July 2005 Archives

July 31

Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Has anyone out there tried the Southern summer delicacy Buttermilk Pie? Is it good? Do you have a particular favorite recipe? I tried to make it once using this recipe, and failed, spectacularly.
posted by jonson at 10:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Hungry! Food... good.

Tell me what to eat! [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:39 PM PST - 23 comments

NYC magician?

Who is a good magician to see in NYC on a weekday, not necessariliy a big spectacular broadway style show? I'd like to see Ricky Jay, but his show isn't playing right now. And Penn and Teller defected to Vegas.
posted by mecran01 at 10:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a particular keyboard.

I'm looking for a keyboard with a cover. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for "Castle" computer game

Many years ago (late eighties/early nineties), I used to play a delightful DOS-based RPG on my father's Olivetti computer. It was simply called "Castle" and involved a quest through an ASCII-rendered castle -- fighting demons and ogres, acquiring inventory, and so forth. The Olivetti went to its final rest around 1996, but this computer game was, for me, just as entertaining as anything on the market today. Is anyone out there familiar with this game? Could anyone suggest where I could find a copy? Unsurprisingly, Googling "castle" doesn't seem to get me very far, and I'm not sure where else to begin.
posted by alsorises at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking PC power supply recommendation

I am in the process of building an AMD Sempron 2400+ based file storage machine. I am seeking recommendation for how big a power supply I need. I am planning on 4 to 5 (may be 6 in future) 250GB Seagates, 2x320GB WD Sata drives, 1 DVD writer, Geforce FX 5500 video card. The $50 case has a stock 480W PSU. I am wondering if I need more juice and possibly something by a well known brand ? I recently built an Athlon box with Seasonic 430 PSU. Seems pretty quiet. Not sure if I should get another of those.
posted by flyby22 at 9:07 PM PST - 13 comments

School Bus Sound

Why do _school_ buses sound different as compared to any other type of vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 8:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Does your doctor perform testicular exams?

Does your doctor perform testicular exams? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 18 comments

But baby - I've lost my mojo!

MojoFilter: Help - I've lost my mojo! How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Invisible Counter on PDF File

I have a pdf file on my official/department university web page. I would like to know how often the pdf is viewed, and as a super bonus, the domain names for who is viewing. How do I do this, without it being apparent that I am doing it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it over?

How do you know when a relationship is over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Anyone able to translate these two Russian-language bumper stickers?

CyrillicFilter: While parked on a side street eating my lunch in between meetings, I spotted these bumper stickers, in what I presume to be Russian. Translations, anyone?
posted by baltimore at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the legal issues around using a company's trademark in a domain name?

What are the legal issues around using a company's trademark in a domain name? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Show me your Start Page

I'm ready to redesign a new start page and need some inspiration. Anybody willing to share their personal portal to the web?
posted by ajr at 7:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I combine the play count of iTunes and my iPod?

I want to keep an accurate play count of my songs in iTunes: to do this, I want the play count to reflect not only what I play on iTunes at my computer but also on my iPod. Is it possible to have the iPod update the play count on iTunes when I connect it to the computer? Is there any way to make a smart playlist of most frequently played tracks that inludes BOTH iTunes and the iPod? Or am I stuck with independent counts? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 7:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Web Comic tips.

I'm thinking of starting a webcomic and was looking for general advice. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

I should have backed up my files. Now I'm stuck in DOS.

How do I backup lots of files in DOS (Windows "recovery" mode)? [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How many words in a four-to-six minute speech?

How many words in a four-to-six minute speech?
posted by timeistight at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How do Sallie Mae and Uncle Sam get their cash from outside the US?

How do expatriates pay their financial debts still held in their home country? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Slide right into my hot box, baby

Owing to bad/absent ventilation design on the part of hold everything, I now have a drawer with an interior temperature pretty constantly in the 90 degree F (32 C) range. How should I best take advantage of this? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 5:28 PM PST - 17 comments

avoiding car stereo theft?

Our car was broken into today for the fourth time in about two years and the stereo was stolen for the third time. The car is getting pretty worn out overall, so we're probably going to sell it and get a newer one once we get the window replaced. What should we consider when shopping for a newer car and associated car audio, to avoid being a target? [more inside]
posted by xulu at 4:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Table tennis, anyone?

Table tennis has recently become a competitive sport in the office I work in. There are over 250 of us; word has it I am in the the top 5. This is coming down to a girls vs. boys thing (i.e. men in IT and Marketing). How do I win, or at least put on a good show? Oh, and I'm the girl.
posted by vers at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Blanks or Bullets?

ShootingBlanksFilter: I'm a single male in my mid-twenties, whom after taking a long break from the opposite sex, is getting back into the game. However, reading about fertility control issues, and also having first-hand experience with this, I've come to realize that men do not have the same reproductive control options available to them that women do. So now I'm considering a vasectomy. [more inside]
posted by id at 4:02 PM PST - 26 comments

limited user account b0rks iTunes

Why does iTunes not show the contents of an audio CD when run from a limited user account under Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to go in Provence

Provence: Aix-En-Provence. Workplace permitting I'll spend a nice week to 10 days in the city and I'd like to visit anything you deem to be very nice in a 150 Km radius from the city itself. Any idea ? [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Cool stuff I want Firefox to do

Are Firefox and its extensions advanced enough yet to do the cool stuff I want to do? [more inside]
posted by Nikolai at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Good cheap verizon cell phone

My dad just renewed our contract w/ Verizon Wireless. Can any MeFites recommend a good (and preferably inexpensive) bluetooth / camera cell phone?
posted by creeront at 2:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Piano dilemma

My two daughters (ages 10 and 8) take piano lessons. The old Baldwin spinet they've been practicing on has a few bad keys (they don't spring back up when pressed) already, and I was wondering whether it would be worth getting the thing repaired. If not, what would be the best value in new or used pianos for this purpose?
posted by Finder at 2:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Quickly flashing iBook sleep light: wtf?

What does is mean when my G3 white iBook's sleep light flashes very quickly when I am either booting up or trying to shut down? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Unicycle Shopping NY Style

I have a friend visiting New York (from UK) in September. He wants to buy a Unicycle and take it home with him. The model he wants is a "Semcycle" with a 20 inch wheel. Is there a (real) store in NY that stocks them? I've seen the Semcycle on line store already. Thanks in advance.
posted by JtJ at 1:37 PM PST - 2 comments

windsurfing gear recommendations

windsurfing - i've taken a couple lessons and am ready to take the plunge on purchasing some gear... recommendations for gear for a fairly advanced beginner?
posted by specialk420 at 12:49 PM PST - 0 comments

Are there any academic programs in occult studies?

FnordFilter: does anyone know of any MA or PhD programs in occult studies, Western esoterica, secret societies, Freemasonry, etc.? I'm looking for accredited programs, not Uncle Joe's Diploma Shack. I've found this program in Holland. Are there any other options?
posted by Netzapper at 10:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Colour me blue

Color spaces, color profiles, Macs, PhotoShop, iPhoto... IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY!! [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

5 5 5, this is for the guys who go 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9

I'm looking for songs with counting or numbers (used more than once) in the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 9:37 AM PST - 108 comments

Home loan financing question

Home Buying Question: As a low-income artist, I’ve recently taken the plunge and qualified for a zero-down, stated income loan, and have found a great place to buy. But now there’s a complication with parental involvement which I have no idea how to deal with. It’s not what you might think... [more inside]
posted by Aquaman at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

the mail of the species

Is there a site that tells you how much it costs to mail (US Postal Service) various items? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Stop the music in my browser!

Is there any way to set IE or Firefox (under XP) so that it NEVER plays sound? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

What running shoes should I buy?

What brand / type of running shoes should I buy? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 8:08 AM PST - 23 comments

meb better be on his toes

How to encourage a budding 6-year-old runner? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this thing?

What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by alball at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best Charity to give to?

What is the best Charity to give to on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 5:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me pick a programming language!

I'm planning on creating a web-based program allowing employees of the auditorium where I work to sign up for shifts online. What programming language and database system should I use? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 3:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Paging Alan Greenspan...

Can anyone tell me what factors affect the valuation of the dollar? I'm looking to understand both how the dollar is related to other currency, as well as what makes the dollar stronger or weaker at home - i.e. GDP, interest rates, durable goods ...
posted by horsemuth at 3:02 AM PST - 3 comments

What are those super-long cotton swabs called?

On CSI, I always see them using these super-long cotton swabs to stick up a dead person's nose - what are these called, and where can I buy them, preferably on-line? They look exactly like regular Q-tips, except 3x larger. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 1:19 AM PST - 7 comments

How to write a zine

I feel like my skull is going to rupture if I don't do something, so I've decided to try to create a 'zine. You know, the Kinko's-made, double-stapled things that have almost died since our beloved internet. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 12:48 AM PST - 17 comments

July 30

Dual OSes on Mac... help!

Complicated/complex (to me) OS X Tiger printer problem inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 11:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Illuminate me

Where can I find a lamp like the ones on the West Wing sets? [more inside]
posted by shinnin at 10:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me eat in Vancouver and Victoria!

We're going out to BC for a wedding next weekend and have added a night in Vancouver and a night in Victoria before heading to the site of the festivities. Where should we eat on a Tuesday night in Vancouver and a Wednesday night in Victoria? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 9:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Baseball weirdness

I have three baseball questions that have been bugging me for awhile and I am hoping that I can get answers here. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 9:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Lullaby Mix

MixCDFilter: Any minute now, I'll be an aunt. I'd like to make a lullaby mix CD for my hipster niece/nephew-to-be. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 6:46 PM PST - 42 comments

I need to replace my gas grill.

What brand/model gas grill would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Evil Puppet

What's the name of the British horror/suspense movie made around 1948 that consists of four separate stories, the last one of which is about a ventriloquist whose dummy starts talking to him? [more inside]
posted by warbaby at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Electrofunk Me, Afrika

Electrofunk. Especially electrofunk with vocoder action. I like what I'm listening to, and I want more. [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 3:39 PM PST - 19 comments

How to stop a mighty hunter hunting?

How do we stop our indoor/outdoor cat bringing in mice? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Share iTunes files?

How can I share an iTunes library without using iTunes share? [more inside]
posted by Lactoso at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

OS X Apache Location?

Where does OS X Tiger actually store the apache directory? I want to change the access file but I can't seem to find it. Spotlight doesn't reveal the file. A related question: grep doesn't work in OS X's terminal??? I feel silly :(
posted by missed at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

A short story where sex and conversation switch roles

A friend of mine is trying to identify a short story that she read in high school where conversation and sex have the opposite roles than they do in our society today. [more inside]
posted by Turd Ferguson at 8:42 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the best Java IDE?

I'm learning Java. Which IDE should I use? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 7:59 AM PST - 33 comments

Good Italian Sunday Sauce Recipe?

I'm looking for a great Italian Tomato "sunday sauce" recipe with bones in it. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Why do my hands remember things that my brain doesn't?

memory-filter: Why or how does the body seem to remember learned physical action sequences before you can mentally recall what they are? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 7:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me tame an instrument of torture

Has anyone successfully managed to repair a sticky out wire coming out from an underwired bra? I've thrown out many (otherwise good) bras because the wire works it's way through and ripping me to shreds even when I try to sew it up 'darned socks style' with thread! Are there any MeFi domestic goddesses that have tamed this instrument of torture? [more inside]
posted by floanna at 6:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Printing problems with Illustrator...

Formatting hell with Adobe Illustrator - anyone know why my images are coming out way too light? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 1:48 AM PST - 13 comments

zoom zoom zoom...

How does a visitor get around LA at late hours? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 1:02 AM PST - 20 comments

July 29

Problems taking my bicycle to Japan?

Jitensha-Filter: I fantasize about moving to Japan to teach English, when I retire from my computer career. To achieve this end, I've earned my TESL certificate, but so far, I'm just a repeat tourist with lots of Nihon travel experience -- but always on foot. Part of the fantasy involves riding a bicycle over there -- and not one of their clunky no-speeds, but my bicycle. What's involved when a gaijin brings in his bicycle? I'm guessing it's not as easy as retrieving it from checked luggage at Narita, and riding away -- knowing the Japanese, there's regulations to be satisified, in an approved manner. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Data recovery software recommendations

Data recovery from a secondary hard drive. I downloaded a demo version of some recovery software which lets me see which files are still there. I'm looking for recommendations of free alternatives (XP pro, primary HD NTFS, secondary HD FAT32). [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Let's not be friends

My ex-boyfriend wants to be friends. I don't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 23 comments

If I stay in a new home while selling an old one, can I still avoid capital gains taxes?

CapitalgainsFilter: I bought a new house and my old house is set to go on the market on Monday. I'm just two months shy of the 2 years minimum residence requirement for avoiding capital gains taxes, and will make sure the old house isn't sold before that cut-off date. But do I really have to sleep in the old house all the way up to the end date? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I save my voicemail forever?

How do you get a voicemail off your cell phone and recorded for posterity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How to dispose unused meds?

How to dispose unwanted medicine (pills), and used syringes with needles (used for insulin shots) without harming the environment or anyone who may find it.
posted by semmi at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

wedding etiquette

I'm going to a wedding where the bridesmaids are wearing all black. Is it bad etiquette for a guest to wear a black dress also?
posted by brighteyes at 4:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Scientific jargon in other countries

In America (and in Europe, too, I suppose), we use the Linnaean taxonomic system for living things and have certain specific terms (acetate, polymerase, cholinergic, etc.) that are used in chemistry, for example; how does such terminology work in other languages, especially those very dissimilar to English, such as Chinese?
posted by clockzero at 3:10 PM PST - 6 comments

San Francisco Meat-up.

Where can I buy cuts of Piedmontese beef in San Francisco?
posted by eschatfische at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Reasons for Increased Hair Loss?

I just moved into a new house and am noticing my long hair is falling out much more quickly than before. We've checked on water quality (it's soft and no different than our previous home - just 2 miles away). What might be the reasons for this? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for a good, preferably free, batch unzipping utility.

I'm looking for a batch unzipping utility, with two stipulations. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

yahoo music error

I cant get my yahoo music engine to work. The same internet explorer script error comes up every time I open it. I uninstalled it and reloaded it already and am all out of ideas. Here is what the error looks like.
posted by pwally at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

What was the greatest american band?

ÜbergroupFilter: Coworkers and I were discussing, what make a classic "all-time greatest band in the world" band, ones that were equally musically adept, great songwriting, and inspirational. All the examples we could think of were british; The Stones, The Beatles, Cream etc... What American bands would meet the above criteria? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 2:12 PM PST - 109 comments

Programming & music collaboration?

Suppose I have an idea for a potentially interesting art/music/programming project. I can envision what needs to happen and can put it into concrete terms but lack the programmatic and music theory chops (I'm a designer & photographer type person) to realize it on my own. Where can I find like minded folks that might be interested in collaborating on this art for art's sake project? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

What's with the spitting in the urinal?

Spitting in the urinal, what's that about? Why do so many guys feel the need to spit first, before urinating? [more inside]
posted by soundslikeobiwan at 1:18 PM PST - 50 comments

Evil spawn of Logans Run, The Matrix, Coma and The Clonus Horror

So, "The Island" was a pretty lame movie, but there is something about it that has been gnawing at me. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 1:07 PM PST - 16 comments

GPS coordinates

K. My google skills are weak. I am opening an art gallery at the intersection of Gore and Powell street in Vancouver, B.C. I want to name the gallery the GPS coordinates. Can I find this on the internet, Google maps or something? I should add the deadline for declaring this is 5pm today, so time is tight.
posted by cascando at 1:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Toronto home computer tech support

Looking for recommendations for home computer tech support in Toronto, Canada. Nerds on Site seems pretty good, anyone want to give a recommendation for a buddy or company that does great work?
posted by will at 12:34 PM PST - 1 comment

weird whiskers

Wild hairs: Every so often, I get a strange whisker in my beard... [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 12:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find an m&ms jingle from the 80s?

Where can I find a copy of the song "Grab On To That M&M's Feeling?" My buddy wants to play it at his wedding reception. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Need ASP ecommerce solution.

I need a good, cheap (free) ASP shopping cart application for Windows 2003 / IIS for a client website. Normally, I would use osCommerce, but for some reason they want everything ASP, etc. Any suggestions? Your help is fantastically appreciated. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Video card to connect to TV

How do I connect PC to LCD TV in most basic and inexpensive sense...? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Free downloads to restore/ repair docs for Mac OS X?

I used ClamXav for Mac OS X to locate any viruses and had the infected MS Word docs (quite a few) isolated. Now I need a free download to clear the viruses and repair these documents. Know of any and where I can find them? For the future, are there any free downloads that do both the finding and repairing?
posted by auntbee at 10:33 AM PST - 0 comments

Cardboard in the oven...?

I bought a package of frozen eggplant parm at Trader Joe's, and the cooking instructions are to place the package (made of cardboard) directly into the oven... [more inside]
posted by amro at 9:49 AM PST - 23 comments


Why does my Powerbook with OS-X 10.4 go ffftt! and jump to a different web page unprompted? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the Gothic Mode?

In literature, what is "the Gothic mode?" [more inside]
posted by Questioner at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I get my mouse functions back after plugging into a passthrough switch?

After adding new hardware to my computer setup, my "extra" mouse buttons and mouse wheel no longer work. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Uses for an old laptop?

What can I do with my old laptop? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 8:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Behind the Scenes at the Supermarket

Questions for grocery clerks (or people who stand in line at the grocery thinking about people and their purchases). [more inside]
posted by kmel at 8:08 AM PST - 61 comments

Feed the birds...tuppence a bra.

I have a deformed breastbone (Pectus carinatum, or pigeon-breast--but only half of one!), and I need help finding a nice bra. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

You see, the Square Master allows you to maximize your human potential because Square Master uses one of nature's most perfect shapes for your perfect shape

I'm trying to find exercises that actively involve two people. [more inside]
posted by striker at 7:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help us improve our website.

I'm in the final stages of setting up a user survey for my website and wanted to ask a cookie/javascript question. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

What theme is this?

Can anyone tell me what Windows XP theme this is and where I can get it? [more inside]
posted by Third at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

D-Day Questions

I watched The Longest Day last night and had a few dumb D-Day questions afterward: 1) Why wasn't German U-Boat activity in the North Atlantic considered a major impedance to the invasion, 2) Why didn't German radars pick up the tremendous column of men & machines heading toward France, 3) Why wasn't more air cover sent in far ahead of the armada to take out the huge gun emplacements on the beach first, and 4) in order to risk less casualties once they hit the beaches, why didn't the Allies roll out tanks & armored vehicles first instead of releasing waves of vulnerable human targets from their LCVs, many of whom were killed immediately?
posted by dhoyt at 6:36 AM PST - 32 comments

How now, brown bureaucrat?

LinguaFilter: A phoneme comprised of two vowels, like the “ou” in “house” is called a dipthong. Is there a specific term for a phoneme made of two consonants, like the “sh” in “rash?”
posted by ijoshua at 6:36 AM PST - 23 comments

House buying tips?

Experienced homeowners, help out a first-time buyer. What wisdom can you impart about the home buying process? What do you wish you had done differently when buying your first home?
posted by Otis at 5:53 AM PST - 36 comments

What are the best headphones for athletic use?

What are the best sports headphones for general working out and/or running? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 5:08 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get Hollywood OS on my laptop?

How do I get Hollywood OS on my Laptop? [more inside]
posted by invisible_al at 4:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Toggling Tabs in Safari

SafariFilter: Is there a way to toggle between tabbed windows in Safari under OSX 10.4 Tiger?
posted by cahlers at 4:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Shouldn't a 50% full battery be enough to power an LCD?

Nikon D70 owners: My LCD stopped working tonight... [more inside]
posted by knave at 12:31 AM PST - 11 comments

the peace olympiad?

Every year this incredibly strange woman wanders up to my front door to solicit money for something she cryptically refers to as "the peace olympiad." Whenever I attempt to find out what this is and why I should give it money she simply explains that it's like the Olympics only it strives to promote peace and unity. I then ask what this means. And she repeats her original answer. I confess that I really have no idea what this group is or does and I don't feel comfortable giving it money. She then abruptly turns and walks to the next house. My question: What the meep is the "peace olympiad"? I have found that it's run by some organization called EduServe...but I can't seem to find out much more than that. What exactly is this group? Is it some sort of cult or scam or is it some legitimate charity that just happens to have a very strange representative in my area? Has anyone else encountered solicitors for the peace olympiad? Is this an actual event? Are the peace olympiad competitors?
posted by jaanpehechaanho at 12:13 AM PST - 11 comments

How did you cope with your parents moving away?

The boyfriend's parents are moving to South Carolina this weekend. We live in Philadelphia. They live(d) in New Jersey. We're both college age and have been out of "their" house for a year. He is completely distraught over this and I don't know what to do. Has anyone had to deal with parents moving away? What helped? What didn't help?
posted by tozturk at 12:09 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I stop acting dumb around my girlfriend?

How can I stop acting dumb around my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 AM PST - 51 comments

How does changing jobs work?

I'm probably going to be taking a new job in the next couple of months. I'm currently at my first "real" job, so i have some questions for those of you who have done this before. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 AM PST - 7 comments

July 28

Waiting between weight lifting and aerobics?

Strength training and aerobics: how much rest do I need after strength training and before aerobic exercise (swimming)? [more inside]
posted by daver at 11:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Amish discrimination?

Do you know of any examples of discrimination against the Amish in business?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Statute of Limitation on Theft?

Law Filter! My google-fu fails me. I need to find the statute of limitation on theft in order to justify an argument in a paper. [more inside]
posted by cm at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that saint.

Can you help me identify a religious statue? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Ooh! Mystery part!

TinfoilHatFilter. What is this strange unmarked part in my car? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 10:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me bid on a freelance writing project.

Freelance writers: help a newbie make a bid on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 9:23 PM PST - 6 comments

books about india?

Can anyone recommend some good books on Indian (particularly South Indian) culture/history/politics/etc? [more inside]
posted by introcosm at 9:04 PM PST - 8 comments

What are your favorite extensions in Firefox?

What are your favorite extensions for Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Edible Energy at 8:22 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I recover data from a mangled hard drive?

The hard drive on my fiancee's Windows machine has died, with our wedding plans, five weeks prior to our wedding. I've managed to duplicate the drive (with Unix's dd), though not without errors severe enough to prevent me from booting it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 8:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Oh, and the ability to air conduct along is always a plus

I'd like some recommendations for classical music. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 7:21 PM PST - 45 comments

computer emulates molasses

Need help with a perplexing computer slowdown. [more inside]
posted by socratic at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

"There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking - I suggest you try it"

Best technique for shaving one's nutsack. Anyone? Anyone?
posted by Idiot Mittens at 7:04 PM PST - 38 comments

os x mouse problems

having made the switch to a mac mini, 1gb ram, 80gb hdd, wireless options and running tiger, i bought a labtec usb optical mouse to go with my machine. after a while i found that it does it's own thing, and will occasionally lurch over to he left side of the screen for no apparent reason. [more inside]
posted by spyke23 at 6:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Which barbeque/grill?

What kind of barbeque/grill should I get? [more inside]
posted by thethirdman at 5:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Disneyland? Walt Disney World? WTF?

As a naive Aussie, I've always assumed that there was a (emphasis on 'a') magical place called Disneyland somewhere in the US. Now I find there's something called "Disneyland", and something else called "Walt Disney World", and they both seem to have multiple subparks. What's the difference between the two? Which would my 10- and 12-year old nieces enjoy more? Generic Disney trip tips / pointers to a guide online welcome.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:43 PM PST - 33 comments

What are we saying to the aliens?

The top of this little sign says, "This compressed message [from the NAIC-Arecibo Observatory] is a mathematical puzzle for an intelligent species to solve. The answer will reveal information about the Earth and its people." I got nothin'. Help?
posted by gleuschk at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Experiences with Lexapro anti-anxiety medication.

Does anyone have any experiences with the anti-anxiety medication Lexapro that they may be able to share? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 3:31 PM PST - 20 comments

What made spiral markings on my zucchini?

What made this mysterious raised spiral marking on my zucchini? It came out of my garden today. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 3:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Harassed by court

LegalFilter. Back in Feb I had a 10-mile-over ticket in Austin TX. I plead guilty at a court cashier cage, paid the fines, and applied for a defensive driving deferral, but was in the midst of the move and could not do the class. I figured the violation would just get put on my record. Now I'm getting letters from Austin threatening me with a warrant if I don't appear in front of a judge on Sept 8. [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Affordable and nice hotel in Manhattan

Looking for a nice hotel in nyc for <=$200 a night. I usually stay with friends, but they're all out of town, and I'm hoping someone can recommend a nice place for me and my special lady to stay in Manhattan. We're on our way somewhere else, so it's just for one night. I'm thinking lower Manhattan but flexible. Also, is it best to make reservations directly with the hotel or is orbitz etc a good strategy for finding a room?
posted by puppy kuddles at 3:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Soundex for images of text

Does anyone know of a fairly fast algorithm for generating a "hash" of images which behaves like soundex, in that similar images have similar values? I know that's not possible in general, but I'm particularly interested in text - so what I really want is something that says "boo" is more like "bon" than "box" (in the character set I am using to type this, at least). You can assume no background noise, good orientation etc. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 2:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I keep a box spring mattress?

Is there a reason I should continue to use a box spring mattress? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

select "order by occurrence" mysql

Does any one know how to find the most common result for a column returned from a mysql select request?
posted by outofpaper at 2:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Picture of Mr. Wizard.

I'm looking for a picture of Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard) that got linked from AxMe a few weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by bshort at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

iPod Shuffle Won't Charge

My iPod Shuffle just doesn't charge off my PC. [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for liquor cart

Anybody know of any good, lesser- known, online furniture retailers out there? [more inside]
posted by verytres at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows XP macro recorder

I use Windows XP and am looking for a macro recorder to enable me to assign fixed strings to hotkeys. This should work for applications such as Exceed, Putty etc. It's for use at work so it needs to be a freebie. Can anyone recommend one?
posted by PurpleJack at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Some like it hot

Why are New York subway platforms so hot? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 12:33 PM PST - 22 comments

De-Americanize this my good man

I'm an American who lives in London, just got 1500US that I need to convert to pounds. Where should one go to get the most return for they're US money in London? Don't need a specific street corner or anything, but hoping for ideas how to get the most for my money.
posted by herting at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Why does Party Shuffle in itunes not work?

Why does the random feature (party shuffle) on my itunes SUCK, IE work very badly.. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Deal-breakers: Gestures and keybindings in Firefox OS X

Firefox deal-breakers. 1. Instead of scrolling the page, panning use the trackpad on OS X goes back one page in the cache. 2. I want to change the keybinding to so that control-click on a link opens in a new background tab, instead of in a new foreground tab. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Music Recommendations?

There have been numerous questions about I like X music and want to find more like it. What I want to know, besides the basics like All Music Guide, Pitchfork, etc... where do you go for recommendations for music?
posted by szg8 at 11:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Help opening links from Outlook 2003

I am having a problem with Outlook 2003. If I click on a hyperlink in an email message, a new internet explorer window is created instead of using the currently open internet explorer window. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by garypratt at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How to format a manuscript in a Windows text editor

I have to send a manuscript in the be edited and they've asked me to mark all italicized words with an underline and all bolded words with a wavy underline. I've never sent in an ms before so I am unsure how to go about doing this. Is it possible to format a document like this in MS Word? If not, is there another program I should be using? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 9:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Name this font

Can anyone tell me the name of this font? [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

staples in the microwave??

Is it really possible to make homemade microwave popcorn? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 9:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Is Technorati broken?

Is Technorati broken? I have used it in the past to see who is linking to something, but now it misses even MetaFilter links. [more inside]
posted by caddis at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Content Management System for my personal website?

I am looking for a Community-style Content Management System to use as the platform for my personal web page. And a good hosting service. [more inside]
posted by illuminatus at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

learning english as a spanish speaker

A friend of mine is trying to learn English (he is a Spanish speaker), and knows very little English. He lives in a Central American country, and I am going to send him a good book and some CDs for learning - they dont have English textbooks in his school. Can anyone suggest a good series on learning English for Spanish speakers? Is there a audio series that is really solid? Or books that are good? My Spanish is okay, but not enough to be making those kind of judgements.
posted by jare2003 at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Spanning mulit-mode for laptop

I have a laptop with a vga out - is there an external box or some sort of device that would allow me to have a spanning multi mode with two external monitors, in addition to the laptop? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I prove my parents are my parents?

Canadian proof of parenthood - does such a thing exist? A bit of an obscure question I know, but I require some official, government-provided proof that my parents are, in fact, my parents. [more inside]
posted by loquax at 6:33 AM PST - 14 comments

length of cardio workouts

I usually try to do aerobic exercise for 1.5 hours a day. Is it more beneficial to do 3 30-minute workouts or 2 45-minute workouts?
posted by ttrendel at 6:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can a person get honest, objective opinions on their physical appearance?

Where can a person get honest, objective opinions on their physical appearance and what they can do to make themselves look better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Rediscovering sex with a long-time partner

I've lost interest in sex with my partner. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:42 AM PST - 31 comments

(How|Where) does one find Google's (guide|help) on (searching|querying) using regular expressions?

Well, what do you know, err.. what do I know, Google does support some sort of regular expressions. However, I can't find the usage guide. Anyone?
posted by Gyan at 4:34 AM PST - 11 comments

A good walk spoiled?

Here's a physics/exercise question. If you walk over a closed course that varies in altitude over the course, is the energy expended the same going one way as the other? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 4:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Mobile phones on the London Underground

Re: urban legends/mobile phones. Yesterday there was a rumour circulating in London (I heard it from several different sources). The story was that if you were to call the generic European Union emergency number (not 999) from your mobile phone from a Tube, it would work even in underground tunnels. Is there any truth in this or is this just an urban legend post-7/7?
posted by plep at 3:40 AM PST - 7 comments

help needed finding a webpage with an image

ImageSearchFilter: I'm looking for a webpage with an image I should have bookmarked. Please help me find it! [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 1:38 AM PST - 7 comments

July 27

Tears for Fears Pharaohs "lyrics"?

Tears for Fears has a "b-side" instrumental song called Pharaohs. Does anyone know what the narrator is saying or reading from?
posted by edjusted at 11:24 PM PST - 7 comments

eMachines.. deal or rip-off?

Why are eMachines so cheap? [more inside]
posted by phox at 10:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Identify the mystery plant

I have a municipal garden plot in Montreal. Two plants have been invasive this year and one of them has me stumped. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you deal with fear?

I got held up a gun-point about a week and a half ago. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 8:35 PM PST - 32 comments

What font does USA Today use for headlines?

What font does USA Today use for their headlines? For example, "New year, new challenges" in this image: http://www.2001exhibit.org/press/img/usa_today.gif For that matter, what's their logo font?
posted by Zair TL at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

DSL in Ontario

DSL service in southwestern Ontario (Hamilton) [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

typing accents

My wife wants to be able to put Spanish Accents in on our PC Laptop however we have not found a solution. Is there one for a PC Laptop Keyboard without using that Function method?
posted by Hands of Manos at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

So, is it possible for a heterosexual female to meet women on the internet?

So, is it possible for a heterosexual female to meet women on the internet? [more inside]
posted by awegz at 5:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Desktop video capture

What's the best program to use for capturing video from the desktop? Say, if I wanted to provide a visual tutorial in Photoshop that I could save as a video.
posted by jimmy at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How to stand your ground / survive a confrontation

How to stand your ground / survive a confrontation [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 4:54 PM PST - 28 comments

cherry vodka recipe

Looking for a good cherry vodka recipe. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 4:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Blues recommendations

I don't know anything about the blues but really like the sort of pounding ferocity of Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy. What else should I check out?
posted by xmutex at 4:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Independence or stability?

What's the best way to finance a small business? Or should I, at this junction? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 4:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Skinny kitty

Wish I had his problem! Our lanky cat, who is two years old and in all respects healthy otherwise, is very skinny. How do we fatten him up? And should we? [more inside]
posted by cacahuete at 3:57 PM PST - 14 comments

iTunes (windows) and the Command line...

Does anyone know if there a way to add a file to add an MP3 to my iTunes library, on Windows, using the command line? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 2:16 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I invest leftily and lazily?

How can I find a financial advisor who specializes in investments that are in tune with my lefty sensibilities? [more inside]
posted by gurple at 1:41 PM PST - 13 comments

exporting favorites

I am uber-tarded computer-wise and I need to know if it's possible to export my favorites off my msn page. They are vast and I cannot loose them, I am moving to another state and will not be using msn again. Therefore, I will no longer have access to them. Any ideas, any help?
posted by codeofconduct at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving to La-La Land

I'm moving to LA soon and have two questions. First, I have a rental budget of around $1200 to $1500 a month for a one-bedroom (not a studio!). I want to live close enough to enjoy all that LA has to offer but not so close that I have to pay way more for a lot less. Any ideas on areas of town, specific rental agencies, websites, complexes, etc. Second, is living out there really all that much more expensive than saying living in Houston, Texas for example? Can anyone offer specifics on what costs so much.
posted by JPowers at 1:19 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I get rid of weeds in a newly seeded lawn?

I recently seeded a new lawn, about 50x150 feet, in buffalo grass seed. the entire thing is now sprouting in bindweed. is there anything I can do to get rid of bindweed without killing the seedlings? I have been hand pulling them, but it takes approximately 20 hours each weekend. I'm open to any suggestions. thanks!
posted by pamohearn at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

What should my child do now on the internet?

My 4 year old has outgrown the internet. [more inside]
posted by felix at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Mac Migration

I am a PC person, but I was given an old Power Mac G4. I am setting it up for my son. The hard drive holds about 9.5 Gigs, and will be filled up by his iTunes collection rather fast. Can I (i.e. should I) (a) swap out the hard drive for a bigger one, (b) add a second internal drive, (c) use an external hard drive, or (d) other? Please help this Mac novice navigate the mental migration from the PC world. Thanks.
posted by Carsey at 12:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get away without going broke

Please help me plan a week-long vacation for two people for $2000. All crazy ideas welcome! [more inside]
posted by hamster at 12:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Equity Loans

Help me buy a pre-construction house with my equity. [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 11:53 AM PST - 3 comments

When and how often should I water my lawn?

In in New Jersey. How often should I be watering my lawn, and what time of the day should I do it? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Boom goes the Powerbook...or maybe not

it-still-may-explode-but-i'll-take-my-chances-filter: I received my replacement Powerbook battery from Apple - Am I obligated to return the old one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Like, totally?

California stereotypes: What do East Coasters really think about Californians? [more inside]
posted by slimslowslider at 10:46 AM PST - 45 comments

How to excite my child about learning...?

Seeking books on supplemental home schooling and helping teach your kids. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Shape my future, please.

Are programmers fun? In the long run, is programming fun? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 10:15 AM PST - 39 comments

"Bright eyes, burning like fire ..."

Help me find this cat tribute. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments


I'm playing (oracle) DBA for a day over the next two weeks and need to create public synonyms for all tables in a schema. How would I go about doing so? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Please recommend small form factor Linux servers

Where can I buy an inexpensive small form factor Linux server with a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 8:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Real or fake?

Is this a Paul Klee watercolor or not? [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Name the eight-pointed star

Is there a name for the eight-pointed star pictured here?
posted by jpoulos at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Is equipments a legitimate English word?

Is equipments a legitimate English word?
I mean, can 1.84 million google hits all be wrong?
posted by iconjack at 8:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Dry me a river

OK, I'm stumped. Where can I buy desiccants - today? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:50 AM PST - 15 comments

php/mysql ticketing systems

Can anyone suggest some good php/mysql ticketing systems to review? 'Tis for tech support tickets. Thanks.
posted by pissfactory at 7:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Help! I Need a Blog of My Own!

Please Help Me. I need a blog. I am so busy and scattered, though. I post stuff all over the place, and I try to connect with folks with snippets. I think a blog would work for me, even in it got few hits. But since I am so busy, I don't have much time to learn detailed shortcuts, software, etc. I would like to find a place on the web where it is easy to post stuff in a cool layout, including of course links, pix, etc. Maybe with sidebars, contact info, etc. It would also be nice if it were within a community of bloggers. And maybe "Blog" is the wrong term, as it might be simply a personal web page. But a blog seems more interactive, and I want that. My interests are eclectic, but they include radical social, and personal, change. Will you please help me with ideas? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by swlabr at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Fruity booze! Tell me cocktail recipes

Got any good cocktail recipes with fresh fruit?
posted by handee at 6:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me with SPSS

I have an SPSS question about linear vs. curvilinear models [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 6:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Help my cat stop being such a pussy

I recently adopted two kittens from a friend who took in a stray litter. They were stray for approximately 4-5 weeks and one of them is extremely skittish around humans. He is young and I expect him to come around, but do you have any tips for helping him learn to trust me? [more inside]
posted by mike9322 at 5:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Company Health Insurance: What is the normal deal?

I just started working at a company where health insurance kicks in after 90 days, you pay half for a year, and then the company picks up the full cost. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:49 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I get Apple Remote Desktop and Windows VNC working together?

How do I access, configure, and support Apple's Remote Desktop on OS X from VNC and Windows? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:59 AM PST - 11 comments

What to buy for 35th Anniversary?

35th Anniversary present? Help! [more inside]
posted by snowgoon at 2:21 AM PST - 9 comments

July 26

How many people have worked on Linux?

How many programmers are capable of contributing to Linux? Of those, how many have contributed, since Linux began?
posted by Tlogmer at 10:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Database Illusions

Does some database have the wrong idea about me? I live with 4 otherwise nice and "normal" guys who all drink a fair amount of beer, and I am the designated beer go getter. I almost always use my ATM/debit or credit card and grocery membership card. [more inside]
posted by tcy at 10:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Why shouldn't I move to South Korea?

I'm told I'm a shoo-in for an ESL job in South Korea. When I graduate with a BA in English next May, I could move down to South Korea and teach English for a year. Known pros are the mobile tech, friendly people, and first chance to see a radically different culture. The pay's supposed to be good ($3k a month) and the program sets my housing up. So what could the cons be? And am I missing any pros? I'd especially appreciate advice from former SK residents.
posted by NickDouglas at 9:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Name a movie with Frenchmen trapped in a bunker complex?

LostMovieFilter: Men trapped in a bunker complex by an invading armada’s bombardment try to carry on with life. Or something like that. [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu at 9:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Heat Pump vs Standard

Our air conditioner is going out and has to be replaced. We are likely going to replace it with two standard units as the single unit has never heated or cooled the entire house evenly. The heating/air guy said that would be ideal but would cost 8-10 thousand vs 4 thousand or less if we just bought a new 5 ton unit. However the electric company is offering to loan people the money if they want to buy heat pumps. Not having a lot of extra money right now, that is tempting IF heat pumps are likely to do the job, which I am not sure about. [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Favorite Guitar Solos

Inspired by this thread and this comment, my mefite compadres, I ask you: what are your favorite guitar solos?
posted by fingers_of_fire at 8:42 PM PST - 54 comments

Help me find a CD by the Norwegian band named "Yelp"

In a blue thread in December 2004, there was a link to video of a bunch of base jumpers from Norway. I've been trying to find a CD of the music that's played as the soundtrack to that video for the past 10 months with no luck. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Veterinarians ever heard of Subutex?

Can anyone explain the difference between Subutex and Buprenex, specifically the dosing and effectiveness, for veterinary usage? (Kitty Cat) [more inside]
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 6:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a good setup for recording conversations in person?

What is a good setup for recording conversations in person? [more inside]
posted by who else at 6:09 PM PST - 20 comments

On Being a Landlord

Is it worth it to be a landlord? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:02 PM PST - 16 comments

You poker, you brought 'er.

Online Poker: How do people play differently when you move from play to real money? And what e-wallet solution do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by The Baby Jesus at 5:37 PM PST - 15 comments

what are some good ways for a creative person to make money? (the problem is no business know-how)

what are some good ways for a creative person to make money? (the problem is no business know-how) [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 4:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Paper gifts for 1st wedding anniversary?

Those of you who gave the gift of paper for the first anniversary of your wedding: What did you give? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 4:29 PM PST - 20 comments

complete NYC n00b seeks assistance

NewYorkVirginFilter: I'm going to New York on business in early August, and I'll have two blocks of time free: 4pm - midnight-ish, and 8am - 2pm the following morning. I am so clueless. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 4:26 PM PST - 26 comments

no, I'm not a back door man

I have haemorrhoids. Do I need to do anything about them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Safe P2Ping

What sort of protection do you use when you use p2p programs? [more inside]
posted by signal at 4:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommendation for the future

I am going to graduate school in the fall (for what should be about a five year stint) and am wondering what / if I should do about getting a recommendation from my current boss. [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Ocean Wonders Aquarium tune?

Fisher-Price's Ocean Wonders Aquarium plays three songs: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," Brahms' "Lullaby," and a heartbreakingly beautiful melody I've never heard elsewhere that's its default setting. Anyone have any idea what it's called, or (even better) who composed it?
posted by 88robots at 3:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Place to get T-shirts

T-shirts. I'm in a small town and the only place with T-shirts is Wal-Mart (which has only Budweiser & NASCAR shirts by Faded Glory). So where can I buy a bunch of cool (even geeky) T-shirts online but without paying $15 a pop? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 3:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Sell a trademark?

A relative of mine has come up with a perfect acronym. Is there money to be made? [more inside]
posted by tayknight at 2:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Commodore PET Gold Mining Game??

Okay.. this (believe it or not) is the question that caused me to pay the $5 and join mefi... Does anyone remember the Commodore PET? Our high school (back in 1983'ish) had 3 of these things and the best thing about them was this gold mining game. You'd move your little ascii (actually, PETSCII I think) guy around and you'd run into a solid block to mine it for gold. You might find gold.. or nothing.. or even a spring that would flood the whole cave. Does anyone remember this game? Did someone ever re-do it for Palm or PocketPC? I'd even settle for finding it on a PET emulator if such a thing existed.
posted by spifl at 2:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Using Notebook Computer as CD-Player

Sound output of notebook computer (Powerbook) too low to drive Bose Wave Radio input; inexpensive solution? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Is shipping insurance worth it?

Does anyone have any personal experience with buying and then having to make a claim against the insurance you can get when shipping through the major carriers, i.e. USPS, UPS. FedEx, DHL? Are any of them better than the others when it comes to making a successful claim? Or is buying it just like pissing money away because they make it so difficult to get paid if something does happen? Any tips, tricks from the community?
posted by crosten at 2:02 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm no Rodney Dangerfield...

I want to quit my job and go to school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 14 comments

TV madness

Anyone every buy a large TV online? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Why shorten "Democratic"?

"Democratic Party" vs. "Democrat Party" -- why? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 1:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I get notifications of power outages by e-mail?

Our dog stays at home while we're out working. She does fine and has people walking her on most days, but with the generally unreliable nature of electric power on hot Virginia days, I worry that the house may lose power and heat up to an uncomfortable temperature while my wife and I are at work. Does anyone have any experience with an inexpensive, easy-to-setup way for me to get an e-mail alert if the power goes out or the temperature gets to a certain point? This looks neat, but if the house loses power it won't do me much good.
posted by laze at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

How to talk to an insurance company?

My fiancé is having very rare hip surgery soon. Very few surgeons in the area perform it - she's found the one she wants - only problem is her insurance doesn't recognize him. What are some steps she can take to to help convince her insurance to give this guy the green light? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 12:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Auto-sort Windows Favorites?

Is there any way to have my Favorites in Windows Explorer (XP Pro) be automatically sorted in alpha order?
posted by everichon at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

itunes is messed up!

Help! My itunes is acting funny. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

photo developing

anyone recommend a good -- and affordable -- place to develop photos in new york city? I have a few rolls of t100-max black and white film, which I would also need a good deal on, and I don't want to go to the numerous fried-chicken-cum-photo-developing outfits splashed all over the city.
posted by yonation at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

We're a Gah-rahge Band...

Can I run OS X and GarageBand on an old (ca. 2000) Mac cube? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Convert Postscript Type 1 font to TrueType for free?

FontFilter: Convert Postscript Type 1 font to TrueType for free? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I make my backyard more comfortable?

How can I make my backyard more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Lingusitics texts?

What book do I want? In the interest of self-improvement, I have decided to study linguistics and I am trying to find a book that would provide a good overview of the subject. I would like something a bit more enjoyable/readable than a typical textbook, but I would also like to get a fairly broad structural overview including references to other sources. I know so little about the science that I am unsure if "linguistics" is too broad of a term; if it is any help I was a huge fan of the Wittgensteinian school of philosophy back in my college days.
posted by rtimmel at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

How to allocate rooms in a rented space in the fairest fashion?

A house with 7 rooms of varying quality is being split between 7 college students. The rent is a fixed amount. The students place differeng importance on the value of their money vs. the size of the rooms they will get. What is the best method of allocating the rooms so that everyone is optimally happy? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 10:18 AM PST - 39 comments

indestructible plush dog toy?

They can put a man on the moon, but they can’t make an indestructible plush dog toy? My dog loves the stuffed animals, but is extremely rough on them. Even the best ones are unstuffed or decapitated within a couple of weeks. Any leads on durable furries?
posted by found missing at 10:05 AM PST - 18 comments

email copyright

Who owns email copyright? [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 10:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Greatest rock instrumentals?

What are the greatest rock instrumentals of all time? (i.e., not jazz, electronica, funk, etc.)
posted by jjg at 9:52 AM PST - 74 comments

How much do strangers abroad get paid when their photos are used in American ad campaigns?

A friend of mine has a question about how (and how much) people in so-called third world and developing countries get paid when their images are used in American ad campaigns. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I teach myself to shave?

I'm a 23-year-old guy who's never used a real razor to shave -- I've only ever used electrics. (Why? Because I'm a pussy and can't bear to think about cutting myself.) I've recently started to think that the electric shave is less than ideal, and that proper shaving would be a good life skill to have. Of course, it'd be a little awkward to ask Dad to show me how like everybody else, since I'm not thirteen and he's in another state. How can I teach myself to use a razor without causing myself grievous injury? What kind of razor gives me the smallest chance of cutting myself? Am I ridiculous for even asking about this?
posted by logovisual at 9:16 AM PST - 38 comments

What kind of flag is this?

What flag is a black and white American flag, with black triangles instead of stars? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I hand wash my clothes in the bathtub?

Can I hand wash my clothes in the bathtub? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Memorial advice?

Are there resources out there for planning a memorial service? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I keep lightning from destroying my stuff?

I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Business Thank You Gifts and Gestures

Business Thank you Gifts, what's too much? what's just enough? [more inside]
posted by margaretlam at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Learning to be a grown-up

What do you want to be when you grow up? How are you working to be that person? [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Pilling sheets

Any tips for keeping sheets from pilling? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recognize this scene?

Can you recognize this scene: two soldiers, which I remember as the last two men alive, are shown killing each other, with guns from a distance I think. It is from an *animated* film, probably meant for children, that I watched possibly 10 years or so ago, but I don't really remember--I just have this vague recollection. I think they were wearing gas masks and there was possibly a voiceover, but again, I'm not sure about anything. I am guessing that it must have been a movie about animals or something, or in any case about something non-human, where this scene was used in a kind of "oh, the naughty past" way. Any suggestions of what movie this might be from would be greatly appreciated!
posted by flavor at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Razor Burn Debaucle

Yesterday, I foolishly shaved my entire nether region. While it looked lovely immediately afterwards it is now an itchy, rash-ridden, horror show. I need some suggestions on how to make the itching stop and the bumps go away fast!
posted by dagnyduquette at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Overcoming motion sickness

I'd like to read during my commute, but get motion sickness when I do. Any tips on overcoming this annoying malady? [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 7:34 AM PST - 14 comments

My home draft system likes to pur foamy beer!

Beer At Home becomes Foam At Home. As a wedding gift, Banjo and I recently acquired a Sanyo home draft system. The problem is that it dispenses at a foam-to-beer ratio of 3-to-1. What to do? [Pour Inside] [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for Linux Virtual Server Hosts

Recommendations for a good, reliable Linux Virtual Server host? Any good experiences? Any really bad ones? things to look out for? Root access and ability to install custom software is a must as is serving multiple domains. Price is definitely a factor, but reliability is more important. [more inside]
posted by costas at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get cheap basic clothing online?

I need to get some clothing staples for a young woman. She needs basic underwear, socks, t-shirts; you know, the standards. Anyone know of a good place to go? Target, Wal-mart, etc. all seem to not sell this sort of thing online.
posted by k8t at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Diamond hardness

If diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, how can you cut them? [more inside]
posted by askmatrix at 6:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Spread it on toast!

How do I make excellent roasted garlic? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 5:12 AM PST - 16 comments

exporting pagemaker files to database

I am running in a graphics environment (pagemaker) and would like to extract the information to a database. Does anyone know of a program that can export this to a format that excel or access can use.
posted by aisleofview at 5:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Hearing the wrong language

I live in Japan, and I speak the language only at a pretty minimal level. Occasionally when out in public I'll overhear someone's conversation, and I could swear they're speaking English, but then I'll realize they're actually speaking Japanese. The two languages sound nothing alike, so this is obviously something going on in my head. So linguaphiles, my question is: is there a name for this mishearing of a language?
posted by zardoz at 3:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Accepting shares in a company

We build web-based software. A friend who owns an established company is offering a portion of her company's shares in return for our involvement in leading her business' venture into e-commerce, knowing well that it has to be a long-term commitment. What are the benefits of being a shareholder in a company? What should I look out for, and what should I expect in return? Do I draw a monthly director's fee? What are my liabilities? How do I determine the company's share values?
posted by arrowhead at 2:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Is white alright?

I want to paint my room white...but everyone thinks white is too harsh.... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Record Skype conversations?

What's the best (and cheapest) way to record a Skype conversation?
posted by bwerdmuller at 1:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Superimpose images on php webpages

I do websites. I'm looking for a PHP/Javascript script that superimposes a link or image to webpages that are below a certain directory on the server. Any geeks with ideas?
posted by wibbler at 1:14 AM PST - 5 comments

July 25

Is discounted "courier" air fare still available?

Has the courier option fallen prey to 9/11 security, or is it still possible to travel at heavily discounted prices? [more inside]
posted by dreamsign at 10:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Opinions on cleaning services?

I'm a single guy, 30 years old .. finding out that I'm spending too much time cleaning my house .. and I suck at it ;) I really think time spent cleaning would be better spent on work and a side business I have .. Wondering if you all had opinions on a cleaning service like Molly Maid. [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 10:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Shelving Solutions for Books

Searching for modern, modular, attractive shelving for books. [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 10:21 PM PST - 11 comments

WHat else can I do about my ant problem?

Ant Problem, is there anything else I can do? a few days ago I found a few ants in my kitchen so I set up a few an traps hoping I could catch the few that where there, the next morning I woke up and found many many ants swarming an area of my kitchen and storage room. [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 9:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice for Those Considering a Joint Venture...

My small business is considering starting a partnership / joint venture with a smaller scale operation based in Asia (we are in the US). They have good connections, we have a good organization to do the work. Can anyone recommend a website or book that offers good advice to those considering partnerships / joint ventures?
posted by extrabox at 9:06 PM PST - 3 comments

What do pilots do during long flights?

What do pilots do in the cockpit during extremely long flights? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 8:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying a Telescope for My Son

I want to buy my son, who is turning six, a telescope for his birthday. I don't want to spend a fortune, but one site I looked at for advice said anything less than $300 is a piece of junk. Anyone have any advice (including specific models) on one I can by this budding astronomer for $100 or less?
posted by alexg23 at 8:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Feline Move Post Coast-to-Coast

I am moving from the West Coast to the East Coast and I'm wondering what the best way to move my beloved cat. I was originally going to bring her on my flight as a carry-on, but I'm thinking that the plane ride may be too long in a small pet carrier. There is also the option of checking her in as luggage, but most airlines don't allow this in the summer months (i.e. the time I'm moving). Any suggestions? Shipping is also an option; any suggestions on airline-friendly kennels that can attach water and food? Also, to sedate or not to sedate?
posted by Dante5Inferno at 8:13 PM PST - 15 comments

We are the wrong people to promote our product! hello?!

Help dear Mefites! Could you price our promotional catalogue? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting around LAX

International travel for dummies. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Freelance design ate my brain!

Calling all freelance graphic designers! I need your assistance with a question of pricing. [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Corporate extortion

Advice needed on resolving what I consider essentially an attempt at extortion by Vesta Corporation (processors for prepaid Cingular cellphones). [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Anyone ever heard of a digital music receiver for DirecTV?

I've finally noticed and started enjoying the digital music channels that came with my DirecTV setup. But it's kind of silly to use my home theater system and DirecTV receiver just to hear some music. Does anyone know how I could hack this kind of satellite music playback into a separate stereo system? Anyone ever heard of a digital music receiver for DirecTV?
posted by mathowie at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Konfabulator Fuss?

The sites that I frequent have been abuzz with the news that Konfabulator has been purchased by Yahoo. Having since downloaded Konfabulator, I must ask: What's the big deal? [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 5:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Steering clear of the IRS

IANAL, so I need your help. At what point does a small activity group with some money in the bank need to worry about attracting IRS attention? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 5:12 PM PST - 3 comments

48 or 12 Volts for my condenser mic?

MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

What TV show is this?

When I was in elementary school (mid-late 70's) there used to be a Christian tv drama that I would watch on Sundays when nothing else was on. I remember the production values as being fairly poor, and it was usually somewhat depressing, with characters yelling at each other and a moral at the end that no one could miss. Elizabeth Taylor was on one episode. Was it made by the Lutherans? Google hasn't helped me.
posted by pinky at 3:37 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this scale on the compass?

What is this scale on this compass (see inside)? How is it used? [more inside]
posted by rubin at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

what's a good military watch?

I'd like to buy a new watch, a rugged military sort of thing. Problem is, every company says theirs is the one the actual military uses, and they all seem to boast the same qualities. Does anyone know a good, authentic high-quality pilot's or such watch that's not outrageously expensive?
posted by dearleader at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

finding a place for a tryst

I havent seen my girlfriend in months, cause ive been traveling abroad. Im in graduate school and happen to crashing at my parents home for two weeks, which is where she is. Shell be in town for a weekend, and we really can´t have sex at my parents house, but we want to still have somewhere to be intimate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Will this be a "Chasing Amy" sequel?

I've been dating a wonderful guy for a month or so and have slowly come to the realization that while he has had relationships with women in the past, his social circle definitely views him as gay. I know each situation is unique, and I'm just going to have to keep the lines of communication open and see where this goes, but I'd like to hear what people's experience has been in other situations like this.
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Why does my stereo screech at certain pitches?

I recently moved my stereo to a new location. After I reassembled it, it started making screeching noises whenever a certain pitch is hit. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Getting a car from A to B

International auto shipping recommendations wanted... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 1:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Bang on the drum all day

Help me find some great percussion-heavy music. [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 1:03 PM PST - 42 comments

Battlefield 2 multiplayer, worth it for the casual gamer?

I'm looking into buying Battlefield 2, for the multiplayer experience. Can anyone comment on the ability to accomodate the casual gamer? I've always been turned off by multiplayer games as it seems only a select few who play all day control the flow of the game. Is it easy to just pick up a quick game here and there? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

AlcoholFilter: Drinking sambouca - best way?

Whats the best way to drink sambouca? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Hotel recommendation for Ocean City, MD

Recommend me a good ocean-front hotel in Ocean City, MD, kthxbi.
posted by adampsyche at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

fact or fiction: police officers monthly ticket quota?

Help me sort fact from fiction: do police officers in the US have a monthly quota or target (official or unofficial) for the number of tickets they need to issue?
posted by netsirk at 12:14 PM PST - 17 comments

good enough is the enemy of the great

Quotation filter -- who first said: "'Good enough' is the enemy of the great"? [more inside]
posted by Araucaria at 12:14 PM PST - 13 comments

i used to love food, but it's all over now

What has happened to my love of food? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 12:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me plan an awesome birthday party in Chicago.

Help me plan the most awesomest rockin' birthday party in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by geryon at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does a sandwich taste better if someone else makes it?

Why does a sandwich made by someone else always taste better than one you make yourself?
posted by 40 Watt at 11:06 AM PST - 29 comments

Lodgings in Roseburg?

Where should we stay in or around Roseburg, OR? [more inside]
posted by willpie at 11:01 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the easiest way to edit video from a DVD?

What is the easiest way to edit video from a DVD, and then be able to burn it back to DVD? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Help finding a bee decoration

A friend of mine is starting a catering business focusing on sweets. She has decided that her theme for her menus, business cards, etc will be an in-motion bee. She would like to continue this theme to her desserts as kind of a signature. Any ideas where to find bulk quantities of a tastefully rendered bee that would look appropriate attached to, or set along side, a dessert. I'm picturing something the size of a quarter or half-dollar. Thanks in advance!
posted by jbradley at 9:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Please go rob my neighbor instead

Home Security: The doors currently on my house would be laughably easy to break through. I'm planning to replace them with solid wood doors with metal strips reinforcing the jamb, and serious deadbolts (with long screws securing them.) Is there anything I'm missing (so far as securing doors go)? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 9:39 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the chances two rich, white Americans are related?

During the 2004 election, I'm sure we all heard that George W. Bush and John Kerry were related. But given any two people of similar backgrounds, what are the chances that they are related? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments

hotmail is leaving me out in the cold

When I try to log into hotmail, I get this error: "The operation timed out when attempting to contact..." This has been going on for a week. Yet my husband can get into his hotmail account just fine. I've tried logging in using Firefox and IE, but I get the error in both browsers. I've tried on my desktop and my laptop. Neither works. My husband can get into his hotmail using any browser and any PC. What gives? Does hotmail have a vendetta against me?
posted by Evangeline at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend songs about UFOs

The recent release of two albums with songs about UFO sightings inspires me to ask for recommendations of other UFO songs. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 9:07 AM PST - 51 comments

Would I be comitting fraud?

I'm thinking about starting a new student bank account in the UK as well as my current one. But I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Sergei Lukyanenko, the author of Nightwatch or Nochnoj dozor

I've been trying to find the official website of Sergei Lukyanenko, the author of Nightwatch or Nochnoj dozor, an epic trilogy about a battle between the forces of good and evil. The interesting thing here is that a. this is being compared to LOTR or the Matrix, b. its Russian, c. it was a huge hit in Russia. The film's reviews seem intriguing... However I'm trying to find the book which is apparently available for download on his official website. [more inside]
posted by zia at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Contact management web application?

Can anybody recommend a good, free, preferably open source php-mysql contact management web application I can install on my own server?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Time to complain

I have a three-year-old Swiss Army officers watch that I took to a (trusted) jeweler last week to have the battery replaced. The next day condensation appeared inside the glass and now the thing has gone kaput. It had been working fine up until the battery died (and for a few hours after it was replaced). Do you think the jeweler is liable...or am I out of luck? Any advice before I return to the jeweler to complain?
posted by punkfloyd at 8:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Make over my feet!

Somewhere underneath the sweaty cracked calluses and ragged toenails are cute, soft, dry feet. My eyes are also about to crack from the countless products and incredible secret formulas available on Google. What can I do to get foot-model feet without breaking the bank? I'm a bit wary of just smearing random condiments on my feet (mayonaise, vinegar, etc) and hoping for the best. Any home or all-natural treatments worked for anyone? My SO thanks you in advance for your advice.
posted by pants at 8:11 AM PST - 27 comments

Smoke Detector Installation

Installing a smoke detector - do we need an electrician? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I teach a coworker basic Unix skills?

How do I get a coworker to learn basic Unix skills? [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

nicotine addiction

So, I quit smoking some ten days ago. How long before my brain starts working properly again? [more inside]
posted by sfenders at 7:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Never smile at a crocodile?

I'm reading Princesses, by Flora Fraser (which, OT, is a bit too much like school to be really enjoyable) and am interested in a term I don't understand. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I work some booze into my food recipes?

Over the years, my wife and I have managed to accumulate many bottles of different kinds of alcohol. For the most part, though, we don't drink it, and it's just taking up space. So we're looking for culinary ways to use it. What good recipes do folks have that use stuff like rum, vodka, schnaps, etc.? Wine and beer recipes are welcome, too, although we're mostly trying to get rid of harder stuff. Anything from sauces to marinades to whatever would be great.
posted by abingham at 7:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Burn Winamp playlist contents

I have a Winamp playlist containing hand-picked individual MP3 files from within a 12Gig directory structure. Is there an easy way to give this to Nero so I can burn my playlist ? Any other way to burn just the contents of the playlist, for free of course ?
posted by superfurry at 4:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Indian in spanish?

In common speech, how do people in spanish speaking/ latin-american countries differentiate between an indigenous person (~indio) and a person from India? Is there a separate word for someone from India?
posted by dhruva at 1:40 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the best way to learn to surf?

What's the best way to learn to surf? Can I teach myself, or should I pay for lessons? [more inside]
posted by allan at 12:13 AM PST - 7 comments

July 24

Help me make a sensual dinner.

FoodPornFilter: Help me make a sensual meal. (Mildy NSFW text inside, possible TMI) [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:50 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I convert a text list of songs into a working music playlist file?

Is there an easy way to convert a text list of songs (in "Artist - Song" format) into a working playlist? What I'm trying to do is take the Audioscrobbler Top Tracks list, and load it into Winamp. [more inside]
posted by monsterhero at 11:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Removing moss from my roof?

Home&GardenFilter: I am looking for a non-toxic way to control moss on my roof, preferably homemade. [more inside]
posted by intoxicate at 10:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Find me the superbestest wallet ever!

Find me the superbestest wallet ever! [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 10:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me get to the bottom of this ...

Is there a doctor in the house? Does the human body contain one gluteus maximus muscle (spanning both buttocks) or two (one at the top of each leg)? [more inside]
posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What to plant under a tree

I have a garden bed underneath a deciduous tree (a nectarine it so happens). At the moment it looks great, there are jonquils, freesias and all sorts of other winter and spring flowering bulbs coming up all over (this is southern hemisphere). From about November through until May however, it's basically barren. Is there such a thing as a shade loving, low water use ground cover that small bulbs could successfully grow through? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 9:58 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I save baby birds from being flushed down the downspout?

What's the worst place to build your nest and lay your eggs? Above a downspout seems to me a pretty bad choice. [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 7:31 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you best support a survivor of childhood abuse?

How do you best support a survivor of childhood abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me learn how to neck!

How do you make out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

I've never read the paper and now at 30+ want to educate myself on Politics, Gov, Current Events, World History, etc. Where to start?

I'm over 30 and probably know as much or less about history, politics/ gov, and current events as my 7 year old niece. Now, I want to be aware and don't know where to begin. I've tried just "merging in" but the references, terms, and names are lost on me. I need a starting point that will give me a framework or bird's eye view to start from and build on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 27 comments

lying to your girlfriend's parents?

Lying to your girlfriend's parents...yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 36 comments

Which textual message would you have tattooed on your body?

If you would have to choose a quote, verse, lyric, poem or other textual message to have tattooed on your body, what would it be? In what way is that text significant to you? Which body part would you put it on? Which representation system would you use?
posted by koenie at 3:59 PM PST - 61 comments

Urban Studies Texts

Cities and Urban Studies: I'm looking for well-researched books which provide insight into the ever-evolving project of the city and its function(s). Aside from the few classics I'm familiar with--Jane Jacobs' and Ken Jackson's books--can you recommend any exemplary texts? I'm particularly interested in studies of the (post)modern city: issues of future planning, class & diversity, municipal economies, and the role of private vs. public resources.
posted by pinto at 2:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Can you recommend a camera phone?

Can you recommend a camera phone? I want something small, comfortable to talk on, that takes good pictures (for a camera phone), and has email access for sending photos off to flickr. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 12:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Apartment appliance puzzle game

Help me with my laundry/dishwasher/anti-plumbing grand master plan? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Zombie calls?

Someone I know is getting multiple phone calls per day to their cell phone from an unlisted "Private Number" (so says the cell screen). The caller hangs up after about 10 seconds without saying anything. Nothing can be heard in the background, except possibly a rustling sound. Because of the nonresponse, it is unclear whether a human is making the call or if it is somehow automated. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 11:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Stay or Go?

Shall I leave my job tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 11:48 AM PST - 20 comments

How to right align a line break in HTML?

How do I right align a line break in HTML? I can right align a paragraph, but I don't want the double space in between my lines. Can I create a paragraph that doesn't double space? I want to be able to quote someone on my site, then list the source directly under the quote, aligned right, without the double space.
posted by jruckman at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

DVD-R and CD drives no longer work.

My DVD-ReWritable drive and my regular ol' CD-Rom drive are all of a sudden not working anymore. They worked fine last night, but now the computer doesn't even see them to list them. [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 10:31 AM PST - 18 comments

July 23

How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO address?

My googlefu has failed me. How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO AP address? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B at 11:01 PM PST - 5 comments

What motivated Bill Gates?

What motivated Bill Gates?
posted by ValveAnnex at 10:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Traffic shaping with a cheap consumer router

Are there any inexpensive home routers with support for traffic shaping? I'm willing to load third-party firmware as long as it's stable and cheap. [more inside]
posted by Eamon at 9:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Nuts

I am trying to add more nuts to my diet (specifically almonds) but want to make sure I'm eating the right ones. Do tins of Planters mixed nuts or Blue Diamond smoked almonds have the same nutritional benefits of raw or dry-roasted nuts that I can find in the local Whole Foods store? [more inside]
posted by jimmereeno at 8:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Narcotic (legal) advice.

Psst. Been on a Narcotic long? I could use your advice. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 7:34 PM PST - 13 comments

getting netBSD on an old mac

So I have these old macs (Power Macintosh 5500/225, Power Macintosh 6500/275 and a Power Macintosh 4400/200)... and I am obsessed with putting netBSD or a similar *nix operating system on them. [more inside]
posted by Livewire Confusion at 7:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Questions about moving to a new place...

So after 12 years in the same apartment I'm considering moving. However, I'm a little terrified and have a few general moving questions. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 6:38 PM PST - 23 comments

How to switch cellphones?

I'm trying to switch my cell phone from the LG VX4400B to a Motorola V60, both of which are branded by Verizon, my carrier. How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by daviss at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Dvr possibilities?

DVR possibilities? Are there smaller companies that make computers ready to go like a tivo, only not a tivo? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com at 6:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Grout advice?

Any tips on applying the grout to a newly-stone-veneered fireplace? Specifically, I was wondering if the grout level should be consistently laid into the crevices level with the flattest (least projecting) piece of stone. Any other advice welcome, as well!
posted by clever sheep at 5:50 PM PST - 4 comments


I've gained 30+ lbs due to laziness. What's gotten you motivated to lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 4:37 PM PST - 26 comments

water on air compressor

Home HVAC filter: a/c compressors... [more inside]
posted by stevejensen at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Wanted: Support

Do you have a bra that you just love? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 3:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Help my car look less ghetto

Help me decide what to do about the unsightly paint on my Honda Civic's bumper. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I fix my network connection?

I can't connect my computer to my router or modem. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Crash course in Pantone

Can anyone here point me in the right direction for a crash course in screenprint ink mixing, ink formulas and Pantone color matching?
posted by jackofsaxons at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I display more windows at once more easily?

I'm a self-admitted computer freak, and I primarily run Windows XP. On average, I have at least 5 windows open. I have a 20" flat panel, and I want to display multiple programs at once in a simple fashion. Is there software that can do this? Or should I, as I'm planning to do now, purchase another monitor?
posted by creeront at 1:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Limiting Brush Strokes while Painting a Floor?

I recently removed the carpet in my guest room in the hopes of salvaging the 1924 long leaf pine hardwood floors....... (painting question) [more inside]
posted by Benway at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

What do you give a host who has just had his wisdom teeth out?

What would you bring to a dinner party when one of the hosts just had his wisdom teeth out? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 12:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Wayne's World poster

Can someone please explain this Wayne's World poster to me? What's with the three fingers?
posted by rorycberger at 12:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Butter bell?

Anyone here use a butter bell? I love the idea of spreadable butter all the time, but I'm afraid of it going rancid. It looks good in theory, but I'm wondering if anyone here has actually tried it.
posted by ColdChef at 11:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Buying music rights?

I need information about buying rights to music outright. [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Preserving & Presenting An Old Mirror?

I need your advice on preserving and presenting an old mirror. [more inside]
posted by keswick at 11:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me delete a read-only WinXP folder.

I need to delete a read-only folder in WinXP. Hope me MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Comcast internet woes and questioning VOIP

Wanted to seek some advise about my Comcast internet connection and tech support problems which seem to happen almost two three times a year. It always makes me question myself for using VOIP (Vonage) for my phone service. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

smoke on the camry

After my friend put 5030 oil into his 1990 Toyota Camry Wagon, it began belching white smoke and the engine's overheating. What's going on, what can be done and how serious is this? He fears he destroyed his car through bad oil choices.
posted by johngoren at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How to to find deals on cell phones without new service?

Is there anyway to find good deals on cell phones without new service? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

blogger help!

How can I create "additional" pages on my Blogger site? [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 7:48 AM PST - 3 comments

How much is "one cup"?

How much is "one cup", as referenced in North American recipes? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk at 7:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Wireless ethernet processor requirements

Wireless ethernet cards: how much processor power do they require? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

July 22

How to copy from HFS+ to FAT32?

A friend of mine is having trouble copying files from Mac HFS+ to a FAT32 drive, and I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by TPIRman at 11:28 PM PST - 11 comments

My nose did something very odd (potentially icky question)

This may be considered a little disgusting for some - it involves ingrown nasal hairs and a MYSTERIOUS DEVELOPMENT (queue twilight zone music) [more inside]
posted by tomble at 10:45 PM PST - 21 comments

US-Mideast relations since WWI

Inspired by Ken Livingstone's remarks here, I would like to read a good historical account of US-Mideast relations from WWI to the present; a good comprehensive primer which covers the various US-backed dictators, oil relationships, arms deals, elections and so forth. Of the books you've read on this topic, what's the best, most sober & objective book covering the last century of US-Mideast relations?
posted by highsignal at 10:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I learn more about Native American History during the 19th. Century?

This evening I watched the final episode of "Into the West" on TNT. After watching the series, I realize that I know very little about Native American history - most particularly during the period depicted - roughly 1827 - 1892 [PDF]. What resources (books, DVD's, etc.) do you recommend from which I can learn more - particularly from a Native American perspective?
posted by ericb at 9:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Crossing the border without a passport?

Me and a friend were planning a road trip to Canada in the next few coming weeks, but she has a problem: her passport expired, and her expired copy was destroyed. Is there any possible way to cross the border with only American identification documents?
posted by invitapriore at 8:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Chocolate-covered monkey on my back

Sugar=heroin?: Is sugar really strongly physically addictive, or are these claims just the latest novelty from the diet industry? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 8:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Japanese acapella music

A few years ago on a college radio station I heard a song that I'd like to find again. Acapella, girls, Japanese lyrics. The DJ said the name of the band was something like the Candy Eye Suckers or the Candy Eye Poppers or the Candy Eye Sockers. Either the song or the LP/EP may have been called "bakapella". None of these vaguely remembered terms seem to yield anything from google. Ring any bells?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Why don't police walk around parking lots and give out tickets for uninspected vehicles?

Why don't police walk around parking lots and give out tickets for uninspected vehicles?
posted by jeremias at 6:24 PM PST - 29 comments

can tiredness be quantified?

is it possible to measure exactly how tired someone is? how would that be done?
posted by ronenosity at 5:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do stores turn on the AC full-blast, then leave the doors open?

Why do so many clothing stores in southern California leave their doors open with the AC on and blasting into the scorching heat outside, even though we're in the middle of an energy crisis? I'm referring specifically to a Banana Republic store in an outdoor shopping district in Pasadena, California, but I've also seen this in other SoCal areas as well. Is this some marketing gimmick meant to entice customers away from the heat? Or do some employees really don't know any better?
posted by invisible ink at 5:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Meaning of 'moment of zen'?

What is a 'moment of (something) zen'? I keep seeing this (on blogs in particular) and I don't know what it means. [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 4:45 PM PST - 17 comments

How would one sharpen their tech support skills?

A tech support survey: [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

It's hot in here

On the back of Asparagirl's jalapeño query, why do chilies make you sweat?
posted by russmail at 4:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Cat-door dilemma

Cat-door query... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

ISO Retirement Garden of Eden, snakes optional.

My wife and I are both 59, hoping to retire at 62 if I don't get laid off before then. We live in the L.A. area which really isn't as bad as we'd feared -- then again, we're not into the studio/entertainment industry, so we tend to run across "regular" people. But the housing costs are going to kill us when we retire ("half the income, twice the spouse") so we want to cash out our equity and move....... but where? She's into crafts, I'm into music (bluegrass, play banjo). We're not afraid of the cold, or at least weren't 10 years ago when we moved from Cincinnati. Basically we want to buy a house for cash, be comfortable financially and otherwise and do something interesting and rewarding until we croak. Beats us, hope it doesn't stump the MetaFilter posse. /john [more inside]
posted by banjomensch at 4:06 PM PST - 38 comments

find a simple camera carrying implement?

I've moved from a small just-about pocket-sized digital camera to something a bit bigger (though not DSLR sized) that certainly isn't pocket-sized. But I have really liked the portability of the point-and-shoot... so what have the MeFi camera crowd found to be the best ways to carry around a chunky piece of kit with the least amount of bother and attention? It's just the camera I want to take around - no extra lenses or accessories.
posted by humuhumu at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Podcasting Music Clearance

This is a question on podcasting music rights -- largely because my phone calls to ASCAP and BMI have gone unreturned and, after reading this (and getting inconsistent answers from this and remaining unsure about whether a downloaded podcast counts as "webcasting" (Doc Searls says a podcast isn't radio, for example), my head hurts. Let's say you have a blanket license. If you are using copyrighted background music, do you then have to clear each and every song through the record companies even if you are only using the song as background music (as the above ASCAP link suggests)? I know this is the way it works in film (and in many ways, film is easier). But does there exist an ASCAP-style agreement that works for podcasting in much the same way that it works for radio. And if this is the case, has anyone had any specific experiences dealing with record companies? Any leads that clear this up would be greatly appreciated. (From my interpretation, it seems that an ASCAP license would be utterly useless unless I had a karaoke podcasting show due to the "mechanical rights" issue.) Thanks again, folks.
posted by ed at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What pinched my peck of peppers?

What's stealing my jalapeño peppers? And how can I stop it/them? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Come down and sign in please

I never thought I'd sully AskMe by posting an eBay question, but I have an annoying sign-in problem that eBay can't help with. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 1:38 PM PST - 14 comments


AuralChaos-Filter: Just started a gig as a radio DJ at a local college radio station. I've always been a fan of slipping in random "found sounds" and other bits of audio chaos into mixtapes I've made for friends, and would like to continue the trend with my show. Think "How To Speak Hip", "Picking Up Girls Made Easy", Ken Nordine, or ANYTHING that's ever played on WFMU. I've found WFMU's On The Download and UBUWeb's 365 Days Project great resources, but I've pillaged them for all they are worth - Any other suggestions for obscuro audio out there?
posted by rabble at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Finding the right family to adopt my cats

What are the right things to look for when screening potential adopters for your cats (or for pets in general)? [more inside]
posted by VulcanMike at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

I want ADSL at home!

I moved to London (SE4) just under a month ago. I've already found a great job (this is good), and I'd like to get broadband at home. I ordered ADSL from Demon just before I moved, I am still waiting for it to be installed, a month later. [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to lend / give money to family..

FinancialFilter: I am going to help out a family member pay off some credit card debt (over the IRS 10K gift limit.) What is the bet way... [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Amblyopia Etiquette

amblyopia etiquette question: this comes up everytime i interact with someone who has amblyopia (aka 'lazy eye') and i hope others can offer some assistance. [more inside]
posted by jmccw at 12:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Graduate school, what to do?

Graduate school, Mechanical Engineering or MBA, what to do? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Web Scraping for dummies?

A project at work has come up, and I would save a lot of time and hassle if I could somehow get my hands on a free (cheap is acceptable, as long as I can try it first), easy to use web-scraping program. The URL from which I will be scraping is static, unencrypted, and otherwise extremely vanilla. Suggestions?
posted by Kwantsar at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Bulk Batteries??

Can anyone recommend a good source to purchase batteries in bulk? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggest a Wine

I'm having a dinner party where I'm serving a lemon mushroom and leek risotto and a red onion, pesto and goat cheese tart as the main dishes. What the hell kind of wine do I serve with that?
posted by sciurus at 10:36 AM PST - 32 comments

Dating etiquette?

Half-past Thirty Dating Filter: Here I am dating at 34, and it sure is a drag. But online dating sites make it strangely easy also. I'm curious about how people think about dating etiquette. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 9:36 AM PST - 33 comments

What if I don't RETURN TO SENDER?

If I open a piece of mail that was delivered to my house, but addressed to a former resident, is that, legally, "stealing mail" and thus a federal offense? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Teeny-tiny flies in my kitchen!

Itty-bitty-fly-filter: Every year around this time, our home is invaded by these teeny-tiny flies... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Details magazine copyediting test

Four or five years ago on the last page of The New Yorker was a spoof Details magazine copyediting test. I've lost my copy of it and can't find it anywhere online. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of it?
posted by smich at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Sonic Foundry MediaSite

Is anyone using Sonic Foundry's MediaSite system for delivering presentations over the web? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Remedial Writing Tools

Are there any resources I can recommend to a coworker who has very poor writing skills? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:33 AM PST - 15 comments

A token of thanks for a concierge?

What's an appropriate way to thank a concierge? [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Here comes the sun: tell me about solar electricity

SolarPowerFilter: My wife and I love the idea of solar power and would love to compliment our current electrical consumption with some tasty renewable energy, but where do we start? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Is Sept./Oct. a good time to visit Thailand?

My wife and I are planning a vacation from mid-Sept. to mid-Oct. Is this a bad time to visit Thailand? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 5:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Survey research

Why is it a bad idea to give the same person a survery within a six month period? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 5:07 AM PST - 7 comments

July 21

Help me set up a new classroom.

Help me set up a new classroom. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 11:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does my cat spaz out when I touch her in a certain spot?

My cat has this spot on her back, where, if you scratch it, she goes absolutely insane- she starts purring loud, lifts her head up, sticks her tongue out and starts licking at the air. What on earth is going on? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:06 PM PST - 29 comments

What Does Google-Fu Mean?

What does Google-Fu mean? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb at 10:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Are mental blanks normal?

Are mental blanks normal? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 10:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Wireless card for Win98?

Reccomend a wireless card for an old Windows 98 laptop? [more inside]
posted by Tubes at 10:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Can we stop the phishing?

MetaPhishing: I just got another phishing email "from" PayPal. My question is whether it might not be effective to go to whatever site it is and spam them with fake personal info. What if a lot of people did this? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half at 8:34 PM PST - 21 comments

When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate?

When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Cable, Wires and Cords, Oh My!

What do you do with the assortment of cabling and other electronic doodaddery (especially that not currently being used and not wanting to throw away!) that one tends to accumulate in the course of lifetime when you have a love of almost all things electronic? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 6:41 PM PST - 34 comments

Challenge a speeding ticket?

Is it worth challenging a speeding ticket in court? [more inside]
posted by Corpus Callosum at 6:29 PM PST - 27 comments

The crisis? Ending the trailer on a happy note. The solution?

What's the jaunty song in this trailer that kicks in right around when Bob says "I've been shot down, bloodied, accused, threatened, disgraced, betrayed"?
posted by Bezbozhnik at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments


I feel very sad and empty. Any recommendations for music CD's like Enya to cheer me up?
posted by madmath at 5:11 PM PST - 45 comments

EFIK MOVY: It Is Fine, Everything Is Fine/It Is Mine

MaybeMythicalMovieFilter: abcdEFghIjKlMnOpqrstuVwxYz: What is it? [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Bollywood Buffet Suggestions?

Authentic Indian Finger Food Suggestions Needed for a Bollywood Party - [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 4:27 PM PST - 22 comments

A room of our own

Apartment hunting in Chicago: what resources should I be utilizing, and what questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by aiko at 4:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Play it again, Sam

Why are so many famous lines popularly misquoted? [more inside]
posted by riffola at 3:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Orange fixtures on NYC Streetlights?

Manhattan filter: what are the orange cylinders that now grace the tops of streetlights? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

stupid #$%! msn

Why does my MSN Messenger for Mac 4.0.1 on my ibook keep signing me off every bloody five minutes? And are there any better IM programs I can use?
posted by stray at 3:17 PM PST - 16 comments

The Great UTA Hunt

How can one get the United Talent Agency weekly job list? [more inside]
posted by blueneurosis at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find help maintaining some landscaping?

I find myself responsible for a semi-large, quite varied chunk of landscaping. Shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Where can I find help? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good, cheap speakerphone?

What's a good, cheap, corded speakerphone? [more inside]
posted by birdherder at 2:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Please recommend a good workout journal.

I'm looking for a small and durable workout journal. [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

UpgradeFilter: Help Me Choose A New Motherboard

I'm seeking help choosing a new motherboard. I'm an AMD fan, but willing to go with Intel should the argument be strong enough. What do you recommend?
posted by kc0dxh at 1:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Help For Oily Skin?

My skin is oily and I don't know why... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Hoping to die

A relative who's nearly a hundred years old wishes to die. This relative is housed and cared for, has had a huge and interesting life, but since losing sight and hearing and bladder control and autonomy and pretty much everything else, frankly would like to die. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How much do schools -for your kids- matter when deciding where to move?

We're thinking of moving to a somewhat remote (and beautiful) area. We may not be able to afford a house in the "rich" town with the "good" schools. We might have to settle for a house in the affordable/poor town next door with the mediocre schools. How much will this choice of grade school and/or high school affect my kids for college, life, etc.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Pump Up Music equals Question Mark

I Give Up - Filter: I am trying to find out what the music is on these web sites? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

At-home hair highlighting?

Any good at-home hair highlighting experiences? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 12:31 PM PST - 9 comments

fixing pink-ified jeans

Damn it all to hell, I've gone and "pinked" both pairs of jeans I own by washing them with something red in the same load. Clearly, my innate stupidity is incurable, but is there hope for my pants? I think I'd rather walk into work in my boxers than swish in on twin ringlets of pink fringe. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Will driving in the UK mess with my mind?

How hard is it to drive on the opposite side of the road? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 12:09 PM PST - 33 comments

Wine business/education

The business of wine... [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 12:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Man the torpedoes!

I have the distinct feeling that the seller of the house I was supposed to close on today is deliberately trying to kill the deal in the eleventh hour. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by friezer at 12:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Checkers and depth perception

I once heard that a person's ability to play checkers and chess is related to their depth perception. Any truth to this? Does depth perception have anything to do with one's ability to play board games?
posted by elquien at 11:50 AM PST - 10 comments


Anyone with a Project Management Professional certification? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Who do transexuals date?

CuriosityFilter: Who do transexuals date? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 10:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a Jawbox tour diary

My Google-fu fails. I'm trying to hunt down a Jawbox (?) European tour diary from the mid-late nineties that included an impossibly poignant account of their shows in the former Yugoslavia. [more inside]
posted by verysleeping at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

"You'll gonna need a more sophisticated solution."

I've just learnt (after an afternoon of struggling) that Apache's mod_write module doesn't work for embedded media, like a video in object tags. The best response I could get to my problem was "You'll gonna need a more sophisticated solution.". Well thanks. Any pointers? [more inside]
posted by handybitesize at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Finding popular world music?

Is there a neat way to find out about current world music charts in different styles of music, like, say, Indian Hip-Hop?
posted by agregoli at 10:31 AM PST - 2 comments

How does one learn to cope with technology?

When I leave the 'grid' for vacation — weekend or week-long, it does not matter — I feel liberated. Free. Refreshed. When I return, ubiquitous media (especially television and internet) really get me down. Then, after a few days, I'm back on the grid, sucking from the teat of technology. I feel dirty. And guilty. Still, I love technology. It's like I'm addicted (especially to the internet), and only quitting cold-turkey helps. How does one cope with technology? Without becoming a Luddite, how does one break free of the addiction? How does one find balance? Note that I mean all technology — cars and phones and iPods, too — not just television and internet.
posted by jdroth at 10:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Read for a living?

Is it possible to make any kind of living primarily by reading? I ask because the way-smart twentysomething daughter of my friend has announced she has considered all of the options, and intends to read as her primary occupation from here forward, world without end, amen. [more inside]
posted by lustra at 9:16 AM PST - 44 comments

.htaccess security help

Web site security question: How can I protect my .htaccess file? [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Cleaning pilates band?

How to properly clean one of those pilates/resistance/exercise band thingies? [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 8:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I store luggage in San Francisco?

I'd like to spend some time in San Francisco on foot, without have to lug my suitcase around. The storage lockers at SFO have been taken out of service for security reasons. Is there somewhere else I can store a suitcase for a day?
posted by russilwvong at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Tutorial for CSS table layout?

What's the best way to migrate HTML tables to CSS? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Is this software site legit?

I was searching for student pricing for software and I came up with a site offering radical discounts on something I'm interested in. Is it too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Photo stolen and Altered by local publication, help!

Related to an earlier question, but a local paper took one of my photos, altered it to remove my copyright mark, and then printed/posted it with an article. [more inside]
posted by Jase at 6:31 AM PST - 27 comments

No more fixed USD-Yuan exchange rate

Question for our MeFi economists. What impact might China's re-valuing of the yuan have on the economy, trade deficit, gov't debt held by China, etc.? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 6:16 AM PST - 6 comments

How to display Danish language on web page?

How can I get non-English characters to display on my website (probably Apache needs configuring, possibly just a HTML Meta Tag) [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 5:52 AM PST - 7 comments

PCI Express advice

I'm in the market for a new home built PC, and need some advice on some of the components. [more inside]
posted by viama at 5:11 AM PST - 12 comments

July 20

HA! HA! Your third class mail stinks!

How do I tell the USPS to stop delivering the mail of the old tenant of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 10:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Does my laptop line in = mic?

I want to transfer LP records to MP3s using a PC laptop. My research says I'll need a "line in" jack on my PC -- but all I have is a "mic." Can I use the mic as the line in, or is the solution more complicated than that?
posted by CMichaelCook at 8:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Guide to 17th-century English

Can anyone recommend a dictionary or guide to 17th-century English that would help my teenage daughter understand the words she comes across when reading Milton and the boys?
posted by GoatCactus at 8:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Where is the best place to buy parmigiano reggiano mail or web order?

Where is the best place to buy parmigiano reggiano cheese by mail or web order?
posted by leafwoman at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Euphemisms for fear/anxiety?

What are some (clean) euphemisms or colloquialisms for fear or anxiety? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 6:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Coolest late model 4cyl Coupe under 20k

I am looking for the coolest, sharpest, most sporty Coupe or Convertible that is a 4 Cyl. up to 5 years old that would cost under 20k today that can come in automatic (or some version of SMT) I am aware of the Toyota MR2 Spyder ... and the Eclipse.. but I am not a huge fan of the latter... and would like more options then just the prior! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:41 PM PST - 47 comments

Report a self-caused accident?

I backed into a parking garage column a couple of months ago (it was in my blind spot) and tore up my rear bumper pretty bad. Would it be worth it to report this to my insurance, or would they probably increase my premiums as a result? (FWIW, the accident happened several months ago.)
posted by designbot at 6:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Running and Biking

Balancing running and biking? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 5:56 PM PST - 17 comments

All you need is...?

How do you know when you're in love? And when do you say it in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 32 comments

life insurance

What would happen, in theory, if someone were to fail a life insurance drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me prepare for my upcoming job interview

I've got a marathon job interview coming up, and I'm looking for advice on: a professional purse or briefcase I can use; how to stay energized, alert and upbeat for two consecutive days; cultural things I should be aware of in northeast Florida. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you prove you deserve unemployment compensation?

Unemployment benefits. Long story short, although I was making production goals and coming to work on-time, dressed appropriately &c, my supervisor thought I "didn't like" my job and would be "more suited" for something else. So I was given the "quit or be fired" option. They said they would not contest my application for unemployment benefits (I'm in Illinois). I filled out the forms, explaining that I was fired for not "being suited" to the job, despite making goals. However, I've gotten a letter saying there are "questions" about my claim and I have to be intereviewed. How am I supposed to handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Is depression contagious?

My partner shows all the classic signs of depression, yet vehemenently declares that they are not depressed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Food safety for canned goods and extreme temperatures

Is well-canned food that has sat around in extreme temperatures safe? I recently bought some canned goods, let them sit in the back seat of my car in 100+ degree temperatures, and when I went to pick them out, they were painfully hot to the touch. Would this alter their safety for consumption?
posted by wildblueyonder at 5:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Chinese militarism

China is scaring me. Specifically, the possibility that they'll make a play for Taiwan, the US will come to Taiwan's defense, and World War III (IV? V?) will break out. Are there good reasons this is unlikely?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:51 PM PST - 62 comments

Recommend me rap

I'm looking to compile some bombastic, melodic, aggressive, singular, inventive, mainstream and anthemic rap/hip hop! [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:41 PM PST - 19 comments

automatic login

IEFilter: Is there a way to automatically launch and login to a specific website on IE when the computer starts? Assume you are not allowed to save the password within IE.
posted by pencroft at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I sell?

How does an introverted, nervous, none-too-attractive register-jockey actually make sales? Any advice or books one can read? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 4:29 PM PST - 17 comments

chronic headache from concentrating hard?

I think im developing a chronic headache that started from concentrating very hard with brow furrowed but now seems to be brought on by much less strenuous thinking. [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 4:05 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I import mail from OS X Mail to Windows Outlook 2003?

Does anyone know how to get Windows Outlook 2003 to import all of my old mail from OS X's Mail.app? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments


Is anyone out there using this? How do you like it?
posted by lilboo at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

avoiding bank charges redux

I went over the credit limit on my credit card and got whacked with a $35 fine --- again. Are there any cards that, instead of approving your over-the-limit transaction and then fining you for it, will instead decline transactions that are over your credit limit?
posted by goethean at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

What does a person's signature say about them?

How and when did you develop your signature? Was it a conscious decision or something that developed after a long time of signing a lot of checks, birthday cards, legal documents, etc? Do you think your signature reflects your personality? [more inside]
posted by adamk at 1:22 PM PST - 53 comments

Fluoride. Good or Bad?

I've been hearing alot about fluoride poisoning and such. I was wondering if anyone could give me the straight scoop on the fluoride controversy? Any Dentists here? Is fluoride good or bad overall? Any links or ref... you could point me to would be great as well
posted by nosophoros at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Severance Ethics

Do I really have to tell my old employer that I have a new job if they are still paying me severance? [more inside]
posted by Cassford at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Selling cartoon ideas

Say you have an idea for a New Yorker-style cartoon, but you're not a cartoonist. I've heard you can sell these (a friend of my father's used to do so often). Can you still? How?
posted by gottabefunky at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Middle-clicking in Firefox

I'll use Firefox if someone can tell me how to keep middle-clicking from opening a link in a new browser window. [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 12:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Suggestions for a romantic playlist?

Romantic Songs? Hi. I like to keep a playlist handy on the iPod for those times when me and the wife are having some private time which may or may not lead into that most blessed of acts... [more inside]
posted by glenwood at 12:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Rebate Ripoff

Ever been screwed out of a rebate? Office Max/Brother owes me $50. Is this common? Any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Mack Twain at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

What's driving up housing prices in big cities?

Ignoring the housing bubble for a sec, what's driving constant increases in housing prices in major urban areas? (LA, NYC etc) [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 11:59 AM PST - 21 comments

Use the outsource, Luke?

Should I use an online outsourcing service? [more inside]
posted by lowlife at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Why do I think of websites as locations?

I've noticed I have this habit of thinking of different websites in terms of direction and location rather than just a URL. [more inside]
posted by staresbynight at 11:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I automatically turn on one AC device when another turns on?

What's the simplest and cheapest way for me to have a setup where when one electric appliance is turned on it turns another one on? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 11:18 AM PST - 8 comments

"Empire Falls" ad song?

Name that tune!! It was used in commercials to advertise the HBO film "Empire Falls", and now to advertise a new show coming in the fall - E-Ring maybe? Anyway - it's kind of pop-rock sounding, male vocal. Lyrics: Something like - even when you cannot hear me ... I'll be right beside you dear.
posted by clh at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Don't want to be living in a box in Georgetown

Georgetown Filter: Pal is leaving to start a graduate degree at Georgetown University...looking for a place to live but is unfamiliar with the area... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Christian Logic Question

Christian beliefs logical question..... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 10:29 AM PST - 39 comments

I'm all messed up

My house is a mess. It's out of control. No matter what we do, we can't seem to keep it under control for any period of time. We don't have systems for organizing our stuff. Laundry, dishes, bills, garage, the whole nine yards. How do I find a way to keep the house in order? Bonus points: we've got 3 children.
posted by GernBlandston at 10:07 AM PST - 32 comments

Christian hymn at public school graduation

Being from the UK I find the whole separation of church and state issue in the US confusing. At a recent public high school graduation "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was sung by the school choir. Now that's clearly a Christian song, so why is it sung at such an occasion where non-Christians make up a large part of the student body?
posted by TheManticore at 8:56 AM PST - 29 comments

What did I order?

Is there a way to tell if one ordered a new or used book from an Amazon Marketplace Seller? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Any way to bypass proprietary "USB"?

I have two digital voice recorders that have a USB feature. But, it's not real USB: you have to use their damn Proprietary Software (Olympus Digital Wave and Sony Digital Voice Editor respectively) to access the files.. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Does releasing an album that retells the story of a novel require permission from the author/estate?

I've written an album based on the book A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick. That is to say that it retells the story of the novel in pop song form. It's not a musical because there's only one vocalist and there's no "book". But it's like a musical insofar as it basically follows the plot, uses the character names, has key phrases worked into the lyrics, and I'm calling it "A Maze of Death". So, is that enough of an adaptation to be considered copyright infringement if I don't get permission?
posted by ddf at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

browsing to a directory, not a file

HTML's <input type="file"> allows you browse to a directory and select a file. Suppose I want to capture the directory path, not a file contained therein? Is it possible to browse to C:\Documents\Workstuff and capture *not* a file in that directory, but the directory path itself? Know what I mean?
posted by jpoulos at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me put together my dream Mac.

Help me put together my dream Mac. [more inside]
posted by rocketman at 7:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Character Recognition Software

Can anyone recommend free (or dirt cheap) character recognition software for OSX? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Opinions on Sologig.com

Sologig.com -- Opinions? Unlike Monster.com, it has a membership fee. I'm wondering about it from the job seeker standpoint. Can someone who paid the fee tell me how good the job listings are? Are they up to par with Monster's?
posted by nancoix at 6:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Favorite spot in the world?

What's your favorite place in the world, and why? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:40 AM PST - 69 comments

Where can I get Supreme Court records?

Where can I find the text of briefings filed with the Supreme Court? Also, where can I find a list of cases a lawyer has participated in? [more inside]
posted by Embryo at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

July 19

Minnesota: License Plates-Vanity

Minnesota: I want to get a "vanity" license plate, what would be the cost?
posted by AMWKE at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Stendhal quote on friends?

I'm trying to locate a wonderful quote by Stendhal, the spirit of which was something along the lines of: "in [such and such year], my friends would have done anything to help me out if I were in serious trouble, but if they caught me in nice clothes, they'd spill a drink on me." Of course, the actual quote is infinitely more elegant.
posted by ori at 11:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Hollywood's favorite psychosis

The deus ex machina psychological thrillers prefer most! Can you help me compile a list of movies that involve characters afflicted with split-personality disorder? I'll get us started: Psycho, Fight Club, Identity, Secret Window, and A Beautiful Mind.
posted by mikelly at 11:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Picky beverage question

Picky beverage question: I like hanging out with my friends in bars and such but I'm rather limited in what I'll drink. I don't drink alcohol for one, or caffeine or sugary beverages for that matter... [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 11:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Do babies understand mirrors?

Do babies understand the concept of mirrors? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 10:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I stay and who can I talk to about working in Ireland?

Ireland Work and Travel Filter: I will be in Ireland for the month of September, to see what it might be like to live and work there, as well as have a nice holiday. I’m planning on staying in Dublin for most, if not all, of this trip. My professional background includes nearly ten years of experience in marketing and business development for architecture, engineering, and construction management firms. Additionally, I have some experience with sustainable/green building projects, project management, and document control systems. [more inside]
posted by trixie_bee at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Did miss and then it happened!

Is Sarah Vowell a terrible writer or am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 9:50 PM PST - 19 comments

NASA's ascent of man?

I was introduced to a fantastic image linked here on MetaFilter years ago. The image was a standard riff on the ascent of man motif, with the final Homo Sapiens looking up to the stars, and a message along the lines of "At NASA, we know where our future lies." If my memory stills works, it was originally a poster. Can anyone help me locate this? Apparently, my google-fu hasn't evolved since then, and constant browsing of NASA's image archive has been fruitless.
posted by jgee at 9:34 PM PST - 5 comments

"Address?" "Nowhere...and everywhere..."

How do people with no permanent address handle mail delivery, photo identification, property taxes, etc? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 9:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Mac display problems.

I have a Mac mini and a 17" Apple CRT display (gray and white, matches the old G4). Help me diagnose a problem I am having since I moved. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Neutralize bleach?

Does bleach need to be neutralized after the mildew is cleaned, and before painting? Bad mildew in the tenant's bathroom. Scrubbed with 1:2 bleach:water to great success. After it is rinsed, then dries thoroughly, can it be primed and painted, or does it have to be neutralized, or ??
posted by theora55 at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Ever written a letter of complaint?

Ever written a letter complaining about poor service to a large, international company? Did it accomplish anything or just waste your time? And if you saw results, any tips worth sharing? [more inside]
posted by herc at 8:50 PM PST - 24 comments

What are appropriate contractions for "you would"?

Are either or both of "you'd" / "you'ld" correct contractions for "you would"? Specifically asking about American usage, but any English language information would be appreciated.
posted by true at 8:33 PM PST - 22 comments

How to call off ASCAP?

A friend of mine is a musician and his first album was signed to an independent record label. Now he and the label both want to promote the album to podcasters, but they're worried by the fact that he's registered with ASCAP. ASCAP wants a podcaster to pay $300 for the privilege of promoting his music. The label owner is willing to license the album through Creative Commons, but could a Podcaster still be sued for playing his music? Outside of terminating his contract with ASCAP, how does a signed artist and label go about calling off the ASCAP/BMI dogs? Here's a link to the ASCAP agreement.
posted by Pinwheel at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best weather services for sidebars on websites?

What are the best weather services for sidebars on websites? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Cookie / Session Based Authentication vs HTTP Authentication

How come most websites roll their own authentication methods around cookie-based sessions, rather than using http authentication built in to most web servers? Is this a security issue, or a user interface issue? Or something else?
posted by namespan at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

BMW Snow Performace

I've always heard that BMWs are terrible in snow... [more inside]
posted by sexymofo at 7:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Das Liebe Boot

Can anyone tell me the name of the font used in the opening credits of the Love Boat? [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I track a Window application's install process?

Anybody know of a good Windows utility for monitoring the activities of program installation software? Most importantly what gets written to disk (file writes and registry entries), but a log of the installation program's net activity would be a bonus. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Just...get...in...ther---oh, shit

So, I might've broken my mp3 player. Can anyone recommend a good glue for use on a circuit board? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 6:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get two wireless PCs to share files?

How do I get two computers connected to a WiFi network to be able to share files? Both are connected through the same Linksys Wireless-B router. One is running XP SP2, the other XP.
posted by teaperson at 5:40 PM PST - 10 comments

What overflows into our cold tank?

What overflows into the cold water tank in our loft? The tank overflowed itself because water was pouring into it from an overflow pipe. This continued for many minutes, until I turned the main stopcock off. It has never happened before. [more inside]
posted by denishowe at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Best way for the mathematically challenged to develop numeracy?

Best way for the mathematically challenged to develop numeracy? [more inside]
posted by who else at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Getting images out of a DCS 330?

I have the opportunity to buy an older Kodak DCS digital SLR (a 330) but I'm concerned about getting images out of it. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 3:27 PM PST - 7 comments

sleep problems

sleep problems [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 3:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Po' and blind

I live in Chicago and I'm on public aid. It's time to get new glasses but it's impossible to find out where I can actually get the things. [more inside]
posted by @homer at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Not pregnant, just crazy

Best birth control pill for depression? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 2:07 PM PST - 24 comments

What can't you find on the net?

How has the internet failed you? What information are you surprised you can't easily find on this crazy thing?
posted by smackfu at 1:26 PM PST - 54 comments

How to access library material from abroad?

A two-part question on accessing scholarly library materials from abroad. [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments


How do people go through revolving doors in Europe?
posted by neilkod at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Step Right Up

Where can I find a new copy of the Tom Waits Big Time concert video? [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments


Menstrual Cramps. Help! [more inside]
posted by inging at 12:43 PM PST - 38 comments

Is the Edirol UA-101 any good?

Has anyone used a Roland / Edirol UA-101 recording interface on WinXP? Other USB2 DAW interfaces? [more inside]
posted by damehex at 12:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How to clean dust off of a DSLR sensor

Has anyone successfully cleaned dust off of a digital SLR's sensor on their own? [more inside]
posted by almostbarefoot at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Is is possible to NetBoot a G3 iMac?

The hard drive in my iMac G3/350 just died. Can I reconfigure this machine to NetBoot? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Chicken seviche?

Could a chicken seviche be safe? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

@#$?! crappy browser history

I'm looking for a website/online store that sells stickers for the back of your ipod, a bigger similar sticker that covers the top of your laptop, and a collection of small storage tins that also serve as refrigerator magnets... [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

What's your favourite trashy novel?

What's your favourite work of trashy fiction? I'm looking for some good, fun, trashy yet smart reads in which I can unabashedly wallow. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 11:47 AM PST - 47 comments

Baby sleeping question

I have an eleven month old baby at home. She's a sweet kid, but she refuses to sleep unless she's being held. She sleeps fine throug the night, it's just durring naps. It's driving my wife crazy, does anyone know any tricks for getting a child to sleep in a crib alone? We've tried the "Let them cry it out" method and it doesn't really seem to work for us. But any advice would help.
posted by ejhdigdug at 11:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Can a store search my bag?

Does a store really have the right to search my bag? I'm a guy and I carry a messenger bag. It always offends me when a store employee or security guard stops me and demands to search my bag on my way out of the store. Can I say no? [more inside]
posted by evoo at 11:16 AM PST - 38 comments

How do I rip XCP encoded CDs to my computer?

I just got a compact disc encrypted with XCP technology. How do I rip it to my Mac G5 computer (OSX 10.4.2)? I want to put the music on my iPod as well as run it on my music server here at home. I have Virtual PC if a Windows app is necessary.
posted by thewiseacre at 10:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Primer: what happened?

I saw Primer on the weekend. I really liked it, but uh… what happened? [Spoiler inside (I hope)]
posted by timeistight at 10:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Candid Answers to Personal Questions in Admissions Forms

I'm applying to a 1 year 2nd Bachelors nursing program at a well-regarded university. One of the essay questions on the admissions form reads "Describe a setback or ethical dilemma you have faced..." [more inside]
posted by klarck at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

ipod blues

I need some help regarding my ipod. Every time I update it with itunes the battery gets depleted. Do I need to get it repaired? [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Adsense ebook worth the money?

Google Adsense Secrets: Is this ebook worth buying? (I really want to know, I'm not shilling for it.) [more inside]
posted by o2b at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Bathroom Penrose tiles

How can I get a Penrose tiling installed on my bathroom floor? Would Penrose sue me if I did it myself? And where the heck can you buy the tiles from? [more inside]
posted by sandking at 8:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Whither Moira Kelly?

Moira Kelly, who played the annoying Mandy in the first season of The West Wing, disappears from later seasons. We are given some elusive suggestions to what may have happened to her character on the show, but what was the real-world story? Did Aaron Sorkin get sick of Kelly, and if so, why?
posted by willbaude at 7:47 AM PST - 37 comments

Learning Music Theory

How should I go about learning music theory? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 7:40 AM PST - 15 comments

What resources will help a non-tech person understand web development?

Just recently I started collaborating on projects with the web developers at the ad agency I work for - and quickly realized that I am out of my depth. [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting at 7:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Blogger annual archive?

I've got a website which is generated by Blogger, featuring articles I've written. My problem is that it seems that Blogger's maximum archive period is a month. As I only write 1 or 2 (or sometimes 0) things per month that I want to put up, the monthly archive doesn't really work; I really need an annual archive thing. Can anyone suggest a way that I can get round this? Do any other blogging services support this? I'd hate to have to investigate the murky world of Movable Type, but I'd rather do that than leave things as they are at the moment. [more inside]
posted by rhodri at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

What are some good websites for tracking articles about and new releases from 'electro' music artists?

I am looking for a good, clean website that will let me track music artists. What sites are out there for an electro fan like me? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Mirror, mirror on the wall, will my data survive a fall?

RAIDFilter: I'm wondering if my RAID 0 + 1 array would survive a failure... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 5:04 AM PST - 8 comments

A Vision Question.

When I look at something (without my glasses) that's about 100 feet away, it looks a little blurry. If I look at a photo that includes stuff that's 100 feet away from the perspective, it's not blurry, of course, it's just smaller. BUT, if I look in a mirror, let's say a rear view mirror of a car, at something that's 100 feet behind me, it looks blurry, rather than just small. [more inside]
posted by Framer at 4:57 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I discover all of the domain names registered to a given party?

How do I discover all of the domain names registered to a given party? Not "who owns this domain?" but "what domains does this party own?" [more inside]
posted by NinjaPirate at 4:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Trying to avoid surgery

ErgonomicFilter. Or, CarpalTunnel/Hernia PreventionFilter. I promise it's not the chair question- but a plea for tips writ large. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:18 AM PST - 11 comments

how can i fix my computer?

Computer problems...When i press power, nothing happens. It's the power supply right? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 1:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Why can't I connect to my network using WPA?

Just reinstalled my OS and can longer connect wirelessly to my router using WPA. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 1:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with headhunter

How do I deal with headhunters? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 1:41 AM PST - 5 comments

July 18

Windows startup without logging in

Windows 2000 users and passwords: Is it possible for Windows to start up without any password prompting, yet have the OS [reasonably] safe from a bot logging in as an admin? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Direction Confusion

Why are left/right and clockwise/counterclockwise so easy to get mixed up, but never up/down or forward/backward?
posted by jimfl at 9:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Floor Sanding!

I need tips on floor sanding. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 9:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How did half an electric outlet die?

Today the top half of a regular wall outlet stopped working. No pulling or pushing of plugs was involved, and the bottom half still delivers electricity without problems (AFAIK). As the bottom half is still powered, it doesn't appear to be a switch or fuse issue (None are tripped). How would this happen, and how difficult a repair is this likely to be? Is it likely a problem simply with the outlet itself, or the wiring in the wall?
posted by birdsquared at 9:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Drum machines

I need help finding a PC based drum machine. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How to clean caramelized sugar

How do you clean caramelized sugar from pans or utensils? Hot water? Boiling water?
posted by BradNelson at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Finding New Music Worth Listening To

How does everyone keep up with new music? Over the past year, blind luck and close reading of a few blogs turned me on to some music I'm glad I didn't miss (Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem). Work and other obligations prevent me from listening to KCRW, KEXP or some other "hip" radio stream all day, and I just don't have the time to read through x-amount of MP3 blogs a day looking for the next exciting thing. Pitchfork's 'Best New Music' feature is helpful, but I'd like something more. Ideally, I'd like a podcast of non-podsafe (i.e., whatever's new and good, signed or otherwise) music or a single blogger who posts frequently and writes well. I'm not looking for a bootlegging outlet, just a reliable source for direction on what's new and worth my time.
posted by boombot at 7:54 PM PST - 34 comments

How to suspend an object in clear resin?

Last month I saw the Space Invader show in Los Angeles at sixspace and was struck by one of the types of pieces he had on display: tile mosaics suspended in transaparent blocks of resin (as in this picture). Anyway, I'm wondering how to do it myself - I'm not going to copy one of his pieces, I just want to make a present for my little sister. The tiles are suspended exactly in the center of the block, and yet there aren't any weird mold lines or bubbles or anything - nothing to suggest they were made in two stages. I'm guessing the resin he used was Alumilite Clear. Does anyone have any idea how to make something like this? Would I have to pressure mold? Would it be possible to make a mosaic and then take it to a professional and have them encase it in a clear block? Help!
posted by symbebekos at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Damn Humidity

VanityFilter: My hair's about 3 inches long, curly and turns into a huge afro in this constant humidity. How come and what kind of product can I use to stop this? [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 6:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I hate debt...

I just graduated college with a little debt. I have large amount of money coming my way next year. How do I keep payments and interest at a minimum and just pay everything off next year? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 6:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Has anyone here ever had sciatica?

Has anyone here ever had (or have) sciatica? I've been going to physio for it, since May, but the healing process is quite slow, I just started going back to the gym doing low intensity cardio. For those who have had sciatica, how long did it take to heal, and is it a lifelong thing you now have to worry about?
posted by bluehermit at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good cheap bass/bass amp, and a good pop/rock theory book?

I'm looking to purchase a bass, bass amp, and bass or general music theory book. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist at 5:36 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this picture?

What's this image? We saw it stenciled onto a wall in Athens. [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 4:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Physics guy on PBS in 70's

When I was a kid, back in the '70s, our PBS stations would show physics demonstrations by a white haired old guy with an overbite. I loved everything about this guy and his demonstrations. He'd get so excited by predicted results that were observed in experiment. What is his name? Can I find these on video in any form?
posted by sydnius at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

The Olympic Peninsula, from Seattle: how, where, etc...

The Olympic Peninsula, from Seattle: how, where, etc... [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 3:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Ebay shipping restriction

I am looking for a way toget around an Ebay seller country restrictrion. Basicly i need an item to be shipped to Canada and the seller will only ship to the United States... I have offered to cover customs fee if any and take care of the shiping details without any succes. what are my options now ? Are there other alternative ? re-mailing services ? PO boxes ? I am sure many people in here have been frustrated before by a similar situation and maybe someone has a better idea than going down there.
posted by selfsck at 3:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Merge mp3s with PHP?

How can I merge multiple MP3s into a single MP3 using a web scripting language such as PHP, ASP.NET, etc.? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Migraines: triggers and prescribed treatments?

Migraine sufferers, what are your triggers, how quickly/consistently do they bring on your migraines, and what prescription meds work best for you? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

Thank you for taking my call? Why?

Why do so many people say "Thank you for taking my call" when phoning radio talk shows?
posted by crosten at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Vegas on the cheap

I just found out I'll be in Vegas for three days next week and I am looking for some fun stuff to do that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting temp work

Why can't I get temp work? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 2:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Song suggestions for Bride / Father dance?

A friend is getting married in a few months and wants suggestions for songs to dance with her father to that aren't too cheesy, but also not too obscure. Suggestions?
posted by adamkempa at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Why did Sun change their voltage requirements?

Sun is EOL'ing the V480 and V880, replacing them with slightly faster models (the V480 and V890). 480s and 880s run on 110-240VAC, but 490s and 890s are 200-240VAC only. Can anybody explaing the logic for this change?
posted by mosch at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How safe is the cargo compartment for my pug?

Help me get this pug off the ground: How safe is the cargo compartment of an airliner for my dog? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 1:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Constant grass-is-always-greener syndrome

I contantly suffer from the-grass-is-always-greener syndrome. When I'm single, I crave being in a relationship. When I'm in a relationship, I crave being single. I'm afraid that it's going to screw up my current, excellent relationship ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the best way to deal with difficult clients?

What's the best way to deal with difficult freelance clients? I recently designed a logo for a small business and they are arguing about paying me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Nintendo headphones

I bought Electoplankton for Nintendo DS from Japan, and it came with some free Nintendo headphones. They have a component on them near the plug, which the lead enters and exists from. It has hinges and looks like it should open, but it doesn't. I can't work out what it's for. Any ideas?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I replace a part on my car on my own?

The other night, a part of my car fell off. How should I replace it and could I do it myself? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What is up with the flies?

Where are all these flies in my house coming from, and why all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by suchatreat at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Airport configuration problem

I can't configure my Airport Extreme. I've been having trouble with my Airport Extreme holding a DSL connection - so attempted to change configuration but couldn't access it (says there was an error in reading configuration). I've reset the Airport (holding the reset button for five seconds) and can see the airport with the Apple assigned name. I use the password "public" but still get the same error message. Can't get at the configuration page with either the airport setup or Airport utility software. [more inside]
posted by jjcurtis at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Good framing store in Mississauga?

Can anyone recommend a good place to get art (photos) in Mississauga, Ontario?
posted by bobbeene at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Caring for an Irish wolfhound after surgery?

Our Irish wolfhound has torn the ACL in one of her hind legs, and the knee is going to require surgery. We're worried about how to keep her "calm" and "off that leg" after the surgery, for 3 or 4 weeks, as the surgeon tells us we'll have to do. [more inside]
posted by BoringPostcards at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Teach Programming

Help me teach people how to program: I need simple examples of functions, classes, etc. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Camping the Santa Lucia?

Big Sur and the Ventana Wilderness offer limitless camping potential. I'm new in the area and would appreciate the recommendation of experienced troopers. Specifically: drive-to primitive no rules backcountry with vista - surface running water a big plus. Whither goest man?
posted by saknussem at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Pet Sitters and Boarders

Has anyone ever used the Petsmart PetsHotel? Alternatively, are there any Austinites out there who can personally recommend an Austin/Round Rock area petsitter or boarder for small dogs? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

2 weeks in London, Edinburgh, Montreal

Two twenty-somethings, travelling to the London, Edinburgh, and Montreal, seek advice on things to do in each city. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

How to fix Blogger photo spacing?

Blogger added some weird spacing to my blog when I posted photos. Help! [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Do menu systems really change that frequently?

Why do so many automated message systems have the line "please listen carefully as our menu options have changed"? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Quotefilter: St. Augustine

There is a quote from St. Augustine, suggesting that while it is impossible to help all beings in need, it is incumbent on us to help those who happen to intersect with our lives. Anyone know the actual quote, and where it "lives" in his writings?
posted by everichon at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Ya, you betcha dere: Help me find an unusual "Fargo" poster

I'm looking for a poster from the movie "Fargo," but not the one that's commonly available. It's easy to find the one that looks like a cross-stitched sampler and says "A homespun murder story." But instead I want the one that says "A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere." (Actually, as long as it says that, I don't care what the image looks like.) I believe it may have been to promote not the movie, but the DVD, or a DVD special edition. I've searched various movie-poster stores, eBay, etc, but they all have the sampler one. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by GaelFC at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Hogwarts Sticker

Where could I get a "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" windshield sticker? You know, like the collegiate one's you see on the back of alumni's cars? [more inside]
posted by icontemplate at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

training stories

What are good sources of "training stories"? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Songs for impending heartbreak.

Help me compile the soundtrack for my impending heartbreak! [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 8:52 AM PST - 40 comments

How can I get my corrupt memory card to work again?

I have a memory card (SD 1G, 6 months old) that has stopped working for some reason. None of the electronics (my camera, palm) that I used it with are able to read it, and when I formatted the card on my computer (which didn't fix the problem), there is about 128mb of files that I cannot delete or move. Any ideas on how I can get this thing working again?
posted by Quartermass at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you hear me now? Good!

How to choose a satellite phone? Need several for NGO use. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:24 AM PST - 0 comments

These near and far wars

What span of time elapses in episodes 4, 5 and 6 of Star Wars? [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

What's this bumper sticker?

A couple months ago I saw three parked cars in a row with the same bumper sticker. I made the requisite "Are they on the same team?" crack. Since then, I've been noticing the same bumper sticker on other cars. What is it? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does Novak walk?

Maybe I'm an idiot, but I'm confused: How is it possible, that when Robert Novak wrote the first article outing Valerie Plame, that it's not him, but those 2 other reporters who get threatened with jail time. Can someone explain it to me in more specific terms than a conspiracy theory?
posted by asavage at 7:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Why doesn't this iTrip work in my iPod?

Why won't my iTrip work? I have a first-generation iPod, the kind with the big FireWire port on top... when I plug the iTrip into the iPod's FireWire and headphone jack, it doesn't play. The LED doesn't come on, and nothing is transmitted to the FM radio. If I press the iTrip down harder into the iPod, the iPod shows the "battery empty" icon and won't wake up until I plug in AC power. (This despite the iPod having a full battery the whole time.) Am I missing something, or is the iPod or iTrip defective? (Not impossible, given that the iPod is several years old)
posted by mark7570 at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Series v. Season

In the US, why do we call a short run of episodes on television a "season" whereas in the UK they refer to it as a "series"?
posted by missed at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Prosumer Digital SLR updates

Looking to buy a prosumer SLR digital camera. Anyone know about any coming out shortly or price drops? - more info within - [more inside]
posted by destro100 at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Good 2-player board games

Good 2-player board/card games? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 6:26 AM PST - 39 comments

can ink be removed from paper without damaging the paper?

I suspect that this is impossible, but; is there a technique that would allow me to remove ink from paper without affecting the appearance of the paper? Specifically, I would like to remove marks left by a black, self-inking stamp on the fly-leaf of a book. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 6:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Spanish-language claymation on Sesame Street w/brother & sister?

When I was a child, I remember a Spanish-language claymation short consistently airing with one of the English-speaking PBS educational series. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:40 AM PST - 7 comments

What to see when driving from Austin to Seattle?

My wife and I are planning on driving a friend's car from Austin, TX to Seattle, WA, and we're wondering what to see along the way. One place we want to hit on the way is the Grand Canyon, so that constrains the question quite a bit. We've picked a few other national parks in which we're interested (although we won't have time for them all), but we're curious to see what other "must sees" people might suggest. [more inside]
posted by abingham at 5:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Quicktime won't play video but Finder will

I have a problem playing a particular quicktime movie in the Quicktime 7 application itself even though the video plays fine when I "preview" it in the Finder under Mac OS X 10.4.2. [more inside]
posted by gyc at 3:29 AM PST - 4 comments

how do pedestrians avoid obstacles?

Can anyone point me to scholarly articles/resources on the way pedestrians navigate through a scene? I'm specifically interested in the "flow" of pedestrians around obstacles. [more inside]
posted by handee at 3:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find simple Windows freeware to track costs for projects?

I'm looking for some very simple Windows freeware that will let the 20-odd people in my office assign hours to projects and then add up the costs. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:25 AM PST - 4 comments

July 17

How to insert a digital watermark?

Does anyone know of a free way to insert a digital watermark (invisible watermark) into an image? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:15 PM PST - 7 comments


Mix CD time again: popular songs that tell stories [more inside]
posted by Leon at 5:25 PM PST - 62 comments

Trying to find a film I saw about 20 years ago

I'm looking for the name of this movie I saw in the early 1980s, when I was a child, that ended with the antagonist winning. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Credit card for non-citizens?

Credit cards for non-citizens/permanent residents? [more inside]
posted by reverendX at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

How's the future?

I'm looking for a website or websites that can show me what to expect in the future. [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 3:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Which credit card companies offer custom photos on their cards?

Which credit card companies offer custom photos on their cards? I know Bank of America lets you do the "photo expressions," and it covers half of the card, but I remember a while back seeing an advertisement in a magazine from a credit card company that let you pick a photo that basically covered the entire card. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by petah at 2:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What happens when you use concentrated screen wash as car coolant?

What happens when you use concentrated screen wash as car coolant? [more inside]
posted by gi_wrighty at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Yard sale

So we're having a yard sale... [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 1:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Toothbrushes are grody

Why don't our tootbrushes make us ill? They sit out all day with our mouth germs and lord knows what else lingering there. Does toothpaste have anything to do with this?
posted by schoolgirl report at 11:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Is a flooded mattress worth saving?

Is a water soaked mattress worth saving? [more inside]
posted by brent at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

does the theory of evolution have an explanation for inter-species mimicry?

does the theory of evolution have an explanation for inter-species mimicry? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

How to keep an ant problem from happening?

AntFilter: I've noticed a few ants in the apartment. What do I do to make sure I don't get a few more? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me fix my home phone wiring.

Why does my home phone system sometimes ring only once when someone is trying to call me? [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 11:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How does the toaster know?

How does a toaster's light-dark control work? Perhaps something clever with a bi-metallic strip... can't believe the toast's 'doneness' is actually being tested; but from experience it seems more sophisticated than just adjusting a timer. How do dem? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me name an urban modelling application.

Help me name an urban modelling application. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:21 AM PST - 25 comments

Free jukebox software that queues music?

I need a Windows-based, FREE MP3 player that will queue music, like a real jukebox. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

High quality digital images of fine art?

Does anyone know some web sites with high-quality digital images of art masterpieces? Preferrably wallpaper-sized, and preferrably a variety of artists and periods.
posted by jojopizza at 8:48 AM PST - 6 comments

MIAmi Twice

I'm going to be stuck in the Miami International Airport for several hours, and I don't want to die of boredom. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Do independent television stations still exist?

Do independent television stations still exist? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Times Online printFriendly addresses

Times Online (UK) - how can I find the non-printFriendly link to an article which I found by using search and which is stuck in an ugly print-friendly format? [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda at 7:06 AM PST - 7 comments

get the ink moving

I have an Epson CX5200 multipurpose printer. It needed ink cartridges, so it sat idle for a while. Now I need to use it and the color of the ink catridge that I replaced (yellow) is only appearing in thin bands.
I've tried cleaning the jets, printing page after page of a 75% Y block from Illustrator and so far no change. Anyone have any fantastic tips?
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Piano Lessons

I would like to learn to play the piano. Is there any PC software out there worthwhile? Also which keyboard would you recommend?
posted by darkmatter at 6:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Linux & SATA

Can I expect problems if I try to install linux on a home-rolled system with only two SATA drives? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 3:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Did I fry my computer permanently?

Did I fry my computer permanently? [MI] [more inside]
posted by sour cream at 3:32 AM PST - 10 comments

CSS organisation tips

Looking for useful ways to organise CSS rules. There are many different ways of structuring CSS, which ones work for you? [more inside]
posted by amestoy at 3:01 AM PST - 11 comments

No pain no gain?

Is it true that if you don't get hangovers, your body isn't dealing with the toxins properly? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 12:47 AM PST - 15 comments

what's the deal with gibberish spam?

what's the deal with gibberish spam that doesn't sell you anything? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 12:09 AM PST - 11 comments

July 16

Late-evening dinner place between EWR and Parisppany.

I'm looking for a good place for a late-evening dinner between Newark airport (EWR) and Parsippany. I'm flying into EWR from the west coast this Thursday and my flight lands at 8. By the time I get into my rental car for the drive to Parsippany, it's probably about 9:00. If I were to go directly to my hotel, I'd probably check in and be in my room a little before 10, when a lot of restaurants close. [more inside]
posted by stevil at 11:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Do days get shorter in Seattle during the winter?

Does the American Pacific Northwest get less daytime in the winter than in the summer, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 10:30 PM PST - 15 comments

"This is where the party ends..."

JewishHistoryFilter : Can anybody recommend a good book that dissects the common Jewish conspiracy theories and discusses their history? Extra points for readability. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 8:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Possession of a controlled substance penalties?

I'm trying to find out the penalty for a third conviction of possession of a controlled substance in California. My friend is contemplating, as a last resort, calling the police on her sister, a methamphetamine abuser. I haven't been able to find anything.
posted by camfys at 8:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Frontpage Template PSD

I have a Frontpage Template and a Photoshop PSD file that is the graphic for the template. I need to update the PSD file - which I can do in Imageready, but I have problems updating the original HTML. Any ideas what I am doing wrong? Or export and make a brand new HTML file with rollovers?
posted by bright77blue at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Clarinet music recommendations

I love the sound of the clarinet. I'm looking for quiet, pensive, possibly melancholic music featuring this instrument. Any genre; preferably instrumental. I'm not looking for happy big-band jazz or Poulenc's chaotic clarinet sonata, though I appreciate both. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 7:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Buried alive to pass the time.

I've got a coding project, which will make me a bazillion dollars if I can pull it off. But I'm having trouble starting it, partially because I'm not a well-trained programmer, and partially becuase I'm unsure of whether to seek help. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 3:56 PM PST - 22 comments

Can You Hear That Dog?

How can I generate an audio frequency only dogs can hear? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 3:41 PM PST - 18 comments

YourSQL, definitely not mine.

This might be a little esoteric - but has anynone managed to get Perl's DBD::mysql module working on OSX Tiger? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

reproducing old documents

I've been asked by my library's genealogy department to make copies of documents that are too delicate and/or unwieldy to place on top of a copy machine or scanner... [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Clipomatic Clone for OS X?

Looking for an OS X facsimile of Clipomatic for Windows. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How much does it cost to wash?

How much does it cost (or what is the amount of electricity / volume of water used) to do one full load of laundry, as an average. Or, how would I go about getting precise figures for this? I want to know how much too much we pay to operate the pay-per-load laundry machines in our new apartment building.
posted by ChrisR at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

No-hype bike site

Toronto bike shops... [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 12:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Wedding songs?

Wedding filter: We're a couple getting married with good taste in music help us pick our wedding song... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 12:00 PM PST - 55 comments

Shattered Glass: Less Fun Than You Might Think

Home Improvement Filter: We are redoing a bathroom and have a mirror removal debacle. Specifically, how does one remove a large (say, 2.5'x3.5' or so) mirror that has been (apparenlty) LiquidNails'ed to the wall for approximately 20 years without killing oneself? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 11:03 AM PST - 15 comments

How do i put my motorcycle on an engine block?

i'm trying to replace the forks on my motorcycle. it's a 1976 honda cb 550. The work seems pretty straightforward -- but all of the instructions i read begin with 'lift the front wheel by putting the engine on a block. how do i do that??!! thanks.
posted by milkman at 10:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Outdoor sandals

I'm looking to get some new sandals with the intention of going hiking/camping/rock climbing/etc in them. I already know of Tevas, but even those have multiple variations so I turn to y'all's experience and suggestions of specific sandals to buy for outdoor use. I'd like to stay under $100, but I understand it might not be doable.
posted by jmd82 at 9:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Why does meat turn dark?

Why does fresh meat at the supermarket often start to turn brown after a couple days? Are the blood cells still clotting or something? Does it effect the flavor of the meat?
posted by plainfeather at 6:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do RC delivery people have submachine guns?

GTA San Andreas question: I'm on the mission with Zero where you have to use the little RC plane to destroy Berkley's five couriers. I can't pass it. I've read the strategy guides and there aren't shortcuts, although in most guides it's rated the hardest in the game. I'm stuck. Anybody who's played it before got any brilliant ideas?
posted by saysthis at 5:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Never buy tickets from a European.

Can anyone translate something from Dutch (or possibly Flemish) to English for me? I ordered tickets from a foreign website and it all went wrong.. [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 4:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Batch Processing of Audio Levels

How can I synchronize audio levels on hundreds of files in a batch process? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 4:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I drink tonight?!

I was recently prescribed Tylenol 3 for post-surgery pain (ankle fracture)--I've really only needed it at night. The last time I took it was last night (Friday) at about 11:30 pm. I'm going to a wedding tonight. Do I need to worry about the interaction with alcohol even though my "last dose" will have been about 18 hours prior? In other words, can I drink at the wedding?!
posted by fabesfaves at 3:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Grimm's tales: stepmothers or real mothers?

Stepmothers in Grimm's fairy tales. Some claim that the Grimms altered mothers to step mothers lest the bourgeois reader be shocked. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:12 AM PST - 16 comments

July 15

Please help me with my trip to Australia and New Zealand

I'm off to spend the wintery month of August in Australia and New Zealand. Im visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, and Uluru in Austalia, then flying over to New Zealand where I'll work my way down from Auckland to Christchurch. I'm looking for recommendations on where to stay, where and what to eat & drink, and what to see and do, as well as answers to a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha at 8:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Why can't car shopping be simple?

How do the taxes work when buying used (but fairly new) cars? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Tool to manage multiple Gmail accounts?

Has anyone written a tool that lets you manage multiple Gmail accounts? I'm envisioning something similar to the Gmail notifier, that lets you log on to 3+ accounts at once and easily check them.
posted by agropyron at 7:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Protecting Powerbook Finish

Protecting Powerbook finish (paint). I recently purchased a Powerbook, and am somewhat dismayed at how easily the outside scratches, despite my attempts to protect it Powerbook even while I use it. [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I check a doctor's professional history?

Can anyone help me find out about my New York City based doctor's professional history in greater depth? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

How to have Internet connection on the seas?

Is it possible to establish internet connectivity on a sail boat off land, and if yes, how?
posted by semmi at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Whoops, Chair it is!

I moved desks and have apparently lost the ability to type with any satisfaction. [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

CD Image Manager for Games

I have way too many games that require a CD to run. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 5:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Dr. Strangelove Travels

San-Diego-business-trip-filter Guten Tag, the good Dr. Strangelove will in San Diego half-day August 6th, all day on the 7th, business on the 8th... What to do with the free time? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 4:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Where did the Pac-Man term "Cruise Elroy" come from?

Where did the Pac-Man term "Cruise Elroy" come from? [more inside]
posted by danb at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Webpages with lots of Ads

I'm doing some research on Adblocking software for web browsing. I'm interested in webpages with a lot of ads, or various types of ads on one page to run tests against. Do you have links to any particularily annoying pages?
posted by blue_beetle at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Evil companies and smily clip art

Has anyone noticed a link between a megacorp's poor customer service and tons of "smily happy people" clip art on their ads and websites? I've been noticing a strong connection, to the extent that it's a warning flag for me not to do business with them. Am I imagining it or do they all do this?
posted by shannymara at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Fix my MS Word table!

How can I get the cells in my MS Word table to "stick together"? It keeps putting page breaks in weird places, leaving a single cell stranded at the top of a page. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Gift or loan?

I'm buying property in California with a down payment from my mother in Switzerland. Is it better to call it a loan or a gift (for tax and legal reasons)?
posted by letitrain at 2:22 PM PST - 19 comments

A field recording of two minutes of silence.

Is there a field recording of the two minutes of silence yesterday honoring the London bombing victims? [more inside]
posted by grefo at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What specs should I look for in an external hard drive

I've just been given the task of buying an external hard drive for my work, and am looking for advice on which specifications I should pay attention to when comparing different options. The drive will contain data files, and the idea is that we'll run statistical analyses (using SPSS, SAS, R, etc.) on files that reside on the drive. The main feature I'm concerned about is speed -- I don't want the drive to slow down the analyses. But we won't be transferring large files to/from the drive very often, so transfer speed isn't important in that sense. Which features are most important for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 12:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Who is this strange fellow on the tray?

Help me identify a weird graphic from a blurry image? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:01 PM PST - 16 comments

I can't talk right anymore.

Speakin' Rightwise, I am talking funny lately. Anyone else? [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants at 11:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Audio Drama on the web

AudioTheatreFilter: I was an avid listener of SciFi.com's Seeing Ear Theatre, but the site has been stagnant for years and I've finally decided it's time to move on. So what's out there in online radio/audio drama? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Know of a cheap USB Wifi dongle for Mac OS 9?

I need help with my parent's iBook (OS 9.2). They want wireless internet but there's no PC-card slot, nor an "under the keyboard" option. There is a USB port. Anybody know of a $20 USB-adapter that will work with OS 9. I already know about the AeroPad, but that sucker is $70! [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

San Francisco Vet Suggestions?

Can anyone recommend a good veterinarian in the San Francisco area who is flexible in terms of paying for large procedures, or can anyone direct me to services to help finance a high ticket vet procedure? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I set my mental alarm clock?

Some people have a "mental alarm clock". They can tell themselves to wake up at a certain hour, and their eyes spring open right on schedule. How can I do this, and how does it work? I've tried it on many occasions, but it only works about 30% of the time. Bonus candy for anyone who can tell me how to actually get up when my mental alarm goes off, instead of just rolling over and going back to sleep.
posted by rwhe at 10:39 AM PST - 30 comments

Gifts for a new teacher?

My girlfriend will be starting her first official job teaching fifth grade, it's her birthday soon, and I need gift ideas! [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 9:53 AM PST - 20 comments

Science magazine rec?

Science Magazine? I'm a fairly smart guy, much more focussed on the humanities than on science. I'd like to subscribe to a magazine that will raise my science IQ and teach me neat stuff, without overwhelming me with articles I find impossible to understand. There are nice new magazines for everything these days that are pitched smart but not expert. What would be the scientific equivalent?
posted by OmieWise at 9:14 AM PST - 48 comments

The Quiet Mac

I've lost sound on a bunch of my OS X apps... very confused [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments


I'm looking for a history of the western, scientific reaction to the platypus. Specifically, but not limited to, George Shaw's suspicion that the animal was a hoax. I have found many bits and pieces , but am looking for for the whole thing stitched together - thanks.
posted by R. Mutt at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Does Xanax work for all panic attacks?

Xanax and anxiety have been discussed here before, but I've recently been prescribed Xanax to be taken on an as-needed (during an attack) basis and am too scared to take it. [more inside]
posted by juniper at 8:31 AM PST - 21 comments

What's a coffee an' ?

In James T. Farrell's novel The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934), Studs's favorite beverage of choice (other than booze) is a coffee an'. What is a coffee an' ?
posted by Prospero at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Friday Night Be Dammed

AMSTERDAM: I'm flying to the dam tonight, meeting with 4 friends sometime around midnight. Can anyone recommend a good club or bar for 5 guys in their thirties to hit later?... and any other places to go over the weekend? (we're not interested in the touristy side, we have all done that in our twenties). Thanks [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Visiting Pointe au Baril

Any good (= decent, clean and fairly priced) hotels or B&B's in Pointe au Baril, Ontario CA? If you know of a good place where a lonely traveller might find a meal, it 'd be appreciated too.
posted by NekulturnY at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Programming a Kensington Trackball / Trackball vs. Mouse?

I just bought a Wireless Kensington Expert Mouse, and I'm trying to convince myself I like it. Ergonomically, I think it's better for my hand and wrist in the long run, but there is one thing that's really bugging me: I can set keystrokes for any of the buttons, but it only sends the key to the computer when I release the button. I use a Mac, and I have the F9 key programmed in on the trackball for Expose, but this means I can't just hold it, move to the window I want, and release it like I'm able to do on my Logitech mx700. I have to click, move, and click again ("waa", I know). Any suggestions for making this work using Kensington's MouseWorks driver? Are there any third-party apps/drivers out there that could take care of this? Furthermore, does anyone have experience switching from a mouse to a trackball? Did you stay with the trackball, and what merits/flaws do you see in both devices?
posted by jruckman at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for a glass tabletop project

I have finished building a dining table and want to use an all glass tabletop instead of wood top. The idea is that the glass top would rest on four leg supports. Originally I was thinking of getting grey tinted glass with countersunk holes that sits on dowel pins. Turns out it is almost a custom job and the cost is coming out to be too much for 0.5 inch glass. If I go with 3/8 inch glass then apparently they do not make grey tinted version of those. So here are my questions - What are good ways to prevent a glass top from sliding around when it is resting on four flat contact points which may be 1 to 2 inch in diameter. Special transparent glue ? or sticky pads ? I am looking for a clean look. The other question is what is a good way to get the tinted glass effect. I was thinking of may be using grey colored films. Not sure if that is the best way. If you think that is a good way i would appreciate some pointers to good sources of such films. Thanks
posted by flyby22 at 6:19 AM PST - 23 comments

RewriteRule and Trailing Slashes

How do I write a RewriteRule for an .htaccess file that includes if the user does (or doesn't) use a trailing slash? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 6:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Water softener question

Is it safe for my family to drink water from a water softener? [more inside]
posted by askmatrix at 5:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Biking in 110 degree desert heat?

Exercising in the extreme heat... Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 5:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Good photo labs that will develop and scan 35mm film

I've started into my first serious foray into amateur photography. The only fully-manual camera I could get my hands on for free is 35mm, so I'm now confronted with a problem that I haven't really ever dealt with before: where to get it developed. I want digital scans of most of my photos, for easy storage and Flickring, and there are a number of corollary requirements as well. [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 4:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Personal Car Leasing

Does anyone have any experience with Personal Contract lease of cars? I'm just working out how to spend my new car allowance in my job - and I like the idea of leasing a car (replaced every three years, maintained, get some cash back for my old car etc etc) The sites on the web look a little hard-sell (obviously) and I'm stuck for good clear guidance of whether this is a good option or not. This is in the UK btw
posted by mattr at 2:56 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I warranty THIS bad RAM?

When I bought my PC I was told by the sales person that my RAM was covered under a "lifetime warranty"... [more inside]
posted by Livewire Confusion at 2:35 AM PST - 4 comments

How come printed pdfs from Access don't look right

I'm stumped on an Access/PDF problem. I'm printing a number of 1-page files from an Access report into pdf. The resulting pdf is almost, but not quite, right. If I select text - copy - paste into Notepad or Word from the .pdf, there's only gobbledygook, which means the pdf is effectively unsearchable. [more inside]
posted by Kevs at 2:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Free Logo Maker for Website

Can you suggest a free service that will make a smart logo for the heading of web sites. (Something similar to the nice logos at Gotlogos gallery, which is a paid service)
posted by webmeta at 2:04 AM PST - 23 comments

Find Spanish al Qaeda indictment

On September 17, 2003 Spanish über-judge Baltasar Garzón issued a 700-page indictment of the "Madrid cell" of al Qaeda for its support role in the 9/11 attacks. Is this document online anywhere? Has it ever been translated?
posted by dhartung at 12:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Etiquette: Who pays for dinner in this situation?

EtiquetteFilter: I'm going to dinner with a friend of mine tomorrow evening. It was also my birthday last weekend and my friend was out of town at the time. So, I have a hunch that he may offer to pay for dinner because of, you know, the birthday thing. Here's the twist -- he was laid off about two weeks ago... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 AM PST - 25 comments

July 14

Filling Corian holes?

Can you fill holes in Corian? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I tip the delivery guy?

Tipping Filter: Yes, another tipping question. Tomorrow, I am having furniture delivered from a large company. Do I tip the delivery guy? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Buggy Browser

"Handler could not be removed". Huh? Help! [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

I will not be crucified on a cross-compile of gold...

I am having problems with crosstools on OS 10.3.9 - Does anyone have this setup working? Any general advice on crosscompiling on a Mac for ARM is also welcome. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 6:55 PM PST - 1 comment

iPodding in a Penske Truck

I own a 4G iPod. I'm renting a Penske truck to move from Memphis to Boston. What are the options for playing my iPod in the truck? I of course don't want to spend a ton of money because I will only use the setup for a few days, but I'm still interested in hearing all the options you can think of.
posted by abbyladybug at 5:53 PM PST - 21 comments

is none singular?

Which is correct, and why? (a) "None of those were..." (b) "None of those was..." [more inside]
posted by cortex at 5:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Pilates classes in NYC

Looking for a Pilates class in NYC. Want to try the machines, but even a mat-based class that doesn't cost a fortune would be good.
posted by garbo at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

camera flaw or feature?

Hello. I just found out the new Canon D20 digital SLR we use in the office doesn't allow one to use the LCD for framing - it can only be used for playback. This seems odd to me, since the Nikon digital SLR (and every single compact digital camera) I had used previously did. Is there some kind of firmware update or hack that would allow the LCD to be used as a finder? It would be tremendously helpful to be able to use it as such, especially when the icons relating to camera state etc. are all superimposed on top of the image on the PCD. I'm surprised that this camera doesn't allow that, when other digital SLRs (and all of Canon's lower-end cameras) do.
posted by luriete at 4:22 PM PST - 27 comments

Think: Nick Bantock.

I want to make a custom rubber stamp. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 3:12 PM PST - 14 comments

How do you override gut emotional reactions?

How do you override gut emotional reactions? In other words, how can you bring your feelings into agreement with a conflicting conclusion you have reached via rational thinking?
posted by koenie at 3:04 PM PST - 18 comments

What's wrong with my computer?

HELP! My computer is having some strange problems that look to be pretty serious! I've got a Presario running XP. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 3:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Do cover bands pay roylaties?

When a cover band plays at a club, an event or whatever, is somebody supposed to pay royalties for the songs? If so, how much? Do ASCAP and BMI send out goons to enforce?
posted by punkfloyd at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding a news article

I have a quote from and a link to an AP article published a few months ago. Problem is, searching for the quote on Google gives no relevant results, the link now goes to an error page saying the article was not found, and I can't find the article in a search of the AP archives. What to do?
posted by punishinglemur at 1:43 PM PST - 12 comments

All stereotypers need my help to become better people.

What are some persuasive points to make to help someone realize that stereotyping isn't a desirable way of categorizing people? Say that the person's main argument when you say, "Hey, that's stereotyping!" is, "I'm not saying I hate them; I'm not saying they're bad; I'm just saying they talk loud/don't tip well/act just like that skit on SNL." How also to explain the sometimes subtle difference between saying: "People from this region/culture talk like this," (accents) and "People from this region/culture act like this," (possible stereotype)? I already immediately say that I don't like to hear sweeping comments about particular races/cultures/religions/genders in order to get the person to stop saying that stuff around me (and potentially around others)... but the chance to make a comment that could be thought-provoking is very tempting.
posted by xo at 1:13 PM PST - 32 comments

There's a better life... and you think about it, don't you?

Dropping-out-of-the-rat-race Filter: Suggest good work-study or scholarship programs for someone looking to spend about a year taking a break from the 9 to 5. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Hebrew fonts for Tiger?

I'm using Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), and Microsoft Word 2004. Where the heck can I find some free Hebrew fonts that will show up in a freakin' Word doc?!? I've tried several Unicode fonts (SBL Hebrew and Cardo) - they show up in my Word font menu, but only with English characters! Can I still download either TrueType or PostScript fonts, or did those stop working on Macs during the days of New Coke and Reagonomics?
posted by ericbop at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Gift for my grandfather's 80th birthday

Gift-Filter: Please help me find a birthday present for my grandfather who hates everything. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 12:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Explain my mitochondrial DNA

I just received my results from the Genographic Project and they are confusing. Can someone explain my mitochondrial DNA to me? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

business blogger

I am interested in developing three new blogs, all for business purposes. I have the business mind and the game plan, but don't have enough time to learn how to use systems like Movable Type or Word Press. Does anyone know where I can get some help?
posted by bamassippi at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm thinking the solution requires a hammer.

This puzzle is driving me nuts! A glass bottle, bolts, and a wood rod. [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 12:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Returning to librarianship

What would an aging defrocked librarian have to do to return to the fold? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Most widespread file format

What file format exists in the greatest numbers? HTML? TXT? MP3? JPEG? DLL?
posted by timnyc at 11:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Script to provide Intellitext-style functionality

Are there any free or extremely cheap packages that do something like what Intellitext does? Please do not kill me, I'm not really evil. [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 11:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Capital Gains Taxes

Question re: Capital Gains taxes on a home sale [more inside]
posted by jonson at 11:33 AM PST - 19 comments

When calling someone a "cocks**ker" are you calling them a "girl" or are you calling them a "homo"?

BadWordFilter - Does the word "buttf**ker" refer to a man who sodomizes a woman, and in turn is just a "dirty sex act" word, or does it refer to a homosexual who sodomizes a man and in turn is a homophobic word? Likewise for "cocks**ker"? When calling someone a "cocks**ker" are you calling them a "girl" or are you calling them a "homo"? Am I thinking too much about it, or should I avoid using these words around women / homosexuals so not to appear sexist / homophobic?
posted by pwb503 at 11:31 AM PST - 41 comments

Costa Rica honeymoon tips?

I'm honeymooning in Costa Rica in the middle of September, primarily in Quepos/Manuel Antonio and the Waterfall Gardens in Varablanca. Some friends have told us we'll absolutely hate it because all it will do is rain rain rain during the time. Is this the case? Also: tell me stuff to do! Even if it is raining. A billion thanks.
posted by xmutex at 11:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Roadside non-crosses?

An article in my local newspaper on the removal of roadside crosses (and having just read Carl Hiassen's "Skinny Dip," in which a minor character collects roadside crosses and replants them in his backyard) made me wonder if non-Christians put up non-cross roadside memorials, and if there are websites with examples.
posted by Joleta at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

to pay or not to pay

I rented a car on a recent trip to Ontario, Canada (I live in the US) and got a parking ticket. I paid the rental cash but I guess the rental company would have the credit card number I used to make the reservation What would happen if I don't pay the fine? Is the rental company (Avis) going to charge me? Will they send me a bill in 10 years asking me for payment and interests?
posted by kewlio at 11:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheap road trip?

I heard that every year RVs need to be taken from Los Angeles to Alaska, or the other way around. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Narrow sound?

Recently I read an article about narrow-band sound and the attempt to develop it. For example, a siren from an ambulance on the street would clear the streets, but wouldn't wake people in their homes because they wouldn't hear it. I can't find the article and Google's no help. I'm tempted to say I read it on one of Marshall Brain's sites, but searching there was fruitless as well. Can someone find it?
posted by IndigoRain at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Where did my Documents folder go?

Where did my Documents folder go? (OS X) [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

wireless stereo

I'm wondering if there's a relatively easy way to play a live music stream off iTunes (KCRW) on my "real" stereo. I've got an iBook g4 and an Airport. Is there a way to wirelessly send that signal somehow into my stereo, so I can carry my laptop around to different locations but having the iTunes stream function like a regular FM signal on my stereo... any ideas?
posted by dearleader at 10:25 AM PST - 9 comments

It says 'warning' in braille

Someone I know was diagnosed with HPV. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Marrying an immigrant

Seeking advice from US citizens who have married foreigners who happened to be illegal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

songs about dogs?

Help me fill a CD with songs about dogs! [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 10:01 AM PST - 74 comments

Coconut oil; good for you?

Any informed opinions on the safety of coconut oil as a food supplement? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Wedding gift in Paris?

My best friend is having a civil marriage ceremony and then going to Paris for two weeks with her husband and family (parents, etc.) to celebrate. What is something thoughtful that I could give them for the Paris trip, preferably something they could use in Paris but that I could buy or arrange here over the phone or by email? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Advice on Broadband Service

Still using antediluvian dialup connection to the 'net - seeking experience re: switching to broadband. Help me O mavens of Mefi.... [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 8:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Sharing calendars through Outlook and iCal without an Exchange server

I need to share a calendar between four people. Trouble is, two of them are on Macs (using iCal) and two of them are using Outlook on PCs. I know there are systems like OfficeCalendar that do away with needing an Exchange server, and GroupCal that allows a Mac to connect to an Exchange server. But is there a way to get all these platforms working in tandem? Bonus points if there is a web-based version of the calendar too.
posted by skylar at 7:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Temping agencies in London

Can anyone recommend a temping/job agency in London? Also, any advice on how to approach finding a job when you're a new graduate with zero work experience (and a crummy degree) would be gratefully received. [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 7:37 AM PST - 13 comments

How to protect a wood mounted poster

My wife and I are building a collage of movie poster details for our theater, but I'm having problems coming up with a good way to mount them. I have an idea, but I'm not sure if it will work. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Are my new landlords required to honor my lease?

I just found out the building I live in is in the process of being sold. Are the new owners legally bound to the lease I signed when I moved in? What kind of protection is there for current tenants in this situation? Any advice from others who have been in this situation would be appreciated.
posted by a22lamia at 7:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Sports bras for larger-breasted women?

Sports bras for the busty: any suggestions for keeping larger breasts in place while running? Regular, buy-at-the-department-store sports bras don't seem to be supportive enough for size D. I've seen Enell suggested - any experiences with that brand? Any others I should check out?
posted by bibbit at 6:46 AM PST - 22 comments

No Dial Tone

What's wrong with my phone line? [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 6:43 AM PST - 8 comments

How to recall an email in Lotus 6.5?

Is there any way to recall an email in Lotus Notes? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Disable X-Mouse Autoraise in MS Apps

I have enabled X-Mouse mode in TweakUI with "Autoraise when activating" disabled, but Microsoft apps (Visual Studio .NET, Office 2003, etc.) annoyingly still autoraise when activated my the mouse. Is there any way to prevent or disable this behavior?
posted by arathorn at 6:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Spanish Guitar Music

I would like recommendations for pretty and simple Spanish/Latin American guitar pieces. [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find Iranian replica soccer jerseys?

Where can I find a reasonable selection of Iranian soccer jerseys? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 5:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Suggestions for changing my style.

I would like to change my style. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 5:29 AM PST - 41 comments

How do I backup NTFS's $Secure ?

Anyone know of a way to backup/restore the $Secure metadata file in NTFS? Preferably something that wouldn't require a full backup/restore of the entire file system?
posted by yeoz at 5:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Songs with Psychiatric Illness theme

I am looking for songs with a psychiatric illness theme. 2 songs come immediately to mind, both by Simon and Garfunkel. One is Richard Cory dealing with a suicide by a probable manic-depressive .The other is A Most Peculiar Man which describes the suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning of a schizophrenic patient. i know it is rather morbid but I would appreciate hearing of other songs of the same ilk.
posted by kryptos at 4:41 AM PST - 73 comments

what's better than cunx?

Courier bags: who's better than Cunx? [more inside]
posted by humuhumu at 2:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Origin of "It's quiet - too quiet"

Where does the phrase "It's quiet... too quiet" come from? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 2:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Online japanese clothes sellers?

Where on the net can I get decent quality, authentic japanese/tokyo street/stylish clothes for an average-sized Caucasian male? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

July 13

Help me find my french dogs?

Storm the Bastille and help me find a French music video from the 80's-- please? [more inside]
posted by philida at 11:47 PM PST - 2 comments

French language books/CDs

What are the best books and/or CDs to help me improve my French? [more inside]
posted by strikhedonia at 10:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Swipe locks

Hotel keys and their locks. So I've been staying in a lot of hotels lately and everyone uses these swipe cards now. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments


How do cells form various shapes? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 9:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Upcoming books

Is there a free database of upcoming, as of yet unreleased books from all the publishers anywhere on thar web? Thanks.
posted by Krrrlson at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments


Is there a version of this game out there somewhere where you can undo as many moves as you want? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 9:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I wear fake pantyhose on my face?

Why shouldn't I spray pantyhose on my face? I bought these spray-on pantyhose and sprayed them on my legs. I liked it so much I tried it on my face. Looked great there too. Is there any reason I shouldn't be doing this? [more inside]
posted by duck at 8:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Dead computer, locked hard drive?

My wife's computer died (autopsy pending). I took her hard drive out, put it in an Adaptec external enclosure, and hooked it to my machine via USB. It runs fine and I can see the directory tree, but it won't let me access the important stuff under her profile in Documents and Settings -- just says "Access Denied." Is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by words1 at 8:58 PM PST - 11 comments

should I go into technical writing

Should I go into technical writing? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 8:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Interesting things to do with a spare lcd monitor

I have a spare 15 inch LCD monitor, and I am looking for something interesting to do with it. [more inside]
posted by adamfunman at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Mattresses in New York?

Help me find a new mattress and box spring in New York! [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

to tip or not to tip

Take-out orders: do you tip, and if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 5:13 PM PST - 39 comments

Best Broadband Provider?

I just cancelled Roadrunner internet access, and I need help finding another ISP. [more inside]
posted by Penks at 4:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Webcam for windows?

Cheap webcam for windows? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it a bad server? Or am I a bad coder?

I build websites. One of them runs very, very slowly, but only on the client's server. I'm pretty sure it's because their server needs more memory. But I'm a mediocre sysadmin, and I want to be absolutely certain I know what I'm talking about before I blame the hardware for what could be a problem with my software. Help reassure me that I'm not insane. [more inside]
posted by ook at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

ResumeFilter: Freelance "Gap"

ResumeFilter: Applying to a Fortune 500 company. How do I show the last two years of freelance experience without coming off as a maverick? [MI] [more inside]
posted by parma at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Country in Ethiopia

RadioFilter: A friend told me she heard a segment on country music's popularity in Ethiopia on WNYC (820 AM, public radio in New York) this morning. Despite searching the websites of every show they aired, I cannot find audio or any mention of the segment. Did anyone else catch this, and if so, can you help me find it?
posted by realcountrymusic at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

URL naming protocol?

TechnoDunce question: why do some URLs start with "http://www.blah" and some just start with "http://blah"?
posted by tristeza at 2:33 PM PST - 33 comments

Info on class action lawsuits?

What's a reliable, trustworthy source for information about class action lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

web design simpleton

How do people make websites do this fancy trick? The site sells something downloadable. You pay, then you get an automated email containing a link to download the same item or items you bought.
posted by leapingsheep at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What the world is in that bag?

So I broke down and got a murse. What small essential things do I need to be carrying around with me at all times? [more inside]
posted by Capn at 1:13 PM PST - 72 comments


Has anyone written some sort of scholarly critique or observations about infomercials and their bizarre and sort of addictive appeal? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

The road from Paris

What's the best way I can find discount travel (air, rail, rental car) destinations for a weekend trip from Paris? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I RAM one slot, or two? Huh huh.

I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
posted by logovisual at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for machine to make stickers

Can anyone suggest equipment to produce custom photographic quality *small-sized* (anywhere from 1/2" to 2") stickers with custom shapes? [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

OSX Filter: Moving a user account to a different machine...

OSX Filter: Moving a user account to a different machine... [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

What is Quality? How does one measure it?

The recent question about quality science fiction has led to an ongoing debate with some friends. How does one measure Quality or Beauty in art? For example, what makes one painting better than another painting? Are evaluations of this sort purely subjective? Somehow the argument that there are no objective standards for Beauty — that the Quality of art is purely a matter of personal preference — seems dangerous to me. (If one cannot measure Quality in art, then how can one measure Quality in science or law or any other field?)
posted by jdroth at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Where's the guy shoving the monitor off of his desk?

Does anybody know where I can find that famous mpeg of the guy who gets angry, stands up from his desk, and shoves the monitor onto the floor. Sorry about this one, but my Google-Fu has lost it's chi or something.
posted by stovenator at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Geophotopodcasting my way across the USA

At the end of next week, I will be embarking on a move from the New York City area to San Jose, California. I have this brilliant (or slightly overzealous) idea to "geophotopodcast" my way across the country using a combination of different technologies, so my friends back home can keep up with my adventures. What suggestions can you offer me for making my high-tech travelog cooler / easier to execute? [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I apply to grad school after taking a few years off to work?

I'm a recent college graduate who is taking a few years off to work before going to grad school. Since I'm taking a few years off how should I handle the need to have academic letters of recommendation when I do apply? [more inside]
posted by mhaw at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

New York City First Visit

Help my wife and I figure out how much we can fit in during a relatively short first visit to New York City. [more inside]
posted by bove at 11:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Hackers Wanted

Is there a way to pull values off of an Internet drop down menu and paste them in a document? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 11:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Removing blood from leather?

Anyone know how to remove blood stains from leather? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Podcast advice needed.

Looking for a good (read non-american-centric) news Podcast that covers world events. [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I print multiple documents at once?

Is there any way to select and print, say, 30 documents at a time without having to individually open each one?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Wow - that really hums

HumFilter: how do I stop the audio connection from my DVD player humming? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Recipes using meat and chocolate

Meat with chocolate recipes [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 9:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Cell phone annoyances

I own a Motorola v600 cell phone. On the side of the phone are buttons which change the ring style. Can I disable them? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Know of a Visio-lite appication?

Anyone know of a good free, easy to use, diagramming application that would allow me and my colleagues to brainstorm ideas similar to using post-its on a bulletin board? Related: Experience with affinity diagram techniques? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

recording spoken audio

My not-for-profit theatre company (run by me and grumblebee) wants to start producing audio dramas and releasing them as podcasts (and maybe on CDs). We have a limited budget (under $1000). What recording equipment should we buy for good quality sound? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:31 AM PST - 24 comments

real estate hacks: scraping together a house

I'm looking for a home closer to my work, and I'm trying to be systematic about it. My plan is to scrape online real estate databases and put them into a spreadsheet, then start ranking and comparing. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Programmer's Editor for handling multi-file MVC?

Can anyone recommend a good programmer's editor for MVC? Specifically, I'm looking for something that will let me choose a class, and automatically open up the three corresponding model, view, and controller source files, so I don't have to go looking for them. [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Examples of Movements for World Unity

Citizenry of the world identify! [more inside]
posted by peacay at 7:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Lost in Blogland

Blogfilter: I've been asked to monitor blogs for mentions of our company. I don't have a budget to hire a company to do this... [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 6:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Unfair use.

How to capture audio from a DVD movie on MacOS Tiger? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Bad Norton! Bad!

Bad Norton! Bad! Ever since my most recent LiveUpdate last Thursday, Norton Internet Security has been giving me some problems... [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 6:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Transatlantic flying

Right, it's peak travel season here in the UK. Any recommendations for the best way to get from London to Houston for 4 people for a week at the end of July/beginning of August?
posted by Mossy at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

gorrila my dreams!

Best way to shave girly parts without razor burn? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 4:27 AM PST - 23 comments


Hopefully simple question about hot-swapping between PCs and Macs. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Attraction concerns.

I have just started to be attracted to a friend I never had feelings for before, in an insidious and subconscious way. But my girlfriend and I are living together, and she's pushing hard for marriage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 AM PST - 23 comments

MacFilter: Where did all the space go?

MacFilter: Where did all the space go? I was using my Powerbook (OS 10.4.1) last night and at last glance it had 4.5GB of space left. After working on iPhoto and Firefox, both of which hung for minutes during operation and while quitting, I got a message saying I was running out of disk space. It turned out I only had 200MB left. After rebooting, the space went up to 1.1GB. Is there any way I can find out where the space went and get it back? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 1:18 AM PST - 7 comments

English breakfast in the twin cities?

Does anyone know of a place that serves a full english breakfast in the Minneapolis area? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 12:35 AM PST - 13 comments

How many pounds should I bring and what should I see in Scotland?

I'll be in Edinburgh, Scotland, for about a week. How many pounds should I plan to bring, and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderBanning at 12:03 AM PST - 27 comments

July 12

How do I find a computer parts wholesaler?

How do I find a computer parts wholesaler? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 11:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I vaccinate my two-month old?

Why shouldn't I vaccinate my two-month old? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:57 PM PST - 123 comments

Border Collie Training Tips

Casting a wide net filter regarding border collies: I have a 3.5 month old purebred border collie puppy and am soliciting answers and advice regarding her training. She starts training this Thursday and I've consulted my vet and breeder, as well as Google, but would appreciate any advice here also. [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 9:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Wholesale game suppliers?

(How) can I, a private individual, buy video games wholesale? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 9:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Productivity-tracking Software

I'm looking for a productivity-tracking software (freeware) that does the very simplest task of logging the applications I'm using, and its usage duration. At the end of the day it will help me to identify the time I spent mucking around on the web, and actual work productivity. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 9:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Letterpress info

I own a printing company and someone has offered to give me a Heidelberg letterpress. I want to find information on letterpress work. I want to find a newer way to make the dyes that stamp the paper. And I would like to figure a way to turn it into a foil stamping machine...any ideas
posted by aisleofview at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a decent multiplayer co-op game.

I'm looking for a decent multi player co-op game... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 8:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Best bachelorette party EVER

What should I do for a bachelorette party? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 7:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Honeymoon in Greece?

My fiance and I would like to honeymoon in Greece, but we have no idea where to go. [more inside]
posted by surferboy at 7:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Moving Cross-Country On a A Budget

On behalf of a blog-buddy who is moving from AZ to MT: any advice on how to move cross-country on a budget? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How to recover digital images

Can you help rescue my digital photographs from their silver grave? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Arrrgggh!!! It's a Mac!!

Help me find a computer prank. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 6:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Sharing a wireless connection with a wired PC

I have a laptop that can connect wirelessly to a wireless network at my parent's home. Is there any way to share that connection via ethernet with my desktop computer? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Vintage hats!

Hatfilter: Vintage hat recommendations? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

A history lesson on piano makers of the 20th century please.

Chickering, 6' 5" Grand. 1930 make. Conditions aside, is it worth buying? Or better to wait until I've saved enough money for a Steinway? [more inside]
posted by margaretlam at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a good weblog traffic analyzer for a personal website?

What's a good weblog traffic analyzer for a personal website? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Guess That Plotter

Can anyone identify this model of HP plotter from that picture?
posted by glibhamdreck at 4:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Sleeping at work

I share an office with a co-worker and over the past few months she's been sitting at her computer and falling asleep during the day, mainly in the afternoon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 74 comments

How can one prepare for business social settings?

Cocktail parties, fundraisers, all the places where business and pleasure mix. What's a newbie to do? Need the insider perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 13 comments

nytimes crossword reruns?

Does the NY Times ever rerun its crossword puzzles? [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Best Book/Site for improving MS SQL Skills?

I currently have a very low level of SQL knowledge (I can construct simple queries for multiple tables, but I start to fall apart on the difference between inner and outer joins). I need to learn to create multiple join SQL queries and Dynamic SQL/Stored Procedures on MS SQL Server 2000 in a short period of time. I'd also like to learn to use MS Query Analyzer more efficiently. Is there one book or online resource that is best for this? Additionally, are there alternatives to using MS Query Analyzer, or is that really *the* tool? [more inside]
posted by de void at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

How to become a professor?

How does one become a professor (read: university level instructor)? [more inside]
posted by keswick at 1:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Reporting Spam

How to report unwanted e-mail to sender's ISP? I've asked not to be sent any more emails but sender continues--just to annoy me. Besides reporting to the FTC, how can I report it, should I report it to the senders ISP?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Title for a 70s romance flick?

On behalf of a coworker, I have another "help me remember" question. This one involves a film from the early seventies. [more inside]
posted by mmcg at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Cleaning a Scotchgarded sofa?

How can I clean my already-Scotchgarded sofa? [more inside]
posted by elisabeth r at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Vegetarian Dinner

I want to make dinner for my new girlfriend. She is a vegetarian. [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 12:49 PM PST - 45 comments

How can I build my family tree online?

I'm looking for free, online, collaborative genealogy software. [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How often do most people change their email address?

I'm looking for statistics about how often the average Internet user changes his/her email address. [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Give me your sweet stock tips!

What are some stocks that you really believe in and enjoy owing? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 12:13 PM PST - 18 comments

immigration policies

What are the biggest differences between other developed countries and the United States in terms of their immigration policies? If I remember right, the US lets in about 1 million people or so a year (legally), most through family reunificiation, some through a lottery,business opportunities, refugee programs or other means. Ive often wondered how other developed countries, such as those in the EU or Australia handle their immigration policies - more or less open? Ive never been able to find a solid nonideological guide to different countries policies, so some pointers would be great!
posted by jare2003 at 12:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Dry out a basement?

Any suggestions for drying out a flooded basement? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Health insurance for freelancers in Illinois?

Freelancers in Illinois who have health insurance: what plan do you have? What others did you look at? Why did you pick the one you did? How much? Etc. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 11:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Boring Webcams

A friend is looking for a list of boring webcams.
posted by Lebowski at 11:10 AM PST - 14 comments

How much is my photo worth?

What is a reasonable price to charge for rights to use one of my photos on a book cover? [more inside]
posted by furcifer at 11:01 AM PST - 7 comments

New Reality Tunnels

LearyFilter: Does anybody know of a place in the world where LSD is still legal, and available in circulation? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Title for apocalyptic noir flick?

Can anyone suggest a title for an end of the world movie? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 10:34 AM PST - 62 comments

Document Imaging/Management

I’m tasked with finding an appropriate Document Imaging/Management solution for my company. We’re an engineering/environmental consulting firm with several offices, amounting to about 300 users. The ones I’ve looked at so far are Questsys , Docstar , Laserfiche and, (the really cheap solution) PaperPort . Does anyone have any experience with these solutions, or can you recommend another solution that you have implemented?
posted by gnz2001 at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I be worried about an apartment building's smell?

I looked at an apartment that seems really great (big, cheap, etc) except for a particular and not quite pleasant bouquet varying in strength and odor from mothballs to 'old house', to just plain stale. Should I be worried? How worried? [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 10:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Cool Hunting

I'm looking for some really hip websites, magazines or podcasts that comment and report on arts, entertainment, culture and a little (just a little!) on politics. I already read Salon.com, Slate Magazine and Rolling Stone, but I need more. Any ideas?
posted by JPowers at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car?

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car? [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 at 9:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Two weeks floating in Eastern Europe

Tell me about Eastern Europe... [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 9:01 AM PST - 4 comments

New Product Development Methodologies

I'm looking for an article I once read that described the best way to develop a new software product within a company that must continue to build/support its legacy applications. [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 8:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Anthony, wife of Henry?

Wandering a cemetery, I came across this gravestone. "Anthony, beloved wife of Henry"? I'm pretty sure there wasn't a lot of gay marriage up in northern Ontario during the late 19th Century, but I've never heard of Anthony being a woman's name... what gives?
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:46 AM PST - 17 comments


Chili! I want your recipes. And I pray that this be an ecumenical zone, where adherents of all chili-related dogmas will be welcome.
posted by kenko at 8:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Vietnamese cultural sensitivity and portrait mode.

I want to take some photos of locals around Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I have two questions: One, is there anything I should know about taking pictures of people like this? I want to be as uninvasive and polite as possible, but I don't want to be a big dumb American screaming "HAY GUYS CAN I TAKE YOUR PHOTO?!" and acting like they're animals in a zoo. Two is a technical question about my Canon Powershot A35... [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 8:30 AM PST - 9 comments

What to see/do/eat in Prague?

Following some of the advice from this post, tomorrow Orange Goblin and I are jetting off to Prague for a week. What should we see/do/eat? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

What scale should I buy?

I'm looking to buy a new and hopefully not too expensive weight scale. Tanita seems to be the cool brand, but is body fat monitoring worth the extra dollars? I'm not finding much authoritative info on how accurate it is or even how it works so I'm skeptical. Explanations or scale recommendations appreciated.
posted by frenetic at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find a travel toy from the 70s?

Please help me find a toy of sorts from the 70s. I think it was called CarTalk -- a handheld flip sign that provided hours of fun while driving the interstates on summer vacations. As I recall, it was an oval-shaped paddle with messages on a spiral binder like: "Hello" and "I think you're cute," as well as some other goofy inspirations for fellow highway travelers. Let me know if you have more information or if you know where to get one.
posted by swamperro at 8:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I find a new job quickly?

I'm planning a move in late November, from Boston to San Francisco. At the moment, it's looking like I'm going to arrive there and THEN begin my job search. 1. Am I completely nuts? 2. What can I do to help my odds of landing a job quickly? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Website visitor survey

I am in the process of creating a survey form for a website and wanted to know what would be the most effective method of gathering responses online? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 7:38 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the required stops when driving across the middle states?

UltimateRoadTripFilter. In 2 weeks, I'm driving across the country from Harrisburg, PA to Newport Beach, CA. My best friend is coming along and he's never seen anything west of Ohio. We've got 7 full days to complete the trip. What's not to miss? [more inside]
posted by paulychamp at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

They misunderestimated me.

What are some good titles for a Bush-administration-themed porno movie?
posted by box at 7:14 AM PST - 48 comments

Tell me about aerobic sewers.

We're looking at houses. The one we love has an aerobic sewer. Does anyone have personal experience with one? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Cell phone confusion !

What's the best cell phone I can buy right now in the United States that will sync with a Mac? I have some specific wants and am totally perplexed by the world of cell phones. [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:52 AM PST - 16 comments

commercail jingle identification?

Name that jingle. No lyrics. I don't even know on what commercials it can be heard. It's failry old, but not that obscure. I've googled and used melody search engines but had no luck. Here's how the basic melody goes... [more inside]
posted by lyam at 6:33 AM PST - 11 comments


I need to get away from it all. From my job, from my friends, from the world I call my own. I think I need a week of uninterrupted me time. I usually take awesome vacations with friends, but end up returning home completely exhausted. Where can I go to completely chill, rejuvenate my mind and body, and return to my life refreshed. I will fly anywhere in the world, but would prefer not to spend too much money. Suggestions like The Golden Door Spa may be a little out of my price range......
posted by jasondigitized at 6:20 AM PST - 27 comments

Tricks and tips for using IMAP mail?

I've just switched to IMAP after (literally) fifteen years of pop mail. What are some tips, warnings, and best practices? [more inside]
posted by esperluette at 6:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are my hard drive icons moving upon restart?

whenever I restart my Mac G5 (10.4.x), my hard drive icons (two external, the main hard drive, and a secondary internal) are moved to the upper right hand side of my screen, and usually partially obscured by the Dock (which I pin on the right side.) I hate this. All the other icons on the desktop (folders, aliases, etc.) never move after a restart (or re-launch of the Finder), just the drive icons. Is there any way to avoid this?
posted by thewiseacre at 6:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Setting up a password repository

Let's say I wanted to create a simple web app to store my various usernames and passwords. The app and database would be hosted externally (by Dreamhost). I would use a secure connection for any HTTP stuff going back and forth, and I would encrypt all of the passwords before going into the db, and I can only extract and decrypt a password after entering a pass phrase that exists only in my brain. What would it take for someone else to get at my passwords? [more inside]
posted by patgas at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with Sebrenica song..

Anyone watched the Sebrenica commemoration in Bosnia yesterday? I'd love to find a CD/mp3 of the moving song the little girl in red was singing and the chorus in white. I don't speak the language, and I'm having a lot of trouble finding the /name/ of the song, let alone a recording of it.. Please help!
posted by ruelle at 4:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you pass time on a weeknight?

You're married or single, have no kids, hold a regular job and are out of school. So what do you do in the evenings after work? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:47 AM PST - 61 comments

why are some paints so luminous?

Why do the paints used on DynoRod vans, for example, have such luminosity? [more inside]
posted by NinjaPirate at 2:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there an irrigation system that easily water plants on a patio?

GardeningFilter: is there an irrigation system that easily waters plants in containers on a patio? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 2:50 AM PST - 8 comments

html link

How do you create a link to the middle of the page? [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 2:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Elusive retro workout track

Another "name that obscure song without audio assistance" question: I would love to have a song identified that I heard twice in the gym last year. [more inside]
posted by nobodyyouknow at 12:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Credit card borrowing basics?

A friend in college is very anxious to get a loan for around $5-6000. Neither of us knows anything about credit cards, so I'm asking for some advice on her behalf. (*and yeah, this question seems pretty basic, so sorry if I missed it being asked already) [more inside]
posted by jsbww at 12:47 AM PST - 14 comments

July 11

Do I want "limited tort" or "full tort" auto insurance?

Do I want "limited tort" or "full tort" auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by em at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments

MS Ride Prep/Training

Last Thursday I found out my brother has Multiple Sclerosis. This morning I found out that New Mexico is having The Atomic Tour MS 150 Bike Ride in just under a month. I signed up for it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 10:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Des Moines, Iowaaaa

Anything going on in Des Moines, Iowa on the cultural scene? Art museums, galleries, music, best kept secrets, restaurants, even shopping etc. Spending 3 days in August...yikes.
posted by lois1950 at 9:17 PM PST - 10 comments

No, it is not the theme to Tetris.

NameThatRussianFolkTuneFilter: a friend into shortwave radio picked up this song over the airwaves, recorded it to tape for posterity, and has been transfixed since -- but doesn't know what it is or who's singing. It's a long-shot, but can someone ID this?
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 9:07 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make shirts?

I've been actively trying to create shirts of the quality seen here. While I'm less concerned with the technical aspects of creating a vintage/fatigued looked -- how does one go through the initial stages of design? (What program is best to design in, how should I approach the silkscreener, fabric acquisition...) [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Post apocalyptic Dentist Movie Filter

Another Name That Movie Question - Mid 80s movie about a dentist traveling through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 8:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should I start my journey to study the bible?

I'm a Christian, but I don't know jack about the Bible. What's the best way to tackle this divine dilemma? [more inside]
posted by mercurysm2 at 8:35 PM PST - 41 comments

What kind of flower is this?

What kind of flower is this?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 6:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Language Aids

Has anyone learned a language using Rosetta Stone software, or something like it? Does it work?
posted by rtimmel at 6:50 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you learn a new musical instrument?

How does one go about learning the pedal steel, or any musical instrument for that matter? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

BugFilter: What is this giant bug?

BugFilter: What is this bug? It was crawling around outside my apartment here in Austin and actually walked toward me whenever I would move, which creeped me the eff out. It's about two inches long and... just check out the photo. It was a slow and deliberate mover. I have to know what it is, and if I should keep a weapon nearby in case it comes back.
posted by letterneversent at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Rss Feed Me

How can I add rss feeds like my Audioscrobbler feed, or my delicious feed into my website and make it so its instantly updated on a refresh? I'm currently using http://bigbold.com/rssdigest/, but I want things like my current playlist to update live. Please try to provide a simple or step by step answer as my rss wis a little slow.
posted by Mroz at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Does tiled PC desktop wallpaper still exist?

Anyone know a good source of tiled wallpaper backgrounds for a computer desktop? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 4:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Unstick a garden hose

How to unstick a garden hose? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

I like to ride my bicycle

Where are the most bike-friendly places to live in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 4:47 PM PST - 32 comments

handcarved wedding band

ok, so I while back you guys advice and buying a wedding ring. So I got this awesome cool handcarved wedding ring from an antique store. It is 18K gold band with a handcarved design of laurel and berries....but I only got one. So how do I go about getting a duplicate made (larger) that would fit me? I have talked to jewelers and the are very vague. I live in SE MI area.
posted by cdcello at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I map my property?

I'd like to make a map of my five acres but I have no surveying skills. Any simple guide to, or ideas about, amateur surveying on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

My mouse in Windows is acting funny.

Help!, I need to fix my jumpy mouse in Windows 2000. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

macintosh and tivo: streaming music!

need recommendations on mac's and tivo's home media. i'm trying to decide how to rout all my good music into my home stereo. seems i could do one of two things: send playlists etc through tivo home media or use the airport express to the stereo hub. our main router is actually a linksyss because we have a PC as well as a mac now so i guess i would have to get airport express for the stereo. my computer will all of my pictures and music is a new imac g5 and i think it already has a wireless hub installed/bluetooth (the whole nine yards!) what is the best way/easiest way/most reliable way to get music shifted into my stereo. ps. the stereo is very far from the computer itself and cant be directly connected. i've searched the archives on this question to no avail. thanks, dave
posted by dstrouse91 at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Name this film

Name that film: early to mid eighties, 3D (I think), modern day fantasy/adventure/heist caper involving cursed ancient crowns... Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:42 PM PST - 3 comments

A members-only but anonymous discussion board?

I'm in search of an electronic discussion board that meets a couple criteria. The idea is to create a neutral space where members of a group I belong to can post about a very contentious labor issue. They've made two requests: 1) members should have the option of posting anonymously or not, and 2) the forum should be available to members only (password protected). [more inside]
posted by miriam at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I become a massage therapist?

So I've decided to become a massage therapist. [more inside]
posted by granted at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Interstitial Cystitis

Does anyone have any remedies for Interstitial Cystitis? [more inside]
posted by pony at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I mount surge protectors to the wall?

How do I mount surge protectors (surge strips) to a newly painted wall so the surge protectors are flush and appear professionally mounted? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 12:44 PM PST - 25 comments

Done with clickin', now time for pickin'

This is a question about patience and photos on the web, namely - how many photos are too many? [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie at 12:14 PM PST - 23 comments

how to get a credit card or loan without SSN or citizenship?

How can a non-U.S. citizen (or anyone without a social security number) get a credit card or a student or private loan?
posted by k8t at 12:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting an HBO documentary without getting HBO.

In 2003 HBO made a documentary about the Chechen separatists taking over a Russian theater... [more inside]
posted by 517 at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Where's Tupac's money going?

Tupac died 9 years ago, but it's like he never went away - 18 tracks have been released since his death and the latest, Ghetto Gospel is number one here in the UK. Who releases the records, and who benefits financially from it? [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Selling diamonds

I have a diamond appraised at around $200 from a jeweler - and of course a pawn shop doesn't give a fair deal. How/where do you sell a diamond? I'm in Chicago if that helps.
posted by agregoli at 11:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Kentucky Bourbon distillery has the best tour?

Which Kentucky bourbon distillery has the best tour? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Palmrest herpes removal

Those godless stiff foil "Windows" and "Intel Inside" stickers that IBM insists on breaking up the Spinal Tap-esque blackness of my spiffy new ThinkPad with... any removal tips? [more inside]
posted by dong_resin at 10:56 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I quickly rip 1000 CDs?

How can I quickly rip 1000 CDs? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 10:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Remapped ASCII, All Squiggly

Some time in the mid-late '80s I came across a primitive art program for the Commodore 64. It worked by remapping standard ASCII characters to two frame animations and textures. You could use the arrow keys to navigate around the screen and draw with the remapped characters, creating pictures that sort of implied stuff like "flowing creek" or "leaves rustling on a tree." Does anyone remember this program and what it was called? Thanks!
posted by mph at 10:34 AM PST - 0 comments

Is it sane to return to the sport which snapped my achilles tendon?

In 2001 I snapped an achilles tendon whilst playing squash. Result: a repair op, 10 weeks in plaster, a lot of physio and giving up the game I'd played and loved for over twenty years. Now I'm pining for it like a maniac. Does anyone have any experience of returning to the game (or a similarly joint-thrashing one) after this injury? It should be noted that I'm 46 years old. Still reasonably fit but obviously no spring chicken. [more inside]
posted by Decani at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Please, not another wedding music question...

Needed: "Romantic songs of the 1930s/40s/50s that are very easy to play on guitar". My brother has asked me to sing "something" at his mostly secular wedding on August 13. No piano available, *maybe* a guitar player of unknown skill level. He seems to want something romantic and 1930s-50s American pop. He's mentioned "It's Only a Paper Moon" with enthusiasm, but I'm not sure that would be easy enough to play on guitar. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Tour de France behind the scenes documentary?

I'm enjoying watching the Tour de France once again this year. I'm always amazed at the amount of vehicles, fans, support people and logistics involved in running this race every year. Has there ever been a documentary about the behind the scenes part of the race? I get little bits and pieces during the coverage, but I'd love to see more!
posted by mhm at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

SCSI Scanner on OS X

Is there any way I can get my SCSI Lintype-Hell Jade scanner to work in OS X for free? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

The Tour De Chance

BikeFilter: I live in a small but bustling city outside of a much larger one. For minor errands, I prefer biking over driving (when possible). So why do I have to bike on the road instead of on the sidewalk (it's a ticketable offense here)? [more inside]
posted by Sinner at 8:08 AM PST - 92 comments

Freckle monitoring techniques

FreckleFilter: Just curious, really - I am a fair English lass, and therefore after a day in the sun I notice lots of freckles on my shoulders that have presumably appeared during the day. I am always amazed that they appear so quickly. My question is, if I constantly looked at my shoulders, would I see them popping up or do they appear gradually? And why little patches of pigment like that, anyway?
posted by altolinguistic at 8:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Tips on building a e-commerce site?

Tips on building an e-commerce site? [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

on the straight and narrow (hair)

Will straightening my hair advance my career? How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 7:32 AM PST - 34 comments

Un-deleting a picture from a digital camera's memory card: can I?

ACK! I accidentally deleted a picture from my digital camera's memory card! The cam is newish and I'm not quite used to it yet; I mis-pressed a button while reviewing, and now I've lost an important, once-in-a-lifetime shot. Is there a way, ANY way for me to recover the accidentally deleted photo? Please please please tell me it's not impossible. Or at least tell me why it is. *tears hair out*
posted by furious blush at 7:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Remember the Spirograph?

Remember the Spirograph? [more inside]
posted by lorbus at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments


I've heard stories before about how the first automobiles did not have their own steering, and were meant to be driven on rails. But I've not been able to find any corroborating evidence. Is this just an urban myth, or has anyone heard of this as well?
posted by jgballard at 7:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can i find a high resolution version of the Tour de France 8th stage photo finish?

I am looking for a higher resolution version of this picture of the photo-finish in saturday's 8th stage of the Tour de France. [more inside]
posted by TinTitan at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Javascript + del.icio.us connection problem...

How do I properly establish a del.icio.us connection via Javascript? [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 6:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Bad kitty!

Why does our new cat lick the walls? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Does laser hair removal work?

What's your honest opinion about the efficacy of laser hair removal? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 5:20 AM PST - 11 comments

I must, I must, I must decrease my rust

How do I keep everything in my house from rusting?!? [more inside]
posted by wallaby at 4:37 AM PST - 11 comments

What makes dogpeople and catpeople?

What makes dogpeople dogpeople and what makes catpeople catpeople? [more inside]
posted by mailhans at 4:23 AM PST - 67 comments

US sized crib mattress in UK

Does anyone know a place in UK to buy a standard american sized crib mattress? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 2:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Classical Music For A Wedding?

Like others I will be the DIY DJ at my upcoming wedding. I have everything covered but the background music played while the meal is served. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by herc at 2:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Mac Switch Question of the Week

Add me to the growing list of people planning to make the switch to a Mac. To those that have made the jump, how hard was it? And is it a losing proposition to buy now, with Intel-based machines coming around the bend? I know this is an AskMeFi FAQ, but I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 2:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Hey, man, you have tickets? Anyone? Need two to buy.

I want to go see U2 in Los Angeles. Just decided that, damn the torpedoes, I can't miss it. What's the best way to go about acquiring tickets without getting scammed or gouged? [more inside]
posted by incessant at 1:23 AM PST - 3 comments

recommendations for unusual, accessible existentialist text?

What non-standard texts would you recommend for a community reading group on Existentialism? I am hoping to volunteer as a coordinator of a discussion group on Existentialism, part of a program in the humanities for people without higher education. I would like to hear your suggestions for readings, aside from the obvious canon of excerpts from Kierkegaard, Sartre, Pascal, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Jaspers &co. The readings should not be too technical, be literature or philosophy, and ideally 50 pages or less. They don't even have to represent "Existentialism" proper (whatever that is!); anything that explores themes of subjectivity is welcome.
posted by ori at 12:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Teens of The 80's

I have a question for those who were teenagers in the 1980's, I'm doing a presentation with a group and my part is generational persona of teens relating to safety (how safe did the avg teen feel?), reckless behavior (how did teens rebel, or get into trouble?) and individualism (Did teens clump themselves into cliques and groups, or did they feel the need to succumb to a particular 'look'was it accepted to be unique and individualistic?) [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 12:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Where can I find a good slide scanning service?

Can anyone recommend a good slide-scanning service? [more inside]
posted by geryon at 12:10 AM PST - 4 comments

What's up with my knobbly-feeling surgical wound?

12 days ago I had pelvic surgery which involved a 9 cm (~3.5 inch) horizontal lower abdominal incision. The stitches were removed 6 days after the operation and the surgeon said at the time that the wound looked fine. Since some time after that appointment, when I touch the area within 1 cm of the wound I can feel fairly firm nodular areas under the skin. To anyone who has had a similar experience following surgery or knows about it, is this normal or a complication? Did it go away without treatment? Did it cause further problems? [more inside]
posted by teem at 12:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Miami Living

When I finish up my econ degree next spring, I was looking at a job with a Fed Reserve Branch in Florida (I'm in Orlando), which necessitates either Jacksonville or Miami. I'm looking mostly for information on living in Miami (I have a bunch of information on Jacksonville). I'm mainly interested in information about the city, price of living, etc. in web or book format, and I'm also interested in people's comments about living in either place. [more inside]
posted by Drylnn at 12:00 AM PST - 2 comments

July 10

Certification/training beyond first aid/cpr?

What's the highest level of medical training (focused on EMT stuff) I can get without looking at it as a career? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 10:55 PM PST - 14 comments

What is a good business card making program, that will let me convert the cards to pdf format?

What is a good business card making program, that will let me convert the cards to pdf format? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:04 PM PST - 5 comments

A Man, A Plan, an Easy-To-Use CMS.

I've read all of the posts concerning selection and implementation of content management systems here on Ask Me, and found them quite helpful. Now I have a few clarifying questions. First, a little background... [more inside]
posted by alas at 9:21 PM PST - 8 comments

What is non-potable water used for?

When several tankers with the words "non-potable water" fill up at a fire hydrant, where are they going? What is it being used for? Are they buying the undrinkable water directly from the city?
posted by Satapher at 9:05 PM PST - 15 comments

how to acquire tastes for foreign cuisine

how might a westerner acquire tastes for foreign cuisine? (like, the gross stuff). [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Does it take more gas to start engine , than to keep running.

With the price of a gallon of gas now approaching/exceeding $ 2.50 , is the urban legend that it's cheaper to keep it running and that the car uses more gas in start-up than in running a few minutes at the drive through bank teller, railroad crossing, etc. , still accurate ( was it ever? ) I realize there are other mileage factors in the equation , but at some price point the theory must fail.
posted by Agamenticus at 7:22 PM PST - 18 comments

How to view sperm via microscope?

How powerful a microscope does one need to get a good view of human sperm? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Are pantyhose really necessary for a job a interview?

Are pantyhose really necessary for a job a interview? [more inside]
posted by awegz at 6:29 PM PST - 29 comments


I am looking for old cartoon images or animation footage of characters "digging a hole to china"? Year made, studio, and episode titles would be great but any info will help.
posted by iwouldificould at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

What do you use to open Velux or other roof windows?

What do you use to open Velux or other roof windows? So we have 3 velux type roof windows in our new house - all of which are out of arms reach, including one which is over the stairs so we can't easily use a ladder to reach it either. Any suggestions for what to use to open them apart from the official velux opening rod which is 25 quid. We tried a walking stick which is fine for a bit until the head broke off!! Anyway I look forward to your ingenious answers.
posted by empedia at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Atlanta stage lighting sources?

Any Atlanta stage folks here? I'm looking for stage lighting sources (rental companies, production units) that might be interested in a large lighting fixture that fell into my hands. In Atlanta. (for lighting pros: it's an Altman Orbiter followspot) [more inside]
posted by intermod at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Romantic Restaurants in Dallas

Dallas Restaurants: Can anyone recommend a great, moderately priced romantic restaurant in Dallas? I've read through Dallas Citysearch (romantic restaurants are actually featured on the front page right now), but any personal recommendations would be much appreciated!
posted by roundrock at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Best way to sell baseball cards?

Baseball Cards: What's the best way to sell a small collection of all stars and rookies from the 80s and 90s? [more inside]
posted by ahughey at 3:11 PM PST - 1 comment

What's a good camera store in Toronto?

What's a good camera store in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 2:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Ink? Laser? I'm the one with the drum

It's printer time! Yaaay! *fanfare* *cows explode* I have an "All in One" or "Multifunction" printer. This means it can fax, scan, copy, and print in color. I can't say I use it a lot, but when I have needed it the most, the fax, scan, and copy pieces have been wonderful to have. So I want to buy another one. Problem is, HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, Lexmark, Dell, and the rest all use different benchmarks. Any AiO fans out there? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting shocked while ungrounded

Why is it that if I walk up and stick my finger in a wall outlet, I'll get shocked even though I'm not grounded? I can see getting shocked when standing barefoot on wet ground, but come on... on a floor wearing tennis shoes? How does that work?
posted by rolypolyman at 12:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Grappling with AOL's email server

My client uses AOL for mail, which I have to sift through, and forward to various places. I want to set up scripts to automate some of it. Is there a good mail client for Macintosh capable of dealing with AOL mail, through IMAP, to let me set up clever filters for it? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

birthday gift for dad

Birthday gift ideas for my dad who is turning 60. [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 10:56 AM PST - 9 comments

South Carolina BBQ?

BBQFilter: What's a good recipe for mustard-molasses South Carolina barbecue sauce? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 9:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Cue sheet generation

I'm looking for a way to generate bike "cue sheets". [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

modding the church sign generator

I'm trying to modify the great Church Sign Generator for my own purposes. I have a php question... [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Library-style bookshelves?

Source for library-style enamelled-metal bookshelves (or equivalent)? [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Help compiling python on XP with Cygwin.

Help compiling python on XP with Cygwin. [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:25 AM PST - 7 comments

July 9

Advance Lyrics

What are the legal ramifications of sharing the lyrics of a song on an album that has not yet been released? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler at 10:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Backing Up A Mac Running Tiger

I'm on a G5 running Tiger, referring to a user account lacking admin privileges, with a backup strategy of dragging my User folder to an external hard drive once a week. Since upgrading to Tiger, though, I've been informed that "You may need to enter the name and password for an administrator on this computer to change the item named 'Library'." I've duplicated this on another computer. What's going on here? First, I'm only copying the Library, not changing it, and second, why do I need an administrator password? This is my User library, I thought that it and everything else within my User folder was by definition owned by me, and that even if I did want to modify something in the Library I wouldn't need a admin password.
posted by boombot at 8:32 PM PST - 23 comments

BBC Radio transcripts?

Are there BBC Radio transcripts online? I heard something that i'd like to see verified.
posted by amberglow at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

what comes after R?

Someone (evil) lately introduced me to Sue Grafton... No, no, her books, I mean. But what else? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 8:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Phone Home

Call to/from EuropeFilter. I'll be traveling quite a bit in the near future and need a way to call the US of A. [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Setting up a Sex Blog

What's the easiest and cheapest way to set up a sex blog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I get into grad school even though I screwed up in college?

Let's say I really- like really screwed up throughout college. Do I still have a shot to get into any grad schools? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 PM PST - 25 comments

What song fits my lonely movie?

I need a song for a specific lonely situation. In my student film, a male college student reads the blog of a fellow male student, forming a creepy one-sided relationship bordering on cyberstalking. But the tone is lonely, not predatory, and the imagined relationship is platonic. Thus, in soundtracking, I need a lonely song that isn't slit-your-wrist, girl-hates-boy, or we-used-to-be-friends. I prefer sparse sounds (Devendra Banhart, Tom Waits), male or female voices. I have enough instrumental pieces; I just need a killer lyrical song to top it all off.
posted by NickDouglas at 5:36 PM PST - 51 comments

How to evict a chest cold before it finishes moving in.

I love medical advice from strangers on the internet: favorite chest cold remedies. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 5:24 PM PST - 14 comments

European Electronica/Dance trip

I'm going to Belgium (Gent area) in a while and I'm interested in really exploring european music (electronica/dance espescially). I'll be there for the last 5 days of De Gentse Feesten. I'd like reccomendations for live acts to see (electronica or not) and places to pick up vinyl that would be unavailable/expensive stateside (dance music in particular) in Gent.
posted by phrontist at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are permanent medical records kept?

Where are permanent medical records kept? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 2:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Would it dry?

DisturbingQuestionFilter: Would it dry? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 2:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Will my apartment be "cable-ready"?

Does cable/satellite availability vary from building to building in New York City? [more inside]
posted by TPIRman at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

IRC on port 80?

I want to use an IRC client from work, their proxy won't let me. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:36 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd like these books and a three martini lunch, please

I'm looking for books in the same vein as "Bright Lights, Big City", "The Proud Highway" and "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People". [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

social-skill-filter: how to end conversations and part?

social-skill-filter: how do you end conversations and part with people? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 11:02 AM PST - 26 comments

The Future is Now

SciFiLit: I don't get it. Help me to. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 10:53 AM PST - 79 comments

Intelligent comedy podcasts?

I recently discovered Podcasts (well I knew of them, but never listened to any). Can anyone recommend any good, intelligent comedy Podcasts to make me smile instead of cry when I'm stuck at my desk all day? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

I moved it gently, and still it betrayed me

[DeadComputerFilter] I just moved, and as is customary, my PC moved in a separate trip, re-boxed in its original container, and generally cared for better than even myself. Now, I plug it in, turn it on... well, almost. It just doesn't come on anymore. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Is rhodiola a Good Thing?

My wife and I saw our doctor yesterday; he said we were both basically in good shape but he highly recommended we try rhodiola, touted in this book. He says the book is overwritten but he's checked out the claims and thinks they're substantiated enough to recommend using it; I like the fact that he prefers diet/lifestyle changes to prescription drugs unless the latter are clearly indicated, but I wanted to see if any MeFites knew anything about rhodiola, which I'd never heard of.
posted by languagehat at 9:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Windows Media Player and my TV

How can I make WMP default it's full-screen video to a given monitor on a dual monitor system? [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh at 7:57 AM PST - 5 comments

lap-tøp no-døz

my powerbook seems to have developed narcolepsy. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I take/edit great photographs?

Okay, so everyone loves DaShiv's photographs of SF Meetups, and for good reason. They are incredible. I can take decent photos, but they're obviously amateurish. Here's my question: How do I take it to the next level? How can I get the colors to look as brilliant as DaShiv's, for instance (just an example; I'm sure that there are many other styles of photography that I am not aware of)? What equipment do I need? What software do I need? What type of training is required? BTW, I run a Mac and have a little cash to burn. Thanks in advance.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 6:30 AM PST - 26 comments

Where to stay in Maui

So it looks like it's going to be Maui, for about 10 days in early January. woot! Advice on lodging would be spectaculariffic. We'd like to split our time roughly evenly between the beaches and the mountains, with the goal of avoiding children and tourist traps. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 5:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Gift ideas for best friend who is expecting?

I just found out that my best friend is 6 weeks pregnant. I was hoping to get both traditional and unique gift ideas. All I've come up with is flowers but I want to do something special for her. Any ideas?
posted by camfys at 5:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Translation rights?

Does anybody know what's involved in getting translation rights for a book? [more inside]
posted by bokane at 2:43 AM PST - 8 comments

34 y.o. freak who can't (yet) drive-- that's me!

PhobiaFilter: I have had a driving phobia for quite a while. What are some good resources to help me conquer it? [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 2:38 AM PST - 20 comments

July 8

How do you convert .avi files to viewable DVDs

How do I covert .avi/.wmv/.rm files to video_ts or vob dvd files that can be burned and watched on a conventional dvd player? [more inside]
posted by Toolshed at 11:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Anarchist Messageboards?

LonelyAnarchistFilter: I'd like to know if anyone can recommend me some good anarchist discussion forums out there. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 10:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Mp4 to Mp3, or vice versa

CD burning emergency: Itunes files to Mp3s, or vice versa. Must be done by morning! Help! [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 10:37 PM PST - 7 comments

video file size reduction

video file size reduction [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 9:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I beating a dead horse?

Standard American English: In an age when the POTUS uses weak vernacular for the work nuclear, is mine just a lost cause? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:23 PM PST - 45 comments

Chicago street skew

Why do north-south streets in Chicago run from the northwest to southeast? [more inside]
posted by @homer at 7:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Blown capacitors and power supply problems.

My computer is suffering from undervoltage on +5V! Help me out if you are a ninja with hardware. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I beating the Dow?

How would I get a good approximation of a portfolio return on an investment account which has regular incoming and outgoing cash-flows, so that I can compare it to mutual fund and stock index performance? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Using fuses to protect loudspeakers?

How can I use in-line fuses to protect the drivers in my studio monitors? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy an unlocked GSM cell phone in the US?

What are some reputable sources in the United States for an unlocked GSM cell phone? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Sandal care

How do I keep my sandals dry, clean, and non-smelly? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 4:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Solution to adware/spyware/viruses

Spyware, adware, and viruses. I'm sick of feeling like a moron. [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 2:36 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I get my cats to stop humping each other when the baby cries loudly?

I have two cats (brother and sister from the same litter 8 years ago) and one baby. The cats have never messed with each other beyond play fighting every so often and chasing each other for kicks. But recently, we noticed a horrible new behavior: when the baby cries at full tilt (only once every 3-4 days), the male cat gets up and goes after the female and tries to mount her, in an almost automatic, robot-like response. I have some ideas of why, but I can't find any tips on what to do to stop it. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 2:34 PM PST - 29 comments


Fainting spells: health concern or potential parlor trick? [more on the floor]
posted by ellanea at 1:37 PM PST - 17 comments

cheap portable email appliance?

I'm looking for a cheap, small, non-voice email only portable device with a long battery life that will work in NYC and has a good UI. [more inside]
posted by n9 at 1:35 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get smells out of a foam mattress?

What's the best way of getting pet urine odour out of a Tempur Pressure Relieving mattress? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Free Computers For The Community

Givin' Back To The Community Filter: I'm working on starting a non-profit, donation based, free computers for low income families and community organizations in the immediate vicinity of Missoula, MT. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by rabble at 12:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Grandma LoJack?

My 87 year old grandmother is in the midst of decline suffering from Alzheimer's and now believes she needs to go to work each day. She lives across the street from my folks, but has taken to 'escaping' and wandering all around town. Has anybody heard of/seen/used any type of "Grandma LoJack" device to track her down, or better yet, send out an alarm when she gets too far from a base unit in the house? (I.e. if she walks more than 50 yards from the kitchen or something an alarm would go off at my folks house or it would make a phone call.) She's got an ID bracelet now with an 800 number on it, but that's only good when/if they find her.
posted by GernBlandston at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

calories and acting

Myth or truth?: You burn as many calories playing a major theatrical role (i.e. "Hamlet") as you do running a marathon. And how DO you calculate calories, anyway? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:18 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I heal my chapped lips?

My lips have been extremely chapped lately. [more inside]
posted by geeky at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the best way to sell used literary fiction books in one go (in Los Angeles)?

What's the best way to sell used literary fiction books in one go in Los Angeles? I have ten cubic feet of used paperbacks ("word value only," as they say) that I'd like to dispense with, but with a minimal time investment. Any ideas? Some used bookstores are flat out not buying new books or offering trade credit only, and before I call every place in a twenty-mile radius, I thought MeFites out there in LA or elsewhere may have already tred the path. Is there something like WeBuyComics.com for books? My Google-fu turns up mostly pages about textbooks and rare books.
posted by symbebekos at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Invest a half-million

What's the best way to invest a half-million dollars? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Home Stereo of the Future?

It's been many years since I've bought any home audio equipment and I'm now thinking of buying a new set of audio components for my home livingroom. So here's my question - I no longer use CD's, as all of my music is digital. I listen to internet radio all the time on my computer. I have an iPod. It seems that most of the audio components in Best Buy are still rooted in the past. What would you suggest I buy to create the "home stereo the future" that would leverage all of the new technologies that have come out in the past couple of years. What should my home audio set up look like? Any and all suggestions would be welcomed! Thanks, Marc
posted by marcschil at 10:01 AM PST - 21 comments

what direction will the hudson river be flowing on sunday morning?

I'm doing the New York City Triathlon on Sunday morning and want to know if I'm swimming with, or against the current. Here's a link to the tide chart I referenced: http://www.columbia.edu/~tedb/tri/tideChart.html and the tool used to construct it: http://tbone.biol.sc.edu/tide/tideshow.cgi My guess is that folks starting earlier in the day will have the current against them, but that it will weaken as the tide changes. The swim starts at 99th street and goes to 79th Street. More on the event itself: http://www.nyctri.com/. Thanks for taking a look!
posted by teddyb109 at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Google Maps CSS

How does the CSS on Google Maps work? [more inside]
posted by event at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How to camoflauge a pimple for a portrait

My friend is supposed to have her engagement portraits done tonight and of course she has a nasty huge pimple on the side of her nose. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 9:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Water Softener Pros & Cons

What real benefits are there to continuing to feed my Water Softener? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 9:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Do I really need to pump iron?

What's the bare minimum of strength training I can get away with? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 8:50 AM PST - 14 comments

welcome to our *ool

How do I cool my pool? It's 112 degrees outside these days and my pool temperature is getting up to 86 degrees, which is bathwater nasty. How can I cool the water down? I have an Airator but I don't know how well it will work. I could add 10 pound ice blocks but how many ice blocks do I have to add to bring down the temperature? Any other suggestions?
posted by propagandist at 8:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Sources for system builds for XP

Are there any sources for software builds for home/student systems running XP? [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin at 8:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Photoshop filters

I'm creating a book for a nephew's upcoming 5th birthday. I want to use photos I have of him and his family as the illustrations, altered in Photoshop to look more like illustrations (like a normal kids' book) than photos, but I'm not so good with the filters... [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Voice recorder solution for iPod mini?

iPodfilter: Is there a voice recorder for iPod mini? Googling seems to denote that there's no firmware support for any recorder on iPod mini.. but I want to conduct interviews with the little silver bugger! Please help!
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Controlling Microcontrollers.

I am looking for a way to code desktop applications that send data to a microcontroller on windows. [more inside]
posted by pg at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Alpha Channels for Flash

FlashFilter: I would like to lay a flash movie _over_ a web page and have web content show through the movie (in defined areas). Is there a way to specify an alpha channel (or other masking option) for a flash file? I'm certain there is, but my flash programmer is a neophyte and doesn't believe me.
posted by silusGROK at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Cool, odd, or unusual uses for a computer?

What are some of the coolest, oddest, or most unusual uses you've come up with for your personal computer?
posted by gwenzel at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Who's the best domain registrar that isn't godaddy?

What's the best domain registrar in terms of service and price not including godaddy.com? [more inside]
posted by bryce at 7:46 AM PST - 24 comments

Studying abroad without my SO

One month from today I will be leaving the US to study abroad in Denmark. My SO of 4+ years will not be coming with me. How can we make the five-month separation easier? [more inside]
posted by Crushinator at 7:15 AM PST - 15 comments

A good book for FPGAs

Learning Field Programmable Gate Arrays... Know a good book? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Best site for displaying photographs

Please suggest a better web site/blog for displaying my photos. [more inside]
posted by derekislost at 6:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll - I need to make a mix tape CD of Rock & Roll tunes that pay tribute to and/or glorify Rock & Roll... something I believe no other genre does with quite the same fervor and dedication. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Necker at 5:42 AM PST - 53 comments

Such a great paycheck.

I was crushed to hear the Iron & Wine version of Such Great Heights played over an M&Ms commercial last night. Who's getting paid, and how much? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 5:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Peak Oil!?

We're considering swapping out our existing oil-burning furnace/hot water heater for a furnace that burns ... something else. I'm interested in hearing suggestions/anecdotes about what the 'something else' should be. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 5:28 AM PST - 13 comments

What initial notebook upgrades should I make?

Just got a notebook (first one, woohoo!) and have $60 to invest further. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 4:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Where to purchase an anniversary picture?

I'm looking to buy an original drawing/painting for my S.O. for an upcoming anniversary. My budget is small ($50ish) and I'm not looking for anything abstract or capital-A art... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How do you convince yourself to quit something you don't really want to?

How do you convince yourself to quit something you don't really want to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 AM PST - 16 comments

How to pick up a British accent?

How would an American pick up a British accent while in Britain? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 12:27 AM PST - 40 comments

Breaking news email alerts for SMS relay?

Does anyone know of an international news service that sends a short plain-text email, suitable for passing through an email2SMS gateway, only when there's a big breaking news story like the London bombings? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 12:10 AM PST - 5 comments

July 7

Why should I shop for groceries at a co-op?

Why should one shop for groceries at a co-op that sells local and organic foods, especially since it's more expensive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Cleaning a PC

Looking for good ways to clean out a PC storage before donating. I have some old PCs that I would rather donate than trashing them. What are good procedures and tools to use to clean out disks? Should I leave the OS on ? There may be questionable and personal content lurking around that I would prefer to wipe out. etc. etc.
posted by flyby22 at 10:39 PM PST - 6 comments

My wiring frightens and confuses me

My boyfriend and I live in a flat built in the '20s. We have reason to suspect that the outlets provide inconsistent amount of electrical current. Is there something we need to get for our computers to protect them? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 10:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Mac Vs. PC

Mac Vs. PC I am in the market for a new Laptop and am an avid PC user. What are some pro's and con's of making the switch to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 9:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Who owns Abu Ghraib photos?

How does the New Yorker control the rights to the infamous Abu Ghraib photos? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 9:27 PM PST - 1 comment

How will taking penicillin to combat acne negatively impact my health?

For the past few days, I've been taking some penicillin (500 MG) to treat a sinus infection. While it's not doing much for the infection, it's done wonders for my complexion--My face is probably the best it's looked, ever. What I'm wondering is if I could continue to take penicillin (perhaps in a lower dosage) while also taking a pro-biotic supplement to help balance out the negative effects and remain healthy. If the answer is a flat no, might any of the topical antibiotic acne medications work as well?
posted by incomple at 9:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Going lefty on guitar

I'm a left-handed guy who's been playing guitar, right-handed, for about 4 years. I'm thinking of going lefty and wondering what other people's experiences with the switch have been. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyMeat at 8:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Honda Masters 215 Mower, Issues..

Honda Masters 215 Mower: Self propelled portion of the mower went out. Where do I find manuals and/or how do I fix it? Also, any recommendations for cheap OEM parts online? [more inside]
posted by huy_le at 8:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I get a USB version of the NeXT keyboard?

The best keyboard I have ever used was the one that shipped with NeXTStations. It was loud and obnoxous, but had great feedback and I felt it added about 10 WPM to my typing. Does anyone know any details of how they were constructed / are they available in USB or PS/2 / does anyone make a close knockoff version?
posted by y0mbo at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Can't hear line-in in Win XP

Windows XP: Unable to hear sounds from the line-in jack on my soundcard: [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron at 8:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Quiet, ye dogs! Looking for earplugs.

Can anybody recommend some good earplugs? [more inside]
posted by socratic at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

How does one speak "pretend English"?

If an English speaker wants to pretend to speak German (and be completely obnoxious), he might say something like "Ach Bach Ze Hooverhoffen!" Or if he wanted to mock Spanish, he might say "Ahblo babblo ahblado el babblado!" Swedish might sound like "Hurky gurky pookety borkety!". What sounds do non-English speakers use to mock English? [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments at 7:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Tony Robbins I am not

I need motivation to complete a long and arduous task with an uncertain reward, can you help me? What motivates you with such a task? (explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

What are rentals like in Vancouver, BC?

My mom is interested in moving to Vancouver, BC. She would like to know about the housing market there: what are rents like? Are there a lot of rentals available? What are rentals like? Houses or apartments, yards, ect. Any information about finding a place to live there would be great!
posted by slimslowslider at 6:34 PM PST - 7 comments

SurgeryFilter: how would one remove ones own tonsils in a safe fashion?

SurgeryFilter: Hypothetically, if someone wanted to perform relatively minor surgery on themselves, say a tonsillectomy, how would this someone go about it? Seriously. I want to know equipment, drugs, and procedure. How do you keep things sterile, stop bleeding, etc. Assume the individual in question can override the majority of his reflexes, including gagging, at will. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 6:12 PM PST - 32 comments

Recording a security monitor to computer.

What would be the easiest way to record the output of a security monitor to My PC? [more inside]
posted by ryanissuper at 6:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How to kill a Sunday afternoon in Oakland?

Heading to Oakland, CA for business and will arrive on Sunday in the early afternoon. Looking for something to keep me entertained for the afternoon/evening. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Dippin' Dots Transport

How can I transport Dippin' Dots? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 5:24 PM PST - 11 comments

UK emergency/instant shelters at London response site?

Does anyone know the make, brand, or availability of the semi-geodesic three-walled pop-up emergency shelters being used in the London tube bombing response? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Soap & Acne

How do you wash your face? [more inside]
posted by angry modem at 4:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Religous resource

Is there a resource that can: A- Tell me the number of Americans that believe in God. and B- Tell me what percentage consider themselves "born again." Any ideas?
posted by Shanachie at 4:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Makeup for oily skin

Can anyone recommend a good foundation with SPF for oily skin? [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments


Stupid technical question: Why does CNet put the title of their articles in the URL for said articles? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

What would happen in a train crash?

I'm doing some research for work and need to find out some general information about commuter train crashes. My Google skills seem to be lacking here. Care to help? [more inside]
posted by unsweet at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

G8 disruption

NotSoHumbleDilettanteBlogosphereOpinionsFilter: So, at noon today, Blair called out the attacks for disrupting the G8 agenda today, namely Africa. What, if any can be speculated, effect might this have on proceedings in the G8?
posted by Jongo at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

AirPort not letting me surf

My Airport Extreme Base Station claims I am connected to the Internet via Ethernet, and yet I am not. [more inside]
posted by McIntaggart at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Cross Stitch Patterns

I'm looking for a quality computer program (or a service) to create a cross stitch pattern from a Picasso painting. I have purchased patterns from xs-collectibles.com, so I'm looking for something similar to the level of difficulty / detail.
posted by madmath at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

How invented DSP convolution?

Anyone familar with DSP knows about convolution, even if it's just related to it's uses for reverb. It seems like it's slowly being used for many different purposes now from reverb to effects processing. Well, one of my teachers claims to have invented the use of convolution for audio in his thesis and was approached by Yamaha (I think it was) to use it in one of their products. I have been looking, but can't find, who discovered the audio use of convolution? What was is it's first commerical use? I believe him, but I want to confirm it, so I won't mention his name . . .
posted by klik99 at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for electric bicycle advice

I'm thinking of purchasing an electric bicycle and looking for advice... [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

How much rent is reasonable?

Is there a formula somewhere that will help me determine how much I should be paying for rent based on my income? I’m moving to Boston, and I think I am looking at places in the correct price range, but how can I be sure? Let’s say my partner and I make a combined income of $65K. Is there an online tool that can help me plug in my estimated monthlies and come up with the declaration: Since you are living in TownX, you should pay between Y and Z in rent. Any more, and you’re going to be setting yourself up for disaster!
posted by abbyladybug at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Please don't make me go to Meiji Mura again...

Please help me find the best places off the beaten path in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Reverse-linking wiki?

Is there a reverse-linking wiki? I'm looking for an indexing feature in a wiki. [more inside]
posted by joaquim at 1:13 PM PST - 2 comments

What do you wear to interview for a job in unform?

What do you wear to interview for a job in uniform? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

converting .doc files to .pdf on Mac 10.3.9?

I am having a helluva time converting Microsoft Word documents to PDF files. It's beginning to drive me mad. I am running Mac OS 10.3.9. Please to hope me! [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do in Austin for 2 days?

My wife and I (and kids) will be in Austin for 2 or 3 days in August (19th - 21st). What are the activities/events/places/restaurants we should be sure not to miss? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 12:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Reusable alternative to foil packets

I've gotten into the habit of wrapping meat and veggies together in foil and baking the whole parcel. Delicious and very easy. But I feel guilty about using so much foil. Is there an alternative technique? I don't mind having to wash something up to avoid wastage.
posted by sid at 12:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Printing document pages 2-up on both sides of a piece of paper

Printing a "booklet" from PDF on the cheap: I'm looking for software that will help me do 2-up on both sides of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, but I'm open to any suggestions. [more inside]
posted by weston at 12:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Wicker Park Street Puzzle

Puzzle filter: I saw this drawn on the street in Wicker Park, Chicago, and couldn't figure out what it meant. I took a photo because I knew I could count on you all to help. Any ideas? (View at original size for better view.)
posted by kdern at 11:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Marine One and Two

In follow-up to this question, the president usually flies in a VH-3D helicopter (at least that's what most pictures show). But the Marine unit that flies him around also has a VH-60N, which this seems to suggest is always accompanying the VH-3D. Anyone know why? What is the VH-60N used for? Are they interchangeable? Is one just for staffers/aides? Why not use two VH-3Ds?
posted by BradNelson at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

insurance lapse...

U.S. insurance law: I've been told that, after having group coverage through an employer, if that coverage lapses for more than three months, the next insurer can declare anything previously covered to be a pre-existing condition (and so not covered.) Is this correct? Thanks.
posted by Shane at 11:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Which DVD software package?

I like watching DVDs on my PC. What program should I use for greatest enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Alternate Cover of Take a Walk on the Wild Side

I've been trying to find a particular version of Lou Reed's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side". I believe it was from a movie and may have been sung by a drunk person doing karaoke. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Name That Phenomenon

Isn't there a name for that phenomenon wherein, once you start paying attention to something, you see it everywhere? You know, like when you buy a 1980 Toyota Celica, for example, and all of the sudden you see one on every block.
posted by etc. at 10:35 AM PST - 24 comments

efficiency and power consumption of computers

I have two computers, each with something like 350W power supplies. By keeping them on 24/7, am I consuming the equivalent of seven 100-watt light bulbs around the clock? What can I do (either software or hardware) to make my machines more power-efficient? Also - while I'm on the subject - does an incandescent bulb consume less when it's on a dimmer and that dimmer is turned down? [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 10:30 AM PST - 18 comments

What to do to get rid of car?

Ready to get rid of my car. I want it to look good so as to maximize value. Do I need a detailer, or just an autobody shop? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Photopolymerization of acrylamide

Attention molecular biology nerds: have you any experience with photoinitiation of acrylamide gel polymerization? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me brainstorm a name for my recurring open house

Help me brainstorm a catchy name for a recurring open house at a GLBT-oriented counseling center. [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Washington D.C. doctor recommendations?

I just started working in Washington, D.C., and I'm trying to find the names of a good doctor and dentist. Washingtonian magazine doesn't have their "Top Docs" list online, and other Google research hasn't really turned up anything. Because I don't have a car, the ideal doctor would have an office within walking distance of a Metro station.
posted by jed at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

How would you protect a city from terrorism?

If you ran a city, what would you do, in a practical and local sense, to help protect your city from terrorist attacks?
posted by pracowity at 9:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Brightness cycling while playing DVDs

Brightness cycling while playing DVDs: My girlfriend has an old Panasonic VCR/TV combo. When I play DVDs on it (using my old Panasonic DVD player), the brightness (luminance) level fluctuates continually, ranging from just brighter than normal to very dark. The kicker: It only happens with some DVDs. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 9:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Memoirs as a birthday present

Memoirs for my wife. Her birthday is approaching. She's a fan of memoirs (but not biographies) and loves food, travel and writing on other cultures. I've posted this question before, so titles published this year are preferred. Thanks.
posted by mojohand at 8:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to buy hospital scrubs (pants).

Looking for hospital scrubs (pants) with an elastic waistband or alternative to the draw string. Anyone reccomend a particular brand or online retailer?
posted by Francophone at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving in.

I'm moving in with my girlfriend... and cohabitating for the first time. Anything I should know going in? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 7:40 AM PST - 26 comments

Need Girlfriend Breakup Advice

I'm a graduate student who has been dating a classmate for about a year and a half. She a nice girl for the most part and a mother. I should explain that she got pregnant at an early age (19) from an older man (about twice her age) and still managed to do well academically. While I realize that she is very well put together academically, emotionally she is not as mature a person as I would ideally like to be with. I recently broke up with her (or at least I thought I did), but ended up right back in her arms consoling her and attempting to stem the apparent emotional devastation this break up was causing. I have been clear about my issues and honest to no avail. What do I do to get out of this relationship? We live in the same building and function in the same atmosphere. I can live with her hating me. During the (mock) break-up she told me I was the best thing that ever happened to her and she can't let me go. I am only her second boyfriend (the first being the father of her child) and third person she's ever had sex with. She has a history of clinging. I imagine a lot of people would say sever this cold turkey, but theres no such thing for someone who clings so tightly and does not appear to have the emotional coping skills to deal with rejection. I am afraid of her hurting herself, the kid, me and so on. She has absolutely no friends outside of her sister who is a year younger, while I have many. She doesn't appear to be able to connect with anyone other than her sig. other (me) and her sister. She hates her mother, doesn't know her father that well and says she is unable to bond with her child (quote, " I don't really feel attached to the child"). This leaves me alone on an emotional island of sorts. Maybe we all need therapy. I have taken the issue of birth control into my own hands, as I am afraid if left to her we might 'accidentally' end up in babyland. A bad situation for all. Any ideas, I'm open.
posted by nmorgan at 7:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Good $25k business?

What are some good ideas for a business that could be started with $25,000 in capital and run by a talented person a less-than-full-time basis? (Obviously, this person could be assisted by employee(s) if the cash flow supported them, so it doesn't have to be a less-than-full-time business.) [more inside]
posted by MattD at 6:06 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do at an emergency before the emergency personnel arrive?

A question for all police, medical, fire, or other emergency professionals: what rules of thumb should everybody know in case they are present at a terrorist attack or other emergency? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 4:39 AM PST - 14 comments

July 6

Accountant recommendation in Chicago

Can anyone recommend a good accountant in Chicago? My boyfriend is starting a small home-based business and needs someone to help him get (and keep) everything in order. Bonus if the accountant is in Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park.
posted by smich at 6:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Searching for "Ballad of the MI Soldier."

I'm looking for the lyrics to the "Ballad of the MI Soldier." It was a joke military song about the stereotypical qualities of intelligence professionals. I had it a while back, but can't find the disc it was on. I tried googling, but it doesn't produce anything useful.
posted by mystyk at 6:05 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the name and method of the military theorist who had a 4-part(?) hueristic for fighter pilots?

Sometime in the last 2 years (I think!) there was a meme going around about a military theorist (from the 50's?) who came up with a rule set for fighter pilots. The idea was a fighter pilot was supposed to go around and around with these four(?) rules. Something like "assess / analyze / ?? / shoot" or something! Does anyone know who this is is, where I can get more info and the precise rule set?
posted by wtfwjd? at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find a good tenant?

Our house has a basement suite and I find myself doing one of my least favourite tasks: finding a tenant. The key things that I'm looking for are cleanliness, quietness, and a prompt payment of rent. Neither of the past two tenants we had did very well in these categories. Does anyone have any good tips for finding good tenants? [more inside]
posted by kaefer at 5:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Advice on colleges in upper Manhattan

On August 1st, my wife and I will be moving to Morningside Heights in NYC so that she can attend a Columbia graduate program. I have never been to college and would like (read: need) to start with a community-type college. Any recommendations for schools in the Columbia/Morningside Heights/Upper West Side area for me to look into? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Wertsch way did he go?

My university library says I lost a book I know I returned. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Marine One

President Bush showed up at the G8 in a fancypants "United States of America" helicopter. How did it get to Scotland? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 4:29 PM PST - 11 comments

laptop network issue

I have a linksys wireless router (WRT54GS) and broadband. I never have any connectivity issues with my desktop that is connected with cat-5. I never used to have issues with my laptop with a wireless card, but recently.... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Any apps like AIMWatcher?

Anybody know of an app like the now defunct AIMWatcher that will chart AIM buddy availibility over time? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 3:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Canadian weather forecasts?

Looking for a good source for Canadian weather forecasts. [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me think of a name for my DJ/Events company!

Help me think of a name for my DJ/Events company! I'm starting out with primarily DJ services for now, but in the future I am planning to extend into creative event and lighting design. For this reason, I'm searching for a name that is somewhat broad to cover these secondary markets, but still relevant to any single one alone. [more inside]
posted by FearTormento at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

camera help please

two photography questions in one: a. Does the Bronica ETRC have a double-exposure button/lever? If so, how do I use it? I know the ETRS does, but I can't seem to find one on my ETRC. b. How can I take long time exposures on my Canon Powershot S70? I bought this because I wanted a lot of manual control, and I know it doesn't have a bulb setting, but is there a way to set really long (i.e., 60 second plus) exposures for tripod/night landscapes?
posted by luriete at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Silencing your inner ctitic

How do you silence your harsh inner critic?
posted by sugarfish at 3:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Need a cheap new car.

What's the cheapest new car on the market? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 3:10 PM PST - 16 comments

How are the kids in school taking notes these days?

How are the kids in school taking notes these days? [more inside]
posted by kables at 2:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Is there a blog calendar program?

Is there a blog or blog-like program that has a built-in calendar that users can post on? [more inside]
posted by monkeyman at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

iTunes alternative for OSX?

Are there any other sites from which I can download music to my iTunes library on Mac OSX.3.8? The iTunes Music Store is missing a few of my favorites.
posted by clh at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you have any traditional folk music recommendations?

Do you have any traditional folk music recommendations? I have some preferences. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 2:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Windows programming question

Windows Programming: how to simulate mouse clicks, button presses, and how to extract data from windows widgets? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Learning to play music on a keyboard

For the next few months, I would like to learn to play on a keyboard. [more inside]
posted by daksya at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Shipping heavy packages

I'd like to ship somewhat-heavy, somewhat-awkward packages from Toronto to various U.S. addresses, and I've had no luck shipping them via the big name carriers. I know there have to be companies that specialize in door-to-door shipment of heavy packages, but I'm at a loss as to what I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by deshead at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that cartoon train show!

I'm looking for the name of an animated series about a magic/dream train . [more inside]
posted by Paddle to Sea at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me find these paintings?

I'm trying to find some artwork that I believe was posted to the front page a while back. The best description I can give is that it was paintings of various animals (mostly bunnies and bears) in odd situations including, but not limited to self-mutilation. [more inside]
posted by nTeleKy at 2:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Stereo to mono?

Seeking a freeware MS Windows Media Player plug-in to play stereo mp3s as mono. [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Best toy 'laptop' sought

Which are the good toy 'laptop computers' for three-year-olds? [more inside]
posted by thayerg at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Romantic restaurant in Winston-Salem?

Romantic restaurant in Winston-Salem? Anyone have suggestions - I want to treat my sister to a nice "Happy Engagement" dinner, but since I'm in Seattle, I have no idea about nice places in W-S. Good food is more important than fancy.
posted by noahv at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Weird sponsored sports?

What’s the most obscure, odd, weird or just pointless sport you know about that actually has sponsors, or that people make money doing? I’m making a list. Bowling and auto racing are already on it.
posted by cccorlew at 12:22 PM PST - 32 comments

802.11g and 802.11b compatability

Stupid and probably very simple networking question: how compatible are the 802.11g and 802.11b protocols? Can a 802.11b networking card and 802.11g router be used together harmoniously?
posted by Dreama at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments


Does anyone know where to buy a very big, accurate, up-to-date world map? I want to hang one from a wall (not as wallpaper per se, but from clips).
posted by dearleader at 12:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Help! Mouse gone wild!

My brother-in-law's computer is periodically losing control... [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Yum! Chipotle Carnitas

There are plenty of recipes for pork carnitas online, but does anyone have the recipe used by Chipotle restaurants? (maybe it is one of these?)
posted by clgregor at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Sync vcalendar to phone?

How do I sync my calendar and address book to my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by darkness at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

osx filter : Record sound out?

How can I record soundcard output on a Powerbook (10.4)? [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

guitar effects question

I really like the sound of the intro guitar on Modest Mouse's song "Worm vs. Bird." It's a sort of compressed, almost tubular sound. I am an electric guitar n00b. Is this sound somewhat replicable with a simple pedal purchase, or do I have to go buy some obscure vintage guitar and run it through a tube amp built by elves or something? 30 second snippet from the Amazon [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't iPods crossfade?

What is the technical reason why an iPod cannot play songs without a short gap between them, but iTunes can? (I know that iTunes achieves this effect through a brief crossfade, and the timing is actually just slightly different from how it would be on a CD, but why can't an iPod crossfade?)
posted by logovisual at 9:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Birthday Gift Ideas for 9 Year Old Gifted (Boy) Child?

Birthday Gift Ideas for 9 Year Old Gifted (Boy) Child? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 9:29 AM PST - 28 comments

Automatically removing invalid email addresses from newsletter?

I have a mailing list consisting of about 6,500 addresses for the company I work for. However, there are 500 or so invalid addresses that I'd like to remove automatically. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Flat panel issues with Windows and VGA

I have a Dell flat panel (2001FP) that is beautifully crisp with my PowerBook (DVI) but woefully blurry and sad-making with my Windows 2003 box (VGA). Any tips?
posted by xmutex at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How should one go about teaching oneself to read a foreign language?

Languages: I would like to teach myself a foreign language with the primary motivation of reading literature written originally in that language. (Italian, in this case.) For now, speaking and pronunciation are not as important as learning grammatical rules, sentence construction, and growing my vocabulary. Ideally, I would like to learn at my own pace, without having to hire a tutor or enrol in language classes, and I would prefer to skip general phrasebook greetings. Apart from a dictionary, what should I arm myself with? Are there any good resources on the web for this? How should one go about teaching oneself to read a foreign language? Thanks!
posted by Lush at 8:09 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the reasoning behind certain electrical breakers?

Changing Electrical Circuits [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Frequent Recurring Knee Pain

Why do I always get horrible IT-Band Tendonitis? How do you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Monitor Calibration

Monitor Calibration Issues - why is my 225 dollar software making my colors look worse? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Atlanta existence

My friend is moving to Atlanta and wants advice on different neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by driveler at 7:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Tips for working while sick?

Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Blogger bug

At the top of some Blogger templates, a large white gap is now appearing. They say that it is being worked on, but it has been there for quite a while now and I would really like to get rid of it. Can anyone with knowledge of CSS or web design more generally suggest what might have gone wrong, as well as how to fix it?
posted by sindark at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Travelled to Angola

Has anyone been to Angola recently? [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 6:56 AM PST - 1 comment

workout tunes

Any tips for good tunes to bring to the gym? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Martial art without punching?

I broke both hands and both wrists several years ago and can no longer make a complete fist with my left hand. Now I'm interested in taking a martial arts class. Any ideas for a discipline that wouldn't involve too much punching? I've looked online and Aikido seems to be a good bet, but I'd love to hear from anyone more knowledgeable.
posted by richmondparker at 6:49 AM PST - 18 comments

What to do in LA, Monterey, and San Fran?

My fiancee and I are going to Los Angeles for 5 days, spending a night in Carmel/Monterey, and then spending 3 nights in San Francisco. What should we do and be sure not to miss? We're 24/25 and from outside NYC. Sports, shopping, etc are all up our alley. Thanks.
posted by seinfeld at 6:23 AM PST - 34 comments

Best portable electronic translator?

I'm looking for the best portable electronic translation solution. I 'd like a technology that is compact, for which high-quality bidirectional translation dictionaries between a range of languages already exist, and that allows expansion to new languages (hopefully an expansion that is actually going to happen). [more inside]
posted by paul! at 5:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me choos a wiki

What wiki platform should I use at work? [more inside]
posted by crank at 5:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Whole blood shipment from North America to Hong Kong

Hello, anyone have experience shipping human blood (for research) from North America to Hong Kong? Who is the best courier to use, best packing method used, problems encountered, etc? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 4:59 AM PST - 3 comments

We've been beholden to Speed Stick for too long. Down with flakes!

Deodorant rocks. What are they? What goes into them? Where do they come from? What's the history? Can they be made at home? Safety warnings or tips on use? Where should they be purchased from?
posted by saysthis at 2:41 AM PST - 16 comments

The fight between Whoomp and Whoot?

In the nineties there were two songs: "Whoomp! There It Is" by Tag Team and "Whoot! There It Is" by 95 South. The musical hooks in both songs were too similar to be coincidence. Does anybody know why nobody sued? Who knows the story behind this?
posted by Jenesta at 12:58 AM PST - 8 comments

How to determine the end of rucursive loops

In Flash how do i determine the end of a bunch of recursive loops through an xml document of unknown size? [mi] [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 12:01 AM PST - 8 comments

July 5

1850 German Culture

German Culture circa 1850. Where on-line can I find information about daily life for a German child born 1847? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 11:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Open source web coding tools?

What software are you using for web development? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 10:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find comparative performance data for US Hospitals?

Where can I find rankings or ratings of US hospitals? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 10:06 PM PST - 8 comments

where does one start with a new idea for web-based business/service?

if one had a what one would imagine to be a possibly great idea for a web based site/service ... where would one start in this post - post - .com era?
posted by specialk420 at 9:52 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this awful film called and why am I asking?

StupidMovieFilter: Need a title! Sadistic doctor's sideshow in New York, wholesale misogynistic slaughter, giddy midget assistants, and more... [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 9:29 PM PST - 5 comments

"we could have loved! You know it!"

How easily do you become infatuated with people? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 8:31 PM PST - 25 comments

2 moodle or not to moodle.

I've switched teaching jobs to a college that uses moodle for online classes. In the past I've made up my own online classes combining html lesson plans and a bulletin board. Does anyone have any experiences with moodle they can share with me? Love it, hate it, can't live without it, waste of time?
posted by puppy kuddles at 8:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it really that simple?

Can I just copy a Linux system from one disk to another and expect it to work? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Plan our holiday in the northeast!

Help us fill in 5 days traveling between Boston and Western PA. [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 7:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Plans for a cat door?

Anyone know where to get basic plans to build a pet door? Specifically, I'd like plans for a door to be used in a sash window. I'm sure I can make one for less than $110, but can't find a plan online. Is there a good book that can help with this kind of thing?
posted by mediareport at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

What is there to do on a layover at Munich airport?

Was ist in München kühl? Is there anything worth doing near the Munich airport in about four hours? [more inside]
posted by the_savage_mind at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments

savannah todo

the statistically significant other and i are going to savannah, georgia, at the end of july. might anyone recommend a place to stay (cute, cheap) and things to do? [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Brains first and then Hard Work

Looking for cheap art. I want to take stills from a dvd and get a poster print for hanging on the wall. Can this be done in a clean nice looking manner, without a blurry unsightly pixelated mess? [more inside]
posted by striker at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments


I have to discuss this in class tonight... can anybody give me a hand.... ? "The freedom of the individual depends on the freedom of everyone." "The freedom to disagree discourages censorship."
posted by bamassippi at 1:58 PM PST - 25 comments

help me sell a video camera

Video enthusiasts please help. I am trying to help my dad sell a used video camera. Canon L-2 hi 8 with pretty much every attachment/lens available. 2x extender, 3x zoom, 8x, 10x w/stabilizer, 15x, and 250mm super tele reflex lens. Is ebay my best bet? And is there a website that would help me determine the value of this eqipment?
posted by vronsky at 1:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Data recovery

I'm seeking recommendations for hard drive data recovery... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments


I broke my ankle on Thursday and am looking for some reassurance from others who have gone through similar surgeries... [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 12:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Immigrating to the US, UK and Canada

Immigrating to a nice, developed anglophone country in the northern hemisphere has been a long-time dream of mine. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 12:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Buy a new video card or upgrade whole system?

I have a 2.53Ghz Pentium PC (Alienware), 512 MB RAM, and want to play the latest games on it with very good quality. I have a (now lowly) Radeon 9700 Pro video card. Should I bother upgrading the video card, or wait to get a new system? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 12:08 PM PST - 20 comments

How to survive in rural China

My sister will be spending 4 weeks in rural China (in the same province as Shanghai) teaching English. [more inside]
posted by gsteff at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What WYSIWYG HTML /Web page Editor will you recommend?

What WYSIWYG HTML / Web page Editor will you recommend? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 11:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Have any MeFites participated in the Hospitality Club?

Have any MeFites participated in the Hospitality Club? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Timecode Calculator

Timecode filter: how do I subtract a given number of frames from 400 timecodes in an Excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Unplugging firewire webcam causes kernel panic

Why does my Mac sometimes go into kernel panic when I unplug the firewire webcam? It happens on a variety of occasions: sometimes multiple apps are open and CPU usage is high, other times it's right after a fresh reboot. (iBook G3/700Mhz, 384MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.2.8, and the webcam is a Unibrain Fire-I.)
posted by brownpau at 9:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Tell us about your Malta experiance.

Have you ever been to Malta? [more inside]
posted by bshort1974 at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Another exciting episode of Name-That-Band!

Identify-that-band-filter: [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 9:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Name some ranges, get a massage!

Help me get a professional massage! What is a "named range" in Excel and how do I create one? I cannot import an .xls file into her outlook contact folder until I address this issue. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Temporary accomodations with a family.

My friend just arrived from overseas on a visa after having completed medical school. He is applying to get into a residency program. Meanwhile, he wants to stay with a family here in the SE Michigan area. Have you had good experiences/heard good things about any organizations that might be able to match him up with a family to live with for a temporary period of time?
posted by parma at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Africa: the next outsourcing destination?

Why doesn't Africa get more outsourcing work? [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 8:49 AM PST - 13 comments

How far can a landlord go....

I have always been a bit of a privacy nut, but now I have become a landlord, and have to look at the issue from the other side. Need some help/advice from any Canadian landlords out there...... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 8:45 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do in Chicago?

I'm going to be in Chicago with some co-workers for a few days on business. None of us have ever been to Chicago. What should we do with our free time? [more inside]
posted by duckstab at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

My mom needs travel buddies

My single, 59 year old mother wants to take a vacation in the next 2 months, but has no one to accompany her. [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

My mac keeps crashing

I'm having trouble with my mac powerbook crashing, specifically after it awakens after having gone into sleep mode. It does this when in firefox and I save a tiddlywiki page, or when I'm in word and try to save a document. I'm using OSX version 10.3.9.
posted by corpse at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

How do Canadians getting work in the US?

StealingYankeeJobsFilter: How hard is it for a Canadian to get a job in the USA? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 8:16 AM PST - 15 comments

chicago movers

There have been general moving advice questions, and location-specific moving advice questions, and I've got one of the latter: anyone have recommendations for good, trustworthy movers in Chicago?
posted by kenko at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Grass is always greener... but not in my YARD!

My backyard needs help! We tilled / seeded / hayed it in mid-April but grass has only sprouted across 50% of the area. I'm big into organic lawncare, I follow most of the basic rules, but I just can't get my grass to grow. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Le Tour online

Does anyone know a website where I can catch the Tour de France? Yeah, I don't have cable because I'm cheap, but times like this make me want to relent. But now, I'm desparate!
posted by Red58 at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Futures trading software help

My (retired) father-in-law is interested in daytrading futures from home. He's been playing with IB's TWS and has been using eSignal for a few years. Is there other software he should investigate? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 5:42 AM PST - 0 comments

Info on Kalahari Waterpark

Has anyone visited the Kalahari Waterparks? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:08 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I extract bitmaps from Excel documents?

I have a number of Excel files with thousands of small bitmap images embedded. I need to extract these into individual files which a designer can put into Quark and match up with the original text. [more inside]
posted by skarmj at 3:35 AM PST - 15 comments

When I sneeze, I get hiccups!

Everytime I sneeze, I get hiccups! [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Company information in New York, New York?

How would I find out information about an LLC registered in New York State? Ideally, I'd like summaries of accounts, names of directors, etc. [more inside]
posted by humuhumu at 2:52 AM PST - 5 comments

I Need Car Insurance

So I finally have to pay for my own car insurance. Any ideas on good places to start looking, tips, things to consider, etc. In case you need it: my chief concern is price, I will be insuring me, my wife and our two cars and, between the two of us, we have had three accidents in the past five years and zero traffic violations.
posted by JPowers at 2:28 AM PST - 14 comments

local upcoming movie release dates

Anyone know of a site that offers LOCAL release dates for upcoming films? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 12:45 AM PST - 4 comments

How to lead a cult

I'm going to start a cult, and would appreciate any tips and tricks that Mefites can share with me. Was your cult successful? What did or didn't make it so? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 12:08 AM PST - 26 comments

July 4

Connecting with VNC

Need help getting VNC to work. [more inside]
posted by crack at 11:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Super-Fast Pecs?

When I joined a gym, I was told that lifting weights every day would cause injury and that muscles needed time to repair and rebuild. But whenever an actor is interviewed about his Hollywood blockbuster, he talks about training for four hours every day. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 11:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Where do writers go for artists?

Is there anywhere online a writer can find artists searching for a story?
Recent Something Positive strips have reminded me that I've got several ideas for webcomics, but I lack some of that 'Artistic Talent' the kids have these days.
posted by blueneurosis at 11:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Plasma TV pros/cons?

I am looking to buy a new TV, I tried the 50-in Samsung and it was too large for the room. I am thinking about the Daytek 42-in Plasma Television, but I don't really know the pros and cons of Plasma TV's. [more inside]
posted by Iax at 10:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Renting at a place where 3-prong outlets not grounded properly

My wife and I recently rented a house in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. When renting I saw that all of the outlets were 3 prong outlets and that there was a breaker box and not a fuse box, so I assumed it was all wired correctly. Now that we've moved in, I've found that 6 of the 10 outlets are coming up as "open ground" when using a grounding tester. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 9:33 PM PST - 13 comments

EM-Dashes in Wurd

While we're on the subject of M$ quirks ... why can I type "em-dashes" using ALT+0151 in the copy of Wurd I use at work -- but I cannot do this on my personal copy at home? Which program setting and/or Windows configuration governs this? (Both using XP and Word2000).
posted by RavinDave at 9:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Short People Need Bags Too

BagFilter: Can anyone recommend a backpack for short people? I am short and most backpacks are too long for my torso. [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Cell 64,999

I used to think I was good at Excel. I could add, subtract, multiply and even use PivotTables! But I have a big problem with Excel: Why does it jump to cell 65,000 occasionally when you try to copy and paste? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

finding and starting a bar in NYC

NYC bars: seeking a specific recommendation, and [separate question], personal accounts of people who've started/bought one. [more inside]
posted by xo at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Faking out traffic sensors

Inductive traffic sensors: can I make them "see" my bike better if I stick some strong rare-earth magnets on the frame? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 4:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding chocolate dipped strawberries... ?

Aside from buying the ingredients and making them myself, where would one go to buy chocolate dipped strawberries in Southern California - preferably in the San Fernando Valley? There are countless companies who will ship these to me but I need them for Tuesday evening and with the holiday today that makes shipping, sadly, impossible...
posted by MarkBakalor at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Keeping my SSN private

I have a new health care provider via a state-sponsored program. They use my social security number as my ID number. What is the most effective way to fight this? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Headline, Question.

Why do US newspaper headlines regularly omit the word "and" and replace it with a comma, such as "Convergence of Driver, Bicyclist Ends in Arrest" taken from a current Front Page Post. UK newspapers do not do this. Is it purely a space saving mechanism, or is there a stylistic thing going on?
posted by jontyjago at 1:45 PM PST - 31 comments

Does the Thermacell mosquito repellent product really work?

Recently purchased a mosquito repellent device from Thermacell and am wondering if anyone else has used a similar device, and how effective they really are. [more inside]
posted by gfroese at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

what is biting me?

I moved to san francisco two months ago and have been bitten by some type of insect about 40 times since then. the favorite spot appears to be my left arm with 17 bites scattered from my hand to my shoulder. i never feel myself being bitten, the bites are very small and they itch unlike anything i've ever experienced. i have not had this reaction to mosquitos before, and usually feel them as they bite me and see them. does anyone have any idea of what could be biting me and any natural remedies for itching and/or insect repellent for the body?
posted by centrs at 11:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Get rid of home phone?

Thinking about getting rid of land line and going strictly with cell. Don't spend much time on the phone, land or cell. Anyone out there got a good reason not to switch? (internet connection is cable) Any feedback appreciated.
posted by lois1950 at 12:47 AM PST - 54 comments

Keeping the kids amused when camping

Ideas for entertaining little kids (boy, 2 yro and girl 4 yro) when camping? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 12:19 AM PST - 9 comments

July 3

Backing up to DVD under Linux

I've got a ~40G filesystem on a Linux machine. I'm looking for a solution that will let me backup to 4.7G DVD blanks - e.g., fill one disc, tell me to put in another, etc, until all of the data is copied to disc(s). I can do this easily with Dragon Burn under OSX with its "Span discs" option, but I'd like to find something similar for Linux. I know about cdrecord/proDVD, but last time I checked it didn't offer anything like this. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill at 11:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify bird by its call

I am trying to identify a bird by its call. [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 9:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Browsing locally, Purchasing Globally?

Browsing locally, purchasing on the Net. In regards to Ice Hockey and Comic Books, and why everything is so damn expensive in Australia... [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Alaska trip advice

One week in August to do a 5- to 7-day outdoor adventure in Alaska - what should we do? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it OK to break Tylenol in half?

I seem to have accumulated a stock of "extra strength" Tylenol, when often my headaches and other pains really only call for "minimum strength." I don't want to just pop a 500 mg Tylenol whenever I hurt - is it ok to break these in half to get a lower dose?
posted by autojack at 5:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Sis is going to Wales to student teach.

My sister will be student teaching in Caerleon, Wales this fall. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Chihuahua Stoned

What do you do if your dog eats a bunch of pot?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:16 PM PST - 49 comments

I need some help with home audio.

I need some help with home audio. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 3:20 PM PST - 12 comments

To Flickr from Photo Album... WITH TAGS???

On flickr, why isn't there a method or hack to upload pictures WITH TAGS & DESCRIPTIONS from Adobe Elements Photo Album, or any other Windows based album software. I'm not a programer, but it seems that the web savy community has come up with a solution to a new problem every day, why not this one? Won't this be a useful solution?
posted by Mroz at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Video Card Upgrade

I need to replace my video card. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by meditative_zebra at 2:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Replacement cell phone

I don't understand buying an ebay replacement for a busted cell phone. [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Cool periodic table.

We're looking for a cool poster of the periodic table. This and this are considerations, but we'd rather have something more interesting. A poster of one of the early designs would be especially neato.
posted by frykitty at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Tour de France 2005

Tour de France. I do not have access to OLN through my cable provider. I want to be able to hear, (in english), live commentary of the Tour. I figured I would be able to find this on the web but have not been able to so far. I would like also find out what resources others are using to follow the grande boucle, any good blogs I should know about?
posted by flummox at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Mefi Eye for the Short Guy

Where can I find cotton/seersucker male suits in New York City for a 36R? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Long Bus Ride Tips

How can I keep myself occupied for 31 hours on the greyhound bus? My partner and I are leaving on Thursday for our vacation, but we are travelling to our destination via greyhound, and it is a very long ride. I love to read and listen to music, but I get bored of those. I can sleep on the bus, but not too well, and I am resistant to taking drugs to knock myself out. Any ideas for bus activities for two adult women?
posted by arcticwoman at 1:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Bugs bugging my vines!

So what are these bugs on my plants? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Good roller derby names?

My friend is trying out for roller derby, and she needs a good nom de plume. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 12:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Tickled Pink

Tickle Me. [more inside]
posted by peacay at 11:06 AM PST - 24 comments

Is WiFi causing my online gaming lag?

Should I not expect to be able to play online games over Wifi? Does enabling WEP only make it worse? [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Online movie coupons?

Any ideas about online movie coupons? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

What's some good, patriotic music to listen to fireworks to?

Along the same lines as the last question (kind of), what's some good, patriotic music to listen to fireworks to? [more inside]
posted by socialdrinker at 8:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Tipping with cash vs credit?

From the perspective of the waiter/waitress, is it better for me to tip via cash on the table vs. a number written on the credit card transaction? Do they end up getting less when tipped via credit card, due to restaurateur shenanigans or tax reporting or other? Cash often isn't an option because of time constraints (need to make change) or just laziness.
posted by intermod at 8:01 AM PST - 36 comments

Best July 4th fireworks display in the Bay Area?

Best July 4th fireworks display in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by fishbulb at 3:32 AM PST - 3 comments

July 2

WEP Hacking Risks

For an 802.11G network, is 128 bit WEP encryption secure ENOUGH? [more inside]
posted by jonson at 9:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Accidental Documentaries

Dogs in Space was an Australian film released in 1987 starring Michael Hutchence of INXS before they cracked the states. It's about a band living in a share-house in Melbourne in 1979. The lifestyle, the personalities, can still be found today, 26 years on. What other movies, despite their fictions, serve as documentaries of lifestyles that will probably remain unrecorded?
posted by hifimofo at 8:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a certain backpack

I'm looking for a certain military surplus backpack. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 6:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my WinBook connect to the wireless network?

The dreaded 'TCP/IP is not enabled for this connection. Cannot proceed.' My wireless card sees the network, but will not actually connect. The web is full of discussions on this problem that end in hopelessness. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:50 PM PST - 15 comments

How fast do swim/travel towels dry?

How fast do swim towels dry? I'm thinking of buying a swim towel to keep at the gym. They say they dry "in minutes". Would it dry in the 3-10 minutes it takes me to get dressed so I could keep in my my locker without worrying about mold? Or should I just keep paying for towel service?
posted by duck at 6:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Ants in my Couch

Ants in my couch! [more inside]
posted by ahughey at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Errant Golf shot

I recently hit a golf ball through a skylight on a house adjacent to the course. Am I responsible for the bill? I've heard pretty much every answer under the sun, so some specific evidence would be nice.
posted by sicem07 at 5:29 PM PST - 36 comments

What is the opening song in Stalag 17?

What is the opening song in Stalag 17? [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise at 4:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How to keep bread fresh?

How do I keep bread for more than a few days? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 2:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Is there a one-click memory card copy utility?

Can anyone point me to a utility that will copy all the images from my camreas memory card (compact flash) to a directory in the My Pictures folder with the creation date. So all the pictures taken on 7/1 end up in a folder named 7-1-2005. I want it to be ea one-click deal. [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh at 1:47 PM PST - 11 comments

High-rise living

Aside from longer elevator rides, are they any less obvious drawbacks to living on the 23rd floor of a 23-floor apartment building -- as opposed to, say, the 10th or 15th? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 1:03 PM PST - 25 comments

speeding up quicktime videos

Is there a way to adjust the speed and pitch of a Quicktime (.MOV) video file, while keeping the video portion synched and viewable? [more inside]
posted by xulu at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I convert a bitmaped drawing into something scalable?

How do I turn a bitmapped outline drawing into something scalable that will look good as a logo at any size? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 12:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Can you still make money on banner ads?

Let's assume that I have an idea for a web site that will draw lots of people. Let's assume that it involves a fair number of images, and so probably high bandwidth. Is it still possible to make money on this kind of thing through banner ads? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

How do you resize a ring?

Can I resize a ring myself? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I force another website to get rid of my stolen content?

How do I force another website to get rid of my stolen content? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

iPod wedding

How can I use my iPod to dj my sister's wedding? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Need help finding an article published in 1997 or 1998

I am trying to find an article I read back in I think in 1997 or 1998 in a computer magazine (may have been Wired or some Mac magazine). Anyway the article talked about using things around the house to make a computer desk out of. I distinctly remember a picture of an old refrigerator being modded out and and used as a computer desk. My google-fu fails me. It had some pretty innovative ideas in it. Any help is appreciated greatly.
posted by Livewire Confusion at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

This American Life

What are your favorite This American Life Episodes? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 8:06 AM PST - 45 comments

Know of a photo scanning service?

Does anyone know of a service that will scan all of your photographs for you? (And maybe put them back in your family album nicely?)
posted by k8t at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What's your favorite PDA (bluetooth, small, sync /w OS X, and no cellphone)?

What's your favorite PDA ? My wishes are: no cellphone like the treo, bluetooth, ~small form factor, and good syncing with OS X. Thanks!
posted by joshgray at 6:34 AM PST - 11 comments

A man and his list.

I'm trying to locate a story I once read about a wealthy entrepreneur or CEO and the advice he received from a productivity coach. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by alas at 4:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Immune responses

Why do our bodies reject new organs but not blood transfusions, assuming the blood transfusion is of the same blood type?
posted by IndigoRain at 2:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a centiped bite kill a large-breed dog?

ScaryBugFilter- Can a centipede bite kill a large-breed dog? Earlier tonight as I was putting my old English sheepdog to bed in the garage, I saw a centipede scurrying away across the floor. Max weighs roughly 95 pounds - should I be worried? Any web resources on dangerous insect bites and dogs will be greatly appreciated (i.e. symptoms, what to do if I can't get to a vet right away, etc.) I know, my dog hasn't actually been bitten yet, but I'm the paranoid type and the sight of that bug was enough to freak me out. A big thank you to everyone in advance.
posted by invisible ink at 1:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Classical music in Fassbinder's Maria Braun?

In Fassbinder's movie The Marriage of Maria Braun, what piece of classical music is plays in the beginning of the scene wherein Karl Oswald and Maria are dining, toward the end of the movie? [more inside]
posted by ori at 12:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Student loan collection fee elimination?

So this idiot "friend" of mine defaulted on his student loans, and the collection agency in charge of, well, collecting them has tacked on about $5000 worth of fees. Now that he's paying them back and rehabilitating his loan, is there any way he can get those fees eliminated? The collections agency says the best they'll do is deduct about $1000 after rehabilitation, but I'm convinced there must be something more he can do. Thanks, as always!
posted by anonymous at 12:05 AM PST - 7 comments

July 1

Lawless world

Is there such a thing as international law? I know this sounds absurd... [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 11:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Does "Union Made" apply to the beer or can?

On cans of beer, for example Iron City or Pabst Blue Ribbor, it says "Union Made." Does this refer to the can or the actual beer, or both?
posted by zerolives at 10:36 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the best mini blogs?

When I need a quick fix on the web, I inevitably find myself checking a small handful of feeds in my RSS reader. Mini blogs, link blogs, sidebar blogs -- call them what you will, they all share the same characteristics: plenty of links and not much commentary. Which mini blogs do you read on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by lewistate at 9:30 PM PST - 16 comments

The Lost Informed Shopping Site

CorporateCrime Filter: I remember a while ago I use to constantly reference a fairly objective "smart shopper" site that would list issues, good and bad with most of the big corporations. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 9:08 PM PST - 10 comments

A power station in my backyard?

Living near power lines? Searching for a home, my girlfriend and I have found a house we want to make an offer on. It's our dream house in a nice town, but there's an issue... the house sits about 100 yards away from this... a relatively small power distribution/transfer station adjacent to the property. Do we have anything to be concerned about or should I go buy some lead boxer shorts? [more inside]
posted by evoo at 9:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Turkish food

Turkish food filter: I believe it was called "muharama" or something close. It was spread on pita and had a lot of garlic and possible walnuts. I've tried many spelling combinations in google and found nothing. What is it and what's the recipe?
posted by 445supermag at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Running a bittorrent tracker?

Does anyone have good rules of thumb for the resources required to run a bittorrent tracker? [more inside]
posted by Good Brain at 8:42 PM PST - 5 comments

iCal WebDav Publishing Problems

iCal and WebDav and a PC, How Can I make them play nice? [more inside]
posted by Freen at 6:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Surviving Long Plane Rides

Looking for suggestions on surviving long plane rides. I'm talking about transoceanic, 10+ hour flights. Limited Google searching has found this and this. I've also read the prior question, about sleeping. I have a laptop, mp3 player, and lots of ebooks.
posted by manilamd at 6:17 PM PST - 30 comments

Does the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder perturb careers?

What are the potential (career, financial) ramfications of receiving a diagnosis for a psychiatric disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 15 comments

swiftly sprouting onions

Why do onions sprout? [more inside]
posted by advil at 5:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Is the "boot" on a convertible really necessary?

I am borrowing a Mazda Miata (convertible). Do I really need to use the "boot"? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

DNS Oddities

Home DSL connection. DSL router goes to Netgear router, and three computers connect to the Netgear router. All three computers run XP Pro. On two of the computers, DNS works fine. On the third, some websites don't resolve. Why? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 4:48 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I prepare a book for print?

I've been asked to lay out a book for a small publisher. Aesthetically, I have a good idea of where I need to go with this. But this is my first foray into book design. What sort of application should I be using? I'd like to learn a bit about LaTex (I'm on a Mac running 10.4.1), as this seems like the most cost effective and professional route. Ultimately, I need to deliver the document in PDF format. Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated!
posted by aladfar at 3:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Vinegar-garlic steamed veggies?

Brazilian/Portuguese cooking experts, please holp me! I can't find a recipe for the amazing vegetables I had last night. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 3:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Vote for Ofelas!

How do you "nominate" a movie for DVD release on Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How long do tetras live?

FishFilter: Earlier this week, the last of my original fish died. It was a black skirt tetra, which is a fairly common aquarium fish. I have not, however, been able to find out how long they usually live, either on the Intarweb, Innes book, etc. [more inside]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 3:06 PM PST - 2 comments

How fantastic is Fantistico?

Looking for a new host. Am intrigued by Fantistico. Seems like it includes everything. Any recommendations for hosts that offer Fantistico? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names?

MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Firefox Homepage and Bookmarks Mysteriously Disappear, Complications Ensue.

Twice this week I've lost my bookmarks and homepage on Firefox. Please help me--I'm a babe in the woods and the big hungry Firefox is licking its chops. [more inside]
posted by wordswinker at 1:27 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for a cheap, fun, and tropical vacation destination.

VacationFilter - I'm looking for an affordable, fun, and tropical vacation destination. Current location: Europe. [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 12:14 PM PST - 1 comment

How to sell t-shirts

Setting up a booth to sell t-shirts. Any advice or suggestions for how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I record phone conversations?

Anyone have experience with recording phone conversations? What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Software for group construction?

Is there a piece of software I can use to allow public users to add "connections" between multiple objects/words? I'm thinking of a project that would probably end up looking like the ThinkMap Visual Thesaurus (http://www.visualthesaurus.com/). Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by sneebler at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Wake my laptop from its nonpersistant vegitative state.

My laptop is getting lazy: it readily goes to sleep, but refuses to wake up again. Help! [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How to be a better digital phototographer

I recently inherited a pretty decent digital camera, and want to learn how to become a better digital photographer. What would you recommend, resources wise, for learning how to take better photos? [more inside]
posted by sperare at 7:26 AM PST - 21 comments

What IV medication causes this side effect?

When I had a c/section in 2002, I was given a medication through my IV shortly before surgery that caused a bizarre reaction. I'm possibly going to have surgery again soon and would like to know what this was so I can avoid it. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 7:14 AM PST - 12 comments

LaCie external drive not responding

How can I access a non-responding folder on my LaCie 160GB external USB hard drive? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Any good (novice) math books out there?

What's a good math book? My sister is a high school drop out and pretty much knows how to add, subtract and the like. Last night, she called me concerned that when her kids start school in a few years she won't be able to assist them with their math homework, and asked me to find a good easy-to-understand book that will teach her from very basic math (adding, subtracting) on to more complex mathematics. Any suggestions?
posted by missed at 6:21 AM PST - 8 comments

I need help with a decision at college.

I have been asked to spearhead a pilot program at the community college I go to. It involves building old computers used by the school, warehouse work and selling them on ebay. I am a student and I offered to do volunteer work, when this was offered to me. Problem is, I spoke to cooperative education and they advised me I would have to switch majors to business in order to recieve credit for the hours worked. [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 5:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Webcam and dialup

Webcam software for dialup. Is there a reliable program that can, every 15 minutes, open a dialup connection, FTP a pic, and hang up? We're trying to monitor a livestock pen at a rural property where there is no high speed. I have been trying Spycam but it won't go for more than 3 to 10 hours without generating a system error. I'm using a Logitech Quickcam Chat.
posted by shannymara at 5:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't I burn a Knoppix DVD ISO on a WinXP laptop?

I'm trying to burn the Knoppix 4.0 DVD ISO on my wife's second-hand Averatec Windows XP laptop. I have tried almost a dozen DVD burning programs without success. Most of them can't see there's a blank DVD in the drive. What's up? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 4:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Ipods in China?

Is an ipod a good gift for someone who lives in China? [more inside]
posted by carterk at 3:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I run an external dvi monitor with the lid closed on a new Powerbook 12"?

Can I run an external dvi monitor with the lid closed on a new Powerbook 12"?
posted by cmacleod at 12:09 AM PST - 5 comments