June 2012 Archives
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.
I'm having some anxiety about traveling alone. Please hope/help me! [more inside]
How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
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]
If a car becomes engulfed in flames, will it eventually explode like it does in the movies? [more inside]
Sleep training a toddler: Should we pick him up off the floor when asleep? [more inside]
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]
Should you apply for Special Direct Loan consolidation if you have a Perkins loan? [more inside]
What Netflix streaming movie should I watch tonight, given that When Harry Met Sally isn't available there? [more inside]
I want to read about Admiral Halsey. What's the best biography?
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?
Wedding invite etiquette: Is it bad etiquette to invite all family members but one? [more inside]
Where can we watch tomorrow's Euro Cup final in Detroit? [more inside]
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.
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]
What's the best source for advice/info for BMW owners? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I think I may have "bricked" my new Samsung Galaxy S3. Please help! [more inside]
Something fun to watch on Amazon instant video right now? [more inside]
[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]
How do I know if I'm being overambitious? [more inside]
How can I find and buy art as an investment but without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Examples of musicians with alter egos? [more inside]
Game felt a bit like Mass Effect, but it predated ME. Searching has been fruitless thus far. [more inside]
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]
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]
SongFilter! Help my find songs about loneliness and isolation, either sad songs about those feelings or happy songs about overcoming those feelings. [more inside]
Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
Disruptive girl driving others out of my Girl Scout troop. What are my options? [more inside]
Dermatologist for acne in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S. [more inside]
Can you help me identify some movies that traumatized me as a child? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
My girlfriend wants to get a canary x goldfinch mule... what do I need to know? [more inside]
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]
Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
Artists: What are your must-have features for an art studio? [more inside]
What are some fun alternatives to fireworks for the 4th of July? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Where should I go to get some simple adjustments to my suit? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some activities that are also good core muscle exercises? [more inside]
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]
How to phrase my feelings about Game of Thrones? [more inside]
Word filter [more inside]
Seeking wisdom on possessiveness. [more inside]
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.
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]
exotic ingredient: Carob Molasses - how do I use it? [more inside]
I'm a programmer, and I want to create a static website to host my stories. [more inside]
How do I get rid of these banner ads in Netflix (below which say "Ads not by this site")? [more inside]
Is there a way to keep 8 bays of ink cartridges cool without air conditioning? [more inside]
Where should we live in the North Chicago / Waukegan area? [more inside]
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]
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]
PC or Mac for would be web/multimedia designer? [more inside]
Is is normal for a dental crown to be so painful? [more inside]
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?
How do I get two toddlers (same age, not twins) to nap at the same time? [more inside]
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]
Is my pee made of cat nip? Why does my cat go crazy rolling around in my dirty underwear? [more inside]
If you had an opportunity to interview a self-made millionaire, what would you ask? [more inside]
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.
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]
Would very much appreciate recommendations for a venue to launch an album in London! [more inside]
Looking into CBT for acrophobia. What do I need to know to evaluate practitioners and get the most out of this?
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]
Business idioms that are actually useful? [more inside]
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]
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]
Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle? [more inside]
Where can I buy a responsive web template off the shelf? [more inside]
I know fruit is delicious and good for you. But how to make my brain believe it and eat it more? [more inside]
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]
where on earth is the trash in easypeasy ubuntu linux on an eee pc? how can i empty it? [more inside]
Can anyone explain Medicaid spend down benefits for the non-elderly, non-disabled? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why is it so hard to find liquid baby powder? [more inside]
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]
Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
What to do with a 2000 Econoline which is (not so slowly) dying? [more inside]
What vitamins or supplements should a father-to-be take before conception? Looking for quality swimmers! (Corollary, what foods to avoid?) [more inside]
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]
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]
I've got a few months. How can I learn the most possible Swahili in this time? [more inside]
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]
What are some great books/resources for really learning and getting a master on Project Management? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Flying for 10+ hours by myself with a 1 year old - crazy, or doable? [more inside]
Moving to NYC, need recommendations for a gynecologist and a general practitioner. [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera? [more inside]
Paying off the mortgage - what do I need to make sure the mortgage company/bank/whoever does? [more inside]
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]
Does my ideal drink container exist? [more inside]
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]
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]
Shrub ID Filter: Can you identify this shrubbery? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Is France or Italy better for a 2-year old? [more inside]
Help me move to NYC Part 1: Finding an apartment (Brooklyn? Jersey City?) [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Can someone tell me where this picture was taken?
My OkCupid profile--any suggestions? And what's the best way to initiate conversations with women? [more inside]
How to disable this new Facebook in-news-feed advertising? [more inside]
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]
Name that art installation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Fall of 2007! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
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.
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]
Not sure if I'm comfortable living with roommates. Am I being irrational? [more inside]
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?
Four adults, two teenagers, two elementary-aged kids, and a 7 hour layover in Reykjavik. What can we do with that? [more inside]
CSS gurus: Please help me understand why IE is doing this stupid thing, and how I can fix it. [more inside]
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]
How can my girlfriend and I rekindle our relationship after a few months of rockiness? [more inside]
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?
Name that swingin' kid-appropriate tune! [more inside]
I love her and she loves me. Help me not lose my goddamn mind. [more inside]
What happens if I make my own neti pot solution using iodized salt? [more inside]
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]
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?
Where would I find good examples of portrait sculpture in NYC? [more inside]
Where to shop for fashionable men's clothes in NYC? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
Looking for an adhesive that can bond silcon rubber to ABS. Being able to fill small gaps would be a plus
Poor understanding of grammar might cost me my job. Can anyone help an audio-typist fight back? [more inside]
What is this white/metal part on my bed frame called, and where can I get replacements? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
if I quit smoking, how much faster will I run? [more inside]
How do I sell a house? I want the nuts and bolts procedural steps. FSBO? [more inside]
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
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]
Help me pretend I am not missing cheese horribly! Suggestions for cheese & milk free dishes & resources. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
I am thinking I might need to file bankruptcy, but have very basic questions. Help would be appreciated. [more inside]
I am a possible budding industrial engineer with a background as a programmer. Help me decide what to do with myself. [more inside]
Help us decide where to live - options inside! [more inside]
Best all-around athletic shoes? snowflakes after the break. [more inside]
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?
TechSupportFilter: Internet connection drops out after five seconds regardless of whether I'm connected via wireless or ethernet [more inside]
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?
Help me to have a nice day in the Netherlands this Sunday on my long layover. [more inside]
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]
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?
What are some NYC-centric chains? [more inside]
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]
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.
[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?
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!
I would like to purchase an App for my Android Samsung Tablet, but am concerned about my privacy and GoogleWallet. [more inside]
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]
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]
We're trying to understand e-mail tracking (Mailchimp etc). It's confusing. Help! [more inside]
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]
What is the long-term freelancer outlook like? Where "long term" equals 10 years in until retirement? [more inside]
Corvette body shops in the Chicago, IL, USA area? [more inside]
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]
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]
My boyfriend might take a while to finish school. How can I be more OK with this?- Or should I? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I get contacts off a stone-cold dead T-Mobile MDA? [more inside]
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]
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]
So, what DOES the 'tooth fairy' do with Baby Teeth? [more inside]
New cat is not exploring new home. How do we convince him we are nice people? [more inside]
Best ThinkPad laptop for a student? [more inside]
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]
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]
Jerry-rigging a hot plate. Help me (a total beginner at electricity) not get myself killed, and maybe even learn something. [more inside]
I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading? [more inside]
I bought a tube of anchovy paste. I have no idea what to do with it. [more inside]
Rational design of drugs - patentable? [more inside]
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]
What command line tool should I be looking at for this slightly-intelligent batch image processing task? [more inside]
Am I going to hurt my neck while masturbating? I'm female. No, not talking about erotic asphyxiation. [more inside]
I'm looking for an alternative to Dreamweaver for Mac. I'm really interested only in the html-editing shortcuts. [more inside]
How can I remove greasy film from glass and plastic dishes? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees? [more inside]
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]
What should I do or know about my perforated septum? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do crockpots make onions and garlic taste bad in your experience? If so, why does it happen? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
My cat is sick. He's been to the vet. I'm still concerned. Hope me. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Looking for workout routine suggestion sources, primarily for weightlifting routines. [more inside]
How to temporarily reduce sound through a shared door? [more inside]
Is there audio I can download to encourage me not to give up on tasks? [more inside]
Stayoffmylawnfilter: are my feelings unreasonable, here? [more inside]
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]
Where can I sell a leather jacket in LA right now? Is online or in store best? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Upscale and downscale food, drink and adventure in SF for 4-Jul Week? [more inside]
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]
Grammar question: How to treat hyphenated prefixes when used in a series. [more inside]
How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me? Especially, when those insults are race related. [more inside]
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]
I need advice as to how to motivate employees to complete their mandatory daily paperwork. Difficulty: tradesmen. [more inside]
How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
Please recommend me some bedding (specifically, a sheet set)! [more inside]
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]
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: email@example.com [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
I'm having problems with my escapism. How do I kick my TV addiction? [more inside]
Looking for 2 film-shoot locations anywhere in southern Ontario: an old (ideally, abandoned) drive-in theater and a small shabby motel.
Does anyone have any running shoe recommendations for a Underpronation / supronation runner? [more inside]
What happened to alt.NPR? Has anything taken its place? [more inside]
Cursed with rotten teeth! In spite of brushing and flossing, still tons of cavities every checkup. What will work to stop this? [more inside]
How can I learn to live with regret and self-hatred related to my lack of relationship and sexual experiences? [more inside]
WANTED: shoe recommendations for a wedding photographer. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is there a secret gallery at The Vatican of terrifying images of Christian idols? [more inside]
Where can I buy colored acrylic thicker than 1/4". [more inside]
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]
Help me learn about ecology. [more inside]
I think I need to file bankruptcy. Guilt and shame. [more inside]
Where can a guy with long legs and muscular calves get interesting socks that fit? [more inside]
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]
Where can I buy refills for the sssCat cat training spray? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm trying to find a vaguely remembered childhood song about dinosaurs. [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there any liquor stores in Seattle that have a decent bourbon whiskey selection (since the law changed)? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How in the hell does anybody navigate the world of dating? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
What kind of security box should I get? Small/affordable ones please! [more inside]
Are there unique and non-obvious things your therapist does that have been helpful to you? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can someone recommend a good book on the history of immigration in the U.S.? [more inside]
How were the ideas expressed in The Origin of Species received among country people and laypersons in Victorian England? [more inside]
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]
Are there any documented accounts of Forever 21 using sweatshop labor overseas? [more inside]
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]
Agile and Scrum methodology experience...I have none but I've got my foot in the door! [more inside]
How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
Is there any chance at all I'll be able to see the SCOTUS health care ruling this Thursday? [more inside]
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]
Do you have FABULOUS bath towels? Tell me about them! [more inside]
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
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]
Can I become a teacher with a DWI arrest on my record? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I cooked some near-rotten potatoes and they offered a flavour far surpassing other potatoes. I long to taste it again. [more inside]
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]
Hockey moms and dads: what are your fave minor (kids’) hockey websites? [more inside]
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]
Will you tell me about secret swimming beaches between or near Baltimore and Washington? [more inside]
I'm on thyroid medication for depression -- did I just start a permanent sentence without realizing it? [more inside]
How can I find and highlight non latin characters in a Microsoft Word? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.]
DNS here, website there, email somewhere else..is this possible? [more inside]
Name-my-blog filter: Can you help me name my food blog? [more inside]
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]
I want to be able to stick to a calendar and I'd like to do it on my phone. Any tips? [more inside]
Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
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]
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.)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Proper etiquette to ask parent's permission/blessing for marriage [more inside]
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]
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]
Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
Indian Removal Filter: why didn't the US government attempt to remove American Indians from the northeastern US? [more inside]
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]
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]
Which HTML editor should I use to organize my Firefox bookmarks? [more inside]
I'm staying in a dorm and there are ants. How do I avoid carrying them home with me? [more inside]
Does anyone know if 'sucking on words' is an idiom or common phrase? If so, what is the meaning?
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?
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]
Films of the Bourne Triloy genre? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Need some song recommendations for wildly mixed feelings. [more inside]
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]
Need immediate dog wound advice (yes, yes, YNMVet, but you are the hive mind). [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
I'm looking for an Western animated film. It's a sci-fi movie with humans almost extinct. [more inside]
Are there any good Verizon android phones that are similar in size to the iphone? [more inside]
Great gift idea for someone about to drive cross-country (USA)? [more inside]
What are the job prospects for a special education teacher in the US (specifically Columbus OH)? [more inside]
How many ways can you cook an egg? Looking for methods, not recipes. [more inside]
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]
While the rumor is untrue, it touches something I never told anyone- should I spill the beans? [more inside]
Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you. [more inside]
Still feel comfortable, happy and awkward around him. How can I stop the awkward part? [more inside]
Missing the Bay Area but headed to San Diego. What and where should I eat and drink? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
I need a bicycle. What should I get, what brands to consider, which brands to avoid? [more inside]
Where can I find cheap(ish) last minute-hotel accommodations in or around San Francisco? [more inside]
What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
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.
Where can I rent a 15 passenger van in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
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]
Where in the DC area can I buy Paddy Irish Whiskey? [more inside]
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]
Any recommendations for cheap, good food in Orlando? We're tourists, but would love a place with a 'local' feel. Bonus for live entertainment.
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]
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.
How do I bring up a relationship issue when I'm not even certain about its root? [more inside]
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]
How do you deal with the horribly cruel things people have said to you throughout your life? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for constructive ways to deal with anger, post end of relationship. [more inside]
What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
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]
Discreet supper party hostess seeks diet detectives. [more inside]
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.
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.
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]
What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
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]
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]
Three cats in one house. One having trouble integregating. [more inside]
Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
Recommendations for a portable beginner telescope? [more inside]
Does anyone recognize this electrical connector? [more inside]
Mismatched libido: we've been together for five years, we're both mid-twenties, she says "once a month would be okay." [more inside]
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]
What does it mean when things are very difficult rather early on in a relationship? [more inside]
For a weekend, where can we escape DC? [more inside]
What got you over the psychological hump from struggling with money to becoming financially stable? [more inside]
Where should we rent in Austin? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
[PhillyFilter] You have a day to explore the city. What do you do? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where can I find awesome sexy lingerie for an IBTC member? Kinda NSFW, I guess. [more inside]
...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to get two cats (or kittens). I have two small boys. Should I or not? [more inside]
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]
Chicago: Not The Band Or The Musical! What would you do on a long weekend there? [more inside]
[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]
I want to skip the 10th book of the Wheel of Time series. Help me do so [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a reliable webtool to calculate calories burnt while cycling? [more inside]
I want your best recipes for turning comfort foods into health foods without sacrificing satisfaction. [more inside]
Can I create Wordpress users from existing CiviCRM contacts? [more inside]
How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
Is there an underlying logic behind the footing rules in DanceDance Revolution (DDR)? [more inside]
How do I get my Kindle 4 to recognize files I've put on it? [more inside]
What does "passing on the right" actually mean? [more inside]
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.
What are the best intelligent, nonjudgmental online communities (like MeFi) for pregnant women and new mothers?
Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a speaker set like the Logitech X230 that can be mounted on a wall? [more inside]
Honest question about ugly babies - isn't it obvious when they are ugly? [more inside]
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]
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?
Minimalist Running Filter: How likely is it that I can get back into minimalist running again after minor injury? Details inside. [more inside]
How can I tell if this Netcomm NB6+4WN modem router can be configured for transparent proxy? [more inside]
Carless in Suburbia [more inside]
How do I get over my mainstream ideals and let this friendship be its awesome self? [more inside]
I'm looking for a knit bamboo hoodie for adults. Example inside. [more inside]
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]
What is this book from my childhood involving an adorable reptile and his pet? [more inside]
What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups? (Think: Startup.com, E-Dreams) [more inside]
What did you change in your day-to-day life during your pregnancy? [more inside]
Help me plan an awesome Christmas vacation to Berlin! [more inside]
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!
Where can I find photographs of nude models for figure-drawing practice and non-commercial artwork? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any way to cure yourself of an Afrin (oxymetazoline HCl) and / or Dristan (phenylephrine HCl) addiction? [more inside]
I love writing letters to people - handwritten, with a fountain pen. Help me find a good paper for this purpose. [more inside]
Are we as environmentally screwed as I think we are? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Do I need to sand & refinish my hardwood floors? I would really prefer not to. [more inside]
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."
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where can I play the dice game Perudo online for free, and without downloading anything? [more inside]
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]
Is there another word out there to describe "frape"? [more inside]
Do Mastermind groups work? How do I find local mastermind groups? [more inside]
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]
Wisdom teeth were yanked out Friday- when can I quit being paranoid about developing a dry socket? [more inside]
Big changes afoot, but with attendant sadness at leaving good friends and things. How do you cope? [more inside]
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]
Which piano should I keep? [more inside]
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?
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]
Sink first or tile first? [more inside]
If you had a Japanese rail pass and were staying in Nagano Shinkansen area, what day trips would you take? [more inside]
Traveling to Paris next week with family, and looking for ideas for something special for my mother's upcoming 60th birthday... [more inside]
Where to sunbathe / splash around in Durham, NC? [more inside]
What's the most portable, cheapest, best quality wireless/Bluetooth speaker(s) out there? [more inside]
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]
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]
Is there a German translation of Kander & Ebb's CABARET? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need some ideas on where to spend the last leg of our France trip (Details inside) [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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.
Insecure as hell. Hope me [more inside]
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+?
How do you fight the "fog of comfort" in a long term relationship? [more inside]
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]
Do little girls like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you help me find a long-term solution for combating the settling of materials in my 100lb heavy punching bag? [more inside]
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]
Tell me about document control for the beginner, without specialist software? [more inside]
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]
I think I'm allergic to my roommate's new cat. What can I do? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
Should I risk smoking weed in (Nantes) France while on exchange from Canada? [more inside]
What kind of
bear bike light is best? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me identify this flower. [more inside]
Chicago PRIDE Parade parking question. What's my best bet for parking in the vicinity of the step-off point? [more inside]
What is the purpose of the on/off switch on my car's cruise control? [more inside]
does anyone know of a good therapist in chicago? [more inside]
cat health woes: constipation & vomiting. please help. [more inside]
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.
Wondering if I can stream the screen image from my laptop to my TV... [more inside]
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.
Feeling guilty about breaking things off with a girl I just met. Sex is complicating this for me. Help? [more inside]
Bulls Head Staten Island. How to get there from manhattan? [more inside]
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]
Why do different Android phones have drastically different configurations of buttons (home, back, menu, search, etc.)? Does it make a difference? [more inside]
Upcoming Trip to Scotland: Itinerary, Road trip & T in the Park [more inside]
Is this a termite or not? Should I freak out or not? [more inside]
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]
Found a great guy. Problem: he's moving to China for a year in about 3 weeks time. Worth it or not? [more inside]
What's the fastest, best home internet I can get in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
In UK/EU law does applying for a civil partner visa create a civil partnership? [more inside]
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]
Why do prospective employers ask access to past, current, and future health records? And can one decline? [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas for a gift for a couple jointly celebrating their 40th and 50th birthdays. [more inside]
My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [more inside]
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]
Whose money is it? [more inside]
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]
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]
Does anyone know a way to find the old web cartoons from monkeysrobots.com? [more inside]
refugee work/volunteering in Istanbul [more inside]
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]
Help us make the most of 3 days in Portland. [more inside]
I was laid off today. I also need to find a new place to live. Obviously, details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you help me find (a) Mr. Bun? Beloved childhood toy, gone these many years.... [more inside]
Help me review the front pages of US national newspapers for 1969 through 1971. [more inside]
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?
What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
I'm an underemployed 20-something stuck in a rut. Input needed, special snowflake details within. [more inside]
Help me make a name for myself in the education publishing world. [more inside]
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]
Why would a short section of street have 8-10 manholes? [more inside]
Parisian Mefites: How do you find the quality of 3G service in your city. [more inside]
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]
YANMD, but help me decide if this is a benign cyst or a bigger problem [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is it time for us to go our separate ways? [more inside]
My 19-month old son refuses to wear his bike helmet. This is harshing my alternative transportation buzz. [more inside]
Help me find a karaoke song that fits my personality and musical abilities! [more inside]
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]
Heading to Portland, OR for the first time! Super excited, and could use your help with our special-snowflake travel needs. [more inside]
Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
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]
Help removing a particularly stubborn piece of Malware. It's appears to be a rootkit that causes a Firefox redirect.(details inside) [more inside]
Looking for songs that sound like the following: Crazy (Gnarls Barkley), Ghostwriter (RJD2), Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz)
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]
I have an easy (hopefully) question regarding time formatting in Excel. [more inside]
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]
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]
Embarrassing lady business question. Specifically: heat rash (maybe?) on/in my vulva. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Cloud based Document Management System (DMS): what is the lastest and greatest (Mid 2012)? [more inside]
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.
Ex-gf continued to stay friends with my closest friends. I haven't come to terms with it. [more inside]
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]
What language/meaning does this expression have: 花 鳥 風 月?
I need to glue/fix something weird. Help! [more inside]
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?
I would like to hear your experiences with sinus issues and your recommendations for mine. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Health-filter! I had a crazy reaction to a magnesium supplement- or did I? [more inside]
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]
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".
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]
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?
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]
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.
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?
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]
I have Bank of America. What bank should I change to? Should I keep two banks? [more inside]
Getting a horrible skin reaction to Tom's Unscented Deodorant. What's a good unscented replacement that isn't an antiperspirant? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do I have bed bugs? pic attached. [more inside]
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]
Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
I may have to see my abusive ex soon. Help me cope. [more inside]
Some people want to be liked, whereas others want to be admired. What causes this? [more inside]
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]
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]
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."
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]
What one-handed instruments can I play and sing along with? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Where does one go for reliable information about any risks of using your health insurance policy? [more inside]
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]
oceanography Filter: Is this new seaweed permanent? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
I need a regex that will recursively match anything after a forward slash to the end of a URL. [more inside]
Is there a NAS device that supports DHX2 authentication under $200, which holds 2TB? [more inside]
I'm a compulsive overapologizer. Help me stop. [more inside]
Fast forward one year later, boss situation changed again. Help me make it change for the better this time. [more inside]
What is the leading nonprofit organization(s) devoted to promoting legalization of assisted suicide in US states? [more inside]
Has anyone been hired by a US government agency under the Schedule A Hiring Authority? [more inside]
Toronto commute filter: How to escape from Chinatown to the Gardiner westbound? [more inside]
Did GI Joe fight for other countries? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for the name of a game with numbered cubes and soothing music. Scant details inside. [more inside]
Should we be wary of this rather low-mileage used car? What should we be looking out for? [more inside]
My 35 y/o girlfriend has never had an orgasm... [NSFW details] [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk? [more inside]
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]
Please help me get my spotify app running on my Samsung SGS2. [more inside]
Good starting points for learning how to do empirical research? [more inside]
Prospective job seems to require too much- or am I overreacting? [more inside]
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...
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]
Help me find some informative scientific podcasts/lectures/audio books/videos about the future of man and technology. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommendations for PC speakers under $50. [more inside]
How can I manage my hosts file in Windows 7? [more inside]
What to do in Cheyenne with a 10 year old? [more inside]
Help me find a not-outrageous tailor for casual women's clothing in Seattle. [more inside]
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]
Where can I go to school abroad for cheap? [more inside]
What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
Tattoo cover up strategies needed. [more inside]
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]
Driving from Montreal to the Florida Keys, what's the best route? [more inside]
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?
Does anyone have a recommendation for a USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 adapter for a late-2011 17" Macbook pro? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is the most comfortable car/SUV to rent to sleep in? [more inside]
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]
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]
Preparing for a Possible HIV-Positive Result? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find the perfect bug necklace for a girly tomboy [more inside]
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.
Is there a "dry" cat food with a soft or moist kibble? [more inside]
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]
How can a person work off a traffic fine in Los Angeles? Is there a program for those on Social Security? [more inside]
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]
Remodeling with an eye toward my own use (for the next 4-5 years) and rentability (in ~5 years?). [more inside]
Er... do I mention that I know the person I'm addressing the cover letter to? [more inside]
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]
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?
Why not let my dental nature take its course, regarding my wisdom tooth extraction? [more inside]
Best/easiest youtube tutorials for leaning Adobe Premiere (CS5) [more inside]
How do you share your life with someone else when you're not sure where you're going? [more inside]
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]
How to explain to a five year old why you don't have a mother? [more inside]
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]
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.
I don't feel guilty, am I an jerk? [more inside]
Help me fix my diet: Simplicity Edition [more inside]
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]
Is there a book that teaches math via physics? [more inside]
What are the best "gateway dishes" for someone who wants to try authentic Chinese cuisine? [more inside]
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]
What are the best new ska/ska-punk bands out there now? [more inside]
What do I need to prepare for an approximately 200km bike ride? [more inside]
Savings Bonds Filter: Which bonds should I sell or continue to sit on? Picture inside. [more inside]
I'm a skinny girl, and I'm sad about my cellulite. What can I do? [more inside]
Google Scholar Search Term? [more inside]
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]
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]
Am I spamming the universe right now? [more inside]
I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
How to reformat pivot table data so that it works like any other spreadsheet? Simple instructions needed. [more inside]
Where can I buy black, thin, cotton tights? [more inside]
My dream bathroom would include a sink that never clogs with hair. How close can I come to making this a reality? [more inside]
Completely "dark" / humane alarm clock (revisited)? [more inside]
What would happen if you jumped or fell down a big ship's air intake? [more inside]
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]
I'm seeking a certain sort of anime--the slow-paced nature appreciation. Here is an extreme example. [more inside]
I will be taking care of my friend after her surgery. Help me be the best caregiver ever. [more inside]
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.
American ex-pats living in Germany, what things that can be mailed did you miss from/about the US? [more inside]
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...
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]
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]
Can you help me find a ukulele choir or group in Maryland, specifically Montgomery or Frederick Counties? [more inside]
How can I stop hurting myself when I exercise? [more inside]
Where can I meet/hang-out/make merry with other young queers in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me deal with this stress! [more inside]
Is there an easy way to archive all the content of web pages I visit, saving the pages to my hard drive? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need to get homeowner's insurance for a property around Concord, NH. Can someone recommend an independent insurance agent in this area?
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]
What would the ideal website of your local sexual health centre look like? Looking for links, ideas, general commentary... [more inside]
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]
Google and Firefox not playing well together? [more inside]
What are the chances that a 2 year old cake frosting stain will come off my dry-clean-only dress? [more inside]
What can you do for an acquaintance in ICU? [more inside]
Can you identify this tiny shaker cap found in my office building? top view , bottom view [more inside]
Where can I get a used bike for cheap on the north side of Chicago? [more inside]
Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
Webdesign: How to make a wide-screen centralized background in HTML? Any tips? [more inside]
Why (not how, why) do people upload old third-party content to youtube? Has anything been written on the subject? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
How to spend an AWESOME weekend in Burlington, VT? [more inside]
Workout to achieve "Abercrombie and Fitch" bodyshape? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
What are these fruit, seen outside a 24 hour shop in North London? Are they (please god, let it be) tomatillos?
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]
“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]
Virginia to Kentucky road trip. Looking for interesting places to stop in southern West Virginia along I 64. [more inside]
Meebo replacement? [more inside]
Help me dress myself, 23-year-old-going-on-little-old-lady edition. [more inside]
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]
I am looking for an iPhone 4/4s tripod mount that can be purchased in a brick and mortar store. [more inside]
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]
I've just bought my first smart phone. An android (HTC One X). What are your recommended apps? [more inside]
How does one find an archery coach? [more inside]
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]
Processor and general build quality question: Should I buy a Samsung Series 3 305V5A-T04AU Notebook or HP Pavilion dv6-6B00TU Notebook? [more inside]
How to let go of anger? [more inside]
Are there any very basic resources to introduce spoken Japanese to young English speakers? [more inside]
Can you bring me up to date with the state of Linux desktop environments? [more inside]
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]
Cheap food near Haight-Ashbury? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What do we really need to do about our cat's teeth? [more inside]
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]
Getting my first tattoo! How should I prepare? [more inside]
How do I stop feeling so confined by other people's expectations? Personal details inside. [more inside]
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]
How do I edit and load educational videos into my kindle fire? [more inside]
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]
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]
You have long hair. You exercise often. What is your routine? [more inside]
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]
How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
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]
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??
How do I leave grad school and go where I want to go? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
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]
How do you make Excel automatically group years (1921, 1925, 1929) into decades (1920s)? [more inside]
How beneficial are inconsistent gym visits when your usual summer exercise routine is wrecked? [more inside]
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]
Debt Management Plan or Bankruptcy? or Option C? YANAL and YANML [IL filter] [more inside]
Random plant in the garden: Weed or ...? [more inside]
Does anyone know what the lyrics are to the Pearl and the Beard song "Donny and Johnny"? [more inside]
Neighbor questions-How much is too much? [more inside]
Small raised contusion behind my left ear. No idea what this is or how it happened! Hitting hypochondriac panic mode! Help! [more inside]
Please educate me in proper tampon insertion. Seriously. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
How do I get hot water whilst traveling in the U.S.? [more inside]
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]
As a husband and father of two, what are my responsibilities? [more inside]
HTML: Is there a quick way to determine the width of a fixed-width column? [more inside]
Cooling the second story: Replace the roof or dual-zone the A/C? [more inside]
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]
I'm interested in calculating monthly expenses. What's the best way of doing this, keeping in mind security concerns? [more inside]
What is there to do in Urumqi in the next few days on a restricted budget and with limited local language skills? [more inside]
Please help me remember a plant, or tell me if I've made this up in my head. [more inside]
Myrtle Beach, SC: what are your must-see/must-dos? [more inside]
Help me find what the recent limerick thread, and Sokka Shot First's comment dislodged from my memory: [more inside]
How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
What do you think about when you're swimming laps? [more inside]
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]
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!
Can you tell me if the camera packages at this discount online storefront are good value for money? [more inside]
Is using antidepressants to get over depression triggered by a breakup a good idea? [more inside]
Where should I go in Norway, outside Oslo, in four days? [more inside]
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]
What recipes use a lot of dill pickles? Vegetarian preferred! [more inside]
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]
Can a hyper-sexed, promiscuous man also be a good feminist? [more inside]
Can I setup my PC laptop to receive audio like an AirPort Express? [more inside]
What was the gay lifestyle like in past times (say, pre 1970s)? How was being gay perceived? [more inside]
What's the best blender for milkshakes? Detailed instructions on making a chocolate milkshake with said blender would also be appreciated. Thanks!
Homemade yogurt filter! Hit me with your best plain yogurt recipes. [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
North Cascades National Park or Glacier? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Can you identify this teddybear and tell me where I can buy another one like it? [more inside]
Exercises, stretches, or other ways to relieve repetitive strain in shoulder and upper back? [more inside]
I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
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]
"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]
What else can I make with smoked paprika? [more inside]
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]
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]
My boyfriend and I are starting an ebay business selling baseball cards. I have no experience with this. Any tips or suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I posted this question a few months ago and have since narrowed down our options. Need help deciding please! [more inside]
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]
What Verizon cell phone meets these requirements [more inside]
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]
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!
Help me understand baseball in time for the Mets/Orioles game tonight! [more inside]
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.
Our cloth diapers have a permanent stink and lots of orange stains. What further laundry solutions should we try? [more inside]
How to get access to some music from my childhood? [more inside]
Does anyone here use a Roland SPD-SX? I have a bunch of questions about using one... [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you recommend a gourmet food delivery service in the UK? [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
Is there a term other than "pallbearer" for someone who carries a corpse or ashes? [more inside]
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]
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]
What should I do with this small amount of extremely tasty chicken stock? [more inside]
What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
Are you familiar with the circa 1960 Chicago White Sox? [more inside]
How creative is instructional design? [more inside]
I know how to cook from scratch. Help me not do that this summer. [more inside]
What psychological malady did Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, of Grey Gardens fame, suffer? [more inside]
What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity? [more inside]
Please help me move on. [more inside]
How much is an air handler and ac worth? [more inside]
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]
How can I determine tolls along a route from Rhode Island to the Midwest? [more inside]
Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
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]
How do you get a regular column/blog on Huffington Post, and how hard is it? It seems like so many people have one.
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]
Should stop going to my new therapist? Longish details inside. [more inside]
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]
I need a single phone number that I can use worldwide that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. [more inside]
[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?
What can I do with these old laptops? [more inside]
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]
Looking for a netbook that's great for general web surfing and streaming video. What is there that meets those needs? preferably, sub $400
Advice to minimize bluetooth interference and maintain connectivity across multiple devices in a huge public space? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
What do the first few months of a healthy, promising relationship look like? [more inside]
Will This RAM work in my brand new Macbook Air? [more inside]
I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve! [more inside]
How do I explain to my five-year-old son why he hasn't been able to visit me? [more inside]
What must we not miss during our honeymoon in Portland, OR in July? [more inside]
Question about typical recovery pattern from whooping cough. If you've had it, you can probably help me out. [more inside]
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]
Do I tell my new job that I'm still obligated to do four more weeks of teaching on the weekends? [more inside]
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]
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]
How to celebrate an Air Force promotion from afar? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find an awesome vegan alfredo recipe? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommend blogs and/or sites that talk about *effective* advertising/marketing/direct mail without trying to sell me something? [more inside]
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]
Can I become allergic to (almost) all fruits over night? If so, what can I eat/drink as substitutes? [more inside]
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]
Should I keep training in this school for my belt, or move on? [more inside]
Can anyone help identify this 1930s-era uniform, and also possibly provide info on a small plane crash at the time? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
How can I -- or more accurately, one of my fictional characters -- grab a poisonous snake without getting bitten? [more inside]
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]
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]
How to approach a co worker who is voluntarily working off the clock? [more inside]
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.)
Help me make our bathroom noisy enough for privacy in a small apartment? [more inside]
I need a digital photo retouched. How do I go about finding the right person or business? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Given plenty of money, how would you improve your life in New York City? [more inside]
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]
Is there such a thing as a free, no-frills online store? [more inside]
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]
How can I/we find a job out of the country now that we're midway through our careers (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
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?
How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
Non toilet paper users, tell me all about your business. Tissues be damned. [more inside]
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]
Where can I get light clothing that can be hand-washed, dry quickly, and look like normal clothes? [more inside]
Can non-residents buy property in Japan? [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]
I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it? [more inside]
What books can you suggest that share certain characteristics of The Dark Tower by Stephen King? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Broke up with my girlfriend, but want her back. She's moving away. Some inter-faith drama as well. Thoughts? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
I am looking for a place to watch the fireworks in San Francisco on the fourth with some annoyingly specific requirements. [more inside]
I changed my bike tire for the first time. Now my shifter/derailer isn't working properly. [more inside]
Help me build my "Summer Synth Dance Party" playlist! [more inside]
Met perfect girl. She doesn't drink. Turns out, she's in AA. What to do/where to go/how to support? [more inside]
What should I include on my resume? [more inside]
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?
Can MeFi recommend a good wireless/IP camera to me? [more inside]
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.
What can a guy do in Port Angeles, WA on an average summer day? [more inside]
Looking for more information on what life was like in the period depicted in Downton Abbey. [more inside]
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]
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?
What are the best video viewer wrap glasses for sleeping? [more inside]
Where can I buy Sugru in Manhattan?
Starting grad school in August. It seems about time I got a credit card. Advice? [more inside]
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]
Can you help me find these studies on patients' perceptions of quality time with their health care providers? [more inside]
How to respond to an unexpected, somewhat unwanted "favor" ? [more inside]
Post-separation/divorce depression...need a good therapist in Vancouver, BC. And also just general advice on getting back on my feet. [more inside]
Why did the human body evolve to crave nicotine? [more inside]
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]
Could you recommend a good Ubuntu based distro for old systems having under 512MB memory? Why should I choose that distro over others?
What PS3 video games will I (19) and my little brother (9) both enjoy together? [more inside]
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.
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]
What should we engrave on our wedding bands? There's a 10-character limit. [more inside]
Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
ConversationFilter: How do you talk with someone when a topic you have opposing views on comes up? [more inside]
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?
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]
Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped? [more inside]
Some questions about some information asked for by a financial manager. [more inside]
A friend is in Hamburg, Germany and posted this picture of a public sculpture on his facebook. [more inside]
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]
Strange and traumatic dog biology question! Not for the faint of heart. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
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]
The building I live in is host to an illegal church. Help me figure out what kind it is! [more inside]
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]
Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
Is there a way to untag Facebook photos of myself in bulk? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
How do you know what type of mental health professional you need? [more inside]
My car, it acts... strange. What's wrong with it, and what am I looking at to fix it? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Rent control, rent stabilization, free market. What's the difference between these categories with regard to apartments in New York City? [more inside]
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]
I am heading to Japan for the first time. Looking for day trip suggestions and things to do near Kure. [more inside]
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]
Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
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]
Who are some famous and/or important Franceses? [more inside]
What's causing my early/mid-afternoon surge of lots and lots of energy? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
As a male, I've never orgasmed from sex, teach me how [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Does anyone have experience using a Spanish-language audio course as a couple? [more inside]
Please help me brainstorm a good gift for my teaching mentor! [more inside]
Bicycle touring logistics: Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles. Crazy? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
Graduation time! How can I make my own semi-fancy/straight-up-fancy graduation invitations? [more inside]
Identity theft - passport number, date of birth and full name available on the internet. What do I do? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Tips for making attractive charts/graphs? (In Excel/Illustrator, but I'm not bound to those). [more inside]
Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
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]
If I lie (a very big lie), can I ever redeem myself? [more inside]
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.
How do you balance out dating and being good friends with a guy? [more inside]
Windows Backup/Restore Doesn't See Earlier Image [more inside]
What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
How does a hypochondriac know he really should go see the Dr.? How should he talk to him about his anxieties? [more inside]
How do I take good photos for an online dating site, as a guy who doesn't photograph well? [more inside]
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]
White Water Rafting in Georgia; where to go for a newbie? [more inside]
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]
I had a peeper at my window. I suspect someone I barely know. How to proceed? [more inside]
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]
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?
Help me play Cosmology of Kyoto (I have a DOS disk image of the CD) on my Mac using VirtualBox. [more inside]
My 401(k) has changed - any financial gurus able to explain how I am going to be affected? [more inside]
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]
How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide? [more inside]
Why is a "reader" zipping through a friend's blog at a rate of one post a second? [more inside]
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]
Does a Greek affiliation really help in the real world? [more inside]
What do I need to do before selling a videogame console? In this case, specifically a Wii and probably to Best Buy. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
Do most men fear cooking naked? [more inside]
Help me deal with my middle - either through weight loss or learning to cope. [more inside]
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]
If we award medals for swimming 100m backstroke why don't we award medals for running 100m backwards? [more inside]
Where can I listen to examples of really harmonically complex a capella online? [more inside]
Nut allergies, acorns, acorn eating pigs, and acorn-eating-pig prosciutto. You are not my doctor, or my charcuterist. [more inside]
"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]
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]
I'm moving overseas for 2 years. Now what? What can I do to help prepare? [more inside]
New B2C ecommerce platform - Magento or Open Cart?? [more inside]
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]
My SO is unconcerned with how little time we spend together. [more inside]
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]
What advice can you give to an unemployed graduate like me who wants to move out into the city? [more inside]
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]
How do I tell a newly found family member to back off w/out hurting their feelings? [more inside]
Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
Partly inspired by this question: is there an equivalent to French for Reading but for Modern Standard Arabic? [more inside]
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]
I need to stop fidgeting. How? Help! [more inside]
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.
I am having my second herpes outbreak in a foreign country. [more inside]
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]
Where should I take an outdoorsy girl near (but not in) San Francisco? [more inside]
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?
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]
One of those judge-my-OKCupid-profile things. [more inside]
Is it worth replacing my UPS battery or buying a newer UPS that better fits my need? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I force all the gaps between photos to be the same size in InDesign CS6? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm in NYC and I may need to see a dentist, but I have no dental insurance. Recommendations? [more inside]
How do I import tables from HTML into Excel when some cells have multiple lines? [more inside]
Where can I buy balance scales similar to the "scales of justice" in Australia (preferably online)? [more inside]
Best PDF reader and annotating application for Android? [more inside]
Where can I find a free download for a G2M4 codec that doesn't include nasty viruses that will torture my computer? [more inside]
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]
Tell me about your experience with the Precision Nutrition Lean Eating coaching program for women. [more inside]
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]
Cool wedding anniversary gift - Cotton Anniversary [more inside]
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.
Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar". [more inside]
Providence Rhode Island one day party [more inside]
How do I diplomatically ask for equal pay for equal work? [more inside]
Cutting board and countertop options? [more inside]
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?
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]
"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.
I’ve got a little over a month to prepare for a Crossfit beginners class. What do I do? [more inside]
Help me find a new style of eyeglasses. Specifically rimless glasses. [more inside]
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]
I need custom T-shirts that are durable and don't fit funny. [more inside]
I've gotta stop having a crush on my friend or stop seeing her entirely. [more inside]
Where can I find empty cigar boxes for FREE (or nearly free) in the Minneapolis, MN area? [more inside]
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]
Help me find a blog. [more inside]
What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
Is the POP3 email protocol insecure (even with TLS)? [more inside]
What are your most useful "next-action" and "project" verbs for GTD? [more inside]
Trying to connect to the past [more inside]
How do I score my fantasy cake contest in the most fair manner? [more inside]
How much annual sick time is typically offered by companies in California to their employees?
Help me be less sad, plz. [more inside]
Looking for inexpensive meals in Vancouver. [more inside]
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]
Graduating with an IT degree at 31 - how to be attractive to employers, please? [more inside]
Ideas for refinishing an old dining table without stripping it? [more inside]
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]
Why are Korean (melo)dramas so obsessed with first love being your one, true love which can never be changed? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
What would teachers in Poland like from North America? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
The perfect east coast vacation spot? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
Looking for advice on getting experience as an e-learning professional. [more inside]
My employer is NOT green, Help! [more inside]
Entomology filter: I've lived in Southern Ontario most of my life and I can't recall ever seeing this guy before. [more inside]
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]
Is it worth buying an electric razor, or is shaving underarms/legs with a regular disposable just as good? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
What are the best brands of supermarket hummus? I live in Minnesota, so bonus points for hummus available here.
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]
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.
It's time for my annual review and my job - and my boss - suck. So, what do I do? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Any ideas for presents for a young man who wishes to be a professional stand-up comedian? [more inside]
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 :/
I have a very serious problem: I can't stop thinking about mathematics and it's interfering heavily with my sleep. [more inside]
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]
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]
Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
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]
Please help me and my guy decide when and where to get married, and how to deal with various issues [more inside]
Conflict with friend's partner: do I pull out of this commitment, or am I overreacting? (petty and annoying) details inside. [more inside]
my doorknob is broken and I'm stuck in my bedroom! help me open the door? [more inside]
How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
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]
What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
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]
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.
Where can I find (United States) VHS release dates for movies? [more inside]
The murderer who killed my friend and attempted to kill me wants to apologize. [more inside]
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!
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]
What is a good online backup tool for Mac OSX 10.4.11? Carbonite doesn't service this operating system.
Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
Help me pack a lunch for my 4.5 year-old daughter. [more inside]
Ideas for creating a magazine-style portfolio? [more inside]
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]
Paranonia or ID theft? How do I find out, who to report it to? Details inside. [more inside]
Where should I go for a couple of days outside of Moscow with my young son? [more inside]
Boyfriend has been experiencing dizziness, vertigo, and nausea for 4 days. Need help navigating NY Medicaid healthcare system to get this diagnosed. [more inside]
Please explain reverse mortgages to me and whether this is a good idea for my mother. [more inside]
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]
What are your safety tips for casual sexual encounters? (Probably NSFW text inside) [more inside]
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]
Help me pick out a tmobile phone. [more inside]
How do I know when I should replace my hand-operated can opener? [more inside]
How would you hedge against travel costs rising in the long term? [more inside]
When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Help me with some IT management philosophy. How do I convince people internally that managing data costs money? Gory details inside [more inside]
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]
Should I watch Prometheus? I'm afraid of horror films. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help plan a one-way rental-car trip from Toronto to Minneapolis... [more inside]
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]
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?
Quality-of-life issues with an otherwise awesome job. How to deal with lazy coworkers and an incompetent manager? [more inside]
Urgent birthday present vintage fashion help: Help me find a pair of jeans with a large zipper pull. [more inside]
How can I make stick-on velcro strips stick to my ceramic bathroom sink? [more inside]
Help us gamify/badgify our game! With all this gamification buzzwordiness out there, there's a nice white label solution, right? [more inside]
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]
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]
How much time do commercial pilots actually spend flying planes by hand these days? [more inside]
What do I do with a husband who has been getting handjobs @ massage parlors...help! [more inside]
How can I have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother? [more inside]
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.
I need help thinking up some new tricks to train my dog to do. [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for a movie title: a very funny documentary about professional ventriloquists -- but NOT "Dumbstruck." [more inside]
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]
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?
Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
I'm a runner, trying to become a triathlete. Help me find a bike please! [more inside]
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]
You're a motorcycle rider in a state without mandatory helmet laws. You often or always choose not to wear a helmet. Why?