July 2011 Archives
Creative uses for fishbowl? [more inside]
Say you just spotted a big-ass cockroach, and you are headed out of state for vacation in a little over 24 hours. What do you do tomorrow? [more inside]
University student unsure of whether or not I should spend an extra semester in school or work full-time to save up for my future in the music industry and life in a new city. [more inside]
What is the track that accompanies the opening and closing credits of The Closer? As in, the TV show with Kyra Sedgwick. [more inside]
I have a dream of becoming an anthropologist someday. The problem is I don't know what I should focus on. [more inside]
I got a brand-less highlighter some time ago at a trade show booth, and it's the perfect highlighter, but it's running out and I would like to replace it. However, I've only found it where it seems you have to order by the thousands. [more inside]
We're going from an inhumanely small kitchen to a huge one with more cabinets than we know what to do with. Any tips for what goes where? [more inside]
Got married 18 months ago and finally need to get around to changing my name. I live in the U.S. I'm such a dummy; how do I do this? [more inside]
[SoCal Filter] What is that static that interferes with my car ipod player around Long Beach and Mojave? I use the kind of ipod adapter that transmits from ipod to car radio on FM, and it works very well other than this. [more inside]
My garment bag reeks like mildew and I need to put a suit in it for a trip on Tuesday. There are no same day cleaners near by. What should I do?
Can anyone give me a quick narrative about getting a job with the State of Illinois? [more inside]
What're your best tips for keeping on task and staying focused? [more inside]
I know where to get my great grandfather's military service records. But I don't have a lot of information to even start from. I need your suggestions. [more inside]
What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in?
What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in? [more inside]
Where can I find Portal 2 posters? [more inside]
How do I contact a Romanian domain holder? [more inside]
What is WebProcess and why do it and mds eat up most of my active RAM on my 2008 white MacBook running 10.6? [more inside]
Give me examples of tricky strategy in sport or other arenas [more inside]
Okay, this is a long-shot, I know, but I need help finding information about someone referenced in a random Ph.D thesis I came across on teh intarwebs. His ideas are about the use of patterning in High School English education, and I'd like to acknowledge them in my own thesis. His name is Chad Wolf and he taught at Jefferson High School in '00-'01. My Google-fu is weak, but all my attempts return nothing. All the information I have below the fold. [more inside]
How to deal with a toddler who hits? [more inside]
Am I done with her????? [more inside]
Watercolor enthusiasts: How do I get the &$%^##%$% paper out of this Aqvarelle Arches hot pressed waterpaper block? [more inside]
Copyright question: Can I publish "Portnoy's Little Brother"? [more inside]
Where should we rent a cottage in Western PA? [more inside]
iPhone: when I select some text to copy and use the grab points to expand the selection, how do I keep it from selecting the whole paragraph? [more inside]
I'm exploring the idea of moving to Europe for a year or two -- preferably to Rome or Paris, and don't know where to start my research. Pretty much all I know right now is that I loved both places when I visited, and I want to give living in one of those cities a try. [more inside]
Are dolphins and whales considered cathemeral? [as opposed to diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular]. [more inside]
I have some DJ equipment (serato, turntables, mixer, etc) I play random stuff at parties, which is great, but I'm starting to get offers for more formal events (apt pool parties, high school dances, receptions, etc). Looking for the best website to download music for DJing. [more inside]
Nostalgia? Place Memory? Grief? Saudade? What Causes this Feeling? What part of the brain controls/causes memories and feelings to be triggered by places or events? Is it different than the memory-smell connection? Is there anything stronger to explain these associations in the brain other than nostalgia? [more inside]
My parents are conservative Christians and I were brought up with Christian values. As I grew older, I began to question my faith and after years of searching, I finally discovered that Christianity; like other religions are based on ideas and concepts that are mostly outdated. I am an atheist now and I am happy with that. But the thing is... I have an animosity towards Christianity; I feel that years of my life wasted in believing lies... years that I can not ever claim back. And worse... some of the values taught to me seem to stick like chewed up gum sticking on shoe. I don't know how to get rid of these Christian values I want out. [more inside]
I'm trying to build up a supply of meals in the freezer, but I'm running into a wall when I try to think of side dishes to freeze. I've got twice-baked potatoes frozen, but surely there are other options, right? Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
Just got a macbook air, how do I best manage the drive space? [more inside]
What type of jobs/workplaces are best for people without a naturally abundant supply of confidence? [more inside]
What musical gems & rarities should I look for on my upcoming trip to Krakow? [more inside]
How do I clean this mysterious metal teapot? [more inside]
Away from computer for 3 weeks. Can you recommend some engaging, long lasting iPhone games to keep me occupied? Paid or free. [more inside]
Should I become a high school science teacher? Lots of background info. [more inside]
I have a bug-bite ID question for my sister's dog. Red, flat bites from what may have been a small winged ant or fly, in the British Columbia coastal area (Birkenhead, north of Pemberton). Pics inside... [more inside]
Cat chewed through my macbook power cord. I tried to fix it, but when I plugged it in it sparked a little bit and then went out. I bought a new charger, and when I booted my mac up, everything was fine except the time and date needed to be reset and my desktop wallpaper had changed to the default background. Should I be worried? [more inside]
We've outgrown our living space, but despite having the cash and flexibility to move tomorrow, are apparently unable to do so. Lengthy ridiculous details within. [more inside]
Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste? [more inside]
Help me write a literary and science-y marriage "sermon" for some colleagues! [more inside]
What is the common practice for turning in a notice to quit, is email good, or do I need to do it face to face with the board?
What is the common practice for turning in a notice to quit, is email good, or do I need to do it face to face with the board? [more inside]
Aphids infesting a red oak! Help me understand our risk. [more inside]
I'm thinking about liposuction on my inner thighs and possibly knees and outer thighs as well. Any experiences? [more inside]
Should I stay in the moment and enjoy it, or heed warning signs I'm already too familiar with? It's complicated ... or maybe it isn't. A lot ... [more inside]
Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
Laurel hedge plus cedar fence....bad idea or incredibly bad idea? [more inside]
I have a problem. When I decide I don't like someone, it's very hard for me to act as if everything is okie dokie especially if I have to work with them. I am usually bubbly and talkative but when I'm around an individual or a couple of people who rub me the wrong way, it's hard to hide my dissatisfaction with them so my mood becomes mellow and almost somber for the event or gig. How do I change that to become an enagaging, genuine person even when I have judged them to be what I feel they are to me? I'm kinda introverted too.
Are the words "grace" and "rain" either identical or similar in Persian? Someone wrote me a letter about a Rumi book they sent me when I was little and I remember them saying that in the language Rumi wrote in, "grace" and "rain" are the same word. According to Wikipedia, Rumi wrote the the "New Persian Language." (Yes, crappy sources, I know, hence I ask!)
Please help me find an indestructible wallet [more inside]
A poem, "Poinsettias", from the New Yorker, published sometime in late 1980 or early 1981? [more inside]
How do I keep my primary data drive from constantly going idle and then spinning up again? [more inside]
I want to start my own podcast, and I want to do it right. But I am not sure where to start, any advice? The podcast will be a comedy related one, and may have a co-host, and would have a weekly guest. Here are the things I've been thinking about. [more inside]
Aside from preventing chafing, what are the benefits of compression shorts for running? Are there drawbacks? [more inside]
Are there any good books/free online courses/tutorials for learning the basics of graphic design for web sites in particular? [more inside]
What shaving cream should I use? [more inside]
I bought a house to rent out to students. What should I buy? Cliche/common examples include a pool table, foosball table and a dartboard, but I'd like more varied and unique ideas. [more inside]
I have decided to move with no job - am I stupid? [more inside]
My computer freezes. I'd like it to stop doing that. More details inside. [more inside]
I just noticed another question posted re: child support, so while we're on the subject . . . I haven't received child support in more than 5 months and it was sporadic before that. Now my ex has stated emphatically that he won't pay until or unless he gets a job. That may sound reasonable to many, but I believe he's not actively pursuing work because he doesn't have to work - his wife is the primary breadwinner. [more inside]
I'm so very ready to give my cable company the boot, and questions like this one have convinced me to stop putting it off, but I feel pretty clueless about my hardware options for an internet-based replacement on the cheap. Would a Roku 2 make us happy? A Wii? Something else entirely? [more inside]
I need some good "Free Libra Open Source Software" projects to nominate for my local Linux User Group any one have any suggestions? We seem to be running short on some worthy nominees. List some good ones and a good reason why I should propose this to our LUG we have a fairly active and solid group.
Impact on child of lowering child support? Shot Version: Have been overpaying $1k per month on child support, I'm owed a credit. Will my child hate me if I lower the support and try to take the credit? [more inside]
Please help me find this shirt. [more inside]
Looking for information about intermediate/advanced meditation practice. [more inside]
Need help identifying this engagement ring set [more inside]
Identify Japanese woodblock print of kabuki actor, possibly by Kunichika, possibly set on Tokaido Road
Need help identifying this Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor. I think the artist is Kunichika, and the print is set somewhere on the Tôkaidô Road. At the top of the page is a large box of Japanese text -- I'm hoping someone can read this, or otherwise identify any hints about the location, actor and character. (Two more translatable things inside) [more inside]
extreme opposite personalities and ages, one fell in love with other unrequitedly, don't know what to do... [more inside]
There is a guy i've started to like, but we're so shy and awkward around each other in person. How can we become more comfortable around each other? [more inside]
Does an elementary school student need more than the cloud? The hand-me-down laptop that my 7 year old daughter has been using to do homework and online lessons on has bit the dust. I'm all google-y eyed (pun intended) about a Chrome book as a replacement... but does it make sense? [more inside]
I'm investigating the possibilities of working as independent contractor for a US company while under a student visa in Spain. YANML, but can you help point me in the right direction? [more inside]
I'm really enjoying Torchwood: Miracle Day. The actors are charming and the sense of humour appeals to me. (It reminds me a bit of Buffy.) I've never seen any of the other seasons of Torchwood. Should I bother? If so, are there ones I should skip? [more inside]
What are some vegetarian/vegan meals that make people say "huh, I never would have thought of cooking that"? [more inside]
Kink-filter: How can I initiate sex while maintaining my submissive role in the bedroom? NSFW D/s details inside. [more inside]
I'm a freelance writer who needs to tactfully end a business relationship with a web design firm. Help me walk away relatively unscathed. [more inside]
On the radio I heard an old-sounding (1960s?), female-fronted pop-rock song that had the lyrics "you tremble and you shake / when he moves like a snake". What song is it?
I've finished reading "Let Our Children Go" by Ted Patrick and "Snapping" by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman amongst others. I read the Wikipedia page on Patrick. My question: Where is he now? Or in the last 20 years? I would have thought magazine or television bit would have done a follow-up on him or at least mentioned him.
What's the best (and cheapest-per-balloon-inflated) way to get your own home helium tank for balloons?
Recently I realized that I'm the kind of guy who needs/wants a helium tank for balloons in my house, 'cause you never know when you're going to need some balloons at 3am. Where do party stores and supermarkets get their balloon helium tanks and helium? Do they rent those tanks, or do they own their own and fill them up somewhere? [more inside]
Is there a program that would allow me to display an animated .gif on a Windows desktop? I envision it as looking similar to Windows' Slide Show widget, with a simple border, but with the ability to display the animated image file.
Which wind trainer would be ok for me, given my injured knee and fairly limited budget? [more inside]
I need a replacement for the (amazing) Paprika app on iPad. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a Muslim community in Seattle that could help me (a non-Muslim) understand and participate in Ramadan? [more inside]
I once heard an apocryphal story about Abraham Lincoln being interrupted by crickets and responding with an impromptu appreciation for their chirping. Have you heard this story? Does anyone know of a source for it? [more inside]
We bought a condo in a resort town and I feel guilty about the fact that I am not excited about my adult sister and her family or my adult brother and his family or my husband's siblings and family using it. [more inside]
Install OSX Lion on a RAID formatted drive but get all Lion's features? Reinstall without Snow Leopard DVD?
Lion upgrade for Macbook Pro but my laptop is RAID formatted - how can I upgrade to Lion, keep my documents/music/applications, and get the full features of Lion (which I can't do with a RAID formatted drive)? Am I doomed to format and do a clean install? Can I without the Snow Leopard DVD? [more inside]
Moving from UK to Vancouver in August: Is there a Women's Institute I can get involved with there, or something like it? Advice on volunteering at a women's health clinic/refuge? [more inside]
My sister is about to turn 27 and I'd love to give her a hundred dollars' worth of awesome! in Washington DC. She loves books, museums, coffee, food (but not cooking), and all sorts of quirky/funny/ unexpected things (think Pirate Shop in San Francisco). She lives in Columbia Heights and does not have a car. Ideally, the gift would be something I could order online and have sent to her. Any ideas, fellow MeFites?
Last minute tix: Need tickets to LA Rising (LA Coliseum) tonight, but won't be getting to the venue til 9pm or so. Has anyone had good luck w/ getting cheaper tickets to such a large concert while showing up late? [more inside]
How does Ruby compare to C#/Java in terms of speed of development, quality of code and long-term maintainability? A broad question, I know, but my focus is on enterprise applications that might pull in from several large data sources and might be rather large. [more inside]
The Essential BSG: I have a Sunday afternoon and evening and I want to revisit the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Which episodes MUST I watch? [more inside]
I am a new resident of the DC area. What resources should I use to inform a "deep dive" into area museums and attractions? [more inside]
Oh god. Dead bird outside my door, covered in heaps of maggots. HELP. [more inside]
I need help with a cooking question ASAP. It has to do with roasting times. Thanks. [more inside]
I've noticed that my pelvis/lower back appears to have a fairly significant tilt to one side. How can I get this diagnosed as to whether it is just a muscular problem, leg length problem, spine problem, skeletal problem or something else entirely? [more inside]
Why does my car's air conditioner cause it to hesitate when accelerating? [more inside]
I need some mindless, yet productive, activities to do while listening to audiobooks. [more inside]
I need recommendations for a women's tailor in DC, please. [more inside]
I've got LG BD 390 Blu-Ray networked DVD player. Wondering if there's a way to stream/share movies (in various formats) from my Mac wirelessly to the DVD player. Not sure if this requires special software, etc.
I am looking for labels to put on food I store in the freezer. Requirements inside: [more inside]
Mac Mini Server: Any reason I will be unhappy with it as a desktop? I plan to Raid 0 the drives to make a 1GB drive and just turn off any server daemons. [more inside]
Is there a clear coating I can put on a glass jar to keep it from shattering if it gets dropped? [more inside]
What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
Can I somehow check my Netflix queue against other services to see which of them have things available for streaming? [more inside]
Under what circumstances is it acceptable to laugh at one's own joke, and what are the social implications of doing so? [more inside]
I'm having trouble choosing which font(s) to use -- for example, for a flyer or poster. I don't have a graphic design background or much experience with it, but sometimes I have to design simple pieces for my job. Are there any introductory online resources that can help me learn more so that no one will point and laugh when they see a flyer I made? I'll be looking at this thread and this thread, too. My main fear is that I'll put something together and someone will point and laugh and say, "Oh no, you used THAT font?"
How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
We caught this bug on my bed and I have a few questions...1) So this is a bed bug right? Google images pretty much answered this question but I'm still hoping somebody's gonna say "no dude, it's something else, totally harmless!" But FYI, we were bitten a few times several weeks ago and just assumed it was unusually persistent mosquitoes. [more inside]
Salary Filter: Am I getting screwed? [more inside]
My new employer misrepresented my vacation time in my offer. What should I do? [more inside]
We've decided its time to buy a grown up bedroom set and have some questions I'm hoping the folks here can answer. [more inside]
Wordpress help. I am using this theme with this music player. How do I make one of the links at the top (like Home, Categories, About, Contacts) popout a window properly sized for the player?
Trying to find a poem: I don't know much about it, but remember a few details. The main details revolve around a guy watching a baseball game while on drugs. It may have been French in origin. It may have been some other sport, but I'm almost positive it was baseball.
Needing re-constructive foot surgery, what type of doctor is best for this type of surgery, a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon? [more inside]
Why are these big dudes sitting in big buckets of ice?!? [more inside]
looking for well made inexpensive online furniture resource [more inside]
I'm primarily an art director and I manage the look and feel of both online and offline assets for my company, in addition to creating original art for print + web, doing user experience design, and managing our art asset library. However, I'm also going to manage the online marketing (email newsletters, ads, and the like) and social media (blogging, Twittering, etc.) My boss and I are trying to think of what my new job title should be. Any suggestions? Art Director + Social Media Manager is too long. Director of Online Marketing & Design?
Looking for a glazier in NYC who can apply safety film to some large mirrors. [more inside]
Is there a rational upper limit or ceiling on the value of currencies, such as the yen, which have experienced substantial increases against the dollar due to the US debt crisis? [more inside]
New career sought: designing and analyzing complicated systems; designs that will get made (but not by me) and aren't just in computer-land -- with variety and some independence while working. I'm essentially an ex-academic looking for something "alternative", as they say. I just don't know what jobs are out there. [more inside]
I'd like to find a good simultaneous dual band wireless access point (not router) for my home. Must broadcast N and G. Anyone have a good experience with one?
I have a bifocals prescription, but what I want are two separate pairs of glasses. Which bits of my prescription should I give Zenni to produce reading glasses that will actually work? [more inside]
Need business name ideas! Asking for a friend who is starting a new small business and is struggling to find a name she likes. The business will carry specialty development products for high needs individuals such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Full business explanation below. [more inside]
Can anyone describe the process of using an indemnity bond to obtain title to a vehicle? [more inside]
Weird computer technical problem pertaining to the POST and bootup stages of conputer use. Details inside. [more inside]
What Themes and Style Sets to pick in Office 2007? Some design and typography advice please. [more inside]
Thinking in context of "Maslow's hierarchy of needs" (the pyramid) - can voids be filled? If so how did you succeed in it? [more inside]
Why does my butt ache when I sit? [more inside]
I broke some very expensive headphones that i bought at guitar center... How can I get a refund? [more inside]
Is there a way for me to get my license back without being insured? [more inside]
This is silly, but might this guy be interested in me? [more inside]
I just ran 4.0 miles at a 4% incline on a treadmill. How much elevation gain does that equal, in feet? [more inside]
I recently hooked up with a guy I talked to every day for a few months online. I ended up liking him a lot in person and getting my hopes up in the few hours we spent together, but he has significantly scaled back his interest now that the chase is over. What can I do to get over this in a satisfactory way? Details inside. [more inside]
Video-game animators, compositors, you-who-make-the-magic-happen: Why do dead enemies sometimes come to rest with their heads through a wall? [more inside]
How do I convince my father that this so-called "business opportunity" is a complete scam? [more inside]
I go to an elite college. My parents won't pay my living expensives. My work study pays almost nothing. Help! [more inside]
Best way to organize a flurry of Post-It notes covered in ideas, doodles, and designs so that the brainstorms within are easily accessible? [more inside]
What books would you all recommend for a Computer Science student interested in making games? [more inside]
Where did I see this special handshake that ended with a face-slap? [more inside]
What is this group of storybook cottages doing in Koreatown? [more inside]
Umami Burger pickled mushrooms. Does anyone have a similar recipe? [more inside]
So, I'm vegetarian and I can't cook due to multiple disabilities. Does the following food meet all my nutritional needs? If not, what other no-cook foods could I add in? [more inside]
What would be a good piece for a classical trumpet player to play at his great-grandmother's funeral?
I have an old Cingular Motorala Razr V3 GSM phone that I'd like to unlock. What do I need to do to unlock it for use abroad? [more inside]
Wikipedia's article on the slash character dates it back to ancient Rome, but doesn't give much history beyond that. Looking at some Arabic websites, it appears the slashes go in the same direction, though the direction of text is different. Is the slash direction the same for all languages? Does all slash usage originate with the Romans or did other languages start using slashes independently? And was it spread from one language to another via some non-language usage (e.g. math) or via written language?
I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
I love traveling, but is taking an overseas trip to Istanbul at 6.5 months pregnant ill-advised? [more inside]
How to respond to a co-worker mimicking a manager? [more inside]
Los Angeles slumlordfilter: management company cashed our check for the usual rent amount last week (verified w bank), management company left us a "pay rent or quit" notice yesterday claiming we were short on rent and must pay within 3 days, calls to management company have led the voice mail box of the bookkeeper who has yet to pick up the phone or call us back. We're on day 2 and it's a Friday. Given they actually received rent in full, how worried should we be that they'll f us over even though this is entirely their own error? [more inside]
Do I force myself to feel the pain or do I let a callous grow? [more inside]
Need help deciding which account to keep: Smugmug or Flickr. Love both. [more inside]
What American (?) naturalist landscape painter am I thinking of? I took this photo in Ketchikan, Alaska while on vacation last week. It reminds me of a painter who painted grand American landscapes with lots of lush detailed realistic trees (and mountains), maybe in the past 100 years. I feel like I'd have seen his work on posters or calendars, or promoting US conservation groups. Any ideas?
What happens if I ignore a parking ticket from my university? [more inside]
This is kind of a follow-up to this question about seeing people on OkCupid that one knows offline in some capacity. I have a similar situation but an added wrinkle: I work with my potential match. Is this a good idea to pursue him or not? [more inside]
[Animals-in-unexpected-places-filter] This morning, preparing breakfast, we found an earwig INSIDE AN EGG. How did it get there? Egg was laid in the past couple of days by one of our chickens in the back yard. Shell was intact. Earwig was dead, somewhat bloated (from being in the egg white for too long I guess). [more inside]
A couple of years ago I was working at an archeological dig in Aphrodisias, Turkey. At every meal we had the most fantastic tomatoes--plates of them sliced, bowls of them whole or in salads. They were the best-tasting tomatoes I've ever eaten on any continent--medium-sized, round, red-with-a-bit-of-orange. I should have smuggled home some seeds but didn't think of it. I've lost touch with the folks I worked with, so I can't ask someone there to mail me a batch, and that's probably illegal anyway. Can you suggest where I might learn this tomato variety's name, or get seed? Thanks very very much.
Anyone remember a kids' book about a boy with a magic copy machine that will copy anything (objects) and has an infinity symbol button?
A question of terminology: "sexism" and the "prejudice plus power" definition. [more inside]
Boyfriend is biking down the West coast. His suitcase is in Montreal. It needs to get to LA by the end of August, before we leave for an extended trip to Australia. We don't know anyone in LA to whom we can ship the suitcase. Help? [more inside]
[Type-nerd filter] What's a more "old-world"/traditional typeface: Frutiger or Gill Sans? Or something else along the same lines? Must have Black/Extra Black/Ultra faces. [more inside]
Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]
Can I use (images of) the Bayeux Tapestry in a music video? [more inside]
I am trying to remember a short story I read in a fiction collection over 10 years ago. The author may have been British. It was written in a Kingsley Amis-like voice and featured a guest who offends his hosts by peeing in a vase. This is my only memory of the story, and it is hazy enough that the details may be quite off. Any help recovering this (hopefully not false) literary memory would be most appreciated.
Why does thinking about this certain (weird, gross) thing give me a heady, pleasurable feeling? [more inside]
"Is This Healthy?" question #85,847,389. In an effort to start eating better, I've started to make my lunch salads for the week on Sunday nights. To stave off boredom from eating the same boring salad every day, day after day, week after week, I've collected a number of ingredients that keep my salads from making me shriek with horror. Tell me if I'm doing this wrong. [more inside]
I am Muslim. I will being fasting in two days. Fasting will be from dawn til sunset. I have never fasting in the month of August. Days will be long. Dawn will be at 4am and sunset at 8.45pm. What should I eat to keep myself satiated? I was thinking something like clam chowder at the pre dawn meal?? What about drinks? Hot or cold? Also, does anyone know what to eat at sunset to break the fast? Any foods I should keep away from? Drinks?
"I'm really enjoying Melanie Safka's Brand New Key right now for a particular mood I'm in. What other songs convey that angsty 'I really want to keep having hot sex with you, but you could care less' while being relatively upbeat?" asking for a friend. I never thought I'd say that, and I always thought it was baloney. [more inside]
How do I sort the (potentially) real email addresses from the garbage data in Excel 2003? [more inside]
What is this amazing little insect / fly / creature that appeared on my magazine? [more inside]
I love dark and gritty novels like Michel Faber's Crimson Petal and the White, Sheri Holman's The Dress Lodger, and Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber. Can you recomend some novels along those same lines?
Some how I came up with a grammer question with someone and need help solving it. We were sending this in an email to family. I say: Celebrate your life's Connections... She Says: Celebrate your life Connections... Which one is correct or more appropriate?
I really, really dislike my roommate/friend's boyfriend. How do I deal with him? [more inside]
Does Saturn have a solid core? [more inside]
I want to start a serious and large scale (for me, anyway) web project. Could you help me decide between CodeIgnitor and Symfony, as well as figure out tools/scripts/libraries/methods for some of the goals I have for the site? [more inside]
Is an 11.6" laptop big enough for me? [more inside]
I need a chicken kashmiri recipe, just like the restaurants. Boneless chicken in a milky creamy curry with tomatoes and peas and mango flavor. [more inside]
Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
Is it worth renting this house that used to have bed bugs? [more inside]
What are some good educational phone applications? [more inside]
How to ship items to Kenya from Canada? [more inside]
I eat like crap. I'm now 30. Still young, I know, but I'm pushing it with the eating like a teenager. Can you help set me up with a system for better, healthier eating? [more inside]
Adult looking hair styles for work? [more inside]
This is a Final Cut question: I would like to show an image with a video inside it. More specifically, so the question is clear, I would like to show (in my video) a fake website that has an embedded video. So, "the website" will be a still image, but there is video within it. I hope that's clear. Would really appreciate any help!
Looking for a tool for the quick and simple 'collection' of a website's page URLs along with each URLs associated 'title,', META Description, & META Keywords. [more inside]
Boston Bedbug Filter: Moving into a new place, there's a nice bed frame and mattress there, should I use it? Also, my stuff is in storage in Woburn at Extra Space. Should I be concerned about bedbugs? Anything I can do to prevent them? [more inside]
My leg was run over by a car in may. I can walk again, but every afternoon my ankle swells up. What causes this? How long can I anticipate it will last? [more inside]
It appears that my credit card number was recently compromised. I check my statement very regularly, so I noticed the unauthorized charges as soon as they happened. I'm not particularly worried about it since disputing the charges is a trivial matter, and I've seen others go through the process before. The CC company has already overnight-shipped me a new card with a new number, and has credited back the fraudulent charges. But I am curious about a couple things: [more inside]
I'm a Windows systems administrator and power user and an enthusiastic user of Unix/Linux-based operating systems. I have hand edited make files and recompiled linux kernels manually. I know how to do administrative scripting and am a Microsoft products (SharePoint, if it matters) support professional/systems engineer in my job. I am certainly not the geekiest person I know but I'm in the top 5 percent. I am switching to a Mac Mini (Lion Server, specs maxed toward storage) after decades of using Windows laptops/desktops and some Linux machines. I'm prepared for the lack of physical mobility, but I don't feel prepared for not being a power user. What methods/resources would you suggest I could use to get up to speed with being a Mac Mini and OSX Lion power user? [more inside]
Fairly new runner, now comfortable running a 3.6-mile route three times a week. What's the best approach to take to improve my running (in terms of fitness, speed and mileage)? [more inside]
Uninsured American Health Care Problem: Should I have a somewhat large lipoma (benign fatty tumor) surgically removed before applying for private medical insurance, or would it provide the basis for application denial or drastically raised rates? [more inside]
I think I bought a song off the iTunes Music Store that has a watermark on it. [more inside]
Last minute (Australia-filter) hopefulness: how can I contact a band and get them to acknowledge a 13 year old fan who is now on crutches and can't be up the front of the mosh pit? [more inside]
How is google intercepting my phone calls?! [more inside]
We will be in another state for the month of August, and are trying to decide whether to have our mail forwarded to the place we'll be staying (a home) or collected by a friend and held for us until our return. There's no issue of bills coming due, since we pay those online, nor any other urgent missives we'd have to worry about. [more inside]
What are the biggest reasons doctors are usually reluctant to give medical advice online? [more inside]
I'd like to learn a lot more about shipping things. For instance, manufactured goods from China to the US. What is the process? How is the freight billed? How do you take possession of the goods once they arrive? Who insures the freight being shipped? Is there a good reference for this kind of thing that doesn't pre-suppose familiarity?
Basically, I decided to ask out a co-worker I've been interested in. I've been playful/teasing around him, which he seemed to enjoy (he'd joke back, etc.). Whenever he was around my office for work, he'd usually drop in to talk, so we've been pretty friendly. [more inside]
Why would anybody print books on glossy paper like this? WHY?! [more inside]
Why are the drivers for my USB speakers missing sometimes when I reboot? [more inside]
We're moving back to the UK (London) from the US (SoCal) in a few months. What would you stock up on if you were us? Much more detail about our tastes and situation inside... [more inside]
I have a couple of questions about my Armenian cucumbers. I need recipes, for one, and also am curious about whether anyone is familiar with variants. [more inside]
I need recommendations for doctors (primary care and specialists) in the Minneapolis area. Specifically, I need recs for a psychiatrist, a gynecologist, a dermatologist, and a primary care physician. Ideally all of them are non-judgey and weirdfolk-friendly, and for extra points they're all in-network for HealthPartners, which is my new insurance company starting Sep 1. [more inside]
Where are good places to go in Seattle for mandarin suits? [more inside]
We're unveiling a brand new computer lab in the school and someone came up with the bright idea of a talking robot video... [more inside]
Is it a bad idea to ride a tandem bike on first date? [more inside]
How do we figure out elementary school options in Chicago? [more inside]
I have a dessicated black truffle from last October or November stored in arborio rice in the fridge (sealed glass jar.) I forgot it was in there! Risotto with the perfumed rice is obvious. What can I do with dessicated black truffle? [more inside]
Do I have the right to request a chargeback from LinkedIn? If I succeed in getting a chargeback, will it hurt my credit score or show up on my credit report? [more inside]
Could a running human perform the Wall of Death stunt without a motorcycle? [more inside]
Do you have experience with a kind of anxiety attack that will make you unable to speak or trust your voice? I did not, until today. [more inside]
I accidentally got some soda fall on the LCD screen of my Compaq CQ56 laptop, and seconds later, a smudge appeared on the lower right side of the screen (everything on that area appears lighter when it is on). It looks like the liquid got inside the screen, and I don't know what to do about it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
Planning a birthday present for my daughter, who will be 5 soon. She's been interested in guitars, and I'd love to get her one to mess around on. Ideally it would be small, not too expensive, but good enough to feel 'real'. I don't know much about guitars. What's a good one to buy? Is there an online outlet for such things you would recommend?
My camera fell into a lake. Yikes! Took it home, let it dry in a bowl of brown rice and now it turns on (Yeah!) but the screen shows the view as a monotone blob of something. Help! [more inside]
How do I keep reds(or other bright colors) from ruining my laundry? [more inside]
What goes on during the smartphone assembly process? A lot of it is opaque. Does anyone have insight about what happens from the time the phone's components enter the factory until the time it leaves in end-user packaging? [more inside]
I've been asked to put a bunch of music on an mp3 player for a visiting 9 year old girl. I know she likes the Bieb and Gaga and (for some reason) ABBA. Beyond that, I'm at a loss. Suggestions?
I still want to be a human rights lawyer. Is this crazy? [more inside]
Are you a professor? Is your dean a fossil? What do you do? [more inside]
Boone, NC. Tell me what you know about it. [more inside]
Looking for advice about breaking up with my very nice but very troubled boyfriend. [more inside]
Im interested in the new 40 mpg hyundai accents they cost around 16000 i was just wondering assumeing i have no credit rateing at all ( ive never used a credit card ect cetra) was just wondering that the monthly payments would probably come to. Also if theres any programs in pennsylvannia for high mpg car trade in or programs to help a financialy um disadvantaged person get a new car
How much can women’s clothes be altered? [more inside]
What is your favorite recipe that calls for buttermilk? [more inside]
If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
How do I get MS Communicator to pop up when someone is attempting to communicate? [more inside]
My doctor doesn't think I should work, but our family finances are dire. Everything I've heard says that disability is not likely for me. Now what? [more inside]
What novel would make a great low-budget film? Any genre. Bonus for strong female lead under the age of forty, but not necessary. [more inside]
Why am I so bothered with resume-padding? [more inside]
Shoe Shopping Filter. Recommendations for alternatives to Timberland ? [more inside]
I have a craaazy question about coin collecting in the 1950s. Help! [more inside]
Now that my credit is superawesome spectacular, can I get rid of the shitty low-limit high-interest credit-building card I loathe? [more inside]
How can I convince my girlfriend to go to counseling with me? [more inside]
Fix me: I'm a jerk! After 8 years at my work place, today was my last day. I didn't expect any gifts. A "party/lunch" was to happen after our morning work period, but due to extenuating circumstances (namely a huge leak causing damage) the party/lunch didn't occur. Instead I was given my gift/cards intermittently between cleaning up. I was gifted a nicely wrapped present with three cards on it. I opened the first card and written in it was a heartfelt message, I put it as well as the others aside, knowing that if I read them, I would probably cry. Turns out, one of them contained a generous gift card. I feel awful for not opening and properly thanking the givers in front of them. Of course I'll write them a nice thank you note, but should I call or email them now and explain myself?
Help me find a drawing of a male and a female body, that highlights the parts that are considered safe for non-intimates to touch. I stumbled across it years ago online, but am struggling now to find it again. [more inside]
How can I race in the Dakar Rally? The catch: I've never been in a race before, ever, and I have no idea what an FIM license is. [more inside]
What's the best cell phone camera out there today? prefer a zoom lens (I really miss having one). Currently I have an LG "chocolate" and it's not very good (in many ways). I-phone, as we know, has a decent camera but no zoom.
How do I ensure data integrity when using multiple load-balancing servers? [more inside]
How do I stop Vista from trying to install an update for a program I don't have installed? [more inside]
Instructions for taking antibiotics [more inside]
Why might temp agencies have problems with headscarves and telling me why I was fired? [more inside]
Should I discuss my reportee's FB profile picture with him? [more inside]
Looking for a program to help with cash flow calculations for a small business [more inside]
I live in Canada and have waited for months, in vain, for the packtite to be allowed to be legally shipped here. I will be visiting my family in New York!!! this August, and can have a packtite shipped to their apartment. Then I will drive it home, (and use it instantly, because I will have just come back from New York.) Two questions: 1) Who should I order the packtite from? Their seem to be a number of different online suppliers. 2) Could there really be an issue at the border? Normally the customs agent just waves us through, but on the off chance they look in our trunk, will the box it comes in set off any alarm bells for them? Both Mr. Uans and I are getting very alarmed about the bedbug situation, more especially when we travel. I'm embarrassed to say that I've put off this trip to NY for months for that reason. Help me get a packtite!
[Psych filter] I'm a few months out of a relationship that wouldn't have happened if I'd been honest with myself from the start. However it led to me questioning more than just my motives... do I need to talk to a pro, or just rest, relax and not make such a big deal of life? Of course there's [more inside]
Newbie pet owner. Cat has diarrhea, time to worry, or not? [more inside]
I want to travel to Europe (France, Germany, Austria, and maybe Poland) this fall. I have never left the United States. I have absolutely no idea how to plan this. Many details inside. [more inside]
looking for easy/popular/fun/sing-alongy songs a group of non-musicians could play together -- we'll have eggs shakers, tambourines, harmonicas, mouth-harp etc. (i.e. beatles-ob-la-di, / U2 desire / la bamba or even more contemporary gaga-bad romance?) everything's on the table - thanks
Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
Comicfilter: I'm trying to remember a comic that came out around 2003. It was published as a book, had a one-word title (I think), and was drawn in a very loose, kind of messy style (maybe reminiscent of white ninja?). I believe it was autobiographical and was mostly about the author and episodes of his life with his (ex?)girlfriend. I think he wrote the comic as part of his getting-over-her period. What I remember most about how the author was drawn in the book was that he always had stubble. Not sure if this is a long-shot or if someone will get it in 2 seconds. Thanks!
I have a wedding to go to in Eugene. I am flying in and out of PDX. I know that it's a 2 hour drive between the two. My flight was at 5pm on Monday, but now (thanks!) it's been moved up to 1pm. I need a plan for coming back to Portland on Sunday, staying the night, and then getting to the airport at a reasonable time. [more inside]
At work, I'm supposed to compile a weekly list of "things of interest" on the internet which are related to our non-profit's mission. They need only fit into our general program areas, rather than necessarily dove-tail with our projects. Strategies, suggestions, hints for finding interesting things every week, without hitting the same sources or the same big news items as everyone else? [more inside]
The quotes may not be spot on, I'm working from pretty old memories and I've had no luck with Google. Any assistance in identifying the band and song would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for two course: one in making jewelry and one in making hats in the Boston area. I did note a hat course at the design school, but you have to be enrolled in a degree program. Has anyone taken any courses in the above they could recommend? Thanks!
I am looking for a specific undoctored high resolution image of Florida Governor Rick Scott. [more inside]
I am wondering if there is any risk to a betta fish at all of adding some food coloring to his water? We have been pulling minor pranks on a coworker and many on Fridays have revolved around a fish and I am thinking adding a couple of drops to make a light tinge to the water would be good if it posed no risk to the fish. Everything I've googled looks like it is fine, but really trying to cover my bases in advance.
There are three things going on in the men's room at work that irk me. Fellow men, am I right to be annoyed at the spoliation of the safe haven that is the gentlemen's convenience, or am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
Please help me not hate OSX Lion. Even though I have deselected "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" every time I launch Pages, it opens several recent documents. This is driving me nuts. [more inside]
A close friend keeps flaking on events because he's "too hungover". It's getting annoying. [more inside]
I have two family members in trouble in Massachusetts, and I want to talk to someone about it. I am not in Massachusetts, and I need help finding an the right "someone." [more inside]
Please help me ID a book about a dark-haired woman set during the westward expansion. [more inside]
Half-remembered-poem-filter! About a decade ago, I read a poem (written by a woman, I'm pretty sure) about the Challenger disaster. I distinctly remember that she conveyed the concept of their atoms spreading into nature. Now I can't find it anywhere, and I hate when I can't find something on the internet! [more inside]
My brother (18) and I (23) are in the Frankfurt area visiting relatives. We're looking for interesting and fun day trips in and around Frankfurt (let's say anywhere within about a 2 hour train ride) for this weekend and next week: museums, festivals, interesting places to grab a drink, cool shops or places/neighborhoods we should just plain walk around and see. We don't have a car so everything needs to be accessible by public transport. Thanks!
Is it possible to learn from a co-worker who doesn't seem to like you? [more inside]
How often is it amazing? [more inside]
Anyone know of a good resource for retro computer artwork? [more inside]
I'm going to be going to Pittsburgh to visit a friend this weekend. She works until 8:30 pm, however, so I'll be left to my own devices for the afternoons and early evenings. I'm totally cool with that, and I look forward to exploring on my own. But I need a place to start! Can you help? [more inside]
I was prescribed Strattera for my adult ADHD, but after reading up on this drug I'm not so sure I want to take it. I'm looking for any Strattera experiences you may have, as well as general advice on the whole tweaking psych meds thing. [more inside]
Are there any podcasts that focus on writing? I'm not looking for shows that just feature different stories every week, I am looking for ones that feature writers talking about the craft of writing. [more inside]
MusicFilter! I'm looking for music that fits my current mood. I got great input when I wanted to revel in my awesomeness. Now, I'm feeling shitty and need to toe tap and sway to something else. Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man is on rotation in my brain. So is Amy Winehouse's You Know that I'm No Good. [more inside]
I'm looking for certain kinds of drinks. Non-alcoholic, no sugar, no coffee, no tea. No processed drinks, no artificial flavours. Something I can make at home. To be drunk at all times. Apart from fruit/vegetable juices, (soy)milk, and water, what else remains? [more inside]
I'm moving from St. Paul to Minneapolis this weekend. I have to be out of my old apartment by noon on Sunday, but am not allowed to move into my new one until after 4pm on Monday. This creates a problem because none of the local rental truck companies seem to be willing to rent out their trucks for longer than 24 hours. Am I really going to have to rent a truck and load and unload it into a storage facility for a day, and then rent another one the very next day, or is there some superior solution someone can think of? Surely this isn't the first time this issue has arisen. Thanks for any suggestions.
I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next. [more inside]
Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
Why is the thread in the last button on my shirt a different colour? [more inside]
What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
There's nothing like a productive and clear-headed day after a good night's rest. But this happens far less often than I would like. Is there some sort of guide to getting good rest? Not tips for insomniacs, just something for normal healthy people to get better rest. Resthacks? [more inside]
What's to stop someone from repeatedly signing up for Amazon's Subscribe & Save solely to receive the discount, then cancelling? [more inside]
Where in LA can I get a bead necklace restrung inexpensively? [more inside]
How do I deal with blog comment fragmentation? I use Twitterfeed to feed my (Blogger) entries over to Facebook, so my friends playing ant farm or whatever the hell they do on FB can read my stuff. But some people comment on the blog, others comment on FB, and I'd like the blog to be the permanent record of comments. So....is there an alternative besides manually bringing over each new FB comment to my blog (i.e. posting the comment under my own username, with a header of, like, "Shelly says......")?
My wife regularly gets calls for a particular different person. Should we be worried? [more inside]
NSFW product recommendation. [more inside]
I'm looking for research or advocacy groups that are critical of governments that hire consulting firms such as KPMG for budgetary advice or auditing purposes. Other than The Yes Men, please ;) [more inside]
I'm willing to relocate to San Carlos de Bariloche, Chili. I'm a 23 years old Belgian and I'm about to finish my Master's degree this September. I'm looking for a physics-related job. Teaching is a good example. Do you know where I should begin looking for? [more inside]
I am 33 years old. Father of two. Living with my parents. My married sister also lives with us and another sister (not married) who is working also lives with us. My brother lives three houses down. He is married and has a daughter. I have become obsessed almost comically with the daily lives of my family. I need some help. [more inside]
Just had to replace the rotors on my Honda Accord. Again. Help. [more inside]
How should I denote transitions between languages in a story I'm working on? [more inside]
Should I get Botox to treat my hyperhidrosis? What is it like? [more inside]
Where to have bitchin' Mommy and Me drink session in the West Village tonight? [more inside]
TypoFilter: I need a somewhat inexpensive gift for a typophile graphic designer. [more inside]
I have the random fortune of being raised in a wealthy family. As I prepare for life after university I want to make sure I understand personal finance and properly manage the money that I've thus far received from parents and grandparents. Can you please help me? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
We're moving in a couple weeks, and we just found out that bedbugs were spotted in our new apartment. NOOOO! What now? [more inside]
Resources for green business initiatives? [more inside]
Looking for a nice accessible vacation spot in Quebec or Ontario - forest, lake, canoes. Must be a hotel or at least have locked doors and food nearby on foot. Most important: I have to be able to get there without a car! [more inside]
I am a 41yo male nerd, who will be travelling with my female nerd companion to GenCon in Indianapolis next week. I have only been to GenCon once, back when it was still here in Milwaukee, and that was only to walk through the exhibition floor. We will be staying for the entire run and would like to make the most of it. So far, she has signed up for a few costume events and I have a few random board game events in mind. Otherwise, we are looking at a lot of open time on the schedule. I would like to try my hand at some D&D and signed up for a "Learn to play 4.0" event (I haven't played since AD&D in 1984), but it looks like to play any further than that you need to start off one of the campaigns run by "Baldman Games". Unfortunately, if you miss the early parts of these campaigns (such as the ones scheduled opposite their "Learn to Play" session) you can't jump in at the next part. Is there any other option for a D&D n00b? Any suggestions on what else to sign up for or see and do in Indy? [more inside]
Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
Help me choose books and music for a solo trek through Sweden, Turkey, Nepal, and Jordan. I'll be on the "road" for six months with a lot of down time and a Kindle, so I need a lot of suggestions. [more inside]
I am thinking about buying $10,000 worth of appliances and entertainment-related products for my house. Should I put it all on a credit card? [more inside]
Any suggestions on how a fellow might help his favorite girl get access to the Thyrogen she has been waiting all spring and summer for? [more inside]
Can I buy a 90W Power adapter for a 65W adapter? The description of the product says it is compatible with my new Lenovo T400, but I don't understand electricity so I thought I'd ask. [more inside]
Can I live healthily on one meal a day? [more inside]
I need help finding a quote about the performance of music. [more inside]
Hate my iPhone. Want a new phone and a new carrier (currently AT&T). Which one is the most worth my hard earned money? [more inside]
What's an amazing, mindblowing dessert that I can make tomorrow for a pool party that isn't until Saturday afternoon? [more inside]
Guidelines for Rehoming Skittish Kittens? [more inside]
I have a a couple questions about your experience with freight forwarders. In particular, shipping containers via ocean from China. [more inside]
How in depth does the Foreign Service background check go? [more inside]
How can I best cope with this relationship impasse? [more inside]
The wikipedia page for cashews says that the cashew apple (the fruit which produces the seeds we eat) is made into a fruit juice drink that is very popular in Brazil. Surely I can find this drink in New York City? Tell me where. [more inside]
Apartment hunting in NYC is a major pain for almost everyone. But lately it seems that craigslist overposters are winning the battle of keeping their listings on top, and posting the same property an obscene amount of times each day. If your looking for a particular neighborhood and price range, you will click and see the same aprartment over and over, sometimes for weeks at a time. They must be getting flagged. I flag people when it is obvious. Why are they not banned? I guess the question is, what can I do? Is flagging really helping, or is it just a placebo? [more inside]
Lots of text editors, like the one I use, have these nifty snippet or text expander features that let you type a couple characters, hit a tab button and have a bunch more text come out. It seems like this could really up my game as a blogger and writer (not a coder), I just don't know how. What neat sorts of things are you using snippets to do that would save me time, impress the opposite sex or otherwise change my life?
Do I really have to replace the motherboard? My computer is showing no display and I think I've ruled out everything except the motherboard. Changing that is obviously expensive and time-consuming, so please tell me if I'm missing anything! [more inside]
I started running last October and I've lost 30 lbs. Along with this though I've noticed many other body changes. There are two in particular that I am interested in. The veins in my hands and feet are more defined and my elbows are no longer ashy. Is there any kind of relationship between these two changes and my new running lifestyle? Not sure if this makes a difference or not but I've also cut out all fast food, soft drinks, junk food and I'm eating healthy balanced meals now.
My google-maps has split into several pages - how can I see everything as one map? [more inside]
My mother has a squirrel problem. She has a ton of tomato plants and now that they're coming in, the squirrels are picking them and eating part of them. Is there something she can do to save her plants? Note: killing the squirrels is not an option--she would rather not have tomatoes than kill the squirrels.
Familiarity breeds contempt. (But why?) [more inside]
Is it a good idea to get a pet dog if I live alone and need to travel occasionally? [more inside]
I’m a systems analyst who just started consulting. What are the expectations for my weekly hours? Not the expectations in the contract, the real ones. [more inside]
Should I read A Dance With Dragons? Especially interested in hearing from people who once considered themselves fans but cooled on the series years ago and read ADWD anyway and liked it (or didn't!). Possible mild spoilers for ADWD re: characters. [more inside]
Help me find my perfect bike. I have not owned a bike since I was a child so I am having a hard time picking one now. In fact, I went to three different local bike shops and was given 2-3 different options at each shop so I am even more confused now than I was when I started looking. Specifications and riding goals inside. [more inside]
Need help identifying a type of nougat (sweet) - possibly iranian. [more inside]
Economics filter: I'm sitting on a lot of Korean won. I want to buy US dollars (practically, I'd do a wire transfer from my Korean bank acount to my US one). Given that the Republican Party might ruin the US economy out of sheer spite, how should I time this transfer to maximize my personal profit re: a beneficial exchange rate (weak USD, stable/strong-ish Korean won)? [more inside]
Best Android app for IRC? Is there an Android equivalent of Colloquy to be used on an Android? Looking for a quality app to use IRC on my phone.
Help me figure out what was going on with a street vendor in Rome selling dancing paper cut-outs. [more inside]
How do I choose a company to design and maintain my business' website? [more inside]
How do you get a 4 year old to blow their nose [more inside]
Upgrading a videocard - need advice [more inside]
MeFi parents - give me your potty training advice! [more inside]
I recently started getting UTIs and bladder inflammation after every weekend I go to see my boyfriend and have sex with him. I need some guidance so I know what kinds of questions to ask my doctor, 'cause I am damn tired of needing to pee in pain every 10 goddamn seconds. [more inside]
Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
Contractor, roofing, insurance. [more inside]
Had a hunch about my SO's texting, followed it up and found I was right. Tried to make it right but I'm not sure if I have succeeded. Feeling like I might be crazy, insecure, a door mat, or all three. I know I'm not alone out there with this type of situation, wondering how others have handled things and what the outcomes were. Thanks in advance for taking a minute to read/answer (okay a of couple minutes, it's on the long side!) [more inside]
Should I read my friend's suicide letter? [more inside]
NYC hostel or other cheap place to sleep. It needs to have air conditioning and be quiet enough for me to sleep--I don't care about anything else. Suggestions? [more inside]
Are there any kits for making a mechanical clock movement? [more inside]
Korg, Kurzweil, Roland... What other brands am I not yet looking for in an excellent digital concert piano? [more inside]
How can I improve my daughter's table manners? [more inside]
What can I do to determine if I have a bad domain registration situation? [more inside]
How can I attach my iMac to my desk? My cats are apparently stronger than they look. [more inside]
I'd like to put some slick (or semi-slick) tires on my mountain bike. What would be a good choice? My biggest requirement is that they'd be pretty easy to install. Second requirement would be cost. I'd rather not spend 50 bucks a wheel. [more inside]
I'm an indoor person. I love being on my computer, playing videogames, watching TV, etc. I know, however, that I need to give my kids some outdoor time. What kind of outdoor activities can I enjoy with them that I can enjoy myself? [more inside]
I blush often, even when I'm not embarrassed or angry. How can I stop? [more inside]
Please hope me become a master of fruits, vegetables and possibly juice! [more inside]
Why did my hummingbird feeder become a bee trap? [more inside]
I am on medication that kills my appetite. What should I eat? [more inside]
Descriptive video for the blind and visually impaired... for videogames? Does this exist? I’d like to do it. I know there are a million videos of people playing videogames around, but I'd like to do ones tailored for people who can't see. [more inside]
Help me find this epistolary novel [more inside]
Seeking: romantic weekend in a charming New England town. [more inside]
My fiance poked at a squishy bump in his forehead about two days ago; it squished and sort of dispersed, he said, and now his head has hurt really bad ever since. What could this have been, and do we need to be concerned now? [more inside]
Two part WordPress question (child themes and Twenty Eleven template.) [more inside]
MeFi web experts...help me forward my domain to another site. [more inside]
I uploaded a video of our wedding ceremony to Youtube. Our recessional was "Love Story" by Taylor Swift. Youtube informs me today that I have "infringing content". Do I have a leg to stand on to claim fair use?
Please talk to me about the ability to stay long-term on a low/no grain diet. [more inside]
Do you have any tips for a librarian-in-training (not archivist-in-training) on how to best approach organizing and cataloging personal archives, without the guidance of an archivist? [more inside]
DCLaw/OrdinanceFilter: Is carrying a torch and pitchfork in Washington, D.C. illegal? [more inside]
I'm looking for specific examples of special-interest magazines and magazine-style newsletters that made a transition from print-only to online-only. What happened? Did they survive and flourish, or wither and die? What factors made the difference one way or the other from your perspective as a subscriber or publisher?
WireFilter: What's the deal with Brother Mouzone? Accurate from-the-streets representation of idiosyncratic archetype, or straight caricature and relevant only as a plot device? [spoilers therein] [more inside]
I need to clean my deck which was pressure washed about 5-7 years ago. I want to paint it afterwards and am wondering which option to take for the cleaning. Rent or own? [more inside]
Where to sell used books that isn't Half-Price Books? Special Snowflake lurking within. [more inside]
Soundtrack for that moment when your life comes crashing down? [more inside]
Psychiatrist recommendations in Cambridge, MA - additional snowflakey requirements below the fold! [more inside]
What happens and what to do when I hear my mom dies 1,500+ miles away. What will the landlord do in the short term? Where does her body go? What happens to the cat? The medical bills? How do I unload fine art? [more inside]
Help me find fashion similar to Boden for Women, but less expensive. Or tell me to suck it up and just buy Boden. Examples of what I love and what I'm looking for inside... [more inside]
I need a good Turn-Based iphone game to wheedle away the time. Help! [more inside]
When transferring between connecting flights in Canada, do you need to go through security screening again? [more inside]
Please recommend some decent outdoor speakers for under $200! [more inside]
Why do babies of other races seem to have an extra level of cuteness? [more inside]
In the film "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," Del Griffith (John Candy) is reading a book titled "The Canadian Mounted." Is this a real book or just a joke prop for the film? [more inside]
I have a lot of information (dates and numbers that correspond to lot numbers/Kg) that I need to plot on a line graph in Powerpoint. I do not have this kind of advanced Powerpoint knowledge and I'm hoping there is a website that has easy step-by-step instructions
The bakery/café I work for is looking for a good company to print our menus. We're looking to print "tall" menus. I'm sorry this is so vague, but I don't know the measurements or name of the type of menu. If I had to guess I'd say ~8" x ~4" — you know, the kind you often see in restaurants/cafés/delis, etc, often with a trifold. We're most likely doing just a double sided piece of paper, though. We're located in Brooklyn, so we'd be looking for a company somewhere here or in Manhattan.
Should we fight to have a g-tube placed in our 10-month-old without general anesthetic? If the hospital insists on general anesthetic, should we find another provider or call the whole thing off? [more inside]
Can anyone offer insight - academic or experiential - into the link between hyperthyroidism and eating disorders?
FinanceFilter: Getting paid in British pounds converted to US dollars -- should I take it now, or hold off in hopes that the pound gains value over the dollar because of the debt ceiling situation, etc.? [more inside]
Another question about dark circles: do these look normal to you? I'm worried that they're a symptom of something larger. [more inside]
Winamp Style music visualization for Intel OSX? [more inside]
Hi, I will be going to a teacher associate job interview next week. This is where I will be sort of like a teacher's aide. Do any of you have great comments or responses that will impress the interviewer? [more inside]
Why is the concept of evolution seen as contrary to Christian teaching? [more inside]
Looking for a book about dividing a day into 3 shifts: 3 hours for community, 3 hours for land, and 3 hours for personal projects. Explained in a book by a couple who advocated this as a way of life, but I've forgotten the book and the names of the authors.
How to Solve the Issue of Constantly Recurring Paper Jams When Using Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
Remanufactured toner cartridge is causing recurring paper jams. But the remanufactured toner cartridge looks identical to the original toner cartridge! What could possible be causing the paper to jam, and has anyone ever figured out a fix or workaround so as to avoid buying the higher cost tone cartridges? [more inside]
Automatic sprinklers -- My sprinklers spray too far. I know that the adjustment screw should lower the spray radius. I seem to have trouble making this work. Is there a technique that I'm missing? Is there another sprinkler model that has more adjustment? Clarification - I'm not talking about fulls, halves and quarters.
How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
What is the origin of the "oe" (from "ö") in names like "Schroeder", "Boehner" being pronounced like the "a" in "bay" or "day" in the US? [more inside]
Twitterfilter: What URL will return original tweets with the #muckreads hashtag? (unique, filtering out all retweets, old style & new) [more inside]
Rewiring an old rusted lamp in Brooklyn? [more inside]
Is there any relatively agreed-upon audio visualization standard, or are all visualizations of audio just interpretations of the sounds? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good optician in London? [more inside]
Expert googler help needed! [more inside]
Unique and non-musical ideas for a college radio program? [more inside]
I bought an ice cream maker! (The well praised Cuisinart) Now what? Looking for tips, recipes, and all around homemade ice cream 101. [more inside]
How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good way to better curate the blogs and articles I subscribe to/automatically sort through them? I have seen some iPad apps that claim to do things like this, but I don't have an iPad and I don't particularly want to be restricted to only reading on said device even if I did. Also, any solution for formatting articles in such a way that they could be printed to create a custom magazine or put on a kindle or something like that, to improve the reading experience? [more inside]
My husband is approximately 80lbs overweight. I'm at the end of my rope. Advice? Inside the link is an extremely long post full of special snowflake details. [more inside]
Have you claimed bankruptcy in the last few years? Help! Where do I start? [more inside]
Resources that describe healthy relationships? [more inside]
How would one successfully blend in with the rich? [more inside]
Why do you see so many wind turbines stopped - even on a windy day? (What constitutes good or bad wind turbine running conditions?) [more inside]
This is a long-shot--does anyone have any info on an artist who used nature/trees to make art? Maybe in the 70s? [more inside]
How do I find a psychiatrist? I have insurance. [more inside]
My husband and I are taking our used bike sales & service side business to a new level - the local farmer's market! We're getting our ducks all in a row and getting ready, but have we missed anything? Advice? [more inside]
What's the deal with Navi-X and similar "media browsers"? How do they work? How much longer are they likely to work? [more inside]
why was this police car swerving across lanes? [more inside]
Mathfilter: In Gelfand's exceptional Algebra text, he is talking about the formula 1 + x + x^2 + x^3 + ... = 1/(1 - x). He uses the Achilles racing the tortoise model when first introducing the formula. He discusses the case x = 10, whence 1 + 10 + 100 + 1000 + ... = -1/9. [more inside]
Boyfriend is bipolar but won't take bipolar meds - help? [more inside]
Should I cash out my IRA to significantly reduce my credit card debt? [more inside]
I recently saw a Thai music video and I'm hoping to find out the song and artist... [more inside]
Why am I so tired all the time? I get 7-8 hours of sleep at night as well as a 45-60 mins nap after work but for months I’ve been feeling really tired. ALL. THE. TIME. [more inside]
Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs! [more inside]
I need new glasses *and* new sunglasses. Help me understand the possibilities and figure out the best combination. [more inside]
Need a step-down converter for plugging a printer sold in the US (110V power) into a 3rd-world socket (240V power). I get the voltage part but watts and amps and such are a bit beyond my electronoobicity. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a piece of Interactive Fiction (IF) I once played, but remember almost nothing about. You start the game, sleeping next to your lover--and you can decide the gender of both your character and the lover--in what is essentially a hunting lodge. Your character can do something like shift into other times or other identities--I can't quite remember. I recall that it is supposed to be very long by normal IF standards. Any help?
I am in the process of changing my web hosting service. I have a bunch of questions about what's going to happen to my email. [more inside]
I moved/relocated four months ago to a small island in SE Asia. I never really thought much about dating before this - I always seemed to have a partner if I wanted one - but there are so few single guys here looking for Western women that it might become a bit of an issue. But if I try online dating, my matches are likely to be from hundreds of miles away which could end up with me not meeting anyone that way either. Should I give it a go? [more inside]
Assuming an island with its own supply of power via generator and/or solar power, how much electricity is consumed to turn N liters of sea water into potable drinking water? [more inside]
Where can I purchase or download English audio and/or radio dramas based on animes? Is there a website that caters to such a medium? If not, which animes do you know that have been converted to an audio drama? Perhaps a podcast? [more inside]
Australian superannuation question. I'm a member of Unisuper. I've just received a letter saying that that due to the length of my continued employment, my employer contributions are going from 9% to 17%. Help me understand what this means... [more inside]
I have two DC electric wires: one is positive, one is negative. Without buying anything, how can I tell which is which? [more inside]
Help me stop my motorcycle numberplate cracking. [more inside]
Trout fisherpeople. I must feed my family (or eat at sonic) I will be at Gastons weekend after next. I plan to do the lazy man and fish from the bank rather than venturing out in a boat (rod and reel not fly). Give me a list of what I need in my trout tool box. I'm starting out clean. No rod, no reel, no other equipment including line, sinkers and bait. I'll have a knife and I think I remember how to clean a trout but that's about it. Any equipment, bait, technique, etc. advice greatly appreciated. I do not want to end up eating at the hotel restaurant although it is tasty. I want to buy as much of what I might need before i get there. Prices escalate as you near the site. Thanks (cleaning pointers also appreciated).
Yesterday I had an internal interview for a job I really want. I answered most of the questions just fine but one of them, "name a time when something at work depended on you and what did you do?", I bombed for some reason. Now I have a great answer and am thinking of emailing the three people in the interview panel with a revised answer, but I'm not sure whether this would be appropriate. [more inside]
We are finally moving to Brooklyn; Kensington, to be exact. Tell us what you love in our new neighborhood and adjacent ones (Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Borough Park). [more inside]
YANAD. Boyfriend has pea-ish sized hard mass right above belly button which doesn't protrude. Mild sharp pain, worse after eating. Touching it doesn't cause extra pain. He's also been extra gassy and a bit constipated. First noticed the lump/pain 4-5 days ago. Our health insurance is kicking in August 1st (and it's an HMO, so don't know how fast he'll be able to see someone). Is this something he should see a doctor about immediately? Should I be taking him to an ER? Lumpy masses are scary . . .
What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
Name this fantasy novel series, or possibly two series. A religious war, a sultan with a harem, the hero's wife is kidnapped and ends up in the harem and later his wife's daughter is offered to him in marriage. More recalled details after the jump. [more inside]
A cousin that my 7-year-old son has a deep friendship with drowned today during recreational lake swimming and is now dead. How do I tell my son about this tragedy, especially the existential/metaphysical questions about death? [more inside]
How do I keep my bike light from getting stolen? [more inside]
Does anyone have experience with ordering bulk flowers online? I'm looking for a reliable company to buy a bunch of flowers from for an event in mid September. [more inside]
How are descriptive bibliographies of modern books useful to scholars & researchers? Rephrased: what questions are answered by the information they contain? [more inside]
What are some urbanist/transit/cartography/local history-related attractions, exhibits or experiences I can visit/have when I am in New York City in mid-August? [more inside]
How do I incorporate the guitar lead in the chorus of Califone's 'Funeral Singers' into a solo arrangement? [more inside]
Do I bother correcting people when they refer to my son as a girl? [more inside]
Thinking out loud - after reading many articles on the G+ naming problem, it occurred to me all the myriad ways that someone using a pseudonym could accidentally expose their real name. [more inside]
What should I be looking for in buying a bike? [more inside]
My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
I'd like to apply to grad schools for biotechnology after spending 5 years working in Pharma quality and I'd like advice on actually getting into one and how to find the right fit for me. [more inside]
Why do my potatoes have stigmata? [more inside]
Relationshipfilter: Should I be okay with my girlfriend's ex move into her/her moms's house? [more inside]
I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think) [more inside]
SharePoint: What is the best way to create a discussion board/wiki mashup where some replies are not visible to everyone?
SharePoint: What is the best way to create a discussion board/wiki mashup where some replies are not visible to everyone? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a science fiction story that involves a future where people realize that they don't like people being able to see them when they're on the videophone, so they start wearing masks that hide their facial expressions while they're on the phone. Unfortunately, I can't recall the author or even whether it was a novel or just a short story. My Google-Fu is failing me; do you have any idea what story I'm thinking of?
Help me ID a transmission fluid leak (photos within) [more inside]
This klutz needs tips, advice, and product recommendations for giving a home perm to an elderly woman. [more inside]
I've recently made chit-chat with an attractive barista at a coffee shop I frequent, mostly about the writing group I meet with there and a band we both like that she was playing over the sound system one day. This past weekend I signed into OKCupid for the first time in awhile, and she's one of the first matches that comes up for me. So now not only do I know that she's single, but that we both like several other bands, authors, shows and movies. We actually have a good bit in common. Do I exploit my new-found knowledge of her to make conversation in person (which is publicly posted, and it's not like I went looking for it), or do I message her on OKC in a "fancy meeting you here" sort of way? Which is less creepy?
I am a 29-year old straight male who needs some help with both the mechanics of online dating as well as becoming comfortable with the idea of online dating. Snowflakely details inside. [more inside]
How do I best deal with my negative feelings toward my friends, which are somewhat founded in concern but may also be overly severe? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a reference to a story I heard of, possibly here but maybe not. It was about a society of pigeon owners that had a voting scheme that worked along the lines of PageRank, where the value of your vote was based on the number of other members voting for you, calculated recursively. It was an old system, possibly around the French Revolution. My Google-Fu is completely failing me. Does any of this ring any bells?
Community blogging filter... Need hive input on a replacement for Open Salon. [more inside]
Best eyepiece for viewing deep space objects with a Zhumell Z12 dobsonian reflector telescope? [more inside]
I have a computer with way too much music on it, and I have an external hard drive. Can I store all my music on the external hard drive without making iTunes angry? Please explain as if I am twelve. [more inside]
We are a small company with 3 subdivisions, each with their own sub-domain: Main Website: www.widgets.com Sub Domain 1: things.widgets.com Sub Domain 2: stuff.widgets.com Sub Domain 3: morestuff.widgets.com Right now we can login to our webhost's control panel & admin our website. We are wondering if there's a web host out there that would give us a separate control panel for each subdomain so that the head of each division can admin his own subdomain?
When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection? [more inside]
Let's say I have $500-$700 to spend on a work week's worth of clothing. And let's say I want to look good — sharp, competent, grown up and well put together, not just vaguely "professional" or dress-code-compliant in a Wal-Mart-khakhis-and-a-polyester-shirt sort of way. (In fact, I have no dress code at all, and I'm totally willing to sacrifice ostensible "dressiness" in the interest of looking sharp and grown up and etcetera.) What should I buy? [more inside]
I want to play more games like Nethack, Dwarf Fortress, Liberal Crime Squad, etc. No, not rogue-likes: games with a similiar "made of text" interface. [more inside]
How do I deal with sexual jealousy that stems from a history of lousy experiences (possibly with therapy)? [more inside]
Help me tell my sister that she needs to start paying rent. She was going to trade helping around the house for rent, but that's not working out. Details inside. [more inside]
I've started a company with someone that I have trouble dealing with. What should I do about this business relationship? [more inside]
My friend is having a medieval themed wedding, and I have been asked to play the role of the jester. Other than juggling, what skills should I practice? [more inside]
I'm looking for materials that can be used to help train people how to best use social media to help nonprofits engage the community. [more inside]
How to cope with having an ideal body weight that is different from my SO's ideal of my body weight? [more inside]
How can I fix my relationship with my sister? Should I even try? (long, unfortunately) [more inside]
I've got a weird little bump in my nether regions as a result of an ingrown hair gone wild. Is there a way I can get rid of it? In the meantime, how do I explain its existence to sexual partners without freaking them out? [more inside]
griffin simplifi question: is it compatible with the iphone 4 (and as such will it presumably be compatible with the iphone 5)? [more inside]
(Acupuncture filter) - So I made an appointment for acupuncture. Looking for stories, suggestions, and did it help you? [more inside]
Show me a patio table that can work outside as a patio table mainly but double inside as kitchen table that only comes in when we have a (smallish) dinner party?
What is a good way to have a kitchen table sometimes, but not other times? We don't have space for a permanent kitchen table, but my fiance and I want to be able to have his parents and possibly 2 siblings over for dinner every couple of weeks. I'm having nightmares of plastic fold up card tables (yuck) or the dreaded TV trays (double yuck). One thing we've thought of is a patio table that can sometimes come inside. Any links to cute looking patio tables that are not too heavy to bring in and out sometimes? Teak? Or?
I have a Sony Reader Touch (PR-600). Is there any way to get my highlighted "notes" into one readable file? [more inside]
Dad wants me to meet the woman he left Mom for. Do I have to? [more inside]
I have a few podcasts that I'd like to consolidate onto a single web page. Please help me figure out which CMS or website software to use. [more inside]
the right trousers. I've heard that it's possible to get exact duplicates of items of clothing from Indian sources, and would like to know if anyone has any experience of thus or can recommend anyone. I have two pairs of trousers that I love, fairly distinctive, that I wish I could get duplicates made of. if I can just post them to someone and get copies back by return that would be awesome.
I've been dating this guy for a few weeks now, and I'm not sure where things are going. [more inside]
I want to learn how to fight, whats the best martial art for that given the classes offered at my school? [more inside]
Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
How do I practice improv by myself? [more inside]
How can I transfer text messages from my cell phone to a computer? I can't email from the messaging window. Note: I don't have a SIM card or a memory card. [more inside]
How can I feel less fatigued (and depressed) after intense exercise? [more inside]
How can I convert MKV files with subtitles into MP4/M4V files with subtitles (OS=Windows)? [more inside]
I may be getting an iPhone for work, would like to know how (or even if?) it is possible to forward SMS/calls to another (Android) phone -- but want to find out BEFORE I actually commit to taking the iPhone [more inside]
What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
Hello! My husband and I found out we are pregnant. I have heard horror stories of new parents being on a waiting list for over a year for daycare. My husband and I both work and being a domestic engineer is not possible at this time. Relatives and friends are too far away to help with this situation. I need advice from parents out there. Is there a universal website for me to see day cares in my area with good/bad reviews? And how trust worthy would these reviews be? I look forward to your answers. Thank you!
Can I mod an adult trike to carry kids in the back? [more inside]
Need help identifying what was (I think) a horror film. [more inside]
Can I do an HTTP POST with Basic Authentication in the Google Docs Spreadsheet API? [more inside]
How can I tell which pictures or videos are eating up my free storage in Picasa Web Albums? [more inside]
Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN? [more inside]
Any Book suggestions for my class that I'm teaching next semester: The course is titled "Personal Security in the Digital Age," basically it's an overview of computer security topics for undergraduate students. I am not requiring a textbook, but I like to give the students a list of books that could help them in the class, and might be good reads. So, what books do you suggest? (Course description and other books on the click) [more inside]
I'm hosting a fabric swap! Please help me make sure I've covered all the details. [more inside]
What are some basic math concepts I can use to understand and develop a ranking system? [more inside]
I downloaded this torrent. When I burned it to a dvd with Toast on a mac, the picture was fine, but I had no audio at all (which is sort of the whole point). [more inside]
I'm 31. I'd like to make some friends who are older than I am--even significantly older. How can I go about this? [more inside]
My management company refuses to do anything about the (lackluster) security of my building. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
In the Windows 7 explorer context menu, I'd like to add an item under 'new' that's like "New Folder" but instead creates a folder named e.g. 2011-07-26. I have no idea where I'd start; any approaches or software I should look into?
Why did George Stephanopoulos choose to speak to Bob Woodward (who was writing the book "The Agenda" at the time)? [more inside]
Can you recommend some free tools that can help generate timeline estimates? [more inside]
I'm looking for fiction journal or magazine recommendations, and I don't know where to start other than what I don't want: 'Genre' or McSweeney's. [more inside]
Utterly desperately unhappy in my job. Please talk me back from the metaphorical ledge or help me learn how to jump! [more inside]
I'm trying to find a retro (80s-ish) t-shirt with the Good Humor ice cream logo on it and not having any luck. [more inside]
There are organizations that are palliative (e.g. the Red Cross). There are organizations that are arguably transformative on a societal level (e.g. Kiva). Are there organizations in which global post-scarcity is an explicit goal and overarching value? [more inside]
How do I handle these loud co-workers? [more inside]
The audio keeps vanishing on my Apple display monitor. Please advise. [more inside]
Looking for book/author/website recommendations on email marketing, search analytics, trend recognition, and content curation. The job I am preparing for is in Merchandising, at an ecommerce website dedicated to fashion, art, and design. [more inside]
What was that political video / TV ad that showed a montage of small children working a series of adult jobs (in a factory, for example)? [more inside]
I want to buy a vintage vespa (pre-1970) and I keep seeing a lot of sites selling them out of Vietnam and other parts of Asia. Does anyone have experience with buying them from one of the websites? Am I better off buying a junker and getting it restored locally? Also - what are the licensing requirements for a Vespa in Massachusetts?
Environmental seal on Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000. [more inside]
Back when people still used handwriting for pretty much everything, what did they do for acronyms and initialisms? I'm just having a hard time imagining the Palmer uppercase forms being used to spell out NATO or AT&T or the like. Any pictorial examples would be especially appreciated.
Gettin' hitched to a great guy (with some non-great credit). What do we need to do to protect my (pretty ok) credit? [more inside]
My overweight roommate is growing increasingly depressed about aforementioned extra weight. She makes poor eating choices. Should I say something? [more inside]
How would I go about constructing this branchy chandelier with white fairy lights? I'm ambitious but not particularly handy with tools and craft resources.
What is the kindest way to have "the talk" about needing a break from a friendship? Text, phone, IM, email, or face to face? The reason I need this break is because I am in love with him but he's not over his ex, and I've recently realized all this, and discovered it's too painful to keep hearing about her. We've been sleeping together, too, and I thought I would be able to keep it casual but I was wrong. [more inside]
Is it kosher to apply for two positions at the same place at the same time? [more inside]
Our 15-year-old low pile carpet still looks great. I've been hiring a carpet cleaning machine once every year to keep it that way. But the (foam?) rubber backing has begun to crumble and powder. Can I still use the cleaning machine or will this now hasten the carpet's demise?
My friend is obsessing over a song that she can't recall any music to, who sang it, or what it's called. What she remembers: it came out around '91, was about losing someone, sung by a solo female who she thinks had short blonde hair, and the video was shot in black & white. It came out around the same time as Nothing Compares To You, and equally as sad. I know no better place than here to try and find this song.
Beaders of NY: where can I find Delica seed beads in Manhattan? [more inside]
Is moving out of my parents’ house a good or a bad idea? On the one hand if feels foolish to leave behind a rent-free, comfortable room in a loving home, but on the other hand the desire to feel more independent carries a lot more emotional weight for me. [more inside]
iPad 2 + Wireless Keyboard, in India. Currently Hindi is not offered as an international option on the iPad, which I guess is understandable since they'd have to create an entirely new touch-screen keyboard for it. But with an external keyboard, shouldn't I be able to use the QWERTY Hindi keyboard available on my Mac? Anyone have any idea how I can make this happen?
Help me find a song! It was on Sirius radio on July 23, between 10am and 3pm mountain time. It was a female singer singing over what sounded like a very Pet Sounds-like arrangement. She sounded like Joni Mitchell to me. (Maybe it was Joni Mitchell!) The song also sounded very familiar. I thought it was Both Siders, Now, but I listened to that song again and that's just guitar. This song sounded just a little more upbeat, more poppy, but equally as beautiful. Any ideas?
I need advice on building a healthy relationship with my father despite his temper. [more inside]
Linux netbook filter: So, I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive Linux netbook - mostly to websurf and do some light data-processing. I've looked around and the ZaReason, Inc. Teo Pro looks good for the price point. Do you agree? What upgrades seem worth the price? [more inside]
Writing for games. [more inside]
Give me your quotes and platitudes about failure. [more inside]
What's the deal with magazine prices? [more inside]
How do I solve this sticky situation with regards to my Honours thesis? [more inside]
Weight loss help? I really need to lose weight but I lack the kind of support structure I think I need. [more inside]
It's not a quarter-life crisis, I'm almost broken. How can I turn things around before it's too late? [more inside]
What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
looking for advice about freelance scientific editing [more inside]
How to remove savon noir from leather? [more inside]
Help me enjoy my awesome blueberry preserves. [more inside]
BF and I had a big fight that I started because I didn't pay attention to HALT. Now he wants me to stop saying I love you. [more inside]
I just got a fulltime job and I am moving to California- one dream I've always had, when I finally got some money, is giving out $20 and $50 bills to homeless people in Manhattan. Where would be the best place to do this? Or go about it? [more inside]
What's the difference between the new "Essentials" line and the original 4th ed D&D books? If I was to buy 4th ed books today, which should I buy and why? [more inside]
I want to use the hub lounge in Seoul Incheon Airport, South Korea. Do I use it before or after immigration? What process should I follow? [more inside]
Are you a person with an excellent relationship with your parents? Or perhaps you are a parent with an excellent relationship with your kid(s)? Care to share? [more inside]
What would be a great wedding present for our friends? The bride is French, early 30s, groom, late 30s, New Zealander. They have two very sweet children, a little girl, three years, and a little boy, just under a year old. Wedding is in France and we won’t be able to attend, but we will be able to see them on Saturday this week. [more inside]
I hate my boss and it's only my first week. Is that enough reason to quit? [more inside]
Sexual positions for the obese. [more inside]
Our prima donna of a puggle won't pee in the rain. Help us before I squeeze it out of her. [more inside]
Ravioli-filter: Does anyone know about the Imperia Raviolamp 12-Ravioli maker device? [more inside]
What's the point of loose chippings/chipseal for road repairs? [more inside]
Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
What politically neutral book(s) should I read on multiculturalism and Islam, immigration/integration politics and/or ethnic/religious tensions in Europe? [more inside]
My car got dinged up. Do I pay out of pocket or use my insurance? [more inside]
Going to buy a scooter! Yes! But where do I start researching? What advice do you have? [more inside]
Are there ways to make garments less wrinkle-prone? [more inside]
What is a typical minimum age at which babies are taken as passengers on bicycles in the Netherlands? What kind of carrier tends to be used at this age (trailer? car seat mounted on bike? bakfiets?). [more inside]
[Concert Filter]: We're seeing a show at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington next month. How should we get to the venue? [more inside]
Should I choose sex over Celexa? [more inside]
How does a datalink work on an air-to-air missile with a range of, say, 70km? [more inside]
How do I disassociate what Youtube account I'm logged into from what Google account I'm logged into? [more inside]
I am helping my friend apply to grad school for an MA in Art Education, with a focus on Community Arts. Do you have any advice for us? [more inside]
Similar to this question from 2005. I have a bunch of darkroom equipment (enlarger, timer, trays, chemicals, photo paper, etc.) that I am looking to donate in Toronto. [more inside]
Photoshopfilter: I am making a figure for publication in a science journal. Is there a software or cellular components package that I could use to build diagrams of cells with mitochondria, organelles, receptors and signaling pathways? I am looking to make a schematic that look similar to this (click figures/tables to see it) that I can alter. Is there a components package I could use to build these without making it all from scratch? [more inside]
Travelling by campervan in Victoria, Australia - any tips? [more inside]
Can you successfully introduce cats to each other BEFORE they move in together? [more inside]
Can you help me find some free or modestly-priced online reports on the state of the publishing, recorded music, film + photo agencies / picture archives industries in the EU? [more inside]
For those in serious relationships, how long did it take until you knew the other person was 'the one?' Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
We are moving to the out of the country soon, and I'd like advice on how to tell my kids. What I've found online at other sites has been....less than helpful, so any personal advice or good links appreciated. Possibly relevant details inside. [more inside]
Anxiety cured and came back. I need help understanding. [more inside]
Where can I buy an Alexey Kurabatov print? [more inside]
How do I go about deciding whether I want kids or not? I'm 38 going on 39. I'm female and I'm single. I live in NYC. And I have no idea if I want to have children. How do I go about truly understanding what I want? [more inside]
Cool for tweens -- where do I take the kid for back to school now that Justice (which was once Limited Too) is too "preppy" for her without subjecting her to social ostracism? Please suggest stores, brands, blogs or whatever. [more inside]
My boyfriend is trying to remember the name of a female cellist who has an interesting technique using sampling. [more inside]
Is there anything a divorced mom with primary custody of three kids could say to their dad to get him to pay attention to his kids? [more inside]
I am not a spammer but..... [more inside]
Multiple email addresses using Apple email on MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5....what's the deal-e-o? [more inside]
How do I add text to the left margin in Word 2010? [more inside]
Recommend a case for my new MacBook Air. [more inside]
Friend is moving from New York City to Houston, TX. What would be a good gift to get her? [more inside]
I buy macs, despite the premium, but my macbook pro just died and fcpx may signal the end of needing a mac to edit video. Should I not buy a mac? [more inside]
How do I go about researching an expunged shoplifting charge (my own) in Tennessee? (And what does expunged mean in this case anyway?) [more inside]
West Coast Road Trip! Mr. desjardins and I are flying into Seattle in early September, renting a car and driving to San Francisco. What do we do in between? We want places to stay and things to do. Amazing scenery is a priority. [more inside]
I need more info (links or book recs) about draft dodges and other similar happenings throughout history and the world (i.e. people relocating to avoid participating in a war). Sources about the Viet Nam draft dodge are great, though I'd rather also have sources about other happenings.
YANMD but need help--is this bedbugs? Can a prompt care tell? And if so what do we do? [more inside]
What blogs/twitter lists should I read to get a sense of the Toronto/GTA zeitgeist? [more inside]
1% or 2% of all emails sent to me never arrive. What is going on and how do I fix it! (It has nothing to do with my spam filters or folder.) Help! [more inside]
Trying to decide on a DSLR. The deciding factor is low-light performance... but I'm not sure how good is "good enough." Principally, I'm waffling between the Canon 5D and the Canon 5D Mark-II, which seem to vary almost exclusively in their low-light performance. However, since the "Mark I" 5D has a full-frame sensor (and therefore should have much better low-light performance than any smaller sensor out there, based merely on quantum light noise)... is it good enough for flashless inside photography? The price difference is basically 100%, since I can bet a "Mark I" for $1k used. Personal experiences, please?
What happened to the RSS feeds for Yahoo! News most popular and most emailed stories? [more inside]
It's finally summer, and I need a gas grill. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I'm good at programming computers. But I don't want to be a software developer. What can I do for a career and what should I be doing now to make it possible? [more inside]
Grilling meat with only 1 pair of tongs- my method would make Alton Brown gasp in horror, but is it safe? [more inside]
Who on Facebook has linked to my blog? [more inside]
Questions about Match.com and motives of people there. [more inside]
Binoculars. I would like to buy a decent pair of binoculars for a certain someone's upcoming birthday. I don't know much about binoculars, and neither does the recipient. Usage details inside... [more inside]
How can I learn how to develop web apps? [more inside]
Wires, cables - I hate them. What options are currently available (or really just around the corner) to make my world wireless. [more inside]
Two weddings coming up: Wedding A is outside at night, and wedding B is indoors at night and the invitation states that it is "formal." I own two suits: a black wool traditional suit, and this one: http://www.mrporter.com/product/301855 [more inside]
My eye doctor brings in a new second doctor every once in a while, I guess to handle most of the menial check-ups. To my frustration, I have a crush on this current one. I'm due to visit the office one last time in a week or two. What then? YANMD, at least, I hope not. [more inside]
I'm a mid-thirties man, committed relationship, wonderful kids, good job, great life, but I can not stop chasing attractive women. And it is wreaking havoc. How can I stop this, and why don't I want to? [more inside]
Anyone know where I can get a hopper/burner assembly for a Traeger grill (I have the Texas Grill, but any of their line may work)? So far internet searches have been unsuccessful. I have not yet contacted the manufacturer to see if they will sell spares, but all I can find from 3rd parties are spare internals (motors, controllers, etc)...
GOOGLEVOICEFILTER: How do you call your number FROM your number and leave yourself a message? [more inside]
Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear? [more inside]
How can I stream the Tour de France in Canada? [more inside]
I have had a mild case of Vitiligo manifest on my face for many years now. I know nothing about make-up. Give me your professional advice on what I need to buy/do to cover up my spottiness with maximum effectiveness. [more inside]
How did I go about making an awesome life and avoiding the rat race? [more inside]
Mr. M. and I have a gunite pool that was installed at our house by a previous owner. We haven't opened it in the 7 years we've lived here. I want to have it renovated so that we can actually use it, but I have some questions. [more inside]
I'm looking for software libraries or downloadable software (preferably the former) that can take an input video, and output a panoramic image. For example, something that allows you to stand in one place, turn around taking a video, and then get a massive stitched jpeg. [more inside]
I didn't pay taxes (federal or state) on my unemployment benefits from January to June of this year. I also won't have any income besides that starting in July. How can I figure out if/how much I'll owe? [more inside]
I'm trying to get over a relationship that ended 6-7 months ago. The problem: my ex-girlfriend and I have a mutual friend who is pretty close to both of us... and I've been feeling very awkward and uncomfortable hanging out with the friend because of it. What should I do? [more inside]
Can you legally get around decency laws if you give advance notice? [more inside]
Joomla filter: I just launched my new blog publicly, and as I did I noticed some things that should've been dealt with previous. So if you're up for a few Joomla related questions, please feel free to take a look. [more inside]
goingonearth redirect virus - how do I remove this from firefox? How can it evade anti-malware ? [more inside]
Can't view PDFs in Safari on a brand-new Macbook Air (OS X Lion). [more inside]
Why are satellite photos upside down? When looking at satellite pictures of cities in the northern hemisphere on Google maps, buildings that are leaning away from me are leaning towards the bottom of the screen. This gives me the impression that I'm upside down. The feeling is very strong despite my poor description of it. Is there a particular reason satellite pictures are oriented this way?
Looking for early 20th century authors similar to Stephen Leacock and Booth Tarkington. My father-in-law enjoys their writings and would like to read similar authors that are in the public domain and are available in ebook format. He would also like to find early downloadable copies of True and Argosy magazines.
Luggage on a long-haul flight: will I be able to have a really large trolley case, or does it have to be split up? [more inside]
How much money can a person reasonably expect by selling an alligator, or alligators that they have killed? [more inside]
Unemployed, enough money, three months to kill. What should I do? [more inside]
Rowing filter: DVD of a boat race to watch while training? [more inside]
Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question. [more inside]
Tips and recommendations for a cheap camera trap? [more inside]
LondonShoppingFilter: I need to pick up a few travel-related bits and bobs during a one-day stopover in London on Saturday, the 20th of August, and I'd love to have it all done within, say, two or three hours. I'd love recommendations for shops which are relatively close together and well-stocked to save time. [more inside]
Looking for the specific model of an Ibanez RG guitar before I sell it. Pictures inside! [more inside]
What's the best way to build a concrete block retaining wall for my small backyard? [more inside]
Hello from Mefi's intern Dom. I'm coming in relatively cold to building iPhone applications and am teaching myself how to do it. What are some good resources/ references that would help make the learning process easier on me? [more inside]
How can I make my new living room light cozy and not overhead-style sterile? [more inside]
I need to find the best tire store in Northern Virginia. My '04 Tiburon has a wheel that's been leaking air for months and after failures by three different tire shops I'm at my wit's end. [more inside]
Tell me about/provide links to your favorite low-budget music videos. My husband's a musician, and I have a Flip camera and a copy of iMovie, and we made one video for one of his songs with no budget and it was fun. Even though I have no idea what I'm doing (as Real Filmmaking Types here will notice). [more inside]
I am going to hike the Chilkoot Pass trail in Southeast Alaska at the end of August. Any recommendations, suggestions?
14 hours in a car with my dad. Recommend an audiobook or comedians we might both enjoy. [more inside]
Complete This Series: Boards of Canada, Tycho, ....., ....., ......... [more inside]
I'm interested in books that are nominally fantasy, but steal scifi tropes, and vice versa. Suggestions? [more inside]
Why does guaifenesin (aka Mucinex) smell like millipedes? [more inside]
How much am I worth to facebook (or G+, or even MySpace for that matter)? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any good home or drugstore remedies for horrendously itchy bug bites? [more inside]
Bike filter: How do I measure the size of my dropouts to purchase a pair of Halo Hex Key Skewers? Also, does anybody have these and can attest to them? [more inside]
Hello We are thinking of taking a vacation from Sept 2nd to the 11th somewhere south of the united states (no Mexico/Puerto Rico as we just visited these places) What countries/cities/towns would you all suggest? We are considering weather (including hurricanes), travel time (less is better) from the NW U.S., and looking for an experience that is different from home. We are thinking of Belize as a possibility but nothing is definite. In the past we have driven across puerto rico and went by (local) bus down the yucatan peninsula. We enjoyed those. We are not interested in going there again but this gives some idea of the kind of travel we enjoy.
Where can I find short films on the internet? [more inside]
Is coconut oil safe to cook with? Literally. [more inside]
Give me a civics lesson here. What's the endgame for House Republicans? [more inside]
Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
Options regarding my dogs and the Condo Association's pet limit. [more inside]
Here's an entertaining video from some years ago of John Byner doing his Ed Sullivan bit on Letterman. Enjoy it if you will, or skip to the end. Because my question is: what is the song that Paul and the band play going into commercial?
I would like to bake something using the fresh green figs I bought Saturday. Do you have a suggested recipe to share? [more inside]
Help me wordsmith out the difference between the words know and understand. They seem to be used interchangeably but the meanings must be different. If you have words in languages other than Englosh that can clarify this difference, so much the better. It seems you can know something without understanding it, but can you understand without knowing?
Absurdly picky backpack question! Difficulty points: small-framed female, only wants to look like she's going into the woods when she's actually going into the woods... [more inside]
Health-Implosion-Filter: Need short-term ways to survive barrage of ailments+something undiagnosable - if I can. Way freaking more inside. [more inside]
What can I do with the gloopy sludge that resulted from my failed composting? [more inside]
Please recommend a mountain day hike within 3hrs (or so) drive of the Bay Area. [more inside]
Color-value calculation. What's my most efficient way to come up with the hex values of 30 discrete colors that fade as evenly as possible from 220088 to DDCCFF? [more inside]
I really love the rainbow sweater Marcus wears in About A Boy. Is this a real thing? [more inside]
I have volunteered to give a co-worker her (office) baby shower. Help? [more inside]
I have a serious problem with being seen to be intellectually 'wrong'. I need ways to get over it [more inside]
Can you tell if someone was drinking the night before you meet them? I have been reading several "get the job" books and many of them instruct not to drink the night before an interview. I agree that this is good advice for several reasons, but they also state that people can "tell" if you have been drinking. [more inside]
I've had a Canon 5D Mark II for about 2.5 years, and I've recently noticed some bad dust particle issues that are on the sensor or mirror, not the lens. Can someone recommend a good camera store in New York City that could do a good professional job of cleaning my sensor (and an idea of how much this will cost)? I've looked into cleaning kits, and I think I would rather have a professional do it. Thanks! [more inside]
Why do I keep burning my chicken breasts? [more inside]
Seeking water crossing from Upper Peninsula (Michigan) to Washington Island (Door County, Wisconsin). [more inside]
How can I become as limber as a ballerina, without actually being one? [more inside]
Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
Looking for pictures of (or anecdotes about!) Island Fantasy, a direct-market comic shop in Victoria, BC that was active in the mid-80s. [more inside]
Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who is uncannily similar to you? [more inside]
Is Puerto Vallarta safe to visit in September? [more inside]
How do I cope with persistent project failure at work? [more inside]
For a bachelor party in Connecticut, I would like to rent a motorboat big enough for 6 people, for a half-day, ideally near Foxwoods casino, ideally with a bbq grill, two weeks from now. Recommendations please?
Cast iron pan question - did I ruin something at my host's house that I'm going to have to replace? [more inside]
SF Bay Area: Please recommend a school (vocational, community college, extension university, etc) for someone (age 27) to begin training for a second career in IT. [more inside]
Toronto: Good place for cocktails on or around Queen West West / Parkdale? Anyone know a good place for a decent martini and/or gimlet in the west end of downtown TO? Open tonight and no insanely loud music.
Please teach me about the evolution of 90s jungle / drum 'n' bass and its intersection with reggae and Jamaican music! [more inside]
Is Docusign the only game in town? Who is good/cheap/sane on this? I am building a (healthcare) site where users must upload 'signed' forms (no PHI). My fantasy solution: The receiver can see that the form is *signed*, but won't see *exactly who* signed it. Memail me if necessary. Note: not talking about digital signatures, but *legally* electronically signed. Educate me on how 'legally signed', 'authenticated', and 'digitally signed' intersect.
"Fly me" : I'm looking for more information on the early restrictions on flight attendants- that they be single, slim, attractive, etc. Who pioneered these policies? How much did they vary across the globe? Did other industries at the time have formalized policies with similar biases? [more inside]
Lightweight yet comfortable furniture that can be moved out of the way easily? Asking for my mom who runs a rental cabin but also hosts yoga classes form time to time. [more inside]
As part of a gift to the groomsmen for my upcoming wedding, I am getting each of them a book that is relevant to their lives or interests. I need some help picking out a book for two of the groomsmen, based on some specific criteria: [more inside]
Looking for resources relating to the Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) for a school project. I especially need some high resolution images, video (I've found some good stuff on YouTube) and general information (you know, besides WikiPedia and a cursory Google search). Does anyone know of any outstanding resources out there?
How do I hang on to a relationship with my brother now that we aren't living at home anymore? [more inside]
I'm a developer at a C++ shop right now, and would like to expand my skills in order to be more versatile and marketable. What's the next programming language I should learn? (I know some assembly, and very basic HTML)
I have a question about the master cleanse. After 11 days, am I eating me? There is a delicate question inside. [more inside]
Where should I live? [more inside]
My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
I'm always impressed by the abilities of the hivemind to craft clear and concise messages. I come to you, today, to request your help. What's the best way to tell someone you would really like to be friends with them, after having gone on a few dates? Not "lets be friends" as an easy let down, but "wow, you're really cool, and I want to hang out, I just don't want to have anything romantic with you." [more inside]
When it comes to very expensive medicines, how much of the cost is due to just the production of the drugs and how much is because of other factors? [more inside]
How do I make wedding invitation directions? [more inside]
My counsellor has experienced a loss herself. Should I acknowledge it? [more inside]
I'm looking for an app that will create a daily schedule of events (for a conference). Needs to be able to: be displayed on the web, display multiple events throughout the day (hour-by-hour) – some events happen concurrently, link each entry to another web page (event details), and be able to be used by non-programmers. See sample of ideal look here Google Calendar comes close but it does not seem to have the ability to link individual entries to outside webpages – and it compresses all events that happen at the same time into a very narrow column so info becomes unreadable, and, of course, each person viewing needs and account.
I need an outdoor clock that is readable, durable, beautiful and under $50. [more inside]
What are the best temp agencies for non-profit work in the United States? Specifically, I am looking for agencies in Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, New York City and San Francisco.
I've accepted that I likely won't be completely over my ex until after we both graduate. Considering that, how can I deal with being around her? [more inside]
My Klipsch S2 earbuds are worn out. Any suggestions for a replacement that has the best bang for your buck? I'm using them with an iPod Nano 6th Gen.
Where can one find free Web site hosting? I don't need a lot of space, 40 or 50 Mbs will do, I just need to FTP files. [more inside]
What shoes with this dress? [more inside]
We are having cut backs at work. One of the office staff was laid-off and I was told directly I would be expected to do her duties along with my current duties. This starts Monday, I and everyone else in the office knows I will not be able to be as efficient as I have been up to now. How can I not stress about this? If my boss jumps on to me I have decided I will just tell her I am doing the best I can. Has anyone else been in this situation and what are some words of advice you can give me to help me through this? (I live in a small town and jobs are scarce, I need to try to keep this job unless something better comes up.)
What TV police show theme song was this? [more inside]
How to deal with a team member who seems to make a point of disagreeing with and questioning everying I do?
What's the best way to deal with a team member who insists on being uncooperative and confrontational regardless of the approach taken to resolve the sitation at either a team or personal level? [more inside]
I am trying to learn intervals, by relation to songs, but need some more tips, particularly with Minor 6th, Minor 7th and Major 7th. [more inside]
How often are MBA applicants admitted with a poor (2.0) undergrad GPA? [more inside]
Help me find old Harry Potter fanfiction by Maya, also known as Mistful. [more inside]
Advice on getting jobs for frreelance translators? Experience with Proz.com? [more inside]
Does a water filter filter plastics like BPA? Is there a way to test my tap water for them? Are there water filters that do not contain plastic? Does Aquafina or any other filter plastics? [more inside]
What's the best SMTP server or relay that will let me send e-mail from anywhere? [more inside]
Semi-regular need for freelance experts in things that are not "my areas of expertise," as Hodgeman would put it. Help needed not in finding particular people, but in knowing where and how to find the experts I need. [more inside]
Looking for stroller recommendations for a tall, car-less, couple. [more inside]
A friend of mine gradually lost sight of his right eye. He can no longer move it and doctors won't give him answers. Has anybody heard of this? [more inside]
My girlfriend was straightening the sheets before we got into bed tonight and found this little guy crawling around. It has a wispy tail and a bunch of little legs underneath and is about 2cm long. Anyone know what it is?
What music theory stuff is Yngwie Malmsteen having a hard time explaining about his composition "Arpeggios from Hell"? [more inside]
Verizon Wireless Warranty and Insurance - Phone used on account different than it's original. [more inside]
I'd like to move (from the USA) to Toronto for a year or so. What do I do? [more inside]
Is pursuing a science degree hard? [more inside]
Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
What do you call people from Sri Lanka? [more inside]
Will I be okay? I ate broken glass tonight. Finely-crushed small particles. Not on purpose -- I'm not a circus geek. Broken glass is one of a very few things that freak me out. Will I be okay? Sure, probably, but I'm freaked out. [more inside]
Why can't I enjoy smoking Marijuana anymore, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
My sister is being extremely difficult. Should I go to her wedding? [more inside]
Do you really need to wash new bed sheets before using them? [more inside]
Is a full video of the Brazil vs. US Women's World Cup match available anywhere online? Google is failing me. Would like the full game and would rather not watch multiple clips, if possible.
4-5 days in Cambridge and London. What to do? Where to eat? [more inside]
Is there a site that approaches (online) purchasing of apparel from a serious and rigorous consumer perspective? I'm thinking of a site where I select, say, t-shirts and get detailed information about the garment, various garment variations (athletic t-shirt, work t-shirt, etc), washing Instructions, which high quality value brands that sell t-shirts, verified quality testing of t-shirts from forementioned brands, etc.
We're living in Portland, Oregon and I'm looking to buy a bike I can use to cycle a few miles to work downtown and get around our neighbourhood. There's so many bike shops here we don't know where to start looking. I'd prefer a good-quality secondhand bike, but could probably stretch to a new one if I had to. Neither of us are bike nerds so are wary of being sold the wrong thing, so we're after a place that will give us good, honest, advice and have a good range of bikes. Thanks.
Ideas for making a 50th birthday party interesting and fun. [more inside]
Our 10 year-old loves books about dragons, finishing them faster than we can find them. Read and liked: Sabine (T Kennemore), Dragon's Egg (S L Thomson), Dragonology Chronicles I&II (D A Steer), The Last Dragonslayer (J Fforde). Any suggestions for what to get next?
Where can I find Southern Tier's Creme Brulee beer in Washington, DC? [more inside]
What are some really old-fashioned toys (no plastic please, other than LEGOs) that can still be easily purchased locally, and at what stores? Craft stores? Bonus if you can sort them by age group (but hey, wood blocks never get old!) [more inside]
I'm looking for sexy and romantic songs with a wicked bass line. [more inside]
I've never paid $20 for a plain t-shirt before. Is LL Bean worth it? [more inside]
What is your favourite thing to do at or near Kensington Market in Toronto? [more inside]
iPad 2 Repair Filter: My beloved ipad has a broken screen. What now? [more inside]
What is the longest drive, in a car, that a person could take anywhere on earth? [more inside]
My default response when someone has a problem is to fix the problem. I'd like to change that. [more inside]
What to get for a very bright four year old girl? [more inside]
I received around $700 for my Birthday. What's the best way to use this to improve my credit? [more inside]
Do you know how to minimize light coming in around the sides, top and bottom of blackout curtains? [more inside]
Having made the transition from Windows to OSX as my primary machine, I (almost) couldn't be happier... except...
I feel like this must be a tremendously stupid question: what's the best way to backup my photos on my mac? [more inside]
Can I eat this?: smoked pork shoulder edition [more inside]
I'm picking up the clarinet again after more than a decade off and need some help improving my tone / getting my breath back. Are there any online resources that will help with this?
I am a 52 y/o woman with a perfect driving record but for the last 20 years I have only driven in Idaho--Boise is the biggest traffic I have seen in the last 20 years. We may be moving to the Fresno area and I will want to drive the freeways to LA and SF and be confident about it. I need advice because I have really developed some anxiety when I think about it. Last weekend my husband and I rented a car and drove from the Fresno airport to a smaller city nearby and I was even nervous as a passenger when he had to use the GPS to find our ways on the freeways. We had to keep up our speed even when we did not know when/where to turn off. The Hertz GPS magellan was not that good but it still looked nerve-wracking to me! What advice can you give me? I would love to be able to take off from Fresno and drive to LA for the day sometime. How will I get confident about this type of driving? It seems the traffic goes much faster than I am used to and people are changing lanes faster and with less notice too. I would be smart enough to know not to head to LA during the rush hours but even in lower traffic I am experiencing anxiety even thinking about it! Thanks for your help!
Do we tip the babysitter? [more inside]
Am I suffering from some sort of body dysmorphia? Or do I just have a slow-so-adjust sense of self? (yanmd/t/p) [more inside]
Which foods are best for a person with herpes? Also, what about a specific act of sex? [more inside]
Is there an industry standard royalty rate for translation rights? [more inside]
Does anybody have any current information about snagging an expiring domain name? I have read some articles but the information is a few years old. Specifics inside. [more inside]
Building a bathroom in Portland, OR. Where to buy affordable fixtures and tile besides bix-box stores, Ikea and the Rebuilding Center? [more inside]
[Being a girl filter] Health issues, high pressure environments, and still showing everyone how fucking awesome you are. [more inside]
Salespeople: I'm considering changing careers and entering sales - possibly in the real estate industry. How do I decide what to sell and how do I get started from there? [more inside]
Looking for the name/artist of a song. lyrics inside! [more inside]
How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
I'm not saying that I think the US will default in 10 days, but I am nervous enough to start thinking about covering my butt. I have some money socked away. Its not much, but its something, and I would really love for it all not to somehow evaporate. [more inside]
Toddler Zizzle doesn't like being read to, but he likes to "read" books on his own. Should we make more effort to read to him, or is this okay for now? [more inside]
What phone should I get, given some particular preferences? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
I'm a real estate agent who advertises on craigslist. Someone is flagging my ads and over half of them keep getting removed. What can I do? [more inside]
Help me find orgasms in literature. [more inside]
After discovering a second painting on the back of a treasured watercolor, how can I display them both? [more inside]
I'm staying at a hotel in Taipei. After the last time my room was cleaned (that is, earlier today), I noticed that a partially-consumed water bottle I'd left in my room had had a cotton ball taped to it. Any idea what the significance of this might be?
I don't like fancy dress parties but I have to go to one tonight. The theme is '18 certificate movies'. I would like to wear a suit, preferably my light grey pinstripe one, I don't like to wear ties. I have hair, medium length, that I can wear loosely or slicked back. Is there any character from an over 18 movie you can think of that, perhaps with some easy accessorizing, I can 'imitate'?
Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
i got a wristband for this rock festival this weekend. i've never seen this kind of bracelet before. it's a one time woven wrist bracelet with a metal buckle that looks crimped. i want to get it off right now because it's cramping my wrists (as well as my style) but i don't want to cut it off. help? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a book or article that might be of help to a child and his family (he will soon be 12) whose mother died at childbirth. He is the nephew of a dear friend, the boy really values family and as he is maturing, realizes more and more, that each birthday also marks the anniversary date of his mothers' death. He is was adopted by a paternal aunt and is being raised in a loving family. If anyone has suggestions on how best to support the boy and his family, it is much appreciated. If anyone has first hand experience with this, your knowledge would be much appreciated. The issue is clearly much bigger than his birthday, but is there any way to help him emotionally to deal with this reality as he matures.
I have bought a international convertor - and a foreign travel voltage Converter. I need to know which one is correct for all my appliances to work. OR I need to get something different. All the appliances are listed below.. Thanks for your help in advance. Going to Italy. Kooky Kathy [more inside]
Cheek swelling and pus after local anesthesia and a fairly minor procedure at the dentist. I went back today and he prescribed an antibiotic, but I am still worried. (Grossness inside...) [more inside]
How can I help my friends enjoy their wedding, despite a lot of family stress? [more inside]
I'm looking for a smartphone that's hackable and moddable, but I'm a lazy geek so I'm really looking for something that has a strong and independent development community that's already done most of the hacking and modding for me. What's the best phone for me?
Can you recommend me an inexpensive GSM android phone? [more inside]
Considering making a switch to becoming a project manager. Please tell me about your best and worst project managers! [more inside]
How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
How can I support my husband as he works through some issues? [more inside]
I am trying to individuate myself from both of my parents, who are controlling in completely different ways. My mom is the smothering type. My question is this: Since I am becoming an individual and doing my own thing, how do I interact with her when I talk and see her from now on? [more inside]
How do I make solar "sexy"? [more inside]
Applying for a z-visa to teach English in China, what should I know/be aware of as I go through the process? [more inside]
I need a place near Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA where I can change clothes. [more inside]
Crossing the rockies from Wyoming...heading to Portland, need some advice! Stick to the I-90, or...smaller roads? [more inside]
My lips are chapped. But not just, "oh, that's annoying" chapped. They're covered in red patches and the skin keeps peeling off. Nothing I try works. Halp! [more inside]
Where in the Los Angeles area can I go to see a wide selection of Kindle covers and cases in person? (And hopefully try them out.)
What are some "sneaky" ways people spend their private time? [more inside]
What stuff is there to do *next week* in Vancouver, BC? (7/25-8/1) Time sensitive and general touristy suggestions both need apply! [more inside]
How do I kitten-proof my house? [more inside]
So I just got an admin assistant… now what? [more inside]
I just ate a little bit of cheese with a brown mold or similar growth on it. What was this? [more inside]
How do I remove tight screws from laptop hard drive caddies? I'm trying to swap the hard drives from one laptop to another. Yet I can't get them out of their respective caddies. Is there some trick that makes it possible to loosen the screws without risking the hard drives?
Fuck! I corrupted the BIOS on a Toshiba L305D trying to update it in windows 7 (which i later realized was an incredibly stupid idea). It was a laptop we fixed and we were getting ready to sell it on our floor. Boss wants me to come in Monday with a fix. There seems to be a way to fix it using crisis BIOS recovery. But I need a BIOS.rom file. HELP!!! [more inside]
What would be the easist kind of programming job a person could get? [more inside]
I seem to have volunteered to write a regular newspaper column on the Arts in my local community. I have a mentor who will find topics for me and introduce me to the right people. What I need now is resources / examples and anything that I might not have thought to ask about (including pitching to the paper).
How can I clean the air in my open plan loft? [more inside]
I bought a cotton duvet cover a few years ago that is wonderful - it stays cool and if you ever get too warm, you can just flip it over. Unfortunately the store I got it from is now closed and I can't get another one. The other duvet cover I have keeps me way too warm at night time, even with the same duvet underneath. I've noticed that the cool duvet cover feels silkier than the warm one, but is still made of cotton. Where can I get a duvet cover that keeps me cool? What should I be looking for? Also bonus points for any links to places that ship to Canada.
Where to drink beer in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Why is my wireless router WZR-HP-G300NH not mounting my USB External HD? I'm trying to access my Western Digital My Passport SE external hard drive through the wifi connection on the router. I have it plugged into the USB port on the router and it is powering on, but not mounting. What have I done wrong? How can I get this to work? Does anyone know how to go about accessing the hard drive files once it is mounting properly? I'll be using my MacBook to access the files and would like to stream my movies wirelessly from the external HD. [more inside]
Where can I buy plain fitted cotton t-shirts for women? [more inside]
I just got home to find my house flooded. The tank on the back of the commode cracked open and has been running all day. What do I do to dry the ceiling, avoid damage? [more inside]
This ring turned up at my deceased grandmother's house and no one recognized it. General consensus was that it looked like a man's ring from the 1970s. The band/base appears to be gold and the design appears to be rose gold. Can anyone recognize the design or shed any light on this? Pics: 1 2 3
Who are some literary male muses? [more inside]
For the last several months, I have used an online text editor to write upcoming posts for my blog. When I had my computer reimaged, I lost my open tabs, and now I can't find the website I was using to edit text. I was 99% sure that the site was called QuickWrite or QuickWriter, but I can't seem to find it again. [more inside]
I'm looking to get a video camera, specifically a quick, durable thing for using with and around a new baby. Super bonus points for being water proof. Details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
How do countries compensate each other for international mail? [more inside]
Where are the iTunes Authorization and/or Documentation files on my Mac? [more inside]
We were forced from Alltel to AT&T this spring, and got the freebie phone that was offered, which is, frankly, a rather crappy phone. But, this is the first phone I've ever had with a SIM card. Does that card mean I can get any phone with a SIM-card slot, insert the SIM, and - viola - it's suddenly my phone? [more inside]
I get inner elbow pain from playing racquetball or rock climbing. What's going on and how do I fix it? [more inside]
Need a new carry-on wheeled suitcase [more inside]
How do you diet as the primary cook for a family of non-dieters? [more inside]
Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
As a result of habitual distance running, I have very ugly toenails. As I'm male it's not socially acceptable for me to paint them, so what can I do to mitigate their unloveliness?
Can Apple Cider Vinegar or any vinegar, go bad with time so you can't use it as food?
What is the webcomic whose characters are depictions of buildings? Or ... something like that. I'm sure this exists. For some reason I'm convinced that Khrushchev is a character.
This theme has been stuck in my head ever since I saw Big Man Japan. As I'm not an expert on Asian music, can some kind MeFites point me towards music similar to this? What genre/style is this called? Looking up the artist's other music, or the rest of the soundtrack, hasn't proved fruitful.
Is it worth it to subscribe to magazines anymore? [more inside]
My sister is looking for undergraduate research funding to support some field work in Japan for her BA thesis project. She's especially interested in questions about gender and sexuality. Any advice on grant-giving organizations she might look into? [more inside]
My mom hurt my feelings. I think I handled it right at the time but I don't know what to do next. [more inside]
Is there an intervention program for money management? Help me address decades of willful, juvenile negligence of money. [more inside]
Have you (or someone you know well) loved someone but weren't "in love" with them (had a strong, warm, happy relationship but one that wasn't very intense, passionate, etc) and gotten married/been in a long-term partnership? Did it matter that you weren't "in love" exactly? If it led to problems, what were they? [more inside]
Can any OSX folks recommend a reliable Nintendo emulator?
how do you cool down a turbocharger? [more inside]
What protection does a non-profit need before accepting minors as members? [more inside]
I want to write a batch file that will let me change the extensions of all the files of a certain type (so, like, "ren *.nco *.zip") through all of the sub-directories in a directory. If this is possible, how is it done? [more inside]
UK Student Visa (Tier 4) application: I currently hold dual citizenship (UK and US). However, I'm starting an application for a student visa for my upcoming MA program just in case I don't receive my UK passport before I leave (there's a huge delay right now). [more inside]
Is it possible to sun tan safely? [more inside]
UK LegalFilter: Can you do a dead person for benefit fraud? What happens if you try? Details include a house sold privately, and a whole lot of uncertainty. [more inside]
I'm a recent architecture graduate trying to decide if I should be following an academic or professional route, and I'm losing a lot of sleep over the uncertainty. [more inside]
I'm looking for the simplest and cheapest way to set up a video camera at a temporary site that I can access on line. Is there a way to use one of those hotspot cards? Usually we use a dvr system that has a static ip, forward the port within the router and then dynamic dns or something like that but I want to eliminate the need for the computer, router, and permanent connection. Thanks!
We are going to be adding a foster dog to our household (currently me, my fiance, and our Corgi). Looking for advice. [more inside]
My laptop spontaneously decides to treat every keypress as a character different from what I actually press. How can I fix this? [more inside]
I love to read anything I can get my hands on. But does this love translate into a career? [more inside]
Is a meta analysis in Google Scholar actually possible? [more inside]
Best bet for six-weeks of catastrophic health insurance for a non-citizen? [more inside]
My bf and I just found out that his family vacation in Fort Walton Beach has been canceled, but we have plane tickets that we'd rather not have to pay to change. We will be there Aug. 4-10, and are looking for suggestions for things to keep us busy. The beach is the obvious one, but do you know of any other cool activities nearby? Disney World is a six-hour drive, so we're considering renting a car and heading over there for a few days, but we'd love other ideas. [more inside]
Tiro and I just moved into a new apartment. We love it... except for the smell of cigarettes! How do we get rid of it? More info inside. [more inside]
Help me be the best tutor EVER. Looking for any tips or advice, plus specifically tips for tutoring math, the kinds of obstacles I might face tutoring economically disadvantaged students, and tips for communicating with parents that may not speak English. [more inside]
I'm asking for my mom who is worried for her sister - Should my aunt/her sister continue to pay to keep clearing her credit while waiting to close on her house? [more inside]
I want to put a backpack up for sale on Craigslist, but I wanted to make sure I knew what kind of thing it was first -- but I can't find what I think is the brand name, and looking at the type of pack it was supposed to be also doesn't look right. What the hell kind of pack do I have? [more inside]
My sex drive has completely vanished. Is it because I'm breastfeeding? If it's because I'm breastfeeding, will my libido return when my baby eventually weans? [more inside]
An ex had a very specific sexual technique that drove me crazy. How can I request it from my current boyfriend? [more inside]
I'm about to sign a lease in New York. What can I do to avoid getting scammed? [more inside]
I'm looking for explicitly feminist music sung in languages other than English. Can you help me out? [more inside]
I'm trying to resurrect an old Casio CPS-85 88 key keyboard. When it was given to me, the power jack was cracked, so I desoldered it and soldered on a new one. No luck; I can't get power (even with a different power supply). So I'm stuck running off of a lot of D batteries. As using D cells is both wasteful and expensive.is there any way for me to rig an external power supply to the battery terminals in a safe manner?
I'm having an issue with Gmail not linking my reply to a particular conversation. [more inside]
Using Excel 2000, I need to do conditional formatting with 5 options. This isn't possible with actual conditional formatting, but it is possible using Visual Basic. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Visual Basic. Specifics inside. [more inside]
What should I have if I ever wake up in the hospital without any recollection? [more inside]
A long-distance relationship complicated by issues relating to (his) ex-girlfriends, potentially alarming interaction and cross-cultural issues. Also, wonderful and lovely in most ways. So, since my head and heart are a hodgepodge of contradictory thoughts and feelings, I would like to ask for your help with this. Trailing past discussions has provided some valuable insights, but did not clarify my core issues, so I hope this AskMe is on track. [more inside]
Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
Travel rec's!!! I have a ten hour layover in Reykjavik - what should I do??? Also - I have a getaway weekend in London - where should I go??? [more inside]
Late adopter looking to upgrade 7yr old work and personal desktop & laptop. Please expand my mind and options with reference to gadgetry and software. [more inside]
In need of recommendations for a great cross-training sneaker. [more inside]
What are some great Hong Kong movies for a movie marathon? [more inside]
A Pyrex bowl just exploded all over my kitchen out of nowhere! What happened? [more inside]
I'm looking for future-ish fiction that casts Western Civilization as the underdog in updated (fictional) retellings of historical events. [more inside]
My spouse and I are heading to Northern Europe toward the end of the summer, and we'll be staying for 2 1/2 weeks. We'll be landing in Copenhagen and staying for five days, but we haven't planned beyond that. Where else should we go? [more inside]
Digital cameras that have good image stabilization for HD video recording: Halp? I know what I want, now I need advice for which models to look at. [more inside]
Help me learn to love (or at least tolerate) Lotus Notes. Are there any features as a user or administrator you like? [more inside]
I need suggestions for a bathroom air freshener solution that won't make me sick. [more inside]
What do I (guy) need to start wearing for business casual? [more inside]
How important/useful are formal language lessons in the primary school years? [more inside]
Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify an art gallery that I stumbled upon in Kyoto 4 years ago close to the Philosopher's Path. [more inside]
Virginia Creeper Trail: Hints and Hacks! [more inside]
I was prescribed a shot (some broadspectrum antibiotic that hurt really bad) and pills: 500mg Keflex 4x/day for 10 days. This was to treat a pubic boil. My compliance has sucked to say the least. I try hard to remember but I'm not doing well with it. I've taken 11 pills out of 40. I should have taken 35 pills by now. Am I hurting myself? Should I continue taking them? I have a message into my doc to fess up to my slackitude.
What do you do with your non-dominant hand to keep it busy? [more inside]
I'm an attorney in California, and literally have a last minute two-month project in downtown DC, that just came up. Other than Craigslist, any suggestions where I can find minimal shared housing for the two months, that's within walking distance of the metro? I'll only be there to sleep pretty much, so looking to pay under $550/month for each month. I am checking Craigslist, but wondered if there were any other places that would be wise to check. Thanks.
Do you have any CSS tips or tricks for ePub? [more inside]
Why does my sex drive INCREASE when I get my period? [more inside]
For the sake of this question, assume everything in the Bible is true/real. Do you have to be a practicing Christian to cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ? [more inside]
Help me be sad. Recommend to me depressing, sad, mournful fiction. Books that made you sad and a tad tearful. I just want to access these emotions and be taken away in good writing and wonderful characters. Any genre is acceptable except YA (unless you can prove it is real exceptional YA I suppose). Less cliched angst situations as well.
Seeking advice on good tools for automating the maintenance of a professional flickr site, and ways to make an interface to it. [more inside]
Is there a Wordpress theme that will reformat post teasers and headlines similar to Flipboard? [more inside]
My five year old son was just diagnosed with a dust mite and cat allergy. What helped you? [more inside]
I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
Interfaith marriages: how the hell do we do this? [more inside]
Is there a website or service that can help my players find each other and organize play sessions? [more inside]
Boychild has just declare "The Goonies" the greatest movie ever. He has requested other films in which "there is adventure, with a group" as in the group is all friends, or brothers, or have some other sort of comraderie. My mind has drawn a complete blank on other fine pre-teen/teen films that have risen to classic status. [Additional data point: Also seen and approved: 3 Ninjas.]
I was fired. How do I handle my job search/interview situation? [more inside]
Looking for some feedback on my resume. About to shotgun it out there to look for some engineering jobs [more inside]
Can you help me remember the name of a small, beautiful, probably Neolithic site that I visited in Ireland over fifteen years ago? [more inside]
Bug identification filter: what is this insect found inside my parents' home in Northern California? [more inside]
Help me get online with my Dreamcast [more inside]
A combination of rubbing alcohol, witch hazel and dissolved aspirin leaked onto my granite (or some other type of pretty rock countertops?) in my bathroom. It appears to have taken off some of the shiny finish and stained it. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Please help me find this tasteless photoshopped Andrew Wyeth/Santa card! [more inside]
I am going on a road trip next week that will include Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and points in between. I'd love some suggestions of fun, amazing, quirky, or air conditioned things to do along the way. We'll be coordinating rest stops so any 'in between' suggestions would be especially appreciated. Moderately physically active OK, strenuous not so much. Trip includes very small children.
Hubby and I have from this Saturday morning to Sunday night for a vacation! We live about 20 min outside Philadelphia. Organized breakdown of info inside. [more inside]
Has a domestic cat ever actually killed a human being? I can't find any evidence of this, and yet, I keep running into people who seem weirdly fearful of cats (and no, I am not talking about allergic folks). What is going on? [more inside]
What's A Good Stopping Point Between Kansas City And Big Bend National State Park? [more inside]
So my friend and I kissed. Now what? [more inside]
With a BA and basically no science courses, what would be the best way to start completing requirements to go to med school? [more inside]
I'll be studying abroad in Japan for a year, and I'd like to use my (unlocked) iPhone as my cell phone while I'm there. This presents two problems. What do I do with my current plan and phone number, and what plan do I get once I'm in Japan? [more inside]
I'd like to take my smartphone (HTC Hero) with me when I'm cycling and use it as a trip computer. Problem: I'm nervous that I'll be taking it home in pieces. Are there any smartphone bike mounts that will secure my Hero to the bike as well as protect it in the event that I crash?
How do I make friends with the sort of people who DON'T go to meetups? [more inside]
I love the outdoors but want to spend more time with someone in a wheelchair, any ideas for compromise? [more inside]
I think it's time to get rid of my best friend for the past 15 years. I don't want to, nor do I know how to, but I think I have to. Messy details within. [more inside]
Looking for an efficient, respectful and fair process for a group of 10-15 people to reach a consesus. Some of the desired results: everyone would be heard respectfully (talking stick?) and cast a vote, a maximum amount of people would end up aligned with the choice, minimized influence of power games and hidden agendas, speedy (1-2 minutes per participant, including voting, so w/ 10 participants, a solid decision could be made in 10-15, max 20 minutes) Have you experienced an effective process supporting the above? What does it look like, step by step? Is there a resource where I can look up practical approaches to community-based choice-making?
My sister is going to university in September. It's her birthday soon, and I want to get her something that will make her life easier while there. What could I get her? [more inside]
How do I get a dead mouse in a puddle of dried molasses off my kitchen floor? [more inside]
Anyone else have gut-wrenching pain from pneumonia but only upon waking? [more inside]
Neighbor is hot to start a business with me. What precautions do I take? [more inside]
Can I reuse cooking sauce from last time when slow cooking? [more inside]
What do I ask a billionaire? [more inside]
I've been tasked with holding a 'texting/SMS contest' tomorrow night, in front of a crowd at the county fair. I've got some ideas on how to do it, but I figure y'all might be able to offer more or improve mine... [more inside]
I want to watch the Copa America final on Sunday in a bar in Baltimore. It will be playing on Univision. Where should I start looking for such a bar? Or, does someone have a recommendation for a bar that will likely show it, such as a Paraguyan or Uruguayan restaurant?
Can anyone recommend a fully featured online calendar that's minimalistic in design and that isn't Google Calendar or 30boxes?
The oil cleansing method for skincare. Have you used it? How'd it work out (esp. for you acne-prone combination skin sorts)? How long did it take for your skin to adjust to the regimen? What's your routine?
Should I Eat It: Battle Lime Juice! I left the lime juice out overnight and just noticed it. It's pretty hot today, around 85ºF inside. The bottle says "refrigerate after opening". Verdict?
Why are there constantly dead pigeons on one particular street in my city? [more inside]
I'm been using both Google Adwords and a Facebook ad to promote an new album, but I think I'm using weak "keywords". Could I get the Metafilter community to look at a few no budget videos I've made to help me figure out "better" keywords to advertise my music? Or am I just wasting my money? [more inside]
I will have about 2 hours and probably 20-30 high school students to entertain. Indoors or outdoors. Supplies can be gotten, so long as they're not outrageously involved. Save me!? [more inside]
How do I rig a shower in my bathroom when there is no drain? A pal installed a functional shower head, now I just need to get rid of the water somehow. There is a sink and toilet right next to the soon-to-be shower, and I was thinking a pump in a basin with a tube that empties into the sink is the way to go. But what kind of pump? Is there a smarter way to go about all of this? [more inside]
How can I fix incorrect restaurant menu information on 3rd party sites (i.e. allmenus, etc)? [more inside]
Where can I find the best, most interesting, artisanal cocktails in the Mission or Noe Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco? [more inside]
How can I make myself indispensable at a new job? [more inside]
I recently saw an obituary for a previous employer's father. Is it inappropriate to use this situation to re-establish contact? [more inside]
How do you apply concealer on acne without making it more obvious? Every time I try and put concealer on, it ends up magnifying the flaky skin around my zits. [more inside]
YANML, YANMSocialWorker [it takes 5 weeks to get an appointment with her]: Is a housing benefit "income"? [more inside]
Wireless network question! This one's pretty specific to my living circumstances, since what I want to do is share the network in a house across a courtyard from mine. [more inside]
I want to read all of the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings books. How do I go about this so I can maximize my experience? [more inside]
How many smartphone users are there in New York City? [more inside]
How do I get my Lenovo x220 Gobi chips into NDIS mode? [more inside]
Why does our kitten believe that dirty clothes hampers and toilets are one and the same? [more inside]
I am searching for a dog groomer in Westchester County, NY and would be very grateful for recommendations! [more inside]
Is there an accepted way to graphically represent rates when small sample data is anonymized? [more inside]
I have a friend living in Korea. She's a freshman in college but wants to study art history here in the US. She's worried about paying for it all and wonders if another country might be better. I know nothing about this. What's the best course of action? [more inside]
Help me understand monitor resolutions, sizes, etc. I think I need a math whiz!!!? I'd really appreciate a bit of guidance. [more inside]
If I have a dependent categorical variable with two values (say, basketball fans vs non-fans) and an independent numerical variable (say, height in millimeters) what statistical tests could I use to analyze my data, besides a t-test? [more inside]
I very much enjoy my daily word and poem sites. What other daily life-enriching, mind-expanding sites (or email lists or similar) exist? [more inside]
Help me not cry while reading at my friend's wedding. [more inside]
Is it worth it to buy Microsoft Office 2011 to run on my OS X Lion Macbook? [more inside]
Commuting by bike - expert tips needed. [more inside]
Help me find a half-remembered children's book about a little girl and her pet, and what they say when they get the chance to speak one sentence to each other. [more inside]
I don't know much about music and I don't have a large music vocabulary - once you get past "bassline" I am reduced to saying things like "It was very squeaky yet melodic somehow, you know?" I would like some sources for critical writing about more complicated modern music. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of best-of-breed healthcare/medical websites that combine solid clinical information with community features. [more inside]
Is there a utility for the Mac that is similar to DriveSpacio for Windows? [more inside]
Do Chacos ever go on sale? [more inside]
I have three weeks of between-job vacation. All I really have to do is go to a few meetings and do an in-state move. I haven't had this sort of vacation in years. I'd like to take this time to recharge and nourish my poor, battered, stressed-out body, mind and soul. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Song of Ice and Fire review/primer? [more inside]
How can I change the manner in which I handle my e-addressing needs: 1. email address forwarding, 2. a couple of domains, where all I need is registration and the DNS mapping? [more inside]
Can I use my ipod touch for sms while living in the Netherlands? [more inside]
Help me figure out the name of a movie that freaked me when I was a kid. [more inside]
MangaFilter: So, I recently watched Gantz, the live action movie, and it was so delightful, it inspired me to read the manga, and now I am addicted to it. A couple years back, I also enjoyed the DeathNote movies, as well as Oldboy. I seem to be attracted to a kind of manga that is quite grounded in reality, that trespasses into the fantastic, and goes to very dark places, and likes to play with ideas. Please, can you recommend other manga of the type I like? Thanks.
Can I purchase a laptop from the Apple store, then use the Apple Recycling Program to recycle my old Apple laptop, get the gift card, and apply it to my purchase? [more inside]
What does "hotly" mean in this context? [more inside]
What are the legitimate options for full time, stable work-from-home jobs for a skilled techie? [more inside]
How can I stop dwelling on the past and live in the present instead? I'd like to know of any coping strategies you've had which allowed you to move on from mistakes you've made and live life more fully in the present, while dealing with self-destructive tendencies and poor discipline. [more inside]
Almost 60, physically disabled (can still drive and walk) male on disability. What jobs can I get to supplement my income? I've read the posts here and googled 'til I can't see straight. I was thinking proofreading, medical billing, delivering pizza etc. I looked into Leapforce and Guru but didn't go to college. I worked in the service industry -electric, alarms, building maintenance- never sat at a desk but am computer semi literate, thanks. Thanks.
Do you have any hints, tips, or advice for finding a room to live in Amsterdam? This is the first time I am looking at private non-student renting, and I could use all the help I can get. [more inside]
So I just got word that I'm getting laid off at the end of the month. Work has been getting more and more insane for the past few years, and I'm getting a pretty good severance package so I can't say I'm exactly mournful about this. You know that guy who loses his job and spend the next several months never putting on pants and only answering to the name of his level ninety night elf. Help me not be that guy! [more inside]
What immediate isolated actions or habits could I take on to add $1000 more to my bank account each year? And which can I take on in the next 3-5 years that will pay off even more?
What immediate isolated actions or habits could I take on to add $1000 more to my bank account each year? And which can I take on in the next 3-5 years that will pay off even more? [more inside]
How safe is the area around Nationals Park/Navy Yard in DC? [more inside]
Since its inception, television has often been criticized for a lack of writing and/or artistic quality when compared to books. What television show made you realize for the first time that television has the potential not only for entertainment but also for quality storytelling? [more inside]
I am redesigning a high-school Algebra course so as to make it more meaningful to the students. To that extent, I am trying to gather as many examples throughout our world of linear relationships. I was hoping to tap into the collective wisdom of this group to come up with as long a list as possible of linear relationships that actually exist (not contrived stuff). I once knew a teacher who had a plant that grew at a linear rate. I don't know the type of plant, however. And there are so many other linear relationships around us. I don't want everything they see be about a car's distance from home or the amount of money they saved. What do you know of that exhibits a linear relationship? I'd love to have a long list for students so that they see that studying linear relationships in Algebra really does matter. Thanks for any help in making this course more worth while to the students!
Need ideas for websites I could build. I am going to be in between jobs in the next few months. That gap could be a week or it could be a year depending on how long it takes to find my next gig. During that gap I would like to stay productive. I am a project manager, but I can write decent python/js/css/html. I need ideas for websites I could build that 1) I would have fun doing, 2) Would be something I could talk about in interviews, and 3) Could maybe produce a community, traffic, or a few dollars. [more inside]
How do I apply critically reason to my own arguments when I'm emotional and engaged in discussion with others? [more inside]
Has anyone tried these Fish-eye and macro/wide-angle lenses for cell phones? Do they work as advertized ? Pros/Cons? My phone is a samsung google android. Thanks for the feedback.
Should I get a new camera? Alternately, how do I improve my P&S skills? I have a Canon Powershot SD630 Elph, and I maybe want a micro 4/3. I'm headed to hike for three months in some places like here, here, and Nepal. [more inside]
Where can I find significant/classic/cherished NPR pieces from the 70's, 80's, and 90's? Archive.org has scarce selection and NPR.org doesn't seem to archive earlier the early 90's.
I live and work in China and, in addition to my regular job, help a fierociously intelligent nineteen-year-old girl with her English twice a week. I don't so much teach her as talk to her and attempt to develop her debating skills. Though not perfect, her English is very good so discussion is often deep with a tendency to take unpredictable twists and turns. We've taken to reading thoughtful articles together and then discussing the main points in addition to noting down any unfamiliar vocabulary. I'd be grateful if Hivemind could suggest some provocative, not overly academic articles that could serve this purpose. I'm running out of ideas. [more inside]
I've got an event that I need a live video feed of on the stage. Is BoinxTV the answer? [more inside]
Some misconceptions are so pervasive that they're even believed and taught by experts. What are some of these misconceptions in countries other than the US? [more inside]
With one small student loan, one small line of credit, and a decent savings built up, how can I improve my credit score so that I can get a nicer credit card? [more inside]
I adore these Merona cut-out flats (wedges?), but they keep falling apart -- they're $20, so no big surprise there. Please help me find something in the same style that will hold up better! [more inside]
Despite my efforts (meetups, work), I don't really have a reliable circle of friends here. Any advice for meeting people? [more inside]
Where can I get a custom photo jigsaw puzzle made? The catch: The "photo" file would be an image from X-Men. [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas on ways to setup an informal neighborhood CCTV /cam enabled security system. Something like a flikr pool with wifi connected cameras taking snapshots/continuous street view. Ideally some kind of low cost DIY package that could be informally setup by a group of neighbors. [more inside]
I want to find more primary and secondary sources on Christian music artist Keith Green. [more inside]
Which 80s or 90s teen-oriented TV show character does this guy look eerily like? I remember the character as being a bit of a schemer and he was either the lead or a major character. [http://oi54.tinypic.com/25tzv3b.jpg]
How do I recognize poor wiring in a home? [more inside]
You know that text that shows up under the link in a Google search result? Where does it come from? Specific example follows, in which the text is nowhere on the website in question. [more inside]
How can I cool my house without air conditioning? [more inside]
Why is my Firefox not rendering styles correctly? I'm at my troubleshooting wit's end. [more inside]
I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
What are all my options if a client won't pay my invoices in a timely manner? [more inside]
My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
I'm already homesick, and having an identity crisis, yet I haven't even left. [more inside]
What's the best encyclopedic resource for hats/hoods/helmets/headwear? [more inside]
How can I make my iGoogle page come up when I open a new tab on Google Chrome? [more inside]
I'm trying to track down a statue of a female wildland firefighter (1, 2). It is about 6" tall and has been in existence for at least a decade. [more inside]
How much does it cost a phone company to provide DSL service? [more inside]
Finally got my office four universal transcription pedals (Infinity Foot Control IN-USB-2) and Olympus DSS Player Pro software ("with foot pedal support") after two months of bureaucratic red tape. Foot pedals aren't working. Google fu failing. Please hope me. [more inside]
9 to 5 jobs: how to tell if it's really going to be a 9 to 5? [more inside]
I have an image (I own it) that I want to post online for anyone to edit. Is there an online editing tool where someone can edit the image and then upload or save it right there for us to use? I get more specific inside.... [more inside]
Can a landlord in California specify "no overnight guests" in a rental posting or in a rental agreement? [more inside]
I'm a solo UI designer for an ad agency & I'm looking for good website or blogs that'll inspire me to make cool & effective user interfaces. Individual websites are cool & all ,but what I'm really looking for are sites like TheFWA or SmashingMagazine that curate cool designs. Bonus points for sites that look at e-commerce websites. Fellow web designers: Where do you get inspiration?
How to Comfort a Nervous Friend? [more inside]
What has your experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it? Wiki and word of mouth says previous citizens would be welcome...mostly... [more inside]
A Blogger blog was hacked. The perpetrator declared he'll delete all content pretty soon. It's six years of work I want to save. [more inside]
Help me become my organization's social media guru! [more inside]
What are the photography laws in South Korea? [more inside]
Does anyone make an audio cable w/ a high-quality mic (w/ noise canceling?) for use in the car w/ a mobile phone? [more inside]
My boss never says "please" or "thank you." [more inside]
what is this movie? [more inside]
I'd like to do a full-immersion, semi-planned, somewhat dangerous adventure lasting for 3-4 weeks...Any suggestions? [more inside]
Still looking for an apartment in the D.C/NOVA area [more inside]
I don't want to have monogamous relationships anymore. At what point should I tell this to people I'm interested in? [more inside]
Should I continue my relationship with partner? [more inside]
I live in NYC and I have never been to Atlantic City, though an AC-bound jitney service stops in my neighborhood. I've heard about all sorts of insane deals that hotels and casinos roll out to lure customers; what's the best/cheapest way to take advantage of this in the next couple of months? I'd like to travel to AC with a partner and stay a couple days, paying for as little as humanly possible. Caveat: I'm only willing to do a little cheap, incidental gambling; mostly I'd like to do my own thing once I'm there.
I'm going to be moving into a van for awhile. What should I expect and what are some things I can do to make it as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
Looking for an apartment share. There are limited options in my price range, so I need to maximize my appeal. What can I do to make myself sound like a good roommate in my intro emails and calls? [more inside]
How do bodybuilders and athletes build up their neck muscles, specifically their scalene muscles? Do steroids make giant scalenes? [more inside]
okay, two fold question. My best friend (a petite woman) has always had really sensitive toes. If she stubs them, or anything falls on them, it hurts a lot, and she feels nauseous. Also, when doing yoga positions that require standing on one foot, the soles of her feet burn, or tingle. She is in great physical shape, age in the latter 50's, and does not have diabetes. Thoughts on any of this or all?
Yoga for beginners [more inside]
We need a new litter brand! We have 3 cats and a relatively small space in which they live. The recent heat wave has not helped matters. Ideally the new litter will not stink up the house with odor-covering chemicals. Help? [more inside]
Where have you seen working-class people carrying their everyday stuff in high-end store bags (e.g., a Tiffany's bag)? [more inside]
Please help me find a purveyor of my preferred curry! [more inside]
How do I find out when the deck on my old home in Washington DC was built? [more inside]
Any good math or physics neckties? [more inside]
Is there any data out there relating to the relative speeds that different spoken languages can express human thought? [more inside]
What bug is this? [more inside]
Using various relatively cheap adaptors, zoom lenses and lens-reversal rings (the greatest thing that ever happened to Nikon dSLRs!), I had fun taking lots of pictures of really tiny things with my previous cameras. However, now I have a Sony NEX-5k which, for its wonderful optics, great features and excellent resolution doesn't seem to have anything that I can find to do the same type of work. Can anyone recommend a hack or accessory that will let me take more pics like those I used to (or even of smaller things!)?
I'm spending next weekend in Amsterdam. I'll be doing the usual touristy things, but I'd like to add a twist to it. I speak Indonesian very well but have never been to Indonesia... I would like to experience Amsterdam's Indo/Indonesian side. Any particular areas, restaurants, activities to check out?
I'm an unemployed PhD! Wheeeee!!!! What can I do to ensure that I won't be homeless next month? [more inside]
Recommendations for crazy Texas roadside weirdness along I35 between DFW and Austin appropriate for children? [more inside]
I'm looking for a comic which depicts the breakdown of social norms in a cubicle farm and the subsequent progression to something like neolithic (primitive) life in the building. I remember a person tying a necktie around their head, a couple copulating on a desk, and plants being grown in cubicles (or maybe out in a parking lot).
Where could we have a nice, large family dinner in the East Bay on a Saturday night for a party of 10? [more inside]
How can I best support my partner during their teaching job search? [more inside]
Recently some German friends claimed that owning a dictionary of your native language was a very English-language thing. i.e. that its very unusual in Germany to have a German-German Dictionary in the home / or to own one growing up. Is this true for other native language speakers? Is this even true of Germany at all? [more inside]
Help me & my sister ID this early 90s children's show based on the intro sequence. [more inside]
Looking for kid-friendly "dance" songs. Not kidz-bop. Some examples: Walkin' on Sunshine, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, YMCA. [more inside]
I am having my top two wisdom teeth out on wednesday without general or "twilight" anesthesia. What should I expect? [more inside]
I'm looking for the perfect futon (sofa-bed) in the UK (preferably the South East) that will work equally well as a bed or sofa, long-lasting, and easy to convert. [more inside]
How do I handle this toxic work situation? [more inside]
Is it normal, in a waitressing job, for the manager to force employees to bring their own change every day? [more inside]
Windows 7 Tablet? [more inside]
How do I calculate when the sun will rise directly over a particular landmark? [more inside]
Are there decent small-sized, even portable solar panels that deliver safe, reliable (when the sun is out, that is) power? (enough to run, say, a stereo system/tv). I live on the top floor of a building, and have a small terrace; I can't install large permanent panels, but I get so much sun it seems a waste not to try and harvest it in some sense. But is installation tricky, and how do you actually connect it into your system etc.
Why does McDonald's need sugar? [more inside]
Can I find mead in San Antonio, Texas? [more inside]
My place of employment has received several thousand packages of rubber bands that need to be destroyed. Any advice on a way of disposing of these on the cheap? [more inside]
Can my friend use his NYU student discount to buy non-student me an event ticket? [more inside]
How do I repair this void underneath the steps to our basement? (Long) [more inside]
Looking for songs that would fit the theme for an "Amazing Dewey Race" (a scavenger hunt type event using the Dewey Decimal System). It's a child/young adult event at a public library, so music needs to be appropriate for that audience.
Help me remember the name of this PBS Kid's show from the 80s: There's a lady, she's being held captive by someone (a witch?), and she passes the time by reading stories that she literally cranks out of a story machine to children. [more inside]
RecipeFilter: Onions! I recently acquired a few pounds of fresh, homegrown onions from a friend's garden. Tell me how to use them! [more inside]
My boyfriend is going through a divorce and he's taking his stress out on me. Help me take care of myself during this difficult time. [more inside]
How wide are the seats at Nottingham Arena? [more inside]
I need your ideas for fun nights in, or general fun that does not require too much walking around. [more inside]
What is the best method for insulating the ceiling of a garage with attic trusses? [more inside]
What is this beautiful violin song (in the first minute or so of the video) featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation? [more inside]
I'm going into financial analysis soon -- how and what should I do to prepare myself for it? [more inside]
A question about Minecraft: I would like to have a vanilla (= modfree) installation of Minecraft and a modded one side by side on my (win7) computer. This seems to be a rather complicated way to do this. Would somebody know an easier one? [more inside]
What's the best strategy for handling an enraged neighbor? [more inside]
Good Spanish phrasebook for hiring day laborers? [more inside]
I am planning a trip to India by October and so far, places to see in my list include Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi. There's a whole lot more I want to visit but I don't want to exhaust my self with all the traveling as I will only have 2-3 weeks. In addition to the above mentioned places, where do you think can I visit to get a feel of rural India? Somewhere not so populated, countryside, and great interaction with the locals, possibly homestay too. Only requirement is that, it shouldn't be too far from my chosen destinations, somewhere I can stay for like 3 to 4 days immersing myself with the rural life, local culture.
CRM plus something more for a small office? [more inside]
What are the neatest projects related to bicycles happening right now? [more inside]
I'm trying to move to a different state. How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner? [more inside]
Burning hunk filter: How long can you let salt dough sit in an oven at 200 degrees before it burns or becomes a problem? Do we need to wake people up or call 911? Or can it stay in until morning? [more inside]
Am I being unreasonable in my expectations for relocation assistance from my employer? [more inside]
Should I get a cat? Snowflake etc. inside. [more inside]
really cake-y cake. I have had a few really good cakes in the last few years that were less spongy and a bit drier than the ordinary kinds of cake out there. What is the secret to making cake with this texture? Every recipe I try ends up with the softer, spongier cake that we are all used to (and that the box brands aspire to). This cake-y cake seems more old-fashioned--seems a bit more like bread. Can anyone help? I am wondering if it is a recipe issue, or whether it has something to do with time cooking, or how you prepare the ingredients, or oil vs. butter vs. ??? Let me know the secret!
Mid 30s and healthy. Who should I see for recently appearing hip pain? Orthopedist, physical therapist, rolfing, other? [more inside]
Online dating etiquette: misrepresenting who you are. [more inside]
Help Mefites! Stupid fireplace question. I was burning some papers in the fireplace this evening and forgot to open the chimney flue. By the time I realized what happened and I got it opened, the room had filled with smoke. How to best get the smoke smell out? [more inside]
Anyone have success being approved for a car loan 7 months after a bankruptcy? [more inside]
Féria des Vendanges in Nîmes -- how to get into the bullfights? [more inside]
Comcast gave us a router when we subscribed. It has issues. But we can replace it! Help me find the best one. (Warning: lots of data below, because I want to answer as many questions as possible off the bat.) [more inside]
I'm a 25 year old guy and quite tall (6'6). I often sit down for much of the workday. I also bike and walk everywhere (I don't drive). In recent weeks I've been experiencing some back pain. This evening, upon leaving work, I began experiencing the worst sustained back pain I've ever felt. Hard to bend over, painful to walk, or do much of anything. It has been hurting for 3 hours now. I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, but does anyone know of a good mattress to buy for such an ailment? (Mine is awful, sags in the middle, etc.) Or anything else I can do?
Help learning pop music arrangement for piano? [more inside]
I need clever ideas to help someone with diabetes make better food choices. This person is supposed to be on a low carb diet. Catches: Obviously i can not force them to eat any certain thing. or deprive of food.
Condominium Outrage! Today, while taking a shower in my bathroom, i suddenly saw a reflection of a man in the vanity mirror - he was just outside the slightly open bathroom door. I screamed bloody murder while my heart beat out of my chest - i thought i was about to be the victim of a home invasion. Now, i want to do something about the apparent rule/bylaw/custom in my condo corporation/board that allows workers to enter the unit without the express permission of the owner or resident. [more inside]
I'm responding to work stress by becoming (secretly) emotional and non-communicative. I can tell that my reaction is out of proportion to the situation - there is a lot of work and not enough bodies, and everyone in my group is overwhelmed - but I still feel very threatened. People get in my face - I act like I don't care, tell them "yeah, that isn't getting done." And after they leave I cry at my desk (again, secretly). How can I be more calm, cool, and effective? [more inside]
Movers in Philadelphia for a move next week may have crapped out at the last minute. Does anyone have any suggestions for moving companies for a 1-bedroom-size within-city move who might be able to strike a last-minute appointment in case this is true? [more inside]
What are the best websites to find a place to rent in Perth, Western Australia? [more inside]
I want to play a (quasi-realistic) large-scale space combat strategy game. Gratuitous Space Battles isn't cutting it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Job search, interview, etiquette question. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
What are the alternatives, while on vacation, to devoting so much time to looking for restaurants and eating in restaurants? It seems like vacations are way too much about consuming meals. [more inside]
Drug Filter: Is it legal/feasible to get a prescription for medicinal marijuana in California while just there for a brief business trip for a couple days? [more inside]
I am a huge hypochondriac, and I have been since I was 18. I need help making it stop. [more inside]
My boyfriend's hit a string of horrible luck. What can I do? [more inside]
Help me be the coolest Aunt ever, please? My 13 year old niece is visiting for three weeks, and I want to make sure she has a good vacation. [more inside]
I need help understanding an algorithm for determining if two line segments intersect (and at which point). [more inside]
Is 802.11 b/g/n wireless fast enough to use to watch movies? [more inside]
Does anyone know the name of this hat? [more inside]
Blood pressure meds, I am not taking mine and I feel GREAT. [more inside]
I know the scientific hows and whys of losing weight. Please hack my brain to get it back in the right head space. [more inside]
Do doors and jambs need to match the trim? [more inside]
There is a relatively new fancy technology in eyeglass lenses: free form lenses for single vision, which some manufacturers are calling "like HDTV" for glasses. Really? Will I notice that much difference with MY prescription? [more inside]
Help my two domain names exist peacefully as one. [more inside]
Chayote—I have two—what's the best thing to do with them? I also have lots of zucchini. Compatible? Soup, salad, or casserole. Fav dishes or recipes, please.
I'm moving out of my apartment at the end of the month—and we've discovered that the hardwood floor in our office is moderately scuffed up as a result of a rolling office chair that's dug a bit into the floor. Can we fix this? Pictures and other details inside. [more inside]
I'm in my forties and have a really bad academic record, but I want to do a Masters. What are my options? [more inside]
Should I confront a friend about blabbing the number of sexual partner's I've had? [more inside]
Is it even worth buying physical CDs any more? [more inside]
Using health insurance in US- possible skin cancer. Does anyone have any evidence/estimate/experience with how much premiums may/will increase if skin cancer is found/treated? [more inside]
Please share your river tubing hacks. [more inside]
Going to Provence for two weeks in mid-September. What off-the-beaten path attractions or towns are not to be missed? Specific interests inside. [more inside]
Should I be worried about a daily diet Red Bull habit? Is there any real science about the health effects of artificial sweeteners or combining energy drinks and ritalin? [more inside]
In our office we have many network outlets in offices that are dead. In the phone cupboard is the board that these outlets terminate at and they have no connection to the router. Nothing is labelled to show which unconnected port goes to which office outlet. Help us to find what connects where! [more inside]
Is there something like a Credit Default Swap for stocks? Or, could I have gotten rich somehow by betting against Borders? Is there a way to bet that Groupon fails, for example?
My fiancee and I moved into an amazing apartment which has everything we wanted...except a bathtub. The shower is porn-worthy: 2 shower heads, a big window looking over the city, and even a fully-tiled cubby with a step up...and it's 6 feet by 5 feet. The cubby is about 3 feet by 2 feet. [more inside]
I am an insomniac that needs some recommendations for good late night websites to browse on my ipad. [more inside]
Help me choose a horseback riding style (or help me understand what to watch for in finding an instructor) according to why I want to ride. [more inside]
I understand that losing weight and getting fit comes down to exercising and ingesting less calories, yet I still have difficulty accepting that there are no tricks. [more inside]
How long will it realistically take me to drive a UHaul from DC to Boston? [more inside]
Where would I find the best sex shop in Montreal? [more inside]
Please help me create awesome digital presentations for my professional portfolio! Am looking to create a series of slideshows for presentation on a tablet, and need some hardware/software recommendations. [more inside]
What typeface is this they're using in the Subterranean logo? What The Font and Identifont have not helped narrow it down, so I thought I would tap into the hive mind to see if you all knew what it is.
Recommend me some music like Cut Copy, The Whitest Boy Alive, Junior Boys, The Temper Trap, and Phoenix. [more inside]
Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
Help me build a Linux-based system for a 3 year old. [more inside]
How can I help my new partner learn to enjoy sex? [more inside]
Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with... [more inside]
How do you know when your "not feeling well" is an actual cause for concern? Two people I know have been diagnosed with cancer and then passed away very shortly afterwords after seemingly common/benign symptoms. [more inside]
A tiny burn on my arm is KILLING ME OH MY GOD. How to stop it hurting now and keep it from scarring later? [more inside]
If you store your reusable grocery bags in your car trunk, how do you store them? [more inside]
Help me remember a dimly remembered childhood sci-fi flick from the '50's or 60's... [more inside]
What do you say to children of your exes that find you on Facebook? Bisexual three-way snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Data recovery tools: What are the best free tools that are currently available? Also, I have this hard drive that is being a jerk. [more inside]
Chemists: I'm using baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair. What exactly are they doing? [more inside]
First time groomsman trying to put together plans for a bachelor party. What's a fun idea when some of the other guys are under 21 and the groom doesn't really drink anyway? He's a little socially awkward—even with us—and I want to make sure he has a great time.
Yoga, Massage, Chiropractor --which order? [more inside]
Man searching for wedding shoes. Hit a wall in my research. Help out if you can. [more inside]
In response to a question about the genesis of "Eleanor Rigby", Paul McCartney explained his initial idea for the music as follows: "I wrote it at the piano, just vamping an E minor chord; letting that stay as a vamp and putting a melody over it, just danced over the top of it. It almost has Asian rhythyms" This is my first encounter with "vamp." I didn't know it was a word until I came across this quote about half an hour ago. Evidently it's both a transitive verb ("vamping an E chord") and a noun ("... as a vamp") Even more evidently: parts of speech be damned, I have absolutely no idea what any part of this quote means. Actually, that's not true: I have a rough idea of the meaning of "I wrote it at the piano" Aside from that though I'm in the dark until somebody hip to musical jargon lights a candle for me, by way of explaining what Sir Paul is saying Help! I need somebody, help...
How to deal with a "friendship" that does not fit into any categories? [more inside]
My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
How do I make my swamp cooler work best? [more inside]
Is there a tool online that might be able to tell me what parameters I would want for a new computer (probably laptop) given my current patterns of use? Looking in stores leads me to think I don't need the high end models but I'd hate to buy something only to find out I should have sprung for the extra RAM. [more inside]
What is the most ethical choice in this situation? [more inside]
Has anyone been a temporary proofreader for scholastic in nyc? I'm being offered an assignment proofreading high school science texts. If anyone has any knowledge of the culture, the work environment, the opportunities - or just stories of your experiences - do share.
What are some feedback loops that would help me quit smoking? [more inside]
I would like a pseudo-random number generation algorithm that I can calculate in my head. [more inside]
Continuing on my progression to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable Line 6 Pod HD. [more inside]
Looking for thoughtful essays and/or screeds on the evils of "crowd-sourced" design contests, or design by committee in general? [more inside]
What are some other internet booksellers like AbeBooks and Bartleby.com? [more inside]
What is the mailing address for VA burial benefits forms? [more inside]
Is the exhaust in the bathroom for the smell or the humidity? In other words: is it used to make it smell better, or is it used to make sure the room dries out better?
What would cause the laptop to be so slow right out of the box? I was given a "new" computer at work. It is a HP Business Notebook PC with the product model = Compaq 8510p. It is so slow opening and closing windows, launching programs and starting up and shutting down--then sometimes freezes up. It is 3 years old and the warranty has expired as I was told by the HP helpdesk. I have searched the web and asked a few IT friends what the heck it could be since it has never been used. My boss doesn't want to hear any complaints about it since it's new out of the box--he figures it should be working perfectly. Should I take it to a PC shop to get it optimized or diagnosed in some way? It's driving me crazy! What could be causing this?
I've been keeping all of my personal email since 2001. I keep it nicely organized in yearly folders and sub-folders...but should I? [more inside]
Quick now: how would you pronounce the (Yiddish?) names Dovid and Elly? [more inside]
Is it normal or ethical for a therapist to tell their patient to break up with someone? [more inside]
Need some guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms. [more inside]
Looking for dresses that are basic, comfortable, and versatile. [more inside]
What are some old timey words I can give my students as an alternative to "that's gay"? [more inside]
How do I go about getting a $10,000 loan back from my brother and should I?more details inside. [more inside]
Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
Any way I can get yellowjackets to leave me alone while I lunch in the park? [more inside]
A colleague's (adult) daughter was recently diagnosed with Global Ischemia and they are looking for support resources - books, support groups online or in person, basically anything that can help them cope with this would be helpful. My colleague is not very tech savvy so I am hoping to compile a list of resources to make it easy for them to browse. Any other helpful tips or advice appreciated! [more inside]
I found a CBT doctor here in NYC, Dr. Fader, and he charges $300 per session with no sliding scale. My insurance, United Healthcare, covers 70% after I hit my $500 deductible. So after hitting that I would be paying $90 out of pocket. Is this a typical amount to pay w/insurance? I'm asking because I can always look around, but this doctor is supposed to be very good and if it's a typical price I might as well stay with him. Thoughts?
How do I subscribe to the Answer Me This podcast using Juice. I don't want to use iTunes.
My husband is very interested in getting an Android phone that can do the Swype texting (I think that's any Android, actually, but I could be wrong). What is the best option for him? [more inside]
I'm having a hard time asking two close friends to be bridesmaids because I feel like I'm imposing. Advice/anecdotes requested. [more inside]
A month in the Hebrides. One woman, one tent. Tell me what not to miss. [more inside]
The popular WikiLeaks Mastercard Parody Video (youtube link) makes the claim that the wikileaks data is at least partially responsible for the Arab Spring goings on.... is it true? [more inside]
Does anyone know any appropriate mailing lists or online forums where I can find participants for an online music rating study? [more inside]
Fashion emergency (I never thought I would use that phrase): Client is visiting, I have nothing to wear. How offended will they be if I'm underdressed? [more inside]
How do I teach my brother sex-ed? [more inside]
Help me find a perfect intermediate-level yoga home workout, preferably in a book format. [more inside]
Are letters opposing homosexuality on religious grounds acceptable in your local newspaper? [more inside]
Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
What are the best places to get good food and a couple of pints of Guinness in St. Louis? [more inside]
Through circumstances beyond anyone's control, my work situation has suddenly become a lot more precarious, and I'm freaking out. How to handle the uncertainty? [more inside]
I need new glasses. Can you help me pick some out? [more inside]
When I'm writing code but keep getting interrupted, how do I keep calm and carry on efficiently? [more inside]
How much time should I leave driving from Brooklyn to Times Square at A.M. rush hour? [more inside]
How do I identify the metal from which that this nameplate is made? It's from a WW2-era lathe. Is behaves somewhat like lead, but is harder. [more inside]
What are some hints on purchasing a diamond engagement ring? Any good sites you would recommend? I have roughly $5000 for diamond and setting and would like to do some research to find a special ring for my lady.... I live in upstate New York, any good jewelers to recommend?
What's it like at an all-inclusive resort/spa like Miraval? [more inside]
I'd been wanting to form a corporaton for a long time. So many benefits it seems:
track business expenses for income-tax deductions
protect assets against law-suits
gain credibility for certain transactions
But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
I dated someone I work with. Now she's dating my boss. I would love some tips on how to get over this without quitting. [more inside]
Why is my mobile number showing up on Facebook and how can I keep this from continuing to post? [more inside]
I just watched the Back to the Future trilogy (for like the millionth time) and I have a question I’m hoping the Hive Mind can help me reconcile a question I have. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a two or three day yoga retreat within driving distance of DC.
What is your favorite parlor/bar trick? [more inside]
Ductless Air conditioners - what do you know? [more inside]
What is the poem about branches of a tree, i.e. choices in life, withering when the narrator can't bring herself to pick one? [more inside]
I'm in a relationship with the man of my dreams (who has also been a close friends for years before we got together) and I couldn't be happier. It is serious and it is going in the "forever" direction. He has a young son, though and I want help introducing myself to his life without causing too much stress or confusion. Also, divorce fun times... [more inside]
What jeans are similar to Levi's 557 Relaxed Boot Cut jeans? If you own both a pair of 557's and a similar pair of jeans, what is the other brand? I would especially like to find another one in the $30-$40 range. [more inside]
When my girlfriend gets stressed out, she dumps me. Should I put up with this? [more inside]
In a moment of weakness, I agreed to adopt 2 baby rats. What do I need to know that a google search doesn't tell me? [more inside]
What rights do I have when requesting repairs to telephone wiring from my landlord? [more inside]
Looking for a hipster song (with hardly anything to go by..) [more inside]
How rude is it to use the Apple store as a de facto internet cafe? [more inside]
Is there something causing my laptop's power supply to fail? [more inside]
Tips for quitting drinking, without making a huge deal out of it and still having a social life (other than AA and meetings). [more inside]
I previously was working at a job for a long time. That job ended (due to company shutdown) last week I was offered a similar job today. Would it be crazy to turn it down? [more inside]
A quick question regarding tipping in Mexico City. [more inside]
Help me find a forgotten children's book! My memory of this is almost unforgivably hazy -- I read the book in the mid to late 1980s. The book (possibly all of it, maybe just the ending) takes place at a beautiful teahouse, I believe Chinese, where everyone brings their birds in cages. [more inside]
Hypothetical thermo-engineering question. Let's say you have a room. It's a living room. It's about 300 sq feet and open on one end (This can't be closed). There's an air conditioner in the living room in the window on the west side of the room. The problem with the air conditioner is that it doesn't project very well. There's a few feet of empty space between the air conditioner and the couch, which it does a great job of cooling, but if you're not standing in front of it you're SOL. [more inside]
[BrooklynFilter] I need a good GP, preferably in south Brooklyn, who takes GHI. [more inside]
I get a movie through iTunes. I start the movie. The movie stops unexpectedly halfway through. How come? This is on an iPad. [more inside]
Could use some suggestions for making sure I have all bases covered for the "celebration of life" thing we're doing for my dad this weekend. [more inside]
Do I do the smart thing or the desired thing? Volunteering at a place I love (with no money) or getting a full-time job (with money)...while working on a dissertation. Part-time jobs that pay a livable wage are few and far between, apparently. [more inside]
[Comic book art filter] I did a "pin up" image to be included in a fellow artist's graphic novel. He asked me to do it, I did it gratis, he liked it and put it in the book. I can sell the original art, right? And keep all the proceeds? [more inside]
What is a gentle body wash that I can use that won't make me break out? [more inside]
How do I handle this situation without looking like a jerk? We have a new person at work. This person will need a laptop and the company will purchase it. I have a laptop purchased by our company, but it's about 2-3 years old. I'd like to get a new laptop as mine is somewhat outdated, but the if I get a new one, the company wants me to give my old one to the new person. How do I handle this? I'm going to be in charge of the transfer and this new person will see that I am getting a new one while he is getting my old one. I don't want to look like a jerk. What do I say? Help?
Yes, I have trust issues and I don't think my girlfriend is helping any... I'm ready for therapy... what can I expect, what can I do to make it the most helpful, and what can I do to preserve my relationship through this -- or should I? [more inside]
We've got sage, chives, and sweet basil growing in small pots this summer. I've got a few recipes that use one or the other of them, but I know I could be doing more. What else can I do with them? We eat pretty much anything, except we avoid starches (so pasta, potatoes, or grain ideas won't help us much). I'm open to everything from "throw some chopped chives into scrambled eggs" to more formal recipes. Ethnic foods a plus, but hardly required.
Help me make sense of this silly financial problem. It's very basic, and I'm a complete moron with money. [more inside]
What's the best/least expensive way to run a garden hose from my cellar thru a brick wall to the front of my house? [more inside]
Some friends and I - all new to the area - are looking for a good place to camp within a long day's bike ride of Minneapolis, MN (60-100mi). We're hoping for something where we'll see few other people, and preferably access to a lake or river, hiking trails, and general wilderness (or at least the feeling of being away from civilization for a bit), and good to stay for a couple of days. Any recommendations? I'm having a hard time with the signal to noise ratio of the rest of the internet. Thanks!
I'm very interested in the upcoming Wisconsin recall elections and am having trouble finding much reporting on them. Are there any good web sites out there covering the recall elections, like Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight does for national elections?
I am in need of a new web host and would like some suggestions as to what are the best. [more inside]
My wife bought me an all-expense-paid trip to Comic-Con for my 30th birthday, and while I've been to plenty of smaller cons (Wizard World, C2E2, Otakon, etc), this is my first time going to the big show. Extended nerdery inside: [more inside]
I've been challenged to create a mix of music and musicians of Wales/Welsh descent. Anything goes, however tenuous the link - if the artist's grandmother once got bitten by a Welsh corgi, I want to hear about it. [more inside]
Upgrading electric wiring in an old house. Help me sound smart when I call contractors. [more inside]
How can I navigate this RMV/Social Security office debacle and get a new driver's license? [more inside]
Job interview filter: why would someone want to become a talent agent? (Bonus morality question inside!) [more inside]
Moving to DC from NYC: Is it worth it? [more inside]
I'm studying for the GRE. Is the ScoreItNow! essay tool really accurate? What could I be doing better? [more inside]
I have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night to do some muscle toning exercises. What should I do that would be the best use of my time? [more inside]
How to do the right thing post break-up? [more inside]
Congressional home state staffer looking to make a... radical career jump. To a city firefighter. [more inside]
What's the best driving route from Harrisburg, PA to Newburg, NY? [more inside]
I'm applying for my first U.S. passport but I'm afraid I might have trouble verifying my identity. Specific details inside. [more inside]
Will there be Sounder train service to the Seattle Sounders-Man U match this Wednesday? [more inside]
I know you're not my lawyer or a lawyer at all.. but I need some help. Recently lost my job due to an alcohol-related relapse that happened off work hours. How do I move on from this? [more inside]
What fictional male characters are confirmed bachelors with many female friends and few male friends? I'm especially interested in stories set before 1950. [more inside]
What's that website (blog?) where the editors make mixtapes/playlists from somewhat slightly quirky requests? [more inside]
Contemporary psychotherapists who have popularized their empirically-tested theoretical contributions? Examples: David Burns, Eugene Gendlin, Joseph Weiss. [more inside]
How can I find out whether my incarcerated friend got my letter? [more inside]
Looking for a 'legit' pay-service website that streams soccer games from top European leagues. [more inside]
Do you think your Philly-based shrink is the best? I need to hear it. Must take Magellan insurance, and west of Broad is a major plus. Probably-unnecessary details inside. [more inside]
My parents mark their birthdays using the Chinese lunar calendar. How can I send myself an email reminding me of this date every year? [more inside]
What is the best way to rent a furnished flat in Berlin? [more inside]
Recommendation for a microscope (particularly a digital microscope) for under $100-$200? [more inside]
"Papa Was a Rodeo" by Magnetic Fields. "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. What other songs are like these in the way these are like each other?
Name-that-children's-book-filter: I read it probably in the early '90s, and all I remember is the protagonist used a computer keyboard to do things, e.g., pressing the "escape" key to escape a dangerous situation. [more inside]
This is an item from my Grandparent's house that has been stored since the 1940s. All I know about it is that it was with other items which my Grandfather brought back with him from postwar Japan. An aunt of mine claims it's something that goes on your head, but I can't tell if it's even possible to take off the wooden stand. It is intricately detailed. It also has a small wooden case with a clear front, but the case is not especially detailed. What is this item? Does it have value? (view larger, largest)
Help me find the right AV equipment to buy for my cultural events nonprofit! I throw literary events that are awesome and generally undocumented. Tell me what I should buy (cameras, software, mics) to visually convey a sense of their awesomeness. Bonus points on tutorials on making podcasts and workflow process for videos. [more inside]
I am a 28yo female feeling overwhelmed by some significant life changes. I am just over 2 months sober. My current employment contract (for a great job that I love, in a very competitive field) ends in December and there is a good chance the position will be made redundant. And 2 days ago I broke up with my live-in partner of 4 years, as despite the fact that I care about him deeply, we don't communicate that well and I feel doubts about committing to a long-term relationship with him. [more inside]
I currently have significantly more than $250,000 in a single bank savings account, as I am starting a major home renovation project that I need to fund. I will be making periodic payments on the construction, which will take the balance well below $250K before the end of this year. My question is: given that FDIC only covers $250K, and given the debt ceiling issue and the looming 8/2 deadline, and given that most of our elected leaders seem to be incapable of reasonable compromise -- what would be the best option(s) for me in re: this money? [more inside]
I'm after some 2 player LAN Mac games. The answers to this previous question don't hit the spot. Cannot rely on speed or dexterity (so no FPS), timers are also out. I have Hedgewars but word games or well-executed card games would be excellent as would strategy (not Frozen Synapse) with a good learning curve. From searches it seems the Mac is neglected in this area.
Recommend me an ice cream maker? [more inside]
What are the objective attributes that make a given online store a good place to shop? [more inside]
How can I find and devour blue java (also known as "ice cream") bananas, those rarest and most delectable of all bananas known to man and God? [more inside]
I have some questions about renting an apartment through VRBO, please reassure me that I'm probably just overly worried. [more inside]
Suggestions for approaches to promoting healthy teamwork in undergraduate freshmen, as a TA? [more inside]
Is there a tool out there which will allow me to plug in the mileage I need for a certain cycling training ride, and will spit out a route that will get me that amount of miles? Maybe using Google maps or something? I'm in Boise,ID, if that matters.
Are there free sources to find data about average business costs? [more inside]
Can I use a MacBook Pro as a bluetooth keyboard for iPad? [more inside]
"the average number of molecules in a rock band" [more inside]
What's this thing on the bridge of my nose and? Some sort of rash? A fungal infection? How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
How do you reconcile your private and professional selves? [more inside]
[Water + Ear + Pain + Ringing] YANMD: Jumped/cannonballed into a lake this weekend - the water went down to 10 feet. The moment I was underwater my ear had a sharp pain. [more inside]
Our copier died last week (Xerox WorkCentre C20) and I need to replace it. I would appreciate your recommendations on where I should look for a replacement. [more inside]
Our son has a wrist bone injury that means he will have to stop training (12-16h/week) for competitive gymnastics. He's 11, medium height and slightly built, very co-ordinated, fast and strong. He loves being on a team and competitions, and did very well at gymnastics for the past five years. What are alternative sports to consider for him besides competitive diving? We're looking for sports that don't stress wrists, e.g. no tennis. Both of us are very unsporty, so we're scratching our heads over what would be fun for a jock kid. We're in Singapore in the tropics.
If all the people in all the world took all of their cash (whether it's in a bank or not) and divided it equally amongst everyone, how much would each and every person in the world end up with? [more inside]
I have Ciba vision Air Optix Aqua 1 month disposable contact lenses and have mixed them up. I use -1.75 for my left eye and -1.50 for my right, 8.6/14.20 size. On the actual lens of one of them it says "CIBA x647" and on the other "CIBA x648", which lens is for which eye?
For as long as I can remember, I always liked to draw. Unfortunately, I'm also the worst artists I've ever met. Help me change this! [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some updated drawing books for modern comics? [more inside]
I'll be travelling to Hangzhou, China and the region around it in a few weeks. There are six of us, and we're thinking of hiring a car/minibus and driver to transport us for the longer journeys, for example from Hangzhou to some of the nearby mountains. Is it possible for us to make arrangements with some kind of transport company beforehand, or should we just do it when we get there? [more inside]
Should I fix my car or purchase another one? [more inside]
I saw a trailer for an indie film about 6-8 months ago, or maybe a little longer. Please help me find the film based on very little information - gritty, realistic, probably not directly related to crime or police, set in Baltimore. The Baltimore bit seemed very important. [more inside]
What to do with spare change? [more inside]
How do I go about making friends? I know the theory I just never manage it in reality... [more inside]
What's up with Wikipedia in my Google Chrome? [more inside]
Please help me with self helping my acid reflux. [more inside]
What are the best biographies/autobiographies/memoirs/novels for inspiration and psyching up? [more inside]
Easiest ways to add vitamins and minerals to your diet? [more inside]
Costa Rica in September? I was planning to go to the Arenal Volcano and do jungle adventures on my honeymoon in September, but saw it was the rainy season. Anyone know how rainy it gets during that time? Any other areas to recommend that are less rainy but worth checking out for a romantic honeymoon? Thanks so much!
Santorini Honeymoon-Has anyone been to Santorini, Greece and could recommend a hotel that was romantic and beautiful but not outlandishly expensive- Let's say $200 per night or less, or a package deal. We are looking to go in September. Thanks so much for your help.
Is there a way to automate color selection in photoshop? [more inside]
African-fruit-filter: Msau: what is it? [more inside]
I need to buy a shade tent/canopy that is 1) as lightweight as possible and 2) easily erected by one person 3) who is only five feet tall. If I could, I would buy the REI Alcove Shelter, but it's out of stock. What else can you recommend?
I want to become a sex educator someday, and I'd really like to help develop a long-lasting comprehensive sex education curriculum that builds foundational emotional/interpersonal/respectful knowledge in the younger grades, and more concrete, biological/functional/logistical knowledge towards the end of high school. What's in store for me? [more inside]
White non-leather men's dress shoes - do they exist? [more inside]
What did "jerk" mean in 1964? [more inside]
Despite having an engineering degree, a Master's degree in software development, a strong math background, and 20+ years of programming experience the "typical" logic games bore me. Why and how can I improve? [more inside]
PayPal scam? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some non-fiction advice books where many authors write their perspective on similar situations or difficulties in life? [more inside]
I have an old coin collection that I want to sell. However, I know nothing about coin collections so I'm unsure how to sell this without getting ripped off. Is it possible to find a coin dealer/collector who will buy this collection from me at a "fair" price without me doing research in an area about which I presently know nothing? More (possibly boring) info follows... [more inside]
In continuation of this question, what resources can I forward to my family member, now that he is off the streets? [more inside]
How do I move past hurt caused by a former friend? [more inside]
I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. I use it to listen to music. But the music player is set up to include a brief gap between each track. This is particularly a nuisance when I'm listening to albums with segued tracks (such as live albums). How can I set it up so there are no gaps between tracks?
Should I use a migration agent to handle my application to migrate to Australia from the U.S.? And if so, what's the best way to go about finding a good one? [more inside]
I'm looking for personal recommendations on skin tag removal creams. [more inside]
I run my own DNS. Recently, I moved the DNS server to a new IP block. I meticulously changed all the zone files. Months later, phantom traces of one of the old IP addresses still linger in the public DNS at times. Unfortunately, that one IP address is the address of my DNS server itself. Help! [more inside]
Is there any way to auto-detect, and automatically switch to a free wireless channel? [more inside]
Where do I find body art quality henna in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
Tell me all you know about living in Carlsbad, CA. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a nurse/clinic service in the Bay Area to give an intramuscular HCG trigger-shot injection? [more inside]
If you use budgeting software, do you have a good system for tracking and categorizing your cash spending? [more inside]
Logic Pro problem: I can't hear my MIDI keyboard. [more inside]
Where can I learn about (and what should I learn about) court jesters, fools and similar figures? [more inside]
SQL help: I'm very new to SQL, and need to update one field with the maximum value of all entries in another field selected based on a shared value in a third field. [more inside]
Last night (Saturday July 16th) I went to see the Dead/Further at Bethel Woods, NY and saw a metal sculpture/wall hanging I hope someone can help me find. [more inside]
I live in Vancouver and may be buying a used car on Bowen Island. How do I go about insuring it with air care? [more inside]
I'm slow. It took me many years to have this revelation re: home organization: "If an object is not frequently used and is not decorative, it should be put away" (unless, of course, you have incredibly little storage spa