July 2008 Archives

July 31

Library of Congress Classifications in XML?

Is there a machine readable version of the Library of Congress Classifications? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 11:16 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get training to be an excel-lent employee?

I'm a quick learner of computer programs... but am currently looking for a job and am realizing that I need excel training... (another of the things I really should've studied in college.) Any recommendations on where to get training in New York City? [more inside]
posted by J.R. Benedict at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Are there any sites that offer driving recommendations?

Are there any sites that offer driving recommendations? I don't mean driving directions, I mean sites that offer tips and tricks for more pleasant ways to go from point A to point B, or that provide information and tips about specific interstates, freeways, highways, and roads. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Who wrote a song about the Heath High School shooting?

Who sings this song (1.7MB mp3) about the 1997 Heath High School Shooting? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 10:36 PM PST - 4 comments

A smooth finish for my refinished cabinet doors

Refinishing/refurbishing my kitchen cabinet doors. How can I apply the polyurethane to get a smooth, even shine? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 10:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I purchase the song(MP3) "Graciosa" by Moby?

I want to purchase an MP3 of "Moby - Graciosa" from the Any Given Sunday soundtrack. I cannot find it as a single download from any US source that I regularly use - Amazon, iTunes, Rhapsody etc. Please share any locations that you can find this song for download.
posted by dpollitt at 10:15 PM PST - 3 comments

help teach an old bag some new tricks

So I'm 40, what next? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Event listings for Wordpress?

Looking for a plugin, service, or code that will allow me to easily turn pages on my Wordpress blog into event listings. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 10:02 PM PST - 1 comment

If I didn't go blind with I was a teenager I'm probably safe now, right?

Where can I find good information about making hard alcohol at home? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 9:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Summer of Love, Autumn of Love? Never of Love?

Love, intimacy, sexual frustration, distance, inaction... help me deal with the complexities of it all. [more inside]
posted by curagea at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Stop the political spam!

When I registered to vote here in San Francisco I made the mistake of putting down my permanent forwarding email. Now I get a bunch of spam about candidates and initiatives. Is there a way to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this cultural miscommunication, or am I being scammed? How to proceed?

Looking for advice about how to handle a cultural misunderstanding...or possibly a scam. Not sure how to reconcile the experience and associated feelings, and especially unsure about how to deal with the situation in the most sensitive and informed way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 13 comments

What's going on with my digestive system?

Why am I pooping SO MUCH all of a sudden? Diet, exercise, and general lifestyle have remained constant. Grossness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Highway Driving Makes Me Panic

Highway driving wigs me out and it has gotten worse. Very different from local driving -- streets, secondary roads, etc. -- which are fine. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Two straws. One glass. Lots of tequila.

Do you know of anywhere in New York City where they serve margaritas in huge novelty glasses, like where multiple people drink from the same glass? [more inside]
posted by goingonit at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Plan B = Acne side effect?

Plan B = Acne Breakout? I took Plan be about 2 weeks ago, and am now having terrible acne. Granted, it's summer, and I'm under a lot of stress, but I've never broken out this badly. They seem like serious zits, too, really deep and large. Acne is listed as an uncommon side-effect, but I've also read that some folks have have had REALLY bad break outs, long term. I'll be making a Dr. appt. soon, but has this happened to anyone? If so, what's going to become of me?!? Do I just have to wait it out, or is there something that I can do?
posted by BlackStrapMolasses at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Groan. I need dental braces as an adult... many questions.

Groan. I need dental braces as an adult... many questions. [more inside]
posted by lottie at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Liqour, liquor everywhere but not a drop to drink?

Will Florida bars accept my Massachusetts Liquor ID? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 8:03 PM PST - 12 comments

My tummy hurts, fix it.

Why am I constantly nauseous? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 7:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Amazing budgeting program with bonus of an iphone app?

Are there any fantastic web-based budgeting softwares that also have iphone apps?? There seem to be a lot of flimsy iphone budgeting apps, but I'm looking more for a serious budgeting program that has the added bonus of an iphone app. [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 7:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Old Fart Wants to get Buff Again

Former competitive weightlifter (female, 55 yrs old) here, got super fit to elite status at 50 yrs old by professional trainer, diagnosed with incurable blood cancer and told to stop the really hard training, as it puts too much strain on the immune system. Want to start another program but ..... [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 7:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Legalfilter: I need advice if we should sue or not!

Legalfilter: I need advice if we should sue or not! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 6:59 PM PST - 21 comments

need to dry car seat right now!

Need advice on drying out car seats quickly. [more inside]
posted by goethean at 6:45 PM PST - 10 comments

I wanna watch Pushing Daisies on my computer!

Why is ABC's new show "Pushing Daisies" not on iTunes, or Youtube, or for that matter, anywhere? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheap fun in Madison!

What are your favorite free (or nearly free) things to do in Madison, Wisconsin? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 5:45 PM PST - 8 comments

XBOX360 Red Circle of Death Fix

I'm looking to buy an xbox360 and some guy is selling a red circle of death xbox for 50bucks. It seems that everyone and their mother has some different kind of fix for this, I kinda doubt whether most of the posted advice actually works. If you have actually done this repair yourself or have witnessed it done first hand could you please give me some advice on this. The guy who owns the console now said he gets the three red lights (minus upper right light) and he fixed it himself but it broke again after a month, he didn't specify how he fixed it. I guess he broke the warranty seal or whatever, I wasn't planning on sending it back to Microsoft anyway.
posted by BrnP84 at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Opera 9.5: Add parameter to nickname?

Opera 9.5: Add parameters to a bookmark's nickname? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Flash Player and Safari aren't playing together?

Flash Player 9 doesn't work in Safari, but does work on Firefox on an Intel Mac. Help! [more inside]
posted by Kwine at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I eat that leaf?

Can you think of any godly reason why I should not eat the leaves of my cauliflower plants? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Camping in So-Cal?

Nice, private campsites in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Laptop heaven in Anaheim, CA?

Where to buy I great laptop during a lunch break in, or close to, Anaheim, CA? [more inside]
posted by Jurate at 3:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Hey Pretty Mama, Why You Look So Funky?

Ladies with acne/bad skin/facial hair: Do prenatal vitamins help? Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 3:57 PM PST - 11 comments

The unexamined life...

How to reflect on uncomfortable events (and relate to them in a healthy way)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 10 comments

What made your college RA great?

What made your college RA great? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry at 3:39 PM PST - 35 comments

Can I liberate myself from Bell yet?

Is there any chance I can get out of my Bell cell phone contract as a result of their institution of fees for incoming text messages? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Gift ideas for a 1 year old daughter?

As a Dad I want to get something very special for my daughters first birthday. I've found some answers but nothing that quite hits it as these are for nephews/cousins/friends [more inside]
posted by rus at 3:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Study Abroad: Nantes/Paris

I'm a French major (a sophomore) at an American university weighing my options for study abroad and I'd like some input, especially about Nantes, France. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Good source for attractive doorhandles?

Do you know where I can get some inexpensive and attractive lever-style doorhandles? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:15 PM PST - 12 comments

find an operatic version of this folk favorite?

Can you help me find an mp3/dvd/mp4/n-e-thing of the operatic and maybe-BBC Last Night of the Proms rendition of Stephen Foster's Camptown Races? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

I want a MANLY sewing machine!

Heavy duty sewing machines? What do I need? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Which Hazel?

I am a Mac owner who bought Hazel, an application that will do a number of different tasks to your files based on certain rules. (Think of it as Outlook rules for your Mac desktop.) However, I've really found myself stumped as to what to do with it, and it's basically just been sitting on my machine unused. If you have it, what do you do with it? If you don't have it or have a Windows machine, do you have any good ideas for rule logic, or automated rules, to apply to files on your desktop, anyway? Looks like it'll auto-run AppleScripts and Unix shell scripts, too. Basically looking to tap other people's minds on this one since my own seems to be balking at this particular mental problem. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I start running?

I am going to start running. I am! But I've also never made any attempt at serious athletic dedication in my life. What do I need to know, starting with stretches and moving towards routines. Pretend I am an alien. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 1:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Pro-ana car

Car help: why can't i fill up my tank? (hint: it has nothing to do with the economy) [more inside]
posted by speef at 1:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Roommate in NYC

Thinking about getting a roomate to live in my apartment in NYC...Where are good places to find one, please tell me some of your New York Roomate stories, and how I could screen for people to move in my place? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 1:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Yeah, hippie. Go back to Woodstock if you don't want to shoot anything.

Why do people hate hippies so much? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 1:18 PM PST - 76 comments

Macbook drive in a PC?

Is there anything that would prevent a working Macbook hard drive from working in a PC notebook? Is there something different about them that makes them not work in a PC?
posted by raddevon at 1:14 PM PST - 7 comments

writing the unabomber

years ago i read an article in the village voice on mr. ted Kaczynski, the notorious unabomber. there have been many articles on the guy, but this one stands out as it was a detailed textual analysis of the messages he'd sent out prior to his capture. it was an intellectual adventure like what you'd expect from roland barthes deciphering an alchemical computation or taoist medicinal writings. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 12:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me brainstorm some ideas for a schoolwide challenge in my middle school.

Help me brainstorm some ideas for a schoolwide challenge in my middle school. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

I found out I need surgery and I have no health insurance.

I found out I need surgery and I have no health insurance. Should I go back to my former employer and ask to be added for a couple of months more or would that take 3 months again like when I first started out? Has anyone done this before?
posted by likeapen at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the short film?

What's this short film? [more inside]
posted by rocco at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comment

How to appropriate lab water filtration?

Is this fancy lab water filtration system also suitable for home filtration? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Why don't my PAL Mini DV tapes play anything?

I am trying to play some Mini-DV tapes, which were sent to me from Lebanon and, I am told, shot in PAL. When I play them, all I can see is a blank screen. Why is this and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

San Francisco exercise/fitness courses?

Where can I find an outdoor fitness course in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by whir at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Rice recipes

I love my sister and my sister loves RICE. Do you have any good recipes for her? Asian--Chinese/Korean/Indian/Pakistani/Thai/etc.--recipes preferred. The rice can be prepared any which way--flavoured, fried, with sauce over plain rice, whatever. (Previously).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 11:20 AM PST - 28 comments

I'm confused about computer specs

How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
posted by talitha_kumi at 11:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Traditional or Alternative Teaching Certification?

I'm seriously considering becoming a teacher, and am not sure if I should pursue traditional or alternative certification. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's done either, and what the pros and cons were for you. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 10:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Columbus, Ohio recommendations

Columbus, Ohio: need pedicure, yoga, and bar recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Pax at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Maybe Hannah Montana?

How do you keep kids interested in a music class? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 9:45 AM PST - 16 comments

A shortcut for giving mulitple blocks the same attributes in AutoCAD 2009

AutoCAD LT 2009. How do you make one set of attributes and apply it to multiple blocks? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Reading exercises to aid recovery from stroke

I had a stroke three months ago, and although I’ve lost very little functionality, I would like to find some sort of exercises to improve my reading and writing capability. [more inside]
posted by kthxbeth at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Audio 'Y' adapter to combine sources - am I overthinking this?

I want to simultaneously connect the outputs of both an iPod and an iPhone to the same input - will a simple Y adapter suffice? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a unique gift idea for a male business associate?

What would make a unique thank you gift for someone who has really helped my business? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 9:21 AM PST - 18 comments

How long did it take for you to notice a difference in your anxiety treatment?

Anxiety sufferers: how many sessions of therapy did it take to notice a difference? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Firefox Live Bookmarks Don't Display Like They Did Last Month

Firefox Live Bookmarks - suddenly, my Live Bookmarks only show 15 items each, where before they showed at least 30. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Need to become the ultimate MacGyver. Suggestions?

Need to become the ultimate MacGyver. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gb77 at 8:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Someone uploaded pictures of me (along with them) to Picasa along with my full legal name.

Someone uploaded pictures of me (along with them) to Picasa along with my full legal name. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Adventures in Blue Screen of Deathing

Blue Screen of Death in XP SP2. [more inside]
posted by minifigs at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

There's no plate, but these strange dents that appear to come up in the shape of numbers and letters...

Why are license plates painted over on car commercials? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Make me a Zimbabwe Dollar billionaire

I wanna be a Zimbabwe dollar billionaire. Where can I buy Zimbabwe dollars in bulk at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 7:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Is there really such a thing as "foreign oil"?

Why is there so much talk about dependence on "foreign oil"? (Meaning, as opposed to "domestic oil," not alternative energy sources.) Is there really any meaningful distinction between foreign and US oil, given that the oil market is mostly global? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Blurt Support

Remember this question (compelled to blurt)? Help me, a non-blurter, support my blurting partner. [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

What do I need to get this laptop online?

Help me get a laptop online please. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Contact for Bard Breien (NorwegianFilm Director)?

Contact for Bard Breien (NorwegianFilm Director)? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Good wired router as gateway to VoIP and wireless router?

Good wired router as gateway to VoIP and wireless router? [more inside]
posted by skywhite at 6:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Aim for the stars, then whatever you achieve you can feel like a failure.

What is 'good enough'? Reforming perfectionist wants to know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Project management and graduate school?

Construction Project Management and Graduate School; do these go together? I have been accepted to the construction project management program at IIT but before I sign myself into penury, I want to get some feedback from others. Is this a good idea? Will having this degree actually be helpful? etc etc [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 6:05 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm so tired, I haven't sleep a wink. I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink...

I didn't sleep a wink last night. Now the day is beginning. How can I stay fresh? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 5:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Please explain the economics of energy and oil.

How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams at 5:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Who's listening?

I have a website on which I have mp3s. This month, according to my usage stats, I had a bunch of mp3 downloads -- way more that usual. They show up on my stats page under the heading of "Top 10 of 341 Total URLs By KBytes." Are these necessarily people downloading my mp3s, or do spiders or crawlers or whatever they're called hit these links as well? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I live in Australia?

Ozfilter: I'm a 35 year old UK resident. My 27 year old girl and I would like to move to Australia for at least the medium term future...therefore visa related enquiries inside... [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 4:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me break into my own computer's BIOS

How do I reset the BIOS administrator password on an ex-IBM NetVista motherboard? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 3:47 AM PST - 6 comments

How do national grid forecast demand acturately

How do national grid forecast demand acturately? [more inside]
posted by henry.oswald at 2:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Need help with WordPress basics

I'm trying to figure out WordPress, but I'm not sure I'm getting it. In fact, it's making me feel stupid (bad WP, baaad). Going through the AskMe posts isn't helping either, because you are all such geeks so ahead it further extends my confusion. Please help! [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 2:09 AM PST - 18 comments

July 30

Please halp me grok

[spoilers within] Please help me understand the ending of Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. [more inside]
posted by drgonzo at 9:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Are Badlands Good?

Is it worth it to leave I90 and drive through Badlands National Park? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 9:38 PM PST - 38 comments

Cheap destinations with reliable internet?

Where could I spend 3-6 months, that has a low cost of living and reliable internet? [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 9:18 PM PST - 25 comments

The Best Video Quality From A Tiny Camera

I'm looking for a very small camcorder with decent image quality. I got the Panasonic SDR-S7, which is a great size, but the video quality is just a step above YouTube, and I'm thinking of returning it. Is it possible to get better image quality out of an equally tiny (or nearly as tiny) camera? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 9:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Starting the Adoption Process, What Say You?

When you are beginning the process of adoption, how in the world do you go about sorting through all of the options? Choose the right agency to work with? Most importantly, where do you get the most accurate information about requirements? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Help a young journo put herself through news writing bootcamp.

I need resources to improve my news writing. I'm already working in a newsroom, so this isn't a"halp mee, I wants to be a writter" post. Rather, I want to increase my fluency in the basics so that tight, accurate prose always flows naturally, even under deadline. I'd also like to increase my vocabulary and craft skills as a writer so that when I'm less pressed for time, I can really make the language dance. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me develop eyes in the back of my head.

How do I guard myself against purse snatchers? I've lived in the suburbs all my life, and am used to strolling down the sidewalk in oblivion, my purse strung loosely over my shoulder. Now, it looks like I will be moving to either the DC area or San Francisco for my job. For those of you that live in a big city, what tips and tricks do you use to protect your belongings? Are some styles of purses less attractive to thieves than others? Should I use a messenger bag instead? When it's raining/snowing, how do you handle the challenge of protecting yourself from both the elements and purse snatchers?
posted by invisible ink at 7:56 PM PST - 35 comments

Mean Girls

Why don't other women like me? Women who meet me singly, or as part of a mixed-gender group usually like me. I function just fine in mixed-gender or mostly male situations. When I'm part of an all-woman group, I get bullied and scapegoated. In particular, the "queen bee" of the group almost always singles me out as a target. What am I doing wrong?
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 38 comments

How to un-accept a job offer?

MeFi lawyers, professionals and other grown-ups: how can I renege on a permanent job offer with a law firm that I tentatively accepted without burning too many bridges? Or is there a better solution? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Case-sensitive, but not sensitive enough

Can Excel 2003 sort (or filter) primarily on case? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 7:20 PM PST - 8 comments

The Apologetic for Apologetics? What should the American church be talking about?

What should a Christian church that attracts non-Christians -- and that is interested in being relevant to the world -- be talking about today? [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 7:16 PM PST - 47 comments

Can I see the new X-Files movie and then watch the series later?

Can I see the new X-Files movie and then watch the series later? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 7:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Translating 's/ */ /g' into T-SQL?

Fixing whitespace: Can someone translate 's/ */ /g' into T-SQL? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 7:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I get the Islamic equivalent of Jewish Literacy?

Where can I get the Islamic equivalent of Jewish Literacy? [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 6:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Problems with impulsiveness

Other than medication, what can I do for my impulsiveness problem? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 6:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Need roadmap in vector format.

I need to download a digital version of a road map (think AAA), at a fairly high resolution. Would be really nice if it (a) didn't have any text or (b) was in a vector format (Illustrator, Freehand, etc.) where I could delete/turn off the text. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Making a sand mandala for our wedding

We want to incorporate some sort of sand design into our wedding as an alternative to a unity candle. This would be sort of like a Tibetan sand mandala but nowhere near as complex. How the heck do we go about this? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

where does the phrase "where the bee sups" come from?

Where does the phrase "where the bee sups, there sups I" come from? I think that's a misquote because google fails me, and it's been bugging me.
posted by Grod at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

make me down a pallet on your floor

Dog boarding recommendations in Niagara Falls, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by wg at 5:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I extract the URLs from a web page?

What's the fastest and simplest way of extracting the URLs from a html file? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Meditation/mood boosters

Good meditation techniques? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

"Sayonara, sucker" in Russian?

Need to "sayonara, sucker!" in Russian. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do cold clothes feel wet?

Why do cold clothes feel wet? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 5:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Someone I love needs a lawyer.

How would you go about finding the best criminal defense attorney in your state?
posted by bricoleur at 4:38 PM PST - 10 comments

For me, Draka is always home. What about IRL?

Cost of living website for international cities, plus side question of "How do I find a place there? Is there a website for future expatriates to help with the transitions? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Are there any significant disadvantages to going to medical school in the Caribbean?

Are medical schools in the Caribbean a respectable alternative to the traditional route of going to school in the US? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 4:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I pre order Warhammer Online Collector's Edition?

Is there an outlet that is still taking pre orders for Warhammer Online Collector's edition? [more inside]
posted by prk14 at 4:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me get my dream job!

DreamJobFilter: I'm more than qualified and just want to get my foot in the door...but the company uses an online recruiter that isn't responding to my resume. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I sharpen my mind?

I've been feeling slow lately. How can I sharpen my mental powers? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 3:24 PM PST - 19 comments

How to survive secondary school?

Share your tips and lessons learned -- how to help a 12-year old survive, make friends, and be happy in secondary school? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 3:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Tell me what to read so I can understand international relations.

I'm looking for a book that can summarize/explain different schools of thought in international relations/foreign policy. [more inside]
posted by dismas at 3:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Deco Dereliction

From the 7 train in Queens/Long Island City, on the stretch from Court House Square to Queensboro Plaza, where the line doglegs round a bend, is a derelict art deco factory. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Why aren't lenders held partially responsible for identify theft?

Why aren't lenders held partially responsible for identify theft? [more inside]
posted by Benevolent Space Robot at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments

help me see if this is a good deal

Can you tell me if this is a good harddrive and a good deal? Or even better, how would you go about finding out if its good? Thanks. From dealnews: Seagate 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Internal Hard Drive + $8 s&h ZipZoomfly.com cut its price on the Seagate 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST31000340AS, to $149.99. With about $8 for shipping, that's a $10 drop since last week and the lowest total price we've seen for this drive. This drive features a 32MB cache (more than most) and runs at 7200 rpm.
posted by irie1972 at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get a deadbeat client to pay their invoice?

Company still hasn't paid my invoice, what recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 2:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Refinancing a car with bad credit

How can I refinance my car with my terrible credit? I have awful credit, I just had a credit card cancelled a few months ago, and even a credit union (and their downstream alternative) wouldn't extend to me. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 2:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What to monogram for a gift for a new baby girl?

What to monogram for a gift for a new baby girl? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Nesting for cheapskates

How can I have a nice house when I have such a hard time paying money for furniture? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 1:36 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm in a loving but sexless relationship. What should I do?

I'm in a loving but sexless relationship. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Need new GP; GP too thick to take "Please refer me elsewhere" well

I can't stand my doctor, and I don't think she likes me much, either. I need a prescription, though. How can I hint at her to refer me elsewhere? GPs are in short supply here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Is business training any good?

Is business training and certification as well recognized and rewarded as technical training? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 12:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Don't need this white dress- do need $$

Best way to sell my wedding dress. Face it, I am never going to wear it again. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Stay away from the light

Besides the Tibetan Book of the Dead, are there other ancient cultural texts about dying? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Anybody know this face?

Anybody know who this is? [more inside]
posted by prior at 12:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Visualizations from older MS media player loaded into version 11?

Windows Media Player 11 -- I (foolishly, it seems) allowed MS to update to the newer media player. I hardly ever use these bloated monsters, but sometimes, at night, I enjoyed one of the visualizations, and I've used it for years. In the latest and greatest media player from MS, it is not available. Where can I get the 'old' visualizations, and how/where to I install said visualizations so I can once again use the only thing I care about their media player? Alternately, can I install an older MS media player on this machine once this new one has its hooks into my puter, and how do I install an older media player, and where do I get it? I'd rather use the latest, as I'm sure it's more up to date against whatever hacks someone may come up with; that said, I want my dang visualization back.
posted by dancestoblue at 12:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Whay do they blur license plates on TV shows?

Why blur license plates on TV shows? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Who said it first?

Where did the saying "It's 5 'o Clock Somewhere" originate? [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 11:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Can a dog pee on a sod balcony?

Puppy Housebreaking Question: Sod on a balcony as an occasional potty spot a good idea? [more inside]
posted by mjcon at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

What is the purpose of Fortinbras in Hamlet?

I've never really known what to make of Fortinbras in Hamlet. Do you know of any good explanations of his purpose in the play? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

How do Kosovar Albanians differ from Albanians in Albania?

How do Kosovar Albanians differ from Albanians in Albania? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Party for Women Engineers and Computer Scientists

Help me brainstorm a good social event for women in my Computer Science and Engineering Departments. [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help us make our trip to Yellowknife super awesome?

How can we make sure we're adequately prepared for our 12-day, 5,000 mile road trip from Salt Lake City, UT to Yellowknife, NT at the end of August? [more inside]
posted by lbo at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Simple IN/OUT system for work?

I want to set up a SIMPLE in/out system for about 75 employees using available technology if possible (outlook, skype?) so that our operators can see where folks are at easily. any recommendations? Rather not buy new software unless it is cheap and easy easy easy
posted by dougiedd at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Which is faster or better, ADSL or cable internet connection?

Which is a better broadband connection type: ADSL or cable? Plus a couple of other smaller (and simpler) questions. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Memory Question

I have an iMac. I have 2GB. My iMac says I only have 1GB. Why? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 10:45 AM PST - 18 comments

weekend trip from Boston?

My boyfriend, our two small dogs, and I would like to take a weekend trip in the Boston area soon... We want cost-effective, swimming opportunities, quaintness, dog-friendly, nature... Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Missing Mouse

Help me find my lost mouse! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Where have I heard this Trail of Dead song?

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - "Wasted State of Mind" Where have I heard this song before? Is it on a soundtrack to a movie I've seen? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Make me take a day trip.

Where can I go via train that would be an amazing day trip out of NYC? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 10:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Help! Recover my Sage panel entries.

Just started FireFox 3, after being a committed Opera fan. I added Sage as a plug-in to manage some dozen RSS feeds. Then, I added Foxmark to sync bookmarks, and suddenly all the Sage feeds in the left pane are gone. They're still in a bookmark folder called "Sage Feeds." I've Googled, and wiki'd, but I dont see how to get them back to the Sage panel where they belong.
posted by cameradv at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Working question

Work question. I recently transitioned from temp to perm, as a Mktg. Admin Assistant, and am confused as to what I should be doing, not so much duty-wise, but as a proactive employee. Long-winded details inside [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I do with a nestling I found?

My mum rescued this young bird from my cat last night. There was no sign of any nest or of its parents. We put it in a box outside with some bedding, not expecting it to last the night, but it was still alive this morning. I've been feeding it soaked shelled hemp seeds every hour or so, which it seems to like, but have no idea what species it is or what to do with it now. [more inside]
posted by topynate at 9:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Where Should I Promote Mac Services in NYC?

Know any well-frequented bulletin boards / community posts in the NYC (Manhattan and Brooklyn) area? I teach software like FCP and Photoshop, fix Macs, and tutor people in how to use them. I've been running an independent consulting business for around 7 years, but I need some more good places to put up advertising (flyers put up around the city disappear sometimes within an hour). My rates are very reasonable but are not "cheap", so preferably bulletin boards in somewhat affluent areas preferred (but at this point, what part of NYC isn't gentrified...?) And, if anyone has any other NY-specific advertising ideas, I'm all ears (word of mouth has been my best friend).
posted by dmaterialized at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Go Green with Us! Let us show you how!

Help my major electronics retailer employer go green. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Staying fit in Cape Cod

I am about to got to Cape Cod for a week. We are staying in Truro for 5 days and on Nantucket for 2 days. Any recommendations in either place for exercise classes or yoga classes? We will be bringing our bikes and riding but I work out every day and I would lie to keep up my schedule even on vacation.
posted by marlys27 at 8:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Guava Surprise

I’m looking for a source of fresh guava fruit that can be shipped to the US. Mom grew up in southern Florida and the Panama Canal Zone and misses those yummy snackables. I’d love to find a mail-order source for some fresh fruit, but haven’t the strongest search skills so I'm not finding any. I’m not looking for Guava paste. Does anyone have suggestions/leads?
posted by mightshould at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for sarcastic stand-up comedians

I need recommendations to find deeply sarcastic and satirical stand-up comedians. [more inside]
posted by madman at 7:46 AM PST - 44 comments

Where to shop for wallet-emptying denim?

What's the best place to find premium denim near Bucks County, Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Digital replacement for a Nikon 2020?

I'd like some advice about replacing the analog Nikon SLR and Tokina lens I lost 3 years ago with a new/used digital SLR/lens. [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 7:16 AM PST - 14 comments

What do we do with our broken car?

What do I do with our broken car? (Long explanation) We have a 2001 S40 Turbo. Despite following the standard maintenance schedule and ensuring oil/water, etc is always good, it's been a pain in then neck since we bought it in 2003. I think I've put more into it for repairs than I paid for it. The last 18 months it's had a problem with the temp gauge spiking and then dropping down to normal. We've had it in a half a dozen times and each time the mechanics replace the themostat and the heat sensor. That fixes it for a while and then 3 months later, boom ... it happens again. No one has ever found the problem, until now. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 7:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

The thought or visuals of old people falling sends literal shivers down my spine. What's going on, psycho-bio-neuro-logically? What causes a physical reaction to an unpleasant idea? This seems deeply wired, is it "innate" in the brain?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:11 AM PST - 4 comments

DSL Matchmaker, Make Me A Match...

Right: trying to pick a DSL service is making my head swim. So I'm throwing my situation and my options up to the floor to help me sort through. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Give Me the Low-Down on Putting Together a Meta Site

What are the components that make a successful Meta site? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 7:05 AM PST - 16 comments

the hairy aspects of religion

Many religions have prescriptions about hair - hair covering, hair growing, hair shaving... I am interested in knowing about all the various religious aspects of hair. I know bits about some of them, but I'd like to ask the hivemind what you know about hair and religion. Mainly thinking of head hair but body hair is relevant too.
posted by Kerasia at 7:02 AM PST - 23 comments

I'm looking for pound notes, loose change, bad checks, anything

Salaryfilter: I'm worried I gave a range that was too low and now I'd like to prevent any screwing of myself. [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat at 6:58 AM PST - 6 comments

I miss school

Are there any reputable online degrees? I'm mostly interested in doing an online degree in web design or marketing/advertising. I already have traditional B.A. and M.A. degrees in a different field (international affairs and economics). [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 6:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Syslog server

SyslogFilter: Any suggestions for a FREE centralized syslog server? The centralized server will most likely be running Centos. What programs do you suggest? I have both window and linux machines that will be sending their syslogs and i will need to do some sort of reporting. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there doctors who use Methlyene blue for Alzheimer's treatment?

I'm looking for a doctor (possibly within driving distance from Detroit), who might be comfortable talking about off-label treatments for Alzheimer's. Specifically, I'd like to get some qualified, knowledgeable info about Methylene blue. Thanks everybody.
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is my dog obsessed with dryer sheets?

Why is my dog OBSESSED with dryer sheets? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for both success stories and non-success stories from people who have been in therapy.

Looking for both success stories and non-success stories from people who have been in therapy—especially if you were skeptical about therapy beforehand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Ahhhhh...love. What do I do with it?

Ahhhhh...love. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 44 comments

Hell Fire Corner

We're going to Kent. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Is Dr. Drew a friggin' quack?

Is Dr. Drew a dumbass, or am I? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 5:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Where in Japan (or online) can I get this Japanese cable for my MacBook power adapter?

I want to buy a 2-pronged figure-8 cable (IEC 320 type c7) with a Japanese plug to work in Japan with my MacBook power adapter. Where should I look for this in Japan, or even better is there somewhere online where I can buy it and have it shipped to Japan? [more inside]
posted by teem at 5:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a porn blocker that I can set up to block sites from myself

Is there a porn blocker that I can set up to block sites from myself? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 4:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to build a campfire in the UK?

Where can I go car camping close to London? Also would like to be able to make a campfire. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 3:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Identify comic

Can anybody help me identify a comic I read around 30 years ago (yes, I know, but it was really good, hence this request). It was one of those American “fantastic tales/stories” (don’t remember the actual title) and as I remember the stories were from the 1950’s -1960’s. The strongest story was about a somewhat put upon geeky chap, a genius scientist whose life is dominated by an alpha male type. This man steals his ideas and become successful on the back of the scientists groundbreaking theories. Anyway, for some reason, the alpha male is not able to care for his newborn son, and our scientist offers to care for the boy. The twist is that the scientist uses the infant as a guinea pig to test his theories on nature/nurture, and the infant ends up looking exactly like the geeky scientist and not our obnoxious alpha male. Ok, ok, this may not sound that great a story but it had a big impact on me as a kid, and would love to find the comic if I can. Any ideas?
posted by ricardo at 3:06 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I help my (nearly) seven year old son "get" maths?

How can I help my 6 1/2 year old son to *get* maths? It hasn't clicked with him at all and I find myself getting frustrated with having to repeat really basic stuff when helping him with his homework. I'm not a maths genius myself and I really don't want to put him off by getting cranky because he's just not getting it. How do I help him get it? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 3:00 AM PST - 35 comments

Getting to Torun from London, via the rest of Poland

I need to get between London and Torun, Poland around the end of the first week of September via public transport, but since I'm moving there for at least a year with lots of stuff, I'm having a hard time deciding the best way to do it. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 12:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Moving to Seattle; landing safely.

At some point within the next year I will have the opportunity to move to Seattle, Washington in order to be with the man I love. He will be relocating there in order to pursue his career. However I have some cold feet… [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 12:34 AM PST - 11 comments

July 29

What happened to all the entry level economics jobs?

I'm a recent graduate with an undergrad degree in economics. Where can I find an economics-related job that doesn't require a PhD? Location doesn't matter much, I just need a job. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 11:27 PM PST - 16 comments

on the go projects

I'm looking for projects people did while traveling.. [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 9:37 PM PST - 14 comments

My kitties make stinkies

Do any of the automatic cat litter boxes work well? [more inside]
posted by GeneticFreek at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

What do you like about your neighborhood & community in the LA/greater LA area?

For those of you who live in LA or the greater LA area (Long Beach, especially) -- what do you enjoy most about your neighborhood, and how have you created a personal space for yourself in this sprawling city? [more inside]
posted by tinygiant at 9:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Know about a short-term rental in San Diego?

Anyone have a line on a short-term rental in San Diego? Craigslist has disappointed me. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 9:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Ring shopping for the big M

How much should I pay for an engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 8:58 PM PST - 36 comments

Good moving companies in Seattle?

Can you recommend a good moving company for an in-city move in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Is Scott McCLellan a patriot or a weasel?

Who spins for the White House? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 8:30 PM PST - 16 comments

mystery acoustic song id

Acoustic male song id question [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 7:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Two Blogs, One Site

My wife and I want to start a blog. Amazing new idea, right?! Anyways, we're bored and we have too much free time, so we want a place to write down or show things we think are funny. I used to keep a blog on typepad, so I'm familiar with using a service like that, but how possible would it be to setup a website where there are two blogs on it, running side by side? [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 7:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Moving Bookmarks between del.cio.us accounts

Simple del.icio.us question, followed by extensions. First, I have an account and an organization I'm helping to launch has an account. What's the easiest way to move bookmarks to this new account? [more inside]
posted by carterk at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I include my API key in my open-source application?

I am developing a Firefox extension for use with a publicly available web API. Problem - API is restricted with a (developer) key that shouldn't be distributed in cleartext. Bonus - API provider is interested in working with me, as I am an early-adopter of the API program. Undesired solution - changing API keys so they're available to registered users. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by mebibyte at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments


What are some of the best architecture firms to work for? [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Duty-free or savings-free?

What's the truth behind duty-free shops? Are they always a bad deal? Or is there some stuff that's good to buy, and other stuff you should always avoid?
posted by smackfu at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I increase my dopamine levels without opiates?

Are there any natural substances that will stimulate the production of dopamine? Specifically, for someone who is in the late stages of a decreasing suboxone regimen, and is experiencing regular early-stage withdrawal symptoms? [more inside]
posted by itzfritz at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Could an iodine deficiency cause sudden weight loss?

Could my sudden and drastic weight loss (which has so far baffled doctors) possibly be linked to a deficiency in iodine? [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

How does my iMac join me on holiday?

How do I take my 20" iMac with me on holiday? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down at 4:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Best route from SoCal to Washington?

I'll be driving from Los Angeles to the Seattle area in a few weeks. I don't want to endure the dreariness of I-5 all the way up, but I also don't want to spend too much time on the trip. Three days would probably be ideal; four would be acceptable. What route will provide the best balance of beauty/points of interest and expediency? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 4:56 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm cured! Now what?

I've spent the last fifteen years suffering from bipolar disorder (bipolar II with the emphasis on depression) and a sleep disorder. Four months ago I switched to a medication that turns out to be perfect for me. I feel normal. Assuming this continues, my mood disorder is essentially cured. Fifteen years of mental illness have really screwed up my life. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 4:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Which version of Journey to the West should I buy?

Which version of Journey to the West should I buy? After seeing Hewlett's production design for Monkey I want to dip into the source material. Digging around I see a fair number of translations but the reviews don't really offer much description beyond "great read." I'm looking for an adaptation/translation that captures most of the original epic for an adult reader, without being an attempt at scholarly word-for-word translation. Ideally, I'd like a dead-tree format that I can take to the coffehouse.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 3:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me with the logistics of my paper craft.

Craft filter: I would like to begin selling a mixed media paper craft (a print embellished with embroidery thread). I'm happy with the crafty part...but now about the logistics: sourcing paper, paper size, ink quality, packaging. [more inside]
posted by sarahalisonmiller at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Dingleberry Filter.

Dingleberry Filter: Can I wipe my cat's butt with baby wipes? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:45 PM PST - 23 comments

If I had a time machine this wouldn't be an issue.

Any idea where I can find this deco lamp? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Scenic drive from Mpls to Chicago?

Recommend a scenic travel route from Minneapolis to Chicago. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 3:42 PM PST - 9 comments

"I've been out before but this time it's much safer in."

As an inveterate L.A. bike commuter (not to mention recently losing a close family member to cancer), this article made me wonder what sort of tests I should be having to measure the impact of particulate air pollution on my body. Recommendations? And how often? (I'm biking 30 miles a day in rush-hour traffic, year-round.)
posted by mykescipark at 3:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Woodworking: What is it called when there are long pieces of stronger wood inserted into a table top made of softer wood?

Woodworking: What is it called when there are long pieces of stronger wood inserted into a table top made of softer wood? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 3:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Craft filter: I'm looking to make an object appear as if it has 1/4" scales (like a lizard) with spray paint and painters tape but I don't know if it'll work. They scales have to be uniform in size and shape.

Craft filter: I'm looking to make an object appear as if it has 1/4" scales (like a lizard) with spray paint and painters tape but I don't know if it'll work. They scales have to be uniform in size and shape. [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Moc OS X Networking Question

SETUP: -One PowerMac G4 running OS 10.4 -One Macbook Pro running OS 10.5.4 -One Airport Extreme (older UFO model) on 802.11g For a long time I've had a home network between my desktop and my Airport. I never had any problems with signal or anything. About a year ago I purchased a Macbook Pro and set it up for my network. The only problem is that on my Macbook I consistently get fluctuating signal strength and my network often just disappears all together. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Sartre Is Smarter

Do you recognize the original of this photograph? A stink was made a few years ago when France's National Library airbrushed the cigarette out, and I'd love to have the side-by-side comparison if possible.
posted by gerryblog at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Just the topper?

Can I sleep on just a memory foam mattress topper? Other suggestions for cheap-o temporary furnishing? [more inside]
posted by zazerr at 2:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Tracking tool for open source projects

Does there exist a web-based tool that tracks open source projects and informs subscribers (by email, RSS etc.) about major developments, e.g. when they release version 1.0? [more inside]
posted by wodow at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get rid of ants bees wasps ladybugs etc

My house has the odd bug problem throughout the year I'm looking for quick and concise solutions that can be made out of house hold products and the best bait to use for these solutions (traps poisons etc). I get the odd problem inside and outside of my house so ill try to mention them separately. These semi random infestations happen on and off for example one year it was ladybugs and another it was ants but they only repeat the odd time. I know this question may seem broad but im looking for some solutions that can be relatively universal yet i can make them for pennies... [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find the age of a page?

For certain reasons, I need to get the time of birth of a certain web page on another company's site, down to the minute. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

XP and Vista laptops won't access net at same time :/

I'm setting up a wireless network in my house and am having a problem getting my XP laptop and my roommates Vista laptop on at the same time. I can get one or the other accessing the internet (when right clicking on network and repairing). I'm assuming this is an IP conflict since when I get her Vista laptop accessing the net, a yellow triangle with an exclamtion mark pops up in my task bar and then my laptop won't access the net. My guess is I have to set up a static IP for both?
posted by debu at 1:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Artist + biz = hope me

Has anyone used mac freelance to manage their freelance biz? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Apartment Improvement 101

What are some of the most comprehensive and useful sources of information and step-by-step procedures for home improvement involving security and resource efficiency? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 1:30 PM PST - 0 comments

Why am I not fitter and thinner?

Why am I not fitter and thinner? I started running/walking spring 2007. June that year I did my first 5k in 36 mins. Carried on walking 9 odd miles a week and running 5-8 per week or going on the elliptical trainer an hour or two a week through the summer. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 1:25 PM PST - 32 comments

I want to hang a shingle

I'm looking for information - books articles etc - on how to go about getting into law without having a college degree. Any suggestions thanks.
posted by pianomover at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Tips For MacBook Buyers?

What is the current word on buying a new Macbook? We're getting one for our daughter, who teaches 12th grade history. Shopping the online Apple Store, it all looks pretty straightforward. But there may be some tricks that we don't know. [more inside]
posted by partner at 12:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Because Ray's Occult is in New York

Awesomeness near Grant Park, Chicago? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Scanning Academic Journals

I'm looking for advice/links on suggested quality/settings for the scanning of academic journals for archiving. The more detail the better. [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How to evaluate potential employment at an LLC

What would you recommend be considered when applying to work for an LLC (as opposed to a corporation)? [more inside]
posted by doriangray at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for recommendations on where to store and work on a motorcycle during the winter.

I have a motorcycle (1983 bmw r100) that I would like to protect from the harsh Massachusetts winter. I would also like to take this time to do some work on the bike. I do not have a garage so I need to rent a place. Am I able to do repairs on a vehicle in a self storage facility? If not can you think of the type of place that would allow this?
posted by ps6000 at 12:26 PM PST - 5 comments

help me understand goth/punk

My 15 yo daughter’s style is becoming increasingly goth/punk - black clothes, metal chains and belts, skulls and daggers, thick black eyeliner, and she recently colored her hair blue. I’ve been cool about it so far though I don’t like the whole darkness/hardness of it all. She’s starting high school this year. She’s an honor student and a thespian. None of her friends dress like this. Should I be worried, or is this just a stage?
posted by viva viola at 12:24 PM PST - 81 comments

Advice for Seattle trip.

Please help me plan my trip to Seattle. [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 12:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Hate to be a Maine in the...

My family and I will be taking our 3rd annual trip to Waldoboro Maine in a few weeks. We'd like to get some strong recommendations on the following items within 30 miles of Waldoboro: - Place for breakfast that doesn't include Moody's. - Out of the way lobster spot (send via mail link in profile). - Unique things to do for a 3 year old? Any and all information is greatly appreciated! Oh..one more question...is it normal for lobster in a lobster roll (at Red's Eats) to be cold? That threw me last year.... Thanks mefites!
posted by littleredwagon at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Vrooom. Put put put put put.

Is my car broken? I somehow managed to stall my automatic transition. WTF? Is it a crazy fluke, or possibly a sign of trouble? The car is a 2001 Subaru Forester. [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 11:47 AM PST - 18 comments


Do we have any evidence about whether people believed in the gods of Greek & Roman mythology as people today believe in the gods of Christianity, Islam, etc?
posted by xmutex at 11:41 AM PST - 30 comments

Need to help with anniversary give from dad to mom

Anniversary gift needed! I need to help my father get something for my mother for their anniversary. In the past, he's gotten her jewelry...but now he can't. [more inside]
posted by slo at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Yet another please identify this book/story question

Trying to identify a short story I read a while back. It's been nagging at me and I'd really like to read it again. I posted this question last week but received, alas, only one response, so I thought I'd try again. Description is inside. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jujube at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

I know you're not my doctor, but my ovary is goofy.

What's up with my ovary? I had an ultrasound this morning and on the picture of my left ovary there was a long, thin, very squiggly line. I asked the technician but she said she couldn't tell me anything and that the doctor would call me in a week. A week?! I could be dead by then! [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 11:26 AM PST - 8 comments

f-f-freezing doesn't count

Tariff: Are there any other words in English that include two Fs next to each other?
posted by Pants! at 11:24 AM PST - 68 comments

Why do so many guys flush the urinal before they use it?

Why do so many guys flush the urinal before they use it? Honestly, I've wondered this forever. Is it a "visually stimulating" thing? Or do you just want to close your eyes and picture yourself in front of a waterfall? Or do you need to hear/see water flowing to actually go yourself? Seriously... Something like half the people around me at the urinal walls do this. Why?
posted by namewithhe1d at 11:17 AM PST - 39 comments

Highlighting Tokyo

Tokyo for a week in mid-September. What must I see and/or do? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Why did the West allow West Germany independence after WWII?

Why did the allies permit West Germany sovereignty after World War II (admittedly only in 1955) rather than keeping control in their hands? Were they not at all suspicious of Germany after its role in the first two world wars?
posted by shivohum at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Buying a Macbook that MAY be stolen. Bad idea? (yeah, I know, it is)

How do I know if the MacBook I'm buying is stolen and what happens if it is? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Muscle Fatigue

Should I proceed with my routine workout if the particular muscle group in question hasn't fully recuperated? [more inside]
posted by alcoth at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Remember a sucky sms-based discussion application from 2002ish?

Do you remember a web application from 2002ish where you could join sms-based discussion groups? This was before it was feasible to have IM clients on cellphones (or at least before this was widely done), and the site I'm thinking of powered a big directory of discussion groups that one could join. For example, there were foodie groups (per city, IIRC?), politics discussions, movies, fashion. Does anyone else remember this? The site launched around the same time as dodgeball.com, and I'd love to find the name of the site or see what happened to them. [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Great new family products?

Parents: what are your favorite newish tools of the trade? I'm helping to research a magazine article, trying to identify really great products new to the market in the past 18 months or so that make parents' lives easier. What recent discoveries have you made? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Ways to market a website

What are some good ways to market a website? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Is the Sleeptracker for me?

Does the Sleeptracker watch actually work? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:27 AM PST - 14 comments

A Little Moog Music

With the recent discovery of a trove of Delia Derbyshire tracks, my interest in early synth and electronica has been reawakened. Help me find some good stuff. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 10:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to find nurses and lifeguards to work at a short camp?

Where should I look to find lifeguards and nurses to staff the short non-profit camp in Maine that I help run? [more inside]
posted by rmless at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Calculating a House's Square Footage

When calculating a house's square footage, does one include screened-in outdoor porch areas (with unfinished floors and no heating or other amenities)? Does one include separate garages (with no heating or other amenties)? Basements? Also, is there a definitive source I can point to for justifying any inclusions/exclusions re: the above to those who might question? Thanks!
posted by jimmyjimjim at 9:30 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I perform a tricky search, select, and export in Outlook 2003?

How do I search across multiple PSTs in Outlook 2003 and export messages that contain a certain keyword or email address in the To: or From: field? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Tune list for the Perplexed

Music for new parents: I am compiling an iTunes gift playlist and need some input and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 9:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Defend New Orleans: Lakeview v. ENOLA v. Algiers

Post-Katrina Recovery: I recently caught corners of Lakeview and New Orleans East. While Lakeview seemed more affluent and maybe older and more established, it didn't seem like it would have great advantages over NOE that would account for the relative degree to which it appeared that Lakeview was recovered compared to NOE. Is NOE really behind the curve in recovery and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

watch out for that cigarette butt!

Hypothetical Filter: Would someone be able to throw a cigarette out of their window and catch my car on fire? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 8:23 AM PST - 28 comments

What cheap non-digital SLR for sis?

Which NON-digital, cheap SLR should I get my sister for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 7:57 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me rescue my ginkgo tree

Calling all plant propagation / grafting experts. I have a small ginkgo (about 9 inches tall) with great sentimental significance - it was used in my wedding ceremony earlier this year. Until yesterday, I had it in a large pot on the back deck because it seemed too small and delicate for a permanent home in the ground. Yesterday when I went outside I found it on the ground, uproooted and chewed in half (!!). The stem had been separated from the roots about half an inch above the soil level by some animal. [more inside]
posted by aquafiend at 7:51 AM PST - 7 comments

ants! ants! ants! kill! kill! kill!

Help me rid my apartment of ants! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:40 AM PST - 28 comments

Best Eyeglasses

Are there any better eyeglasses than Marchon Airlocks with Crizal lenses? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 7:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help ID this nonreligious Jesus book

Play more name-that-book! Young Jesus adjusting to role as Messiah. [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Cooking on the cheap

Cheap home-made food for a group of people? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 7:21 AM PST - 30 comments


Where can I get those delicious Belgian cookies, Speculoos, in the US? I'm looking for store recs. in New York or mail order options.
posted by anonymous78 at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Thicken cold sauce?

Cooking filter: How do I go about thickening a hot sauce without changing the transparency? [more inside]
posted by danep at 6:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Cut out the middleman - just eat the oil

Calorie value of food compared to the value to create it. Does it really take more to create than is gained from consuming? If so, do biofuels make an energy profit? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Which broadband provider in the UK?

Does anyone have any particular recommendations/condemnations of UK broadband providers? [more inside]
posted by alby at 4:30 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I sanitize my laptop before turning it in?

I am leaving my job abroad and have been using a company laptop for two and a half years. Now I have to turns said laptop in. How do I keep my IT masters back in the States from getting all snoopy? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 3:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Skype install in the Heron

Very recently migrated to Ubuntu and want to install Skype... help! [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 3:24 AM PST - 17 comments

What is it like to work for an agency?

What are your experiences of working with a UK temp agency? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:38 AM PST - 6 comments

GoAway Parties- Launching the kids into new adventures...

Party up ahead. Humbly requesting ideas for ritual activities; can range from high concept to downright soppy. Two couples leaving (launching), one to law and physical therapy schools and one couple with a 3 year old going to live in Bhutan for 6 months. All family, all leaving on the same day. You won't be able to swing a cat and not hit a road-map or inflatable globes, maps and old photos but I'm searching for memorable and heck, maybe even meaningful activities (and food and drink, and speeches, and songs and skits.... ) there's a lot riding on this so please let me thank you in advance for your generous additions. {Both couples in early 30's.}
posted by lois1950 at 2:15 AM PST - 5 comments

History ---> Cash

1) Get BA in beloved liberal arts field 2) ??? 3) Profit? Help me balance my desire for a degree in History with my desire to earn a decent living for myself. [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 1:35 AM PST - 33 comments

WebCast Recommendations/Warnings

Looking for webcast audio and video and sharing of desktop for small group of international users. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 1:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Vintage Total Cereal Commercials

Where can I find an old school commercial of "other" cereal bowls in which they compare how many bowls it takes to equal the nutrition in ONE BOWL of Total? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins at 1:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Is an Apple keyboard on a PC supposed to be glitchy?

I have strange issues with my keyboard and mouse in Picasa: shortcuts with modifier keys don't work. Other keyboard and mouse glitches also occur in other applications. Windows Vista; Apple aluminum keyboard; Microsoft Habu mouse. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 12:53 AM PST - 7 comments


Can you help me find a chart I once saw online that ranked countries by how many other countries its citizens could enter without a visa. I believe Finland and the U.S. came out on the top--most Middle Eastern countries near the bottom. Can anyone help me find this again? I'm pretty sure it was from a research institution or think tank.
posted by whitewall at 12:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What is there to see between KC and Eugene, OR?

I'm driving from KC to Eugene, OR (round trip) and I'm in no hurry. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by samurphy at 12:31 AM PST - 6 comments

July 28

Exercise a lot, hungry a lot, need to lose weight.

How do I balance exercise caused hunger with losing fat & weight? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 11:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Owning a dog in the city? What do I need to know?

Owning a dog in the city? What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 10:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Samsung f700 vs AT&T Tilt

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung f700 vs AT&T Tilt [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 9:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How strange is this guy's name?

Where do I look for unique names listed in the social security system? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 9:20 PM PST - 18 comments

What song was used in the .wav, wiglgirl.wav?

What song was used for the wav called wigglgirl.wav (or something similar to that)? Several years ago there was a .wav that was very popular on the internet, IRC especially, that sounded a lot like a Shaggy song. However, after listening to a lot of different Shaggy songs, I was never able to find any of his songs with the same music or lyrics. Anyone remember the .wav I'm referring to and do you know what song this was? I have been trying to figure out the name and artist of the song that was used in the .wav for over a decade now. If anyone knows, it'll probably be a mefite.
posted by GlowWyrm at 8:49 PM PST - 1 comment

GlueTube, more like...

Why have YouTube videos started loading very slowly for me, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy thai ingredients in Schaumburg IL

Where do I buy Thai food ingredients in Schaumburg, IL? [more inside]
posted by ets960 at 8:14 PM PST - 7 comments

What's in a name?

I'm thinking of buying a book like this as a gift. Anyone have any personal experience with this "Our Name in History" series of books? Are they any good?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Network woes

Why can't I access my network shares after I connect to the WiFi at work? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

where can i sell my hair?

Where can I sell my hair (NYC)? [more inside]
posted by pleasantries at 7:41 PM PST - 11 comments

It was more than a flesh wound.

My turn: what movie have I been thinking about for the past 15 years or so? The only scene I can remember is some guy getting his hand chopped off in a cave or dungeon. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a small town.

Need suggestions please. The time for our retirement is just around the corner. We raised our family in a small town that is a close cousin to Mayberry. One sheriff, no stop lights and all the crazy nick names for the locals. Looking for a little cooler area to retire to, but still want that small town atmosphere where if it dosn't get done today, well, there is always tomorrow. Also, is there anything you miss after leaving a small town?
posted by ok at 7:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Is this it for this year's tomato crop?

What is wrong with my tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Being moved off-site, if I quit can I get unemployment?

My boss told me that my group will be moved off-site in the next month or two. The new location is about 1/2 mile away from the people that I interact with multiple times daily. Can I get unemployment if I quit? [more inside]
posted by IronSurfer at 6:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me get my man drunk

How do I find out the cost of booze in (Chattanooga) Tennessee when I'm in (Ottawa) Ontario? [more inside]
posted by Abbril at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my pan, heating, smell like lighter fluid?

Just started heating a newish stainless steel Alclad pan and noticed a weird smell as I was throwing onions into them (I've used it a few times before, and have never noted any strange odor). The best description I can think of for the smell is a charcoal grill, or lighter fluid. There was a whitish residue on the pan before I started cooking, which I thought was just hard water markings, but it could have been dish soap, too. Can soap smell like this when heated in a dry pan? [more inside]
posted by stance at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Rockin' with the Queen

An acquaintance of mine claims that she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1992, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance. Could she be fibbing? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 5:22 PM PST - 41 comments

What makes this a "superstar" blog?

Why is the blog Tricia's Musings ranked so highly? [more inside]
posted by bluekrauss at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a mechanic in Vancouver BC

Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

mmmm...chocalmonut chiparoonipans

Cookie Experiment Filter: I'd like to create recipes for chocolate, almond and coconut cookies but some of my ingredients are too expensive for trial & error. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Synching Google calendar with iPhone

Can I two-way sync GCal with my iPhone? I'm using a PC and don't have iCal or Outlook. Free methods would be best but I'd be willing to pay for something good.
posted by undertone at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you like using Yahoo Pipes?

Has anyone used Yahoo's Pipes? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith at 3:43 PM PST - 14 comments

On the road again...again.

Is there an online resource for finding and viewing eclectic or eccentric or cheap motel/motor lodges that are preferably non-chain & independently owned? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Bring me the Blackberry related awesome!

Awesome my Blackberry. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Software RAID Dies: Which disk is dead?

A disk in your Server2003 software RAID fails: How do you know which physical disk to pull? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Haiti 101

Traveling to Haiti in a few months with a medical missions org. Looking for books or authors that give a good analysis of the social, political, historical, and cultural background of the country.
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

How Do I Add Fonts to GIMP? (Mac)

I loaded GIMP on to my IMac but would like to put some fonts on it (like maybe some from 1001 fonts)...I am not tech-savvy (to say the least) and would appreciate how I can go about downloading such free fonts and adding them to GIMP. Thanks in advance for any help on this.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Vitamin Blecchh

Recommendations for a Vitamin B-Complex supplement that won't make me want to vomit? [more inside]
posted by granted at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

My DJ plays and his music stays in your mind for days

What song and artist is played in this video? The key line seems to be "you don't know the way we flow in Chicago." [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Why wont the iPod Touch apps work!

I gave Mr. Arnicae an iPod Touch for his bday and none of the cool apps that use GPS or the internets seem to function. Help! [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 2:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for an Online Generic Card Game Simulator.

I need an "Online Generic Card Game Simulator" program (my term). I don't think what I want exists, but I don't know how to verify this, or more importantly, how to go about making one for myself. [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

He peed in the vent. What do I do now?

My cat is peeing in my vents! How do I get the smell out before winter? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 1:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Test: Skill :: MAT : ?

MAT vs. GRE: Does it matter? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

What song is in this video?

Asking for a friend: What song is in this video?
posted by majikstreet at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

minimalist home workout tips

I'm looking for a single book on exercises I can do at home without any extra equipment that will help me build some muscle mass and definition while (hopefully) losing weight. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:34 PM PST - 25 comments

Freezer food.

I would like some recipes or meal ideas that, when cooked, will last for a long time. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 12:27 PM PST - 21 comments

how can you live in one time zone and work in another?

While driving from Kentucky to Virginia over the weekend we crossed from the Central to the Eastern time zones and it started my family wondering what it's like to live in one time zone and work a few miles away in another. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

My walls suck.

Any tips on decorating my new home that has dark wood paneled walls? I want to try and lighten the place up without actually redoing the walls since we are renting.
posted by All.star at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Fax Problems

How can I get my office's computer fax machine to receive faxes more reliably? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

If you build it, they will shred.

I'm looking for guitar tablature sites similar to Dansm's that are created by one person out of a labor of love, as opposed to OLGA-type "tab archives" like Ultimate-guitar.com. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Old Dell 8200

What to do with my old Dell tower 8200? I have this Dell 8200 Pentium 4 2.80 GH 512mb 128GB hard drive that is in good working condition that I no longer need. Can it be used as a movie storage, data storage or what are your ideas?
posted by robbyrobs at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for "house-warming" gift ideas for someone who just signed the lease on a new artist studio space.

I am looking for gift ideas for my boyfriend who is moving into his new studio soon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Should we get a foam roof?

Should we get a foam roof? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get a RSS feed working without direct access to the site

How can I make an RSS feed from someone else's content? [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Professional ear piercing in Columbus, Ohio?

Ear piercing in Columbus, Ohio. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Stopping Birth Control, Mid-Pack

Can I stop taking my birth control pill mid-pack? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:11 AM PST - 20 comments

How to get a bike from California to Toronto

I'm in Toronto. A bike I want is in Berkeley, CA. I do not know the seller and he refuses to ship (anywhere). I have a relative in Fresno who does not drive but if the bike can get to him, he can ship it to me. Is there a service or something that I can pay to either ship the bike to me or deliver it to my relative? Ridiculous details inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 11:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Rediscovering quantitative analysis.

How can I get back in touch with my quantitative skills? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to find an unfinished wooden tray in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Where to find an unfinished wooden tray in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How To Place Shortcut in root of Burn CD

How do you create a shortcut in the root of a burn CD to point to a file inside a folder in that same cd? [more inside]
posted by cmherskovic at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Anything interesting on southern I5?

My wife, 6 month old daughter, and I are driving from Santa Cruz to San Diego, then back up through LA and Santa Barbara. I'm looking for places to stop along the way. [more inside]
posted by zito75 at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How can we get great newborn photographs?

What are the tricks/tip to getting great newborn photographs? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:35 AM PST - 18 comments

I need to borrow a clawfoot-style bathtub and the space it is in to shoot some photos of somebody in it.

AustinArtistsFilter: Anybody got a big clawfoot bathtub and/or space it's in I could use to shoot some pix? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Children's Blood-Letting Game?

A friend of mine is completely convinced that there used to be a children's game which actually pricked a child's finger and drew blood. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 10:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Reality check in German

German grammar check: free online tools or Mac freeware/shareware? I have fairly solid German; goal is polishing drafts I'm writing in German, not translating from scratch. Seeking best stopgaps for when I can't afford or barter for a human's time. (And I don't have an MS Office CD with German tools.)
posted by kalapierson at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Real to reel...

Any way to save the voicemails on my iPhone to my macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

What are these creepy yellow buggies?

What are these creepy little bugs on my flowering plants? They don't appear to be causing much damage, but they're gross and are creeping me out. They steer clear of the herbs and veggies, and only seem to swarm on a couple of flowering plants, mostly on the leaves and stems.
posted by booknerd at 10:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Outlook task help

OutlookFilter: Is there a way to assign a task in Outlook where I receive the reminder as well as the assignee? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Blame it on the food network.

I want to buy an ice cream maker: Kitchenaid stand mixer attachment versus standalone model? [more inside]
posted by sararah at 9:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Should I buy this home in a transitional neighborhood?

I'm looking to buy a house. I live in Denver's Baker neighborhood and I'm a looking to stay in the area. I've been looking for about two months and I've let two places slip through my fingers that I thought were great... [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

What's mah mAH?

I need to buy a new battery for my Dell Inspiron 6000, and I've found two options: A and B. Obviously A is more expensive, but it has a higher mAH. I by default prefer the longest battery life possible, but I also don't know jack about laptop batteries. Searching the google has given me only whiffs and bits of information. Tell me hive, is 8000mAH better than 6600mAH enough to warrant $20 more? What can I expect from each, very roughly, in terms of hours of continuous use between charges? Also, feel free to inform me that A and/or B are terrible sites I should not buy from.
posted by ictow at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

"Sum of Total Cost" is redundant; I said "Total", didn't I?

Excel 2007: How do I get "Sum of" out of the data headers of my Pivottable? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

A thumb full of mystery pain

What happened to my poor thumb? A few months ago, something strange and painful happened to my right thumb. Over a period of four days, this is how it played out... [more inside]
posted by wundermint at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Help my niece free her mind

What are good techniques to deprogram a Christian fundamentalist? [more inside]
posted by plexi at 9:33 AM PST - 57 comments

Cartilage piercing: should I or shouldn't I?

Do you have good info on (ear) cartilage piercing & care in NYC? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Give a code monkey a ruler...

How do I make code LOOK beautiful? Occasionally, I see these snippets of code where everything looks very aligned and orderly, the variables all seem the same length, the functions are all neatly aligned. My code on the other hand always looks rough and shoddy. What do the people with neat code do to make it look so neat? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 9:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Alternatives to super when the economy isn't doing so great?

What should I do in addition to super to have any hope of retiring several decades from now? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What's wrong with my fire alarm?

My fire alarm started going off randomly last night, several times, after doing so inter-mittently over the last year. What is causing this, and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Renewing a lost expired drivers license?

Renewing an old, lost, and expired driver's license out of state? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Blackberry in Korea?

Will a Blackberry that works in Japan also work in South Korea? I believe they both use 3G correct?
posted by paulyballs at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

PIP from two sources?

Can I do picture in picture from two different inputs on any TVs? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Mozilla Thuderbird glitch

I use Mozilla Thunderbird for e-mail but, beginning about a week ago, although people received and continue to receive e-mails from me that are ok, when I open the same e-mails in my "send" file to review them, they're either blank or a jumble of code, often, related to e-mails other than what I just opened. Help!
posted by tangyraspberry at 8:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Tracking finances with Excel

I think I'm going to start tracking my finances using Excel, or maybe Google Docs. This will supplement my credit union's online banking; I've considered Mint, Wesabe, iBank, Moneydance, among others, but haven't been impressed. Info includes date, transaction description, amount, balance, category (withdrawal, deposit, etc.), tags (gas, groceries, etc.) My question: what are your best tips, tricks, and hints for doing this? Excel formulas, creating charts, formatting technique, automation. Anything in that vein would be great. Thanks in advance!
posted by jroybal at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Actual Drive Times in California? Should I take take the scenic route?

I am traveling from San Jose to Anaheim today (Monday). Is the number 5 Freeway a lot faster than the Coast (101)? The map tells me approximate drive times but I have no idea what the traffic is like. [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 8:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Stachybotrys chartarum? Yes, no, maybe so?

Is this black mold? If not, what could it be, and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by jalebi at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do you put money for baby?

So, we just had a baby and grandmothers keep coming up to us and handing us checks for $50 and saying "This is so you can buy a savings bond for the baby." However, I would like to hear about alternative saving/investing ideas for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 8:04 AM PST - 18 comments

How do you interview a troubling candidate who has much more experience than you?

I'm looking for advice on how to conduct a job interview with someone much older and with much more experience than me. The problem: his resume is seriously fishy. There's some technical information in here, so input from professional software geeks is particularly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Tax settlement services

How do tax settlement services work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you hear voices without being ill?

I'm looking for scientific information on whether a person who is not suffering from mental illness can experience ongoing, coherent auditory hallucinations, specifically voices. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Gordian knot

My daughter has a knot in a very fine chain necklace. Other than in investing in a magnifying glass and fine set of tweezers, is there a simple way of untangling this? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 7:24 AM PST - 14 comments

How long did I work there?

How can I find out how long I worked in a position over a decade ago when the company no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

From non-vegan to vegan.

What's your favorite tasty, filling vegan snack? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me plan a beer pairing menu (with constraints).

I'm planning a wedding rehearsal dinner for about 100 guests. Besides the usual wine service I'd like to do something different and do a beer pairing menu. There are four courses total, but guests have multiple options for each course. I think the logistics of serving will limit us to one beer (about 6 oz) per course regardless of food selection, which is the tricky part. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:27 AM PST - 8 comments

I would like to know about the future of solar energy

I would like to know about the future of solar energy. [more inside]
posted by heylight at 5:11 AM PST - 16 comments

What does hemophiliac mean?

What does hemophiliac mean? [more inside]
posted by brevator at 4:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Is this small business worth a punt?

I have the opportunity to buy a niche website. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by hatmandu at 4:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Breaking into Performance Art

How do I get into performance art? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:45 AM PST - 15 comments

How to fight the points?

My friend got pulled over on an insurance check yesterday (UK). It turns out that the insurance company cancelled his policy 2 months ago because there were insufficient funds for the direct debit. How can he fight this? [more inside]
posted by Happycat79 at 3:40 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a bag to carry gym stuff and work stuff.

Can you recommend a good gym bag/work bag combo? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd at 3:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Best laptop for serious chess program.

I recently received a gift of a highly regarded computer chess program with the following recommended system requirements: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows Vista 64, GeForce8 graphics card (or compatible) with 256 MB RAM or higher, 100% DirectX compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive. I’m not very computer savvy and need some recommendations as to the best laptop I should buy to run this program. Are these system requirements standard on certain machines now or is this something I will have to have specially configured for me? Light weight, quality, and dependability are more important than price. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
posted by thaivagabond at 2:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Copper pot maintenance and repair

How do I know if a tin-lined copper pot really needs re-tinning? Are there reliable re-tinning services in or around Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Sending my camera for a repair

Recently on the trip in Japan I bought a Canon IXY Digital point-and-shoot camera. Unfortunately it stooped working, all the guarantee papers are in Japanese. Would someone by chance know where I could send camera for repair (Canon Japan). [more inside]
posted by chexov at 1:26 AM PST - 3 comments

American Made Soccer Shoes

I would like to find a quality soccer shoe that is made in the in the good ole U.S. of A. [more inside]
posted by czarth at 12:15 AM PST - 4 comments

July 27

Computer languages considered in linguistic contexts?

Computer languages considered in linguistic contexts? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive

(Paging All Linux Masters) Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does TV video appear so different than that which is produced with normal video camcorder?

Why does TV video appear so different than that which is produced with normal video camcorder? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 10:14 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I make an NPR audition recording?

How do I make an NPR audition recording? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 9:19 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the song in that UK CSI advert?

CSI and CSI Miami reruns are being advertised on a UK Cable station with an urban/hip-hop song filled with a neat trumpet refrain. What is that song? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Gets the red out...and puts it back in?

Is it really true that putting in anti-redness eyedrops can make the redness worse? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What goes in a care package to Kyrgyzstan?

Ideas for a care package for a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan? I'd like to keep it open for many different types of suggestions, but perhaps the fact that he is 24 year old male from Northern California is relevant. Anyone know what kinds of things he'll be missing while he's stuck there for two years?
posted by emyd at 8:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me be a cool comics-buying mom

In search of dark, gory, female-centered, Asian, did I mention dark, comics/graphic novels. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:16 PM PST - 38 comments

Why do shows look different when rerun on different networks?

Do television networks, cable or otherwise, have a "color signature" so to speak. I am looking for an explanation to a phenomenon that I see when a television show changes network, be it for syndication, relocation, etc.. [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 7:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Jack and Heath have Buzzed for great effect

Is there a term in Cinema/Film school for that slow build humming/buzz sound effect that heightens tension in certain scenes that I think I've only seen in Stanley Kubrick films? [more inside]
posted by stavx at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Claws to teeth

Please help me help my cat. [more inside]
posted by thatguyryan at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Rubber Butterfly Knife that Works?

Is there such a thing as a rubber balisong or butterfly knife? What I'm wanting is a balisong that has the approximate heft expected, so it can be tricked with a bit, just without all of the potential for profuse bleeding. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 7:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me pay off my credit cards.

I have: fair credit ( reported between 650 - 720 ). a student loan and an auto finance loan of no more than $30,000 in combination. ~$9000 in credit card debt spread between 2 cards. What is a good way to pay off my high interest credit cards? I am looking at options like small loans, debt consolidation, possibly even balance transfer to a new card (although I hear that hurts your credit score?). Any good sites that can help me budget or somehow help me get out of paying like $150+ in finance charges every month?
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker at 7:08 PM PST - 17 comments

need a *loud* phone

which unlocked gsm phones have the loudest volume, for both sending and receiving? [more inside]
posted by jeffcovey at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Which FireWire Cable Do I Need?

Which FireWire cable do I need? [more inside]
posted by mdavis1982 at 6:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How to make my content stay where I want it?

Adobe InDesign: Why, when moving pages around within a document, will it cause the design elements (all frames, text boxes, graphics, etc.) on the following pages to shift 1/8" to the left or right? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 6:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Skin issues due to swimming

I am swimming for the first time in a swimming pool. I am facing 2 problems:- 1) My skin is itchy. 2) My skin color changes, i think due to water in the swimming pool. (due to chlorine ?). Is there any way i can prevent/minimize the above. I also use sunscreen.(walgreens zinc oxide version). Could 1 & 2 be due to sunscreen ?
posted by tom123 at 5:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Grandfather clock stops, then stops again.

Why does Grandpa stop and start all the time? Twelve years ago I inherited a longcase clock that was purchased by my great-grandfather in Massachusetts more than a century ago. Now it just doesn't want to tick-tock with any consistency. [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Design related blogs and articles for ambitious and idealist product designer?

DESIGN-FILTER: A friend recently finished freshmans year of a Product Design course, coming home raving about how much he enjoyed it, and how design can save the world. He is very honourable in his intentions, but not very internet savvy. For his Birthday I'd like to compile a selection (and summary) of the best blogs and articles that someone involved in product design should read, things that will inspire him, and will give him the sort of superb extra-curricular knowledge that the web contains, and a wider perspective. [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 5:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Uninsured: Can't Pay for Needed Surgery

Uninsured-Broke and Need $2900.00 Vascular Surgery {USA} Can't Get Help, What Can Husband Do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me plan my career

Another "Help me plan my life" question... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

What happens to a school when special-needs students show up?

Do schools that take on special-needs children that require one-on-one education have to pay for teachers out of their normal budget? [more inside]
posted by floam at 5:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Dear Fashion Diary

Is there a site out there that can help me keep track of what I wear? [more inside]
posted by mathlete at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't seem to hang onto anything.

I am a purger. How do I stop throwing away so many things and start collecting? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me be a one man band

I have been using JamStudio for a while now to quickly throw together backing tracks to practice guitar with. This website is great and highly recommended, but I now want something similar but which is more powerful/flexible, has better audio quality and variety, and which will integrate with my recording software (currently Cubase). Midi based would be perfect. I plan to use this mostly for practicing, but also for some recording. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Camera Recommendations

My digital camera (HP PhotoSmart 945) broke recently and I'm looking for some recommendations for a replacement, and also where to buy in Sydney Australia. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 4:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Book recommendations for 25 year old woman?

Can anyone recommend some great books that a 25 year old woman would relate to? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 4:15 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I cheaply patch ceramic bathroom wall tiles which are coming off?

How can I cheaply patch ceramic bathroom wall tiles which are coming off? [more inside]
posted by moz at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I remain your obt svt

In period dramas, I have seen characters, once finished writing a letter in longhand, blow a powder across the surface to make the ink dry faster. What was this substance? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 3:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me get my little brother back!

What's the best way to get my little brother (16) home (NYC) this weekend, from Street, MD? [more inside]
posted by mhz at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Year old Macbook running extra hot/battery draining fast. Help

Year old Macbook running extra hot/battery draining fast. Help [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

2 power sources?

I just got a new computer, and the speaker cord has me curious. [more inside]
posted by scottymac at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

How to help a friend in need?

How to assist a friend in need? A very smart, kind-hearted person whose life has deteriorated due to alcohol, and I think, depression. Living alone out in the countryside where there is no access to any type of mass transit, and just had their car re-possessed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Hole in my soul

Kicked (kicking) a bunch of addictions. What to do with this feeling of emptiness when the only thing that fills me up are the addictions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Oh sweet Rooibos, it's not you, it's me!

Rooibos Tea (Redbush Tea). Slightly tired of drinking it at the moment but apparently stopping is not going to be a satisfactory option. Is there any reason I can't just rip open a teabag and eat it? (Provided I sift it for sticks and bark and stuff first?) Or does the hot water play a part in releasing all of that Rooibos-ey goodness? But then, again... couldn't I just eat a teaspoon of leaf sludge? [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 2:52 PM PST - 15 comments

i'm immune to sleep :o

I'm immune to sleep. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 2:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Revenge on Sicko Boss

Yet another ID that movie question...(details inside may be disturbing) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Will this little hair in my eye eventually go away?

I have a tiny facial hair stuck in my eye. Will my body eventually reabsorb it or what? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find a bedframe like this in Vancouver, BC?

Where can I find a bedframe like this in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Tom Waits on a Penny-Farthing!

I seem to remember some Tom Waits album art that featured a man (possibly Waits) on an old-timey bicycle (which I just recently learned is called a "penny-farthing"). I want to get this as a tattoo, but despite owning the majority of his albums, I can't seem to find it. Help!
posted by oh really at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the deal with outrageously cheap airlines?

Air Pacific: too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How can improve my sinister lifestyle?

Any tricks for enhancing a left-handed life? [more inside]
posted by suki at 12:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Where did the Fear of Gluten Come From?

Why is gluten so evil now, when it wasn't a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 11:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Tips for the NC bar exam.

Tips for the NC Bar exam? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 11:50 AM PST - 0 comments

Mustaches: Hot or not?

What is the popular public opinion on mustaches? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 11:46 AM PST - 57 comments

Will I be affected because my car dealership closed?

My car dealership closed and filed for bankruptcy. Will this affect me or my year-old car? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Bike parking in Hyde Park

Bicycle advice in Hyde Park (Chicago) [more inside]
posted by puffin at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

What other programs besides Muvee auto producer match video to the beat of the music automatically?

What other programs besides Muvee auto producer match video to the beat of the music automatically? (I realize premiere/vegas/ffc do this manually but I am specifically looking for an auto program) [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 11:16 AM PST - 4 comments

The scene that freaked me out 25+ years ago

Disturbing, graphic Western movie/ TV show from childhood... [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Wanted: Vintage 1960 Modern Architect

I'm interested in hiring an architect in Houston to design and build a modest, mid-century modern style house. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Conservation Blogology

Where do you go to read about (biological) conservation on-line? Web-sites, blogs, podcasts; policy, science, activism. Is anybody aggregating interesting stuff in the world of conservation? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

this or another shaving mirror

Gatco shaving mirrors - good quality? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Best book about Disney park design?

I want to read a book about Disney's parks, specifically, one that focuses on the parks' designs and their impact on the visitor's experience. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Help! I'm being extorted/blackmailed/strong-armed by my sister in law!

My wife and I asked her sister for my wife's wedding dress back. She is refusing to give it to us until we pay her for damage to her car. [more inside]
posted by adi at 10:08 AM PST - 59 comments

This song is stuck to me like glue.

Help me find this indie pop duet that includes lyrics like "I'm gonna stick with you... stick like glue." [more inside]
posted by overglow at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a good website that reviews movie *theaters*, extra points for Massachusetts theaters,

Is there a good website that reviews movie *theaters*, extra points for Massachusetts theaters, [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

How to balance work and play?

How to balance work and play when there is so much that I want to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by Perpetual Seeker at 8:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Has iTunes responded to your application?

Has anyone successfully gotten their music on iTunes without using a distributor like CD Baby? If so, how long did it take? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for international or obscure card games

CardGamesFilter: International or unusual card games I can play with 2 other people? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Getting back money that Ticketmaster stole

How do I get a refund for a magazine that Ticketmaster forced upon me? [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 6:39 AM PST - 7 comments

I known YANHD, but does my boyfriend have Asperger's?

Is it possible my boyfriend has Asperger's and doesn't know it? (Or knows it, and hasn't told me?) If so, is there any real reason why I should be ending this? Should I even bring this up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Indulge my turophilia.

What was this divine cheese, and where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 2:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Info on Reykjavik tattoo parlor experiences?

Can anyone comment on the positives and negatives of the Reykjavik tattoo parlor choices? I am getting inked to commemorate my visit, but would like to have some input as to the character, quality, etc of the various shops as I won't really have much time to figure that out on my own while in town.
posted by franklen at 2:02 AM PST - 2 comments

What's this Movie?

Another 'What's this Movie?' Question [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 1:35 AM PST - 1 comment

online autobio

How should I put my diary / autobiography online? I'm almost asking how best to order and annotate my old photos, but I'd like the possibility of more extensive writing as well. I'm expecting to order things by date, but advice on categories would be good. It's not a commercial venture, just fun for the extended family. [more inside]
posted by airplain at 1:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Rockets + gasoline?

What's-the-worst-that-can-happen-filter: Say I douse the protective wadding in a model rocket in gasoline... what's the worst that happens? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:17 AM PST - 14 comments

I speak of arms and the man : ?

from where do I know the phrase 'I speak of arms and the man'? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 12:35 AM PST - 8 comments

July 26

They were much cheaper when we visited in the spring.

I need a hair stylist in Kitsap County. Like this question, but across the water. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 11:36 PM PST - 1 comment

What is this little animal?

What is this small animal? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 10:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get into Moebius.

Help me get into Moebius. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:41 PM PST - 5 comments

eBay shipper sent me a religious tract - should I note this in feedback?

An eBay purchase just arrived. I have no complaint at all about the item, and it was shipped quickly. The seller included a religious tract in the package, though, which bugs me. I would like to note this in the feedback, politely, as a negative. It seems reasonable to note something about the transaction that I disliked, but worry that it may not be worth the potential hassle. [more inside]
posted by Cranialtorque at 9:05 PM PST - 87 comments

Help us identify our dog.

What kind of breed is our dog? We are confident that he is of Japanese origin based on his face and coloration, and we want to be the best parents we can be. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner at 8:54 PM PST - 13 comments

ryan adams avatar sessions videos

Where can I download high quality Ryan Adams Avatar Sessions videos? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Hay fever, diarrhea, gas, body ache - what's going on?

Hay fever, diarrhea, gas, body ache - what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Troubleshoot my Honda's Check Engine light.

My wife's '98 Honda Accord's engine light is on. Help me troubleshoot it to cross-check the mechanic's diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by blastrid at 8:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Are companies allowed to charge anything they want for shipping?

Is there any sort of agency that monitors web companies that charge egregious shipping and handling fees? I am looking to make a complaint. Is there a law against charging more than actual shipping cost? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 7:55 PM PST - 14 comments

What would Duff do? (cake decoration, flamingos)

Cake Decoration filter: What should the legs of my (rice krispy) flock of flamingos be made of? [more inside]
posted by julen at 7:30 PM PST - 22 comments

If you are multilingual, are your dreams multilingual also?

Multilingual MeFites, tell me of your dreams! When you dream, do you only dream in your first language, or do your dreams tend to vary in the language that they use (as in, say, English one night, French the next)? Do you have dreams where multiple languages are used? And if you tend to have dreams in different languages, does the setting/scenario of your dream change based on the language, or is it all still just totally random?
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:25 PM PST - 40 comments

My wife is pregnant. What can I expect?

So the wife is pregnant! What do we do now? I'm looking for all manner of informative sites on pregnancy and what to expect. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I ask my "friend" if she wants to have casual sex with me?

Should I ask my "friend" if she wants to have casual sex with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 28 comments

Autorun an HTML file from USB pen drive?

How to autorun an HTML file from a USB pen drive? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 6:23 PM PST - 5 comments

It's better to burn out then to fade away

MacBook Pro screen weirdness - feature or bug? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do people think the U.S. population is distributed?

I recently read the startling result that, in a recent New York Times poll, 8% of white respondents and 17% of black respondents said that the U.S. population was more than 50% black. This got me wondering what the corresponding numbers are for other ethnic group -- but for the life of me I couldn't find any data. What percent of the U.S. population does the median American think is Hispanic? Asian? Jewish? Muslim? Foreign-born? Interesting examples from other countries also welcome, of course.
posted by escabeche at 6:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I cancel my health insurance and invest the money instead?

Is cancelling my health insurance and investing the money instead a good bet, or a foolhardy risk? I'm young, in good health, and have no chronic health conditions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 PM PST - 48 comments

Single and loving it. Except... I miss the in-between-the-sheets workout. So now what?

Single and loving it. Except... I miss the in-between-the-sheets workout. So now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Consumer Reports worth subscribing to?

Are there any other companies/websites that compare to Consumer Reports for information/ratings of consumer products? Before I subscribe to their service I was looking for input as to the quality of the reports they provide. Thanks.
posted by boby at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Shelving in NYC?

Floating shelves: Where in NYC? I'm looking for 2 floating shelves 2ft long by 6 inches deep, in NYC, and I'm stumped. Ikea's are too long, West Elm doesn't have them, where else to look? The cheaper, the better.
posted by cestmoi15 at 5:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Memorializing fans in-medium

In-medium tributes: Can you think of instances where fans/players have died and been memorialized in some way in a show or game (if you can think of other forms where this has happened go right ahead)? Examples would be Leyla Harrison (X-Files) or Dak "Caylee" Krause (World of Warcraft).
posted by calistasm at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Point of sale shenanigans

Cash back? Why? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 4:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Glass Doorknob

Where can we buy round glass doorknobs? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a miracle-worker hairstylist for men in seattle/eastside!

Seattle or Eastside: Recommendations for a hairdresser specializing in trendy cuts for men, despite the formidable obstacle of seriously thinning hair. This may be my last chance to look young, hot, and fashionable, before my hair declares to the world the world "Going on middle aged and should know better by now!". I have long hippy hair that has never been fashionable. It's disappearing and I'd like a trendy cut at least once before it's too late. It may already be too late. I fear a stylist is going to misjudge how thin it is (the length disguises this) and botch it. So: Who is a miracle-worker hairstylist who can give guys makeovers to hotness?
posted by anonymisc at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are above the shoulder exercises causing nausea and dizziness?

I sometimes get nauseous and dizzy after doing exercises that involve having my arms doing something above my shoulders. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 3:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How much do the tech specs of HDTV's matter?

When buying an HDTV, how much does 120mhz vs. 60mhz refresh, and 4ms vs. 5ms response matter? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 3:42 PM PST - 15 comments


Which DVI slot on the back of my 2 NVIDIA Geforce 8800GT 512MB cards running SLI mode should I hook up my monitor? And how do I know if they are install and running SLI mode correctly? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

New passport and traveling in America

Question about a new passport and getting into the United States [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I being unreasonable for wanting to dump this client?

Am I being unreasonable for wanting to dump this client? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Love life, but not my coping skills

I feel paralyzed in certain situations. Any tips to help me engage better with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How to teach a microbusiness workshop in the Philippines?

What are some good resources on teaching micro business in developing countries? [more inside]
posted by cusr0002 at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

What's my next move, if any?

Guy is showing me all the signs, constantly contacting me and flirting with me. Then he disappears?? I have very little dating experience, so I need wisdom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 23 comments

CanadaFilter: Moving Ottawa to West coast.

CanadaFilter: Moving Ottawa to West coast. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

can front row be bookmarked?

Can Front Row be run in a window, or can videos being played in front row be bookmarked? I hate to have to try to skip back to where i was in a movie or tv show after doing something else...
posted by luriete at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

alarm force touchtone codes

does anyone know the alarmforce touchtone code to set entry delay? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 1:38 PM PST - 1 comment

The Bilbao effect

Has the "Bilbao effect" been confined to Bilbao? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Why isn't my toddler talking in sentences yet?

ParentingFilter: My two year-old isn't speaking in sentences yet. Should I worry? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 1:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Stuck on You...

My grandfather's old photos are stuck in deteriorating "magnetic" albums. How can I save them? [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Online Cryptic Crosswords

Free, printable, daily or weekly, online cryptic crossword? [more inside]
posted by not sure this is a good idea at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Do I Call The Cops, And Where Are We Towing This Thing?

AutoAccident101: a) Do you always call the police? Surely if you don't the other party could later deny involvement. b) If your car is undriveable, when the tow truck turns up and they ask you, "where would you like it towed to?", where the hell do you get it towed to? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 11:51 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I do a presentation without Powerpoint?

How do I give an effective presentation without Powerpoint? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 11:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I try for a computer science degree?

What natural proficiencies would I need / want to have in order to get a degree in computer science? I have some issues with math, and am not sure whether that's a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 10:53 AM PST - 32 comments

I have a dozen bodies to clear.

Do house centipedes leave behind the corpses of their prey? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:53 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to spy on an OS X installer to find out what files it's leaving on my computer. Can I?

Is there a program for OS X which can monitor *exactly* what an installer does, so that I could find out every file or setting it's modifying? [more inside]
posted by alaaarm at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

A book for a grieving 20something.

Please suggest helpful books on the grieving process for a twentysomething who just lost her mom. [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Trying to recall literary example containing a comparison of Marian aspects

I'm trying to recall where I read of (most likely fictional) characters comparing their "favorite" Virgin Mary. [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler at 10:17 AM PST - 4 comments

I have some symptoms of serious heart conditions. How urgently should I seek a medical opinion?

I'm a 29 year old female. I've had a pretty significant arrhythmia for about three years. It's unpredictable, but quite frequently my heart beats much faster when I inhale and then very slowly as I exhale, and also otherwise irregularly. I also have several other concening symptoms. [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 10:11 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I attach my Wii to a computer monitor?

How can I plug my Wii into a computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 9:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Puppy Poison Control Hotline

How concerned do I need to be if there is a small chance my 3-month-old puppy may have licked up some Combat Ant Killing Gel? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

how was your day at work?

Funny blogs, forums or websites written about different types of workplaces? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 9:21 AM PST - 6 comments

On the Mundane Aspects of Imprisonment

When one goes to jail for a long time, how are the mundane aspects of one's previous life handled? What happens to the pets? If there's a mortgage and no one to assume responsibilities, is the house sold for the prisoner? Who pays the cable bill? Do you have to pay to cut your cell phone plan short of the contractual ending date? Who returns the library books?
posted by sleslie at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Help, Please - I'm an Excel Moron

I have to create an excel sheet to keep track of a book budget - in the most basic terms, I will have a total budget figure, and I want to subtract invoice figures to keep a running total. Here's an example of what I want the sheet to look like: http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/coollibrarian/excel.jpg The simpler the better. [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me sound like HAL 9000/synthesize his voice.

After searching the internet for voice changer softwares, I cant seem to find the one im looking for but was sure would exist. You see, I have been looking for a HAL 9000 (from 2001 a space odyssey) voice changer or synthesizer but cant seem to find one. Maybe my google fu is failing me. Any help is appreciated
posted by thesonofmorgoth at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me help her sleep!

How can I keep my wife from fidgeting while we're going to sleep? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Where to live in DC?

I'm moving do Washington DC sometime in the near future. Where should I live? VA, DC, or MD? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 7:00 AM PST - 32 comments

Auckland? More like Awkward.

How do I meet people and befriend them in a foreign country (New Zealand, to be specific)? [more inside]
posted by troika at 6:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Early 80s SF generation ship book

I'm trying to remember the name of an SF novel I read back in the early 80s. It took place on a generation ship that has lost its way. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Resort wanted in Costa Rica for extended family winter holiday

Costa Rica holiday for extended family with 6 kids under 10 and 6 adults of varying ages needing a break. [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 4:30 AM PST - 1 comment

XP Service Pack 3: should it be trusted?

XP Service Pack 3: should it be trusted? My computer keeps nagging me about SP3. I've read some things, such as this AskMe post , that make me wonder if SP3 will create more problems than it solves. What are your experiences with SP3?
posted by Termite at 3:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Give me your best non-froofy Devil's Food Cake recipes, please

Give me your best non-froofy Devil's Food Cake recipes, please. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 2:22 AM PST - 7 comments

July 25

Favicons not showing up

How can I get Internet Explorer to show favicons? I have over 1000 favorites and use FavIconizer to download and save favicons. [more inside]
posted by blue shadows at 11:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Skynyrd with violins?

According to wikipedia, "The conductor of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, David Stahl, irritated by outbursts of "Free Bird!" at concerts, had the orchestra learn to perform the song so that they could go directly into it from whatever piece they were performing at the moment." Where can I find a recording of this? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 10:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there an "aggregating" web-site for sellers of used DVDs and Videos?

Is there an "aggregating" web-site for sellers of used DVDs and Videos similar to what Abebooks is for second hand book sellers? I am looking in particular for sources for foreign/art house movies.
posted by vac2003 at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me make a Yankee fan's day!

Where can I find unique (or historic) prints of Yankee Stadium to give as a special gift? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does my iPod hate my computer (or vice versa)?

My iPod has recently stopped communicating (almost) entirely with my computer. I'm really at a loss to explain it. [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 8:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me open this Graco bassinet component.

How do you open the battery compartment to this Graco bassinet component? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 7:56 PM PST - 4 comments

MusicFilter: Need help locating a Spanish pop/rock band.

MusicFilter: Need help locating a Spanish pop/rock band. [more inside]
posted by liesbyomission at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help us find a new country!

Where to live, where to live? So, I know this question has been asked a couple of times before. But, I think my situation is a bit different (with some important constraints) and I am seeking both actual and anecdotal advice on where to live in this wonderful world. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by copernicus at 6:38 PM PST - 27 comments

how can I cheer up my depressed mom?

How can I help my mother deal with anxiety and depression after going through cancer? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Learning to love solitude

How do I learn to enjoy being alone after a recent separation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I get short-term disability without losing my job?

I need extended rehab for alcohol. How do I approach HR without losing my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 9 comments

How much should I get paid to blog?

How much should I get paid to blog for a big, national magazine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Books on singing

Can you recommend a book on singing? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Class consciousness

What behaviours identify someone as belonging to the lower class, and resources (books/websites) for improving them? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 4:35 PM PST - 72 comments

Where can I find podcasts of the BlogHer 2008 sessions?

Are podcasts of the Blogher 2008 sessions going to be made available? If so, when and where can I get them? Or should I settle for trying to find them via youtube?
posted by Mimzy at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

The best kept secret of Japanese architecture?

Can you tell me more about this beautiful Library/Museum of Picture Books in Iwaki, Japan? It was designed by Tadao Ando and completed in 2004 but doesn't show up in any list of his works. [more inside]
posted by junesix at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

The Sirens Sang of Murder Mysteries

Can you recommend some good mystery novels for me to read? The last mystery novels I read that I really liked were the Hilary Tamar series by Sarah Caudwell. I liked those because they were fairly light and not gory. But I especially liked them because the dialogue/narration was sharp, witty, and wry. What are some other mystery writers who write like this? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 3:37 PM PST - 33 comments

The books you would take to a deserted island

I'm looking for books and graphic novels that are meant to be read multiple times. [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 2:54 PM PST - 49 comments

I'd like your best kimchi recipes, please.

I'd like your tastiest kimchi recipes, please. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the name of this particular peer review website?

There's a specific website I once visited. You could post your ideas for anything - a product, a new technology, a book, etc. Other users could comment and critique your idea. The website had a large picture of a fortune cookie on it. Does anybody know the name and URL of the website I speak of?
posted by Jimmie at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Drinking in the Financial Drama

My roommate and I split evenly the cost of groceries and household items. However, we have dramatically different alcohol consumption habits. What's the fairest way to split the cost of alcohol in our household? And is there a way for me to raise the issue with her without creating drama? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 1:59 PM PST - 50 comments

Were there unwilling/accidental celebrities before the Internet?

Looking for examples of accidental/unwitting/unwilling celebrities, before the Internet. Help me find the Star Wars Kids, Afroninjas, and Tay Zondays of the pre-1990s. [more inside]
posted by waxpancake at 1:59 PM PST - 45 comments

What's this on my grandfather's ring?

Is there any significance or meaning to the bust / sculpture on this ring? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Source for fake boxwood material?

Source for fake boxwood material? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Where have all the best-selling poets gone?

Was Rod McKuen that last person to sell millions of poetry books? Professional, prize-winning poets these days are university instructors. They have day jobs. McKuen was selling out concert halls and partying with Sinatra. Was his monstrous success (65 million books sold!) a product of his era? Will the world ever be ready again to make a poet into a millionaire?
posted by jackypaper at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Why are these Hot Wheels more valued?

Calling all Hot Wheels Redine experts. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 1:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Ok Sherlock, get your pipe.

Can you help me find an email address for Harriet Hall, MD - aka the "Skepdoc"? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

How to start a charity with limited resources?

Interested in starting a charity, what now? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Bargain shoppers Extrodionaires: What are the websites that help you to save?

Bargain shoppers Extrodionaires: What are the websites that help you to save? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find a high-quality jumbo t-shirt printer?

Where can I find a high-quality jumbo t-shirt printer? Preferably one that will seem rip the tags out of the blanks to be printed on. [more inside]
posted by wmeredith at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

User manual European potato harvester

Where can I find a user manual for this European potato harvester?
posted by stbalbach at 12:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Best/Cheapest Photography training in Southern California

Best value for the money Photography training in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Lexapro/bupropion: light at the end, or just a really long tunnel?

Without going into whole life stories/clinical history, I just want to know - does the exaggerated anxiety that appears as a side effect of Wellbutrin subside after a while? [more inside]
posted by anthom at 11:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Where's my Senator?

Would an oath of office be considered a verbal contract with the constituents represented by that office? If so, would violation of that oath be grounds for a class action lawsuit for breach of contract? This came to mind when examining the voting records of Obama and McCain, and noticing that both have missed a significant percentage of votes during this term of Congress, and that the Senate Oath of Office includes the phrase "... and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter..."
posted by Morydd at 11:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Accordion & Uke Lessons in MN

I'm interested in taking accordion and/or ukulele lessons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Does anyone know where I might be able to take lessons? Additionally, does anyone know of places where I can rent either instrument?
posted by Waitwhat at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

My chuck's stuck!

Should I lube my bike tire pump's chuck? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Why should we be scared of the Baby Boomers retirement?

Why do talking heads make is sound like the impending retirement of lots of baby boomers will cause huge economic and government collapse? Won't all their jobs be replaced by younger workers who will get raises and then pay more taxes? what am I missing here?
posted by jrishel at 10:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Is my therpist steering me toward a creepy cult-like thing?

Is anyone familiar with Bonding Psychotherapy, previously known as the New Identity Process? [more inside]
posted by Fenriss at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do with all my idle hours?

Please, please help me find a summer project... [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 9:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I replant rooted herbs I got from a grocery store?

Can I replant rooted herbs I got from a local grocery store? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

It's up to you, New York!

I've been tasked with taking 8 members of my family, needing five bedrooms from the UK to New York in June 2009. Any advice on group booking deals and the like, for flights and/or hotels? Am I looking too early for good deals?
posted by electriccynic at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me help my friends. Keep my first aid box organized!

My shoebox is too small. I'm looking for a box, somewhat larger than the ubiquitous plastic shoebox, and taller, with a separate removable tray. I need to expand the number of supplies in my first aid box, but the resident FA assistant prefers a single layer of stuff in a box, rather than a multi-pocketed bag or a multi-layered box. I've seen toolboxes that are kind of what I want, but they'd get mixed up with the actual toolboxes that also get packed. The two-layer toiletries/makeup boxes I've seen are too small. I've poked around The Container Store's website, but didn't find anything useful. Any ideas?
posted by jlkr at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Cover me!

Anyone know of a good PHP library that will allow me to pull cover art images from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Indian consumer-oriented research service?

I'm looking for a company based in India, cited in a story I heard on NPR sometime in the past week or so, that handles a given number of Joe Consumer research queries per month for a flat fee. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Beyond the Brain Eaters

What are some examples of sci-fi movies that are "unofficially" based on books or stories, to the point of blatant rip-off? Heinlein examples encouraged-- all examples welcome. [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 8:37 AM PST - 40 comments

good movie analysis websites

Are there any good website where they analyze a movie thoroughly just as though you are in a film class (from cinematic, philosophical, psychological, etc. perspectives)?
posted by clueless22 at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Why did my Krasnogorsk-3 16mm camera give me loose film?

Why did my Krasnogorsk-3 16mm camera give me Loose Film? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin at 7:44 AM PST - 2 comments

How to drink in Oahu without meeting tourists

HawaiiFi: I'm going to Oahu for a week after just getting dumped by the local Hawaiian girl I was meant to go with. I wouldn't really go somewhere that touristy otherwise, and have no intention of surfing or going to hotel bars. What I would like, however, is an authentic local experience, in some seedy, out-of-the-way bar. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 7:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Who played a Pollock like neon guitar in the 80s?

In the 80's, which guitarist played a white guitar daubed with paint splotches and Pollock-like streaks of neon pink and green, among other colors? I recall seeing the guitar (probably in a video), but can't place the guitarist or find any images.
posted by Java_Man at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

iphone swap?

I'm thinking about getting the iphone, selling it on ebay, and using the proceeds to buy the nokia e71. Does anyone foresee any problems with this strategy? [more inside]
posted by sorindome at 7:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Visiting Transnistria

Does anyone here have any knowledge about visiting Transnistria, how dangerous it actually is, any tips on the practicalities for a day trip into the Tiraspol. Also, places worth visiting to get a real taste for the overall 'state' and political climate. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments


What [vegetarian or fishy] foods can I grill? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 6:53 AM PST - 33 comments

Switzerland in 1817

ObscureHistoryFilter: Any pointers to resources about how Switzerland was like in 1817? What was life like? What was the political and economic situation? What technology was around? I'm trying to create a Call of Cthulhu campaign based in that place and time, and I'm trying to be as realistic as possible (aside from the cosmic horrors). [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 6:12 AM PST - 11 comments

The End of the Big 3?

Will the government allow Ford and GM to fail? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 6:11 AM PST - 29 comments

LCDs without bezels.

Could an LCD display be made without a bezel ? [more inside]
posted by godidog at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

How to Run A Business Providing Freelance Home Tech Support?

How to Run A Business Providing Freelance Home Tech Support? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 4:36 AM PST - 15 comments

I urgently need a seriously good cosmetic dentist in London.

I urgently need a seriously good cosmetic dentist in London. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 3:48 AM PST - 2 comments

This time, I want to move WITHOUT trauma...

How to manage short, cluttered move solo, with no swap space? I'm bad at planning big projects... [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 2:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Converting to Judaism, but secular / atheist?

Converting to Judaism, but secular / atheist? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:39 AM PST - 60 comments

For whom does the caged clam sing?

Musicians and slang collectors, your attention please! What, in musical terms, is considered a "clam"? [more inside]
posted by motown missile at 2:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Electric Engineering and Me

Is this college faking an Electric Engineering program? [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 1:00 AM PST - 7 comments

There is a mouse living in my stove. He was not invited.

There's a mouse in my stove. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 12:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Whither can I find such sweet drops of harmony as these?

Sirs! I desire a list of your most achingly beautiful harp and lute music. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:26 AM PST - 11 comments

July 24

Apocalyptic Music?

Fallout 3 (trailers) and BioShock both have a strangely appealing music they play for mood in places. I'd like to hear more of it. Any idea what I'd call it, or how I'd find more of it? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 11:50 PM PST - 15 comments

I prefer mine on ice.

Do animals prefer to drink cold water in the summer like I do? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 10:01 PM PST - 20 comments

A new medium?

Can you kindly recommend to me watercolor and/or acrylic paint resources? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 9:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Ahgh. Mold.

How do I remove mold and milk residue from the fabric interior on the seat of my car? [more inside]
posted by Alligator at 9:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Quality, durable, leather journal?

I am looking for a blank journal, preferably leather-bound, which will survive for many years and many adventures. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by MrZero at 9:23 PM PST - 12 comments

please help me track transactions to a shifting list of people in an Access 2003 database?

How do I best store information about transactions with contacts and companies in an Access 2003 database? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

New glasses, new problems...

I've just got a set of new glasses after a few years of having the same pair. I'm used to it taking a while for the new prescription to settle and become comfortable, but there's a new problem. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Keitai no koto ga wakaranai!

Please help a fellow gaijin make sense of Softbank mobile phone plans. [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

"You're hired! To get fleeced!"

Is this a job offer or a scam? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 7:51 PM PST - 26 comments

Are moral police actually sanctioned in Holy Books?

Religious filter: There's a sex scandal in Malayasia regarding an ex-politician climbing his way from the allegations that put him in jail in 1998, which is him having sexual relations with his aide. With all the hoo-ha over what people did in the bedroom, I have to ask for clarification. [more inside]
posted by Naoko Kensaku at 7:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Buy low, sell high. And?

What are your trading rules? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Back up firefox bookmarks as shortcut files?

Is there a way to back up Firefox bookmarks as a regular "folder" of shortcut (url) files? I know this is possible in IE - it stores the favorites as shortcut files (or at least it used to, I haven't used it in ages), so it was a simple copy and paste job. In Firefox, the only thing I can figure out how to do is export an HTML file with links to all my bookmarks. This is annoying and useless to me.
posted by TSGlenn at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Dragon Joose it up!

Where to find Dragon Joose in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 6:43 PM PST - 0 comments

NSFW male shaving question

NSFW, graphic question about shaving below the belt. Proceed with caution. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 20 comments

How do you/did you plan, compromise, or agree on standards for your sex life?

How do you/did you plan, compromise, or agree on standards for your sex life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 26 comments

New SCSI card is hiding the old SCSI card-thus hiding the RAIDed system drives. Help!

RAID HBA help sought: Server has its internal drives RAID'ed by an internal RAID card. I am trying to add another SCSI HBA card so I can hook up a nifty external SCSI-to-SATA RAID DAS tower. Problem is, however I install the new HBA, it "hides" the existing internal RAID card, meaning that the server doesn't find its own internal drives and can't boot. What to do? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How closely do job requirements in a want ad typically match what a company is actually willing to accept?

How closely do job requirements in a want ad typically match what a company is actually willing to accept? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a psychiatrist in Toronto

I need a psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get photos from Easyshare to memory card using a Mac

Mac/Kodak EasyShare question [more inside]
posted by polexxia at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Here a Drive, there a Drive...

What to do with a spare laptop hard drive...please help [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you get photography into them?

What are the best exercises to improve photographic skills? I am planning a series of workshops with both young and mature students who want to engage with photography. The workshops can be a preparation for studying photography at university or form a basis of a portfolio. Ultimately I am trying to encourage creative development and critical thinking about photography. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 4:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Bouncy wall, no problems?

I'm looking for a big, isolated concrete or asphalt lot in San Francisco that butts up against a tallish brick wall. I want to be able to bounce hard rubber lacrosse balls off of this wall for hours at a time and never be bothered by anyone. Anyone know of a place like this?
posted by muscat at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to include album art?

If I'm making an album available on the web, whats the best album art file names and dimensions to include with the download? Is it worth it to include a playlist file?
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac replacements for Windows software: Bonus points for open-source and/or freeware

I'm in the market for an MBP, and thus will need to migrate stuff from my PC eventually. I'm looking specifically for Mac software that are very similar in UI and/or features to the Windows software I'm using now. [more inside]
posted by curagea at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Dollar Coin Conundrum

Convenient way to get dollar coins outside of a bank? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 4:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Living the clean life. Both clean from religion and clean from vice!

I would like others to explain to me why some non-Christian people abstain from certain “sinful” activities…and how to interact with them. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 4:14 PM PST - 63 comments

Customer service just won't resolve my problem.

What do you do when poor/insufficient front-line customer service from a major corporation can't seem to address your issue? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 4:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Website that clustered movie/band recommendations?

What was that wesbite that gave you clustered movie and band recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I put my own mp3/ringtones on my V3A Razor

What is the easiest way to put my own ringtones on my V3A razor [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Or forever hold your peace...

Looking for any anecdotes about what actually happens when someone tries to stop a wedding. [more inside]
posted by fingo at 3:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I play soccer in Southern Cal?

I would like to find a place where I can play soccer in the San Fernando Valley. I have searched google many times and have only found one league that plays in Griffith Park I believe. That is too far... Please help me find a place close to home where I can play (ideally on a weekly basis). [more inside]
posted by sirhensley at 3:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Life Expectancy Of A Cell Phone Battery

Could someone give me a rough estimate on how long I can expect my cell phone battery to last. I am sure there is a wide variance, but I am just looking for an average life expectancy. I use it every day and charge it in the evening. I use it approximately 3 hours a week. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun with a purpose?

I like the mood and health benefits of exercise, but hate the inherent pointlessness of the activity. Short of going into construction work, what are some activities or hobbies that involve physical exertion, but to some other purposeful end? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 3:22 PM PST - 48 comments

Spanish Camera Hire

Spain Camera Hire : Attending a best friends wedding in Majorca in September, and have been asked to be the official photograper. Instead of dragging my gear across the pond from Australia, wondering if anyone knows somewhere in Spain (specifically Barcelona or Majorca) where I can hire the gear I'd need.
posted by johanze at 3:15 PM PST - 1 comment

Wise franchise advice?

How does one find a non-shady franchise consultant? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments


CodeFilter: I am looking for online classes mainly in the area of web programming (PHP, MySQL, AJAX, etc.). [more inside]
posted by kjl291 at 3:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Does adoption in Taiwan legitimate an illegitimate baby?

[Taiwanese law question] Does adoption legitimate an illegitimate child under Taiwanese law? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 3:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Building / buying a gaming desktop PC.

Building / buying a gaming desktop PC. [more inside]
posted by detune at 3:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Bus Time!

Why can't I find a simple app to remind me when it's time to catch the bus? [more inside]
posted by jferg at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Free Wii Downloads?

Has anyone tried Feed My Wii? Seems to good to be true. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Ask a chemist - cooling CO2

A question for chemists - I am doing a calculation about the energy requirements of taking CO2 at atmospheric pressure and temperature and compressing it to 2 MPa (2000 kPa, about 300 psi) and cooling it to -31ºC and am a bit uncertain about handling the phase change from gas to liquid. [more inside]
posted by gspm at 2:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Pilates workout in my office?

Looking for pilates workouts that I can view online on my office PC. [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Where are those danged gold plates?

Help! I need reference texts about Mormonism: the beliefs, the texts, the politics, the economy, everything. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Identify my plant and its pest

What is this plant? And what is eating it? [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Plucking strings?

What songs feature the pizzicato technique? [more inside]
posted by Korou at 2:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Dual external hard drive recovery

I have a Fantom Drive 500GB 7200RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - MDU500. The connection for the power cable came loose from the board and nothing I tried could get it to power up. I removed the drives and connected them to a Linux box running Ubuntu 8.04. It saw the two drives as one and even knew the drive name I'd given it. However I cannot get it to mount. The error message in Linux suggests trying SoftRAID or dmraid. Dmraid didn't work. (At least I couldn't get it to.) The message also suggested trying to access the drives in Windows. Windows XP will also see the drive as one unit but wants to format the drive. Can someone provide me some advice or direction in how I might get this drive to a state where I can move my data onto another drive? [more inside]
posted by s1gn1fy at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Which GPS?

As a late birthday gift my father wants to get me a GPS for my truck. He asked if I wanted a TomTom or a Garmin, but I'm not familiar with either one. I looked online a bit but found all the models and crap confusing, so I seek advice here. [more inside]
posted by PossumCupCake at 1:20 PM PST - 24 comments

To buy now or not to buy?

Laptop now, or later? Sooner or later my laptop of about 4 years (5 next May), is going to give up the ghost. Do I buy now, or wait until it mushroom clouds? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Quality film scanning service in Europe

Quality film scanning service in Europe [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Not sure if the guests would be down for lutefisk and haggis ...

What are some interesting Scottish (bride) and Swedish (groom) wedding traditions? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Allapattah and Downtown Miami- how is it?

I am contemplating moving (I live in Wynwood, and like it) nearer to where I go to school/work (hospital district/the gables). How is living in allapattah or downtown miami? i'm used to living in working class areas and can handle myself, but am not sure if crime is bad there? Is anything open downtown after like 6? What about community spaces, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc? My girlfriend is asian, and I know there's no neighborhoods with many asians around, but is downtown homogeneously latin or is it more diverse?
posted by aussicht at 1:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Magellan Clone

File Lister With Preview, like the old Lotus Magellan [more inside]
posted by KRS at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

dc area part-time planning degrees?

Looking to do a part-time urban planning masters degree or a certificate in the DC area. I'm looking at going back to school part-time (I currently work in the federal government in transportation), and I would like people's thoughts on area schools and their programs (Catholic vs UMaryland, etcetera). Does anyone have positive or negative experiences (especially as a parttime student?), or can recommend any other area schools? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Explaining a unique and ubiquitous kind of stuttering on public radio?

Is "NPR stutter" a collective affectation? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:36 PM PST - 35 comments

Help a mid 20's guy find some new punk music.

Help me discover some great new punk music that isn't for 16 years olds. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 12:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Can I write to a div using Perl, or otherwise solve my form submission problem?

Can I write to a div using Perl, or otherwise solve my form submission problem? [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to get a stethoscope in Montreal?

So I need a stethoscope for a costume but I don't want a cheap plastic kid toy, I'd like to get the real thing. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get corporate sponsors?

In a nutshell: I'm an artist who got trapped in a day job and I no longer have enough available time to create new work. I'd like to raise money from corporate sponsors to help fund a 10 month period where I would paint some new work and then have it exhibited at my local museum. I am not interested in applying for grants because I already know it would be a waste of time for the type art I do. I guess what I need is guidance, tips, or at least a success story to give me some encouragement. Thanks.
posted by Perihelion at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

accident involving lots and lots of soot-like dust and my bedroom...

accident involving lots and lots of soot-like dust and my bedroom... [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

It sure looks like gray water

I do a lot of stuff with paper pulp that I make from recycling newsprint, magazines, etc. The process requires a decent amount of water use (soak water, rinse-out-the-ink water, etc) and I hate just seeing it go down the drain. Can I use this (literally) gray water on my plants?
posted by tingting at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for experiences with Zipcar or similar services in NYC.

Renting a Zipcar in NYC: Good idea, bad idea? Looking for experiences, anecdotes and suggestions. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:26 AM PST - 25 comments

can/should i buy an iphone in the u.s. or europe?

can/should i buy an iphone in the u.s. or europe? i searched the old posts and they said buy it in europe. but i'm living in germany for only a year, so if i buy the phone in germany, will i be screwed when i come back to the states? what about other countries? who knows where i'll end up next, so what if i move to france? either way i'm annoyed. i'm loving this weak dollar and like buying stuff on the cheap! damn you, at&t.
posted by badish at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Should we have our baby induced?

What are the reasons for and against inducing childbirth in cases of gestational diabetes? [more inside]
posted by faustessa at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Shower experiences

Has anyone installed a shower panel made by Dreamline? Any issues or concerns? more inside [more inside]
posted by Freedomboy at 10:52 AM PST - 0 comments

How much does degree name recognition matter?

Is it worth it to transfer to a school with a recognizable name to finish my degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 25 comments

What is ja ja (wine)?

At a French bar years ago, the French owner was telling me about their "ja ja" wine. He said it was the term for a house wine, often when they'd pour the leftovers from a few bottles into one. It's cheap and usually just fine but not fabulous. I don't see the term often (and it tends to mean something different every time), but I saw it again at a French bar recently. The bartender told me it was a house wine with no set vintage (though they did offer a region). She poured it out of one bottle (thought they may have used a funnel). It was pretty darn good. Can anyone tell me the origin of the word, and what it generally means when you see it on a wine list? Is it lots of leftover wines poured together, or only from one region, or something altogether different? It's not listed on wikipedia, my first reference, and with such a short word, Google searches don't help. I just want to know what I'm drinking. Thanks!
posted by cherie72 at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find this toy!

I have some pieces of this toy from when I was a child. My son loves them, and I'd like to find the rest of the set. The problem is, I don't know the name or manafacturer of them. [more inside]
posted by sidartha at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision?

Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision? I'm specifically thinking about television writing but other fields would apply... [more inside]
posted by Ringo at 10:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Secret places to buy rad glasses

On the hunt for new eyeglasses in Richmond VA (and surrounding areas) and/or Chattanooga TN. [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty at 9:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Simple cheeses that can be made in a day?

Cheesefilter! Any home cheesemakers out there? What simple cheeses can be made in half a day? I've made mozzarella and ricotta and now I'd like to make another quick cheese. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Endotine Ribbon Lift

Does anyone have any experience with the minimally invasive jawline and neck sculpting procedure known as the Endotine Ribbon Lift? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

I can change and I hope my CV can as well ...

Transitioning a (rather forceful) banking CV to an academic CV? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

What size distribution of promotional t-shirts should I buy?

I am an admin for a university English department. I want to order some promotional t-shirts for the department to give mostly to our students, both undergraduate and graduate. What ratio of t-shirt sizes should I buy? I.E. I know I should probably get more mediums than smalls, but does anyone have any good statistics for the average distribution of sizes people tend to like? Bonus points for a link to a page that discusses this issue.
posted by rjacobs at 8:53 AM PST - 30 comments

what should i buy while im in the usa that is much cheaper than in europe? Will i need to pay taxes too as a german citizen?

what should i buy while im in the usa that is much cheaper than in europe? Will i need to pay taxes too as a german citizen?
posted by freddymetz at 8:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Green polka dot chicken pox cure!

Help me figure out what was the green stuff, "zelionka," that was used on me as a kid when I had the Chicken Pox in Russia! [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 8:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Life can only be understood backwards but must be read forwards.

Watershed moment or wishful thinking? : 26 year old father considers future life. Looking to the hive mind for direction. [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 8:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Macbook hinge is completely loose!

The hinge that allows the lid of my macbook to stand upright has dislocated from the base of the laptop. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

UK Law: LPC - part-time or full-time?

UK Law filter: LPC part time or full time? [more inside]
posted by nunoidia at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Elephant hugs?

Where can I go to have a bonding experience with elephants? [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

I Left My Harp in Sam Frank's Disco

I'm riding my motorcycle from Tallahassee, Florida, to San Francisco, California, in about three weeks. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Cheap overnight housing in Grand Marais August 7?

Affordable place to crash in Grand Marais, MN? I'll be up there on August 7 in between trips to the Boundary Waters, and need a cheap place for me and my packs to stay the night... [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Historical Oil Painting of my Roommates and I?

My roommates and I would like to get a oil painting (pretty big, 4 feet by 3 feet or so) done of us. We'd like to get our faces painted onto soldiers on horses going into battle (something like this, although I'm having trouble finding examples. Questions inside [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

a shitty question

Poop question about normalcy and bowel movements [possibly disgusting] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Vacationing checklist

Packing for a trip to the NJ Shore. Do you have a check list you use when you take a family vacation in a rented house/condo? more inside.... [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Thirty-three and a third books.

Which are the best books in Continuum's Thirty-Three and a Third series? I just read Daydream Nation and ended up frustrated and and a bit disappointed. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Sleep, perchance to sleep cooly, like Sam Cucumber Marlow

Will an Ikea Sultan Erfjord latex mattress bake me as I sleep? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Interesting spots in the Destin FL area?

We're vacationing in the Fort Walton Beach/Destin FL area in early August. I'm looking for some fun, and/or interesting places to visit outside of your run of the mill tourist activities. Are there any locals or frequent visitors that may have some suggestions?
posted by adustum at 5:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Needing information on contracts.

I need help with the details of writing a purchase agreement for a horse. [more inside]
posted by Breo at 4:47 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get my damaged old film projector working?

I'm working in a gallery in Ireland and we are trying to get an Eiki SL-0 16mm film projector, we ordered one on ebay from the US but it arrived damaged, we've contacted someone in Dublin about fixing it but he doesn't think it's worth his time and another person in Amsterdam who also doesn't think it's worth fixing. Does anyone know someone in Europe where we could get another Eiki 16mm projector in working order or does anyone know someone in UK/Ireland who loves fixing these machines and would be willing to take it on? [more inside]
posted by seaweed at 3:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Death of a laptop

Laptop is giving up the ghost. Ram? HD? Videocard? Full explaination of symptoms inside, help me get it at least to a place where I can back it up. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Birds do it, Bees do it...

Is (or was, since it sounds quaint now) the phrase "the birds and the bees" mostly an American thing or is it also used in other english-speaking countries as a euphemism in reference to sex education. What other euphemisms or idioms are used around the world within the context of sex education (not formal sex education in a classroom setting, more along the lines of "The Talk" parents have with their kids). I'm interested in phrases used in other languages too.
posted by amyms at 1:24 AM PST - 27 comments

What to do with 200 weird newspapers?

I have about 100-200 left over copies of a small broadsheet newspaper that I published. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by bryanboyer at 12:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Reuse/recycle paint

We've got a fair number of cans of house paint left over from various projects. Is there some agency or organization that will take the paint and use it (as opposed to disposing of it in a landfill)? [more inside]
posted by richg at 12:06 AM PST - 15 comments

July 23

What is ethnomusicology all about?

What topics are covered in ethnomusicology? What sorts of courses do ethnomusicology majors usually require? What do people with ethnomusicology degrees usually end up doing? (Much more inside) [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 11:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Just like dooce.com, but with autism?

Which irreverent, funny parenting blogs have extra added autism? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 11:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Who wrote that?

What was that New Yorker short story? Plot details as I remember... [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 11:22 PM PST - 3 comments

"Exchanging glances, wond'ring in the night...."

What do you do when you and someone you barely know are approaching each other? Always make eye contact and smile or say hi? Make eye contact and then keep walking? Keep walking unless they say something? Mentally scramble for small talk? Stop and tie your shoelaces? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Name of the artpiece showing a maiden and knight lingering in a stairwell?

I am looking for the name of a piece of artwork (Pre-Raphealite?) showing a scene in a stairwell of a maiden and a knight. [more inside]
posted by elgalan207 at 10:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I go for it?

I'm an undergrad (rising sophomore) interested in going to law school. Is it worth it to become an NALA Certified Paralegal? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 10:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me pick out a LCD HDTV and accoutrements!

Help me pick out a LCD HDTV and accoutrements wiithout falling prey to techno-hype! Budget is $2-3k for a ten-year techno-leap. Need to watch NHL hockey. [more inside]
posted by ebellicosa at 10:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Highway to hell?

RoadTripFilter: Driving from New York City to Chicago, IL for Lollapalooza. A few questions... [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

the most detroity thing to do in detroit

What is your favorite thing to do in Detroit (the Detroit-iest thing you can think of!)? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 9:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Hook up TWO monitors to a laptop?

Any way to hook up TWO (2) additional monitors to a laptop. One (1) is easy, but anyway to do TWO?
posted by america4 at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

If it looks and quacks like a CS Degree, then is it a genuine enough CS Degree???

Does it really matter where you get the Computer Science degree from? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 8:15 PM PST - 32 comments

Download/string together Youtube videos?

What would be the quickest and easiest way to download about 30 or so 3-5 minute videos from Youtube, and string them together into one long video? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

"Taalontwikkelingsstoornissen." Gee, where does the stress fall?

Is there an online Dutch dictionary that shows diacritical marks for the pronunciation and stress of the word? [more inside]
posted by softsantear at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

as far from Shopping Mall State as possible

What are some of the more radical, yet reputable, universities in the United States? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 6:55 PM PST - 49 comments

Scavenger Hunt ideas for 13-14 year olds.

I'm building a photo scavenger hunt for teens ages 13-14. Creative suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 6:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Intermediate Swimming Advice?

Help me transform myself from someone who knows how to swim (albeit inefficiently) into a real swimmer who swims laps for exercise. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Is my relationship the titanic about to hit an iceberg?

I love my boyfriend but I fear we aren't compatible for the long term. How to know if it these are things that are important enough to justify breaking up sooner rather than later... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 PM PST - 42 comments

Can an existing home number be assigned to a cell phone?

Can an existing home number be assigned to a cell phone? I'm thinking of adding a (third) line to my cellphone plan, if I can give it my current landline number -- then ditch the landline. Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz at 6:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me cultivate a genuine interest in Japan!

What makes Japan so great? [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 6:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Adjudication of Guilt Withheld

Is it safe to check no on a state governing board application when asked if I have ever pled "no contest" to a criminal charge if adjudication of guilt was withheld? [more inside]
posted by little miss s at 5:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Help finding information about public opinion polling and the president

Hi, I'm working on a project for a poli sci class and was looking for some helpful articles about public opinion polls, town hall meetings, press conferences, etc. [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 5:34 PM PST - 5 comments

This is stressing me in.

What is the best way for me to find an apartment in Lyon, with a kitchen, for 10 months to a year? I'm a Canadian in Toronto with a French Visa good for a year. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 5:33 PM PST - 9 comments

My rice cooker keeps infecting my rice!

My Zojirushi rice cooker is contaminated with some kind of bacteria or mold. If I leave cooked rice in it for more than 24 hours, the rice goes mushy and stinky. This never happened with my $15 cooker. Help! [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 5:26 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the warmest pair of men's long underwear you can get...

What's the warmest pair of men's long underwear you can get that will fit comfortably underneath jeans/khakis?
posted by JamesJD at 5:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get my music out there!

How would you go about getting your music heard and known on the internet? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Supermarket Salt Lick?

Are salt licks sold in supermarkets? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

I would like to save as much as my tree as possible

TreeFilter: How do I know what is actually dead? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 4:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you please help me understand my school loans?

Can you please help me understand my school loans? Boring numbers and interest rates within. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Are Sony lenses really all that bad?

Buying my girlfriend a Sony Alpha A350-DSLR; what kind of lenses should I buy? I've read bad reviews for Sony lenses. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Is the carpet-cleaning clause in this lease shady?

I'm about to sign a lease with a peculiar clause about carpet cleaning. I have had a lot of leases before and I don't recall ever seeing anything quite like this. I'm wondering if it's just a standard thing I haven't seen before, or if it's unusual or even unlawful. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 4:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Gathering ebay infos.

cp /mnt/com/ebay/completed_auctions/ps3 ~/ps3.txt ?? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Bright Lights Big City

Book recommendation: Looking for a modern novel that revels in the modern metropolis: its mass of strangers, dark pockets, finds beauty in filth and filth in beauty. Examples: Witchgrass by Raymond Queneau, Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerny, Paul Auster
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 3:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Ubuntu text format

How can I convert a text file with characters representing hexadecimal to binary in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 3:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Weight Watchers survival kit

Weight Watchers start-up survival kit? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 2:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Why won't XCode let me select text?

What the deuce? Why can't I type in certain areas using XCode? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 2:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a poem about Betelgeuse, Altair and Orion

Betelgeuse, Altair and Orion Is this poem's initial lion Sorry - line - but I've searched everywhere For "Orion, Betelgeuse, Altair" ... [more inside]
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you index your Ray Mears clips?

How can I add summary data to my video files? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 2:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get rid of my "trainer's tattoo!"

What are your favorite quick-drying and/or absolutely smudge-proof markers, both for easel paper and whiteboard? Also, techniques to help a lefty avoid smudges wil be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Cycling towards Bethlehem

Small stationary bikes? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Photoshop hides photos' upper border

Photoshop 7 filter: when I sequentially open multiple photos using (Windows XP) Explorer's right click context menu Open With command, the top of the previously opened photo always disappears underneath Photoshop's toolbar at the top of the picture viewing area, making it impossible to grab and move the photo down and see all of it. It doesn't happen when I use Photoshop's own Open option on the file menu. Any ideas what's going on hereand how to fix it?
posted by bbranden1 at 1:53 PM PST - 6 comments

You're not the mute button! Stop it!

The left control key on my keyboard has suddenly started toggling the mute on my master volume. How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap call-forwarding or voice-mail-only or recorded-message-only services to point phone numbers to?

I'm thinking of switching phone services, as I often do. It's such a hassle to keep porting phone numbers (LNP), or, actually switching phone numbers. My particular situation is that I have two phone numbers of Vonage, and one on my iPhone - I want to keep the iPhone but dump Vonage while keeping the numbers - I want to try Skype, but they don't let you port phone numbers in. What's a cheap way to keep these phone numbers? More specifically, I'm curious about the following: [more inside]
posted by tunesmith at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Wordpress ate my blog and I want it back.

Upgraded to the latest Wordpress and now all posts and content have disappeared! [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 1:17 PM PST - 13 comments

What should I do with my life? (the middle-aged version)

My career has hit a dead end. I need to find a new direction. AskMe, please point the way! [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 1:11 PM PST - 21 comments

mac, dell or lenovo?

My laptop recently died, and I need to replace it. I'm thinking of getting the cheapest macbook or an equivalently priced Dell or Lenovo. Help me figure out which. [more inside]
posted by signal at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Indiana Jones logo in Gimp

I have the Gimp, I have the fonts, I have the desire, but what I don't have is a clue as to recreating the Indiana Jones logo style. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 12:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Phantom files?

Windows Server 2003 - Best way to see what files (and their locations) disk quotas are counting against a user? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Why won't my MBP wake up?

Whenever my Macbook Pro goes to sleep, it won't wake up. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a song that is probably not about beef trucks.

I’m looking for a song I heard a few years ago. It was some kind of techno song, and I remember a spoken line that sounded awfully like "My name is Benny the killer fuck beef truck." I have a feeling those aren’t the actual lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Vibrant colors in video

How did the people in this video get the colors to become so vibrant? Skip to 1:30 and watch from there. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Summer Fun, work style

Where to go on a summer company outing in NYC or its surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 12:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Poetry recommendations

Please recommend some recent poets to read, for someone (me) interested in exploring poetry for essentially the first time. By recent, I mean since, say, 1980.
posted by slab_lizard at 12:20 PM PST - 35 comments

TelecommuterFilter: Please help me find the perfect landline phone for talking to the mothership!

TelecommuterFilter: Please help me find the perfect landline phone for talking to the mothership! [more inside]
posted by browse at 12:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Cracked Crock

What can I use to seal a crack in a ceramic crock that holds drinking water? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India?

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India? [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

A Supposedly Good List

I'm looking for a list of good but little-known books by David Foster Wallace. The list is by Wallace, not the books. [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me decide what to research.

I'm in need of ideas for a year-long research topic in economics, preferably relating to feminism, technology, or both. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

I got my third traffic ticket. I'd like to take traffic school.

I just got my third traffic ticket in less than 18 months. I live in Los Angeles. How can I still take traffic school? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Wondering Why My Cat Greets Me This Particular Way ...

Consistently, every single time I come home, my cat will come over to a particular corner of my desk -- I need not be sitting at it or indeed be anywhere near it -- and meow while faux-scratching it. He occasionally will stretch his back after the scratch, but not always. It's extremely cute, and he's such an affectionate cat that I'm even kind of touched by it. But I suppose I find myself curious as to what the gesture breaks down to. I'm assuming it's a greeting, since he repeats it without fail every time I come home after being out for more than a few minutes, but I suppose I'm curious as to what the action signifies. I doubt it's totally random, but I can't quite figure out what "animal world" thing he would be doing by that particular pattern.
posted by WCityMike at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Good online writing class?

I would like to take a writing class and would prefer to do it online for my convenience. Are there any good ones out there that aren't too expensive (like over $200.00?) Thanks.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 11:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Unique hotels in small to medium cities?

Does anyone know any hotels, in any city in the US, comparable to the Hotel Congress in Tucson, AZ? Basically, a hotel that "makes" the experience of visiting a city which you might not otherwise consider a vacation destination. [more inside]
posted by eileen at 10:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Final Cut Express HD 3.5 - all imported footage is slightly out of sync!

I have imported three DV tapes into Final Cut and they are all out of sync, by what seems like 1 second (but maybe less?). It's out of sync in the viewer, out of sync in the timeline, when I render it, and when I export it. [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

How to fix broken mp3 screen?

I purchased a refurb sansa 8g mp3 from woot.com and the inner screen is now broken disrupting the display. I cannot seem to find much help in fixing this problem myself. Any suggestions?
posted by psylosyren at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How to complain like a polite human.

How do I complain to a corporation without coming off as a prude? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 10:03 AM PST - 45 comments

Can I combine htaccess and session variables from other systems?

Web server question. Can I combine htaccess and session variables from other systems? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jpoulos at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Signing a contract over email?

What is the accepted procedure for signing a contract that will be sent back as an email attachment (.doc)? [more inside]
posted by bah213 at 10:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Help with GIS

Noob with GIS: Help me get more out of my data, craft reports, etc. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

On your bumper and accelerating

Why to people tailgate on the interstate? [more inside]
posted by quin at 9:35 AM PST - 57 comments

Where can I find a reasonably priced, stylish, rugged, and roomy messenger bag?

Where can I find a reasonably priced, stylish, rugged, and roomy messenger bag?
posted by meta.mark at 9:33 AM PST - 18 comments

How long should it take a 20,000 gallon pool to use ten of the 3" chlorine tabs in the dispenser attached to the pump/filter?

How long should it take a 20,000 gallon pool to use ten of the 3" chlorine tabs in the dispenser attached to the pump/filter? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 9:18 AM PST - 16 comments

On the meaning of "off" on the page.

Please explain a few bits of television script convention to me. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Something has died in the walls

There is a dead thing in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:59 AM PST - 25 comments

How do you remove background noise in Final Cut?

What's the best way to remove background noise from a Final Cut project? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Is honesty the best policy?

How should I handle a broken window at my apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Can you fix the Internet I broke?

My computer is showing that I'm connected to the Internet, but it's not actually connecting. My usual trouble shooting tricks aren't working, so does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Airhen at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Cubs fan gift ideas under $100

Best Cubs gift for my boss under $100 [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Changing a 2-column stylesheet/theme to 3 columns

CSS gurus: Changing a 2-column layout to a 3-column one? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone recommend some doctors in Pittsburgh?

Can anyone recommend some doctors in Pittsburgh? I live in Shadyside (w/o a car, but could take the bus or Zipcar) and am looking for both a primary care physician, as well as a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by reddot at 8:17 AM PST - 4 comments

EIT/PE ten years out of school?

How to pass a PE license exam after ten years? [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

First chapter book a child reads?

I was asked in France what's the first chapter book an American child reads on his or her own, and I didn't know whether there is one such book. Do you know of one or have any idea of the most likely titles?
posted by sevenstars at 7:50 AM PST - 51 comments

EEO Uh-Oh Too Slow Gotta Go

HR-Filter: Company I work for is looking to do a voluntary EEO Self-Identification Survey on 1,500 existing employees. Looking for ideas on "Best Practices." Read explanation for more. [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul at 7:44 AM PST - 2 comments

what's a schedule a?

What the heck is a "Schedule A" in real estate? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Spira shoes: fact or crap?

Spira running shoes: horseshit? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I display my pictures?

Logistics problem: I am in an outdoor art show this weekend. The alloted space I have is 12 ft x 25 ft. My canopy is 10x10, with two non-weight bearing sides. Here's my problem- what's the best way for me to display 15in x 20in framed pictures? I do not have an easel. I have 13 of these damn pictures to display, and I am running out of ideas as to how to display at least some of them. Ideas?
posted by muxnaw at 7:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a sooper sekrit blog!

I need a private, secure blog that will store my posts in an encrypted form. Does one exist? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 7:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I spread the word about my project to musicians who might be interested?

How can I reach independent musicians? My friends and I have built a great service for artists who promote their music online. The people who use it rave about it. But we'd like to grow to serve a lot more people in a more eclectic range of music. [more inside]
posted by racecar at 6:53 AM PST - 15 comments

How clean is clean enough for the floor before a carpet install?

I am laying carpet in the basement this week. It's has a quality carpet pad and will be on top of concrete. The drywall mud/tape guy and the guy who sprayed the ceiling left an absolute mess on the floor. I've cleaned, scraped, swept, scraped, mopped, scraped etc. for a couple nights and the floor is fairly clean now. At the very least, it is VERY LEVEL as any cracks are now filled with mud that has been smoothed over. My question is - how clean does the floor need to be? Do I have to worry about the little bit of mud/drywall dust somehow magically seeping up through the pad and into my carpet?
posted by tickettrader at 6:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Do your limbs jerk before falling asleep?

I'm familiar with the idea of nocturnal myoclonic/hypnic jerks - sudden limb movements that wake you up from sleep, or when just crossing the threshold of sleep. But does anyone out there get these before they fall asleep, but while chasing it, relaxing in bed with eyes closed? On bad nights I get several. [more inside]
posted by 34centstampede at 6:26 AM PST - 38 comments

Going from an old PC to a new iMac, migration possible?

I'm finally retiring my dad's virus-laden PC running XP with a new iMac. Is there any way to migrate his old settings from the PC over to a VMWare instance of XP running on the iMac in case he must use a PC-only app after the upgrade to a new machine? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I go from here?

Where can I go from here? I switched jobs (from waitressing to working at a pet store) a month ago, and plan on staying at the pet store for about a year. What can I do with pet store experience? [more inside]
posted by d13t_p3ps1 at 5:28 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I make my thesis look beautiful?

I have a 50,000 word medical thesis to write. I don't want it to end up looking like a big ugly Word document, just printed out on A4 and bound. I would like some graphic design inspiration/tips for making it look more like a real book, which would actually be a pleasure to pick up and read. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:36 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get my hard drive to recognize other drives.

I have two computer hard drives installed onto one machine, and no CD for the first hard drive. The computer doesn't recognize USB ports nor the DVD drive on one of the hard drives. How can I fix that? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 4:22 AM PST - 4 comments

How Can I Help You?

How can I be a better retail employee who is helpful, but does not annoy you? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:19 AM PST - 58 comments

I don't understand why I'm losing weight.

Why have I lost weight following gallbladder removal? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 4:02 AM PST - 6 comments

UCLA professional programs

I'm looking for opinions on the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, whether you've done it, or know someone who has. In particular - opinions on the online course. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 3:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Boxes is a funny word

What can I use for at-home box squats? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 3:29 AM PST - 5 comments

She Drove A Yellow Convertible - ?

(Song ID) - Yellow Convertible song - Can anyone tell me, or point me to the full lyrics and tablature or sheet music for the Yellow Convertible song? She drove a yellow convertible, she drove it mighty fine .... [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 3:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Name this comic

A while back I remember reading a review of a comic/graphic novel. It was a superhero story but from the point of view of an ordinary person/people. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:22 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian?

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 2:08 AM PST - 10 comments

July 22

Female vocals on Hüsker Dü's Hare Krsna?

Who sings the (female) backing vocals on Hüsker Dü's song Hare Krsna off of Zen Arcade?
posted by unmake at 11:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Where are the hip places to live in the South Bay?

Possibly moving to the Silicon Valley region... any suggestions on a place to live that meets the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by the_bone at 11:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I opt out of income taxes on inherited retirement benefits?

Can I opt out of paying income taxes on inherited retirement benefits in the USA? I won't be filing a tax return, anyway. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 11:01 PM PST - 9 comments

International Home Exchange Advice?

As part of a sabbatical leave, my wife and i are considering looking into a home exchange program. Can anyone recommend good programs or reviews of programs? This would be for international destinations, possibly Europe, possibly Asia. We would want something LT, perhaps 6 months to a year.
posted by dougiedd at 10:55 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I learn to be more certain about what choices I should make in my life?

I'm 27 years old now and haven't started a serious career yet, but I have graduated with an engineering degree. I decided I wasn't interested in engineering after some work experiences in the past and so I've tried to move into other fields. By now, I've dabbled in 3-4 other areas, but still can't make a decision. I'm afraid that this switching around is going to continue my whole life and waste my precious time. [more inside]
posted by dengxp at 10:35 PM PST - 23 comments

GameCubes Irrelevant?

Are GameCubes becoming obsolete? Everytime a new game comes out that I think my son would like, I find that it's not being made for the GC platform. Should I purchase a different system?
posted by Tim McDonough at 9:59 PM PST - 29 comments

how often do people blurt a confession

Crime TV Filter: What really happens during interrogations? Are the TV shows anything like actual witness/suspect interviews? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 9:46 PM PST - 21 comments

No Renters Insurance for Internet pros?

How can I get renter's household insurance for a Web Application Developer in Vancouver, Canada [more inside]
posted by lastobelus at 9:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Monowheel cartoon

Help me identify this cartoon I remember seeing as a kid in Los Angeles in the mid-to-early 70's. [more inside]
posted by The Tensor at 9:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of, then keep MS Office?

My Win XP laptop came with a trial version of Microsoft *small business* office 2007. Without really thinking about it, I imported a lot of email and Outlook data from my old laptop. Now that the trial is almost over, I bought a retail copy of Outlook 2007 and the Home/student version of Office 2007, and the product keys don't work, since I'm trying to use the product key on the Small Business edition. Can I simply uninstall the trial small biz version, install the Outlook and home/student office, and have my Outlook data intact? Or is there more to be done to accomplish this?
posted by edjusted at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me not get stuck in the middle of Texas!

Roadtrip Filter: I'm driving across country next week. What should I do to make sure my car will make it? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Opening a Guesthouse in Cambodia = Newhart + The Beach?

My wife and I want to drop our corporate lives in New York and open a guesthouse in Cambodia for backpackers. Anyone have any experience with this or other crackpot plans? [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Need a new bag for school!

What bag do I get for going back to grad school? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments

"Sooney knew what she thought about things." Sound familiar?

Bookfilter: In search of older grade school kids' book I read once years ago while visiting my cousin, and kind of dug. All I can remember is that it was a vaguely medieval setting, where the main character was a young woman named either Soony or Sooney, who lived alone in a cottage in the woods; much of the book was taken up with her helping out three different princesses or noblewomen in succession. Towards the very end, Sooney finally meets a young man herself, but rather than a nobleman, he was another salt-of-the-earth person like herself, and HE'S the one she marries. I also remember that once in a while the narration would comment on something wise or common-sensical Sooney did by saying: "That was Sooney. She knew what she thought about things." Does this sound familiar to anyone? The book would probably have been published sometime before the mid-80's, as that's about the time I read it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me design my boy's room -- He loves Dodge trucks!

Help me design my boy's room -- He loves Dodge trucks! [more inside]
posted by jseven at 8:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Question about seeing football in England.

I'm toying with the idea of traveling halfway around the world to see a football game in Chelsea with my son, and I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 8:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Keybinding problem on a mac

Why did one of my key combinations stop working on my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog at 7:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Needed: Tips on Traveling with dogs in Washington .

I need advice and tips on traveling with two dogs through Washington. I must go from Moscow ID to Vancouver WA to Bellingham WA, then back to Moscow. Any ideas for dog friendly places to see or stay, (or to sit, lie down and roll over)? [more inside]
posted by knolan at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Every two minutes...

Looking for music with an an anti-violence, anti-sexual assault message. [more inside]
posted by levijk at 7:35 PM PST - 28 comments

October Yellowstone Vacation

My wife and I would like to travel to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons for first week and half in October - we'd like MeFi's recommendations for cheap and excellent lodging, must-see sights and things to do - please help? We'd love to find somewhere with a kitchenette.
posted by mctsonic at 7:21 PM PST - 10 comments

I need recommendations for shoes for plantar fasciitis

I need some shoe recommendations to help with my plantar fasciitis. Issue: a lot of sneakers/tennis shoes make my feet too hot. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Compelled to Blurt...

What's with my weird compulsion? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 7:08 PM PST - 130 comments

I have a big monitor, help me fill it

What are some good applications that take advantage of a big monitor? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Keeping private stuff private

How do you protect your privacy when writing personal stuff down into journals, diaries, or self-help books? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 6:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Just like a Japanese game show...

Does there exist an "amusement park" of sorts where a person could try an obstacle course like Most Extreme Challenge on Spike or Wipeout on ABC? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Stickshifts and safety belts, bucket seats.

Help a terrified consumer buy a first car. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 5:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Get me to Virginia!

Help me get from Brooklyn to Virginia! With the least amount of tears possible. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

inline skating: fastest bearings, most durable wheels?

inline skating: fastest bearings, most durable wheels? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 5:41 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I prepare for graduate technical interviews in software?

In about six weeks I expect to have a technical interview for a graduate position with MS. What can I do between now and then to be as well prepared as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How to handle salary discussions before you have a job offer?

Help with salary negotiations? The standard wisdom -- which I've been trying to follow -- is that you aren’t supposed to talk about salary until after you get a job offer. But the organization began talking about it when they called to schedule the first interview. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

What could a high school chemistry teacher do with $5000? (besides buying computers)

What could a high school chemistry teacher do with a $5000 technology grant? (The grant restrictions state that it cannot be used to buy computer hardware or fund after-school programs or summer projects.) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 4:44 PM PST - 18 comments

My freezer is not cold enough

My freezer is not cold enough. Any tips on how to diagnose or fix this? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Those Confederates sure have my balls in a vice.

Two-part slang request. I'm looking for: 1. Colloquial terms for Southern gentlemen types, of the mint julep-sipping variety; and 2. Unique/interesting slang along the lines of, "will have my guts my for garters."
posted by np312 at 3:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Where's the best city for living 100% car-free?

Where's the best city for living 100% car-free? Is there an affordable walker's paradise? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 3:41 PM PST - 68 comments

Arrggghhh I Be Feelin Funny

Medication for Sea Sickness? (Just in case) [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 2:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Art School Preferential

Is there a point to art school? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Medical clipart collections on CD?

I'm trying to find a CD with quality clipart / illustrations of nothing but the human digestive system. I've found a lot of CD's that offer general medical imagery, but nothing that has ONLY the digestive system. I've found some sites that offer individual images, but most of these are at least $200 per image. Anyone know of a cheaper source?
posted by richmondparker at 2:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Waking up dehydrated

Waking up dehydrated, why? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the best light bulb option these days?

What's the best light bulb option these days? I need to replace the bulbs in my bathroom (9, 40 watt bulbs currently). Lights are typically on for about 20 minutes a day. Occasional they'll be on and off quickly. There are no windows. I want to be environmentally conscious, but price does factor in at some level. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 2:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Scrolling LED message sign

Where to buy electronic scrolling LED message sign ... in person? [more inside]
posted by msacheson at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Paging all Gender Warriors!

GenderWarriorFilter: Help me find a gift for a five year old girl that in NO WAY involves princesses. Oh yeah, I should mention that I'd prefer that she also not hate said gift. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:13 PM PST - 48 comments

Is a mattress cover really necessary?

Do I really need a mattress cover? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 2:00 PM PST - 35 comments

Who should I trust to build me a new desktop PC?

I'm in the market for a new desktop PC, but I don't know much about the companies out there manufacturing them. Who do you trust in terms of value, quality, etc? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEconomist at 1:48 PM PST - 29 comments

How to best handle my iTunes library?

What is the easiest and best way for me to share my large iTunes multimedia library amongst 4 Macs? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

There were SOME good Indian movies, after all

Indian Movies Filter: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie from the 50s or 60s. Here's the basic storyline: [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Amusing a two-year old

I am looking for new things to amuse and delight a two-year old in an urban setting. Most activities are for slightly older kids, so other urban parents, any tips or tricks for fun activities we can do together? Bonus points for Boston-specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 1:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Itty, bitty, teeney, tiny chicken...how does one cook this?

In our meat share this month, we got two (adorable) but completely confusing tiny little chickens. What can I do with these things? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 1:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Istanbul, Constantinople ...

Turkey vs. Greece: A colleague of mine is looking for suggestions on the best place to visit for a seaside vacation with her 15-year-old son. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How did having a baby change your life?

How did having a baby change your life? I'm intentionally leaving the question as broad as it is and would love to hear your answers, mothers and fathers; but especially in regard to how it may have changed you, as a person. My wife is expecting in 5 weeks, I feel both tremendous excitement, but also a slight anxiety as I know my life will never be the same.
posted by razzman at 1:12 PM PST - 34 comments

pop culture ring tones, k?

Looking for iconic, pop culture ring tones for my blackberry [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 12:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find the Season 2 remix of the Miami Ink theme song?

Where can I find the Season 2 remix of the Miami Ink theme song? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 12:55 PM PST - 0 comments

User stats on Exchange 2000?

Microsoft Exchange 2000 : is there a built in function or any 3rd party utility that would allow me to export a list of all mailboxes and would include info like User Logon Name and mailbox size? [more inside]
posted by starscream at 12:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me make some sense of our relationship

Mr. Fog and I broke up last night. I am completely obliterated and need advice. ASTOUNDINGLY Long detailed back story inside. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 12:25 PM PST - 27 comments

My iPod Is Suddenly Saying It Is Full

My 80gig iPod suddenly tells me that it has only 50.8 MB free, when I have nowhere near that much on the device. Itunes shows the numbers correctly, but the device reports otherwise. Is it OK? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

But... my dog *has* a job. She loves me!

Man who was raised in a culture where animals are meant to be working on a farm and not kept for fun... dating a dog-lovin' woman who owns a face-licking puppy. Clearly not a long-term match perhaps, but how to ease the discomfort of either party, respect everyone's feelings, and bypass disagreements? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:12 PM PST - 71 comments

Lookin' for the national beer o' Texas

Asking for a friend: How can I get Lone Star beer in the Seattle area? I'd be willing to drive up to an hour, and/or pay shipping.
posted by pazazygeek at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me learn more of the Dine

I'm wanting to learn more about the Navajo Nation. Any recommendations for good resources? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Indoor gardening?

What kinds of food plants will grow inside by a window? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Excluding Enterprise, What's the Mac's Market Share?

When people are spending their own money, what percentage buy macs? [more inside]
posted by dinger at 11:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Why bother trying to sign electronic signature pads?

Electronic signature capture devices are not designed to allow someone to accurately sign them. So why not switch from using my signature to an easy to draw secret symbol? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 11:10 AM PST - 21 comments

She'z emotionally unavailablez.

Is "not emotionally available" ever a temporary thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Jobs that are okay to leave

What jobs are (relatively) okay to leave after a short time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 13 comments

25 Years and Counting

How to lessen a friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Growing pain in breasts?

Can you get growing pains in your breasts; or, has anyone else experienced this stabbing pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

What desktop PC works best for video editing?

I looked around and didn't see anything that asked this question. I respect this community and thought it could help, as I feel overwhelmed. I am looking for a desktop PC that will help me edit my home movies. I have Sony Vegas 8 and a HV20 HDV video recorder, both high end stuff. My current PC does not seem to be able to handle the heavy lifting of editing and storing. I have 1200 dollars to spend, and I am not sure what media center type PC works best for what I want to do. Googling the net just gives me varied opinions from thinly disguised salesmen. Thanks for any help or advice.
posted by Senator at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I listen to someone who has an annoying voice without letting my irritation get to me?

Someone I have to interact with on a fairly regular basis has a voice that grates really badly on my nerves. How can I listen what the person is saying without being annoyed by the voice? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 10:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Yet another grad school advice question

How does an aspiring graduate student in English traverse the confusion of the graduate school application process? [more inside]
posted by fictionalcara at 10:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I keep some money for 200 years?

I have a project I'd like to start that I will never be able to finish. I want to create a fund of money to be used by my local library, the principle of which can never be touched. They will only be able to use a small percentage of the interest. Before they can start doing that, though, I want the fund to remain untouched for 150+ years to allow it to increase in size. The goal is to let this fund grow so large that the library can become autonomous on just the interest. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get Word 2007 to generate the date?

How do I make Microsoft Word 2007 include the date a document was created within the document itself? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Vegas Labor Day Weekend.

Heading to Vegas for the first time Labor Day weekend. Can i get some tips on what to do out there besides gambling. Which clubs should I definitely check out and shows/ restaurants?? Thanks.
posted by SummerLove at 10:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Who won the Ultimate Noah's Ark challenge?

Where can I find information about the winner of and solution to Mike Wilk's Ultimate Noah's Ark contest? The contest ended in 1995, but there's surprisingly little info on the intrawebs. [more inside]
posted by lord_wolf at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

I'm flying next month and want to look amazing when I get off the plane. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 9:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Getting latex paint off a car

Yesterday I managed to rub my car against a steel pole with about umpteen layers of latex paint on it. It left a streak of latex on my car. How do I get the paint off without wrecking the clear-coat finish of my car? [more inside]
posted by dw at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

What to pack for one year?

How to pack for one year? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 9:16 AM PST - 17 comments


My roommate's looking for a $4-600 SLR + Lens combo. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommend a hip hop dance instructional dvd.

I'm looking for an instructional DVD for hip hop/urban dance. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Stumped on Essay

What should i write about for an admissions essay? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Hot to repair an cheap inflatable boat?

Inflatable boat repair: I bought this Coleman inflatable kayak. I tore about a 3" hole in the side. Any advice on repairing it? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

How noisy is noisy in Toronto?

Is it (will it be) that noisy at Charles Street around Bloor and Yonge? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 8:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I benchmark my body?

Many MeFites are curious about metabolism, and so am I. I am particularly curious about metabolic rate testing: its accuracy, the experience, and whether it's worthwhile for me. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get mail BCC'd to me to show up on my phone.

My Blackberry (8703e, OS 4.2, Sprint, BIS) cannot receive email BCC'd to me. This is apparently because, while I have set up my Embarq mail to forward everything sent to me in the To: box and the CC: box, there is no option to set a filter to tell Embarq to send all BCC: mail to my @sprint.blackberry.net address so it will show up on my phone. Is there any kind of workaround for this? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Google Reader Alphabetizing Help

How can I alphabetize my feeds in Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

What's an affordable conference center in Southern California?

Affordable conference/retreat facilities in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 8:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Evil UPS email...

Is our computer infected by that UPS email attachement that has been flying around lately? [more inside]
posted by doowop at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I schedule my Skype video chats?

What's the protocol for scheduling personal video calls over Skype or iChat AV? I'm pretty new to this area and trying to understand whether it's okay to just call someone up on video. I can see the need to set up times for conference calls or video conferences in a business setting where you're trying to coordinate groups of people or book facilities, but the rationale seems less clear for communicating with friends or family. Is it rude to send an impromptu video request to a friend or relative who you know to be on Skype? What's the protocol? If you need to schedule it beforehand, why? How much time is appropriate and under what circumstances?
posted by jeffhoward at 8:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Longterm affects of amphetamines?

What are the potential longterm effects of regular amphetamine (i.e., adderall, ritalin) use? Does anyone really know? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 8:07 AM PST - 20 comments

I do not want a Live CD, why can't you remember that?

I am having problems making a persistent installation of Ubuntu on a usb thumb drive. [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

How's life in Burlington, VT?

How's life in Burlington, VT? I was in Burlington this past weekend and was very pleasantly surprised. Ignorant and judgmental as I am, I was sure it would be a bummer hippy-town where dreadlocked kids would crowd the sidewalks, using falafels as hacky sacks. Instead, I felt like the place had some soul. It certainly felt alive, with lots of different kinds of people in the downtown area. And while I did overhear a tourist couple ask the woman serving them coffee where they could buy a glass pipe, I didn't see any head shops. But I did see some decent looking restaurants. So - can anyone fill me in? Is Burlington on the upswing? What's like like there (or around there) for the post-college, pre-retirement set? Thanks in advance.
posted by subpixel at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Any good, grown-up online journals?

Need an online journal, but... [more inside]
posted by als129 at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Hey Boo-Boo! Where can we take our pic-a-nic basket?

I'm taking my girlfriend on a surprise picnic this weekend (Shh! Don't tell!), but am having trouble finding a nice spot for it. I live in Boston and have a car, so anywhere within, say, an hour or so drive is preferable. Suggestions?
posted by SamuelF at 7:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Am I just happier being single?

Am I just happier being single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 32 comments

Plan for post-partum family visits?

What's a good plan for post-partum family visits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Should I insist he tell me he loves me?

I'm verbal. He's not. Is our relationship doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 23 comments

when you say jump, i say stfu?

I'm looking for sayings/proverbs/idioms etc. that convey or state, of one refusing to be told what to do (or think, or say). "When I say jump, you'll ask: 'how high?'" -- the *opposite* of something like this. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:27 AM PST - 35 comments

Got wood?

There has got to be a place that sells firewood in central Colorado, right? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Recovering from hospital-induced trauma

How do you mentally recover from having been in the hospital, especially when you don't know what was wrong? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:17 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't want a pickle...

How to recover a lost title for a scooter I would like to purchase from someone who got it in another state? I'm in Missouri, the title was in Illinois. Simplicity is a priority. I normally wouldn't hassle, but it is mint and the price is better than right. Additionally--I've heard rumor about some mysterious trick involving Arkansas--that just may make everything easier. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do tea leaves gather in the centre of the cup?

Why do stirred tea leaves tend to move towards the centre of the cup? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Small car for those with cold winter butts?

Is there a Japanese car -- subcompact or compact size -- that has heated seats as an option? (I can't seem to find one among the new models.) If not, why not? We Northerners would certainly pay for this feature, but it looks like you still have to get up to the Accord/Camry size before they are an option!
posted by nancoix at 6:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there any fool-proof way of inducing a sickness?

I have found myself in quite a tricky situation and I think the only way to get out of this would be to fake an illness. Is there any not-harmful-in-the-long-term way to do this? It would be a plus if a reasonable doctor can't think of it. In case it helps, I live in New York and I can have most of the OTC medicines.
posted by defenestratedego at 6:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for sultry sounding music

Looking for suggestions for music that you might imagine you could hear in a 30s style (I think) club ... one with gangsters in tuxes sitting around the tables, some broad up on stage singing into those old style mics and with a 4-piece band backing her up. [more inside]
posted by tobtoh at 6:13 AM PST - 19 comments

How to cleanout a clogged vent stack?

Help me best attack a clogged vent stack. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 5:42 AM PST - 11 comments

I didn't poop this morning, therefore I shall OM NOM NOM all day long

Why do I crave sugar on days when I've had a lackluster/no bowel movement? [more inside]
posted by woebot at 3:41 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I mend small holes in my sweater?

How can I mend small holes in my sweater? [more inside]
posted by katala at 3:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How to make VPN work with Windows Server 2003 and a Juniper Networks firewall?

I am trying to set up a VPN server at the office using our Juniper Networks SSG5-v92-LAN firewall/router and, if needed, a server running Windows Server 2003. The reason why I'm saying "if needed" is because the router itself seems to be able to handle VPN connections without the need of a seperate server, unless the username and password needs to be authenticated against another computer. [more inside]
posted by remi at 2:51 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I get from 4th-on-the-list to 'Hired!'?

I'm #4 on the eligibility list for a job that I want, and have a 2nd interview in a week. This is the final step in the application process. What can I do to vault myself to the top of the list and land the job? [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 2:50 AM PST - 8 comments

its a tureen, its not a tureen. what is it?

What is this item? image1 image2(its NOT called a soup tureen, i'm pretty sure) I believe it is used in indian or middle easter cooking...
posted by chasles at 1:27 AM PST - 4 comments

PhilosophyFilter: The burden of choice- When did choice come into play?

I was thinking today about the idea of choice. The existentialists talked about choice all the time- How every human has the "burden of choice". In other words, we all have the "burden" of free will, the choice to do something or to not do something. I know my philosophy knowledge is rudimentary at best, but I guess my question is: when did this idea of choice emerge? Primitive man had no luxury of choice, everything was about survival- So at what point did humans develop the idea of having a choice?
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 12:22 AM PST - 23 comments

July 21

Please help me overcome my aversion to staying in hostels.

Please help me overcome my aversion to staying in hostels. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:02 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me outfit myself for my expedition to the Yukon. Well, not quite... but pretty close.

I'm about to go off to college- in Massachusetts, when I've lived in Texas my entire life. Ideally, I'd like not to freeze all winter, so I'm looking for your clothing/lifestyle advice geared to someone without a clue. Additionally, the only members of my family who've lived anywhere cold are male, while I've fairly recently embraced my dressing-like-a-girl options. Any advice about how women in Our Frozen Territories stay warm without giving up on looking nice is especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 10:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Where to find a non-wiggly folding table?

Where can I find a sturdy, non-wobbly folding table? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 9:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Uncontested Pro Se Divorce in Boston

My SO and I are getting divorced in Boston, MA. We'd like to try to do it without a lawyer, due to costs and the fact that the break is relatively amicable. Any tips/info/recommendations about a pro se divorce (in MA or otherwise) or the divorce process generally in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 PM PST - 7 comments

The business of blogging

Help me find a way to earn some money through blogging. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 9:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Mummy doesn't love Daddy

It's over. Is it possible to be dumped, have your child taken away and avoid descending into acrimony and bitterness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Madison martial arts? Bikes? Other recs?

Madison folks: I'm moving to Madison soonish, and I'm looking for recommendations. Specifically, I'm interested in finding out about good martial arts schools and beginner-friendly bike shops, though any other recs would certainly be welcome (I know there was a similar thread before, but it's three years old and doesn't address martial arts or bikes much).
posted by Vibrissa at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Unemployment compensation dilemma in PA

In Pennsylvania, can applying for unemployment compensation ruin your references? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Prob NSFW: What are the most tactful/smooth ways to ask if a new casual sex partner has an STD?

Proabably NSFW: What are the most tactful/smooth ways to ask if a new casual sex partner has an STD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Let's hear it for the Joy!

Looking for Music Videos that can't help but make you smile. [more inside]
posted by My Bloody Pony at 7:17 PM PST - 55 comments

What should I use (besides Audacity) to create a simple music show?

I am looking for the easiest program (Mac OS X, Intel compatible) that will allow me to import MP3s, record from a mic, and sequence it all into a show I can export as an MP3. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz at 7:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get software development projects?

I'm a software developer who's tired of corporate 9-to-5 and wants to quit my job, and support myself by working on programming projects while focusing on building my dream business. But how do I get my foot in the door on (not "need a small website") software projects without really having a network of connections? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommendations on great "monologue-y" documentaries?

Recommendations on great "monologue-y" documentaries? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 6:01 PM PST - 31 comments

How to download website directory?

I'm trying to download from links en masse, any software solutions? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Where do particle physicists work?

What fields and jobs/careers, outside of academia and national labs, do PhD experimental and theoretical particle physicists go into? Regarding experimental physicists, I mean ones that didn't specialize in working on hardware in grad school. [more inside]
posted by Sneutrino at 5:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Modern art framing

Art museum painting framing question. A common style of framing in art museums --- especially with abstract paintings such as Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko's works --- involves a thin strip of wood around the edge of a painting, perhaps with a few-millimeter gap between the edge of the canvas and the inner edge of the wood. The strip of wood is usually flush with the face of the painting. That's all there is to it. I would like to replicate this effect with some paintings I have. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Replacment windows

We have 2 windows that need to be replaced because they leak (cold air comes through easily during the winter). I don't know what to replace them with. The difficulty is that they are 'custom' and installed in 2 ft thick adobe wall, so I just can't a buy a casement window and install it. With current windows, the carpenter made the window box and frame and separately bought cranks and installed them. Even so, I don't really like cranks like this. Any suggestions? Inside dimensions are 12" x 46" Photos here
posted by allelopath at 5:08 PM PST - 6 comments

It's like a weevil in my brain!

Does anybody know what the song used in this video from this post on the blue is? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

What exactly is Patton Oswalt saying?

Last week I read the graduation speech Patton Oswalt gave to the kids at his former high school, and it's been marinating, but I'd like to make sure I'm understanding his advice in the very best way possible. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 4:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me set myself up

I'd like to start doing more web design. I'm looking for a specific type of client. How do I go about setting myself up? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Your victories and woes as a unix/linux sysadmin

What were your greatest victories and punishing woes as a unix/linux system administrator? [more inside]
posted by Myles at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Eames chair question

I bought a vintage Eames fiberglass shell on eBay not realizing it had the wide mounts. Is it possible to move the mounts to fit a narrow base without harming the chair?
posted by Zebtron at 3:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Are people getting tattooed more?

Are there any documented studies or similar evidence showing that more and more people are getting tattooed? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 3:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Considerations when adding a periodic email update function to my website (with PHP's mail() function)

I'm planning to add a feature to my website that will allow users to request periodic updates by email. I've cobbled together a little PHP script that uses the mail() function. It works perfectly when I test it myself, but I have no idea how this will work when released to a signficant number of users. [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Charitable Contributions, Pending Exemption and Deductability

If you have filed for exemption with the IRS for a nonprofit you are starting and your status is pending while they review, I understand that you can still solicit donations and generally when your exemption is granted your exempt status applies retroactively to your date of incorporation. But how are the donor's charitable contributions treated? Can they deduct the tax year they donate or do they have to wait until the tax year in which exemption is granted (if the pending period lasts until a new tax year)? Or is it also retroactive and they would have to amend their previous tax return once the nonprofit gains exempt status?
posted by Falconetti at 2:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What exactly is displayed on Curves (for Women) Smart equipment?

This is in regard to Curves Smart equipment, which is now available at some Curves for Women fitness facilities. Does anyone know what exactly the display depicts? Although I've seen pictures of it, which shows "Cardio", "Energy", "Range", and "Reps", I'd like to know what each one is indicating. Also, prior to the installation of the Smart upgrade, the hydraulic resistance was non-adjustable. The only way to get more resistance was to speed up. It appears that the hydraulics are still configured the same. If so, then is it safe to assume that the only way to increase intensity/resistance is to do more reps in the same 30-second time frame? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Savannah at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

I hope she says yes!

PopTheQuestion Filter: OK, I'm ready to propose and have an idea in mind, I would like to charter a small boat with driver to take us around the New York City Harbor, so I can propose in front of the Statue of Liberty or the likes... Any ideas how I can locate such a boat and driver (small boat wanted, not a yacht)
posted by curiocity at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How to read PDF files on Amazon Kindle?

How to read PDF files on Amazon Kindle? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Where there are no streets to have names

I'm writing a book set in a location similar to Joshua Tree National Park, and I'd like recommendations on resources for learning more about the area. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Whose dumb idea were demihuman level limits, anyway?

My brother and I loved the AD&D Gold Box gams when we were kids, and a recent playthrough of Pool of Radiance has left my brother with a party of multiclass characters that he's not eager to take into Curse of the Azure Bonds because as demihumans, they're all already at the highest level allowed for their class and race. I've heard of a hack or patch that removes the racial class limits from these old games, but Google turns up nothing. Does anyone know of such a hack or patch, and where I might find it?
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Why haven't I been hired?

I have been applying for entry-level graphic design jobs from Philadelphia craigslist for two months and haven't received even the slightest nibble of interest. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly at 2:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Phoenix-Area Late Night/Weekend Drycleaner - Wishful Thinking?

Phoenix-area dry cleaner - Needs to be open late/on the weekend! [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What's Wrong With Netflix?

What's the trouble with Netflix recently? I'm a long time user lately experiencing long delays, DVDs sent out of my queue order, frequently from distant shipping points .Netflix no longer offers customer service via email and calls have long delays and when a customer service rep. answers he/she has no reason or explanation to offer. It's very frustrating. Am I alone in this problem? Any suggestions about how to smooth things out? It's a shame. Netflix was once a joy, now a contant annoyance.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 2:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Does there exist a lightweight and attractive forms based database?

Can you recommend a forms based database like Filemaker, MS Access, or OoO Base, but lightweight? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 2:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Good Toronto travel agent for Australia?

Can anyone recommend a good travel agent in Toronto specializing in travel to Australia? (Someone with access to cheap flights is particularly valuable.) [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

can I use my fence for firewood?

I have wooden fence that I would like to take down and burn in an indoor fireplace. is it safe? [more inside]
posted by rudy26 at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

To follow up or not to follow up?

To follow up or not to follow up after an interview? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Tattoo Cluelessness

A friend of mine has hired someone to draw her next tattoo, and she is wondering about the best delivery format. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Fight a speeding ticket on the grounds of inaccurate radar?

I got a speeding ticket, but there was a car next to me that was speeding, while I was not. What is the likelihood that I can argue this in court? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 1:32 PM PST - 37 comments

Legal possibilities for copying art's style for advertising?

In Alberta, does my business have the right to use/copy the "style" of a piece of artwork that we already paid to use when commissioning new artwork from a different artist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Pasta la vista, baby!

Why the long noodle? [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me to help my girlfriend find a therapist.

Help me to help my girlfriend find a therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I'll do anything for a dollar

What do you do? What is your job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get to speed in mathematics for a phd?

Looking for programs or study options to fulfill math, statistics and economics prerequisites ahead of applying to grad school? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to find a chart breaking out components of possible CO2 reduction?

How big a part of the global warming solution might come from land-use changes, how much from no-till farming and so forth? [more inside]
posted by teracloth at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Algerian culture in Paris?

Bookfilter: I am looking for recommendations on books that examine the politics & history of Algerians in Paris, especially ones that do so through the lens of culture: language, music, dance, etc.
posted by jammy at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 12:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Go back for more school or take a *meh* first job?

Recent Graduate: Work towards 2nd Bachelors, Masters, or take a lower paying position I hope will lead to the job I want? [more inside]
posted by sleazy_e at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Web-based chore tracker for multiple people

Are there any online goal or chore trackers that can be used by more than one person? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

There are six-- I mean, five replicants.

I have a plot question concerning the movie The Dark Knight. If you haven't seen the movie, you won't be able to answer my question, so there are definitely spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Go ahead, test me.

For what jobs are applicants accepted largely based on an examination? Inspired by this question. [more inside]
posted by dkleinst at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Accounts of the Iraq War from soldier's perspective?

What are some of the most compelling articles you've read about fighting in the Iraq War? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I make IE open files exactly like they open on my desktop?

How do I make IE open files as instructed? The way I view one type of file has been hijacked by another program. [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

internet on honduras islands

internet on Honduras islands for diving trip [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Find a book about a teen who reverses entropy

Need help finding a book I read as a teenager. It involved teens with weird powers including the power to reverse entropy. [more inside]
posted by Axle at 11:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Minneapolis/St. Paul Auto Glass Replacement Recommendations

Recommendations on an auto glass company in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
posted by hootch at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Wanted: Multitouch hardware and software solutions

Looking for robust multitouch hardware and programming. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Do burglars read AskMeFi?

What is your most ingenious hiding place for valuables? [more inside]
posted by DB Cooper at 11:09 AM PST - 55 comments

Unwanted compliment

How to best respond to a personal remark, framed as a compliment, that appears to be someone expressing negative thoughts about their own weight? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 10:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Age discrimination in UN hiring?

Why is there an age limit to take the UN's national competitive recruitment exams? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

shiny new job?

Preparing for a technical/artistic interview? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:15 AM PST - 4 comments

11" x 17" Color Printer Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for printing color onto 11" x 17" paper. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

You may divorce the bride.

What percentage of marriages don't even last one year? [more inside]
posted by fusinski at 9:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Moving Podcasts to the Correct iTunes Container

How can I move my favorite podcast (which I download manually, because the iTunes feed is a week behind) from the Music Library to the Podcast Library, if for no other reason than it's easier to get to it once I transfer to my iPod? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Balcony privacy

I'm looking for an outdoor shade/blind to use on my balcony. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help troubleshoot and enhance my move / road trip from Lawrence, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon.

Help me troubleshoot and enhance my roadtrip / move to Eugene, Oregon. I will soon depart Lawrence, KS for adventures that will eventually leave me in Eugene to begin graduate studies with UO. I'm going to outline the planned itinerary in the hopes that the hive mind can suggest areas to visit at our planned stops, beautiful or interesting routes to take between them, and interesting pit stops to make. Also, warnings of potential trouble spots or situations will be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Houston International Airport Connections

How is Houston International Airport for connecting international flights? [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 9:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Hello, Maytag Man?

Help me launder my (perfectly legitimate) money. [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 9:16 AM PST - 22 comments

XP Filter: I set up a non admin account for safer computing -- Am I safe enough now?

I've read so much here lately 1 2 3 about not browsing as an admin, decided to check it out and yepper, I surely was using an admin account. I've set up a non admin account, made a few other changes (described inside), hoping to find out from The Hive Mind if I am now safe enough to breathe easy(er). [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 9:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Help My Stepsons Not Be Bored in the Bay Area

Looking for recommendations on activities, events, places, tourist spots in the Bay Area for kids aged 12 and 14. Catch: One of the kids just got stitches and cannot participate in any activity where he will get wet. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

iPhone and family plan

Can two iphones owners be on family plan from AT&T if one phone is an original iphone and another is a 3g iphone? [more inside]
posted by jjcurtis at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I want a cat -- but should I? But I really want.

Help me decide whether or not I should get a cat. This is more complicated than it sounds. (At least it is to me...) [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:28 AM PST - 33 comments

Merge Excel worksheets?

What's the easiest way to merge data from multiple Excel worksheets into one big worksheet [more inside]
posted by ewiar at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

More.. a little more... a little m... no, too much. Too much! ACK!

Long-distance-relationship with a boyfriend who is more clingy than me, while I need more personal space. We're crazy about each other, but his desires to spend more and more time talking are making us both rather miserable, and I have no idea how to handle this. In my previous relationship, I wasn't getting enough attention from my partner. Now I have a bit too much, and somehow this needs to work out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 17 comments

How do young professionals successfully negotiate a starting salary?

Do young professionals stand a change when negotiating a starting salary after a three-month probationary period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Haunted painting, Nickelodeon, 1980s: Give me back my button!!

Do you remember this mid- to late-80s Nickelodeon made-for-tv movie? "Give me back my button!" [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Mad Magpie?

There is a magpie sitting in the middle of the grass in my garden with its beak wide open, its tail fanned out, and its wings spread. I thought it might be hurt, so I approached it, and it flew away with no apparent problems. It returned to the same spot and took up the same position a couple of minutes later. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Creep me out, literally

Recommend some books/collections of short stories or even poetry I would like if I am looking for some disturbing reads. I mean the kind of horror/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy/creepy stories that stick in your head for days after you read them causing you to think about them over and over or leave you too scared to turn off your bedroom lights and go to sleep. [more inside]
posted by nougat at 7:31 AM PST - 49 comments

Keep my garden growing

Where can I get quality seeds on line? Looking specifically for beets and chick peas (trying out mid-summer planting, why not). I have a broken ankle so I can't get to the garden store and they have garbage seeds anyway. Thanks!
posted by nax at 7:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggestions of memoirs as gifts for my wife

Seeking recommendations for memoirs published in the past two years. [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Sales commission on found work and subsequent projects?

I am an independent tech contractor, about to pass some work onto my client, where I would be a part of the project's development team. What commission structure is typical? [more inside]
posted by juggler at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Just a trim, dammit!

Where can I get a cheap (women's) haircut in Midtown, NYC? I'm at 52nd and Madison. The faster, the cheaper, the better. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Resource for evaluating past stock recommendations?

Is there anyone (especially online) who's collected reasonably well-informed stock picks from, say, 2, 5, or 15 years ago and explained why the recommendations did or did not work out? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 7:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommended business shoe companies/designs/shoeshops in London?

Business shoes in London for a man? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

There's something alive in here.

Is it possible something awful lives at the bottom of Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 6:59 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I stop construction workers from waking me?

Noisy Neighbors Filter: The construction at the house next door is waking me up every morning and they start before 8am. How early can residential construction in Chicago begin and what can I do to bust them if they violate that start time? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 6:45 AM PST - 15 comments

What do I need to know about closing on a house?

What do we need to know about closing on a house? We're in Canada. [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 6:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this a rim? a lead cover? Thor's discus?

I found this gigantic item in my backyard when I moved in here. It's really the only thing in the back yard that is like this - it's not like there's a pile of junk like this lying around. It is about 3 feet wide, a foot high, and the metal is about an inch thick. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me finish my degree

I completed about 3/4 of the requirements for a BA in history at a US university. I last attended about three years ago. I now want to complete my degree, but I am permanently settled in the UK. [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for a simple timeclock/timecard replacement software.

I'm a tech for a school district. One of my high schools was hit by lightning. The computer that my faculty uses to clock in every day (a windows 95 machine) died. I need a replacement ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Davaal at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the music video?

What's the music video? My google-fu has failed me. Saw a video in London on the weekend: MTV Dance > Top 40 Beach Bodies. Female singer in a (blue?) full-length hoodie....sexy people making out with headphones on.....at one point the singer pours a bunch of gasoline(?) on a stack of amps and other music equipment. [more inside]
posted by pooya at 5:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Anyone got a room for rent in Fullerton, CA? How 'bout advice on said subject?

I live with my parents, and I'm searching for a place to live for the first time. Somewhere near Cal State Fullerton. A question about credit checks, and how to improve my search. [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 5:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Identify collection of sci fi & fantasy short stories

Desperate to locate collection of short stories, with a variety of themes, including fantasy, sci fi, and straight ahead spy/espionage, all by the same author. I read this in the early 80's, but seem to remember the book being older - possibly 1960's? One of the stories was about an alien (also I think capable of shape shifting?) immortal vampire, being chased through the galaxies and who eventually crash-lands on an uninhabited planet. Because he can't die, and being a vampire he is doomed to a horrible fate, as the planet has no night period.
posted by ricardo at 5:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Scrooge McDuck on a Budget

Scrooge McDuck on a budget: How many dollar bills would it take to fill up an average size bathtub?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me find some old logos that incorporated some kind of a globe!

Please help me find some old logos that incorporated some kind of a globe! [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 3:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Software online for my Japanese cellphone?

How can I transfer data from my AU W52P Japanese cell phone to my PC via USB, having lost the CD that contains the necessary drivers/software? [more inside]
posted by Bun at 2:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting Rid of Crickets!

I live in a town that every year thousands upon thousands of crickets (field crickets) rise up and try to take over. I just got my first house with a yard and won't have free exterminators at my disposal. How do I nuke my yard sufficiently that I won't have them everywhere inside and out? [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 2:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Fizzled Out on Passion

Depression has knocked my passion (for everything) out. Gwargh. What do I do while I get therapy sorted? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Can a Swede open a US bank account?

Getting paid by US checks is pricey and time-consuming when I have to cash them over here (Sweden) - solutions? Opening a us checking account? Can I? [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 1:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Hey guys come over and check out my sweet setup

I have upwards of 1000 DVD's, two 29" CRT televisions, a wireless router, a desktop computer with an S-video out and DVD drive, a big fat stereo, and 200+gb of downloaded movies. We are moving soon to a larger apartment, will definitely include a projector and possibly another TV, as well as audio systems for each of the TV's if necessary. I want this digitized, unified, expandable (as we add movies and music) and controllable from my laptop, ideally with minimal wires. How, sirs, do I does it?
posted by saysthis at 1:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Baby-Making Time!

Planning on starting a family. Help me get organized! [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 12:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for childhood book

Help my find a book about a "haunted" dollhouse from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by starfyr at 12:24 AM PST - 12 comments

July 20

Why won't anyone hire me?

Why won't anyone hire me? [more inside]
posted by All.star at 11:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Orange you gonna find a rhyme for that?

Help me find songs that use THE SAME WORD to make a "rhyme". [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:31 PM PST - 66 comments

Help me identify a long lost short story!

What is the title of this short story? Author? Any hints? About a boy and his younger brother (more detailed description of the story follows) [more inside]
posted by jujube at 10:15 PM PST - 2 comments

audiovox D1730

how do i use audiovox D1730 as a pc monitor? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 10:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a spin doctor in the house?

I need a turntable to spin. That's it. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 10:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Polypropylene recycling in NYC?

Where can I recycle corrugated plastic in New York City? It appears to be the dreaded plastic #5 (polypropylene). I have about 35 sheets.
posted by the jam at 9:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Someone took a picture / of Kate Moss doing lines / Now she's being victimized / for imaginary crimes

Does anyone have a good download link for the entirety of thepartyparty's tracks? I remember I used to have 8 or 9 different remixes, but the website seems to have whittled that down to only 5, and with no clean download links. I need my "Dick is a Killer"!
posted by TheNewWazoo at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me examine my FAT.

How can I figure out what file a particular FAT32 sector belongs to? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 8:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Similar song to Christina Aguilera's Candyman

Similar-in-style songs to Christina Aguilera's Candyman? I'm helping plan a wedding dance list, and this modern boogie is a lot of fun, but I don't want to be the one that drops "he makes my cherry pop" into this particular dance hall. In other words, it should be clean too. [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 7:51 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best studio in Manhattan and/or Brooklyn for learning Swing/Lindyhop and WC Swing?

What is the best studio in Manhattan and/or Brooklyn for learning Swing/Lindyhop and WC Swing? Also what are the best boards where I can find a partner if I choose to later compete? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 7:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Contractor going to work for contractee?

I work in a small shop as a contractor (I'm a programmer/mathematician) for a rather large organization. I've come to realize that I'd much rather work for said larger organization than the contracting shop. There's better opportunity for career advancement, more interesting and varied projects, a much better commute, etc. I am, however, rather new to this contractor thing, and I have no idea how to broach the subject with my contacts at said larger organization. Should I even talk to them about this? Is someone going from contractor-->contractee unheard of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 12 comments

I need a car!

What car should I buy? I have to replace my 2003 Cavalier (worth 6k), and I want to find something with better gas mileage that is reliable. I don't think I can afford more than $10,000, and the closer to $6,000 the better. [more inside]
posted by metricfan at 7:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you hear me now, you horny bastard?

Good examples of heterosexual audio erotica or porn, please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Are you a man or woman?

When did adults in Western countries decrease using man/woman when speaking about themselves, e.g. describing their gender? How came this to be? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Help my hand is broken!

I am having some weird hand symptoms after a 200 mile bike ride. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Could we have bed bugs?

Could we have bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I start tutoring for reals?

How do I, a soon-to-be high school senior, go about tutoring math as a part-time job? [more inside]
posted by Precision at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Hooked on junk

Does anyone know of any "good" junk shops in east London? [more inside]
posted by WPW at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm the king! of 11 pounds of salmon.

Fathers-Day-Fishing-Outing: Success. Yay! ...but I'm more accustomed to tiny, easily-packable, easily-fryable bluegills, and with the relative freezer space, too. I've got a whole king salmon saved (off-site) for smoking next month, but what do I do with the other eleven pounds? [more inside]
posted by mimi at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments


Scrabble anxiety [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 4:58 PM PST - 68 comments

Is my friend allergic to... food?

My friend can't figure out the cause of her digestive issues, it's not celiac, not lactose intolerance, no allergy to caffeine - anyone experience something similar and can offer some suggestions? More details below. [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 4:49 PM PST - 26 comments

need a library for text classification

I need to be able to automatically identify language (English, Japaneese, Russian, etc ... ) in which a particular blog-post has been written. (lang attribute might or might not be available). [more inside]
posted by chexov at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

A diamond ring that takes a licking and keeps on, um, ticking

Help me find a diamond ring setting that my wife can't break. [more inside]
posted by range at 3:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Beginner kayaking advice?

I want to do some kayaking on the Green River, however I do not know what sort of Kayak I should buy. Recommendations? I have canoeing experience but I have never been in kayak.
posted by mikeo2 at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Have photo id, just not the original... now how I am supposed to get on the plane?

Will airport security/Virgin America let me get on my domestic US flight if I only have a photocopy of my photo ID? [more inside]
posted by agenais at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Rocky .09

My baby LOVES to climb. Any ideas for home made baby gym to use up some energy of a super busy baby? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What should our wedding's first dance song be?

Need help picking a song for our first dance at our wedding. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 1:57 PM PST - 52 comments

Link between 'non-restorative' sleep and nightmares?

For the past twenty years or so (I'm 36 now) I have had trouble sleeping. Not really with falling asleep or staying asleep (even though I have had episodes where that was a problem too) but the big problem is I NEVER feel rested when I wake up in the morning. 'Non-restorative sleep' is the term I found after a bit of Googling. Through the years I have tried to tackle this problem in all sorts of ways but haven't gotten very far. About ten years ago I spent a night at a sleep lab but they couldn't find anything wrong with me. Sadly I have gotten so used to the situation that it is not on my mind a lot but lately I've been thinking about what else I could try. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 1:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Full time childcare for a toddler

I'm looking for some advice on full time preschool/child care for a 2+ year old. [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Editing math papers for spelling and grammar - worth it?

Anyone ever worked as an editor/proofreader for science and mathematics articles not written by native English speakers? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 1:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Internet Famous Mp3 - Anyone remember it?

Can anyone remember the name of the song, popular on the internet around 1998 or so, if I remember right it centered around a geek and his girlfriend. I only remember the line, "Mulder finally saw his UFO." [more inside]
posted by MrHappyGoLucky at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me become a better essay writer.

Can you help me find essay communities? I would like to find a place to read other people's essays and share my own for possible feedback. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 1:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get myself off quicker?

So! As a guy, taking a while to get off during sex is fine. But when I wank, I'd prefer to just get it over with. I have no problem watching porn, I'm just sick of it taking at least half an hour to come. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Get rid of urge to call ex

Urge to call ex [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 25 comments

What do you call everything but the serif?

Is there a (preferably single-word) term that picks out every part of a character except the serif? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 11:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Blow my Mind

The world (and universe) is an incredible place, as I've learned from awesome series such as Planet Earth and the Universe. What are some other high-quality mindblowing box sets? Or even just a single eye-opening documentary? I just want to watch something and leave with the sensation of, wow, the world is a crazy/amazing place. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 11:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Formal Time Commitment to Hobby + Grad School = ?

I am about to begin my 2nd year as a Ph.D student in a hybrid comp-sci/multimedia/engineering program. I took up soaring this summer for the sake of my mental health (and to fulfill a long-time dream), and I'm loving it. Should I join an organization that will make flying more economical, but will require a firm time commitment? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Lost security dongle

I've lost my security dongle! How can I get another one? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 10:42 AM PST - 34 comments

Motorola PVR FF driving me nuts!

Motorola PVR fast forward freezing, and no ability to jump when it makes me go back to the start. Argh... [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Badware (or why I can't get to Gmail.)

I have some sort of malware on my Dell that constantly redirects me away from where I desire to go. Specifically, it seems to prevent Gmail from working. Also prevents any major search site from loading. Always redirects to some idiotic ad site. [more inside]
posted by Arquimedez Pozo at 9:33 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I navigate Newark Airport?

How does one get from Terminal A to Terminal C (and back again) at Newark Airport? I'm flying Continental and have to change planes at Newark. Is it hard to navigate the place? How long will it take to get from terminal to terminal?
posted by bluekrauss at 9:21 AM PST - 9 comments

FTP Synchronise

How do I do a one-click ftp synchronisation and server restart - using only free software? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

A Superb Cat Supplement. Where?

CatFilter: What is the absolutely best vitamin/mineral/enzyme supplement available for cats? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 4:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Which doctor do I go to to get rid of worms?

Which doctor do I go to to get rid of worms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the (non-music-theory) significance of "Eight To The Bar"?

What's the (non-music-theory) significance of "Eight To The Bar"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 12:10 AM PST - 8 comments

July 19

What to do with photographs?

What can I do with old--100 years? or more?--family photographs? [more inside]
posted by e to the pi i at 11:48 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I make actors comfortable during sex scenes?

How do I make actors comfortable during sex scenes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 PM PST - 16 comments

How to ask for a divorce after 26 years?

How to ask for a divorce after 26 years of marriage? I want to do it in a way that causes as little pain as possible, and makes room for as much constructive problem-solving as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 PM PST - 23 comments

I want a creative resume

What are the most unique or creative resume/CV designs you have ever seen? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 11:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Austin sunrise spot?

Where is the best place in/near Austin, TX to see a sunrise?
posted by comwiz at 11:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I really need a meditation cushion to meditate properly?

I'm really interested in yoga and meditation. I'm quite new to it all but do I really need to buy a meditation cushion? Can I not just use normal pillows or my bed? What's so special about these meditation cushions?
posted by Tha-Flash at 10:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Utilitarian folds for the masses!

I'm looking for examples of practical, everyday origami. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Under Milkweed?

Yet another plant ID question: What's this? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 9:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Sunglass brand question

In the 1st season of Heroes, what kind of sunglasses is the character Nathan Petrelli (played by Adrian Pasdar) wearing? (He is the congressional candidate.) And where can I buy them
posted by Mr. Justice at 9:16 PM PST - 2 comments

I feel lost/unintelligent sometimes.

I feel lost/unintelligent a lot of the time. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Really, is custom framing that expensive?

I went to Michael's arts and craft store to get an 18" x 24" picture custom framed, and they quoted me at $400. For those of you who have delved into the world of custom framing, does that sound right? Further description inside.. [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 8:27 PM PST - 26 comments

"This phone is not accepting calls"

My Nokia Net10 prepaid cell phone will not accept calls from certain people. Does anyone know how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How Realistic Are Two-Face's Wounds?

A question about physiology and The Dark Knight. (Beware, here there be spoilers.) [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 7:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Restaurants in Toledo

I'm looking for a nice restaurant ideally a half hour southeast of Toledo, OH. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me convert an entire office into cheese fiends.

I've been put in charge of a workplace cheese lunch. Introducing the staff to the world of fancy cheese, hopefully to convert them away from the usual radioactive-orange ... stuff ... that's out there. But I have no idea what to prepare. French bread, I think? And sparkling cider because we can't have alcohol on the job? But the cheese? What cheeses are near-guaranteed winners, and won't be overpowered by sparkling cider? Help! I wish to go down in history as the awesomest cheese introducer ever. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 7:04 PM PST - 43 comments

What is this weed?

What is this weed in my garden? [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 6:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Books I remember fondly (but not their titles)

What is the name of the book I read in 5th grade (as part of the curriculum) about a boy who finds a magic traveling alleyway in his neighborhood and meets the inhabitants, including an old "bag lady" who sews sweaters from bits of trashed yarn and an adolescent girl who ... wears roller skates, maybe? To clarify, these people live in houses that are inside the alley, and the alley itself (or the entrance to it, at least) moves every so often. I've been wondering about this book for years and can't seem to find reference to it. Thanks! (Bonus questions inside) [more inside]
posted by radiosig at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I learn to use a Wacom tablet to make digital art?

So I bought a Wacom tablet. How can I learn to do THIS [more inside]
posted by deeman at 6:21 PM PST - 13 comments

What was this horror/thriller from the late 80's / early 90's?

What is the name of the movie or show with this plot?: A young girl with an abusive father is given a black-robed doll name "the Viper." At night, the Viper comes alive as a human-sized version of itself with green, glowing eyes and helps the girl. Near the end of the movie/show, there is a twist where the Viper is actually the girls father or something along those lines.
posted by hitopshelf at 5:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help my Flip learn to count past five

I record videos with my Flip video camera. I download the videos. The file names are VID00001.AVI, VID00002.AVI, etc. Next time I make a video on the Flip, it starts back again at VID00001.AVI. How do I get it to keep on counting up, so I don't end up with multiple files named VID0001.AVI on my computer?
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheapest mobile email/IM?

Fiance and I need a cheap method of keeping in touch via email and/or instant message -- mobile-ly. [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 5:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I get this hat online?

Where can I get this hat online? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 4:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend me a wonderful female OB/GYN in Seattle, WA?

DoctorFilter: Can you recommend me a wonderful female OB/GYN in Seattle, WA? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking for free-standing letters

I'm looking for 3-dimensional letters that can stand freely and be photographed. I remember seeing some that were sold to aspiring film makers during the super-8 era for creating titles. Does anybody know anything about these, or where I can get something like them? [more inside]
posted by Cranialtorque at 3:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Xbox 360 won't connect, thus limiting my 'rocking out' time.

I've been using my Xbox 360 for almost a year without any networking problems. As of two days ago, it will not log into Xbox Live and the problem has gotten worse. [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Robot-themed sci fi recommendations?

What are some good sci fi novels/short stories that focus on robots? Difficulty: no Asimov. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 3:25 PM PST - 23 comments


Used-Mac-Filter: Have you bought one from GainSaver? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

What was the name of the creepy book I read in 7th grade?

Bookfilter: I can't remember the name of a book I read in 7th grade (circa 1987). It's about a school in which a teacher starts a club to teach the kids about the power of groupthink. In the club the kids are divided into groups with armbands and symbols, and at some point things get out of control and the group becomes cult-like and disturbing. Does anyone have any idea what this book was called?
posted by odayoday at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Help eradicate grass in my garden

My garden is being overrun by grass. How do I get rid of the grass but keep my existing perennial plants? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 2:28 PM PST - 14 comments

When the chimes finish, begin.

Looking for songs by bands that are in the style of Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 2:16 PM PST - 33 comments

Wheel = Fail

Why did my bicycle wheel flop about? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Complex SQL Query

SQLFilter: I'm struggling with a specific SQL query. I have 2 tables, 'questions' and 'answers', which are linked by a field in answers. I would like to select the questions which have the most answers in the last 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How safe is Firefox 2.0?

How secure is Firefox 2.0? I recently attended a short seminar on Web security and the horrors of "drive by downloading". So how vulnerable is the latest version of Firefox 2.0 to this type of nastiness? What about 3.0? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 1:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Open plan offices: Do they suck?

ArchitectureFilter: What evidence supports the use of open plan offices, from a worker productivity perspective? [more inside]
posted by Mike1024 at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Salta and Pepas

We are traveling from Buenos Aires to the north of Argentina and are looking for suggestions of where to stop and rest. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comment

How does education about religion work in US schools?

Someone told me that in the US most public schools don't have religious studies or comparative religion type classes. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 12:49 PM PST - 53 comments

Microsoft .net framework

My .net framework is broken and I can't repair or uninstall it - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to feed and entertain children in Toronto

Where do two foodies take a family with children in Toronto? And once we've eaten, what are the must see places for boys, 6 and 8? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

tale of two tivos

Tivo question about 2 boxes in same house, sucking off the same cable line teat, but 1 is getting some channels that the other doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ducktape at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does my web site show up for everyone but me?

I've got a web site that shows up just fine for everyone except me. I get a big fat "page not found" when I navigate to it even though it works fine in proxy browsers, I've used ipconfig/flushdns and cleared my browser cache. I'm sure it's a DNS issue of some sort, but have no idea what else to do. Help?
posted by bflora at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Pre-paid phone in us

Pre-paid phone in us [more inside]
posted by radsqd at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I pack for a trip to Honduras?

I'm going to spend a week in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. What should I pack? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Claritin for an eight-month-old?

Putting a child under the age of two on Children's Claritin for his allergies...advice, or first-hand anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 10:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Car service from Heathrow to Central London

Heathrow to Central London. Which car service do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Southern Utah Trip Advice

Looking for advice about how to allocate time for a one week trip through Southern Utah's national parks and monuments. [more inside]
posted by saslett at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Statistics book for bioscience / medicine?

Can you recommend a statistics book which is appropriate for the stats required for basic bioscience / clinical research? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 9:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a tech primer on securing a website?

Is there a handy primer on security for people who are new to website building but are experienced in Linux/Unix? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Suspicious lens-fu.

There's a photograph of a Persian gold finial resting on a highly patterned cloth on p. 56 of the August 2008 National Geographic (directions to find it online inside). The finial is in tack-sharp focus with significant depth of field while the entire cloth is pleasantly blurred. Shenanigans? I would love to know how this photo was taken. [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 9:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a site to facilitate carpooling

I'm trying to facilitate carpooling among a couple of dozen people for a series of events and I'm looking for a specific kind of site to help me do it. [more inside]
posted by luser at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

What's this pop song ripping off Kraftwerk's Computer Love?

I heard a piece of Muzak while shopping in Staples; the verse was forgettable, but the chorus was the verse from Kraftwerk's Computer Love (0:31 to 0:47 is the first full statement of it). It wasn't just similar; I know about soundalikes; it was note-for-note identical in melody and rhythm. I heard two more verse/choruses. It didn't seem to be a cover; the lyrics were not about computers; and of course, the actual "verse" was completely different. Searching and asking got no results, anyone know it? [more inside]
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Where is a cheap and secure place to leave a car in San Francisco overnight for one night?

Where is a cheap and secure place to leave a car in San Francisco overnight for one night? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

how to design a band logo?

Hello me and my father are planning on starting a band anyone know any good free programmes for a band logo or something like that?
posted by the schizophrenic mouse at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Help a comix n00b find his footing

I've long been intrigued by the world of comics, but the recent trailer for the Watchmen has finally pushed me over the edge. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 8:34 AM PST - 32 comments

What's the story with Aqua Mira Water Treatment drops?

Questions about Aqua Mira chlorine water treatment drops, the kind that comes in two different droppers: I notice it is now marketed to say: "Kills Odor Causing Bacteria and Enhances the Taste..." etc. Not to kill giardia and make water actually safe to drink. Which is what backpackers actually use it for. Anyone know the inside legal story on this? Second question: Why do I always run out of "Part A" way before I run out of "Part B"? Does anyone out there work for Aqua Mira and know why they give you different amounts? It's annoying because now I have all these Part B (the Activator) droppers lying around. [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 8:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Poor College Student Needs Therapy. Typical.

How do I, as a college student on a *very tight* budget, find a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 19 comments

Help get my wife's e-mail to the Gmail lifeboat!

Escabechette has years of old e-mail stored on an old school account that's soon going to close. We want to move all this e-mail to her gmail account. Apparently this is now easy because "GMail supports IMAP." But I haven't succeeded in finding instructions (on AskMeFi or elsewhere) which are suitable for someone, like me, who doesn't know what the word "IMAP" means. Is this really easy? And can you explain to this naif how to do it? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there any way to get an l.e.d. readout to stop fading?

I have a GE remote temperature sensor that uses an LED screen for a readout (black numerals against a grey background). REcently, the lines making up the numbers began to disappear. I replaced the batteries, but they still kept disappearing to the point that nothing is visible on the screen at all. Is there a solution to the problem or is this the end of the unit? For some reason, I thought these kind of readouts lasted forever.
posted by quintno at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Be my Guitar Hero!

Easy guitar question! Can anyone help me figure out what chords are being played in the chorus to this youtube video? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments

For richer and puffier? In puffiness and in health?

What is the best way to dehydrate - loose excess water in a couple of hours? Had too many beers last night. Getting married today. Face is puffy. Help!!!
posted by barrakuda at 5:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Reducing my electricity usage

How can I make my WinXP PC use less electricity? I'm trying to optimise my desktop PC's use of energy as much as possible. What are some effective ways to do that? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:55 AM PST - 18 comments

In the mood for an answer.

Help me understand the final scene of Wong Kar Wai's "Days of Being Wild." Yes, the one in which Tony Leung appears in a brief cameo. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:36 AM PST - 2 comments

CLEAR SKIN CALLED, it said screw you

well. i have searched and searched and there is alot out there , but i am looking for something specific. this question is about BLACKHEADS. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith at 3:07 AM PST - 25 comments

Javascript library/API for tilt wheel?

Looking for a javascript library / API for controlling the mouse's tilt wheel. [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend a similar Barcelona hotel?

Can anyone recommend a similar Barcelona hotel? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 1:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find people who like to know 'how stuff works' in socal?

Where around socal can I meet other aspiring electronic do-it-yourselfers? [backyard imagineering] [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 12:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an old fantasy book?

I'm desperately trying to remember a fantasy book I read back in the 1980's or early 1990's. This may actually have been part of a series of two or three books. [more inside]
posted by brindel at 12:09 AM PST - 4 comments

July 18

Help me decorate my wall!

What sites offer awesomely cool, giant vinyl wall art? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 11:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Products that organize your life that you couldn't live without?

Products that organize your life that you couldn't live without? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Old Car: How to decide on repair vs. replace?

I drive a 1992 Toyota Camry with just over 203,000 miles on it. As far as I know, the car is in good mechanical condition except that the rear struts are in fairly desperate need of replacement. How do you calculate the payback period for repairing an old but paid-off car, and how might you use this information to help decide whether to repair the car or buy a newer used car? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 10:39 PM PST - 20 comments

My dogs are barking!

Shoe filter: I just got a job that requires standing for ten hours on concrete floors. My feet have been killing me by my lunch break. What shoes, preferably with good arch support, will keep me comfy all shift long? [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 9:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Oh man, I should totally make this website when I have a free weekend...

How do you keep track of your project ideas? How do you get yourself to follow through on them? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 8:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me replace the button I lost off my French military trench coat!

Please help me replace a lost button from my French military trench coat - or even just shed some light on the origins and history of the coat. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Korean food in Portland?

Best Korean restaurant in Portland? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Breaking up was all too easy to do, staying broken up is hard

I need to find a very good marriage counselor in the Kansas City area, ASAP. My relationship has ended and there's a child at stake. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it difficult to find parking in Coney Island on a Saturday night?

Is it difficult to find parking in Coney Island, close to the boardwalk, on a Saturday night?
posted by likeapen at 7:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find urban decoration

I'm looking for "urban" decoration and posters. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 7:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the dirt circles at Wrigley Field for?

What are the dirt circles near home plate at Wrigley Field for? [more inside]
posted by nightwood at 6:44 PM PST - 6 comments

What's normal in the first few weeks of AA

Can someone who's been there, or is close to someone who's been there, relate to me how the first few weeks in recovery from alcohol abuse in an AA type typically play out? My partner is going through this, and I'm feeling pretty confused, abandoned, and (I'm ashamed to say) a little angry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 24 comments

ID these Eastern US birds of prey?

Can anyone here identify these (apparent) birds of prey? The photograph was taken in Salem Massachusetts, but more than one mile away from any saltwater shore. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 6:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Show me people who feel good about the way they look.

I'm looking for pictures that could serve as an antidote to "thinspiration". [more inside]
posted by arianell at 5:20 PM PST - 21 comments

For instance, does tulsa have any World Record size corn dogs?

I'm going to tulsa in a month. I recently ate the biggest steak in Amarillo - 72 oz - at the big texan. Is there anything similar in Tulsa I should sacrifice my health for? The world's biggest cheeseburger? A dinner roll the size of a baby? Anything? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

What is a dense/heavy transparant oil or inert/safe non-water-based liquid?

I need a crystal-clear transparent liquid that is as heavy (dense) or heavier than water, not dangerous, and not difficult to obtain. The heavier the better. The catch - it can't be water-based. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 4:28 PM PST - 23 comments

Is it possible to get an MRI and have it read, without a referral?

Is it possible to get an MRI and have it read, without a referral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Estimating weight from breastfeeding

Fitness/Breastfeeding Filter: how do you estimate weight retention from breastfeeding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Help! Bibliography nightmare!

Is there any bibliogaphy creation software that I can upload entire reference lists to? I have thousands of references, and every program I have seen seems to require entering each item one by one. [more inside]
posted by Nayano at 4:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Summer program for 15 yr old NYC?

Can you recommend a summer program, August - Sept, for a bright 15 year old girl living in Queens, NYC? My niece is very smart, loves dance and theater and wants to excel academically. She's starting to make choices that aren't ideal, and (unrelated) do somewhat poorly in Math. I would love to find a program in Queens, or NYC for the month of August that can help her with school, inspire her and encourage her in the right direction. Help?!
posted by quiverandquill at 3:45 PM PST - 1 comment

What qualifies one for an "iPod customer" upgrade price with AT&T Wireless?

For AT&T, what counts as being a 'previous iPhone user' as far as upgrades to 3G iPhone go? I am a fairly new AT&T customer, who got a Blackberry through them in May. Because of that, I'm not eligible for a $199/$299 3G iPhone through them -- I'd have to pay $399 or $499. However, they are giving current iPhone customers the lower price. If I were to acquire an old iPhone from a 3rd party, and activate it under my current AT&T account, would that make me an iPhone customer for purposes of the upgrade? Or did I have to buy an iPhone directly through AT&T to qualify for this price?
posted by mef613 at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make simple metasearch engine?

I want to create a simple page that will query search engines of my choice (i.e. in the form www.z.com/?q=blah) and just concatenate the first page of results into one page. Is there any super-easy way to do this? It would be great if it looked pretty and/or was mobile-phone-friendly, too, but this is not necessary. Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

This Was Spinal Tap

Retro-diagnosis filter: Can the hive mind figure out what disease sent my mom to the hospital in the early 1960s and still affects her to this day? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Need ping pong tournament tips

Where can I rent ping pong tables in New Jersey? Any other tips for running a ping pong tournament? More questions inside... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

What does (swt) stand for?

Recently, I left a job. One of the responses I got to my "goodbye" email was a beautiful and touching message I received from one long-time colleague, an American-born Muslim. In his email, he said "May Allah (swt) bless you and your family. I will keep you guys in my prayers." In this context, what does the (swt) stand for? And, what would be a culturally-appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Describing social anxiety and panic attacks.

What's an effective way to describe social anxiety and panic attacks to people who are unfamiliar with these concepts? Sometimes, there's little choice but to attempt an explanation, on the spot (let's assume you're not carrying around literature with you). How would you handle that? Metaphors? Anecdotes?
posted by zennie at 1:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Tabs, pseudo-columns, and wrapping lines

Name. Tab. Phone number. This creates two columns. One for name and one for phone number, except--when someone has a really long name that goes past the tab setting and impinges on the phone number area. Is there some sort of tab setting that will make that long name wrap around, creating a second line within its own name area? For the record, I know I could use a table to do exactly this, but I'm reformatting a huge amount of text that is already laid out with tabs. Any advice for this poor sap who accepted the job? The text is in an InDesign document, but I can copy it to a word processor or anything that would do the trick. Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Not a whole lot of shakin' goin' on

My clock with Elvis facade has lost his swing. Anyone with advice for getting my Elvis clock to work again? [more inside]
posted by skyper at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Whither online media organizing?

Are there any sites out there like the late, sort-of-great Guzzlefish? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 1:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Movie with plot and running times that match

Are there any non-documentary films where the duration of the plot matches the length of the film? For example, a 90 minute snapshot of a relationship, a journey, a battle... or whatever.
posted by punkfloyd at 1:04 PM PST - 27 comments

What are the permitted uses for these icons?

Can anyone explain the use limitations for these icons? I am completely lost in the legalese. [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

what other uses for an ipod?

what can i do with the 80 gbs on a new ipod [more inside]
posted by fumbducker at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Who would want a veterinary symptom video

Donating a veterinary disease symptom video - would any library / video collection want this? Is any university veterinary school collecting things like this? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments

There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who can deal in binary and those who can't.

How is data on my hard drive retrievable even after it is written over? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

I have a hungry kitten and a terrified bird

How can I keep my kitten from eating my bird? I have a cockatiel in a rather large cage. I also have a 12 week old kitten. She has been very interested in my bird, watching him intently and occasionally trying to jump onto the table where his cage sits. Until today, she wasn't able to jump that high. [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger at 12:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Dog "magazine" to benefit shelter--ever seen one?

I'm thinking of doing a small quarterly publication on caring for dogs (basic training, dealing with behavioral issues, fun things to do with your dog, etc.) to benefit my local animal shelter, and I'm wondering whether I'm reinventing the wheel. Have you ever seen such a thing in your area? If so, please tell me everything you know about it. Also, if you saw something like this at the cash register for $1, proceeds to benefit the shelter, would you buy it? All comments/advice welcome.
posted by HotToddy at 11:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Insert lens here

Is it easy to get existing lenses put in replacement frames of the same type -- esp. when the latter are ordered online, and it would be ideal to have them re-inserted locally? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Got an (particular) old textbook there?

I need to know the table of contents for the 2nd edition of Eysenck and Keane's Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, published in 1990, ISBN# 0863771548 [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Swimming in San Francisco

For a friend: where do people go swimming in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Dividends in lieu of salary

The owner of the small company I work for has suggested that I be compensated in the form of dividends on stock he would let me purchase for a nominal price rather than as regular salary. I would take home the same amount but this would save the company on taxes. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I use my law degree and still like my life?

I'm getting a law degree but I hate being adversarial. Any ideas for something fun to do with this degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Canadian Repatriation

If I move back to Canada does my American wife and kid get Canadian citizenship? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments


Outlook AutoComplete filter: Deleted AutoComplete entries keep coming back. How do I get rid of them for good? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Time travel with an iPhone

How do I deal with new iPhone calendaring weirdness? Bonus difficulty: live in one timezone, work in another. [more inside]
posted by griffey at 10:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Chick Mix

I love me some girly music. Recommend me your favorite unabashedly girly musicians. More detailed description inside. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:56 AM PST - 112 comments

I love books, but there are so many out there

How do you decide whether a book is worth reading? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:50 AM PST - 40 comments

Last minute trip to Barbados?

I want to go to Barbados right now! It looks like a nice place for my first visit to the Caribbean. What's the best way to find a last minute deal on a trip to Barbados?
posted by Area Control at 9:50 AM PST - 1 comment

needed: mail list manager db for Mac

I need help picking out an inexpensive Mac-based (or web-based!) database to maintain a 2,000-person POSTAL mailing list / membership database for a small academic non-profit. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I find the insurance company of the person who hit my car?

I wrote down everything except for the name of the insurance company of the person who rear ended my car!!! Is there a way to find out without calling my insurance company? (More info inside) [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Teachers- Tell me what it is like to have summers off.

Teachers with families -- tell me what it's like to have summers off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 34 comments

Mystery TV series

Complete longshot, but can anyone tell me which TV show this is? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Just the write place, DC

Anybody know some nice places to write in downtown DC? My qualifiers are electrical outlets, air-conditioning, metro-accessible, space to spread out, and a view. If I have to pay $10 for food or whatever, that could be worth it. [more inside]
posted by metajc at 8:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Who picks the music they play at concerts when the band isn't playing?

Who picks the music played at a concert when a band is not on stage and why do they pick the songs they do? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Good looking denim hemming?

Please recommend someone to hem jeans in Chicago. I'm not that short (5'5" ish); I wear heels (2-3 inches most days), yet all my jeans are 5-6 inches too long. Have you found a tailor/drycleaner in Chicago that hems jeans without making them look disastrously altered? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Mr Cringe-a-lot

I'm getting a bit tired of my own cringing, and wonder how others have dealt with it. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 7:06 AM PST - 52 comments

Help me shoot the bride.

Please give me YOUR TIPS for wedding photography. I have tirelessly searched google, read excerpts from books etc. I don't need links. I need YOUR REAL LIFE TIPS on wedding photography. What worked at your wedding? What did your photographer do that you liked, and that you didn't like? If you've had experience photographing weddings, what worked and what didn't work for you? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 7:03 AM PST - 31 comments

Latin American Geopolitics

Help me learn more about recent/current Latin American geopolitical turmoil. [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm curious. C-U-R-I-O-U-S.

Why do they make the subjects of A&E's Intervention spell their name out loud? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 6:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for handling "virtual" projects in source control?

What are some good ways of treating an arbitrary group of related projects in a source control system as a single project? CVS has ampersand modules, Subversion has externals, but they're both flawed. I'm looking for workarounds, alternatives or ideas I have not thought of before. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 6:35 AM PST - 3 comments

miami beach hotel

Miami Beach Hotel Filter: Can you help me find the right Miami Beach hotel? Is my plan for a family vacation in Miami plausible? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Flood at 6:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Where have all the good domains gone? Help name my website!

Help me name my service rating, community website. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 6:06 AM PST - 10 comments

PerfectPacking Hack for Travel

How can I pack the perfect bag for any travel? [more inside]
posted by idzyn at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Java update crashes IE7

Just installed latest Java RE 6 update 5 and IE7 crashes on opening. Have restored system and cancelled Java updates (for now) but....anyone else had this problem? Did you find a fix? I'm running Vista Ultimate on a Dell Inspiron 530 about 9 months old. Grateful for any thoughts....
posted by JtJ at 5:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How to cut my bank fees?

How can I get these fees reduced? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Eating, drinking and sightseeing suggesttions for Patras, Greece?

I'm off to a conference in Patras, Greece next week. Any suggestions for high-speed tourism (we'll be busy most of the day but might get a bit of free time), decent eateries, and decent drinking places, particularly late night?
posted by handee at 3:42 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the cheapest way for a traveller to call Germany from S. Africa?

I'm traveling to South Africa next week, and need to make regular calls to Germany. I'm from the UK and have a UK mobile. What's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by gkhewitt at 3:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Apotheosis fiction

Fiction Filter: Help me find stories involving apotheosis (glorification of an individual as divine). Books or movies - it doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 2:24 AM PST - 43 comments

Are there legal repercussions to inconsistent content censorship?

What are the legal repercussions for censoring user-generated content (for example, product reviews)? For some reason I thought that by taking the time to examine some user content, organizations have implicitly agreed to examine all user content. But I'll be damned if I can find anything to support that view (or, alternately, point out why it's wrong, wrong, wrong...) Any thought? Links to scholarly-type articles appreciated.
posted by DoubtingThomas at 12:13 AM PST - 10 comments

July 17

What would make a blue sky bluer?

What circumstances would make the sky bluer than it is normally? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 11:26 PM PST - 24 comments

What's a good bar in University City, Philadelphia?

Philadelphians: recommend me a good bar in University City. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 11:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Has the Internet changed how you have sex?

How has sex changed for you since the Internet made porn so easily accessible? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 10:20 PM PST - 56 comments

Your thoughts on upcoming Amsterdam visit, pls?

Where to stay in Amsterdam? Fun times, easy and inexpensive (see inside)...help? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 10:18 PM PST - 11 comments

STFU Firefox

How do I tell firefox3 to stop checking ssl certs. I access many sites using self signed ssl certificates and up until now that was fine but now I have encounter two self signed certs that have the same serial number and firefox wont even let me add an exception. I cant even access the second site. How do i just tell firefox I don't care if a site is using a bad ssl cert.
posted by DJWeezy at 10:17 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I fix my "accent?

How do I fix my "accent"? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 10:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Can the LCD screen on the Canon Rebel XTi be used to preview a shot before taking a picture?

Can the LCD screen on the Canon Rebel XTi be used to preview a shot before taking a picture like on most standard digital cameras? I heard you can do it on manual mode, but can't figure it out.
posted by stlboi at 10:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How much interest for a family loan?

A family member loaned me money a few years ago. I would like to pay it back with interest. How much interest should I pay it back with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Born in the USA

In the United States, if a college-bound student is under the age of 24 and s/he is a legal citizen, but his/her parents are undocumented/illegal residents, how does this student fill out the FAFSA? [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Any helpful info for a first-time handgun buyer?

Any helpful information for a first-time handgun buyer? [more inside]
posted by hannah09 at 8:43 PM PST - 24 comments

Papercraft is too popular a title word nowdays

Can someone help me remember this book? It was a book about making all sorts of things from paper, mainly models, and I remember the start of the book talking about how to make forest fairies and flora (actually fungi). [more inside]
posted by jsmith77 at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

What song lyrics define wordless emotions?

Where the streets have no name. A horse with no name. What I really want to say, I can't define. What other songs try to evoke the wordless and undefinable?
posted by Tlogmer at 7:35 PM PST - 25 comments

Snooze Alam addiction

I'm seriously addicted to the snooze button on my alarm clock. Help! [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 7:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Cute Cycling clothes for Women

Women cyclists-----can you recommend some cute and comfortable biking tops? I bike with a friend a few times a week for exercise doing hills and paths in our town and would like some tops that feel good and look good. I also do errands on my bike from time to time. I have black padded shorts and need some tops that will inspire me to get out and ride. Any recommendations for summer tops and if you have ideas for fall biking clothes I would be interested in that too! Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to read teen drama!!

This is for my daughter, she is absolutely in love with Louise Rennison and wants to read something that is similar and British, in preparation for her trip to England. [more inside]
posted by ptm at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Fathers Day at Fenway

My father and I were on the Fenway jumbotron on July 12, 2008 but we weren't able to snap a pic. [more inside]
posted by self at 6:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Remove empty tag with javascript

I need some help creating some javascript that will remove an empty img tag. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 6:16 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I make a photo collage?

How can I make a photo collage out of a collection of words and/or photos? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:33 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the cost of living in Abu Dhabi or Qatar?

What is the cost of living for a single western expatriate in Abu Dhabi (UAE) or Qatar? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 5:24 PM PST - 3 comments

How low an offer should I take for my house?

How low an offer should I take for my house? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 4:56 PM PST - 26 comments

How much can an obvious typo cost?

Are there any consequences for advertising a product as .99 cents as opposed to 99 cents? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 4:46 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me ID this book - I only remember one plot point

Single plot point - can you help me remember this book? [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 4:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Ooh, what's inside there?

So what's inside areas that are closed off to the public, in buildings? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 3:43 PM PST - 40 comments

Litterbox issue when traveling by car with cat

I am getting ready to move 1000 miles with my cat. I have a crate for him, and a litter box to travel with. But I'm concerned about when he might have to use it during the trip because I would like to keep him in the crate (as recommended by just about everyone I've talked to.) Is it ok to have him in the crate for 8 hours and give him occasional food and water and then let him use his litterbox when we arrive at our destination each night? Around the house he often goes that long without using his litterbox...but I'm just not sure if that will be ok. [more inside]
posted by kathleenl at 3:43 PM PST - 19 comments

How to help my girlfriend overcome her past?

Background info: I've been dating my girlfriend for almost 2years and we both love each other very much. However, every once in awhile she will get depressed because of her troubled past. She is my first girlfriend, while she's had a few bad partners who I would punch in the face if I ever saw them. Just to name a few, she was physically abused by one, had a "friends with benefits" she is extremely disgusted/ashamed about. Every once in awhile her past will come back and cause her a lot of suffering. I've been very patient, respectful, loving and understanding to her throughout our entire relationship. However, I feel helpless to help her overcome her past. I've suggested counseling but she thinks it won't really help. Has anyone gone through something similar? I want to help her but I don't know how? Do I just continue doing what I am doing? Thank you in advance
posted by HBomb at 3:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find a fun, quick activity to start our management retreat

Off-the-wall, get the day started with a smile activity for a small retreat. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Extra pages in my passport: how can I make sure they are sewn (not taped) in?

Getting new pages in my (US) passport. Which way am I more likely to get the pages sewn in, rather than pasted/taped: send to the US passport agency (expedited, prob through a 3rd party) vs going to a US Embassy/Consolate in another country. [more inside]
posted by stilly at 3:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to rock with the Big Bad Wolf

What kind of Jazz is The Three Little Bops and why can't I find anything similar? [more inside]
posted by esereth at 2:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Replacing (quickly) lost California ID?

Replacing (quickly) lost California ID? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Synecdoche of a paradigm distortion mumble mumble device

I need a human thesaurus. Looking for a word that means examining an aspect of something as a method of examining/reflecting on the whole. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 2:09 PM PST - 29 comments

200 Years of State History on $0.00 (in useful materials) a Day!

I need lesson plan ideas for Washington State History. It's a summer school class with three weeks left, three hours per day... and a number of odd and annoying constraints. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Apostrophe's : 2 pound a pound...

"Grocer's Apostrophe" or "Grocers' Apostrophe"? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 1:38 PM PST - 53 comments


Why do so many cars in NY, CT, MA have Florida plates? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 1:29 PM PST - 27 comments

What's better than Merlin PBX?

Small business phone system. Surely there must be something better than Merlin/PBX? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Mystery in the fast lane

Mostly on highways, but also on large surface streets, there are these configurations of tar lines. Usually two per lane. They're sort of octagonal -- basically squares with angled-off corners, making them 8-sided. Additional lines of tar lead from the roadway to the shoulder. What are they?
posted by mudpuppie at 12:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Preventing the slow, painful slide into friendship

Recent acquaintance and I, definitely clicking, but things are headed into friendship waters. Can this be diverted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 46 comments

Want to have a real college "experience" but limited to community college and a state school in a city I just don't like.

Want to have a real college "experience" but limited to community college and a state school in a city I just don't like. [more inside]
posted by evanrodge at 12:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Another Stand-up Comedian Post...

Based on the current influx of questions about stand-up comedians, I've been reminded of a question that has been plaguing me for a while. But unfortunately, I don't have much information. - Male. 40+ yrs old. Dressed plainly. - Opened for Lewis Black at the Univ. of Connecticut in the Fall/Winter of 2006 or 2007 - Shtick was borderline psychotic. Like he was extremely angry and ready to snap. Genuinely scared me a little at the beginning. He never really left this personality. - Worked the crowd a little and even left the stage to walk through the crowd. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
posted by coolin86 at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

What's in a (handmade crafts shop) name?

What's in a (handmade crafts shop) name? ...Connotations of Boutique, Creations, Studio, etc. [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty at 12:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Uniq New York, Uniq New York

Why isn't GNU uniq 6.12 working as I expect? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to rent beach umbrellas in San Diego?

Where can I rent beach umbrellas in San Diego (in downtown or near Torrey Pines Beach) other than Cheap Rentals in Mission Beach?
posted by JDC8 at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

American Girl in Sicily

Touring Sicily this summer. Please help. :-) [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How to spend a minute of free time?

I work at a call center, and have very short breaks in between calls, but it's frequent enough to get a little boring. What kind of productive ideas do you all have for something I could do? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 11:20 AM PST - 31 comments

An Appeal for an Appeals Lawyer

How to find an appeals lawyer who will want to take a (probable win) appeal to the US Supreme Court? Like, do they, um, hang out on the 'Net somewhere? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 11:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Credible books about UFO's?

Looking for a well-researched, non-quack book about the American Government's response to UFO's from the 1940s onward. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

How ya like dem apples?

Brand new Mac convert - haven't used one since the IISE back in college. So far I love it but I have some questions about converting my peripherals or moving data like music, etc. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:06 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I use herbs for an earlier period?

Any way I can use herbs to make my period come earlier? [more inside]
posted by mafedeso at 11:04 AM PST - 23 comments

To go with the blue hair?

Why is blue eyeshadow so common? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 11:01 AM PST - 17 comments

iTunes woes

After the recent iTunes upgrade, iTunes no longer plays the MP3s for Radiohead's In Rainbows. [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

removing pee smell from old wood?

help me get the poop and pee smell out of an old chest [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 10:46 AM PST - 17 comments

You'll put your eye out

It's my birthday, and I want a frikkin' laser! [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:28 AM PST - 12 comments

A gift for Mom and Pop

My parents' 25th wedding anniversary is Tuesday and I'd like to get them something significant but not typical. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Now that the powerthirst has worn off..

Help a college student find a (simple) no-frills man bag! [more inside]
posted by bradly at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help me get my tax refund

I'm Canadian. I was lazy, and forgot to file my tax returns for the three previous years. I also lost all of my T4 slips, and some of my work was done for companies that no longer exist. Am I up the creek without a paddle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I become a teacher?

I have several general (and some specific) questions about teaching high school in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Love: what do women want?

Can somebody (especially women) point me to images in film, text, or other media of the kind of lover that women would think of as loving, appreciative, and understanding, as well as manly and attractive, or comment on my situation in ways that would help me understand how to be a better lover to my beloved wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 50 comments

Help me pack for a long-term trip overseas.

I am moving from the US to Israel for a year. What should I bring with me, apart from the obvious, that is hard to find/incredibly expensive in Israel? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

HELP!! Need to find a website.

HELP ME FIND A WEBSITE??!?! I know his name, how can i find out what domains are registered to his name. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Tonight's dinner was veal. I repeat, veal. The winner of tonight's mystery meat contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed "some kind of beef."

How do you explain umami to kids? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 8:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Individual vs. Group Health Insurance: Moral & Financial Dilemma

Moral, Economic & Logistical Health Insurance Question: Can/Should I switch myself and my son to a private health insurance plan from my (bad, expensive) group one even though that will result in my whole company losing their coverage? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 8:43 AM PST - 17 comments

What to do about Neighbors loud air conditioning?

Neighbor Question: it seems my next door neighbor bought a new air conditioning unit. Its loud. really loud. Outside my house it sounds like a jet engine and i can hear it thoughout my whole house especially in my bedroom which is facing the unit. I am not sure what do do about this... [more inside]
posted by pheurton at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about symbolism in clothing.

I'm interested in symbolic clothing. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 8:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Fold-flat DVD player case?

Is there an in-car case available for a fold-flat portable DVD player? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Good sausage of the month club?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good "sausage of the month" club? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How to engage a bunch of six year olds?

We're part of a child care co-op arrangement for a month, which means I'll have six 6-year olds to myself for three (non consecutive), six-hour days. I could use some suggestions for creative activities -- running around (we've got lots of outdoor room, wooded and open), arts and crafts, whatever. Ideas that require buying supplies are fine.
posted by Framer at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Vacation Reading Recommendations?

Can you all help me with some summer vacation reading recommendations? I trust your tastes implicitly. Helpful guidelines inside. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 7:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Do REITs have magical money trees?

If a REIT has negative Cash Available for Distribution (CAD), how does it pay out its dividend? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you help me find a diary from my childhood?

When I was a child in the 80s, one of my relatives in the UK used to send me a beautiful diary each year. I would love to know if it is still being published. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me learn to play craps!!

Where can I find a craps table felt tablecloth in/around Dallas, Texas by Friday? [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do so many laywers use WordPerfect?

Why have so many laywers stayed with WordPerfect? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 6:34 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I find the lack of radio waves?

What town in the United States has the lowest amount of detectable radio waves? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 6:06 AM PST - 16 comments

[grooming-filter] how do I beat the five o'clock shadow?

[grooming-filter] how do I beat the five o'clock shadow? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 5:56 AM PST - 28 comments

Where is the Iraq benchmarks report?

Where can I find the recent government report that claims that Iraq has achieved 15 of 18 benchmarks set for its political development? [more inside]
posted by zainsubani at 5:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Bangkok Tattoo (...not the book)

Where to get tattooed in Bangkok? [more inside]
posted by plaingurl at 3:04 AM PST - 3 comments

How to easily update an online map when abroad?

[TravelFilter] What would be an easy and cheap way to get a map update of my brother whereabouts for his year-long asian trip? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 2:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Crafting RSS for Google Reader

How can I make aesthetically pleasing RSS feeds for the readers of my Web site, specifically so that my feed will keep the formatting like a lot of sites do in Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by thebreaks at 2:36 AM PST - 4 comments

what the heck should i name my new jazz band?

help me name my indonesian-jazz-band-with-a-dj! [more inside]
posted by messiahwannabe at 2:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Dead power supply on a charger - can I replace it?

Can I replace a power supply on a cordless drill battery charger with a different voltage power supply? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 1:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Eyes wide shut

I seem to be incapable of posing for a photograph without blinking! What to do? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 1:11 AM PST - 7 comments

July 16

How can I overcome my sexual shyness?

I would like to be more, er, assertive in bed, but I'm too shy. How can I get past this? Is there a good self-help book on the subject? Is there anything you've personally tried that worked for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Mr. All-knowing Super-hacker/psychologist Mefite, I need your help securing our IRC conversations...

Some really important info was leaked from our private IRC channel on our own server. Luckily, it was something that most people wouldn't believe without real proof, which the leaker didn't really have. So we're glad to have not been in a real shit-hit-the-fan situation yet. Can you find the weak link, or atleast offer suggestions on how to stop this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM PST - 12 comments

worst broadway

What are the worst on or off Broadway shows playing currently?
posted by sharksandwich at 10:27 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I do with mono?

I have mononucleosis and I live by myself in New York. The first two days were agony, but six days later I feel great. When can I ride my bicycle again? Is it okay to have a beer? If I feel good, can I go for a long walk or dance to music? What about just hauling myself on the subway and getting groceries? If somebody elbows me, will my spleen rupture? How careful do I need to be? I'm not tired at all, do I still have to sleep all the time?
posted by bukharin at 10:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I get the publishing rights to my grandfather's book?

My grandfather wrote a successful buck in the early '40s. He passed away about ten years ago, and just recently I've gotten the urge to see if it would be possible to release the book to Project Gutenberg and also maybe do a Librivox recording. How does one go about finding out about who owns copyrights in this kind of situation?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Estimating utilities in a college town

Help us to estimate utilities? [more inside]
posted by laskagirl at 9:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Little boxes vex me

I'm suddenly getting little boxes of letter-number combinations in the text on my computer screen. What are they? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 9:17 PM PST - 11 comments

I need inspiration for my new home office

Please give me home office inspiration [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 9:13 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't have to pee now, but in 8 hours I probably will

I know YANMD, but wondering if others may be able to shed some light on the way my body stores/uses/retains water during the summer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Adviser Anxiety -- help me get to office hours!

How do I stop freaking out about orals advising? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

My bike is making a clicking noise...

My bike is making a clicking noise... [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 at 8:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Return Word to A4 Default

Word 2003: I was working on a document that had headers and footers, and something unexplained happened causing them to disappear. No big deal; but now, every time I open Word, the default view is sans header and footer: ie the view of the page (print layout) is almost as tall as it is wide. How do I get it back to what it was (full A4 size)? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Someone just gave me a crappy laptop. Now what?

Situation: Someone just gave you a laptop. Question: What are you going to do with it? [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 6:35 PM PST - 26 comments

What's your favorite happy summertime high energy tune?

I'm looking for unabashedly happy, feel good music. Do you have any favorites to recommend? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:17 PM PST - 123 comments

Death Defying Oven Cleaning

Am I going to kill myself why attempting to clean my oven? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

I want that.

It was blue, it was cool, and it was a journal. I want one, but can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

A week in Florida in December. Where to go?

A week in Florida in December. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:17 PM PST - 19 comments

How to Become a Pharmacist in Mexico City?

Farmacias mexicanas: Cuéntenme de los requísitos para ser farmacista en DF. (How to legally become a pharmacist in Mexico?) [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

A little lost...

What does one do with a degree in literature? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator at 5:15 PM PST - 40 comments

Rock Band/Guitar Hero nights in Chicago?

Anyone know of any Chicago area bars that host Rock Band or Guitar Hero nights?
posted by rsol44 at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Guilds as social units

I have a few semi-related questions about how MMORPG guilds operate inside: [more inside]
posted by empath at 4:57 PM PST - 18 comments

oregon travel filter

help us create any itinerary in oregon. [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for books about history of technologies

Looking for good books on the history of technologies. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Need a book reader plugin for my website?

Need a book reader plugin for my website? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Help with IPAQ

I have an HP iPAQ 2750. Around the same time it was manufactured, lots of aftermarket hardware and software came out with promises to enhance the device. One of those applications was a GPRS/GSM plug in modem (via the CF Card slot) and software from a company called Enfora. The modem was bundled with software from a company called BVRP. There was other software without a modem which also installed phone tools on the PDA from another company called WebToGo. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Makin' Bacon

I just opened up my box of pork bellies (to cure my own bacon, duh) and discovered that the skin in still on. This wasn't mentioned in my recipe and I can't find any real info about it! Do I leave the skin on? Remove it? Remove it before it's been cured (wet-cure), before it's been cold-smoked, or before I eat it? I'm using the recipe from this episode of Good Eats.
posted by arcticwoman at 4:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find a book that breaks down Shakespeare plays by the characters in each scene?

ShakespeareFilter: I'm trying to find a book--or something similar to it--that a classmate loaned to me briefly a few months back. Briefly, it had all of Shakespeare's plays with charts showing which scenes each character appeared in and the total number of lines each had. My classmate can't remember the author or title, so I'm stuck throwing this vague question out to the general public. Does anyone know where I can find something along these lines?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How many servers per country are there?

How would you estimate the number of web servers that a country uses? According to Gartner and IDC, about 8-9 million servers are shipped in a year (2007) -- but how does that break down by country? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Fashion accesory expertise needed

In the movie Mongol, Jamhuka sports a nifty silver (I imagine) "earring". Help me find one so I too can look cool. [more inside]
posted by subajestad at 4:03 PM PST - 3 comments

IT Heads: Vista Business Best Practices on a Domain?

IT Heads: Vista Business Best Practices on a Domain? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

immigration - H4 visa question

If you hold H4 visa applied by both previous company and new company (not approved yet). Can you go back to India and get your visa stamped on H4 applied by previous company? more info follows... [more inside]
posted by tvjoshi at 3:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Music from Kubrick documentary.

What music played during the Stanley Kubrick's Boxes documentary? [more inside]
posted by rokabiri at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Capture Text From Books!

What kind of options do I have for a gadget of some kind that can capture bits of text from a book or magazine? I read a lot and always take notes, highlight, underline, note page numbers to refer back to, all these things to use for reference later on. But actually copying paragraphs into a notebook takes time, highlighting and underlining doesn't really help as I have to go back to the book - but rarely do. Since I keep so much information on my computer, I have wondered if there are small devices (mini-scanners?) that can somehow capture a few lines of text and store it as a .jpg or something. It seems as if I have seen or heard of these but I really don't know what to look for. By the way, I have used Jott to read a paragraph and have it in my email as transcribed text. That's nice, but I don't want to make a phone call every time I want to capture some text. As always, thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 3:43 PM PST - 12 comments

What succulent is this?

What sort of cactus or succulent did I buy? [more inside]
posted by andeles at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Webkinz... suspended?

Does Webkinz actually suspend accounts if one has not registered a new webkin in the past 12 months?
posted by R. Mutt at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Book illustration/painting question

While looking around the internet recently, a friend found this painting depicting the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter. We know it's from an old book of some kind but neither can remember which one exactly. Anyone know the title? Many thanks.
posted by ktoad at 3:01 PM PST - 0 comments

Get me to Chapel Hill from NYC!

How to get to Chapel Hill from NYC? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 2:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Negative Filter RSS feeds??

How can I filter a feed based on the absence of terms rather than the presence? I've used feed sifter before, but this won't handle terms you want excluded? Specifically, I'd like to set up an rss to Amazon's Gold Box that excludes the terms jewelry, necklace and watch as that would massively cut down the clutter from this feed.
posted by ewiley28 at 2:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Quite a snafu at court today

I just had a court date for speeding. I found out they have a warrant on me specifically due to a legitimate error on the ticket. [more inside]
posted by bagels at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Citrix vs. Webex for Webcast events?

I am working on an initiative at work to change our webcast provider from Webex Event Center to Citrix GotoWebinar. I was curious if any of you use these products (as either a host or as an attendee) for webcast-related purposes and what your experiences have been. Looking for any feedback at all, e.g., costs (and hidden costs, if any), user-experience feedback, administrative hassles, audio issues, customer service, etc. [more inside]
posted by elgalan207 at 1:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Creative ways to display flatware?

Creative ways to display flatware? [more inside]
posted by OLechat at 1:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Why would email and MSN Messenger work, but web browsing not?

Why would email and MSN Messenger work, but web browsing not? [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to purchase a domain and be protected.

I want to buy a domain, I have agreed on the price with the seller. What's next? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How to choose client side technologies for a new web project.

Why shouldn't we use Flash? Why should we use AJAX (DHTML/Javascript)? Should we support IE6? I'm wrestling with these questions for a new web product, and I'd like insight from others. [more inside]
posted by Good Brain at 1:13 PM PST - 29 comments

What is the new equivalent of the PaperMate G-Force pen?

What is the new equivalent of the Paper Mate G-Force pen? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Electronic Components in NYC?

ElectronicsHobbyistFilter: Where can I browse around for and buy small electronic components (microswitches, capacitors, etc.) in New York City? Radio Shack no longer appears to carry this kind of stuff (in New York anyway) [more inside]
posted by frieze at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Where did all the eyebrows go?

Should I stop worrying that my one of my cat eats my other cats' eyebrows? It appears to be an entirely consensual act. [more inside]
posted by divka at 12:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Glass studio that rents space?

Looking for a stained glass studio in Boston where I can rent space by the hour, or maybe has a drop-in class environment like at this studio in SF. Any personal recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comment

The People's $$$

Are there national Credit Unions? If you move, how does one access funds/do money management at a Credit Union when there's no branches of that Credit Union in your new state? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 12:27 PM PST - 15 comments

3 guys, fresh out of college, looking for some financial advice on obtaining a developer for our startup

Two college friends and myself are looking to put together a mobile application start-up. We have the business end of the startup covered, but we need to find a developer to help us out. We need some financial guidance on what to do and what not to do. Should we pay a freelance developer, or bring someone on board with us as a partner? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 12:25 PM PST - 15 comments

What if Sinatra Really Digs Orville Redenbacher?

BarExamFilter: What are your favorite mnemonics and/or memory aids that helped you remember certain elements of a particular rule or concept? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira at 12:22 PM PST - 13 comments

A deposit on an apartment we didn't move into has gone missing. Am I screwed?

NYC real estate Q: We put a deposit on an apartment that became uninhabitable before we signed any forms or agreements. We decided to see if it was fixable, but in the meantime we found a new place to live. Now the owner doesn't want to give our deposit back. Are we screwed? A full, gripping narrative inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:09 PM PST - 22 comments

What should I be when my company grows up?

What do I want my actual position with a start-up to be when it becomes a more structured company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a perfect way to make the girls go crazy.

I'm looking for music that has "pop" mass appeal and lyrics that are ironic/post-modern. In other words, intelligent, but not intelligent at first glance. Some acts that I've found which fit this criteria are: Steely Dan, Scritti Politti, and Beck. Any other recommendations?
posted by matkline at 11:52 AM PST - 47 comments

Not money-laundering, I swear!

Seeking e-commerce partner that supports funds disbursements (and Ruby on Rails). [more inside]
posted by danblaker at 11:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Phone+music stereo headset?

I’ve just started using my first PDA/Smartphone (Blackberry 8820) and I need some recommendations for a headset. I know there are tons of questions already—and even more online resources—for finding the best Bluetooth earpiece, but I’m not looking specifically for your standard Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by jckll at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

I'd like to explode, but can't.

I'm a man and I can't orgasm. What can I do to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 24 comments

What image database software do I want?

What software should I use to manage a small charity's image collection? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What kind of work is being done inspired by Wolframs New Kind of Science?

What kind of work is being done inspired by Wolframs New Kind of Science? [more inside]
posted by jouke at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Run multiple php websites from a single server?

How practical is it to run multiple php websites on multiple servers from a single script on one central server? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

I could've used the money for beer back in those days.

Found an old W-2 from the chaotic grad school years (2000) that I never filed taxes on. Is it still possible? Looks like I'm owed money. [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

HTML Email Best Practices

I've been coerced by a client/employer to start using HTML email messages for communications with our customers. Please help me do this in the most net-responsible way possible (or tell me to burn in the special hell reserved for people who put markup on the SMTP wire) [more inside]
posted by alan at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

TypePad Post Titles by Categories?

TypePad Filter: Is it possible to create an "index" page on my TypePad blog that generates a list of all blog post titles under each category or tag, with the post titles being linked to the particular post? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 10:34 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I quit quitting?

I am a serial quitter. How can I quit this bad habit? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Trying to find tracks similar to...

Do you know of any songs that are more like this? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 10:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Soft, so soft!

Mattress Filter: Where to buy a double mattress and/or bed in Montreal? I’m a starving student, and this September I want somewhere comfortable to sleep when I relocate to McGill. I’m not made of money, but metafilter has scary bedbug stories and a $200 Ikea foam job sounds uncomfy. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to park for Yankee Stadium

Where should I park my car to go to a Yankees game (Sunday, 1pm), coming from the western part of New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by Spurious Packets at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Good food in Chicago?

Where are your favorite places to dine in Chicago? Romance is preferred, good food is a must, and I'd like to spend less than $100 for my wife and I. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 9:41 AM PST - 23 comments

ID this little white flower?

Flower Identification filter: What is this plant? [more inside]
posted by MaudB at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Wall Plate Identification

Identify this wall plate. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Xbox 360 Preowned, Fail?

Pre-owned (refurb.) Xbox 360 - good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Fun 40th Birthday Celebration Idea Including Dinner?

Chicago hive: any ideas for a 40th birthday celebration that includes dinner on a Saturday night for about a dozen people but is more fun than just doing dinner? [more inside]
posted by slo at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

How to sell an iMac in NYC.

How to sell a two year old iMac in NYC? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I disable comments on specific posts in my wordpress blog?

Can any of you recommend a Wordpress plugin that will enable me to turn comments on/off for particular blog posts? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

How to "Find Yourself" or get comfortable in your own skin?

How to "Find Yourself" or get comfortable in your own skin? [more inside]
posted by gb77 at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

help us by helping our coffee

What's better for you? Coffee-Mate or half-and-half? [more inside]
posted by bobber at 8:39 AM PST - 26 comments

As slow as ... what?

What are some good - or bad - similes for slowness? (Like "As slow as molasses in January" but not so archaic.)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 8:29 AM PST - 40 comments

Cheap Mic for Recording Spoken Word?

I'm looking for suggestions for a cheap mic I can plug into my MacBook to record spoken word into GarageBand or Audacity. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Relationship minefield

Yep, it's another sticky relationship question on AskMe. A recent divorce, a friend of a mother... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Coin dealers in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a good coin dealer in New York City? I have a bunch of old coins, I'm not sure whether any of them are worth anything, but they're cool anyway and I'd like advice on preservation. Also of course I'd want an appraisal on anything of value. I'm totally new to this, though, and don't know where good advice is to be found.
posted by maniabug at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Extra Characters in Title Meta Tags

Does adding symbol characters to your title meta tags hurt your SEO? Our company has a title format of "-- Our Web Site : A Page --" and since we're going through a redesign I was wondering if it might be a good time to drop that convention.
posted by napdynmite at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Laptop, Desktop, or Both?

Should I get a desktop or a laptop or both? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Two iPhone questions...

After being lied to repeatedly by my credit card company (PC Financial), I have two iPhone questions: 1) How do I get voice mails from my iPhone onto my computer? and 2) how do I record calls made on an iPhone? I have the 1.0 version of iPhone and an iMac if that makes any difference. Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Six hour layover in Chicago

Six hour layover in Chicago. Is it feasible to take the train to O'Hare, get to the Art Institute for a quick visit (I really want to see one painting) and then get back to O'Hare and not miss the plane? This would happen on a Friday, 3PM-9PM. [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 7:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Cockney hair-slicers sought.

Looking for a relatively inexpensive men's haircut in London. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

GradStudiesFilter: Best place for an education studies PhD?

I'm 21, living in London, UK. I just got a first class BA in sociology of education with philosophy. I'm already starting to think what to do after my Master's degree (still in the sociology of education). If the planet's the limit, what are the best places to do a PhD in the sociology of education? (And is my envy to do it at somewhere like Harvard or Stanford worth pursuing?) Bonus points if you've been there yourself and share a slice of your experience!
posted by meso at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Start in the Red Chamber?

I want to take the opportunity of an upcoming holiday to take on some challenging reading, I'd really like to try some classical oriental literature but I dont really know where to start. It has to be portable (single paperback volume) suitably annotated and, importantly, readable! I've been recommended The Dream of the Red Chamber but I dont which edition to get or if this is a good choice. Any suggestions would be welcome!
posted by BadMiker at 7:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Books on why we do, what we do.

I loved "Gig," and I'd like recommendations for more books to help with the "inside view" of various jobs. Bonus points for books that might also help me gauge what I'm good at. [more inside]
posted by producerpod at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

iPhone + Warranty + Messed up screen = Free Replacement?

iPhone still under warranty... screens acting crazy... what should I do? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How to measure the volume of gas produced?

I would like to find out how much gas I can produce by electrolysis using homemade stuff. Is there any cost efficient/accurate way to measure the quantity of gas produced? [more inside]
posted by pigelb at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

SWM ISO of Software Developer for Causal Encounter

Dearest Hivemind, I am looking to hire a freelance software developer to create some sort of workflow management tool for a small arts business. Apart from web designers/developers, I have never done this kind of thing before and am wondering if anyone could possibly have a look at my list of demands, and point me in the right direction to find my dream developer? I'm using Macs btw. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 6:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Is TV real?!?

What are other sites that tell me about the "realness" of television shows? [more inside]
posted by parkerjackson at 5:54 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I preserve Douglas Adams' typewriter?

How can I preserve Douglas Adams' typewriter for the ages? And more generally, how do museums handle item donations and loans? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 5:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Doha transportation?

I have a layover in Doha, Qatar from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. and would love to see the city. What are the best (and cheapest) ways to transit from the airport to the Corniche and other interesting places?
posted by take me to the river at 5:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Broke but ambitious in Barcelona.

I've just finished business school and have landed myself an internship at a very respectable multinational company in Barcelona, Spain. The internship is great, the salary dreadful. So, I'm now in a position where I can barely afford to live and need to find something else to suppliment my income. Can someone give me an idea of what formalities I need to address in order to sell food in the streets of Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I upgrade to iPhone 3G?

Should I upgrade to iPhone 3G now or wait for increased capacity models? [more inside]
posted by Lleyam at 5:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Will trade cow for magic beans

CoffeeFilter: Where I can find good flavored coffee beans in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a WP Amazon plugin that fits some specific specs

Looking for a Wordpress plugin to display, in every post, n Amazon links from a given list. They should chosen based on the post's content. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 4:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Number of strip clubs in the U.S.?

I had an interesting question at the reference desk the other day and I'm still looking for a way to answer it. The question is, "How many strip clubs are there in the United States?" I tried looking at state websites to determine how they classify businesses and the Bureau of Labor & Statistics site, but didn't have much luck. Do states monitor/license these businesses, and if so, where do they keep these records/stats? Any thoughts on where to find possible answers is much appreciated.
posted by honkytonkgirl at 3:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Where do I find the cheap magazines?

Where do I find the legit and cheap magazine subscriptions? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 3:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I transplant a 10-foot-tall eucalyptus?

Is it possible to transplant a 2-year-old, 10-foot-tall eucalyptus? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 2:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for European holidays with a 19month old in tow?

Recommendations for European holidays with a 19month old in tow? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 12:17 AM PST - 5 comments

July 15

Customized net prank

Where can I find a list of "prank" websites that use customization to put the name of the victim somewhere within the site? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

A kiss is just a kiss

Am I fair in blaming a snail's-pace relationship on my weak ability to show affection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 PM PST - 24 comments


What does the phrase, "groBes malheur!", as used in this photo, mean and what language it is? [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem at 10:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a flash map.

Are there any good, preferably open source flash maps available for mapping election data on the national level (with data for each state)? [more inside]
posted by Jeff_Larson at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Club-Hating DJ Seeks Irregular M3U Streaming Service For Live Mix Sessions

Is there any provider that gives you streaming server short-term/irregular rentals for an M3U stream? [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:30 PM PST - 2 comments

how to deal with a deadbeat roommate and angry landlord?

[nyc] my roommate is a few thousand bucks behind on rent, our lease is up at the end of august, and my other roommate and i are both very worried he's not going to give our landlord everything he's owed before then. are there any ways for the two of us who are square with the landlord financially to avoid getting massively screwed by this (in the legal system + credit records) other than us ponying up his share? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Whenever I require a password on my wireless network it slows to a crawl.

Whenever I require a password on my wireless network it slows to a crawl. [more inside]
posted by ssmith at 10:14 PM PST - 12 comments