June 2011 Archives

June 30

Someone stole items from our mailbox!

Someone apparently opened a package in my mailbox and stole the mp4 player I had ordered from e-bay. There was no indication on the mailing envelope what the contents were: The person must have felt the package and guessed what it contained. They left the ripped open package on our porch, along with some other mail, and two Netflix envelopes, ripped open also, for a person further up the street. What do we do about this?
posted by ragtimepiano at 11:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Will a proposal steal the bride's thunder?

Is it a bad idea to propose the day before (or the day of) my girlfriend's good friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 PM PST - 73 comments

HDMI to multiple screens

HDMI source(s) to multiple televisions? Plus, with switch. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 11:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Football virgin! Help!

I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 at 10:17 PM PST - 11 comments

How does one intentionally learn (fake/funny/stereotypical) accents?

I'd like to try making a "life goal" out of mastering stereotypical/fake accents... the impeccably snooty Frenchman, the stuck up Brit, redneck American, serious Japanese businessman, and so on. How does one intentionally learn (fake/funny/stereotypical) accents? [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors at 9:54 PM PST - 38 comments

How to accept and be happy with your gender?

How do I learn to accept my gender? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 8:56 PM PST - 47 comments

What is the origin of the 20-80 scale used in baseball scouting?

What is the origin of the 20-80 scale used in baseball scouting? [more inside]
posted by sitecoach at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

HIV history and cultural consequences

Looking for books about the history of HIV/AIDS in North America. Wanting both clinical/ epidemiology and social narratives. Also, would love anything that touches on stage performers and the affect it had on creative fields during the 80s.
posted by asockpuppet at 8:27 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I feel less guilty about not being there for my parents?

How do I deal with my guilt when it comes to not being there for my parents? I’ve decided to move out on my own after helping out my parents on various aspects of their lives on and off for many years. They don’t want me to move out, for their own comfort and out of fear for my financial insecurity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

The Long Tunnel of Wanting You...

So, Mrs. Anonymous had to have some surgery back in May that, wouldn't ya know it, has made sex a no-no until the end of July. Looking for good ideas for the re-grand-opening in a few weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 PM PST - 24 comments

USB headset with physical multiplexer/switch

USB headset with a physical switch that enables speakers. OS X. Can I (my employer) buy such a thing? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What book took you into the battle at Gettysburg?

148 years ago today, 37 yr old Union Gen John Buford took the 1st calvary division into Gettysburg, got the lay of the land fast, grabbed the high ground, setting the stage for Union victory after the next three horrific days of battle. What books and/or websites have you read which have given you a better understanding of this battle and the people who fought it? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 7:42 PM PST - 15 comments

How to Automate Conversion of Amazon Links

Is there a script or Web site that will automate the generation of Barnes & Noble affiliate links from my Amazon links, now that Amazon has cancelled their affiliate program in California? I'd like to find a quicker way to reconfigure all the links on my site than going to bn.com and manually searching for each product that I currently link to on Amazon's site.
posted by twsf at 7:30 PM PST - 1 comment

If They Taste Delicious, Maybe I Won't Hate Them So Much

Need tips on how to prepare/cook/stir fry/season vegetables in the most delicious possible manner! [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 7:27 PM PST - 25 comments

I feel dizzy, they said it was BPPV will I feel like this forever?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo... anyone have it? What am I in for? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 6:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a housemate

Having terrible trouble finding a roommate, advice needed! [more inside]
posted by serazin at 6:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Any recommendations for a camping site in the NYC area with decent bathroom facilities?

Any recommendations for a camping site in the NYC area with decent bathroom facilities? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Embarrassing that I haven't sorted this out

How to keep elastic waist skirts from riding up? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Coming to America

NYC where-to-shop: Looking for everything from a kinda-butch personal shopper to conductive thread and adafruit electronic kits to soft-toys and game parts. Also jean restoration and foot massages. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Lets do the time lapse again!

Hope me find a point-and-shoot digital camera that fits in your pocket, uses SD cards, can operate not only on battery power but with an and AC or DC adapter and most importantly has an automatic time-lapse feature. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

The Platonic Padfolio

Help me find (or create) my ideal padfolio/notepad holder! [more inside]
posted by missix at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Can't Commit to a Long Term Relationship

My problem is that I can't commit long term to romantic relationships. This commitment phobia automatically colors me as a bad person because the right thing to do in this society is to find that one special person and commit to them for the rest of your life. (ideally) [more inside]
posted by BettyBurnheart at 4:32 PM PST - 36 comments


Can you provide a date and context to this photographic proof sheet depicting an oversexed minor royal? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Serranos: is this an allergy?

Serrano peppers and (heat?) rash: sign of an allergy? Also, how do I stop the burning? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

getting my car windows tinted

Car Window Tinting, in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by ecks at 4:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Thanks to my boss's beanplating, I am getting an iPad, suckers!

Is making documents for an iPad really that hard? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 3:49 PM PST - 23 comments

"Screw you guys-- I'm goin' home."

Why is my dog suddenly freaking out on walks and sprinting home? (I don't use a leash) [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 3:48 PM PST - 23 comments

A guthub for Clearcase? Clearhub?

Does anyone provide public hosting for Clearcase? e.g. a Github for Clearcase? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

I'd like to not feel crazy anymore, but I'm scared of the doctor.

I suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD stemming from an abusive childhood. I have frequent panic attacks, flashbacks, and bouts of derealization that are terrifying to me. I'm going to see a psychiatrist soon, and I'd like to know what to expect. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I do with a large quantity of CD-ROMs?

I have over 1,000 copies of several PC videogame CD-ROMs. The games are widely distributed/available, so the discs probably don't have any value to gamers. What can I do with them beside give them away? Creative or crafty ideas welcome. Also, not against making a little money if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees at 3:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Equity 101 please?

I'm an 18-year-old designer looking to join a start-up, they said they are interested in giving me equity in addition to my salary. I know nothing about this. Where to start? What to negotiate for? I've heard tons of warnings about shares before but I'll be happy to hear them again. Thanks all!
posted by ejfox at 3:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me save the data from my Droid

I dropped my Motorola Droid/A855 in a river. Droid may boot after drying out. How do I get all the data off the internal memory? Difficulty: Droid no longer has service. [more inside]
posted by fake at 2:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Bigger HD for ipod 5.5g?

I have an ipod 5.5g 80GB (thick) and would like to upgrade to a bigger drive. What model drives will work with this unit? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 2:19 PM PST - 3 comments

What video camera(s) would you recommend?

I'd like to buy a video camera, but I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

losing weight while writing about and reviewing food

I have decided to try to kick-start my severely stalled weight loss by seriously cutting back carbs. Obstacle: I am now have a paid gig as a food writer/restaurant reviewer and I'll be ordering three course meals in restaurants once or twice a week, in addition to attending various restaurant openings and general food-related events. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Ebooks for Charity

Ok so I have asked a similar question recently but I wanted to be more specific to get some feedback from people. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Monkeyzulu at 2:14 PM PST - 5 comments

HELP! Stranded in KC, Missouri

HELP! Stranded in KC, Missouri [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Good digital C-prints in NYC?

I'll be exhibiting a number of my photographs at a small gallery here in NYC in August. Between now and then, I need to have the images (which currently exist only in digital form) printed. This is an area I have very little experience with! Can anyone steer me to a lab (preferably in NYC) which will produce good digital C-prints? More details after jump. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 1:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Where did this image from the first Nation of Ulysses 7" come from?

What is the source of this image, of a woman with a wrench, that was used as the cover for the first Nation of Ulysses 7"? It might be from some Soviet art, it might not. Ian Sevonius says he doesn't remember where he got it, so I hope someone else will recognize it.
posted by OmieWise at 1:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this a film of paint or something evil?

What do you think this white film covering everything might be? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Saving .csv files in Excel

About a dozen people have tried to solve this. All failed. Exporting from Excel to .csv causes cells to show #NAME? instead of the actual value. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Searching Flickr directly or through the API?

Custom searching Flickr with Boolean-style operators: is it possible? [more inside]
posted by etoile at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I avoid turning into my mom?

After seeing my mother suffer from myriad health problems due to her depression and obesity, I am freaking out that my destiny is written in my genes. Please help figure out how to change the things I can and accept the things I cannot. I also welcome stories/advice from children of unhealthy people who learned from their parents' mistakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Professional, non-quacky pediatric nutritionists on the Central Coast?

A friend of mine is looking for someone (ideally a professional someone) to help deal with her 6-year-old son's eating issues. What sorts of professionals are best suited to addressing this sort of thing? Is she likely to find what she is looking for locally (she lives in central California)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 12:52 PM PST - 7 comments

If you're in the Eastern Sierras, you have GOT to see...

Things to do in the Eastern Sierras and Mono / Inyo counties, California! Your favorites? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for Maryland Apartments?

What are your suggestions for pet-friendly Maryland apartments with a washer and dryer in the unit in the Columbia/Ellicott City/Elkridge area? Suggestions for apartments to avoid are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I buy currency now in case the US dollar falls before my big trip?

Should I buy some Turkish currency now, ahead of my two-week September trip to Istanbul, to hedge against the (hopefully remote) possibility that U.S. politicians will not raise the debt ceiling by August? Or euros? Are there other steps I should take now to protect myself, just in case? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Delicious Santa Fe lunch delivery?

Lunch delivery in Santa Fe? [more inside]
posted by answergrape at 11:44 AM PST - 2 comments

how to politely say no

Someone that I have a professional relationship with just asked for a personal favor that implied they see me as more of a friend. How do I politely explain that I'd like to keep things professional only? [more inside]
posted by bizzyb at 11:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Can I eat this - dyed stockpot edition...

Stupidly used a huge and expensive stainless steel stockpot to do some home fabric dyeing with a cheap powder dye (Dylon or something very similar). Can I safely reuse this pot if I can get it looking new again with Bar Keeper's Friend? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 11:28 AM PST - 20 comments

I'm trying to trade money for education

I would like to take a graduate level class or two this Fall in San Francisco. I have a job, so I'd like my classes to be in the evenings and on weekends. I don't really care about getting credit or a degree, and I realize I'm far too late for formal Fall admissions. What kind of educational options exist for me? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

cheap chicagoland hotel

Cheap Chicagoland hotel? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

What is a reason that a Roth IRA is be better to put money into if I'm not maxing out my 401k?

What is a reason that a Roth IRA is be better to put money into if I'm not maxing out my 401k? [more inside]
posted by elif at 10:33 AM PST - 23 comments

How packed will PEI be this weekend?

I'll be driving my friend from Antigonish, Nova Scotia to Charlottetown this Saturday or maybe Sunday morning. Will the royal visit make this impossible? Does anyone have an idea of how congested the city, the ferry and the bridge might be? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 10:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Outstanding profiles of scientists? Narrative science journalism?

So, I'm looking for well-written profiles of scientists or other outstanding examples of "narrative science journalism". [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg at 10:13 AM PST - 25 comments

Is my lens broken? Or just broken?

I think my camera lens is broken. Is my camera lens broken? Image (and more information) within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

I promise to only buy from Dell after this

I have a PC issue that is making me crazy! [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember what the hell video game this is from

Help me remember what the hell video game this is from! [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Trying to break out of the picky-eaterness.

Middle Eastern and Indian Cuisine Filter: I can't tolerate spicy food and I love chicken. What should I order? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 8:56 AM PST - 31 comments

Peter Ustinov Impersonation of Ronald Reagan

Several years ago on TV, I saw Peter Ustinov do an impression of Ronald Reagan. If I remember right, Mr. Ustinov was seated at a table or desk and was being interviewed. I have searched and searched but with no luck. Is anyone familiar with this or know where I can find it?
posted by millerizer at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Or you could just stick chewing gum over it

You Are Not My Dentist-filter: Tooth filled with composite (white) filling six months ago. This week, it's started hurting when chewing or when drinking hot drinks. Why? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments

The Twitter iPad conspiracy.

Twitter list management on the iPad? [more inside]
posted by chairface at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you focus in extremely stressful long-term situations?

You know those intimidating situations or projects that strike terror into your heart? How do you think and act, even as your body's stress symptoms shoot through the roof? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Alternative to selling?

I am a homeowner who may be out of a job soon. Instead of selling my house, is there any assistance/help/aid I can apply for to help me in this time of crisis?
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Stafford loans

Stafford loans. My step-daughter says that Stafford loans are forgiven upon graduation. This is OPPOSITE of anything that I've ever heard about student loans. Which is right?
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me identify this japanese card game

Help me identify (and learn how to play) this japanese card game [more inside]
posted by Matrod at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How to podcast my novel?

I'd like to podcast my novel - any drama/comedy reading tips?
posted by ecourbanist at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Society for a better beach

I would like to form a little group to improve my town's little beach. I know nothing about community organizing, and nothing about beach maintenance. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Family fun in Travers City

Please recommend things to do in Traverse City, MI for a family of four. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 7:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a batch image-resizing program

What's the best (Windows) batch image resizing program for this specific task? [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Ad Agency 101

Help this advertising agency newb to survive and prosper. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Need vibrator that will work for masturbation but doesn't seem like a sex toy!

Looking to find a discrete vibrator for young woman living at home with very religious parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 37 comments

Egg drop soup left out of the fridge for 12 hours. Should I eat it?

My wife left a container of egg drop soup on the kitchen counter overnight. It's been sitting there for 12 hours now. I am very hungry. I love egg drop soup. Should I eat it?
posted by gertzedek at 7:12 AM PST - 36 comments

Sales job at Oracle or Dell, which would you take

If someone was offered a sales position to work for either Oracle or Dell, which would you recommend and why? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for developmental pysch thinkers/books?

Calling developmental psych people (especially those who work with adult development): What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Customs help

Traveling to the U.K from the US (and back)and want to bring my horse riding boots and chaps. Are there any regulations about this? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 at 6:19 AM PST - 6 comments

name my art and coffee group, please

Please name my little group and suggest items that should be provided. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 5:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Late night (sea)food in Baltimore?

I'm getting into Baltimore between eleven and midnight tonight. Where can I still eat awesome food? Preferably seafood? And maybe drink awesome beer? [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 at 5:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I get anything useful out of my savings history?

As a result of my method for saving money, I've ended up with a huge excel spreadsheet for the last 4 years detailing how much I've put in and taken out of my savings account. The problem is that although I've taken time to record all this information, I've now realised that I'm not sure what I can actually do with it. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 4:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me with my nineteenth century syphilis stats!

Where can I find statistics about the incidence of syphilis in the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century? Bonus points for evidence of changing virulence... [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin at 4:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Great Photoshop Books

What's your favorite intermediate-to-advanced Photoshop book? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 12:07 AM PST - 11 comments

June 29

Who likes short shorts? Not this guy.

Help my boyfriend overcome his fear of shorts. [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 10:40 PM PST - 114 comments

What the hell is a PIX server?

Server Admins - Imagine you know nothing about servers, now imagine you've been put in charge of fixing a firewall and some servers that were setup about a year ago. Where do you start? [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 10:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How have you developed a handwriting habit?

What are some handwriting uses that encourage regular, repeated sessions? Difficulty: Meaningful output (i.e. not rote exercises), creativity optional (i.e. writing short stories, composing lyrics are less desirable). [more inside]
posted by brentajones at 9:15 PM PST - 17 comments

the Black Beane of Satan

How many 12oz. (more or less) MUGS of coffee can I make with this coffeemaker? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you use WR G2s?

Anyone have experience with Nokian WR G2 tires? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I recharge my iGadgets on a way-too-long flight?

Do Malaysian Air 777-200 and 747-400 economy class seats have a power plug to recharge my gadgets? [more inside]
posted by Diag at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I just DTMFcomputerA?

My dad's desktop screen looks like a kaleidoscope... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 8:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What on earth did my son eat!?

Help me identify this weird thing that my son may have eaten!! [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 7:46 PM PST - 20 comments

How to get ParaView to work with a browser?

Need help interfacing ParaView with a web page. [more inside]
posted by cali59 at 7:39 PM PST - 1 comment

partisans vs. media, 20 years ago

Looking for confirmation of a story from the 1988 or 1992 US general election. A few GOP partisans at a Bush Sr. rally started jeering media members, who wound up feeling uncomfortable and maybe unsafe. When Bush was made aware of it, he was almost uncomprehending-- "how could anyone take campaign rhetoric so seriously?", was the general take on his response. Google searching "Bush + media" isn't getting me there. Anyone else know this story better, or have confirmation or debunking?
posted by ibmcginty at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Wh is my cat acting weird today?

My cat is acting strange all of a sudden. Looking for suggestions... [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 6:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me make the most of my Northern California trip.

What to do on my Northern California road trip? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law at 6:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to get good phone lists for polling?

I've recently designed an opinion poll for my organization and would like to supply my own phone number list to the pollster to reduce costs. Does anyone know the best source of affordable, quality, phone lists for this purpose?
posted by Matthew1900s at 6:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me locate episodes of an old podcast.

Where might I find episodes of a defunct podcast called Josh In Japan (circa 2006) that is no longer on iTunes and no longer has a web site? Do any of you mefites have the files sitting on your hard drive? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How is business done around the world?

I was reading up on a book on international marketing and they had a section that summed up cultural business mores per country. Like in South Korea, it's considered an insult if you send an entry-level salesman to meet up with another company's top executive, and in China negotiations continue long after the contract has been signed. It was a short page and I'm looking for books that contain more information like this; it was a very interesting read. Any suggestions?
posted by drea at 5:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Tactics for ADD to stay on topic and avoid changing the subject

Tactics for ADD to stay on topic and avoid changing the subject [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you help us find a Yorkie name?

My family is about to welcome a sweet little female Yorkie puppy into our family. We are terrible at coming up with pet names. Can you help us brainstorm? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 5:22 PM PST - 69 comments

Headset for travel

I'm looking for a USB headset for travel that isn't cheap and nasty.
posted by nam3d at 4:53 PM PST - 3 comments

I want my neighbor to have Internet, just not all to herself.

I've got a Netgear WNR2000v2 wireless router, and am sharing my DSL connection with a neighbor. My apartment uses the main network and my neighbor is on a guest network. What's been happening lately is that the Internet gets really slow, and what I'd like to do is to cap the guest network at, say, 75kBps. I don't know if she's running torrents or what, but I would like to have the fast Internet that I'm paying for. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

I broke my car door latches!

I broke my car door latches! I can't figure out for the life of me how to fix them. [more inside]
posted by littleflowers at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Lounging in the City That Never Sleeps

NYC for July 4th. Help me find places to kick back and relax. Comfortable chairs a must! [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

I would prefer not to? Wow, not a huge Melville crowd, I guess

A person actively avoids doing what he knows will make him happy. He just doesn't want to do it. Psychologically, what's going on here? And more importantly, perhaps, why should he do what he doesn't want to do? What arguments, appealing to either his reason or his emotions, might he consider? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 3:31 PM PST - 37 comments

What kinda bike?

What kind of bike am I looking for (for my wife)? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 3:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Draw me up an imaginary animal!

Where can I find someone that I can pay to do a custom drawing of an imaginary animal for me? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 3:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Kitchen Clutter Control! Help me find shelves for my counter.

I want to mount narrow shelves at the back of my kitchen counters, along the top of the backsplash. I have not been able to find anything suitable to match the dark decor. I have black laminate counters with dark cherry-finish wood cabinets. All the hardware in our house is oil-rubbed bronze. See PHOTOS. [more inside]
posted by valannc at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to run wires for living room audio?

Audiophiles, please help. Any recommendations for wiring a living room for decent audio (from TV, radio, other devices)? We're renovating the living room and now's my chance to run wires wherever I want them - in the walls, under the floor, wherever. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 3:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How to make a dog's chew toy?

How do I create a chew toy for a dog? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

almost out of estrogen

Can anyone recommend an estrogen product (cream or transdermal spray) I can buy online, without a prescription, to control hot flashes? It needs to provide the equivalent of the 3 mg estradiol that I'm currently getting from a prescription product. [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 2:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this lettuce for the birds?

Is it OK to eat lettuce in which I found a feather? [more inside]
posted by apparently at 2:50 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make the trip from Baltimore to Chincoteague nice?

Travelling from Baltimore to Chincoteage with Grandma (late 80's) and daughter (4). Where should we stop along the way to make the trip more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning about Solar Power

I want to look into planning a solar panel solution for my home, as electricity has hit 50c/kwh and doesn't look like it's ever going down. Where are the best resources online to learn about the various options and techniques? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond at 2:24 PM PST - 10 comments

[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside.

[Android/GPS/Backcountry hiking filter] Best offline Android navigation for hiking not driving. More inside. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Stories about antiheroines

I like anti-heroes. I like female protagonists. I would like books, tv shows, or movies (in that order) that are about anti-heroines. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 1:29 PM PST - 66 comments


What can people do* with ground beef that does not require bread or pasta? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 1:25 PM PST - 79 comments

Scary stories about dreading a place then going there?

The story builds dread about a certain location throughout the narrative and climaxes with the protagonist going there. Please recommend more scary movies and books like this! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 1:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Sending big files overseas.

Help me send large files to a friend. [more inside]
posted by MrFTBN at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Radio Kreyòl

So, I have this song allegedly performed in Haitian Creole. What are they singing? Can you divine a title? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Canada Day in NYC

Where are the best Canada Day celebrations (Friday, 7/1) in New York City (the first four boroughs are best)? [more inside]
posted by mccn at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

One Pot, One Love?

I'm looking for cook books that present easy to follow, one pot rice cooker recipes for complete cooking novices. Shopping and freezing guides would also be nice. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Which scanner should we use for slides?

My museum is about to set off on a big slide-scanning project. After finding out how much it would cost to outsource the scanning, we've decided to just buy a higher-end scanner and throw an intern at it. I'd like some guidance as to which scanner to buy. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 12:13 PM PST - 25 comments

anti-radiation maternity clothing

What's with the anti-radiation maternity clothing on Chinese wholesale sites like milanoo? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Old dial phone, new Google voice--can they be friends?

I use and love Google Voice on my Mac. I have on old dial telephone with a plastic clippy connector on the cable (so it's not that old, I guess). Is there any device that would let me connect the old phone to the Mac? I'm sure I couldn't dial through the old phone, but could I use it for talking? I want to be able to trip passersby with my sproingy phone cord, like in the olden days.
posted by largecorp at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Help A Sister Out

I'm looking for a charitable organization that I can make a donation to that helps women get an education. [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 11:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Convert Anything to PDF

PDF-filter: I'm running a website that allows users to upload files. I'm looking for a converter that would allow User B to view a files uploaded by User A, even if User B doesn't have the same software used to develop the file. My guess is converting everything (that's not a simple image) to PDF would work, but my Google-fu is failing me and I can't find a PHP script or Apache module that will do this. [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

I just want to sleep in five days a week.

Is it better to stagger a schedule of classes or group them together? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Avatar builder

I am looking for a good professional Avatar builder that you can use to animate the characters and preferably with an SDK. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Conflicting visions

Who should pay for my stepdaughter's glasses? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:04 AM PST - 52 comments

Help needed for my last minute Cali trip

Going from SF to Pasadena via public transport -- is this possible? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 10:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Ropas en Xela

Looking for a good tailor in Xela, Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 10:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Where are the best examples of firstlast.com websites?

I'm looking for great examples of personal/professional web sites. Can you point me to great examples of clean, easy to navigate and read sites with contact information, resumes, current projects, social networking links and maybe a personal blog? I'm looking for the kinds of sites that show up at www.firstnamelastname.com for professional, self-employed, types who could be looking for contract or permanent employment. [more inside]
posted by jz at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

No pain no gain?

I hurt the backs of my thighs (my sciatic nerve? maybe?) in yoga class on Monday. Should I go back tonight? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I make $4300 in a short period of time?

I've been selected for federal verification by my school's financial aid office, and my Mom is refusing to provide the documents. I need to make $4300 in the next few months in order to stay in school. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 9:39 AM PST - 41 comments

Psych Titles to Prepare for September

After a few years out of school, Jr. miss thinkpiece is entering master's program in psychology in September with an eye towards a PsyD. She's looking for a summer reading list to help her ramp up and get into the flow. All suggestions welcomed, but please, no doom'n'gloom about the academic path. Thanks all!
posted by thinkpiece at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Is the woman in the picture Queen Victoria?

Blogger Steerforth of The Age of Uncertainty found an old picture which intrigued him, especially the figure in the center. He wonders in his blogpost if it might be Queen Victoria. Some commenters dissent. I'm curious about it myself. Can anyone shed further light on the image? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Need Safety Advice

A stranger is texting and calling me under the pretense of having furniture to deliver. They know I'm a girl and they have my home address. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 9:34 AM PST - 52 comments

See my vest, made from real gorilla chest.

I have a suit. It has no vest. What are the rules for picking a vest that is a different color/pattern from your slacks? (This is for my summertime shows and don't really intend to wear a jacket with it). [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Poster Art Fans/Nerds, Assemble!

Trying to find some 1950's era Carlsberg(the brewery) poster art. Can anyone help me find info about a specific print? Or a place to purchase a print? [more inside]
posted by specialnobodie at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Wax on, wax off

Does a clean, waxed car REALLY increase fuel efficiency? [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 9:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Calling all med students, past and present

Thinking back to medical school classes like Biochemistry and Pharmacology, how much foundational knowledge did you actually use from your undergrad courses in related subjects? Was it important to walk in being able to solve all of the kinds of problems you’d see in general chemistry and physics, or were concepts more important? I am trying to understand how much ‘general’ review is required for success before someone who has been admitted actually starts a medical school program.
posted by mockjovial at 9:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How to strengthen poles?

How can I stop my 2-section, snap together poles from breaking so easily? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is chemo still messing me up?

Overactive bladder/kidneys as a long-term effect of chemotherapy? [more inside]
posted by Keysig at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

I theoretically want to reach out and touch someone.

I’m a 31-year-old straight woman living in the US and not at all religious. I've never been a big fan of physical contact unless it's with someone that I love. I never remember a time, where I looked at random guy or celebrity and thought, "Wow. I'd really like to kiss him." As I get to know a guy, I might or might not become physically attracted to him. It typically takes several dates though. This weekend, I'm going out for the 4th time with a guy who I am still not sure about. I like spending time with him, but I am almost dreading going out again because I feel like after four dates, I should at least kiss him. I don't think I'm ready to kiss him though. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 35 comments

Yelp does not help for this

How to find a good divorce lawyer/mediator in San Jose? And what is good? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

It's Hard to Google for a web app that is a web service request tester

Help me find a lost web app that sent HTTP requests. [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Are there any particularly good martial arts dojos in the DC metro/Northern Virginia area?

Are there any particularly good martial arts dojos in the DC metro/Northern Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

what's that word that means strength and efficiencey?

I'm trying to find a word that conveys both strength (foundation, well built framework, difficult to break, potential for growth) and efficiency (basic, best use of resources, no embellishments). [more inside]
posted by rebent at 8:08 AM PST - 30 comments

What kinds of questions should we ask potential wedding planners?

What do I ask when interviewing a wedding planner? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Disappearing belt loops

Why do my belt loops keep wearing off? And how can I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Keeping Your Soul Without Losing Your Edge

I have, unexpectedly, become something of a celebrity and I think it's changing my behavior for the worse. In short, I am worried I am becoming a complete pill because I now have the freedom to tell people to screw off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 58 comments

Chocolate biscuits? Check. Now what?

What are some healthy ways to mark the amicable end of a long-term relationship and the start of my new, single life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Do you send flowers to a wedding--and where?

Do people send flowers to a wedding? I have a friend (who is originally from Turkey--this is relevant) who was invited to the Florida wedding of her father's friend's daughter (who was born in the U.S. but is of Turkish descent). My friend can't attend, wants to send flowers, and is wondering whether to send them to the church or the reception. [more inside]
posted by notclosed at 6:49 AM PST - 19 comments

10 kinds of colors to your configuration

This iPhone app made it into the top ten grossing productivity apps list on iTunes for a day. It appears to be an app that shows text in various fonts on background colors of the user's choosing. What am I not getting here? How is this worth $170? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 5:56 AM PST - 17 comments

I want to stow a headrest, too!

Is there any way I can get an upgrade on this upcoming flight? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 5:23 AM PST - 5 comments

The Dude or hobbies.

High-functioning vs. low stress - are they mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 5:11 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do around Upper Austria?

Upper Austria & Salzkammergut: Recommendations for interesting places to stay, eat, see? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 4:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me everything about custom suits.

I have the opportunity to have a custom suit made in western Japan (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto). Money is no object. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 4:07 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I find the job I don't know?

I'm formulating a resume for an unknown position, and with a slight lack of resume padding (and sorry, it's another long and specific series of questions)... [more inside]
posted by Red Loop at 4:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the 'classics' of the blogging era?

Influential blog posts anyone? What are the 'classics' of the blogging era? [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel at 3:59 AM PST - 33 comments

I need a suggestion for a location the size of this stage.

I joined an improv group through meet-up.com. Our current practice space is part of a set of mall storefronts that have been converted into a haunted house. At the end of summer they are going to resume haunting folks and we will no longer have practice space. Any thoughts on where in Portland OR. we might be able to find relatively private rooms that have seating and an open area that are either free or extremely cheap? [more inside]
posted by 0bs01337 at 2:04 AM PST - 5 comments

June 28

Going against the flow

Can a dead body somehow float upstream in a river? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 11:50 PM PST - 20 comments

ideas for massive risky stunts for a purpose?

I'm developing a series of specials based on big, dangerous, epic stunts all revolving around water to raise awareness about all the ways we're abusing and destroying this vital precious resource. would love some ideas along the lines of - kayak the Bering Strait, as it's about to be threatened because of climate change opening up the Northwest Passage. serious, significant risk is a must. [more inside]
posted by TMezz at 11:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for things to do on/near the Keweenaw Peninsula, (Houghton/Hancock/Copper Harbor), MI?

Recommendations for things to do on/near the Keweenaw Peninsula, (Houghton/Hancock/Copper Harbor), MI? [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 10:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Loose Canon

I think it's officially time for a new Canon SLR body, but I don't want to pay for what I do not need/want. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 9:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Trying to remember the name of this awesome book!!!

I am looking for a book I read a few years ago. It was a higher level science fiction and fantasy book that was somewhat reminiscent of the styles of both Haruki Murakami and William Gibson. All I can remember is the general plot and small bits of the book. I have included all the parts I can remember in the extended explanation. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by risaroni at 9:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for atmospheric (non-pop, non-reggae) summer music.

I'm looking to put together a collection of summer music. Stuff that feels right when driving down the highway towards the beach with the windows rolled down. I'm thinking more along the lines of instrumentals and atmospheric, and less pop and reggae... [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 9:14 PM PST - 25 comments

Why do I like to fall asleep with TV or movie on?

Why do I like to fall asleep with TV or movie on? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 8:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Goods for Goods? Taxable event?

Capital Gains on Precious Metals exchanged for Goods and Services? I own Platinum, Gold, and Silver physical coins, bars, etc. and know my cost basis for all purchases and have not sold any. Let's say rather than sell them back to a coin dealer or other similar entity, I exchange gold or silver or platinum for a service or good or something other than currency, what are the tax implications? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

I would take you home with me, if I only knew your name.

Mefi botanists: what is this strange cactus-like vine-y plant? [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Legal perks of marriage in NY State?

Legal perks of marriage in New York State? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Fill my many hours of driving with anticipation

Cross-country road trip diversions that transform boredom into anticipation. City roll call: Nashville, St Louis, Kansas City, Lincoln, Laramie, Salt Lake City, Reno, and points between. [more inside]
posted by dino might at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Already changing my career!?

Interested in changing my career PT, Lawyer, Teacher? ..but what should I know before. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 8:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Recognize the artist here?

Anybody recognize the artist here? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I find a new job without losing the old one?

I need to change my life/career. Help me, MetaFilter. You're my only hope... [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace at 8:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Stuff to do with my eyes closed

Stuff to do with my eyes closed [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 7:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Novels where civilization is down, but not out.

Novels where some superplague kills 99% of the population are pretty common. Can anyone think of some where it's "only" 20-40% dead and civilization struggles to stay afloat with acting mayors, assistant technicians, volunteer garbagemen, etc? [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 7:45 PM PST - 56 comments

When to work it out and when is it just too bad?

My husband lightly (very lightly) slapped me when I asked him to do things a little differently during sex. Now what? [more inside]
posted by counterintelligence at 7:43 PM PST - 77 comments

Calculating durations and times in Excel

Excel help needed in calculating times. I need to calculate and predict times based on fixed distances and a known average speed. [more inside]
posted by dg at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for suggestions of really great memoirs to read

I have been enjoying reading memoirs lately and would like some suggestions for more books I might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:50 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me find cool videos/trailers to work out to

I'm looking for cool, inspiring/motivating, or just rocking short videos or trailers I can watch while I work out. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 at 6:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Tailgating the Mets game

Mets fans - I will be going to a game at Citi Field in a couple weeks, and I want to know the best spot to park my car for tailgating purposes. I'll be with a bunch of a friends and we want to drink some beers, throw a ball around, etc...is there a particular lot that is more lively or open to tailgating?
posted by rastapasta at 6:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Breakup, who gets custody of a disputed pet?

How to deal with a question of custody of a pet after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 6:32 PM PST - 16 comments

How soon would you go?

How acceptable would you find this situation if you were renting? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 6:31 PM PST - 20 comments

La Casera es far too unica.

Time for tinto de verano and rebujito: what's the closest equivalent to Spanish gaseosa that's commonly available in US supermarkets?
posted by holgate at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

my Dell is 1,000 in computer years ...

MacBook vs MacBook Air--which do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 5:52 PM PST - 29 comments

MA-Can't use "last month's rent" on last month?

MA: I can't use my last month rent as landlord informed me to end the lease first? [more inside]
posted by kktony at 5:34 PM PST - 21 comments

though if you're willing to dig through my trash, maybe you've earned it

How careful do I need to be in disposing of the credit card offers that come in the mail? [more inside]
posted by segfault at 5:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Memo to central casting

Help me construct a typology of fictional (but familiar) technological epochs -- along with the genre-conventions and stock-elements that characterize each. [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 5:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get rid of Belly fat?

How do I lose this belly? I am small framed 5' 4" 115 lb female with a tummy. Everyone is always making comments about how small I am, they don't see my problem spot because I hide it with pleats or under a shirt. I have been doing pilates for 7 months 5 days a week targeting my belly and thighs. I really can't tell a difference, maybe it is a little smaller. My waist is trim, it is below my belly button I have the problem. I am currently taking probiotic supplement but can not tell a difference. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by sandyp at 5:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Kindle 3 faulty screens

I am sending back my 5th defective Kindle 3 because of screen faults--lines, not fully loading, not displaying properly. Amazon never says anything about why, but apologize for my trouble and agree to ship a replacement. But the damn things only last a month sometimes before the same problem happens. It's a nuisance not to have it work, especially when I'm off the grid on a trip or a vacation, and tedious to have to set up and transfer books and periodicals from old to new. Is there an alternative? Do others have similar problems? The last CR I talked to suggested I buy a thick leather cover (which the sell for $40) but declined to say the lack of a cover was the cause of the problem. Has anyone used a cover? Is it necessary? Is so why doesn't Amazon provide a cover. It would be cheaper than sending so many replacements.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 5:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there a text to speech program that will let me control speed in WPM

Is there a text to speech tool that will allow me to control the speed in Words per minute? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 5:14 PM PST - 1 comment

What's a good introductory book about weather and climate?

Can you recommend a good introductory book about weather and climate? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Cutting the Cable

I am thinking about canceling cable (Comcast) and switching to Netflix DVDs & streaming Amazon & Netflix. What do I need to know? Have you done this? Are you happy with your decision? I seek data & anecdata! [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 4:46 PM PST - 50 comments

Asian Groceries in Capitol Hill

Asian groceries (and other good produce) in Seattle's Capitol Hill? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Fancy Pants

I got a job at a fancy-pants bar. Now I need fancy pants. [more inside]
posted by ficke at 4:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me raise the bar on my negotiating skills.

About a year ago, I started working for a company. I was unemployed at the time, and did a poor job of negotiating my wage, because I needed the work desperately. Now I do a ton for the company, and have become an integral part of their day-to-day operations. How should I go about asking for a (rather significant) raise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Therapist reccomendation in metro Chicago

Can someone please suggest a cognitive behavioral therapist in Chicago that they have found to be helpful? I tried talk therapy once with a non CBT person and found it cliched and unhelpful, but I suspect I really should go seek assistance. I have the usual bento box of depression and anxiety, male 30s/40s. Unemployed (not the source of depression anxiety, but certainly not helping), so bonus for sliding scale. Bonus for Oak Park/River Forest/ Forest Park.
posted by anonymous at 4:11 PM PST - 2 comments

What to read after Ulysses?

Ulysses. Lolita. Proust. Books where the quality of the prose is the best part, more so than the plot. Help me find more? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco at 3:42 PM PST - 60 comments

Give me your best examples of processed/manipulated/mangled vocals in music.

Give me your best examples of processed/manipulated/mangled vocals in music. [more inside]
posted by Su at 3:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Layover in Amsterdam and what to do in Istanbul when you're vegan?

My girlfriend and I are about to go to Istanbul for the first time, and we have some questions. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Stylish & compact luggage

Are there bags comparable to the Patagonia MLC burrito that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us find this specific smutty story

My partner was telling me about a fascinating bit of erotica he read sometime within the past 15 or so years about a society where it was acceptable to have sex in the open, but eating was something shameful you did in private. He can't remember who wrote it or where he read it, though; can you help us find it?
posted by rhiannonstone at 3:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Outlook screws up pasted Excel objects

Why does Outlook render spreadsheet data pasted into an email so shittily, and how can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by goethean at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for information on the dotcom boom

I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
posted by eykal at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to fix my domain/host issues?

I have a few domain and host questions and were unable to get a straight answer from neither provider. Mefi to the help? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Computer repair certifications? Yes? No?

Computer repair certifications? Yes? No? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Chair for standing desk?

Can anyone recommend a good raised chair/stool for a standing desk? Preferably one with back support. [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 2:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find all the knowledge I would ever need for buying a house?

I know I'd like to buy my first house in the next five years. Help me learn as much as possible before I get to the point where I'm ready to do it! [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 1:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Non-profit Screenings. Fees and Permissions legalfilter.

Non-profit Screenings. Fees and Permissions legalfilter. [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you name this East European film?

[unknownfilmfilter] Can anyone tell me what this film is. I can only describe a bit of it, so this might be a bit of a long shot... [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Places to eat/drink/visit in DC in the evening

I'll be in DC for a few days in September-- I'd love some suggestions for things to do close to the conference hotel. Bonus for cocktail places and interesting food! [more inside]
posted by Kpele at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I use a bass with a guitar amp?

Is it true that I can't use a bass with a guitar amp? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 12:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us choose a professional Wordpress theme

I need advice on a professional Wordpress theme for my organization's web site. We will be doing most of the site creation and maintenance in-house; our staff has no specialized knowledge in any web languages but is comfortable using Google and following directions for what to insert into various files. What theme is going to give us the least headaches for our efforts? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

What online archives have the best design and UI?

Have you ever seen an online archive with an unbelievable design for users? A large archival online collection that's easy to navigate, tells you exactly what you want to know, and loads easily? Can you tell me what it is? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Transatlantic AVI to DVD

I have an AVI file and a Canadian laptop. I need to play the content of this file on a standard British DVD player. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass.

I'm looking for the origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. I'd like to know who it was named after, when it was created, early inhabitants and ultimately - it would be great to find some early photos of the street.
posted by joshuamcginnis at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

The kidney club won't have me as a member

Reading this question made me realize that while I have friends, I have no "kidney club" friends or family. What can/should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Developmental Psychology literature

Developmental psychology books for new parents? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Game of Thrones - TV show vs. books

Game of Thrones filter: I recently finished watching the first season of the HBO show (and enjoyed it very much). Is it possible to read the eponymous first book in the series without giving away any spoilers for what might happen in the second season of the TV show? That is to say, is season one coterminous with book one? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:16 AM PST - 34 comments

Lawyer up, or download?

Our local credit union offers an estate planning program for a good price ($350 for a couple) which includes will, durable POA, healthcare POA, living will and HIPPA authorization. I want to do this. We have 2 children. My husband thinks we can save $ by downloading forms off the internet and getting them notarized. But I believe getting the package done at the credit union (prepared by a lawyer) is a better idea. Isn't it? [more inside]
posted by kirst27 at 11:07 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I cut out a small circular piece of stone?

I would like to turn a piece of raw amethyst like this into a stone like this able to be mounted on a ring. What is the best way to do this assuming I have access to most hand-held power tools as well as a heavy-duty drill press?
posted by talkingmuffin at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

How much food to survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

How much food should someone keep stored in their pantry? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:04 AM PST - 31 comments

Best way to record a phone call?

What's the current state-of-the-art for recording a telephone conversation? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Where to stop on Broadway?

NYC Filter - Where should I stop on Broadway? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 10:54 AM PST - 20 comments

She's a lady...

Help me think of fictional characters called Lady Something-or-Other to call our new chicken! [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 10:36 AM PST - 49 comments

Anybody Help me decipher the origins of this medal?

Which fraternal organization or group is identified with the letters C and K? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 10:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Editing a resume when WYSIWYG doesn't work

I can't see my computer screen, and I want to be able to edit my resume. What Windows-based software would let me control the layout of text on a page without having to look at it? [more inside]
posted by Net Prophet at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Help my dog tolerate bigger dogs again

Our dog (a small poodle mix) was attacked at the dog run last weekend by a pit bull. The attack was unprovoked. He sustained two puncture wounds on his neck but the vets think that he will heal ok. Since the attack, he has been extremely agitated (growling, nonstop barking) when we see larger dogs on our walks. [more inside]
posted by subtle-t at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me acquire a protective machete to conquer the dark forests of career despair.

How do I stay motivated in applying for jobs when, after a year, even looking at a job description or approaching a cover letter gives me an overwhelming sense of doom and failure? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway at 9:59 AM PST - 12 comments

What makes a camera take photos quickly? A brand, a setting, a better photographer.....???

What makes a digital camera shoot quickly? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 9:50 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm Gonna Kick Tomorrow...

Tips, tricks and anecdata needed to successfully and permanently kick a diet soda habit. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 9:39 AM PST - 37 comments

Still no Dunlop Volley love in the US

I finally bit and paid exorbitantly for a pair of Dunlop Volleys shipped to the US. Unfortunately, they were too small. Is there ANYWHERE in the US where I can get a pair? [more inside]
posted by sub-culture at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

tick tock, bitches.

Suggestions for a nice (maybe modern?) grandfather clock as a gift? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments

City Slickers- the female version.

After watching Buck, and reading the previously posted saddle question, I am wondering if people have recommendations for where to take a horse-riding vacation. [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Close Encounters of the Roach Kind

Somehow my ridiculously clean apartment has roaches. Am I being stupid trying to treat this myself or should I just get an exterminator? And if the latter, can you recommend a good one in NYC? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:54 AM PST - 31 comments

US citizenship through marriage

What is the process for getting citizenship through marriage for an Italian on a J1 visa in the USA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 13 comments

What would a lawyer do that I wouldn't know to do in setting up a single member LLC in Florida?

What would a lawyer do that I wouldn't know to do in setting up a single member LLC in Florida? I want to be smart but also want to save money on what appears to be a fairly simple task. [more inside]
posted by Askr at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Cardio and numbness should not mix

My feet tend to go numb when I'm doing cardio (elliptical, treadmill, spinning, stairclimber.) Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 8:26 AM PST - 16 comments

How to clean my bathroom without suffocating.

Asthma-like breathing problems from bathroom cleaner. Tell me what ingredient in this bathroom cleaner I'm most likely sensitive to, so I can avoid said ingredient in the future. [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 8:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Teenager wants to continue her studies, not be married off

I am looking for some facts to help buttress an argument, hoping to convince a mother to let my friend continue her schooling (as opposed to being shuffled off into an arranged marriage on her 18th birthday). [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 7:59 AM PST - 35 comments

Help Me Play Portal On My 6-Year-Old Mac Pro

I'd like to replace the nVidia GeForce 7300 graphics card on my 2006 Mac Pro with something better. Unlike this previous AskMe, I don't need a current-generation card, nor am I doing heavy-duty video. In fact, I'm hoping to spend $50- $100, which presumably implies buying an older card on eBay. What would be the best bang for the buck in that tightwad pricerange?
posted by yankeefog at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Resuming treatment for Adult ADD after taking a(n unofficial) break?

What is the best way to resume treatment of Adult ADD, after an extended break due to my own flakiness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

A lady with a "Nixon" problem.

5 o'clock shadow....on my scalp. Difficulty factor: I'm a (gender normative) lady. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 24 comments


Anyone ever had a "bad reaction" to saline nasal spray? I took some this morning (about 4 hours ago) and my head has felt like crap ever since. I've felt really dehydrated and have been guzzling water. Now my whole body feels weird. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

My little point-and-shoot-enstein.

What's the best, most hackable point-and-shoot digital camera? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Us Dig Michigan!

We'd like to plan some trips to the Michigan side of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. We'd love your tips on destinations, places to stay, and other details to make things great! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:21 AM PST - 21 comments

SF Bay Area credit union with best personal loan rate?

Which San Francisco area Credit Union offers the lows rate personal loan? Patelco, Golden One, SF Police, or _________? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Exploring New England for Pennies...or very nearly so.

Not a lot of money, but quite a bit of time. Where can the husband and I go for fairly cheap in New England? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

What the hell is wrong with me?

I can't keep going like this. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 6:58 AM PST - 84 comments

Keep me from repeating mistakes I should know about....

Book suggestion filter! I need to catch up on all the 20th century history I missed because of childhood..... [more inside]
posted by motsque at 6:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Camera Me, Please?

Best current pocket camera? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 6:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Visa to Netherlands.

Is it possible for a Filipino citizen currently backpacking in Malaysia to get a tourist visa for the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 5:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us have fun on a NYC day trip

What to see in NYC in only one day? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 5:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help, I'm 21 and I have incontinence problems.

Please help, I'm 21 and I have incontinence problems. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Buying clothes online

What are the best websites to buy clothes online for someone with unusual body measurements? [more inside]
posted by dfreire at 2:03 AM PST - 5 comments


Headed to Palawan, Philippines. What should I see/do/eat? What shouldn't I miss? Hotel recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 1:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Kilns in Toronto?

Where in Toronto can I harness the power of a kiln to slump a bottle? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 1:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this bag.

Help me find a Korean (I think) bag an ex-girlfriend used to carry. [more inside]
posted by Precision at 12:45 AM PST - 6 comments

June 27

Where do I find the "logic" in "dermatological"?

Seeking a more scientific/medical approach to daily skincare routines and dermatological care. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 11:10 PM PST - 6 comments

African-American church services in NYC

New York City MeFi: As a Canadian, I've watched a lot of American media. And from this media, I've become really interested in attending a (stereotypical) "American black church" service. It's stuck out to me as something really unique, something very Americana, and I would really like to be a part of it, at least once. (As for what I mean exactly by "stereotypical American black church", I'm don't quite know the precise words -- black gospel? Southern? Baptist? Additionally - if possible, I would love to witness the "whooping" style of preaching.) [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 10:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Hip Help

Scenario: 77 year old mom had hip replaced last week. She has been doing well. Tonight, on the first night we left her to fend for herself, she decided to take her walker into the kitchen and return to bed with a plate of food. She fell. Landed on the new hip. Called me. Back now. Could use a sounding board.... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 10:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I wash sneakers in a top loading washer?

How do I wash sneakers in a top-loading washer? [more inside]
posted by touareg at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm afraid to tell my psychiatrist about my symptoms.

I'm afraid to tell my psychiatrist about my symptoms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Summertime and the cooking is easy... right?

Fast, fresh summer weeknight dinners that don't involve a grill. Hit me with your best shot. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Dicey Refinance?

Should I attempt a mortgage refinance after long unemployment and only very infrequent freelance jobs or is this opening a big can o' worms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Best electric pre-shave product?

I'm looking for a lotion, oil, powder, etc. that'll help me get a closer shave with my electric razor. Any experience? While I'm open to less common solutions, I'm optimally looking for something I can just grab at CVS. In the past I've used baby oil which has worked well, but are there any other options (specifically for electric razors or alternative solutions) that might be better? I've seen commercials for Lectric Shave recently and was wondering. Thanks!
posted by shabaabk at 9:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Drip, Drip, Drip

I just moved into a new home. There are at least three watering systems of differing ages and non-usage throughout the property. I am trying to understand what works and what does not. Specifically I am trying to understand how these work. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Early-2000s Perl Beckons with Plentiful Documentation

I'd like to get my feet wet with Perl. Baby steps, just a little beyond "Hello World." I'd like to create a simple little app. I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by circular at 8:56 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this called?

Is there a specific term for this architectural/design feature? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 8:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Repair or brick?

Is my 3+ year old HP Desktop worth fixing? I think it needs a new hard drive, and I plan on replacing OS. Power Supply was replaced 2 years ago, Motherboard replaced 1 year ago, both on extended warranty. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How to prevent spontaneous ovulation with premature ovarian failure in the mix?

What to use for birth control when the pill might make it MORE likely to get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Dream sandals, hold the snakeskin

Please help me find my dream sandals! [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 8:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Urban retirement

Best cities to retire in in the northeastern US? Must be affordable, walkable, drivable, safe, and welcoming to older adults. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 7:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How to stop digging myself unnecessary holes?

Mildly self-destructive behavior: why do I do this and how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 21 comments

My boyfriend is a heavy weed smoker

My boyfriend and I are seriously talking about moving in together soon. He is a heavy weed smoker, and I would not want him to smoke so much in our shared apartment. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 45 comments

Help us find a spot for our rehearsal dinner in Chicago

Where in Chicago should we have our rehearsal dinner? We need a place that's got a private room for 40 people on Labor Day weekend. We are on a budget, and we have a few criteria. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

To: Oops...

As a wedding gift, a co-worker of my husband gave us 2 train tickets to NYC- YAY!!!!. The only trouble is that he misspelled my husband's name (think Jaques instead of Jack) and got my name wrong (think Melody instead of Melissa). How do we fix this? Do we need to involve the gift giver? Can we call the train company to fix?
posted by MayNicholas at 7:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Which job?

I'm having trouble juggling two different job offers. Need advice on handling negotiation and making the best choice. [more inside]
posted by pluot at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm the Moon

Why isn't the earth (or our moon) being constantly bombarded with meteors, when it seems like pictures of all the other planets (and our moon) are fully pock marked from meteor hits?
posted by JenBBB at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...?

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 6:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Rental history borked, what now?

If a landlord/management company receives an application for an apartment, do they have any way of sussing out omitted information about the applicant's rental history? [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Daenerys Targaryen your hair is awesome!

Ever since Game of Thrones has entered my life and revealed Daenerys Targaryen's hair...I have been in love. [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag at 6:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise.

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by servix at 6:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Can't see the wood for the trees

Calling Active Directory / Exchange gurus - I want to know more than you ;-) [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this electrical outlet dead and what should I do?

I know you are not my electrician, but: Why does this electrical power outlet no longer work? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Happy birthday gmama?

What should we get our 90-year-old grandma for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 5:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Chemists of AskMe, help me clean my shower

What can I mix with either CLR or Iron Out to make the product stick to the wall of the tub long enough (an hour at least) to do its job? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting To PDX For a Song On Short Notice. What Are My Options?

Inexpensive ways to get to PDX from LAX the first week of July? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Planting a Colorado blue spruce near a driveway and sidewalk?

How far away (minimum) from my driveway and sidewalk should I plant a Colorado blue spruce, in order to make sure that its roots won't eventually wreak havoc with them? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you get your money back after placing a deposit for an RV?

Saw a perfect RV at a well respected lot a week and half ago, put half a deposit down, did the paperwork, gave them the rest of the deposit 3 days later when we did a test drive. Spoke to them a day later. Now they won't return any of our phone calls for a week and we need to figure out what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Tobacco in the city

Where in New York City can I purchase Pueblo rolling tobacco?
posted by likeapen at 4:13 PM PST - 0 comments

Pig gods, fire goddesses, and Mark Twain

Trying to remember the name of a book about Hawaii, golf course development, Mark Twain, Pele, and some supernatural happenings. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:56 PM PST - 1 comment

unlock no jailbreak

What is the current feasability of unlocking iPhones? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap Bike in Minneapolis?

Cheap, serviceable used bike in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I find an excellent optometrist in the SF Bay Area?

How can I find an excellent optometrist in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 3:08 PM PST - 14 comments

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype?

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype? [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 3:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

My PC is running slow. So I went to ProcessLibrary.com to check the programs running in task manager. I've also got Malwarebytes and AVG Anti-Virus running. But these programs aren't impenetrable. Consequently, I've learned there are many legitimate programs that have double identities. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:02 PM PST - 14 comments

But at least I'm not from...

You're a resident of (U.S.) state X; which of your neighboring states would the average resident consider "beneath" your own? (No really, I'm going somewhere with this.) [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 2:40 PM PST - 304 comments

Do paleontologists ever assume that a fossil was a unique animal?

Do paleontologists ever assume that a fossil was the only animal of its kind? Couldn't unique fossils have been mutants that never bred?
posted by vash at 2:30 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I avoid letting my friends down?

How do I leave my band in the most non-sucky way possible? [more inside]
posted by ashkenazy at 2:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Babies??? No!!

YANMD (You Are Not My Doctor) but my SO is on the pill and we're wondering if we need to supplement with other birth control methods. [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 2:29 PM PST - 32 comments

Recipes for healthy brownbagging?

Brown Bagging for the boyfriend! We've come to a compromise- He won't eat Doritos and a brownie for lunch everyday if I pack him something else. Alas, he is getting bored. I need some recommendations for recipes. What is your favorite semi-portable snack? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 2:27 PM PST - 17 comments


I hate sex. Now what? Question is unfocused and NSFW. Sorry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 51 comments

Is there a NICE credit-card multitool out there?

Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Who was Doofernel?

Where or what children's (tv show? classroom teaching guide?) is this song from? Lyrics inside... [more inside]
posted by atlantica at 1:47 PM PST - 0 comments

Mystery Pen Inscription

What is this language or cipher found on a pen, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How to correct exaggerated spine curvature

For those of you who have had success with treating kyphosis and the like: I have postural kyphosis. I do a lot of muscle exercises and stretching to correct my posture and have actually gained 1.5 inches in height but my spine still has a very exaggerated curve. I think I have the muscular side covered but are there any skeletal manipulations I could be doing ie. chiro adjustments that will help lessen the exaggerated curvature? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Fix My Computer Pls Thx!

How can I repair my Windows 7 installation without having to reinstall all of my applications? [more inside]
posted by Pants McCracky at 1:20 PM PST - 11 comments

That Eternal Life Movie Not With Robin Williams

Help me remember a movie about living forever. [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

PC Power supply help

Need some advice please. I tried to install a new Power supply in my 2 year Old Dell PC in anticipation of installing a new Hi Spec Graphics card. Did all the necessary connections (I think) except connecting up the Sata cable to the Optical Disc drive (It wouldn't reach, I'll come to that in a minute). Powered it up, nothing. I noticed a light came on, on the motherboard (so It's getting power right??) Took out the power supply, refitted the old one and it all works. Questions - 1.Does not attaching the Sata cable to the optical drive matter?? 2.Can I buy a Sata cable extension?? 3.Is the light (showing on the motherboard) indicative of the Power supply working?? 4,Is it possible that the new power supply is not functioning??? 5.Is there something really obvious I'm missing?? Any help advice would be gratefully accepted, thanks
posted by maxmix at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Name of the game?

Trying to remember the name of an old memory/match game that I played on my uncle's old NeXT box. It was a brick wall and when you got a match it would play a short Pink Floyd clip "all in all it's just another brick in the wall." Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by hummercash at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

how do i

I'm not a dog person and my fiance definitely is. How do I get better at tolerating my live-in fiance's two dogs? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Rackmountable Server with Firewire that has TI Chipset

I need more information on firewire chipsets on motherboards + rack mounting questions [more inside]
posted by digdan at 1:05 PM PST - 1 comment

My suicidal friend

This is a follow-up question to this question about my suicidal friend. [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet at 12:51 PM PST - 27 comments

What film was that?

What is the name of this film? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for hair care products for sensitive skin?

I am a woman with very sensitive skin. I have long, thick hair and am looking for a heat-styling product that won't irritate my skin. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Can a book survive surgery like this?

I bought this book when it was first published, because I was and still am knocked out by the beauty of the (very many, very well reproduced) watercolor illustrations. Now at long last I see that the pages have begun to go brown at the edges. The discoloration hasn't reached any of the illustrations yet but it will, it will, and I dread it. I am tempted to remove the pages from the cover boards (even though that would involve razoring the endpapers at the hinges) and cut the threads binding the signatures together so that I can get the pages absolutely flat on my scanner and scan them into a form that won't go brown ever. How big a deal would it be to get a bindery to put the book back together correctly after I desecrate it? What might it cost? Gentle Reader, What Would You Do?
posted by jfuller at 12:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Please don't touch my jerky

I am flying on frontier airlines to Indianapolis in July. I won't be checking anything, just bringing a carry on bag. I was hoping to bring some vacuum sealed packs of jerky from this store with me on my carry on bag. Is this a problem? Are they going to make me open up my packages of jerky in security? I am going for a long visit and need my stuff to stay fresh so I don't want to unseal it. So basically, can I bring sealed packages of beef jerky/nuts/berries on an airplane?
posted by skjønn at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Does playing poker count as job experience?

How can a professional poker player turned college graduate transition into a "real" job? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me build a batbox (or choose a kit)

A friend's niece is turning four and loves bats. I would like to build a batbox with her. I have little to no carpentry experience myself and am leaning towards getting a pre-cut kit. Do you have any suggested kits I should use (or worthy organizations selling them)? If we wanted to decorate the batbox, what should we use that would be safe for the bats? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Dr. Livingstone's closet, I presume...?

I am a woman starting completely over with my wardrobe. Help me look like a femme Indiana Jones! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Seeing the good in people (including myself)

In friendships, I have a hard time seeing myself as the concrete stuff I can bring to it (helping others, entertaining them). I can't see people appreciating me for my "soft" qualities (kindness, affection, etc.). Although I can appreciate other people for more than what they bring me in concrete ways, I can't put words on the things I like about them. What kinds of qualities are good to see in friends? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 11:18 AM PST - 17 comments

I know government employees are lazy but this might be pushing it...

Is it too soon to start looking for another job? Difficulty level: trying to go from government to the private sector after five months... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Give me 3.5 days of away-from-it-all time in the Southwest.

Help me plan a long-weekend getaway in the Southwest. I don't have enough time to make it a road trip, but would like to drive down some scenic roads. I don't want to camp in the wilderness, but would like see a national park. I don't want a full native-american experience, but would love to buy some native american jewelry. Some shopping/dining would be cool. I want to take more photographs than I'll ever have time to upload to flickr. [more inside]
posted by Opal at 11:00 AM PST - 14 comments

No fedora jokes please

I would like to wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep a little cooler this summer. But I would rather not look like an idiot. Difficulty: short woman, gigantic candy apple head. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Show me muted sound.

My PC's sound gets muted, how can I know? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Affordable scripts.

I currently unemployed but have health insurance. It has an insane annual deductible that I cannot afford. I am a diabetic who is running out of refills on my prescriptions. So, how can I cheaply get someone to write me scripts? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

My money is apparently no good for the GSP

I traveled on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey recently. The exit toll booth had only "EZ Pass Only" and "Exact Change" lanes open when I exited. The "Cash/Receipt" lane was closed off with traffic cones. I did not have EZ Pass and only had paper bills, not coins, in the car. All of the booths were unattended. I saw no choice but to run through the "Exact Change" booth without paying the toll. Now what? [more inside]
posted by de void at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

2 Time Machines, 1 MacBook Pro

MacFilter. 2 Time Machines, 1 MacBook Pro - is it possible? Or will it collapse the fabric of space and time? [more inside]
posted by carter at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Novels for Nature Nuggets

BookFilter: Seeking recommendations for book-club-type novels or short story collections about nature and the outdoors. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Steadicam Ideas for Small Projects

Steadicam on the way! iPhone 4 video project ideas? [more inside]
posted by santaliqueur at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Going...going...coming back?

My credit card balance has been going down -- but the minimum payment has gradually been going up. What gives? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me outsource my lawn mowing.

I've got about two acres of grass in the country, and I'm considering getting a critter or two to eat the grass so that I don't have to mow it. Does anybody have any recommendations for animals that make good lawn mowers? Bonus points if I can eat the animals in the fall and replace them in the spring, and even more points if they're low maintenance. I don't mind supplementing their diet.
posted by Stagger Lee at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me have fun in Ogunquit.

What to do for four days in Ogunquit, Maine? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 9:41 AM PST - 12 comments

International women's soccer tournament in China?

International women's soccer tournament in Haikou, Hainan, China, in December 2011 -- is it for real? Can Mefites find any more information about it? (Organizing body? Contact info? More precise data on how it's organized, dates, participants, venues? Etc.) [more inside]
posted by jef at 9:31 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the most inspirational place to meet in Orlando?

Looking to host a Salon in Orlando. What's the most amazing place you can think of to have it? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

How much does an elevator cost?

How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Video calls on Ipad2 or Xoom

Will I have a decent experience trying to have regular video chats with my kids using an Apple Ipad2 or Motorola Xoom? What hardware/software would work best for the family PC? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

20% cheaper on Wednesdays

A certain person I'm married to has reached a certain age. I know that some seniors discounts start at age 65, some at age 60, and some even start at age 55. Is there a listing somewhere of what discounts are available and at what age they begin? [more inside]
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Special-snowflake jeans required

Help me find the perfect pair of jeans (with special snowflake details, of course). [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 8:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Malware - can't open some configuration dialogs/windows

Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 8:16 AM PST - 28 comments

How best to sleep while on a layover in Frankfurt?

Best place to catch a few hours of sleep near Frankfurt airport during an 8-hour layover? [more inside]
posted by fso at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Who is the screaming woman in the Samsung Infuse 4G commercial?

Who is the screaming woman in the Samsung Infuse 4G commercial? The commercial features two men and a woman. The red-headed woman mistakes the image of a spider on the phone for the real thing and completely, utterly, totally freaks out. Her blood-curdling screams are fantastic. She looks a lot like Karen Gillan, but I really doubt Ms. Gillan has time to duck out on the doctor to shoot commercials.
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me to restock my supply of green inked, pocket-sized pens?

Can you help me to restock my supply of green inked, pocket-sized pens? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

How much did it cost to get your house painted?

How much did it cost to get your house painted? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Free Range Grass-Fed Shopping Carts

Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-Op? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Threeway Handshake at 7:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Suggestions for teaching methods to terminal MA students

Recommendations for teaching research methods please. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Recovering files from a Yamaha Disklavier hard drive?

My son accidentally recorded over a few important tracks on my Yamaha Disklavier. Any idea how to recover them? FYI, my machine/piano is about 15 years old.
posted by ericbop at 7:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Can this marriage be saved?

Can this marriage be saved? Infidelity, drug and alcohol abuse, low libido, and ADD... but are those reason enough to leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 39 comments

Help me to quirkify my life

I need some recommendations for TV shows set in small towns with quirky inhabitants. The more eccentric and lovable they are the better. [more inside]
posted by jihaan at 7:15 AM PST - 51 comments

Help a Sunglasses Klutz

Recommend some sunglasses and / or a glasses case, preferably under $30 that will accommodate both my large head and my tendency to crush and bend every pair I've ever owned. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one?

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

¡==¿ !?

What does "¡==¿" mean? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 6:45 AM PST - 11 comments

What is this song?

I have a music box (actually a musical flamingo) from the early '90s. What song is it playing? The sticker on the bottom says "Somew" and the rest is torn off.
posted by giraffe at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

This Is Why We Don't Buy White Things...

White stretch denim cotton/spandex pants. Best practices to keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 5:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Huge Chicharito and Dos Santos fan! -- I want to learn more!

As a new futbol/football fan, what do I need to know about the different leagues? (esp. ManU!) -details enclosed [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Help, please! I'm Stuck with Toxic Parents for the ENTIRE summer!

How I deal with my toxic living situation until the end of August? I'm an adult child of a mother with PTSD and a father who suffers from untreated addiction and depression. Both my parents have very short tempers. I am unable to move out until August when I leave the country for a new job. I arrived home in April from a completed job overseas. I wanted to see my family---hoped they had changed---foolish me. Now I'm stuck for the entire summer. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 4:42 AM PST - 27 comments

Please recommend a reasonable-priced turntable to me with a bunch of specified characteristics

Please recommend to me a new turntable with the following qualities: sounds great to a non-audiophile, less than €400, available in Europe, has a 33/45 switch and auto-stop at the end of the side, and 33cm or less in depth with the cover off. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 4:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for neurologist & acupuncturist in Washington DC

I'm looking for recommendations for a neurologist who can test for carpal tunnel syndrome and an acupuncturist who can treat it. Must be Metro-accessible in DC. [more inside]
posted by min at 4:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to buy Asian-style sleep pad?

Where do I buy a sleeping mat? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie at 1:26 AM PST - 9 comments

June 26

My girlfriend is quiet

I'm chatty. She is quiet. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato at 10:57 PM PST - 49 comments

Looking for East Bay Regional Park posters of a certain style

Looking for a place to buy East Bay Regional Park posters (Tilden, Wildcat, etc) in this style available for Muir woods: http://store.parksconservancy.org/store/product.asp?cat=68&sub=68&product=243 I know they exist, just have had no luck finding them.
posted by mulligan at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Unfortunately, 7 Up comes out, well...every 7 years or so

I really enjoy great documentaries that span years and focus on individual development. For example, I found David Sutherland's Country Boys or The Farmer's Wife fascinating. I also really enjoyed 7 Up. Please share other docs like this with me. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 8:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Hole in my shoe...

I accidentally kicked a branch on the sidewalk, which punched a small hole into the surface of my shoe. Here's what it looks like. Is there an easy fix for this? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 8:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Night Music.

Looking for music like these two specific songs sung by Jose Gonzalez. Dark, deep music with acoustic guitars. ("Far Away" and "Rope and Summit")
posted by azarbayejani at 8:51 PM PST - 18 comments

What are some good allowable tax deductions under $1000 in Australia?

I have a small home based computer business in Australia and need some allowable tax deductions. I understand that assets such as office furniture, plant & equipment are immediately tax deductible (don't need to be depreciated) if they're under $1,000. What are some things I could buy for my home office to reduce my tax? Thanks in advance
posted by Bacillus at 8:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Depression vs. ennui

How to tell the difference between depression and regular sadness/ennui, especially if you've struggled with depression/bipolar previously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this warehouse in LA?

What is the warehouse in Los Angeles at W Bluff Creek Drive and S Campus Center Drive near Playa Vista? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment?

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Books for the anxious gal?

I'm an anxious gal who finds that reading books about anxiety, self-compassion, mindfulness and meditation really helps me set a plan for what to do and how to get better. But there are so many of these books, I don't know where to start. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:09 PM PST - 20 comments

mysterious clicking=virus?

Do I have a virus? The only symptoms that I notice are:1) mysterious Internet Explorer clicking sounds & 2) window focus is changing without my direction. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 6:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Russian Bread--Not black bread, but the most delicious white sandwich bread you've ever tasted

Does anyone know the name of the white Russian bread that was served in Intourist Hotels and available at bread stores in Russian in the 80's and 90's? It was a heavy white bread made with scalded milk. It was square in shape, and had a unique crumb. Bonus if you have a recipe. I love Black Bread and the Borodinsky bread, but it's easy to find recipes for these.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Guess This Religion! Here's Three Hints!

What religion is this? [more inside]
posted by Leta at 6:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Jersey Shore minus the cast

What's the quietest Jersey beach to spend a late summer weekend? [more inside]
posted by timory at 6:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Road Trip!

Help us plan an awesome trip. We will be in LA for August and want to take a 4-6 day roadtrip in the Southwest. Some caveats inside. [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What are these radioactive cylinders?

Can you identify what this truck is carrying? A truck towing two trailers, each with 4 cylinders. Marked radioactive. (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by MiG at 6:16 PM PST - 13 comments

I just need to vent

[Attic Ventilation Filter] Is it worth the money to add a ridge vent to my roof? I currently have a two-story house with an attic, which is ventilated with soffit and gable vents. Twist: I'm getting a new metal roof. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Portland Mainers - which neighborhood would you recommend staying in?

While looking for a week-long rental in Portland, Maine, I'm wondering what locals can tell me about the different neighborhoods that keep popping up - Eastern and Western Promenade areas and downtown. [more inside]
posted by shinyj at 5:38 PM PST - 14 comments

What to do in Mexico in July?

One thing to do in Mexico City in July? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

I don't think Fortran and punchcards cut it anymore...

Which programming languages are best suited to creating a timetabling application? [more inside]
posted by bister at 4:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Online law

Anyone ever attend, or know someone who attended, an online law school? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I look for in a career/financial advisor?

Career/Financial advice-filter: I’d like to hire a professional to help me assess what salary I would need to earn to make it worth my while to relocate, and I am unsure what qualifications to look for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Poor man's anonymizer?

Internet ID filter: When i visit a site, then close my browser, then reopen it, and then visit the same site -- does the site see the same IP address for me as before? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

how to create an iTunes "joint" library?

Need a non-complicated method to merge 2 iTunes libraries while preserving playlists. Halp! [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 3:23 PM PST - 6 comments

In search of cinema awesomeness, help me on this journey

I like the following films, what others would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 3:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Who is this chair?

Where would I go to find out more information about a chair that we found at a thrift store. I want to know its style and if it is a collectible? [more inside]
posted by cmh0150 at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How long is kitten coccidia quarantine?

How long until I can let the recently-coccidia-treated kittens mix with the lonely adult foster cat? They all have been on Albon for 9 days and have seemed healthy since Tuesday; only one really showed symptoms. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 2:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Avoiding a chirpy 8-bit lawsuit

I'm covering a favourite album in chiptune style, as a for-the-heck-of-it non-commercial project. Am I risking a world of copyright hurt? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us name our new dog!

We need help naming the new female husky mix we are adopting! [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 2:10 PM PST - 34 comments

Interesting set of chord changes -- what was the name of the song?

Ska band with a horn section. Prominent piano (?) chords on the off-beat, following the pattern I i i iv. No, that's not a typo: the first tonic chord is major, the rest are minor. Name that tune?
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Do Mosquito-fighting Plants Exist?

Perhaps this is the Holy Grail of pest control but: does anyone have first-hand experience of plants that really, truly repel mosquitoes? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting rid of new laptop smell?

How do I get rid of toxic new laptop smell? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Why can you print every kind of postage except the reasonably priced ones???

Shipping dilemma: I have 30-40 boxes at my house I need to ship via parcel post. I thought I could print the labels at home and then have them picked up for a fee by the post office, but I've hit a snag... [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 1:29 PM PST - 20 comments

So much calamine lotion as a kid...

Is this poison ivy? If not, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 1:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Home movies: will a DSLR work for me?

I'm considering upgrading my DSLR to one with video capabilities. What will my experience be like for making home videos (babies doing baby stuff, cats playing, family parties)? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Please translate

My neighbors put these Chinese characters up on their front door. Can someone please translate them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my shower emit a noise?

Why does my shower make a humming noise? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Turkey trot

IstanbulFilter: help me identify this building in Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Best translation of Lucretius

Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 10:42 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the consequences of academic fraud?

Would serious academic plagiarism (say getting final year essays and dissertation completed by someone else) which wasn't caught at the time, but came to light later, be grounds (a) for de-awarding a degree and (b) possible grounds for dismissal if you had obtained a job on the baisis of having a degree
posted by Iktik at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I help myself move on from the years-past, but sudden loss of a loved one?

How do I help myself move on from the years-past, but sudden loss of a loved one, when it just doesn't seem to be getting better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 10 comments

How to best communicate this phrase in Latin?

Latin motto help - I'd like a phrase translated to Latin so it can be engraved on an item... but I don't know Latin. This is my Google-wrought attempt so far: Metiens metire semper, parum Accuratus munio vocat atra mors. What does it mean, and how could it be improved to best mean what I want it to mean? The English phrase is inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymisc at 10:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me fix my evaporative cooler without being electrocuted.

Is it OK to perform exploratory surgery on an evaporative cooler? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to find American flag Converse All-Stars?

Where can I find some American flag Converse All-Stars? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I send this candy fetus via media mail?

Can I send this candy fetus via media mail? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 8:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Huh. I'd forgotten what it felt like to have one's heart in one's stomach.

Coping advice for a dating trauma? Soothing words before I can see my therapist? Do I go through a job interview tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 8:33 AM PST - 33 comments

Don't Wanna Be a YouTube Idiot

How do these YouTubers do it? Please help me upload videos that won't take forever. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 8:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Dell laptop battery issue

Hello. I have a 4yo Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop and about a 10 days ago it stopped charging. It said, "0% available, plugged in but not charging". Took the battery out and put it back in a couple of times and it went back to normal, charged up fine. It happened 2 other times but it went back to charging. However, now it seems to be stuck in the - "plugged in but not charging mode". Any ideas? Thanks
posted by mikedelic at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

What jobs could I get in a rural/remote setting?

Leaving the big bad city *for good*: with my set of professional skills, what jobs could I undertake from home, if I were to move to a very rural setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Paperwork & the Cape May Ferry

Who gets ID'd on the Cape May Ferry? Is it just the driver, or does everyone going to get looked at? [more inside]
posted by Ys at 8:00 AM PST - 7 comments

New England to the Midwest: what's awesome near I-90?

We are moving cross-country and would like to plan the best route to get from New England to the Midwest, specifically to Minnesota. We were thinking of stopping at Niagara Falls and in Chicago along the way (to try Rick Bayless' restaurant!). I-90 looks pretty painfully dead along most of the way and we would like to know anything cool near I-90 along this route such as nice places to walk/parks/monuments and things to see, or great places to eat, keeping in mind that we are pescatarians so steakhouses and burger joints are not our bag. Also is there any merit to the idea of taking Route 401 through Canada rather than continuing I-90 through the USA, that would outweigh the negatives of not being able to use our smartphones while outside the States? Any ideas? Thank you for helping us entertain ourselves on a long long drive.
posted by treehorn+bunny at 7:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Simple plans aren't

How to dig deeper? How to get more specific and detailed until I can actually do something? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

I can't connect to specific websites. Help me connect to specific websites.

Cannot connect to specific websites, regardless of web brower. How solve? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 6:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Please make this car go away

I need to get rid of a car that is in pretty bad condition and has a gas leak. How can I get it off my property and out of my life? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 6:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Sample extraction from a module file?

How can I extract samples from a module (Impulse Tracker) file to .wav files, particularly on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:21 AM PST - 6 comments

95% of success is...your guess is as good as mine

Is there a saying that goes something like "95% of success is confidence"? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 2:21 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm here. I'm queer. Where do I go?

I'll be late to the NYC pride parade. Where should I go to catch as much of it as possible? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 2:21 AM PST - 2 comments

What are these mysterious bite marks?

What are these strange bite marks? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 12:59 AM PST - 13 comments

File/Folder Compare Tools

Folder/File comparison tools for windows? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 12:58 AM PST - 9 comments

June 25

Where can I watch the Tour de France in Portland?

Where can I watch Tour de France coverage in Portland on July 2nd? [more inside]
posted by bradbane at 11:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Tunnels under East St. Louis?

Are there tunnels beneath East St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 11:19 PM PST - 12 comments

What's a relatively inexpensive gift for a girl studying abroad in London?

My girlfriend is studying abroad in London for the fall, and our 3 month is coming up soon. I wanted to give her a gift (no more than $40ish because we put a limit on them) that was relevant but not too personal/emotional because I'll be getting her some nice jewelry as a momento for our 4th month - which is right before she leaves. [more inside]
posted by Vexir at 10:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Classical and Piano Covers of Popular Songs

What are some good classical covers of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 9:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Can you be too busy to date?

Hypothetically speaking, can you be too busy to date? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 8:21 PM PST - 46 comments

Need help with a probability question

Can someone help with a probability question? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 8:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Comfest hula hoops

What's up with all of the hula hoops at Comfest in Columbus, OH? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 8:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Iphone battery replacement option?

What's the best iPhone (3G specifically) battery replacement option? [more inside]
posted by trialex at 8:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Graduating, and not sure of the next steps

I am graduating with an Economics degree, and I am unsure of what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Paid access to streaming videos.

What is the best way to deliver streaming videos to paying customers? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I find those hard to find Windows files?

Is there a free and/or open source program for Windows that provides functionality and power similar to Linux's grep/find/locate commands? [more inside]
posted by khelvan at 7:30 PM PST - 14 comments

I want to dress up as a hipster for Halloween...help me!

I want to dress up as a hipster for Halloween...help me! [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 6:52 PM PST - 30 comments

Rape in Cape Town?

Single young woman living alone in Cape Town? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Nature near St. Louis

Help me be outdoorsy in St. Louis, Missouri. [more inside]
posted by Karmacane at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I use the same unlocked phone for voice and data in multiple countries on multiple continents?

I want to buy a prepaid cell phone to use as a backup/emergency phone and then maybe take it with me for int'l travel. [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 6:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Why, oh why, did my telephones die?

Our landline cordless phones all went dead except for one. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 6:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for some good Apple TV screen saver photos

What's a good flickr search phrase for my Apple TV screen saver? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I guess I'll settle for Okay Eats.

What cooking shows other than the late Good Eats talk about why things are done the way they are? Any era or style of cooking.
posted by cmoj at 4:45 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this VERY famous song called?

songfilter: does anyone know what song this is? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for Middle Eastern Postcolonial Literature

Help me find postcolonial literature from the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

It could have been a brilliant career

I have a bachelor's degree in computer science, and now I want to get a job. So far so good, and now for the bad part: I finished the degree over six years ago and haven't held a job since. Can I still get a job in IT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for good French reading material online

Seeking some French reading material online. What I am aiming for: blogs with good discussion like mefi, publications with long-form articles such as one might find in the New Yorker or the like, or I don't know, surprise me with something I haven't thought of! [more inside]
posted by marble at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

But I didn't get anyone pregnant when I was 5!

Help me figure out how to be the best brother/guardian/not-quite-father to my 16 year old sister following our parents' death. [more inside]
posted by buteo at 3:48 PM PST - 41 comments

Registering an out-of-state (and never in-state) car...

How to register an out-of-state car that will likely never visit the state in question...? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify this piece of classical music

Need help identifying a piece of classical music [more inside]
posted by spacediver at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Did you not get my text?

I have a good friend who rarely picks up when I call, doesn't return texts until several days later, sometimes not at all, and it really pisses me off. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo at 3:17 PM PST - 62 comments

Does an itunes-type program exist for video files?

Does an itunes-type program exist for video files? [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 at 2:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Emergency vacation filter. Difficulty: next weekend.

My wife desperately needs a vacation. Plans have changed, our budget has changed, and now the only time in the next six months that we can get away is on or about the Fourth of July, which also happens to be our anniversary. Where do we go? [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed actor - who are you?

Bald, bad complexion, menacing, sandpaper voiced, beady-eyed actor - who are you? [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 1:59 PM PST - 76 comments

Pack my socks, in what? What luggage to buy?

[luggage filter] it's time to grow up. and when better than right before a trip! [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Camping recipes for a lazy mom?

I am heading camping with about 10 people next week up in Vermont. I need help. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 12:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me help my son cope with frequent transitions.

Help me live in two places at once - Part 2 - Mitigating stress for my son [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I have more refreshing sleep?

How can I get really refreshing sleep that makes me refreshed and charged up? I can get to sleep fine, but it's hardly ever satisfying. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 12:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Boundaries Boundaries Boundaries

Can you recommend a book or two about helping to set boundaries with parents? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Horse riding outfit help please!

Ouch! Western saddles are freaking HARD as a ROCK! Help me survive the guest ranch vacation experience! [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Selling off Specialist Texts

Does anyone have experience with Fulfillment by Amazon as a seller? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 11:47 AM PST - 2 comments

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Identify triads in writing? [more inside]
posted by past at 11:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Please introduce me to your favorite wifi radio

I want to buy my daughter a quality radio and, unless anyone wishes to convince me to do otherwise, I'll leave the days of broadcast and move on to wifi radio. Can you recommend a well-designed tabletop device or tell me why I shouldn't go to wifi radio?
posted by partner at 11:45 AM PST - 14 comments

white dress and white sand. wedding on the beach

closest most beautiful beach near oklahoma city to get married on? [more inside]
posted by striker at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Link the Wonderdog Take His First Solo Cross-Country Trip.

How can I affordably and safely transport my large dog 1,200 miles, when I am not traveling with him? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I ask guys out on OKCupid?

Should I ask guys out on OKCupid? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 10:50 AM PST - 49 comments

I'm really asking Mefi about license plate colors?

I've seen several solid orange license plates with black or navy lettering on them in the Chicagoland area in the past couple of days. A couple have been dealer plates, but I think not all of them. The Secretary of State and similar websites won't acknowledge the existence of these plates at all, and the closest I can find on Google are plates from decades and decades ago that obviously wouldn't be street legal today. What do these mysterious orange plates signify?
posted by Rallon at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Will the guilty party please raise a paw?

Did one of my cats ruin my Tempurpedic pillow? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

To Have and to Hold

How much can you actually fit inside a Brooks "Challenge" Tool Bag? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you organize your e-books?

Any tips and advice on how to manage your e-book files and library, especially on calibre? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Capture NYC for free

Does anyone know of buildings that offer a free view in NYC for a photographer? [more inside]
posted by catrae at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again"

What are some technologies that have more or less disappeared, only to reemerge at some other point (or in some other guise)? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 9:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Verizon Customer Service Salaries

how much to the people who work at a verizon phone store doing customer service make? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 9:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find a sociology career.

It's really time to get a career. Help me use my 3.2gpa sociology BA from a not good state school. Ideally would love a company that will assist me in getting an MA in Sociology. Read on for more of my interests and situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm not crazy. You're the one that's crazy...

Help me navigate Kaiser Permanente's mental health services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

My Dad's dream car!

Help me show up my dad. He thinks he came up with a gift that I can't get him. An ASV! [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 8:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Pick me a new neighborhood.

Tell me about Crown Heights. Tell me about Prospect Lefferts Gardens. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 8:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Food of the gods: BACON WAFFLES!

Seeking bacon-waffles in the Boston Metropolitan area? [more inside]
posted by amestar_runner at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me learn to drive stick in NYC

How do I learn how to drive a manual transmission in New York asap? I have called a few schools and they're booked for a few weeks ahead. [more inside]
posted by I-baLL at 8:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Jewelry Experts: What is this jewelry mark? C and a backwards C, but not interlocking like a Chanel pattern. Any ideas?

Jewelry Experts: What is this jewelry mark? C and a backwards C, but not interlocking like a Chanel pattern. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Software for finding picture duplicates

Are there any Windows programs that can compare two image files and tell me if they're duplicates or not, ignoring different metadata and file formats? [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I choose the best option for my kid?

In the event of our untimely demise, to whom shall we leave the children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 18 comments

How to react to troublesome owner?

The townhome that my SO and I paid a deposit on was rented out from under us by the owner, who did so not only behind our back, but behind the back of the property management company that they contracted with. What is the best way to proceed here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Bare minimum tablet needed.

I'd like to get a cheap Android tablet as a toy. If you've bought a cheap tablet and had a not-terrible experience, help me choose one. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 6:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Tiny mystery blisters on my upper body!

You are not my doctor, but I'm getting tiny mystery blisters on my skin, and I'm a lot more curious than I am concerned. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 4:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a name for this design style?

Is there a name for the text design style of the wall art in this picture (particularly the vertical text column)? I've seen it used in certain retro-style ads, on some websites, and on the wall in the picture I just linked. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Racially loaded foot-in-mouth extraction, prevention

Please help me salvage this situation, if possible. I accidentally said something racist to someone I want to be my friend. [more inside]
posted by ferngully at 1:52 AM PST - 66 comments

June 24

Worst. Treasure hunt. Ever.

Help me find the piece(s) of art I wish I'd purchased years ago...with almost no specific information to aid in your search! [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 11:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Pittsburgh Base Camp?

I'll be in Pittsburgh for 5 days, with no car and a half-dozen job interviews at locations scattered throughout the city. Help me find an inexpensive but strategically placed hotel--or neighborhood containing hotels--from which I might most easily venture forth to any quarter by foot or mass-transit... [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid at 10:59 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I find a good CBT doctor in NYC?

I have dystemic depression and I'd like to try CBT. I found an in-network doctor but he doesn't push me at all. Im looking for someone who will give me structured exercises and be tough on me. Im tired of just talking about things all the time. I have United Healthcare Insurance and I've found plenty of doctors in the directory, but I have no way of knowing if they are any good. Any ideas?
posted by blunt_eastwood at 10:56 PM PST - 7 comments

The customer grapevine surpasses my Google-fu.

I have a half-height 5.25 bay on a Dell Optiplex XE, currently occupied by a DVD/CD burner. It needs to be replaced with a removable hard drive, but I still need an optical drive. [more inside]
posted by panmunjom at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Extended period of voice strain: what gives?

What is up with my voice? I used to enjoy singing (casually: singing along to the radio, etc), and now it feels...unpleasant. Reading aloud is no fun, either. What to do to heal my voice? [more inside]
posted by artemisia at 10:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo?

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 9:50 PM PST - 26 comments

British Petroleum

"How do I fill out a successful BP claim?" [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Electrohouse techniques?

What is the simple way of explaining electro house production techniques? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Mom cat in mourning

Feral mother cat in mourning for her kittens - how long will it last? [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Identify song about "trees on their knees" from a 1990s mixtape

Please help identify a song, or a band that played it - lyrics are below. It was on a now long-dead mixtape made in the mid-90s by a San Francisco resident, so I've always thought it was a San Francisco or Northern CA band, but could be wrong. The singer was female, an alto, IIRC, devoid of vibrato; the band had a pair of violins and a couple of acoustic guitars and employed different tempos within this song. The lyrical focus was ecology. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 8:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me build up a Robert E. Howard book collection.

Help me build up a Robert E. Howard book collection. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Editing, editing, yeah / Fun fun fun fun...

Does this college-paper-editing idea sound viable for a high school student? Help me come up with a pitch. I have an opportunity this summer to make it happen, as well as expand my school newspaper. [more inside]
posted by glass origami quicksilver robot at 7:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm about to become a landlord and need help deciding what to do with the current renters.

I'm about to become a landlord and need help deciding what to do with the current renters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Theatrical hardware buyout as what multiple of monthly rate?

Theatrical gear buyout as a multiple of monthly lease rate? [more inside]
posted by lothar at 7:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What does the Italian word "coo-ka-looch" mean?

Can someone tell me what this Italian term of endearment means? It phonetically is pronounced "coo-ka-looch" [more inside]
posted by jModug at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Visiting during Ramadan...good idea?

I am thinking of visiting a friend for 2-3 days during the month of Ramadan. My friend may or may not fast this time. Is it bad manners to visit during this time? What are the things that I should and shouldn't do while I am there, if I decide to go? (And no, visiting any other time of the year or the next year may be out of the question. We are meeting after 17 years) Should I bring something over with me? (I will be flying there) Thanks all!
posted by xm at 6:43 PM PST - 8 comments

I remember when I lost my mind

My health, both physical and mental has been on a roller coaster over the past 3 months. I have undergone many tests and the doctors have said, quantitatively, I am the picture of health; therefore the very real physical symptoms I am experiencing must be due to anxiety. I am open to that possibility, but need more convincing... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 27 comments

It was a dark and blocky night...

I just installed Minecraft on my MacBook Pro, and it is working fine except that at night (in the game) it is pitch black. It is pretty much impossible to see anything but stars and sand. This obviously makes navigation hazardous. According to a friend who is familiar with the game, it is not supposed to be that dark. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 4:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a gringo or a laowai make it as a translator?

I'm sorta multilingual, in Spanish and Mandarin. I don't have many other skills. How good would I need to get before I can make a living from this ability? What jobs could I get if I were to improve in one or both languages? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 4:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Project/tournament management suite

I need a good project management suite/software to manage a large yearly sports tournament. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Raddu at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the components of Lenny Kaye's guitar sound?

Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
posted by Trurl at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Flags on the Half Shell

Can anyone identify this pin? [more inside]
posted by Knappster at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me improve this graph!

What are accepted ways for visualizing this example dataset for a journal or other "professional" endpoint? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to look for an apartment in Los Angeles.

Need to find an apartment in Los Angeles. Fast. What is a good way to go about this other than westsiderentals.com and craigslist?
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to learn how to relax.

I need to be busy. Now I'm not. How do I relax? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 2:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Careers for a social butterfly

What kinds of professional careers are there that involve working with people and helping them that won't bore me or burn me out? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Brother can you spare a ... suggestion?

Please recommend a therapist in Houston Texas specializing in financial stress issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 2 comments

I really hope there's no mistakes in this question!

Okay to point out a friend's errors in a professional product meant for public consumption? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How should two grown-ups share a coffee can full of quarters in our treehouse?

How should my brother and I manage a new joint slush fund? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 2 comments

What is your favorite rafting company for the White Salmon river?

Dear Portland area Mefites: what is your favorite rafting company for the White Salmon river? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 2:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Q: What do baby Triops wear? A: Diapause!

I'm thinking of buying Triops for my office desk. Help me transform this impulse buy into a sensible purchase. [more inside]
posted by Rickalicioso at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a Flickr RSS feed that includes and excludes tags

I run a tumblr blog. Every day I post a Lego-related photo or video, mostly culled from Flickr. To facilitate this, I have subscribed to the RSS feed for the "lego" tag, so that I get in my feed reader every image tagged with "lego". This is a lot of images; it's not unusual for me to go through over 500 images a day. [more inside]
posted by Legomancer at 1:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Which country is this from?

Which country is this photo from? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 1:24 PM PST - 90 comments

Make a wish, any wish.

What essential and not-so-essential kit do small voluntary organisations need? [more inside]
posted by fix at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Control - Y keyboard shortcut has globally stopped working in windows 7.

Personal Tech Support Filter : Control - Y keyboard shortcut has globally stopped working in windows 7. [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 1:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I build a flowchart-based website?

I (think I) am capable with HTML and CSS, but I've been asked to create an interactive, flowchart-based website and I'm not sure where to turn. (Similar to the specs described here - No one answered this question.) --- What do I need to learn to make this happen? Any tips or suggestions would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Jet engine versus internal combustion engine: helicopter edition

How might an observant person be able to tell, without being inside the cockpit, whether a helicopter has a jet engine or an internal combustion engine? Difficulty: no markings on the exterior of the chopper. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 12:56 PM PST - 12 comments

What country should you live in? quiz

Does this kind of quiz/test/thing exist: a checkbox list of attributes from all of the countries in the world that you can check off and it will tell you what countries meet those requirements? [more inside]
posted by zorrine at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Does this bee behavior make sense?

Beekeepers of Mefi, needing ideas/reassurance: mass washboarding behaviors on the front of the hive, bees all over front entrance -- everyone I've talked to so far has said it's a swarming behavior... but is it? They're certainly taking their sweet time. [more inside]
posted by circle_b at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

the app for that exceeds your monthly allowance

Smartphonefilter: how to choose a data plan under Verizon's new tiered-fee structure? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 12:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Flow & eddy indesign

InDesign: Let's say you have a multiple photos associated with a multiple paragraphs on many pages. I want to insert another photo & paragraph in the middle. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I carry the purse?

Should I carry my co-worker's sister's purse? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

If it's not one limb, it's another

To save my hands, I battered my feet. So I stopped using this, salvaged my feet, and now my hands are aggressively complaining. Laptop stand advice requested. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it ok to wear dark jeans to an outdoor wedding if it is paired with a nice shirt, blazer, and dress shoes?

Is it ok to wear dark jeans to an outdoor wedding if it is paired with a nice shirt, blazer, and dress shoes?
posted by *lostatsea* at 11:41 AM PST - 70 comments

Health Insurance Cost

What to expect to pay for health insurance as a Canadian living in Florida? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I pick an air purifier?

Trying to select a portable HEPA filter for a small (about 9x10) room. What has worked best for you? What should I avoid? Permanent filter or replaceable? [more inside]
posted by crowyhead at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I do about repairs on my Hyundai Elantra?

I have some questions about my car/car repair, specifically about having driven without a cap on my break fluid and my cabin and engine filters. 2004 Hyundai Elantra. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

1.0 vs. 1/2 hp garbage disposal

Should I buy a 1/2 hp or 1.0 hp garbage disposal? Why? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 11:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Foot Massage techniques using other feet (not hands)?

My wife was introduced to a foot massage using one's feet (not hands). I'd like to know more. Is there a recognized technique or method that involves massaging feet *with other feet*? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

LA to Hawai'i. Vroom, Vroom, Splash.

Have you ever shipped a car to Hawaii? From Long Beach. Boating advice requested. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 10:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Huffing Dust-Off - how does it work?

Pharmacology-filter: what can you tell me about the mechanism of the high obtained from huffing Dust-Off (difluoroethane)? Asking for work, not personal use, of course. [more inside]
posted by bepe at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

When will my cat love me again?

My normally-extremely-affectionate cat Harriet has become aloof and uninterested in her humans since we introduced a new kitten, Sagan, 5 days ago. I miss her terribly. Please reassure me that this phase will pass. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 9:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Inspire me, train me

I'm looking to find examples of and ideas for some inspirational training for young execs. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

What are good 2-player smartphone games?

What are some good games for two or more smartphones? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

PS3 games for the uncoordinated gamer?

PS3 games for the uncoordinated gamer? After years of practice, I can play God of War 3 on Easy mode, but other games are leaving me stalled and frustrated. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 9:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Online doctoral programs?

Are there any accredited, credible, online doctoral programs? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 9:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Iowa/Omaha over Fourth of July

Road trip filter: Three friends in Iowa and Omaha over Fourth of July long weekend. What to see, where to eat (Omaha steak and otherwise) and how to celebrate Independence Day? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 9:04 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I help my pre-teen nephew understand his teen friend's suicide?

My 10 year old nephew just found out that his 15 year old friend committed suicide. What online resources can I send my sister to help him work through his feelings? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 8:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Best seat in the Arclight Dome?

What are the best seats in the Arclight Dome theater in Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by the other side at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Falafel shaping tool

Where can I buy an aleb falafel in London [more inside]
posted by fray at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

High school baseball - why the war paint?

Why do horizontal black lines appear on players' cheeks, just before the Big Game? This seems limited to younger American men (maybe just the white boys?); never seen it on the pros. Example photo -- they remind me of Groucho's moustache. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:27 AM PST - 33 comments


Mrmblmbembmmm. Sufferers of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, how the heck do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes at 8:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Robert's rules online?

What is the best way to handle online voting by the governing board of an organization? I am the secretary for an organization whose board traditionally only met once per year, in person, using Robert's Rules of Order for running meetings. Are there any simple procedures or services for translating this type of a process online? Robert's does not seem to have entered the 21st century yet, but there is a desire among our board members to do so.
posted by mortaddams at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I skip this year's Doctor Who Christmas special?

Doctor Who continuity: How important is it that I watch "A Christmas Carol" before the Series 6 DVDs? And if so, where can I obtain it as legally and cheaply as possible? [In case it isn't obvious, I haven't seen anything after "The Big Bang" yet, so let's try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Predating the Windows Ding...

[16mm filmstrip projectorfilter]: Anyone know where I can find an .mp3 or .wav or .avi of the ding for the slide advance of a 16mm filmstrip projector from the 1970s? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:04 AM PST - 9 comments

material girl

How can I transport all of my stuff very cheaply? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 7:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Information wants to be clearly presented in an accessible format.

I want to create a website that presents the schedule/info of a con in a more usable format than officially provided. Is this something I should be asking a lawyer about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

It's not a bug. It' a feature!

Weird laptop computer behavior. Was it really User Account Controls? [more inside]
posted by rich at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

What is my sexual orientation?

Am I a lesbian? Bisexual? Or, straight but asexual? Please help. I am, obviously, very confused. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Dim lights, power on display, launch powerpoint at same time.

Need to dim the lights, turn on display and launch a video or PowerPoint with a remote control. Possible? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 6:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Need recos about Western suburbs of Chicago

What parts of Chicago's western suburbs are NOT cookie-cutter? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:57 AM PST - 23 comments

I can haz CYE mashups?

I think I have seen a set of funny mashup videos where the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme was added to movie clips that were originally, you know, not that funny. My goo-fu fails, help me find them!
posted by mr.marx at 5:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Friends with Benefits?

Am I coming out of the left field here? No strings attached with the commitment-phobe I met a few weeks ago = bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Rinoia at 4:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me find a print of a movie for screening in a cinema

I am trying to find a copy of a movie from 1994 in 35mm to screen at a cinema. How would I go about this? [more inside]
posted by bdave at 3:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Why can't I talk to other people on Blogspot?

Why can't I comment on Blogspot blogs? The comment box doesn't even look right... [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj at 3:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Burning down the house (or not).

In a pinch, is it possible to use diesel fuel to fire a boiler that normally runs on no. 2 heating oil? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone recommend a good introduction to Marxism?

Can anyone recommend any good introductions to Marxism? More and more, as I get older, I find that the socialist view of the world as a set of competing classes, with one class exploiting the others, makes more and more sense. It also seems increasingly clear to me that this is going on at the moment. However, I am still quite new to Marxism and a little put off by and daunted by Das Kapital... [more inside]
posted by lucien_reeve at 3:06 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me make my own water filter.

Brita filters seem expensive and wasteful. Instead, where can I buy my own cation exchange resin (preferably in the UK)? [more inside]
posted by spaghettification at 2:19 AM PST - 11 comments


I'm nu tu ubuntu. Wut du? [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 2:00 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me choose a network equipment reseller (sf area)

I'll have to redo the network infrastructure for a platform soon, but it's in US, San Francisco and I don't know the local market. [more inside]
posted by anto1ne at 1:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Before and after of an arch over ocean

Trying to remember a diptych of photographs of a natural arch of rock or earth off a coast over ocean-- of it standing and of the space after the arch had fallen. Artist/title? [more inside]
posted by ilk at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

June 23

Any tips/insights/do's and don'ts that you have for me - a new-in-business independent consultant in the inclusive business/social enterprise/development space?

Career change: Any tips/insights/do's and don'ts that you have for me - a new-in-business independent consultant in the inclusive business/social enterprise/development space? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite at 11:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you deal with stress?

Help me figure out how to need less downtime to recover from stress. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 11:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Answer your damn phone!

Tips for getting business emails/phone calls returned in a quick manner? [more inside]
posted by blargerz at 9:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me propose!

Help Me Propose! (In Chicago) [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Good bluetooth speakers

I am trying to find portable bluetooth speakers to play nice with both my two HP laptops and an Ipad 2. [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get hired as a creative Photoshop junkie?

How to get hired as a Photoshop junkie? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

You Got It?

Someone please explain the chord structure/key change/whatever in Roy Orbison's 'You Got It' [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 7:56 PM PST - 13 comments

I don't wanna be pwnt no mo

I've read a lot of TF2 optimization posts, but most of them are aimed at the PC end of things. How can I optimize TF2 on my 13" 2.4ghz 4gb MBP?
posted by SpecialK at 7:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I buy a puppy with mange?

I am in the market to buy a French bulldog. However, the one that I wanted to buy was around another dog with sarcoptic mange. While the dog has shown no signs of mange, I am still leery of buying this dog as I have a cat and three children at home. The seller said she will get the mange okayed by a vet before they are sold, but I am still not sure. Has anyone dealt with this before? Any thoughts on whether I should still buy the dog?
posted by amckenzie83 at 7:24 PM PST - 15 comments

My baggage, let me show it to you.

Some bedroom problems. Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 17 comments

How to rent an affordable room in Cambridge, MA

Trying to rent a room for a few nights for elderly parents in the Cambridge, MA area. Anyone had experience with renting guest rooms from private parties? Please help me figure out how to navigate this! [more inside]
posted by Shusha at 6:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Social anxiety is marring my relationship

My boyfriend is charismatic and socially adept. I am not. Should I flee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 31 comments

How to work with this prima donna

Dealing with a narcissist - how? Whether he meets the criteria or not, how do I work with someone who only sees his point of view, manipulates facts, takes credit, and backstabs? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

help me stop feeling nauseous after running

I always feel nauseous towards the end and after a long run (~8+ miles). Will drinking gatorade or another sports drink during the run help with that? If not, what will? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 6:02 PM PST - 15 comments

windows upgrade with a linux partition

My computer is dual booting Windows Vista and Ubuntu. I have gotten a Windows 7 upgrade disc and want to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Will the upgrade have any effect on the Linux side of the partition or will it just change the Windows side of the partition from Vista to 7 leaving Ubuntu unscathed? What happens with GRUB?
posted by moorooka at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What to expect when you're extracting

Wisdom tooth extraction tomorrow. Definitely want sedation, but I have a few specific questions about how to minimize the unpleasantness of the procedure. Help me figure out what I'm looking for and how to express this to the oral surgeon! [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 at 5:37 PM PST - 40 comments

How do I focus without music?

How do I concentrate without music playing? I usually listen to music when I work, but lately I can't do that. Are there any other ways to stay focused? My job requires me to be online, so staying offline isn't an option.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Sweet Guitar Riff Bands. I know. Too general.

A very general question looking for your tastes. I like basic rock with awesome guitar licks/riffs where I can understand what the singer is singing (or at least has something melodic). I am open to any suggestions for bands post 2000, if not recent. I don't know what subcategories there are but am game for your input.
posted by snap_dragon at 4:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Quality Austin Landscapers?

Landscapers in the Austin area? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Recommendation For A Caterer in Long Island?

I'm getting married in September, and the rehearsal dinner's going to be at my parent's house in Oyster Bay, Long Island. I'm looking for recommendations for Long Island or nearby caterers you've had a good experience with. [more inside]
posted by buriedpaul at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I Being Overly Territorial?

I have a problem that's challenging on a logical and moral level. [more inside]
posted by presqu'ile at 4:21 PM PST - 40 comments

My sinuses are like the Sahara.

Help me moisturize my sinuses! [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 3:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I buy a t-style magsafe adapter?

Does anyone know where I can buy the old Apple T-Style Magsafe Power Adapters? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a way to send simple email from mail chimp, with minimal html formatting, that allows the email to show up with the default font in the users email client?

Is there a way to send simple email from mail chimp, with minimal html formatting, that allows the email to show up with the default font in the users email client? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 3:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Sleeping 8 in NYC...pref not in an alley

Need to make accommodations for 8 in midtown NYC for mid-august weekend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 1 comment

That UN Passport is such a lovely shade of blue

Help me transition from journalism to a development/NGO/UN career ... without a master's! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Understanding psychopaths

Is it possible a psychopath can be a "good " person? Or at least ethical? By this I mean purposefully moral.
posted by beckster at 3:18 PM PST - 25 comments

When and how to be critical or understanding?

Keeping one's and one's partner's weaknesses in perspective (and refraining from using each other's vulnerabilities as ammunition in arguments. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 3:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Want to Research My Girlfriend Out of Her Catch 22

TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system? [more inside]
posted by pollex at 2:00 PM PST - 8 comments

U.S. Water scarcity

I need a list of the most (and least) water scarce cities in the U.S.
posted by victory_laser at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Mild OCD: Would medication help?

Mild OCD: Should someone who overcame deep-seeded OCD fear, but still struggles with hand-chewing and the occasional stuck-thought-fear-loop try medication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

New baby on the way! Help!?

I'm a 32 y/o male who has a baby girl due on September 1st This will be my first child and I'm curious about what I need to do and learn beforehand. Please give me advice and/or direct me to must read books or websites. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Paalen at 1:21 PM PST - 43 comments

Help me mail a taco please.

Is it possible to mail a taco within the continental United States? Yes, I'm serious. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:17 PM PST - 32 comments

Chicken Salad

Looking for your best chicken salad recipes. Easy, hard, spicy or sweet, all answers welcome.
posted by puny human at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Best way to dechloraminate tap water?

What's the best way to remove chloramine from tap water for the purpose of soaking grains? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 12:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Creamfields 2011

What should I know about going to Creamfields festival (UK)? With the added catch that I'll be riding solo? [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber at 12:33 PM PST - 0 comments

Why refuse us entry just because we want to satisfy our curiosity?

Just went to the filming of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in New York yesterday. While waiting to enter the studio, the staff told us that if we took any literature from this particular old man standing on the sidewalk, that we would not be allowed in to the filming. What's the full story there? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:02 PM PST - 42 comments

anyway, i'm going to stay positive!

How can I quickly reorganize my life/habits to adapt to new demands? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend me irresistible dance-punk-wave music

Recommend me some music near the intersection of"dance" and "punk." [more inside]
posted by jtron at 11:49 AM PST - 42 comments

What are these weird half-safety goggles for?

What the heck are these weird glasses for? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

When will the economy get better?

When will the economy get better? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 11:27 AM PST - 25 comments

The broken vag blues again

How do I go in prepared to talk to a clinical psychologist about my vulval pain? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Ebooks Writers

Hi I am starting a ebooks community site where people can submit their books and then we will publish and sell the books for the authors. I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to reach independent authors and how to market our site to them? We are looking for writers of self help, recipes, novels, and anything else. We really want to empower writers to get their stuff out their and to help them make some money in the process. Any help on how to find people like that would be much appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Monkeyzulu at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Make Me Coffee

I am looking for a specific type of coffee maker and hoping you have one that you love! I do not want a French press or other, similar, maker; nor do I want the style that uses those little cups (Krups). I do want a smaller drip machine that I can limit to 2 cups (4 cups max is fine), that works efficiently, and doesn't cost a ton of money. Something that also grinds beans would be fine but I understand that might make the cost a lot higher. [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 11:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Well tie me up and call me Shirley!

I get crippling migraines. I've noticed that tying something REALLY tightly around my head (a robe tie, dog leash, etc) often helps alleviate the pain. Sometimes it's the only way I can fall asleep at night. I often leave the tie on for hours and have occasionally fallen asleep with it on through the whole night, though I really get nervous about that. Am I causing any sort of long term damage to my head?
posted by corn_bread at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Is my SO working for a pyramid scheme?

Is my SO working for a pyramid scheme? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Mac-based Discovery software?

Mac-based Discovery / document review software? Westlaw CaseLogistix nails the functions but is Windows-only. Must have the ability to manage Bates-stamped PDF/TIF documents with embedded OCR text. Bonus for other file types in addition. Multiple networked users need to analyze/tag documents based on case-specific criteria. It would be great if the information could be easily exported to an open format, but I know that's likely asking too much. I searched through the Macs In Law blog but didn't see any good candidates. What do Mac-based law firms use? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

You know what? I'll just do it.

Group Project Skills: How do I overcome my instinctual desire to just work alone? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm pretty sure booze is out.

What should I include in a gluten-free pregnancy care package? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 10:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a used-car lot drivable from Boston.

My teenager wants to buy her first used car this weekend for less than $10,000. Can you recommend a car lot within an hour's drive of Boston? [more inside]
posted by red clover at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Realtime Recording to a Jump Drive

What software will allow me to record from a FireWire source directly to a compressed format that I can deliver to workshop attendees? [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Off, damned fat!

What cardio exercises/machines would you recommend to someone who really, really hates cardio? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 45 comments

The Curse of the Incredible Shrinking Burgers

The Curse of the Incredible Shrinking Burgers... [more inside]
posted by smitt at 8:18 AM PST - 30 comments

Are these strange queries on our webstore legitimate?

I work at an internet store. When I look at the search terms used within our site's internal search engine there are a number of items and brands that are searched for, but with the words in reverse order. For example there are hundreds more searches for "Kanteen Klean" than there is for "Klean Kanteen". Likewise, there are many more searches for "curtain shower" and "case pencil" than there are for "shower curtain" or "pencil case". What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler at 7:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Is sleeping on a rock good for me?

Tell me about your experience with a memory foam pillow. Do you love it, hate it, or something in between? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:55 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm preoccupied with someone I've never met.

I'm preoccupied with someone I've never met. I don't really know what to make of it.. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 7:46 AM PST - 29 comments

Help my husband be more in tune with other people.

Are there good sources for a scientist to improve emotional intelligence - in particular, to be able to read others' emotions and ape appropriate emotions as needed socially? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

What hollywood doesn't know about computers...

What are some of the cheesiest on-screen 'hacking' scenes? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 7:37 AM PST - 52 comments

How much do admissions committees for cs grad programs care about GRE analytical writing scores?

How much do admissions committees for cs grad programs care about GRE analytical writing scores? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

What can make this situation better? Details inside.

What can make this situation better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me give advice to my brother about a chemical engineering phd

I'm worried my brother might be making the wrong decision about his degree. He has a fellowship and is well on the way to getting a phd, but he is thinking of stopping at a masters so he can get a job. The reasons he gives seem naive to me, but I don't know anything about this field. I'm worried he's going to end up being bored and unfulfilled because he's focused on short term goals. [more inside]
posted by bleary at 6:44 AM PST - 46 comments

Where can I find some people to jam with in Southampton UK.

Where can I find some people to jam with in Southampton UK. [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Fish Don't Need Bikes, But This Fat Man Does

I'm fat and out of shape and have decided to get a bike to help me be less fat and out of shape. Please help me choose one. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 5:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide?

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide? [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty at 5:52 AM PST - 32 comments

Short Answer Questions for Dummies

Do you totally nail short-answer questions on exams? If so, give me your blow-by-blow method. Inspired by this question. [more inside]
posted by KLF at 5:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for moving or mirroring content from one domain to another on Dreamhost?

Dreamhost help needed! Do I need to physically move files and databases from one subdomain to another at Dreamhost, and if so, how best to do it? All details inside. [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Any good $700 laptops?

I've got $700, what's the best general purpose laptop I can get? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 5:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Help: vitamin E on new silk shirt!

I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos at 5:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Are there options for data-only plans for factory unlocked iPhone?

I want to get an iPhone primarily as a portable computer/GPS/camera, and sometimes if someone wants to Skype me, that would be okay too. I am uninterested in getting tied down to a voice plan for what sounds like an eternity. Thus, with the option to get an unlocked phone from the Apple Store, what are my options for data-only plans? AT&T seems to be the best data provider where I live (in the Upper CT River Valley of NH), so I found their list of plans at http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/services/services-list.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AL-0-2&catId=cat2510038&catName=Data+%26+Internet&_requestid=237492 . Most of these are GSM plans but as a newb I'm concerned about the list of acceptible phones for each plan. Is there any reason these won't work with an unlocked GSM iPhone?
posted by Opa-Opa at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Excel Formula for First Instance of Something in Row, Then Top Value in That Column?

Excel question (debt management/budgeting): what formula gets me the first instance of something in a row, and then how I can pull the date from the top of that column? More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 4:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Where's My Toolbar?

Where's my toolbar? Running Windows Vista and just installed Explorer 9 - toolbar is missing. Please I need easy - 1-2-3- instructions for an old lady! Thank you for the help.
posted by pamspanda at 3:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Galvanized Charcoal Starter?

Is this galvanized, and if so, is it toxic? [more inside]
posted by dubold at 2:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Desperately trying to not make this a recipe request

Pet rabbit won't stop thumping. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 1:39 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I find someone to move my stuff?

I have a storage locker full of my family's belongings that is 1,200 miles away from me, along the US West Coast. Is there any way I can hire someone to empty it out,, haul it the long distance and deliver it to me? [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 1:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How many more blood donations would it take in the United States per year to end blood shortages?

How many more blood donations would it take in the United States per year to end blood shortages? [more inside]
posted by effugas at 12:13 AM PST - 8 comments

June 22

How do I create bootable USB using win 7 USB/DVD download tool?

When using the Microsoft win 7 USB/DVD Download tool, to create a bootable USB drive to install win 7 on my Desktop, I get this error "We were unable to copy your files. please check your USB device and the selected ISO file and try again." How do I fix this? I have tried 2 different USB's and 2 different ISOs
posted by Patrick Leo at 10:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Can Facebook get buggy?

Can Facebook get buggy? This morning (and since) I hit the icons for messages, notifications and they white out. I hit account to log out; it whites out too. I restart the computer, ditto. No other program seems affected. If it's useful, I use Chrome on Mac 10.6.7. Any ideas? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 10:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Minneapolis speed dating

I live in Minneapolis, MN, and I'm interested in giving speed dating a try, but I have to idea where to start. Any suggestions for particular events, organizers, or how to get started with this? [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 at 8:43 PM PST - 1 comment

How can we stay afloat when boyfriend is depressed?

How can we stay afloat when boyfriend is depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Any advice for dealing with Acanthamoeba Kertitis?

Has anyone had any experience with Acanthamoeba Kertitis? In short, Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare disease where amoebae invade the cornea of the eye. [more inside]
posted by ivorybishop at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

It's too hot to cook

It's too hot to cook. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 8:08 PM PST - 54 comments

Worse than the BSOD??

I was doing a thorough cleaning of my 5 year old Dell Windows XP machine before I sold it. I used CCleaner, Erasure, and the Windows disk cleanup tool. Whatever I was doing was too much because now I am getting something that I think is worse than the Blue Screen of Death. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 7:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Intermittent TV satellite signal - help!

Intermittent TV satellite signal. I can't figure out what it is, but I'm loathe to pay a technician to come troubleshoot it for me. Does anyone have an idea of what the problem could be, and how I can diagnose and resolve it? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

what can I do about my roomies moving out?

roommates on a shared lease moving out without 30 days notice. Do I have any legal recourse other than keeping the security deposit? [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments


My Google/AT&T smartphone is recording my voiceprint biometrics, my GPS location at all times, and my every email, text message and cameraphone picture. How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 6:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Use Zotero better

How can I use Zotero better? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Mostly plants.

Calling All Vegetarians: Help us get enough protein and iron in our new, mostly vegetarian diet. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 6:07 PM PST - 40 comments

Moving to Fairfax, VA. Looking for an apartment where we won't get knifed or offered crack.

Moving to Fairfax, VA. Looking for an apartment where we won't get knifed or offered crack. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 6:04 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I kill a Friday morning in NYC?

What can I do for fun in NYC around Grand Central Station on a Friday morning? [more inside]
posted by heurtebise at 5:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Shouldn't a point estimate be the midpoint of its confidence interval?

Shouldn't a point estimate be in the center of its confidence interval? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon at 5:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Mr. Jack is not behaving and Jimmy doesn't have the time.

How can I fix the power jack on my HP dv6000? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Venice and Rome in 8 Days

Travel filter: Venice and Rome in 8 days? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 5:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Vacuum cleaner value for money

Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:43 PM PST - 33 comments

When did DeDe go to the city?

I'm trying to figure out the original SF Chronicle publication date for a specific chapter from Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City. A major spoiler inside. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 5:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Lonely and depressed

Recently single, depressed, and lonely. Need things to fill my nights and weekends where I can meet people and potentially find a community. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 5:05 PM PST - 40 comments

Help Me Stuff My Meat

Which sausage stuffer should I buy? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Assisted living help with Parkinson's

I have an aunt who is caring for her husband who is suffering from Parkinson's and dementia. She need to lock him in at night and he is basically incorherant. She get home care from 7am - 3pm, but after that is on her own. She is running out of money and options and lives in Massachusetts. What agency can I contact to better understand her options in terms of insurance and assisted living?
posted by rryan at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Switching to the good stuff

Should I quit beer and switch entirely to whiskey? For health reasons? [more inside]
posted by naju at 3:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me (reluctantly) choose a first car!

Help me (reluctantly) choose a first car! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 3:52 PM PST - 26 comments

When do you check references during the hiring process?

During the hiring process, when are references typically checked? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 21 comments

What's a good book about joints for the layman?

What's a good, reasonably priced book that will tell a mechanically-minded layman how the joints of the human body work, and how they fail (especially in arthritis)? [more inside]
posted by Koray at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Do touching thighs make me overweight?

I've gained a bit of weight and now my thighs rub together when I walk. Does this mean I'm now Too Fat? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 48 comments

Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable

How Do You Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me choose my tattoo.

Help me help myself choose a tattoo. [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 2:30 PM PST - 32 comments

How to fix audio sync problems on Xbox 360?

How can I fix audio / video sync issues with an XBOX 360 playing DVDs? The voices and picture are out of sync with each other. Cable is HDMI, and the TV is an LG 32 LH3000. [more inside]
posted by Tapioca at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

NY resident got a CA DUI. What now?

I am a current resident of NY, but I got a DUI in California earlier this year. It was a first offense, but I don't know how to meet the CA plea agreement while living in NY. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

To build a go box

How do I go about getting a custom steamer wardrobe trunk for a nomadic life? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How to learn SEM

I need to learn SEM/AdWords, and I'd like to learn it fast. Google's AdWords learning center just isn't doing it for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

What do men want?

What makes a woman 'good in bed'? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 53 comments

Are these "no sugar added" teas also sugar free?

Please explain how these sweet-tasting teas are advertised as "no sugar added" ? Only some contain rooibos. Does that mean there is sugar present from other ingredients? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 1:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a good alternative to ING Direct.

Please recommend an online savings bank I can use instead of ING Direct, now that it's being bought. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Where is the best place to buy a Macbook battery?

I need to buy a new battery for a 2006 white Macbook, and I am afraid of buying a knock-off that will explode, burn down my house, and kill me and my family. Where is a good, reputable, place to buy a new battery? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 1:31 PM PST - 8 comments

What do you call someone who configures software?

What do you call someone who configures software? [more inside]
posted by lips at 1:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a portable ergonomic folding chair for sitting on the front and back porches with my laptop.

Looking for a portable ergonomic folding chair for sitting on the front and back porches with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

A game of numbers and I drew two winners

From reading everything on Metafilter and from my own experience, it seems online dating is a game of numbers. With that in mind, I have been trying to meet a large number of men who seem to be a good match for me. My last relationship ended 6 months ago after 1.5 years together. Before I started dating him, I spent nearly 3 years single. I rarely feel attracted to men when I first meet them, but in the past two weeks, I have met two very interesting fellows who I would like to get to know better. The issue is that my mind is completely monogamous. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the consequences of telling a mental health professional about past suicidal thoughts?

What are the consequences of telling a mental health professional about past suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

They gasped in all the right places... until I appeared.

I'm an awful story teller. When I tell an anecdote I want people to "Ooh", "Aah" and laugh in the right places instead of me having to tell them "That's it, that's how it ends". How do you do it, interesting people of AskMeFi? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 12:24 PM PST - 38 comments

I greatly angered the Japanese manager...

The waitress got 1 item wrong in my sushi take-out order. The manager came by and harshly yelled at the waitress in full view! How can I ensure the waitress is not punished for a very minor mistake? [more inside]
posted by Kruger5 at 11:48 AM PST - 22 comments

What's it like to be a nun?

What's your nun story? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 11:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Windows MovieMaker Font Installation

We need to make a video quick for an upcoming presentation in Singapore (twelve hours later), and only one of us is proficient in one video-editing suite, which is Windows Movie-Maker. Now, we needed install a particular font. After installation the font worked fine in MS Office, but then it won't show in MovieMaker. We've tried a reboot and exiting and launching the program again, but still nothing. What did we miss? (We don't have the installer on hand so reinstalling is not an option for us. Thank you for saving us maybe a couple hours of rest this sleepless night.)
posted by drea at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't we all just get along?

He's iPhone, I'm Droid. He always receives my picture messages. I only receive his about 70% of the time. Why? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Short-term 3g internet access in Seattle?

I'm visiting Seattle for 1 week. Is there a plan/service/product/company/etc that will allow me 3g internet access via my unlocked, jailbroken iPhone 3g for not a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 10:59 AM PST - 1 comment

Do your "close" friends consistently do things that are rude, or do I just have friends that are too close?

Do your "close" friends consistently do things that are rude, or do I just have friends that are too close? [more inside]
posted by only4u at 10:53 AM PST - 100 comments

low-res looking-glass

Is it the game (Alice: MR) or the system (ps3) that is forcing me to play in 480 mode instead of 1080? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Feeling undeserving.

How do I start feeling like I deserve the happiness I feel in relationships? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

A Freeway Runs Through It

I'm looking for examples of cool, walkable mixed-use urban areas that existed before or grew up around freeway interchanges, and that still work despite being so close to major highways. [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 9:50 AM PST - 24 comments

How do you prioritize your creative projects?

Numerous creative projects, finite amount of time. How do you prioritize? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Rock & Roll Reading List

What is it really like to be in a band? Please recommend reading material! [more inside]
posted by unsub at 9:14 AM PST - 38 comments

Persistent cough after cold?

After getting off of a mild cold. I've had an on and off cough for about 2 weeks. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

the opposite of habeas corpus

fiction-filter: say you were going to fake your own death, but you weren't going to leave a stand-in body around. does that mean water has to be involved? swept out to sea? am i missing anything? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 9:12 AM PST - 36 comments

Tool me but dont fool me....

I want to develop a browser toolbar button which leads people to content related to what they are reading in their browser. I need some help understanding how complex this project is.... [more inside]
posted by london302 at 9:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Health professions/schools that do not require any standardized testing to get into?

What are other careers similar to a Chiropractor? IE. Health professions/schools that do not require any standardized testing to get into? [more inside]
posted by cruncheweesy at 8:50 AM PST - 23 comments

I want to be a contender.

I'm languishing in my job. I have no career path. I'm closing in on 35 and I like beer. Apprenticeships for the underachieving? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Ear cleaning with oil but no water

Ear cleaning with olive oil: do you successfully do this? If so, can you recommend any tricks for someone who currently can't follow it up by flushing with water (due to an ear infection)? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 7:59 AM PST - 18 comments

What's new in the world of Search Marketing?

What's new in the world of Search Marketing? [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments


I'm trying to choose a new NBA team to follow. Specifically, a really bad team with enough good qualities that it would be fun to support. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 7:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Capital Asses and Drinking Glasses

In a few weeks I'll be in DC for most of a week for a conference. I am a foodie. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:47 AM PST - 39 comments

I can't search my yahoo mail

Searching my yahoo mail usually fails. I enter the word/phrase I'm looking for then hit the Search button, and all I get is a blank page that seems to be loading. That's it! It gets stuck there. Sometimes the search is successful, but recently, more often than not, it doesn't work. Does anyone have a solution? I use Firefox 4.0.1 and Yahoo Mail Classic. I can't remember when this problem started, perhaps a few weeks/months ago.
posted by slashee at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Rescue undercooked rhubarb crisp?

Rescuing an undercooked rhubarb crisp: how can I cook the rhubarb interior without destroying the crumble on top? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 7:27 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to create cover songs

I want to create my own covers of anime/game music, what kind of resources/skills do I need? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 7:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Help finding living room sconces with integral switches.

DIY-ers: Please help me find wall sconces with a built in switch. Special snowflake details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Cleaning regularly is important

I need evidence on why it's important to clean the house (before things are visibly/extremely dirty) [more inside]
posted by leedly at 7:07 AM PST - 37 comments

Quo vadis libido?

SSRIs, birth control, and my significant other’s libido: how do these add up to a severely diminished sex drive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Share your hot sauce recipes

This is the thread where you tell me how to make hot sauce. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 6:45 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I code an animation that goes through different parts of an iPad-optimized web page?

How can I code an animation that goes through different parts of an iPad-optimized web page? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

I wear 3-D glasses at night but I can't, but I can't see.

I need to take notes in a movie theater but can't see to write. Is there a silver-bullet pen-light solution? Details within... [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:20 AM PST - 27 comments

How to handle tardiness?

Let me get over a hangup, pet peeve, etc of mine-- tardiness. I value being on time (or early) much more than most people my know, (my gf, friends, etc), and when I'm getting late, I get stressed, irritable and visibly annoyed. This hangup is pronounced when I feel like the tardiness is because of others. In most of all aspects of my life I'm extremely whatever-it-goes, laidback. I want to be the same way with tardiness, but keeping with my goals of being on time. Are these mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 6:16 AM PST - 47 comments

Looking for a program to reorganize my hard drive.

Google fail because I'm not sure what to call the sort of program I'm looking for. I want to move all files of a certain type on a drive into particular folders. I'm sure there must be a name for this but my brain is full of the dumb today. Recommendations for this for Windows also welcome. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 5:33 AM PST - 13 comments

To Buy or Not To Buy

When does it make financial sense to replace a car? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 4:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Walkable cities in Europe with a pleasant climate, lots of things to do/see?

I'd like to visit some walkable cities in Europe over the next six weekends. I don't know when I'll next be in Europe, so this is my chance. My current homebase of Dublin fits the bill: walkable, good public transportation, lovely climate (in my opinion), LOTS to see! I'm told that Amsterdam and Prague are absolute musts. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 4:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Which health insurance is best for me?

Help with choosing my health insurance. I just got a new job and I'm not really familiar with the American health care system. Please help me decide what's best for me. [more inside]
posted by carmel at 3:34 AM PST - 24 comments

what's that "radio on" song ?

Help me figure out what song this is. I am pretty sure it is a post-punk / new wave band, early eighties. [more inside]
posted by thetruthisjustalie at 2:09 AM PST - 9 comments

What charity/cause is this badge for?

My wife and I saw the actor Benedict Cumberbatch recently. When we met him he was wearing the same charity awareness badge that he is wearing in this picture. Does anyone know what charity/cause it is for? If not, when/if I get to meet him again I will try and remember to ask.
posted by ndaguiar at 1:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Work, bullying, life...

I'm being bullied, harrassed, and coerced into quitting my high-paying full-benefits union job. I don't want to quit but I don't want to stay. [more inside]
posted by EatprayEat at 12:41 AM PST - 31 comments

June 21

UK Rental Early Termination

UK Tenancy Law and Termination of Lease: My landlord (privately let) has given me notice (in writing) to reclaim possession of the flat. They have given the required period of at least 2 whole months. But I want to move out earlier - do I have to pay the full 2 months? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 11:55 PM PST - 14 comments

My domain lapsed and I'm not sure how to ransom it. Help?

I lost myfirstnamelastname.com and now the registrar wants me to bid $69 to buy it back. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger at 11:35 PM PST - 9 comments

US->England visa question

We are an unmarried heterosexual USian couple. One of us has been offered a year long position working as a researcher at a university in England. The other would like to come along. Given that we are not married, how would this work? The plan is to not extend the stay past a year, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Calculus? Is that it?

Why can't I read this? And what sort of classes would I need to make sense of this? [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San at 10:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommendations for things to do near Seven Springs, PA?

Recommendations for things to do near Seven Springs, PA? [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 10:05 PM PST - 7 comments

WiFi N recommendations?

Which wireless N router? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 9:05 PM PST - 18 comments


In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the English teacher (Del Close) says: "In..what..way.. does the author's use of the prison symbolize the protagonist's struggle, and how does this relate to our discussion of the uses of irony?" Is he actually referring to a particular book that's hidden somewhere in the film? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

What is chatting?

How can I figure out what is chatting and/or stealing my home LAN bandwidth? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 8:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Living Trust vs Will

Living trust versus a will for a married couple with minor children and moderate assets? [more inside]
posted by John Frum at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Another roommate issue

Roommate is mad that I'm moving out. We're on a month to month rental and I have contacted the landlord to end with the last day being July 31. I was typing a text to friend and the current roommate ended up receiving it. He's pissed that he received it through a text message and not through face to face interaction. He's now threatened to withhold July's rent until July 15, 2011, the last day possible according to the Saskatchewan Tenant Act. How do I make the current living situation as good as possible? I don't intend on escalating the situation and I'm going to ignore his threat. [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii at 8:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Veggie Sausage Holy Grail

Veggiefilter: I want to make really good vegetarian sausages. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 8:16 PM PST - 15 comments

please don't say there aren't any

What are the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Bloomington, Indiana? What else should I be sure to do while I'm there for a conference this weekend?
posted by gerryblog at 8:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Cheap sata cable in manhattan?

Where can I find a sata cable in manhattan at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by jefftang at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Every sweet has its sour, every evil its good.

Ways to dispose of 10kg of maltodextrin powder - not via my digestive system or the bin. [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Gift for pops.

Birthday gift for dad to turn his focus to other non-work parts of his life? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 7:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Retro travel desk?

I need to buy a desk. The room it will go in has a retro travel vibe. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Protect the Credit Cards from the Hefty Man

How can I stop from breaking all the credit cards in my wallet? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 5:34 PM PST - 35 comments

What did you do with your Biochemistry/Molecular Biology degree?

I'm looking for a sampling of where biochemistry students wind up after college. Basically, where did you start out and where did you end up? How difficult was it for you to find a position out of college? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it acceptable to list 2 Principal Investigators (PI) for a DOD/DARPA SBIR proposal?

Is it acceptable to list more than one Principal Investigator (PI) for a DOD SBIR proposal? [more inside]
posted by mojabunni at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How much will a publisher pay for rights to shoot at your house?

I am in a unique situation. A celebrity rented my house as a residence and used it for commercial purposes under the auspices that she was owner of the home. Aside from tv usage, it has also recently come to my attention that my home has been featured prominently in a New York Times Best Selling book. My partner and I are going 'round and 'round about this. He says we should just settle with the production and publishing company directly ourselves, and that an entertainment attorney would milk it for all it's worth, leaving us with less than if we were to negotiate with the companies directly. I know about film and television. However, I know NOTHING about the publishing industry, or how much an owner would get paid for prominent coverage in the second of a two-part best-selling series of books. Does anyone by any chance have any clue where or how we could procure this information? Also, please weigh in...attorney, or no attorney?
posted by zagyzebra at 4:48 PM PST - 34 comments

When the will the iPhone be available on other networks?

When will the iPhone be available on other US networks? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 3:57 PM PST - 10 comments

jogging good or bad

Is jogging bad for your body? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 3:57 PM PST - 23 comments

Short, free books for a book club

Public domain book club books? [more inside]
posted by bq at 3:36 PM PST - 29 comments

Do my kittens have two dads?

Do my kittens have two dads? They come from the same litter but have different hair length. [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% at 3:31 PM PST - 22 comments

IT Policy Help

What questions should I ask applicants for a position involving the development of IT policies? [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Mailto:Gmail in Chrome

How can I make sure Mailto links in Chrome (for Mac) open in Gmail and not my default mail client (Mail)? I've seen the official 'Send from Gmail' extension in the Chrome Webstore, but surely Chrome should support Gmail natively without the need for an extension?
posted by nam3d at 2:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Direct current symbol: What does it represent?

Direct current symbol (solid line above three dashes): What does it represent? [more inside]
posted by trevyn at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Baller Quote

There is a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of, "The man who loses one dollar at a time goes home hungry. The man who blows it all in a big way eats for free." Any idea where that's from? Driving me nuts. It might be Heinlein. It feels a little like Bueller.
posted by ictow at 2:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Plone update?

I'm considering some open source CMS options for a client. I saw this previously on Plone vs Drupal -- is Plone really considered so bad still? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Stay on target...

When I urinate, where should I aim? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 1:55 PM PST - 53 comments

In PHP, can you sort by a word which is not the first?

PHPfilter: in a bit over my head: is there a native function to sort an array by a word which isn't always in a fixed position, or do I need to create one? (And if I need to create one, is this the best way to do it?) [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 1:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Who cut the cheese?

What are the reasons cheese is seemingly so infequently used in "gourmet" cooking? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

To what degree should I hang out with my partner's friends? What about "couple" friends?

In the past, my partner and I have had a casual approach to shared socializing - we have a lot in common intellectually and emotionally, but our work and our hobbies are pretty different. Also, I hate parties and my partner loves them. So we spend time together as a couple a lot, but we see our friends separately and don't usually go to big social events together--although we do go to weddings, holidays, etc as a couple. This has gone on (happily, as far as I knew) for years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 42 comments

Getting a EU passport stamp

If I travel by train from Switzerland to France will I get a EU stamp on my passport? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I write a letter of support for an applicant to HR?

I'm writing an email to HR in support of a friend who recently applied to work at my company. What should this email look like? [more inside]
posted by thelatermonths at 1:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a Moleskine, or Moleskine equivalent with black paper?

It's pretty simple, I'm looking to get a Moleskin with jet black paper. I'm not really looking for something spiral bound, but an actual quality notebook. Does anyone know where I might find something like that?
posted by rudhraigh at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Lonely, older, and living with parent

As an older man, how can I make living with my mother less of a dating dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 36 comments

Shakespeare on prevarication

Trying to find this Shakespeare passage: two guards talking idly, something about prevaricators being first in line for hell, etc. Ring a bell for anyone? thanks!
posted by the mad poster! at 12:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Much as I like stripes...

Is my Canon inkjet's print head broken? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me regain my mojo when it comes to diabetes self-care.

Help me regain my mojo when it comes to diabetes self-care. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a book printer for a specific type of book.

Need a book printer for a specific kind of book. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Russian e-books on a Kindle?

Please recommend a site for getting e-books in Russian for a Kindle. [more inside]
posted by whimwit at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Hub generator light recommendations

I need recommendations on a retro-style light set for my bike . . . details inside. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Phentermine for long-term weight loss?

Tell me about your experiences with phentermine. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 11:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Is there an edition of The Plague Dogs which does not end with "Deus ex Machina"?

The first edition of Richard Adams' The Plague Dogs doesn't contain the final chapter from later editions (the one titled "Deus ex Machina")... or so Wikipedia claims. Can anyone confirm? (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 11:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?

I'm bored working for a monolithic company and am considering taking a job at a 10-person startup. What should I ask my prospective employer before making the decision? Details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get by day-to-day in a job that I don't like but is temporary?

How do you cope with a job that is only temporary and you don't love? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Becoming an amateur architect?

How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Why does Verizon DSL Hate me?

Any tricks on how to get Verizon DSL let me free? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux at 11:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Have an old letter - need help transcribing a few words.

I have this old hand written letter that I need help transcribing. [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my pages to grab a different header with the PHP and such?

How to get my pages to grab a different header with the PHP and such? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Take me around the world ...

What is the best recipe of the signature dish of each of the world's great cuisines? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:51 AM PST - 42 comments

Inflatable Games For Block Party

We're having a block party. We're going to spend up to $1,000 on inflatable games (bounce castle, jousting arena, dunk tank, etc). Help me decide which games to pick. [more inside]
posted by shew at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Jigsaw Puzzle Recommendations?

I am looking for interesting jigsaw puzzles that are not the fine art, landscapes, kittens-inna-basket types I keep finding at the game store. [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo at 10:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Here she comes to save the day!

It is superhero day at my workplace! I am a recovering anthropology grad student! I want to go as "Anthro-Woman: Non-violent defender of human rights and advocate for social justice"! Except anthro-woman is a terrible name. Alternate suggestions?
posted by torisaur at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

The creative teams is running out of ways to be creative

What are some good creative exercises? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 9:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Can portable A/C's (and particularly low BTU portables) cause headaches?

Portable/window air conditioners appear to give me headaches, particularly air conditioners with low BTU, while I am unaffected by central air conditioning. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Safe to put clothes in stained dryer?

My housemate left a pen in the dryer and there are blue streaks all over the dryer barrel. I tried rubbing them with a damp towel (water only), didn't come off. If I put my clothes in the dryer now will they come out stained?
posted by Xianny at 9:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Movies I should watch?

Recommend movies and TV shows for me, from Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:25 AM PST - 29 comments

Travelling to Florianopolis and Rio - Any suggestions?

Hi! I'm heading from Toronto to Brasil for a wedding in August and then will have about two weeks of solo travelling to do. Where should I stay and what should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by stealabove at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Helping my daughter love math this summer

My ten-year-old daughter is entering the gifted and talented program and she is a little anxious about her math skills. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Cycling Holidays in Europe?

Anyone have suggestions for awesome, beginner cycling vacations in Europe? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

I-10 or I-40

Driving from New Orleans to LA over two days. Should I take I-10 all the way OR go diagonally to Amarillo TX and then I-40 the rest of the way. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 8:22 AM PST - 19 comments

The Hangover, Pt. 2.5

After a weekend of trying to act like I was 20 again, what can I do in the next 2 hours and 24 hours to make hasten my recovery? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 8:08 AM PST - 39 comments

Oh dear god my boobs itch.

Feral cat in laundry causes horrible under-boob rash: how do I get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by sarling at 8:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Time management involved with CPR.

The enclosed article link scared the heck out of me today as I am the wife of a man who has already had a very serious heart attack and the idea of his having another one is never completely out of my mind. [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:43 AM PST - 21 comments

What week-long games / competitions can we play on our family vacation?

What week-long games / competitions can we play on our family vacation? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 at 7:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Find This Article on Gender Differences and Free Time

I'm trying to find an article from the past year or two that discussed a general difference in how men and women spend their free time. The article posited that women are more likely to pick up activities that require work/responsibility (volunteering, etc), and men are more likely to pursue activities that are more fun-based (sports, etc). [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Entitled "Generation Y" . . .

Lines of work for an inexperienced but educated worker, with a high "entry level" wage? [more inside]
posted by cac at 6:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Can I rent beach huts in South East Asia?

Can I rent beach huts in South East Asia? [more inside]
posted by logicalsequence at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Regional dialects in English literature

What famous novels in the past 50 years have the characters speaking in a particular regional (English language) dialect? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 5:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me get to the bottom of a constant cough

Snot & Sickness Filter: I've had a hacking cough for years and I'm finally ready to get to the bottom of this. What do I need to ask my doctor? What avenues are smart to pursue? Anything I can do to calm it down in the short term? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 5:42 AM PST - 31 comments

Starting a private limited company with a bank account in the UK

How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic at 5:41 AM PST - 7 comments

The most basic DJ software known to humanity?

What's the most basic MP3 DJ software for an hour-long laptop set? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 5:36 AM PST - 9 comments

PIR circuit to switch off door alarm

I am trying to build a circuit to turn off an alarm when a passive infrared sensor detects a human in a room. Yes this is a bit backward but it is for turning off a door alarm when our receptionist is at her desk rather than detecting intruders. I know enough about electronics to just get myself in trouble (which isn't much), so any advice on parts and construction would be excellent. Thanks!
posted by lake59 at 5:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Your default install application listing for a windos Computer

What are your default installs on a windows computer? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 5:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Maybe if we walk extra quickly we'll make it back by dark...

Overnight hiking/camping in the White Mountains, NH -- where is parking allowed? [more inside]
posted by cranberry_nut at 5:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Best point-and-shoot for a DSLR semi-snob?

Days before I'm supposed to leave for India, the 1.4/50mm lens that I use almost exclusively broke. As someone who's used to having that narrow depth-of-field and a DSLR's semi-manual options, what's the best pocket digital camera for me to pick up right now? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Does excel have a WHERE clause?

I have an excel file with a list of expenses that are continually updated, sorted by date. There is a column for specifying the category that each expense belongs to. Is it possible to create a formula that adds up the expenses that belong to a specific category? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 4:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Dirty-talkin' classical music

Musicfilter: classical music piece with scripted German sex talk. [more inside]
posted by Lola Xaviera Boom-Boom McPuppet at 4:38 AM PST - 2 comments

European Jazz Piano Recommendations?

I love the music of Scandinavian jazz piano trios like Tord Gustavsen and EST and records such as 'Trio' and 'January' by Marcin Wasilewski-Slawomir Kurkiewicz-Michal Miski. Which similar piano based jazz albums should I check out? I'm after quiet, melodic, almost impressionist pieces rather than fifty scales a second fusion workouts or anyone playing the thing with their elbow.
posted by joannemullen at 4:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me become more Twitterate

Help me use Twitter like a pro. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 4:22 AM PST - 12 comments

typing katakana - details

For those who, like me, frequently use the Japanese language on Windows, I have a 2-question query so I can type my name without hassle: 1) How to add a new Katakana word to the candidate list, so when I type in hiragana it comes up as an option without having to manually switch to katakana? 2) How to get the small Katakana letters? Like the ァ in ステファニー or ェ in ニフェー デービル . These come up sometimes in hiragana but less often. [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 3:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Web Copywriting Tips

What are your top tips and resources to help me write the most amazing website copy ever? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 3:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Show me your balloons

I need to find an animation to be used in a powerpoint presentation which will demonstrate the "balloon effect" [more inside]
posted by Captain Najork at 12:52 AM PST - 1 comment

June 20

I'm tired of smelling like an alcoholic when the floor drank all my beer

Why are our beers overflowing inexplicably? [more inside]
posted by boobjob at 11:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?

Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 10:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What's this flash game called?

Looking for a Japanese flash game I played 7-8 years ago -- similar to kitten cannon, but the "launcher" is a girl on a bike, and the projectile is a boy. [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 9:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Speeding ticket due tomorrow

Speeding ticket now due. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 9:07 PM PST - 13 comments

On horror

Are there any great books about the horror film genre? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 8:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Best Songs About Parenthood

I saw the recent question about punk rock songs about being a dad, and I'd like to broaden it a bit. I recently found out a couple of dear friends of mine are expecting their first child, and I'd like to make them a mix of the best songs about parenthood. Songs already on the list inside. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 8:56 PM PST - 38 comments

Was this a snoop?

Was this a snoop? Spouse and I have a magazine stack by the toilet. Was reading the other day and pulled out an old copy of Oprah magazine and noticed she filled out one of those self-assessment questionnaires. As a result I've learned something about her that many, many months of couples therapy couldn't get me to understand about her. I'd like to invoke my new knowledge but I feel like I snooped...or did I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I run 20ish LEDs with a LED Driver built to run 1 large LED ?

I want to drive 20ish LEDs, should I run them as series or parallel and why ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Creating a space for meditation.

Yoga and therapy combined with the mindfulness meditation my therapist has been teaching me are already doing wonders for my mental health. Now I'd like to create a neat little space in my home that's dedicated to daily meditation. Do you have a space like this? What works for you? I'm seeking ideas. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Grad school conundrum

My grad school advisor wants my opinion on bringing another person into our lab... but I cannot stand this other person. What is the most professional way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 8:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Favorite recipes using canned coconut meat in syrup?

Favorite recipes using canned coconut meat in syrup? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 8:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Ich bin ein Berliner.

I am built… like an accordion. Standard feature? Lack of fitness? Body image issue? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 8:20 PM PST - 18 comments


Is there a linguistics term for glued-together Twitter hashtags, such as #vacationwishlist, #isawesome, and #wordsthatdescribeme? Also, is there a good way of splitting these into individual words? [more inside]
posted by jasonhong at 8:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Xbox 360, Elite, Arcade, Wha?

Xbox 360, Elite, Falcon, Arcade, wha? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Seeking campsite near Montreal

Camping near Montreal, Quebec: Looking for a campsite that allows dogs (not just service dogs). Also would like to be able to go fishing. Scenic a plus. (In case it matters, there are six in our group, plus one dog.) Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 6:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Tough decision: life abroad vs. staying at home

Fellow expats: Need some advice! Weighing the travel/stability/benefits of my current career choice vs. the personal costs of a transient expat lifestyle [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 4:52 PM PST - 33 comments

Giving Milton's Lucifer a run for his money

What are some literary and critical sources-- traditional canon and alternative/media-- for anti-heroes in literature? Special emphasis on characters that seem relevant to the figures of Lucifer and Dionysus, as well as the opposites in philosophy of Heaven and Hell. Special love for the Romantics and the Byronic hero. [more inside]
posted by reenka at 4:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Cookie conundrum

Is there a simple solution for logging into one website under two identities simultaneously using the same (preferably Firefox) browser window during the same session? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I write “Good luck in your biology and Latin exams today, {name}!” in Latin?

How do I write “Good luck in your biology and Latin exams today, {name}!” in Latin? [more inside]
posted by kyten at 4:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there help for the mentally ill jumping through flaming bureaucratic hoops?

I'm tired of jumping through bureaucratic hoops to stay sane/stable. Mental health resources, prescription assistance and MHMR make it nearly impossible to navigate. Obtaining my medication is starting to seem not worth it. Are there resources for me in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Sex and Drugs and Gouda

My wife and I are heading to the Netherlands on vacation. It's mostly a cultural and gastronomic tour for us nice respectable people, but if you happened to have some recommendations for coffee shops and sex clubs, we wouldn't mind hearing them. Anon email inside, too. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I drink this without dying?

What's the matter with these soda cans? I have two cans of diet pop that are bulging on the bottom (pics inside). Is this botulism or does it pose any danger? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 3:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Get it all out of my head.

Morbid curiousity is taking over my mind. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How do epic fantasy writers keep track of their characters?

How do writers keep track of huge casts of characters in sprawling epic novels like Game of Thrones? Is there software for that, or do they use notecards or what? [more inside]
posted by empath at 3:39 PM PST - 23 comments

The name of the book is: ?

Fiction filter: A science fiction book I recall reading in my youth involved a cabin or shed in which time goes by several times faster inside rather than outside. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse at 3:39 PM PST - 4 comments

The capital I.

Calling etymologists, linguists, lexicographers, and research librarians! Was there a time when 'television,' 'radio,' or 'newspaper' were always capitalized? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Why can't I cut text?

[Sharopoint filter] When I work from home using a Secure ID RSA token to VPN into my corp network I cannot copy and paste anything from Sharepoint. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

So I'm gonna surf. What do I need to know?

I want to take up surfing. I live by the sea (for the first time in my life) and I used to skateboard as a teenager, so it seems a good choice of hobby for a fat woman approaching the mid-life crisis and wanting both fun and exercise. What do I need to know? Can I just get a cheap 2ndhand board and a massive wetsuit and go for it? Or should I take lessons? What sort of board should a starter surfer get? Tell me all about the fun of riding the waves...
posted by handee at 2:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Changing from iPod Touch to iPhone - help!

Just got a new iPhone; already had an iPod Touch. What apps do I want now? What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings?

Question for men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 1:50 PM PST - 96 comments

How to lower peaks/raise valleys on an audio clip?

I'm a journalist; I record all my phone interviews, outputting them as WAV files. I just did one, and for reasons I can't determine, the audio levels are haywire - my input (when I'm asking questions) is eardrum-breaking loud; the answers to the questions are whisper-quiet. I'm trying to figure out how to remedy this automatically; flatten the peaks and boost volume on the whole thing; or flatten the peaks and raise the valleys (or another solution?) I'm on a Mac.
posted by soulbarn at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Aruba info

I'm leaving for a week in Aruba next week, with my lovely wife and our 3.5 year old. 2 Questions: [more inside]
posted by signal at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Branching books

More books like How I Escaped My Certain Fate? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 12:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Windsurfing in Hawaii

Where to windsurf on the Big Island (Hawaii)? [more inside]
posted by nat at 12:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I buy this used treadmill?

Should I buy this used treadmill? [more inside]
posted by lvanshima at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Suggestions for ultra-practical upgrades to my life?

Suggestions for ultra-practical upgrades to this life? I received a ~$5,000 windfall with some hefty strings attached, the main of which is that I must spend it within 60 days. Another kicker: whatever money I don't use before the deadline goes to a cause I'm ethically opposed to. I'm a single mom who, right now, would rather buy makes-life-easier/peace-of-mind type things, not silk sheets or espresso makers. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles at 12:42 PM PST - 79 comments

Fixed or Variable Truck Financing?

A friend of mine is looking at buying a truck. It's about 28K CAD before tax, and he is wondering if he should go with a finance package offering 3% variable or 5.68% fixed over 72 months. What is your opinion?
posted by Frasermoo at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

I want Galactic and Beyond

A post put me in a way to fall in love with Galactic and Big Freedia. It's made me hungry for more modern, and smart, hip-hop/jazz/funk/afro-beat/soul. You got any you are into right now? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat?

Why are my bicycle tires always going flat? (Air pressure gauge question within) [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 12:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Painting a primed shed after some months?

Last fall, I painted primer onto a newly-built shed, and have not gotten to painting it beyond that until now. It's been a rainy winter. The primed shed has some dirt on it. What do I need to do to get it ready to paint? [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:06 PM PST - 3 comments

I think pi is involved somewhere.

What's the math to figure out my speed and mileage after going to a larger tire? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Selling shares of a CCPC

What is th procedure for selling your share in a Canadian Corporation? Is there any form that I can fill out and we both sign on it. [more inside]
posted by page123 at 11:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Repurposing nail polish and eyeshadow for crafts?

I'm looking for clever arty/crafty ways to repurpose eye shadow and nail polish. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Should we try to reply to all Facebook posts?

What is the best practice as far as replying to Facebook posts on a brand's page? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

The logistics of uprooting a life

I need change. I want to move to New York, but am having all sorts of mental crazies about it. I think i'm making this into a BIG THING, when after I've done it, i'll be like, oh! i did it! that was easy and now I'm happy (or the complete opposite, and I'll return with the pain of my failure to remember forever). I've thought about this for a long time now, and I want to take concrete steps. [more inside]
posted by elif at 11:18 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me get past HR

Job seeking: How do I get past HR and reach the decision makers? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Book recommendations about avoiding modern life

Looking for book recommendations about avoiding modern society or financial success for other goals and adventures. Non-fiction and fiction are both great. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 11:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggest to me a place to rent a boat in the Minneapolis area

I live in Minneapolis and would like to rent a boat to take out on a lake for a day in July. Does MeFi have a preferred boat rental establishment in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by godisdad at 11:04 AM PST - 2 comments

What's with the crashing?

I have a new Nvidia GPU, and now games keep freezing on me! [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 11:02 AM PST - 15 comments


What's a good, reliable portable speaker I can hook my ipod up to and use at the beach or a campsite? I don't need a massive system. Just something reliable, inexpensive, and producing enough sound to ambiate any occasion.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

What was this poem?

Please help me remember a poem about teeth. [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Using the Cloud, how to?

My posting to the cloud...how to? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I finish my C25K?

Do these sound like shin splints? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 10:29 AM PST - 14 comments

I smell/taste copper when I hit my head

Is it common to experience a taste/smell when one's head is hit very hard? [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 10:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for new men's sandals or sneakers

I'm looking for new men's close-toed sandals or shoes that breathe well, with an interest in lighter shoes, like those with the Vibram sole. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I remain sane about my appearance?

How do I deal with issues of family/society and weight/body acceptance? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 10:21 AM PST - 15 comments

WANTED: A helpful and friendly graphic design forum.

Can anyone recommend a good graphic design forum? Somewhere I can submit works-in-progress and get constructive feedback? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Early on-set dementia and the intellectually disabled?

Sister with Sundowners and growing signs of dementia. What to do? Any experience with the intellectually disabled and early onset dementia? Any experience with early onset dementia at all? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

To err is human

I need to find a way to have my browser (either Chrome or Firefox) automatically detect spelling errors within the text fields on my company's website. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Transferring my IMAP email account to a cpanel host from a non-cpanel host.

Transferring my IMAP email account to a cpanel host from a non-cpanel host. [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Breathe New Life Into An Eee 900

Just acquired an old EeePC 900. My first thought was to play around with Meego on it, but Meego requires a 901. What would be something fun or quirky that I could do with this old hunk of white plastic?
posted by drleary at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

What laptop should I buy? And/or what resources to inform myself when I buy a new laptop?

Hi there, After having used the same laptop for about 5 years, it's time to get a new one. So I'm here to ask 1. which laptop I shoudl get and/or 2. any online guides that are helpful. [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 9:40 AM PST - 15 comments


I recently finished a very rigorous school year. For the last month I was in class/lab/doing homework around 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. I am looking for tips, anecdotes or exercises for keeping up a similar, though less crazy level of productivity now that I am not racing against the hard deadlines (homework and projects, tests, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by mungaman at 9:24 AM PST - 2 comments

What are some small woodworking/carpentry projects that help increase your skill level.

What are some small woodworking/carpentry projects that help increase your skill level. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do in Duluth?

What's a life-long city boy to do in Duluth? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 9:15 AM PST - 27 comments

I don't want to miss another blockbuster!!!!!

I would like to start receive automatic notifications (ex. e-mail, SMS, push notifications) on upcoming movies. I currently manually track movie release dates on Google Calendar. It would be nice if I could have reminders sent to my phone automatically. Does this exist? *Bonus points for a iPhone friendly app*
posted by Junior687 at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the protocol for drunken office hookups?

I drunkenly hooked up with a coworker. We haven't talked about it since. Should we? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 34 comments

How to get rid of all this furniture?

How do I arrange the disposal of a decent quantity of furniture from a house that's going on the market in a way that maximises profit and minimises hassle? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell Me About Detroit.

Tell me your Detroit secrets. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:11 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I fail physical therapy and get my breast reduction covered?

I'm trying to get approved for breast reduction surgery and my insurance company says that I need to fail 6 months of physical therapy. I didn't realize PT is pass/fail..? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Advice when using a temp agency?

Considering using a temp agency to help me relocate to a specific location....any advice? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Know any stories about camouflage tattoos?

A recent conversation reminded me of something I once read. It was in a Playboy magazine, likely mid-80s, and it was either a short story or an excerpt from a novel if Playboy even does that kind of thing. From what I remember it was written in the first person about a guy (a reporter?) who hears about this Vietnam vet that has learned some art of tattooing which acts as the perfect camouflage. [more inside]
posted by komara at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

"Was that a run?"

I want to be able to understand and follow cricket. How does one go about really "following" a sport? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to be in contorl

I have a 13" MBP and a 27" iMac. The iMac is controlled by a wireless mouse and keyboard. I'd like to be able to switch the computer that these devices control from time to time. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Oak, Pine, Handful of Norsemen, Creativity

Studio apartment 2.0: What are some simple and affordable tweaks I can make to basic furnishings that let me shop at IKEA without looking like all I did was shop at IKEA? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:40 AM PST - 26 comments

It's raining buckets here in Spruce Pine N.C. What fun inside things are around for two kids and two grandparents?

Help me find fun activities near Spruce Pine N.C. for two kids (6 & 4) and their grandparents when it's pouring down rain. [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 6:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Gynos 101

Help me get my reproductive/sexual health in order. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 14 comments

What to Do about a Lost Nail?

Well, three months after crushing a finger in a car door, the bone seems to have healed nicely, but my nail has just fallen off. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:58 AM PST - 15 comments

To CMS or to Do Something Else

Is a CMS just for publishing websites, or would a web app site want one, too? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 5:47 AM PST - 5 comments

what is this book I've never read but would like to?

a book advertised on postcards in cafes in melbourne, sometime in the last 15 years with a phrase about a man who felt he was living his life in currents bigger than him? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 5:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is there more LyzzyBee all of a sudden after years of being the same?

After staying the same weight, eating the same stuff (changed a year ago but stayed the same since then) and doing the same exercise, I've suddenly put on several kilos in weight. It's quite frustrating. I have been using the same scales: they have a fat measurement thing on and while I know these are not accurate and I am not x% fat, that measurement stayed the same while my weight did, and has now gone up with it. I have cut out sweets and most snacks during the day but still gaining (2 months now). a) how can I get my normal weight and size back b) how can I cope with the disappointment and angst? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 5:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Thanks for coming to my party, here's a present...

Instead of crappy party favors in a plastic bag, we're giving away locally-produced t-shirts to the kids at my son's 5th birthday party. Problem: what to put on them? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 5:17 AM PST - 27 comments

If you think I'd pay £200 to see some handball, you got another thing coming

Can I really make a killing renting out my flat during London 2012? Since I didn't get tickets, I'm thinking about my Plan B, which is getting the hell outta dodge for the summer. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 4:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Guilt When Receiving Money

What can I do about my hangups about receiving money? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Talking the talk from Kuwait to Kinshasa.

I have need for a large and strange batch of audio translations. As a newbie to this game, please help me zero in on market specifics. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 2:27 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 2:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Cleaning residue from crystal

Inherited crystal basket has sticky tape residue, how to safely clean? [more inside]
posted by GeeEmm at 1:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Cave paintings of extinct animals

In Paul Johnson's Art: A New History the author writes... Cave art portrays human hands; large numbers of animals in different activities, including various species, such as the woolly rhinoceros, which are now extinct, and a few which were extinct even at the time they were painted;.... How do we think this worked? Do we believe that artists replicated representations of animals from earlier painting when there were no living examples to study? Is the record of animal extinctions precise enough that we can confidently assert that a given animal was extinct when they were painted?
posted by rdr at 1:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Inkan/hanko shop recommendations

I'm looking to purchase a new inkan -- where do you recommend I do so? [more inside]
posted by armage at 12:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Hairy phlegm?

Why is there hair in my phlegm? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

June 19

Where is the good part of Madrid?

I am in Madrid for three days for work - where should I go in the evenings? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 11:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Creative Gift for someone who just had a 2nd child?

What's an inexpensive yet appropriate baby gift for someone who lives in a different country and makes way more $ than you do? [more inside]
posted by wcmf at 10:45 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this symbol on a Seattle parking sign?

What is this symbol that has been posted on parking signs all over Seattle? [more inside]
posted by five toed sloth at 10:06 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do in South Seattle?

What am I missing in South Seattle? [more inside]
posted by N-stoff at 10:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Using VPNS in China?

A friend of mine is moving to China in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anybody has any up to date information on getting around the great firewall with a VPN service? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Love, the house....except for that cell phone tower in the backyard!

Is it dangerous to live near a cell phone tower? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me fix my refrigerator.

Help me fix my refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 8:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Whitest collar you know

How can I learn to be handy? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 8:23 PM PST - 20 comments

All I need is a touch.

So, my iPod touch died and I'm having problems getting a new one working. [more inside]
posted by deliquescent at 6:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me finish this %$#@! refinishing job

I'd like some tips and tricks on how to strip down a vanity table and chair for refinishing [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 6:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice for people starting their first salaried jobs?

Advice for people starting their first salaried jobs? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust at 6:06 PM PST - 22 comments

How to conitnuously play video, even after reset from power failure!

Looking for a way to reliably and continuously play a video on a Mac Mini !! [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 5:40 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the deal with songwriting?

What does it mean to be a songwriter? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this white monumental carved stone?

What is this fine white carved stone used in gravestones? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 5:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Oww, oww, oww, but will the ER help?

Trip to ER or not? The back pain edition. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 4:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there a survival guide to Threadless design?

How do I survive the brave new world of Threadless design? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Unknown substance attacks!

[CarDetailingFilter]Just finished washing the wife's car. There is an odd substance on the back windshield and on the passenger side rear quarter panel. Not sure how to get it off. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Minecraft Multiplayer

Can anybody recommend a Minecraft multiplayer server? I'm involved with one now and it's fine but I find myself sometimes tired of the 14/15-year-olds. Survival is great, keeps the blood pumping. [more inside]
posted by crios at 3:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I live in a caravan on my block while the house is being built?

Say I wanted to buy 1000 metres squared of suburban land to build a house on. Is my family allowed to live in a couple of caravans on the site while the house is being built, or will my local council nix that? I'm in Australia by the way.
posted by singingfish at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Keyboardist/vocalist needs audio interface for home studio

I'm looking for recommendations for equipment for my home audio recording setup (using GarageBand). Specifically, I want an audio interface capable of 24-bit recording with midi and microphone inputs. Many more details about my setup within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Oregon marionberries.

Where were the best marionberries you've ever picked in Oregon? What region, what farm? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 3:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Beyond monogrammed towels

Boyfriend changing his last name legally. What are some gifts I could get him to celebrate the change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 14 comments

aaaaaand this is one reason why I don't come to MeFi meetups...

I've lost my mojo for participating in group conversations and would like to get it back. Rather than getting advice from talkative people (whose skills are ingrained) I'd prefer suggestions from people who've dealt with group conversation problems firsthand or have a quiet conversation style. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me make Atlas.ti & Survey Monkey cooperate

Atlas.ti Survey Import question: how should my Survey Monkey exports be formatted in order to be successfully brought into Atlas.ti via the new Survey Import tool? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 3:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Don't let that used car dealer stick it to us.

Help me be aggressively prepared to deal with the end of our car lease in November. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:53 PM PST - 1 comment

NYC alternate therapy to alcoholism?

I need a non-12-stepper psychiatrist in NYC. [more inside]
posted by torticat at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Victor Serge quiz

Who is Victor Serge quoting here? "A French essayist has said:'What is terrible when you seek the truth is that you find it.' You find it, and then you are no longer free to follow the biases of your personal circle, or to accept fashionable clichés." [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:08 PM PST - 1 comment

Buying a car in TO

What steps do I need to take to buy a used car? In Toronto, particularly. [more inside]
posted by jrochest at 2:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I am really sorry about your dad

My friend's father committed suicide a few years ago. Should I call her today? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

JFK assassination as premise for war with Soviets?

Watching a JFK assassination documentary on cable has gotten me thinking. Given the extreme state of the Cold War in 1963 and Lee Harvey Oswald having lived in the Soviet Union and being connected to Communism, was there any kneejerk reaction among the American public/political hawks calling for direct retribution against the Soviet Union? Or efforts to sell the assassination to the public as a reason to do so. How did that national tragedy differ from/align with 9/11 in that respect?
posted by punkfloyd at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Writing on iPad 2 - help me sync!

I am a PC Windows/Word/Scrivener user with Dropbox and Google account; I want to write lengthy prose on the move (at cafes, hotels etc.) using my new WiFi iPad 2 with Apple keyboard and keep my text safely synced/compatible/accessible back at home. What apps, accounts do I need? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron at 1:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Seeking info on London Olympics travel

Give me your brain dump on attending the London 2012 Olympics. [more inside]
posted by dzot at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What are these pods in my garden?

What are these pods in my garden? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Please recommend some bass-heavy dub and/or dub-influenced dubstep!

Recommend bass-heavy dub and dub/reggae-influenced dubstep, please! Not looking for wobbly dubstep/brostep, nor am I looking for traditional dub unless it's pretty bass heavy. [more inside]
posted by proj at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Areas with cool pubs and record shops in London wanted.

What are the best areas in London to recommend to a French couple in their mid-thirties who are visiting London in summer. They want cool pubs and record shops? Areas to visit and stay. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 12:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Time-killer websites? More like bloody massacre

Not sure if there's a label for it, but what's the most popular site (most visitors) of whatever genre kontraband.com, gorillamask.net, collegehumor.com, barstoolu.com, buzzfeed.com, etc. fall into? (Blog catering to 18-30 demographic, largely male, featuring funny pictures, videos, and links.)
posted by Busoni at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Workaholics: Please spill your secrets!

Dear Workaholics, How have you organized your life so that you’re spending maximum time at the office? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 11:31 AM PST - 39 comments

Help me open the vintage store of my dreams.

I want to start a small business (a vintage clothing store) in the Washington, DC area. I have a location in mind and I'm saving up the money. My hope is to be open within a year. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 11:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Bikes, books, Brooklyn, and boredom: help me normalize my expectations of OkCupid.

Please help me manage my expectations about online dating! [more inside]
posted by sideofwry at 11:09 AM PST - 24 comments

Who stepped on a duck?

Have there been any farts recorded in the annals of history? [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman at 10:59 AM PST - 33 comments

Dating someone who has an illness

Dating someone who has an illness [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Dog advice needed - How to keep my dogs happy while I'm at work?

What can I do to help my dogs cope with the hours left home alone while I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by knolan at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

What bit me?

A tiny, tiny insect in the grass bit me and made my finger swell up. I'm getting better now, but wondering what it could have been. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How do they pay for their big fat gypsy weddings?

How do they pay for their big fat gypsy weddings? [more inside]
posted by kinsey at 9:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Tostadas, please.

I'd like to learn about traditional Zapotec vegetarian cooking. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Beer me that Askme thread?

Traditionally, what types of beers were brewed during what time of the year? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there any good TV left that I haven't watched?

I feel as if I have watched all the good TV that exists... (on Hulu/Netflix/YouTube/Vimeo/VBS.tv) help prove me wrong please! I like shows like Californication, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, a lot, but when it comes down to it I'll also watch stuff like Shark Tank, Top Chef, Bones, Lie to Me... anything even vaguely interesting. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 9:16 AM PST - 77 comments

How do I choose between Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain) or Spanish (Latin America)?

Please help me choose between Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) and Spanish (Spain). [more inside]
posted by Ellemeno at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

What to expect when I'm expecting a wedding.

woulda, coulda, shoulda: wedding edition. [more inside]
posted by pudders at 9:07 AM PST - 50 comments

I'd like a free sample of awesome!

What are some places that send awesome free samples or subscription goods for small amounts of money and don't spam you to death? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Bedtime stories

Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Best zafu?

Best zafu for daily meditation? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 8:44 AM PST - 3 comments

How strong does a magnet have to be to erase an iPod?

Would a magnetic closure on a purse be strong enough to damage an iPod? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 8:18 AM PST - 7 comments

I need help finding a NYC career counselor

I am seeking a career counselor in New York City and am wary of the hyper "life coach" type counselors or the ones who guarantee unrealistic results. I simply need help planning my next move and dealing with a huge gap in my resume due to the economic downturn and my decision not to move away from NYC. I am in the government/non-profit field and have an M.P.A. Any suggestions? Many thanks!
posted by JamesWilson123 at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Butterfree up yo schedule.

Getting back into Pokemon? [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Detergent-induced feline narcolepsy

When we change the duvet cover on our bed, Pusslikeso immediately dives under the covers and basically becomes comatose. She can't wait, she runs into the bedroom as soon as we start and jumps up while we're changing the bottom sheet (so she often almost gets herself made into the bed). What chemical could she possibly be reacting to? [more inside]
posted by likeso at 7:53 AM PST - 18 comments

....a great big bear, oh way up there....

Have you been to Camp Mather? What was it like? What did you love? What did you not love? What are the highlights and what do we need to do to prepare for the best vacation ever? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 6:57 AM PST - 2 comments

What web software should our organization use to create and organize a network of sites?

Our organization is looking to set up a network of sites (at least a 12 for now) for our coordinators in various cities. We have a bunch of specific requirements... Our coordinators are very smart people, but they're not necessarily web savvy. We need something that will make it really easy for them to do what they want, without needing help from us. [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man at 6:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Calling home from Spain with my USmobile.

We tmobile service in the US. Traveling to Spain, while our non-techy parents stay with our children here. We won't need to use our mobiles much in Spain, but need to be easily accessible to parents at all times. What's the easiest, least expensive way to call home? How do other sim cards affect our phone #?
posted by smelvis at 5:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Motobecane Cafe Express 8 or Similar Bike

Where can I buy a Motobecane Cafe Express 8? Or a bike similar to it? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record at 5:39 AM PST - 6 comments

inexpensive 3g internet in France

What is the best option for inexpensive/prepaid 3G mobile internet (on an Android phone) in France? Preferably with SFR. [more inside]
posted by blub at 4:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Daddy Punk

There's a lot of punk songs about dad. Is there any about being a dad?
posted by jasonspaceman at 4:29 AM PST - 15 comments

The Red and the Black

Help the style challenged: Doc Martens 1460 vintage color. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 4:07 AM PST - 21 comments

"I will now read aloud from the Oxford English Dictionary, the most exciting dictionary there is."

This Friday, I have to give a one-hour lecture to a group of Chinese 14-year-olds about American culture and learning English. What should I teach? [more inside]
posted by jweed at 2:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Hey Now, Hey Now Now

We all know Mefites throw a bitchin' party, so help me out here. I'm contemplating running a club night in lieu of a birthday party for my thirtieth birthday next year. Protips? [more inside]
posted by Jilder at 1:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with envious friends?

How do I gracefully deal with envious female friends? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 12:56 AM PST - 60 comments

I want to have an internet yard sale!

What is the best strategy for selling my stuff online? [more inside]
posted by Wendy at 12:49 AM PST - 8 comments

best Montessori books?

Can you recommend books I can read to learn about the Montessori method? I personally did not experience Montessori but am considering Montessori for our child. [more inside]
posted by gen at 12:00 AM PST - 3 comments

June 18

cintiq color calibration issues

Wacom Cintiq color calibration issues under Windows XP run on an iMac. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:05 PM PST - 3 comments

bows online or around DC

It's been almost a decade since I practiced archery, but at long last I am looking for a good recurve bow. Should I shop online (larger selection), or should I try to find a hunting/archery store in the DC area (a chance to try it before I buy it)? If you advise the latter, what's the best place around DC to buy a recurve? What brands/models are best? I would like to keep it under $350 or so.
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

WoodenToyTrainFilter: What is the difference between all the different brands of wooden toy trains?

WoodenToyTrainFilter: What is the difference between all the different brands of wooden toy trains? Are some significantly higher quality than others? [more inside]
posted by kenliu at 10:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Hypnosis: Have you ever been and is it possible?

How does it feel to be hypnotized? I went to an amazing hypnotist show today, where I saw grown men spanking each other and singing Justin Bieber...I have a hard time believing that I could have been hypnotized, so am wondering if anyone has had the experience and can describe it. Thanks!
posted by tessalations999 at 9:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Helpful side-view mirror?

Everyone has blindspots, but how do you give someone a friendly hint when they're blind to key aspects of their personalities? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 9:42 PM PST - 19 comments

iPad Apps for Chinese or Vietnamese Adults

What apps would a 50-year old Chinese or Vietnamese person have on their iPad? I'm thinking of getting my parents iPads, since I've really enjoyed mine, think that it'd be simple enough for them to use, and easy enough to do technical support for. They aren't that technically savvy and don't speak English well so I'd like to get them started first on some easy to use apps where they could get content such as foreign news, music, and television shows. [more inside]
posted by ajackson at 9:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Retina display, this ain't: the Susan Kare memorial display mode.

Fuzzy icons in OS X 10.6? It started with the Chrome icon: using command-tab to switch apps, I noticed that the finder seemed to be showing a blown-up version of the 32x32 px icon rather than the resolution independent one. Same goes for the dock. [more inside]
posted by sherman at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Bucky Fuller's Home In Chicago Has Vanished! Where Is It? Help? i Can't Find!

I am looking for Bucky Fuller's former residence in Chicago. There is nothing at the given address. Help? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Feeling emotionally flat; how do I fix this?

Recently my psychiatrist and I halved my Zoloft dosage in an attempt to help me feel less emotionally flat. That doesn't seem to have worked, and in fact now I'm just a bit depressed. So I'm thinking the flatness is personality- or lifestyle-derived. Any thoughts on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 7:40 PM PST - 19 comments

And the word of the day is verbosity

I'm fifteen in Orlando, Florida. Where can I get a job? [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog at 7:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Cigar recommendations please.

Please recommend cigars / a cigar shop in Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for action-adventure Dr. Jones style literature!

Help me find books (and authors) that are similar to Clive Cussler for a gift for my dad. Indiana Jones-ish derring-do! With author recommendations... where to start? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

What are some sweet wines and champagnes for a beginner?

What are some quality sweet wines for someone new to wines? I have plenty of experience with beers but not so much about wines. [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 6:55 PM PST - 28 comments

I Once Was Lost But Now Am Found...?

Simple, calm question for folks who have had severe panic attacks. Nothing stressful within. Simply: is it possible to feel like you felt before they ever happened? [more inside]
posted by carlh at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice on dealing with hostile housemate?

Housemate is acting violent/threatening, land lord won't act. What can I do besides move? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord at 6:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Some folks see the world as a stone: concrete daubed in dull monotone.

I'm getting frustrated and increasingly upset by others' rose-tinted, idealized notions about youth and the pursuit of happiness (e.g., this very popular sideblogged comment). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 32 comments

What the hell happened in this relationship? Fixable?

The relationship is not looking good, I'm trying to figure out if I can save this thing and if I can't, how the heck to get back into my own head and get her out of mine. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 5:54 PM PST - 30 comments

I require awesome history books plz

It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 5:35 PM PST - 22 comments


Early web-based "detective" game based on logic puzzles. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some good pomace based fluids?

I'm looking to get into pomace brandy. What are some trustworthy names in grappa, orujo, chacha, zivania and what have you? And where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Going the way of the (football) Cardinals

St. Louis to Phoenix: Road-side diversions, good places to stop for the night, and can't-miss dining experiences? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

where to live in minneapolis

What's a good neighborhood in Minneapolis for post-college life in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 4:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Medic Alert or Alternatives?

Time for a medic alert bracelet, but is that the best choice? What other choices are available? Are emergency USB bracelets a good idea or not? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 4:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Taking a semester off. Bad idea?

Thinking of taking a semester off to volunteer abroad. Horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear at 3:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Which method of homeschooling is the most successful?

Which method of homeschooling is the most successful? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 3:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do we go weeks without seeing each other? Are we just friends?

This guy is confusing me. He acts like he likes me but we sometimes don't see each other for a few weeks. [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 3:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Israel Travel Help

TravelFilter: I'm going to Israel for two weeks in July. Help me figure out how to travel around and see everything. [more inside]
posted by raeka at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Grandma is lost.

Friend's grandma is lost in San Francisco. Not good. What are some resources? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 3:06 PM PST - 96 comments

Looking for good books about the political/cultural milieu of California

I want to find books to read about the following issues: 1. Voter initiatives origins and modern day status (i.e. is it all like California?) 2. The conditions/plight of immigrants: Mexican, Korean, Hmong, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, etc. 3. The increasing segregation of whites and non-whites in CA 4. Open to suggestions [more inside]
posted by maykasahara at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Boombox that plays USB sticks

Battery operated boombox with USB port? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 2:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Get one attachment from next and previous WordPress posts

Fun WordPress question! I'm designing a template and on the image attachment page, I want to be able to display (1) the last image attached to the previous post in the category "gallery," and (2) the first image attached to the next post in the category "gallery," if there are any. [more inside]
posted by aiificionado at 2:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Macbook's ability to use TV disappeared overnight! Help!

Baffling and infuriating: Ability to use TV as external monitor for Macbook Pro has disappeared overnight! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 2:11 PM PST - 8 comments

O Canada

Advice for driving in Western Canada ... [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Burt Reynolds. Beer Cans. Burping. A lowbrow trifecta.

Burt Reynolds. Beer Cans. Burping. What film was this and where can I find a video clip of this scene on the internet? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 1:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Maybe it's Maybelline?

Which high-quality beauty products are actually worth the money? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 1:19 PM PST - 28 comments

My alter ego + your alter ego

Last minute role playing date. Ideas on what to bring/do? SO and I are having a date where we pretend we've never met. We're both fabulously rich and famous (in the fantasy, that is...). What's fun/easy to bring as a gift for my date, or to do? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 1:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Ad Flack Woes

How do a build a copywriting portfolio? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 12:57 PM PST - 2 comments

San Francisco After Dark

What should I know about getting around San Francisco/Bay Area via public transportation between 6 pm and 2 am on a semi-regular basis? I can get system information online, but what experience should I expect riding those systems? [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

package forwarding from France to US?

I am looking for a service that would allow me to buy things from French websites, accept packages for me and have the items sent to the United States. All of the ones I've found online seem to be between france and the UK only. Does anyone know of a service like this? [more inside]
posted by oneear at 11:51 AM PST - 2 comments


Accommodations in Paris screwed at the last minute. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 11:47 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I find someone to find clients for me?

How do I find someone to find clients for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

One secured card or two?

Given about $1,500 to use on rebuilding my credit, should I get one or two secured credit cards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How should I store harina de maiz?

How should I store harina de maiz? It's Masa Brosa brand made of white cooked corn, water and lime with no preservatives. It will take me a long time to use it up (maybe a year?) - should it go in the fridge or cupboard? Or can I make up a million little dough balls all at once and just freeze them?
posted by jenmakes at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Strat in the Attic

Which guitar amp should I buy? Requirements: small, all tube, nice tone at low volume. [more inside]
posted by gijsvs at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

I want your pudding!

Please share with me your favorite recipe for bread pudding. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 10:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Luxurious and elegant NY establishment in which to sit and read?

Elegant, spacious coffee establishment or lounge, in NYC, suitable for reading for hours in comfort and civilization. Has delicious beverages. Extra points if it has a view. Where can I find this?
posted by shivohum at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?
posted by localhuman at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

How should I wash? - a silk Tibetan shirt, lambswool cardigan, guernsey jumper, raw denim

How should I wash or clean these garments? - a silk Tibetan shirt, a lambswool cardigan, a guernsey wool jumper, raw denim jeans [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Career prospects of medical sales

What are the career prospects like for a sales person of medical solutions? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

One universal remote to rule them all?

One universal remote to rule them all? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Transcription services for "accented" English

Advice: how to find transcription services in India? [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Give me performance art

Inspired by this post,what are some very highly regarded performance art pieces I can see on Youtube?
posted by josher71 at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get Monocle Magazine in downtown Toronto?

There's an article that I want to read in the latest Monocle magazine. Where can I get it in Toronto? I haven't been able to find it in several local newsstands.
posted by hylaride at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

need online budget and tracking system with integrated timesheet system

looking for an online timesheet system that is linked to a system that tracks budget and projects personnel costs. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Dating with an invisible chronic illness

I divorced a couple of years ago. One of the contributing factors was that I came down with fibromyalgia.I've come to terms with it and live a pretty good life now within my limitatons. I'd like to be in a relationship and so I've put my profile online. [more inside]
posted by Jandoe at 8:07 AM PST - 32 comments

Eight Hours in NYC.

8 hours alone in New York City tomorrow. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Accidental peeing and pooping in a kid: physical or emotional or what?

Could my son’s bladder and bowel control problems be a manifestation of emotional distress? Or could there be something physical going on that we’re missing? We’re going to the doctor soon, but I’d like to hear some ideas from others who might have dealt with something similar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Trial and error for meds sucks.

MentalhealthFilter: dealing with the trial and error of meds, wondering if it's just me or if it's really a brain issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map.

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 7:35 AM PST - 17 comments

As an alternative to a molotov cocktail....

Asking this for my dog's groomer. Her boss failed to pay the groomer's unemployment tax all this time. Now the business is going under and my groomer can't file for unemployment. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Fix my typewriter?

How do I fix this broken typewriter? [more inside]
posted by jaynewould at 7:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Picnics in Paris

I've been in Paris for about a month at this point, and my girlfriend is coming to visit in a few days. Since we're both poor-ish graduate students (I'm here for a conference) we plan on having lots of picnics to avoid eating at cafes. I've already found a lot of places I enjoy (Ile Saint Louis, Place des Vosges, Jardin de Luxembourg, Canal Saint Martin), but wanted to ask other Mefites what their favorite places for picnics in Paris are. I'd appreciate any recommendations you can give!
posted by MidsizeBlowfish at 6:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Korean tattoo artist in NYC

Recommend me a Korean speaking tattoo artist in NYC or nearby please? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 6:28 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do in Wayne, PA?

I'm in Wayne, PA until Monday for a wedding. I've never been to this town--what can I do/see around here? Where are the best places to eat? Tips for things to do in the Philadelphia area would also be very appreciated!
posted by Stephanie Duy at 4:55 AM PST - 13 comments

What's my soapbox?

Where would be the best place to submit non-fiction essays? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 1:47 AM PST - 10 comments

ID this song

What is this music?
posted by nzero at 1:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Evil Weed

Please help me identify this garden weed: evil weed. [more inside]
posted by The Carolingian at 12:28 AM PST - 6 comments

June 17

What bluegrass band is in this video from Eugene, Oregon from 2009?

What (bluegrass?) band is this at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon on July 11, 2009? (link) [more inside]
posted by artlung at 10:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Paging Dr. Frankenstein

I need a monster. My student film 'HUNGRY' has a slimey, moldy monster that lives in a hole under a church. We have just under two weeks to construct this thing and a small budget of $300 for the beast. I'm looking for someone in the Vancouver area, who works in 3D [sculpture?] and has experience with the appropriate materials.
posted by qinn at 10:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Why not buy the BMW, sell it for cash, and hold on to a 1.9% loan?

I have a line of credit at 10% annual interest with my local not-for-profit credit union. BMW of Seattle is currently advertising new cars at 1.9% APR. I don't know much about finances or economics, and I don't plan to buy a BMW, but I understand that the loan is unsecured, while the car is secured debt and not a big risk for the lender, but isn't that a huge difference for someone with a perfect credit score? Why the discrepancy?
posted by halogen at 10:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Lady Macbeth

I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 9:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Get me out of the friend zone!

A woman in the friend zone. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Done with glasses. Donate or sell?

How and where to sell my (gently) used designer frames. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Connecting new PC to old TVs

How can I get this PC to output s-video or CATV? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 8:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Talk me out of buying a Volvo

Volvo 240/ 740/ 940 as a beater car. Bad idea for someone who can't do their own repairs? [more inside]
posted by ellighi at 8:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Pandora, but for faces?

Pandora, but for faces? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 8:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy a t-shirt bra in Japan?

Where can I go to buy a T-shirt bra in Tokyo, preferably in Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
posted by xmts at 7:58 PM PST - 3 comments

My parents are ruining my sister. Can I fix her?

My parents, who became fairly wealthy after I left home, have (unintentionally) turned my little sister into a horrible human being. How can I (a) help fix her; (b) forgive them; (c) help them break their enabling patterns? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 47 comments

Moving skittish cats!

We've moved into a new house, how do we wrangle two very skittish, formally feral, cats into moving with us? [more inside]
posted by tomswift at 7:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-developer trying to build an app...

Non-developer trying to build an app that uses locations/times/schedules, similar to a "next bus" utili-tool. What should I know before wasting too much time and energy on something that really ought to be left to the professionals? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Shoukd I go to Quebec City or Montreal, and what to do there?

I want to vacation in Quebec City, or possibly Montreal, in August. I am a single woman on a budget and will not have a car. Suggestions needed for which to choose and what to do once I get there. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:31 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get boyfriend to doctor r.e. impotence?

I've been hanging out with my boyfriend for around 7 months (I'm female). He's really sweet, and we get along really well. I stay at his place a couple of times a week (more or less) and on weekends. His place only, since he lives alone and near things, and I live with roommates and further away from stuff. We're both in our 40s. I was single for an incredibly long time before hooking up with him (although occasionally having sex with various casual hookups), he's been in and out of relationships pretty regularly. We sleep together and spoon all night, sometimes he's all over me, and vice versa, and we kiss and cuddle an awful lot. But no sex. None. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station?

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station? Or, do I have my train details straight? [more inside]
posted by belau at 6:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do you store the title for your house?

Where do you store the title for your house? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 6:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Aw, man. I don't wanna go home.

What businesses are known for awesome workplace culture/perks? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 5:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for web-based team calendar

I'm looking for a team calendar tool that supports multiple calendars/subjects, can be loaded as an embed or an iFrame, and allows people to subscribe to calendars/subjects in their calendar of choice (i.e. iCal or Outlook). Can be free or pay service.
posted by ctreadwell at 5:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Help my dad have a good time in Wichita, KS?

Hey folks that live in or are familiar with Wichita, KS: my 64-year-old dad and his buddy need a hand. They're going to see Bela Fleck at the Orpheum next month and would love a hotel recommendation for that night. The ideal would be driving in and parking at the hotel and not getting back in the car until they head back home. Is this doable for a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Can horses break their leg on rocky terrain?

How readily do horses break their front legs? Can a horse break a leg just from walking on a rocky surface?
posted by sholdens12 at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommendations for Watch w/Altimeter

Recommend me a sleek watch with an altimeter. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 3:37 PM PST - 1 comment

They don't sell this at Guitar Center.

Asking for a friend, what is the instrument this guy is playing in the first moments of this Czech video? [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

seizure kitty in chicago seeking neurologist for hot MRI fun.

little jcksn probably needs an MRI to get to the root of his changing seizure cycle. anyone able to recommend one in chicago? [more inside]
posted by patricking at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

grrrrr accounting!

(Asking for a dear friend) - Principles of accounting, software. But of course... [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us keep the neighbors happy!

My family (husband and 2 toddlers) lives in a town home and noise from our place is a constant concern of mine. We recently upgraded to a four bedroom that was occupied by a little old lady for quite a number of years. The ladies who live on either side of us seem to be very nice, but our second weekend into the new place we had one come over and ask us to quiet down. [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag at 1:38 PM PST - 31 comments

How to get out of the dead end?

It's another "I don't know what to do with myself" question. I feel completely at a dead end. [more inside]
posted by IKnittedThisSockPuppetMyself at 12:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Doomed to play WoW for the rest of my nights??

Am I being unreasonable or should I be looking for new friends? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 12:23 PM PST - 39 comments

How did poetry die out as a popular art form?

How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 12:21 PM PST - 40 comments

How much does animation cost to produce?

How much does modern (non-CG) animation cost to produce? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me choose the right lenses for my sunglasses

What combination of lenses should I buy for my new Oakley Flak Jackets, for year-round cycle commuting? [more inside]
posted by genesta at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Mapping Concert Locations

What are some good Web resources for finding cities with the highest number of concert venues? I would prefer it be cheap/free and specific enough to show even very small clubs. I would also like it to be in a map format, if possible.
posted by Buttons at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

(in theory) I'm a manager, how do I get my staff to start treating me like it?

(in theory) I'm a manager, how do I get my staff to start treating me like it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 22 comments

short story masters

Who are the current masters of the short story form? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 11:59 AM PST - 37 comments

Possible to collect way-retroactive EDD?

Is it worthwhile to try to talk to EDD about retroactive unemployment benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery 1950's (?) print

Can you help with identifying this mystery print? It shows a 'futuristic' town, with bubbly/jet-like cars and trains going past a mall. I saw this print at the Philly City Archives. They think that it might be set in Lawnview, in northeast Philadelphia, but they don't know, and there are a number of other Lawnviews in the US, e.g. in Dallas. [more inside]
posted by carter at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting started trading.

Help provide an early 20s female *complete* financial n00b with resources and information about stocks/mutual funds/hedge funds.... And how to grow a little pile of money successfully. [more inside]
posted by Dukat at 11:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Do I pursue the recycling guys scraped my car?

Recycling guys damaged my car. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ziggly at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Dynamic CSS via cross-domain iframes

Any cross domain scripting tricks to help an iframe figure out its parent window to allow me to dynamically switch css? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Another one for the Mythbusters

Did the last straw really break the camel's back? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Ebook reader that does cyrillic?

Seeking recommendations for e-book readers that meet my specifications. Any experience with the BeBook? [more inside]
posted by toesock at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

(x<$10) = Awesome?

I just snagged a $9 Decathlon VitaminF bike from Goodwill. I feel like I got a great deal but I don't know much about this bike company. What do you know about Decathlon? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 10:51 AM PST - 4 comments

I am tearing up.

My skin keeps...tearing. What could cause this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 29 comments

Acquiring acquired tastes

How do I best acquire acquired tastes? There are some foods I want to start eating on a regular basis because they are healthy and economical. What are some strategies and helpful tips for learning to love new foods? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 10:18 AM PST - 26 comments

I'm not disinterested, I just can't think of anything to ask!

In a job interview, the interviewer asks the interviewee questions. But what questions should the interviewee ask the interviewer? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 10:18 AM PST - 31 comments

What's a durable satisfying desk toy?

Durable desk toy for mindless play - I need a desk toy to encourage people to casually drop by, something tactile that is satisfying to twiddle with but doesn't require much thinking. [more inside]
posted by damian_ at 9:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Back the f*** up

Looking for great windows backup software, both local and offsite for my home computer. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:50 AM PST - 13 comments

"Grill master" in Bengali?

How do you say "grill master" (or, barring that, "barbecue master" in Bengali, preferably both in Bangla script and transliterated?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I eat these frozen shrimp?

Can I eat this? Pre-cooked frozen jumbo shrimp left in my bag at room temperature for 3-4 hours, then thrown back in the freezer last night. When I put them back in the freezer, they were still very cold to the touch. (I just started eating shrimp after a decade of not, so there is much I don't know about shrimp safety, but surely pre-cooked is better than uncooked?)
posted by c'mon sea legs at 8:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Sick before the bachelor party

In accordance with best man duties, I've planned an epic bachelor party that is scheduled for tomorrow. Unfortunately, I've been sick all week and even had to go to the ER last night with a 106F fever. It's now under control but I still feel like crap. Should I go or should I delegate organizational duties while I still have a little time? [more inside]
posted by photovox at 8:41 AM PST - 29 comments

Confessions of a Scottish Internet-eater

Help me hate the internet*. Looking for media dealing with the evils of the interwebs to help me scale back my time online and sink my teeth into life again. *(Mefi excepted, irony noted) [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 8:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find Lyle's Golden Syrup in Brooklyn, preferably near Fort Greene/Prospect Heights?

Where can I find Lyle's Golden Syrup in Brooklyn, preferably near Fort Greene/Prospect Heights? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 8:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Professionally putting the wrong oil in since 2008.

The oil-change place has been putting the wrong weight oil in my GF's hybrid for three years (5w instead of 0w). What damage has this done, and how upset should I be? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 8:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Need help patching a Korg MS-2000

I usually gig locally with a Moog Voyager as my primary synth, but the band is going on a small tour and — though I have a nice ATA case — I have some reservations about taking such an expensive piece of kit on an extended road trip. I have a Korg MS-2000 synth kicking around the house that I am thinking about touring with instead – it's lighter, smaller, and a million times more expendable. Trouble is, I'm having a bit of a hard time getting good, fat, Moog-like sounds out of it. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 7:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Green stuff on my fence - is it glue?

There's some green, glue-like substance on several spots of my brand new fence (put up by a contractor along with a whole big reno). What is it? Is it easy to get off?
posted by evadery at 7:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Could my protein powder be poisoning me?

Should I be worried about my protein supplement? Should I give it up? What are some good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 7:57 AM PST - 9 comments

When is a house not a house?

Is buying a modular (not mobile) house a good idea. If not why not? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Movies where the dialogue is the action?

I just watched the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. What I especially enjoyed was how it focused on tight, intense dialogue as opposed to action - whilst managing to remain a compelling, well-paced movie. I love 12 Angry Men for the same reason. With that in mind, I'm looking for recommendations in a similar vein. Compelling, dialogue-driven, almost play-like movies? It does't matter if it's a well-known or obvious choice - I know jack about movies and haven't seen that many.
posted by Ted Maul at 7:16 AM PST - 100 comments

Advice on completing a writing project, fast

I need to complete the bulk of a major writing project (think: book, or academic dissertation) in much less time than I'd planned for (think: 100 days rather than a year or more). What is your best piece of advice for working efficiently/intensely/sustainably for this kind of period? Tips from non-writers definitely welcome too. [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 7:09 AM PST - 17 comments

I I I I I Have Some Stepping Stones

Give me ideas on how to re-purpose leftover stepping stones. [more inside]
posted by schleppo at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

The Perfect Ergonomic Suitcase Is Light, Lithe, & Roomy

I am 5'3". I weigh 100 pounds. I do prescribed exercise to control tendinitis in both wrists. I am happiest traveling. My wrists mandate that I do this with a wheeled bag. My size dictates that it be the lightest, sturdiest, most mobile suitcase around. What bag should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 6:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Naughty boy, you not pay bill.

I want to dress my son up as Phil Pritchard, keeper of the Stanley Cup, for tomorrow's Bruins parade. He's 2. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 6:22 AM PST - 5 comments

it's time to play Name! That! Kitteh!

What should we name this kitty? [more inside]
posted by troika at 6:12 AM PST - 82 comments

Where have I seen Danny the Drug Dealer before?

The character Danny the Drug Dealer from Withnail and I - has he appeared as a roadie in another movie basically playing the same character? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 5:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Glycemic index ipad app?

I've looked on the iTunes store for a glycemic index iPad app and the five or six I looked through all got horrible reviews. Do you use a GI app, and if so, which do you like? Both paid and free are fine. I'd also be open to other food tracking apps if they are really great. It should be compatible with a low carb / paleo type diet. Thanks.
posted by emkelley at 4:43 AM PST - 1 comment

It's on the tip of my brain...

It's another "help me remember what tv show/movie this was?" post! I recall two people talking about past lives or reincarnation, and one person telling the other that they couldn't name their past lives because they were 'brand new".... [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 4:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Help with Microsoft Word 2007 Space Formatting

Help with default space formatting on Microsoft Office 2007. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Amateur Raita

Give me your favourite curry recipes that don't involve chickpeas, lentils, peas or other legumes. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Choosing a biome in Minecraft?

Is there a Minecraft mod or other application that will let me choose a specific biome for a specific section of a map? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:18 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you know if your setting yourself up for dissapointment?

I'm pursuing my dream but have so much pressure that it's not even fun anymore. Is this normal, or am I being unrealistic and setting myself up for disappointment? [more inside]
posted by Jofecopa at 2:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Alternative weight lifting equipment locations

Love weight lifting, hate the drive to the local Megagym (or any gym). Reasonably cheap weight lifting equipment abounds, but space is a problem. I have a couple of options available, and I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by Punkey at 1:21 AM PST - 8 comments

College debt fears

How do I bring myself to do what I want (which is go to college), while avoiding the various (mostly money-based) neurotic fears associated with this? Neurotic 'I talk too much' details inside. [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 12:54 AM PST - 19 comments

I've thick, dark facial hair. How can I get a closer shave?

I've thick, dark facial hair. How can I get a closer shave? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 12:32 AM PST - 28 comments

Whats causing all this neck pain?

Could my enlarged thyroid (goiter) be causing muscle pain in the back of my neck? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 12:24 AM PST - 3 comments

June 16

Activities For The Blind

Some fun and unusual activities for the blind or hard of sight, blind golf, Braille chess and Goal ball. Can you help me come up with more ideas?
posted by walee at 11:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Explain driving and cars.

Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 10:42 PM PST - 37 comments

Pinboard.in to delicious.com sync

I have been using pinboard.in for awhile now after migrating from delicious.com when it looked like it might go under, and love it, however I want to sync back with delicious.com without duplicating any bookmarks. How? I have enabled sync with delicious.com in pinboard.in but this only allows sync from now on as far as i am aware.
posted by terminus at 10:05 PM PST - 2 comments

I deserve to ask a question because I paid my $5.

What does it mean to "deserve" something? [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 9:49 PM PST - 36 comments

How to fix flaky/slow connection on Windows 7 PC

The wireless internet connection on my PC has been incredibly slow and drops out frequently, even with two totally different adapters. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Had there been one more Beatles album, what songs would have been included?

Assuming that the Beatles had released one more album, what would it have included based on the best songs that they released immediately after the band broke up?
posted by notcostello at 9:32 PM PST - 13 comments

A sticking point re: carets

The "caret" or "insertion point" is the blinking " | " symbol that indicates where typed text will appear. Does anyone know how to modify it? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 9:19 PM PST - 11 comments

unique ideas for collected bottle caps?

anyone have unique ideas for using collected bottle caps?? [more inside]
posted by peykron at 8:52 PM PST - 18 comments

prevent condensation

Science and food types or anyone else, help me with my home made yogurt problem. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 8:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Float us across the ocean!

What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 8:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Text narrative game

Help me find this interactive fiction title [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Wanted: pierogies on the Green(point)

Where is your favorite place for pierogies in Greenpoint, Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 7:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Nah, nah, why don't you get a job?

Employment angst - what to do when not motivated by current fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 7:42 PM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to go home but I can't stay here

What retail skills translate to other industries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 PM PST - 4 comments

I came out to my parents. It isn't going well.

I recently came out to my parents. How can I not let their opinions about my sexuality lower my self esteem and mess with my sex-drive? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 7:35 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I break into Game Development?

I'm looking to break into game dev/design- What's the way forward? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Kennebunkport, briefly

What would you recommend this month in Kennebunkport, Maine, for three adults with pretty similar tastes in entertainment, plus one small dog? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me save history from Shelob

How to preserve photos from scrapbook that was kept in very suboptimal conditions? [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Hey Bob, I was really hoping you'd have a few minutes to tell me exactly how this sorting algorithm should work...

How do I deal with my micromanaging boss? Is there anything I can do or say to get him to unclench his bear-trap-like sphincter? Or should I just start looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 PM PST - 24 comments

How should I handle this squatter?

I just sold my house under short sale. The tenant promised me he would be out before the sale, but he didn't leave and is squatting there. He also didn't pay me rent for the last two months since I didn't know he was living there. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by zug at 6:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Will this dressing be safe at room temperature?

Why would bottled dressing with these ingredients need to be refrigerated before opening? Is it a safety issue or a quality issue? [more inside]
posted by peep at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Help Me Learn Geography

I want to learn geography. Not looking for an expansive knowledge of the subject -- just basically knowing the location of all the world's countries and perhaps their capitals. This site looks very useful but looking for any additional input mefites might have. Any suggestions?
posted by gilast at 5:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Where's the line between assertive and obnoxious?

I interviewed for a job I really want on the 6th of June, sent a follow-up/thank you note a few days later, and have so far heard nothing. Is there any way I can do a second follow-up without being horribly irritating? If so, how and when? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 5:35 PM PST - 18 comments

A Garden Tragedy

What's the matter with my tomato plant? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 4:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Art of aftermath of suicide?

What is the name of the contemporary artist who made an installation during the 1990s showing the aftermath of a suicide from jumping off of a building? The art was quite gory and controversial. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I dump my Element for a Mini Cooper?

I've got a 2003 Honda Element, which I love and have recommended to others. But I miss good gas mileage and the fun of driving a sporty car. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms at 4:18 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do with lemon thyme?

I am seeking yummy things to do with lemon thyme. [more inside]
posted by craichead at 4:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Horror anthology recommendations

I'm looking for various horror anthologies -- numerous writers with no overarching subject such as "Zombies!" or "Vampires!". I have enjoyed a few such as Foundation of Fear, Prime Evil, Revelations, and 999.
posted by snap_dragon at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I buy some Cherry Bitters (the old sweets)?

Where can I buy some Cherry Bitters (the old sweets)? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Computer App.

Hi I am looking for a computer application that has a number of index cards that when one clicks on of them they reveals the context of that card in another page. I guess it can also be a power point applications. Hope I made my self clear. Thanks
posted by Noodles at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me think up an appetizer to make for my wedding!

OK, so I've been talked out of the craziness that was my idea to make pulled pork for my own wedding. But I still want to make an appetizer. Please help me figure out what to make! Logistical details inside. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 3:40 PM PST - 17 comments

It's not stealing if...

An etiquette/ethical question about consulting contracts and dealing with recruiters. The question is: would this be considered stealing a contract? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 3:13 PM PST - 13 comments

When Asterix speaks Chinese

Have you read Astérix in a Chinese, Korean, or Arabic translation? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Appropriate clothes for water travel?

Can you recommend lightweight, quickly drying shirts and pants that I can use for my upcoming trip down the Connecticut River? No need for a dry suit, but reasonably priced, reasonably protective, loose, and comfortable clothes for rowing my Adirondack guideboat.
posted by partner at 2:49 PM PST - 2 comments

When did this YouTube comment meme begin?

When did the "X people don't X about X?" commenting trend begin on YouTube? That is, when the first X refers to the number of people who have disliked a given video? What's the origin of this trend?
posted by dougrayrankin at 2:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Dental Insurance in NYC

Wanted: individual dental insurance in NYC. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find royal wedding mugs in London?

Where in London can I still find nice-ish but not super expensive Royal Wedding mugs? I need to bring back a few as souvenirs for some family members, but I don't have time to just stop in at every souvenir store in central London. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Whence that whistle?

The clichéed two-part catcalling whistle that is performed at the sight of a hottie -- almost exclusively a man whistling at a woman -- that sounds like this. Rising, then falling. Where did that particular "tune" come from? What is the earliest recorded instance of its use? How was it popularized?
posted by Greg Nog at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Does the Pantone Universe include the US?

Have you been able to find Pantone Eyewear anywhere in the US? The Where to Buy link on the website doesn't list any US resources, but I'm hoping (not entirely rationally, I recognize) that maybe there's a small shop somewhere that's not on the map. Alternately, I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's had a good experience with ordering them from elsewhere in the world and having them shipped to the US.
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Recycled vinyl in SF

At which shops in San Francisco can I find recycled billboard vinyl bags and accessories?
posted by j03 at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Salt and Cats - Is Koshered Chicken Making My Cat Sick?

Been giving my cat Kashered chicken - raw or cooked for a while now. Even though the salt is washed out thoroughly no doubt something is left and that doesn't sound like something a cat would be needing in their body. Now she's sick with a yet undiagnosed disease. Thoughts are creeping in that maybe the salt in the kashered chicken caused it. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

I am a horrible person: New Baby Edition

I flaked out on a friend's new-baby acknowledgment... for two months! Exactly how much of a transgression is this, and what (if anything) can I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Is tumble dryer water safe for fish?

Is water from a condenser tumble dryer safe to use in a fish tank? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 12:56 PM PST - 11 comments

what should i buy for my sister and her baby?

gift ideas for new mom + baby? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 12:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Reference letter basics

How do I got about getting reference letters? I'm about to enter the professional world and I'm clueless about how to do this because I've only worked in academia. [more inside]
posted by garuda at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Yes I'm fat, but you're corrupt.

Is it legal for a doctor in California to be hawking weight loss and dietary supplements out of her office? [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments


I accidentally drove a sliver of wood up under my fingernail. Now it hurts. Am I doomed? [more inside]
posted by Pants McCracky at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Terra Incognita, until I read about it...

I want to get a grip on Missouri through history and literature! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there any going back?

I think I'm a lesbian. I'm married. I have no gay friends. My family is Conservative Christian. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 48 comments

Themes for activities for kids day camp

I've been asked to brainstorm for themes in which I can run a weekly or twice-weekly activity for an urban day camp for kids. Please help me come up with ideas! [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Enable hyperlink on a forwarded message

Help w/ MS Outlook 2003. How do I enable the hyperlink function on forwarded and replied emails? [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I attack 7 years worth of stuff?

It's been seven years in this big ol' rented house with a rotating cast of roommates. What's my best strategy for not only sorting out and packing up my stuff, but going through the lurking horrors of the basement, attic, and other spaces? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 11:02 AM PST - 18 comments

will windows 7 run a vcn

does windows 7 support vcn (virtual control network) ? [more inside]
posted by let444 at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

If I like Japanese beer, what other beer will I like?

I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 10:51 AM PST - 27 comments

Dear Colleagues,

I'm presenting a poster at the big, serious developmental biology meeting next month in Chicago. I checked the final program today, only to find that my poster is going to be about 5 feet away from one by from the freakin' Discovery Institute. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Mac attack!

I hit some keys, and the Mac display got too big for the screen! [more inside]
posted by teragram at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

San Francisco here I come!

Traveling by myself. How do I get from Santa Clara to San Francisco and back? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 10:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Speakers that can handle treble.

Can you recommend decent but affordable (maybe around $100+?) PC speakers that won't crackle on songs that have piano? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend a good TIF viewer?

Tell me your favorite awesome TIF viewer! [more inside]
posted by stennieville at 9:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Man plans, God laughs, Man needs job.

Networking is best, but what is second best? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Maybe I can just wear a mask?

Some bothersome social anxiety issues...should I seek medication/treatment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Help this tourist from the Great White North

Playing tourist in Austin, Texas. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 9:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Going to Nashville.....

Heading to Nashville,TN sometime in August. Need suggestions for fun things to do that don't involve country music. Thanks!
posted by PJMoore at 8:53 AM PST - 14 comments

What should I do with my old stamp collection?

About 20 years ago, I amassed a small stamp collection. Probably a few hundred stamps, maybe half unused, half canceled. I totally lost track of them until my mom recently mailed them to me. I don't really want to keep them. There appears to be some evidence of mold damage. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Need advice on finding a job in Asia.

Need advice on finding a job in Asia. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

This Stella wants her groove back.

How to get my orgasms back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Don't decimate me, bro!

What could have happened in 1663 specifically to change the meaning of "decimate?" [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Baby Zombie needs a new ride

Can anyone recommend a new jogging stroller with a large canopy and air-filled tires? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 7:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Vintage stores in Russia

Cheap vintage or antique stores in St. Petersburg/Moscow? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How do we prepare for a future without someone we love?

My mother-in-law just got a serious cancer diagnosis and will likely have less time with us than we thought. How can I make sure that my daughter knows her even if she isn't around? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I get back the notebook I left on the plane?

Can I get back the notebook I left on the plane? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:29 AM PST - 13 comments

How is a Film made?

Reading material on Film-making? [more inside]
posted by naskar at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

The Work?

Am I right to be concerned about "The Work", created by Byron Katie, being used it real therapy? How do I diminish the toll of three years of therapy that definately wasn't right for me? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:09 AM PST - 28 comments

Father's Day without a father?

How can I help my wife cope with the death of her father during this Father's Day? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing?

Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing? Newish machine just started causing clothes to pill up, in addition to some tears. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Please recommend an ice cream maker?

Having just purchased this awesome book about making ice cream, I am now in the market for an ice cream maker. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:04 AM PST - 32 comments

Gluten-Free Picnic

I need some picnic food ideas for someone with celiac disease. I have plenty of ideas for side dishes and dessert, but I am coming up short on what to serve for the entree. We will not have access to a grill or any form of cooking, so the food has to be served cold, right from the cooler. Help! [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 5:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Bless you

My cat is sneezing in relatively violent, rapid-fire outbursts of 5 - 10 seconds. The nose and eyes are not discharging anything. She'll just sit up from where she's taking a nap, sneeze a whole bunch of times in a row really fast, then lay down again. This cat has an auto-immune disorder and has taken prednisone for the last year or so. I took her to the vet a week ago for a checkup and I told the vet about the sneezing, which at the time wasn't that bad. The vet said if it got worse, I should bring my cat back in and she'd give her a round of antibiotics to see if that knocked it out, though there was nothing to indicate it was a virus. I wasn't impressed with that answer. In the last couple of days, the sneezing has become slightly more frequent. Any idea what I should do or what this might be? If the advice is go to the vet, would you recommend another vet?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:08 AM PST - 14 comments

tumblr bulk upload

I want to upload about 1300 images to my tumblr queue. I want each image as an individual post. I want to release 4 images a day. I am on a mac. I have a web server if that helps. How can I do this?
posted by Infernarl at 4:37 AM PST - 7 comments

What happened to Peter Bishop at end of Season 3 of Fringe?

I've read reviews and recaps but I still don't get what happened to Peter Bishop at end of the Fringe Season 3 finale episode The Day We Died. [Spoiler Warning] [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 4:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Help in Translating Japanese

I have a Japanese friend whom I occasionaly write e-mails in japanese. I used to study Japanese at the University but as I didn't practice for a long time I almost forgot it. Sometimes I don't know how to write something in Japanese and internet Dictionaries doesn't help. So the question is if anyone know good internet communities or forums where I can get help with translating some bits into Japanese? Thanks!
posted by Svulya at 4:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Has anyone taken a drivers license roadtest in New York lately?

Has anyone taken a drivers license roadtest in New York lately? [more inside]
posted by Jokesta at 2:32 AM PST - 7 comments

What exactly does it mean to be educated?

What exactly does it mean to be educated? [more inside]
posted by mrdexterous at 2:30 AM PST - 24 comments

SPSS blues

I'm having trouble interpreting my SPSS output. While I'm not new to the program, I'm working somewhat beyond my current level of understanding. I understand the concepts I'm testing, but I'm not always sure which parts of the SPSS output are relevant to my questions and which parts can be ignored. Can you recommend a website which summarises which numbers to look at and what they mean, as though I am very, very stupid? (Tests include ANOVA, loglinear analysis and multiple regression).
posted by embrangled at 12:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me about contact lenses

Should I try contact lenses again? What brand/style? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 12:02 AM PST - 24 comments

June 15

What model of Ray-Bans am I wearing here?

What model of Ray-Bans am I wearing here? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 10:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Big purses!

Pursefilter: Looking for an extra-large tote bag with the following characteristics (snowflakes ahead) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 10:34 PM PST - 12 comments


Help me maximize my Orange Juice Intake while travelling between West Palm Beach and Ocala, FL. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you track your reading progress?

How do you track your reading progress (not just "Books Read" progress)? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice at 10:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Photo with some content on top

What's the best way to make a personal web site that looks like this without installing much? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

I'll be in Oaxaca City for three months! Where should I live and what should I do?

I'll be living in Oaxaca City for three months this summer, and I'm looking for all sorts of tips about where to live and what to do. Bonus: I'd love suggestions for art/literary/queer events; bilingual & mixed Mexican/foreign social contexts; room/apartment-finding advice. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

A fine wine, or a bottle of vinegar?

Don't know much about wine, but occasionally receive bottles as presents. I'm thinking of re-gifting an '04 Shiraz with a Monterra label to an acquantance, a bit of a foodie and a wine-drinker. Will this gift be welcomed, my reputation as connoiseur confirmed; or accepted with nervous laughter and then discarded, unopened?
posted by Rash at 8:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap dental insurance in Australia?

What's the best health insurance in Australia for dental work? I have a chipped tooth that needs capping and some wisdom teeth that need removing, and I don't want to wait a long time. I can't afford to spend that much either.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:40 PM PST - 13 comments

How to deal with a fraudulent landlord?

We paid for the last month of our apartment lease, but we moved out the month before. We just found out someone has been living in our apartment during that last month. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I get sogou chinese input on my iPhone?

How do I get sogou chinese input on my iPhone? The default Chinese input in iPhone sucks, sogou or the equivalent (QQ input) is a million times better, but how can I get it on my iPhone? I had it on my old android.
posted by Patrick Leo at 7:53 PM PST - 4 comments

If you don't help me find a font, I'm gonna go with Papyrus.

I'm looking for a font which I can legally @font-face that's very thick, but not entirely geometric and formal and serious. Think the font Impact — tall, skinny, and heavy — but a little bit more rounded and playful. If I could find a font where the corners are very slightly rounded that would be the best. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:46 PM PST - 20 comments

US student going to be living in Germany for a month would like some guidance.

I'm going to be living in Berlin for a month, studying. I'm a USA traveler looking for information! Any travel savvy mefites and/or Germans want to help me out? [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Wordpress Multiuser + htaccess + uploading images = 404 links...

So I'm running Wordpress 3.0 multiuser-enabled, but I can't get any of the images (which all upload) on any blog but the first to display correctly. The only solution I've found online hasn't worked for me, and I think it's an .htaccess problem. [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 7:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Crotch-Rocket Riders: Help Me Pimp My lil Bro's Ride

A '99 Kawasaki ZX-7R with 30k miles was just dropped off by my little bro for a tune up and carb sync/adjustment. While I have it, what bitchen stuff can I do to this bike for $300/$400 bucks. (I have permission to do whatever I want.) [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to live in Durham, NC?

I am moving to Durham, NC, to start a position at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. I have narrowed down my housing search to certain neighborhoods but I am curious how convenient they are to get to my job. [more inside]
posted by research monkey at 6:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Cogs are meant to rotate forward, not move left and right.

I had to remove the cassette on my rear wheel to replace a broken spoke. There is now a small amount of movement between the cogs. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I marry my girlfriend or not? Its great but aint perfect.

My girlfriend and me have been living together for almost two years now. I am thinking about proposing to her in a few months but have a lot of small fears and dilemmas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 41 comments

They put the "teas" in dissertation.

Unavailability of Nestea 100% Instant Unsweetened Iced Tea jeopardizes completion of dissertation! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by vitabellosi at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me deal with my friend/coworker who is an alcoholic.

How can I deal with an alcoholic coworker/friend? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Please hold, we will be right with you.

Can you recommend a virtual pbx? [more inside]
posted by thilmony at 5:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Best iPad app for integration of handwritten annotations in a PDF?

Can I add handwritten annotations to PDFs on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Top largest Chinatowns

Top 15 Chinatowns in North America based on size? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 5:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is Greece's economy in such a bad state?

Why is Greece's economy in such a bad state? What could, or should, have been done to avoid this? How much is a specifically Greek issue compared to a European issue compared to a global issue?
posted by Hartster at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Summer Bike Rental in Crested Butte, CO

What's the most inexpensive way to have a bike in Crested Butte for one month this summer? [more inside]
posted by ReeMonster at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Did I just eat a raw sausage?

People who often eat meat filter: Did I just eat a raw sausage? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Need a Beachy menu for 30 people

My husband's extended family is renting a beach house this summer and each family is going to cook one night's meal for about 30 people. We want to do a low country boil, which is generally potatoes, corn cobs, sausage and shrimp with Old Bay seasoning boiled together. We can jazz it up by adding crabs or other kinds of shellfish, but I'm looking for another non-seafood item to go with the meal. I'm not a huge fan of seafood, and one other family doesn't like it much either, so I'm trying to think of something extra we could make so we have another choice besides the sausage. I could also use some suggestions for side dishes and desserts. My husband is a chef and keeps proclaiming that since it's his vacation he shouldn't have to plan or cook, so I want to try to do this without bothering him too much, but still impress him.
posted by saffry at 4:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me identify abusive relationship

Please help me learn how to identify an emotionally/mentally abusive relationship. I am not sure if myne has always been one, or is slowly turning into one, or is not one. [more inside]
posted by amacph10 at 3:55 PM PST - 137 comments

Hard H2O Hair Hell

I've just moved to the country from New York City, and although many things about living here are easier, the water is really really hard. My skin is fine but my hair looks just awful--where it used to be big and bouncy, it's now flat, dull and frizzy. I tried adding baking soda to my shampoo (per thriftyfun.com) and that helped for about a day but now things are back to terrible. I just came from getting a haircut--which I'd hoped would help--but it's still awful. Help me. Please. Products, techniques, anything?
posted by supercoollady at 3:53 PM PST - 15 comments

I may be starting an internship in the Transactional Advisory Services of a Big4 Accounting firm in a week's time and am extremely nervous due to lack of finance knowledge. What should I study in this week?

I may be starting an internship in the Transactional Advisory Services of a Big4 Accounting firm in a week's time and am extremely nervous due to lack of finance knowledge. What should I study in this week? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Chicago Suburb Restaurant Request

Would someone please provide a restaurant recommendation in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where I can order a great lobster tail? Tomorrow is my birthday and my wife plans to take me to dinner. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Clean and covered cat claws

What can I use to cover my cat's paw? [more inside]
posted by TG_Plackenfatz at 3:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Fitness hacks for core / upper body exercise?

How can I trick myself into working out my core and upper body? I can't stand the gym. [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 3:25 PM PST - 20 comments

How should I invest if I believe the US debt limit debate won't be settled on time?

The debt limit will be reached August 2nd. Moody's said they may downgrade the US credit rating as soon as mid July if the debt limit isn't raised. What are the scenarios that might play out, and how can I invest for each scenario? Investing goals would be preserve value and seek growth. [more inside]
posted by gearspring at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Effect of torrents and/or free downloads on culture generally

Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
posted by cmp4Meta at 3:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this malware?

Is this malware, and what do I do to handle this?? Long, convoluted problem inside. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Information about Maryland marijuana possession

My friend was pulled over in Maryland last weekend for I believe speeding and was ultimately charged with both possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Can you provide guidance as to what this friend might expect? [more inside]
posted by lulz at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Lusty stories to tell in the dark?

Erotic "bedtime" prose and poetry to read aloud? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Describe once, upload everywhere?

Is there an app/webapp that will let me choose photos, add tags and descriptions to those photos and then (this is the tricky bit) upload them with tags and descriptions intact to Flickr, Wordpress, Facebook, etc? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 2:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Short URL service in the same directory as WordPress?

How do I create a custom bit.ly-like short URL service in the same directory as a WordPress installation? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 2:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Neurological Physical Therapist Recommendation! (NYC-Area)

Help! I am in need of a physical therapist who specializes in neurological/spinal conditions in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area. [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Travel tips for Denver newbies.

What do you recommend for two musician beer nerd Denver newbies to do for an extra long weekend in Denver? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommended gene synthesis providers?

Biologists of MeFi: do you have experience with custom gene synthesis? If so, which providers do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by pombe at 2:04 PM PST - 11 comments


I intercepted someone's scavenger hunt and may have an anagram (or some other cypher) that needs solving. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 2:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Appointments bypassing inbox in gmail.

How do I get invites to show in my gmail inbox instead of bypassing it and showing up with a ? on my gmail calendar? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Aretha spelled it out... why can't I?

How can I stop being a pushover? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 1:45 PM PST - 23 comments

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle?

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 1:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How to find sports tickets with clear up-front pricing?

Is there a site, similar to StubHub, that sells sports tickets, but with transparent pricing? I.e., I want to be able to go to the site, find tickets, and know what I will pay without having to click through to the end and find out that there is a per ticket fee of $25. I don't mind paying delivery charges, even $15 per order, as long as they are consistent. StubHub et al. are too unethical for me to support, and Craigslist is a lot of work.
posted by wnissen at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I trust 3rd-party apps with login info?

Can I trust apps on my computer or phone with email login information? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it just like a Quaker meeting for crazy folk?

Have you ever attended group psychotherapy? Was it useful? How did it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

How does my french friend get another passport?

My friend, a french citizen, lost his passport a while back. He has been in the US nearly his entire life, but I am unsure of his citizen status. What should he do to gain another French passport? [more inside]
posted by apip at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find the right replacement needle?

Replacement needle for Dual 1229 record player? [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is YouTube crashing Chrome and my computer?

I have some sort of video driver issues affecting Chrome on two different machines (2 different makers) using an i3 chipset. Any ideas how I can fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Why won't vimeo embeds play?

How come Vimeo embeds never work for me? [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

I blew it with an awesome guy—how not to do this again?

I think I may have just blown the opportunity to build a relationship with someone really awesome. Help me to not repeat this in the future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 54 comments

Help me with unusual Microsoft Word auto-numbering

I need help auto-numbering my section headings in Microsoft Word. I know how to do auto-numbering in general. The trick is to have the section numbers not reset after each higher level heading. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What is going on here?

I'm in the middle of a casual relationship nightmare and I would like to know what is happening. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 35 comments

How Do I Have the Best NYC Pride Weekend Ever?

Going to New York City for Pride Weekend for the first time, what should I know? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me stay off the bus this summer!

YANMD: Recently I've been experiencing terrible leg soreness/fatigue when riding my bike. It starts almost immediately, and lasts through the whole ride (longest stretch is about 3 or 4 miles through the city). I'm looking for suggestions for lessening or preventing it, so that I can continue to ride around town. [more inside]
posted by swingbraid at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

A musical movie, in three minutes, with no words.

Your tall musical order: I'm looking for instrumental tracks. Less than four minutes. Must have three "acts" that build from a quiet open to a mid-tempo, mid-power second act. Third and final act must end in a jump-out-of-your-chair fist-pump f*ck yeah moment (that may or may not taper away afterwards). [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 9:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Scientifically verified ways to improve happiness and solve problems?

From the article in this post: "...there actually is some pretty good research on how to become happier and how to overcome personal difficulties that can be done relatively simply but which the self-help industry ignores." Well, I'm game. What simple, scientifically validated ways exist to become happier and overcome difficulties? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Mystery Cell Phone Display Question

I was with a person that had an older style cell phone, I think it was an LG, but not sure. He was showing me pictures, but I was distracted with a series of around 10-12 numbers that were displayed on the screen, to the left and top of the picture area (not inside). They kept changing about once a second, each digit with no regularity. One would think that it may have been GPS coordinates but the numbers were too random and not changing in any particular sequence. What the heck was that? A tracking device? When I asked him what it was he very quickly deflected the question.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Will my blog entries doom my job interview?

Adjunct faculty interview coming up; I have a blog that might raise some eyebrows -- should I take my name off it/delete posts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 23 comments

reproductive clinic in Pittsburgh?

Can anyone recommend a women's reproductive clinic in/near Pittsburgh, PA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Programming books and other resources

We have about $2000 to spend on educational material at work. Any suggestions on sites with ebooks, tutorials, knowledge bases that we can subscribe to? any paid expert forums?
We are a bunch of programmers working mainly on php, mysql, ajax, etc... Have projects on java and perl too. New projects on Ruby on Rails might be coming our way.
posted by WizKid at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to backup and restore applications?

Windows re-installation question - I do quite a few Windows re-installations, and sometimes customers do not have their Office installation CDs or Quick books installation CDs. Is there a way to back up and restore individual applications (registry and all) that can be restored after Windows is re-installed. Thanks hive mind!
posted by speedoavenger at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Movers needed in TO

Moving from Toronto to Kingston, ON. Does anyone have recommendations for movers? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 7:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Father on Father's Day?

Father's day with family of origin or family of procreation? If you had to choose only one, which father's plans would you choose to do, father's or father-in-law's, if they conflict? [more inside]
posted by ALLLGooD at 7:18 AM PST - 26 comments

Go with the (cash) flow

I would like to live as cheaply as possible, please! [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 7:02 AM PST - 56 comments

Should I pay for cam and oil pump seals?

My 2001 4-cylinder Toyota Camry with a little less than 200K miles is at the dealer to have its timing belt and water pump replaced as "preventative maintenance". They haven't even started the work yet and a service writer is recommending that I also have the cam shaft seal and oil pump seals replaced for an additional $150. And of course he's say they could leak but won't tell me what the odds are. My car is in excellent condition and I hope to get another 50K miles out of it in the next 3 years or so. Is this something I should have them do or are they just trying to scare some more money out of me? [more inside]
posted by someonesomewhere at 6:42 AM PST - 15 comments

How to record two people at once who are walking without a third person recording it?

I need to record two people at the same time. I can't follow them around with a boom mic and I don't want them to be attached at the hip with a splitter to one recorder plus 2 lapel mics. How do I record two people, walking around, talking to each other? Do I need two recorders? AND if I have two recorders, how much of a pain will it be to edit the material/will it sound weird? How is this normally done? It is for the radio. [more inside]
posted by cyberdad at 6:34 AM PST - 6 comments

How long do I have to wait before my criminal record is wiped in Queensland, Australia?

I live in Queensland, Australia. Is there a certain time you have to wait before your criminal record is wiped? I want to become a doctor... [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 6:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Line spacing in Word for Mac vs. Windows?

Why does my one-pager in Word for Mac become a two-pager when I open it up in Word for Windows? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 6:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Playing nice with MHRA?

Which reference manager works best with the MHRA style? [more inside]
posted by sophistrie at 5:49 AM PST - 2 comments

American with German heritage seeks passport

Has any American here successfully applied for a German passport or work visa using their German heritage? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

My 140-word identity crisis needs to stop, already

Do I need a public and a private Twitter account? Well, how do I be myself on Twitter in general? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 5:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Gotta Run Now!

What's the name of that song that you play on your running playlist that makes you push yourself further? You know the one - you're jogging at a decent, steady pace and then it comes on and mentally you go "Oh, YES!" and suddenly everything seems to get a lot more awesome and you are running full pelt with a huge grin on your face. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 5:13 AM PST - 104 comments

Which Chromebook?

Which Chromebook should I get? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 3:33 AM PST - 7 comments

The Fonz would plotz.

Seems like the "cool biz" movement in business fashions is all the rage in Japanese news reports these days. In what ways is the impact of this movement visible on the streets of Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Ex post facto, or applicable?

Will a certain newly passed law likely be applicable to my tenancy, even though it began before the law went into effect? [more inside]
posted by teatime at 2:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Can Liza Wang sell out a Vegas show?

I'm trying to book a Hong Kong singer to play in the U.S. How do I tell if she'll be worth our costs of booking/production? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 12:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Sound on sound

I'm looking to buy a good quality digital audio recorder, mainly for recording gigs and rehearsals. I already have a little Olympus voice recorder - is upgrading worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 12:27 AM PST - 10 comments

June 14

Index fund or term deposit?

Can someone shed some light the differences between term deposits and index funds in Australia? That is, what's best for me? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Like Doctor Who, but in book form?

Pulpy, plot-driven pageturners for the picky person. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 10:47 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I repair corrupted JPEGs?

How do I repair corrupted JPEGs? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP at 10:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Need primer for getting prescriptions and buying drugs online.

Lost my job and health insurance (and moved far away from my doctor anyway), would like to re-up online for getting prescriptions written and ordered. Can this be legitimately done? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 9:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Powdered caffeine in homemade lemonade?

Has anyone ever bought powdered caffeine to add to a tart beverage to replace coffee/soda? How did it work out? [more inside]
posted by unknownmosquito at 9:51 PM PST - 62 comments

What practice amp for playing bass would you recommend?

Can you recommend a bass amp to get for use in a small apartment? I'm getting back into playing an electric bass (Fender Jazz Bass) soon and am going to be in the market for a small practice amp. Can you recommend a good quality amp to get that won't drive my neighbors crazy?
posted by GS1977 at 9:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Athabasca University lost my Exam, what can I do?

My University Lost My Exam and is Now Stating that Their Policy Says that I Have to Do a Rewrite. Can I fight this? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 9:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Will pack umbrella.

Visiting Portland, OR for a day and a half - help me plan a must-do-and-see itinerary! [more inside]
posted by gursky at 8:38 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the best Android tablet for showing color photos and video to a group standing outside?

Help me find the best Android tablet option for illustrating an urban walking tour. [more inside]
posted by Scram at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

A mugging, or a voodoo curse maybe...

Is Mid-City in New Orleans an unsafe area? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 7:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Real Estate Filter: What would it cost to sell our house and buy another house at the same price?

Real Estate Filter: What would it cost to sell our house and buy another house at the same price? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Account in Collections - How to dispute

Need with help on what to do with medical account in collections that Insurance has already paid for. [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

My Beautiful Folded Laundry

Wash, iron, and fold shirts in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) at 7:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Who'se driving this thing?

What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
posted by idiopath at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Writers similar to Salinger?

Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger. [more inside]
posted by grokfest at 6:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Over and Over Again

What songs have only one line of lyrics? More specifically, songs that repeat that line (as opposed to mainly instrumental songs with one line thrown in once). [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 6:47 PM PST - 65 comments

Please help me choose a color and type of hardwood flooring. Please!

What color engineered hardwood should I put in? What are the trends? What are the fads? What color would you NOT recommend? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Business clothes for a skinny but muscular guy in NYC that don't make me look like a hipster?

Business clothes for a skinny but muscular guy in NYC that don't make me look like a hipster? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 6:42 PM PST - 19 comments

I want raccoon revenge. Or at least a truce.

A raccoon killed my chicken. I want another chicken. How do I deter or kill the beastie? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 6:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Where in Canada can I buy individually sized condiments?

Is there a website that sells individual servings of condiments that ships to Canada and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for shipping? I found out about minimus.biz, but the shipping fees were close to $40. I'm specifically looking for things like mayonaisse, ketchup, soy sauce, salad dressing, cream, etc.
posted by Proginoskes at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments


What are the legalities (in the United States) of browsing the contents of an "open folder" on a public website? [more inside]
posted by DocSharpie at 5:24 PM PST - 24 comments

How to finish school when Stafford Loans hit limit?

My boyfriend's Stafford Loan is about to hit limit, before he finishes school. We feel like we've run out of options. Can you think of something we haven't? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 5:06 PM PST - 13 comments

The Nose Knows

What online perfume stores are similar to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 4:40 PM PST - 13 comments

If it will not end in marriage, when do you cut it off?

You know marriage is not in the future of your relationship. The relationship is still good and you're still in love. How do you know when to cut it off? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 4:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Futbol, football.. soccer is such a silly name.

Soccer, offsides. Teams A and B. Team B has all its players, except for the goalie, on Team A's side of the field. If a player from Team A is now on Team B's side of the field (over midfield), is he offsides, or did the opposing team 'give up' their offsides advantage?
posted by rich at 4:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Help I need a career change!!!!!

Help! I need a new career!!! I cant take working in a office/cubicle/inside anymore!!! I want to work outside, even in the extremely hot and cold or have a career doing something active instead of sitting behind a desk. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:16 PM PST - 13 comments

In which Facebook makes me dependent upon something and then destroys it completely

Why have I stopped receiving text alerts for Facebook messages? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get a key for an old filing cabinet?

Where can I purchase or have made a key for a very old filing cabinet made by Shaw-Walker? The lock has numbers stamped on it, but since it's for an older system everyone I've contacted says they can't help me. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

MySQL table merge

How does one go about merging disparate MySQL tables? (Blockheaded amateur question) [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Sources for Understanding Animal Rights Debate in Australia

I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 1:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Grammar error? "Working since I'm 12"

Why do some people say "since I'm 12" instead of "since I was 12"? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 1:37 PM PST - 55 comments

Moistening store-bought falafels

Have you got any ideas for moistening store-bought, pre-cooked falafels? [more inside]
posted by kavasa at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How difficult is the LEED green associate exam?

I am inquirying about the difficulty of the LEED Green Associate exam. Specifically, how much studying is needed or is it just all common sense? Have you taken the exam? What materials would you reccomend? [more inside]
posted by berkshirenative at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Remind me how to be kind again.

Remind me how to be kind again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 42 comments