August 2007 Archives

August 31

Turkish men kissing?

culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 11:59 PM PST - 21 comments

What does the asterisk mean on a US visa?

What does the asterisk mean on a US visa? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How to unstick a stuck zippo

Zippofilter: I recently bought a 1976 Zippo knockoff at an antique store for $3. It has a wick and flint, but is completely out of oil. The problem is that the aluminum has oxidized and is so jammed in there that i can't remove it for refilling. Does anyone know a way to get it out?
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Books to learn computer networking.

Please recommend some canonical books (or even e-books) to learn networking in general (on par with a CS major), up to an 'intermediate' level. Including stuff on wireless networking and security concerns. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't know whether it's time to put my dog down or not.

I don't know whether it's time to put my dog down or not. Long, rambling, a few gross details - but your help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 8:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Has anyone here used Earthlink's Feather WiFi service?

Has anyone here used Earthlink's Feather WiFi service? Especially in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me With a Digital-To-Print CMYK Conversion Problem

I'm having problems converting digital photos to CMYK for print. Please help. [more inside]
posted by theperfectcrime at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stop a dog's aggressive behavior during walks?

My 3.5-year-old, 12 pound dog has been displaying aggression on our walks, and I'm not sure how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 7:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Help wanted in naming my new company

Please help me name a new real estate company that I am opening (in the next few weeks) in Southen California. The company sells mostly apartment buildings / multi-units as invesments. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 7:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Stay or play?

Should I break up with my boyfriend? Or 'play the field'? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 40 comments

Ah, corporate life.

I've got a research and thesis-based M.S. in engineering and a bachelor's degree from a very well-regarded school. What level on the corporate ladder should I be hired at? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How much less black can they be?

I have 40 black t-shirts with a screenprinted design. I would like to make the shirts lighter -- less black, that is -- without screwing up the screenprinting. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Grainy web page graphics

Why do .jpg's I create for my web site appear grainy? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 6:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there any way to keep Windows from spoiling?

Is there any software or technique that will help me keep my Windows installation clean and manageable over the course of a year or two? I am sick of reinstalling Windows! [more inside]
posted by zek at 6:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I keep all of my dogs happy?

New Puppy filter: New addition to the pack. How do I keep all of my dogs happy? [more inside]
posted by unvivid at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments


date things to due in Houston the weekend of September 14. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 6:15 PM PST - 2 comments

RAID 10 on RHEL 5

How did *you* achieve a software RAID 10 (or 1+0) setup on your RHEL5 (or 4) box? [more inside]
posted by quasistoic at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

"They have Verizon in Britain?"

Why do I see ads for U.S. companies on British sites (like
posted by wfc123 at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

lights, camera.... rental!

indiefilmfilter: recommend a good place to rent film equipment next week in toronto? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Lonely Labor Day weekend cycling suggestions outside Seattle?

We're in the process of moving to Seattle (I'm here, the fam is still back east) so I'm solo this Labor Day weekend (sadly, no invites) and am looking to get on my road bike *outside* the city trails and enjoy some of the surrounding Washington landscape. I'm looking for 30-50mi ride suggestions (can be longer if not so hilly) that have the fewest cars and the nicest views (mountains, farms, rivers, etc) without Tour de France climbs. [more inside]
posted by hrbrmstr at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

from sea to shining sea!

Driving cross-country from Southern CA to Atlanta with my best friend to drop her off at graphic design school. What to see? What to avoid? How to budget? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What's uniquely Colorado?

Here I am, traveling for work and stuck in Loveland, CO over the long weekend. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 3:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists

Need help setting up a home gaming server, if that sort of thing exists [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Parole Belle!

"Ognuno Soffre" (Everybody Hurts) lyrics? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Defining the fundmentals in baseball?

I am a late-blooming Baseball fan. I grew up in New Orleans (no baseball), lived in Boston for six years, and now reside in Houston. Since baseball is religion in Boston, and since I was there to see Boston win in 2004, I have become something of a fan. Here are some questions that have bugged me since I started watching: [more inside]
posted by tcv at 2:38 PM PST - 35 comments

How can I make money while traveling?

I have no money, but can travel for free.....could this work? [more inside]
posted by leftfooter at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Why don't toilets have foot pedals?

Why don't toilets use foot pedals instead of the standard flush handle? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 2:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for good, cheap olive oil

I know relatively nothing about olive oil except that my local grocery stores sell overpriced crap. Can you recommend a good oil that's available online from a reputable source? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Instant online gaming fun

One on one online gaming without fuss. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

What to drink at a R. Kelly party?

I'm throwing a party tonight -- but not just any party. I'm throwing a Trapped in the Closet viewing party. The question is this: what should my signature drink be? A cool cocktail? A faux-cool cocktail? What would R. Kelly do?
posted by rex at 1:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Why keep sequel status secret?

Why don't sci-fi and fantasy novels indicate they're sequels or parts of series? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Sending sensitive information over email?

Is there any simple way to encrypt the information in a web form and deliver it via email? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

How to Eliminate Daylight Savings Time?

I'd like to build a clock that makes shifting to daylight savings time unnecessary by instead gaining or losing a bit of time each day as appropriate for the season so that when the second Sunday in March and first Sunday in November roll around it's already in sync. Setting aside the logistics of making this work from a societial point of view, how would you do it technically? Something like leap seconds or leap minutes? Or smaller changes on a more constant interval? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Brain way beyond racked. Need suggestions for a title for my new blog.

Shamelessly begging for your creative title ideas. I'm starting a new personal blog and have no clue what to call it. [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 12:27 PM PST - 33 comments

Zoooom...significantly slower?

How long did it take to fly from London (England) to Tokyo (Japan) in 1973? For bonus points how much did it cost? Were there differences between the airlines at the time?
posted by satisam at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Seizure or Panic Attack?

A few days ago my roommate collapsed in our hallway. Did she have a seizure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen.

Tell me about buying faucets for a restaurant-style kitchen. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Learning to swim the front crawl

Help, I can't swim the front crawl stroke without becoming completely exhausted in less then 20 seconds. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 11:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Do black earrings exist?

In search of simple black earrings (pierced). They can be small hoops, studs or wires. Not necessarily onyx or obsidian - could be rubber, for all I care, but definitely not pearls. I'd like something kind of like just the hoop part on these. If combined with metal, preferred color is silver.
posted by yoga at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Fastest way to pick someone up from New York?

I'm heading up to Boston from Philadelphia tonight, and I need to pick up someone who lives in Brooklyn. How can I get them to a rest stop or exit? Can they take public transportation to somewhere that I could easily grab them without having to go that far out of my way, and definitely without going into New York?
posted by excitementMD at 10:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Paper or Plastic?

Which is "greener"? Her metal & plastic mechanical pencils manufactured in Japan, or my Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils made in North America? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:15 AM PST - 42 comments

I'd like to design a tattoo but I can't draw.

Recommendations for a downloadable program that can aid me in designing a tattoo. Something like MS Paint but not utterly useless. For the life of me I can't find one. Please and thank you.
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 10:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Vault for embedded linux system development?

Does anyone successfully use Vault to do embedded linux development (including maintaining root file system permissions, check in from the development platform and the target as well)? [more inside]
posted by gte910h at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Weird childhood hand weakness

When I was a kid, I used to have fairly significant weakness in both my hands when I woke up in the morning. Any ideas what that might have been? [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:13 AM PST - 29 comments

How to adjust sleep to the midnight shift?

Which is the more effective method of shifting to a graveyard shift (midnight to nine a.m.): incremental changes in go-to-sleep time of an hour or so over the course of a week or a cold-turkey shift over two days? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 8:41 AM PST - 21 comments

A teddy bear acting up to his image needs your help

Dog Whisperer Filter: My 2 y/o neutered German Shepard has suddenly become dog aggressive. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:39 AM PST - 29 comments

Where to take a date in the Twin Cities?

What are some fun, affordable places to take a date in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by TacoConsumer at 8:19 AM PST - 16 comments

finding a "client"

How do I find what open source project (or nonprofit) might be a "client" for a tutorial or training (instructional design project) that's for university credit? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 at 8:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Refinishing a countertop with Rustoleum Stoneffects

Can you actually refinish a laminate countertop with Rustoleum Stoneffects, or a similar product, and get an attractive and durable result? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Web-based video editing tools?

Has anyone used a remote online video editing suite, and what are the advantages/pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

My 12-yr old German Shepard. It's not hip dysplasia but is it more than arthritis?

My 12-yr old German Shepard. It's not dysplasia, but is it more than arthritis? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Asteroid hit.

Would we get enough warning to get out of the way if a big asteroid is bound to hit Earth? How big does an asteroid have to be to be visible for an extended period before it enters atmosphere?
posted by spacefire at 6:24 AM PST - 27 comments

"Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach. Analysis?

help on fugues! im looking for analyses of the fugues in "Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 5:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I getting strung along?

Am I getting strung along or should I wait this out? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 4:47 AM PST - 27 comments

How To Find a Decent Mover!

How to find a Trusted Mover [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 4:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Why do the sound and video sometimes get out of synch when ripping DVDs?

When ripping some DVDs to my hard drive, why do the sound and video get out of synch? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 4:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Does the new Airport Extreme support jumbo frames?

Does the new Airport Extreme support jumbo frames? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass at 4:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I have non-printing text in MS Word?

Is there a way to make MS Word show text on screen but not print it? 'Hidden text' makes it completely invisible on screen. I don't mean formatting codes, just text. This would be for a CV with a date of last update in a footer. WORD 2003 SP2.
posted by dash_slot- at 4:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Replace a DVD's VOB file using a Mac

I need to replace the unskippable intro (before the menu) of a DVD with something else. How do you successfully modify a DVD's content? [more inside]
posted by remi at 3:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I connect a PSP to wired Ethernet?

Can I connect a PSP to wired Ethernet? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 1:46 AM PST - 12 comments

August 30

Thought I'd know who he was by now

Who is the guy wearing the "To know me is to love me" button on page 36 of MAD magazine issue #119 (Bonnie and Clyde cover) and why was that slogan picked? [more inside]
posted by brujita at 11:52 PM PST - 18 comments

How to frame lots of large photos cheaply?

Framing over a dozen 11x14 photos on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 10:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How likely is it that someone would be falsely arrested for soliciting sex in a public restroom?

How likely is it that someone would be falsely arrested for soliciting sex in a public restroom? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 10:21 PM PST - 38 comments

Dark skies in western Washington

Where can I find some truly dark skies in western Washington state? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

XML DOM Help needed

XML DOM question: Help a newbie. I can't figure out how to do something that seems so simple. I'm writing an extremely simple RSS reader that creates a select control. Each option element needs only to be filled with the values of the "link" and "title" elements but I can't figure out how to reference them by name. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 9:25 PM PST - 4 comments

missed connections

ModernDayEtiquetteFilter: What is the general consensus on returning calls (received on one's mobile phone) based on a missed call log vs. leaving a message? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 9:24 PM PST - 56 comments

How best to transfer American dollars for use in Glasgow during a year abroad?

Is this [AskMe post] the best way to use American funds for living expenses in Glasgow? What other options are available? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Clap Your Hands Say Light

GiftFilter: Where can I buy The Clapper in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 8:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Mortgage spreadsheet help

Looking for a mortgage calculator/spreadsheet (or help in creating a spreadsheet) that works for our situation. [more inside]
posted by winston at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Deductible v. non-deductible debt

At what point is it not worth making student-loan debt into mortgage debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Handgun recommendations for women

Any recommendations for a concealed-carry handgun to be used by a woman? My significant other is getting a concealed carry permit, but finds that my Beretta 9MM is too big and heavy for her hand. She's aware of all the drawbacks of guns, so she doesn't need to be reminded of them. Please post recommendations as comments on this thread, but I've also got this throwaway account:
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Paint that cube farm!

What color(s) should we paint the walls in our cubicle-filled office environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend good post-apocalypse novels?

I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:52 PM PST - 52 comments

road trip snacks

Road trip food? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 6:18 PM PST - 47 comments

Recommendation for Yoga Studio, Vancouver, BC

Please, need recommendations for best (your favorite) yoga studio in Vancouver, BC (west end preferrably). Iyengar would be best. Thanks!
posted by lois1950 at 6:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Pixel Shader-lovin' video card?

What is the cheapest PC video card available that supports Pixel Shader. [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Feed my in the Okie!

I am traveling to Oklahoma City next week and was looking for great local resturants.... [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Good roofing company in Seattle?

Please recommend a Seattle roofing company that would do a good job inspecting our residential roof and making minor repairs (cleaning off moss, adding zinc strip, etc).
posted by reeddavid at 4:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Calling All Tax Pros

My wife and I are both employed full-time and are eligible for health insurance from our employer. We decided to go a different route and chose a High Deductible Health Plan paired with a Health Savings Account. I know that HSA contributions are tax-deductible, but are our HDHP premiums deductible as well? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What kind of spider almost killed me?

A spider landed on me in Hawaii. It was very big (almost palm sized), and black with yellow and blue splotches on it. Is it poisonous? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I find the nearest large city from an IP address?

Any reputable and inexpensive services that provide mapping from an IP address to the nearest large city? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Burglary experiences and what to look for

Has anyone experienced a residential burglary AND is certain who did it (or caught the thief redhanded?) Who did it? Did anything occur that made you suspicious, and what could you have done to prevent the burglary? I'm trying to hedge myself against burglary, but most people I know who experienced one have no idea who did it, leaving nothing to be learned except to lock up better.
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:16 PM PST - 35 comments

I think I can, I think I can...

Why are the trolleys in Philadelphia so unfathomably slow? [more inside]
posted by timory at 2:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Do they make turn-based role-playing computer games any more?

I'm trying to find turn-based role-playing computer games that don't have any real time combat. My favorite set of games is the old Dungeons and Dragons Krynn series: Champions of Krynn, Deathknights of Krynn, and Dark Queen of Krynn. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 2:23 PM PST - 38 comments

Places to order awards?

Any recommendations on places to order award-type items from? Kind of like trophies but not that cheesy . . . thinking specifically about having something made out of lucite, nothing fancy, but needs to look professional. [more inside]
posted by danny boy at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder.

Recovering lost files on a mac deleted by overwriting a folder via finder. [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

SF on a whim?

I'm 27, have been in NYC for five years now, and on a recent (as in last weekend) to SF, fell in love with the city; got the "this is where you should be" feeling within an hour of landing. Would it be crazy to think of moving? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:39 PM PST - 41 comments

Vanishing keyboard shortcuts...

Mysterious vanishing keyboard shortcuts... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I throw a beach house wedding?

I've looked on the knot, wedding channel and googled, but I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. My fiance and I have an idea for a beach house wedding and reception, but we don't know if it's feasible with our guest list and budget. I thought maybe some mefites have done something similar. [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

What to see in Minneapolis in December?

I'm looking for things to do, where to stay, and places to go in Minneapolis, with a 2 year old, in December. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:16 PM PST - 18 comments

What's wrong with my car?

2004 Chevy Blazer 4x4 4dr - Sometimes, not always, for the last couple of months when I accelerate my RPMs go up (the engine gets pretty loud but I do not redline) but my car seems to not accelerate very much – Which really sucks on a right on red. It eventually will get up to speed. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

8 hours in PHL. Yes? No?

I've got an 8-hour layover in Philadelphia (PHL) on October 1st. Would it be worth it to leave the airport and check shit out? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Foldershare only syncs one way

I am having a weird problem with Foldershare. I was able to set everything up so that I can share a folder between my desktop and laptop (both are connected to the internet via an AirPort Extreme Base Station), but now when I sync it only goes one way -- from my desktop (iMac running OS X 10.4) to my laptop (running XP). Anything I fix on the mac shows up instantly on the laptop, but everything I fix on the laptop, or ghost p2p files I double click on the Mac, get caught in the queue and the status switches wildly between "queued" "all matches currently busy" "idle" and "listening" in the activity window on the mac and they are not visible on the xp laptop activity window. Also, all ports are reporting as blocked, despite my turning off the Mac firewall. I tried Foldershare support and they gave me the standard settings FS should operate with and told me to contact the manufacturer of the router. Applecare said the Airport doesn't block any ports. Any ideas? I googled and couldn't find anyone that was having this issue... Thanks in advance.
posted by jules1651 at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Mysterious consumer goods

What kind of Advent computer equipment is this? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not an artist, but I can Photoshop over one.

What are some pictures/paintings of groups of people that are instantly recognizable? I'm thinking along the line's of da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and would lend itself to having photographs (probably poorly) photoshopped over the faces for a friend's going-away gift? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 12:40 PM PST - 35 comments

With This Blank, I Thee Blank

I'm officiating my younger sister's wedding, and want to find out what they want out of their ceremony. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

what was that stat again?

can you help me find this half-remembered education statistic? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 12:23 PM PST - 4 comments

I (don't) have the power!

2 outlets & a ceiling light stopped working at the same time. None of the circuit breakers were flipped. What would cause this, and how can I troubleshoot it? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

E-Mail Legalese. SMTP POP3 WTF BBQ

E-Mail Legalese Signatures: This email is only intended for the recipient, if you are not the recipient, please douse your computer in moonshine and howl at the moon. We have all seen these crop up, but has anyone seen proof that they are worth anything? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 11:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting cooking grease out of cat fur?

How can I get hamburger grease out of my cat's fur without hurting him? [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 11:36 AM PST - 23 comments

How can an internet- illiterate regain control of her site?

Help! Local Coffee House's online community forum has been taken over by spammers & pervs! Can you provide easy to follow, clear instructions on how to take down unwanted posts? [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima?

Help me figure out a clever or funny thing to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Windows network permission issues (access denied)

Serverfilter: My office is in the process of migrating to Windows Server 2003 for Fileserving. We constantly have issues with newly created files. Whenever they are placed on the server by a user, the immediately lose rights to do anything with the file. All other users attempting to access the files are also denied. This is just beyond frustrating. Any ideas what is happening and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Don't want to hurt annoying/tedious person's feelings

Asking for a friend: Facebook - is it possible to block friends (ie., not see their contributions) without them knowing about it? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:35 AM PST - 33 comments

Can I add saved navigation points in XML Spy?

I'm working with huge XML files in XML Spy so I'm using bookmarks to navigate around the files. But the bookmarks aren't saved so every time I reopen a file I have to add all the bookmarks again - goddamn does this drive me crazy! Is there any way to add navigation points in XML Spy that are saved?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Format and topics to cover in a business plan?

I'm looking for ~$10,000 to start a simple business and need to write a business plan. Essentially, I have the best price and the best quality for a new tech gadget than no one is seriously marketing in the US. I'm trying to figure out the business plan's formatting, what topics to cover, questions to answer, information to include. Any samples or suggestions are much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ac at 10:21 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I deal with a name change once the paperwork is done?

I am looking for advice from people who have legally changed their first name. [more inside]
posted by makonan at 10:17 AM PST - 10 comments

death or superherodom?

So I woke up this morning with a few bug bites on me which isn't unusual in the summer in Manhattan with the window open, but... one of the bites is kinda weird... [more inside]
posted by merocet at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Appropriate gifts to include in a care package for a homebound friend?

Please help me distract, amuse, and pamper my sick friend. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 9:57 AM PST - 19 comments

How many covenants are in the bible?

How many covenants are in the bible? My [more inside] list all the covenants with God in the Old and New Testaments, and am I understanding them correctly? If I'm missing any, can you briefly explain which ones I've left off the list and what the agreement is? Also, were any of these covenants I list below repeated somewhere else at a later time, with either the same or different people? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 9:48 AM PST - 17 comments

How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications?

How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Are bathroom hand dryers really unsanitary?

Are bathroom hand dryers REALLY unsanitary? A co-worker claims she doesn't use them because they blow contaminated air on your hands. I'm not finding a lot of evidence online. I'm specifically interested in scientific proof or a scientific argument either way.
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 27 comments

A little something after the cake, anyone?

Looking for some great interracial bisexual porn on DVD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I ask my employers if they're being generous or just stupid?

I'm in the UK, working part-time for a large company. They're paying me too much. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

The machine in the garden--sprinkler question

I believe I need to replace my sprinkler controller. How hard is this? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Quiet NJ Beaches

What are the quietest, least crowded public beaches within an hour and a half drive of Princeton, NJ? [more inside]
posted by amro at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me learn to run.

Please help me learn to run. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Scrolling Sideways

How can I make a horizontal scrolling group of thumbnails, like on the Washington Post home page or the iTunes store? I'm looking for tutorials in Flash or JavaScript.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Dutch the easy way

I would like to learn to speak Dutch. Would it be better to move to London and practice Dutch on weekends in the Netherlands, or just relocate there for full immersion? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Won'tchew, don'tchew, can'tchew separate your words?

What is the origin of pronouncing "I've got you" like "I've gotchew?" Does this go back to ancient English speaking times, or is this merely a sloppy, learned Americanism? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 8:55 AM PST - 35 comments

Hitch on a 2007 Camry

Anyone have any experience with installing a hitch for use with a hitch bike rack on a Toyota Camry? I haven't had a chance to visit the dealer, but is there an official Toyota-sanctioned hitch for a 2007 Camry? The manual says it can tow 1000 lbs, so there's gotta be something. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I feel the earth move under my feet...

Homeowner insurance through Farmer's Insurance Group -- is this a Very Bad Idea? [more inside]
posted by cior at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I make the most of New York?

I'm in New York until September 9. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 8:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Dell Inspiron motherboard is dead. Is it worth replacing?

My Dell Inspiron 9300 seems to have a dead motherboard; would it be worth getting it replaced or do I have a shiny new doorstop? [more inside]
posted by zeph at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me pick an alias

Does my name sound weird to you English speakers? Help me find an alias! [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 7:59 AM PST - 77 comments

Filling prescriptions when visiting Canada and the UK

In order to save money on my prescription meds, I've been mail-ordering from Canada and the UK. However, I know that the online pharmacies that handle the process add a significant markup over the in-country prices available through the respective national health care systems. Over the next four weeks, I will be in both Canada and the UK. Can I fill my prescriptions directly, with a US doctor's written prescription? If not, is there some way to obtain a local physician's prescription? (The meds are psych meds, if that makes a difference.)
posted by soulbarn at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

The icebox shrinketh

Thoughts on mini-fridge freezers? [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Do boxer wearers have special running underwear?

If your running shorts have an inner pant, and your underwear of choice is boxers, what do you wear when you're running? Manties?
posted by russmail at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement?

Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement? I would like to have my own journal displayed on my own site and besides some usual requirements, I have one or two that seem to be difficult to satisfy. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Philly Filter: Need hotel suggestions

Need suggestions for a reasonably priced hotel near Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for Oct 11th-13th. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

What are some fun math problems with integer answers from 0-18?

What are some (easy to moderate difficulty) math problems with integer answers ranging from 0-18? I'm making mathematical seating cards where guests will solve a problem to find their table number. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 5:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Mister Blankey McBlankerton

My most frivolous AskMe ever: OK you Smarty McSmartertons... Where did that type of "name" start. You know... "Mister Blanky McBlankerton." Our upstairs neighbor was bring heavy-footed yesterday, and I was talking to my daughter about it. I referred to him as "Mister Stompy McStomperton." I've heard that kind of thing more and more lately. Where did it originate? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 5:18 AM PST - 48 comments

TANAP w/o a guide?

Tatranský národný park (TANAP/Tatra National Park) in Slovakia: officialy, hiking out of marked trails is strictly forbidden without a guide. I've read in some other places that it is somehow tolerated for members of some Alpine clubs. Can some of our knowledgable mefites shed a light?
posted by rom1 at 5:02 AM PST - 0 comments

Mefites, lend me your ears (and book recommendations)

What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:32 AM PST - 29 comments

How to avoid weight-loss cravings?

Dietfilter: How do YOU deal with cravings? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:28 AM PST - 30 comments

August 29

Where did the big bang happen?

If wanted to arrive at the point in space where the big bang occurred, in which direction should I start traveling?
posted by wigglin at 10:37 PM PST - 35 comments

What is the authority for Homer's texts?

The 'original Greek text' of Homer's Odyssey and/or Iliad: what actually is meant by this? And what is the authority for this 'original'? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 10:34 PM PST - 27 comments

help with a couple question on mac/osx: kerning on the mac & USB probe

A couple questions about Mac and OSX: 1) does anyone know of an alternative to USB Prober alegedly included with the Apple SDK - to help the OS see some USB devices (see inside)? 2) why is the kerning/tracking on much of the default system software - often sketchy? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 10:28 PM PST - 21 comments

lcd dlp plasma oh my!

I have about 19 hours to decide which HDTV to buy. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 9:09 PM PST - 21 comments

"Hate... you only hurt yourself." Boom!

Searching for info or video of a 1960s-1970s animated US-televised public service announcement against 'hate.' Angry man approaches viewer, head swells and three-pronged arrows whirl in his heart. Head swells and turns red and bursts as narrator says '[when you] hate, you only hurt yourself.' Possibly American Heart Association? Will donate $10 to charity chosen by first person to point me to correct online video. Many thanks.
posted by eccnineten at 8:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Feather my bookshelf

After a run of reading somewhat serious, oftentimes depressing fiction and nonfiction, I'm looking for something more domestic. Have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 8:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Are there still rock groupies?

Are there still rock groupies? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 8:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Just who was "Alive In Belfast" at the Warehouse Sessions?

Somewhere in my travels I found the album "Alive In Belfast: The Warehouse Sessions." I have the song titles, but not the artists. Help! [more inside]
posted by vagabond at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Anyone drive 2007 Honda CR-V?

We're in the market for something like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV-4. Anyone with experience of the 2007 remake of the CR-V? [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 8:20 PM PST - 26 comments

I need help with the name of some apparently obscure song I heard a while back...

I need help with the name of some apparently obscure song I heard a while back... [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments hates my macbook hates my macbook. Is it just me? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me get off unemployment

How should I go about applying for two jobs at the same company? Should I write two cover letters sent a few days apart, or one? And should I express more interest in the job that looks more challenging, even though I'd be perfectly happy in either? Unfortunately, there isn't time to wait for a response from the first, and it's too small a job market to ignore one.
posted by saffry at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Want my XP back

How can I replace Vista on my new pc with Windows XP? The XP is newly purchased software. I have an Acer Aspire L100 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop PC Model # ASL100-UD400A AMD Athln X2 4000+, 1GB SDRAM, 2500GB HDD, Wi-Fi, Slot-in DVD RW. [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Hot Buick in the summer - needs to simma down

Help me evaluate cooling system problems with my '86 Buick Century 2.5L 4. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Hail to the Chief

Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:13 PM PST - 15 comments

How to initiate public awareness

How to mount a public awareness campaign? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 7:12 PM PST - 4 comments

should you really replace your running shoes every 6 months?

should you really replace your running shoes every 6 months? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 6:42 PM PST - 27 comments

هل تساعدني؟

I want to use Arabic with Photoshop.... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 6:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Marker Tie Me Up, Marker Tie Prices Down

How might I find cheap marker ties? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Broken Partition Table

I accidently made 2 partitions out of a 1 partition drive that had valuable data on it. Help me get back to normal. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 6:10 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I learn to understand and produce speech in a foreign language as well as I can write it?

I'm learning a new language (Italian), and as with other languages I've learned, I have no trouble with the written form. But, as with the others, the spoken variety gives me trouble. [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

how far can i drive on my dying battery?

After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 6:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Seeking information about self defense course(s) and related activites/classes.

I am interested in self-defense classes. There are lots of methods and places to do this. The options are a little overwhelming and I know very little about the topic. Can somebody break it down and make some suggestions and/or recommendations that might be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 6:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to get my birthday ink?

Please help me make the best choice for a tattoo parlour in the Tempe, AZ area for my first ink. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

The Old Testament God != The New Testament God?

I'm working my way through the Bible. At the moment, I'm towards the end of Numbers. The past few books have been very heavy with detailed instructions on the various blood rituals God requires of his people — which animals to sacrifice, what manner to do it in, and lots of blood-splashing on the sides of the tent. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Why that particular chord?

What books or websites do you recommend that look at popular music (I really mean 70s and 80s) from a music theory perspective. For example, [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 5:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Camera and lighting kit suggestions, please.

If you were going to start shooting pictures for an alt weekly/A&E publication, what kinda of gear would you get? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What power adapters do we need for a trip to France from the US.

Power/outlet conversion question, US to France.. You folks helped solve the communication issue for my step-daughter going to France.. Last minute question (she leaves tomorrow) about power adaptors for her computer and small electronics... What does she need [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How to smell good without cologne?

As a guy, how do you smell really good without the use of cologne? Some people, I've noticed, have a great fresh smell to them, but I'm not sure how they get it. I try using scented soaps, but it doesn't give nearly as strong an effect. Is it lotion? Does skin type matter?
posted by Malad at 5:14 PM PST - 24 comments

How to best archive gameplay?

What's the best way to record and archive videogame play? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 5:04 PM PST - 3 comments

like ask.mefi - only completely different

My friends and I are working - and when I say working, I should add that it is with only very vague direction as we are almost all self-taught - on a web project which we think would be very useful to many people. It is in some small respect tangentially similar to Metafilter, but would not compete with it. Are there any out-of-the-box products, commercial or free, that allow a similar question-and-answer (or comment-and-answer) functionality, where anyone can post and/or comment? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Conditioning Shampoo

Why doesn't conditioner lather like shampoo? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 4:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Par? Par2? DVD? JPG? WTF?

I've recently decided to backup all of my photographs onto DVD. But I'm concerned about stuff like data recovery, scratches, etc. So I figured I could add some .par files to the DVD, to be on the safe side. Trouble is, I've never used .par files before. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

What are your favorite podcast-hosting and -streaming services?

What are your favorite podcast-hosting and -streaming services? [more inside]
posted by x41-pbj at 4:01 PM PST - 1 comment

No one is pulling right hooks in this mess!

Which GOP Congressmen, Senators, and other political leaders joined the Democrats in asking for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales? Specific quotes and references would be great. Also, what argument would counter someone who believed the only reason the GOP would sign on board to the resignation ballet was because they felt it was "clearing" the "perceived" dirty ship so that a Rep. would be able to stay in the Whitehouse as opposed to the Republicans genuinely feeling that Gonzales should go for unethical behavior? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Automatically reboot Windows after X amount of time

I work in a public library. We currently have a few dozen public use computers that are on a queueing system; however, we are planning on ordering a few new computers that will be on a different network so we are looking at different options. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Lookin' Fer an Authentic Pint

Help me find the Irishest Irish bar in Boston. [more inside]
posted by awenner at 3:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Can I watch The Big 10 Network online?

The Big 10 Network is only carried by Direct TV, not Dish Network or any local cable provider. Therefore, I can't watch the University of Michigan game this weekend from home. Is there anyplace online that streams television stations and has this network and hasn't been shut down yet?
posted by Mark at 3:17 PM PST - 10 comments

postcard help?

Can I augment pre-paid postcards? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 2:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Podcast business?

Podcast business? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

High School Musical Misgivings?

I loved the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I sometimes catch myself humming the tune to Adelaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls. Elaine Paige's version of Memory from Cats reduced me to tears the first time I caught it via YouTube. What are the chances I'll enjoy watching the original High School Musical?
posted by The Confessor at 1:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Getting into Grad School with a substandard GPA

I'm looking for advice on apply to grad school along the lines of Computer Science/Cognitive Science. Major problem: Low CGPA blues. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Frustration high due to Excel problem - how do I make my sorted data update in my graph?

Frustration high due to Excel problem - how do I make my sorted data update in the graph? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Legally finding someone's military history?

Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 1:05 PM PST - 18 comments

how to pick up guys?

help me understand guys - what do i have to do to pick them up? what do guys want from a relationship/ girlfriend? is sex, food and a cleaning service the only thing guys want from their girlfriends? because that's what the "normal" guys i know are excited about. more inside. [more inside]
posted by ye#ara at 12:53 PM PST - 57 comments

my wife is pregnant; we need easy healthy things to cook.

my wife is pregnant; we need easy healthy things to cook. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 12:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I find tales of language learning?

Where can I find tales of language learning? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Great tool for converting all sorts of different video files?

Great swiss-army-knife-type Windows app (preferably free) for resizing/downsampling/converting movie files from various formats? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a bigger soupstrainer... STAT!

Where can I find outrageous fake mustachios in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments

High-End Furniture Sales Job - take it or leave it?

What are the job responsibilities of a high-end furniture sales rep? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 12:12 PM PST - 1 comment

export illustrator paragraph styles

How can I extract the font and color information from an *Illustrator* file's paragraph styles and character styles? An ordered plain-text list would be great, coded CSS based on style names even greater. [more inside]
posted by pinto at 11:59 AM PST - 1 comment

Looking for high quality espresso beans in Silicon Valley

GiftFilter: Where can I buy high quality beans for an espresso lover in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick?

Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

I Am The Walrus

I'm going to a song-themed costume party on Saturday, and I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by natabat at 11:42 AM PST - 44 comments

Best way to lift my bed a foot and a half?

What is the most visually pleasing, safest way to lift this IKEA MALM bed frame about a foot and half off the floor? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Recruiters at job prospect want to contact current employers

[JobFilter] I've been through two interviews, they've contacted my references, and now the "last step" in the application process is for them to contact my current employers -- who don't know I want to leave. How normal is this? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 11:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Is it time I break up?

Is it time to break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 40 comments

cool crafts on louisiana road trip?

driving from port arthur to new orleans for my wife's 40th. can anyone recommend craftsfolk, artisans, jewelry or clothing designers along the way which could provide "that special gift" i am trying to find her? im relying on the "hive mind's" sense of "cool." go for it! i'd love to be able to arrive in some small town, check out some small shop and miraculously have that perfect something waiting there for her. any ideas?
posted by oigocosas at 10:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Single Computer, Two Player Games

Looking for two player computer games using the same computer. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 9:53 AM PST - 28 comments

thomas the tightwad engine

Please recommend good cheap(er) Brio/Thomas-compatible train sets. Anyone bought from
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Nikon goes full frame

I'm completely baffled by Nikon's DSLR strategy and I'd like to understand a few things better: first they create the DX line and seem to indicate that cropped is there to stay, now they go full frame. What should a serious film photographer who wants to go DSLR and already owns a bunch of excellent manual focus Nikon lenses do now? I also find baffling that they're not teling who manufactures their full-frame sensors -- don't potential customers have the right to know who makes the heart of the really expensive camera they may buy? Thanks.
posted by matteo at 9:40 AM PST - 24 comments

I need permission!

I need permission! System admin installed WordpressMu on a Linux server (we're a Windows shop mainly). I can create blogs and access all the admin functions through a browser just fine. But when I connect to the server via FTP to try to add plugins, templates, etc., I can only get to the first level of directories. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Torrential Reign

Niche bit torrent sites. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 9:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting hired into academe?

Looking for help breaking into academe - fellow academic Mefites, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by LN at 9:23 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find high resolution images of Rachmaninoff/ov!

Help me find high resolution images of Rachmaninoff/ov! [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get Chromablue paint from Home Depot, etc.?

CHROMA BLUE FILTER: Chroma Blue/Bluescreen do I get the exact chroma blue color from a paint store? I don't have enough time to order the specialty paint online. If anyone has experience with large bluescreen walls, chroma color paint, or bluescreening in general, any advice is appreciated! more inside... [more inside]
posted by othersomethings at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

AVI to DVD for the blinking 12:00 set?

My sister gave me a DVD with some AVI files of video that she took on a recent vacation to Paris. I want to burn this to a normal DVD so that my technophobe grandparents can watch it on their DVD player. Insert blinking 12:00 joke here. How do I do this, preferably for free, using my iMac and it's DVD burner?
posted by SpecialK at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Pimp my drive?

MacUserFilter: Help me figure out which configuration I need for my new MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting a good Masters with a medicore Bachelors

I am trying to figure out the best way increase my admissibility to a solid Business school. I have about 2 years or so to get my academic CV strong enough to be seriously competitive, and I am trying to figure out what I can do in the mean time to prepare. [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Couple buys couple a drink...

Etiquettefilter -- So me and my girl were at a strip club... [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Let's hope it beats a pet rock.

where's the best place to get a hamster in London? And a subtle black cage? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for info on basic but good music recording

I'm a musician and interested in doing well done field recordings of mostly acoustic (but sometimes electric) music. I'm interested in doing it with a minimum of equipment, but producing good quality recordings. In the past I've used a minidisc and a small microphone, sometimes with pretty good results. But I'm looking on ways and equipment to do a better job. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 7:16 AM PST - 19 comments

blankerblanking file errors!

Why are my Adobe Illustrator files coming up blank? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Help improve my scripting skills

I wrote a shell script for an acquaintance that renames Macs (OS 10.4) based on their existing names. It works well, but I'm convinced my code could be more efficient. Where can I make improvements? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 6:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there any reason for concern if my maid, a legal resident, just asked permission to report her bi-weekly payments from me on her Section 8 income report?

My maid called this evening to inquire as to whether she can include my bi-weekly payments to her in her Section 8 (Los Angeles) income report. She is a legal resident but not a citizen. Other than tax implications for her, are there any issues that I should be aware of now that this previously non-broached issue has been broached (e.g., tax or legal)? My options are as follows: (1) say no and let her continue working; (2) say yes and let her continue working; or (3) politely inform her that her services are no longer required. She has only been cleaning my apartment for two months and came highly recommended by a friend. Obviously option (2) is preferable but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Pigeon holed into oblivion

How do you apply for (design) positions if all the work you've done is proprietary information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Lost stock cert

I own some restricted stock in an OTCBB company but I have lost the cert. What are my options if any?
posted by josher71 at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Fellow Web Designers - do you know of any places for good web design critique?

I'm a professional web designer looking for forums or websites where I can get constructive feedback on my designs from other web designers. Ideally a place that will critique Photoshop designs, as well as finished html sites, would be brilliant! Any suggestions would be very appreciated :)
posted by katala at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments

river polish stone

How long does it take a river to polish a jagged stone smooth?
posted by wobh at 5:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Never, never, never panic?

Looking for a quote, possibly from Winston Churchill, along the lines of "Don't panic, live life as you have been, etc. etc." May have been in reference to severe bombing in London during WWII (if it was indeed Churchill).
posted by Brittanie at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Reliable property value information?

I'm looking for a resource to find current information on the price of housing in the NY metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 5:11 AM PST - 3 comments

How to give away my 486 laptop w/ docking station?

I have an old 486 Compaq laptop with a docking sation. I need someone to give it a good home. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 at 3:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Wash my car for free?

Today I washed my car at one of those touch less car washes that you just drop money into and drive in. This particular one was a Laserwash There was a maintenance man in one of the bays with a company truck. I watched him point a remote control at the exit of the wash and initiate a car wash two different times for testing purposes, I assume. My question is, if I had the code and it was an IR remote is it possible to program a universal remote to send that code and activate the carwash in the same manner? Searching Google for Laserwash codes didn't help me much.
posted by tradeer33 at 1:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Google Docs

Google Docs doesn't handle Word 7 (docx) documents. Will it ever?
posted by jennydiski at 1:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I cite, in MLA format, a quote that is already in parentheses?

How do I cite, in MLA format, a quote that is already in parentheses? [more inside]
posted by limon at 12:56 AM PST - 10 comments

August 28

Pictures with lights behind them to make them look hd?

I'm trying to find those pictures that light up to make them look more hi-def, and I can't seem to find anything because I don't know what they're called or what to search for. They look like hdtvs kind of, except with a picture. Some of them have flowing water, well it looks like it's flowing because of the lights, and that's about as good as I can describe them. I've seen them in stores and I've been interested in getting one, but I wanted to look at some online first. Thanks for your help.
posted by CliffDiving44 at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Poster/Print Resource?

Where can I find a colorful, complete print of the Thebaid (an amazing huge landscape by Fra Angelico, c. 1410 housed at the Uffizi)? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Help! Apple is Holding My Computer Hostage!

How should I proceed in these dealings with Apple? I paid $310 for service on my computer and now they want $900!!!! [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 9:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Singapore: What should I do?

I want to go to Singapore. I dont know anything about Singapore. I want to experience Singapore. What is there to do? I'm 18 years old. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments

How to take an internal hard drive and make it external

What do I need to know about hard drive enclosures? My computer (PC) died this morning and I want to pull out the 2 hard drives and use them as external drives for my new Mac. I don't know if they're FAT32 or NTFS. I don't know if they're IDE or SATA. How do I find out? Do I need to? A little background on my old PC. It was one of the first P4 3.0 PCs with hyperthreading technology. I've had it for ~4 years
posted by smithmac_99 at 9:07 PM PST - 13 comments

My Street Has Gone to the Dogs

Can anyone suggest a polite way for me to inform my neighbors that letting their large dogs run off leash is becoming a problem? [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 9:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Will airport x-ray machines damage an external hard drive?

Do airport x-ray machines damage external hard drives? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:00 PM PST - 7 comments


Are there any web sites where you can enter a search term, and get an RSS feed of new results, like Google news alerts but over RSS rather then email? Are there any other interesting tools out for searching the blog sphere (besides technorati) [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 8:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Roommate Troubled

How do I be a good roommate to a gal with severe Asberger's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me make a playlist of synth-heavy tracks...

Help me make a playlist of cheesy, synth-heavy tracks from the 80's & early 90's. [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 7:49 PM PST - 48 comments

Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or scammer like Rupert?

Who played the outraged author in "The King of Comedy" and was he really an author or was he a scammer like Rupert? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Forwarding emails to your phone patents

ISP, OpenSource options that can forward emails to your phone/alternate-address, so that when you reply, the replies are sent from your email address (and not from your phone's email address), and threats of patenting said idea. [more inside]
posted by lundman at 7:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Shower or washing machine for my sweats?

When I shower after a workout, I simply strip my sweaty workout T-shirt, shorts, and socks in the shower and wash them there. I scrub them a bit with my body soap/bar soap. Is this good enough, or should I wash them with actual laundry detergent? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:19 PM PST - 41 comments

Meeting LA casting directors?

I'm contemplating a move from NYC to LA for acting and wanted to know if there were places like Actors Connection and One on One in LA to meet casting directors and agents.
posted by chris24 at 7:15 PM PST - 1 comment

The crucifix isn't working

There's a bat in our apartment, how do we remove it/ [more inside]
posted by furtive at 7:07 PM PST - 29 comments

So, do you go to quilting bees often?

A friend of mine, CK, is a conservative Mennonite. CK wears her hair in a bun with a little white bonnet pinned over it, and nearly always wears skirts and dresses of a modest cut, though otherwise her clothes are the kind every woman wears. She is a senior level civil servant for the Ontario government, and as a Mennonite woman is a rare sight in Toronto's Queen's Park, people find her a curiosity. CK often hears certain dumb questions and comments. I told her the hive mind would just love to come up with some great comebacks she could use to break up the monotony. She doesn't doubt it and is looking forward to seeing what you come up with. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 6:59 PM PST - 47 comments

iPhoto sync options

Best way to up-syncing iPhoto galleries to the web? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I subject myself to acute stress?

How can I expose myself to acute stress? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 5:15 PM PST - 40 comments

AHCI gives me a headache...

Hard Drive Filter: Someone explain to me how SATA and AHCI work. [more inside]
posted by lou at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

MetaMusic for private use?

I'm looking for some sort of web template / upload script that would act sort of like MetaMusic but on a private scale. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 4:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Good dance tracks for the 35 - 55 set.

Help me find good dance tracks for the 35 - 55 set. [more inside]
posted by jpmack at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

My hamstring won't heal!

I pulled my hamstring in June, right where the top of the ham hits the inner glute--not quite in the crotch but almost there. It wasn't bad, but I decided to take time off to let it heal. But no matter how much time I take off, as soon as I start working out again it starts hurting again! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Really Dim Clock Radio?

Please help me find a clock radio which can be switched to really really dim. [more inside]
posted by biscotti at 4:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Must prepare for QuakeZero

Despite my sub-20 ping, when playing Quake 3 multiplayer. every 60 seconds I get a huge lag spike, every minute or so like clockwork [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Learning a musical instrument for the non-musically inclined?

Suggestions for a quirky, small musical instrument that a music-newbie can learn to play on their own? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 3:42 PM PST - 43 comments

Only IE doesn't work

Internet works everywhere but IE. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 3:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Pedal faster!

Please suggest good high-BPM music for the gym! [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Separation of public and private data on the web

How to do separation of public and private data on the web with PHP/MySQL? I'm creating a website for a business, with 2 sections - public and admin (staff). The admin section is secured with .htaccess and is intended to be used by office staff to enter customer requirements as they come in, and edit product listings. However, I worry about the security and suspect there is probably a better way. [more inside]
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Road trippin' out of Chicago?

Road Trip filter: My girlfriend and I live in Chicago, and we want to take a road trip somewhere for the long weekend. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 2:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Flashcard software for OSX and Palm?

Flashcard program for OSX with Palm integration? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

iPhone SSH

After installing OpenSSH on your iPhone, is there a way to disable it except when needed? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey, I could be wrong

An acquaintance of mine said, "Noam Chomsky never went to college." [more inside]
posted by Marla Singer at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How to pay someone I freelance with

How should payment be handled when freelancing with another person? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Jerry Lewis - FrancoEnigma

Why is Jerry Lewis so popular with the French?
posted by Pecinpah at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Jimmy Buffett Boat

Any good Jimmy Buffet lines that would make a good name for a boat? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 1:35 PM PST - 43 comments

Night Math on Elm Street

I need to take night classes (mostly math) in NYC. [more inside]
posted by taliaferro at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does my Gmail Notifier and Quicksilver unexpectedly quit?

I'm running OS X 10.4.10 on an Intel iMac. I've never had any troubles until about a week ago, but now every once in a while, both Gmail Notifier and Quicksilver quit for no good reason. The icons in the menu bar disappear and I have to restart both of them. This sometimes happens after I wake my computer up from Sleep mode, other times it happens while I'm working on the computer. Does anyone know what might be causing this?
posted by The Coach LD at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

starting a museum: advice?

Starting a for-profit museum: Lots of questions inside. [more inside]
posted by luser at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

University of Graphic Design?

What schools (colleges/universities) are good for graphic design in NYC? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Solve this math puzzle. Then explain it to me.

Math puzzle filter. How do you go about solving this puzzle? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 12:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Remote background GUI login to OSX?

Remote background GUI login to OSX? [more inside]
posted by arathorn at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments


Help me pick an ergonomic mouse/trackball and ergonomic keyboard which suit my needs. [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 11:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Fun social games for adults?

What are some fun, social, outdoor games that adults might like to play? I'm thinking games like Capture the Flag, or any of the new crop of "urban games" like city-wide tag. I'd like to organize some events for friends--anywhere from just a few people to dozens. Anything you particularly think is a blast?
posted by Ollie at 11:40 AM PST - 35 comments

How do I get an honest cut of my security deposit back?

How do I get back a security deposit in New York City nearly a year after vacating? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 11:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How do they do it?

Why do Japanese game show contestants seem to feel no pain? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I feel more gregarious?

How can I feel more gregarious? How to more deeply appreciate fellowship? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Bones teleplay?

Where can I find some scripts of the TV show Bones? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Talismania or Pipe Dream clone for the DS?

I enjoy playing Talismania, which is kind of a takeoff on the old Pipe Dream or Pipe Mania games. Is there a type of game like this available for the Nintendo DS or GBA? [more inside]
posted by sarahnade at 10:31 AM PST - 1 comment

How much time do I need to study for the bar exam?

How much is too much bar exam preparation? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get a job outside the UK? ASAP.

How do I get a job outside the UK? ASAP. [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to go in Houston Texas?

Where in Houston, Texas would you take a visiting guest to show off this town’s uniqueness & have fun? [more inside]
posted by thomcatspike at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap website design for a Non-Profit/NGO

Could someone recommend options for very cheap website design for a Non-Profit/NGO? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

A good email whitelist service?

Can anyone recommend an email whitelist system that works with my existing hosting service? I want to defeat the spam. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

I can't find a job. What now?

Semi-recent law grad having an unusually hard time finding a job, possibly due to circumstances described within. I'm running out of ideas (and money), so I turn to you, AskMe. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Birthday Question

My significant other does not want to spend her birthday with me. I find it really strange. Am I being too "irrational"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 51 comments

Why is my lip being horrible to me?

Someone tell me what this thing on my lip is, and why it's there. It's transparent and firm. I attempted to squeeze it and it briefly turned dark red. It isn't painful. I've only now become aware of it; it might have been there yesterday. Blurry picture inside! [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 9:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Please help me clean my trousers before the wife sees them

After a messy processor installation.... How can I remove spilt thermal paste from my best trousers?
posted by rumbletum at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do in Grenoble

I'm moving to Grenoble, France next week to begin a Masters in International Business. Normally, I have a tendency to arrive in new places blind, not knowing what to do but extremely excited by the mystery of the unknown. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

My bleeding heart is shriveling up

So I moved to Brooklyn, landed a great magazine internship in the city, and seem to be on the right track professionally. One problem: I'm restless and want to leave NYC. Will I sabotage my future as a magazine journalist by leaving Manhattan, the mecca of magazines? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Font Filter: how do computers handle fonts?

Font Filter: how do computers handle fonts? I am a (self proclaimed) PC expert but I am (and have been for ages) stumped about how a PC handles a document etc with a missing font? [more inside]
posted by chasles at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Gmail and Spam

I have a gmail account. Love it. However, after successfully avoiding spam for months, I've been found. I'm getting 20 pieces of spam a day at least. It goes to the spam box, but even that annoys me. Is there any way I can further block spam in gmail? I really don't want to get a new email address.
posted by miltoncat at 8:40 AM PST - 29 comments

Game platform codebase differences?

Hey video game developers: how different is the code base for one game across different platforms? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

movie magic modus?

Is there a website that details how movie technical effects were done? I'd enjoy seeing photos, illustrations, descriptions of how special effects were created. Bonus question: what day of the week is best to ask metafilter in order to reach the highest number of potential answerers?
posted by bbranden1 at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

CatFilter: why does my cat keep trying to bust into my chewable pepto-bismol?

CatFilter: why does my cat keep trying to bust into my chewable pepto-bismol? She will roll around on the floor in front of it like it's catnip and chew on the plastic packaging if I don't stop her. And no, of course I don't let her get it!
posted by media_itoku at 8:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Has time and Daft Punk melted away my memories?

SongFilter: Has time and Daft Punk melted away my memories? I remember a song that doesn't seem to exist. [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Gifts for a new PhD student?

My wife is going to be starting a (humanities) PhD in a few weeks' time. What gifts should I get her? [more inside]
posted by Jakob at 7:41 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I host a digital archive?

Online digital archive: Is it realistic to consider using the Internet Archive for distributing archived digital media or do we need to build it from the ground up? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Automatic climate control?

First car with automatic climate control. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm boooooorrred!

Random strangers of the internet, please recommend a hobby to me. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 7:21 AM PST - 38 comments

You've Got (No) Mail

Why does Apple Mail stop receiving new messages? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 7:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an affordable Wifi NAS solution

Help me find an affordable NAS that is between 500g-1TB, does Wifi, has iTunes Library support, BitTorrent, and FTP support please.
posted by davidstith at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Marlene Dietrich is awesome

What font is this?
posted by milarepa at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

I need a new dermatologist

I'm moving to Columbus, Ohio and I need to find a new dermatologist, preferably one that will prescribe accutane. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 AM PST - 12 comments

What to do with a thieving adult child?

How do we discipline an adult aspergers son? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Drippy spout: feature or bug?

Why do coffe-maker manufacturers design the carafe spouts so that they cannot pour well? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 5:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Grad school in Ireland - Need to know?

Moving to Ireland for a year+, what are your tips? [more inside]
posted by conch soup at 5:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Identify these scenes: LA's Stack, a bull, a 60's Alfa, a clock, an explosion

Can you identify these scenes? LA's highway Stack, a bull in an arena, a 60's Alfa Romeo radio, a wall clock, and an explosion. [more inside]
posted by stereo at 5:18 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't want to rush her but the bottom line is that I'm completely in love with this girl.

This last June I picked up the phone and called a friend I went to high school with... I literally hadn't seen or spoken to her for 12 years (since 1995). We went out for drinks and since then we've been spending time together about once a week (maybe a little less), having dinner together and things like that. A little over a month ago I told her that I really like her and asked if there’s any chance that maybe she felt the same... here’s what she wrote back to me in an email: [more inside]
posted by wiseduck at 4:41 AM PST - 55 comments


In Islamic discourse, how harsh a pejorative is the term "kafir"? Is it necessarily a pejorative at all?
posted by stammer at 4:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Easy Music Transfer needed

How do I get Siouxsie on my Ipod while in London? [more inside]
posted by hummus at 3:32 AM PST - 5 comments

From London to LA

Need some help moving from London to LA for a year to study film at LAfilm… please help [more inside]
posted by TheAfroangel at 3:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Datawarehouse 101

I am changing jobs in a couple of months, and need to know more about database design, and more specifically datawarehouse and datamart for reporting systems. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Brew pubs in London?

Are there any good brew pubs in London? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 12:21 AM PST - 23 comments

August 27

Another Haunted Server

My HP LC200 Netserver is haunted. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this all about?

Can someone give me some backstory on this? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

wheel chair for the masses?

GrandMaFilter: Grandma is coming to town. She can walk, but only about 100 feet. What's the most cost effective way to rent/acquire a wheelchair for 5 days in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Esc-que vous m'aidez?

Gimme your recommendations for children's books, in French (...the books, not your two cents, natch). [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 8:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Carry Me For The First Time To Ole Virginnny

Suggestions of things to do/see and places to stay/eat in rural central Virginia (anywhere roughly between Amherst/Lynchburg and Richmond) on the Sunday/Monday of Labor Day Weekend? Trips to Appomattox and the Museum of the Confederacy are being considered, but would love some other ideas: museums, concerts, B&B recommendations, good BBQ places, roadside attractions, stores, etc. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Synergetic Geometry. Where?

Does anyone teach a course in Synergetic Geometry in Los Angeles??? In the U.S.???? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Bar/Party Survival Guide for the Introveted

Teach a shy person on how to behave in a bar/party full of unfamiliar people [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Landlord is doing a walk-through in 2 days. Any advice?

My landlord left a letter on my door informing me that there will be a "walk-through" the house this week. What are my rights, and what is some good advice? (I live in New Mexico, USA) [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 6:57 PM PST - 42 comments

Pick Me a Wine!

Wines: Help me pick one that will be nicely aged in five years. [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 6:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone tell yo ein uta that I'd liubi?

Can anyone recommend any good "multilingual" songs? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 6:01 PM PST - 36 comments

Another "Can I Eat This" Query

Can I marinate beef past the sell-by date? I've bought a piece of chuck pot roast and just made the marinade for Mark Bittman's Vinegar-Marinated Pot Roast recipe. Bittman's recipe suggest marinating the meat for up to 3 days; the date on the package comes due is in two. Will the marinade, made up primarily of wine and vinegar, allow the meat to last past the date (and I have no idea if it's a sell-by or serve-by date - I'm recently eating beef again after about a 13 year hiatus), or should I plan on cooking this tomorrow? Ideally, I'd like to cook this on Thursday, but I don't want to kill my family.
posted by bibliowench at 5:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Want to go smoke some ants?

Can someone please explain to me the practice of smoking ants? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are booby traps bad?

What are the legal rules about booby traps? Are electrified security fences legal? Would sufficient labeling permit a nonlethal booby trap? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 5:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Buying ink and toner - best place?

What is your favorite place to buy toner and ink cartridges either online or in person? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 5:27 PM PST - 11 comments

What level of education/training is typical of suburban and small town police officers in the US?

What level of education/training is typical of suburban and small town police officers in the US?
posted by R. Mutt at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

No good punks

80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 4:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Creating/editing Yamaha midi files?

Creating/editing Yamaha midi files? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 4:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Oh my God shoes.

What are the most essential women’s shoes? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:36 PM PST - 38 comments

I keep on falling, in and ooout of love...with you

How do you stay in love? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 4:29 PM PST - 40 comments

How to password protect and page count a printer

Network a printer and password protect and page count the prints. [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Just messin' with the kid.

What is CG 1.0? [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a man persue education

I need a very specific type of self help... [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What Pen scanner should I buy?

I'm thinking of purchasing a pen scanner to use for my research. The Irispen, C Pen, and Quicklink lines seem to be the most commonly used. Can anyone advise me on which one to buy? [more inside]
posted by historybuff at 3:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me choose a driving school in Vancouver

So I've made it to 29 without learning how to drive. I'm in British Columbia, Canada, which has a multi-stage licensing process. I've got my learner's, but no car to learn/practice with before taking the road test for my "N". Help me choose a driving school! [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Help a hick drive out of the sticks.

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan at 3:01 PM PST - 52 comments

Now you're scanning with... well, with what?

What software might a large Canadian IP and tech law firm use for scanning documents and records management? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Work your Excel Wizardry

Calling Excel wizards: Splitting groceries in Excel between 3 people [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Turn off translucent dragging in Flash CS3 on OS X

Flash CS3 IDE on OS X: Is there a way to turn off the "panels/windows become translucent when you drag them" option? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

How to best choose an international cell phone for short term (2 month) use?

International cell phone question: I'm going to Kazakhstan (no Borat jokes, please) for a couple of months and need some advice on staying in touch in a cost-effective manner and with a non-Kazakhstan cell phone number. [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Digital piano < 88 keys?

Have you ever seen a portable digital piano - not merely a controller - with graded hammer action but fewer than 88 keys? Some of the big music stores have told me that they don't know of any. (Counter-examples: The Studiologic VMK-161 Plus is a controller with 61-key hammer action, but it has no internal sounds. The Yamaha YPG-225/DGX-220 is a 76-key piano/synth but apparently doesn't have hammer action.) Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Where are the best Manhattan doggie kennels?

Advice on the best doggie kennel/boarding in Manhattan [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 1:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Round rail fence repair

Wooden fence repair question: I have a wooden round rail fence kind of like this, but with only two horizontal rows. One of the horizontal rails in the middle of the fence needs replacement. Is there some kind of magic trick for this, or do I just cut and hammer and crowbar until it pops in?
posted by Area Control at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Peer/professional development programs, you, and hopefully me

My GF is searching for information on Peer Development programs in Graduate school, with an emphasis on Professional and community development. If you attended Graduate school of any flavor, perhaps you could help me make her day a little easier. [more inside]
posted by Cycloptichorn at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

I [heart] ham?

Why do ham/amateur radio operators so often have their call signs on their license plates (or license plate frames)? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 12:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Welcome to hell, here's your accordion.

Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
posted by otolith at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be.

Varied estimates on the necessary steps to convert from oil heat to gas heat. How do I figure out who's right and who might be trying to cheap out? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Contracts Help You Get It Right - But I Want to Get the Contract Right!

I need to write a simple, simple contract between myself and a freelance artist. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

No green eggs or ham! I just want the book!

Absolutely beautiful baby book. I remember little as I only saw it briefly but one page had a grid of colour swatches all about the size of my pinky nail and was titled (words to the effect of) - My eyes were this colour when I was first born. It was pretty special... Anybody know what I'm talking about?? It's burned into my brain and I have nowhere to begin! o_O :)
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

How can a local business just starting out effectively advertise?

My wife recently took her home-based and internet-based candle/incense/etc business into the bricks-and-mortar stage. We have a good idea on what to do for internet advertising, but need suggestions for effective local business promotion. [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Oh, please help Me(fi)!

So I thought I knew computers... but this network is killing me. I can connect, full strength, etc. But I can't actually connect to the internet. My IP is Using an 850G (motorola) WAP, Cox SurfBoard modem. Other computers (this one, which is, connect fine, it seems. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

How to make Google and Microsoft like me again?

Why have Google and Microsoft shunned my web site? And why does Google's sitemap control panel think my robots.txt file is unreachable? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Where's the Fire? Using Open Ports

PortFilter: What to do with open Firewire ports. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 11:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Hey man, is that a crowbar in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

I'm Sikh, I'm going to SF, I'm (irrationally) scared... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 42 comments

The Pre-Emptive Break-Up

Why is my girlfriend so irritated at me over the past week? Should I pre-emptively break up with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 39 comments

Why did my friend temporarily lose his mind?

MushroomsFilter: What causes a person to "lose their mind" temporarily on magic mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Insurance for pre-existing conditions

I'm young and currently healthy, but I've had a lot of health problems in the last year. When I quit my job at the end of the year, will I be able to get insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Columns vertically uneven in Indesign

Typographers of the world, help me! How does one get lines of type to line up precisely in a two-column format? [more inside]
posted by deadcowdan at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Topics for a Talk on Business Blogging

I've been asked to give a talk on business blogging for a local group. What kinds of topics should I address? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 11:14 AM PST - 3 comments

MMM, freshly washed hair scent

I'm looking for a hair fragrance. Someting to spray in your hair to keep it smelling freshly-washed between washings. There should be no alchohol in it to dry out the hair- Bonus if it has a moisturizing effect though! I remember Bath & Body works carrying something similar, but it had too much alchohol in it for my liking and it didn't soften my hair. Know of anything along these lines?
posted by MayNicholas at 11:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Calling all object conservators in the house!

GoingBackToSchoolFilter: does anyone have experience in being a conservator? In getting a degree in object conservation? [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Ear + Ring = Earring?

Does anyone wear jewelry in this part of the ear? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:41 AM PST - 19 comments

unable to perform thy terms too hard

I really really dislike doing things. This goes all the way ad absurdum in that I actually would rather freeze into nothingness than deal with college, work, chores, and so on. [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur at 10:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights?

Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights? (Ideally, Neverwinter Nights 2.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Image posted on MeFi

Someone posted an image on MeFi a few years(?) ago (in a thread) that was a parody of patriotic images, like an American eagle, US flag, movie stars, popular culture, and tons of other stuff all mixed together that left one wondering what the message was. Sorry I can't be more specific but it was very funny, does anyone remember?
posted by stbalbach at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Bipolar husband has walked out on a friend of ours. What now?

What are the next steps for a wife who's husband has just walked out? Not-so-delicious twist: husband is mentally ill and probably going to worsen. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments

How to make non-anamorphic DVDs 16x9 enhanced?

An easy way to turn widescreen DVDs anamorphic? [more inside]
posted by codger at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I prepare for an interview for a K-6 music teacher job

Tomorrow I have an interview for a Kingdergarten through 6th grade music teacher job. I would appreciate any insight that music teachers, principals or parents could give me about preparing for this interview especially if you've ever been in a music teacher interview.
posted by jeffreyclong at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

What's good for a welcome to grad school/California gift bag?

What should go in a welcome to grad school/welcome to California gift bag? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Cheap Site for a Spring Student Conference

I need a cheap, semi-professional place to hold a week-long conference for college students in late March or early April 2008. We usually hold them over the summer on college campuses and stay in the dorms, but since this one is during the school year, students are living in the dorms, so I can't find a college willing to rent us space. The conference is for about 70 people. Help! [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Stumped In Seattle

I'm looking for something romantic or at least fun to do tonight with my girlfriend. Inexpensive is good. We're both 32 and living together in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Cellphone for CEO

What Verizon cell phone should I choose for my non-techie, but curious CEO? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 8:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Digicam that can withstand super loud audio during vid captures?

GadgetyLiveAudioRecordingFilter: What brand of inconspicuous small digital camera - if such a thing exists - regardless of price, does anyone recommend which can not only capture video well, but also has a mic that can take reasonably good recordings at deafeningly loud rock shows without a ton of distortion? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I start shopping for a lot hats?

[SeizureMedication&HairFilter] Ok, so my doc is gradually switching me from one medicine while still taking the other and I'm losing lots and lots (and lots) of what were once flowy, thick tresses. What happens when I totally switch to the new medicine and give up the old? Are there vitamins/conditioners/half-crazy ideas to keep my hair thick? [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I print a booklet from raw image files?

Do you know of a (Windows or Linux) program to print a comic/booklet from JPG files? [more inside]
posted by splice at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get the skills to build websites?

I am interested in gaining the skills needed to build great looking websites, so I could eventually design them on a freelance basis, and on a more short-term basis, incorporate them into my grad school work (I am about to start an MA in Communications/Cultural studies, hopefully focusing on media ownership and the emergence of new media) and professional work eventually. My academic background is in social sciences and visual arts (drawing). [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 8:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Chai Tea fix

I need tips for making chai at home [more inside]
posted by vionnett at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Software Documentation

I am a technical writer looking to improve my company's software manuals. I want to stay up to date with the latest technology documentation trends. Please leave comments on what you think some of the best manuals are for different software products and why. Basically, if you’ve ever read a software user manual and thought, “Wow! That was surprisingly easy to read…or helpful…or well organized…etc., then that is what we are looking for.
posted by JPowers at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a science of strings?

How and why cables/strings/hoses/lines/cords etc. become entangled? Is there any scientific explanation of the process and more generally a science studying the physical/topological properties and behaviour of string materials? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Oooh, ooh, you look just like Mumy Holly.

I need help coming up with stage names for a horror/surf-themed band I'm in. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:41 AM PST - 31 comments

New car - cleaning & waxing advice.

I just bought a new 07 Accord and I want to clean and wax the car myself. In the past I have done the automatic car was thing. What type of wax? Should I buy a buffer? How often do I need to do this? [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Compensaton for new job turns out to be 50% undervalued. Now what?

What do you do when you learn that the job you were just hired for (three months ago) is significantly undervalued? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a good short quote in 42 characters

I want a quote to go on my phone case. 2 lines. 21 characters per line. Preferable inspirational, possibly latin. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 6:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a family law attorney

Can anyone recommend an attorney in the Boston, MA area who specializes in family law (specifically involving parental visitation rights) and preferably offering a free consultation? I've looked through many directories, but my inherent distrust of lawyers seems to be getting in the way.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Ayuda me, por favor!

What are some Spanish-language idioms or expressions for "Goodbye" (or similar) to put on a going-away cake? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 6:42 AM PST - 17 comments

need computer to live

I need to get a laptop. Two constraints: I can spend probably no more than 900$ US, although I'm ever so slightly flexible about that, and I'm probably going to end up buying it in Kampala, Uganda. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

How do i fit a mixture model?

StatisticsFilter: What is the easiest way to estimate parameters of a mixture model consisting of two normal distributions? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

La cosa nostra

HelpMeFindThisSongFilter: while in Italy I heard an Italian song that was a bit rap-ish, in the sense that the performers were more or less talking to the music. The only part of the lyrics I could discern was "La cosa nostra, la cosa nostra, la cosa nostra". I asked the lady behind the bar what it was and she couldn't tell me, but vaguely seemed to remember it was by & . Something like Paolo and Frederico, although most likely not those names. Help?
posted by Skyanth at 4:09 AM PST - 8 comments is giving me a headache

I'm looking for a shoe like a Camper that will actually fit my feet. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:15 AM PST - 6 comments

August 26

Wireless Network Help Please!!!!!

Wireless Help!! I just moved into a new apartment and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to configure my WINXP PC desktop so that it will pick up my wireless network. I have a airport extreme base station upstairs broadcasting an internet connection. My ibook and pc laptop have no problem connecting wirelessly. I'm trying to pick up the signal with a D-Link DWL-810+ connected to the desktop with an ethernet cable. The desktop will connect to the D-Link but not to the internet. What can I do??
posted by drunkghosts at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Driving sucks

Car accident while driving for work, any chance of getting my deductible paid back? [more inside]
posted by outsider at 10:24 PM PST - 9 comments

leave Wayfaring for what?

Help me find a Google Maps mashup to replace Wayfaring (for personal use). [more inside]
posted by intermod at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me recover a file from my expired iDisk!

Help me recover a file from my expired iDisk! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Jeep hesitates soon after starting

I just bought a '98 Jeep Cherokee. It runs great except commonly within 5 minutes of driving it hesitates during acceleration, sometimes accompanied by a popping sound under the hood. After it recovers it drives fine. [more inside]
posted by chadparker at 8:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Finding other mobile warriors to co-work with?

Where can I find consultants/freelancers or other people who like to work in wireless cafés to be "co-workers" with? [more inside]
posted by lastobelus at 8:44 PM PST - 9 comments


I've just really discovered digital photography, and for landscapes I would like to know how I might get forecasts of types of clouds in my area (like cirrus, cumulus, etc.) Every now and then, I see a reference in the average weather forecast, but it would be kinda nice to know daily. (Particularly about the places I prefer to take pictures, that is, Maine and Venice, Italy.) Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me put my hair up!

Teach me how to style my hair! [more inside]
posted by lalex at 8:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find tools to organize and run an online pnp RPG game.

I am interested in setting up a D&D game with old friends using the magic of the internet, what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Which car to get?

Which used car to buy: Infiniti I30 or Mazda 626? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 8:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Where does a gay Minneapolitan look for a LTR?

Advice for a gay man looking for long-term-relationship oriented prospects in the Minneapolis Metro area. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:01 PM PST - 7 comments

I think the "V" and "||" *might* be Roman numerals...?

What do these particular signs mean? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:00 PM PST - 12 comments

open source, real-time, video streaming?

What options are there for a real-time, open source, video streaming (ogg Theora?) codec/platform/service? I have heard of Flumotion but was wondering if there are others like it in the US or Asia.
posted by gen at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me the (custom-made) boot

Where are the makers of custom-made, high-heel fetishy boots? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments

How many calories can you eat in a day?

What's the maximum number of calories a human can digest in a day? [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 6:53 PM PST - 17 comments

How to detect sneaky installs on a Mac

Is there any way for me to tell if someone has installed software on my Macbook, like a keyboard logger, without my knowledge? I'm a bit of a Mac newbie, and I'm pretty sure my roomie is looking at my email to see if I've been corresponding with his ex-girlfriend (which I have NOT been doing, for what it's worth).
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Gracefully bowing out in a small, small world

It's easy to find information about acing an interview, but how to gracefully bow out if during that process you determine it isn't a great fit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

East Germany after the wall fell?

What was East Germany like immediately after the Wall fell? (Lives of Others spoiler alert) [more inside]
posted by neuron at 6:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Hivemind, I need your schedule-fu

Two-parter for the hard-core Blackberry Guru (BB Pearl 8100): Part the first--Sync-utopia; Part the second--sync-nirvana. There is, of course [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:23 PM PST - 1 comment

I swear it's for comedy not piracy

How would I add a subtitle file to a dvd? [more inside]
posted by kafziel at 6:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Now you're not cooking with gas!

How to cook on electric stove? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 6:06 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the protocol for starting a culinary stage?

The first of many food career related questions I'll be asking: What's the protocol for a young, unproven would-be to find himself a stage? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

How best to store homemade muffins?

How can I best store homemade blueberry muffins so that they'll last up to six days? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What is a good "art cheer" for a K-6 art teacher's classroom?

What is a good "art cheer" for a K-6 art teacher's classroom? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

RSS2Email Headaches

RSS2EmailFilter: Help me get individual RSS posts into my Gmail inbox. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 4:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Designing a restless heart tattoo

Trying to design a tattoo symbolizing a restless heart for my forearm, preferably one that will be only black (or contain just a small amount of color). Hit me with ideas, hive mind.
posted by Roman Graves at 3:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Weekly Rentals in Santa Fe, NM

RentalFilter: Three couples looking for a house to rent in Santa Fe, NM, late July or early August, 2008. Preferably away from the plaza would be better. Two of us stayed at 10,000 Waves a few years ago and loved it, but that's too pricey for 6 people. Any recommendations beyond
posted by billtron at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

VPN and the Net: I want them both at the same time!

VPN/Airport Express Filter: Here's my sad problem: I have Verizon Fiber Optics. Their modem is connected to my Apple Express via Ethernet. When I successfully connect to my office network via VPN I can no longer connect to the rest of the Internet. When I disconnect VPN I can immediately reconnect to the Internet... [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

How to stop neighbors second hand smoke?

I'm at my ropes end, it's been a year since the new neighbors have moved in and the smoking problem is driving me out of my house. The neighbors are a family living next to me in an apartment, we half share a balcony (that is the condo designed these balconies to be half open to the next apartment with a full vertical partition that extends to the middle of the balcony and a horizontal one that goes the remainder about 2 feet from the floor). Here are the problems: [more inside]
posted by Melqart at 3:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Finding size B5 notebooks in America

Where to find B5 notebooks (preferably in the DC area)? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 3:14 PM PST - 7 comments

No Country For Old Men

In this new red band trailer for No Country For Old Men, what is Javier Bardem using to kill people?
posted by andywolf at 2:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Pano Equipment: Quality, Speed or Possibly Both?

Help me build a new Immersive photography rig that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How did movie titles used to work?

Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Local display of webcam video in realtime, low-latency?

Looking for software to project realtime video from a webcam with as little latency (delay) as possible. No web streaming, just projecting closeup video of a guitar fretboard to a lecture hall filled with students. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

can i get a little privacy here?

What are a tenant's legal rights in Washington state? [more inside]
posted by vitrum at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Movement between credit card and home equity loan

Does this make sense? I'd like to use a credit card "convenience check" that is offering 1.99% APR for 12 months to pay down some of our home equity loan that is hovering at 8.25%. [more inside]
posted by tdabbott at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to find kese?

Does anyone know where I can purchase a kese (some examples here) in person in the Boston or NYC areas, or online? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Hangover question--why the "fuzzy" feeling?

Hangover question--why the "fuzzy" feeling? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments


I dropped my science classes in grade 10, one of the major stupid decisions in my educational career. Now I want to catch up on my science knowledge. What's the least expensive way for me to catch up, either over the internet or through local classes? (I live in Toronto).
posted by pcameron at 12:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Toenail remnant

A couple of months ago my big toenail went black after a run. Maybe 10-15 days ago it came loose, but only on one side. Since the other side was still anchored I cut off the flapping half. Nothing's happened since then. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 12:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Need a new laptop

Another what-kind-of-laptop-should-I-get question. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

What are those model heads called?

i want to buy one of those heads made out of pottery that show different bits of the brain; i can't for the life of me find out what they're called, but you see them on telly in doctor's surgeries and they look mighty fine. anyone got any ideas what they're called, despite my rather lame description?
posted by CliveDallas at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me your best advice for biking in a skirt.

Give me your best advice for biking in a skirt. [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 11:45 AM PST - 17 comments

What do the cool kids in the South Bay?

What's the most fun way to spend a Saturday in or around San Mateo, CA? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

A quiet computer is a joy forever

Shut my computer up...what's the best way to stop making my computer's fans work so hard. [more inside]
posted by melissam at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some ways that actually work to reduce cigarette smells in an apartment hallway?

Looking for suggestions and experience with doing cigarette smoke stink abatement for the small common area of a two family house. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I change careers from being a Mechanical Engineer?

How hard do you think it would be for a Mechanical Engineer to change careers to MRI technician or Radiological Technician? [more inside]
posted by senador at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Better living through alcohol(ism?)

So I like to drink, drinking makes me happy. I've seriously upped my alcohol intake in the last three months and have been the happiest I've been in years, however I'm worried about problems down the road with addiction and my general health, so at what point do I need to worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 49 comments

Joe Pass Transcription

Where can I find a transcription of Take Love Easy by Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald? [more inside]
posted by winterhat at 8:28 AM PST - 0 comments

Venice, Italy map for Pocket Streets 2002

Where can I find a map of Venice, Italy in Microsoft Pocket Streets 2002 format (.mps)? It's for a Dell Axim X50V (not smartphone, no GPS).
posted by Joleta at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Shopping for good karma

Can anyone suggest websites/producers/organizations that will allow me to make buy things (food, gift, etc) in an ethical way? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

I like you, but not, like, LIKE like you.

Meeting and making friends from online dating sites? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 14 comments

What is life as a PM like at Microsoft?

What is life as a PM like at Microsoft? [more inside]
posted by adi at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm having a recurring problem backing up my mac.

I'm having a recurring problem backing up my mac. One specific file seems to be causing the problem, but I can't find it anywhere on my mac. Help? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Why isn't my cat hungry?

What could have caused my cat's sudden lack of appetite? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger at 5:35 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car?

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 4:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Shrinking and JPG'ing images to a certain FILE size?

Wondering if there's a Mac OS X program that I could drop an image file on and tell it "Make me a 'best quality' JPEG out of this that winds up being no more than 10 mb in size". [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 4:22 AM PST - 13 comments

OS X software for Garmin Forerunner?

Is there any good, preferably free, OS X software for the Garmin Forerunner? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 2:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Wall painting effect

How would one paint a wall with this effect. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 2:03 AM PST - 7 comments

A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it?

.namefilter: A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by herichon at 12:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Cologne picking tips

Cologne picking advice: it can't be as simple as "just pick what your like" or "bring a girl with you and buy what she likes"... can it?
posted by joshuaconner at 12:33 AM PST - 31 comments

August 25

Profession Matrix

I want to map out every possible profession / career. How would I start? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 11:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Medical Journal Advertising; need recs for someone to design our ad!

Medical Journal Advertising: need recommendations on firms or independant designers to create our advertisment. [more inside]
posted by Bob Dobbs at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

inept male relating to female

How do I ask out a girl I go to school with? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 9:27 PM PST - 23 comments

I want to join a cycling group in San Francisco

Can the hive mind recommend a good road cycling group in San Francisco? I'm looking for a recreational (but serious) cycling group that has sociable members preferably in their mid 20s to early 30s.
posted by Juggermatt at 8:50 PM PST - 0 comments

Got faith?

I haven't dated anyone in several years now (I'm 35) because I have absolutely no faith that a relationship will work out - in fact to the contrary, I'm quite convinced that it will cause me nothing but pain. This lack of faith is inherent in other aspects of my life - work, personal time etc: I just don't do things because I visualize either pain or failure with great ease, and find it almost impossible to visualize success. How do I go about building faith in my endeavors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find this movie about an ambulance driver on meth!!!

Movie Filter: An ambulance driver, his friend, some meth and/or other drugs. An crusty old guy who is also into drugs and at a nursing home(?). Please help me remember this one! [more inside]
posted by krisptoria at 8:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice/tips/resource for a PHP programmer to pick up on ASP.NET/C#?

Advice/tips/resource for a PHP programmer to pick up on ASP.NET/C#?
posted by parttimeninja at 7:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Age formulas in MS Excel

I need to put some test score data into Excel that works with children's ages in years and months. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Jumpy slow mouse pointer in one screen

Jumpy mouse in one screen. My mouse pointer does not refresh fast enough in one screen but is fine in second screen. [more inside]
posted by rainy at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

VLC command line to autoplay a dvd?

VLC Player Filter - I would like to know if there is a command line that I can put in my VLC player shortcut to autoplay dvds without menus. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Ways to keep being the rock for my family?

I just had a baby, and I'm looking for ways to keep being the "strong one." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my MacBook play sound for my online university course please

Emergency Mac Help Needed! I have a MacBook and I am taking an online class. The class starts tomorrow but I can't hear any sound. If anyone has a bit of time to help me on this, I'd reeeeeeeally appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 6:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Making a key from scanned image or xerox

Is there a way to find a locksmith (in particular in NYC) who'd make a key from, say, a scanned image (kind of like here: -- for when you just need it faster than Fedexing the key...
posted by debedb at 6:09 PM PST - 13 comments

What do you know about snaking a main line? Get back in the kitchen.

Riffing on a previous question, how do you deal with men who refer to you as 'Young Lady'? [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 6:03 PM PST - 58 comments

Custom vinyl decals online?

Where can I go online for custom vinyl decals? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

So what's it LIKE to be a female blank?

Are you a female in a profession where females are rare enough that people ask you what it's "like" to be a female whatever-you-are (or just meet you with surprise because of your sex)? If so, what responses do you give to those people, and do they depend on context (stranger at a party, interviewer, etc.)?
posted by sparrows at 4:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Should I buy a new motherboard?

Should I buy a new motherboard for my HP Pavillion Desktop? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Need to know what font to use.

Can you tell me what this font is? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I move my desktop computer across the Atlantic?

How can I move my desktop computer across the Atlantic? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to spend Rosh Hashanah in London?

A young professional Jewish woman of my acquaintance is moving to London for about a year and would love to find some community that might be welcoming to a stranger for the holidays. Suggestions as to places to meet (reform preferred) Jews, websites, etc. would be welcome.
posted by Patrick Graham at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does Address Book pop in unexpectedly?

Addressbook seems to be launching for no reason- Virus? [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Ex can’t let go after 5 years

How do I get a creepy ex to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda at 1:29 PM PST - 44 comments

Did somebody in the 90's run a 'Revolutionary' background images site claiming to be the reanimated JFK?

I remember (Late 90's) a Linux-oriented background image site that had a back story claiming that the cryogenically preserved J.F.K. was leading them in some sort of Linux Desktop Revolution. Did I hallucinate this? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do some Japanese TV shows use difficult English phrases instead of Japanese ones?

How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 1:16 PM PST - 16 comments

And they call it...

NewDogFilter: We just got a new puggle about a week ago. 9 months old. He's the greatest. However... [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 1:15 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I consolidate multiple playlists on one CD in iTunes?

iTunesFilter: I have two playlists with ~21 songs. iTunes burns what it can fit onto CD #1, then I insert another blank CD. It burns the rest of the songs on playlist #1. Now I want to start on playlist #2 - but it won't burn the songs to the same CD. It insists on a blank CD. Is there anything I can do to avoid having multiple CDs with only 3 or 4 songs on them? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

And as the twenty third inning ended, they watched the sun rise over the left field wall...

I was at 8/24's epically late night Tigers/Yankees game, ending around 3:30 am, and am wondering where it ranks among the latest finishes of any professional sporting event. Has any game ever run later? I can't seem to find a list of late night finishes, baseball specific or otherwise - does one exist?
posted by boombot at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Who are these guys?

Who are these characters from 80's Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Modern WW2 style clothing designer

Looking for a UK clothing designer's website I saw a few years ago. As well as making tweed jackets and other garments, they had another "arm" of the business that specialised in vintage looking, quirky, World War 2 era replica work clothing that was trendy and quite pricey rather than historically accurate, as well as vintage kitchen and garden tools. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

making shirts from sarongs

How much fabric/yardage is necessary to make a man's shirt? details [more inside]
posted by tristanshout at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Law school, really?

I would like to know more about law school and being a lawyer. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 11:44 AM PST - 23 comments

How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants?

How many people die each year waiting for kidney transplants? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Must have Windows apps for Macbook user.

I just installed Parallels on my Macbook for a 15 day trial. Before I decide to shell out at the end of the trial period, can anyone suggest any "must have" windows apps (must have as in there is no os x comparator) that make it worthwhile?
posted by modernnomad at 11:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Best ukulele for the price?

What ukulele should I choose? [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

where to go in sfo

Spending the weekend in San Francisco. I have a rental car all day tomorrow for a lunch meeting in San Rafael. Suggest where to go after the meeting to take advantage of having a car in the city & being a tourist. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I forget an extremely disturbing and nightmarish hallucination/dream that I had, or at least stop being afraid of it?

How can I forget an extremely disturbing and nightmarish hallucination/dream that I had, or at least stop being afraid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 19 comments

What is a good, web 2.0, alternative to Evite?

What is a good, web 2.0, alternative to Evite? Preferably one that doesn't require invitees to register in order to RSVP... [more inside]
posted by stilly at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I get my Macbook to stop disconnecting from the Internet?

Why does my Macbook keep losing it's wifi connection? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Grokking Controllers (It's not as gross as it sounds.)

Looking for guidelines, principles, etc. for grokking the decision process for splitting up a Ruby on Rails application into controllers. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Japanese Canada Dry in the US?

Is there anywhere I can buy Japanese Canada Dry in the United States? Or, ideally, in the SF Bay Area?
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

How to display my parents history?

Want to display some items from my parent's past. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm not shy! Am I?

Help me be more outgoing in class. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Give me back my identity!

Identity Theft Filter: How do I convince debt collectors of my innocence concerning an outstanding debt in my name (that isn't mine)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Downloadable mp3 DJ Sets Legal?

I've recently launched a website featuring weekly hour-long, downloadable "dj sets" - a few other obscure music fans and myself will mix together an hour of music and then offer the hour-long, mixed mp3 for free download on the site. I'm not selling advertising on the site, nor am I making any money off of it. Is this legal?
posted by ghastlyfop at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I access public records?

When I'm looking for information on an old friend or doing a reverse phone lookup, it seems that the only places that have the information are sites like Intelius or US Search. Of course, we have to pay for the 'public records'. I'd like to know if it's possible to access these public records in another way without paying for them? It seems logical, but I haven't found an easy way to locate the information. Thanks!
posted by mcarthey at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Joint pain: what can I do to make it better?

What is this joint pain, and what can I do to alleviate it? [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 6:04 AM PST - 10 comments

How to deodorize a second-hand book?

How to deodorize a smelly second-hand book? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

The Dangerous Book for Non-Boys

I've read "The Dangerous Book for Boys" and I generally love those kind of books (information about anything with guides on doing stuff). What other books are out there that are in a similar vein? I'm a 21-year-old girl but would rather not have a "girly" book.
posted by divabat at 3:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Appliance bargains in Melbourne

Melburnians! Where is the best place to get a good deal on appliances like fridges, washing machines, and dishwashers? I'm having no trouble finding places through Google but I could really use some local knowledge (Melbourne, Australia).
posted by dbateman at 2:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Navel wars

Why was showing an exposed female navel considered so taboo in Hollywood films and television shows (and I suppose in culture-in-general), especially in light that cleavage was allowed? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Classically Influenced Metal Song?

I'm looking for metal songs with clear classical influences. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 1:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Where in Melbourne can I hire projectors?

From where in Melbourne, Australia can I borrow projectors (+ screens) for one night?
posted by PuGZ at 12:58 AM PST - 2 comments

What kind of secret could this be?

What is something that you would feel comfortable telling your spouse/partner... but wouldn't want them to know, is not a good or bad thing, and won't change your relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 AM PST - 40 comments

August 24

Help me un-corrupt my corrupted images.

Can you suggest a free image recovery software for corrupted images? Bonus question: is my flash card boned? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:50 PM PST - 11 comments

avogadro's number (except not)

I have a doctor's appointment to get a mole looked at. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 PM PST - 19 comments

How do you calculate the burden a bit of PHP is likely to put on the server?

How do you calculate the burden a bit of code is likely to put on the server? Extra points for free and easily understood. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 10:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Taking Stock of My Options

Can anyone recommend a good study/review guide for the math-related aspects of the Series 7 (General Securities Representative) Exam? [more inside]
posted by Poolio at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Trajectory of Bullets

would the trajecetory (twist) of a bullet shot from a handgun (Luger) change if the gun was shot in the right hand of the shooter versus the left hand of the shooter assuming everything else remained exactly the same? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 9:09 PM PST - 22 comments


What are the chances of contracting an STD from using a hookah (without a mouthpiece) with a group of people?
posted by jne1813 at 7:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Name that Tune

I keep seeing a music video on MTV Europe in which two people are walking along and cartoon-like images - mostly words - keep appearing and mutating on the t-shirts. What song/group is this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 6:56 PM PST - 4 comments

St. Louis email lists

St.LouisFilter: What e-mail lists and websites do you, as a St. Louisan or someone who lives nearby, consider essential for keeping up-to-date on local events, art, music, politics, food, etc.? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 6:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Computer games for two on a long flight?

My wife and I are flying Boston to Sydney in the near future, and we'll have my laptop on the flight. I'm looking for some games (preferably free, or at least cheap) that I can install on the laptop, and we can both play together at the same time (more inside). [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What Flavor of Windows for My Next PC?

Should I install Vista on my next computer or stick with XP? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 5:26 PM PST - 33 comments

I'm just a girl who can't say no

What is the origin of the name "Ado Annie" in the musical Oklahoma? [more inside]
posted by nax at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Where is this hide bound clay drum from?

Can anyone identify this hide bound clay drum. Bought in an Australian charity shop if that helps.
posted by singingfish at 5:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me find Bowl of Fire videos Please?

Can anyone find me some videos of Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire online? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Who claims who as dependants?

I am having a hard time understanding the law on who can claim who as a Dependant in my situation and need some help. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do surgeons have attitude?

Why do surgeons have "attitude?" [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 3:35 PM PST - 50 comments

The astonishing tale of lava and the Adobe noob

What's the best way to get a glowing molten lava effect in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

ha ha= >1:00.00, <2:30:00

I need jokes that take more than one minute to tell, but no longer than two-and-a-half minutes. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 3:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Comedyfilter: King of France swearing sketch?

Am I insane? I remember seeing a funny sketch comedy clip and the subject was a dad at the breakfast table verbally wailing on his family members using swear words that were all The-King-of-France related -- but I can't find any reference to it. I distinctly remember Kids in the Hall members, too. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Won't somebody please think of the children?

Local secrets to family entertainment in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Quick little ethernet splitter?

Seeking recommendations for small ethernet switch - a "splitter for travellers", maybe? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Adding functionality to a static, html website?

I'd like to add a comments section to my website [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find late 70s/80s era wrestler pictures/portraits?

Where can I find late 70s/80s era wrestler pictures/portraits? [more inside]
posted by starr226 at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Help building a tire swing...

Logistics of building an indoor tire swing... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

How much does a drawn on goatee influence value?

Where in Chicago can I have old baseball / sports cards graded for condition, and how much can I expect to pay for this service? [more inside]
posted by white light at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I ask her out?

She's got a boyfriend. . .should I give it up or go full steam ahead? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 1:15 PM PST - 64 comments

Help me identify these old cartoons

I'm trying to identify two clips shown in the Disney video DTV Pop and Rock (from 1984 I think). The first one is a '50s style cartoon shown during the segment for "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors. The clip shows a bunch of kids in a hot rod and at a malt shop. The second clip is a black and white cartoon that has dancing skeletons. This is shown in the first video, "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha and the Vandellas. I couldn't find any information on the movie at IMDB and very little on Wikipedia. Thanks for any help.
posted by HSWilson at 12:53 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm burnin', I'm burnin', I'm burnin' for you

Which cook-top should I buy: the more powerful one with a sketchy repair history or the wimpier one with a nearly spotless repair history? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Needed: the ultimate paper hanging system?

We need to install a hanging system on our conference room wall that will allow us to easily swap paper items of various sizes and thicknesses (posters, printer proofs, regular ol' paper). The space is about 4 feet wide. Does anyone have any experience with this thing? Hangman Products Clip-it Strip Reminds me of the strips that were installed at the top of chalkboards in grade school. It seems like they were never strong enough and teachers struggled to keep things in there. Any other product recommendations?
posted by Typographica at 12:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Really cheap US incoming telephone service.

I'm looking for very inexpensive, inbound-only telephone service. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me not go insane at work!

Are there any devices that I can plug my headphones into to give my complete silence so I can concentrate at work? [more inside]
posted by niwnfyc at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

First Day Advice

First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me kill my pet mosquitos, please.

How do I get rid of or repel mosquitos from my apartment? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Phone Jack Installation

I need to have a phone jack put in for AT&T service in Chicago (Andersonville), because the previous tenants converted all the phone jacks to cable outlets. Can anyone recommend the services of a handyman, or even suggest who I would have to look up to get it done more quickly than AT&T will? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me amuse my relatives!

tomorrow night I'm taking out a couple relatives who are visiting from Italy. they like the whole tourist scene, so i was thinking of taking them to some theme restaurant. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

recipe for vanilla sauce for pound cake

I'm looking for a recipe for what I think is a combination of vanilla sauce and vanilla pudding. My grandmother used to make it and would serve it poured over pound cake. It had eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. The pudding/sauce itself tasted a lot like the pudding in Kozy Shack's rice pudding but of a thinner consistency. I've found a lot of vanilla sauce recipes which seem similar except they all call for egg yolks instead of whole eggs. Does anyone know about the sauce/pudding that I'm referring to and do you happen to have a recipe for it?
posted by GlowWyrm at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my brother pick a laptop

Help my younger brother figure out what laptop to buy. He's finally decided to get a computer after surviving for most of his life with whatever's available at college, or now at work. He doesn't seem to be in the market for a Mac, and I've made it my business to know as little about PCs as possible. But this is family. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 11:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Cheeseburger for breakfast, cereal for lunch

Why do we eat "breakfast foods"? When did this originate and why? [more inside]
posted by lubujackson at 9:57 AM PST - 23 comments

False alarms in hard-wired smoke alarms?

What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 9:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Google Maps info window too big! MUST CONTROL!

How do I control the size of the info window on my Google Maps? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Bachelor Party

Bachelor Party: My best man is trying to plan my bachelor party. I do not want to do the typical Vegas, strippers, drink-till-you-fall-down thing. Some of the guys that will be there will want to get wild / drunk, some will not. I don't mind getting hammered, but would like to do more than just that. I thought something like an amusement park might be fun, or maybe an all-inclusive resort. We would do this over the period of three days. What are some good ideas for a bachelor party on the east coast / florida for about 10 guys? I don't want to golf. Maybe some type of adventure / adrenaline rush? How can we have fun without going to jail or feeling guilty when coming home, while at the same time letting loose and getting wild? I am not averse to going to Mexico, Montreal, or Chicago. West coast is a little too far.
posted by kaizen at 9:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Awesome bridal shower location in NY

Where can we host a bridal shower in New York City? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

No, really, I'm not resting -- we're just talking...

Tour de France: what was the deal with the guys hanging on the support vehicles while interacting with them? I mean, I can see the advantages and by and large these vehicles were at the back of the pack, but it seems like you'd be getting -some- advantage...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Any ideas for renting office space? (or a small room to function as such)

I just took a programming job in Atlanta. The job is great, but I work from home and the lack of structure is killing me. I would love to have a small room somewhere to separate work from home. It could even be a cubicle as long as there is internet access. Anyone been in a similar situation?
posted by shoesandships at 9:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Buy a MacBook now or wait two months.

Should I wait for Leopard or take the plunge now? Buying a MacBook. [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 8:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Does your ceiling hang low, does it wobble to and fro?

The movers put a big gouge in my living room ceiling. This is sad and annoying, but leads to a burning question: what the hell kind of ceiling do I have? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Transitioning from corporate wonk to school teacher?

I have worked in human resources for 15 years (financial services and biotech industries) as a a manager/senior manager and am feeling a bit burnt on the office experience. I very much value the experience of providing counseling and training because I enjoy the process of problem solving with another person. Here's the question... I am 41 and considering going back to school, getting my teaching certificate and bailing out of corporate life. Has anyone else gone through the corporate office to school teacher transition? What was it like? What hadn't you anticipated?
posted by Mmothra at 8:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Making Zelda toys for a 3-year-old

DIY fantasy toys -- I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, and my 2-year-old loves to watch and play along, to the point of sticking a foam sword down the back of shirt and running around with a Nerf slingshot and fishing pole. He turns 3 in September and in addition to his "nutritional" presents, I thought I would also get/make him some fantasy-enabling stuff. What are some existing toys that do a good job of mimicking Zelda-esque accoutrements, and/or what should be avoided, and/or what's easiest to make myself? An even bigger issue is finding "safe" stuff for him to swing his sword at ... some kind of indoor/outdoor monsters that are at least a foot tall or so. I can see making something out of pillows, or lampshades, or even buying a cheap toy if it's properly durable. Any ideas?
posted by blueshammer at 8:14 AM PST - 22 comments

How to copy mp3s to an iPod without a computer?

iPod dreams and hacks. I'm in a band and we'd love to give out "demos" via an iPod at shows. We're envisioning a Device that may exist, may need to be hacked together, or may be fundamentally impossible to create. [more inside]
posted by pants at 7:41 AM PST - 18 comments

My laptops internal wifi card keeps disconnecting

How do I stop my laptops internal Wifi card from disconnecting? [more inside]
posted by complience at 7:26 AM PST - 7 comments

What caused latin to be phased out in secular book printing?

In relation to printing/publishing history, I'm curious as to how and why latin was phased out in secular books. [more inside]
posted by peacay at 7:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there anything like fun-runs, but without the running?

I liked doing fun runs and half marathons. Are there any other sports which offer similar events? Are bike races as beginner friendly? [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

What does it take to listen in on a GSM phone signal?

Is it possible to listen in on a GSM cell phone conversation? Don't worry, I'm not planning anything illegal. I'm just wondering if a certain service provider's denials are on the level. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 7:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How do male porn stars do what they do?

I understand that it's, um, hard to be a male porn star. How do they do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Cure for a boyfriend induced stomachache?

I swallowed. . .now I have an upset stomach. Is there a way of getting my boyfriend to change the way he tastes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Will hidden fatness hurt my love life?

I'm gay, new at dating, and kind of overweight (though not morbidly so -- say ~ 20/22% body fat), though my face doesn't show it. I'm afraid dates will like me, in part based on that deceptive face, then discover my fatness during a moment of intimacy, and be repulsed. Am I being paranoid?
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 21 comments

A new business

Should I register my "company"? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Pension benefits changing, argh!

They're changing the pension benefits. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are magnets not bad?

Why does holding a strong magnet up to your brain not do anything bad? [more inside]
posted by zek at 4:51 AM PST - 31 comments

How to build a budget gaming PC?

Help me build a really mediocre gaming PC! [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 4:40 AM PST - 11 comments

How to become a therapist?

I've been working in IT all my life. I've been thinking of changing careers and the idea of becoming a therapist occurred to me. So now I'm curious: How does one train to become a therapist? What degrees and certifications would I need to accumulate on the way to becoming one? Are there evening programs in the Chicago area? Thanks for any insight!
posted by rsol44 at 4:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Clear plastic sleeves to hang 20+ photos on the wall?

Where can I find clear plastic sleeves to hang 20+ photos on the wall? [more inside]
posted by PY at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting ties?

Interesting ties? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 3:01 AM PST - 18 comments

How to hang posters on an adobe wall?

I need a good way to put up posters in an adobe house! Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 12:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get dry ice in Berkeley/Oakland area?

Where can I get dry ice in Berkeley/Oakland area? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 12:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Dad dot com

Father wants a website. I am the one to build it for him. Looking for easy ways to manage content. Already tried Wordpress, looking for alternatives. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 12:09 AM PST - 10 comments

August 23

Group assortation, marriage and income

Marriage and group assortation -- is it really as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 11:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Who created this?

Who made this neat picture of an abandoned and decaying New York City?
posted by cmonkey at 9:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Help Me, AskMe Click & Clack!

Help me diagnose my car's weird lurching problem. This is mostly for curiosity's sake, as I do plan on taking it to the mechanic tomorrow or Saturday. But I sort of want to know what I'm in for. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my friend find a dream job that requires both Japanese and Computer Science!

What is the next step for a soon-to-be graduate of a large school in Pittsburgh, PA who has degrees in both Computer Science and Japanese? [more inside]
posted by EduTek at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Color me puzzled. Very.

How do I setup color profiles on my Macbook Pro? Frighteningly long description inside. [more inside]
posted by raheel at 9:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Who pays for a wedding?

Wedding Etiquette filter: Who pays for what in a traditional wedding? Specifically I am looking for anything to back up the claim of my future parents in law that the costs for the reception is split between the two families. [more inside]
posted by remthewanderer at 8:03 PM PST - 74 comments

Batch file to mount FTP server in XP?

Is it possible to write a batch file that, when launched, would mount an FTP server as a network place in XP? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

That website where that guy took a lot of drugs.

Having personally taken most mental health drugs, somebody set up a humorous and serious website to review them. Can you help me find it again? [more inside]
posted by rossmik at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Apple Cinema Display + Macbook + 360

I have an old 17" Apple Cinema Display, a first generation Macbook and an Xbox 360. Explain to me as though I were a small child how I can use my ACD (if at all) 1) with my Macbook and 2) with my Xbox 360. I know that there are probably all kinds of adapters involved but I read some past threads and being not at all savvy couldn't really make heads or tails of any of it. Inside there are photos of the port on my computer and the plug on the ACD. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 6:30 PM PST - 12 comments

what's the biggest gun?

What is the largest calibre artillery piece currently in service? Not historic pieces but modern.
posted by wilful at 6:15 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I feel okay about lying in church?

One of my best friends asked me to be godmother to her new daughter today. I cried, she cried, I said yes (of course). I'm over the moon about it. But the god thing has got me a bit concerned and I'd like some advice... [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Name that Australian film.

Name that Australian film... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is a good U.S. map showing the nation in 1865?

Where is a good online map depicting the U.S. as it appeared in 1865? I'm particularly interested in the topography of the Midwest and West. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Pregnancy and lubricant question

We are trying to get pregnant. Can people suggest lubricant which is okay to be used and does not affect pregnancy rates.
posted by tom123 at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do about my marriage?

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary. In a week I turn 40, so I’m doing a little reflection on my life. I have two kids, one in the final year of high school, the other with two years to go. I’m halfway through a degree – I’ll be done in 18 months, and I work part time. I haven’t had sex in 4 years (and very intermittently in the previous 5) because my husband has absolutely no interest. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:55 PM PST - 34 comments

Down On Love.

What are some good recommendations for recent fiction/film with NO romantic entanglements? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 4:47 PM PST - 39 comments

Where's my flying car?

Help me pick an unusual transportation method for a short commute. [more inside]
posted by topynate at 4:02 PM PST - 47 comments

Is there a widget for Yahoo! Widgets in that can embed/display a webpage?

Is there a widget for Yahoo! Widgets in that can embed/display a webpage? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments


I moved into an apartment that is infested with cockroaches and i don't want them to follow me to my new place. [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 3:13 PM PST - 17 comments


My Powerbook is bent. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Writing in textarea feels like juggling in a suit of armor.

The sluggishness of the textarea in Firefox is killing me. Have you gotten Mozex or "It's all Text" to work with OS x? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I sign back up for B-School spam?

A couple years ago, I took the GMAT and thus got subscribed (to be fair, I think I opted in) to get on a bunch of schools' marketing lists. I seem to have fallen off of that list, despite the fact that right now I am starting to seriously look into MBA programs. How do I get back on the "please spam me" list for B-Schools?
posted by rorycberger at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get my skirt replicated?

How does one go about getting a tailor to clone one's favorite item of clothing? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Disaster Escapism?

I read and loved “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick. What other books should I read? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What are some bad weather alternatives to running?

What are some bad weather alternatives to running? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments

I'd like my apartment to be really super cool.

In a few weeks I'll be moving into a new apartment. I have the option of painting the walls (as long as they go back to white when I move out), and I'd like to do something really cool. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 2:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Drug Testing and Niacin

drug testing filter: does niacin really clean out all the THC in your body? What is the effect of taking large doses of niacin? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 1:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Any cameras that charge and transfer data via mini-USB?

Are there any digital cameras that can use a standard mini-USB port for transferring data AND charging the battery? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Searching inside docs stored on a USB drive

USB drive search: I need a Google Desktop Search-like application to index (and search inside) MS Word documents stored on a portable USB drive. The catch is that I don't have administrator rights on my work machine, so this program can't be installed on the computer itself: it has to go solely on the USB drive. Help? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Do Yahoo or MSN offer search marketing grants to 501(c)3s?

My 501(c)3 was awarded a Google AdWords grant a couple of years ago. With the success of that program, Yahoo and MSN keep popping into conversations. Do either of them have a grant program?
posted by meindee at 1:10 PM PST - 0 comments

What exactly is Immature Myelination?

What do you guys know about "immature myelination" in infants? I'm trying to learn more about this condition and what it means for the future of the child. Specifically what sorts of special care will likely be necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you please tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of the following database: MorningStar , Value Line , Standard & Poor's , Lipper ???

Can you please tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of the following database: MorningStar , Value Line , Standard & Poor's , Lipper ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you pronounce "Eccyclema"?

How do you pronounce "Eccyclema"? Are there variations?
posted by Julia F***ing Sugarbaker at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Feelin' hot, hot, hot...

What affects our perception of chilli heat? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

What can you tell me about raising meat goats?

Next year, I will likely purchase some meat goats for raising, breeding and eating. My plan currently is for 4-8 Boer goats, which gain weight quickly and allegedly pretty even-tempered. I'm looking for hints and tips for what I should know. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me select something that will work

I'm an absolute electronics ditz. I'm hosting a gathering in a park and someone is going to give a speech, I need a portable thingy with a microphone that he can give a speech on. [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Tell me Boulder's not that lame!

Are there really no good gay bars in Boulder, CO? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Skinny and fast, to brawny and slow?

Classic ectomorph looking to add weightlifting to exercise routine. [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Vietnam vs. Cuba

I am an American citizen. If I want to travel to Vietnam, all I need is a valid passport and visa; if I want to travel to Cuba, I either have to sign up for a special tour, be part of some pre-approved humanitarian/scientific/educational group, or be willing to break U.S. law. I know that there are extralegal ways for U.S-ians to travel to Cuba; this is not my main question. [more inside]
posted by rtha at 12:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Mac or Firefox solution to download local copies of web sites?

I'm looking for Mac OSX software or a Firefox plug-in that will allow me to create local copies of web sites to be viewed later. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

The Invisible Hand just picked my pocket

Stock Market Filter: How do stock exchanges like Nasdaq/NYSE figure out (based on supply and demand) what price to assign to a given stock? Its not 'pure' supply and demand. Given a steady volume, prices still oscillate within ranges. How do market makers make their decisions on the oscillation as they search for the most efficient price for a given market? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco.

Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to do the Time Warp again!!

I recently moved to Palm Bay, Florida from Ohio. In the process I left behind a beloved bi-weekly Rocky Horror Picture I've searched and searched for a cast that is closer than Orlando, but I've had no luck. If there does happen to be a local cast that I don't know about, can someone point me their direction? difficult would it be to start up a cast/plan showings? [more inside]
posted by d13t_p3ps1 at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I attach pocketless drapery panels to a traverse rod?

How can I attach drapery panels to a traverse rod? The panels don't have any pockets or slits or flaps. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Working in China (not teaching English)

I want to work in China - yes, I speak Chinese, and no, I don't want to teach English. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get my career in order!

I'm 3 years out of college, and unemployed again. I feel like I should go back to school, but what for??! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

What is the best way to (temporarily) repair this tablet stylus?

This morning, my wacom tablet (graphire 2) sytlus stopped working, and I would like to fix it until I can buy a new tablet [more inside]
posted by Iananan at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you interview for a job you shouldn't have?

I am about to interview for a job which I am vastly under qualified for. What the can I talk about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Lighting 101

I'm trying to find an extremely bright light on a budget. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

you'd be one if you can answer

What is the origin of the phrase "(you're) a gentleman and a scholar", or what popularized it? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Where to park a uhaul in boston overnight?

anyone know of a monitored parking lot we can leave a small uhaul (14') overnight in cambridge, ma? it's 10' tall, so parking garages are out. [more inside]
posted by noloveforned at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there any entry-level tech jobs that let you work from home?

I'd like to help some friends get better careers. What kind of entry-level jobs are available in the Internet industry these days? Specifically, are there any that let one work from home? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

TTC-operator-speak translation?

Toronto transit filter: What does "299 St. Clair West" mean? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me enjoy this variation of the sweet, sweet tobacco leaf.

Health Advocates Need Not Apply: Is there an American equivalent to Silk Cut cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

the hardest thing i've ever done/to be so in love with you and so alone

I have an extremely complicated relationship with a person I consider the love of my life. We failed miserably at our most recent (and 4th) try at making it work, so we're trying to do post-break up things differently this time -- in hopes we can get closure FOR REAL. There are more details inside, but my questions are: Is talking/keeping in touch post-breakup the stupidest idea ever? How do you accept the fact that you're in-love and always will be, but that you can't be together? How do you accept the failures/incompatiblities and move on without thinking things like, "oh the circumstances sucked and we just didn't get a fair shot"? And perhaps most importantly, how do you work to remain close without secretly praying it will eventually work out? I'm posting this because I need advice from people who have experienced similar situations, but I would also love any suggestions on relatable books or films. [more inside]
posted by bienbiensuper at 9:44 AM PST - 42 comments

What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages?

What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages? If you grew up speaking another language (for some weird reason) what English words still make you giggle?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:42 AM PST - 45 comments

Are U.S. Government publications in the Public Domain?

Are U.S. Government publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? More specifically, are Federal Reserve publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? I'd like to be able to monkey with these comics, but am wary of violating copyright. (I've sent e-mail to the Federal Reserve asking this same question, but am skeptical that I'll receive a timely response.)
posted by jdroth at 9:33 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I run an XP3200+ at its rated speed?!

How do I run my AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at the actual rated speed and not have it overheat ridiculously? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Need help finding an sci-fi story.

Seeking out a sci-fi short story I read some time ago and would like to find again. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Private Dancer

How do I make services publicly available behind a private network? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Why would room temperature water be coming out of the faucet when I turn on the cold water tap?

When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Dynamic fields and Section 508 compliance

Is it possible to use dynamic fields in web pages and stay Section 508 compliant? [more inside]
posted by gerg at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Dinner for 7 in San Francisco

Where to have a major anniversary dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

My employer won't spring for Autocad - can you help me work around that?

I need to edit 2D .dwg files without spending any money on software. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by revbrian at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Do I mention my nemesis in a job interview?

I need advice on a thorny job interview problem. Do I mention that I have a nemesis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I see a doctor for my stones?

I seem to have had kidney stones continuously since January. Should I be going to my doctor? And how do you manage to collect them for analysis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch?

Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by pootler at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is.

CustomsFilter - Bringing home the bacon? Irish bacon (rashers), that is. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 8:21 AM PST - 20 comments


Teach me your party tricks.
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 8:18 AM PST - 33 comments


My hands hurt. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Give me a voip voip!

What's the best way to make calls from Israel to North America, and to let others from North America call me at little or no expense? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Shake It Up Baby - name my children's music class

Need help naming a children's music class. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 7:35 AM PST - 12 comments

What programming language should I learn?

What programming language should I learn? And should I be a programmer at all? [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress at 7:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Why can't my PC see my Camera? Works on the Mac.

Why can't my PC see my Camera? Works on the Mac. It's not the cable, the software, the computer, or the camera. I have a Canon HV20 HD video camera that only has a firewire output. Link to camera specs. When I take it to the computer lab and connect it to the Macs there, it works perfectly. However, my desktop PC does not recognize it. [more inside]
posted by lotusmonster at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I canceling out all the benefits of one?

Lotion Filter: What order to you put on face stuff? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in or near Southwest Harbor / Acadia NP?

Things to do in or near Southwest Harbor / Acadia NP , Maine this rainy weekend with a 5 year old and a 75 year old in tow? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

I guess I'm going to have to get a water softener. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 5:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Bandwidth throttling / traffic shaping on Fedora Core 6

How do you set up bandwidth throttling / traffic shaping on Fedora Core 6? [more inside]
posted by remi at 5:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Career change web sites?

What are some good career development or vocational guidance web sites? Not looking for job postings, but advice, tests, articles, forums etc. about finding and then switching to a more rewarding career path. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:00 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a car... a fast car... faster than that

Help a non-American pick a car for use in the US... [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 4:21 AM PST - 38 comments

Getting the goods on titration

When I see the word "titration," I think of pipettes, bunsen burners, and that stoner dude in high school chem class. Why is "titration" so ubiquitous in online discussions about certain kinds of meds these days? What's the best way of coming up with an effective titration schedule for a med? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Movie location codes

Here in Oxford, every second lamp post has a coded sign on it, indicating that there is a movie filming location nearby. Sometimes, it's obvious which movie is involved -- e.g. 'LWS LOC' refers to the TV series 'Lewis'. In other cases, it's pretty hard to work out -- e.g. 'The Golden Compass' was signed by a jumble of letters that I've forgotten ('ICHR LOC' or similar). I remember seeing a similarly obscure code on Santa Monica Pier. I'd like to know what movies are being filmed where. Is there an online resource that would tell me which location code refers to which movie? I couldn't find this information in the IMDB.
posted by beniamino at 2:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Distance relationship 101 needed.

Distance relationship 101 needed. [more inside]
posted by Baud at 2:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Local living in South Africa

SouthAfricaFilter: Do you / have you lived in ZA? I've recently moved here and I have questions. Also, general questions on cell phone usage across the continent... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:18 AM PST - 5 comments

August 22

Who will carry my dishwasher up a flight and a half of stairs for me?

I just moved into Seattle, and my new apartment doesn't have a dishwasher. Yesterday I picked up a portable dishwasher I found on Craigslist, but I was too exhausted to carry it up the 1.5 flights up to my apartment. I don't know anybody in town, much less know somebody well enough to ask them to help me carry a dishwasher--does anybody know someone who can carry this thing up the stairs for me? [more inside]
posted by silverspeak at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I?

How to stop feeling like I need to do my own work plus everyone else's? [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with nattering nabobs of negativity?

How do I reverse the negative attitudes of my employees? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:23 PM PST - 39 comments

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 9:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Need a fast, comfortable mouse

I am looking for a good computer mouse with certain criteria. It should fit my hand well (I like the rounded but flat mice like the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0. An "arrow-shaped" design is also an option.) And it needs to have a high-resolution sensor, ideally 2000dpi or higher. [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 9:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Absentee landlords alive and well; lurking in university towns in Ontario

My girlfriend and I are wondering about what her rights are as to prematurely terminating her lease with a negligent landlord (in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Find PCI slot PS/2 adapter

How to select and buy PCI card with PS/2 port for older keyboard [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Lion Cuts = Cruelty??

I was looking for a cat groomer on Yelp today and was struck by the comments: only place that will do lion cuts in the city, most places won't shave cats, please don't shave your cat, etc. I realized that I've seen this sentiment quite often on the interwebs... [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 9:17 PM PST - 28 comments

We need some simple mapping software!

Calling online gamers! My husband is looking for a (seemingly) simple mapping program to make his life a little bit easier. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 8:58 PM PST - 12 comments

The Fire That Suddenly Bursts Forth in the Close-pack'd Square

CollectionFilter: Our library's Special Collections dept. has just discovered an unusual matchbook in another item of the collection. After looking to see how these books are collected and stored, we found out that the actual matches are usually removed (due to fire hazard, I'm assuming) and the covers stored flat in plastic sleeve. In the case of our matchbook, though, the actual matches are printed to look like soldiers and we'd of course like to keep them. Is there something else we can do to neutralize the flammability of the matches while keeping them intact?
posted by ikahime at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

pay grade evaluation

Educate me on this one - how does HR evaluate and adjust employee pay grades? [more inside]
posted by dy at 8:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Help plan a honeymoon!

Help me figure out how to plan this honeymoon... [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Best price/performance modern video card?

Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 8:40 PM PST - 21 comments

traveling to Trebizond?

I'm trying to find an historical novel about a visit to medieval Trebizond that I read years ago. It's in the style of Thomas B. Costain but not by him. I know it's not Rosemary Macauley's The Towers of Trebizond.
posted by Rain Man at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Sailing in San Diego this fall

Sailors - I may have the opportunity to spend a week sailing with a personal instructor in San Diego in September or October in the bays and perhaps just off shore in a 28 ft sloop. Is this a good time of the year for sailing? What will the sailing weather be like? - air and water temperature, winds, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks.
posted by Jackson at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Expressing sympathy to a well liked acquaintance

My excellent mechanic has obviously been going through some personal problems the last few days. [more inside]
posted by brevator at 7:07 PM PST - 14 comments


What can you suggest for long term life planning? I would like to set up something like a time line for my life and goals. I want to manage what I will do in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, etc. Does anyone know of any useful software or other things I could do manually? I want to be able to adjust things as needed and see where I've been. I appreciate your help.
posted by Knigel at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What's to do in Cape Cod?

What's to eat, drink and do in Eastham, Cape Cod? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Desperately seeking insular G!

How do I upgrade unicode? [more inside]
posted by quercus at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

stolen iphone

Can a stolen iphone be inactivated to brick status when AT&T is notified? [more inside]
posted by francesca too at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

i have a sore tendon

i often get soreness at the back of my knee, almost every day. what do i do? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Depressing music for a depressing movie

The song at the very end of "Irréversible". What is it? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Weirdness in PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2002, it's supposed to be possible to have bulleted items at all levels appear one at a time, using "Effect options" and then the "Text animation" tab. However, that tab is missing, for some reason... [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next at 4:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Ghost Texting from Nowhere

I want to have an SMS sent to someone automatically at a later date. Recommend a reliable service to me? [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Put a record on. I wanna dance with my baby.

Please give me tips on how to make my aircheck/audition for a medium-size online radio station more apIaling. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Servlet Host Recommendations

Please recommend a good host of Java servlets, very preferably one that runs Tomcat 6. [more inside]
posted by badstone at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

What does public radio sponsorship cost?

How much do sponsors pay to underwrite a public radio show? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Need to find seat covers -- not slipcovers -- for dining room chairs.

I have a great mid-century dining set that I finally have the room to use (yay!). However, I don't like how the chairs were reupholstered in the '80s, but won't have the chance to (re-)reupholster them till next year. So I need seat covers -- NOT slipcovers! -- in the meantime. This has turned out to be surprisingly difficult. Help! [more inside]
posted by scody at 4:03 PM PST - 9 comments

I like walnuts, but they don't like me.

Walnuts make my tongue hurt. Does this mean I'm allergic, or is it just their acidity? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 3:53 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a good going away gift?

What's a good going-away present? [more inside]
posted by nameless.k at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Earning Quotes from Quirky Comedians

How can I get B-List Celebrities to give me a quote for the back of my book? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

I am moving my head like Michael Keaton in Batman. It's bad.

Good massage therapist in Livermore, California? (If there aren't any, then in San Mateo.) Hellllp. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

New York City forclosures?

The goal: Affordable real estate during housing uncertainty... Is there a local resource for foreclosures in Manhattan? Are there court documents available to the public regarding properties in at risk? Is there a web resource for this?
posted by Shanachie at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Setting up a Linux-Mac OS X Dual Boot?

I would like to make my Intel iMac dual boot a Linux variant. I'd appreciate any help you could provide me. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Straws that exist only in artwork

Do these diagonal-striped drinking straws actually exist in real life? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Zipcar collision

I got into an accident with a ZipCar this week. How worried should I be about paying the hefty deductible. Experiences, advice sought...
posted by parmanparman at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

No blinkers around Philly?

Why do many suburban Philadelphians not use blinkers? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 1:42 PM PST - 33 comments


I have two fruit trees that seem to be ripening ...NOW. One is an apple tree and the other tree is a plum. I already know about making jam (which is what I'll probably do with the plums) and making apple butter/sauce. I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by deborah at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Hanging in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Any fun and exciting tips on visiting Bahrain? [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 1:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help me decide whether to get drunk or high every night.

Please help me decide whether to get drunk or high every night. [more inside]
posted by metawabbit at 1:09 PM PST - 59 comments

Flyfishing solitude

I'm yearning for some solitary flyfishing within a 10 hour drive of Toronto or Detroit. Since coming to Canada I have not managed to get away and do some nice, private fly fishing and get in some alone time on a beautiful river. I'd like to rectify that this Fall. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I can achieve this? I don't like to share the river with more than one or two other folks and I don't want a guide.
posted by Umhlangan at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Yet another "what's this movie" question

There's a western from probably the mid to early 70's. I don't remember much except that the main cowboy character ate entire raw onions as a way to prove how badass he was. There was also a scene where he was stuck in the desert with some woman I think. Does anyone know what movie this was?
posted by edjusted at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the best (free) online resources for bicycle maintenance?

What are the best free online resources for bicycle maintenance? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

coral is far more red than her lips' red

Wedding readings: I'm looking for a poem or a passage that will emphasize the couple's love of travel and their focus on the environment/outdoors. [more inside]
posted by barometer at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Srange balls found in potted plants!

What are these weird little balls magically appearing in my potted plant's soil? [more inside]
posted by missmle at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How to install more RAM in my Everex laptop?

How do I fix it if Vista is causing my new off-brand laptop to choke while playing DVDs? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Long term effects of 100mg Trimipramine od

My mum had a bad car accident with head injuries in 1984. She has been taking 100mg trimipramine daily since then. I only found out about the medication today after insisting she attend a doctor, and visiting with her. Ever since the accident, she exhibited a small amount of mental confusion, but not enough to interfere with her leading an independent life. Until now. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

What should we call our fake Eating Club?

What's a good name/slogan for a fake Canadian vegetarian eating club? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers

Need help sharing an EVDO broadband connection among multiple computers [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?

If you found a diamond on the street, would you have to pay taxes on it?
posted by paulinsanjuan at 10:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find my monochromatic Qbert shoe!

Help me find this Qbert-esque shoe! I wasn't dreaming, was I? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Creative Commons Porn?

Is there someplace I can find some creative commons licensed adult photos? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name

Suggest some 'love' songs with an uneasy obsessional edge to them? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 9:57 AM PST - 103 comments

What to do in Walla Walla?

What are some must-do things to see/do in Walla Walla, Washington? The SO and I will be there over Labor Day weekend to attend a wedding. We have one full day on our own. I know Walla Walla is a big wine region, but we don't drink, so wine tasting is out. We do like most cultural and outdoorsy stuff. I'm particularly interested in photography and he really digs history. Also, any recommendations for great restaurants?
posted by socrateaser at 9:11 AM PST - 6 comments

radio broadcasts of old football games?

Where can I find archives of radio broadcasts of NFL football games from the 1920's? Preferably online, but I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.
posted by fac21 at 9:10 AM PST - 1 comment

How to create a file library?

[NoseBleedFilter] How to maintain a file library on Big Computer, and a small selection on Little Computer, so Big Computer Looks like Little Computer, but Little Computer doesn't need to carry all the files in file library? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments


Google wants to access the phone logs on my BlackBerry. Cancel or allow? [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

I eat brains

[Zombiefilter] What was the small brain-like item in my bowl of Korean soup? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 7:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does Bioshock make my WinXP computer completely shut off?

Why does Bioshock make my WinXP computer completely shut off? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Movies with "forgiveness" as theme?

I'm having trouble thinking of any narrative movies with "forgiveness" as a theme...anyone?
posted by beautiful at 7:01 AM PST - 39 comments

Green thumb in a small space

I'd like to grow some vegetables, but I live in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help find this animation.

Can you please identify and/or link me to a black & white flash animation of black birds marching and flying in repeated ranks... [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

How long until my arm feels normal again?

Nerve Damage Filter: Do I need medical attention for my medical attention? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Anyone got a two bed/one bath in san diego for rent?!?!

Renting - It's been a while and I'm afraid we're gonna look bad on paper. Mid/late twenty year olds (one a musician) without a huge amount of $$ or history - are we screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Will a Marinol prescription allow my medical marijuana consumption to continue from a drug testers point of view?

Would employer urine tests be able to differentiate from cannabis and Marinol (dronabinol)? Alternatively, in my state medical marijuana is approved, do testing centers accept marijuana prescriptions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Have chance to become rich, successful, and famous, need publicist and other help!

Have chance to become rich, successful, and famous, need publicist and other help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

what to replace onions with?

Onions give me stomach aches. So many recipes start out with fried onions (meats, sauces, soups, stews), and I have a craving for spaghetti tomato sauce. What can I use instead of the onions?
posted by mirileh at 3:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Letterpress Learning in the Windy City

I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 2:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I get cheap mobile internet access in France?

I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time in France (Paris and Bordeaux and Lyon) over the next 6 weeks. What's the cheapest way to get mobile internet (3G or wifi)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 1:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Make a DVD to play at 1 frame per minute?

Make a DVD to play at 1 frame per minute? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 12:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Suggestions for hacking this cool little black box?

What neat electronic project can I build out of this old USRobotics Courier modem? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 12:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Job Offers / Moving from SoCal: San Francisco or Boston

HELP! I will be moving soon after 6 years in Southern California - 3 in LA and 3 in Orange County. I have two job offers at prestigious companies in my field - one in San Francisco, the other in Massachusetts (about 40 miles West of Boston.) I'm looking for some insight about life in these cities to help me make my choice. Important details inside... [more inside]
posted by hellhammer at 12:17 AM PST - 30 comments

August 21

Capturing DV video straight to MPEG2?

I have a project coming up where I will need to capture (digitize) a full 8-10 hours of footage (to be captured on DV tape) and make DVD copies for 3 people by the end of the next day. Ok, so I know how to go from DV to MPEG2 via either Final Cut Pro (v. 5.1.4) or Avid Xpress. What I'm wondering is, is there a way to bypass capturing the footage to DV (then converting to MPEG2) and going straight from the tape to MPEG2 so I can save myself hours of encoding from DV to MPEG2 and then burning discs? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

At first I thought it might be paint...

I was in an office today where a window had been converted into a whiteboard by installing a translucent white film on the outside of the glass. Does anyone know what to ask for to get something like this? Bonus points if you can point to a supplier in Western Australia.
posted by krisjohn at 10:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Which CPU to extend the life of a AMD 939 Socket Motherboard?

Upgrading AMD Processor for 939 motherboard. Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or Opteron 170? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 10:52 PM PST - 12 comments

carouser gets canned?

I have reason to believe that my boss may have caught word that I smelled of alcohol today at work. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by breakfast_yeti at 10:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for well-designed university sites

Please point me to examples of well-designed websites for university research groups.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me Program my Avaya Phone System.

Is there anywhere online or in print that provides help programming Avaya Partner Messaging "Automated Attendants"? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make my own MeFi Music clone?

Help me make a private community-based mp3 blog, very much like, say... MeFi Music. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 8:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay at the Hotel Orrington?

Does anybody know about the Hotel Orrington in Evanston, IL? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 8:10 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm afraid my sync might go missing.

I recently switched from a Treo 650 to a Palm z22 for my organizing needs. It took me forever to get the initial Treo syncing to work with my Macbook, and the z22 syncs fine with my old Treo conduits, but I want to add the z22's Expense conduit, so there is [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for a good, practical miniature of anything.

What are some great miniature things? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 7:34 PM PST - 34 comments

how to stop a powder from clumping and clogging a dispenser in a wet enviroment

how do I dispense a very hygroscopic powder in a very moist environment without causing clumping in the remaining powder and without clogging the dispenser? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 7:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Funny sayings, expressions and idioms

I'm looking for funny sayings, expressions, idioms, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by Anoxs at 7:29 PM PST - 59 comments

Oh sing me a song 'bout a Dobro

Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Going to the Big House. Things to do for a football weekend.

Myself and 7 friends are about to visit Ann Arbor MI for Michigan's opening football game of the season. We pick one team each year and converge upon that city for opening day. Its a nice way for us all to get together once a year, revive the sleeping binge drinker in us and just have a good time. Since none of us have actually ever been to Ann Arbor before I was wondering what are the "must do" things during a football weekend? We're coming in from all over the country so none of us will have cars. Are cabs common in the area, or will we be walking alot? We're staying south of the stadium by the Briarwood Mall and had planned on walking up to the game. Is it possible to do a pub craw from the mall area to the game or vice versa? Google's Street View isn't rolled out there yet or I'd virtually crawl it.
posted by lairc at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Foodfilter: vegetable substitutes for pasta?

Foodfilter: vegetable substitutes for pasta? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:15 PM PST - 32 comments

we live in a yellow submarine, we drink red red wine, and we sing the blues

suggest some fun, upbeat, likeable songs that mention specific colours? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 5:44 PM PST - 55 comments

Easy as Pie Reich?

Piano Playing Filter: I play the piano at what I believe is considered the early intermediate level. I enjoy playing the Burgmuller op 100 pieces. I am familiar with Mikrokosmos. I have an easy piano complete beatles book that I LOVE. But, there is [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 5:18 PM PST - 1 comment

saving files to two or more locations on my computer at once

I often save files to three locations, for example two folders on the desktop and one on the USB. Is there any way of saving files to two or more locations on my computer at once - I'm tired of the extra time this takes!
posted by Nayano at 5:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Forget Friday - is it September yet?

JobFilter: Should I return to my high-paying summer job next summer? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 5:14 PM PST - 23 comments

meandering through Bratislava

I saw an interesting building while visiting Bratislava last year, and would like to know more about it [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 4:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Am I monitored through VPN?

This may be a dumb question, but when I am connected to my work's vpn from home (I use a vpn/remote desktop combo), is all of my traffic, even the stuff outside of the server, going through my work? In other words, can they see everything or only what I do through remote desktop?
posted by jules1651 at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Selling free stuff from work - ethical or not?

My sister works for a big entertainment company. Occasionally they give her free stuff from one of their projects...posters, mugs, etc. She wants to sell some of it. One of her coworkers thought that this might be unethical. We weren't sure why that would be. Is it ethically ok for her to sell some of her swag or not? Why?
posted by kms at 4:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Bandwidth monitoring tool needed.

I'm looking for a bandwidth monitoring tool for OSX. I need it to do some specific things. [more inside]
posted by jammnrose at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me identify this series of paintings.

Help me identify this series of paintings [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Department of Infectious Disease

Medical School Filter: Infectious Disease Department on the West Coast. Please recommend a good university for an overseas visiting professional. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Financial Industry Web Site Staff Levels?

I'm the Web systems manager at a large financial management company (in the Janus / Nuveen / SEI territory) and I'm having a hell of a time discovering industry-relevant staffing levels. Anybody have references or anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by gknauss at 4:11 PM PST - 1 comment

What was crawling on me?

What the heck was just crawling on my arm and where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 4:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find this website.

Help me find a website about Apple products and their release schedules. I know it exists, I just can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by Arturus at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from?

Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from and what exactly does it mean? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something?

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

When did laces become lacing systems?

Will the Saucony Grid Omni 5 Ultimates that I just bought ruin my feet? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

give me your tired, your broadband

best broadband option in brooklyn, *without* bundled cable subscription or phone line? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make my 27th year my best year yet!

I'm looking for ideas on things I can "give" myself for my birthday to help me make a fresh start. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 2:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Accounting Question

What is the difference between an accounting association vs. an accounting network? Also, how does this distinction relate, if at all, to the Parmalat scandal?
posted by josher71 at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comment

On The Road

A friend who's not working right now has decided to travel across the US, in grand Kerouac style. Setting out from NYC, first destination Chicago. He has less than the total amount of money he'll need for this journey and plans to get throw-away jobs here and there as finances warrant. Assuming he sticks to metro areas, what are some good temporary jobs he can reasonably expect to find quickly (e.g. word processing) where he can make a decent wage yet not have to work full time so he can still play tourist, and get hired promptly so as to earn cash in near real time? (Fast food labor is a very last resort)
posted by Fupped Duck at 12:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Como se dice en ingles?

Spanish nuance translation help needed. Topic is slighly NSFW and thus inside. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can one buy an archaeology trowel and calipers in London?

Archaeologyfilter: Where can one buy an archaeologist's trowel and calipers in London? [more inside]
posted by Kirjava at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Nom Nom Nom

I'd like to learn to cook. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Font for 'Fin' at end of movie?

Looking for an example of or appropriate font to recreate the 'Fin' appearing at the end of a (old) movie. I can't find anything.
posted by imaswinger at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

The passing of youth and the end of my relavance to key demographics.

I'm turning the Big Three-Oh and I really want to have a big bash. [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I transfer my current Ubuntu system to a new, larger hard drive?

How do I transfer my current Ubuntu system to a new, larger hard drive? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Hz attack

Where did half of my processor go? 1.5ghz is showing up as 599mhz. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

What could cause a grinding sound in a '99 saturn?

What could cause a loud grinding sound in a '99 saturn? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Us Move To France

Young couple visited France last year for about two weeks with few plans other than a couple of booked hotel rooms and a TGV pass. They fell in love with the country and would love to move there about 5 years out... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Psychic in Denver?

Does anyone know of a good psychic in the Denver area? [more inside]
posted by tika2000 at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Instant Messaging on Blackberry Pearl

How can I get MSN Instant Messaging or Gtalk on my Blackberry Pearl? [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How does the space shuttle landing affect ATC in FL?

How does the space shuttle landing affect air traffic control around Florida? [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

My not-quite divorced brother already has a girlfriend.

My brother's divorce is not quite finalized, but he has already started dating someone new. Should I be OK with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 44 comments

Anacortes to Shaw Island - help!

Taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA to Shaw Island in October - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an ultra-quiet notebook

Looking for a really, really quiet notebook (UK). [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 9:07 AM PST - 12 comments

From a guy's point of view

Why do men need space ? [more inside]
posted by confused1965 at 8:48 AM PST - 85 comments

prove your existence!

Is there a simple way to create a script to check if a specific file exists on a Windows network share? How can I learn to do this? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you prefer to find out what's on?

What are the best sites to find out what cool things are happening locally? [more inside]
posted by creeky at 8:04 AM PST - 18 comments

non-smoking chicago nightlife

I'm looking for some non-smoking nightlife options for Chicago. Bars, music venues, clubs, etc - especially interested in somewhere for live music (jazz, rock) & drinks. I realize that the city is supposed to go non-smoking in January, but I'm looking for some options now.
posted by steinwald at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Who speaks what?

Which famous people speak/have spoken other languages? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 7:23 AM PST - 47 comments

Help me get rid of house centipedes.

What causes house centipedes and how can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 6:43 AM PST - 14 comments

some don't like it hot

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:41 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I be a good soccer coach for a team of first graders?

How can I be a good soccer coach for a team of first graders? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's Danny Baker when you need him?

Dear Metafilter, Please help me save my favourite pearly white Lacoste shirt, which now looks as if I've been wearing it whilst rolling around in nuclear waste. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 1:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Is satnav an accurate speedometer?

Could the speedometer built into my car be less accurate than the speed assessed by my GPS satellite navigation? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 12:49 AM PST - 15 comments

August 20

Health conditions and privacy rights at university

A professor revealed information about my chronic illness to a classroom full of people. Who do I talk to? [more inside]
posted by lemonwheel at 11:31 PM PST - 61 comments

It's getting a little chilly up here...

What are my rights as a freelance writer? If I'm writing about employees competing on a company-sponsored team, do I have to clear everything I write with their PR people?? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 10:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Curing Blues

Where can I find food-grade potassium nitrate (A.K.A. saltpetre")? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 10:42 PM PST - 14 comments

I got a Nikon camera, l love to take a photograph

Can you recommend any cool locations to do a band photo shoot in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

where can I stay in Santa Barbara?

where can I stay in Santa Barbara? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Damien Rice and Sia Alternative?

I have no idea why, but I can listen to Damien Rice's Nine Lives over and over and over. Rest of his stuff, doesn't interest me. Same for Sia's Breathe Me. Based on those 2 songs, can you point me to other songs that I can give my CD player a respite?
posted by america5 at 8:03 PM PST - 19 comments

point to b sample

what rapper does prefuse 73 sample in "point to b" on the album "vocal studies and uprock narratives"? thanks.
posted by ofthestrait at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy fresh seafood in DC?

Where can I buy really fresh raw seafood in DC? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find real roast turkey in Princeton, NJ?

An older family member coming to stay with us in the Princeton NJ area eats a turkey sandwich for lunch EVERY day. Seeking recommendations for deli or grocery store that has actual fresh roasted turkey for sale (as opposed to deli-type pre-cooked turkey breast). Will go pretty much anywhere in the Mercer County area if necessary. Thank you for any direction!
posted by mmf at 7:08 PM PST - 13 comments

c programming

I've just installed ubuntu, and I'm looking to do C programming from the terminal. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

I've given my friend all the benefits. Now I feel poor. How do I fix this?

It started out as dating and turned into "friends with benefits." How do I regain my self-respect after all of this? Apologize in advance... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 43 comments

Useful Gift for Tibet/Nepal Photographer?

Photog friend going to Nepal/Tibet - what's a good gift? Some thin air-wind jacket with lots of pockets? Anything you can think of would be appreciated - especially if you have specific experience there - up to $200? Thanks. (she's with an experience group of friends but she's never been).
posted by jbelkin at 6:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Prairie Home Companion: The Greatest Hits.

Please help me put together the best of Prairie Home Companion. [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the Latin name of this rhetorical device?

What is the formal Latin name of this rhetorical device? [more inside]
posted by whir at 6:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me be a responsible but care-free computer user

Maybe obvious backup question: I want to achieve: an external hard drive with an exact copy of my main drive's contents that can, in the event of my main internal drive's failure, be swapped into the machine for instant everything-as-it-was. I also want incremental backup, so that I can keep this drive constantly up to date with a daily backup process. This is a Windows XP ThinkPad laptop; I've got the external backup drive in its little case already. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:54 PM PST - 35 comments

MYSQL form woes

MYSQL question: I want to develop simple input form for our internal office MYSQL. We need to attach files to our product information. I'm using OO, but it doesn't deal with BLOBs what other software could I use to create forms to our database? [more inside]
posted by Yavsy at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Gimme filthy backroom post-industrial electro action.

Yet another "name that crunching minimal electro tune" question. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Keeping both eyes on the road

How can I stay awake while driving? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 5:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Printing Online (Not Printing on Demand by golly!)

Is there a company (besides Kinkos) that can send me a print out of a PDF that I have? [more inside]
posted by enriquem at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments


Sudenmorsian: I'm very interested in finding a recording of this little radio opera by Pylkkänen, or at least a copy of the libretto to read (not the original story of Kallas that it was derived from). I'm nearly convinced no commercial recording exists, but AskMe is sometimes miraculous...
posted by Wolfdog at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me decipher this poster

OK, my 16 yo kid bought a Bad Religion poster by Stainboy at the House of Blues in Orlando and I have a question about it. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:18 PM PST - 19 comments

I don't want your money, but don't give it to her.

My uncle recently sent me some money through my sister. And just as she always has done, she's frittered it away and I'll never see a cent of it. I don't really care because I'm used to it, and I don't care for the money either. But how can I warn my uncle without giving off a "Give me more money" message? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How Can I Clean Gunky Bits off My Stainless Steel BBQ Without Destroying It In the Process

How do I deep clean my stainless steel BBQ grill without causing damage to the surface? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 4:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Name of an old arcade game?

Obscure Video Game Question: Arcade + Roller Skates + Final Fight [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

how bad is my roof?

How bad is my roof? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 4:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Strange noise emanating from woman

I just started dating this woman. She is 36 year old and has coeliac disease (although I don't think that is related to this question). A strange vibrating noise comes from her. [more inside]
posted by Jesco at 4:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it really that hard to get a job in Portland, OR?

Is it really that much harder to get a library job in Portland vs the Bay Area? How long do you think it would take for me to get a job after moving up there? [more inside]
posted by lulu103 at 4:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Diving the Oriskany

Diving the USS Oriskany - Has anyone been down to Pensacola to dive it? Any recommendations for a dive shop/charter, and or place to stay?
posted by gonadostat at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

I can do it in Firefox....

Is there a Thunderbird extension or another programme that will allow me to save an entire email as an image? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Bulk Garlic Recipes

What are some good recipes that use up a lot of garlic? Bonus points if they keep well or can be frozen, because I'm talking about 2 pounds of peeled cloves, here. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Paging Mr. William Gates!

Help with Windows XP recovery console. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What tools do you use for commercial development in the Scheme language?

What tools do you use for commercial development in the Scheme language? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get full RSS instead of partial RSS

Help me get full RSS instead of partial RSS. As many of you might know, the Freakonomics blog has moved to NY Times. They used to give full RSS feeds; now all we get is partial RSS. While this generated quite a buzz on the internets, no solution was provided. [more inside]
posted by eebs at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I the greatest Tetris player of all-time?

Where can I find out the current world record for NES Tetris (lines and/or score)? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 3:27 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I automate printing from a template?

Say I have a template document in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, and a spreadsheet with information. I need to put one row of that data into the template, print and/or save it, then put in the next row into the template, etc. Can this be automated? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain.

Please help me determine the cause of my recent weight gain. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Searching for an obscure 80's comic book.

Searching for an obscure 80's comic book. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

I am proud to be one of the frogs in the glen. Not.

Why do I hiccup and burp like a big damn frog? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I make a coconut milk-based sauce more healthy?

How can I make a coconut milk-based sauce more healthy but still keep it creamy? I have some ideas and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 2:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Short term health insurance in New Jersey?

How do I get short term health insurance in New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Xbox live card refund?

X-Box Live scratch and play cards: I scratched the code right off. Now what? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 1:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Is my relationship with my boss beyond salvage?

How to handle a relationship with my boss that has deteriorated beyond salvage? [more inside]
posted by LN at 1:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Impatient husband

My husband is impatient towards our 4 year old. Will he change or is our marriage doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 31 comments

Credit Counseling Before or After Marriage

I am looking to work with a credit counselor to manage our debt. Should I get this done before or after I am married next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I take a GCE exame outside the UK?

How do I take a GCE A level exame outsite the UK? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

That's not an obscene gesture, that's a campaign promise!

Can you help me find the picture of Marion Barry giving the finger? [more inside]
posted by toxic at 12:12 PM PST - 2 comments

German song name

Help me find the name of a German song! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

School's in session - I need to take notes!

I'm looking for the best combination of online/free software tools to keep notes during class lectures. Visual timeline, web clips, outline formatted text, etc. - the more options, the better. I know there have been similar questions before but hope there's a better answer out there than I've found before. [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

My mermaids only speak dead languages

Latin Scholars: How would you translate "Let the mermaids flirt with me"? [more inside]
posted by boots at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Drowing by the Dock of My Macbook

Docking solutions for MacBook: DIY or non-Bookendz options? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 11:23 AM PST - 2 comments

How to round photo corners?

how can i easily - and cheaply! - round corners of photos? [more inside]
posted by sacho at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me make my decision!

Real estate in Chicago - I found my place, now am I doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you explain the cool summer in southern British Columbia?

Can anyone tell me why the North Pacific high is so far south this year? [more inside]
posted by salishsea at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Things to do in Stockholm

Fun things to do and cool places to go in Stockholm for a couple of adults with a couple of pre-teen children?
posted by londongeezer at 10:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for online communities for newbie politicians?

I'm looking for online forums/community for politicians, especially for newbies, especially for independents, especially on how to get elected, best states to run in for different political bents, etc.
posted by libertaduno at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the difference between strong friendship and romantic love?

What's the difference between strong friendship and romantic love? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 22 comments

Recommend a CSA farm in Portland, please

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in Portland (Oregon.) There are a lot of them. Anyone have any particular recommendations for or against? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to play on a soccer team!

How can I find a recreational soccer team to join this fall in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Tetanus shots in Chicago?

I need to get a tetanus shot as soon as possible, hopefully for as cheap as possible, and in Chicago. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

I just want a good time...

DATETIME, TIMESTAMP, TIME, DATE. Which should I use for general-purpose date storage in a recent MySQL version? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I reboot my garden?

My garden has been overtaken by weeds and ribbon grass, how can I start over? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments


When someone wins a "SPEND A DAY WITH [INSERT FAMOUS PERSON]" sweepstakes, what exactly happens on said day? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 9:14 AM PST - 16 comments

How to Communicate (from the US) with our Daughter who is traveling to Strasbourg

I'm in the process of sorting through communication options for my step-daughter who will be spending the next several months in France (We live in the US). I've narrowed it down to a combination of Skype (on Mac OS X at both ends), the purchase of a cell phone locally in France when she arrives, and the use of a prepaid phone card for international calls... I'm hoping for some feedback from those that have tried these methods, and any other ideas you might have, there is, of course.... [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 9:14 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to buy plants in Austin.

Looking for a good nursery in the Austin, TX area. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you know when you are being taken advantage of?

Are there any good criteria for identifying when you are being taken advantage of? I love to help people, but sometimes I think that I may help people too much. This tension makes me uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare?

How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Autotelic Schools

What's a good university, where good means a high concentration of people interested in learning? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 8:09 AM PST - 56 comments

Where to go in Venice and Florence?

The boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Italy in late October. We are still struggling with one thing, though: what to do during planned day trips to Florence and Venice. If you had to recommend one or two destinations or experiences that really epitomize the spirit of these two cities, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by warble at 7:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Explaining how to report a bug

I'm having a few non-technical people test a webapp. What's the best one pager you've seen that explains the proper way to report a bug to a developer?
posted by gwint at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Will my permanent resident visa be transferred to my new passport?

Will my permanent resident visa be transferred to my new passport? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 7:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Urban Wreckage

What is this? [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Canine Epilepsy

Your experiences with canine epilepsy? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Free Wordpress hosting

Looking for customizable & free Wordpress (or other) hosting [more inside]
posted by daksya at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Searching for book preview publication

I'm hoping one of the many other librarians on AskMefi can help me track down a resource I'm looking for. It was a semi-annual publication with descriptions of upcoming books--usually there was one published seasonally (and/or in time for ALA), plus various special issues. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Toronto here we come!

1 Year in Toronto: My wife and I are moving to Toronto for a year in January. She has a job already sorted (that's why we're going) and I'm probably going to carry on being a freelance WebDev/SysAdmin/etc whilst we're there. Questions are many, housing, work, tax, transport, fun, recommendations, advice... [more inside]
posted by gaby at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in Ibiza

Things to do in Ibiza that are not clubbing and won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 6:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Rune-filter, can anyone translate this?

On a recent trip to the Orkney Islands off northern Scotland I found a runic inscription on the inside of the neolithic tomb at Cuween Hill. I'm having no luck translating them, some of the characters seem to be outside the runic alphabets I can find online. [more inside]
posted by hardcode at 6:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Find me a content management system that can hide posts!

Find me a content management system that can hide posts! [more inside]
posted by aprivateperson at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I go to hunt down old employment information?

I have a week to hunt down DH's employment information starting from 1988. Where do I begin? We definitely don't have any paperwork around from '88! TIA
posted by Jujee at 6:28 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to feel that good all the time!

I woke up this morning and felt GREAT. Not just physically well but emotionally too. I felt motivated to do my morning workout, actually spoke with my father instead of the usually morning grunts, sang aloud in the car to the slug line (HOV rideshare) and was in a general all-around-good mood. I kid you not. At one point while getting dressed I thought "today is the first day of the rest of my life" HA!! Crazy I know! I was actually thinking of ways to be productive and it wasn’t even 6 in the morning! My question is... How do I make that happen EVERYDAY, how can I enjoy such motivation and well feelings on a consistent basis? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:14 AM PST - 23 comments

It's 4:00am, I'm awake (again) now what?

What do I do when insomnia pays a call? I know how to avoid insomnia but when I don't succeed, what the hell do I do? I mean, aside from TV and books, is it an insane time to start a project? Do my taxes? How does the hive mind cope with the hours between 3:30 and 6:00 when not asleep?
posted by From Bklyn at 6:12 AM PST - 19 comments

What a varied wardrobe you have!

Steve Jobs, business casual? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find out more about this company and this man

An area of rural Norway I am very fond of is currently fighting a development bid by a possibly dodgy operation... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Knocked Up?

ParanoidFilter: Is there *any* chance I could get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What is going on with my car?

Help me with my car! [more inside]
posted by Elaisa at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Cisco PIX 501 Firewall

Can the Cisco PIX 501 be upgraded with any firmware so that it is IP Version 6 (IPv6) Compatible? [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 5:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for stand made out of paper and obscure envelope.

Papercraft! Looking for two obscure things made from paper. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 3:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Dublin to Galway advice?

Hi There I am travelling from Dublin to Cong (30 miles north of Galway) in a couple of weeks. Can anyone recommend somewhere to stop off for a coffee and a bite to eat about halfway across? Thanks folks!
posted by Colin70 at 3:35 AM PST - 2 comments

How to survive a nuclear war?

Where can I find up-to-date information about how to survive a nuclear war, and the subsequent irradiated planet? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 3:11 AM PST - 8 comments

All aboard!

Why can't we use rail lines for local mass transit? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 2:57 AM PST - 22 comments

White specks in the pupil.

Dozens of white specks in my pupils, but what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 2:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I get over what happened in my boyfriend's past?

My boyfriend dropped a bomb about his past. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 AM PST - 36 comments

August 19

What vampire movie is this?

Which vampire movie is this? [more inside]
posted by missed at 11:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Taming of the Who?

Help me find some good movies in which the protagonist is an angry bitch-on-wheels, who eventually sweetens up by film's end. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 10:11 PM PST - 26 comments

me == jack.trades.all; me != master.trades.all;

I've the office web geek, a real one-man band, with 8 years of experience. It's time to change jobs, but the web employment world is more specialized than ever. What jobs should I be applying for? [more inside]
posted by dw at 9:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Unidentified Furniture Object: Huge reclining chaise. Help!

Help me find this currently-in-stores chaise recliner online! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 8:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Odd people coming to the side door

Why are all these sketchy people going to my house's side door? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 8:15 PM PST - 46 comments

My dad takes good pictures - now what?

Help my dad win accolades for his photography. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 7:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Get me through Seattle!

What's the best way to drive from SeaTac through Seattle and out to the north? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 7:25 PM PST - 15 comments

looking for a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design

Please help me find a book or full picture of a certain Charles Rennie Mackintosh design. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm to sad to think of a funny title.

My boyfriend is bad with money. I knew this when I met him, and for the first year or so of our relationship it was mostly one of his more grating personality quirks, nothing truly irritating and definitely not a dealbreaker. At the time my attitude was that as long as it didn't affect me, as long as he wasn't asking for help, and as long as his poor decisions didn't render him homeless or hungry, it wasn't my problem. Except now it is. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu at 6:36 PM PST - 100 comments

Underage grindhouse movie viewing

One or two movies I remember seeing when I was at most 7. CAn you help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How to quit?

Is it tacky to email a letter of resignation while you're on vacation? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 6:05 PM PST - 17 comments

I need a word!

I need a word! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:13 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I repay my delinquent Canadian student loan?

How do I repay my delinquent Canadian student loan? [more inside]
posted by bhkart at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best handheld device for watching TV shows?

Best portable device for watching TV shows? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

"What is this painting"-filter.

That painting of the scary giant rabbit hunting peasants to put in the wicker basket on its back. What's it called and who painted it? Will enslave or devour the farmer and his daughter?
posted by nowonmai at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Inheritance and gifting

How do I handle inheritance by proxy? It will actually be a gift from a parent out of the inheritance from a grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

How Should I Leverage My Network and Contacts for a New Job?

How Should I Leverage My Network and Contacts for a New Job? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

swedish guitarline deja-entendu

What other song does this golden guitar-line from the new Jens Lekman album remind me of? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Shipping Large Screen TV

How can I Ship a 42" LCD Flat Planel TV from Ohio to California? and also shipping a used car from California to Ohio. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Mystery bird in Oakland

What the heck bird is this, seen walking around in Oakland several blocks from the bay front? [more inside]
posted by tula at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Find post code with latitude & longitude.

Find post code with latitude & longitude. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me remember a physics website.

Help me find an interesting website I've forgotten the name of. [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Help my daughter look better on the screen.

I need a lot of help with DV cameras. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments

What was that painting?

I am trying to identify a painting. It was by a 20th century American painter whose name escapes me. It was of a suburban landscape and slightly Hopperish. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Where does Accuweather get its data?

To what degree to private weather forecasting companies (like Accuweather) rely on US government data in creating their forecasts? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find a simple-yet-fashionable, hooded coat?

I've never been fond of coats, and usually stick out the winter shivering in sweaters, but I recently spotted a nice coat in a magazine ad. I contacted the company, but the ad was for shoes, and they couldn't give me any information on the coat. So I'm looking for a similar coat ... [more inside]
posted by book at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for a program that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes.

AsceticRSSFilter: I'm looking for a program I found by chance awhile ago that could serve as a perpetual, scrolling RSS feed that would cull news from various servers to be run on legacy OSes. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me design a personalized baby sleeper

Help me decide what to embroider on a baby sleeper for my new nephew. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Smelly cat, smelly cat, it's not your fault.

What might be the cause of my cat's new odor? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Bill of rights what happened to ye?

I'm looking for a list of changes wrought on the Bill of Rights by the Patriot Act, amendment by amendment. [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Tattoo advice.

My First Sony Tattoo: Help me get my tattoo the right way. [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Why was Cy Young so awesome?

Why was Cy Young so awesome? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Pop goes... my ear.

My ears keep popping... like when you are in an airplane... except I'm not going anywhere. [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it safe?

I have an 8.45 ounce bottle of Sam Adams Triple Bock, ca. 1994, an ale brewed w/ maple syrup, that I was given as a gift. I just found it again in a cabinet. It's been sealed well, kept in dark spaces in air conditioned spaces mostly. Safe to drink? Keep aging? Bury in a landfill?
posted by docpops at 8:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Tagging individual musicians

Can I use iTunes to tag the specific musicians playing on a track? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

"not good! not good!"

what movie am i remembering? a comic scene where something crashes or goes too fast or otherwise goes wrong in a catastrophic way, and the guy exclaims, "not good! not good!" [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I make my Airport Express into a repeater?

How do I (can I?) make my Airport Express expand my wireless network? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

where can I buy a rabbit outside Boston?

Where can I buy a pet rabbit near Newton, MA? I can't believe I have to come here to find out. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

80s Mexican taste sensation?

Looking for a Mexican spice powder I used to eat in the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 7:05 AM PST - 11 comments

What are these small yellow fruits?

What are these waxy yellow fruit? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 at 6:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me become a responsible adult...

Help me become a responsible adult... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 AM PST - 37 comments

"Up. Up, and away" ?

Which cartoon character says "Up. Up, and away" ? [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 2:22 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there a solar powered bird fountain that won't poison my cat if she drinks out of it?

I would like to get a solar powered bird fountain for my backyard. I want to make sure that the fountain isn't constructed of a material that is going to be toxic to my cat if she drinks out of the fountain. She's an outdoor cat and loves to drink and play in running water. I suspect that she'll be drawn to the running water in the fountain and try to drink out of it. Does anyone know which solar powered bird fountains are made with materials that are safe for cats? [more inside]
posted by alleycatd at 1:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Debian VPN server for iPhone to connect to?

Best open source VPN (server-side) software for an iPhone user? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Experiences with pulsatile tinnitus?

Pounding sound in my left ear: how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 12:16 AM PST - 15 comments

August 18

Trying to find a specific pair of stretchy Starter shorts!

Anyone know where to buy these simple Starter stretchy shorts? Here's what they look like. [more inside]
posted by ssnickerer at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Forgetted term from physics/thermodynamics

There's a name for the principle stating that the bulk properties of a substance are a consequence of the ensemble average of the behaviors of the individual molecules comprising that substance. What is it? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 10:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a book on fictional folk, with a super secret prize!

I'm trying to recall a (likely) out-of-print book. It was released in the eighties (or perhaps very early nineties). It was largely a comedic/humorous encyclopedia of various forms of fictional characters (fairies, dwarves, elves, etc). But... with a twist [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

tattoo ideas to honor a buddhist.

i need a memorial tattoo idea to honor my partner who has unfortunately passed. [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 9:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Inspector Gadget

Any recommendations/referrals for the most comprehensive and skilled home inspector or home inspection company in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by Jaqi at 9:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Dance disaster?

Should I take up dancing? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 9:15 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm a Luckey Cat!

Please help me find a picture of a specific Hello Kitty sticker. [more inside]
posted by ilsa at 8:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and is challenging in some way?

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and that is challenging in some way? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:15 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I grow garlic?

Can you help me grow garlic? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

From 70 year old print to digital media.

Building a searchable database of back issue LIFE magazine contents (1936-1972); articles, features, subjects, stories etc. What tools and how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by X4ster at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

How to maintain an iBrow piercing?

iBrowPiercingFilter:How do I take care of my dandy new eyebrow piercing? [more inside]
posted by alon at 6:53 PM PST - 17 comments

fine photography

Photographers: know an artist with sublime fine original prints of landscape photography? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

"You are stoooopid"

Can someone offer more information about this episode of "Dexter's Laboratory?" [more inside]
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you maintain your sanity while managing an overwhelming workload with multiple large projects?

Tips on preventing work burnout and handling job stress. How do you handle an overwhelming workload with grace and sanity? How can I quickly become a good project manager? What should I do until I have the project management skills to actually handle the workload I've been assigned? (I'm kind of freaking out here.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

So I'm employed full-time, but not working much at all.

How do I bring up the lack of actual work at my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Choo Choo Charlie Was An Engineer....

I have come into a large collection of N-Scale trains, rolling stock and track and would like some pointers to good websites for small layout practices etc. moen-sigh. [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Sonically complex, well recorded 2ch music please.

Sonically complex well recorded music in 2 channels to test my new hi-fi stereo system. So far, I've listened to... [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 5:22 PM PST - 52 comments

What did the I stand for in IHOP?

A recommendation for a place in London to get a hearty American-style breakfast? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 4:57 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I become much less of a pessimist and negative thinker?

How can I become less of a pessimist and less of a negative thinker? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 4:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Tips on creating a transparent gif with white content?

Any hints on creating a transparent .gif that uses solely white content? [more inside]
posted by mattydavy at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

"In war, brutality is good because it makes the war end quickly." I disagree; help me think about why.

Someone quoted to me a quote last night that was along the lines of, "War is a brutal and horrible thing, and the more brutal and horrible it is, the faster it's over." He used this both in defense of using nuclear bombs in WWII and in support of a similar approach for Iraq. I don't agree. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 3:08 PM PST - 30 comments

Same payment, new lender - someone's making money, right?

A matter of curiosity: What's a mortgage worth? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How to set up an 'emergency email' system for an older relative?

Help me find a program that can send an 'emergency email' at the click of a button/doubleclick of an icon, for a older relative with dialup internet access who lives alone. [more inside]
posted by tra at 2:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find summary information for a specific stock for days in the past? (more inside)

Where can I find summary information for a specific stock for days in the past? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How to do a small business Vista rollout?

Is there a good document to help with determining the proper timing, method, and/or budget for installing Vista at a small business? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

terry's cool jacket

This should be easy for someone: September Best Life magazine, page 81, Blackberry ad featuring Terry McBride of (the awesome) Nettwerk music label... what is that jacket he's wearing? I like.
posted by xenoworx at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap and tasty dim sum in Los Angeles

Good--and cheap!--dim sum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

MP3 file organizer with alphabet top-level directory

Is there a free mp3 music organizer that will move files into a multi level directory structure with the first level being the letters of the alphabet or groups of letters? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Playing soccer in a pick-up game around Somerville/Cambridge, MA?

I'm looking to play soccer regularly, and live in Somerville, MA. Weekday evenings or weekends. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

What is a good user / "client-side" alternative to using the Internet Explorer right-click "export to Excel" feature?

What is a good user / "client-side" alternative to using the Internet Explorer right-click "export to Excel" feature? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I write a .Net compiler

Can anyone recommend a book (or online equivalent) that teaches the theory and practice of writing compilers, specifically those targeting the Microsoft CLR (ie .Net)? [more inside]
posted by Luddite at 10:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Would wallpaper paste work?

Please help me locate a suitable fixing for my posters. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What does the image on the back of this jumpsuit mean?

SymbolFilter: I have been at a few concerts of my favorite band, The Flaming Lips, over the summer, and several members of their crew have been wearing new red jumpsuits sporting this symbol. I'm hoping the hive mind can help me decipher it. [more inside]
posted by after_hours at 9:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Who wrote that poem?

"Scotland is / the petrified vomit / of a fish supper." Who wrote that little poem? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

My pepper jelly recipe is not quite right. Help me fix it.

I'm looking for a good recipe for hot pepper jelly [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Distributed Probing?

Why hasn't anyone invented cheap space probes? Some kind of thing that could be sent up en mass to gather just base data we don't have on all the planets/moons/etc . . .? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:05 AM PST - 34 comments

Tigers Or Yankees Bars On The North Side Of Chicago?

Where can I go this afternoon in Chicago to watch the Tigers/Yankees baseball game? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

How Did This Cat Die?

Yesterday afternoon one of the neighbours knocked on the door to tell me there was a dead cat in our driveway. I went out to look and it was, distressingly, one of the feral kittens that lives in our neighborhood. However, the cause of death wasn't immediately apparent and the more I thought about it, the more the circumstances seemed kind of odd. [more inside]
posted by AV at 6:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC?

Where can I learn to sew in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by sara558 at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it required that you need a print server to print over a wifi connection?

Is there any way to emulate a print server? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Ms. Not-too-bad?

I'm picky about friends and lovers. How much should I compromise? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Gift for girlfriend going away for gardening school

Help me fill a giftbag for my girlfriend. She is moving away for a year attending a school on professional gardening. I want to give her a few inexpensive things that she will find useful when we are away from each other. So far i only came up with a nice hand cream she can use after a day of digging. Would love some suggestions from mefiites.
posted by ilike at 3:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Child will not eat at school

How do I get my daughter to eat her school lunches? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 3:26 AM PST - 35 comments

Help Me Convince The Electric Company That We Are Not Going To Stiff Them

We received a menacing letter today from our electric provider. They stated that since our last few bills have been late (which I don't dispute) we will now be required to pay a $200 "security deposit"... BUT... We have a 13-year payment history with them, at the same address, so where is the logic in suddenly requiring a "security deposit" that we obviously can't afford? Is there any way I can convince them to not do this to us? Please read the background info inside before responding. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 1:00 AM PST - 30 comments

August 17

Where can I buy passion fruit in San Francisco?

Where can I buy passion fruit in San Francisco?
posted by chrisalbon at 11:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Smelly face?

What would cause my face to...smell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Organized backing up of many mp3s to DVD

Help me burn my 100GB of Mp3s to DVD in some sort of organized fashion! (Mac) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 10:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Which documentary film director am I thinking of?

Help me find the name of a relatively famous/successful documentary filmmaker I met in a plane a few months ago! [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments


Does reverse product placement exist? By that I mean, placing a competitor's product in an uncool enviornment in order to discourage sales. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 10:05 PM PST - 18 comments

help me identify this talisman!

please help me identify this beautiful feather... [more inside]
posted by seeka at 9:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Name this tune from a Commodore 64 game

Please help me name this tune. It was featured in "Summer Games" for the Commodore 64, but it's not the Olympic theme song nor a national anthem (or is it?).
posted by adrian_h at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Chemical Brothers + Romania = help getting tickets!

Can you help me order tickets to see the Chemical Brothers live in Romania? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I determine comuter drive speed?

How do I determine computer drive speed? It's an old Dell Inspiron running XP.
posted by anticlock at 8:49 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make use of this weight lifting kit?

I moved into a new apartment and in the closet was a discarded weight lifting kit: 3 bars and 100 lbs in weights, soplit between 2.5, 5 and 10 lb weights. How do I get into the routine? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Wealthiest areas in Washington state?

Which are the top five wealthiest neighborhoods in Seattle or top five wealthiest cities in Washington? [more inside]
posted by Bob Dobbs at 6:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Helpful guides for writing a dissertation?

What guidebooks did you find helpful for the writing of a doctoral dissertation? (I'm writing a dissertation on literature, but guidebooks with a broader disciplinary scope are OK too, if you think they are particularly good.)
posted by limon at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

two computers in one?

I have one computer and two hard drives. I'd like to emulate 2 completely separate computers. That is, each hard drive will have a separate Windows XP image and I will choose at startup which one to boot. OK so far, but, I do not want either Win XP image to ever see or interact with the other one in any way. If I am running from one hard drive, I want the other one to be completely invisible. Possible? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 6:33 PM PST - 34 comments

What's a good walkie-talkie?

I'm looking for some walkie-talkies (two way radio) but I've been spoiled with military quality gear for most of my life. What are good commercial walkie-talkies, and where can I get them? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Why won't Foodworks work for me?

Fickle Foodworks filter: so I've just entered two recipes into foodworks. One of them has yielded all the macro/micronutrients by weight in the analysis pane, but the other one has just come up with "?g" next to every nutrient. I entered both recipes in in exactly the same way, so why isn't the second one giving me any love?
posted by lazy robot at 5:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I get a new PC or a 360?

Bioshock is looking awsome, along with several other games, but I will need an xbox360 or a PC upgrade. Which would the hivemind recommend? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 5:25 PM PST - 26 comments


I want to send a video on CD to an unsophisticated user of a Macintosh computer. [more inside]
posted by gum at 4:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Has anyone ever started or managed a company library?

Has anyone ever started or managed a company library? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 4:38 PM PST - 7 comments


Help me find more songs featuring a xylophone. [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 4:16 PM PST - 49 comments

Where do muscular/broad-chested guys get their clothing?

Where do muscular/broad-chested guys get their clothing? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Was I born every minute, too?

Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 3:57 PM PST - 20 comments

How un/safe is it to drink alcohol while on antibiotics?

Is there anything really wrong with (moderate? binge?) drinking while taking a course of antibiotics... or is my (frequently preachy, moralizing, unctuous, underfunded, dodgy-quality) free clinic just trying to pull one over on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Car was totalled, unbeknowst to us.

Do we have any legal recourse if a car dealership lied to us about our car having been totaled before we bought it? [more inside]
posted by virtualcourtney at 3:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Hurricane tracking reliability.

Has anyone tracked the historical accuracy of different types of hurricane trajectory prediction models? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Yes, I will probably abandon Metafilter because of how often flaming comments are deleted.

If all that ‘be yourself’ dating advice here ever annoyed you, then this question’s for you. Tips for stopping being oneself, when that is counterproductive? [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Ugly names for access points?

Help me name my WiFi AP in such a way that no one will want to connect to it. [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:55 PM PST - 55 comments

Does my anti-inflammatory drugs suppressing my acne have any negative long-term effects?

I'm currently on rather strong (NS) anti-inflammatories for a medical condition. As a side-effect, my (mild) acne has has cleared up almost entirely. I'm making the most of the situation by binging on chocolate now that I have the chance, but is this going to come back and bite me in the ass once I go off the anti-inflammatories? What purpose, if any, does the inflammation of acne serve, and what are the consequences of it being suppressed?
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I go to hear a sonic boom?

Where can I go to hear a sonic boom? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 1:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Online Broadcasting Worth Watching

Looking for decent online viewing, ideally science/documentary programming by public broadcasting networks. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Air plz?

Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments

alternatives to

When I import my 700 bookmarks into they are automatically set to "not shared." I understand this is to prevent spam, and I have been unable to find an alternative to manually setting each link to "share." Is there a solution I have overlooked? Or, is there a cooler/niftier alternative to that I should be using instead? Thank you.
posted by craniac at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Monthly vs Every two weeks

My mortgage lender sent an offer in the mail that I could change from monthly payments to payments every two weeks. This would be good for me, bad for them. Why? [more inside]
posted by poppo at 12:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Pull a single blog post from one of my blogs into another?

Very occasionally, I'd like to be able to pull a **single** post from one of my blogs into another. In other words, not just link to it, but actually have the post in Blog A show up as a post in Blog B, without having to re-type it and duplicate content. Does anyone know a way to do this? I don't want to scrape the entire feed for all posts in Blog A into Blog B. Thanks!
posted by tamjl at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Hunka hunka burnin' lungs

Help me get bronchitis! (yes, you read that right.) [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath at 12:28 PM PST - 34 comments

Legit I-95 Philly-Balto travel advisories sought

Can anyone give specific, reasonable predictions regarding anticipated duration of delay on I-95 (Philly to Balto.) at various times of the weekend this fall? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 12:20 PM PST - 12 comments

i want to be LESS muscular

selective muscle mass decrease? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

USB High Definiton Webcam: How to record?

How do I record high definition (HD) video at at least 24 fps using a webcam? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

sewing classes in Portland

Where should I take sewing classes in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by alan at 11:57 AM PST - 9 comments

I saw a man, and he danced with his wife.

What's happening in Chicago end of Sept? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Did King Tutankhamun have to travel with a passport?

Did King Tutankhamun have to travel with a passport? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Anyone seen those fighter planes over Chicago today

Anyone know why there are two F14 fighter jets flying back and forth over Chicago today? At one point I saw them escorting a much smaller plane that looks like it may be an old WWII fighter plane. I've been hearing these huge sonic booms for hours now.
posted by postergeist at 11:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Oh Woolrich why have you stopped making my shorts?

I need some new men's cargo shorts. I used to get these Woolrich shorts, except they had a drawstring. I want the drawstring. I need the drawstring. I love the drawstring. I also want a short inseam (6"). Long shorts that come to my knees make me feel like I'm 5 years old. Tried LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy, REI, Land's End, Gap, and J Crew, but it all ended in sadness and despair. Ask Metafilter, please show me that there is still sunshine in this world.
posted by SampleSize at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

In search of an electronics hobbyist store in the East Bay

Does anyone know of a good electronics hobbyist store in the East Bay? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

XPExplorer Views

Exploer views in XP: Is there a way to effectively manage these? The only way I know to change views is to a)change each folder view manually, or b) go to Tools>Options>View>Apply (this view) to all folders. Any software or tips? [more inside]
posted by Zimm at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I fix this?

My mom and my husband have become bitter enemies. Is there anything I can do to make it better? If so, what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 63 comments

Extracting my life in photos - why does gzip hate me?

I have 4GB of photos spanning the last 7 years of my life - they're sitting on my linux webserver and the other day I compressed the directory using the gzip command while I reinstalled my photo album software. When I went to extract the gz file, it just gives me an extensionless file as opposed to the directory structure that it once was. I have a bad feeling the directory structure wasn't preserved when the file was compressed. I have tried extracting it but to no avail but I know there are photos in there, because when I head the file there's a clear file name in it. Is there anything I can do to get at least the files back? I don't care if I lose the directory structure at this point, just as long as I get the photos back.
posted by cubedweller at 10:34 AM PST - 24 comments

After Five is alive?

What should a man wear to a wedding with an "after five" dress code? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

How to find Pentel RSVP fine point pens

Where can I find Pentel RSVP Fine Point pens for cheap? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

UniformFilter! Help me find cool work uniforms.

I work in a public computer lab at the library. We're thinking it might be nice to have an easily-identifiable uniform so the computer users don't have to go around asking people if they work here. We're thinking shirts only, but we don't really want boring polo-style shirts. (And if you have ideas that include bottoms, bring 'em on.) [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 9:24 AM PST - 44 comments

I hate this thing anyway, but maybe you can help me hate it less.

My boss' Palm Treo 750 is just plain screwed-up, and this means my task for the day is fixing it. I have never laid eyes on this thing before. Help! [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

What graphic design book to buy?

If I buy only one intro book on graphic design, what should it be? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Client with cancer?

A relatively new client sent out a mass email this morning detailing the results of his recent biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 8:48 AM PST - 26 comments

iTunes cleanup questions.

I want to clean up my iTunes library. How do I rename my music folder? How do I get rid of duplicates? and dead links? [more inside]
posted by lou at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me pick a flash-based mp3 player for my mom.

Please help me choose a flash-based mp3 player that will be easy (and loud enough) for my almost-62-year old mom to use while exercising. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 8:33 AM PST - 14 comments

The best way to heat concrete?

What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister at 8:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How Accurate Are Television Depictions of American Courtrooms?

Is it really that dramatical/theatrical in a court of law? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:09 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I retitle everything I own in DC?

On the advice of my attorney, I have created a living trust to be the official owner of all my possessions. That way, when I die, Sra. and Baby Carp don't have to wait for stuff to go through probate. The one part I am missing is that I have to put all real estate, financial accounts, and vehicles into the name of the trust. The accounts are easy, but I can't find where to change the title to our house in DC or to our vehicles, also in DC. So, how do I go about re-titling, well, everything?
posted by carpographer at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Death by nicotine patch - how?

In the movie "Thank You For Smoking", there is a scene of kidnapping and attempted murder by nicotine patch. Could this really happen, and if so, has it actually been used as "murder weapon" before? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find someone in Chicago who can fix my porch this year.

Please help me find a good contractor on the north side of Chicago to fix my porch. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

What other great escape movies are out there?

Lately I’m obsessed with movies featuring prison breaks. Some of the recent ones I’ve seen are: The Great Escape, Stalag 17, Escape from Alcatrez, Shawshank Redemption (of course), Papillon, No Escape, The Scarlet Pimpernel…. What are some good ones I haven’t seen yet?
posted by silverstatue at 7:25 AM PST - 54 comments

Date ideas in Austin?

The wife and I moved from Dallas down to Austin just last week. As this is our first weekend in the new city without the burden of unpacking, we would like to go out and do something romantic in celebration of a new chapter in our lives. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Z-tape woes, help me simplify!

Help me simplify my cash register reporting! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Best-selling UK childrens' books

Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

What happens to a mortgage if the lender goes bankrupt?

If my home mortgage holder is Countrywide (it is), what happens, in practical terms, if Countrywide were to go bankrupt? Would they call the loan, forcing us to get financing elsewhere to cover it? Or would another lender assume the debt without our having to take any action? Or what?
posted by saulgoodman at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Just how good does your credit have to be to qualify for 0% financing on a car loan?

Just how good does your credit have to be to qualify for 0% financing on a car loan? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Versatile Mobile/Cell Phone Cameras

Whats the best cell/mobile phone camera for streetphotography/interior snapshots ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:34 AM PST - 8 comments

"On a PC" joke music video - where to find it now?

Several years ago on a (UK) computing magazine there was a music video by one of their columnists. I think it's called "On a PC". Any ideas if any copies still exist? [more inside]
posted by kg at 4:30 AM PST - 1 comment

Unknown Song

Any clue about this song? [more inside]
posted by Bill Shinji at 4:23 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm looking for Thai music for my restaurant

I'm looking for Thai music for my restaurant [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 4:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Is the way I'm feeding my cats making them sick?

How can I avoid killing my friend's cats? I'm taking care of them and I'm terrified that I'm doing a very bad job. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 3:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Why are you American?

What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
posted by bam at 3:41 AM PST - 128 comments

Help me get to the garden! How can I unlock the patio doors?

In our new house, I can't work out how to get out of the double glazed sliding patio doors. They are locked, and I think I have the key (well, I have a key), but they just won't open. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by handee at 3:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Get your hands off my mannequin! Need to find an old Axe body spray commercial!

I'm looking for an Axe commercial from a few years ago. A girl sprays a mannequin with Axe, takes a big whiff and walks away. Enter another girl who smells him, then proceeds to incessentantly grope the mannequin. Orginial sprayer girl comes back and snaps "Get your hands off may MAN-nequin." Hilarious. Where, oh where, can I find it? Youtube and Google seem to be failing me.
posted by enaira at 1:00 AM PST - 6 comments

August 16

I do care...

I work with a couple of 'staight-edge' kids- give me some smart background questions... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 11:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Agent for service of process for very large banks?

How can I find out who the agent for service of process is for very large banks?
posted by Kimpossible at 11:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Where did it go?

Mac OS X question for you, MeFi. My fiancee's 120 gig hd has 40 gigs missing. [more inside]
posted by The Castle at 9:20 PM PST - 16 comments

How fast can I fll an Xbox 360 20GB hard drive?

I know the differences between the Xbox 360 Premium and Elite editions, but I cannot find anything about the size of downloads. How fast will I fill up a 20gb hard drive? Should I spring for the Elite and get the 120gb? Are the demos, movies, XBLA games, and TV shows going to fill 20gb in a week? Does anyone even use the downloads? Thanks!
posted by EduTek at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How does natural selection account for male pattern balding?

How does natural selection account for male pattern balding?
posted by airguitar at 8:28 PM PST - 54 comments

text entry problem with safari

I cannot enter text with the Safari browser, in the main window (like to login into any site or post a comment here) with the keyboard, though I can enter text in the URL and search bars. Also, I can cut and paste text within a field, just not type it in, the cursor does blink and highlighting text to cut works as normal. Strange! [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 8:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Supplement (or other solution) for PMS cravings?

Supplement (or other solution) for PMS cravings? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me orgainize five years of media spread across several media!

How do I put all pictures (videos, all extensions) on my computer into one folder, and then delete the duplicates-and pics with the same name should be renamed if different? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a way to search PDF metadata in Vista?

Is there a way to search PDF metadata in Vista? [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Ant Colonies in my Pot Plants

Why are there ants setting up nests in my pot plants?! Every time I water my lavendar, Geraldton Wax (Aust native) and my mint bush, ants start pouring out of the ground in their hundreds. I suspect they are also making the dirt in my pots 'hard' - the water seems to just run off it instead of soaking in. I have tried stabbing the dirt with a chopstick around the plants to airate the soil and get some water down to the roots, but the ants persist. Any help/ suggestions?
posted by gerls at 7:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Will a (Steam) Radiator Ruin My Rattan Couch?

I found a relative bargain on a super comfortable rattan couch. It's still real expensive, but, at half price, it's conceivably within my splurge budget. And I love the couch. The problem is it's going in a room with a steam-powered radiator, and will sit quite close to that radiator. And someone knowledgable tells me that the moist heat of a radiator will ruin (or at least hasten the demise of) the rattan. I'd hate to see that happen, particularly at this price! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 6:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Places to tie up some time (and myself) in Bermuda

Places to tie up some time (and myself) in Bermuda. What to do and where to go? Big explanation and a 2-part question with potentially NSFW topics and links inside. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How To Save Money

Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 6:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How to calculate air conditioning efficiency?

Need some advice on how to calculate 'efficiency' of a potential home-brew air conditioning set up. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it a good idea to disaasemble my electric guitar for air travel?

Is it a good idea (or even practical) to disassemble an electric guitar for air travel? [more inside]
posted by lenny70 at 6:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Auto tagging MP3s based on a textfile

MP3 tagging: I have hundreds and hundreds of songs tagged with the title like this: Stairway_To_Heaven. In a Word file, fixing this is trivial, and I could save that to a txt file. Is there tagging software that will rename by pulling from a text file? Windows only, please.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Ice cream sandwiches!

I'd like to make ice cream sandwiches at home, but don't want to use cookies or brownies. I'd like a recipe to make the cake-like part of the sandwich, as shown here. I'm having trouble finding a recipe - googling brings me a barrage of recipes using all the things I don't want. Does anyone know the recipe for the traditional chocolate 'cakes' I'm craving?
posted by youngergirl44 at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I install a shelf on poorly-installed drywall?

How do I anchor a heavy-load shelf to a drywall/plaster wall? The trick: there are no studs and a brick wall is directly behind the ~1"-2" thick wall. [more inside]
posted by Braeog at 5:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Needles in my eyes

The end is near. Now, how do we expedite it? I'm talking about a house renovation, and a contractor who is trying to shake more money out of our pockets at the 11th hour. What would you pay for, knowing that this guy can make our lives a living hell with a mechanical lien or litigation. More inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments or castration via rusty spoon? I'll take the spoon, please.

Help me convince a co-worker, by pointing me to credible sources online (or offline, if necessary), that adding "web avatars" to web pages, such as those found at, are a HORRIBLE idea. I am primarily concerned with issues dealing with usability + accessibility problems and eye socket/ear drum bleeding caused by such things.
posted by basicchannel at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How to Sell a Small Phone Business

How can my friend market and sell his small phone business so that he can finally retire? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 3:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How to remove a blue stain from my friends carpet.

How to remove a deep blue Lysol toilet cleaner stain in the carpet [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a teacher share

My school teacher SO would like to start posting the lesson plans she's written online. She'd like for others to be able to find them via search engines. What would be the best platform do this on an ongoing basis? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Video DJ software for live-adjusting speed/hue/brightness/etc.?

I need to find software that will let me tweak the speed, hue, saturation, brightness, etc. of videos live -- and any other effects but those are the basics. Mac or PC. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Bend me, shape me

Help me find employers willing to train smart, talented folks in a new field. [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Vietnam with kids

Anyone have any words of advice regarding the wisdom of traveling to Vietnam with our two twin seven year old daughters in March? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

I wanna @*&!ing drive

How can I pass my driving test? I live in London, so previous questions could be more specific to me. [more inside]
posted by Myeral at 12:58 PM PST - 23 comments

What should I keep firesafe on a USB stick?

Wife and I finally got a proper fireproof document box. We have the usual birth certificates, kids SS cards etc. But one feature of the box is it claims it will keep digital media safe for 1/2 hour at 1500ºF. I want to put a USB stick in there but I am not sure what to put on it. Any suggestions?
posted by ShawnString at 12:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Python beginner with an exception handling question.

[PythonFilter] How does one handle specific errno of a built-in exception? [more inside]
posted by nilihm at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

mounting paper to wood

What is the best way to mount paper to wood? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

My little brother is a furry?

So it turns out my kid brother might be a furry. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 44 comments

Sloppy Kisses

Why am I a sloppy kisser? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

What's up with my Ulysses?

What is this stamp on my 50 dollar bill? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader.

My sister who rarely reads has come to me for book suggestions. Please help me suggest books that might make her a lifetime reader. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 12:33 PM PST - 73 comments

moving from chicago to london: recommend a cost-effective storage/shipping company, please...

moving from chicago to london: recommend a cost-effective storage/shipping company, please... [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Best font-management tool for Windows?

What is the best font-management utility for Windows? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Sound Fresheners

Can anyone suggest a noise generator to mask, er... bathroom noises? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for martial arts school in New Orleans

Looking for martial arts school in the New Orleans area [more inside]
posted by lawhound at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

How to decomplie a Plucker file format

How can I extract the original HTML from a Plucker .pdb file? [more inside]
posted by L'homme armé at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Is kink curable?

SexFilter - is kink curable? [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy at 10:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Invisible iPod!

My friend's 1GB iPod Nano is recognized in iTunes, but only kind-of... [more inside]
posted by potch at 10:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Rationale for access to water at Middle School

I have two 12 year old boys who just started a new middle school. They have access to water only at lunch time and two hurried, grab 3-4 sips at the water fountain twice a day. A doctor’s note will allow them to have a water bottle available, but I need help composing a permanent, rather than a temporary allowance for the water. [more inside]
posted by aliksd at 10:26 AM PST - 76 comments

Song from musical that starts with argument?

I'm looking for a song from any musical that starts off with two people arguing. Not a specific song, but any song like that. [more inside]
posted by duckierose at 10:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Foodie Filter: BBQ rib recipe

I'm trying to find a recipe for BBQ ribs that involves apple juice [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Diy wifi setup issues

I'm Looking to do some fairly custom wireless setups in my area and I have no idea of a place that would supply everything I need for cheap. I live in Canada so this location needs to ship to Canada preferably located in Canada. Basically I need: -Really Low loss cable for wifi 802.11. (i have heard LMR-400 is good for 10foot lengths or so) -RP-TNC connectors -MC-card connectors -N-male connectors -N-female Chasis mounts In total im hoping to result in about 4-6 cables. I'm really hoping for a one stop shop but if i have to order from more than one place to get this cheaper thats fine too. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

I need my taco fix.

I'm looking for a great breakfast taco joint in north Dallas... [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Mystery sink

Why would a sink in a public bathroom which had an automatic water sensor suddenly turn on even though there was no one nearby? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Curb my internet addiction

I spend way too much time surfing the web and checking e-mail when I should be working on my job. My job requires that I use the computer, so I cannot simply turn the computer off. Is there a way that I can disable my web browser (Mozilla Firefox) for a set amount of time? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Windows XP no longer resumes from standby

Suddenly my Gateway notebook computer won't come out of standby (that is, sleep mode or hibernate mode). [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me identify these horror stories (an AskMe with a twist).

Help me identify these horror stories! Sounds like an everyday AskMe post, right? It's not. There's a twist here... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Opposite of Oreo?

Not About Cookies: What the opposite of an "oreo"? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:33 AM PST - 48 comments

Curly toenails, oh my!

HomeRemedyFilter: Please help me with my incurvated toenails! [more inside]
posted by brina at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Sexy young Mitt Romney photograph

Sexy young Mitt Romney photograph? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 9:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me save some $.

How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

seeking weird japanese fim title

last spring, there were postings about this long and quite weird japanese film about some folk singer, a girl practicing with a tennis racket, a tiny adult with boring name... what was its title?
posted by njohnson23 at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Which programming languages should I learn?

Which programming languages should I learn? I'm a n00b interested in becoming a GIS analyst. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Hydroelectricity times N

Power generation: Let's say we have a hydroelectric dam. My understanding is that water turns a dynamo, which provides electricty. It seems like there would be a way to use the same water flow more than once. Could we make raceways of some indeterminate length to get the water back up to speed with sufficient force to turn a second dynamo? Could this be repeated so that a single water flow powers some n dynamos? What kind of constraints keep dams all over the world from doing this sort of thing?
posted by boo_radley at 9:06 AM PST - 22 comments

balls balls balls balls balls

I'm throwing a Balls Ball. You know, just a buncha dudes, enjoying balls, watching 300 and drinking together. That kind of thing. We have a reasonable menu already, but still, I would like you to suggest your favorite balls. Give me your balls. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:06 AM PST - 50 comments

Key wouldn't turn in ignition.

The key in my wife's Camry wouldn't turn until I jiggled the steering wheel. [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 8:57 AM PST - 20 comments

I went all days of thunder on that thing

DoINeedADoctorFilter: Yesterday, I was the bottom half of a two-car gokart pileup and the upper car landed on my right shin. [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Cost segregation - Real or scam

Taxing question regarding "Cost Segregation": Does it actually work? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 8:51 AM PST - 0 comments

Fulfillment Companies in L.A.?

I need fulfillment companies in L.A. but can't seem to find any. [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Decrease my productivity

I would like to play games, download stuff, play poker, check fantasy football, etc. from work. But there is some sort of filter/blocking thing. Can you give me easy ways to beat the system and not get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments


Anyone know if/when the soundtrack to David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE is to be released? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Questions and recommendations about acoustic guitars

Questions about and recommendations for buying an acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 7:23 AM PST - 29 comments

Antiques/thrifts off I-95 near Philly?

DC to Philly road trip - Any recommendations for neat antique or thrift stores along the way (ie, not far off I-95)? [more inside]
posted by citron at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

How does a group of people keep its priorities straight?

How does a group of people keep its priorities straight? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a recommendation on the best management bonus/incentive models.

Need a recommendation on the best management bonus/incentive models. [more inside]
posted by tundro at 6:39 AM PST - 3 comments

How many X in Y?

I'm looking for lists of things like: "How many strides in 100m?", "How many M&Ms in a packet?", "How many steps to the top of the Sears Tower?" Preferably with the answers too. [more inside]
posted by amcewen at 6:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Avoiding duplicate frames while encoding VCR output using MEncoder

Using MEncoder on Fedora 7 Linux and a bt878 TV card, how do I avoid or work around duplicate frames when encoding video from a VHS tape? [more inside]
posted by remi at 4:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Change must come from within.

SPSS-filter: How can I change the same property field of all my variables simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 3:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Name that pain!

Stabbing painfilter- Help diagnose my stabbing abdominal pain! [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket at 1:52 AM PST - 16 comments

How to obtain license to perform on NYC streets / promote album?

How does one go about acquiring the permit for a band (not solo performer) to perform/busk on the streets of New York City? [more inside]
posted by Mali at 12:04 AM PST - 6 comments

August 15

What experiences have you had with 401(k) rollovers?

What experiences have people had rolling 401(k)s over into traditional IRAs? [more inside]
posted by moz at 11:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Low result for a two-hour oral glucose tolerance test

Low result for a two-hour oral glucose tolerance test. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 10:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Three lefts make a right except on Lombard

What driving software should my friend's British mum play to learn the American road sign system and develop the habit of driving on the (literal) right side of the road?
posted by jayCampbell at 10:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Toronto: What happens in Queen's Park after midnight?

Toronto: What happens in Queen's Park after midnight? [more inside]
posted by anthill at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Rental or store-bought?

Should I get married wearing a tuxedo or a suit? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:57 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me mainline Showtime

Is there some way to get DRM-protected .wmv files to play on a Mac? Flip4Mac says they aren't supported--is there some 3rd party application that would do the trick? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 9:21 PM PST - 9 comments

I come for the coffee but I stay for the scenery

I heart my barista. I live in extremes and don't know how to subtly tell a cute boy that I like that, like him, without sounding like I'm in 8th grade (which is how I feel, although I'm very much in my 20s.) [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! at 9:11 PM PST - 25 comments

This little piggy cried all the way home.

OW, MY TOE! [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 9:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I go back to school for a second degree?

Should I go back to school for a second degree in something I feel very passionately about? [more inside]
posted by misled at 8:59 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I contact celebrities for interviews?

Where do I find the contact information for the press people/managers of celebrities (actors and the like) to interview them? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

I want that beautiful longlasting awesomness.

I need some help with porch paint. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Growing hair back (stylishly) after shaving head

I shaved my head a while back and now I want to grow it out again. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Ticket flying to another state.

I'm organizing a bachelor party for some old friends. One of them has just informed me that he has a outstanding ticket for driving with an expired license in the state the party will be in. He plans on paying this ticket, but probably won't be able to until some time after the party. Would he be held up at the airport for something like this? thanks
posted by debu at 8:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Two iTunes problems: track info and organizing

Two iTunes problems: changing individual track info and organizing my library. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Political Theory

Political filter: Question about libertarian belief and the government vs big business [more inside]
posted by aetg at 7:38 PM PST - 41 comments

currency exchange

Any opinions about foreign exchange brokers? How can one even tell who does only trades & who actually converts currency? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you help me find some trendy, comfortable pants that aren't jeans?

PantsFilter: They no longer make my favorite kind of pants (Allen B. Men's line) so I need some recommendations for good, comfortable men's pants. [more inside]
posted by Quazie at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

iTunes to Flash?

What's the best way to turn an iTunes (Mac) playlist into a self-contained Flash player that will play the music in that playlist? It seems like someone should have already figured this out and created some kind of script that can do it, but I haven't been able to find any such thing.
posted by emelenjr at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Routing audio from Logic to Max/MSP?

Dear electronic musicians: Can I route an audio track/instrument in Logic Pro (v6) to a Max/MSP dac~ object (or any object)? On OS X. I'm tired of having to bounce tracks.
posted by xmutex at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Why am I allergic to Tylenol?

Why am I allergic to tylenol (all its forms: tylenol cold, tylenol allergy, regualr tylenol, etc.), but I am not allergic to other medicines including acetaminophen? [more inside]
posted by birdlady at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Finding a lawyer to write a home renovation contract in SF Bay Area

Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 6:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How much do mid-size companies pay for health care on behalf of their employees?

How can I determine or calculate the average amount a company pays for healthcare/benefits for a single full-time employee? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 6:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Best free sites for obtaining personal data on the 'net?

What are the best free sites for locating people and obtaining personal information on the 'net other than Zaba Search? Thanks!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Will I have to retake the CPA exam if I move?

If I take (and pass) the CPA Exam in one state, will I have to retake the exam if I move to another state?
posted by bkpr at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Maybe FUD: "All the other sites have viruses."

I am creating and publishing-by-download an episodic, story-driven 3D computer game. I want to make the code GPL, and I'd prefer to release the art under Creative Commons. I also want to make mad cash. How can I swing this? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I legitimately hijack website content?

HTML/Javascript: I need to "hijack" website content so that it appears to be hosted by a different domain (with the full knowledge and cooperation of all parties). [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 5:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to stay and how much to pay on the West Coast?

Have I got the right budget for my LA->SF drive? What are the hotels / motels really like? Are there any "bargain" towns or price blackspots? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

I'll take my eggs easy over while I read my mazagine.

LinguisticsFilter: A friend of mine tends to unintentionally mix her words at times. What is this called? Examples within.... [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 5:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Big Bus?

What's the best open-top bus line in London?
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Los Angeles: How do I find an internship in mechanical engineering?

How do I find a paid internship or part-time job in mechanical engineering that will work around my school schedule (in Los Angeles)? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 4:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Eagle, Alaska ????

I am rereading John McFees "Coming Into The Country" and I find myself wondering the same thing that I did the last time I read it. That is, "What are all those people in Eagle, Alaska doing now?" I found a nice aerial view on Google maps, and a site for their historical museum, however, what I would like to find is another book. Any suggestions?
posted by haikuku at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Stop my Wireless from disconnecting when idle

When I leave my PC on during the day while I'm out, it disconnects from the wireless router, stopping any downloads I have running. if I'm at home using it this never happens. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me track down this absurd South African poster

During a visit to my mother's fiancée's family in South Africa nearly 14 years ago, we picked up an interesting poster. If memory serves, it was large (perhaps 5x4) and showed a slow-shutter-speed closeup of a dove flying towards the viewer. Above the dove was written "The South African Police:" and below the dove it read "We're here for you". We thought this was hilarious, as all three of us are black and at the time, the South African police force was not known to be exactly warm and friendly. The poster has since been lost during our numerous moves, and my mother never married the gentleman. But I'd like to find the poster. Does anyone remember this or know where I can look to get it?
posted by mjbraun at 3:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Prior AskMeFi threads and new answers on the subject of a restless kid moving to Brooklyn?

Help a nervous kid sort through all the helpful AskMeFi threads already out there to answer this question: I'm moving from the Bay Area to Brooklyn - how can I do it effectively? [more inside]
posted by rmrudy at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for a picture site. And it's NOT Flickr.

What is the name of the picture site where you can search different categories of pictures (funny, sexy, sick, etc) and when You click on a pic, it shows you THAT picture and three others below it, smaller, in a similar vein? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

What purpose is served by my ob-gyn inserting his finger in my ass during a pap smear?

I went to a new doctor on a recommendation from a friend to get Implemnon (sp?). The ob-gyn performed a pap smear (it's been a year since my last one). At the end of it, he stuck his finger in my ass -- he was feeling my belly at the same time. Why did he do it?
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I call a lawyer or his mother?

My recovered stolen scooter is trashed. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cometwendy at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

A little pillow talk

Ribbons criss-cross over a thin wall-mounted cushion so that lots of photos can be tucked between the ribbons to form a collage. What the heck is this frame/mount/doohickey called? Googling for obvious phrases like "collage pillow" and "photo ribbon" turn up only unrelated items.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How to Achieve a Clean Face and a Clean Scalp?

I could use some shaving tips, with regards to two specific questions: (i) how to achieve a much closer facial shave; and (ii) tips, anecdotes, etc. on headshaving. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a durable personal radio?

My boyfriend's portable radios keep breaking. Help me find him something more durable... [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Is a note from my parents OK?

Is the written statement of an absent witness admissible in traffic court? [more inside]
posted by chudder at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Developmental disability and sexuality

Parents of children or young adults with developmental disabilities: how have you dealt with sexuality issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Maes in the UK?

In the UK, where can I buy Maes (the Belgian pilsner) in cans?
posted by xvs22 at 1:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old?

What are some fun things to do in Los Angeles with a 11-month-old? [more inside]
posted by chinston at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

You're not nobody until somebody loves you, but it sure is nice.

Help me help my 30 year-old friend get a date or something. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 43 comments

Numbers in stock trading symbols?

Why can't you put numbers in a stock trading symbol? (Or can you?) For example, 3M is MMM, which works out, but it would have been easier for them to simply have 3M. (I tried to Google for the answer, but there are so many irrelevant hits.)
posted by ObeyScient at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I never finish anyth

How can I better manage my projects? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

What's the song used in the trailer for "Tell Me You Love Me"?

What's this song: There is a sample of a frustratingly familiar song used in the trailer for the upcoming HBO show "Tell Me You Love Me". (Click here to watch). [more inside]
posted by pants at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the band "Album"

I received a mix-tape a while ago with a really great band on it that I can't find. I'm pretty sure they're called "Album," and I think the song was called "hormigas." The song was quite bleak and beautiful and I think it was sung in Spanish. It sounded a little post-rockish. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Help us find a regular location for weekends away - starting in Birmingham, UK - by public transport

We want to find somewhere we can regularly visit, that is accessible from Birmingham by public transport (up to 3 hours) and not too expensive. Seaside would be the best option. A guesthouse or perhaps a caravan site. Where can we easily get to in that timescale? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

(please don't) Shake the Shack

I wanna dance but I am driving the neighbors crazy. Can I stop the shaking? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

My cat is too freaked out to eat. What do I do?

My adopted cat is freaked out about her new home, and getting more freaked out with each passing day. Now I'm afraid she's so freaked out she's not even emerging to eat or drink. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:59 AM PST - 23 comments

In A Bit of A Scrape

I'm looking to buy a raspado in New York City. A raspado apparently not only refers to the Mexican snow cone sold in the lower east side and in parts of Washington Heights from carts but also to the actual ice-scraping tool they use to make the snowcones. I'm looking to make mobile snowcones and these guy seem to know what they're doing. [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Calling All Rocket Scientists

Is it the impact that causes the missile/torpedo/what-have-you to explode? Or some sort of 'on-board' electronic targeting system that tells it to detonate? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

LED T shirts!

LED Shirts! NYC? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 11:23 AM PST - 0 comments

This Heat song meaning

One of the best bands ever on Earth was the London postpunky combo This Heat. But what was their tune "The Fall Of Saigon" actually about? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Anonymous Medical Care

How can someone get an anonymous physical? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Experience with

Anyone had success with the funding service? I'm curious to know if anyone has had success funding a project (or having a project funded) through
posted by arathorn at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I stall booking a business trip when I plan on resigning?

I am being pressured to make travel arrangements for a conference in October, but I plan on resigning sometime next week. How do I stall or get out of it without blowing my cover? I've already been stalling for a month, it's becoming more and more difficult to put it off. [more inside]
posted by yeti at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

But I don't even wear a diaper!

So I think I gave myself diaper rash. How do I get rid of it, and how can I prevent it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me get a bridesmaid dress made in DC

How to get a custom bridesmaid dress made in the Washington, DC area? Any vendor recommendations, concepts of how much it might cost/how much time it will take to get a custom bridesmaid dress, and advice on how to work with the dressmaker? This is all new to me.... [more inside]
posted by xaire at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Find me a great suit jacket, quick!

I'm tall (6'4"), I'm skinny (195lbs), and I need a black suit jacket before the end of the day today (I have the pants, but I'll buy new ones if need be). Obviously the time constraint eliminates any kind of custom garment. Basically, I need to know what stores I should be looking at in New York City -- I like a closer, more European fit, and I don't want to break the bank. First stop is H&M, but I'm not optimistic about what I'll find there. Other suggestions?
posted by logovisual at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

babyblog, babybook

How to convert a Blogger blog to a printed book? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

How to add wireless to a non-wireless router?

I'm looking for a wireless adapter. Something I can just plug into an Ethernet port/cord and that will add wireless functionality to a non wired router? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 8:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Keyboard shortcuts to control monitor brightness in Mac OS X

How might one go about creating a shortcut to controlling monitor brightness with a Mac Powerbook running Tiger (this problem also existed in 10.3) for a Keyspan remote? [more inside]
posted by kenneth at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Hiring a headhunter to hunt for me?

Headhunter filter: I know that companies can hire headhunters to fill available positions. I'd like to do the opposite: Can I hire someone to find a job for me?
posted by anastasiav at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Broken Bike

What should I do? Recently, I was on a bike tour and had work done on my bike. The guy did not do a good job. [more inside]
posted by backwords at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a significant benefit to using a ficticious name when incorporating?

Is there a significant benefit to using a ficticious name when incorporating? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Windows XP update nightmare - can't download!

Updated XP now my computer doesn't download anything. [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I going to get rabies?

I'm going on vacation in two weeks...the vacation was planned sort of on a whim about a month ago, and one thing I hadn't considered was vaccines. Now, being a worrywart and knowing I have hypochondriac potential, I am freaking out wondering if one of the planned activities is too risky. Please help me decide whether I should cancel this activity, or whether I am being insane. [more inside]
posted by catfood at 7:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Please, don't make me read twelfth night for the 5th time

EnglishMajorFilter: What class(es) should I take? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 7:47 AM PST - 22 comments


Where does the "hand shooting up from out of the grave" movie cliché come from? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup at 7:45 AM PST - 28 comments

I need to add a drop down list of email addresses to a basic html form, so you can pick who you are sending it to.

I need to add a drop down list of email addresses to a basic html form, so you can pick who you are sending it to. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Female plumbing filter: routing issues?

Shouldn't the uterus empty from above, not the side? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

SF Bound

Looking for suggestions for a clean/cheap hostel, hotel in San Francisco... within walking distance to Market/Van Ness if possible, or near public transportation that'll get me there.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Eight-balled by a lien

Hired a contractor for a major renovation. Job was completed on time and according to spec. Then--at the end of the affair--my property is slapped with a lien for nonpayment by a third-party supplier! [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

There Is No Category for Mohel on Yelp

We just moved to Austin, TX and have a new baby boy due next month. Of course I wait until the last minute, but does anyone have any recommendations for a mohel (ritual Jewish circumciser) in the Austin area? The ceremony will not be huge, since we do not know anyone here yet. My wife is not Jewish, so s/he would have to be accepting of that.
posted by JLobster at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Chemis-tea Question

My wife and I like our Iced Tea different, She likes her's sweet and I like mine not so sweet. Our tea recipes are basically the same. Take a pot of water, add tea bags (8 or so), boil, add sugar, dilute with water. We're making a gallon at a time. Assuming that we both use 8 tea bags, boil the same amount of time, and add enough water to make a gallon of tea.... if we start with different amounts of water, do we end up with the same "strength" tea? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh at 6:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for paradise in Thailand

Traveling to Thailand, but we don't want to relive "The Beach." [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 6:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Why does "primo piano" = "Association of Bologna"?

Why does Babelfish translate "primo piano" in Italian as "Association of Bologna" in English? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 6:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Can't find an inexpensive cd club containing some of the artists that I like.

BMG sucks! Help me find a cd club that has artists such as Ani DiFranco, Old Crow Medicine Show, Cowboy Mouth, Colbie Caillat, Nickel Creek, and The Waifs. [more inside]
posted by NotInTheBox at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

I need advice on dealing with a car insurance claim.

I need advice on dealing with a car insurance claim. The insurance company's offer is too low and I think I may have screwed myself. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 5:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do my thighs randomly break out with pimples?!

What are these pimples on my thigh? As you can see by the pics [1,2] my thigh is currently breaking out with some kind of pimples. This happens every so often, but I see no pattern. [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Internet Friends. I'm having a hard time letting go.

I'm at a point in my life where I have to break off some friendships I've made online and am finding it tough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Where and how can I purchase WWD Accessories Fall (I'm not in the US, obviously)?

Where and how can I purchase WWD Accessories Fall? I'm not in the US, obviously. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha at 3:46 AM PST - 5 comments

SQL Combinations

Any SQL / math ninja's on the green fancy a quick challenge..? So I've got this table containing number pairs, right, and I need to compute all the possible combinations. [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 3:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Macbook hard drive recovery

My wife's Macbook 60gb hard drive has started clicking and disappeared from startup. Can't access it it any way and would like to get our wedding and honeymoonn photos from it - any recommendations on data recovery services in London for mac sata hard drives? Best quote I've had so far is £300. [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 3:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice on balancing late night social life with sleep problems?

How to balance sleep problems with a collegiate lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 2:40 AM PST - 11 comments

How much do the musical acts make on the county fair circuit?

How much do the musical acts make on the county fair circuit? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 12:18 AM PST - 6 comments

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!"

Emigrating from the US: what would be the best countries to immigrate to? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 12:16 AM PST - 36 comments

You ever do a google search for "iMac fan"? Yeah. Pointless.

So I just got the newest iMac today (the one that was announced last week). After 4 hours or so of use the fan has kicked on in a most noisy way and it won't shut down. Restarting does nothing. Take time to let it cool. Restart. Just more fan. So...anyone got a "here-n-now" fix or do I take it back to the store in the morning?
posted by sourwookie at 12:15 AM PST - 15 comments

August 14

How to use free time when in Singapore on business?

In Singapore on business on my own - what to do when you have evenings free and a spare day (Sat) at the end? [more inside]
posted by dasfreak at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Johnny Mathis version of "Always and Forever" ?

Did Johnny Mathis sing "Always and Forever"? Anyone know where I can find it (ie, CD, download)? [more inside]
posted by leticia at 10:42 PM PST - 5 comments

How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss?

How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this mushroom?

Can anyone help identify this mushroom that has emerged in our garden? We are in San Francisco and since these shots were taken, this critter has grown to approximately 13" across. Neither of us has seen anything this big here before... And critically, might it be edible? Mycophiles, your thoughts?
posted by Mmothra at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are there tubes in the ground near neighbourhood trees?

Why is black plastic tubing coming out of the ground next to trees in my street? [more inside]
posted by cwhitfcd at 10:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get a torch lighter on the plane?

How do I get my torch lighter on the the airplane? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the smallest Parallels Desktop image of Windows XP that will fit corporate needs?

What is the lightest, meanest, most-secure image of Windows XP Corporate I can install onto my MacBook Pro that will allow me to use Corporate MS Exchange Email, Visio, and IE-only intranet? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 10:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Home A/C question.

Hi I live in Houston,Tx. August is our hottest month, and my home ac unit is acting up. It seems that the filter never gets dirty. I doubt that the ac unit is sucking return air from my house. Please help!
posted by Noodles at 9:57 PM PST - 3 comments

The Art of Writing

What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 9:53 PM PST - 28 comments

How to make awesome veggie burgers

Help me make an a really good veggie burger. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Unpack my files please.

Need to find a php script. [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

DHCP keeps timing out :(

What can I do to fix this DHCP problem with my Linksys router? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 9:03 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get someone to buy & ship something from IKEA to me?

Where can I find someone to buy something from an IKEA store and mail it to me? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Quick & tasty potato recipes

What are some quick & tasty recipes I can make with potatoes? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Any recommendations for a glucometer?

Have any recommendations for a glucometer for an adult newly diagnosed with Type II diabetes? Cost effective, low-blood, and low-pain preferred -- but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by rdn at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows XP updates hosed my PC

My pc can't start Windows after the latest updates. What now? [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 7:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Game Ideas for a Fall Festival

Step right up! I need some fun, cheap games & activities for a fall festival. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Which computer language should I learn?

Which computer language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 7:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Convert to mp3?

Is there any way to convert a playlist file that is downoaded to the desktop into one that is an mp3 to be put on an ipod (or burnt to disc)? The file as downloaded is called 20070812.m3u I have a feeling that this just may be daftness on my part. Please enlighten. (By the way, i am on a Mac if that makes a diff)
posted by snap_dragon at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Excel String-Counting Help!

ExcelFilter: Help me count rows where one string appears in one column and a second string appears in a second! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Where is the great wave?

Is "The Great Wave at Kanagawa" actually on display at the Met? Does anyone know exactly where it is?
posted by smackfu at 7:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Pain in the butt!

How can my dad get his butt back in shape? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 7:19 PM PST - 7 comments

If you're dumb and you know it, clap your hands.

I'm sure this has been covered before but I'm in a small panic, so forgive the indulgence. I just spilled a small (maybe 1/4 oz.) of beer on my MacBookPro. I caught it very quickly and sopped up the liquid with an absorbent towel. However, a small discolored spot has developed in the LCD and I'm wondering what the best way to abate the liquid might be. [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

knuckle problems

My dad is having a lot of knuckle problems. They are causing him a lot of pain and are so bad he can't even close his fist anymore. He has considered knuckle replacement surgery, but that seems like just a bad idea to me. I suggested that he try some ayurvedic massage of the joints with sesame oil. He said he already does massage, tho not with any oil or lotion. Any suggestions of other things he can do? Or any links I can show him?
posted by dbooster at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Chicago psychiatric institution

A family member needs help. Any recommendations for Chicago-area psychiatric institutions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Economics as all fun and games?

What are some other economic board games (besides Monopoly)? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 6:14 PM PST - 33 comments

What's the prettiest mid-size laptop?

What's the prettiest mid-size laptop? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 6:11 PM PST - 20 comments

One hundred year old interior brick chimney: Help me seal its surface?

Can you recommend a good product for stopping an old brick interior chimney from powdering and dusting - and to make the brick look beautiful and shiny? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 6:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Behind Blue (green?) eyes.

Please give me your reccomendations for some nice-looking coloured contact lenses that are comfortable for full time wear. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do I get a black screen when using Remote Desktop Connection?

When I use Remote Desktop Connection to log into a Windows XP Pro box, why do i get a black screen? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Long attention span time-wasting

Anyone know of a digg/reddit/mefi type of site that tracks entended magazine-type pieces like you might find in the nyt magazine or the new yorker? I really enjoy reading extended length, in-depth kinds of articles through the course of a day as opposed to surfing many smaller links or articles. Some kind of categorizing would be nice, also. Ideas?
posted by milinar at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Real Estate question

What are the average numbers (purchasing price as a multiple of yearly rental costs/income) for real estate in the US? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Iceland for a month: How much would it cost?

Has anyone taken an extended (one month+) trip to Iceland? What was your budget and what did you do? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Restore color on vintage formica dinette table

I have a vintage, formica-topped dinette set that I put out for a yard sale over the weekend. In the places that were exposed to the sunlight (i.e. not covered by the cash box or other items which were for sale) the yellow formica top turned to a smokey yellow color. The places that were covered are still pure yellow like they were before. Can anyone give me a solution to returning the smokey parts back to their original, bright color? [more inside]
posted by DJsKott at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?

What websites are popular with doctors and other medical professionals?
posted by bingo at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Painless Medical Tape Removal?

How to removal medical tape without pain? [more inside]
posted by unceman at 4:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Dog-Friendly Getaway Spots Near Chicago

Do you know of any dog-friendly places for a weekend getaway within about 3 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me identify this song.

There's a song at 1:45 into this video. Can you identify it for me? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get free or cheap coin sorting in Toronto?

Where can I get free or cheap coin sorting in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I be worried about these weird noises my laptop is making?

Should I be worried about these weird noises my laptop is making? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting across Staten Island

How do I get across Staten Island? [more inside]
posted by quite unimportant at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Security of Remote Desktop

Am I secure from hacking if I open the router port for remote desktop to our win 2003 server? I will have a good password and limit logon attempts.
posted by canoehead at 1:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Spice up the Law House

Help decorate my house in a week. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Hungry console.log

HELP!!! My console.log file is growing in MBs by the second!!! (not even joking or exaggerating) and I don't know how to quench it's appetite for memory. [more inside]
posted by comatose at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Working for Vacation

How do software engineers cope with the enormous stress levels that come with the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help me identify a deep-woods mystery novel.

Please help me identify a deep-woods mystery novel. [more inside]
posted by tangerine at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

How to manually call a mouseup event in JavaScript?

Need a way to complete a mousedown/mouseup event cycle in JavaScript, when said cycle is interrupted by a dialog box. Not sure if there's a way to "manually" call the mouseup event after the fact, or what. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 12:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Children and funerals

My husband's uncle was recently killed in a horrific car accident. The funeral is soon, and we have been debating on whether or not to bring our two-year old daughter to what will surely be an emotional event. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 11:57 AM PST - 49 comments

What to bake and how to ship it!

I'm looking to cook some desserts and mail them across the county but I've never mailed baked things before so I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

My cat has a drinking problem.

My cat has a drinking problem. He is incapable of drinking water out of his water dish without making an extraordinary mess. My husband & I are trying to come up with a solution so that we can either contain the mess or stop it altogether, and we need your help! [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 11:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find an awesome flatbed scanner!

I'm on the hunt for a flatbed scanner in the good-image-quality-under-$600 range to scan negatives and photos/documents. I've found that scanner software is frequently awful or overly complex -- I really want a simple workflow. Help? [more inside]
posted by whitelight at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding a therapist for a 4-year-old.

Help my friend find a mental health professional for her 4-year-old in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Immigration: Alternative forms of evidence of marriage.

My husband and I have been in the process of getting him US citizenship for the last five years. We have been interviewed, submitted reams of forms, the usual. But it's not enough. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 11:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Stressed by relaxation?

I have a couple of ongoing problems at work and at home that require a lot of work and attention to detail. This is quite stressful for me and my family. I need to get involved in family recreational activities because otherwise both I and they will get stressed out. Nonetheless, I can't help feeling irritated and angry by these activities, even if I am the one suggesting them, because they feel like a waste of time and energy compared to the problems that need sorting out. How can I change how I feel about these things?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Ripping up money to make money worth more?

Why would ripping up money make money more valuable? Would it? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 10:39 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the name of the how-to-train-your man classic movie?

What's the name of the old movie where the female lead uses a dog training book to train her man? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:36 AM PST - 9 comments

How much to ask for?

What should a Mechanical Engineer make in NYC? Say at an entry-level job that requires a Masters degree in ME?
posted by spacefire at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I reset the BIOS on an HP ze5375us laptop?

So, I used the wrong BIOS flash on a HP laptop ze5375us. It is now bricked. My girlfriend is rather pissed...... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

What native plants can make a lawn in Montreal?

I have dirt in my front yard! Rather not grow (Kentucky blue) grass lawn this far north in Montreal. What's a native hearty plant that will serve a soft green bed? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Remember these maze books from the seventies?

When I was a kid in the 70's, I was an avid solver of a series of mazes published in books by an author with a Russian name (I remember it as Vladimir something). They were the kind of paperback books sold in the games section of bookstores, that you were supposed to write in like you do with crossword puzzle books. The mazes were simple, black-and-white, in a variety of shapes, and not gimmicky, just quite challenging (they were intended for grownups, not kids). Does anyone remember these books and can help me find them again?
posted by matildaben at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Stuck with some Sticky Hands

What should I do with almost 2-dozen novelty sticky hands? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 9:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Belated Paternity Inclusion

Can I get my birth certificate changed to list my father? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Identify this instrumental accordion piece

I've had this song for years but never known the title and the person who gave it to me doesn't know either. It sounds a bit like They Might Be Giants, but I'm pretty sure it isn't. Unknown Song
posted by Cogito at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a good view of Minneapolis

Minneapolis: I want to find an observation deck downtown where I can take pictures of the city from above. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Gimme a break?

Sore muscles. Should I work out anyway? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 8:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Are there any good magazines left?

Are there any good magazines left worth reading? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:07 AM PST - 51 comments

Website for the masses!

Non-Profit Website: How to allow non-techies to edit! [more inside]
posted by sirliberal at 8:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommendations for places to try on wedding dresses in NYC.

Need recommendations for places to try on wedding dresses this weekend in NYC. [more inside]
posted by ml98tu at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Help him get his stuff back

My friend was evicted! How can he get his stuff back? [more inside]
posted by splatta at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Best 9-11 'Conspiracy' Book?

Best 9-11 'Conspiracy Theory' book for the skeptic? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 7:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Stress Relief for the Time-Poor

Got any quick, cheap, effective stress-reduction tips? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 7:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Scoring Invites to Private BitTorrent Sites

Looking for advice on how to score invites to private BitTorrent sites- specificially [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 7:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Daddy don't you walk so fast

I am a father of a soon to be 14y/o son and an 11 y/o girl. Both me and my wife lost our fathers when we were about 10y/o (hers died, mine split) so we are blazing new territory here. We are basically clueless as far as how we should not only discipline but simply how to act or know what to expect in terms of what is normal for both our kids and ourselves with our kids. Is there anything out there that can be used as a guide to help us understand how to parent our children without having to pay someone to attend a touchy-feely conference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Flea Market Maven

My wife and I will be moving stateside from Bermuda next year. We will be moving into an empty house with NOTHING except outdated wardrobes and cash. With that said, we will be acquiring a lot of stuff. We will need cars, furniture, appliances, electronics, art, tools, clothes, insurance, etc. etc. How can we maximize our investments in all this stuff? What is your opinion on getting good deals in each of these categories? Our financial planner suggested we incorporate to get some tax write-offs. Another friend said to look into SwapLease. Yet another said to buy all of our furniture in North Carolina. If you were starting with nothing, how would you approach it? Should I walk into Best Buy and tell the manager to make me a deal? Should we buy used cars? Hit garage sales? Buy fine art and antiques? Get a part-time job at the Gap? Where and how can I find the best deals / best investments?
posted by jasondigitized at 7:28 AM PST - 12 comments

We gotta get out of this place!

How do we find our dream home in London from 287 miles away? [more inside]
posted by Glinner at 7:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Fine food, fiddles and festivals

Top tips for making good food at music festivals [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

An apple but which.

New iMac or new Macbook Pro? Details, details [more inside]
posted by sindas at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Done, next time.

Does anyone know if there is an available multiple countdown clock for Mac or Windows that can move from one set countdown to the next automatically with an easy interface to enter new times? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 6:42 AM PST - 0 comments

Cheap place to crash in the DC area

I need a cheap place to stay in Washington DC or College Park, MD for a few days this weekend. Inexpensive is important, level of comfort is not (I'll be working the entire time and just need to crash someplace in the off hours). Suggestions?
posted by agent99 at 6:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Where do I keep my crap when I'm running in Central Park in NYC?

I don't live near Central Park, but I've always wanted to run in it. Assuming I'm in Manhattan for the day and I also have a day pack of non-running stuff, is there somewhere in or around the park where I can keep my stuff while I'm running around unencumbered? No, I don't have a car or any friends who live near there.
posted by CrazyJoel at 6:03 AM PST - 11 comments

please peeve me

What is the opposite of a pet peeve? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 5:54 AM PST - 26 comments

How can optimize my parking lot (that is, yard)?

How can optimize my parking lot (that is, yard)? I share my house with a small business, which brings in up to 12 cars, plus our two. I'm wondering if there isn't some software, or an established method for figuring out the most efficient use of our limited space--taking into consideration turn-arounds and snow banks and all that? Any thoughts for a cramped little man?
posted by largecorp at 5:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Mother wanted me to wear a kimono

Did Little Edie suffer from a specific mental illness?
posted by pieoverdone at 5:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Which cameras and sound equipment are suitable?

Let's say I want to film an amateur, feature-length documentary. One can assume I'd use a digital camera for relative cheapness and expediency, but which cameras are good enough to do a professional-looking job? I'd be on a very tight budget. This does not take into account the sound equipment, but perhaps you could also comment on that? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 5:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Four flowers on a ship

There are, apparently, four flowers on a ship. One is the compass rose. Any ideas on what the other three could be?
posted by Nugget at 5:21 AM PST - 12 comments

It's in my head, damn it

What "oldies" song starts with "Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie. Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie. Dom dom dom dom dom, dom-di-doodie." "Woah-oh-oh-woah."
posted by Pants! at 4:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can we find Keira Knightley's Chanel ad?

My girlfriend would like to have a copy of Keira Knightley's new Chanel Mademoiselle advert. Where can we find a poster? The usual poster sites don't seem to have it (yet?). Europe preferred, but North America is ok too.
posted by stereo at 4:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Have you seen this flower pot?

I don't suppose anyone knows where I could get a flower pot like this in the UK or Ireland? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 3:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I create a raised seal to stamp on paper?

How can I make a raised seal of my own design? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 12:20 AM PST - 12 comments

August 13

myspace + css = just shoot me

Web designers: help! My poor CSS skills are driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 10:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Willits Willits

WillitsFilter: I'm taking the monster teens (an 18 year old, and two of his friends) to a cabin in Willits (Mendocino County) this Thursday for four days. My adult friends have bailed. When the kids start to drive me mad, is there a pub I can visit? Other places to check out, possibly meet locals?
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments


churros in NYC [more inside]
posted by octomato at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake?

What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does our kitchen sponge smell like mildew after less than a week?

Our kitchen sponge starts to smell like mildew after less than a week of normal use. We use a standard "scrubby" sponge that has an abrasive side and an absorbent sponge side. Has anybody else experienced this problem, and if so, what did you do about it, or do you have any general advice about keeping sponges from mildewing quickly? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch at 9:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Where can I buy cheap paper to make my own greeting cards?

[Homemade Greeting Card Filter] I want to make greeting cards, for friends and family -- mainly for obscure holidays (and just to say hello!) But buying supplies at PaperSource is super expensive -- and stamps are not exactly cheap. Where do you buy specialty stock paper and other greeting card paraphernalia? [mi] [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 8:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Vista Permissions?

What the crap? Vista won't let me delete a folder extracted from a .rar file. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 8:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Getting a Job and a Work Permit in Canada

Can you provide me advice on getting a work permit in Canada. Also does anyone know about a good agent that will find me a job in and process a work permit for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Coping emotionally until I get professional help

I know I need therapy, and I intend to get it as soon as my health insurance comes through in a few weeks. I'm under a lot of strain from a pending divorce and various related financial issues. I'm not just depressed, but I have the attention span of a gnat and I get caught in horrible, tormenting chains of obsessive thoughts. This is really crippling my ability to work and bill my customers, leading to more financial stress, leading to more emotional stress, etc. What solid things can I do in the short term to focus, work and get things done without pacing, obsessing and crying a lot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I get a Treo?

Should I switch to a Treo? Please help me figure out if it is right for me. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Can I get anything I want other than Alice's Restaurant?

What modern protest song did I hear that reminded me of Arlo's "Alice's Restaurant?" [more inside]
posted by conch soup at 6:11 PM PST - 25 comments

How to run script when you connect to network?

How to run a program/script automatically when laptop connects to Home wireless network? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How to prepare shrimp to be grilled in the shell?

How should I prepare shrimp to be grilled in the shell? [more inside]
posted by polyhedron at 5:47 PM PST - 12 comments

We have so much in common. Knowing my luck, he's a MeFite too.

I met a really great guy online, talked for hours (30+) across 4 days. We've got a lot in common, but the first in person meeting/date (dinner & a movie) went horribly when I forgot how to interact with human beings. After a couple of days of not talking we're back up to where we were: several hours of conversation a night. I'd like to ask him out again. Any suggestions on what to do or where to go? Any tips on how to actually remember to talk on a date? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 5:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Snowy laptop lockup

My laptop screen randomly locks up and gets all 'snowy', I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Fluff 'n fold in LA

Can anyone reccomend a fluff 'n fold north of Culver City in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

USB-Based Webcams for OSX Sought

Recommend a USB webcam that you have actually used in Mac OS X, please. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 5:13 PM PST - 13 comments

A prayer to St. Elmo?

Which (American-style) electrical surge protector will most reliably and economically protect my precious computer equipment from unforeseeable disaster? [more inside]
posted by zachxman at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

DVD me.

When playing a DVD on my boss's computer, we get sound but no image in both WinDVD and Windows Media Player. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 4:18 PM PST - 14 comments

...lather burns my eyes; this liquid soap surprise!

Can you recommend a shampoo that will make my scalp tingle? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 4:09 PM PST - 28 comments

What are the perks, pitfalls and perils of owning and operating a laundromat.

I'm thinking about starting up a laundromat. I'm interested in the views of anyone who has ever owned (or knows someone who has owned) a laundromat, with a focus on such things as start-up costs, how profitable (generally speaking) they can be and what I should know about the laundromat trade (perks, pitfalls etc) before going in.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

The sky is falling…

(Two part question: part 1 – help me find a reference, part 2 – am I crazy?) I know I have read somewhere that on rare occasions fish and frogs can be dragged from their watery residences by waterspouts and deposited miles away. There are many references on the web referring to this type of phenomena, but there is a particularly extreme example which I seek… [more inside]
posted by kmadd at 3:20 PM PST - 9 comments

To sleep, perchance to dream...

How do you shop for a new bed and pillows when they don't let you sleep at the store? [more inside]
posted by B-squared at 3:16 PM PST - 14 comments

math-challenged needs formula to constrain images for php + gd image manipulation

I need a formula or actual php code to generate a new height and width that will constrain the image between a maximum height and a maximum width while retaining the correct proportions of the original image. [more inside]
posted by sjarvis at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Does fish oil last like any other oil?

Does fish oil last like any other oil? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Experiences with infant oral thrush

YANMD: Infant/mother thrush advice sought [more inside]
posted by Joh at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How to Easily Calculate Nutrition Information of your Home Recipes?

Can anyone recommend a recipe nutrition figure-outer? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?

I am considering giving out my instant messenger in my work email signature. The question is "Which IM account is most appropriate for business use?" [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 2:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Did Jesus invent Grace?

Is Divine Grace an exclusively Christian idea? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 2:22 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me find cool stuff to do post-graduation

Help me find interesting, exotic, out-of-the-ordinary work/volunteer experience. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone know where I can find the Matchstick Man?

Where can I find this naughty matchstick dispenser? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 2:09 PM PST - 1 comment

How to make an informational cd to sell?

How to make an informational cd to sell? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Micro cap/Biotech conferences

I need to find conferences for a micro cap biotech company to attend. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me balance a busy schedule, heavy exercise, and dietary constraints by suggesting the perfect meal.

Please help me balance a busy schedule, heavy exercise, and dietary constraints by suggesting the perfect meal. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Hazy memories

Lost childhood books filter: This is a weird one [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

know of an online timer/alarm?

I've looked for and have not found a serial online timer (for circuit training) - an alarm that would go off every 90 seconds or 2 minutes etc. anyone know of one? thanks
posted by mrmarley at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

get rid of icon in mail

How do I get rid of my flower "icon" in Mail? It only shows up in my own messages when I bcc myself, but it is really annoying.
posted by cg2 at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

WTB Wired Home Intercom, PST.

Our house is undergoing an extensive remodel and I would like to install a wired, press-to-talk intercom between the first and second floors (and the basement as well, if possible). Ideally, I would prefer a solution that draws no power when the PTT button is not pressed. Does something like this exist? At first glance it seems simple to make an intercom that only uses power to drive a speaker on the other end when the PTT switch is on.
posted by turbodog at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Big Willie Style's all in it

Contemporary pop culture term equivalent, in both meaning and ridiculousness, to "getting jiggy wit it"? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 1:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Font finder

What fonts are used in the header on this webpage? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Moving without a new address?

What issues we will encounter moving to a new city without an address? Is it a bad idea to live in a motel for a month? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Missing the west coast already...

Help me find my favorite bean in upstate NY... I'm hungry! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Photo radar speeding ticket issued by mail: do you really have to pay it?

I've heard that it's easy to get photo radar tickets thrown out, especially tickets that are delivered by mail. Is this realistic, or is it one of those "you don't have to pay federal income tax" things? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

What's going on in Brazilian poetry right now?

I want to know what the poets in Brazil are doing these days. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments