July 2010 Archives

July 31

Abbott and Costello

Help me come up with nicknames for my two boys; the 2 year old is a fiery, crazy redhead and the 3 1/2 year old is smart and sensitive. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 10:20 PM PST - 47 comments

Just Saw Potential Robbery-- What to do?

I just saw a couple of kids who seem like they have a two-man robbery scheme going on in the subway. I didn't see them actually rob anyone. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Books for kindergartners please!

Help my brother teach sequencing to Kindergarteners.. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 9:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Like riding a bicycle

Haven't sat on a bike since I was a kid and now looking to buy a brand new shiny bicycle. Female, mid 20s, zero-bike-knowledge. Help me! [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 8:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Is Itchiness a common reaction to gross images?

Phobias lead to itching - what's the deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Film clips that take on a different meaning

Is there a word within film circles to describe the cassandric effect of a shot carrying greater weight than the director originally intended due to events that occurred after the release of the movie? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 8:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Parklag 17, or, the Mediocre Escape

I extricated a friend's car (nondestructively) from a parking lot that it was locked into. What was going on, and what might happen next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Should we lie to Enterprise about where we're going?

We're renting a car from Enterprise that has unlimited mileage if you stay in a certain geographic area. We plan to leave this geographic area. I want to be up front and pay the extra fees, but my traveling companion wants to lie and save money. Convince me I'm wrong, or help me convince him he's wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Auto Insurance in Las Vegas

Looking for a non-owner auto insurance policy in Nevada (eg liability coverage only, no vehicle ownership). Would appreciate suggestions for reputable insurance agencies to contact in Las Vegas for quotes, etc. Thanks!
posted by america4 at 6:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Moving Filter: I am moving in three weeks (possibly two, most likely three). Help me relax and get things in order!

Moving Filter: I am moving in three weeks (possibly two, most likely three). Help me relax and get things in order! [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 6:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Is oven roasted corn awesome?

Have you ever roasted corn in your gas oven's broiler? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Why is my world (as seen through my phone) distorted?

Problems with parallax... using a Google phone to video stuff in motion produces a result that I can't explain... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

3 dogs better than 2?

Do we want a third dog? Do things really become different with a third dog in the fold? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 4:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Joy of Living

After watching and loving Les Bronzes on Hulu, I'm now in search of movies in the theme of - the only thing I can think of - Joie de vivre. [more inside]
posted by carlh at 4:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Avoiding heartache

How to resolve relationship issue regarding how to communicate and support one another in times of crisis. [more inside]
posted by EmbarrassingQuestionsSockpuppet at 4:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Do I need to reinstall an old version of Flash?

Firefox crashing on Youtube. Help! [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Where the sun don't shine...

[Asking-for-a-friend-filter] My uninsured friend needs a queer-friendly, preferably queer or female therapist with a sliding fee scale in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns at 3:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find Libbey 606ht glasses?

I'd like to buy a dozen Libbey 606HT drinking glasses -- the diner classics. But, I can only find them in lots of 48, despite all my googling. Does anyone know where I can find these open stock?
posted by partner at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Rides! Sideshows! Hotdogs!! What to do?

We're going to Coney Island next weekend for the first time. Help us have the best time ever. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 3:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Clean A Couple Things

Humbly requesting the hivemind's expertise on some difficult household cleaning tasks. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 3:09 PM PST - 30 comments

How to get Aeron chairs fixed on-site?

We have six Herman Miller Aeron chairs in varying states of disrepair in our office. Some need new parts and a couple don't tilt or raise properly, etc. Some were bought new and some were bought secondhand, and everything I've found online says to take them to a dealer, which I'd like to avoid (hassle, having no chairs for a while, etc). I'd like someone to come over and diagnose them and replace parts and/or fix them on-site (I'm in Manhattan). Anybody know a service that does this?
posted by notclosed at 3:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Silent headphones?

I need help building a quiet work environment in a noisy house. Headphone recommendations needed. [more inside]
posted by andlee210 at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Create a pseudo-block in Apple Mail

Is there a way, in Apple Mail, to set a filter that will immediately move an email to the trash AND send an auto-response to the sender, stating that his email has been blocked/rejected? Flagging it as spam is not an option--I want to never even see the message, and I do check my spam occasionally for false positives.
posted by polexxia at 2:23 PM PST - 12 comments

New Mexico vacation question

Planning a week long vacation with a twenty two month old in tow in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. Would very much like your feedback/suggestions on my questions and anything else .. [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 2:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Obama Mandal Scandal!

Where can I get some Obama sandals? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 1:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How to put pretty art on t-shirts at home the EZ way.

I want to put artwork on t-shirts at home. I can probably print out iron-ons on my printer, but I don't know how breathable those things are. Any other options? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I be a good houseguest?

Starting next week, I'm not going to have a home. I will be staying with friends anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks while I find a place to stay. What are best practices for being a good houseguest in this situation? (I plan to stay at each place for a week.) I do not have a car, and will be renting a storage space to keep my stuff in for the duration. Please assume hotels, motels, and hostels are financially not an option. I do already plan to buy dinner specifically for these friends, and to pay for my own food the rest of the time.
posted by hopemeplease at 12:50 PM PST - 32 comments

I understand he capitalized his own name

Why did it become a characteristic of "sensitive" writing to use lowercase letters only? Is it the influence of E.E. Cummings alone? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 12:02 PM PST - 43 comments

Cos I'm Freeeeeeeee

I'm looking for scenes in movies / TV shows where the characters are singing whilst driving. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 11:39 AM PST - 57 comments

Small usb port extender?

I've got a couple of rackmounted machines and I'd like to gain better access to the USB ports on the back of them. I'd like a one-to-one extension of up to four ports. [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Python Programming: How to go from Amateur to Pro?

I love programming in Python. I'm smart and savvy, and I pick things up very quickly. I live in New York. I want a job, but I have no work experience as a programmer. How do I transition from grad school in the humanities to an awesome tech job? How should I market myself? How do I get past the hurdle of having a typical humanities PhD student resume? [more inside]
posted by limon at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Yes, another org question. Sorry.

All the posts I've read about org-mode lately have me intrigued, and I'm wanting to check it out. Problem: my version of org is old (4.67c), and I want to upgrade to current. And I'm on a Mac (Snow Leopard) [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 10:59 AM PST - 1 comment

I need to see some great whites!

Where can I watch Shark Week in New York City? I'm desperate. [more inside]
posted by SputnikSweetheart at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

And it has nothing to do with how they filmed the zero g fight scene

I need something clarified about the second level dream in Inception. (spoilers) [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 10:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Minidiscs falling out of drawer

Sony minidiscs fall out of sideways/vertical disk loader? Any fix? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Don't meet the same person twice (involves math ... somehow)

36 people total, meeting in groups of 6. After 5 minutes, the groups shuffle into completely new groups. How many "rounds" can we go without people meeting with someone they've already met? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 10:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Anybody know how to access the service menu on a Toshiba 32C100U LCD TV?

Anybody know how to access the factory menu or service menu on a Toshiba 32C100U LCD TV?
posted by yeoz at 10:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me pull off this birthday party!

I'm starting to stress about my daughter's 4 year birthday party tomorrow! Any advice? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Grandpa was a POW in Spain and I just found my passport.

The sum total of my international traveling experience has been to take day trips into Baja (while I lived in LA) and day trips into Windsor (when I lived near Detroit,) two days in Toronto for my brother's wedding, and, oh yes, three hours walking around Niagara Falls last week because I was so happy I found my passport. Now I want to go to Europe, by myself, before my parents (who have been everywhere else first) beat me (they're going in September of 2011.) [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 9:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Geotagging videos?

How can I add location data to videos without breaking compatibility? [more inside]
posted by topynate at 9:42 AM PST - 0 comments

Apple and Google are fighting inside my iMac.

No browser can do https to Google (and only Google) for one user on a multi-user Mac. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by eafarris at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

I've got nothing witty, I just need to talk.

Can you recommend a queer-, kink-, poly-friendly therapist on the Main Line or near KoP (in the vicinity of Philadelphia)? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Hospital bill over a year later? Really?

Just received a $1400 hospital bill for a ER visit I made OVER 14 MONTHS AGO. How is this okay, and what do I say to plead with them? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 8:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Text with a twist

I want to find software to handle either plain text or RTF text, with a twist. [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

No clowns, no Snookis, no Situations.

I need to locate a children's party entertainer for August 28th in the Delaware Valley/Southern NJ area. [more inside]
posted by crataegus at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

inventory of spectacle comedy film

I want to make a list of what I call "spectacle comedies" (e.g. The Great Race, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, etc.) [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 5:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find an appropriate cool-brown hair dye

After dying my hair, and then 'reverting' with ColourB4, I think the peroxide has warmed my normal hair colour. Can anybody help me pick another hair dye (preferably just semi-permanent this time) to make my hair a darker brown but with more ashy undertones? [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 5:53 AM PST - 4 comments

You can do magic.

What freeware or shareware programs can I download to extend the capabilities of my Apple Magic Mouse? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Feets a-dangling While the Booze Hound Sleeps

My roommate is a pretty heavy drinker and smoker and he spends his Saturday nights passed out on the love seat in the den. His feet extend over the arm of the love seat. He sleeps on his back and I'm concerned that the pressure on his leg from the arm of the seat could cause a blood clot. Is this a real danger? Example of his position here.
posted by zzazazz at 5:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Dead Fox in the Middle of Our Yard and It's Stinkin to High heaven

We have a dead fox in the middle of our yard in rural Vermont. There is rabies in the area. The game warden refuses to help. Garbage pick-up is not until Thursday. Please help with disposal tips!
posted by Xurando at 4:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Seeking A Good Internet Service Provider

Would anyone know of a good internet service provider in Chicago that is reliable and not outlandish with their prices? I was dealing with one company in Chicago that attempted to raise my internet rate by 30%. UGH!! I do not need the fastest speed; however, I would like solid reliability.
posted by Mckoan1 at 4:14 AM PST - 5 comments

my mac needs to play nice with the new kids in september

i have some questions about going back to school with my mac. [more inside]
posted by janepanic at 3:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Cheap ISP supporting virtual domains sought ...

Cheap ISP providing support for virtual domains? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the scam?

I've just had a letter come to my address, but addressed to someone I've never heard of. It confirms sign up to a scammy-ish website. Leave it or do something? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan at 2:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Is my best friend/biggest client putting me in a dangerous financial situation?

My best friend is the largest client of my business. He would like me to purchase a car for his use through my company. Is this a terrible situation for me and how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 AM PST - 42 comments

July 30

Can someone name that show for me?

Longshotfilter: I wanted to know what was the name of the show back in the 90's, that featured a final episode (or I think it was) based around this computer web system with a female voice. She was the mainscreen representing what we now know as the WWW and this came pretty much before the web went completely commercial. She instructed some teen to disconnect her because the human population was dying and there were only two left. Does anyone remember?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 11:55 PM PST - 5 comments

MacBook Pros are amazing, sure, but amazing HOW?

My seven-year-old laptop, an iBook G4 (1GHz PowerPC G4; 1.12 GB DDR SDRAM) running OS X 10.4.11 is on its last legs (I'd really like to be able to watch those youtubes everyone talks about) so I've bought a new one: a MacBook Pro (2.4GHz Intel Core i5 4GB Memory) running Snow Leopard is being shipped to me now. I'd like to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by smoakes at 11:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Hotmail on Blackberry

Hotmail on Blackberry (Bold 9700) driving me crazy; I'd either like to have it as an account that doesn't mix with my Outlook account (seems impossible) or I'd like to access it through my brower *without having to log in every time.* Are either of these possible? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 11:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Stick figure family decals?

What's up with those stick figure family decals on the back windows of vans? [more inside]
posted by dws at 10:25 PM PST - 58 comments

How do I get out of seeing my boyfriend's band?

Can't I just stay home and make you a potroast instead? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 9:57 PM PST - 44 comments

big printer

i plan to make a very big, normal resolution printer from an arduino and some bits and pieces. What should i use for the print head and how? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 9:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving on from a bad relationship.

Relationship has ended, and it's probably for the best, but why do I keep remembering only the good times, and keep feeling sad and like I've made a mess of it? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 9:36 PM PST - 20 comments

There has to be something weird in Phoenix, right?

Geekcation in Phoenix/Scottsdale. What do two dorks do in desert country? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 8:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Help integrate website with facebook open graph

I've added a plugin to my wordpress site that allows people to "like" posts. I also tend to promote the posts on facebook by adding links, which also generates "likes" in facebook. These like counts differ and are not integrated whatsoever. Whats the proper to integrate my organization's facebook page and our website so as to better cross promote content and integrate the social functions (like, comments etc) so that a "like" or comment on one also shows up on the other? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Bloated and weird taste in my mouth - what could be wrong?

Bloating, sweet taste in mouth, and various odd sensations - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by consilience at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do around a War Museum visit in Ottawa?

Things to do in Ottawa/Gatineau for two guys in their late 20s? A visit to the War Museum is already in the cards. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 7:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there contraceptive gel in Japan? How do I find it?

Is there contraceptive gel in Japan? How do I find it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Job hopping for kids

Am I considered a job hopper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Need a USB hub - circuit board/controller only (no case). Where do I look?

I need a 2- or 4-port USB hub with power input - but just the circuit board (no case). Where do I start looking? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Staying on the NorCal coast over Labor Day - how far ahead to book?

I'm heading up to the northern California coast over Labor Day - will I need to book accommodation ahead of time? (Also, what shouldn't I miss along the way?) [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 7:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Hello You Crafty MeFi Bastards!

Hello dearest Hive: Any of you by chance crafty bastards? Here's what I want to do. I have the proofs from my first book, and would like to cut out and make a collage of all the pictures, glue them to an old hunk of countertop that i can stick some IKEA legs on and make into a coffee table. I guess what I need is best practice as far as glue, and what to cover it in. I understand there is some sort of stuff you can spray/paint on to seal it...or I could go with the stick a hunk of glass/plastic across the top. any info will be greatly appreciated.
posted by timsteil at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

oh is *that*... Paul Simonon honey?

Does Clash bassist and occasional Gorillaz member Paul Simonon sing lead at Gorillaz shows, particularly this one from the other day in Damascus? I thought I heard him near the beginning, and maybe on "Kids with Guns." [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 5:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Name of wildly successful Melbourne fashion start-up?

In Friday's issue of The Australian, the Entrepreneur lift-out had an article about two (Melbourne?) investment bankers who fell foul of the GFC then started their own clothing business, based on a wildly successful business model from France - something about factory seconds, or end-of-season stuff from high-end labels. I think they have something like 250,000 subscribers, and last month they turned over a million bucks. What was the name of the Melbourne start-up and what was its French inspiration?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Work Under the Table

Help me find under the table work in Seattle, preferably part-time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Birth control without hormones?

I hate the idea of taking hormonal BC. Am I crazy, and what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 43 comments

Your advice for finding a new databse guru, please...

I need to find a new database guy/gal. Where do I look and how will I know when I've found a good one? [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Not-so-reckless recordkeeping

What are the most interesting, relevant, and satisfying ways you keep track of your life? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway at 3:24 PM PST - 31 comments

27-inch iMac buying advice: processor, video card optiions

Advice on choosing between the two 27-inch iMac options at the online apple store. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 3:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I board my cat while I'm away?

We're going to be gone for ten days for the first time in our cat's short life. Should we put her in a group boarding situation, or leave her at home alone with friends stopping by twice a day? If the latter, how can I transform my front room into a kitty play wonderland? [more inside]
posted by LadyOscar at 2:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Quisp vs. Quake: How did the voting take place?

How did Quaker tally the votes in the great Quisp vs Quake cereal war? [more inside]
posted by GaelFC at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Teach a baby to drink...

One-year-old kid has minimal interest in sippy cups, outright refuses to hold her own bottle. We would like to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 2:46 PM PST - 23 comments

free liquor

How do you get liquor companies to sponsor an event? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Cubs tix

I want to buy three tickets for a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 21st, 22nd, or 23rd. I've looked on the ballpark website and on StubHub, but all I can find are crummy seats at high prices. Is there any hope for me, at this late date? Who else, besides StubHub and the team, sells baseball tix online?
posted by copperykeen at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I compose if I don't have a Mac?

Are there any halfway decent equivalents to Garageband that would work with a Microsoft computer? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 2:13 PM PST - 31 comments

Help the girl run to music!

My girlfriend goes out running now and again, and usually she comes back complaining about the fact that there aren't enough good songs on her ipod with the right kind of beat/rythm. Any suggestions for good running music for my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by Sourisnoire at 1:53 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me keep the baby weight off!

I'm 25 weeks pregnant, and so far in this pregnancy, I've lost thirty-one pounds, going from 275 to 244. Help me brainstorm ways to maintain this weight loss after the baby gets here. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 1:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Start making sense.

I recently watched (and ended up buying) Stop Making Sense, the concert movie of a Talking Heads performance in 1983. What other amazing concert movies are out there? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 1:48 PM PST - 43 comments

Birthing Hips

My body has appeared to change, but has it really changed beneath the surface? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 1:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to find VitaMalts in North Carolina/Tennessee?

A while ago a trip to the Bahamas ended up with me hooked on Vita Malt. Are there any brick-and-mortar sources in West North Carolina/East Tennessee I can try? [more inside]
posted by NBJack at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm thredup!

Has anyone used thredup? I'm really liking the notion of a quasi-freecycling of baby and child clothes but I'd love to hear what others have to say before I commit.
posted by Leezie at 1:26 PM PST - 1 comment

isolated bass tracks/ grooves

I'm looking for audio files of isolated bass grooves/ bass tracks (songs or lengthy jams) that I can play drums along with... not having a lot of luck with youtube... doesn't really matter what type of music....
posted by mrmarley at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How to entertain my in-laws in Chicago.

What should I do in Chicago tomorrow with my future father and brother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Banjo lessons in Houston?

Any recommendations for banjo lessons in Houston? [more inside]
posted by vakker at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

My browsers have ADD

How do I get my browser(s) to stop back tracking? When I use both Firefox and Chrome on my office computer, the browser will automatically flip back to the previous page (as if I hit the "back" button) after about 30 seconds. It will actually keep doing it until it gets back to the first page I opened in the browser. It doesn't happen with all web pages (Gmail and Metafilter seem fine), but it's particularly a problem with media sites (e.g. local newspapers, the Atlantic, Good Magazine). I mostly get around it by holding 'ctrl' when I click a link so it opens in a new tab and can't back track. But it's a pain in the butt. Is there a way to stop this?
posted by dry white toast at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Trade airline vouchers?

[travelfilter] What's the best way to trade one airline's voucher/credit for credit on another? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Where have all the frosty coconut treats gone?

I have an addiction to Mamita's Coconut ice cream things, but my supplier in Sterling, VA has gone dry for some reason. Is there any other place in the Northern VA area to get these wondrous confections? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 12:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to upgrade before wow releases it's next expansion.

Help me build a middle range gaming system! I'm not looking for it to do awesome things, just to play World of Warcraft (and possibly the star wars mmo coming out in the future) and do some standard video editing and graphic designing. I have a list of components I'm considering. I've also been told there are websites to help you decide, but my google skills fail me. While I've taken a class on dissembling and resembling computers, this will be my first time constructing my own for use. Budget: $500 [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Camera recommendation please?

Camera recommendation, please? The primary use will be for capturing pics to be used in scrap books. List of needed features inside. [more inside]
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 12:28 PM PST - 20 comments

[NYC Filter] Help me reunite this camera with its owner?

Can you help identify the location in these photos? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 12:23 PM PST - 26 comments

What is the carbon footprint of a a single spam message?

A friend of mine sent me a infograph about how much CO2 is produced from a single spam email. In the infograph it said, "The average GHG emission associated with a single spam message is 0.3 grams of CO2" I'm not sure the the claim is a valid one and would like to see some similar studies or links about the topic. [more inside]
posted by wherespaul at 12:06 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the cookie dough doing in there?

I have a cookie recipe that calls for letting the dough settle for two days in the cool and dry. Long ago I heard a plausible explanation as to why this is a good thing. I've since forgotten it. Perhaps you know? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 11:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Best means of shipping bike from Toronto to NYC?

What's the best way to (inexpensively) ship a bike from Toronto to NYC? [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Teach my pop to pick the banjo

Clevelandfilter: Who gives good beginner banjo lessons in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me deal with my crazy landlord!

What rights do I have with my landlord in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments


Has the philosophy of the Stoics been discredited by later philosophy? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 11:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me help myself rock out

I recently purchased a left handed acoustic guitar (i'm a lefty). Apart from the Old Town School of Folk Music, where in Chicago can I learn to play it? [more inside]
posted by MXJ1983 at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get an iPhone charger quickly near Oakland

If I'm in downtown Oakland, CA, where's the closest store where I can buy a car charger and a dash/windshield mount for an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 10:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Best perfume selection in US department stores?

What US department store -- besides Sephora -- has the best [widest?] selection of perfume? Bonus points if they will give samples -- I don't like to buy something without wearing it for a day first. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Put my dinner on ice

What are your favorite freezer-friendly recipes? Caveat: I'm diabetic and don't eat grains or legumes. However, things meant to be served over grains, legumes, or starchy vegetables are fine (I'm not always the only one eating at my table). Super bonus points for being able to freeze in portions. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 10:04 AM PST - 18 comments

I've gotta speak up!

HELP! I need a purchase a Megaphone (20 Watts +) in the Washington DC Area today! I'm calling around like crazy but can't find a brick and mortar retailer... can anyone help?
posted by crewshell at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I combine interests in film studies and K-12 education, career-wise?

I have two degrees in Film Studies (not production, more history and criticism) and I also love working with little kids. How can I combine these two interests career-wise? [more inside]
posted by Temeraria at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

What follows Inception?

I just got my mind blown by Inception. So I watched The Dark Knight again to maintain the high. Now what? What are some excellent movies that leave you scratching your head? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 8:47 AM PST - 103 comments

How to host and display other's art on my website

I would like to post pictures on my blog and prevent Google from indexing and linking to the them and people from downloading them. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Bags, bags, bags

Where in Toronto can I buy a classy leather messenger bag or briefcase, without breaking the bank? I want something more "design" than "Organization Man". Consignment places that sell designer menswear? A discount store in Yorkville? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Upgrade my family's phones

My family is all up for new phones and planning to move smartphones and data plans. We are using Bell Canada, and for various reasons cannot change carriers. I am not willing to play around with unlocking phones etc, so the Motorola Milestone is a no. The options: iPhone 4; Samsung Galaxy S; Motorola Dext; HTC Legend; Blackberry Bold/Pearl/Curve. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 8:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Can you help fix my broken VM?

Can you help fix my virtual machine? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Ford Prefect would be ashamed

Please solve my weird towel problems! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:17 AM PST - 54 comments

Recommendations for a weekend getaway in or around Toronto.

Can anyone recommend some last minute weekend getaways in or around the Toronto area? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 7:42 AM PST - 9 comments

At least it's not a bass

I'm newly car-free, and using my bicycle for all my transportation. I'm also taking violin lessons, and I've run into a problem: my violin case is too big and awkward to easily transport on my bike! I know the easy answer is "buy a smaller case" but until I can do that, does anyone have any suggestions for how to get to & from my violin lessons via bike? [more inside]
posted by bryghtrose at 7:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Can I ever get my $225 from my subletter?

Is there any reasonable way for me to get my money from my former subletter? Do I even deserve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 9 comments

So gross, and yet I wish to share.

Does anyone have any venue suggestions for trying to publish a really gross short story? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Different associated meanings across different languages

Finding the network of different associated meanings across different languages? [more inside]
posted by kradeki at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me write a script to group files in windows.

Help me write a script to group some selected files in windows. [more inside]
posted by volpe at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to store jpegs and gifs online

I have a bunch of funny/interesting/neat pictures that I've accumulated over time from the internet. Rather than storing them all locally on my harddrive, any way I can do that online for free? (This question could also be expanded to other filetypes, like word documents and music files, so if you have suggestions for that, please post them as well.)
posted by Busoni at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Maybe the neutral safety switch is TOO safe?

I have a few questions regarding a 1995 Ford Escort with an automatic transmission that periodically refuses to start. It has already been to a mechanic, so there is "more inside"... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Let me get this straight...

How can I straighten a cable with many kinks / bends in it? [more inside]
posted by PontifexPrimus at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

English Majors! Prove your parents wrong! You are super useful!

Help me rename my podcast. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 6:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Themes are hard. Lets drink tea.

Need ideas for a asb/leadership team year "theme" please! [more inside]
posted by toni_jean at 3:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I buy my own ice skates for casual weekly lessons?

I've recently started ice skating lessons, and I'd like to continue taking lessons for a while. How long can I hold out in rental skates for lessons before I need to buy my own? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F at 2:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Ugh, not again.

What is this sinking feeling I keep getting, especially at night? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 12:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Questionnaire analysis terminology

Questionnaire and data analysis terminology (translating from Japanese) [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

July 29

Give my dad a break!

My father lost his job last year and went from making a comfortable living to bare minimum unemployment checks and occasional side jobs. Although my mother is able to support the family (I live 2000 miles away), they have very little extra spending cash. I want to send my dad a giftcard to see a movie, but I'm not sure if he'll consider it to be a pity thing? [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm at 11:20 PM PST - 10 comments

"I'm here for the singing ladies, not the numbers stations."

I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap Prescription Glasses Relensing in Canada?

Is there somewhere cheap & reliable in Canada (online or by mail) where I can send my prescription glasses and sunglasses frames to be relensed in my own prescription? I have purchased some funky/vintage frames online and would like to have my prescription put in them but the local optical shops are charging $200+ and I just can't afford that for each pair of glasses (I have just purchased several pairs). I see there are some US-based sites (that probably ship overseas which is OK) but none seem to be available in Canada. Bonus if you can give me a personal recommendation. Thanks!
posted by 1000monkeys at 10:20 PM PST - 15 comments

What's a job that I can work for a month?

What kind of job can I do for a month in between traveling? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Vegetarian, quintessentially American fare in a very rudimentary kitchen?

I need ideas for vegetarian, quintessentially American fare that can be prepped in a very rudimentary kitchen. [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 10:14 PM PST - 28 comments

How does a US senior citizen deal with insurance and health care while living in Canada?

My 83-year-old mom is thinking of moving to BC to be near me, which I would love. She's a US citizen. (I'm a US citizen, too, but I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada) Does anyone know how my mother would deal with issues such as insurance and health care? I don't think she'll ever be eligible for health care in Canada, so she would have to have something to fall back on if/when she needs health care.
posted by otfence at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

My dogs are barking!

Help me take care of myself in a job that requires several miles of walking per day. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 9:34 PM PST - 54 comments

This little piggy went weeweeweeweeweeweewee after receiving a foot massage

Can you recommend a foot massage gadget that works a treat? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Baptism gift for a nine year old boy (from an atheist)?

Baptism gift for a nine-year-old boy (from an atheist)? [more inside]
posted by nuffsaid at 8:48 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I use rice vinegar for canning?

Using Rice Vinegar for canning pickles - can it be done safely with added citric acid or glacial acetic acid? Alternately, where can I find rice vinegar diluted to 5% and not 4.3%? [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking to relocate bees. Preferably without getting stung.

Apparently I have bees in my backyard and I would like to find them a new home. I've heard that beekeepers are sometimes on the lookout for hives, especially if they're easy to get at. But how do I find an interested beekeeper is the question.... [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Spartan, tech-oriented, late-twentyish couple seeks relocation!

Spartan, tech-oriented, late-twentyish couple seeks relocation! Where should we move? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 8:06 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me find a new sling backpack.

My sling/single-strap backpack is falling apart. Help me find a new one. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Best CI Recipes?

What are the best Cook's Illustrated recipes? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 7:49 PM PST - 81 comments

Aldi vs. Walmart (with a side of Trader Joes)

Does Aldi have any moral high ground on Wal-Mart? Do they both have the same flaws and virtues? Or is it something in between? [more inside]
posted by harnharn at 7:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Help with New England cruise

New England/Canada cruise. October. Never been on a cruise before. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my ISP slowing down YouTube?

Is my ISP purposefully slowing down YouTube/Google’s traffic? [more inside]
posted by mazniak at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a good cereal, but picky

Please recommend a low glycemic, high fiber, negligible sugar containing cereal that is oat and wheat free, and can be eaten cold. Kamut and spelt are OK. Recipes are OK too.
posted by blargerz at 7:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I buy Speculoospasta in the US?

Can I buy the unbelievably delicious Speculoospasta in the US? If so, where? Does anyone from Belgium export it?
posted by spiderskull at 7:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Escrows Gone Wild!

Magical Escrow! Why am I being charged so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Fear in the doctor's office

How do I deal with the fear of a painful medical test that I'm having in two weeks? The pain will be intense but short in duration, under 5 minutes. It's a simple procedure, done in the doctor's office, and afterwards I'll be able to do my normal activities and probably won't have any lingering sensations or discomfort. And yet, I'm having trouble summoning up the courage to go through with this, to the point where I'm becoming paralyzed with the fear. I would appreciate suggestions or anecdotes about how you overcame medical fear to do something you knew you had to do. [more inside]
posted by daikon at 6:44 PM PST - 48 comments

Oh tree.. you made a mess.

We have a rental property. We had a crazy storm. One of our trees lost a few limbs. It is a mess. The kind you can only clean up with a chain saw (which we don't own or need generally). Is the the landlord's responsibility or ours? I have already contacted our landlord, but haven't heard back yet.
posted by MayNicholas at 6:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Found Cat! What kind is it?? What Do we do with it?

Found this kitten in the Hollywood Hills this morning. What kind of cat is it? If we keep it, how might that impact the 2 females we already own? [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 6:24 PM PST - 22 comments

All my time in Sydney, or break it up?

It's my first time visiting Australia, and I have a week to spend. Should I spend it all in Sydney, or is it worth visiting another city / location as well? [more inside]
posted by armage at 6:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Best blog and news sites for web developers?

Are you a web developer who works with Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Apache, Linux, jQuery and so forth? What (professional) blogs and news sites do you read? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Slogging Revealed

Can you point me in the direction of materials that indicate how people who would be considered exemplary of their field schedule(d) their time? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a 36-40" long towel?

Where can I find a 36-40" long towel? [more inside]
posted by dithered at 5:59 PM PST - 9 comments

My Name is Cancelled

How was the My Name is Earl season four cliffhanger finale supposed to be resolved?
posted by Yakuman at 5:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Car Woes: They say Go to the Dealer

While my pretty well maintained 2000 Passat wagon would probably pass an emissions test it can't because the computer (ECU) is failing. My local euro car mechanic and two different smog techs have had the same results: car doesn't communicate with OBD. They all suggest I take it to the VW dealer. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

NYC - Seattle: how?

What's the best way to get from New York to Seattle without losing too much money (or my life) and possibly getting a great experience too? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:50 PM PST - 15 comments

My Wallets Going to Lose Some Weight...

I'm having a Canadian friend buy me an iPhone 4 in Canada (I'm in America.) How much is this going to cost? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Losing the lower gut

Will I ever lose this (decades-old) lower belly fat? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher at 4:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there an affordable bicycle helmet that won't make me look like a dick?

Is there an affordable bicycle helmet that won't make me look like a dick? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 4:42 PM PST - 48 comments

How do I set up a proxy server for China?

What's the best way to set up a proxy for surfing from China? We'll be moving next month to China and Mrs. arcticseal is concerned that she won't be able to satisfy her Facebook and Google addiction if they're blocked. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make 16/17 year olds into better presenters?

How do I make 16/17 year olds into better presenters? [more inside]
posted by alby at 4:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a notebook computer with very small pixels. How to search?

I want a laptop / notebook computer with very small pixels. How do I better articulate this, and more to the point, search for it? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I mail mp3s to Botswana?

Will I have problems sending copyrighted music to Botswana? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Out, damned spot!

What the heck are these little red spots on my walls? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

help me out, spongebob fans

Dumbest askme ever: Calling all SpongeBob and/or pop culture experts. There is an exchange between Spongebob and Patrick in the episode "A Day without Tears" that seems like a reference to something else, or an inside joke. I don't get it. [more inside]
posted by peep at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm so confused...

Does anyone know where I can find a bottle of Peychaud's bitters in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 3:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Best Way to Get Special Email Notifications on iPhone?

Is there a way to make certain emails appear as push notifications on the iPhone? Or, is there a way to easily enable/disable toggle a Gmail forwarding filter? [more inside]
posted by irv4oh at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a non-sketchy hearing aid experience out there?

You have hearing aids, didn't have to rob a bank to pay for them, and love your hearing instrument specialist like a sibling. You live in Los Angeles. Where the heck did you go to get so lucky? How do I do this so that I can be that lucky? [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Can he eat his cake and eat it too, cellphone-wise?

Can I cancel my Verizon Wireless contract (and pay the early termination fee) and then sign back up with a new contract to my existing family plan and still manage to keep my number? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you refer to developing countries

What terms should be used to refer to developing countries. "Developing countries?" "The Global South?" "Emerging Countries." They all feel problematic, so [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 2:44 PM PST - 41 comments

Oh brother

I'm 32. I have much younger siblings. My mother and I fight constantly about what I consider to be her lenient approach to their teenage mis-steps. Help me find peace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Cheap living in Arlington?

Is it possible to find a place to live in downtown Arlington, VA for $750 or under? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Hoping this is nothing serious

Cat issue: What's wrong with his lower jaw/gumline? Pic's inside. [more inside]
posted by nerhael at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

This printer is drivering me crazy

I am trying to make my mom's old Brother MFC-4300 printer/scanner/fax work with my Windows 7 machine, to no avail and with many headaches. I don't care about scan or fax; I just want to be able to print from the machine. [more inside]
posted by prior at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Can anybody else hear that?

Help me design a really frightening experience! [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse at 1:57 PM PST - 31 comments

Know a source for FileMaker Pro v6?

Anyone know of a source for copies of FileMaker Pro v6 for Mac 10.x? [more inside]
posted by tvjunkie at 1:47 PM PST - 0 comments

Repo'd cars in Austin

How do you find, examine, and buy repossessed cars in Austin, TX? Other suggestions for low-priced car buying also welcome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan our road trip from Ohio to Massachusetts please.

What interesting things should we stop at, or what interesting places should we stay at on the course of our roadtrip from Columbus, Ohio to Stockbridge, Massachusetts in mid-August? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Attack of the Killer(?) Tomatoes!

I'm growing several containers of tomatoes on my deck, and also... something else. Blue tomatoes!? Can anyone tell me what these are? (A few other photos: 1, 2, 3)
posted by graventy at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Superfluous Ne

Is ne superfluous before devoir in the french? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Financial Analysis

What are some key items to look at when analyizing financials for a potential tenant in a commerical building? [more inside]
posted by HollyAnn at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Fucking Nicknames, How Do They Work?

What are some musicians / other artists whose stage names contain single letters, as in Violent J or Jay-Z? Bonus points if we can get through the entire alphabet (or most of it).
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:17 PM PST - 76 comments

Seems like I've plateaued or something.

I've been depressed as long as I can remember. How do I know if I'm better? Am I being unrealistic about what "better" is? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

DietFilter: How do I balance food and heavy exercise while still losing weight?

Can you help me diet while remaining extra-active? I lost lots of weight with mild exercise but now that I've stepped things up, I'm stuck... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Oriole or not?

What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

I remember him being funny. And he told a good story. And there was a moustache.

I remember this storyteller comedian from the late eighties and early nineties. Who am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

I like 'MONSTER CUPCAKES' but I'm concerned about the Trade Descriptions Act

Help me name my two-bit cupcake business! [more inside]
posted by citands at 12:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Cincinnati to Boston, what should we see?

My best friend and I are taking a road trip from Cincinnati, Ohio to Boston, Massachusetts. What should we see? Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by LittleKnitting at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Heyyyy New Yorkers what's up?

Going to the city for a week! New York. Aug 12-17. Been there a bunch but I've always had money to blow. This time I'm broke. It's my birthday week and I'll be with a likewise broke grad student friend (who is a very recent transplant). Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Driving through the Swiss Alps

A few questions about driving through the Swiss Alps in a rented car. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Helping Dad after hip replacement

How to help family member after hip replacement? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for EPS or vector versions of Epcot logos

Looking for graphic designers who are Disneyphiles or folks who are close acquaintances with said fine folks. Skilled googlers might also apply. I'm trying to find vector/EPS versions of the original Epcot Future World attractions, i.e., these. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Moctezuma's punishment

Why are my feet so hot? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 11:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Macaroni and cheese in a waffle iron?

How would you go about making macaroni and cheese in the waffle iron? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 11:03 AM PST - 37 comments

Seeking good CBT therapist in/near Boston

Hi All, I'm looking for a CBT (cognitive behavioral) therapist in Boston. I'm interested in talking about relationships, my goals, my career, etc. I have a history of dysthymia/mild depression. My insurance is Harvard Pilgrim HMO. I'm open to other varieties of therapy around the CBT vein, dialectical behavioral therapy or whatever, as long as the person is good. If you have a suggestion of someone who doesn't take Harvard Pilgrim, or you don't know, please list them anyway. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I wake my dog up when it appears she's having a bad dream?

Should I wake my dog up when it appears she's having a bad dream? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 11:00 AM PST - 25 comments

The Constant Criticizer?

How constant should criticism actually be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 55 comments

Please help me find a way to find research

I need help finding research to inform research that I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 10:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Outlook 2003 displays html in place of graphics.

Outlook 2003 question: User receives an email with graphics (newsletters, etc,) and it looks just fine. When she clicks on "Forward" or "Reply", the quoted message message strips the graphics and displays raw html code in it's place. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

I am looking to buy a reasonably priced Windows 7 15" laptop for my parents. Any recommendations?

I am looking to buy a reasonably priced Windows 7 15" laptop for my parents. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 10:00 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I automatically alphabetize a list containing accented characters?

How do I automatically alphabetize a list of words that contains macrons (accented characters)? [more inside]
posted by lysimache at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel Short cut Question

Excelfilter: This may be a long shot, but..... Is there a quick way of formatting a table to group like records under a single heading? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments

What is this insect on my flower?

What is this insect sitting on my flower? There are four of them that I can see on the plant. I have a cat that goes in the backyard, can these infest him?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

What kind of hardware would I need to convert the top of my desk to an adjustable sit/stand?

I'm really intrigued by the idea of a variable height sit/stand desk, but for a couple reasons, I'm probably stuck with my current utterly inconspicuous, heavy wood composite desk. Fortunately, the top comes off, so I think I might be able to modify the desk so that I can raise/lower the top independently of the rest of the desk. What kind of hardware would I need, and where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

fall maine trip

fall in bar harbor/acadia: good idea? what to do? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to maximize world happiness as efficiently as possible.

How can I help the greatest number of people on the planet, by the greatest amount, per dollar? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 8:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Quitting social smoking.

If you were an occasional smoker and you quit, did you see any noticeable health benefits? [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade at 8:17 AM PST - 30 comments

What's the best time of year to sign long-term leases in Manhattan?

What's the best time of year to sign long-term leases in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by thelatermonths at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Java SE 6 for Mac Link Down

How do I get Java SE 6 on my Mac OS? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How to hire a lawyer and how much will it cost?

How much would I expect to pay to hire a lawyer to find out why a state trooper showed up to my old apartment (where I haven’t lived since 2004) looking for me? And does the fact that I have lived outside the US since 2005 complicate things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get excited about having kids

Help me understand the joy/value/satisfaction of having children [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 47 comments

Even the Seinfeld chain of Xs doesn't work

Sustained Motivation: I've searched but come up empty. Please hope me. The general answer to mood-related questions, both here and from therapy, is "keep track of your mood". I can't do that. I lose interest after a few days because "I"m fine now, that was a lot of huffle about nothing." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Reliable SIP-based GSM Gateway

What's a reliable SIP-based GSM Gateway for a VoIP system? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Autohotkey for International Financiers

Autohotkey Filter: How do I map ctrl-shift-4 to send the Great British Pound currency symbol to any application? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

O-K-L-A etc

I'm headed to Oklahoma City for a conference in September, and have a few days extra to explore. Seeking travel recommendations - details inside! [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Los Angeles Romance 101

Is romance alive and well in Los Angeles? Help me romance a queer girl in LA. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 7:14 AM PST - 10 comments

How to optimally manage general and customer-specific documentation using DreamWeaver CS3 and PHP?

How to optimally manage general and customer-specific documentation using DreamWeaver CS3 and PHP? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Have you tried neuromuscular dentistry?

Anyone have any experience with "neuromuscular dentistry"? Did it help your TMJ? If not, what did? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 6:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Bikram Yoga Question

I am considering Bikram Yoga for weight loss - Will you share your experience? [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix at 6:24 AM PST - 34 comments

How to go from "Nyan" to "Meow"?

How can I track down the English subtitles for a Japanese TV show? [more inside]
posted by etoile at 6:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Two Canadians and a tiny American crossing the border.

Do to a family medical emergency, my wife and I are probably going to be renting a car and driving from Philadelphia to Toronto tomorrow night. We are both Canadians living in the US on temporary NAFTA visas. Fun complication: Our daughter is four months old and is an American citizen with an American birth certificate. We haven't yet gotten her a passport or applied for her Canadian citizenship. Should we expect to have any difficulty crossing the border with her, in either direction? Is there anything we can get in the next 24 hours to make things go more smoothly?
posted by 256 at 6:06 AM PST - 19 comments

How does my company find a German native speaker in LA?

How does my company find a German native speaker in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by DanielZKlein at 5:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Waking up is easy, but getting up hurts soooo bad.

My legs murder me in the morning. Feet too, but that's been ongoing. What gives? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Finding old HMRC CD-Roms?

Are old HMRC CD-Roms archived, officially or unofficially, anywhere? [more inside]
posted by davemee at 5:14 AM PST - 4 comments

My Best Friend's Girl

How do I get with my best friend's girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 AM PST - 46 comments

was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film?

was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film @30fps? was/is that common practice? [more inside]
posted by yosh at 4:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a night away in Toronto. Recommendations, please!

I need a recommendation for a hotel room in downtown-ish Toronto, hopefully under $200-300, with a kickass view. For this Saturday night. [more inside]
posted by wennj at 4:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Computer screen blinking on and off

My secondary PC screen is blinking on and off when certain events occur. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 12:40 AM PST - 6 comments

July 28

Why doesn't this Just Work?

Snow Leopard DHCP Fun. I want to hook my NAS drive directly to the ethernet port on my Mac. I also want it to have a static IP. How do these things work out? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 11:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Owner's Rep

I am an (unlicensed) architect. Friend recently offered me a job as an owner's rep ("Do you want to sub out the expeditor and offer your services, including expediting, as an Owner's rep?") on a small renovation job. (I have the drawings) No contractor or expeditor yet. Asked me for a proposal/fee. I am not familiar with this term/position, responsibilities, duties, time, but know how to put a job together.....want to sound competent while I figure it out. Any advice on putting out some basic questions and eliciting info?
posted by ebesan at 11:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Help Solve a 50 Year Old Family Mystery!

Help me find a vintage shaving brush set issued by the US Navy circa 1948-1950! [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 11:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Cameron was hallucinating Team Rocket with Hobbes the whole time

I am looking for interesting essays about works of fiction that reinterpret them in ways that make them more interesting. The Ferris Beuller/Fight Club theory, Ash is in a coma for all of Pokemon essay and the famous Fight Club/Calvin and Hobbes essay. What are more of these? Is there a name for this kind of essay/theory?
posted by NoraReed at 9:36 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for house emptying service

Looking for New Jersey Estate Cleanout recommendations [more inside]
posted by plinth at 8:43 PM PST - 2 comments

A Range Hood Construction Question

I removed my range hood to replace it with a new one. The old range hood was duct taped to the duct which I guess carries the smoke from my cooking out the roof vent. The next day, the entire duct had fallen down onto the new stove. I pushed it up and braced it in its hole but now I need to put the new range hood on. Does anyone know how the duct work is supposed to be attached to the vent on the roof? I could duct tape it to the new hood then bolt the hood in place but that doesn't seem right. Some construction help please... Thanks.
posted by MsKim at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How do Airport body scanners work?

At one airport, the scanner always beeps if I pass through without removing my shoes. The same scanner lets my colleague pass without removing shoes. At another airport, our roles are reversed. The colleague has to remove shoes because the scanner beeps, while I pass through without any problems. Both scanners (at different airports within Australia) are the gated type, not the enclosed-chamber sorts. What is going on?
posted by vidur at 7:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there

I'm living in a new city for only a few months. Help me stay entertained or otherwise keep myself busy during my alone time, by staying in and getting off the computer. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 7:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Seeking hotel cryptographer

I'm staying in an Embassy Suites hotel in Chicago this week. Today, I returned to the hotel to see that on three of the lower floors, each room had a stack of exactly two identical chairs placed outside the door. This struck me as really odd. What does it mean? Is it some kind of code for housekeeping or management? Photo here for reference.
posted by AngerBoy at 7:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Running in East Williamsburg/Bushwick Brooklyn?

Running in East Williamsburg/Bushwick Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

I'll name that tune in....

TV Show Filter: Last nights (July 27) episode of Memphis Beat on TNT, right at the start Jason Lee (Dwight), DJ Qualls (Davey) and the rest of their drinking buddies were in a bar. Davey starting singing to a blues number on the juke box and the rest of them joined in - what was that song that was playing? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 7:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What's in a name? Some MX records, email headers, cat pictures.

I need a better domain name for personal and professional email, and perhaps as a landing page for people to find me on the internet. The problem is that I have an extremely generic name and all the usual suspects are taken. Please suggest or help me find something distinct and foolproof for email. [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 7:04 PM PST - 43 comments

Help me stay on top of email threads

I stay on top of my tasks/projects pretty well, except in one case: when the project needs a reply to an email to move forward and I don't get a reply. Is there a simple way for me to address this? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 6:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Detecting the metal detectors on the Oregon coast

Which Oregon coast beaches are especially popular for metal detecting? [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Job hopping vs compelling reasons to leave a job

How does this really look to hiring managers? [more inside]
posted by amylicious at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How to mail my possessions across the US?

I have a bunch of boxes. I want to ship them across the country and pick them up at the post office on the other end. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Searching for Oscar de la Renta

ImageFilter: I'm looking for a specific photo of Oscar de la Renta on a beach in his bathing suit. I've tried several searches, but I'm bombarded with photos of his clothes. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I originally saw the photo on a show like Entertainment Tonight. Thanks!!
posted by msmanners at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Logical Phallic Symbol

I'd like to familiarize myself better with logical fallacies, but every guide I've come across is too technical. Are there any sources with plain-spoken, relatable language out there?
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

There are no tsetse flies in my country, so why am I so sleepy?

Why do I wake up feeling tired, and stay tired for several hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 25 comments

How do you look for an hire a "manny" in Westchester, NY?

We need a new nanny, and I have two high-energy, high intelligence (G&T) boys. I'm thinking a manny might be the answer, but there are none on the typical sites like sittercity and craigslist. Any suggestions? Things to consider?
posted by digitalprimate at 6:12 PM PST - 11 comments

8 Month Old Wakes Too Easily

My 8 month old daughter is a light sleeper. How can I help her sleep more soundly? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Interesting things to do, see, or MeFi folks to meet up with in Edinburgh

Looking for suggestions for things to do in or around Edinburgh, Scotland or any interesting MeFi folks up for a meetup this week or weekend? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 5:52 PM PST - 18 comments

I have a need...a need...FOR SPEED

Tell me everything you know about rally racing. [more inside]
posted by contessa at 5:50 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents?

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents? (Said documents are currently PDFs.) [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 5:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Strong Bakers Question

What is "Strong Bakers Flour"? I'm in Canada. I'm a baker. I understand that this flour is higher in protein, but the bags never specify what the protein content is. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 5:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Daughter saw a dead guy

My three-year-old daughter just saw a dead guy. On our way to daycare we discovered a man who had apparently jumped from the top of our apartment building and died. Clearly dead, blue face, blood coming out of ear, but nothing "gory" per se. She only saw him for a second before I turned her away, but it clearly freaked her out a little. I tried to tell her he was just playing, but it's hard to tell what her inner reactions are. I brought her to daycare because I had little choice, and she seemed surprised or confused, like she had seen something she knew was Not Good but had no further understanding of. How can I help her avoid being adversely affected by this?
posted by zachawry at 5:41 PM PST - 41 comments

How can I make myself more competive as an applicant in the Library profession?

I am about to enter my Master of Library & Information Science and I am curious to know which areas are of most value when it comes to employment in Library & Information Sciences? Which ones will make me more competitive in the current (Canadian) job market? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 at 4:51 PM PST - 18 comments

My car is lurching

Why is my car engine surging only on hot (above 90) days? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

what's a normal bedtime?

Parents, what bedtimes do you set for your kids, at what ages? Do you have strong routines, how strict are you, what are your special occasion exceptions?
posted by wilful at 4:44 PM PST - 39 comments

Organize my story!

Organize my story! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Technical Trainer Job Interview Help

Help me with what I should expect from a technical trainer job interview. [more inside]
posted by white_devil at 3:38 PM PST - 7 comments

help me not sound completely stupid.

Rosetta-style programs for brushing-up on Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:57 PM PST - 7 comments

When you're too old for a single box of candles

A friend recently had a birthday, but because of her age, they couldn't really fit enough candles on the cake without it becoming absurd, so they represented her age by using the number of candles in the digits of her age—a group of five on the left, three on the right for 53. Is there a name for that kind of representation of a number?
posted by Toekneesan at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

We're gonna lean this ladder up against the water tower

Help me find more great songs about water towers. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 2:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Broken hearted, don't know whether to wait

A couple of months ago I started dating a wonderful guy. We have a lot of things in common, have great conversations and great chemistry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 34 comments

I am a nonentity. It is very distressing.

I am a nonentity. It is very distressing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Can't anyone here last for more than a few minutes?

I've seen a couple Askmes for good, short podcasts. I want long ones. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 2:19 PM PST - 49 comments

Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...

I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 1:56 PM PST - 65 comments

These numbers, they vibrate?

How do I become a stats and data whiz? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 1:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Resume service?

My resume is a bit of a dud. Help! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Fifty First Dates. (OK, more like three.)

What should I say on a first date? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalian at 1:38 PM PST - 41 comments

What movies inspired you as a youngster?

Seeking suggestions for inspirational short films or videos appropriate for teens. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking awkward without being awkward...

I make awkward faces when I sing and when I'm having my photo taken. How do I not? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

hexagon strategy game on 360?

There's some game on the 360 that exists or was in development at some point in the past year that is a strategy game using hexagon shaped "towers" of land as a board. I think it was turnbased and used words (but not sure about the words part - but I think it involved a scrabble like setup) Somehow you would "stomp" the hexagon shaped towers and they would slowly lower until a certain point then they would fall making the play area smaller. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by symbioid at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Straighten Up and Fly Right

What is the meaning of the lyrics in Nat King Cole's "Straighten up and fly right?" [more inside]
posted by binturong at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

simple list of This American Life episode titles?

Where can I find a simple list of This American Life episode titles? [more inside]
posted by czytm at 1:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Old License Plates

What are some creative ways to reuse old license plates? [more inside]
posted by Bistle at 1:04 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm in my own personal Groundhog Day. Help.

How can I organize my life when I have no deadlines at all? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How to teach a kid to write b's and d's correctly?

How to teach a kid to write b's and d's correctly? Tips, mnemonics, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 12:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Why am I sad when I learn if a girl I like has had more sex than me?

Why am I overcome with feelings of disappointment when I learn that a girl that I like has had a higher number of sexual partners than me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me be an excellent grade 4 teacher and stay sane while doing so!

Help me be an excellent grade 4 teacher and stay sane while doing so! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 11:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Gifts for the Tall

What are some awesome non-clothing gifts for very tall people? [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 11:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me figure out who hit my car this morning

Seattle long-shot filter: this morning I was in a hit and run accident with a van (the van was the hitter and runner, not me). The van was from a van service company that I've seen around, but I don't know the name. I'd like to try to figure this out before I call my insurance company. Metafilter detectives, please help me get some justice! Details about the van inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 11:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Whose Bus Should We Ride?

My husband and I really want to go to China, this fall or next fall. All of our Chinese friends strongly recommend that we take a tour, rather than just do it on our own as we normally do. But -- which tour company should we use? Who is reputable, affordable, and won't pack us in with a mob of 40-50?
posted by bearwife at 11:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Calling all generic folder names!

Web developers: What are good generic/catch-all directory names? I'm doing a migration and I have to dump a bunch of old files and some apps in a directory and I was wondering what people use instead of "misc" "files" "apps" etc.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 11:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Where are some cool art galleries in Barcelona?

Where are some cool art galleries in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't knock it till you try it...

How can one brink the delishiousness of pork roll to Australia? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

What website can find unique travel desitations that don't include huge resorts?

Looking to arrange a vacation getaway that does not entail Club Med style huge pampered resorts, rather have a tiny cottage with local feel and flavor. All major travel sites that I know can't arrange this, are there any websites that do? [more inside]
posted by ozreiuosn at 10:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Is my 20-month-old linguistically delayed or am I paranoid?

Internet people that are not doctors, am I being overly anxious about my toddler's lack of speech? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:46 AM PST - 41 comments

Advice for a nervous and inexperienced adult driver?

I'm 23 years old and I can count on one hand the number of times I've been behind the wheel of a car. I've been fortunate enough to live my whole life in a city with really good public transportation (Portland) and I have my learner's permit, but I'm not at a point in my life where not being able to drive is becoming a problem. What's the best way to start solving this problem? I don't have easy access to a car to practice - is signing up for a class worth it? What are some things to look for in a driving class?
posted by anonymous at 10:41 AM PST - 28 comments

What be a pirate's favourite novel?

I'm looking for suggestions for novels and short stories about piracy, with some specifications. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Pricing for 20 photos?

My university (that I just graduated from) wants to purchase something like 20 of my photos to use for a new brochure they're making and also for the website. I have a good relationship with them and don't want to be a jerk overcharging them, and while I've sold photos to publications before at a fairly standard price of $150 for a limited use quater-page print, I think doing that for 20 photos might be much, especially since a lot of these are just photos I took during school and I haven't gone through the usual process of getting model releases for any of my fellow students. Anyway, just wondering if anyone has sold photos in "bulk" like this before and what might be a good price to charge.
posted by lou at 10:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Getting from Bala, Ontario to Pearson International Airport in Toronto?

Getting from Bala, Ontario to Pearson International Airport in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get over past wrongs?

How do I get over past wrongs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

How do you roll-up sleeves?

How do you roll up your sleeves cleanly so it looks like a look rather than just a busy day at work? Especially on a shirt with fairly tight sleeves already.
posted by smackfu at 10:05 AM PST - 22 comments

Amazon pumped, primed, and ready to shop!

Free Amazon Prime membership? Excellent! But what should I be buying? (I've seen this question, but most of those suggestions are baby-related, and it's just me and my gentleman companion in this case.) [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 9:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Should non-commission job have commission pay?

Asking for a friend: Said friend switched positions at his company from a commission-based position to a non-commission based position, but they are not increasing his wages to match those of the others in his department. What are his options? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 9:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Gmail to Gmail

What is the easiest and best way to back up my Gmail account and import the old mail into a Gmail account? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 9:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Pennies are cheap, but tacos can be expensive

How many pennies fit in a 1 lb coffee can? [more inside]
posted by annaramma at 9:33 AM PST - 68 comments

Santa Cruz Jobs?

So I'm thinking of moving to Santa Cruz, CA. Anyone live out there? Anyone know where I could find a job? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Verge at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me while away my early 20s

Graduating from college in 9 months. Willing to travel anywhere, do (almost) anything. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Investment adivce for a 39 y/o clueless guy!

Financial moron w/kids and no investments needs to think about the future. Help needed, I don't know where to start! (mess described inside). [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 9:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Some books are more equal than others

Recommend me titles that will get me to love literature again. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:10 AM PST - 68 comments

How do I go about getting a promotion?

How do I go about getting a promotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Alas, Where?

Where is Alas, Babylon? (1960, Playhouse 90) [more inside]
posted by galadriel at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Ideas for cheap, mobile furniture?

Furniture ideas for the perpetually mobile. For better or for worse, I've been changing living spaces about every six months. I'm sick of lugging furniture but don't want to live completely out of boxes. What are your ideas for cheap, compact, very mobile solutions for (at least) a desk, dresser, and full-size bedframe that doesn't require a box spring? Bonus points for book storage ideas and organizational pieces. Real furniture or makeshift (i.e. tupperware bins) OK. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 8:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me create an innovate computer music workstation stand

Calling ingenious diy'ers ergonomic tweakers and musos. Help me create an innovate computer music workstation where things like laptop, touchpad, trackball, music midi controllers are held at different angles and heights. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Anyway I can get a spare ignition key for my Ranger for less than $140?

A couple of months ago I bought a used 2007 Ford Ranger. I love the truck but it only came with one key. When I went to the local Ford dealer to see about getting a spare key made, they quoted me a price around $140 because it has the Ford SecuriLock chip built into it. That's a lot of money for a spare key, so I had a spare key made at a hardware store that will let me into the truck in case I lock my key in the cab, but if I would happen to lose my key, I'll be screwed. Is there anyway I can get a spare key from somewhere and program it to work in my truck's ignition without spending $140?
posted by Dr.Rhetoric at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Advice for a broke young adult with mental health issues?

How would you advise or help out a very broke young adult who needs assistance with mental health issues? I don't know how to effectively manage my mental health issues as an independent young adult... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

A friend distributed my awful resume. Now what?

I sent a possibly-horrible resume to an influential friend, who graciously passed it along. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I transport a ping pong table on top of a minivan?

Can I transport a ping pong table on top of a minivan? [more inside]
posted by landlubber at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting

The flow from our (two-handled American Standard) kitchen sink faucet has recently changed slightly but annoyingly - when I turn on the water, it kind of tapers on, and similarly when I turn the water off, it tapers off, taking several seconds to completely stop flowing. This happens exactly the same for the hot and cold water taps, so I don't think there's a problem in the valves under the handles. The sprayer still works, though the switching of water to the sprayer and back when you press its handle is lagged as when you turn the water on and off. Any ideas what could be causing this problem?
posted by aught at 8:16 AM PST - 5 comments

email/task management-elderly

Best email and task management to communicate and track medication schedule of elderly mother. [more inside]
posted by jcbach at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to learn everything there is to know about exporting products to the United States from Europe

I want to learn everything there is to know about exporting products to the United States from Europe. More specifically, agricultural products. Not necessarily meat but canned goods, gourmet products, dry goods etc. My goal is to help producers and distributors by becoming an expert in the process and offering my service (management of forms, regulations, legal compliance) for a fee. I will be doing lots of googling of course but any specific help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by postergeist at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Oil Change or No?

How soon do I need an oil change after a very long highway trip? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson at 7:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Car stereo mysterious goes silent

While driving into work yesterday, the stereo in my car mysteriously stopped working. I was listening to NPR, then ... nothing ... just silence. Help me troubleshoot this problem, or suggest a solution for getting it fixed. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 7:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California?

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 7:11 AM PST - 18 comments

What goes in a 'work from remote' plan?

Talking with my boss about working remote and he wants me to put together a plan/proposal for working remote. What should go in it? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Windows 7 to XP for Printer Connection

I need advice in how to setup a wireless connection to a printer from a computer using Windows 7 through a computer using XP. [more inside]
posted by NinaLee at 6:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Am I infinitely tall?

The British coast has infinite length. Doesn't everything? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 6:44 AM PST - 41 comments

Home automation for fun

Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance at 6:26 AM PST - 2 comments

At Least He's Only Displaying ONE Aspect of the MacDonald Triad...

EnuresisFilter: has anyone successfully used a bedwetting alarm with their kindergarten-aged kid? We need some tips before our household grows even more tired, crabby and stinky! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 6:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me pick a tour company

Although I am a grizzled old creature, I wish to go rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and I would like to know if anyone has a recommendation of a river rafting tour company that they have found to be particular good or particularly bad.
posted by grizzled at 5:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Do me a favor and wait to die until we're on the same continent.

Should I lose sleep over my friend's adventure plans? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 4:34 AM PST - 42 comments

How do you make Victorian white look less pink?

We are in the midst of a kitchen renovation project, and our cabinets arrived. We ordered victorian white, which looked off white in the showroom, but now that it's in our kitchen the cabinets have a pinkish hue. Pink was not what we were looking for. We're doing absolute black honed granite counter tops, and are trying to decide on what color to paint the room and ideas for the backsplash. Here's a link to a picture of the cabinets. The question: how can we subdue, or neutralize the pinkish hue?
posted by teddyb109 at 3:54 AM PST - 14 comments

What's in a name?

The new ".co" domain suffix—is it hype, or is it as big as everyone is making it out to be? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 12:53 AM PST - 24 comments

What is this old flash cartoon about a spy/detective?

Looking for an old, old flash cartoon. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew at 12:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I pay extra for Shell gasoline?

How much to gasoline detergents matter? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 12:02 AM PST - 13 comments

July 27

The court says I can but the credit union says I can't

How best approach an uncooperative credit union to retrieve the items from my deceased mother's safe-deposit box? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 11:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Tattling during an audit

My department is being audited (by an external company) on a project I spend the majority of my time doing. There are numerous problems with the project. I need advice on how to handle myself in a meeting where I may feel like I am tattling on others. [more inside]
posted by soelo at 11:01 PM PST - 8 comments

The Eagle? Hawk? Falcon? Has Landed

Name that bird of prey! (Photo #1, Photo #2). Seen today in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, near the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains (Hollywood Hills).
posted by Asparagirl at 10:05 PM PST - 18 comments

How bad is the 2010 job market?

I have had 3 job interviews in the last 2 months but have received no offer? Is this regular for this market or do I have issues with my interviewing skills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Please help! I can't MMS a picture from my Blackberry

How do I unlock pictures on my blackberry curve? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 9:54 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I tighten up an XM Skydock in the cigarette lighter?

My XM Skydock connects to the cigarette lighter for power. It is top heavy and the connection is loose. It flops all over the place. Is there a way to tighten this up so it won't move?
posted by Jandasmo at 9:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Computer Homework :(

Can you help me, helpful Java-knowers of the land?? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 8:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommend a new laptop?

It's time to buy a new laptop. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 8:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Hurts Like the Dickens

How do I read and comprehend older literature? [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 8:36 PM PST - 30 comments

Where should I do my pharmacy school pre-reqs

Question about choosing a school at which to complete pharmacy school pre-reqs. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What's breaking the water mains in Washington, DC?

Are water mains more likely to break in the middle of summer? There have been many water main breaks in the DC area lately. [more inside]
posted by LightStruk at 7:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Has my toddler been damaged by forcible foreskin retraction?

My uncircumsized two-year-old's pediatrician forcibly retracted his foreskin today. My son is now experiencing pain and swelling. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by mudlark at 7:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Ew. Contagious eye boogers.

My doggie has pink eye. Can anyone recommend a good Philadelphia vet who could probably see her quickly? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Chug-a-lug, Donna.

Help me find instrumental songs in that slow dreamy drunken slow-rock style like "The Pink Room". Examples within. [more inside]
posted by komara at 7:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Vet Misdiagnosis - Refund?

I recently took my cat to an emergency vet over a weekend. I was initially pleased with the care he got, not so much afterwards, and was obviously expecting it to be a little pricey. Well, it certainly was, especially emotionally. (more on that inside) In a fit of emotion/rage I wrote them a letter expressing how upset I was with them and demanding some of my money back. So now... how do I follow up? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 6:33 PM PST - 32 comments

Where should I live in Phoenix, AZ?

Where should I live in Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 6:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Rights re: Proceedings of the House of Representatives

"Proceedings of the House of Representatives, including any recording of such proceedings, may not be used for any political purpose or in any commercial advertisement, and may not be broadcast with commercial sponsorship except as part of a bona fide news program or public affairs documentary program," according to houselive.gov. Why and how would or could this possibly be?!
posted by finite at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How to become "repulsed" by junk food?

How to become "repulsed" by junk food? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 6:00 PM PST - 54 comments

"Blaze of Glory" guitar opening

I really like the guitar style in the openings of BonJovi's "blaze of glory" and "wanted" songs. I want to listen to more music in this style. What kind of "county"-ish music are those guitar riffs? [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 5:49 PM PST - 12 comments

What's your favorite old reliable recipe?

What are you favorite reliable go-to recipes for everyday dinners? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 5:39 PM PST - 62 comments

I need some time to figure out me before I find him

I came of age during this whole internet dating phenomenon and I think it’s caused more problems for me than I’d like. I’m addicted to it. One relationship ends/gets rocky/doesn’t fulfill me in some way and I’m dusting off the profile and jumping back in. I want to stop this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

I need help on how to deal with (i.e., break up with) my girlfriend with mental health issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Hairweaves like Europeans

There was a quiz site, very similar to All Look Same, where one had to guess which European country someone was from by their photograph. Any idea what this was?
posted by mippy at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

TV sound problem

What's up with the sound on my TV? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 4:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Educate me on education

How do I educate myself on my children's education and make good choices? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Do companies "forget" discounts on purpose?

Do phone companies, and other companies, "forget" on purpose to give you a promised discount? And is this legal? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 4:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Two young midwest artists trying to move! Portland VS Seattle

Boyfriend and I have been in the midwest our whole lives and are looking to make a move to the Pacific Northwest at the end of October. Our lease is up and we will be out of work one way or another- so we might as well move then. Background info- we are both graduated artists in our early 20s, love music, nature, being outdoors and a part of our community. We are mainly looking for an active, younger, art-scene. We both want to continue to practice our art, and want a community to support that, and to keep us motivated. We are going out to visit both cities at the end of August (27th to 31st), and will make another trip later to find an apartment- and then move Oct 31st. [more inside]
posted by bleedfoot at 3:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Help, we're breeding super-fleas!

Frontline applications seem to have suddenly stopped working on our cats. Help, before I'm eaten alive by fleas! [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 3:48 PM PST - 29 comments

HTC EVO Update Root

How do I root my HTC EVO phone, now that it is legal, when I have the first update. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 3:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Gradual leak between second and first floors - any ideas?

Verrrrryyyy slooooowwwwly accruing water damage on our first floor ceiling. What gives? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Wordpress help: Using Suffusion theme, navigation bar not working in Internet Explorer.

Wordpress help: Using Suffusion theme, navigation bar not working in Internet Explorer. The top-level item, set as a tab, is working. All the items beneath it are not. This is working fine in Chrome. What gives?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Music software for the uninitiated

Posting for the boyfriend: What software program will allow me to create beautiful music with just a keyboard? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

I swear my parents never worried about this stuff.

Please help me decide if I should force my son to go on a camp sleep-over. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:33 PM PST - 69 comments

Recess incognito?

If I had say, three months salary ($6500), and time on my side what are some countries I (an American, 30) could go live inexpensively for six months or longer and go native?
posted by parmanparman at 2:24 PM PST - 27 comments

Fabulous Muscles (Mama Black Widow Version)

How do skinny, shy people get jacked? (and on finding a gym in DC) [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 2:23 PM PST - 21 comments

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger.

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Wireless internet radio without turning on laptop?

New to the concept of internet radio and would like some guidance please. [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 2:18 PM PST - 8 comments

SharePoint 2007: How to disable filtering and sorting in column header

SharePoint 2007: How can I disable filtering and sorting in column header of one column, while keeping it enabled for other columns? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 2:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Las Vegas show tickets - where to get the best discounts?

What's the best way to save money on tickets to Las Vegas shows? Discount ticket websites, physical shops that sell tickets to many venues, going early to the venue in question, or something else? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I park overnight in Baltimore for cheap?

Overnight parking garage. Baltimore Inner Harbor. Cheap. Any recommendations? (willing to ride a bus!) [more inside]
posted by chickencoop at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Well, we're boned.

I'm looking for a particular story/plot device used in Toy Story 3. Minor Toy Story 3 spoiler inside, with references to a few other non-recent films. [more inside]
posted by snapped at 1:31 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking For Death Game or Something Similar

NameThatBookFilter: Serial killer preys on girls, scatters bones in different states. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Are ATM receipts just paper placebos?

You know those receipts that people get out of ATMs/Cash machines? In what situation would one of those receipts actually be useful? [more inside]
posted by memebake at 1:23 PM PST - 41 comments

There's still room at the inn

I just learned my cousin has legally switched from a female name to a male name. I also have learned that my cousin is moving away from the family home, ending up closer to where I live. Would it be invasive if I ... [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Salvage This Cherry Syrup!

What can I do with a pint of cherry juice concentrate? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 11:53 AM PST - 27 comments


The spacebar on my laptop is messed up. My question is similar to this question. Only different. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 11:38 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I wear colored men's shoes?

How do I match brightly-colored casual men's shoes with various outfits? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the best way to ruin someone's wedding plans?

Yes, sure I'll play piano at your wedding. But now it's a week before the wedding and changes have been made that I'm not musically capable of handling! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 11:15 AM PST - 43 comments

I want to look like a dyke, not a teenage boy.

It's time for everyone's favorite game: Dress the Dyke! I seriously need help not looking like a teenage boy. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 11:14 AM PST - 21 comments

It's a boy!

My sister found out yesterday that she's having a boy. I'd like to send her some baby stuff and some boy-specific stuff, but I need the hive mind's help. [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 11:11 AM PST - 47 comments

Upbeat playlist for a cool executive crowd

Help me build a cool, upbeat playlist for a business event. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Scotch tape was not named after Scotch whisky

I'd like to know more about the Scotch that's are sitting on my desk right now. Beyond "oh this is peaty!" I'm interested in background information and historical yarns. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 11:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Boyfriend's a hero, I'm grossed out.

This is one of those questions where I really don't know if I have something wrong with me or not. My boyfriend, who I've been dating about five months and totally adore, very recently saved a woman's life. I think it's crazy and obviously I'm incredibly proud of him. The negative, if it can be called that, is the fact that his sister called one of the newspapers in town and he agreed to do an interview. For some reason, I don't like that; I feel that when you do charitable acts or heroic acts, you should keep it to yourself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 79 comments

Need advice in accident compensation situation

Was hit by a truck whilst riding on my bike at night. Didn't have my light on. There is talk of compensation/suing. Need some advice...(slightly long story) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 25 comments

Recommendations for sex books? Like Kama Sutra, only better.

I'd like to purchase a book of sex positions as a gift for my partner (well, for both of us...) Our sex life is good, but we'd like some new ideas. We're both pretty vanilla and not into kinks. The book would be used in the heat of the moment, so big, comprehensible pictures would be essential (as opposed to lots of text you have to figure out while your mind and body are otherwise occupied). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Create a list from multiple green answers

I've favorited xx number of questions on the green. The majority of the answers are book titles and or authors. I would like to create a compilation list from all the threads. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

DC Comics graphic novels

I want to get educated on a number of DC Comics characters by reading easily available graphic novels and trade paperbacks. What should I read? (Characters and caveats inside). [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

He doesn't land on his feet

Can you help me figure out what's wrong with my dear cat? These symptoms seem to have presented abruptly: We spent a three-day weekend away, leaving plenty of food and water (and the (clean) toilet open). Came home, there were a few scraps in the food dish and the water bowls were halfway down. The other two cats were fine (irritable, but fine). Fat Boy, my 16-y/o tabby, was having trouble keeping his balance. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 10:27 AM PST - 35 comments

What's the best way to learn about Seattle neighborhoods?

What's the best way to learn about Seattle neighborhoods for someone moving there? [more inside]
posted by amery at 10:18 AM PST - 12 comments

How to Handle Weight With Tact?

If you have been obese, how do you prefer friends and acquaintances to approach the issue of weight and size when it comes up? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 10:16 AM PST - 28 comments

I need an 8 mic-preamp, cheap.

Best 8-mic preamp to be used with a Korg D888 digital HD recorder? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

All dressed up and no where to go...

Fun things to do in Tampa? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 10:06 AM PST - 23 comments

iPhone 4 Case

Looking for an iPhone 4 case..I need your help! [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Pan handeling and homelessness affects on youth and our communities

Sociology and Homeless Filter: Looking for research on how a cities policies on pan handeling and homelessness affect youth culture, but also some general thoughts on wether or not pan handeling should be allowed from a perspective of love and support. [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Indoor hamster wheel?

Cambridge/Boston MeFi runners: where can I run on an indoor track in the winter? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

What's in a Game?

I've heard it said that when children are playing, they're learning. So what is that they're learning when they're Gaming? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 9:32 AM PST - 41 comments

How do you handle paperwork?

Modern life brings with itself a flood of bills and letters and forms sent to us by utilities, banks, the government, etc. Some of them can be thrown away, others should really be shredded to prevent identity theft, yet others need to be retained for months and years. What do you do with yours? Do you have a filing system? Do you have a box or corner or bottomless pit you put all your paperwork into? Do you deal with it in batches or as soon as it arrives? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 9:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Fallacy of Semantic Assumption

What kind of a logical fallacy is this? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 9:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Were there safehouses for kids marked by blue handprints in the 80s?

Was there a system in the early 80s where kids who needed help were encouraged to go to any house with a blue handprint in the window? [more inside]
posted by samph at 9:15 AM PST - 39 comments

Serif fonts in scientific graphs

Thesis font question: do I use the same font for the text body and graphs? Any serif-favorites beyond Times New Roman? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 9:02 AM PST - 17 comments

Lost a blank check

If someone steals a blank personal check from me, and forges my signature to cash it, and for whatever reason it clears my bank -- am I liable for the amount? (No, I don't know the check # and thus can't stop it -- long story.)
posted by LonnieK at 8:36 AM PST - 16 comments

*NIXing Malware

What antivirus software should I run on a large Debian web server? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

The Right Tool For the Job?

Is an intranet wiki the right solution for my organization? The primary goal is to keep our Policy and Procedure manual up-to-date and easily search-able [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rosswald at 7:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Gel-filled hacky sacks?

Help me find a gel-filled ball which I think may be a hacky sack? [more inside]
posted by Dysk at 7:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Past History

Is there a service that will for a fee, pull up your entire arrest history and speeding tickets history or any other background info? I need one that pull the most comprehensive history for someones past. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:36 AM PST - 15 comments

please help me not look like a bag lady!

Fashionistas, please help! I need a good looking bag, but (here comes giant snowflake) it has to be on wheels. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 7:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Her Permanant Record: Why did the LOC Know Her Real Name?

On last night's History Detectives, they were tracking down the real author and backstory of Diana: A Strange Autobiography (1939). During that investigation, Tukufu Zuberi went to the Library of Congress (paper) Card Catalog, and a slightly altered version of the author's real name was listed there after the published author's name. This leads me to several questions about LOC cataloging c. 1939: [more inside]
posted by julen at 7:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me kickstart my Kickstarter project!

I need ideas to kickstart my Kickstarter project. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Block internet on ubuntu

Is there a program like SelfControl for ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

umm.. do I know you?

I occasionally pick up Twitter followers that appear to be bogus accounts (e.g. today's follower has stats of 1 tweet, following 640 people, 0 followers). What's up with these accounts? What's the motivation behind them? What are people trying to accomplish?
posted by swngnmonk at 7:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me create a concise motto on science.

Yet-another-latin-translation-filter: Help me create a concise motto on science. [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 6:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How to put in a word that you want your boss' job after they quit?

Boss gave notice. I want the job. How to apply for it when the body isn't even cold yet? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 6:50 AM PST - 19 comments


I might arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport at 2:30am. The United ticket counter doesn't open 'til 4:30 am. Good idea? Bad idea? Bueller? (more beyond the fold) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 6:49 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London?

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London? You know, like posing with the Queen's guards, taking a ride in the Eye, and eating fish and chips.
posted by nitsuj at 6:28 AM PST - 41 comments

Looking for handwritten fonts similar to these...

Looking for handwritten fonts similar to these... Example 1 Example 2
posted by FuckingAwesome at 3:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Moving my screen print studio to Las Vegas for a few days. How?

How do I cheaply get my screen printing setup to Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat at 12:34 AM PST - 8 comments

July 26

Solar panel sucks power??

I have a mini solar-panel (it's about 2sf) and claims to good for about 75w. In full sunlight it outputs about 19v. Of course when the light fades, the output voltage drops. There doesn't seem to be any 'electronics' built in - it just the silicon panels and output wires (with a female car charger socket soldered on actually). I want to use it to charge a mobile phone and laptop. But ... what seems to happen (with the laptop) is that is actually drains the battery somehow. [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 10:55 PM PST - 10 comments

I lost my battery cover on my apple wireless bluetooth keyboard. Can I order a replacement?

I lost my battery cover on my apple wireless bluetooth keyboard. Can I order a replacement? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

The Transformer Scratch

On vacation. Got a rental car. Car was struck by someone or something while it was parked. Didn't get any accidental damage insurance. What now? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 9:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Need more songs like Rad Moves!

What non-kid music inspired this Backyardigans song? [more inside]
posted by hammurderer at 8:48 PM PST - 9 comments

What is a good photography portfolio tool?

Photography self-publishing platforms: what are my options? [more inside]
posted by olya at 8:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Poorly Installed Rim Tape Or Just Bad Luck?

I paid a bicycle shop to install a new rear wheel on my bicycle. A little over a week later I have suffered through 3 flats and 4 punctured tubes. I have since learned of the importance of rim tape and noticed that the rim tape on my new wheel exposes many spoke holes. Was the rim tape poorly installed or is it just my bad luck that the rim tape got smooshed over? [more inside]
posted by odacrem at 7:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Make me go from a zero to hero in his life..

I live in Philadelphia. This weekend, I met a guy in Washington DC through a mutual friend. The guy was digging me as the night went on, but he was drunk and we were hanging out with a bunch of friends. Nothing happened. I left for home. How can I see if there is possibly something more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Where's the Modern Hermit headed?

Looking for a place in the middle of nowhere with a big black horse and a cherry tree... [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 7:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Allocate my 401k!

First job out of college. How should I allocate my 401k? [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 7:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I take this trip with my ex?

Traveling with the ex...good idea or bad? I just broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years, and unfortunately we have a trip planned to Europe in 6 weeks. We broke up on relatively good terms, and we're talking about counseling to try to work things out. In the meantime, I'd like the hive mind's opinion about whether it's a terrible idea to go ahead with our planned vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 36 comments

Should I get an arrest without charges expunged?

Will an arrest and detention without charges turn up in a records search in California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Greek philosopher that hated writing?

What Greek philosopher hated writing because he believed it crippled the memory? [more inside]
posted by monguin61 at 7:09 PM PST - 18 comments

That exhibit ended WHEN?

I'm tired of missing traveling museum exhibits. Are there any sites out there which aggregate museum exhibit start and end dates, preferably searchable by location? [more inside]
posted by usonian at 6:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Beach volleyball tips for beginners

Tips for a beginner beach volleyball player? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 6:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Grammar check - is Word my only option?

I'm writing a postgrad research paper. English is my second language (Afrikaans being my first), and though I am fluid in both, I still sometimes trip up on silly grammar issues with English, particularly tenses. I use Word, but was wondering -- does anyone know of software aimed specifically at writing academic/research texts? For what it's worth, I use MLA formatting with in text citation.
posted by New England Cultist at 6:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Greasy girl is greasy

Coating myself from head to toe in Vaseline yesterday seemed like a good idea at the time, but today I've washed my hair three times and it's still incredibly greasy. Help?
posted by Jacqueline at 5:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Wake up Chrome... without the mouse

Win7/Chrome users: Click the "Google Chrome" button on your taskbar to minimize the browser (assuming it's already open). Then click it again to make it reappear. From this state, how do I then get Chrome to accept keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl-T for a new tab) without clicking the browser first?
posted by Jonathan Harford at 5:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Who is this amazing French close-up magician?

Help me find an old clip I saw on the Internet a while back of a magician making cards disappear as he deals them. [more inside]
posted by Glum at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do I feel safe when no one else does?

Can anyone point me in the directions of good journal articles, essays, or books about psychological safety? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 4:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can i purchase older Japanese currency?

Looking for an older note of great artistic quality... [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Faucet, tap, spigot. Whatever. It's busted.

Bathroom sink faucet is leaking all over. Sink shutoff valves won't budge. Now what? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 4:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Cash for used electronics?

Experiences with Gazelle, NextWorth, or other cash-for-electronics programs? [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Not a tea party, hopefully.

I haven't thrown a party since I graduated last year, and I'm not sure that Cheetos and beer pong will do this time around. How do I make sure that the upcoming get-together I'm hosting is a success? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 4:02 PM PST - 40 comments

Identify Creepy Thread-like Fungus

Can anyone identify this thread-like fungus? It seems to be coming from a plant in, but it migrates. I'm finding them on my couch, my desk chair (fabric covered), even on the shower curtain in the bathroom. I am prepared to toss the plant if no remedy is found but I'm more interested right now in finding out what it is... Here are photos of the home-invaders Help!
posted by Berry at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make restaurant-style Thai iced tea?

I need your help making Thai iced tea like that served in Thai restaurants! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 3:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a complete moron create the greatest drive-in theater night off all times!

Help a complete moron create the greatest drive-in theater night off all times! [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments


A good/cheap pedometer for jogging? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 3:17 PM PST - 11 comments

I know J, K, L, but what's the shortcut key for Evolve?

How do I tell better stories with video? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 3:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is my attraction?

I'm 19 years old, a guy. I was wondering what has happened to my sexual attraction. Typically during the college and high school years in the past, I used to be more sexually attracted to different guys (yes I'm gay). Right now it's summer break and I spend most of my time at home and not really in the presence of different people. Now when I occasionally go out, I don't seem to have the sexual oomph that I've had in the past. I do have success with my self, but it doesn't seem as strong as before. What is it a problem with? Is it low sex drive? Is it that I'm going crazy? Is it that I'm not seeing enough people? Is my attraction limited to types of people and is that normal? I think it is.
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the largest annual event held at a convention center?

What is the largest annual event held at a convention center? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get my iPhone to read a password protected RSS feed?

Anyone know of a way to read password protected RSS feeds on the iPhone or iPad? [more inside]
posted by metamush at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Best blues compilation

What is the best blues compilation album or box-set for an aspiring aficionado? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 2:36 PM PST - 11 comments

gift for boss

Help me find a gift for my boss and teacher! She is a HUGE Star Trek fan, conducts research on weather patterns, has an advanced math degree, and was previously a sports coach. [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 2:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Library Finding A.M. Best's supplements in the public library

Cannot find periodicals in the library. I am trying to find two reports by A.M. Best: "Whole Life: With Dividend Histories" and "1997 Historical Supplement: 10- and 20-Year Whole Life Dividend Performance" as recommended in this LA Times article. Contrary to the article, my library does not appear to stock these. Are there any sources I am overlooking? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

What film is this scene from?

Help me find an excerpt from a film! It's a woman who's in this ceremony that eventually ends up throwing herself (or pushing, I can't remember) off a cliff. [more inside]
posted by mrplab at 1:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Inherently intrinsic?

Intrinsic vs. inherent: can someone explain?? [more inside]
posted by fso at 1:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Gift for World of Warcraft-obsessive

World of Warcraft-filter: what would be a good gift for a WoW-obsessed friend in Europe (I'm in the US)? I don't know much beyond the fact that he's been playing it for the past five years and has recently bought a new keyboard for it. I want it to be a surprise so can't really ask him what he already has. Are there any fun T-shirts out there, perhaps? Thanks!
posted by Dragonness at 1:35 PM PST - 20 comments

First time home seller jitters

How should we prepare to meet with a realtor to sell a home? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How can an adult shut-in with no work experience better themselves?

23-year-old shut-in with no work experience: how can I move to a place with jobs and gain employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Urban Planning: MURP or CivE?!

So I think I want to radically change careers and head towards Urban Planning / Civil Engineering. Which degree should I get and how should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw at 12:45 PM PST - 25 comments

What does a lifestyle submissive need to know?

I'm curious about becoming a lifestyle sub. What do I need to know before I go? (Possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

help me Excel

Passing an MS Office test with flying colors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 12 comments

How to lower our mortgage payments?

Does anyone have any tips on getting approved for HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) or just tips in general on how to lower our monthly mortgage? [more inside]
posted by lupefiasco at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Edible Freezer Archeology

What is a good marinade recipe to use to help make a freezer-burnt steak worth eating? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

TV shows that I can learn something from?

What are some great, informative TV series? Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Ken Burns's Jazz, Matthew Colling's This Is Modern Art, Robert Winston's The Human Body--what else is in this vein? I'd much rather a recommendation of a series, as opposed to a single one-off documentary. What should I watch that is captivating and teaches me something?
posted by surenoproblem at 10:38 AM PST - 72 comments

Should I build a roof to shade my air conditioner?

Should I build something to shade my rooftop air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Side trips from Paris

I'm going to Paris for a few days at the end of August, would like some advice about side trips. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:32 AM PST - 21 comments

The sun is shining...but the ice is slippery.

Tell me about the early days of using passwords to verify information on computers or over the telephone: 1. When we're people first expected to do so? 2. Did it seem weird to you at the time? 3. Was there anything analogous to the password concept at the time? 4. (Most important to me) How was the concept introduced to the public? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Could Etsy be my savior?

I have never bought clothes on Etsy before and am considering doing so now for a special event. Am I out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 10:07 AM PST - 30 comments

I'm worried about my girlfriend quitting grad school - and she hasn't even started yet!

How can I best ensure my girlfriend's success in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me, uh, incept?

Help me improve my lucid dreaming. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 9:48 AM PST - 33 comments

Do I need to fire my cat sitter?

Just got back from a 2 week trip. Do I need to fire my cat sitter? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 9:38 AM PST - 41 comments

Alternative to Picasa

What is a good (preferably free) program for editing and organizing digital photos, as an alternative to Picasa? [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman at 9:38 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I pump people for information?

Too often, I finish a conversation and realize I spent the whole time talking about myself. How do I turn this around? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 9:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Which baby carrier should I buy?

From almost day one, I want to wear baby so that I can move freely through the house, do gentle chores, etc. I also want to avoid dragging the huge stroller with us as much as possible when we leave the house (ie. to go grocery shopping). Comfort rules; cost is not a concern. Which baby carrier should I buy? Will the same one suit the home and non-athletic outings?
posted by kitcat at 9:21 AM PST - 33 comments

Fellow literature nerds, help me out here

Yet another reading recommendation request. Fellow literature nerds, help me out here. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 9:13 AM PST - 47 comments

home CBT techniques

Is there CBT or other therapy tools or techniques that can be used at home like homework? I'm thinking of the Conversation Wheel and the like.
posted by UltraD at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

iPad Recipe Organizer

Help me organize recipes on my iPad. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Books about art that are not boring.

What are your favorite books about art and music? I'm looking for meat and potatoes. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:50 AM PST - 23 comments

Free Atlanta

What can we do in Atlanta, GA that's free and college student friendly on the weekend? [more inside]
posted by kro at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Automatically Shorten Status Updates for Facebook/Twitter Updates ...

I'm seeking to write a shell script (probably using sed) that will be given some text and will abbreviate it for me. I've no need to reinvent the wheel, if such a shell script already exists. More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

How to find a good nutritionist in Morgantown WV?

How to find a good nutritionist in Morgantown WV? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me explore the Pacific Northwest!

Two days outside of Portland, OR... what to do? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 8:23 AM PST - 17 comments

What is the appropriate length for online video?

What is the appropriate length for online video? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Khasi poetry (original + translation)

Khasi poetry? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

“Does natural selection evolve things to perform healthily?”

“Does natural selection evolve things to perform healthily?” [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 8:07 AM PST - 32 comments

A Mighty Fortress

I'm looking for a particular choral version of Luther's Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't know how to support my mentally ill mother.

How can I best support my family in a situation involving domestic turmoil and mental illness? This is an abnormally long question but I tried to include everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 21 comments

It's another cheating question!

Some friends found my husband's active profile on a swinging website. I did not know he was doing this. Needless to say, I'm angry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 26 comments

Getting Australian passport photo taken in Baltimore

Where can I get a passport photo taken in Baltimore that fits the requirements for an Australian passport? [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Steel strings vs. Nylon?

Guitar filter: My awesome wife got me this guitar to take with me on my frequent business trips. I consider myself an "advanced beginner" - I.E. - I enjoy playing casually, but don't know as much as I would like about the actual mechanics of the guitar. Which leads to this restringing question: [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Do squeaky wheels get the job?

Post-interview persistence filter. How do I keep following up with a potential employer without pestering them? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Why is with this obviously wrong math?

If I multiply 1¢ by 10¢ I get 10¢? However, if I use the same monetary amounts and express them as dollars and then multiply them: I get $0.01 * $0.10 = $0.001, which is obviously a different answer to 10¢. I know this is wrong and but how and why?
posted by therubettes at 6:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Oh to be beside the seaside

I am looking for essays, articles, novels, poems about the appeal of living near the sea in the 21st century, for people whose work or lifestyle is not dependent on the sea. [more inside]
posted by hiho at 5:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Refunded lost item surfaces, what now?

An item that I ordered many months ago, that was determined to be lost by the USPS and the value refunded to me finally arrived. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Joe Chip at 5:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Teasing as means of enforcing social roles?

What's the deal with people never wanting you to change? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 5:09 AM PST - 49 comments

Software to power a web site of user-submitted info

I have an idea for a web site: a user-created database of where one can buy things in a part of the world where unusual items can be hard to find. What kind of software would power such a site? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 4:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Nairobi to Addis Ababa?

Reasonably-costed way to get from Nairobi to Addis Ababa by land or air? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 3:33 AM PST - 11 comments

How to challenge a surprise phonebill?

Can I reclaim my £400 Blackberry data charges from Orange? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang at 3:33 AM PST - 6 comments

What is working in a casino like?

Help me get a job as a trainee croupier! (I'd also love to hear from anybody who has worked as a dealer in a casino -- a day in the life of a croupier?) [more inside]
posted by KLF at 12:24 AM PST - 6 comments

July 25

I swear this NEVER happens.

I'm a silly gal who, because she grew up with and has all male friends, is really skilled in socializing with men and terrible with women. I met another silly gal I think I could hit it off with, but it didn't go well. Should I see if she wants to try again (and if so, how) or cut my losses? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 11:05 PM PST - 29 comments

ampled-calved girl ISO dream boots

Will Dr. Marten 20 eye (IB60) fit my, ahem, athletic 18" calves? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 10:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Typing Ancient Greek without pain.

I am really tired of using using Unicode or the Microsoft Word symbol function to type in Greek, and learning the polytonic keyboard is giving me spasms. Does anyone know of a good WYSIWYG editor for Ancient Greek that includes macrons, breathing, iota subscript and accent? Something similar to this, but for Greek, would be perfect.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Buying a new Golf wholesale?

Hi all, a friend of a friend some years ago bought a new VW Golf directly from the factory somehow and self-drove it to the UK. It was apparently vastly cheaper. Does anyone have recent experiences with this kind of thing -- pros and cons etc? [more inside]
posted by kiwi.es at 10:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Who's gotten "out" the most?

Which major league baseball player has recorded the most outs? [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 10:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How low (in temperature) will a typical induction heater go?

How suitable is an induction-type hot plate for keeping a liquid stable at a low temperature (target is 70C.)? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 10:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Where to find welcoming BDSM, femdom, cuckold Social Events in NYC for newbies?

Where to find welcoming BDSM, femdom, cuckold Social Events in NYC for newbies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

The invisible std monster strikes

Do I have to tell him now? (nsfw) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 41 comments

Is it paranoia, or does everyone secretly want to ditch me?

A few months ago, a group of people I'd been hanging out with regularly dumped me without saying anything--they just stopped including me in plans and stopped responding to me. I realized that something was up and didn't push. I've been making new friends since then, but I'm often worried that these new people (or any friends) might also secretly dislike me or be considering friend-dumping me too. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username at 8:56 PM PST - 27 comments

Cheap lapel mic?

I need recommendations for lavaliere mic on the cheap. One I can hook up to my Zoom H4. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 8:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Homebound and friendless

I was "homeschooled" from age 11 to 18 by emotionally/verbally abusive and neglectful parents. During this time I was deprived of contact with the outside world, an education, medical care, and much needed therapy and medication for what is obvious to most people in the world except my parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 PM PST - 31 comments

Tasty coffee-tasting coffee substitute?

I can't really drink coffee (stomach issues) but love the bitter flavor, so I'm looking for recommendations for good coffee substitutes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Just crazy enough to work?

Thinking of doing a parody of the Tea Party, am I on the right track? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 8:10 PM PST - 20 comments

What is causing a single metallic pop when braking?

My 2002 Toyota Camry (~103k miles) has recently (after a state inspection done be the dealer - but not immediately after) started making a single metallic pop (from the front right of the car) when I apply my brakes to come to a stop from city driving speeds (~25mph) I don't notice this on the highway. Does anyone know what causes this and if I need to take it in right away or if I can wait until my next oil change?
posted by stevechemist at 7:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I store luggage in Chicago?

I am travelling to Chicago, and there is a gap of a few hours between when my plane arrives and when I can check into my room. Is there a place where I can store my luggage for a few hours?
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 7:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Making friends in Melbourne

I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
posted by adamk at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Classic flip flops needed

My dad has spent the last 40 summers of his life wearing flip flops. I would like to find the classic kind he prefers. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Novels for a Murakami Fan Part II: I'm Not Broke Yet

I previously asked a question here asking for book recommendations for a Murakami fan, and got an incredibly rich response. Thanks, hive mind! There's just one problem: I ran that list into the ground, and I need some fresh reading. Fortunately, I can now provide much more guidance towards recommendations! [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark at 7:10 PM PST - 29 comments

Pleasing Their Masters?

Is there any research that has been done on the idea that lower, subordinate offices aspire to, or are geared (through staffing, logistically, policy or philosophically-wise) to, if not emulate, please its higher office, regardless of its technical mission? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What is up with my car?

What's wrong with my car, and what's my best option for fixing it? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 6:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Where should I put my router?

I am about to run CAT6 through my house. Where should I place the router? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 6:18 PM PST - 19 comments

ain't got no-one to grind my coffee

Know any music writers with substance over style with online content? Any genre as long as they know their stuff - although I like blues, folk, world music I'd be happy to expand. [more inside]
posted by shinybaum at 6:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Find a once-glimpsed photo of a little girl walking a lion.

I remember seeing a photograph of a young girl, perhaps 3 or 4 years old, walking a lion on a chain leash. I saw this in a book on Surrealism at a book fair in Avignon, France. Can you help me find the picture again and identify its creator? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 5:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I get a jacket tailored in Toronto?

TorontoFilter: Where can I find a good tailor? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a graduation gift.

Help me find a super cool going-away-gift/graduation gift for my really great friend... [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 5:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Acne out, reflux in?

I took Accutane for acne in high school, and in college I was diagnosed with GERD and will probably have to take Nexium for the rest of my life. I never associated the two, but this evening I noticed one of those sleazy "sue prescription drug companies!" ads that said that Accutane has been linked to GI disorders. Is this worth pursuing, and if so, how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by luvcraft at 5:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me become a park ranger

How can I become a full-time National Park ranger (or other full-time National Park occupation) without spending years working seasonal positions and moving around a bunch, given my education and experience (see inside)? [more inside]
posted by rabinowitz at 5:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't want my mom to know I'm having sex but I want to use her insurance to buy hormonal contraception. Possible?

I think I want to try hormonal contraceptive but I am under my mom's insurance and she can't find out I'm having sex. What can I get away with here, if anything? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 4:48 PM PST - 40 comments

Kissing an Idiot

What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 4:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend a good site that directs how to jailbreak and unlock for iOS 4.01?

I am looking to jailbreak and unlock my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.01 to sell on Ebay. My google-fu is failing to find a simple, concise method of doing so. Can you recommend a guide/webpage that does what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Taking Over Automobile Lease - How now?

How do automobile leases work???? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments

What makes a drawing robot vibrate?

You have a motor. You attach a weight to the shaft, and now you have an eccentric motor. Why does it vibrate? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Off-the-shelf door replacement - easy?

Can I replace a 28-inch-wide interior (closet) door with a new one off the shelf at Lowe's or Home Depot, with no carpentry required? Or would I need to rout out the hinge areas and align the knob with the existing hit plate? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Linux On Aluminum iMacs: Does It Work?

Any one have experience running Ubuntu or another Linux on an aluminum iMac? (Aluminum keyboard, wireless mouse, 2.66 Core 2 Duo) What works? What doesn't? I'm not a Linux neophyte. I ran it on my desktop for about ten years, then moved to Apple after banging my head on wireless drivers. (Bought three successive cards that the "community" said worked. They didn't.) I don't mind editing scripts, but I want all my hardware to work immediately after an install or after I grab some supported packages. I'm through chasing around for unsupported code that some guy says works on his hardware. Is my Time Capsule going to be at all useful? (Posted this question on the Ubuntu forum and got only two rather unhelpful replies.)
posted by justcorbly at 3:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Most beautiful books in print?

What are some of the most beautiful books, as physical objects, currently in print? I mean simply the best production values and aesthetics: graphic design, typesetting, photography, etc.?
posted by shivohum at 3:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Pregnancy & a severe anxiety disorder

I'm a life-long sufferer of crippling anxiety/depression. Should I have a baby? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 3:12 PM PST - 34 comments

How to safely register a .no or .no.com top-level domain, or any other country code TLD?

How to safely register a .no or .no.com top-level domain, or any other country code TLD? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 3:03 PM PST - 1 comment

shelves on a plasterboard wall?

I want to install some shelves on a wall that sounds hollow when I knock on it. I'm pretty sure it's a plasterboard wall. Can I even do this? Or the whole thing will collapse? Do I need special screws and plugs? Will the drill destroy the wall completely? [more inside]
posted by uauage at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Me doesn't spel or write two good.

Is there such a thing as an "advanced" spelling and grammar program for Microsoft Word or WordPerfect? Bonus points if it is designed for the legal world. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 2:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Because I'd be really upset if I ended up with a pretty hunk of nonfunctioning metal

New Nexus One with Froyo/2.2 -- to CyanogenMod or not to CyanogenMod? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

I need movies from 1999 to 2010 that feature prom scenes.

I'm looking for movies that feature a prom scene, but only from 2000 to 2010. (I've already got a huge list of prom movies from 1950 to 1999, so I don't need any from that period.) I am organizing a prom, and wanted to show a compilation montage of prom scenes. Thanks in advance!
posted by Sully at 2:07 PM PST - 21 comments

If you loved me you would?

Plate-o-beans relationship filter: How do I talk to my boyfriend about deal-breaker-level issues, without being mean, judgmental or insulting? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 2:07 PM PST - 25 comments

Food and Beers in Milwaukee

Cheap eats / beers in Milwaukee? [more inside]
posted by FunGus at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop being shallow about the way he looks?

I've met the sweetest guy with the best personality I've ever come across. I'm really attracted to him, and vice versa. Problem: he's overweight and I find myself trying not to look during sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 45 comments

Chrome and Mobileme sittin' in a tree...

I'd like to use mobileme on Chrome, but I keep getting an error. Help a lady out! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Modern, soulful, and Motown-esque

Hook me up with neo-soul, jazzy, Motown-y music with a modern twist in the vein of Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Janelle Monae and anyone else awesome. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Bad Geek, Never Seen Doctor Who

I am ashamed to admit that I have never watched an episode of Doctor Who. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 1:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Recomendation for a durable, simple learning remote control

I'm looking for a straightforward (to use) learning remote control. Needs to control digibox and tv on/off. I don't want to have to press different buttons to control the different things. It would also be good to just have a few buttons (0-9; vol; ch+/-; power) rather than the multitude of options most seem to have. [more inside]
posted by kg at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Need advice from the fellow flat-footed.

My dogs are killing me! Need advice from the fellow flat-footed. [more inside]
posted by loveyhowell at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Desperately seeking Julia

Australian political junkie in the UK, seeking access to vodcast, podcast or youtube of the Leaders Debate between Tony Abbott and and Julia Gillard tonight. I'm frustrated that all video coverage is limited to Australia only 'for copyright reasons'. Any links? Please.
posted by Flashduck at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Booze booze and more booze! Food?

Need food ideas for a very last minute Mad Men party. [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 12:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Mt. bike course marking poles needed

Anyone have a US supplier for these? I want to use them to mark a course for bike racing.
posted by jeffmac at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Playing YouTube videos on a Moto Droid

Is there a way to play entire playlists from my YouTube account with the Moto Droid pre-installed YouTube app? Failing that, is there any other app that can do this?
posted by prenominal at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

In search of custom cut hardwood

Are there any good lumber suppliers that can provide hardwoods (maple, cherry, etc) cut to specific widths, lengths and depth and ship the cut wood within the US? The reason for the specific dimensions is that I use a service called Ponoko (Ponoko.com) for the initial laser cutting of my art. They currently can only accept three generic sizes in their laser-cutting machines with a maximum depth of 10mm (roughly 3/8"). I've contacted a number of hardwood suppliers but none of them can supply widths of 15+ inches. [more inside]
posted by ogunther at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

MS Word Tweak Desperately Needed!

DissertationFilter: I am looking for some practical tip to help me manage a lot of data in a couple Word documents. As I edge towards finalization, I have the sneaking suspicion that there could be an easier way to do things. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I ask for oral sex without ASKING for oral sex?

Is there a delicate way to suggest he perform oral sex without making him feel obligated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 32 comments

Do you think I experienced psychiatric conversion?

Do you think I experienced psychiatric conversion disorder, or does it just seem coincidental? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

help me w/thse chemistry instructions

Quick chemistry question - do i need to dilute this or is it already diluted [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

iTunes update of iPhone erased everything on my phone, help!

Filter: iPhone Update. Everything has been erased after the update. How do I recover this? or can I? Please help! [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

When Sci-Fi Becomes Science

What are some examples of science fiction that have become science? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 11:35 AM PST - 32 comments

I want the #1 packable raincoat - or, failing that, one that works.

I'm looking for the best packable raincoat/jacket/poncho out there. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Sync me up!

Sync me up! Anyone out there in hive land managed to sync a Nokia 3110c calendar and tasks to a Linux desktop? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Is W 139th St. NY, NY a safe hood for two european mid 20s girls to stay?

Haven't been in NYC for a bunch of years...two female friends (mid 20s) on an overseas trip to the City are wondering if W 139th Street is an alright hood to stay in? I know Manhattan is more or less safe...but is there anything you could say that wouldn't recommend that they stay there?
posted by talljamal at 9:46 AM PST - 38 comments

Tell me your tale of reinvention

Does anyone else feel like they lost a large period of their lives to something -- depression, illness, a bad relationship -- and has written a new, more empowering narrative of their lives? [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 9:39 AM PST - 36 comments

Will being one month behind on student loans greatly affect my credit reports?

Will being one month behind on student loans greatly affect my credit reports? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I open myself to love?

How do I open myself to love - of myself, and of others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 6 comments

she is like chinese water torture

The ex girlfriend is still going after my boyfriend. Generally speaking, will befriending an ex make it more likely that she will stop this behavior? Or does it usually have no effect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 33 comments

Heterogenous display (HDCP and non?)

Dual monitor issue -- can't mix HDCP-compliant and non-HDCP-compliant displays when the desktop has Blu-Ray capacity? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Ever see Lex Luthor in the "returns" line?

Should I use an electric razor on my newly-bald scalp? And if I don't like the shave, will I be able to return it? [more inside]
posted by PlusDistance at 7:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Have serotonin, what now?

After more than a decade of poorly treated depression, I have started taking anti-depressants. I'm already starting to feel better. Other than taking the pills regularly and not expecting instant miracles, what specific things can I do to maximise the positive effects of my new brain chemistry? When you started taking anti-depressants, what else did you do to change your life for the better?
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 22 comments

Did I Just Waste My Flirting Skills on a Back-Up Boyfriend?

Thought I hit it off with somebody I met through a mutual friend. There's been lots of fun chatting at parties, a bit of drunk flirting, but I fear I may have misread their intentions. After talking with both the mutual friend & this person, I'm starting to suspect that this person perhaps has feelings for the mutual friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 8 comments

How to write a tactful email

Received a scholarship and the department head is requesting to know the amount. I don't want to tell him. How do I handle this gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I get over my resentment?

How do I get over my resentment of the girl who has everything--and has invaded this community I am so passionate about? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 7:22 AM PST - 46 comments

Forgetting and Failing to

Please help with my writing project on the kinds of memories that visit you over and over again and annoy, non-plus or disturb you. I’ve got my own examples and some of the most common (e.g., irritating songs). What involuntary memories do you have—that you wish you didn’t? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Alternatives to laundry detergent?

Looking for effective clothes washing methods that avoid allergic reactions to conventional detergents? [more inside]
posted by epo at 5:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Strange Country Blues

Do you know where I can find other great, strange blues and vaudeville artists like Abner Jay (previously on the blue) and Peg Leg Sam Jackson? I like rich, old, authentic country blues like Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi John Hurt and John Lee Hooker (and you know what I mean), but am looking for stuff that is more . . . unique. Looking for either really interesting music (Abner Jay) or incredible stories (Peg Leg Sam) from that era/place. Both artists considered themselves part of the last great Southern black minstrel shows. Where can I find more stuff like that?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I freelance in small-business-web-site-building, or custom-wordpress-hacking?

Should I freelance in small-business-web-site-building, or custom-wordpress-hacking? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Man needs bag for work.

Looking for a men's messenger bag/briefcase for work. Please point me towards the best stores where I can buy one. I am located in Richmond, BC (near Vancouver). [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 1:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Nice to meet you. I know another Grace Lee! In fact, I know 8, and I'm married to one.

I've been fantasizing about changing my very common last name for several years. Now that I am a fledgling academic professional, the time has come to make a decision. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by nemutdero at 1:22 AM PST - 23 comments

What was the Foundation of Asimov's writing?

Isaac Asimov (IIRC) wrote in a foreword or afterword to one of his books (a "Foundation" novel, perhaps) something about how space travel and galactic empires aren't possible due to the limitations imposed by the speed of light. But they're fun to write about. Can someone help me, please, with the full quote and its source?
posted by bryon at 12:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Brussels and Amsterdam this week?

What are the amazing, can't-miss things to do and see in Brussels and Amsterdam this week for first-time visitors to the cities? We'll be in Brussels until Wednesday and Amsterdam until Sunday morning. Thanks!
posted by gerryblog at 12:26 AM PST - 8 comments

July 24

Name that mystery tune!

Can anyone identify the music in this Yardley advertisement? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us bang the drums!

Help me and my sons (10, 7) learn to play the drums. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 10:15 PM PST - 16 comments

teach me, for i'm not done with book-learnin'

I want to attend grad school to study history with a radical/liberal professor or program anywhere in the world. My qualifications are mediocre, but my passion is sincere. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by lover at 9:39 PM PST - 31 comments

Translation help?

What is my new used bike from the '70s is trying to tell me (translation help please)? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 9:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Can anybody recommend a DVD ripper that will rip modern DVDs?

Can anybody recommend a DVD ripper that will rip modern DVDs for playback on a laptop? I used to use MactheRipper back in the day but the old free version (2.6.6 I think) won't work with modern DVDs. I was looking at MTR 4.0 but the whole forum and gift thing seems a little weird. (Can anybody vouch for MTR 4.0?) I tried Ripit and it failed on 3 DVD's (Ponyo, Samantha and Barbie & The Three Muskateers (It's for my kids)). [more inside]
posted by crios at 9:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Upgrading a Tiger Macbook to Snow Leopard

Hi there - I am about to upgrade a Black Macbook laptop running Tiger OS X to Snow Leopard (using a $29 Snow Leopard upgrade disk I bought off Amazon.com) (yes, I know this is sort of late in the day). Do you have any tips? Is there anything I should watch out for? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 9:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Beeping smoke detector will not shut UP

Any ideas about how to fix a chirping smoke detector before I burn my goddamned house down myself just to SHUT IT UP?? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 8:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Getting over nervousness about oral.

How can I get over my nervousness about receiving oral? (obviously NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 PM PST - 29 comments

I hope three trays of chicken parm wasn't wasted

Food safety-filter. Was this cooked, frozen chicken breast mishandled, or am I giving in to my own hypersensitive food safety guidelines? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Make our lobby music less boring

I'm making a playlist to play in the lobby of a resort I work for, and I need recommendations. [more inside]
posted by drea at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for an ipad app that will let me draw on a PDF but will leave the original file unchanged.

I am looking for an iPad app that will let me load a PDF file, draw on top of it with my finger, but not actually change the underlying PDF file as a result. No luck finding an app that meets my needs yet, any recs? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Can't afford a car, need a motorbike of some sort.

I need a vehicle and can't afford a car so I wish to get a motorbike of some sort, I need some help though. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean at 7:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Setting up a router as a repeater?

I want to use my Belkin N+ router as a repeater for a wireless-G router. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure the N+ is supported by DD-WRT. Can anyone either tell me an alternative way to do this? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 7:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Honduran orphans would like to see my photos

How do I configure my WordPress gallery to look more like flickr, and less like a lightbox? [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

IPad games review site?

What are the best sites out there for review of iPad games? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

You-are-not-a-doctor-but-I-will-ask-anyway rash filter.

Does my boyfriend's daughter have a rash or an acne flare-up? Symptoms: Friday morning, a red splotchy rash on shoulders, upper chest. By Friday night and even more so on Saturday morning, rash still there but with addition of what look like tiny whitehead pimples - hundreds (maybe thousands) of them. No itching, just plenty of embarrassment. Help! [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it safe to each my ceviche yet?

Is it safe to each my ceviche yet? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 5:43 PM PST - 19 comments

What kind of bed do I want?

Bedafilter: Do I want a Cal King or Eastern King mattress. Also, what kind? [more inside]
posted by desl at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Relationship is newly long distance -- online dates?

Relationship is newly long distance -- online dates? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is she always to tired to hang out with me, but always has energy for her friends?

Why is she always to tired to hang out with me, but always has energy for her friends? [more inside]
posted by plechazunga at 4:44 PM PST - 24 comments

looking for a bedside alarm/iphone dock - iHome?

I want an iPhone dock to put by my bedside - I've seen cool ones that turn the iphone into a clock display when you plug it in, but I want one that works as an alarm clock with time even without the iphone plugged in (though sync/synergy functions are cool and appreciated). What do people recommend? Looking at iHome IA5BV - do people like this item?
posted by lrodman at 4:26 PM PST - 14 comments

No riding lawnmowers, please.

Where in Chicago can my ladyfriend and I watch the Mad Men season premiere tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Always check you bring your tent frame. Twice.

Where can you buy a tent in Tuscany, Italy? Friends on holiday over there are in need of one. [more inside]
posted by Harry at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

oy yoy yoy

what is the name of this awesome song and have any jamaican ska bands ever covered it ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Thought experiments for kids

I like to ask my kids interesting, but age appropriate, ethical and epistemological questions while we sit around the dinner table. Help me think of some more. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 2:01 PM PST - 54 comments

Public Domain Jesus

Help me find vintage color Jesus art for my Tea Party Jesus blog, preferably pre-1923. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Perfect cookies for sending in the mail?

Perfect cookies for sending in the mail? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 1:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Cut... cut... cut... cut... cut...

I made a long video, and I need to break it into ten-minute-long chunks, so that I can post it to YouTube. I would LOVE some app that let's me batch process this task. I want to start it running in the morning and come home at night to find a whole bunch of ten-minute-long videos on my desktop. I'm using an Intel Mac. I'm willing to buy an app if I have to.
posted by grumblebee at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Should my girlfriend and I move from NYC to Seattle? ComplicatedFilter: I'd have my current job relocated, she would not.

My (wonderful, amazing, perfect-for-me) girlfriend and I have been together 9 months (though we've known each other for several years), and are currently living together. Some background: I was born and raised in NYC, she's a transplant from Wisconsin (but went to college in Vassar). I'm 31, she's 28. Recently, my job has become frustrating and monotonous. Some of this is because the bulk of my department is located in Seattle. They recognize this, and have mentioned to me that it may be possible to relocate to the Seattle office and adjust my position. The gf and I are currently discussing the opportunity. [more inside]
posted by softlord at 12:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Ding Ding Song

[SongIdentityFilter] What is the song that starts a little before the 4 minute mark in this film snippet?
posted by Duffington at 12:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Hey, Facebook, I think you goofed on these new thumbs…

I'm really hating the new thumbnails layout for Facebook albums and want to do something about it. But what? And… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

I don't understand this New Yorker cartoon!

On p. 69 of the July 26 New Yorker magazine, there is a cartoon showing a bride and groom at their wedding reception. They are saying to another couple, "Oh, we're just here for the party!" Can someone please explain the joke to me?
posted by wisekaren at 12:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Sound card with midi-in

Recommend me a sound card! Mainly used as a music box / television / recording, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Latex error.

How on earth does my partner keep pulling condoms off of me mid-sex? And now what? (obviously NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I make my boyfriend more comfortable with his hair loss?

How can I make my boyfriend more comfortable with his hair loss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

The Pink Screen of Death?

OK, I've almost given up. I try to connect my HP G60 laptop (Windows 7) to my Olevia (I know) HDTV and the TV screen wants to be magenta (pink!). Not totally pink, just the colored bits. The white parts stay white. I'm using a 6-foot HDMI cable. I have had a proper picture in the past, but I cannot for the life of me figure out a stable combination of settings. Anybody else experience that? Any solution to the pinkness?
posted by jaronson at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments


What's a silent, odorless, and neat snack that will fit in a one gallon plastic bag and fuel the test-taking stamina of a bar examinee? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 10:40 AM PST - 37 comments

Trying to find an article in Intl Jour Intercultural Relations

How can I find a library with access (preferably electronic) to the International Journal of Intercultural Relations? I am looking for this 1992 article. [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 10:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Twelve hours in Manchester/Glasgow

How should a couple fill a day while getting from Manchester, England to Milngavie, Scotland (possibly via Glasgow)? [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

It's onion butter jelly time!!! (...insert dancing onion animated gif here...)

How do I make the sweet, pink caramelized onions I've been seeing on expensive burgers lately? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 10:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Free Clipart

Can you help me find free or affordable clipart that looks almost as good as something made by the savvy Jonathan Jarvis? [more inside]
posted by turtlewithoutashell at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Recommend a hairstylist in the Metro South area of MA for men's curly/wavy hair?

Can anyone recommend a hairstylist in the Metro South area of Massachusetts who is good with men's curly/wavy hair? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 9:53 AM PST - 1 comment

help me say no!

I need help wording an email to someone who asked me out for coffee, I said sure, but now I've changed my mind. I'm new to the dating scene after being married for 12+ years... halp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Help Tracking Down Poem

Poem/story filter: Help me track down a poem I heard a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by derivation at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

box building for cheap dummies

I sort of have a box addiction. I collect cardboard boxes for shipping boardgames, or that's what I tell myself, but sometimes I just collect them. I am not a meth user, but probably have a hoarding gene. So I want to make some simple wooden boxes using simple tools to rebox a few favorite games. I have a jig saw, hand saw, drill, circular saw and a few other cheap tools, like a plastic mitre box. The boxes don't have to be examples of fine wordworking, just functional and not too crude. I'm looking for resources on how to do this without dropping hundreds of dollars on antique planes or tools.
posted by mecran01 at 9:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me try to stop this bullying behavior!

How to stop a workplace bully and repair matters? [with added foreigner in China complications] [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

When you say 60 days you mean 35 is ok, right?

Landlord/tenant filter: Providing somewhat later than required notice that I'm moving out. How to approach & what should I/can I offer? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 9:10 AM PST - 3 comments

I need to have these sunglasses.

Calling all Google-fu masters. What kind of sunglasses is John Lydon wearing in this 80s PiL video and where can I find them or something just like it?
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:52 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I find out what happened to a friend who was arrested for something terrible?

I just found out my friend got arrested two months ago for flying into the US with (allegedly) child pornography on his laptop. Nobody's heard from him since. How do I find out what's happening without getting dragged into it? [more inside]
posted by jgt246 at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Name that electro tune

Help me identify an 80's electro song. I need to put this earworm to rest. [more inside]
posted by Benjamin Nushmutt at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Zack's back

Can anyone identify this 80s UK television program? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:12 AM PST - 1 comment


What is a good word that replaces "approve or disapprove"? E.G. The form had to be approved or disapproved by the boss. Thanks word-smiths!
posted by Benzle at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

the importance of passion in the long run

So I'm turning to MeFi for relationship advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 38 comments

Unemployed TaxFilter

Hi, I am Mrs. (or Mr.) Long-Term-Unemployed, in the US since January, conveniently for tax purposes. My last job wasn't covered by unemployment insurance so I have been living off my very meager savings. This is starting to run out and I have been taking odd-jobs for cash, literally. If this keeps on until the end of the year how should I do my taxes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Bulgaria in February?

I'm thinking about going to Bulgaria for a week to ten days...in February. How would the time of year and weather impact my plans? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 5:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Will an expired license prevent me from flyiing to oregon

I have a flight tomorrow morning and just found out that my Driver license is expired. Will this prevent me from getting through the airports. [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 5:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Language exchange

Where can I find good worksheets for language exchange (tandem language learning) in the web?
posted by hako at 1:45 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the process to becoming a computer handyman?

What do I need to get/know/avoid/have to become a basic freelance computer repair guy? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 1:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I stick up for my beliefs and not be a member of the PC police?

How do I stick up for my beliefs while not being a member of the PC police? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 1:06 AM PST - 25 comments

Music that later makes you go, "Hey yeah, I never noticed that!"

Pop-rock songs with unusual/unique constructions, structures, patterns, tempo changes, time signature changes, instrumental/vocal interplay, etc... Stuff you probably don't realize upon a casual first listen. And not necessarily something obvious like "multiple songs in one" (eg "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"), or songs with no chorus. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:35 AM PST - 49 comments

What do you get for the Viking who has everything?

What would be an appropriate gift for a medieval warrior headed into battle for the next two weeks? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 12:10 AM PST - 10 comments

July 23

How can I add AskMeFi functionality in a wordpress blog?

Please help me find a solution which will allow visitors to post, answer and flag as "best" questions in a similar style to AskMeFi on a Wordpress site. [more inside]
posted by Morsey at 11:51 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I gain physical confidence?

How do I gain more confidence in my physical abilities? I never learned the basic athletic skills kids learn, and then I grew up avoiding them, and now I'm ready to learn. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by brooklynlady at 10:30 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me geocode these addresses! (GIS filter)

Why can't I geocode these specific addresses in ArcGIS 9.3? Specifically, I'm getting 0 matched addresses, and when I go to Interactive Rematch, the "Match" button is ghosted as soon as I click on a candidate, so I cannot manually match the addresses. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 10:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Meaning of "pochée" in context of japanese pattern book

[JapaneseLanguageIdiomFilter] What might "Pochée" mean in the context of a japanese language sewing book? [more inside]
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 9:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Stuck in a bind

I need help getting out from my parents' etc. oppressive yoke. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Purchasing items internationally on auction.co.kr?

Is there an equivalent service for Americans bidding overseas a la Rinkya or JapanAuctionCenter for auction.co.kr? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 8:39 PM PST - 1 comment

View Source Shmiew Source

Please tell me how to code a music player like the one on this web site. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

A refreshing glass of corn juice!

I recently went to China and was so excited to drink corn juice! They also had corn ice cream available on a stick. Now I'm home in Chicago and I'm craving those flavors. Do you know of a place I can buy them? I tried Chinatown but didn't have any luck.
posted by yfatah at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I ask for what I need from him? And if so, how?

My grandmother is dying. My boyfriend has not been comforting. Is this a character flaw, or can I somehow extract what I need from him at this painful time? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 8:00 PM PST - 49 comments

Where did my fellow passengers (and luggage) go?

Airport Oddity: The Omega Man loses his luggage. [more inside]
posted by Ian.I.Am at 7:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science?

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science? What kinds of doors would they open? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 7:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Grab your spatula and sing along!

The other night my roommate was watching Practical Magic and the cast started dancing around the kitchen, lip-syncing to "Lime In the Coconut." I started thinking about what a Thing that became in the films of the 1980s and 1990s. Another one that springs to mind is Julia Roberts' 1998 flick "Stepmom," where she and the kids dance in PJs and lip-sync "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." What other films had that dreaded excuse for a female bonding moment in them? Let's compile the ultimate list.
posted by ktoad at 5:46 PM PST - 34 comments

Please help me figure out which laptop to go with for law school!

I've narrowed down my laptop choices to 2, but can't decide which way to go... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 5:38 PM PST - 22 comments

And I'm not fat, it's glandular!

I'm attempting the South Beach Diet. What are some pre-made items from Trader Joe's (and possibly Whole Foods) I can eat during Phase 1? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I get voice on my Virgin Mobile Blackberry?

My Virgin Mobile Blackberry sends texts, surfs the web, sends and receives e-mail wonderfully. However, whenever I try to make a call to any number, I get the message "The number you have tried to dial is temporarily out of service." [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Statutory Confession?

Bookfilter: Trying to remember the name of this crime novel about a 17 year old girl who poisoned and eventually killed her talented sister for attention. [more inside]
posted by karminai at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Fictionial Book about Cutters

Author Name :Female Writer 2006 story about female reporter going back to her home town to due to a story. She is a recovering cutter (someone who carves into themselves) who discovers that her little sister is the murderer. The little sister ends up keeping a collection of teeth of her victims in her dollhouse. I am trying to find not only the author name but the title of the book. Thank you.
posted by Rolandkorn at 4:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Foreign language videos for kids

I want to do a film series of fun kid-friendly animations, TV shows, online series, music videos, language learning videos, shorts…that weren’t produced in the US and ideally, weren’t recorded in English. Can you help me make a list? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

The journey of 5-9 miles begins with a single AskMe post

SeattleTrailFilter: Help me find a good hike for this Sunday [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I tell him?

I was sexually assaulted a year ago, and I never told my long-distance boyfriend what happened. Am I morally obligated to talk to him about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 44 comments

Need small, basic, equip for garage gym. What to get?

I want to build a small basic gym in my garage. I have $1,000 to spend. What should I get, why, and from where? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Rangers' Autographs?

What's the best way to get ballplayers' autographs at Rangers Ballpark? [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me catch the killer.

What are some great mystery/thriller novels focused on investigation? [more inside]
posted by fryman at 3:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I buy a used van, and if so, how?

Need advice about buying a used van for a long trip - or maybe I should rent? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Take a new temp job or stay at long-term job where he's thisclose to being fired?

Should my friend stay at a current job where he's been for a while but where all his friends are leaving and he's thisclose to being fired or should he take a new temp job which pays more but offers no benefits and no guarantee of being hired? Asking with friend's permission; he's feeling pretty mixed. He will know if he was offered the other job or not in a few days. tl;dr *special snowflake* details inside. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 3:11 PM PST - 12 comments

What Companies Handle Country Specific Versions of Their Website the Best

What are the best practices for communicating that localized, country specific versions of a web site are available? Is anybody doing this well? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 3:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get VLC to spit out sections of a movie?

I'd like to be able to easily extract clips from movies using VLC, or equivalent. Is there anyway to do this easily? It seems like it should be possible for me to cue up a text fils with time stamps I want extracted and VLC will spit it out for me. Any ideas on how to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous unit 4000 at 3:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to sell 240 Purolator car air filters?

I have 200+ new Purolator and PureOne air filters that I want to sell. Is there a specialized venue for auto parts auctions? I'd like to sell the whole lot to a single buyer. A Seattle buyer would be ideal, but they are packed and ready to ship. [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for new CC processor for Miva 4

Any Miva 4 users out there? Can you suggest a CC processor with low rates (other than Authorize.net)
posted by jfstanley at 2:28 PM PST - 0 comments

Your job is so easy

Are there any good write-ups on the "everyone else's job is easy" phenomenon? You know, the one where people think you can buy good (accounting services / legal services / design services) off the shelf these days, and that hiring a professional is a fool's errand? [more inside]
posted by circular at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Have any Mefites used Pearltrees?

Has anyone used the Pearltrees add-on for firefox? What has been your experience of it? what are its good points and bad points? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to live in a lighthouse.

Help me live in a lighthouse. [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 1:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Awesome lightroom presets?

What are your favorite (preferably free) lightroom presets? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 1:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Important, or not, or -- ?

I like my vet as an individual professional. Should I be concerned by her corporate office policies, which apparently tie her hands sometimes? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 1:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Beyond Ecce Romani

I took Latin classes for three years but interest has recently waned. Know of any Ancient Roman(/Ecclesiastical/Medieval) page-turners? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 1:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a romantic getaway in New England

Looking for a romantic getaway in New England.... [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Not the way I want to be found dead.

I get a funny feeling when I do something funny. NSFW details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I communicate employment enthusiasm without alienating anyone?

How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Tax Writeoff

Freelance Writer Tax Write-Off Question: I'm a first time independent contractor and want to know how and if I can write-off a laptop. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

email sales

Will Amazon.com or some other site email you when things you want go on sale? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 12:51 PM PST - 14 comments

What is it like to die of cancer?

What are your experiences with terminal metastatic melanoma? [more inside]
posted by something something at 12:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I check my work email (Exchange 5.5) without using Microsoft Outlook on my Win 7 netbook? More inside...

How can I check my work email (Exchange 5.5) without using Microsoft Outlook on my Win 7 netbook? More inside... [more inside]
posted by cuando at 12:35 PM PST - 7 comments

On a search for truly hypoallergenic tungsten

I'm looking for some reputable online retailers selling 100% nickle-free tungsten rings. I need a men's wedding band; turns out I'm allergic to the first one I got, as a result of the nickle fusion process or whatever. It seems most retailers do not specifically state whether the ring is made with nickle or cobalt. The claim that tungsten rings are always hypoallergenic isn't completely true...
posted by jeroum at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Landlord has vanished with my money.

My former landlord is ignoring my communications and hasn't returned an accidental rent over-payment. What are my legal options here in the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my 7 year plan for quiet married life posing a risk to my 10 year plan for having kids?

I want to wait until I'm at least 35 to have a baby. But answers on Ask.Metafilter like this and information like this make me really really scared I'll be messing up my chances of having a healthy family. How paranoid am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 49 comments

Everyone is gifted, but some people never open their package

I have the world's most amazing partner and I'd love to get him a gift that shows him exactly how much he means to me. However, I am the world's worst gift giver and the situation is made even more difficult because I'm here in the US and he's in Australia. Can you suggest gifts that might show him how wonderful he is and/or recommend Australian sources of potential gifts? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

The Mystery of 108mHz

When I was a teenager in the 1980's, I noticed that if I turned the radio dial on my FM radio all the way to the end, I picked up this weird transmission of repeating tones. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus at 11:23 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I sell a dead person's car in California?

My sister died without a will in California, her estate is going through probate, and I am (will be) the executor. How do I sell her car? My lawyer and the DMV are telling me different things. [more inside]
posted by pizzazz at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Maintain My Domain

I'm looking for a home owner's manual. By that I mean a book, website, etc. (the type of media doesn't matter) that is structured like a car manual's scheduled service interval section. [more inside]
posted by schleppo at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Am I cut out for Americorps?

I'm thinking of joining AmeriCorps NCCC, or possibly VISTA. What does the program entail? Has anyone here gone in one of the programs? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Tricky Flight Aggregators

Do sites like Orbitz, Priceline, and Expedia raise prices on flights based on interest alone? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

3GB MacBook memory processor overload

Apple support told my mom 3GB of memory in a Late 2006 MacBook (1.83GHz C2D, Snow Leopard) could overload the processor. What could they have meant by that? [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Fighting the corporate stat monster

I work in a technical company where our ability to deliver fixes for technical problems is measured by a bunch of statistics. Our team seems to lost track of our real goals (solving problems) and instead cares more about improving the stats even if it means we don't solve problems as well as we could. How do I get everyone to understand the real needs of the job and to use stats as a supporting tool rather than the end goal? [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 10:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Parts of Ships

There are lots of "how stuff works" style diagrams of the anatomy of submarines and other military seacraft on the web. Are there any books or websites with more detailed information? The nerd in me wants to know about the backup power generators and what type of cabling runs through the bulkheads.
posted by parallax7d at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How best to transition into a career in human resources management and development?

How best to transition into a career in human resources management and development? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Pillow (Fight) Talk

How can I get over my shyness to get the (d/s) sex I want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 28 comments

Good Toronto location for meet ups?

Recommend a good location in Toronto for an IT professionals meet up? I am thinking drinks, pizza/snacks and space for around 20 people. [more inside]
posted by kilikina73 at 9:42 AM PST - 3 comments

How can we make the most of less than a day in Vancouver?

We'll be in Vancouver for the first time in early September as part of this trip. Can you help us with recommendations for lodging and sights so we can make the best use of our time? We are arriving and departing from the Amtrak/VIA station and won't have a car while we're there. While we'd enjoy taking in some downtown sights, we especially like neighborhoods with nice architecture, art/craft galleries, and non-chain shops and restaurants.
posted by DrGail at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Who are the models in Michael Jackson's Black or White video?

How do I find what actors appeared in a video if they are uncredited? I'm trying to track down all the models that appeared in the morphing sequence for Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video. (It's for a blog post - sort of a "Whatever happened to...?" story.) [more inside]
posted by adverb at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Faber est quisque fortunae suae

I'm 43, married, a mother of one, a glorified secretary, primary wage-earner in our family, holder of a mortgage and primary caretaker for my aging mother. I live in New England. I have a dream, and my dream is to somehow, someday, study classics at Oxford. Is this an achievable dream? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me do this!

I need to break up with my boyfriend. Logistics help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 39 comments

How can I deal with these doubts?

I have reason to suspect my wife has, and is continuing to cheat on me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Online forum that allows file share?

Does anyone know of web-based community forum software that is FREE and allows FILE attachments to community posts (PDF, Word, and PPT docs)? I've tried Freeforums.com, which is great, but it does not allow PDF attachments. THANK YOUs!!!!
posted by iam2bz2p at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How to Tell Friends About Babymaking

My wife is almost certainly pregnant. This is excellent and exciting. Looking for fun/clever ways to tell friends and loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Erroneous at 8:21 AM PST - 32 comments

How to insure my small business?

I'm starting a business out of my rented house. What kind of insurance do I need? I'm in Nova Scotia. [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 8:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Old Cinema display boards

What were the old, push-in-one-letter-at-a-time, stage/cinema times display boards called, and how might I get hold of one? [more inside]
posted by tawny at 8:17 AM PST - 3 comments

What software do you use to manage your small ad agency?

If you work at a small ad agency (print / interactive), what software do you use to manage the place? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Elder lawyer referral needed, NYC

Recommendation needed for quality elder attorney in New York City area ( willing to travel a bit to save money). Areas of expertise would be asset management to meet requirements of assistance programs, irrevocable trusts etc, Medicaid, SSD, and Pooled Income Trusts. Any recommendations from personal experience or leads to a decent referral source would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by flummox at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant?

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Suggest Charities that Support Music Education for Kids

I am currently researching charities that support music education for kids, for the purpose of a bequest from someone who held that as a high value in his life. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 7:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Danse Macabre Fever

What songs would Death put on a mix tape? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname at 7:11 AM PST - 96 comments

It's called "cinema" right?

I want to become a classic and foreign film buff. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 7:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Actually, my daughter is quite energetic and physically active. Thanks.

Any thoughts on how to politely ask people not to say sexist things around my child and/or deflect those statements? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 6:57 AM PST - 44 comments

Advice for an aspiring Emeril.

Hints, suggestions, protips for doing a live, in-person cooking demonstration? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 6:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Expressing percentage reductions in the english language

Best way to express a percentange reduction in the english language. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 6:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Catch you sooner or later, alligator!

Unusual Carnivore Filter: Where can I find exotic meat in Central PA? [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX at 6:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Pass Gas

My wife and mother-in-law both suffer from the same condition. If they don't eat frequently, they tell me they get 'gas'. Not gas out the ass, but gas in their stomachs / chests that can get quite painful. It is quite debilitating for my wife. When they get this 'gas' if they eat, eventually it will go away on its own or with a bunch of burps. I am not sure if they are calling it 'gas' and should be calling it heartburn, or something else. All I know is my Google-Fu cannot find anything about NOT eating and getting gas or some other painful belly / chest thingy. Anyone else have experience with this kind of ailment. Is there a name for getting 'gas' when you don't eat? Help me solve this medical mystery.
posted by jasondigitized at 4:53 AM PST - 25 comments

How do the rich & famous get their most difficult medical conditions treated?

How do the rich & famous get their most difficult medical conditions treated? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 3:22 AM PST - 23 comments

What makes you cry?

I would like the ability to write an essay or piece of fiction that can make many readers cry. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 12:18 AM PST - 50 comments

July 22

Help me Bike the right way.

Help me Bike the right way. I've recently gotten back into biking and am doing it in a way I never have before. I need pointers from people with experience. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 10:56 PM PST - 35 comments

What is the best dating site for goths and other subculture types

What is a good dating site for goths or other subculture type people? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 10:48 PM PST - 44 comments

whats out there that bests prodocs legal document assembly?

What's better than Prodocs for Texas attorneys? I have heard about hotdocs but don't have any forms ready that I'd like to automate. Who provides ready-made legal forms in different areas of texas law that are compatible with hotdocs? If you used to use prodocs and stopped or switched--how do you do things differently now? Thanks yall
posted by DB Cooper at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

NH/MA/ME with the family

I'm looking for recommendations for family friendly day trips centered around Portsmouth, NH in August. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 10:06 PM PST - 15 comments

long distance one time buying agent who knows a thing or two about musical instruments

How can I hire someone in Chicago and/or Philly that I can trust to go and buy a rare musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 9:46 PM PST - 20 comments

How important is it that two people in a relationship have a similar sense of humor?

How important is it that two people in a relationship have a similar sense of humor? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 9:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Job interview help

How can I survive a job interview with limited references? [more inside]
posted by barely legal at 8:59 PM PST - 6 comments

yes, it's all true! we manage our allergies...

My wife went to the pharmacy to purchase Zyrtec-D and the pharmacy called the police. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 53 comments

Metafilter, am I thwarted?

[Win7 Filter] I think I seriously screwed up my boot partitions and need some help with multiple HD / OS box. [more inside]
posted by BZArcher at 7:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Which ecommerce solution should I start with as a beginner

Which ecommerce solution should I start with as a beginner? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you read on the subway?

How do you read on the subway? (Or anywhere else. Or the bus. Or on a bench.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:46 PM PST - 23 comments

To leave or not to leave?

Help me resolve some questions about leaving my job. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

iPad app seeking icon (designer)

Where should I go to find an icon designer (iPad)? [more inside]
posted by jz at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Good Airplane Food on United?

What are the best special meal orders on United Airlines' international flights? I haven't been fed on an airplane in years, I want to enjoy the experience. [more inside]
posted by persona at 6:56 PM PST - 26 comments

I need a gift certificate to a restaurant in Houston. Tell me which one.

My sister and her husband recently moved to Houston, Texas. I'd like to get them a gift certificate a restaurant. I know nothing about Houston. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 6:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Elk or caribou? What dropped this poo?

Scat Identification Filter: Help me identify this poop! [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 6:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Hiphop 80's song from GTA?

Looking for a Hiphop song on one of the radio stations in Grand Theft Auto:Vice (i thought) [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I do with a wounded animal in the road?

As an 18 year vegetarian who can't stomach ever hurting an animal, what do I do when a car ahead of me hits an animal, and as I pass, I can see it's obviously suffering? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 6:20 PM PST - 42 comments

Late night cafes and coffee shops in Brooklyn good for studying

I'm looking for the names of cafes/ coffee shops in Brooklyn open late night (ie, past 9 pm) good for studying and preferably with wifi? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 6:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Howard Phillips

So, H.P. Lovecraft ... where to start? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 6:07 PM PST - 33 comments

How large does a virtual used bookstore need to be?

How large a stock of used books would one need in order to make a lower-middle class living selling them primarily on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 5:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Corporate law question regarding majority shareholders regaining control of a corporation.

Corporate law question regarding majority shareholders regaining control of a corporation. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 5:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Tax Evasion: Isn't that how they got Capone?

I did our taxes through TurboTax. I thought they transmitted correctly. They didn't. I just realized this. So are we going to jail for tax evasion? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 4:36 PM PST - 14 comments

How to make an image show automatically in iContact

When sending an html email through iContact, is there a way to make images shows up automatically in the body of the recipients email? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:35 PM PST - 4 comments

What happens when digital audio is pressed to vinyl?

More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage? [more inside]
posted by mekily at 4:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I still hike in the heat?

It's going to be 98 degrees and humid in the NYC area this Saturday (NPR says it will feel like 104 degrees). I'm supposed to go on an eight-hour hike on Bear Mountain/Stony Point. Is this safe? Advisable? Is there any chance it would still be pleasurable? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Help a newly diagnosed diabetic find a way to check carb info on the go!

What's the best (diabetic) carb tracking repository, database, software or app? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments

What are some examples of *real* conundrums?

I'm looking for examples of conundrums in the *technical* sense: riddles with answers that are puns. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:08 PM PST - 19 comments

One for the Meh

A Katherine Heigl movie is being filmed on my street and directly behind my apartment tomorrow and this weekend. Any ideas on what to do? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 3:56 PM PST - 41 comments

Can they really have my money for free?

Is there a legal time limit after charging a person's credit card by which product MUST be shipped? [more inside]
posted by Clytie at 3:52 PM PST - 10 comments

What's that smell?

Going camping this weekend and I have a food safety question. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 3:22 PM PST - 14 comments

I just want to finish this CD, Presonus.

I'm the "everything that runs on electricity" technical advisor for a local band. We're in the process of wrapping up the first CD, and the recording set up is killing us. Am I missing something here with the Presonus Firestudio? How can we just finish editing the CD without it crashing every hour? [more inside]
posted by niles at 3:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Multi-user processes in Mac OS X 10.6

Anybody know offhand what the default behavior of running processes in multi-user environments under Mac OS X 10.6.x might be? I suspect that logging in under the other account will suspend the processes active under the first account. Am I correct?
posted by mwhybark at 3:14 PM PST - 8 comments

It's a living... but WHAT it?

I'm dipping back into Jane Austen for some comfort reading, as one does, and I'm reminded that I still haven't figured out what exactly a "living" is. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone ever actually get fired for harassment?

Have you ever personally known anyone to suffer serious consequences for bullying or harassing others in the workplace? I'm talking about cases where you had a reliable account of both sides of the story and you had no reasonable doubts about the person's guilt, nor that they did in fact suffer the consequences. [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 2:58 PM PST - 40 comments

Selling Jewelry & Gold

Where is the best place to sell estate jewelry and gold either by mail or in the Portland, Oregon area. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 2:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best online method for selling a niche product

I'm tasked with selling a bunch of bike parts. Is an eBay store the best way to do this? I could see using Amazon, eBay or perhaps Yahoo. Just wondering what's the best way to proceed. [more inside]
posted by diode at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

It's i before e, except in that word, oh, and that one too. Nevermind.

Grammar checker? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

NC to Toronto Road Trip: Boats, Beds and Camping!

Traveling to Toronto from NC with my cousin in 2 weeks and looking for good sailboat charters, Hiking/Camping, City activities and, oh ya, now we need a place to stay... [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Remote administration over NAT

How can I have a standing invite to remotely administer my friend's computer if his broadband uses Network Address Translation? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Turtles all the way down

Which book, movie, etc, has the most layers of reality (or stories within stories)? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:23 PM PST - 57 comments

What's in a name? Help name my freelance book editing business.

I need help naming my freelance book editing business. I do developmental editing--critiquing "big picture" elements of a story like Point of View, character and plot development, pacing, etc.--but it's not a term that most writers are familiar with and it goes by other names as well, which confuses authors. I don't do copyediting (grammar and punctuation). I'd like something that's either self-explanatory but not boring, or is witty/irreverent/intriguing, with extra points for a literary allusion. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles at 2:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I move a modded xbox classic's HD to another xbox classic?

My chip modded xbox classic is dying and i think the mod chip is part of the problem. If I buy a new-to-me used xbox classic can I soft mod it and use the HD that I installed in my current dying xbox? I would really like to be able to use my existing HD since it has all my media already on it (i do have a backup but it is a pain to transfer). [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

An unscientific method?

ExcelFilter: Help me avoid scientific notation when importing a .csv file. I face the same problem faced by "Mark" in this article. Is there a solution to this problem that does not require changing the file extension? I am using Excel 2003.
posted by bgrebs at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Download Google Web History?

How can I download my Google web history in a way that maximizes the data's usability? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting my kicks in the District

I haven't played soccer since I was 6, but I'd like to start. Which leagues in DC should I be looking at that will accept a person with almost zero experience in the sport? I'm male, 25, and in middling shape.
posted by downing street memo at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Where do the John Does of the world live?

What are some equivalents of "123 Main Street" outside Canada and the US? I'm looking for prototypical exemplar addresses, like you might see used on a sample form, but which are still likely to exist in reality -- so, NOT something like "123 Example Street" or "123 Anystreet." I do realize this exact address format does not apply to all areas of the globe. [more inside]
posted by (alice) at 1:22 PM PST - 22 comments


I'd like to get in shape. I think that a codified training regimen would help motivate me, and would give me clear goals to work toward. Help me figure out what that regimen should look like. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 1:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Can my friend bring suit for violation of a non-written agreement?

Does my friend have any possible legal recourse after being burned by a Craigslist subletter, given that no written agreement of any kind was made? Is there a service in Baltimore that would help a low-income person in this situation? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

How to track the value of a house in an adjusting market

Are there good resources to determine what's happening to the value of my house as the market adjusts? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Bleeps & Bloops delivered daily.

I’m looking to get recommendations on podsafe music podcasts. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 12:23 PM PST - 3 comments

my kingdom for a horse...er...for a bicycle tire that never leak air

How do you keep your bicycle's tires pumped with air when the bike has to be locked in a common bike room? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 12:22 PM PST - 57 comments

Fortunate Sons?

While on vacation in Belize, many of the locals commented that while they liked American adults just fine, their children were the most spoiled among the tourist families. We've heard this elsewhere on our travels to Europe and Southeast Asia. Is this true? If so, is there a unique style of American parenting that other cultures see as problematic or inferior? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 12:16 PM PST - 33 comments

27 and still can't grow a beard

Will I ever be able to grow a proper beard? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Tough decisions regarding my dog

I adopted a dog a few years ago and now I'm considering the possibility of giving her up. I feel awful about it and I'm not sure what to do. Good reason for doing it: starting med school. Not sure if it's a good or bad reason: Boyfriend hates her. Really long, but if you can handle it, I'd love some insight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 58 comments

How can I offer instant document download - for a fee?

Sell documents on line for instant download - how can I do this? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

What does it mean to be "born dry?"

Looking for insight into the expressions "born wet" and/or "born dry." I've heard one or both used to mean someone who is sickly, yet I've baffled others by using these expressions. [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Creating a handwriting font!

Can fonts have multiple versions of the same character with rules? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Is the Conservative Party more Reform than Progressive Conservative?

How many current members of the Conservative Party of Canada were former members of the Reform/Alliance party prior to the merger? And what about the Conservative Party caucus? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Pesticide for toddlers

What's worse for a 2-year-old: Getting a couple mosquito bites every day or being slathered in "baby-safe" pesticide?
posted by rubadub at 11:06 AM PST - 48 comments

I like my books like I like my art, postmodern.

Another request for book recommendations. My snowflakeness? After years of not having a huge reading appetite, I think I understand that I really dig postmodern writing. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 11:03 AM PST - 42 comments

CBC interview on Paleoscatology?

Trying to locate a recording of an interview I heard on CBC in the early 90s about paleoscatology. THE most fascinating radio interview I've ever heard. Searches on CBC sites, Google, have turned up nothing.
posted by Mayree at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

It's A Girl! And Another! And Another!

Gift-filter: My cousin and his wife just adopted THREE little girls! YAY! [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 10:25 AM PST - 24 comments

How specific can I be?

Is it acceptable to put the company names of customers I've worked with on my resume? [more inside]
posted by JuiceBoxHero at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Intern for zero dollars or take promotion at current job?

If you have to work a full-time internship, does that mean you have to quit your job? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for community blogs

What are your favorite community blogs? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Funny podcast in Portguese

Can you recommend me the Portuguese language equivalent of the podcast "Jordan, Jesse, Go!"?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 9:49 AM PST - 0 comments

Books About a New Sibling for Toddlers?

Are there any good story books for toddlers that might help explain the arrival of a sibling? [more inside]
posted by pb at 9:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Making Perfect - sometime before Sept. 1877

"Dr. Hans von Bulow is reported to have said," - and I've seen similar language credited to Paderewski, Rubinstein, Rostropovich, Nureyev, and Louis Armstrong - "'If I stop practice for one day, I notice it in my playing; if I stop two days, my friends notice it; if I stop three days, the public notices it.'" Dwight's Journal of Music, Boston, Sept 1, 1877, p. 84 (v. XXXVII no. 11). Do you know where this was first reported? Or do you have an earlier citation to a different person using comparable language? Perhaps it was in a German publication, which I can't read, but I'd still love to see it.
posted by Dave 9 at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Push It Real Good

Found a great deal on a pair of very high end speakers but on one of them the center dome of the woofer is pushed in. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Ownership. I wants it.

I want to open a bar in San Francisco. This is my first step. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Your experiences with Celexa/Lexapro

You're taken both Celexa and Lexapro. In your experience, is there a difference? Did you have fewer side effects with Lexapro? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:30 AM PST - 25 comments

Recommendations for headphones and alarm clocks

What are your recommendations for 1] headphones I can wear to bed and 2] an alarm clock that will vibrate and wake me up? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

The elusive Motown elevator cartoon

Super-long-shot-filter: Trying to find a single-pane cartoon about elevators in Motown. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me help my new doctor solve my stomach problems

How do I get a new gastroenterologist to help me really, finally solve this longstanding, chronic problem? (TMI about my digestive system inside) [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:04 AM PST - 28 comments

Ernest Hemingway - could be better.

I want to become a better travel writer. I need some inspiration, and I'll admit to being a little clueless. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Kiosk UI Design Best Practices

I've got to design the interface for an information kiosk, and am looking for some inspiration. Where can I find screenshots of good kiosk design work?
posted by boombot at 8:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Walkingman's Dead.

I’m looking to download MP3s of some really awesome Grateful Dead shows that I can listen to while I walk. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:52 AM PST - 25 comments

Outdoor foosball table?

I'd like to get an outdoor foosball table. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get rid of my car, without sacrificing too much!

How can I sell my car without having to deal with Craigslist, etc, but not get completely ripped off? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I manage 6 college courses with a family?

I'm returning to school full-time, and any classes over 4 are no additional charge. I'd like to take 6... but I'm pregnant, and have a toddler. Am I insane? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 8:26 AM PST - 29 comments

Living in Witch City

[Salem, MA/Northshore filter] Now that we've found a deleaded apartment, we're moving to Salem. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 8:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Highly Specific Scrum meeting Question

Agile/scrum filter: Alternatives to staring at a backlog Google doc to discuss task updates? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:22 AM PST - 26 comments

Cool magazines about being a parent?

Suggestions for awesome parenting magazines? (Blogs, too, are fine, but a print mag would be ideal.) [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

The consulate wants my passport to issue a visa but I am afraid I will not get it back in time: what to do?

I am in a bit of a bureaucratic bind and I need some advice. Short story: I leave for a trip in 10 days and at this point have no visa for the country that I will be living in for a year. The consulate just emailed me a couple of hours ago and informed me that I need to send my passport to them (who are located in a city 12 hours away) in order that they can issue me the visa. Problem: I have been trying to get this visa for months now, and they have been terribly slow every step of the way. I am worried that I will not get my passport back in time before my flight. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 18 comments

How should I move my furry family members?

I'm planning to move from Michigan to the Portland area in a few months (target date is end of October/beginning of November). Yay! I'm trying to plan ahead - so I'm wondering what would be the best way to move my pets. Best, in this case, means the least stressful option for my pets. [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me woo a foreigner!

How do I indicate to a temporary Latvian colleague that I might kind of sort of want her to be a permanent Latvian girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 13 comments

What shirt should a bigger guy wear for a casual engagement photo shoot?

What shirt should a bigger guy wear for a casual engagement photo shoot? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Secretary with the big "S"

Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Dank u wel

I have been assigned to a project that will require me to temporarily relocate from Portland, OR...to the Netherlands. Talk to me about daily life in Europe. [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 8:02 AM PST - 13 comments

DPI help - how to increase?

Help! Is it possible to increase the DPI of an image so that it can be printed? Currently, to be "print-acceptable" the image I love would need to be about .5x.75" but I need for it to print about 2x3. [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Liferay really as terrible as it seems to be?

Can you explain to me why a company would choose Liferay as their CMS? Because, as a user experience designer, I'm baffled. As far as I can tell, this CMS forces sites to have the worst user experience I've ever seen. Are there benefits on the backend that make it worth causing users this kind of pain? Am I missing something here? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions on how to make a Lexar card reader play nicely with Win 7?

Is there anything to be done with a 5+ year old Lexar USB 2.0 Multi-card reader which I have just discovered is incompatible with Windows 7? Neither Microsoft nor Lexar seem to have bothered to provide drivers for this item. I only use it to transfer pictures from an XD card in an even older Fuji Finepix camera. Having to buy a new reader would be annoying; having to buy a new camera and reader will really piss me off if it comes to that.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Glasses fitted in Chicago

Can anyone recommend an optician in Chicago who will adjust glasses purchased elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by enn at 7:30 AM PST - 10 comments

I really wish I had more time to decide!!

Having some issues deciding whether I should take this job. I need to make a decision fast - help me decide what to do (long, sorry)! [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 7:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh...stop telephonin' me

Toshiba Digital Business Telephone driving me nuts. Can you help me take control of this thing? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

iMac doesn't recognize most CDs as CDs.

My iMac spits out the vast majority of CDs you put in the drive. I'd rather not lug it to the store (out of warranty)... any known solutions for this madness? Sometimes I have to put the same CD in the drive 20 times until it's recognized as a CD. It never spits out DVDs. It's a 3 year old 24" iMac.
posted by dobbs at 7:18 AM PST - 8 comments

helping high-functioning sister gain independence

special needs filter: how do I help my high-functioning sibling gain independence? what have your experiences with special needs siblings been like? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

I know his anxiety isn't his fault

My boyfriend and I are about to take The Bar Exam in less than a week. A few days ago, my boyfriend was having severe anxiety attacks and suddenly decided he'd be better off at his folks' house. We talked about it, I supported it, and he flew home that night. Now I'm alone in our house and I'm freaking out dealing with my own depression and anxiety. I know (I know, I really know) that what happened isn't his fault, and that he needs to do what is best for him, and that this doesn't mean he doesn't care about me. But my irrational me keeps feeling abandoned. I need advice on how to recontextualize the situation or something because with four days left I don't really have time or energy to spend being irrationally angry. [more inside]
posted by mishamashes at 7:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Monitor Recommendations for under £200 (about $400) for design work

Im looking for recommendations for a new monitor around the £200 mark purely for 2d photoshop design work - basically no games or video or tv. Size wise anything around the 20" mark. Ideally it would be from Dell the models ive looked at are P2311H, 2009W, E2210, P2211H and E2210H although they all seem pretty much priced the same.
posted by toocan at 7:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Oral sex - how risky is low-risk?

Unprotected oral sex outside my relationship: is this risky enough to warrant a confession? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 AM PST - 27 comments

Cool stuff in Boston?

Boston Filter: Moving to Boston in the middle of August. Looking for restaurant/music store/cool stuff/anything else recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Is Ten Years After a great band name, or what?

Are you aware of any research (in Psychology or in Management) regarding a natural human period of peak productivity or peak creativity? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Do Good Single Parents Lie to their Kids about Long-Term GFs?

BF says I overreacted; my gut says otherwise. [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 6:22 AM PST - 45 comments

I'm willing to wait for a bargain...

Is there an iphone app (or a piece of software, or a widget, or a website, or something) that will notify me when/if there is a change in price on any of the items in my iTunes wishlist? [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 6:07 AM PST - 6 comments

This may be the only time that "BACON!" is NOT the answer.

Potato Salad Filter: I am looking for a recipe for a German style potato salad that does not include bacon. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Puppy, oh puppy...

Help my fiance and I come to a compromise on when to get a puppy. I have grown up with dogs- he was never allowed to have one growing up. I had a puppy of my own for 10 years until she passed away last October only a month in to our relationship- so he never got to know her. We recently moved into a small house with a large fenced in back yard. We have 3 cats. He says the house will be too crowded with a dog. I don't think so. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 5:58 AM PST - 33 comments

Where's the opening act?

How come there are no "opening acts" for Hollywood movies? [more inside]
posted by querty at 5:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Would like a uk website, preferably free, that will alert me (email, rss, twitter, whatever) when a television or radio programme is scheduled.

I live in the UK and would like a website, preferably free, that will alert me (email, rss, twitter, whatever) when a television or radio programme is scheduled based on a keyword search. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:20 AM PST - 7 comments

How to rent a room in my awesome apartment..

I'm renting an apartment in Somerville, MA. My landlord has given me permission to have a roommate. He seems, however, resistant to the idea of putting said potential roommate on the lease (I suppose it's more work for him..?). How should I approach renting out a room in my place? [more inside]
posted by LittleKnitting at 4:01 AM PST - 11 comments

epic henna ftw

i'm planning a full-body henna tattoo. How do i prepare myself and the henna for best results? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:55 AM PST - 9 comments

July 21

Besides a career as an architect, which careers are involved in city planning?

Besides a career as an architect, which careers are involved in city planning? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 11:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Sanity-check this salary please!

Is $65K/year for a 52-hour work week in Manhattan reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 11:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for the Tonight Show in Heaven cartoon

Please help me find this editorial cartoon! It was published right after Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson died last year. The cartoon shows Johnny Carson at his desk and Ed McMahon sitting next to him in heaven, and Ed's telling Johnny that they're going to have a great show that night, since he brought Farrah Fawcett with him and Michael Jackson will be performing. (I'm paraphrasing) I can't remember the cartoonist or the paper - I saw it on a weekly cartoon roundup site originally, and my Google-fu is utterly failing.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:52 PM PST - 1 comment

What tricks the memory plays.

I'm asking a question for a friend who's looking for a piece of art that meant something to her as a child. [more inside]
posted by Galen at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

How to recruit passersby to take an unpaid survey?

I need tips on working as a consumer interviewer/survey-taker -- how do you convince people to give 15 minutes of their time to a survey with no incentive other than having their opinions heard? [more inside]
posted by kaye88 at 9:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Mobility Scooter Service in Las Vegas?

Is there a place in Las Vegas, Nevada that services mobility scooters? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 9:39 PM PST - 1 comment

A punch for running two miles!

My wife wants my help motivating her to take up running again and wants to use a punch card. Help me thing of rewards! [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 9:36 PM PST - 13 comments

iPad + Keyboard = Hope Me

A few questions on using the Apple Wireless Keyboard with an iPad... [more inside]
posted by erikgrande at 8:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my cat to like my mom?

How can I get my cat to like my mom? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 8:42 PM PST - 18 comments

This sucks.

How do I break up with a really sweet guy when the relationship just isn't going to work out? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 8:37 PM PST - 43 comments

No No Reservations

I don't want to travel or go on vacation. Does that make me anti-social? If it does, what should I do to change? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 8:32 PM PST - 37 comments

Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge and vicinity

Has anyone had experience touring the Canadian WWI sites in France and Belgium -- Vimy Ridge and the Memorial, and Ypres (Ieper) specifically? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

A whirlwind in the northwest

Help us plan the undecided portions of our northwest trip (crater lake to seattle via portland)! [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 8:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for apartment in Brooklyn (Borough Park/Kensington)

Brooklyn apartment filter: I'm looking for a 1 bedroom apartment in Borough Park/Kensington. I'm checking the regular places: Craigslist, classified ads, etc. Where else should I check? Are there any good brokers in the area? Is there anyone or any place that I should definitely avoid? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Preserving a vital resource

Is there any way to save an old, dried out chocolate bar? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 8:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Is LJ a Blog Service?

Are Livejournals blogs? Is Livejournal a blogging service? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 8:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Livin' La Vida Loca.....

Im looking for good Karaoke in Melbourne, can you help? [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get around in Minneapolis?

What's the best way (or ways) to get around in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

AGT, but whom?

Who is next on AGT? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 7:29 PM PST - 1 comment


One of my clients was purchased by their competitor. It was a surprise. That (now former) client is is overdue on multiple invoices to me/my company. Kiss the money goodbye, right? Normally yes, but I own my former client's domain name, and have been hosting it. How do I come up with a number for how much the URL is worth, when "globally" it's not worth much, but regionally and within the industry, it is very identifiable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Striking places to write in LA County

What places in Los Angeles County fit the following criteria: 1) striking indoor design or architecture, 2) open to the public, and 3) it wouldn't be unusual or prohibited for someone to go sit there and write for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I talk to my bofyfriend about losing weight?

How do I talk to my boyfriend about my desire to lose weight? [more inside]
posted by p. kitty at 6:47 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I get rid of brown spots/stains on white furniture?

How do you get brown spots out of white furniture? We have white dresser drawers that we just bought my daughter. They are high end wood dressers from a company called Pulaski. There is some kind of laminate on it because it is very smooth. We put a CD player on top of it and on the bottom of the CD Player there are little rubber like pads on it so that it will not scratch furniture. It is a common, regular CD player and the pads look common enough. Our own clock radio in our bedroom has the same kind of rubbery pads on the bottom. So anyway, it has been very humid, and within a week of buying this expensive set, I saw brown stains in the shape of the round rubbery pads on the dresser. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Lunch from Trader Joe's

A brand new grocery store opened up near where I work! Yay! (Previously, there weren't any nearby.) I want to get my lunch there. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 6:31 PM PST - 14 comments

I have a question about dishwashing machines and garbage disposals.

My #@%(! dishwashing machine is about to die, and I'm trying to pick a new one. I have a question about dishwashers and garbage disposals. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I change how I dress because I show up other people at work?

It's been suggested at my new workplace that I "drop the tie" because I'm showing up everyone else. This goes against my personal style and freedom to wear what I want. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 103 comments

Can I redact my voice mail?

I left all of my health insurance information on a hospital voice mail. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Wallowing in sybaritic SoCal luxury...but where?

Please recommend hotels in the San Diego area with luxurious bathtubs! [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 5:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to look through my dog's new eyes on the world.

My dog had a stroke. Her head is now tilted to one side and one of her eyes is sort of bulgy. I'm trying to understand what the world is like for her now. How does the world look after a stroke to the stroke victim? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I sell my books?

Should i sell my books or keep them? We're moving to a smaller house. I own way too many books. Most are expensive and i won't be able to afford to replace them in any near future. I have loads of slipped discs and lifting loads of small boxes of books will be agony. I own hundreds of v.specialist books i might need IF i get a job needing a particular language, or onto a masters in that area of psychology. They're big, they're expensive (normally - i picked up cheap ones along the way for possible future use). I live in a remote rural area with no nearby shop, so they have to sell on Amazon in the next 4 weeks or go to charity shops, probably get pulped. I would use most of them eventually. There are also my massive language dictionaries: there are online dictionaries, but often i can't afford the internet, but i don't know if i will need ever them or not, depends what job i get (have had jobs abroad). Really, it's a philosophy of life question: gather no moss, be a free spirit? Or plan ahead, be cautious? Which works best and why? Anyone with experience who can say you won't need those books/you'll really regret it? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia at 4:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Itsy Bitsy Spider-type of songs?

My 16-month old loves when I sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and he will mimic the hand movements. What are some other songs or activities I can do that involves this kind of interaction? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:09 PM PST - 43 comments

Non-communicative grandchild needs help

How to convince my grandsons parents to seek testing/diagnosis, (and potential intervention and treatment) for Autism Spectrum, and what, if anything, I can do from a distance. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

I am so lost

I asked this question last week... Turns out the school misled about being accredited. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Ereshkigal313 at 3:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Worse than malware

How to protect against rootkits? Our computer was down with what we thought was malware but turned out to be a rootkit from China according to our computer guy (which would explain why we weren't able to take care of problems ourselves.) Any of y'all have any suggestions to keep this kind of stuff off our computers in future?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 3:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Masters in the US: Pipedream or possibility?

Uni Filter: Just graduated from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a Bachelors degree. Wish to pursue a Masters degree in the US. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 2:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Smugmug and Photoshelter

Between Smugmug and Photoshelter, which have you found is the best site?
posted by Tziv at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

How can pork become less filling?

Please could someone explain to me why, of two meals composed of exactly the same ingredients, one would be far more filling than the other? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does this work in a Windows Forms solution but not a as Class Library?

I have a driver written in C++; it's set up as a solution within a VS 2008 project. If I go and create a new "Windows Forms" solution and reference the driver, it works fine (Intellisence works, it compiles etc). But when I try to do the same exact thing with a "Class Library" solution it will not see,link, whatever anything in the driver. I know I'm light on information, but its that simple "Class Libary"->Fail Winforms-> "No Fail"! I can't seem to come up with any good google searches for this either. Please help me hive mind!
posted by rickim at 2:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Batman theme song meme

Is this mutilation of the Batman theme song from my childhood global or local? [more inside]
posted by surfgator at 2:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Did I overreact about the towel thing?

In my gym at a large academic institution: this guy took my towel today by mistake in the locker room, in the showers (we were both in the showers, he got out first). He didn't tell me, but left me to figure out that he had left his towel on the other side of the other shower that he had used. I was perplexed and angry. Should I have been so pissed? More below. [more inside]
posted by dubitable at 2:34 PM PST - 39 comments

About Matlab toolboxes

What Matlab toolboxes to buy for finance industry uses? I am about to buy the Matlab student version, in order to learn the program further. I would like to know, which ones of the toolboxes (not included in the student version) a) are used in the finance industry regularly, so that I should know them OR b) are crucial in computational finance? [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Life is so unnerving / for a server's who's not serving

What can I do with an old Shuttle PC? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

You're not my type, but let's talk face to face.

Can you help me identify this typeface? [more inside]
posted by _dario at 2:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Questions about correcting forward head posture

What's the process of correcting forward head posture like? [more inside]
posted by AndGee at 2:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Stray dog help/options?

Stray dog help/options? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 2:03 PM PST - 14 comments

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay (because I'm dumb).

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

NewDogOwnerFilter: Kill the mice not the dog?

How do I kill/get rid of the mice without hurting the dog? [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Piccy piccy shake... fix my pics!

PhotoFilter: I want fewer blurry photos! My hands are relatively steady, but I want to get better. Halp! [more inside]
posted by inmediasres at 1:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Making Our Move Momentous

We're moving in together and I'd like to do something special to mark the occasion. But I'm stumped! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 1:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Need referral for client

Therapist in downtown SLC? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 1:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Weighing the pros and cons

What might be the implications of getting my 6-year-old daughter assessed by a mental health clinic? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 12:52 PM PST - 38 comments

I feel like an exposed nerve

I am a walking ball of anxiety 45% of the time, and it's increasing. I don't want it to take over my life. What now? Lots inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 34 comments

Accounting and Inventory Tracking Software for Small Publishing House

Any recommendations for a cloud based accounting and inventory tracking software for my small publishing company? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 12:40 PM PST - 1 comment

"I've had this since I was 1."

What to get for a first birthday? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 12:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Security deposit, cleaning fees, and ignorant renters, oh my.

Security deposit, cleaning fees, and ignorant renters, oh my. My husband and I are getting ready to move out of our first apartment, and since we don't have prior experience with the move-out cleaning and security deposit experience, we're a little lost. [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian at 12:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Playa Del Carmen recommendations?

What to do in and around Playa Del Carmen, Mexico? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Spreadsheets, Databases - Help Me. Please.

Well, I created a spreadsheet in Google docs. A simple, no frills document where there are various columns - one s for email addresses. Those addresses I want to go into my Address book in either Gmail or Thunderbird. Downloaded the spreadsheet into Excel - in CSV format - tried to save it to text - it's obviously not working. Someone online directed me to the Google Scripts and to API. This is so not my forte' and it's for a non-profit and am getting lost in a sea of geekage. Is there a simple way to just export the column of email addresses, convert them into a database separated by columns, fit for my email program? Thanks in advance.
posted by watercarrier at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

simple gmail fix?

gmail filters: I have a utilitarian phone that doesn't MMS. I have gmail set to forward incoming mail to my phone number as SMS. When I am mailed attachments, they usually bounce a Mail Delivery Sub. error. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

PC Time Clock Recommendation?

Looking for recommendations for a multiple-PC time clock solution, with two main features required. [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett at 11:51 AM PST - 2 comments

All the crazy ladies (don't put a ring on it)

I'm looking for more movies of a specific crazy/independent lady vibe, and this vague vibe spans genre: I want movies about women folk, especially ones with a witty or dark streak. I'm thinking of films like Heathers, Secretary, The Piano, Portrait of a Lady, Virgin Suicides, All About Eve, Winter's Bone and Ghost World. What else should I see? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 11:38 AM PST - 113 comments

essaying to persuade

What are the best and most interesting persuasive essays of 2009-2010? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas?

5th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For My Wife? [more inside]
posted by alshain at 11:23 AM PST - 22 comments

Staying 1 week each in Dublin & Amsterdam... but where?

Husband & I are going to both Dublin & Amsterdam in September. We're seeking accommodations (either Hotel or Bed & Breakfast) that would allow us to live like locals enjoying a weekend* (see inside) . Ideally, the hotel would be far enough to avoid traffic/congestion/tourists but close enough to be able to take public transportation to attractions. [more inside]
posted by ChefJoAnna at 11:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Amazon S3 bucket as mounted drive in OSX?

Best way to simply mount an Amazon S3 bucket as a drive in OSX? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 11:16 AM PST - 15 comments

So I'm going to Ottawa, eh?

I'll be in Ottawa for a few days in September (attending RAID 2010). I've never been to Canada before (I'm a European), so I'm planning to stay a few days longer and enjoy the city and/or its surroundings. I'm looking for any recommendations of things to see and do. If anyone is up for a meetup, that would be great as well.
posted by cronholio at 11:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Trader Joe's spin off #2

Trader Joe's "Non-Food" items. What to get? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 10:56 AM PST - 48 comments

Not so smart smartphone

After 3 Palm Pres, how can I get out of my contract with Bell for this terrible phone? I'm still within the 1 year manufacturer's warranty, but only for another month. [more inside]
posted by blake137 at 10:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I pay attention to the next time I see Inception?

I saw Inception last night and intend to see it again soon. What should I pay attention to? Which details are crucial? What are the red herrings? I'm not looking for theories so much as what clues are in the film I can use to construct my own explanation. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 10:30 AM PST - 51 comments

Synthesizing research and keeping it all straight.

How do you organize research so that you can synthesize it later while writing your literature review? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 10:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a DIN rail Terminal Block for a standard DIP14 packaged chip (that is in-stock).

[Electronics Small Part Filter] Help me find a DIN rail Terminal Block for a standard DIP14 packaged chip (that is in-stock). [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 10:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me find Beta tape boxes

Please help me find Beta tape boxes [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Interrupting itunes playback - how to do it automagically

I want to interrupt a playing itunes stream with another program's output. I already have many pieces in place, but I need to trigger itunes to shaddap. How to do? [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

German and Italian translation for matching tattoos!

[Translation Filter] A friend needs a few simple German and Italian translations for a tattoo. But I don't speak German or Italian! [more inside]
posted by firei at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Show me the world's best packaging design

Can you recommend the best packaging design blogs or other sites, from around the world? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

"Trochanteric bursitis" anecdata

Can you offer any advice about trochanteric bursitis? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 9:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Life advice for the newly agnostic.

After doing pretty poorly at a four year university and having been kicked out for leaving their religion, how should I go about judging community colleges to attend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Congenital cataract

Six week old baby girl may have a congenital cataract. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

What's involved with having a barn cat?

I've had house cats, but never a barn cat. Do people have cats that strictly live outside in their barn in New England? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 9:09 AM PST - 27 comments

We'll sail 'round the horn, and bring back spices and silk, the likes of which ye have never seen.

Is it OK to store my spices in a shipping container for 2 weeks? [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 9:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Shared & Editable contacts using Outlook 2007 WITHOUT Exchange?

We are currently on Exchange & Outlook 2000. We have somewhere in the realm of 2000 contacts stored in a shared "Rolodex", that can be accessed by anyone via Outlook. We're currently looking to move to Outlook 2007 (from the Office Professional suite) WITHOUT Exchange and are furiously trying to figure a similar solution. Please read on for more details… [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 9:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Writing website for charity...should I copyright it?

I have been laid off and, along with looking for work, I thought I'd learn some new technology and add to my resume. I am now working on a web site for a charity that uses Bing/Silverlight to find meeting locations. One of my former co-workers said "You had better copyright it" which made me wonder if I needed to and if I do, what kind of license do I give the charity?
posted by CodeMonkey at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Video game wish list for a public library

What video games would be awesome to see on the shelves at a public library? I'm generating a list of titles to be ordered. [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 8:54 AM PST - 23 comments

How to be close to my young toddler son.?

How to be close to my young toddler son.? [more inside]
posted by jassi at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Articles to pair with Graff's "Hidden Intellectualism"?

Should college students be reading essays about video games or should they be assigned John Stuart Mill? I'm looking for readings to pair with Gerald Graff's article "Hidden Intellectualism." [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Rerouted! But why?!?

Why would my router reset itself to factory default? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments

How does a restaurant kitchen work?

How does a real restaurant kitchen work? I've been watching "Hell's Kitchen" and, yes, I know it's a reality show and thus somewhat or largely fake, but having watched it, I now really don't understand how any restaurants actually produce food. Have you worked in a restaurant kitchen? How is it different? Why does my food always come out on time and nothing is raw?
posted by tamaraster at 8:43 AM PST - 34 comments

Not to be confused with the meatnpotato.

Where can I procure breadfruit in Austin, Tx? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

D.C. Apartment Finders/Apartment Brokers?

Know anything about Washington, D.C. Apartment Finders/Brokers? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 8:38 AM PST - 10 comments


Adventures By Disney announced today that they will be travelling to Egypt in 2011... is this a good idea for us? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Am I doing pillows wrong?

How long do your bed pillows last? How do I keep mine lasting longer? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

How to make a database-driven website

Building a super-simple database-driven website, from scratch - where to start? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Gift(s) for girlfriend traveling in SE Asia?

Gift(s) for girlfriend traveling in SE Asia? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 8:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I buy inexpensive bulk canvas tote bags?

Any suggestions on where I can buy inexpensive bulk canvas tote bags? I don't need anything printed on them, but they do need to have a size that is reasonable for groceries (roughly 18x14 and with a gusset). Any retailers that anyone can recommend? Right now it looks to be about $3-4 a bag the best I can find.
posted by Woo! at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting started with housesitting?

What are your experiences with house-sitting placement websites, such as this one? Should I bother with registering at one of these sites? [more inside]
posted by supernaturelle at 7:57 AM PST - 1 comment

...when the fanfiction is better than the canon...

Help me find this Twilight fanfic I never got to finish. It starts off with Jasper trading book suggestions with a black girl in a diner. The one line I remember is Jasper thinking something to the effect of, the North loved Negroes as a race but not as individual people, and vice versa for the South. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 7:56 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I make and Incredible even more incredible?

Besides voiding my warranty, what are some practical reasons to avoid rooting my Droid Incredible and replacing the kernel? What other cool mods should I try? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I use jQuery show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form?

How can I use jQuery to show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form from a different page? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 7:28 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm guessing the answer isn't "practice".

Help me understand what seems like a contradiction: News stories I read seem to depict there being quite a lot of immigration into EU countries, and attendant unrest over cultural factors. But while a lot of people I know say they would love to move to Europe, the few who've actually done research into it seem to indicate that it's nearly impossible to get in unless you're wealthy or in a select few professions. How do middle and lower class people actually immigrate to Europe? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 7:24 AM PST - 35 comments

ipod, schmipod

Another ipod question - awww yeah! I searched previous questions but they didn't work or I didn't do them right. I need plain english, step-by-step instructions on how to move music from an old decrepit ipod to my new slammin ipod. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 6:43 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best group set for my cycling needs?

I've bought a road bike frame, forks, seat post and headset. I'm a price level down from the Shimano 105 series. What's the best group set and bottom bracket for my needs? [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 6:36 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to enjoy clubbing!

I want to enjoy clubbing- help me find an NYC club that suits my taste? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

and Jesus said "let the children come to me"

Looking for a v.sad story I read on the 'net years ago about a nursing home in Japan that had mannequins of children playing in the grounds. [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me learn to organize my stuff

Please give me advice/books/websites/etc that will teach me how to organize my stuff. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 6:17 AM PST - 30 comments

How much financial support do libraries derive from overdue fines?

How much financial support do libraries derive from overdue fines? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 5:46 AM PST - 23 comments

I want to feed a giraffe for my birthday near DFW. Hope?

Feeding the giraffes: does anyone have personal experience with this at the Fort Worth Zoo or the newly opened Dallas Zoo exhibit? What is it like -- can you purchase food? Is there a better possibility as a day trip from DFW? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Money doesn't have nails -- how can it be manicured?

I was watching The Wire season 1 and they kept talking about manicured money. I get the gist of it, but is there some more specific meaning it has? (I have watched only seasons 1 and 2 and have very successfully avoided any spoilers whatsoever, please don't discuss plotlines.)
posted by jeather at 4:51 AM PST - 5 comments

WTF, nose?

YANMD. What's up with this runny nose in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me tidy up my internet

What's the best way to manage multiple social media streams? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 4:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice for going back to college?

Advice for a diploma mill IT guy going back to college for computer science? [more inside]
posted by pemdasi at 4:15 AM PST - 7 comments

ISO Examples of Effective Public Speaking.

Would you share videos of any presentation in front of a live audience, whose speaker's presentation style you found extremely effective (or affective)? [more inside]
posted by Tufa at 3:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me install a program with python and csound.

Please help me install this music sequencer on windows XP. It requires python, so I've installed 2.5 as it may have issues with later versions. It also requires the 'csound python api' which I can't find on the net or in my installation of csound. I'm really keen on this app. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 2:32 AM PST - 3 comments


My girlfriend and I are taking a trip to Mexico in August. We wanted to see various sites, one of them being the Baths of Nezahualcoyotl. Does anyone have any tips about Tetzcotzingo/Texcutzingo? We're trying to find bus lines and hotel accommodations, but having a hard time finding much current information. [more inside]
posted by ishmael at 2:12 AM PST - 1 comment

I'm Rubber, You're Glue, Who Gets Their Links From Our Own Big Blue?

Track when a link appears at site A, then site B, then site C? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 1:00 AM PST - 4 comments

What IS that film?

Name that film: A noble woman in 18th C. France dresses as a man. I seem to remember her wearing a uniform but am unsure if she's in the military. She sets something of a trend and other women begin to copy her. She meets a man. He doesn't initially know that she's a woman. A love interest develops. I probably saw it on HBO or the like sometime in the mid 80's. It was probably released around the same time.
posted by Vavuzi at 12:44 AM PST - 9 comments

2 months in paradise, what to do?

What are some projects to work on for two months in a rural environment with no internet? [more inside]
posted by maca at 12:35 AM PST - 14 comments

July 20


Name that tune and genre. [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Super-cheap cell phone in Montreal?

Super-cheap pre-paid cell phone in Montreal, Canada? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 10:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Wouldn't it be nice if they gave PHDs / For strokin' me with hypotheses

I'm looking for references to (and especially celebrations of) smart girls in music. [more inside]
posted by troika at 9:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Why is Amazon redirecting to Myspace?

Why is "amazon.com" redirecting me to MySpace? Who broke my internet? [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 9:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I ask my employer to remove my photo from the company website?

My company has posted my photo along with those of other employees on its website. I'm not comfortable with having my picture online, in any context, and would like to ask that it be removed. I'll ask politely, but if my boss insists that it stays, I'd like to know what my rights are. I wasn't asked for permission. I'm in BC, so I guess I'm wondering particularly about BC laws and/or precedents. Please advise, so I know where I stand!
posted by otfence at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Soundtrack for a Ninja

If a Ninja could have a soundtrack, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by CZMR at 8:17 PM PST - 39 comments

For Heaven's Sake, just one question...

I'm attending a B&N album signing event for Carol Channing on Friday. I am hoping to be able to record just a moment of digital video, during which I want to ask her a question about her work with Pearl Bailey. What are the odds of my getting shut down/shut out or pissing off an elderly Broadway legend in the process? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for info on how to venture into San Francisco BDSM community

I am a woman in my mid-20's who has had some kink experience in a previous relationship but now wants to explore it a little on my own. I am moving to SF soon so now is as good a time as any to try. I am both fascinated by and intimidated by it all, and would like to know some general information, advice, and suggestions on directions I could try to check things out slowly and discretely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Is my doctor incompetent or do I have multiple conditions?

Is my doctor incompetant? I thought it was a UTI, he thinks it's a fungal infection, oh and also herpes and chlamydia depending on when you ask him. What gives? (slight amount of gross). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Moving to the Quad Cities, IL/IA. Recommendations?

My husband and I are moving to the Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa and we need some recommendations. He grew up there, so we are familiar with general geography and institutions like Jim's Ribs, Whitey's ice cream, and Maid-Rite. But he hasn't lived there since high school-- we need a realtor, neighborhood suggestions, doctors, etc. My Google-fu has given me plenty of lists but I'd like info from real people. [more inside]
posted by scarnato at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Things to do/eat ner Woodstock, NY.

Help me plan a long weekend in the general Woodstock, NY area. Fun/pretty places and vegetarian friendly restaurant suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by Aversion Therapy at 7:27 PM PST - 9 comments

help me pick a laser

My sister is a chiropractor and I am enquiring on her behalf if anyone can advise about brands of low power therapeutic lasers for soft tissue treatment that you can recommend or warn against.
posted by grizzled at 7:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me plan an awesome hardcore state crossin' bicycle trip! Now in 3D!

Me and my girlfriend are planning to embark upon a long adventure. We have never done it before and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

How does one auto-fill an Excel spreadsheet with terms?

How does one auto-fill an Excel spreadsheet with terms from another data source? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 7:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Moon over Miami - wait, no, over New Orleans

Astronomers: how to best determine the exact time to take a photograph of the full moon where the moon is situated between two earthly objects? [more inside]
posted by komara at 7:01 PM PST - 14 comments

A house? In Deer Lake? Thanks! Umm... Now what?

Problems you'd love to have Filter: my boyfriend's parents just gave him a house. What should we know, and what do we do now? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 7:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Help identify true story of escape from cave/dungeon

When I was a boy, I read a true story about two prisoners who escaped from some kind of cave/prison. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Need alternative employment ideas for a teacher near Wilmington/Philly

My future bride teaches in Dover, DE. And she's trapped in a job she hates. Please suggest alternative work that she might find within 45 min of philly… [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 6:20 PM PST - 2 comments

US Cuba relations and hurricanes/oil spills

What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
posted by barbudo at 5:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Chicago Day!

Help me plan a "Chicago Day"! [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 5:35 PM PST - 21 comments

PLease help me remember a comedy bit from late 60s- early 70s.

PLease help me remember a comedy bit from late 60s- early 70s. Guy is booking a rock festival and some asks him who plays first. He answers The Who and the bit continues. Guess Who, Yes. Sound familiar? I thought is was hilarious in my youth
posted by citybuddha at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments


I can't get the phrase "Nonoxyl-1,5-Triethylamine" out of my head. Obviously, it is an IUPAC name for an organic chemical, but AP Chemistry was a long time ago and I can't quite map out if it's valid— my hunch is "no." Is there a notable chemical that has a similar name that I might be half-remembering? More importantly, is there a website where I can look things like this up in the future?
posted by Electrius at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Help keep my FIL's medication straight!

Looking for a digital medication reminder with text for my 72 y/o father-in-law that is not an iPhone app. Dream product described inside. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How to cancel life insurance before a medical exam and after you've signed up?

I signed up for life insurance at work without realizing it required a paramedical exam. This is a drug test too right? Can I decline coverage at this point or am I obligated to go through with the exam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Invasive IE Pop-Under Ads: How do I get rid of them?

Don't quite know what I did to cause this, but I'm getting invasive Internet Explorer pop-under ads at random times on my computer (for whatever it's worth I don't actually use Internet Explorer, generally use Firefox), regardless of whether or not I'm online. Tried more than one virus scan and it doesn't uncover anything or fix the problem. Any suggestions?
posted by The Gooch at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

A stark reminder of why it's a good idea to open a savings account

Where's my money? Debit card/hotel catastrophe [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 4:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I get set up to teach music over the internet using Skype?

How can I get set up to teach hand drumming over the internet using Skype? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard at 3:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Torrent Search List Automation?

Is there a program or an add-on which will keep a list of torrents I want to download so as to avoid typing them in individually each time I want to see if they are available? [more inside]
posted by gman at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I prevent old bad job from haunting good new job?

Last job was rough, got injured and fired, also accused of stealing months later. About to start new job and nervous... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 4 comments

I really can't afford another 2 months rent...

I submitted a form to the property management outfit of my apartment in April to move out. Come July, my expected move-out month, they say they can't find the form. The woman I spoke to about this said that they'll see what they can see and try to work with me, but if they end up saying I have to stay for another 2 months (60 days is required notice period) what are my options? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me determine if this is edible in some way other than giving it to Ralph Wiggum to taste.

What kind of fruit or vegetable is this? And more important, can I eat it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Go to law school or not?

Hi all, im a 33 male and have been accepted into law school but just cant seem to decide whether I should go or not. [more inside]
posted by inlimbow at 2:13 PM PST - 50 comments

Recommend user-to-user web site with advice on Lyris ListManager?

Please recommend a user-to-user web site with technical advice on Lyris ListManager. One of our employees accidentally deleted ~6,000 e-mail accounts from their Lyris list. We're a non-profit, and our support contract has ended. [more inside]
posted by jtherkel at 2:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Is my recycling really being recycled?

How is it possible that paper is not hopelessly contaminated in single-stream recycling? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 1:50 PM PST - 4 comments

God Bless Liberals!

Where are the liberal, progressive, Christian blogs and media? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 1:48 PM PST - 28 comments

US and Canada - HE compared?

Can anyone advise me on some specific comparisons between the US and Canadian University systems? I am in charge of internationalisation at a British University and we would like to investigate establishing academic partnerships and indeed possibly some direct recruitment in both countries. While we are roughly clear on how the US system operates, Canada is a bit harder to grasp. [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 1:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Did Disney give you a hero complex?

What are the impacts of stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Tales of King Arthur, Beauty & the Beast, or Aladdin, on contemporary romantic relationships? [more inside]
posted by toni_jean at 1:37 PM PST - 44 comments

Relocating while on medicaid?

Does anyone have any experience relocating to a different state while on Medicaid? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 1:33 PM PST - 2 comments

All the flavor, none of the umph

Do you have any advise on how to make a cocktail taste like rum, vodka, or other liquor without actually using an alcohol? I have a friend whose be diagnosed with a disease that makes drinking alcohol a no-no, but misses cocktails. I'm looking for some rum/vodka/other booze flavored substitute I can use to make her the drinks she's missing.
posted by bswinburn at 1:21 PM PST - 22 comments

burn bridges, salt fields, cut ties, disappear

Feel like I want to burn bridges, salt fields, cut ties, and disappear. [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 1:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Surprise! I has a dog.

Yesterday, my girlfriend of two years bought a puppy that, due to circumstances, she really shouldn't have. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 55 comments

Contribute to 401k and Roth IRA?

Should I invest in both a 401k and Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 12:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Help finding excerpt about diversity and race

Help tracking down a section/chapter/excerpt from a book on diversity, with a title along the lines of "50 things I didn't have to deal with today because I'm white." [more inside]
posted by Roach at 12:24 PM PST - 4 comments

A few questions about an involved Belgian Liège Waffle recipe.

I've been using this awesome recipe to make Belgian Liège waffles, but my results are never consistent. Could you guys help me reverse engineer the recipe a bit? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Gravity is keeping me down.

I need low tech ideas to get my butt in/out of a hot tub. [more inside]
posted by thorny at 12:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Will these controls work on my 1985 15 hp Evinrude motor?

old outboard motor controls question [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Origin of phrase "don't make me cut you"?

Does anybody know where the expression "Don't make me cut you" comes from originally? I have searched and asked others with powerful google-fu to search and we're coming up empty.
posted by Theresa at 12:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me, you crafty foxes.

What can I do with a few hundred ornament hooks? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Good XP disk cloning tool?

What is the best free PC Disk Cloning Software? [more inside]
posted by chris p at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember three childhood movies

Can you help me name three childhood movies based on the briefest snippets of scenes? I have only brief glimpses of scenes from three movies I watched on TV when I was a kid (~35 years ago). For years I've thought about those scenes and I'd like to identify the (probably obscure) movies to which they belong. [more inside]
posted by darkstar at 10:55 AM PST - 18 comments

I don't have any favorites, is that strange?

Is it unusual to not have a favorite anything? Because I don't. I really don't. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 10:48 AM PST - 39 comments

£50 in-ear headphones.

I'm looking for an all purpose (mainly speech) set of in-ear headphones. My budget is £50.
posted by nam3d at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

tell me about dead dudes.

Recommendations for non-fiction history, preferably available through Amazon's Kindle store? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 10:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Vacation destination in the caribbean/mexico on budget

Looking for all inclusive caribbean/mexico vacation on a budget of 2000 CAD in a good hotel [more inside]
posted by victorashul at 10:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Immigration and Bankruptcy

Will filing bankruptcy (UK) affect my chances of being granted a spousal visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences?

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

LCD Monitor Resolution Error Message....

My monitor says "out of range signal, change your display" but.... [more inside]
posted by JtJ at 9:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Confessing pescetarianism to a vegan?

Should my partner tell her vegan friend that she's started eating fish? If so, how should she break the news? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Places to go in the Eastern Townships?

Where in Quebec's Eastern Townships should a bunch of people go? [more inside]
posted by transient at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

I wish she'd DTMF, but she won't.

My friend is an abusive relationship. My question is not about how I can help my friend; it's about how I can keep myself sane and still be friends with her. [more inside]
posted by E-Boogie at 9:38 AM PST - 15 comments

benign neglect and mollusucm contagiosum

Please share your experiences dealing with Molluscum in small children. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find free inventory software for volunteer rescue team?

I am looking for a free web-based inventory system for a volunteer local government team. [more inside]
posted by PerpetualPermutation at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

5 minute lesson

Can you think of any skills that can be taught in 5 minutes? Anything from whimsical (making a ninja mask from a t-shirt) to practical (knot tying). [more inside]
posted by madokachan at 9:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Alternative to the old Launchcast?

I'm looking for a way to create a personalized internet radio station like the old Yahoo Launchcast. I've looked at the usual suspects but haven't found one that will both let me create a station AND rate the songs beyond a thumbs up/thumbs down or the like. [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Seaboard Vs Coast?

Why is the east coast of the United States so often referred to as the "eastern seaboard," whereas the west coast is never (AFAICT) referred to as the "western seaboard?"
posted by davidmsc at 8:57 AM PST - 13 comments

When in doubt, ask yourself this....

RelationshipFilter: How can I look at the relationship more objectively? When I read the huge long journal entry I just wrote about my relationship, I realize he comes off as kind of a jerk. And he is kinda. But how do I know if I'm being a selfish bitch? How have you learned to draw these lines? [more inside]
posted by inmyhead at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me decide

What have your experiences been with the combination birth control pill (or the progestin-only pill) while breastfeeding? Did it affect your milk supply? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Anyone have any intell on this new Blackberry's debut?

Does anyone know when the Blackberry 9800 "Slider" will debut, particularly on the Verizon Wireless network?
posted by tdalton at 8:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Communication in online relationships

Is this kind of thing a harbinger of worse things to come? (I wish I could summarize this for TL;DR issues, but can't seem to do it in a way that makes sense!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 41 comments

BBC Radio 4 Choice Podcast Archive?

Is there an archive of the BBC's excellent Radio 4 Choice podcast? They only have the last episode posted and there are some episodes from the past I'd like to hear. [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for B2B Lead Data

Looking for an inexpensive place to buy up-to-date B2B leads. I'm familiar with InfoUSA, Hoover & Zoom Info. Any other suggestions? It would be great to buy a lead list that had email addresses, website info, and the right contact. Again, we are just targeting small town America. Dentists, Carpet Cleaners, Auto Dealerships, Plumbers, etc... Thanks!
posted by pandrew3 at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Feminism Podcasts

Suggestions for feminist/progressive podcasts? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Any port in a storm.

Time sensitive hardware question: I have a Biloxon SRP-370 thermal receipt printer. It uses an LPT cable. The POS computer uses lpt or com, but the software only talks to COM. Therefore, I need the printer to use COM instead. Where can I buy a com port that will fit it and get it shipped overnight?
posted by lazaruslong at 8:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Liquidating Grandma Holdings

My wife and I need to turn my Mother-in-Law's estate into cash to fund her long term Alzheimer's care. Should I plan to call one of those estate sale companies or are there better options (an ebay seller service, maybe)? What should I know ahead of time and what scams should I watch out for? What is fair to pay for a fee or percentage? And any recommendations for the Houston area? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Bermuda or US Virgin Islands?

Short trip this August: Bermuda or USVI? Why, and where to stay/what to do? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

How am I using data in my sleep?

All of a sudden, my data usage with AT&T has gone way up. How can I be using data while I'm asleep? And on wifi? [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 8:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Where is this tech jargon joke?

I vaguely remember a joke, probably from the mid to late 90s, in which two technologists are speaking. The start out in English, using more and more tech jargon as the conversation progresses, until they end up speaking in ones and zeros. I would now like to reference this fictional conversation, but can't find it. Can anyone source my vague memory?
posted by scottreynen at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I buy a bunch of those clips that allow you to clip your headphone cable to your shirt?

Where can I buy a bunch of those clips that allow you to clip your headphone cable to your shirt? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 7:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my fire department beg for money successfully!

I have been asked to write the annual fundraiser letter for my fire company. What's the best way to reach a wealthy, liberal population that probably receives lots of requests for money? [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 at 7:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting round Demand Five not playing on a Mac

Can someone help me watch older programmes on Demand Five on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie at 7:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Application for turning a little work into a lot of text?

Are there any (preferably free) applications that will turn a few keystrokes or clicks into a large, predefined phrase? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for more work! How do I become a marketing writer consultant?

Anyone have experience as a creative content/marketing writer consultant? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 7:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Chess blogs

I'm getting back into chess and wondering what chess blogs are worth following. I'm interested in discussions of matches, analysis of positions and openings, and anecdotes about the game and its players. What sites do you check on a regular basis?
posted by ekroh at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Batch-deleting Wordpress posts?

MySQL/Wordpress question: Help me delete all posts from a certain category before a certain date. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I grill fish?

I know I'm going to barbecue some fish. I don't really know what fish or how. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 7:08 AM PST - 32 comments

Operable Top-Hinged Transoms?

How does one prop open an interior transom window, traditionally, if the hinges are on top? [more inside]
posted by HerArchitectLover at 7:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Embarassing friends?

How do you deal with good friends who are sort of embarrassing in public? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 5:34 AM PST - 32 comments

What are some tasty dairy-free edible gifts I can bring to a pregnant friend?

I need suggestions for a delicious, dairy-free, edible hostess gift for a pregnant friend! [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 5:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Hey man, get outta mah computer

I suspect someone in my network connected to my computer today twice while my firewall was not working. Does this mean what I think it does, and what should I do from here? [more inside]
posted by ultrabuff at 4:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Original ideas for website content

I am working on setting up a website for a very small management consultancy. I am thinking of some really interesting content to differentiate from the mundane. Metabrain please help. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 3:59 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm really *not* as stupid as I look...

People I work with tend to treat me as though I'm much stupider than I am. Is there anything I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 3:46 AM PST - 57 comments

The measles that keep measling

I have blackheads on my nose that won't go away. Help! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Career guidance based on personality type

I am looking for book recommendations on career guidance using personality type. [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 3:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Legal or logistical advice for Spanish domestic violence victim?

Short-term asylum for Spanish domestic violence victims fleeing to the UK, or related advice? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by collectallfour at 2:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Paging Dr. Fat-Friendly in Denver, STAT.

Need recommendations for an internist and/or endocrinologist in the metro Denver area, for myself and my husband. Difficulty: We want someone who will skip the weight loss lecture because they realize we've heard it a million goddamn times already and the only thing it's ever done is make us not want to go to the doctor. We don't want the "OMG don't you know fat is bad for you, hurf durf buttereater" crap from here either-- go kick a puppy or something. We only want to know about doctors that will respect our wishes. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 1:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Help plan my Korea trip

Seoul and Jeju based peoples of mefi, your knowledge and experience is requested. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 1:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Name-that-song filter

Name-that-song filter. Male singer, lyrics (I think) contain the line: "as big as Saskatchewan, you're never going to see me again." Any ideas? Not much more inside, I'm afraid. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas at 1:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Compelling reason to upgade to Exchange Server 2010

What are the most compelling reasons to upgrade/migrate from Exchange Server 2007 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:24 AM PST - 2 comments

July 19

Help Identify this Industrial 'Erector Set'

Please identify the 'industrial erector set' holding up the campus board in this picture. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 11:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Oversized print-on-demand

Which print on demand publisher should I go to print a small run of oversized (over letter sized) magazines/books? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix at 11:06 PM PST - 1 comment

What's good for the goose?

Why shouldn't I eat a goose from Central Park? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 10:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Face no longer works

What was your experience with Bell's palsy? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Business card trading deficit?

What is the etiquette regarding business card exchanges during an interview? When I have gone on interviews in the past, the various people who have interviewed me have given me their business cards. I am never sure whether to give the interviewer one of my business cards in exchange. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog at 9:45 PM PST - 12 comments

the old snl genius: the writers are so invisible

who wrote the SNL skit "Japanese Gameshow" with Chris Farley? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Tax implications of selling on Amazon

If I sell off some of my books on Amazon, is that income I need to pay taxes on? I ask because I'll generally be selling my books at a loss - they're books I bought for myself, am done reading and want out of my spare bedroom. It's not exactly the product of a business plan.
posted by codswallop at 9:36 PM PST - 9 comments

That was me, but it wasn't me, and isn't me now.

How long does a bad performance review matter? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to find a higher-resolution Dalek poster?

Does a higher-resolution version of this recent Dalek/Doctor Who poster exist? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 9:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Will bribe New Zealand skiers with beer in exchange for guiding me away from 50 ft. cliffs

I'd prefer to not fall off a 50 ft cliff in New Zealand while skiing backcountry this August. Besides hiring (the very expensive) guides, how do we find volunteers willing to help us make it back to civilization each day in exchange for beer? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 8:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How to separate a steering knuckle from a ball joint stud?

I'm trying to replace the driveshafts on both sides of a 2001 Grand Caravan. Right now, I'm working on the passenger side, and am completely unable to separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint stud. I've loosened the stud nut (it won't come completely off until the knuckle is raised) and have hammered a pickle fork in as far as it will go in every direction I can manage. It is always stopped by digging into the control arm, never by resistance from the knuckle. I've tried heating the knuckle, with no success. Any tips?
posted by Ickster at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

recovering audio from a un-finalized CD-R?

whats the best way to extract audio from a CD-R that's not finalized? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Is he my boyfriend or a creepy sex addict?

Should I trust him? Can people really change? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 8:09 PM PST - 72 comments

blong mama blong

Bislama speakers, please help! What does this sign say? [more inside]
posted by ymendel at 8:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Do baby mountains exist??

Can people recommend a baby mountain a friend and I can climb? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 7:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Has anybody got ZRTP encrypted voice calls working with their own XMPP server?

Has anybody got ZRTP encrypted voice calls working with their own XMPP server? [more inside]
posted by gnujunk at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Half a day in LA or Santa Barbara?

Is it worth it to go into LA for a few hours and then head on to SB? Or should I just head into SB and see the sights there? [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of tree with sour leaves did we chew on at camp when I was a kid?

When I was a kid, I went to a summer camp in North Georgia for several summers. There was this one tree near the main parking lot that, for some reason, we all used to pull leaves off of and chew on them. They had a really pleasant sour taste. Anyone know what kind of tree it might have been? [more inside]
posted by ivey at 7:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Soothe my Paranoid Mind

Selling my car privately: Do I HAVE to mail Bank of America my blank pink slip? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 7:19 PM PST - 12 comments

I need some real research help!

I'm starting to look for a person to help me all the way through a real, honest-to goodness research project. The subject area is public management. Where can I look for a patron, what will I likely find, and are there any red flags of which I would beware? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get my penis to work as intended

I'm a sexually unexperienced man with a problem. It might just be the standard problem, but there's a weird twist that makes me a bit paranoid. Googling the archives gives me nothing applicable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I figure out if my uncle is really sick?

My uncle has cancer...allegedly, and our family members are rallying together to help him. How can I give without feeling like a sucker? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding a TV commercial for Wegmans WPOP (It's dynamite!)

I'm looking for an online copy of a TV commercial for a local supermarket chain Wegmans and their line of house-brand carbonated beverages named WPOP. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 6:54 PM PST - 2 comments

A huckleberry over my persimmon.

Where can I pick huckleberries in New York State that is accessible by public transportation and hiking? [more inside]
posted by jardinier at 6:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Let us break bread(s?) together

Is the plural of a variety of bread, "breads" or does it remain bread? "I scale, mix and bake various breads from scratch for a busy café and catering orders."
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 6:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Know any non-fiction works on the end of American liberalism?

Know any non-fiction works, books preferred but online/journal/paper articles too, on the end of American liberalism? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 6:11 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the best volunteering opportunities to raise my XP?

What are the best volunteering opportunities to raise my XP? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

have I stumbled upon a vast Metro Card conspiracy?

Difference between Monthly and pay-per-ride Metro Cards "swipiness?" (NY Subway here) [more inside]
posted by xetere at 4:53 PM PST - 16 comments

"Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup" - but not for me, today sadly

What's another word - or phrase - in any language for 'transcendent beauty', or 'the universe is as it should be, relax'? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 4:21 PM PST - 30 comments

I Long to See Your Smiling Valley

I am going to Shenandoah National Park for a few days the last week of September. What are your favorite hiking trails, and other sights, in the park? Where would you recommend I stay? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Planning the Loving Annihilation of a 1997 Nissan Sentra in Seattle

Wanted: an extravagant (but responsible) way to get rid of my car in (or around) Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee at 3:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Big baadda boom Leeloo Dallas multipass

Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:32 PM PST - 19 comments

You're sueing me for WHAT???

Legal/debt collector woes: I was just served papers saying I am being sued by a debt collector for non-payment of $86. I am fairly certain I have paid this bill in full, but they are refusing to give me any kind of statement or accounting showing I still owe this amount. What can I do?? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 3:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Smoke gets in your eyes...

Are there any issues replacing an old AC-powered smoke alarm with a newer alarm? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me create charts to analyse my self-tacking data.

How do I chart my life? I'm using an Android App to input information against a date/time such as weight/mood/alertness/alcohol units etc. How can I easily view all this data on a big chart so I can see what relationships might exist? [more inside]
posted by razzman at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Normal life on dialysis

My brother has kidney failure and has been on dialysis for about a year. What are the probabilities on being able to live independently/normally, and how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fen at 2:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Sharing files, tracking downloaders

I'm looking for a good way to share files with my clients that average about 20-25 MB each. While I've seen a number of (excellent) recommendations, like drop.io, I haven't been able to find one with this feature: Tracking which people download the file. I'd be okay if users had to create accounts, or if it was tracked by click-through from email links. But it must be private and allow user tracking.
posted by scottso17 at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Everyman Shakespeare

Is the 'Everyman Shakespeare' series available in other formats? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 2:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Souvenirs from Japan?

My dad is heading to Japan. I think he'll be in the Tokyo area. He's offered to try and find interesting stuff that's hard to get over here. Thing is, I'm not sure what to ask for or where to have him try and look… [more inside]
posted by caphector at 2:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Who wrote this passage about sea water and cytoplasm

Please help me find a (pre 2005) science book about the evolution of life. In one small section it covered the chemical composition of sea water and its similarity to the cytoplasm of mammalian cells. [more inside]
posted by Science! at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

"Clever Title: City Name + Time Frame" = nonfiction delight

I recently read The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York and I realized how much I enjoy a certain subset of historical nonfiction -- basically, narratives set at a particular moment in a specific city as a way of exploring broader social-cultural history. [more inside]
posted by scody at 2:36 PM PST - 31 comments

How to pass multiple-choice questions tests?

Resources to help a high-school history student become a better test-taker, especially in multiple-choice exams? [more inside]
posted by dealing away at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Meta-music, please.

MetaSong: What are some pop or dance songs about songs, music, dancing, DJs or some combination of these things? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 2:31 PM PST - 43 comments

How to de-creepify a basement?

Are basements inherently creepy? Or is there some way I can make it so my kids don't fear our new basement? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 2:03 PM PST - 53 comments

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing?

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 1:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Can someone suggest a good, but cheap Solar PV monitoring system?

Can someone suggest a good, but cheap Solar PV monitoring system? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

AA for depressed people?

Asking for a friend: Are there any positive thinking workshops or depression support groups in Chicago for people recovering from depression? [more inside]
posted by MXJ1983 at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Smartboard and Snow Leopard Macintosh

Does anyone know how to install Smartboard software, so that it works with a Macintosh on Snow Leopard? [more inside]
posted by hdh at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I best help a bipolar friend in Los Angeles?

How can I best help a friend who appears to be suffering considerably from bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What TV channels can I receive free in Washington DC with a USB TV tuner card?

I have a laptop with a screen that's broken. I want to buy a USB digital TV tuner device and then permanently attach the laptop to my TV, which currently only gets used for watching DVDs. Does anyone know of a list of free-to-air digital TV channels I could expect to be able to watch with a setup like this? I'm in the Washington DC area.
posted by uk_giffo at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Behold Grossfoot!

How can I pamper my feet? Years of hiking, dancing, running, and a general dislike of socks have turned my feet into a disaster area. Dry, flaky patches, huge callouses, cracked nails, a planar wart. Nothing super-painful, just kinda gross. Short of going to a Podiatrist, what can I do so I can show my feet in public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Cheap & Relaxing European Vacation

Cheap, relaxing 5 day vacation in Europe, preferably by a body of water. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kms at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What's in the card?

Can you translate this Japanese (Chinese? Korean?) postcard? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Cataract surgery: which type of lens do I want?

I'm looking at cataract surgery in the next year or two, and wondering what my options are as far as lenses go. [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Inexpensive certificate classes in web design

I need to learn web design - more likely coding - where in the Berkeley Bay Area can I do this cheaply? Are community colleges my best bet?
posted by parmanparman at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Strange Fruit of the Loom

What was this (possibly quite racist) t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 12:39 PM PST - 36 comments

Get files off an OS X hard drive

Recover Files from an partially corrupt hard drive [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 12:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Lookin' for fun in all the wrong places

Travel-filter: What's fun in Tromso, Norway? Visiting with my partner for four days, and looking for things to do. [more inside]
posted by forza at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

I Know Coronas Are Cool And Everything...

Why does the moon (well, depending on the flavour of eclipse) exactly cover the sun during a solar eclipse? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 12:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Did Edward Gorey ever illustrate a camera?

Did Edward Gorey ever draw any pictures of cameras, or figures with cameras? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 12:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Me no Leica.

Lots of business flights recently and a very curious new rule on the last three of them... [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:07 PM PST - 10 comments

I Thought My Friends Just Stopped Replying...

My Blackberry Pearl is deleting my incoming text messages before I get to read them - why, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

I loved Inception. Can you recommend any _books_ that would be similar?

I loved Inception. Can you recommend any books that would be similar?
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:40 AM PST - 81 comments

How do I apply for a job a second time?

How do I apply for a job a second time? [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 11:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for epoxy resin supplier

Looking for North American epoxy resin supplier (for resin jewellery) [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a new laptop; too many choices!

Hoping to get some input on a new laptop decision – are the ones I’m honing in on good options? What might differentiate them? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music.

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music. [more inside]
posted by resiny at 11:24 AM PST - 33 comments

What to drink with hot/spicy foods?

Recommendations for what to drink with hot/spicy foods? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 11:21 AM PST - 29 comments

Restrict windows fileshare by IP or hostname?

Is it possible with Windows server in a domain setting to restrict file shares by IP of the clients? [more inside]
posted by splice at 11:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Hey Molly - piss in your hole not on my carpet. Kthx.

One of our cats started peeing in the tub. We got pissed and filled the tub up with water, thus stopping her from peeing in the tub. Now she pees on the bath rug right outside of the tub instead (literally a foot from her litter box). Please help brainstorm some "get the hell back in your litter box" ideas. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 11:02 AM PST - 43 comments

Gardening for Dummies

What should I plant on a trellis like this to give me a little more privacy on my deck? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Positive Energy, please

Does anyone have any positive experiences with psychics? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 10:47 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find a high-on-power, low-on-decibels blender.

I'm looking for a simple blender that is strong enough to transform various foods into goo, but not make me deaf or give me a headache to start my day. [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Got Wood?

Where can I find waste timber or wood products in Manchester, UK? I'm looking for any and all scrap wood for some DIY projects. [more inside]
posted by gaby at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Sleeping the night and day and night away?

I just slept 23 hours, I am not narcoleptic. Any tips, tricks, or ideas on damage control when I wake up in the middle of the *next* night? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 10:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Help my 4-year-old learn to love daycare

I recently started a new full-time job. My 4-1/2-year-old hates daycare. What can I do to make this better? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 9:56 AM PST - 23 comments

I'm a dude. I have an opal. Now what?

So I'm a manly man, sort of, and many years ago I was given a small opal (1cm top to bottom) - I don't think it has any real monetary value, but it's pretty, and I'm tired of it living in my drawer. Any ideas for what I can do with it? My first thought was tie pin, but that seems pedestrian. Suggestions that include sources for necessary supplies or services would be especially helpful.
posted by symbebekos at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

We hold these truths to be ... self-evident?

Philosophy+PoliticalScienceFilter: What are the philosophical foundations of egalitarianism? [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 9:44 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me pick 3 photos that will look awesome together in one frame!

PhotoFilter: I have a picture frame that will display 3 large photos. Can anyone offer basic advice/criteria for picking 3 images that will look good together? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Is this my grand daughter? Avuncular DNA

How dependable are avuncular DNA test for determining paternity. [more inside]
posted by TurdBlossom at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

World's Most Healthful Cookie?

I love chocolate chip cookies and refuse to give them up, or even to eat just a few. So I've been trying to create the most healthful cookies possible, using science-approved ingredients and methods. Can you help me assess the result? [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms at 9:20 AM PST - 24 comments

If two is good, why not four?

What are the extra rails for on the PDX Max? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comment

A gift for a nutrition school grad?

What's a good gift for someone about to graduate from nutrition school? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

A book I loved, I now hate.

What book(s) did you once adore and now cannot stand? And why? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 9:10 AM PST - 96 comments

iPad in Netherlands

In a couple of weeks I will be in the Netherlands and would like to buy an iPad while I am there (rather fortuitously, they go on sale this Friday). The only problem is that I cannot identify anywhere that will actually be selling them. There doesn't appear to be an Apple store in the Netherlands and my Dutch isn't good enough to google alternatives (my Dutch isn't good enough to say hello, but that another issue...). Can anybody help me?
posted by oclipa at 8:59 AM PST - 10 comments

How does a building/tenant qualify for rent stabilization in New York City?

Where can I find an easy-to-understand guide to rent stabilization in New York City? I want to know exactly what criteria a building and a tenant of that building must meet to qualify for rent stabilization. (No, the Wikipedia article on the subject didn't fully answer my questions.) [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Where was the Yucatan located 65 million years ago?

Where was the Yucatan peninsula located during the impact that created the Chicxulub crater? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 8:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Blogs by business-owning parents?

Can you recommend well-written blogs/sites of parents who run their own businesses? There are a TON of results on Google and I just can't sift through them all, so I thought I'd ask here. Blogs by parents who have very young children are great and ones that have very young children AND a full-time day job while trying to start their own business up would be excellent. [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Cat food free-for-all

Our three cats--two 2 year olds and a kitten--only ever want to eat each others' food. Is this something I should put a stop to, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by girl scientist at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

How to protect and preserve vellum

Looking for methods of preserving & present blueprints on vellum. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get to a concert!

Staying in Washington, DC but going to a concert in Baltimore, Maryland. How to get there? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Pirates, without the arrr.

Recommend me a good book on pirates. Without any arrring please. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 8:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Better than a Tom & Jerry sweater?

I own two short-sleeve jackets that I love. How often can I wear them to work without people wondering why I keep wearing the same thing over and over again? Do my coworkers even notice my clothing or care what I look like? Even better, where can I buy cheaper (but not obviously cheap) jackets? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 8:32 AM PST - 14 comments


How can I make multiple towns with my Wii and ANIMAL CROSSING: CITY FOLK ? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Helmet hair I can deal with, but I'm tired of helmet forehead.

My bike helmet leaves deep indentations on my forehead. The marks are really bad right when I get to work, and linger for most of the day. What can I do to get them to go away faster? How can I prevent them? I still get them when I use a head wrap in the winter, so a cap or a bandanna underneath probably won't help. My helmet fits comfortably and I'm usually well hydrated. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me to re-learn how to eat!

I have no clue how to eat healthily and cheaply. My diet consists of mostly pizza and frozen foods that I re-heat. I know this is bad. I want to change my diet immediately and permanently for the better. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 8:19 AM PST - 46 comments

Which approach in a divorce is better?

Which approach to take in a divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 22 comments

What is the difference between flash and flex?

What is the difference between adobe flash and adobe flex? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I search all Skype history contents?

How do I search the contents of all Skype chat history on OS X? Skype's regular search feature only searches the topics of old chats, but not the contents. I swear I found a way to do this some time back that involved typing some undocumented commands to create an index and then search it, but Google is failing me. I do have Skype's feature to keep chat history forever turned on.
posted by Emanuel at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Loaf of bread container of milk and a stick of butter

An Android shopping list app that fits my (snowflake?) needs. Am I really shopping the wrong way that none of the shopping apps I have found work the way I want them to? [more inside]
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 7:11 AM PST - 8 comments

My Google search is wacky

Why does my most recently copied clipboard contents just show up in the search field in Google before I paste it there? Seems odd and my other computers don't do this. What am I doing wrong here?
posted by Freedomboy at 7:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me recover my accidentally Xbox saved games!

Is it possible to recover accidentally deleted Xbox gamer profiles and game saves from a flash drive? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I go beach camping (with booze) in the mid-Atlantic region?

Where can I go beach camping in the mid-Atlantic region? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:52 AM PST - 11 comments

I am sure I have done this before, but I might just be dim

WiFi SharingFilter: I know I have done this before, but I am suffering memory fail. I have a WiFi network and a Vista machine (not a server) with a shared folder. [more inside]
posted by Sparx at 6:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Hoping for a pantheon of book recommendations for kids

I'm looking for a great series of books featuring Greek and/or Roman mythology for kids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 6:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Is MMJ Good for my Psychological Problems?

Where can I find relatively unbiased information on medicinal use of marijuana, in particular in relation to mental disorders (list follows inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Hijacked and need help!

Help! I need to remove the antivir virus from my computer! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 6:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Anything but Clothes, Ideas needed!

Need ABC (Anything but clothes) costume idea. Looked everywhere and I can't find anything really creative. [more inside]
posted by Cubanisimo at 5:47 AM PST - 22 comments

This is why we back up, boys and girls.

All of a sudden, my laptop has stopped recognizing my external hard drive. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 4:34 AM PST - 7 comments


Ladies, a couple of questions about how you handle your facial hair. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:08 AM PST - 35 comments

Entering Houses of Parliament?

Anyone been to Houses of Parliament lately? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:30 AM PST - 12 comments

If it were dun...

How common is the usage of the expression "To dun" in the context of chasing payment? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 2:29 AM PST - 16 comments

ISO7816 reader in a SD slot?

Is there such a thing as an ISO7816 reader that fits in a SD card slot? [more inside]
posted by hattifattener at 2:02 AM PST - 0 comments


UCLA Graduate School app's Statement of Purpose: WAT? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 1:23 AM PST - 13 comments

HTC Desire vs. iPhone 4

Should I get an HTC Desire or an iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:10 AM PST - 31 comments

July 18

Food that lasts forever! Well, not quite...

Foods that will keep you filled for a long time? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 11:03 PM PST - 30 comments

I want to monitor the hardware health, not have my health ruined mine through stress

What rackmountable or blade hardware vendor has the best support for hardware monitoring x86 Linux? [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 11:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Must-do things before leaving a city forever

What are some must-do things before leaving a city forever? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 11:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Who took these photographs?

Does anybody know who took these vintage fashion photographs? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 10:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do I feel as if I'm suffocating?

Why do I constantly feel as if I'm suffocating, and what can I do to relieve myself of this feeling? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 10:01 PM PST - 36 comments

Martha Stewart give me strength

Gift wrapping gurus! I purchased a roll of gift wrapping paper and it came with 2 coordinating sheets. The first is a textured brown and the second is a brown houndstooth. Is there something special I'm supposed to do with them? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments

What on earth is this rash?

What the hell is this rash? SFW but eye-glazingly detailed info inside. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 9:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me pick the right birth control please.

How do I find the right birth control for me? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com at 9:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Quirky/romantic way to surprise my girl?

When my girl returns from a 6 week trip, I want to do something cool and quirky and romantic for her as a surprise. Nothing necessarily big and tacky or public and embarrassing. Any ideas? She doesn't like "objects" too much -- she's more of a road trip, beach night, indie-mix-cd kind of girl. We write a lot, so I don't want to do anything like that. I made her a CD for the flight there, so not that either. It could be a gift, or an experience. We do not live together. It doesn't have to be something immediately when she comes back. I just wanted to do something sweet that was a little more out of the ordinary for us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 PM PST - 21 comments

How do i internet-monitor my dog?

Can i turn my mac into a DIY Puppy/Baby monitor? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

What are good brother/sister duets?

What are some good brother/sister duets? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 8:29 PM PST - 14 comments

where should my mother retire to?

I'm trying to help my mom pick a new city to move to, with various specific criteria ... [more inside]
posted by mkuhnell at 7:40 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I quickly come to grips with journalist/editor basics?

Magazine editor for dummies? How can I quickly come to grips with journalist/editor basics? I have been offered a job as an editor but I have never done this sort of work before. [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Jalapeno Poppers for Dummies

I have decided I would like to make jalapeno poppers. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:04 PM PST - 35 comments

I would like a career, I just don't know which one.

College graduation crunch time is approaching, and I have no idea what I want to do, career-wise. My interests are all over the map. Art + writing + computer science + organization = what!? Advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 7:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Good dog or bad dog ?

Good dog or bad dog? I think know that it's good to praise a dog for the behavior you want (good dog) and scold it for behavior you don't want (bad dog!). Help me with this please dog-whisperers ... I let 3 dogs out of the house at late late night at night for a few minutes for a last chance to relieve themselves. They have a multi-acre space to run in. When I call them, two of the 3 come back immediately. The third (always the same dog) does not. [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 6:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Webpage background weirdness - ? Explanations Welcome!

Explanation for website background behaviour please? Why & how does this websites' background do what it does, namely travel the opposite way to the main body of the page when scrolling with a mouse wheel? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Understanding Australian Politics

How do I understand Australian politics? What should I read? What should I watch? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 6:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Robot, fruit or something else?

Best Verizon smartphone for syncing with Outlook? [more inside]
posted by nayrb5 at 6:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Bent ring finger backwards

Could my finger be sprained? Fractured? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 6:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How to randomly text message myself a reminder?

I'm searching for a web service that is similar to the reminder function of 37 Signal's Backpack. My goal is to populate a series of messages and have those messages randomly (both in order and time) sent to my phone on a repeating basis. Does anyone know of such a service?
posted by jab at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

looking for kopi luwak in ottawa

I want to try Kopi Luwak, the Cat Poop Coffee, in or near Ottawa. Anyone know if this is possible? [more inside]
posted by fso at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I reattach my motorcycle's starter solenoid?

I took off my motorcycle's starter solenoid. Now I can't remember the correct way to reattach the wiring! What do these letters "M" and "B" stand for? [more inside]
posted by fracas at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments

who could resist a baby animal?

How can I politely inform my neighbor that we would like some advance notice on visits? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 5:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Make me an epic live music tour

I want to make the absolute most awesome live music trip across the United States next summer. I need your ideas of where to go. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 5:00 PM PST - 28 comments

How Can I Write AND Pay The Rent?

What parts of the US are good places for freelance writers to live? I'd like somewhere that is affordable, but not too far from culture and like-minded creative types. Another "special snowflake relocation" question. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 4:58 PM PST - 32 comments

sine qua nom

I live in an area of great food-market diversity. Tell me about some awesome (vegetarian) food products of foreign provenance, and how I can use them! [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Bladder pain sucks arse

Odd soreness in the pelvic area. Yes, I will talk to a doctor, but I'd like some thoughts from the hivemind... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 14 comments

No-glasses rule for public speaking class? Really?

You're taking a public speaking class at a college located in the U.S. The instructor advises the class that glasses are not to be worn when making a speech, because the audience needs to be able to see the speaker's eyes. The problem with this directive is that you cannot read anything, at any size, without your glasses, and you don't have/can't wear contacts. What would you do? (A student attending a school in the U.S., which gets the usual accredited university /federal funds/Pheaa and student loans etc., is facing this situation.)
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 62 comments

Mystery show

What was this story I heard on NPR? Possibly This American Life...? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

C is for cookie AND cake

My sister is having a cookie table at her wedding, and wants to extend the cookie theme to the cake. We're considering an icebox cake, but something largely composed of whipped cream is not going to do well standing outside in summer for a two and a half hours. Looking for ways to increase the stability of an icebox cake, or alternatively, other cookie-adjacent cake ideas. [more inside]
posted by doift at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

The art of unprinting?

Is there any way to remove a professional print from clothing? I bought some plain clothes wholesale and didn't realise they came with a logo! Any ideas? Chemistry, home remedies?
posted by KLF at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help for a first time international traveler

I'm considering taking an international vacation next summer. I've never been outside of North America and I have very little disposable income. Besides saving and obtaining a passport, what can I do in the next year to prepare? Is there anything I can do now or soon that will make my trip less expensive? What are some great budget travel locations? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 3:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Happy cat is happy, but could be happier?

Why is YOUR cat the happiest cat there is? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:29 PM PST - 44 comments

Video game recommendations for s/b who likes "Amanati Design"

What console video games would you recommend to someone who enjoys the casual games from "Amanati Design"?
posted by quizblorg at 2:50 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I sync between calendars and address books on a Mac?

How do I sync between calendars and address books on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Runes at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Wha't s a girl to do in/around Delhi on very short notice business trip with very few days to explore?

Going to Delhi to work in our local office for three weeks this coming Saturday...I'll have to work for most of the trip but there will be one normal and one/two long weekends before I go back home - so where's a girl to go to explore on her days off? [more inside]
posted by koahiatamadl at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

The only living boy not on Facebook

It's reached that point. I'm the last person in Britain who isn't on Facebook. I'm v. reluctant to digitise my social life but... I can't hold it off any more... [more inside]
posted by driftingclouds at 2:22 PM PST - 20 comments

What are your favorite coastal towns and local treasures along the northeastern US seaboard?

What are your favorite coastal towns and local treasures along the northeastern US seaboard? [more inside]
posted by cior at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Cons: Kitchen could use updating

My new apartment is awesome, except for the kitchen. What are some non-permanent things I can do to make it nicer? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 2:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there a Wordpress Plugin to allow users to upload large files to my server space?

Is there a plugin or easy bit of functionality that will allow a person to easily upload large files to my wordpress site? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

All The eBooks in the Universe in One Place

Looking for a site like clicker, only for eBooks. Specifically, I am trying to find somewhere where I can (free or pay) download "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" by LeCarre. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

International Music Request

This question has certainly been asked before but I am looking for great rock music from different countries, the place matters not (except US and Canada). What I really want though is more musical exposure of bands who I can then listen to and research outward from them. In other words, I am not looking for exhaustive lists of bands, rather, geographic diversity. The more different countries, the better. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 1:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Where should I go in August?

I have a little under a month off, starting the first week of August. I plan to use it to do some (relatively) low-budget world traveling. I'm 28 year old guy in grad school and I haven't been many places, so everywhere is an option. What's my best bet this time of year? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 1:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Recommendation for M.D. in WA State

Am looking for an M.D. in Bremerton/Port Orchard WA who specializes in elderly patients. [more inside]
posted by mnb64 at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Screw you, Dell

I'm trying to attach a Dell HDTV to its table mount and it's driving me completely insane. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Bauhaus Bibliotheek?

Can anyone provide some context for this picture (from the "Bookshelf Porn" FB group, via this post)? Where is this building? Is it a private residence? Who designed it? Any other pictures? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do about my incessant longing for life like it was in college?

What to do about my incessant longing for life like it was in college? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 12:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Life is but a dream...

Throughout my childhood, I had persistent feelings of being "in a dream," as well as frequent, rather jarring feelings of "is this real"? Is this phenomenon common? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by wholebroad at 12:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Her hooha smells... off. What's going on?

A question from Ms. Ash3000: "My vagina smells funky, but I don't have the symptoms of a yeast infection. Could this be just a side effect of the summer heat, or is it more likely that something else is going on?" [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 12:21 PM PST - 15 comments

What vegetarian dishes would most soothe and delight my friend and her husband after his cancer surgery?

What vegetarian dishes would most soothe and delight my friend and her husband after his cancer surgery? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

I need a new laptop – what should I get?

I need a new laptop – what should I get? I’m an architect - I use a graphics intensive program for design called Envisioneer (PC only so a Mac won’t do), and other design and graphics oriented programs. So my primary needs are: a big sharp screen, a fast processor, as much ram as I can afford and a good graphics card. [more inside]
posted by danascot at 11:46 AM PST - 12 comments

What was this 1980s tape with brain songs?

Help me identify and rediscover a tape of educational songs about the brain from the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you manage your "to read" pile?

If, like me, you bookmark or clip huge numbers of interesting articles "to read later", what are your systems or processes for actually getting around to reading them? How do you manage your "to read" pile? [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 11:08 AM PST - 30 comments

Help my son sleep

Sleeping options for a 9 month old while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by waitingtoderail at 11:01 AM PST - 37 comments

Does hyperpigmentation+sun = no hope?

After spending a lot of time in the sun, my hyperpigmentation from acne scars has gotten very bad. Do I need to go to a dermatologist, or is there still hope for it to fade on its own? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Big racks: help me shop at department stores.

I get overwhelmed shopping for (women's) clothes in a department store. Successful shoppers, tell me how to understand the experience. I walk into the section and...? Imagine that I am looking for something to wear out at night but I don't know if I want a dress or a skirt or cool pants. I have heard of all the labels but I don't have favorites or a mental image of each label's style. [more inside]
posted by xo at 10:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Who's she?

Who is this french singer with the famelic panther? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

WWOOFing in India?

Can anyone recommend specific WWOOFing farms in India? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound at 9:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Inexpensive Lodging/Camping in Toronto Area This Summer?

Toronto MeFites: can you help us find inexpensive lodging/camping? [more inside]
posted by cows of industry at 9:42 AM PST - 3 comments

My plastic tortoise shell eyeglasses are corroding.

My plastic tortoise shell eyeglasses are corroding. Help me treat these so they look better. Here is a picture. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Dear Sir or Madam . . .

In writing formal letters or e-mail, how do I address someone whose sex is not apparent from his/her name? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 9:15 AM PST - 23 comments

deciphering mangaka handwriting

does anyone know what this japanese squiggle is? i'm usually good with kanji (or could it be really messed up hiragana?), but this is someone's handwriting, and i'm not native. [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Website Where Users Post Auto Repairs and Vehicle Reliability Data

I used to know of a website where people could report on their vehicle breakdowns, repairs, etc so that other people could research on the reliability of various automobiles before making a buying decision and so forth. I'm sure the site is still around but I cannot find it for the life of me. Anyone got a clue what this website is?
posted by purefusion at 7:50 AM PST - 14 comments

The kitchen hood, it no workie

Rangemaster cooker hood has gone kaput. Halp! [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Platinum-iridium rods in search of a project

I have some platinum-iridium rods that are left over from a science lab. Are there any interesting, fun, or useful things that I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Skulker at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Secrets of Paris?

Are there any bonafide secrets of Paris? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:21 AM PST - 29 comments

Disposing of lots of old frozen meat

What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of approx. 40 lbs. of meat that has been frozen for 7+ years? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 6:05 AM PST - 29 comments

How Do Animals Recognize Members of Their Own Species?

Most animals don't recognize themselves in a mirror. Yet, they obviously can recognize another member of their species. E.g., if you have a cat for a pet, and introduce a new cat into the mix, both will likely do more than just notice each other. Same with dogs. Cats, dogs, et al, are able to tell the difference between cat, dogs, et al. Obviously, this ability to distinguish members of your own species works out nicely, especially for breeding purposes. But, how does it work? How does the old cat in the house know that the new addition is also a cat and not a small rabbit?
posted by justcorbly at 5:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Fired, then falsely accused of stealing and deleting data... what should I do next?

Fired, then falsely accused of stealing and deleting data... what should I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Can a Beggar Afford to be a Chooser in this Economy?

I was laid off from probably the nicest job/work environment I've ever had and the more job interviews I go to, the more I realize that I really want another work situation like the one I lost. Is this realistic given the bad economy (I'm in NorCal w/a 10% unemployment rate)? Should I try to hold out for an offer where I'll be similarly happy or should I just focus on getting back into the workforce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Tummy trouble!

YANMD, but should I be worried about these digestive problems I'm having? Possible TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by fight or flight at 4:18 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get out of this long term Marriage

How to get out of this long term Marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Does an expunged arrest prevent me from entering the Air Force?

Will I be rejected by the Air Force due to a charge that was "expunged"? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 3:33 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the name of this song?

Does anybody know what this Buckethead song is called?
posted by C17H19NO3 at 1:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me identify this British comedy sketch about the middle classes

I need help identifying a British comedy sketch about the middle classes. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse at 1:18 AM PST - 9 comments

July 17

How to pick a refi lender?

After a healthy search, it's clear there is lots of interest in refinancing now given the historically low rates - but how did you pick your lender? What question did you ask that sealed the deal or exposed the cheat? [more inside]
posted by NoDef at 10:25 PM PST - 4 comments

What material is out there that specifically talks about doubt in Christianity?

I'm looking for books, documentary, video, anything decently published on the topic of doubt and doubting in Christianity. [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken at 9:03 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to teach a photography class, how do I get people to join?

I want to teach a photography class, how do I get people to join? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Play it cool or go all in...

Met a guy, totally hit it off, went on a great first date and then he went on vacation for two weeks. He just got back and things seem to have cooled off... How do I heat them back up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Italian & Sushi Please.

New York City: I'm visiting NYC and am in need of some food recommendations... [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP at 8:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Car-free Chicago visit - lodging recommendations?

Want to have a car-free, lovely, relatively inexpensive few days in Chicago. Where to stay? Is inexpensive an option? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:30 PM PST - 28 comments

Why does napping make me feel awful?

Why do I feel like crap when I wake up from a nap? I love sleeping but hate napping (sleeping for less than 30 minutes) because almost without fail, I wake up disoriented, incredibly thirsty, and with my heart pounding, and it's deeply unpleasant. It feels sort of like a panic attack, actually, and takes me 10-15 minutes to recover from. Does this happen to anyone else? Why does it happen? Am I waking up in the middle of some critical stage of sleep? Or does it have to do with my health or lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 6:58 PM PST - 34 comments

Can't get to real Twitter website

When I type in the twitter.com website URL, someone's personal blogger web page comes up but it still says twitter.com in the URL. This has been happening for about a week or so--what's going on here? Help please.
posted by sandra194 at 6:47 PM PST - 25 comments

What to do in Japan while on vacation

My buddy and I are going to Japan for vacation. We need help in deciding on where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 6:43 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I keep friends?

When you first meet someone, aside from personality type, what are things that the person can say or do that would make you NOT want to spend time with them again? I'm late developing social skills (social anxiety in HS; stayed inside 90% of the time) and one thing I've noticed is that while people take an interest in me initially, I haven't had any success maintaining that interest. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 6:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Truck Driver's hard hill

On the Road filter. What's a famous hill for truck drivers, probably in OK or Arkansas? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Best bet for healthy prepared meals?

If I wanted to eat only healthy prepared meals daily in NYC, what would be the best option to do so with as little thought, effort, and cost possible? Weight watcher's or Amy's frozen meals? Prepared meals and soups from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Nu-kitchen's expensive -- any cheaper but high-quality alternatives?
posted by Malad at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I continue taking Prozac?

Should I continue taking Prozac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

I'll be quiet...(I'll be peace)

After the tragic death of a friend in an accident while on psychedelic drugs, I told my parents about brief psychedelic drug experimentation in the past. Problem: now family think I'm a hopeless addict, completely distrust me, think they have failed completely, and are scared to pieces that I'm going to die and am a bad person. How do I convince them otherwise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 43 comments

Assuming I find some bravery and strength soon, she says wearily.

Going through a nasty breakup. Tried to give him the ring back and he wouldn't take it. I'd like to remodel it, turn it into something that celebrates my bravery and strength. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Is it ethical to encourage someone to cheat?

Is it ethically sound to encourage a friend to cheat on her abusive partner as an excuse to leave the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 44 comments

Here's a sample size of The Internet, Rip VanWinkle. Now what?

You used computers extensively in the era of the ddial, but never got on the Internet. Someone gives you just a few hours of Internet access for your aging PC. What do you have to do and see? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 4:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Does my WRT54G hate Godaddy Hosted websites?

I am having connectivity issues with Time Warner, WRT54G and Godaddy hosting , but exclusively to godaddy hosted sites. [more inside]
posted by edman at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Clunks from a refrigerator

Refrigerator trouble - loud clunks - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by rainy at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Job seeking "phone tag" etiquette

What's the proper etiquette for playing phone tag across several days with companies during job recruitment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't I be like the other kids?

What can I do to get over my weirdness with having other people in my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 23 comments

Lusty boots

Please hope me find a pair of shiny red boots! [more inside]
posted by goshling at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the limits of an iPad?

How do you get stuff "off" an iPad? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 2:41 PM PST - 17 comments

My Frigidaire ain't frigid!

Any refrigerator mechanics out there? Just got given a new-old Frigidaire but it doesn't seem to work! [more inside]
posted by sahutch at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Recipe site offering automatic suggestions

I'm looking for a recipe site that will take input on a bunch of dishes that I like, then automatically suggest new recipes that I might enjoy. Does this site exist? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Period Space Space wants to be Period Space

Short of electro-hypno-shark therapy, any reccomendations to help a typist lose their two spaces after every period addiction? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 1:40 PM PST - 47 comments

Catskill, no "s" - yes or no?

Moving to Catskill, NY (the town, not just the region) - good idea, or disaster in the making? [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Vegan marshmallows in Montreal?

I live in Montreal; I'm going camping in a few weeks & need some vegan marshmallows for the fire. [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

PHP's file_get_contents() and an Atom Feed

Help me figure out why an ATOM feed won't play nice with PHP's file_get_contents() method. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

How long for shipping for an iPhone 4?

Anyone with experience ordering an iPhone 4 online? My son decided he was ready to buy one and not one place local to us has one in stock. [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Music like Sleigh Bells and Crystal Castles?

MusicFilter: I really like Sleigh Bells and Crystal Castles. Recommend me some similar music. [more inside]
posted by axiom at 12:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Are freedom and security mutually exclusive?

How can I start saving and investing money under the unstable circumstances of my career path and the state of the economy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Smoky mower :-(

My sit on lawn mower is billowing white smoke from the exhaust. [more inside]
posted by dance at 11:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Best science books to be cut up to make classroom posters?

Anybody know of a science book that has large colour pictures that can be cut up to make posters for a classroom?
posted by starrjenny at 11:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Why's my car making weird humming noise?

Car is making weird humming sound. Can it wait or should I worry? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Go with the flow.

I'm looking to control the flow to the hot/cold water inputs into my washer, with a twist. [more inside]
posted by aflores at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Ill-gotten spoils of…a laundry bag and Little Women?

I only wish I were making this up… Do I live near some of the quirkiest thieves ever, or am I losing my mind? [more inside]
posted by josyphine at 10:37 AM PST - 40 comments

How can I support my green tea habits in a financially prudent manner?

Green tea iced tea, I love it. Two questions: do you know a website where I can order loose-leaf green tea on the cheap? Secondly, do you know a store in NYC as well where I can get it in bulk on the cheap? Bonus points if it's in the midtown area.
posted by helios410 at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Driving me (Dr.) Batty

Please help me identify the typefaces in this phony patent medicine ad. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 10:32 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you inscribe your books?

How do you inscribe your books? (Only for those who do this, of course.) [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Charlotta the Fourth

Is it creepy to adopt a new cat because he reminds me of my old cat? [more inside]
posted by Ouisch at 10:24 AM PST - 41 comments

Seeking thoughts, insights, and ideas to deal with travel/transition feelings and frustrations.

For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Good cheap camera setup for taking top-down product photos?

Good cheap camera setup for taking top-down product photos? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

26 ga sheet copper, New York, today

Where can I find sheet copper in New York today? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Need malware help!

Malware filter. Need virus help! Just caught something that looks like THIS -- what is it and how can I annihilate it? [more inside]
posted by dinan at 10:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I have to buy yet another set of towels?

I want to try to rescue towels gone bad. [more inside]
posted by galadriel at 10:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Mass. income

My BIL claims that insurance settlements for injury are not taxable income in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I can't believe the state doesn't overfish that particular revenue stream. So, is it taxable income or not?
posted by pentagoet at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

The internet is for porn, and it's driving me nuts!

Porn. Guys love it. It drives some girlfriends nuts. I am apparently one of them in my current relationship, but not in the past. I know this is a subject that has been discussed over and over again. Somehow I feel like I'm losing my mind and need advice on where to go next with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 AM PST - 47 comments

Laundering Kitchen Towels

Laundry Filter 2: Bleaching my kitchen towels hasn't worked, what else could I use to get them smelling and feeling clean and crisp? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 9:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Pefume Storage

How to keep good perfume from going bad..............My favorite scent (Kate Spade) is being discontinued. I bought two large bottles yesterday, but I use perfume sparingly and very slowly. I want to know how to store the second bottle so it can be just as good as new when I go to use it....maybe even several years from now. It has not been opened, still in the box. I have heard about storing in the refrigerator but I don't know if that is the best way to store it. Or is it possible that perfume just won't keep fresh for years no matter what (meaning I should give it away as a gift or even return it)?
posted by Lylo at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Smut! Give me smut and nothing but!

Recommend me your favorite pornographic magazine. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How best to capture HD video as mpeg4?

How best to capture HD video as mpeg4? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

If you were an unsupervised 18 year old dude, what would you want to do in Chicago? Other than that?

[Chicago Filter] My just-turned-18-about-to-go-to-college cousin from Florida is taking a road trip with two of his buddies across the country, and will be visiting me here in Chicago for about 24 hours on (probably) August 3 and 4th. Where should I take them so as to cement my place as the cool one in the family? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Needles In My Face?

Any experience with facial/cosmetic acupuncture? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Washing Machine Making Clothes Dirty

LaundryFilter: Why is there linty crap all over my clothes just from the washer (NOT the dryer)?!?! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

New York for a 15-year-old

What would French teenage boy like to see in New York? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

"Debit or credit?" "Debit." "Okay, but debit or credit?"

When I pay by credit card or debit card in most stores (NYC), the entire process is automated except for one step. The clerk always has to ask me "Debit or credit?" The card machine also asks me that -- in fact it forces me to choose a payment type -- but my choice doesn't do anything (apparently). I choose debit and checking account, enter my pin number, decline cash back, accept the amount... and then the clerk asks, "Debit or credit?" And when I say "Debit," he pushes a button on his side of the counter. Why?
posted by grumblebee at 8:18 AM PST - 33 comments

Physical Comedy Filter

How can I be funnier the next few weekends? (Brainstorming!) [more inside]
posted by bovious at 8:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Whats my west coast destination?

Starting from Portland, what giant seminal or small amazing event could I travel to in early August by bus or car somewhere near the west coast of the USA? [