August 2006 Archives

August 31

Drunken Finnish Rant

I am in receipt of a brief paragraph of text in Finnish (~35 words, posted inside) that I need to translate to English. I've tried using various online translator tools, but I suspect it might be too laden with OFFENSIVE DRUNKEN PROFANITY (just a contextual hunch) for them to make heads or tails of it. Can anyone recommend a translator that might handle it, or (better yet) are any Finnish speakers lurking who might be so kind as to interpret? [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Primitive Camping on the Pacific Coast?

I'm looking for a charming campsite on the Pacific Coast Between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 10:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Phone card to use with pay phones

Do they make phone cards to use specifically with pay phones (phones that require you to put in 50 cents for a call)? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 10:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving iTunes library to a new computer?

Can I simply copy the files from iTunes from my old computer to my new computer? Complications and [more inside]
posted by fogster at 10:17 PM PST - 4 comments

When are the new iPods coming out and what's better about them?

I am about to buy my 13 year old daughter a new iPod. I don't want to buy a last-generation model if there's a new one around the corner before too long. My question, then, is when are the new iPods coming out and what's better about them?
posted by jeffbarr at 9:15 PM PST - 27 comments

PostScript + Unicode

Can I use Unicode characters in PostScript strings? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Polyandry + 1

I'm in a polyamorous relationship. It isn't enough. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 8:31 PM PST - 41 comments

Recent sci-fi?

I recently took a college course in Sci-fi and Fantasy (awesome course) and it really opened up a desire to read some of the recent speculative fiction that I've been missing. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 8:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Who is with these debutantes?

Can you explain this picture of debutantes from the recent 60 minutes interview with Ray Nagin? What's with the hoods and masks?
posted by Steve3 at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Pop psych recommendations?

Pop-psych or self-help book recommendations? I'm looking for popular non-fiction books concerning facets of normal human development that are actually interesting to read. I'm mainly interested in mother/daughter relationships, issues affecting teenage girls, romantic relationships, and bereavement, but I'm open to other topics as well. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 7:20 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I expect?

What side effects should I expect to experience with Seroquel? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 7:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Python or Ruby for learning to program?

Python or Ruby? Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by djgh at 6:52 PM PST - 45 comments

Don't Worry - I'm a web 2.0 developer -- where is this website?

funnyFilter: Where did I see the Web 2.0 Developer card? [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac at 6:16 PM PST - 1 comment

High school senior needs a real-world smackdown

I'm a 12th grade senior in a public high school and live in a town where over 95% of graduates go to college. Can I get away with not going? Spare the politeness and call out my 17-year-old naivete. Some lengthy text follows, sorry in advance. [more inside]
posted by aye at 6:14 PM PST - 66 comments

The down-low on co-ops.

Help my younger sister decide whether or not to buy a co-op apartment. There's some [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Heart rates and exercise safety

Heart rates and exercise safety [more inside]
posted by riotgrrl69 at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Dual SIM Card holder?

Mixing Business & Pleasure on the Phone: Dual SIM card holder advice. [more inside]
posted by birdherder at 5:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Muppet Cannibalism

Muppets eating Muppets? Or am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Remote access to an XP box

I will be leaving an XP laptop at my friend's house to seed some torrents with Azureus on a fast (10mbps up/down) connection. How do I get access to the laptop from my home computer (so that I might add/delete torrents or tweak settings)? Having remote access to his router might be nice too so that I can open ports if something comes up... [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Who's responsible for this interesing Design Quote?

Anyone know who said this quote? (may be slightly paraphrased) "Design for the classes and live with the masses. Design for the masses and live with the classes." [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Please save my laptop

My iBook G4 is sick, help! [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 5:15 PM PST - 13 comments

P2P for small group of friends

Are there any P2P protocols (with clients for Windows, OS X, and Linux ideally) that are ideal for sharing files between a small group of friends? [more inside]
posted by thebabelfish at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Typesetting a formula

Where can I find typographic conventions for algebra? Specifically... [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

What kind of personal information should I never give out and what are exceptions?

What kind of personal information should I never give out and what are exceptions? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 3:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Matching old lens to digital camera.

Will a Vivitar 100-400 f4.5-6.7 autofocus zoom lens (originally for a Minolta 505si) fit on any digital cameras? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Dear Sir: Please send me your domain name

I'm establishing a site with a madeuppish name. I've got the .net and .org domains already, but somebody else . . . [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 3:09 PM PST - 10 comments

itunes sharing

how can i share itunes libraries between a mac and pc? [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 2:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Tools for analyzing list-serv contents?

Tools to analyze a mailing list archive? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there any particularly good RSS feeds for Latin American news?

Are there any particularly good RSS feeds for Latin American news? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 2:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find a secondary laptop battery?

Where can I find a secondary battery for an Acer Travelmate C310 Tablet? [more inside]
posted by Darke at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Isn't there something blantantly wrong with a company that you pretty much enjoy working for, pressures you to donate to a specific charity?

Pressured into charity by my employer, isn't there something wrong with this? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 1:48 PM PST - 43 comments

Resources to learn graffiti

What good online/offline sources are there for learning graffiti? (lettering, composition and skill[z] with a spraycan)
posted by RufusW at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Where's the bunnies?

Why is the easiest slope at a ski resort called a "bunny hill"? [more inside]
posted by Sloben at 1:25 PM PST - 17 comments

How to make friends in an american suburb?

How does one meet people in a the US without being part of any normal form of social meeting ground? [more inside]
posted by klue at 1:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Where should we move?

Should we move to the Bay Area, Portland or Denver? O boundless wisdom of the collective MetaMind, help us plot our life’s course… [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 1:16 PM PST - 41 comments

Blackberry stuck in alt mode

My hand-me-down blackberry 6710 is sick. It seems to be stuck in a partial Alt-mode. [more inside]
posted by BigVACub at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me, acolytes of politically-correct semantics

I get the feeling that the phrase "handicapped parking" is offensive to some people. I don't think "accessible parking" will work; it sounds equivalent to "available parking". What's a better term? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Inkjet refills: malarkey, or effective way?

Inkjet refilling: am I worrying too much about quality? [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

She Had To Die Sometime

Forensic question about murder, time of death, and... more inside... [more inside]
posted by Corky at 12:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me find unbiased books about some nations I am interested in.

I was a dumb teenager, and I wasn't interested about other nations history. Couple of years ago, after reading 1984 I quickly changed my mind, but I also realized that history is full of one-sidedness (just like in 1984 unfortunately). [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 11:57 AM PST - 29 comments

Need Newegg alternative

I need an alternative to that easily allows Paypal. I'm having trouble lately submitting orders on Newegg. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

NYC for a month on a shoestring!

Living in NYC for $20/day for 3-4 weeks: is it possible? How? [more inside]
posted by kaytwo at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I use to convert m4a to mp3.

What should I use to convert m4a to mp3. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 11:46 AM PST - 26 comments

hug a ways and chalk a mark

I sent a letter domestically in the mail (USPS) one cent short on postage. Will it get there?
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Here Comes Everybody!

Have you read Finnegan's Wake? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by josh at 11:10 AM PST - 20 comments

What's cool to do in a house wired with RG-6 and Cat6?

Home networking wizards: What cool stuff can be done when a house is wired with RG-6 and Cat6? Not just vanilla internet and file sharing. What wired activities and equipment do you love or covet? [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Find my MySpace design guru?

Where can I find a good contractor to design/build/bling/update my promotional MySpace pages? [more inside]
posted by scrawlyman at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Name that book ;)

Help me find the title of a book! [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 10:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Why are new cars so heavy?

Why are new cars generally heavier than older (not classic!) cars? [more inside]
posted by fr0zen at 10:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Business loophole in residential zoning?

So when is a business not a business? This relates to zoning regulations, and what seems to be a way around a prohibition of businesses in residential neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by tommyD at 10:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Point, Shoot, Talk, Text, E-mail, Listen?

Kind of long and detailed general questions about digital cameras, camera phones, Blackberries and cell phone providers... [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Cables in a duct

Fire Hazard Filter: I am thinking of running a network cable through a section of HVAC ducting in my house (~6' stretch relatively far from the furnace/AC unit). Will this be a fire hazard in the winter, when the furnace is on? I don't really care about thermal wear on the cable itself.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What's in an Icelandic sprite's name

Met an Icelandic pixie in a bar; she disappeared in a puff of twinkly frost. I need you to help me spell her name. She went by "Anna" (so did her equally tall, equally blonde Icelandic friend!) but her full name was pronounced something like: Beern-Ana. Ok, so...who's got a clue as to how that's spelled? [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 10:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Who wants old Western Railroad documents?

Who would want a bunch of 90-105 year-old documents from the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company's station in Sage, WY? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 9:31 AM PST - 34 comments

Help for seasonal allergies (dry cough, itchy throat)?

I have seasonal allergies and have recently been plagued by an itchy throat and dry cough. I usually notice symptoms when there is an abrupt temperature drop overnight, causing me to wake up coughing. Which over-the-counter medicines or home remedies generally work the best for this problem? Claritin doesn't seem to do anything.
posted by zembla3 at 9:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Books for people who can't cope good.

Recommendations for books that aren't overly sad? Yes, I did a search and checked out previous threads. [more inside]
posted by mumble at 9:09 AM PST - 41 comments

Fun Home Projects for an Old Mac Mini

What should I do with my neglected Mac Mini (1.25GHz/1GB RAM)? [more inside]
posted by travis vocino at 8:09 AM PST - 38 comments

Hacking my clients?

How can I remotely access my clients' PCs for tech support and troubleshooting? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 8:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Name that currency, and sew it to a jourunal

Can you identify these international currencies? And/or can you think of a way for me to sew paper to a journal cover? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 7:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Best UK/US exchange rate for a one-time deposit?

What is the best way to bring a one-time deposit of about $5000 from the US to the UK? My US bank was going to give me an exchange rate of about 2.03 $/£ on a bank draft drawn in pounds. This would cost me about $168 (compared to the exchange rate on Yahoo listed at 1.90). [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Forever hair?

I have a strand of hair in my possession that I'd like to keep with me always. What's the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 7:52 AM PST - 23 comments

RedirectFilter: Can't edit meta or serverside files...

Yet another redirect question: How can I auto-redirect a visitor to another page, although I can't edit the page's HTML/code, per se? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

It's snot right

Okay, I've got a cold, and my nose is dripping. All day long, any medication or remedy is only temporary and the drip comes back. But my question isn't how do I stop it- it's why does it stop when I sleep? Why don't I wake up in a pool of snot? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

What was this song called?

Remember the computer game, "The 7th Guest"? If you put the game CD into a stereo instead of into your computer, there was a song that played that I don't think was found anywhere else in the game. Anybody know what it was called and who it was by?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Upgrade from W2K to XP

I want to upgrade my laptop from Windows 2000 to XP. How can I preserve my Outlook settings between the upgrade? I ask because I connect to an Exchange Server with settings on Outlook which have been tweaked heavily over time. Also, will the XP install give me an option to preserve my previous system? In case everything goes pear-shaped, I'd like to be able to roll back to my previous state. If it goes right, can I delete all the data needed to roll-back after to optimise disk space? Thanks in advance.
posted by xvs22 at 7:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Give me an inch...

I need to change custom paper sizing back to inches from centimeters in OS X. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:34 AM PST - 1 comment

They are wasting so much time.

Help me mirror a development server for clients outside of the development environment. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 7:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it too early to see the fall leaves?

What should we do on our family vacation to Camden, Maine? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 7:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Registry woes - what is causing it?

Windows XP Registry - What tools can be used to analyse ntuser.dat hives? [more inside]
posted by Leud at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I help my married friends with severe problems?

What level of involvement is appropriate when dealing with our married, pregnant and possibly self-harmful couple? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Did I screw up my career?

Have I just screwed up my career caused by a bout of anger, depression, burn out and frustration? And how do I "get back into the game"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Higher Educational Ground?

After making a few dumb moves educationally in my 20s (one large useless degree) I enrolled in the University of Phoenix online Associate's + Bachelor's program. I'm within two months of completing the former, and have become disenchanted with UOP, and need advise on where to turn next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 16 comments

How to care for leather furniture

Looking for good stuff to clean and maintain newish italian leather furniture. [more inside]
posted by crack at 5:18 AM PST - 1 comment

It's Taxing Me!

Tax Question -- My employer owes me over a month's worth of retroactive salary increase. Will I be end up paying more in taxes when this fat retroactive amount finally gets tacked onto my normal paycheck?
posted by archimago at 4:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Damage to home and liability

During construction on the common area of the town home complex I live in, workers may have damaged my water main, possibly causing damage to the interior of my home. They are trying to determine the damage now. Do I need a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by rryan at 3:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Current TFTs and games.

The last time I shopped for a PC monitor, I chose a CRT because TFTs were not suited for playing games. What has changed? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 1:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Rates and risk for trafficking

I'm working on a grant, and one of the only 'hard' numbers we have is from a qualitative study in the community we work in, which estimated that 30-40% of under-16s are trafficked at some point. I'm trying to take that likely-conservative 30-40% and figure it out as a per-year risk. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah at 12:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me be an active robot!

Are there any gyms in Melbourne in Balaclava/Prahran/Windsor/St Kilda where I don't have to pay an annual membership, but can attend on a casual basis? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 12:17 AM PST - 5 comments

How to enjoy a SciFi con?

Of SciFi con behavior and solo female travelling... [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 12:04 AM PST - 39 comments

August 30

We're moving to Tacoma, WA...

Any Tacoma Me-Fites? We're moving to Tacoma WA and need recommendations for various things. [more inside]
posted by luneray at 10:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Best International Cell phones?

study-abroad-mobile-phone-filter: In Edinburgh for a few months, what's the best mobile phone to use to make international calls to US (amongst other places) from Scotland? By best I mean CHEAP, reliable, think student abroad here. [more inside]
posted by apfel at 9:08 PM PST - 14 comments

How can it be this hard to find a nice album?

I want to make a wedding photo album using an online service, but the only albums I can find offered are really plain. Are there any sites that offer cool albums? [more inside]
posted by ubu at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Bloody Hell!

A general question about the etymology/evolution of profanity as it is generally used in the English language. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:17 PM PST - 18 comments

I want the look of a concrete countertop

Any ideas for faux concrete? [more inside]
posted by kgn2507 at 8:07 PM PST - 10 comments

What kinds of splinters *must* be removed asap?

Splinters: So is it true that some sorts of splinters will burrow into your skin if you don't get them out, and require surgury and nastiness? If so, which sorts of splinters? Conversely, which types of splinters can you reasonably assume will fall out on their own in a day or two?
posted by sirion at 7:33 PM PST - 23 comments

My Head A Splode

Looking for domain migration advice. Of course there is... [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 7:33 PM PST - 2 comments

My car cries in the mornings.

Why does my 2006 Toyota Corolla LE make so much noise when I start the car in the morning? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

future designated driver

Is there such a thing as non-alcoholic brandy or whiskey? (or other types of 'hard liquor')? How do they taste? They taste okay?
posted by jak68 at 7:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me find an automated desktop japanese flashcard system!

Are there any desktop widgets to help me learn japanese? Ideally it would give me a word in english and the japanese pronunciation of it. Rotated daily. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments

When/how did 'blurry porn' photography of food become the norm?

When/how did 'blurry porn' photography of food become the norm? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 6:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Travelfilter: What's the best way to plan a Europe trip?

What is the best way to travel through Europe for the first time? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 6:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Where the HELL am I?

[GPSFilter] Should I buy a GPS or GPS-enabled phone? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Forget flight sims, I want a driving sim

Are there any manual transmission driving simulators for the PC that can do a decent job of allowing me to simulate actually driving stick? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

What do I do at a nightclub?

There's a dance club in town I want to go to. How do I avoid embarrassing myself? [more inside]
posted by brett at 5:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap and reliable cell phone?

I'm looking for a cheap reliable cell phone. [more inside]
posted by hindmost at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

What do Blind people find sexy?

For most people, physical attraction is visual. So how do Blind people become attracted to someone in the absence of visual stimuli? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments


I just did an erase and install of tiger on my ibook G4 and now I don't have iphoto. [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 5:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Coping with Depressed Coworker

Need advice how to cope with a (maybe) depressed coworker. [more inside]
posted by donp17 at 5:12 PM PST - 14 comments

what do people do at the lake or beach

What exactly do people, especially young people (18-22) DO at the lake or beach all day? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 4:39 PM PST - 40 comments

Where are all the breakdancers?

Where do all the breakdancing/bboying enthusiasts go in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 4:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Seeking Source For HDTV Ratings

What is the Best Source for keeping up with the ratings on HDTVs. Any recommendations such as a magazine or website would be appreciated. Like so many others, I are going to purchasing a HDTV this Xmas. If I am to shell out 2 to 3 thousand dollars, I am looking for the Best Value. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 4:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Best Toyota junkyard, SF Bay Area?

Junkyard for Toyota parts in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Lemon tree blues

Calling gardening experts: what are these small white bugs in the soil of my lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Literary term...

Is there a literary term for a fictional work in which the author and protagonist/narrator are (fictionally) one and the same? [more inside]
posted by Acey at 3:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Do younger people pay with folding money only?

Have you noticed a link between a person's age and whether he/she pays for purchases with exact change? [more inside]
posted by wryly at 3:20 PM PST - 77 comments

Info needed on Egyptian statue

How can I find out more about this Egyptian(?) statue? [more inside]
posted by langedon at 3:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Parts for a Ford Focus

Where can I find Ford Focus parts (specifically a window regulator)? All retail/do-it-yourself shops (AutoZone, Checker, Car Quest, NAPA) say they do not carry the part. They all say you'll have to go to the dealer. All dealers say I have to buy the motor & the regulator. Does anyone know of a reputable place that sells ford focus parts at a reasonable price and motor and regulator separately?
posted by cowmix at 2:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Those heels are fabulous, but...

Recommend a good (now here's the kicker) men's fashion blog? [more inside]
posted by Driph at 2:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Laptops with pointing sticks

What current laptops have a pointing stick? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Tin-foil hat - looking for books on surveillance society and the loss of privacy

I've spent the last couple of weeks reading Everyware: The Dawning age Of ubiquitous computing, 1984 and Brave New World and now I'm in full-on tin-hat mode. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

International personal finance

I'm leaving in a week and I still can't figure out a good solution to managing my US finances from the UK. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 2:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Prideful Man Seeks TV Mounting Help

How can I mount my new 50 inch plasma without asking for help? [more inside]
posted by halespawn at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Local Wiki on Pocket PC?

Is there any Wiki-type software that will run on a Pocket PC? [more inside]
posted by figment at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

A/C Catastrophe

We have a Chrysler Airtemp A/C unit (more than 20 years old) that's gone on the fritz 2 days before we're scheduled to be away for 2 weeks. Although it's in the 80's outside, about 6 inches of frost has formed on the rubber-insulated tube next to the outside unit. There's condensation all along the line that runs through the basement to unit where the fan and the copper tubing are located. The latter is also covered with frost but is now melting since I've turned things off at thermostat. The fan will only work if it's set to manual. I've called a repairman and he's suppose to come tomorrow. In the meantime is there any way for me to determine on my own if this is a catastrophic breakdown that will require a new unit or if it's possible for me to do something on my own to get the thing going?
posted by NinaLee at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Shoot, which camera should I buy?

Which used dSLR should I buy, being cost-conscious, and not invested in a particular brand? [more inside]
posted by mutantdisco! at 1:15 PM PST - 24 comments

Help a camping n00bie (no not that kind!) pick out a tent

I'm spending a night camping next to a lake this weekend, I'll be by myself and I need a tent. [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo at 1:13 PM PST - 33 comments

How to Beach BBQ?

I would like to grill out on the beach (Newport Beach, CA) in city-provided fire pits. AFAIK, these pits are just concrete rings with sand in them. How should I start the charcoal? [more inside]
posted by casconed at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Is the box more nutritious?

I'm asking for a male friend who has tried Weight Watchers but didn't like going to meetings. So do these cardboard box diets work? You know the ones where they send you the food. Nutra system is one of them.
posted by Gungho at 12:35 PM PST - 31 comments

What would the kids look like?

A friend and I recall a website where you could upload pictures of two people and an application would show you what their kids would look like. Googling yields nothing useful. Does anyone know of this site?
posted by jeffmshaw at 12:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Three weeks to conquer a man's heart

[Gayfilter] I have a huge crush on a guy I've dated once, and he's moving abroad in three weeks' time. How can I let him know I desperately want to keep seeing him without coming across as a psycho? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Can this smell be the result of a bad oil change?

CarExhaustFilter: (Sorry, couldn't resist.) I recently had my oil changed at the dealership. (I have a 1998 Honda R-V.) Since then, there has been an overwhelming smell of car exhaust in my car, even when I roll the windows down. I want to be able to go into the dealer and tell them what's wrong, and that, more than likely, some thing was done incorrectly or not replaced correctly when they changed my oil. [more inside]
posted by schoenbc at 12:16 PM PST - 15 comments

I am such an idiot.

How do I regain my husband's trust? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 51 comments

How do I setup LAN network to redirect all internet requests?

I recently setup a wireless/wired network for a hotel to be used by about 75 guests. It was simply a matter of daisy chaining a few Netgear switches (JFS516) from the ISP's DSL modem/router and then connecting a few Netgear Access points (WG602) with alternating channels on each floor (one per floor). DHCP is controlled by the router. Everything worked great. However, now the hotel has requested that the network be upgraded to include a page that intercepts all internet requests and I'm looking for tips on how to do that? [more inside]
posted by dennis10512 at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

gmail Switcher's Remorse!

Help me like gmail. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 12:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Power steering repair on a Ford F150?

Do I have any shot of fixing my 1984 Ford F150 power steering leak on my own? [more inside]
posted by true at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

The original lava men?

Did Marvel really invent mole men and lava men from scratch, or is there something that precedes it? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

She can dance if she wants to...

Does anyone know who the girl in Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance" video is?
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

What songs use the "song on the radio within the song" effect?

What songs use the "song on the radio within the song" effect? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 11:18 AM PST - 80 comments

Help me find the right flak jacket for my Blackberry!

I've assassinated two Blackberry 7105 devices, and it's obvious I can't get out of carrying one. But my boss graciously did not make me pay for them, and I'll actually feel bad if I break the new one. Can the MeFi digerati recommend a protective carrying case? [more inside]
posted by maniabug at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Love triangle involving your best friend

How would you handle a love triangle where your best friend likes the same girl you do and that she secretly has been hooking up with both of us? [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween at 10:52 AM PST - 56 comments

IIS Loading Rewritten URLs Twice

I have a C#/.NET Application on IIS. I am rewriting the URLs via ISAPI Rewrite. The rewritten URLs are all loading twice. ISAPI Rewrite's creators insist it isn't them, but visiting the non-rewritten URL, the page only loads once. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 10:48 AM PST - 1 comment

How do you mount unmounted art?

I am looking to purchase some art from ebay that is listed as Acrylic Paint on Canvas(unmounted). How would I go about preparing the canvas for hanging on the wall. My google-fu has failed me and I don't really know of any place locally I could ask. Is it just a matter of making a frame out of wood that goes behind the canvas? Does this mean the canvas will need to be stretched?
posted by wavering at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

How to say ow

Let's say I stub my toe. In English, I might say "ow" or "ouch." In Portuguese, "ai." What are (polite) exclamations of pain in other languages? Pronunciation guidance appreciated!
posted by dmo at 10:25 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I get the Outlook web browser in c#?

Outlook Add-in Filter: How can my COM add-in use the web browser that is built into Outlook? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Filtering Gmail image spam

Argh! Gmail image spam! I'm getting 20 of these a day. Since Google has failed to filter these messages, is there a workaround I can use? Also, would simply deleting these messages rather than marking them as spam reduce the possibility of false positives?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 10:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Cheap travel from Estapona to Gibraltar or Algeciras

What is the cheapest way for me to get from Estapona (Spain) to Gibraltar or Algeciras? The closest train stop would be in Malaga, which is even farther in the wrong direction. I don't have a European driver's license, so it appears that I won't be able to rent a car. Bus? Taxi? Are those going to be outrageously expensive? My Spanish is quite bad; should I even consider hitchhiking?
posted by Plutor at 10:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Less Is Sometimes More In Hollywood

Has there been a 'director's cut' of a film that was actually shorter than the theatrical version (save for the example inside)? [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 9:35 AM PST - 24 comments

How to get my iBook to see the internet?

My wireless router and my iBook G4 aren't playing nice. Our iBook G3 connects wirelessly without fail. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

y2k redux

I have been thinking recently about the y2k silliness and how I had not ever read a good autopsy of the phenomenon or, rather, beyond the claim of hysteria, an adequate explanation of the lack of phenomenon. (long preamble and a long technical question inside) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:16 AM PST - 44 comments

Asian Hair Blues

I would like to grow out my hair and sport a beard. one problem: I'm asian. help! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Remixed literature?

Has anyone vastly improved -- or just changed -- someone else's already published writing by editing? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 8:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Explain the magic behinbd a Blackb erry

Why is my wife's Blackberry able to get the Net and do email when we are not in a wi fi area? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How safe is scuba diving?

How save is recreational scuba diving? Need statistics to convince my girlfriend to dive with me. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 8:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Why is picking a good gift so difficult?

Help me think of useful baby gift. [more inside]
posted by rglass at 7:53 AM PST - 45 comments

How well does Windows run on a Macbook?

How well does Windows run on a Macbook? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Recommendations for a euro bank?

I'm looking for recommendations for a decent bank where I can keep an easy-to-access checking account and a savings account with a decent interest rate and decent customer service. My current bank has made too many mistakes lately and I can't take it anymore. I get paid in euros but I do know of a bank in the UK that I'd like to try - but they don't offer euro accounts. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Why won't Palm Calendar sync?

Palm Calendar HotSync? Why is it failing? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Internet Explorer screenshot generator

I remember finding a web site for that generated screenshots of web pages as they appear in Apple's Safari browser. Well I'm a Mac user and I just found out my web page is broken in IE. I need something that will generate screenshots of my site as it is seen by IE. (I can't use Internet Explorer for Mac because it is even more broken than its Windows counterpart.)
posted by haasim at 7:19 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm too verbose to say it with flowers alone...

Help me find the perfect quote to send with flowers to a friend who's down. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Shopping the sales -- how does it work, when does it happen, where do I go??

Over the next few months, I need to buy a lot of new clothes to bulk up my professional (woman's) wardrobe. I want everything I buy to fit well. Slacks, skirts, blazers need to be lined. I will not buy anything without trying it on first, so web and catalog shopping is out. I don't have the budget to buy this all at full price. What kinds of strategies can I employ to get the best deals possible? Are there specific stores I should be shopping in? Are there sales I should watch for? Are there specific dates, weekends or times of year when I can get the best deals? How can I find out about and obtain about great coupons and upcoming sales? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 7:06 AM PST - 41 comments

Slideshow gubbins

im looking at doing a presentation of pictures in a kind of consecutive order , with some music - what kind of freeware program am i needing to use for it ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Needed, Masters in CS

I will begin an academic program for an MS in Computer Science starting Fall, 2007. The upside is that I have a year to prepare, while the downside is that I clearly have some obstacles to overcome, which are that [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Importing booze to the UK

What happens if you order alcohol from one EU country (Italy) to be delivered to another EU country (the UK)? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:40 AM PST - 6 comments

He'll probably stab me if I request walk On The Ocean, but it'll be worth it!

How best to track upcoming gigs in Ireland? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 3:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Dare I talk on the train?

Should I make friends on the train? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 1:10 AM PST - 58 comments

Why can't some straight women orgasm without fantasizing about women rather than men?

Is it normal for a woman to be unable to orgasm alone or with a (male) partner unless she fantasizes about women? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 12:28 AM PST - 38 comments

Unbasement my basement

Help me make my new basement room feel like a non-basement room. Specifically, paint, lighting, and other decorating ideas. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:21 AM PST - 10 comments

August 29

Doctor, Doctor, what's the correct abbreviation for doctor!?!

InaneQuestionFilter: When you abbreviate doctor, does it get a full-stop? ie. should it be Dr or Dr.? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 11:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me get my Evelyn Wood 2.0 on

I'm looking for a NON-web based program to run text at a fast clip to improve my speed reading. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Wireless help: Do we have a crappy router or bad DSL?

Flaky wireless: Can we not connect to the wireless network because of a bad router or a bad DSL connection? [more inside]
posted by kechi at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I transfer Word autocorrects between computers?

Microsoft Filter: Please help me transfer my Word autocorrects from work to my new laptop. There's [more inside]
posted by Lucie at 10:40 PM PST - 3 comments

SVN for binary stuff

Using SVN for mostly binary stuff - is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 10:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Finding an engineer

How can i find an engineer to help me develop my new product? [more inside]
posted by longlight at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

neither a borrower nor a lender be.

The neighbor girl borrowed my fairy tale book fifteen years ago. Help me get it back. [more inside]
posted by changeling at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.

RelationshipFilter (sorry!): I've become entangled in a complex 'relationship', and I'm not sure what to do... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 57 comments

Get this Mother^$(*ing Thump out of my Mother$*(#ing car!

Very strange electrical noise getting into radio on newly imported 1997 JDM Toyota Tercel hatchback. Radio replacement is imminent, but there's [more inside]
posted by toxic at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Stumbling around in a room full of Windows

Mac graphics and Photoshop guy just starting to teach PS in a PC-only classroom and looking for help! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 8:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Worm infestation

I made a new friend! Its name is Sality. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 8:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make the switch

Can I make the switch and keep my PC hard drives? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 7:31 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I sell items with sports logos?

I am looking to sell a new product, and I would like to have team/league (NBA, NFL, MLB, colleges) logos printed on it. How do I go about obtaining permission and paying licensing fees? [more inside]
posted by bagels at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do I get hiccups when I eat french fries or bread?

Dense starchy foods frequently give me the hiccups, especially large cut french fries and corn bread. My mother and grandmother also have this problem. [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Social Anxiety. All in your head? or All in your world?

Can one fix social anxiety disorders or other socially-related disorders by becoming better at being well-liked? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 6:43 PM PST - 25 comments

What is this magical drink?

Help us figure out what this Japanese alcoholic drink is. [more inside]
posted by geryon at 6:13 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I transfer my old music collection to my new computer?

I just bought a new laptop for school. How do I transfer my music/video library from my old computer to my new one? [more inside]
posted by dward88 at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Missing eBay package

My boss purchased a rather pricey item on eBay and we have not received it. She did not request signature confirmation or shipping insurance. She did receive a USPS tracking number and, according to that number, it's already been delivered... 'cept, you know, it hasn't been. Are we SOL?
posted by brundlefly at 5:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Double Duty

Where can I find one bag to hold both a digital SLR camera with lens, and a 17" laptop? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Ви розмовляєте українською?

Need help translating a Ukrainian grave marker. [more inside]
posted by Zozo at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there such a thing as a functional, femme shoe?

Help! I need women's shoes. I've been looking for a long time, and can't seem to find the shoes that fit my many requirements. [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 5:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Lions and tigers and not dogs? Oh, why?

Why are there no canine equivalents to lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers (etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Sinner at 5:02 PM PST - 19 comments

How many cats is too many?

Help me settle a disagreement with my fiance - how many cats is it reasonable for two people in a flat to have? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 4:32 PM PST - 76 comments

deep throat, deep pockets

How can I start my own pay for porn site? [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 3:34 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I stop my concerns about declining health?

How can I stop my concerns about declining health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Vacation home ordeals

Help my family protect our log cabin. Much [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

I need some eye candy generator software that goes straight to disk...

I need some video eye candy generator software that outputs straight to disk instead of to the screen... [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 3:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Help a small business with CRM-y goodness

Small Business Filter: I'm looking for an good out-of-the-box CRM solution for a small business. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

AV clubroom rental

Looking for a good place to hold a film club in the San Diego area. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible for you to over-pronate more over time?

Is it possible for you to over-pronate more over time? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Fountains of precum

Whenever I'm with a sexual partner I start producing copious amounts of precum from even the mildest form of stimulation (kissing for example). When I'm watching some porn or otherwise without-partner I'm as dry as a bone until I'm really turned on... [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my far-flung friends and I share and discovery new music with each other.

Help my far-flung friends and I share and discovery new music with each other. [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 2:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Unusual/Unique ideas for a party rental business?

Anyone have ideas for novel ideas for a party/event rental business? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

UK kettle callout :)

TeaFilter: should I buy a kettle for my cooker (hob/stove/whatever you call it), or a regular electric one? [UK resident] [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 2:17 PM PST - 23 comments

My sister treats my parents badly

My 29-year old sister is dependent on my parents to a very unhealthy degree. She refuses to counseling, and seems to be more and more of a burden on them which each passing year. She can be extremely verbally abusive towards my parents and it just breaks my heart to see her treat them this way. How can I encourage her to develop her own life and interests? How can I help my parents to stop feeling like they have to coddle her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Improving font anti-aliasing

Is there any chance of improving anti-aliasing in Windows? ClearType is nice, but serif fonts often look too thin and weak. A comparison with the anti-aliasing in InDesign shows that ClearType is not as good as it could be. Screenshots inside. [more inside]
posted by Termite at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

The Middle Of Several Locations

If I have 3 or more locations on a map, how can I find the nearest point to all the locations? [more inside]
posted by hubs at 2:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Can a sports psychologist help me improve my poker game?

I'm looking for a sport psychologist in New York City. Does anyone have any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by clubfoote at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Gnats in my eyes!

Why do gnats fly into my eyes? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

my ipod hates the left channel

Is my iPod messing up the left channel of my headphones? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 12:20 PM PST - 12 comments

I swear she's innocent!

How do you clear your name of criminal charges after identity theft? And how could these charges have been incurred? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Removing ink from vinyl

How do I remove ballpoint pen ink from vinyl? [more inside]
posted by kar120c at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Best source for weather-proof political campaign yard signs, including printing?

Know a good source for weather-proof political campaign yard signs? I'm in California, the size is aprox. 24"x 18", with two colors, and the quantity is 2000-5000.
posted by letitrain at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Grad School Language Requirement Proficiency? What is involved in demonstrating proficiency?

Grad School Foreign Language Requirements: What demonstrates proficiency at the grad school level? Are there media studies, cultural studies, critical film studies, or similar masters programs without them? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Replacement Remote for NEC MT1000 Projector

Replacement remote-control for NEC MT1000 projector? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 11:26 AM PST - 0 comments

Where's a good place to buy a dinner jacket in London?

Good places to buy a dinner jacket in London. [more inside]
posted by greycap at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

PVR power on by remote?

Can a Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 remote (or any other remote) power on a PC natively? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Memory cards: brands and pricing

Question about memory cards from a digital n00b.
posted by matteo at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments


Where can I find a good hunting guide? [more inside]
posted by bd at 9:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Turn html into a readable web page

I have some html files with all the <> and </> etc. etc. (ie, these are basically text files with all the html in them.) What is the easiest way to see each file as an actual web page so I can read the text in them without all the code stuff making my eyes hurt? [more inside]
posted by wtfwjd? at 9:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Short film from Resfest 2004?

Where online can I find "Daydream" (or "Day Dream"), a short film by Su-Jin Kwon shown at Resfest 2004 in the US? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 9:26 AM PST - 0 comments

Am I just nervous?

GradSchoolAnxietyFilter: I have no research experience. How do I describe my research plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Flash 8 for Linux?

What is the story with Flash 8 (and 9) for Linux? I'm running into more and more sites that say that they only work with version 8 or just don't work at all and I assume that it is because I'm using version 7. Is there hope that Adobe will come out with a new version for Linux someday soon or can I get version 8 working through wine? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 8:57 AM PST - 8 comments

how can i get 170hp out of a d15b2

i wanna pull 170hp out of my 1991 civic dx (d15b2) without using turbo, supercharger, or nitro... what all would be involved. i'm looking for a game plan really... so be detailed, and tell me how you'd do it and in what order.... i'm currently researching mini me swap, and mpfi swaps
posted by xteraco at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me to evaluate a neurologist

Help me to evaluate a neurologist [more inside]
posted by bleary at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Holidays and Time Off

Is my employer required to give us federal holidays off? We have salaried and hourly workers. Also, is there any place on the web that I can point co-workers to that addresses this?
posted by finitejest at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me keep flour off my pants while looking great.

Looking for a sexy but functional apron. [more inside]
posted by jheiz at 8:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Daycare Red Flags: I already looked inside the Refrigerator

Evaluating a day care: What non-obvious questions would you ask? What non-obvious things would you look for during a site visit? What subtle words, actions, behaviors or environmental factors would make you think twice about using a specific facility? “Had I but known” in-retrospect anecdotal cautionary tales are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Road Trip! Best sights?

In the first week of November, my boyfriend and I will be driving his '94 Volvo from San Diego to Chicago. We'll have Tuesday through Sunday to travel. What are the best places to stop and visit? [more inside]
posted by josingsinthehall at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Fantasy Football Masters Program, Accelerated

I've been drawn into participating in a Fantasy Football (NFL) League. I'm rather casual towards the NFL, don't know much about fantasy leagues, and would appreciate suggestions on books, magazines, podcasts, web sites, etc. that will help me grind my friends into dust.
posted by boombot at 7:42 AM PST - 15 comments

How to go from Palm Desktop 2.6.3 mac to 4.1.1. PC?

PalmConversionHellFilter: Moving Palm calendar from Palm Desktop 2.6.3 on the Mac to 4.1.4 on the PC. There's more, natch, inside ... [more inside]
posted by bhance at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Petitions inside a site

I'm going to start a site to petition a board to keep a local public official in office. I want the site to include facts about why he should stick around and links (obviously) this stuff can be done easily with Wordpress (as we learned yesterday), i'm guessing. But i also want to incorporate a petition that can keep some information private (like e-mail addresses) but make other information public (neighborhood, city, state). Ideally, I'd like to be able to print the content once the numbers get up. What's the best way for me to do that? [more inside]
posted by kenneth at 7:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Visiting Brisbane with 6-year-old.

My wife and I will be in Brisbane, Australia for 5 or 6 days in early October, with our 6-year-old daughter. Any recommendations for kid-friendly fun and/or sightseeing?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

have car, will travel

What is a good LA > Vegas > San Fran roadtrip itinerary that incorporates some national park visits? [more inside]
posted by cwhitfcd at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Calling all anthropologists!

What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
posted by heylight at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Willy Wonka dance tune

At a bar we heard a dance version of a song from Willy Wonka (the '71 version.) Who did it?
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Music suggestions for the daily commute?

MetroFilter: I need some new music to help me get through being packed in like a sardine on the Metro for 60 minutes a day, because the 20 gigs of music already in my pocket just isn't doing it for me. The more it helps me "zone out" the better. My tastes lean towards electronic music, but I'm completely open to all genres. Any suggestions?
posted by DefendBrooklyn at 4:39 AM PST - 47 comments

Day in Osaka

I'm landing in Osaka early on Friday morning, and I'm looking for some interesting ideas on how to spend a day there. Any ideas?
posted by oferhalevi at 4:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Now that's what I call, a linear equation

SingleMotherFilter: My friend's got a one year old girl, and single mom or not, she's going to provide for her -- even if it means moving to Seattle. She's not helpless: The baby's father will pay childcare expenses, and she's actually got a couple years of tech support gigs on her resume to go along with her long history of being a computer enthusiast. But neither of us know too much about actually arranging childcare or finding entry level tech jobs around Seattle. Any words of advice?
posted by effugas at 3:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Scared of the future

How best to handle my partner's business proposal, given our relationship and my reservations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 AM PST - 21 comments

What's this comedian's name?

I'm going insane trying to remember the name of a German comedian I saw on television a few months ago. [more inside]
posted by Savvas at 3:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me improve my laptop speed

What are some simple ways that I can improve the speed of my laptop? [more inside]
posted by cholly at 1:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Horror Flick Still Haunting 35 Years Later

HELP me with this movie title PLEASE! As a child, I saw a black-and-white horror movie about a woman who lived in a house on top of a cliff. Her fiance fell off the cliff and died. She had a mirror at the end of a hallway. Whenever she looked at it, she was still young and beautiful. Many years later, she smashed the mirror and instantly aged and died. It gave me many nightmares back in the day (we had a full-length mirror at the end of a hall and I was terrified to look at it), but today I would love to see it again. After many unsuccessful Internet searches, I fear that y'all are my last hope. PLEASE HELP. Thanks!
posted by cscwallace at 12:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Cleaning with used bath towels

Is it wrong to take a dirty bath towel from the dirty clothes hamper to clean the toilet bowel rim? I do put it back in the hamper.
posted by the giant pill at 12:43 AM PST - 49 comments

August 28

HIS rollerderby names

Suggestions on rollerderby names for guys? [more inside]
posted by ab3 at 11:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Data recovery experience?

So, my friend's harddrive got wiped. Lost a year's worth of high-res artwork. Does anyone have experience with using a data recovery service? I'm looking specifically for price information, how much data was retrievable, and potentially a recommendation. [more inside]
posted by still at 10:52 PM PST - 18 comments

What would be the effects on the earth if the moon exploded?

What would be the effects on the earth if the moon exploded? [more inside]
posted by tcobretti at 10:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for a PDA-phone

I got a new job and it is quickly becoming apparent I need a PDA to get organized. At the same time, the last thing I want is something else to carry around as I need to keep a cell phone on me at work. Consequently, I went to the store to look at PDA/phone combinations. However, I didn't realize how many different types there are. So, instead of listening to somebody trying to sell me the newest version of x,y,z, I beseath thee for thy wisdom. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 10:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it legal to be a passenger in an uninsured vehicle?

Can you ride as a passenger in an uninsured vehicle without legal ramifications? As always, there is [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 9:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Was I struck by lightning?

Was I struck by lighting? [more inside]
posted by squishy at 9:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Name That Moviefilter (again)

A friend is trying to remember the name of a movie she saw on Bravo in the mid-to-late 90s. She remembers it as being either in French or Italian, with the plot as follows: "it's about this couple that gets married and they're not meant to be together or something like that,so they're never in the same room together. if the husband walked into the living room the wife was in the kitchen, if the wife was on the stairs the husband was in the basement... it was really weird. they kept disappearing." If anyone can remember it, the hivemind can!
posted by softlord at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice on $29/day rental car

Rental Cars: Who gives the most bang for my buck at $29/day insurance rental car coverage? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 8:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a book called 'Night Flyer' or some variation there of.

BookFilter: My wife is thinking of a book she read in her childhood. Would like some finding it online to purchase or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

In search of MS Project Guru

Can MS Project automatically calculate (in days, weeks, etc.) the amount of time a task is past its deadline? (I know...probably a really easy question. But, I can't for the life of me find the answer). [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 8:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Bargain tours to Europe?

Can you suggest any tours from U.S.A. to Europe (including plane fare, transportation between European cities, and hotel accommodations in each visited city) that do not involve doing activities with a tour group? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 8:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Car seat will not slide forward or back

How do I remove coins that have fallen out of my pocket and gotten jammed into the slide track of my 1997 Pathfinder's driver seat? [more inside]
posted by stiffpicken at 7:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Rockin' out in Hong Kong

I'll be in Hong Kong for the month of September. I'm interested in learning about the local music scene... [more inside]
posted by minimal at 7:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Student loan money after you drop all your classes

What happens if someone gets a stafford loan disbursement, receives the money and then drops all their classes?
posted by drezdn at 7:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I talk to my friend, productively, about his drug use and mental state?

Friend in trouble: bipolar, taking Zoloft, smoking huge amount of marijuana which exacerbates his mania. He's acting crazy. I'm far away -- how can I help? Especially, how can I support his girlfriend, and convince him to accept treatment and quit the pot? Other advice about treatment for bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 14 comments

The lady in the tutti frutti hat

Who are some iconic actors portraying races/ethnicities different from their actual heritage? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 7:01 PM PST - 90 comments

Good riddance?

Help me make my choice from one of the three options below: 1) Fix Windows so that it boots without messing up my Ubuntu. 2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways. 3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 6:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How to sell old comics in Boston?

I want to sell my old comics in the Boston area. Does someone know the best place to do it? [more inside]
posted by crhanson at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Anitque Filter (Kinda)

I just found a can of 1975 AmWay "Dust Control Spray" (furniture polish). There is just a bit... [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Any recommendations for a KVM extender?

Any recommendations for a KVM extender? [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Sliding-scale divorce lawyers in L.A.

For a friend: need resources for law firms or individual attorneys in Los Angeles who provide sliding scale/reduced cost (or even pro bono) services for a woman going through an increasingly acrimonious divorce. [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me avoid car overheating in my Subaru?

Help me with my Subaru Forester overheating problem? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 4:34 PM PST - 20 comments

100 Bad Haircuts

How do you tell someone how to cut your hair? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:25 PM PST - 40 comments

Looking for an Apple IIe War Game

Looking for a game I used to play on the Apple IIe [more inside]
posted by apark at 4:18 PM PST - 16 comments

What music/podcasts to you suggest for a long drive?

I am driving to school. I am in need of media for my ipod+itrip. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 4:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Mopping w/o bucket?

Mop Mop: Mopping without a bucket? Possible? Sh-mop? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Best way to rent in Dublin

Cardboard-boxes-get-damp-filter: Slothrop and I are less than a week away from our big move to Dublin. Help us negotiate the landmines. [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster at 3:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Bargaining over the price of a bike

When buying a new bike from a local bike shop, is bargaining over the price expected, and if so, how much should I be able to talk them down from the MRSP?
posted by bstreep at 2:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Finding a piece of my childhood

I'm trying to locate a book I loved as a child. Help! There's... [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Die, Flash Player 7! DIE!!

How can I uninstall Flash Player 7? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 2:42 PM PST - 2 comments

FREE address search

Looking for FREE Address search (as in STREET addresses, not e-mail addresses). [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 2:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Redmond or Kirkland hotel

Attending a MS seminar in Redmond, need hotel/driving advice. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Force javascript to open a new window?

Is there a way to force a javascipt link to open in a new window/tab? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Zip Code Radius Searches That Aren't Painful

What is the best strategy to limit using processing resources in doing a zip code radius query? (explained inside) [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

The Littermaid is broken

My sister just left town after a couple of weeks, taking her kitties with her, and my own kitty's Littermaid self-cleaning litterbox nonfunctional. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Need wiki host

What's the best host to run my wiki created using MediaWiki? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Ring Around the Rosy

What movie first used the two-person romantic ring-around-the-rosy routine? [more inside]
posted by blue grama at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Should he know that I know?

How do I correspond with someone who I have just learned has a life-threatening illness? (He doesn't know that I know.) [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Best depression-related communities online?

In your opinion, what are the best online resources for people with depression? (e.g. communities, forums, web-based magazines etc). [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:15 PM PST - 15 comments

how do I find a great financial advisor?

my new employer is offering a 401k package via fidelity investments that is, dare I say it, overwhelming to me. I am especially bothered by the fact that the only advise available on said fidelity investment choices is via the nice folks from fidelity investment. so I looked for financial advisors - but how to judge them? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:00 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I preserve Unicode characters in `mysqdump`?

How can I make backups of a MySQL database (via mysqldump) and preserve Unicode characters (such as em dashes)? [more inside]
posted by cmyers at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Imagine playing this with a Wiimote!

More GameFilter: Looking for a C64 game where the players control one of three balls on a pool table and try to sink eachother. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments


I am looking for flashcards on three specific subjects. I've looked online and haven't had much luck. The first I don't really need help finding, "beginning spanish words". The other two have been more difficult. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Batch converting filenames to/from hex?

Is there a good way to convert an entire directory of numbered files from hex to decimal notation or vice versa? For example, I'll have files named AK00.txt AK03.txt and AK1F.txt that I want to convert to AK00.txt AK03.txt and AK31.txt. I've considered writing a shell script to do this, but if a solution already exists, I would love to hear about it. Thanks!
posted by idontlikewords at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

The Holy Grail: Honest car mechanic in LA?

2001 Kia Sephia with intermittent starting problems. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

What do we do with one night in Seattle?

20 something year old couple going to be in Seattle on the evening of August 30th (Wednesday) and need help finding places to get drinks and dance. [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

books for men on emotional intimacy

MeFi Men of the Hetero Kind: Have you found a useful book to help you improve your emotional intimacy and related communication skills? I'm looking for recommendations from guys who were told by their Significant Others that they don't get it about what women need, and now they do -- thanks to a book. There's so much dreck out there in Self-Help Land. I'm looking for that rare book that really made a difference in your relationship.
posted by nancoix at 11:12 AM PST - 22 comments

What kind of a contract does a band need to sign in case their music is used in a low budget (indie) film?

What kind of a contract does a band need to sign in case their music is used in a low budget (indie) film? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery?

How do I stop my husband from getting sick every time I'm sick? Whenever I come down with a cold, headache, whatever, he also CLAIMS to get the same thing...often the same day, no later than the 2nd day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 27 comments

i have everything i've ever wanted. why am i not happy?

i have everything i've ever wanted. why am i not happy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 65 comments

I'm turning 30 and I don't know how to grow up.

Starting over filter: how do I find out what I'm wired to do? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

GSM Newbie Questions

I'm about to acquire the object of my gadget lust. I'm new to the GSM world, and am looking for opinions about whether I should take this phone to T-Mobile or Cingular for service. (Other GSM newbie questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

How Best to Sort Paper Files

When filing papers in a hanging folder, is it better / more common to add new items at the front of the folder or the back of the folder? [more inside]
posted by alms at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Space Mountain with the lights on?

Disneyfilter: What does Space Mountain look like with the lights on? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 10:47 AM PST - 14 comments

What sort of info would be useful for future job interviews?

I just left my marketing job. What sort of information/recommendations would be useful for future job / MBA applications? [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I make money off of songwriting?

How do I make a (portion of a) living as a songwriter? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 10:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Are there any decent sound themes for XP out there?

Does anybody know of any decent replacement sound themes for Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

What are some good free/open-source Help Desk software solutions?

What are some good free/open-source Help Desk software solutions? [more inside]
posted by thefreek at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I watch the Wilson Bridge Detonation?

NoVa folks: Where can I watch the Wilson Bridge Detonation? Do I really just have to be a neighbor in the "safe area" and have my own roof? I guess I'm hoping there's a park I can go to, or some other public spot, within the viewing zone. I checked the official site (it seems they're trying to minimize the spectators, for obvious safety reasons), craigslist, and tried some random searches without any luck.
posted by sa3z at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Easy solar for the home?

Are there any easy and inexpensive solar kits for your home? Someone preferably DIY installable. (in the 500-1k range?) [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find a good overview of .Net

Can you recommend a good class in the Los Angeles area or on the web that would bring somebody who has done some programming in the past up to speed on Microsoft's .Net? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Is my JVC good enough for this transfer

I have a couple of hours of miniDV footage shot on a Canon XL2. The XL2 was borrowed and I no longer have access to it. I'm contemplating a transfer of the precious footage to my hard drive by way of an old JVC Micropocket camera (using FireWire). Will I lose quality? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

looking for a sound clip

Looking for a sound clip of something to the effect of: "Please flip the tape over to side B." Anyone know where I can find one?
posted by deafweatherman at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Teaching art

Looking for volunteer programs that teaches art to underprivileged youth. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Opinions on Yaz BC?

I am just about to start using bcp for the first time in my life. My gynie prescribed Yaz, which I understand is quite new. Has anyone here been on it? Any comments, impressions, advice?
posted by barrakuda at 9:05 AM PST - 24 comments

Good *cheap* Ethiopian food in DC

Looking for good, CHEAP ethiopian food in DC. I'm taking a bunch of grad students out later this week for Ethiopian food (they all just got here). I just moved back here too, and I'm not sure what's outside of Adams Morgan and U Street (Meskerem, Addis Adaba, Dukem) in terms of Ethiopian...i know there's cheaper places in Arlington and Silver Spring. Does anyone have any suggestions for cheap and GOOD food?
posted by jare2003 at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Meat and 3s?

More Atlanta: I moved to Atlanta from Boston 3 months ago. My parents are flying in from NH tonight and this will be their first time below the Mason Dixon line. I'm looking for recommendations on good lunch and dinner restaurants to entertain them at. [more inside]
posted by Constant Reader at 8:28 AM PST - 18 comments

How can i help my Mom clean up her house?

I don't know what to do about my moms apartment. It is uncleanable in it's present state and she won't get rid of anything. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 8:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Visiting Smoky mountains and its neighbours

I am planning to do a short-ish road trip from NoVA - Atlanta and back in 4 days. Along the way, I would like to accomplish a night at Smoky Mountains, an afternoon at a beach, a day in atlanta. I would appreciate any tips on doing this well or fun/not-to-be-missed activities along this trip [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Name popular fiction not focused on love

Popular fiction books NOT focused on romantic love relationships? [more inside]
posted by traderjoefan at 8:13 AM PST - 28 comments

D&D for a 10 year old boy

What is a good Dungeons and Dragons set to get to help a 10 year old boy get into desktop roleplaying games? [more inside]
posted by jazon at 8:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Bling or no bling?

Engagement ring dilemma. To get one or not? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 8:03 AM PST - 68 comments

Battle of the middle-years bulge

"When you hit your 30s and 40s, your metabolism slows, resulting in weight gain." What does this mean, in raw biological terms? Is it rational to aim for a sub 10% bodyfat level after 40, assuming we're not marathon runners? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking SEO Tools

Doing Search Engine Optimisation for companies, been recommended IBP but its alittle overpriced for the business licence. Any others like IBP that are equally as good for less? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 7:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Probably misses his old glasses

What brand are my glasses frames and where can I get some more? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Lots of little squared needed.

Help me find some smallish cheap square tiles in a variety of colors. Please. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:19 AM PST - 8 comments

skew me with your flexible parameter

FunctionFilter: I need a function that allows me to skew a distribution from a uniform distribution to an extremely biased distribution for a domain and range of (0,1). [more inside]
posted by allan at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to blow up my friend's planet again

Help me find an old LAN game about space ships fighting each other that I used to play. [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote.

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 6:53 AM PST - 1 comment

How to send a PC to Spain when I do not have an address there?

I am Moving from UK to Spain. Will stay in Spain for 3 months and need to send a computer and monitor. But I do not have an address in Spain. How to send it? [more inside]
posted by toreo at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What food dehydrator do I purchase?

I'm looking for advice on purchasing a food dehydrator. Can anyone offer any tips on features I should look for? [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Japanese PHP/Mysql development tips?

About to create a PHP/MySQL CMS and web site for a client entirely in Japanese, what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 6:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Event Handlers for Dynamically added ASP.NET controls

How to write and execute event handlers between dynamically added controls [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 6:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Simple data transfer question

I want to transfer the stuff on my boot drive to another drive, but I'm a computer idiot. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 6:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Firing the Realtor?

When to fire the Realtor? How do i determine if it's him or a flattening market? Our house has been on the market for 39 days when the average for our neighborhood is 34. We have the lowest priced house, comparatively speaking, in the neighborhood, and there has been a decent amount of 'traffic' and one near-offer. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Give my great new hard drive a better body.

COMBINING Hard Drives. Roommate has fast, great computer. I have slow, antiquated one with (among other upgraded parts I've procured) a fast new hard drive (personally installed). Want to install my current drive in her current machine so that all roommates can use one system and still keep my files/ preferences. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 12:23 AM PST - 20 comments

What is this piece of art?

Looking for information about a piece of art at the this year's Whitney Biennial [more inside]
posted by Cochise at 12:17 AM PST - 4 comments

August 27

Treatments for keloids?

Suggestions for, experiences with, treatments for keloid scarring? Especially in Bay Area, California. This is for my foster son (biracial, black), who has scarring on his ears associated with pierced ears. We're meeting with a plastic surgeon at SF General, but surgery is not supposed to have a very high success rate for keloids. (The internet says injected steroids and pressure clips.) Also, his medical coverage is MediCal.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:53 PM PST - 7 comments

MySQL help!

Please help me create a MySQL database from a collection of images. There is of course [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 10:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Wobbly flash borders

A few years ago I saw a blog that had borders made in flash that would respond to mouse movement by fluidly wobbling in and out. I think the page background was bright blue, while the content back and borders were white. Sound familiar to anyone? I'm trying to see if it's still around.
posted by bob sarabia at 9:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Flickr HElp

I use FlickrExport to upload my iPhoto pictures to Flickr. Tonight I clicked "Export Photos" in iPhoto, and the Flickr Authentication window came on, it said "Logging IN" and then time passed and nothing's happened. It doesn't log in. I keep trying but nothing happens. What should I do?
posted by adrober at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a Dr. House in the house?

After a long battle with mysterious chronic health symptoms, I'd like a "medical detective" to help me get to the bottom of what might be ailing me. But, what kind of doctor do I need? (If you are squeamish, move along...nothing to see here.) [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Brazil Travel Help

I have a friend that will be traveling in Brazil from Sept. 28 until Oct. 24. I have been helping her gather information for her trip and realized that AskMefi would be a great resource (particularly from people living or recently traveling in Brazil). She is a jazz pianist/composer/vocalist from the US who will visiting San Paulo, Rio De Janeiro and Aracaju/Salvador. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by garypratt at 8:26 PM PST - 5 comments

dog apartment rare like kopi luwak

How can I find a dog apartment in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by cior at 7:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Spraypainting metal

How do you spray paint metal? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 7:58 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best solution for an ulta-simple CMS for my clients?

What's the best (and most simple) CMS solution so html-fearing clients can update their site? [more inside]
posted by chimmyc at 7:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Toe Tappin' Porch Music

I'm looking for artists/songs that sound like the slide-guitar/banjo intro to KMFDM's WWIII. I'm not really very familiar with bluegrass (is that even the right genre?) outside Bill Monroe, and none of his stuff sounds much like this.
posted by phrontist at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

best am fm radio

Which am/fm radio is most powerful? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 6:47 PM PST - 10 comments

CookingFilter: 2 of Graham Kerr's tools

Asking for my mom: Help us find 2 kitchen tools that Graham Kerr uses on his Gathering Place show. They are not branded with his name. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 6:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you picture a calendar in your head, or am I just strange?

An am-I-alone-here-question: What does the calendar that you picture in your head look like? For as long as I can remember (or at least as long as I knew my months of the year), my mental calendar has always been monthly, and seemed to start with the month of August--maybe because I was born then, or maybe because the school year started around then. [more inside]
posted by printchick at 6:40 PM PST - 80 comments

Nightlife recommendations in San Francisco for the weekend of 9/9?

Going to San Francisco to see Michael Franti play at the Power to the Peaceful concert on September 9th. It's been a while since I've been to SF, so I'm looking for nightlife recommendations. [more inside]
posted by chos at 6:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Tribe that link the throat with the soul

Is there a tribe that links the human soul (or spirit) with the throat? I remember being in an intro Anthropology class and watching a video of a young girl in an African tribe being buried alive because she had lost her voice and it was thought she was dead. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:36 PM PST - 1 comment

IANABM (I am not a business major), but...

What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice on Carpet Tile pile?

Carpet Tile users/owners: I need advice - Which style of Flor has the thickest pile/nicest feel? It will be used in my living room. [more inside]
posted by somethingclever at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me get organized.

Help me finally be an organized student. I have all the gadgets, a pocket pc, a razr, 2 laptops and a watch running palm os.... What is a system of organization that can use some or all of these? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 6:02 PM PST - 24 comments

TechFilter: I would like to obtain a specific file out of an SIS package. Can it be done?

TechFilter: I would like to obtain the SWF file out of this SIS package. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 5:51 PM PST - 3 comments

How to treat old ear piercing that's always infected?

Old ear piercing always gets infected. How to treat it? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 5:11 PM PST - 9 comments

XML for my product lists and rollover menus?

Are there any good XML/XHTML frameworks for using XML data to automatically populate both/either web page content and JavaScript rollover menus? [more inside]
posted by brianvan at 4:42 PM PST - 4 comments

the top of the soup bowl

At buffet type resaurants, why does the top of soup become slightly harder and usually a darker color? Is it good for you or bad for you?
posted by mrkohrea at 3:53 PM PST - 8 comments

20 bucks a day

How much does $98 in 1948 dollars (US) equal in 2006 dollars? [more inside]
posted by Marla Singer at 3:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Should we accept an offer with a contingency?

OK, we FINALLY got an offer on our house (after 4 months on the market) and we can't decide if we should accept. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 2:58 PM PST - 22 comments

What is a "starving plate" design?

In tube ciruitry, what is a "starving plate" design?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Whatever happened to the Kevin Smith Clerks 2 commentary download?

A few months ago, there was news that Kevin Smith would release a director's commentary early, so fans of Clerks 2 could rewatch the movie in a theater with an iPod. Clerks 2 has come and gone from my local theater but I'm still wondering if this audio ever came out, because I'd love to hear it and watch the movie again (have to catch it at the $1 theater now). Anyone ever heard what became of this? I don't see any mentions of it online
posted by mathowie at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't make me hate my Mac!

I recently signed up for an Internet based math class. After registering, I discovered that although the class is primarily internet based, you must also download its software in order to complete homework assignments and take tests. The software is not Mac compatible, and I'm on a Mac. Doh!! [more inside]
posted by serazin at 2:31 PM PST - 15 comments

We've more states to cross than items to ship.

Our furniture's fate hangs in the balance. In one month, we move on a shoestring. our shipment is too small too interest moving firms. Does anyone know how to get four pieces of furniture from Texas to Washington without blowing our budget? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 2:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Music Stores in DC?

Help with Washington DC music stores? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Customs and laptops

Are customs officials allowed to search you laptop's hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 12:57 PM PST - 39 comments

Mac Accounts Basics

I'm a newly-Switched Mac user with a few questions about setting up different...uh, users? Accounts? Profiles? (I'm not sure what they're really called; I think this might be part of my problem) [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:25 PM PST - 8 comments

An actor with a wireless mic at a wedding

I am the MC for my good friends wedding tonight. I have the schedule and only a few announcements, but aside from that I will have a wireless mic and freedom. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 12:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What am I missing?

What am I missing by not using linux? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 12:02 PM PST - 56 comments

What are your best long-distance relationship ideas.

New job has me travelling quite a bit. How do I keep my relationship strong? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 11:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Making a playlist of mp3 snippets. Is it possible?

I have a bunch of mp3 mixes which are 1 or 2 hours long and would like to make a playlist which only plays a snippets of these mp3's (e.g the playlist would be something like: radiomix1.mp3 from 22:02 to 25:46 then radiomix2.mp3 10:12 - 12:01 etc) Is this possible using normal playlists? I normally use winamp but I can't see a way to do this.
posted by cgfoz at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Wasps outside the house

How could we remove a number of wasps? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you keep informed about upcoming concerts and theater?

How do you keep informed about upcoming concerts and theater. [more inside]
posted by redunzl at 11:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Can you name this Merengue song?

Can you name this Merengue song? [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Help mebuntu!

Can I access (hax0r!) my now screen-less xubuntu laptop over my home network? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 9:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Font where M=W?

Are there any fonts where the capital W is exactly the same as the capital M, but mirrored?
posted by Mwongozi at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Soccer and ASL

Help me integrate a deaf child into my girls soccer team. [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket at 9:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Great Online Media Search Interfaces

What are some examples of newspaper, magazine, or content archive sites that you think have really good search interfaces? [more inside]
posted by pessoa at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the best mp3 player for listening to Podcasts?

What's the best mp3 player for listening to Podcasts? [more inside]
posted by B.O.R.T. at 9:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Why does the home stove have to be so cold?

I always hear that restaurants and pizzerias use super-hot ovens to get that extra-good taste. So how come food for home (recipes, TV dinners, frozen pizzas, etc) always uses the paltry 350-425F range? Why not crank the thing up as high as it will go?
posted by zek at 9:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me remember name of teleportation story

What's the name of the old sci-fi story I read years ago about a boy who teleports to a distant planet to visit his relatives? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 9:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Unsold Pets

Pets filter: What happens to those who remain behind? [more inside]
posted by NYCinephile at 9:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Camping outside the Bay Area over Labor Day

HikinginNorthernCaliforniaoverLaborDayWeekendFilter: Help me figure out the best place for a small group to go hiking and camping for two/three days, within a (half-)day's drive of Oakland/Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Pass the Kleenex...

My shrink says I need to cry. I'm not very skilled at this - it's been over 4 yrs - so I thought a good way to start would be watching a few tearjerkers: any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:00 AM PST - 107 comments

Nose piercing infection : help needed

I got my wife a nose piercing for her birthday. She'd really wanted it for a long time, and I became a one-cooler husband. Trouble now, is that she's developed an infection right next to the piercing – a fairly visible dark bulbous spot. She's tried a few things including Tea Tree oil, which does help reduce, but not eliminate the infection. This has now been going on for about a month and she's getting really upset that it won't go away (I can't blame her). I don't want her to regret getting the piercing because I think it's a really cool thing that she's done (a real stretch for her), and pretty sexy too. Any suggestions on getting rid of this infection?
posted by iTristan at 8:56 AM PST - 28 comments

How to edit and print from blogspot?

How can i export and then print a blog in order to present it as a book? [more inside]
posted by sierra13 at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Scooter safety vs. motorcycles

I've been curious of late -- I've been seeing post after post about how dangerous motorcycles are (compared to cars) and how they aren't REALLY that dangerous, etc. etc. etc. Anyway, my question is, how do motorscooters stack up in comparison, safety-wise?
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Some questions before I take the Holga plunge and become a total camera nerd.

I'm about to get a Holga camera. But first I've got some questions about the different models and 120 film. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

I'll have the rice. But could you ask chef to add a little extra foot?

What was in my pilau rice, human skin? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 7:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Stolen Scoot

My scooter was stolen. Filed insurance, called police. Is there anything else I should do? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

What's up in Boston?

I'm alone in Boston for a week. Anything specific I should do? [more inside]
posted by danb at 6:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase 'What man believes, man can achieve'?

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase 'What man believes, man can achieve'? It appeared on a banners at sporting events throughout the summer but a web search only yields listings from people who have either seen it there or have copied it or both.
posted by feelinglistless at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get electricity back?

The power in our downstairs is out but there are no breakers in the fuse panel showing red. Can any electricians out there 'shed some light' (groan....) ???? [more inside]
posted by pman78 at 5:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I be more productive on the Internet?

Is it possible to monitor my own browsing habits and create statistics based on them, so I can be more productive? [more inside]
posted by thelost at 4:53 AM PST - 4 comments

you find yourself in a stuffy room

I'm in a rectangular room with no windows. The one door is near the end of one of the long sides of the rectangle. Other than just putting a fan by the door, blowing in, is there anything I can do to optimize ventilation? Another fan pointing out, perhaps (and sitting lower or higher)? The ceiling is high. This is my bedroom.
posted by bingo at 4:29 AM PST - 13 comments

August 26

Small LCD widecreens?

I'm looking for a small (less than 15") 1280x768 LCD monitor in Australia. DVI or VGA, either will do. Anyone know a model or a shop? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 11:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me learn to play the blues...

Help me learn to play the blues... Basically, I'm looking for info - scales, riff cheat sheets, etc. that will allow me to build a basic repertoire of blues chops like this man plays: [more inside]
posted by stenseng at 10:49 PM PST - 16 comments

the wax rings of planet toilet.

I'm replacing two (2) toilet seals, because there is a strong urine smell in both bathrooms, in an older house--more than can be accounted for by the poor aim of my six and nine-year-olds. We have seen water pooled at the base of one toilet. I have seen waxless rings, but I have also seen (the last time I googled this when we lived in another house) a waxless ring of sorts that was quite a bit longer than the standard waxless ring. Does anyone know what I am talking about and if they work? I am hesitant to try wax again because of the mess and relative difficulty. Thanks for your help with this banal question.
posted by craniac at 10:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for Saris In All the Right Places . . .

So, if you happened to be Indian, and you happened to live in the Atlanta area, and had already been to the Global Mall on Jimmy Carter . . . [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Crazy Israeli Highchair

Looking for a crazy Israeli highchair [more inside]
posted by SobaFett at 8:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Er, I've never heard Eruption played like that before!

Help me play the piano like the Edge plays guitar. Or Eddie Van Halen. Or... [more inside]
posted by Bearman at 8:10 PM PST - 17 comments

How did massive ships embark from the pier?

Before there were motors, how did Tall Ships leave port? [more inside]
posted by yeti at 8:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is the bad lady screaming?

What the heck is going on in this video? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Trampoline recommendations?

Trampoline lovers -- what trampoline should I buy? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 7:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Uncovering the "human side" of historical figures

I'm composing a list of major political and/or spiritual leaders, past and present, who had a positive and lasting influence on society... but who had disruptive idiosyncrasies and/or disorders that drove people close to them absolutely bonkers. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 7:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Chinese greens

What vegetable is this? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 6:19 PM PST - 30 comments

These love handles are looking less beautiful

FatassFilter: Has anyone ever used one of the weight lifting plans that are in the backs of Mens Fitness or other magazines, or are they a load of crap? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:04 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the purpose of a certain fan in my house?

What is the purpose of the fan that is in my downstairs ceiling, connected with the upstairs hallway? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Mouse dying or software setting gone bad?

Mouse sometimes double-clicks on a single click [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What's this urge to shake when the trimmer gets near?

A weird thing is starting to happen while getting a haircut. A strange urge to shake when the trimmer gets near. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 4:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Why did I touch the darn book?

I was fired for a ridiculous reason. Do I discuss it in interviews or should I make up a polite but evasive response? [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

BLT Lite?

BLTfilter: If I cook up a package of bacon there is a ton of grease left in the pan. Are the calories in the grease included in the nutrition information? [more inside]
posted by jaysus chris at 3:02 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I invest in real estate?

I have a few questions about real estate investment. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 2:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Broken-tooth cat - what to do?

Our feisty little cat has snapped a canine. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Is this the correct methodology for comparing rates of speed?

Is this the correct methodology for comparing rates of speed? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for website to view custom Google Map by tags

GoogleMapFilter: I'm looking for a Google Maps application/website that will allow me to create custom maps with location markers and then let me view those markers by tags. [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Help for grubby iBook with MacBook disease?

What to do about discoloration issues similar to those grubby MacBooks... on a G4 iBook? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Going into nursing?

Should I go into nursing from another field? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 12:15 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the point of using a salt when encrypting passwords in a web application?

What is the point of using a salt when encrypting passwords in a web application? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 12:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How did he get these long, thin bruises and not know?

I hadn't seen my partner in a few days and when I got home, he showed me these big, long horizontal scratches that appeared on his back. He has no idea where they came from. It's the stigmata! [more inside]
posted by sian at 10:42 AM PST - 30 comments

What is this beep?

What is the 1 second long, "beep" coming from my laptop? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Stop dihydrogen monoxide infiltration

Seeking advice on how top water seepage in basement [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeks Latin (or Greek) video audio

Has anyone ever produced a movie with wholly Latin language dialogue? Not just snippets (e.g. Passion of the Christ), but a clear better-than-fifty-percent on-going conversation. (Productions of Latin plays definitely acceptable.) Second best would be extended audio only. (I did a post once with snippets- I'm looking for extended play, something commute worthy, say.) Finally, repeat above questions for ancient Greek. (There is a video of Medea by the NY Greek drama Company (1986, good luck finding it now). Anything of that sort would be of interest.) Thanks in advance.
posted by IndigoJones at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

My Cat Is A Pig

How do I keep my kitten from swallowing food whole? (it seems to hurt.) [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce at 8:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Little Big Band Music

Big band music is like the speed metal of jazz. But I'm more into the stripped down sound of "normal" jazz bands, that would have maybe one trumpet, one clarinet, etc... Could anyone recommend some intense big band music that's crammed into a "little band" format?
posted by parallax7d at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Organ donation (the musical kind)

Where can my mother donate a Baldwin electric organ in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 7:10 AM PST - 4 comments

OS X Server alias remembers last-used name. Stop it!

OS X: An alias to a server remembers the last user name that was used. Where is that piece of data stored, and can I change it to be blank? (On a public lab computer, I'd rather the dialog comes up empty rather than suggesting the last-used name.)
posted by Wolfdog at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

U.S. Customs and Chinese knockoffs

I'll be entering the U.S. after spending 2 months in China. In my luggage I'll have 3 fake watches, 3 fake Polo shirts, a pair of fake shoes, and a fake North Face backpack. Will U.S. Customs find out, and if they do, what would they do? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 3:06 AM PST - 28 comments

Does "laser therapy" help you quit smoking?

My mother's paying $300 for "laser therapy" to quit smoking. Is she getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 1:03 AM PST - 19 comments

What's a great retirement gift for the uncle who has everything?

My uncle's retiring from his job at the end of the month. I want to give him something meaningful, considering the fact that I don't have much in the bank. What can I get him? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 12:00 AM PST - 15 comments

August 25

When do I stop progressing my workout?

Is there a point at which I should stop progressing my workout? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 11:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Creating SMS Fill-in form?

Can an SMS be formatted/created in such a way that when it reaches the cell phone it looks like a fill-in form? [more inside]
posted by bokononito at 11:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Break a Band in the NYC Press

My question is pretty specific. I'm a freelance writer. I have zero clips. I'm trying like hell to get noticed, but it's tough. I like to write about a wide variety of things (which may be part of the problem), but one in particular is music. There's a small band coming through NYC soon, and I want nothing more than to break them in print or web. They're playing a well-known and respected venue next month. [more inside]
posted by raconteur at 11:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Tabbed Document Assembly

I'm assembling a document which uses tabbed page dividers. Should the tabbed dividers go before the corresponding section? Or should they follow, the idea being that it makes it easy to flip to that section by lifting the tab of the previous section? And yes this is a fantastically boring question.
posted by nathan_teske at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Landlords Screwing Seattle Tenants

Rental Situation Gone To Hell [more inside]
posted by mk1gti at 10:01 PM PST - 35 comments

Can I dye a silk shirt?

I'd like to dye a silk blouse. Any thoughts? Any suggestions for an appropriate brand of dye, or should I not attempt this at all?
posted by puddinghead at 9:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking For Feedback, For Sites that give Feedback.

Do you know of a place, beside Metafilter, to post web projects and get feedback? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Flies on my Mane

Here's a fun one. My hair got caught in flypaper. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 8:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I use any kind of CO2 cartridge for making soda at home?

Can I use any kind of CO2 cartridge for making soda at home? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 8:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the Wings of Slack before the Pinks destroy them forever!

Where can I find a high-res or (better yet!) vector version of the much-vaunted Wings of Slack? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 8:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to make the Windows Path Variable check all the folders within a specified folder?

Is it possible to make the Windows Path Variable check all the folders within a specified folder? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How do they do that: subway flick-book style movies

While riding on the subte (subway) in Buenos Aires I noticed an advert for the new Nike trainers. The advert was on the sides of the tunnels between stations (just before Carlos Gardel on Line B). There was a flick-book like movie showing the evolution of the shoes. You could see it from the main windows on the train but not from the windows in the doors. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias at 8:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me decide how best to utilize 1-3 years between college and law school.

Law school admissions: help me decide how to best utilize 1-3 years between college and law school. [more inside]
posted by gsteff at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Fixing a hole to stop my mind from wondering

Had lots of rain here lately and the tin roof in my old house has sprung a couple of small leaks. I'm not sure what the cause is. Can I fix this myself or is a not-very-handy-man like myself asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

car saleschicks yea?nay?

I am a female 33. I just started a job selling cars. I was wondering others opinions of auto saleswomen. Or if any other women on here had the same career, what their experience was.
posted by meeshell at 6:52 PM PST - 31 comments

Ion cleansing...

Help settle an argument: Ion Cleansing... bullshit or viable holistic practice? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 6:27 PM PST - 14 comments

How to install a ceiling fan between joists?

Anyone have any experience installing a ceiling fan using a brace between the joists? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Boldly going...

The wife and I just got the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation series on DVD. Which ones should we watch? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 5:34 PM PST - 60 comments

What are the copyright rules governing a stage adaptation?

What copyright issues are associated with writing a stage adaptation of a classic 1950's horror story? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Micro webcams.

I am looking for some really small webcams. Micro webcams or something similar. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 5:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find this talking desk toy?

Where can I find this talking desk toy? [more inside]
posted by lalex at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How to cut down on dairy/wheat/sugar without losing weight?

I'm interested in reducing dairy, wheat and sugar from my diet. Any tips on how to do it without losing weight? [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink at 4:55 PM PST - 19 comments

DS lite case?

I got a Nintendo DS lite for my birthday, and am interested in finding a simple case for it. Looking for recommendations / warnings.
posted by Kemayo at 4:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best woodburning stove?

I'm in the market for a woodburning stove. I want it to be my home's primary source of heat, and it needs to be the kind that fits inside an existing fireplace. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 4:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Why won't the OS9 CD find my hard drive?

Re-installing OS9 on an OldWorld G3 with the goal of installing Linux - OS9 install CD wants to initialise the perfectly-working hard drive. Wtf? [more inside]
posted by notnamed at 4:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Does anyone here have personal experience with a Basenji?

I am interested in adopting a Basenji, and am wondering what your experience has been - positive/negative. [more inside]
posted by WaterSprite at 4:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Low cost marketing for one woman business?

My mom opened a mortgage broker business this year. Advertising budget is under $800/month, local radio and cable have both been unable to come in under that budget. Currently running newspaper ads in 3 or 4 pubs. No responses. Any low cost innovative ideas to help her reach potential customers?
posted by swiffa at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Can the Mac Mini, the VW Beetle of server clusters?

I am looking toward upgrading my website's hardware. I want reliability and easy expansion. Could migration to a cluster of mac minis be a good solution for a distributed website? [more inside]
posted by viiviiviivii at 3:49 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I feel secure and confident now?

How can I feel secure and confident in myself while continuing to work on problems and goals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 10 comments

A married friend hit on me. Why can't I stop thinking about him?

A married friend hit on me. Why can't I stop thinking about him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 14 comments

5 - 2 = 3

Are you generally able to apply courses taken for a M.S. at one school for credit in another school's PhD program if you're doing a B.S. -> M.S. -> PhD? For more specifics, we're talking Computer Science, and more specifically, to apply for Stanford's PhD program (or another reputable US university). [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 3:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Dynamic Discussion List Footers

I need help creating a dynamic footer for the e-mail messages in a Mailman discussion list. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 3:30 PM PST - 1 comment

external hard-drive cross-platform file retrieval?

I have a Mac, my friend has a PC, we want to share music with an external hard drive. However, upon connecting the hard drive to his PC we discovered that the hard drive is formatted for a Mac, so we can't access the drive without reformatting and losing all the files. Is there a program that retrieves info without having to reformat?
posted by MNDZ at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I convince a city to give away WiFi?

How do I convince a city to give away WiFi? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Application that Visually Displays XP Folders in a Pie Graph

I used to have a little software application that would assess my hard drive and display a colorful pie graph of folders and subfolders, so that it was very easy to visually determine the location of the file bulk. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about? Bonus points for freeware.
posted by abbyladybug at 2:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Which AWD?

I want an AWD car (not an SUV). What does the hive mind recommend? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 2:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Dual Headaches

Windows XP running with a dual display. Anyone know how to set things up so that files save to the secondary display instead of the primary display when I choose "save to desktop?".
posted by richmondparker at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Resetting the Qi

Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
posted by Maishe at 1:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Dedicated Server Recommendations

Anyone have any recommendations on dedicated email servers? I have about 150 domains I'll be moving over to some type of either dedicated or VPS Linux server and I'm curious to see if anyone has a happy story to tell on servers. [more inside]
posted by Blake at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

How scared should we be?

If a biopsied spot turns out to be melanoma, what's likely to happen and what's not? Is there only a remote chance of needing chemo, radiation, or other terrifying stuff, or more than a remote chance? (Percentages, anyone?) I have some related questions, too. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 1:44 PM PST - 20 comments

KeithNet on my Mac!

Help me log on to this website using my mac! [more inside]
posted by sindas at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Is magnetism magic or what?

Is magnetism free energy? How exactly does it work? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Apache Chief

I have an Apache Web Server running on port 80. I have a Lotus Notes Web Server running on port 81. When a user enters one of my domain names, like, I would like Apache to redirect to the following ( All of my Lotus databases will be called home.nsf ). Essentially I want Apache to point to a directory that corresponds to the domain name which will contain the file home.nsf, and make that request on port 81. Any mod_rewrite gurus out there? Another example would be a user entering and actually going to
posted by jasondigitized at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Babymama drama, linguistic.

Is my wife my babymama? [more inside]
posted by norm at 1:01 PM PST - 58 comments

Five quid we'll find Starbucks there

Why are the north and south poles invisible in Google Earth? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 12:54 PM PST - 26 comments

From Hack to Flack?

How easy/feasible is to make the jump from journalist to media relations/publicist? [more inside]
posted by mph at 12:05 PM PST - 10 comments


Rhinotillexomania!!! Are there any long term deleterious effects, besides infection, associated with picking yer nose? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Watch your house over the web?

I am looking for products/services where you can install a camera outside your home (maybe on the porch or back deck) and see what's going on via the web while you're at work or away from home anytime? I guess it would have to be some kind of wireless connection signal transmission thingy?
posted by sandra194 at 11:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Am I screwed?

Had a fight with my boss, am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:21 AM PST - 59 comments

Do you read Arabic?

Can anyone proof my Arabic? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 11:07 AM PST - 20 comments

How much stock do they issue?

I am forming a New York S corporation for two business partners. How many shares is a normal amount of stock to issue? Why?
posted by whitebird at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Avoiding plagiarism - specific questions on attribution...

I am writing a book - a non-academic, non-fiction book. I am using lots of academic materials as sources, and generally I simply mention the source in the text when I am quoting directly - or summarizing an original idea contained in the source (I use footnotes when the attribution requires more info and interrupts the flow of the story I am telling.) I am, of course, especially concerned with the issue of plagiarism - I am keeping my notes tidy, attributing as above, and otherwise following the various rules I've read in the different handbooks for academic writing I've studied. But here are two questions.... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

SQL results by minute?

Looking to group SQL by a certain time interval. How? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 10:41 AM PST - 14 comments

I'd prefer to communicate via email...

Trying to remember a movie with a certain scene (more inside) [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Janie's got a gun! How do I disarm her?

If someone's pointing a gun at you, and they look away for a moment, what's the most effective way to disarm them? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 9:35 AM PST - 28 comments

Landlords suck.

A potential new landlord told me that while my credit report came back a-ok, an issue came up on my "tenant report." I know this to be in error (the alleged "issue" occured before I even moved in to my current place). So do I have a right to view the report on me, like I do for credit? Whom do I contact in order to fix this item? They were very sketchy with the details, and this whole thing has left me even more jaded about renting. What rights do I have in regards to these "issues" and "reports"? Who does them? Are they legit? Do I have any recourse whatsoever? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

I want my car back!

Can I have my car towed from an auto repair shop? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 9:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Component (YPbPr) to VGA?

Component (YPbPr) to VGA (RGBHV)? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Good TV for $500 or less?

Would you help me find the best TV I can get for $500 or less? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Children's book - seawreck

I'm trying to remember a book from my childhood. Shipwreck, tragedy, dead girl... [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

St. Louis: where can I find a great nighttime view of the city?

St. Louis: where can I find a great nighttime view of the city? I want to take a date someplace special. [more inside]
posted by trystero at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Cool case studies of transformative technologies.

If you could spend a few months studying a place where people are using a particular technology in a particularly interesting way, where would you go? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Qualities of a good sofa?

What makes for a comfortable, long-lasting sofa, and where can I get hold of one (in the UK)? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't hate the playa, hate the game

I'm leaving for Burning Man early next week and would like to get appropriately decked out, but I'm an LA n00b. What are the best costume shops in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

What's that site like but with more drugs and sex (and none of those cool daily animations)?

What's that site with web-fomat short stories, usually at least somewhat autobiographical, and accompanied by illustrations--in the vein of the old Work content? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments


You know when you get on a plane and you watch the performance about how to put on a life-jacket? What was the most recent instance of a life-jacket saving the life of someone travelling on a scheduled flight?
posted by londongeezer at 8:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Quark and PDFs

Does Quark play well with exporting PDFs? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 7:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Pry My Credit Card From My Cold, Cold, Hands.

I'm afraid to stop carrying my credit card, and because it's so handy and available, it's getting me into more and more debt. [more inside]
posted by willmize at 6:40 AM PST - 38 comments


Having an issue with my RAID0 that I'm having problems diagnosing... [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 6:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Momentum and weight lifting.

The physics of weight lifting: It's often anecdotally said that one should perform lifting reps slowly because the faster you lift the more one develops momentum and the less one actually lifts the weight. The implication is that this builds from rep to rep so that the last one is easier for this reason (developed momentum) than the first rep. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:03 AM PST - 21 comments

"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"

When do daydreams become harmful to your way of life, and is there anything you can do to prevent them from making you miserable in the "Real" world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Wait, you make 50k more than me?

Can companies prevent you from talking about your salary/benefits? (And a few smaller questions inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 AM PST - 39 comments

theaters showing chinese films

I'm looking for theatres that show Chinese language films in the Los Angeles area. It would be great if the movies had english subtitles but it they don't I'm still interested.
posted by rdr at 4:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Too lazy to take a hard-right.

Do the curved triangular shapes made when cars (or even pedestrians) take "shortcuts" at T-junctions (seen here near my house and here in Western Sahara, although this seems like a deliberate one) have a name? What's the mathematics behind them? The psychology?
posted by Jimbob at 4:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Pearl River Pianos?

In our search for a reasonably priced baby grand piano, we keep coming across the Chinese-made Pearl River brand. Are these pianos worth a serious look? [more inside]
posted by flyingrock at 3:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Caring for a convertable in the UK weather

I'm about to upgrade from a 1.0l Citroen Saxo to a 1.8l Mazda MX5 convertable. As a first time owner of 1. a sports car, and 2. a convertable, what do i need to know in order to get the best out of it and look after it properly in the UK weather? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 1:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Seasonale v. Ortho Tri-Cyclen

Women of MeFi, your experiences with Seasonale? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 12:07 AM PST - 21 comments

August 24

Where is the thermometer on a car located?

Where is the thermometer on a car typically located? Dashboard temp read-outs always seem absurd. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 11:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do I put my ass

What's a good office chair I can get for less then $200? Preferably one I can order off [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton at 11:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Does Dealing in Souls Require Exact Change?

Bible Quotation Filter: There's something in the Bible about saving the world not being worth the cost of one soul, isn't there? How's it go? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Has Pasargade Been Flooded?

Need help verifying the veracity of some news and photographs about/from the tomb of Cyrus The Great at Pasargade. [more inside]
posted by Devils Slide at 9:18 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm afraid you can't name him after me, Dave.

Help me name my new PC. My home network is full of machines named after William Gibson characters. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:46 PM PST - 28 comments

What are some Australian/international volunteer organisations.

What are some Australian or international organisations that are similar to the Peace Corps? [more inside]
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Fresh Edamame?

Fresh Edamame?? Anywhere? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 7:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Killer's Girlfriend

This may sound morbid, but I am trying to locate a photograph of Nicole Baker Barrett, who was Gary Gilmore's girlfriend when he was executed. I have tried Google images, etc.... and still nothing. Anyone got any advice?
posted by polexxia at 7:50 PM PST - 8 comments

osX mail, ical, address book recovery?

My girlfriend just had osx reinstalled on her computer - which lead to the overwrite of her mail and ical files ... essentially wiping them clean. is there any chance there is a backup or recovery method for the her mail, calendar, address book archives?
posted by specialk420 at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Thailand Vacation: Early Planning Stage

After two years of saving, I’m planning my first Asian vacation (!) and will be off to Thailand in approximately six months. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by the planning- please help! [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 6:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Car seat covers

Does any know of a company that makes sedan seat covers for the back seats. I have searched the web only to find front seat covers. The make of the car is a Honda Accord.
posted by Noodles at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Are lucrative, dangerous jobs for real?

Requesting advice for finding and starting anew in a dangerous yet lucrative or rewarding yet non-lucrative job. [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 6:01 PM PST - 33 comments

Porque no pequeno?

Why do you never see snack sized bags of tortilla chips? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 5:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me recover data from a crashed HDD.

HDD disaster! Almost all the data I own in the world was on a HDD that got dropped on the floor while spinning (the drive was spinning, not me). [more inside]
posted by dg at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

WaterFilter: How do you like your faucet-mounted filtration device?

How do you like your faucet-mounted water filter? [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 5:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Famous childless people

Who are the most famous people of recent times that were married but never had (or will have) children?
posted by vizsla at 4:15 PM PST - 70 comments

How to create an instance of an ActiveX control in C# at runtime?

In C#, how can I at runtime create an instance of an ActiveX control and then use its methods, properties and events? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Gotta get me some immaculate contraception

Is it theoretically possible for a human hermaphrodite to self-impregnate? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl at 3:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Hotmail access problem

My roommate can't access her e-mail. . . [more inside]
posted by mai at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

I must, I must preserve my bust.

How does one prevent boob saggage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 23 comments

Difference between that and which?

Is there some real difference between "that" and "which" that/which would distinguish among their proper usage?
posted by xmutex at 3:28 PM PST - 51 comments

Algerian Driver's License

What does an Algerian driver's license look like? Being an Algerian-American with dual citizenship, I am just curious to know what it looks like. I'm sure I'll get one at some point when I move back.
posted by adamdrici at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Clips prep and storage for freelancer

Freelancers, how do you store the original copies of your clips? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

It's hard to ask a question without a question mark

What is wrong with my keyboard (Why canèt I type properlyÉ) [more inside]
posted by cathoo at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Advice on Xcountry trip thru Canada

Thinking about a cross country trip thru Canada in a camper with a Golden Retriever. Any advice, tips, recommendations or warnings? I haven't yet set an itinerary but probably will cross in Buffalo/Lewiston. Eventually want to make my way to Portland, OR. Perhaps after a side trip to Vancouver area.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Legality of public restaurant unmarked audio/video surveillance

What are the (US/WA/Seattle) laws regarding video, and audio, surveillance in a restaurant- of both employees and customers? [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 2:57 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get the effect of a Dreamweaver template without the template?

How can I make text in one cell on one html page appear in the same cell on a different subpage? [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I keep my mattress topper on top of my mattress?

My girlfriend recently purchased a foam mattress topper, for our extra-firm hand-me-down queen mattress. It currently resides between the fitted sheet and the mattress, but it creeps down the bed, night by night. The bed doesn't have a footboard, and the mattress topper ends up sagging off the bottom of the bed, and not reaching to where your head goes. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 2:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone know the name of this poem?

Trying to figure out the name of a poem... it starts something like "no one expects / very much from poets anymore / not flowing prose / or expert sex / or even absentmindedness..." I can't find it anywhere (even the google). Any help?
posted by tngrn at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Help identify cartoon by its short "bumper" music

I need help identifying an action-y cartoon from the 90s by this ~4 second musical clip that's been in my head for years. I made a quick recording [mp3] on an electric guitar. More clues inside. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 2:28 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm going to a ball game.

I'm new to Toronto. I'm going to see my first baseball game this weekend. Where do I sit? Which day is best? Also, any tips on getting tickets for the hockey would be appreciated?
posted by dantodd at 2:08 PM PST - 15 comments

insider tips on Vancouver

I will be in Vancouver next week and would like recommendations for work and play. [more inside]
posted by Urban Hermit at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What can I do to reduce the glare in my workspace?

What can I do to reduce the glare in my workspace? [more inside]
posted by nessahead at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Boot Camp Jacks Up My System Time in OS X

On my Macbook, every time I switch to Windows (using Boot Camp), the system time (though not the date) gets jacked up in OS X. This doesn't happen to Windows whenever I switch to OS X. Any ideas?
posted by JPowers at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Good places for beer in Berlin

We're in Berlin at the end of next week, and wouldn't mind going to somewhere that has a range of German beers, rather than the typical bars which will serve you just Lowenbrau or, y'know, Bitburger. So, the equivalent of a decent beer hall, which serves more beer. And good 'pub' food, German-style. Any ideas where?
posted by jamescridland at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Best solutions for setting up a pay-per-download video service?

I'm an expert web developer looking to set up my own pay-per-download video service, preferably on a PHP platform. I'll need to be able to provide users with the ability to easily pay for purchases and receive limited access to download their purchased content. [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 1:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Ubuntu missing apps...

I used Automatix to get my Ubuntu system up and running. I know the thing installs stuff like Beagle and Gmailnotifier, but for some reason they're not showing up. [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a suitable PC graphics video card

I'm looking for a good quality PCI video card for my Dimension 1100. I need dual monitor support and video capture. Any recommendations? (price <$150).
posted by storybored at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

When I came to I was tied to a chair in the dark basement of what appeared to be a farm house. Across the table was Herr Doktor with a menacing look behind his small circular glasses. He was filling a syringe when he said "Von dose of zee Sodium Pentothal and ve vill know zee truth!" "Sodium Pentothal?" I thought to myself, what the hell is that? How does it work and I'm pretty sure there is gonna be [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 12:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Andy Sansone on Letterman

Anyone know where I can find a clip of Andy Sansone attempting to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 21, 2006? I thought it would be easy to find on YouTube or Google Video after my hearing he had flubbed his routine, threw down the microphone and walked off stage. [more inside]
posted by boost ventilator at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

cleaning a pool table

how do i clean a pool table? [more inside]
posted by moochoo at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

The best printers for writers?

The best printers for writers? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 12:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Flock of Seagulls?

Did I imagine this flock of birds? [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 12:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Commoder 64 GEOS Emulation on Windows XP

I'm jonesing for the good old days and tinkering: Has anyone successfully installed a C64 emulator and GEOS on a Windows PC? What configuration did you use?
posted by ao4047 at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Where do I go for custom shoes or repairs?

Shoefilter: I have 2 pairs of sandals that I adore and have pretty much worn right out. I cannot find them anywhere and would like to have them re-made (or a replica made from scratch). Is there anywhere in this hemisphere that will do that for less than the national debt? [more inside]
posted by blackkar at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Is good group health insurance available through unions, clubs, associations, etc?

Are there real, decent options for getting group insurance other than from an employer? I'm mostly thinking about unions, associations, professional organizations, etc. [more inside]
posted by weston at 11:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Sniffing glue.

I have old magazines on very thin, cheap, disintegrating paper. How best to decoupage them to a wooden surface without the reverse side showing through? [more inside]
posted by methylsalicylate at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Help a poor 1L...

Next week I start law school after a three-year hiatus. Any advice for (1) New law school students or (2) Those entering grad school after a break? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by spiderwire at 11:28 AM PST - 29 comments

how do i spy on tweenage style?

bizarre consulting question. a friend of mine in a creative field has decided i'm the most fashionable person he knows. despite the fact that i'm a lawyer and have no children, he wants me to find out how a hip, cutting-edge tweenie girl would dress. aside from lurking around outside the local middle school (and reading your standard tween rags), what can i do to gather the necessary data? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Computer Protection Over-Kill

What are effective anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that work in harmony? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

My lovely doggy lumps

Lumps on a Dog [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

How do we transplant a musical from New York to London?

Theatrical types: could you supply advice on transplanting a small musical from New York to London? Any perspective welcome, particularly suggested theatres and people who "run the scene." [more inside]
posted by godawful at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Listening to iPod via PC

How can I listen to my mac-formatted iPod through my PC at work? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Why is the Poincaré conjecture important?

What benefits will solving the Poincaré conjecture bring to mankind? [more inside]
posted by chill at 10:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Bad day at work:

Bad day at work: My employeur is decreaseing my salary from 90K to 45K [more inside]
posted by sandrapbrady at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments


Can you recommend Cajun music with heavy French influence? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Avoiding identity theft in canada

I am Canadian, living in Canada. If I thought some of my personal information was stolen (SIN, address, birth date etc), what would be my most prudent course of action to avoid identity theft?
posted by cascando at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

AJAX porn?

AJAX porn? [more inside]
posted by magullo at 9:22 AM PST - 11 comments

I have inexplicable, excruciating back pain.

I have inexplicable, excruciating back pain. Help me figure out what to do/who to see about it. [more inside]
posted by curie at 9:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Biking in Spain.

Any tips on spending three weeks in Spain in mid-September with bikes? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Will bee puke help my runny nose?

Does local honey really help with hayfever? Or is it an urban legend? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 8:39 AM PST - 12 comments

On line picture framer

I am looking for an on line picture framer. I can assemble the final product myself. I am looking for the frame, mat, and glass or plexi glass. I am also looking for a site where I have a good idea of what the frame and mat will look like before I pay....i.e. a visual representation. The items I normally frame ARE NOT stock 8x10, 5x7 etc. They are custom sized pieces. Anyone had good experience with an online vendor out there?
posted by jamie939 at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Was there a time change at

Has anyone else noticed a time change on machines that sync to the NTP server? [more inside]
posted by milovoo at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Why isn't this shampoo advertised?

This shampoo question reminded me of something that I saw in the store the other day. I saw a Sunsilk "line" that was all in Spanish and was in a fuchsia bottle labeled "Anti-Caida", which means, roughly, "Anti-Fall". [more inside]
posted by nekton at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Brooklyn sights for grown-up arty types

Weekend trip to Brooklyn in October to hang out. Anything you recommend? Restaurants, galleries, shops, hang-outs, etc. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 8:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Where can i find interest rate listings of banks in NYC?

Rather easy question with a long explanation behind it. What is the website where I can look up what different banks are offering as interest rates? I'm in NYC and considering switching banks because of a potential problem I see developing...More inside.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Flashcard Program for Windows

Flashcard program for Windows that doesn't stink. I need something that can handle jpgs or other sorts of pics for snippets of an ancient alphabet.
posted by AArtaud at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm now the sole breadwinner. What else should I be doing to make sure we don't end up in the hole?

I'm now the sole breadwinner. What else should I be doing to make sure we don't end up in the hole? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:25 AM PST - 30 comments


I have a small but detailed necklace pendant of the buddha cast in silver. How and where can I get an exact replica cast in 24k gold or platinum in NYC? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Where besides CafePress can I have a turnkey sticker shop?

Where besides CafePress can I have a turnkey sticker shop? [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 7:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Plunging Plutonic Depths

Can anyone think of any suitable food, drink and games for a party/wake themed around the loss of Pluto's planetary status?
posted by einekleine at 7:12 AM PST - 21 comments

How to spot bedbugs?

I am looking to save money by buying used furniture from Craigslist, but my sweetie is worried about buying used furniture with cloth because of potential for bedbug infestations. I have seen the previous threads about bedbugs, but have two different questions: (1) Is there a foolproof way to tell from inspecting the furniture before buying that it is/is not infested with the critters; (2) assuming not, is there a foolproof way to treat furniture before taking it home to make sure we don't bring the suckers home with us? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 7:03 AM PST - 25 comments

Can I sell a body part?

I can't afford to repay my student loans, entirely my fault, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 5:37 AM PST - 28 comments

How to deal with newlines inserted when pasting into a textarea on the Mac

Pasting text into an HTML textarea on a Mac inserts newlines where the lines wrap, but this doesn't happen on Windows. It's messing up my very basic content management. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 5:35 AM PST - 9 comments

salvaging an old professional relationship ...or not

Does my flaky departure and subsequent lack of fame / distinction make corresponding a no-no with this former professional associate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:36 AM PST - 11 comments

80's babble

What were the buzzwords of the 1980's? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 3:34 AM PST - 53 comments


Give me some ideas about what can be done with those disposable chopsticks at Chinese restaurants once they've been used (I live in China, so there's lots of 'em). [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 3:17 AM PST - 17 comments

August 23

Is this enough health coverage? is it even really health coverage?

Health Insurance question: My father is in his upper 50's and his wife is in her early 50's. They don't have health insurance, but they do have a "health cost sharing plan." I think it's hooey. But they think it's great. I'm worried they are going to get sick and be in alot of trouble without some real health insurance. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 11:32 PM PST - 16 comments

harddrive question

TechSupportFilter: having problems with an ata harddrive [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 11:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Trouble viewing Cyrillic on my PalmOs PDA

How can I view Russian (Cyrillic) text on my Palm Zire 31? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 10:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Wordpress and photos

What are the best and easiest tools for Wordpress that will add a bunch of photos to a page? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 10:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Dammit Jim, I'm a physicist, not a neurosurgeon!

Does anyone know a good lower back specialist in the Tri-State area? [more inside]
posted by em at 9:23 PM PST - 2 comments

How to share a public wireless connection and maintain a seperate, private wireless connection

How do I share wifi and maintain a secure personal wireless network at the same time? [more inside]
posted by beelerspace at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments


Why don't more songs use total stereo seperation of different instruments? It worked for the Beatles. Why did they use it so extensively when few others seem to have?
posted by riotgrrl69 at 8:39 PM PST - 36 comments

Playing the fiddle

My wife is getting a fiddle (i.e. violin to be used for American fiddling style). What resources/books/videos can I get to help her learn? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Job Applications + gMail + Thunderbird + PDF = bad, bad news...

HELP! Job applications + gMail + Thunderbird + .PDF = screwed up attachments ...why!? what's wrong? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a delicious pre-mixed cocktail in my bathroom closet?

Is drinking mouthwash actually harmful to anything other than your social standing? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:43 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I get my skin back to a normal color?

What do I do about the skin on my upper lip? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Any truth to the shampoo claims?

I'm obsessed with trying different shampoos. Do you find that any of them actually do what they say, as far as making your hair shinier/straighter/less frizzy/less poufy etc? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:05 PM PST - 37 comments

Where do I go to figure out the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?

Boston or SF? SF or Boston? *head desk* Help me hive mind, as only you can! [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 6:57 PM PST - 38 comments

app for newsletter sending

Need software to send an opt-in newsletter: [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Newport Oregon Lodging

Newport Oregon lodging possibilities? [more inside]
posted by mctsonic at 6:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me with my VirtualFlub? Can't process AVI's with MP3 audio tracks

How do I convince VirtualDub to work on AVI's with MP3 audio? Alas, not too much [more inside]
posted by baylink at 6:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Providing electrical power on the move in a van.

If i want to install electrical appliances, drawing upto 6kw, in a van how do i go about this? [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 at 6:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Quick: answer my question. HONK! Sorry. Too slow. You lose!

Why are there fast people and slow people? Why do different people have different paces? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Where online can I order Strongbow or Scrumpy Jack cider?

Where online can I order Strongbow or Scrumpy Jack cider? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Job Description: Classified

How to tell a family friend that I don't want his help finding me a job in his line of work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 PM PST - 15 comments

How to Build a Micro-myspace

What Open Source web application can I install that would make a good online community? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I take the job?

I have till tomorrow to decide whether to take this job offer or not. Here's the situation. [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 6:16 PM PST - 22 comments

What stock / tradgin Blog has a bearded man on the bull sculpture?

I lost track of a blog I really like... can anyone identify it from very sparse clues? It is a stock / trading blog. (**If you can tell me about any other stock, trading, economy, or venture capital blogs that you like that would be very appreciated too!) [more inside]
posted by limitedpie at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me nourish my brain.

Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 6:10 PM PST - 38 comments

Throwing CORBA exceptions from an IDL-defined interface?

Any CORBA experts here? I have an IDL/exceptions question. [more inside]
posted by knave at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Is the headphone plug on my iPod doomed?

Is the headphone plug on my iPod doomed? I just bought new earbuds to replace some old ones that I use with my 2nd gen. iPod and there's no sound in the left channel. [more inside]
posted by box elder at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Lighting Layout & Bulbs for a Vanity?

What is the best lightbulb layout and type of bulb to illuminate a 3 x 3' vanity area within a larger room? Since the area will be used for applying makeup, lighting that accurately reflects skintone & colors is a must. The one problem: any fixtures must have a visible cord that plugs into an electrical outlet. [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

What's exerted force?

Calculation of Force Filter: How do I determine the exerted force at the end of a (small) lever? Yes, there's [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I learn Cascade Server?

Does anyone know of any third-party training books or materials for learning Cascade Server? [more inside]
posted by markmillard at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Registration free daily newspaper sites?

Please help me compile a comprehensive list of daily US newspaper websites that do not require registration and logins. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 3:34 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I preserve the architecture of my grandparents' farm

How to architecturally preserve elements of my grandparents circa 1875 farmhouse and 1940's era barn without hiring an architect. [more inside]
posted by bach at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Slashdo's and Slashdon'ts.

How is selection/positioning on the front page determined for Slashdot? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Ballroom dance classes in Chicago

Can you recommend a good place to take ballrooom dance classes in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

How to locate a camera lost across the Atlantic?

Is there any hope for finding a camera lost in Corfu, Greece last week, from New York City? A Greek askmefi version of this question? [more inside]
posted by andrewraff at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

What are your thoughts on Lincoln NB?

What are your thoughts on Lincoln, NB? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 1:51 PM PST - 36 comments

Hotel recommendations near Key Largo, FL?

Hotel recommendations near Key Largo, FL? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

How to collect market research about a niche market?

Can anyone suggest some approaches that can be used to do market research on a niche market aside from directly contacting the customers in that market and asking the relevant questions? I'll explain in more detail... [more inside]
posted by maldrin at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

it was the best of times, it was the saddest of times

brazilian (or portguese) music question: i'm looking for a very particular sound... i'll explain inside.. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 1:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Safari (the browser) snapshots

A friend recently asked me if I knew of "a site that would make snap shots of your website in Safari (for developers using PCs). The site had a red rhino for a logo... I can't seem to find it now. " [more inside]
posted by owhydididoit at 1:01 PM PST - 13 comments

How to handle a 5 o'clock shadow?

5 o'clock shadow: how do I make my face fuzz less scratchy and rough? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 12:47 PM PST - 15 comments

moviefilter: what's this movie?

Moviefilter: 80's movie, guy gets to design a lamborghini ... [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Black Metal Visuals Please

Black Metal Movie & Art Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ibeji at 12:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting rid of a bad client

How do I gracefully get rid of a client with whom I don't want to work any more? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 12:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Good watchbands in DC?

Where in DC can I buy a quality watchband? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Blackberry or Treo?

I'd like to have mobile SSH capability, in addition to email and text messaging. Blackberry or Treo? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

How to track my road trip via GPS

I'm taking a road trip on my motorcycle with no particular destination in mind. I'd like to track my route using a GPS, and in the evenings, overlay that day's trip on a map. For some reason my Google-fu fails me and I can't seem to find a straight answer to the question: what is a resonably priced GPS unit that will allow me to record my trip? And as a follow-up: do I need special software to do the "map-overlay" thing?
posted by SlappyPeterson at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Chicago Parent Groups?

ChicagoParentFilter: I recently became a new mom, and in my circle of friends I'm the first mom. Chicagoans, do you know of any parent groups for new parents or parents of young children? Thanks.
posted by cajo at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the deal with selling eggs and the Asian demand?

Selling one's eggs: anyone have experience with it? Is it ethical? Why are Asian eggs in demand and what is Asian? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 11:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Check from Grandma!

What should I do with $10,000? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister at 11:32 AM PST - 36 comments

Living in Evanston, IL

Evanston_Filter: My cousin will be moving to Northwestern University - he got a job there. He is looking for a place to live, close to campus so he can walk to work. Can anyone recommend places, areas, streets that will be good, as well as those he should avoid?
posted by jak68 at 11:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Technology compatible with multiple scleroris

Suggestions for computer technology for people with multiple sclerosis. (Asking for a friend.) [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Serial better than parallel?

Was there an important technological breakthrough leading to recent widespread use of serial communications over parallel? E.g., USB as opposed to parallel port; SATA over ATA. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Does the Repo Man still exist?

Do consumer goods still get repossessed? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me with my 18 year old brother

Mental health/Drug Abuse/Family Relations: My 18 year old brother seems to be slowly slipping into serious drug use and my parents are clueless. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

What the hell's going on with my car?

CarRepairFilter: Help me figure out what's going on with my usually well-behaved car, and what, if anything, it might have to do with a letter I got from Acura back in January... [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 10:59 AM PST - 11 comments

And I Can't Find My Way Home...

How much should I spend on a GPS? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:42 AM PST - 9 comments

My clutch is scraping, do I need to replace the whole thing?

1997 VW clutch is making scraping sounds when fully depressed, but is working fine otherwise. Do I need a whole new clutch kit? Simultaneously, the interior fans (cooling) are dead, and the parking brake light is stuck on. Blown fuse? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Male-Bonding Activities in the DC Area

What would be a fun group activity for a bunch of thirtysomething guys in the Washington, DC area in the first week of October? It's for a bachelor party, but don't let that restrict the kind of thing you suggest. The groom has a quirky sense of humor. He loves videogames, movies, and kitschy pop culture stuff.To give you an idea, Dinosaur Kingdom would be perfect if it were closer to the metro DC area. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Foot rash

I went to the doctor a couple years back for a rash on my foot, he used a very very very cold spray on my foot, it seemed like he was drying it out. After that, he gave me some cream and that was it. I was wondering where I could find that really cold spray.
posted by Gabe014 at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

RSS feeds for NYC events

I'm trying to create a bloglines account of just NYC events. Help me find feeds. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I save money and energy and still have attractive lighting?

I understand that incandescent light bulbs are antiquated and extremely wasteful, but LED and fluorescent light looks horrible... [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Sample query letters for freelance editing work

I am looking for examples of a cover/query letter you'd send for freelance work, to a company that is not currently advertising any positions. [more inside]
posted by Siobhan at 9:14 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I distinguish with one word between and

Is there a special term that describes a subset of a website; aka: how do I distinguish with one word between and [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:57 AM PST - 14 comments

PHP E-mail script

PHP question: I need a very simple PHP form that takes form input and sends it via E-mail on my webserver to a fixed, hardcoded address (me). [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Thumb drive woes

Need help with managing volume policy permissions for removable devices in WinXP. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Still animation movie (recent)

I don't remember where I saw it, but a week or two ago there was an pretty cool movie that was made by a gal who used no video but combined hundreds of digital photos (stills) made with her (still) digital camera. [more inside]
posted by spock at 8:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Teaching US government in high school

I'm looking for cheap/free visual aids (posters, photos, etc.) to support a high school teacher who is teaching US government. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How to wire a Cycle Computer to a PC

Cycle Computer to Computer conversion. I would like to run the wire from the magnetic sensor to my laptop and then handle the data programmatically. What is the best and cheapest way to do this so I can read from the port using established methods? Parallel port, USB? Cannibalize a cycle computer or build from scratch?
posted by srboisvert at 8:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Tell me about camper vans

Camper van question: I'm thinking of buying a vehicle in the next couple of months. [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

How long are the queues at Gatwick?

How long are the check-in/security queues at Gatwick Airport & Dublin airport now, BAA site seems to be down.... help Mefites? (MI) [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

I want .it so bad...

I'm in love with a domain name. The problem is, .it's (sorry) a cc-tld that's restricted to citizens of Italy. [more inside]
posted by jsbww at 7:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Remove the ring or not?

I'm about to give birth (due in 5 days) and I'm uncertain as to if I should remove my clitoral hood piercing beforehand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Good books about female sexual health and body issues?

What are some good books or other materials for a woman to learn about female sexual health and how to love her body? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 14 comments

A Scanner Immensely

Where should I see A Scanner Darkly in London? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't really have to stay at home all the time, right?

Considering becoming a Stay at Home Dad. Experiences? [more inside]
posted by Brando_T. at 6:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Education Philosophy

A question about differentiation/grouping for teachers, administrators and parents in current education programs. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 6:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Did someone pee on my A/C?

My window air conditioner smells like pee when it's on. There is a roof deck immediately above this window. We are on good terms with the tenants up there, but they have guests over pretty often. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Barnett at 5:35 AM PST - 19 comments

My new landlord is useless

My new flat is not ready to move into after two weeks following the start of my new lease. Should I withhold rent or would that be starting off on the wrong foot? [more inside]
posted by cbrody at 5:05 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I answer to the days off sick question on job applications?

Possibly a very stupid job application question, but what is 'Provide details of absence due to sickness over the last 2 years' really asking? [more inside]
posted by Ness at 4:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me save my piano!

How can I protect my piano from more scratches? Where can I find a piano cover? [more inside]
posted by harrisb01 at 2:31 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for some cool cartoon strip/comic art posters

Inspired in part by this thread, I'm looking for some cool cartoon strip/comic art posters. [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 1:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it wrong to befriend my SO's friends?

Is it morally, socially or even objectively wrong of me to spend time with my girlfriend's friends? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 12:46 AM PST - 37 comments

What are some good Japanese language schools in Tokyo?

What are some recommendations for Japanese language schools, especially for conversation, in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 12:30 AM PST - 2 comments

August 22

How common are shooting stars?

Is it possible to see random shooting stars, or am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 10:58 PM PST - 18 comments

What do I need to start a pizza shop?

I want to start a pizza business here in Japan. Apart from the "in Japan" bit, what do I need to do to get this idea off the ground? [more inside]
posted by snwod at 10:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Explain this weirdness accessing WordPress with Firefox?

Why did Firefox suddenly begin to choke when I try to access /wp-admin/? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 10:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Squee dot com

What are the characteristics of the best fansites? [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 10:29 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best non-fiction I haven't found yet?

I'm looking for more great non-fiction books. Requirements: writing to make an English major swoon; a thesis or narrative structure that makes for an organized, logical flow; well-reported; interesting; true, with embellishments of known fact made known by the author. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 10:25 PM PST - 46 comments

Is four too young for model rockets?

My four-year-old boy is crazy about rockets. We have already done stomp rockets and compressed-water rockets and baking soda + vinegar rockets, and now I'm thinking of getting a small Estes model rocket to build and launch with him. All the kits say something like "ten years and up with adult supervision," so just how dumb of an idea is this? [more inside]
posted by bevedog at 10:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me find some latino music!

For some time I've been trying to find a specific type of acoustic latino music that I somehow really like. It is really peculiar situation, because I know how the music should sound, even though I don't know any artists or songs... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 9:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Chicago food specialties

Three Chicago dining specialities [more inside]
posted by jonson at 9:26 PM PST - 42 comments

What's the name of the US Open theme song?

Theme-song-filter: I'd like to know the name and artist of the song the USA network is using in their commercials. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 8:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Help for a Psycho Dog?

Soooo, my sister's beloved dog is kind of psycho. Any tips to help lessen the crazy? [more inside]
posted by granted at 8:46 PM PST - 25 comments

You tube query

Why should two videos uploaded to youtube, both about the same length (2min) [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a 35MB app to configure two mouse buttons

Can I get Logitech SetPoint working on Windows 2003? [more inside]
posted by aye at 8:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my friends to accept that I don't drink?

I'm a non-drinker who hangs out at bars. I'm fine with it... but my friends don't get it. Help me help them get it. [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 6:55 PM PST - 40 comments

Can anyone recommend a good solo musician for my wedding in San Francisco?

Can anyone recommend a good solo musician for my wedding in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 6:51 PM PST - 5 comments

MSOneNote for Mac?

I was turned on to MS OneNote by someone using a Mac in a class I was taking. Now that I've bought a Macbook, I can't find a Mac version of OneNote! Help! [more inside]
posted by burhan at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

super bowl!!!

big brother is frickin weird. my wife just started watching it. all the dramedy is just corny, but i am mystified about a few things: why does that corny blond guy call himself chilltown; and why did that guy that got evicted yell "super bowl" when he left, and then the corny blond guy also yelled it when he won the physical challenge or whatever they call it? yes i am wasting your time and my time with this..
posted by fumbducker at 6:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Whom do we sacrifice our virgins to now?

Has there ever been an atheist civilization\tribe? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 5:34 PM PST - 38 comments

Need info for new-baby footage.

What camcorder should I buy? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 5:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Replacing rundll32.exe XP SP2

Problems with replacing rundll32.exe on an XP SP2 machine. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 5:15 PM PST - 11 comments

In-browser, off-line mp3 player?

I'd like to play .mp3 files on .html pages in a browser without opening the files in a media player (off-line, too.) Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 4:48 PM PST - 14 comments

paging: style-y lady mefites

LADY MEFITES: my BUST and DWELL-reading wife needs some nice new threads. Help me! Anthropologie + Garnet Hill = ?? Bonus points for "social and environmental responsibility."
posted by oigocosas at 4:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Is my girlfriend pregnant?

My girlfriend's period is overdue, by 5 days. We had unprotected sex but I did not ejaculate inside her. Pregnant? more inside.... [more inside]
posted by leftfooter at 4:30 PM PST - 24 comments

iCan't Get It Open

Has anyone cracked open a Powerbook power adapter? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 3:33 PM PST - 11 comments

How to rebuild your lungs

Any way to speed up lung recovery once you've quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 3:19 PM PST - 18 comments

So, I keep hearing this verbal crutch during interviews...

Is it just me, or do all technology PR people start all their explanations with the word "so"? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 3:06 PM PST - 24 comments

XP Hell

Windows XP Startup question. How do you configure the deskstop to appear on startup? [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Song suggestions

Suggestion for non cheesy lighting of the unity candle songs? [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 2:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Answering machines that call or email me.

Are there any reasonably priced answering machines that can send email or can call me when a message is left on it? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 2:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Crash course from political science to computer science

How do I go from social scientist to engineer in a month? [more inside]
posted by SanctiCrucis05 at 2:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Jewelry Makers in Baja, California?

Can anyone recommend a reputable jewelry maker located on the Baja Peninsula? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 2:25 PM PST - 0 comments

We need advice about having sex in the woods.

What do we need to know before trying to have sex in the woods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 31 comments

Will Leopard like a G3 iBook?

I'm looking at buying an old G3 iBook (900 Mhz), but I've heard some rumblings that Leopard might cut off G3s all together. How likely is it that this would happen with Leopard? How many more releases is it reasonable to assume this Notebook would be supported?
posted by northernsoul at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Mercury: Just lookin' for a good time.

What are some fun and creative things to do with mercury, & when I'm done how do I dispose of it?!? [more inside]
posted by eli_d at 1:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Advice on a Starting a Furniture Rental Business

I am a college student looking to start up a furniture rental business for University students but don't exactly know where to start. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nyu2 at 1:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Bastard Landlord steals security depsoit (with many twists involved): What to do?

Landlord Filter: So I'm suing my landlord, help me get my gameplan/choice of action together before I meet a lawyer... [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 1:25 PM PST - 39 comments

need fitted cover for tv set

Does anyone know where I can find a fitted cover for my tv set? Standard 20" RCA model....I find an eyesore in middle of living room and remember seeing a product locally in Vancouver BC on-line a while ago, but cannot find it now.
posted by frizelli at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Who has the best lamb marinade?

What is your favourite way to marinate lamb kebobs? [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting at 12:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Non-sectarian op-ed: it's right to avoid blasphemy

An op-ed piece argued that it feels right to avoid blasphemy in general conversation even while agreeing that our old blasphemy laws are a bad idea and unconstitutional. This was several years ago, in a secular publication, not written by clergy, and not specifically sectarian. It definitely did not focus on Islam. Any recollection of this? Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I learn to be a teacher in a week?

I'm teaching college for the first time next week. While I have a lot of work experience in the field (illustration/design) I have no teaching experience at all and it occurs to me that I really have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by octavia at 12:06 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some good MMORPG blogs?

Can anyone recomend any good weblogs on MMORPGs? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Airport security issues

Airport security, transfer in London. Will I have problems? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

float me some advice on buying a boat

I'm thinking of buying a used pontoon boat. Is there anything I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by gnz2001 at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Environmental blogs

What are good environmental blogs? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

How to tell if a server is Windows/ Linux for blog installation?

Trying to figure out whether a server is a Windows or Unix/Linux server [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Details on happy, monogamous male gay couples?

Does anyone know of articles or books documenting the lives of happy, monogamous male gay couples and/or statistics on what % of the male gay population resides in relationships of that type? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Stop this confounded resizing!

In Mac OS Tiger, is it possible to block the automatic resizing of windows used in Safari and Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

seeking cheap Mexican wrestling masks/costumes

I'm looking to purchase a few cheap Mexican professional wrestling masks in Chicago. And some capes! [more inside]
posted by verysleeping at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Using font subsets in Acrobat Pro.

How do I embed a Chinese font subset into an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Normalize My Audio

I want to normalize the audio output of my DVD player within a certain range. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by escher at 10:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Live in paradise or rent free in Beverly Hills?

Which direction in my life do I take? (plenty of info inside) [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 10:39 AM PST - 26 comments

How to get constructive feedback on a client pitch?

What techniques do you use to gather feedback about client pitch materials before they're presented? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Time to upgrade the server

I want to upgrade my linux server and run all of my services inside a VMWare instance, am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 9:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Tape Backup

Sub $2k autoloading tape backup? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 9:21 AM PST - 12 comments

"So, um, whadja think of 'Coal Miner's Daughter?'"

Asking for a friend: "I have an interview with Loretta Lynn this afternoon. What should I ask her? What should my lead be?" [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Roth IRA at ING?

Is ING Direct a good place to have a Roth IRA? Other suggestions for easy, cheap plans? Can I do this without hiring a professional to advise me? [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

I just want something simple

Image renaming software (Win and/or Mac) - I'm looking for some software that will show thumbnail images of several images at a time (the more the better), and let me rename them all in a batch by just typing quickly - no mouse clicks required. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Jade bracelets in Chicago's Chinatown ~ where to go/who to trust?

I'm planning on buying a Jade bracelet for my wife's birthday and am looking for recommendations on a legitimate place to find one in Chicago's Chinatown (or anywhere within the Chicago-area for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by cherryghost at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting Cacti installed

CactinetworkgraphingsolutionFilter: Im a complete newbie when it comes to linux. I need to install cacti on centos 4.3 and have it up and running by the end of business today. Anyone know of any sites that give VERY DETAILED instructions to install it? Ive tried to install but keep failing. HELP!
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Traffic Technicalities Times Three

A flurry of interrelated USA speed limit questions: [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 7:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Can you sell merchandise depicting untrademarked fictional brands from tv or movies?

If a fictional brand from an American movie or tv show does not show up as trademarked in a search at the USPTO, is there any legal barrier to making and selling products displaying that brand (or an original image depicting the brand in cases where no image of it has ever been shown)? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

LCD v. Plasma Television

Plasma v. LCD - current opinions? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Tokyo Ryokan

Tokyo Ryokan - Looking for a nice family owned Ryokan for a stay in Tokyo. If you've had a good experience with one, please recommend. [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

How should I handle this sticky job situation?

How should I handle this sticky job situation? I was offered a job, declined, have worked as a consultant, and now they hired an executive and charged him with tasks I would have been doing had I taken the job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 10 comments

How to Keep Pigeons Away?

Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Weird Burning Sensation

Help me figure out what this weird burning/raw sensation is... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 6:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Empty bar, open early, with TV?

New Yorkers: Please help me find a bar that will (a) be open at 2 on Saturday and noon on Sunday; (b) be willing to put swimming on the TV (that is, be pretty empty); (c) is near the J, F, or Q. [more inside]
posted by dame at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me design a course on writing

This September I'll be teaching a workshop on writing skills at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Help me design and choose some great readings for the course! [more inside]
posted by josh at 5:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Champagne scheduling app on a beer budget.

OfficeApp Filter: How can I seamlessly convert lists of project assignment names and deadlines to a calendar view that can be shared? Or can I? [more inside]
posted by Marnie at 4:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Wireless Printing, Can I, Huh?

Can I remotely connect to my printer? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 4:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Evil Psychiatrists & Texas in the Movies?

I'm looking for movies featuring evil/bad psychiatrists. I'm also looking for movies that feature good (West) Texas accents. An example of the first would be Michael Caine in "Quills,"an example of the second would be Sissy Spacek in "Badlands." Bonus points for contemporary time frame and female actors, but not necessary. Comedies are fine too.
posted by rainbaby at 4:03 AM PST - 34 comments

Can I make this this journey in cars, cars, cars?

I need to be in Sheffield, UK over Christmas (from evening Christmas Day until the day after Boxing Day). I don't have a drivers licence or a car. The only way I can think to accomplish this would be to learn to drive in the time between now and then, buy a cheap car on eBay (a Volvo?), get it insured and hit the highway. [more inside]
posted by dance at 3:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Do I look like a monkey to you?

I-believe-in-evolutionism-but... Filter: I am wondering what evidence exists that man descended from apes. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 3:30 AM PST - 52 comments

How can I win this writing bursary?

How can I win this writing bursary? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 1:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Why do I burp when I run?

Why do I always burp or feel like I have to burp when I go running? This happens even if it has been several hours since I last ate. It doesn't happen every single time, but probably 80% of the time. I like running, its just gross getting a taste of that yogurt you ate 2 hours ago when its 100 degrees outside. Anyone have similar problems? Anything you can do to solve this?
posted by rordog at 1:11 AM PST - 7 comments

August 21

What websites are good for uploading photos from my cellphone to the Internet?

What websites are good for uploading photos from my cellphone to the Internet? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 11:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Health club in north Seattle?

I need to get off my lazy butt and join a gym. I live in north/northwest Seattle and work in the U District. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dw at 11:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Do I have a poltergeist?

Why is my electricty going on and off? It's not a blown fuse/circuit because it comes back on again. What would cause this? What should I tell an electrician to do in order to get them to fix the problem? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 10:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Tracking employee time off?

How can my company track employees' sick & vacation days in Outlook, with supervisor approval? [more inside]
posted by ivarley at 9:49 PM PST - 8 comments

The all-purpose gerund

I'm trying to find an exact quote about swearing. It went something like "When a British soldier uses the word 'fucking', it's only to let you know a noun is coming up." The original source might be Ashley Montague or Robert Graves, but print and Google searches have failed me.
posted by rosemere at 8:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get Google to re-index my site and how did it find it in the first place?

How can I get Google to re-index my site and how did it find it in the first place? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me select RAM for my Dell 5150 Inspiron

Help me select RAM for my Dell Inspiron 5150. Currently I have 512 MB RAM and Belarc Advisor says "Slot 'DIMM_A' has 256 MB and Slot 'DIMM_B' has 256 MB." [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 8:22 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get high-res DVD screen grabs/captures

Is there a way to get high resolution DVD screen grabs? [more inside]
posted by mollymolo at 7:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Is COBRA of use to me?

I'm about to be divorced with no insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 PM PST - 16 comments

My Mac won't shut up...even when I tell it to.

Why does my new Mac still make noises when I turn the sound all the way down? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 7:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How to catalog a print collection for sale

I am helping a family friend sort out a basement full of well-preserved books, magazines and ephemera so that they can be sold. In desperate need of a system to catalog the inventory. [more inside]
posted by Francophone at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

how do i tell female relative about faical hair problem?

A close family female member in her mid 50s has let herself go - I know this isn't 1950s but she has long facial hairs on her chin and her eyebrows are out of control. She does care about her appearance cause she still dresses reasonably well.. do I or do I not tell her about the hair problem? and if so how on earth do I say it without making her feel awful? I feel like a sh*t for asking this but I can't bear to see a smart, lovely woman acting like she is 80 when she isn't.
posted by wigmore at 6:55 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for an "easy" graduate school program to get a Masters degree (and change the world)

I need a masters degree to build credibility and transition from the financial services industry to working in educational services/public policy...but, financial services will go nicely with my goal to offer practical curriculum in schools (dealing with the all too often ignored topics of financial & character based education). [more inside]
posted by Jhaus at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Yeah SmallCompany, you go and threaten the yearly charity fundraiser. Jerks.

I've received a phone call, but not a cease and desist (yet) on a domain name I own. There's lots [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 5:51 PM PST - 18 comments

What's Your Cosmology

I am looking for sources that give the weight of the earth, volume of all the oceans, total acreage on the planet, total current population and guestimated total weight of said population. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Albuquerque nights

ABQfilter: In Albuquerque for work on Wednesday, and will probably have the evening free, starting around 8:00. Recommendations?
posted by piro at 5:17 PM PST - 5 comments

monitor puke time

MOnitor device driver not showing up in winxp [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 5:03 PM PST - 8 comments

I see your cardboard and I want to paint it... red.

What kind of dye/wash should I use to make thin brown cardboard a dark red? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Making Me Some Templates

Just how does a Dreamweaver template work? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 4:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Email Woes

Help me find a be-all, end all e-mail solution that will allow me to rid myself of e-mail woes forever! [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 4:31 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I install Ubuntu on an old laptop with no CD drive?

My place of employment sees a LOT of laptops come and go. Recently a PIII Dell Latitude L400 ultralight came through and was marked for surplus, but I want to use it for Ubuntu. One snag, though. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 4:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Why can't Spanish actors play "American?"

If British and Australian actors can do a convincing American accent, and American, Australian and British actors can do convincing foreign accents, why can't Spanish or French actors do an American accent? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 4:01 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me...well, everything.

Please help, I am the moistest newborn regarding life skills. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Trying to recall a Golf Joke

I'm trying to remember a joke I heard or read a while back. It's kind of a long joke where a man gets a phone call about some bad news, like his dog is dead or his wife is hurt. The man tells the guy to do certain things in response, and with each offered response, more bad news comes. I believe the joke is golf related. Does anyone know what the hell I'm talking about?
posted by JFunk2800 at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

what to do with leftover foreign currency?

What do you do with leftover foreign change? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor at 3:20 PM PST - 32 comments

Car crash physics

You're parked at the lights with your foot on the brake pedal. Someone rear-ends you. Does the ABS trigger? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

ISO American Indian Clipart, logos, graphics...

I have searched and searched online for American Indian art to no avail. More specifically - I'm looking for the kind of bold clip art (thick lines) or logo-type of art associated or signifying with each of the following: Shawnee, Lakotas, Iroquois, Ojibwe, Cahokia, Cherokee - animal art is fine as well. Are there any symbols of the same type of art that might relate to law or justice??. Am I looking for something that doesn't exist? Thanks in advance for any help!!!
posted by Jujee at 2:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Prefab pros and cons?

Pre-fab cabins and houses...can you tell me your positive and negative stories? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get my passport quickly?

I'm traveling from incessantHQ Los Angeles to Armenia on September 9th and I need to renew my passport right quick and I need a visa but the next available appointment at my local passport agency isn't for another week. So should I go with one of those passport expediting services like these guys? Has anyone used a service like this before? What are my best options in this situation? [more inside]
posted by incessant at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Bloggeratti Tags

Looking for ways to better manage history through Technorati tags, so of course there's [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Wide-format vs Pictrography

Wide-format printers: best models and per-print pricing? Or to go with a Pictrography? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Exporting an iphoto album

I had all my wedding pictures on my ibook (4.7 GB's worth). My wife and I started to sort them by making albums in iphoto. Then, I had to transfer all the photos to my imac. On the ibook, I can still see the albums and thumbnails, but the ACTUAL pictures are no longer there. Is there a way to export the albums to the imac, a la an itunes playlist? I have ilife 05' on the ibook and ilife 06' on the imac.
posted by drewcopeland at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

finding beats per minute

Software to find the beats per minute for digital music files. [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Types propane tank gages

What is a good option for an after market gas grill propane tank gage? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 1:41 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best brand watch for the money?

What is the best brand watch for the money? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 1:18 PM PST - 35 comments

The cat has one less life.

Help me translate this Indian text, please? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Family income - 2 vs 1

In the U.S., why does a family need two incomes to live at a standard that was previously attainable by one? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 1:05 PM PST - 105 comments

Mother Nature

Where can I go car camping with my arthritic mother-in-law near Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 1:04 PM PST - 3 comments

"why do I always end up being the one who..."

What are some good ways to avoid strife and keep things fair in a shared living arrangement? Somewhat exhaustive explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by Oobidaius at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

TED Talks via Tivo?

Using Tivo's Podcast functionality, is possible to watch or listen to TED Talks via Tivo? [more inside]
posted by Sagres at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some programs commonly used in medium / large law firms?

What are some software programs that are commonly used in medium to large law firms? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me come up with a simple, awesome newspaper contest.

Help me come up with a simple, awesome newspaper contest. [more inside]
posted by stokast at 12:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with historical context in documentary

I need help determining fact-from-fiction in a BBC documentary called "The Power of Nightmares". [more inside]
posted by parilous at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the sugar in the drink facilitate a rise in the amount of bacteria?

Asking for a friend: Is "stale" Gatorade .. or any sugar based drink okay to drink? [more inside]
posted by wannabehippie at 12:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Igby Goes Down, And It Costs Him

Apropos of today's outage: how much, in dollars per second, does an outage cost a company like
posted by scrump at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Who gets Grandpa?

Do you have to claim the body of a deceased family member? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:56 AM PST - 11 comments

generic title #173

I've started playing Nethack, and I'm having some trouble. It seems that 1 out of every 3 games I start puts me in a level with no downward staircase. [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 11:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Illegal engine management?

Who owns the ECU data in my car? [more inside]
posted by wzcx at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Norwegian sound of agreement

What is the name of the vocalization Norwegian speakers make when they are agreeing with a speaker? [more inside]
posted by tumble at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Can someone be added to the rent contract without extending its term?

Can someone be added to the rent contract without extending its term? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 11:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I eat a live wasp?

Can I eat a live wasp? If so, what would the safest method of eating it?
posted by sleslie at 11:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Where do I find a brake for my Ultra Wheels (size 14, Mens) Roller Blades?

I have a pair of Ultra Wheels rollerblades that need a new brake. Ultra Wheels is out of business -- Where can I find a new brake? (You know where to go for more...) [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Please share your Christian parables

I'm looking for parables that illustrate Christian precepts like faith, hope, charity and forgiveness. But hold on, there's [more inside]
posted by raydexter at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

What Tent Should I Buy?

I need a new 1-2 person tent for Burning Man. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Conference calling services in New Zealand?

Does anyone know of any good, one-time conference calling services with a local number in New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by kaefer at 10:36 AM PST - 1 comment

What's the deal with the convoluted handshakes/hi-fives baseball players have with each other?

What's the deal with the convoluted handshakes/hi-fives baseball players have with each other? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 10:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Is My Language Exchange worthwhile?

I want to brush up on my old French skills and I’m considering My Language Exhange as an alternative to a class or a textbook. Has anybody had any experience with their services? Is it a worthwhile time investment? Is the basic (and free) program adequate, or do you pretty much have to shell out for their premium service?
posted by Iridic at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Make resized copies of pics in folders/sub-folders and retain folder structure?

I have all my travel photos (about 10gigs) in a nice easy-to-use file structure that makes sense to me. I want to make a copy of it all with relatively low-res photos (~40kb/pic) and maintain the folder hierarchy for use with a PDA. I have irfanview and photoshop if that helps. I'm looking for a batch solution to do it all at once--it is a lot of folders. (Windows XP)
posted by wogbat at 10:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Raw material for understanding subconcious and emotional undercurrents in situations

The terrain of the subconscious. The stories we tell ourselves. Book recommendations to better pick out and respond to the undercurrents of situations. Maybe books on archetypes, folklore, symbols, fantasy. Maybe just books with strong character development. [more inside]
posted by beatrice at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Misplaced Phone Rage

How much, if at all, should I follow up on a series of abusive calls and a text message received on my cellphone in the middle of the night, but not intended for me or anyone I know? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 9:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Best way to frame a 36x48" mirror in the DC area?

What's the best way to frame a 36x48" mirror in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I watch TV on my Macbook Pro?

How can I watch TV on my MacBook Pro? What hardware/software will I need? My room has a cable outlet where I can hook a regular TV up, but I'm a little confused as to what I need after that. (The ability to record/pause would be great, but not really needed.)
posted by ruwan at 8:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Beijing gift ideas

Help me plan a great birthday gift for my sister who just moved to Beijing. [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 8:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Plane Sleep

What to take and/or tips on how to sleep on an overnight transatlantic flight? [more inside]
posted by ob at 8:23 AM PST - 24 comments

how to import a Toyota from Canada to the US

How hard and expensive it would be to import a Toyota from Canada into the US? We're looking at the Yaris, but the love of my life wants the 5 door hatchback and Toyota only sells the 3 door in the US. This is new for us, so please help out! [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 8:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for 40" door threshold

I'm looking for door shoe/sweep/threshold that is 40" wide, a standard door is 36" so I'm not having much luck. Anybody know where I could get such a thing (online preferably)
posted by zeoslap at 7:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Why isn't the moon headed to the earth?

AstroPhysics: Why doesn't the moon move towards the earth, and other satellite related questions. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Find me the hidden swimming holes of New England

Looking for your favorite fresh water swimming holes within 50 miles of Boston. [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Dinosaur Bone Cartoon

Can you help me find a cartoon drawing I first saw in a book or magazine at least 10 years ago, which shows a small dog digging up a bone? Attached to the bone, buried under the ground, is shown the rest of the tail and the entire skeleton of a large dinosaur.
posted by booksprite at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Migraines, and how to enjoy them (Not!)

Migraineurs: Gather round the fire, and give a shout-out to your favorite treatments (and not-so-favorite triggers) [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:32 AM PST - 38 comments

Coming in a mess, going out in style

Can anyone identify the designer of the sunglasses Noel Gallagher is wearing in this photo? As he is Noel Gallagher (and therefore richer than shit) I'm sure they're very expensive, so any recommendations for knock-offs and where to buy said knock-offs would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
posted by incomple at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find someone and keep him out of trouble?

Two-part question…how to know if a faraway acquaintance is who he says he is, and what to do if you believe he’s in trouble? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:11 AM PST - 6 comments

How to foil an internet impersonator?

Someone is impersonating me on the web. How can I stop him/her? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:54 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me define a list of real-world decriptions of what graphic and web designers do.

Graphic/Web designers, I need your help. Based on the list of designer definitions at, I would like to gather profiles of what a typical "real" day is like for your position. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:30 AM PST - 10 comments

My friends are wealthy. I am not. Why do I feel ashamed and inadequate?

My friends are wealthy. I am not. Why do I feel ashamed and inadequate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 AM PST - 31 comments

How can I become less shy about my singing?

I'm a fourteen-year-old cellist and singer who experiences no trepidation in practicing the former—in our finished basement or otherwise—but who is intractably reluctant to practice the latter, either upstairs with the piano or downstairs. This is beginning to present a problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 AM PST - 19 comments

DirectShow without the hassle

ProgrammingFilter: Rendering videos to a texture. Like DirectShow, but without it. [more inside]
posted by bloo at 1:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Shooting time-lapse video?

I want to shoot some time-lapse video. No video camera or editing software purchased yet. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 1:05 AM PST - 22 comments

August 20

Non-Guest using hotel pools in Toronto

Does anyone know of hotels in Toronto that allow non-guests to use their swimming pool. [more inside]
posted by smallsociety at 11:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Forcing Windowed Mode?

Any good programs out there that will force PC games into windowed mode? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 11:02 PM PST - 21 comments

How to become less emotionally dependent?

How can I learn to become less emotionally dependent on others and generally learn to love myself? (details..) [more inside]
posted by thewhitenoise at 10:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for plans for building a studio echo chamber

I am looking for instructions on how to build an echo chamber for a recording studio. Does anybody have any resources? I am specifically trying to emulate the one used in the MoTown Recordings.. [more inside]
posted by lukeomalley at 9:59 PM PST - 25 comments

I've got a sensitive skin, how to shave and what to use?

I've got a sensitive skin, how to shave and what to use? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 9:32 PM PST - 20 comments


Roommate-filter: I've been in the same apartment (without a lease) in NYC for 9 years. It's time for a new roommate. What can I do to protect myself from psychos and other difficult roommate situations? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me escape this Texas heat!

Where can I go to escape the heat on a budget? [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 8:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Whats a guy to do?

Ohio separation Filter: I am asking this one for my brother in law. He recently went thought a dissolution with his wife after finding out she cheated on him, and then after that catching him with another guy. There is definitely [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 7:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I tell My GF about New Girl X?

My life was peachy with my girl of 8 years until Miss X showed up. Now I find myself questioning things. I want to maintain both relationships but I can't see how. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 7:14 PM PST - 31 comments

No insurance ankle sprain medical examination in NYC

Need to find a reasonable (i.e. don't have health insurance) drop in clinic to treat a severe sprained ankle in NYC. [more inside]
posted by lips at 7:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I connect my laptop to an ISDN line in a hotel?

I need to connect my laptop to an ISDN line in a hotel room. What hardware do I need? [more inside]
posted by jeffbarr at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Eye for an Eye

Obscure lyric: The song 'Eye for an Eye' by UK dance outfit UNKLE, appears to be a remix of, or at least heavily sampled from, a much earlier song. Perhaps from the 70s or 80s. Can anyone tell me what it is? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 6:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Fast food Bill

Today I went out for some fast food and paid with my credit card (Visa). Later, I realized that the cashier didn't have me sign the reciept or anything. So, I'm wondering what will happen with the bill since it didnt get signed. Will it still be processed as usual?
posted by jplank at 6:04 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I call Ecuador on the cheap from a cellphone?

I need to call Ecuador. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

A bird in the hand...would be really good.

Gentle bird-folk of metafilter, help me get ahold of my birdie. I want to be able to gently pick him up and pop him back inside his cage. There's plenty [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 5:09 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I attract people for a college football group blog?

I'm in the process of starting a group blog that covers a couple of college football conferences. I'm not making any money off this and have no plans to in the future. Its a love of the game thing for me. It seems like it would be easy to find folks interested in college football to blog, but I'm having a tough time. [more inside]
posted by bored at 4:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Latin for snake

Why cant I find a english to latin translation for either "snake" or "serpent"? I have been trying to use online translators. and none of the ones that I have trried come up with a match.
posted by Raybun at 3:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Extending the useful lifetime of a 12" 867 MHz PowerBook G4?

Do you have ant ideas for extending the useful lifetime of a 12" 867 MHz PowerBook G4? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Stop the Spam!

I am getting spam to addresses picked up from a PHP mail script - can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

finding one month of housing in Vienna

Short-term housing in Vienna: Where should I be looking to find cheap yet private (non-roommate) housing for just the month of November? I've tried Craigslist, all the housing sites I can find via Google, all the Youth Houses, and more. I'm fine with German-language sites. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Can a CD damage a player?

Can a CD damage a player? I'm not talking about a really dirty or greasy CD, but an OK-looking used CD with a scratch or some dirt I didn't notice? I hate to put used CDs in my car player (the last one broke during the first play of a good-looking used CD, but it may have just worn out), but don't know if I'm being careful or just nuts.
posted by EllenC at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Good Volunteer Opportunities in San Francisco?

Please help me find a good organization to volunteer at in San Francisco! Preferably one in the Mission District and that serves underprivileged children. [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 2:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Road tripping from Dallas to SF. Advice?

Road tripping from Dallas to San Francisco. Possibly stopping in Vegas. What should I expect? What should I do in SF? [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Camping (and general budget travel) in the Azores

Have you been to the Azores? (Or do you live there?) I'm seeking info about camping and other very low-budget traveling in the Azores. I would love to hear about any of the islands -- I'm also especially interested in Flores and Corvo if you know anything at all about the camping sites there. [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Movies about artists?

Can you help me compile a list of artist movies? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 12:18 PM PST - 37 comments

Widescreen Wacom on a 4:3 screen?

I'm considering buying a Wacom tablet. I've found the Intuos3 6x11 for the same price (actually slightly cheaper!) than the Intuos3 6x8. I don't have a widescreen display. Will I be able to use the 6x11 effectively? [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Things to do in my local area?

Where can I find obscure and interesting attractions in my corner of Texas? We often can't think of anyplace to go. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get experts to answer my questions?

How can I get experts in a particular field of research to answer my questions? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Stock Footage

Stock Footage Filter: Need trippy, psychedelic imagery (I've already exhausted Prelinger). [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 10:34 AM PST - 11 comments

What happened to Triumph vs. Eminem???

Triumph vs. Eminem? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 10:23 AM PST - 8 comments

A golden op-port-unity?

Can I survive (or perhaps thrive?) on €950/month in Portugal? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I limit my salivation?

This may be odd, but how do I stop from salivating as much? I don't mean in regards to seeing food, but in general. I find that I can breath easier when my mouth is dry, which may be something to do with how the esophagus works. [more inside]
posted by destro at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Why a two-step login?

Why are many financial institutions moving to a two-step login process, where you enter your username on one page and then your password on the next? For instance, Vanguard and ING. Their rationale is just that it's "more secure", but that's not much of a reason.
posted by smackfu at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Squirrel diggers

How to keep squirrel from digging in container plants? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

How to organise digital photos?

How to organise very messy folders of digital photos? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Does anybody actually meet anybody else in this town?

I've been living in NYC for three years, and am feeling the most acute loneliness I've felt since middle school. How are you supposed to actually meet anyone in this town? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid at 8:38 AM PST - 38 comments

Tickling the ivories is much harder with my left hand than my right

How can I make my left hand stronger and more limber for piano? [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 8:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Hot & Cold Running Oxygen

When your [furnace/water heater/sauna/time machine] burns natural gas, should you feed it hot or cold air? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to find benchmarks between Core 2 Duo and Turion 64 X2?

Where can i find benchmarks between AMD Turion 64 X2 and the Intel Core duo / Core 2 duo? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 7:50 AM PST - 2 comments

I think my top-floor stuffy studio apartment is the reason why I feel lethargic and unfocused. What can I do?

I think my top-floor stuffy studio apartment is the reason why I feel lethargic and unfocused. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:46 AM PST - 12 comments

No Flash sound in Firefox

I'm hesitant to ask, because there is probably an easy fix, but Googling has failed me: why do I have no sound when using Flash in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

I missed the dog turd but stepped in spit!

Why do people spit? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 6:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me find the public radio story about the un-updateable MP3 Player that plays meditation tunes

Where can I find the public radio story about an unupdateable MP3 player that plays songs that are designed to be played again and and again and again? [more inside]
posted by teddyb109 at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Barcode my life!

Some time ago I saw a program for the Mac that you could scan barcodes of various things and it would maintain your collection of them. I can't seem to find my bookmark for that and my googling is failing me. I would actually like to know if there was a windows version of it out yet, or a similar product for windows. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 5:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Would I be better getting a new suit in Seattle or London, and where would you recommend?

Hi, I'm going to a wedding in a few weeks, and this has prompted me to get a new suit. The question is where. [more inside]
posted by mywinningsmile at 4:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I just save it here, or what?

A silly and trivial - but specific - question about how browsers work. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 4:22 AM PST - 8 comments

The perfect industrial design book

I'm looking for a gift: the perfect book on industrial design for my brother. [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 3:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the Source of this Logo?

Graphic Design/Logo filter: Where can I find the logo with the following terms: "Privacy" "Fair Use" "Innovation" and "Freedom of Expression"? [more inside]
posted by NYCinephile at 3:08 AM PST - 3 comments

otherwise wasted

if heat and light can be turned into usable energy, why don't we launch some collectors to orbit the sun and gather truck loads of the stuff that is otherwise dumped into space, then beam it home via microwave? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 2:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Tiny PDA

What's your favorite ultra-small PDA? [more inside]
posted by wayne at 2:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Transferring in to American Studies?

Should I transfer into a PhD in American Studies? My supervisor just accepted a job in an American Studies department and I’m not sure if I should be leaving a PhD in English Literature to go with her. [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 2:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Peace and Prosperity of the late 80's and 90's

I found myself warm and nostalgic today for the brief period between the end of the cold war and the war on terror. Do you think history will look at it as a very good time to be alive or is this just me being a nostalgic Gen x-er?
posted by Deep Dish at 12:27 AM PST - 22 comments

Rugged Laptop Filter

Help my father choose a ruggedized laptop for use in a salt-water environment! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:04 AM PST - 8 comments

August 19

It Feels Like They're on me Right Now

HELP!! What began as a minor infestation is now a siege! Red and black ants have all but infested our apartment. Please, please, please help us eradicate them. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me price a photography job, please!!

how do i price a digital photography job for a website? [more inside]
posted by metasav at 10:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Who's the captain?

Are you supposed to tip movers? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 10:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Making Out and Still Being A Virgin

Making out with our clothes on. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 19 comments

should I have fun and make money or go through hell and pay dearly?

Should I study at TaiDa and incur a US$10,000 debt or teach English in Jiangmen (near HK) and, you know, not be broke? Primary focus: learning Mandarin for future international business/applied technology grad school/career. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

To propose or not to propose... that is (sort of) the question.

My grandmother's ring, a long-distance relationship that's about to become a co-habitation, and a boyfriend who just graduated college and doesn't have any money yet.... Help! [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella at 9:45 PM PST - 19 comments

One is the lonliest number

Who performed the cover of "One" by Three Dog Night at the end of "Ernest and Bertam"? [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 9:25 PM PST - 3 comments

How to avoid taking things personally?

How to avoid taking things personally? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Emergency contraception in Virginia

What is the availability of emergency contraception in Fairfax, Virginia, USA? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I attend funeral of my ex?

Should I attend my ex's funeral (she's very ill and close to death)? Kids are 16 and 21, they live with her, i've had minimal contact with them (my choice) past 5 years because i wanted nothing to do with her, even by phone; they live 100 or so miles away.
posted by america4 at 9:07 PM PST - 46 comments

Should I buy a houseboat?

What do I need to know before I think about buying a houseboat instead of a regular house? [more inside]
posted by corvine at 8:12 PM PST - 17 comments

"Pulling the Plug?"

When was the phrase "pull the plug" first used in the sense of allowing someone to die? (such as stopping artificial respiration, etc...)
posted by scottr at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I watch NFL games downunder?

Where can I watch NFL games in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by mikeybidness at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Eclipse under Windows Terminal Services

What is the best way to install / configure Eclipse 3.2 under Windows Terminal Services? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Where was this article about female jazz sisngers?

Help me find this magazine article. Sometime in the last couple of years there was a critical review of contemporary female jazz singers in which some of the more successful singers (e.g., Diana Krall I think) were unfavorably compared to lesser known singers. Article might have been in the New Yorker or the Atlantic, but I'm not sure.
posted by Jackson at 7:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Cleared via the LAXX5 dep, climb and main............

VATSIM/Squawkboxfilter: I get a freeze sometimes, why? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 6:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Did he say "I'm in a snake-back situation"?

What are the lyrics to "Inspiration Information" by Shuggie Otis?
posted by donajo at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Microsoft's taste in music

Can anyone tell me the name/composer/artist of the piano music used in a Microsoft TV ad? [more inside]
posted by ChromeDome at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a mac to use wireless and ethernet at the same time?

Mac networking filter: I want my Mac to be connected to a wireless network while at the same time serving music to a SlimDevices SqueezeBox (networked media player) over Ethernet. How? [more inside]
posted by bephillips at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Dan Gets the Blues

Got any Zydeco recommendations for me? [more inside]
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 5:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Why don't we follow good advice, even our own!

Why is it so difficult for us to follow patently useful advice from a neutral (i.e., presumably objective) source (i.e., so NOT advice from someone we have a personal connection to)? To keep things simple, consider the advice in cliched proverbs like "Haste makes waste" or "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" (Polonious to Hamlet). The "wisdom" embodied in these maxims is obvious, and yet we all rush, and we all borrow/lend, and later regret it. Not just proverbial advice, but ALL advice is difficult to follow. Why? Knowing of these difficulties, how is it possible for those offering advice to frame/formulate the advice in a form most likely to be followed? I don't think there's a simple answer here, leads and speculations much appreciated!
posted by adamrobinson at 5:03 PM PST - 27 comments

SWM seeks Shelter, willing to relocate.

PropertyFilter: Can a non-resident own a home in the United States? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 4:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Mysterious island movie?

I have one of those help me figure out this vaguely remembered movie questions. I would be so happy if someone got this but since I was around ten years old or so when I saw it, I have my doubts. Here goes - I remember that there were three guys as the main characters. They were something like secret agents. (For some reason I have one of them looking like Richard Dawson from the opening credits of Hogan's Heroes. They all wore that kind of outfit). They were on a mission to some island that was run by a mysterious man and woman. There was a castle or haunted house on the island.They had to uncover some mystery on this island. The one part I remember clearly was a scene where they kept hearing a baby cry during the night and then there was a scene where they discovered some secret room on the basement of the castle/haunted house. I'm guessing the movie was made in the late sixteies early seventies. Any ideas? All help greatly appreciated. ( I have had other half remembered movies that I have been able to find using Google or IMBD, but this one has eluded me)
posted by vronsky at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

A Video Time Machine

{YouTubeFilter]: I am trying to build a list of US network TV programs and music videos from my formative years circa 1985 to 1990 . Any video viewing suggestions?
posted by Funmonkey1 at 3:31 PM PST - 17 comments

drying out a cast...

How do I best dry out a soft cast? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Damage to cat's eye: emergency?

Vet emergency? This morning I noticed that my cat was squinting one of his eyes a little bit, but just a little bit. I thought maybe he accidently got hit in the eye, either by the other cat or something else. I was gone most of the afternoon but now that I'm back it is definitely worse. His eye is mostly closed now and the second eyelid is visible (so it looks white) in the corner (by the nose). Also, it's a little bit wet on the fur on the upper part of his eye and it looks a little runny in the corner. I'd try to take a picture but the eye is mostly closed and I'm not quick enough before he shuts it again. Is this something that might be worth it to go to the emergency vet? Any idea how much a trip like that might cost?
posted by unsigned at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Mexican food in Argentina

Does anyone know a good, SPICY, authentic Mexican restaurant in Buenos Aires? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the best road bike in the $2,000 price range?

What is the best road bike in the $2,000 price range? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the original origin of the phrase "Falling in love with you wasn't part of the plan?"

What is the original origin of the phrase "Falling in love with you wasn't part of the plan?" Movie quote? Book? Anyone?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments


What are some good suggestions for Dim Sum, Indian, and Sushi in Seattle [more inside]
posted by sourbrew at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments


can anyone recommend a good DIY/home improvement guide on-line? [more inside]
posted by randomizer at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Sorry, babe, but you're a lousy drunk.

So, I've recently realized that my boyfriend's habit of going out and getting gross-sloppy drunk isn't just because he can be an ass sometimes, but because he has one of them, you know, addiction thingies. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 31 comments

I'm pretty sure I don't love my baby.

My baby is six weeks old. Increasingly, I have the feeling she's not very fond of me, which isn't unexpected since I'm coming to realize that I don't really love her either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 53 comments

weird computer noise

Clueless about computers filter: Very strange computer noise.. [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Help with daughter

I want to help my daughter but in the best way (kind of long). [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 11:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Simple Windows Script to Copy a File in Background??

Anyone on MetaFilter any good at writing Windows Scripting Language (VBScript) scripts? I am a total nonprogrammer but need a simple task done, which is copying a file from one directory to another (on a Win XP) system either (a) every twenty minutes, or better still (b) after checking to see if the archive bit on the file has been reset, indicating that it has been changed since the last filecopy. This should run as a background script without any user intervention or evidence that it is happening, if possible. [more inside]
posted by emg at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

What are my options in dealing with an employer who has put a stop payment on a paycheck for work completed?

What are my options in dealing with an employer who has put a stop payment on a paycheck for work completed? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 10:59 AM PST - 16 comments

weddings make life complicated

Wedding Etiquettefilter - was I invited or not? what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 10:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Getting two experts to talk about astronomy

In a week or so, I'm going to visit a mountain observatory with two friends who are astronomy buffs. I will audio document their on-site conversations. What provocative things could I say to kick-start their interaction? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Ideas for Remodeling with Salvage Materials?

Is there a blog for doing home improvements and renovations with salvaged and unusual materials? Sort of a cross between This Old House and Inhabitat, with a scavenger bent?
posted by LarryC at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

cheap bus?

A bus for students that goes to major cities? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

How long has he been on?

Looking for a simple application to monitor the time a user has spent logged in in Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Blinky the Laptop

Laptop screen blackout issues: [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Find me a DDS, stat!

Help me choose a new dentist that won't make me fearful! [more inside]
posted by shepd at 7:39 AM PST - 17 comments

PHP script for running a non-profit organization?

Any good (preferably free) PHP software for running a membership organization? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Help with, um, help....

Lately, much to my annoyance, I've encountered many examples of this kind of sentence: "Customers like their hamburgers to taste like, well, hamburgers." "The album `The Allman Brother's Band' by, um, the Allman Brothers is one of my favorites." "Dorothy has red shoes, a dog named Toto, and is from, wait for it, Kansas." My questions: is there a name for the "well" "um" and the "wait for it" in these sentences? Is there a literary term for this sort of thing? Am I wrong that this is a growing trend?
posted by pasici at 5:45 AM PST - 43 comments

Rotation For the Stupid

Best way to rotate an image or text into 3d space? [more inside]
posted by Malor at 5:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Babysitters hourly rate

What is the current rate for 16 year old babysitters? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 2:03 AM PST - 22 comments

In with the old

How can I convert Mac OS9 sound files to mp3 etc? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 2:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Dog + fleece jacket + chocolate = sadness for printchick

So my dog ate a piece of chocolate THROUGH the pocket of my very favorite, reasonably-priced, paprika-colored REI fleece jacket. The dog is fine; the jacket is not. Please help me find a replacement. [more inside]
posted by printchick at 1:17 AM PST - 7 comments

August 18

Weird phobia of satellites and flying objects

Am I the only one with a phobia of satellites, and low-flying objects that are not planes (possibly spacecraft, not UFOs)? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 11:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Mystery 80's Song!

Probably the most idiotic question I've posted here, but I can't figure it out! Help me figure out the name of an 80's tune (Warning: My memory of the lyrics/theme in the song are close to nil). [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 11:40 PM PST - 57 comments

Mac is chafing me.

Why does my mac (G4) refuse to play some of the songs that I've downloaded from legitimate music sites on the internet? [more inside]
posted by catfishjohn at 11:27 PM PST - 8 comments

alone in toronto this weekend.

what to do in toronto alone? [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 10:38 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some positive hip hop songs to play for my 7th and 8th graders?

Hip Hop Mix CD Filter - What are some positive/inspirational hip hop songs to play in my 7th and 8th grade classroom? Urban Chicago Kids so please nothing "lame". [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 10:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Limitations of distinctive states in the eight-bit byte?

Is there a way to put more than eight distinctive states in an 8-bit byte? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Sightseeing on the Garden Route

South Africa -- what to see while driving the garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 8:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Question about gangs

Where can I find some gang members in Phnom Penh? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Sunblock and bug repellent already secured.

Tahiti bound. Going to the islands of Mo'orea, Bora Bora and Manihi in a few weeks. And advice, tips and secrets would be appreciated.
posted by Dagobert at 8:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Naturopathy school in Melbourne?

My wife wants to study Naturopathy in Melbourne, Australia and she needs some guidance as to which school she should sign up for: a) Australian College of Natural Medicine or b) The Southern School of Natural Therapy...... Both are the same cost.
posted by lemong at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me use my digital projecter with my MacBook Pro.

How can I JUST show the DVD footage using my digital projecter hooked up to a macbook pro, without exposing the audience to the computer operation itself? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 7:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Big Cross Stitch

Any place I can buy a 11 foot by 2 foot piece of cross stitching fabric? [more inside]
posted by mge at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

help me make friends and not look like an ass!

Starting my grad school program next week (clinical psychology, PhD) and am joining a cohort of 7 others. Any suggestions on things to do (or not do) when meeting and getting to know people I'll have to work with for the next six years? I'd like to be friends with them, especially since we have all our classes together. But the chances of such a small group together so much so stressed without conflict seem doubtful to me. Other psych grad school advice is welcome too. Thanks!
posted by gilsonal at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Wedding for breakfast?

Where can we have a breakfast wedding & reception in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by cwhitfcd at 7:49 PM PST - 2 comments

DIY DVD Commentary

Help me create my own commentary track for a DVD movie. [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 7:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Aargh, this fish is drivin' me nuts!

I just scarfed down the Captain's Combo from Captain D's. What the hell kind of fish did I just eat?
posted by c:\awesome at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Sweet and Savoury foods

I live in the UK, the stereotypical lunchtime/evening meal is savoury thing(s) then sweet thing. From my limited travelling, and eating, I've seen the same. It's always savoury(s) first, with the sweet being a kinda optional extra at the end if you're lucky. #1 Is that order of eating important for our digestion/well being? #2 Are there any cuisines where the sweet part is normally the major element of the meal? #3 And is there any good reason why sweet foods are not the bulk/all of our meals?
posted by selton at 6:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Help us de-stink some kimonos

My friend recently bought several used kimonos in Japan. Upon arriving home, she discovered that they smelled strongly of mothballs. How to get rid of the smell without ruining the kimonos? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a way to beep out swear words in a music file?

Is there software - preferrably free, natch - that beeps out swear words in music files?
posted by rinkjustice at 6:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Locked room computer mystery

I was away from home for a week. When I left my desktop was fine. I came back today and it is randomly either freezing or restarting after 5-10 minutes use. I took the side off and no hardware is making funny noises. What could the most likely culprit be? I can't get it to stay on long enough to do any testing. [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 6:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me move to Washington DC

I am moving to Washington, DC. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 4:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Why can't I find tutti frutti ice-cream any more?

Why can't I find tutti frutti ice-cream any more? [more inside]
posted by pixie at 4:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Boston Weekend, what to do?

It looks like (but might change) that I'm heading up to Boston next weekend - actually I'll be just outside of Boston before the weekend, and likely downtown over the weekend.. I'll have a rental car at my disposal...what do to? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 4:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Why are my wireless routers flakey?

Why are my wireless routers flakey? I have a Comcast cable modem, which I use with a wireless router to create both wired and wireless networks. I have tried 3 (!) different wireless (802.11b/g, WEP) routers (Belkin F5D7230-4, Netgear WGR614, Apple Airport Extreme). In each case, the wired connection has been stable, but the wireless signal periodically disappears without warning. It's not just an interference issue, because power-cycling the router fixes it immediately. [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

A Small Claims Quandry

Okay - Small claims question here - maybe the MeFi legal eagles can help me out... Business A is sued by Business B is small claims court in the state of Idaho. Plaintiff, (Business B) doesn't bother to show up to the trial. Plaintiff's case is marked "dismissed with prejudice" on judgement. Business B has subsequently refiled the same case with the same court. Not appealed, but simply filed again. The court clerks are unable to clarify whether this is an oversight on their part (allowing business B to file the case again) or if it's even legal to do so. They can however, verify that this is not filed as an appeal of the original case. Clerk intends to confer with original Judge next week. Thoughts?
posted by stenseng at 3:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Help a Toronto Lefty learn to shoot?

[The good kind of] shooting guns in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Making the Computer More Friendly for People with Lou Gehrig's Disease

I volunteer with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) patients, specifically with communication issues. I am working with a specific man who is extremely bright and engaged and I am trying to find some solutions to problems we have. He has a head tracking device to move the mouse and has no problems clicking, right-clicking, etc. But he does have problems with one issue right now: iTunes. I’m also looking for general suggestions to make life easier for him. [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

is legal insurance a good idea or is it not worth the money?

is legal insurance a good idea or is it not worth the money? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

humans can't be this random, right?

could there actually be a reason why so many of the bad drivers in the 'hoods around here make a particularly dangerous move so often: left-turns from the far-right lane, and vice versa? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Scheduling App for Therapy Appointments?

I am a school-based speech pathologist with a long list of kids to schedule. They are best grouped by a) grade and 2) type of impairment. Each kid needs one or two half-hour appointment(s) per week. They are scattered across separate classes with various schedules, each with preferred, acceptable, and unacceptable blocks of time in which I can see them. Free or low-cost scheduling app? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Homemade multi-zone Muzak for home ideas?

What's the best and least expensive way to setup a zoned audio system for my house -- MUZAK for the home -- with up to five different music channels playing in different rooms of the house. Preferably without having to wire the place. So wireless. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get a new life rolling when I have things from the current life holding me back?

I've found each of the questions I have separately on MeFi, but I was hoping that someone will have a huge, big conglomerated answer to my many questions that all essentially lead to a better, happier, more productive and fulfilling life overall. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 1:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find a good quality picture of 1984 the movie's glaring eye dictator.

I'm looking for a good quality picture of this I can't seem to find one on GIS, maybe I have its name wrong! Thanks.
posted by PowerCat at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best all purpose shoe for a 3 month backpacking trip?

What is the best all purpose shoe for a 3 month backpacking trip? [more inside]
posted by Merik at 1:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Digital Video Filter: Running into problems getting a digital video file into a suitable format for YouTube.

Digital Video Filter: Running into problems getting a digital video file into a suitable format for YouTube. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by krudiger at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

4 night SQL primer?

Can you help me with a primer on SQL? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Run, mefi, run!

What are some of your favorite blogs about running? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

How to convert text to an image?

How can I convert few lines of text to a png or gif image? (With perl/python/ruby). Need it for a web-site to make text not copy-able.
posted by chexov at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I make faded highlighting visible?

How do I get faded highlighting (in a book) to be visible again? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Get me off Us Weekly's list!

I get spam text messages from Us Weekly magazine on my phone that I guarantee I did not sign up for. T-Mobile won't block messages from the number they come from. How do I get myself off the list? I don't care who cheated on whom, especially since I'm getting charged for each text message they send.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Does my Treo make my head glow?

What is the best Sprint-compatible, low SAR phone that syncs with Outlook?
posted by 4ster at 12:38 PM PST - 2 comments

I need something put my junk in.

ShoppingFilter: Anyone know where I can find a nice messenger style bag in southern Ontario/GTA? Extra points for independent makers/shops etc. [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best graphic design freeware/shareware for OS X?

My 19-year-old step-nephew is going back to community college to study graphic design this fall and he just saved up and bought his first Mac (a MacBook). What are the best shareware/freeware tools for OS X that he should get? [more inside]
posted by persona non grata at 12:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Online canadian shoe source

Cheap wide shoes online in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 12:21 PM PST - 1 comment

quick javascript writer thing

I'd like some premade javascript that adds text into a text input when clicked, sounds simple but I cant find anything on the web. anyone know of a script that can help me out?
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Online photography course recommendations?

Any worthwhile online photography courses available? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 11:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Single Letter Indian Surnames

What's the story behind Indian (as in the country) last names that consist of a single letter? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Where did this mystery iTunes playlist come from?

Who is "swami" and why did his iTunes playlist show up on my computer? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

End of Summer Reading List

I think that I overdid it with the partying this month, and I feel a lot less intelligent. Also, I've been reading nothing but graphic novels and zines for a couple months. I was wondering if someone could recommend some books that I would enjoy and that would kickstart my brain again. A list of literature I'm into follows. [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:46 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me keep my 17 inch laptop cool

So I have just taken delivery of my nice shiny and enormous new 17" laptop and I want to find someway of keeping it cool on my lap etc. so I'm looking for ideas. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by empedia at 11:39 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the safest artificial sweetner to overdose on?

What is the safest artificial sweetner to overdose on? [more inside]
posted by stuckie at 11:37 AM PST - 24 comments

Why do my eyes get itchy when stressed ?

Why do my eyes get itchy when stressed ? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for Children's Stories to Illustrate?

Can you recommend a good children's story or poem which could be adapted into an illustrated book? [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 11:29 AM PST - 15 comments

I need an alternative to FTP, SCP, SFTP

I have, for various reasons, a need an open-source and user-friendly technology to replace FTP & SFTP. With today's technology, am I expecting the impossible? [more inside]
posted by a007r at 11:25 AM PST - 22 comments

atheist military burials

What symbol do military burial sites use for atheists? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 11:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Good Duets

What are some good duets? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 11:15 AM PST - 43 comments

What's the float?

What is the annualized cost to operate a Zeppelin NT? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Is it technically a gambling site if there's no pay-out?

I've made an online game that involves gambling with worthless chips. If I were to sell (but not buy) these worthless chips, would I become subject to various laws concerning gambling? What if I sell membership, and that comes with a free allotment of chips? Basically I want people to feel like they're actually losing something when they lose to keep the game interesting, but I don't want to run an actual gambling site where people play for profit. If it matters, I'm thinking about something like $1 for enough chips to last a week or two, and I'm in the US.
posted by scottreynen at 11:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Sell short online and on phone

Digital Distribution Filter: It seems that the video on the internet can be put in two groups - the DIY (low production value) and the "produced" (iTunes, etc.) content. I'm pretty sure DIY content producers don't make any $, whereis "produced" content always needs to recoup. What kind of deals do iTunes or AtomFilms make for independently "produced" short film content, e.g. how much of that $1.99 does Apple keep? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 10:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Lead us not into the Garment District...

Fabric Stores in NYC? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Vintage Test Match Special recording.

Where can I find recordings of the Test Match Special radio program from the Seventies on MP3? [more inside]
posted by Dr.Pill at 9:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Exercises for hips

What are the best exercises to gain mass/size on hips ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Stories about clever young moneymakers?

I'm interested in hearing stories about people who have cleverly worked the system, or set up innovative small businesses in emerging markets. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I make my XML Schema require foo or bar, or both?

XMLSchemaFilter: I have a spot in my schema where I need to require one of two elements, or both, but not neither, and not two of each. [more inside]
posted by benign at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

hindi music help!

MusicFilter: Can you recommend some fun, mixed up modern-ish sounding hindi music? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 8:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Thirsty bat crashes pool party

Last night, around dusk, there was a bat that was flying erratic figure-eight sorties over my swimming pool in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

retiring in Belize

Do any of you live in Belize? A friend of mine is toying with the idea of retiring in Belize and frankly he's got me curious as well. Have any of you actually done this or know anyone who has and would be willing to chat with him about it? Thanks in advance.
posted by BoscosMom at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Can dogs drink hot springs water?

We are taking our dog backpacking this weekend and we're going to end up at Blaney Hot Springs. He'll want to drink the water in the spring. Will it be OK to let him or is it too toxic?
posted by bryanzera at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me stop referral log spam

Referral log spam. I've been noticing some strange things.. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Real estate law 101

Help me make sense of real estate law [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Should we buy a house with a bad garage?

My fiance and I are trying to buy our first house, and the the inspector has told us that the garage is toast. How much of a headache will it be to replace the garage, and how do we pay for it? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Half-remembered art theory

I'm trying to remember a theory about the arts in which the progression of a genre moves through various well-defined stages... [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Need RFK Jr. Address

I need a home or office snail mail address for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the lawyer, who is with Pace University, Riverkeepers, NRDC, etc. [more inside]
posted by mmw at 7:52 AM PST - 9 comments

VoIP in Toronto?

Experience with Vonage or any VOIP in Toronto? I know it's been asked before but figure the technology may have improved. Also, what about some of their other products?
posted by Manhasset at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Tween Music Intervention

I need some advice with music for my tween (10.5 year old) niece. The family was on vacation together and I was looking at her iPod and it was chock full of Brittney Spears and Kelly Clarkston etc... and that makes me sad. Granted, I understand that she is young and will grow out of that but I really want to get her horizons broadened early. Any suggestions or thoughts? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 7:10 AM PST - 83 comments

Golden Crisp scented piss.

When I eat Golden Crisp cereal in the morning, my urine smells for the rest of the day. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 6:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Is Oxford Seminar Worth It?

Will an Oxford Seminars course on teaching English abroad translate into a job? [more inside]
posted by greedo at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Seeking instant photo upload from camera for moblogging

Seeking instant photo upload from camera for moblogging [more inside]
posted by phildog at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Paint my library

I need advice on painting an odd room in my house. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 6:20 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I turn off Griffin SmartSound on my iTrip?

It seems that Griffin SmartSound technology isn't all that smart, so how the hell do I turn it off? [more inside]
posted by snowgoon at 6:18 AM PST - 0 comments

looking for web image rotator that does text captions

Web / Flash / DHTML Developers: help me find an image rotator for a website home page; I want it to take text from a config file and overlay it on the image, like a caption; some more specific requirements follow [more inside]
posted by intermod at 6:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Data Recovery For A Reimage Computer

I have a harddrive with Windows XP that was accidently reimaged. During the image process the partition table was delete and recreate, the drive was reformatted and the file allocation table is wipe. Data was rewritten to the drive. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 5:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Word to PDF

Creating PDF files from a word document - one button, one click conversion no longer available on the Word toolbar [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is my computer freezing?

Why does my laptop computer keep freezing up at seemingly random times? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 5:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me teach myself Japanese.

How do I get over learning-a-language block? Specifically, at a point when I've "plateaued" and can't find the motivation to keep climbing uphill... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Birthday lingerie suggestions!

I would like to buy my wife some lingerie for her birthday that will make her feel extra sexy and special. Any recommendations? She is small, fit, and fairly conservative about clothing and fashion.
posted by anonymous at 3:50 AM PST - 29 comments

The hunter should probably give credit where credit is due

What is the origin of the term MILF? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 2:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me locate a proof about distributed transactions

A while back I was implementing a distributed transaction coordinator, and in the process also learned some of the pertaining theory. The only thing I can remember semi-vividly was a proof showing that you can't synchronize an action between two parties over an unreliable link, but I can't seem to find it any longer. The final step of the proof was something like "thus, if this was possible, you could shorten every conceivable protocol by one step, which reduces all protocols to the zero-step protocol, which is impossible". I'm pretty sure that it's a standard result of computer science, but I'm unable to find the right keywords to locate it. Help?
posted by themel at 2:09 AM PST - 5 comments

URL to moviestreams

Link to site that streams the sound of popular movies. [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson at 1:59 AM PST - 1 comment

What's the origin of the phrase "out like Lottie's eye"?

What's the origin of the phrase "out like Lottie's eye"? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 1:10 AM PST - 3 comments

English Pronunciation Learning Tools

Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
posted by boosh at 12:21 AM PST - 2 comments

August 17

Loud mechanical-sounding chirps

What are these fascinating, extremely loud mechanical-sounding chirps coming from trees during the day in the middle of New York City? [more inside]
posted by gentle at 10:31 PM PST - 15 comments

How common is the practice of eating dessert?

How common is the practice of eating dessert? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 10:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Metal deodorant bars for garlic/onion?

Do those metal deodorant bars made to remove the scent of garlic or onion from your hands really work? If so, how? If not, what does?
posted by anonymoose at 9:50 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I get rid of Photoshop's transparent program background?

PhotoshopFilter: Is there a way to get rid of the "transparent" program background in Adobe Photoshop for Mac? [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Shotguns and PZMs for the Stage?

Say I was producing outdoor theatre. (I am.) And let's say that I wanted to mic my performances. (I do.) How best to do it, I wonder. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me sound like D. Boon

So-Cal punk rock filter: D Boon of The Minutemen, played a Fender Telecaster. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 9:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me watch in Tokyo

Help me watch in Tokyo -- they're blacking out live games due to my Japan-based IP address. [more inside]
posted by jgt246 at 9:01 PM PST - 9 comments


How on earth does the "high speed white rice" setting on a rice cooker work? I know the basics of rice-cookery (thermostat attached to heating element checks for the presence of liquid water, as evidenced by temperature staying at the boiling point) but I have no idea how it manages to optionally cook short-grain white rice in half the time it usually takes.
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me explore the briny deep.

I cannot swim. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian at 8:45 PM PST - 37 comments

500 Channels, and something was on, and I lost it!

Obscure music documentary filter - Help me find out the name of an awesome West Indian percussion musical group featured in a Canadian documentary. [more inside]
posted by PissOnYourParade at 8:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Can you help me update my video driver?

I can't get my ATI Radeon video driver update to install... can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Quarterly estimated tax?

Recently laid off self-employed partner: should I send September's Quarterly Estimated Tax payment or keep it to buy food for my children? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.

I'd like some suggestions for books about how Wall Street works. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 6:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Career development via business development?

I like where I work and I want to help the place grow, but I'm the IT guy and not much of a people person -- or at least, my idea of what management is about doesn't match the current style. I no longer want to climb the management ladder, instead I want to be involved in business development stuff, specifically ways to use modern technology for both marketing and core business. Does anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 5:52 PM PST - 3 comments

TomTom 300 Hacks?

I just picked up a TomTom Go 300. Are there any hacks or ways to manipulate the device to enhance its capabilities? Can I update the map SD card with updates from non-TomTom websites?
posted by honorguy7 at 5:50 PM PST - 3 comments

What's wrong with The Register?

What’s wrong with The Register? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Bob Wills is the king, but who else has got the swing?

What else is good in Western Swing besides Bob Wills or Asleep at the Wheel? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 5:35 PM PST - 29 comments

how long is too long?

My elderly dad is plagued by not "being regular" (ok squeamish ones, you can stop reading now if the subject grosses you out) [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Gradschool Anyone?

I am interested in going to grad. school for neurobiology. I have been researching rating systems for programs, but so far have not been having much luck. [more inside]
posted by The Castle at 4:47 PM PST - 11 comments

The monthly mortgage payments calculated by my bank don't match the calculations I've made - why?

The monthly mortgage payments calculated by my bank don't match the calculations I've made - why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Emergency fundraising for a major performance: can it be done?

So, a huge flock of very famous singing Bulgarians is about to show up on my continental doorstep... How do I put together a non-pocket-busting concert in a major city on what amounts to virtually no notice? Fundraisers-on-a-dime, rest assured, there's [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Linksys router network key issues

I have a linksys wireless router, and my question deals with its network key. [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Mac OSX Wireless Filter

OSX 10.4.7 Filter: I work for a small college IT department. We've got a handful of MacBooks available for check out from the library. How can I force the OS login to double as the 802.1X wireless login? [more inside]
posted by yogurtisgenocide at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

help !

I Can't Rasterbate. Posted by Anonymous to metafilter-related [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do airlines give the same flight number to different flights with different equipment?

Why do airlines use the same flight number for multiple flights, even if they wind up using different equipment and gates for the two flights? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 2:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Pressing onward

I'm working on transitioning a blog from Movable Type to Wordpress, and I'm getting hung up on one technical issue [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Pinched in the cervix by the doc = weird mood swings?

Gynofilter: Was my mood last night my gyn's fault? I'll keep the details inside to protect those who don't want to hear about my trip to the doctor. [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 2:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I buy William Eggleston posters?

William Eggleston, man I love this guy. I've been to a couple of exhibitions of his work in London and thought they were great. His use of colour in documenting the South is astonishing. Where can I buy posters of his work? [more inside]
posted by tonylord at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Lollywood Films - Where can I get them?

Where can I buy old Lollywood (not Bollywood) films? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Chicago salon recommendations?

ChicagoFilter: Good place for a mid-priced (female) haircut? And/or a beauty-school type place that can do cornrows or braids on a white girl? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 2:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Resume presentation

How should I present my resume? Paper with a paper clip, staples, some kind of binder? [more inside]
posted by blackout at 1:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Why do I get teary-eyed when I am serious?

Is there a reason I get teary-eyed when I find myself in even the most remotely serious situation? [more inside]
posted by sian at 1:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Roll my own torrent player for my TV

How can I build a machine (PVR?) that downloads torrents automatically via RSS and allows me to access them in a Tivo/DVR/PVR like interface on my television? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me cover my white walls!

I'm looking for suggestions on art. I'm a 26 year old guy looking to decorate the walls of my apartment. Currently the only things hanging on my walls are a Frank LLoyd Wright's blueprint to the imperial palace and some various sumi-e prints. I do enjoy abstract art but I feel like I'm stuck in a rut and would like as many ideas and suggestions as I can get.
posted by wavering at 1:24 PM PST - 29 comments

How to code a lyrics quiz (yes I have no life)

What's the best way to code an online lyrics quiz? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 1:16 PM PST - 2 comments

My boxers are in a bunch!

A question for all equestrian owners and riders... [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Avoiding the power handshake

How can I avoid getting my hands and wrists injured by a power handshake? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Help my night elf look pretty

Is there a website or tool that helps me choose fashionable outfits for my World of Warcraft character? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments


Help me find this (or a similar) parka. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 12:54 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make a web page automatically hyperlink words with links to monetize them?

WebSoftware/TechieFilter: How would I go about making a site where different words automatically link to google search terms/ adwords containing the term? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to find t-shirts that are cute, cool and clever??

Where can we find cute/cool/clever t-shirts? Especially those made by a company called Map? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 12:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Scanning pictues at what dpi?

I've decided to collect and scan all my family's photographs. [more inside]
posted by gtr at 12:37 PM PST - 13 comments

From the Moon to the Earth

Hypothetical from Moon-orbit to Earth-orbit question. I already know about free return trajectories, but what if something went wrong and your ship (currently orbiting the moon) didn't leave lunar orbit at the point it was supposed to? What might happen? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 12:33 PM PST - 8 comments

DVDs from other regions

I recently bought a region-free DVD player to be able to see cool things from the UK and the like you can't get here. I'm wondering if anyone keeps any kind of list or weblog about other-region (outside the US, that is) DVDs that are worth seeking out?
posted by dearleader at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Site for awesome custom home/wall decor

Sitesearchfilter: Looking for a site that sells custom engraving, mostly home wall decorations, but perhaps some other general home decoration gifts as well [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Bad Well?

A test by the Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed Coliform bacteria is present in well water. The sample does not contain E. coli, which would be indicative of fecal contamination. How does one go about determining the source of this contamination, and what remedial action should be taken?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Excel master needed...where to find one?

I run a computer service. I have an issue that is a bit outside the bounds. I have a client who has been using an Excel spreadsheet to track his portfolio. It is pre-formatted for him to enter data and the formulas are all there. Just recently, it started calculating some things incorrectly. The person who originally set it up just passed away earlier this year. We need an Excel expert that can look at the file and don't know where to begin to find one. Checked the local community college but no dice. All ideas or pointers are appreciated.
posted by titans13 at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Landing a Job While Taking Day Classes

Landing a job while going to classes during the day? [more inside]
posted by empath at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Cyclists reasons for not wearing helmets?

Why are cyclists so scratchy about being asked why they don't wear cycle helmets? [more inside]
posted by thelost at 11:30 AM PST - 81 comments

What's the best way to display and protect a book?

What's the best way to display and protect a book? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Fine Dining in Berlin

Oh hivemind, where would you send a group of very traditional, distinguished, discriminating eaters for a classy dinner in Berlin? Bonus points for a highly cultural venue that offers historical atmosphere or sophisticated entertainment while dining. The folks in question will be staying at the Hotel Palace. Thank you!
posted by clever sheep at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments


Can any Baltimoreans recommend a good salon? Most of my life my hair has been long to very long, cut straight across, bangs, kept in a braid or in a hair clip. I'd like to try a new hairstyle, with no preferences other than not-ugly. I would like a place where I walk in, the stylist looks at me, says "OK, this will look awesome, we are doing this!", does that thing, and I walk out happy.
posted by schroedinger at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

A Short Film About Tomatoes, Poverty

Does anyone know the name of a short film about the life cycle of a tomato? I think it begins at a farm and ends with homeless families scavenging through heaps of trash.... [more inside]
posted by maryh at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a 3D scanning service?

Is there a 3D scanning service? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Time To Revisit Portable Digital Voice Recorders

I think it's time to look at the latest portable hand-held Digital Voice Recorders. All the past threads on AskMe seemed to be from 2005 and surely there have been advances since then. It seems a big complaint was proprietary software. I'm looking for something to take quick notes with - as well as the occasional 20-30 minute interview. I would like the unit to record directly to mp3, but if that's not possible - at least wav. Any and all recommendations will be appreciated. One thing important to me: I would like a simple one-button solution so I can grab it driving down the road and make a quick voice note without maneuvering through menus, etc. As always, thanks in advance MeFites!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 10:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Who are those six people in that one Onion section?

You know the fake man-on-the-street quotes that the Onion has been doing every week for years? There are six different people's photos they've used forever, and I would like to know more. [more inside]
posted by poppo at 10:11 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I feed frogs live crickets easily?

Ummmm HELP, I have to feed 30 live crickets to my friend's frog. How can I do this so I don't have crickets jumping around her house? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Resizing a batch of photos

Is there an easy way to resize a batch of photos in Windows Explorer? This looked promising, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't work. I'm sick of opening every picture individually!
posted by Maia at 9:45 AM PST - 17 comments

'eep 'op?

Recommend me some French hiphop and rap, s'il vous plait. [more inside]
posted by mendel at 9:31 AM PST - 24 comments

Cheese Noobs Needed

I want to start writing some cheese articles for a website I have. The first article will be an "intro to fancy cheese" type of thing geared towards folks who have only eaten the orange mega-mart stuff, but want to try some of the (perhaps scary) cheeses they see at Whole Foods or some of the other upscale markets. [more inside]
posted by MrCheese!!! at 8:55 AM PST - 52 comments

Is there a book like "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" for No Limit Texas Hold 'Em?

Is there a book like "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" for No Limit Texas Hold 'Em? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 8:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Safari wierdness

Wierdness with Safari. Safari seems to freeze when I download (ahem) torrent files. but not when i download any other type of files. I am running Tiger, on a Mac Mini, with Saft and Concierge aside Safari.
posted by spyke23 at 8:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Delivery mess

UK Parcelforce delivery mess: Parcelforce has kindly delivered a package to the wrong address. Is this theft? [more inside]
posted by The Carolingian at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

When weightlifting, should I use a single set or multiple sets?

What are the benefits of a multi-set weight training regimen vs. a single-set weight training regimen? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 8:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Please, help me find the comfortable boxer shorts.

I'm trying to locate a comfortable style of boxer short. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 8:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I watch the NFL in Paris?

I've recently moved to Paris, and I'd like to know if there are any pubs where I can catch NFL games on Sunday nights. I know they will start pretty late in the evening, but I just want to have a beer and watch a game. Bonus points for places that might air Jets/Giants.
posted by DefendBrooklyn at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the best method for securing metal fence post?

DIYFilter: I'm installing a chain-link fence. As our winters are cold, fence post tend to get pushed out of the ground. What's the best method for securing the post? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the music on

What is the music on [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

I want Shakespeare in a compact-format, multi-volume edition.

I want Shakespeare in a compact-format, multi-volume edition. [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 7:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Dell power issues (no exploding battery, thankfully).

Dell power issues (no exploding battery, thankfully): My plugged-in and charged Dell 8600 laptop recently stopped charging and the machine switched to battery power... [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 7:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Point me to blogs about found objects and such!

I'm looking for websites that informally catalogue found objects of some sort: sites (particularly blogs) that operate around the thesis of "look at this stuff I found".
posted by cortex at 7:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Opera With Rocks In?

Opera With Rocks In: Looking for opera-themed pop/rock songs for a friend. [more inside]
posted by picopebbles at 6:20 AM PST - 31 comments

New mouse behaving badly.

How can I get my new wireless mouse to left click like the old one did? [more inside]
posted by Corky at 6:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Gift ideas for great coworkers

Suggestions for a gift for coworkers - Yesterday I broke my toe playing volleyball at a company retreat. I appreciated the support from two employees (coworker who cleaned it up, and taped it up, and one who took me to the ER, waited for me, gave me a good dinner, and offered to drive me home because I have a standard). I would like to give each of them a gift as a thank you. Suggestions?
posted by SirStan at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Business Systems

SAP / Oracle, these are the big expensive systems I want to avoid in a new business system. What other options are there for a small to medium sales comapany? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Apple iBook G4 Battery Problem?

My iBook G4 has lately been winking out, for no apparent reason, as I'm in the middle of something (I have to reset the date each time, among other things). The weird thing is that it only seems to happen when I'm on battery power. When I press the little button on the bottom, it seems to indicate full power. However, I was noticing a month or so ago I was getting weird battery warnings -- saying it was almost out of power, when it said there was 41% power remaining, etc. Has anyone had this problem, and might a new battery somehow be the solution?
posted by jgballard at 5:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Dead VW

Remember when I asked this question? Well my girlfriend's Jetta just crapped out on her the day after her move to Minneapolis. Can you recommend any good VW dealers/service depots in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 5:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel: moving data from multiple columns to a 2-column format

Excel / VBA help needed: moving data from multiple columns to a 2-column format [more inside]
posted by blag at 5:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Winery Tours in Niagara Region of Ontario???

Any suggestions or recommendations for Winery tasting / tours in the Niagara region of Ontario? Logistics appreciated..... [more inside]
posted by vidarling at 5:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Tenser, Said the Tensor!

Does anyone know where I can find an audio file of the song "Tenser, said the Tensor" from Alfred Bester's the Demolished Man?
posted by unreason at 4:49 AM PST - 6 comments

First battery to recharge in less time than it discharges?

Have batteries in consumer electronics and laptops always recharged in less time than they discharged? If not, when did it switch to being the way it is now? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Recipe for a French vanilla custard tart?

I'd like a recipe for French vanilla custard tarts. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding an Object Rig for QTVR

I've been asked to find and purchase a piece of equiptment for producing (in considerable quantity) QTVR images/videos of products. It has to be as automated as placing the product infront of the camera and pressing a button (if possible). [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 4:10 AM PST - 1 comment

What causes a a single, violent, whole-body "twitch" while falling asleep?

What causes a single, violent, whole-body "twitch" while falling asleep? This happens to me frequently, but irregularly. After going to bed, closing my eyes, and relaxing for some time, out of nowhere I'll experience a very strong, but very brief, muscular "jerk" involving what feels like the entire body. [more inside]
posted by CodeBaloo at 3:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Good shopping in Mumbai?

MumbaiShoppingFilter: Help us find some good places for shopping in Mumbai, India? [more inside]
posted by SimonSays at 2:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Japanese terminology

Looking for a specific Japanese term which refers to the intangible desirability of certain objects, something that very loosely translates as "the X-factor".
posted by johnny novak at 1:52 AM PST - 23 comments

What do these Italian phrases mean in English?

Help needed with Italian to English translation. I emailed an restaurant in Italy to ask for a reseravation in Italian (cut and paste from a phrasefinder) - they have emailed back to confirm booking (that bit I understand) but have run the next bit through babelfish and still don't understand what they mean... [more inside]
posted by janecr at 1:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Stansted going to be crazy tomorrow morning?

Has anybody been to Stansted Airport lately? [more inside]
posted by Flashman at 1:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Evidence of un-American activities

Is there a site where I can read ALL the transcripts of the evidence given by "friendly witnesses" before the House Committee on Un-American Activities? [more inside]
posted by stammer at 1:04 AM PST - 1 comment

August 16

What do I do with this thing?

So, um, I bought a ukulele today. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 11:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Urgent hunt for circus music.

Where can I find traditional old circus music or carousel music, within the next hour!? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 11:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Selling an ERP to the boss.

How do I convince the boss that we need to deploy an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 11:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Does recycling increase resource extraction?

Does recycling aluminum cans reduce the market price of aluminum? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Would anyone read a blog about my dreams???

Would anyone read a blog (if I wrote one) about my nightly dreams, or would that suck for everyone but me? [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 10:11 PM PST - 35 comments

MP3 See, MP3 Do

What advice -- reasonably accurate, simple, and not absurdly out of sync with the real world -- do you offer your children about sharing music? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 9:04 PM PST - 30 comments

synopsis of children's book Shaggy Fur Face?

Here's a twist - I know the title of the book (Shaggy Fur Face), can you tell me what it's about? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Fender/hood mounted side mirrors

What is benefit of old style fender/hood mounted side mirrors on vehicles? and why are they gone? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How much of a game is modelling?

We need a quick introduction to the world of teen modelling. My friend's 15 year-old daughter has been "scouted" a couple of times, and he's not sure how seriously to take their recommendations, invitations to Milan etc. - all at the parent's expense. His daughter seems like a sensible kid (to me), and so far hasn't been particularly enthusiastic except for the opportunity for a bit of fun or a trip somewhere. He's wondering how much of this is for real, and when the games are going to start. Anyone know how this works, or have experience with teen models in the house?
posted by sneebler at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

It's getting hot in here, so take, hell, no!

Are my co-workers and I being pansies? I work for a financial institution in Mississippi. When I got to work this morning, the air conditioning was out (probably due to a storm last night). The temp today was 96 degrees, with a heat index of 105. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 7:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Why reset a router?

Why is my Internet connection better after resetting my router? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 7:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I salvage this volume restore?

I need to restore a Mac OS X hard drive. My target volume is 300GB. My source volume is a sparse image from a 500GB drive with only 179GB used, but of course, Disk Utility is looking at the total space on the volumes, not the used space. Is there any way to force this operation, modify the volume size of the sparse image, or do this in any way that will be less painful than reinstalling all my apps and settings from scratch? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 7:08 PM PST - 7 comments

She wants to move

I have a Wordpress site hosted on and I'd like to move it to What's the best way to do this?
posted by mordecai at 7:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Selling our grandmother's jewelry

Please help my sister and me liberate ourselves (in a wise way) from a bitter, albeit shiny, inheritance [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Caffeine knocking my ass into bed

Has anyone heard of a caffeine tablet producing heavy drowsiness? [more inside]
posted by zek at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Freeware/Open Source Help Desk Software.

Freeware/Open Source help desk support ticket type of software? [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 5:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Compton's In The House!

gangstaRapFilter: On a whim the other week, I picked up N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' and now I can't stop listening to it. I want to hear more music like this! [more inside]
posted by starscream at 5:21 PM PST - 41 comments

IE7 toolbar buttons...

OK - I give up. How do I move IE7's home button, etc. to the left of the tabs? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 5:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Who ARE all these people?

Freeware/Open Source Genealogical Software? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I break the ice with my dad?

I think my dad is too shy to really talk to me. How can I break the ice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Cingular give you more bars? Not at my desk!

Cell phone signal! Arggg. How can I improve my coverage at my desk? [more inside]
posted by thilmony at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

I need tips on how to find office space in Castaic, CA.

I need tips on how to find office space in Castaic, CA. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:05 PM PST - 5 comments

There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.

I would love to live in the countryside but I am a thinker - not a laborer - in fact I am highly averse to manual labour. My wife is terrified that she will be doing all the work. Am I heading for trouble? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 3:37 PM PST - 27 comments

Hook a ThinkPad up?

I need your google-fu and/or vendor hookup me shop for a replacement motherboard. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Your favorite moderately priced cell phone? If a Razr is so bad, what should I replace it with?

I broke my brand new (Cingular) Razr and am going to have to buckle down and pay full retail to replace it. Everyone seems to complain about that phone (though I had no problems), so if I'm going to have to pay retail, I might as well get something better. Like what? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 2:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Would it be feasible to dump nuclear waste into volcanoes?

Would it be feasible to dump nuclear waste into volcanoes? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 2:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Army recruiting students?

Military recruiting in schools? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 2:50 PM PST - 41 comments

You only have one torso

Zebedee has 75 FUCKING BUTTON-DOWN SHIRTS... He gets a lot of them for free from his employers, but this is out of control. I told him that it isn't normal. We both want to know what is normal. What is the average number of articles of clothing owned by adult males in western society? T-shirts, button-down shirts, trousers, underwear and so on. Citations from studies or surveys would be best.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 2:30 PM PST - 38 comments

What do I do with this %&#@$ degree?

I'm a "web developer," but I want to be a geographer. What do I do with this disjointed skillset? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Choking on search logs

Trying to open a 200MB .txt file on my Win2KPro machine, and all I get is hard drive spinning, CPU cycling, but nothing opening... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 2:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Waiter! Waiter! There are dots in my spam. Could it be stego?

Waiter! Waiter! There are dots in my spam. Could it be stego? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

what is nsfw?

What is Not Safe For Work? [more inside]
posted by nyxxxx at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a good media player for handling streaming radio on linux

I recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu and I'm looking for a good media player for streaming internet radio. [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Best board game for a group?

What is the best board game for a group of tipsy 20-somethings to play? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 1:39 PM PST - 68 comments

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction

What on earth should I do for a living? Can anyone recommend some good NYC recruiters? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it scientifically proven that straight men live longer by looking at women's breasts?

Is it scientifically proven that straight men live longer by looking at women's breasts? [more inside]
posted by phillygee at 1:34 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I master the art of record manipulation?

Turntabelism / Spinning -- how do I start? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

I have XGL/Compiz in Gnome, but want it working in KDE. Any help?

I have Compiz/XGL working with GNOME, I just want it in KDE instead. I'm running Ubuntu Dapper on my laptop, and I just don't understand the config files. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 1:26 PM PST - 1 comment

How Important Are Cover Letters?

Do cover letters matter? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 1:18 PM PST - 20 comments

To U-Haul, or not to U-Haul?

In about a year, I'll be moving from Waco, TX to Los Angeles. Is U-Haul my cheapest option? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:17 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it time to buy a Macbook with the student discount deal right now?

Is it time to buy a Macbook with the student discount deal right now? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 1:16 PM PST - 12 comments

The Theremin Dilema!

Help me find somewhere online to purchase a theremin, preferrably cheaply. I'd just be a beginner, so great magical quality isn't an issue. Also, I have no problem with age as long as they function. There's aslo [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How Can I Achieve My Goals With No Help?

What happened to Joe's Goals?
posted by sholdens12 at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

What guns should I rent at an indoor range?

What types of guns would be fun or interesting to rent and shoot in an indoor range? [more inside]
posted by jeditanuki at 1:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Can apache redirect to another port without displaying the port?

I'm not too well versed in Apache, and I'm having problems finding out if I can do what I want to do: Is there a way to use mod_rewrite to redirect a certain URL to a different port on the same sever without changing the URL displayed to the user? Example: Say I want http://myserver/tomcat to redirect to http://myserver:8080, but still keep the URL as http://myserver/tomcat. I've figured out how to do it so it changes the URL, and that seems to be touted as a "feature" of mod_rewrite in the documentation, but I can't find a way to turn it off. Is it possible? If not though mod_rewrite, then maybe some other module?
posted by emptybowl at 12:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Any Good Poker Software?

Poker Training/Drilling software. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Things to do in Louisville when you're (not) dead.

Fun things to do in Louisville, Kentucky? Seeking suggestions for especially cool museums, galleries, theatre, cinema, people-watching, eating, walking. [more inside]
posted by buxtonbluecat at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Canucks who shack up rather than gettin' hitched

What are the differences between common-law and marriage in Canada? Ontario? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Wishing to be a cog in a wheel

In what jobs could I work with other people amid (at least somewhat) bustling activity? [more inside]
posted by hathaway_green at 12:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Does anyone remember the Construx advertisement theme song?

Does anyone remember the Construx advertisement theme song? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Two turntables and a microphone, but you know... for kids!

I have a six year-old son who likes to 'air scratch' during songs. When we go to music stores he loves hanging out in the DJ supplies section and checking out the turntables and [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy at 12:25 PM PST - 10 comments


Kitchen and bathroom remodeling. First time homeowner wanting to bring my kitchen and bathroom up to date. Never hired a contractor, nor do I have any recommendations from friends or neighbors. I own a duplex and did all of the simple work on the upstairs unit, but the lower unit that I occupy will be needing work that is out of my skill range (most likely a teardown to the studs and building up from there). I have some ideas on what I want done. I'd like to work with someone that can keep the project within what the neighborhood resale value can sustain and offer advice and refine my ideas. So how do I go about finding this person? I'm in Milwaukee.
posted by sharksandwich at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Best Motherboard for Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

What motherboard do you recommend for the new Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Processor? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 11:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Selling a valuable domain

I own a "valuable" domain. Are there "agents" available to professionally market it for me? How would I choose such an agent? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 11:51 AM PST - 18 comments

hard to find a stripped down piece of software...

I'm looking for a simple PHP blog. There's a catch... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I leave pourers on my liquor bottles long term?

Can I leave pourers on my liquor bottles long term? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 11:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Text message of Arsenal game updates?

Is there a US based text message service that could send me alerts for Arsenal Football Club? I'm looking for in-game updates. My google-fu only turns up UK services.
posted by UncleHornHead at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Remove paint from brick fireplace?

How do you remove paint from a brick fireplace? [more inside]
posted by jca at 10:17 AM PST - 14 comments

The high life

Who did the voice-overs in the Errol Morris-directed Miller High Life ads from a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by AJaffe at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I get out of my lease?

Does terminating a lease on a car early negatively affect your credit? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

pairing wine & chocolate?

How does one pair wine and chocolate? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 9:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I give back a ring that my ex's mom gave me?

Relationship Etiquette Filter: I had forgotten that I still have a gift that an ex's mom gave to me several years ago. It supposedly had sentimental value, and I feel weird about keeping it. Will I offend by trying to return it? Oh boy, there's way [more inside]
posted by wejones at 9:34 AM PST - 43 comments

Songs of Silence

Shhh! A mixcd about silence... [more inside]
posted by grateful at 9:25 AM PST - 62 comments


Logo Search: I've got a company, but I ain't got no logo! [more inside]
posted by matty at 8:28 AM PST - 24 comments

How to write a killer Letter of Intent

I'm going to pursue a Masters/PhD in Cognitive Visual Neuroscience. I now know how to ask for letters of recommendation - thanks - but how do I write a killer letter of intent/application essay? Alternately, what are the major mistakes/pitfalls new students make when writing such a letter? Answers need not be Psych specific.
posted by fake at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Restaurants for Groups- Miami

Miami Filter: Group dinner suggestions: Bringing a large group (45) of 20 somethings to South Beach Miami. Is there any thing that would be 20-30 bucks a person that would accomodate a group of that size? Looking for American, or even Cuban food. Even if its a dive, anything comes to mind that we could sort of book a place? Could maybe travel by rented bus to the mainland.
posted by sandmanwv at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

How much trouble can I get into for lying on a financial affidavit?

How much trouble can I get into for lying on a financial affidavit? It's for divorce court - and it's not what you think! [more inside]
posted by fr0zen at 6:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Car rental insurance in US for UK resident

UK resident requires car insurance for 4 days to hire car in Arizona & drive into New Mexico & back. Rather than pay over-the-odds for insurance (CDW & SLI) with the car hire company I'm looking at getting my own insurance in advance –– probably in the UK. Anyone have any experience? [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 6:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Audio (Video) Normalizer?

I've been fiendishly collecting music videos for the past few months. The quantity has gotten so great (1,371+) that I certainly have to throw a party immediately. However, I'm looking for advice on a program that would best play these videos. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 6:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Help for the climactically disadvantaged?

Help me attain the big O without…mechanical assistance. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Quit accusing me of stealing your photo credit

I've been accused of something I didn't do: passing off someone's photograph as my own in a publication I write for. What's the best way to refute this, and how can I keep it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I get OS X to “forget” where I've accidently moved a window?

How do I get OS X to “forget” where I've accidently moved a window? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 4:44 AM PST - 9 comments

The Southern Approaches to the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Advice on travelling to Austria, Slovenia, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Hotels, Sights, Food, General Thoughts [more inside]
posted by JPD at 4:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Neuroscience filter

Enhancement of GABA's inhibitory activity caused by benzodiazepines. [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 at 3:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Jangly Jam-soundtrack goodness

What's-that-song filter. Anyone know the name of the song that plays in the first half of NBC's Jim-and-Pam centric commercial for the new season of "The Office"? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 1:30 AM PST - 6 comments

August 15

How to determine insurance value of a totaled car?

How can I determine the insurance company's likely valuation of a totaled car? The Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds valuations are strikingly different. [more inside]
posted by Ø at 11:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Good lactose-free ranch dressing?

Good lactose-free ranch dressing? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 11:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Better blank DVDs for long-term storage?

Of blank DVD manufacturers (Memorex,Verbatim, Best Buy's Dynex, etc.), are there any that stand out as better for long-term storage of data? [more inside]
posted by parma at 10:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Is pepper-based Sinus Spray effective? Dangerous? Risky?

I have chronic sinus infections for which I am now considering surgery after trying most major medical options, as well as a massive allergen removal program. I read about a product called "Sinus Buster" which uses pepper in the form of a nose-drop to clear sinuses. I bought some, and based on just a few days usage, there is a definite improvement. I'm surprised, since the manufacturer also claims that the product can help you lose weight and has even said that it can cure some forms of cancer (multiple miracle claims=sure red flag.) So, my questions: - Does anyone else have any exeperience with this product? - The stuff burns, which I am getting used to - but is it really a good idea to put something that (at least) feels caustic up my nose? Is there a possibility of long-term damage? -Can I become reliant on it for clearing my congestion, as with "traditional" OTC nose drops? Here's the product URL:
posted by soulbarn at 10:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Will USPS deliver a forwarded check from a CA state agency?

Let's say you receive a check from California State Dept of Rehab in the mail. It's addressed to your disabled niece who needs the money for college expenses. Your niece no longer lives with you because she has moved 2 miles away. You write your niece's forwarding address on the envelope and drop it in the mailbox. Will USPS deliver it? Or will it be returned to Dept of Rehab? [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da at 8:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What can I do to make curly hair look more edgy?

What can I do to make curly hair look more edgy? [more inside]
posted by sayitwithpie at 8:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Please help a friend choose the right laptop

Please help recommend a solid, mid-range laptop for a friend with excellent tech support options and good longevity. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 7:45 PM PST - 26 comments

English books needed in Bhutan.

How can my wife and I arrange for some graded readers for students of English to be sent to a junior high school in central Bhutan? [more inside]
posted by zootramp at 7:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Hindu Folklore / Mythology Needed

Can anyone help me find Indian / Hindi folklore? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:26 PM PST - 20 comments

tag, tags, tagging, delicious, flikr, system, guidelines, how-to

Tagging on delicious or flickr: are your tags singular or plural? do you have a set of guidelines or a system for the way you tag your items? if you have a system, can you describe it? I'm looking for a way to be more consistent in how I tag items.
posted by jak68 at 7:18 PM PST - 13 comments

(Seeing by) the dashboard light

The dashboard light on my '96 Toyota Corolla went out. Just like that. Poof! [more inside]
posted by brina at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm so old!!

Turning 40 at Disney World-family wants some cute shirts. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Training for flag football

What are some good drills that I can do to get in shape for flag football? [more inside]
posted by Raven13 at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Best place to give birth in SF area?

My pregnant wife and I are traveling to Sausalito, California for a long weekend. She isn't due until late October, but just in case, where should we go if something starts to happen?. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 5:15 PM PST - 24 comments

How to transport 1-2 liters of nitrogen easily (must last 8 hrs)

What's the best/cheapest/easiest way to transport 1-2 liters of liquid nitrogen from San Francisco to Burning Man? [more inside]
posted by jcruelty at 4:54 PM PST - 17 comments

CD Burning Help

MacBook doesn't seem to want to burn any CD-Rs. I'm trying to back up my data for the first time, but as soon as burning starts I get an error message: "Burning the disc failed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error code 0x80020000)" It doesn't seem to be one particular disc, and I've never had a problem like this before on any other mac. Any advice?
posted by roofus at 4:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Tournament Software?

Are there any freeware tournament management applications? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 4:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Colored acetate film?

I'm looking for colored acetate film, like Rubylith, but in different colors (like purple, amber, maybe green, etc.) Does something like this readily exist? And if so, where can I find/buy some (either in rolls or sheets?) Would maybe gels that photographers use to color their lights work?
posted by wubbie at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

no, really, it's ok. i have a prescription for this

Should I respond to a medical marijuana ad from the backpage of the Seattle Weekly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Affordable lodging in New York City?

I'm traveling to New York City in September. Is is possible to find a hotel that is clean, quiet, and safe without spending a fortune? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 4:02 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the difference between 2 and 3 pronged outlets and do I need 3?

What is the difference between 2 and 3 prong outlets and do I need 3? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 4:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Tips for maintaining a car

With any luck, I'm about to take ownership of my first car. I'm not particularly mechanically minded, what are the basic things I need to do to maintain it? [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 4:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Health care plans?

Please help a small business owner find an insurance plan that covers maternity and isn't 700 a month. What have you used? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Romantic week away for a disabled traveller

Disabled travel. Direct flight from Dublin for one week in any direction. Wheelchair user. Five star hotel and interesting things to do. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kairab at 3:44 PM PST - 5 comments

canadian blogs?

I am looking for good music, fashion, and entertainment blogs, ezines etc... that are from canada.. doesnt have to be canadian content though. Thanks for your help!
posted by butterball at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

It's not spam, I swear.

I need to buy a HTML email program [more inside]
posted by dieguido at 2:52 PM PST - 20 comments

What can I use for flooring on my balcony?

What can I put down on my balcony as "flooring" which will fill in the gaps, keep stuff from falling through on my downstairs neighbor and maybe prevent her smoke from drifting up? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

MP3 to Nextel i730? How?

How can I take a mp3 and load it as a ringtone on my Nextel Motorola i730? It's a lousy question, I know, but I just can't find the answer on either or with Google.
posted by kc0dxh at 2:15 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I support my SO with MS?

I'm in the early stages of a new relationship with a man who has MS. He is having a hard time dealing with his illness and is incredibly depressed. How can I be supportive to without be patronizing or overbearing? [more inside]
posted by golden_lady at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Why recycle what you can reuse?

What's in the way of re-using, instead of recycling? [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 2:03 PM PST - 13 comments

What should I do for my birthday in NYC?

What can me & a bunch of friends do for my birthday in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 2:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Scary Semi-Lucid Dream: What's Going On?

Recurring, scary sleep/dream phenomenon. What is it? How can I change it? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

The hyperbole is killing me!

Every car is advertised as "all new" each year. What exactly does this mean, if anything? Is it a completely empty phrase, or does "all new" have some technical meaning in the context of car advertising?
posted by dmd at 1:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Stereo / amp question.

Looking for advice on stereo speakers (and an amp setup). [more inside]
posted by starman at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Evite + PayPal?

In coordinating events for a small alumni group I want to collect money in advance of each event, so that somebody's not left holding the bag when a few people don't show up. I'm basically looking for Evite, but requiring payment in order to RSVP in the affirmative. (It turns out Evite doesn't do this.) Is there any such service?
posted by waldo at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

To ACE or it or not

Experiences using ACE in large projects? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

What can fingers tell you about stomachs?

What relevance could my son's fingers and thumbs - and his mum's fingers and thumbs - have to diagnosing a stomach disorder? [more inside]
posted by reynir at 1:12 PM PST - 11 comments

How to build a useful synthesizer from an old computer & MIDI keyboard

DIY Keyboard: It's my understanding that I can take an old PII computer running, say, Windows 98, hook up a cheap MIDI keyboard to it and presto change-o have a grand piano or Hammond B-3 keyboard. Is that the case, if so what's the best way to do it (what software?), what else is there to do, or else what do I have wrong? [more inside]
posted by petebest at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Corporate Pandemic Planning

Corporate Pandemic Flu Planning: I'm looking for model corporate planning guides that our company can learn and borrow from. The best I've found so far is this 3M Corporate Planning Guide -- and want more of the same. I'm not looking for general information (like CDC Checklists or HHS Plans). I want something produced by a corporation to meet business continuation planning needs. So either something like this 3M plan, or some type of template like it. My email address is in my profile, if that's helpful.
posted by nancoix at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Random /sorry.asp requests in my apache logs?

Random /sorry.asp requests in my apache logs? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Start my engine

Looking for (preferably) short-term auto insurance in Ontario . . . [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Best laser printer for labels?

What is my best laser printer option for printing (lots of) labels? [more inside]
posted by subclub at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Are ATMs the perfect machine?

Do ATMs make errors? [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool at 12:00 PM PST - 56 comments

Incoming Connections icon disapears on reboot.

How to make Windows "Incoming Connections" icon persistent in Network Connections? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 11:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Flashing Battery Light

Battery confusingness! Yesterday my Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop got caught in a loop of my bad programming. I finally got it stopped, but it had drained the battery. Plugging the charger in made the battery light start flashing... [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Lead us to the yellow rainbow, just in case the earth should fall

Why is Pittsburgh yellow? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

What if it's not a novel I want to write?

I have found a ton of information both here and other places about the outline of a NOVEL, but not other types of books. What would be the general structure of an outline for a book that is: 1/3 history, 1/3 case-study/interviews/current applications, 1/3 how-to and NOT a novel. Useless information included inside :-) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

British Columbia Avarice Association

My home insurance company (BCAA) has recently started charging 3% interest for monthly premiums debited from my bank account. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:12 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get the dogs to use the doggie door?

How do I get my dogs to use the doggie door? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 10:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Ooo! The helmets are all shiny!

I've got some birthday cash burning a hole in my pocket, and I have to ask. Is the XBOX 360 worth it? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 10:29 AM PST - 38 comments

Save 40+ G4s from the Recycler

My campus has a pile of (maybe 40) dual 1GHz G4 PowerMacs that have reached their "end-of-life". Usually we ship them off to a recycler, but that seems like a sin for what are perfectly good systems. What should be do with them? There's a little bit ... [more inside]
posted by roue at 10:10 AM PST - 44 comments

A bit bigger than a tandem

How can I book those fundraiser pedal-cars that seat dozens of people at a time, in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

sofa scam or good deal?

If you search for sofas or sofa sets on Seattle's Craigslist, you see a lot of new sofas--many leather--being sold "out of the box," "original packaging," etc. for well below retail. Though the sellers are different, often the pictures are similar, like a scan out of a brochure. Anyone have any experience with this, or know what the deal is?
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I price photography work?

ProFilter: Like some other people, I've started getting solicited to do some photography for actual money, and I need to locate some current pricing resources. Yes, yes, there's [more inside]
posted by baylink at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments


Does sneezing make you stupid? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 9:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Teaching evolution through music?

Calling all audiophiles and music know-it-alls: Help a biologist explain evolution to college kids, using music as an analogy. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 9:33 AM PST - 29 comments

simple wireless network

I need to set up a wireless network at home. Here are my parameters: I have one business computer (the main desktop) that is plugged into the cable modem and has many firewalls and will not be on the wireless network. I want to have a reasonably secure but easy to use wireless router (with good range) that will work for both pc's and mac's hooked up to the cable modem. What is the best router to use and will I run into trouble with the desktop/firewalls? I've set up a network with an airport before and it was very easy. I'm looking for the same experience. thanks!
posted by cg2 at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Good Toddler Pirate movie reccomendations...

Recommendations for good toddler and child pirate movies? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 9:23 AM PST - 20 comments

San Francisco Telecommuting

I just moved to San Francisco and I am looking for good places to work that have either free WiFi or cheap WiFi. [more inside]
posted by mto at 9:13 AM PST - 12 comments

The best way to professionally raise my rates?

Independent contractor filter: what is the best way to simultaneously raise my rates and not lose the business? [more inside]
posted by Famous at 9:13 AM PST - 15 comments

book about vegetarianism?

What's the best, or top 3-4, books about vegetarianism for a 14-year old girl who has asked for a book about vegetarianism. I guess recipes are not as important as the issues surrounding a decision to go meatless.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 8:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Google eps?

Is there any way to extract a vector image from Google Maps?
posted by pullayup at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Pruning JavaScript array.

Multidimensional JavaScript array that needs pruning. [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 8:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Philadelphia couples oriented sex shops?

Finding couples sex shops in Philadelphia or near Willow Grove PA. [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Free bulk Canuck geocoding?

MashupFilter: Where can I find a free online service to geocode Canadian street addresses from (and to) a .CSV file à la Map Builder? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 8:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Newly self-employed - how can I prove to my bank I'm a good risk?

UK Mortgage for the Self-Employed: how to convince the bank I'm a good risk? Also, broker or direct dealing with the banks? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 8:09 AM PST - 10 comments

My son, the one-man splinter cell

My 16 month old son was at a party on Sunday, and appears to have gotten himself several dozen small splinters on the side of his left calf. It's a bit red around them, as you'd expect, and he won't sit still long enough to let us work 'em out. There's got to be 30 or more, real small dark splinters, so I can't say I'd expect him to sit through even one or two. Anyone have any advice on what we can do to alleviate the pain or help them come out naturally? We thought about smearing some kind of salt water concoction, or something like that. Not sure if it'll help, though.
posted by Merdryn at 7:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Dallas Hotel Motel

Suggestions for a fun hotel in Dallas, Texas? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I use phone card for 'net access?

I have a $10 T-mobile phone card. How can I use this for Internet access if I am at a T-mobile wifi hot spot like Starbucks?
posted by sandra194 at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Best / cheapest cell phone for SMS?

What is the cheapest cell phone options that will be used only for SMS? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Leadership Test

Does anyone know of a really good "test your leadership style" or "test your leadership skills" quiz I can give to a group of students? It needs to be on paper or verbal...not an online test.
posted by Jandasmo at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Creative amazing incredible travel agency

Travelfilter: I am looking for some suggestions and ideas as to where I can take my girlfriend on the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend in the UK (1-3 September). We both live in London and are on a budget but not hugely so(~£300). I would very much like to go somewhere interesting and exciting but not too far away given the limited time. I had an idea about going to Melilla (Spanish enclave on the North African coast) but flights to Malaga (where we could get a ferry across) are booked up or expensive. Do any of you creative metafilter types have some idea that will blow her away? Plus points, lots of culture, somewhere 'different' and somewhere we can escape from the world in our own bubble (ie not a big city).
posted by numberstation at 6:55 AM PST - 14 comments

What's a good venue to publish an essay on Dan Clowes?

What's a good venue to publish an essay on Dan Clowes? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 6:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Trains to Calais, Boulogne or Dunkerque from Holland (or Belgium, or Germany)... with a bike?

If I want to get a ferry to Dover, I'm starting from Holland, and I want to travel by bike or train, what route should I take? [more inside]
posted by handee at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

VOIP IP QOS and other fun acronyms.

Crackle and chop free VOIP - how exactly do I get IPQoS to work on my iConnect Access 621 router / D-Link DVG2001s ATA combination? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 5:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a moddable game engine

What is the best game/programming engine to create experimental artificial intelligence projects in? [more inside]
posted by spark at 5:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Excerpts from my brain inside.

My ex-"soulmate" is coming to my town by next weekend, and asked me to meet. Should I? [more inside]
posted by ende-neu at 1:06 AM PST - 23 comments

I don't want to be stranded.

How far away is the bus station in Doolin from the ferry? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 12:27 AM PST - 10 comments

August 14

Girl advice

Question about getting this girl's number and possible creepiness factor. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 11:31 PM PST - 40 comments

scooby doo experts please...

Testing the limits of the hive mind here, but...There is an episode of "What's New Scooby Doo" called "Large Dragon at Large." I gotta find the music from the chase scene. As usual, theres... [more inside]
posted by provocateur at 10:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Setting priority in an iTunes playlist

How do I set priority in an iTunes playlist? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 9:54 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm terrible at math!

If i have a 20% probability of something happening each time its checked, and make two checks of said event triggering, what is the overall chance of it happening? [more inside]
posted by teishu at 9:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Who is this Iraqi singer?

ObscureMusicFilter: Arabic speakers, please hope me! Trying to identify an Iraqi singer. There's [more inside]
posted by evariste at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Brazil and intentional proof

How do I prove I'm leaving Brazil if I don't know how I'm leaving Brazil? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a watch for the big wristed.

Looking for a watch for the big wristed. [more inside]
posted by eggerspretty at 7:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I save my dying van?

My van's transmission is very sad. It's on the verge of being considered a junker car: should I repair it or buy another crappy car? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 7:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me identify this picture

Do you recognize this vaguely anime-esque picture? The girl in it bears a strong resemblence to someone I'm close to, and I'd like to buy a framed print of it if such can be had.
posted by bac at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Hey you, gorgeous. Yeah, you.

asking people out on the street in NYC? How successful would I be? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:37 PM PST - 55 comments

What are your best natural, whole foods recipes and meals?

Please help us come up with "whole foods" recipes! We're actively searching for ways to cut processed carbohydrates, sugar, and chemical additives and preservatives out of our diet. Unfortunately this is harder than it looks... [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 6:20 PM PST - 30 comments

I knew I should have made a rental agreement...

Roommate won't pay! What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 6:13 PM PST - 35 comments

Safetly speed up my marathon running pace?

How do I speed up my marathon running pace? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:08 PM PST - 19 comments

How to securely pre-sell MP3's

How to pre-sell MP3's and allow access to buyer via a password system? [more inside]
posted by mule at 5:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I batch-automate changes to PSD/PDF annotations?

I've just finished making a few hundreds annotations to forty or so PSD files, and am quite ready to be done with them. However, being annotations, they all have my name at the top! Is there any way to batch-change this without going in and re-editing every one by hand? Save me from wasting countless non-billable hours fixing this manually! [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I show affection?

I have a female friend who is having a hard time. I'd like to show my affection and support. Unfortunately, I'm a guy, so everything risks to be misread as attempts to hit on her. That's not what I want. Also, I'm not really good at these things. What should I do?
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 17 comments

How valuable is the OU MBA?

How valuable is the Open University MBA? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Groups of friends

Is it just me with friends split into two distinct camps--the interesting ones and the dependable ones? How do I attract people who are both? [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 5:15 PM PST - 14 comments

how to clear the list of other users folders from the outlook file menu?

How can I clear the 'other users folder' list from outlook file menu [more inside]
posted by Svea at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Need some songs about Ice Cream & Candy

I'm putting together a music playlist for a kids' ice cream social at my son's elementary school and I need a lot of songs about ice cream and candy. Each song should have ice cream and/or candy mentioned prominently (i.e., people who haven't heard the song before and who are only half listening to it should quickly catch the connection). Sexual references/double entendre should be kept to a minimum (i.e., Van Halen's "Ice Cream Man" is OK, but "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent is not) -- we're talking 5-year olds here, but hip 5-year olds. The more genres the better! Stuff I've got so far: Ice Cream Man by Van Halen Lollipop by the Chordettes Various ice cream truck jingle mp3s from WFMU's Beware of the Blog Sugar Sugar by the Archies (Your love is better than) Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow Ice Cream by Laurie Berkner
posted by mattholomew at 4:33 PM PST - 40 comments

Wot no SMTP?!

How do employees of a new start-up send email (from their home PCs) which appears to come from [more inside]
posted by freston at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

i won a new car!! just kidding.

How do you deal with someone who constantly seeks attention through exaggerations and impulsiveness? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 4:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Why would they schedule an abdominal CT on my 21-week pregnant daughter?

Why in the world would they schedule an abdominal CT on my 21-week pregnant daughter? [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:00 PM PST - 22 comments

A sixth of a pi?

An out-of-left-field question for the mathematicians regarding the possible link between pi and the number 6 in geometry. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 3:55 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get a manipulated image onto a digital camera LCD?

How do I get an image file, manipulated in photoshop and placed onto a compact flash card, to be understood and read by a digital camera as if it had taken the shot? [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 3:50 PM PST - 14 comments


Have a query which I need to answer regarding grading practices in Higher Education [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get my car fixed in Arlington, VA?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege that isn't working for some reason, and thus has to be brought into a shop. Any suggestions for a shop in/near Arlington, Virginia (basically, close enough that AAA will tow it there). Just looking for a car place I can trust (and ideally one that's reasonably priced, too), because I know diddly about cars....
posted by inigo2 at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make a simple linear graph?

I would like to make a simple percentage-bar graphic to insert into a Microsoft Word document, but am not sure how to do it or even which program to use. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Ubuntu Headache 2

Can anyone help me get my Broadcom 4306 Wireless card working in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

I'll give you $1 for this car, do you have change?

Where can I find this radio commercial campaign for VW? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 2:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the etymology of "Tall Drink of Water"?

What's the origin/etymology of the phrase "Tall Drink of Water", usually in reference to an attractive southern woman?
posted by SpecialK at 2:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Wireless VGA?

Wireless VGA? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me irritate other people on the bus! (er, I mean, use an mp3 as a ringtone)

Is it possible to use an MP3 as a ringtone on my Motorola a920? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

I Hate Sakar International Inc.

Now that I've just taken a big chunk out of my thumb with my cheap Sakar tripod, can someone please enlighten me as to the CORRECT way to collapse its legs when I'm done using it? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I promote the relaunch of my website?

How can I promote the relaunch of my website? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I find what test audiences "ruin"?

I'm fascinated by changes instigated by movie/tv test audiences. Any good way to find more (or confirm internet rumors)? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 1:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Join .ts files in OS X

Any good, free, hopefully easy-to-use tools to join .ts files in OS X? mpgtxwrap does not work for me (10.3.9). Thanks!
posted by PenguinBukkake at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I import from China to sell on eBay as a side-job?

What should I import from China to sell on eBay as a side-job? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 at 1:13 PM PST - 24 comments

How to hang pants?

Pantsfilter: How to hang pants? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I pick a career by taking my limitations (bipolar II diagnosis) into consideration, or do I just dream of anything that sounds like I would like it when I am not in the throes of suffering?

Do I pick a career by taking my limitations (bipolar II diagnosis) into consideration, or do I just dream of anything that sounds like I would like it when I am not in the throes of suffering? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 1:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Sloppy Cop

Last night I received a summons for an obscene gesture in New York City but it was filled out improperly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Which bike tires do I need?

My current Fuji road bike has 700x23 tires that have worn out. When replacing tires, do I need exactly the same size or could I go for a 700x25 or a 700x20? What might the difference be? Are there particular tire brands/models that are ideal for durability and general city biking?
posted by cubby at 12:54 PM PST - 10 comments

mysql hope

MySQL refuses to index my table properly, because the data I'm looking for is only three letters long. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 12:40 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the cheapest cell phone plan?

Finding a cell phone plan. 517 + cheap - $20/month or less. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

CSS Help!

CSS Help! I have a menu which uses links ( tags ) and I want to make it so when I hover over an item in the menu, it makes a list visible! [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Washer-Dryer Specificity Help Needed

Finding a washer and dryer by depth or other specs: any websites that can help? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Need Accoustic Bass Guitar Strings

Anyone know where to get accoustic bass guitar strings in D.C.?
posted by Ironmouth at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

We're moving. Now what?

Oh god, not another moving/travel question. Oh, but it is! Eattheweak and I are picking up and moving from Denton, TX to the Olympia WA area in about seven weeks. We've done nothing to prepare and now it's crunch time. You can bet your britches that there's [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Help researching future wireless technology

I'm looking for additional information related to Ambient Networking and Contextual Awareness, especially as it relates to wireless networking systems. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

help me understand programming grammar

How do I learn what goes on "under the hood" of programming languages? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Could balance be considered a sixth sense?

Could balance be considered a sixth sense? [more inside]
posted by bd at 11:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Remedy worse than malady?

The solution to this fix it ticket sounds worse than the ostensible problem-to-be-fixed! [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

What is this beast?

What is this funky motorcycle I saw on the side of the road? It had fat/wide ATV style wheels and tires, was yellow (tank and frame), looked about 30+ years old and said "Trail Blaster" (or Blazer, don't recall for sure) on the gas tank. It's for sale and it looks like a lot of back-trail fun but I'd like to find out more.
posted by jdfan at 11:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Best ticket tracking packages?

Open source ticket/job/bug tracker recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

House investment

Three friends from college bought a house together to live in and for investment reasons 2 years ago. We have all invested different amounts of $ into the house and are now trying to figure out the % ownership we each have so when we go to sell we can fairly split up the profits. Any ideas... [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 11:11 AM PST - 19 comments

tips for summer reading!

ProcrastinatorFilter: How can I tackle my summer reading? [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 10:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Must an overpaid employee give the money back?

Is an employee who is overpaid legally obligated to give the money back? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Trek Costumes?

Can anyone suggest a place in the greater Los Angeles area to rent or purchase Star Trek costumes? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

The RIAA at La Grange (aka Mitch Bainwol Left Chicago)

I own a copy of Tres Hombres by ZZ Top. I'd like to get it into mp3 format so that I can listen to it in the car, etc. The problem is that the copy I own is on a record. Assuming I download with bittorrent, and then the RIAA comes after me, can I use the defense that I actually already owned it, so downloading could not be considered criminal? Would it be different if I owned a record rather than a CD? In other words, can you legally download the mp3 of an album you already own?
posted by joecacti at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Portable/mobile printer recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a portable printer besides the Canon i80/iP90? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 10:26 AM PST - 2 comments

More book advice wanted.

Another book question. I've just finished The Man Who Loved Egypt, and loved it. Any suggestions for other travelogues or journals by people living in foreign countries that were written 1900's-earlier? Thanks.
posted by Ohdemah at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How to digest onions and garlic?

Is there any product available that one can take to pre-empt digestive problems from raw onions (all kinds) and garlic? In particular, the problem manifests itself as a nasty taste in the mouth an hour after consumption of said veg. (Cooking, however, the longer the better, neutralizes this effect.)
posted by the sobsister at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Question for recent air travelers, US domestic.

So we know they aren't letting any liquids pass the security checkpoint now. But I can still take drinks onto the airplane, right, long as I buy them at the overpriced gift shop at the gate? And I can fill my empty flask, once beyond the TSA inspection?
posted by Rash at 9:46 AM PST - 24 comments

When 3 CRTs are side by side, why does the color seem to be off in red, blue, and green (individually)?

When 3 CRTs are placed next to each other and are showing exactly the same image, why does it often seem that one is redder, one is greener, and one is bluer? This is something we've seen where I work on multiple hardware configurations and in random order, but always one of each in a three-channel configuration. [more inside]
posted by maldrin at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Hey, that's my bike?

I want to start bicycle commuting to work. It's about 6 miles each way. I have no idea what kind of bike I need. I have no experience with bikes in general. I want to be comfortable and, if possible, not look like a dork. I guess I need help with the very basics of choosing and outfitting a bike. Question balloons further out of control inside. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 9:39 AM PST - 34 comments

one rank animal

Stinky dog! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 9:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Getting Around Cape Town: Suggestions?

My partner and I will be spending a few days in Cape Town next month, but we want to go prepared. My main concern is that neither of us drives -- which leaves two questions: How can we get around the city? And what are the best things to see and do for two people without the use of a car? [more inside]
posted by macdara at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Capitalizing on the Capital

AskMe has given advice for short term visits to DC, but what about someone who's living here for, say, the next 8 months? I'm not looking for a perfect date, nor do I care about war memorials, so tell me what else there is for me to do. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:14 AM PST - 26 comments

Healthy ways to accomplish relaxing/decompression brought about by destructive habits?

What healthier alternatives have people swapped into their lives that, to them, adequately (or mostly) fulfilled the deeper-level relaxation/decompression/whatever that food, drink, cigarettes, or drugs had formerly fulfilled? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:13 AM PST - 31 comments

What book to bring?

What book (for pleasure) should I bring with me to Africa for a very long trip? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 9:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Smoothies on the run

Blending smoothies takes time and makes a mess. Is it possible to blend a big batch of smoothies, and keep it in a decent condition for days? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 8:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Help! My doctor's a Scientologist!

I just started working for my chiropractor last week. In the back of the front desk area, I find a huge poster of L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrated Tone Scale in Full, including the Know to Mystery Scale. My question is - should I be freaked out about this? [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 8:53 AM PST - 31 comments

Cool Non-Fiction Book Filter

I need a book suggestion...something slightly off the beaten path in the biography, history, science, or world politics categories. (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by cyclopz at 8:01 AM PST - 32 comments

You can't leave NC without ...

Experiences you can have in North Carolina, but not in England? Please help me show my soon-to-leave new friend a good time. She's been here in NC for almost two years (from England and, before that, India). What should she not miss before she leaves? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:56 AM PST - 42 comments

Too lazy to think of title...

How do I make myself LOVE (that's right, all capitals) exercise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Cystic Fibrosis, Dating, and Sex

I'm currently dating a wonderful woman who has cystic fibrosis. I've been making an effort to be as informed as possible about the disease, so I can understand and/or accomodate any special needs that she might have. What do I need to know that I won't learn from the medical websites? Of extra importance is sexuality - are there any implications of the disease in the sexual arena? Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I unlock a locked-in RRSP?

I have a locked-in RRSP (well, at the moment a DCPP) in Ontario, Canada. Please please please help me unlock it! [more inside]
posted by loquax at 7:38 AM PST - 7 comments

good sound for cheap

Decentgearonashoestringbudgetfilter: looking for recommendations for a $500-ish guitar head. Details and [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

That's Odd

Most of Pink Floyd's "Money" is in 7/4 time. What other hit songs have been written in odd time signatures? Bonus points for big hits and/or recent examples.
posted by Crotalus at 7:04 AM PST - 85 comments

Weak in the Knees

What can I do about weak and painful knees? I'm a 21 y.o. male with weak, creaking, grinding, and occasionally dislocating knees. Cause/options/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 6:45 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get rid of this email virus?

I'm at my wit's end trying to remove this virus! [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 6:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a weed-wacker for my heating bills

I'm looking for a take-no-prisoners strategy to reduce home heating bills. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Short but entertaining game suggestions?

I'm looking for suggestions for either board or card games that fill two requirements: the participants must be able to finish the game or a round in under 20 minutes and the rules must be simple enough to be explained in under five minutes. Ideally these games would be simple enough for a child in second grade or up to understand and enjoy playing. I'm aware of some of the old standbyes such as Uno, Phase 10, Candy Land, Jenga, and Hally Gally. More suggestions along those lines?
posted by riverjack at 5:54 AM PST - 41 comments

The Light, She Blinds Me!

How do I take sunrise/sunset photos with a DSLR without blinding myself? I've heard that looking through a camera at the sun is bad for your eyes since it's magnifying the light. So how do I safely take pictures of a sunrise or sunset with a DSLR? Is it really that dangerous to look through the lens? Am I damaging my eye by doing so?
posted by aceyprime at 5:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How to Defunk a Phone Handset

The phone on my desk at work is a hand-me-down and has seen *many* users before me, and the handset smells horrible. Replacing the handset is not a viable option. How can I get the odor out?
posted by Cordelya at 5:24 AM PST - 11 comments

temporary colour blindness?

I woke up one morning, one eye at a time, with a view of my girlfriend's face. Through one eye, she looked a bit rosy in her cheeks and on her ear, a healthy-looking woman. Switching to the other eye, her skin was pale, and the blush was gone. Surprised, I propped myself up and looked at a red pillow next to my bed: one eye bright red, and through the other a washed out ruddy colour. My eyes seem fine now, but is that all in my head? What happened to my eyes that morning?
posted by Mozai at 5:03 AM PST - 26 comments

Can you recommend a Detroit-area DJ?

Can I get a DJ? Need a good recommendation for a disc jockey to play at my September 23rd wedding which will be held in Detroit area. [more inside]
posted by argus at 4:59 AM PST - 2 comments

to sleep, perchance to . . . oh crap.

We are on vacation for another 10 days, and my five-year-old daughter wants to sleep in our bed. We gave in once, and now she whines and cries until she wakes up her little sister. We are going insane. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 4:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Noise reduction help.

I need advice on dealing with the noise produced by our neighbor's autistic sons. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 3:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Online Chemistry degree

Is anyone aware of an American University that offers an online Chemistry Degree (BS or BA). Thanks [more inside]
posted by Noodles at 2:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Tips for an (advanced) home firewall/router

I have a setup for my SOHO firewall in mind. Help me perfect it. [more inside]
posted by uncle harold at 1:58 AM PST - 3 comments

where to find incense cigarettes for figurines?

i have several wooden figurines from my grandmother that actually smoke small incense cigarettes. any ideas where to find the cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 1:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Teachers and students: have you read historical fiction as part of history lessons?

Using historical children's fiction to support the teaching of history? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 12:35 AM PST - 18 comments

August 13

FireFox Behaving Oddly

Just a routine day spent browsing...and then FireFox got weird... [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 11:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Travelling to Mexico with booze...

Tips and advice on packing snacks/booze for a trip to Mexico... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 10:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Three Models Tempt Me: One Wins

Digital camera afficianados: if you had to pick between the three, would you pick the Sony DSC-H5, Konica Minolta Dimage A2, or the Panasonic DMC-FZ30?
posted by moonbird at 9:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Iams doesn't make a "bug" flavor

One of our cats seems to have developed a taste for--gack!--butterflies. He is stalking them, catching them, and eating them whole at an approximate rate of one butterfly every two days... [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 9:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Bike me!

I want to buy a mountain bike. I have a nice, fast, light hybrid but it doesn't cut it on anything but the easy trails. I think I'll buy used but have no idea what to get. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:55 PM PST - 11 comments

How should we spend our last 2 days here?

Help us plan the rest of our vacation! We are 2 college students from Seattle currently on vacation in Vancouver, BC. We've been following this thread pretty closely for trip ideas, but we're sort of stumped for what to do tomorrow and Tuesday (train leaves at about 6pm on Tuesday, so we have almost 2 more days here). Emphasis on the cheap, of course. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Source of tone deafness

Tone deafness and musical ability - nature or nurture? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 8:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Geese? Maple leaves? Literate people? Love them!

Does anyone have any tips for finding Canadian employers willing to sponsor somewhat average applicants for immigration? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 7:44 PM PST - 10 comments

An older member of my family is hinting at suicide.

An older member of my family is hinting at suicide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Presentation using a grid.

Looking for presentations or displays online that use a grid of still or moving images. This is a good example of the style.
posted by davebush at 6:45 PM PST - 1 comment

What are the implications of someone else registering my domain ("slamming")?

Why does a WHOIS/LOOKUP search show that my website domain is registered to (1) my name at (2) not my address under either (3) or and say that my website is "locked"? My web designer can make changes to the site. Does this mean that I am going to have to pay some sort of extortionary premium to get my site back when it expires next year? P.S. -- It's pretty easy to find plenty of complaints about's "slamming" of domain names via Google. I assume that the term "slamming" is either what I am talking about or related to it.
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me buy a corny gift.

A corny gift: A friend of mine works with corn. She loves it too. Some could say she sleeps, eats and breathes corn. I want to find her a corn related gift for her birthday. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 5:07 PM PST - 34 comments

What are these plants growing in my yard?

I have two plants growing in my backyard that I've never seen before. I'd like to know what they are. Pictures and specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 5:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Water wars

Lots of people seem to think that the biggest conflicts of the 21st century will be over water. So, putting on the futurist glasses for a moment, in the next two decades, say, where will those battles be fought - who will be on either side - and how will they play out?
posted by gottabefunky at 5:04 PM PST - 27 comments

i want outta here

I'm thinking of moving from seattle, going out east. My initial thoughts are of Burlington Vermont, but my company also has a branch in Buffalo New York. Can anyone give me an idea of what the cities are like/have to offer? I also work as an EMT (any idea on the EMS services in those areas?) and will be going on to be an RN. So ideas on decent school options/length of residency? [more inside]
posted by andywolf at 4:38 PM PST - 19 comments

It was all going so well...

I'm confused - I want to plan for my retirement and have got as far as applications for a 401k and a Roth IRA; but then it all goes hideously wrong.... [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 4:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Good DVDs for a preschooler?

What are some good movies for an almost-four-year-old kid? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:05 PM PST - 44 comments

A botanical garden in the DC metro area?

I was at a botanical garden right outside of Washington, DC. Where was I? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 3:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Sunglasses are dirty

How can I clean my sunglasses and keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Famous Writing Habits?

Famous Writing Habits? I come across sites dealing with a few here and there but there is no great collection I can find. Common examples: Hemingway's habit/belief of 500 words per day, Faulkner drinking whiskey whilst writing, Balzac drinking 10+ espressos a day, Thomas Wolfe's habit of writing standing up and his prolixity (so much so that Max Perkins had to substantially edit his work). Certain writers lived philosophies on first drafts/revisions, words/hours per day, etc etc. I have no problem locating famous quotes, but I'm more interested in info about actual behaviors. Hope that sounds right. Thank You in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 1:46 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm feeling more than remotely frustrated....

Please be my virtual boyfriend and help me get my TV remote control working properly. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 1:08 PM PST - 14 comments

time-lock safe legal issues

Would there be legal issues with possessing a time-lock safe in a vehicle? I have a 10" x 12" time lock safe for myself which I use to keep credit cards, goodies or anything else I need to dole out to myself in small amounts. I'm leaving on a trip to California and it seems this item may cause issues if I were to be pulled over for any reason. Anybody know the law concerning this? Should I just leave it at home?
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Unknown in the UK?

A Guardian story linked on this thread contained the following, quite curious clause: "That's Stelios as in Haji-Ioannou, although he now, alongside Delia and Jamie and Sven, belongs in that rare category - the surnameless celebrity." Naturally, I though "who the heck," and, of course, came to wonder: who are some American mega-stars who would pass completely unrecognized on London streets?
posted by MattD at 12:03 PM PST - 46 comments

Seeking PHP/MySQL forum software

I need some PHP/MySQL forum software with certain features. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Big Brother watching me? Do I need a tinfoil hat?

I've seen some cameras up on street lamps and the top of traffic signals in Oakland, California, specifically around Telegraph and Grand. How do I find out what these are for and who is watching?
posted by trixare4kids at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

motivation solutions?

how can i motivate myself to do the things i dislike -- cleaning, organizing, laundry, budgeting, and so on? i avoid them all as much as possible and am sinking into a morass. (and i don't want to pay someone else to do it for me.)
posted by sdn at 10:34 AM PST - 23 comments

What is the most decorous way for me to pull out of a housing situation that I've decided against?

What is the most diplomatic way to get out of a lease agreement with future roommates I've never met? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 10:33 AM PST - 18 comments

PC freezes: bad video card?

I have a PC system that I can install an OS on, but it will always freeze up after boot from anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours. All components are new except the CD/DVD drives and the video card. Could the video card be the culprit? (much longer explanation inside). [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me straighten my legs

What's up with my legs? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:46 AM PST - 7 comments

bridal picture obsession, help!

Vanity Filter: Becoming an iconic bride [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Me want new IP address

Can I easily and regularly change the network address of my Comcast provided IP? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 8:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Best of YouTube?

Are there any community blogs that track the best of YouTube?
posted by stbalbach at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

rejection hurts my mp3s

I have an iRiver h110. Some of my mp3s files behave normally in winamp and Windows Media 10, but are seemingly rejected by the H110 when I try to add them (error message from WMP is something like "may be wrong file type" but they're mp3s, which are supported). I thought that maybe it was corrupt tags and I tried rewriting them, but to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Band recommendations for Pukkelpop 2006

MusicFilter: There's LOTS of bands playing at this year's Pukkelpop that I've never heard of. There's no way I'll be able to see all of them. So, any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Runkst at 6:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Photographic Sniper

How do I overcome camera shyness as a foreign photographer? Much [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 3:53 AM PST - 15 comments

'Ionic ceramic technology' - real science or marketing speak?

'Ionic ceramic technology' - real science or marketing speak? [more inside]
posted by girlgeeknz at 3:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me move to India

Thinking of moving to India for an extended period of time - has anyone here done this? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:05 AM PST - 10 comments

What state should I file for divorce?

I would like to file for divorce. What state should I do it in? [more inside]
posted by Monday at 12:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What is that fan on the toilet cistern for?

My friend has moved into a flat, the building being probably 30 years old or so, and on top of the fairly old toilet cistern is a small electric fan unit. We simple cannot work out what it's meant for. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 12:15 AM PST - 9 comments

August 12

Langauge Immersion: How long until the payoff?

How long would it take a 'proactive' person to pick up a language if living and working in a foreign city? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 9:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Unable to play Flash on youtube

I am unable to play any videos on youtube. It tells me to download the latest Flash player, but when I do it just keeps repeating the same message. I have XP2 with IE7 beta, only using windows firewall, and security settings at default. Any ideas why?
posted by blue shadows at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Can a consignment shop get away with selling fake designer purses?

Is it legal to knowingly sell counterfeit handbags at a consignment shop? Is there a reasonable expectation of authenticity that the consumer has? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 9:18 PM PST - 3 comments

C# Collision

C#. I have a static method in class Foo that needs to call a static method called Qux in class Bar. Problem is, there's a static method in Foo called Bar. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 8:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Dangerously teetering on shut-in

How to get my parents engaged in life again... [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 8:40 PM PST -