July 2006 Archives

July 31

Place to Stay at Tofino

A good place to stay at Tofino, Vancouver Island? [more inside]
posted by squ1rr3l at 11:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Thinking of opening a game store...

Thinking of opening a Gaming store...help...So me and the wife are seriously considering opening a gaming store, (roughly half board/casual type games and half "hobby" type games). I've read a bunch of stuff on opening a retail store in general, including some threads on here, but not much on anything gaming specific. [more inside]
posted by teishu at 11:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Lets Pool Our CollectiveKnowledge About Underground Theatre !

Is there a theater underground in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Finance For Dummies.

What are some good books for beginners on finance? I prefer a book on a variety of finance subjects, anything from taxes, to real estate, to the stock market. (several books dealing with specific subjects work just as well). While I want a book on the basics, it doesnt need to be written for children or the average teen.
posted by JokingClown at 10:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Pitchers! Purdy pitchers! Get yer pitchers here!

How do I get my photographs into galleries and/or sell prints? [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 10:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Getting water out of an ear?

We went swimming two days ago. My boyfriend still has water in his ear, and the Swim-EAR (95% isopropyl alcohol, 5% glycerin) we got at the drug store hasn't helped. Is this normal? And what can he do to make his ear feel better? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 10:09 PM PST - 28 comments

Bulgarian CDs in SFO.

Where in the San Francisco/Berkeley area can I get a truly good selection of Bulgarian music? (By which I mean a BulgarianCDs.com-style selection, not the usual Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares stuff. HMV/Tower-type places probably don't apply.)
posted by mykescipark at 9:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Dates in Middlebury, VT?

Fun activities for a couple in or near Middlebury, VT? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 9:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What brand of t-shirt fits me?

T-Shirts: I'm trying to find a brand of t-shirts that fit me well, aren't very expensive, and don't have stupid things printed on them. [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 9:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Recommended auto repair facility in San Diego?

I think I need an alignment; looking for a recommended mechanic in San Diego. I need Saturday hours, and am hoping for some place near a movie theater, shopping, or the like. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl at 9:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Toy creatures that grow to 600% their size when you immerse them in water

Toy creatures that grow to 600% their size when you immerse them in water. We bought a few from a street seller in New York, and they're cool. We want more, but now the seller has moved on. Where can I buy these toys, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by gentle at 8:47 PM PST - 13 comments

We just moved into a rental house, and found the place filthy! What do we do?

We just moved into a rental house, and found the place filthy! What do we do? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 8:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Broken RCA jack?

My turntable has a broken RCA jack - it only plays out of one channel. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Missing MegaByte

I'm trying to work my way through the activation process for my new RoadRunner service. The flash wizard that analyzes my computer tells me that I have only 127 MB of RAM, 1 short of the necessary 128 to continue setup. My computer disagrees with the wizard. Is it even possible that this is the case? If so, how do I get back my essential 1 MB?
posted by yamel at 7:54 PM PST - 7 comments

VW Jetta service record?

Are VW Jettas really that bad? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 7:43 PM PST - 53 comments

How can I convert my AAC and MP3 audio files to FLAC?

Is there a tool I can use to convert my archive of music from AAC and MP3 to FLAC? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Oy Vey! Not an IE problem again!

My dad's Internet Explorer has gone crazy! Fortunately, Mozilla runs fine.... [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Premonition before big move?

How much stock should one put in a scary premonition? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Help us find this lancel bag!!

Help my roommate find the perfect bag! [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 6:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Going Dutch with foreigners

I'm an American hosting a couple of guests from Greek Cyprus for whom I am doing professional (scientific) training. We may go out to dinner on one of those nights. Will "going Dutch" be nothing unusual to them? Or being from a Mediterranean culture where friends become extended family, might they expect one of us (me or them) to pick up the entire tab? Granted I am the host and can do what I want, but I'm still interested in what they'll expect.
posted by rolypolyman at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

..other than sex.

I just got a shiny new girlfriend. Now what..? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 5:59 PM PST - 35 comments

The lump IS my throat...

Doctor at the clinic said I don't have strep throat, but I'm not convinced. What else could this be? Should I take antibiotics? Other ways to fight strep? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 5:46 PM PST - 24 comments

The other white meat.

I have a question about bacon. And sausage. I currently live in Japan, and the bacon here is...well...different. Try to fry it like American bacon and it just sort of scorches--it's more like regular ham in that respect. The sausage here too is strange, like hot dogs but not as good (if that's even possible). But it's not just Japan... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Nice sports coat. Where'd you get it?

Men's Fashion Filter: Where can I buy a sports coat like this (Washington, DC area would be nice)? [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 5:22 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get started in tutoring?

I'm thinking about trying to get into tutoring, particularly English tutoring. I've worked with ESL students via the internet before, but that has been on a mutual basis: I've helped them improve their English while they helped me improve my German. What steps would I need to take to get started in my area? Do I need any particular qualifications? Should I go to the schools, or perhaps to the University in town? How does one get started in tutoring as a part-time job?
posted by JoshTeeters at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Back to school at 40?

Should I go back to school at 40, and get that degree? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 4:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Is a universal oxygen sensor really universal?

ScoobyFilter: It's time to replace the oxygen sensors in my 2001 Subaru Outback. "Universal" replacements run about half the cost of the OEM version. Am I asking for trouble by taking the cheap way out? [more inside]
posted by Opposite George at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Baking classes in Washington, DC - NoVA ?

I am looking for classes in the Washington DC area specifically for baking cakes.. So far, the ones I have come up with are: 1. Cake decoration (not preparation) 2. Cookies, cones, holiday preparations 3. $100 for a 3 hour session 4. Semester long programs To put it simply, I want to make my own tiramisu !
posted by cusecase at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Earrings for men

Fashion Question. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 4:05 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I wash my shoes?

How should I wash these shoes? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 3:52 PM PST - 2 comments

I sometimes think I'm more other people than I am myself

I often seem to confuse what other people want or think for what I want or think. I'm fearful this has led to me making a number of decisions I'll ultimately be unhappy with, and may make more in the future. I'm also afraid I'll hurt others as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Solutions for the hearing impaired

What kind of options are available for someone who has suffered hearing loss due to long term exposure to loud sounds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Notify a Yahoogroup about blog updates?

Can you automatically notify a Yahoo group that a blog using the blogger.com engine has been updated? [more inside]
posted by whitearrow at 3:44 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I make this sort of diagram?

I need help charting information in a way that's intuitive. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 3:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Chicken parasite?

Found a "worm" in a supermarket chicken! Is it fair game or foul play? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 3:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Songs with homophobic lyrics?

Songs with homophobic lyrics? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 3:05 PM PST - 53 comments

Need more TV shows to download. Recommendations please!

Need more TV shows to download. Recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 2:45 PM PST - 56 comments

Disabling comcast bridge-mode on a Comcast modem

How do I bypass router bridging on a Comcast cable modem? [more inside]
posted by destro at 2:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Recommend me something to read!

BookFilter: I've read Richard Morgan's Kovacs trilogy through and through, and I'm looking for something similar to read... [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 2:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Does Baton Rouge, LA have a steamship rail head stop?

Does Baton Rouge, LA have a steamship rail head stop? [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Accumulated amortization what?

Suggestions for good, simple to understand, accounting books? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Herculean labor

Can anyone recommend a non-agency house cleaner in Hercules, CA (east San Francisco Bay Area)? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 1:57 PM PST - 0 comments

Train cats? Plants they can safely eat?

A two-parter. Is it _really_ possible to train a cat? And if not, what kind of houseplants should I get that my cat can chew on and not regurgitate (as much?) ? [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 1:34 PM PST - 24 comments

How does one remember how to think?

How does one go about "remembering how to think"? A good friend recently mentioned to me that she no longer has any motivation to think deeply about anything, be it religion, philosophy, or even which side of her toast to butter. Help me kick-start her curiosity by suggesting films and books. [more inside]
posted by thewhitenoise at 1:09 PM PST - 28 comments

What is a creative engagement proposal idea?

What is a creative way for me (male, 22) to propose to my girlfriend (female, 21) in the area of Atlanta, GA or somewhere in NW GA? I do not want to do something that has been overdone (megatron @ ballgame). I want it to be romantic, semi-private (not drawing huge attention if is out in public), and memorable. She loves art and nature (not this damn heat). I am drawing a blank and need help ASAP!
posted by anonymous at 12:52 PM PST - 34 comments

Pen me!

MoleskineFilter: Can anyone recommend a non-gel ink, commercially available pen to use with my pocket Moleskine? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 12:43 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I send a book to Valhalla?

Help me plan a Viking funeral for a hated book. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 12:12 PM PST - 33 comments

lucas, the prince of darkness has possesed my computer!

My computer has developed a mind of its own and shuts down when it feels like it! [more inside]
posted by squeak at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to go in NYC for cheap arts programs?

I'm looking for a way to keep busy and pick up some new skills in NYC. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Detatchable skate wheels?

What's the inline skate brand that has a removable boot? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

This contract's binding, right?

Insurance Underwriting. Property. Florida. These three statements combined can cause poodles to faint, white to change to black, AC to become DC, and various flora to mutate in the Tropics. My question: If an underwriter actually agrees to bind a policy, are they legally bound to follow their own document? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How to bike to work in Florida?

How can I bike to work in Florida? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

One man's shirt, and 5 women's? That'll be $50, please.

Why does getting articles of women's clothing laundered, dry cleaned and/or pressed at the cleaners cost more than it does for comparable articles of men's clothing? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 11:05 AM PST - 19 comments

How to impress in a quasi-interview?

College Student working for large corporation the past two summers in a field unrelated to my degree. My boss set me up an appointment with an area I am very interested in. How can I secure a internship with that department next year? [more inside]
posted by bilbo baggins at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Doing/Eating/Seeing something in BarbaDOS

Going to Barbados this week for a friend's wedding. What must I see/eat/do?
posted by omidius at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Gurus only

Perhaps advanced MSSQL question.. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Name for a magic potion shop?

Imagine there is a store that sold magic potions that cured whatever was bothering you. What would this shop be called? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 10:28 AM PST - 81 comments

How to migrate mailboxes in exchange

My company is splitting up soon. We have centralised exchange servers in another country, I need to get away fast. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

How much money do I give for a wedding gift?

I've been invited to the wedding of the daughter of some casual friends. I live in the US now but most of the weddings I've been to were when I lived in the UK. I'm not sure what an appropriate amount is for a money wedding gift. I've heard it should be equal to or greater than the amount per head the family is paying for the reception. How accurate is this? It seems to me if that's the case, the wedding is less of a celebration than a business transaction. Anyway, I'm afraid of giving an inappropriate amount. Advice please!
posted by TheManticore at 10:15 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I set up alternate PDF navigation?

I swear I once saw a PDF with tabbed navigation along the bottom edge of the pages, kind of like what you'd see on an Excel workbook. How do I set up that effect? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 9:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Rockin' with the King of Babylon

Did I imagine this song from the 80's? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Does Verizon DSL still suck or have they cleaned up their act?

I live in Queens, NY. I want to take the plunge into broadband. Verizon is offering a pretty good deal ($18.00 a month for as much bandwidth as I'll ever use) but I am a little leery. Four or five years ago, I was hearing nothing but complaints about Verizon's DSL offerings. So . . . does Verizon DSL still suck or have they cleaned up their act? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 8:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Can I recover data (pictures) from a bad DVD-R?

Can I recover data (pictures) from a bad DVD-R? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

I love horrible music! Help!

Experimental music venues in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by Monstrous Moonshine at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Consoling a loved one over a dying pet.

Help me do something nice for somebody whose beloved dog is dying. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:40 AM PST - 31 comments

HCMC Piano Teacher

Needed: Piano teacher in Ho Chi Minh City [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 8:32 AM PST - 3 comments

What advice do you have for a new PhD candidate?

PhD advice! I am starting a PhD program in Communications this fall. I'd like some general advice from those who have survived. I'm looking for ideas on wise steps to take as far as department politics, TAing, getting published, attending conferences, funding, trying to survive on no money, being in a relationship with a non-student, etc. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Remixes Database

Where can I find a list or database of song remixes? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find the smallest, most perfectly fomed bag for carrying the essentials

I have far too many bags (work, gym, travel etc) and am always leaving things behind when I transfer stuff from one bag to another. I am looking for a small bag that is just big enough for the essentials (phone, keys, purse, PDA, pens, glasses) that I can transfer from one bag to another or can carry on its own if needed. Availability in or delivery to UK essential. Any suggestions?
posted by janecr at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

lots of plants

back when the world was relatively new, it seems like the world could support much much more life. why not now? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Should my wife contest a parking ticket in court?

My wife got a parking ticket - is it worth it to go to court? [more inside]
posted by ajpresto at 8:01 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I get back into technical work again?

UKJobFilter: Techie/System Admin at heart, CV filled with Helpdesk experience. How do I get into techie work again? [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Suggest a North American coding conference/seminar.

MadSkillzFilter: Help this computer engineer find an interesting North American coding conference/seminar. [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 7:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Whitewater Rafting near NYC

Looking for awesome class III (or II) whitewater rafting in New York State or PA (within a few hours of NYC / North Jersey). Any recommendations? Also, we don't want a guide, we just want to rent everything and go on our own - will most companies agree to that?
posted by exhilaration at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I use the word redirect in every sentence? Let's find out.

Is there a way that I can tell if a page has been redirected by conf.d or .htaccess? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments


What's the best breast pump? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 7:11 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I de-register an ISBN?

A book I wrote was going to get published but then the publisher went out of business. Before they went under the publisher assigned my book an ISBN, so the never-published book still appears in various databases. How do I de-register the ISBN and remove it from the web?
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 6:34 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I stop my landlord invading my privacy?

My landlord keeps letting himself in to my flat when I am not in. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by jp021272 at 6:21 AM PST - 34 comments

Is a super cheap iMac really worth it for a PC user?

Apple Filter: I'm a PC man, in a PC house, but I'm hoping to pick up a iMac G3 super cheap. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by taita_cakes at 5:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommendation wanted for a good sports massage therapist or reflexologist in London

Can anyone recommend a good sports massage therapist or reflexologist in London? Also, what therapy have you found is best for treating tension headaches? [more inside]
posted by ingridm at 4:38 AM PST - 5 comments

I come from gay pareee

OK, don't laugh, what goes with pink jeans on a guy? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 4:34 AM PST - 62 comments

Looking for a JAVA Telnet/SSH class library

I'm looking for a JAVA package/class library that would allow me to connect, send and receive data via the telnet and SSH protocol. I would love for the package/library to handle the connecting, handshaking, authentication, etc. I would like the the protocol to be transparent to me, meaning that the way I send data and receive wouldn't change my code if it was SSH or telnet. Any version of the JAVA is fine. I'm trying to develop a different kind of telnet/ssh client and would rather not rewrite code if there is something already out there. I could even get started with just telnet. Thank you for your time and help. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL at 2:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Brain Age equivalent for Windows/Mac?

Are there any games or programs similar to Brain Age for Windows or OS X-based systems? I love the concept, but I can't see myself buying a Nintendo DS to play a single title.
posted by mrbill at 1:58 AM PST - 8 comments

VAIO shutdown - startup issues

Sony VAIO SZ shutdown - startup issues. [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 1:47 AM PST - 1 comment

My music is in ruins!

Having read this thread, I downloaded several *awesome* box sets... but then I download Itunes which resulted in this annoying problem. What can I do?! [more inside]
posted by rosswald at 12:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a unique, quiet Chicago cafe with great tea

Looking to find a cafe in Chicago that meets a very specific set of criteria. [more inside]
posted by aiko at 12:21 AM PST - 16 comments

What do I need to know to understand Beckett's Waiting for Godot?

How can I make sense of Beckett's play Waiting for Godot [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 12:19 AM PST - 25 comments

July 30

Can lists be copyrighted?

Can lists be copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 11:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Mystery marks muddle my mind

What caused these stains in such a weird shape? The day's events... [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 11:46 PM PST - 12 comments

(what?) the Po-lice!

What are my rights, as a canadian citizen, dealing with police? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 11:38 PM PST - 15 comments

What liberal country should I move to?

What liberal country should I escape to? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 11:29 PM PST - 75 comments

Will an external monitor bamboozle my laptop?

I want to use an external monitor on my laptop, can I install the driver for it or will it confuse the laptop? [more inside]
posted by MrC at 11:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Will using 3rd generation ice make me sick?

Will using ice that melts and is then refrozen over a couple of weeks (thru a portable icemaker) make me sick? [more inside]
posted by longlight at 10:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Comfortable IKEA-esque couches?

Help me choose a cheap IKEA (or similar) couch without actually sitting on it first. [more inside]
posted by shaun at 10:37 PM PST - 17 comments

This is supposed to never happen... so how did it?

So, on July 5th I had a positive pregnancy test. It was two nice dark lines that appeared right away. (I even scanned it.) Friday, I went to my first prenatal appointment, where on the ultrasound they found... nothing. Just got the blood test results back, and they are negative for pregnancy. I'll probably get a call from the nurse practitioner tomorrow, but she's not likely to be helpful, since [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 10:14 PM PST - 19 comments

A no-debt financial advisor?

How can I find a financial advisor with specific requirements? I'm sure you know by now that there is [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Are left hand ring finger rings a for sure sign of being in a relationship?

Are there any reasons for a female to wear a ring on her left ring finger that would not indicate she is engaged or married? Do females do this often or is that finger strictly for signifying she is in a relationship. [more inside]
posted by atlman at 9:57 PM PST - 95 comments

What's beneath DC?

Is there anything below Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by moonshine at 9:43 PM PST - 10 comments

What sort of gear would I need for snow/cold-weather camping?

What sort of gear would I need for snow/cold-weather camping? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 9:33 PM PST - 13 comments

walking sux

How do I get my bike lock open? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 8:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Dental tourism in India?

Dental tourism in India - anyone have any good experiences? I need several crowns done as well as maybe some implants. How do I find a respectable dentist, what are waiting lists like and what are the approximate costs? Are they fully equipped and painless? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 7:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help us move on...

How can we move on from the loss of our pet? How do we know when we're ready to find a new dog? Is our experience common amongst dog owners? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 7:51 PM PST - 15 comments

It just works, right?

Data recovery in target disk mode: what are the pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me identify this painting!

ArtFilter: I'm looking for the name and/or artist of a painting that I have a print of. It's a Victorian-era (we think) painting of a Roman scene. The original is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. [more inside]
posted by elquien at 6:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Bypassing Kodak Easyshare Software

How can I bypass using Kodak Easyshare software to upload photos from my Kodak camera? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 6:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Flamenco / Spanish type Stairway To Heaven cover on Jonathan Ross

For UK MeFites and UK TV watching MeFites: Apparently on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross recently one of the guests was a band or duo playing a spanish / flamenco type version of stairway to heaven.... [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I catch up on the news for the last two weeks?

Let's say you've been living in a hole for the last two weeks or so and have no knowledge of current events and limited reading time. Where would be a good place to gain information quickly? [more inside]
posted by cynthia_rose at 3:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Is it really so bad to plug an air conditioner into a 2-prong outlet with an adapter?

Is it really so bad to plug an air conditioner into a 2-prong outlet with an adapter? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 3:57 PM PST - 30 comments

Throw mama from the train?

My mother has gone bonkers, but she won't admit it on her own. How can I help her get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

iTrip Problem

iTrip for iPod Nano: Just received shiney new iTrip FM transmitter for iPod Nano - But it doesn't work at all! Any clues or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Is DreamHost always this bad?

Is DreamHost always this bad? Are they going to get better? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:52 PM PST - 53 comments

GMAT probability question

For one toss of a certain coin, the probability that the outcome is heads is 0.6. If this coin is tossed 5 times, what is the probability that the outcome will be heads *at least* 4 times? [more inside]
posted by VillageLion at 2:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Postal System - mail routes

Postal service - how does a letter travel from Canada to Namibia - via Europe? Does it go to one country in Africa, and then to Namibia. I have looked everywhere, UPU etc, but cannot find an answer. Is there a directory of physical postal routes? Thanks! BB [more inside]
posted by bright77blue at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Techno dance clubs in London

Please advise me on cool techno dance clubs in London. My hubby and I will be there from this friday to next saturday. I love techno, and want to experience a wide variety of dance clubs (trendy, unique, old school, hard core just dancing, etc.) Please include how you typify the club (trendy, old school, etc.) when you list them, as well as what nights are best there. We are especially interested in any near the Waterloo station (that's where we will be staying.) Thanks! [more inside]
posted by aacheson at 1:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Are All Drive Enclosures Basically The Same?

Hello, Hive Mind. I'm about to buy a Mac Mini for my space-cramped office. However, I want to be able to use my two old IDE drives. So, what kind of enclosure should I buy? Are they all essentially the same? Should I go for USB or Firewire?
posted by optimuscrime at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Was it just a bad acid trip?

I'm working on a story idea which involves the European witch hunts in the middle of the last millennium. I have read that they may have been caused, in part, by mass hallucinations resulting from a fungal infection on the rye crop. Rye ergot is an ingredient in the manufacture of LSD. Is there anyone who can point me to some research (valid or not) which might confirm/deny the mass hallucination angle?
posted by hobocode at 1:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Help Configuring Home Video Solution

Home Theater Question: I have a LG 32LX1D LCD TV, Tivo Series 2, Sony DVD player with Component Outputs, and a Comcast CableCard, and an old-school VCR, all of which I would like connected. (No special audio considerations, for now). [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Running in Central Park

I have questions on etiquette and safety for running the 6 mile loop in Central Park. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

contacting elected officials

Is there an online tool that simplifies writing similar letters to each of one's elected officials? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

I need video on my ipod!!

How can I download my existing videos into my ipod? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

How to write my congressperson?

What is the most effective way of influencing my senator or representative? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 9:45 AM PST - 23 comments

why should i have my wisdom teeth removed?

is it important to have your wisdom teeth removed? why? they really don't bother me at all.
posted by brandz at 9:04 AM PST - 43 comments

Is there any safe way to double up speakers on my AV receiver?

AVFilter: Is there any safe way to double up the surround speakers on my home theater system? [more inside]
posted by LairBob at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

imac boot failure

I've been given a pretty old g3 iMac that boots up to "MacOS: Boot failure - unexpected value for MacOS ROM entry in segment table" and what appears to be a prompt. I know nothing about macs! Is this thing fixable? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Dear Mr Supercomputer...

Can anybody point me to a free contact form with an included file upload field that I can use at my site? My Googlefu fails me.
posted by mordecai at 6:42 AM PST - 4 comments


Bruce Sutter's Hall of Fame plaque notes that he ..."lead the league in saves five times." Is this a typo? Or this one of those things that can go either way? ("led" or "lead" for the past tense of "lead")
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:16 AM PST - 14 comments

om mani padme hum

Can someone suggest a Buddhist Dharma group in NYC, preferably scripture/class orientated, rather than meditation orientated? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

martial arts and a dislocating shoulder?

I have a chronically dislocating shoulder. I want to learn a martial art (aikido, jujitsu, something else perhaps). Possible? Stupid? As usual there is ... [more inside]
posted by jannw at 3:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Quick maths question!

Quick maths [very basic trigometry] question. [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 3:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Was she right? Are kung-fu films less popular these days?

I just went to a screening of The Five Venoms at my art museum's in house movie theatre, and the lady that runs the place said in a sort of an off hand way (in the middle of a reminiscence about the old days when they had first started showing kung fu films as part of their schedule) something along the lines of 'of course now with the satellite TV and DVDs not nearly so many people are interested in these pictures'. That sounded strange to me, because would have assumed that those two factors would have increased interest in that kind of movie. Does anyone have any insight or information about changes in peoples interest in kung fu films? Does that
posted by shanevsevil at 3:33 AM PST - 5 comments

I want their cash!

How do I go about getting corporate sponsors for a trek down the Murray River (Australia) in order to raise money for a charity? I'm doing it for a legitimate charity, so how do I get companies to donate? I've never done anything like this before, so all help is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 1:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Lost Outlook File?

Where's my Outlook data after using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot at 12:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for an obscure play I read in udergrad...

i am looking for the title of an obscure play; all I have for reference is the content on the preface page of the play. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 12:03 AM PST - 4 comments

July 29

Why is my home town fuzzy?

I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. But when I try to view the town in Google Earth, the whole town is fuzzed out. Why? The Bush dynasty has long been resident in the town, and presumably some of them still live there, but ... the whole town obscured?
posted by words1 at 11:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Bass Ackwards Gas Prices?

GasFilter: Why are gas stations in central Iowa selling premium gas cheaper than regular gas? [more inside]
posted by ArbiterOne at 9:01 PM PST - 20 comments

In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics

What can we do to get more air from the air conditioning (and the heat in the winter) to the back of the house? [more inside]
posted by winston at 7:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Did Woody Cut Mark?

Did Mark Gatiss originally have a larger part in Match Point? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help us tie the rainbow knot?

Gayfilter: Where can/should my girlfriend and I get married? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Who will take care of my kid if I go nuts?

Depression: My depression is outpacing my doctors' (yes, plural) ability to control it, and the time has come for something more than a will and a divorce settlement. My primary concern is my son's welfare. He is in his mother's custody, but she has her own mental issues and my parents would hock their souls if given the opportunity to take him from her. I know I need a lawyer, and I will be making an appointment the next time I emerge from the 'dark place'. I want to cover as many bases as possible, like ensuring disability insurance payments continue, the runaround with Social Security is handled, mental illness clauses in insurance policies, legal expenses if I commit a crime, etc. My question is: What else should I consider that even a good lawyer could miss? Also, how much might this cost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 40 comments

What does this "e" stand for?

What does this "e" symbol with a diagonal arrow coming out of the top and an upside down cross (?) coming out of the bottom represent?
posted by leapingsheep at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I damaging my hearing?

Often when listening to music or a film on my in-ear (ipod) headphones I fold my ears forward and hold them. Is this damaging my hearing? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Save my roommate's mp3 player!

Asking for my roommate: He just got stuck outside in a freak summer rainstorm. His mp3 player (a creative zen micro, if it matters) was in his (leather, normally fairly waterproof) bag. The rain was hard enough to drench everything in the bag. It got wet, and it looks like there's some water trapped in the display. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 5:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Need to sell my art, what software do I use?

What best open source software can I used to sell 10,000 paintings? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 5:07 PM PST - 1 comment

A romantic spot in Bay Area

I will be in the Bay Area (around San Rafael) next month for a few days meeting with my sweetheart. Any recommendations for something romantic or fun to do there? Maybe an isolated scenic spot, or a small nice restaurant. Nothing too fancy, crowded, or elaborate and better if it involves nature.
posted by raheel at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Removing wool fiber from chair casters.

What would dissolve wool fibers but not plastic? I have a bunch of office chairs on which the casters have become clogged with wool fibers from an oriental rug. The wheels do not come off the casters, and the casters are difficult to remove from the chairs. After spending an hour laboriously removing the wool fibers from just one wheel axle with a mat knife and tweezers, I'm looking for an easier way. Maybe some fluid in which I could set the wheels and dissolve the wool fibers without harming the plastic casters? Any ideas on this or other directions?
posted by Jackson at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Internet controllable webcams for Macs.

Is there an internet controllable webcam or robot arm available for OS X? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me pay my rent and live happily ever after

In the next few months I'm planning to move out of the family home for the first time and rent a place with a couple of friends. I have a decent income (i work 9-5 5 days a week), but would like to earn something on the side to pay my monthly rent, and leave me with my existing income to enjoy. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Skill with people

I am a 49 year old man, and I have no close friends. Over the course of my life I’ve had a few friends at a time, but no close ones. The reasons are mysterious to me: I make a conscientious effort to be friendly and interested in others and to be trustworthy. Nonetheless, I am almost always on the social periphery. [more inside]
posted by peabody at 3:17 PM PST - 40 comments

Don't wanna throw in the towel

Out-of-the-box ideas for buying income real estate during the bubble? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Flame temperature

What is the lowest possible flame temperature? No, not your cold-hearted ex, but actual fire. Google-search provides a host of information suitable for engineers and mathmeticians, but not for me. Help?
posted by jsteward at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments

The only time I wished I owned a Hummer

What are your tips and tricks for going to the drive-in? [more inside]
posted by travosaurus at 1:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you help me train for a marathon?

Is there anything like the AIDS Marathon training starting in Washington DC after Sept. 11? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

I am not your slave, Glaxo Smith Kline!

I want to know the WHY of warnings on things. Often, there's just the warning, but no explanation of why IGNORING it would be so bad. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 1:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Cream and sugar, hold the Jesus please

Advice for an agnostic amongst Evangelical Lutherans... [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 12:20 PM PST - 30 comments

Correct Usage

So there has been an invasion of portuguese man of war jellyfish locally..... [more inside]
posted by sgobbare at 11:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Art Filter: Please Help Identify This Drawing (Possibly Dali)

Someone has gone out of their way to try and sell a friend of mine the linked drawing, claiming that it was a preliminary drawing (left) before the final print was produced (right), done by Salvatore Dali. If anyone could please provide any other information regarding this image, or its validity, help would be much appreciated! The claim is that the left is an original, and the right is a print. Also, as far as I know this image has no name, so I am unable to find out anything about it, but then again - I know nothing about art. Thanks for your help! See the image below (400 kb): http://geaugasleep.com/image.jpg I <3 you AskMeFi! -Rob
posted by boscord at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

MacBook Pro PRIMARILY for use with Windows?

Please comment on the wisdom of buying a MacBook Pro PRIMARILY for use as a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 11:30 AM PST - 27 comments

Is this a computer virus?

For the past few days, when I start up my computer or start Word, I get dialog boxes about Windows Installer and Norton that want me to uninstall Norton. This has to be some kind of virus, right? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

The importance of prayer

I need scriptural quotes regarding prayer, meditation and fellowship. Any scripture. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

How did plentyoffish.com get my name and work email?

I browse the site at work from time to time. Thing is I don't remember if I've signed up or not. I know if I did I would have done it at work. In any case I did not sign up with my work email address, nor would I have used my real name. The other day I get an email addressed to me by name saying I've got a someone who wants to meet me blah blah. It's kind of fsking me up because I only use the email internally, though I've sent a couple of thing to my personal email account. This is the only external email I've ever received on that account. Can anybody tell me how they could have gotten my name and email?
posted by zorro astor at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Coral Cache: What's the Catch?

What's the catch with Coral Cache? Is there... [more inside]
posted by baylink at 9:48 AM PST - 1 comment

It's not that I'm lazy...

I've got a few questions regarding playing audio & video on a Macbook Pro using its remote. [more inside]
posted by avocet at 9:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Palm-friendly web calendars?

I need a web-based calendar application, for multiple users, that will sync (or at least read-in) calendars currently in palm pilots. [more inside]
posted by little miss manners at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

"go-go gadget?"

Has anyone else heard about this? [more inside]
posted by stinkfinger at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

housewarming party: a do or don't?

When is it tacky to have a housewarming party? [more inside]
posted by Lisa S at 7:47 AM PST - 27 comments

So my mother-in-law died and I feel like my siblings haven't been there for us at all..am I expecting too much?

So my mother-in-law died and I feel like my siblings haven't been there for us at all..am I expecting too much? [more inside]
posted by cellardoor at 7:45 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I boost my testosterone level without hard exercise?

How can I boost my testosterone level without hard exercise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Money Money Money, it's a rich man's world

Credit filter: How do companies know you're using a debit card? [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

safe domain search

Where is it safe to search for domain names? I've heard that many search sites collect recent searches and register them. I don't want to give away my precious. Is whois safe, or are searches made public?
posted by pekar wood at 6:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me help my sister

My sister was ditched by her friends in high school. It's been almost three years and she still has very few friends. It has also led to her having low self esteem. How can i help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Learning Spanish online

How and where to learn Spanish online [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 4:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Needed: High Endurance Stethoscope for Rigors of Wilderness

I need an ultra-high quality stethoscope that can endure the rigors of third-world country medical usage. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 2:13 AM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with criticism of your body

So I am about to join a gym. In most ways, I am a rational human being - but this membership comes with fitness evaluation and body composition test and if I have someone tell me that I am a big, fat, pudding of a man I am going to be posting an "ask metafilter" thread about how to hide a body. How do I handle this is a constructive manner? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 12:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Kosher/halal meats on a huge scale?

How is it that animals are slaughtered in manners either kosher or halal on an industrial scale to feed the billions of adherents? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 12:12 AM PST - 15 comments

July 28

Cleveland rocks, but what if you're in your late 30s?

Burning river filter: in the Cleveland area, there's a plethora of über-hipster joints and loud party bars catering to college students and members of Generation Y, and gin mills for the old-school union card-carrying blue-collar crowd. However, I haven't been able to find a place where a professional in their 30s or 40s would feel comfortable, especially on the East Side/[fill in the blank] Heights area. Does such a place exist? Better yet, does such a place exist that doesn't play music at ear-deafening volumes?
posted by elmwood at 11:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Los Angeles area liquor wholesalers pricelist please?

Los Angeles Filter. Anyone in the restaurant/liquor biz in the LA area willing to help me with a pricelist from their liquor suppliers? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by legotech at 10:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Dreadlock removal. Help!

Help me come up with a good home remedy for dreadlock removal. [more inside]
posted by OpinioNate at 9:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Locked my keys in a Ford Explorer

I'm currently barrowing a car from my aunt and uncle and I just managed to lock the keys into the car. They are on vacation and I can't find a spare key. I'd really rather not pay a locksmith right now (college budget) and I don't have AAA. Does any one have any tips? Is there anything I should know before contacting a locksmith, any way to keep the prices low? I'm open to any suggestions, if it were my car I'd just go in with a coat hanger, but the doors are sealed up pretty tight and I don't want hurt the car. While it's not in a bad part of town, I'm also a little nervous about leaving it for more than a night with keys laying right there (as well as my PDA and my external hard-drive, which I'd really hate to lose). Thanks in advance!
posted by chrisWhite at 9:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Cashed rubber checks - now I want my money!

I'm a newbie freelancer. Two of my clients, owing me money for services, wrote me checks that bounced. [more inside]
posted by brianvan at 8:18 PM PST - 27 comments

Sharing a DVD drive (and watching movies) on a LAN

A three pc LAN (running 2000/XP) but only one dvd drive. I'd like the other two pc's to be able to watch dvd movies from that shared drive... [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me choose the best cell phone plan in Japan.

Help me choose the best cell phone plan in Japan. I'm moving to Tokyo next week so this will be a normal contract, not a rental. [more inside]
posted by jgt246 at 7:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Cleaning a cat crate

Help me figure out a way to clean kitty's crate... [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Any world maps in Arabic?

Where can one easily purchase large world maps in Arabic? I've Googled this and can only find localized maps and even then, I don't think I can easily purchase one here in the US. I already called MapLink, but they don't have any.
posted by NoMich at 7:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a volunteer position in the Bay Area.

Suggestions for legal internships / volunteer positions for a recent college graduate in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

The Whens and Wheres of European Travel?

Can you recommend any time-specific European destinations? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 5:58 PM PST - 22 comments

My web site's getting crushed. How to keep it alive for another day or two...

Help! I'm participating in tomorrow's Blogathon and my site got mentioned today on Pitchfork because I'll be giving away music during the event. My site's getting pounded and was down for about 3 hours right after the article appeared. The thing is, I haven't even put the tracks up yet! I fear the site may go down during the 'thon or, if it stays up, my bandwidth bill will be murderous. Suggestions? Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 5:25 PM PST - 30 comments

Links won't link

Why won't my browser open from links embedded in programs? When I click on links to the web (e.g. "check for updates") in, say, Skype chat, or Zone Alarm, or CCleaner, or DeepBurner nothing happens -- no browser or tab pops open to the corresponding site. Firefox is my default browser and works fine on its own.... Thoughts or suggestions?
posted by rumbles at 5:24 PM PST - 6 comments

hazelnut soy latte

How can I make something that tastes like a hazelnut soy latte with the supplies at hand? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 5:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does the dirt stink?

My backyard stinks like a stable. Not all the time, but when we have dry, hot weather (as we do this week). What to do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Marketing mailing ideas?

Marketing Ideas? I am looking to send out a snail-mail mailing in order to reach out to new clients for my web development company. I already have a list of contacts at several companies in my city, but I'm looking for ideas as to what to send... [more inside]
posted by eileen at 4:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Do chargers use electricity when they aren't being used?

ChargerFilter: Do chargers for things like mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders etc. use power (and cost money) if they are left plugged in? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Why Can't I Use My Modified GMail Address?

Why are so many contact and registration forms kicking back my spamguard-modified GMail address (myaddressas+nameofcompany@gmail) as "invalid?" [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 4:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Jawa dens in LA

Where can I find "surplus electronics" stores in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by quite unimportant at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

White and black wires, no green and blue?

I want to install a timer wall switch to my bathroom fan, and have a wiring question. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Best 12 albums for the 60's & 70's

We are sending a capsule into deep space to carry a sample of America as it was in the 60's and 70's. We can include 12 CDs (or albums transferred to CD) to reflect popular music of the time (1960 through 1979.) What 12 CDs best represent what was happening then?
posted by leafwoman at 3:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Books about city life in ancient Rome

Any good books/sites you can recommend about city life in ancient Rome? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 3:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How to arrange celebrity contact?

How to arrange contact with a famous singer for a very deserving young woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:37 PM PST - 15 comments

You met online. You got married. Some friends know. Other people you lied to but are now close to them too...How to handle?

What do you do if you met online, got married, and completely told your close friends how it happened BUT didn't tell other people? In fact, you lied, declaring you were set up by friends. You thought the other people would be passing acquantainces but they became much closer friends..... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:37 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I develop a better sense of direction?

I have no internal compass and no inherent sense of direction. When I think north, south, east, west, I have to picture a map of the whole U.S. in order to remember where they all are in relation to each other. At work, statements such as "meet in the south parking lot" bring up no immediate mental image of where that might be. Is there anything I can do to not be lost all the time? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 3:12 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me graduate!

So I'm an undergrad working on my honors thesis, and the deadline is disconcertingly soon. (less than a month!) and I still can't get my sample size large enough! How can I recruit children ages 8-18 with ADHD with school out? I've already asked all the kids at the practice I'm associated with. Any suggestions, especially ones that would work quickly are much appreciated. I'd like to begin data analysis within a week to be able to start writing. Target number of kids: 10-15 more [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 3:06 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I get back my wireless functionality?

Yesterday my wireless connection to my home network on my Windows XP laptop kept dropping and I had to reconnect. Since then, wireless networks kept randomly disappearing from my list, and now mine plus all the neighbors' networks except one are gone and no amount of refreshing or restarting brings them back. I can still connect to the Internet through a wired connection. How can I get back my wireless functionality?
posted by Nikolai at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Women Born Rich, Made Good?

Can you think of women born into significant wealth and status who have gone on to public and powerful careers of their own, not on the basis (even in part) of having married someone famous, powerful, or rich? Anywhere, anytime . . .
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:21 PM PST - 52 comments

Help us choose an online advertising supplier

Is anyone using the following to place advertisements on their own web site: Accipter AdMarket, BurstMedia, LinkShare, Clicksor, Banner Boxes, Bidvertiser? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Help settle an argument about "Virtual Insanity."

Music Video Filter: Help settle an argument about "Virtual Insanity." [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

My kingdom for a Large!

Why do clothing stores end up with so many extras of the smallest and largest sizes? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 1:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there a Windows utility that is (semi-)equivalent to Mint?

Is there an analytics tool similar to Mint that will run on a Windows server? I'm specifically looking for a tool like the session tracker included with Mint. I thought maybe I could get that with Google Analytics, but if it is there, I can't find it.
posted by spilon at 1:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Casual Interview?

About one month ago, I had a phone interview for a position at a company based in a Seattle (I live in CA). Though I did not get the job, a mutual fit was evident with the only exception being that I do not have the desired management experience. Next week I will be on vacation in Seattle and I initiated a "casual chat" meeting with my contact at his office. How should I handle the meeting given that his company aligns fairly closely with my "dream employer" scenario? A subtle yet important detail is that... [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What is my last name?

IdentityCrisisFilter: What is my last name? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 12:52 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the name for emphasizing the medium?

Art students; what's the word for drawing more attention to the production method vs. the subject matter? Being able to see the ink blotches and finger-prints, for example, versus making a painting that looks a photograph. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 12:42 PM PST - 12 comments

This puppy's nicknamed 'Munch Rat' for a reason...

Puppyfilter: My lady-friend has three dogs: a male Great Dane, a male Boxer mix, and a 18 week old female Rhodeisan Ridgeback mix puppy. All are fixed. The Ridgeback has the other two dogs terrorized. How do I get them to play nice when I'm not around to supervise? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 12:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Tips on creating a viable business-to-business blog

Do you know any really good business-to-business blogs? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Are there dangers in using an uncovered public toilet seat?

My friend is shocked to learn I don't make a "nest" when I use a public restroom. Are there any real dangers to sitting on a uncovered toilet seat which has been used by others?
posted by matkline at 11:18 AM PST - 74 comments

How do I get rid of a large area of weeds?

I have a flower bed in the backyard that has become a weed bed due to gross neglect and needs to be tamed . . . [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 11:02 AM PST - 11 comments

What has infested our deck?

Could this be fleas? My Hubby and I went out on our deck (wood if that matters) sat on our deck furniture (metal - no fabric) to eat dinner. With in two minutes, he looks at his legs where dozens of tiny little black jumpy bugs were crawling around that looked like fleas and exhibited very 'flea like' behavior. [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Saving the Kitchen Sink

Recently I was contacted by a company called Liberty Settlements regarding my outstanding debt. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Know any wacky facts about Edmonton, AB?

Can you help me put together a list of interesting and wacky facts about Edmonton, Alberta? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 10:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Vegas during World Series of Poker

So, I'll be in the U.S. next week, and I'll have a free weekend, during which I'm probably heading to Las Vegas, so I'd like to: 1) See the WSOP Main Event, from the rails if possible. Is it possible? Must I get tickets or something? 2) Play some cheap (up to $75) tournaments, Texas Hold'em or Omaha Hi/Lo split. 3) Check out the nightlife, specially bars where I can have a couple of drinks and see some nice girls (hey, poker is not everything!) Any recommendations? I'm specially concerned about hotel prices, and not being allowed to the Main Event as an spectator.
posted by dcrocha at 10:25 AM PST - 7 comments

NYC Carts

I need a resource to find out about various models of New York City street carts. [more inside]
posted by blim8183 at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Where/how can I watch Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime?

Where/how can I watch Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a good cheap Linux-compatible laser printer?

What's a good cheap Linux-compatible laser printer? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 10:03 AM PST - 9 comments

2 day accidental layover in Sao Paulo.

2 day accidental layover in Sao Paulo due to Varig and Llodd Aereo Boliviano airline bankruptcy. Suggestions on a cheap place to stay or what to see? Recommendations on a particular guidebook? [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for over-the-counter orthotics?

Non-custom orthotics: any suggestions? I overpronate on my right foot, and I'm looking for something to put in running shoes and daily walking shoes to help this. [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Where are the telecommuting gigs at?

Where can I find a software engineering telecommuting contracts? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Guenhwyvar

I'm looking for a gift in San Francisco. A small onyx figurine of a black panther that could pass for R.A. Salvatore's Guenhwyvar. I've found a few speciments online. But I'd rather find something local or in the surrounding Bay Area that I can see up close before I buy. Can anyone recommend a place that might carry this sort of thing?
posted by Jeff Howard at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

where's the fruit.

please recommend a place to pick some fruit or berries near to nyc. [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Burien, WA (Seattle-area) martial arts question

I have practiced Shito-Ryu karate for about 3 years but my dojo has closed. I'm looking for recommendations for a new karate dojo. I know I won't find another Shito-Ryu dojo in my home town, so I'd consider switching to Shotokan or even perhaps to something else (kung fu or TKD?), but it needs to be close to my home in Burien. Anybody have a recommendation?
posted by jhendow at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Too Much Information

Why is my computer sending and receiving so many bytes of information in such a short amount of time? [more inside]
posted by Maishe at 8:57 AM PST - 15 comments

accomodation for the venice fil mfestival.

following up on this great thread about venice; i'd like to attend this year's film festival, and wondered if anyone - especially a foreigner - had attended this festival and has any specific tips about affordable accommodation, and any other tips you may have.
posted by Silky Slim at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

How can we make our paper better?

I'm trying to find resources for college newspaper editors and/or writers... [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Photoshop and InDesign are not getting along.

I just installed the Creative Suite2 on my new Intel-based iMac. If I have InDesign open Photoshop will crash upon opening or crash InDesign and open Photoshop. The two will not run simultaneously. A fresh reinstall did not fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by spakto at 7:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Funny stories about money?

I'm looking for funny stories about money, both funny "ha-ha" and funny "strange". These can be news stories, fictional stories, video clips, or whatever. It's best if these are available online in some fashion — actual URLs are a bonus. Anything funny/odd about shopping, saving, bank robberies, currency, rich people, poor people — I want it. Anything funny about money at all. Even funny money jokes! [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 7:44 AM PST - 36 comments

Looking for lenses in all the wrong places.

Looking for 35mm lens rental in Stockholm, Sweden. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to stay on the PCH

California peeps: Where's a good place to spend the night while driving the coastal route south from Redwoods to San Francisco? Assume a noonish flight out of SFO the next day after dropping a rental car off downtown, so it should be well south of the midpoint.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Time travel

Does the lack of time travellers, or artifacts from the future, indicate that time travel into the past will never be invented/possible/feasible at any point in the future? Is anyone looking for time-travel artifacts? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 6:22 AM PST - 79 comments

This Morning Was a "Burden"...Today Will Be a "Grind"

Coffee Achievers filter: The grind settings wheel on my La Pavoni burr coffee grinder seems to have jammed...I suspect that I will need to replace the entire unit. Please support my caffeine addiction by referring me to a top-performing burr grinder that will cost me less than $50. It may help you to know that I use the ground coffee in a French press.
posted by NYCinephile at 6:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Rain, rain, go away!

Do you have any fun (and able to be put together in one day) ideas for a 10 year old's birthday party that is being moved indoors due to the weather? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 5:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Who else writes the kind of essays that David Foster Wallace writes?

I really like the essays that David Foster Wallace collects in _A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again_ and _Consider the Lobster_. Which essayists take a similar approach? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 5:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Penguin movie inconsistency

Attention penguin mavens. Something about "March of the Penguins" ain't right. [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 4:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Who's looking at my kid?

Over the last few days, one of my pictures on Flickr has received about 300 views. This represents a quarter of all views to all my pictures since I joined. Someone must be linking to it, how can I find out who's doing so?
posted by davehat at 4:18 AM PST - 16 comments

i'm gonna fail a credit check...!

New Job. Credit Check. Got the fear... (UK) [more inside]
posted by khites at 2:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Normalize audio within imovie

Is there any way to normalize audio within iMovie? A plugin or something? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 1:08 AM PST - 1 comment

July 27

what's up with chat lines?

what's up with chat lines like livelinks & quest? are they fronts for escort services? I'm up late a lot & they play those commercials on tv constantly. I've always been kind of curious.
posted by octavia at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Business is good, am I asking the wrong price?

How much to charge for podcast transcription? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt at 11:16 PM PST - 8 comments

World War Averted?

Historyfilter: What are the times in history when a major war seemed inevitable, but didn't happen? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 10:59 PM PST - 29 comments

Vonage sucks!

Roommate's vonage router is a pain in the butt. Who's job is it to buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 10:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Are there any ways to save documents when the monitor stops responding in WinXP Pro?

Computer responding but monitor blank. Any WinXP keyboard commands to save all documents (before shutting down/rebooting)? Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by stringbean at 9:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I take graduate courses before I'm enrolled in a Ph.D. program?

Can I take graduate courses before I'm enrolled in a Ph.D. program? Do any grad students do this? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen at 9:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Who thinks science doesn't know everything?

I am interested in reading books that contain philosophical / intellectual critiques of science or scientism. I'm particularly interested in people whose critiques are based on exploring or defining the limits of science. I'm not at all interested in partisan / political critiques of science (i.e. George Bush - please skip this question). Can anyone recommend any books? [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 8:47 PM PST - 35 comments

You've got skid marks.

I need advice how to make my street safer for pedestrians and pets. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 8:26 PM PST - 21 comments

The Itchy and Scratchy Show!

Every time I get sick (common cold), I get an itch on my back that persists. It's annoying, but as soon as I get better, it goes away. Anyone have any ideas as to what causes it, or am I just a medical anomaly? [more inside]
posted by galimatias at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Withdrawal Symptoms

What is the name of the condition caused by abrupt discontinuance of anti-depressent medications like Xanax... said condition is described as a feeling of immense internal physical pressure/stress/twisting... [more inside]
posted by kaytrem at 7:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting around earthlink's "Home Networking" fee?

Earthlink charges me 10$ a month extra to use more than one computer on my connection, on top of the 42$ a month I normally pay. I don't want to pay this. [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 7:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Oh Lord.

Why is he called Alfred Lord Tennyson? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 7:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Novels with man wrestling with brothel habit

Novels in which a character (preferably main character) goes frequently to the whorehouse and has difficulty controlling this habit? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Spectrophotometer Instruction Manual

anyone know where i can get hold of a copy of an instruction/user's manual for a Pharmacia LKB Ultrospec II Spectrophotometer?
posted by hayeled at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

eight is enough?

How big should a family be? What's relevant when undertaking your family planning? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:04 PM PST - 75 comments

Help me fool the Citrix Client software. Please.

I am having trouble conecting remotely to work via Firefox/Citrix. [more inside]
posted by dg at 6:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me See What's In The "Hidden" Partition

My laptop comes with a "hidden" partition that is approximately 1.5GB in size that contains drivers, configuration settings, recovery utilities, etc. How can I see what's inside and browse that partition? I have tried assigning a drive letter using Partition Magic - but that returns error messages. I would like to take a peek for a couple of reasons, but the major purpose would be to grab the drivers and perform a clean install of XP, free of all the "crapware" that is all over the C: drive. Any ideas?
posted by Gerard Sorme at 6:34 PM PST - 17 comments

What do I do with these birds?

There are a few baby birds on my front porch right now, what should I do with them? Last night there was a torrential downpour and this birds nest was washed down the downspout and my neighbor rescued them from the ground and put them in a safe place on our (shared) porch. She is moving out tonight. [more inside]
posted by tev at 6:02 PM PST - 13 comments


A longshot, but hoping. Can anyone identify this statue? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 5:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Help with Gastric Banding

Two-fold question: 1) Can you share your personal anecdotes about gastric banding surgery? 2) How would you feel if you found out your (now skinny) significant other had surgery to lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Is Landis a dope?

Floyd Landis' positive test-are there ANY other scenarios that would cause this test to be positive other than him doping? I'm not ready to have all my illusions shattered just yet...
posted by konolia at 4:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Only in Portland: Tiara-Wearing Trash Ladies

PortlandFilter: Have you seen the ladies in tiaras picking up trash on the bus mall? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 4:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Source/recency of "i pooped a little"?

I've recently noticed "I pooped a little" as an expression of joyful mirth/surprise. Local example. Googling reveals examples of this mixed in with non-examples. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Jumping the pond, where to live?

I will soon be transferring from San Diego, CA to the UK. The office is near Farnborough, Hampshire but from what I can tell, I don't want to be living there. I am debating between living in London with a 40 minute train commute (from Waterloo), versus living in another town closer to work and probably cheaper rent. What to do? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:27 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I get ready for a grad program in econcomics?

I'm about to enter a graduate program in economics, but as an undergrad, I studied anthropology and sociology. I'm feeling really out of the loop. What do I need to do, learn, or get to be ready for econ at the graduate level? [more inside]
posted by laura763 at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me make a clever employee bio page.

I'd like to make an interesting and funny bio web page for the student employees in a college IT department. Can anyone suggest some funny questions to include in the bios? [more inside]
posted by yogurtisgenocide at 4:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Inhibiting fuzzy search possible?

How can I force many sites' search functions to not treat the entry in the Title: field as a keyword? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments


Recipe formatting and XML/XHTML - what am I getting myself into? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Everybody lympho! ...cyte.

My Abs Lymphocytes are out of range. What's that mean to me? [more inside]
posted by Dunwitty at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

open-side shoes -- appropriate for work?

I've heard that both shoes with open toes and shoes with open heels are considered too casual for some professional environments. But what about shoes with open sides, like this? [more inside]
posted by transona5 at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Portable microscopes?

I have always been intrigued by the micro world. I am looking for a tool to help me enjoy it further. What better tool than a microscope, however I want it to be portable and allow me to examine things with out too much preparations. I saw some of the small microscopes like 'pocket scope' 30x, and 'illuminated microscope' between 25x and 50x. [more inside]
posted by convex at 3:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Goodbye traffic?

Real-time traffic info on GPS car navs: gimmick or gold? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 3:13 PM PST - 6 comments

small business 401k options

What are the best options for a small business in need of 401k services? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Water vs. fat soluble herbs and spices

I'm looking for a single-source exhaustive list of water-soluble and fat-soluble herbs and spices. [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Removing Laser Engraving from iPod

How can I remove laser engraving from my iPod? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 1:55 PM PST - 17 comments

God hates the gogglebox

Disaster! Our flat was struck by lightning. Even worse, now our TV doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by randomination at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Urban Survival Skills

SoutheastDCFilter: Survival Skills for the Urban Jungle? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 1:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I take a permanent job knowing I'll only be there 10 weeks?

There's a job I really want and I think I have a good shot of getting hired for it. The problem? They're looking for someone permanent and I know I'll only be able to stay for 10 weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 31 comments

What should I eat to obtain a flat stomach?

This is a tangent on the various posts asking about how getting a six-pack stomach. I'm 5'10' and 155 lbs and once and for all, I want to get rid of my slight beer gut and get a flat stomach (any pack would be a welcome bonus). I know that it's all about dieting/nutrition and exercising. I have the exercising thing down, but I have no clue about nutrition. Without giving me intake percentages or confusing me with omega fructose 3 fatty acid stuff, what should I eat to make my stomach flat? [more inside]
posted by Juggermatt at 1:05 PM PST - 28 comments

How does a non-feminine woman dress professionally for an interview?

Dressing for the interview with a twist or two. I am flying to an interview with an Internet company in less than two weeks. I received the agenda just now and the recruiter notes "I would recommend professional attire." Help... [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:37 PM PST - 51 comments

What essays for freshman composition?

Pimp my freshman composition class: what essays would you put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 12:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Where can I hold a baby monkey or ape?

I've always wanted to hold a baby monkey or ape - actually, particularly a baby ape. Are there any places in New England where I can make this dream happen? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:35 PM PST - 14 comments

How to take up barista-ing as a hobby?

How can I combine my dream of being a barista with my full-time desk job? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 12:16 PM PST - 26 comments

painting $

Pricing making album cover art: [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Pimp My Blogroll

Has anyone come across a Movable Type blogroll plug-in similar to this Wordpress blogroll plug-in (in that it can expand and contract)?
posted by jeanmari at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there places with giant indoor fans that blow you into the air?

Are there recreational places with giant indoor fans that blow you up into the air and give you a simulated indoor experience of flying -- or did I just dream this idea? I can't remember...
posted by shivohum at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Tattoo question

I am about to get my first tattoo. I would like to get the zen enso symbol on my upper back. My question to the mefi community is does anyone have any good example pictures for me to bring to the artist. [more inside]
posted by wavering at 11:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Conversion of LCD to VGA

ElectricalEngineerFilter: I have an Intel XScale processor (on a gumstix, with integrated LCD controller. I think I've rigged up a way for it to output a VGA signal. Will you reality check my work? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Does "economies of scale" really make a business efficient?

Economies of Scale [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone have any experience with the Swopper chair?

does anyone out there have any experience with the swopper chair? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 11:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How does the Huff Post People Tracker work?

How is this done? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eat-the-press/ [more inside]
posted by fintanc at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

What do I get my grandma?

Good gifts for a loveable curmudgeon? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 11:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Do you know this funny animorphic goalie cartoon?

Do you know this funny animorphic goalie cartoon? [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Macaroni and cheese cheese

Freshly-made macaroni & cheese from a kit has a gritty, zesty note. But when I rewarm it the next day, that zing is lost and it just tastes like pasta and cheese. What's that lost ingredient? Is it just powdered cheese that hasn't hydrated thoroughly, or is it something else? Can I add anything in to get that back?
posted by shannymara at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

So perfect every time

How does the popcorn button on a microwave work? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I libel someone in fiction without using their name?

Can you libel someone in fiction if you don't use their name? If I were to write a story based on a real murder, in which anyone from my home town would instantly recognize the source, can an acquitted murderer sue me? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 10:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for mp3 transcoding server

Looking for a MP3 transcoder/server. My dream piece of software runs as an apache module or standalone http server. Clients request a resource, like http://server/content/filename.mp3, over normal HTTP, but the transcoder intercepts that request and streams the mp3 file at a set normalized bitrate and quality, transcoding if necessary, and only transcoding/serving the requested content. The resultant stream has to be compatible with shoutcast-style mp3 stream players (iTunes, Winamp, QuickTime.) Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by neustile at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

What NYC Neighborhoods Do I Need to Visit?

What NYC Neighborhoods Do I Need to Visit? I'm a big solo-walking-around-random-neighborhoods kind of guy. I'm taking my 4th trip to NYC in a year, and would like to keep it varied. Where should I go? I'm huge on walking around, something interesting, you know, the you-can't-really-get-it-anywhere-other-than-NYC place. Any interesting/cheap food (quick/takeout) places in those areas? I have already visited... [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 10:13 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me upgrade the video on my Dell Dimension 2400.

Help me upgrade the video on my (PCI-only) Dell Dimension 2400. [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Name that film...

Film Recognition - Two guys shoot each other by agreement whilst trapped in a cellar - World War II film? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

(Gracie) Ju-Jitsu in NYC?

I'm looking for a self-defence oriented (gracie?) jujitsu school in the NYC area. [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Selling a picture for online use

How do I sell a photograph for online use? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

What type of music is it?

i been jammin out to the Firestarter soundtrack by MoozE, and before that i was listnin to the OST's from Quake 2, and Quake 3 Arena.... i love this type of music! ok, so here's my question, what type of music is this? i'm asking because i want to find more
posted by xteraco at 9:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Why is Active Directory being such a son of a....

Help me keep my Windows server from DoS'ing my nameserver! [more inside]
posted by Loto at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm not drinking any merlot!

Looking for New York State Wine Tasting Suggestions [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Help a felon find employment!

Advice for a convicted felon trying to find work? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 8:38 AM PST - 28 comments

What is this green ball?

I cough something up every morning. I would like to know what it is. Description inside [mildly gross]. [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

The Magic of the Big Sky

Origins of the phrase "Big Sky"? Was it first used to describe Montana? Might it have Native American origins?
posted by nixerman at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Yet another XP file sharing question

Can someone point me to a resource that will help me configure file sharing properly in XP? [more inside]
posted by dragonbay at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

The clock is ticking...

Will I make my flight? [more inside]
posted by banshee at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Kazaa fesses up, limewire next?

Well, the makers of Kazaa just paid out a decent chunk of change to recording industry in a settled lawsuit. My question is -- how come limewire/morpheus are still ok? Kazaa news link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Downloading-Music.html [more inside]
posted by narebuc at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find a way to sleep comfortably in the same bed as my fiancee.

Please help me find a way to sleep comfortably in the same bed as my fiancee. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 7:59 AM PST - 43 comments

the post-postmodern

What will replace postmodernism? [more inside]
posted by rottytooth at 7:50 AM PST - 58 comments

The McKenzie Brothers take off, eh.

Help me help my rabbits cope with a long car drive. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 7:46 AM PST - 10 comments

I want more control over the light coming into my bedroom

Please help me block all light through my bedroom's sliding glass doors - without damaging them, violating my community's rules, or using anything ugly or smelly. Blinds and shutters aren't opaque enough. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:37 AM PST - 20 comments

iriver firmware update -to rockbox or not to rockbox?

I have an iriver Hp-140. I've had it for nearly two years and I haven't updated the firmware. I know I should do this, but should I update using iriver's firmware or rockbox? [more inside]
posted by ob at 7:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Linux music software.

So, what's the state of music production software in Linux? What are people using? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Stop the chafing!

What are your solutions for everyday chafing around the thighs? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 7:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find "low-tech" jobs online?

Where can I find "low-tech" jobs online? We just had a baby and so my wife has to stay at home and take care of him. However, she still has some free time and she would like to do some stuff from home. She's a medical doctor with a bit of IT experience (mostly as a user, though). So I was thinking to find her some work online, maybe entering some data or as a translator (she speaks English and German, German is her mother-tongue) or maybe other "low-tech" jobs like this... So do you have any idea where can I find such jobs? Thanks!
posted by panzerboy at 6:55 AM PST - 14 comments

"You've got voicemail!"

Looking for a good service (free or paid) to grab voicemail from existing devices (cell, work) and send it as mp3 attachments to my email. [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

free my filmmaking

What are the best digital (still) cameras for video? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 6:32 AM PST - 15 comments

What charities are working in the Lebanon and Palestine?

Which charities are currently doing humanitarian aid work in the Lebanon and Gaza, and which charities are most likely to be involved in the inevitable re-building program?
posted by handee at 5:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Opposite Siblings?

What are the odds of a sibling inheriting the absolute opposite complement of chromosomes from their parents compared to another sibling? It has to be a pretty slim but not zero chance, right?
posted by geekhorde at 2:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Improving Creativty Video?

I think I originally saw it in the blue, but now I've lost it. My GoogleFu has failed. Help me find a video about improving creativity in the workspace. [more inside]
posted by aristan at 1:10 AM PST - 3 comments

what is proper maintenance of cold air intake ?

Installed a cold air intake on my car. How does one maintain a CAI?
posted by donmayo at 12:51 AM PST - 4 comments

July 26

Biological Warfare: Destroy All Caterpillars!

Any recommendations about the use of Bacillus thuringiensis? I've got some nasturtiums that are being devoured by caterpillars, and I'd like an option that's a little simpler than "pick them off by hand".
posted by Guy Smiley at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

I feel like a guitard

I'm left-handed, but I'm torn as to whether I should invest in left or right-handed instruments. Any musicians care to provide some direction? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 11:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Recycled Water; Fit for human consumption?

There's a bit of a debate going on in my home state of Queensland about using recycled water for drinking purposes. Premier Peter Beattie says that London has been doing it for years and it's never hurt anyone but Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg says that's a lie. This raises a few questions for me, and I want some answers. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:14 PM PST - 22 comments

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.

How do I get a free airline ticket? I've had two airlines independently lose my luggage this week, and one airline sent me to another airport to get on a flight that was eventually delayed another few hours after my initial flight was cancelled. With all these inconveniences, and the fact that my current trip is open-ended, I'd like to fly home for free. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 10:39 PM PST - 14 comments

friends, trounce my shit-readedness

Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman both mused on the idea of ancient gods who continued to exist despite their waning popularity. Who came up with this idea first? Either of them? Someone else? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 10:38 PM PST - 31 comments

what is this book?

Can anyone remember this book from my childhood? I know it was by two authors, science fiction. [more inside]
posted by lohmannn at 10:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Uninsured Motorist Accident

What happens when you hit an uninsured driver? [more inside]
posted by mikelly at 9:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Uncanny, strange deja vu

What is this dream-like state that sometimes overtakes me? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I keep podcasts from showing up in the "Songs" section of my iPod?

How do I keep podcasts from showing up in the "Songs" section of my iPod? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 9:36 PM PST - 8 comments

chop chop chop, flash video

How to split a flash movie (.FLV) file? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Big dust bunnies in Toronto

Can anyone recommend a a good non-agency house cleaner in Toronto? (Also bonus points: out of curiousity, does anyone know the maid service that Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong worked for in her series, "Maid for a Month"? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 9:15 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I load this thing?

I recently bought a used Bolex H16 Reflex Motion Film Camera. Now my problem is. . .I have no idea how to load the film. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 licence drive in New York State?

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 license drive in New York State? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Where I become a guest of Jerry Springer's

I need survial strategies to make it through establishing residency in order to file for divorce. Melodrama inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Pain in arm from sneezing

Part of the time when I sneeze it causes a sharp pain and then a sort of light numbness from my right elbow to my hand. Occasionally I get the sharp pain in my shoulder instead or along with the pain in the lower arm. Any explanation for this? [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Sloooow flushing toilet.

This toilet has been good to me. However, it has become so slow in flushing that it barely flushes at all. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Gnarls Barkley, Crazy

Is there a name for the type of art/visualizations found in Gnarls Barkley's video, Crazy? Where would I go about finding more visualizations similar to the ones in the video? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 8:13 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the beer?

HoustonBeerFilter: Help me find out what that microbrew is!! [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

A Night Elf Rogue Comes to Hogtown

Help me entertain my gamer buddy in Toronto next week! [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Firefox & Wordpress in OS X: I have to publish posts twice for links to work

When I use Firefox to create and publish an entry on my Wordpress 2 blog I have to go back and re-publish the entry to get any HTTP links I have included in the post to actually work. Am I doing something wrong? A bit more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by persona non grata at 7:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Parish Read Ideas

I'm looking for book suggestions for a (Catholic) parish read. Good things would be wide appeal, a fairly short and very readable book, something that lends itself to interdisciplinary programming (slideshows, music, participatory discussions or lectures led by social scientists, doctors, etc., and the like), and ecumenical (appeals not just to Catholics but to others). If it's fiction, then it should have characters that people can really identify with. Anyone?
posted by mmw at 6:43 PM PST - 21 comments

historical fiction identification: rome, china

Historical fiction children's book ID filter: scholars and bandits in 1930s China and bull-jumping children in Rome. [more inside]
posted by nonane at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for user-friendly newsletter software

Looking for extremely user-friendly newsletter software... [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

what the heck is broad and narrow money?

When economists talk about broad- and narrow-money, what exactly are they talking about?
posted by dobie at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Help a 20-nothing rent a car!

I need to rent a car in Chicago! Caveat: I'm only 20. [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Who was this crazy preacher?

Help me identify and find a recording of this extraordinary sermon, possibly by Malcolm X, heard accidentally on the radio fifteen years ago. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I get one without a clutch?

Traveling in Ireland and want to rent a car. I heard that all the rental cars there are standard (manual) transmission.. [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 5:25 PM PST - 10 comments

There are two Uncle Jesse's, How many other TV uncles are there?

I'm trying to create a list of tv characters with the relation as part of their name. For example, Cousin Itt or Uncle Jesse. Please post any that come to mind.
posted by JFunk2800 at 5:25 PM PST - 51 comments

Screencasting Tips Please

I'm looking for screencasting tips. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What album cover is this?

Classic Rock Filter: I'm looking for the name of a rock LP with a cover design that features a screaming face, essentially purple-hued. I believe it's either Deep Purple or Humble Pie, but Google is failing me ... [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa at 4:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Break Excel password?

Is there a way to break/uncover/crack/hack an Excel spreadsheet password? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 4:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Is a PDA what I need?

I need to organize alot of daily and long term information [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 4:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Non-iPod mp3 player for the Mac?

I currently have a 3g iPod and a g4 PowerBook (1ghz TiBook) running OSX 10.4.[latest]. I'm looking to get a new, smaller mp3 player but I want neither a shuffle nor a nano (unless they're the only choices). What non-apple MP3 players work with a Mac, if any? [more inside]
posted by C.Batt at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Any shaved ice places in Atlanta?

Are there any good shaved ice places in Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Just like 1-800-I-FEEL-OK

Scriptable multiline voice menu system for a one-day event. Does anyone offer this service? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

need a local in unkraine to do a cemetary photo shoot.

Help me find someone in ukraine that would take pictures of old tombstones in a small town. [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Cell phone madness?

Is it possible to do this large group cell phone activity easily and affordably? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me save money without killing my husband.

What's the best way to save money when you have a financially irresponsible spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Where can I find a large 6 ft. segmented LCD display?

Where can I find a large (> 6 ft.) segmented LED display? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you refer to a divorced couple attending a formal function together?

What is the formal etiquette on how to address an invitation to a divorced couple who are attending a wedding together? [more inside]
posted by TTNoelle at 2:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Please recommend great non-fiction books & documentary films

What non-fiction books or documentary films explore a subculture or lifestyle as effectively as Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver's Style Wars and Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels? [more inside]
posted by njm at 1:58 PM PST - 42 comments

Did I dream this or was this actually written?

Another "what is this story I read as a child?" question: All I can remember was there was a beautiful young girl who was locked in a closet or shed by her mother-figure-type person, who then had to bathe herself by moonlight by rubbing an apple over her skin. Sound familiar?
posted by greta simone at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you actually make money with Amazon Mechanical Turk?

I’ve read all askMeFi references to Amazon Mechanical Turk, but has anyone actually participated, and if so, based on your experience, what would your recommendation be to someone interested? I’d appreciate answers from folks with actual experience only – if no one answers, then I think that’s my answer. (It sounds like a sweatshop to me - but what do I know?)
posted by Bobtheordinary at 1:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Living in a fishbowl

I have been searching in vain for a way to make my outdoor space more private. Can you all help me find a specific type of screen (if it exists)? [more inside]
posted by ninjew at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for the most universal dialect of Arabic

What is the most universally accepted dialect of Arabic? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 1:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Name that Tune!!

Name that tune!! It's in a commercial in which a lady is walking around with an engine warning light on her forehead... [more inside]
posted by matty at 12:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a Russian tea set

I am looking for a "Russian" tea set--specifically a silver tea pot and glass cups with the nice little holders. I'd prefer a brick and mortar shop in the Chicago area (and an alternative to the Maison Russe in Lisle). Antique or authentic are not requirements.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Hotels in Indy?

Indianapolitans: Headed to GenCon (held at the Indiana Convention Center) and am trying to determine which lodgings are most or least sketchy? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 12:18 PM PST - 10 comments

How to most efficiently reorganize a filing system?

I am looking for a resource or advice on organizing files and folders on a shared hard drive. I am faced with 12 GB of files that need to be reorganized - many files and folders are out-of-date, irrelevant, or obsolete, and many were created by people who no longer work at my company for projects that are no longer active. I'm hoping to hear about a strategy that helps me methodically organize all of this data, archiving what's no longer needed and coming up with an intuitive filing system for what is. [more inside]
posted by pants at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Listing ActiveX Controls

Is there a way to view what ActiveX controls are installed on my Windows XP machine? Surely there's something built-in to the OS, but I can't seem to find it. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the use?

Don't roll your eyes but I think my soul, if there is such a thing, may be empty [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 62 comments

DaVinci or Darwin? How crazy is aesthetic gun modifcation for non-gunsmiths?

Gun modification safety: I'm a geek that likes to customize and modify gadgets. Can I extend this to guns and ammo, without killing myself, by taking great care and following reasonable precautions, or should I STOP RIGHT THERE! ARE YOU CRAZY!? More specific examples inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Contractor Scratched My New Windows

Contractor ignored warning label on windows now they are scratched. What should I do ? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Celebrity Bargain Bin Books

I'm looking for books by famous people that they wrote early in their career or under a nom de plume. [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 11:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Where can I find some obscure mp3s?

Where can I find the theme songs from thespark.com? [more inside]
posted by samph at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Tagging MP3s and the Rock genre

How much or how little and in what ways should one consider breaking up the "Rock" genre when tagging MP3s? [more inside]
posted by Witty at 11:14 AM PST - 20 comments

selfish to confess a crush?

Would confessing my crush be selfish? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 11:09 AM PST - 27 comments

mac / pc remote desktop solution?

mac / pc remote desktop solution? Similar to gotomypc? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut at 11:01 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I listen to?

I spend most of my work day listening to interview and essay type radio shows on the internet. My favorite, of course, is This American Life. I also love Fresh Air . I've checked out Radio 4 a little, and sometimes I listen to Democracy Now and even more rarely Air America. Keeping in mind what I already like, what else would you recommend I listen to? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:48 AM PST - 41 comments

Copying pages from books in a bookstore

What's the best way to copy 5 or 10 pages from a book in a bookstore? What's the legality of it if I was "busted"?
posted by stbalbach at 10:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking to re-enter my field, but I'm terribly rusty. Best choice to sharpen up?

I haven't worked in my field for over a year, so I need to spend some time getting back in the habit of programming, and probably to learn some more current skills. The problem is: which? [more inside]
posted by Imperfect at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Clueless about Canada, seeking info on Toronto.

Torontoites: tell me what it's like to live in your city. What do you love/hate about it? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 10:20 AM PST - 43 comments

Bibliographic reference management on the web?

Is there some "Web 2.0" (by which I mean "well designed", not "shiny and in large type for no good reason) style site or package out there for managing bibliographic references online?
posted by dmd at 9:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Ontario Tenant Filter:

Ontario tenant filter: We are renting without a lease on a month-to-month basis: one of our roomies is really losing the plot and is about to be delinquent on paying rent for the 2nd month in a row. Are we going to go down with him? (the LL left a message last time saying 'Id like to remind you guys that the apartment is being rented for $900, not the $300 you individually pay'. But my dad seems to think that we are under "rooming house" rules where the LL is accepting rent from us individually and as long as I pay my $300 I dont have to worry. The only thing is that I cant find any info on what happens when you dont have a lease on the ORHT website.
posted by dino terror at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Can just swapping out the lenses multiple times damage glasses frames if done properly?

Can just swapping out the lenses multiple times damage glasses frames if done properly? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

looking for letters

Harvard students, staff, faculty & visitors: Where's the good lettering? I'm looking for recommendations for the best engraved lettering, printing, calligraphy and other lettering on your campus in preparation for an upcoming visit. The type of stuff I am talking about: like the inscriptions on the Harvard Gates, or the Eric Gill piece downstairs in the memorial chapel. Any suggestions? For that matter, any typographic or chirographic must-sees in Boston and Cambridge overall?
posted by luriete at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

How to break the ice for a large group of people?

Ice breakers for a large group of people. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Strategy vs. Tactics: Nobody told me I needed both

Strategic thinking vs. Tactical thinking. Help me understand the difference and improve my abilities [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Is the film on my teeth related to sinusitis?

What is this film on my teeth? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 8:55 AM PST - 5 comments

This sucks

Why won't my Shark HEPA vacuum roller spin on it's own any more? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

No-Xplode says "Do not shake"

No-Xplode says "Do not shake" on the label. Why not? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 8:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Yet Another 'Indentify This Bit of Pop Culture I Barely Remember' Question

Help me recall a film briefly, and somewhat boozily, recommended to me at a party: A woman knocks on the office door of some random professional, believing him to be her new therapist. He isn't, but pretends to be. Released in the last five years.
posted by boombot at 8:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Where is the proper spot to sign a book or leave comments?

Where is the proper spot to sign a book or leave comments? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

My Shoes Hurt My Feet. Help!

I just got a new pair of Bostonian shoes, which fit quite well and which *would* be comfortable, except...they rub my feet under the ankle. What can I do?
posted by whitebird at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Did anyone receive an album they liked from either Columbia House or BMG's selection of the month?

Did anyone receive an album they liked from either Columbia House or BMG's selection of the month? [more inside]
posted by Java_Man at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

How do publishers make rough-cut pages?

BookFilter: I have a book ("The Essential Confucius" by Thomas Cleary) that has rough-cut pages. Instead of the pages being perfectly square, the outer edge looks raw and uneven. It's a really neat effect, and makes the book feel older and more weathered than it really is. Does anyone know how publishers produce these rough-cut pages?
posted by kaufmajm at 7:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find my deleted SMS messages

I have deleted a molder of SMS messages from my Nokia N80. I did it by accident, and I'd quite like them back. I am a clutz. Can anyone tell me if there's an easy solution or software to "undelete" them?!
posted by wibbler at 7:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Why Goooooogle?

Why does Adsense/Adwords use "Ads by Goooooogle" instead of "Ads by Google" in their text ads? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 7:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Who like The Royal Tenenbaums?

What else is like The Royal Tenebaums? [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 6:50 AM PST - 43 comments

Does everyone call cats in the same silly way?

Does everyone yell "here kitty kitty" in a comically high-pitched voice when calling to a cat? My family did when I was a child, and I do now. But while doing so, I always feel like a total dork. Why the voice modulation? Why the same pattern of "here kitty-kitty-kitty-kitty"? Surely if the cat knows your voice, he'd respond to "Fluffers! Come here now!" in a regular voice. Or are cats taught at an early age to listen for this vocal affront to dignity? Do they secretly enjoy it? Is this regional, or universal? Thanks.
posted by Bud Dickman at 6:40 AM PST - 46 comments

Looking for camera(wo)men for a documentary-style shoot in SF

I'm looking for two freelance camerapeople for a documentary-style shoot in San Francisco... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

One hour on Amazon to find the definitive book on a subject.

Amazon.com Ninjas: You have one hour to find the definitive book on a new subject you are interested in but know very little or nothing about. You may use only the features of Amazon (e.g. search, purchase circles, ultimate buys, customer reviews etc). What's your strategy? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:26 AM PST - 10 comments

July 25

Cooking Challenge Part 2: Food Allergies + No Kitchen for 3 Days

Cooking Challenge Part 2: Food Allergy + No Kitchen for 3 Days! Tips needed for keeping food fresh, for making food that doesn't go bad, and for getting all my nutrients! (And Davis, CA suggestions for restaurants! See inside) [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How can an expat buy a scooter in Paris?

Help me buy a scooter in Paris. I've just moved to Paris for work, and will be getting my carte de sejour (longterm visa) in a few weeks. I would like to find a decent second-hand Vespa or something similar. Some of the questions I have: Can I get a nice ride for under 1000€? Will I need an expensive French license (I currently hold one from NJ)? What type of insurance will I need and how much should I expect to pay? I'm looking to buy in September, so any help would be appreciated!
posted by DefendBrooklyn at 11:21 PM PST - 5 comments

GPS ready Digital SLR Cameras

GPS ready Digital SLRs : What are the best available? Coming soon? Am I better waiting until the industry catches up? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 11:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Helpless bunnies released on the scary Intarweb

Am I dumb for being paranoid about putting pictures of my kids on the net? [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 10:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Anybody know how to program a keyless remote?

How do I program the keyless remote to work with my '95 Honda Odyssey van? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 9:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I get this TV?

I am planning on buying a Syntax 37" LVD TV. Any pros or cons you know about?
posted by zackdog at 9:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Online Backup Services

Should I use an online backup service to back up my computer? [more inside]
posted by Xazeru at 8:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Midwest - East Coast Roadtrip

We've figured out the route for our upcoming road trip, so now I have a few questions, involving hotels in the Indianapolis area and must-sees in IL, OH and WV. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 8:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Virginity is actually driving me insane ...

Here's the problem: I'm fat, I'm balding, I'm in my early thirties, I'm a virgin, and I am beginning to very much need sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 82 comments

Hopping poop machine, indeed!

How to easily scoop out rabbit poop from wood shavings? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Why are you "in" the movies, but "on" TV?

Why are you "in" the movies, but "on" TV?
posted by mikemonteiro at 6:56 PM PST - 29 comments

how to help an alcoholic stop drinking

What is the best way for a long-time alcoholic to quit? Primarily concerned with medical aspects/health risks of detox. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Married in Grand Cayman, trying to exit in Ireland

Married in the Caribbean, had a (wonderful) kid, now trying to get out of the situation... with the kid. What are my chances? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Obsessing over ancient history

I can't understand why I'm still thinking about a very ex-boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Bet-settlin'-filter: Exponential pond scum growth?

Mrs. Everichon is convinced that there is a law or principle (as in "Foo's Law") which describes the phenomenon wherein a pond can take weeks to become 50% covered in algae, but then the remaining 50% takes only a day. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 6:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Text message my computer

I would like to set up my computer so that it could receive sms messages. What is the easiest and cheapest way to accomplish this ? I live in montreal if that helps. [more inside]
posted by grex at 5:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for advice on network certifications

My girlfriend is thinking of getting some of the Cisco or Microsoft network certifications as a way of getting out of her current field (glorified data entry, basically) and into something more interesting and lucrative. She's smart, incrediblly detail-oriented and good at understanding complicated processes, but she has no background in computers. How should she go about this? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Putting jelly on one's shoulder?

Need some explanatory help from deviants and/or Lou Reed fans. Why would one put jelly on one's shoulder?
posted by ITheCosmos at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

should I prosecute the thief of my car?

My car was stolen and I've been asked whether I would be willing to prosecute the theft, if the police find him/her. Does anybody know what would be involved in this and/or what my options would be concerning handling of the theft/thief? -Purplefiber's roommate
posted by purplefiber at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me be not illegal.

Would facitiously naming a website "Government Hit List" put me on a government hit list? More specifically, would it be illegal if the title was properly disclaimed and the content appropriately limited? Of course, there's a bit [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

How to stop listenin to a street musician?

How can I stop listening to an annoying street musician? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 5:12 PM PST - 22 comments


Remicade? I have a child whose Crohn's disease has proved refractory to most standard medications (except prednisone, but that's not a viable long term treatment). [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments


[filmfilter] What are some of your favorite chase sequences and/or man with a bomb sequences? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 4:51 PM PST - 52 comments

Video Filter Programming Filter

Software gurus: Help me scope out a video programming job, involving firewire, HDR tonemapping, autofocus and more jargon... [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 4:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Is there a term for cross-over cosplay outfits?

I went to Comic Con this year, and as usual, there were tons of people in costume. The most original however, are the ones that do some sort of cross-over/mash-up/call it what you will, like Stormtrooper Elvis. So here's my question... is there a particular term for this kind of costume/cos-play?
posted by andrewjthomas at 4:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Rehabing myself while he is in rehab

What to do with myself, more about an alcoholic loved one inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Taking the mickey (mouse)

Rats/mice. I seem to have a new friend living in my flat. It's small, brown and furry and I'd like to dispose of it (them?) quickly and effectively. I have absolutely no intention of giving it the humane treatment as I simply don't have any way of removing a living creature from my flat in london to somewhere else (no car etc.). How can I kill it? Kill it up good. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 3:37 PM PST - 36 comments

Looking for a two-color Game of Life on Linux

I'm looking for the source code to a Linux screensaver that plays something like Conway's Game of Life, only with red and blue squares as the cells. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

StatsFilter: Evidence challenging/contradicting conventional controlled/placebo trials?

StatsFilter: Evidence challenging/contradicting conventional controlled/placebo trials? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Who am I to judge?

I'm starting a photography competition between my friends. Help me out with subject and grading ideas! [more inside]
posted by JackarypQQ at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Wireless 802.1x with Fedora Core 5?

Trying to get a wireless 802.1x connection working in a more-or-less vanilla Fedora Core 5 installation and not making much progress... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get a regularly clean-looking bikni line?

I am a woman with thick dark hair and very pale skin and I'm looking for the best way to get a clean-looking shave on my bikini line. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Black Holes for dummies

Can someone please explain to me in very basic terms the modern understanding of black holes and worm holes as a conceivable means of space/time travel? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

GOAL! How to have best Premier League fantasy team?

Fantasty Futball: After a couple of years of playing fantasy baseball and fantasy football (American), my pals have decided to level our playing field a little by creating a fantasy league for English Premiership games (mostly in order to give us a vested stake in watching the games, since we're Americans without the loyalties of home squads). Regarding this— What should I know about the English Premier League? Who are the players to watch? Who are the teams to love? Who should I develop irrational hatred for? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 2:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Ubuntu help?

I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu one month ago. Everything was working perfectly well until this week, but now I am having keyboard problems. [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

When Lying to cute girls from Manilla, have a restaurant in mind

Filipino Food Filter: To pick up a really cute filipina girl, I said I knew the best place for the taste of adobo in Los Angeles...which I was totally making up at the time. It worked. I have the date. Now I need the restaurant. Does anyone know a really good Filipino restaurant in LA or the Valley?
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Any experience with American Funds?

Any experience with American Funds? Could use some opinions about financial planners, too. [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 1:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Wager ideas for PSU vs. ND?

What's a good wager I can make with a colleague for the ND-PSU game this year?
posted by UncleHornHead at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Who pays for me to hear "fly away!"

Who pays the for the local broadcast (TV and radio) of a major league baseball team? [more inside]
posted by karmaville at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Do not bring: Non folding bicycles

How do I get to Stansted Airport with a boxed bicycle?!!?! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 1:43 PM PST - 12 comments

PHP class for externally posting to blogs?

Anyone know of a decent PHP class or function library out there for externally posting to various weblog packages (Wordpress, Blogger, Movable Type) via XML-RPC? [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Stone Age Video Editing in DOS. Kinda.

Can you recommend a video editing software that will run on my crappy old computer? [more inside]
posted by willmize at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this hose dangerous?

Why would a soaker hose marketed for vegetable gardens have what looks like a Proposition 65 warning for cancer-causing chemicals? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Sticky when dry...slippery when wet. :(

How do I get self-adhesive velcro to stick to a pedestal sink? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments


Does O'Grady have a regular timeslot on the N?
posted by auntbunny at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

плохой вахта?

Has anyone had any experience with Vostok watches? [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Must... not... lick... Macbook.

What word am I thinking of? There's a word that means something like, "an object that compels you to want to eat or lick it, even though the object is in fact not edible or meant to be licked". If it helps at all, I believe I've seen this word used to describe the new Macbook and its resemblance to an oversized piece of Chiclet gum. And btw, "pica" is not the word.
posted by satori101 at 12:21 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me stop calling her!

Give me some ideas to help me avoid calling someone. I am grieving the break-up of a long-term relationship. I dont know if the relationship can be salvaged at any point in the future but if it can be it will only be after we have some space and time apart. What can I do to dampen down the overwhelming desire to call her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 33 comments

I'm weird.

I have the opposite of this problem. I'm quite eccentric, and I would like your help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 PM PST - 25 comments

A maze of twisty bamboo floorboards, all different

Have you ever seen a warped, damaged engineered hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 12:14 PM PST - 5 comments

ProjectNameFilter: Help me find a better name for my open source project

I need to come up with a more descriptive name for an open source project. [more inside]
posted by aroberge at 12:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Anyone know how to get "Out at home" by Glenn Burke?

Anyone know how to get a copy of the book "Out at home" by Glenn Burke without breaking the bank? I'm suddenly fascinated by this guy, who was an openly gay baseball player who many credit with inventing the high-five. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Auto Proxy Disable?

Looking for a free app that can enable/disable the proxy settings in Internet Explorer on a timer. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I discuss movies online?

Where can I discuss movies online? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 11:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me buy a hidden camera

Hiddencamerafilter. Help me find an affordable camera that can be used as a hidden camera. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Fine, funky, filthy.

Help me clean my adopted couch. [more inside]
posted by jammer at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

No worms please...we're American

Are threadworm/pinworm infections more common in the UK than in the US? [more inside]
posted by kar120c at 11:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Kick Jimbo Wales Out of My Life.

Where can one find a comprehensive list of all sites that mirror (and I do mean mirror as in full mirror, not mirror as in quote from) Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wiktionary, and other such content? I'm in a Wikipedia-expunging mood and wish to program the CustomizeGoogle Firefox extension to ignore the Wikipedia/Wikiquote/Wikibooks/Wikiwhatever/Wikikitchensink Wikisexguide monolith. (Let's not make this thread into an inquiry as to why I'm doing this. I'm just realizing that doing this piecemeal as they come up could take me forever.)
posted by WCityMike at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

iTunes, why do you hurt me so?

I need to fix 200+ song titles in iTunes. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

An introductory or soft intermediate applied econometrics textbook that discusses cointegration?

Please recommend an introductory or soft-intermediate applied econometrics textbook that discusses cointegration. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the odds of catching something from this girl? Threepio! Oh where can he bee!...

Help me find some non-conservative no taboo something I can use resources on sex education for adults [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Secret Apple Pie Recipe

TV Trivia question - what sitcom was this? Thanksgiving episode, frustrated wife & her mother-in-law's 'Secret Apple Pie Recipe'. [more inside]
posted by jaimystery at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I reverse engineer a margarita?

A friend and I love the margaritas served by a particular restaurant and wish to make our own, as the location is somewhat distant for both of us. We'd like to reverse engineer the recipe. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 10:09 AM PST - 30 comments

Generating student seating charts?

Dear Mostly-Random-Student-Seating-Filter: Can you think of a tool (or a clever method) for regularly generating new seating assignments for students sitting at tables? Other criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 9:59 AM PST - 10 comments

How to start an experiment on 5 laptops at the same time?

How to start a program on five computers simultaneously. Usb splitter (not hub)? Network tool? Send ASCII code over ethernet? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Teamspeak on Ubuntu: Is there a repository which can be added for the Teamspeak client/server applications?

Teamspeak on Ubuntu: Is there a repository which can be added for the Teamspeak client/server applications? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 9:57 AM PST - 1 comment

Need to find insurance

I currently work full time for a company in southern Tennessee that does not offer health insurance, and probably won't in the near term future... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Help an American find a soccer Web site

Soccer Filter: Find me a specific Web site that compared/contrasted American pro sports leagues with international soccer. [more inside]
posted by frogan at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

The Price Is Altered

PriceIsRightFilter: How do they determine the pricing for items on The Price Is Right? Do they use the MSRP or are they just pulling figures out of left field? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How can a layman come up with a rough but reasonable valuation for a private company?

How can a layman come up with a rough but reasonable valuation for a private company? Assume access to information a typical employee of the company would have, plus overall revenue and profit history, maybe value of significant assets, if any. [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for weird stuffed animals

Looking for a site with weird dolls/stuffed animals made with parts of a few dolls into weird hybrids. [more inside]
posted by terrortubby at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

What would be a great family history gift?

Now that I've scanned all my family photos and videotaped every living ancestor, what should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 8:59 AM PST - 14 comments

My Hard Drive Crashed. What now?

My 12" Powerbook G4's hard drive has gone belly up. Help me figure out my options. [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Cool Newsgroups Providers

Usenet question. [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 8:53 AM PST - 22 comments

Linksys WRT54G questions

A couple questions about my new Linksys WRT54G... [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Make my cycling faster! Plus vite! Macht schnell!

How should a newly-serious but just beginning road cyclist work on becoming a faster and better sprinter and hill climber? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 8:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Meth Mouth? malware?

Has anyone heard of a computer virus/worm/trojan that causes a photo of someone's rotten teeth (meth mouth) to pop up at startup and occasionally? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 8:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Gravestones against walls

In my impressionable youth I was told that the gravestones in coastal SE England towns were put against the churchyard walls to obviate church and thus town identification by the Luftwaffe. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 7:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Who will be sending help from the states?

Where does one go if they're interested in humanitarian work in war-torn countries. [more inside]
posted by killyb at 7:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Find a list of available 8th grade Social Studies Textbooks

8th Grade Social Studies Textbooks - I'm trying to compile a list of all available Social Science textbooks from major publishers. Does anyone know of a definitive list, or where to start? Most of the publishers don't seem to delineate between 7th and 8th grade textbooks. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 7:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Measuring the waist

I thought it would be useful to track my weight loss by also measuring my waist or stomach. Is there a reliable method by which I can tape myself to get consistent readings? I thought maybe of anchoring the tape on the navel, and with it pinned on that point, mess with the tape to find the lowest reading. Has anyone found tape measurements to be a good motivator for weight loss?
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Wireless print servers - simple for the stupid?

Wireless Network Filter: Wireless print servers - simple for a networking neophyte to set up? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Watched Folders

Watchedfolderfilter. Is there software (free or otherwise, but free is better :-) that will watch a folder and when a file appears in there, email it to a particular (always the same) recipient, then delete or move the original file? Oh, and for XP only, not OSX. Or is there a function of Thunderbird (preferred) or Outlook that does that? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding that not-a-home within a home

I have the last three weeks in August to get away from it all. The caveat: I have little money and minimal transportation. What now? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the best way to set up broadcast TV?

What's the best way to set up broadcast TV? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 6:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Selling stock on one's own?

Without a brokerage account, may I legally and easily sell common stock? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Elsa at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me set Maw up for another 67 years of financial well-being

Forgiving or otherwise reducing Maw's debts? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 6:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Do people in Asia drink soy milk?

Did/do people in Asia drink soy milk? [more inside]
posted by davar at 6:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Scam or great deal?

Is this a legit hotel booking site? Does anyone have any experience with hotelsireland.com, good or bad? I found a too good to be true rate for a hotel in Ireland (Trim Castle Hotel) that's about half the normal rate, but want to know I'm not going to be scammed when I give them money. Googling around isn't yielding anything in the way of reviews for this site. Thanks!
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 5:50 AM PST - 5 comments

What do I need to know to plug my TV into my neighbour's antenna?

What do I need to know to plug my television into my neighbour's rooftop television antenna? [more inside]
posted by teem at 4:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I losing my mind while trying to save it?

What are the more serious side effects that can come from taking Lamictal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Stage Management 101

What does stage management entail? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me fix my Coke addiction

MedicalPersonFilter: Ok, I admit it, I'm addicted to caffeine. No, not coffee, I'm addicted to coca-cola. Basically, I'm wondering how I can kick the habit or reduce the heartburn I now get from drinking it? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 3:28 AM PST - 27 comments

How do i get emergency contraception in italy?

How do I (as a foreigner, but an EU citizen) go about getting the morning after pill in Italy? Furthermore, what is the italian for the term?
posted by jrengreen at 2:58 AM PST - 8 comments

The Question is not Linux itself, but what flavour?

IT Experts and Linux Fans - I need your advice cutting through the clutter. Can you please recommend the best linux distros for Beginner, Intermediate and Expert users? There are so many options out there and most people only skim the surface. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 2:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me pick out a D50?

I'd love some help choosing a specific D50...please! [more inside]
posted by dance at 12:28 AM PST - 24 comments

Has english conquered the entire computer world?

Are there any programming languages where the keywords/reserved words are in a language other than English? (ie; if, else, for)
posted by jacalata at 12:21 AM PST - 5 comments

July 24

Firefox filter: How do I get my scroll bar back?

Firefox filter: Where oh where did my scrollbar go? [more inside]
posted by kechi at 11:38 PM PST - 3 comments

John Roberts' résumé??

My googlefu is failing me. During the debate over the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, I saw somewhere a pdf copy of his résumé from when he was fairly young — just out of his clerkships and applying, probably, to some government job. It was typed on a typewriter and was multiple pages long, in a style and format that would be quite abnormal today. Now I can't find it. Can you?
posted by raf at 10:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Help for finding an old Donald Duck comic book

I'm looking for a particular Dell Donald Duck comic book (I don't know the story line, only what the front cover looks like), and no, don't know the issue number, etc. My guess somewhere between 1958 and 1964, but purely a guess. What's the best "source" to try and identify the comic book in question? [description of the front cover, follows]Thanks! [more inside]
posted by america4 at 9:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Ikea really a responsible corporation, or is the quote in their catalog just PR bullshit?

Is Ikea really a responsible corporation, or is the quote in their catalog just PR bullshit? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 9:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Post Interview Thank You Cards

What should I write in the the thank card post job interview — especially for a position within my current company?
posted by dial-tone at 9:38 PM PST - 8 comments

It's East of Here, Right?

Starting point: Chicago. Destination: Niagara Falls. Transportation: Honda Civic. Question: Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Can't Stop the Acne

It appears as if I have a acid sensitivity. I get acne fairly often (which apparently according to homeopaths can be from acid) and I also have chronic heart-burn issues that can become very painful. Unfortunately I am not willing to give up coffee, coca-cola or spicy foods. Maybe spicy foods, but caffeine is pretty important to me, I think caffeine pills are less acidic but I always end up strung out after a few months of a consistent periodic dose of caffeine. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 9:12 PM PST - 31 comments

non-monumental heritage in Germany or the Netherlands

I am preparing an application for an exchange to either Germany or Holland to study non-monumental heritage sites. I need to justify why I need to go to one of these places. (posted for signal) [more inside]
posted by nomad at 8:55 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I respond to an anti-Islam email?

My girlfriend's parents (future inlaws?) forward me a lot of those awful right-wing emails. The latest one is an anti-Islam rant (inside). [more inside]
posted by neuron at 8:40 PM PST - 73 comments

Getting into the music management industry without experience.

My friend is interested in getting into the music management industry without experience. [more inside]
posted by junesix at 8:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Heatwave Filter

Should I blow the hot air out or the suck the cool air in? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 8:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Apache/Linux permissions issue

How do I set permissions on a Fedora Core 5 system so that two different users can create, edit, and delete files in the web root (/var/www/html), yet all files retain the ownership of apache:apache? [more inside]
posted by willc at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Hardcore Apache question: How to have an .htaccess file pull from WordPress?

Hardcore Apache question: How can I write an .htaccess file that will apply a RewriteRule to only the most recent file posted to my Wordpress blog? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 7:56 PM PST - 13 comments

3rd gen iPod woes

3rd gen 20 gig iPod on the fritz. Seemingly a software problem. All you appletastic MeFites, I invite you inside. [more inside]
posted by viachicago at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Clueless Co-Workers on Shopping Spree

Salesmen and clueless co-workers: how to cope? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 7:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Stuck in the dark ages!

I cant program my universal remote [more inside]
posted by dieguido at 7:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Can't see the forest for the carbon absorption rates

I'm trying to figure out carbon absorption rates by trees. So far the best source I have is an eBay ad. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find co-op housing in Chicago

Looking for co-op housing in Chicago. Does any one have any suggestions? Even better if the co-op is run by graduate students but it is not a necessity. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Oooh, after that haymaker his eye looks bad!

What is being used by the cutman to heal your boxer (reduce swelling) in the video game ESPN Fight Night Round 3? [more inside]
posted by nekton at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Take a picture, if you can.

Does an actual photos of small things like atoms, molecules or DNA? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 5:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Broke but suffering from sleep apnea.

Unemployed and uninsured but suffering from sleep apnea. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by SilverTail at 5:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Non-Braces Overbite Correction

What are some non-braces alternatives for correcting an overbite? [more inside]
posted by adamdrici at 5:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How did I lose weight by eating MORE and exercising LESS?

How did I lose weight by eating MORE and exercising LESS? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 5:23 PM PST - 25 comments

iCal / Google Calendar sync?

It's been months now and I still can't find a synchronization solution for Google Calendar / iCal (or palm desktop) / Palm Pilot. The very fact that it's taken so long is making me suspect that there's some technical issue that makes it actually not possible. Is this correct? Is there a solution out there to sync (push data both ways) my google calendar with my palm pilot?
posted by Envoy at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the sandals worn in The Big Lebowski

Where can i find the Jelly sandals that the Dude wore in The Big Lebowski?
posted by Rlocurto at 4:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Victorian courtship

How can I find out what dating/courtship was really like in upper-class Victorian England? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Storing data online & piping data info to a file

I'm selling my current computer soon. There's a few GB worth of files that I'd like to preserve. Are there any free or cheap online services that will provide this service? I'll only need access to it once or twice later on, to restore it on my new computer. I only have a few blank CDs and not enough time to burn everything, and no concurrent access to the two computers. Besides, I prefer flexible online access. On a related note, I'd like store some information about the files in a text file. In the good ol' DOS days, I could pipe the 'dir' output to a text file. Except these files have some metadata that can't be displayed in the command prompt. Equivalent functionality for Windows Explorer or other GUI shells?
posted by Gyan at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

ZabaSearch/Intelius weirdness involving my personal info . . .

ZabaSearch/Intelius weirdness involving my personal info . . . [more inside]
posted by peep at 3:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me keep these students awake?

What are some short small-group exercises for a class on introductory business management? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

How do write a cover letter for the exact position I left two years ago?

How do write a cover letter for the exact position I left two years ago? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Killing spiders in awkward places

Does anyone have reliable techniques for killing spiders you find in awkward places? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 3:21 PM PST - 24 comments

What the heck is coinduction?

Can someone explain coinduction (mathematics, computer science) in English? [more inside]
posted by knave at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I put a front plate on my Scion XB?

How do I mount a front license plate on my Scion XB? I got a fixit ticket for having only a rear plate, but there's no holes to screw on a front plate. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a USB conntector

I am trying to purchase, online or in the Seattle area, a Type A (female) right angle dual stacked USB connector. I have been unable this far to find someone willing to sell be just one (as opposed to a ship container full from China). Anyone knoew where I might be able to? Radio Shack and Westlake Electronics do not carry them and Radar Inc did not have any right angle ones.
posted by Riemann at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Talking about yourself

How can I be more active in talking about myself with my friends? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the cheapest mid-term parking option near Reagan National Airport?

Flying Out of DC-Filter: This coming Thursday morning, I'm flying out of Reagan National Airport for a conference. I'm going to be driving in out of Philadelphia and was wondering what the cheapest/safest parking option would be. I'm returning Sunday afternoon, so roughly 3, 3.5 days.
posted by Darke at 2:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Please explain this strange domain name situation.

Are there people/businesses that somehow track domains that people try but don't exist, and purchase them? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 2:23 PM PST - 19 comments

What bands have drummers as lead singers?

What bands have a drummer as a/the lead singer? [more inside]
posted by awegz at 2:11 PM PST - 66 comments

A short story written in the form of personal checks?

Short story filter--does anyone know the title and author of a short story that's written entirely in the form of personal checks? The idea of the whole thing is to kind of read between the lines and figure out what is going on by who the person is writing checks to, for what amount, what's in the memo line, etc. A teacher friend would like to know. I remember seeing this but have no idea where to look. Thanks!
posted by printchick at 2:10 PM PST - 15 comments

A group voice mail service with mobile alerts?

Do you know of a group voice mail service with mobile alerts? I'm looking for a way for my 30+ person band to communicate using cell phones while on tour. [more inside]
posted by squishy at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me keep the hospital's thugs from breaking my kneecaps over $100 they seem to have lost.

Is there anything one can do to fight a medical bill that appears to be incorrect? I visited the emergency room last fall. I paid a $100 copay at the time of service that appears to have never been applied to my bill. Despite several calls to the ostensible hospital billing office (really a cube-farm in Texas) pointing out some discrepancies, they've left the clock ticking, sent threatening notices, and are apparently determined to slash my credit rating if I don't pay *now*. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by weston at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Best practices for researching classical music?

What's the best way to locate scholarly writing and analysis of a given piece of classical music? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 1:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Google News has dropped my site as a news source! Help!

My organization's web site was recently redesigned (late May), and since then, Google News has dropped us as a news source! The Google Gods are vain and capricious! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 1:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Translation Help Please

Please help me translate from English to Latin. [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 12:58 PM PST - 25 comments

How to setup W2K3 to allow users to manage user accounts without being an admin?

I've got a web server that we've just put into our DMZ. I need to be able to grant the web developers the ability to manage user accounts, but I don't want them to be administrators (in other words: regular users who can manage other user accounts: change passwords, create new ones, delete old ones, etc). [more inside]
posted by Spoonman at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

My Car is a Sitting Duck: How can I stop thieves from taking it?

My apartment was broken into last week and the thieves stole my car keys (among other things). Curiously, they didn't steal my car out of the driveway on their way out, but I'm worried they might come back. I've got the Club protecting the car as best it can for now, but what else do I have to worry about? [more inside]
posted by BloodyWallet at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I delete defunct RSS feeds from my blog?

Removing defunct RSS feeds from blog? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 12:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Travelling in Mexico by car.

I'm planning a trip to mexico by car. I want to find out some basic travel details such as mileage between cities, length of journey, etc.. I know I can find this in your typical Rand mcNally map, but is their an Online service such as Mapquest that does the same thing? Mapquest has no service for mexico apart from some maps of cities, but nothing to help me with planning a trip between cities. [more inside]
posted by leftfooter at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do I wake up at 3 am every day?

No matter what time I go to sleep I always wake up within 15 minutes of 3 am. I may or may not get up and take a lap of the house and then I go right back to sleep until my normal wakeup time of 6:30. Why? What's special about 3 am?
posted by retrorider at 11:52 AM PST - 25 comments

Your Bermuda holiday/survival tips, please...

My fiancee and I are holidaying in Bermuda for the first time ever. 2 week stay, already loaded up with snorkel gear and guidebooks and the accommodation is sorted. Anyone have tips for dealing with things like August's (85% ?) humidity or anything else not covered by the books? Stuff to make me look clever (more easily said than done) or save us bother, please.
posted by limeyboy at 11:38 AM PST - 11 comments


MeFotographers and other 'ites, how do I print out ~50 pics to put 'em on my wall? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

is my shoulder gimpy forever?

rough and tumble lifestyle finally (inevitably) leads to serious shoulder injury. am i to be gimpy forever? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by markovitch at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Podcasting to the Masses

Looking to produce a weekly podcast, but I need to start somewhere! [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Train tracks don't grow on trees, son

Why are they watering the railroad tracks? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

More time in the chair.

Recommendation for an endodontist in or around Irvine, CA? [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

iBook G4: from computer to doorstop

From iBook to MacBook. [more inside]
posted by matteo at 11:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Any 1080p HDTV reviews/recommendations ?

Given the wife's blessing to buy a big screen for our new home, I'm laden with the burden of selecting a TV that will meet our family's needs until we move again (unlikely). That said, what's a good future-proof 1080p TV, and where can I compare models for myself? [more inside]
posted by ringmaster at 10:47 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I deal with wrist pain?

Wrist pain, RSI? How do I deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Pocket PC Gym Workout Logging

What's a good way to keep track of workouts using a PocketPC? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Importing a Toyota hybrid minivan from Japan to US?

We love our Prius. We reproduced. Hybrid SUVs are lame. Is there any way to import this from Japan? [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Dealing with drug addiction

Please help my family deal with my drug-addicted cousin. Actually, please help my family deal with my passive-aggressive grandmother who is completely supporting and empowering my drug-addicted cousin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

And what exactly is my salary??

I am a full time college student right now and have just gotten a job at a bicycle shop. The problem is, I have no idea what I am being paid. When I inquired about employment I was initially turned down, saying that there was not any positions currently available. After some pleading and explaining my passion for bikes the manager entertained the idea. During the interview he asked me when I was looking to make. This question somewhat blind-sided me as I didn't want to give too high of a number and leave a bad taste in his mouth or worse, lose the job. I told him that pay was really not important to me and just working with bikes and learning was the most important aspect of the job. Long story short I got the job but we have yet to discuss salary [more inside]
posted by Evan Gaffney at 10:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Sam Adams Utopia Clone

Homebrew Filter: I am looking to homebrew a Samuel Adams Utopia clone, but I am having difficulty finding a clone recipe. Do any metafilterites have experience of ideas about how to do this? [more inside]
posted by battlecj at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to get away from it all in California.

What's a good, cheap, out-of-the-way spot for a week-long solo vacation in California or Oregon? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Databasing static data

How can I harvest data from static HTML pages? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

American History Books

AmericanHistoryFilter: Looking for a book (or books) to learn about american history from 1500 to 1850. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 9:20 AM PST - 14 comments

COBRA across state lines

COBRAFilter: I'm quitting Thursday and moving out of state. Can I still use COBRA? [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Chrysin for anxiety?

Has anyone ever used the herbal supplement Chrysin for anxiety? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Powerbook : Audio In

I'd like to record music (multiple synths, mics, etc.) with my Powerbook, which has one 1/8 input. Should I run everything through a mixer, and run the mixer out directly to the Powerbook in? Or should I run the mixer out to something like a MAudio firewire box? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Help redirecting to a different url after an embedded movie is done playing

I have a webpage that has an embedded movie (wmv) that starts when the page loads. My client is wanting the page to redirect to a different url after the movie is done playing instead of the movie just sitting there in the done position. Please help as my googlefu has failed me on this and I am not familiar enough with movies to figure this out. I am sure there is some javascript that can do this, but I cannot find it. For those that are a little confused I hope this helps: Client visits domain.com/movie.html and when the movie is done playing it needs to go to domain.com/done.html
posted by thebwit at 8:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Do webcomics make money? If so, how?

What webcomics are actually making money? How do they generate these revenues?
posted by raydexter at 7:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Xbox Live but not 360

Xbox Live : So finally got around to setting my original Xbox up for Xbox Live and have got a 2 months trial subscription. Have successfully tried PGR2 & Halo 2 so far. Looking for suggestions of other games. [more inside]
posted by lloyder at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

No Healthcare. Bad idea?

No health care! Is this a really bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Ferrari328 at 7:46 AM PST - 38 comments

Should I get a Java Cert?

As a programmer who prefers coding in Java, would it be worthwhile to get a Sun Java Certification? Particularly a Sun Certified Programmer or a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect?
posted by delmoi at 7:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Entering the workforce after 10 years of self-employment...

ApplyingForAJobFilter: I am applying for a job for the first time in a decade (I currently work for myself) and am a bit confused. Some specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Brad Pitt a particle physicist?

In order to inspire my pupils, and demonstrate to them that studying science does not mean you have to become a scientist, I'm trying to compile a list of famous people with science-related qualifications (bachelors degrees and better, preferably). I'm specifically interested in those with physics, chemistry or biology qualifications (or variations thereof, e.g. biochemistry, astrophysics) but if it turns out that Orlando Bloom has a degree in geology or Christina Aguilera is an expert neuroscientist then I'll take them too. [more inside]
posted by alby at 7:12 AM PST - 72 comments

Parking a motorcycle on a city street

Is consistently parking a motorcycle on the street outside my apartment a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Internal HD Enclosure?

Internal HD enclosure/bay suggestions? I've got a Dell 5150 with a Serial ATA primary drive. I'm trying to install a second hard drive which requires an older IDE connection. Because of the 5150's case design, the best place to put this IDE drive is in the second "slot" just below the CD drive. However, just placing the HD in that spot isn't a great option, because a) the drive is smaller than the slot, so I can't secure the drive against the case, and therefore it might slide around if the case is bumped and b) I'm concerned that the drive might overheat if it is placed directly on top of the solid-metal shelf which protects the floppy drive beneath it. Therefore, I'm looking to buy online a bay or enclosure which will solve these two problems. [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Distributed KM system for non-profit

Distributed knowledge management system: I'm working with a large internationally distributed non-profit group on the design and needs specification for a knowledge management system. What are the best technologies out there today? What are some of the key issues to think about? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 6:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me beat my fingers into submission

Help me become an entertainer! Help me beat my fingers into submission without boring my friends and neighbors with the same two songs over and over again. Help me -- I am looking for songs I can play on the guitar using only the following chords: A, Am, C, D, E, Em, and G. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 6:35 AM PST - 42 comments

An online tool to help us schedule which family house is free to drive to

ScheduleFilter : my familly has 3 houses we can all use during week-ends and holidays. We'd like an online tool to make some sort of "reservation" for a given house. [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Pairing data and video frames in MATLAB

I have a 10 FPS video, and a set of numerical data for every frame in the video. How can I pair up each frame with its set of data in MATLAB?
posted by freddymungo at 5:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Two for the price of one?

In a cover letter, is it alright to mention interest in another similar opening in the same company? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:00 AM PST - 17 comments

How does the Iranian government work?

How much authority does the Iranian President have? Basically I'd like to know more about the Iranian government system? How does the guardian counsel work? Is it sort of like a supreme court? Does it come up with it's own laws? How often does it get involved in non-religious issues? Also, how much political discussion is allowed in Iran? I know the Iranian constitution allows free speech "except where it contradicts Islam" Does that forbid criticism of the guardian counsel? What about the president?
posted by Paris Hilton at 1:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Resources for teaching myself to play the santur

What are good resources for teaching myself to play the santur? I'm an American composer with no training in Persian music -- just a deep love for it and a gradually improving (self-taught) structural understanding of it. My "more inside" lists some ideas I've had so far, but I would love to hear any suggestions of CDs, websites, books, etc., on Persian music and/or the santur. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 12:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Well if you don't want my money, I'm happy to keep it!

How long can a business wait to withdraw the money I charged on my debit card? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 12:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me choose a color laser printer.

Should I buy (a) an Epson C1100 (b) a Fuji Xerox DPC525A (c) some other low-end color laser printer (d) a not-so-low-end color laser printer? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 12:36 AM PST - 10 comments

July 23

What is this bug?

What is this bug? (pic) [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 11:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I attach a golf club to a motorcycle?

My friend just got a motorcycle, but he's bumming since it's become nearly impossible to carry a golf club (for the driving range) with him anywhere. Any tips on how to safely strap a club to a bike? [more inside]
posted by svdodge at 10:47 PM PST - 11 comments

DNS behind L4

Authoritive DNS behind L4? [more inside]
posted by lundman at 10:33 PM PST - 9 comments

It's my own damn file...

Adding DRM to a ringtone [more inside]
posted by quin at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What's so grape about these seeds?

Can I do anything useful with these grape seeds? [more inside]
posted by zerokey at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments


worm/bug thing - what on earth is this? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:49 PM PST - 6 comments

12 year old thief. Help us teach her the error of her ways.

How do you get through to a 12 year old girl that stealing is seriously not a good idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 33 comments


How do I go about executing minimal, but adequate repairs to a damaged car paint job? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 8:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Shipping across Canada on the cheap?

I'm moving from Prince George, BC, to London, Ontario, and need to transport a number of boxes. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Health / Sports Injury Filter: How can my girlfriend reduce/remove her hip pain?

My girlfriend did ballet from early childhood up until the middle of high school. She was very much into it, doing everything she could to improve. Through doing so, she severely injured both of her hips (I believe it was due to "turn outs"). She still suffers from hip pain today, 1 semester away from her graduating college. What can she do to remove/reduce pain in her hips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Nuked from orbit?

What is the origin of the phrase, "(something) should be nuked from orbit," or "nuke it from orbit?" [more inside]
posted by mikeh at 8:22 PM PST - 24 comments

How to make a first date work.

So I finally plucked up the courage and am now in possession of one very cute girl's phone number. What next? [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones at 8:20 PM PST - 32 comments

Part timers insuranceIs there a list of employers that provide health insurance to part time employees somewhere on the internet?

Is there a list of employers that provide health insurance to part time employees somewhere on the internet? [more inside]
posted by vionnett at 8:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Who is this ballerina?

I've been wondering since 1984... [more inside]
posted by flutable at 8:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Everyone's a cousin.... right?

Are cousins transitive? That is; if A and B are cousins, and B and C are cousins, are A and C cousins? If so, what terminology would you apply to this relationship?
posted by fvox13 at 7:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Is this ac adapter compatible with my 600m Inspiron?

I purchased (accidentally) a generic ac adapter to replace my non-functioning dell adapter. Will it destroy my computer? [more inside]
posted by jengapiece at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Chess on the computer for a 6-year-old

My 6-year-old daughter has recently developed an interest in playing chess. We have a blast playing together, but I think it would be fun for her to play against the computer (or other novices) during her "screen time." What are some good computer chess games/websites that would develop the game of a young novice? Free is best, but I'd be happy to buy something (Win XP) if needed. Pretty graphics would be a bonus, but aren't necessary.
posted by nixxon at 7:26 PM PST - 6 comments

What would women wear if men didn't exist?

What kind of clothes would women wear if men were not around to look at them? [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 7:19 PM PST - 57 comments

Where's the solipsism references?

From what I can tell, the concept of solipsism is grossly under-explored and under-exploited by the arts (books, movies, fine art, etc). Are there any good references to solipsism in modern books, movies, or other entertainment media? If not, why not?
posted by wackybrit at 7:17 PM PST - 81 comments

Cockroaches in my dishwasher. Ewww!

I have cockroaches in my dishwasher. Help me kill the little bastards with extreme prejudice. [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

More sand or stars?

Are there more grains of sand on Earth or stars in the sky? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 7:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Caution: Purse

CraftFilter! I need some tips on how to make an awesome purse out of a safety sign. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Can ya help me be geeker?

Can you help me with my innumeracy? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 6:34 PM PST - 16 comments

How does this Irish/English joke go?

How does this joke go? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Not wasting

What is the opposite of wasting? [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 5:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Thinkpad Macbook RAM exchange?

Can I use a 256 MB PC5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM removed from an Apple MacBook in an IBM R40 Thinkpad (2722-gcu)?
posted by timeistight at 5:27 PM PST - 1 comment

What do I do with this thing?

I received a Braun hand mixer as a gift. What are some good ways to use it? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 5:23 PM PST - 30 comments

Detective Work Time!

Playing detective after a stolen cell phone. [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 5:08 PM PST - 10 comments

The dirt on LightScribe

LightScribe DVD and CD labelling -- do you find it's worth it? Is this another "overpriced consumables" trap? Is it better pricewise than labels?
posted by rolypolyman at 5:05 PM PST - 11 comments

thrips in screens

How can you get thrips (or some other very tiny bugs) out of an LCD screen? [more inside]
posted by jb at 4:49 PM PST - 1 comment

filter tips: do I really need one on my wet-dry vac?

If I'm using my wet-dry vacuum to vacuum up water only (no dust), do I really need to use the filter? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Can my shrink be a reference?

Is it completely absurd to use one's psychiatrist as a reference for admission to medical school? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Do these things even exist?

Where can I find CD Sleeves like these in the real world? They're super-easy to find online, but I'm on a bit of a time crunch, and I'm not dying to pay overnight shipping. [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

MP3 files being squirrely

Why am I finding lots of duplicate songs and "unknown folder" files in my hard drive? Meh... [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Help with GMAT Math Question

A boat traveled upstream a distance of 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. It the trip upstream took half an hour longer than the trip downstream, how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream? [more inside]
posted by VillageLion at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

What was this show called?

I'm trying to help my brother remember the name of a late '70s or early '80s detective(?) TV show. [more inside]
posted by rjt at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Good non-fiction books about comic books?

Anybody know any good non-fiction books about comic books, their publishers, their history, etc?
posted by Runkst at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I make her see that there's no chance for a romantic relationship between us without making a mess of things?

SeriouslyLetsJustBeFriendsFilter: How can I make her see that there's no chance for a romantic relationship between us without making a mess of things? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 1:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me bracket!

Can someone tell me how to auto-bracket using my Canon 10D? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Are they all going to make fun of me?

So it looks like my iMac G5 hard drive died some time this afternoon while the computer was on and I was not in front of it. Great! I'm still covered by warranty, so there's that. BUT. When the hard drive died... I, err, may have been in the process of downloading porn through BitTorrent. (Nothing illegal, but y'know, it's porn.) Obviously I have to bring this computer in for repair, and will probably have to give the HD to some kind of data-recovery service, and so when some techno-wizard hopefully gets things going again, there that porn file will be, sitting right out on my desktop. This happens all the time, right? Are they going to be scandalized? (I am in NYC, so my guess is no, but...) What level of humiliation or other problems am I looking at here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a tech job - too much experience?

I'm having a difficult time finding a tech job two thirds of the way across the US from where I am now. I'm wondering if it’s because my age is showing through, or if it's something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

School Vouchers and Private Indoctrination

What do people opposed to school vouchers think of private schools in general, and is supporting them hypocritical? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 12:33 PM PST - 22 comments

African violet:Such worth is rare

Anyone know the history and/or purpose behind /usr/share/misc/flowers ? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 12:17 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm insulted! (I think.)

Pardon if this is vulgar or offensive: What do "Mada chod" and "Bey shalam" mean? How is the latter a retort to the former? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Rim ding removal.

I want my car to look nice before I sell it - how can I get dings and scrapes out of the rims? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Note Taking With A Tablet: Brilliant or Bonehead?

DorkyStudentFilter: Looking to see if anyone else has used a tablet to assist in taking notes in class, and other ideas for note taking. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 11:11 AM PST - 13 comments

2003 vw jetta overheating

favorite girls 2003 volkwagon jetta is over heating - low miles (30k) - she's semi-stranded in rapid city south dakota... anyone have any experience with similar problems with their late model vws? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Basements and mold and carpet

Basements, mildew, and mold, oh my... [more inside]
posted by adampsyche at 10:45 AM PST - 4 comments


PhotoBlogFilter: Tips on starting a photo journal? Oh, snap! There's [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

S. Testing

Need a great source of info (online or book) on software testing: servers and databases: unit testing, interface, regression, accuracy. Basic and advanced, anything appreciated.
posted by uni verse at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me enter the viral video pantheon, will ya?

I'd like to remix a handful of videos from Youtube. What's the best/easiest/cheapest (i.e. free) way to do this? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

How to remove Firefox autofill entries?

How do I remove "autofill" form choices from Firefox? For example, for my gmail account I once mistyped my user name and that mistyped name always appears in the list of user names to select from. Or on the URL entry field on Firefox, suppose you once entered a URL for a site that you really don't want to show up again as one of the sites to choose from. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

The optimal amount of beach volleyball clothing

From a purely functional standpoint, what is the optimal amount of beach volleyball clothing? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 9:28 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you stay motivated creatively?

How do you stay motivated creatively? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 8:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Conversion: ppt to mpg.

ppt -> mpg ?? [more inside]
posted by ハッカー at 6:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Who made this tile-picture?

Can anyone identify the picture shown in this photograph? It’s a framed group of six ceramic tiles, which collectively depict a group of colourful, elongated figures, in a boat. It was hanging on the wall of a Spanish villa where my wife and I spent a vacation in 2001. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 6:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting around "No Phone Calls Please" for employment.

Prospective employer: "No Phone Calls Please." So, how to follow up on a resume submission? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 4:45 AM PST - 16 comments

What does 'LCM' stand for in Kellogg's LCMs?

Australia has its own version of Rice Krispie Squares - Kellogg's LCMs®. What does LCM stand for?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Body soap/shower gel suggestions

Suggestions for body soap and shower gel for a man in the UK and U.S.? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 3:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Cracked FlashCard Calculator LCD

I cracked my FlashCard Calculator LCD. Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 1:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy a basic business wardrobe.

My role and environment at work has recently changed and I have forgotten how to dress. How can I quickly buy the right wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic at 1:00 AM PST - 23 comments

July 22

Web hosting and "illegal" activity

Web hosting and "illegal" activity [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Moving out of one's own head.

I live in my own head too much. I over-analyze my own feelings/thoughts as well as the actions of others. How do I overcome this? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 8:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Home virtual tours for realtors business???

I'm considering doing a side-business creating home virtual tours (360 degree panos + stills) for local real estate professionals. I understand there are companies out there, that provide info and marketing materials that allow you to be an affiliate. Anybody doing this/done this have any words of wisdom?
posted by spock at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find concice definitions of the legal status of "Native American"/"First Nation" "reservations" in the Americas.

Where can I find concise definitions of the legal status of "Native American"/"First Nation" "reservations" in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 7:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Urinating from sex organs

Why do humans and animals(?) urinate from their sex organs? Are these two bodily functions in some way related? Are their examples of animals that pee & have sex with parts of their bodies that are spaced far apart? [more inside]
posted by selton at 6:14 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I remove invisible fiberglass splinters?

Invisible fiberglass splinters in my hands -- how do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 6:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Paternal rights advocacy organization

Legal advocacy group filter: I'm having a hard time tracking down legitimate paternal rights advocacy groups (I know they are out there). Can anyone point me in some useful directions? [more inside]
posted by mrmojoflying at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How to appeal a university's rejection?

Does anyone have an experience appealing an admission decision by a university? I recently applied as a transfer student to a private university in California and was rejected. I'm putting together an appeal now and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice from first hand experience. [more inside]
posted by petah at 5:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you help with a Latin translation?

How would this motto translate into Latin? "Embrace change, never compromise." [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 5:42 PM PST - 12 comments

How can Greasemonkey Change My Life?

I don't really understand Greasemonkey, and I feel like I should. I get what it is more or less, but I want to know how it can Change My Life. So, for those of you who use Greasemonkey extensively, what do I need to be using? [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 5:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Brave New Exercise

Today at the gym I saw a couple guys (football players, as it happens) doing an exercise I hadn't seen before. They started with a 50lb dumbbell in one hand, bent over towards that side (that quad ~ 45 degree angle to the floor), the dumbbell fairly close to the floor. They then pushed off with that quad, jumped/transferred weight to their other foot so their body was completely under their arm, & did a military-press-like motion with the weight. They did 3 sets of 10 with each arm. What is this exercise called? Also, what is that general style of exercise called (more active/full body than simply isolating a particular group), & what are some other examples of this style?
posted by devilsbrigade at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I learn the elements of humor?

How can I learn the elements of humor? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 5:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Do Preferences about Anti-Smoking Legislation Have a Political Affiliation?

Do preferences about anti-smoking legislation have a political affiliation? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 4:34 PM PST - 24 comments

I lost my pants!

I left some pants in the dryer at my dorm and when i got back they were gone. How can I make an effective poster asking for them to be returned? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 4:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Raising a nine-year-old

We're looking for a good book on parenting that lays out what kids are like at different ages. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Selfish in bed... what to do?

How common is it for someone not to get any pleasure from bringing sexual pleasure to their partner? Is there anything that can be done about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Accident car insurance advice

My car rolled today and hit another parked car .. i guess I forgot to apply the emergency brake .. My car is fine .. her car has a huge dent in the back :( [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 3:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Ultimate camping in northern California?

Recommendations for tent camping in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by LooseFilter at 2:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Need Daycare Advice, Please...

I'm looking for safe, reliable, and affordable daycare in Portland, Ore. [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Tips for a new standardized test tutor?

So I'm applying for a standardized test (LSAT) tutoring position, right? I've got an "audition" next week, where I need to prove that I can teach. The material isn't as important as the ability to understand and react to the needs of the individual student. Any tips for one-on-one teaching like this? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 1:42 PM PST - 12 comments

LLC Implications

Implications of an LLC? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Pittsburgh to Washington, PA?

What's the easiest/quickest/cheapest way to get from Pittsburgh to Washington, PA without a car? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

"Or" Filters in iPod Smart Playlists

iPodFilter: Can you do complex filters in Smart Playlists? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 12:54 PM PST - 11 comments

unique nyc experience?

Unique New York experience for a couple - beyond helicopter rides? [more inside]
posted by saffron at 12:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Best Route?: Boston to Philly

What is the best driving route from Boston to Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by Hillman Cobs at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Java the Glut

Which of these Java runtime components do I actually need? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to view London tube posters online

On the London tube there are posters called "Above Ground" that show an above ground view of the route of the train you're riding in relation to various landmarks, museums, major streets, etc. Does anyone know if these posters can be viewed online somewhere? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

What percentage of the profits should I be asking for?

Through a mutual friend, I've been approached to develop the back end of a website. My compensation for my work will be a percentage of the profits this website brings in. I have no idea what percentage to ask for, or what's fair. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 11:25 AM PST - 15 comments

LAN Party for 8yr Olds

I have 10 eight yr olds coming for my son's birthday party. I have five pcs running XP. He has heard the words LAN party. I am broke. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 11:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Help meeting people outside the big city

I live in a large town in Texas, population 20,000 and am having trouble finding friends. [more inside]
posted by zek at 10:51 AM PST - 30 comments

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo, pick a love and make a go.

Which love option should I choose? [Much, much [more inside]
posted by hot little pancake at 10:28 AM PST - 62 comments

NO, I would not like to open the link in a new tab

Can I get rid of the "open in new tab" option on the right-click menu in firefox? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find the great Linux downloader for Emusic that I lost.

Help me find the great Linux downloader for Emusic that I lost. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

What spectacularly original long playing album came out of Holland in the 60s?

What is Tony Judy talking about here: [...]the European Sixties were always Eurocentric. Even the 'Hippy Revolution' never quite crossed the Atlantic. At most it washed up on the shores of Great Britain and Holland, leaving behind some sedimentary evidence in the form of a more developed drug culture than elsewhere -- and one spectacularly original long-playing record. -- Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, page 398 No footnote, no endnote, nothing. Anyone have any theories about what album he's talking about?
posted by bonecrusher at 9:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Chess owns me.

Help me enjoy playing chess. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 9:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Toll charges website?

Is there a website that lists the toll charges for major highways in the US? [more inside]
posted by alexmikayla at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Kiosk and wayfinding design specialists! What is unique to your task that does not overlap with web UI and Interaction design?

Design for Kiosks / Interactive wayfinding systems. What are the unique factors to consider? [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

What's within a five hour drive of my home city if I can drive in any direction?

Is there a google maps hack that will draw a circle around a given location to show a radius of distance (by mileage or time) around that location? [more inside]
posted by eirelander at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I going crazy?

Recently, I've been having problems figuring out what's real and what's not. [more inside]
posted by drleary at 7:11 AM PST - 34 comments

In search of a natural high

Help me kick the green, sticky stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 AM PST - 34 comments

Laptop DiskSpace issues

I have an older (3+ yrs) Dell Inspiron laptop that is running out of disk space (due to music files, tax and bookkeeping software programs). [more inside]
posted by blackkar at 5:41 AM PST - 14 comments

CBC Radio; The Contrarians

Where or how can one easily download CBC Radio's "The Contrarians"? Thanks
posted by strangelove at 5:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Who speaks Indonesian?

Does any one speak Javanese? I need a Javanese or Indonesian translation of a couple of words for a Tsunami Relief Concert. [more inside]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 1:48 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I prevent someone from stealing my central A/C?

How do I protect my central air conditioner unit from theft? [more inside]
posted by beelerspace at 12:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Weight training with a Mitral Valve Prolapse

Is it really dangerous to lift weights with a mitral valve prolapse? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 12:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Why won't hotmail work?

Why haven't I been able to connect to hotmail? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang at 12:11 AM PST - 4 comments

July 21

Will I make my bus after Os Mutantes in Chicago?

I need logistical information on the set Os Mutantes have been playing for their current reunion tour. Will I be able to make it to my Megabus at Union Station by 11 PM to make it home? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 11:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Old Bad Credit Marks - How do they go away?

I am trying to repair very old credit problems. I was a freelance designer for a few years and I had little to no money extra to pay some of the high bills I had. I'm trying to repair the old delinquencies - is this possible? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 11:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Adopted Powerbook G4. Should I sell her?

I just adopted a barely used 12” 1.33 G4 Powerbook free of charge. I’ve been a jealous WinXP user for some time and couldn't be happier with my new acquisition, but I’m a little torn over it’s usefulness. [more inside]
posted by paxton at 9:11 PM PST - 19 comments

My back hurts, stupid car.

How can I reduce back pain while driving? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Freakgronmics Chair Question

Ergonomics, part kajillion. I do have a few particular questions regarding chairs. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 8:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Religious oppression

Could you describe any notable incidents when you, personally, have suffered or faced oppression from organized religion in Europe or North America? How did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 7:49 PM PST - 38 comments

Can you help me find this online video?

I'm trying to find a video that I watched about 3 or 4 months ago (it was online). In it, there's these two older guys, wearing tie dye shirts, dancing really weird. It's outdoors, and they're dancing behind a gazebo, where a crappy band is covering Sublime songs. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

EPSON R300, why doth thee sucketh so bad?

I've just about had it with that total P.O.S. known as the EPSON Stylus Photo R300 printer. Not only does it suck expensive ink like a vampire (and will refuse to print in ANY color, including black, even if just one of the color cartridges becomes empty!) but using that dinky CD/DVD tray feeder to print onto is always a hit or miss proposition. [more inside]
posted by melorama at 5:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Fill a suddenly-free week in Berkeley, without a car

I just found out that I don't need to show up at work for almost all of next week - giving me a totally unexpected 6-day vacation. How should I best amuse myself? I'm in Berkeley, car-less, and am not very familiar with the area.
posted by kickingtheground at 5:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Should we stay or should we go?

I'm considering selling my house and moving back into an apartment. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 5:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Please give me advice on what I can do to give myself a satisfying future.

WORKFILTER: Input needed on what I should do with my future, immediately (next 5 weeks) and distantly (4 years)? (Long) [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 5:10 PM PST - 17 comments

my files my files my files come back!

Why are my files suddenly old?! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Burning smell coming from engine?

Burning smell coming from engine after not being driven for a year. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get to Israel?

How can I get from Turkey to Israel via boat given the current open border crossings? Does anyone know of specific companies that make this trip? If it is not possible to go direct, can I go through Cyprus or Egypt?
posted by christy at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

DIY airbag replacement-- how tough?

Has anyone here ever installed a salvaged airbag? How hard is it to do yourself? My car got bumped ludicrously lightly, the airbag deployed, and a new airbag is fantastically expensive while a salvaged one is cheap. But I would have to install it myself because local shops won't do it. The car is a volvo 940 1994. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity at 1:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Workout Accountability

MotivationFilter: Need a website thingy where a friend and I can both enter information about workouts we do. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 1:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How can we share our files accross several laptops?

Help me figure out the best solution to this problem: File sharing between 3 laptops and 1 pc (no server software). [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

How to search an interior matrix/array and lookup a corresponding value in Excel?

Excel Powers Active! Vague Excel spreadsheet lookup problem inside. [more inside]
posted by brettcar at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Running down the road trying to loosen my load...

Traveling from Washington DC to St. Johnsbury (actually Greensboro) Vermont towing a trailer. Is there a way to minimize the hills? [more inside]
posted by smellycheese at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

ungreen my machine

I recently started using "High Contrast White" color scheme in Windows XP. I tweaked it a little bit (changed the fonts, etc.) and am generally happy with it EXCEPT: text which should be greyed out is now bright green. [more inside]
posted by signal at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Mmm ... tacos.

What are you favorite taco recipes? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Presentation software help

Looking for software that can deliver very high quality, professional, attractive multimedia presentations that can be burned to a CD, sent to a customer, and "walk" the customer through the presentation in the absence of a speaker/presenter. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 1:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Won't you let me live?

Starting with Sumer, approximately how many human beings have died? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments


How can I rock out like Wolfdog? (or Sabbath, for that matter). One caveat--I prefer the fiddle, thanks. [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Teaching Math Facts at 15

My sweet son has many disabilities--type 1 diabetes, ADHD, depression. At 15, he just confessed with great pain that he doesn't know his multiplication tables very well. Explains a lot. Any really wonderful suggestions that don't infantilize and humiliate him. Ones that work? Any personal success stories and moral support will make me heart you.
posted by wordswinker at 12:51 PM PST - 52 comments

How to get my Electribe to sound good?

HelpMyMusicSoundBetterFilter: EQing on an Electribe? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Someone is phishing my mind.

How does the game on www.milaadesign.com work? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me learn to program simple Windows desktop applications

I want to learn to create simple Windows desktop applications for my own personal use. What programming language should I start learning? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 12:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Why you should buy a camera that takes AAs

My girlfriend's luggage got lost on the plane to Spain. Any hope it can catch up with her on her trip? And where can she replace her camera battery charger? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 12:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Two VPN's clients installed at once?

How can I install both Watchguard and Cisco VPN clients on my PC? [more inside]
posted by empath at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us find the right wedding venue in Pittsburgh, PA

We're gettin' hitched in Pittsburgh! I need help finding a reception/ceremony venue that 1) will hold at least 150 people, 2) will let me bring in my own catering, 3) will have a bar or a way to bring in a few kegs, and 4) be in a tent or indoors. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Let's go buy some shoes.

Personal Shoppers - or Mefites who feel like doing a favour -- in Buffalo? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

A career in anthropology?

What sort of career options would one have with a bachelor's degree in anthropology? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Buildig a tiny house in a big city?

Perhaps a ridiculous question: is it possible in a major city (I'm in Toronto) to buy a small piece of land and build a tiny house (like the B-52 on this page) on it? What's involved? If possible, what are the pros and cons? Is it pointless, financially? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 11:28 AM PST - 32 comments

How to "deal" with car salesman?

CarFilter: What are the typical hidden fees and pricing scams I should look out for when I buy or lease my next car? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Good software for scheduling employee shifts in a restaurant.

I'm looking for good software to schedule employee shifts in a restaurant. [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the deal with Lipo Dissolve?

Has anyone had any experiences or opinions with Lipo Dissolve? [more inside]
posted by wildgarlic at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it stupid to buy a convertible as the only car in Seattle?

Is it stupid to buy a convertible as the only car in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 10:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Gift for a 16 year old American going to Norway for a year.

Gift for a 16 year old American going to Norway for a year. [more inside]
posted by yetanother at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

is my son racist?

Is my son racist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Toilet limescale

How do I remove 4 years of monster London limescale from my toilet? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 9:51 AM PST - 24 comments

How to define relationships post-marriage?

How can I define my feelings, having a small field of reference? [more inside]
posted by psyward at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

File listing help

How can I easily get all the music files on my computer listed on to an excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Best Family Heirlooms?

What sort of heirlooms have parents passed to children? Which are most thoughtful and well received? Which do you wish your parents would have passed to you? [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 8:36 AM PST - 31 comments

When can one expect to be let out of a tv show taping in NYC?

When can one expect to be let out of a tv show taping in NYC? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Carry On Camping

I'm looking for UK camp site resources/info that are a bit less mainstream. I've done a fair amount of camping locally to where I am in Sussex on farms and other less organised camp sites -- all found via word of mouth -- but I'm looking to head a bit further away. The problem I'm finding is that most camping info is either 'proper' camp/caravan (*shudder*) sites or 'alternative' eco/politics-type places. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 8:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Who was that little yellow man painted on the side of the glass?

I saw this on here like two years ago but I can't find it now. Anyway, I'm trying to remember the name of these little television spots (it may have been a full show, but I don't thinks so) that featured a little yellow man painted on the side of a glass. It was for children. Anyone?
posted by Cochise at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I keep my watch running?

Are there any tricks that'll keep my self-winding watch from running down? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me name a financial services company!

Help me name a financial services company! [more inside]
posted by blag at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments


does anybody here live in big sur, california, and if so, is it possible to live there unless you are megarich? what type of jobs are in the area? whats it like to live there? can my wife and i pulling in about $150k live there? ive never been there but it seems like a place i would rather live in than north jersey. im kind of obsessed with it....
posted by fumbducker at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Excel Hours Mins

Excel Filter: I need to convert a wallop load of cells that are in decimal format to hours & minutes format. Please. More Inside. [more inside]
posted by kev23f at 7:12 AM PST - 15 comments

sprouted potatoes

So I bought this big (5 kg) sack of cheap potatoes, ate a few, and then left them for a few days. When I looked at them today, they'd all grown little green sprouts. If I remove the sprouts, are these potatoes safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 6:50 AM PST - 20 comments

World Service

I am in Canada, but want a website to think I am in the UK. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Where did it all go wrong?

Are there any confirmed and documented cases of famous people that have lost everything for one reason or another and ended up broke, alone, and homeless? [more inside]
posted by ChazB at 6:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Help! My diamond ring is missing!

Where is my girlfriend's diamond ring? We think it got stolen.... [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Two identical laptops: one connects, one doesn't.

Yes, it's time for yet another tiresome wireless connection conundrum. If you're brave and true, come take my hand and follow me into the [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Thanks for the tug

What should I buy to say thank you? [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 at 5:47 AM PST - 14 comments

best visionary architecture/urbanism books

Could you suggest good visionary (realized or unrealized) architecture and urbanism books ? I'd be interested in well illustrated books. I can afford a 50 to 150 dollars book on that topic. I'd like to find things like that.
posted by vincentm at 5:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Tax Dollars at work?

search: Can you help me find a citation? There was an article or post, possibly a pdf, that is a template used by our wonderful homeland security et al, to track and monitor would be terrorist's, one of these criteria's were certain flag signals for them. [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User at 4:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this book for teenagers

I read a book when I was a teenager about a poor girl living in England, who is raped by a pop star and then hounded by him and his fans to go out with him. I can't remember the title - does anyone know the book? [more inside]
posted by ingridm at 4:44 AM PST - 6 comments

How to send digital audio wirelessly

Is there a device (pair) that can take digital audio out and wireless-ly transmit it 30 feet to allow for digital audio in on a receiver? [more inside]
posted by jshelus at 4:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Swashbuckling sea-plunderer seeks parrot/perch solution

Ahoy askm[ateys]! Help a pirate keep her parrot on its perch. There is [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 1:02 AM PST - 25 comments

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. Ovid

In "today's insane world" should children ever be allowed to play outside, alone, unsupervised? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 12:59 AM PST - 46 comments

July 20


Why feed babies butter? [more inside]
posted by bash at 11:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Chess & Go

I'm looking for two things on OSX: 1) A chess trainer 2) "Go" (and if it has a training function, even better) [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Pixel fonts versus TT fonts.

I’m looking for font recommendations for a multi-lingual online Flash application. [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Help out with home recording studio configuration!

Home Recording Studio: What is causing buzzing on the speakers? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 10:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Does chelation therapy == snakeoil?

Is chelation, as a therapy for atherosclerosis, only recommended by quacks? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 10:13 PM PST - 9 comments

A book everyone should read?

Please tell me a book you think everyone should read and why. [more inside]
posted by pasici at 9:48 PM PST - 135 comments

Too much PDA

My friends got together last year and are full-on with the pda. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:29 PM PST - 42 comments

Where in the world should I buy a camera?

Where is the cheapest place to buy a digital camera? Ebay, London, Dubai, Qatar, or Bangkok [more inside]
posted by MrC at 8:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Help find low-cost health care in Southern California

Please help my Mother-in-law get low-cost medical care in southern California. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

I will gladly give you a pound of flesh Tuesday for a hamburger today.

Will making a plan to pay off a creditor improve my credit rating...even before the whole balance is paid? Or do collectors not report to the agencies until the whole balance has been collected?
posted by bingo at 7:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me help my father!

Please, please help. For the past two years my father has been suffering from these weird red ear episodes, which no one can seem to explain. [more inside]
posted by rosswald at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

How much to move

I am interviewing for a new job shortly. I am trying to come up with a dollar figure for how much I should ask for. I will be changing cities, working a fairly similar job to the one I am in now, and moving to a city where the housing costs are slightly higher. How do I figure out how much I need to make the move? Is a calculator available to help with this decision? I am looking for raw numbers here, I will factor in social costs later. [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

master of my domain

If I want to create sub-sites within my main site, which option is better -- and why? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 6:35 PM PST - 19 comments

War Corresponding!

I wanna be a WAR correspondent. How? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 5:39 PM PST - 36 comments

The ole switcharoo!

Ticketfilter: It is possible for me to switch my seats with someone else's if it's Will-Call only? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 5:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a vaguely-described book.

I read a book when I was 12 or 13 about a boy who may have been living in Wales. The only things I remember about the book are that it involved aliens, cairns (as grave markers?) and that it scared the heck out of me. Does this ring any bells with anyone?
posted by casconed at 5:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone answer this IQ test question?

Can anyone answer this IQ test question? [more inside]
posted by somethingclever at 4:54 PM PST - 48 comments

My own private Guantanamo

What recourse do fathers who receive Massachusetts 209A restraining ? From what I can gather, a woman can say absolutely anything and get a restraining order imposed. I got one yesterday taking custody away from me for alleged threat of violence I made. At the time I was over 200 miles away. I didn't think I was that powerful. [more inside]
posted by notmtwain at 4:40 PM PST - 55 comments

Outlook 2003 is a stubborn whore

How can I make Outlook 2003 "adopt" current text formatting when replying to an email by inserting text in-line? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Wish I could send her a California Burrito

I'd like to send a birthday care package to a friend who recently moved from California (San Diego) to Massachusetts (Burlington). Suggestions on sending a little Cali love? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 3:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Room Fragrance help

Looking to find a source of a room fragrance for a friend. She bought it from a catalog that she cannot remember the name of, but it was discontinued. [more inside]
posted by hankbear at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

13W3 to VGA Madness!

Does anyone have any experience hooking up a regular VGA Monitor to a NeXTStation Color? What's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 3:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I stay sane while home all day with a newborn?

Metaparenting: How do I stay sane while home all day with a newborn? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 3:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Seeking Chevy Suburban in Washington D.C.

We're looking to rent/take on loan, a white or black Chevy Suburban in Washington D.C. for a specific date. How can we locate one? [more inside]
posted by omidius at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Missing my ride

My non-pimped ride (1993 sedan, BB value: $825) was just totaled in an accident with a commercial truck (the truck driver's fault, and he was cited). Are there any ways to get the adjuster to value the car more highly than $825 so that I have any chance of replacing it? [more inside]
posted by xo at 3:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Dont let me loose my playcounts!!!

Save my itunes playcounts and ratings! Damnable windows has crashed! [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you get to St. Petersburg from Tampa with no car?

What form of transportation can one use to get from partying in Tampa then getting back to a hotel in St. Petersburg without a car?
posted by smallsociety at 2:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Telenovelas are the next big thing!

What are your favorite shows on Spanish TV? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Must all statutory laws be written?

Is there a constitutional provision in the United States that all statutory laws must be written and/or available to the public for review? [more inside]
posted by chitlin at 2:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can we go from London for a few days in Europe?

[EuroTripFilter]What European city can we go to CHEAPLY for a few days from London? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Traffic phobia

Embarrassing phobia. I need to drive myself 10 or so hours in a couple of weeks, and I am very afraid that I will find myself in a traditionally panicky situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Foreign sports sedans really are expensive to maintain.

Ouch, I just got a quote for $895 on a brake job for a 2001 325i BMW. Previous thread indicates that this may be way out of line. The parts supposedly cost $500 alone. Is this right? Any experience bringing a BMW to a non-dealer? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

The more you know ...

Can you recommend a program on DVD or PC for learning English as a second language? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 1:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get the names of an ActiveX control's members?

I have to write a Visual Basic 6 program that checks that an ActiveX control's properties and methods are correctly documented in a Word document. How do I get a list of a control's properties and methods, given its filename? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Boat won’t start. Help!!!

Help save my vacation. Boat won’t start. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mrleec at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

"You kids better pray to the god of skinny punks this wind doesn't pick up, cuz if it does..."

What sports, exercises, and activites are best suited to tall skinny people? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 1:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me look at good looking women without guilt.

Why do good looking women make me nervous and guilty when looking at them? [more inside]
posted by convex at 12:58 PM PST - 61 comments

Should I bring someone on as a business partner?

Should I bring someone on as a business partner? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Ever thus to deadbeats, Lebowski.

What does "ever thus" mean? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 12:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Know any cool DC Clothing Stores?

Do you know cool local female clothing stores in DC? [more inside]
posted by blasdelf at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

What can we do to preserve the repertory movie-going experience in Montreal after the closing of Cinema Du Parc?

What can we do to preserve the repertory movie-going experience in Montreal after the closing of Cinema Du Parc? [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you remember a classic Mac game with midgets on a canyon floor?

Can you identify this classic Mac game? [more inside]
posted by Succa at 12:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I have a Mysterious Disease?

Do these symptoms add up to anything? Repeated sores/cracks at the corners of my mouth, night sweats, fatigue...and I am posting anonymously because there is more inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM PST - 38 comments

Nice free-wifi cafe in DC?

Good cafe in DC to work with laptop, one with free wifi? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 11:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Grace under fire

How can I learn to keep a cool head in stressful situations ? [more inside]
posted by cobrien at 11:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Humongous PDF files

Why are my PDF files so huge? [more inside]
posted by ancientgower at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

I just installed Ubuntu, now how do I install programs?

I just installed Ubuntu, now how do I install programs? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 10:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for international movers?

Seeking recommendations for international shipping/moving companies. I have a small household's-worth to ship from California to the UK (no furniture that's worth keeping, but a large studio full of stuff). There are many companies online but I know from friends' experiences that these waters are shark-infested.
posted by beniamino at 10:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Travel to Dublin

Next month, I am going on a trip to Dublin for a week. I have three questions for anyone who has experience with the city:
  1. Where would you recommend staying? (Hostels in the £10 / night range are my usual style.)
  2. What would you recommend seeing? (There is an AskMeFi post on this already, but it only covers a weekend-length stay)
  3. Is there anything particularly useful to know about going to Dublin?
posted by sindark at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Which light best portrays an accurate depiction of the whiteness of your teeth?

What kind of light do you use to accurately measure how white your teeth are? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Browser download without a Content-Length header?

How do I get the browser to prompt a user to save a huge file when I don't know it's size in advance? [more inside]
posted by joegester at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Boffin hats on chaps, what the hell is this about?

What is going on in Huangyangtan? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a

8 unit condo in Jersey City needs an energy (HVAC, heating) consultant to look at our boiler and heating system and advise us on how to lower our heating bills. We are keen to consider green options but economy is the main criterion. Thank you for your recommendations and advice. [more inside]
posted by johoney at 9:16 AM PST - 1 comment

can't sweep correctly

I can't sweep the floor! This is something I thought I knew how to do-I mean, I do it at home sporadically and I used to sweep the porch and the kitchen for my clean-freak mom and she never complained. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 9:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Nike+Ipod Sport Kit in Ontario, Canada?

I am having a difficult time locating the Nike+Ipod Sport Kit in Canada. Apple.ca doesn't have it listed in their store and Nike.ca is just a horrible [but cool looking] website. My google-fu is failing me miserably and I was hoping that someone has seen these around. I called a local [Kitchener] Apple reseller and they say it should be available in 2-3 weeks. My greedy little hands cannot wait that long. :) Can anyone help?
posted by cbushko at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Web browser market share reference

What is the definitive online reference for web browser market share? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do our fundies like their fundies?

Is there some reason that christians support Israel? I was browsing the Rapture Ready message boards, and while I realize they are a bit of a fringe, they seem to be fanatically pro-israel (see this signature), and that sentiment seems to be echoed amongst many other christians I know. I would have figured christians to be mildy anti-israel, as it's inhabitants sort of shunned their prophet/savior. What gives?
posted by phrontist at 8:25 AM PST - 41 comments

Buzzy Hell!

What can I expect from living next door to a wasps nest as the summer progresses, and is there any humane way to get wasps to leave the nest etc. if they are already well established. More Inside... [more inside]
posted by empedia at 8:09 AM PST - 23 comments

How hard is it to start a hedge fund?

I know several people who have started in small-scale hedge funds that seemed to be initiated by a single investor/founder who happened to have some capital. What steps are required to start a hedge fund? What kinds of relationships should a founder have before starting one? What kind of restrictions are there on hedge fund creation?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Camisetas Bobas

Where can I find Portuguese-language t-shirts? Surprisingly, not in Brazil! [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 7:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Metals trade secrets

About half of billion-dollar divorces seem to involve a "metals trader". I'm not hoping to divorce, but how does one become a "metals trader"?
posted by londongeezer at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Got into an ugly fight with my former boss. How do I solve this?

Got into an ugly fight with my former boss. How do I solve this? [more inside]
posted by IZ at 7:08 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm afraid I'm pregnant, but maybe I'm just crazy.

Could a moderate diet and a lot of stress account for my missed period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Foot-sore in Mississippi

I was arrested and convicted for DUI in Mississippi over 3 years ago. I have not driven since (small town, good friends, I live close to work), and now I am wanting to get my license back. . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me help her

Well the mixtape worked (together 7 months now), but things are getting difficult as my girlfriends various issues become more and more of a problem. Help me help her. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 6:41 AM PST - 31 comments

Currency Conversion

I'm going to the States on the weekend and I'm wondering what the best way is to convert Canadian dollars to American dollars? What option provides the best conversion rate for $300-500?
posted by jonshadow at 6:40 AM PST - 14 comments


I'm going to a beer tasting, help me sound like I'm fancy. [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 2:42 AM PST - 34 comments

July 19

How long will food and milk last in a refrigerator without power?

How long will food and milk last in a refrigerator without power if I don't open the door? [more inside]
posted by rfbjames at 11:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Effing Tailgaters.

Does anyone know where I can buy a bumper sticker that says "The closer you get, the slower I go" in the Perth metro area?
posted by krisjohn at 10:55 PM PST - 24 comments

"23" Coincidences

Where can I find William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson's and other's written pieces of "23" coincidences on-line? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

My laptop screen wants to escape -- What do I do?

My laptop screen is separating from the rest of the computer! It looks like one of the two hinges is hanging on for dear life, and I'm concerned -- if it gets much worse, it will be detached on that side. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does artificial sweetener make my teeth numb?

Why does artificial sweetener make my teeth numb? [more inside]
posted by Lucie at 8:38 PM PST - 51 comments

iBook May I

Read/write permissions on an iBook. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Polish/Ukrainian Film Recommendations

I'd like recommendations for Polish or Ukrainian historical documentaries or fact-based films. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Microfiber + cat: wise or unwise?

Is this sofa compatible with this cat? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 7:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Cartoon with Schubert's Ghost?

Where can I find a cartoon short with the ghost of Schubert and possibly Bugs Bunny? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 7:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me learn how to program before I tear my hair out.

I've been trying to learn how to program, but it's not going well. [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 6:55 PM PST - 47 comments

Your future holds a flaming confection...

Birthday Fun: Looking for psychics in downtown Chicago/River North. [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 6:38 PM PST - 5 comments

oh give me a home, where the spelunkers roam, and the trails are not marked and lit...

I went spelunking in the Nutty Putty caves in Utah a few years ago, and -loved- it... Can anyone recommend similar non-commercialized caves in which to go exploring with friends in California, Oregon, Nevada, or possibly Arizona? [more inside]
posted by po at 6:16 PM PST - 11 comments

I really think it's dead this time

I am ready to toss my computer out the window, do you think I am doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by msali at 5:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Wireless without broadband

Boonies Wireless Networking with a Phone Line. Help needed! [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How to Burp

How can I learn to burp? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 at 5:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Cat Hair Killed My Shift Key!

My cats are shedding a lot. As a result, my laptop (Dell Inspiron 700m) keyboard is filled with hair. I have had to remove a few keys to fix the problem. Until today, no problemo. But I didn't know how weird that shift key was. I can't get it to click back into place correctly. I really can't go without my laptop, given my current job, so sending the thing off to Dell is pretty much out of the question. Can I get some tips on fixing this myself? Or does anyone know what kinds of stores fix laptop keyboards? While I'm at it, anyone know a good way to protect laptop keyboards from cat hair so this won't happen again?
posted by abbyladybug at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What equipment do I need to bake a giant cake?

What sort of stuff do I need to bake a big sheet cake? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:38 PM PST - 14 comments

NOLS or Outward Bound?

I’d like to learn more about what to expect on a typical backpacking (or insert activity here) trip through organizations like NOLS or Outward Bound. I’m 30 years old and while I’m in pretty good shape I don’t have a lot of experience with long camping/backpacking/climbing trips. I’d like to join a short expedition to learn new skills and gain confidence I need to go out by myself. Besides, it just sounds fun. [more inside]
posted by ryanhealy at 4:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Counterstrike Machinima: deagle video to Tool's Parabol/Parabola

A ways back, and I think this was about 5 years ago, there was a short video clip made using Counter-Strike (the Halflife mod) that played to the soundtrack of Parabol/Parabola by Tool. It was one counter-terrorist and one terrorist and basically just involved one guy walking over, then diving in slow-mo and firing the Desert Eagle (deagle). Couldn't find it with Google...does anyone have it or know where I can find it?
posted by bangitliketmac at 4:04 PM PST - 1 comment

In Windows XP: Migrating from the general Administrator Account to a Personal User Account...how?

In Windows XP: Migrating from the general Administrator Account to a Personal User Account...how? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my machine post?

I just put together a pc from new parts. It won't post-- fans turn on, but that's it. No video signal, no power light, no beeps, cd trays won't open. Power supply is 400w and tested in another machine. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:58 PM PST - 15 comments

My rain barrel won't swell.

Any idea why my wooden rain barrel won't swell when filled with water like it did last year? [more inside]
posted by cda at 3:46 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get my lost Mac Keychain password back?

How can I recover my Apple Mac Keychain password. [more inside]
posted by darksmiler at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments


Movable Type PHP library: is it possible to use the PHP library in the same fashion as the perl library? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Dumb calculus question...

Stupid calculus question inside. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 3:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Apple Remote Play

I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and when I use the remote control feature and try to load videos that I've downloaded on the iTunes music store, nothing plays. Has this happened to anyone else?
posted by adrober at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Need a system for organizing electronic files

Need to clean out and organize 15 years of electronic files. [more inside]
posted by donp17 at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Mono and Melatonin

Is there any printed studies or evidence that having had mononucleosis or a similar infectious disease could permantly affect a person's melatonin production? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

iWeb Comments without .Mac

Is it possible to get "comments" to work on an iWeb web-site -without- using .Mac? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 2:15 PM PST - 0 comments

How can I keep my office cooler?

How can I keep my office cooler? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Bad, but good!, potluck dish.

I'm looking for a potluck-type recipe that is a) horrifying, but b) tasty. Something like an entree or side dish that makes use of vegetables, meat, and jello.
posted by treebjen at 1:50 PM PST - 39 comments

San Francisco to Davis

Kinda urgent: A friend's flight was re-routed and now he needs to know the best way to get from the San Francisco airport to the University of California, Davis (about 70 miles away). [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 1:32 PM PST - 20 comments

How Do I Show Movies?

Is there anyway to get commercial exhibition rights for scheduled public performances for movie prints you own? Of course, there's... [more inside]
posted by baylink at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Sunglass scratches

Why don't they make sunglasses with the coating on the *inside*? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

What fun things are there to do in Gulf County, Florida?

Vacationfilter: Anyone know any cool things to do, sights to see, or places to eat in Gulf County, Florida? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Bypass administrator priveleges!?!?

What did I do to gain Administrator privileges to install software and how can I do it again? [more inside]
posted by nserrano at 1:09 PM PST - 19 comments

How did singer Bobby Bloom die?

Bobby Bloom is the artist on one of my favorite 70s pop songs, Montego Bay. How did he die? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Why Click It?

What information would you like to know before clicking on a link? For example, is it safe for work.
posted by bleucube at 12:19 PM PST - 32 comments

pdf form text field lines limit

I want to limit the number of lines that users can input in a printable pdf form text field so that there is no overflow/scroll bars or auto-resizing of the text. How can i do that? [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Pre-1900 dates in Excel?

Is there any way to make Microsoft Excel recognize dates before 1900? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to convert from Word to Pages

I'm a professional writer and book editor. I'd like to buy an Apple Mini and at long last get out of the grips of Microsoft. This means I want to use Pages as well. Does anyone have experience converting from Word to Pages.? [more inside]
posted by partner at 11:24 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the best air conditioner I can get?

I'm moving to third floor apartment in Brooklyn with giant windows facing east and west. My landlord says I should buy an air conditioning unit if I want to function. What unit should I buy? I'm looking for the best balance of price and quality. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Driving from Seattle to San Francisco

What's a good 2-3 day route for driving from Seattle to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

stick figure death

I remember an animated gif online where a stick figure bashes on his computer till his computer is destroyed, his hands are bloody stumps, he hits the computer with his head, and eventually dies. Where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by atom128 at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Small Changes that can positively impact weight loss?

Help me come up with some easy, small changes to make to my lifestyle to help me lose weight while dealing with other life issues (e.g. depression). [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 11:04 AM PST - 55 comments

Website Store Locator

Adding a searchable "store locations" to your website. [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Last Minute Travel Planning-Filter

What's the best route to take from Philadelphia to State College, PA? [more inside]
posted by Danelope at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

svn on my macbook help

Can you help with installing svn-client-ssl (and fink in general) on my macbook? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend any poems about university life?

Can anyone recommend any poems about university life? It is for a book group where we're reading some campus novels and we're looking for a poem on the same subject.
posted by janecr at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

And I thought the most stressful thing was supposed to be the "marriage"...

What do I do about our now-outrageously-priced wedding photographer, a year after the fact? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 10:16 AM PST - 56 comments

Alas, poor Laptop!

My laptop has suddenly run into problems... That is, it seems to like turning itself off with no warning whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 10:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Firefox hates me

Every time I start up Firefox, the search box is turned to Yahoo and GreaseMonkey is disabled. How do I ajust this?
posted by wheelieman at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm having AIM withdrawal

Why can't I access certain things on New Orleans City-Wide WiFi? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Introduce my dad to NYC

My parents are visiting me the first week in August, but I just found out that I need to briefly interrupt their visit to attend a meeting in New York. My dad has never been to NYC and I'll have some down time, so I'm thinking about taking him with me. Help me plan a fun two day visit for him. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Washington Dermatologist?

Can anyone recommend a dermatologist in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Old FW enclosure problem...

I have an external firewire CD burner that I want to repurpose as an external firewire hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

few words for a friend who passed

I have been asked say few words for a good friend who passed away young... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Christmas Invasion

In the 2005 episode of Doctor Who titled The Christmas Invasion there was a song near the end that starts "Well I woke up today". The song takes place as The Doctor's 10th personality is choosing his outfit from the stores in the Tardis. Can this song be had in it's entirety anywhere?
posted by kc0dxh at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

I need a Jolt!

Where in Seattle can I purchase Jolt Cola?
posted by jojopizza at 7:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Ein bisschen Frieden

Looking for examples of German anti-war, anti-nazi poetry. [more inside]
posted by prolific at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

What do BMI/ASCAP charge?

How much does an average-sized restaurant pay ASCAP/BMI to play music? [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Ancient Hard Drive

I'm having trouble getting files off an ancient hard drive using an enclosure. Help! [more inside]
posted by alan at 7:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Find a Buck

ShopFu: Help me find "A buck well spent" [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Geography resources for graduate students

Where can I learn about graduate opportunities (funded) in geography [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Cycling t-shirt-Hors Categorie

Does anyone know of a place to get a tshirt with the red Hors Categorie (HC) circle symbol? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Asking for a raise

Help me ask for a raise! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some slang words for a hangover?

Looking for slang words for a hangover. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 6:43 AM PST - 43 comments

Classic Investment Books... What Have I Missed?

Classic Investment Books... What Have I Missed? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 6:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Please identify this picture.

Picturefilter [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 6:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Research findings in languages other than English

How much research is being conducted that never crosses the language barrier into English and/or how long does it typically take research to disseminate into English-speaking journals? [more inside]
posted by trey at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments

No, no—*million* with an M.

MySQLFilter: Help me with my 56 million record table! Lots of cumbersome background inside... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Lonely no more

Advice for an otherwise well-adjusted person who misses being in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Whose jurisdiction am I under when making a connection at a foreign airport?

I always assumed that, when making a connecting flight in an international airport, I was under international jurisdiction - the logic being that I clearly haven't 'entered' the airport's host country (haven't got a visa/filled out a landing form/whatever). My personal experience and now recent events suggest otherwise, so what are the rules about this, and do they vary from country to country? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker at 3:24 AM PST - 22 comments

She's hoping to lose what feel like moon boots

My friend has Morton's Neuroma but she'd still like some nice looking shoes. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 12:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Continents for dummies

What should I read if I want to understand continental philosophy? [more inside]
posted by jweed at 12:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Forums for experts?

Are there any forums on the internet in which only people accomplished in their field can contribute but they are open for reading to the general public? Or where the public can contribute but the expert members are clearly identified? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:16 AM PST - 15 comments

July 18

Pleasing the sweet lad from Scotland

How to woo a Scottish/Irish boy.. are there tricks or sexual customs I should know? What is he used to from the local girls? [more inside]
posted by cior at 11:02 PM PST - 42 comments

Help Me Learn High Finance

Help me learn high finance! [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 10:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Songs that feature night...

Songs which feature night? [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 9:49 PM PST - 71 comments

"Ya ne govo'ryu po russki"

Can anyone recommend an English translation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina? [more inside]
posted by yeti at 9:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Blogger to Wordpress for a Fee?

Moving from Blogger to Wordpress: Can I pay someone to have it done? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Fish my wish

What are some good sauces and marinades for fish? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 8:29 PM PST - 36 comments

Monster.com scam or great opportunity?

Who are these consulting agencies contacting me off Monster.com, and are their offers too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by sixacross at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How would I go about becoming a member of a board of directors of a company?

How would I go about becoming a member of a board of directors of a company?
posted by Izzmeister at 8:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I pay for Oxford's Mst. in creative writing?

Is there any way for me to fund Oxford's Mst. course in creative writing? Or will I need to suck it up and decline their offer? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 7:31 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I get and stay connected to the 'net while travelling in Europe?

How to best stay "connected" while travelling in Europe? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Clinical Trial Inside Gouge??

Clinical Trial Filter: My stepfather was diagnosed with colon cancer today. [more inside]
posted by matty at 6:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How to market/sell a Pimped-out Car

How to market/sell a pimped-out car? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 6:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Post-Katrina N.O. Tourism Suggestions

It was asked pre-Katrina but now I think it's worth asking again: where should a tourist stay in New Orleans nowadays? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I de-cat a room?

My cat-allergic friend wants to stay with me for a couple of days. How can I make his stay more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 5:59 PM PST - 21 comments


What are the differences between ASCAP and BMI? Does anyone consider one performing right organization superior to the other and, if so, why? [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

What To Do At The Beach

VacationFilter: We're going to Duck, NC on the Outer Banks for a week, leaving on the 22nd. I know what I'm going to do; what sorts of things might be fun for the kids? [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments

How much work would it take for me to learn to be able to tumble and somersault?

How much work would it take for me to learn to be able to tumble and somersault? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 4:57 PM PST - 9 comments

classic bored teenagers

classic bored teenagers what can we do? [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 4:44 PM PST - 36 comments

Help be get the best deal on memory for my cameras.

Digital camera memory, does brand matter for SD or CF? (looking for two different cameras) [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 4:44 PM PST - 12 comments

pros/cons of being a therapist

What might I hate about becoming a therapist? [more inside]
posted by aimless at 4:41 PM PST - 24 comments

What can I do after teaching for a few years?

I have always been very interested in education and wonder if I began teaching, if it would open up some interesting job opportunities later on that are different from being a teacher? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Deal or No Deal?

My workplace is doing a little motivational contest based on the TV show Deal or No Deal (stupidest name ever, IMHO). I believe I've developed a strategy for the game that's not really covered anywhere else. Am I off my rocker, or is this valid? More importantly, how else can I improve on the basic strategy? [more inside]
posted by Imperfect at 4:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Sleek and stylish trend lines and histograms.

What shareware/web app can I use to make clean, pretty graphs? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Have a Giant Desktop

I now have an iMac G5 and an iBook G4. I'd like to be able to move items from one desktop to the other, in real time. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 3:44 PM PST - 18 comments

What is the most cost-effective solution for banking while living overseas for ~4 months?

What is the most cost-effective solution for banking while living overseas for ~4 months? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Menstrual Cycle Problem

Menstrual-cycle Filter: What methods are available to delay... [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 2:49 PM PST - 29 comments

What would you do if you hated your job?

Yet another "I hate my job" filter. Is it irresponsible to quit my job with absolutely nothing lined up? How about if finances for the next year weren't a huge issue? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 2:39 PM PST - 31 comments

hawaii honeymoon

what should i do in hawaii in august [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 2:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Why 'meeting admission criteria' doesn't mean 'you're in' at a Montessori school?

We went very carefully and timely through the application process for the admission of our son to a Montessori school (first grade). Then, with one month delay, we were notified that due to the higher than expected demand, and despite meeting the admission criteria, our son was not admitted, but placed on the waiting list. This response just drives me crazy, as I cannot understand what else than admission criteria can get a child in. [more inside]
posted by rootcause at 2:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Finding songs with a similar beat

Please help me find songs that fit my running pace! [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:12 PM PST - 18 comments

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered?

Why am I only interested in long term relationships? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 2:10 PM PST - 16 comments


I grew up without a father. He wasn't dead, but he might as well have been. My mother divorced my father when I was one because he was throwing away his music career and life on drugs. Soon after the divorce, his parents and brothers essentially divorced him as well. He wrote me one letter when I was 12. Last year, my father passed away before I could ever meet him. As I am getting older ( 32 ), I am starting to wonder how this experience, or lack therof has shaped my character. Do guys who grow up without a father exhibit certain character flaws or attributes. Without making me feel totally jipped, what is it like to have a father? Am I doomed to have deep reaching gender identity issues? Are there any good books on the subject? Does anyone have some good perspective on growing up fatherless and how you manage(d) it?
posted by jasondigitized at 2:05 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I communicate upcoming events to volunteers?

What would allow multiple people to both upload information about events and view events that others have posted? [more inside]
posted by cubby at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you have your wedding cake and open gifts too?

Cheapskatefilter: If I'm traveling out of town (1500 miles) to a wedding for people who live in town, do I have to get them a gift? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 47 comments

Should I join ASCAP? (not a simple question in my case)

Should I finally join ASCAP, despite my misgivings about copyright, the music-licensing industry, and certain practices by ASCAP and similar orgs? Yes, the cash would make a real difference for me, given the way ASCAP handles my genre and given my low income overall. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding Fun in Falmouth

Anything hip to do on Cape Cod? [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding at 1:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Quick turnaround Canuck to Yankee

What is the best case time line for a Canadian to obtain US citizenship? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it considered a breach of protocol or courtesy to wear a thobe if you're not an Arab?

Is it considered a breach of protocol or courtesy to wear a thobe if you're not an Arab?
posted by arimathea at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Is the A/C broken cuz it HOT in herr!

A/C filter: Is mine broken or is it just because it's 100 degrees outside? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 1:08 PM PST - 25 comments


Does absolute zero actually exist in the universe or is it just a theoretical concept? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 1:02 PM PST - 24 comments


What's the best brand/kind of Korean red ginseng? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a musical "feen" out there?

Do you know of a musical instrument that has name that sounds like "feen"? [more inside]
posted by donajo at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Gimme Gimme Gimme

"The Buddha Machine" Does this actually exist and where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Tampa Bay thoughts?

I'm thinking about a move to the Tampa Bay area (possibly to set up shop and raise the family)....Can any Mefites familiar to the area or living there tell me stuff about schools, crime, culture in the area...? Of course, assorted pros/cons would be great. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 12:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Auditory hallucination or sign of something really really bad

You know the movie Scanners? I think that happened to me last night. Is there some sort of real medical condition that could duplicate that? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Things to do in/near Dartmouth College

Things to do in Hanover, NH and on the Dartmouth College Campus? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

pirg.org legit?

Know anything about jobs with pirg.org? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 11:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Help! It's dark! I can't VNC!

VNC gets me a black screen. Help me connect ! [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

good morning, good morning - it's great to stay up late

Web-based alarm clock [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get started with part-time freelance design

I'm looking to do some part-time, on-the-side freelance design to provide some additional income. What are your suggestions for getting started? Where should I look for jobs?
posted by markcholden at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I lose my landline phone in favor of my cell phone?

The pro's and con's of killing my land line phone service in favor or going purely cell phone.....Go! [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 11:33 AM PST - 45 comments

How do I control the placement of new files on the OS X desktop?

(How) can I control the placement of new icons on my dual-head Mac desktop? They always land on the wrong monitor [more inside]
posted by mph at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Mystery Game

Can someone identify this mystery "game"? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How to print your own wedding programs at home

How can I go about printing my own programs for my wedding? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 10:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Why is my website so popular in South Korea?

Why in hell is my site getting so much traffic from South Korea? [more inside]
posted by RakDaddy at 10:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Are my rotors *really* damaged?

Our front brakes were making a grinding noise. The shop (which was recommended by neighbors, fwiw) said our rotors were damaged by excessively hard brake pads, and replaced the rotors. They suggested we get the pads changed too. It is making the grinding sound again. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

cool phones that don't work here

My wife and I are hosting some Korean exchange / homestay students while they study English here. One of the students has a really amazing cell phone - well actually all their phones are pretty slick. Super high res screens, high resolution cameras, slide out keyboards, better battery life, color phasing led-backlit keys, etc. I realize these don't work here because of "something to do with networks," but can anyone tell me WHY? and can these devices be altered to work here? And besides things like Treos and sidekicks and stuff like that, are there cool and relatively inexpensive phones available here? Is there a all-mobile-device weblog like Gizmodo or something that lists them?
posted by luriete at 10:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Which is a more environmentally friendly choice, an electronic PDA or a paper-based planner?

Which is a more environmentally friendly choice, an electronic PDA or a paper-based planner? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Does my car need this repair?

Shadetree filter: Does my car need this repair? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

You got your Puma in my Wipeout!

Downloadable content for PSP Wipeout Pure - is there any way to get a US Delta Pack to work on the EU version of the game, or otherwise remove the obnoxious Puma ads? [more inside]
posted by terpsichoria at 10:07 AM PST - 0 comments

Is it possible to convert an IMAP account to a POP account?

How do change an IMAP account to POP? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

HELOC: now or later?

Home equity line of credit: should I get one now or later? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I drive with an expired New Jersey drivers' license in Spain?

Can I drive with an expired New Jersey drivers' license in Spain? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 9:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Right up my alley

What is the origin of the phrase "right up my (his, her, etc.) alley"??? Is it as simple as referring to being "in my neighborhood of expertise" or is there some sort of bowling reference going on? Google's letting me down here -- but maybe my search capacities are a little rusty.
posted by punkbitch at 9:13 AM PST - 2 comments

drill press force multiplier?

Power Tool Filter: Is there some kind of 'force multiplier' in effect when using a drill press? i.e. when you put two pounds of pressure on the handle, is there more pressure applied to the work surface? Perhaps most importantly, how hard would this be to calculate? [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying Local Meat in Chicago

Where can I buy locally-raised meat and dairy products in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Where in Northern Virginia should I go for a new car radio?

Where in Northern Virginia should I go for a new, installed car radio? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get my money back

How do I get my money back from a friend? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 7:34 AM PST - 46 comments

Best books about psychotherapy?

I want to learn about psychoanalysis/psychotherapy/etc. -- what are the best books? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Myspace Music

I have a standard Myspace account. Can I turn this into a MySpace "Music" , or artist, account? Or do I have to create a new account?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 7:17 AM PST - 10 comments


Where can I get married in Yorkshire? [more inside]
posted by gaby at 7:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are my sunglasses polarized diagonally?

Why are my sunglasses polarized diagonally? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 7:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Troubleshootin The Tale: Temperature Traveler

Abstract Thinking Filter: So I created this creature that travels by temperature instead of time, so to speak. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 6:48 AM PST - 29 comments

Janken pon!

How do (did) you decide who goes first? [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 6:34 AM PST - 71 comments

rubbing elbows with the gods.

How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 6:29 AM PST - 18 comments

What muscle group opposes the pectorals?

I'm trying to revise my dumbbell-based home workout. I do bench presses for my chest, but what's the best exercise to oppose that? I'd been doing rows, but I've been noticing that my posture is bad and I want to be sure the weights aren't contributing to the problem.
posted by futility closet at 6:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Broadbandfilter: How can I get internet setup without a current phone number (in SF)?

Gah! Broadbandfilter! Moving to a new apartment next week (in SF). What broadband provider, and how do I search for it without a current phone number? (Cable vs. DSL vs. FIOS vs. Wireless?) [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 6:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Where should I apply to go for my Ph.D.?

Okay, so I'm hoping to apply this winter for Ph.D. programs in computational linguistics. (Thanks for the encouraging advice, guys!) The question is, where? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me get a job!

IT/IS Managers: Help Wanted. How do i get a job in IT or IS? [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 5:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Learning classes in PHP

Can you point me in the right direction for good tutorials on using classes in PHP? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:47 AM PST - 2 comments

You've Got Mail.... for now.

Help me fight The Man: My mail carrier is leaving me notes telling me that he is going to stop delivering mail to me unless I start locking my mailbox every day. Can he? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:37 AM PST - 33 comments

A Legit Music Collection

Straight up: Is it legal for me to loan a CD to a friend so that he can copy it for his own use? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 4:09 AM PST - 29 comments

Should I worry about these thousands of bug bites?

I very stupidly fell asleep on the beach and woke up with an enormous number of unusual bug bites. 24 hours and a whole tube of cortizone cream later they're still here. What kind of bug did I likely encounter, and should I be worrying about this? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 1:56 AM PST - 11 comments

It's all greek to me!

Can somebody translate this east-asian language spam for me? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 1:37 AM PST - 9 comments

What processor should I base my new machine on?

Building a new computer: Athlon 64 or Pentium D? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 1:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Out! Out of that damn job!

I told the CEO of my company that it was time to talk "exit plan" a week ago. In the interim I'm at an industry convention... [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Sleeping on the streets of Venice?

Planning on traveling to Venice: Are there any cheap hostels or hotels that are available? If so, where are they? On the extreme side, we're even willing to rough it out and sleep on the streets for a few nights. Anyone ever tried this and is this safe, or are we batshit crazy? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 12:13 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I crack my Windows XP user profile password?

How do I recover a user profile from a previous Windows XP (Professional) installation? Old user profile is still there, but keeps denying me access. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I build muscle on a single speed bicycle?

48 x 16 single speed... have I topped out in muscle building? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 12:05 AM PST - 11 comments

July 17

Grammar Check

Is there are any software that can perform a decent grammar check? [more inside]
posted by benji at 11:15 PM PST - 4 comments

London beckons

LondonRelocationFilter: Help me find a headhunter in London! [more inside]
posted by askingaboutlondon at 11:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Stop the infidels! Destroy the TP!

CatFilter: What are the best ways of ending my cat's jihad against the infidels when "the infidels" happen to be rolls of toilet paper? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:37 PM PST - 21 comments

What's with all the bearded women in "Shaolin Soccer"?

What's with all the bearded women in Stephen Chow's movie "Shaolin Soccer"? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 10:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Better with age

Why does my tomato sauce taste so much better the day after? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 10:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Clover say "Owie!"

Does my newly spayed dog need pain medication? [more inside]
posted by Savannah at 10:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it possible do a tri-country, bi-continenental, radio-style "chat" podcast?

Is it possible do a tri-country, bi-continenental, radio-style "chat" podcast? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:03 PM PST - 7 comments

The neverending crush

Has anyone had neverending dreams well into adulthood about a childhood crush? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 8:25 PM PST - 35 comments

Good websites for cell phones?

What are the best websites to view on a mobile phone? I have a Samsung A900 and it has a pretty large viewing area, what websites would be best that are specifically formatted for cell phones? I am interested in any website that you can think of but specifically good news sites. Also any website that is leading the pack in UI for cell phones would be great. Also if you know any sites that aren't formatted for cell phones but still function well i'm interested.
posted by pwally at 8:13 PM PST - 11 comments

What has been your experience with filing a claim with PayPal?

What has been your experience with filing a claim with PayPal? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:59 PM PST - 21 comments

A political history of Wikipedia?

Does there exist a political and/or sociological history of Wikipedia? I'm fascinated by the explosive growth of that community and would like some insight on how it has evolved. I'm not so much looking for Jimbo-in-the-news type controversies as I am interested in learning how contributors "rise through the ranks" of the bureaucracy and garner support for side projects and policy changes.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

simple spanish language media to increase understanding

I want to practice my spanish. Is there spanish language media that can hold my interest; available solely through the internet? [more inside]
posted by andendau at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Personal cooling methods sought

Creative (non-insane) ways to keep cool in Florida needed [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 7:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me make music for MuFi

Can you help me be a better home recording engineer? I've posted some things to MuFi which were pretty fun, but are technically suck-tronic. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Did wellbutrin give you hives?

Hello fellow depressed meFites! For those of you who have taken wellbutrin, did you ever have itchiness or hives as a side effect? Did it go away after a while or did you have to go off of the drug completely? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 6:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Power Adapters on a Plane!

Help! It's my father-in-law's birthday and he wants a "power adapter so he can use his laptop on an airplane"... (details inside) [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 6:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Furnace replacement - what to ask the contractors?

I'm having three HVAC contractors come to my house tomorrow to give me estimates for replacing my gas furnace. What should I look for to identify a "reputable" contractor, and what questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Israeli/Palistinian conflict: the death toll.

Are these statistics disputed? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 5:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Canadian Border Patrol and Legal History

What legal history record can the Canadian, US border patrol sleuth out, and what do they care about? I am going on tour with a musical group from NY to Montreal. I heard that when passing the border with a van with music equipment, they can be very scrupulous and even do background checks. I have a non-felony on my record in Chicago, in which I won the court case, but never sent the $300 to my lawyer to finish the expungement process. Will they be able to sleuth out this information at the border? How have your experiences been at the border?
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Camera Choice

My husband and I can choose one of two cameras as a gift from our credit card..... [more inside]
posted by crw at 5:22 PM PST - 13 comments

The land of high expectations.

What is it like to live and/or work in the Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by zhivota at 4:38 PM PST - 29 comments

When and how to give my kid a computer?

I'm a dad now, and recently I've been wondering when I should give my son a computer, and how it should be set up. [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Let's all chill out...

TooDarnHotFilter: Since most of the U.S., including me, is having a broiling heat wave right now, I thought it would be useful to share suggestions on keeping cool. Particularly, what are the best recipes? What I'm looking for are things that heat up the kitchen the least. I tried the slow cooker today, but it's still making things hotter than I like in the kitchen, and tomorrow's forecast is 102. There is always grilling, but that requires (eek!) going outside. Other suggestions for keeping cool for the under-A/C'ed (like myself) or the A/C-less?
posted by Shoeburyness at 4:05 PM PST - 39 comments

Please help me find shirts which are interesting not just for their pattern!

It would be great if people could share their favourite suppliers/retailers/tailors for affordable, quality shirts. I'm talking about shirts which are either interesting, different or vintage. I'd be especially keen on those with detachable collars - this was in fact the reason for my asking the question. [more inside]
posted by dance at 3:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me be a worker bee

I start a new job next week at a local newspaper in the production end of ad sales...ie. design. This will be the first time I've worked in three years. I dumbed down my resume a lot to get the job, which I really want. It's in a small town, which I moved to three years ago and the paper publishes twice a week....small town....really small town. I used to work at a high profile 24 hour Cable News Network located in Atlanta, GA, which shall remain nameless, wink. wink, in a very stressful, high responsibility position... [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I do about my girlfriend's abusive ex?

My girlfriend's ex is destroying our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 62 comments

Help me hotwire my POS truck.

Help me hotwire my POS truck. [more inside]
posted by BSummers at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Realistic Cartoons

Realistic potraits cartoons: are there any art available of known cartoon/comic characters drawn as though they were real-life potraits? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Where were those troops, anyway?

Where were the Israeli troops when they were abducted by Hezbollah? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

A trivial pursuit

Where can my co-workers and I go for a bar trivia outing in NYC? [more inside]
posted by langeNU at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments


Help me find a good sleep disorder clinic around SF (East Bay, hopefully). [more inside]
posted by Dunwitty at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the Best Web-Based Encyclopedia?

What is the best Web-based encyclopedia, and why?
posted by NYCinephile at 2:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Who can legally perform a marriage in Los Angeles County?

Who can legally perform a marriage in Los Angeles County? [more inside]
posted by oncogenesis at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

sing us a song, you're the piano man

Many pianists I know know many of the popular songs -- moonlight sonata, chariots of fire, piano man, the "Peanuts" song, fur elise, etc. Is there a list of the most popular piano pieces out there, both contemporary and classical? Even better if there is a songbook with the sheet music? Even better if it's available online? I'm looking to learn a few dozen songs with my free time in the Fall.
posted by lpctstr; at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Cleaning gasoline stains from paint.

Over the last couple of years, I guess I overfilled the gas tank of my motorcycle each time that I stopped for gas and now there are streaks on the tank. Is it possible to clean those dried gasoline streaks? If so, what products and methods do you suggest? Or do I give up before starting and have the tank completely stripped and repainted?
posted by NoMich at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

25th Anniversary Gift?

My future in-laws are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this month. What can my fiancee, his 3 siblings and I get them that will make their day? [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 1:59 PM PST - 13 comments

The [Title] bone's connected to the [Lyrics] bone...

MySQL/PHPmyAdmin for a band: How do I easily create a repository of lyrics that can be brought in for multiple albums? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 1:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do with dead media and old discs?

The tyranny of data: what should I do with dead media and old data? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

WTF bin ich?

Korrekt? Ich bin ein Vegan. Ich bin Veganisch.
posted by beerbajay at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

You have to be crazy to work in accounting, but since you want a job, you must not be crazy

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. I'm incredibly qualified for data entry work, but all the data entry in my area falls under the heading of "accounting". I'd love to get some accounting experience, but every job that would give me accounting experience requires at least a year of -- wait for it -- accounting experience. What can I do?
posted by squidlarkin at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

I'd like a keg to stand on...

PartyStoreFilter: Best place to buy kegs (decent prices, good selection) in the northeast Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by adamk at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Wontcha make my bad license, wontcha make my bad license, won'tcha make my bad license trueeeeeee?

How do people get legit with Windows licenses? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Bringing the funhouse slide home... without the splinters?

I want to build the ultimate indoor slide [for kids, not adults]... help me plan it out. [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 12:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Surf camera leash?

Point and shoot surf photography: how do I hold onto my gear and swim in rough water? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Oh, it's not a police car, just another taxi...

I have noticed that there are a lot of taxis that are Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Are they actually old police cars or are they purchased new? [more inside]
posted by nekton at 12:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Cooking Meat Safely

When barbecuing, are you increasing the meat contamination risk by using the same spatula from beginning to end? And what about grill presses? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 11:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is it that salty things make me hungry for sweet things, and sweet things make me hungry for salty things?

Why is it that salty things make me hungry for sweet things, and sweet things make me hungry for salty things?
posted by stokast at 11:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Recreations of famous paintings

Inspired by this picture recently featured on the flickr blog, can someone point me to other recreations of famous paintings?
posted by klue at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

brief stop in Alabama

What to do in the Riverchase Galleria area of Alabama (besides shop)? [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I fix a bent stiletto heel?

Alas, the 3 1/2-inch stiletto heel on one of my glorious Calvin Klein brown suede pumps has broken, after a year of intensive catwalking on NYC pavement. The steel rod inside the heel bent in half. I tried to straighten it out with a vise, but the heel bent again as soon as I tried to walk on it. The shoe repair guy I went to claimed it's impossible to fix. But I know I can fix it by replacing the steel rod. Any ideas on where to find one?
posted by zembla3 at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Do you have any tricks to ensure that you track your money?

Do you have any tricks to ensure that you track your money? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 10:28 AM PST - 19 comments

dental self cleaning?

is it ok to do self cleaning of one's teeth with dental picks? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments

FCP on a Plane... or, rather, a PowerBook

How are your experiences with Final Cut Pro on a PowerBook G4? [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 10:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Terminal illness and credit card debt

Suppose you have a terminal illness, and only have a few months to live. What's to keep you from running up huge credit card bills. Can the creditors make the next of kin pay up?
posted by jpoulos at 9:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Sometimes it's good to be wrong.

Symptoms of skin cancer, in more detail. How fast does it develop? How worried should I be? Just from checking health websites I'm starting to panic and the only dermatologists I can get ahold of don't have any appointments open until late August. I have no primary care physician so checking it with them is out. My symptoms are inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 9:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Weight of body parts

How much does a typical human adult male (a) arm (b) leg weigh? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Quebec, French, Desert - I just can't remember the title of this film is all...

What is the title of this french-canadian film...that's also set outside Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by gbinal at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Make my car go away for free?

Recently, my little '90 Civic was towed away. Perhaps it was the fact that my car had been unregistered since November. Or it could have been the $900 in unpaid tickets. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

eBay Username Filter

A friend of mine has been running a successful business on eBay for several years selling collectibles related to the music industry. He is branching out into furniture and other antiques. He is thinking about using a separate user name from his regular business. There's [more inside]
posted by lester at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should I camp in New England?

I live in Western Massachusetts and I'd like to go camping for a few days in the middle of the week in the beginning of August, perhaps somewhere in Maine. Requirements include proximity to the beach, scenic biking, and ... [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Idle hands are the devil's playthings.

The Devil went to Carolina,
Looking for a place to hide;
He found a pot,
And so he thought,
Now there will be [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 8:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Cataloging research materials

How do I catalogue (somewhat informally) a stack of letters, articles, photos and cassettes. I don't have any specialized software other than good old Excel and that MS database program (Access?). Thank you, fellow office zombies! [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Is one of my users trying to h4x0r

I need to know the process to set up a "evil twin" ad hoc network. I think one of my users here may be trying to play around where they should not, and I need to know how to check if they are trying to set up a "evil twin" called "free wifi access" [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 8:25 AM PST - 23 comments

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:25 AM PST - 37 comments

Looking for the URL to a comic on a site that sells swords.

A while back someone posted a link to a web comic in one of the threads. unfortunately, I failed to bookmark it and cannot find it via searches. It was unusual in that the main web site was a eshop for swords and other fantasy weapons. The comic was a bit of an afterthought and difficult to dig up through a series of links within the site. The comic itself was a tale about a son of a blacksmith who wasn't good at smithing himself. His companion was a cheeky intelligent sword that uttered acerbic opinions frequently. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
posted by digibri at 8:25 AM PST - 3 comments

My whack explanation needs refining

I have this weird theory involving ghosts (sort of) and I want to know if there are essays or writers out there with similar theories I can use to develop my own... [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 8:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How best to learn Drupal?

Can anyone recommend a book, group and/or person who can help us and give tips about developing a website in Drupal? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there an online alternative to Quicken?

I've been tracking my expenses in Quicken in conjunction with using Bank of America's Internet site for bill payment. Primarily, I'd like to get better at managing my cash flow and keeping track of both how I spend my money and what big expenses are coming up. Quicken is working ok for me, but I've got two big problems with it - 1) in order to keep it someplace convenient for me to use it every day I've been storing it on my work computer, which I'm uncomfortable doing and also I'd like my husband to have access to the information, but there doesn't seem to be a good way for us to share the info. What I'd like is on an online solution that works similar to the way BofA works (shows what's cleared the bank, allow online bill payment) but also lets me enters transactions like checks I've written so I (and my husband) know they will clear the bank soon and that we really don't _have_ that money and will let me keep a calendar of upcoming expenses so I can know what my cash flow situation is. I've looked around and all I've found so far was http://www.mvelopes.com which seemed unnecessarily complicated and not calendar based which is really what I'm looking for. I'd like to be able to look at the whole month in advance and see exactly when my bills are due. And again, it needs to be something online so I can access it from any computer and so that my husband and I can both use it. Is there anything like that out there?
posted by katyjack at 8:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Budget DVD authoring in a nutshell.

Looking for better DVD authoring software. [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Things to do in Greenwich, CT?

Things to do in Greenwich, CT? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:39 AM PST - 13 comments

SQLFilter: Advancing Dates

How can I increment a value directly using SQL? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Best day trip beach from Orlando?

Where is the best beach day trip from Orlando? [more inside]
posted by flickroad at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Laptop has gone dim ...

I left my HP/Compaq laptop in my work bag an un-air conditioned part of the house during the 90-degree weekend. I can't imagine that it was under sustained temperatures any higher than 85 deg., give or take the high humidity. This morning, the screen is ultra-dim. Is this likely to be an effect of the heat?
posted by blueshammer at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Anyone use Look in Toronto?

Does anyone have experience using Look for digital television in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 6:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me make a great slideshow for Mom!

Any ideas for how to put together a great slideshow with music for a birthday party? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 5:57 AM PST - 6 comments

My girlfriend has no sensation in her breasts

My girlfriend has no sensation in her breasts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Suppose you could help jumpstart a real progressive youth movement.

Help me prepare a presentation on the use of social media, especially networks like facebook and myspace, to help grow and enhance progressive youth groups, particularly College Democrats. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 5:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Can you help me identify this current hip hop track with lots of MCs on it?

Hip hop song identification plea: the song is super-minimal, recently released, and has lots and lots of MCs on it. [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 3:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Cool Camping Crap

Help me be the coolest camper on the block...er field. [more inside]
posted by djstig at 2:21 AM PST - 33 comments

How to rotate a masthead.

How do I create a rotating masthead on my blog? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 1:32 AM PST - 15 comments

What does it mean to "be yourself?"

How do you "be yourself?" [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:19 AM PST - 26 comments

July 16

Quest for daylight?

MovieFilter: Name this 70s or 80s Sci Fi flick I remember seeing in daycare. There's a hero who has to play a futuristic version of chess/checkers against Sasquach in order to cross a retracting bridge. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:52 PM PST - 5 comments

My old Saturday School teachers would kill me if they saw this.

Please help me identify this cd from Israel. [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Dog discussion websites for the Dallas area?

I'm looking for a Dallas website with forums where I could chat about dogs (local dog parks, good trainers, veterinarians). I've been using craigslist but would like something geared more towards Texas (Dallas/Addison area). The CL pet section just doesn't have enough local people to chat with and I'm not sure where else to look. [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 11:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there any advantage to running portable applications rather than their normal equivalents from your hard drive?

Is there any advantage to running portable applications rather than their normal equivalents from your hard drive? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 11:06 PM PST - 11 comments

PC Mac Mini equivalent

What's the Mac Mini equivalent in the Windows world? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 10:56 PM PST - 19 comments

You've hit it on the head...

Toddler capabilities. What are 14- to 18-months old capable of doing with regard to physical safety? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 10:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Wounded on Death Row: still executable?

Let’s say you’re on Death Row and you break your leg the night before your scheduled execution. Do they have to nurse you back to health before they can kill you? [more inside]
posted by largecorp at 10:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Living with both Keratoconus and Astigmatism

Has anyone sucessfully had keratoconus and astigmatism treated at the same time? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:49 PM PST - 16 comments

My guide to the visible night sky?

Observational astronomy aids in Palm OS 3 format? "Current viewable at this location and time" information about satellites a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:40 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the worst that could happen?

My power supply is whining, but I'm okay with that. Do I really need to buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by Drunken_munky at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me pick an appropriate set of speakers and a subwoofer.

Please help me pick an appropriate set of speakers and a subwoofer. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 8:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Sort of a porn related question

Psst... porn related question (thread/links probably NSFW). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Herpes + Marriage?

Question for those of you who are married/committed where one partner has genital herpes: Is there a time frame after which you'd consider not using condoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Remapped or Broken Keyboard - And I didn't even kill my daughter!

My daughter stepped on my laptop. Now some of the keys are remapped to the wrong keys, some of them don't work at all. I can't even log into windows now. Am S.O.L.? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Golden Girls quote

What Golden Girls is the quote "I like celery, I like tomatoes, I don't like broccoli. Why force it down my throat?" from? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 7:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Free or subsidized therapy in Toronto?

Depressed and broke in Toronto ... is there such a thing as therapy covered by OHIP? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How to handle vapor barrier around electrical boxes?

How do I seal holes in the vapor barrier around electrical wires? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 6:30 PM PST - 10 comments

High-res image or print of Pedro grabbing Zim's head

Where can I get a really high-resolution image (or big print) of Pedro Martinez throwing Don Zimmer to the ground? It would be an image like this or this. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 6:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Good OCR options?

Is there a good OCR program that can convert my old government science papers into nice electronic replicas? [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do opposites attract?

Do opposites really attract? And if so, why? What is it about opposites, specifically personality types, that makes some relationships click? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers at 5:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Corrupt from day one?

How were early American political campaigns funded? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:01 PM PST - 6 comments

The mp3 player ate my homework

My cheapo mp3 player broke the win32 file system on my flash card, and so destroyed the pictures I had stored on it. How can I recover them? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Worried about my authorship in PhD publications

Computer Sc. PhD student: Should I be worried that I am the second author in most of my publications ? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 4:05 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I tell how many of my website's users have Quicktime 7 installed?

How can I tell how many of my website's users have Quicktime 7 installed? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

tv tuner?

Watching Tv on the PC, tv tuner choices? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't enter data into a query based on two tables in a one to many relationship.

I have two tables in access, linked by a one to many relationship. I've made a query that pulls the information I want from both tables into one place. But now I can't type any data into the query or the form I made based on the query. Why not? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me speak Welsh!

Who knows how to pronounce Welsh near Chapel Hill, NC? I think I'd like to throw a small party at which we all learn the basics of pronouncing Welsh, and I'd love to find an expert, preferably one with experience teaching, to help us. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

quiet window air conditioner?

Can anyone recommend a very very quiet window unit air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Free LAN Software Recommendations?

Any free 2000/XP networking software the hive mind can recommend? [more inside]
posted by raydexter at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

May I ask a (German) favor?

What's a "German Favor"? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Buddhists and marraige

Are Buddhist monks and nuns in the U.S. allowed to marry and have children? Or are they supposed to be celibate?
posted by tommassit at 12:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Thigh-rubbing friction

For all the big-thighed women out there... In hot weather, do you have problems with wearing skirts sans pantyhose and walking any distance? If so, how do you deal with the inner-thigh chafing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 39 comments

Help with gmail on firefox?

I give up. Question about gmail opening in the same window then closing when I send the message. Using Firefox. [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments

yellow pills animation

Animation search: I'm looking for a short cartoon (possibly mid 90's when it was made) with a chronically wheezing guy who goes to the doctor for yellow pills. He travels in thick smog, which turns out is coming from the factory making the yellow pills. It's in color, but I don't think there is any speech. That's all I got, sorry. :/
posted by yoga at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Shimer College - Help

Does anyone know about "Shimer College"? [more inside]
posted by ok at 10:19 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I keep track of my progress towards personal goals?

Is there a web-based "Balanced Scorecard"-application available for individuals to evaluate progress towards goals in their personal lives? I know there are applications like NetWorthIQ for finance and several services (like FitDay) for tracking fitness/diets/weight loss. I am looking for a "personal dashboard" where I can create metricks to track all my goals -- including finance and fitness/diets, but also education, work, love life, etc -- preferably with charting...
posted by dagny at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Honda Civic Si Suspension - too bumpy?

There's a wait list for the Honda Civic Si, so I can't test drive it. Can you help me know how it will compare to the Civic EX and/or Mini Cooper? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Find a file that isn't there?

I need a (Linux) shell command. Ready? [more inside]
posted by Witty at 7:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me recycle my old electronics

Can anyone recommend a cheap (i.e. doesn't charge or barely charges) place to recycle electronics (very old computer, monitor, scanner, printer) in North Jersey? [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 6:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Grandmother returns products every chance she gets...why?

Why does my Grandmother always return products? [more inside]
posted by peglam at 5:58 AM PST - 31 comments

elevator malfunction

I am currently renting a home that has an installed elevator built by American Crescent, that spans three floors. It appears to be 'jammed'... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 5:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheaper cellphone texting from the UK to the USA.

How can I save money sending hundreds of SMS messages (and making occasional phonecalls) from my UK mobile phone to a USA cell? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 4:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Who first rapped "my name is __ and I'm here to say..."

In what rap song do we first hear this much-imitated lyric pattern? "my name is ____ and i'm here to say... [followed by a line that rhymes with 'say']" Was there an actual sincere use of this rhyme by a hip-hop artist, or was this conceived of as a joke from the start? It may be hard to have an answer for sure, but perhaps we can approach the origins by listing examples and dates for the examples. One of the more ridiculous instances I've seen is the Sushi K rap in Snow Crash.
posted by k7lim at 2:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank.

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me geek out in Cambridge, MA

I'm scheduled to be in Cambridge, MA from August 1-4 for a training class, and I'm looking for geek/tech-oriented ways to pass my downtime. [more inside]
posted by sysinfo at 1:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Reccomend a good Macbook Pro sleeve?

I'm looking for an inexpensive protective sleeve for a 15" Macbook Pro, with a handle. It will be slipped inside a backpack. Any recommendations? Challenge: Can't be ugly.
posted by floam at 12:59 AM PST - 16 comments

July 15

Good translations of the world's religious texts?

Gandhi suggests that every person should read the major religious texts of the world, translated by people who wish to convey the beauty of their religion. I'd like to start with the Qu'ran and the Bhagavad Gita (though suggestions for the others are appreciated). Find me some good translations! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Corked wine identification?

This wine's cork has gritty brown crystal and organic matter on the bottom. What is that? Is it bad? I don't want to drink it until i know... [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 9:43 PM PST - 15 comments

(NYC, Japanese) Martial arts recommendations, please!

I'm looking for recommendations for martial arts instruction in the New York City area, with an emphasis on those of Japanese origin; and/or recommendations for which such art(s) to consider. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

reading in Russian

What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me design a website + sex

Web-design help? SQL server? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 7:07 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I learn magic?

I want to learn magic. [more inside]
posted by spiderwire at 6:51 PM PST - 10 comments

What happened to me?

Did this lousy childhood happen to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 40 comments

Wherefore iTunes stats for podcasts?

How many podcasts are in the iTunes directory? [more inside]
posted by squink at 6:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Where do you go to take over someone's cell contract

I'm looking to take over someone's Verizon Family Plan cell contract (preferably one that has less than 6 months to go). Is there a popular/effective website where folks who want to get out of their cell contracts can meet folks who are interested in taking them over? This seems like a nobrainer to those who don't want to pay a cancellation fee due to circumstances in their life. And if anyone knows anyone who is trying to get out of a verizon family plan, send them my way! Thanks!
posted by america4 at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the price of evacuation?

After reading this (second to last paragraph) and thinking about this situation, how much do they charge you for evacuation? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 5:53 PM PST - 6 comments

sword fighting games

I'm looking for PC Sword fighting games, in the style of the old boshido blade games... doesent have to be commercial
posted by xteraco at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

If a digital camera says it can handle USB 2.0, does that mean it won't work in a USB 1.0 port?

If a digital camera says it can handle USB 2.0, does that mean it won't work in a USB 1.0 port? I'm in the market for a digital camera, and have been looking at the Canon PowerShot series, namely the A620, SD450, and SD600. All of these have USB 2.0 listed as the interface. However, my 800mhz G4 Powerbook has USB 1.0. Does this mean those cameras won't play nice with my laptop?
posted by invisible ink at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

8,500-10,000 BTU A/Cs with a >=23" Installation Width?

Please help me iron out two weird quirks relating to the purchase of an air conditioner, says the Chicago MeFite looking at a 104-degree heat index coming down the pike. (And even if you don't have an answer, check out two simple corollary queries you might be able to help me with at the end.) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 4:45 PM PST - 24 comments

What neat things can I do with my new cellphone?

What awesome services are there for cell phones? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

help me purchase a cnc router

I have been tasked with purchasing a CNC router for a small art program. Looking for advice on what to get and not to get. [more inside]
posted by puppy kuddles at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

School of hard....weather?

Advice for an aspiring broadcast meteorologist. [more inside]
posted by richter_x at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Japanese text messages. Nothing but mojibake?

Cell phone help: I want to send/receive Japanese text messages/email from my cell phone in the US. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by yasny_jp at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Corporate governance, esp. for small business

How does corporate governance work in a small- or micro-business environment? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 3:23 PM PST - 6 comments

The legality of lane-splitting.

BC Motorcycle Riders and Lawyers: is lane-splitting actually illegal in BC, or assumed illegal? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 3:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Flame suit on.

Without starting a flame war; is it possible to be Anti-Zionist, without being Anti-semitic? [more inside]
posted by CCK at 2:46 PM PST - 74 comments

It's so gross!

Please help me figure out how to replace this nightmare of a (rental) counter! See [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 2:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Boost Volume on MacBook Pro?

How do I boost the volume output on my MacBook Pro? Even with everything maxed out it barely dents the volume my old Gateway produced. Is there a hack that will allow me to take the governor off?
posted by honorguy7 at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Practical Jokes Involving Kids

Practical Joke Filter: I need some clever prank ideas that can involve kids. [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Single guy needs furniture.

Please recommend your living room set if you like it! [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

oooh, that's gotta hurt

Is it possible to seriously hyperextend your knee without doing any permanent damage? Nauseating details inside. [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

How tall was Jesus?

How tall was Jesus? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 11:59 AM PST - 45 comments

Glueckschmerz. Help?

When someone else wins, I feel like a loser, even if I'm not involved. How can I stop feeling this way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Quality Nintendo DS Titles...

What are your favorite Nintendo DS games? [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 11:43 AM PST - 36 comments

High quality album art?

I need high quality album art (> 450px square), and I am willing to pay for it. Anybody know anything? Obviously the iTunes Album Art hack doesn't work and freecovers.net is unreliable, annoying, and the images are sometimes not very crisp.
posted by ofthestrait at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Open Source Trouble Ticket system help - OTRS or other

Open Source Ticket system - I am looking at OTRS, but cannot figure out if the system can send alerts to a supervisor/co-worker if a ticket is not resolved within a certain period of time. Any pointers? Any other open source trouble ticket systems out there that can do this?
posted by bright77blue at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Perl Peril

Can anybody suggest a gentle forum or mailing list for a Perl newbie? [more inside]
posted by lhauser at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Why won't amazon.com load in Firefox?

Why won't amazon.com load in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 10:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Excel help needed

How do I work with (merge) these 2 Excel Spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to travel from Stockholm for 2-3 days?

What are some good side trips from Stockholm? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Intellectual property is theft!

Legal status of creative works from the USSR. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find an comfortable alternative to New Balance sneakers?

Where can I find wide-width casual shoes in New York? I'm looking for alternatives to New Balance. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

The Best Binoculars

What are the best binoculars I can buy for my money?
posted by rare_g at 9:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Why do children in the United States perfom so poorly in math?

Why do children in the United States perform so poorly in math? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 8:42 AM PST - 78 comments

no one really listens to the music unless it sucks...

Playlist help: Having a party at my place for a bunch of trendy 20 something new yorkers, what songs should I be sure to play? [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 8:28 AM PST - 33 comments

Date stamp on prints from Canon EOS 20D?

Is there a way to include a date stamp on prints taken with a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Whats the process like for trademarking a new for a multi-media studio that does music videos and short films?

Whats the process like for trademarking a new for a multi-media studio that does music videos and short films? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 2:17 AM PST - 6 comments

July 14

Oh Montreal

I live in New Zealand. In general I have no desire whatsoever to visit North America, except... for some reason I have a hankering to see Montreal. Why should I? (I blame Mordecai Richler.)
posted by TiredStarling at 11:56 PM PST - 32 comments

TO delicacy?

Is there Toronto specific food? [more inside]
posted by birdsquared at 10:03 PM PST - 36 comments

Franco Cozzo TV jingle

Can anyone name (or ideally point me to an mp3 of) the old Franco Cozzo theme music? [more inside]
posted by russm at 9:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Duh nuh nu nuh nu nu nuh nuh Oh Yeah!

Do cheap sunglasses protect you from the sun at all? [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 9:45 PM PST - 16 comments

How to find Mac owners in my county?

I want to expand my business by sending out a postcard to Macintosh owners in my county. How can I get their addresses? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us find a ROM!

Name that classic arcade game! [more inside]
posted by jammer at 8:12 PM PST - 7 comments

1st person Persective Film

Remember that MASH episode that was entirely filmed from the perspective of the wounded soldier? He couldn't talk, but he could nod, and when he nodded the camera would nod, like you were looking out his eyes. I'm wondering if there have been any films created from a 1st person perspective. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 8:00 PM PST - 29 comments

zip code map for boston

boston zip code map - online? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I access back issues (or copies thereof) of the expensive, limited-run Visionaire magainze?

Where can I access back issues (or copies thereof) of the expensive, limited-run Visionaire magazine? Can you recommend any libraries that have extensive collections of fashion publications? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I broadcast real-time screen capture video to multiple other computers on a network?

How can I broadcast real-time screen capture video to multiple other computers on a network? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

chat between a Mac and a PC

I have a Logitech Messenger webcam and a Mac (10.3.9) and I downloaded the macam software. How do I chat with a friend who has a PC and another Logitech webcam? Should we use AIM? Yahoo? Excuse me if the question's too easy but I'm a total webcam n00b and what I found on Google is quite contradictory. Thanks!
posted by PenguinBukkake at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Modern music that sounds like the eighties?

I love 80s New Wave synthpop in a completely non-ironic way. I came of age with this music, and it's still a big part of my life. What contemporary music has that mid-80s synthpop vibe? I'm looking for both individual artists and songs. (For example, I think Kylie Minogue's "I Believe in You" has an 80s vibe, but not everything of hers does. But The Postal Service would be right at home in 1984.) Here are some examples of what I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 4:09 PM PST - 64 comments

Shared walls in San Francisco

How annoying is living with shared walls in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by crawl at 3:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Lasik recommendations for Ottawa

My brother is interested in getting laser eye surgery and is looking for a doctor in (or near) Ottawa, Canada. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Soapy cheese

Why does my cheese taste like soap? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

80s Super Hero Program?

Does anyone remember an older (80s) live action TV about a group of people with super powers? I have a terribly, terribly, terribly vague recollection of it. I seem to recall one guy could shrink and one could freeze things. I also seem to recall them all wearing the same jumpsuit. It may, honestly, have only been a TV special but I recall a short series that I may have made up on my own.
posted by starr226 at 2:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Voting in Foreign Elections

Can I vote in the Dutch elections in November? I have dual US and Netherlands citizenship. I have only voted in US elections in the past, never in Holland. How do I find out if I can vote in the upcoming Dutch elections, what I need to do, etc., and importantly, will I jeopardize my US citizenship by doing so? Thank you.
posted by Carsey at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

I've just had this hissed at me for the second time.

Arabic speaking mefites: What does "(pu)ta karaysee " (sic) mean? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 2:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Rice. it gets me all choked up!

Can someone explain the seemingly common phenomenon that your throat feels weird when you eat rice too quickly? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 2:21 PM PST - 19 comments

i know a guy, who has a friend, who knows this other guy, who heard about someone maybe wanting to talk to a pro about...

i'm curious if anyone has experience getting counseling or therapy (for career-advice/depression/whathaveyou), *without* losing the security clearance (and hence the job)? or scotching chances to get another job where a clearance is all-too-assuredly-required (here in d.c.)? how is that done? alternatively, where could...my friend...go to read about the policies attending to such a quandary? kthxby. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Why was my kitty spazzing out in her sleep?

What the hell was happening to my cat last night? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 1:49 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get the files off an old 40 Meg Syquest disc?

Are there any companies out there that will transfer files from obsolete removable media? [more inside]
posted by ssmith at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Out of my dome to see Half Dome in a day?

Am I crazy to spend only 1 day (2 nights) in the Yosemite Park area? We've got a limited budget, and Yosemite is just one stop in our road trip down the PCH. [more inside]
posted by blastrid at 1:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Nuke Duplicate Firefox Extensions

How do I remove duplicate extensions from Firefox 1.5 Mac? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

"Kick the kid with one shoe" commercial origin?

There was a commercial that featured an older caucasian male (possibly Scottish/Irish) reminiscing not-too-fondly about a childhood game called "kick the kid with one shoe." What was that commercial advertising? [more inside]
posted by precocious at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

What should she read?

Help me find a book for someone who doesn't like to read. [more inside]
posted by christy at 1:14 PM PST - 46 comments

viagra for plugs

How do you secure a plug so that even if someone yanks on the chord, it doesn't come out of an outlet? It does need to be POSSIBLE to get the plug out sometimes, and it won't work to glue/staple the chord to the wall, because sometimes equipment needs to be moved to another room. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 1:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Some guitar micing/recording questions

Metafilter music has re-invigorated me to get some stuff recorded (thanks matt!) and I am going to need some help. Mostly I have questions about getting ideal guitar sounds recorded. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Secure free/cheap video hosting site

Is there a secure, free video hosting service for my .mpg home movies? [more inside]
posted by traderjoefan at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that Street Sign Typeface!

What typeface comes closest to that shown on this street sign? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments


so i'm in this email chat with a new grad school colleague who seems awful smart, and she just unloaded this one on me: "dantean stillnuovistics" nothing on google. nothing on wiki. nothing on dictionary.com. anybody know what the hell this could possibly be referring to? (yeah, i get the Dante part).
posted by milkman at 12:13 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the Marine Corps Daily Dozen

I would like to know what some of these Marine Corps calisthenic exercises are. [more inside]
posted by annabkr at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

How to delete mail without first moving it to the trash?

In Entourage 2004, with an exchange account, is there a way to immediately delete selected messages without first having to move them to the Deleted Items folder? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Reel-to-reel audio tape desires loving transfer to contemporary format

Old (circa-fifties) reel-to-reel audiotape: how do I read it and get it on CD or hard disk? [more inside]
posted by gkostolny at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How is my neice's baby related to me? And to my son?

My neice is due to give birth any day now to a little boy. How will her new son be related to me? (ie. grand-nephew?) And what will be his relationship to my son? Any help finding an online resource for determining relationships such as this would be appreciated.
posted by mezzanayne at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Need help with NiagaraFalls trip during the Sep1-4 Labor day weekend.

NiagaraFalls filter: Wifey and I (not US citizens), are planning a trip to Niagara Falls Canada side from Austin, TX during Sep 1-4 weekend. Need help with several things. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 11:46 AM PST - 33 comments

Romance in San Francisco?

I'm looking for not-too-expensive, romantic things/places in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 11:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Yick I smell bad...

Smelly Filter: I have an awesome watch with a "genuine leather" wrist band. In the summer heat I can't find a way to keep it from smelling. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Hot window breeze or cool car breeze?

What is more fuel efficient? Driving with your window(s) down, or with the air conditioner on? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts at 10:51 AM PST - 23 comments

New York rental agent referral?

New York rental agent referral. My recently single, now-homeless coworker's current residence is my couch, and that's not OK for yet another week. [more inside]
posted by saffron at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

What $20 gift is good for a 15-year-old boy (not a book)?

What gift can I get for my godson who is turning 15 years old? He will not read a book. I'm thinking $15-$20. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 10:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Best Man Speech Help

I am the best man at an upcoming wedding. i have the speech almost completely written and i am happy with it. the one problem i have is how do i start it? i really want to thank the bride/groom parents and people for attending but every attempt at writing that down comes out as incredibly awkward. please, any advice is much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dieguido at 10:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Whats good on the boob tube?

Is there a place to easily discover new tv shows? It would ideally just list (with short descriptions) all the new series, and when they start. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Culinary career change?

Am I batshitinsane for considering an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts at 27 years of age while holding a BBA and having some great experience? Before you comment, please read the [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Gonorrhea -- Now What?

So I think I went out and got myself a case of gonorrhea. (Just what I always wanted!) What are my treatment options for getting this taken care of ASAP? I understand that it can generally be handled with a course of antibiotics... but how can I best go about getting them? I don't have a regular doctor right now -- I've just made an appointment with a new doctor for the end of the month, but I'd prefer to get on top of this before then (since leaving it unattended for more than two weeks seems like a bad idea). I'm a gay guy in NYC, so advice specific to that milieu would be superb, but in the name of creating a valuable reference thread I'd be interested to see information aimed at less specific contexts as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I learn to forgive?

How do I learn to forgive my father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 30 comments

From a t-shirt idea to a geek badge of pride

I've come up with the one geek/holiday-related T-shirt idea to rule them all. Its will just be plain text on a black t-shirt, not unlike the thinkgeek.com shirts. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Converting Postrges-specific query to Mysql

I need help converting a Postgres-specific SQL query to MySQL [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

What makes web ads work?

What data is there, academic or otherwise, on the effectiveness of various types of web advertisements? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Help name a retro-style burger joint in Georgia!

Help name a new burger restaurant in Georgia! [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 9:05 AM PST - 61 comments

How do I tell my friend I have strong feelings for him without being too intense?

I've known a great guy for about 5 years and we have all the facets of a wonderful relationship... So how can I find the courage to tell him I want one? It's so hard to just blurt it out, and we have a pretty light-hearted relationship where we laugh more than anything, so I don't know how to be all dramatic and "I need to get something off my chest" - I need to be funny, casual and still genuine. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 8:18 AM PST - 34 comments

External drives recognized, but not mounting

My 2 external hard drives (that I use with my Powerbook G4), which worked fine last week, are recognized, and Disk Utility *says* they're mounting, but they do not appear on my desktop. I cannot access the files or copy new items. [more inside]
posted by cg1 at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Need some wheels.

Looking for a wheel kit for my ATA case. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:17 AM PST - 9 comments


I just finished Rebecca Goldstein's (excellent) book Incompleteness. If I'm understanding this correctly, Godel's theorems were instrumental in ending logical postitivism, by showing that the movement could never produce a mathematical system which defines arithmetic while being complete and self-consistent. So what about Intuitionism? Isn't that nominalist as well, and subject to the same logical inconsistencies? How do they answer this? (Also, any relevant book suggestions would be appreciated)
posted by rottytooth at 7:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Why am i so tired??

Why am I so tired????? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:04 AM PST - 42 comments

My Samsung DLP tv is completely messed up!

My Samsung DLP HDTV is giving me major grief. I was having minor convergence issues on the cable component and then yesterday I came home and there is huge blue streaking on all the components! It looks as if the blue projection has been bent across the top and bottom of the screen. [more inside]
posted by riz1 at 7:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for Keith Floyd TV Shows

Floyd On... Looking for Keith Floyd cooking TV shows. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Multiple Mac Migration

Is it possible/advisable/etc. to use Migration Assistant to migrate data to one Mac from more than one Mac? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 5:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Scared of the Dark

Two part question. I'm afraid of the dark. When I go to sleep I either leave the TV going, or the door open and a nearby light on. If I don't do this then I lie in the dark and watch shadows move, I'm on edge, and I lay awake for hours. This would be fine if I was 8, but I'm nearly 30. Am I the only adult in the world with this phobia? I'm planning to travel soon and will be staying in places that don't have a regular electricity supply, so I'll need to be comfortable in the dark.
posted by cornflake at 5:39 AM PST - 34 comments

Painter's block!

I want to paint my car (even though 'artcars' are so '90). It is old and ugly. I need help with choosing a theme/design/inspiration. [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus at 1:45 AM PST - 27 comments

One week in India--what to do?

I'm going to India with my girlfriend for 8 days in late August. I've just got my Lonely Planet guide, but it's my first time there and I'm not sure what would be a good itinerary. For such a short trip, we can't venture too far from Dehli (we fly in there, fly out a week later). We're taking the requisite visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, but I've read there's not much else there, so I want to know other places in the area worth seeing. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me get my old my documents files

My old Dell just died, bought a new toshiba, am able to get some but not all files from old computer. Help me get the rest! [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 12:45 AM PST - 5 comments

God's watching me have sex!

[ReligiousSexGuiltFilter] How can I lift the mental block that seems to be impending my ability to enjoy sex without turning into a blubbering mass of paranoia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:11 AM PST - 36 comments

July 13

Planning a California Road Bike Trip

California or southwest geography buffs -- a great 200 miles of travel, starting within a day's drive of San Francisco? Road bike tourers -- tips on preparing for and planning a bicycle tour? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Which sites use these colors?

Which websites use color schemes similiar to this ?
posted by ejoey at 10:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Missing Capa

How can I get access to a copy of the American Masters episode Robert Capa: In Love and War? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 9:32 PM PST - 3 comments

fragile, expensive... broken

Help me diagnose my broken expensive headphones… again. [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi at 9:25 PM PST - 7 comments

myspace, WTF?

Why is MySpace so popular? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:54 PM PST - 50 comments

self auditing

How do you audit yourself? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 8:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Reverse Rosenberg

How many US citizens (including, but not limited to, employees of US espionage) lost their lives, careers or had family members hurt or killed as a direct or indirect result of Valerie Plame's cover status being blown? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Six at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Moving to the UK for almost a year, can I keep my USA cell phone number?

I don't know anything about cellular providers in the UK, which is where I will be living for nine months starting this September. I need a phone in the UK, but I will also need one when I return to the US after nine months. I have a verizon cell phone right now, but I my two year agreement with them has expired, so I can cancel without being charged a termination fee. What are my best/least expensive options? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Escape from Lebanon

Help me get my sister out of Lebanon! [more inside]
posted by onalark at 7:15 PM PST - 62 comments

Can I get rid of the alcohol in a tincture?

Here's one for all the chemistry majors out there. I'm going to be making an herbal tincture using Everclear as the solvent. After the tincture has been made, is it possible to get rid of the alcohol by heating the solution gently in a double boiler without affecting the potency of the tincture? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Wherever we go, there we are, but where from?

What is the origin of the saying "Wherever we go, there we are"? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:29 PM PST - 35 comments

Is vegetarian-ism based on wealth/class?

Is vegetarianism based on wealth or class? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 6:15 PM PST - 47 comments

Help me learn to properly mix tracks.

Help me learn to properly mix tracks. [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 5:49 PM PST - 17 comments

I will buy square wheel before I buy another Netgear router.

I want to plug a WPA-enabled Netgear WGR614 POS-edition (that I hate) into a WEP-using Linksys WRT54G (that I love). It doesn't work, and I'm about ready to inentionally brick the Netgear just out of spite. [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 5:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Gay to Straight Woes

Have any MeFites had experience dating someone of the opposite sex after previously only being attracted to members of the same sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk; all that junk inside your trunk?

[Break-up Filter] What do I do with all this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 3:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Where is Chicago balls deep?

Is there any brick and mortar in Chicago where I can acquire some juggling equipment? [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Out Of Control

The CTRL keys on my Kinesis Advantage ergonomic keyboard have suddenly gone wrong. Why? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 3:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Lots to do in LA when you're lost

LA nightclub recommendations - or in fact, anything to do or places to go in LA over the weekend? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 3:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Selling a guitar

I have a fairly steel-string guitar (an 1987 Alvarez Yari DY77). I'd rather have an inexpensive guitar and some cash. Would I do better to sell the guitar on eBay, or to trade it at a guitar store? Any recommendations for guitar stores in the Seattle area?
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Learning to play guitar Old World style.

How/where can I learn some simple, instrumental spanish guitar-sounding songs on my acoustic? Attn: SpecialK. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

What are they fighting about now?

Why is Israel and Palestine so important on the world stage? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 2:07 PM PST - 58 comments

MacBook Pro Hissing

I just got a new MacBook Pro 15.4 (1.83 GHz). Everything's great, except for a hissing from the right-hand internal speaker anytime a sound plays through it. When just idle, in Word for example, there is no noise. But anytime a sound-using program is booted, iTunes or GarageBand for example, there is a continual hissing and popping noise, similar to fuzz on a television screen, that is very loud. Anytime a system sounds plays, such as the Trash sound, hissing accompanies it. The only way to make the noise stop is to plug in headphones, or external computer speakers. This hissing only occurs through the internal speakers. Does anyone know how to stop this annoying sound?
posted by luckypozzo at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

UML Certification

Which UML Certification is the best choice? IBM OOAD/UML or OMG Certification? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

WMV + DRM + maybe OSX = SUX

Help me defeat Thai internet television cooking show WMV DRM! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What are good, easy part-time jobs?

What are good, easy part-time jobs? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 12:48 PM PST - 28 comments

Managing my GTD wiki is cutting in to my productivity

Using MonkeyGTD 1.0.5, the source html file gets way too big over time when "done" items are crossed off the list. [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 at 12:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I explain feminism to my sister?

Feminism Filter: How do I explain feminism to my sister? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 12:39 PM PST - 50 comments

He won't. stop. waving.

Really-vague-book-(or movie)-filter: Looking for a boy in a stamp [more inside]
posted by killjoy at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for an architecture thesis?

My girlfriend is in the brainstorming stage of her architecture thesis and leaning toward sustainable community planning — any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rafter at 12:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Photoshop question

Simple photoshop question... How do I replace all pixels of one color with a different color? (in photoshop 7.0).
posted by dial-tone at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm trying to get a leg up on the competition.

Where do I find foot prostheses/shoes designed like those pictured and described in this article? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do I find investors?

MoneyFilter: Where would a 21 year old college student look for investors willing to help said student get started building wealth? [more inside]
posted by Galen at 11:28 AM PST - 28 comments

Birthday present for a 4 year old boy?

What to get a 4 year old boy for his birthday? I know nothing about 4 year olds or boys... [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 11:09 AM PST - 40 comments

The Science of Herbs and Spices?

Cookingfilter: How do you decide which and how many herbs and spices to use? [more inside]
posted by empath at 11:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Important Theoretical Works from the 21st Century?

In 2001 Norton released the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. Stuart Moulthrop's 1993 article "You Say You Want a Revolution?" was the most recent piece included. If the Anthology were to be updated which more recent articles are important enough that they might be candidates for inclusion? [more inside]
posted by Aghast. at 10:52 AM PST - 16 comments

sexy baby and bad connection?

can I turn a wireless router into a range extender/relay? [more inside]
posted by fidgets at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

yet another mp3 player question

Help me select an MP3 player. [more inside]
posted by equipoise at 10:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Need help finding a cheap car for a tall guy

My 6 foot 5 inch tall friend is looking for a car. He doesn't have too much money to throw around, but he's tired of being cramped. TALL PEOPLE! What do you drive? [more inside]
posted by svdodge at 10:20 AM PST - 70 comments

What song is this?

Song I heard at a salsa club last night.. [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 10:15 AM PST - 14 comments

I've got a lot of pent up drumming. Where can I release it by the hour in Manhattan?

Where can I rent a room and a drum set by the hour in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by jeffxl at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Hot tubbing time! Maybe.

Any thoughts on buying a new spa? [more inside]
posted by beetsuits at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Editing Seem Files for RAZR

Anyone have experience with changing "seem files" on Verizon's Motorola Razr Vc3 cell phone? I am a Mac user but have an intel Macbook with windows running via Parallels. Most of the directions on various web pages appear to be written for advanced windows users. Is there anyone with suggestions for the best web page description of overcoming the crippled BT OBEX or with personal experience? Or would you advise against even trying. [more inside]
posted by jjcurtis at 10:03 AM PST - 9 comments

San Francisco - friend with new baby - help!

Help for a friend who has just had a c-section in San Francisco [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find out about an ill remembered well known (oxymoron, I know) photograph.

Help me find out about an ill remembered well known (oxymoron, I know) photograph. [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How is this a good diet?

Has anyone here tried Nutrisystem? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 9:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I be worried about this background investigation?

I'm looking for advice from people who have undergone or conducted a police background investigation, relating to references, credit history, and legal intoxicants. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Is it possible for a woman to have genital canker sores and *not* have Behcet's Disease?

Is it possible for a woman to have genital canker sores and *not* have Behcet's Disease? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

german translation

Could some please translate a couple of phrases from German for me? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 8:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Find me an alarm clock that doesn't suck.

AlarmClockFilter: I'm picky about exactly what I need for an alarm clock and I'd like to harness your collective searching powers to find what I want [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Tourism in the Vatican City

A co-worker and I were talking about the Vatican City as a tourist locale, and came up on some questions that we can't find answers to easily. For those questions, check the... [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 8:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Good billing/invoicing software for Mac

Good billing/invoicing software for Mac that's suited to a graphic designer's needs?
posted by eustacescrubb at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

la ilaha illa rihla

I just finished reading a book on Ibn Battuta's travels throughout the medieval Muslim world and I really enjoyed it. I am looking for non-European travel narratives from over 300 years ago or so (pre-1700s). Any suggestions as to the best books of this type, either the originals or more mediated presentations?
posted by Falconetti at 8:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Beijing Construction Blues?

Beijing Mefites: Will the construction for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing interfere with a trip there this autumn? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Who writes your favourite light verse?

Ogden Nash made quite a splash. And somewhat darker, Dottie Parker. Silverstein was near divine, And all revere old Edward Lear. But now I suffer from a curse: My thirst for rhyme has grown perverse! I need a doctor or a nurse; My problem is becoming worse. So lest I end up in a hearse, Please point me t'wards some more light verse!
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:19 AM PST - 59 comments

Books about nomads?

I have an idle craving for knowledge. Specifically, I'd like to read some books about nomadic cultures - the Bedouin, Mongolian, Gypsies, Train-riding... any group really. Any suggestions?
posted by deadtrouble at 8:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Weekday-appropriate songs?

I would like a wake-up song or sound file for each day of the week. Wake up, everybody! There's [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 8:10 AM PST - 34 comments

Look under your seat!

Help me get someone else on a TV talk show. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 8:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Sweatpants Snob

Help me find comfortable sweatpants. [more inside]
posted by coffeespoons at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

How long is a check really good for?

Is an arbitrary "not valid after..." date printed on a check enforceable? I thought checks were good for a year. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 7:52 AM PST - 19 comments

So I'm the victim of a hit and run... now what?

Advice on filing an accident report where I'm not at fault, but was in a situation that commonly defines me as being at fault? (Chicago, IL if that matters, oh and the vehicle who hit me left the scene) [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 7:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do dropped wifi connections cripple my computer?

My wifi connection drops when I stream radio requiring a full restart of my computer to repair the connection. Any ideas on how to isolate and fix the problem? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Help coming up with a name for my dessert company...

Following up on this AskMe, I have my first customer: dessert for 15 ppl in late August. (Woohoo!) However, I still need to come up with a name for this dessert/catering company. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 7:38 AM PST - 59 comments

How to fix the number format of an Excel file

Is it possible to stipulate that a Microsoft Excel file will always display a specific number format e.g. the Anglo-American decimal point, regardless of the local settings of the computer where it is viewed? [more inside]
posted by rogerh at 7:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Office productivity and website blocking?

Are there any studies which show a correlation between office productivity and website monitoring/blocking that have not been funded or produced by a website monitoring/blocking company?
posted by Jairus at 7:20 AM PST - 7 comments

"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December"

Please describe to me your most interesting idea for a method of documenting a road trip. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 6:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Ergonomic Mouse suggestions?

Any suggestions for a good ergonomic mouse for my computer? Can be wired or wireless (I have a PC.) Tendonitis in my hand, wrist, arm is killing me!!
posted by psususe at 6:48 AM PST - 20 comments

poor student wants to eat

Cheap student food. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 6:08 AM PST - 33 comments

Suggest eccentricities for me to adopt

In my quest to become more distinctive, I'm looking for suggestions of harmless eccentricities to adopt. Who better than the MeFi hive mind to provide them? Anecdotes of eccentric folk you've known in the past welcome.
posted by primer_dimer at 5:43 AM PST - 84 comments

I'm Starving! Help Me Eat!

Help a girl who is kitchen challenged and has goofy food restrictions put together a grocery shopping list/easy meal ideas. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 5:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Car Lease Question

How to get out of a car lease with the least amount of pain. A family member leased a car for commuting after she ran the numbers and found that a lease was less expensive than purchase and then private sale after five years. They are now working from home and do not need a personal car. The lease holder will take the car back, sell it at auction, subtract that from the balance on the contract and she will make up the balance. This balance due for early release number is about $5K over the retail sale value of the car. Anyone out there who has dealt with this problem? Can leases on cars be transferred?
posted by Raybun at 4:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Name a fundraiser night for cancer treatments

Help me come up with a witty name for a fundraising night for a friend's Herceptin (Trastuzumab) treatments. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 4:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Day Classes in Honolulu/Oahu?

Day classes in/around Honolulu/Oahu or other immersive activities for the loner? (and yes, I realize this is remarkably close to rkent's below question, tho see also the MI...) [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Places to see on a road trip?

A friend and I are taking a long drive from Philadelphia to Taos, NM. Which route should we take, and what should we see along the way, particularly in terms of national parks and campsites? What sites and campgrounds are a must? And what's some good advice for two people planning to be on the road for about a week? [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 12:55 AM PST - 17 comments

WebCam Software

What should I do with my webcam? What software should I download? [more inside]
posted by bd at 12:01 AM PST - 5 comments

July 12

Things I shouldn't miss on Kauai?

I'm spending 3 days in Hawaii, about 8 hours of which is dedicated to attending a wedding in Honolulu. What else on the island of Kauai should I be sure not to miss? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 11:30 PM PST - 13 comments

usb drive in ethernet = damage?

So, I accidentally stuck my usb pen drive into my ethernet socket. Now it doesn't seem to be working, is it likely that the USB drive has damaged it?
posted by MrC at 11:28 PM PST - 11 comments

What's with the football scene in Mamet's Oleanna?

At the very end of the movie version of Oleanna there is a curious scene which seems to bear no relation to the story at all: Two men, presumably students, play American football in front of the college building. Why did Mamet include this scene in the movie? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 10:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What good website image gallery solutions are out there?

what's the best way to integrate a photo gallery into an extant website? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the real value for my work?

Freelance filter: How much of a cut do temp agencies like Aquent get? [more inside]
posted by slogger at 9:54 PM PST - 23 comments

Is this another migraine symptom?

I keep losing sensation in my face; is this a new migraine symptom? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 16 comments

What the *@#! is NADH?

What is NADH, does it work, is it safe to use? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 8:45 PM PST - 19 comments

No ashes, what to do?

DeadDogFilter: My vet lost my dog's ashes - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause at 8:29 PM PST - 38 comments

£300 - best amp and speakers?

I have £200 to £300 to spend on an amp and speakers - what should I get? [more inside]
posted by toby\flat2 at 8:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Mr. Natural

My Boss' boss came by my cube with an 'assignment'. My boss (who I like) becomes a naturalized citizen tomorrow, and, conveniently enough, will be out of the office for most of the afternoon. My assignment is to come up with some way to 'defile' his office (in the tradition of cube defilement that takes place among our engineering team when someone goes away for any length of time...) that celebrates his becoming a us-ian. [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 7:27 PM PST - 46 comments

Help me get started making drum and bass/idm.

MuFi has got the best of me - help me get started making electronic music, particularly drum 'n' bass/idm. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 7:19 PM PST - 15 comments


I use bloglines for my RSS reader, I have gmail as my email, I want to know is it possible to get new emails via bloglines? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Song on promo?

Who does the song on the commercial for the Friday Night Lights TV version coming this season? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 7:13 PM PST - 2 comments

WinMac Media Player

Daily Show on a Mac [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Does it filter out the flouride?

Calculate the overall lifetime dollar value of using a Brita (or similar filter) versus the costs and savings, including general impact on healthcare costs, etc, associated with using tap water. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 6:57 PM PST - 27 comments

Need a laptop for my new job

I've been given up to $2000 (and change) to buy a PC laptop for my new job. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 6:20 PM PST - 35 comments

How can I get a short-term job in NYC?

How can I get a short-term job in NYC? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

BBQ Pug... I hope not!

When you place a T-bone steak on the BBQ it starts to cook from the outside. But what about my dog? [more inside]
posted by paterg at 5:43 PM PST - 26 comments

Sprinklers off or friendly neighbor?

Do I need to turn my sprinklers off when someone parks in front of my house with their car windows down? There's currently someone, probably next door or a few houses down parked in front of my house with their windows down. The idea of having our sprinklers on a timer is so we can kind of "forget" about turning them on and off. My gut instinct is to go next door and tell the person - they're relatively new neighbors. But then again I'm almost always too nice. Most everyone I talk to says it's not my problem - it's theirs. Part of me thinks I should be nice but the other part of me thinks I can't be street monitor. Opinions? Similar experiences?
posted by philad at 5:25 PM PST - 33 comments

I want to enjoy sex!

A question, maybe medical, maybe psychological, about gay sex & a medical condition (NSFW and gross discussion inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

laws surrounding involuntary commitment for psychiatric treatment in CA?

What are the laws surrounding involuntary commitment for psychiatric treatment in California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

My wife and I have been together for 7 years, married for 4.5. I am crazy in love with her and completely devoted to her. There is just this one nagging (big) problem and it's killing me...

My wife and I have been together for 7 years, married for 4.5. I am crazy in love with her and completely devoted to her. There is just this one nagging (big) problem and it's killing me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 55 comments

Audio/video stuttering

Audio and video has recently started stuttering on my computer. It might have something to do with the installation of new hard drive on Monday. It seems to be worse in some applications than others. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Bush leaks again?

I heard a snippet on the radio about Bush naming the General that was responsible for capturing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Turned out the General's involvement and association to anything was highly confidential, his name not even being listed at the base he worked out of. Anyone Know of something to back that up? I can't find anything.
posted by andywolf at 5:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting ripped off of my camera guarantee

Do I have a leg to stand on regarding the guarantee on my camera and what do I do about it if I do () [more inside]
posted by criticalbill at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Tiger mascot mauls 2nd baseman... or does it?

Am I Crazy-filter: Did the Detroit Tigers used to have an actual Tiger as a mascot AND do they not have one now because it mauled a player? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 4:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Microsoft's Virtual PC 2004 is now FREE - Does it work from MCE 2002?

Seeing that it's now free, can Microsoft's Virtual PC 2004 work with Windows Media Center Edition 2002 - sp2 as the host OS? [more inside]
posted by Jhaus at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a mathematical formula.

Help me figure out a mathematical formula I need. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 4:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Mozilla Extensions Help

I'm stumped by Mozilla extensions. I cannot load any new ones. I get a notification that my settings are "locked," and to EDIT options. I've tried all the obvious things. I've turned on JAVA and everything on or off that I can think of - anything else I'm missing? I remember I once loaded something that allowed me to change some settings in Mozilla by accessing settings in a browser window as text - was it some setting I changed there? [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 4:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Want my music? Ask me for it!

How do I prevent copying of shared itunes music? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 4:21 PM PST - 13 comments

remove old carpet pad glue from concrete floor?

Anybody know how to remove old carpet padding glue from concrete basement floor? Remodeling the room, want to paint the concrete floor (more inside). [more inside]
posted by spock at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Word most decidedly not Perfect

I have to use WordPerfect at work, and an awful thing started happening today out of nowhere-- whenver I type a comma, WordPerfect types a comma period-- so it looks like this ",." instead of just ","....how do I fix this permanently??? I have no idea what caused it to start happening. It's driving me insane.
posted by Harvey Birdman at 3:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Name that tune

What is this mystery song?
posted by evil holiday magic at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Nose-piercing in Toronto

I am giving my wife a nose-piercing for her birthday. Does anyone have good suggestions for pirecing studios/artists in the Toronto west end? This is going to be pretty simple so I'm mostly concerned with hygiene, professionalism and the longevity of the business/artist. Thanks all,
posted by iTristan at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Wikipedia user submission question

My friend submitted information about his artwork to wikipedia. They accepted his submission but it only shows up when you search for it as "user: inky dreadfuls". What is the user heading? Why would it not show up with the other articles? What can he do to get rid of the user heading? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Inky_Dreadfuls
posted by stavx at 3:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Best free or cheap word processor to write resume on OS X?

What's the best (free, or cheap) word processor (or other program) to write my resume with? I'm on Tiger OS X and don't have MS Word. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 2:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Getting from I95 to I76

Getting around Philly late at night. How and where to eat? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 2:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Certificate of Occupancy Deviations

NewHomeFilter: I want to buy a house with NO floor covering installed! [more inside]
posted by Bobtheordinary at 2:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Any other writers who have the same writing style as Theroux ?

Any other writers write like Paul Theroux ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 2:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Good, simple blogs in Spanish?

Know of any good blogs in Spanish, written in a pretty simple style? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Who would figure out this pattern?

Who keeps track of adopted/fostered children on the federal level in the US? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 1:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Thank you for paying Verzon

My Verizon cell phone broke. What's my best course of action? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 1:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Why should I stop drinking coffee?

Why should I stop drinking coffee? [more inside]
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 1:23 PM PST - 47 comments

Forum and function

Does anyone have a recommendation for a forum / board (preferably PHP based) that is particularly painless to integrate with a pre-existing member database? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my cookies make it cross-country without crumbling!

What's the best way to ship mostly semi-dry desserts like cookies, cakes, and brownies around the country? There's [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 1:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does our dog whine when we give him a new toy?

Why does our dog whine when we give him a new toy? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 12:41 PM PST - 16 comments

How to create a customized, portable Ubuntu environment?

How to create a customized portable ubuntu image? I would like to do something like an Ubuntu livecd but with either flash or a USB hard drive. Basically I would like to have a completely customized Ubuntu environment that will save all my settings when I log out, that I can take to any computer. Ideally I'd like to install a few apps that don't come standard with Ubuntu like Amarok and have those as part of the package. I have a 60 GB Ipod so I could launch from that if possible. I'm a Linux newbie so the simpler, the better!
posted by mattholomew at 12:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Macbook Keyboard

Are the keyboards on the MacBook really that bad? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 12:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Business travelers, give me tips!

Looking for a good hotel to live in for three months in DC. [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

What powers to ASCAP/BMI have in regards to independent/original music not in their catalog?

Can ASCAP/BMI sue you or levy fees for original music not in their catalog? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

MacBook Hardrive Replacement

Have you replaced the the hardrive in a MacBook? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

ISO: New York park - with tennis, fishing and/or crabbing, picnic / bbq area, beach?

Would there happen to be any parks in New York (driving distance from NYC) that has a picnic /bbq area, fishing and/or crabbing, tennis courts, and hmm, a beach? TIA!
posted by Jujee at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

How to find copies of obscure silent films?

Searching for copies of obscure silent films which my great-grandfather directed or acted in. [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Catalog photograph shoot

Our art department is shooting its own photographs for our catalog this year and we are facing the challenge of taking high-res shots of beach towels and tapestry blankets. [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

The Outlook on Lotus.

Sharing contacts b/t Lotus and Outlook: An associate has been running Outlook for years and has 1000s of contacts organized there. His new job uses Lotus 6.5 and he wants a way to share his contacts b/t each program. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I convert a ZGL file to XGL?

How do I convert a .ZGL (compressed binary) file to a .XGL (uncompressed ASCII) file?
posted by Java_Man at 11:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Concert Listings Online

In browsing several concert venue websites, I noticed that many of them don't list their upcoming concerts and instead link off to www.livenation.com or www.pollstar.com. Does anyone know why this is? Is it a legal issue regarding the promoters of these events?
posted by ghastlyfop at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

What bird call is this?

Bird call identification help please: a simple, slow melancholy three note call, then five - very clear notes, no warbles, chirps, trills etc. in descending pitch (eg. ti la so, ti la so-so-so) [more inside]
posted by drgonzo at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

levitate balloon catfish love nabisco

how can i make poems like spam email? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for the Bizarro airplane

What's the opposite of an airplane? [more inside]
posted by TG_Plackenfatz at 10:49 AM PST - 70 comments

How do centrists differe in multi-party democracies?

A centrist in American politics takes positions between two opposing views, the two views espoused by the leaders of the two major parties. But what do centrists do in contries with actual (not just rhetorical) multi-party systems? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Is my workout routine stupid or ok?

Ok, I know 50 million mefis have asked these kinds of questions before, but I swear this is different. I have a new workout plan and simply need somebody to validate the plan. Good idea, bad idea, whatever. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 10:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Is the townie bike a goodie bike?

My wife would like a new bike. She really loves the Electra bikes (she really wants the Petro Zillia but found the Townie 21 much more comfortable). We went to a different bike shop and the guy there explained that she would not enjoy those bikes on long rides and would not be able to keep up with people on hybrids over the long haul. Does anyone have any experience with these bikes and are they good for more than just going to the grocery store? Will she be able to keep up on longer rides (road/bike path)?
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 10:23 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I easily test the page weight of my webpages?