August 2005 Archives

August 31

DVD Commentary to MP3. Painlessly? On a Mac?

I'd like to transcode the commentary tracks of some DVD's for iPod listening, preferably on a mac. I think I have it narrowed down to some obscure VLC commands. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 10:32 PM PST - 7 comments


Not really knowing where else it would be appropriate to ask this, but does anyone else think that the years and events since the turn of the century (2000) have been particularly trying, difficult, and full of tragedy? Especially in light of this weeks most recent disasters.
posted by Jon-o at 10:28 PM PST - 39 comments

Looking for Score brand pomade...

Help me get Score (similar to Brillcreem pomade) for my dad. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Weird Spot on My Breast

Odd spot. A couple weeks ago I discovered a pink patch about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide on the top of my left breast. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 8:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Red barns

Being a city person, I am curious about why so many barns on the farms I see when driving around the country are painted red. Why is the color red seem to be the most common barn color? Or, is it just the farm neighborhoods I have been through? LAG
posted by lag at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Who has business and marketing saavy?

1) I need assistance with business and marketing issues. I know that there are organizations out there where retirees offer their services and expertise. Does anyone know any of their names????? 2) What is podcasting????? What is required????? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Why prevent skateboarding?

Why prevent skateboarding? [more inside]
posted by richtea at 7:59 PM PST - 23 comments

LA to NY - yay or nay?

MoveToNewYorkFilter: would you? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 7:52 PM PST - 26 comments


What to expect from a dermatologist who specializes in teen acne? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 7:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Multiple linked files download

How can I download multiple linked files in Firefox without having to "Save Link As" every link or install a download manager type program?
posted by fondle at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommendations for discreet sheathed knives

I'd like recommendations for a discreet sheathed knife. [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy at 5:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me mock William Blake!

Can you help me find a snarky quote about the art of English poet and artist William Blake? Who said it, and what did he say? [more inside]
posted by Elsa at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do I hate beer?

I hate beer. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 4:06 PM PST - 51 comments

Where did dirty Merlin go?

Does anyone remember the dirty talking MS Merlin Agent page from a few years ago? Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by daHIFI at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I use for a blog in my classroom, and why?

Blogging in the classroom. I've decided to set-up a blog for my students this semester. This will be the place for their response papers, writing exercises and a few other tidbits. It needs to have access for 5-10 members, a very easy set-up, free-to-near-free pricing (although I would pay or find the dollars to fund if it was warranted), and very clear posting/linking instructions for the students. Advice on selecting a blogging system needed. [more inside]
posted by fionab at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

My boyfriend thinks he's an alcoholic - should he go to AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous question: my boyfriend has announced that he wants to start going to meetings - can anyone offer any advice as to how I can help him? I don't know if it is the alcohol that is the problem, or something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Porn 101

I want to introduce my (semi-sheltered) wife to porn DVDs and erotica books without scaring her off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Residental sewage. I'm glad the system works as well as it does.

How do residentual sewers work? My neighbourhood is perfectly flat. I'd assume that pumps must be used, but A) I have never seen them and wouldn't they occasionally fail leading to ewww? And what about houses that are below the level of the street where assumably the sewer lines are located. How does the sewage get up to the street level sewage mains?
posted by Keith Talent at 3:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Sweet Sixteen Party Planning

Teenage Girl Filter: Working on planning a semi-formal Sweet Sixteen party for a teenage girl. Are there any good sources for party ideas? Theme ideas? Gift Ideas? We need help getting into the mind of a highschool girl to through a "cool" party.
posted by Mroz at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Video killed the computer

Video crashes my computer after I bought a new video card. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 3:14 PM PST - 15 comments

bad cell phone reception

I have Nextel and my cell phone reception is absolutely terrible at my house. What would be my best bet for improving my reception? I would rather not switch phone services because I would have to buy out my contract. I live in Mass. my area code is 781 and my zip is 01773 just in case that helps.
posted by pwally at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I detect how many hard drive bays I have?

How can I detect how many hard drive bays I have? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

ordering flowering cactus or flowers online

Looking for recommendations on ordering a flowering cactus or some flowers online for someone recuperating from surgery. I'm trying to stay under $60 if possible. The person is in Baldwinsville NY, which I believe is in the Syracuse (?) area. I'd like to place an order this evening.
posted by yoga at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

what the frig?

Eudora won't let me curse in my emails. [more inside]
posted by lisa g at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Slow bandwidth speed

How do I protest my ISP's slow bandwidth speed. My cable ISP (Roadrunner) claims to provide bandwidth speed up to 5.0 Mbps. They claim their speed to be three times faster than DSL which they estimate to be 1.5 Mbps. I've been getting speeds averaging 1.4 over a four day test period. I've noticed a slow down for several weeks and it does slow me down doing my work. What can they do? What will they do? What should I do? (if they do nothing.)
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 2:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Christian forums

Christian forums? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to go in Bermuda?

Where should my wife and I go on our third visit to Bermuda? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Renters insurance question

Renter's insurace: Wind blew a tree down on a guest's vehicle in the driveway of a rental house. The hood is dented pretty heavily. Whose insurance pays, if at all? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Solar energy alternative

Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 12:47 PM PST - 33 comments

How to cable a long range telephone extension

Does anyone have any experience running their own telephone cables over a distance of about 500 feet? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Any ideas of decent companies that do backup for small companies?"

Small Los Angeles company (14 computers, 1 terabyte of info) needs a reliable and reasonably-priced off-site backup solution. Any ideas?
posted by tsarfan at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a title.

Help me come up with a new job title. [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 12:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Androgynous Radio Personalities

RadioMediaFilter: I have a sneaking suspicion radio personalities on popular music stations are purposely selected for their androgynous-sounding voices. [more inside]
posted by omidius at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Clown Loaches hidden away for too long?

We have a freshwater fish tank community of tetras, catfish, gouramis and loaches. The loaches are the most dynamic and entertaining addition to our tank, but the clown loaches disappeared last weekend! I found them last night all bunched up in the top of a hollow fake rock. They haven't been around much for the past week, and I'm worried that they are depressed or ill! None have died as far as I know, but they don't come out much. Should I evacuate them from their garage, or let them be? If evacuation is the answer, what would be the best way to do so? (From mimi's handsome metafilter-less spouse)
posted by mimi at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments


I just bought a DVD and the subtitles are annoying as hell. Can I do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get my security deposit back?

My landlords hasn't returned my deposit yet and it's been three months. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 10:24 AM PST - 17 comments

What should a recently struck pedestrian keep in mind?

My friend's dad was hit by a taxi while walking in San Francisco. He's in the emergency room now with what may be long term injuries and we want to make sure to do the right thing. [more inside]
posted by jragon at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Naguib Mahfouz: mo' money, mo' problems

I need help tracking down an idea put forth by Naguib Mahfouz about the relative unsophistication of his work and that of his contemporaries... [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments


I want to fly helicopters and actually do something useful while doing them. I don't really want to fly them fulltime. I don't want to fly helicopters in combat. News and tours are unappealing to me. Coastguard seems like the best bet, but many people have cautioned me that once you're in any military branch, you pretty much lose control over what you actually get to do or not. Other than that, I'm not sure where to look, in terms of training and then doing something with that training. Any advice on... any of that?
posted by devilsbrigade at 10:04 AM PST - 20 comments

How to cope with a sick family member?

A family member of mine may be seriously ill and I can't stop thinking about it. How do I deal with everyday life in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 9:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Stick 'em up

Does anybody know of an economical interweb-based sticker company? [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 9:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Shapes-in-clouds process called...?

Looking at clouds in the sky you see objects -- dog, faces, whatever. What's this process called? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Geeks want to help too.

Geeks want to help too. Not to duplicate other posts or anything, but more generally speaking, both in disasters and not, what are ways techie geeks can make a difference? I've heard HAM operators are helping out where they can. But i havn't heard anything else. Ideas? More on the year-round type, i've looked at GeekCorps but being younger than their target market i don't have the time or means to litterally take off and volunteer for extended amounts of time. Have you used your skillz for anything good?
posted by joshgray at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some trustworthy organizaitons to donate money for diaster relief of Katrina?

As much as I would like to help by donating to the victims of Katrina, I want to know that my donated money is really going to go help them. What are some trustworthy organizations to donate to?
posted by Gooney at 8:17 AM PST - 19 comments

I hate ticks!

Houston, we have a tick problem... [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Powerlines out my window?

Powerlines outside my window: health risk? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Desk fan related hearing loss?

Can my desk fan damage my hearing? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 6:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are the trunks open?

What's the deal with the open trunk lids? Are the cars left with their trunks open, or are they forced open as a result of the flooding?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:50 AM PST - 25 comments

What are humans best at?

How are humans different physically from other creatures? What are we best at? [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 6:48 AM PST - 29 comments

business analysis

I have an internal job change opportunity (Business Analyst) and need advice. [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Where should we stay on Koh Phangan Island?

FullMoonFilter: Where should we stay on Koh Phangan Island (Thailand) while there to attend the Full Moon Party in mid September? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 6:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Good Neighborhoods & Schools in Austin

My wife and I will likely be moving to Austin soon with our children (7.5 and 3.5). We live in the Virginia suburbs of DC now, and really do not enjoy it. We want to live in the city, but school quality is also a huge priority for us now. Can we have both of these things in central Austin? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 5:54 AM PST - 15 comments

NO $

How much economic activity did New Orleans generate? [more inside]
posted by raaka at 2:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Identity theft protection services - worth the $$$?

Are identity theft protection services worth the $$$? I'm referring specifically to services like TrueCredit and PrivacyGuard, but I know that several large US banks (i.e. Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual) also offer them as well.
posted by invisible ink at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

August 30

Why do I have shooting pain instead of shooting orgasm?

UmWhat?Filter : Someone please help me understand why my sexual wires are crossed. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Squeeze the bottle to prevent carbonation loss?

Does squeezing a 2-liter Coke bottle before putting the cap on help keep the Coke from going flat as quickly, or not? [more inside]
posted by msittig at 10:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Why should I believe Armstrong?

Why should I believe Armstrong? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri at 9:43 PM PST - 26 comments

Hard drive becomes external, trauma ensues

My work computer's motherboard crashed and fried itself. My IT guy was able to salvage the hard drive, which is now an external hard drive, but the major program that I need from it has not been running. Could the move into the external hard drive shell have damaged the program? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 9:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Underpowered processor

Laptop power management. [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Either I'm an idiot or they're idiots: help with Verizon DSL and outgoing mail please

My DSL-fu is failing me. How do I get Verizon DSL to let me send mail from my account? [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Current events timeline?

I'm looking for some timelines that chart recent/current events - for instance, a timeline that logs the major news stories in the months leading up to the 2004 election; or, a timeline that charts important stories in the war on terror since/before 9/11. Doesn't have to be links, could just be headlines. thanks for any suggestions
posted by greggish at 8:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Unix Logging

Linuxfilter: I have a third-party app which writes occasional messages to its logfile. The problem is I dont know when these messages are logged. There is no timestamp - just the message. Is there any way I could force a timestamp? Maybe some trickery with 'tail-f' and 'date' and pipes into some new pseudo-logfile? Thanks.
posted by vacapinta at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

You're in good hands.

In an Allstate commercial I have seen, the narrator tells a tale of a car that smashes into a house. The narrator continues to explain that the family got sued by the driver of the car. Can any lawyer-types out there explain to me how this is legally possible? [more inside]
posted by itchie at 7:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Replacing my C drive

I'm running win2k. Both my hard drives are pretty much full, and the C drive is tiny, so... I want to move all its data to a new drive, which will then be bootable like the old one. Am I dreaming? If not, how do I do it?
posted by squidlarkin at 7:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to ask HW & Network Questions?

I am searching for a 'one stop shopping' website for hardware and network related questions. I am a computer consultant with almost twenty years experience, so I know my way around the basic issues and, given enough time, can usually dig up and/or figure out anything I'm not familiar with. But I am finding myself with less and less time to spend researching this stuff and would much prefer being able to ask a pro directly. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso at 7:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Dig Dat Ram

Ugh, memory technologies change faster than Italian governments... [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

How dangerous is smoking a little bit?

How dangerous is smoking a little bit? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic at 6:28 PM PST - 45 comments

Broken ribs, weather vane?

Why do my broken ribs tell the weather? [more inside]
posted by sled at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

The sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere

What makes clouds form where they form, and how? [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 4:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Just show me how to whistle...

Can anyone explain how to whistle, two-finger hailing-a-cab style?
posted by Acey at 4:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Google pulling up old site better than new one?

I call upon the Gods Who Get Google -- why is one site outperforming another? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Why am I losing my hair?

Why am I losing my hair? For the past couple of weeks, I've been pulling out handfuls of hair each time I wash or run my hands through my hair. [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 2:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Deja vu and Bollywood

Talk to me about references in one Bollywood movie to another movie.
Is it really as common as it seems? why? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 2:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me purchase a SAN

Can you help me with the purchase of a SAN for my small to medium sized business? We're looking to attach 4-6 servers to ~2-3 TB of storage space. [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Changing the color of your LCD monitor frame

I just bought an Apple 20 inch Cinema display (to use with my PC) but, to be honest I dont like the Silver frame around the stunning screen. What is the best way - safest - cleanest - fastest - cheapest - to transform the silver into black - and the white on the sides --- into black ... plastic coating? Magic marker (haha) paint? Snap on something? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to raise a family in Pittsburgh?

My wife and I will most likely be moving to Pittsburgh next year with our children, one of whom will be starting kindergarten. We really enjoy living in the city and urban life. School quality is also a huge priority for us now. Can we have both of these things in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by misterioso at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

MSN.COM Email Away from Home?

How does an MSN subcriber read mail away from home? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

looking for "cabin fever" clip

I'm trying to find a brief video clip from the movie Cabin Fever. The clip is of a young, mullet-haired boy (named Dennis) shouting out "Pancakes! Pancakes!" while doing some martial arts moves. I've found the clip on the web before (over a year ago), but haven't been able to locate it recently. I've tried Google searches with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by pinky at 12:54 PM PST - 10 comments


$95 IRA termination fee (well-known regional bank): legit? unavoidable? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Evacuate or else?

Are there any penalties for those ignoring a mandatory evacuation? [more inside]
posted by tuxster at 12:45 PM PST - 17 comments

laguna beach?

What's the deal with Laguna Beach (the show, not the town)? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Interesting ecommerce?

1999-all-over-again-Filter: Remember the time when every ecommerce site or online exchange had an interesting twist? I am trying to compile a list of current clever/interesting/"disruptive" ecommerce sites or exchanges. Companies like CafePress, CDBaby, and Band.Mix would all qualify. Can anyone help point me to some additional examples of ecommerce sites that reach previously fragmented or diffuse groups?
posted by blahblahblah at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I recover some corrupted data?

I'm hoping to recover some corrupted files that (I think) got messed up during a transfer to a Firewire drive. Could you be a lamb and step inside? [more inside]
posted by Hankins at 11:01 AM PST - 0 comments

The Case of the Missing Cow

Where can I find a stuffed cow that was once for sale at The Enchanted Forest, a store previously located at 85 Mercer street in New York City but now closed down? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 10:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Transitions sunglasses any good?

Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with Transitions prescription sunglass lenses? I'm debating between getting a pair with Transitions or just a regular pair of non-changing prescription sunglasses.
posted by parttimesaint at 10:34 AM PST - 24 comments

Conference Call Services

I've been given the task of locating an inexpensive, easy to use and reliable Conference Call Service. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Can the police run my plates for no reason?

Can the police run my license plates through the computer for no reason? [more inside]
posted by hootch at 10:32 AM PST - 16 comments

mo money, mo money, mo money

What are my options for getting a personal loan of about $25,000 to consolidate some cc debt and maybe remodel our kitchen? [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Banana-shaped phone

I'm looking for a banana phone. Not the song, thanks, but a real, honest-to-goodness banana-shaped phone. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

ISO: RSS Aggregating CMS

What free CMS has the best RSS aggregator features? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Sorting the My Music folder

Is there a way to have the "My Music" folder in XP ignore the "the" in band names like iTunes does? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Burning Brown Bag Question

I no longer work from home and I have just started a new job. I want to bring lunch to work because I am 1) trying to lose weight and 2) save money. Any ideas for what's both healthy and easy? [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 9:58 AM PST - 27 comments

Recovered sense of smell?

olfactory filter: I just got over a nasty flu and seem to have recovered an acute sense of smell. I haven't been able to smell stuff in years, and it is starting to freak me out. Everything online discusses loss and neurological problems... have I lost my mind? Regained it?
posted by sgarst at 9:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Registration solution

Looking for an Evite style solution for a corporate implementation. [more inside]
posted by krtzmrk at 9:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I buy Songs of Muerto County by Puerto Muerto?

Has anyone heard any news about Puerto Muerto's new "lost soundtrack" to Tobe Hooper's classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Songs of Muerto County? [more inside]
posted by ford and the prefects at 9:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me buy a drinking fountain for my cats.

CatFilter: what are your experiences with circulating drinking fountains for cats? Are they worth the extra time & expense, or just junk? Any good ones you'd recommend? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:21 AM PST - 24 comments

hurricane relief

How can I help after the hurricane? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

What recourse does a person have for dealing with Premiere Radio networks?

My boyfriend tried to subscribe to a Premiere Radio networks feed today and it would not accept his credit card/debit card or the address on his credit card. He has no access to the show he wants, or any show. He checked his bank account to make sure they didn't charge him and lo and behold - they did - 14 times. [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 8:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Freaky spider

Freaky Spider Filter: What the heck is THIS???
posted by LordSludge at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

If chiropractors are frauds, what do doctors do for bad backs?

We've all heard that chiropractors are quacks. What is mainstream medicine's answer to recurring back problems? Has anyone here had success with these methods? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 7:38 AM PST - 33 comments

Most boring game show ever?

Help me identify a bizarre German game show. [more inside]
posted by googly at 7:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Teleconference phone bridges

Hosting a teleconference with upwards of 300 people. Any suggestions for service providers? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 7:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Legally bound?

Adventures in Law School: I have decided I would like to be a lawyer. Problem is, my resume is tooled right now in a totally different direction. My college GPA was a straight-up 2.5 and the first time I took the LSAT I only scored in the 57th percentile (153). Is there hope or am I too dumb to be a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 6:33 AM PST - 30 comments

How to get the funky smell out of my hot water

Moving into an apartment that was built a year ago and never lived in. How do I get stale water out of the tank and pipes? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:30 AM PST - 2 comments


I signed a contract to work for six months with a local company. That job starts in mid September. Now, another company wants to interview me that pays more and is closer to home. [more inside]
posted by PHINC at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Why is that you can only get pineapple juice in cans?

PineappleJuiceFilter: Why is that you can only get pineapple juice in cans? [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 6:19 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get contact sheets and prints made from old negatives?

Looking to get prints made from old negatives. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 6:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Snoop Dog filter - Did he say that?

Snoop Dog filter - Did he say that? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 5:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Fear of wikis and blogs at a corporate level

How do you explain the reluctance (hesitation) for developing blogs and wikis (and social softwares in general) on the big companies' intranets (if you have succeeded so far please contact me) ?
posted by vincentm at 5:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Short trip to Costa Brava

My family is making a spur of the moment, 7-day trip to the Costa Brava in Spain - any recommendations on towns to visit, places to stay, activities for kids, things to be wary of? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 4:39 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you wish you'd known/done when you were 21?

I turned 21 last week and I want to know; what do you wish you'd known when you were 21? What do you wish you'd done but didn't, or what did you do that you think was an unmissable experience? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 4:13 AM PST - 65 comments

Missing Blogs

What blogs am I missing out on? [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 4:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Books about people aged 25-35?

Please recommend some good novels about people between 25-35. [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 12:28 AM PST - 24 comments


I'd like to improve my artistic abilities. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 12:11 AM PST - 14 comments

August 29

What program makes windows dance?

I'm looking for a piece of music visualization software that was posted on Boing Boing about a year ago. It was unique in that it used the individual elements of the windows desktop heavily in its visuals - dancing windows, icons, and scrollbars. Basically, it made Windows come alive Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by Newbornstranger at 11:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Credit counseling-the good, the bad, and the ugly?

FinancialStupidityFilter: I'm looking at years of accumulated debt--partly accumulated because I was young and foolish, partly because of genuine emergencies--and have decided that it's time to bite the bullet, accept the penalties, and do something that will involve freezing/cutting up the credit cards. In other words, it's time to investigate credit counseling, with the very real problems that entails. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me wake up my libido!

Help me wake up my libido! I am a 24 year old female with a very low sex drive. I have a great boyfriend of 4 years, and when we do get physical, it's always wonderful, but often leading up to it I am just not interested at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Are diaphragms a good idea?

A question about birth control: I'm considering getting a diaphragm, and I'm wondering how easy they are to use. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Sharing is good, and should be easy!

How do I share only certain folders in OS X when I enable Windows Sharing? [more inside]
posted by Third at 11:15 PM PST - 8 comments


Help! Awkward social catch-22 filter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Visiting Toronto, Looking For Ideas

My girlfriend and I will be taking a short vacation to Toronto this weekend and are looking for suggestions on what to see and do. [more inside]
posted by mrbula at 10:13 PM PST - 20 comments

How does a new homeowner connect a cable modem with in-wall ethernet in a standalone house?

Home Networking: how do you go about connecting a cable modem to a house with in-wall ethernet in every room? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 10:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Gallery frontend, Flickr backend

I'm looking for something that works like Gallery but pulls my images from Flickr. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Traveling to Negril, Jamaica

The fiancee and I just booked a honeymoon at Sandals in Negril, Jamaica. Any tips from folks who have stayed there (Sandals, Negril, Jamaica... any of the 3, but hopefully a combination)? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 8:57 PM PST - 5 comments

super simple shopping cart

Looking for a super-simple, minimalist shopping cart that can handle electronic delivery and integrate with PayPal for payments. [more inside]
posted by spilon at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Posthumous authorship

James Agee's A Death in the Family was complete posthumously by a friend. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible was completed posthumously by his cohorts. Mozart's Requiem was completed posthumously by his contemporaries. Help me brainstorm other incomplete works finished by others after the author/composer/creator died.
posted by RockyChrysler at 8:25 PM PST - 42 comments

soggy packages

how would one go about mailing live amphibians? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should I sit?

ConcertSeatsFilter: I neurotically, obsessively bought two tix to the same concert at Madison Square Garden in an effort to get the best seat I could. Both are good for different reasons, so I'm having a tough time deciding which one to use. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Research Scientists, any reward?

I have a question with research scientists. They do research for universities and such. Do they reap any reward (monetary) when they're original research develops into a patentable discovery? Or are they just salaried employees?
posted by erd0c at 6:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Help finding a great video game blog?

I'm looking for a good blog and/or personal site about video games... [more inside]
posted by May Kasahara at 6:22 PM PST - 26 comments

What is Cortes' reputation in modern Mexico?

Hernando Cortez- what's his reputation in modern Mexico? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

best salad dressing?

What is your most delicious salad dressing recipe?
posted by footnote at 3:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Please share your general London tips.

I'm moving to London in a few weeks to attend a graduate program [UL's SOAS]. I am leaving my long term boyfriend and many friends in Vermont for 9 months to attend classes. I've already lined up a part time tutoring gig and my housing is covered through the university. I don't have anything specific to ask, just general advice about being an American late 20-something non-single student in London. [I've lived in second world countries before for extended periods of time, general travel won't be too helpful.] Money is a concern, but not an obstacle.
posted by k8t at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Could someone explain the Box Model Hack?

Can someone properly explain to me the CSS Box Model (Hack)? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 1:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Regular Expressions? PHP? Existing App?

I have a bunch of directories of static HTML files in which I need to: -> Find A -> Find B -> Replace A with B -> Save, close, repeat with every one of the 500 or so files. Anyone got an idea? [more inside]
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 1:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Landline phone network connectivity

If a phone number became disconnected from the network due to downed phone lines, what would one hear when trying to call that number? [more inside]
posted by gorillawarfare at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this piece of music?

What is this piece of music (mp3 file)... [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Which scanner should I get?

I'm looking for a scanner at around the $200 range. I would like a flatbed scanner which can take 35mm and 120 film. Problem is, my eMac doesn't have USB 2.0, so many of the nice scanners they have nowadays won't connect to my machine. So, it needs to be Firewire-compatible. With all that in mind, what model should I get? Will I have to go used? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Curious about car accident

Saturday night there was a terrible multi-car accident directly outside my Seattle home. The police were still investigating the scene and had the street taped off 8 hours later. How can I learn more about what happened? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments

How to re-start an interupted multi - CD burn

While burning an audiobook to CD, I crashed. This is about a 12-15 CD burn. I have completed 4 of the CD's. Is there a way to get Itunes (Max OS X) burning to pick up where it left off, i.e., start with burning CD 5? I don't see a way to tell it to skip 1, etc. I also have Diskblaze, but have never used it, having seen no advantage to do so. But if it will allow such interruptions, I'd switch, as this has happened before when I've had to quit such long burns in mid-process. Thanks.
posted by rabbus at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Web resources for psychoanalysis

Psychology/psychiatry filter: for a friend who is not net-savvy, I am looking for interesting web sites and discussion forums devoted to psychoanalysis, self-psychology, and related topics. She's a professional psychoanalyst, but is new to the web. [more inside]
posted by realcountrymusic at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Mr. Mom Needs A New Pair Of Shoes!

How can a stay-at-home dad make a bit of cash on the side? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 12:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Portfolio: maintaining my own chaos

I'm using Extensis Portfolio to catalogue nearly 4000 photos for a project. But I can't figure out how to save a gallery in the order I want. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 12:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Bandwidth Galore

I just got braodband internet after 5 years of living the dial-up lifestyle. Help me use my new-found bandwidth effectively. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 11:54 AM PST - 20 comments

When to replace an old car

At what point is it not worth putting any more money into keeping an old car running, and just going out and getting a new one? What's the equation? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:02 AM PST - 15 comments

freelance- no taxes? no way!

I have a question about risk and ethics in freelancing- computer programming and web design. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I quit?

Quitting my job and moving 1800 miles to be with my grandmother while she dies...Crazy? Possible? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 10:46 AM PST - 49 comments

Come on Garmin, SWITCH already!

Mac friendly GPS software? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Why is there color distortion on my glasses?

Why is there color distortion on my glasses? [more inside]
posted by trillion at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find interesting places to go near Zurich!

Near Zurich, where should I go for weekend tourist trips? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Watercolor paper - artist gift recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for high quality watercolor paper for my girlfriend as part of a birthday gift. - bonus if it works well with acrylics - Recommendations for good watercolor paints also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by freq at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Tagging single mp3.

Hi, I am looking for an mp3 tagger that can find the tag for just one mp3 not a hole album. [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Tips to get orange pop stains out of carpet?

Anyone know a good way to get orange pop stains out of carpet? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Hey future in-laws - wanna host our wedding?

Is it ok for a couple to ask the groom's grandparents or parents if we could hold a small wedding at one of their homes? If so, what's the best way to ask? [more inside]
posted by catfood at 8:51 AM PST - 12 comments

How to find 'short' arch supports?

Where can I find arch supports for running shoes which *don't* extend back to the heel? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

To recharge or not...

Are rechargeable NiMH batteries a good idea? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 6:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Does anyone know a kid-friendly snake-positive movie?

Does anyone know of a kid-friendly movie for a four year old that features a snake as a good (or at least nuetral) character? I need to cement my status as the cool uncle. [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 6:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Are bicyclists athletes?

Are bicyclists athletes? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy at 5:43 AM PST - 58 comments

This is a children's book question... Do you know the title??

When my sister and I were growing up, around 30 years ago, one of our all-time favorite picture books was about the trials and tribulations of a kingdom in black & white that wound up discovering colors, but we can't remember the title... [more inside]
posted by Misciel at 3:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Identify this art movement

Oh great sage; I know that this graffiti man is an example of an iconic art school/movement, but I can't remember which one. Anyone?
posted by oliyoung at 2:48 AM PST - 2 comments

needed: computer settings to minimize eyestrain

healthiest monitor settings: how should I set my computer's display settings to minimize eyestrain? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 2:36 AM PST - 12 comments

But: does it work?

I found this nifty device: it's a pen that scans text and lets you load it up to your computer. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 12:55 AM PST - 7 comments

August 28

Less attracted to wife

I'm becoming less attracted to my wife all the time. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 PM PST - 55 comments

Why does my girlfriend's stuff smell so strongly?

For the first time in long life experience, I have a girlfriend who is very stinky "down there". What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 PM PST - 18 comments

My husband has a crush.

My husband has a crush on a woman friend of his. I heard it in the sound of his voice when he spoke to her on the phone. As I'm not a jealous person, this has really taken me aback. He doesn't deny it but says that it will never progress to anything else and that they are very good friends. I like her too, don't believe that either of them would ever be unfaithful. Just knowing that he has romantic feelings for another woman makes me feel terrible, and I can hardly look him in the eye. How do I deal with this and move along?
posted by anonymous at 10:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Ask[Me] the Ethicist.

I agreed to "edit" a (25-page) thesis paper for a friend at another college. When the paper arrived, it was so raw that the whole thing needed to be massively reorganized, not just tweaked for grammar and clarity. It then became clear (through subsequent discussions with her about it) that what she wanted me to do was basically reword much of the language as well (she considers me to be a stronger writer) to make it "sound better." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 43 comments

What word is made plural by adding the prefix "a-"?

What word is made plural by adding the prefix "a-"?
posted by Felicity Rilke at 10:29 PM PST - 33 comments

No, I don't pay all that myself

How do I declare my household income when I have roommates? [more inside]
posted by tcy at 10:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Where does all the water for a flood come from?

Explain flooding to me So they're expecting up to 20 inches of rain in New Orleans. And the city may be under 10 feet of water. Huh? [more inside]
posted by duck at 8:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Did the mayor leave New Orleans?

I know the the mayor of New Orleans (Ray Nagin) has issued a mandatory evacuation order for NO. Has he left the city too?
posted by Count Ziggurat at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments

AntiFreckle Juice

How safe/practical/possible is freckle removal? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments


Madison Mefi mafia, what's the best way-by bike-to get from the western end of the Glacier Drumlin Trail to E Gorham St.? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:28 PM PST - 1 comment


I need to solder on a new plug for the cable of my stereo headphones. They are not hard-wired; the headphone end has a stereo plug the same size as you'd use for a cell phone. The other end, now that I've clipped off the offending (molded-on) plug, has three colored wires -- red, green, copper. Which colors are left, right and ground when I do the soldering?
posted by banjomensch at 7:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Best brewing practices for iced green tea?

I'd like some advice on brewing green tea at home to refrigerate and drink cold. [more inside]
posted by rebirtha at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Old online game needs a kick-start...

How does one rehabilitate a commercial online game that has been around for a long, long time? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure at 6:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I asking too much of iCal?

[OSX FILTER] I want to print on index cards, but indirectly. Help me figure out how to print to a PDF sized at 3"x5". [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 6:24 PM PST - 3 comments

My high heels are talking

LyricsFilter: slow grindy strip tune, burlesque style, female voice, contemporary rather than vintage. [more inside]
posted by Spanner Nic at 6:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Playing a Bicycle Through Guitar Effects Pedals

Yesterday, a friend called from L.A. and made me listen to this guy 'playing' his bicycle through guitar effects. Anyone know who this was? It was incredibly wierd but cool. And I want to listen to more of this guys stuff. [more inside]
posted by geekhorde at 5:47 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I promote bone growth?

Help me fix my leg... [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 5:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you repair a 'vert top?

I just got my first "real" job out of college as a teacher and I want a fun car now. I'm looking at buying a 1989 rebuilt RX-7 Haltech turbo convertible for $5000... the top is ripped and a $1000 replacement is part of the price. Can ripped/leaking/faded tops be restored? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get rid of unwanted kittens quickly?

In addition to putting up posters, newspaper ads, calling friends and asking co-workers, what are legitimate "safe" options for getting rid of all our cats? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

What is some good literature about living in a condo?

Looking for good literature which features living in a condo. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

tablet backup

Somewhere I once read a way to save the settings for a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet and transfer it from machine to machine by saving one of its files, but I can't find those specific instructions again (for PC). Any tips?
posted by dong_resin at 4:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Headphones and Microphone into Cell Phone?

I want to make a box with parts from RadioShack that will allow me to plug a microphone and headphones into my cellphone handsfree jack. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Shake my Shakey Hand

My hands shake, sometimes it's much much worse. (What can I do?) [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 12:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Software for class notes?

What software for OS X is good for taking class notes, especially ones involving math, fairly quickly?
posted by thecapitalizt at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Poetry and Guitar Magazines?

Magazine recommendations: poetry or guitar... [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I volunteer for hurricane cleanup?

How do I volunteer for hurricane cleanup? [more inside]
posted by F Mackenzie at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Bourbon v. Scotch

RecipeFilter: I don't drink, but am preparing a recipe that calls for Bourbon (New Orleans bread pudding w/ bourbon sauce). My question is whether or not it will make much difference if I use Scotch instead. We keep a bottle for entertaining, and I'd prefer to use what I've got instead of running to the store to buy another whole bottle of liquor...
posted by richmondparker at 9:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Are weekends a good idea?

Have there been any studies into whether weeks and weekends are a good idea? Are there better ways once could organize time on and time off? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 8:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Desperately Seeking Desperate Seekers

Please help me find a personal ad site mentioned on AskMe within the past year. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find jobs around the world?

How do I find work outside of the United States? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Twangy Olde timey westerny music

Having recently fallen in love with Firefly (the tv show) and playing Uru for a short bit I am quite interested in the musical styling of these two things. They both have the twangy floaty guitar.. But they definitely are not country and western.. What is this style of music called, and who should I listen to for more? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Why didn't SMART warn me about my hard disk failure?

Why didn't SMART warn me about my hard disk failure? It was definitely predictable: ominous clicking sounds were accompanied by increasing seek times. I was able to squeeze another week out of the drive before it died completely, and the whole time, SMART insisted that it was fine. [more inside]
posted by Eamon at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Internet radio streaming of full albums etc.

Short and simple. I'm interested in finding out if there are any internet radio stations which broadcast full albums. Alternatively any free/pay services which allow you to listen online to full albums rather than just individual tracks. I'm not at this point interested in buying music just listening to it. Please bear in mind I am in the UK and services such as Rhapsody etc. aren't available here AFAIK. Many thanks.
posted by empedia at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Show me their money!

How much does Apple Computer gross for every dollar spent on iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:32 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I learn camera repair as a trade?

How does one go about learning classic film camera repair? (I don't need one fixed at the moment, I would like to know how to get into the trade. I have the eyes, fingers and mechanical aptitude for it.)
posted by loquacious at 2:28 AM PST - 9 comments

How long does this ship take?

Is it legal for an internet company to deposit your money before they have actually shipped the product you have ordered? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 1:02 AM PST - 9 comments

August 27

NFL Portland

Where is the best place to watch NFL games on TV in Portland, Ore.? Where do the most diehard fans assemble at?
posted by iced_borsch at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

weaponizing the string trimmer

Why don't string trimmers use wire instead of plastic? My guess is that with wire in there, it's like a surburban guy in shorts and flipflops walking around the yard waving around a little tablesaw, but is it really that much more dangerous than plastic if it should strike flesh? You're pretty much flayed either way, right? Is it a safety issue or something else?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you delete an undeletable Windows file?

I found a hidden, read-only file called windows.pif in my c:\winnt\system32 directory that won't respond to del or attrib commands. How can I delete this file? [more inside]
posted by bobo123 at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Hotels in old Quebec City ?

I am seeking suggestions for reasonably priced decent hotels in Quebec city old town. We are planning for the upcoming long weekend. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a video of Shaq destroying a NBA backboard in 1993.

In 1993, during his rookie season in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neil's weight and strength managed to break and pull down two NBA backboards. The first on national television (NBC if I remember correctly...) on February 7th in Phoenix delaying the game for a half hour. The second time on April 23rd in New Jersey. The best video I can find online for either is an animated GIF from here. My Google-Fu has failed helping me find anything better than that. I ask of you MeFi users, please help.
posted by pwb503 at 7:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Notable Foreign Film Directors

Having exhausted the English-language scene, I'm wondering what foreign directors have catalogs worth going through. I've already taken a look at the works of Pedro Almodovar and Wong Kar Wai, and would love to know who else has earned the respect of Mefi cinephiles. Limit your answer to directors whose catalog is in bulk created after 1970, please.
posted by boombot at 6:07 PM PST - 39 comments

Best Mic for Recording a Discussion?

I'm clueless when it comes to audio recording - what's the best way to record about 1-2 dozen people, in a larger room, having a roundtable discussion? [more inside]
posted by jeresig at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

googlefu -where did it originate?

where did the term "google-fu" originate? i have never heard it used before today... its on ask mefi twice as of this moment.
posted by specialk420 at 4:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Lost in Little Rock

I've just moved to Little Rock, Arkansas but my tastes have been corrupted by the East Coast. Help me find businesses that cater to such predilections. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 3:49 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I mirror a MLB web page?

I'd like to use wget to make a local copy of a web page at (specifically this one) but all my attempts have resulted in an incomplete page. What arguments should I be giving wget to make it work?
posted by event at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

"Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin!"

What is the Best of Berlin? [more inside]
posted by springload at 3:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Disclosure when selling a car

How much disclosure is too much when you're trying to sell a car? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Pet bets

I want one of these. but the cost is prohibitive. Any ideas on anything as good or better?
posted by oflinkey at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

California Casual - what to wear?

I've been invited to a dinner party and the dress code says california casual. Despite living casually in California, I have no idea what this means. Do I have to wear loafers? My googlefu is weak and didn't pull up any useful charts, lists or diagrams.
posted by puppy kuddles at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

albums that describe the band or music

I'm looking for album titles that reveal something about either the band or the music on the album. For example, The Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over" is clearly related to their unlikely reunion. Neil Young's "Old Ways" is about the old style music on the album. "Meet The Beatles" is a title that acts as an introduction. And R.E.M.'s "New Adventures in Hi Fi" is an accurate description of the varied and chaotic, experimental, feel of the album. I know there are many others, but I can't think of them.
posted by crapples at 1:55 PM PST - 49 comments

Coriolis effect

In University I was thought that the Coriolis effect while responsible for the spin of weather systems and ocean currents had no impact on the way water in a toilet bowl/sink spun. I believe this and understand the reasoning behind it. So my question is that why on my two trips to the Southern Hemisphere have I observed the water spinning anti-clockwise. Was this just coincidence or my mind playing tricks on me?
posted by daveirl at 11:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Strange middle button behavior in Firefox and Opera

When I try to use the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) in Firefox and Opera to open a link in a background tab it will sometimes "jump" down a few lines, not clicking the correct link and sometimes clicking a wrong one, and then jumping back to the first position as soon as I let go of the button. This is unbelievably annoying. The mouse is a "Genius NetScroll+Eye PS/2".
posted by signal at 11:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Replacement hard drive for G3 iMac

I need to replace the hard drive in a G3 iMac. What type of disc will I need? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

How old is the photographed smile?

When did people start smiling for photographs? What is the oldest extant photograph of someone smiling (whether for the camera or incidentally)?
posted by pracowity at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

jvc cam help

jvc video camera question...... [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

My mother's kitchen walls make better use of color

Why are Jackson Pollock's painting considered to be art? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 9:27 AM PST - 71 comments

Unknown Closet Object

Last week an unknown object fell out of my closet. Can anyone identify this weird looking thing? [more inside]
posted by id girl at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Used car reviews

We are searching for unbiased reliable reviews online for used SUV's a la Consumer Reports. Suggestions?
posted by Heatwole at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Is music *really* the new pornography?

What, exactly, was Pat Robertson's reasoning when he called music "the new pornography"? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find "regulation" measurements for marking playground games like hopscotch and four-square?

Does anyone know where can I find free plans for marking games onto a playground surface? We're working on revamping the playground at my kid's school. We want to paint some games like hopscotch and four-square onto the surface but I'm having trouble finding standard measurements to do this. Does anyone have a suggestion or a link that would be helpful?
posted by ooklah at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

phpBB and MT using the same DB?

I want to install phpBB on my website, but I have a basic question to which I haven't been able to find the answer yet. If I am using a MySQL database behind MT for my weblog, can I install phpBB on the same database and assume it will just build additional tables in MySQL? Or does it require a completely separate database that would be addressed differently? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Tech book store in NYC?

Where can I find a good computer/technical bookstore in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Powerbook buying help

I am looking to buy an ibook / powerbook. I found a Lombard Powerbook G3 400 for $250 [more inside]
posted by bsexton at 6:04 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get something off your credit report?

Credit Agency/Debt Collection Filter. I just received my free credit report and found that a cable company has turned me over to a collection agency. [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 4:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Splash! graphics software

Splash! - Graphics software from the 80s. Anyone know where I can get hold of a copy? I've looked both online and off with no luck.
posted by mikeanegus at 12:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Can my camera be replaced under warranty?

In California, can my broken Casio camera be fixed or replaced under warranty even if it broke from me accidently knocking it against my chair? [more inside]
posted by Korou at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

August 26

By God, Sir. I've lost my leg.

Historical movies. I love movies taking place in older times, and I have a particular fascination for the golden years of the British Empire, and the European civilization during this era. What might I like? Also: Bonus question about 1980s, possible 1970s series or movie set in this historical period. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 10:43 PM PST - 23 comments

How to stop my crazy family from downloading destructive software?

My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
posted by mockjovial at 9:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How to stop iBook loud buzzing noise?

My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Does martial arts training really matter in a life-or-death situation?

Does martial arts training really matter in a life-or-death situation? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 9:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I ship a car?

My car broke down while I was trying to drive it cross-country, and I had to catch a flight and carry on without it. Now the car is in Bloomington, Indiana and I am in New Haven, Connecticut; I would like the car to join me. How should I do this? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Sites like Flickr?

I’m writing an article about Flickr and I’d like to point to similar sites. [more inside]
posted by showmethecalvino at 7:00 PM PST - 15 comments

MADD PSA - year, location and agency

Who produced this PSA ad, in what city, and what year? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Dance dance revolution

Suggestions for danceable indie music? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 6:40 PM PST - 45 comments

Open source e-mail scalability

I am responsible for setting up and maintaining a mail server for small web-hosting type business. We currently host about 75 domains, around 100 mailboxes and due to the efforts of our sales team, we are wanting to get ready for some great increases in those numbers. I am worried about my current configuration and ease of administration. More importantly (well, at least to the customers) is email deliverability -- it seems that messages delivered to some big players are being marked as SPAM or disappearing altogether. I am asking for insight and advice on 1) if my current choice of software/configuration is a good match for this situation and 2) if there any additional measures I might take to ensure email deliverability? [more inside]
posted by id at 6:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Reducing The Cost of Increasing Ones Milage

Are there any Federal tax credits or financial incentives (aside from the savings of minimizing fillup frequency) for buying a fuel efficient vehicle? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 6:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Anyone know where the myth that goats eat tin cans originated?

Anyone know where the myth that goats eat tin cans originated? [more inside]
posted by scallion at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Krakow or Budapest this winter?

EasternEuropeFilter: I'm taking a course to become certified as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in November-December. It's available in Krakow and Budapest for about the same cost. Where do I want to live for a month? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 4:29 PM PST - 14 comments

PostScript help

My Google-fu is failing.. yada yada... I am trying to create some simple PostScript output and need a simple how-to. [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 4:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get set up with a dSLR.

Help me get set up with a dSLR. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 2:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for interesting, unusual e-cards

E-cards. You can't google for 'em any more, because there seem to be a million knockoffs and imitators. [more inside]
posted by socratic at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Is faster-than-light travel possible?

I've been somewhat obsessed with faster-than-light travel lately. Are there any scientists seriously studying thing such as the Alcubierre drive or other plausible, albeit exotic, ways to get from point a to point b without taking a million years? Is this something that just lacks the funding for any respected physicists to get involved? Surely there must be a department within NASA working on something a little more fun than sending a chemical rocket to a close planet. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Latin translation please

Can any scholars out there give me a simple Latin translation of our diving club motto 'Deeper, Longer, Wetter'? We're looking for something catchy, like the Olympics motto ('citius, altius, fortius') or 'veni, vidi, vici', to put on our new T-shirts. The various Latin translation tools online can give me the adjective (deep, long, wet) but not the comparative form (or is that the superlative form? I never was much good at grammar). I should say that 'deeper' is as in depth, not profundity, and 'longer' is as in time, not length. Many thanks.
posted by Tawita at 2:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Possibility of UK citizenship?

PieInTheSkyFilter: I've heard tell of the possibility of attaining UK citizenship if your grandparents were born there. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 1:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with a child abuse case.

My brother was served with a restraining order by his wife. Their seven year old daughter told someone he had "touched her inappropriately". Our family is positive that this didn't happen and my brother is devastated. What recourse does he have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Cunnilingus technique?

How do I improve my cunnilingus technique? I do pretty well as it is but operate under the beliefs that a) it's something you can never be too good at and b) different people like different things, so I'd love to know new things to try. What do you like to do/like to have done to you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Boston/Cambridge guesthouse

Boston/Cambridge guest houses? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 12:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Smoking up the apple?

I recently saw a movie where some guys were hanging out and scenes were being shown of them smoking various substances. One of the scenes looked like they were smoking an apple with the top of it hollowed out and smoke coming out. What's up with this? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What's that noise??

Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
posted by dead_ at 12:24 PM PST - 25 comments

Darkness at the edge of town

How would I determine sunlight levels for the planets in the outer solar system? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

ut, do, si, ti

Are "ut" and "si" just variants of "do" and "ti", respectively, or is there more to it than that?
posted by Wolfdog at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Cities that span two or more states

I am trying to find a list of cities that span two or more states (e.g. Kansas City MO/KS). Anyone?
posted by xmutex at 10:54 AM PST - 42 comments

So . . . many . . . phone calls . . .

How do I keep track of my business phone calls? I'm looking for a program, preferably freeware or open source, that will help me keep track of the people calling/emailing/contacting me, why they're contacting me, when they contacted me, how to contact them, when I should contact them, and if I've contacted them. Preferably it would allow for multiple call-backs in case we get into an extended game of phone tag. Right now I'm using a notebook, but something on the computer would allow easier changes. Googling's failed me, since I'm not even sure of the right phrasing to use.
posted by schroedinger at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Will you pick up that phone!

Does everybody hear some sort of ringing in their ears when in total silence? Or is it just me?
posted by punkfloyd at 10:20 AM PST - 30 comments

NFL Touchdown Alerts

With the NFL season about to start, I'd like a way to receive an e-mail alert everytime a team scores a touchdown or field goal. I'm sure there are pay services that do this for hardcore fantasy football players and gamblers, but I'm wondering if there's a free service or a way to hack an existing e-mail alert system to make this work.
posted by marcusb at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Men Who Dye Their Hair

A question for the AskMefi women. Guys in their late thirties or early forties who dye their hair: O.K. or icky? And for those of you who think it's lame: is it lame enough to become a dealbreaker when you start seeing a guy? [more inside]
posted by matteo at 9:40 AM PST - 55 comments

Corporate Identity Showcase Sites?

Are there any good "best of" sites for logo design and corporate identity work, a la the CSS showcase sites Stylegala, CSS Vault and CSS Beauty?
posted by killdevil at 9:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it the shoddy American quality?

Why fly halfway around the world to adopt a child? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 9:07 AM PST - 35 comments

I'm addicted to bits.

WirelessGeekFilter: I need a new phone/carrier. I'm thinking that I'd like to have mobile internet, and have done my research. Unfortunately, my research implies some unfortunate tradeoffs. See, I want cheap voice and cheap internet. Help me find the optimal hack. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Kiosk browser recommendations?

Looking for secure kiosk browser software. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Best photo management software?

Help me choose some photography management software. [more inside]
posted by knave at 8:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Metal, dude. Heavy metal.

Is heavy metal blood testing worth doing? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

displaying images on a network wite firefox

Is there anyway to get firefox to display images located on my office's network? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Will people moving to the US be taxed if they keep their money in a foreign bank?

My boyfriend's parents are moving to the US from Singapore, and they're trying to minimize their taxes and financial penalties from their house they just sold in Singapore--ie: should they keep their money in a Singaporean bank, or a US one? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Univeral Subject

What is the best, most universal subject one can utilise in order to have a conversation in any society in the world, without causing offence to the people you're conversing with?
posted by spooksie at 7:09 AM PST - 49 comments

Client side screen scraping help?

Can I implement a screen scraper app completely on the client side? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

To (Pentium) D or not to D?

What's the score with Pentium Ds? If I'm buying a new desktop computer, should I make sure I have this processor?
posted by nthdegx at 5:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Suggestions for side-effect-free contraceptives?

What are some suggestions for side-effect-free(r) contraceptives? I've heard hormonal birth control can be personality-altering and have bad effects down the road. I'd really like that not to happen. We/She'll consult with a doctor as well, so no "honey and crocodile dung" suggestions please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 47 comments

Should you stay on or get off Zoloft while pregnant?

I'm looking for advice and anecdotes about Zoloft and pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get over my guilt over a past infidelity!

How do I get over the guilt of having been (very) unfaithful to my loving wife, when she doesn't have any idea it happened? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 AM PST - 55 comments

How do I find a procrastination therapist?

How do I find a procrastination therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

No kids at 40

I'm a 40-ish woman, intelligent, fun, interesting, married, a home owner, have a lot in common with women I meet. You like me when you meet me...why do you turn off when you learn I have no children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:15 AM PST - 42 comments

Why is she hearing music?

My grandmother is 82 years old. She's in great health, physically as well as mentally, is active, nothing is wrong with her memory. She is, however, turning very deaf. Now for a week or so she's been hearing music. She thought it was the neighbours, but when hearing people go into her house they don't hear a thing. She hears (nice) music and can actually recognise some of the tunes (one is "Jealousy", a song she used to sing a lot). Does anyone know what is going on? I live in a different country and my dad, who lives close to her, is going to check things out, but I'd like to know if any of you know anything about this kind of thing.
posted by Skyanth at 4:46 AM PST - 11 comments

interference between wireless devices

Is there a way to avoid a wireless router interfering with the signal from a wireless audio-video transmitter? [more inside]
posted by funambulist at 3:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Picking a Content Management System and learning PHP

Thanks to your answers to this question, I'm going to spend the next month redeveloping our website. But now I'm faced with choosing the right tools for the job. [more inside]
posted by godawful at 3:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there any acceptable way to ask retail staff for a date?

AttractiveRetailWorkerFilter: If someone would like a date with someone they only see at retail/checkout, is there any acceptable way to communicate this, that doesn't impose on the worker or make their job harder/unpleasant if they're not interested? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 1:13 AM PST - 26 comments

August 25

light bulb blowout

How do I fix a light fixture which causes a bulb to blow out, but only after a month or so? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 11:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Bica-Bica-Bica-Bica Camera!!

Where can I download the Bic Camera jingle? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Got any creative ideas to help me get to see CBGB's benefit shows?

NoMoneyFilter: My friend in NYC really really really wants to go to a lot of these shows but money is really tight. Do you have any ideas on how he can go? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 8:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find an Oakley Adaptable Payload vest (or photo)?

Oakley has a product called the Adaptable Payload Vest. Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me get the cell phone company to fix my phone before I turn into Russel Crowe

Mobile phone frustration: How can I get my current phone to recognize a new network? [more inside]
posted by kyleg at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

travel tips for New Hampshire and Maine?

In my quest to visit all 50 states, I'm finally going to New Hampshire and Maine this fall. Please help me decide where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:59 PM PST - 27 comments

Xeon vrm question

I am updating an old server actually on dual xeon 450M/512k processor to xeon 500/2Mb. I know the motherboard support the new cpu's but do i need to change the vrm or will the old one do just fine ?
posted by selfsck at 7:54 PM PST - 1 comment

How to download pictures without Canon's software?

Please help me transfer pictures from my Canon camera to my iBook without using Canon's software. [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 7:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Free Community Website Hosting

Looking for a service to set up and host community websites/blogs for free. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:53 PM PST - 4 comments

My vertical blinds won't rotate

Help me fix the vertical blinds in my apartment before I move out. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 6:27 PM PST - 3 comments

iBook, Help!

I just bought a new iBook. I need help! [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 6:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Help us be the best Madisonians we can be.

We just moved to Madison, Wisconsin -- now what? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 5:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there life after Godzilla?

I'm interested in learning more about East Asian cinema. Which films should I see? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 4:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Mensa IQ test Excel file

Help me find Excel file of Mensa IQ test? [more inside]
posted by ZenithNow at 4:29 PM PST - 2 comments

One Image, Several Pages

I'm silkscreening a few posters, and I don't have access to the nice exposure table I usually use, so I'm being forced to print out my designs onto transparency sheets rather than drawing them by hand and oiling the paper. [more inside]
posted by ubersturm at 3:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Car Harness or back seat holder for Laptops?

I have a laptop (Powerbook G4 12") that I want to use in our tiny (Mazda Protege5) car for showing DVD's to my kids on long drives. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Yet another frigging "which blog" question

I want to start blogging, but I'm not sure if any blogware / hosting site does what I want. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 2:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Make an honest woman out of me (in the eyes of the DMV)!

Help me with my driver's license drama! The short version: If I have a (wrongly..err...I think) suspended license in another state, how do I get a license in a new state? I'm scared and intimidated but ready to be on the right side of the law. Anyone have any insight? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Get me rockin' on the cock blockin'

Help me learn to cock block... [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 2:34 PM PST - 45 comments

Identify an Amiga puzzle game

Amiga game identification filter... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I stop a cellphone company from screwing me?

How do I get a cellphone company to cancel my account and credit back their charges? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 2:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Fix a dried out printer cartidge head, when there's lots of ink inside?

How do I fix my dried out print cartridge, when "clean cartridge" won't do it and I know there's plenty of ink in there? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I clean my stinky shoes?

Smelly Shoes: I wore my favorite pair of shoes to one of the hottest, most humid 7 weeks of Vermont summer in recorded history this year, and my shoes stink. I've tried spraying them full of Odor-Eaters spray powder (With Zorbitex™!) and leaving them alone for a while, and while they smell fine when left alone, they reek after an hour or so of use. Can I exorcise these shoes, or do I need to dump them? How do you tell if a pair of shoes is OK to wash in a washing machine? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 2:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for the 80s-era toy, "The Brain"

Back in 1988 or so I remember coming across a toy called, if I remember right, "The Brain." It was clear plastic, cylindrical in shape (a little bigger than but similar to a stack of 20 CDs), and it had about a dozen small black rods sticking up around the top plane of the cylinder. You could see a bunch of interlocking plates in the inside of the cylinder, and they controlled which rods you could move at which time. The goal was to figure out the code. Has anyone seen this toy or know where I can find one? I've tried eBay and Froogle but no luck.
posted by mark7570 at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a portal / groupware or CMS solution

SoftwareFilter: Need a portal / groupware or CMS solution with the following features: [more inside]
posted by letterneversent at 1:58 PM PST - 14 comments

"Right of redemption"?

Looking at houses to buy. The property I just looked at has a "right of redemption" attached to it. What does that mean exactly and should that affect my decision in buying that house? [more inside]
posted by jca at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Name that tune (samples inside)

There are three songs I've been trying to figure out the name of for a while now. The first one is light music I heard about 10 years ago on a radio station called Magic 100 in Ottawa, but have not heard it since. The second one is another light song I heard about 1 year ago on a radio. The last one is one I found on my computer but want to find the name of. I made some midis of what I remember them sort of sounding like. Can you name these tunes? I would much appreciate it!
posted by lpctstr; at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

crackle buzz buzz

Is there a way to fix a crackly-headphones problem that I always always have with walkmen and mp3 players? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Piece of cake.

Have you ever known someone to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2200 miles straight through? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 12:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Co-op questions

Tell me about your co-op housing experiences... [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 12:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Maintaining a high mileage car

What proactive maintence is worth doing on a car with 120,000 miles on it? I have 2000 VW Golf automatic trans with 120,000 miles on it. Id like the keep the car until it basicly drops say 200,000 miles. Besides the usual oil changes, brake jobs, tires. etc.. whats worth doing to the car to keep it runnings indefinitely. For instance is it worth $900 to change the shocks and struts. Are the various "flushes" worth the cost. Etc etc...
posted by nightocean at 11:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Is a replacement IPOD battery any better?

I have a third generation ipod with the now-infamous crappy battery that falls just outside eligibility for the lawsuit reimbursement. All ranting aside, if I spend the $59 to get a new battery, is it actually going to last any longer than the lame original? Or am I better off investing in a new player altogether?
posted by rexruff at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Flag burning = ok?

Help make a Canadian Understand America-filter. Is burning actually one of the preferred ways of disposing of old American flag? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting my car running after a long period of neglect.

CarOwnerFilter: help me get my car running again after a long period of neglect. [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Driving from DC to upstate NY for Labor Day.

Driving from DC to upstate NY for Labor Day. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?

Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?
posted by callicles at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Can private citizens still preserve land?

What has been the impact of the expanded powers of eminent domain in the US on people attaching deed restrictions to property in an attempt to preserve natural/undeveloped areas? IE: are these restrictions basically worthless now if a business enterprise wants to use your wet land as a cooling pond or clear cut your valley for condominiums? Links to analysis or articles?
posted by Mitheral at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Best PC DVD software

Getting the best DVD picture from my computer. With a computer plugged into a regular LCD display ("HDTV" resolution) what software do I need to make DVD video look great? [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the best way to sell event tickets that I don't need?

What's the best way to sell event tickets that I don't need? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Sympathy Cards in Italy

Sympathy cards in Italy. A somewhat distant relative of mine in Italy passed away recently and I'd like to send a card. As my Italian is rudimentary at best and as I'm not sure what is acceptable or proper to write in a sympathy card in Italy, I'd appreciate any suggestions from Italian-speaking Mefites. [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Leather repair

What's the best way to repair cat scratches on a (neutral shade) leather sofa? Is there anything better than that "Leather Magic" stuff?
posted by mkultra at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How to hack a DVD drive

Help me hack my PC's DVD player. [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Ethernet v. Wireless Grudge Match

I have been given a nice, new laptop at work. It has a wireless card, and is also connected via an ethernet cable. How can I get it to default to using the faster, more stable ethernet connection when I'm at my desk? [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Property Deeds, Legal Stuff, Ugh

What is the best way to change a property deed? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Where are my fingerprints?

Renewed my license in Savannah, Georgia, which required the submission of fingerprints. Is there any way to check how my newly scanned fingerprint is being used? where it's stored? what database(s) it's in? etc, etc. I'm not looking for an argument on whether requiring the fingerprints is right or wrong, but I'm REALLY curious as to what they're going to do with it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

teaching in china

I have been asked to move to Tainan, Taiwan for one year to teach English and take a few Chinese classes. Is this a smart idea, safe place... [I have a few more questions inside]. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 7:41 AM PST - 23 comments

I have two questions for MeFi audiophiles. Electricians might be able to help too.

I have two questions for MeFi audiophiles. Electricians might be able to help too. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I get a handwriting font that's basically unreadable?

I'm looking for a bad handwriting font. I want it to be so bad that it is in fact unreadable, smeary, even. Is there such a thing?
posted by JanetLand at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Reading a Newton formatted card with Windows?

I have a 4mb Newton flash storage card, a PC with a pcmcia slot and a Mac. Is there any way to retrieve the data from the card onto aforementioned Mac? [more inside]
posted by derbs at 6:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Between the Cradle And The Grave Lies A Haircut And A Shave

ForMyBetterHalfFilter: Pips is looking for a good women's salon in New York when she can get her hair cut and styled to her liking for under $75. As a guy who gets $12 trims I have no idea. Any suggestions?
posted by jonmc at 6:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji

A good friend of mine and I are planning a trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji in November. We're in our early thirties, like to have a good time, and will try anything once or twice. We will most likely be traveling the east coast of Australia, the south in New Zealand, and finally ending up in Fiji. Where exactly should we go, what hotels should we stay in, what should we do. What should we see in Sydney? Should we go into the interior in Australia? Great Barrier Reef? Other cities? What's happening in Fiji? Any info would be great!
posted by jasondigitized at 6:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Usability and proprietary campus portal

Our IT department installed a proprietary portal, that, in addition to requiring that popups be enabled, only works with Mozilla and not Firefox. And IE. Given that Firefox and Mozilla use the same rendering engine, is there an easy way to fool the evil portal into thinking that Firefox for OS X is really Mozilla? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 5:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Buying older medical equipment

Does anyone know of a resource for buying older medical equipment for export to Africa? [more inside]
posted by aisleofview at 5:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a good replacement for a wedding ring?

I intend to propose to my girlfriend of 5 years. Problem is, we've decided not to buy wedding bands when we get married. And we have no idea what to replace it with. Tattooing on our fingers was brought up as an idea. (But too painful) Have anyone opted out on the standard "wedding ring" marriage? What item is a memorable and unconventional replacement for the wedding ring?
posted by merv at 1:17 AM PST - 43 comments

Trave Table

I am looking to buy Trave Table... What do you think? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 1:13 AM PST - 10 comments

August 24

Apple keys for a PC Keyboard?

Is there anyone selling keys with Apple markings for PC keyboards? (Or do I have other options?) [more inside]
posted by ontic at 10:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Suzuki Esteem Door Handles?

I'm looking for a reputable online auto parts store. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Experiences and Information on Hyperthyroid aka Grave's Disease

I've just been diagnosed as severely hyperthyroid, also known as Grave's Disease. I'm under the care of about 6 physicians, but want to know some more subjective information. Is there a really great book? A great tip for sleeping with my head raised on pillows? Other experimental or experiences you can pass my way would be great. [more inside]
posted by barnone at 9:00 PM PST - 21 comments

When anyone shouldn't mean *anyone*

Is there a general news site with open submissions like Wikinews, but with an editorial board that clears material before it's made public? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 8:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Sell or rent out current home?

I expect to be relocating to a new city. I have been paying down my current home for over ten years, and have significant equity. It has appreciated in this time. My choices: sell my current home and buy one in the new city. Rent out my home (convert it to income property), and either use other funds to buy in the new city or rent in the new city. [more inside]
posted by bobduckles at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Good iPod car stereo adapter?

Why are the iPod adapters for broadcasting my iPod through a signal on the radio so crappy? Is it a law that the broadcasting signal can't be strong at all? And more importantly, does anyone have a recommendation for a good broadcaster for my iPod (For use in my car.) [more inside]
posted by aacheson at 8:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Tips for running a used book store?

Any advice on opening and running a used book store? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 8:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Tips on moving to Kuwait

I'll be moving to Kuwait from New York City in November. I've lived abroad before so the culture shock may not be too bad. As an Irish Canadian, beer and hockey deprivation are my main concerns. I know there's an ice rink in KC but any further suggestions from past/current ex-pats?
posted by slarsen at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Mi Casa es Su Casa Tambien!

How did the phrase "mi casa, su casa" become such a common phrase in America?
posted by billysumday at 7:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Mulder and Scully in Disco Pants

In the sea of new "strange" shows coming to television this fall, I'm convinced that we're seeing a cycle in popularity that we once experienced in the mid to late 70s. However, I was <10 years old at the time, and while I remember some aspects of the shows in question, I don't recall any of the details or identifications. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 7:10 PM PST - 16 comments

SUV subsidy

TaxGeek filter: Where can we find the SUV subsidy provision? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Divulging pregnancy during interviews?

My wife is pregnant (yay!), but is currently between jobs (boooo). However, she currently has several positions she's applying to. At what point in the hiring process should she be divulging the fact that she will have to take maternity leave relatively soon?
posted by crawl at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Capitalization Rules and Acronyms

I'm trying to figure out the proper capitalization rules for acronyms. [more inside]
posted by cm at 5:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Awesome Poetry

I'm a normal dude, so obviously I think poetry is lame. It's something that I've never understood. Post some good poetry or links to specific pieces that can help a 'normal dude' appreciate the art form - if you dare!
posted by parallax7d at 5:56 PM PST - 72 comments

International phone cards in Japan

Help me find an international phone card in Japan [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

December trip to Australia

Advice needed for a December trip to Australia from the US. [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 5:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me and my fiancee deal with her untreated BPD and OCD.

My fiancee has Borderline Personality Disorder and OCD. Please help us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Career change after disability leave

Imagine the worst-case scenario for an unemployed person looking for a new position. OK, my situation is not quite that bad, but almost. I plan to begin interviewing in January 2006 after two years on disability leave. Given the details I describe inside, how I do best use the remainder of 2005 to land the best possible position? [more inside]
posted by mischief at 4:43 PM PST - 6 comments

My man or my career?

What should I choose - my man or my career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 42 comments

Good restaurants in Santa Barbara?

Looking for good restaurants in Santa Barbara. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 4:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Golden Key Intnl Honour Society -- worth it?

Is the Golden Key International Honour Society an elaborate scam? [more inside]
posted by ori at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Personalised number plate search

I'm in the UK, and would love to have the car numberplate W188LER. Trouble is, it's a normal, regularly-issued numberplate, that someone legally has. Where can I find out who's got the numberplate on their car?
posted by wibbler at 3:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Firefox - Back Up Bookmarks

I would like to know how to backup my bookmarks in the internet browser program FIREFOX. I would certainly hate to loose my bookmarks should my hard drive go down! Thanks
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:14 PM PST - 12 comments

USB 2.0/PCMCIA Adapters?

I've got an older laptop, and would like to connect a couple of USB 2.0 devices to it (the laptop only has USB 1.0 ports). Is there some kind of USB 2.0/PCMCIA adapter? Ideally, it would plug into my PCMCIA socket, and have a cable leading out to a large USB 2.0 hub (with 6-8 USB ports). Does such a thing exist?
posted by ruwan at 2:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Web interface to audio streams on Linux

Is there an easy-to-use web interface for listening to various streaming radio stations via a web interface on a Linux server? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 2:03 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I keep the bees away?

We are having a big party next weekend. What can I do to ward off the swarms of yellow jackets? They are ferocious this year. [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

What jobs feed your soul?

Having worked in a corporate job doing tech support for good money for the last few years, I'm finding that my soul has withered. My goal for the next year or so is to perk it back up again. [more inside]
posted by Pacrand at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

How to map out hill grades?

Is there a cheap, simple way to map out the profile of a road to show the height / length of the hills? [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Same wireless contract, different wireless provider....can I leave?

OhnonotagainFilter: Can I get out of my wireless contract? [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

How can media listings be tracked?

I'm trying to help out a non profit that benefits autistic kids. Its a great organization. They've been mentioned in the press/hbo/tv etc quite a bit but no one has kept a media book. Is there any service that would be able to find this info? I don't need the articles just a listing of them would be fine.
posted by keithl at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

FrontPage mass-deletes too easily!

FrontPage 2003 deleted my remote files! How can I prevent this in the future/make FrontPage respect the nature of a multi-contributor site? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are my spaghetti afflicted so?

What has happened to my noodles!? Recently, all the boxes of dry spaghetti in my cupboard have suffered a strange affliction... [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How to link to an image with a Kanji filename?

I18n and HTML: How do display images that have kanji filenames, in both IE (PC) and Safari (Mac). [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Study abroad in England

In January I'll be studying abroad somewhere in England for my junior year of college. As my three choices for schools, I chose U. of Manchester, UCL, and U. of Bristol... [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

RSS aggregator idiot

Can you help a guy out getting started on using RSS feeds? [more inside]
posted by tyllwin at 12:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I improve my blowjob technique?

How do I improve my blowjob technique? I do pretty well as it is but operate under the beliefs that a) it's something you can never be too good at and b) different people like different things, so I'd love to know new things to try. What do you like to do/like to have done to you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 46 comments

Sedona/Flagstaff recommendations

Sedona/FlagstaffFilter - We're 2 1/2 weeks from honeymoon land, and heading to Sedona and Flagstaff for our honeymoon . . . [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

ajax no worky

I'm having an Ajax (Javascript) problem... it only updates once. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Whoops we forgot to plan the honeymoon

Where should NortonDC and I go on our honeymoon in a month? We would like relaxation (with the option to be active), and maybe to be spoiled a bit. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 11:18 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I align my values with my career?

Please help me better align my values with my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Online pharmacies a scam?

Are online pharmacies a total scam? I'd like some tamiflu, but don't want my doctor to think I'm a tinfoil-hatted drug-seeking nutso. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

how does an immigrant to the U.S. becomes a certified teacher?

i have a cousin who immigrated from the philippines and wants to accomplish the following: 1) change her visa status and 2) to be certified as a teacher of special education or elementary education in NY or NJ. she's thinking of spending quite a bit of money on the services of PSIT to facilitate the process but i am looking for alternatives. can anyone help with reputable alternatives or an effective program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Objective Steroid Research

There was a recent article in the Los Angeles Weekly about current sports hysteria about steroids. Does anyone have any insight about sites or journals where one can find objective info/personal experiences about steroids?
posted by goalyeehah at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

yes - no - maybe - maybe yes - maybe no - maybe maybe - wait - can't decide - what to do first? - was that wrong? - was that right?

Ever been so overwhelmed that it paralyzed you? How did figure out what to do first? How did you get it all done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Blog software that supports PostgreSQL

I'm interested in moving away from Moveable Type for my blog. Unfortunately, the only DBMS my webhost provides is PostgreSQL. Wordpress doesn't support it. Blosxom seems promising, but I'm behind a firewall and proxy at work, so web-based management is a must. I'm very technical; enough so that I'm considering writing my own blog CMS, and only the time investment is holding me back. What are my options? What do you recommend?
posted by Plutor at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

identify presidental candidate

Who was the person that ran as an independent candidate in either the 1928, 1932 or 1936 presidential election whose platform was that all goods and commodities should be priced according the the amount of energy that went into their production?
posted by Raybun at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Why are stuffed animals attached to trucks?

So what's the deal with garbage trucks, tractor trailers, construction equipment and other imposing vehicles driving around with dolls and stuffed animals attached to their grills?
posted by swift at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments


Is thumb sucking by young children consistant across cultures?
posted by R. Mutt at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Web Forums with Wierd Notation

Are there any web discussion forums that allow embedding of weird notations (like complex math or music scores)? [more inside]
posted by sandking at 10:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Compatibility Testing while Traveling

I need to preview websites in various browsers on various platforms, all from Windows machines - while on the road. If I remember correctly, there's an online service that does this preview for you. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by annathea at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Super simple content management

I'm designing a website for a band. I want them to be able to update the News page. I would like a very simple admin page that just updates the text on that page, and nothing else. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I fill an iPod that has more capacity than my laptop hard drive?

I have a 60gb iPod but alas, only a 40gb hard drive on my primary (Windows XP) machine. Do I have any hope of ever having a full iPod? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 9:08 AM PST - 19 comments

shoplifting: improbable cause

Inept dick filter: My supermarket thinks I'm a shoplifter. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:06 AM PST - 25 comments

Palm Tungsten E2 Drivers?

My mom just purchased a Palm Tungsten E2 from Ebay and it came without software. Unfortunately, for some reason Palm's website doesn't have any software available for this model, at all. Is there anything I can do?
posted by o0o0o at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

How Do Human Cannons Work?

How do the cannons that shoot human cannon balls work? I'm guessing it's different than the way real cannons work. This page says it's a trade secret. Now I must know!
posted by everichon at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Kosher Fast Food?

Do any of the large (or semi-large) fast food chains in the United States serve kosher food that is not fish / vegetarian? I know that McDonalds and Burger King offer a fish sandwich, but do any places (including places like Pizza Hut and Quiznos) serve kosher -meat-? [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 8:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What is Osama bin Laden's legal status?

What is Osama bin Laden's legal status? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I liquidate these collectibles?

What's the best way to get rid of a tremendous collection of CDs, vinyl LPs, press kits, comics & collectibles, especially in this age of filesharing, online music stores and eBay? [more inside]
posted by highsignal at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the deal with Google video?

What's the deal with the Google Video interface? More specifically, how can I grab frames from videos that aren't playable, like this funky site does? [more inside]
posted by tommyc at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a practical use for an extra PC built from spare parts?

I, like a lot of geeks, seem to just have a few spare motherboards and hard drives kicking around. I'd like to put these to good use, but the question is how? I'm interested in building a machine into a piece of furniture of even a wall or ceiling (renovating the basement now so timing is good for this), but I can't think of any reason to actually do this other than a digital picture frame with an LCD screen on the wall. This PC is already running without a case, so its in pieces and can stay that way. What practical (or slightly impractical) use can I get from an extra PC like this? I don't just need a simple server, already have one of those, and a client machine would be great, but I want this machine hidden if possible which makes the logistics of getting a monitor and keyboard somewhere useful a little more difficult.
posted by gfroese at 6:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Excel test for Job Interview

Excel - I am interviewing a couple of people tomorrow for an admin job within my team. One of the things we want to check is their proficiency with Excel. Does anyone know of a site that has a downloadable Excel spreadsheet that we could give them as a test
posted by lloyder at 6:15 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I preserve the unsubmitted contents of a web form whilst calling a refresh on its structure?

Half way through a form, a user decides that they'd like to add a category to a selection list. How can I facilitate this without also losing everything they've typed into the form so far? [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:47 AM PST - 17 comments

African American perspectives of nature

I'm looking for literature that reflects some of the different worldviews or perspectives that African Americans have in relation to nature and natural resources. [more inside]
posted by batboy at 5:29 AM PST - 6 comments

What's wrong with my monitor?

There's something wrong with my (4 year old) CRT monitor. The display is much, much darker, probably gamma-funkiness. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 4:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Failing memory, what to do?

Failing memory filter: My memory, never good, is noticeably deteriorating and I'm almost resigned to that. Anything that would slow this process would be welcome but I'm really looking for effective strategies to compensate - in particular, would a PDA help (for to-do lists) or are there other tools I should be using? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 4:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Why isn't there a camera that takes photos which look like what I see with my eyes?

Why isn't there a camera that takes photos which look like what I see with my eyes? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 3:04 AM PST - 21 comments

The Nineties revival starts here

OK -- so I like early Flying Saucer Attack. What now? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 2:37 AM PST - 13 comments

what is 1 + 2 + 3?

Why do so many contests ask a stupid "skill-testing" question?
posted by randomstriker at 12:00 AM PST - 11 comments

August 23

Ink stain treatment after a laundry cycle?

A load of laundry i just took out of the dryer appears to be completly ruined. I left a ball point pen in a pocket and it went thru the washer/dryer spilling all of it's horrible blackness all over my clothes. Is there any hope????? Any suggestions for attempting to treat them? I've googled for it but only found treatments pre-wash.. I never thought i would have such an attachment to clothes but a few of them are new and a few of them have sentimental value from a few triathlons I have done.. any help would be MUCH appreciated!
posted by joshgray at 11:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Mix CD for traveling to London?

My best friend is flying to London at the end of the month to study there until Christmas, and I want to make her a mix CD (or CDs...) [more inside]
posted by strikhedonia at 11:20 PM PST - 39 comments

BitTorrent on WIndows XP SP2

When I use BitTorrent on XP SP2, Windows "limits the number of concurrent, incomplete outbound TCP connection attempts" and (I think) slows me down, because they might be coming from a "malicious program". How can I stop it doing that and make it treat me like a grown-up? Is it in the registry somewhere?
posted by Mephistopheles at 10:14 PM PST - 9 comments

What can we do with this three-season porch?

What can we do with this three-season porch? [more inside]
posted by nev at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a fifties font.

I need a few good fonts for various props in a 1956 play. Does anyone know of a list of several 1950's fonts? I need a sign, window lettering, and I'd like the program to have a fifties feel as well.
posted by nile_red at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

How can this be?

Science or Airplane safety question: How can an airplane partially decompress at 14000 feet, knocking the crew out (not killing them) and then when it goes up to 34000 feet the problem does not worsen? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 8:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Grace for atheists

My family grew up saying grace before dinner, but none of us are religious. We value the pre-meal ceremony itself, but it doesn't seem right to use a standard, religious grace; can you suggest a different one? [more inside]
posted by pocams at 7:59 PM PST - 32 comments

Distance learning for programming languages

Has anyone used Learning Lynx to learn computer programming languages? [more inside]
posted by snwod at 7:59 PM PST - 2 comments

How to handle a false advertisement from across the border?

Recourse Filter: I bought a product from a Canadian company. I realized upon it's arrival that it’s incorrect and was falsely advertised. Discussions with the company haven’t went well at all . Advice and suggestions on the possibility of getting things corrected? [more inside]
posted by peewee at 7:48 PM PST - 6 comments

What's good to make with canned tuna fish?

What's good to make with canned tuna fish? I only use it to make sandwiches and macaroni salad and there has to be something more interesting than that.
posted by smackfu at 7:20 PM PST - 46 comments

How do I assign a hotkey to a Firefox bookmark?

I have a bookmarklet that I'd like to run by a pressing a hotkey in Firefox -- any suggestions? I've set up a mouse gesture to do this, but I'd like a keyboard shortcut as well.
posted by arathorn at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Family Photo Project

Family Photo Project - I'm working on a "How to" for a project to turn my family's entire photo history into a easily searchable, sortable, and archived digital collection. I would like some insight on my plan. [more inside]
posted by Mroz at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Newbie wants to learn about Danish Modern furniture and antiques in general

How does one learn about furniture/antiques, specifically Danish Modern furniture? Total idjit/newbie questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 4:44 PM PST - 12 comments


New laptop running Windows XP SP2; can't connect to my desktop PC's wifi router. Any reason why? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 4:43 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I protect myself and my apartment?

I moved into my new apartment complex two weeks ago and already there's been one car break-in and one apartment burglary. What can I do to secure my apartment and my personal safety? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

The Village

[Spoiler] I've just been watching a movie called 'The Village' and I have a question. Do not click in here if you haven't seen the film because it will really spoil your enjoyment.
posted by feelinglistless at 3:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Best way to get to Jersey Shore from the north?

NYCTrafficFilter: Help me avoid the worst of it. I have to drive from Maine to Long Branch, NJ for a wedding this weekend. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to leave Portland at around 1 p.m. on Thursday. This means I'll be nearing NYC right around rush hour. Google Maps suggests going 84 to 91 to 95, over the GWB, to Garden State Parkway to Rt. 36. Should I trust Google on this one?
posted by damn yankee at 3:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me overclock my cat

My cat needs a microchip ID implant in order to enter Japan with me. Japan (and most of the world) uses ISO-standard microchips, but the de-facto standard in the U.S. is incompatible. The main supplier of U.S. pet microchips has gone so far as to sue companies who try to sell world compatible chips to the U.S. Does anybody know how to get an ISO-standard chip for my cat in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 3:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Where are the amusing fake control panels?

Do you know of applications that simulate things like: notional starship control panels . . . mechanical Curta calculators . . . backhoes . . . Star Trek tricorders and similar devices? These things amuse me, but they're hard to find because there are so many simulation games and actual, industrial simulators advertised on the web, which clutter up my searches. [more inside]
posted by 3rings at 3:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Jealous of Matt's Toy

Where can I get a popup spellcheck function like AxMe's? It's really sweet. I'm especially impressed that it even works in Opera, is it done with Flash?
posted by evariste at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a good cheap beach vacation spot, accesible from NYC?

My girlfriend and I are looking to go on vacation to somewhere cheap with nice beaches (preferably white sand/clear water) in early October. We live in New York City. Any suggestions?
posted by Edible Energy at 2:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Saloon doors: what were they good for?

Inspired by a stray comment in a blue thread about a fancy new Japanese door, I'm wondering the same thing: what was the functional point of the saloon door?
posted by tegoo at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

How to overcome university network/internet restrictions (timeout, bittorrent, etc)

I haven't lived on a university campus for a couple years, and have forgotten how restrictive things can be as far as internet access is concerned. I know there are solutions to these problems -- I've read about them or things similar in the past -- I just can't seem to find much current information. I have a Mac, BTW. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Job search by proxy?

Should I apply for a job on behalf of a friend? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 12:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me come up with some creative office pranks

Help me win a good-natured office prank war with a co-worker. [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs at 12:16 PM PST - 55 comments

Give it to the preacher lady!

I need to know the proper etiquette for gift-giving to the officiant at my wedding. She's a pastor from my youth, and after looking her up, she agreed to officiate at my wedding. She never said anything about $$, but we'd like to get her a gift to thank her. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 12:14 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get rid of a woodpecker?

My house has been getting attacked by a fairly persistent woodpecker recently. The odd thing is that it appears to be pecking along the cable lines that run along the side of the house. Could the cable lines be giving off a hum that sounds like a food source is underneath? [more inside]
posted by dbelson at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

HTTP post size limit?

Is there a limit on the size of a HTTP post? (Or any Aolserver doctors in the house?) [more inside]
posted by If I Had An Anus at 11:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Thank You Gift for Russian CoWorkers

OutsourcingFilter: Help me choose a thank you gift for some hard-working Russians. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Here is London, giddy London. Is it home of the free or what?

Inside, a question about nocturnal activities which will be best answered by Londoners, night-owls and lateral thinkers. [more inside]
posted by skylar at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

healthy habits

How can I change my habits to be more healthy? [more inside]
posted by juniorbonner at 10:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it feasible to ship liquor from Europe to the US?

Is it feasible to ship liquor from Europe to the US? [more inside]
posted by turbodog at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you name this Roald-Dahl-ish short story / collection?

Can you name this Roald-Dahl-ish short story / collection? [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best way to resize an image?

What's the absolute best (as in quality) way to resize a digicam image for viewing on the web? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

What to bring to a shiva?

What should I bring to a shiva? [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 10:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Very Orany (about my) Internet Purchase

I just got screwed by a VOIP company. After a month of trying to reinstate a virtual number they accidently deleted, they’ve now confessed that they assigned it to someone else. I asked “What can you do to make this right”, and all they said was “we can give you a new phone number”. What official-type people can I complain to so I can get “The Rage” out of my system?
posted by alan at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Poker and Babysitting?

BabySitterFilter: My wife and I are currently arguing about whether its safe and/or appropriate to have some friends over playing cards while babysitting an active 13 month kid. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 9:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Why don't Amazon and Typepad play nice together?

Amazon links and Typepad blogs don't play nice together. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

OS X Videoconferencing with USB Camera?

Anyone have experience with iChatUSBCam and iChat? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

My Garden Runneth Over

Anything you can do with fresh cucumbers so you can enjoy them weeks or months later? [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl at 9:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Calendaring Software

Calendaring Software? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Can police monitor cellphones even when their shut off?

Cell phone surveillance... just heard what must be an urban myth: that police have the capability to use your cellphone as a listening device and that even if the power is off, that the device can be powered up remotely. The person who passed this information takes out his battery to ensure that his conversations are not monitored. I have heard of aliens monitoring brainwaves through metal fillings, but this seems over the top. Any truth?
posted by swamperro at 8:09 AM PST - 40 comments

Do you know of a good fondue recipe?

I'm in need of a tried and tested fondue recipe. I had a great one, made with fontina cheese that I got from a vegetarian cookbook, but I just can't find it again. If possible recipes with reasonably priced cheeses would be great as I'm making this for a party of 15.
posted by a22lamia at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

End reboot anoyance!

Windows XP application monitor thingy needed. I am looking for some software that will offer to re-open all software that was open before the PC was restarted/crashed, upon rebooting windows. [more inside]
posted by asok at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Outlook 2003 email question

Outlook 2003 question [more inside]
posted by askmatrix at 6:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do power lines buzz?

ScienceFilter: Why do high-voltage power lines buzz. [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh at 5:15 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the best budget sequencer software for Mac?

Recently, I've started learning the guitar. Up to now, I've been recording and arranging my compositions on my Mac with GarageBand. However, I'm outgrowing it, so I want to find a new budget ($50 to $200) piece of software to use. I just basically want to do multitrack recording and sequencing of .wav based sound files. Also might want to add some effects to tracks, plus probably other stuff I haven't learnt about yet.
posted by pollystark at 3:53 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I break up with my long time girlfriend and potential fiance?

A few months ago I told my long time girlfriend that I was planning on asking her to marry me in August. I felt pressured in to saying that at the time and I think it's time we go our separate ways. She has been working on the things that bother me and for the past month been altogether great. I am just not ready for marriage (excuse) and I think that in the long run I would not be happy in this relationship. I would feel too controlled, too restricted, and lonely. She is very sensitive and I'm afraid of what she might do if I break up with her, but I have to do something, it's August! She doesn't really have any close friends and is not close to her family. I'm it, really. I love her a lot and care about what happens to her, I just feel like I should probably move on. Any help? [more inside]
posted by Tommy_g at 2:30 AM PST - 42 comments

Ordering Toscani cigars direct from Italy?

Here’s one for the mefiosi italiani: do you know if there are any Tabacchi who would accept & fulfil international credit-card orders for Toscani & Toscanelli cigars? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 1:34 AM PST - 3 comments

August 22

Best way to get digital images from film negatives?

What is the best way to get high resolution digital images when developing film? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Jerboatron of love 3000

Help me obtain a breeding pair of pygmy jerboa. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:05 PM PST - 16 comments

What kind of laptop should I get?

What kind of laptop should I get? Mac, PC, or something else for an elementary teacher just starting out? [more inside]
posted by mai at 8:26 PM PST - 32 comments

Quickly learn the latest computer hardware?

Is there a website to quickly get up to speed on the latest computer hardware? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Past Relationship Baggage - a deal breaker?

PastRelationshipBaggageFilter: Help me get the guy I'm dating to trust me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Doctor visits- how often do we need 'em?

DoctorFilter: Do presumably healthy men in their late 20s get regular physicals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 PM PST - 25 comments

married bisexuals & family

Married bisexuals filter. Those of you who identify as bisexual, yet are (or have been) married to the opposite sex: in what ways do you assert your identity among family members (esp. in-laws)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I participate in this wedding?

Dear Abby what should I do... I’m in the wedding party of a once close friend, but I’m having doubts as to whether or not I should participate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I make my wife feel sexy?

How do I make my wife feel sexy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 36 comments

Best pen for signing cards

What's the best pen to sign the back of a bank/credit card with that won't smudge or fade? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 7:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Firefox XBL binding error

Mozilla Madness: I've trawled the Firefox forums (posted a few "hope mes") and tried many fixes, but I am continuously getting this error: "No XBL binding for browser." Uninstalling/reinstalling won't cut it, nor will renaming folders. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Effect of repainting my restaurant

I want to repaint the walls of my restaurant with a lighter colour. I want to gauge the effect this will have on the look of the place, but have neither 3D modelling software nor the knowledge to use this software. Can any of you Photoshop mavens assist? [more inside]
posted by madman at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Easy to make hard (cider)?

Making hard cider - simple or complicated? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 5:13 PM PST - 18 comments

let's ge this (bachelorette) party started

New York City bachelorette party suggestions, please. I'm helping organize a bachelorette party in New York, where I live, but I tend to frequent dive bars and nasty diners. Hence I have no ideas about fun places for a bunch of girls to hang out. [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 4:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Least traumatic way to move our cats?

Three older, nervous cats; one move from apartment to house in the same city; two possible solutions to keep our cats safe and reasonably unfrazzled. Please help us choose the best one. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 3:52 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get my monitor screen clean without streaks?

How can I get my monitor screen clean without streaks? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 3:44 PM PST - 16 comments

When girlfriends come back to haunt you.

ExGirlFriend filter: My girlfriend from High School has been talking to my sister lately it seems, and now she asked my sister for my phone number so she can give me a call, because she has something "she needs to talk to me about." [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 2:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Sex Songs Sisguised as Food

MusicFilter: I am looking for songs of any genre that use food as a metaphor for sex. The two songs that I could come up with are Mississippi John Hurt's Candyman and Van Halen's Ice Cream Man. Thanks so much.
posted by captainscared at 2:29 PM PST - 59 comments

Help! Wait! Stop! MS Word is running away!

One of the Dumber Microsoft Word Questions Ever. When I try to scroll up or down a document in MS Word to highlight a select amount of text, Word whips through at lightning speed and highlights everything in the document before or after my cursor. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:27 PM PST - 16 comments etiquette? question for the straight guys in tha hizzouse. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 2:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Iraq War Cost

How much has the Iraq war cost to date? Cite sources please.
posted by Manjusri at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Best way to sell comic books?

How to sell comic books [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 1:03 PM PST - 19 comments

online financial account aggregator recommendations

I am looking for a new place to see all of my financial accounts from all institutions together online. [more inside]
posted by zenigmatic at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I change the passenger side headlight on a smartcar?

How do I change the passenger side headlight on a smartcar?
posted by john_son at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How to find a genetic donor

Help me write an ad to attract some potential gene donors. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 10:58 AM PST - 23 comments

How to jump to visited links on a page?

I was going through some online journals my school subscribes to, and I noticed that one reference I was tracking down was in an issue I'd already visited. This made me wonder if I could, after visiting the issue, have my browser jump to any links I'd already followed. Does anyone know how to do this/if it can be done? [more inside]
posted by solotoro at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

lactc acid

Does lactc acid buildup in your muscles actualy hurt you? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I sell-off my old records and CDs?

FortySomethingAttachmentFilter: I'm thinking of selling-off a rather large collection of LPs and CDs , accumulated over the past 30 years, at our next garage sale. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:46 AM PST - 25 comments

Online collaboration

I am looking for a place that will act as our online "home base" so family members in four cities can privately connect/collaborate/share photos, notes, docs, chat, instant messaging, all in the same place using the same service. So far, I am looking into,,,, Any recommendations, other suggestions? Thanks.
posted by Voyageman at 10:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a word for arranged 1st date interruption?

Is there a word for arranging to have a friend call you shortly after a first date starts?
posted by dmo at 10:24 AM PST - 27 comments

car issues

CarRepairFilter: I have two problems with my 1992 Honda Accord, with about 175k miles. Runs great, but two minor issues: power windows and an idling issue. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

This nest, it is empty?

My parents just dropped off my younger brother (and their youngest child) at college. What can my elder brother and I do for them to mark the occasion, short of ordering a gross of tissues for delivery to their Orlando-area home?
posted by piro at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

seduction for beginners

I'm an attractive 32 year old woman and have been single for over six years. Help me to, erm, get laid. [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 9:56 AM PST - 46 comments

IE Not Rendering CSS Properly

Troubleshooting CSS: I'm working on a site that renders properly in all tested browsers, except (and who'd have guessed it) IE. Here's the link to the site Here's a link to the style sheet [more inside]
posted by silusGROK at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get the *funk* out!

How can I keep my Handi Wipe and my scrotch bite sponge from getting smelly? These usually only last for a couple of days before the *stench* I personally call *the funk* settles in. What strategies are ther for combating the funk?
posted by thimk at 9:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Help with emailing large audio files

I need to receive emails containing lengthy audio. One mail account simply does not show the attachment coming in. My .mac email account gives the sender this message: "This message is larger than the current system limit or the recipient's mailbox is full. Create a shorter message body or remove attachments and try sending it again." My mail box is definitely not full. Does anyone know of any way to email larger audio documents? Or a (free, preferably) email account without such limitations? The sender is a city government entitity, so getting them to compress, etc., is unlikely. Thanks.
posted by rabbus at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

C code map

Is there some sort of Perl script or something that could grep through a whole lot of C code and produce some sort of graphical code map, linking which functions call other functions? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 9:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Searchable Playboy article index?

Are there any electronic periodical databases that include Playboy magazine articles? I'm looking for a story about sexual shenanigans in Eufaula, Alabama that probably appeared between 10 and 20 years ago, and EBSCOhost, Academic Universe and are no help. Is there a Playboy article index anywhere, perhaps similar to this? Does Nexis index Playboy? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Little baby headspin

Pregnancy, dental work, and nitrous oxide. [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I transfer pictures to my computer without it crashing in the process?

I'm trying to transfer pictures from my digital camera to my computer, which is being made very difficult by the constant bluescreens Windows is giving me. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 8:46 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I flip my sleep/wake schedule?

Just got a new job and I took the night shift for the extra 1.50 per hour in my paycheck. I'm normally an early to bed/rise kind of girl, so I'm looking for any tips on completely flipping my sleeping schedule. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Movies based on Dante's Inferno?

A friend is teaching a Dante class to high school seniors and asked me the following: I am looking for several old, pretty obscure movies based on Dante's Inferno. Amazon doesn't seem to have anything that out of the ordinary. Do you have any recommendations? Nothing pops into my brain. How about you guys?
posted by spynotebook at 8:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get office XP off my computer!

Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Songs about forgiveness?

Songs with "forgiveness" as theme? [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 7:34 AM PST - 41 comments

Fixed gear conversion or new?

BikeFilter: i'm scheduled to buy a used bike this evening and i plan to convert it to a fixed gear bike. should i go used and convert or just buy new? also, what should i look (out) for when buying this bike? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 5:49 AM PST - 14 comments

WMP Playlist to DVD burning

How can I easily burn a long Windows Media Player playlist to a dvd? If that isn't possible how can I export only the desired files from my overly large media collection to another directory so I can then just burn those files using another program without having to individually select all the files ? I don't have an ipod or another external device that i could easily copy to using wmp's sync feature
posted by srboisvert at 3:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Tiger, tiger, burning bright/In the forests of the night

Surviving a supernova... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 3:30 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I work out what carrier a mobile number is with?

I've noticed that all websites which allow you to send SMS' to phones in America ask you to supply the name of the mobile network that the recipient is on. If this was asked in the UK, no-one would have a clue (thankfully they don't need to know too). However, is there any way that you can work out/intelligently guess the carrier when you have only the American mobile phone number?
posted by ralawrence at 3:12 AM PST - 14 comments

SoundEdit 16 Redux

ObsoleteSoftwareFilter: Remember SoundEdit 16? Well, I need some help converting a few files. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:22 AM PST - 3 comments

This thing is farking huge. Help me get rid of it.

Help me get rid of some furniture. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 12:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Incidental or Indictable?

MeFi beverage enthusiasts – For the past three years or so I’ve been buying the fruit drink brand called Sobe from gas stations whenever I fill up my car and so forth. Anyways, on the cap has always been the message: “1 in 12 scores! Instantly”, and yet never in all these years have I once got a winning cap. My question is this: are they blowing smoke up my ass? For instance, has anybody else that likes this brand noticed this? Or is it probably just chance? I don’t want to exaggerate, and don’t have an accurate count for how many I’ve bought, so I’ll just say that I’ve probably unscrewed 40 or 50 caps without a win.
posted by dgaicun at 12:15 AM PST - 24 comments

August 21

Inventory app for OS X?

I sell things on the internet. I use a Mac running OS X. Are there any good product inventory programs out there that do not run on top of Filemaker? (Currently, we are using an Excel file but not happily)
posted by clango at 10:18 PM PST - 5 comments

In sickness, there is no health.

Ugh. I just came down with a cold yesterday. Now I have a sore throat and, curiously, a rash on my throat... [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 10:17 PM PST - 11 comments

A bookshelf divider may not stand

Divide & Conquer my living room. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 9:56 PM PST - 17 comments

What's good software for a small service firm?

Looking for software to run a small design firm...any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 9:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Who's killing our trees?

Who's killing our trees in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Buying high-quality cookware in Toronto

Where can I buy good-quality kitchenware in Toronto, especially knives? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 9:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Running for Fatties

ExerciseFilter: I am old (36). I am fat (5'8" 190#). I am out of shape (no real physical activity for a couple years). I have a bad knee (ACL replacement and some cartilage replacement two year ago). I want to run a half-marathon on Halloween. What can I do to prepare? Specifically, what can I do to minimize the risk of reinjuring my knee? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 8:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Skype with video?

I read an article a year or so ago about free IM services. One of the ones mentioned included the ability to use webcams and get video. I have a three year old, and live 1000 miles from her grandparents, so I'd love to get this service and have them be able to see each other while they talk. You know - the good old Jetson's-style videophone stuff. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:47 PM PST - 16 comments

How and to what extent can one strengthen tendons, ligaments and bones (also thicken bones)?

How and to what extent can one strengthen tendons, ligaments and bones (also thicken bones)? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments

That odd little noise...

Can I download that little test tone they used to play at the start of casette tapes? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 8:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Why does alcohol overcome my procrastination?

Does anyone have any insights into the neuroscience behind alcohol's success in helping me overcome procrastination? [more inside]
posted by hifimofo at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Useless Rollbars?

I have a question that has been nagging me a bit to ask. You know the rollbars on convertibles - like the ones on the Porsche Boxter, Audi TT, Mazda Miata, BMW 3-Series convertible "pop-up" rollbars, etc. If you are a tall person (say over 6'3") and your head is higher than the rollbar when sitting upright wouldn't it likewise be higher when you are rolling over (at least at some point during the roll), thereby rendering them useless for tall people?
posted by gnash at 5:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Who owns the IP address that's sending me viruses?

I get around 80 virus-laden emails a day from the same IP address. This bugs me. How can I find out who controls this IP address so I can ask them to run a damn virus checker on their damn network? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 5:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I buy tracks from other countries' iTMS even though I'm in the USA?

Can I access other countries' iTunes Music Store from the United States and make purchases? I like to buy import-only stuff, and it would be nice to be able to download rather than have to pay expensive shipping charges.
posted by thewiseacre at 5:15 PM PST - 11 comments

pandora's mbox

When I turn on the phantom power switch on my new Digidesign mbox, I get a warning that the device is pulling too much power from the USB port (and then it stops working). I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, which is one of the recommended systems on Digidesign's site. I have Win XP Service Pack II installed. What gives? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 4:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Terrace ownership

Are terraces (the portion of the lawn between a sidewalk in front of a home and the street) owned by the home owner or the city? I live in Milwaukee and I recall my dad once saying that it is public property.
posted by sharksandwich at 4:26 PM PST - 22 comments

finding the cheapest moving service for MA-MD very small load?

I want to ship less than a room's worth of furniture from a home in MA to an apartment in MD. Google turns up a bewildering array of services and the few quotes I've found (phone and email) seem high. Has anyone done something similar? How much did you ship, how far, and how much did you pay? Who did you use? [more inside]
posted by Grod at 4:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting into Mensa

Getting into Mensa [more inside]
posted by who else at 4:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Interviewing tips for introverts?

How can I, an introvert, learn how to perform better in job interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 20 comments


SWFloridaFilter: Is there anything fun to do at night in Ft. Myers, Florida? I'm 30-something from the SF Bay area, and I'm having a hard time finding anything online or in the local paper. Thanks!
posted by al_fresco at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments


A simple CMS/shopping cart system that can support micropayments? [more inside]
posted by X-00 at 2:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Best way to archive VHS tapes?

What is the best hardware/software configuration to archive 200 VHS tapes (around 400 hours)? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Two devices, two remotes, one brand

I have a Phillips DVD recorder (DVR75) and recently bought a Phillips DVD player (DVP630) which sits underneath the recorder. However,when I try to turn on the new player using the remote for it, it's turning on the recorder instead. Is there a simple way to fix this?
posted by gfrobe at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Do these phone features coexist?

Wanted: a relatively simple wired-to-the-wall phone with headset jack, message-waiting blinking light (phone company voicemail), speaker phone, and maybe a few speed-dial buttons (caller ID optional but preferred). Only need one line, no answering machine, no wireless. Does this phone exist? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

British National Health Service for Americans spending year in London

I'm planning to spend most of next year at a university in London on a sabbatical from my job at a nonprofit research institute in the US. My wife, son, and I are American citizens. I'll still be paid by my US employer. What will be covered by NHS? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Text-only spreadsheet web browser.

LoafingFilter: I am looking for a web browser that looks like an excel spreadsheet. [more inside]
posted by bryak at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Are DB/IT groups really infallible?

I work at a small software company. I'm a developer, so my cohorts and I are responsible for our own software bugs and it's pretty obvious when we screw something up. My policy is to fess up, fix it, and move on. But another group in the company, responsible for all database administration and all networking/internet issues, has never made a mistake. Is that really possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Hong Kong women's tailoring

Tips please on getting posh frocks made from scratch in Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Why does your foot change direction when you draw the number 6?

Why does this work? 1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. 2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right-hand. Your foot will change direction.
posted by moooshy at 10:57 AM PST - 29 comments

How to cure sick ducks?

Sick ducks in need of help. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

album list of mp3s?

How do I create a text file of the artists and albums I have on my PC? [more inside]
posted by alball at 9:31 AM PST - 15 comments


Simple (I hope) question: I'm thinking that in the next year I might buy a Mac. I'm also interested in Linux, though, and I've thought about buying a "white box" PC to run Linux and open-source apps. I don't really understand the relationship between OSX and 'nixes all that well. Does OSX run Linux-type programs too? (TIA)
posted by alumshubby at 9:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Identify This Song from Queer as Folk

Please help me, and many others, identify a song. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Successful arranged marriages

Please tell me your success stories of introducing a young cat into a household with an adult cat. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:10 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I trick the BBC to think I am in the UK?

The BBC streams football online, BUT only to the UK. How do I trick it to think I am in the UK when I am overseas?
posted by priorpark17 at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Cash the check or no?

I'm a freelance web developer who was recently fired by a client, had the amount of my invoice debated, and decided, for a couple of reasons, to write it off as a loss and tell them not to pay me anything. Today I got a check in the mail; do I cash it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

stealing home

Jackie Robinson stole home 19 times. How in the world can you steal home? How do you steal home the second, third, or nth time since presumably people know you're going to try?
posted by rdr at 5:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Videoblogging on Windows (and Mac)

Videoblogging: What is the best software arrangement for recording video with a conventional webcam + audio through a USB mic? It would be great to output in QuickTime and/or Flash video player format. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 5:15 AM PST - 1 comment

email problems

email problems. [more inside]
posted by Livewire Confusion at 4:55 AM PST - 4 comments


Why can't I remember things from when I was one, two or even three years old? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:56 AM PST - 25 comments

August 20

Where is he now?

What happened to Samuel Fussell? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 11:32 PM PST - 4 comments

What kind of hammock should I buy?

Hammocks: My s.o. and I would like to buy a hammock for our backyard. We are going to get a stand for it (since we don't have any hammock-worthy trees), but we can't decide between rope, string or fabric for the hammock itself. Which is most durable? Easiest to get in and out of? Can support two adults comfortably?
posted by intoxicate at 10:09 PM PST - 10 comments

How to find cliche background music that sounds like fake old TV commercials

Audio Production filter: I'm looking for background music for an audio project. The problem is, I don't know how to describe it. It's what I would call '1950's americana marketing music' or maybe 'bouncy happy super-retro cliche music'. See inside for a link to an example... [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Back injury filter

Back injury filter [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Bikers, bikers, everywhere ...

Today, while driving south on I-95 though Maryland, I passed a motorcade of hundreds (thousands?) of motorcycles, heading north on 95. It was several miles long, and was jaw-droppingly impressive. Who were they? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 7:09 PM PST - 9 comments

sand art video

Help me find this short art video online! [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Wire fence problem

RanchFilter: Has anyone here done a barbed wire fence? I can't figure out how to tension wire. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 6:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Directory listing in OSX output to text file.

How to list the contents of an OSX directory, and output to text file? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 4:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Nintendo DS for a three year old?

Our daughter is about to have her third birthday. I notice they have some educational software and some other titles (virtual 'puppies' in particular) which look like they might be entertaining. But is this too young? [more inside]
posted by thayerg at 2:24 PM PST - 14 comments

To which organizations do you donate money and why?

To which non-profit organizations do you donate money and why?
posted by lois1950 at 1:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Blackened Skylight

How do I get dried roofing tar off a polycarbonate skylight? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 1:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I do with old piggy banks?

What should I do with old piggy banks? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 12:40 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I rename folders based on ID3 tags?

How can I rename my music folders on my Mac based on ID3 tags? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler at 12:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Dry, wet lips?

Why is it that when I drink lots of water, my lips become (or at least feel) dryer?
posted by sd at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Spanish hyphenation rules?

Spanish hyphenation rules/exceptions? Due to some new responsibilities, i need to improve my more-than-basic-but-less-than-fluent Spanish. Are there any online or purchasable cheatsheets/books outlining when/how to break words? (it's a general Latin-American Spanish and not pure Castilian) [more inside]
posted by amberglow at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Moving to Massachusetts! Please help!

Moving to Massachusetts in a year, need help from New Englanders! [more inside]
posted by Number27 at 10:46 AM PST - 43 comments

yet another going to new york question

Going to New York for the first time. Have questions, will travel. [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Recipes and Tips for Real Popcorn

How do you make popcorn? Specifically old fashioned, non microwave stove top popcorn. I really want great salty buttered popcorn that doesn't come from a bag.
posted by hollygoheavy at 9:51 AM PST - 33 comments

The shaft

I live across the street from a construction site. The other day I noticed that there is an opening (a shaft, if you will) for the placement of the crane. What happens to this opening when the building is complete? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Double translation of the Tao Te Ching?

Help me identify a specific translation of the Tao Te Ching [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Please don't make me type this list out by hand...

Is there an easy way to create a text file of all of the folders I have in a directory? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 7:16 AM PST - 12 comments

And in THIS corner...

I live in Pennsylvania (yeah, I know). My wife was in her car, stopped in front of a retirement building. A woman was moving her mother out of the building at the time when a dresser fell on the hood of my wife's car. The car has a dent. I got an estimate from a body shop. The woman gave my wife a phone number and an address. There was a witness (the building maintenance guy). The estimate seems accurate but is expensive. I'm concerned that the woman might get pissed off and try to do the typically American thing and deny it happened, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to pay, etc., etc. Is this a car insurance issue for her? How would this woman claim this on her insurance...or can she? The body shop I got the estimate from said they'd never seen anything like it. Bottom line is, it's obvious it's this lady's fault but when she sees the estimate, she's going to freak out. I just want to be prepared in case (probably when) this gets ugly. Yes, I know about small claims court.
posted by SparkyPine at 7:16 AM PST - 13 comments

What if it CAN buy happiness?

What do rich people have that we don't? To be more specific, what are the little inconveniences that the middle class/lower class/middle-rich/foo/bar have to deal with, but when you have enough money you can get around easily. I don't mean the obvious ones, I mean things like showers that you have to fiddle with to get the temperature, or razor burn. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 7:10 AM PST - 45 comments

Budget Lodging in Budapest

BudaPestFilter: accomodation and arrival questions. I'll be there in early October, wondering how necessary it is, arranging something in advance. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

simple cms

What is the simpliest, and most efficient CMS for running a 15 pages website (with no complex functions such as polls, forums, etc...) ?
posted by vincentm at 5:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Ever fallen in love with someone?

I went on a course with work last week and I met someone who made me feel something that I've not felt ever before in my life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 AM PST - 34 comments

Why is my life like a Dilbert punchline?

My computer has magically disappeared my user profile. I miss my bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 3:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Finding a home for an older dog.

I have to get rid of my eleven-year old dog (shepherd-something mix) because my wife has developed asthma. He's a house pet, good with other people and animals. Any ideas what I should do? Where to go? I am in the suburbs north of NYC.
posted by cjb10350 at 3:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Bait for a bookworm

So I've been approached to write a book... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 AM PST - 8 comments

August 19

I'm fired, what the hell now?

Yesterday, I got fired from my job. I'm a Canadian living in Uganda, and I have (had) a job working full time as a consultant (marketing and business strategy) for a Ugandan manufacturing company. Officially i'm fired for 'non performance', in reality i'm fired for 'talking back' and being 'disrespectful'. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 10:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Registering a .nt domain?

How can I register a domain name with an unusual top level? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Legal issues in reviewing doctors online...

A question about the legal issues involved in setting up a site similar to epinions, only for physicians rather than products... [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 10:11 PM PST - 5 comments


I hate to make sweeping generalizations, but why is Southeast Asia so terribly obnoxious? Help me understand this bit of cultural weirdness. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:05 PM PST - 30 comments

Bad Spelling: Why?

What makes someone bad at spelling? [more inside]
posted by dame at 8:40 PM PST - 44 comments

Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun...

Booty call etiquette: I'm flying to Hawaii for two weeks to meet a guy. So now what? (inside text maybe NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 32 comments

Following a link to revealed another person's address, phone, and credit card information.

Following a link to revealed another person's address, phone, and credit card information. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Polisci Grad School

Political Science Grad School Filter [more inside]
posted by diftb at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments


I need something to use instead of assert() in C/C++, but with similar properties [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Teddy doctor visits?

Have you ever sent a plush toy to a "stuffed animal hospital"? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Which XP add-ons do I need?

I have to do a new XP install... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 4:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Redirecting subdomains with mod_rewrite

A subdomain redirection question (any mod_rewrite experts?) [more inside]
posted by subclub at 4:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Arthur Murray, where are you?

Samba and the Mac OS X Finder are driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

art college photography courses ?

Where is the best place to apply to study photography/fine art photography in the uk ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Honest Ed's lineups intrigue young sleuth.

Torontonians: why do people line up outside Honest Ed's up to an hour before the doors open? Is there some sort of early-bird special on porcelain Jesus figurines?
posted by krunk at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you recommend any good poetry blogs?

I'm looking for good poetry blogs, either blogs of good original poetry or blogs of good commentary on poetry. Do you have any recommendations?
posted by pracowity at 2:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Why is my new motorcycle clattering?

Why is my new cruiser clattering? [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Do YOU have an idea for an invention?!

I have an idea for a product, and I'd like to get a prototype made. Does anyone have a service they'd recommend? And how does one research materials? (It's going to be solely made of some kind of rubber, but I don't know what to call the kind of rubber I want...)
posted by crickets at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

the 50 best parts of songs?

Looking for a link I saw a while back (maybe a year agoish?), it may have been posted on the blue but I'm not sure. It was something like the 50 (100?) best parts of songs ever. It described the best ~10 second long sections from songs. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Can landlords charge us a lease breakage fee and still keep us on the hook?

My wife and I just had to re-up on our apartment lease a month or so ago, and as luck would have it last week, we found the house of our dreams (we can actually afford it!). Not thinking about the apt. lease ramifications, we placed an offer on the house, it was accepted and now we are 45 days from closing. Now that that's our landlord is telling us that we owe 2 months rent as lease break charge AND rent for any months the apartment remains unlet? Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Is travel clothing worth it?

The family and I are trying to equip ourselves with clothing for our year-long travels to mostly hot places. Is travel clothing worth it? [more inside]
posted by Hash at 1:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Where to vacation in the Bay Area?

BayArea/LaborDayWeekend/WhatToDoFilter...My wife and I, and three of our friends, want to get away labor day weekend, somewhere within a couple hours of San Francisco. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me pick a DSL plan

Help out a DSL n00b. The company: SBC/Yahoo. The location: Connecticut. The more: inside. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me help myself!

How do I become the person I know I should be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I photograph a huge painting?

Photographing soon-to-be-destroyed architectural paintings... [more inside]
posted by fake at 12:41 PM PST - 16 comments

It's not suspicious, it's unusual!

What song is playing at the end of the trailer for Millions?
posted by null terminated at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

heading SE for Thanksgiving

Normally we venture up into the Yosemite foothills for Thanksgiving week, but the cabins are horrifically high in rents. So we're thinking either Flagstaff or vicinity instead since The Kid (now 24) has never seen the Grand Canyon, and should. Tips, opinions, places to stay, things to do? [more inside]
posted by banjomensch at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Come aboard... we're expecting you

Yet Another Tourist Filter: Next week my Mom and I are taking a 4 day land trip and 7 day cruise from Fairbanks, Alaska to Vancouver, BC on Princess Cruise Lines. Anything we absolutely shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

ECA stack experiences

I'm considering going on the ECA stack to aid my fat loss and training efforts. Does anyone have general tips, caveats, or other advise for me? Has this drug combination been effective for you?
posted by sid at 10:50 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I find/build cup holders for vintage theater chairs?

We just installed 75 amazingly cool, original condition, low-back, heavy-duty aluminum chairs in our theater... the only problem is, they don't have cup holders! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:25 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me buy a cheap laptop

Help me buy a cheap laptop. [more inside]
posted by bac at 9:43 AM PST - 28 comments

Human avoidant prey animals and their origins.

Evolutionary Biologists: A friend and I were walking through the woods, saw a deer and started pondering our ability to survive with primitive tools. We couldn't get within 40 meters of the deer before it took off. I couldn't see myself making a missile weapon to kill it at that range even with years of experience. My friend asserted that evolutionary pressures have produced deer that are quite a bit more skittish than the deer our distant ancestors had to hunt... [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 9:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Unlocking and using a GSM phone in the U.K.

Cell phone unlocking and international usage (using a U.S. phone in the U.K.) [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 9:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Where's the next Edison?

What's the niftiest design or technology solution invented in the past few years by an independent inventor (as opposed to a corporation)? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find God.

Help me find God. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 9:04 AM PST - 34 comments

Gaza Mortgages - what happens?

What happens to the mortgages on Israeli West Bank Settlers homes when the settlers are withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by Invoke at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Visiting the Pacific Northwest

What to see/do and where to stay when visiting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver in October . . . [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 8:28 AM PST - 24 comments

photoblog with movable type, help.

What are good sites/resources for figuring out how to customize MovableType templates for photoblogs? I'm finding it difficult without a WYSIWYG editor, or photoblog templates to base it on. [more inside]
posted by xo at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

RSS to email for dummies?

Is there a (free) service that will email me all updates to a particular blog? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Streaming lots of audio

What's the best way to link to a lot of MP3s on one page? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Brits investingating emigrating to U.S.?

A family from Leeds, England just spent 2-1/2 weeks vacation with our family (in Nebraska). Apparently they enjoyed the visit because now they are investigating MOVING here. I really don't know the complexities of such a thing and while I don't want to discourage him, I also don't want to encourage a rash decision without all the facts (they just flew home this past Monday). Any Brits that have investigated emigration or emigrated to the U.S. wish to share some knowledge? [more inside]
posted by spock at 7:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Peak Oil? nah...

I'm looking for a good refutation of "Peak Oil". Articles about the certainty/validity of Peak Oil are not hard to come by, but I have yet to find a decent opposing view. I'm open to the possibility that these claims have basis, but I feel as though my reading on the topic is skewed heavily in favor of it.
posted by phrontist at 6:15 AM PST - 50 comments

Before I call and start yelling...

Before I call and start yelling... [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 6:09 AM PST - 30 comments

Know some meaty music?

Can you help me find songs about meat? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 5:28 AM PST - 81 comments

Printing your own money to save a poor country

With alot of poor countries around the world getting into more and more dept I was wonder why don't they just print more money as they own their country... [more inside]
posted by spooksie at 4:53 AM PST - 23 comments

Back up Win local account list?

Is there a way to back up just the local username/password list in Windows (specifically Win2000 server) and copy it from machine to machine? [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 3:44 AM PST - 2 comments

August 18

Boston's cuckoo

BostonFilter: After spending a few days visiting Boston, and having very, very little city experience, and having never been to the east coast before, I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 11:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Wooden Hand Weapon

What is the name of the wooden hand weapon Ashley Judd used in the movie High Crimes?
posted by Shalerman at 10:24 PM PST - 7 comments

At loose ends in Tuscaloosa

Tell me what to do in Tuscaloosa, AL. I'll be there for grad school orientation next week and while my days are full, my wife and I would like to get out and have some fun in the evenings. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Bands named after band members that aren't the lead vocalist

I'm looking for examples of bands named after members of the band that aren't the lead vocalist. [more inside]
posted by paisley at 9:33 PM PST - 44 comments

These are not the gummy bears you're looking for.

How does one get a food item made/packaged/produced? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Trackpad Pixies

How do I fix a jumpy laptop trackpad? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Secular child charities

I'm in Canada, with enough income that I'm looking into "sponsor a child" organizations that help children in third world countries. There are plenty, but I am still having issues. Specifically regarding donation and religion. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 8:40 PM PST - 12 comments

remote Jukebox Control?

Looking for a way to control an instance of winamp (or similar media player) running on a PC from an iBook, via existing Wireless network... [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Eyemovement and glasses

A question about eyeglasses, and range of eye movement. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get peach Mentos

I'm a HUGE mentos fan! I've seen there are peach flavor mentos available in Japan. Does anyone know a way to order/buy japanese candy (specifically peach mentos) in the US? [more inside]
posted by scottfi at 8:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do near Normal.

Things to do in Bloomington, IL. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

iPhoto Alternatives??

Is there alternative photo organizer software for OS X? iPhoto is driving me nuts. I'm not interested in anything that costs money -- just a reliable free download that will organize and display photos. Thanks.
posted by crapples at 6:54 PM PST - 12 comments


My DVD player (Sony DVP-NS325) hangs. The discs work okay on my computer. It's 2+ years old and is currently the source of a great amount of agita in my life. My television is ancient, so I'm running the DVD player through a box that is supposed to allow me to connect multiple components (DVD, VCR, games) to a single television, although I don't have all the other components, so only the DVD player is running through it. Is it time for a new player? Will cleaning the discs help? How does one clean (um, and not DAMAGE) DVDs?
posted by fingers_of_fire at 6:20 PM PST - 8 comments

This better be important

Anyone have any experience with (or innovative solutions for) dealing with chronic workplace interruptions? [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 5:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Grand camping?

Where should I camp out at the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 5:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Unstick my tortillas

How do I stop my tortillas from sticking together? I keep them in the freezer since I only use them occasionally. When I thaw them out, they are sometimes glued together and impossible to separate without making holes in them. Is this preventable? Is there a way to unstick them? If I can't freeze them, how long will tortillas keep in the fridge?
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 5:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Transfer: PC to Mac

How do I transfer songs from a PC to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Oral contract definition

What is the definition of an oral contract? [more inside]
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

"More than words, is all you have to do to make it real..."

CuteCoupleFilter: What little things do you do for your SO? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 32 comments

death at work

Death in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:07 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I get a video game made?

I have a great idea for a video game. And not just a vague concept either, but specific notes on everything, down to the finest details. I've documented exactly how the game should look and feel, and I've played countless hours of it in my head. I'm not a game programmer, nor do I know any, but I'd like this game to get made (if only so I won't have to keep playing exclusively in my head). I've searched the web, and the general consensus is that I'm pretty much out of luck; video game companies just don't buy game ideas. Am I out of luck? Is this a lost cause?
posted by feaverish at 2:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Batch EXIF Tagging?

Is there an EXIF wiz in the house? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a bigger TFT

I'm looking to buy a >19" TFT soon. What's good? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

name this little mag from the early 80's

1980ish - western massachusetts I had a newsprint publication abot 50 - 80 pages with a bunch of single page indy comics in it. what the heck was it called? [more inside]
posted by darkpony at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any curses or anything that involve leaving/finding a headless bat outside the backdoor of someone’s house?

Are there any curses or anything that involve leaving/finding a headless bat outside the backdoor of someone’s house? [more inside]
posted by Neosamurai85 at 2:19 PM PST - 22 comments

Are maps and blueprints on the 'net a security risk?

I often get called to appear on the nightly news whenever they need a guy to talk about computers, the internet or blogging. This time, it's a piece about "how terrorists use the net to organize and plan attacks" to be aired in a series for the week leading up to 9/11. In my segment, I will use my Google-fu to demonstrate how easy or hard it is to dig up maps and blueprints, especially for "sensitive" places. I'm trying to make sure the facts get out there, but I also want to do my bit to counter any scaremongering. My question: Can anyone point to sites or articles that discuss whether or not such publicly-available maps, diagrams and blueprints are a real security risk?
posted by AccordionGuy at 1:59 PM PST - 13 comments

MixCD burning with tracknames?

So reading this older question. Doesn't seem to be any resolution to the issue?? Or it can't be done? I just did two things. One, burn my mix straight out of iTunes. Other mac's don't read the cd info, nor does a winxp box (Media Player). Second, tried using Toast Titanium, with DOA checked, CD-TEXT checked, and all the song names are there filled in. Still nothing on another mac or pc. I know this can be done with pro cd-mastering/burning software, but that's costs money money. Any ideas? Or is this a dead end?
posted by francisco at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Too drunk to drive?

What's a reliable way to tell if you're too drunk to drive? [more inside]
posted by mosch at 1:48 PM PST - 34 comments

Normandy travel suggestions

What sites should I make certain to visit in Normandy during a one-day bus tour from Paris? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to display a calendar of less than a month in ASP.NET?

Is there a way to display a calendar of less than a month in ASP.NET? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Bad Gas Mileage

Why is my Outback only getting 21 MPG! [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 12:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I buy a handgun?

Should I buy a handgun? I'm considering purchasing one for home defense. [more inside]
posted by darkness at 12:50 PM PST - 78 comments

Why do bar chords hurt my hand?

Bar chords - still painful after 10 years. Anyone have tips? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

What to expect with relocation

I'm considering relocating from Albuquerque to Boston for work. I have many questions around relocation packages and expectations [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Lusters Anonymous?

Has anyone been successful in intentionally ceasing to lust after the opposite sex? [more inside]
posted by psychotic_venom at 12:24 PM PST - 28 comments

My other car is a cdr.

What are some basic software-development facts that someone interacting with developers should know? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 12:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Hanafuda anyone?

Anybody know anything about Hanafuda? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Any good info on the asbestos in tampons hoax?

Anyone know any good books or internet sites relating to the asbestos in tampons hoax? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Licensing question

Where can I find out if a specific name has a license attached to it? [more inside]
posted by shoppingforsanity at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm going out now. I may be some time.

Living in Canada questions: I am planning to work there next year. Is it sane to arrive in March? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 10:42 AM PST - 32 comments

How do I stop sweating?

I have a tendency to sweat, like a lot. It's not as cool as you think. [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:41 AM PST - 24 comments

XSLT Assistance

Can anyone recommend some good sources for learning XSLT? Are there good e-mail groups or forums? Any experts who want to advise a beginner on some good getting started books or suggestions?
posted by rexruff at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Discount broker for Toronto Stock exchange

American Investor seeks Discount Brokerage Firm with access to Toronto Stock Exchange. On line access preferred. Foreign incorporation considered.
posted by IndigoJones at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do I buy the best sushi-grade fish in Los Angeles?

Where do I get the best sushi-quality fish in Los Angeles (In large chunks)? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 10:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Managed Fund, too good to be true?

Managed Fund, too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by amigasteve at 10:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Pen and Pencil Recommendations: Extremely Fine Points

Pen Recommendation: Finest possible point with good ink flow, will not smudge when highlighted. Pencil Recommendation: Any way to get the convenience of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil that doesn't break all the time in a <0.5mm tip? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

How to reformat SmartMedia cards for Olympus cameras after Dazzle?

How can I reformat a SmartMedia card (or several) that are unreadable and unformattable by my Olympus D40 camera? This happened after I deleted pictures off of them on a Dazzle USB reader (using WinXP). [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Synchronize OS 10.4 with MS Exchange

Can I synchronize my email/calendar/tasks with an MS Exchange server? I have Mac OS 10.4, or Entourage 2001. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Kids' book about weird creatures

Does anyone remember a kids' book about two warring breeds of creatures? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Fixing bad credit

I have pretty bad credit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 27 comments

GiftFilter: Please help me find a microphone.

GiftFilter: Can you recommend a good vocal microphone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Razor 1911 shirt?

How can I get a Razor 1911 t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How much will this basement reno cost me?

HomeImprovementFilter: I'm planning on having a basement room finished, and before I put the contractors to the time and expense of coming out for estimates, I want to know if the project will be something I can afford to do right now. [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Wanted : Dressy L words

A friend is starting a line of fashionable clothing for females below 25 years. He has his heart set on a tagline starting with the letters of LUV. He has sort of decided on Unique. Vibrant. for the U and V to describe the cut and color. But he has hit a wall on the L. All I could help him with is Lively which seems better than Lovely and suggestive of the active lifestyle of the below 25's. But he shot down Lively. And I now cannot think of anything more at all! A block ! I have tried to help by looking at the mono- or 2-syllabled words in the L's of the dictionary but nothing interesting caught my eye. And I have tried messing around with the online Thesaurus hoping for something serendipitous but to no avail. Any suggestions please of L words? And if somebody could come up with a 3-word tagline that is non-LUV but is simply brilliant, he might consider throwing away the idea of having LUV. Yes, your guess is right. His start-up has no budget for professional wordsmiths. Thanks in advance.
posted by kryptos at 8:22 AM PST - 35 comments

I'd like to visit a Native American Reservation.

I'd like to visit a Native American Reservation. [more inside]
posted by jur777 at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Help find a wedding site in Boston

In the vein of an earlier question, I'm getting married, probably May/June 2006 in the Boston area. My girl would love an outdoor wedding some place with nice flowers and/or trees. We don't have a ton of money and are probably going to have about 100 people there. Anyone have any good suggestions of places to look at? Bonus if the wedding and reception could be there and if they have an indoor space as well.
posted by JonahBlack at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

What on earth is this?

My cat has a mystery wound... [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

fm7 mailsmith

I'd like to be able to send an email from filemaker 7 to mailsmith. in filemaker 6 the send mail script would send to whatever the default mail client was. filemaker 7 seems only to talk to the apple mail program. is there anything I can do to fix it? thanks!
posted by cgt at 7:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Cost to replace a Honda Civic Engine?

My 1996 Honda Civic LX (1.6L 4 Cylinders) has a problem in the bottom end of the engine. The mechanic says it's most likely going to need an engine replacement. I have 1000 miles left on my warranty that pays 50% labor and 50% parts. They said once all of the parts are compiled the labor can be done in about two days. What should I expect to be paying in this situation? [more inside]
posted by trey at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

How to start a business from a hobby

Help a bunch of idiots start a business maybe - advice required on how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Leud at 6:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get rid of the aftermath of a minor allergic reaction?

What should I do to make swelling and bumps from an allergic reaction to makeup foundation go away? [more inside]
posted by kirstin at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments


Looking for someone who remembers a 70's TV show called "Cliffhanger". Or at least, I'm pretty sure that's the name. I think it was just a bunch of shorts a la "The Twilight Zone", but more action/horror oriented. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:20 AM PST - 6 comments

what is a good mac antivirus program?

What is a good Mac antivirus program? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 4:54 AM PST - 6 comments

I must have missed this class in Girlyness 101.

I must have missed this class in Girlyness 101. Hip, trendy chicks, I need your help! How do I find heels that will not murder my feet? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 4:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Why Register Your Political Affiliation in America?

Political affiliation/registration in America. Please explain. [more inside]
posted by peacay at 3:26 AM PST - 22 comments

freeware Windows download manager

Is there a freeware Windows download manager app where I can enter in a list of URLs of files to download, and it runs down that list, downloading files one by one?
posted by dong_resin at 3:24 AM PST - 7 comments

The Fate of "The European" newspaper?

Back during the '90s, I used to read a fun English-language newspaper called "The European." Does anybody know what happened to it? Did it go out of business? Was it bought out by another newspaper? Is there any place where I can still find its content (either the old stuff, or else new news presented in a similar vein)? Thanks!
posted by Misciel at 3:22 AM PST - 4 comments

August 17

This is a question about protein and diet.

This is a question about protein and diet. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 9:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Two cell phones, one small budget

UNCLE!!! I'm finally giving up and getting a cell phone. One for me, one for the man-boy who's 14. [more inside]
posted by wordswinker at 8:56 PM PST - 21 comments

A secure, turnkey wiki

A hosted wiki that offers a site-wide password and caters to the less-than-savvy? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

What does CARFAX leave out?

I've used Carfax before to find out the repair history of a car. But I'm curious about what slips underneath their radar. Where do they get their information? Do repair shops have to report all repairs to some central authority? Or are only major events--those involving insurance claims and/or police reports--recorded?
posted by wheat at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I work with Medical Professionals to receive the best possible care?

Medical Professionals and Savvy Patients: what advice can you give for working with Doctors most effectively? If I'm not satisfied, should I look for new doctors, or revise my approach, or both? [more inside]
posted by weston at 6:57 PM PST - 10 comments

xBox Modding Please

I just got an xBox specifically to mod it out but I'm a bit lost. It appears as if I don't even need a physical mod chip but is that really true. If this is so what's the use of them? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 6:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Why are so many shipping magnates Greek?

Why are so many shipping magnates Greek?
posted by jeb at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I block my url from showing up in other people's referral logs?

How do I block my url from showing up in other people's referral logs? [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I make in my shiny new blender?

I just bought my first blender. What can I make? Give me your favourite recipes for smoothies, cocktails, and blended whatnots!
posted by Robot Johnny at 6:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Where to brunch in NYC?

What's your favorite place for brunch in New York City? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:05 PM PST - 41 comments

Separating vhosts in combined apache logfile?

I am in a shared hosting environment, but I host multiple domains using mod_rewrite. Of course, this means all the domains get lumped together in one logfile. I need to be able to separate the individual domains for log analysis, without using a CustomLog statement. [more inside]
posted by joshwa at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us not be bored.

The beloved and I are at this point where neither of us has any real disposable income and it's going to be like this for the next 2-3 months. We collectively have Netflix, boardgames, gym membership, game consoles and a library card, but we need more ideas for FREE things to do so we aren't bored to death. We're in St. Louis if anyone has something location specific. (we already went to the zoo yesterday) [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 5:14 PM PST - 31 comments

restless legs

Do you have Restless Legs Syndrome? What treatments have you used, and how effective have they been? [more inside]
posted by peep at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I learn to use metric in my everyday life?

I want to Think Metric! I'm an American who wants to get on par with the rest of the world. What are ways I can start to mentally convert from inches, pounds, and Fahrenheit to centimeters, kilograms, and Celsius. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 4:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Peanut buttery Raisin goodness?

I am looking to identify a recipe from my younger days. I vaguely remember some kind of snacky treat being served that had peanut butter and raisins. The peanut butter was raw and the entire thing was uncooked, Definatly not a cookie or a bar. I remember the texture being slightly gritty like it had raw brown sugar in it or was maybe rolled in it. Possibly in a ball shape. I've been searching google like crazy and I cannot find anything that sounds like what I remember.
posted by JonnyRotten at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a VGA cooler for my ATI 9700 Pro All in Wonder?

Where can I find a VGA cooler for my ATI 9700 Pro All in Wonder? [more inside]
posted by skechada at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Meridia going to kill me?

Has anyone had any personal experience with Meridia, aka sibutramine? The good, the bad, and the ugly please. [more inside]
posted by jennyb at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Why did zotob get to take hold?

Wormfilter. Why did so many corporations wait so long to implement the recent updates to Windows 2000? Microsoft released them last Tuesday. As of yesterday many corporations were just implementing them, and by then it was too late and they got hit with the zotob worm. [more inside]
posted by caddis at 3:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Litter Me This

I use Fresh Step Premium Cat Litter and a Littermaid litter box for my two cats. Recently, when emptying the vacuum cleaner and cleaning the AC filters, I have realized just how much litter dust there is in the air. I really like the scoopability of the brand I'm using, but I'd like to find another type of cat litter that works well with the Littermaid, yet doesn't stir up so much dust all the time. Got any recommendations?
posted by abbyladybug at 2:45 PM PST - 23 comments

How hard are in-wall speakers to add to an existing finished room?

I'm thinking about moving to a more minimalist home theater -- in-wall speakers, all components in a nearby closet, nothing in the room except the TV attached to a wall. I'm not finding much in the way of resources for doing this in existing construction. Anyone ever try something like this? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Searching for Custom T-Shirt Vendor

Im a looking for an inexpensive but reliable online vendor that will make me custom t-shirts with just text of various fonts on them. One t-shirt at time. Any recomendations?
posted by nightocean at 2:22 PM PST - 15 comments

How to find an agent for nonfiction?

What is the best way to obtain an agent for a non-fiction book (a collection of unorthodox and engrossing interviews with innovators on the political Left, with many a-listers)? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

New York wedding

Where should I get married in New York City? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 2:06 PM PST - 23 comments

WordPress's "pages" and external editors

I have WordPress installed on a site just to post (what they call) "pages," i.e. not blog entries but just editable content chunks. But neither of the external editors I've tried (MarsEdit & ecto, both on OSX 10.4) support "pages" through WordPress's XML-RPC interface, just normal "posts." Is there any external editor that can support remote editing of pages in WordPress?
posted by neustile at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

bypassing blocked ftp

I'm at the library, connected to the internet using the library's wifi service. I'm trying to download a driver file, which is only available from the manufacturer via an ftp link. The library blocks ftp (at least via port 21 and the manu's ftp server doesn't respond on other ports). How do I download the file?
posted by tiny purple fishes at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How to assign a value to stock photos?

I just received an email from someone at an energy management company who is preparing a document for the U.S. Department of Energy. They found three of my photos from the NYC August 2003 blackout on the web and are offering to purchase the rights for using them in this report. I can provide high-resolution photos to them, but have no idea how to estimate how much to charge them per photo. As an amateur photographer, how do you assign values to your photos for re-use?
posted by camworld at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

80s/90s Made-for-TV buried alive movie - ahh!

Late 80s/early 90s made-for-TV movie filter: girl, possibly with Multiple Personality Disorder, is buried alive by her sexually abusive father. [more inside]
posted by porntips guzzardo at 1:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I sit with both my feet on the floor?

I can't bear to sit with both my feet on the floor for long. I either end up sitting cross-legged, or with one or both feet tucked up underneath me in some half-baked lotus position, or getting a box or something to rest them on. What's going on? Is it likely a circulation thing, or a psychological disorder? Anyone else have this?
posted by nylon at 1:33 PM PST - 35 comments

Tracking with Typepad: Need good logs!

I currently have a Typepad Pro account, but am not impressed with Typepad's "View Visitor Stats" feature. I need to upgrade the log tracking. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Suggestion for Custom Buttons/Pins?

I'm looking for recommendations for a good online company to produce custom buttons/pins/badges/whatever you'd like to call them. Those round buttons with the pin on the back. You know. [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Fixing vintage Cookmaster stove/oven

I have a 1940s/50s-era Cookmaster stove and oven. Four burners, white, with stove and warming compartment. It's in great shape, with one problem: whenever I light the pilot light to turn on the oven, a few seconds later there's a "WHOOOMP!" sound - surely some gas build-up lighting - and then the oven is on, and it works fine. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Jimmy Knuckles sez you ain't paid up this week...

My less-than-stellar economic senses tell me that a big economic downturn is around the corner. Other than opening a collections agency, is there any way to profit from it? [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 11:27 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I cook biscuits in high altitudes?

How do I cook biscuits in high altitudes? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

life speedng

I got a speeding ticket the other day (76 in a 65) and I'm still on my parents insurance. I already paid the ticket... do I have (need) to report it to my Insurance company?
posted by bamassippi at 11:16 AM PST - 16 comments

No Reply

In the course of a typical work day I send off a bazillion emails, and have trouble making sure that each receives a proper follow up. Basically if I email Mike and Jane on Monday, and on Tuesday only Jane has gotten back to me, I would like Mikes email flagged as unanswered. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Would you be concious if you fell from a plane?

This has been bothering me for quite some time so any help would be greatly appreciated. I've often heard that when one falls from a great distance (say out of an airplane or off a building) with no parachute, they will pass out in short order. I'm wondering if this is true, or if they will be concious throughout the fall until impact. Is there any science on either side of this question?
posted by neodem at 10:55 AM PST - 23 comments

cheap health insurance?

I've had to move to florida and for the near future will have no health insurance. Any suggestions on how to go about buying some? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 10:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Is buying a generic laptop battery a good idea?

Is buying a generic laptop battery a good idea? [more inside]
posted by at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Mac browser stats?

Where can I find updated statistics on Mac browser usage? [more inside]
posted by jca at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do I have to wait to lift weights?

Everybody always says I need to wait a day or two after lifting weights in one muscle group before doing it again in order to "let the muscles heal". But what if I don't wait? Will I damage my body? [more inside]
posted by Moral Animal at 9:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Minivans & parking lights. Why? Why? Why?

Why do people in minivans drive around with their parking lights on? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 8:07 AM PST - 29 comments

Applecare conundrum

To Applecare or not to Applecare, that is the question! Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to purchase arms against a sea of troubles, and by purchasing, guarantee they will not occur [tired of this and can't remember any more]. G4 laptop. I understand why it is good, BUT, who here has purchased two more years for their laptop and used it in that period? What hardware works fine for one year and then goes kerblooey? It ain't cheap at $350, especially as I can fix most things on my own. I am not interested in resale value, only components that fail and that I will have to pay for myself without the extended warrantee.
posted by mzurer at 7:41 AM PST - 45 comments

Everything’'s so foggy

I've recently joined the ranks of the spectacle wearers but unfortunately, I've always been a member of the oily t-zone club. I find myself having to clean my glasses quite often and I can never seem to get them completely clean and streak/smear free. Any tips from the MeFites? [more inside]
posted by jackiemcghee at 6:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Reducing window noise

How can I reduce highway noise from a window? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting Published

How does one go about getting an article published? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 5:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Writer Blocked

Authorfilter: A friend is seeking an agent and a new publisher. He can't seem to attract either. [MI} [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 5:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How to investigate a faulty pilot light?

What might cause a hot water boiler's pilot light to repeatedly go out? We've replaced the thermocouple, inspected the pilot assembly, and had the boiler cleaned. Twice. [more inside]
posted by zogbie at 4:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Designer seeks job.

How can a graphic designer make a living in a market with limited opportunities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

don't make me get a stick with a nail in it.

Roving Street Gangfilter. Actually, more of a roving teengangwannabefilter. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 AM PST - 24 comments

It's normal to turn down sex for TV, right?

How do I find a compromise on how much TV my boyfriend watches? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 AM PST - 29 comments

Lost Webcomic

I am trying to find a comic strip that I only vaguely remember. The specific strip I can recall was a discussion about class structure which turned out to be between two kitchen appliances. I remember a line that was something like: "at no other time in history could a toaster and a microwave even have this conversation." [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 2:41 AM PST - 2 comments

What are Capacitors for?

Why are Capacitors so common in electrical circuits? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 1:29 AM PST - 12 comments

August 16

whither bulk mail on osx

A good friend of mine uses the application BULK MAILER+ to maintain an address list for an academic organization. He uses various flags in the notes field to sort addresses by membership year, indicate specific officers of the organization, whether or not they organize sessions at each year's annual meeting, etc. However, now he's on OSX and we're wondering if the only option is to run the app in Classic (Satori Software seems to have no intention of creating an OSX version) - or is there something else he should be using?
posted by luriete at 11:50 PM PST - 5 comments


How dangerous to human health are faeces? Is the water in a toilet bowl a noxious soup of bugs? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 11:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Zire 72 digitizer problem

The digitizer on my Palm Zire 72 is going nuts. I've tried the programs that reset the digitizer each time I turn it off, but the problem persists. The usual causes seem to be physical, but this problem started occurring right after a hot sync.
posted by phewbertie at 11:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Blend in Stockholm and Copenhagen

Help me not look like a tourist in Copenhagen and Stockholm. [more inside]
posted by thomascrown at 11:02 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a good printer for OSX Tiger?

Can you recommend a good printer that runs on well on OS X Tiger? [more inside]
posted by alteredcarbon at 10:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap POP3 Email Service?

Looking for recommendations for free/cheap imap or pop3 mail services... [more inside]
posted by carterk at 10:15 PM PST - 13 comments

What happened to RAM compression?

Are there any Windows RAM compression programs still out there? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 9:00 PM PST - 13 comments

I need protein and my jaw is being funny

I'm looking for cheap, convenient and perferrably high density sources of protein. [more inside]
posted by jb at 7:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Underpaid part-timer.

How do I go about asking for a pay raise? [more inside]
posted by itchie at 7:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Burnt Rice Is Not Good

My rice cooker always burns my rice. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 7:34 PM PST - 30 comments


I downloaded an upgrade to Microsoft Money. They charged me twice. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Win2K/OSX Sharing

Switching: moving my Win2K files to Mac OSX. How?! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 7:02 PM PST - 12 comments

What vaccinations or immunizations should I get?

I'm not a tinfoil hat type of guy but just in case, what vaccinations or immunizations should I, as a 30 year old american, get? Let's say I budgeted $1,000 to cover the bases; I'm not planning on taking any trips to the jungle, working with blood, doing drugs or having anal sex. What could I take care of with a budget like that?
posted by pwb503 at 6:32 PM PST - 28 comments

So I'm thinking of protesting the war...

So I'm thinking about going down to Texas to protest with Cindy Sheehan... [more inside]
posted by airgirl at 6:30 PM PST - 38 comments

HardDrive Filter: WinXP Super-Allergic to my drive?

HardDrive Allergy?: My (non-primary) SATA drive one day suddenly made my PC reboot... [more inside]
posted by parma at 5:11 PM PST - 5 comments


Let's say we came up with a new pesticide that could kill all the world's cockroaches. Would there be any negative effects? (e.g., the food chain, etc.) Are there any reasons we should love cockroaches?
posted by jgballard at 4:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Police Beat

Many papers publish a section which writes tidbits about local crimes. How do these writers get this info? Isn't this private information? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me diagnose a cable tv problem

I am having an incredibly annoying problem with my cable tv. When I try to change channels, the info box at the bottom of the screen will start to scroll very rapidly for 20 or 30 seconds. This happens at random, but seems to occur mostly at night. [more inside]
posted by vronsky at 3:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Is it my camcorder, or me?

Is it my camcorder, or me? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 3:48 PM PST - 5 comments

usb drive not recognized

I have a Kingston USB drive that I cannot access from my work machine, it functions fine on other machines. [more inside]
posted by busboy789 at 3:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Who has a clue?

I'm sorry i haven't a clue - Really!!! Can any of our British readers recommend other comedy panel shows in the tradition of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue? Bonus points if recommendations can be listened to online or downloaded. Merci mucho.
posted by ramix at 3:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Conversations with persons with lazy eyes

How to politely converse with a person who has a lazy eye? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the ramifications of discussing a colleagues sexual orientation

What are the ramifications of discussing a colleagues sexual orientation in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 32 comments

I'm terrified I'll be plagued with bedbugs for the rest of my life ...

I am seeking emotional tips to handle dreading the recurrence of a somewhat traumatic event, when it is relatively impossible to predict whether or not said event will actually reoccur. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 14 comments

The right AA meeting for a beginner?

Which Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is best for a newcomer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Anyone wanna buy a ring?

Dis-engagement ring question: After splitting up with my fiancé and agreeing that she would return the ring to me, I'm not sure what to do about returning/reselling the ring to get the most back from this most sizeable of investments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM PST - 3 comments Titles

How can I edit out the title of the daily post without editing the title out for my regular posts on my movable type 3.14 blog. [more inside]
posted by Mroz at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there life before death?

The (now proven fraudulent) text message that suggested that the Helios Airways flight passengers had already frozen to death when their plane crashed led investigators to determine whether the passengers were already dead at the time of impact. How can a coroner determine this when the difference in times of death is potentially on the order of minutes?
posted by landtuna at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

name that wireframe evolution Amiga game from 1990ish!

Name that 3D wire-frame evolving-creature-in-a-hostile-environment Amiga game from 15ish years ago. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Workflow Automation in InDesign on a Mac

We're looking to automate a batch process that can be pointed at a directory of image files. Those files will need to be inserted one by one into an InDesign template appropriate text changed in the file based on a CSV file, and then have the resulting document saved as an EPS file based on the original image file name. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Lullabies for grown-ups?

Can you recommend some contemporary music to fall asleep to? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:12 PM PST - 54 comments

Why isn't 'phoenetic' spelled the way it sounds?

What games and/or toys were most useful in helping your preschooler learn to read? [more inside]
posted by mike9322 at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

theCD player without beeping beep?!

Does anybody make a portable, personal CD player that doesn't have the annoying beep every time you skip a song or push a button? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me chart the battle against program complexity

I'm doing some research for a paper about the ways in which computer science has been coping with program complexity throughout its short yet interesting history, and I'm worrying I might have overlooked some fundamental developments. [more inside]
posted by koenie at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Book Jacket For Powerbook?

Apple Positions their notebook computers as "books"; what I'm looking for is, essentially a Powerbook Book Jacket. [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 11:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Stories of his death are greatly exaggerated

A distant relative of mine recently died after undergoing a dramatic weight-loss treatment prescribed by his doctor. My family members claim it was not gastric bypass surgery, but rather a mysterious therapy his doctor called "the undertaker's friend." [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 11:07 AM PST - 37 comments

Thirty-something honeymooners need cruise recommendations - no "3 hour tours" either!

My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon and thought a cruise might be a nice experience. We are looking for recommendations on cruise lines, ships, and destinations. A little about us: We are 30 & 29, employed decently, but are cost concious as we are saving for a home, and pretty hip (if I do say so myself). Our most important criteria in selecting a cruise (line) are diversity in activities, best value, cleanliness, and service. We have only been to St. Thomas and Cancun, and a loop hitting other destinations would be prefered. Mainly, something not astrinomical in $, on a clean fun ship with 20-30 somethings (no toddler or bingo bus rides please) for a few days would be great. Thanks for any recommendations in advance!!
posted by skyguy14 at 10:59 AM PST - 19 comments

iTunes Question

When I'm looking at a song in my iTunes library is there a way to tell which of my playlists it appears on? I can't seem to find a way, or an answer on Google. (4.0.1 if it matters.)
posted by OmieWise at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find a decent Wonder Woman costume?

Why can't I find a good Wonder Woman costume? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Program for Scheduling Library Resources?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good freeware (or cheapware) program which teachers can use to schedule computer time in a high school library? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a book.

I'm looking for a good book on Japanese points of view on WWII. NPR keeps bringing it up, and I'd like to broaden my knowledge. Any tips?
posted by nile_red at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Movable Type plugins?

I'm starting to plan a new Movable Type project, and I'd like to know: What are your favorite plugins? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments


Creating an Adobe Acrobat pdf question.... [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Jackin' for Streets

I good friend of mine has just taken a high-end position with the Jacksonville Jaguars and just arrived last week. He is so busy with work he hasn't had anytime to scout out the city. He's thirty-two, single, and likes to have a good time. Can anyone recommend some cool neighborhoods / districts in which to live, shop, eat, and enjoy the nightlife? Does that exist in Jacksonville Florida???
posted by jasondigitized at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Is cayenne pepper & hot paprika the same thing?

Can some one tell me what the difference is between cayenne pepper and hot paprika? I am following a recipe that calls for cayenne papper, but all I have in the house is the hot paprika. Are they they the same things?
posted by Maishe at 8:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Argh, pirates coming looking for mp3s and unreleased movies. How do I sail a yacht?

What do I do to go about renting a sailing yacht? I've always wanted to go yachting and seeing "Dead Calm" the other day convinced me. I'm landlocked and have only steered boats of the outboard motor variety. I see that yacht rentals exist, but what training do I need? Can a few classes suffice? Are yachts affordable to the average joe? Would a non-sailing yacht be easier (and considerably cheaper) for a land lover? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 7:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Is Charlie Parker rock?

I just heard an audio sample from a movie where one person is trying to get another to keep his albums in order. It was along the lines of "put the ____ in the ____ section and put the Rock in the Rock section, you wouldn't put Charlie Parker in the Rock section would you?" To which the reply is "I dunno." Where is this from? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 7:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Ring removal

Where and/or how would I remove a ring from my finger? At a hospital? With a pair of pliers? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce at 7:16 AM PST - 26 comments

Help! My daughter is driving my wife and me insane!

ParentFilter: What do you do about an almost-three-year-old girl who screams excessively? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 7:12 AM PST - 23 comments


Anybody know how G-Mail's spam filter works? I have my work account set up to automatically forward to my G-Mail account, and would like to be able to click on "this is spam" to get rid of all the crap it forwards. Trouble is that all the e-mails originate from MY work account. Am I going to end up blacklisting my own address for spamming myself?
posted by richmondparker at 7:04 AM PST - 5 comments

will it ever be the great ponytail holder in the sky?

I need some advice about the best brand of hair elastic to use. [more inside]
posted by rebirtha at 6:49 AM PST - 8 comments

wifi antenna for laptops without antenna socket

I have a laptop with an internal centrino wifi card which does not have an external antenna socket. Is there any way of boosting the signal it receives? [more inside]
posted by bluefin at 6:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Mystery of the hating motherboard!~

New motherboard cannot detect harddrive and it's driving me nuts. Let's solve this crazy mystery together >.< [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 4:13 AM PST - 14 comments

needed: radiologist/neuroradiologist/vascular professional online

I am looking for a radiologist (or neuroradiologist) and a vascular professional that answers questions on the web. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 3:35 AM PST - 12 comments

BBQ chips = itchy throat?

Why do BBQ-flavor potato chips make my throat itch? [more inside]
posted by clh at 1:50 AM PST - 11 comments

if you say God I'm gonna be very disappointed

Where do heavy elements come from? [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 12:01 AM PST - 13 comments

August 15

Erasing the ghostly residue of dry-erase markers

I wrote on my bathroom mirror with dry erase markers & now I have ghost writing. [more inside]
posted by Wood at 10:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Gunfight song

Cowboy filter: I need to find an old country / western song. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent at 10:22 PM PST - 4 comments

New computer, old files

At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries at 10:16 PM PST - 7 comments

iPod acting up!

My iPod is acting up. Help. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 8:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Streaming to a Mac with iTunes.

I'm in a iTunes environment. We're wireless too. Our all purpose fileserver/mailserver/multipurpose box is a mac mini. I want to be able to stream music to it like an airport express. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Freen at 7:57 PM PST - 16 comments

The phantom of the hip-hopera?

Why does Q-Tip wear a mask in the "Hot Sex on a Platter" video? [more inside]
posted by VulcanMike at 7:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What is causing this tingling in my body?

What is causing this tingling in my body? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 5:27 PM PST - 14 comments

How to target an ad to Native Americans?

I need to design / lay out an ad targeting Native Americans, specifically those considering an MBA. Please help me not offend anyone. [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 4:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How make DVDs from a camcorder

How can I make a digital video (either .avi or something I can put on a DVD) out of a standard cassette camcorder? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to rid harsh odor coming from synthetic materials.

Some rubber-like materials in clothing accessories are emitting strong solvent-like odors. What is it, how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting my goat

I'd like to grow a goatee, but it drives me crazy. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 2:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Screaming PearlGarden in Chains Pilots

I'm a grunge freak with a wide-open cable modem and a willingness to use any stream player. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Held hostage by Wally World

Did Wal*Mart kidnap me? The power went out and they wouldn't let us leave. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 2:04 PM PST - 57 comments

What's the ultimate travel mug?

InCarBeverageFilter: recommendations for a travel mug that keeps coffee hot, won't leak, and most important of all, copes with rough treatment?
posted by holgate at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How come I never feel successful?

How come I never feel successful, only jealous? [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 1:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Free or Cheap Photo Software

Is there such a thing as free photo editing software? My 6-months-free-with-computer deal ran out, and Microsoft Paint isn't worth a plug nickel. All I really want to do is resize and crop pictures easily. If there's nothing decent available for free, then I'd be interested in the dirt-cheap category of software, too.
posted by Miko at 12:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Granddaughter visiting NYC

Will be visiting New York City for three days in September. I'll be working but am bringing along my wife and five year old granddaughter. What would be good (fun) activities to keep them (esp the granddaughter) occupied. Will be staying near central park area.
posted by jjcurtis at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I send a broadcast e-mail?

I want to send an e-mail to 2000+ people who entered their address on my website and opted-in to receiving occasional mailings. I just have the list of addresses in excel. I thought that I could just copy-and-paste them into BCC in outlook, but there are too many to fit in the box. What do I do?
posted by TurkishGolds at 12:09 PM PST - 23 comments

tobacco road version?

might anyone know the version of tobacco road that dead prez samples on psychology from their first album, let's get free? [more inside]
posted by mdpc98 at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Good Movers in the Northern VA area?

Can anyone recommend a good mover in the DC/NoVA area? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

QuarkXclusive help

QuarkXclusive (variable data publishing)-- does anyone know of a good tutorial or guide? The offical documentation is longer than Ulysses and harder to understand. Alternately, does anyone know a different extension that does similar tasks but is easier to master/not linked to HP stuff? Or an InDesign plugin that is similar?
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Fix a broken book?

How do I fix the binding on a cheap, glued together, book? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Must-see/do in Yellowstone NP?

My wife and I will be spending two days in Yellowstone, and we're looking for input on what we must see/do while we're there. Good day-hikes, great vistas, "secret" places, etc. are what we're looking for. Also, while we'll be camping, any suggestions for fun local restaurants or museums would be great. [more inside]
posted by abingham at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Business casual attire

Is it acceptable to wear a short sleeve collared shirt with a tie? Business casual environment.
posted by corpse at 5:42 AM PST - 54 comments

Dressmaking patterns for FREE

I am looking for free dressmaking patterns. Skirts, blouses, pants, tops, etc. [more inside]
posted by sconbie at 1:26 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the font for the Lost logo?

Does anyone know the name of the font used in the logo for the TV series Lost? It's absolutely stunning and I need a copy.
posted by TheDonF at 12:37 AM PST - 14 comments

August 14

Best foundation for Asian-American women?

Who makes the best foundation for Asian-American women with yellow skin undertones? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 11:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Old Tyme Songs about Revenge

Having recently fallen in love with the Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song" I'm inspired to create a mix disc of songs about revenge by modern groups with an old tyme feel. I've come up with a few other songs that are perfect, but need help completing the collection. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 11:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Best Stereo For Mixtapes?

If you had $200-500 you could use in obtaining an entirely new stereo system, solely for the purpose of making mixtapes, what'd you do with it? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 11:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Using round-trip for one-way (return)

I'm in Argentina. Can I buy a round-trip ticket FROM the U.S. (on a cheap site like cheapflights, priceline, etc...) and just use the return trip ticket? Or do I somehow forfeit my return by not showing up in the first place? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 11:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Title and artist for boogie-woogie song.

Back in around 1974, my father used to crank his new stereo and play this song to scare me. I would run out of the room and hide under the bed. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the title of a book I read!

I'm looking for a fantasy book I somehow forgot to finish. The main characters are a sister and brother that run away into the sewers. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 8:24 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the deal with Phil Sanders?

I've been watching the Night Court marathon on TV Land and found myself wondering about Phil Sanders, the homeless man who works as a lackey for Dan Fielding. Was it ever shown or explained just how Phil met and began working for Dan? Online episode guides offer no explanation that I can find, and after nearly twenty years I have to know for sure.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

CD database

I need to create a phone number directory on CD. I could just create an alphabetical directory with anchors in html, but I would love have a search function with dynamic pages. Is there a straightforward way to do this on CD?
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Good hair clippers with replaceable blades

Good hair clippers? I've been using clippers to periodically crop my hair to somewhere between 1/4" to 1/2" over the last few years. But I've always bought cheap Conair clippers that I found in Target or the grocery store or something. Is there something better? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 6:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Convert pdf > doc

I need a way to convert a pdf file to a Microsoft Word (.doc) file. It has to be free, preferably online if possible, and if there is no suitable online version it should be compatible with OS X. Any suggestions?
posted by teem at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Prevent hotlinking from

I want to use my .htaccess file to specifically eliminate profiles from hotlinking my files. My code is inside... [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 5:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Grand Canyon reward trip

We want to take our company’s employees for a bonus trip to the Grand Canyon. We are based in Southern California, and there will be about 15 people, going for 4-5 days in mid-September. Any suggestions as far as extra special things to see or do for them? We are thinking helicopter ride, nice hotels, things like that... Thank you for some crazy ideas -
posted by growabrain at 4:47 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the best way to prevent email from a specific person from showing up in my inbox?

What's the best way to prevent email from a specific person from showing up in my inbox? [more inside]
posted by rschroed at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments

WiFi with my neighbor?

I'm looking to share an internet connection with my new next door neighbors (my parents). What hardware and advice do I need? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 12:53 PM PST - 17 comments

WebServer setup suggestions?

W2k3 Server Gurus - best practices for setting up a dedicated Web server and recommended log analyzer software (more inside) [more inside]
posted by gsquared at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Withdrawal from Serzone?

Experiences/advice regarding withdrawal from the antidepressant Serzone? [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:42 PM PST - 12 comments

What tools to use & how to integrate them

For my father's 60th birthday, my sister and I are building him a customized browser default page. The design wrapper will feature goofy pics of my sister and me, and the meat of the page will be a blog we're setting up. But on the sidebars, we'd also like to integrate other features like: links to his favorite sites, calendar listings he can sync with his Palm, a Flickr feed, RSS news headlines and so forth. Any ideas on what else would make this a useful page for a middle-aged geek, and maybe some tips on integration? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt at 12:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Books on Chess?

What are some good books for me to get better at playing chess? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 11:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Managing information flood

I am now permanently overwhelmed by the amount of information I have access to and want to read. My web favorites and RSS feeds providing news/know how/info are in the thousands, with most however remaining unvisited and unread. I am now trying to devise a scheme which will help me prioritize the sources I should regularly visit/read - perhaps a ratings system based on key variables: Originality, Relevance, Freshness, Popularity, Quality, etc How do you deal with the information flood ? Any suggestions? Any sites that address the same issue?
posted by Voyageman at 10:29 AM PST - 11 comments

property info

How can I find out who owns property in Chicago, IL? [more inside]
posted by stevejensen at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you share 2 iPods and 3 PC's?

How do you share 2 iPods and 3 PC's? My fiancee and I are getting married and would like to combine our collections (ah, cohabitational bliss!) [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get green tomatoes in New York?

Where can I get green tomatoes in New York? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Backing up

I need advice on a backup system for my PC. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 6:20 AM PST - 18 comments

DRM-free music subscription services?

I'd pay through the nose for a music subscription service that offered unlimited DRM-free mp3-format downloads. How close can I get?
posted by nthdegx at 4:33 AM PST - 14 comments

EtiquetteFilter: What do you do when someone refuses your wedding present?

My sister recently refused my wedding present on the grounds that I'm a cheapskate. She wants another one. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 4:07 AM PST - 74 comments

Help me find a great travel gift.

Help me find a travel gift for my mother, who's about to head off to Europe. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:32 AM PST - 15 comments

August 13

Gadget cage match

PSP or Ipod? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:17 PM PST - 44 comments

Would therapy help my dog's destructive anxiety when he's left alone?

We love our dog, but his scratching is destructive - how can we help tame his anxiety at being left alone? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it worth $2500 to learn Transcendental Meditation?

I am interested in meditation. I've read several books by authors including Pema Chodron and Wayne Dyer who speak of the benefits of meditation. I am also the sort of person who multi-tasks and can't sit still for very long (like more than 5 or 10 minutes). Today I went to an introductory lecture at the Washington, DC center for Transcendental Meditation. There was no hard sell but it costs $2500 to learn to do TM. For $2500 you get 4 instructional sessions and access to a lifetime of follow up sessions for free if you want them. This strikes me as a lot of money. The TM folks claim the benefits are priceless. Still the high price makes me wary. What if I don't like it or if it's not for me? It'll cost me $2500 just to try it. Are there any TM practitioners -- current or former -- who can let me know if TM is for real or if I should look elsewhere? And of I should look elsewhere, where might I look to start? I just want to explore meditation. I don't want a guru or a sect or a cult.
posted by dclawyer at 8:01 PM PST - 35 comments

Corrupted digital images recoverable?

Girlfriend just got back from a trip abroad and looks like many of her SD cards are acting funny. Are corrupted images and *.CHK files recoverable? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by joshgray at 7:56 PM PST - 2 comments


So, watching Law & Order: Trial By Jury tonight, it inspired a question. In the show, the jury had to watch a videotape of a murder. My question is, if a juror is traumatized enough by something like that to need therapy, will the courts pay for the therapy, if the juror doesn't have insurance? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Scan color

A question about film scanners. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

how do I fix it so my apps know where the data they need now lives?

A string of bad assumptions. I installed a slave drive. I assumed it was OK to move entire directories of data to the new drive. I assumed that windows XP would be kind enough to update any and all registry entries referring to these files. I assumed that this would mean I could open WinAmp (for example) and the library would still point to the right files. I assumed wrong. I need a free application to fix this for me. Do you know of any?
posted by Grod at 5:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any blogs targeted at college freshmen?

I have for a few months now been considering starting a blog aimed at people heading off for their first year of college. [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Spoofed emails from my own domain?

Someone's been sending emails to me with virus attachments from what appears to be my domain, from non-existent email addresses there. What is happening, and can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to buy cellphones?

Buying a new cell phone: I'm in the market for new cell phones and a shared plan, and I've noticed that most of the internet sellers are run by a company called Inphonic. Does anyone have experience ordering through an Inphonic-powered seller? Does anyone have alternative suggestions that worked well for them?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 5:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Does massage release toxins?

My massage therapist always tells me "drink lots of water to get rid of the toxins released during the massage". Does anyone know of any evidence to support this claim? Any sites that debunk it?
posted by pornucopia at 5:02 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get the sugar out of flaked coconut?

How can one remove the sugar that is added to flaked coconut ? We can't find unsweetened flaked or dried coconut here.
posted by leafwoman at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

best mp3 download site

Which is best MP3 download site and what is name of this song ...? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 4:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Internet connection out after storm..

We had a power outage, now one computer on my network cannot connect to the internet. What happened? [more inside]
posted by phox at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Combining .mp3 files

Simple audio question. I want to take several .mp3 files and combine them into one... nothing fancy though if I could get a fade between them I would be thrilled. Windows and free are the only prerequisites.
posted by cedar at 3:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Who else did "Stayin' Alive"?

SongID: I heard a version of "Stayin' Alive" played during a transition to commericals on a televised stock car race. It was very loungy and the singer sounded Dean Martin-ish. [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 2:46 PM PST - 13 comments

How to open up this clock?

How do I take apart this alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by tepidmonkey at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Cleaning your eyeglasses?

Eyeglass wearers: Do you ever notice a buildup of dirt and gunk in that very narrow area where lens and frame meet? What methods have you found to work best for cleaning in that hard-to-reach area?
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:16 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm hungry in Vancouver, help?

What are the best places to eat in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 1:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Scanning negatives

I have a Canon CanoScan 9950F and I'm attempting to use it to scan 126-format negatives. [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Background music to Domo-kun short video

What is the background music in this Domokun animation? The other one I'm interested in is here. It sounds like The Fantastic Plastic Machine. See this page for more information/videos. [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 1:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Upper East Side rent range?

What should one expect to pay for a decent 3-bedroom rental apartment on the Upper East Side? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Can felolns travel internationally?

A friend of mine is a felon. He has been convicted twice, but he would like to travel internationally. Does the US government issue passports to felons? Do they even care? Does the type of felony even matter? Is there any hope!!?
posted by dead_ at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Boy, dad, canoe, station wagon, wildlife: what show?

What was the name of the kids' programme, possibly Canadian, that had a boy and his dad driving into the wilderness as its title sequence? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Image rollovers in CSS

I designed a website a while back, and I'm now trying to make it compliant. You can see it here. Do any CSS gurus have menu solutions? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I go about marrying a foreigner?

On a recent trip to the Motherland I've met an old friend of mine, whom I've known when I was about 10, but lost contact since. We got pretty involved and are thinking about getting married. The thing is, I have absolutely no idea how to go about doing it. I'm a US citizen, she's not. Is there anyone here who might know good sites to go learn about this sort of thing, or share some of the personal experiences in this regard? The legalspeak on the government sites is beginning to hurt my head. [more inside]
posted by c13 at 10:52 AM PST - 12 comments

What's this music?

What is the music used in this flash animation?
posted by Mwongozi at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Children's racing games for PS2?

Does the PS2 have any good racing games for children in the vein of MarioKart? [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese at 9:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Jimmy Buffet cover help?

I'm looking for the artist of a modified cover of Jimmy Buffet's "Escape (pina colada)." Instead of "If you like pina coladas..." the song in question has, "If you like Red Bull and vodka..." Google hasn't helped. Anyone have any clue?
posted by sublivious at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Dehumidifying basement

Question on dehumidifying your basement, actually my basement, specifically re: getting rid of the water. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Can we eat well in Barcelona in August?

Barcelona filter: To all of the BCN locals and lovers! We leave for our trip in 10 days and are in need of immediate advice about restaurant dining in August. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 7:38 AM PST - 2 comments

How to paint sans asphyxiation

HomeImprovementFilter. Also, RiskOfBrainDamageFromPaintFumesFilter. I am purchasing two unfinished wood bookcases, and plan to paint them a glossy red. However, they are so heavy that once I get them delivered (4th floor walkup) I'll need to paint them in my apartment. I'm afraid that painting them in the apartment might be dangerous, fume-wise. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 5:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Do IM bouncers/proxies exist?

I've been using an IRC bouncer (more info for the uninitiated) for a bit now to allow me to connect from whichever computer I happen to be using - or even more at the same time. I'd like to do the same for the AOL and MSIM accounts I use. Googling AIM bouncer and AIM proxy don't seem to provide much direction though.
posted by Auz at 5:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Adjusting text colors in cygwin.

How can I make the blue text brighter, in vim, in cygwin? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 5:03 AM PST - 13 comments

perhaps even couch surfing would do

Cheap Labour Day accommodations in Seattle and Victoria. [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 1:29 AM PST - 8 comments

August 12

Photoshop assistance

What Photoshop technique is best for making rough or tattered looking borders like the one in this header or this background? How can I make 3-D organic shapes like these or these or this? As a web design newbie, help me break out of the flat, 1-dimensional, 4-cornered box -- any other good examples of scratchy organic patterns & shapes, and advice on how to achieve them?
posted by jenleigh at 10:52 PM PST - 10 comments

martial arts for dummies

I'm interested in starting a martial art, but have no idea which type to choose (judo, karate, etc..). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by groar at 9:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Do the hustle!

There's a (somewhat) new line dance that is played in dance clubs, the only lines in the song are "do the hustle" but it's not the disco version, almost sounds like a remix of Billie Jean. Anyone know the name of the song? The dance steps online would be a big bonus.
posted by Ugh at 8:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Why are large format photographers in movies always depicted under the darkcloth while exposing the picture?

I have many memories of people in movies, cartoons, etc. who while taking a photograph with a view camera remained underneath the darkcloth while making the exposure. However, the film holder should be cutting off the light to the groundglass and therefore they shouldn't be able to see any image. Is this just due to the ignorance of the movie makers or is there some reason why they are depicted this way?
posted by Bengston at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

A more structured wiki?

I am looking to incorporate the mediawiki model into a more structured environment. Specifically, users should be able to add "artist" and "album" entities to a music database, and then the content related to these entities should be wikis. These things cannot just be ordinary mediawiki "articles", because I want to make comparisons on the data that requires differentiating between what kind of data it is. Does anyone know of any project that does anything like this, or have any ideas of how to do it with the least amount of coding possible?
posted by northernsoul at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Sicily a good place to go scuba diving?

Is Sicily a good place to go scuba diving? One source says that the Mediterranean "has largely been fished out through over zealous spear fishing." [more inside]
posted by gentle at 5:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Sorting multiple entries in excel

How can I re-sort repetitive columns of data in Excel? [more inside]
posted by divka at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's the best place to find video clips of the latest hot topics?

Where's a good place to go to find the latest video clips of stuff going on around the world? I search for video in the yahoo video and google video search. No luck. Specifically, right now, I'm looking for footage of that kid who jumped down into the net at the Yankee game. But every week or two, I want to see a video clip that somebody mentioned, that everyone seems to have seen, and I can't find it without lots of effort. Got to be some good place to go and always find the latest popular stuff. It would have been the go to place to see the star wars kid, Janet Jackson's boob, this Yankee's incident, etc...
posted by gummo at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Super booby barbie?

Did I dream this, or did there exist a Barbie-esque doll in the 70s whose breasts would grow when you windmilled her arm?
posted by tristeza at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

NetworkFilter: Extend My Network

What equipment to I need to wirelessly extend my network to another building and offer standard wired ethernet ports in that building? How should that hardware be configured? [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Haptain Cook!

Any general tips or rules of thumb on how to help improve my improvisational cooking skills? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:37 PM PST - 30 comments

What do I do with my suit?

How do you travel with your suit? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 12:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Alternative to Bloglet?

Do you know of any alternatives to Bloglet? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 12:41 PM PST - 0 comments

Does this blooming thing exist?

I'm looking for seeds for an indoor flower or plant that will grow in about 2 to 3 months. Ideally, this plant should require very little space, not be seasonal, and be easy to grow for amateurs like myself. Does my ideal plant exist on this planet, or am I being completely unreasonable? Any ideas?
posted by reformedjerk at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Why don't (some, at least) service dog owners seem to like their dogs?

On several occasions, I've noticed people with service dogs treating them in a manner that seemed surprisingly ... "dismissive," let's say. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by Sinner at 12:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Does anyone have a copy of the guy breaks up with his girlfriend powerpoint from a year ago?

Has anyone got a backup of the powerpoint the guy (supposedly) used to break up with his girlfriend? It was about a year ago and it was only up for a little while before it was replaced with a pretty nasty picture. This was the link (, but it now returns a 404. I've searched all around and not dug up anyone with a copy yet, I would love to see it again. I remember laughing my ass off the first time.
posted by nbrier at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Any health consequences from immodium mega dosing?

Imodium Abuse Question: A rather obese person at work has cheerfully described how she regularly takes 20-30 imodiums at once to regulate her bowel movements. [more inside]
posted by de void at 12:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Learning Japanese

I've decided I want to learn Japanese. [more inside]
posted by cm at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

connecting online

Games or activities to play with a 14 year old boy online? Something not that violent and where we can interact. [more inside]
posted by mmm at 11:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me compile a mix of songs for my scavenger hunt.

Help me compile a mix of songs for my scavenger hunt. [more inside]
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 10:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Firefox and Yahoo Mail attachment issue

Something about the Firefox/Yahoo Mail combination is messing with the normal way of downloading attachments. [more inside]
posted by tdstone at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Pendant watch?

Show me a nifty watch that's worn as a pendant around the neck [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 9:44 AM PST - 12 comments

One, you lock the target...

Looking for a new inbound-/outbound- SMTP virus scanning solution on Linux (SLES, to be exact). [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

New England weekend getaway suggestions?

Recommendations for a New England/upstate NY weekend getaway? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 9:14 AM PST - 20 comments

techie SQL dupe problem

Any SQL gurus out there? I'm stuck... [more inside]
posted by derbs at 8:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Electronics workbench recommendations?

Recommendations for what I should have on my electronics workbench? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 8:43 AM PST - 13 comments

The Accidental Tourist in Florida

Travel advice needed! Know any good non-Disney, old-school tourist things to do in the Orlando / Tampa area? And why are the hotels so freakishly cheap? [more inside]
posted by mimi at 8:19 AM PST - 15 comments

How Do I Make The Fugly Go Away?

Making a personal stylesheet to override a forum? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 7:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Download legal copy of Windows XP

A friend of mine purchased and downloaded a CD image of Windows XP; complete with activation keys. According to him, it was perfectly legal. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Cruel pen! I need to remove an ink stain!

How do I remove a Pilot G2 ink stain from my pants? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I use in my logo?

Problems encountered in designing a logo... [more inside]
posted by godawful at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

What was the children's sci-fi book about long-legged TV creatures?

I read a children's / adults book several times as a kid, but remember almost nothing. Here are the only clues. It was science-fiction. A young boy had some involvement with television-like creatures on spindly legs, perhaps they were three-legged. I think the boy found them within a tree where they were either constructing a base or hiding. The book was illustrated in black and white line drawings. Any ideas?
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Best War and Peace English edition?

What's the best English edition of War and Peace? [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 6:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What are these damn things?

I'll be your best friend if you can identify these things. I spotted them in a junk shop and nobody knows what they are. They stand about 2.5 feet tall. The little triangular cup-type thing looks to have a old grease fitting in it. Both the cup and the "ring" part can be adjusted to slide up and down the pole to a desired height.
posted by Witty at 6:42 AM PST - 34 comments

Starting Over In A University Overseas - Can Be Done?

Related to this question (and actually asked there but with no reply) - Is it possible for an international student to start all over again in a university somewhere else even if s/he's done prior university work in their home country? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Why won’t my (Windows XP) display settings allow 32bit colour at my native resolution?

Why won’t my (Windows XP) display settings allow 32bit colour at my native resolution? [more inside]
posted by ed\26h at 6:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Arm candy for a friend's Mom

A friend is looking for a birthday gift for her single, older mom and was thinking it might be fun to hire a male escort to take her out to dinner and a movie. Nothing more; just arm candy and a good conversationalist. How do we go about finding a reputable 'George Hamilton' in the Boston area?
posted by GernBlandston at 5:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Removing smells from paper

I have an antique photo album that stinks and I am looking for tips to neutralise the smell... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 3:51 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you get a stolen yahoo account back?

How embarrassing - I actually got password spoofed and my account stolen. How can I get my Yahoo account back? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 2:43 AM PST - 15 comments

August 11

Cadaver disposal on the cheap.

I'm young, not religious, and I am convinced that when I'm dead, I'm dead. I don't care what happens to my remains when I eventually die, but I'm wondering: what's the cheapest, legal way to dispose of my body? I live in Chicago, and from my research, even to donate my body to science or to have it cremated would cost over a grand. Any other options? I just don't want to be a burden to my survivors.
posted by andshewas at 11:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Opening html from an Enhanced CD in OS X...

Intuitively directing the user to an html page on an Enhanced CD in OS X... [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 11:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Pro-sex feminist - how to feel less threatened by porn?

I'm female, sex-positive, and a feminist. Help me deal with my residual issues about porn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Is it worth the wait?

Is losing my virginity worth waiting for? A lot [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Coming clean

I lied to my SO about how many girls I had slept with before her. Should I come clean? (more interesting stuff inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:12 PM PST - 25 comments

How/Where/With Whom to Swing?

My girlfriend wants to try a threesome or a foursome, and I think I'm game. What are good online & offline resources for meeting other couples? I've sifted through a bunch of sites via Google but many are dead-ends, or spam harvesters, or badly designed, or no help at all. Have you tried swinging? How did it go? Where did you meet?
posted by anonymous at 11:12 PM PST - 11 comments

I don't wanna be a pace car any more...

I seem to have issues with booze, well, issues with my wife's booze...I suspect I am nuts but would appreciate the collective wisdom of askme giving me its two cents please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Free Anonymous Counseling in New York City?

Free or Low-Cost Anonymous Counseling in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I convince corporate America that this nonprofit guy is a star in waiting?

How do I convince a corporate VP that my nonprofit skills are completely transferrable for the job for which I have a phone interview Friday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:09 PM PST - 6 comments

restaining staining a wood fence

Restaining a wooden fence... [more inside]
posted by entropy at 8:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Cousin of tinnitus?

Sometime when I get tired, I start to hear things as if from under water and my own voice sounds particularly echo-y. This rather uncomfortable condition can last up to an hour or longer. Is there a proper medical term for this condition or is this just a version of tinnitus? And why?
posted by of strange foe at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments

laptop screen scorch mark?

My wife has hp pavillion laptop for one year, under warranty. It suddenly has a black blotch about 2-3" , lightbulb shaped, on bottom of screen. looks like it was burned onto the display screen. any ideas?
posted by madstop1 at 8:29 PM PST - 3 comments

New Organizational Software?

There is so much new organizational software available and I haven't kept up. I'm talking outliners, notes organizers, etc. I am currently using TexNotes Pro, have seen OneNote, Basecamp/Backpack and at one time used KeyNote. One program I know is popular, but I don't care for is Evernote. With that in mind, any suggestions of similar software that is new on the scene?
posted by Independent Scholarship at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Diabetes software for Mac?

I have Type 2 diabetes. I have a Mac. Does anyone know of blood glucose meter that will work with a Mac application, where I can download the reading from the meter into the software. Hopefully, the software would export this data into a non proprietary format.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Cedar Plank Salmon

How do I cook salmon on a cedar plank in the oven? I've googled, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on whether to soak the plank in water or brush it with olive oil (or both), whether to oil before or after preheating, and so on. What's worked or not worked for you?
posted by nyxie at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Does "data" have mass?

Does "data" have mass? I'm defining "data" here in the computing sense, transfered electronically. Do electrons serve as a means to alter the storage in a USB drive, or are they physically added to it? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 7:00 PM PST - 29 comments

What are some good resources to learn about basic electricity?

What are some good resources to learn about basic electricity? [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 6:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Initialized hard-disk recovery

How to recover data from an initialized drive in Windows Server NT? [more inside]
posted by figment at 4:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I recover more quickly from my workouts?

How can I recover more quickly from my workouts? [more inside]
posted by creeront at 4:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Removing dog odor from carpet.

Removing dog odor from carpet. [more inside]
posted by trevyn at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Equalizer Settings

Equalizer settings on audio devices: essential or pointless? [more inside]
posted by jgee at 4:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Problems Galore with ADD2 "video cards"

Have any of you gotten an ADD2 Card "video card" working with a real driver? I sure haven't. I've only been able to get it to display anything in DOS, the BIOS, the boot process, and Windows with the drivers removed. I need your help, as I've got 60+ brand new PCs with the suckers. [more inside]
posted by blasdelf at 4:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Mac or PC?

Mac or PC? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 2:55 PM PST - 59 comments

Firefox extension for page searching

Is there a Firefox extension available that will allow me to highlight a word/phrase in a page, then right click to open the "Find" bar with the highlighted text automatically in it?
posted by apple scruff at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How can an amateur photographer make good photographs of birds?

I have a Nikon d70 (and an n80) and several lenses, the longest of which zooms to 200mm. I have a remote for the d70 (and a cable-release for the n80). I have a mediocre tripod. My yard is filled with birds. What do I need to know to optimize my chance at great bird photos? Is it merely a matter of patience and luck? Does anyone here have experience with bird photography? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Multi region DVD players for USA

Can you recommend a multi region DVD player for use in the USA? [more inside]
posted by cushie at 1:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Does domain backordering really work?

Does domain backordering really work? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments


Yoink! John Walkenbach (J-walk) wrote a cute little thing for his site about something called Wifi Speed Spray. Recently he was alerted that not only had someone completely stolen his idea and put it in a ebay auction, they took the artwork and all. When John contacted the seller to ask him to cut it out, the guy refused, claiming that John couldn't prove he was the author. What does one do in the information age when someone completely rips you off, claims credit for what you wrote, and refuses to admit any wrong doing? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 1:09 PM PST - 14 comments

What currency is the best deal by weight?

What currency is the best deal by weight? [more inside]
posted by dty1 at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Installing PHP MING on Debian

Installing PHP package Ming on Debian Sarge? (kernel 2.4.29) I'm getting compilation problems when I'm rebuilding php and I'm a n00b. Can I get some help? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I stop a dog from digging up carpet?

How can I stop a dog from digging up carpet? [more inside]
posted by billybunny at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments

SGML book?

I need a good middle-level introduction-to-SGML book. [more inside]
posted by milkman at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Combining and changing partitions

I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 11:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Belts and you

I've got belt issues. (of the clothing variety) [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 11:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Alienware vs. Dell

Alienware vs. Dell: I humbly request personal experiences to aid in the resolution of my notebook-buying dilemma. [more inside]
posted by gramschmidt at 10:59 AM PST - 30 comments

How do I turn my OCD-like organization & creative art skills into a career?

How can my near-OCD levels of organization & cleanliness, along with a penchant for being bossy, artistic, and design-oriented help me determine the best career path for me? Where do I go, and what type of formalized licensing should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Do Affirmations Work?

Do self-help affirmations work? [more inside]
posted by dugnorth at 10:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Please help me find a present for my brother!

Help me find my brother a birthday gift! [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Wondering About The Premiership

I'm an American who developed an interest in Premiership football last year. I don't have anyone to jaw the subject with, and have accumulated several minor questions I've lumped under one heading. [more inside]
posted by boombot at 10:26 AM PST - 33 comments

Is Microsoft Remote Desktop secure enough for the Internet?

Does Microsoft Remote Desktop need stunnel? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for upper/mid back stretches.

Looking for upper/mid back stretches. [more inside]
posted by trillion at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Paula Cole

I'm looking for songs similar to Paula Cole's "Me." The best lines in that song are "me who is my enemy, me who beats me up." In other words, anything with introspective lyrics.
posted by madmath at 9:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Where can one find fashionable items (jeans, shirts, etc) for oversized folks?

Where can one find fashionable items (jeans, shirts, etc) for oversized folks? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Contracting with your neighbor - wise or unwise?

Contracting with your neighbor -- wise or unwise? We are shopping around a major home improvement job. On the list of contractors is our next-door neighbor and friend, who has recently taken up contracting as a second career after years of doing completely different work. He seems capable enough (he did over his own house beautifully) but something tells me that giving the job to him is not a wise move. I'm thinking about when the crap hits the fan -- as it always does with major jobs like this -- our friendship is doomed. Scratch him off the list or give it a shot?
posted by terrier319 at 7:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Rotwang's Stars

In Metropolis, what is the significance of the five-pointed stars on all of the doors of Rotwang's house? The door-stars point upwards, while the wall behind the machine-man's dais has a gigantic downward-pointing star. Why?
posted by COBRA! at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Doggie. Style?

DogFilter: Help my girlfriend name her dog. [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 6:12 AM PST - 61 comments

EZ camping meals with kids?

We'll be camping with the kids (5 yrs and 18 months) for 2 nights, with a cooler full of ice and a tiny sterno stove. Got any suggestions for no-cook (or very-little-cook) family meals - besides cheese and crackers and baby carrots?
posted by chr1sb0y at 5:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Ancient and modern body transformation

Anthro-Mytho-Socio-Filter: Help me connect body transformation examples such as Cuchulainn, Mazinga Z, and Michael Jackson... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 5:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Mount me!

Why won't my volumes mount? (OS X 10.4.2, USB 2.0) [more inside]
posted by Third at 4:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Beef, French-style.

Why does my steak taste so good? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 4:54 AM PST - 32 comments

Who's right?

When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl at 4:35 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me save the world!

Help me save the world! How can I automatically power off all my computer peripherals when I power off my computer? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 3:44 AM PST - 6 comments

cricket webcast

Where can I listen to/watch live coverage of the Ashes 1) online 2) free? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 2:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Who is Yoda?

StarWarsGeekFilter: I'm trying to find out the origins of the Star Wars character Yoda. I currently live in Japan, and a buddy of mine who's lived here several years said that he met an old Japanese man who was Lucas' inspiration for the character--Lucas knew him somehow. Unfortunately I didn't get details and that buddy has left the country. So fast forward to a couple of months ago: I was watching TV and this guy was talking about the new Star Wars flick and they flashed up a picture of Yoda, and then next to it a pic of an old Japanese man named Yorida (family name), who is apparently still alive, living in some small town in Japan. My Japanese ain't so good so I couldn't really tell what they were saying about him. Does anyone have the skinny on this? My google-fu, as they say, fails me. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:17 AM PST - 8 comments

August 10

Should we redeam our skymiles right away?

With Delta Airlines on the brink of bankruptcy, how much longer are my skymiles of any value? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 9:46 PM PST - 7 comments

What to see between ND and WA?

What's worth visiting between North Dakota and Washington State? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 9:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Adjusting to new eyeglasses.

I just got a new glasses perscription on Monday, after 4 years of wearing the same pair of glasses. They are fine 90% of the time, but the other 5-10% of the time, I can tell my eyes are having issues with the new lenses. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 9:13 PM PST - 10 comments

How to move a piano

Can 4 strong guys move a piano up 1 flight of stairs safely? and are there techniques or strategies in addition to brute force? Upright piano abandoned by 1st floor neighbors. I'd like to have it, but don't want anyone getting hurt.
posted by theora55 at 8:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Big, beautiful shoes

Help me find pretty (or at least not-sneaker) shoes! I wear a women's size 12... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 8:40 PM PST - 16 comments

I need some wine for my dad

Can anyone recommend a good place from which to order a "wine-basket" as a gift for my father? [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How to run on fumes?

I just started a second job, bringing me to 70+ hours a week. This will last until the end of September, when the first job ends. I also commute an hour each way between the jobs. I know, it's nuts. I made a committment to the first (cheesy) job. The second job pays more and has a future. And hell, I need the money. You who have worked two full-time jobs simultaneously: How did you do it? What helped? What should I watch out for? Any suggestions for me?
posted by Methylviolet at 8:22 PM PST - 10 comments

A good independent computer shop in NYC?

A good independent computer shop in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 7:49 PM PST - 12 comments

VNC for Dummies

I need to demo computer programs for clients (many of whom are not computer-savvy), but they're behind a firewall and I'm behind a firewall. They're also on a variety of platforms, and I'm on Linux. I need suggestions on how to set up a remote demonstration (where we can both control the mouse) so that we can both access it. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Better word for floaties?

Is there an antonym to 'sediment'? [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise at 6:43 PM PST - 40 comments

Poetry readings in London.

I'm looking for poetry readings and literary events in London. [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Certified Professional Purchaser

Anyone out there have any experience with the Certified Professional Purchaser accreditation programme, specifically in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 5:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Slow DVD burning

I have two dvd burners in my computer. One is an old(er) LG that is capable of burning (with the right media) at 4x. Last week, I picked up a new one that is capable of burning at 8x. However, the burn times seem to be the same. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:37 PM PST - 11 comments

My toilet bolts are too long!

Where can I get taller than normal toilet bolt caps? [more inside]
posted by spilon at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Used monitor recycling in London

I've got this 21" CRT monitor -in perfect working condition- which is too big for the new flat I'm moving to. I'm looking for some charity/school in London (preferably South) that could make good use of it. Any suggestions? The computer recycling charities I've managed to find don't deal with monitors bigger than 17" and I'd hate seeing some perfectly usable piece of equipment going to landfill...
posted by blogenstock at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I sell my car to a junkyard?

Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Flying standby (domestic and international)

I'm planning to take a trip to Russia next summer and have some questions about flying using standby. What sort of discounts do you get? Many more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by lockle at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

MP3 Scratching for Free

What's the best freeware DJing software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it still possible to walk the High Line?

Is it still possible to walk The High Line? I know Kottke did it, but I haven't found any more recent accounts anywhere, and I'm concerned that since the High Line has attracted more attention (and federal funding) recently, they may be taking stronger steps to prevent trespassing. Will my trip be ruined? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 2:48 PM PST - 10 comments

How well do magnetic/electronic pet doors work with multiple pets?

Have you had any luck with magnetic or electronic pet doors that let a larger pet come and go, but keep smaller pets in? [more inside]
posted by liet at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I paint my white car blue?

I recently bought a used car and I don't particularly care for the color. Can I have it repainted to a different color? Nothing special, just a new solid color. I see they do this to the extreme on shows like "Pimp My Ride" etc. [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 2:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Does InDesign have "Data-driven Graphics"?

In Illustrator CS (and earlier, I believe) it is possible to create dynamic documents that reference a text file (they call this data-driven graphics). Is this (or something close) available in InDesign? [more inside]
posted by silusGROK at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Hidden new wave gems

I love electronic pop/rock music with jittery singers (David Byrne), Talking Heads, Orange Juice, Bowie, Gang of Four, Sparks, Eno, Mission of Burma etc. Can you recommend something I might like that's been hidden under a rock from me? I want to hear something new (or lost) that is still something that I might, just might, like? I'm feeling a wee bit jaded at the moment...
posted by ClanvidHorse at 1:48 PM PST - 52 comments

shrinking maps

How can I size down a google or yahoo map to fit it onto a flier so that it doesn't take up 1/4 page or blur to illegibility? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 1:22 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I shush iTunes?

When I add mp3 files to my iTunes library, iTunes automatically starts playing them. How do I turn this off? I'm not talking about importing music by ripping CDs, I'm talking about adding pre-existing MP3 files to the iTunes Library. [more inside]
posted by kathryn at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Seattle dentistry

Seattle dentistry: I haven't had a cleaning in many moons, and am looking for an affordable dentist as I have no insurance. I've been referred to UW Dentistry School, but they do not perform cleanings. Any recommendations? Thanks to all.
posted by icetaco at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Sew and Vac?

Why is it always "Sew and Vac?" Sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Why do these two appliances have such an affinity? Is it motors and belts? All the repair joints I see are 'Sew and Vac." What is up?
posted by fixedgear at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

clearing windows history?

After having problems clearing my history (windows 2000) I googled some info and found it to be a common problem, but still can't clear the history with the found tips... [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Pivot Tables in Excel

Is there a way to prevent a Pivot Table (in Excel) from displaying a row with all zeros? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Any advice for a would be self-employed web consultant?

I am considering starting up a small (one person) web consulting business, offering web design and development, newsletters, blogs etc. Advice from those with relevant experience would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by pasd at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

What technologies are used to create sites such as

I'm curious what codes are used to create sites such as Obviously html for the design, but what about the rest of the site. It is essentially a database. I'm not a programmer so I have no idea what type of coding is involved for searching and allowing others to fill out forms to create a profile. I'm also wondering what type of equipment would be needed to host and maintain a site such as this. I'm basically looking for what is involved on the backend on these type of sites.
posted by ieatwords at 10:54 AM PST - 26 comments

What does it mean to overturn a Supreme Court decision?

What does it really mean to "overturn" a Supreme Court decision? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments


Is there any legal reason that a registered trademark symbol (®) HAS to be a capital letter "R" inside a perfect Euclidean circle, even in a typeface that renders other round characters like "O" and "0" otherwise? I'm willing to let the "R" go, but our QA department at my job insists that only a true circle is legal. For examples of fonts that use other-than-round ® signs, see here, here, and here(That last example might be too extreme, admittedly). The USPTO website says nothing about typefaces.
posted by 40 Watt at 9:19 AM PST - 32 comments

The current state of Iraq from Iraqi perspectives?

I want to know more about how Iraq is recovering, but I'd like news and info from the perspective of common Iraqi citizens. All the news stories are either about the insurgent battles, polls and data solely used for political purposes by western partisan groups, or the new government solely in its relation to US withdrawl. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Why can't I play a .ratDVD file?

I tried my vlc player -- nothing happened, and I also tried this but only the audio worked. Any suggestions?
posted by rokabiri at 8:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Wheel boat choochoo

Big Wheel, Boat, Choochoo.. Please help me to find more small joyful nuggets for my little monster. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:16 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I translate these expressions?

French speakers: how would you translate "pre-testing" (trying out potential exam questions on students before using them in an exam) and "standards-fixing" (ensuring the exam is of a suitable level of difficulty)?
posted by creeky at 5:14 AM PST - 10 comments

A picture of a cloud blowing wind?

I'm looking for a cool picture of a cloud blowing wind, like this, except better quality and preferably older looking... like what you might find on an old decorated map. I'm googled out and need your hope!
posted by Ljubljana at 5:12 AM PST - 13 comments

best site for streaming Imus?

What is the best site to listen to streaming Imus? I don't like downloading stuff. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Connecting Tiger to 0S 9.2 via firewire?

Is there a way to connect an iMac running Tiger with a G4 running OS 9.2 via firewire so I can transfer files from my old system to the new one? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:30 AM PST - 10 comments

August 9

What magazines do you subscribe to?

What paper magazines do you subscribe to? Why? Or, if you're poor, what paper magazines would you subscribe to if you had the money?
posted by joshuaconner at 11:35 PM PST - 87 comments

Can DreamWeaver do batch conversions to a template?

I'm volunteer webmaster for a site with about 950 pages I'd like to put into a DreamWeaver template calling on an external CSS file. Can I automate this somehow, or at least part of it? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 10:26 PM PST - 7 comments

A's eat B meat, of course!

Moral reativism and ethical dilemmas: "A," "B," "C" meat and so on. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

What's Black and White and should be hanging on my wall?

I have a thing for black and white photographs of architecture and city scenes. Help me find more to hang in my house. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:56 PM PST - 13 comments

marketing to stylists/estheticians

i have friends that owns a quite wonderful hair salon/art gallery in a slightly off the beaten path part of town - they would like to find a handful of stylists to add to their roster of existing stylists renting chairs from them... any thoughts on how they might market the salon to stylists with existing clientele? tough one. thanks in advance.
posted by specialk420 at 9:27 PM PST - 3 comments

I need to get a life

I'm 22 and I've done nothing with my life. This is going to be quite long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 PM PST - 51 comments

Help me seduce a guy.

Help me seduce a guy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 PM PST - 104 comments

I want a mentor.

Turning teachers/bosses into mentors: how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by xo at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to stop on a cross country drive?

Driving across the United States and looking for the hidden diamonds. [more inside]
posted by jur777 at 7:44 PM PST - 32 comments

Silent DJ ideas

What should I DJ to a bunch of people wearing headphones? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 7:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Best downloading of music and words?

Napster Vs. Kazaa? Or is there anything better? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Difference between 2005 and 2006 GMAT?

If someone is planning to take the GMAT in October 2005, should he or she buy a Kaplan 2006 prep book or an out-of-print 2005 book? Is there a significant difference between editions? [more inside]
posted by arco at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for four-day trip to Lake Tahoe?

Going to Lake Tahoe for four days in a few weeks & looking for recommendations -- on restaurants, hotels, and anything else. We plan to do some casual biking and hiking and also some gambling. We're currently planning to stay on the south shore. Any ideas for especially excellent or interesting things to do?
posted by medpt at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

ISO web-based task management system

I'm currently accepting any recommendations for a simple, lightweight, web-based task management system. I do not need full project management capabilities, but I would like the ability to track time spent. In lieu of finding a suitable system, I would also solicit any web UI designers to work with me to build the aforementioned application (if a suitable one does not exist) and release it as open source.
posted by chrish at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

internet design

I need to contract an Internet website graphic design job to a skilled designer. Does anyone know of any websites I can visit to find a list of potential hires?
posted by bamassippi at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What Otis Redding Songs Were in "Heaven Help Us"?

Does anyone know the names of the Otis Redding songs that were in Heaven Help Us?
posted by Edible Energy at 5:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Can a KitchenAid mixer travel from US to Europe?

Can I use a KitchenAid from the US in Europe with the aid of a 110 to 220v transformer? [more inside]
posted by McIntaggart at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Learning Ubuntu/Linux basics?

Any good guides on getting up to speed with Linux? Specifically Ubuntu, but also general things like filesystem, permissions, installing/uninstalling software, etc. [more inside]
posted by hoborg at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

need screen shot

I am looking for a screen shot of the end credits for "Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy". [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 3:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Is my personal name visible using a Paypal business account?

I need some privacy! I recently upgraded my Paypal premier account to a business account in hopes that my personal name would not be easily accessible to buyers and/or others I'm in contact with in online auctions. I chose a business name but my personal name is still parenthetically listed beside it. So, now I'm wondering if my name will still be visible to buyers? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 3:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Can women tell left from right?

Do women find it more difficult to immediately distinguish left from right than men? [more inside]
posted by Masi at 3:28 PM PST - 41 comments

What's the True Cost of an Unsold House?

Question from a first-time house seller. My wife and I recently bought our second home without having sold the first. Although we and our agent feel that the house for sale is priced extremely reasonably and appropriately, it's been on the market for five months now. We have the financial capacity to continue paying for both houses indefinitely, with no need for a bridge loan, so that's not the issue per se. The question is, however, at what point does this process become an unacceptably bad deal, financially, and how do I calculate that? Or has it passed that point already? In other words, do the past five months of payments on the first house essentially represent money down the drain? Say each monthly payment on the house that hasn't sold (including mortgage, taxes, insurance, and utilities) comes to $2K. Does that effectively mean we might just as well have set the price $10K less five months ago? In which case we should be dropping the price now, and each month from now on, in an effort to stop the bleeding? I don't notice other sellers dropping their prices with every month that goes by, but the fact remains that since we've only owned the house for four years, we're building up practically no equity each month to "recover" when it finally sells. So it seems like the money's just evaporating. Maybe we get to deduct the taxes and interest from our income tax (or maybe not), but even if we do, it seems to me that there has to be a mathematical point at which it becomes pure damage control. And we may already be well past that point. I know we're not the only people who've ever been in the position of carrying two houses for a few months--it must happen all the time--I'm just not sure what the conventional wisdom is on handling the situation. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by azaner at 3:18 PM PST - 19 comments

SPSS alternative for Tiger?

Can anyone recommend some statistical analysis software for OS X 10.4? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 3:11 PM PST - 8 comments


I want to learn Japanese, specifically to read it, preferably quickly. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Things to do in Ithaca

Just moved to Ithaca, NY for grad school. When not studying, what should I do in the area? Anybody familiar with this place have any suggestions? Bonus points if you can help me earn Ithaca Dollars...
posted by herc at 2:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Marlboro's new logo. legal? effective?

What's up with Marlboro's "alternate" logo? [more inside]
posted by mosch at 2:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Internet habits of people over 49

I'm trying to find some statistics on Internet habits of people over the age of 49. I'd like to try to find information like: 1) % on the internet 2) Time on internet 3) % buy on Internet 4) Regularity of buying 5) Types of things purchased. 6) Etc. Thank you for your time. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

SportsFilter vs. Sports Filter

What can I do if I'm one of the founders of a sports weblog that's been around for over three years and MSN starts a sports weblog with the same name?
posted by kirkaracha at 1:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Did someone die to protect my freedoms?

Is there validity to the statement that I or you "enjoy the freedoms that men and women fought and died to protect?" [more inside]
posted by grefo at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

How long does (actual, canned) spam really last?

I found a can of spam in the trunk of my car which, I think, was purchased in 1996. I wondered: Is it still safe to eat? Me-Fites: How old was the oldest can of spam you ever ate? Is it true that spam's shelf life is "indefinite?". Is it a good idea to keep cans of spam in my car/boat/cabin for emergencies (I'm stranded in a blizzard and need meat, etc)? If so, should I worry that extended bouts exposed to high temperatures (100+ degrees F) in my car trunk will reduce the shelf life of these cans of spam?
posted by zenorbital at 1:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Writing to folks in Russia

How do I find a postal code for St. Petersburg, Russia? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Continental drift

Continental drift: where are we heading? [more inside]
posted by Termite at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Future energy sources

It's obvious that none of the current energy producing methods we have has enough power to make say space travel affordable and fast for everyone. So no Star Wars / Jetsons type flying spaceships and cars for now. But are there any up and coming energy sources that will be able to do this? [more inside]
posted by riffola at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Question about grooming for men.

Men, where do you buy your grooming products? [more inside]
posted by stx23 at 12:43 PM PST - 18 comments

use of roman alphabet in japanese technology

I'm a bit ignorant as regards Japan and all things Japanese, and am not quite sure where to start. But I have some very specific questions that I hope MeFi might help with, having to do with use of the Roman alphabet for electronic communications, in Japan. How do email addresses work? URLs? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Games with Non-Gamer SO

I want to play video games with my wife. [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 12:11 PM PST - 38 comments

Flashing tow truck lights. What Gives?

Why do tow trucks has flashing lights. [more inside]
posted by trox at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Splish splash

What's the best calorie-burning swim workout? Is the best muscle-building workout the same or different? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Dangerous Horseplay

Someone almost caused me a heart attack today. How do I bring it to the attention of the powers-that-be in an effective manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:07 PM PST - 36 comments

How to deliver a baby in the US without health insurance?

Having no health insurance, how can we possibly afford to pay for the delivery of our coming child? How do freelance/self-employed American families survive without health insurance? Anyone have any experience with Medicaid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Drive blind

How do I de-fog my car windows on a humid summer night without using my air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I start over fresh at school?

Can a University find out what other schools you have attended? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does semen sting?

Why does semen sting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the best way to remove female facial hair?

What is the best way to remove female facial hair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 9 comments

HD video camera-buy now? Or buy a 3CCD camera?

HD camcorder- buy now? Or wait? Or buy nice 3CCD camera? [more inside]
posted by geryon at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Come on in the water is fine

Why does one feel tired after simply floating and noodling around in a pool? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 11:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Questions about the Human Orgasm

The human orgasm. Myths and questions? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 10:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Imitate a voice with a vocoder

Could a vocoder be used to imitate some elses voice? If you had a recording of someone speaking, could you make a sample of their "carrier" sound and modulate it with your own voice? You would have to vary the pitch of the carrier to sound like normal speech, but assuming you could do that (a big if, I know), it would be fairly convicing no?
posted by phrontist at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Simulate plate tectonics?

Has anyone made or seen a good physical model for plate tectonics? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time?

What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time? I want to be able to open a word document and allow a user to watch/participate (view-only would be acceptable too) in the editing process. VNC or remote-desktop are not really options because there are two corporate firewalls in place and no VPN connections. Even a joint text editor would be ok in a pinch, just copy/paste from Word and back when complete. As always, free is better.
posted by gfroese at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I quickly and cheaply design and build a house in the UK?

Rapid self-design house building in the UK. I have an ill-informed notion that this should be possible by using pre-formed concrete slabs, but can find very little information. Can anyone shed any light on the subject? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Bluetooth Headset advice.

Bluetooth Headset advice. Looking for some advice on a Bluetooth headset which works well with Motorola V710 phones. Right now I’m considering Motorola HS850, and would like to hear opinions on that model and alternatives. Important factors would be integration with phone, ease of use, battery life, and comfort. Also, this is going to be given as a gift to someone who currently uses there phone quite a bit (too often IMHO) while driving, is such a gift appropriate or could personal preference/comfort (and variability of this factors between users) a possible issue? I’ve Googled and Epinion’d a bit but have not had much luck in finding comparisons across models.
posted by evilelf at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

rsync-equivalent for XP?

I am looking for a fault-tolerant file copying freeware/shareware (WinXP) for copying very large directories (> 100GB) from volume A to volume B. By "fault tolerant", I mean that the process won't die if a particular subdir or file won't copy, it will just keep on chugging and log the problem. This kinda sounds like is a prettified, Windows equivalent of rsync. Anyone?
posted by everichon at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

fetch me a hamburger, caddy!

Which is more wasteful of environmental resources per acre: golf courses or land set aside for feeding cattle? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 8:37 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I train safely for a marathon?

I'm training for a marathon for the first time and am afraid of injuries... [more inside]
posted by superkim at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments

US v. European salaries

Cost of living comparison. Is there any way to compare salaries and standard of living between USA, UK, and France? If I relocate between these, how much should I ask for to attempt to maintain a standard of living? [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Flexible spending account

I wonder if a "flexible spending" plan at work is worth the hassle. [more inside]
posted by tizzie at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

How to double talk?

How can I learn to doubletalk? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Sleeoing better when stopping alcohol

I have decided to stop drinking for a while. Without going into too much detail- I drink alot. Stopping involves several nights of a special kind of hell while trying to sleep. Tossing, turning, very, very light sleeping, sweating, nightmares, etc. - it just sucks. I have taken Unisom and Valerian and other things (alone and together) to no avail. Is there a good way to minimize this ill effect (short of visiting the doctor)?
posted by pissfactory at 7:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Missing music

Is there a good source for obscure music specializing in the Atlanta music scene? I'm trying to find cds by the (former?) Atlanta singer-songwriter Cyndi Craven. Her webpage no longer works very well, and the email address provided there doesn't work at all. [more inside]
posted by hydropsyche at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

linux to mac migration

Help in making the switch from linux to Mac. [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 7:07 AM PST - 14 comments

difficult dc tourist

I'm going to be in DC from 9/9-9/18. The standard museums aren't my thing. What else can you suggest? Things I like: food . unfine art . quirky shopping . rare films . city secrets . roof gardens . classical music . independent bookshops.
posted by cior at 6:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for DJ/Band "Best of Both Worlds" Entertainment for Wedding in NJ (Spring 06)

So the wedding planning is in full gear and we are having trouble finding the right entertainment.. Her parents want a band, we want a dj, so we've decided on getting a DJ/MC with a Jazz trio.. Problem is, we've visited a few, but cannot settle on one because none have been perfect. Anyone have any recommendations? Wedding is in Springfield, NJ, next early spring.
posted by seinfeld at 6:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Oh God No, Not the Fro

I *may* be going bald. So the question is: Of all the crap out there (Rogaine, Propecia, Procerin, etc.) what actually works, and what works best?
posted by JPowers at 6:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Do beige/nude wifebeaters exist?

Where can I get men's cotton wifebeaters in beige or nude? Do they even exist? [more inside]
posted by flod at 2:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Karaoke suggestions for a bass/baritone voice needed.

I need karaoke song suggestions suitable for my voice. My range is somewhere between Bass and Baritone. I can go higher, but it's difficult for me to keep in the right octave, and I almost always end up dropping songs made for Tenors down an octave or two. Examples: Blink 182 songs, Inside Out, even Creed songs I tend to lower without realizing it. [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 12:39 AM PST - 19 comments

August 8

Help identify this piece of violin music.

Please help identify this piece of music. I have been trying to find out for years and figured I'd give it a try here. The link goes to a flash slideshow of Holocaust artwork by Samuel Bak. The music is a slow, sad violin piece. I would like to know the name of the piece of music being played and the artist performing it. I have already contacted the website owners, who got me in touch with the webmaster, none of which had any clue about the music. You would think they would have had to get permission to use it and therefore would know who it's by, but basically they were no help at all despite my best efforts. Do any of you recognize this? Thanks in advance
posted by RoseovSharon at 11:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Fake cigarettes?

I need some help quitting smokes. I am trying to find a fake cigarette (not EZquit) to puff on. [more inside]
posted by Corpus Callosum at 11:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Is the original Miles Davis version of "Miles Beyond " available on CD?

Is the original Miles Davis version of "Miles Beyond" by Marhavishu Orchestra available on CD? [more inside]
posted by richtea at 11:27 PM PST - 3 comments

anti-perspirant safety

Is aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine safe to use, as in an anti-perspirant? [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 10:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Are post work out shakes and twistched normal?

After a semi hard run or other cardio / muscular endurance excerise I sometimes get the shakes, or muscle twitchs... and not in the muscles you would expect. What would cause this? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 10:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Refuse a tip?

Is there a tactful way to refuse a tip without offending the tipper? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

How to build a cheap gaming PC...

I want to build a cheap gaming PC that can handle any modern game, yet not cost me a fortune. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 10:13 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a Return of the Jedi spoof photoshop...

I'm looking for a photoshop lampooning the remastered end of Return of the Jedi. It was a screen cap of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan, and Yoda, all standing next to each other, only there were 10-15 other people photoshopped in, including Bill and Ted. Does anyone have a link to it?
posted by the_W at 9:19 PM PST - 2 comments

I've always wanted a big yellow poster!

I would give a lot to have a nice big poster of this leaflet for Jan Tschichold's Die Neue Typographie. I don't think anyone sells prints of it; can anyone help me come up with a Plan B? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Ich Mochte Mozartkugeln!

I recently rekindled my love affair with Austrian Mozartkugeln (particularly the "Hofbauer Confiserie Mozartkugeln im Milch-Schokolade"). I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have any idea where I can get some in Toronto? Or have it shipped to me from somewhere other than Austria? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 8:06 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the ukulele tune from Waking Life

Name that song! From the movie Waking Life, not on soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me what national films to watch

I'm looking for recommendations for national cinemas, particularly non-Western ones (Korea, Iran, the newer Japanese films, Africa, etc.) or maybe some more obscure western films (Aki Kurismaki, etc.). Also, it'd help if you could tell me not just which flicks are good, but where I could get them (ordering from a region-free dvd site, a torrent site, greencine, netflix, etc.). I'm finding that this second, more logistical half is more difficult: I just got an allegedly great Japanese film and just as allegedly great French film, but neither came with subtitles! Incidentally, I'm probably going to go to Chinatown tomorrow (Tuesday) and pick up like 10 movies, so if you have any Japanese/Chinese/Korean recommendations, send them now!
posted by kensanway at 7:58 PM PST - 19 comments

What's going on with my Swatch watch?

This is sad, but: until this summer, I'd never owned a conventional watch with hands -- only geeky digital watches like the Iron Man. Long story short, thanks to eBay, I now own a kitschy blue Swatch watch, but I've noticed it's been running about ten minutes slow every hour. I've also noticed the minute hand occasionally goes backward a few tics before sputtering forward. Is this a dying-battery problem, a watch-needs-winding problem, or a possible sand-in-my-watch problem stemming from last week's beach vacation? [more inside]
posted by highsignal at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

What a POS

I just bought a couple used VeriFone Tranz 330's for use in my POS system, but I can't figure out how to reprogram them! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:44 PM PST - 0 comments

Mold material for lost-wax casting?

How do you make a mold for lost-wax casting? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I replace my harddrive, or do I have options?

I popped in a Win2000 disk into my Toshiba laptop (600 Mhz Celeron Satellite). Proceeded to reformat into FAT32 and it claimed that the disk has errors and refuses to format. No information lost but I've been looking at harddrives and they're priced at $65 and higher. Specs for the replacement harddrive are [2.5 inch - ATA-100 - 44 pin IDC - 4200 rpm - buffer: 8 MB]. I don't want to pay that kind of money for a relatively worthless computer. What can I do? Thanks in advance.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Chin up, old boy!

How does an eternal pessimist find a ray of sunshine in a gloomy world? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 7:20 PM PST - 30 comments

Advice for college freshmen?

I'm going to be a freshman going to college in the fall. Any advice, helpful anecdotes, experiences, tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by petah at 6:34 PM PST - 83 comments

What excites you about nextgen gaming consoles?

What features of Xbox 360, PS3, or Nintendo Revolution are you most looking forward to? What are the most unique features?
posted by ArcAm at 6:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Symmetry in nature?

Are all animals basically symmetrical? Even a lobster, which has specialized claws, seems to be basically symmetrical. More specifically, are there animals that are clearly not symmetrical?
posted by R. Mutt at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Best VOIP?

In September, my wife and I will be moving to a new apartment in downtown Manhattan. We're viewing the move as an opportunity to upgrade the technologies we use every day in the house. So my question(s) are: Should we go with Voice over IP for our home phone? If so, which is the better service, Vonage or AT&T CallVantage? Along the same lines, for our highspeed network, should we go with TimeWarner Roadrunner or keep our Verizon DSL service? Any thoughts?
posted by marcschil at 5:44 PM PST - 13 comments

US Bank Accelerator

Is the US Bank "Equity Accelerator" program really as good as it sounds? Are there any downsides or risks that I should be aware of while considering this program that claims to pay off my mortgage 7 years early? [more inside]
posted by gus at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Beekeeping: for the fainthearted?

What do I need to know to become an amateur apiarist/beekeeper? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Anglicized Russian spellings

Russian. I'm trying to find the correct way to spell Russian cities in English. For example -- Google Earth and a slew of sites spell it "Salehard", while Wikipedia and an almost equal number of web sites use sites use Salekhard. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 5:31 PM PST - 5 comments

What's that song that's in the Big Lebowski?

I need to know the name of a song, and who the composer is. In the Big Lebowski, during the part where the Dude's landlord, Allan, is doing that performance art/ interpretive dance routine, what song is playing in the background? [more inside]
posted by Malachi Constant at 4:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find good help these days?

Where can I find good electricians, plumbers, handymen, and whatnot in Baltimore? Is there a centralized resource where people can find out who's good, who's cheap, whose repair work is going to need repairing by another contractor, etc etc? Must one rely on word-of-mouth or blindly picking a name from the phonebook?
posted by schroedinger at 4:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Can Norton Anti Virus license be migrated ?

Is there a way to move Norton anti virus license from a trashed machine to a new machine or re-activate it on a rebuilt machine ? More than a few times I have been in a situation where I had to reinstall Win2k or rebuild the whole machine or replace a crappy machine with a newly built one. Does Norton AV allow license migration in such situations? I think their activation process normally does not like that if I remember right. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also any opinion on free edition of AVG anti-virus software from GriSoft ?
posted by flyby22 at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions on documenting employee performance?

Suggestions for organizing and documenting employee performance that can be used in annual reviews? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for good HR software

Applicant tracking software. Does anyone have any experience with the multitudes of hosted applicant tracking software providers out there (for posting jobs and managing resumes internally)? Currently, our company is testing out Prohire, but as the person who handles the website, I find it to less than desirable from a code standpoint and from a customer service standpoint. It is affordable at around $300 a month. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 3:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Hosted site is hit and miss

What could be the reason(s) that a few sites hosted on the same server can't be found by my ISP. They load fine for other people but not for me. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 3:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Where Kitty, Kitty?

How to search for a new home for a pet? We moved from a condo to a house 24 months ago that we have been renovating and will BE renovating for the next seven years or so. Our really awesome cat hates it... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 3:08 PM PST - 16 comments

sunglasses for college.

hip (ish) sunglasses in nyc. [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Displaying web stats

Web stats: My web host's stats display sucks. I have access to the raw log files, is there anything I can feed them into to get decent results?
posted by o2b at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting from Luton Airport to SE1

What's the easiest and best way to get from Luton Airport to Central London (Waterloo/Elephant and Castle area), on a Friday night at about 23:00? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Digital camera service/repair in SF?

SF digital camera folks: I'm in need of local digital camera repair recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Frisbee Girl at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Any recommeded movers in Boston?

Can anyone in the Boston area recommend some semi-reliable and (hopefully) inexpensive movers?
posted by jeremias at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

64 bit Windows?

64 bit Windows: What works? What's not yet supported? In short - what do I need to know before buying? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Ack! Gah! My boss wants me to find a one of those kiosk film developing units!

Ack! Gah! My boss wants me to find a one of those kiosk film developing units that Boots and the like have for the Internet cafe I work at. He wants to lease one. My google fu fails me. [more inside]
posted by Livewire Confusion at 12:51 PM PST - 4 comments


Where can I get the best gin martini in New York City?
posted by footnote at 12:27 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this tool?

What is this? (Closeup of the business end here.) It's ostensibly a kitchen utensil, or at least the person I'm asking this for thinks it's a kitchen utensil.
posted by mendel at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Do contacts "go bad"?

Do contacts "go bad"? I've got three pairs of soft contacts that I bought a year ago. I've never worn them, and they're still sealed in the little jars of solution that they came in. Is there any reason that I shouldn't start wearing these contacts now?
posted by gd779 at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

seeking sound advice

What's a good book (or online resource) about audio editing for a beginner who is smart and wants in-depth knowledge? I'm working with dialogue mostly -- not music. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Overwhelming Debt Problems

A friend of mine has just taken on a large amount of debt since splitting with his girlfriend. What can he do to keep on top of it? [more inside]
posted by jeresig at 10:48 AM PST - 20 comments

How to download All Things Considered

Where can I download National Public Radio's All Things Considered or Morning Edition in MP3 format? I was doing this as an Audible subscriber, but they discontinued it. I have searched for podcasts, and of course the NPR site and can't find anything. I have a computer program that records the broadcasts from the NPR website, but in real time, which takes forever. Also, just out of curiosity, does anyone know why Audible stopped doing this? Thanks
posted by rabbus at 10:33 AM PST - 13 comments

authentic chinese banquet anyone?

Can you recommend a great authentic Chinese banquet in NYC (preferably Manhattan)? [more inside]
posted by elsar at 10:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Best organization for small monthly donation

I have a small amount of extra money in my monthly budget. What charitable organization should I consider giving this money? Should I keep it local, should I send it to support children in a developing country, are there other better options?
posted by tumble at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

We're on the road to Cornwall

What should I visit on the way from London to Cornwall? [more inside]
posted by anapestic at 9:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I gonna get sued?

What is the legal state of using the names of local businesses, locations, politicians, and "people of import" in a work of fiction? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Theatre subscription ideas?

Any recommendations for a NYC theatre subscription? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

why does my agua stinka

The water that comes out of my kitchen sink tap STINKS. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

TalkCinema experiences?

If you have subscribed to or otherwise attended Talk Cinema showings (preferably in the Twin Cities) would you recommend it to others? [more inside]
posted by subgenius at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Vet costs

I'm bringing my eleven-year old cat to the vet tonight for his first teeth cleaning. I know he has to have blood tests first, and that anasthesia will be involved. The vet said there might be some extractions depending on the condition of his teeth. Can anyone give me a ballpark on what this is going to cost? I need to figure out how to juggle my finances to pay for it.
posted by ereshkigal45 at 8:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Smile! You're on candid camera!

Start a webcam on a timer to catch a prank [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

EXIF data and Photoshop

Photoshop advice please. Is it possible to edit EXIF data? [more inside]
posted by Necker at 6:18 AM PST - 25 comments


Thinking about hiring movers for my next move... [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 5:47 AM PST - 30 comments

No shower pressure

No shower pressure. [more inside]
posted by MintSauce at 4:04 AM PST - 11 comments

i haven't left my day job. yet.

how much do indie rock stars make on average? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:56 AM PST - 31 comments

LA -- what a great place

Things to do in L.A. when you're there from August 14-20. (Including: anyone have vegan restaurants to recommend?) [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 3:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Retrieving data from fire-damaged hard drives.

Retrieving data from fire-damaged hard drives. [more inside]
posted by punilux at 1:48 AM PST - 9 comments

August 7

What is the best way to get the money out of the LLC and into my pocket?

I have an LLC that I never expected would start making money, and (yay!) now it is. What is the best way to get the money out of the LLC and into my pocket? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 10:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a spider-like piece of heavy machiny

Please help me find a picture (or the name, or the site) of a surreal scandinavian forestation machine. It's a huge machine on 6 or 8 legs - looks just like a spider - with the cabin nested in the middle and one huge scorpion-like arm for lifting tree trunks. Rings a bell? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 10:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Shuttle Landing Broadcast

Will the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) be broadcasting the shuttle's return tonight/tomorrow morning? (Do you think all local affiliates are carrying it if their network does?) I can't find any thing on their websites about coverage.
posted by msacheson at 9:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Martini partini

Dry, veddy veddy dry... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Scion vs. Oldsmobile

I drive a 2005 Scion xB. I have the opportunity to switch it for a 1999/2000 (I'm not sure which) Oldsmobile Alero sedan. Should I? [more inside]
posted by amandaudoff at 8:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Why do Chinese restaurants serve soup for two?

At most Chinese restaurants in the U.S., there are a few soups that only come in servings big enough for two people. Why do they do that? And why is it so common at Chinese restaurants and so rare other places?
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Java Distance Learning

Any good place to learn Java online? For both beginners (J2SE) and also intermediary programmers willing to learn more (J2ME, J2EE). [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 7:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Where to stop between Boston and Montreal?

We're going to be driving from Boston to Montreal. We'll want to stop half-way there and half-way back (likely on a Sunday in both cases). Where might be a good place to stop, stretch our legs, get a bite to eat that's not kid-unfriendly. Sites, bites, etc. all welcome, especially interesting ones. I'm guessing that Montpelier is about half-way, but we're generally open.
posted by Raspberry at 6:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone help me find an internet puzzle or riddle involving the US states?

Can anyone help me find an internet puzzle or riddle involving the US states? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I troubleshoot my lawn mower?

My walk behind lawnmower stopped cold while I was cutting the grass. It appeared to be out of gas, so I filled it. Now it won't start. How do I troubleshoot the issue? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic at 6:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Pie party planning

My wife is turning forty and wants a birthday never to be forgotten. One idea that she is fond of is having a pie fight with all of her friends. Does anyone have any idea how to plan such an event? In particular where, besides my house, is a good place to hold it. What kind of pies are best? (She doesn't want foam.) And how I can I make such a seemingly chaotic event run smoothly? Any experiences or anecdotes are welcomed.
posted by captainscared at 5:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How do you find pet friendly hotels?

In a few weeks I am going to be driving a moving truck cross country with 2 cats. I will need to find a hotel 2 different nights along the way. However, given the unpredictable nature of that kind of drive in a moving van, I am loathe to reserve places ahead of time. If there is any sort of delay or fortunate expedience the reservation could easily be missed. Searching the internet it seems that the pet policy is left up to individual hotels - even in the same chain. Does anyone know of any chains that allow small pets at all of their hotels or at least a resource that might compile a list of such places?
posted by aaronh at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Internet Access in Chicago

Is there a place (Starbucks, Kinkos, etc) in the Southport / Wrigleyville area of Chicago where I can physically plug my laptop into the internet? It's not connected in my house yet, and I don't have wireless. Any suggestions?
posted by TurkishGolds at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Growing Plants in Water Alone

I need suggestions for decorative plants I can grow in a small, clear vase with just water, no soil (and that can withstand my black thumb). [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 4:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Whitewater Rafting the Rogue River

Help us decide on a whitewater rafting guide/outfitter for the Rogue River in southern Oregon. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Unfiltered Smokes: Why so expensive?

Why do unfiltered cigarettes cost so much more than unfiltered ones? [more inside]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 2:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Genesis revisited

Could someone tell me the origin of this? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

What proof exists that Japanese soldiers bayonetted babies at Nanking?

What evidence exists that Japanese soldiers bayonetted babies at Nanking?
posted by Jairus at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What the hell is ABC doing?

Where do you live? Are you seeing the X-games on ABC right now, or are you seeing infomercials? Thanks!
posted by peep at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Comprables database

I'm looking for information about home prices that have recently sold. Specifically, I'd like to find some sort of database that can make it easy for me to get comparables for any given property. Even more ideally, if it could compare a resource of available properties, and flag when their comparable value is under the market, that would be fantastic. Any thoughts on this, or how I could put this together?
posted by wflanagan at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I create multi-page PDF documents with my Canon N1220U Scanner and Mac 10.4?

How do I create multi-page PDF documents with my Canon N1220U Scanner and Mac 10.4? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters?

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters? [more inside]
posted by newgrl at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Tech specs on older Apple Hardware?

OldAppleHardwareFilter: I've decided to cannibalize my first-gen clamshell iBook after a number of years of service and I'd like to use some of the parts for other projects. My problem is that I can't find any heavily technical information on the components. [more inside]
posted by authenticgeek at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What book can't you put down?

I'm looking for a really good story--I feel like I'm drowning in books but there's nothing I really want to read. I'm tired of all these 'literary' novels where nothing really happens, or the big best-sellers that are all action and no substance. I don't really care what genre, fiction, nonfiction, anything is fine as long as it really sucks you in. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 12:16 PM PST - 83 comments

Disk recovery software - MAC os 9.1?

Does anyone know of any (preferably freeware) programs for Mac OS 9.1 that can fix disk errors? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 11:49 AM PST - 1 comment

mac 10.4.2 driver for Sharp AM-900

I'm looking for a generic laser printer driver for a multi-function Sharp AM-900. Needs to be compatible with Mac OS 10.4.2. [more inside]
posted by anathema at 11:31 AM PST - 0 comments

Home price check?

Home price check? [more inside]
posted by jca at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Doughnuts in Boiling Water

Doughnuts and boiling water. In the 1928 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, a recipe called 'cheap doughnuts (without shortening)' has a bizarre method. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Reading up on former Yugoslavia?

Can anyone recommend any excellent books covering the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Downloading one file out of a large torrent?

How can I use Azureus to download just one file out of a big torrent that includes many files? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

GI Diet: How do I work out GIs for non-listed items?

I've just put my portly frame on a GI Diet. I have books that detail what main ingredients are allowed, but how can I work out rough GI ratings for specific items that aren't on any lists? Also, is there a good free website that can help?
posted by wibbler at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

AskMEFI Trip Planner - Socal Coast

AskMEFI Trip Planner - Southern California Coastal Mini-honeymoon suggestions: Where should we stay? Where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by sfz at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Buying new eyeglasses... lots of questions

Multi-part question about eyeglasses and eye tests... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 9:38 AM PST - 23 comments


How do I stop my 14-month-old pug from barking? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 9:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Hong Kong Fooey

HongKongFilter: I'm thinking of taking a trip to HK next month, so if anyone who's been has advice to offer...? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:01 AM PST - 21 comments

what turned my cursor green?

What turned my cursor, mouse arrow & hand green? I didn't. At least not knowingly, and I don't like it. How do I get it back to the way it was.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do on a short SoCal vacation with young kids?

A four day SoCal vacation with two small children (7 and 3).... what can we do that isn't Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Paper Trail for Politicians?

Do national political leaders operate with too much privacy? Barring specific national security meetings (perhaps decided as so by an elected judge) should all other meetings/calls/messages involved in running a country be immediately available in transcript/video/audio to it's citizens? I guess this question is aimed at democratic type governments. The theory is that these leaders are put in power by the populace, but normally operate without much of a public paper trail, hindering accountability and public access to the truth.
posted by parallax7d at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Bright and shiney space shuttle

Why does the Space Shuttle appear as a bright, reflective object — almost star-like — when seen from Earth against a darkened sky? It's not exactly covered in mirrors.
posted by punkfloyd at 6:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Lyrics to "Estupido Romantico"

I like the song "Estupido Romantico" (Mazz, 1995), but I need the lyrics, so I can sing along (for more than the title). Got the words? Please, e-mail me. [By the way, love makes me feel both stupid and romantic!]
posted by Carol Anne at 6:18 AM PST - 2 comments

P.I.I. (pronounced "pee") is Real!

Attention: Urologists! Is there a name for the phenomenon where you have to pee, but you can still hold it awhile... [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 4:12 AM PST - 6 comments

August 6

Lost text in

Is anyone else losing text in OS X mail app? [more inside]
posted by forrest at 10:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Hysterectomy experiences and advice

Experiences with hysterectomy. Either yours or SO's or close friend, relative, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Make My Sex Life More Interesting!

SexFilter: I'm wondeirng what I could be doing to make things more interesting for my boyfriend. (Inside may not be especially SFW.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I negotiate for a better deal?

I asked for too little during the job interview. How do I push for more if I get an offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 PM PST - 20 comments

What Did Depression Feel Like?

When I Reduce The Amount of SSRI I Take, Is This How I Felt When I Was Depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Wisconsin: Strange and Weird

What's the weirdest thing you can tell me about the state of Wisconsin? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch at 9:00 PM PST - 31 comments

No, my dog isn't drunk. (But I can see why you'd think so.)

Does anyone here have experience living with a dog with vestibular syndrome? It's a balance disturbance/disorder that affects the dog's motor skills much like a stroke. [more inside]
posted by younggreenanne at 7:50 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to buy concert tickets?

What's the best way to buy tickets for a high-demand event as soon as they go on sale? Is there a better way than hitting refresh at ticketmaster? Is buying at an outlet better? Since the number of people going is in flux, does quantity matter? Only relevant Askme thread found here.
posted by rfordh at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Make a Stuck Window Unstuck?

Anyone develop 'stuck window' on their Honda Accord? How did you fix it? [more inside]
posted by clord at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

how does one smoke a pipe?

How does one smoke a pipe? Just talking about proper pipes and proper tobacco - nothing wacky
posted by Svea at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Know any Czech electronic musicians?

Spurred on by what happened at Czechtek, I'm trying to find more out about electronic musicians from the Czech Republic. The trouble is, I don't speak Czech. Does anyone know of any great Czech producers, or of any web translation sites that reliably do Czech to English so I can do more research? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 2:43 PM PST - 1 comment

US to Canada, do they check everyone for everything?

Crossing the Canada border from the US (Rainbow Bridge) -- Should I be worried about a minor criminal record issue? [more inside]
posted by Merdryn at 2:39 PM PST - 19 comments

modern indoor plant

Looking for nice tall indoor plant for a modern living room... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Time for a new HEPA vacuum filter?

How do I de-stink the HEPA filter for my brand-new bagless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by salsamander at 1:49 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the best grease to lube my chassis?

What is the best grease to lube my truck chassis? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Colombia 1, emelenjr 0

Where can I find aguardiente in the states? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Starting a business...

Tips on turning a business idea into reality? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get my cat to support me?

How can I get my cat to support me? [more inside]
posted by Ferrari328 at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I need to get my TV repaired?

I've just had my TV repaired, and I think the company that fixed it is messing me around.. [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Avoiding heat in Installing DVD VCR Recorder?

Why does the manual on my new DVD/VCR recorder say "do not install NEAR any heat sources such as radiators,..or other(including amplifiers that produce heat)"? I just bought a Toshiba D-VR3SU and if I put it in place of my old VCR it is about 2" from my amplifier. Well the amp gets warm, but I can't feel any heat more than 1/4" away. Do I really need to rearrange all the stuff to avoid this? The manual says this twice! [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

vector graphics perspective effect in Final Cut Express

Mac Final Cut Express and vector graphics, maybe Flash: How to make a vector graphics motion sequence to be incorporated into a Final Cut Express video. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 5:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Building a web-based accounting software

I am tasked with writing a web-based accounting software in PHP-MySQL. My background in accounting is minimal. I understand enough of debits & credits & transactions and such, but I'd like to find some resources which could help me in working out the programming workflow, database relationships, etc, ie the technical parts of developing such a system.
posted by arrowhead at 4:16 AM PST - 14 comments

August 5

Best elevated city views by car

I'm taking a road trip through New England with my shortwave radio. I want a spot to perch with my car and do some long-distance nighttime listening with a beautiful elevated view, preferably overlooking a city. (Certain restrictions apply.) Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Can my monitor be fixed?

Is my broken monitor fixable? It displays everything very bright and washed out, and sometimes clicks itself off (with the image disappearing to a tiny dot in the middle) when displaying something white. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 11:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find these shoes!

I have been looking high and low (without luck) for this pair of sandals--I know they exist, because I saw someone wearing them before I became intent on getting a pair. Oh, how I wish I'd asked her where she got them! It is a sort of boho-thong sandal with a flat ring that sits between your big and first toes. Thin cords make up the side straps. For a really crappy sketch, click here. Pardon my drawing skills. I would prefer a physical store (instant gratification, you know,) but online stores will satisfy my shoe-lust as well. I have googled the world over but have yet to come up with anything close enough.
posted by saucy at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I best study for my CCNA certification?

What's the best way to study for an IT certification exam? Specifically, CCNA. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

MediaWiki windows server synchronisation

How can I synchronise a local wiki installation (preferably MediaWiki) with an online server installation? [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Kick a hole through the middle of Main Street

Simple request: Does anyone have a Big Red Jake album with the lyrics to "Chili Bean's Final Carouse"? Please post them, if you have them...the internet is failing me.
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Orphaned Kitten

So I recently found an orphan kitten in the backyard that is about 5 weeks old and i just saw the mother looking for her kitten a little while ago. i'm not sure if she is feral or just a neighborhood cat, and i feel terrible about keeping the kitten from her. but at the same time. if she is feral, i'd feel bad about contributing another feral cat to the community, or worse the kitten wouldn't survive. any advice is more then welcome!
posted by rabbitmoon at 2:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Way to see bad ebayers?

Is there a way I can see the people who have the top worst feedback in ebay? The ones with the most bad feedback or worst feedbacK percentage?
posted by aacheson at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Know this movie soundbite?

"Dr. Davis, telephone please. Dr. Blair, Dr. Blair. Dr. J. Hamilton, Dr. J. Hamilton" [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 2:18 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you trap a cat?

Advice for trapping a stray cat? A malnourished kitten has been hanging around my yard and alley lately. [more inside]
posted by Sully6 at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Have Accidents at Disney affected your travel plans?

Have the recent injuries and deaths at the Disney themeparks affected your decision to visit any of those parks in the near or distant future? (List of industry wide accidents here.)
posted by IndigoSkye at 1:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Getting my hands on the magical happy pill.

Will your regular doctor prescribe you depression medication, or will they just send you to a psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 1:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Why is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at number 8 on the iTunes Music Store?

Incredibly Pointless Question: Why is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at number 8 on the iTunes Music Store? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 12:59 PM PST - 32 comments

Wine toter

Two-part question: My friend is leaving Buenos Aires tommorrow - heading back to the states. How many bottles of wine can he bring with him? Also, another friend is flying standby. Can he only bring carry-on luggage? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 12:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Setting up a heterogenous Home Network

How do I set up point-and-click filesharing in a heterogenous home network (Linux and Windows XP) [more inside]
posted by psychotic_venom at 10:56 AM PST - 2 comments

How to build a "productivity account" in Windows XP?

How do I create a stripped-down work environment free of distractions in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Flinging apples far from the tree?

What leads to a child/young adult picking up a parent's behavior (good or bad), rather than rebelling against it? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 10:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Boss Panic!

Boss Panic! I have a friend who becomes very apprehensive when he knows the boss is coming. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 9:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Synonyms for "PowerPoint"

A generic Kleenex is a "tissue," a generic Q-Tip is a "cotton swab." What is a generic PowerPoint presentation called? [more inside]
posted by lewistate at 9:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Can you hear me now. Good.

CellPhoneFilter: I have the increasingly common dilemma of having two cellphones. Does a two-line cell phone exist? [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 9:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Has MT been stress tested?

Movable Type: How does it fare under high-volume conditions? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 8:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Windows Server 2k3 troubles

Windows Server 2003 Problems! [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments

heh. no one came to my yard sale.

I need to find an ebay broker in the St. Louis area. I've only come across and there's something a little too Fisher-Price about their website to make me take them seriously. Googling is just spitting back listings of people selling sports event tickets.
posted by pieoverdone at 7:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Is Sirius lifetime subscription a good idea?

Sirius subscription: Lifetime, month-to-month, or other? [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf at 7:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Recovering Dataholic

Ack! I've got a CD-R with CRC errors! [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

DAT's All Folks - Any DAT decks left?

Audiofilter: with amazing speed, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) has become a legacy format. In the archiving community, talk is that no major company is actually producing a component level DAT deck anymore, and the portables are soon to disappear as well. Anyone know differently, or know of a retailer still sitting on a significant stock of (new) component audio DAT decks? Lots of linguists, musicians, and ethnographers are suddenly desperate to score one. [more inside]
posted by realcountrymusic at 6:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Wedding photographer in New England

Do you know anyone in New England who can photograph a wedding? Professional photographers need not apply unless they are willing to work for $400. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:27 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me fake a coke high

This is your actor on drugs - specifically cocaine. [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 6:03 AM PST - 56 comments

Where can I find large Kashima Antlers jerseys?

Automatic translation engines always have their functional limits; these limits tend to be even more pervasive with non-latin script languages. I have been trying for a month now to find jerseys for my favorite soccer club, the Kashima Antlers, with no luck. How can I order Japanese products that aren't on JList (army blocks it) short of taking 3 months of Japanese? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 5:54 AM PST - 3 comments

HTML Form Generation Questions

HTML FormsFilter: I'm building a short multiple choice survey. Is there a good, free online application which will help me do this? [more inside]
posted by laukf at 4:33 AM PST - 7 comments


Technological singularity: pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 2:42 AM PST - 12 comments

where can i find a copy of the Amen Break?

Where can i get a copy of the Amen Break? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 1:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Open Source report writer similar to Crystal Reports?

I'm looking for an OSS report writer similar to Crystal Reports. I've found several on sourceforge and have heard good things about Jasper, but I'd like to know what you (or the company you work for) uses and why. It needs to be dead easy for the end user to get reports with lots of charts and graphs and dynamically generated content. Also needs the ability to export reports as flat files in xml or some other simple format.
posted by Grod at 1:11 AM PST - 1 comment

August 4

Big Bad Developer?

Do any of you live in a suburban community that actually benefited from development? [MI] [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 9:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Faiting at the sight of blood -- runs in families?

Any MeFites around who faint at the sight of blood? If so, are you aware of any close relatives who do the same? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Music software for OS X?

OS X equivalent to Windows program Fruity Loops? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Beatles religious conspiracy email

This is the third in a series of ranting Beatles conspiracy emails I've recieved, roughly one every six months for the past year and a half. Where are they coming from? [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack at 7:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Legal Highs

Has anyone every tried the legal highs offered by sites like this and this. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 6:48 PM PST - 34 comments

Tipping our house cleaner?

Tipping our house cleaner? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 5:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Mac audio editing software.

I am looking for a good, cheep/free sound editing program for my Mac. It needs to be able to produce files I can import to apple and adobe's video editing programs. Any suggestions would be great.
posted by iwouldificould at 5:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio to play in between songs during a live performance.

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio/sources for said audio to play in between songs during a live performance. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

I know a lot about penises, animal penises that is!

I'm looking for an old (possibly quite popular) health ed video called something along the lines of: Am I Normal:... [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 3:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Homina homina homina!!

What are the origins of "homina homina homina!!" as an expression to denote, er, lustful desires?
posted by Robot Johnny at 1:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Veggie burgers with structural integrity!

VeggieBurgerFilter: Help me make a homemade veggie burger that wont fall to bits when I put it on the grill. [more inside]
posted by keatsandyeats at 1:27 PM PST - 15 comments

JavaScript crashcourse

JavaScriptCrashCourseFilter: I have just been presented with a great career opportunity if I can get up to speed in JavaScript at great velocity- what's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Cutting out gluten and dairy - how!?

On the advice of my doctor I'm going to try to go gluten- AND dairy-free for two weeks. This is the first time I've ever tried to cut anything out of my diet. What the hell can I still eat? Is beer OK? Please help me keep from wasting away...
posted by gottabefunky at 1:08 PM PST - 27 comments

down a hole?

What happens to the money when a business places a hold on your credit/debit card? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I leave the US on a UK passport but re-enter on a US one?

I hold both a US and a UK passport. When I leave the country next year (from the US to Greece) should I travel out on the UK passport and back in on the US? Is this even allowed anymore? [more inside]
posted by dual_action at 9:15 AM PST - 26 comments

What are some good primers on Narratology?

I'd like to become familiar with the basics of the Narrative Theory/Narratology. Can anyone in the know recommend a primer, or other key reading(s) -- either seminal books or articles? Assume I next to nothing about the field (so seemingly obvious citiations are welcomed); also assume that I won't be put off by thick tomes or dense prose. Thanks!
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Automatic pausing ... because I'm lazy

Are there such things as automatic-pause headphones? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 8:49 AM PST - 17 comments

DNS servers with easy-to-remember IP addresses?

Whenever I set up a new computer I have to scramble to figure out the IP addresses for two DNS servers. Are there any publicly accessible, stable DNS servers that have a particularly memorable IP address? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 8:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Things to do in Strasbourg?

I'm going to be in Strasbourg (exclusively) for four days next week - any recommendations on things to do and/or see? [more inside]
posted by hugsnkisses at 7:57 AM PST - 16 comments

How's the traffic?

Is there any place (online or otherwise) where I can get historical data on southern California freeway traffic patterns? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I open a bookstore?

Let's say I wanted to open my own business. Specifically a children's bookstore in a small college town in the northeast. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 6:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Anyone anonyblogging?

Is there a simple to use, high-quality weblog creation service that will allow me to blog with a reasonable level of anonymity? Blogger has always been okay but as far as I know doesn't seem to cater for categories, which is something I seek. I'm attracted to TypePad though a look at their privacy policy suggests they're collecting all sorts of information and are likely to pass it on to quite a few parties. Are there more anonymous blog apps out there?
posted by skylar at 4:49 AM PST - 11 comments


What do you do with your anger? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 2:51 AM PST - 58 comments

August 3

wireless problems

What is the weak link in my wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 11:24 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I look for?

A close friend of mine will soon be moving to another city to go to university. We're going to miss eachother like hell and I'm looking for a good going away gift—under $100 CND— to give her. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 11:07 PM PST - 12 comments

How much weight will I gain?

Can your weight increase by a greater amount than the weight of the food you eat? It seems to me that if I eat 500g of cake, then it couldn't possibly increase my body weight by more than 500g. Does this make sense? All my searching regarding this stuff deals in calories rather than mass/weight.
posted by bunglin jones at 10:38 PM PST - 40 comments

eMule Plus problem

I've recently installed eMule Plus; I used it many months ago but uninstalled because of connectivity problems. So now I have a new computer, I figure I can start with a fresh slate. But the same thing happened--it cut out my internect connectivity after about 5 minutes or so. Firefox, IE, all messengers, stopped working and the emule downloads slowed to a crawl. Also, it took a very long time for it to connect to servers in the first place. What's causing this? I have ZoneAlarm but it's "approved" eMule so I don't know why this is happening.
posted by zardoz at 10:01 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the methodology for conducting national political polls in the US?

Are national political polls that make use of random sample populations adjusted to account for the differences in overall population distribution throughout the US (in other words, do national political pollsters typically use some methodology to appropriately weigh responses from poll respondents depending on whether they live in more densely or less densely populated regions)?
posted by all-seeing eye dog at 8:47 PM PST - 9 comments

too bad you can't shout "on your right" to drivers

Cycling/JuryofMyPeers-Filter: when a cyclist crashes into a car because the car turned right into the cyclist's path, is it the driver's fault for not checking their blind spot, or the cyclist's fault for aggressively passing on their right? [more inside]
posted by bl1nk at 8:36 PM PST - 42 comments

In Farsi/Persian, would it be Torshi Angoor or Ghoureh?

Persian/Farsi question--what would you call pickled sour grapes? Torshi Angoor or Ghoureh? I've checked google and the store-bought jar in my fridge, so I know those answers. I want to know what you or your Persian family/friends would call it.
posted by lobakgo at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the strange instrument in "Sour Times" by Portishead?

In the song "Sour Times" by Portishead, there is a bizarre stringed instrument with percussive elements in the background. I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what it is. [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

smb:// url from xp pro

How do I connect to a network identified by smb://sub.domain.tld/share$ from XP Pro? It works fine in OS X (of course) using "Go->Connect to Server", but on Windows neither IE nor Firefox nor My Network Places seems to understand this kind of URL. What do I need?
posted by Aaorn at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's my homepage, mama?

Websites for toddlers? [more inside]
posted by slimslowslider at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

women never really faint

I'm trying to play the song "Sweet Jane" by the Velvet Underground. I can play the song on guitar or bass. I can sing along to the song. But it all falls apart if I try to do both. Does anyone have any tips for me? [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Dealing with Unexpected Phone Calls While Listening to Your Favorite Album

Is there a way to assign an F key to just pause and un-pause iTunes? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 7:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Head to head pre-flop blinds betting structure

More Texas Hold'em rule questions: What is the exact structure of betting the blinds (pre-flop) in a head-to-head match? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 5:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I treat my deck?

How can I tell if my deck needs to be treated? [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu at 5:12 PM PST - 11 comments

How to start dating again after a broken engagement?

How to start dating again after a broken engagement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 23 comments

What to eat on South Beach.

What foods can I eat on the South Beach Diet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 13 comments

How can my father set up his estate to include a missing (by choice) son?

As executor, I'm helping my retired father set up his estate. Everything is pretty cut & dried with the exception of my brother. We have no idea where he is and whether he is even alive. How should my father account for him in his will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving to the USA

I'm a Canadian looking to move (and work) in the USA. Not necessarily forever, but more than the three months a tourist visa allows. I've got a 2 year college degree and 8 yrs experience in IT. Where do I start to figure out how to do it? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a good help ticket system?

I'm looking for a recommendation for a customer-facing help ticket system to implement at work. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 3:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Real vanilla/almond "extract", minus the alcohol content?

FoodFilter: I love vanilla/almond/etc. extract. But I cannot have even tiny amounts of alcohol in my food (for religious reasons). But I want real flavor. Googling has taught me that alcohol is put in all extracts to preserve and to prevent evaporation. But could there truly be no other way? How do I get avoid the bleh imitation stuff while still getting no alcohol in my flavoring?
posted by parma at 2:29 PM PST - 45 comments

Can you recommend a new sport or physical activity that I might like?

Besides Ultimate, can you recommend a new sport or physical activity that I might like? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 2:09 PM PST - 28 comments

Get me drunk in Munich!

Oktoberfest! I'm going to be in Munich on 9/17, and I can't wait to hit the Weisn! Just one problem -- I'm lazy, and I didn't book space in a tent. How early do I need to get there (on opening weekend, no less!), and what tent should I aim for to have a good chance of getting seats for four people? Favorite tents, anyone?
posted by gurple at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

bargain basement ipods.

I'm ready to be assimilated, and am considering purchasing an Ipod. I read in a Cringely column, recently, that b/w ipods are being offered "everywhere" at $150 discounts to make room for the new models. Where might I find these magical discounts? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 1:52 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the best way to store oil paint?

Does storing a half-used can of oil paint upsidedown *really* work to prevent a skin from forming? I've also read recommendations for a small quantity of mineral spirits to be poured on top. (Which I did even try before having read it; I had marginal success but it was not long term. Anyway, I would think the mineral spirits would eventually evaoprate just as the solvents in the paint must.) [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm a space case!

Today I was sitting with my boss, supposedly reading a very dry document on legal regulations on I.T. security procedures. He was sitting across from me filling in a spreadsheet. Suddenly, he looked up and said wooohooooo, is anybody there? He'd caught me staring out the window spacing out, with a blank expression on my face. Then he told me that he had noticed I zone out really often. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Porn in the woods.

Porn in the woods. Did you, as a kid, find porn in the woods? I did, and I have noticed this is a worldwide phenomena. Why the porn in the woods? Where does the porn in the woods come from? [more inside]
posted by mr.marx at 1:01 PM PST - 124 comments

No more mojo, please.

I want to lose my mojo. [more inside]
posted by NickDouglas at 12:58 PM PST - 27 comments

Recommended windows alarm software?

Can you recommend alarm/timer software to run on windows? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Appointing A legal Guardian

My wife and I are going out of town for the weekend, away from our daughter together, for the first time. A friend suggested that we appoint a legal guardian for our daughter in the event that she had an emergency, or if my wife and I were killed together. Is this done in a Will, or seperate document? Any suggestions for on-line resources for these kinds of forms? Any helpful insights into this process?
posted by bluno at 12:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Maine travel reccomendations

We're taking a trip to Maine for a few days. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Is "Please drink responsibly" a law?

Is the "Please drink responsibly" tagline that now suffixes beer/liquor ads the result of a law, or just a voluntary trend?
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Wifi in Wildwood New Jersey?

I am going to be vacationing in Wildwood New Jersey next week and I am looking for places that have wifi, preferably free. I am staying at a rental property instead of a hotel and thus no internet. Aside from war driving, are there any known places that I can go that offer such a thing? returned nothing helpful at all and neither did a google search.
posted by thebwit at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Are Saturn cars any good?

I want to buy a used station wagon in Los Angeles, California. I'm a Japanese car guy through and through but I can't seem to find anything that's not too old. There are a few Saturns, though. I heard they're alright. Are Saturn cars actually any good? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 11:05 AM PST - 33 comments

Vanishing calendar

After many happy months with Firefox, my Firefox Calendar has disappeared, along with all my appointments and due dates. [more inside]
posted by walla at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Things to do in Buenos Aires in August? (Yes, I know it's winter...). A friend has just dropped out of a 5 day trip and I'll be there alone, and on my birthday, and I'd like to spoil myself. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Thee ____ing _____s

Why are there so many (relatively speaking) bands with names that begin with Thee? And who started it?
posted by mookieproof at 10:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me help my junipers

Why are my juniper bushes sick? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

What will happen to the man that puberty forgot?

Has puberty passed me by? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 27 comments

How do you get a 750+ on the GMAT?

After using numerous prep books, official guides and the Powerprep software, I am stuck at the 700-720 range. I checked this post, but I am looking for more specific help for a really high score. Right now, I am answering 90% of the questions correct. Do I need to get 100% right? Or get more questions right in the beginning? What am I doing wrong? I am exactly three weeks away from the test.
posted by vjz at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

What license do I need to operate a motorscooter?

I am a licensed driver in California, with a valid Class "C" license. I am thinking of buying a "Vespa" type motorscooter. Do I need to get a special motorcycle license, or does my current license cover it?
posted by Futurehouse at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

More vacation time than I can shake a stick at

I need to use 5+ weeks of vacation before the end of the year. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 8:52 AM PST - 25 comments

What was this sexy sci-fi book?

Help me identify a cheesy sci-fi book I enjoyed as a teenager in the 80s! [more inside]
posted by bug138 at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I help a student with a speech disability?

DiscriminationFilter: How do I adapt my teaching methods for a student in my SAT prep course with a speech disability? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Moving to Europe?

Interested in possibly moving abroad in a few years, either to the UK or to France... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Book on microtonal scales?

Can anyone recommend a book on musical scale systems/microtonality? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommendations on kid friendly email groups

I would like recommendations on "kid friendly" email groups and listservs for my 9-year old son. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

word count on page

So I'm trying to write a Word macro to count how many words there are on the current page of the document. It's not going well. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do about a leaky pool fillter?

How can I fix a leaking above-ground pool filter (with epoxy or something)? Should I try or will this mess it up further? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 7:00 AM PST - 3 comments

They must spend a fortune on band-aids for their shoulder

Where did the image of the Japanese hero carrying a big sword on his shoulder come from? Examples here, here, here, and here. It seems to come up a lot in Japanese videogames and toons. [more inside]
posted by patgas at 6:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Reg Link Handling?

Regarding my CommonTimes post: Here's a question for all you seasoned MeFi NewsFilter veterans. So many news sources require bogus, worthless, annoying "registration", imagining that they're harvesting tons of valuable marketing information. Bugmenot comes in handy, but I hate to post links to CommonTimes which lead readers to a reg-gate. I'm aware of the NY Times Link Generator which does an end-around of the reg gateway. And BugMeNot sure comes in handy. I'm also tagging with "reglink" where appropriate. Any other suggestions for dealing with reg-required links?
posted by hybernaut at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the best groomsman gift you ever received or heard of?

What is the best groomsman gift you ever received or heard of?
posted by jonah at 6:32 AM PST - 32 comments

what are the pros and cons of being immunized for the first time as an adult?

If an 18-year-old currently residing in the U.S. has never had any vaccinations or immunizations, what are the pros and cons of starting the process of becoming immunized now? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:49 AM PST - 15 comments

I've lost my AvantSlash code, have I tried everything?

My (old) sysadmin in what could only be described as a hissy fit deleted my entire account one friday night. Along with all my emails and other stuff went the only copy I had of AvantSlash. This is rather unfortunate, since I maintain it! Can you help me find a copy of v3.0 or 3.1? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 5:12 AM PST - 5 comments

did she get my email?

i sent an email to a hotmail address with a blank subject line. did it arrive, or are such emails filtered?
posted by Silky Slim at 4:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Med Alert bracelet time?

At what point or for what conditions do you need to get a medical alert bracelet? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 4:14 AM PST - 16 comments

How to identify IKEA furniture (sofa bed)

How to identify IKEA furniture? I have an identical sofa bed to the one on sale here and also here. I want to get a new cover for it but I can't for the life of me remember the model name. So does anyone know what the bed is called or how I can find out. Many thanks.
posted by empedia at 3:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit, credit everywhere

JunkmailFilter: How do I get credit card companies to stop sending me applications? [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 2:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Can someone explain airline-loyalty programmes to me?

Airmiles, full-fare, goldmember elite worldclass club, Y-C-B and Z class tickets, Award flights, etc - even as a frequent flyer, I have no clue what these all mean, how I get them, and how I can use them to get an upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval at 2:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me remember which movie this was from!

I'm trying to remember a film, a small part of which has surfaced in my mind... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 1:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Pants Question

What color/kind of shoes would go best with some casual white pants. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 12:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Who was the narrator of Peter and the Wolf in the 1950s?

Name that narrator! My mom just sent me on a (fruitless) Google/Amazon quest to find a narrator from a 1950s vinyl recorded version of Peter and the Wolf. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 12:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Goulash recipes

I'm looking for Goulash recipes. [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 12:03 AM PST - 4 comments

August 2

To 3 or not to 3

Australian Mobile Phone Company Filter: Anyone got share-worthy experiences with "3"? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 11:54 PM PST - 1 comment

How to configure wireless switches?

I want to learn IOS and any other Cisco switch configuring protocol stuff. Is there a good resource for this? I kind of need it to get out of a bad situation so learning quick would be much appreciated. I want to learn the fundamentals so that I can a) impress them b) begin the learning curve which is the hardest thing to do in my opinion. BTW this is switch configuring for a wireless network. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 10:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Stinky Sandal Filter

I have a pair of leather sandals that have a couple years of dirt, dead skin and miscelleanous grime worn deeply into the insoles. What's the best way to get rid of the foot-gunk without destroying the leather?
posted by nathan_teske at 10:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Yellow Jacket in the House

We have a wasp/hornet/yellow jacket in our house. How do we get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by javelina at 9:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Extended mission trips.

So, I really want to do some missionary/volunteer work for an extended period of time so I come seeking advice on possible organisations to work with. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 9:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a (postal) mail scanning service?

I'm looking for a service where I can rent a personal mailbox, and when mail comes in, it is scanned and put somewhere where I can retrieve it electronically (or get the paper mail forwarded to me, wherever I happen to be at the time). I've been using these folks in Las Vegas for a while (they're great, BTW)... but they only do the store-and-forward thing, and I'm really looking for electronic delivery whenever possible. [more inside]
posted by toxic at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Presentation tips for the clueless

Help me give good slide? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments

id fraud or simple misdelivery?

My friend just got a paycheck in the mail. It had obviously been opened and then scotch-taped back up. Also, it arrived a couple days later than she expected it. Inside was the intact paycheck and stub. Problem is the stub also had her full name, SSN #, and of course salary and workplace. Should she be worried? If this was ID theft why would they have taped it back up? I'm curious too about what may have happened here.
posted by vacapinta at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Does potluck planning software exist?

Does the software I'm looking for exist? My family and I have dinner, potluck style, with a group of about 6 other families on a bi-weekly basis. Every week we have to do the same round of emails about what people are bringing for dinner etc... How do we automate it? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh at 7:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Fun fun fun at the beach beach beach

I'm looking to get away this weekend to somewhere within, say, a two hour drive (at max) of the Chicago metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by hoboynow at 6:37 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best (graphically) designed sites on the web?

What are the best (graphically) designed sites on the web? [more inside]
posted by wtfwjd? at 6:22 PM PST - 18 comments

proxy server authenticating w/LDAP?

Anybody ever set up a proxy server that authenticates using an external LDAP server - so that (for example) off-campus university students can access third-party web services that are restricted to campus IP addresses? [more inside]
posted by spock at 5:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Social club for semi-retired men?

My 64-year-old father is bored. Are there any social clubs in Los Angeles for him? [more inside]
posted by clh at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Javascript help for a OS X Tiger widget

I'm trying to create my first widget -- a quick corporate directory lookup thingy -- and I'm having some trouble. The UI design, html, and css are all squared away, but the javascript is causing me some trouble. [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 5:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Sports Podcasts

Is there a sports podcast worth listening to? I'm looking for something that is released once or twice a week, is comprised of discussion and analysis rather than interviews, and focuses on non-motor sports popular in the United States. Rather than making my way though a mass of random iTunes categorical picks, I'd love to get some recommendations.
posted by boombot at 5:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Studies of Otherkin?

Have researchers ever explored the psychological or cultural factors behind the Otherkin phenomenon?
posted by johngoren at 5:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How to start a good "hate" site and not get sued.

I want to start a "hate" site dedicated to my crappy dealings with a major corporation. What do I need to be wary of? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 5:21 PM PST - 25 comments

The Cryptic Corporation=The Residents, right?

Are there any good arguments against the members of The Residents and the members of The Cryptic Corporation being the same people? Other than the fact that they've denied it in the past?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me DJ a wedding

I'm DJing a friend's wedding this weekend. Any tips from real DJs? [more inside]
posted by josh at 4:22 PM PST - 11 comments

CD Search

Runtime search on CD - What is your recommendation for an inexpensive (but not free) search utility to add to a data CD for use in searching its contents? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the oldest landscape paintings?

What are the oldest realistic landscape paintings (or drawings)? [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

First aid for sports injuries?

Soccer Injuries: People get injured all the time playing indoor soccer ... minor stuff, like sprains and heavy bruising and the like. What kind of first aid should we perform on this kind of injury, what kind of stuff should I keep in my soccer bag for when *I* get hurt like this, and when is it time to send someone to the ER?
posted by SpecialK at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

There's a tiny little man stuck inside my hard drive!

Help me recover data off a (seemingly) dead laptop hard drive. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Safari RSS not updating some feeds

Why doesn't Safari RSS automatically update some of my feeds? [more inside]
posted by trey at 3:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Tracking down a Mason

Is there a way to find out if someone was a Freemason? [more inside]
posted by divka at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Chicken repellant?

How do you keep a chicken out of a tree? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 2:37 PM PST - 18 comments

How to POP an Exchange 2k3 server using Outlook

I need to allow a few people to access our mail server using Outlook from outside the building. They use OWA yet do not like having to use a web page to do this (yeah, I know...). I thought of setting up POP3 but am not sure what ports I need to open on the firewall (110, 25 do not seem to cut it). What is the functional difference between POP3 and IMAP and is either one better/easier to setup? (File folder sharing would be an optional objective). Microsoft's KB system sucks...any other useful articles out there?
posted by SparkyPine at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get to Hanoi, Vietnam from Bangkok, Thailand?

I will be traveling to Vietnam next week, and have some questions regarding getting/staying there. [more inside]
posted by ar0n at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

phenomemon... du duhhh du-du-duh!

When did the word 'phenom' become an accepted way to describe sport prodigies in North American news?
posted by humuhumu at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

MCAT prep resource request

I have a gifted and motivated nephew who wants to take the MCAT. What resources would you recommend to help him prepare?
posted by Floydd at 2:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Protecting data on Mac server?

Mac OSX Server Backup question: what's the best way to ensure that my small office doesn't lose the data we store on our file server? Right now we use Retrospect with a tape drive, but it's not an ideal solution, because finding stuff on the tape is a huge pain, and the time required to maintain it is lost time. Should we go with a portable external hard drive (someone brings the tapes home just in case of fire or explosion)? Or purchase an off-site solution?
posted by miss tea at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

UK PayPal query

UK Paypal question: "Once you have opened a PayPal account, you can start making PayPal payments right away. However, for security reasons, there are limits to the amount you can send and withdraw. To lift these limits, you can complete some additional steps and gain the status of Verified." I can't seem to see what those limits are - does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a cable box

I have regular television cable service, and I want to hook it up to an old television with only UHF/VHF and a coaxial port. If I recall my grandmother's set-up correctly, I need a little cable box which takes in the cable signal and feeds the television's coax port. Cable channels are selected through the box. Thing is, I can't seem to find this sort of thing in Radio's Shack catalogue, or anywhere online for that matter. With the advent of cable-friendly television sets, am I out of luck? How hard will it be for me to find a simple cable box?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Company CEO Mutiny!

Company CEO Mutiny! I work for a medium-sized tech company, and I'd like to know if (theoretically) it's possible to get the current CEO ousted by pure employee-strength alone. [more] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 11 comments

The intrinsic worth of IKEA

How much is my used IKEA stuff worth? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 12:56 PM PST - 18 comments

The deadbolt from hell - how do I open it?

So, I've broken my deadbolt- and it's locked. How do I get the damn thing out again? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Question about child's diet

I'm looking for resources that specify how much and what kind of food is considered normal for young children. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How to stop a trainwreck

How do i convince my mother to change her life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get back an Outlook 2003 Profile?

I just changed universities and my new IT Department's instructions to enable me to access my new e-mail address (via Outlook 2003) caused me to delete old my old e-mail. Their instructions, which I blindly followed, instructed me to delete the "outlook" profile in Control Panel --> Mail. I did so, and installed their Microsoft Exchange e-mail. I assumed it would just add to my other POP e-mail accounds that were already configured and working in Outlook. I assumed wrong. So now I have none of my old e-mail, or my old contacts anymore. Is there anyway to get this invaluable stuff back? [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Atlantic City for a day?

You're a non-rich post-grad in Atlantic City for a day or two. What would be a fun time?
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

A Slow Foodie in the Bayou City

Where should I eat and drink in Houston? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Cable Alternatives

DSL vs Cable Internet... what are the differences in term of performance, reliability, price, etc? Can anyone given an evaluation of the pros/cons. Bonus if you can comment on the advantages/disadvantages of satellite TV over digital cable or vice versa. [more inside]
posted by mhaw at 12:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Ear popping sucks.

I have read that airplane cabin pressures are regulated to match the pressure at about 8000 ft. Why is the pressure not regulated to approximate ground level conditions? [more inside]
posted by Galvatron at 12:11 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the name of this musical figure?

MusicForDummiesFilter: What is this musical figure called? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 11:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Sugar and spice and everything nice

I'm looking for some premium, gourmet, fancy-pants spices (e.g., saffron, really good vanilla beans, etc.) as a gift for a food-savvy friend. I'm clueless about where to look, and Google turns up all kinds of shady e-commerce sites. Where do I go for the really nice, high-quality stuff?
posted by oissubke at 10:20 AM PST - 29 comments

Weekend getaway

Any suggestions for destinations for a weekend trip from Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 10:17 AM PST - 23 comments

Places to eat and stay in Seattle and Vancouver?

Advice on restaurants and B+B accomodations for Seattle and Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Six at 9:50 AM PST - 15 comments

How should a blog look?

Tell me what design elements you like to see in a blog. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 9:49 AM PST - 21 comments

What are some good books about birds?

What are some good books about birds? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a new job.

Help me find a new job. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 9:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How to take care of cat chin acne?

Recently adopted cat has had a dramatic out break of acne on her chin/mouth. I need an education on the best ways to: - Identify the cause? - Best method(s) to prevent outbreaks? - Best method(s) to treat outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by de void at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I improve my car knowledge?

The only thing that I know about cars is that the engine makes it go. What's a good book/website/reference that can I use to improve my car knowledge? Also, I bought a car in 2003 but I don't drive very much so it's got about 6500 miles on it. I had the oil changed at 3000 miles but I haven't done any of the other preventive maintenance listed in the manual. I realize that I need get that done but do I have to take it to the dealership? If I take it to like Car X or Jiffy Lube will they know what to do for my car? I'm assuming that different cars need different maintenance performed on them.
posted by nooneyouknow at 8:50 AM PST - 38 comments

Printer Woes

TechSupportFilter: I can't make my Windows ME PC see the new HP LaserJet 2300n printer that was donated to our nonprofit. Help! [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

looking for a word definition

I am looking for a word i once knew that describe a political regime in place which delude peoples mostly from their money... ex: Marcos and the Philippines. If I remember correctly it was ending with "*craty" but I can't be sure. It was on word of the day a long while ago but I can't find it thru their archives. maybe someone here can enlighten my vocabulary ?
posted by selfsck at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Best setup for Mac Mini in the Living Room?

My parents have a Windows machine in their office, but since I already have a firewire video camera and a Powerbook G4 running Tiger, I'd like to get them a Mac Mini so that they can see their 8-month old grandson in all his full screen, 30fps glory via iChat. Question: What are the best peripherals for them to use the Mini as a second computer in the **living room**? (which wireless keyboard, adapters for hooking the Mini to the TV, etc?) [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 8:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Infopath and C#?

MS Infopath Development questions...anyone have some experience with C# and Infopath? [more inside]
posted by Richat at 8:10 AM PST - 0 comments

We sweat.

What are your sweat-dealing strategies? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:01 AM PST - 32 comments

ever hired an organizer?

Followup to this messy neurosisfilter, has anyone here ever hired a professional organizer? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 7:50 AM PST - 5 comments