July 2011 Archives

July 31

R.I.P. Aquabuddha V

Creative uses for fishbowl? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:53 PM PST - 16 comments

A little piece of my soul has just died.

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]
posted by hegemone at 10:37 PM PST - 29 comments

School or Work?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Music for The Closer?

What is the track that accompanies the opening and closing credits of The Closer? As in, the TV show with Kyra Sedgwick. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to make the most out of the choices given to me in my future career.

I have a dream of becoming an anthropologist someday. The problem is I don't know what I should focus on. [more inside]
posted by mind2body at 10:03 PM PST - 11 comments

How to track down this particular highlighter?

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]
posted by elif at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

In Kitchen Transition

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]
posted by R2WeTwo at 8:29 PM PST - 17 comments

when a rose becomes a daisy

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]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:09 PM PST - 13 comments

What's that annoying noise?

[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]
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get rid of mildew in my bag?

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?
posted by mizrachi at 8:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Applying for Illinois state jobs?

Can anyone give me a quick narrative about getting a job with the State of Illinois? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 7:57 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I stay focused while working?

What're your best tips for keeping on task and staying focused? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:56 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I find my relative's military service records if I don't actually know very much about it?

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]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

"We do what we must because we can"

Where can I find Portal 2 posters? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Romanian domain names

How do I contact a Romanian domain holder? [more inside]
posted by marc10 at 7:05 PM PST - 2 comments

What is WebProcess and why is it eating a quarter of my MacBook's memory?

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]
posted by willhopkins at 7:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Give me examples of gamesmanship in sport or other arenas

Give me examples of tricky strategy in sport or other arenas [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo at 7:03 PM PST - 48 comments

Help me write my MA thesis...PLEASE?

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]
posted by guster4lovers at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Good ways to deal with a toddler who hits

How to deal with a toddler who hits? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 6:41 PM PST - 30 comments

1st Time Meetup No Clicky! Do I Stay With My Exit Line?

Am I done with her????? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:26 PM PST - 26 comments

wtf Waterpaper Block : /

Watercolor enthusiasts: How do I get the &$%^##%$% paper out of this Aqvarelle Arches hot pressed waterpaper block? [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 5:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Rabbit Redone?

Copyright question: Can I publish "Portnoy's Little Brother"? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Suggestions for places to rent a cottage in Western Pennsylvania?

Where should we rent a cottage in Western PA? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 5:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Copying lines of text on an iPhone?

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]
posted by neuron at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Where do I begin researching moving to Europe?

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]
posted by kim in chicago at 4:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Dolphin and Whale Sleep

Are dolphins and whales considered cathemeral? [as opposed to diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular]. [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills at 4:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for the best website to download music for DJing.

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]
posted by stlboi at 4:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Haunted by Your Own Personal Ghosts

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]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I forget / remove values that were taught to me when I grew?

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]
posted by bbxx at 4:08 PM PST - 38 comments

Freezer-friendly side dishes

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]
posted by MeghanC at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Managing drive space on a macbook air?

Just got a macbook air, how do I best manage the drive space? [more inside]
posted by empath at 3:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Jobs for the unconfident

What type of jobs/workplaces are best for people without a naturally abundant supply of confidence? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 3:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Krakow music wish-list

What musical gems & rarities should I look for on my upcoming trip to Krakow? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 3:25 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I clean this teapot?

How do I clean this mysterious metal teapot? [more inside]
posted by zidane at 2:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Need good iphone entertainment for AFK month.

Away from computer for 3 weeks. Can you recommend some engaging, long lasting iPhone games to keep me occupied? Paid or free. [more inside]
posted by Buckt at 1:58 PM PST - 27 comments

Should I teach science? Should I teach anything?

Should I become a high school science teacher? Lots of background info. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 1:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Please ID these nasty bug bites!

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]
posted by Pomo at 1:33 PM PST - 1 comment

My laptop reverted to its factory date/time/wallpaper setting - to worry or not?

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]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Dysfunctional potential homebuyers

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 50 comments

Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste?

Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 12:50 PM PST - 53 comments

Let me not to marriage of true minds admit impediments . . .

Help me write a literary and science-y marriage "sermon" for some colleagues! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Aphids in a red oak

Aphids infesting a red oak! Help me understand our risk. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 11:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Thunder thighs begone!

I'm thinking about liposuction on my inner thighs and possibly knees and outer thighs as well. Any experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Very complicated ... or not?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 20 comments

China's economic foreign policy in Africa?

Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
posted by paradoxflow at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

This hedge is the bane of my existence!

Laurel hedge plus cedar fence....bad idea or incredibly bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

This Genie is Not Coming Out

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.
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 9:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Are the words "grace" and "rain" either identical or similar in Persian?

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!)
posted by ShadePlant at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Indestructible wallet

Please help me find an indestructible wallet [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 8:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Need help finding a poem, "Poinsettias," published in the New Yorker magazine

A poem, "Poinsettias", from the New Yorker, published sometime in late 1980 or early 1981? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Pouring coffee into the tower is probably a bad idea.

How do I keep my primary data drive from constantly going idle and then spinning up again? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 7:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me make my lunch more delicious.

As a pescetarian who is pretty much on the FODMAP diet, what can I eat for lunch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 7:40 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I start my own podcast?

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]
posted by ImBitman at 7:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Baby Got Back

Aside from preventing chafing, what are the benefits of compression shorts for running? Are there drawbacks? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I learn the design side of web design?

Are there any good books/free online courses/tutorials for learning the basics of graphic design for web sites in particular? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:09 AM PST - 8 comments

What shaving cream should I use?

What shaving cream should I use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 5:26 AM PST - 47 comments

Student House Needs New Tricks

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]
posted by Ragingmelon at 5:23 AM PST - 74 comments

Moving city - so many emotions now!!

I have decided to move with no job - am I stupid? [more inside]
posted by quiero ser feliz at 1:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Computer freezes, what do?

My computer freezes. I'd like it to stop doing that. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 1:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me to deal with the double edged sword of child support enforcement.

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]
posted by Hiding in my sock drawer at 12:44 AM PST - 45 comments

Best option for a cheap cable alternative?

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]
posted by DingoMutt at 12:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Need some good FLOSS fund nominee's.

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.
posted by Chamunks at 12:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Overpaid child support, now what?

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]
posted by MeatFilter at 12:18 AM PST - 33 comments

Google officially thinks I'm an idiot now that I've searched for "train tracks speed bump".

What is this orange apparatus on the train tracks? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

July 30

Mission impossible?

Please help me find this shirt. [more inside]
posted by brynna at 10:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for information about intermediate/advanced meditation practice

Looking for information about intermediate/advanced meditation practice. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 9:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Need help identifying this engagement ring set

Need help identifying this engagement ring set [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

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]
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:06 PM PST - 15 comments

seeking new relationship advice

extreme opposite personalities and ages, one fell in love with other unrequitedly, don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by decpmt at 8:20 PM PST - 75 comments

How can we be more comfortable around each other?

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]
posted by ohtimorousme at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

The Chrome has me all Googley-eyed

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]
posted by tdischino at 8:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Puedo trabajar?

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]
posted by Nerro at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Are the DVDs worth it?

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]
posted by smilingtiger at 7:33 PM PST - 20 comments

The unconventional vegetarian

What are some vegetarian/vegan meals that make people say "huh, I never would have thought of cooking that"? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 7:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Please Sir, may I have some more?

Kink-filter: How can I initiate sex while maintaining my submissive role in the bedroom? NSFW D/s details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me dump a nightmare freelance writing client.

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]
posted by shiggins at 7:12 PM PST - 15 comments

What snake-themed song did I hear?

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?
posted by ktoad at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

What ever happened to deprogrammer Ted Patrick?

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.
posted by snap_dragon at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

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]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 6:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Program to display animated .gif file

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.
posted by SpacemanStix at 6:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Bike trainer for someone with a knee problem?

Which wind trainer would be ok for me, given my injured knee and fairly limited budget? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a new recipe manager

I need a replacement for the (amazing) Paprika app on iPad. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How does a non-Muslim observe Ramadan in Seattle?

Can anyone recommend a Muslim community in Seattle that could help me (a non-Muslim) understand and participate in Ramadan? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Was Lincoln appreciative of interrupting crickets?

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]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 5:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Not wanting to share condo---major guilt

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]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 4:52 PM PST - 27 comments

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]
posted by unclezeb at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Joining a Women's Institute in Vancouver - your opinions?

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]
posted by everydayanewday at 4:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Great birthday gift for a DC-based 27-year-old?

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?
posted by onepot at 3:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Last minute LA Rising tickets?

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]
posted by raihan_ at 3:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Ruby vs Java, which wins?

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]
posted by geoff. at 2:22 PM PST - 15 comments

The Essential BSG?

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]
posted by Hugobaron at 1:53 PM PST - 25 comments

A leisurely stroll through the Smithsonian?

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]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments


Oh god. Dead bird outside my door, covered in heaps of maggots. HELP. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 1:32 PM PST - 25 comments

How Long Should I Cook This Turkey?

I need help with a cooking question ASAP. It has to do with roasting times. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 12:55 PM PST - 11 comments

What is going on with my posture?!

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]
posted by fernbritton at 12:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Why would the A/C make my car accelerate rough?

Why does my car's air conditioner cause it to hesitate when accelerating? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for mindless, yet productive, activities.

I need some mindless, yet productive, activities to do while listening to audiobooks. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus at 12:38 PM PST - 32 comments

Needed: women's tailor in DC

I need recommendations for a women's tailor in DC, please. [more inside]
posted by EvaDestruction at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Connecting LG DVD Player to Mac

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.
posted by dearleader at 11:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Freezer-proof, easy-to-peel-off food storage labels?

I am looking for labels to put on food I store in the freezer. Requirements inside: [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Mac Mini Server: Any reason I will be unhappy with it as a desktop?

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]
posted by wnissen at 11:48 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm a klutz and so are my kids.

Is there a clear coating I can put on a glass jar to keep it from shattering if it gets dropped? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Etiquette for China?

What cultural differences from the U.S. that should I be aware of and practice while living in China for a year? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Check Netflix queue against other services (e.g. Amazon Instant Video)

Can I somehow check my Netflix queue against other services to see which of them have things available for streaming? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

I have the sense that the world is mad down-pat

Under what circumstances is it acceptable to laugh at one's own joke, and what are the social implications of doing so? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 11:09 AM PST - 36 comments

Don't worry, I won't use Comic Sans

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?"
posted by trillian at 10:13 AM PST - 18 comments

How to handle uncommunicative colleage?

How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments

I think I may have bed bugs, pics 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]
posted by exhilaration at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Do I need a new job?

Salary Filter: Am I getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 16 comments

New employer misrepresented vacation in job offer - now what?

My new employer misrepresented my vacation time in my offer. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Where have all the beds gone?

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]
posted by JPD at 9:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me make a popout music player with WordPress

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?
posted by fake at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

This has been driving me crazy for a few weeks now

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.
posted by codacorolla at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Need Foot Surgery Advice

Needing re-constructive foot surgery, what type of doctor is best for this type of surgery, a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon? [more inside]
posted by johnd101 at 8:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Big dudes in big buckets of ice?!?

Why are these big dudes sitting in big buckets of ice?!? [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

looking for furniture online

looking for well made inexpensive online furniture resource [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure out what my new job title should be.

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?
posted by matrushka at 8:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Do not apply if DIY

Looking for a glazier in NYC who can apply safety film to some large mirrors. [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

A few dollars more.

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]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Jobs designing systems?

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]
posted by JLMC at 7:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Simultaneous dual band wireless access point needed.

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?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 6:38 AM PST - 2 comments

The really cruel thing is that bats aren't even blind...

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]
posted by SMPA at 6:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Need help naming a new small business

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]
posted by ChrisManley at 5:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Help with the indemnity bond process

Can anyone describe the process of using an indemnity bond to obtain title to a vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 4:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my hard drive causing a reboot loop on my computer?

Weird computer technical problem pertaining to the POST and bootup stages of conputer use. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 4:37 AM PST - 7 comments

MS Office themes that provide good design to my documents?

What Themes and Style Sets to pick in Office 2007? Some design and typography advice please. [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 3:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Can deficiency needs be answered?

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]
posted by MTuser at 2:27 AM PST - 6 comments

July 29

Why does my butt ache when I sit?

Why does my butt ache when I sit? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 11:40 PM PST - 31 comments

How to get on Guitar Center's good side?

I broke some very expensive headphones that i bought at guitar center... How can I get a refund? [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 at 10:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a way for me to get my license back without being insured?

Is there a way for me to get my license back without being insured? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Might he be interested in me?

This is silly, but might this guy be interested in me? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 9:42 PM PST - 25 comments

training indoors for a hilly marathon - help!

I just ran 4.0 miles at a 4% incline on a treadmill. How much elevation gain does that equal, in feet? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 8:57 PM PST - 17 comments

When people don't tell you who they are, what do you believe?

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]
posted by houndsoflove at 8:44 PM PST - 36 comments

Head through the wall

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]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 8:24 PM PST - 10 comments

This "health company" sells salt water in a bottle.

How do I convince my father that this so-called "business opportunity" is a complete scam? [more inside]
posted by ardent at 8:00 PM PST - 24 comments

I have no money and go to a $50,000+ school

I go to an elite college. My parents won't pay my living expensives. My work study pays almost nothing. Help! [more inside]
posted by camcol at 7:47 PM PST - 34 comments

So many Post-Its, so little productivity!

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]
posted by ElectricBlue at 7:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Good General CS Books, Game Dev Books?

What books would you all recommend for a Computer Science student interested in making games? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Where did I see this special handshake that ended with a face-slap?

Where did I see this special handshake that ended with a face-slap? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 6:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Seven Dwarves in K-Town

What is this group of storybook cottages doing in Koreatown? [more inside]
posted by queensissy at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone know how to replicate Umami Burger pickled mushrooms?

Umami Burger pickled mushrooms. Does anyone have a similar recipe? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic at 5:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Does the following food meet all my nutritional needs?

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]
posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us at 5:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Trumpet solo for funeral?

What would be a good piece for a classical trumpet player to play at his great-grandmother's funeral?
posted by teatime at 5:01 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I unlock this old Cingular phone to use abroad?

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]
posted by apip at 3:43 PM PST - 10 comments

How did the slash ("/") character move to right-to-left languages?

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?
posted by scottreynen at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

A 6.5 month preggo flying 18 hours to Turkey – yea/nay?

I love traveling, but is taking an overseas trip to Istanbul at 6.5 months pregnant ill-advised? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae at 2:36 PM PST - 27 comments

co-worker acting like manager

How to respond to a co-worker mimicking a manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 18 comments

pay rent or quit

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]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:57 PM PST - 24 comments

Do I force myself to feel the pain or do I let a callous grow?

Do I force myself to feel the pain or do I let a callous grow? [more inside]
posted by Submiqent at 1:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Need help deciding which account to keep: Smugmug or Flickr. Love both.

Need help deciding which account to keep: Smugmug or Flickr. Love both. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Name that landscape painter

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?
posted by dywypi at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

What happens if I ignore a parking ticket from my university?

What happens if I ignore a parking ticket from my university? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran at 1:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Saw a guy at work on OkCupid, he seems cool--should I ask him out?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Six-legged does an inverse Houdini

[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]
posted by gijsvs at 12:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me find the great Turkish tomato.

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.
posted by fivesavagepalms at 12:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Seeking a children's book?

Anyone remember a kids' book about a boy with a magic copy machine that will copy anything (objects) and has an infinity symbol button?
posted by jfwlucy at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the what on terminology around "sexism?"

A question of terminology: "sexism" and the "prejudice plus power" definition. [more inside]
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 11:27 AM PST - 25 comments

Help my SO reunite with his stuff.

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]
posted by OLechat at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Semi-informed designer seeks type advice for fat sans-serif logotype

[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]
posted by TangoCharlie at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Did Sappho write about the love lizard?

Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]
posted by sally onion at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Bayeux Tapestry Use?

Can I use (images of) the Bayeux Tapestry in a music video? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Trying to remember a story

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.
posted by Morpeth at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Why does this bring me pleasure?

Why does thinking about this certain (weird, gross) thing give me a heady, pleasurable feeling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments

It's the kitchen sink - in my salad bowl.

"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]
posted by HeyAllie at 10:25 AM PST - 37 comments

Fasting in Ramadan - diet recommendation

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?
posted by alshain at 10:05 AM PST - 29 comments

Songs like Melanie Safka's Brand New Key?

"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]
posted by bilabial at 10:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Panning for email addresses

How do I sort the (potentially) real email addresses from the garbage data in Excel 2003? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

It moves like a robot

What is this amazing little insect / fly / creature that appeared on my magazine? [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 9:37 AM PST - 21 comments

BookFilter- recomend a great book to me!

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?
posted by Frosted Cactus at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Which phrase is more proper?

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?
posted by kmurray24 at 9:12 AM PST - 12 comments

I hate my roommate's boyfriend. Help!

I really, really dislike my roommate/friend's boyfriend. How do I deal with him? [more inside]
posted by spectacularicity at 8:52 AM PST - 55 comments

Low odds of winning, but a bigger payout

Does Saturn have a solid core? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 8:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to start, and why?

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]
posted by jsturgill at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

11 inches - big enough?

Is an 11.6" laptop big enough for me? [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

The wonders of Kashmir.

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]
posted by lettuchi at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

What would Galileo think?

Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Is this place still going to have bed bugs?

Is it worth renting this house that used to have bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me keep my commute educational...

What are some good educational phone applications? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 8:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Stolen in Transit

How to ship items to Kenya from Canada? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Don't want to eat all of the things anymore.

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]
posted by functionequalsform at 7:54 AM PST - 54 comments

...no bumpits please.

Adult looking hair styles for work? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 7:16 AM PST - 43 comments

Video within a still image with Final Cut.

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!
posted by cyberdad at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Collecting a site's URL list, , METa Descriptions etc...

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]
posted by bricksNmortar at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Will this bed bite me back?

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]
posted by sully75 at 6:14 AM PST - 9 comments

All Swole Up

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]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Sorting a few things out after credit card theft.

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]
posted by RobotNinja at 6:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Runners of AskMe: how do I get better at this running thing?

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]
posted by Catseye at 5:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Lipoma removal before or after purchasing private health care?

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]
posted by Auden at 5:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Is this a watermark or actually part of the song?

I think I bought a song off the iTunes Music Store that has a watermark on it. [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle at 4:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I use Sway Sway Baby, You're So Audio as a title again?

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]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 4:26 AM PST - 7 comments

WTF Google?!

How is google intercepting my phone calls?! [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 4:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Should my mail come on vacation with me?

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]
posted by aimeedee at 3:04 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the biggest reasons doctors are usually reluctant to give medical advice online?

What are the biggest reasons doctors are usually reluctant to give medical advice online? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 12:11 AM PST - 18 comments

July 28

How does international shipping work?

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?
posted by mulligan at 11:54 PM PST - 6 comments

So, I asked a guy out on a date... what does his answer mean?

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]
posted by Sakura3210 at 11:30 PM PST - 44 comments

Why do they make books with glossy paper?

Why would anybody print books on glossy paper like this? WHY?! [more inside]
posted by stebulus at 11:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do my speaker drivers keep disappearing?

Why are the drivers for my USB speakers missing sometimes when I reboot? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us use our transatlantic move to save money on stuff!

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]
posted by crabintheocean at 11:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Fresh juicy cucumbers. Help!

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]
posted by annsunny at 10:20 PM PST - 8 comments

I need recommendations for doctors (primary care and specialists) in the Minneapolis area

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]
posted by adrienneleigh at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Asian clothing in Seattle

Where are good places to go in Seattle for mandarin suits? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:46 PM PST - 0 comments

Where can I find a talking robot?

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]
posted by mordecai at 9:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I ride a tandem bike on the first date?

Is it a bad idea to ride a tandem bike on first date? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky at 9:40 PM PST - 36 comments

Chicago elementary options

How do we figure out elementary school options in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 9:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I find a way to eat this? Black Truffle Edition!

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]
posted by jbenben at 8:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I have the right to request a chargeback from LinkedIn? Will it hurt my credit score?

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]
posted by lovelygirl at 8:38 PM PST - 32 comments

Future Circus Stunts

Could a running human perform the Wall of Death stunt without a motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 8:29 PM PST - 12 comments

struck dumb

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

getting rid of smudge inside lcd laptop screen?

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]
posted by chicofly at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Guitar for a 5-year old. Which one? Where to buy?

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?
posted by feckless at 8:12 PM PST - 26 comments

The (almost) indestructable camera

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]
posted by alex_skazat at 7:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Pink doesn't suit me

How do I keep reds(or other bright colors) from ruining my laundry? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 7:23 PM PST - 17 comments

What goes on during the smartphone assembly process?

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]
posted by Lugos at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the (young) kids listening to these days?

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?
posted by Carlo at 6:09 PM PST - 28 comments

Special snowflake thinks she can go to law school

I still want to be a human rights lawyer. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 6:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Must control the fist of death...

Are you a professor? Is your dean a fossil? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 6:02 PM PST - 18 comments

What to do in Boone, NC?

Boone, NC. Tell me what you know about it. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How to break up with a nice person who has serious problems?

Looking for advice about breaking up with my very nice but very troubled boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 PM PST - 23 comments


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
posted by quseio at 5:40 PM PST - 14 comments

How much can women’s clothes be altered?

How much can women’s clothes be altered? [more inside]
posted by IHeartWallabies at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Butter my milk, please.

What is your favorite recipe that calls for buttermilk? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 5:28 PM PST - 41 comments

Alexander or Acupuncture?

If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Asynchronous instant messaging doesn't really cut it.

How do I get MS Communicator to pop up when someone is attempting to communicate? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 5:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Doctor says "don't work" but finances say otherwise

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]
posted by Biblio at 4:57 PM PST - 22 comments

What novel would make a great low-budget film?

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]
posted by michaeldunaway at 4:53 PM PST - 27 comments

What do you do when you catch someone lying?

Why am I so bothered with resume-padding? [more inside]
posted by onegoodthing at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

When there's no Timberland

Shoe Shopping Filter. Recommendations for alternatives to Timberland ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:44 PM PST - 3 comments

A Golden Coin from the Golden Age

I have a craaazy question about coin collecting in the 1950s. Help! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 4:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Yet another credit card question.

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]
posted by elizardbits at 4:21 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I convince my girlfriend to go to counseling with me?

How can I convince my girlfriend to go to counseling with me? [more inside]
posted by erikvan at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Socially inept and thankless

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?
posted by JacksonandFinch at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a specific "safe touch" sociological illustration

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]
posted by Susan PG at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How to do the Dakar Rally?

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]
posted by reductiondesign at 3:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Best cell phone camera?

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.
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:53 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I manage a single database with multiple web servers?

How do I ensure data integrity when using multiple load-balancing servers? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Vista attempting to update a phantom program

How do I stop Vista from trying to install an update for a program I don't have installed? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

How to take antibiotics

Instructions for taking antibiotics [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 3:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this normal temp agency behavior?

Why might temp agencies have problems with headscarves and telling me why I was fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I ask an employee to change his FB picture?

Should I discuss my reportee's FB profile picture with him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a program to help with cash flow calculations for a small business

Looking for a program to help with cash flow calculations for a small business [more inside]
posted by zara at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Breaking the law for a packtite--and I need some advice.

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!
posted by uans at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I need a doctor?

[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]
posted by anonymous at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How to care for my cat before I see the vet?

Newbie pet owner. Cat has diarrhea, time to worry, or not? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments

I just ordered my passport.

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]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 2:02 PM PST - 28 comments

setlist for non-musicians with instruments

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
posted by mrmarley at 1:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Bee balm bushes begin bending; bothers buzzv

Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Where did I see that stubble?

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!
posted by ultrapotato at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

More time in Portland than I'd planned. Yay?

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]
posted by Medieval Maven at 1:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me trawl the internet

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]
posted by crush-onastick at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for the name of song from the early 90's.

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]
posted by jperkins at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for hat and jewelry making courses - Boston area

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!
posted by KathMuse at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a high resolution of Rick Scott looking like a maniac

I am looking for a specific undoctored high resolution image of Florida Governor Rick Scott. [more inside]
posted by triceryclops at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Safe to add food coloring to betta's water?

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.
posted by ewiley28 at 12:28 PM PST - 26 comments

The bathroom is supposed to be my happy place, not your spittoon/shower/fartatorium

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:28 PM PST - 111 comments

Help me to not hate Lion

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]
posted by 4ster at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Is "too hungover" a valid excuse?

A close friend keeps flaking on events because he's "too hungover". It's getting annoying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 43 comments

Helping loved ones help themselves in MA

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Book ID Request, Again

Please help me ID a book about a dark-haired woman set during the westward expansion. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

something something atoms birds something

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]
posted by you're a kitty! at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Day Trips in and Around Frankfurt

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!
posted by smokingmonkey at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get a coworker to help you

Is it possible to learn from a co-worker who doesn't seem to like you? [more inside]
posted by Desert Paintbrush at 11:32 AM PST - 27 comments

You're my favorite person... too bad you're a little nutso

How often is it amazing? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 11:24 AM PST - 40 comments


Anyone know of a good resource for retro computer artwork? [more inside]
posted by brightghost at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Fun things to do in Pittsburgh when you're alive?

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]
posted by sandraregina at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Another ADHD meds question

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]
posted by indognito at 10:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Writing podcasts?

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]
posted by Think_Long at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Gonna keep movin', gonna go to town

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]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for certain kinds of drinks.

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]
posted by beshtya at 10:43 AM PST - 41 comments

Moving truck rental 24 hour limitation

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.
posted by grammalvsu at 10:39 AM PST - 17 comments

I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next.

I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:29 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is the thread in the last button on my shirt a different colour?

Why is the thread in the last button on my shirt a different colour? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I find out whether I can reuse city or county publications?

What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:16 AM PST - 3 comments


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]
posted by parallax7d at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

No, sir, I do not need more shipments. However, I'll gladly take the discount!

What's to stop someone from repeatedly signing up for Amazon's Subscribe & Save solely to receive the discount, then cancelling? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Necklace Repair

Where in LA can I get a bead necklace restrung inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I deal with blog comment fragmentation?

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......")?
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Someone is using my wife's phone number: should we worry?

My wife regularly gets calls for a particular different person. Should we be worried? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 AM PST - 22 comments

The douche jokes write themselves...

NSFW product recommendation. [more inside]
posted by this *is* my happy face at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I stop my city government from outsourcing the decision to outsource government services?

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]
posted by copystar at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Physics-related jobs in Bariloche, Argentina?

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]
posted by Fillus at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Big extended family in one house

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me help my Honda.

Just had to replace the rotors on my Honda Accord. Again. Help. [more inside]
posted by googly at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

How do we know when they're really speaking Klingon?

How should I denote transitions between languages in a story I'm working on? [more inside]
posted by mordax at 8:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Botox: Apply directly to the pits?

Should I get Botox to treat my hyperhidrosis? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to drink with my mom in West Village?

Where to have bitchin' Mommy and Me drink session in the West Village tonight? [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White at 8:39 AM PST - 8 comments

No, Comic Sans is NOT a "neato font".

TypoFilter: I need a somewhat inexpensive gift for a typophile graphic designer. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How should I manage my small fortune of privilege?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Forearmed against the six-legged

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]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Resources for green business initiatives?

Resources for green business initiatives? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust at 8:11 AM PST - 1 comment

All I want is a humble cabin in the woods and a five-star chef

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]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Intro to GenCon 101 (+5)

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]
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

What's new kitty-cat - woe, woe, woe.

Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Entertainment for an extremely long walk.

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]
posted by acidic at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I put $10,000 on a credit card and pay it right off?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Help finding Thyrogen

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]
posted by specialk420 at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy an AC adapter

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]
posted by vincele at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you live healthily on one good meal a day

Can I live healthily on one meal a day? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 7:23 AM PST - 37 comments

What is this quote about performing music?

I need help finding a quote about the performance of music. [more inside]
posted by Janta at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Zombie need phone with Brains, not to mention the Carrier that runs it

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]
posted by zombieApoc at 6:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Knocking them dead with fruit pies

What's an amazing, mindblowing dessert that I can make tomorrow for a pool party that isn't until Saturday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:51 AM PST - 30 comments

Guidelines for Rehoming Skittish Kittens?

Guidelines for Rehoming Skittish Kittens? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 6:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Slow boat from China

I have a a couple questions about your experience with freight forwarders. In particular, shipping containers via ocean from China. [more inside]
posted by PSB at 6:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Info on the foreign service background check.

How in depth does the Foreign Service background check go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Depends on what your definition of "is" is.

How can I best cope with this relationship impasse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 56 comments

Cashew Fruit Juice in NYC?

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]
posted by hermitosis at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Why can so many people get away with overposting on craigslist?

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]
posted by shimmer at 6:28 AM PST - 6 comments

[?]+[TAB] = Post?

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?
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:19 AM PST - 5 comments

No display due to motherboard?

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]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

"A healthy mind in a healthy body."

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.
posted by Fizz at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How does one merge google-map pages?

My google-maps has split into several pages - how can I see everything as one map? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Save my mom's tomatoes from the squirrels

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.
posted by Kimberly at 5:33 AM PST - 20 comments

The science behind contempt?

Familiarity breeds contempt. (But why?) [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 4:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Raising a pet dog on my own

Is it a good idea to get a pet dog if I live alone and need to travel occasionally? [more inside]
posted by madman at 3:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Clock in, clock out, clock back in

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]
posted by Tehhund at 3:36 AM PST - 11 comments

a dance with dragons, yea or nay?

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]
posted by 6550 at 2:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find MY bike

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]
posted by Nickel at 12:41 AM PST - 10 comments

July 27

Help me identify this nougat

Need help identifying a type of nougat (sweet) - possibly iranian. [more inside]
posted by spacediver at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Mac vs. PC for college?

Macbook pro or dell latitude e6320 for a new college student (me)? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 11:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Paging Mutant!

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]
posted by bardic at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

what is the best IRC app for Android phones - I miss #bunnies

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.
posted by mlis at 9:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Dancing Paper Scam

Help me figure out what was going on with a street vendor in Rome selling dancing paper cut-outs. [more inside]
posted by shew at 9:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I choose a company to design and maintain my business' website?

How do I choose a company to design and maintain my business' website? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Any tips on getting a four-year-old to blow his nose

How do you get a 4 year old to blow their nose [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 8:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Upgrading a videocard - need advice

Upgrading a videocard - need advice [more inside]
posted by Cloud King at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Potty training thread

MeFi parents - give me your potty training advice! [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:54 PM PST - 19 comments

omfg i hate peeing

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]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 7:54 PM PST - 65 comments

Who threatened to install DOS 1.0 to torture an android?

Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

I hope nothing goes wrong, of course.

Contractor, roofing, insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Is too much truth a dangerous thing?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 82 comments

An unwanted letter

Should I read my friend's suicide letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 27 comments

A place to sleep in the City that Never Sleeps

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]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 6:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Kits for mechanical clock movements?

Are there any kits for making a mechanical clock movement? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments


Korg, Kurzweil, Roland... What other brands am I not yet looking for in an excellent digital concert piano? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I improve my daughter's table manners?

How can I improve my daughter's table manners? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 6:34 PM PST - 42 comments

And 1

What can I do to determine if I have a bad domain registration situation? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Save me from killing my cats. They're plotting against me.

How can I attach my iMac to my desk? My cats are apparently stronger than they look. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone have a similar throat issue?

Anyone have any experience with Eagle Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by ghharr at 4:58 PM PST - 0 comments

What's the easiest to install slick mountain bike tire?

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]
posted by sideshow at 4:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Outdoor activities for indoor person?

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]
posted by macsigler at 4:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me to stop blushing!

I blush often, even when I'm not embarrassed or angry. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd Like to Become a Fruit and Vegetable Expert

Please hope me become a master of fruits, vegetables and possibly juice! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 4:00 PM PST - 17 comments

About those birds and bees....

Why did my hummingbird feeder become a bee trap? [more inside]
posted by nasayre at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I eat when I am on medication which kills my appetite?

I am on medication that kills my appetite. What should I eat? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 3:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Descriptive video for videogames

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]
posted by marble at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find this epistolary novel

Help me find this epistolary novel [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 3:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Stumped for vacation ideas in new england

Seeking: romantic weekend in a charming New England town. [more inside]
posted by semacd at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

you'd probably poke it too

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]
posted by adrianna aria at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How to install a child theme in WordPress.

Two part WordPress question (child themes and Twenty Eleven template.) [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 3:07 PM PST - 1 comment

How to I forward my domain elsewhere?

MeFi web experts...help me forward my domain to another site. [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 3:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Are videos of wedding ceremony's fair use?

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?
posted by TrueVox at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Please talk to me about the ability to stay long-term on a low/no grain diet.

Please talk to me about the ability to stay long-term on a low/no grain diet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Archives crash course for a (future) librarian

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]
posted by divisjm at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Going medieval on DC's ass

DCLaw/OrdinanceFilter: Is carrying a torch and pitchfork in Washington, D.C. illegal? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Is transition to online-only the kiss of death for a printed magazine?

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?
posted by cairnish at 1:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Brother Mouzone

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]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Rent or buy the water?

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]
posted by shaarog at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Books By The Pound?!

Where to sell used books that isn't Half-Price Books? Special Snowflake lurking within. [more inside]
posted by ThePantsAvenger at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Music for a Harsh Collapse

Soundtrack for that moment when your life comes crashing down? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Psychiatrist in Boston/Cambridge?

Psychiatrist recommendations in Cambridge, MA - additional snowflakey requirements below the fold! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Needing cold hard facts and logistics for after mom dies.

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]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 1:00 PM PST - 27 comments

Champagne tastes, Bud Light Budget

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]
posted by purenitrous at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments


I need a good Turn-Based iphone game to wheedle away the time. Help! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 12:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Airport security re-screening

When transferring between connecting flights in Canada, do you need to go through security screening again? [more inside]
posted by problemspace at 12:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Groovin' Poolside

Please recommend some decent outdoor speakers for under $200! [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do babies of other races seem to be a little extra cute?

Why do babies of other races seem to have an extra level of cuteness? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 12:13 PM PST - 45 comments

The book John Candy is reading in Planes, Trains & Automobiles?

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]
posted by beta male at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an online tutorial to create a line chart in Powerpoint

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
posted by twinA at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a good NYC-based company for printing menus?

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.
posted by defenestration at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

How bad is general anesthesia for infants?

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]
posted by gurple at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Hyperthyroidism and eating disorders

Can anyone offer insight - academic or experiential - into the link between hyperthyroidism and eating disorders?
posted by LivinginYes at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Will the pound gain value over the dollar in August 2011?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

no, i was not punched in the face last night...or any night.

Another question about dark circles: do these look normal to you? I'm worried that they're a symptom of something larger. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments


Winamp Style music visualization for Intel OSX? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best thing to say during teacher associate interview?

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]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 11:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Why is the concept of evolution seen as contrary to Christian teaching?

Why is the concept of evolution seen as contrary to Christian teaching? [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 11:32 AM PST - 45 comments

Looking for a book about living your life by dividing your day into 3 shifts

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.
posted by MarioM at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

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]
posted by purefusion at 11:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Automatic sprinklers overspray

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.
posted by notned at 10:42 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't want my chair to smell like shampoo! I want it to smell like a chair!

How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

potayto potahto

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]
posted by wutangclan at 9:46 AM PST - 49 comments

Twitterfilter: URL for unique tweets only, no retweets?

Twitterfilter: What URL will return original tweets with the #muckreads hashtag? (unique, filtering out all retweets, old style & new) [more inside]
posted by ahaynes at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Someone who can rewire my lamp in Brooklyn?

Rewiring an old rusted lamp in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by rmless at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to see music

Is there any relatively agreed-upon audio visualization standard, or are all visualizations of audio just interpretations of the sounds? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend a good optician in London?

Can anyone recommend a good optician in London? [more inside]
posted by catchingsignals at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find information on government expenditure? Middle East!

Expert googler help needed! [more inside]
posted by theJigsawLady at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Unique and non-musical college radio program ideas?

Unique and non-musical ideas for a college radio program? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 8:32 AM PST - 23 comments

Homemade Ice Cream: What do I need to know and where should I start?

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]
posted by royalsong at 8:26 AM PST - 40 comments

Oil Stains on Garage Floor

How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
posted by PFL at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I better curate my daily/weekly reading list and improve the reading experience?

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]
posted by allfortheBoss at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Cut the fat

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 67 comments

Starting Over......

Have you claimed bankruptcy in the last few years? Help! Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Resources that describe healthy relationships?

Resources that describe healthy relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I Still Have a Butler?

How would one successfully blend in with the rich? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:42 AM PST - 49 comments

Wind turbines not turning?

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]
posted by jillithd at 7:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Tree sculpture?

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]
posted by leesh at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I actually get a psychiatrist?

How do I find a psychiatrist? I have insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Advice for a new business?

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]
posted by kpht at 7:12 AM PST - 16 comments

What and why of Navi-X

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]
posted by seventyfour at 7:12 AM PST - 1 comment


why was this police car swerving across lanes? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

1 + 10 + 100 + ... = -1/9

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]
posted by wittgenstein at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Oh, Doctor, doctor, can't you see I'm burning, burning

Boyfriend is bipolar but won't take bipolar meds - help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:44 AM PST - 30 comments

Which is worse - less savings or more debt?

Should I cash out my IRA to significantly reduce my credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:44 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm blindfolded as to the name of this blindfolded music video

I recently saw a Thai music video and I'm hoping to find out the song and artist... [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 5:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Wake me up!

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]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns at 4:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs!

Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:48 AM PST - 17 comments

do you see the possibilities?

I need new glasses *and* new sunglasses. Help me understand the possibilities and figure out the best combination. [more inside]
posted by just_another_one at 4:08 AM PST - 21 comments

oh brother

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]
posted by allkindsoftime at 4:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Interactive fiction game title...

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?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Email and DNS servers - how does it work?

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]
posted by rubbish bin night at 3:10 AM PST - 5 comments

There's a beach but no-one to walk it with!

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]
posted by mudkicker at 2:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Energy required to turn seawater into drinking water

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]
posted by thewalrus at 2:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Where are the anime-based radio dramas? =)

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]
posted by UsagiBride at 2:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Am I about to be sent broke so I can retire in style?

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]
posted by Jimbob at 1:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How to determine polarity of electric wires.

I have two DC electric wires: one is positive, one is negative. Without buying anything, how can I tell which is which? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 12:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me stop my motorcycle's number plate cracking

Help me stop my motorcycle numberplate cracking. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me catch trout

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).
posted by Carbolic at 12:10 AM PST - 9 comments

July 26

Should I email a better answer to an interview question?

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]
posted by hazyjane at 11:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Cool stuff in Kensington, Brooklyn, and surrounding areas

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]
posted by ocherdraco at 10:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Should we go to the ER?

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 . . .
posted by imalaowai at 10:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Mailing Items to China

What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
posted by jef at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Another Name-that-(SFF)-Novel Question

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]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I make this shape in Powerpoint?

How do I do this in Powerpoint? [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

How to talk to a 7-year old about the drowning death of his dear friend?

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]
posted by u2604ab at 8:55 PM PST - 35 comments

Theft prevention strategies for bike lights

How do I keep my bike light from getting stolen? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 8:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Where should I order bulk flowers online?

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]
posted by sciencegeek at 8:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me understand why desciptive bibliography is useful.

How are descriptive bibliographies of modern books useful to scholars & researchers? Rephrased: what questions are answered by the information they contain? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

An urbanist travels to New York

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]
posted by andrewesque at 7:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Bury the lead?

How do I incorporate the guitar lead in the chorus of Califone's 'Funeral Singers' into a solo arrangement? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 7:32 PM PST - 4 comments

That's My Pretty Boy

Do I bother correcting people when they refer to my son as a girl? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:09 PM PST - 38 comments

"Pardon me, your metadata is showing."

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]
posted by Calzephyr at 6:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Terribly confused looking for a bike

What should I be looking for in buying a bike? [more inside]
posted by KChasm at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

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.
posted by howgenerica at 6:21 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I close all child windows opened by a parent window?

Javascript Filter: How do I close all child windows opened by a parent window? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get into Biotech Grad School after working for 5 years?

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]
posted by Kalmya at 6:01 PM PST - 2 comments

What is God trying to tell me through this potato?

Why do my potatoes have stigmata? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 6:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I be okay with my gf's ex moving in?

Relationshipfilter: Should I be okay with my girlfriend's ex move into her/her moms's house? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 5:56 PM PST - 56 comments

I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think)

I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think) [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 5:45 PM PST - 22 comments

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]
posted by momzilla at 5:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Videophones suck and fiction proves it!

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?
posted by asnider at 5:36 PM PST - 4 comments

tranny leak question

Help me ID a transmission fluid leak (photos within) [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me perm my gemaw's hair

This klutz needs tips, advice, and product recommendations for giving a home perm to an elderly woman. [more inside]
posted by nita at 5:06 PM PST - 15 comments

To use info from a girl's online profile in talking to her offline?

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?
posted by Zorz at 4:54 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me become comfortable with online dating

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]
posted by anonymous at 4:49 PM PST - 31 comments

I won't drink to that.

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]
posted by anonymous at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

A network of pigeon owners?

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?
posted by scalefree at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Open Salon alternative filter

Community blogging filter... Need hive input on a replacement for Open Salon. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot at 4:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Eyepiece for DSO viewing?

Best eyepiece for viewing deep space objects with a Zhumell Z12 dobsonian reflector telescope? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

One time it duplicated every file in my library! For no reason!

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]
posted by showbiz_liz at 3:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Multiple control panels for website administering?

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?
posted by motorambler at 3:51 PM PST - 5 comments

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection?

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection? [more inside]
posted by registered at 3:42 PM PST - 13 comments

What the hell should I wear: looking well put together on a

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]
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:41 PM PST - 30 comments

|...@..@@@@| "MeFites! Help me!" --more--

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]
posted by Askiba at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

The Green-Eyed Monster

How do I deal with sexual jealousy that stems from a history of lousy experiences (possibly with therapy)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I tell my sister it's time to start paying rent

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]
posted by Bottlecap at 3:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me deal with a difficult business partner

I've started a company with someone that I have trouble dealing with. What should I do about this business relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 11 comments

What skills should a jester possess?

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]
posted by sicem07 at 2:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for materials to use in a nonprofit social media training

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]
posted by reenum at 2:50 PM PST - 1 comment

She likes me fat, I like me fit.

How to cope with having an ideal body weight that is different from my SO's ideal of my body weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Is this sibling relationship salvageable?

How can I fix my relationship with my sister? Should I even try? (long, unfortunately) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 26 comments

I've Got Blisters on My....Sexy Bits?

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]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 16 comments

will this dock charge my hypothetical phone?

griffin simplifi question: is it compatible with the iphone 4 (and as such will it presumably be compatible with the iphone 5)? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Stick me with needles...

(Acupuncture filter) - So I made an appointment for acupuncture. Looking for stories, suggestions, and did it help you? [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 1:28 PM PST - 16 comments

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?
posted by powerbumpkin at 1:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Everything I've ever highlighted. NOW.

I have a Sony Reader Touch (PR-600). Is there any way to get my highlighted "notes" into one readable file? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:04 PM PST - 1 comment

You're not my mommy

Dad wants me to meet the woman he left Mom for. Do I have to? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow at 1:04 PM PST - 52 comments

Help me start my soon to be huge podcasting network

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]
posted by griseus at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

outsource my pants.

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.
posted by spyke23 at 12:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I know if the guy I'm dating is actually interested in something serious?

I've been dating this guy for a few weeks now, and I'm not sure where things are going. [more inside]
posted by raynax at 12:32 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I learn to Defend myself?

I want to learn how to fight, whats the best martial art for that given the classes offered at my school? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 12:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900?

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
posted by cda at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Improving my improv

How do I practice improv by myself? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 11:32 AM PST - 21 comments

It should be so simple, but it's not.

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]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Running shouldn't be such a bummer.

How can I feel less fatigued (and depressed) after intense exercise? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 11:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Sprechen sie subtitles?

How can I convert MKV files with subtitles into MP4/M4V files with subtitles (OS=Windows)? [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

can i forward sms/calls from my work phone to my home phone?

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]
posted by knockoutking at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive?

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Need Help Finding a daycare

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!
posted by redandblue at 10:54 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I mod an adult trike to carry kids in the back?

Can I mod an adult trike to carry kids in the back? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 10:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Name that film.

Need help identifying what was (I think) a horror film. [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 10:47 AM PST - 5 comments

HTTP POST with Basic Auth in Google Docs Spreadsheet API?

Can I do an HTTP POST with Basic Authentication in the Google Docs Spreadsheet API? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 10:46 AM PST - 2 comments

What is Devouring My Picasa Space?

How can I tell which pictures or videos are eating up my free storage in Picasa Web Albums? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 10:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN?

Where can I buy 4' x 10' sheets of red oak plywood around Minneapolis, MN? [more inside]
posted by VTX at 10:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Help find Computer Security Book for class...

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]
posted by fozzie33 at 10:29 AM PST - 11 comments

help me make my swap successful!

I'm hosting a fabric swap! Please help me make sure I've covered all the details. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm a rank amateur

What are some basic math concepts I can use to understand and develop a ranking system? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me burn a DVD

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]
posted by bigbluehouse at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find older friends?

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]
posted by vecchio at 10:17 AM PST - 35 comments

What recourse do I have with my useless management company?

My management company refuses to do anything about the (lackluster) security of my building. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Custom new folder name pattern in windows explorer

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?
posted by the mad poster! at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How did Woodward get Stephanopoulos to speak to him?

Why did George Stephanopoulos choose to speak to Bob Woodward (who was writing the book "The Agenda" at the time)? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 9:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us sprint.

Can you recommend some free tools that can help generate timeline estimates? [more inside]
posted by methroach at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Non-Genre Fiction Magazine Recs Wanted

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]
posted by cobaltnine at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Trying not to impuslively quit my (new) job

Utterly desperately unhappy in my job. Please talk me back from the metaphorical ledge or help me learn how to jump! [more inside]
posted by dlouise at 8:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a retro t-shirt

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]
posted by k5.user at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Post-scarcity organizations?

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]
posted by zeek321 at 8:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Your phlem and burping is grossing me out. Did you get the memo?

How do I handle these loud co-workers? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 8:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Audio problems with an Apple display monitor

The audio keeps vanishing on my Apple display monitor. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get the book-smarts for a job in web merchandising

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Political ad/video with kids working adult jobs

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]
posted by ac at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I buy a vintage Vespa?

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?
posted by joshuamcginnis at 7:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Environmental seal of 60D versus D7000

Environmental seal on Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Megan, write this down: "Dear the Man from U.N.C.L.E. ..."

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.
posted by Busoni at 6:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Even tho he aint got money, I'm still in love with him, honey.

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm sorry you're chubs...maybe have some cereal and a banana for breakfast instead of frozen pizza?

My overweight roommate is growing increasingly depressed about aforementioned extra weight. She makes poor eating choices. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I make this chandelier?

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.
posted by Hwaet at 6:26 AM PST - 13 comments

In love with best friend, need a break

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]
posted by sucky_poppet at 6:07 AM PST - 22 comments

two jobs, one business: yes or no?

Is it kosher to apply for two positions at the same place at the same time? [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Will I destroy my carpet?

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?
posted by likeso at 5:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Help Identify this Mystery Song

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.
posted by multiphrenic at 5:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Seed beads of New York

Beaders of NY: where can I find Delica seed beads in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Moving out of my parents' home: good or bad idea?

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]
posted by efsrous at 3:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Hindi Keyboard

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?
posted by shesdeadimalive at 2:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify this song... Pet Sounds + Joni Mitchell = ?

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?
posted by ageispolis at 1:21 AM PST - 6 comments

July 25

How do you deal with a hot-tempered parent?

I need advice on building a healthy relationship with my father despite his temper. [more inside]
posted by raintree at 10:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Linux Netbook Happiness?

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]
posted by driley at 10:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Because somebody needs to describe the 600 different kinds of plant in The Witcher

Writing for games. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 10:31 PM PST - 17 comments

an event, not a person.

Give me your quotes and platitudes about failure. [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 at 10:23 PM PST - 42 comments

Why so expensive?

What's the deal with magazine prices? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

How to graduate without burning bridges

How do I solve this sticky situation with regards to my Honours thesis? [more inside]
posted by buteo at 8:48 PM PST - 8 comments

What weight loss help is out there?

Weight loss help? I really need to lose weight but I lack the kind of support structure I think I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 28 comments

I've hit my breaking point.

It's not a quarter-life crisis, I'm almost broken. How can I turn things around before it's too late? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 7:46 PM PST - 52 comments

"I've got a gun let's go to a Broadway show"

What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:23 PM PST - 39 comments

looking for advice about freelance scientific editing

looking for advice about freelance scientific editing [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Soap stain on leather

How to remove savon noir from leather? [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble at 6:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Blueberries on EVERYTHING!

Help me enjoy my awesome blueberry preserves. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:42 PM PST - 25 comments

i love you. oh, wait. SIKE!

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]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 6:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Celebratory charity?

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]
posted by ejfox at 5:44 PM PST - 50 comments

What's the difference between the new "Essentials" line and the original 4th ed D&D books?

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]
posted by GuyZero at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

When to use the hub lounge in Seoul Incheon Airport?

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]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us not screw up our childrearing

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]
posted by hollyanderbody at 5:28 PM PST - 47 comments

Wedding present filter

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]
posted by t0astie at 5:21 PM PST - 5 comments

I hate my boss and it's only my first week. Is that enough reason to quit?

I hate my boss and it's only my first week. Is that enough reason to quit? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 5:11 PM PST - 48 comments

How to have vaginal sex with an obese man?

Sexual positions for the obese. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Pee, dog!

Our prima donna of a puggle won't pee in the rain. Help us before I squeeze it out of her. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 4:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Perfect pasta not this time!

Ravioli-filter: Does anyone know about the Imperia Raviolamp 12-Ravioli maker device? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 4:29 PM PST - 5 comments

The revenge of loose chippings

What's the point of loose chippings/chipseal for road repairs? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 4:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Books with characters who you feel like you get to know as real people

Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
posted by grokfest at 4:07 PM PST - 44 comments

What unbiased book should I read on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam in Europe?

What politically neutral book(s) should I read on multiculturalism and Islam, immigration/integration politics and/or ethnic/religious tensions in Europe? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Car insurance: do we dare to use it?

My car got dinged up. Do I pay out of pocket or use my insurance? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Give a hoot, ride a scoot

Going to buy a scooter! Yes! But where do I start researching? What advice do you have? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 3:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Out damned wrinkle!

Are there ways to make garments less wrinkle-prone? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 3:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Bicycle baby transport in the Netherlands

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]
posted by Emanuel at 3:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Transportation to White River Amphitheatre?

[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]
posted by stellaluna at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I trade my chemical happiness for a hard-on?

Should I choose sex over Celexa? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

How do AAM datalinks work?

How does a datalink work on an air-to-air missile with a range of, say, 70km? [more inside]
posted by circular at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Youtube account != Google account

How do I disassociate what Youtube account I'm logged into from what Google account I'm logged into? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend Programs in Art Education, especially Community Arts?

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]
posted by Tufa at 2:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Where to donate darkroom gear in Toronto?

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]
posted by cranberrymonger at 2:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Photoshop for Biologists

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]
posted by princelyfox at 1:57 PM PST - 4 comments

More camping advice needed...

Travelling by campervan in Victoria, Australia - any tips? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you successfully introduce cats to each other BEFORE they move in together?

Can you successfully introduce cats to each other BEFORE they move in together? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 1:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Free or cheap market / state of industry overviews for EU / Europe?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

How soon after beginning a relationship can you know if someone is 'the one'?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:21 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I tell my children we are moving?

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]
posted by digitalprimate at 12:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Anxiety disappeared for one month

Anxiety cured and came back. I need help understanding. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz at 12:42 PM PST - 10 comments

The most beautiful portrait!

Where can I buy an Alexey Kurabatov print? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I go about deciding whether I want kids or not?

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 47 comments

How do I clothe my tween tomboy?

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]
posted by Gucky at 11:46 AM PST - 25 comments

Le blog est mort, vive le blog !

I need one or many replacements for the Front Section. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments

I.D. a cellist who uses sampling techniques?

My boyfriend is trying to remember the name of a female cellist who has an interesting technique using sampling. [more inside]
posted by telophase at 11:39 AM PST - 20 comments

They're Right Here, Dad; Why Can't You Call Us?

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]
posted by kinetic at 11:17 AM PST - 32 comments

I am not a spammer...honest!

I am not a spammer but..... [more inside]
posted by london302 at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Email Debacle!!!!

Multiple email addresses using Apple email on MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.6.5....what's the deal-e-o? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I add text to the left margin in Word 2010?

How do I add text to the left margin in Word 2010? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

MacBook Air case

Recommend a case for my new MacBook Air. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Hello Houston/Goodbye New York gifts?

Friend is moving from New York City to Houston, TX. What would be a good gift to get her? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 10:33 AM PST - 30 comments

7 may have been the final cut.

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]
posted by historyisaweapon at 10:30 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I go about researching my old arrest in TN?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us fill in the blanks on our road trip from Seattle to San Francisco

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]
posted by desjardins at 10:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Draft dodges throughout history?

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.
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Bed bugs or rash from sunscreen?

YANMD but need help--is this bedbugs? Can a prompt care tell? And if so what do we do? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Internet stalking Toronto

What blogs/twitter lists should I read to get a sense of the Toronto/GTA zeitgeist? [more inside]
posted by zix at 10:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Missing Emails. Where are they going and how do I fix it?!?

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]
posted by tangyraspberry at 10:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Mark-II be or not Mark-II?

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?
posted by IAmBroom at 9:53 AM PST - 21 comments

RSS feeds for Yahoo! News?

What happened to the RSS feeds for Yahoo! News most popular and most emailed stories? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to get gas.

It's finally summer, and I need a gas grill. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Careers for someone who can code

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]
posted by vogon_poet at 9:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Fire kills everything, right?

Grilling meat with only 1 pair of tongs- my method would make Alton Brown gasp in horror, but is it safe? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 9:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Who linked to my site on Facebook?

Who on Facebook has linked to my blog? [more inside]
posted by aelish at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Trying to get this match to strike a spark

Questions about Match.com and motives of people there. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 8:46 AM PST - 28 comments

Binoculate me.

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]
posted by sararah at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Web app tutorials for rusty coders?

How can I learn how to develop web apps? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

I want everything to be without wires.

Wires, cables - I hate them. What options are currently available (or really just around the corner) to make my world wireless. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Which suit is appropriate for a summer wedding?

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]
posted by rbf1138 at 7:58 AM PST - 12 comments

My optometrist is easy on the eyes. Crap.

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I stop wanting gorgeous woman who aren't my wife?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 75 comments

Where to buy Traeger grill parts?

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)...
posted by masher at 7:52 AM PST - 2 comments

I'd like to call and leave myself a message. but apparently I'm unresponsive to myself.

GOOGLEVOICEFILTER: How do you call your number FROM your number and leave yourself a message? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear?

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I stream or watch the Tour de France in Canada (online)?

How can I stream the Tour de France in Canada? [more inside]
posted by lulu68 at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm Not Going To Spend My Life Being A Color

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]
posted by Seiten Taisei at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Sick of feeling like a rat in a maze

How did I go about making an awesome life and avoiding the rat race? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 6:57 AM PST - 37 comments

It's more of an ecosystem than a pool at this point

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]
posted by Maisie at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there something that will convert a short video into a panorama of the scene?

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]
posted by handee at 6:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Unpaid unemployment benefit taxes for 2011

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]
posted by patientpatient at 6:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Mutual friend and the ex factor

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 8 comments

can i be naked with notice?

Can you legally get around decency laws if you give advance notice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Help with my Joomla rss feed issues

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]
posted by wile e at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

goingonearth redirect virus - how do I remove this from firefox?

goingonearth redirect virus - how do I remove this from firefox? How can it evade anti-malware ? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse at 5:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Missing Adobe Reader plug-ins in Safari for OS X Lion

Can't view PDFs in Safari on a brand-new Macbook Air (OS X Lion). [more inside]
posted by KLF at 5:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Why are satellite photos upside down?

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?
posted by hoca efendi at 5:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking For Authors

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.
posted by Raybun at 4:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Is a single big item of luggage ok in long haul flights?

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]
posted by Not Supplied at 4:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Sell ya later alligator.

How much money can a person reasonably expect by selling an alligator, or alligators that they have killed? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 4:11 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm free to do what I want.

Unemployed, enough money, three months to kill. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by R.Stornoway at 3:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Rowing race DVD?

Rowing filter: DVD of a boat race to watch while training? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 2:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question.

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Best cheapo camera trap set up?

Tips and recommendations for a cheap camera trap? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 2:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Travel-related errand running in London.

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]
posted by mdonley at 2:36 AM PST - 15 comments

July 24

There are only so many model numbers...

Looking for the specific model of an Ibanez RG guitar before I sell it. Pictures inside! [more inside]
posted by roobot at 11:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Failure is an option, but best if avoided...

What's the best way to build a concrete block retaining wall for my small backyard? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:48 PM PST - 5 comments

What resources will help me understand how to, and build better iPhone applications?

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]
posted by Dominic. Allen at 9:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Save me from the horrors of overhead lighting!

How can I make my new living room light cozy and not overhead-style sterile? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 8:39 PM PST - 8 comments

I need to find the best tire store in Northern Virginia.

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]
posted by Jamesonian at 8:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Music Video on the Cheap

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]
posted by emjaybee at 8:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Chilkoot or Bust!

I am going to hike the Chilkoot Pass trail in Southeast Alaska at the end of August. Any recommendations, suggestions?
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 8:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Stockholm syndrome

14 hours in a car with my dad. Recommend an audiobook or comedians we might both enjoy. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:50 PM PST - 37 comments

Trying To Move Beyond My Campfire Headphase....

Complete This Series: Boards of Canada, Tycho, ....., ....., ......... [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:40 PM PST - 31 comments

The Ballad of the Trope-Stealers from Outer Space

I'm interested in books that are nominally fantasy, but steal scifi tropes, and vice versa. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 7:36 PM PST - 34 comments

Why does Mucinex smell like millipedes?

Why does guaifenesin (aka Mucinex) smell like millipedes? [more inside]
posted by zennie at 7:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the price on my head?

How much am I worth to facebook (or G+, or even MySpace for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by fings at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you scratch a person through the Internet?

Does anyone know of any good home or drugstore remedies for horrendously itchy bug bites? [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar at 6:36 PM PST - 49 comments

How to measure the size of my dropouts

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]
posted by ameliaaah at 6:07 PM PST - 6 comments

where to travel south of the united states

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.
posted by pakora1 at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Find Short Films Online

Where can I find short films on the internet? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 5:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Attack from the Frying Pan, a la Coconut Oil

Is coconut oil safe to cook with? Literally. [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 5:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Burning down the House

Give me a civics lesson here. What's the endgame for House Republicans? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 5:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Where are the wind maps?

Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 5:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Options regarding Pet Limit in Condos

Options regarding my dogs and the Condo Association's pet limit. [more inside]
posted by telsa at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

What's this song?

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?
posted by evilcolonel at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Here Figgy Figgy

I would like to bake something using the fresh green figs I bought Saturday. Do you have a suggested recipe to share? [more inside]
posted by maryr at 4:29 PM PST - 13 comments

To Know You Is To Love You But Not To Understand You

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?
posted by Xurando at 4:28 PM PST - 15 comments

the eternal backpack quest...

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]
posted by heyforfour at 4:21 PM PST - 29 comments

I need (short-term) ways to survive what is becoming a major health crisis.

Health-Implosion-Filter: Need short-term ways to survive barrage of ailments+something undiagnosable - if I can. Way freaking more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Gloop disposal ideas?

What can I do with the gloopy sludge that resulted from my failed composting? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 4:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Mountain hiking required.

Please recommend a mountain day hike within 3hrs (or so) drive of the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Auto hex value calculator?

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]
posted by kalapierson at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Made of Rainbows

I really love the rainbow sweater Marcus wears in About A Boy. Is this a real thing? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Work baby shower ideas?

I have volunteered to give a co-worker her (office) baby shower. Help? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Knowing Your Limits/Accepting or Mitigating Intellectual Failure

I have a serious problem with being seen to be intellectually 'wrong'. I need ways to get over it [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Can you tell if I've tied one on?

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 PM PST - 29 comments

Advice on Professional Cleaning of a DSLR Sensor

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]
posted by samoa at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a novice cook

Why do I keep burning my chicken breasts? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 2:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Heave ho, mateys. Help me cycle across water. Lake Michigan, to be precise.

Seeking water crossing from Upper Peninsula (Michigan) to Washington Island (Door County, Wisconsin). [more inside]
posted by letahl at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Stretching like a ballerina?

How can I become as limber as a ballerina, without actually being one? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 2:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Novel about Harvard research lab?

Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
posted by thomascrown at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Remembrance of Comics Past

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]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 1:56 PM PST - 1 comment

dating yourself?

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who is uncannily similar to you? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 1:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Is it safe?

Is Puerto Vallarta safe to visit in September? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

A record of my own undoing.

How do I cope with persistent project failure at work? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Connecticut boat rental for bachelor party?

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?
posted by sninctown at 1:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Cast iron - did I ruin a pot?

Cast iron pan question - did I ruin something at my host's house that I'm going to have to replace? [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 12:54 PM PST - 35 comments

Good, reasonably priced Bay Area IT Schools?

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]
posted by KimikoPi at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

West-end Toronto libations?

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.
posted by dobbs at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Jungle, drum 'n' bass and reggae

Please teach me about the evolution of 90s jungle / drum 'n' bass and its intersection with reggae and Jamaican music! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Solutions for (and confusion around) electronic signatures.

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.
posted by gregglind at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

History of the 'Fly Me' era

"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]
posted by abirdinthehand at 10:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Lightweight furniture options?

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]
posted by Rocket26 at 10:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Specific Gifts for Groomsmen

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]
posted by Falconetti at 10:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Researching the Vampire Squid

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?
posted by jeroum at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

I wanna be friends with my brother

How do I hang on to a relationship with my brother now that we aren't living at home anymore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me pick a new programming language to learn

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)
posted by Stephanie Duy at 9:21 AM PST - 31 comments

Am I eating me?

I have a question about the master cleanse. After 11 days, am I eating me? There is a delicate question inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:14 AM PST - 29 comments

worlds at the feet

Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by past at 8:49 AM PST - 11 comments

How to sell this stuff?

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]
posted by daisyace at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me not be a dbag in the dating world

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 26 comments

How much does the production of a medicine account for the high cost?

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]
posted by gkhan at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

So long as y'all get here....

How do I make wedding invitation directions? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I acknowledge counsellor's situation?

My counsellor has experienced a loss herself. Should I acknowledge it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba syndrome at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

schedule of daily events

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.
posted by pmaxwell at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Perfect Outdoor Clock?

I need an outdoor clock that is readable, durable, beautiful and under $50. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 7:39 AM PST - 1 comment

non-profit temping agencies?

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.
posted by parmanparman at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not over her; help me deal with her presence.

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Good earbuds for my iPod?

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.
posted by antgly at 6:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to find free Web hosting?

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]
posted by Gungho at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

What shoes?

What shoes with this dress? [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 at 6:10 AM PST - 26 comments

How to handle stress at work

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.)
posted by anonymous at 5:40 AM PST - 14 comments

What TV police show theme song was this?

What TV police show theme song was this? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by NeonSurge at 4:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Ear training advice for learning intervals.

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]
posted by inbetweener at 12:41 AM PST - 13 comments

1. Want MBA. 2. Have 2.0 GPA 3. ??? 4. Profit

How often are MBA applicants admitted with a poor (2.0) undergrad GPA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 AM PST - 12 comments

July 23

Underwater Light where are you?

Help me find old Harry Potter fanfiction by Maya, also known as Mistful. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 11:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Becoming a freelance translator

Advice on getting jobs for frreelance translators? Experience with Proz.com? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 11:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Does filtered water have less estrogenic activity?

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]
posted by vash at 11:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for an SMTP server that I can use from anywhere?

What's the best SMTP server or relay that will let me send e-mail from anywhere? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 10:37 PM PST - 7 comments

The How's and Where's of Finding Qualified Freelancers?

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]
posted by webhund at 9:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Strollers for the tall

Looking for stroller recommendations for a tall, car-less, couple. [more inside]
posted by tallus at 8:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Help Save My Friend's Eye...

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]
posted by Zeker at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Some weird bug is in our bed

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?
posted by dave78981 at 8:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What music theory stuff is going on here?

What music theory stuff is Yngwie Malmsteen having a hard time explaining about his composition "Arpeggios from Hell"? [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my brother be getting the short end of the stick?

Verizon Wireless Warranty and Insurance - Phone used on account different than it's original. [more inside]
posted by CancerStick at 7:55 PM PST - 0 comments

Living on the Edge... of Canadia

I'd like to move (from the USA) to Toronto for a year or so. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

is pursuing a science degree hard?

Is pursuing a science degree hard? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax at 7:36 PM PST - 36 comments

Is this political donation legal?

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]
posted by blargerz at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Sinhalese/Sri Lankan?

What do you call people from Sri Lanka? [more inside]
posted by smoke at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Crème de glace. Um, crème de GLASS. Tell me I'll be alright?

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]
posted by Shane at 5:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Bad Trips

Why can't I enjoy smoking Marijuana anymore, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM PST - 33 comments

How to Be Good to Her Under Difficult Circumstances?

My sister is being extremely difficult. Should I go to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM PST - 59 comments

Washing sheets before use?

Do you really need to wash new bed sheets before using them? [more inside]
posted by iivix at 4:47 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me slip into something more comfortable.

Where else can I find a slip like this one? [more inside]
posted by oohisay at 4:17 PM PST - 14 comments

ISO Women's World Cup video

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.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Cambridge/London suggestions?

4-5 days in Cambridge and London. What to do? Where to eat? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Apparel purchase reference/consumer site?

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.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Bike shop recommendation for Portland Oregon

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.
posted by TheDonF at 3:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Making 50 Interesting and Memorable

Ideas for making a 50th birthday party interesting and fun. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Dragon books...?

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?
posted by progosk at 3:02 PM PST - 39 comments

attn beer sleuths

Where can I find Southern Tier's Creme Brulee beer in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by troika at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Old-fashioned toys

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]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 2:52 PM PST - 33 comments

Mix CD: Sexy Songs, Awesome Bassline

I'm looking for sexy and romantic songs with a wicked bass line. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 2:22 PM PST - 52 comments

I just wanted the monogramming

I've never paid $20 for a plain t-shirt before. Is LL Bean worth it? [more inside]
posted by therewolf at 1:42 PM PST - 19 comments

So many options!

What is your favourite thing to do at or near Kensington Market in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Alas, my beloved iPad is wounded!

iPad 2 Repair Filter: My beloved ipad has a broken screen. What now? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments

The Longest Drive On Earth!

What is the longest drive, in a car, that a person could take anywhere on earth? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 12:36 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I be more helpful?

My default response when someone has a problem is to fix the problem. I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 12:31 PM PST - 31 comments

What to get for a very bright four year old girl?

What to get for a very bright four year old girl? [more inside]
posted by cali59 at 12:24 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I best improve my credit score?

I received around $700 for my Birthday. What's the best way to use this to improve my credit? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Inadequate blackouts!

Do you know how to minimize light coming in around the sides, top and bottom of blackout curtains? [more inside]
posted by zepheria at 11:29 AM PST - 10 comments

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]
posted by lilnublet at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

My Barbecue's Busted (?)

Can I eat this?: smoked pork shoulder edition [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Clarinet resources for the not beginner.

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?
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Driving in heavy CA traffic

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!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 11:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Do we tip the babysitter?

Do we tip the babysitter? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 11:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Why do I think I have the body I had 5 years ago?

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]
posted by lizjohn at 10:48 AM PST - 36 comments

Diet and outbreaks

Which foods are best for a person with herpes? Also, what about a specific act of sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Translation rights

Is there an industry standard royalty rate for translation rights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Any current info on snagging expiring domains?

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]
posted by Lovable Hooligan at 10:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Building bathroom, need store recommendations in Portland.

Building a bathroom in Portland, OR. Where to buy affordable fixtures and tile besides bix-box stores, Ikea and the Rebuilding Center? [more inside]
posted by pernoctalian at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't remember when my uterus and I engaged in a game of Battleship!

[Being a girl filter] Health issues, high pressure environments, and still showing everyone how fucking awesome you are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Breaking into sales.

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]
posted by iamisaid at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this song!!

Looking for the name/artist of a song. lyrics inside! [more inside]
posted by oviedo at 8:18 AM PST - 1 comment

American guitar

How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do to protect myself in the event of a US default.

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]
posted by tempythethird at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Hey, I'm "Reading" Here!

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]
posted by zizzle at 7:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me pick a new phone!

What phone should I get, given some particular preferences? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by devinemissk at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there hope for my brother?

Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 12 comments

My legit ads repeatedly removed from Craigslist, anything I can do?

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]
posted by Melsky at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Literary depictions of that special moment.

Help me find orgasms in literature. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger at 3:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Two paintings, separated by a common canvas

After discovering a second painting on the back of a treasured watercolor, how can I display them both? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 3:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Significance of cotton ball taped to water bottle in hotel room?

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?
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 2:01 AM PST - 12 comments

What 'over 18' movie character wears a light grey pinstripe suit (no tie)?

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'?
posted by wildatheart at 1:49 AM PST - 10 comments


Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 12:51 AM PST - 8 comments

help me hack this wristband (not literally)

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]
posted by sammich at 12:36 AM PST - 4 comments

support for boy whose mother died at childbirth

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.
posted by jennstra at 12:13 AM PST - 10 comments

July 22

Which convertor or transformer do I need for Italy?

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]
posted by KookyKathy at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Pus and Swelling after Dental Visit

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]
posted by ZeroDivides at 10:07 PM PST - 5 comments

When your family decides to skip your wedding...

How can I help my friends enjoy their wedding, despite a lot of family stress? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the most "geek-friendly" phone on the market today?

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?
posted by wheloc at 9:32 PM PST - 7 comments

What is a good, GSM android phone?

Can you recommend me an inexpensive GSM android phone? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Project manage THIS

Considering making a switch to becoming a project manager. Please tell me about your best and worst project managers! [more inside]
posted by raw sugar at 8:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Where does this exterior drain go?

How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I help my husband help himself?

How can I support my husband as he works through some issues? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 8:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me talk to my smothering mom.

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]
posted by minx at 7:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for new ways to make solar look good in tight jeans?

How do I make solar "sexy"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Obtaining a Z Visa for China

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]
posted by melizabeth at 7:50 PM PST - 2 comments

A spot to go be for I go to Spago?

I need a place near Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA where I can change clothes. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Crossing the Rockies: Interstate, or No?

Crossing the rockies from Wyoming...heading to Portland, need some advice! Stick to the I-90, or...smaller roads? [more inside]
posted by Richat at 7:07 PM PST - 9 comments

No curry for me thanks...just pass the vaseline...

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]
posted by guster4lovers at 7:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I look at Kindle covers in Los Angeles?

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.)
posted by kidbritish at 7:04 PM PST - 7 comments

What were you doing while I was wasting my time?

What are some "sneaky" ways people spend their private time? [more inside]
posted by milqman at 6:55 PM PST - 44 comments

What's to do on a honeymoon in Vancouver?

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]
posted by absalom at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How do we kitten-proof my house?

How do I kitten-proof my house? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz at 6:32 PM PST - 21 comments

So I just got an admin assistant… now what?

So I just got an admin assistant… now what? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Is this healthy diet hurting me?

Could this healthy diet be making me ill? WTMI inside. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 5:55 PM PST - 28 comments

What was in this cheese?

I just ate a little bit of cheese with a brown mold or similar growth on it. What was this? [more inside]
posted by graymouser at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

How to Remove Stubborn Laptop Screws

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?
posted by Yakuman at 5:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Corrupted BIOS Toshiba L305D

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]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 5:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there such a thing as an 'easy' programming job?

What would be the easist kind of programming job a person could get? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 4:49 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm drawing a blank.

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).
posted by b33j at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

I Need to Filter a Lotta Air

How can I clean the air in my open plan loft? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 4:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Need a duvet cover that keeps me cool.

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.
posted by ajackson at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Beer to the Heart

Where to drink beer in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me access my external hard drive through my wireless router

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]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Outsourcing my search for the perfect shirt.

Where can I buy plain fitted cotton t-shirts for women? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 3:36 PM PST - 15 comments

My house is flooded! What do I do?

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]
posted by misterpatrick at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone identify this gold ring with an odd design?

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
posted by Slinga at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Sing O Muse

Who are some literary male muses? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for my Online Text Editor

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]
posted by allison00 at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a durable little video camera

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]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How do countries compensate each other for international mail?

How do countries compensate each other for international mail? [more inside]
posted by cdenman at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Where are the authorization files and documents for iTunes on my Mac?

Where are the iTunes Authorization and/or Documentation files on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

How changeable are SIM cards nowadays?

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]
posted by AzraelBrown at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me with my inner elbow pain!

I get inner elbow pain from playing racquetball or rock climbing. What's going on and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Need a carry-on suitcase!

Need a new carry-on wheeled suitcase [more inside]
posted by honey badger at 1:38 PM PST - 11 comments

What? Carrot sticks and cottage cheese for dinner AGAIN?

How do you diet as the primary cook for a family of non-dieters? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Help get my money from landlord's LLCs.

Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Ugly toenails!

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?
posted by killdevil at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Apple cider Vinegar

Can Apple Cider Vinegar or any vinegar, go bad with time so you can't use it as food?
posted by page123 at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

building-based webcomic?

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.
posted by kenko at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

More tracks for Emotional Drivers

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.
posted by Senza Volto at 12:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Are magazines worth it?

Is it worth it to subscribe to magazines anymore? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 11:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Undergraduate research grants for Japanese travel and research?

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]
posted by bubukaba at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

I can laugh off the broken arm but that paper cut really hurts.

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]
posted by TooFewShoes at 11:41 AM PST - 80 comments

The High Cost of Utter Financial Irresponsibility

Is there an intervention program for money management? Help me address decades of willful, juvenile negligence of money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 26 comments

What happens when you marry someone you love but aren't deeply "in love" with?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 56 comments

OSX NES emulator?

Can any OSX folks recommend a reliable Nintendo emulator?
posted by xmutex at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

how do you cool down a turbocharger?

how do you cool down a turbocharger? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Legal issues with minors joining a community choir?

What protection does a non-profit need before accepting minors as members? [more inside]
posted by custardfairy at 10:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Batch renaming through sub-directories!

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]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

What do I say about two nationalities on a UK student visa application?

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]
posted by swingbraid at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it possible to sun tan safely?

Is it possible to sun tan safely? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 9:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Is this person being investigated for fraud? Where is the money?

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Playing Careers with an architecture degree

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you access a video camera remotely with a hotspot card?

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!
posted by Raichle at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

I can has happy dogs?

We are going to be adding a foster dog to our household (currently me, my fiance, and our Corgi). Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Computer Keyboard Misbehaving

My laptop spontaneously decides to treat every keypress as a character different from what I actually press. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I get paid to read books?

I love to read anything I can get my hands on. But does this love translate into a career? [more inside]
posted by Frosted Cactus at 8:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Meta analysis in Google scholar?

Is a meta analysis in Google Scholar actually possible? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap Health Insurance for Foreigners?

Best bet for six-weeks of catastrophic health insurance for a non-citizen? [more inside]
posted by ewiar at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do in Fort Walton Beach

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]
posted by odayoday at 8:09 AM PST - 18 comments

How to remove cigarette smells from apartments?

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]
posted by rebent at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me be an effective tutor!

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]
posted by Nattie at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

continuously paying on credit to close?

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]
posted by grablife365 at 7:46 AM PST - 17 comments

If Shaun White Met Hendrix

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]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Will my libido return when I stop breastfeeding?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I ask my current boyfriend for an unusual technique an ex showed me?

An ex had a very specific sexual technique that drove me crazy. How can I request it from my current boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 38 comments

Tips for signing a lease in Manhattan?

I'm about to sign a lease in New York. What can I do to avoid getting scammed? [more inside]
posted by achompas at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Riot Grrrl Around the World?

I'm looking for explicitly feminist music sung in languages other than English. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by besonders at 7:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me bring my crappy keyboard back to life!

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?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Weird Gmail Issue

I'm having an issue with Gmail not linking my reply to a particular conversation. [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

I have too many conditions for Excel

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]
posted by jeather at 6:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Next, I'll be asking about where to punch sharks.

What should I have if I ever wake up in the hospital without any recollection? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 6:30 AM PST - 22 comments

In need of new insights re cross-cultural LDR with issues

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]
posted by miorita at 6:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Who are the interesting independent ebook publishers?

Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a girl to do?

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]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 4:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Late adopter seeks educated input

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]
posted by the fish at 4:10 AM PST - 7 comments

In need of recommendations for a great cross-training sneaker.

In need of recommendations for a great cross-training sneaker. [more inside]
posted by suchatreat at 4:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Hong Kong film recommendations?

What are some great Hong Kong movies for a movie marathon? [more inside]
posted by aielen at 1:45 AM PST - 21 comments

My Pyrex bowl just exploded with no warning!

A Pyrex bowl just exploded all over my kitchen out of nowhere! What happened? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 12:32 AM PST - 34 comments

Opium Wars and Conquistadores... of the Future!

I'm looking for future-ish fiction that casts Western Civilization as the underdog in updated (fictional) retellings of historical events. [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 12:04 AM PST - 23 comments

July 21

Copenhagen, then what?

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]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 11:41 PM PST - 8 comments

shake it like a polaroid picture

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]
posted by special agent conrad uno at 10:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me learn to love (or at least tolerate) Lotus Notes.

Help me learn to love (or at least tolerate) Lotus Notes. Are there any features as a user or administrator you like? [more inside]
posted by GPF at 10:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Bathroom Air Freshener For A Sensitive Nose

I need suggestions for a bathroom air freshener solution that won't make me sick. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I need to start wearing for business casual?

What do I (guy) need to start wearing for business casual? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson at 9:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Chinese in primary school

How important/useful are formal language lessons in the primary school years? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Please jog my memory...

Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Always Buy the Art on Vacation.

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]
posted by rabidsegue at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Virginia Creeper Trail: Virtual TrailGuide Wanted

Virginia Creeper Trail: Hints and Hacks! [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 8:17 PM PST - 4 comments

You mean I have to take ALL the pills?

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.
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I distract my hand?

What do you do with your non-dominant hand to keep it busy? [more inside]
posted by troublesome at 8:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Shared housing in DC

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.
posted by america4 at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

ePub Styles

Do you have any CSS tips or tricks for ePub? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 7:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Aunt Flo and her husband Uncle Randy...

Why does my sex drive INCREASE when I get my period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 32 comments

On the casting out of demons

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]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Seeking advice on flickr maintenance and interface.

Seeking advice on good tools for automating the maintenance of a professional flickr site, and ways to make an interface to it. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Flipboard style Wordpress theme?

Is there a Wordpress theme that will reformat post teasers and headlines similar to Flipboard? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Allergy Control

My five year old son was just diagnosed with a dust mite and cat allergy. What helped you? [more inside]
posted by I_drew_an_angelfish at 6:26 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is.

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 6:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Interfaith marriage assistance

Interfaith marriages: how the hell do we do this? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 6:10 PM PST - 34 comments

organizing players

Is there a website or service that can help my players find each other and organize play sessions? [more inside]
posted by Techbear at 6:04 PM PST - 3 comments

You know Sloth, if you sit too close to the TeeVee you'll hurt your eyes...

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.]
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:04 PM PST - 85 comments

I was fired.

I was fired. How do I handle my job search/interview situation? [more inside]
posted by noonknight at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for feedback on a resume

Looking for some feedback on my resume. About to shotgun it out there to look for some engineering jobs [more inside]
posted by mikesrex at 5:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Irish archaeological sites are ideally situated in driving distance of beer at all times

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]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:47 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this black winged insect?

Bug identification filter: what is this insect found inside my parents' home in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make my Dreamcast think it's 1997 again

Help me get online with my Dreamcast [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me help my countertops

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]
posted by whoaali at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Have yourself a tacky little Christmas card

Please help me find this tasteless photoshopped Andrew Wyeth/Santa card! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 5:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Road Trip Filter: Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls

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.
posted by bq at 4:56 PM PST - 22 comments

weekend vacation outside philly?

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]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 4:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Fatal Felines: Fact or Fallacy?

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]
posted by aecorwin at 4:31 PM PST - 55 comments

Where To Spend The Night

What's A Good Stopping Point Between Kansas City And Big Bend National State Park? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Check yes or no.

So my friend and I kissed. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 16 comments

How to go from BA to medschool?

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]
posted by notnathan at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

iPhone in Japan?

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]
posted by reductiondesign at 3:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Help keep my phone safe on bike rides.

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?
posted by talkingmuffin at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

I want more friends, not more projects!

How do I make friends with the sort of people who DON'T go to meetups? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 3:11 PM PST - 39 comments

How to make the outdoors more attractive to someone in a wheelchair?

I love the outdoors but want to spend more time with someone in a wheelchair, any ideas for compromise? [more inside]
posted by faheypb at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I handle this best friend breakup?

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]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 32 comments

Practical, respectful and efficient approaches to community vote-based decision-making?

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?
posted by andreinla at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Going away birthday gift?

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]
posted by daysocks at 2:11 PM PST - 21 comments

How to unstick a dead mouse from floor?

How do I get a dead mouse in a puddle of dried molasses off my kitchen floor? [more inside]
posted by ntartifex at 2:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Waking up to pneumonia pain

Anyone else have gut-wrenching pain from pneumonia but only upon waking? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I missing something here?

Neighbor is hot to start a business with me. What precautions do I take? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 1:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Slow cooking : science me please!

Can I reuse cooking sauce from last time when slow cooking? [more inside]
posted by travertina at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Job interview with a billionaire. No fooling.

What do I ask a billionaire? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 23 comments


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]
posted by unixrat at 1:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Want to watch Copa America in Baltimore

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?
posted by josher71 at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Not Google Calendar or 30boxes

Can anyone recommend a fully featured online calendar that's minimalistic in design and that isn't Google Calendar or 30boxes?
posted by nam3d at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Lime Overtime

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?
posted by ignignokt at 12:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Why are there constantly dead pigeons on one particular street in my city?

Why are there constantly dead pigeons on one particular street in my city? [more inside]
posted by coondognd at 11:45 AM PST - 19 comments

How to pick best "keywords" to promote videos?

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]
posted by Dr.Rhetoric at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Must entertain a room of adolescents. How?

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]
posted by resiny at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Creating a Shower in an Imperfect Setting

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]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 11:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Stop screenscraping our menu!

How can I fix incorrect restaurant menu information on 3rd party sites (i.e. allmenus, etc)? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

There should be at least three different kinds of ice.

Where can I find the best, most interesting, artisanal cocktails in the Mission or Noe Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 10:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Please sir, can I get on board full-time?

How can I make myself indispensable at a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

With Sympathy

I recently saw an obituary for a previous employer's father. Is it inappropriate to use this situation to re-establish contact? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 10:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Concealer tips, please!

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]
posted by mlo at 10:27 AM PST - 24 comments

What counts as income?

YANML, YANMSocialWorker [it takes 5 weeks to get an appointment with her]: Is a housing benefit "income"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Consensual internet hijackery.

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]
posted by dorothy humbird at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Hanging out with Dumbledore and Gandalf

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]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:03 AM PST - 34 comments

How many smartphone users are there in New York City?

How many smartphone users are there in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my Lenovo x220 Gobi chips into NDIS mode?

How do I get my Lenovo x220 Gobi chips into NDIS mode? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Dog Groomer Recommendations?

I am searching for a dog groomer in Westchester County, NY and would be very grateful for recommendations! [more inside]
posted by bahama mama at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Line graph of a range of possible rates?

Is there an accepted way to graphically represent rates when small sample data is anonymized? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

How can my friend attend art school in the US?

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]
posted by jykmf at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me understand image size and monitor resolutions

Help me understand monitor resolutions, sizes, etc. I think I need a math whiz!!!? I'd really appreciate a bit of guidance. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 8:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Alternatives to a t-test?

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]
posted by danceswithanonymity at 8:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Daily sites?

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]
posted by jsturgill at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Your search for "tiny little corks" returned no results on Amazon.com

Help me not cry while reading at my friend's wedding. [more inside]
posted by Zozo at 8:45 AM PST - 31 comments

New word processing programme

Is it worth it to buy Microsoft Office 2011 to run on my OS X Lion Macbook? [more inside]
posted by Partario at 8:41 AM PST - 21 comments

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.

Commuting by bike - expert tips needed. [more inside]
posted by brynna at 8:12 AM PST - 37 comments

Help me find this children's book about a girl and her hamster

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]
posted by Encipher at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Books and online resources about complicated music wanted, also listening recommendations

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]
posted by Frowner at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Kind of like Babycenter if it were run by doctors.

I'm looking for examples of best-of-breed healthcare/medical websites that combine solid clinical information with community features. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

DriveSpacio:Windows :: [ ]:Mac?

Is there a utility for the Mac that is similar to DriveSpacio for Windows? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Cheap Chacos

Do Chacos ever go on sale? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Lifestyle detox before starting Dream Job

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]
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:35 AM PST - 15 comments

'Song of Ice and Fire' synopsis?

Song of Ice and Fire review/primer? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 7:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me be the best me.com I can be

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]
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I use my ipod touch as both a cheap contact to the us and within europe?

Can I use my ipod touch for sms while living in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by Lisitasan at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Which movie is this scene from?

Help me figure out the name of a movie that freaked me when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by scrm at 7:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend dark, provocative manga to me!

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.
posted by Sully at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Get new laptop, then recycle the old one?

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]
posted by King Bee at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

What does "hotly" mean in this context?

What does "hotly" mean in this context? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 6:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I work from home?

What are the legitimate options for full time, stable work-from-home jobs for a skilled techie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I stop dwelling on the past and live in the present instead?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you tell me your personal story or know more than me?

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.
posted by jara1953 at 6:04 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I find a room in Amsterdam

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]
posted by tumples at 5:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Kid Charlemagne used to make drugs for a living...

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]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 5:35 AM PST - 21 comments

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]
posted by jander03 at 5:30 AM PST - 25 comments

Navy Yard Safety

How safe is the area around Nationals Park/Navy Yard in DC? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:21 AM PST - 9 comments

TV Show That You Can't Put Down

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]
posted by schleppo at 5:09 AM PST - 72 comments

Linear Relationships in Real Life?

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!
posted by mathmatters at 5:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Something wicked this way comes.

I have some questions about Macbeth, especially the "three weird sisters." [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana at 4:09 AM PST - 14 comments

The next facebook

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]
posted by jasondigitized at 4:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Reason and the Passions, How do I make one control the other?

How do I apply critically reason to my own arguments when I'm emotional and engaged in discussion with others? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 2:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Lens for your cell phone

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.
posted by adamvasco at 1:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Point & shoot me already.

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]
posted by acidic at 1:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Great NPR pieces from the past?

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.
posted by Taft at 1:21 AM PST - 4 comments

kiva.org for bougainville?

is there a site like kiva.org offering micro loans to people in Bougainville? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 12:56 AM PST - 6 comments

So, yeah...Erm...

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]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 12:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Is BoinxTV the answer for live events?

I've got an event that I need a live video feed of on the stage. Is BoinxTV the answer? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 12:43 AM PST - 1 comment

July 20

Lies my teacher told me

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]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 9:46 PM PST - 59 comments

How can I increase my credit score in a good financial situation?

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]
posted by apip at 9:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Higher-quality replacements for beloved Target shoes

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]
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Advice on how to make some actual friends here?

Despite my efforts (meetups, work), I don't really have a reliable circle of friends here. Any advice for meeting people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Made to order jigsaw puzzles?

Where can I get a custom photo jigsaw puzzle made? The catch: The "photo" file would be an image from X-Men. [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

DIY Big Brother

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]
posted by humanfont at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

sources about Keith Green

I want to find more primary and secondary sources on Christian music artist Keith Green. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 8:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Which teen actor does this look like?

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]
posted by sixswitch at 8:25 PM PST - 17 comments

How to recognize faulty wiring in apartment?

How do I recognize poor wiring in a home? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 7:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Where does Google get the text it uses to describe a search result?

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]
posted by Alaska Jack at 7:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me cool my house without air conditioning

How can I cool my house without air conditioning? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 6:59 PM PST - 15 comments

This looks all Firefoxed up

Why is my Firefox not rendering styles correctly? I'm at my troubleshooting wit's end. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Does The Uk Recognize US state-level Same Sex Marriages

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?
posted by The Whelk at 6:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Client won't pay what they owe...

What are all my options if a client won't pay my invoices in a timely manner? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

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]
posted by raztaj at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm not gone and I already want to go back

I'm already homesick, and having an identity crisis, yet I haven't even left. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 18 comments

So, hat's your question, then?

What's the best encyclopedic resource for hats/hoods/helmets/headwear? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 6:11 PM PST - 1 comment

How to make Google (or iGoogle) my default home page?

How can I make my iGoogle page come up when I open a new tab on Google Chrome? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me track down this statue?

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]
posted by RachelSmith at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How much does it cost a phone company to provide DSL service?

How much does it cost a phone company to provide DSL service? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Transcription pedal incompatibility?

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]
posted by quiet coyote at 5:32 PM PST - 1 comment

9 to 5 jobs: how to tell if it's really going to be a 9 to 5?

9 to 5 jobs: how to tell if it's really going to be a 9 to 5? [more inside]
posted by fry at 5:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Online, Group, Photo Editing?

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]
posted by jtajta at 4:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Can my landlord act like my mother?

Can a landlord in California specify "no overnight guests" in a rental posting or in a rental agreement? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 3:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Help inspire me to design great website UI's!

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?
posted by cuando at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Soothe a Nerve

How to Comfort a Nervous Friend? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 3:44 PM PST - 28 comments

What has you experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it?

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]
posted by talljamal at 3:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Recovering the contents of a stolen Blogger blog

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]
posted by jgwong at 3:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me become my organization's social media guru!

Help me become my organization's social media guru! [more inside]
posted by binocularfight at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Okay, no upskirt shots, got it. What else?

What are the photography laws in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Mobile phone audio cable w/ high quality mic

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]
posted by reddot at 2:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Hope me.

My boss never says "please" or "thank you." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 36 comments

would you like a fancy outfit with that arranged marriage?

what is this movie? [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Best 4-week adventure?

I'd like to do a full-immersion, semi-planned, somewhat dangerous adventure lasting for 3-4 weeks...Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by erikvan at 2:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Still looking for an apartment in the D.C/NOVA area

Still looking for an apartment in the D.C/NOVA area [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 2:15 PM PST - 26 comments

When do I disclose my preference for nonmonogamy?

I don't want to have monogamous relationships anymore. At what point should I tell this to people I'm interested in? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 2:09 PM PST - 30 comments

continuing relationship

Should I continue my relationship with partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Atlantic City Hacks

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.
posted by hermitosis at 1:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me live well in a van.

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]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Seeking Housemate Situation for The First Time - Help Me Present Myself Best

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]
posted by Fire at 12:42 PM PST - 31 comments

Strong neck go SQUISH!

How do bodybuilders and athletes build up their neck muscles, specifically their scalene muscles? Do steroids make giant scalenes? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Tender feet and toes...

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?
posted by ecollie at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Yoga for noobs

Yoga for beginners [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What cat litter doesn't stink up the place even when it's clean?

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]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 12:13 PM PST - 41 comments

Street Anthropologist

Where have you seen working-class people carrying their everyday stuff in high-end store bags (e.g., a Tiffany's bag)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 12:04 PM PST - 76 comments

Dangerously low blood-curry levels

Please help me find a purveyor of my preferred curry! [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 11:55 AM PST - 3 comments

How to date a deck in DC?

How do I find out when the deck on my old home in Washington DC was built? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Math ties?

Any good math or physics neckties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

How fast can you say the same thing?

Is there any data out there relating to the relative speeds that different spoken languages can express human thought? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 10:43 AM PST - 20 comments

What bug is this?

What bug is this? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Extreme macro photography with a Sony NEX-5k

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!)?
posted by luriete at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

if there is such a thing as Indo Amsterdam, I'd like to experience it.

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?
posted by Xere at 9:34 AM PST - 18 comments

I'll be the best-educated person under the 9th Street Bridge.

I'm an unemployed PhD! Wheeeee!!!! What can I do to ensure that I won't be homeless next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 42 comments

Weirdness along Texas I35, help me find it?

Recommendations for crazy Texas roadside weirdness along I35 between DFW and Austin appropriate for children? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 9:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Finding a European drink in the USA!

Are purelosophy drinks available anywhere in the US? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Cubicle Dwellers Go Primitivist (Comic)

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).
posted by elektrotechnicus at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can vegans and meat eaters break bread in the East Bay?

Where could we have a nice, large family dinner in the East Bay on a Saturday night for a party of 10? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I support my spouse in their job search

How can I best support my partner during their teaching job search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Why would I need a dictionary when I know all the words?

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]
posted by mary8nne at 9:03 AM PST - 46 comments

Help us ID this tv show

Help me & my sister ID this early 90s children's show based on the intro sequence. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for kid-friendly song suggestions

Looking for kid-friendly "dance" songs. Not kidz-bop. Some examples: Walkin' on Sunshine, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, YMCA. [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 9:00 AM PST - 29 comments

Words for Wisdoms

I am having my top two wisdom teeth out on wednesday without general or "twilight" anesthesia. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by arveale at 8:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me find a long-lasting, durable futon sofa-bed.

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]
posted by K.P. at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I handle a toxic work situation?

How do I handle this toxic work situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Boss wants us to provide change- what?

Is it normal, in a waitressing job, for the manager to force employees to bring their own change every day? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 8:40 AM PST - 24 comments

windows tablet

Windows 7 Tablet? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments


How do I calculate when the sun will rise directly over a particular landmark? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Small solar panels

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.
posted by dearleader at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

It's not like they're cooking in there.

Why does McDonald's need sugar? [more inside]
posted by hmo at 7:43 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I find mead in San Antonio, Texas?

Can I find mead in San Antonio, Texas? [more inside]
posted by Anephim at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

We didn't initiate defiling the environment, but we're legally obligated to finish it

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]
posted by charred husk at 7:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Game Design on the Cheap

Can my friend use his NYU student discount to buy non-student me an event ticket? [more inside]
posted by Tubalcain at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I repair this void underneath the steps to our basement? (Long)

How do I repair this void underneath the steps to our basement? (Long) [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 7:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Songs for an Amazing Race-like event for children?

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.
posted by rollbiz at 6:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember this PBS show from my childhood!

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]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Fresh onions all around

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]
posted by Cimrmanova at 6:34 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me help myself

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 47 comments

How wide are the seats at Nottingham Arena

How wide are the seats at Nottingham Arena? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Home is where the boredom is.

I need your ideas for fun nights in, or general fun that does not require too much walking around. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:19 AM PST - 8 comments

A sticky insulation problem.

What is the best method for insulating the ceiling of a garage with attic trusses? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Data, what are you playing?

What is this beautiful violin song (in the first minute or so of the video) featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation? [more inside]
posted by divisjm at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

How to prepare myself for a career in financial analysis?

I'm going into financial analysis soon -- how and what should I do to prepare myself for it? [more inside]
posted by wz at 4:43 AM PST - 10 comments

two minecrafts on one pc

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]
posted by mahershalal at 2:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Will you please be quiet please? -- But I am!

What's the best strategy for handling an enraged neighbor? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry at 1:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Spanglish for Hiring Movers

Good Spanish phrasebook for hiring day laborers? [more inside]
posted by thelonius at 12:30 AM PST - 17 comments

July 19

Rural India.

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.
posted by LittleMissItneg at 11:35 PM PST - 10 comments

CRM for an Advertising business, with some production tracking

CRM plus something more for a small office? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Gettin' the wheels turning.

What are the neatest projects related to bicycles happening right now? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:51 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner?

I'm trying to move to a different state. How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How much to worry?

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]
posted by cross_impact at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I being unreasonable in my expectations for relocation assistance from my employer?

Am I being unreasonable in my expectations for relocation assistance from my employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 16 comments

I want my own nyan experience

Should I get a cat? Snowflake etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 9:05 PM PST - 28 comments

how to make really cake-y cake?

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!
posted by cmp4Meta at 8:57 PM PST - 47 comments

what kind of treatment for hip pain?

Mid 30s and healthy. Who should I see for recently appearing hip pain? Orthopedist, physical therapist, rolfing, other? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:51 PM PST - 12 comments

wait, you're girlonthemoon32? are you sure?

Online dating etiquette: misrepresenting who you are. [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson at 8:37 PM PST - 156 comments

Cough, cough, cough...

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]
posted by cecic at 8:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Bankruptcy Auto Loan

Anyone have success being approved for a car loan 7 months after a bankruptcy? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 8:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Bullfights in Nîmes

Féria des Vendanges in Nîmes -- how to get into the bullfights? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 8:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Router recommendations for more power.

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]
posted by mephron at 8:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with back pain

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?
posted by LeonBernstein at 7:56 PM PST - 19 comments

One-man band wannabe!

Help learning pop music arrangement for piano? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 7:56 PM PST - 4 comments

HELP, with diabetic diet.

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.
posted by misformiche at 7:44 PM PST - 21 comments

I want to change a rule governing my condos management.

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]
posted by Kololo at 7:11 PM PST - 38 comments

How to keep my emotions from sabotaging me at work

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]
posted by bunderful at 7:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Help! Big burly dudes/dudettes with truck needed!

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]
posted by Keter at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the best websites to find a place to rent in Perth, Western Australia?

What are the best websites to find a place to rent in Perth, Western Australia? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to conquer the universe (in a game), what is out there?

I want to play a (quasi-realistic) large-scale space combat strategy game. Gratuitous Space Battles isn't cutting it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 6:43 PM PST - 12 comments

What should my next step be?

Job search, interview, etiquette question. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Traveling without eating in restaurants 3 times a day

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]
posted by Alizaria at 6:18 PM PST - 32 comments

Getting medicinal marijuana in LA?

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]
posted by Elminster24 at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

The thick cord of hypochondria running through my life

I am a huge hypochondriac, and I have been since I was 18. I need help making it stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I make life better for my boyfriend?

My boyfriend's hit a string of horrible luck. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Help an Aunt out

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]
posted by dchrssyr at 6:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Understanding line segment intersections in 2d

I need help understanding an algorithm for determining if two line segments intersect (and at which point). [more inside]
posted by Post-it Goat at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Wireless video to a projector?

Is 802.11 b/g/n wireless fast enough to use to watch movies? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 5:32 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the name of this hat?

Does anyone know the name of this hat? [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

My brains my blow out of my ears but I feel great...

Blood pressure meds, I am not taking mine and I feel GREAT. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 4:49 PM PST - 16 comments

My body wants to be thinner. My brain? Not so much.

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]
posted by TravellingCari at 4:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Advice on wood doors

Do doors and jambs need to match the trim? [more inside]
posted by TrickyLib at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

"HD" glasses lenses?

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]
posted by slow graffiti at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Redirect a domain name to another domain.

Help my two domain names exist peacefully as one. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Wait, why are these in the Asian grocery? Maybe I should buy them.

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.
posted by Toekneesan at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Moving Out Of My Apartment - And Discovering The Floor Is Scuffed

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]
posted by Ash3000 at 3:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Further study after failure?

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I call out a friend on gossip-mongering on the number of sexual partner's I've had?

Should I confront a friend about blabbing the number of sexual partner's I've had? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 32 comments

Is it even worth buying physical CDs any more?

Is it even worth buying physical CDs any more? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 3:12 PM PST - 44 comments

health insurance premium

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]
posted by mightshould at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

River tubing hacks, please!

Please share your river tubing hacks. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 3:05 PM PST - 22 comments

No they don't wear pants

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]
posted by np312 at 2:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Red Bull and ritalin for breakfast?

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]
posted by simbiotic at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me to get network outlets networked

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]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

CDS for stocks

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?
posted by shotgunbooty at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I put a bathtub in my shower?

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]
posted by bikergirl at 1:59 PM PST - 26 comments

I need new reading material

I am an insomniac that needs some recommendations for good late night websites to browse on my ipad. [more inside]
posted by msali at 1:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me understand what type of riding I want to do/ what type of instructor I want

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]
posted by kitsuloukos at 1:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Excercise and eat less? Really, science?

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]
posted by The Dutchman at 1:45 PM PST - 59 comments

DC to Boston with a UHaul

How long will it realistically take me to drive a UHaul from DC to Boston? [more inside]
posted by mhaw at 1:35 PM PST - 11 comments

"No, really, touch this one. It feels real."

Where would I find the best sex shop in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me show off my professional portfolio!

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]
posted by zarq at 1:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you identify the typeface in the Subterranean Logo?

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.
posted by headspace at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Dancey indie-synth music with vocals that doesn't suck?

Recommend me some music like Cut Copy, The Whitest Boy Alive, Junior Boys, The Temper Trap, and Phoenix. [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 12:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more?

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

One Netbook Per Child

Help me build a Linux-based system for a 3 year old. [more inside]
posted by swift at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I help my new partner learn to enjoy sex?

How can I help my new partner learn to enjoy sex? [more inside]
posted by sawb0nesKimchi at 11:59 AM PST - 44 comments

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with...

Need help with divorce strategies when you have a child you want to move out of state with... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 24 comments

I never want to find out I have three months to live.

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]
posted by stormygrey at 11:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Stupid iron burn!

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]
posted by silverstatue at 11:20 AM PST - 32 comments

What's in the bottle?

What is Rebekah Brooks drinking? It looks like a jug of hearty Gallo.
posted by Sara Anne at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How should I neatly store reusable bags in my trunk?

If you store your reusable grocery bags in your car trunk, how do you store them? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Sci-Fi movie title memory-fu failure

Help me remember a dimly remembered childhood sci-fi flick from the '50's or 60's... [more inside]
posted by royboy at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Thinking of the children

What do you say to children of your exes that find you on Facebook? Bisexual three-way snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow at 10:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Stupid hard drive, be more useful

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]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Evidence-based haircare?

Chemists: I'm using baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair. What exactly are they doing? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 10:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Dry Bachelor Party Ideas?

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.
posted by mean cheez at 10:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Yoga, Massage, Chiropractor --which order?

Yoga, Massage, Chiropractor --which order? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn at 9:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Chime in regarding wedding shoes for a guy

Man searching for wedding shoes. Hit a wall in my research. Help out if you can. [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario at 9:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone here speak liverpudlian musician?

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...
posted by BadgerDoctor at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

not quite platonic

How to deal with a "friendship" that does not fit into any categories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 42 comments

Comic strip suggestion for an english language learner?

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]
posted by munichmaiden at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I get this swamp cooler to work?

How do I make my swamp cooler work best? [more inside]
posted by Clustercuss at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a tool to reccommend a laptop configuration

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]
posted by gilsonal at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

In a bit of an awkward spot...

What is the most ethical choice in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 20 comments

Proofreading at Scholastic NYC

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.
posted by arr0wjun1per at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Quit smoking feedback loop

What are some feedback loops that would help me quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 8:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me get random numbers by mental arithmetic.

I would like a pseudo-random number generation algorithm that I can calculate in my head. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 8:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Which knob am I supposed to turn to 11?

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

A thoughtful critique of crowd-sourced design contests?

Looking for thoughtful essays and/or screeds on the evils of "crowd-sourced" design contests, or design by committee in general? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Online book retailers.

What are some other internet booksellers like AbeBooks and Bartleby.com? [more inside]
posted by clarknova at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Where do I send this form?

What is the mailing address for VA burial benefits forms? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Is the exhaust in the bathroom for the smell or the humidity?

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?
posted by sandmanwv at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

New laptop PC slow as heck!

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?
posted by sandra194 at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I be keeping over a decade of personal email?

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]
posted by jspierre at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

D as in dovid

Quick now: how would you pronounce the (Yiddish?) names Dovid and Elly? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 7:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Are therapists supposed to tell you how to live your love life?

Is it normal or ethical for a therapist to tell their patient to break up with someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Need guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms.

Need some guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Basic dresses!

Looking for dresses that are basic, comfortable, and versatile. [more inside]
posted by little_c at 7:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Old timey alternatives to "that's gay"?

What are some old timey words I can give my students as an alternative to "that's gay"? [more inside]
posted by mdaugherty82 at 7:16 AM PST - 97 comments

How do I get back a $10,000/£6000 loan that my brother refuses to pay me ?

How do I go about getting a $10,000 loan back from my brother and should I?more details inside. [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde at 6:57 AM PST - 30 comments

What was the Shakespeare quote about the perfect prince?

Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps at 6:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Eating lunch outdoors during yellowjacket season: an impossible pipedream?

Any way I can get yellowjackets to leave me alone while I lunch in the park? [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 6:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Support Groups & Information for Relatives of Global Ischemia sufferers in the UK

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]
posted by piato at 6:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Am I paying too much for therapy?

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?
posted by blunt_eastwood at 6:33 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I subscribe to the Answer Me This podcast with Juice.

How do I subscribe to the Answer Me This podcast using Juice. I don't want to use iTunes.
posted by therubettes at 6:32 AM PST - 2 comments

So many droids, which to choose?

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]
posted by litnerd at 6:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I ask my two close friends to be bridesmaids?

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]
posted by juniperesque at 6:16 AM PST - 19 comments

30 days in the middle of nowhere

A month in the Hebrides. One woman, one tent. Tell me what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 6:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit's taken, but is it due?

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]
posted by DigDoug at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to find experiment participants?

Does anyone know any appropriate mailing lists or online forums where I can find participants for an online music rating study? [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 5:05 AM PST - 12 comments

What to wear?

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]
posted by windbox at 4:47 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I teach my brother sex-ed?

How do I teach my brother sex-ed? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 4:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Perfect intermediate-level yoga home workout

Help me find a perfect intermediate-level yoga home workout, preferably in a book format. [more inside]
posted by Think [Instrumental] at 2:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Letters page: are anti-gay letters OK in your community? Uncomfortably, it seems they are in mine.

Are letters opposing homosexuality on religious grounds acceptable in your local newspaper? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:37 AM PST - 33 comments

Why so last century?

Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 2:04 AM PST - 19 comments

seeking the playlist of a compilation cassette

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]
posted by germdisco at 12:04 AM PST - 8 comments

July 18

Where can we get Guinness on tap in STL? Cheers, Dear.

What are the best places to get good food and a couple of pints of Guinness in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 11:15 PM PST - 6 comments

They say man plans and God laughs, but no one's laughing here...

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]
posted by Ceci n'est pas un sockpuppet at 10:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I need new glasses. Can you help me pick some out?

I need new glasses. Can you help me pick some out? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 9:28 PM PST - 11 comments

How to write code with interruptions?

When I'm writing code but keep getting interrupted, how do I keep calm and carry on efficiently? [more inside]
posted by jyorraku at 9:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Is this suicidal?

How much time should I leave driving from Brooklyn to Times Square at A.M. rush hour? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I identify this metal?

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]
posted by introp at 8:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Engagement Ring

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?
posted by Direwolf at 8:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Booked a vacation at Miraval. Now what?

What's it like at an all-inclusive resort/spa like Miraval? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it worth forming an LLC and in which state?

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
  • privacy
  • But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
    posted by markhu at 8:01 PM PST - 23 comments

    My ex is dating my boss. How do I get over it?

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 16 comments

    How do I get my phone number to stop appearing on Facebook?

    Why is my mobile number showing up on Facebook and how can I keep this from continuing to post? [more inside]
    posted by dayspteh at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

    Is Marty McFly (Prime) The Destroyer of Worlds? Yay or Nay?

    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]
    posted by Effigy2000 at 7:06 PM PST - 34 comments

    Yoga retreat

    Looking for recommendations for a two or three day yoga retreat within driving distance of DC.
    posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

    I want to turn tricks, please.

    What is your favorite parlor/bar trick? [more inside]
    posted by WaspEnterprises at 6:46 PM PST - 41 comments

    3 1/2 tons is not enough, it seems.

    Ductless Air conditioners - what do you know? [more inside]
    posted by rich at 6:21 PM PST - 7 comments

    Poem about life as a tree?

    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]
    posted by ramenopres at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

    I want to have a healthy relationship with my partner's young son

    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]
    posted by gwenlister at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

    Help me replace my 557's!

    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]
    posted by no1hatchling at 5:59 PM PST - 4 comments

    When my girlfriend gets stressed out, she dumps me.

    When my girlfriend gets stressed out, she dumps me. Should I put up with this? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 5:29 PM PST - 48 comments

    I'm too susceptible to children begging.

    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]
    posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:20 PM PST - 33 comments

    How can I get my landlord to replace my phone wiring?

    What rights do I have when requesting repairs to telephone wiring from my landlord? [more inside]
    posted by spitefulcrow at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

    Looking for a song..

    Looking for a hipster song (with hardly anything to go by..) [more inside]
    posted by ruelle at 4:48 PM PST - 60 comments

    Apple store freeloaders, threat or menace?

    How rude is it to use the Apple store as a de facto internet cafe? [more inside]
    posted by mediocre at 4:47 PM PST - 34 comments

    Worst luck or something more troubling?

    Is there something causing my laptop's power supply to fail? [more inside]
    posted by boobjob at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

    Casually and quietly dropping the sauce?

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 44 comments

    Overwhelmed by a job offer

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

    Mexico city Monday

    A quick question regarding tipping in Mexico City. [more inside]
    posted by repoman at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

    Birds and tea and ... I can't remember the rest

    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]
    posted by hels at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

    Cool as a cucumber

    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]
    posted by bleep at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

    I need a doctor in brooklyn

    [BrooklynFilter] I need a good GP, preferably in south Brooklyn, who takes GHI. [more inside]
    posted by griphus at 3:48 PM PST - 0 comments

    My iPad won't play iTunes movies all the way through - help!

    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]
    posted by arkhangel at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

    Martian seeks insight into American grieving customs - help me plan this life celebration

    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]
    posted by jessamyn at 3:41 PM PST - 30 comments

    Volunteer or work full-time while completing a dissertation?

    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]
    posted by amyshmamy at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

    Selling original art featuring someone else's characters.

    [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]
    posted by TangoCharlie at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

    Body Wash for Very Sensitive Skin?

    What is a gentle body wash that I can use that won't make me break out? [more inside]
    posted by Locative at 2:48 PM PST - 27 comments

    How do I handle this situation at work without looking like a jerk?

    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?
    posted by focus at 2:46 PM PST - 37 comments

    I have trouble trusting and I need 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]
    posted by doompuppy at 2:33 PM PST - 32 comments

    What do I do with these herbs?

    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.
    posted by DrGail at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments


    Help me make sense of this silly financial problem. It's very basic, and I'm a complete moron with money. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

    Garden hose thru brick wall.

    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]
    posted by boby at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

    Places to camp within a day's ride of Minneapolis?

    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!
    posted by entropone at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

    Wisconsin Recall Coverage

    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?
    posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

    Web hosting for high traffic site

    I am in need of a new web host and would like some suggestions as to what are the best. [more inside]
    posted by angelaas525 at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

    Comic-Con Veterans: heed my call!

    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]
    posted by Oktober at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

    A Welsh music mix? Oh there's lovely.

    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]
    posted by humph at 1:27 PM PST - 48 comments

    Replacing my electric panel.

    Upgrading electric wiring in an old house. Help me sound smart when I call contractors. [more inside]
    posted by zvs at 1:24 PM PST - 14 comments

    I need a new driver's license, and not to throw a public tantrum

    How can I navigate this RMV/Social Security office debacle and get a new driver's license? [more inside]
    posted by little cow make small moo at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

    Talent agency interview

    Job interview filter: why would someone want to become a talent agent? (Bonus morality question inside!) [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

    Is it worth it to move to Washington from NYC?

    Moving to DC from NYC: Is it worth it? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 37 comments

    ScoreItNow! tool v.s. GRE essay portion

    I'm studying for the GRE. Is the ScoreItNow! essay tool really accurate? What could I be doing better? [more inside]
    posted by 200burritos at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

    Little time, more muscles.

    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]
    posted by greta simone at 12:32 PM PST - 31 comments

    help me be a spike lee joint?

    How to do the right thing post break-up? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 20 comments

    Is being a firefighter from congressional staff just too loopy?

    Congressional home state staffer looking to make a... radical career jump. To a city firefighter. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 12 comments

    Routes through western Pennsylvania

    What's the best driving route from Harrisburg, PA to Newburg, NY? [more inside]
    posted by Johnny Assay at 12:25 PM PST - 8 comments

    I need to get my first passport, but there's a problem with my name...

    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]
    posted by palomar at 12:08 PM PST - 22 comments

    Sounder to Sounders?

    Will there be Sounder train service to the Seattle Sounders-Man U match this Wednesday? [more inside]
    posted by Liver Killer at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

    How do I find a job after my last termination?

    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]
    posted by somersault at 11:49 AM PST - 34 comments

    Confirmed bachelors with more female friends than male?

    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]
    posted by Sticherbeast at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

    That one site that does the things with the thingees.

    What's that website (blog?) where the editors make mixtapes/playlists from somewhat slightly quirky requests? [more inside]
    posted by crayon at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

    Empirical and theoretical psychotherapy?

    Contemporary psychotherapists who have popularized their empirically-tested theoretical contributions? Examples: David Burns, Eugene Gendlin, Joseph Weiss. [more inside]
    posted by zeek321 at 11:12 AM PST - 5 comments

    How to find out if letters are getting to my incarcerated friend?

    How can I find out whether my incarcerated friend got my letter? [more inside]
    posted by Dolley at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

    Looking for a 'legit' pay-service website that streams soccer games from top European leagues.

    Looking for a 'legit' pay-service website that streams soccer games from top European leagues. [more inside]
    posted by bostonhill at 10:46 AM PST - 7 comments

    City of Brotherly Ennui

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

    Set up yearly reminders with Chinese lunar calendar

    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]
    posted by Busoni at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

    Ein furnished flat in Berlin, bitte

    What is the best way to rent a furnished flat in Berlin? [more inside]
    posted by smallvictories at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

    Help me help him see the horrors that lurk around us.

    Recommendation for a microscope (particularly a digital microscope) for under $100-$200? [more inside]
    posted by rmd1023 at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

    More songs like these?

    "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?
    posted by dame at 10:06 AM PST - 39 comments

    Name That Children's Book

    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]
    posted by bah213 at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

    What is this mystery item from postwar Japan?

    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)
    posted by artlung at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

    Help me find the right film and AV equipment for my nonprofit

    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]
    posted by johnasdf at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

    Where do I start?

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 14 comments

    Where should I put all this cash?

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

    A game for 2 players, 2 Macs, 1 LAN.

    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.
    posted by episodic at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

    I scream you scream we all scream for...ice cream machine?

    Recommend me an ice cream maker? [more inside]
    posted by TomMelee at 9:17 AM PST - 17 comments

    What makes an online store great?

    What are the objective attributes that make a given online store a good place to shop? [more inside]
    posted by jbickers at 9:10 AM PST - 35 comments

    They have a lovely silvery-blue hue and maybe also moonletters?

    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]
    posted by clockzero at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

    Even paranoids can get scammed, can't they?

    I have some questions about renting an apartment through VRBO, please reassure me that I'm probably just overly worried. [more inside]
    posted by dnesan at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments

    Help Me Teach Teamwork

    Suggestions for approaches to promoting healthy teamwork in undergraduate freshmen, as a TA? [more inside]
    posted by Alterscape at 9:03 AM PST - 15 comments

    Need to map my Boise cycling training rides!

    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.
    posted by jasondbarr at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

    Is there publicly available data on small businesses?

    Are there free sources to find data about average business costs? [more inside]
    posted by AmitinLA at 8:19 AM PST - 1 comment

    $1200 Bluetooth Keyboard

    Can I use a MacBook Pro as a bluetooth keyboard for iPad? [more inside]
    posted by sswiller at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

    Divide it amongst yourselves II

    "the average number of molecules in a rock band" [more inside]
    posted by Leon at 8:11 AM PST - 14 comments

    What's this rash on my nose?

    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]
    posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

    Stockholm syndrome is kicking in

    How do you reconcile your private and professional selves? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 15 comments

    How to get water out of a ear/stop ringing

    [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]
    posted by anya32 at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

    Help me find a new office copier.

    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]
    posted by crankylex at 8:01 AM PST - 1 comment

    Alternatives to gymnastics for a jock kid?

    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.
    posted by viggorlijah at 7:55 AM PST - 25 comments

    Divide it amongst yourselves.

    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]
    posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 7:35 AM PST - 17 comments

    contact lense mix up

    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?
    posted by randomizer at 7:33 AM PST - 10 comments

    How can I learn to draw?

    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]
    posted by GilloD at 7:00 AM PST - 23 comments

    Updated Comic Drawing Material?

    Can anyone recommend some updated drawing books for modern comics? [more inside]
    posted by Hexidecimal at 6:55 AM PST - 2 comments

    Car and driver hire in Hangzhou and region

    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]
    posted by destrius at 6:37 AM PST - 3 comments

    Fix or replace my car?

    Should I fix my car or purchase another one? [more inside]
    posted by dozo at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

    Help me identify this recent indie film set in Baltimore

    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]
    posted by cilantro at 4:33 AM PST - 4 comments

    Enough with the fees, TD!

    What to do with spare change? [more inside]
    posted by cestmoi15 at 3:47 AM PST - 43 comments


    How do I go about making friends? I know the theory I just never manage it in reality... [more inside]
    posted by twine42 at 3:17 AM PST - 14 comments


    What's up with Wikipedia in my Google Chrome? [more inside]
    posted by hnnrs at 2:58 AM PST - 6 comments

    Please help me with self helping my acid reflux.

    Please help me with self helping my acid reflux. [more inside]
    posted by sockpim at 2:56 AM PST - 33 comments

    Help me find inspiration

    What are the best biographies/autobiographies/memoirs/novels for inspiration and psyching up? [more inside]
    posted by 3491again at 1:51 AM PST - 8 comments

    July 17

    Powerfoods and vitamins?

    Easiest ways to add vitamins and minerals to your diet? [more inside]
    posted by mintchip at 11:50 PM PST - 19 comments

    Too rainy for a jungle adventure?

    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!
    posted by tessalations999 at 11:31 PM PST - 6 comments

    Honeymoon Planning Help!

    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.
    posted by Equiprimordial at 11:28 PM PST - 4 comments

    Automate color selection in photoshop?

    Is there a way to automate color selection in photoshop? [more inside]
    posted by Jezztek at 11:12 PM PST - 10 comments

    Msau is delicious. Now, what exactly is it?

    African-fruit-filter: Msau: what is it? [more inside]
    posted by palindromic at 9:48 PM PST - 4 comments

    Lightweight shade tent?

    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?
    posted by HotToddy at 9:46 PM PST - 8 comments

    This is your body. Let's talk.

    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]
    posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:15 PM PST - 20 comments

    Where in this world to buy men's non-leather dress shoes - here's the kicker - in white?

    White non-leather men's dress shoes - do they exist? [more inside]
    posted by univac at 9:00 PM PST - 14 comments

    The jerk store called; they haven't carried that model since 1964

    What did "jerk" mean in 1964? [more inside]
    posted by foursentences at 8:58 PM PST - 33 comments

    My inner geek is disinterested

    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]
    posted by mcarthey at 8:45 PM PST - 23 comments

    PayPal scam?

    PayPal scam? [more inside]
    posted by Eiwalker at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

    Advice book from different perspectives?

    Can anyone recommend some non-fiction advice books where many authors write their perspective on similar situations or difficulties in life? [more inside]
    posted by fantasticninety at 8:21 PM PST - 3 comments

    I need help selling a coin collection

    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]
    posted by Rad_Boy at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

    Congratulations! You Get to Start from Scratch!

    In continuation of this question, what resources can I forward to my family member, now that he is off the streets? [more inside]
    posted by vivid postcard at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments

    How do I move past hurt caused by a former friend?

    How do I move past hurt caused by a former friend? [more inside]
    posted by moira at 7:12 PM PST - 26 comments

    How do I segue music tracks on a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone?

    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?
    posted by paleyellowwithorange at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

    Should I use a migration agent to handle my application to migrate to Australia from the U.S.?

    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]
    posted by milkcrateman at 7:09 PM PST - 11 comments

    Skin Tag Removal Cream?

    I'm looking for personal recommendations on skin tag removal creams. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments

    I think the Internet hates my DNS server's new IP address.

    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]
    posted by CommonSense at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

    Is there any way to auto-detect, and automatically switch to a free wireless channel?

    Is there any way to auto-detect, and automatically switch to a free wireless channel? [more inside]
    posted by KokuRyu at 5:52 PM PST - 16 comments

    Looking for henna

    Where do I find body art quality henna in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
    posted by Hakaisha at 5:51 PM PST - 2 comments

    What do you know about living in Carlsbad?

    Tell me all you know about living in Carlsbad, CA. [more inside]
    posted by Opal at 5:30 PM PST - 17 comments

    Recommendations for HCG trigger-shot injection?

    Can anyone recommend a nurse/clinic service in the Bay Area to give an intramuscular HCG trigger-shot injection? [more inside]
    posted by roxie110 at 5:23 PM PST - 1 comment

    Cash rules some things around me.

    If you use budgeting software, do you have a good system for tracking and categorizing your cash spending? [more inside]
    posted by andrewcilento at 3:29 PM PST - 16 comments

    Can't hear MIDI keyboard in Logic Pro 8

    Logic Pro problem: I can't hear my MIDI keyboard. [more inside]
    posted by John Cohen at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

    Where can I learn about court jesters?

    Where can I learn about (and what should I learn about) court jesters, fools and similar figures? [more inside]
    posted by metaBugs at 2:54 PM PST - 16 comments

    How do I get data from multiple other entries in a database?

    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]
    posted by agentofselection at 2:43 PM PST - 12 comments

    Help me find Grateful Dead wall art!

    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]
    posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

    aircare confusion

    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]
    posted by mannequito at 2:32 PM PST - 5 comments

    Help Me Expand My Home Organization Realization

    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 space). So what's the next revelation? Or some corollaries of this one which might flesh out this basic idea?
    posted by Quisp Lover at 2:29 PM PST - 66 comments

    tell me where to live!

    Where is northern BC should I spend a month? [more inside]
    posted by ouchitburns at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

    Mortgage expectations for first-time buyers?

    Mortgage expectations for first-time home buyers in the post-bubble era? [more inside]
    posted by Vampire Cat at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

    Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

    I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
    posted by bionic.junkie at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

    Is Schenevus nice? I really don't know.

    It's time for our annual road trip! Please help us make it even better? We'll be heading from Buffalo, through the Fingerlakes, to Phoenicia...then...um...um...I don't really know. [more inside]
    posted by peagood at 12:37 PM PST - 14 comments

    Great vacation rental in DC?

    Where to stay in DC? [more inside]
    posted by toastchee at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

    How can I, a total weirdo, get a job saving the environment?

    Green career ideas for a right-brained, mechanically challenged sociophobic introvert who doesn’t want a desk job? [more inside]
    posted by indognito at 11:47 AM PST - 23 comments

    Can I remotely administer an Ipad?

    How best to remotely administer an ipad? [more inside]
    posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

    Making plans for Nigel.

    (Local attractions filter): Washington, DC, for teenagers. [more inside]
    posted by Nomyte at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

    Where to stay on Oahu in January?

    Recommendations on where stay on Oahu the first week in January, with two little kids? [more inside]
    posted by leahwrenn at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

    I vant to surf your break.

    Help me find a surfing video which featured Dracula. [more inside]
    posted by notion at 10:58 AM PST - 4 comments

    Google Health Alternatives?

    Google Health is going away. Recommend me alternative medical records software that is secure, let's me track insurance and doctor info, works on my Linux machine and is cheap to free. Bonus points for web-based apps that let me import the CCR / CSV files Health exports.
    posted by Apropos of Something at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

    What is/was this bump on my leg?

    What is/was this bump on my leg? Kind of gross details inside. [more inside]
    posted by c'mon sea legs at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

    Welcome to Japan

    What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
    posted by gerryblog at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

    Looking for the First Computer Font.

    I would like to see the character set from the first computer typeface. [more inside]
    posted by lore at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

    It was a very neat book.

    When I was a kid one of my favorite books was a manual on how to draw spooky Halloween scenes. It was printed in orange and black, and mostly everything was in silhouette. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
    posted by codacorolla at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

    What do you guys listen to when you run?

    I've been running a lot these days and I'm running out of ideas for my music playlist. What do you guys listen to when you run? Need ideas and inspiration. Thanks!
    posted by ericteoh at 9:43 AM PST - 21 comments

    What eco friendly rocking chairs for nursing do you recommend?

    I'm due with my first baby later this year and am on the search for eco friendly products. I'm looking for a rocking chair that can also lock, is comfortable and cushioned (there's lots of just wood options out there), and is relatively reasonable budget wise (under $500 preferred). I want to avoid as much off gassing from new furniture as possible. What I've found so far is this and this one (which is not eco but more representative of what I'm looking for). Any experience with these or any other suggestions? Bonus points to anyone who can point me to an eco friendly, safe, well rated car seat (do they exist?!). Thanks.
    posted by healthyliving at 8:59 AM PST - 22 comments

    Tilt my TV

    Do you have a small TV (19in-26in) that can tilt forward? [more inside]
    posted by nanhey at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

    Snoring introvert looking for a hostel in Amsterdam

    I usually stay in hotels, want to try out hostels for a change. I snore. Help? [more inside]
    posted by TrinsicWS at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments

    Film for Vintage Cameras

    I'm getting a bit more into photography and I'm thinking about picking up some vintage film cameras (still and possibly movie). There is no shortage of inexpensive cameras available on eBay; however, it isn't clear to me what film formats are still available. [more inside]
    posted by LastOfHisKind at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

    “Time for Lyons” sure doesn't sound like France

    Asking for a friend: I've been listening to one of my favourite jazz tunes, “Time for Lyons” played in this case by Lionel Hampton. It's a lovely, dreamy, tuneful piece but I've always wondered about the title. It sure as hell has nothing to do with France... The composer is Gerry Mulligan and I'd wondered it was a drug reference, as in ‘Time for Lines’. Any clues?
    posted by scruss at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

    Can You Help Me Identify This Blues Singer?

    "Blues For A Rotten Afternoon" CD filter: can anyone tell me who is singing/playing on "If The Sea Was Whiskey" on this CD? The promo says "No matter what causes the pain, sometimes the only answer seems to be diving into a sea of drink, as Willie Dixon prepares to do in 'If the Sea Was Whiskey.'" Here's a link to a page with samples from all the tracks on this (great) CD. It doesn't sound like Willie Dixon to me, and the track listing says "Willie Dixon Tribute." Thanks!
    posted by purplesludge at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

    Will two hundred megabytes bring me health, happiness and prosperity?

    Is 200 MB enough? I got an Ipod Touch for my birthday. It does have WiFi access but I don't want to have to run into a cafe every time I need to look something up online. So I'm in the market for a mobile WiFi hotspot and a wireless data plan. The cheapest plans available -- and I'm all about the cheap -- typically offer you c. 200 MB a month. [more inside]
    posted by jason's_planet at 8:15 AM PST - 15 comments

    How to slow down without concerning those around you

    I've been ambitious throughout my career. Now I have a job I love, the pay is good, and I'm trying to figure out how to dial it back in the right way. But I'm freaking out my friends and family a little. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 17 comments

    YouTube not handling multiple Keynote audio tracks

    When starting and stopping (i.e. pausing) audio/slide recording in Keynote, how do I get the final export to play the complete audio when uploaded to YouTube? [more inside]
    posted by pavane at 7:43 AM PST - 1 comment

    where am i?

    i have really significant problems with spacial orientation. my sense of direction has gotten so bad that i often start walking in the direction opposite to the one think is correct; i can't read a map or gps unless i'm heading north - even if i turn the map or gps (when i can even figure out which way to turn it). [more inside]
    posted by crankyrogalsky at 7:34 AM PST - 28 comments

    Books by Jurors

    I want to read a book written by a juror in a criminal trial. Please recommend one! [more inside]
    posted by decathecting at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

    NYC labor lawyer sought

    I'm looking for a labor lawyer in New York City, preferably north Brooklyn area ( but anywhere is fine). Any suggestions? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 5 comments

    What do winning 'instant win' game pieces look like?

    How are instant win prizes on products (candy, food, etc.) actually displayed? I have seen 'Sorry, you are not a winner' enough, but I have never seen what an actually winning game piece looks like. Is there a verifiable code with a phone number inside the package, or does the game piece actually say "You have won $xxx,xxx!"? Also, wouldn't it be in the best interest of the company giving away the prize to make the winning game piece be inconspicuous as possible (except in the instances of those with second chance drawings) in order to make it possible for them to run a promotion without giving away the advertised prize?
    posted by Lugos at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

    How can I do damage-control in this coworker situation, or should I?

    Some of my colleagues don't like or respect me. Now I'm applying for a transfer to another department which would be