June 2012 Archives

June 30

A place to wipe your shoes.

I would like to find this doormat. I thought it came from one of the big box stores, but I've gone through all the online inventories and can't seem to find it anywhere.
posted by Brent Parker at 11:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Too much alone time!

I'm having some anxiety about traveling alone. Please hope/help me! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 11:28 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending?

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha at 10:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Can anybody identify this mysterious brass disk?

When a friend's grandfather died, the family found a drawer full of mysterious brass disks. The grandfather had a lot of random scrap metal and other odd items around the house and grounds. The disks are pretty much identical and appear to be brass. My friend told me that at some point someone brought one to a jeweler or something and they were told that the disks were brass with a small amount of gold mixed in. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

How dangerous is a flaming car?

If a car becomes engulfed in flames, will it eventually explode like it does in the movies? [more inside]
posted by gentian at 8:56 PM PST - 20 comments

Sleep training a toddler: Should we pick him up off the floor when asleep?

Sleep training a toddler: Should we pick him up off the floor when asleep? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 8:36 PM PST - 11 comments


I am a straight man and my manager is a woman. We work in an office environment. Sometimes she wears shirts that reveal a little cleavage. I don't want to look, but sometimes my eyes drift ... convince me this is something i shouldn't worry about. [more inside]
posted by cupcake1337 at 8:12 PM PST - 67 comments

Loan Consolidation with a Perkins loan?

Should you apply for Special Direct Loan consolidation if you have a Perkins loan? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 7:52 PM PST - 1 comment

What Netflix streaming movies are isomorphic to When Harry Met Sally?

What Netflix streaming movie should I watch tonight, given that When Harry Met Sally isn't available there? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 7:46 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to read about Admiral Halsey. What's the best biography?

I want to read about Admiral Halsey. What's the best biography?
posted by carlodio at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Chucks are my perfect shoe, except when it rains. Help!

I wear my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes everywhere, and they go with pretty much any outfit. I LOVE THEM! However, they get soggy at the slightest hint of rain. What's the next best all-purpose, all-weather, awesome shoe for a girl?
posted by Xere at 6:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it bad etiquette to invite all family members but one?

Wedding invite etiquette: Is it bad etiquette to invite all family members but one? [more inside]
posted by SndyLnd at 6:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Footy in The D

Where can we watch tomorrow's Euro Cup final in Detroit? [more inside]
posted by Fred Wesley at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Seeking webcam with superb low light performance

I'm looking for a USB webcam with really good low light performance and full manual controls (exposure, focus, etc). A digital camera or camcorder that can emulate a webcam would work too. Bonus if it's known to work well with software like Processing, OpenFrameworks, and/or Jitter.
posted by moonmilk at 5:44 PM PST - 3 comments

How on earth is this legal?

Is this a scam? Money laundering? Some other kind of shady deal? My housemate just had some weird money stuff going on and I can't see any reason anyone would do this unless it's something illegal. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 4:30 PM PST - 40 comments

BMW expertise?

What's the best source for advice/info for BMW owners? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How long do I have to be in France before my classes start?

Do I have to BE in France for 3 weeks prior to my classes starting for the 2B Visa (Canada-France Youth Exchanges Agreement)? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn about the 30 Years War

Can you suggest some good books about the Thirty Years' War? I'm interested in reading some good history books about the wars and historical fiction set during the period. I know almost nothing about this period of European history, but am fascinated by the little I've heard. [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 2:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a doctor who isn't knife-happy

Austin-filter: I dislocated my kneecap and am looking for a recommendation for a sports medicine doctor who will give me a thorough exam including a knee MRI and who will advocate a conservative (non-surgical) approach unless surgery is absolutely necessary. They must take Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Thanks Metafilter, I know you can solve this! [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 2:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Happiness is loneliness... cause I can't find this mix

You may be familiar with Dj Tomcraft and his song Loneliness. I'm searching for those exact same lyrics, but closer together and the song has more... tempo? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Bricked my Samsung Galaxy S3

I think I may have "bricked" my new Samsung Galaxy S3. Please help! [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Good movies I can stream right now?

Something fun to watch on Amazon instant video right now? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 2:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Nome for Dummies

[Alaska filter] We are heading to Nome, Alaska for six nights in mid August. We need your suggestions for everything to make our week great. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 2:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Overambitious career goals?

How do I know if I'm being overambitious? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Investing in art on a budget.

How can I find and buy art as an investment but without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Your persona here.

Examples of musicians with alter egos? [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano at 1:48 PM PST - 71 comments

Can't remember the name of a certain game. Care to help?

Game felt a bit like Mass Effect, but it predated ME. Searching has been fruitless thus far. [more inside]
posted by inauthentic at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Beauty products, tips and tricks for the perpetually fatigued?

I want to hear about all your amazing beauty products, tips and tricks that camouflage or minimise the appearance of fatigue in the wearer's/user's face. Help a sufferer of a chronic condition avoid questions about tiredness when they're so tired they already want to lie down under the table! [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 12:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me build some community spirit.

How can I encourage people to participate in our neighborhood association? What fun events can we plan for our community that will get people fired up about being a part of it? And last but not least, how can I encourage people to pay the very reasonable association dues? [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 12:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Songs about Lonliness

SongFilter! Help my find songs about loneliness and isolation, either sad songs about those feelings or happy songs about overcoming those feelings. [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 12:26 PM PST - 35 comments

Hope for Recovery and Repair?

Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

On my honor, I will try...

Disruptive girl driving others out of my Girl Scout troop. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:26 PM PST - 36 comments


Dermatologist for acne in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S.

Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

interactive question

Javascript ? Interactive Multimedia Web Presentation ? Is it even possible ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Childhood Cinematic Trauma

Can you help me identify some movies that traumatized me as a child? [more inside]
posted by granted at 10:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What is "latency"?

In regard to satellite internet service, can you explain “latency” to me? I’m currently a Hughesnet customer and get a deplorable 1.5 mbps. A new satellite will go online later this summer, and though download speeds will supposedly greatly increase, I’m told there will still be a latency issue. I’ve poked around online, but the explanations don’t really address the practical issues, like, can I play realtime games online and finally log on to secure sites without them timing out?
posted by jackypaper at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Painting of two girls in CMA collection

I'm trying to identify an oil painting of two young girls that was (still is?) in the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Juicy delicious lean hamburgers

Grilling season is here, and I'm looking for your tips on making juicy, delicious charcoal grilled burgers from LEAN hamburger meat. The more I search online, the more conflicting advice I find. [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O at 9:42 AM PST - 18 comments

"Footnote dots?" "Points of distraction?" "Embedded text?"

Let's say you're on Youtube, and you're watching a video, and on the progress bar there are little dots where, if you click on them, you get extra text or links or pictures pertinent to the video, ads, etc. What are those things called? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Canary x Goldfinch mules for Newbies

My girlfriend wants to get a canary x goldfinch mule... what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 9:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Memoirs from Scientists

Looking for more memoirs from scientists, along the lines of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Robert Sopolsky's A Primate's Memoir, and Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep There Are Snakes. [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Managing your boss

Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us build our studio

Artists: What are your must-have features for an art studio? [more inside]
posted by txmon at 9:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Non-explosive explosions

What are some fun alternatives to fireworks for the 4th of July? [more inside]
posted by waterlily at 9:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Block and Tackle

Facebook. A friend of a friend tags 47 people in random pictures. I don't want to block my friend but I don't want to see another thing from this guy.
posted by notned at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Charter fishing recommendation near Traverse City, Michigan

We will be leaving next week for a vacation to Michigan and would like to embark upon a Great Lake fishing trip of some kind. We're staying near Honor, MI and are happy to drive up to Traverse City if necessary. Can you recommend a charter fishing outfit - preferably one that is LGBT-friendly? [more inside]
posted by treefort at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you give clear signals that it's just not gonna happen?

How do you send clear signals when someone is flirty with you, but you are not interested, yet still like them as a person? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 8:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me make my trousers shorter

Where should I go to get some simple adjustments to my suit? [more inside]
posted by dudekiller at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for iOS app to broadcast my location

I'm looking for an iOS app that will broadcast my current location to a page with an embedded map, so that I can share the URL with family and friends as I travel across the country. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I stay or do I go?

Do I stay in the position I'm in, where I've been promised an significantly better environment but haven't seen anything realized yet; or do I get a new job which may not be quite as fantastic but is what I actually want to be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Visual notepad reminder widgets for Android.

I'm looking for an Android app with a widget that displays on the home screen and will show me if one or more notes exists in the notepad. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 7:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Fun core exercises?

What are some activities that are also good core muscle exercises? [more inside]
posted by ChipT at 7:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live -- And Other Inspirations.

I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives. [more inside]
posted by reren at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm nonplussed by GoT, what now?

How to phrase my feelings about Game of Thrones? [more inside]
posted by knz at 4:39 AM PST - 51 comments

Please help me remember this word

Word filter [more inside]
posted by DTHEASH1 at 4:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Live and let go.

Seeking wisdom on possessiveness. [more inside]
posted by veryape at 3:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Stop sparking!

The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse. Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
posted by evil_esto at 1:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Authorization for Release And Use of Medical Information

What happens if I don't return the "Authorization for Release And Use of Medical Information" form for my Worker's Comp claim? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 12:41 AM PST - 13 comments

June 29

What to do with Carob Molasses?

exotic ingredient: Carob Molasses - how do I use it? [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Painlessly manage a story website programmatically?

I'm a programmer, and I want to create a static website to host my stories. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 7:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Invasive, external banner ads that won't budge are harshing my Netflix buzz.

How do I get rid of these banner ads in Netflix (below which say "Ads not by this site")? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 7:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Need to make a cooling box

Is there a way to keep 8 bays of ink cartridges cool without air conditioning? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 6:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Where Should We Live in North Chicago / Waukegan?

Where should we live in the North Chicago / Waukegan area? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Best Options for Small but Heavily Trafficked Online Forum

I'm part of a 25-member private message board. We've been using pHpBB for years, hosted on one of our members' private website, but her space is limited and we have periodic issues with the database crashing as a result. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by something something at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Shopping carts to accept credit cards over the Internet without leaving the site

Please help me understand how to accept credit card payments online for a fussy merchant, who wants to set up a shopping cart to sell luxury items, but fears using PayPal will make him look like he is "selling toys on eBay." [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 4:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Mac or PC for design work?

PC or Mac for would be web/multimedia designer? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

You've royally screwed me...

Is is normal for a dental crown to be so painful? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 4:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Thundershirt versus frequent neighborhood fireworks

Thanks to a change in fireworks sale laws in my state, people are really lighting off their rockets and whiz-bangers and whatnot. My dog, she hates that. Does the Thundershirt actually work? Any other tips for chilling out explosion-averse dogs?
posted by palindromic at 4:04 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get two toddlers to nap?

How do I get two toddlers (same age, not twins) to nap at the same time? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 3:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Forever buying blue jeans

Am I supposed to buy jeans that fit me perfectly in the store, or jeans that are too tight but will stretch to be perfect? If the latter, how do I know how much they will stretch out (or, how tight is too tight)? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Why does my cat love my panties?

Is my pee made of cat nip? Why does my cat go crazy rolling around in my dirty underwear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 39 comments

If you had an opportunity to interview a self-made millionaire, what would you ask?

If you had an opportunity to interview a self-made millionaire, what would you ask? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 2:21 PM PST - 38 comments

Can I negotiate this salary?

I worked as a junior accountant in nyc for a year and had a salary of $37,500. I'm going for an interview at another company and want to negotiate a salary to my advantage. I'm looking at 48-50K. Would you say this is doable? Should I shoot for higher? 52K? I have knowledge of a particular software they are using. I have no idea what they have in mind.
posted by flowers103 at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Best country with no universal health care?

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act being upheld, there have been a lot of (joking?) references to Americans threatening to move to Canada to avoid socialized health care. But now I'm curious: if someone were really determined to move from America to a country with no kind of universal health care for its citizens, what would the most attractive option be? [more inside]
posted by Alexander Hatchell at 1:35 PM PST - 38 comments

Venue recommendations for an album launch in London please!

Would very much appreciate recommendations for a venue to launch an album in London! [more inside]
posted by TheAlarminglySwollenFinger at 1:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Finding Good CBT

Looking into CBT for acrophobia. What do I need to know to evaluate practitioners and get the most out of this?
posted by bfranklin at 1:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Google maps embeds ≠ $$$ ?

Can anybody confirm for me that I can embed a Google Map on a commercial website in an iframe, without hitting the 25,000 request limit on the Google Maps API, or incurring a lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Useful idioms

Business idioms that are actually useful? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:02 PM PST - 31 comments

Knees need fixin'

Because of a change in insurance policies, I need to find a new orthopedist. Does anyone have any experience with NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases or any recommendations in NYC? [more inside]
posted by newpotato at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Hit Me With Your Best Shots!

How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle?

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 12:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Need a responsive webpage template

Where can I buy a responsive web template off the shelf? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Get thee behind me, refined sugar! Come forth, fruit!

I know fruit is delicious and good for you. But how to make my brain believe it and eat it more? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 12:43 PM PST - 37 comments

Nerd & Nerdling in the Nation's Capitol

Grown-up nerd and seven year-old nerdling are visiting Washington D.C. next week. ISO amusement, entertainment, novelty and awesomeness. Snowflakes aplenty inside. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 12:33 PM PST - 36 comments

good heavens it is a full laptop

where on earth is the trash in easypeasy ubuntu linux on an eee pc? how can i empty it? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this particular kind of button called?

What is this particular kind of button called? A picture! [more inside]
posted by richrad at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Medicaid Spend Down for the Young and Able

Can anyone explain Medicaid spend down benefits for the non-elderly, non-disabled? [more inside]
posted by Athene at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I interact with an adult who may have Asperger's in a way that makes them feel comfortable?

How do I interact with an adult brother of my girlfriend I am meeting for the first time... who may have Asperger's/autism spectrum...... in a way that makes them feel comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 29 comments

Where can I find liquid baby powder?

Why is it so hard to find liquid baby powder? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Source a quote about the pace of technology advances?

Years ago -- perhaps the mid-80s? -- I came across a prediction to the effect that "Technology will never again advance as slowly as it is advancing today." [more inside]
posted by peakcomm at 11:11 AM PST - 2 comments

If Romney wins, can he kill PPACA?

Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 11:10 AM PST - 17 comments

What to do with a dying van?

What to do with a 2000 Econoline which is (not so slowly) dying? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Vitamins for dad-to-be? Prenatal pops' supplements?

What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 10:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Portland Stopover!

Attending the "Gentlemen of the Road" festival in Portland, ME on August 4th. Looking for information both on the festival and on where to stay the night (cheaply!) [more inside]
posted by maryr at 10:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Spin Class to Go

So, I've been really loving spin class lately. However, the timings at my gym are such that I can only go 2 times a week. I'd like to spin 3-4x a week. Can you recommend any audio workouts (podcasts, etc) that simulate a spin class experience? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Jambo Zanzibar

I've got a few months. How can I learn the most possible Swahili in this time? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Purse repair in Chicago

Anyone know a good handbag repair shop in Chicago? I've got an expensive (leather, fabric lining) purse that I broke the zipper on and would like to have it fixed. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

What are some great resources on learning PMP and Project Management ?

What are some great books/resources for really learning and getting a master on Project Management? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Artist/name of this song?

Songfilter: long conga fill for the intro, female singer, older tune, maybe of hispanic origin, lyrics are something like: "i've been locked away for so long, i forget why i'm even here" help! driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Dealing with a boss who won't take no for an answer

I'm being asked to engage in business practices that are probably bad for my company in the long run and driving me nuts personally. I'm also a new temp and not in a great position to rock the boat. Is there any way to make this situation more bearable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

A Queer Girl's Guide to NYC

I'm a woman in her mid-twenties who is coming to realize that she might like other women in the romantic sense. I'm in NYC. How/where can I meet and date other women and get to know NYC's queer scene? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Traveling with baby

Flying for 10+ hours by myself with a 1 year old - crazy, or doable? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 9:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for GYN and GP in NYC

Moving to NYC, need recommendations for a gynecologist and a general practitioner. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 8:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Sausage tourism in Munich and Austria?

I'm a big fan of sausage - all kinds of sausage. Street vendor sausage, fancy sausage, pork sausage, chicken sausage, beef sausage. I am traveling to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna for a few weeks in July. Where can I get the best (for whatever definition of "best" suits you) sausages, whether it be a quick lunch at a vendor between sights or a sit-down dinner?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Coveting the Apple, but Wary of the Price

I'n seriously thinking of upgrading my 7-yr old Sony Vaio Notebook for the new MacBook Pro with retina display. Unless you think it's a really bad idea? Details of my computer usage and a question or three within. [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 8:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me sell myself more effectively.

Having trouble getting out from under the cloud of my resume. I worked in biotech for five years, and now want to transition into an advertising/design type career. I have the skills to transition, but all my work experience is routed in biotech.. what I am on paper is not what I am capable of in real life. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me fool my film camera

How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:08 AM PST - 15 comments

See you around, bank!!

Paying off the mortgage - what do I need to make sure the mortgage company/bank/whoever does? [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I save an old cookbook?

So I've been given a well-loved copy of the 1937 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Along with the cookbook are a bunch of recipes handwritten on random scraps of paper, such as napkins and envelopes. What should I do with all this? [more inside]
posted by jcatus at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me hydrate - I need the perfect bottle

Does my ideal drink container exist? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 7:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Comfortable Mac-compatible keyboards for people who type a lot: Y U NO EXIST?

So the 'H' key on my aluminum Apple USB keyboard gave up the ghost and I'm using the wireless Bluetooth keyboard while casting about for other options... [more inside]
posted by bokane at 7:05 AM PST - 12 comments


I'm not exactly sure how to phrase this question, but I'm looking to have access to a room full of puppies for an hour or two in DC. Help me! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 6:55 AM PST - 15 comments

ID this shrub

Shrub ID Filter: Can you identify this shrubbery? [more inside]
posted by rocketpup at 6:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Specific site for legal bootleg downloads -- help me re-find it please!

On my old computer (bookmarks now lost, sadly), I used to always go to a site that had free legal downloads of unreleased bootlegs of music shows. There was a bit of an emphasis on classic rock -- Dylan, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, etc. Now I can't remember what it was called! Can anyone help?
posted by michaeldunaway at 6:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Falling off the sleep train

After four days of sleep training our 7 month old, we've had good results for night sleeping, but day time sleep has gotten progressively worse. We are on the verge of giving up on the day time routine, but don't want to stop just before things turn around. Help? [more inside]
posted by gimletbiggles at 6:30 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I ban someone from liking my FB page?

I'm admin for a celebrity/personality/whatever page on Facebook, and am having trouble finding out how to ban someone we suspect will soon start creeping it up. [more inside]
posted by jabes at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Europe with a toddler?

Is France or Italy better for a 2-year old? [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 4:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Help: NYC apartment search

Help me move to NYC Part 1: Finding an apartment (Brooklyn? Jersey City?) [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 3:31 AM PST - 42 comments

Need stitches without the ER

My girlfriend just got a cut on her leg from a glass table, about 1/4" deep, maybe a little deeper. We think she needs stitches or at least antibiotics, but she doesn't have health insurance. What is the cheapest option to get looked at and treated? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 2:54 AM PST - 23 comments

My ears are requesting some swoony swagger.

I'm looking for more songs like these three (male vocals, with dark and dour swoony swagger): Elbow - The Fix, The Damned - Torture Me, Blur - To the End. I already know about Murder by Death, Firewater, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Morphine and Marc Almond...what am I missing?
posted by iamkimiam at 2:03 AM PST - 26 comments

Recommend me some interesting single author blogs.

Recommendations for interesting single author blogs? I am in interested in reading more "interesting people" who blog. I am looking for blogs written either exclusively or predominantly by a single author, regardless of topic - provided they are accesible to the general intelligent reader (so sadly that probably rules out mathematics blogs). Who should I be reading and why are they worth my time? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 1:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Where in the world is this?

Can someone tell me where this picture was taken?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for my OkCupid profile, and on how to initiate conversations with women?

My OkCupid profile--any suggestions? And what's the best way to initiate conversations with women? [more inside]
posted by Willpower at 12:09 AM PST - 51 comments

June 28

How to disable this new Facebook in-news-feed advertising?

How to disable this new Facebook in-news-feed advertising? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Accepting LinkedIn invites from recruiters you don't know

What do you do if you receive a Linkedin invite from a recruiter of a company that you've had dealings with in the past, but not with the recruiter themselves? [more inside]
posted by glache at 10:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Name that Art!

Name that art installation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Fall of 2007! [more inside]
posted by pknodle at 10:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I want a HD camera that can also do slo-mo filming.

CameraFilter: I am looking to buy a DSLR camera that can not only videotape movie-quality HD, but also film in super slo-mo. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 10:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Hyperventilating kitten?

Kitten health panic question! Short version: Six-week old kitten hyperventilates when sleeping after meals. Breathing is extremely rapid and shallow, kitten can't be roused. Healthy, active, playful and feisty in all other ways. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 at 9:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Got a great new job - why do I feel so sad?

After eight years at an idiosyncratic dept at a major university, I got a "golden ticket" job at a hot new start-up in my field. I am thrilled. But I am also deeply sad about leaving my friends and colleagues. I mean, deeply, deeply, crying-about-it frequently sad. (More sadness inside!) [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam at 9:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me get a flight quickly & cheaply!

Please help me get a flight quickly & cheaply! This may have been answered in a previous question - if so, please point me in the right direction, but I need input quickly. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 8:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Why do I look best in the morning?

So, it seems like I look my best first thing in the morning (right after I wake up), and I lose that look after about 30 minutes. I can't figure out why this is the case - it seems people tend to usually think the opposite. I'd like to prolong this effect as long as possible, so any suggestions to that effect are also welcomed. Any ideas hivemind?
posted by Sakura3210 at 8:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Famous poets traveling to new locations to test their ability

I remember reading somewhere that some famous, ancient (?) Japanese (?) poets liked to travel to new places where they were not yet well-known, in order to test their abilities and attempt to re-establish themselves as talented poets. Does this ring any bells? Do you know of any sources that talk about such a thing? Any examples of such poets? Anything similar in a field other than poetry?
posted by palet at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments


I've come into a pound of carob chips and a large tin of carob powder. My baking skills are elementary level. But I like carob for being carob and not just fake choc. Give me your fave recipes. Bonus if they can appeal to people unfamiliar with it so I can share my handiwork with them.
posted by asockpuppet at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself?

Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself? I don't want to get screwed some how. [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 8:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Not sure if I should move in with roommates.

Not sure if I'm comfortable living with roommates. Am I being irrational? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 8:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Best blogs, magazines, or forums investigating human condition?

What are some excellent magazines, blogs, or forums that investigate how we should live our lives--not from strictly scientific, academic, faith-based or new-age points of view (though some of any of these is fine)--but through a wider, more eclectic spiritual/ethical lens?
posted by shivohum at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that classical trombone tune

Name that classical tune! This classical music tune has bugged me for years. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Making the most of a layover in Iceland?

Four adults, two teenagers, two elementary-aged kids, and a 7 hour layover in Reykjavik. What can we do with that? [more inside]
posted by padraigin at 7:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Stupid IE.

CSS gurus: Please help me understand why IE is doing this stupid thing, and how I can fix it. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:21 PM PST - 9 comments

No Christmas this year, maybe not ever again

How do I gently let my family and friends know well in advance that I can't do Christmas gifts this year, no way no how and do not want gifts when I can't reciprocate? [more inside]
posted by vers at 6:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me rekindle the romance and passion in my relationship.

How can my girlfriend and I rekindle our relationship after a few months of rockiness? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 6:37 PM PST - 14 comments

No, we have no Grey Poupon!

My family hates the taste of Dijon mustard. But so many recipes that sound delicious include Dijon as an ingredient! Can I just skip the Dijon, or should I substitute something else? And, if so, what?
posted by Malla at 6:08 PM PST - 17 comments

B is for Baffled

Name that swingin' kid-appropriate tune! [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm in love, how do I not go crazy?

I love her and she loves me. Help me not lose my goddamn mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

It snot quite the right salt...

What happens if I make my own neti pot solution using iodized salt? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo at 5:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Recommended hot chocolate for hot water?

I'm looking for recommendations for hot chocolate mixes which don't require you to add them to milk (it's probably best if they already contain the milk, but that's not required as long as it doesn't taste thin and watery when you put it in hot water). I'm not lactose intolerant, but I don't usually have milk around, plus it's much easier & more convenient to heat up water. [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Can someone please explain why baby rice cereal goes sloppier rather than thicker over time?

I am currently feeding my baby rice cereal (just powdered rice) which I mix with a little hot water and breast milk into a sort of thick goop however I have noticed that if I leave it for around five or so minutes it begins to turn into a much runnier almost liquid consistency. I would have thought it would have got thicker over time. Could someone please explain why this happens?
posted by soymilk at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Where would I find good examples of portrait sculpture in NYC?

Where would I find good examples of portrait sculpture in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

If the shirt fits…

Where to shop for fashionable men's clothes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Needing wood of a certain size

I am fixing the flooring in our kitchen and pulled out some pieces of white oak. They are 5/8" x 2 1/4" tongue-and-groove. The pieces have stamped underneath: "MO. HDW. FLG. CO. BIRCH TREE. MO.N.O.F.M.A." [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Driving from Barcelona to Girona

Barcelona --> Girona We're picking up a rental car at noon in Barcelona in order to drive to Girona for dinner at 9pm. Any suggestions for routes to take? Or stops along the way? Is there anything significant or beautiful that we should see along the way? Or is it worth taking a longer route in order to visit a town or site? As long as we make it to Girona for our 9:00pm dinner reservation, we're open to any suggestions you might have.
posted by tmharris65 at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Cold as ice and/or burning up for your love

I have a 1700 square ft. house. I have an air conditioner/heating system that is set up to operate with the whole house as one zone. I have one room that is out of proportion to the rest of the of the rooms in the house (much larger, much higher ceiling) that is always hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. So I'm thinking the solution is for that room to be separated into a second zone. How? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 2:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for Glue

Looking for an adhesive that can bond silcon rubber to ABS. Being able to fill small gaps would be a plus
posted by Raybun at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you transcribe stuttering dialogue?

Poor understanding of grammar might cost me my job. Can anyone help an audio-typist fight back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 30 comments

the bed's worn and tired legs

What is this white/metal part on my bed frame called, and where can I get replacements? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

A warm place with no memory

Mexico beach filter: Is there anywhere I could go on the Yucatan for a low-cost, laid-back, bohemian-esque week on the beach this November? Or should I stick with the area around Zipolite on the Oaxaca coast? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Selling Real Estate, and Not Buying Again Immediately

My house sold earlier this month. I am not buying a new house right away, but... maybe? How long can I wait? How will this affect taxes? And if I could buy property, should I in order to avoid penalties (if there are any)? You are not my lawyer or my accountant, but way more details with a little bit of drama after the jump. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Lombard ---> ORD

What's the best/cheapest way to get three people from a hotel in Lombard, Illinois to O'hare on a Tuesday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Are all Ikea cam screws and locks plastic now?

I just received some replacement cam screws and locks from Ikea and the locks are plastic! Are all Ikea cam locks plastic now? Alternatively, do Billy bookcases come with plastic locks now? I bought mine years ago and they were metal. Picture of what a cam screw and lock look like in case they go by some other name I don't know
posted by racecar at 12:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Do they make a user's manual for the ISS?

Where can I find more detailed technical information about the International Space Station? In particular, how the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and various atmospheric control systems (like the Elektron system) function? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

My employers need an electrician. I need advice on hiring one!

Hooray! I got my employers' approval to get some electrical work we've badly needed for a long time in our lab/office suite done. I have no word-of-mouth recommendations of local electricians to go on, so I'm checking around online and trying to get quotes. As such, I have a few questions on how to most effectively screen for quality, recognize a fair price for the work, and deal with the etiquette aspects of the quoting process. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 12:03 PM PST - 10 comments

I don't want to be one of those marathoners stopping for a smoke break

if I quit smoking, how much faster will I run? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:47 AM PST - 22 comments

is there a 12 step program for house selling?

How do I sell a house? I want the nuts and bolts procedural steps. FSBO? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Need to lock down my home tower

Greetings! I recently bought a Gateway FX tower computer as a server and would like to secure it to the desk with a cable. I only see the smallest little loop in the back to pass a padlock though, nothing any bigger than a luggage padlock will pass thu it. (you could breach one of those with your teeth, I think! :D) I have looked all over the Gateway related sites and the user guides and find nothing that indicates any sort of hidden lock loop for a decent sized padlock. Any suggestions? thanks in advance! ConnieL
posted by ConnieL at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get over the golf hump?

You're a single digit handicap. You were more or less a hacker for years and years and years (hitting in the 90s+). How did you get better? I'm sure it means practice-- but how did you approach practice? How did you approach the game? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

NO cheeses for this missus

Help me pretend I am not missing cheese horribly! Suggestions for cheese & milk free dishes & resources. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 11:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Postcards for the Pokey

My little brother is currently in jail, and will likely be staying there or in a similar facility for quite a while. He is only allowed to receive postcards, and softcover books mailed from Amazon or B&N. If either of these items violate the byzantine regulations (details contained within), they will not reach him. What are some creative things that are basically just pieces of paper (no paint, stickers, double layers, etc) I can send as postcards? What are some books that won’t be taken away for sex, drug, gang, etc content you’d recommend for a 23 year old male who never really read for pleasure, recently earned his GED, and likes Hunter S. Thompson? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:20 AM PST - 100 comments

Take my money already.

I need to mail approximately $1,000 worth of euros from WA to NY. We received it from our bank through FedEx, but FedEx refused to accept the shipment when I tried to send it and said that the bank must have had third party insurance. What is the best way to get the money to the opposite coast within the next couple of weeks?
posted by halogen at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm a backa of PPACA

I've been working in health care compliance for a large insurance company. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld PPACA, I'd like to use my powers for good and not for evil. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Moving to BC with a car

My wife and I are moving to British Columbia on temporary work permits, from the US, and we'll be bringing in a car. However, we want to drive up through Alberta (Burgess Shale tourism!) on our way to Vancouver, and I'm concerned that this may cause major headaches with regard to insurance, registration, licenses, etc. Please help us avoid border crossing nightmares! [more inside]
posted by inkfish at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Help be unbreakup with my work

I recently posted a question on getting my confidence back after making a number of (considered major) mistakes in my work. Since then I've been having odd emotional reactions and I'd appreciate any thoughts as to how to manage and minimise them. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 10:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Intro to Amateur Film?

I have an idea for an amateur film project I'd like to try out, only I've never so much as held a video camera. Where should I start learning? Ready to jump in with both feet. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Any info on Gaziantep,Turkey?

My daughter just got a Fulbright ETA Fellowship to Gaziantep,Turkey. Anyone been there? Info on what to visit, where not to go? She lived a year in Istanbul in college and we traveled through European Turkey as a family several times when she was younger, but I am curious about how conservative this part of Turkey is. It is close to Aleppo, which normally I would encourage her to visit, but the recent Turkish/Syrian political situation may change my feelings on that. She is a very experienced traveller and open-minded to new experiences.
posted by Isadorady at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Oil rig work/ Job

Texas oil rig worker: ok....I will try to make this quick. Current network engineer for the past 12 years, completely burnt out. I have decided I want to work on a rig doing tough, hard, labor and work my way up from the bottom. No experience whatsoever in this realm or any manual labor. However, I'm in shape, physically strong, and a very hard worker. I'm looking ideally for an entry level (rig hand, floorhand, etc...whatever) where I work 1 or 2 weeks on and the same off, or something like that. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

When do I cut my losses on broken spokes?

I keep breaking spokes on my rear wheel! My bike is only a few years old (more than 2, less than 5), and I've broken 3 spokes so far this season. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kyol at 9:57 AM PST - 18 comments

What happens with a bankruptcy?

I am thinking I might need to file bankruptcy, but have very basic questions. Help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Dishes and Cans and Code

I am a possible budding industrial engineer with a background as a programmer. Help me decide what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by Folk at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Where should we live?

Help us decide where to live - options inside! [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 9:25 AM PST - 13 comments

What athletic shoes are worth the bigger pricetags?

Best all-around athletic shoes? snowflakes after the break. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 8:59 AM PST - 16 comments

He peed on my wife's leg

We have a neutered 15 month Irish Terrier. Very well trained and walked etc, a very content little fellow. I (the Dad in the family) take him on most walks and fun/training stuff. Today as my wife walked him, while stopped at a street corner waiting to cross, he quietly cocked a leg and peed on her leg! I've seen non-neutered dogs at the park do this but never our dog. He listens to both of us but I have most interaction with him. What does this behavior mean? What do you think is going on his head?
posted by jdcasey at 8:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me keep a connection for ten seconds!

TechSupportFilter: Internet connection drops out after five seconds regardless of whether I'm connected via wireless or ethernet [more inside]
posted by LSK at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Good movies starring hrithik roshan?

Does anyone have any recommendations for good movies starring hrithik roshan? Ive just seen jodhaa akbar which was great....and kites, which wasnt so much. I think he can be a very subtle wonderful actor...does it depend on the director?
posted by sparkle55 at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me to have a nice day in the Netherlands this Sunday on my long layover.

Help me to have a nice day in the Netherlands this Sunday on my long layover. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 8:53 AM PST - 12 comments

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

Help me find or create a calendar of events in Orlando that would be suitable for a couple in a tuxedo and gown or cocktail dress. Not just things that are in the near future, but year round types of things! [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Where does "on the wrong side of square law" come from?

Where does this phrase come from? "On the wrong side of square law" is a science aphorism for a situation in which efforts must be increased at an exponential rate to achieve only modest returns. Does it have a specific origin or source?
posted by Jackson at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

shopping unique to nyc

What are some NYC-centric chains? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 7:58 AM PST - 83 comments

Volvo FrontEndFilter: How much is this going to cost me?

My 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo sedan failed inspection for a tie rod, a ball joint, and front tires. I took it in and am sitting around waiting on my estimate. Just curious. How much should I expect to pay for this? Labor is $70/hr. [more inside]
posted by even butter at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is FOB often capitalized when referring to key fobs?

I regularly see people use the uppercase FOB when referring to a key fob, such as a car door lock remote, SecureID, etc. But, why? The only reason I can come up with is that, with the advent of key fobs for computer uses, they were presumed to be advanced enough that they must be some manner of acronym.
posted by c0nsumer at 7:25 AM PST - 21 comments

"To scree" or not "to scree" - that is the question

[Asking for a friend]: There is some sci-fi book I read at some point which I think was famous enough to be known by lots of folks in which the term "to scree" or "to skry" (or something very similar) was used to see the contents of people's minds (?) or the future (?). Help. Whats the actual term? And, what is the book and or series and or author?
posted by googly at 7:17 AM PST - 27 comments

Buy one neutering, get one free?

CatFilter: My family recently inherited a bushelful of cats, including quite a few kittens who are getting to the age wherein they need to be fixed lest they start producing more (inbred, in this case) kittens with each other! There are a lot of cats, however, and minimal funding with which to fix them. Does anyone have any recommendations for the cheapest spayings/neuterings in the Northern Virginia area? Thanks!
posted by Keter at 7:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Big Brother Google, leave me alone!

I would like to purchase an App for my Android Samsung Tablet, but am concerned about my privacy and GoogleWallet. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I purchase a home that I found out, after submitting an offer, belongs to an alleged (charged but not convicted) pedophile?

Should I purchase a home that I found out, after submitting an offer, belongs to an alleged (charged but not convicted) pedophile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 AM PST - 42 comments

Please recommend movie scores and soundtracks that stand alone as works of art.

What are the best movie soundtracks and scores that can be listened to as musical experiences purely based on the music, not in relation to the movies they were written for? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 4:19 AM PST - 111 comments

How does email tracking work?

We're trying to understand e-mail tracking (Mailchimp etc). It's confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by Ricardus at 3:57 AM PST - 17 comments

June 27

Southwest Spirit Magazine Surfing Article

I once read an amazing article in Southwest's Spirit Magazine about a guy who takes businessmen surfing in southern California, often resulting in the businessmen quitting their jobs to become surf bums. Can anyone help me find it? [more inside]
posted by holympus at 11:35 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the long term & retirement like for freelancers?

What is the long-term freelancer outlook like? Where "long term" equals 10 years in until retirement? [more inside]
posted by circular at 10:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Creamed me in his mom's minivan!

Corvette body shops in the Chicago, IL, USA area? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Things to do/places to stay in Louisville, KY?

Really, really psyched to be going to the Forecastle Festival this year in Louisville, KY. Where should we sleep at night? And what shouldn't we miss in Louisville? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Shopping cart for a static website?

I have a completely hand-coded website. I want to start selling things on the website, but I don't want to change the site's design. How can I most easily accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 9:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Schoolhouse on the rocks

My boyfriend might take a while to finish school. How can I be more OK with this?- Or should I? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 9:41 PM PST - 77 comments

Have you seen the jack in the green?

Help me remember a long forgotten poem, Hive Mind! Here's what I remember: spring, a man growing horns and hooves, a fall into roots, red thread. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:21 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do for five hours in Bali without much money

I'm in Bali on a work-related trip, but my colleague is jet-lagged and has cancelled the stuff we were meant to be doing today. So what is a good fun or relaxing itinerary for the next six hours, without spending too much money? I'll just hang out in the hotel pool if all else fails, but maybe Metafilter can come up with a better plan? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting contacts off a stone-cold dead T-Mobile MDA?

How can I get contacts off a stone-cold dead T-Mobile MDA? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

I-80 road food?

Driving from Sacramento to Chicago along I-80. Any must-stop restaurants along the route (breakfast/lunch/dinner), without too much of a detour? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 7:40 PM PST - 12 comments

buy here / pay here - but not too much, hopefully?

I need a reliable car that I can count on. I'm a person with pretty bad credit, but I have a steady income in a job I've had for a while. What are my options? I'm thinking hard about checking out a used car lot; what should I look for, loan- and car-wise? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 7:19 PM PST - 28 comments

A tooth fairy gave me some teeth - what do I do with them?

So, what DOES the 'tooth fairy' do with Baby Teeth? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 6:52 PM PST - 32 comments

This Cat's Never Gonna Leave the Bed, Will He.

New cat is not exploring new home. How do we convince him we are nice people? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Best ThinkPad laptop for a student?

Best ThinkPad laptop for a student? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Likert? I don't even know 'er!

I'm narrowing down the services I could offer when I become self-employed. Is survey design and analysis a viable service for a one-person business to offer, or do clients only trust big research firms with that sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should a single 26 year old guy look for work?

How can I decide where to settle down after graduating from grad school? I'm a 26 year old single guy and looking to plant roots. [more inside]
posted by Amistad at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Shockingly Good Barbecue Smoker

Jerry-rigging a hot plate. Help me (a total beginner at electricity) not get myself killed, and maybe even learn something. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a good memoir/autobiography

I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 5:06 PM PST - 37 comments

What to do with anchovy paste?

I bought a tube of anchovy paste. I have no idea what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 4:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Patent Question

Rational design of drugs - patentable? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me choose a camera!

I'd like to move up from a point-and-shoot camera to a sub-$400 starter DSLR -- but which to choose? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 4:02 PM PST - 9 comments

how to intelligently place a crop box

What command line tool should I be looking at for this slightly-intelligent batch image processing task? [more inside]
posted by brightghost at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I putting too much pressure on my head in this position?

Am I going to hurt my neck while masturbating? I'm female. No, not talking about erotic asphyxiation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheap or free alternatives to Dreamweaver

I'm looking for an alternative to Dreamweaver for Mac. I'm really interested only in the html-editing shortcuts. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 3:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Uncleanable dishes?

How can I remove greasy film from glass and plastic dishes? [more inside]
posted by ninekinds at 3:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Should be Holland Park, but without the bark.

London Filter: Aunt and Mom plus one nephew looking for a place to stay mid-August. Any ideas that are three day weekend central to everything with some character? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 2:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get someone else to help my mom.

I'd like to have some one-time physical assistance/qualified help on hand to help my disabled mother go down a flight of stairs, but what kind of service should I be looking for, and how do I contact them? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 2:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Game of Thrones is Getting Me Down

I need a great escapist doorstop novel, and I love some magic and weird creatures, but most big fantasy novels seem to be about BAND of WARRIORS leading to EPIC BATTLE and grimness and people dying. Battles bore me and I'm just not that interested in violence (including magical violence). I'm also interested in people without so much power-- so no royalty, super-wizards, or Chosen Ones. Can you recommend fantasy books that AREN'T about warriors, magical or otherwise? That feature intrepid traders? Cunning craftspeople? What are the bourgeoisie and the working stiffs up to in magic epic land? [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse at 2:33 PM PST - 78 comments

Human training.

My puppy has gamed a way for me to spend an extra 5 minutes with him in the morning. By peeing on the floor. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 2:26 PM PST - 20 comments

What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees.

What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Color timelines of movies? Where did I see this?

FindThisOnTheWebFilter: I vaguely remember seeing something online where someone converted entire movies into a single long image like a timeline, to better see the colour balance over the course of the movie. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 1:52 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I do about my perforated septum?

What should I do or know about my perforated septum? [more inside]
posted by doubtless at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Vegetarian places along Rte 395

LionessIndex (my wife) and I will be heading north from San Diego to Yosemite in early July, via Rte. 395 (yes we have air conditioning). My wife is vegetarian, I am an omnivore but will gladly eat non-animal-product stuff. Where can we stop for meals? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex at 1:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Pharma, here I come.

The newspaper I work for has asked me to take over reporting about the pharma business. I...know nothing about the topic or related topics. What should I be reading / doing to become an expert as fast as possible? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 1:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Bad-tasting onions and garlic in a crockpot?

Do crockpots make onions and garlic taste bad in your experience? If so, why does it happen? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 1:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Variety in work out plan.

I started going to the gym 5 days a week last year and am managing to hold steady with that. I do one hour a day, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes yoga, and 15 minutes weights. (The remaining 15 minutes is me lying on the ground breathing heavily at various points.) Should I be concentrating on one of the three at a time? [more inside]
posted by Dynex at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

It has been two months since my beloved grandmother died. I still think about her every day. Is this normal?

It has been two months since my beloved grandmother died. I still think about her every day. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 41 comments

Help. I have forgotten how to shop for clothes for myself and don't know where to start.

I am job hunting and need to learn to buy clothes that compliment me and that do not convey the obvious discomfort that wearing a suit would convey. Also, I am so out of the loop for clothes shopping that I feel overwhelmed when I try to even think about shopping for clothes. (This question gets long.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 13 comments

My cat can't tell me when he's feeling better. How will I know?

My cat is sick. He's been to the vet. I'm still concerned. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:24 PM PST - 25 comments

Self-publishing e-books

I am considering self-publishing an e-book. What are some resources for creating the most professional version of an e-book? I'm talking about design, layout, distribution, etc. I'm looking for both tips and links to the best books/websites on the matter. I'm fortunate enough to have some money to spend, if that affects your answer.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Outlook 2010 tortures my poor corporate soul

Outlook 2010 Filter - Why oh why do the changes I make to body portion of .oft email templates not save correctly? Woah not all at once now! [more inside]
posted by amazingstill at 12:10 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I manage collaborative voting on a CMS-based website?

Trying to solve a voting problem on a collaborative website. Say you were running an awards website and you wanted your judges to vote first on nominees, then on the winners. The system would go like this ... [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 11:59 AM PST - 0 comments

Send to Tivo. Simple as that.

Is there a Readability-like app for video that will send YouTube videos to my Tivo or Apple TV with one or two mouse clicks? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Emphatically *not* gluten free.

Vegetarian recipes filter: I have a box of "vital wheat gluten" sitting around my pantry. What can I do with it that is vegetarian (lacto-ovo; no other food restrictions) and tastes delicious? I am pretty decent at both cooking and baking, so complicated recipes are welcome alongside simpler ones.
posted by shamash at 11:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Freezer freezin' my toes!

Is there a sensible reason that freezer drawers on the bottom aren't made out of a solid piece of plastic to keep the cold air in? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 11:40 AM PST - 23 comments

Workout websites/apps/suggestions?

Looking for workout routine suggestion sources, primarily for weightlifting routines. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Reducing noise between doors

How to temporarily reduce sound through a shared door? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 11:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I find someone to yell at me until I finish my work?

Is there audio I can download to encourage me not to give up on tasks? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 11:12 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with the groups of kids on my lawn?

Stayoffmylawnfilter: are my feelings unreasonable, here? [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft at 10:53 AM PST - 88 comments

Open-source thesis design?

Where can I find dissertations with excellent design? I would like to directly copy someone's LaTeX formatting for a hard-science thesis. [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I sell a leather jacket in LA right now?

Where can I sell a leather jacket in LA right now? Is online or in store best? [more inside]
posted by Temeraria at 10:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Telephone landline spammers suck!

UK: We have just had a telephone landline connected a few weeks ago and immediately started getting calls from these auto dialing message spammers / scammers about legal settlements and super funds or banks etc... There are 2-3 calls a day. Is there anything I can do about this to make them stop? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Ice cube trays

I have two ice cube trays, identical in every way. Except! The ice cubes come out perfectly from one, but shatter into pieces from the other. Why? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by echo target at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Hello, Ruby Wednesday

Imagine I'm a transplant from 1950 who only has the vaguest idea of how the internet works. Now explain to me how to migrate a Ruby on Rails website from one server to another. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

I Still Love You, California! Goodnight!

Upscale and downscale food, drink and adventure in SF for 4-Jul Week? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the state of the art in fun, inclusive party gaming?

What's the latest and greatest in party-style competitive or cooperative (ideally four player or even more) videogames? Our current selection is a little bit long in the tooth and I'm wondering if there's something I should be purchasing or downloading to freshen things up for this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels at 9:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Prefixes in a series--help!

Grammar question: How to treat hyphenated prefixes when used in a series. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 9:36 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me?

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me? Especially, when those insults are race related. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 9:34 AM PST - 57 comments

Help me hook my friend up! TV as a computer monitor question.

I have been asked to help a friend set up her (not yet purchased) TV as a wireless monitor for her computer. Can you explain it to me like I'm 5? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Need some ideas to motivate employees to complete required daily paperwork.

I need advice as to how to motivate employees to complete their mandatory daily paperwork. Difficulty: tradesmen. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:24 AM PST - 24 comments

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 9:12 AM PST - 14 comments

You're sheeting me.

Please recommend me some bedding (specifically, a sheet set)! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 9:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Business Plan help! Inventory pricing woes.

I'm working on a business plan to open a specialty food store. Everything was going great until trying to price out the start up inventory. [more inside]
posted by ilikefood at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

You Are Not My Urologist, but if you were..help me unblock! (slightly squicky details inside)

Hello! I'm a 33 year old male (NYC-based until 8/1 when I will be in Atlanta) with a very frustrating issue that I'm hoping those of you in the field might be able to help me diagnose. I've been to several urologists who have not helped me very much (the list of things that have been done is included below). If nothing else, I would love a recommendation for a urologist in either city that wont just dismiss me out of hand and not take this seriously. Throwaway email for additional details: helpmego@tempemail.net [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Have you made the switch from freelancing to full-time employment, and why?

I'm interested in hearing from people who intentionally made the switch from freelancing to (or back to) a more traditional work situation. What were your reasons? Do you think it was a good decision? [more inside]
posted by shiggins at 7:54 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I pick a website host? What questions should I ask? Hope me host!

I am looking for a webhost for my work website. What sort of questions should I be asking "Sarah in Utah" about their web hosting service? What should I be considering while making a decision? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Pulling the plug on cable

I want to get rid of cable, but don't want to lose the content my wife and I like. There are too many options, so I need help piecing together the right setup. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 7:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Good design goes to heaven

How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me kick my TV habit, please?

I'm having problems with my escapism. How do I kick my TV addiction? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 7:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Details on Sandy Hook, NJ?

Thinking of taking a day trip from NYC to Sandy Hook, NJ. Anyone have advice/tips? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Searching for an old drive in and motel in southern Ontario.

Looking for 2 film-shoot locations anywhere in southern Ontario: an old (ideally, abandoned) drive-in theater and a small shabby motel.
posted by davebush at 6:06 AM PST - 10 comments

multifunctional clothing

What are the best multi-functional clothing? Like the Le Sac dress or Circle Scarf? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Shoes for underpronated runner

Does anyone have any running shoe recommendations for a Underpronation / supronation runner? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 5:53 AM PST - 3 comments

What happened to alt.NPR?

What happened to alt.NPR? Has anything taken its place? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

rotten teeth

Cursed with rotten teeth! In spite of brushing and flossing, still tons of cavities every checkup. What will work to stop this? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 5:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Learning to live with my past

How can I learn to live with regret and self-hatred related to my lack of relationship and sexual experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 AM PST - 32 comments

WANTED: shoe recommendations for a wedding photographer.

WANTED: shoe recommendations for a wedding photographer. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 5:19 AM PST - 15 comments

beginner book on python

I have done some java but I am still a novice programmer and would need to start from a beginner's level. Could anyone please give recommendations for suitable good books. I will also try the official python tutorial as well, but I don't find online resources on their own to be as good as having a book to supplement helpful online materials.
posted by conrad101 at 3:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Would rather not be a wallflower.

Please give me some strategies on navigation (and perhaps even enjoying) a party where I won't know anyone, and everyone else will know each other. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Snagging a last-minute reservation at a fancy restaurant?

I'm going on a trip to New York in the middle of July, and I'd like to have a meal at one of the fancier restaurants in the city -- say, Eleven Madison Park or Jean Georges. Unfortunately, I didn't plan things out very far in advance, so I don't have a reservation. What should I do to maximize my chances of getting a seat? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 2:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me fix my studio?

Is it possible to reinforce cheap laminated bookshelves to support a large collection of heavy, full-color, hardcover books? Is there such a thing as sturdy RTA shelving that doesn't start with E, end with t, and come from Ikea? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 2:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Budget Insanity! Or, how am I so broke?

I'm starting a job where I will make $700/week, with additional overtime after 60 hours per week (pretty rare). The job provides excellent health benefits that cost $80/month. I live in Los Angeles, I'm trying to live within my means, and I'm freaking out. It's hard to tell if my budget is out of whack - can you help me? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 12:47 AM PST - 76 comments

Looking for women

Lately I've been hooked on La Roux and Gossip, as well as Tegan and Sara. Where else can I find this sorta dance-pop / synthpop / electropop / indie rock mixed with dance punk plus strong female vocals and hopefully good lyrics? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 12:16 AM PST - 42 comments

PS3 controllers going bad awfully fast

Playstation 3 controllers have both lost battery chargability, they were bought in late November 2011. Seven months ago. Is that just about par for the course? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 12:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Terrifying Paintings at the Vatican?

Is there a secret gallery at The Vatican of terrifying images of Christian idols? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge at 12:03 AM PST - 10 comments

June 26

Thick colored acrylic?

Where can I buy colored acrylic thicker than 1/4". [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 9:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Was having a baby a mistake?

I am the mother of a beautiful, 5 week old baby girl. I wonder if I've made the biggest mistake of my life. [more inside]
posted by elizamina at 9:04 PM PST - 75 comments

I want to learn about ecology, coming from a mathematical background

Help me learn about ecology. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments


I think I need to file bankruptcy. Guilt and shame. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Sock Me Gently

Where can a guy with long legs and muscular calves get interesting socks that fit? [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault at 8:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed?

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed? Details inside, obviously. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

ssscat - funny name, amazing results

Where can I buy refills for the sssCat cat training spray? [more inside]
posted by negative1 at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Identification of a revolting bug in my house.

Found a bug in my brand new house that looks suspiciously like something that eats wood. This is a VERY BAD THING. Please help me identify. [more inside]
posted by supercapitalist at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I be haggling or running away?

Should I buy a Subaru Impreza with a rebuilt title in Michigan? I'm looking at two Impreza hatchbacks, both 2006 models. One of them has about 60,000 miles, and according to the seller he has only replaced the hood and the front bumper. The other has about 50,000 miles, and the seller claims he has just replaced the rear quarter panel and the hatchback door. He's asking $7,900 for either one. Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 6:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Remember my dinosaur song?

I'm trying to find a vaguely remembered childhood song about dinosaurs. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 6:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Thinking of switching electrial provider and need some tips.

I am considering changing my electricity provider and I have never done this before. What I want to know are what things should be considered before making a switch such as this. My basics reasons are cost and that Comed, the local provider has treated me like crap over the years and I am tired of their corporate doublespeak and crappy service. [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun with Mac drives on my PC

I have an external drive, formatted for Mac, that needs a scheduled back-up in a Windows 7 environment (or some other solution). [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 6:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Good whiskey selection in Seattle?

Are there any liquor stores in Seattle that have a decent bourbon whiskey selection (since the law changed)? [more inside]
posted by uleekunkel at 6:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Songs to sign along with!

I'm learning sign language, and I thought it'd be fun to practice by making music videos. I'm hearing, but I'd like my videos to be interesting even without sound. Know any suitable songs for this? [more inside]
posted by Yma at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

iTunes Missing Songs, Apple Fix Didn't Work

My iTunes is suddenly missing thousands of songs and all my playlists despite the music files still being there--have tried Apple's fix. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How does Community Property affect property tax when someone passes away?

How is property tax assessed for houses that are owned as community property w/right of survivorship if one of the spouses passes away? I know that in California, at least, the value of the property is completely stepped up for purposes of calculating capital gains tax. But is property tax then also re-assessed at the stepped up value? [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there hope in finding love for someone like me?

How in the hell does anybody navigate the world of dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Books on Block Clubs?

Can you recommend books or other sources of information on block clubs? I am interested to read about how block clubs and neighbor alliances transform neighborhoods and citizens.
posted by Riverine at 4:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I go to my 10 year high school reunion?

10 year high school reunion this weekend. Wasn't going to go, now have second thoughts. My life isn't great and have underachieved. Is it worth going to for curiosity? [more inside]
posted by lankford at 4:19 PM PST - 30 comments

Question about getting rid of PMI insurance

In order to get rid of PMI insurance. Do I need to pay it down to 78 percent of original loan amount? or 78 percent of the amount my house is worth at the moment? I have seen both as answers and can't seem to find a definitive answer. CA is my state.
posted by couchdive at 3:52 PM PST - 9 comments

How to move on from my abusive father?

Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas?

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 3:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I haz secooritees?

What kind of security box should I get? Small/affordable ones please! [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 3:22 PM PST - 7 comments

What makes your therapist great?

Are there unique and non-obvious things your therapist does that have been helpful to you? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 3:05 PM PST - 43 comments

No chopins, please.

My sister badly needs new shoes, but wants a comfortable pair of sneakers or flats that "would not be out of place in the French court." [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 2:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How Does One Notice or Become Better at Noticing Opportunity?

How does you notice Opportunity before anyone else does? How can you get better at noticing or finding Opportunity and making money out of it? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Can someone recommend a good book on the history of immigration in the U.S.?

Can someone recommend a good book on the history of immigration in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by WStraub at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Wot Ape?

How were the ideas expressed in The Origin of Species received among country people and laypersons in Victorian England? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Supply Chain Management for Small E-commerce Businesses

Is there a practical handbook or online course for an ambitious small e-commerce business on how to do supply chain management the right way? I'm particularly interested in logistics, warehousing and stock-keeping. Bonus points if this resource also aims to inspire you to innovate despite being a small business. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking evidence of Forever 21's overseas sweatshops

Are there any documented accounts of Forever 21 using sweatshop labor overseas? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 2:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me find the perfect pen... 1000 of them!

Help me find the perfect pen... 1000 of them! I have a very specific type of marker in mind - in fact, I've already bought one of them - but I'm having trouble finding this type of marker available in mass quantity. Help? [more inside]
posted by pants at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Agile & Scrum, SOAP, Huh?

Agile and Scrum methodology experience...I have none but I've got my foot in the door! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you communicate Enterprise IT outages?

How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Attend Health Care Ruling

Is there any chance at all I'll be able to see the SCOTUS health care ruling this Thursday? [more inside]
posted by ethansh at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's play find a photo!

Let's play find-a-photo! Last year, I saw a link to an old-timey black and white photograph of 3 figures, perhaps on a hill or some other outdoor place. One man was wearing a monkey mask, another (I believe) a wolf mask, and a woman had an enormous black veil that obscured her face. They were all in fancy dress. I believe it was an old photo, not a new photo made to appear that way. It was sort of creepy. [more inside]
posted by dysh at 12:37 PM PST - 7 comments

hey, it's better than socks

Do you have FABULOUS bath towels? Tell me about them! [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 12:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Recommendations on a new green car purchase?

thinking of buying a new car. Priorities are : 1) green (fuel efficient) 2) safe 3) can seat 4-5 4) ideally will hold an 8-9 foot surfboard inside (not essential) 5) I drive about 30 miles a day Amongst other options in looking at the new prius plug-in, how does one really calculate per mile costs? My concern is that in Hawaii, where electricity costs are through the roof, the savings accrued through plug in option are minimal and the costs not minor. What other vehicles would one look into? I have the Hyundai Elantra, Fit, regular prius
posted by dougiedd at 12:03 PM PST - 27 comments

This is starting to interfere with my work

I need a web-based typing tutor that is aimed at adults who still hunt and peck, not at children who can't type at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I still be a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record?

Can I become a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

August in Marciac advice

Has anyone attended any of the Jazz Master Classes at Marciac in August? Any words of wisdom to pass along? Where did you sleep? Where did you eat? What were the surprises? What do you recommend to a newcomer? + two extra questions on jazz workshops in general and on this jazz festival in particular.. [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 11:46 AM PST - 0 comments

My ratty slippers need replacing

I love these slippers but they're 12 years old and falling apart. The label says "Coming Home" along with "Made in Italy" and "RN 62390." Google is failing me. Any ideas how to find them? [more inside]
posted by vivzan at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Confused about Internet access

In two weeks, I start a new telecommuting job, and I need to set up my home office. I'm totally confused about Internet access, though, and I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by trillian at 11:17 AM PST - 20 comments

My skin is thirsty

What drugstore moisturizers should I try, to match up to what I like in Philosophy's Hope in a Jar, hopefully with a better (or no) smell, and a better price tag? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 11:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Is it possible that a slightly rotten potato could taste far better?

I cooked some near-rotten potatoes and they offered a flavour far surpassing other potatoes. I long to taste it again. [more inside]
posted by Algebra at 10:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Kid with watch, saves day. Story at 11.

Merlin amazed by a digital watch! Help me remember a book I read as a kid! Normal guy gets zapped to fantasy other world/past. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments

The good old (kids) hockey game

Hockey moms and dads: what are your fave minor (kids’) hockey websites? [more inside]
posted by Sweedeedee at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I stop wasting time?

I have 2 full months of mostly free time coming up. How can I work on things I need for school and my career instead of wasting every day playing video games and browsing the internet? [more inside]
posted by shoreline at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

All that shoreline, nowhere to wade?

Will you tell me about secret swimming beaches between or near Baltimore and Washington? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Experience with thyroid medication for depression? (Ugh. What have I done by trying this?)

I'm on thyroid medication for depression -- did I just start a permanent sentence without realizing it? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 9:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me highlight Asian characters in MS Word?

How can I find and highlight non latin characters in a Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Remember this sci-fi book with steam-powered Vikings in alternate reality Boston?

Help me remember the title of this science fiction book. It had body-swapping into an alternate New England that had been settled by Vikings. The hero ended up in the body of a Norse Preacher/Clergyman, and the society had steam-powered cars. The hero used his knowledge of Lenin and Stalin's communist party tactics to become successful enough to track down the conspiracy that had snatched him from his own (our own) version of Earth. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend some good books about the Civil War to me?

I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 9:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Where does the Jamaica-to-Montauk train originate?

LIRR from NYC to Montauk. When you leave from Penn Sta, there's a transfer at Jamaica. Last time I did this, there were passengers already on the Jamaica train when it pulled in. They had the primo seats, naturally. Where did they get on? [The specific route I have my eye on leaves Jamaica at 2:09 on Tues July 3, arriving Montauk at 4:45 pm.]
posted by xo at 9:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I have DNS here, website there, and email somewhere else?

DNS here, website there, email somewhere else..is this possible? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Name my blog for the curious cook

Name-my-blog filter: Can you help me name my food blog? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 9:03 AM PST - 28 comments

Out on my skateboard the night is just humming

How stable are longboards compared to regular skateboards? If a regular board is 4 on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being like simply standing on solid ground) then a longboard set up to be stable would be X? (I'm interested in cruising around, but I don't want to bust my butt more than I need to.) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Today is a Tuesday, right? I'm supposed to do something on Tuesdays....

I want to be able to stick to a calendar and I'd like to do it on my phone. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by troika at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Find this YA sci-fi book!

Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Doing undergrad strictly for the job prospects?

Is it worth it to get an undergrad degree in accounting or finance for the post-graduation salary prospects, even though I might not be interested in the major? (Excessive detail inside!) [more inside]
posted by bumpjump at 8:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Smart and Thrifty?

Recommendations for an inexpensive smartphone/plan combination? My wife pays $40-50 for her dumb phone now. Would love to pay the same or not too much more, but actually be able to take pictures, text without 3 keys per character, and sync her calendar. web surfing would be nice but is optional if the calendar works. Google Calendar would presumably require a data plan; but is there a windows/outlook calendar that would not? She has Outlook at work.)
posted by msalt at 8:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Moving expensive desktop PC without a car?

How can I take my expensive desktop computer with me to move when I am flying? If I were driving, I'd just put the desktop tower in my car. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 8:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Should I submit to a former employers demand to sign legal papers?

My former employer is asking for my signature on a document to assign patent rights to them as co-inventor for a patent I worked on while employed by them. They are not interested in compensating me for my time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 32 comments

Suggestions on managing underwater mortgage and cross-country move

Due to a new job, my family and I (wife, 2 kids, 2 cats) need to relocate from the DC area to Oregon in the near term future, ideally before the start of the Oregon school year (approximately September 1st). The wrinkle: how to deal with our currently-somewhat-underwater house in the Maryland suburbs of DC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do after working for psychopaths

I was made redundant at my company. I've had a few interviews, but I haven't found anything I'm really excited about. What kinds of jobs should I be looking at given my work history? [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Write a Business Plan for Software? I think?

So I have an idea for software related to my industry. I've thought about it, sketched it out, looked at existing/similar products and talked to some friends in the same line of work -- and I still think it's a good idea. Next step is ...? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 7:09 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the proper etiquette to ask for a parent's permission/blessing to marry her daughter?

Proper etiquette to ask parent's permission/blessing for marriage [more inside]
posted by massysett at 6:43 AM PST - 41 comments

What's the best (easiest/cheapest/most realistic) way to turn an over-exposed sky more blue in my digital photographs?

What's the best (easiest/cheapest/most realistic) way to turn an over-exposed sky blue in my digital photographs? I know it's possible to use Photoshop to do this, but I don't own that software, and I'd rather not buy it if there's a cheaper, easier way to do this. I do use iPhoto, but I couldn't find a way to do it with that. Importantly - I'm hoping to find a solution that makes this easy enough to do for LOTs of photos. I would consider something like Aperture or Lightroom if that's a good option. [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 6:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Designs for a designer?

Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step. I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me. I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 6:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me not be an ass when applying sound to moving/interactive images.

Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad at 6:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Why was there no northern Trail of Tears?

Indian Removal Filter: why didn't the US government attempt to remove American Indians from the northeastern US? [more inside]
posted by workerant at 6:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Can this old CD ROM be resurrected?

Dear AskMe tech folks- there's an older CDROM out there that was designed to play and display on the IBM 286, Mac II, and Mac LC. Is there a tool, emulator, or hack out there that would allow me to play and view it on my current Apple (running OSX)? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:59 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do with a broken lens?

A Canon 80-200mm zoom lens I've been holding on to has broken, and fixing it would be more expensive than a replacement. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 5:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Organize Firefox Bookmarks

Which HTML editor should I use to organize my Firefox bookmarks? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 5:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Argh! Ants in the dorm!

I'm staying in a dorm and there are ants. How do I avoid carrying them home with me? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 4:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Sucking on Words

Does anyone know if 'sucking on words' is an idiom or common phrase? If so, what is the meaning?
posted by Le pest at 3:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Portugal VS Spain — best place to watch

Tugafi: where in South London should i go to watch the Portugal/Spain game tomorrow? I'd like to watch in a Portuguese place, not a Spanish one. There are 30,000 Portuguese in South London, I think mainly around Vauxhall, Brixton, Stockwell. I know there are a bunch of restaurants on South Lambeth Road, but not sure how good they'll be for the football. We'll hopefully be between 5 and 10 people. Suggestions?
posted by omnigut at 3:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Did Mohamed Morsi really say these things?

Did Mohamed Morsi really say "The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal"? [more inside]
posted by richb at 1:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Good as Bourne?

Films of the Bourne Triloy genre? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:14 AM PST - 35 comments

How to score a better deal on a cease & desist

LegalFilter: My patent attorney charges more than I can afford to write a cease & desist. should I shop around for a better deal (and how)? [more inside]
posted by secretsecret at 12:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Adventures in Benelux trains

I'm in Eindhoven, I have a train ticket from "Any Dutch Station" to Brussels tomorrow. From then I need to get to London. Is there any fun or interesting detour I can make? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 12:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get mail order genetic testing?

Where can I get genetic testing done for drug metabolism, either in Australia or by international mail order? My doctor wants to know my genotype for a handful of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Tests like this aren't common practice here, so he's not quite sure where to send me. Can you recommend an affordable testing provider? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 12:26 AM PST - 8 comments

June 25

Music for mixed feelings

Need some song recommendations for wildly mixed feelings. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 11:16 PM PST - 7 comments

(How) Can I access my XBox 360's USB Hard drive as a network drive / streaming server?

Just got a free XBox 360 (bundled with another purchase). Can I use it (with an external hard drive) as a standalone (no PC attached) media server for storage and streaming of my music/video library? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 10:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Need immediate dog wound/bandage advice!

Need immediate dog wound advice (yes, yes, YNMVet, but you are the hive mind). [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 9:53 PM PST - 19 comments

I broke up with my girlfriend but I am so confused. Should I get back with her?

Broke up with my gf and I don't know what to make of my feelings. should I get back with her? Should I just move on ? Should I go no contact? [more inside]
posted by hildegarde89 at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Michael C. Ruppert - fact or fiction?

What is the opinion of Michael C. Ruppert, doomsday prophet and author of books about the future? Is he considered knowledgeable or full of baloney? I saw a couple of books by him that look interesting but if he is just a nut with a platform, I'm not inclined to read them.
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Get Rid of Feral Cats!

There are many feral cats in our neighborhood, which is extra annoying because 1) they drive my dogs bonkers, 2) they leave their droppings in our yard almost daily, which are super stinky, and 3) some spread fleas. Do you have suggestions for how to get rid of them? I may get cat traps from the humane society, and someone suggested sprinkling coffee grounds. Are there any other good ways to repel cats with something that is nontoxic for dogs?
posted by lirael2008 at 9:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me looking for a film!

I'm looking for an Western animated film. It's a sci-fi movie with humans almost extinct. [more inside]
posted by Thisisbuffalo at 9:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there any good Verizon android phones that are similar in size to the iphone?

Are there any good Verizon android phones that are similar in size to the iphone? [more inside]
posted by Kolath at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Great gift idea for someone about to drive cross-country (USA)?

Great gift idea for someone about to drive cross-country (USA)? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Special education jobs in Ohio

What are the job prospects for a special education teacher in the US (specifically Columbus OH)? [more inside]
posted by cestlavie at 8:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How many ways can you cook an egg?

How many ways can you cook an egg? Looking for methods, not recipes. [more inside]
posted by joechip at 7:58 PM PST - 46 comments

Awkward reference quandry... how to proceed?

It it unwise to bank on a prospective employer not calling my references unless I am interviewed? I'm applying for a job that is admittedly a long shot, and I’d rather not call and ask people to be my references unless I am actually in the running (for various snowflake reasons detailed at length within). Is it a horrendous faux pas to list references without asking their permission, if I'm fairly certain I won’t get called for an interview? On the other hand, is it a horrendous faux pas not to send references with my resume and cover letter, when the job posting specifically asks for them? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 7:54 PM PST - 15 comments

How much would you want to know?

While the rumor is untrue, it touches something I never told anyone- should I spill the beans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you.

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:11 PM PST - 46 comments

Like Being a Teenager

Still feel comfortable, happy and awkward around him. How can I stop the awkward part? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Wishful thinking

Missing the Bay Area but headed to San Diego. What and where should I eat and drink? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn at 6:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I replace my bike's skewers?

How do I replace my bicycle's skewers? How do I measure my bike to order the correct kind? Is this something better left to a professional? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 6:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Does Getting Fired 20 years ago show up in a background check?

I was fired from a retail job back in 1994. I worked there 6 months. The firing could have been argued but I left. I have a job interview tomorrow requiring a background check. I don't want to lie but I don't want to tell the truth as it is so damn long ago and a ridiculous thing....and that job is long long long gone from resume replaced with great work and academic history. Does a routine background check dig up that old dirt? Thanks for your time and have a good week.
posted by snap_dragon at 6:02 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I account for a long break in my work history? Plus, I'm disabled.

Because of a disability, I have not been in the workforce for nine years. I am now looking for employment and would like some advice on how to account for the absence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

I have nothing to wear!

Choose my shoes, episode 9. I am going to a daytime wedding next month and have the dress... now what shoes do I get? Read on... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 5:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What kind of bike should I get?

I need a bicycle. What should I get, what brands to consider, which brands to avoid? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco?

Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 5:19 PM PST - 20 comments

What sort of plant is this?

Please help me identify this Northern Ontario plant. [more inside]
posted by stealthy_hippo at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Shadowy names?

What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:13 PM PST - 47 comments

Webcomics as awesome as Teahouse?

What is as awesome as Teahouse (the NSFW webcomic)? It's elegant, funny, and sexy. Sadly it updates only once a week. Please recommend other fabulous webcomics. Extra points for sexy and elegant.
posted by bunderful at 5:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to rent van in DC

Where can I rent a 15 passenger van in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

To Pay or Co-Pay, That Is The Question

I'm currently in therapy and unsure of whether I should use my insurance for it (thus saving money, but raising the possibility that I may be denied insurance later for a "pre-existing condition") or whether I should pay out-of-pocket (losing money, but averting the risk of a potential insurance hassle down the road). [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Paddy in DC?

Where in the DC area can I buy Paddy Irish Whiskey? [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

I love animals. How do I pursue my interest without joining the kids in the petting zoo?

Like most kids, I loved animals growing up. Unlike most kids, though, I never grew out of it! My passion has remained with me into my 30s. I still squat down on the sidewalk to watch an interesting bug walk by and stare at the ubiquitous squirrels outside. I want to know everything about all kinds of animals, interact with as many as possible and observe them in all environments. [more inside]
posted by dede at 3:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Mickey Filter

Any recommendations for cheap, good food in Orlando? We're tourists, but would love a place with a 'local' feel. Bonus for live entertainment.
posted by richmondparker at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

First as tragedy, then as farce.

A question about friendship and subletting, with loads of little snowflake details inside. In short: what is the honorable thing to do when a friend decides to move abroad and sublet their part of a small two-bedroom apartment? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 3:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Sweet Frames in Prometheus?

I am in search of the glasses that Rafe Spall wears in Prometheus. I haven't had any luck yet and I would appreciate any leads.
posted by interiority at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I bring up an issue when I'm not even certain about its root?

How do I bring up a relationship issue when I'm not even certain about its root? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 30 comments

Lunch and a soccer match between JFK and Cold Spring Harbor

Please help me eat a good lunch and watch the Euro Cup final this Sunday while I'm traveling between JFK Airport and Cold Spring Harbor Labs via Syosset station and the Long Island Railroad. [more inside]
posted by Schismatic at 2:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Things said can't be unsaid

How do you deal with the horribly cruel things people have said to you throughout your life? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 2:18 PM PST - 66 comments

Please help me create a calender on Microsoft Excel using dates in the spreadsheet from another tab.

Please help me create a calender on Microsoft Excel as I can't find any help online. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

A cheap, relaxing week in August in Italy

I'm looking for a cheap, relaxing place to do very little (maybe sightsee a bit, eat, nap, take photos, etc), in northern Italy or Sicily, for a week in August (say, the 8th to the 15th). Total expenditure under €500 for the week would be awesome. Details within... [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 2:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Help a new nurse transition to the night shift?

I'm a new nurse and was offered a night position (11-7) at an awesome facility. Please give me tips for working the third shift! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me understand cable internet technology.

Please help me understand cable technology. Why is it that my cable company can deliver hundreds of high quality TV channels but not an internet service that seems just as fast? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

the flames...burning

Looking for constructive ways to deal with anger, post end of relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

A biological explanation of food poisoning please

What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
posted by distorte at 1:10 PM PST - 13 comments

argh, is this seriously possibly typhoid?

I just returned from a month in a country where Typhoid is common, and I have been feeling really bad for these couple of weeks now, with a sore throat, cough, feverishness, and now lethargy/feelings of severe depression/delirium/confusion for a few days now. Now it looks like I have just developed a rash on my stomach that looks similar to the less-dire images I've seen online. It's been my joke-y diagnosis up until now, but does this rash mean I should go to the ER, or wait until tomorrow and try to see my doctor? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 1:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Identifying Diets in the Wild.

Discreet supper party hostess seeks diet detectives. [more inside]
posted by feral_goldfish at 12:55 PM PST - 34 comments

My robe is more wrinkled than I am

I just finished sewing a kimono-style bathrobe out of 100% woven cotton fabric. When it came out of the dryer, the belt, bottom hem, and front band were wrinkled enough that I had to iron them. Ironing a bathrobe is not what I signed up for! Short of taking the robe apart to put interfacing in to prevent wrinkles, is there anything I can do? In case it matters, I have a HE front-loading washer and the matching dryer; the robe was washed in warm water and dried on normal heat, then removed immediately. The fabric was washed once before being cut, and I was scrupulous about laying the pieces out on the grain.
posted by DrGail at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Multimedia school?

Are there any universities/colleges/institutes that have an all-in-one program for video, photography, print and web design? My online searches have come up fruitless as most programs seem to be separated out. Location doesn't matter, nor does degree/diploma/certificate received. At the end of it I want to be able to shoot, light, edit, etc video and photos and understand and apply colour theory, typography, page layout, etc for print and web designs.
posted by n-clue at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get over my miscarriage?

How can I get over having had a miscarriage when there's a strong chance we'll have to make the choice not to have another child? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 11:46 AM PST - 24 comments

Best Combo Washer/Dryer?

What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Are we big meanies for not paying our son's college fines?

At the end of year 2, our son has a balance owing to his college of about $500, for parking tickets, library fines, etc. Unless this is paid, he can't register for classes for the coming year. Are we being mean not to pay it, or loan it to him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 111 comments

Where can I get waxed in Washington?

I want to get all of my pubic hair waxed for the first time. Where can I do this in Washington, D.C. that’s not too expensive and is convenient to Columbia Heights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

What will make our cats get along?

Three cats in one house. One having trouble integregating. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 10:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Work hard for your money.

Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 10:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Portable beginner telescope

Recommendations for a portable beginner telescope? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone recognize this electrical connector?

Does anyone recognize this electrical connector? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 10:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Mid-Twenties Mismatched Libido

Mismatched libido: we've been together for five years, we're both mid-twenties, she says "once a month would be okay." [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 10:03 AM PST - 47 comments

What do I need?

I'm buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to watch a lot of live-streaming on the web on it. So which is more important for that, RAM or CPU speed? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I be worried?

What does it mean when things are very difficult rather early on in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Outdoorsy weekends around DC?

For a weekend, where can we escape DC? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 9:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Money! It's a gas.

What got you over the psychological hump from struggling with money to becoming financially stable? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 9:24 AM PST - 22 comments

Where should we live in Austin?

Where should we rent in Austin? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

All Philly in a Day

[PhillyFilter] You have a day to explore the city. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by xenization at 9:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Can't remember a certain video off 1990s Beavis & Butthead.

Back during the original run of Beavis & Butthead, they were watching a video that featured 'skanking' dance moves, one being "Picking Up Change" and the other was some sort of "Pizza" dance, where a girl was swirling her arm up as if she were flipping pizza dough. :) There were a few other moves in it too but I don't remember them. Anyone know what song/artist of the video was? Not like the world hinges on this; it's just been driving me nuts for years. Have googled and youtubed to no avail.
posted by miltoncat at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

I need a special snowflake game recommendation!

Diablo is starting to wear a little thin. I need a game. I need some suggestions. I'm feeling a little... world war-ish. Please read on for my snowflake game requirements. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Creative uses for cold packs? I have a lot of them...

Creative uses for cold packs? I have a lot of them... I have to take a medication that arrives via a mail-order pharmacy in temperature-controlled packaging that includes a cardboard box, a foam cube and a bunch of cold gel packs. The boxes and cubes can be recycled, but what should/can I do with the mountain of cold packs I'm collecting? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

one 二 three 四 five 六 seven 八 nine 十...

Why is it so hard to quickly count from 1 to 100 alternating between 2 different languages on each digit? Any cognitive scientists want to explain this? [more inside]
posted by querty at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Wanted: Bike Routes in New England that meet specific criteria.

Please suggest bike routes in New England that meet some specific criteria. We took our son on a section of the East Bay Bike Path near Providence for his first bike ride last week and he loved it. He sits in an iBert on Mom's bike. We are looking for similar routes. In looking for similar I articulate what specifically I think is good about this path for us in the extended explanation. We can ride weekdays in addition to weekends. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

These sites have DD+ sections, where's the A- section?

Where can I find awesome sexy lingerie for an IBTC member? Kinda NSFW, I guess. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Birthday gift for the girl who seems to have everything!

Birthday idea filter: need creative birthday ideas for a wonderful gal. As you might've guessed, it's coming soon - Wednesday to be exact. Difficulty: we're living in South Korea. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I best support my father through a tough breakup?

How can I support my father through what's likely to be a really painful breakup? What support do you wish you had, or were you grateful to have, from your adult children while going through divorce? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I get two cats?

I want to get two cats (or kittens). I have two small boys. Should I or not? [more inside]
posted by alshain at 7:27 AM PST - 30 comments

And the voice of the dove WILL EXPLODE YOUR EARDRUMS

What bird did I just see harrassing a squirrel in my Toronto backyard? (Sorry, I couldn't get a camera in time so I have just a verbal description, no picture). [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What to see and do less touristy in Chicago?

Chicago: Not The Band Or The Musical! What would you do on a long weekend there? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 7:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Road Trip from RI to CO

[Road Trip] My sister and I are road tripping from RI to Colorado, along a southern-ish route. What are some cool cities, landmarks, or things to do we should make sure to check out along the way? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 6:57 AM PST - 8 comments

An age yet to come, an age no one gave a shit about

I want to skip the 10th book of the Wheel of Time series. Help me do so [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface at 6:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Times change, I need a new phrase for a difficult situation

I need a replacement for the colloquialism "tar baby". [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 6:20 AM PST - 35 comments

Calories burnt while cycling

Can anyone recommend a reliable webtool to calculate calories burnt while cycling? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments


I want your best recipes for turning comfort foods into health foods without sacrificing satisfaction. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:48 AM PST - 33 comments

Can I create Wordpress users from existing CiviCRM contacts?

Can I create Wordpress users from existing CiviCRM contacts? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 5:28 AM PST - 4 comments

If only literary inference was axiomatic...

How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 5:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Footing rules in DanceDance Revolution

Is there an underlying logic behind the footing rules in DanceDance Revolution (DDR)? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus at 3:36 AM PST - 3 comments

How to make my Kindle work good?

How do I get my Kindle 4 to recognize files I've put on it? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 3:04 AM PST - 10 comments

June 24

What does "passing on the right" actually mean?

What does "passing on the right" actually mean? [more inside]
posted by eotvos at 9:57 PM PST - 48 comments

Breathable Carbon/Graphite ?

I recently was playing with a cold solder gun, and I found the concept interesting. Is there an equivalent that can be filter air? I am looking for a type of graphite/carbon that can pass through air, and heats up when electricity is applied.
posted by digdan at 9:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find pregnant women like us?

What are the best intelligent, nonjudgmental online communities (like MeFi) for pregnant women and new mothers?
posted by Night_owl at 9:38 PM PST - 10 comments

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Wall-mounted 2- or 2.5-speaker computer setup?

Can anyone recommend a speaker set like the Logitech X230 that can be mounted on a wall? [more inside]
posted by gabrielbenjamin at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Ugly Babies

Honest question about ugly babies - isn't it obvious when they are ugly? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 8:22 PM PST - 88 comments

Could my foot be broken?

Someone stomped on my foot six weeks ago. It's still exquisitely painful with pressure, but no pain for walking. Do I need an x-ray before starting to run again? Assume 10 - 15 miles per week in minimalist shoes. [more inside]
posted by yogalemon at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Is a lease to a property considered an asset?

Is a property lease considered an asset in a UCC-1 financing statement? I recently sold my small business and am carrying a note for the buyer. His collateral: the assets of the business he bought from me. If the buyer defaults I will want to take possession of the assets, per the UCC-1. The foreclosure process is straight forward, but I do not know if the new lease he signed with my old landlord is considered an asset by the UCC-1. If it isn't, how can I retrieve my assets if he still "owns" the lease?
posted by Izzy at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

She that goes barefoot....

Minimalist Running Filter: How likely is it that I can get back into minimalist running again after minor injury? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I tell if this modem router can be configured for transparent proxy?

How can I tell if this Netcomm NB6+4WN modem router can be configured for transparent proxy? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:42 PM PST - 1 comment

You've Not A Ride

Carless in Suburbia [more inside]
posted by Query at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

We love you no matter what the sexual orientation of your opposite sex sex partner...

How do I get over my mainstream ideals and let this friendship be its awesome self? [more inside]
posted by buteo at 7:31 PM PST - 29 comments

I can has comforty goodness

I'm looking for a knit bamboo hoodie for adults. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 7:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Somewhere Over the Rainbow... We'll have a bunch of kids needing to be entertained...

We're having a rainbow-themed family reunion and I'd like to keep people moving with games. So far I've come up with RED Rover and a WHITE elephant. What other games have a color in the title? [more inside]
posted by meindee at 7:07 PM PST - 16 comments

What is this book about a sad dragon trying to take care of a pet?

What is this book from my childhood involving an adorable reptile and his pet? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx at 6:52 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups?

What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups? (Think: Startup.com, E-Dreams) [more inside]
posted by petah at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Life with baby on the inside

What did you change in your day-to-day life during your pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch at 5:39 PM PST - 48 comments

Christmas time is here... auf Deutsche!

Help me plan an awesome Christmas vacation to Berlin! [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

As a man of few hats, please help me find this adorable hat for the other Mr.Quesadilla.

I would love to buy this hat for my man and am not sure where to start(crop of image by Joe Jervis at joemygod.blogspot.com) . A magical link to the exact hat in question would completely rock my world, but terms to narrow down my search would be great as well--I don't know the name for that style of hat or how to describe it's appearance. I do have his hat size. Thanks y'all!
posted by nenequesadilla at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Don't google image search "nude model."

Where can I find photographs of nude models for figure-drawing practice and non-commercial artwork? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me to Breathe

Does anyone know of any way to cure yourself of an Afrin (oxymetazoline HCl) and / or Dristan (phenylephrine HCl) addiction? [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid at 4:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Beauty between the sheets

I love writing letters to people - handwritten, with a fountain pen. Help me find a good paper for this purpose. [more inside]
posted by gmb at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Are we talking Road Warrior or Children of Men here?

Are we as environmentally screwed as I think we are? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 3:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Got in an accident with a car that wasn't mine a few years ago - what does it mean for my insurance now?

2.5 years ago I rear-ended someone while driving a university vehicle on university insurance (in TN). Next month I'm buying a used car from a friend. Need help figuring out what this means for insurance. [more inside]
posted by pdq at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Family vacation with a child just under two = stress.

Our cross-country family vacation with a 21 month old is 5 days away and I'm sick with worry over numerous travel-related things. Tips and advice? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:16 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm not fully attracted to the girl I am dating, but I love her personality and we get along great, what do I do?

I'm not fully attracted to the girl I am dating, but I love her personality and we get along great, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by curious-mind at 1:48 PM PST - 65 comments

Just the old blood rising up through the wood floor again.

Do I need to sand & refinish my hardwood floors? I would really prefer not to. [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for grandma's comic.

Looking for a web comic, pretty sure its XKCD, maybe seen on reddit, but search comes up empty. One panel is a skinny looking figure and captioned something like "on my way to grandma's house" (or "grandmother's" and the second is the same figure but much rounder and fatter with the caption "on my way home from grandma's house."
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 1:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Wednesday in the park with Mom.

I'd like to take my 85-year-old mom to Delaware Water Gap for a picnic on July 4th. Mom has mobility issues (is unsteady on her feet) so our picnic spot and the route to it needs to be as short and flat as possible and preferably paved. But I'd like to get as scenic a picnic spot as I can. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

My 12 year old stepson recently revealed he's been bullied most of the year at school. Help us help him!

How do I help my 12 year old stepson cope with being bullied ? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 12:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Why has my acne become so much more potent, painful, and permanent?

YANMD: (Almost) all of a sudden, my acne has become more cystic, leaving deeper and darker scars, and when broken stinging more. Have I been doing terrible harm to my body? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

A little something to make me sweeter.

My social relationships start out as acquaintance with classmates, coworkers, and roommates. Then they progress to casual friendships, in which I hang out in bars and do small favors (help carry stuff, give rides). Then they stagnate or die. I have little in the way of family, so "chosen family" is an ideal that appeals to me a lot. Sadly, I have no one like that and things aren't moving in that direction at all. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 11:29 AM PST - 42 comments

Perudo Online

Where can I play the dice game Perudo online for free, and without downloading anything? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comment

What to do about 8 year old stealing

I'm posting for my sister. Her question: I have an 8 year-old daughter, 4th of 6 kids, who is loving and fun a lot of the time, and tempermental and argumentative with her siblings more often than the other kids. I get reports from my older kids often that she has stolen their things and I have found ipods, my jewelry, etc. under her bed on more than one occassion. I hae spoken to her many times, have had her write letters of apology, give up something of hers, etc. Although she has many toys and things of her own, she always wants what others have and has a very dark green streak of jealousy. [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Another word for frape

Is there another word out there to describe "frape"? [more inside]
posted by svenni at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Do mastermind groups work?

Do Mastermind groups work? How do I find local mastermind groups? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 11:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Remember me? We just met.

How would you handle a person who after being introduced well over 15 times, still acts as though it's the first time. And after being reminded you've met before, still doesn't remember you the next time? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 11:01 AM PST - 66 comments

When can I let go of my dry socket fear?

Wisdom teeth were yanked out Friday- when can I quit being paranoid about developing a dry socket? [more inside]
posted by shes_ajar at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Change is good, right?

Big changes afoot, but with attendant sadness at leaving good friends and things. How do you cope? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

80-year old wine?

I thinking of giving this as an 80th birthday present. But can it really be OK? I realise that in spite of being called 'vin doux naturel' it is fortified - but eighty years? [more inside]
posted by Segundus at 9:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Which piano should I keep?

Which piano should I keep? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments


I encountered this phenomenon from my practice as a graphic designer: - it looks as though people with narcissistic streak and big ego - people who have problem with empathy - they also have a problem with negative space. They are anxious about it, they don't understand it and want to fill it with information. They don't "experience" beauty directly , but instead, they form "narrative" about it. I often encountered this while working with medical professionals (where narcissism is quite common). Is this something I imagined or is this something that's actually confirmed in psychology/psychiatry?
posted by leigh1 at 9:06 AM PST - 22 comments

How to get my emotions to move on after a break up?

I know what I need to do to move on from a break up, but why do I still feel depressed and upset about it? [more inside]
posted by neveroddoreven at 8:56 AM PST - 20 comments

They both seem right Which one is righter?

Sink first or tile first? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

All aboard!!

If you had a Japanese rail pass and were staying in Nagano Shinkansen area, what day trips would you take? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us plan a special, multi-generational birthday in Paris!

Traveling to Paris next week with family, and looking for ideas for something special for my mother's upcoming 60th birthday... [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 8:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I sunbathe & swim in Durham, NC?

Where to sunbathe / splash around in Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Best cheap little wireless speakers?

What's the most portable, cheapest, best quality wireless/Bluetooth speaker(s) out there? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Nonfiction books for 9 year olds

Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4 at 7:32 AM PST - 27 comments

Some semblance of normality?

I'm increasingly certain that my marriage is  dying, and I need some help negotiating the time between now and my first realtionship counselling appointment. (Apologies for the long post) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Need more slate

Where to buy/acquire pieces of slate in Manhattan NYC? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you identify this (possibly French) celebrity?

Who is this? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 6:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Vilkommen, Bienvenue, in German?

Is there a German translation of Kander & Ebb's CABARET? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:13 AM PST - 3 comments

When will I graduate from beginning artist to something slightly better?

I've been sketching and drawing for about six years now. When I look at the stuff I've done recently compared to stuff I did five years ago, I really am hard-pressed to see any improvement whatsoever. How can I improve my drawing ability? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 6:12 AM PST - 17 comments

How worried should I be about an increase in perception of saltiness, bitterness and sourness in foods?

Everything seems to taste more salty/bitter/sour over the last week or so. How worried should I be that it's a sign of a disease? [more inside]
posted by scharpy at 5:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Where to go after Paris and Strasbourg

I need some ideas on where to spend the last leg of our France trip (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 3:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Civilization 2.0

I remember reading an academic article which discussed the Civilization video game series, and I was wondering if any MeFites could help me find it again. It specifically dealt with the theme of playing a game as if you were a computer/AI, if that helps any.
posted by dkleinst at 2:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Fashion a wardrobe bar?

I've got two wardrobe boxes... without the metal bar to hang the clothes on. What's the best way to fashion a bar from which to hang my clothes in these boxes for my upcoming move? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 12:00 AM PST - 16 comments

June 23

Renter's remorse.

I just signed something a few hours ago to rent a room, and already, I'm regretting it. Is there any kind of "buyer's remorse" grace period in the state of California? I haven't given them the first month's rent or security deposit, yet. [more inside]
posted by Redfield at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Who gave birth to this launch pad?

Rocket Slide! Any idea what company originally made this badass rocket slide? They were placed in community parks in the 1970s. Looking for the original manufacturer. My google-fu fails me.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 10:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me be less insecure

Insecure as hell. Hope me [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 9:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for Dita Senator eyeglasses

Eyeglasses Filter: I'm a big fan of Dita Senators. But they're very expensive. Any chance there's a place to buy them online, or in Toronto, that won't cost $500+?
posted by demagogue at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

How to disperse the fog of comfort.

How do you fight the "fog of comfort" in a long term relationship? [more inside]
posted by itesser at 8:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Where in Toronto can I buy a flask?

Where in Toronto can I buy a 3 oz. liquor flask in the next couple of days? And, if that doesn't work out, is it safe/okay to reuse a glass bottle that size to carry my booze around? I bought a flask sized bottle earlier and found it to be the perfect size for me. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 7:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Yes, yes. But.

Do little girls like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 7:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Can I afford to have ADD?

What can you tell me about adult diagnoses of ADD and how they work with health insurance, specifically the idea of pre-existing conditions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Actually, I don't care for Piña Coladas...

I have a whole case of plain ol' Bacardi rum. What's your favorite rum based recipe that doesn't require a top-shelf liquor? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 6:32 PM PST - 31 comments

Help my heavy bag lose its love handles.

Can you help me find a long-term solution for combating the settling of materials in my 100lb heavy punching bag? [more inside]
posted by My Famous Mistake at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

options when butchering a calf

My dear friend has purchased a calf and has sourced her butcher. What does she tell her butcher in order to optimize her enjoyment of this bounty, given her culinary preferences? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft

Tell me about document control for the beginner, without specialist software? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 5:43 PM PST - 1 comment

I want to buy a really specific piece of vintage/restored furniture

There's a piece of furniture I want, and I'm having a difficult time searching for it online in Australia. Any advice to help me find it, search for it, name it, or discover an easy way to locate one would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

It's not EVERY cat, just yours

I think I'm allergic to my roommate's new cat. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 4:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Where can I sell a rare Baseball card set that's uncut?

Where can I sell a rare uncut 1999 Braves John Rocker set of 4 cards from the Boy Scouts of America Collector's Edition framed front and back? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

I am an idiot, Ask me how I forgot to bookmark that site!

My google-fu is failing me, in finding a link of curated "best of"s for Reddit's popular "I am a.... Ask me anything!" posts. Help!! [more inside]
posted by newfers at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

I was scared I'd actually get Fire Power. I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of superiority.

Was I hallucinating? When I was a little kid in Army housing in Bamberg, Germany I saw a "Fire Flower" while I was out playing. Any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 3:58 PM PST - 14 comments

ACH payments to vendors

Hi, My company is trying to find a cheap and reliable way to send ACH payments to our vendors. Does anyone know any good ACH companies or banks that send ACH payments from our bank account to vendors bank accounts? I know Wells Fargo does but they charge 10 per month plus $3 per transaction. I don't mind paying a little more monthly but would like the transaction cost to be less because we pay a lot of vendors weekly. Any help would me much appreciated! :) Thanks!
posted by Monkeyzulu at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

what to do in Tampa with a toddler

Hello Mefites. I am a British person in my 50's, originally from Africa. I will be babysitting my 18-month-old grandchild in Tampa, Florida, in early August while her (British/American) parents are on honeymoon. I would be very very grateful for suggestions of fun things for a grandma and toddler to do in that week, bearing in mind I can't drive and will be taking public transport/walking with a pushchair. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 3:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I risk smoking weed in France?

Should I risk smoking weed in (Nantes) France while on exchange from Canada? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens at 3:02 PM PST - 19 comments

What kind of bike light is best?

What kind of bear bike light is best? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks at 2:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me get a used truck

I need to buy a used truck (I dont have the money for a new one). I have maybe around 7.5K to spend. Some people tell me that a gas engine with over 1K miles on is just asking for trouble, other people tell me they have over 2K on theres and its still running strong. [more inside]
posted by digividal at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Doorbell etiquette

You get home with two bags of groceries. Do you ring the doorbell so that your flatmate lets you in or do you drop your bags, fetch your keys and let yourself in? [more inside]
posted by Milau at 2:38 PM PST - 62 comments

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server).

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server). [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of flower is this?

Help me identify this flower. [more inside]
posted by BurnChao at 1:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me park with Pride

Chicago PRIDE Parade parking question. What's my best bet for parking in the vicinity of the step-off point? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Bad interface design or something more?

What is the purpose of the on/off switch on my car's cruise control? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:33 PM PST - 26 comments

looking for therapist recommendations in Chicago

does anyone know of a good therapist in chicago? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

worried about our cat...

cat health woes: constipation & vomiting. please help. [more inside]
posted by austere at 11:59 AM PST - 10 comments

I was caught speeding at 97 in a 75... What can I do to get out of it?

I got clocked at 22 over the speed limit. The court date is September 10, the cop told me if I pay within the 20 days, they will drop it from 6 points to 4 points. Should I appear in court? What can I do to reduce this ticket? Will they reduce it if I go to court? How much will this raise my insurance? About me: 23, never had a ticket before this, pulled over once before and given a warning. The ticket is $250.
posted by snow_mac at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Stream laptop screen to TV?

Wondering if I can stream the screen image from my laptop to my TV... [more inside]
posted by Exchequer at 11:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Sick of nothing but pavement, cars and strip malls.

Looking for a good, free place to go swimming or camping without tons of people within 25 miles of Lowell, MA. Feel free to message me privately if you don't want to let the whole wide world know about it. In a pinch we'd be willing to drive a bit further.
posted by dunkadunc at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I break things off with a girl I just met?

Feeling guilty about breaking things off with a girl I just met. Sex is complicating this for me. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:57 AM PST - 50 comments

You want me to go where?

Bulls Head Staten Island. How to get there from manhattan? [more inside]
posted by ihadapony at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

I know what I'm passionate about but I don't know how to get there

The other day, I had a moment that was both a moment of clarity and a moment of existential crisis. I'm having some difficulty with figuring out how to take my life from where I am now to where I want to be and I could use some guidance, some advice (sorry for the long post). [more inside]
posted by Modica at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Android phone buttons: we differentiate because we can!

Why do different Android phones have drastically different configurations of buttons (home, back, menu, search, etc.)? Does it make a difference? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Scotland - Road Trip & T in the Park

Upcoming Trip to Scotland: Itinerary, Road trip & T in the Park [more inside]
posted by angsolom at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Identify this bug?

Is this a termite or not? Should I freak out or not? [more inside]
posted by monocot at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I date now, or wait until some life improvements I'm working on come to fruition?

For the first time in my life, I feel confident enough to start dating. Thing is, my life situation isn't great at the moment, but should hopefully be better in the next 3-6 months. Should I actually start, or hold off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 24 comments

A very short-term romance. Worth it?

Found a great guy. Problem: he's moving to China for a year in about 3 weeks time. Worth it or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the fastest, best home internet I can get in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY?

What's the fastest, best home internet I can get in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Civil partnership visa = civil union?

In UK/EU law does applying for a civil partner visa create a civil partnership? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Bad at sex

What does it mean to say someone is "no good in bed"? What things do people do (or not do) when they're bad in the sack? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 6:43 AM PST - 58 comments

Why do potential employers need access to past, present, and future health records?

Why do prospective employers ask access to past, current, and future health records? And can one decline? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 5:59 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a clever gift for a couple jointly celebrating their 40th and 50th birthdays?

I'm looking for ideas for a gift for a couple jointly celebrating their 40th and 50th birthdays. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 5:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Nicknames on my Android

My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 5:24 AM PST - 6 comments

When does cruelty become pathology?

What qualifies as domestic abuse (or who qualifies as a domestic abuser) and what is just shitty relationship behaviour? Trying to come to terms with a long episode of nastiness in my past and failing. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 4:47 AM PST - 40 comments

Whose money is it?

Whose money is it? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 4:07 AM PST - 19 comments

No more cats or coffee for me

Is it possible to develop allergies or food intolerances as you get older, if you've never had a problem with them previously? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 4:02 AM PST - 25 comments

What could be causing a 1991 Toyota Camry to intermittently not start?

What could be causing a 1991 Toyota Camry to intermittently not start? What can I do to try to get it to start? [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones at 3:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Whatever happened to Skeletor at TCBY?

Does anyone know a way to find the old web cartoons from monkeysrobots.com? [more inside]
posted by azoth at 12:17 AM PST - 2 comments

June 22

refugee work in Istanbul

refugee work/volunteering in Istanbul [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 10:22 PM PST - 1 comment

1Password/Dropbox issues...

1Password trouble... I have two desktop computers using 1Password and the same Dropbox account. When I cut-and-paste passwords from it... no prob, works perfectly. When I use the browser plugins to log in for me... nope, wrong password. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Tickled pink that the example travel location is Portland...

Help us make the most of 3 days in Portland. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 9:19 PM PST - 17 comments

I'd like to avoid living in a cardboard box -- please help if you can!

I was laid off today. I also need to find a new place to live. Obviously, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Hyperbolus at 8:33 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I start talking about a deeply embrassing secret?

I occasionally struggle with self-harm. While my support system knows this has been a problem in the past, they do not know that I sometimes still self-harm. I am deeply embarrassed, but would like to start talking to my therapist about this. How do I get over the embarrassment and proceed? [more inside]
posted by Meat Puppet at 8:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Cool Socket.io Projects

I'm looking for projects done using socket.io, WebSockets, node.js, etc. Anything that is real time, collaborative, and creates an interesting shared experience. [more inside]
posted by cuteforce at 8:23 PM PST - 1 comment

The first toys are the best toys

Can you help me find (a) Mr. Bun? Beloved childhood toy, gone these many years.... [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 8:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Memories of '69, '70, & '71

Help me review the front pages of US national newspapers for 1969 through 1971. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Have you used 23andMe? How'd it go?

Have you used 23andMe? How'd it go? While it's probably not very possible to fact check your risk for x y and z, did it get the basics right for you? Eye color, hair color? If it told you you were 1/12th American Indian, would it be a safe bet that this is actually true? Any surprises? Any confirmation of something you had already suspected?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 6:57 PM PST - 22 comments

What last lines stand out in your head?

What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 6:56 PM PST - 72 comments

Another 20-something stuck in a rut

I'm an underemployed 20-something stuck in a rut. Input needed, special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by constellations at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get published

Help me make a name for myself in the education publishing world. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 6:37 PM PST - 4 comments

I just want one seamless file! Too much to ask for?

Audacity-filter : How do I merge three tracks together in Audacity when audio overlaps at the beginning and end of each track? I just need a seamless track! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 6:33 PM PST - 3 comments

It's ninja turtles all the way down.

Why would a short section of street have 8-10 manholes? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 6:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Very slow 3G in Paris

Parisian Mefites: How do you find the quality of 3G service in your city. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 5:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Recommations for cat/pet sitters in Toronto? Help me feed my cats and go away too!

Does anyone have recommendations for pet sitters/cat sitters that you liked in the Toronto area? I have the opportunity to go away for July & August to my parents cottage on Prince Edward Island but to make that happen I'll need to arrange for someone to feed my two cats (Max and Bentley) while I'm away. [more inside]
posted by machine at 5:30 PM PST - 7 comments

All my life I have a lump...

YANMD, but help me decide if this is a benign cyst or a bigger problem [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 5:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Fresh coffee at home for one moderate coffee drinker?

I like coffee a lot, but I don't like a lot of coffee. How to I have fresh coffee when I'm just making a cup or two for myself occassionally? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 3:50 PM PST - 38 comments

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Several years ago, my husband's close friend died suddenly. Now the friend's oldest son is graduating from high school, and his wife asked my husband (and others) to pass on some personal accumulated wisdom and memories. What kinds of things should we address? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 3:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Blisters, again!

I have painful blisters on my feet from walking much more than normal. What's the best way to manage (or prevent) them for the next few weeks? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 3:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Teen car ownership and insurance

My 19 yo son is ready to buy a car. From an insurance perspective (cost and/or risk) does it matter if the title is in his name or mine? [more inside]
posted by j810c at 3:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it time for us to split?

Is it time for us to go our separate ways? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 2:46 PM PST - 30 comments

A bucket for his little brain

My 19-month old son refuses to wear his bike helmet. This is harshing my alternative transportation buzz. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 2:35 PM PST - 33 comments

I'm a little teapot isn't going to cut it...

Help me find a karaoke song that fits my personality and musical abilities! [more inside]
posted by jph at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Want to surf pictures of cute outfits like an ADD squirrel on PCP.

What are some good resources for looking at many different stylish outfits quickly and efficiently? I want lots of inspiration bang for my time buck! [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Portland for a weekend bromance

Heading to Portland, OR for the first time! Super excited, and could use your help with our special-snowflake travel needs. [more inside]
posted by thebergfather at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Where's Caravaggio?

Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 2:06 PM PST - 11 comments

I have to notarize some Canadian legal paperwork in the US. Running into problems.

I need to have some legal papers related to my aunt's estate signed. My aunt lived in Canada, and I am in the US (Oregon). [more inside]
posted by nanook at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with stubborn malware redirect.

Help removing a particularly stubborn piece of Malware. It's appears to be a rootkit that causes a Firefox redirect.(details inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Music puzzle #3

Looking for songs that sound like the following: Crazy (Gnarls Barkley), Ghostwriter (RJD2), Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz)
posted by Afroblanco at 1:41 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I explain this in simple terms?

Please help me either articulate why a certain position is unethical - or help me understand how I am wrong. Is it right to charge someone more for a service based on their success in monetizing that service? [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San at 1:40 PM PST - 37 comments

Excel help

I have an easy (hopefully) question regarding time formatting in Excel. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the best way find another full time (IT related) job that allows me to work from home?

I work from home doing IT support/project management for a large non profit. I think it might be time for me to find another job. What is the best way find another full time (IT related) job that allows me to work from home? [more inside]
posted by remthewanderer at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I invite friends to our wedding I'm not that close to?

Should I invite friends to our wedding that I'm not that close to and/or haven't really stayed in touch with? Do people think of wedding invitations as obligations to give gifts? Would it be really awkward? Or am I over-thinking this and I should just invite whoever I want to invite? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 34 comments

Do I have heat rash in my lady bits? What do I do?

Embarrassing lady business question. Specifically: heat rash (maybe?) on/in my vulva. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Lists of sets of things.

I am looking for lists or sets of things that have 5-10 or so items. Like for instance asia, north and south america, africa, australia, etc...., red orange yellow green blue indigo violet. Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, etc.. Or Huron, Erie, Ontario, Michigan, Superior. Nothing esoteric please! Sets of things almost every (american) adult would be familiar with. Like Shortstop, pitcher, catcher, right fielder, and so on.
posted by cashman at 1:09 PM PST - 59 comments

How to deal with this mismatched kink?

He's into being dominated; I'm not into dominating. He wants to visit a dominatrix; I'm terrified about what it might do to our relationship, but also worried about our sans-dominatrix relationship more generally. Help? [more inside]
posted by sock puppety puppet at 12:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Cone of mystery

Ceramicsfilter: I am looking at buying an older kiln off Craigslist, but no one can seem to figure out what cone this thing can fire to. i know this is a long shot, but my Google-Fu is letting me down big time on this one. [more inside]
posted by couchtater at 12:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Crafting ideas for a hodge podge of old photos?

Calling all artistic, creative MeFites! Help me figure out something creative and not insanely expensive to do with all of these awesome old photos of Memphis and Memphians! [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Chaining myself to the tree will probably not save it.

I have a huge elm tree in my backyard that has most likely been there since my house was built in 1925, if not before. Yesterday the city forestry guy came by and said that the tree *might* be showing the early signs of dutch elm disease. Is there anything proactive I can do to save the tree? [more inside]
posted by weathergal at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Cloud Based Document Management System

Cloud based Document Management System (DMS): what is the lastest and greatest (Mid 2012)? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Getting a shorted circuit to work again

One of our electrical circuits has stopped working (shorted?) after turning the AC on too high. I've taken a look in the circuit box, but it's not the type of switches I'm used to. Can you help me figure out how to get the circuit working again? Photo of circuit box. Photo of accompanying diagram.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Ex remained close with best friends. I can't deal with it now.

Ex-gf continued to stay friends with my closest friends. I haven't come to terms with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 27 comments

How to address a co-worker shamelessly pushing her home business at work?

I'm looking for advice on how to tell a nice, but shameless coworker who keeps trying to sell everyone her "super juice" product that she really needs to stop. [more inside]
posted by Serendipitous at 11:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Lost in Translation

What language/meaning does this expression have: 花 鳥 風 月?
posted by mooselini at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me fix my cracked ivory plugs

I need to glue/fix something weird. Help! [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

What Did The Office Workers Of The 1600s Eat?

I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk at 10:10 AM PST - 37 comments

Care to chime in on my sinus issues?

I would like to hear your experiences with sinus issues and your recommendations for mine. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 9:31 AM PST - 26 comments

I am not a psychologist; is there a book that lets me play one in the mirror?

It seems like a lot of what psychologists do is provide tools for processing troublesome beliefs, experiences, etc. in a healthy way. Are there books that the hive mind would recommend that teach some of these tools to non-psychologists for the purpose of being able to use these techniques in their own lives? I've envisioning something less dense than a college textbook but more rigorous than a walk through the self-help section at a bookstore. Recommendations are welcome for general techniques/tools as well as topically oriented works, such as books focused on techniques specific for relationships, money problems, or other common sources of stress and conflict.
posted by philosophygeek at 9:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Buddhism for Middle Class Methodists

I belong to a progressive congregation of the United Methodist Church, and we often host educational series exploring other religions/belief systems (our congregation isn't of the "one true path to God" variety). This fall, we're planning a series on Buddhism. Our adult education committee has tasked me with selecting a book to study. [more inside]
posted by girlbowler at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Our answering machine isn't SkyNet...

More and more often, people calling seem to think that they have reached a real person when our answering machine picks up. For reference, what you hear when the machine picks up is "You have reached the [Family Name] residence. Please leave a message" followed by a relatively loud beep. However, people (not recordings) seem to leave a lot messages that sound like they expect responses from the machine. Why would this be? Could we/should we fix it? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 9:02 AM PST - 33 comments

Small explosion.

Health-filter! I had a crazy reaction to a magnesium supplement- or did I? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me get out of DC environs (but still commute to UMD)

I'm having trouble mashing up neighborhood recommendations, apartment listings, and public transportation maps. Could you advise me on places to rent way outside of the main University of Maryland campus/DC area (e.g. no Silver Spring!) that still let me commute into campus via less than 2 hour public transportation? [more inside]
posted by pavane at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Best recording of Threepenny Opera

What is the best recording of "Threepenny Opera" available in English? For "available", read "currently in print, or available via iTunes, Amazon, or Google Music".
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

What would it really be like to build a space colony?

What would it really be like to build a space colony? Asking for a friend, because I love the question, but am not a sci-fi person myself: [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:49 AM PST - 28 comments

Sleep apnea + allergies = bad sleep. Help!

I have sleep apnea, so I use a full-mouth mask when sleeping. I also have bad allergies, and I have found that for the last week or so, I'm waking up in the middle of the night, sneezing a bunch of times, and immediately get a stuffed nose that I can't clear, so I sleep the rest of the night without my mask. Any tips to combat this (meds don't help), either to keep me asleep, or help me once I wake up?
posted by evadery at 7:09 AM PST - 15 comments

What are reasonable rates for Somerville moving companies?

What are reasonable rates for moving companies for a move within Somerville, MA? Any recommendations for good movers? Everything seems more expensive than last time I did this. [more inside]
posted by heresiarch at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Soccer books on the Kindle

What are some great soccer/football books available for the Kindle? I'm looking specifically for books that were released in the UK but not in the USA. I'm also looking more for magazine/non fiction type of writing rather than books about tactics or the more mechanical aspects of the game.
posted by josher71 at 6:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Seeking Shabbat in Accra

I am in Accra, Ghana on a business trip, and my colleague and I would like to find a shabbat service tonight. There is no synagogue in Accra, nor a Chabad presence. I've tried calling the Israeli embassy, but haven't been able to get through (possibly they work half day Fridays?) Any ideas?
posted by charmcityblues at 6:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Cashmere is for the goats

A second-hand cashmere cardigan has far outlasted new items I've bought since I got it from a charity shop in 2005. Will this be the case with all cashmere, or is some better than others? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:15 AM PST - 16 comments

What bank do you like?

I have Bank of America. What bank should I change to? Should I keep two banks? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 6:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Replacement for Tom's Unscented?

Getting a horrible skin reaction to Tom's Unscented Deodorant. What's a good unscented replacement that isn't an antiperspirant? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 5:43 AM PST - 38 comments

Did a toddler break my speakers?

I have a pair of vintage Bose 501 speakers that have worked great for the past five years. They are connected to a vintage Yamaha CR-820 receiver. A while ago, my favorite toddler pushed all the buttons on the receiver and the speakers stopped working. She came over again, pushed a bunch of buttons and it started working again. Next time: bunch of pushes, stopped. Now no button pushing seems to matter... is it broken? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 5:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Suddenly constipated? Me? Actually yes. What to do?

Dear Penthouse Forum, I never thought I'd be writing about - oh wait. Dear Metafilter, I never thought I'd be writing about GI issues but here goes. After a three week bout with perhaps GERD, for the first time EVER that I can recall and I do mean EVER, I am quite constipated. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 4:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached.

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached. [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo at 2:43 AM PST - 21 comments

Tallying Information Desk Queries

Digital Tally Counter and/or Log Sheet: What should I use to tally the number of people who approach us at the Information Desk? [more inside]
posted by Alnedra at 2:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Decorating Sliding Doors

Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by 23 at 1:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me stand my ground against my ex.

I may have to see my abusive ex soon. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:15 AM PST - 66 comments

June 21

Some people want to be liked, whereas others want to be admired. What causes this?

Some people want to be liked, whereas others want to be admired. What causes this? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Video killed the... yeah.

I've just discovered the BBC 4 radio series Cabin Pressure, which I'm enjoying a lot, and now I'm looking for some other good, contemporary, fictional radio shows. Do those exist nowadays? How do I find the good ones? [more inside]
posted by mekily at 9:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Can anyone recommend a nice weekend travel spot within 90 minutes of NYC where we could rent a cozy bungalow right on the beach for a couple of days?

Can anyone recommend a nice weekend travel spot within 90 minutes of NYC where we could rent a cozy bungalow right on the beach for a couple of days? Kid friendly a plus! Not looking for a club which would require membership. [more inside]
posted by orehek at 9:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Canadian/International equivalent to American Science & Surplus?

Is there any online store even roughly equivalent to American Science & Surplus that ships to Canada? By "roughly equivalent" I mean "has a large selection of random science-y supplies/doodads/gizmos at reasonable prices."
posted by btfreek at 9:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Sarcastic love?

I'm looking for love songs that are sarcastic or that involve weirdos/regular imperfect people in love. Less sappy love-you-forever talk, more witty, loving barbs. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 9:02 PM PST - 68 comments

One hand, no mouth

What one-handed instruments can I play and sing along with? [more inside]
posted by shaun at 7:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Warm Worms

The US and Israel, according to all accounts, are behind the Stuxnet and Flame worms. Does the creation and deployment of these cyber espionage worms violate any treaties or international law? Does the creation and deployment of these worms violate any existing domestic law? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 7:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Why isn't root beer popular around the world?

Why isn't root beer more popular outside of the U.S. and Canada? Many U.S. products, including soft drinks, do well in global markets, but the most delicious and authentic U.S. soft drink is hard to buy outside of North America. Why is that?
posted by Area Man at 7:05 PM PST - 83 comments

Help me choose an upgrade path for my vintage site and get my info to a database?

I'm looking for some guidance in my quest to enter a moderate amount of information into a database, and then choose an appropriate front-end to display that data with a small array of filters and search options. The project is not complicated; I mostly want to avoid wasting time learning things the hard way (in contrast to my usual style). [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Why yes, it is another diet question!

Like every other person on earth, I'm intrigued by the idea of a low-carb diet for weight loss and generally feeling better on a daily basis. I've read lots of almost miraculous success stories, and since I need to lose ~20-25lbs and my standard low-calorie, fruits/vegetables/whole grains thing doesn't seem to work any more, of course I'm thinking I should at least try it. The problem is, most of those success stories include extreme euphoria over the opportunity to consume all that yummy fat and protein, but I mostly really dislike fat and and don't particularly love protein either. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 5:35 PM PST - 25 comments

Antivirus protection without the Internet

We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

insurance reassurance

Where does one go for reliable information about any risks of using your health insurance policy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Masterlock? Maybe just journeymanlock.

We live in a two-story duplex in Portland, OR. It's a converted single family home with an interior stairway connecting the two units. There's a door at the bottom of the stairway which sort of locks but not really. How do we deal with this? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by zrail at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Ick seaweed in Florida

oceanography Filter: Is this new seaweed permanent? [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Why are my lady parts so stupid?

My monthly cycle has become crazy, right as I'm trying to get pregnant. Help me figure out what is going on and what to ask my doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Listening is not the same as reading.

Should I strongly encourage my 12-year-old daughter to read a book that she needs to have completed before the start of the next school year, or since she'll be on a lot of buses travelling with a lot of time on her hands this summer, let her listen to the audiobook? Some other details inside... [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 3:42 PM PST - 47 comments

Police records of a murder

How do I get copies of a police report (interviews, the evidence, and the confession) from a murder investigation in which I was involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

What will my healed thumb look like?

You're not my doctor, and you don't have a crystal ball. But can you speculate what will happen to my thumb after I took a pretty good slice at it yesterday? Bonus worker's comp question. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I enjoy Comic-Con as a non-ticket holding civilian?

I moved recently to San Diego. I enjoy the occasional comic book, video game or scifi movie, but I'm not fanatical about it. Comic-Con is coming in a few weeks. Are there any activities for someone who's kind of interested in the whole thing but not really committed, or should I stay away unless I am donning my Darth Vader outfit? I've heard tickets are ridiculously hard to come by, but is there somewhere open to the public I can go, do some people watching and maybe buy some wares?
posted by falameufilho at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

What if there were less of me.

I'd like to lose some weight, but nothing I've tried has worked. I am starting to feel helpless and sad. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 2:41 PM PST - 40 comments

Put me out of my regexing misery.

I need a regex that will recursively match anything after a forward slash to the end of a URL. [more inside]
posted by dozo at 2:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Which NAS boxes support DHX2 authentication?

Is there a NAS device that supports DHX2 authentication under $200, which holds 2TB? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm sorry.

I'm a compulsive overapologizer. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

It's time to change for the better

Fast forward one year later, boss situation changed again. Help me make it change for the better this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Groups devoted to legalizing assisted suicide?

What is the leading nonprofit organization(s) devoted to promoting legalization of assisted suicide in US states? [more inside]
posted by amro at 2:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Schedule A Hiring Authority

Has anyone been hired by a US government agency under the Schedule A Hiring Authority? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 1:54 PM PST - 2 comments

"Tell him what he's won, Gardiner Westbound!"

Toronto commute filter: How to escape from Chinatown to the Gardiner westbound? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

GI Joe: Real Canadian Hero

Did GI Joe fight for other countries? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Highly visual climate science demos

Is there a demonstration of an aspect of climate science that could be performed for a television show, and which would be highly visually interesting? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this diastasis recti? What can I do to get my belly back?

When I do ab/core exercises, my stomach looks like this. The internet tells me that this could be diastasis recti. What CAN I do to fix it AND strengthen more core too? [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Thermostat to help control ventilation intelligently?

Is there a sensor device or thermostat setup that can inexpensively switch on a fan based on the difference between two temperature points (one inside, one outside)? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 1:07 PM PST - 13 comments

P for problem remembering

Looking for the name of a game with numbered cubes and soothing music. Scant details inside. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 1:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Oh subaru, oh subaru.

Should we be wary of this rather low-mileage used car? What should we be looking out for? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me help my girlfriend have her first orgasm

My 35 y/o girlfriend has never had an orgasm... [NSFW details] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 33 comments

For the ODs/progressive wearers, blue glare with new progressives?

I did not get an answer from my optometrist/optician so I'm turning to the hive. Just got a new pair of progressive lenses and find that outside the central clear zone there is a blue shift/glare at the border of lights and corners of illuminated objects. More inside... [more inside]
posted by palionex at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

nerdy overthinker needs a highlighter, heart and cold eye

yet another request for feedback on an OkCupid profile. Complex, nerdy overthinker in search of an editor who may be able to help focus an online persona. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 61 comments

My father: not as evil as Darth Vader, at least.

I've found my father and decided to contact him after about 25 years of silence. I need to come up with something better than, "Hi. You helped spawn me. I have questions." [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

website about sound engineering/production?

I'm interested in audio engineering/production/mastering etc . Is there a website that talks about different effects, characteristics of recorded sound, etc. and then provides samples of well-known tracks as examples? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the bugs I found living on a messy desk?

What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you know of any examples of public events that were proported to have happened, but didn't?

Do you know of any examples of publicly known historical events that have been purported to have happened, but later proven to have not happened? [more inside]
posted by joshfeingold at 11:25 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me fix my spotify online/offline switching

Please help me get my spotify app running on my Samsung SGS2. [more inside]
posted by v.barboni at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Good starting points for learning how to do empirical research?

Good starting points for learning how to do empirical research? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

beggars can't be choosers?

Prospective job seems to require too much- or am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 34 comments

How does a tone relate to a frequency?

I have been playing around with Audacity recently trying to understand a bit more about sound in general. One question I'm having trouble wrapping my head around is: How does Tone and Frequency relate? For instance, the 2600 Hz is a high-pitched tone. Does that mean that anything that produced that same tone would be at 2600 Hz? And does it mean that for the entire range of human hearing -- all of those Hz -- that one tone corresponds to a particular frequency? I am looking for some basic explanation or even tools to play with...
posted by tcv at 11:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Why can't I just get up early, shower and dress, eat, walk the dog, and go?

How can I train myself to get into work by 9AM when nobody but me seems to care at all what time I come in? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 10:49 AM PST - 61 comments

The Future, Conan?

Help me find some informative scientific podcasts/lectures/audio books/videos about the future of man and technology. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me to become rich when the global economy goes pop!

A friend has advised me of a way to rake it in when the economy goes boom. Can you guys have a look at this and see if he is wise or just deluded. [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 10:05 AM PST - 32 comments

Help Me Choose A Wireless Router That Plays Well With An HTC Thunderbolt

A few months ago I caught Amazon's sweet deal on an HTC Thunderbolt: A 4G phone for a penny, woo-hoo! All is good, except that no matter what I do it does not connect to my wireless router. Other Thunderbolt owner's have similar problems, and I've tried the suggestions from various Android and HTC forums, all to no avail. Now I'm ready to replace my router. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me decode what looks like base64

I have a program that stores information in a database. Because this program doesn't have an API, any automation has to be done by writing directly to the database. Some of the database columns are encoded, so in order to write into them I need to know the encoding method. Can you help me figure it out? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:04 AM PST - 28 comments

Buying new PC Speakers

Recommendations for PC speakers under $50. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Hosts manager for windows 7?

How can I manage my hosts file in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Cheyenne Bound. Need Local Navigation

What to do in Cheyenne with a 10 year old? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

When "belt it" isn't enough...

Help me find a not-outrageous tailor for casual women's clothing in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by sweltering at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain!

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 7:21 AM PST - 33 comments

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap?

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com at 7:20 AM PST - 14 comments

What sewing machine should I buy?

What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode at 7:18 AM PST - 16 comments

How to cover up a tattoo?

Tattoo cover up strategies needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get over feelings of betrayal and build trust again in my marriage.

I want to get over feelings of betrayal and build trust again in my marriage. How do I bring it up to my husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Scenic trucks?

Driving from Montreal to the Florida Keys, what's the best route? [more inside]
posted by coust at 7:13 AM PST - 23 comments

A Lot of Monitors a Few Computers

I would like to run a lot of monitors (100+) with a few computers. Functionality isn't important, the visual is. It's for an art space. Any suggestions?
posted by Optamystic at 7:07 AM PST - 8 comments

USB3 for MacBook

Does anyone have a recommendation for a USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 adapter for a late-2011 17" Macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get fresh air and secure windows at the same time?

It's very very hot today. My method of cooling the house is entirely fan based. I would like to be able to leave the windows cracked for the cats when I'm at work, and when I'm sleeping, but the first floor presents a security issue. What can you recommend to secure double hung windows? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 6:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Building a deck used to just mean one thing, now we have ALL THESE OPTIONS.

To use composite decking or not to use composite decking, that is the question. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:46 AM PST - 19 comments

(Reverse) tether me up

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon, rooted/unlocked). I'm trying to share the connection from my laptop to the Galaxy Nexus (i.e., so the Galaxy Nexus can utilize the connection I have on my laptop). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 5:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Cars Behaving Badly

What's wrong with my car? I have a 1996 Ford Explorer and I think I may have killed it last night. After a long hot drive back from the beach in traffic with a little kayak on the roof (relevant in case I overheated something maybe), I stopped to drop off friends at their apt., and when I went to restart it it made a funny choppy noise. I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off completely, even after fully removing the key from the ignition. Smokey details inside... [more inside]
posted by newpotato at 5:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommendations for comfortable car/RV to sleep in

What is the most comfortable car/SUV to rent to sleep in? [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 5:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Lightweight portable image annotation software sought.

I am looking for software (preferrably a portable app) which will allow me to embed an image or images into a file and allow me to add text to that file both above and below the image. I am not looking to edit the image. Word does the job perfectly well, but I don't have it on all of the computers which I switch between - annoyingly I switch machines a lot, but they are all windows machines. I would prefer not to use Open Office either and would prefer the software to be as light as possible. I would like to keep these files on my usb drive and keep the software application on there too if possible. This would allow me to plug in whenever I have a few spare minutes and acess to a computer. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 2:42 AM PST - 17 comments

menswear for the tropics

Looking for menswear suitable for the office. Problem: relocated to a hot and humid tropical country, and my current wardrobe just isn't working here. And it's not even July/August. [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 1:14 AM PST - 15 comments

June 20

Preparing for a Possible HIV-Positive Result?

Preparing for a Possible HIV-Positive Result? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 11:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Tips on Being an Exposed Academic Scholar

How does media exposure fit into an academic career? Should I be writing articles for general publications and/or doing interviews? Or am I wasting time I could be using to write journal papers? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 10:36 PM PST - 6 comments

What is killing my lemon tree, and how to cure?

Help me save my lemon tree. It's got tiny black spots on both sides of its leaves, and small beige bumps on the undersides. It's been spreading for about a month, but I'm finally noticing that it's actually harming the plant and killing the leaves. Badly damaged leaf: top, bottom, top close, bottom close. Early-stage leaf: top, bottom. Barely-affected leaf: top, bottom, bottom close. [more inside]
posted by breath at 10:35 PM PST - 15 comments

A bug to put on my wife's neck

Help me find the perfect bug necklace for a girly tomboy [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 10:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Why do so many (southern) Slavic surnames have the suffix 'ic'?

While watching the Croatian National team play in the UEFA Cup, it occurred to me that 9 of 11 starters had names ending in 'ic.' As a big tennis fan as well, I realize this is also true of virtually every male and female player from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia. I'm asking purely out of curiosity, and was wondering if anybody could shed some light on how this one specific suffix became so common. Likewise, I'm interested in knowing if unto itself it means anything, as well as just about any other relevant info that the hive might offer--for example, why is the suffix so common among southern Slavs, but less common among non-southern Slavs? Thanks.
posted by BadgerDoctor at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a soft or moist "dry" cat food.

Is there a "dry" cat food with a soft or moist kibble? [more inside]
posted by Arethusa at 9:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Bring out your space related bits and pieces!

Looking for a good motto, quote, or possibly a graphic related to space exploration/research, intended to be engraved on a gift pocketknife. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 at 8:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Senior citizen working off a ticket

How can a person work off a traffic fine in Los Angeles? Is there a program for those on Social Security? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments

What is the best way to learn R?

What is the best way for me to learn R? In particular, what is the best website or online tutorials for learning to deal with large datasets. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Living in a box, living in a cardboard box

Remodeling with an eye toward my own use (for the next 4-5 years) and rentability (in ~5 years?). [more inside]
posted by bendy at 7:55 PM PST - 10 comments

You may not remember me, but I remember YOU-- jobsearch edition

Er... do I mention that I know the person I'm addressing the cover letter to? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 7:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I resign as confidante?

I've unintentionally become the person that a coworker feels comfortable venting to, and in this case, I don't like it. How do I make it stop without causing too much trouble? [Hoo boy, this ended up long!] [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 7:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Is our global economy screwed?

So, how bad will the forecasted financial crisis be in 2013/eurogeddon? and what could be read to refute the total gloom and doom of these guys? And if the world economy starts sliding, what are the early signs before the shit really hits the fan?
posted by Issithe at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Maybe I wanted to keep my wisdom (tooth).

Why not let my dental nature take its course, regarding my wisdom tooth extraction? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 6:21 PM PST - 16 comments

And the Oscar for editing goes to...

Best/easiest youtube tutorials for leaning Adobe Premiere (CS5) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:08 PM PST - 1 comment

how do you share your life when you're not sure where you're going?

How do you share your life with someone else when you're not sure where you're going? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Two steps forward, one step backwards

I'm looking for examples that illustrate a particular concept: that a technological / social advance is often accompanied by a kind of regression to earlier practices, until people work out how to exploit the benefits of that advance. Help me nail down this rather nebulous idea! [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Where's Your Mom, Mommy?

How to explain to a five year old why you don't have a mother? [more inside]
posted by moonlitpines at 5:49 PM PST - 31 comments

I don't think "none of your business" translates well into Catholic

I'm in the process of applying for an annulment to my marriage in the Catholic church, and am already feeling incredibly violated and offended by what the tribunal wants to know in order to pass judgement. Help me figure out if I want to suck it up and proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 31 comments

Dulce de leche inspiration, please!

What are your favorite recipes involving dulce de leche? I'm looking for luscious ideas for a newly-made batch, and so far have only thought of rather standard baked goods (and maybe some ice cream with salted pecans). Advanced or complicated recipes welcome.
posted by Specklet at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Cyber Affair

I don't feel guilty, am I an jerk? [more inside]
posted by antigone at 5:08 PM PST - 23 comments

fix my diet

Help me fix my diet: Simplicity Edition [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:44 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I fix what my AWOL CPA broke?

I just found out my accountant screwed up and never filed my 2011 taxes. No one at her office is returning my emails or messages. My tax situation is now a complete mess. I don't know where to start to fix this. Help? [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty at 4:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Physical Mathematics?

Is there a book that teaches math via physics? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Gateway Cuisine

What are the best "gateway dishes" for someone who wants to try authentic Chinese cuisine? [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck at 4:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Family ties

My Mormon parents won't meet, talk of, or accept that I am with my girlfriend. How do I navigate family events and holidays since I am very close to my family but I am also in a very serious relationship? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 3:39 PM PST - 43 comments

Pick it up pick it up pick who up?

What are the best new ska/ska-punk bands out there now? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 3:32 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I make sure I am ready for a 200km bike ride?

What do I need to prepare for an approximately 200km bike ride? [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Savings Bonds?

Savings Bonds Filter: Which bonds should I sell or continue to sit on? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Sad, Skinny, Cellulite.

I'm a skinny girl, and I'm sad about my cellulite. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 2:53 PM PST - 20 comments

(Google) Scholarly Advice?

Google Scholar Search Term? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

You know, like Netflix....

I am looking for a shopping cart solution that specializes in subscription based sales. I have a small product that comes in several "flavors" that I would like to ship to each customer's house every month. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Nobody likes you when you're wasted

Is there a tactful way to tell a friend that they are not pleasant to be around when they drink too much, an occurrence that happens every time we see them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 35 comments

Am I a bot?

Am I spamming the universe right now? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Books for three little boys?

I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
posted by Kpele at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me pivot the pivot table back!

How to reformat pivot table data so that it works like any other spreadsheet? Simple instructions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy black, thin, cotton tights?

Where can I buy black, thin, cotton tights? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

How to avoid hair clogs in a new bathroom?

My dream bathroom would include a sink that never clogs with hair. How close can I come to making this a reality? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Completely "Dark" Alarm Clock (Revisited)?

Completely "dark" / humane alarm clock (revisited)? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 12:43 PM PST - 29 comments

Falling down a ship's air intake

What would happen if you jumped or fell down a big ship's air intake? [more inside]
posted by guy72277 at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

let Providence guide him

A friend is moving to Providence, RI - where should he live? Where can he find reliable apartment listings, or well-situated, reasonably priced apartment complexes? What else does he need to know? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking slow-paced nature anime.

I'm seeking a certain sort of anime--the slow-paced nature appreciation. Here is an extreme example. [more inside]
posted by Tufa at 11:56 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I be the best temporary caregiver?

I will be taking care of my friend after her surgery. Help me be the best caregiver ever. [more inside]
posted by bedhead at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

How to Hook up this Drip System?

How do I hook up this irrigation/drip system? I have an outside faucet for garden hoses. What do I need to buy, and where can I buy it? How does it work? Bought a house with this installed.
posted by sandmanwv at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Care package!

American ex-pats living in Germany, what things that can be mailed did you miss from/about the US? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:05 AM PST - 26 comments

When and where did I see Chicago on the "Chicago 16" tour?

Does anybody really know what time it was (in 1982, or 1983, when I saw my first concert...)? For a piece on first-ever concerts, I'm trying to figure out when I saw Chicago on their "Chicago 16" tour. I'm guessing it was 1982 and it was in St. Paul, Minnesota, so probably at the St. Paul Civic Center, though I can't swear to that. Are there any master concert lists for the band Chicago, or a ticket stub somewhere? I'd also be curious to see what we paid and if there was an opening act...
posted by GaelFC at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us plan our road trip!

A friend and I are planning a road trip from Boston to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. We've got six days total (Friday, June 30th until Wednesday, July 4th). So far, we've booked Saturday and Sunday nights at a campground in Cape Breton, and we're planning to take the ferry from Digby to St. John on Wednesday morning (and finish the rest of the drive back that day). We'd love some advice about the trip in general and how best to spend our time! [more inside]
posted by cider at 10:49 AM PST - 15 comments

What makeup do I need for an outdoor wedding?

I'd like foundation and makeup strong enough to look good in photos from an outdoor wedding, but easy enough for a novice to apply. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lillygog at 10:42 AM PST - 37 comments

Looking for ukulele groups/choirs in MD

Can you help me find a ukulele choir or group in Maryland, specifically Montgomery or Frederick Counties? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I stop hurting myself when I exercise?

How can I stop hurting myself when I exercise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Where can I meet/hang-out/make merry with other young queers in San Francisco?

Where can I meet/hang-out/make merry with other young queers in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Long Gone Alpine Campground Orchard Park NY

In the 1980s there was a campground in Orchard Park, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) on Ellicott Road. It closed sometime around 1989. It was called Alpine. I can't find a single mention of it on the internet and would love to know more about the place. It was right here. The camping is long gone, but the quarry is still there and some of the buildings are still standing. I only have fuzzy memories of going there as a kid and I'm trying to learn more about it. [more inside]
posted by Blake at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Music blogs

How can I make my music discovery process more effective and efficient? I listen to hip hop plus some alt R&B, electronic, and experimental. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Help a n00b create a personal budget!

Novice/don't know what the hell I'm doing Filter: Moving away from home for the first time and need to create a budget! Any tips/help? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker at 10:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me deal with this stress!

Help me deal with this stress! [more inside]
posted by daysocks at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I automatically archive web pages I visit?

Is there an easy way to archive all the content of web pages I visit, saving the pages to my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of precisely what I mean below the fold

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of what I'm looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue at 10:16 AM PST - 25 comments

To do well for myself or good for society

Advice needed on potential career paths in the public health field: how to decide between a financially lucrative offer and holding out for potentially getting another job to do "good" for society? Way too much detail inside: [more inside]
posted by moshimosh at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend an insurance company, please.

I need to get homeowner's insurance for a property around Concord, NH. Can someone recommend an independent insurance agent in this area?
posted by danep at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comment

How to be an ethical landlord?

I am buying my first house and my friends will live there with me. What is the ethical way to decide what to charge in rent? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Let's talk about sex

What would the ideal website of your local sexual health centre look like? Looking for links, ideas, general commentary... [more inside]
posted by ghost dance beat at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a wide-angle zoom lens equivalent to the 50mm lens?

I need an all-around wide angle or zoom lens that's of good quality. I'm already really happy with my f/1.8 50mm, what's the zoom/wide angle lens equivalent of the 50mm? [more inside]
posted by carmel at 9:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Google and Firefox not playing well together?

Google and Firefox not playing well together? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this 2 year old stain fixable?

What are the chances that a 2 year old cake frosting stain will come off my dry-clean-only dress? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

What can you do for an acquaintance in ICU?

What can you do for an acquaintance in ICU? [more inside]
posted by superquail at 9:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Mystery object-filter: shaker cap edition

Can you identify this tiny shaker cap found in my office building? top view , bottom view [more inside]
posted by superna at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Used bikes in Chicago

Where can I get a used bike for cheap on the north side of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Not that I don't love LaVar...

Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by lodie6 at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Making a wide-screen background'ed website

Webdesign: How to make a wide-screen centralized background in HTML? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do people upload old 3d party stuff to YouTube?

Why (not how, why) do people upload old third-party content to youtube? Has anything been written on the subject? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:30 AM PST - 18 comments

BREAKING: Simon Adebisi Wears Physics Defying Hat!

How realistic is the portrayal of the media's coverage of the prison on Oz? (No spoilers in the question, potential for some in the answers.) [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember a book title.

Over 20 years ago I read a novel, but can remember neither the author nor the novel title. I think it was an English author, I think the word "Spring" was in the title, and I think it was set in the post-colonial time period in India. I do remember it was a story about a young teenage English girl who met and fell in love with an Indian teenage boy, and they thought she might be pregnant, so they ran away to Varanasi/Benares together to get married in spite of the disapproval of their families. About 15 years ago or so it was made into a TV movie and shown on either PBS or Masterpiece Theater. I've googled for "novels set in Varanasi," "post-colonial novels set in Benares," etc and came up empty. I'm confident I would recognize the title if I saw it, and it is not listed here, here, or here. Do these (rather minuscule, sorry) details ring a bell for anyone? Thank you!
posted by matrushka at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

I just want to get some dang shut-eye

Tales from the middle seat: I'm booked on a red-eye flight leaving Monday night. No problem, I'll just sleep on the plane. I've done it before and it's not so bad. Except. I booked my plane ticket a week ago, and I don't have a window seat. Help me figure out how to get some sleep without a window to lean on... [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 8:03 AM PST - 23 comments

Weird me out in Edinburgh

Last time you helped weird me out in London. Now help me go beyond the usual tourist activities up north in Edinburgh, please. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 7:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Weekend in Burlington, Vermont

How to spend an AWESOME weekend in Burlington, VT? [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 at 7:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape?

Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 7:55 AM PST - 12 comments

I much like my head. I don't want to see it removed just yet.

Given that the copyright landscape is about to change in Canada, educate me about VPN services and securing my connection like I'm a n00b! [more inside]
posted by liquado at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Potty Training: Part 2

I've posted previously about potty training my dogs. I picked up a book, "How to Housebreak Your Dog In 7 Days," which was quite helpful except one thing: our work schedules aren't compatible with a regular schedule. [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 7:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Firefox Tiny Printing

Recently when I print with Firefox, it tries to squeeze everything into 1 page. The text is TINY. I have tried "Print 100%", Scale to Fit, Print regular in preferences (HP Laserjet 4200). I have tried to print with different drivers. Nothing I do save "Print 200+%" works, and that's absolutely absurd to have to do each time. Chrome prints things fine, but I really don't want to have to use a different browser each time... Anybody have an idea? Any info I seem to find on the web comes up with old FF2 and FF3 printing issues. Nothing with a more current version on the mozilla forums.
posted by symbioid at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Internet Fruit Detective Squad, Assemble

What are these fruit, seen outside a 24 hour shop in North London? Are they (please god, let it be) tomatillos?
posted by ominous_paws at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Enough is Enough -- is she Guilty?

Can anyone help me track down this factoid (if it's even true)? Way before podcasts existed, I remember hearing a radio host or music pundit call Barbra Streisand a career annihilator (though I think he had a catchier name for it). He claimed that she held a unique position in pop music: that every number-one charting artist who released a duet with her a) saw that duet reach number 1 on the charts, and b) never had another number 1 hit again. I have never been able to find this statement again anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

“Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.”

ROAD TRIP! We're looking for a route from Buffalo to Nashville that lets us stop for great food, cheesy retro attractions and things each of us would enjoy. [more inside]
posted by peagood at 6:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about the Wild and Wonderful parts of southern West Virginia

Virginia to Kentucky road trip. Looking for interesting places to stop in southern West Virginia along I 64. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Meebo Replacement

Meebo replacement? [more inside]
posted by shew at 6:04 AM PST - 5 comments

23 going on 60.

Help me dress myself, 23-year-old-going-on-little-old-lady edition. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 5:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Headin' out west...

Mr. Torisaur and I are going to be in Vancouver, BC from the evening of Friday July 13th until Tuesday the 17th, and then Victoria, BC from the 17th - 20th. Recommend us your favourite things to do! [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for an iPhone tripod mount in meatspace

I am looking for an iPhone 4/4s tripod mount that can be purchased in a brick and mortar store. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 5:08 AM PST - 1 comment

Please help me overhaul my international cellphone setup

I live in the US, but I spend quite a bit of time in the UK. Please help me overhaul my (currently ridiculous) cellphone arrangement, so that I can make calls cheaply, and be called by other people cheaply for them, in/from/to both places, preferably with email access too. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman at 4:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Dumbo, meet SmartPhone

I've just bought my first smart phone. An android (HTC One X). What are your recommended apps? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 3:03 AM PST - 35 comments

Hope me find an archery coach?

How does one find an archery coach? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:58 AM PST - 3 comments

East Coast trip from Boston to DC -- ideas?

I'm planning on visiting the East Coast this July -- the area roughly from Boston to Washington, DC. I don't really have a set plan yet, aside from visiting NYC for a couple of days (up to a week), hopefully visiting Boston for a few days, and hanging out along the Maryland/DC border for a conference. Travel tips/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 1:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me pick a new computer

Processor and general build quality question: Should I buy a Samsung Series 3 305V5A-T04AU Notebook or HP Pavilion dv6-6B00TU Notebook? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 1:46 AM PST - 5 comments

How to let go of anger?

How to let go of anger? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 1:02 AM PST - 38 comments

Japanese for children

Are there any very basic resources to introduce spoken Japanese to young English speakers? [more inside]
posted by fizban at 12:21 AM PST - 5 comments

June 19

The year of...

Can you bring me up to date with the state of Linux desktop environments? [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 11:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding a non-teaching job in Japan in limited time

Searching for a job in Japan... Can speak Japanese, but have only gotten job offers from low-paying ALT dispatchers so far. Visa running out. Other venues to search? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 10:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheap food near Haight-Ashbury?

Cheap food near Haight-Ashbury? [more inside]
posted by landlubber at 10:36 PM PST - 24 comments

'cause i'm mr brightside

I like my friend but it's not mutual and I'm still working on getting over it. Recently she picked up someone at a club while I was getting us drinks, and I'm burning up with jealousy. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 10:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Would veterans dealing with PTSD and/or depression benefit from participating in auto racing?

Would participating in auto racing help Veterans dealing with PTSD and/or depression? I am especially interested (although not exclusively) in getting feedback from few different perspectives: 1) Clinical Practitioners – Would this help or hinder someone dealing with PTSD and/or depression? 2) Veterans – Does this seem valuable from the perspective of someone dealing with PTSD and/or depression? 3) Racers – Any suggestions on what kind of racing might lend its self to this? (My thoughts were Autocross, Chump Car, or Club Racing) [more inside]
posted by empty vessel at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Finding a job with few references?

I quit my job today. I don't have another job lined up. I don't have a college degree or much work history. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by GadgetryOwl at 9:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Alternatives to brushing cat's teeth?

What do we really need to do about our cat's teeth? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 9:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify a dubbish song

NameThatSongFilter: Slow, song with a female vocalist for the chorus of "gangsta love" followed by a male ("never get enough no"). Possibly a ska band? [more inside]
posted by fleeba at 9:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Tattoo preparation for first-timer

Getting my first tattoo! How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Thanks, But No Thanks!

How do I stop feeling so confined by other people's expectations? Personal details inside. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 8:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Where to live in between Boston and Amherst, Mass?

Boston/Central Massachusetts Filter: My partner will be starting grad school in Amherst in the fall. I have a job in Boston that I'd like to keep. Where in central Mass should we look for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by prior at 8:03 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I edit and load educational videos into my kindle fire?

How do I edit and load educational videos into my kindle fire? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 7:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find myself, all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I am lost, I am interested in being a positive influence to other people by making them laugh or helping them out with life problems. Need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy at 7:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Kickstarter rewards

Kickstarter rewards. Is there any system in place to guarantee you will get one if you fund the project (and the funding is successful)? Do creators ever flake out and not send out the rewards? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 7:04 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I reduce the amount of time I have to spend on my hair after sweating from exercise?

You have long hair. You exercise often. What is your routine? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 6:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Hypothetical: Skin Graft Wedding Rings

Hypothetical Question: Would it be possible to trade skin grafts with someone (cosmetically/ superficially) in lieu of wedding rings? Would a plastic surgeon be willing to do it, if it is possible? [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 6:33 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I stop a cough when cough medicine doesn't work?

How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
posted by mxmm at 6:05 PM PST - 40 comments

Please help me register my wheels!!

I really need help registering my car in CA. I realize questions like this have been asked before, but I would really appreciate guidance about what to do in my (not very snowflakey) circumstance. [more inside]
posted by afterdark at 5:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How to turn Skydrive off in Windows Live Mail

Using Windows 7, use Windows Live Mail for my email program. I use an all-in-one printer to scan documents and send as attachments in emails. Now Live Mail automatically uses Skydrive for all attachments, I would like to just have normal jpg attachments without Skydrive. I read on Windows website how to set it not to use Skydrive in Hotmail but I need to know how to set it to not use it in Live Mail. Can anyone help me??
posted by sandyp at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Trading Places

How do I leave grad school and go where I want to go? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Can this book be saved?

An editor asked for the full manuscript of my young adult novel. The problem? It isn't finished yet. What do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth at 5:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Very Specific Spreadsheet Question: Ranges

How do you make Excel automatically group years (1921, 1925, 1929) into decades (1920s)? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Exercise: All or Nothing?

How beneficial are inconsistent gym visits when your usual summer exercise routine is wrecked? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Business software that is underserved when it comes to ongoing training?

What are some business software products that are (a) widely used in the enterprise, (b) have a somewhat steep/deep learning curve, and (c) aren't over-served with training materials? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I resolve my debt?

Debt Management Plan or Bankruptcy? or Option C? YANAL and YANML [IL filter] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

No, not THAT kind of weed.

Random plant in the garden: Weed or ...? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

ADoes anyone know what the lyrics are to the Pearl and the Beard song "Donny and Johnny"?

Does anyone know what the lyrics are to the Pearl and the Beard song "Donny and Johnny"? [more inside]
posted by Glambie at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Neighborly questions

Neighbor questions-How much is too much? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 4:19 PM PST - 26 comments

How on earth did I get a contusion???

Small raised contusion behind my left ear. No idea what this is or how it happened! Hitting hypochondriac panic mode! Help! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Tampons for Dummies

Please educate me in proper tampon insertion. Seriously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 PM PST - 45 comments

Can you help me replace my printer with a better one?

Can you help me pick out a new multifunction printer/fax/scanner? My (small business) office printer died. It's okay, I hated it anyways. But I need to buy a new one pretty much immediately. Every printer gets mediocre reviews online (and rightfully so, they're all awful in their own special ways)-- but I'm hoping someone here can make a recommendation? Specs included. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 3:34 PM PST - 13 comments

How was HBO's "In Treatment" filmed/produced?

I am very much enjoying HBO's In Treatment. I was amazed by the number of episodes in each season and then learned it was originally broadcast daily on week nights. How was this managed in terms of filming, cast availability etc.? Was it filmed entirely ahead of broadcast, as I understand HBO series tend to be? it seems unmanageable and risky otherwise.
posted by Hugobaron at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What steps do I take to figure out who to be angry at?

My wife and I just moved into our first house this month. Hooray! The people building a house next door say we have to move our fence [and tear down a shed-like thing attached to the garage]. Boo! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 3:21 PM PST - 27 comments

hot water + food

How do I get hot water whilst traveling in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you recommend a tax consultant for an American ex-pat in the UK?

I'm seeking recommendations for tax consultants in the UK, or in the US, or maybe both, to figure out where I need to pay taxes. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 3:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Husbands responsibilities

As a husband and father of two, what are my responsibilities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 27 comments

How big a .jpg can I put there?

HTML: Is there a quick way to determine the width of a fixed-width column? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Change the roof or change the A/C system?

Cooling the second story: Replace the roof or dual-zone the A/C? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Podcasts about world events?

I would like to be more informed about world events. Can you recommend some podcasts that I can listen to? I'd like to have a variety of perspectives (both politically and geographically) but the main thing is that they are BOTH entertaining and informative. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to generate some stats on my monthly spending

I'm interested in calculating monthly expenses. What's the best way of doing this, keeping in mind security concerns? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in Urumqi when you're dead

What is there to do in Urumqi in the next few days on a restricted budget and with limited local language skills? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

What plant sticks its seeds to ostriches' feet?

Please help me remember a plant, or tell me if I've made this up in my head. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Myrtle Beach vacation EVER!

Myrtle Beach, SC: what are your must-see/must-dos? [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties at 1:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Where did this poem come from?

Help me find what the recent limerick thread, and Sokka Shot First's comment dislodged from my memory: [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Just 14 more out-and-backs! (Sigh.)

What do you think about when you're swimming laps? [more inside]
posted by psoas at 1:39 PM PST - 30 comments

How to send uplifting messages by email.

My wife is hiking the Camino in Spain, the same one as depicted in 'The Way' with Martin Sheen. She's having some difficulties adjusting and could use some uplifting messages. What can I send her? [more inside]
posted by diode at 1:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Trip to SE Asia in winter, but where and for how long! Please help!

The boyfriend and I are trying to plan a trip to SE Asia From Xmas Day to the first week of January. We are looking to fly to Bangkok or Singapore and then taking a train to the other, stopping at Kuala Lumpur and Penang on the way. Suggestions and tips on what to do, whether this is feasible or a good idea in that time of year would be greatly appreciated! We know there won't be enough time to do everything but aren't sure how much time to allocate to each city. We're open to any and all recommendations!
posted by picarosado at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

this seems too good to be true

Can you tell me if the camera packages at this discount online storefront are good value for money? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Whether or not to take antidepressants

Is using antidepressants to get over depression triggered by a breakup a good idea? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Things to see in Norway!

Where should I go in Norway, outside Oslo, in four days? [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me go from one drive to two.

I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro. I am installing a 64GB SSD (for OSX Lion and applications) and and then repurposing my stock HDD as my drive for my Home folder (documents, etc) using an OWC Data Doubler (installed in my optical drive spot). I have a bootable SuperDuper backup and many Time Machine Backups (on external drives). Once everything is installed, how can I transfer everything from backups to their new locations without losing all my preferences, bookmarks, etc. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Help get me into a pickle?

What recipes use a lot of dill pickles? Vegetarian preferred! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 12:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Wordpress Workflow

I'm designing a custom Wordpress theme as part of a project. In addition to the typical Wordpress install, there's also going to be a social media plug-in on top of it (which has already been picked out and installed by another member of the project). This is the most complicated bit of web development that I've done, so I'm curious: what sort of workflow should I set up to make things easy on myself? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I be a lech and a feminist?

Can a hyper-sexed, promiscuous man also be a good feminist? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 12:08 PM PST - 42 comments

laptop instead of an airport?

Can I setup my PC laptop to receive audio like an AirPort Express? [more inside]
posted by Theta States at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

What Was Homosexuality Like Back Then?

What was the gay lifestyle like in past times (say, pre 1970s)? How was being gay perceived? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 11:50 AM PST - 49 comments

What's the best blender for milkshakes?

What's the best blender for milkshakes? Detailed instructions on making a chocolate milkshake with said blender would also be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by jtothes at 11:38 AM PST - 24 comments


Homemade yogurt filter! Hit me with your best plain yogurt recipes. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 11:04 AM PST - 24 comments

Always Be Circulating

I occasionally like to stamp things (rubber stamps in ink on paper approximately the size of a dollar bill; I'll do a few dozen at a time). Does a device exist where I could feed lots of paper through and make a small ink stamp on each of them? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

What certifications/courses can I take (Quantitative Research Oriented) - Senior Management in a Nonprofit

Hi, I'm at a senior-management position and currently head three departments including research, strategic relations and advocacy and digital initiatives at a very well known non-profit media media company for children. I'm wondering what kinds of certifications I can take to add to my professional qualifications/credentials. I'd like specific certification/course recommendations that have to do with large-scale quantitative research skills, project management, finance and such. Qualifications that can be pursued internationally are best - I'm based in India.
posted by Varna at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Question about the Vatican Museum lines.

Visiting Rome for one day this weekend and would like to see the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. I hear about about the long lines to get into the Vatican museums and Chapel. What's not clear to me is whether this is referring to the ticket-buying line or the museum entrance line. I know I can buy tickets in advance online so I should be able to skip the ticket line. Will the entrance line also be unbearably long?
posted by rsol44 at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

North Cascades National Park or Glacier?

North Cascades National Park or Glacier? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Mining the back catalogs for classic rock that doesn't suck

Classic Rock recommendations: I'm looking to go deep into the back catalogs of some of the more well-known names in classic rock (read: tired, overplayed, worn out, trite) to find rock that really rocks. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 10:25 AM PST - 58 comments

Kitchen Exhaust Fans for Wallless Homes

I've been advised to get a 900cfm range hood for my loftlike kitchen/living area, but I really want a ceiling-mounted exhaust fan instead. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

How 'bout I pay for your wedding if you sucker your friends into giving me money?

My father asked me to use my social networks to get my friends to use his business. When I balked, he tried telling me that if I did, he'd pay for my wedding with the money. Am I right to be offended? And what do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb at 10:21 AM PST - 31 comments

What should I rebuild my roof with?

I'm torn between just putting up asphalt shingles or splurging on a metal roof. Hoping to get recommendations on materials with a mind to efficiency and environmental sustainability. Also, who should I contact to plan a more efficient roof/home in Hamilton/Greater Toronto Area? What would be the best roof for planning a solar MicroFIT project? [more inside]
posted by tronfunkinblo at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Who is Mrs Bear?

Can you identify this teddybear and tell me where I can buy another one like it? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Exercises, stretches, or other ways to relieve repetitive strain in shoulder and upper back?

Exercises, stretches, or other ways to relieve repetitive strain in shoulder and upper back? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I need an appellate lawyer or a FOIA lawyer?

I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to set fire to my kitchen utensils

Kitchen Organization 101: Is there any obvious and efficient way to organize the drawer in my kitchen that holds all my big/weirdly shaped utensils (ie. mixing spoons, measuring cups, spatulas, pastry cutter, salad server, tongs, etc) that DOESN'T involve having them in a holder on the countertop? We don't have the counterspace to spare. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 9:36 AM PST - 26 comments

The guys I date tell me I deserve better. If not from them, who?

"You deserve better"...say my boyfriends.  What's up with this trend?  And if/since that means they won't do it, how can I actually get better treatment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 123 comments

Smoked Paprika recipes

What else can I make with smoked paprika? [more inside]
posted by stowaway at 9:06 AM PST - 45 comments

I got paid, then I got paid. What do I do with this money that's not mine?

I was paid twice. I talked to payroll. It's not their fault. It's kinda my fault and kinda my bank's fault. [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Unintentional Glitch Art

Weirdest Firefox problem ever. Some text, across different sites, appears scrambled -- or, more accurately is rot-2. Uninstalling, deleting profile and re-installing did not help. WTF? [more inside]
posted by rottytooth at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Tips for running a successful and simple ebay business?

My boyfriend and I are starting an ebay business selling baseball cards. I have no experience with this. Any tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Dark sky, cheap telescope, totally inexperienced operator. What can I see?

Astronomy/Skygazing Beginner: I'm gonna be camping out in a dark place, and I have access to a cheap low-consumer-grade telescope. Is it worth it to take it? What could it see? What could I reliably find? Three technically-competent operators, but zero experience/familiarity with the use of any telescope. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 8:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Laser Hair Removal Tipping Etiquette

I recently purchased a living social coupon for 3 sessions of laser hair removal but am unsure of tipping etiquette for the procedure? Is it customary to tip for laser hair removal – and if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by en el aire at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

LASIK for bad eyes?

I am very nearsighted, and have an astigmatism in both eyes. I checked out LASIK 10 years ago, and was told that it hadn't developed enough to make it safe/effective for a person with my conditions. Has the state of the art improved with regard to laser correction of severe nearsightedness with astigmatism? Are there new techniques that could work better than LASIK? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour at 7:52 AM PST - 17 comments

I need help planning our trip to Paris please.

I posted this question a few months ago and have since narrowed down our options. Need help deciding please! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Civic making Beetle noises - is it safe?

Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I stick with Blackberry

What Verizon cell phone meets these requirements [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Have you seen the movie "Secretary"? Yeah, like that.

Asking for a Friend/CoWorker: Boss and underling develop feelings for each. Both break it off, but now friend is feeling hurt and rejected. What advice can I give her? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 6:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Moving across the country! Boxes to ship! Help?

Moving from Brooklyn, NY to San Diego, CA. Have about 10-15 large/heavy boxes to ship to CA. A few boxes are primarily books and DVDs. The others are clothes and shoes. Nothing super fragile. I don't have a car. What is the best/easiest/most affordable way to do this? Halp!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 6:50 AM PST - 17 comments

take me out to the shake shack

Help me understand baseball in time for the Mets/Orioles game tonight! [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew at 6:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Mid grey, houndstooth, cut to flatter...

Just bought this jacket on a whim, and it looks great. At a bit of a loss as to what to match it with: any suggestions for shirt and tie pattern and colour combinations? I'm thinking of wearing it with skinny black jeans and my Doc Martens.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 6:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Even after multiple washings, these cloth diapers still stink.

Our cloth diapers have a permanent stink and lots of orange stains. What further laundry solutions should we try? [more inside]
posted by bigboggle at 5:48 AM PST - 34 comments

My true love gave to me: A Kiskadee in a paw-paw tree!

How to get access to some music from my childhood? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 4:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone here use a Roland SPD-SX? I have a bunch of questions about using one...

Does anyone here use a Roland SPD-SX? I have a bunch of questions about using one... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:25 AM PST - 0 comments

What do these foods have in common?

I've identified the things my digestive system doesn't like, but I don't really understand why these foods are causing me trouble. Can you tell me what these foods (list inside) have in common so I can get a better understanding of what it is I am reacting to and so I can avoid other related things? [more inside]
posted by abashed at 4:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Some assembly required

I like foods that require assembly of delicious and interesting components while eating. At the moment, I'm also not interested in cooking. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:43 AM PST - 38 comments

Posh meals on wheels

Can you recommend a gourmet food delivery service in the UK? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 1:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Depression question: there are many like it, but this is mine.

Dealing with feeling lousy, and possibly capital-D depressed, when swamped with school demands and most of all, terribly uncomfortable with seeing doctors. How? [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 1:41 AM PST - 8 comments

"Police follow this vehicle"

I just walked past an armoured truck doing a cash drop to a bank. On the back was a sign saying "Police follow this vehicle". Is this a request or a statement? What's it trying to achieve and does it work?
posted by cromagnon at 1:27 AM PST - 6 comments

June 18

Reverse Racism at Work?

While faxing at the front desk at my job, a few co-workers were sitting around chatting. An African American co-worker was telling few Hispanic co-workers a story about how her and her friends were overlooked while shopping at Coach, "because the clerk was only paying attention to the (mouths the word "white" while my back was turned) girls. She goes on the explain that they left the store and called to complain that they were ignored because of their race. I was the only white person there (and not part of the conversation) and I would never have been telling a story if the reverse was true, so was this racism in the workplace? I surely felt uncomfortable. What can/should I do?
posted by EquineProcine at 11:40 PM PST - 58 comments

Another word describe something very similar to a pallbearer

Is there a term other than "pallbearer" for someone who carries a corpse or ashes? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 11:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Remember This Sexy "Greatest American Hero" Scene?

Looking for a particular "Greatest American Hero" episode. Connie Sellecca wearing little more than glasses and a shirt. Been hunting since I was twelve. Maybe technology has caught up with me? [more inside]
posted by skypieces at 9:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Books/Resources re: family violence

One of my parents comes from a difficult family situation. I have always assumed there was significant abuse and violence in the family; my parent has always denied that this was the case. Another family member has now confirmed my suspicions, and I'm looking for resources to learn more about the impact on my generation of adult children and our children of this sort of legacy of violence - where my generation was not directly victimized but grew up with parents who were. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Today's special ingredient is: Chicken Stock!!!

What should I do with this small amount of extremely tasty chicken stock? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 9:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Typical TVCs

What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Who's that guy?

Are you familiar with the circa 1960 Chicago White Sox? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How creative is instructional design as a career?

How creative is instructional design? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha at 9:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I eat without cooking?

I know how to cook from scratch. Help me not do that this summer. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 9:00 PM PST - 29 comments

Mom stop it now.

What psychological malady did Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, of Grey Gardens fame, suffer? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 8:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Have we met before?

What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I move on?

Please help me move on. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

AC worth?

How much is an air handler and ac worth? [more inside]
posted by jmd97 at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I list my favorite blogs by the times of their last updates?

I'm trying to create a webpage that automatically lists all of my favorite blogs by the order in which they were last updated. What is the code that I should use? [more inside]
posted by instantfail at 7:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Need a toll calculator, plz.

How can I determine tolls along a route from Rhode Island to the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:32 PM PST - 11 comments

veterinary thank you gifts

Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves at 7:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Android Music Player with precise movement controls

I want an Android "music" player app that will play MP3's and allow me to move forward/backward through the MP3 rather precisely (details inside) [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 6:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get a blog on Huffington Post?

How do you get a regular column/blog on Huffington Post, and how hard is it? It seems like so many people have one.
posted by shivohum at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Academic housekeeping tips?

I've just finished my Ph.D. coursework. I need a brief mental rest from serious work! But I'd like to continue being at least marginally productive. Can you help me think of "academic housekeeping" tasks to do that will pay off in the long run? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Should stop going to my new therapist?

Should stop going to my new therapist? Longish details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 21 comments

I mean, he deserves to fry, but so quickly?

Why is the Sandusky trial moving so quickly? In my area the high profile cases seem to take months, if not years, to come to trial, and then the trials themselves take weeks or months. Sandusky's trial started last week and I believe the judge told the jury that they will likely have the case on Thursday. Explain? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

One number to rule them all

I need a single phone number that I can use worldwide that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Damn their warnings, damn their lies! They will see the people rise!

[QuoteFilter] Segolene Royal loses her parliamentary seat..."She then quoted Victor Hugo: "Traitors always pay for their treachery in the end." Where's the original from?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 5:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Two laptops, just taking up space

What can I do with these old laptops? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Beady beards?

What culture(s) is the practice of putting beads or string around your beard from? (Just to clarify, I mean putting the facial hair into a 'ponytail' at the chin and then stringing the beads on.) [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments

good, cheap, fast....

Looking for a netbook that's great for general web surfing and streaming video. What is there that meets those needs? preferably, sub $400
posted by tylerfulltilt at 4:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Minimizing bluetooth interference with multiple devices running simultaneously?

Advice to minimize bluetooth interference and maintain connectivity across multiple devices in a huge public space? [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 4:35 PM PST - 2 comments

China visa woes.

I am traveling to China on July 17th to teach English to academics, having been invited by a college there. I'm applying for a Business F visa. Co-travelers have successfully received their visas through consulate X. Consulate Y is telling our agency that we need two letters, but the requirements for an "F" visa clearly state that one will suffice. It gets worse. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 4:14 PM PST - 13 comments

My dog is itchy itchy itchy!

My dog seems to be allergic to something. Skin scrapes have shown it isn't mites or anything else. We've changed his food and other things in his environment, and he's still miserable. Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by daboo at 4:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I get screen printed posters made?

I've got some designs I want printed. Small run, around 25 pieces. I've been trying to get something set up with Holy Mountain, Shout Out Loud, etc. but it's been quite difficult getting a response. Any other suggestions I should check out? Both companies I listed use French paper, which is what I'd like to use.
posted by nessinonett at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I care for this thing?

How do I take care of this bird? [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 3:51 PM PST - 8 comments

When your relationship tree was just a sapling (and other sappy metaphors)

What do the first few months of a healthy, promising relationship look like? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 3:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Will this RAM work in my Macbook Air?

Will This RAM work in my brand new Macbook Air? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen at 3:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Gardening novice needs some help!

I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Om nom nom... hey kid! Gimme back my taco!!

Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve! [more inside]
posted by hasna at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I explain to my five-year-old son why he hasn't been able to visit me?

How do I explain to my five-year-old son why he hasn't been able to visit me? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

What must we not miss during our honeymoon in Portland, OR in July?

What must we not miss during our honeymoon in Portland, OR in July? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist at 1:20 PM PST - 22 comments

How was your recovery from Whooping Cough?

Question about typical recovery pattern from whooping cough. If you've had it, you can probably help me out. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Good job, fork grabber. Try not to cry on your pasta.

My clinical depression is getting worse and I think I need to quit my job, but really need the income. I'm in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Do I tell my new job that I'm still obligated to do four more weeks of teaching on the weekends?

Do I tell my new job that I'm still obligated to do four more weeks of teaching on the weekends? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros at 12:30 PM PST - 19 comments

We want beautiful pictures of our family without the tense smiles and the glassy eyes! How?

We would like to stop taking "say cheese!!!" pictures of our family, but we get uncomfortable when we're trying to do candids. How do they work? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 12:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Faux Stone Everywhere

Wifey and I are looking for bathroom and kitchen tile, and we're frustrated by the amount of 'earth tone' colors -- yellows and browns and tans, which are generally the color of the things you want to flush away in the bathroom, if you get my drift. Where do we find bright, clean color tile these days? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 11:56 AM PST - 17 comments

How to celebrate a major promotion?

How to celebrate an Air Force promotion from afar? [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Best network/graph theory software for non-techies?

I'm teaching a minicourse about networks, graphs, and computation to a non-technical audience (mostly grad students in the humanities.) What's the right software platform? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me plan my short Grand Canyon Roadtrip

Metafilter, I need a road trip reality check and suggestions. I'm going on a short road trip to the Grand Canyon from June 28-June 30, departing from Riverside County in Southern California. I think I'm set on my plan for my trip to the Grand Canyon, but I'm looking for suggestions for the trip back. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 11:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me make vegan fettucini alfredo

Help me find an awesome vegan alfredo recipe? [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Is this Dick Cheney's Secret Lair?

What's hiding under this hill? [more inside]
posted by jindc at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me plan my last minute dinner!

Hey, what should I cook for dinner tonight? Okay, I apologize in advance for asking this question. I know questions like it have been asked many, many times before. But I'm suffering from brain freeze brought on by an over abundance of options and lack of time. Specific requirements inside. Thank you for looking at my ridiculous question. [more inside]
posted by quietshout at 10:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a very basic virtual call-forwarding and auto-reception service

I'm looking for a very basic virtual call-forwarding and auto-reception service. I'd like a service where the actual caller is forwarded to an employee's cell phone number instead of a VOIP call from the service provider. [more inside]
posted by JacksonEsquire at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me be the best data guy I can be

Part of my current job involves manipulating a large amount of data. I need to learn how to do this more efficiently and on a larger scale. What should I use? What should I learn? What is the best (free) way to teach myself? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 10:04 AM PST - 26 comments

seeking marketing stats without being marketed to

Recommend blogs and/or sites that talk about *effective* advertising/marketing/direct mail without trying to sell me something? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 9:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Seeking good songs for a song circle in the woods

Seeking song reccommendations for a song circle/singalong in the woods. I want songs that are simple to teach, fun to sing, sound good, and don't make you feel like a 10-year-old at summer camp. Drinking songs, sea shanties, rounds, folk songs, etc. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

The Forbidden Fruit

Can I become allergic to (almost) all fruits over night? If so, what can I eat/drink as substitutes? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius at 9:33 AM PST - 24 comments

having trouble feeding myself!

I have a wheat allergy that I am terrible at managing, no real kitchen in my tiny apartment, no cooking skills, no time management skills, a fully-tested inability to wash food containers when I do manage to bring food to work, and sugar issues (hypoglycemia). As a roughly middle-aged human, I would like to try to get this under control and am looking for creative ways to do it/obvious ideas that haven't occurred to me. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 9:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Black Belt Certification Issue - Tae Kwon Do

Should I keep training in this school for my belt, or move on? [more inside]
posted by glitrqn at 9:10 AM PST - 13 comments

1930s Uniform Mystery

Can anyone help identify this 1930s-era uniform, and also possibly provide info on a small plane crash at the time? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Quick trip to New Orleans?

I’ve been thinking about a return trip to New Orleans for a while now (last there in 2008), and came across some good off-season fares/hotel deals for August. Yes, New Orleans in August. (Probably too many) specific questions inside… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:52 AM PST - 41 comments

That sounds extreme...

Fraking-Touchpad filter: My Dell Inspiron Touchpad completely ceased to work at all last night. Me and the Dell tech guy ran some diagnostics, and ascertained that it is NOT a hardware problem, it is an OS problem (I have Windows 7). He says my only option (aside from getting a external mouse and using that instead) is to wipe the whole OS and start over. Really? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Are the 13" MacBook Air build-to-order options worth it?

With her black MacBook on its last legs, my sister is going to be getting a new 13" MacBook Air soon. The stock 256GB model includes a 1.8GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz processor and 4GB of (1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM) memory. The build-to-order options are a 2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz and 8GB of RAM for $90 each (Education Store prices). Knowing that processor and memory upgrades aren't possible later on, would either of these options make a big difference in performance? She uses it mostly for Office documents, some CS5 work, streaming video, web browsing and music and is hoping to keep it as her main computer for at least 4 years. Thanks for any input.
posted by jroybal at 8:24 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I stop plant thieves?

Someone stole a potted plant off of my back porch. I'm assuming it was a neighbor or guest of a neighbor, because our alley is locked off. Anyway I am pretty sad and angry (who steals a plant??? It was a $2 farmer's market plant in a $15 pot), and also worried about my other plants. How can I protect them? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 8:23 AM PST - 20 comments

(Don't) bite me - poisonous snake capture.

How can I -- or more accurately, one of my fictional characters -- grab a poisonous snake without getting bitten? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me be less of a catastrophe

Trying to climb out of huge life hole. Complications: shame, depression and probable ADD, inattentive type. Before you suggest therapy, I have an appointment at the local community mental health intake place this Thursday. I just need to know I can get through this, and that others have made major life changes at 40+ that have stuck. I have few IRL friends I can talk to about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 16 comments

With snowflake details inside, how would I go about navigating the waters of finding a partner for limited openness?

I think I may be interested in exploring an open relationship at some point down the line, but where do I meet others like me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 20 comments

How to tell my co-worker to stop working for free?

How to approach a co worker who is voluntarily working off the clock? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:27 AM PST - 40 comments

HHH for the PG-13 Set

I greatly enjoy running the Hash, but I don’t like the songs (pdf); they are just way too crude for my tastes. I have asked around and everyone assures me that all the hashes in my country—even those that are more “family friendly”—have the same songs. For those of you with hash experience, do you find this to be true worldwide? Any other suggestions on how to get my goofy running, singing, dancing, shouting fix without having to sit through the X-rated lyrics? (There was a similar question about this a few months ago specific to D.C., but I'm looking for more of a general perspective on hashing.)
posted by whitewall at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Noisy enough for privacy?

Help me make our bathroom noisy enough for privacy in a small apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 23 comments

One-off photo retouching service?

I need a digital photo retouched. How do I go about finding the right person or business? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How does a body look after two decades in a freezer?

CSI-filter: I'm writing a short story about the Mob and about a body that's been in a basement freezer for 20 years. I have some questions for anyone who might be in a position to know about these things. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

drug addled chimp?

Trying to locate a study in which they gave a chimpanzee (or other ape?) all the hard drugs he wanted (though it may have just been cocaine and/or heroin?) and found that with sufficient care, the subject actually lived a perfectly healthy and long life. [more inside]
posted by imagineerit at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

fullscreen google maps?

Is there any way to view a google maps window that's embedded in a webpage in a new window all by itself? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 6:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Show a couple of greenhorns a good time at Churchill Downs on Saturday

Wife and I will be headed to Louisville, Kentucky this weekend for a quick getaway. We'll be spending Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs taking in some racing. We've never been to a horse race before. We're not gamblers, but we're willing to wager a few bucks in the name of fun. What is the best way for two horse racing newbies to have a great day at the track?
posted by teriyaki_tornado at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

How to put money to work... for me?

Given plenty of money, how would you improve your life in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 28 comments

How to get a dispassionate appraisal of what a house is worth

What's the most dispassionate way to determine what a house is worth? Uncle owns a house and may sell it to us at a favorable rate, but we'd like to figure out a fair price to set overall, so that Uncle isn't shafted but we don't overpay, either. [more inside]
posted by xo at 6:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Passing the savings on to the peoples ...

Is there such a thing as a free, no-frills online store? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 5:50 AM PST - 9 comments

How to work in/move to a gay supportive country where same-sex marriage is legal?

I'm looking to work in/maybe move to, a country where same-sex marriage is legal and gay people are treated equally. Any recommendations? Any advice from expatriates? I've been in a committed and loving relationship with my partner for over 6 years. Looking forward, I would like to move to a country where I can get married, live, work, raise a family and be openly gay in a country with as much respect from the law and the community as everyone else. [more inside]
posted by Firegal at 5:46 AM PST - 36 comments

How Do I Move My Family Overseas Mid-Career?

How can I/we find a job out of the country now that we're midway through our careers (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by dadici at 5:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Language confidence

I was taught French through to Grade 10; however, have been far removed from it since then. I am too shy to try to converse in French with others; but would like to build the confidence to be able to. What are some good strategies for relearning a language and becoming more confident conversing in it at the same time?
posted by jamincan at 5:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you catch a cold by sharing a spoon?

How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Non toilet paper cultures

Non toilet paper users, tell me all about your business. Tissues be damned. [more inside]
posted by Trivia Newton John at 4:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Where to go to in West Maui?

Maui beaches! Where to go? I'm overwhelmed with the choices. Staying in Nohonani condo next week (Lahaina) and with or without car, looking for nicest beaches to hit. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 3:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Light, fast-drying, hand-washable travel clothes?

Where can I get light clothing that can be hand-washed, dry quickly, and look like normal clothes? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Can non-residents buy property in Japan?

Can non-residents buy property in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How to Compose a Picture

I'd like to learn more about visual composition, especially for photography and painting. Are there any books or websites you would recommend as a primer to the subject?
posted by lirael2008 at 1:23 AM PST - 14 comments

June 17

"I sit at home most days." Oh.. that's nice...

In what kinds of situations might I be asked, "What do you do for a living?" or similar questions, and what can I say that won't turn people off (in professional or dating contexts) to explain or imply that I'm currently unemployed, disconnected with my field, and not looking for a job due to (an invisible) disability?
posted by mock muppet at 11:20 PM PST - 37 comments

Looking for a convertible carry-on bag.

I'm looking for a carry-on bag that meets the following criteria: convertible, small enough to carry on a plane legally (US), all black, compression straps of some sort, and no wheels. Lower or reasonably priced options are preferred (~$80 or less is ideal). I'm considering the Rick Steves convertible carry-on, but am open to other options. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 10:44 PM PST - 15 comments

ActionPopulated, Networker and Ass-Kisser Extraordinaire

You are a young unemployed recession poster child with a varied past work history and not-entirely-clear current career trajectory. You need business cards for networking events. What goes on the cards in the place where the job title would otherwise be? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated at 10:26 PM PST - 17 comments

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it?

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:58 PM PST - 13 comments

What books can you suggest that share certain characteristics of The Dark Tower by Stephen King?

What books can you suggest that share certain characteristics of The Dark Tower by Stephen King? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

How fast can i get between domestic arrivals and international departures in the bangkok airport?

For those familiar with the Bangkok airport: On Wednesday morning, my flight from Koh Samui will land at 7:05 a.m. , and my flight from Bangkok to Taipei will take off at 8:25a.m. I'll have carry-on luggage only, and a Canadian passport. Will I have time to get from domestic arrivals to international departures in time to check in, get thru security and get on my Taipei flight? (They are two separate tickets.) Alternatively, will it be relatively easy to get on the later flight to Taipei if I miss the first? Its on China Airlines, I have no familiarity with their policies. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 8:09 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a job that will a) allow me to pursue my interests and b) not make me miserable

Given my present situation, how do I find a day job that allows me to pursue my interests? If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, how did you change things for the better? Exciting personal details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Fixing a Relationship I Broke

Broke up with my girlfriend, but want her back. She's moving away. Some inter-faith drama as well. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by kilbasar at 7:40 PM PST - 36 comments

Boyfriend won't answer calls in front of me

I've been with my boyfriend in an exclusive relationship for 2 months, including dating time. Since early in the dating phase, I have noticed unusual behaviors from him. It has bothered me enough and I have made a plan to discuss with him. When he is out with me, he wouldn't answer his phone. Of course, he answers calls from his mom, sisters, friends...but there is a certain call he wouldn't answer. Without looking to see who's calling, he said "it's not important." But then (more than 1 hour later) he would check the voicemail/text and replied by text. My gut tells me it's from a girl and they could be going out together. Lately, his phone is always on vibrate. I see him only once a week due to distance and because I'm busy. [more inside]
posted by fish123 at 7:06 PM PST - 63 comments

I like to move it move it!

After nearly six years, I've decided to pull up stakes and move out of Boston. Tell me how to get excited about taking this leap, and, well, where to go! [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! at 6:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Father's Day, help me deliver the goods...

Father's Day Help Request: Name the book that meets the following, slightly circumspect, critera: Russian author (potentially female), very popular in the 1950s and 1960s (may also have been first published then), acted as a good example/expose/lesson in conservatism and liberalism? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

A tiny, excellent, flash game experience to convert non-gamers

I am looking for a tiny, excellent, flash game experience to get a group of non-gamers to understand the power of games... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I overthinking this?

Coworker and I are spending time together outside of work, hitting it off, and I think she's interested. She's also on the verge of getting a divorce. Am I setting myself up for something bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find Xcode funnies

Pre-2012 WWDC, I'm sure I saw a somewhat amusing series of chats someone had posted between himself and Xcode. In a fake iMessage window. I wish I could find them.
posted by ~ at 5:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Quiet, Chill Place to Watch the Fireworks in San Francisco for the 4th

I am looking for a place to watch the fireworks in San Francisco on the fourth with some annoyingly specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments

What'd I do to my bike?

I changed my bike tire for the first time. Now my shifter/derailer isn't working properly. [more inside]
posted by prunes at 5:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Summer Synth Dance Party!

Help me build my "Summer Synth Dance Party" playlist! [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 5:14 PM PST - 12 comments

How to dAAte?

Met perfect girl. She doesn't drink. Turns out, she's in AA. What to do/where to go/how to support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Help Me Keep My Job

What should I include on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find the origin of this avocado spaceship?

Anyone know where this image of a (child?) (elf?) (pixie?) who apparently arrived in a flying avocado originated? For some reason it captured my imagination when I first found it posted to the web several years ago. The poster only knew that they had found it "somewhere on the web". It looks like there's a whole story there - maybe a sword (broken?) and some coins among the rocks, and a somewhat dejected looking young (?) humanoid sitting on the ground. Anyone know the origin or back story?
posted by Death by Ugabooga at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Wireless IP Camera?

Can MeFi recommend a good wireless/IP camera to me? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

rank & file

I am looking for a chart/infographic illustrating both the hierarchy, in the entire defense department (that is, throughout all wings of the military) of the different NCO/CO ranks as well as the warrant officer ranks. Has anyone seen anything like this? My Google-fu is weak.
posted by luriete at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Aside from gorging on crab

What can a guy do in Port Angeles, WA on an average summer day? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 3:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Historical detail in Downton Abbey

Looking for more information on what life was like in the period depicted in Downton Abbey. [more inside]
posted by ethansh at 3:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Male characters good at keeping house

Where can I find male protagonists in fiction who are good (but not overly fastidious) at keeping house? I watched Weekend last night and felt one of the protagonists (Russell) was a good example. Hikaru Murakami's protagonists would be excellent examples as well. [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Pocket Anthropology

Is there a way to find out approximately when I left this wad of money in my (very old) jacket pocket, using statistics and date/number info from the bills? What would be the minimum number of bills needed for such a thing?
posted by nile_red at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Best video viewer glasses for sleeping?

What are the best video viewer wrap glasses for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Sugru in NYC?

Where can I buy Sugru in Manhattan?
posted by mbx at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Best credit card for a grad student?

Starting grad school in August. It seems about time I got a credit card. Advice? [more inside]
posted by pdq at 1:28 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm lazy and have no real yard. Do I still get to compost my kitchen scraps?

Are there any truly low maintenance, foolproof systems for low volume patio composting? And is it worth doing, if all I have is a patio where I can have potted plants of any size, but no yard to plant stuff in? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

There was this "study." Was there really?

Can you help me find these studies on patients' perceptions of quality time with their health care providers? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with this co-worker?

How to respond to an unexpected, somewhat unwanted "favor" ? [more inside]
posted by glassrose at 1:07 PM PST - 29 comments

What kind of dress is this?

Please help me identify this dress style. [more inside]
posted by elaine_marley at 12:40 PM PST - 20 comments

mojo...where art thou?

Post-separation/divorce depression...need a good therapist in Vancouver, BC. And also just general advice on getting back on my feet. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Why did the human body evolve to crave nicotine?

Why did the human body evolve to crave nicotine? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:38 AM PST - 19 comments

ebay transaction cancellation/resolution center/refund heck

Listed a laptop on Ebay, offering shipping only to US. Norse buyer did "buy it now." Buyer agreed to cancel transaction, but opened a separate "did not receive item" case in resolution center. Can I just refund the money and be sure I'm done with this, or is there some weird potential for him to try to double-dip on the refund? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Low Ram Ubuntu Distros

Could you recommend a good Ubuntu based distro for old systems having under 512MB memory? Why should I choose that distro over others?
posted by raphael19 at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

What games are good for an 8 and 18 year old?

What PS3 video games will I (19) and my little brother (9) both enjoy together? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 10:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Can't Disqus on a Kindle Fire?

Is it possible to comment using Disqus on a Kindle Fire? The keyboard screen doesn't activate when I tap the comment box. Amazon forums mention the problem, but no solution.
posted by juniper at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Two days and a night in the Hamptons/LI - Is there Anything to Do?

The girlfriend and I have decided to take a two day driving tour of the Hamptons/Long Island. We'll leave tomorrow, Monday morning, stay somewhere, and come back Tuesday night. The thing is, neither of us knows anything about the area - we need advice on everything! Where to stay, what to see, where to eat. Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by slide at 8:32 AM PST - 8 comments

What should we engrave on our wedding bands?

What should we engrave on our wedding bands? There's a 10-character limit. [more inside]
posted by nihraguk at 8:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)?

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Conversation on difficult questions

ConversationFilter: How do you talk with someone when a topic you have opposing views on comes up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Any Great Games To Play With/Against My Daughter on Two Android OS Devices?

My 8yo daughter (in a few weeks) and I love playing Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and other games on Android. We play them on my Xoom, Kindle Fire, and HTC Thunderbolt (phone). Are there any good games like these (not first person shooters, please. She's 8 and we're Quaker) that would allow us to play against o with each other, one on the Xoom and the other on the Kindle?
posted by nathanrudy at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Svchost.exe making computer unusable

Svchost.exe and Wuaudt.exe are eating up the memory of my gf's computer, making it so slow that it becomes unusable. What are they and how do we stop them? Backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by Termite at 2:08 AM PST - 12 comments

June 16

Am I going to kill my car by keeping it stopped?

Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum at 11:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Outdoor chalkboard activities

What are some fun, interactive things to paint on a boring back fence? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 9:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Sketchy-meter going off

Some questions about some information asked for by a financial manager. [more inside]
posted by annsunny at 9:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Sculpture in Altstadt

A friend is in Hamburg, Germany and posted this picture of a public sculpture on his facebook. [more inside]
posted by kryptos at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

iMac Mac OS and Windows 7

I just bought a new iMac for home. I use one at work(Boot camp Windows 7) with programs like Maya, After Effects, Premiere etc and love it. Now with one at home I would actually like to use both Mac and Windows OS but have a hard time deciding what software to put where... Can someone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

The Dog Who Screambarfs At Strangers

Strange and traumatic dog biology question! Not for the faint of heart. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Ailing Father, Neglectful Stepmother, & a Confused Daughter

How do I address my father's illness, marital problems, and general malaise as a child who has long ago flown the coop and has no solid plans to return to her hometown? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing at 7:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it possible to commission an artist?

My wife keeps a list of all the words our 1 year old has learned to say. As a present I thought it might be nice to commission an artist to make a collage of them that we could put on the wall. I'm in London, England. I have no idea how one would do this, or if it would be affordable (I'd be prepared to spend up to around a thousand pounds). Can you commission an artist - and if so, how would you find one?
posted by anonymous at 6:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Where should he sleep?

I just found out that when your child reaches 35 inches, they're supposed to transition out of a crib -- and that's my son's height. I think he could probably climb/fall out of his crib at this point. But what if he's not ready for a toddler bed? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 6:07 PM PST - 30 comments

Suddenly Widowed

My husband died recently. We were together for decades and have school-age children. His passing involved severe trauma, and we have social support and frequent therapy appointments to get us through the turmoil. Emotionally, we're holding up. My question is about getting our affairs in order. [more inside]
posted by Fichereader at 5:08 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm drowning in sorrow, water, frustration...

I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi) and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history... When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for plumerias in Austin, TX

Looking for plumerias in Austin, TX. I'd like to buy a small-ish potted one. Do you know of any good local suppliers? [more inside]
posted by marble at 4:32 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm drooling as I type...

We're making a tomato based fish stew in our slow cooker, and the recipe calls for canned clams. We've got fresh ones, in the shell. Just toss these bad boys in there, or...? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland...

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland (sorry you just had to read anal gland). Could possibly be Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma, could be benign tumor. Looking for as much information as possible, including how risky it is for a 12 year old dog (collie/shepard -ish mix) to have to go through surgery. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it illegal to make profit out of purchased government logos?

Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Roofer, insurance, legalese, scam?

I had a roofer give me an estimate. He would like to make a hail damage claim against my homeowner's insurance. I didn't know that we had had a hailstorm this year... [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 3:35 PM PST - 24 comments

The mystery of the illegal church!

The building I live in is host to an illegal church. Help me figure out what kind it is! [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner at 3:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Bike knowledge

Three bicycling questions put forth by a 52 year old entering his second year of triathlon training. Concerning: hill climbing optimal gears; efficiency on rides; will a better bike make it faster/easier.... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 2:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Personal statement for graduate school

Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a way to untag Facebook photos of myself in bulk?

Is there a way to untag Facebook photos of myself in bulk? [more inside]
posted by picapica at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

short term communications in Paris?

My wife and I are going to Paris for a few weeks. Yay! Unfortunately I'll be in and out of conferences for the first 5 days while she is out sightseeing. My schedule will probably be pretty unpredictable, so we'd like to have an easy way to keep in touch, but cell phone rentals seem pretty expensive, especially since we'll only need it for a few days. We don't even really need voice - texting would work. Any ideas for cheap, short-term communications in Paris?
posted by captainawesome at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

outdoor kitty takes on the domestic life

Is my cat Daisy stoned on the feliway? Bonus question- how best to handle introducing her to the current cat occupant of the house who is hostile to everyone except my mom. [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Who should I be talking to about my debt?

I have about $10-20k of unsecured debt that is over 5 years old. The money has been discharged to collections and I have had judgements against me. [more inside]
posted by laptolain at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Long national anthem

Was there an incident where a singer at a sporting event unexpectedly went on to sing the second, third, and/or fourth stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner, stretching it out to 5-10 minutes? I'm pretty sure I saw a clip of this on the Internet years ago, presumably something like what Borat did, but the Kazakhstan anthem fiasco is not the one I'm remembering.
posted by crapmatic at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Who can help me?

How do you know what type of mental health professional you need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

They see me rollin' / They hatin' / 'Cuz the limit's forty-five and I'm drivin' twenty

My car, it acts... strange. What's wrong with it, and what am I looking at to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Do astronauts suffer from hypnic jerks?

Do astronauts suffer from hypnic jerks? That sensation of falling as you're drifting off to sleep that causes your body to thrash to catch you, but you're already safe in bed. I would think that since astronauts have been constantly falling that their brain would be desensitized to it. Does anyone have some definitive answers?
posted by borkencode at 10:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Interview driving traffic to a website?

I have a two part question. I've just interviewed well known performer who has just released his first solo CD. He owns all of the rights to the lyrics and music, and his own company published the CD. A radio station I'm associated with plans to put the interview online, as well as broadcast it within the week. If the musician is OK with me putting it on my own website, how might it drive traffic to his site and my site? And is there anything extra I can to make it attract listeners and drive that traffic? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Russian Translation

I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

How to stop being passive in romantic/social life?

I'm in a funk through completely failing to take my romantic/social live into my own hands. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Rent (not the musical).

Rent control, rent stabilization, free market. What's the difference between these categories with regard to apartments in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Apple problems

Applefilter: I ordered an iPod touch from the official german apple website with an engraved message. Two problems: They messed up the engraving and they left the package with a neighbour even though it explicitely says on the package that this is not allowed. I'm in Germany. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Things to do around Kure, Japan

I am heading to Japan for the first time. Looking for day trip suggestions and things to do near Kure. [more inside]
posted by MrSomeone at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking information about 90's era comic

Does anyone know anything about the comic strip known as IE Skin's Guide to All That There is To Know? This ran in the East Bay Express in the nineties. [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find cheap but durable flooring?

Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 8:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it time to un-hang my shingle?

I'd like you to tell me if I should quit my job (I'm a member of the "ugh, I.T." chorus), but the snowflakey part is that it's not just my job. It's my small business. And to some degree, it's all I've got right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 23 comments

Finding Famous Franceses

Who are some famous and/or important Franceses? [more inside]
posted by kortez at 6:56 AM PST - 40 comments

What's causing my crazy energy and how can I calm it down?

What's causing my early/mid-afternoon surge of lots and lots of energy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Natural vs man-made lakes

Anyone have any idea of the percentage of natural lakes vs. man-made in the United States? My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 5:31 AM PST - 8 comments

the world is full of paradoxes...ok, where are they precisely?

I'm looking for examples of objects / phenomenons / people that embody very opposite, paradoxical characteristics. For example : a knife can be a life saver if used by a surgeon and can remove life if given to a murderer. Another example : rain can be a god given gift in times of drought and also can cause deadly floodings. And another example would be Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide. Thank you in advance!
posted by OrangeCat at 5:11 AM PST - 27 comments

Get tons of family photos, letters and ephemera?

Where can I legally get/buy people's printed family photographs, entire photo albums, letters and personal ephemera? I might need hundreds of these and they must be originals. If the items were somewhat dated, say at least 20 years, that would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:32 AM PST - 10 comments

A SciFi film with or about pipes or tubes?

Name This Film: I'm trying to remember the name of a dystopian/SciFi film I saw years back in the 90s, could have been from the 80s. The premise must have been similar to City of Ember, with a kid or teen in an underground city. I remember pipes or tubes featuring prominently, and think they were in the title too. [more inside]
posted by ts;dr at 3:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Recovering from inspection at work

The organisation I work for recently had an inspection from Ofsted. We came out as well as could be expected, but I (and a colleague) am now finding it difficult to recover from the anxiety of the period. It has made us feel unconfident about what we do and we are finding it hard to focus. [more inside]
posted by toenail at 2:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Have you ever studied in a foreign country, in the local language?

Getting a 2nd Bachelor's in a European country "as a local" - no courses in English. Please share any and all of your experiences! More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Pieprz at 12:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How can you mitigate a severe reaction to cigarette smoking in social situations when surrounded by smokers?

Asking for my Mom: how does a non-smoker who has a severe allergic reaction to cigarette smoke mitigate the effects at a social event when they are outnumbered 6:2? [more inside]
posted by katemcd at 12:13 AM PST - 29 comments

June 15

As a male, I've never orgasmed from sex, teach me how

As a male, I've never orgasmed from sex, teach me how [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Suggest alternatives to some bands I like

I love the music of [specific artists inside], but I don't like the lyrics. Please suggest alternate artists for me to listen to. [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 9:04 PM PST - 33 comments

Love in the Time of Emergency

How can I gracefully accept being excluded from a family medical emergency? A recent surgery has brought up all sorts of family tensions. I'm doing the right things, but I still feel terrible, and need some guidance on handling my frustration, disappointment, and anger. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 26 comments

An Italian Toast (but not the edible kind).

My dear mother wishes to have something special written in Italian engraved in her new dining room table. Are there any sayings or toasts that would be appropriate? (A few details below)... [more inside]
posted by verevi at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

learning spanish together?

Does anyone have experience using a Spanish-language audio course as a couple? [more inside]
posted by BundleOfHers at 6:46 PM PST - 7 comments

As a token of my gratitude, please take this _________________

Please help me brainstorm a good gift for my teaching mentor! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles.

Bicycle touring logistics: Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles. Crazy? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make graduation invitations using CS6?

Graduation time! How can I make my own semi-fancy/straight-up-fancy graduation invitations? [more inside]
posted by apip at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Identity details online - what now

Identity theft - passport number, date of birth and full name available on the internet. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy?

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy? It's time to re-roof and we're considering metal roofing among the possibilities. We're hesitant because the bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and we're worried about noise when it rains. [more inside]
posted by sageleaf at 3:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Dealing with muscle tightness from referred visceral pain.

Sporadic muscle spasms/tightness in my right flank have stopped being sporadic. It's now pretty much constant. It's going to be at least a month before I have health insurance again, so for now, going to the doctor is not really an option. I'm looking to explore all non-woo options to treat and prevent further episodes. [more inside]
posted by patnasty at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How can an atheist/catholic marriage succeed?

I'm on the brink of proposing to my Catholic, Indian-American girlfriend. However, I come from a long line of athiests/humanists and I am starting to worry about how we will balance our backgrounds in raising our children. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard at 3:27 PM PST - 52 comments

Car Buying Advice with Snowflake Details Inside!

How much should I pay for this car? How much should I expect for my trade-in? And how should I play the negotiation game? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for mac and/or web software that will make it easy for me to track the tasks I need to do.

I need the world's simplest time management/task management software for the Mac and/or web. Ideally free/open or cheap. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 3:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make my graphs pretty

Tips for making attractive charts/graphs? (In Excel/Illustrator, but I'm not bound to those). [more inside]
posted by hot soup at 2:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property.

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
posted by brevator at 2:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Day travel ideas in New England?

New England Adventure Filter: Looking for suggestions for a short adventure with a lucky friend who’s (hopefully) real good fer adventurin’ with. A night’s drive radius from southeastern Vermont, tiny budget, dog and skateboard friendly. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

So, is my reputation tarnished forever?

If I lie (a very big lie), can I ever redeem myself? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 1:56 PM PST - 43 comments

My stomach don't work right and I don't know why.

I've tried soy milk and I've tried almond milk. I've tried various brands of each. I've tried chocolate (which was slightly less painful than the rest), vanilla, and unsweetened. But it seems like no matter what I do, I still get the same kind of stomach cramps and bloating that I get from normal milk. What's the deal? I tried the Lactaid pills and whatnot to try and help with dairy and they did absolutely nothing. And what's more, I rarely have a problem with anything besides milk. Ice cream, yes. But I'm good with cheeses, yogurt, pizza, etc.
posted by Modica at 1:54 PM PST - 30 comments

Being friends with a guy while dating

How do you balance out dating and being good friends with a guy? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Windows Backup/Restore Doesn't See Earlier Image

Windows Backup/Restore Doesn't See Earlier Image [more inside]
posted by KRS at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Work This Workshop! Work It!

What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

I know i'm probably not dying but I'm neurotic about my health.

How does a hypochondriac know he really should go see the Dr.? How should he talk to him about his anxieties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I take good quality pictures of myself?

How do I take good photos for an online dating site, as a guy who doesn't photograph well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Hey, how did we get here and who do we have to thank?

How many generations am I (or you) the product of? That is, how long is the continuous sequence of paired organisms in the chain of reproduction for a human in the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to raft in Georgia?

White Water Rafting in Georgia; where to go for a newbie? [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

(non-cheesy) BOMBAST!

Looking for music that's BOMBASTIC but not CHEESY. Finish the sequence : Monument (Dirty on Purpose), Bolero (Ravel), Young Liars (TV On The Radio), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:30 AM PST - 53 comments

You Done Left Fingerprints and all.

I had a peeper at my window. I suspect someone I barely know. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

What should I wear with this dress?

How should I accessorize this flapper-style black dress that I'm wearing as a bridesmaid? Seeking ideas on shoes and jewelry (and possibly hosiery or leg coverage). [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver at 11:20 AM PST - 21 comments

How to sell a valuable Grateful Dead poster?

An elderly family friend has an original poster (known as BG074) and program from the 1967 Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead concert at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto. He is interested in selling the poster and program, and I've offered to help out. According to Wolfgang's Vault, "BG074 is among the rarest of posters. There are hard to verify stories that the original cache of posters was confiscated at the Canadian border by border patrol, but whether the posters were seized or simply put away by contented Canadians, this summer concert made a big impression." Accordingly, I've seen auctions and online memorabilia stores listing this poster in the $5,000 and up range, and the program for close to $1,000. What is the best way to authenticate and sell these items? I contacted Wolfgang's Vault but they don't normally purchase individual items, and the art dealers I've been in touch with don't deal with rock memorabilia. Is there a Sotheby's of rock? Is eBay even worth considering?
posted by Paid In Full at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Playing Cosmology of Kyoto (DOS) on a Modern Mac

Help me play Cosmology of Kyoto (I have a DOS disk image of the CD) on my Mac using VirtualBox. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Retirement fund fun!

My 401(k) has changed - any financial gurus able to explain how I am going to be affected? [more inside]
posted by erstwhile at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

I want my own private video server.

I have a ton of personal videos, but my laptop has a small SSD. I have another computer at home (and access to a VPS) on 24/7 with decent internet connection. What is the best way to stream files from computer to laptop when on the road? [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme at 10:50 AM PST - 5 comments

How to talk with my 8-yr old about suicide?

How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Why is a Chinese reader zipping through my (friend's) blog at a rate of one post a second?

Why is a "reader" zipping through a friend's blog at a rate of one post a second? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Pranks with my friend's car

I'm taking care of my friend's car for two weeks while he's on vacation. What are some silly things I can do with his car as a joke that he can follow on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Locative at 9:56 AM PST - 31 comments

Is pledging really an advantage?

Does a Greek affiliation really help in the real world? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I safely sell a videogame console?

What do I need to do before selling a videogame console? In this case, specifically a Wii and probably to Best Buy. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do with a free morning in Washington DC?

I will be landing in Washington DC at 8am on Saturday. I'm alone and have the morning free - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Contents under pressure

I'm packing for a move from a dry climate ~7,000 feet above sea level to a wet one ~300 feet above sea level. What precautions should I take to ensure all my stuff survives the trip? Anything else I should be mindful of for adjusting to the new environment?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

help me find a job!

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in digital media, and I'm certified in Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7 (level 1 and 2). What types of jobs should I look for/would I be qualified for? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

How to make a sad Father's Day better?

How should I make the best out of a bad Father's Day situation? My boyfriend is going through a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife over rights over their 2-year-old daughter. He will not be able to see his daughter on Sunday and almost certainly won't receive any communication from her. What can I do to make his day a little less painful? [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Do most men fear cooking naked?

Do most men fear cooking naked? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 9:25 AM PST - 92 comments

Abominable Abdominals

Help me deal with my middle - either through weight loss or learning to cope. [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 9:19 AM PST - 21 comments

fitness gamification

Are there any diet/exercise mobile apps or websites that truly embrace gamification - turning daily logging of activity and food, or fitness/diet challenges, etc., into the kind of fun, immersive game that you'd play anyway even if it weren't beneficial? [more inside]
posted by naju at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

If we award medals for swimming backstroke why don't we award medals for running backwards?

If we award medals for swimming 100m backstroke why don't we award medals for running 100m backwards? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 8:18 AM PST - 49 comments

Where can I listen to examples of really harmonically complex a capella online?

Where can I listen to examples of really harmonically complex a capella online? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Ai dios mio, este jamón sabe como bellota; urk.

Nut allergies, acorns, acorn eating pigs, and acorn-eating-pig prosciutto. You are not my doctor, or my charcuterist. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

"Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." "I was not aware of that."

Road trip: what should we check out in Wisconsin and Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 7:45 AM PST - 39 comments

How do I ask for a work/life balance?

I found a class I'd like to take after work. How bad would it look to ask my new boss if I could leave 5 or 10 minutes early to get there on time? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:31 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I prepare myself for living abroad?

I'm moving overseas for 2 years. Now what? What can I do to help prepare? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

New B2C ecommerce platform

New B2C ecommerce platform - Magento or Open Cart?? [more inside]
posted by asye288 at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

What cloud services should I know about?

What are other cloud services I should consider as an IT admin for a small organization? Should I worry about knocking myself out of a job? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

My SO is unconcerned with how little time we spend together.

My SO is unconcerned with how little time we spend together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 AM PST - 52 comments

How to make native small talk

Hi! I'm learning Spanish at the moment, using podcasts and LiveMocha, mostly. I try to speak it as much as possible when doing the LiveMocha exercises, listening to the podcast conversations, etc, but I realise that what's missing is real live conversation with others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I find a job and move out?

What advice can you give to an unemployed graduate like me who wants to move out into the city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How do maker spaces benefit their communities?

I’m trying to get a non-profit “maker space” started. Our goal is to provide affordable access to a large workspace with nearly every kind of tool you can imagine (machining, woodworking, welding & metal fab, 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, electronic test gear, etc). We’re also going to provide training and an opportunity to meet and maybe collaborate with other artists, craftsmen, inventors and “makers.” I’m trying to develop a strong argument about how we can benefit our community and local businesses. So I’m looking for both input and help finding specific examples of how other maker spaces have done that. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 5:45 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I tell a new family member to back off?

How do I tell a newly found family member to back off w/out hurting their feelings? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 5:32 AM PST - 26 comments

attractive and affordable barn door hardware for the win?

Barn door bathroom door? How to do this, and where to get hardware? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get through a flea bombing

Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Arabic for Reading?

Partly inspired by this question: is there an equivalent to French for Reading but for Modern Standard Arabic? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 5:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Is a 24" 1080p monitor a good purchase?

I'm going to buy a 24" 1080p monitor at the weekend to replace my ageing 17" (1280x1024) one. Given a number of factors, is this a bad decision? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 4:10 AM PST - 12 comments

poke, scratch, sniff, tap, shuffle

I need to stop fidgeting. How? Help! [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 2:40 AM PST - 15 comments

running = weight loss?

Previously. Now I'm running 20 miles a week. Now what? [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller at 2:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Who can flow both this way and that?

So many rappers have a unique "flow"; Snoop, Busta Rhymes, MCA, Kool Moe Dee, etc. I find it interesting that so many of them have a singular style that they excel at. Suggest rappers that are able to switch between various distinct & different styles of delivery.
posted by radiosilents at 1:34 AM PST - 14 comments

June 14

Health issues abroad

I am having my second herpes outbreak in a foreign country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 PM PST - 8 comments

2 job offers and applications still open for an extremely rare opportunity--what to do?

I have received 2 job offers and the deadline is still open for a third, only very distantly related job, but it's so rare I don't know if I'll get the chance again. One of the jobs wants to know by Mon. What to do? [more inside]
posted by glache at 11:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I take an outdoorsy girl near (but not in) San Francisco?

Where should I take an outdoorsy girl near (but not in) San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 10:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Why do so many bands say they're influenced by The Pixies?

A lot of bands I like say The Pixies are one of the bands that most influenced them, so I downloaded some of their music, and I hated most of what I heard. What am I missing?
posted by vash at 10:08 PM PST - 48 comments

Mr. Vanity Klaw

Is it legal to own this guy in California? And how the heck can I find one? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get the perfectly imperfect haircut?

I've been struggling for years to keep my haircut in a disheveled state that I feel most comfortable with. Mainly, this involves doing it myself with clippers and scissors in the mirror while somewhat tipsy. I'd like to start getting it cut by a professional, but don't know how to express what I'm aiming for. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 10:00 PM PST - 11 comments


One of those judge-my-OKCupid-profile things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Worth replacing UPS battery?

Is it worth replacing my UPS battery or buying a newer UPS that better fits my need? [more inside]
posted by ccalgreen at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Make An Interactive Data Visualization

I want to make a map-based interactive data visualization (to be accessed on the Internet) and I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

iTunes Translations?

Nitpicky question: I'm not real happy with the name of the iTunes section "Audiobooks" - I'm usually using it to stash stand up albums or other stuff that isn't music. I'd like to rename it, something like "Performances." Is there a way I can tweak my (English) language files to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 7:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Mind the (hopefully consistently sized) gap!

How can I force all the gaps between photos to be the same size in InDesign CS6? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

What software should I use to turn pictures into movie clips?

What software should I use to turn pictures into movie clips? I have a GoPro camera set to take pictures at a set interval and would like recommendations on free/cheap software to use to make them into a time lapse video using a Windows netbook. [more inside]
posted by BlooPen at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Go with current local job offer, or wait for possible second in other state?

I just got a good local job offer here in the midwestern US, but there's also the possibility of an offer from a company out on the west coast. While I have been pining to move out west for a while, I feel it more likely than not I'd end up accepting the first company's offer. Should I drop out of the second company's search? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Inexpensive dentist in NYC.

I'm in NYC and I may need to see a dentist, but I have no dental insurance. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:23 PM PST - 15 comments

html tables are killin' me.

How do I import tables from HTML into Excel when some cells have multiple lines? [more inside]
posted by KGMoney at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to find 'scales of justice'

Where can I buy balance scales similar to the "scales of justice" in Australia (preferably online)? [more inside]
posted by nextian_geometry at 6:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Best PDF annotation app for Android

Best PDF reader and annotating application for Android? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

g2m4 codec

Where can I find a free download for a G2M4 codec that doesn't include nasty viruses that will torture my computer? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

What should 22nd century California be like?

I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 5:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Lean Eating: worth it?

Tell me about your experience with the Precision Nutrition Lean Eating coaching program for women. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I let my wife's baseless jealousy interfere with my career?

Setting: My wife is (IMO irrationally) jealous, and thinks that a co-worker of mine likes me. There is nothing there, and I have told her she is worrying needlessly, but she is still suspicious. Complication: A position recently came up at work, in an area I prefer over my current job and with better job security. BUT, this co-worker is on the team. Resolution: ??? [more inside]
posted by Arandia at 5:23 PM PST - 67 comments

I'll be back next year to talk about leather.

Cool wedding anniversary gift - Cotton Anniversary [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 5:06 PM PST - 17 comments

What would be the best choice for a fancy Sunday brunch in/around Boston?

What would be the best choice for a fancy Sunday brunch in/around Boston? Looking for a replacement for Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons, which has closed.
posted by Perplexity at 5:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar".

Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar". [more inside]
posted by jengapiece at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Rhode Island party spots

Providence Rhode Island one day party [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get equal pay for equal work

How do I diplomatically ask for equal pay for equal work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:10 PM PST - 33 comments

What's a good, affordable kitchen surface

Cutting board and countertop options? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

If I had GTD software I could probably get this research done myself!

I'm reading Getting Things Done, and I'm ready to join the cult of productivity! What is the best GTD-minded to-do list software or site, for a PC/Android user?
posted by Jairus at 3:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I attract clients when I am just starting out in professional dog training?

I am currently finishing up a program to become a certified dog trainer, and will soon be thrown out into the world to do what I will. I am not assuming that this will be a full time gig to begin with, and figured that I would do classes or private lessons on the side for a while. How can I do a successful job of marketing myself for these kinds of things? I have a couple of specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 3:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Source for a quote

"Good Businesses look for a problem first of all and then try to find a solution." I have heard variations of this quote numerous times. I am writing a business pitch and would love to find a source to someone who decent who said either this or something similar.
posted by monkeywithhat at 3:08 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I do in the next month to prepare for a Crossfit class?

I’ve got a little over a month to prepare for a Crossfit beginners class. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 2:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Cool rimless glasses?

Help me find a new style of eyeglasses. Specifically rimless glasses. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:37 PM PST - 19 comments

The Mystery of the Always-Backward-Funky-Forward Subaru

Our wagon has a quirky automatic transmission—the same problem with little change for six years: Sometimes it won’t shift into drive, but it will always always engage in reverse. The go-to fix? Drive backward to a slope that enables a rolling start forward, shift into drive and tap-tap the gas until, eventually, *clunk* it engages. Diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 2:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Want durable, well fitting custom T-shirts

I need custom T-shirts that are durable and don't fit funny. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

I love you so I can't see you anymore.

I've gotta stop having a crush on my friend or stop seeing her entirely. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 1:52 PM PST - 45 comments

Empty Cigar Boxes, for Free

Where can I find empty cigar boxes for FREE (or nearly free) in the Minneapolis, MN area? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd really like it if my boyfriend could touch my nipples again, thanks.

I'm not a mom, pregnant, nursing, or a runner, but I do have chronic eczema. My nipples are raw, painful, crusty, oozing messes and they have been for months now. I can't be the only one who has gone through this. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing at 1:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me find a blog.

Help me find a blog. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Creative ways of including family and friends in a wedding

What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 1:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Is the POP3 email protocol insecure (even with TLS)?

Is the POP3 email protocol insecure (even with TLS)? [more inside]
posted by epimorph at 1:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Projects vs. Next Actions

What are your most useful "next-action" and "project" verbs for GTD? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 1:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Memory lapse and I need help

Trying to connect to the past [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake

How do I score my fantasy cake contest in the most fair manner? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How much sick time is typically offered to employees?

How much annual sick time is typically offered by companies in California to their employees?
posted by Dansaman at 12:44 PM PST - 12 comments

I have never disliked school before.

Help me be less sad, plz. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Eating on the cheap in Vancouver.

Looking for inexpensive meals in Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Please don't startle me. Really.

Asking for a friend: How do I get people to stop coming up from behind me and scaring me at work? (particulars and instigating trauma inside) [more inside]
posted by dry white toast at 12:19 PM PST - 90 comments

My career, let you show me it

Graduating with an IT degree at 31 - how to be attractive to employers, please? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Sprucing up a junky old wood table

Ideas for refinishing an old dining table without stripping it? [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Credits for clip art

How do I find the credits for clip art? Specifically, Style 647 in MS Office. [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Converting GPS data to distance-time data

I have some .GPX/.CSV MyTracks GPS files that I would like to use to create distance-time graphs. I can do this using GPS Visualizer but this creates the graphs for me and what I want is the raw data. Is there a website, program or script (Linux or Windows) that will allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are Korean dramas so obsessed with first love?

Why are Korean (melo)dramas so obsessed with first love being your one, true love which can never be changed? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Best sealant for acrylic paint / paper-maché?

I'm augmenting my bike helmet with a bit of paper-maché and acrylic paint. What should I put on as a final layer to make it water proof?
posted by Squid Voltaire at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me dress like a grown-up, without blowing a grown-up's salary.

I have way, way, WAY too many clothes. I want to clear out my closet and replace most of this junk with a few tasteful, expensive staples that I rely on more often. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of money right now and will soon have even less upon entering grad school, so what should I be spending my money on? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 11:01 AM PST - 28 comments

I never liked those screws anyway!

I torqued off the heads off of the screws that fix one of my car's rotors to the hub assembly, and I had to reassemble it and leave for work before I could extract the broken remainders and find replacements. Now that I'm thinking about it, it seems like they only serve to hold the rotor in place when the wheel isn't there. Do I need to replace them?
posted by pullayup at 10:56 AM PST - 25 comments

Help my wife not go insane.

How can I best support my wife, a stay-at-home-mom, during the summer when she's home alone with a sometimes difficult ten year old boy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:56 AM PST - 28 comments

Z góry dziękuję!

What would teachers in Poland like from North America? [more inside]
posted by troika at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Finding an endometriosis surgeon in New York City

Finding an endometriosis surgeon in New York City...what's with this "out-of-network" business? I am scared, and I can't find a doctor that will see me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me help this dog part 2!

How can I help my foster German Shepherd Dog chill out, have fun, move past an abusive past, and find a forever home? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 10:31 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me; help my battery

Laptop battery filter: My Lenovo SL510 wasn't charging my battery, and I foolishly assumed it was the battery's problem and bought a new one. But the new one wouldn't charge either. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Plant or weed identification time.

What is this plant (or weed) growing in my back yard? It has multiple, thick stems with tiny thorns, green leaves that turn light green/reddish as the plant gets bigger, and a big root system with roots that are woody and slightly rubbery. It does not have any tendrils or flowers and left to grow, it begins to resemble a small tree. [more inside]
posted by lbo at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find the perfect vacation spot on the Northeast US coast

The perfect east coast vacation spot? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Best internet providers for a new grad student in Toronto?

What's a good and cheap internet provider for a grad student? Right now I'm considering Rogers, Bell, Shaw and Telehop Internet. Look for the best price/performance ratio.. what were your past experiences with any of the aforementioned providers?
posted by mike_a at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get out of Guatemala city after I land?

I'm landing in Guatemala city at around 1:30 pm. I've been told I want to get out of the city to Xela or lake atitlan or Antigua as quickly as possible. Once I land at the airport, how do I find a bus to my destination and where should I go first? (I'm staying for a few weeks, so I'm on no set schedule) [more inside]
posted by empath at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I collaborate with my bossy coworker and her nervous supervisee?

How do I cope with a coworker bossing me when she's not my boss? Today my coworker straight up told me that she was delegating a specific project to me and her supervisee "to free up [her] time for other things." Although I want to work on the project, I don't want her thinking she can just delegate work to me whenever she gets too busy. Bonus: I’m finding it difficult to work with her supervisee. [more inside]
posted by Sock Career-Puppet at 9:46 AM PST - 25 comments

What Korean / Asian movies and dramas would I like?

I recently saw A Moment to Remember and my interest in Korean (and East Asian more generally) films and dramas has skyrocketed. Can you recommend some Korean (or other East Asian) movies and/or dramas, based what I've enjoyed? I loved A Moment to Remember. I really liked Spellbound/Chilling Romance and Full House. I liked The Art of Seduction, 200 Pounds Beauty, and Dream High.
posted by demagogue at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

nice work--can I just take that from you? k-thx-bye

I have a really interesting idea for a web app that I've been kicking around for a while. Today I discovered a site that implements some of the core functionality, but seems to be a low-priority side project for the developer. I'm thinking about asking if he wants to work together. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Cross Platform Multiplayer Games

I have a iPhone 4 and a HTC Nexus One. I use the iPhone as my phone but the Android doesn't have a SIM card and I just use it at home on my WiFi. What awesome cross-platform multiplayer games can I play with my 7 year old?
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Old dog, new tricks

Looking for advice on getting experience as an e-learning professional. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 9:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Save the earth and save $$

My employer is NOT green, Help! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 8:35 AM PST - 34 comments

Hey there. What are you?

Entomology filter: I've lived in Southern Ontario most of my life and I can't recall ever seeing this guy before. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Academic networking for dummies, and more helpful hints

A couple months ago I found a very long document talking about academic networking. I believe it was written over 20 years ago but still seemed incredibly relevant. As a young student trying to get his footing in academia, I'd love to find this networking primer again, as well as other things to read that would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Strass at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I Love You Mr Disposable Razors

Is it worth buying an electric razor, or is shaving underarms/legs with a regular disposable just as good? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:13 AM PST - 36 comments

More jetlag, please?

Normally, waking up is a struggle for me, involving many uses of the snooze button. I was in Europe for almost two weeks in late May, and while I was there, I found that I was waking up rather early every morning, before my alarm clock, and felt incredibly refreshed and ready to go. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 8:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Building fire escape to code

Fire escape construction help: I own and live in a residential house in the Bronx. For income, I rent out a room in the attic, but it needs some kind of fire escape to be insurable. Fire escapes can be rope ladders or wrought iron. How do I find out exactly what the law requires? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

How to take advantage of a parent's absence to reset sleep habits?

My partner, who usually nurses our son to sleep, is leaving town for a week. How can I use this opportunity to work on my son's sleep habits? [more inside]
posted by hought20 at 7:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Getaway (...or is it...Get Away?)

Please help me locate a site for a northeast trip that’s been about 10 years in the dreaming-of. I want a solitary weekend of reading, writing, reflecting, and a place to do it in. I want this place to be lovely. But not too expensive. Probably not in a city. Mani-pedi services need not apply. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Can we stay this way?

How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Best supermarket hummus

What are the best brands of supermarket hummus? I live in Minnesota, so bonus points for hummus available here.
posted by Area Man at 7:04 AM PST - 73 comments

I need a scientific reason why dragons might be able to fly, given their unsatisfactory mass-to-wingspan ratio.

In the context of this fictional world, magic exists, but it abides by very strict scientific laws, similar to Equivalent Exchange. I need some rational-sounding explanation for why a dragon might be able to fly. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 6:51 AM PST - 33 comments

Stompers Replacement

Is there a non-vintage, non-collectible, non-expensive source for small, motorized, toy monster trucks powered by a single AA battery? Think Stompers, but not vintage and $50.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How's work? Honestly?

It's time for my annual review and my job - and my boss - suck. So, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:39 AM PST - 12 comments

New MacBook Pro laptops and RAM.

Do the new mid 2012, non-Retina Display, MacBook Pro laptops have user replaceable/upgradable RAM and Hard Drives? I can't find a source stating for sure one way or the other.
posted by Science! at 6:19 AM PST - 17 comments

I envy those who make art installations for a living

I live in Philadelphia. I love sculpture and art installations, but suck at finding them when they happen. Help me find RSS feeds or email services that'll tell me when cool art-type things happen nearby me! [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:18 AM PST - 6 comments

What was this hot sauce?

A few years ago, I spent three months in Guinea, where I repeatedly was served the most incredible hot sauce. What was it?! [more inside]
posted by eenagy at 6:12 AM PST - 4 comments

What's funny in a box?

Any ideas for presents for a young man who wishes to be a professional stand-up comedian? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde at 5:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Where to find a reasonably priced studio flat or room in London?

Where to find a reasonably priced studio flat or room in London? I've been looking for accommodation in London for quite some time now, but so far I've been unsuccessful (or.. unlucky) with searching in all the "usual" places (Gumtree.com, Findaproperty, flatland.co.uk etc.) In the meantime, I need to move within a couple of weeks, and can't seem to find anything in East Central London (close to City University) that is not super expensive and/or managed by a (what i prefer to call) "greedy agent"... very frustrating :/
posted by Vivban at 4:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Pure math isn't even fun.

I have a very serious problem: I can't stop thinking about mathematics and it's interfering heavily with my sleep. [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 3:36 AM PST - 31 comments


Is there a name or pathology for this kind of behaviour (in psychiatry)? Basically, it feels like I'm falling in love all the time - with human knowledge - and I keep on pushing the lever because it feels good. [more inside]
posted by leigh1 at 2:22 AM PST - 20 comments

What is this song about a girl doing too much blow?

What song am I thinking of about a girl doing a lot of blow (and maybe getting scolded/dumped for it by a guy)? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 12:12 AM PST - 10 comments

June 13

Awesome Sweet Red Wines?

Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 11:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What I need is an armor-plated bra.

You are a woman. You frequently go to concerts alone. You like rap and/or metal. What do you wear and what do you do at rap/metal shows to minimize molestation? [more inside]
posted by koucha at 9:40 PM PST - 34 comments

When and where to get married and other issues

Please help me and my guy decide when and where to get married, and how to deal with various issues [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Stupid Drama: what the hell?

Conflict with friend's partner: do I pull out of this commitment, or am I overreacting? (petty and annoying) details inside. [more inside]
posted by jrochest at 8:57 PM PST - 43 comments

help open my door!

my doorknob is broken and I'm stuck in my bedroom! help me open the door? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 8:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Elderly grandparents and young children

How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 8:19 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to put my money where my mouth is. Got suggestions?

How do I become a more ethical consumer? I'd like to primarily do business with organizations known for treating their workers - domestic and foreign - well. Where and how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by Selena777 at 7:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Recent Korean Films Worth Watching

What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 7:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me find hot creamy winter recipes

It's getting towards the depths of winter, ski season has begun, and I find myself wanting to eat nothing but melted cheese, with buckets of hot caramel sauce for dessert. Can you help me find slightly less decadent recipes with the same mouthfeel? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 7:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Value of antique charcoal drawings

Two charcoal drawings were left behind when both my parents recently transitioned. We are attempting to establish their value. Both appear to be very old, Dutch in nature and both feature large sailboats and people "working" on shore. Each is about 36 inches long and about 30 inches tall. The artists name appears to be Janssam or Janssau...the "end-swirl" of the last letter of the name curves up and hovers over the name, back to the first "s". I have a photo of one drawing but haven't yet figured out how to post a picture on this site. Any help or suggestion toward identifying these pictures is greatly appreciated.
posted by Mickiezada at 6:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Any fellow VHS nerds in the hive?

Where can I find (United States) VHS release dates for movies? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 6:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Letter of apology from a murderer

The murderer who killed my friend and attempted to kill me wants to apologize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 PM PST - 39 comments

Day Trips for Cheap?

Looking for cool and cheap day trips accessible from Oakland. Preferably things like hot springs, nature/hiking, cheap wineries, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks for your help!
posted by Equiprimordial at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Me + loud typing = disaster

The sound of my coworker typing is driving me crazy. I'm not permitted to wear headphones. How can I deal with the noise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Online Backup for Mac OSC 10.4.11

What is a good online backup tool for Mac OSX 10.4.11? Carbonite doesn't service this operating system.
posted by bumpcat at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

My laptop is a magic dust-creator!

Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
posted by violetish at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Good food without refrigeration

Help me pack a lunch for my 4.5 year-old daughter. [more inside]
posted by starkraven at 6:02 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make a magazine-style portfolio

Ideas for creating a magazine-style portfolio? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get animals off my property while killing the smallest number of them possible?

How do I kill the smallest number of animals? If I could get them all away from my house without hurting any of them, I would, but I don't think it's possible. Our yard is full of them, and they sometimes get in the house. There are at least three types of mice, moles, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. I love them and don't want to hurt them, but having them inside is generally agreed to be bad. [more inside]
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? at 5:42 PM PST - 20 comments

ID theft?

Paranonia or ID theft? How do I find out, who to report it to? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misspat at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

A couple of days outside of Moscow

Where should I go for a couple of days outside of Moscow with my young son? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 4:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Dizziness and Vertigo--Help Navigating Medicaid

Boyfriend has been experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and nausea for 4 days. Need help navigating NY Medicaid healthcare system to get this diagnosed. [more inside]
posted by dysh at 4:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Wary of Robert Wagner

Please explain reverse mortgages to me and whether this is a good idea for my mother. [more inside]
posted by queensissy at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Retreats, detox centers, mental hospitals -- help me find what I need

Best retreats, inpatient facilities (insurance or not), escapes, detox centers, and other ways that you changed your life dramatically for the better and kicked depression/anxiety once and for all! [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 4:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Safety First: The casual sex version

What are your safety tips for casual sexual encounters? (Probably NSFW text inside) [more inside]
posted by KinkySockPuppet at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find shoes I saw in the window?

I was in Chicago this morning and saw an awesome pair of shoes in the window of Akira Men's on North Ave, that I would love to buy, but I don't live in Chicago and it doesn't look like they sell their men's clothing/shoes online. Where could I find these shoes? [more inside]
posted by hafehd at 3:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me pick out a tmobile phone.

Help me pick out a tmobile phone. [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 3:24 PM PST - 14 comments

When should I replace my can opener?

How do I know when I should replace my hand-operated can opener? [more inside]
posted by circular at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Long-Distance Hedging 101

How would you hedge against travel costs rising in the long term? [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

When to prune a weeping pussy willow?

When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

A skyscraper in Newark

I'd like to write a fictional short story about the construction of a skyscraper in Newark and an incident of corruption that threatens the structural integrity of the building (based loosely on the Citygroup Center incident. Note: I'm not saying this crisis was caused by corruption). I am seeking books, articles, photos and videos (especially), and general inspirational material on modern skyscraper construction and, particularly, any incidents similar to the Citygroup crisis. Additionally, anything worthwhile on the city of Newark (I've watched Brick City, which was the primary inspiration for the setting). Many thanks to all in advance!
posted by smithsmith at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I buy at the Kosher deli/market?

There is a Kosher deli near my new office. I'd like to have a look around and find some new stuff to try. I am almost completely unfamiliar with Jewish food. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:32 PM PST - 34 comments

The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.

My younger brother has just finished tenth grade. His math teacher was a martinet. His math teacher next year might turn out to be one too. How can I help my brother cope with this kind of instructor? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 2:32 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I convince business people that managing data costs money?

Help me with some IT management philosophy. How do I convince people internally that managing data costs money? Gory details inside [more inside]
posted by bpdavis at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I've saved up $100k in my first year of work. I also have a Vanguard account. Now what?

So, I've saved up $100k in my first year of work, and I just got myself a Vanguard.com account. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 2:21 PM PST - 21 comments

"In space, no one hears you scream"

Should I watch Prometheus? I'm afraid of horror films. [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 1:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Is there hope?

Chronic depression coupled with intellectual existential nihilism, social ineptitute, and no friends. Perilously close to unemployment because I just don't care. I believe that life is meaningless, and mine especially will forever be devoid of happiness and love. I just want to give up. I think I've heard every common advice about depression. This is the extreme, shake me out of this version. Nothing works and my fundamental beliefs about existence are making me miserable but I still think they're true, and there's no escaping my thoughts. How does one go on? [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 1:18 PM PST - 49 comments

How to flip orientation of a MPEG4 video?

Looking for a simple, free or open source solution to flip mobile phone videos from landscape to portrait (and vice versa), preferable under Windows 7 (64 bits). [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

A Compaq Presario V2000 for the Modern Man?

I have unearthed, from the bowels of my closet, a Compaq Presario V2000 that has been dormant for 4 or 5 years. It is in really good physical condition, but I need to know if I can use it for one main purpose: board game design. [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

We're on a road movie to MN...

Help plan a one-way rental-car trip from Toronto to Minneapolis... [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Quit or stay

Another Ph.D quit-or-stay question: I'm really unhappy in my particular lab, and maybe unhappy with the whole idea of the Ph.D. I still like the idea of research - just want to work on a project that I'm interested in. What is the best way for me to be able to work on things that I like, possibly outside of a Ph.D degree program, but still in an academic lab? Looong snowflake details inside, summary at end. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you recommend good vocabulary building apps for iOS?

I'd like to find an iOS app for my mom- she wants a word-of-the-day or other vocabulary builder for English. She's fluent but it's her second language, and she'd like to have a stronger vocabulary. Any suggestions?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:52 PM PST - 7 comments

"But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired."

Quality-of-life issues with an otherwise awesome job. How to deal with lazy coworkers and an incompetent manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull!

Urgent birthday present vintage fashion help: Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Self-stick velcro won't stick

How can I make stick-on velcro strips stick to my ceramic bathroom sink? [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 12:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Use less paper, more automated, more awesome in our gamification

Help us gamify/badgify our game! With all this gamification buzzwordiness out there, there's a nice white label solution, right? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Horses for courses... UK vs US English?

I'm a writer - with a British English education. I've just finished a young adult novel that I'm polishing to go on submission. Should I be making sure everything is in US English? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 11:55 AM PST - 29 comments

Moved back home, depressed. Where do I go now?

I'm trapped in an untennable situation and am unsure how to get out. After leaving school for medical/depression related issues, I've been forced to move back home with my family. I have a couple of options that look somewhat promising in terms of escaping, but I'm paralyzed and don't know which way to go. Help? Typical snowflake stuff within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

How much time do pilots actually spend actually spend piloting?

How much time do commercial pilots actually spend flying planes by hand these days? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Are massage parlors cheating?

What do I do with a husband who has been getting handjobs @ massage parlors...help! [more inside]
posted by momtothreedc at 11:03 AM PST - 68 comments

All women become like their mothers, so says Ocscar Wilde

How can I have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Visiting Vermont - what to see, where to live?

Hi, We are planning to go on a road trip to Vermont (from Toronto) this summer. Any suggestions what we should do there? Places we must visit, etc. Also, would like to know possibles mode of accomodation in the area. Thanks.
posted by musicgold at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

I have a young dog but have run out of tricks.

I need help thinking up some new tricks to train my dog to do. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 10:36 AM PST - 42 comments

Am I right in giving "Dress Up" a dressing-down?

My wife wants our daughter to have a makeover party for her 8th birthday. Manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and all that. Am I being overly-sensitive in thinking it's a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 10:35 AM PST - 100 comments

Anything like Perennial Plate?

Want travel blogs/photo blogs/video blogs like The Perennial Plate. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 10:20 AM PST - 0 comments

Cue makeover montage

I am just terrible at being a lady. All the usual Beauty Stuff, stuff that it seems like everyone else was either born knowing or learned as teenagers, is a giant mystery to me. I need, like, a checklist or something for being a presentable-looking grownup. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:01 AM PST - 61 comments

Movie Filter: Ventriloquists

Looking for a movie title: a very funny documentary about professional ventriloquists -- but NOT "Dumbstruck." [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 9:48 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I learn to not feel anxious when I've only gone one day without seeing my new partner?

What can I do to cope with relationship (adult) separation anxiety/missing someone strongly? It happens after just one day without seeing my partner. I don't want to get clingy or go through so much ickiness so I need some coping ideas! [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Things to do in Rogers, Arkansas area?

Gong to Rogers/Fayetteville Arkansas area for the first time this weekend to check out the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Any recommendations on food and other attractions of interest?
posted by Jackson at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you turn your business into a company?

Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by azn_hunnie at 8:55 AM PST - 26 comments

Runner needs bike advice

I'm a runner, trying to become a triathlete. Help me find a bike please! [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Plan My Vacation for Me!

Vacation Filter: The girlfriend and I are looking for a place within the US to take a beach vacation with dining and groceries a walkable distance away. Looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 8:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Hard headed?

You're a motorcycle rider in a state without mandatory helmet laws. You often or always choose not to wear a helmet. Why?
posted by the foreground at 8:29 AM PST - 26 comments