class

Brace yourself for another iPod question. Purchased and downloaded movie from iTunes. Got all excited to watch it on the plane on my iPod. Was crushed to find that upon re-synch-ing my iPod with my iTunes, the movie doesn't seem to have downloaded onto the iPod, which I assumed it would do automatically just like it does with new music that I add to iTunes. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Wooah! Wooah!

What is the etymology of the slang term for dogs, 'pooch'?
posted by mwhybark at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

The Idiot Dog ate what?

Dog + Pig Roast Charcoal Ashes = Dear God, how do I get this out? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

How much do reality TV families make?

Guilty Pleasure Filter: How much do reality TV families make? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 11:18 AM PST - 17 comments

How to Properly Ditch Traditional Phone Service?

Hanging up on our traditional phone service... can I switch to VOIP and continue to use it once my metro area activates city-wide wifi? Or is there another solution? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

G5 audio solution

Just bought a new loft and will be using my G5 as the main audio source for entertainment. the comp has optical digital audio output (mini jack) and a built in 12watt amp. I would like to find an affordable (~250$) solution where my music would fill the place. I used to have a Creative set with 4 satellite and a sub but they are dead... I own the place and can drill holes or mount speakers in the corners, it's a large rectangle shaped 25x40 feet space. what are my options here ? thanks everyone Selfsck
posted by selfsck at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

My child is driving me crazy. Help.

My kid is *such* a whiner. Help. [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 10:18 AM PST - 48 comments

How did a strange username get into my IE7 autocomplete list?

How did a username I've never seen before get into my IE7 autocomplete list? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

what if someone knew a phrase, but didn't know where it came from?

What's the origin of the phrase: "What if we threw a war and no one came?" [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 10:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Sick kit delivery in NYC?

Much like this question, I want to deliver a care package to a family member who is ill. However, I'm in Chicago, and she's in New York (Brooklyn, to be precise). I'd love to send her some matzoh ball soup, decongestants, tea, and other goodies for the infirm. Any suggestions? (My yahoo search inadvertently went to the web as a whole an I found this and I was all "Sweet!" until I realized it was just an idea.)
posted by mjbraun at 10:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me clean out my parents' house!

Help me clean out my parents' house! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me with gain science literacy

Is there a logical sequence in which to learn principles from the major fields of science, where knowledge from one field would undoubtedly help me understand the next? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 9:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Fathers Day Dilemma - My 6 year old has stumped me!

Father's Day Filter: How to best handle this day for my son whose father has no contact with him because of molestation??? (LONG) [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 9:47 AM PST - 41 comments

What's a painless way to transition to a new email address?

I'm planning on changing my ISP (I'm currently using Telus) and in the process I will lose (I assume) what I've been foolishly using as my "professional" email address. How can I painlessly switch over to a new email address? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I become a stock broker? If so, where?

I have done initial interviews with both Ameriprise Financial and Garden State Securities. I think that being a stock broker could be for me. Should I go with Ameriprise, Garden State or somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:21 AM PST - 6 comments

BLUE #1 makes for blue #2

Is there a supplement or other item I can ingest with breakfast that will help me digest BLUE #1? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 9:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Matching Designers & Non-profits

I'm helping a long-time friend who has recently taken the helm at a small non-profit and needs some web design work done. I've come across a number of web sites that connect designers with non-profits over the last few years... but can only remember Guru.com. I'd like to recommend a service to her, but I'm coming-up short. Does anyone here have experience with a firm like/better than Guru? Guru may end-up being our final choice, but I can't imagine they're the only players in the field.
posted by silusGROK at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Will I die if I wash my cat's litter box in the dishwasher?

Is it safe to wash my cat's litter box in the dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 8:23 AM PST - 32 comments

Why doesn't duct tape work in the vacuum of space?

In this article, one of NASA's rocket scientists said that duct tape doesn't work in the vacuum of space. Why is that?
posted by banshee at 8:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Name my Ultimate Team!

Help me name my Ultimate Team! [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 8:02 AM PST - 40 comments

Constant toliet use during pregnancy

My SO is 30 weeks pregnant and all is going well apart from one constant annoyance of she continually feels that need to wee. [more inside]
posted by rus at 7:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Aging journalism student worries about debt, future

I'm a 25 year old journalism major riddled with major debt who has two years of school to go. How should I go about handling my debt situation and finishing school with the ultimate goal of becoming a successful print journalist? Furthermore, am I a fool to enter this field considering my rather unpleasant financial picture? Life advice, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 AM PST - 23 comments

To church or not to church

How do we go about choosing a priest for a catholic wedding when I am lapsed and he is atheist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Advice re: fans and a/c to cool this large open space?

Cooling a large space. Specifics inside. General info on Air Conditioners/Fans also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 7:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Dynamic web widget examples please!

Web usability gurus: I'm looking for a great example of web technology that takes a range input variables and demonstrates quickly what the outcome will be for the user. I'm thinking of something where you can dial up and down specific elements, and the output is shown immediately. [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How much do my hosts need to know?

Breakup/Houseguest Etiquette question: How to RSVP? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Printing a QT Image

CSS/Print/QTVR Filter: I am trying to print this page. But when I do the QTVR image doesn't print (FWIW: it's a poster QT image with the QTVR). How can I get it to print? I have a special print.css file.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 6:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Get me out of this freakin' hotel, please.

MinneapolisJockFilter: Where are good places to run downtown? Anywhere to rent a bike downtown? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 5:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Our lcd tv suddenly shows red pixelation on dark colured areas. What gives?

Our new digital television just started showing red highlights on dark colours. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 5:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Slideshow Inspirations

I recently bought a zune and i am looking for pictures that are semi information or thoughtful. i recently quite a few photo selection on it and play music with it. Some of the stuff i like is Dali Art, Betty Page pinup, Optical Illusians and Post secrets. i am trying to find some more photos that are either information like pictures of shots that have to the side how to make them or pictures that are thought provoking maybe some religous art. I was hoping the Hive mind could steer me into jpeg slideshow that would be interesting to put on my zune and where to find them either eduction or inspirationial not really into people falling off ladders and stuff.
posted by Rolandkorn at 5:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Inkjet Printer Recommendations

I'm loking for a small, not too expensive inkjet printer for mostly black and white printing of documents. I don't do photos and only occasionally want color--for Mapquest printouts etc. Lowest cost ink cartridges preferred. Speed and resolution not a big consideration. Footprint (size) is important but I don't want a "portable" which seem expensive. Thanks for your recommendations
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 5:34 AM PST - 10 comments

The internet says my flight is delayed. What do I do?

According to aa.com, my flight departure this morning is delayed by an hour. I haven't left the house yet. How big a risk is it, though, to show up to the airport an hour later than I had planned? Do they ever "move up" a delay, thinking that it is convenient to the people already waiting? If so, what is the point of showing me that it is delayed?
posted by unknowncommand at 5:30 AM PST - 21 comments

What happened to Jesus in the desert?

After being baptized, Jesus immediately went into the desert for 40 days, where he was tempted by the devil. When he came back, he was a transformed man. He was suddenly spouting very clever things (still quoted 2000 years later), and in a few weeks, he had a constant crowd of hundreds to thousands of people around him. What can happen in 40 days that transforms a man from an uneducated carpenter to the greatest philosophical influence that ever existed? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 3:50 AM PST - 61 comments

Help me get my friends' businesses off the Microsoft and Intuit upgrade treadmills

Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
posted by flabdablet at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me to turn my sink off

What's so bad about wasting water? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 12:59 AM PST - 42 comments

June 12

Where do all the Disc 2 DVDs go?

Where do all the special features discs go once they reach Blockbuster? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 11:55 PM PST - 8 comments

My fancy degree doesn't buy me tax sense

Another tax question by and for the self-employed...help me pay my quarterly estimated taxes correctly! [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 11:54 PM PST - 9 comments

What do I need to know?

first job interview question(s) [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 10:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Whats the name of this movie that I saw on TV?

Whats the name of this movie that I saw on TV at least 8 years ago? It had a plot that revolved around the 13th floor of a building. [more inside]
posted by jammnrose at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Fish skull thingies

Icthyoid anatomy question: what are these things inside fish skulls? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Spending a month or two in Europe alone?

Would it be worth while for me to spend a month or two traveling around Europe alone? More inside. [more inside]
posted by blackout at 8:15 PM PST - 33 comments

National Service/Draft effect on society

DraftFilter: Help with debate over National Service/Draft and it's effects on society and unpopular wars [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 8:15 PM PST - 20 comments

OMG, I had a one-night stand...

I had my first one-night stand over the weekend... (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 47 comments

Help Reseting LG PM-225 Phone!

My LG PM-225 phone now loops the Sprint logo (the one you usually see when turning the phone on) after a Bitpim sync apparently went wrong. Is there anyway to reset the phone / reinstall the software (is that what went wrong?) without informing Sprint or buying a new phone? Thanks much.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 8:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Who is the best translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English?

Which translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English best balances literal translation with the "feel" of the poems in the original language?
posted by BartonFink at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Foating Clear Gel Candles. Help!

My wife makes centerpieces for weddings and parties. I am posting here to ask the community's help in locating a product she needs. She is trying to find clear, floating, gel candles. I have searched high and low but have yet to find them. Many places sell gel for making your own candles, and also many places sell colored floating gel candles, but none seem to carry clear gel floating candles. Where can I get these candles for her? She is on a time crunch so if the vendor is in the Los Angeles area, that would be even better. [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Um, er, ah, oh! oh? Puhleeeze!

Where can I find a list of words -- dictionary -- for writing the sounds people make during dialog or conversation? [more inside]
posted by chase at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you read the NYTimes?

How should I be reading the NYTimes? I subscribed last month and I love it, but I only end up reading about five to ten percent of the paper every week. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 7:26 PM PST - 20 comments

If this is a cockroach, what do I do?

Tonight I found this insect on the wall of my apartment. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Caper's Ghost at 6:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Why doesn't God call any more?

Are there strong theological explanations for why the current activity in miracles isn't quite what it used to be? No more pillars of salt, burning bushes, days being stopped etc... Doesn't he love us?
posted by wilful at 6:29 PM PST - 53 comments

Help with QuickBooks?

QuickBooksFilter: How do I apply a deposit to an invoice, after the deposit has already been recorded? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 6:24 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I get into biking/cycling?

How do I get into biking/cycling? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 6:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Correspondence Courses for an Australian

What are some good, simple, affordable correspondence courses I can do from Australia? (The courses don't have to be based in Australia.) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I print a USPS media rate shipping label?

How can I print a USPS media rate shipping label? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 5:38 PM PST - 15 comments

What books should be considered for a young adult fantasy book club?

My wife is starting up a Young Adult (geared towards 13-18 yr olds) Fantasy book club at the local library branch. What are some good books in this genre to consider for inclusion? [more inside]
posted by daser at 5:15 PM PST - 80 comments

Communities similar to Marvelous Mail

Are there any online communities similar to Marvelous Mail? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 4:58 PM PST - 1 comment

What are my rights as a renter?

What rights do I have if my landlord wants to do 3 weeks of repairs on my apartment? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 4:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Best use of 12 hours in Paris

We land at CDG Paris at 8:15AM, and need to be back at CDG before 9PM for the next flight. What practical information do you have to help us make the most of the time? [more inside]
posted by yetanother at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Is Chef a repetitive title like Mr?

This may be a debatable issue, but does anyone know if, when repeatedly referring to a chef, you should call him Chef Smith? I assume just Smith would be fine, but is Chef Smith wrong? or is Mr. Smith disrespectful? Looking at you, Languagehat.
posted by OrangeDrink at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Where's the rest of my task manager?

In the rare times I've needed to hit ctrl-alt-delete within the past few months, the task manager window pops up, but it lacks the little tabs at the top and the useful little X in the upper right that actually allows me to CLOSE the task manager. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Are online/distance high schools worthwhile?

Are distance/online high schools worth the money/effort, with special regard to AP courses? [more inside]
posted by Anoxs at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Question about changing my last name.

Question about changing my last name. [more inside]
posted by koshka at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Is being paranoid of dying a normal thing?

Is being paranoid of dying a normal thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Where should I go camping near Big Sur?

Where can I camp, off the beaten path, on the central coast of California? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:07 PM PST - 23 comments

debt collectors empty threats?

Can collection services/debt collectors like NCO financial take me to court or levy some sort of legal action on me for failure to pay? the amount is about $2500
posted by dieguido at 4:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to kids and young adults

I'm looking for educational programs/curricula/methodologies that focus on teaching critical thinking skills in elementary school and high school, know any? Also are there any educational charities that focus specifically on improving critical and scientific thinking in children and young adults?
posted by storybored at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

San Francisco Antique Watch Repair

I'd like to find a San Francisco based antique watch repair shop that does impeccable work. Price is not an issue, as the watch is the only thing I have from my great-grandmother and is of the utmost sentimental value. The wristwatch is silver, with no visible manufacturer's mark, and is approximately 85 years old. The face needs cleaning and the mechanism likely is in decent shape, but needs cleaning as well.
posted by judith at 3:59 PM PST - 6 comments

What are your recommendations for cleaning a laptop screen?

What are your recommendations for cleaning a laptop screen? [more inside]
posted by trojanavenger at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Great PC Store in Brisbane

Looking for a quality computer store in Brisbane, Australia that can provide a customized computer and great support. Difficulty: Currently living in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by mikw at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

How to handle my insufficient postage dilemma

I just mailed two tax checks (to the IRS and the CA tax board--totalling over $7000), each with 40 cents of postage instead of 41 cents. They have to be postmarked by Friday to avoid late fees. How can I minimize how screwed I get? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 3:39 PM PST - 16 comments

How best to visit Costa Rica

What is the best plan-of-action for doing a 10-day outdoor-focused trip to Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by cmorris at 3:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me picture 1,000 square feet!

Can you name something that is typically 1,000 square feet? I would like to say that something is 1,000 square feet, as big as a "blah blah blah," just for visualization purposes. [more inside]
posted by printchick at 3:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Mind my business?

Would it make me a complete jerk for calling animal control on a dog who goes unleashed on it's walks in an urban neighborhood because the woman who owns it is older and walks very slowly a block behind him? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 3:17 PM PST - 62 comments

How do I forecast costs for database development?

How do I forecast costs for database development? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 3:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Hay una grieta en mi corazon - can you help me fill it?

I am looking for a remake of the old Soda Stereo classic, "Cuando pase el temblor" [more inside]
posted by msali at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Finding a design job

Trying to find a design job, but generally clueless as to how to proceed. Yes, even after reading this question. [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Enragement Ring

How can I get past my resentment at having to buy an engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 120 comments

Pros and cons for an American taking a postdoc in Europe?

What are the pros and cons, professionally and personally, for an American taking an academic postdoc in Europe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this wooden thingee?

What is this strange wood carving? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Insert appropriate Timbuk3 quote here

I will soon be getting laser surgery on my blighted eyeballs. One point on which I have forever envied my (better-)sighted brothers and sisters is the ability to wear stylin' shades. Please help me pick some out! [more inside]
posted by kavasa at 2:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Can't get flashget to download .rm

Why won't flashget download this .rm file? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 1:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheap comic books

In Nashville TN there is a great place called The Great Escape which used to, and may still, sell crappy old comic books for 15 to 25 cents apiece. Is there such a place in the NYC area?
posted by josher71 at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comment

What to do with my outdoor loving dog.

How much time should my new puppy spend outside by himself? He seems to want to be out every minute of the day so far, but I'm worried that it will be too isolating. [more inside]
posted by saffry at 1:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Using the day of the month to turn on or off the visibility of either a div or span?

How can I do this in javascript? Using the day of the month to turn on or off the visibility of either a div or span. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Greyhound or VaMoose from DC to NY and back?

Round-trip bus ride from DC to NYC - Go Greyhound, VaMoose, or other? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me figure out what this movie was!

I saw a very strange and interesting-looking movie on I *think* Showtime yesterday at about 4-5 PM. It involved Russians. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Where in Chicago can a beginner artist begin?

Where in Chicago can a beginner artist begin? [more inside]
posted by stance at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Mystery Scissor Thing

What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by Bizarro at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

When's the best time to brush your pearly whites?

If you were only allowed to brush your teeth once per day, would it be better to brush them at night, or in the morning? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

How to Get an MLS Map for the Wall

Where can I get an on-dead-trees map of MLS areas and zip codes? [more inside]
posted by rush at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for Free Web Game IDE

Looking for a free development environment package for creating simple games that run from the browser through widely used plug-ins. Basically I need something like Visual Basic that compiles a Java Applet or Flash game or ActiveX. I am pretty good with coding simple games in Visual Basic and C but I don't have much time to get into the nitty-gritty of it with the interface.
posted by spacefire at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Which TAL episodes should I download?

I was recently given a 20$ itunes card, and I've decided to use it all on This American Life podcasts to listen to on my morning commute. Which episodes should I get? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 11:55 AM PST - 31 comments

I found my dream crotch rocket...

I found a motorcycle I want to buy on craigslist. The listing says, "I have the titles for both of these bikes with a lean on them from kawasaki credit through HSBC. Therefore, when you buy you get the title but it will take a week or two to get the lean release b/c the money I get is just going to pay off my loan." Is it just me, or does this sound sketchy? How do I do this legally, while protecting myself? [more inside]
posted by misswiss at 11:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Need a simple, good online music player

Can anybody recommend a free, online music player I can add to my website? [more inside]
posted by simpleperson at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the tax damage for a student summer intern?

Allowances? Exemptions? I'm a student summer intern and totally new to taxes - can anyone provide just a little insight as to what I should do? [more inside]
posted by boscord at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying a taken domain name

I am starting a website and the domain name I want is taken, albeit by one of those weird, "toss junk links here" places. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

What has happened to my cellphone keypad?

I had to replace the housing on my Sony Ericsson K750, and did so with a W800 housing I got on ebay. Now that I've done this, the 1, 2 & 3 buttons on the keypad don't respond, nor will the joystick effect down or right actions. Everything else, including the camera, works fine. What has happened, and can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Differing behavior from browser and java client program?

I'm writing a little test program just to try out network programming in Java. However, some pages I GET from return the correct page, some return the standard 404 page (even when I can access the page from my browser), and some just hang without returning at all (again, from a page I can look at with my browser). Can someone more knowledgeable about network programming than me explain this? [more inside]
posted by version control at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

In PHP, how do I search through a large string to see if it contains a smaller string?

In PHP, how do I search through a large string to see if it contains a smaller string? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Why hath my bird no thunder?

Forces are conspiring to keep me from switching from Entourage to Thunderbird at the office. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a new band in an old style.

I’m tired of living in the rock-and-roll past and need a new band. The problem is, nobody’s playing arena rock anymore, as they did in the days of my Def Leppard youth. I’m clueless about the modern rock scene, but I’m hoping there’s a band out there that writes and performs in the vein of the party rock acts like Van Halen. Where is the modern Aerosmith? Can someone suggest a recent band in this style? Or is everything out there just another Green Day clone?
posted by jackypaper at 10:34 AM PST - 38 comments

What does it mean to own a sailboat?

My wife bought me a sailboat! Now what? [more inside]
posted by jacobian at 10:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Tips for living in Portsmouth, NH?

What are the best supermarkets in Portmouth, NH? Good gym? Also, could someone answer my Portsmouth-traffic questions? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

I will write about penises too

I want to blog. Got the host (Dreamhost). Got the blogware (Wordpress). Have an idea (Magazine for chicks). Don't have anything else. Help. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 9:48 AM PST - 19 comments

How to get an external drive backed up

I use Carbonite to backup my home machine, and recently purchased an external hard drive. Carbonite does not backup external hard drives (as I found out after the fact), so I am trying to find a way to make Carbonite think that the external drive is just another folder off of my C: drive. Is this possible?
posted by GernBlandston at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments

God it sucks being poor and needing furniture.

Do you have any experience with bellacor furniture, Advanced interior designs or any other affordable online modern-ish mid-century-ish stores? Or offline ones in the DC area for that matter? [more inside]
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