August 2009 Archives

August 31

Back off Mrs. Kravitz

I recently moved into a 4 unit apartment building. Across the hall lives a single older woman who is proving to be quite the busy body. The girl downstairs from her and she are friends. The young woman that lives down stairs works for some sort of cash advance operation and when my Daughter got a ride home from a co-worker tonight, this neighbor of mine saw and recognized the driver as someone who borrowed from the cash advance agency, but never paid back, and verbally accosted her in the driveway of the apt. building. It was 8:30 at night and she was wearing a nightgown. I found this very unprofessional, and honestly irritating. What I want to know is how can I handle this without it becoming a building war. I've only lived here a month, but her bulldog approach was very insulting to my guest and very inappropriate. The situation could get sticky since the neighbors are pals. Ugh...what to do!
posted by gypseefire at 11:46 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I learn about and collect images of the seed signs that are posted along large agricultural fields?

Agriculture Industry Filter: After a recent drive across the mid-western United States, I became very intrigued by the variety of signs along the road that seemed to be trademark or branding markers for the types of seeds being grown in the various fields. (1) Does anyone know the purpose of these? (2) Seen a collection of them online? or (3) Know how one might properly refer to them in order to go about collecting images of them?
posted by refractal at 10:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Anyone know of Sword Shops on Long Island?

Does anyone know of any sword shops on Long Island, particularly eastern Long Island? I'm looking for shops that sell mostly Japanese Swords and weapons. Also I'm mainly interested in collectors swords, not practical swords.
posted by FireStyle at 10:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Not a Verizon fan

A response to a previous AskMefi question regarding early cancellation fees for cell phone service implies that nonpayment of these fees does not get reported to credit agencies? Is that true and if so, why?
posted by sarelicar at 9:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get a DVD to customers without maintaining an inventory

How can I get a DVD to customers without maintaining an inventory? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 9:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Intermittent connectivity issue

How do I know if it is my router that is causing me connection headaches? [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries at 9:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Why rock vocals are in such a high register?

Just a curiosity - why do you think that the overwhelming trend in rock 'n' roll / pop style music with male lead vocals is for the male vocalist to sing in a tenor / high tenor / contratenor or higher range - viz. Steve Perry, Triumph, etc.? I just wonder because that isn't the trend so much in other popular music - blues, R'n'B, country, traditional folk, etc. It's simply puzzled me for years and I wonder if MeFi has any theories?
posted by BrooksCooper at 9:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Affordable Spain!

What are some of the best things to do in Spain in October? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Yeah, I have a question about Soul Asylum.

This sounds like it should be the easiest question in the world to solve, but I'm having some serious issues: I remember, years ago, owning some compilation CD on which that band Soul Asylum covered "Bird on a Wire." Google confirms for me that this did indeed happen because there are pages and pages of guitar tabs for this version, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what album this song was on. Also, if you can find someplace online where I can listen to this song, I would be eternally grateful.
posted by waywardgirl at 8:37 PM PST - 12 comments

MBP driven to tears?

I bought a MacBook Pro in June 2007. Since then, its needed a new hard disk drive, right cooling fan, and DVD read/write drive. Is this normal wear and tear? [more inside]
posted by uaudio at 7:59 PM PST - 38 comments

Blogs for bike commuters

Recommend some bike commuter blogs [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I Learn While I'm Sleeping?

Does subliminal learning work? I'm at an intermediate level of french but since I'm leaving for France in a month I want to speed up the process a bit. I already do a lot of work (listening to RFI while I work, speaking whenever possible etc) but I figure if listening to podcasts while I sleep would help too then why not? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 7:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Sheep, Goats, Mini-cows?

Sheep, Goats, Mini-cows? I have about two acres of fenced-in land in Ohio, I already own two goats (one fainting goat, and an angora) and some chickens. Trying to maximize enjoyment and profit, what animals should I raise, good suggestions in the past have been, nubian goats, (sell the milk and meat) sheep, rabbits (reproduce fast, good profit), ect. What should my next purchase be, the more creative the better.
posted by Benzle at 7:34 PM PST - 13 comments

BitLocker and the battery NomNoms

How much will BitLocker eat my battery? [more inside]
posted by @homer at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Not that she's planning any accidents, but...

Massachusetts Health Insurance Filter: Is there a way to find some kind of bridge coverage for the time between 9/9, when the old insurance goes away, and 10/1, when the new insurance becomes effective? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Shopping in the States

I want to drive across the border for clothes + electronics - Where can I shop in the US of A? I'm from Canada - GTA. [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Why are we planning New Year's Eve this early?

My friends and I trying to plan New Year's Eve. Help us figure out if New Orleans or Miami would be better... [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 6:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Dr. Who Recursion Paradox

Dr. Who question. Can the Tardis ever appear inside itself? Has it ever?
posted by geekhorde at 6:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Possible porn addict looking for options

Am I addicted to pornography? If I am, what can I do? Is there a Porn Addicts Anonymous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Hey how's it going OH SHI.. I CAN'T HEAR ANYTHING!

Wacky ear question: Sometimes when I speak out loud one or both of my ears will pOp and I can't hear anything but my own voice. What the heck is going on and how can I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Make it stop

I'm on Ocella birth control (generic Yasmin) and I've been having a really painful, heavy period for almost 5 weeks now and I'm getting pret-teee sick of it. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 5:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Financial District Apartment Needed

We are looking for an apartment in NYC Financial District. One bedroom, max. $2,000. Any ideas? Thanks a lot guys
posted by lumidine at 5:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Finicky Airport Devices

Airtunes filter – Why are my iTunes speakers connected via Airport sometimes not recognised? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me want to get up in the AM

How can I get back the energy and enthusiasm I once had in the morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Expression Engine file upload won't work. Why?

Why won't Expression Engine's file upload work? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Real-time Equities Pricing

Is there a real-time US market data feed better (or at least as good and less expensive) than Yahoo Finance's Market Tracker? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 4:49 PM PST - 15 comments

What could I use to cover or hide a dent on my new stainless steel refrigerator?

What could I use to cover or hide a dent on my new stainless steel refrigerator? I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars to have it professionally fixed (assuming that was even possible), and I have low confidence in any of these dent repair suggestions working very well. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 4:41 PM PST - 9 comments


amphetamine salt combo. generic for Adderall. 20mg I've been taking these on occasion. But now find myself on a job in Mexico, and have run out. Cannot get a new prescription from the States. Is there a way to get some here, in a farmacia? What should I ask for? Is there any danger? Any substitute?
posted by ebesan at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Headphone buying help, please!

Big sale on headphones in Canada! But which ones to get? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Pear Note Alternative

Do you know of any free software packages (for the Mac) that have the same or similar functionality to Pear Note?
posted by gocubbies at 4:26 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the word for the pithy retort thought of later?

What's the word for the response, or phrase, or comeback, that you wish you had only thought of at the time?
posted by swlabr at 4:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some good protein-rich meals I can take to work with me for lunch? I'm trying to gain some mass.

What are some good protein-rich meals I can take to work with me for lunch? I'm trying to gain some mass. I'll have a refrigerator and microwave present and my commute is only 15 minutes. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 4:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me connect!

Help me connect to my girlfriend's wireless network! [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 4:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I break my contract with Alltel without suffering from etfs ?

How can I break contract with my cellphone carrier without being financially destroyed ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Fun in Traverse City, Michigan in September?

What should I not miss in Traverse City, Michigan, over a Labor Day weekend vacation--without becoming a dreaded "fudgie?" [more inside]
posted by ViolaGrinder at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Generic Drugs When?

When will Effexor XR (extended release) go generic in the US? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Dog nail trimmer

Good dog nail trimmer? [more inside]
posted by JV at 3:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Are these stress caused health conditions?

I've worked a lot the past few months (but will be done in a few weeks) and have noticed a few physical changes. Could stress cause these conditions? (1) When I wash my hair in the shower, I lose a couple dozen hairs down the drain (although I don't seem to be balding) (2) My right eye has started twitching several times an hour (I can feel it but my friends can't see the twitching). (3) I've gone from about 5 to about 50 grey hairs the past year. I'm a 24 year old male.
posted by lpctstr; at 2:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Reading for a Reinvention

I've decided to make some big changes in how I live. Things like exercising more, eating better, dressing nicer and so on. Things are going pretty great now, but I am looking for some useful reading (magazines, books, websites, blogs) to help me stay motivated and generate ideas. Further info... [more inside]
posted by cuando at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

What countries have laws or legislative rules requiring legislation to stay on-topic?

What countries have laws or legislative rules requiring legislation to stay on-topic? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk at 2:25 PM PST - 9 comments

The Juicer List

Is there a website that tracks which players are currently serving a suspension for steroids or performance enhancing drugs – one site many/all sports? I've only located this
posted by pmaxwell at 2:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Best snorkeling in Puerto Rico?

What are the best beaches for snorkeling in Puerto Rico and Vieques? I visited this amazing beach in PR two years ago and am looking for something similar... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Lavos spawn ten years later?

What is this spiky fish carcass? [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How much power does my ex-accountant hold?

Can my accountant legally call the IRS and have my refund held up because he says he was not paid for his work, and/or he says there is a dispute on the return based on problesm I have had the last two years on my return? [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to be sneaky and paranoid!

So I'm looking for an audio recorder, about the size of a dime or so, that I can stitch inside my son's collar. Where would I find such a thing? [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 2:01 PM PST - 57 comments

What's the best way to work with iPhoto 8.1 and Flickr?

What's the best way to work with iPhoto 8.1 and Flickr? Strategies and tips, please!!! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Snacking around the world

Blogs about regional junk food and snacks? [more inside]
posted by doift at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it best to be completely transparent or selectively revealing?

I am quitting my job and moving to Minneapolis at the end of the month. Should I tell prospective employers (in the Twin Cities) this information, or be vague about the fact that I will soon be unemployed? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Dollars and Rials and Bourses, oh my!

What difference does it make to the United States economy whether oil is traded or denominated in the US dollar or in other currencies? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 1:18 PM PST - 11 comments

ISO local New York PBS documentary on Latinos who converted to Judaism after they found out that they were descended from conversos.

ISO local New York PBS documentary on Latinos who converted to Judaism after they found out that they were descended from conversos. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 1:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Let's go to Little Canada!

A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
posted by Korou at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Magic Chord-O-Matic Machine!

I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
posted by phrontist at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Yet another new parent "my baby won't sleep like a baby" question.

Yet another my-baby-can't-sleep question. We've tried every recommendation we've seen online or got from the pediatrician and nothing has worked. Need more ideas or reassurance that it's normal and will pass someday. [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 1:03 PM PST - 50 comments

Should I just tell my parents to go to hell?

Should I just tell my parents to go to hell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 105 comments

What's worth seeing at Open Monumentendag?

Is there anything worth going out of my way to see at Open Monumentendag in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 12:59 PM PST - 1 comment

question about autism and adolescence

How would you best support an autistic child, as they move into adolescence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a dayhike for kids in the white mountains.

Looking for dayhikes in the North Conway area of NH. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Need to password protect external hard-drive

Need to password protect external hard-drive [more inside]
posted by heylight at 12:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Wordpress plugin incompatibility

Wordpress Filter: Plugin incompatibility with my theme - website screws up on IE. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Danniman at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Owning hip out of gamut pigment will make me cooler than you

Can I buy International Klein Blue pigment/paint? If so, where, and what form would it come in? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I restrict internet traffic?

Is there a way to limit download/uploads through my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by LDL707 at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Online Medical billing for small business

I am starting my own business - an acupuncture clinic. I am planning on taking insurance and billing the insurance companies myself. Does anyone know the easiest way to do this? I have heard of online set-ups (not sure if they are free or not) but cant seem to find anything myself. Ideally, I could find something that was cheap/free and easy to use. I am in WA state ... if that is relevant. Thank you!
posted by penny44 at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

I just want to download some Professor Layton puzzles!

Where can I find a Nintendo DS wifi hotspot in Rochester, NY that works? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Anyone used "Picture This" before?

Has anyone ever used the "Picture This" photo transfer product by Plaid? I have, with some mixed results and I was wondering if there was any particular paper that yields better results than others. I suppose this should be used with an inkjet printer, but ours isn't very good. Any other recommendations?
posted by m0kingb1rd at 11:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Lego, my ego

CareerFilter: How do you become a Lego designer? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Are there free or low-cost therapy resources online?

Low-cost and/or free therapy resources? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Will leaving midway through notice period kill my future job prospects?

Got talked into adding additional weeks to notice period. Now well into that time and work situation is intolerable. Will walking now ruin my life? [more inside]
posted by larkspur at 11:11 AM PST - 42 comments

Looking for an article about getting people to improve their own estimates and predictions

Looking for an article about getting people to improve their own estimates and predictions [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Boxster in the Winter?

How well does the Porsche Boxster fare in the winter? A real, "wake up and everything is ice" Midwestern winter? Engine over the RWD and stability control should make it drivable? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Clever poster to put in a home studio

What should I put on the wall in my new home studio? [more inside]
posted by cronholio at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Would I know if I were considered a security risk?

If I had been rejected from a job in the US that required a security clearance because I was a security risk, would I know it? Or would I just keep getting rejected from other clearance-required jobs without being told why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Actuarial Jobs For Dummies: Part Duex

Follow up to this question from last year. She has now passed both P and FM! However, she has not been able to get her foot in the door for an interview anywhere, be it phone or in-person. She constantly applies for jobs at actuarial firms and insurance companies, but always gets rejected. [more inside]
posted by dyno04 at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

What have I spent my life on?

How do I apply to Master's programs when I don't have either real academic credentials or a particularly distinguished career reputation? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

A Rosensweigelheimer By Any Other Name ...

Planning to change my last name, which isn't a common thing for men to do. Not sure what reactions to expect from colleagues and peers. How can I best deal with potential social stigma and explanations of reasoning involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Unhealthily jealous of the attention my girlfriend gets from guys

Guys are always hitting on my girlfriend and making it clear that she is out of my league, how do I stop being jealous MeFi? [more inside]
posted by plechazunga at 9:51 AM PST - 70 comments

Medieval wood carving online

Where are there picture galleries of medieval wood carving (both in situ eg: misericords, pew ends, ecclesiastical accessories like baptism fonts, etc. and free standing figural carving like those of Tilman Riemenschneider, for example) online? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Synthfilter: Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, keys not firing issue

Synthfilter: Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 giving me problems: keys not playing notes, but silicone contacts are clean and working. Looking to be directed to the right person/place/forum to ask or maybe someone here can help [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 9:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Fireworks and Photoshop workflow issues

Fireworks vs. Photoshop - which is better? (ok, that's obviously flamebait). How do I make a workflow argument for Photoshop in a production department entrenched in Fireworks? [more inside]
posted by fauxtoes at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

What would you do if you had an engineering degree?

What would you do if you were a recent engineering graduate? (What companies would you be looking into across Canada?) [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Oh, no! It's a kid! Run away, run away!

How do I learn to like kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Oh nos! My favorite headphones are dying!

I love these headphones because the cord retracts. Brilliant, right? Yeah, Sony stopped making them. What other headphones can do this too? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Books about Maine?

Suggestions for books on Maine history and culture, non fiction preferred but not a necessity. This would be for a person traveling to Maine in the near future, will be spending time on the coast and in the great north woods.
posted by flummox at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me Find Out More About my Musical Neighbors

Can you recommend some blogs that focus on the music scene in Washington, DC? I'm interested mainly in hip-hop/funk/soul and indie rock (but not rap). [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

please help me to not starve

I'm having surgery in my pelvic/abdominal area on Friday, and since my doctor is expecting some bowel involvement, he is putting me on a clear fluid diet as of Thursday morning. I'm going to be STARVING by surgery time (noon Friday). [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy at 7:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help resurrect my iMac?

My iMac's seemingly gone kaput :( I'm getting a flashing folder icon with a question mark on bootup. Please help me save my iMac? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 7:52 AM PST - 8 comments

gender-neutral first names of any ethnicity

I'm trying to put together a list of gender-neutral first names. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 7:48 AM PST - 78 comments

"Cancelled" your phone call

If someone calls my mobile, and instead of pressing a button to answer it I press the one that mutes/silence/stop their call (such as if it's vibrating or ringing, and I can't or don't want to answer it)... do they know that I've deliberately muted/silenced their call or will it keep on ringing along merrily for them until voicemail voice kicks in?
posted by Jimmie at 7:48 AM PST - 15 comments

This video, it does not play

Help me stop feeling stupid about working with (converting, compressing, and editing) digital video files. [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How much does the rice break down when fermenting sake?

A question for sake brewers. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 7:32 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to find plans for building an office desk from scratch?

I'm a tall, skinny software developer, (6'5"/196cm) who cannot find a desk even remotely what I need/want in terms of style, quality, and size. I am going to have a carpenter build me a desk. Google has found me nothing. Do you have a desk you love? What makes you love it? Are you a tall person who finds they need keyboard/mouse at exactly the right height? How did you solve this? Do you have plans you love or a desk design you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by carlodio at 7:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Color laser printer with Linux/UNIX drivers available

Could anyone recommend a color laser printer for ca. 500 GBP for a small office? Compatibility with Linux and Solaris---essential. BONUS question: should I also buy a monochrome laser for B&W printouts or is an unnecessary overkill when one has a color laser?
posted by noztran at 7:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

WoodworkingFilter-- I need a basic list of wood sculpting tools [more inside]
posted by nax at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Help save me time in Garageband

Is it possible to have GarageBand ('09) play faster when editing without impacting the output? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Fool's Garden

Please help me save my beloved lemon tree! [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana at 6:14 AM PST - 7 comments

help me figure out the title of a song

Please help me remember the title of a Bonnie Prince Billy song. It's a love song, with the man singing about his feminine side, and a woman singing about being masculine? I think it might be called something like "the woman in me" or something like that. Thanks!
posted by jujube at 6:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Facebook Link to .flv File

I am trying to link directly from Facebook to a .flv file hosted on my server. How can I accomplish this? The example .flv file I have for this problem is here. In my country, connecting abroad is slow. Domestic servers are quick, that's why I need to do this. Thanks!
posted by Timen at 5:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Building a PC the old-fashioned way in London

I'm looking for a good brick & mortar computer parts retailer in or around London. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 5:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Financial info divorce/kids in AU

Australian Family Law filter. Spouse maintenance, child support,divorce financials? [more inside]
posted by cerebrum at 4:59 AM PST - 3 comments

What smells good that doesn't cause cancer?

Candles, incense, and even deodorant are linked with cancer. What can I use to make my house smell nice that hasn't already been proven to make me sick? [more inside]
posted by lexfri at 4:50 AM PST - 44 comments

Freedom in Freetown

Moving to Sierra Leone, or thereabouts. Freetown? Bo? Where to go? Any first hand suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamck at 4:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Software for translators

Are you a translator? What software do you use or recommend? [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Something's been bugging me...

WeirdBugFilter: What is this bug? Entymologists please help! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 4:25 AM PST - 10 comments

is this the most dangerous place on earth?

Midsomer seems to be an awfully dangerous place. What percentage of the UK's annual murders occur in this deceptively peaceful village? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 3:04 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best alternative to bananas as fuel for a ~12 mile cycle commute?

What's the best alternative to bananas as fuel for a ~12 mile cycle commute? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Damn cold around these parts...

What was grandpa doing in the ice-age? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 2:56 AM PST - 7 comments

What's a kid to do?

I have had self-esteem, confidence, and anxiety issues my entire life. Lately, my confidence has been getting much better, but it is still very unstable. More than anything else, I want to be able to feel good about myself consistently. Is this possible, given my background (see inside)? If so, please share your success stories or advice on what I can do to feel good. [more inside]
posted by ahrara_ at 1:36 AM PST - 14 comments

August 30

Teaching Spanish with news and music

I am teaching a high school Spanish class for the first time and need some help. I'm looking for 2 things, short news clips in Spanish and free songs with translations. [more inside]
posted by dealing away at 11:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Rsync to Merge Disk Images?

Should I use rsync (instead of rsnapshot) to pare down Mac disk image backups? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:18 PM PST - 4 comments

How to temporarily re-attach a car's side mirror?

I smashed my car's passenger side mirror against some scaffolding leading into my garage tonight. The mirror and plastic casing are still intact, but now dangling from a wire still attached to the car. I have to drive somewhere early tomorrow morning. What should I do until I can get to a garage? Duct tape it back in place? Will that damage my car's paint? Should I cut the wire and remove the mirror? TIA...
posted by Majorita at 11:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Help a doll with puttin' on the ritz

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is coming back to Governor's Island, and this time I want to do more than spectate. [more inside]
posted by messica at 10:10 PM PST - 5 comments

What kind of backpack is this?

What kind of backpack is this, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by ohsoferrety at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Drupal vs Joomla vs Wordpress vs ...?

Drupal vs Joomla vs Wordpress vs ...? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:59 PM PST - 23 comments

When I was young I drew all over the neck of one of my guitars with a sharpie, thinking it would make me "metal." I am now older and wiser. How do can I remove this mistake?

When I was young I drew all over the neck of one of my guitars with a sharpie, thinking it would make me "metal." I am now older and wiser. How do can I remove this mistake?
posted by ichthuz at 8:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Need Moar Advice on Being a Competent Para

I'm looking for your thoughts on how to be a good paraprofessional (a.k.a. teacher's aide, teaching assistant) at a high school. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Wireless devices as informational art, redux.

What non-computer wireless devices are available for displaying information? I already know about Ambient Devices, Nabaztag, and Chumby. What else is out there? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I convince my cat her litter box is not a good hang-out?

My cat loves her litter box.... too much. How do I get her to stop playing in it? [more inside]
posted by scrute at 8:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Computer display flipped 90 degrees. Help!

How do I fix my computer display? All of a sudden, everything on screen is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Mouse controls are similarly changed: left is now up, etc. Resulted from a mistaken key combination, but I can't figure out which keys I hit. Running Windows Vista on a Toshiba Satellite laptop.
posted by goatdog at 7:59 PM PST - 7 comments

harbor freight type store in/near boston

Is there anything similar to Harbor Freight in the Boston metro area, T-accessible? [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Teach me to drink in Ireland!

I'm heading off to Ireland next week, and plan on spending lots of time in pubs. What do I need to know about drinking in and around Ireland to totally not come off as a dolt?
posted by nitsuj at 6:59 PM PST - 52 comments

What's this beat style called?

IANAMusician: The Libertines' song "Last Post on the Bugle" (in the intro) and "Pull Shapes" by the Pipettes (in the first verse) are examples of this beatbeat-beat rhythm that I keep hearing in songs that I like. My Google-fu has failed me; is there a name for this kind of beat? What other songs have it?
posted by theraflu at 6:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Nice set of wheels you got there—

Is the use of meronym and synecdoche the same thing? If not, please illustrate. I am confused.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 6:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Researching African-American nutrition

Good resources for researching African-American attitudes towards and perceptions of nutrition? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there any bureaucratic alternatives to the US foreign service?

Are there any bureaucratic alternatives to the US foreign service? I currently have a BSN. Fluent in Japanese, English of course, and nearing fluency in Spanish. Chinese and Russian are on the list but I'd like to first get better at my current languages. I was thinking about medical school but such a route doesn't inspire the same kind of passion I feel for stuff like international politics. Being a Foreign Service Officer seems like the dream job. However, I'm a permanent resident of the US, and acquiring citizenship as well as going through all the FSO requirements seems like I'll putting a lot of eggs in one basket. Also, I don't like moving around, I like going to one area and staying put ideally for decades but 5-10 years is fine. I'm only 22 but I'm old enough to know I hate moving around too much. [more inside]
posted by fairykarma at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Isolation Fatigue

What happened to my ability to trust in and connect with people? How do I regain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Me, Porn and the Web

I am a guy who would like to stop watching porn (watch on the internet). I don't judge others who watch it but it bothers me that I do. I don't do it often but porn has in some way been in my life since high school and now that I am married and in my late 30s, I still drift over to sites. (Frequency, I would say is once every few weeks)...I need to use my computer so getting rid of it is not currently available as an option. I finally admitted it to my wife because I wanted to stop and to my surprise, she has loved me and wants to support me anyway. Any tricks on stopping this habit, or book/web site recommendations are appreciated. I figure dropping ice cubes down my shorts would be a start!
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Fork me!

I need a new fork for my road bike. How do I shop for one? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Make a Genogram online ?

Do you know of a online service to produce/maintain Genograms ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:43 PM PST - 1 comment

baby pigeons on my desc that were aparently abandoned

There are three young pigeons on my deck that have been there all day with no mother around. (at least as far as I can tell) They look like they are about 75% of the size of an adult pigeon, and are not flying. Is there anything I can do to help them or should I ignore this situation because it is out of my hands?
posted by santogold at 5:39 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with a leftover 401k account?

What to do with a 'leftover' 401k account? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Leftover that even possible?

What are some good uses for leftover beer? A *lot* of leftover beer? [more inside]
posted by kro at 5:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Ordinary worker during the day, phlebotomist trainee on the weekends

Where do I get the training needed to be a phlebotomist? I need to be able to do it during the weekends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me reply to my mom's email concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

My mom sent me an email today acknowledging for the very first time (that I am aware of) that she experiences symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would like to write the best response that I can to her, with some links or information about possible next steps. I don't want to screw this up, please help me help her! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Old Father Hubbard.

Lazy Last Minute Dinner Help: So I forgot it was my turn to cook dinner and all I have in the house are some scraps of cooked meat (chicken, lamb) and a bottle of Loyd Grossman's pre-made Korma sauce. How can I jazz this up while using up the scraps in my cupboard? Preferably stuff I can add while it simmers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 4:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get special access at sporting events?

How do I get "special" access at sporting events? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Songs that are a throwback to the 1930s-1960s?

I like Amy Winehouse, psychobilly, the Pipettes, the Acid House Kings, the O Brother... soundtrack, and even that throw-back-to-the-Andrews-Sisters Christina Aguilera song. I have a craving for music produced in the now but inspired by the 1930s to early 1960s, with my favourite era being the 1940s. Can you recommend anymore good contemporary rock/pop bands along these lines, including psychobilly bands I may not have heard about yet? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:29 PM PST - 52 comments

What are your top 5 (Google) Android Apps?

What are your top 5 Android Apps? [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic at 4:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Best ecard websites?

What are some of the best e-card websites out there now? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Drupal structure? Help me structure my structure!

I'm trying to create a magazine via Drupal, and I'm having some problems using node references. Should I be using books or taxonomies? Or can you just help me iron this problem out with what I'm doing now? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Is Yakult worth it?

What have been your experiences of taking Yakult? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Photos to simple-cell organizers?

Are there any digital photo frames out there that don't require direct phone line access, instead accessing the service via the cellular network? [more inside]
posted by tilde at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend me a telly to blow $2500 on

[Australia] Which television should I buy for AU$2500? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:37 PM PST - 10 comments

iPhone RSS reader that supports SSL and authentication?

Anyone know of an RSS reader for iPhone that supports SSL and authentication, and does NOT use an online aggregator? [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 3:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Excel: How can I decide which cell to apply to a formula, based on the runtime contents of another cell?

Excel: How can I decide which cell to apply to a formula, based on the runtime contents of another cell? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Big prints in-store?

What commonly-available stores make 11x14" or larger digital prints in less than 24 hours without having to have them shipped? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I stick with my Comcast high-speed internet plan or switch to Verizon FiOS?

Should I stick with my Comcast high-speed internet plan or switch to Verizon FiOS? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

The App that Doesn't Seem to Exist

Looking for a iphone/ipod touch calendar/todo app with specific requirements. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Trash day came early.

Landlord threw out my things before my lease was up - do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 1:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Who first thought it was funny?

What's the origin of the joke about the long, long table? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 1:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Need advice for Garageband interface

Home recording filter: Hubby has a great new Macbook Pro, purchased per your advice. What type of 8-channel interface should he buy? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Baby Boy Names? Help!

Baby Name Block: I'm pregnant with my third boy. I'm so totally out of boy names it isn't even funny. I have a total block. Help me get inspired by participating in this exercise. [more inside]
posted by Bueller at 1:18 PM PST - 80 comments

About a boy, in Japan

Travel filter: if you were going to spend 4-6 weeks travelling in Japan with a five year old boy, where would you go and what would you do? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 12:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me enjoy life (if only for a week)

Help me stop dwelling on the negatives and be able to ENJOY my vacation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I keep quiet about an appraisal error that's possibily in my favor?

I'm buying a house, and the bank appraisal came back 1-2% lower than the purchase price, so I renegotiated with the seller, and had them lower the price to the appraised value. Today I was looking over the appraisal, and found an error. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 10 comments

abortion and pain meds

I'm having a medical abortion and I think my gynecologist forgot to prescribe pain meds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Recommendations for wireless locator kit? (i.e. 'RFID-beepers I can stick on things)

Can you recommend a good wireless locator kit that will let me tag various remotes, keys, etc. so I can find them by activating the locator and listening for a beep? [more inside]
posted by jcruelty at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

(Where) should we go to see the space shuttle landing?

(Where) should we go to see the space shuttle landing? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Mythbust supermarket petrol for me, please.

Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 12:18 PM PST - 14 comments

What is this movie?

Movie Identification Filter: Can anyone identify this movie based upon my faint recollections? [more inside]
posted by starscream at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

What is there to do in Charles County, MD?

What should I not miss in southern Maryland? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:57 AM PST - 9 comments

What city is this?

Anyone know what city this is? I believe it's from the 1940s or '50s.
posted by xmutex at 10:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me avoid stains on my new furniture, please?

I recently bought a whole new house's worth of upholstered furniture--two couches and three chairs, all brand new, and which have varying fiber content. Help me figure out what I need to do to protect them from stains? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 10:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Turning 30 in California, after Christmas: what to do?

I'm turning 30 this year, and my birthday is between Christmas and New Years. I live in central California, and may not have a lot of time for vacation. I want to do something interesting. What would you recommend to do in (central-ish) California, or possibly the greater West Coast, in the end of December? Sights to see, food to eat, events to attend? Lots of thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Which neurosurgeon do we choose?

We've gotten the second opinion - it disagrees radically from the first. What on earth do we do now? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 10:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Multi MSWord documents in Separate Window?

MS Word 2007, PC - how to open second document in SEPARATE window? [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

FHA Loan - MMI and 78% equity question

FHA - Do I need to pay MMI on an FHA backed loan when starting out with 78% LTV? [more inside]
posted by mjger at 9:52 AM PST - 1 comment

More meaty munching for me and mine?

I'm looking to expand my repertoire of strong meaty tasting recipes. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 9:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Cheapest flights from Hanoi to Siem Reap? Southeast Asia airline search aggregator?

What are the cheapest & quickest flights from Hanoi to Siem Reap; is there a southeast Asia flight aggregator (similar to Kayak in the US) that will search all the possible airlines and connections? [more inside]
posted by pariser at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy a decent pair of shades?

Good quality, non-prescription sunglasses in D.C.? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Best non-expensive hotel in Oaxaca?

Best reasonably priced hotel in Oaxaca? We're two people, traveling to Oaxaca the week after Labor Day. In search of a not too pricey hotel to stay in for a few nights at the beginning of our stay...and maybe a hotel to splurge on for one night at the end. Ideas? Anyone ever stated at the Hotel Monte Alban on the Zocalo? Or Casa Oaxaca? Those are the two we're thinking of for moderate and splurge, respectively.
posted by toomuchkatherine at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

My car is melting. (Melting!)

What's the best way to clean the tarry, semi-melted center console of my 2001 Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Say I wanted to become a medical illustrator...

Say I wanted to attend graduate school for a degree in Medical Illustration... what should I start doing now, as a freshman in undergrad, to insure that happens? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it foolish to start watching Jericho now?

TV show Jericho fans: Is it foolish to start watching the series now, knowing that it has been abruptly canceled and feature film plans aren't guaranteed? Or should I walk away before I get too invested? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 7:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Would an household all-purpose cleaner ruin a suit?

Would an household all-purpose cleaner ruin a suit? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Does this create a local root exploit for Mac OS X using Finder?

Why does Apple's Finder bypass some group permissions? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:01 AM PST - 15 comments

who will think of the towels?

If you don't have a linen closet, where do you keep your towels and sheets? [more inside]
posted by pinky at 6:08 AM PST - 34 comments

Nano, nano on the wall..

Do nanotech steam-proof mirrors exist? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 6:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Dealing with a sore tongue and hair loss: advice from the hive mind?

I'm coping with two different side effects from two different medications--hair loss and sore tongue/dry mouth. Any advice from the hive mind? Teal deer explanation and questions inside. [more inside]
posted by elfgirl at 6:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Death Becomes Her - The face in the bottle

To anyone who has seen "Death Becomes Her", did you notice the face in the bottle of magic potion? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 5:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Learn to speak and read, but not write, Japanese?

What's the best way to learn Japanese, if you don't care about being able to write it? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 3:19 AM PST - 22 comments

The economics of free bread

What's the business benefit of free bread at restaurants? [more inside]
posted by nayrb5 at 2:09 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for old 90's mac/pc game involving a green haunted house...

Looking for old 90's mac/pc game involving a green haunted house... [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 12:38 AM PST - 11 comments

August 29

Dealer or DIY?

What happed to the doorlock my 2003 Dodge neon? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 11:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Preloading Streaming Quicktime Chapters

Help me figure out how to preload "chapters" in a streaming Quicktime file - so that the chapter headings load and are selectable immediately! [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 11:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Really weird Snow Leopard font problem

I just upgraded to Snow Leopard, and since then, some of my fonts are MAJORLY screwed up in iWork '09 (Pages, Keynote and Numbers). [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc at 9:51 PM PST - 17 comments


Is there a good, free and reliable email-SMS client that allows two way communication via SMS? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 9:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't they want to be eaten??

Why do plants make poisonous berries? [more inside]
posted by water bear at 9:36 PM PST - 15 comments

knob/crack positioning

On which side of the folds of a pair of bifold closet doors go the knobs?...... [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 8:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Adding IMAP to a Linux Email Box

Do you know a reputable provider to add IMAP to a Linux email box? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 7:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Smelly couch, smelly couch, what are they feeding you?

How to deodorize a leather couch? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments

What does a hospital do with a truck of liquid oxygen?

What is the hospital doing with a truck of "oxygen refrigerated liquid"? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B at 7:28 PM PST - 19 comments

apple divices willfully ignoring each other!

itunes refuses to see my ipod- again! I've got a 1st-gen ipod touch, a macbook, and the latest version of itunes- but the three won't play nice... [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Resettling in New Delhi

American woman moving to New Delhi. Tips and advice on housing requested! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me put an end to emotional blackmail.

Help me put an end to emotional blackmail. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Quebec City restaurant recommendation

My parents are celebrating their 10th anniversary in Quebec City. They are staying in Sainte-Foy, on Hochelaga Blvd. I want to get them a gift certificate for a nice but not too fancy restaurant; nice enough so it's special, but not over-the-top, five-star nice. I want $200 to cover it. Thoughts? Thanks!
posted by JamesWilson123 at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Turn Off That Loud Music!

I have a problem with hearing bass music vibrating through my windows and walls into my home. It literally echos through my every vein and makes me feel insane. Is this a sign of age? Is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 5:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Help identifying a song!

Help me identify this (possibly well known) 90s grunge-y ish song. [more inside]
posted by the_ancient_mariner at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Fundraising Ideas Please.

Looking for a fundraiser idea for high school water polo team. [more inside]
posted by Chele66 at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Bizarre headache

Focal headache. How much should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Why are Slim-Fast shakes in steel cans rather than aluminium?

My lunchtime obsession has finally percolated onto Ask MeFi. The question that I ponder every day I have at my midday repast: Why are Slim-Fast shakes in steel cans rather than aluminium? [more inside]
posted by Fortran at 4:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Depositing plain cash with ATMs?

How safe is it to deposit plain old cash into a bank's ATM? [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 4:34 PM PST - 26 comments

College & Fin Aid Issues

College & Fin Aid Issues [more inside]
posted by nameinruins at 3:41 PM PST - 18 comments

How to build a better furball gakking machine?

My kitty has hairballs. [more inside]
posted by squeak at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Sinus Infection induced Asthma isn't going away, help?

Sinus infection two years ago led to immediate symptoms of exercise-induced asthma. After two years, it's gotten better, but never fully disappeared. Will it ever go away? Am I impeding my recovery by continuing to utilize an inhaler? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 3:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Basic Black Underwear

Basic black women's underwear. . . it shouldn't be this difficult to find, should it? [more inside]
posted by mai at 2:51 PM PST - 33 comments

XL-10 Gold Cells at 42 Degrees

What happens if I grow XL-10 Gold e coli at 42 degrees C? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me be a good speech-giver tomorrow. Ready -- Go!

Public Speaking Filter: I've been asked to speak in front of a very large group at a public rally tomorrow. I'm excited, but I've never done this before. Help! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 1:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Giant Public Calendar in NYC

NYC Filter: Looking for a large, public display which shows the current date (not just the time). Our third anniversary is on Sept. 9th, and my wife and I would like to get photographed in front of some giant calendar/billboard/whathaveyou that reads "9/9/09." Manhattan is preferable. Thanks!
posted by DavidNYC at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

infinite zoom visual source code editor?

I saw a video from microsoft research which showed a new editor with like "infinite zoom" when viewing all source code files, like flash vector files - really cool. But i can't seem to find this video again! Does anybody know what it's called? Or a link?
posted by flexiverse at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

staying warm whilst ringing in 2010

How do you pull off New Year's Eve @ Times Square with maximum comfort? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 11:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Dremel Tool question

Dremel tool & attachments dilemma [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Run wacky cable or buy a whole new gaming pc?

Is it better to (a) run audio, video, keyboard, and mouse to the TV at the other end of the house or (b) just get a second PC? Help me sort out the cost/benefit. [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

I want your money. That's what I want.

What can I do with my old DVDs and magazines? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Is this creepy-looking steamer trunk a priceless antique?

This trunk is a curb recovery - I was hoping to lightly scrub it to remove some of the surface rust and seal it - To keep that 'Silent Hill' look without having the rust rub off on everything. Will I be destroying a priceless antique? What's the best choice for sealing it while keeping it's creepy look intact? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Is our cat in danger of over heating?

We have an apartment with no air conditioning and it's going to be over 80 degrees today. Should I be worried about our indoor cat over heating? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 10:56 AM PST - 29 comments

We want to get our instant message on

Instant messaging for the workplace: I've been tasked with exploring instant messaging options for a large department within a much larger business. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 10:23 AM PST - 24 comments

Website suggestions for starving artist

What is the best, affordable D.I.Y. start up website programs or services for an artist? [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the source for this Maya Angelou quote?

What is the source for this Maya Angelou quote? "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
posted by Danila at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Sibling Rivalry and Your Sib's Kids

I have a sister that I finally cut off when a friend of mine revealed she had stolen $400 from him years before, as she has done to her siblings. Her daughter was 10 at the time and was very hurt that I disappeared. At the time I felt that it would only make her life worse to explain that I left because I didn't trust her mother. Now that she is 25 I would like to contact her again and at least apologize and tell her I love her, but is that best for her? (BTW she lives with her father after a bitter divorce and has the some of the same feelings about her mother as I do. But I don't want to open up that wound, for sure.) Now that she's an adult, should I contact her again?
posted by PJSibling at 8:59 AM PST - 34 comments

How can I embed HTML into my Powerpoint presentation?

How can I embed HTML into my Powerpoint presentation? [more inside]
posted by sinbarambam at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Cold cuts for foodies

Healthy/organic/free range cold cuts? Read Omnivore's Dilemma, saw Food, Inc. Horribly frightened of processed meats and refuse to support factory farming. Have been hitting farmer's markets for the last couple of years to get free-range and pastured chicken, beef, and pork. Yet, I love me some sandwich meats. How do I go about getting thin, delicious slices of turkey, roast beef, or ham that have come from humanely raised, safely slaughtered, and preferably local animals? I live in Central Pennsylvania. How does one go about determining how a company processes their meat?
posted by billysumday at 8:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Carrier unbranded smartphone under $200?

I'm upgrading from a Treo 600. Any suggestion on a good unlocked smartphone under $200 without carrier branding? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 7:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Canadian ISO antibiotics in NY.

Where can my Canadian boyfriend go in New York to get antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Study Abroad Prep

What do I need to do/know/remember before studying abroad? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Why can't I move photos onto my desktop?

As of yesterday, my IMac will not move photos from sites I go to onto my desktop. [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 5:58 AM PST - 7 comments

My Boyfriend Wants To Be Just Friends

My Boyfriend Wants To Be Just Friends? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 5:34 AM PST - 21 comments

After the juice

The juice comes out of the juice-extractor, and left behind in the machine is dryish fruit and/or vegetable pulp. Does anyone cook with this pulp? Does anyone have any ideas for cooking with it? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get back normal "disk check" behaviour on Windows XP startup? (seems broken, or there's something strange in the disk)

During Windows XP startup process, it keeps asking to press a key if I want to skip the disk check progress for the C drive. But if I let it check, it finds no errors at all. I do clean shutdown. Strange behaviour - how to restore normal one? [more inside]
posted by lion at 4:14 AM PST - 2 comments

It's there until you need it

How often does it really happen that a health insurer will raise an employer's premiums when a high-demand illness occurs? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 4:11 AM PST - 13 comments

You mean I get paid to talk about finance?

Freelance lecturing as a full time job? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:07 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I find a room in London without viewing it first?

How can I find a decent room in London without being there to view it first? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman at 2:53 AM PST - 14 comments

That's not a computer. THIS is a computer.

Where can I find a used Cray supercomputer for sale? How much might I have to spend to acquire one? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 2:44 AM PST - 13 comments

How to make a product catalog?

I'm looking for tips on making a product catalog for a website, but not a fully fledged online shop. What options are there? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 2:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Wittgenstein's joke

Looking for a joke by Wittgenstein, something like "Are they crazy?" "No, they're just doing philosophy." [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 2:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Cooking Novice Attemps Salmon Dish in Quest for Love!

I'm a complete novice cook, but I'm cooking salmon tagliatelle for my girlfriend on her birthday. I've made it twice for myself but I think it could be better... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:00 AM PST - 18 comments

How to physically speed up MP3s for CD burning?

How can I speed up the tempo of some MP3 files and burn them onto a CD for faster playback? [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What US food has this Brit never tried?

My first trip to the US is coming up; having been brought up with American films and American TV shows, I am compiling a list of all the things we just don't have in the UK (mostly food) to try. Only my list isn't too long at the moment. Can any MeFites help? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 12:49 AM PST - 123 comments

August 28

Appealing getting fired from the megamart

AskingForMyDad Filter: Should he seek a lawyer or are there any other options after he was fired from Buy 'n' Large? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 11:29 PM PST - 28 comments


Please help me remember the name of this stage of psychological development, where you can begin to discern the volumetric differences between containers of different sizes. [more inside]
posted by Sutekh at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy Polaroid 600 instant film in NYC?

Where can I buy Polaroid 600 instant film in NYC? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 10:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I get an MSW?

Should a law school dropout get an MSW? [more inside]
posted by annie_oakley at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

My obsession with Miss Manners knows no bounds

I need help finding something Miss Manners said about budgets and guest lists. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Things to see while driving from NW Ohio to SE Wyoming?

Road trip with my mom. [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Ddifferences between colds in adults and children

Are there differences in the symptoms of a common cold with age? Are cold symptoms worse in adults than children? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 9:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to learn as many lanugages as possible

I want to know how to speak in as many languages as possible, not necessarily fluently, just a couple things in each one. The goal here is variety, rather than depth. [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 9:10 PM PST - 11 comments

I've got my bags all packed and I'm ready to go...except...

What's the cheapest way to move from Southern California to Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 7:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Please don't let my cat eat me.

Is there a service that will email me once a day, and if I don't respond, contact local EMS? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Float not working in Nextgen Gallery for Wordpress

I feel like this is a waste of a question, but I can't find an answer. The "float" function in my nextgen gallery isn't working. Rather, it is working, but the text isn't wrapping around it. See the post here. Anyone encountered this problem before? I've checked a bunch of wordpress forums, and all I can find is this post, in which Alex Rabe says it was answered elsewhere, but it seems it wasn't. I've set all the permissions of my nextgen gallery folders to read and write... any ideas? the code I'm using is [singlepic id=320 w=200 h= float=right]
posted by omnigut at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Oh, you've got loop pedals and a girl on violin? Big freaking deal!

How can I find more of the music I like and what do I hate so much about the music I don't? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:02 PM PST - 39 comments

It's already dead.

If you tell a zombie to "Go Forth and Die", is this irony? [more inside]
posted by Palerale at 6:46 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I select what I toggle to in OS X's pop-up windows?

Mac OS X Filter: In Finder, when a pop-up menu shows up, say to empty the trash or cancel, I toggle through the buttons/options by pressing tab, but how do I actually select what I toggled to with a keyboard shortcut? '
posted by helios410 at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Self Saboteur needs help DESPERATELY!!!

Was fired from my job yesterday after being on 90 day performance plan for on-call duties(missed pages-3 strike rule). Had job since February. Lost previous job to layoff. Don't know why I had such a hard time with this one task at my job. Got great review otherwise just last week. Been doing psychotherapy to help get over the death of my father in 06/08, twice a week. Questions for mefites... [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 5:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Cool Kitchen Faucet

Help me find the coolest kitchen faucet [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 5:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding the right AC adapter.

Where can I find a 2/3a 700mAh 2.4v AC adapter? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 4:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Japan's West Coast

How easy/hard would it be to travel on the quieter Western coast of Japan? English speakers with no understanding of Japanese. Say the Matsue, Hagi region?
posted by edgeways at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Double agent

There was a player in the NBA who played in the same game for both teams, I think due to the final minutes needing to be replayed on a different date and a trade happening in the meantime. I can't think of the name of the player or teams, and my Google-fu doesn't seem up to the task. Can anybody help?
posted by chmmr at 4:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Caramels Om Nom Nom.

Can you recommend a recipe for chocolate-coated creamy caramels (with creamy being the operative adjective)? Also, your candy-making tips. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

how do I improve my pencil/ink drawing, as an intermediate artist?

How can I improve my pencil drawings from an intermediate/advanced level? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 4:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Does anyone have any concrete examples of how "undue burden" is determined for a county government under the ADA?

Does anyone have any concrete examples of how "undue burden" is determined for a county government under the ADA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Where did Kennedy spend his postmortem 36 hours?

Ted Kennedy died at home shortly before midnight on Tuesday. His body was taken from Hyannisport to the Kennedy Library shortly before noon on Thursday. Where was he for the intervening 36 hours? Do they have facilities at Hyannisport to store corpses? Is it practical to just leave the remains in his bedroom with a sheet pulled over for that much time? Was Kennedys's body taken to a morgue and then returned to the compound for ceremonial reasons?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Cause Britney Spears just CAN'T be good for you!

Looking for studies on the negative effect of music. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 3:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Cheapest MultiCam ever?

Do security camera DVR's record all video channels simultaneously, or do they only record one channel at a time or the multiplex all on one screen? I ask because I'm looking to set up an ultra cheap multi-cam recording setup in a small theater. [more inside]
posted by tropikal at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

SSDI claim rejected - help needed.

A relative's husband has come down with Parkinson's Disease in his early 60's. His application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been rejected and he had his wife are devastated as he is unable to find a job so they were counting on this income. Does anyone know of a free advisory service they could go to who could help them in the appeal process? There are tons of "for profit" agencies and law firms who do this work but, due to their circumstances, a free service would be better. Thanks for any information.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 3:19 PM PST - 12 comments

How to fix mouse problems in OS X

Why doesn't OS X recognize my mouse's middle button click and why does it slow down over clickable objects? [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

So much for the "fabric of our lives"...

Where can I find a distressed cotton Japanese navy "rising sun" flag? Or just a regular cotton one so I can distress it myself? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 2:23 PM PST - 29 comments

What are my options for web translation these days?

What options do I have for web translation? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

I know what's good.

How do I become a buyer for a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it alright to buy fresh produce on Saturday morning to be used on Tuesday night?

How far ahead can I buy farmer's market produce? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 1:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Books about Gardening (but not the How To kind)

Looking for interesting books related to gardening/growing food other than the usual How To manuals. To put it another way, what would be on your syllabus for a course called something like "Gardening Books: Science, History and Literature"? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 1:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Who in San Francisco will pick up my wheelchair donation?

Will anyone in San Francisco pick up medical equipment donations? I have a wheelchair, bedside commode, walker, and some other significant hardware that I'd like to donate, but I don't have a car. Does anyone know any org that will pick up?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

So long, tax deductions!

OldNewsFollowUpFilter: Whatever happened to all those kids whose parents trekked across the good ol' US of A last summer to legally abandon them at Nebraska hospitals? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 1:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Paisley Park is in your heart

Do you have a soft heart? How did you get one? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 12:50 PM PST - 40 comments

Just bought an iPhone - how can I get maximum use from it?

How can I get maximum use from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt at 12:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Ball + Chain, engagement rings and you

Engagement ring woes... to diamond or not to diamond? Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 86 comments

Best weather resources?

What is the best way to get the most accurate information on the weather around the web? I have this page bookmarked but I don't really understand it as well as I think I could. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Have I drunk the same water twice?

What’s the probability that I have drunk the same molecule of water more than once in my life? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 11:09 AM PST - 18 comments

High design bikers wallet / keychain

My girlfriend keeps losing her wallet & keys (separately). I want to buy her a biker's wallet & have her clip it to her purse & get one of those springy cord tie keychains. What are some high design/fashionable versions of these, preferably with a big honking chain attached, but rather a nice, modern, sleek cable. (PS - tip for NYers - use your digital camera to take a photo of the cabbie's license every time you get into a cab - it'll expedite the process of finding your stuff. Just call 311 & they'll connect you to the TLC.)
posted by MesoFilter at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I make my Oliver No. 5 typewriter shine?

How can I best make my typewriter look like this typewriter? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 10:28 AM PST - 1 comment

What do I not need on Windows 7 Ultimate?

I'm moving from XP to Windows 7 Ultimate. What, that I used to have on XP, do I not need installed any more? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any Fort Wayne taxis that don't suck?

So are there any taxi companies in Fort Wayne, IN, that don't suck? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Knotty Weekend in Toronto

Where in Toronto should I go to get awesome dreadlocks? [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Turn an AT&T laptop connect card into a wi-fi hotspot?

About six months ago, I saw a cool device. You could plug your AT&T USB 3G "laptop connect" into it, and it would generate a local wi-fi hotspot (similar to the Verizon MiFi). I've since purchased the AT&T card, but I can't find the device anywhere. Was I imagining things? Does such a device exist? It'd be very, very useful. Thanks!
posted by mickmel at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Bright Ink, Dark Skin

Is it possible to get a bright, saturated, extremely colorful tattoo on light brown skin? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Free A2DP drivers for Windows XP?

Any free A2DP Bluetooth driver options for Windows XP? I have a Sony stereo which has a bluetooth option on it which allows you to play music through it wirelessly. After buying a simple bluetooth dongle for my laptop, I was able to pair with the stereo but was not able to browse for the blueooth service which facilitates that function. (basically, the stereo becomes like a pair of wireless headphones) So after a little research I discovered I needed to have an A2DP compatible device. According to the A2DP website, there were two programs I could download, one called BlueSoleil and the other called Widcomm. Widcomm didnt work but BlueSoleil did manage to allow me to do it succesfuly. Only thing is, BlueSoleil is a whole package of stuff that costs $30. (trial version limits output to 2mb). The only thing I need is the A2DP part. Im not sure exactly what BlueSoleil did but its clear that the problem wasnt with my dongle or its compatibility. So, can anyone explain what exactly BlueSoleil did that allowed me to access my stereo's bluetooth service and also if there is any way to do this for free?
posted by postergeist at 9:03 AM PST - 2 comments

High resolution still video capture on the Mac?

In Snow Leopard, has Photo Booth been upgraded to utilize the full resolution of the iSight or external webcams? I want to do one of those DIY wedding photo booth deals, but my 10.5 version of Photo Booth limits resolution to 640x480. Alternatively: will any piece of software on the Mac let me capture a still image from my Logitech 9000 at its full 2MP resolution? I have searched in vain for webcam software that doesn't limit me to 640x480. Help! [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Does my laptop need botox?

A patch of keys on my old Apple laptop stopped working. No recent spills. What next? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me avoid having the Dallas club experience while I'm in Vancouver

Techno in Vancouver? Is there such a thing? If no techno, how about a really good blues bar? Help me find it before September 6. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments


MathFilter, NumericSimplificationFilter, RecursionFilter, ExcelFilter: Where X_1,X_2,...,X_n can be any number, is there a name, simplified series, or equation to describe: (X_1)+(X_1+X_2)+(X_1+X_2+X_3)+...+(X_1+X_2+...+X_n) ? Seriously seriously insane exel implementation question inside. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Are dereferenced open streams implicitly closed?

Java filter: Are dereferenced InputStreams implicitly closed? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

What Toronto bar would suit a book club meeting?

Torontofilter: Can anyone recommend a good pub/bar in Toronto (downtown) where a book club could meet to discuss our book of the month? We'd need seating for about 10-12 people and preferably not too noisy. [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 8:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Dealing with thesis examiners.

Should I thank my thesis readers? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Work from vacation?

For people who work-from-home, have you ever tried to work-from-vacation? Was it worth it? Any pitfalls or tips/tricks? Any particularly apt destinations?
posted by smackfu at 8:13 AM PST - 21 comments

1. JD 2. ??? 3. Publishing Career!

PublishingCareer Filter: So, I'm getting my JD in May. Would applying for jobs in publishing be a worthwhile supplement to my job search? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses?

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses? Recently, I moved from an all-white area to a diverse neighborhood. I am having trouble dealing with my reaction to the many young black males who live in the area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 48 comments

How much did it cost to treat your dog for canine influenza or shelter cough when you adopted?

How much did it cost to treat your dog for canine influenza or shelter cough when you adopted? [more inside]
posted by itsonreserve at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get to New York Law School on time.

I'll be speaking at a conference in New York City, and I'd like to figure out how best to get there. [more inside]
posted by fake at 7:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Paging Bettie Page, Toronto edition

Where to find Bettie Page paraphrenalia in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Baby Formula turning Pink!

Our baby-forumla turned pink after being left out, what is causing this? Is it bacteria, or just dyes used in the formula? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 7:26 AM PST - 16 comments

think outside the xbox?

recommend an xbox game for me! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:51 AM PST - 23 comments

NYC Engraver for LOVE?

I'm looking for good engraver in NYC. My brother and I bought a Robert Indiana LOVE paperweight for our parent's 40th anniversary (they met at one of the artist's openings back in '67, the summer of... well, you get it). Also, do you think it's possible that it can be engraved given its irregular shape, or perhaps a plaque could be affixed? Have a look. It's made of aluminum. Our version is unfinished (i.e. silver).
posted by timnyc at 6:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Unplug from work?

How to better unplug from work? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Collen McCullough's Masters of Rome

Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series: suitable for young readers? [more inside]
posted by stargell at 6:00 AM PST - 12 comments

published google doc - autoindexed or hidden until linked?

Is a published Google Doc document autoindexed by Google or hidden until it is first linked by another page? [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 4:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties.

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
posted by klue at 3:58 AM PST - 14 comments

On screen grid in Windows?

Is there a Windows utility that will display an on-screen grid over all other applications with definable sizes? I use Fast Stone Capture's ruler utility all the time as a designer, but a grid would be immensely useful.
posted by n3rt at 2:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Practical and quality-of-life concerns with our dog's medical treatment

My dog's been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease, and our vet (whom you are not) wants to do an MRI to determine the course of treatment. I have two questions about this. [more inside]
posted by davejay at 1:23 AM PST - 9 comments

August 27

I know I've heard this before...

Please help me ID this older rap/hip-hop song. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:53 PM PST - 2 comments

re-potty train a dog?

Petfliter: How do I get a dog that was potty trained to be potty trained again? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 10:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Anyone know how to survive as a teacher without a laptop or access to network files at home?

Anyone know how to survive as a teacher without a laptop or access to network files at home? [more inside]
posted by NHlove at 10:02 PM PST - 22 comments

How should I go about unlocking a Canadian phone for use in Iceland?

How should I go about unlocking a Canadian phone for use in Iceland? I have a compatible GSM phone but I have no idea how to go about unlocking it. [more inside]
posted by csjc at 9:55 PM PST - 5 comments

You're a college student, what kind of website do you need?

What kind of website would you, a college student, find useful? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 9:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Is a frequent flyer club worth it for 1-3 RT flights?

I'm in Seattle and my girlfriend is in New Jersey. It's going to be like this for the next 8 months. We plan on visiting each other 5 times during those months (either me going there or her coming here). With this being the case, is it worth signing up for a frequent flyer club? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 9:02 PM PST - 17 comments

you're fired! sort of…

Was i fired? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 7:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Should I become a professional photographer?

Should I become a professional photographer? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:59 PM PST - 19 comments

I either need to get a raise or a new job. Help me think of strategies.

I have a job. That job isn't what I stayed in town for and doesn't exactly pay the bills either. I'm looking for tips in finding a new one and maybe keeping it a secret from the current employer for as long as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Creme de la Mer... without the price tag?

Creme de la Mer... without the price tag? Give me your miracle moisturizer. Added difficulty: splotchy, ornery, VERY sensitive skin. [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 6:35 PM PST - 49 comments

What's a cell phone with very good audio quality?

Please recommend a cell phone that has very good audio quality and fits nicely against the ear. No bells or whistles-- just a plain old talking apparatus. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 6:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to adopt with a psychiatric diagnosis

Is it possible to adopt a child when a spouse has bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify these logos

What are these logos?
posted by CaptainZingo at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Maintaining Server Privacy

If you do a search for my company’s website on Google, one of the top hits is a page at that purports to display “visitor statistics” for our domain. These statistics are wildly inaccurate by orders of magnitude and make it look as though our site gets only a tiny percentage as many visitors as it actually does. What’s more, there are all kinds of demographic charts and info, purportedly about our site, that don’t seem to have any connection to reality whatsoever. How do I get them to stop misrepresenting us? [more inside]
posted by dacoit at 4:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Efficiently retrieving a file from an archive

Is there a smarter tar or cpio out there, or a smarter way to archive, to efficiently retrieve a file stored in the archive? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:25 PM PST - 20 comments

How to minimize computer em interference?

What kind of perforated sheet metal should I use to build a computer case? [more inside]
posted by Ctrl_Alt_ep at 4:14 PM PST - 15 comments

In Ghent

I'm leaving for Ghent, Belgium on September 2nd and I will be staying there for 5 months. Let me know your opinions about the city, what I should do there and if there is anything I can bring from the United States that will thrill the locals. [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater at 4:12 PM PST - 9 comments

When do children develop a sense of their own mortality?

At what age does a child realize his or her mortality? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 4:11 PM PST - 45 comments

Experiences collecting unemployment in a different state?

Experiences collecting unemployment in after moving to a different state? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get from Vancouver to Seattle?

How to get from Vancouver, BC to Seattle without a car? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 3:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Help redirect delusions of my schizophrenic uncle.

Help me figure out ways to minimize the effect my schizophrenic uncle's delusions have on government and law enforcement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments


So, I think I might have two clitorises. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

"He spoke of the English, a noble race, rulers of the waves, who sit on thrones of alabaster, silent as deathless gods"

BookRecommendationFilter: I need recommendations for books about English culture. Doesn't necessarily have to be anthropology-heavy. Bonus points for being humorous. [more inside]
posted by prufrock at 3:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I build a Craigslist Crawler?

Can I safely and legally build a Craigslist crawler? If so, help me figure out how! See inside for details... [more inside]
posted by wetpaint at 3:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Neck/shoulder injury: stretches to alleviate knots?

Seeking online resources that show you, visually, how to stretch your muscles, particularly upper-back/shoulders/neck area, to alleviate a pinched nerve. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a good Boston Metro Relationship/Marriage Therapist/Counselor?

Recommend a good Boston Metro Relationship/Marriage Therapist/Counselor? [more inside]
posted by kryptonik at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Ramen Please

Favorite Ramen Recipes? I am looking to augment my Ramen meals. What do you guys like to add? How do you manipulate Ramen to achieve maximum awesomeness? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 2:04 PM PST - 47 comments

What to do with a robin's egg?

There is an abandoned robin's egg in the nest in my bushes, is this something I can save/display somehow? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Dwight says GET BACK TO WORK

passiveaggressivefilter: How can I get a (humorous) anonymous call to ring a nearby phone at the office? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Constitutionality of US federal death penalty

How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Bangs a go, or no go?

I need hair advice! I have long hair and haven't had bangs since I was 5 years old. Considering how my hair grows, would it be impossible to have any sort of bangs? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 1:30 PM PST - 18 comments

please help me become the maple syrup plum fairy

I want to bake/roast/broil plums in a sauce of maple syrup and/or red wine. Will this work? Have you done this? Does a recipe exist? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Fairness of Rent Voucher?

Is $50 off of my next month's rent ($395 monthly) a fair rent voucher to compensate for a flooded bedroom, loss of the use of that room and sleeping on my futon for a week? I've had to do the same for 2-3 days twice in the past couple months too due to moisture and water seeping into the foundation of this basement apartment.
posted by franklen at 12:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Travel Nurse in UK?

As a registered nurse for 2 years now in the U.S., I’m thinking about going to England for a temporary nursing job for a year. I’m looking at this company Continental Travel Nurse. Anyone familiar with this company or other reputable programs. What are the benefits or pitfalls of such programs?
posted by mrmarley at 12:50 PM PST - 1 comment

I want to be informed before I engage in healthcare debate

I would like to find a copy of the proposed healthcare reform bill with some non-partisan translation of some of the legal-ese. Does this exist? I am looking for the whole bill, if possible.
posted by Foam Pants at 12:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Teaching Computer "Stuff" to High Schoolers

What computer programs and tips/tricks/hints should high school kids learn? [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 12:38 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I listen to and MANAGE my mp3 music collection/playlists over the internet?

How can I listen to and MANAGE my mp3 music collection/playlists over the internet? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Help our printing to go green!

How can I make my non-profit's printing more green? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

In Manhattan. Want to swim laps.

Where to swim in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by slateyness at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Quotation help: defend domestic fiction.

Quotation help: A vaguely remembered snippet about so-called domestic fiction. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

A webcam as a means for recording changes in facial appearance over time?

Using a webcam (instead of a camera) for recording changes in facial appearance over time - good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us get in the swing of things

My significant other and I have started introducing swinging to our marriage and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

tips for a first time aparment building buyer

What do you wish you'd known before buying your first apartment building? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm caught up in love, he's now holding back so how can I maintain my cool?

So I've been dating this really cool gentlemen for 2 months. We are taking things slow but I find myself getting caught up with him. This is a problem. It's a problem because now he's holding back a bit whereas he was stronger in pursuing me before. Can anyone share advice as to how I can keep my cool so he doesnt become disinterested? Also, how will I know when a man has become disinterested? I'm rambling, sorry but when i become infatuated or "in love" I can't think straight and I lose my sense of self. Save this poor girl from herself. Ha!
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

How much should a contract programmer cost?

How much should we pay a contract programmer to migrate some code for us? Is it customary for the programmer to present a bid, or do we come up with an amount to offer? [more inside]
posted by LadyOscar at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

When is a psychologist not your psychologist?

What are the ethical limitations for a therapist who provides treatment to two members of the same family? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Should you name Dickensian creeps after people you know?

Someone I know named a loathsome character in his novel after me. Is this sort of not cool? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:34 AM PST - 48 comments

What would you focus piano practice on if you could do it all again?

You play the piano fairly well, you've had lessons, you enjoy it and when I tell you that I'm learning the piano you tell me that looking back on all the years of lessons and practice, the one thing that helped you the most of all was ________, and the thing that you felt was a biggest waste of your time was ________. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 10:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Low maintenance vegetable eating

What's the laziest way to eat enough vegetables? Preferably also at the nexus of tasty/palatable and cheap. Easy includes not having to worry about wilting, minimal preparation (washing, chopping, etc) and clean up, maximum portability. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 10:12 AM PST - 50 comments

How to buy a bike?

I'm looking for a good road bike to ride around town, usually for trips under a mile or two... [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 10:01 AM PST - 20 comments

Unda the sea

What to do about an 'under water' (financially) home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Forbidden fruit of the HIPAA tree

[HIPAA filter]: When dropping off our child at daycare (a small, home daycare), my spouse - a pediatrician - ran into a patient who is not vaccinated. I know you're not a lawyer; I know you're not our lawyer - what are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Can I be charged for not returning a rental property 8 years ago?

Eight years ago in New Jersey, when I was 16, I rented a clarinet from a music store. I just received a phone call from a collections agency claiming that I did not return it. As far as I can remember I did, although I no longer have any receipts to prove it. He said if I don't agree to pay a sum of $1,400 that they will press charges against me. Are these threats legitimate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 17 comments

PR success fees: I need the skinny

How exactly do big PR firms calculate success fees? Do they "cap" them, or is the sky the limit? Or do they structure them so that no one would use them? Do they use the face value of AVE (1 page in newspaper = 1 page advertisement value) or do they use multiplicators?
posted by OctopusRex at 9:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Dead cat walking? Jack Russell Terriers and cats...

What are your Jack Russell Terrier + cat stories? I can't get a consistent read from The Google. [more inside]
posted by dirtypants at 9:38 AM PST - 15 comments

What's it worth?

How much is this blanket/rug worth? My google-fu has me confused. [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius at 9:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I have a cookie?

Perfect Gingerbread: Strong flavour, soft, but can be cut into pretty shapes and decorated. What have you got? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Lean Times

I'm working on a theme based zine/journal and need help brainstorming for the latest issue. It's about the recession. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Ontario Northland Rail

I've been thinking of taking a trip on the Ontario Northland Railway from Toronto to Moosonee on the foot of James Bay. Help me plan. [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 9:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Please take my financial pulse...

What do 'normal' finances look like for university-educated, aspiring upper-middle class married couples who don't have kids yet and don't truly feel like adults? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

"We do regret any difficulty this may cause your honeymoon plans."

Emergency honeymoon bookings. In Scotland. Two weeks from today. Oh, help. [more inside]
posted by minervous at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

A pop-up comic using fold-in technology

How can I fold a comic book page to make a story more interesting and still legible when unfolded? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

I hang it on my wall...

I have a piece of art and I’m trying to find out what to call it (print, reprint, etching, lithograph)? Hope me? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

A pirate's life for me...

I need an authoritative listing of the world's seaports (by country) or failing that, a list of the number of seaports by country. Exhaustive searching has only turned up inaccurate/incomplete lists and I can't seem to find one on the IMO website either. Any ideas?
posted by B-squared at 8:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Removing plaque without a visit to The Chair

My question is two fold: is there a product on the market that can remove or at least loosen hardened plaque on the teeth? And, is there any actual damage being done to my teeth by just leaving the plaque there? [more inside]
posted by caveat at 7:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Hiring someone you can trust...

Over the last few years a couple of partners and myself have been building a small business that tries to make money using computers to trade in the stock market. Technically, we do black-box prop trading. Its been an uphill climb these past few years, but we are now at the point where we are considering hiring someone. This person will be a programmer/developer that will help with existing projects and help us grow in new directions. We are currently faced with a big dilemma. Whomever we hire will have to be given full access and will be exposed to our trade secrets. This kind of business lends itself to the temptation of impropriety. This person could take what we have and either sell it or assuming they break the barrier to entry use it for themselves. They could probably do this without getting caught as well, with the effect being that our secrets lose their value. [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 7:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Come Fly With Me

Advice needed for Australian High School student who wants to be a flight attendant. [more inside]
posted by goshling at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Welcome in Timonium?

I am one half of a lesbian couple with small children thinking of moving out of Baltimore and out to the suburbs. So far Timonium looks like the best bet. Will we be welcome there? [more inside]
posted by lodie6 at 7:41 AM PST - 3 comments

What's next, Santa Claus isn't real either??

How real is the show Wife Swap? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 7:41 AM PST - 14 comments

how can I learn to create multimedia?

How can I best learn multimedia? Recommended programs or ways to learn? Best examples of multimedia that you have seen on the web? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a Canon CB-2LV battery charger with output of 4.2v 0.65A safely charge a Canon Battery Pack NB-5L 3.7V 1120mAh(Li-ion)

Can a Canon CB-2LV battery charger with output of 4.2v 0.65A safely charge a Canon Battery Pack NB-5L 3.7V 1120mAh(Li-ion) if I cut the little bits of plastic stopping me out of the way?
posted by CaptMcalister at 7:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Edit Technical drawings thoroughly

I’m looking for help with how to edit my technical drawings more thoroughly. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

You only live twice...

Is there a society for people who have died and lived to tell the tale? [more inside]
posted by SciencePunk at 7:07 AM PST - 3 comments

She's leaving home...

Sending my oldest off to college for the first time. What can we do to make this transition easy/special? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 7:05 AM PST - 32 comments

Short BBC dramas

What great <10 episode British dramas, such as State of Play, have I missed in the last 10 years? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 6:58 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me make my friend love twitter.

What sort of guidelines should I provide for a friend for a crash course in social networking? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 6:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Everyday Buddha

My fledgling Buddhist Dharma Punx meditation/discussion group expressed at our first meeting last week that they would like readings on "rubber meets the road" Buddhism, or the practical application of Buddhist principles in everyday life. Whatcha got, Mefi? No more inside!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:30 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the typical pay difference when going from contract to perm?

What's the typical pay difference when going from contract to perm? [more inside]
posted by mgarnhum at 6:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Peruvian tourist visa

I forgot to get a tourist visa before applying for my 4 month visit to Peru and the airline made me buy a return ticket which falls within those 90 days of the visa-less visit. If I leave the country and return, can I still use my original return ticket? (better to read the extended explanation) [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it worth it to go to an MBA career fair when I don't have an MBA?

Is it worth it to go to an MBA career fair when I don't have an MBA? [more inside]
posted by larkin123 at 4:24 AM PST - 6 comments

The Call of the Mole

Where can I find a recording of the cry or call or shriek or squeak of the common European mole, Talpa Europaea?
posted by misteraitch at 3:47 AM PST - 3 comments

What would you class as 'typically Aussie'?

Buying Australian gifts for an American friend and her baby... [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 1:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Body itch when I feel hot

Why does my body itch when i eat spicy food or when i exercise? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 1:31 AM PST - 18 comments

I know I have that somewhere....

How do you store or manage your recipes? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 12:17 AM PST - 23 comments

Free Audio Hosting? Does it Exist?

I'm trying to find a way to stream some Mp3s of songs (about 60) on a website (completely self created) from a host/website but I am unable to find anything similar to Flickr or Youtube or ad infinitum for music. Is there something similar for audio? [more inside]
posted by spacelux at 12:16 AM PST - 15 comments

August 26

Headphones to take a licking and keep on ticking

What are the sturdiest headphones you've ever owned? [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 11:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Breakups SUCK

Is there a way to block a specific page only in Safari (Mac)? [more inside]
posted by polexxia at 11:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Book identification filter: Help me find a WWII history book with a bright orange cover.

Book identification filter: Help me find a WWII history book with a bright orange cover. [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 10:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Fun In Richmond, VA?

What is the most popular (not necessarily trendy) area of Richmond, VA in which to stay and party for a couple of nights? [more inside]
posted by BadgerKyle at 8:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Half a loph is better than none.

Aside from mugging the tooth fairy, what's the best way to get my hands on a substantial number of real human teeth? It's for science.
posted by Panjandrum at 8:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Self-destruction and the struggle against depression

What are we fighting when we fight against depression? [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire at 8:37 PM PST - 44 comments

Have the video game rights to film: now what?!

I have a chance to acquire the proprietary rights to make games based on a popular Asian action film. Can I make money off this opportunity? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a good spellcasting simulation game

Recommend some PC games that have in-depth spell-casting/spell creation systems. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

quantom teleportation

Is quantom teleportation instant? [more inside]
posted by quseio at 7:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I buy a messenger bag in the DC area?

In what store (not online) can I buy a messenger bag? [more inside]
posted by k. at 7:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me look good under my ski suit!

I need help figuring out how to achieve the following goals without the use of a gym: 1) Getting a six pack. 2) Getting bigger shoulders (they don't need to be that much bigger, just enough so they show when my arms are at my sides. I'm pretty close already.) [more inside]
posted by Pseudology at 7:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Online client/contact management for Dummy

One-man businessman looking for good online client/contact task/follow-up system. Everything I've found is geared for big business and large collaborative groups. [more inside]
posted by mojoworkin at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

wax on wax off

Help me remove my sticky, waxy mess PUH-LEAZE! [more inside]
posted by janelikes at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Craigslist automated notifications would be a good idea.

Why hasn't anyone created a mainstream application/website to generate Craigslist notifications similar to EBay's "saved searches"? [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 6:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Caster disaster!

I'm looking for a very specific kind of caster. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 6:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Places to eat in Philly

I just moved to Philly and I want to know what some of the best places to eat around town are. I've checked Philly Magazine, but a lot of those restaurants seem to be upscale and out of my price range. What are some affordable, good places that I should check out? I'm interested in all varieties of food, so any suggestions are welcome.
posted by Aanidaani at 6:15 PM PST - 33 comments

Can't turn my lamp on anymore

Can't. Turn. The. Switch. On my lamp. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Best Tempurpedic Alternative

Does anyone know of the best alternatives to a Tempurpedic matress? They are just too expensive for me to justify purchasing, but I love the way they feel. I have been researching memory foam mattresses, but it is very hard to filter out the hype and get real information. First hand accounts from the hivemind would be greatly appreciated.
posted by gogomickey at 5:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you recommend any kids' shows featuring real children?

Can you recommend any kids' shows featuring real children? I'm looking for something appropriate for a preschooler. A minimum of franticness would be nice.
posted by moira at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Styles of martial arts

Looking for advice on different martial arts styles (specifically: aikido, ninjutsu, pekiti tirsia kali, bagua, or wing chun). [more inside]
posted by elisynn at 5:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Yikes! The IRS wants to auction off our mom's house!

Greetings all! My brother, two sisters, and I formed an LLC to administer the ownership of my mom's house when she died. Each of us is has a 25% partnership interest. The LLC was formed in 2005. Well, it turns out my brother has tax debts to the IRS dating back to 2002, and now the IRS wants to put mom's house on the auction block. [more inside]
posted by luciosilla at 5:38 PM PST - 51 comments

The average human is mortal, Socrates is human, so...

How to calculate the stats for the "Average" US citizen? And does it mean anything? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 5:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Teach me to be a small-time Windows sysadmin

I'm just starting a small Windows sysadmin job (~10 computers) for my dorm. I know there are tools out there to make my life easier, but what are they? I'm trying to bridge the gap between "just do everything repeatedly on every computer" and "take this year-long training course so you can administer 500 computers remotely from your Batcave." [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How to prevent a PayPal horror story

What's the best alternative to PayPal? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Dreamweav - err

I need to break out my toolbars in Dreamwever CS3 so I can have them on monitor #1 of my dual monitor setup and the working window on monitor #2 [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comment

September dinner party ideas

Late summer dinner party ideas? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stop (or make life miserable for) anonymous robocallers?

What can be done about a persistent anonymous robocaller who is not easily identifiable and who does not abide by the U.S. Do Not Call registry? [more inside]
posted by Creosote at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this a Jimi Hendrix song, and if so, which one?

Is this a Jimi Hendrix song, and if so, which one? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 3:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Remain Calm and Carry On: PhD Defense Version

Ph.D defense. What to know? How to keep calm? All tips and strategies welcome. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 3:20 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me find this ad.

Help me find this ad: American Express ad in a magazine, early 1990s: a classroom, fifth grade maybe, kids at desks in traditional rows. Books open on desks, maybe a teacher at the blackboard. One little girl's open book shows an American Express card instead of what should be inside the book. The implication is she's daydreaming about what she wants to buy.
posted by mareli at 3:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What did you wish you knew when you formed your condo association?

What did you wish you knew when you formed your condo association? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can i park on the cheap in downtown Portland, Maine?

I will be staying in Portland, ME at a hotel near the intersection of Congress and Forest. Hotel parking is in a garage nearby and naturally it's an additional charge. Any suggestions for places I might park for less than 20 bucks? The free-er the better.
posted by Willy Wombat at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Psychological Interview Preperation

Tomorrow I have to take psychological testing for a firefighter job. If anyone has been through anything similar I'd appreciate any advice. [more inside]
posted by brevator at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Gifts of an "Adult" Nature

What kind of stuff does a 20-something "grown-up" not know he needs/wants? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 2:40 PM PST - 44 comments

Halp. I r teh Sirius.

Which Sirius radio setup works well for in home/portable use for the technologically challenged? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How to be a membership chair?

I have recently been appointed the 'membership chair' for a hobby-related organization of which I have been a member for some years. The club president and I have agreed that my duties will consist largely of:

* Contacting members who have lapsed and inviting them to rejoin

* Devising various means of recruiting new members

I have no experience in this sort of work. I could definitely use pointers, suggestions, and especially referrals to any articles or books that may be relevant.
posted by zainsubani at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help us help a dog.

A question about a dog. (posting for a friend) [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 2:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Buying a house with 5% down: FHA vs. Conventional with 95% LTV?

House Mortgage-filter: FHA vs. Conventional 95% (LTV) Mortgage? Found a calculator, but it's limited and we're seeking hive mind wisdom instead. [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Is any French TV actually any good?

Is any French TV actually any good? [more inside]
posted by handee at 1:12 PM PST - 24 comments

What is a societal stakeholder?

What is the definition of a 'societal stakeholder'? [more inside]
posted by different at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How to make a Residents costume?

Please come up with suggestions for making my own Residents costume. [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds in our late thirties/early forties? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 12:56 PM PST - 21 comments

None of this really bothered me until they set out the poop bucket

Sort of homeless/drunk dudes have set up camp on my street! Please read all of this before dismissing me as an unfeeling NIMBY!! [more inside]
posted by missmle at 12:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Films about dogs for adults

Can you help me find more films like Marley and Me--i.e. films about dogs, but made for adults. [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 11:34 AM PST - 28 comments

Good beach vacation for early October?

Good beach vacation for early October? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Data scrubbing is ruining my life

Another stupid excel question. [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Escaped from Greenock Prison

Browsing today's newspapers here in Scotland it would seem that there is an anti-Scottish feeling pervading the whole of the USA after the compassionate release of the Pan-Am bomber last week. Question1: Am I right in thinking that this is the case, or is it just right wing neo-con nonsense eminating from the Fox News stable? Question2: If this anti-Scottish feeling does exist, how best can I explain that we the UK/US public have been sold a lie by our Governments and that this guy was merely a patsy? [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 11:13 AM PST - 62 comments

From Austin to Spring, Texas. How to stay sane.

After 7 glorious years in Austin, I have been demoted to relocating to Spring, Texas for a job. After a few days of getting the lay of the land, I am very disappointed. How do I stay sane? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 11:09 AM PST - 20 comments

$48 for marriage license; how much for gay couples to get similar protections?

We are a gay couple living in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. We would like to get as much protection as we can to make decisions for each other and visit each other in hospitals. I have been calling around to gay and lesbian lawyers in the area, and no one will give me a 'straight' answer about cost. How much is it going to cost us to get a health care directive, durable power of attorney, and medical power of attorney for each of us?
posted by hworth at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Circular puzzled

Trying to find a dark circular puzzle image. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 11:03 AM PST - 0 comments

Financial and addiction counselling needed in Barrie, Ontario

I need information on counselling services available in Barrie, Ontario. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 2 comments

What software should I use to design a Webpage logo?

I am trying to create a professional looking logo for a Web site. I am using GIMP but finding I am very limited in terms of what I can do with it. Is there a software package that I should be using that will allow me to create a good looking logo/header image? I understand Photoshop is the best however, it's really expensive (700.00). Are there any software alternatives or do I just have to pony up for Photoshop? By the way, I have a PC.
posted by hellodonna at 10:09 AM PST - 23 comments

I can see, I can see perfectly. I can see that van over there

Why are windscreen wipers so, well, crap? Am I mistreating my wipers? Is there a better brand to use? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Seeking shared online multi-part project managing solution

I am working with several other people to seek sponsorship for a non-profit event. There is a fairly simple but lengthy series of actions that needs to be completed to track each unique sponsor. We've thought about having a binder with a printed page showing tasks for each sponsor, but it would be preferable if there was an online solution any of us can access for checking off and date-stamping completed tasks, with a place to add notes. [more inside]
posted by Scram at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

How do lottery retailers make their money?

How do lottery retailers make their money? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 9:54 AM PST - 23 comments

How to do a unicorn-themed party?

Unicorn party! Please help with ideas. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Veterinarians and Cell Phones in New London NH

New London NH filter: Question about cell phone coverage and veterinary services in New London NH specifically. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a 10 year old. Now what?

I need help figuring out ten year olds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Interrupting an adoption?

My parents want to give up the teenager they adopted a few years ago. Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 24 comments

A recipe to follow would be nice.

Help me make a silent mini-ITX or micro-ATX Intel Atom system with s-video or composite out. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Crime in Malpais?

How worried should I be about crime in Malpais, Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

How should I brand my bankruptcy law firm?

What is a good name for a law firm focusing on consumer debt relief, both bankruptcy and collection abuse? [more inside]
posted by delosic at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What's changed in 11 years of this American life?

Time Travel Filter: I grew up in the USA but have been away since 1998. What have I missed? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 9:31 AM PST - 43 comments

I am in despair

I think I'm broken. How can I see any hope? [more inside]
posted by lndl at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

Bad-at-Romance-Filter: Chicagoland Weekend Away

Gotta-Get-Away Filter: I'm trying to book a weekend away with my darling fiancée in late september or early october for our combination birthdays/two year anniversary. [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way to deliver beer across the world?

I need to deliver a case of good beer to an address in Bristol, U.K. and I live in Calgary, Canada. What are my options?
posted by drewgillson at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

What to talk about - Do's and Don'ts meeting up with the ex's dumper friend?

What to talk about - do's and don'ts on a meeting up with a good friend of the person who broke my heart quite badly a few months ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

HTC Touch Pro

Questions about HTC Raphael phones... [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How did he die?

How did William H. Seldon, Jr. die? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

This book, it vibrates

Another forgotten book from childhood. Time travel/survival. Dinosaurs. And yes, it vibrates. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for new (to me) ambient and soul music...

Music recommendations at two ends of the spectrum: Soul/R&B and Ambient/Drone/F'd up 20th C. classical... And, bonus question: what are your favorite sources for buying these kinds of music and finding out more about them? Examples of what I like inside... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:16 AM PST - 19 comments

New baby, new etiquette

New baby, new etiquette: A couple with a new baby (< 6 months) receive a wedding invitation addressed only to the couple. Is baby presumed invited (portable lapsitter)? Is baby presumed not invited (potentially noisy)? Is it variable (call and ask)? [more inside]
posted by xo at 7:53 AM PST - 82 comments

CIDR IP Range Calculator

Is there a CIDR IP address calculator that can do what I want? If I enter an arbitrary beginning IP address and an ending IP address, it should then give me a list of CIDR-ified IP ranges. [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Alternative Browsers

What superior/alternative web browsers to Firefox do you use? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:59 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me meditate.

I’m interested in learning more about meditation. I also have ADD and find it impossible to shut off my brain and clear my mind. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:58 AM PST - 36 comments

Orlando Meal Prep and Delivery

I have close family in Orlando (near downtown) that have suffered a major loss. I want to have a nice meal delivered to them tomorrow night. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 6:54 AM PST - 4 comments

outgrown nails?

what did prehistoric humans use to trim their toe/finger nails? [more inside]
posted by beukeboom at 6:32 AM PST - 33 comments

Housing dispute lawyer in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in NYC for dealing with housing issues, specifically a dispute over a security deposit with a former landlord? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

How to handle inquiries from MSM journalists, who seem to just suck information out and run?

For better or worse, I am regarded as somewhat of an authority in a particular field (yes I have a blog about it). For this reason, I am getting requests for information about the subject matter from mainstream media journalists and writers. This is a new situation for me and I don't know how best to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 33 comments

Eco-friendly mugs that can be personalized for each employee

Help! I've wandered through the promotional mug wasteland and I need some assistance. My organization is moving to a LEED certified building in a few months. In efforts to welcome the 60+ employees to the new space, we're putting together a welcome package for each person and the hardest part seems to be locating just the right kind of mugs. [more inside]
posted by Talulah at 6:23 AM PST - 17 comments

There was a young woman who lived in her shoes

I need to replace my flat brown boots. The problem - they need to be a UK size 9. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:14 AM PST - 7 comments

My Maxtor drive (Seagate disk??) won't mount. Where should I send it?

My Maxtor Basics 1 terabyte external USB 2.0 drive no longer mounts. I have been through all the usual stuff with tech support (including disk management and device management) and I've tried it on multiple computers. Although the green light comes on when it's plugged into USB, apart from that it's not talking to the computer. There has been no strange noise, clicking, smoke or smell. Maxtor tech support say it's a failed drive. A data recovery company I phoned said it's probably damaged firmware but the data on the disk is probably safe. I'm nervous about sending it to a data recovery company because I seem to be looking at about GBP £179 minimum or maybe many, many hundreds more. Is it likely to be a matter of simply soldering something here or replacing something there, ie a job that I could take to a local geek? Or should I be looking to take this to a major data recovery centre? I'm in London, UK.
posted by skylar at 5:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What's biting us?

What's biting us?! [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 4:39 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get a crapload of pennies.

I need a large number of pennies shipped to me. Does anyone provide this service? [more inside]
posted by alexei at 4:24 AM PST - 12 comments

UK Pension with Worldwide Index Funds

UK Pension Filter: Is there a pension out there which will allow me to invest in the SSE Index, BSE Index and the Nasdaq/Dow Jones/S&P500 indexes? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 4:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Need a domain name

Need help choosing a domain name. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 4:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Organise daily reports

Help organising complex, daily changing list [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 3:22 AM PST - 4 comments

A Concise History of Britain (book recommendation)

BookFilter: I'm looking for a concise book on the history of Britain (prehistory to modern day), any suggestions?
posted by nam3d at 3:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does a four-mile walk across the moor in the damp require two months' bed rest to recover?

NinteenthCenturyLiteratureFilter: Why do upper-class types in classic novels always seem so incredibly frail? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 1:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Monitoring Exchange Performance without admin access

How do I monitor ms exchange 2003 performance without admin access? [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 12:51 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I keep my ironed shirts creaseless when traveling with a backpack?

How do I keep my ironed shirts creaseless when traveling with a backpack? [more inside]
posted by complience at 12:48 AM PST - 11 comments

August 25

Looking for subtle ways to let people know that I'm gay

Looking for subtle ways to let people know that I'm gay [more inside]
posted by GraceCathedral at 9:30 PM PST - 52 comments

Leather purse cleaning

I need advice for cleaning a water stain on a leather purse. [more inside]
posted by demiurge at 8:58 PM PST - 3 comments

My friend's rant about Vancouver women are actually based on at least a sliver of fact?

Walking down an uncrowded/empty street, someone of the opposite sex walking towards you. 10+ paces away, they're usually, or may not (sunglasses, distance), be looking at you (sunglasses, distance), 10 paces away, they look away from your direction, between 1 and 2 paces away, they quickly look to see if you're looking at them... [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 8:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for kiddie music and music videos in French to use in school program...

French teacher looking for new stuff for the coming school year! Music, music videos etc. suitable for K-3. It's my third year and I have used a lot of my good stuff already. Hit me with your best kiddie French stuff! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:38 PM PST - 5 comments

High fidelity DVD ripping

High fidelity DVD ripping: collecting short videos from separate DVDs without losing any quality [more inside]
posted by sloe at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me seal the deal in the GTA.

Help me plan the PERFECT date with a cool vegan, hipster yoga teacher / fashion designer in TORONTO for tomorrow ? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 8:18 PM PST - 31 comments

Picking a good plan

In need of a cheap high speed internet/cable package shared among 7 college girls in MD and not sure where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Need Instant Good Money, Who Doesn't?

Is there anything similar to Mechanical Turk on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake at 7:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How long can you leave your iphone turned on without damaging it?

I've taken to using one of the apps available in the iphone app store as a desk clock. It sits on its dock, charging, with the display on all day. At the end of the day when I leave work, it feels warm. Am I doing it damage by keeping it on for so long every day?
posted by leemajors at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find this watch!

I can't find this watch anywhere! So frustrating. I've search eBay and Craigslist nationwide. Any ideas?
posted by stlboi at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

The burning, it burns.

My Thai Dragon Chili pepper plant is huge with I'm estimating at least a hundred peppers. Please recommend culinary uses for these peppers. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:00 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of ACL graft did you get?

Did you get ACL reconstruction surgery? I would like to know as much about your specific experience and graft choice as possible, to help me decide on mine. [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor at 6:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find robotics classes/teams/clubs in Bay Area?

I am looking for robotics classes/teams/clubs in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by typography at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

When was steam threshing invented?

When did grain threshing become steam-powered? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

BookFilter: The War Of Forgetting?

Yet-Another-Bookfilter - I'm trying to find an 80s-ish sci-fi book that I want to think was called "The War of Forgetting". The premise was something along the lines of: two warring factions get devices, described as "battery powered, about the size of a pocket calculator, with three antennae" which can take large cubic sections of space ( hundreds of feet on a side ) and "store" them in the device, removing them from our reality. The problem is that when something is removed, people's memories of the area/thing are removed as well - so everyone forgets what was removed and why. Later in the book, as reality gets more swiss-cheesed, people try randomly restoring these blocks and the results aren't pretty. I've been trying to find this book off and on for years, now I come to you good folk for help. Yes, it's somewhat ironic that I can't remember the title. :-)
posted by HannoverFist at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Need help extracting links off of a webpage (RuneHQ to be exact). Need to put them in a database.

Need help extracting links off of a webpage (RuneHQ to be exact). Need to put them in a database. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 5:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Time signatures are important, hemiolas be damned.

I am trying to locate the time signatures in the Opus or Helsinki font set (which come with Sibelius). Does anyone know where these are? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 4:25 PM PST - 11 comments

What are good data sources for laptop and PC sales?

Where can I find detailed sales data on best-selling laptops and PCs? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Modifying Email Header in Exim

We have an exim email server that is appending our computer names and ip addresses to all email headers. How can we override this so the server's host name and ip address is the only identification listed in the header? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 3:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Teach me to cook!

I want to learn to cook. I just bought a Magic Bullet blender. Please suggest good recipes for'd be nice if I could put my Magic Bullet to use, but your suggestions don't have to involve it! [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 3:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Need keloid scar surgeon who takes insurance

ISO keloid scar treatment in San Francisco who takes Medi-Cal (Blue Cross of California is the administrator). [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 3:37 PM PST - 0 comments

Oh, for the love(hate?) of academia.

I’m getting an MFA in creative writing in a fairly decent program. I’m starting my third and final year and faced with some choices as to whether or not mental sanity or career options are more important. I could use some feedback from people outside of the program. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

DIY home security system?

I need an alarm system that will go off if windows in my ground-floor apartment are shattered. Can I install a wireless unmonitored alarm system like this myself? Should I? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

A Not Quite Fix for My Poor Hardwood Floors

How can I limit damage to my virtually-unfinished hardwood floors without the trouble/expense of refinishing? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How to deal with chemical warfare in my apartment building?

Someone balanced a compact fluorescent lightbulb on my doorknob so that it would break inside my apartment when I opened the door. Can I do anything about this? Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 2:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Could you get cancer by eating a cancerous tumour?

Not that any human would ever do this, but what would happen if someone ate a cancerous tumor? Like, if they waited around a surgical room, and it was removed from someone's breast, or pancreas. Would the stomach acids kill it? Could the person get cancer by eating it?
posted by Sully at 2:11 PM PST - 28 comments

Help identify a music video from MTV Europe

Help identify a music video I recently saw on MTV Europe...70s style video with a female lead singer and a banjo? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

I used to sell lingerie, so this should be easy, right?

Suggestions for a strapless bra for a smaller-chested lady? [more inside]
posted by alynnk at 1:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Were B+W movie sets painted B+W?

Were black & white movie sets painted black & white?
posted by one_bean at 1:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Will I be guilty through association?

LegalFilter: Can I get in trouble based on my roommates' parties? [more inside]
posted by delicate_dahlias at 12:47 PM PST - 20 comments

jumpy mouse disease

my logitech mouse is jumping around frantically on os x. it's behaving completely normally one second and then it's off somewhere entirely different the other. lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Candy As Black As Coal

Is there any way to (cheaply) make black cotton candy for a festival? [more inside]
posted by wholebroad at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Third-party email service suggestions

Recommendations for a good third-party email service provider please. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheapest way to conduct long-distance job: apartment lease or hotel?

Long-distance job: should I just stay at hotels, rather than leasing an apartment? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 12:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Learning an Instrument

I'm looking to pick up an instrument. What would you recommend that doesn't cost too much to buy and maintain, is fairly easy to learn, can be self-taught (i.e. with online resources/videos), and works well as a solo instrument? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 12:36 PM PST - 29 comments

Gershwin karaoke

I'm singing in an outdoor wedding and am desperately looking for a karaoke version of Gershwin's "For You, For Me, For Evermore." I would prefer a version that starts at the refrain (right on "For you, for me..."). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Nuts to you

ForageFilter: What exactly should I do to get shagbark hickory nuts ready to eat? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

User problems with the browser cache

A commercial Web-based product our university purchased to provide student account summaries and collect tuition payments works well for 98%+ of the users. It only works for the rest, however, if they first clear their browser cache. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Sounds like I have been asked to Design an Online School... CMS Recommendations?

I've been asked to design a website that shows the progress of subscribers academic achievements based on what marks they get from modules posted on the site. I have no idea even how to begin this? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 11:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to exchange dollars and euros?

Where to exchange euros for dollars? [more inside]
posted by meantime at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

the games section is the bane of my existence

I am self-studying for the September LSAT (I cannot afford a prep course). I am currently scoring in the low 170s on practice tests. I would like to score just a few points higher (175, maybe? please?). Perhaps predictably, my real problem is the Analytical Reasoning section. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 11:28 AM PST - 20 comments

Are You Ready For Some (or rather, "a" question about) Football (songs)

I am charged with finding music for a work party. The theme is "NFL Draft Day" so I need songs relating to American football. The association to football can be pretty loose and tenuous. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener at 11:18 AM PST - 36 comments

Help us figure out the best way to do the reverse commute

GTATransit filter: I need the hive mind to figure out the best way for my wife to get from Toronto to Brampton for her teaching job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Do bakeries accept volunteers? (Or - how to see if baking is right for me.)

I have always really enjoyed baking, and have been making cakes, cookies, and candies for my friends and family for years. I have been a little disenchanted with my current job, lately, and have been wondering whether I could turn this hobby into something more. I don't have any sense of what it's actually like to do full time, though, so I was considering contacting one of my local bakeries (there are at least a half dozen) and volunteering my services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 20 comments

How to get an intro to computer sciences?

Should I go back to school and take some computer programming classes? I've got my MLIS and work in Archives now, I'm sorta interested in Content Management but I have no useable computer knowledge. Would an introductory course help me see where my strenghts are and what I might possibly be good at? I'm not sure where to go from just having my Master's on top of the fact that I'm not sure I want to stay in the Archives field. I'm more interested in Records Management but I know I lack a lot of the tech experience
posted by Mis-Information at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Email-2-IM ?

Hello.. I need to receive notifications about new Email's on my IM app. [more inside]
posted by nagalr at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

USDA-Grade School?

Does anyone have any experience with the USDA Graduate School in DC? Is this an acceptable place to do prerequisites for graduate programs? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Have you ever had a fear of strangers?

Have you ever suffered from a general fear of strangers? What did/do you do? Read on for more info. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Plug a landline into a 3G cellphone?

retrofitting 3G networks back down to landlines: My cellphone has a 1.75mm jack for plugging in earbud/wires. Is there RADIO SHACK technology that can let me somehow plug a "landline" into a cellphone? Is there a secret cellphone code that can generate a "dial tone"?
posted by shipbreaker at 10:39 AM PST - 24 comments

What do I do when my lender collapses?

Mortgage switcharoo: My lender just went bankrupt and we haven't been able to pay the August mortgage. There's an additional wrinkle with an escrow account for taxes. What do I do? (lots of detail inside) [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

So what if I'm 5 years late for a rite of passage?

How should I prepare for getting my driver's license? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

What bands should I check out at the Electric Picnic?

What bands should I check out at the Electric Picnic? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I outsmart the cache.

How do I make something disappear online? (I know, I know) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Could use a confidence booster.

It's my first week in a college dorm. I feel alienated and out of place. Please help me adjust -- advice or encouraging stories appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 34 comments

Online donations

What is the best way to accept donations for a nonprofit organization electronically? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me prepare an informal lease while temporarly living with a friend.

Need help writing an informal lease while renting a room out of a friends house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Secrets of the String Trimmer

My Ryobi string trimmer doesn't feed well. Should I just buy a new head for it or try one of those alternative string trimmer heads? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

I like to make plans, he doesn't. What now?

What do you do when one partner likes to make advance plans and the other likes to be spontaneous, in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by CatherineK at 9:14 AM PST - 26 comments

Will an MBA help me get into business side of a creative company?

Does anyone out there work on the business development side for a creative company (design firm, architecture firm, fashion, etc)? Do you have an MBA and/or do you think it would help someone break into that type of work? [more inside]
posted by mexcellent at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Pyrex everywhere

I just had a Pyrex dish explode in my oven. (It happens, apparently.) I’ve removed all the pieces I can see, but undoubtedly there are shards that fell into cracks below. Is it okay to use the oven with those remnants in there? I don’t think I’ll be able to lift the oven over my head and shake it until everything falls out, so if it’s not okay to leave those shards in there, what can I do short of buying a new oven?
posted by ericc at 9:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for Berlin's Akihabara

Few hours after work travel in Berlin and looking for local Akihabara or good electronics store. Any place close to S/U-bahn is ok.
posted by elpapacito at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Is 'br****s' obscene?

I think the UK television gameshow Countdown just beep-edited out the word 'breasts' from their broadcast. Is this mandated by law or some broadcasting code? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

For sale: Jenn-Air High Speed Food Rotter

Why are things suddenly starting to go bad/sour/rotten in my fridge much sooner than they used to? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 8:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Best android phone?

Whats the best unlocked android phone available? [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Possibly Illegal Tupperware Spam

I have a name and contact info for the individual who's been spamming me. What can I do to report him/get rid of him/make his life difficult? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by theseampsgoto11 at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Can John Madden sell me a house?

Does Contract for Deed ever work? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

A radio for listening to the space shuttle launch.

Will RadioShack's VHF/AIR/WX/UHF Handheld Scanner let me hear the retransmission of space shuttle launch communications in Cape Canaveral? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 8:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Teak table & plexiglass, separated by a common ??

How do I attach plexiglass to a teak dining table? [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:48 AM PST - 11 comments

How many units of Ableton Live sold annually?

Marke research: how can I find out how many units of Ableton Live music software have been sold annually? [more inside]
posted by SilentSalamander at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Are there any studies showing negative effects of inclusion in the classroom?

I'm not asking anyone to write this paper for me (so nobody's doing my schoolwork), but I need help finding peer-reviewed articles against classroom inclusion. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 7:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae

Bearfilter: Help me name this grizzly bear bean bag! [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 7:29 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I look semi-human in a passport photo?

How can I look like the babe I am in my next passport-sized photograph? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 7:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Ugh. Weddings. Never a fun one.

Boyfriend invited to his best friend's wedding, and, well... drama. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 43 comments

Looking for more details of Salem-as-Arkham

I'm looking for details about H.P. Lovecraft's visits to Salem, MA. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Argentina Flights

Is there any way around the foreigner-pricing for internal flights within Argentina? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Lets go fly a cheap, homemade kite

I need a basic, cheap kite plan that can be easily built by kids. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 5:57 AM PST - 5 comments

USB drives- Prohibit, audit or ignore?

USB Drives in the sensitive data workplace. Should they be banned, audited or ignored. What is the best way and how to do it? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 5:33 AM PST - 23 comments


Can somebody please explain to me what a "plate" is used for in the art world? Are they used to make prints? Are they of any value if they are attributed to a famous artist? How are they produced?
posted by cheechman85 at 5:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Late 1930s, Eliot Maine, one-room school.

Did any other MeFi's go to Mrs. Luba's School, in Eliot Maine, or know of it?
posted by RichardS at 5:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Why, yes, I'd love a free meal!

When someone invites you to dinner or a party at their house, is there a tactful way to indicate that you can't bring anything, or to prevent them from asking? [more inside]
posted by venividivici at 4:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Strangling the cat that poops on the floor would be acceptable to me.

Litterbox Troubleshooting: Two cats. One litterbox. One bathroom. No flushing. HALP. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Mac problems with password resetting and broken screens

Calling all Mac experts out there. I have a tricky one. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 2:37 AM PST - 10 comments

We're all going on a winter holiday

Looking for real world holiday recommendations for Me and Mrs Rus + 2 yo old toddler in Oct this year [more inside]
posted by rus at 2:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Where would a rusty old bike rider like me find a easy and good bike?

I'm thinking about getting a bike to ride to work on, but I have no idea where to start, or what to look for. [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange at 1:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Books are Rad, Let's Spread the Word!

DonatingTextbooksInAustraliaFilter: How would I go about donating a heap of recent secondary school textbooks to worthy causes. I'm in Melbourne, Australia. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 12:46 AM PST - 6 comments

footwear for hiking connemara

visiting ireland's west coast -- connemara, doolin, cliffs of moher -- for five days. planning to explore the area and do light hiking. will i be miserable if i have just regular athletic/running shoes that aren't waterproof? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 12:25 AM PST - 11 comments

August 24

Flash movie won't play completely inside frameset on IE8

Flash gurus, HTML developers and XP know-it-alls: I need your help! Flash, framesets and IE8 are not getting along at all. A framed site using Flash works on my desktop, where I still have IE6 running on XP SP3, but not on my XP SP3 laptop with IE8. Whether or not I can make it work in IE8, I still need to demo this site on something that works. If I can't make this work by noon Tuesday, I'm going to have to use my restore disks to return my laptop to its original XP Pro condition so I can at least use IE6 on it. Help me figure out a way to avoid a complete restore in the short run and make this work on IE8 in the long run! [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts at 11:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Poke 'em with a stick!

What is this slimy mess? [more inside]
posted by Acacia at 10:36 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some good interdisciplinary grad programs in the environmental sciences?

I want to develop a strong technical background in environmental issues, but don't want to leave the social sciences - my first passion and the thing in which I know I have actual talent - behind. What are some grad programs that will suit me? [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a song from my childhood

A friend from elementary school is looking for some music called "The Blue Rock," by Dale Lauder that our school's band would play. A google search yields sheet music. Does anyone know where one could find a recording?
posted by dfriedman at 9:16 PM PST - 0 comments

Cry, Baby. Cry!

I've seen a lot of TV shows/movies that have a baby crying (really crying, not dubbing in the sound). When I think about the filming process, it freaks me out. [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 9:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Need non-people 80's pop culture icons

Pop-culture enthusiasts: I am working on a project that will incorporate 80's(ish) themes/icons. But there is a caveat. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:44 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I cook a 65-degree egg in my own house?

sous-vide-Filter: I have a pot of water and I can buy an immersion heater or aquarium heater, but how do I control it to maintain an arbitrary temperature 40-100C within 1 degree, for cheap? External themostats for homes and microbreweries and aquaria seems to top out at 32C, and cost upwards of 50$. Scientific water baths and ovens cost $800+. And my oven is not accurate enough. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:35 PM PST - 13 comments

$ for Zzzzs.

Buying my first king sized mattress. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 8:34 PM PST - 22 comments

What can you do as an elementary teacher or middle school math teacher besides, you know...?

Asking for Mrs. adamwolf: What's it like being a substitute teacher for someone who just finished a teaching program and has a full-time teaching license? What other full-time job options (outside of a school district) would be available for someone with teaching licenses in both elementary education and middle school mathematics? [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 8:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Anyone have a good MacBook Pro Color Profile to share?

My glossy MBP needs a better color profile. The greys look yellowish, and I haven't been able to create a good color profile myself. Anyone have a color profile to share, preferably with 2.2 gamma? [more inside]
posted by singularian at 8:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Pay for Flex?

What, anecdotally speaking, are Flex developers getting paid right now in Los Angeles or a similar city? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Good alcoholic drinks for non-drinkers.

Alcohol for non-drinkers [more inside]
posted by Becko at 7:54 PM PST - 101 comments

What's the best jump starter?

My beloved wife too often leaves her lights on and drains her car's battery. Her colleagues have always been there to provide a jump start, but I want to get a jump starter that she can carry in her trunk. I find many on the web, so seek your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by partner at 7:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Damn moles, get off my lawn!

We've been getting molehills in our front garden lately, and we want them to go away. Which anti-mole technology is best for us? [more inside]
posted by Artw at 7:28 PM PST - 10 comments

"If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put the vowels all at the beginning... what?"

Help an aspie initiate making out with girls in college. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 6:51 PM PST - 20 comments

A table shouldn't be this hard to search for

I'm looking for a tall, square bar-style table, at least 40 inches high, with four legs (i.e. not a pedestal table), and two chairs of matching height, with backs. I'm finding this surprisingly hard to search for online. Is there a website out there which can help me? I looked at Ikea, and I found this, which is perfect for the table, but it's not available online.
posted by Coventry at 6:43 PM PST - 12 comments

What was this song?

What was this Superpitcheresque song I heard on late-night college radio the other night? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 6:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How to move to Canada and bring my UK small business with me?

We currently live in the UK and my wife has secured a job in Vancouver, so we're moving to Canada! Yay! However, I am self employed and run my own small business in the UK. All the Canadian Work permit stuff is geared to people who've got a job offer from a Canadian employer, not someone bringing a small business with them. Anyone done this (or something similar) before? Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by dflock at 6:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Being Winston Wolf For Dummies

Can a person train him- or herself to be more level-headed in emergency situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 27 comments

I regret that I have but one variable life to give

Once upon a time my new financial adviser sold me a variable life insurance policy. Although I didn't really need any more insurance, she said it would be a great investment for retirement because of its tax advantages. I doubt this now and wonder if (and how) I should get out of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I want a job with you, just not right now.

I want to have a coffee with some potential employers, but they might think it is a job interview. How I can eloquently backstep this sticky situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Cheap portable mp3 speakers?

Looking for decent portable speakers for my mp3 player, ideally for $30 or less. This is for my cube at work - low volume, but I'd like at least some bass (current $5 piece of crap speakers do not have put out any bass that I can detect, even when adjusting the primitive equalizer on my mp3 player). [more inside]
posted by marble at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy a crepe cake in LB/OC?

Where can I find a crepe cake in the Long Beach, CA area? [more inside]
posted by Horselover Fat at 6:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me track down stolen laptop please!

Quick! I right at this fleeting moment have remote access to a stolen laptop of mine that had logmein installed. what files can i copy over from it that might hold any type of identifying information? i can see that the thief uses firefox, so are there firefox logfiles that would track what websites he's visited, even his online email account or something along those lines? any other useful files anyone can think of that can help me track this guy down? [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu at 6:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Can you identify these plants?

Can you help me identify this berry plant in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

OCD Isn't Funny. Right?

How do I (or do I) politely explain to people that when they laughingly say they have OCD (because they want to be tidy or whatever), I find it truly insensitive? [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 6:02 PM PST - 45 comments

For NPR, This is Daniel Schorr ... AGGGGH! *leaps for dial*

Whenever I listen to National Public Radio, I occasionally come across a news segment or op-ed by Daniel Schorr (he can be listened to here, and here's his Wikipedia article). I don't understand why, but his voice drives me up one wall and down the other. Why? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:59 PM PST - 40 comments

Choose Details in OS X

Mac OSX Filter: How can I change the details displayed for files in a directory while in list view? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

What do you know about sports psychology?

What do you know about sports psychology? My 15 year old son is a competitive fencer and has a tendency to dwell on the point he just lost, which tends to cause him to lose the next point, which he then dwells on even more, etc. I can't relax on the strip for him, so I'm looking for books or resources I can point him towards to help. [more inside]
posted by COD at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

What to do at a joint bachelor/bachelorette party?

What activities or games would be good for a joint bachelor/ bachelorette party? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How much prep does painted paneling need?

Repainting already painted wood paneling - can I just slap on a new coat? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew at 5:31 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the source of the quotation "The United States is in no sense founded upon the christian doctrine."

"The United States is in no sense founded upon the christian doctrine." is often attributed to George Washington. Where did he say this? Google turns up many unattributed versions of this quotation, but I couldn't find any attribution or source. Anyone able to do better?
posted by ivey at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best way to adjust to a new mattress?

MattressHackingFilter: I recently upgraded from a fairly firm queen sized mattress to a king-sized soft pillow-top (Simmons Beautyrest). While laying down feels noticeably different (and pretty damn comfy), I do wake up with some back pain, most notable a tightness in my upper back and in the shoulders towards the neck. Are there any quick-and-cheap solutions (besides returning it) that can alleviate the pain? Is this just my body adjusting or am I S.O.L.?
posted by miasma at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can a man learn to dress himself in the Lower East Side of Manhattan?

Where can a man learn to dress himself in the Lower East Side of Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Facebook hacking-help!

Quickest way to contact someone at Facebook regarding a hacker? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a Mint!

Can anyone help me find a place to make my own "play" gold & silver coins for a Live RPG? [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What do you do with an ostrich egg?

What do you do with an ostrich egg? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 4:08 PM PST - 28 comments

Professional Response In Relation To Private Situation?

What sort of professional response should I write to a person with whom I have some personal issues? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:03 PM PST - 41 comments

What is that facial stuff from American Psycho

I want to try that stuff you rub on your face and then peel off like a mask. What is it called, what does it do, and is there a cheap brand? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Gotta get back.

I need to return to Poland, but I don't know if I can. Visa issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

frequent masturbation and sperm count

Male fertility question -- does excessive masturbation reduce sperm count? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Steampunk Lincoln & the Robot Monkey need company

I'm looking for art with a certain geek/nerd aesthetic. So far I like Robot Destruction, Steampunk Lincoln, and various Penny Arcade prints such as this one. My criteria are: [more inside]
posted by braveterry at 3:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I get a Marmoleum kitchen floor?

Flooring-filter: Talk to me about linoleum in general, and Marmoleum brand linoleum in particular. Is it nice? Is it DIY-able? What should I know before choosing it for our kitchen? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this strange seed/fruit that fell from the sky?

This "fell out of the sky" near my house. I have never seen this kind of seed or fruit before. Does anyone know what this is?
posted by senador at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the best universal charger to reduce cable clutter, esp while travelling?

What is the best universal charger to reduce cable clutter, esp while travelling? [more inside]
posted by shalam at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Car loan and CarMax

Are there reasons I should avoid CarMax auto financing and go with my local bank? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Ensuring I never scream, "Tina, bring me the ax!"

Avoiding Mommie Dearest: How to raise a healthy, happy daughter when your own relationship with your mother was less than ideal? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 2:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me research the underemployment reporting divide.

Is work/trade, or any kind of non-monetary exchange of goods and/or services currently under statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Push-ups worked, how now to maintain?

I've been doing regular push-up sets three days each week, and am pleased with the results. How do I maintain my current state of arm-shape, without getting still bulkier or losing any of it? Do I simply keep doing the number of reps/days that I have been doing to this point? Or is there an always-increasing threshold I need to aim for?
posted by everichon at 2:06 PM PST - 11 comments

(Where) should I get a sports massage in Cambridge, MA?

Sports massage in Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Switching from TIAA-CREF to VALIC?

I have been offered an individual consultation with a financial advisor from VALIC with the aim of convincing me to switch my 403(b) from TIAA-CREF to VALIC. Does anyone have any experience with VALIC? Should I be wary of the fact that VALIC is a rebranded arm of AIG? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 1:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Which programming language should I learn?

I'm totally intimidated by programming, but I think I need some not-so-mad programming skillz. [more inside]
posted by lhauser at 1:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Hiring a nanny, need info?

I am hiring a nanny for my 7 year old, what to consider? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to eat me some yummy books.

I love food, and I love fiction. I'd love to read more fiction with tremendous descriptions of food. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:14 PM PST - 61 comments

What can my health insurance company do with this information?

I want to consult a doctor about some possible health problems, but I don't want my insurance company to know about it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Oh, his aching legs!

How can I arrange an overnight layover, and how much will it cost me? My very tall boyfriend and I are planning to visit my dad in Shanghai, and we're hoping to find a way to give his legs a rest between flights. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone know the typeface/font used in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails logos?

Does anyone know the typeface/font used in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails logos?
posted by MediaJunkie at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Anyone know any secrets to finding partial week rentals in VA Beach?

Anyone have any tricks up their sleeve about finding a "partial week rental" in Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend? [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 at 12:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for the name of an arcade game with an Indiana Jones look-a-like

Looking for the name of an multi-player arcade game that featured an Indiana Jones-like character and a top down view. [more inside]
posted by ktrey at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

What books should I read about historical Rome and Venice?

I'm looking for books about Italy, specifically Rome and Venice, and also books set in Rome and/or Venice. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Kim Dae-Jung's masked entourage.

I know former S. Korean president Kim Dae-Jung died of pneumonia -- does that account for the surgical masks worn by the pallbearers or is there something more to it?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me justify putting off a visit to the doctor because I am poor.

Another thyroid question... [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing at 11:01 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the simplest email service?

Email-filter: I have promised to help my aunt set up an email account. She is totally computer illiterate. Doesn't own a computer, probably doen't know how to turn one on, but wants to email her granddaughter who just started college. Help me pick the best email service for her! [more inside]
posted by SuperErin at 10:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Recommendations for an adjustable ergonomic keyboard arm/tray?

Recommendations for an adjustable ergonomic keyboard arm/tray? This seems to be such a niche market that there is little to no advice to find through searching. An Amazon search yields items with one or (mostly) zero reviews, and not even nerd-frequented sites (MeFi, reddit, etc.) seem to have any posts related to this subject. There are some about desks but that's about it. So, does anyone here have recommendations?
posted by mackstann at 10:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Identify the Mystery Purple Vegetable!

MysteryVeggieFilter: can any of you vegetable experts identify this bad boy? It tasted somewhat like a tomato, although tarter, and we have no clues as to its identity as a friend dropped it off along with a bunch of other vegetables from a community garden. Thoughts?
posted by hatta at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Plan something for next year? Not while we're in therapy..

Would it be unreasonable to ask my spouse not to discuss and make distant future plans while we are in couples therapy? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 10:05 AM PST - 40 comments

Radio Interference Along the Beltway

What causes massively scrambled FM radio reception along the Capital Beltway near Falls Church, Virginia? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 9:55 AM PST - 10 comments

APS --> jpeg

Is there an online or mail service that will convert/process Advantix or APS film rolls to digital media?
posted by plexi at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How would you store half a tomato?

How would you store half a tomato? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 9:32 AM PST - 26 comments

Can I get my money back?

The AC of my Mercedes Benz 2002 stopped working so we took it to a well known Used Car Dealership for a check up. They charge me $150.00 just for the check up and gave me an estimate of about $3,000 to fix it (basically they said all the system had to be replace it). I didn’t want to spend that kind of money so we took it one of those ‘basic repair shop’ chains and they fixed it by changing a $25.00 sensor. I want my $150.00 back, I live in Florida and don't know if I am entitled to a refund? If I am, what is the best way to ask for it? I’m pissed at them but I want to behave civilized and effective.
posted by 3dd at 9:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Reliable Property Managment Company in Atlanta?

Any personal recommendations for property management companies in Atlanta? For a duplex and two single family homes--4 rentals total. We are considering moving out of state, but don't want to sell anything... Also interested in any general advice about using a property management firm...
posted by maelanchai at 9:20 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I bet on Rachael Alexandra in the Woodward?

How do I place a bet on Rachael Alexandra in the upcoming Woodward Stakes without actually attending the race? [more inside]
posted by warble at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Not looking to be Indiana Jones, but George Reisner would be OK.

Are you, or is someone you know well, a practicing archaeologist? Yes? Come on in; I have some questions for you. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Adderall and YOU

How did Adderall change things for you? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:38 AM PST - 28 comments

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe at 8:34 AM PST - 135 comments

EFT Security Recommendations

Is there a required or recommended security standard, compliance, or best practice for entities in the USA for collecting and storing bank account and routing numbers? [more inside]
posted by branwen at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

A few questions upon the eve of an imminent move to Toronto.

TorontoFilter: We're moving next week from the US and have a few questions. Can you help us hit the ground running? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 8:12 AM PST - 45 comments

Move my inbox from Thunderbird to Outlook

Long time Thunderbird user, I'm trying to switch to Outlook as it works better with my iPhone, but I can't find a way to accurately move the contents of my inbox. Help! [more inside]
posted by Sifter at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Gift for a woman I barely know?

I need help coming up with a gift idea for a 40-50 year old woman that I don't know very well at all. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 7:48 AM PST - 23 comments

The Ron Popeil School of Microlending?

Are there any mutual funds / stocks that invest in Microlending organizations? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a biography of a man with OCD.

Help me identify a book about an amazing Italian man with obsessive compulsive disorder. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Which monitor is for me?

Best affordable external monitor for HD video editing? [more inside]
posted by timshel at 6:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does hypoglycemic sweat stink so bad?

I am a type 1 [insulin-dependent] diabetic, and sometimes at night, when I haven't eaten enough to cover the insulin I took that evening, I 'bottom out': my blood sugar goes down very low and I wake up bathed in sweat and must go searching for orange juice. My question is about this: The nighttime sweat from low blood sugar just... stinks. It is powerfully rank sweat, as though I had not washed in many days. My partner agreed, he has noticed that it is different from any other sweat I sweat. "You NEVER smell like that any other time. It's a low blood sugar thing." Yet only at night! I also become clothes-soakingly sweaty if low blood sugar happens during the day, BUT it seems 'normal', the same as when I exercise. Can anyone tell me why this might be? Why is the night-time hypoglycemic sweat so incredibly smelly? [more inside]
posted by st looney up the cream bun and jam at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

One drive to rule them all

I'd like to import my DVD collection onto a harddrive but then be able to watch it through the tv. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 6:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Video Editing Software for Travel Videos

Can anyone suggest a simple Non-Linear Video Editing Software for Windows XP? One that can accept and output variety of Formats. For editing together Videos (MJPG) taken on a Canon Digital photo Camera. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 6:42 AM PST - 4 comments

WinXP Corrupt (this is news?) ...Desktop Disaster in Process

Win XP corrupted system and SAM files... disaster in process, need expert input and recommendation for a data recovery service I can trust. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot at 6:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Abbie Hoffman

I'm trying to track down a quote, I think from Abbie Hoffman or one of the other Yippies. It was a dark humor sort of joke about how on an upcoming holiday weekend, a certain number of people were going to kill themselves on the roads in protest of the Vietnam War... ring any bells for anyone?
posted by dearleader at 6:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Will LED light therapy help reverse all over sun damaged skin?

Old sun-damaged skin all over my body--is it tilting at windmills to consider light therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

My god, it's full of permissions.

Registy editing permissions, group policies and Windows Defender, I think... [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 6:34 AM PST - 1 comment

You're a great guy, but let's just not be friends.

I think I will always sort of want my ex; I think I will never really feel OK about seeing him with someone else; I think I only ever considered staying friends in case maybe we could work things out eventually. How much of this should I tell him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:34 AM PST - 27 comments

I promise to relish your recipes... (rolls drum)

Planning on harvesting my cucumbers and I need the hive mind for relish recipes. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 6:05 AM PST - 6 comments

I need an image of a pilcrow/paragraph mark for a tattoo.

Can you show me your favorite image of a pilcrow/paragraph mark, suitable for a tattoo? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find new guitar/singer songs, please

Help me expand my repertoire of vocal/acoustic guitar songs. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

I think I have ADHD

I think I may have adult ADHD. Help me make the most of my visit to a doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you test a food for vitamins?

How do they figure out what kind of vitamins and nutrients are in food? I understand how the figure out calories, but how did they ever figure out that a banana had potassium or oranges were full of vitamin C in the first place?
posted by Caravantea at 5:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Old-time gamers - need a recommendation for an out-of-date video game system for 5-year-old

Recommendations for an obsolete video game system for a 5-year-old [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 5:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Canning season is here - we need advice on how to keep our pickled veggies crunchy!

Canning season is here - we need advice on how to keep our pickled veggies crunchy! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel at 5:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me be frizz-free and wavy

What product can I use on my naturally wavy, very frizzy, shoulder-length hair while wet, so that it dries frizz-free? Bonus points if it also enhances the waviness. Extra bonus points if it helps it dry faster. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 5:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Why can't I rent a convertible?

Why can't I find a decently-priced convertible rental out of SFO the in September? [more inside]
posted by pollex at 4:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Wherez my snare? Wherez my micz?

What are the best music recording resources? (Web sites, discussion boards, books, etc) [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 4:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there any microblogging software for keeping a private journal?

I'd like to experiment with microblogging as a way of keeping a private diary/journal (stored on my HD, not a server). Does anyone know of any (Windows) software for this purpose, please? I am thinking of a little app like the Digsby Twitter interface that lies in my system tray and allows me to type short posts which it then automatically times and dates and appends to a text file or Word doc on my HD. I know I could do this manually with a text editor or word processor, but I think the microblogging format would provide more of a stimulus.
posted by kitfreeman at 3:30 AM PST - 11 comments

drunk dating?

I am a recently recovering alcoholic. I am casually dating someone who does not know I am a recovering alcoholic. Should I tell him? How should I tell him? Should I end things all together? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 12:09 AM PST - 23 comments

August 23

Your suggestion could help establish a revolving credit line in the Himalayas!

Help me find good films on Nepal, for a high-school crowd. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 11:53 PM PST - 2 comments

I have found the perfect pair of jeans. And now I need your help getting more.

Calling all fashionistas, shopaholics, people with better google-fu than I, etc. -- trying to find exactly the same pair of designer jeans I just bought, only online, in larger quantity, and cheap... also a novelty item... [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 11:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to find lightning closures?

Where can I find lightning closures for purchase sans bottle? I want to install them on my own bottles. (Description and photos below) [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 10:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Identify this herb/spice!

Please help identify this herb/spice! [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 10:36 PM PST - 8 comments

My new iPhone won't sync!

My iPhone was stolen. I got a new one, but now I can't get iTunes to sync correctly with it. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 10:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Hong Kong style noodles. Recipes requested.

Hong Kong style shrimp noodles and what to do with them? Give me your recipes please. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 at 10:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Egypt Was Good Enough for King Tut

MovingFarAwayFilter: GF is dead-set on moving from Brooklyn to Cairo, Egypt, for at least a year. I'm pretty resistant to the idea since I love NYC and, if forced to move outside the US, there are hundreds of cities I'd rather move to. I desperately need some 1st/2nd person accounts of living in Cairo / Egypt to help make this decision. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 9:51 PM PST - 43 comments

Tips for a train trip across the West.

In September, I've got 10 days to see everything I can see from Minneapolis to Portland, OR along the route of Amtrak's Empire Builder. Know anything about these places? I'm looking for some Metafilter reconnaissance about my route. [more inside]
posted by the jam at 9:00 PM PST - 16 comments

How much work is a used Toyota truck?

Never owned an old car, thinking of buying a 1988 Toyota 4x4 truck. Stupid? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 8:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Please recommend a simple route on public transportation to go from JFK airport to White Plains Airport (Westchester County). [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get cheap flights within Asia, specifically between China and Vietnam?

How to get cheap flights within Asia, specifically between China and Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Book recommendation: Healthcare & Native Americans?

Asking on behalf of G.F.: Is there a good book about Healthcare & Native Americans in the United States? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 7:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Weird keyless remote programming situation

Follow me here: I just bought a used 95 Honda Odyssey van that is almost identical to the 95 Honda van I already have, but nicer. I'm trying to get the keyless remote for the old Honda to work with the new old Honda. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

International calling fail

Trying to call a number overseas... Despite having a international calling as part of my phone plan, I can't seem to get through! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 7:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Health checkup for dummies

Do I need health insurance to visit a G.P.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 9 comments

But I've almost beat Peggle!...

Is there any way to transfer my high scores and achievements from the games on my 1st gen iPod Touch to my upcoming iPhone 3GS? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

When can a relief pitcher enter a baseball game? (Also, unassisted triple plays.)

When can a relief pitcher enter a baseball game? (Specifically, in reference to the first inning of today's Phillies-Mets game.) Also, why are there more unassisted triple plays than before? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:53 PM PST - 23 comments

Hello Kitty, Hello Crappy!

My iMac iSight camera is "in use by another application". Can you help me figure this out so I can use the camera again? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 6:47 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get up to speed with e/m coding?

e/m coding: who knows about it and where can I find more information? [more inside]
posted by EmptyK at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How about them waves?

Lawn Guyland filter: Does anyone know how long the big waves at Jones Beach and Robert Moses beach going to last? Are they still even around? How about tomorrow morning? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me stay awake!

I'm starting college tomorrow, and I have a problem. If I have to sit through a long talk (class, lecture, church, doesn't matter what) I'll start falling asleep. It usually happens around ten minutes into it, regardless of how much sleep I've had the night before. I've tried going to bed earlier, sleeping longer, pinching myself and drinking water through classes. I don't drink caffeine in the morning, so I know it's not a crash. This tiredness only lasts as long as the class does; as soon as it's over, I regain full alertness and it's as if I was never tired at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 70 comments

Blood tests expensive for lyme disease?

Are blood tests for lyme disease particularly expensive without insurance? I'm assuming the antibiotics won't be too bad but I could be wrong. Thanks
posted by mrflibble at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

First time in Japan

Two weeks in Japan (first time)... suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 5:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Sync Outlook calendar and Google - with only generic blocks of busy/free time?

Sync Outlook calendar and Google - with only generic blocks of busy/free time? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass at 5:34 PM PST - 1 comment

looping live - a good, cheap setup?

help with hardware for live music looping setup [more inside]
posted by figTree at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

So Cal Bachelor Party-- Help!!

Uh oh, time to plan a memorable, one of a kind Southern California bachelor party and strippers aren't an option! Please hive mind, help! [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Student discount directory for the Arlington, TX area?

I'm starting my first day as a college frosh tomorrow. I want to take full advantage of everything the college experience has to offer-- like student discounts! But repeated Googling has failed me; I can't seem to find a directory of local business or events that offer student discounts! I live in Arlington, TX. Can the hive-mind point me towards any comprehensive directories for student discounts in the area?
posted by ShawnStruck at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments


I just got a Lomo Fisheye 2 for my birthday! I am super excitemented. Hive, hit me with your bestest Lomo / fisheye tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

T-shirts that I can wear for the rest of my life

Bob's Hardware. 10k Run/Walk. Timbuktu Science Center. I want an unlimited online source for these generic t-shirts that you see all the time. I just found out that there are sites that let you design these shirts for your organization or event such as this that give you all the generic clip art your heart could desire but they of course want a bulk order. Anyone know of a site that lets you design a shirt like this and just order 1 unit, or that lets you order a copy of a shirt that someone else has already got them to design?
posted by dino terror at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Who painted the cover to Royal Trux' Accelerator album?

Who painted the cover to Royal Trux' Accelerator album, and do they have any other work I can look at?
posted by mediareport at 4:16 PM PST - 2 comments

There are no gay people in the future. (Or are there?)

Looking for book recs about sci-fi, specifically about gender issues and jetpack-related physics. [more inside]
posted by mumble at 3:55 PM PST - 27 comments

A career training service dogs?

Need info about a career training service dogs. [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to check up on a caller claiming to be a debt collector?

A debt collector keeps calling me with automated messages asking me to call them back during business hours and confirm my identity. As far as I know I have no debts. How can I find out if this is legit, not a scam, etc? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 3:42 PM PST - 16 comments

I am not *your* code monkey

I am a web developer and often find myself in situations where acquaintances, friends and family request that I build web sites or web store for free or extremely cheap. How do I handle these tedious requests? How have you handled them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 32 comments

I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother

"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Batch image edit needed!

I am looking for a site/service/person who can batch edit the background out of 125 images and swap in a blue screen background. Any ideas? -The pictures are of ppl (from the waist up) holding a piece of 81/2X11 sheet of paper. -The background is a neutral textured wall, that blends pretty well with some of the clothes ppl are wearing. :( -Here is a link to three samples sample 1 sample 2 sample 3 [more inside]
posted by libraryman at 3:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is BILLPAY free?

Why is BillPay free? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make a folder in the root of a shared network drive inaccessible over the network but accessible to that computer?

I have a 1TB secondary drive in my desktop computer that I have the root of shared over my local network. Inside are 5 folders, all but one of I want to be accessible over the network (one is a backup folder I don't want accessible to other network computers). Before I reinstalled my OS I had figured some way of changing the permissions so that if I was on the desktop itself I could get into the backup folder, but if I was on any other computer on the network I could see the shared drive and modify any folder but the backup one. I just recently reinstalled Windows Vista (Went from 32 bit to 64 bit) and now I can’t remember how I had set the permissions. [more inside]
posted by token-ring at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Word 2007 Help

Can you help me figure out how to change the color of the line down the right side of the page in this document? It's from a template and I don't know how "grab" the line to change it. [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Has Apple backed me into a corner of infinite regress?

What's up with my itunes/quick-time/OS?? I can't play my music! [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I file a Google Maps bug report?

Google Maps has my street name misspelled. How do I get them to fix it?
posted by breezeway at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me think of a new career.

I feel like a career change. I need help brainstorming the possibilities. Which careers do you think may meet my skills and requirements? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me track where I spend my surfing time

I'm looking for a Firefox extension (compatible with 3.5) that will show me how much time I spend on a given website per day/week. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 1:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What 3D software do I use for Architectural models suitable for 3D printing?

Hey all. Similar questions to this have been asked, but I think my formulation is unique. I am trying to model some stone walls for architectural models. I need the stone texture to show up in 3D so it will print on a 3D printer. I am not sure what the best 3D software to use for this application. [more inside]
posted by Yellowbeard at 1:19 PM PST - 8 comments

If they're hobos, shouldn't they be outside?

I think there are hobo spiders in my house. How freaked out should I be? Time to call the exterminator? [more inside]
posted by ga$money at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Where do you install this filter in this Renault?

In a 2006 Renault Kangoo (french car) where you do you install the passenger area air filter (filter's AC, heater vent air etc). In french it's referred to as the "filtre d' habiacle". [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Mel Gibzetti

In the recent documentary not quite hollywood , the talking heads mention the Australian influence on Italian genre films, where an entire genre of Mad Max–style rip-offs emerged. What are these movies, and can I get them on netflix? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

What is it like to be a volunteer victim advocate?

What is it like to be a volunteer victim advocate? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Where's Mr. Dot? There he is!

Will a laser pointer break my dog? [more inside]
posted by mikesch at 11:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Clean pipes vs. leaky sink

What did I botch when reconnecting the pipes under my kitchen sink, causing them to start leaking? Picture included below, with the leak indicated. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb at 10:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to live in or around Green Bay?

I will be relocating to the Green Bay, WI area in about 5 weeks and need advice on where to live. [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an attractive laptop sleeve.

Seeking recommendations for durable and attractive laptop jackets (the kind that you leave on when the laptop is in use). [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Hanging things from cement ceilings?

How can I hang something from the ceiling of my apartment if the ceiling is cement? [more inside]
posted by goodbyebluemonday at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

My monitor won't turn on

Is my Dell monitor dead? CPU boots up but the monitor is black and on/off switch is not lighting up. [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a trip to the vet in Monty's future?

[Dogfilter] Our dog has periodic (sometimes as often as 2x/week) phases when his appetite vanishes and his belly makes gurgling noises, suggesting indigestion. Is this normal? What should we do? Further details and [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Apple third-party repair shops in the Bay Area?

What's the Bay Area equivalent of TekServe? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 9:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Movie in which thieves sync their heist with songs?

What's that movie in which two male thieves synchronise the timing of their heist by whistling jazz songs? [more inside]
posted by oxit at 9:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Phone call grammar

If I am on the phone with an unknown person, I usually say "whom an I speaking with?" to get the callers name. It doesn't seem to roll of the tongue very nicely though. What is the best way to get a callers name in today's world?
posted by kapu at 8:38 AM PST - 41 comments

Can you help me translate my soup instructions so that I may enjoy these delicious soups?

Chinese market filter: can you help me translate my soup packages so that I can enjoy them? [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 8:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What Causes Traffic Noise?

Traffic noise. What percentage of it is caused by: 1) The internal combustion engine and associated systems (as opposed to an all electric vehicle) 2) Air turbulence of the vehicle moving through space, 3) Other mechanical issues.
posted by rhcclark at 8:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Why Did the Libyans Welcome the Lockerbie Guy as a Hero?

Regarding the Lockerbie bomber, recently released and returned to Libya, where he was given a heroes welcome (in defiance of Obama's warning that such a homecoming would affect American/Libyan relations)....has anyone read an article, perhaps in the foreign press, explaining the feelings Libyans (the people, not the whacky regime) have for this guy?
posted by jimmyjimjim at 7:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Is it appropriate to ask for a finder's fee? If so, how much?

Is it appropriate to ask for a finder's fee? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 7:29 AM PST - 16 comments

What phone number do use to reach the police in a non-emergency?

When you need to call the police, but it isn't an emergency, what phone number do you call? 911? (U.S.) [more inside]
posted by TSGlenn at 7:25 AM PST - 56 comments

Not exactly escargots

Where can I find live snails in London or not very far away? [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Fuel efficient, fun-to-drive hatchbacks for < $4500

Which hatchback should I be looking at? Plus: diesel vs. gas engines... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal?

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal? [more inside]
posted by Hates_ at 3:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find the best writing on the internet?

Is there a web site which recommends the best writing on the net on a periodic basis? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 at 1:29 AM PST - 11 comments

What kind of fake fur is this?

What kind of fake fur is this? Bonus points for where I can find 20 yards of it cheaply. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me with a tricky (for me) Python problem

I am trying to make a python script that takes a CSV file and turns it into an HTML table. I need it to combine a column containing a website name and another column containing a URL into an HTML link. [more inside]
posted by Mjolnir at 1:00 AM PST - 7 comments

August 22

grass / synthetic surface run in the bay area?

anybody know of a grass / synthetic surface for a run in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by evanm at 11:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Which netbook should I get?

Another netbook question: my 4 year old VAIO laptop is just about on its last leg, and I'm looking to replace it with a netbook as my primary computer. More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 11:31 PM PST - 19 comments

What's the best way to protect a poster at a concert?

What's the best way to protect a poster at a (general admission) concert? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 10:53 PM PST - 11 comments

what's the best birthday celebration you've been to? i need ideas, please!

what's the best birthday celebration you've been to? i need ideas, please! [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 10:37 PM PST - 10 comments

There's a hole in my ozone. Please fill it with rss goodness.

Help me find the perfect rss reader for my HTC Ozone. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 10:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Lil Ms. Happy

I am in search of a literary character... Here are the stats: Female, happy, feisty, very feminine, straight forward, unmarried in her 30's- and no shame in that position, no bitterness, genuinely happy for everyone else around her, socially not the norm but does not see that she is out of the norm, naively happy... does not have to be a classical character but must be a strong character. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas at 10:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Daddy needs a new game of choice...

On a single round of betting at a casino what is the best odds? (One that doesn't require skill such as BJ or Poker. Something where I can just walk up and put a chip(s) somewhere like Roulette or Craps.) [more inside]
posted by who else at 9:45 PM PST - 30 comments

I just want to work, for Christ's sake.

Why can't I find a job with my biochemistry bachelor's degree in Seattle, WA (grad school is most certainly on the agenda, but not for another couple of years)? What other options should I explore, and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Have you used the Canrailpass?

Have you used the Canrailpass? Or traveled across Canada in a similar way, by train or bus? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 9:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me interpret this postmortem toxicology report

Toxicology experts: Please help me interpret this postmortem toxicology report. The report, and my questions, are inside. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 9:15 PM PST - 7 comments

What are some of the best Italian movies of the last 30 years?

What Italian movies am I missing out on? I'm familiar with the post-war classics, but it's hard to come by more modern stuff in the States. [more inside]
posted by katemonster at 9:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Back to school we go

How do older students get into grad school? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 8:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Mayan and Incan books

Looking for engaging books or videos about the Incans and Mayans, or any other similar South and Central American groups. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 8:15 PM PST - 12 comments

I am not ashamed to admit I like the harp.

Hit me with your best harp music! [more inside]
posted by water bear at 8:11 PM PST - 13 comments

How to save our skillets

Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Can literary journals ask for a reading fee?

There is a literary journal currently asking for a $1 "handling fee" to fast-track submitted stories. Is this okay? What really, is the point of asking for a dollar?
posted by uans at 7:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I connect with other survivors?

I need recommendations for a group for survivors of violent crime and or sexual assault. I am in the Glendale/Burbank area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 2 comments

My Mac is so hot!

I have a MacBook 2ghz that I bought in Jan 07. On Friday, my fan died, and I need to replace it. [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 7:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us call shenanigans at our wedding reception!

Asking for a friend: We want to do something interesting at our wedding reception, some fun "shenanigans" that will help break the ice amongst our guests (about five tables of eight people apiece). [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 7:08 PM PST - 15 comments

To drink or to stop drinking so much

How bad is it to take Xanax with a glass or two of wine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a magic gear I should switch into?

How the crap do you ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Best way to edit MP4 HD video in FCP?

Preventing slowdowns when editing HD video in FCP? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

I Wish I Could Go Back to College

Would going back to school help me find a job that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 6:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Did I make a fair request, or was I committing 'emotional terrorism'?

My uncle John has a new buddy who I don't like. I asked John to please not invite me around when his buddy was over. John was initially fine with it but is now not ok with it. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 4:50 PM PST - 36 comments

What is wrong with my Internet connection?

Every few minutes, my Internet connection drops out. It is a shared DSL connection that I connect to in my apartment (I have no access to the router). If I click the "Renew DHCP Lease" button in my Mac's preferences, it will work just fine for a few more minutes until it just stops again. What is the reasoning behind this, and how can I fix it so I don't have to "renew" my "lease" all the time?
posted by Houyhnhnm at 4:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I include companies I was subcontracted to in my portfolio?

Freelancers, if you're subcontracted by company A to work for a big client, company B, do you include both company A and company B in your portfolio? Does this change if you're actually employeed by company A, but still want to maintain a freelance portfolio? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 4:30 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I setup this server?

I have a Dell 2900 with with space for 8 drives (Perc 5/i). Is there any kind of expandable RAID configuration I can use so I don't have to buy 8, 2TB immediately? Any ideas on what way to do this? I would like something with the equivalent of a RAID5 level protection. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find these cool and comfy chairs in TO?

Where can I find chairs like the ones at Aroma Espresso Bar in Toronto (pic). They're really comfortable and I want some for my apartment. Need not be an exact match, the cheaper the better.
posted by JPDD at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Immersive Education Degree

Greetings! Would anyone here have any information about obtaining a masters or PhD in immersive education? I have a Masters in Education, but I would like to focus on the educational possibilities of 3D virtual worlds like Second Life, Reaction Grid and Wonderland. I believe these environments have astounding potential. If not a degree then perhaps some best practices ideas... thanks so much! [more inside]
posted by ConnieL at 3:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Identify a old computer tanks game.

What computer tank game did I used to play? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 3:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Obama's Magnetic Personality

How can I replace my First Edition Obama/Biden magnet? Please hope me, Mefites!!! [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

MixtapeFilter: Geography

I'm making a CD for a party whose theme is "Around the World" and I need ideas. I'm looking for popular songs that would go over well at a party of 20-somethings and are about specific geographical places, preferably outside of the U.S. I know I'm missing some obvious ones. [more inside]
posted by natabat at 2:54 PM PST - 60 comments

Please help me find a font

does anyone know where i can find a font like the one used for the "mister rogers' neighborhood" type? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Makin' a coffee table

I don't have a saw or know anyone that does. Where can I get two 28" or 30" round pieces of plywood, about 3/4" thick? I live in Chicago and am willing to pay about $20. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 1:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Identifying a British TV series

Trying to identify a British television program about a doctor that used to be broadcast on PBS. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Need Non-Cheesy Professional Website Template

Seeking a high-end corporate website template (do those exist?) that is designed for extensive customization. [more inside]
posted by swilkerson at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

short story for short film

What are some short stories/myths etc. with a sole female protagonist for film adaptation? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Does Not Compute

Please help me diagnose this PC issue. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Help a man buy a wristwatch

Can you help me buy a men's dress wristwatch? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 12:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Learn Armenian Online

What are some free online resources for learning Armenian?
posted by JTKestrel at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Jazz standards for kids to sing

What jazz standards could kids sing and enjoy? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 12:26 PM PST - 31 comments

What's cheaper, Windows based MBP-equivalent desktop computer?

In lieu of buying a tricked-out MacBook pro, I'm thinking about taking the advice in this comment and picking up a mostly equivalent, Windows-based desktop for around $500. Can you give me advice? [more inside]
posted by niles at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to live somewhere completely new. Suggestions?

Soon to be free as a bird... and I want to live somewhere completely new. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by audio at 11:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me play with my feet!

I play guitar with my hands and want to play beats with my feet. Can't figure out what kind of (digital) equipment I would need to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by metajc at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Error 12007

I periodically have what appears to be a common problem with my Internet connection. Anyone in here have an idea for a fix? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheap, efficient way to learn German online.

Cheap, efficient way to learn German online. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic at 10:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Indian English Speakers with Shifting Western Accent

Is it a widespread behavior for multilingual speakers of english to get a more anglicized accent when talking to a native speaker? [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Jet pump troubleshooting at the cottage

Help! We're at the cottage and we're having problems with the jet pump system. [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Let's talk about moong daal, baby.

What do I do with two pounds of moong daal that's been sitting in my refrigerator for three months? I'm a hopeless cooking noob on a budget, and I can't really grasp what this stuff even is. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Two loved kitties have a happy home - can we stay that way?

Feline leukemia: one cat has it, one cat doesn't. Tell me your stories... [more inside]
posted by at 9:32 AM PST - 8 comments

What are good examples of jokes with long set-ups?

What are good examples of jokes with long story-telling set-ups? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 9:08 AM PST - 65 comments

New York for the Young

Help planning a 5 Day trip to NYC - Do you know of any secret delights that New York City has to offer? I need recommendations/advice on everything from where to stay to where to go. Much more details inside. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 9:06 AM PST - 19 comments

I need to find an English translation of The Trojan Women in the public domain.

Does anyone know of a good English translation of The Trojan Women by Euripides in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 9:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Auto backup of files

I have two computers, one Windows, one Linux. How can I make it so they synchronize automatically with each other, as in, I update the file on one computer, and the updated file gets put onto the other? Networking? Using an external hard drive? What software might be useful? Bonus points for free software
posted by gilsonal at 8:57 AM PST - 13 comments

What's a stranded girl to do?

Albertan, in Ontario for a family get together in Durham- I long to visit friends for a day in Toronto - So far I have a way INTO To., early Wednesday morning...getting BACK to Durham is the problem. The other hitch is, I will be getting into To. at around 5am...what on earth can I do to pass the time between then and say...brunch with friends at a reasonable hour? [more inside]
posted by miss_scarlett at 8:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to go for a Humble Retirement

In twenty-five years i'll be retiring with my minimal social security benefits and medicare to keep me briefly going. I've got no savings right now, but I'm almost done paying my debts. I rent. I want somewhere tiny, a bungalow with a kitchen, perhaps a tiny garden, stonking bandwidth, maybe near a lake, maybe near a wood, but really not so much. I just want to whittle sticks, greet neighbours, not climb stairs, and hack on code. I don't mind renting again until i die. Where should I move in the US, and when? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

When and how to tell my SO I have an STD?

How do I let my boyfriend know I have herpes? When should I tell him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Wife stopped prednisone, swelling way up despite other meds, new diganosis?

My wife went off of one medication for arthritis and it made a huge difference, even though the other two meds didn't. She is getting a second opinion. What else might she have? (you are not a doctor) [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 8:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Motor Yacht > Maker?

Anyone know what make of yacht this is?
posted by valkane at 7:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Moving forward post-divorce

I have picked myself up, dusted myself off, and am ready to move forward post-divorce. Help me find books I can read to help me through that process. More details enclosed. [more inside]
posted by eleslie at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Law Review is already killing me, and it hasn't even started

Please help me find a law review topic, hopefully pertaining to Oklahoma. [more inside]
posted by mesha steele at 6:18 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the optimal and proper format for naming e-commerce product images for the purposes of SEO?

What is the optimal and proper format for naming e-commerce product images for the purposes of SEO? [more inside]
posted by orehek at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the Sydney Apartment Piano Anti-Noise Law

I am a piano student will be renting an apartment on my own soon. I was wondering what are the anti-noise laws in Australia (Sydney) regarding practicing musical instrument at home. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 5:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Husky + natural gas = ?

The gas burner was left on overnight, on a low setting. Should we be concerned about the health of our dog? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 4:12 AM PST - 5 comments

I would like to work in as a museum textile curator, what kind of schooling would I need for that?

I would like to work in as a museum textile curator, what kind of schooling would I need for that?
posted by Listening at 12:06 AM PST - 8 comments

August 21

Mercedes Benz Gearing

What do the "S" and "L" stand for on the gear shifter of my '83 300D European-model Mercedes Benz? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 11:57 PM PST - 9 comments

What a strange movie...

Weird movie memory filter: I feel like it was a Disney Channel movie. The premise was a 14ish year old girl wanting to be in a boy's band, so she ended up dressing like a boy and they let her in the band. She was also in an all girl band and it happened that they had to perform on the same day. Chaos ensues, and she is found out in the end... Any help is great.
posted by razzamatazm at 10:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I stop my cat from attacking my Roomba?

How do I stop my cat from attacking my Roomba? [more inside]
posted by leptin at 8:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Email address before download ?

Is there a (Wordpress Plugin) download manager in which you have to enter your email address before you are granted access to the file ? [more inside]
posted by Webbster at 8:22 PM PST - 1 comment

I forget your name

I forgot your name... and all other proper nouns. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 8:22 PM PST - 20 comments

how to restore a headstone

How do I restore a grave headstone. My son's headstone has faded over the past 20 years. The engraving (once highlighted with black) has faded, the writing is now hard to read. I could use a small brush and, with my shaky hands try and fill in the letters, but there has to be an easier (and more effective) way... ideas?
posted by HuronBob at 7:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Who am I really?

Facebook has an application dedicated to Top Five lists called Living Social. I find it distressing that, when attempting to list five things – books, for example – according to how highly I rate them, I can’t seem to do it. Quotes, a particular love of mine, are also problematic. As are memories, foods and anything else you might feel compelled to ask me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I know if a Masters is right for me?

A year away from graduating my BA in history, what next? Is a Masters the right course for me? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Leaving Out the Gory Details

DatingFilter: Should I leave ex-boyfriends out of the story of my life when dating new people, even if the exes figure prominently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking to Offer Magazine in .Pdf format

I work with a smallish (circ under 5,000) magazine that's considering offering subscriptions in .pdf. Anyone out there using any kind of program for something like this? How's it working for you? NOTE: We already offer individual .pdf issues, but we want to be able to offer the option for all issues in a given year going to the subscriber without their having to request them individually.
posted by KathMuse at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I practice piano in DC/NoVA?

Is there anywhere in the DC area I, being relatively broke, could practice on a real piano? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there such a thing as an HD DVR?

My HD cable channels route through a DVR. I have an HD TV. Do I need an HD DVR to take full advantage of HD? Is there such a thing? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Business meeting location suggestions; Arizona in Jan/Feb

Please help me find a business meeting venue in the Arizona winter sun [more inside]
posted by xenoworx at 5:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I've lost a poem I loved.

[NewYorkerPoetryFilter] Sometime in the 1990s, the New Yorker published a poem of several verses consisting of the same lines in different order. Please help me find it. [more inside]
posted by woot at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the pro's and con's of moving from Boston Metro area to Northern Virginia (outside DC).

What are the pro's and con's of moving from Boston Metro area to Northern Virginia (outside DC). [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 3:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I get a cheap ultrasound?

I'm in need of an ultrasound. I have insurance but still cannot afford it. Is there anywhere in Houston that I can go to that would be much cheaper than 400+ dollars? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 3:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Good Vibrations : San Francisco :: ________ : Portland, Oregon

Good Vibrations : San Francisco :: ________ : Portland, Oregon (and other reasons to fall in love with Portland) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a comprehensive story written about the Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga?

Is there a definitive write-up of the Phoenix Coyotes' recent ownership/bankruptcy saga? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

MacBook, Pro, or Netbook?

MacBook, MacBook Pro, or netbook for college? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:03 PM PST - 51 comments

swimming pool underwater lights

underwater lights. I want to add a few underwater lights to my pool, in Mexico. I'm told that since this is being done after the construction, there is a higher risk of failure. question- are there any other options? i.e. surface-mounted; LED; self-contained; wireless?
posted by ebesan at 1:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Yes, I can bartend! I'm a bartender! I tend bar!

I'm looking for a good, downloadable, Bartenders/Mixed Drinks/Cocktail cheat sheet. Preferably free. [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Desk Chair on a budget

Best modern/ contemporary office furniture maker on a budget? [more inside]
posted by priested at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Coffeed Table.

I cannot for the life of me find a photo (or any other mention) of this coffee table. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

What should my freelance writer resume look like if I'm actually an engineer?

What's the best way to change my engineering resume into one more appropriate for a freelance writer? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Why can't I think of something to give to you?

Need a cute "yay I'm glad we've been dating for 6 months!" gift or card idea. [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Apparently Daewoo makes TVs. Where can I find parts for one?

Where can I get a display stand for a Daewoo DP-42SM plasma monitor? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 12:45 PM PST - 0 comments

How Dry I Am!

VisionFilter: Should I switch from rigid gas permeable lenses to soft? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 12:37 PM PST - 16 comments

NTSC XBox 360 in Europe?

Using an American (NTSC) Xbox in Europe (land-o-PALS)? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What is being said in this photograph

Hebrewfilter. What does this text say or imply?
posted by fingerbang at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Excel 2007 file for Hacker's Diet

Where can I find a 2007 compatible excel file for the Hacker's Diet? [more inside]
posted by ajackson at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

DocBook and XML editor recommendations

DocBook/XML editor recommendations [more inside]
posted by ralan at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Masonry chimney repair.

Which should I use to repair my chimney? Mortar, cement.......? [more inside]
posted by boby at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Buying a car in WA

I'm thinking of buying a used car from a private party. I'm in WA state and have no idea about how sales tax will apply. [more inside]
posted by ramix at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Sounds similar to The White Stripes?

Help me expand my taste in music! I mostly listen to hip hop, R&B, soul music. I'm a child of the 80's and no matter how ridiculous some of the music is it still has a hold on me. I guess I am a sucker for catchy beat. Anyway, I've always had a thing for The White Stripes. Whatever they are doing with that drum and guitar - I LOVE it. Seven Nation Army and Little Cream Soda just do it for me. When I hear it I just can't stay still. Can you recommend some other artists or bands that I might like? Thanks!
posted by mokeydraws at 11:14 AM PST - 32 comments

Overnight Weekend Parking Charleston

Parking in Charleston, SC, overnight. Where can I park safely in downtown Charleston overnight on a weekend (tonight)? Must be within walking distance of the various bar districts.
posted by sandmanwv at 10:29 AM PST - 1 comment

N Californian picnic lovers, help recommend a grill area!

Can anyone suggest a picnic area with bbq grill for oyster picnic near Pt. Reyes/Tomales Bay/Stinson? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place

Are there less expensive alternatives to ScrapnCubes? I need lots of storage for my scrap-booking and card-making paraphernalia. [more inside]
posted by Corky at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Computer slowing for no reason!

Why did my laptop (Vista) started slowing down dramatically for no reason? This is after I rebooted (many times), and turned off half the startup programs, ran anti-virus programs and AdAware. [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Cold Sore

Medicalfilter: I kissed someone with a cold sore. Do i now have herpes? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Fill my brain with mindless stories!

7 days poolside... I need books! Tell me what to buy! [more inside]
posted by cgg at 9:42 AM PST - 37 comments

Recommendations for web based customer support service?

Recommendations for web based customer support service? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Car Trouble: Can I drive this?

So first of all, I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with my car, but whatever it is is definitely not good. I was driving the other day when the engine started making this very loud clanking/grinding noise. Apparently I hadn't checked my oil level and it was basically gone. After filling it up with Oil, the noise is still there, but much quieter. So I'm thinking I might need a whole new engine. The thing is, I found a nearly identical car on Craigslist for $1750, which would probably be just a few hundred more then a new engine, and I could just drive the thing until I get around to repairing my old one. On the other hand, I don't really want to spend that much in a panic. The car is a 1997 Toyota Tercel. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 9:28 AM PST - 41 comments

La cucaracha ya no puede caminar

It's a terrible picture, but is this a cockroach? ☐ Yes. ☐ No. [more inside]
posted by aiko at 9:27 AM PST - 24 comments

You've GOT the see this movie!

Is there an web app via which people can recommend things (movies, music, books, etc.) to me? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me sell stuff knowledgably

I'm about to start work in an electronics shop (mobile phones, hifis, computers etc) and would love some tips. [more inside]
posted by dance at 9:03 AM PST - 6 comments

How to put a new cell service & phone number on a Motorola Razr

How do I delete old data on a MotoRazr Maxx cell phone which was formerly on Verizon, and set it up as an extra for someone who uses Alltel? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Glass Storage

Best small glass dishes (with lids) for refrigerated storage? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 8:53 AM PST - 18 comments

The break room got a steamer!

Cool... work just put a quality food steamer in the really clean break room (boss is a workout queen). We're free to use, and there's a good farmer's market every Thursday right out the door. Now, what can/should I make? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

What kinds of jobs can I get working at home online?

What sorts of jobs can I get working online? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Ink my mama

I need recommendations for a friendly, non-intimidating tattoo shop in Reno, NV. The kind of place you'd take your mother. Or, actually, the kind of place I could take *my* mother. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Help a DSLR Noob

[DSLR Noob Filter] Do I need to invest in a VR (vibration reduction) lens? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 8:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Papers, please.

For purposes of "going paperless", when is an electronic, scanned copy of a document NOT enough? In other words, in what situations will a paper original of a document be required? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 8:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Found Fantastic Buddhist Quote, Looking For Its Origin

What is the origin of this quote - "We're as dead now as we'll ever be."? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Chicago or DC?

I have lived in NYC for most of my life and I am exhausted, tired, and in need of a change. I've settled into two cities Chicago or DC...But would like to get the Hive's input, which one is better? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 8:00 AM PST - 52 comments

Broadband ISP in Las Vegas

What's the best broadband ISP to subscribe to in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

House of (hopefully not) Jealous Lovers

Polyamory: What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 39 comments

Need some insight on this relationship

Me: little relationship experience due to sheltered upbringing. Him: was married for 4 years, recently divorced. How do I navigate this? Am I getting what I need? If not, how do I ask for it in a way that won't scare him off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Find a Cabinet Please

What cabinet would best fit this space? [more inside]
posted by tk at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Will Wonderful Weekends Wither Without Wheels?

Tent-phobic city-dweller seeks weekend getaway suggestions which do not require a car to reach. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

For a friend of fads of fashion?

Online or low-residence college programs in fashion or retail merchandising? NOT the art institutes apparently...
posted by parmanparman at 7:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Where do I find the perfect heating pad?

I'm looking for the perfect heating pad for the lower back of a side sleeper. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 7:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How to delay Mac sound output?

I want to delay the sound output from my Mac Mini so I can get it to sync with video from a different source. [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

What Counts to Nielsen When Nielsen Counts?

Do Nielsen Ratings account for TV viewership in public venues, such as bars, restaurants, waiting rooms, etc., and if so, how are these viewership counts tallied and weighted? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

forking over a good drive

i'm driving from nyc up to forked lake in the adirondacks tomorrow morning, following a pretty direct path from the city. can someone recommend some nice stops along the way and/or a nice drive that digresses from google's? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 6:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Pimpin' the Public Domain?

Someone wants to license a public domain photo from me - does that even work? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 5:41 AM PST - 19 comments

The film itself shaved points off my IQ...but the wardrobing was good.

Who makes the suit Ryan Reynolds wears in the wedding scene in the recent film The Proposal? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Going the distance with Vibrams.

Are Vibram Fivefingers up to the task of handling longer, half-marathon-length runs? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Mixtapes similar to The Hood internet mix?

Anyone got any recommendations similar to The Hood Internet Mix Tape volume 3? [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 4:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Scratched lenses

Is anti-glare and anti-scratch coating worth it to you on eyeglasses? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:43 AM PST - 36 comments

What are these white bands on Lisa Ray's skin?

This is a capture of the arm of actress Lisa Ray in a scene of I Can't Think Straight. What are those white bands on her skin? [more inside]
posted by moody cow at 2:31 AM PST - 18 comments

What happened to the H.M.S. Terror, a la Dan Simmons? Please?

Please help me understand aspects of the ending of the novel "The Terror" by Dan Simmons! Super spoiler-icious details inside (definitely don't read unless you've read the book, or are sure you never want to)... [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Recommend an excellent, comprehensive book on the history of antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 12:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Video Capture from secure database?

I would like to capture/download streaming videos and be able to burn them to DVD. The only problem: they are on secure-access educational databases that I can only get through my University's library website. The two databases are Theatre in Video and Films on Demand. Films on Demand has 3 players: Windows Media, Quicktime, and Flash, while Theatre in Video uses a Flash player. Any way to do this? No nefarious or profit-motivated reasons; it is just far more convenient for me to have either files on my computer or on a DVD to watch for my research.
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:06 AM PST - 6 comments

August 20

When did we stop inventing new surnames?

When did we stop inventing new surnames? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 11:19 PM PST - 43 comments

The Bird in the Hand, or the Two in the Bush?

I am a new librarian who is faced with a job search quandary. I applied very recently to Anonymous Library for a professional position. I really want to work there. I haven't heard anything back yet regarding my application. What to do about a current job offer elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Why can't I get over this breakup?

The break-up was the logical, sane conclusion to my doubts about my ability to stay faithful. The relationship of a few years did not have a future in a happy marriage--I needed more experience and growth, she needed growth, period. So why, over half a year after I broke it off, am I still wondering if I made the right decision? Why can't I get her out of my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some interesting wedding anniversary ideas in or around Toronto?

What are some interesting off-beat suggestions for a two year wedding anniversary in or around Toronto? Price is not much of an issue but I would prefer to keep it under $500. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 7 comments

How do we share camping meal assigments

Our group of 5 families, a total of 24 people, is going camping over Labor Day weekend. We are trying to figure out the best way to organize/share meal planning. We get there Friday afternoon and leave after breakfast on Monday. Any suggestions?
posted by ms_rasclark at 9:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Know any good music covers I should hear?

I love the Dope metal cover of You Spin Me Right Round, and the Reel Big Fish ska cover of Take On Me. What other awesome covers are out there I should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 8:56 PM PST - 107 comments

Name That Bunny Book

Another children's book identification thread, this time about a baby bunny and a scary fox. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 8:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Name of Children's Book

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of preschooler picture books. They were written a few years back and the main characters are two animals that look like bunnies but aren't. One is white and one is black. I can't remember their names, hence my dilemma since their names are also the title of the series. I think one name is odd and starts with a B and the other is ordinary, maybe Maggie? Anyway, they are wonderful oddball characters who mange to find their way in and out of trouble. Their charm lies in being different. What are their names?
posted by Lorna at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What's in your reading nook?

What chair, side-table, lamp, and ottoman combo would you have to create the best reading nook? I have about $1,000 to spend on the best reading lamp, side-table, and chair/couch for my house. I'm a law school student (rising 3L) and I need some to setup a comfortable space to read at night. I can't seem to find a good combination that will make reading at night easy without making me too sleepy.
posted by roundrock at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get this coat worn in The Time Traveler's Wife?

How can I find out where to buy the coat that Rachel McAdams wore in The Time Traveler's Wife? [more inside]
posted by cda at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Firefox + RSS is making me crazy

Taming Firefox mouse behavior... [more inside]
posted by taubman at 7:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible to tune this toy guitar?

Are Hearthsong's "Play & Learn" kids' guitars tunable? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 7:05 PM PST - 2 comments

South Bend, IN restaurants

I need suggestions for South Bend, Indiana restaurants. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 7:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Making Money from P2P File sharing!

Do you know of any attempts to monetize peer-to-peer file sharing? That is to say if a user is sharing a file, she gets compensated for uploading bits of the file? I'm interested in knowing who's looking in to it and what kind of success they may have had.
posted by storybored at 6:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Pepper Insanity?

Food Question! Have you ever tried a Naga Jolokia/Ghost Pepper? And survived? [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG at 6:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna let these mutants grow.

So for the second year in a row, our cucumbers have grown spherical, small and nasty. We would prefer traditionally-shaped cucumbers that are not essentially bitter balls of seeds. No good cukes this year (I think we got a few normal ones last summer). Any ideas why this is happening? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:09 PM PST - 13 comments

USB multi-slot SDHC reader

USB + SDHC * 4 == Win [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone recognize this WordPress plugin? Or know how to effectively the pingbacks it spawns?

My blog is getting bombarded by a new kind of pingback spam. The pingbacks are produced by a WordPress plugin that appears to mine the web for links related to blog content, which then triggers a pingback notification. Can anyone help me identify the plugin, so I can possibly work to block the pingbacks? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 5:50 PM PST - 2 comments

What is causing this rash?

What is this (non-itchy) rash on my toddler? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 5:40 PM PST - 22 comments

It wastes too much ink!

Is there any way to tinker with this Brother printer/fax to disable the ink head auto-clean function? It wastes too much ink! [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 5:39 PM PST - 2 comments

hopping to conclusions

Have you ever grown your own hops? And if so, how do you know they're ready to harvest? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 5:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Heparin Syringe 1mL - Sterile

I am looking for a bulk source of pre-filled heparin (ball) 1mL syringes, sterile with CE mark. For use with sample transfer. BD does not offer this, and my Google-fu is weak in this context. Thanks!
posted by strangelove at 5:34 PM PST - 3 comments

There were monsters on the screen!

I'm trying to remember a game I played a few months ago that I can't find. It involved loading up the game within websites of your choosing, then running around as a stick figure who rescued other figures from monsters that circled the page. [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest at 5:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me revolutionize academic publishing!

I have a friend who is launching a new peer-reviewed, all online, no-subscription academic journal. We have been kicking around ideas to make it awesome and I thought what better place to get great ideas... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

I thought of a really bad pun on the word "bean," but I guess I can spare you.

Why do cans of beans usually come in 19 fluid ounce cans in Canada, and 15 ounce cans in the US? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

phd + 4 yrs = done?

phd in 4 years -- myth? possibility? did you live the dream? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Suggested items for a Burning Man midweek care package?

Suggested items for a Burning Man midweek care package? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Notify Me

Is it possible to get Gmail notifier to work with a Google Accounts email address? [more inside]
posted by bove at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Who's at fault for a fallen tree?

Fallen tree filter: Who's responsible and does home owner's insurance factor in? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:59 PM PST - 17 comments

I need a serious, simple, general-purpose cookbook.

What is an example of a cookbook wherein the recipes have had the hell tested out of them? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 3:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Google AdWords via Database?

Anyone know of a way to set up a Google AdWords account so that ads and keywords can be uploaded in bulk (as a database)? [more inside]
posted by dacoit at 3:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Macro Recorder/Playback

I am in a market for a Windows macro recorder and am trying to decided between Perfect Macro Recorder or Jitbit or whatever HIVEMIND suggests... [more inside]
posted by tcv at 2:39 PM PST - 2 comments

How to track down public performance rights for films?

What happened to the US public performance rights for many Studio Ghibli (home of director Hayao Miyazaki) animated films? I'm trying to set up a film festival and no one seems to know who owns the rights.. is there any way to find out? [more inside]
posted by muscatlove at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

USB or Firewire for Maximum Efficiency?

I'm video recording a long event through software on my Mac, and am using a USB-connected Panasonic camcorder. Since I'll need an external drive for the files, should I choose a USB disk or Firewire disk, or does it matter? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Help with name

Trying to locate early nineties database software that was fronted by a comedian, the names of either would help. [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice for keloid scar treatment after HPV treatment.

Advice for keloid scar treatment after HPV treatment...I know, YANAD/YANMD, but I need your help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Pimp My Bike!

I'm about to go on a bike accessory spending spree, and I wanted input on the most impenetrable locks, the most stylish helmets, and on everything from baskets to bells to headlights. I also would welcome any input on the best way to light a bike frame using electroluminescent wire. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 1:11 PM PST - 47 comments

Monospaced font w/math operators for symbolic logic

I need a monospaced font that has the following symbols: dot, wedge, horseshoe, triple bar. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 1:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Finger-drumming for dumies?

Tips for finger-drumming? I have a Korg nanoPad and an Akai MPD-24, and I'm looking for tips, tricks and set-ups for using them to input drum patterns. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Medical marijuana use in movies

I'm an academic librarian. A faculty member asked me if I knew of any movies in which a character uses medical marijuana, either legally or illegally. I couldn't think of any so I'm asking this buzzing hivemind. Criteria: -fictional (i.e., not documentaries) -take place in the US Of course some might argue that any use of it can be justified as medical, but this faculty member is really looking for movies that show people using it for more obvious medical conditions like glaucoma, MS, etc.
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 22 comments

how do I put a stake through the heart of the vampire of perfectionism?

How do I stop setting ridiculous expectations of myself and then either beating myself up when I don't meet them, or feeling more stressed during the process than is warranted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

I really WANT to love it...

Macbook Pro display woes from a recent switcher: hardware or software? Will I be happy with Boot Camp? I'm starting to feel afraid... [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the deal with "Donut Man" in Myrtle Beach?

What's the deal with the "Donut Man" store on Business 17 in Myrtle Beach? It looks like a Dunkin Donuts but apparently isn't. [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Classics with a Twist

What are some books similar to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 12:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Well, I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more.

What are some of the most delicious, unique, and relatively easy to execute foods for a Tea Party? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 12:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Low Tech Transfer Options for Huge (.ppt) File Transfer?

What options exist for a painless way for transferring large (.ppt) files? Especially when it's for people whose work environment may make it impossible for them to download software for FTP transfers or use services like YouSendIt? [more inside]
posted by green_flash at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me make a Smore Pie!

Is is possible to make marshmallow cream out of prepackaged marshmallows with out the use of a double broiler? [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 11:43 AM PST - 20 comments

How to chose an server for a small mac digital media lab?

I'm trying to figure out my options for setting up a small digital media lab for a new non-profit, but I have no idea how to set a minimum level of server specs! How much CPU and RAM do I really need? What determines this? The server will be used to administer local user accounts, and store files (including large media files). We may also end up using it to host our website and mail, if it makes sense (unlikely). All the main client computers will be macs, so I assume I should make life easier and just get an XServe. But I'm open to other suggestions. See below for some prices and models for various XServe's I'm trying to choose between. How low can I go? How much CPU/RAM do I need? Let me know if you need more information... [more inside]
posted by yuletide at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I use a shorter version of my first name?

If the name on my birth certificate is 'Jeffrey', can I use 'Jeff' on my next passport or drivers license? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 11:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Outlook 2007 and Delete Keys

Help out a Penguin User with Outlook2007? Delete Key behavior has changed - all of a sudden, the delete key is permanently deleting messages, no more going to the deleted items folder - I just get the warning message about perm deleting, and if I click yes, it goes bye-bye [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 11:11 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the secret to loose-limbed happiness?

You know that loose-limbed, joints-fully-lubricated feeling you get after a massage or a jacuzzi? I want that feeling all the time. What's your secret? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:03 AM PST - 20 comments

what to do on the plinth?

What should my friend do on the fourth plinth? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get myself to speak up in class?

How do I get myself to speak up in class? [more inside]
posted by magazineaddict at 10:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Economics 101

What is the difference between spending and consuming? And what is the meaning of "luxury goods"? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Underwater kids computer game?

Another Old Computer Game Filter: Underwater treasure finding for kids circa 1995? Help! [more inside]
posted by keribear at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

What book should we read that is not depressing?

What book should we read that is not sappy but is also life-affirming and uplifting? [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep at 9:51 AM PST - 33 comments

How to Change a Chorus Without Changing a Chorus

Is there a name for the use of one chorus to mean entirely different things based on the context of the verse the chorus follows? Can you name further examples? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to learn more about finance.

Where/How do you get your best stock tips? What is your routine when studying a market trade? What are some good websites to learn about finance? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 9:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Drought has broken my water line, again

Drought broke my water line. How can I prevent this in the future? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Skulker at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

I'd love to see this game again!

Old-mac-game-filter: please help me rediscover an odd shareware game that I once played on the classic mac platform! [more inside]
posted by jordanlewis at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I supposed to tell my landlord that my boyfriend is moving in with me?

I am seven months into my second one-year apartment lease. My boyfriend and I have decided that he is going to move in with me. Am I legally obligated to tell my landlord? Will this put me in any legal issues with my lease, given that I am the sole name on it? I'm in British Columbia. [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

How to chose fly fishing rod and reel for beginning fisherman?

How hard is it to tie on backing, fly line and leader on a fly fishing rod for a novice ( but handy)fly fisherman? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

How to say: "End of Intermission"?

Is there a single word or other phrase that means end of intermission, in English or any romance language? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 9:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I really have to blur out every coke can?

What are the rules regarding logos captured incidentally in documentary? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:02 AM PST - 4 comments

I Want To Know Who Has Inspired You (And Who Can Then Inspire Me)

Most-Inspiring Writers, Thinkers, Poems, Websites, People? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Country music for a classical musician snob?

My boyfriend, a classical bass musician, is a music snob when it comes to country music. What country music should I make him listen to in order to prove that the actual music arrangements behind country music are just as good as other genres?
posted by quodlibet at 8:47 AM PST - 52 comments

What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis?

Lots of interrelated data, little idea of how to analyze it. What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis? [more inside]
posted by newlyminted at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm ruptured! What now?

What should I ask my doctor about my hernia operation? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Windows 2000 max resolution issue

I'm working on a windows 2000 pro machine that is running at 800 x 600 resolution. The monitor supports 1024x768, but in display settings, the resolution slider is all the way. It seems that 800 x 600 is the max resolution. Is there any way I can increase this?
posted by kraigory at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

the portable ...

christopher hitchens' edited the portable atheist is probably the most current book which by using the word "portable" purports that it is an essential reader in condensed format. but there are so many other titles which use "the portable such-and-such". how and when did this tradition start? [more inside]
posted by sardonicsmile at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I ready to leave therapy?

Am I ready to leave therapy? And if so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I get support for sexual addiction/compulsive behaviour in the UK?

Where can I get support for sexual addiction/compulsive behaviour in the UK apart from paying for a therapist or joining a 12 step programme? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Choosing between South Nags Head and Hatteras area?

Should I try to convince my family to head to The Hatteras Island area of the OBX, or just be satisfied we will all be going together and end up in South Nags Head? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Identity Theft Sure Does Suck.

Help me help my fiancé recover from identity theft. (Please?) [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 7:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Let's Build a Car

How do I learn to build stuff? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 7:40 AM PST - 30 comments

Thunderbird in plain text

How do I make everything appear in plain text in Mozilla Thunderbird? (using version on Windows XP). I do not want to see any images, don't want to be asked if I want to see them, and I don't want anything to appear in HTML, including RSS feeds. I don't want to see people's cutesy stationary or Twitter's background colors when it notifies me of a new follower. I want black text on a white background, et rien de plus. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

A slim iPhone 3G case that isn't fragile?

Not-too-chunky case for iPhone 3G with belt clip that you don't hate? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best Toronto can offer a couple this weekend?

Romantic getaway this weekend in Toronto, staying at Sutton Place Hotel near university. What's the coolest stuff to do relatively nearby when we're outside the room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Opinion needed on meds and conception.

My meds and the conception of my second child. I know you aren't my doctor, but I'd like an opinion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get rid of this rash on my chest?

What is this rash (warning: man-boobage) on my chest and how do I get rid of it?
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Music sharing between music players.

How can I share music across multiple music players? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 6:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Is including a movie poster image in a blog legal?

Question about copyright of DVD/CD cover images, and movie images/posters, and posting them on a blog. [more inside]
posted by t-rex at 6:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Momma needs a brand new phone

Boyfriend is getting a phone upgrade and handing over to me (same company). Do I buy Internet package for his account or mine? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 6:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Platform safety shoes - I can has?

Is there such a thing as steel-toed platform shoes? [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 6:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Destined for problem teeth?

What will REALLY happen when I get pregnant if I have poor oral health? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 6:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Knife catching isn't just for real estate

How can I increase my chances of buying a new car below dealer cost? Would you get an additional discount if you paid cash in full? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 5:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Ducar 124cc (125cc) engine rebuild

I want to rebuild my 125cc dirt bike engine, never done it before but I want to learn. [more inside]
posted by jakubsnm at 5:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Easy on the eyes--literally--contacts?

After giving up on contacts about 5 years ago, I'm curious about any new types of contacts that are out now that would be easy on my eyes. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:41 AM PST - 15 comments

No more blind spots

A friend requires cataract surgery in the near future, and has some questions about his options for MeFites who've pondered the same issues. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 5:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I find a cloak in Cornwall?

Can I buy a men's full-length hooded cloak anywhere in Cornwall?
posted by sockpim at 5:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What on earth did I do to my laptop?

My laptop hasn't been the same since blitzing some particularly nasty malware. What on earth did I do? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

30 days in Europe, what to see?

One month in Europe on a budget, what should we not miss? Landing in Frankfurt tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 4:57 AM PST - 12 comments

365 days of not being able to remember

365 days of something...argh. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 3:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for hiking routes in the south of England

I want to go away for a good day's walking and 1 or 2 night's camping in the south of England next Monday / Tuesday and would like suggestions for any good routes people know. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 1:34 AM PST - 8 comments

August 19

Looking for reasons to suit up in San Francisco

Suit up! 20 year old guy looking for inexpensive formal locations/events in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 11:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Can hydrogen peroxide collapse your lung? (Spontaneous Pneumothorax)

I use hydrogen peroxide to clean out ear wax; could this have caused a bleb in my lung eventually causing my lung to collapse (spontaneous pneumothorax)? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 11:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Free/low-cost virus protection for Windows?

I just got a raging beast of a new laptop. Runs Left 4 Dead like a dream. Problem: I've been in Mac-world for 7 years. Now that I'm back in Windows Land, I gotta be careful. What's the best free/low-cost/open-source spyware/malware/virus protection around? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:58 PM PST - 25 comments

They have hands!

Can you suggest some food-filled puzzles to give my backyard tribe of raccoons? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

What's a better response than "Uff da"?

Norskfilter: Help me come up with an appropriate response to a Norwegian greeting on OkCupid [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 10:23 PM PST - 7 comments

So complicated.

LithuaniaFilter: I need your esoteric knowledge regarding US/Lithuanian dual citizenship! I've got a project and now that I'm into this idea, I really, really want to make it work.. despite my target country being a little small.. and a little lacking in up-to-date information. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:47 PM PST - 13 comments

i love you. but i dont *love* you

How do i deal with having a best friend i simply cant afford to lose breaking my heart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 PM PST - 50 comments

Please help me read The Master and Margarita.

Please help me read The Master and Margarita. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

In search of a cleft-footed Giant

Baseball Trivia Filter (really, really trivial): A couple weeks ago, during the LA broadcast of the Dodgers-Giants game, Vin Scully mentioned that one of the Giants' players ran very well considering that he had been born with a cleft-foot. My Google-Fu has failed me. Can anyone tell me who this cleft-footed athlete is?
posted by bluejayway at 9:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless. How do I find work in the manual labor sector? Can I go over as a "tourist" fall in love with the country and stay without coming back to the States to figure out visas and such? I will be going over there with little money (~$1500) and will need to figure out work fast. [more inside]
posted by jellywerker at 8:45 PM PST - 132 comments

Travelling with Swine flu risks: Safety vs Bargain

Safety and budget -wise, should I buy a heavily discounted ticket now to SE Asia in January 2010? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What is ixaratte?

Can anyone tell me more about "ixaratte"? It's supposed to be a complicated court sign-language of the Ottoman empire. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Contesting car registration fee due to circumstances beyond my control

About to register a new car in Massachusetts--can I fight the Mass. sales tax if I already paid more in Washington State? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

almost christmas

I want to buy a gift to this old lady. [more inside]
posted by caelumluna at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

What is a good route to avoid Pennsylvania mountain roads?

What is a good route to avoid Pennsylvania mountain roads? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 6:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Can you help me find my baloons?

If I were to release 50 regular helium party balloons, from kingsway drive kitchener ontario canada, whats the likely hood of me finding two or three of them. These balloons were released today around noon. I need to find at least two or three of them. Anyone who could help me out in this endeavor would be amazing. map embed in extended explination. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Book gift recommendations for a professor who lost a child?

Book gift recommendations for a professor who lost a child? I don't even know if I should get such a gift--but one of my professors lost his child recently (April 2009) to juvenile ALS, after watching her wither away for a year. She became sick in the Fall of 2007, and I was in his class when he told us, nearly breaking down, that our grades would be late because he had to fly back and forth to specialists for his daughter. [more inside]
posted by dhn at 5:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to get wet and see something cool near denver?

Where is there an exciting swimming hole/lake/river near Denver? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Jquery/Javascript image hover effect

Web designers/developers: I'm looking for a script for a particular image hover effect (javascript/jquery), and I'm having no luck with Google. [more inside]
posted by Fifi Firefox at 4:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you make Grape Nuts edible?

Sometimes I decide that I should buy Grape Nuts for breakfast because this cereal seems to be very healthy. Unfortunately, I always lose interest when I actually eat the cereal. Is there anybody out there who eats Grape Nuts daily and enjoys it? What do you do to it to make it edible?
posted by kensington314 at 4:51 PM PST - 65 comments

Help in ID-ing a singer from the '30s.

I am trying to find information about a famous singer- not sure of the spelling- Gali Gerci or Galli Gerchi. My m-i- l said she was famous in England (~ mid 1930's) and she recalls her father getting her mother a record of her singing Peer Gynt's "Solveig's Song". Can anyone help- at least w/ the correct spelling?
posted by Mimidae at 3:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Finding and interviewing strangers

How do I contact strangers in higher education to help me with grad school interview projects? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 3:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Burn, Baby, Burn!

Holy Crap! I burned a tattoo! [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Selling a new invention to the world...suggestions on shopping carts and cc processing?

Selling a new invention to the world online...suggestions on shopping carts and cc processing? [more inside]
posted by msoffab at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Waterproof potentiometer?

Attention electronics tinkerers: I need to find a waterproof potentiometer without breaking my budget, and I'm not having much luck. Long-winded explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by plowhand at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I announce my marriage to alumni of a school that my spouse dropped out of?

What is the etiquette for writing class notes involving students who didn't graduate? [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Please suggest music for me to drum along to.

Like many drummers, I enjoy playing along to music when I'm drumming. I'd appreciate your suggestions for interesting and challenging songs. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 2:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Tornado + skyscraper - windows

Should I complain about not being told when our workplace is under a tornado warning? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 2:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Can a job ad demand that you send a picture of yourself to be considered?

Is it legal for a job ad to say they will only consider applicants who include a picture of themselves, even if the job has nothing to do with interacting with customers or the public? [more inside]
posted by secretsecret at 2:14 PM PST - 25 comments

Which PS Template for 16x9 DVD Menu

Ive created a series of 16x9 videos that I want to make into a DVD using Adobe Encore. My version has no templates for some odd reason. Which Photoshop Template do I use? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 2:03 PM PST - 1 comment

I need a visa for China I screwed?

I messed up big time here...I have my passport and ticket ready to fly to China on September 15th. I do not have a visa. [more inside]
posted by dawson at 2:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Please recommend articles, essays or books about aging.

Please recommend articles, essays or books about aging. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 1:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Access Denied.

Access 2003 transfer text method oddity: Why is the character "#" being replaced with "." in my column heading? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal?

My ex-wife's boyfriend wants to try to claim my son on his taxes... is this legal? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I legally entitled to a buzz?

After signing the lease and paying the deposit, the owner is asking me to sign a release saying that I know that the door buzzer system does not work and will not be fixed. Is a buzzer something that I'll wish that I had, or will I be fine just having people call when they need to be let in? The buzzer wasn't mentioned either way before I signed the lease (but I saw that the building had a buzzer system without thinking to check it). I wouldn't want to try to get out of the lease and have to redo my apartment search, but it does seem a bit weird not being warned about this in advance. Do I have any recourse? Can I force them to fix it or to give me some sort of discount on my rent, or should I just let it slide? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 1:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Wi-fi in a conference room - are we getting screwed?

Why is it costing so much to get internet service in a hotel conference room? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Long billed ballcaps...

Where online can I buy a fitted high quality ballcap with an extra long bill? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Find me better database software.

I have to compile a database for work to track about 300 separate data trends, but Access isn't cutting it. Suggestions for the next step up? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

tableau for mac??

Help me find data visualization software like Tableau, where the visualizations can be viewed and interacted with by end users. But the rub is that I need it to work in the Macintosh environment. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 12:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Use Tax for a new car purchase in Illinois

Should the dealer have dealt with "Use Tax" when I bought my new car in the same state I live? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Wherefore art thou, weather?

What's the most up-to-date online weather website for the twin cities (MN) area? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

My air conditioner causes my room to have brown-outs. Can I fix this?

When my window-unit air conditioner revs its motor, my overhead light dims... then seriously brightens up when the AC slows down. It's annoying. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Will I turn my fancy suit into a clown suit?

I'd like to buy a new suit. I'd also like to lose a lot of weight. Will the suit still look alright if I lose 60 lbs and have it altered, or should I just wait until I lose the weight? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 12:01 PM PST - 23 comments

My affair with scifi is going through a rough patch

My visceral dislike of the movie District 9 combined with years of other sub par science fiction movies has pretty much killed any desire to see more films of the genre. Help me rekindle the flame. (Minor District 9spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:00 PM PST - 84 comments

Where are the digital, musical notes?

Where can I find clear, accurate, small sound files of different musical notes. I don't mind if they're on a piano or a guitar or anything else. But I need a separate recording of each note through one octave, around about middle-C would be ideal but not necessary. (i.e. 12 files, each with a different note on them: A natural, A sharp, B natural etc.) [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 11:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a gym-type audio headphone system for my treadmill & tv at home...

Looking for a gym-type wireless headphone system for my treadmill & TV at home... [more inside]
posted by ollyoop at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What went wrong when I tried to replace my car battery?

I just changed my car's old dead battery with a new, just purchased one following the directions here. Even though I clamped the connectors down hard enough that I can't move either of them, the car seems to be completely dead --- it doesn't appear to be getting any power whatsoever. Any ideas what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 11:28 AM PST - 23 comments

iPhone app limitation by Apple?

I'm wondering if there are Apple-imposed limitations that would prevent this no-brainer iPhone app from being created. I'd love to be able to go to one place on my iPhone to turn off/on all the power-sucking tidbits: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, etc. As it is now, you have to drill down through all parts of the interface to access that stuff. Does Apple allow an app to access the WiFi on/off function, for instance? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Avoiding the two-body problem...

Anyone have career or life suggestions for a would-be “trailing spouse”? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 11:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Life after development work?

I'm tired of being hung up on. Please help me figure out my next move beyond nonprofit development work! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

How to export csv with variable number of columns?

Using a relational table in a one-to-many relationship in Access, what is the best way to export a csv file with one row per record (from the one half) with a variable number of columns (from the many half)? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

We oopsed. Now I don't know how to handle it.

Unexpected pregnancy. Are we crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 117 comments

Help calculate the calories in my favorite NYC street food: lamb over rice.

Help calculate the calories/fat in my favorite NYC street food: lamb over rice. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Tools That Make Other Tools

How did we go from basic rough hand tools to the point of having really precise tools? Specifically, how do you make a better tool from the ones you have on hand? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 10:27 AM PST - 17 comments

When almost perfect is too complicated

A late 30s divorced guy: Should I commit to one person or continue to go on dates? It's long and complicated, as always. [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

How many health care facilities with imaging equipment?

How many health care facilities, excluding hospitals, are there in the U.S. that use at least one medical imaging modality (Xray, Ultrasound, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 10:10 AM PST - 0 comments

How can I be certain my iPhone doesn't send or receive data except phone, text and Wi-Fi?

How can I make sure my iPhone 3G doesn't transfer *any* internet data while retaining phone, texting and Wi-Fi capability? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Sticky dog barking wicket

Sticky dog barking situation. The house next door to ours is a rental duplex, both units of which were recently rented to people whose dogs bark and/or howl unrelentingly all day long. I work from home and am losing my mind. Complication: I also have a very barky dog whose barkiness was able to be controlled until these other dogs moved in. Now he, too, is a problem, and I feel that I am in no position to complain about others' dogs. And yet, something must be done. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Best Motorcycle Daytrip

Renting a motorcycle for a day in San Francisco - what's the best day trip to take? [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 9:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Of/not-Of Montreal

Of Montreal's The Sunlandic Twins is one of my favourite albums, but I can't make much headway with any of their other releases. Seeking album/track recommendations, writing, or points of view that might suggest a way in. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 9:29 AM PST - 15 comments

I Want a Particular Domain

What is the best way to go about getting an expired domain? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Runningfilter: Help my poor poor calves.

I am looking for some advice to help me determine the cause of my running pains. [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the name of this obscure musician!

Help me find the name of this obscure musician! [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 9:15 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me train the next generation of Alinskys and Obamas!

Help me teach high school students how to be community organizers! [more inside]
posted by elmer benson at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Where did Kofi Annan say that small arms were weapons of mass destruction in slow motion?

Kofi Annan is often quoted as having said that small arms and light weapons are "weapons of mass destruction in slow motion." Help me find the full text of the speech, statement or document in which he first said this. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Nomad with a van needs a plan

I am entertaining the idea of selling almost everything I own, buying a van and becoming a temporary nomad, going from farm to farm around North America for work. Is this an inherently horrible idea? If it's not, does anyone have tips on making it work? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:54 AM PST - 30 comments

Unpretentious jazz in New York City?

What are some of the best and (most importantly) unpretentious jazz clubs in New York City? [more inside]
posted by laze at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

best and easy handle FREE Linux based Firewall ?

Wich solution is the best balance between control and easy handle of a FREE Linux based Firewall ? [more inside]
posted by amomp3 at 8:47 AM PST - 9 comments

DC Filter: Good men's haircut in DC or Arlington?

DC/NOVA Filter: Where can I get a quality men's haircut from a real stylist for <$50-60 (including tip) in Washington, D.C. or Arlington, VA? [more inside]
posted by prozach1576 at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Identify this Elvis mob!

Help me place this scene from Pierre Falardeau's Elvis Gratton [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments


How would this tabloid technique be called in Fleet Street? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it legal to solicit paid friendship?

Is it legal (or even safe) to buy friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 39 comments

The War on Drugs claims another one.

Dear AskMe, Should I be concerned about writing to someone in prison that knows about previous illegal activities I've participated in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Zoomy Lightbox a la Firefox?

I am in love with the zoom-in dialog box used for the video demo on the Firefox 3.5 'what's new' screen. Is there a cross-browser equivalent? I know about various 'lightbox' scripts, but this zoom thing is new to me.
posted by CaptApollo at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

RoadTripFilter: In search of wide open spaces

Another "where to go in America" question (who needs a travel agent when you've got Mefi?). This time, it's a road trip - I want to get away from the cramped little island I'm living on, and the Southwest seems like the place to go. Where should I go and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 7:50 AM PST - 20 comments

New or not-so-new parents, give us the benefit of your 20-20 hindsight.

This could be our last child-free year. What should we do/enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Ladybug Parade at 7:06 AM PST - 40 comments

Looking for a documentary from the 1970s - "Glass India"

I keep hearing about a documentary from the 1970s called "Glass India" - about glass blowing in India. Does anyone know where to buy it or download it?
posted by abirae at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Quintessential Harrods gift?

Is there a quintessential Harrod's gift item I should buy when I visit London? [more inside]
posted by altcountryman at 6:29 AM PST - 20 comments

German-owned Creative agencies in New York City

I would really like to know which NYC-based German agency is advertising this position on Craigslist:
Senior Systems Analyst
Anyone care to speculate?
posted by harlan at 6:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Scan til ya cannae scan nae mair

I have an Epson 1660 scanner, and a transparency unit that came (from eBay) without the medium-format mask. Is there anywhere where I can get one of these, or can I make one myself? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 5:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Since it's a tech support question about Google, you can just post it anywhere and they'll find it, right?

I deleted 267,000 messages from my gmail account and now, when I log in, I see a Temporary Error (500) / Numeric Code 93 message. Emails sent to me are bouncing. It's been five days. [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 5:55 AM PST - 14 comments

SDcard as primary storage?

How reliable would it be to use an SD card as primary storage in a Plug computer? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 4:55 AM PST - 3 comments

No Wheat No Dairy No Sugar

Help us figure out what to cook for a birthday dinner where one of the guests has several dietary restrictions. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 4:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What were the NYU women's dorms like in the late 1960s?

There are some things I'd like to know about the NYU women's dorms in the late 1960s. [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 1:53 AM PST - 1 comment

No video

Why is my computer not producing video output? (Normal start up sounds, stopped working while I was away) [more inside]
posted by RufusW at 1:02 AM PST - 7 comments

August 18

How to measure a person's average pitch?

I have some recordings of people saying a short phrase. How can I use these recordings to measure the average pitch of each speaker's voice? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 11:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I Filter out Facebook group mails?

I'm a member of hundreds of Facebook groups, which I enjoy except for the fact that their owners sometimes send me a direct email. The result is dozens of direct emails that I can't seem to find a setting inside Facebook to block. So then I move to my Gmail filters. Is there a way to filter out the Facebook group mails using Gmail filters? The identifying feature of mails from groups is that their subject header contains quote marks, so the sender is always Facebook and the subject header is always: "Group Name" sent you a message on Facebook. My question is: how do I teach Gmail to distinguish between these mails and mails from my actual friends, which don't have the quote marks around them?
posted by skylar at 11:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Going to California

I'm going to Los Angeles later this week. I've never been there, what should I do/see/eat? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by pwicks at 11:12 PM PST - 31 comments

install Windows XP on Vista laptop

Trouble installing windows xp on a vista laptop (Acer 6530) [more inside]
posted by gigimakka at 10:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Where do I get the ring that Nancy Botwin wears on the show Weeds?

Asking for my sister: "On the show Weeds, Nancy is always wearing an awesome gold and emerald snake ring on her middle finger. Does anyone know where to get one?"
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:30 PM PST - 1 comment

The Tortoise and the Ant and the ...?

If you wanted a stable, boring (but really only boring in scare quotes), modest life, what career paths would you take? Emphasis on path; I want to come out of this post with a course of action. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:15 PM PST - 58 comments

it depends on how you use matters and depends.

Help explain why my writing partner constantly uses a word in a way I find weird and incorrect. A question that anyone can answer. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 9:37 PM PST - 55 comments

A weigh-tea matter

I have a package of 20 tea bags, and the weight is marked on the package as two ounces. Does this mean there are two ounces of tea split between 20 tea bags, or does the two ounces include the weight of both the tea and the bags? I don't have a small scale to verify.
posted by crazycanuck at 9:30 PM PST - 8 comments

What is causing this and how do we stop it? (kill it. kill it with fire?)

Help identify possible source or cause of these bites! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

butter my nut baby

Amateur porn. For food. Good sites? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 8:07 PM PST - 22 comments

help me thrive with a car in nyc

NYC parking filter - I need to know what you know. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 8:07 PM PST - 27 comments

iphone mms help

Can I enable MMS messages on my jailbroken, unlocked original iPhone? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 7:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me access my voice mail!

How do I access my office voice mail from home? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Where Can I Buy or Rent Goats?

I want to rent or buy goats in Gwinnett county, Georgia, to clear a brushy, ivy-covered half-acre lot (away from the house). [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 7:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me connect my iPod to my stereo!

I have a JVC stereo, which boasts of the ability to accept my iPod as input. The problem is that I don't have the right wire for it! Can I buy one of these things anywhere? The socket that accepts the cable looks like this. [more inside]
posted by Citrus at 7:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Need snack help, and have a list of allergens which limits me...

Trying to lose those last few pounds, and snacks are my downfall. I am getting tired of Ye Olde Afternoon Trail Mix. I need some new ideas for carby/protein snacks (to accompany a piece of fruit) which are portable, will keep in my bag all day, and which are compatible with my daunting list of food allergies. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:47 PM PST - 28 comments

For women who are over 50 years old. What advice would you give your 40 year old self?

For women who are over 50 years old. What advice would you give your 40 year old self? [more inside]
posted by kerby at 6:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me overcome my past and stop being so mediocre.

Help me overcome my past and stop being so mediocre. Compared to my peers I can't seem to measure up, and I am looking for ways to change this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Define Tensegrity Sphere to a Child

How to best describe a tensegrity sphere in a way everyone can understand [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Pictures of a politician.

What should I do with personal family photos of Notable Historical Personage, my Chinese great-grandfather? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Tell me about your experience with the Palm Pre!

Tell me about your experience with the Palm Pre! [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Want to lie in a tent at night and hear nothing but the waves.

Where are the best places in New South Wales to camp in close proximity to a beach? But wait, here's the catch... [more inside]
posted by lottie at 5:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me be a cool teacher

Suggest a cultural activity in Boston, evening of Oct 10? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy for the Lay Reader

I'm looking for articles or books, aimed at the lay reader, which explain in general terms or offer good background information about NMR spectroscopy. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 5:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Intern wants up

Are there any special rules or points of etiquette to be followed when applying for a job internally? More specifically, as an intern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:45 PM PST - 1 comment

iPhone 3GS unlock without ultrasn0w?

Is it possible to unlock an iPhone 3GS without using ultrasn0w, legally or otherwise? Jailbroken apps are allowed.
posted by archagon at 4:43 PM PST - 5 comments

My grandfather was a beecharmer...

Please tell me about beekeeping. [more inside]
posted by melangell at 4:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Re-sole rubber soles?

Is it possible to have rubber-soled shoes re-soled? [more inside]
posted by jessssse at 3:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Needed: Cheap digital camera with remote shutter release.

I'm looking for a relatively cheap digital camera that has a remote shutter release. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by capcuervo at 3:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are these outlets upside-down?

HomeImprovementFilter: Why are all these outlets upside down? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino at 3:37 PM PST - 16 comments

What companies are great at training people

What companies do a particularly good job of advancing the skills of their employees? What kinds of things do they do that facilitate that? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 3:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Round Table Group - Does it work?

About every 3 months, I receive an email asking me to join this company's [The Round Table Group (] network of experts as a consultant. Is it worth my time? Is it a rotten deal? Are they blowing smoke? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Relatively cheap restaurants in Manhattan that have good vegetarian options?

Relatively cheap restaurants in Manhattan that have good vegetarian options? [more inside]
posted by exolstice at 3:18 PM PST - 33 comments

What are the best personal essays about technology?

What are some great examples of personal, non-fiction essay writing about technology, to be used in a freshman writing class with a tech theme? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive at 3:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How many smart phones in Iowa?

How many smart phones are there in Iowa? Seems a simple question, but I haven't found a source that even offers a good guess. My google-fu fails me. Help Me, Hivemind!
posted by davereed at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How to make a will better?

Got any tips for creating a will for new parents? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 2:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Medicaid in Ohio?

Applying for Medicaid- question on "other people in the home who receive income?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I transfer these fonts?

Fonts, fonts, fonts. I'm trying to move some fonts between platforms for a client and it is an absolute nightmare. I need some help understanding OS X font "suitcases" and what do with them! [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd like to cause newspapers to lose revenuve faster...

Which quality newspapers and other news services provide full-text RSS feeds? I'm looking for a world, national, and also sources specific to California news and politics. Alternatively, what are some MacGyver-style ways to make a full-text RSS feed for my current favorites? [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 2:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Step by step set up for receiving POP email through Yahoo?

How do I set up Yahoo Mail Plus to receive my email from other accounts? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I start a poetry group at work?

How do I start a poetry circle at my company? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Please hope me keep cool AND entertained!

Old building with old wiring + AC compressor = flickering lights. A question about electronics and possibly using an uninterruptible power supply to even out the electricity supplied to sensitive electronics. Details and question inside. [more inside]
posted by Osrinith at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Harry Potter premiere tickets?

Tickets to the premiere of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Where's the sci-fi with actual characters?

What are some or how can one best find science-fiction novels that are good by general literary standards? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 2:04 PM PST - 75 comments

Eggplant ideas needed.

What are your favorite eggplant recipes? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 2:02 PM PST - 32 comments

How to tip my therapist?

How to tip my therapist? [more inside]
posted by tacit_urn at 1:45 PM PST - 30 comments

How cool can Wordpress get?

What is the coolest thing you have seen/done using Wordpress. Special relevance to a corporate website. Can I get it to do cool stuff for me like IP filtering and more? [more inside]
posted by london302 at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

What's all the fuss about Google Voice??

Am I the only one who doesn't quite 'get' the benefit of Google Voice (Grand Central)? It seems to only address one half of the equation - inbound calls [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 1:42 PM PST - 18 comments

American health insurance reimbursement clusterfuck.

American health insurance reimbursement clusterfuck. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Interviews, Research & Archiving, oh my!

I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 12:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How is acreage measured on non-flat terrain?

Surveying 101: How is acreage measured on hilly ground? Is the acre a measure of the surface area of the ground, or of the area inside an imaginary box that is superimposed over the ground? [more inside]
posted by Orinda at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

THE Game, you just lost it.

Help me find the perfect videogame for my boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 11:53 AM PST - 40 comments

Is there any research that seeks to quantify from year to year the degree to which humanity has grown more civilized or more depraved?

Is there any research that seeks to quantify from year to year the degree to which humanity has grown more civilized or more depraved? Seems like futurists would do this, but I don't know where to begin to look. Negative factors would include crime, war, human trafficking, starvation, preventable disease. Positive factors would be access to affordable or universal health care, some form of freedom or democracy with a complementary bill of rights. What do you think are the factors that should be measured?
posted by jeffreyclong at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Social Security Disability Advice

Is there anyone in the New York Ciity area I could speak to about applying for social security disability - not necessarily a lawyer, but someone who is famliar with the process, knows what makes the best case, what is useful, what is irrelevant, etc.
posted by klpage at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

carpal tunnel and tendonitis and what to do?

Arm/wrist problems and no health insurance: what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommend a scooter for a five year old?

Recommend a push-type scooter safe for a five year old? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me find this children's night light/lamp!

I've seen this revolving children's night light in 2 TV shows (Undeclared and Sex and the City) and 1 movie (One Fine Day) and I have been trying to find it since. I've searched online and I can't seem to find one anywhere. Can anyone help me find where to purchase these revolving lights/lamps?
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posted by JPowers at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I fluent or what?

Can I say that I'm fluent in Spanish on my resume? Details and whatnot inside. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 10:37 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm going to try doing GLASTONBURY 2010. Difficulty: Never been to Europe, have no idea where to begin, kind of dumb. Help me make this beautiful dream a reality.

I'm going to try doing GLASTONBURY 2010. Difficulty: Never been to Europe, have no idea where to begin, kind of dumb. Help me make this beautiful dream a reality. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Where you find orangutang?

Did I see a little girl holding an orangutang on the streets of downtown Arlington, VA in early June 2008? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Same But Different Movies & TV Shows

Looking for "the same, but different" movies or TV shows. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 10:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Girlfriend emotionally damaged by previous relationship?

My girlfriend and I have been seeing each other for a couple of years now. We love each other, and have a lot of fun doing things (even hard work) together. When it comes to sex, though, she seems to have inherited a lot of hangups from a previous, long-term relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 40 comments

Lessons from the Obama campaign

Looking for best infodumps, narratives, archives, and analyses of Barack Obama's successful campaign for election, with a focus on volunteers and fundraising. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Why can't my router see the internet, when my computer can?

Networking question: I have a wireless router (well, 2, actually, as I thought the old one was faulty so just bought a new one) but it can't see the outside world. If I plug my computer directly into the modem, I can use the internet. If I plug a router into the modem, it can't see the internet. (I can connect to the router via wireless or wired, but the router can't connect any further.) Any ideas what this might be? [more inside]
posted by handee at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

LaTeX + pdf = employment fail?

LaTeX + pdf = employment fail? I am looking for a job and have been using LaTeX to generate my resume and cover-letter. At a recent job interview I was told that they weren't able to print my resume. It looked fine on their computer but when they printed it, it was as if most of the document had been whited-out: a couple of phrases appeared approximately where they should but, most of it was just missing. [more inside]
posted by geos at 9:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me make dried limes for Persian/Iranian cooking at home.

How can I make dried limes at home for Persian/Iranian cooking? [more inside]
posted by ViolaGrinder at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Alternate blogging set ups?

Are all blogs linear scrolls or is there someone out there who presents entries differently (allow for shuffling of posts or presents it like iTunes presents your selection)? [more inside]
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Are we being punked?

In order to fix a malfunctioning printer we have been told to unplug it and hold down the power button for one minute to release static. Are we being punked? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I get my ears pierced?

I’m considering getting my ears pierced. Just regular old lobe piercings. Help me decide if I should, then help answer all the probably simple questions about the process, because I seriously know nothing. Before you bring it up – I’m planning on going to a real piercing place, not Claire’s. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse at 8:49 AM PST - 41 comments


Which baby car seat should I buy for my soon to be born grandson? Are the baby stroller/car seats combo's a good idea.?
posted by Tayniksgranny at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Should I protect other people's email addresses on my wordpress site, and if so, what's the easiest way?

I have a website that has profiles of a lot of artists. At the moment I'm putting their email addresses on the site. But I don't want to be the cause of their receiving lots of spam emails. I found this post, which didn't seem to answer this specific question. I also found this post, which was a little confusing, and I'm not sure if I should just paste that entire code into the html editor of the wordpress post every time I want to put in a new email address. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 8:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get more information about the U.S. health care reform bill?

I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
posted by zembla3 at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

ThyroidFilter: Whither to T3, or not T3? That is the question.

ThyroidFilter: Who out there (particularly those with Hashimoto's), after ditching T4-only therapy for either added synthetic T3, Thyrolar, or the natural stuff, now feels waaaaay better, comparatively speaking? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice in Picking a Career

I have two options for my (budding) career, help me decide which one is better. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Ship or sell my computer from Japan?

Is it worth it to ship 2-3 year-old computer components from Japan? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Small wedding in Yosemite: know of an amazing photographer with a package under $3K? Caterers too?

Small wedding in Yosemite: know of an amazing photographer with a package under $3K? Caterers too? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Tips or tricks for 3d n00bs?

When you started working with 3D modeling and animation (à la Maya, 3ds Max, or Cinema 4d), what do you wish someone would have told you? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I find out if the upcoming seasons of Top Chef and Project Runway will be available online?

How can I find out if the upcoming seasons of Top Chef and Project Runway will be available online (e.g. Amazon Video-on-demand, iTunes, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

San Diego taco trucks?

Taco trucks in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it safe to glue keys to a laptop keyboard?

The left CTRL key popped off of my ThinkPad T43, the casualty of a RAM upgrade. The blue nipple seems to have come unglued from both the keyboard and the key. Is it safe to glue onto the keyboard? Googling reveals warnings of not using superglue and using superglue. Would a silicon adhesive be safer? Better?
posted by puckupdate at 7:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a farm-related gift for my father's birthday.

Looking for a farm-related gift for my father's birthday. He recently bought a pretty large farm after living in the 'burbs his entire life. The main purpose of the farm is so my mother can house her horses there, but my father is quite excited to use their sizable land for other purposes too, which may or may not include raising chickens, growing all sorts of produce, and other activities that people do on farms... [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 7:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Does electronic stability control help out in winter driving conditions?

Will I need electronic stability control for winter driving? Please help this California native and recent Texas resident decide on a car to buy before my first "real" winter in northern Illinois begins. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol at 7:57 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe?

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe with text boxes and check boxes? [more inside]
posted by genniangel0 at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Movies about creative collaboration?

Examples of movies about people collaborating on creative projects? [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 7:48 AM PST - 30 comments

Lunch in Hartford?

Best places to grab lunch within walking distance of Constitution Plaza in Hartford, CT? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Insurance is good and I'd like to keep it.

Is filing too many claims always a death knell for your insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 6 comments

This new-fangled internet thing is just too Flashy for me!

Firefox / Flash-filter: Currently, I'm running one of the last versions of Firefox 2.0 ( I haven't upgraded to 3 yet, but I think I'm just about ready (well, YouTube is forcing me). I have a few concerns before I do... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 10 comments

spritual awakening turns to self-indulgence? or just "normal"

I turn 40 soon, married. A few years ago I had what I believe to be a major spiritual awakening, but it really hasn't "stuck", to the core anyway. I have since found the pendulum swing far the other way to where I'm a surprised to find i'm now inclined to: drink to excess, flirt with women (some pretty young), smoke marijuana/ tobacco, listen to stuff like Kid Rock and relishing the vulgarity/attitude, watch porn - (this is mostly all "private" behavior) is this all indicative a midlife crisis situation? or "spiritual backlash"? or do i need to come to terms that i've taken a road down towards creepville?
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 30 comments

Just how old is that Google maps image of my house?

In Google Maps, is there a way to tell when the satellite (aerial) images of a particular place were taken? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 7:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me fix this pain in the neck

Are these sudden, sharp twinges of pain in my neck normal? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Mystery of the '87 VW Jetta

My 87 VW Jetta broke down, and none of the mechanics have the equipment to figure out what's wrong with it. What now? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 6:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Need name for sale section

My sister needs help naming a section of her bi-annual kids' consignment sale, and I'm not good with this advertising stuff. [more inside]
posted by little_c at 6:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Apple iPod packaging: What is the bottom right part of this photo?

What is the black piece on the bottom right part of this photo?
posted by bofe at 6:04 AM PST - 2 comments

that would be known as clarified butter after the ayurvedic tradition

So I made ghee and bombed. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Headphone adapter broken off in my macbook.

My dog broke off a headphone adapter in my macbook. How do I get it out? [more inside]
posted by ryaninoakland at 4:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for new and unusual crafts?

Knitting, crochet, beading, sewing.. what am I missing? Looking for some unusual craft techniques and projects. [more inside]
posted by psychostorm at 4:44 AM PST - 36 comments

What is up with coldsores?

I've gotten coldsores since I was a kid, generally once every 18-36 months. I got one 2-3 months ago, but then I got another one today. My whole life I got them on my top lip, but 2-3 months ago I got it for the first time on my bottom lip. This time, it has appeared on my bottom lip again, but now I think a SECOND one is also appearing on my top lip. Why has it moved? Why has it become more frequent? Why am I now getting 2-for-1? Should I be freaking out? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 4:32 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me juice the juicer

I just bought a juice extractor. It's very nice but it takes a lot of space. Help me justify this space with ideas on how to exploit it better. Carrot juice oK. But how about recipes, desserts, sauces? What else could I use it for?
posted by uauage at 4:28 AM PST - 7 comments

What crazy short term classes can I take?

I have vacation time adding up and I'm looking for any interesting and/or wild 1 to 3 week school/training programs I can do, anywhere in the world. Suggestions?
posted by greenlikeme at 3:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Which distro of Linux should I try?

Which one of the multitude of Linux distros should someone who's never used Linux before give a go? [more inside]
posted by n3rt at 1:20 AM PST - 34 comments

Why can't I download torrents?

Although I have downloaded torrents successfully before, I can't get my current system to work. Everything proceeds fine until the actual download - which is stuck at 0.0%. [more inside]
posted by ACF at 12:52 AM PST - 9 comments

August 17

Not so fast.

Everybody who knows the origin of this gag, take one step forward... Not so fast, internet. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense at 10:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Academic personal website CMS solution advice

Academic personal website CMS solution advice. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Sharlto Copley stars in "My Left Claw"

District 9 has infected me, so to speak. I can pick up on the cinematic influences and the overt South African references, but surely there are more South African influences that elude me. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 10:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Please explain this unnerving phone call

Help me figure out the strange call I had asking if I was related to my brother-in-law. I has me feeling a little unsettled. The caller refused to identify herself. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 10:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Needlepoint hot air Santa

Help my mother complete this needlepoint kit, sans instructions. [more inside]
posted by nat at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I force a microSD card into my broken blackberry slot?

What's the best way to brute-force a microSD card into my new Blackberry (that apparently has a defective slot.) [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Drive Thru Turkey

Is there a national fast food chain in the United States that sells a turkey-burger?
posted by ericthegardener at 8:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Any tips on how to become more fingerprint-able?

Any tips on how to become more fingerprint-able? [more inside]
posted by natural log at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Arts and Cultural Appropriation

How have issues of cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and diversity been tackled in art and popular culture? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:19 PM PST - 16 comments

The Chrysler Ratchet

Why do early to late 90s Chrysler/Dodge vehicles with an automatic transmission make a very distinctive ratcheting sound when slowing down? [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

If Indiana Jones were a sailor, what hat would he wear?

HatFilter: I'm looking for a functional, stylish hat for sailing (worried mostly about sun not foul weather protection). Bonus points for a unique, "adventure" flavor like Indiana Jones. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Weekend getaway near Vancouver

Where can I go this weekend from Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Need mechanic in Tempe.

Please recommend a good auto mechanic in Tempe, AZ for a 2001 Ford Escape.
posted by reductiondesign at 7:10 PM PST - 2 comments

We want shirts, but don't want to infringe on any trademarks or copyrights.

I run a website dedicated to vintage PC games (that is, games from the late 80s, early 90s). Ad revenue has been declining, and a co-admin suggested making t-shirts to sell to support the site. I have questions about what art/words we can use on the shirts. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Creative people - teach me how to make my wedding magical.

Design our "First Summer's Night Eve" wedding, creative people! [more inside]
posted by semacd at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Is it worth it to buy a car for dating purposes?

Is it worth it to buy a car for dating purposes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 PM PST - 85 comments

How to apply for a mycology phd?

My husband wants to get a doctorate in mycology become a mycologist. We don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it possible to read the plates in this photo?

Is it possible to read the plates in this photo? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 6:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find pictures of empty walls with footprint of frames that have been removed?

Where can I find pictures of empty walls with footprints of picture/art frames that have been removed? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How much do first year our GI docs make in NYC?

Anyone know what the best way to find out what salaries are for Gastroenterologist docs in New York City? or just what is a good starting salary for a GI doc in NYC? All I get are averages when I search on the internet.
posted by Davidissimo at 6:08 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the chances of spinning a Yahtzee on the first roll?

What are the chances of spinning a Yahtzee on the first roll? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt at 6:00 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the two best introductory episodes to Deadwood?

Deadwood is my favorite television show of all time and my girlfriend has agreed to let me show her two episodes to try to get her hooked. I think she might like it, as she is well read and appreciates complicated storytelling, but she is totally uninterested in the time period and doesn't watch a lot of television. What two episodes would you suggest showing someone to highlight Deadwood at its best. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 5:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find this song?

Looking for a song I heard in a commercial today... "Hold On" in the Healthtex advertisement. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Help three old girlfriends find a weekend getaway in the Washington DC area.

Help three old girlfriends find a weekend getaway in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by CelloGal at 5:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Remember those t-shirts with the drawing of the sabra cactus wearing that funny Israeli hat?

Were you a Jewish kid in the 70s/80s? Remember those t-shirts with the drawing of the sabra cactus wearing that funny Israeli hat? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

A set of most specific requirements for a game.

Looking for a turn-based platform independent online game that can be played asynchronously with hours or days between players turns. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean at 5:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Locating a deadbeat

Can I triangulate someones location with a cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 5:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Kids Singing Lessons

My daughter, six, has been begging me to let her take singing lessons (and she's quite specific that she wants to sing, rather than learn an instrument or dance or theatre or anything else), but I know NOTHING about singing, let alone where to find a good teacher. [more inside]
posted by glider at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

$20k Loan on $79k Home?

House loan advice needed. Should I take out a loan against my house while I'm trying to sell it? [more inside]
posted by rougy at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there a website that will notify you of media releases?

I am looking for a website or convenient trick to notify me when an item I am interested in is released or acquires a release date. I will be hoping to use this for Books, Games, Movies (both theatrical and dvd). [more inside]
posted by mephesta at 4:57 PM PST - 7 comments

I have a question about calendars

Can anyone see any benefit to a calendar that (1) identifies those months within a range of years that share the same days of the week and dates of the month, and (2) identifies those days of the week within a range of years that have less than 53 occurences in any particular year?
posted by CollectiveMind at 4:55 PM PST - 13 comments

How to become a non-drinker?

I just started a long-term medication (bupropion, for ADD) that interacts very, very badly with alcohol. I don't miss the booze itself, but not being able to drink throws all sorts of monkey wrenches into my social life. I need advice on how to be a non-drinker in the drinkingest town in the United States, New York City... where the default activity for any occaision is going out for a drink. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 42 comments

What do you do with a pig in a poke?

We were bequeathed a Steinway grand piano, and were initially excited but now are wondering if this is more of an albatross than a gift. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 PM PST - 37 comments

How to I fix an online job application mistake?

How to I fix an online job application mistake? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

One Image, One Audio Clip: One Movie?

How to make a video from an audio track for Youtube? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

The mother of all boards

Help me pick out a motherboard for a Core i7 Processor! [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

A weekend alone in Belfast

I'll be working in Belfast next week and have some time alone at the weekend (29/08/09-30/08/09). What should I get up to? Any events I should be aware of?
posted by nam3d at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Le nom nom nom.

Where can we make out with French boys, what foodie things can I not miss in Paris, and what is the Kampa Park of Brussels? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Share your suggestions for spiritual books, or your spiritual quotes, or thoughts...

Share your suggestions for spiritual books, or your spiritual quotations, or thoughts, or advice for others who have decided to explore the spiritual side of life. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 2:44 PM PST - 45 comments

Sex Role Reversal TV show from 70s or early 80s?

Trying to remember the name of a TV show from my adolescence (1974 - 1981). It was an office drama in which sex roles were reversed. Women had all the power; women were the bosses, made the money, etc. Men were in support positions and were sex objects. The show was syndicated, and, in Boston, at least, was on a UHF station. Any ideas?
posted by hworth at 2:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Going to the same university for undergrad and grad-good or bad idea?

Did you receive your graduate degree at the same university that you received your undergraduate degree from? If so, do you regret not branching out and going to a new university for graduate school or are you happy with your decision? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 at 2:28 PM PST - 30 comments

silent telephone needed

New baby in the house, easily awoken by telephone ringing, so I am after a phone that can be muted, with visual ring indicator, and preferably a multi hand set dect type if possible. I am in the UK.
posted by spyke23 at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to add links to Google Map locations. Help!

How can I add links to Google Map locations? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Disclosing HPV: What Do I Say & What Should I Expect?

I've tested positive for HPV, and I am mostly concerned about disclosure. The question isn't whether I will or not (I most certainly will), but how and what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Facebook fan page

My mother would like to get on Facebook at some point in the future. I've neither encouraged nor discouraged her to do so, and wouldn't really have a problem with her on Facebook re: my profile or anything like that. The problem is that she was a former high school teacher and some of her old students have created a fan club page for her. It's mostly harmless fun, and the creator of the page actually posted some really nice things about my mom. For fun they have been posting photoshopped pics of her face on funny pictures (making her a rap star, etc.), but nothing out of bounds or all that offensive has been uploaded. And while I don't really have a problem with the page, there are two things that have me a bit upset. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 17 comments

But there's no quota on your odor - that's right, you smell!

What to do about a smelly coworker when her supervisor's hands are tied? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Let us fly! Cheaply.

Cheapest Airline Tickets: Los Angeles - Berlin RT. Options? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 1:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Word count software

Is there a word count program that you can set to measure the number of words typed in a period of time rather than the number of words that appear on the page? [more inside]
posted by carmen at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

This is my brain on no vacation

Help with productive vacation ideas? Of all the things to avoid, I have been putting off taking vacation and now suddenly the summer is slipping away... [more inside]
posted by messica at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there needles in this haystack?

I'm looking for user interface shops or departments within companies that do a particular kind of work, and that hire a particular kind of role (even if they have no jobs open right now). Do you know if they exist, and whether they're common or rare? Or, do you know how I can find out? [more inside]
posted by Other at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Community Media Website Design

Suggest a model for a money-making, or at least self-sufficient, website dedicated to a region or small city something like "Mayberry Online." Probably advertising driven, dedicated to news, events, listings, but with active forums for 'consumer gripes,' local politics, advice columns, restaurant reviews, arts, sports, health, pets & wildlife. Think 'city paper' or alternative press but online, with an active Craigslist component. Any thing like that out there? Suggestions on website design/creation/start-up consultants would be an added bonus. Links please to worthy existing sites that fit the bill. And, TIA
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Learning about owning a go-kart track

Where are the trade magazines for "concession karts"? That is, a magazine focused on go-kart track operations and ownership. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

If supermarkets did not exist, I would have starved myself by now.

I am a failure as a gardener and a human being. What the hell did I do wrong with the vegetable patch? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 1:13 PM PST - 30 comments

So I double the bits and get the bite

How can I run my 32 bit software on my 64 bit Vista machine? [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Any recommendations for a tailor in Beijing?

I am female, visiting Beijing briefly. I would like to get blouses and slacks made while I am there. I am too tall for off-the-peg.
posted by Idcoytco at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

how to use linkedin to find a new job?

Just got fired. How do I use my profile to find a new job without my contacts thinking I did something horrible? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 1:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Here are samples of my work, and you can click here to read my opinions on Obama!

How would I best go about making a web-based writing portfolio with limited internet abilities? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

DC CSA 411?

CSA in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I recycle a broken hairdryer?

I have a broken hair dryer. Can I recycle it? I live in Brighton, UK - I can't find anything on the local council website about recycling this type of item. Do I just bin it? Thanks!
posted by Kirn at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Tomatofilter: 2% chance I'm crazy; 98% chance something (good) is up with our country's tomatos.

Tomato question: Did something happen late last Autumn that could have caused low-priced/budget tomatoes in (U.S.) fast-food restaurants and supermarkets to become radically better tasting? My perception of increased quality had a sudden onset, was not chain-specific, not geographically localized, and is shared by a handful of friends. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

If only Narcissus weren't such a jerk...

How do I improve the acoustics in a room not really cut out for recording? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to locate this awesome villa

I am trying to locate a villa rental property I read about in a traveler magazine in my doctor’s office some time ago. Problem is, I don’t remember a lot of the specifics... Might you be able to identify the villa I’m talking about based on the few things I do remember? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Need hosted solution for retiree extranet

Help me figure out how to put our retiree directory online and eventually create a retiree extranet. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 11:55 AM PST - 2 comments

I like 'em big when they're inside me

Help me find music that makes me feel small and insignificant. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 11:49 AM PST - 53 comments

It's not ME. It's the DRAWERS!

Extraordinarily lame: My desk and dresser drawers won't open all the way. Is there some sort of anti-slide mechanism that I'm unaware of? If not, can I fix this problem somehow? [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex at 11:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Have you seen this weird movie?

I'm trying to figure out the title of a movie I saw on tv a few years ago. It was an English language horror movie set in Japan; the main characters were a western family (I think they might have been from the US, but they could have been Canadian) who were living there because of some family member's job. [more inside]
posted by Half-a-Dozen Paper Cranes at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

RAM Speed vs. Ram Quantity

Is there a general formula for determining the relative value of RAM speed versus RAM quantity? More specifically, am I better off with 2GB at DDR400 in dual-channel mode, or 2.5GB at DDR333 in single-channel mode? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Does Craig Ferguson really have a live studio audience?

Is Craig Ferguson's talk show real? I mean, like, is the audience real? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 11:33 AM PST - 21 comments

I love my headphones, but....

How do I best leverage my mp3 device, considering it is not an iPod? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Long hair for the 40+ woman

What are some possible hairstyle options for a woman over 40 who wants to keep her hair long? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 11:28 AM PST - 24 comments

Making dinner for a girlfriend and I need your help!

Making dinner tonight for a lady friend - Need suggestions! [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Help a TEFL teacher with a one-to-one with a 10 year old.

Does anyone know what books or resources, paid for or otherwise, would be suitable for teaching a 10 year old intermediate level English? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 11:11 AM PST - 6 comments

White-label hosted credit-card processing?

What online credit-card processor best meets these criteria? [more inside]
posted by pengale at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Where should we go on vacation?

Where should we go on vacation next week? We were planning on the Caribbean, but tropical storms have rained on those plans (sorry!). We're open to anything in the US or Canada with just a few restrictions. [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How to best be prepared

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Montreal (Plateau area) coming from the US - so, lacking a Canadian credit score, Canadian references, etc. Should I be saving up to pay several months of rent from the start? Is it a common practice? Also, what could I do or bring with me during the apartment hunt to look as polished as possible? [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird at 10:48 AM PST - 10 comments

A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money ... but if it's a ship, money comes out?

(Freighter experts) Does the world-wide shipping industry have hidden (or open) subsidies? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Stinkfoot (Duhn duh-duh-duhhn)

After working in the rain for 3 days straight and never having enough time to dry all the way out during those 3 days, one of my work boots smells punguntly of mildew. There's no footy smell, only mildew. Is there any way to get rid of it and save the boot? I imagine the mildew isn't doing any favours for the binding or the fabrics either.
posted by Evstar at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

What does "s'en fout la mort" mean?

What's the literal translation of the French film title "S'en fout la mort"? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 10:38 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I help Mom get digital?

How do I help my mother prepare for a modern office job after 30 years in a Luddite environment? [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 10:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Web App to manage client uploads???

I'm looking for a web application (preferrably Open Source) that will help me accomplish the following: I have a service business that works on digital files for clients. I'd like to broaden my reach through web, so want to give clients/public the ability to upload files to me and for me to keep track of who those files are from, and to be able to invoice them and track when they have paid, etc. so I can return the finished file to them. I'd like it to work with Paypal. [more inside]
posted by spock at 10:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Condensed Matter Forum?

I'm looking for a forum that hosts discussion in the field of condensed matter physics and/or materials science. I'd like a site where scientists can go to ask and answer questions, similar to Ask.Metafilter, but a general forum would be good as well. Does anyone know of such a site?
posted by Aanidaani at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Do smart men prefer bimbos?

I am a successful professional woman, I want to date successful professional men, but they seem to want subservient types. Should I be looking for a subservient man? [more inside]
posted by Goodgrief at 10:03 AM PST - 51 comments

Where to take my grandparents to Lunch in Seattle?

Where can I take my grandparents out to lunch in North Seattle that isn't Marie Callendar's? [more inside]
posted by evinrude at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Find this cartoon?

Where and when was the original cartoon published that is described in the first three sentences of the opening paragraph of this excerpt from a book by Peter Denning? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Visa waiver to US - can I visit Canada

If I (a UK citizen) visit the US on a visa waiver, can I cross into Canada and back?
posted by A189Nut at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Paperless office drowning in paper receipts!

Other than Neat Receipts can you suggest a solution for archiving receipts in an electronic format? [more inside]
posted by rollo tomassi at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Find me a real dive in LA!

Looking for a serious Dive Bar in Los Angeles. In the Venice, Culver, Santa Monica region. Not an "LA" dive, a real dive please. [more inside]
posted by swbarrett at 9:02 AM PST - 16 comments

Shakespeare's plays not in play form

Looking for a website that retells the plots of Shakespeare's plays. Using modern English, in short story form. [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Rogers or Bell for cable tv (Cake or death? Death or death?)

Toronto cable tv frustration: should I dump Rogers for Bell? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 8:43 AM PST - 6 comments

or is it a child's half-remembered, lunatic dream?

In the early 70's there aired a kid's after school program. Simple to identify, right? Course not, this is where you come in. [more inside]
posted by Allee Katze at 8:25 AM PST - 0 comments

What tune did the French bloke play at Allingham's funeral?

At Henry Allingham's funeral, what branch of the services did the French bugler or trumpet player represent, and what piece did he play? [more inside]
posted by vogel at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Should i quit my apprenticeship?

Should i quit my apprenticeship? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 8:14 AM PST - 29 comments

What are the chances of getting a green card back?

Several years ago a friend willingly surrendered his Permanent Resident Alien card in the United States. Now he wants it back. What are his options? [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

When hippies grow up, they turn into ???

What would you call that sweater-loving, Volvo-driving, PBS-donating late 1970s-mid 1980s American culture? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 8:03 AM PST - 83 comments

Why don't we eat the leaves off the trees?

Why do we eat leaves from plants that grow on the ground, but not from trees? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:45 AM PST - 29 comments

Watch for a runner?

Can you recommend a watch for a jogger? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me create order out of electronic chaos

My electronic life is in total chaos - I have multiple copies of word and powerpoint files (usually all with the same name) on four or five different USBs or varying ages, a network drive (in multiple places), a laptop, work pc, and ifolder. I need to sort it all out! Is there any software that can help me find multiple versions of the same file across all these different places, work out which is the most recent and then delete/archive the rest? Going forward, what is the most sensible way to start again with an organised structure for file management and keeping everything synced between various computers (have a mac at home and pc at work)?
posted by janecr at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How to approach my boyfriend about sensitive sex issue (Long and incredibly NSFW)

I'm trying to figure out a way to approach my boyfriend concerning an issue about our sex life, but I'm having a hard time knowing what to say. For all intents and purposes, we have a fulfilling sex life, however the vast majority of the time he's not able to come inside me. It's been this way for the duration of our 3-year relationship and, though I'm not taking it personally, I'm really beginning to miss a certain level of intimacy that goes along with that particular part of sex. As always, there's... [more inside]
posted by actuallyiam at 7:21 AM PST - 31 comments

Good funk that isn't disco?

I'm looking for great funk/soul songs that aren't disco. [more inside]
posted by the other side at 7:09 AM PST - 36 comments

Would I make a neurotic frankenkid?

Should I try to breed out the parts of me I don't like? Or is it ok to make super neurotic kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Information on the Chinese nuclear power industry

I have to produce a report on the Chinese nuclear power industry. Are there any good resources online to get me started? The focus is mainly on links between the state and business, and risk assessment for interested parties. I can read Mandarin.
posted by tawny at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Show me your Vul...Volvo!

This is a question about a 30 year old Volvo and making it awesome. HHO generators, paint, and maintenance included. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Recipes for Lychee

I received some lychee as a gift and I'm not sure what to do with them. Can anyone recommend some recipes that use lychee?
posted by defben at 6:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Sweating the small stuff, the big stuff and everything in between

Sweat management: help keep me from drowning during an interview. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Converting clip-on earrings

Suggestions for converting clip-on earrings into post earrings? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Are mix tapes old hat or alive and kicking?

Are mix tapes (Mix CDs, online playlists et al) still relevant? [more inside]
posted by animerion at 5:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Audio driver problems!

Audio driver needed for Sony Vaio VGN-SX61MN/B model laptop with Windows XP SP3! [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 5:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the chances of becoming a Quantitative Analyst in the UK with a PhD in Electronic Engineering?

What are my chances in becoming a Quantitative Analyst in UK, and if they are not too bleak, how to improve them? I realise this is a rather significant career path change, however, as I have been given to understand, many banks and financial institutions in UK do employ PhDs from a wide variety of backgrounds. [more inside]
posted by noztran at 4:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Using netbook as external monitor for laptop

Can I use a netbook as an external monitor for a laptop? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Charmian at 3:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me retro-fy my music

Help me write retro-styled video game music! I've finally found a system that works for me, but its supported music formats are OGG - which is nice, but too heavyweight for the kind of retro feel I want - and MOD/XM, which has definite potential... [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 1:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Recent trends in high school marketing and education methods?

What are the trends around the world underlying the most successful (I guess I am talking financially mostly) high schools around the world these days? What are the marketing buzzwords driving the race for students? My old high school is in trouble and I'd like to help if I can. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Chongqing - How is the expansion of the metro going?

Anybody in Chongqing? How is the expansion of the metro going? Especially to the Tiandi development? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 12:21 AM PST - 2 comments

August 16

Google Translate-ing Long Files

Is there any way for Google Translate to process long files? It seems to kick out at around 38K.
posted by Yakuman at 10:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Should this SATA to ATAPI setup work?

Should this SATA to PATA/IDE conversion work for a slimline DVD drive in desktop computer when the motherboard is SATA only? [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 at 10:18 PM PST - 4 comments

guitar squeaks

What is that squeak that guitars sometimes make, and where can I hear more of it? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 10:08 PM PST - 28 comments

Please help me identify an unknown wild berry (that I tasted...does that entice you to read more?)

Please help me identify a wild berry in Western Canada? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Early period while on BCP--best choice to minimize the bloodbath

Period starting a week early on Seasonale: your best educated guess about whether I should skip the sugar-pill week or not? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I ditch my online identity?

I've been trying to "disappear" on the internet for a while now, but every now and then I realize I've linked myself back to something I regret saying online or even online profiles which are benign but still don't want linked to me. What can I do to "lose my identity" online to the point of being completely disjoint from my past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 PM PST - 9 comments

need a new sweet spot

Where can I get a tennis racquet restrung in nyc? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Suck on my chocolate vinegary balls.

Food science question and recipe request. When making a flavored ganache for truffles, should the flavoring be added to the cream or to the chocolate? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 8:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Local politics that isn't really local

Which municipal district has the largest constituency? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 8:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What music video did I watch?

I saw a music video recently with a gigantic white guy and black guy walking around what I think is New York City. The music was hip hop with some pop. Unfortunately those are all the details I can remember. Any ideas?
posted by dcams at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

How does one drive a fake cop car around?

I'm looking to rent a fake cop car for a quick, no-budget film shoot. My question is, how the hell do I transport it without getting pulled over for impersonating an officer or getting similar attention from law enforcement? [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

CK-THUNK goes the lever of justice

Can individuals rent voting machines? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I create a value stream map?

Where can I find a good tutorial on value stream mapping? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Worth trying to change an organization from within?

An organization which I have belonged to for many years has taken a position which I find abhorrent. Should I withdraw my membership outright or, should I first try to get the organization to reconsider its position? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Finding "hidden" things.

How do you locate the safety deposit box and 401k/IRA of a deceased relative who you've had little contact with lately? [more inside]
posted by joshgates at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I be an ally to the conversationally overpowered?

How do I be an ally to the conversationally overpowered? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion at 7:26 PM PST - 12 comments

How to reveal my (lack of) faith to my fundamentalist Christian Parents?

I have been struggling for several years how to reconcile Christianity, especially the sect in which I was raised, with the analytic portion of my mind. I realize that I can't. Now the question is, how to broach the subject with my fundamentalist parents, who I am dependent on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 42 comments

Curse you Pepsi!

How do I clean this gunky stuff off my floor? Please save my sanity and help! [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments


I feel like a zombie on Lexapro. I have little motivation and the things I used to enjoy doing don't feel as rewarding. On the other hand, it has done wonders for my anxiety. Will this pass? [more inside]
posted by ahrara_ at 6:21 PM PST - 12 comments

boyfriend is hiding medication- should I worry?

My boyfriend is taking an antidepressant and didn't tell me, and now I'm worried for him and for us. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 30 comments

Is it still possible to be a renaissance man (or woman)?

I have always greatly admired people who have many careers and jobs in their lifetime. I think I want the same thing myself - so how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Is the H1N1 vaccine inherently more dangerous?

Swine flu vaccine question: If I've gotten the seasonal flu vaccine in the past without any complications, does this mean that I don't have to worry about the "Guillain-Barre syndrome" that hit people in 1976? Or will the H1N1 vaccine be formulated differently that the seasonal flu vaccine? This question is prompted by this article... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I prove my workplace is making me sick?

I think my work place is causing respiratory problems for me. How do I go about proving it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How do i prove I paid a speeding ticket 3 years ago?

How do i prove I paid a speeding ticket 3 years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How to prioritise many urgent / important issues?

Help me prioritise my career / accomodation / other goals - they all appear to be short term! [ideally UK MeFi people]. Anon because contains detailed career / personal issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Name That French Film!

I'm restarting my Netflix queue, and I can't remember the name of a movie I'd like to see again. A car speeds through a small town on the French coast, hits a small child and drives away before anyone can see what happened. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Education tax credit - can we claim it twice for two students?

Can more than one student filing on the same US tax return claim the new American Opportunity Tax Credit? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger at 4:38 PM PST - 1 comment

What are the very best tower defense games?

OMIGOD, "Plants vs. Zombies" is fun. Help me find more tower defense games that are as much fun. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find jeans for my tiny yet callipygian frame?

Where can I find jeans for my tiny yet callipygian frame? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 4:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Google map error could be the death of me

How do you report or fix an error on Google Maps when all the self-fix / reporting error options are unavailable?