August 2010 Archives

August 31

Why can't I get rid of the song in my head?

Someone just sang a stupid song, to himself; he sits next to me at work. Which raises a question: Why do songs get stuck in our brains for days? What is the scientific explanation for this phenomena? Is it an affect of modern life on the individual? Do we fear of loneliness?
posted by lipsum at 11:42 PM PST - 9 comments

When would a prospective employer contact my current employer?

When would a prospective employer contact my current employer? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 11:20 PM PST - 5 comments

I needs me a camera!

Where's the best place to buy a digital camera in Berlin? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 10:28 PM PST - 2 comments

where did i come from?

superly sockpuppet birds and the bees filter: i was date-raped and now i am negotiating some intense babydaddy issues in court. he has a new girlfriend and a new baby. my child is 6 and understandably pondering how this is all possible. babydaddy was not significantly present for about 5 years. i am a very much single mother and i and my parents are all that my child has known in a truly significant to approach the question of origin truthfully but sensitively? [more inside]
posted by bright and shiny at 10:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Who knows how to write simply?

I'm looking for research on low-literacy writing, how people read and remember different kinds of materials, what kind of materials are most readable to the most people, etc. Names of academic journals or even academic specialties I should be looking at would be helpful. Info on this topic for general audiences (and written accessibly!) are also welcome, if they are based on research. (Much of what I've found so far is based on conjecture, which I already have a ton of).
posted by serazin at 9:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Will my Facebook photos still be around in 600 years?

Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 9:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can a college student buy an inexpensive (and legit) Windows OS license?

Where can a college student buy an inexpensive (and legit) Windows OS license? [more inside]
posted by fishpatrol at 9:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Cat + banty chicken = broken heart

I have chickens. Roommate moving in just told me her cat kills birds in mid-air. Now what? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:09 PM PST - 45 comments

Ok to ask?

If I'm invited to a cocktails only and dancing wedding reception, may I ask to bring a date? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 8:32 PM PST - 48 comments

Looking for un-virusing help in Ventura, California

Computer repair from afar-filter: my sister's Dell desktop is infected with one (or more) viruses, and I'm not around to fix it for her. deezil's profile is too detailed to mail to her or trying to walk her through, so I'm looking to get her to a fix-it shop in Ventura, CA, or recommendations on one of the fix-it shops in chain stores. Oh, and we don't know her admin password. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

American Express Never Forgets

I recently applied for a corporate American Express card through work and they told me that they found an old written-off debt from 1990 under my name. How best should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a California girl spending 9 months in India feel connected to family and home?

Genius MeFi Brain Trust: my very sweet, very sharp fiancee will be conducting the bulk of her PhD research on a Fulbright in India this year (Delhi and points beyond TBD). She's been once before for a couple of months and she's asked me to get her a birthday present that helps remind her of home and her family. [more inside]
posted by chrisco at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me with the basics of furnishing my new bedroom!

I now am the proud leaser of an apartment, and more pertinently, of an unfurnished bedroom. Before I go out and say "this looks nice, I'll buy it," what are some good resources, tips, threads, or hacks for furnishing and decorating a bedroom or living space or the like? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 8:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me motivate and teach my team while having fun!

I need to do a 30 minute presentation at a meeting next week, and I need the info I'm giving to stick hard. In your experience, what hands on activities/contests/ etc. have been effective for you or your co-workers? Somewhat wacky (possibly very boring) work details inside... [more inside]
posted by couchtater at 7:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this what raclette should taste/smell like?

Should raw milk raclette smell like this? [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 7:17 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I persuade my friend to not enter a green card marriage?

How can I persuade my friend to not enter a green card marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Biking Bonobo Seeks Badass, Kong-Quality Caffeine Carrier

Remember those luggage commercials back in the last century that had a big gorilla tossing around the suitcase to show how much abuse it could stand? I'm looking for the commuter coffee-tumbler version of that. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 7:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Best location for college students on a spring trip?

A group of us students are given the opportunity to go abroad over the Spring Break week in a (predominately) non-english speaking country. The location is up to us (war zones are of course off limits. I'm unsure of the distance limit, I believe South-East Asia is too far away, and St. Petersburg is the only option for Russia) and the cost is subsidized quite a bit. The purpose of the visit isn't for lounging around and seeing sites though, we will be conducting individual research in order to make a ~50 minute presentation back home. Obviously this is something that will come from the desires of the group, but I was hoping to get some input from the educated masses here at MeFi so that I could relay it back to the rest of the group.
posted by SollosQ at 7:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Broaden my horizons, one search at a time...

Spare 5 minutes. What do I type into Google to learn or laugh?
posted by SueDenim at 6:52 PM PST - 15 comments

There's a Rugged Road Chords?

Can someone with a better ear than me pick out the chords in Judee Sill's "There's a Rugged Road"? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm learning to walk, but I ain't got shoes.

Can you point me to shoes that won't cause me to slip, fall, and die? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 5:56 PM PST - 30 comments

What are the best movies about the U.S. Secret Service?

What are the best fictional movies focused around the U.S. Secret Service? I'm more interested in movies with fictional Presidents and situations.
posted by agregoli at 5:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Know some good lamps?

I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting a part-time programming job without a degree...

How do you go about when you look for a part-time entry-level software developer job? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 5:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Drowning in politics and lies at work

How do I navigate this increasingly complicated and uncomfortable situation at work which involves lying on other people's part, future fibbing on my part, being angry at my bosses, and potentially following them out the door? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:30 PM PST - 18 comments

What scifi/comic fan convention should I attend?

Never been to a scifi/comic convention: help me change this! Especially if I can only attend 1 in the next few years, what would you recommend as the most fun convention for me (1) in Eastern Canada? or (2) in North America? [more inside]
posted by SarahbytheSea at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Soups and Stews, Preserved

What types of soups/stew should I make for pressure canning? No knowledge of pressure canning required (aside from some notes inside). Just tell me your recipes! [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 5:12 PM PST - 12 comments

let's (learn to) dance

I want to learn to dance well. At clubs and parties, for example. I am in good physical shape, but I have no rhythm/coordination or even basic knowledge of dancing. How do I start from zero? What steps should I take to reach my goal? [more inside]
posted by * at 5:12 PM PST - 14 comments

driver's ed for someone who missed the change in HS?

Recommendation for a driver's ed instructor in Brooklyn, not far from the Sheepshead Bay / Brighton Beach area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 0 comments

Money Spats

How to handle fights about money with spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 27 comments

Music like The Draughtsman's Contract Soundtrack

Recommend some music similar to a couple Michael Nyman pieces. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 4:29 PM PST - 11 comments

"Just say NO to NATO?"

Let's say Russia wanted to be rid of that pesky NATO alliance once and for all. For fiction purposes, how might they go about making this happen? All ideas welcome, no matter how implausible. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

What should I do with these vintage motion and still film cameras?

I have found myself in the possession of a few interesting vintage motion and still film cameras which look to be in great shape, including cases and manuals. While they look neat, I know nothing about them. I tried googling them, but couldn't find anything specific enough to help me decide what I should do with them. I'd like to know if they're worth anything and where I can look to find how much they're going for and where I might advertise them. Specifics and photos inside... [more inside]
posted by bestillme at 4:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me Learn How to Program Rock Drums

What's the easier way for me to learn the conventions of rock drumming from my bed? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Get your copyright on!

Can I republish repurposed PowerPoint images as political cartoons? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 3:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Please recommend dreamy, melodic bands like Galaxie 500

Lately, '80s/'90s dream pop a la Galaxie 500 has really been hitting the spot. Please recommend more music that will send me drifting away into a sea of fuzzy bliss. [more inside]
posted by cirripede at 3:51 PM PST - 39 comments

Where is the best place to purchase OEM wheels at a good discount?

Where is the best place to purchase OEM wheels at a good discount? [more inside]
posted by BasileusPY at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Does my hat say "I heart Stalin"?

What does this badge mean? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Changing banks in Louisville, KY

Fed up with current bank, would very much like to find a new one. [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments

is this as good as it gets?

Is this as good as it gets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me understand.

My ex-boyfriend is depressed; I'm not. He ended our relationship abruptly, leaving me with unanswered questions. I'd like some perspective on how depression can affect and end otherwise healthy relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me pick out a workhorse laser printer

I am having an embarrassingly difficult time replacing an HP 4600 Laserjet printer. What is your methodology for selecting a high-volume laser printer? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I don the black ironic tshirt?

Career Change: Graphics to....IT? Please tell me about the wide range of IT work. [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Buried Alive in Ancient Egypt - Can you name the Movie

Moviefilter: My wife is trying to identify a movie she watched years ago about ancient Egypt where slaves try to escape from being buried alive with the pharaoh (or other persons of great stature). [more inside]
posted by tuxster at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Yiddish radio suggestions

Yiddish radio resources for my sight-impaired grandmother.. [more inside]
posted by sdis at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How to learn Southern charm?

How to learn Southern charm? Is there a book? Should I go to finishing school? How to have the grace and wit of Southerners?
posted by UltraD at 1:36 PM PST - 44 comments

ISO: a social forum with entertaining personalities.

Help me find a decent online social community. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

A good book explaining parental abuse and a child's view of one self?

I need help UNDERSTANDING something. How does one emotional and physical abuse as a child contribute to one's basic feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem? Any specific book recommendations on the subject? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Thanks or Thank You

I work the front desk at my parent's hotel and we are having a dispute regarding the language and wording of a sign that we have recently put up. Is there a better way to word the following sign: "Busy Helping Another Guest, Back in a Minute. Thanks." ? [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:58 PM PST - 25 comments

How to Make It to Montauk

I finished my first century ride last weekend, and I want to do another one! So I'm planning a DIY century from either Queens or one of the stops on the LIRR to Montauk (I'll take the train back). I've never set foot or wheel on the south shore. Please help me plan the trip! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Why is one of these things not like the others?

Why did the "Twisted girl throwing puppies in a river" video generate such global outrage and attention, when other videos of violence towards animals usually don't? What was different about this video? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 12:45 PM PST - 42 comments

Baby you can have whatever you like

How much exercise do I need to get before I can eat whatever I want?! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 12:44 PM PST - 51 comments

How do I talk sense into an ex of a friend?

My ladyfriend's ex is inviting himself to her birthday visit, how do I untangle this soap opera? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Best of europe in early november

We have an opportunity to be in London for a couple of days in early November. We are hoping to extend our trip by a week and do some travel/sightseeing while we are there. In our young 30s, like a bit of adventure, charm and vibrant lifestyle during our vacations. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

DSLR lens advice wanted

I'm trying to come up with a package of DSLR lenses that will cover 99% of my picture-taking requirements at the least cost. 18-200mm all-in-one or 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Coffee shop or bar jobs in SF?

How hard is it to get a job in San Francisco in a coffee shop or bar (bartender or otherwise), without any experience? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

He gave me his number, BUT.....

Isn't there some rule that a guy isn't really interested unless he asks for your number? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 37 comments

Is her excessive temper a red flag for our wedding or can it be overcome?

I am months away from a wedding with deep reservations about my future wife's temperament, which often becomes physically violent. How do I persist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 384 comments

I made this

Can I make someone stop using an image I created when the image in question is a parody of another work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Why ask for 10 things about me?

In an online dating conversation, what is the intent of "tell me 10 random things about yourself"? [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords at 11:56 AM PST - 19 comments

These Boots Were Made for Lookin' Fly

Women's military inspired boots! Help me get as close to these without the ridiculous price tag! [more inside]
posted by polly grok it at 11:56 AM PST - 16 comments

75 AskMes about cat pee and this hasn't been covered

What's the best way to clean a bunch of tools that are encrusted in old cat pee? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I teach with a doc cam?

What are the downsides (if any) to using a document camera for university teaching in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Ip Man branch

I have decided to Wing Chun tonight. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

New boss, say hello to the employee that's been doing her job and yours for a year.

Have you ever had to "hold down the fort" at work for a long time without a supervisor, and then one day, you finally got a boss? I'm going to be that boss. Help! [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

new old grad student seeks to avoid institutionalized boredom

Do I need to attend the UBC (University of British Columbia) grad student orientation this week? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Any advice for a first fondue?

Help me do that fondue voodoo that you do so well! [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I navigate racial politics with my family before our transracial adoption?

When I was childless, my parents' right-wing politics were pretty easy to ignore. Whatever, we're different, they are entitled to their opinions. But now that I have a small child, and we are about to adopt transracially, things are beginning to get tense for me. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 11:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Shared RSS Reader for Groups

I'm looking for something like Google Reader's sharing functionality, but for a group of project collaborators. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

MeFites, Countrymen, lend me your ear(phones) (suggestions)!

If money were no object, what are the best noise canceling headphones I could buy? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 10:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Getting large PDFs onto the iPad

How can I get 100mb to 250mb PDFs onto my iPad? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 10:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me make horizontal bar for me to practice balance on

I'm looking to create a bar like this one so that I can stand on it to practice my balance. I'm thinking some kind of plumbing pipe may be able to hold me, or possibly a metal broomstick (I'm 56kg). Any help on what to make it from or how to put it together? [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 10:34 AM PST - 12 comments

sharing writing studio space

I own two homes, and am developing a shared writer/quiet artist studio space in one of my empty apartments. I will be using it along with 3-4 others. Do users of creative studio spaces have advice on how we can smoothly operate? Any examples of ground rules, chore charts, etc. would be appreciated.
posted by particular at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

ProActiv - bad idea in the long term?

What are the long term effects of ProActiv on my skin? (And should I bother trying to kick the stuff?) I feel like all this daily abrasion can't be a good thing, but every time I try to change products, the acne rears up again. [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 10:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to find a small, sturdy, inexpensive camera bag?

I'm making an effort to take more photos with my Nikon D90, and I'd like to keep my camera on me 24/7. While my current camera bag is fantastic, it's too bulky for everyday use. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

How to get an xml file (online calendar feed) to auto update to iCal or any other calendar?

How can I sync an online calendar feed (xml) with either iCal or Google Calendar? I know I can sync iCal and gCalendar easily through several methods. But what I also need to include is my department's events calendar. I can import it as an iCal or Outlook file, but this is only a one-time option. Once the department's calendar is updated I don't receive the new or changed events. And I suspect if I import the (newer) file again, I will get many duplicates. The calendar has an xml feed I could subscribe to, but can't figure out how to translate this into a calendar that automatically syncs or updates. Willing to consider any options that would lead to the online calendar (.ics, .csv, or .xml file) being auto updated to any calendar application. This would make my life so much easier! Thanks!
posted by madscientist01 at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Labor Day Fun in the Sun

Labor Day weekend will be my last day off before hunkering down through my heavy work load and waiting for Thanksgiving Day. I've had a glorious summer but sadly the days have become noticeably shorter. What would be appropriately awesome for this last summer huzzah? Help me Texan MeFites! [more inside]
posted by vilandra at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I quanitify the number of people who did the work?

How do I accurately quantify the number of people who did the work? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me manage the transition to daycare!

My 17-month-old is starting daycare for the first time. Should we send her for two, or three days per week? And what changes should I expect in her personality or our relationship as a result of this? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

In mid-sept I will go to court in San Francisco as a plaintiff in a small claims case that I filed.

In mid-sept I will go to court in San Francisco as a plaintiff in a small claims case that I filed. [more inside]
posted by uhom at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

In Dune, why doesn't the Spacing Guild take over the universe?

Dune question: Why doesn't the Spacing Guild just take over the universe? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:49 AM PST - 34 comments

Can I fix my cabinet hinge, or do I need to replace it?

The hinge on our kitchen cabinets has come apart, and I don't know if I can repair it. Replacement is only $6 or so, but I'll have to wait on delivery. It's a salice hinge, and there are 2 pieces, one on the door and one on the cabinet. There's some linkage that hooks the two pieces together, but I didn't install them so I have no idea how they fit together. Here is a picture of a similar hinge, with an annotation of where the separation has happened. Anyone familiar with salice hinges? Anything I can do, or should I just replace and be done?
posted by ivey at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

So, what are the kids uploading these days?

I'm interested in usage patterns of user-generated media. Are the large sites that collect a lot of photos and videos from users (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, etc.) publishing any kind of data on what people are uploading? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:57 AM PST - 1 comment

I know it's your policy, but please??

I was 2 hours late dropping off a rental car and they charged me an extra full day, which is their policy. What would be my best negotiation stance for calling up corporate and asking for something, a discount or whatever? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

Parents kept my high school art. I'm 34 and they've now given it back to me. What the hell do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 8:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Desperately Seeking Quiet

Is there any residential facility you know, anywhere in the country, to be both committed to quiet enjoyment and surrounded by acres of trees? Extra points for subsidized over 55 as one of us is retired and we think we'd fare better with an older crowd. We must keep rent between seven and nine hundred. [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 8:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Tracking the top titles.

What sales figures for books are needed to constitute "bestseller" status in Mainland China? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Pro brain, kindergarten skills

Guitarists: How do you wish you had started? [more inside]
posted by range at 7:54 AM PST - 31 comments

How to get rid of dog's skin allergies and hot spots?

Best treatment for a dog with skin allergies and hot spots? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 7:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there any presentation stages like Sidney Harmon Hall in Washington, D.C. in the western part of the US?

Are there any presentation stages like Sidney Harmon Hall in Washington, D.C. in the western part of the US? [more inside]
posted by kaufmajm at 7:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me quit smoking!

Help me quit smoking! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Need ideas for a "techy" grand opening.

My university is about to open a brand new engineering and technology building. I need ideas for a cool "high tech" ribbon-cutting ceremony.
posted by thisisdrew at 7:22 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I build an iphone app for my podcast?

How do I build an iphone app for my podcast? I want to include the podcast feed, youtube video feed, twitter feed, feedback form and phone number link. (Criteria: must use free tools only, no ads, easy for non-programmer with some CSS/HTML experience, retain ownership and complete control. Bonus points for easy port to Android)
posted by JPDD at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I say or write, "You have the wrong number, please stop calling" in Vietnamese?

How do I say or write, "You have the wrong number, please stop calling" in Vietnamese? [more inside]
posted by palomar at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

How to search for a particular frame within a video?

I have 50 video files. Each is 25 minutes long and I need to top and tail them leaving only the 10 minute program. The programs all start the same way and end the same way. I have grabbed the first and last frames from one of the files so I need a way of searching for these in the other files. Presumably they won't be an exact match due to compression artifacts etc. [more inside]
posted by Jim H at 6:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Trees, Bees and Butterflies.

Are borer bees killing my beech tree? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 6:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What made you emerge?

Slightly older mefites: What is one thing about life that you get satisfaction out of now that you would not have appreciated in your early to mid 20s? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 6:36 AM PST - 76 comments

Can you recommend movies featuring touching interactions between non-alpha types?

Can you recommend some good romantic movies that feature people who might be considered by some to be 'losers' or, if not that harsh, people who would be considered generally unattractive due to looks or lifestyle or any other reason that would make one not alpha? Other necessary qualities are an excellent soundtrack and definitely a script that rises above the cliche. Any genre is fine, so long as there is something touching about the romantic link between the protagonists. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:32 AM PST - 47 comments

Allergic reation or parental overreacion?

Did my daughter have an allergic reaction to her snack? If so, what could have caused it? YANMD, obviously. [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Mamma mia!

I'm looking for cartoonish, over-the-top, good-humored portrayals of ethnic and other stereotypes. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 6:27 AM PST - 34 comments

I need more than zero options to treat the cancer.

How can I (a Canadian) take part in or find out if I am eligible for clinical trials happening at American hospitals? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 6:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Brush up German specialised vocab

German import/export vocab [more inside]
posted by quaisi at 5:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Generation Ship Novels?

What are your favorite generation ship novels? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 5:37 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a leather version of the cheap handbag that got me through law school!

Help me find a leather version of the cheap handbag that got me through law school! I'm convinced the lady lawyers at work are snickering at me behind their backs for carrying my tattered PVC bag. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 5:30 AM PST - 24 comments

I am allergic to something in my apartment but i can't tell what!

I am allergic to my apartment, but I don't know from what! [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 4:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Finder Blues

Using Finder is murdering my mind. What's the most efficient way to move/delete/rename files, view sort by metadata? On a Mac. Getting good with unix commands? Some sort of Vim file management system cobbled together with plugins?
posted by parallax7d at 4:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Find me a route . . .

Planning / scheduling / dispatch software for a (small) airport taxi company? I'm struggling to find options for the above which aren't much too heavy / costly / over-featured for the size of business. [more inside]
posted by protorp at 3:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie at 3:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for old black and white cartoon featuring a battle between the happy people and the sad people.

Boomers! Does anyone remember an old black and white cartoon I saw in the early 1950s featuring a battle between the happy guys and the sad guys? [more inside]
posted by sugarbx19 at 2:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Merino for the fatter cyclist?

I have read that merino wool is the ideal base layer for cyclists because it soaks up sweat without getting cold, clammy and smelly. This is just what I need for my daily cycle commute. But I tried on some merino long-sleeve t-shirts, and found that I am too fat to wear them decently. Are there merino blends, cuts or alternatives that have the desirable sweat-eating properties but won't cling so faithfully to my bulges?
posted by beniamino at 2:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for more food to set on fire.

What do you use your kitchen torch for, besides caramelizing sugar? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 2:06 AM PST - 22 comments

August 30

What is this sad 80s song that I love?

A song. From the 80s. Almost no information. Go! [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 10:38 PM PST - 10 comments

London Tube buttons?

Does the London Underground have an equivalent souvenir product to the Toronto subway buttons? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

The very formidable (and presumably hungry) caterpillar

While tubing down the Green River in western NC, I came across this curious caterpillar floating in the water. This is the largest caterpillar I've ever seen, and I'm baffled by it. Mind helping to identify it?
posted by moonbird at 10:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Lady Gaga concert recordings?

Are there any professional-quality recordings of Lady Gaga live performances? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:51 PM PST - 5 comments

I've been using Amazon to sell used books but USPS shipping costs cause my net earnings to be nearly nil. What am I doing wrong?

I've been using Amazon to sell used books but USPS shipping costs cause my net earnings to be nearly nil. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:33 PM PST - 12 comments

DFW-area LARP-ers?

Can anyone put me in contact with DFW-area LARP-ers? I have done the Googling, but can't find any groups that seem to be currently active or have good contact links. It would be great to get a contact from someone who actually knows a group/some individuals. This is for a video project. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Casual every-day questions that reveal a persons true personality?

Casual every-day questions that reveal a persons true personality? [more inside]
posted by servix at 9:20 PM PST - 42 comments

Tea at Claridges?

Dear me, I'm from the colonies and have no idea. Elegant, interesting, London-based giftcard (or somesuch) for an online friend's wedding. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 8:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Good sources for videos on psychology?

I'm looking for video sites like TED or Big Think that has researchers talking about their projects and areas of expertise. Any other similar sites out there you've liked? Preferably in the area of psychology/human nature [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

And no, not a Snuggy...

What's the most useful item you own that would easily fit into a backpack? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 8:34 PM PST - 40 comments

Non-repetitive electronic music?

Recommend me non-repetitive electronic music. [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 8:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Is an iPad the best candidate for my stepdad's work computer?

Is an iPad the best candidate for my stepdad's work computer? [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust at 7:41 PM PST - 20 comments

In search of intertwined short stories

ISO collections of intertwined short stories. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 7:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Dimly remembered creepy movie

I'm trying to remember a movie in which a woman was chained to a wall or ceiling, and an unattractive bald or blond man approached her with a worm-looking growth emerging from his forehead toward her face. What is the movie? [more inside]
posted by mchorn at 7:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Nuance? I don't want no stinking nuance.

I want movies where someone is pushed too far and finally fights back. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 7:07 PM PST - 72 comments

Help My Accounting Duh

In double-entry bookkeeping, are taxes a liability or an expense? [more inside]
posted by swift at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

what's the name of that poem with the dogs and the breakfast?

What's the name of (and where can i find) the Buddhist-y poem that has a line that goes something along the lines of 'send us dogs when we expect breakfast?' [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

in need of a driver for a ide controller

i run win xp i need a3k46zam ide controller driver but i cannot find it my sound doesnt play on any speaker but for some reason headsets do ... and ive tried driver dling programs nada
posted by quseio at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Best baseball radio announcer in the east.

There's something special about listening to a baseball game on the radio, and even though I'm not a huge baseball fan, I'd like to start listening to more games. Since I don't have any particular geographic preference (having lived all over the US), I'm free to choose any team in the east; I live in the mid-Atlantic area but can regularly pull in stations from Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Atlanta, etc. So, which baseball announcer is the best? [more inside]
posted by math at 6:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Old fashion gravestrone

Where can one find someone to make an out-of-the-ordinary gravestone? One involving actual stone carving? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 6:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Behind an able man, there are always...what? THERE ARE ALWAYS WHAT??

What is my fortune cookie trying to tell me? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 6:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Bodies? We don't need no stinkin' bodies.

What sci-fi or dystopian (or even utopian) stories of the future involve a form of humanity that has outgrown the need for any corporeal manifestation in favor a completely cerebral existence? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease at 6:25 PM PST - 40 comments

What do I do with this piercing during surgery?

I'm having surgery but I have a septum piercing (14 gauge), what do I do? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Coping (or not) with the job search

Where can I find a therapist / support group that specializes in job search coaching with experience in treating social anxiety and other irrational emotions? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 6:19 PM PST - 4 comments

SAmsung CD Drive Won't Read Some CD's

Why does my external DVD/CD drive read some CD's and not others? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

If I threw up Cipro an hour after taking it, did I absorb the dose?

I have food poisoning. I have been on Cipro since Sunday evening. I have not had vomiting from the disease, but bowel troubles. I took a dose of Cipro an hour ago, and I just threw up. Vomiting is a known side effect from the medicine, but should I be worried I didn't absorb the dose? How fast does your body process this stuff?
posted by Tesseractive at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Help identify this fungus growing in & near our bathroom?

Bathroom Fungus/Mold Identification: Can you tell me what these little yellow tubes are? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial at 5:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Create static link to blog page

I've recently changed my word press theme. I have four static pages on the site with links to them on the top of every page. But when I changed themes, I lost a navigational link to my blog. Now the only way to navigate to my blog from a static page is to click on the name of the blog in the header. This isn't obvious to a user so my question is: how do I create a blog link adjacent to the static page links on the top of every page?
posted by captainscared at 5:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Seeking family-friendly beach resort near NYC

Do you know of a family-friendly beach hotel or resort within a few hours' driving distance from NYC? [more inside]
posted by whoiam at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Salad Nirvana

Why are salads at restaurants so much better than at home? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Can somone help me get a PS3 connected to the internet

Help me get my friends PS3 to properly connect to the internet. [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Putting my logo in photos

How do add my logo to photos i'm editing in photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Youthful uneducation

My boyfriend has a 19 year old son who wants to quit college. [more inside]
posted by fuzzypinkslippers at 4:04 PM PST - 29 comments

What's a hobby I can do in very small spurts (5-10 mins.)?

What's a hobby I can do in very small spurts (5-10 mins.)? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 3:37 PM PST - 33 comments

Tell me more about my gay genes!

So I'm gay. Turns out a lot of folks in my extended family are as well. What are the odds? Has anyone studied extended family charting specifically? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

schnell schnell kartoffelkopf

I might try Babel Fish but lest I burn my face off, translation bitte! Altbewahrtes Atzmittel... [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 3:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How best to go from Boston to Cape Cod?

I need to get from Logan Airport in Boston to Eastham, MA (outer Cape Cod) on Friday, September 3. What's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 3:25 PM PST - 18 comments

coffee hour, all the time

Creative ways to give away coffee? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I extract movies from a homemade DVD?

My Dad burned me a DVD of home movies. Is there an easy, free way to extract clips in a common format? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

what's a good job for someone who isn't great at anything?

College senior here. What's a good job for someone that really isn't that good at anything? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl at 3:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Any creative ways to use an old moleskine daily planner?

I'm looking for ideas on how to use an old Moleskine 2006 Daily planner. [more inside]
posted by supermario at 2:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Death of attraction? Hopefully not...

Not really sure how to let this out to my college counselor. In February of this year, I came out to my mom and brother. Things were better than I thought they would turn out to be. A couple of month later, my Dad somehow got the impression that we were all hiding something from him and as such, coerced me to tell him what was going on. I told him. He was somewhat judgmental of me and I completely stopped talking to him about these topics. Ever since that, I've been worried about how my future decisions will affect my relationship with my parents. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 2:53 PM PST - 54 comments

How can I help my academically failing brother before it's too late?

How can I offer options to a low-achieving California high school senior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Dating With Herpes

What do I do as a gay man who may have Herpes? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to have my sister in my pocket!

Need help with the logistics of best communicating with my sister in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 2:14 PM PST - 14 comments

What's the most effective way to generate press for my gym?

I run an unusual fitness facility, and am trying to get media coverage. I've never written a press release before, and I'm stalled. I've googled, but would love to hear from members of the press what kind of "hook" and/or format is most appealing and therefor likely to be turned into a story. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 1:55 PM PST - 19 comments

How to get wrinkles out of shrink to fit jeans?

How to get wrinkles out of shrink to fit jeans? [more inside]
posted by nivekraz at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Neat spots to record in Portland, OR

Do you know of any sweet, kinda secluded spots in Portland, OR that might sound cool if one were to record music being played in them? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 1:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I go for a great view of the New York (Manhattan) skyline?

Where can I go for a great view of the New York (Manhattan) skyline? [more inside]
posted by thelatermonths at 1:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Nag's Head fine dining filter

I am consulting the excellent hive mind tour guide :) Can you recommend a fine dining restaurant in the Nag's Head N.C. area? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a high-quality video of Steve Jobs introducing the original iPhone online?

Where can I find a high-quality video of Steve Jobs introducing the original iPhone online? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Borovicka recipe

Anybody got a recipe for a traditional Slovak juniper liqueur, "borovicka"?
posted by leigh1 at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the best study skills you can think of?

What are the best study skills you can share with me? For knowledge retention, passing tests, hearing skills and the like... [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 1:04 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me transfer!

I want to successfully transfer to a better college. How does the process work? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 14 comments

how long is too long to wait?

Unemployed significant other filter: how long is too long to wait? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 67 comments

Help fixing a Farfisa?

Where in Austin (besides Switched On) can I get the spring reverb tank on a Farfisa combo organ repaired? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

oxyacetylene torch

Bought a garage sale oxyacetylene torch. Is it safe? Is it repairable? [more inside]
posted by luge at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Microcinemas in Berlin, Glasgow and London

I have the opportunity this October to travel to three cities in Europe (Glasgow, London and Berlin) and am searching for microcinemas or arts organizations in these three cities that might be interested in hosting a screening of shorts by NW experimental filmmakers and video artists. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thx [more inside]
posted by artradio at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

What sites are highly skewed toward specific genders?

What sites are highly skewed toward specific genders? i.e. iVillage, for Females and,, for Males? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:06 PM PST - 32 comments

Ugly office needs a makeover!

I desperately need an office makeover. DIY tips, recommendations (photos inside) and links to your favorite design blogs would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by giraffe at 11:54 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm learnding!

SAS Filter: Is there a good MetaFilter-esque bulletin board where I can ask questions? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

FontExplorer won't import most of my fonts

Mac OS X 10.5.8 - using Linotype FontExplorer version 1.2.3 -- can't get my fonts to import on the new computer. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Calm. At Ease.

Do you have any quick phrases or slogans that you like to repeat yourself to get yourself to calm down (or at least NOT panic) when entering an anxiety-inducing situation? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 11:33 AM PST - 96 comments

Staying connected during sex?

I dissociate during sex, but I haven't been sexually abused or assaulted. What is my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Smarty Pants?

Was there ever a study that suggested that children become more successful / independent / happy / etc. when they're allowed to choose their own outfits from an early age? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Please Help My Dad's Business Stay Afloat!

Good and cheap laptop rental in Minneapolis/western suburbs? [more inside]
posted by mixer at 11:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan my awesome Southeast Asia journey

What is the best time of year to travel in Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to next, Boston?

Romantic or inspiring experiences in or around Boston? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 11:13 AM PST - 28 comments

I’ll never be lonely when I am alone and I keep myself to myself...

Introvert theme songs? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 11:11 AM PST - 52 comments

sending money from USA to a non-cuban in Cuba

How do I send money to a non-relative African citizen in Cuba from USA? [more inside]
posted by Jeebu at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is my new Xbox 360's output all pixellated?

Xbox 360. HDMI. 1080p monitor. Why am I only getting a 720p picture? [more inside]
posted by Ryon at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Am I being too ambitious?

I've enrolled in three classes at my local community college to obtain two post-BA certificates. I need to decide if I'm making a good decision or if my eyes are bigger than my brain.... [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 10:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Why do some movies looks worse in HD?

Why does avatar look so much WORSE on nice HD TVs? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 10:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Needed: Post-Summertime Eligible Dependent Care Expense Ideas

YNMA, obviously... wife and I overestimated our dependent care expenses this a lot. I have to come up with valid expenses, for the remainder of 2010, that we can occur to cover 3K remaining in our account. Any ideas? We did the camp thing this summer, but ended up not signing up for a few of them from our original budget. Our son is in kindergarten at a private school, so we're past the time we can pay for tuition out of this account. PLEASE HELP!!!! Thanks mefite nation!!!
posted by littleredwagon at 10:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Fairfax City or County?

Fairfax County or City of Fairfax? How do I know where I live? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Seattle Band Website Programmer Recommendation?

Need a decent band website. Who's good (and affordable!) in the greater Seattle area? No, we don't want to make do with a MySpace page. And we're a cover band, if that helps.
posted by dorgla at 10:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Using "the" with neighborhood names: a Bay Area thing?

Using "the" with neighborhood names: a Bay Area thing? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 9:57 AM PST - 52 comments

Resuming unemployment benefits after work?

Can I resume unemployment benefits after temporary work ends in Washington state? What is the process? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Negotiating custom car deals

How do I get the best deal when custom-ordering a new car? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 9:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Found undies that aren't mine. Now what?

Found underwear in the laundry that wasn't mine. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 50 comments

How to handle this delicate work situation?

An employee/friend came and confided that they are six weeks pregnant. Our boss has been hinting at reducing her hours and does not know she's pregnant. What to do, how to handle this in a professional manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me help my feets!

My feet are sad. What are the tools and techniques I can use to make them happier? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 9:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I go to college for journalism if I want to be a journalist?

Should I go to college for journalism if I want to be a journalist? I'm really interested in radio and photo documentaries. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Sometimes it's just a prop.

Turning a cigarillo into a costume prop. [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 8:57 AM PST - 14 comments

DIY grouting help, please!

I need to regrout some bathroom tiles, and I need help with some specific questions. I'm very overwhelmed with the amount of information out there and having trouble narrowing. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Search for lowest airfare on specific dates?

I need a travel search tool that will alert me when fares between 2 locations on my select dates drop below X. Surely there must be such a thing? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Google docs has denied us access to a document, saying "it is in violation of our Terms of Service." We need that document! What can we do?

Google docs has denied us access to a document, saying "it is in violation of our Terms of Service." We need that document! What can we do? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 8:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Who wrote/published/owns the "Piracy, It's a Crime" music?

Does anyone know the musician, composer, label, publishing company or licensing agency responsible for the music on the Piracy, It's a Crime advert? This is, ironically, so we can clear a sample for use in a fairly high profile UK music release. We've cleared all the other samples for this record, but we're drawing a blank on who to ask for this piece. Any pointers or clues, however slim or however many steps away from the people who can give us permission to use this music, are extremely welcome.
posted by caek at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

NYCFilter: Can anyone personally recommend a dentist in Midtown?

NYCFilter: Can anyone personally recommend a dentist in Midtown? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 8:05 AM PST - 8 comments

New Road Warrior Needs Advice

Calling all you seasoned road warriors. I'm starting a new job where I'll be traveling at least 40% of the time. [more inside]
posted by white_devil at 7:38 AM PST - 45 comments

Webcam suggestions for Grandma?

What webcam/video chat setup would you recommend, if you had to set one up for a technophobe grandma, in order to let her see her grandchildren? [more inside]
posted by kristin at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

How to read personality in 30 seconds

How to read somebody's personality in 30 seconds? [more inside]
posted by damian_ at 7:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Is visiting a sex worker an inherently bad idea?

I am seriously considering visiting a sex worker. Is this an inherently bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 64 comments

How can one make "restaurant quality food" at home?

How can one make "restaurant quality food" at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 36 comments

Pimp my Pandora mixtape.

If you have them, I would like your recommendations for most eclectic Pandora stations ever. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 6:49 AM PST - 7 comments

21st century couch potato

I plan to hook up our new 13" MacBook Pro to our HDTV and am wondering if I should get either the magic mouse or the magic trackpad to control it from the couch. Any first hand experiences? I'm assuming that either option would be more useful than the apple remote (for watching youtubes and the like).
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Hand washing in the kitchen sink

Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink? [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 6:04 AM PST - 38 comments

My life is in shambles. How do I reclaim it?

I nearly failed out of college a few years ago. I took a break, came back and finished my degree in 2009, but now I am unemployable because my GPA is a mess. Should I redo undergrad? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 5:46 AM PST - 39 comments

What does it say in this Arabic banner?

Gaddafi Pays Italian Models To Attend A Party That Is Actually An Islam Recruit Fete. Can you tell me what the banner in Arabic they hang inside reads?
posted by procrastinator at 5:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for smart pregnancy/parenting memoirs

Looking for intelligent writing (especially memoirs) on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting that aren't fluffy/mainstream "how-to" guides, as a gift to an expectant couple in their early/mid 20s. [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle at 4:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Ansel Adams and digital cameras

Looking for information about Ansel Adams (possibly?) using an early digital camera. [more inside]
posted by Noah at 1:46 AM PST - 3 comments

How to set up a montly spending budget as self-employed?

Self-employed types with variable monthly incomes: how do you set up and stick to a monthly spending budget? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

August 29

GOMF for Win7/64?

I need a "get out of my face" app for Win7/64. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Someone has been harassing & trying to get into a friends house for over a year. Police/cameras haven't stopped him, what can we do?

Someone has been harassing & trying to get into a friends house for over a year. Police/cameras haven't stopped him, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by ben5757 at 11:33 PM PST - 30 comments

How can I make my own pourable chocolate topping?

I've tried unsuccessfully to find a recipe for a pourable chocolate sauce/icecream topping that I can put in bottles to give as gifts. [more inside]
posted by Zaire at 10:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I losing one of my senses?

When experiencing hearing loss, can you hear inside your head? What factors can contribute to hearing loss? At the ripe old age of 25 am I going deaf? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 9:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Tell me what to wear.

OK SO...I'm sure this question has been asked to death, but where can I find clothes online for my specific/special tastes? I'm looking for thrift-type places that sell cheap clothes (under $50) still appropriate for the 18-24 age range. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:00 PM PST - 31 comments

My goal is to complete a sprint triathlon this fall.

My goal is to complete a sprint triathlon this fall. Please help me be a better runner so I can run 5k without feeling like I want to keel over. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 8:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Help two love birds find their nest.

My life partner and I are interested in buying a house together. We both have excellent credit but low incomes (we are small business owners). Where is the best place for us to start as far as understanding what our options are - bankers, brokers, real estate agents, or some intermediary profession / organization that could give us advice on how to proceed? I actually own a house but we would like to start fresh. We would like to rent out my house rather than sell it. Any information, advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you.
posted by zoesmom at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

What in the hell is the name of this book?

Yet another I-can't-recall-what-book-this-is question. Vague details inside. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 8:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Are my tomatoes doomed?

Do my tomato plants have late blight? And if so, is there anything I can do other than destroy them? [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman at 8:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Bugging out over bed bugs!

Can you get bedbugs from sitting on a recently infested(but treated) couch for 5 minutes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Is three a crowd?

Asking for a friend....NYCDogFilter: Can two early 20s newlyweds (students and/or with jobs) with their first tiny 1bdrm apartment deal with having a dog? Logistics issues? Potential for difficulties? Anecdotal evidence?
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 7:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a laugh in this New Yorker cartoon

I don't get this New Yorker cartoon! [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 7:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Telling someone new about my blow-job hang-up.

I have a hang-up about performing blow-jobs due to prior sexual assault. How do I relay this to new partners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 37 comments

Should I give this caregiver a bad review?

A little over three weeks ago, after a rather exhaustive search, I hired a nanny who, the day before she was to start, emailed that she will be taking daytime classes after all and hence cannot work for us. Leaving my family good and fucked. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 7:06 PM PST - 51 comments

Remedial Cooking

How can I learn to cook, starting from nearly perfect ignorance? [more inside]
posted by enn at 7:01 PM PST - 42 comments

How to buy a food cart in New York?

Looking to buy some food carts. Anyone have advice for who I should talk to in New York City when I'm there next month? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 6:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Questions about creating a modern web/graphic design portfolio

Some questions about creating a modern (online) web/graphic design portfolio... [more inside]
posted by foxy at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

How to remedy a curled back-of-the-heel?

Another day, another shoe problem. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Feeding for fun and profit

[Breakfast filter]: It's the first morning of your getaway weekend in a great cottage with a well equipped kitchen. Your breakfast basket with provisions for cooking your own breakfast has just arrived. What would you like to find inside it? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 6:25 PM PST - 40 comments

What's the term for eating creatures in order to absorb their powers?

Is there a technical term for "eating an animal in order to gain its power?" [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 6:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Buy Sketchup Pro?

Is Sketchup Pro worth $495? [more inside]
posted by ecourbanist at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I learn what I need to know about buying a home?

How do people know what is happening in the real estate market? I'm starting to think about buying my first home (house/condo/whatever) and, since I like to know how everything works before I do it, I'm looking for recommendations on where to start learning. [more inside]
posted by machine at 5:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Must 9-1-1 callers give their date of birth?

Calling 9-1-1; is it standard for dispatchers to require the caller's date of birth before responding? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes at 5:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Great Resturant in Chicago?

Whats a great place to take my sister out to a surprise dinner in the city of Chicago close to Loyola university? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How to fix a stupid text broken up closure?

How to fix a stupid text broken up closure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the rules on keeping sentimental stuff from previous relationships?

What are the rules on keeping sentimental stuff from previous relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 26 comments

First timer setting up wifi, help?

I have never set up wireless internet before. I'm going to college later this week. There's internet in my dorms, but no WiFi. What do I need to set up WiFi in my room? [more inside]
posted by JimBennett at 5:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Early monring volunteer work

Help me volunteer in the morning. [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 5:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Why would you publish something like that?

Word filter: What do I call a book that is bound from the top with spiral binding? In the style of a steno pad, but a completed, published book.
posted by EtzHadaat at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of hand-held device would entertain a child who is used to playing with an iPhone?

My three-year-old daughter loves to play with dad's iPhone, but he's starting to miss it. Is there some kind of hand-held device that has games and such that might entertain her? I hate to sound like such a noob/dork, but I don't know what's out there, so I don't know how to search. What would you get a three-year-old if you were trying to duplicate the experience of an iPhone without buying her an iPhone?
posted by orsonet at 4:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Need a flash of inspiration

Going nuts...why does my camera flash no longer work with my standalone strobes? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 4:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me stop thinking like an American!

What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 4:05 PM PST - 19 comments

What more can I do to try to get my deposit back?

Pennsylvania landlord is illegally withholding my deposit after I moved out of state. Have I exhausted all my options? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Beauty is where again?!

My boyfriend makes callous remarks about my weight, and checks out other (hot) women. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 98 comments

±99 Luftballons

I would like to float using balloons. Is this possible? How many will I need? [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Uhh... I'm at a loss.

I've been having bad luck finding a good book lately. Naturally, I turn to teh interwebz for help. Please to recommend me a good book? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 2:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Where in Manhattan/Brooklyn can I buy Dogfish Head's Festina Peche in a bottle?

Where in Manhattan (or within 10 blocks of the F train in Brooklyn) can I buy Dogfish Head's Festina Peche in a bottle? Their site's store finder only shows where their products more generally are sold. Has anyone seen this particular beer at a store anywhere?
posted by unknowncommand at 2:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Make it stop.

My friend was killed in a car accident a couple days ago. I'm not coping so well, it seems. How can I rid my brain of involuntary (and horrific) visual images of his death? [more inside]
posted by heyho at 1:59 PM PST - 30 comments

Keeping cool at work

I take my lunch to work. Lately most of my coworkers have latched onto this idea as well, so the community refrigerators are packed full. Is there anything I can do or buy to keep my lunches cold at my desk? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 1:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Seeking: Sprawling Albums

What are the best sprawling albums? I'm looking for single-disc albums around an hour long with many songs, e.g. Rain Dogs, Exile on Main Street, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, and The Runners Four. No compilations, please.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 1:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Summer cold remedies?

My boyfriend has a cold and it's 85 degrees outside. It's too hot for chicken soup, so what can I do or make for him? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Need some local advice...

Looking for work in Nashville [more inside]
posted by srbrunson at 1:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside.

Help me find a new non-Mac 15" Windows 7 laptop. What manufacturer should I go with? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Fuzzy logic? What's the term for this method of argumentation.

Is there a term for back-arguing a conclusion? I can't even find the proper words to describe the method of argumentation I'm thinking of, but I'll do my best. Someone comes to a conclusion. They then search for a justification to reach that end, working backwards and incorrectly. Here's a real life example: [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 11:31 AM PST - 32 comments

Dog injury, part deux.

My dog has a broken toe. I need help figuring out if her foot needs to be in a cast or not. [more inside]
posted by msali at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Purring with rage

Addendum to this question... will my cat become bitter and angry from being crated for so long? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Educated professionals for nutritional advice?

What kind of highly-educated specialist (MD or PhD-level expertise) would I want to go to for sophisticated and custom-tailored 1) nutritional and 2) exercise planning recommendations for body-building and weight-loss? I'm looking for experts who know the science and have experience and common sense. Any particular recommendations in NYC?
posted by shivohum at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me become an organ donor.

Playing the translated Russian game 'Pathologic' on the PC. One immediate problem - I cannot for the life of me figure out how to trade items. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Lowering interest rate w/o refinancing?

If I tell the bank who issued my mortgage that I am thinking about refinancing elsewhere, will they offer to lower my interest rate to stay? Does this ever happen? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

help me buy a bag

Is it worth it to get a more expensive, leather bag over a cheap faux-leather bag? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:01 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me find or design a pigeon-proof chicken feeder.

Help me find or design a pigeon-proof chicken feeder. [more inside]
posted by scrambles at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Communication Breakdown

Am I fundamentally missing something? "Let's get a drink," or something extensionally equivalent thereto, from presumably single/presumably not-gay male to presumably single/presumably not-gay female he isn't already friends with, means "I want to bone you," right? Like, everyone, presumably including bay area women, do/can be reasonably expected to know that? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 8:57 AM PST - 85 comments

Unprotected sex without STD testing first?

Girlfriend of more than a year recently went on the Pill. I said we should get STD tested before having unprotected sex; my tests came back negative but she's reluctant to get one. Should I compromise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 48 comments

Friend sexually abused his girlfriends.

Found out a good friend sexually abused his girlfriends. Paralyzed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 26 comments

High temperature adhesive for ceramics?

My brother sculpted me a beautiful ceramic incense burner for my birthday a few years ago after I finished taking Anthropology at school. The top part resembles the face of some distant human relative, and smoke flows out through the eyes, nose and mouth. Unfortunately, right after he gave it to me, a small piece got chipped off while it was in my backpack! Where can I find a small quantity of good high temperature ( ~ 500F - 2000F) adhesive suitable for ceramics?
posted by rhythmicahly at 8:34 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best inexpensive last-minute way to travel from Boston to DC?

If you were looking to travel from Boston to Washington D.C. next week, as cheaply as possible, how would you do it? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Hi-rise apartment buildings?

I'm thinking of moving to a downtown hi-rise apartment building, from a low-rise complex in the suburbs. For those who have done this, what do you wish you had known before you did it?
posted by smackfu at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend an e-Reader

With failing eyesight I'm considering an e reader primarily to transfer articles (not necessarily PDFs) from online sources to a reader creating my own electronic magazine. I think I need a reader that will allow enlarging text, has sufficient contrast control to make text darker when necessary. Unfamiliar with any reader, and frustrated by the inability to get hands-on shopping experiences, I wonder what recommendations you might give. The Kindle, available at Amazon for $139, is affordable and currently is front runner.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 7:28 AM PST - 13 comments

i'm too old to see new trend.

If hipster are a thing of the past; what are now the new trend?
posted by - at 7:20 AM PST - 41 comments

Oh crap...need more EINs!

Yes, I made up fake information...I'm trying to make it right, and I know I can make it right with $300 for new LLCs. But is there any cheaper way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Scripting events on a jailbroken iPod

I have a jailbroken iPod with iOS 4. I would like to run a shell script when the device wakes from sleep, or when the wifi interface connects to a certain SSID. What can I use?
posted by harlan at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this unholy design scheme?

Is there a name for this style of interior design, or is it just general weirdness? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 6:36 AM PST - 9 comments

A few MacBook issues

I've an aging MacBook Pro, well exactly 3 years old. I've found that ever since a recent update by Apple the wifi frequently refuse some networks until the machine has been rebooted. Any fixes? Also, It appears the CD/DVD drive has now died. As I never used it, does anyone have good recommendations for repurposing the drive bay?
posted by jeffburdges at 6:10 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm not planning my graduation outfit just yet...

I'm going back to school after a 25 year break. I'm excited but increasingly nervous. What do you wish you knew when you returned to study but were out of practice? (Or when you embarked on distance education online?) [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 4:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Facebook friend request? Or not?

Facebook filter: What's the difference between Confirm and Add As Friend? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 4:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Ink keeps washing off my hand, I need a new money management method.

Help me find an iPhone and Mac program or method that will help me keep my client payments managed. How do other tutors keep their payments managed? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 2:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Ways to deliberately deteriorate canvas?

As part of an art project I'm trying to find out what substances and techniques can be used to deliberately deteriorate and decay raw unprimed canvas (no paint) or other materials (wood, plastic, wallpaper etc). Preferably I'm looking for something that can be put on to do its deteriorating work, then washed or somehow taken off again so that process of deterioration is stopped. [more inside]
posted by halcorp at 2:22 AM PST - 8 comments


Where can I find a proof for the strong order of convergence of the Euler-Maruyama or Milstein schemes used to model stochastic differential equations?
posted by moorooka at 2:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Calling all scientists: I need some advice about graduate school.

Is it too late for me to gain admission to the top PhD programs in the life sciences? What can I do to improve my chances besides the obvious? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 12:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Please help me understand Binx's journey in The Moviegoer

Please help me understand what exactly happened in The Moviegoer. [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 12:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Changing the name and address on an AT&T Premier account

I am signed up for an AT&T Premier account through a family member. They get the bill, I pay them, they pay AT&T - though there's a huge run-around of waiting for them to tell me the amount, getting the money to them, waiting for them to pay the bill. The family member tells me that the discount is only in effect if everything on the account stays the same. Really? I figure that I can change the name and/or billing address (so that the bill comes directly to me) and nothing happens, as long as the email stays authenticated. Or am I mistaken?
posted by Xere at 12:04 AM PST - 3 comments

August 28

How's the commute from Beacon Hill or Greenlake to downtown Seattle and Bellevue?

Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How would you do a team/individual foosball ladder?

Help me with a company foosball ladder. [more inside]
posted by empath at 9:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Fantasy Football and iPad

What is the best fantasy football app for the iPad if your league is on Yahoo!? [more inside]
posted by ctreadwell at 9:31 PM PST - 2 comments

How to clean unfinished plywood floor.

How to clean unfinished plywood floor. I want to mop and freshen the bare plywood floor in our unfinished attic. I've already swept and vacuumed it. The floor is not filthy, but there was rodent activity. I'd like to use a solution that sanitizes, if possible. But my priority is not to damage the wood. There is an oily patch left by the former owners. Smells like they spilled a bottle of lotion. I'm inclined to just mop over that patch and not try to remove the spot. We use the attic for our home gym -- it's not a place where we bring company. My bottles of Murphy's Oil Soap and Simple Green say "do not use on unfinished wood". Any recommendations for a cleaning solution?
posted by valannc at 8:42 PM PST - 19 comments

How to create a simple street map?

How can I print a simple line street map without the level of detail in Google Maps or Mapquest? [more inside]
posted by erloteiel at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

click click, who's there?

What is this clicking bug noise I heard at night? [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Roof Rack Reviews

Tell me your experiences with car roof racks. [more inside]
posted by sanka at 7:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Set up an aged XP laptop?

How best can I set up an ancient Gateway laptop? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 7:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Mexican Rummy/21 Games, do you know these rules?

There's this card game my mom taught me called "21 Games" that's kind of like Rummy, it might also be called "Mexican Rummy" you know the rules? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Cheap conference accommodation in Salt Lake City?

I'm going to a conference in Salt Lake City in late October and I need recommendations for places to stay for a week. [more inside]
posted by dohmer at 7:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get to Macon, Missouri USA by public transport?

How do I get to Macon, Missouri USA by public transport? Greyhound is not an option apparently.
posted by Muhim Nest at 7:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Wedding Venue Catering Restrictions?

Perfect wedding venue (inexpensive yacht club in perfect spot in RI) wants a licensed caterer to prepare the food- but my good friends want to cook and are not licensed. -Is there a way to get around this? - Is there a way to find a caterer to do part of the meal and have my friend's supplement the menu with their own dishes? (ones that dont need the kitchen) - Any other advice on getting around this dilemma? -Do most venues have this requirement? Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Who dumped me?

Is there any way to have Facebook tell me who dropped off my friends list?
posted by Yakuman at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Down with Facebook Message Boards

How can I delete the scrolling Facebook Message board from sites that aren't facebook sites? [more inside]
posted by Tavern at 6:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Trying to avoid drama between protective mother and laid-back grandparents

Grandparents (my parents) want to take my precocious ~3 year old and his ~5 year old cousin out for the day, wife is nervous and wants me to go, but the grandparents are put off, how do I handle this diplomatically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 44 comments

I need a new kind of mouse.

Tell me about non-traditional (computer) mice. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Guitar Hero Kick Pedal Dead

My Guitar Hero drum's kick pedal is dead. I looked online but there are a lot of options and mixed reviews for most of what I found. What's the best mix of frugality and "not going to die on me"-ality that I can find? I'm not opposed to buying an entire new set if that makes more sense.
posted by theichibun at 5:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy Choco Tacos near Downtown Crossing in Boston?

Where can I buy Choco Tacos near Downtown Crossing in Boston? [more inside]
posted by contrarian at 5:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that film, eastern edition.

Identify a Japanese film from the 60s or 70s taking place partially in NYC please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 4:40 PM PST - 4 comments

One passport or two?

The mister has dual Canadian/British citizenship, hasn't resided in UK since 1946, and no plans to. However, we are planning extended visit to UK and Europe in a few years (we are retired), would there be any advantages to him getting a UK passport? He travels with a Canadian Passport. [more inside]
posted by batikrose at 4:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Seeking a bridge languate between PHP and Objective-C

I, like millions of others, want to learn Objective-C so I can write an iPhone app that will instantly sell ten million units and allow me to retire by year's end. I bought three books to help my on my way (1, 2, 3). Being well versed in web programming, I figured this would be a challenging, but possible transition. Boy oh boy was I wrong. Please help me find a bridge between my procedural PHP ninja skillz and the fantasical (and ever-frustrating) world of OOP C languages. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 4:05 PM PST - 20 comments

site ok?

Is this game safe to download? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Scheduling Tweets

I want to be able to schedule tweets. What's the best utility to use? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 3:49 PM PST - 4 comments

USB Unplug / Replug Automation

I'm looking for a way to have a windows computer do the equivalent of unpluging and re plugging a usb modem. This system is accessed remotely via Logmein and it is connected to the internet by an external usb evdo modem. The system is located in a third world country and the connection is not reliable. When it goes down, unplugging/replugging sometimes does the trick. How can I make the computer do this on its own? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 3:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is this Buddhist Temple?

I found an exposed and undeveloped roll of 35mm film dated 1977, and had it developed. The pictures are here, most of them taken at this Buddhist temple, somewhere in Asia. Anyone know where the photos were taken? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

At what age does male body hair stop tend to stop spreading to new parts of the body?

At what age does male body hair stop tend to stop spreading to new parts of the body? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I enable my USB - getting BSOD and want to backup files.

It appears a virus has disabled my USB ports. I get the BSOD but can get to the Windows Recovery Console. I can see the USB ports in BIOS so how can I enable them? Bigger question is how to backup files from my hard drive while my PC is in this condition since it is not recognizing the USB?
posted by hrhcc at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for suggestions for a week-long solo trip.

Asking for a friend : Lots of airline/hotel points & a week's worth of time. He's looking for suggestions on what he might do. [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

O, Apple, unbreak my heart...

I have lost my beloved ipod Shuffle! Will the newer model do the tricks I want it to do? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 1:39 PM PST - 15 comments

What gauge/type of strings for 3/4 scale steel string acoustic?

Guitarfilter - my son has a 3/4 scale acoustic steel-string guitar, and he wants some new strings. I'm a bit of a guitarist myself, so I know how to change them no problem, but before bebopping down to the local guitar shop, I'm curious - what gauge strings are best? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Rainy day games

What are some good board and card games for 3-4 year olds that a 6 year old might enjoy too? I'm think of Zingo and the like.
posted by Artw at 1:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Will winnings be taken in banko?

YANML: If you are receiving a lump sum after filing bankruptcy, but BEFORE the bankruptcy is discharged, can that be seized as an asset? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Broadband Card downloading

I have a laptop with a Verizon Broadband Card with a 5G plan allowance a month. I have no idea how far this will go, for example if I download a 2 hour movie off Netflix how much of my 5G would it use? Does it download the movie and then quit using the 5G while I am watching the movie?
posted by sandyp at 12:50 PM PST - 8 comments

How to wash gym shoes.

Can I wash my suede gym shoes? I ruined an old pair of the same model previously in the washing machine in a last effort to salvage them so this time around I am looking at hand washing. [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Open Source PHP Projects

Open Source PHP projects needing a bug fixer. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Now, picture the love-child of John Hodgman and Justin Long...

Am I crazy for considering a Hackintosh? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 12:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Thoroughly cleaning a pump espresso machine

I am borrowing a La Pavoni Europiccola (an Italian pump espresso machine) from someone who is not using it. In fact, it had been sitting in storage for about 5 years with water in the boiler. How can I really thoroughly clean it? [more inside]
posted by advil at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

A makers mark as it is made?

Art History-Filter: Looking for art or artifacts depicting the application of guild marks, makers marks, silversmiths stamps, etc. [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments

m4ridiculously nervous, socially awkward f

Should I respond to a Craigslist missed connections ad that is about me? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by fiasco at 11:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Walking on pavement

Walk a lot on pavement (city walking), cushioned shoes or something more minimalist? Better yet, on a very tight budget. [more inside]
posted by mbird at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Espresso machine pump got noisy

Espresso machine pump has become noisy...aargh. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

ch-ch-ch-changes (download them)

What single software application has been a life-changer for you? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 11:06 AM PST - 60 comments

Auction script recommendations

Recommendations for auction scripts/sites? [more inside]
posted by transient at 10:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Memory lost. If found, return for reward.

I had surgery involving general anesthesia a week ago (relating to this post, for your reference) and I am now missing seemingly random chunks of my memory. [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs at 10:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Out of line?

I refused to let my friend drive herself home last night after she had been drinking. Did I overstep? [more inside]
posted by camneely at 10:03 AM PST - 76 comments

is it true the credit union doesn't have to issue me another debit card?

is it true the credit union doesn't have to issue me another debit card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

How to make a lightweight stone-looking wall plaque?

I'd like to spend a few months reproducing Assyrian wall plaques for decorating the house. What material/technique could I use to make them look like lime or sandstone without weighing 800kgs? [more inside]
posted by Spanner Nic at 9:21 AM PST - 9 comments

High holidays in Montreal?

JewishMontrealFilter: Help a liberal but Jewish adopted Montrealer find a minyan, specifically for the high holidays but hopefully for after as well. [more inside]
posted by cinoyter at 9:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I need a new couch? If so, advice for buying?

Do I need a new couch? If so, advice for buying? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

My accounts have been hacked

My Gmail and Facebook accounts have been hacked. I am aware of this thread. So, what I need to find is software that locates malware on macs, or any other suggestions on how to fix this mess. Please help!
posted by helios410 at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

UK male needs a new work wardrobe

UK male needs a new work wardrobe. I think I want suits that I'll wear mostly without a tie. So maybe two suits (two pairs of trousers for each), and 8 shirts? I would like them to fit well and be good quality, but I have no clue beyond that or confidence in measuring and choosing. Where can I go (London or just north of), that will measure, advise and sell to me? [more inside]
posted by JonB at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Car-less in Columbus

Columbus, OH question! We're getting dropped off in Columbus today for a wedding, so we'll be wandering around without a car. Can we safely walk from Short North to East Town Street Historic District? If not, what are some fun things to do in the Historic District for a couple hours? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 7:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Last minute gifts for a squirrel lover in Philadelphia?

Last minute gifts for a squirrel lover in Philadelphia? Pretty much anything squirrel-inspired and under $25 will do. Toys, stuffed animals, kitschy figurines (including ashtrays, paperweights, nutcrackers, etc.) are all great. [more inside]
posted by null14 at 7:08 AM PST - 13 comments

We'll Get It Before WE'RE Dead, Right?

YANML filter: my grandfather's estate should be settled; have we all been waiting too long for his funds to be paid out, or is this normal? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me help this poor little kitty.

What could be wrong with this kitty's eyes? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab at 6:10 AM PST - 14 comments

What was the best short story you read in the last 10 years?

What is the single best short story you've read in the last ten years? Preferrably published in the last ten years, bonus points if the writer is doing something innovative or exciting. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 5:52 AM PST - 58 comments

4 people, $150. What can we do in Sydney?

Me and 3 friends just won $150 at a trivia night. What fun could 4 people have together with $150 in Sydney?
posted by MT at 5:34 AM PST - 5 comments

How to survive retail hell?

I'm working a 17 hour shift today. What can I do to make this suck less? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 5:31 AM PST - 12 comments

is it easier to bulk up or slim down?

Is it easier to loose weight in fat or gain weight in muscle? [more inside]
posted by davidjohnfox at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Red dan dan noodles

How to make Dan dan noodles ? [more inside]
posted by cl3m at 4:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Offsite Storage for Amateurs

For a home user, what is the best storage medium for backup files to be left at an offsite location? Portable Harddrive, USB drive, SD Card, burnt DVDs? [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis at 2:59 AM PST - 24 comments

The Assistant's Magician

Are there any magic acts where the magician and assistant switch roles? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 2:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Another Depressed College Student

I am a 21-year-old college student who is battling depression and social anxiety despite previous achievements. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv at 1:55 AM PST - 11 comments

I do like to be beside the seaside - but ideally in a vintage swimsuit

Can you help me in my search for a Victorian-style men's striped bathing suit in a Victorian style? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 12:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Mattress Musings?

We need a new mattress, as our old one is ancient and reduced to badly sagging springs and dust-mites. This is such a complicated and involved topic, and it's so under-served by reputable sites online, I'm having trouble figuring out the smart play. I am enormous, she is petite. I toss and turn vigorously, she sleeps like a log. I think anything above freezing is too hot, and she thinks anything below 85 is too cold. We really like the company of sleeping in the same bed. Help? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:08 AM PST - 19 comments

August 27

Where to?

I'm 26 and have a gap year before starting grad school. Where should I move to? (Chicago / Seattle / Portland / SF / other) [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion at 11:00 PM PST - 17 comments

No, I will not tell the story.

I clogged the toilet with a 6" piece of carrot. (Yes, that was dumb.) Anything I should try before calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:31 PM PST - 20 comments

I fail at crisatunity. Wall of text follows.

There can be only one (full-time employee in this company). Help me get through this - and/or possibly get out? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 10:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I feel lost and confused in life

How do I get it together? [more inside]
posted by aerosun at 9:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Which languages have critical reasoning as a characteristic?

What are some languages, or who are some writers, that are epistemologically self-aware? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 9:48 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do about this prof?

ProfessorFilter: I screwed something up with a professor from college (a few years ago) and I want to make it right. Lots of details and beanplating. [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 9:08 PM PST - 18 comments

I don't even know what language this is in.

Why did my favorite forum just transform into what appears to be some sort of foreign-language YouTube? [more inside]
posted by Anyamatopoeia at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

My past is haunting the Internet, help!

A juicy, confessional article I wrote years ago, before the Internet, has been referenced, quoted, and even reprinted online without my permission. Will this hurt me with potential employers? A blizzard of special snowflakes after the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 13 comments

What can I do when I *DON'T* have canker sores to lower the odds of getting one?

A reverse canker sore question: People usually want to know how to get rid of them. I'd love to know that too, but what I really want to know is: what can I do when I *DON'T* have canker sores to lower the odds of getting one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 24 comments

iPhone 1G and 4G in Europe

Headed to London, Rome and Paris and would like to use our iPhone (1G) and iPhone 4 there. Help me figure out the pre-paid SIM side of things. [more inside]
posted by mge at 7:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Location: Prague. Schedule of events: chillin'.

Location: Prague. Schedule of events: chillin'. Looking for food experiences, quality hanging out and people watching. Got any suggestions for a few mellow but interesting days? Unusual places to check out? Flea markets? Vintage shopping? Music?
posted by chuke at 7:48 PM PST - 5 comments

I know the Castillians lisp, but that's about it.

How different are Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 7:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Is Mucinex-D making me sicker?

Is it possible for Mucinex D to make sinus problems worse? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 7:26 PM PST - 12 comments

What are some good Greasemonkey scripts?

What are some good Greasemonkey scripts? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments


Word origin = piggyback? [more inside]
posted by No Shmoobles at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

How to make an epub from multiple PDFs?

I want to create an epub file from several existing PDFs. What software can I use for this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:53 PM PST - 6 comments


Pre-Paid Wireless Internet options (3G, 4G, ??) in Reno, NV [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me figure out what 80's movie this is

Help me figure out what movie this is: I'm pretty sure it's from the 80's and there's a scene where a bunch of young adults are sitting around a cabin drinking and singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" when they're attacked by a lion. Thats all I've got!
posted by Thrillhouse at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Firefox restoring the wrong tabs

I have firefox (3.6.8) running with 20-30 tabs open, and sometimes when I close it, I fail to realize there is one small pop-up window running as well. The result is whenever I restart firefox, only the pop-up window is restored, and not the window with 30 tabs. Searching through my history works ok to retrieve some tabs, but some tabs were opened weeks ago, and I don't remember all of the tabs I had open. Is there any way to restore all of those missing tabs?
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Freelance me please!

freelance project management/product management in NYC area? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 4:49 PM PST - 1 comment

What's this kind of video called?

Videos like the new Cee Lo video, where the text appears on the screen as the words are spoken - what's that style called? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 4:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Latitude vs. pongitude

How does a design worker suss out how much creative latitude they've got while working? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Take 4th Street to Electric Avenue to Funkytown

Street Names In Songs, where can I find a list? I'm looking for street names or places in Western pop music, ideally from the 50s-70s. I'm looking more for fictional or slang names rather than real place names, and street-square-neighborhood names over city names.
posted by The Whelk at 4:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does my Tumblr-based website not load properly with Internet Explorer?

Why does my Tumblr-based website not load properly with Internet Explorer? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 4:08 PM PST - 1 comment

He minds the gap

What's the best procedure for fixing gap teeth? And can anyone recommend a good, affordable place in Toronto to get this done? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 4:05 PM PST - 12 comments

I thought getting clear had something to do with Xenu

I'm a virgin and my girlfriend has HPV. Need some advice about what I should do and what is or is not safe. (Probably NSFW) [more inside]
posted by sickle cell moon at 4:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Non-technical intro to ecology?

Help me find a good, non-textbook introduction to the basics of ecology - preferably something that costs less than $30 and was published in the last 15 years.
posted by palindromic at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

A Friend with Parkinson's

A man I have known for many years and respect and like greatly just let me know in a funny, intelligent and informative email that he has Parkinson's Disease. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Two days in Larnaca

What to do in or around Larnaca, Cyprus? [more inside]
posted by iati at 3:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Do these jeans make my ass look thin?

Was everyone super-thin and super-tall back then, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 3:18 PM PST - 20 comments

social etiquette filter: how do you handle someone butting in line, in front of you?

social etiquette filter: how do you handle someone butting in line, in front of you? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 3:07 PM PST - 39 comments

Not fluffy white clouds

Help my friend identify this white cloudy thing photographed in a forest in British Columbia! [more inside]
posted by carbide at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me look less lame ordering in french restaurants.

Explain to me the mysteries of ordering at french restaurants (more inside...) [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Out of fast, good and cheap, I only need the last two.

I want a men's cardigan like this one here. But I'd like to pay well south of the listed $168. More parameters follow. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian at 2:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Who solves a murder in a national park?

If a murder occurs in one of the National Parks who investigates it: The National Park Service rangers, the Bureau of Interior Office of Law Enforcement, Security & Emergency Management, the F.B.I.?
posted by tzuzie at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Best environment-friendly house ever... maybe

Someone had a very well-planned, environment-friendly house - built 30 or 40 years ago. Where's the video? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy and sell used clothing in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

Where to buy and sell used clothing in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you catch my eye in your language?

Calling non-English speakers: what are the equivalent phrases in other languages for "catching someone's eye" or "making eye contact"? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

How to text in Japanese?

Foreign-language texting on non-iPhones? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Two weeks in Paris. Please tell me your off the beaten path favorite places

Two weeks in Paris. Please tell me your favorite off the beaten path places
posted by citybuddha at 1:50 PM PST - 24 comments

How to make friendly with the IRS?

IRS woes! I've gotten myself into a little bit of a pickle, and I'm not sure how large it is. I made all of my state tax payments for 2009, but only half of my federal. I haven't gotten in contact with the IRS about paying the remainder. Basically I've been scared as hell, and would like some advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me help her

Does anyone here know about getting health coverage in Texas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Contemporary Australian Cinema

What are some really great contemporary Australian films that have been criminally overlooked? [more inside]
posted by fryman at 1:35 PM PST - 44 comments

Help identifying a horror novel

This is for a friend who is looking for a horror book: Does anyone remember a horror novel from the late 70's or early 80's about a man who is excavating a tunnel into a secret chamber underneath his home? At the end of the book he enters the chamber and it contains a vengeful undead Native American creature. The title was something like The Chamber or The Tomb or The Ruins. Thanks for your help.
posted by interrobang at 1:31 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a good biography about Marie Curie?

What is a good biography about Marie Curie? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

I like the people, but I hate their work

Is it worth it to report coworkers that are making a mess out of things? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 1:02 PM PST - 16 comments

I want to play MarioKart for N64 or Gamecube tonight in NYC - what can I do?

My college roommate is visiting me in NYC this weekend, and I want to play some Kart like the good 'ole days. Where in NYC (preferably Manhattan) can I go to rent a copy of MarioKart for N64 or Gamecube, along with three controllers and the base system?
posted by ab5000 at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

For my consideration...

Inspired by this post, I'm looking for some recommendations on video artists to check out or resources that compile the work of video artists. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I get a crappy TV or Crappy laptop?

Should I get a crappy TV or a crappy laptop? I have enough money to get one or the other, and I don't want both. Convoluted reasoning inside. I don't want to spend a bunch of money then think, "Ah crap, I never thought of X before I bought this!" [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 12:31 PM PST - 21 comments

NYC karaoke suggestions for a birthday

Looking for a place to go out for karaoke next month for my birthday. I've looked through the previous karaoke + nyc tags, but still trying to narrow it down. Suggestions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, please! [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez at 12:27 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I change my boss's time-wasting ways?

How can I help my procrastinating, disorganized boss improve his workflow? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Flag Football Tips?

What's the most effective, easy way to be a decent Flag Football team without minimal practice time? Flag Football season coming up. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to learn more about jazz!

I'm looking for some good books about jazz. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

How to resign gracefully when you're going off to work for the opposition.

What is the most graceful way to resign, given that I'll be working for a direct competitor? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 11:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Failing in mom duties, I need this book!

Help me find this book for my son! [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Temporary housing in DC

I have a friend who arrives in DC next weekend for a 9-month fellowship. Problem is, she just learned her housing isn't available until late September. Can you recommend any budget-friendly week-to-week or month-to-month housing arrangements in the DC metro area? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Proust and the hypnotoad

Has there been any research done on whether reading Proust changes your cognitive processes? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 11:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Automatic Forced Exhalation/Bronchial spasm?

I've noticed the past couple days a sort of automatic forced exhalation. I don't know how to describe it. It's kind of like a cough, but not really. There's not throat clearing or anything of that nature. [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Baby Gap has skinny jeans. For babies. Why.

My close friend is about to give birth to a baby girl. I'd love to do things for her (babysit, cook dinners, help with groceries) but since she lives across the country, a gift will have to suffice. She's already had a baby shower where she received swings, slings, pumps, bottles, blankets, tons and tons of pink baby clothing, etc, so I'd rather not get her any more of that stuff. Additionally, I'm her least traditional friend (read: happily unmarried, childless, liberal New Yorker) and I think she's looking forward to getting some sort of "alternative," gender neutral, really different baby gift from me. I'd like to deliver, but I have no ideas. I'd love some website/store/product recommendations. Where do new moms who hate Baby Gap and gender specific clothes and frilly baby things shop? Thank you!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 10:49 AM PST - 33 comments

How to housesit in Toronto/LA/Vancouver?

How can I help a friend who is Canadian writer (and is unfamiliar with AskMe) find housesitting opportunities in house-sitting after October 1st in Toronto/L.A./Vancouver/Bhutan? He has a dog. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 10:39 AM PST - 1 comment

To fling or not to fling?

How do I embrace the idea of a fling? Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 34 comments

A friend is looking for a fat-friendly general practitioner in Austin, TX.

A friend is looking for a fat-friendly general practitioner in Austin, TX. (Someone who subscribes to the idea of health at every size would be ideal — though really it doesn't matter how they label themself, as long as they're generally sensitive about body-image/weight/food issues. We've seen this fat friendly health professionals list, but the one GP listed in Austin is apparently no longer practicing here.) Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Where I can find pics/scans of a Lillian Vernon "personal massager" advertisement?

Where I can find pics/scans of a Lillian Vernon "personal massager" advertisement? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

I paid too much for my plane tickets

I bought two plane tickets for mid September this past Tuesday from Delta. Since then, the price has gone down 130 bucks. Is there anything I can do to get my money or the difference back? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Twitter Archive

I want to find tweets going back over a month with a certain #tag (from different twitters), but "older tweets are not currently available" and it's only showing a couple of days worth at most. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 9:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Thinking about imagery

I enjoy Ken Rockwell's photography website. Can you recommend similar ones? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

The Wires

What can I do, aside from the obvious, with fifteen gray, six-foot PC power cables? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Tomato/Potato all in one plant.

Can a potato tomato plant exist without being 2 plants grafted together? [more inside]
posted by boby at 9:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me stay sane and employed during a difficult work situation

How can I stay sane and employed during a difficult work situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 18 comments

To ReFi or not to ReFi?

Is it smart to refinance my house now? Very Special Snowflake details on the other side. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Don't make me deal with them again!

I know you're not my lawyer, but how does unemployment insurance work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments


Someone I know is getting separated. Should they get an iPad? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 9:05 AM PST - 16 comments

You Help Me Find UFC

I'm going to be in Ellenville, NY tomorrow night, and I'd like to find a nearby bar that's showing UFC 118. The UFC website unsurprisingly has nothing closer than suburban NYC, and I can't figure out any way to craft a search that would get me this information. I can search for local bars and call them... but thought I'd ask here first. Anyone know of a bar near Ellenville showing the fights?
posted by slide at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Moviefilter: I am Love

Moviefilter: I Am Love: I saw it for the second time yesterday, and the last several minutes are just as confusing to me now. [more inside]
posted by uans at 8:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Milosz's "Miguel Manara" in English?

Where can I get a copy of Milosz's "Miguel Manara" in English (UK) for a decent price? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 8:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Color/Gradient Generator from hex codes

Looking for a color/gradient generator where you put in your hex code (#6699CC) and it generates shades of that color from white, to the color, to black. It's a very plain page with just the shades from light to dark and their hex codes.
posted by jesirose at 8:04 AM PST - 12 comments

No more pinching or zooming for me.

The iPhone Stylesheet for MetaFilter pb created is oh so nice. What are some other websites that have awesome dedicated iPhone versions?
posted by 2bucksplus at 7:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find an Bill Buckley ad for National Review where he is on a sailboat

I'm looking for a TV advertisement William F. Buckley, Jr. did in the late 80s or early 90s for his magazine, National Review, while sailing his boat. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Driving from St. Augustine, FL to Atlanta

Driving from St. Augustine to Atlanta, what's the best route to take? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 7:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Just The Same (But Brand New)

Help me find the camera used to shoot the most amazing footage I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 6:09 AM PST - 7 comments

40 delicious things??????

Calling ALL FOODIES, FOODISTS, GOURMETS and GOURMANDS: I am looking to have a special 40th birthday party with the theme "40 Delicious Things". What do I serve??? [more inside]
posted by marlys27 at 5:58 AM PST - 27 comments

What were the Yahoos missing out on?

In Gulliver's Travels, what are the "unnatural appetites in both sexes, so common among us" that the Yahoos lack? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 5:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find two-column browser software?

Are there any web browsers that will display a single web page in a two-column layout, side by side? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob at 5:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Mortgage Fun

The pitfalls of cosigning on someone else's mortgage [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 5:31 AM PST - 64 comments

What is going on with this sleep button?

Trying to repair a laptop, strangest behavior ever. Many more details after the fold. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Visiting Toronto next weekend (labor day weekend), and looking for some things to do.

Visiting Toronto next weekend (labor day weekend), and looking for some things to do. [more inside]
posted by cavs33 at 5:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Safe, sane, long term low carb diet?

Practical, science-based, safe, sane "low carb" book that doesn't pull any punches? (If simply "Atkins," which one?) I'm looking for a book that is gung-ho, but still spells out what can go wrong and why: I'm three days in to a self-created low carb diet. All sorts of good stuff has happened, but all sorts of disconcerting stuff has happened, too. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 4:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Ice Cream + Friends + ??? = Awesome

Help us host the best ice cream social ever. [more inside]
posted by featherboa at 3:50 AM PST - 21 comments


I'd like to set up my own installation of EtherPad for a course I'm teaching, but... [more inside]
posted by bokane at 3:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Mangers are not an option.

Is CouchSurfing during the holiday season asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 3:29 AM PST - 9 comments

I don't know how to fix your relationship. Please don't ask.

How do I graciously ask people not to come to me for relationship advice? [more inside]
posted by po at 3:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Metformin woes (diarrhea-free!)

I'd like to hear about your experience taking metformin for PCOS, especially if it didn't work quite as you expected... [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 3:02 AM PST - 5 comments

SF for 3 months - doable?

San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Authorhouse - worth a try?

Anyone had experience of publishing a book with Authorhouse? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 1:42 AM PST - 2 comments

"I'm just here for the cupcakes, dude. Chill!"

A friend of mine, in a bout of frustration, recently posted this challenge: " Name one Hollywood horror movie which does NOT contain the line, "WHAT DO YOU WANT (FROM ME)??!!!", usually screamed by the protagonist at the antagonist." There must be several! I thought it would be funny to present him with a list, and I hope you can help me. (Would be funnier if the movies were not-very-arthousey.) Thanks!
posted by Omnomnom at 1:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup without employing Migration Assistant

Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 1:12 AM PST - 4 comments

August 26

Help make my office a Van Gogh shrine

I have access to a large poster printer and want to fill my office with beautiful prints of Van Gogh's paintings. Please lend me your aesthetic guidance on how to make this awesome, not tacky or crowded. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 11:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Make 'em bleed. My ears that is.

I am looking for songs that I can play LOUD and also have an epic flavor. I'm not a fan of metal -- I am a fan of show-tunes. Looking for songs that compel one to turn the volume UP. Examples after the jump. [more inside]
posted by duckus at 10:20 PM PST - 64 comments

Better Safe than Sorry?

How can we protect our Macintosh network from an immature, if not unstable, ISP tech? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Friend having difficulty finding work

My friend has been having some difficulty finding an art teacher job, and wants to branch out to other areas. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omredux at 9:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me decide whether to get cork floors in a rental property

So what's the deal with cork floors? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

"Close your eyes. Make a wish. Count to three."

Brainfilter: Why is my ability to visualize so unbounded when I am drifting off to sleep (but not yet dreaming)? Is this a state I can reproduce in waking life? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for the live recording of the song The Freshmen.

The first time I heard the song The Freshmen by the Verve Pipe, it was on the radio -- a live version in which the audience sang along. Anyone know where I can find that? All I can locate are studio recordings.
posted by governale at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What should these sliding doors be made of?

I need to replace glass sliding doors in a cabinet, and would like to do it with something other than glass, because glass is heavy and doesn't want to slide. Can you give me ideas for materials that are lightweight, opaque or semi-opaque, and slidey? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

After High School

How best to advise a 12th grade student on their college plans. [more inside]
posted by bach at 7:59 PM PST - 5 comments

It's just like riding a bike, which is like... it's hard to explain, son!

How do I teach my 5-year old how to ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:30 PM PST - 38 comments

What applications are best for mac screencasts?

What application(s) should I use to make a quality screencast on a mac? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 7:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Down the memory hole...

Remember Russ Kick? Remember the Memory Hole? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I best use Google Voice?

I can't get my head around Google Voice. Just what can it do for me? [more inside]
posted by lhauser at 7:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me indentify this crap behind my fridge and oven.

I pulled out my fridge in my apartment and found all this stuff behind it. It's also behind my oven. What is it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd at 6:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Please explain these layers that can be seen in a setting sun

Atmospheric science filter: This picture of the sun was taken while it was setting over the NE Pacific Ocean. Is there a scientific explanation of why there are distinct, horizontal darkening layers of color on the orb from top to bottom?
posted by surfgator at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Learning curve?

Can someone help me with a maths problem please, how to find y for a given x on a curve? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Oh, so I'M the creepy one. Thanks, FB.

Yet another FaceBook friends question: Is FaceBook now spoofing friend requests? A few times now, I feel like I've been "tricked" into friending someone I only casually know. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 6:44 PM PST - 34 comments

How good can a mobile phone speaker be?

How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Upper body cardio?

Cardio exercise options for someone who can't strain their legs more than 10 to 15 mins, and doesn't have access to gym equipment? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 6:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Avoiding the fail whale.

How do I take great pictures on a whale watch? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 6:10 PM PST - 14 comments

My computer is (sort of) dead

Could defragging have killed my video card hardware? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 5:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy slim, European-style pants in stores or online?

I'm a guy looking for casual, slim pants that aren't jeans. Maybe something you would see in Europe. I need them in all sorts of colors. One of my female friends suggested that her pants might fit me, and upon trying them on they actually fit better than anything else I own. So, any suggestions as to where I can find pants that actually fit without looking in the ladies section? [more inside]
posted by jykmf at 5:49 PM PST - 26 comments

Starter Golf Clubs - New or Used?

I'm looking in to buying an inexpensive starter golf club set (for myself). Should I buy new or used clubs? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

You're Outta Here

Coping strategies for 16 yr. old daughter just cut from soccer squad. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:20 PM PST - 48 comments

What should I expect from Vyvanse?

What should I expect from Vyvanse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I muffle loud pipes in a wall, preferably cheaply?

How can I soundproof or muffle loud pipes in a wall, preferably cheaply? [more inside]
posted by susanvance at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Hivemind help me find a story about Katrina...

I'm trying to find a specific story about the aftermath of the Katrina storm in New Orleans... [more inside]
posted by torquemaniac at 4:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Got a new table, need some coasters

Help me find the most awesome and beautiful drink coasters in the world. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:40 PM PST - 21 comments

My So-Called Life... Trapped!

I have a hard drive that I ripped from a 2000-1 ish year Compaq, and I need to find an enclosure. What kind of hard drive is it, and what's the cheapest enclosure? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 3:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Being supportive

How can I talk honestly with my sister and still be supportive? [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Good time to buy my 1st flat in the UK?

I'm thinking of buying a one bed flat for around 130k in Brighton or Bristol, UK. I have a 50k deposit. I am not committed to any area (or country for that matter) and I have no emotional need to own a house. But if it makes financial sense, I am in a position to do it. But does it make financial sense to buy? Everyone apparently says yes, but I don't understand the maths. If prices stay flat, for instance, would it not make more sense to rent and invest the money elsewhere? I'm really thinking short term, would I be up in, say, 10 years, if everything stays fairly steady. I can't really make the mental leap to factor in the benefit of owning the house in 25 years....
posted by choppyes at 2:51 PM PST - 29 comments

What should I sing at karaoke for someone I have a crush on?

I lost a bet and now I owe the person I'm dating a karaoke song. My usual karaoke songs are useless here! What should I sing to impress and/or delight an awesome girl? [more inside]
posted by girlstyle at 2:46 PM PST - 79 comments

Help with Starred Items in Google Reader

Is there a way to sort all of my starred items in Google Reader by the oldest date first? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Alternatives to "RSS Graffiti?"

Does anyone know of a more dependable alternative to RSS Graffiti? It does all the right things, but also does some squirrelly things it shouldn't... [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Meow! Espresso?!

What's the difference between an espresso blend and regular whole bean coffee? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 1:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how?

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how? I've made some mistakes in college by not showing up an entire semester so my GPA is 1.05, even the lower university's here in TN like austin peay won't take me because my grades suck. I live a hour away from the two community colleges in my area. I also have to figure out how I'm going to give my family a place to live, I lost my job in missouri and moved down to TN with my mom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 43 comments

Do unique, generic gifts exist?

I need ideas for gifts to bring abroad from the U.S. I'm especially looking for things that simply don't exist or are difficult to find in other countries. [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex at 1:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Sew frustrated

Chicago Filter: I would like to take a hand sewing class - but NOT embroidery. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get a balloon arch in Jamaica Estates, Queens, NYC

QueensNYCFilter: Where could I most-inexpensively get a balloon arch for use at an event in Queens, Jamaica Estates, NYC?
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

last night i heard the breeze / it was singing through the trees

Yet another "I am looking for some music" AskMefi. Looking for white noise-esque or vocalizations! (if that's the right word for it) [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 1:09 PM PST - 21 comments

The best presentation you ever saw.

I'm looking for examples of great presentations, including visuals (PowerPoint or otherwise). I've been browsing and keep finding inspiring speeches but not necessarily examples of great supplemental visuals. I'm sure there are examples there and elsewhere. YouTube links or otherwise would be great. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Older updates of iOS

How do I update my iPhone to iOS 3.1.3--not iOS 4.0? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Meditation in Brooklyn

Do you attend a meditation center or group in Brooklyn? If so, please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments

European Soccer Bettiing

I want to bet on European soccer. Premiership, Champions League, etc..... can I legally do that from the US? I emailed a UK based betting site and they said "no" as it was a "grey area". Don't want to get busted but want to have a little fun.
posted by philad at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I create value in real estate?

Can I create value in real estate? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the best Russian novel to read while living in Moscow?

What's the best Russian novel to read while living in Moscow? [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath at 12:37 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I feel more secure about the amount of money I make?

How do I feel more secure about the amount of money I make? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 12:23 PM PST - 33 comments

Where can I play Clue online or on iOS?

I'd like to play the board game Clue either through a web browser or an iPad/iPhone app. Ideally I could play against a friend or friends where we sign in/sign up and AI fills in as the other players as needed. If the playing-against-friends part isn't possible, then playing against random people online or AI would be fine. I've seen a Clue game on the App Store, but it's "Clue" in name only, not the actual board game. Maybe there's a Clue ripoff somewhere that follows the same room/weapon/character whodunit format? Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting things done while you're getting things done

I'm interested in hearing about "short burst" productivity enhancements I could make to my life. (Don't use the "L" word!) [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Now Offering Violin Lessons in NYC, Any Takers?

How much can I charge for violin lessons in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mythicalbyrd at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Once my lover, now my friend. Possible, or just a cruel thing to pretend?

How to manage the transition from fiance to ex to friends? [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas un sockpuppet at 11:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Online day journal?

Looking for a specific type of online blog/diary/journal.. [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

I was looking for a predator; how was I supposed to know that she'd act all... predatory?

How the heck do I catproof a deck? (Second-story, somewhat sketchy DIY deck made out of wood with picket-fence railings. Kitten wants to commit suicide.) [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 11:51 AM PST - 19 comments

I my motorcycle's junction (fuse) box broken?

I spent 4 hours circuit-testing my motorcycle's starter system. Everything seems normal. I suspect the junction (fuse) box is faulty ... right? [more inside]
posted by fracas at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Which exterminator do I pick for taking care of bed bugs?

Which exterminator do I pick for taking care of bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by ktpetals at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Mac girl in a PC world

Help me decide which Windows desktop my company should buy (mostly for bookkeeping/financial) [more inside]
posted by theseampsgoto11 at 11:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Customizable Wall Calendars

For my theater organization, I'm looking to order customizable wall calendars online. Ideally, they'd be 1) cheap, 2) available in bulk and also available for individual orders (so we can send out a link to those who won't be getting one free but might still want one), and 3) that we can customize with both photos and important dates. What websites do you know that hit all or most of these points?
posted by ocherdraco at 11:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Pittsburgh Prenatal Massage Therapist

Pittsburgh Prenatal Massage: Can you recommend a massage therapist for a pregnant lady? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

I want to fly abroad and don't care where. How to find the cheapest tickets?

I want to take the cheapest possible international flights, and I don't care where I'm going. Where best to find tickets for whatever routes happen to be the least expensive at the moment? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 10:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Choosing an unlocked GSM phone

I'll be spending at least several months in Europe, and I'd like to buy an unlocked Android phone and use prepaid SIM cards in each country I visit. Data access (not just voice) is important. What are the best phones on the market for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

I remember the poster - but which movie was it?

Help me settle a long-running debate by identifying which horror movie had the following poster: A night scene, outdoors, I think moonlit. Hand drawn. In the centre of the poster a girl is running away from the viewer, down a path between two stone walls. Emerging from the walls on both sides are hands which are grabbing out at her. I last saw it around 1986. Any ideas?
posted by scrm at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

weird computers

Are there any really weird computers still being made for the home consumer? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 10:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Snowboard group trip

Snowboarding trip plan help: Europe, catered, 10-20 people. Anonymous because it's a surprise for a lurker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 3 comments

At Home Photography Class for Two?

My boyfriend and I would like to improve our photography skills. I'd like to get a list going of daily/weekly assignments or friendly competitions we can give ourselves to have some fun with this. Any ideas? Does something self-directed like this already exist elsewhere on the internets? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 9:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Starting points for sorting out my life please?

My life has been running out of control for almost unimaginably long time. I am 'technically' a university student but I have been so unengaged and worried about my degree course and university the past year that that affiliation or 'student' label does not really apply. So in any other sense I am unemployed. Although I recognize the need for purpose, disciple and structure in day-to-day life, I fail to impose this upon myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Live NFL Games on the Internet

Instead of paying high fees to watch my favorite NFL football games on Direct TV, is there a decent software package or Internet subscription to follow my favorite football teams live on the internet? I am willing to pay a small fee for this service. Any assistance would be appreciated.
posted by Mckoan1 at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

EDD Phone Interview Months Later? What can I expect?

I've been receiving unemployment compensation (in CA) consistently since being laid off last fall. All extensions have been approved and have gone through without a hitch. I was notified of a phone interview scheduled for next week. Why?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the modern procedure for finding a job?

How do people find jobs these days, anyway? My beloved husband was fired yesterday from the job he's held for ten years as a full-time employee and for four years prior to that as a contractor (after his first bad review, not that I'm bitter). [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 9:32 AM PST - 25 comments

I don't know how to break up.

There may be fifty ways to leave your lover, but I can't handle any of them. Deep down I know I need to end my relationship, but I don't know how to do it. [more inside]
posted by secretsquirrel at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

I miss Fat Kiss. Help me!

Once upon a time, I used the perfect lip gloss (Too Faced's Fat Kiss in Fat Jelly). Now it's no longer made. Please help me find a replacement -- I'm desperate! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me not be an anxious wreck. I can't stand myself.

Decision-making frenzy. Help me not to drive myself and others crazy. Specific situation and long-term problem inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 9:08 AM PST - 18 comments

What are some professional piercing parlors in St Louis?

Possibly NSFW: What are some professional piercing parlors in St. Louis? Bonus if you had male genital piercing(s) done there. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

What do I need to know to survive at a jazz jam session?

I've played jazz for many years, but never done the jam session thing. What rules of etiquette should I follow? [more inside]
posted by IjonTichy at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Relative reflectivity of glass and perspex

Short and sweet... Does anyone happen to have a ballpark figure for the percentage of light reflected by a 'standard' sheet of glass and a 'standard' sheet of perspex of similar thickness?
posted by twine42 at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Are Power Adapter Plugs Standardized?

Are power adapters standardized? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Yahoo Mail - Direct link to Inbox

Yahoo Mail - Direct link to Inbox [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Is Great Journalism Every Day Possible?

Blogs or sites devoted to great reporting/essays/journalism? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 8:20 AM PST - 8 comments

How adults handle getting dumped?

Are there adult rules for getting dumped? It's never happened to me till now, my late 20s, and I'm pretty inconsolable. (anon because she knows my handle and lurks). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 37 comments

American Setting Up UK Bank Account

I am an American who would like to set up a legitimate bank account in the UK and I have some questions [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find IT work in Chicago area.

What steps should I take to find an IT job in the Chicago metro area? Can LinkedIn help? And am I insane for even looking in this economy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Reinstall single font

The very standard Courier font has disappeared from my Mac OSX 10.5.8 system. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Empathy Outside the Species

Why do species feel empathy and aesthetic attraction (non-sexual) toward members of other species? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 7:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Name that tune/video.

Do you know this crudely animated stop-motion music video (or the song it is a video for)...can't remember the song, but part of the refrain is like "shake the house, shake the house" with female vocalist. Two characters standing outside of the house, with a nice tree in the side yard. I think its a love song or some other similar "you're crazy" kind of number but upbeat and fun!
posted by talljamal at 7:00 AM PST - 3 comments

What's a good picture book for soon-to-be big siblings?

What's a good picture book to help a toddler understand pregnancy and/or get ready for a new baby sibling? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a specific Drew Barrymore clip, from a talkshow.

Help me find a specific Drew Barrymore clip, from a talkshow. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 5:53 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do in Buffalo for 7 hours?

I'm taking the Greyhound to Buffalo Airport from Toronto on Saturday. I get in at around 10:30 AM. My plane doesn't leave until 6:00 PM. I will not have access to a car, but I only have a small messenger and a carry-on (that I'm sure can be stored somewhere at the airport) in terms of luggage. Is there anything within easy public transportation of the Buffalo airport that I could spend the day checking out, or should I prepare lots of reading material?
posted by Phire at 5:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Sleeve that fits over Apple iPad case?

What is the best sleeve for protecting the iPad that fits over the Apple case? [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 5:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Kindle not really for me?

I've been giddy with excitement and waiting anxiously for my kindle 3 ever since I ordered it a month ago--and then yesterday I read David Pougue's review and the comments to his article. Now I am sad and depressed. They are saying horrible things like when you buy the eBooks they don't really belong to you and you can't share them and worst of all I won't be able to read the eBooks from my public library on the kindle. Can this be true? Should I just pack up the kindle and send it back? Woe is me.
posted by sandra194 at 5:22 AM PST - 21 comments

How can we stop this guy?

What can be done about a serial kitten-torturer?! Proven case with plenty of evidence. Is there any way to get this sick a-hole behind bars? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 5:10 AM PST - 12 comments

How do rich people select a financial advisor?

How do wealthy people select a financial advisor? Besides word of mouth, which i think is number one no matter what your socioeconomic status is - Do they respond to traditional print and web ads like the rest of us or do they use some other approach? -rich people baffle me.
posted by Paleoindian at 4:19 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I change my sleep cycle?

I need help feeling sleepy earlier in the evening and feeling awake earlier in the morning! [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Egypt for a Week

TravelFilter: A week in Egypt in November with the folks; organised tour or solo? Cairo + Cruise? Luxor? Any tips or recommendations appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 3:12 AM PST - 9 comments

CLEAR mobile internet/home phone

Does anyone have experience with CLEAR mobile internet/home internet/home phone? I am in Austin, TX, and am thinking about it. [more inside]
posted by noonknight at 3:03 AM PST - 13 comments

August 25

Identification of short story (and author) about an inside joke at a funeral

About two years back, I was traveling and picked up a huge book of short stories in a hostel. They were all by the same author, and for the most part, they were Roald Dahl-esque, intricately plotted, fast moving, usually violent or crimeish short stories with an elaborate twist at the end. However, one of the stories was a lovely departure from the others, and I'd like help identifying it. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 11:06 PM PST - 8 comments

"A few good stretches.."

Im looking for a handful of stretches to ease lower back "tightness". [more inside]
posted by Esefa at 10:21 PM PST - 24 comments

I feel like a zombie in the morning

I've started a new, earlier work schedule now that I'm carpooling with my fianceé. I don't have issues waking up, but I do tend to feel "slower" when I'm trying to work at earlier hours in the morning. Any suggestions for how to feel clearer and more focused earlier in the day? [more inside]
posted by Allenthar at 9:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Is/was there a term in Dungeons & Dragons besides "rolling a natural 20" for a hit that kills an opponent?

Is/was there a term in Dungeons & Dragons besides "rolling a natural 20" for a hit that kills an opponent? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 9:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Economical cross-border shipping for a large/bulky item.

I need suggestions about economical cross-border shipping options for a poorly thought out ebay purchase. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 8:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Pimp my speakeasy!

I found a secret room in my apartment. How do I decorate it? [more inside]
posted by cjemmott at 8:12 PM PST - 70 comments

Research paper ellipses

Does a quote in a research paper (MLA format 2010) keep or drop a comma when an ellipse is used? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Breaking up with a person who'll refuse to break up

Breaking up with a boyfriend who seems to be getting increasingly removed from reality, and is almost guaranteed not to accept the breakup? I'm preoccupied with thoughts of how this could get worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Slow lazy Berlin

Help me enjoy lazy Berlin! [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 6:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a RPG that I can use real life points with?

Is there a RPG / Level up system that allows me to apply my own points to? Like a normal RPG except the game is in real life and the character is on the computer? [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 6:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Tried-and-true free-and-easy online meetings

How do I set up an easy, free way for people to attend our meetings from a distance? Picture about five people sitting around a table with five more attending virtually; attendees' tech savvy will vary greatly. I know that there is a lot of pay software out there, but I'm wondering if anyone's found a reasonably robust system with free or low-cost software. Do you have a tested set-up process and combo of free software that you know works? [more inside]
posted by lillygog at 6:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me put this NAS together?

I currently have 6 SATA drives that I'm trying to put together in a nas box. Will this motherboard and this power supply be able to deal with it? Are there cheaper ways of going about this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 5:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Do they not make them like they used to?

Is it possible to replace the battery in a cell phone or do I have to buy a whole new phone? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me understand finance!

What are the best resources for learning about financial markets, from a business perspective? [more inside]
posted by problemspace at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Snowboarding helmet for those who wear glasses?

I need to buy a snowboarding helmet but I wear glasses. What recommendations do you have for helmets that won't press my glasses into the side of my head?
posted by yfatah at 4:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I feel so woozy at night?

Every once in a while, I go through a few days of persistent wooziness in the evening. Is anyone familiar with these symptoms? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 4:48 PM PST - 13 comments

I want a small but custom home

I wish to build a small, custom home in a rural setting. I've tried to research small, rustic homes but I end up seeing teeny, tiny places. No thanks. [more inside]
posted by private_idaho at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Houseflies of Horror

Is there anyway to trace the source of massive amounts of houseflies infiltrating my kitchen? It is a disgusting mystery. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 3:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Can an iphone make me cool?

How can I control my a/c from my phone? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 3:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Ubuntu compatible, Audible playing mp3 player.

I'm looking for an mp3 player that allows me to drag and drop music without the need of software that works with Ubuntu and can play back Audible DRM'ed files. Budget of £100.
posted by nam3d at 3:35 PM PST - 4 comments

film degrees

Where can I find statistics for numbers of graduates per type of degree in the US? I want to know the number of film students graduating each year, and whether its been increasing.
posted by dgaicun at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I ask this professor for a letter of recommendation?

Is asking a professor I don't know well for a recommendation a mistake? [more inside]
posted by wansac at 3:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Classy but affordable surprise-party venue in Austin?

I'm throwing a surprise birthday party for a friend. Please recommend an Austin restaurant that'd be a good venue for the "Surprise!" moment. Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 3:17 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I look for in a good carpet cleaner?

How do I evaluate different carpet cleaning options for my house? Everything seems to be skeevy door-to-door guys hawking chemical treatments and I used to recall steam cleaning being the way it was done when I was a kid (is that kind still around?). The yellow pages and general local review sites offer no help in picking one of a dozen options. Also, about how much is a normal price for a 3-4 bedroom average house, ballpark range? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 3:04 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I make it easier to get enough sleep at a normal time each night?

How can I develop and maintain a normal, healthy sleep routine? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 3:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Best net provider in Portland?

Who is the best high-speed Internet service provider in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas? [more inside]
posted by rikhei at 2:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Mysteriously missing MSI model

I'd like to know some things about my new laptop but it isn't listed on its manufacturer's website. It's an MSI brand, model S6000-017US, purchased from Office Depot last Tuesday. [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Graduate school grants for international students?

Anyone know of any graduate-level (PhD candidate) grants available to a Chinese girl studying Biology in the US? [more inside]
posted by maize at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me deal with hysterical reactions in therapy

Help me deal with hysterical reactions in therapy [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

La nom nom nom.

Where can we make out with Spanish boys and what foodie things can I not miss in Spain? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U at 2:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Using a French Oven without an Oven?

Cooking Filter: Can I cook a roast beef/roast a chicken in my French Oven (Staub La Cocotte) without an actual oven (i.e. on the stovetop)? [more inside]
posted by 1000monkeys at 2:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Can my Gentoo box act as a secure proxy and how?

How can I go about setting up a Gentoo server as a secure proxy? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 2:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Sleeping is giving in

I can fall asleep, but it's not restful. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Would rather not have to deal with this

Should I divulge to my boss my mentor/coworker’s complete lack of work ethic? (academic lab situation) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Get my computer to not stop responding?

My 3 year-old hp laptop that runs 32bit windows 7 has lately chosen to stop responding to anything at random moments (including ctrl-alt-del) forcing me to shut down and lose everything I'm working on. How can I isolate the problem and hopefully fix it? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Baggage fees on airlines to London

Which airline flying to Heathrow London has the best extra baggage and heavy baggage prices? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

I have the book smarts down... now onto the money.

How should I best manage my graduate school stipend? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Roommate interviews with surprisingly few success-- Did I miss something?

Little success in roommate search-- did I miss something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Fockink OV-Chipkaarts, hoe werken ze?

How can I best use the OV-Chipkaart on my upcoming trip through the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are some people socialist

Is there a reason why some people are socialist? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 12:55 PM PST - 41 comments

How can I burn these .Mod files?

I have some.MOD video files (each one about 2 hrs long) that need to be burned on to a disc, stat. Windows Media players burner says it will not fit, even though the file is only 3.7 gigs and the disc can hold 4.7 gigs. When I put a DVD-R in the drive and try to drag the .MOD files into the file, it won't allow it. How can I get these videos on a DVD-R ASAP? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

CPU Speed Adjustment?

How do I tell if the CPUs on a Windows Server 2003 are having their clock rates changed by a power-saver scheme? [more inside]
posted by Kahomono at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find a place to live in Atlanta.

Is there a website to compare apartment complexes in Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I get my laptop repaired, sent back to manufacturer, or buy a new one?

I own a Lenovo Ideapad Y550. About six months ago, four keys on the keyboard popped off and the “A” and “1” key’s require multiple pressings to type. The audio out port on the laptop also broke. It still works, I just have to either hold or tape my earphones inside or it just come right back out. Should I just go to best buy or some computer place to have it fixed? [more inside]
posted by seanmhobson1988 at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Last chance

Tell me about some things that aren't going to be around much longer. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:59 AM PST - 106 comments

Turning a small closet into a productivity wonderland.

How do I make a small storage closet of an office livable for the next year? What kind of space saving measures/organizational things can I buy to make this work and keep myself sane? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments


Looking for flatware similar to a discontinued Pottery Barn pattern (more inside). [more inside]
posted by answergrape at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comment

What do I need to know before buying online from Chinese/Asian B2B Websites?

I'm considering buying a spice mill/grinder from an Chinese/Asian B2B website. They have an "escrow" service, but what do I need to know to avoid being scammed, receiving totally crappy goods, etc...? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Men's Style Filter: I need a recommendation for a fall and then winter coat.

What is the appropriate type of coat to wear over my normal attire? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me.

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 11:45 AM PST - 21 comments

New car with 400+ miles?

New car with 400 miles on it. What should I know before purchasing? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

How to obtain authentic olive oil?

In light of the widespread adulteration of olive oil, how does one find authentic extra-virgin olive oil? Do protected designation of origin, organic, or fair trade certifications help? (Previously.)
posted by parudox at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Help this Santa Monica girl stop relying on Big Pharma.

I'm looking for recommendations for a primary care physician who is also a naturopath, acupuncturist, or osteopath, or who at least is receptiveto eastern and/or complementary medicine. Preferably in Santa Monica but will consider the greater west side of Los Angeles. Bonus points if they accept my lousy Blue Shield California HMO insurance. Thanks in advance!
posted by chez shoes at 11:15 AM PST - 11 comments

This dog is a xenophobe. Good thing we're moving!

It's my dog's first move and I suspect it will be a rocky time. Help me figure out how to transition and help her not stress out! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching for an exciting career.

Searching for an exciting career. Need some ideas. [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 10:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Have I accidently spoiled "Under the Dome" for myself?

Have I been spoiled? Question about "Under the Dome" by Stephen King - possible spoiler warning. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 10:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Hot AND Warm. Hopefully.

Help me find some sexy socks. But not too sexy. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Do jurists really not talk about cases with their loved ones?

I am a juror in a criminal case. I'm really considering: a.) talking to my wife about it; and b.) googling a couple things related to it. Just how bad of a citizen am I? Will I get caught? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 67 comments

Job title suggestions required (IT services)

I need to find a job title. Something which sounds better than "IT guy". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM PST - 23 comments

I just want to see a TV picture in non-saturated color. Help end this comedy of errors!

Reached the end of my tech savvy-osity. Cannot for the life of me figure out how to select any of the options on my new-to-me's TV. I can SEE the menu, but can't access any options. All I want to do is adjust the picture! [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 9:52 AM PST - 2 comments

My eyeball has a soft spot.

I noticed my eyes were bloodshot the other day, particularly the right side of my right eye. Last night, i touched the red area with my finger out of curiosity, and it sort of... wrinkled. It's squishy in a way that my other eye is not. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments

What's with the washing?

Bathroom Filter: Have I missed something my whole life or is this as weird as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:43 AM PST - 39 comments

Isekonia, you say 'wha?'

Attention glasses/contacts wearers! Do you have a major difference in the prescription between one eye and the other, aka anisometropia? Have you found any benefit from iseikonic lenses? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Book Club meets TONIGHT and I haven't picked the next one!

I'm picking the next book for my reading group, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 9:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Statistics of retail book sales?

Where can I find statistics on book sales, print vs. electronic? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Put the shoes in the box

I have several Scout collapsible storage boxes that I picked up from TK Maxx. I would now like some more of the Hang Ten type size, as they would fit the bottom of my wardrobe and make finding things easier. Does anyone know of any suppliers that will ship to the UK cheaply- or are preferably based here? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 9:10 AM PST - 0 comments

Why does my landline go nuts when I pick up the phone?

Why does my landline go nuts when I pick up the phone? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent at 9:02 AM PST - 12 comments

How to entice restaurant reviewers?

How do you entice newspaper/magazine/blog writers into reviewing a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments

How to make Firefox always load my homepage?

Is it possible to make Firefox load my homepage AND the previous session when using Tab Mix Plus? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me unravel some quirks in Word 2008 for Mac: grey documents, memories of paginations past, mixed text sizes that go all 12 point

Mac Word mysteries: 1. Certain Word docs will go all grey when I start typing and will stay that way until I scroll away from that visible portion and then scroll back. 2. Likewise, toward the bottom of the page, Word wants to remember what used to be there before text shifted and won't show me what's really there unless I scroll away and back. 3. A colleague gives me a Word doc with mixed size text, I paste into my doc, and it goes all 12 point. I give them a doc with mixed text size and they get all 12 point when they open it. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm tired of my computer protecting me from the horror of gaming

Windows 7 and StarForce have teamed up to keep me from playing games. Help! [more inside]
posted by umberto at 8:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommend a Skype camera/speaker setup for a remote speech therapist

We live in South America and our son is in need of a native English speaker to work with him on pronunciation. There is no one here who can help, but as luck would have it, we have a relative in the states who is a licensed speech therapist who can help over Skype. We're looking for camera and speaker suggestions for both sides - assuming we have solved the bandwidth issue, is there a camera for a PC that would be ideal for this? Are there other speech professionals who have done this before?
posted by carlodio at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there life after Dickens?

Is there life after Dickens? (What should I try next after listening to all of Dickens via audiobooks?) [more inside]
posted by Creosote at 8:12 AM PST - 19 comments

I need to Get Things Done on my iPhone

I need a GTD compatible task management app for iPhone that will sync both Outlook tasks AND flagged emails over the air with Exchange Server 2003. Bonus points for three way Outlook/Google/iPhone syncronization and location aware task reminders. [more inside]
posted by tipthepizzaguy at 8:06 AM PST - 3 comments

bankruptcy lawyer

Looking for a good bankruptcy lawyer in NYC
posted by ebesan at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

My laptop won't turn on

My Dell XPS m1330 won't turn on anymore. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Pressure canning filter

It's my first harvest season with a pressure canner, and after a few successful runs with very basic low-acid things, I'd like to try canning basic (meatless) spaghetti sauce/tomato soup base. How freely can I improvise a recipe based on what's in my garden? How do I know how long to process it? [more inside]
posted by phisbe at 7:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Which premium channel should I choose?

HBO, Cinemax or Showtime? I'm getting one movie channel with my cable company. Which one is your favorite and why? I love all movies and want lots of variety.
posted by TLCplz at 7:22 AM PST - 28 comments

What does this awesome 105-year-old Armenian-language Austro-Hungarian postcard say?

I just bought a postcard written in what looks like Armenian sent from what is now Lviv to what is now Chernivtsi (in what is now Ukraine), sometime between 1905 and (I'm guessing from the stamp) the end of the First World War/Austrian rule of Galicia. What does it say? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 7:10 AM PST - 22 comments

I need a decent car for super cheap! Help!

What is the absolute best, most reliable car I can get for about $3000? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 6:53 AM PST - 35 comments

Anthropology of Engineering

Anthropology and/or evolutionary psychology/neurology of engineering. Does that exist? [more inside]
posted by DU at 6:00 AM PST - 18 comments


I’m in love with The Clash at Demonhead from the Scott Pilgrim movie. Unfortunately, they are fictional and Metric, the band that arranged it doesn’t have that harder sound I’m liking in TCAD. What real band sounds like them? (Strong female lead on vocals, good rhythm, slightly distorted sound, anthem-y? and yes I have heard of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs).
posted by edbles at 5:46 AM PST - 52 comments

Daytrip to Cambridge: What to see?

What should I do and see during a day trip to Cambridge, UK? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 5:45 AM PST - 12 comments

How to fix my iTunes to iPod Touch calendar sync?

iTunes broke my calendar. I can no longer sync Outlook to my iPod Touch because "sync server failed to sync." I can't find an answer to this on iTunes help although I do see that others have had this problem. Any suggestions? I've always done this over a USB cable. Nothing has changed except the calendar won't sync anymore. My iTunes software is up to date. I think Notes and Contacts are syncing -- though I just realized I haven't really tested that. I don't sync music in this operation, I do that from a different machine with different settings.
posted by Sia Stewart at 5:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Difference between National Adjectives ending in AN and those ending in ESE?

At my job we often need to ask the nationality of people we’re speaking to on the telephone. Help me solve a small disagreement around the grammar/ semantics of exactly how this is done. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 4:57 AM PST - 27 comments

What kind of help do I need?

I need objective advice from a professional or professionals. But I don't know where to look or who to go to. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Itchy Bed. How do I clean it?

Itchy Bed. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me bill via PayPal, across continents?

Europeans using PayPal to bill customers in the U.S. or U.K., can you help me? I want to bill for services using PayPal, and then transfer the money to my Greek bank account. Greece uses the Euro. I'd like to bill in dollars for my U.S. clients, but I'm a PayPal newbie as far as receiving funds is concerned. Is there something that I should know about fees or ... um ... anything, really. I don't even know what I don't know! Any tips/advice will be helpful; don't assume it's too minor. :)
posted by taz at 3:53 AM PST - 12 comments


Best Doom 3 single-player mods? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What's it like to live on the Oregon coast?

I've been thinking about moving to the Oregon coast, close to the ocean, along the 101 corridor: Newport, Lincoln City, Tillamook, all that jazz. But right now these towns are just names to me. What's the skinny on that area? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 3:48 AM PST - 17 comments

How do rich people safeguard money?

How do rich people safeguard their money from theft? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 3:38 AM PST - 33 comments

How to replace the arial on a 2002 Ford Focus?

How to replace the aerial on a 2002 Ford Focus? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 3:30 AM PST - 4 comments

青岛 - Qingdao Residents - help me with an address.

Calling Qingdao Residents - Where was the Dubai World "Palm Island" development going to be before it was cancelled? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 3:22 AM PST - 0 comments

Throw An American a Bone

What would be the title of the U.S. Embassy personnel who would assist you if you had a close relative injured overseas in a major event? I'm looking for something more specific than Consular Agent. [more inside]
posted by la ninya at 1:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a playstation -> usb adapter in Los Angeles?

Where could I find a playstation 1/2 controller to USB adapter in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by flaterik at 12:55 AM PST - 2 comments

The Badabucci Sisters? The Arivaderci Sisters?

I saw an ad for a pop group, 'The (Italian-sounding name) Sisters', saw them advertised as playing in UK maybe 2 years ago? Very cute singer, fifties-style dress...I know I'm not giving you much to go on, but it's one of those questions that bugs me when I can't sleep. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
posted by flowerofhighrank at 12:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Handwriting in the modern age, but not that modern

Is there a website or websites with lots of examples of handwriting? Mostly interested in handwriting before ubiquity of word processors, so up to 1960, say, and starting from the 18th century. Interested in penmanship of people who wrote daily, so journals, letters, as well as business forms, etc. Interested in mostly English (language) examples, but other languages using a Roman alphabet also a bonus.
posted by Busoni at 12:24 AM PST - 7 comments

August 24

H Pylori, Anti-Biotics and detoxing. How ?

I am recovering, hopefully, from H Pylori. I am trying to find out the best detox plan for being on such heavy meds. [more inside]
posted by eve28 at 11:40 PM PST - 25 comments

online psych dictionary

Can anyone recommend a good online psych dictionary? My googling has not yielded anything "good". [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 11:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Where Can I Buzz Fiberglass Off My Boat?

Where is a good place in the San Francisco Bay Area to work on a fiberglass boat? [more inside]
posted by gum at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me eat better breakfasts.

What're your favorite breakfasts that are at least remotely healthy-ish? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:53 PM PST - 49 comments

Moving with your own container

We are planning to move a 3 bedroom house from California to Anchorage Alaska. We are wondering if it would be possible to purchase our own container, and then hire a truck driver to move it for us? We are also wondering if it might be possible to have the container delivered to a storage facility where we might leave if for around a year while we take some time to tour the country? [more inside]
posted by mechantbruce at 9:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Please teach me about childcare.

Please bring me up to speed on childcare. Quickly. [more inside]
posted by bac at 9:14 PM PST - 38 comments

J'ai besoin d'aide s.v.p.!

Help me find a unique lingerie boutique in Montreal [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Do cell phone signal repeaters actually work?

Do cell phone signal boosters like this one from Radio Shack actually work? Apparently an external antenna is mounted outside your home, and this is connected to a "desktop amplifier." In most rooms in my house, I'm riding with a single bar of signal (thank you, AT&T). If this can help, I'm all in. Does anyone have any experience with one of these?
posted by jackypaper at 8:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Military Baggage

What do military people do when they need to store their various items "somewhere" while they are stationed on a ship, sometimes for years at a time? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 8:22 PM PST - 12 comments

How to fight the Baker Act?

My daughter has been detained under Florida's Baker Act. A statement she made to a social worker was mis-interpreted, and she is being held against her will at a mental health facility. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Baggage Problem

Urgent-British-Airways-Filter: How do I check in and pay for extra luggage online (cheaper than at the airport)? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find Michael ("Dispatches") Herr's writing on the web?

Where can I find Michael ("Dispatches") Herr's writing on the web? I have read Dispatches multiple times and a recent link led me to this neat profile of Kubrick. What other articles or interview have people found?
posted by Sebmojo at 7:36 PM PST - 3 comments

In search of the "Golden Rod cake pan"

I'm searching for a cake pan that was apparently common in the early 20th century: the Golden Rod cake pan (also sometimes called a Waldorf Triangle cake pan). You can see an illustration one in the lower left corner of this picture, and here is a photograph. Here's another one (the pan on the right). Does anyone know of a current source for these pans? [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 7:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me be a great boss!

How do I learn to be a good manager? I just became a manager for the first time, and I have no idea what I'm doing. The position I supervise is an entry-level web position and needs a lot of direction. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 7:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Bite The Big Apple, Don't Mind Deux Magots

Going to NYC for 1 week in early September with 2 kids, 10 and 13; what's fun for them to do? [more inside]
posted by msalt at 7:07 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I organise a veggie swap?

There's a gardener coming to speak at the library I work on next month and I thought I would also organise a veggie swap afterwards. So the publicity has gone out, my neighbours are coming and there has been interest from the local council and environment groups who are interested in starting their own if it goes well. My problem is I'm not sure how to practically run it. Should I issue tickets roughly based on market value when people drop off their produce or should I let it go for a free for all working on a trust basis. Anyone run one of these before? Any advise in general?
posted by nicole.hilder at 7:01 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I learn to paint?

I want to learn to paint. My job doesn't leave me any time to attend art classes on any kind of schedule. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 7:01 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm going to Memphis, where the beat is tough.

First-time Memphis trip this fall - would love some MeFite recommendations. I have perused all the past threads, but there aren't many, and some of them are quite old so I'd like to check in with Memphians and regulars to see what's fresh. [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 6:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Yeah, I'm big in the art game.

Where do I resell a piece of art I once bought? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 6:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Hurry before it gets cold.

Help me find "adventure races" near Chicago. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Halp! Someone stole mah truck!

Our truck was stolen from our gated apartment complex. Is the complex at all liable? [more inside]
posted by phox at 6:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Tourist Trap?

I'm considering running off to Amsterdam this November, in no small part, due to the cannabis cup. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me make a trek to Everest Base Camp more enjoyable

I'm going to be trekking to Everest Base Camp in 8 weeks time. It's a 14 day trek, which is both longer and higher than I've been before. I'm looking for advice on training for the trek. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do?

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do? [more inside]
posted by hussmanne at 4:58 PM PST - 12 comments

How to store/transport a warbonnet?

What is the best way to store and transport a Native American Double Trailer Warbonnet (like this one)? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Laptop 1 or Laptop 2?

Buying a new laptop, I have worked down to 2 choices. One has Win7 (32-bit) and 4gb DDR2 ram, the other has Win7 (64-bit) with 3gb DDR3 ram. Same price. I don't really know enough about the difference between 32/64bit or DDR2/3 to make a decision. Can you explain the difference and offer advice as to which is best. [more inside]
posted by Petrot at 4:14 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best / cheapest Netbook (or other device?) for this music server-ish application?

What is the best / cheapest Netbook (or other device?) for this music server application? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Cool backpack for boyfriend?

I am trying to buy a really cool, really high quality backpack for my boyfriend. Must be available for purchase online or in Los Angeles. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Computing on the couch without a laptop

I'd like to be able to use my desktop computer while i'm sitting on the couch. I've got an idea on how to do it, but maybe you do too? [more inside]
posted by escher at 3:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Spinning wheel during OS X install

MacBook Pro freezes (spinning wheel) during system install (10.5) -- what to do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 3:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me stop thinking of my dog as a small person.

Help me stop thinking of my dog as a small person. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 3:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Interesting pinback button crafts

What creative or interesting things can I do with a collection of buttons and pins? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Is a stolen PC effectively protected by a password?

In the event of a loss or theft, how safe is the data on a password-protected PC laptop? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 3:26 PM PST - 12 comments

cheap, high protein, vegetarian recipes

Help me with some cheap, high protein, vegetarian recipes that can be eaten cold while I'm cramming for exams and don't have time to go home for dinner... [more inside]
posted by sartre08 at 3:03 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I find a pro bono graphic designer for my NYC-based literary arts nonprofit?

How do I find a pro bono graphic designer for my NYC-based literary arts nonprofit? (Or for that matter: Audio/visual/film help? IT help? Information Architecture help?) [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 2:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Are they really the Clear Choice?

Does anyone have any experience, either good or bad, with Clear Choice Dental Implant centers anywhere in the U.S.? Stories?
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 2:30 PM PST - 0 comments

What software industry position is right for an ex-consultant?

What software company positions would best use my management consulting skillset? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Somewhere between a loan shark and a bank lies the truth.

Is there anyone who loans money based on the situation, rather than on a credit score/computer without any explanation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Weeds vs. brick patio vs. barely competent yard owner

Weeds vs. brick patio - help! [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 2:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Next week: What was that site with photos of librarians on drugs?

I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:19 PM PST - 10 comments

And I ran, So far away

MusicTeleVision: What music videos closely express the song premise? 50's to now, I would love to know and SLYT is encouraged. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 1:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Yes, I know you love me, kitteh

How do I teach my kitty not to be a smartass, and keep me up until all hours of the night? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:37 PM PST - 42 comments

How do I enjoy music better?

How can I learn to listen to music better? I want to better understand what makes a well-crafted, beautiful song, beyond just knee-jerk reactions. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:35 PM PST - 27 comments

AC/DC for a sub. No, wait...

My son wants to DJ using a conventional amplifier and speakers, but with his car amp (Pioneer GM-D7400M) powering an 800 watt sub-woofer. This requires a 110 volt wall outlet converted to 12 volts. Can he use a battery charger, or does he need a larger, non-pulsing DC source, like an actual battery or DC power supply? Any other options/wiring tips? TIA.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

The Gravys go to SF!

2 Days in San Francisco for sightseeing, should we rent a car? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 1:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Weather Stats

Where can I find past weather stats? Specifically, I need daily rain and snowfall totals for Stevenson, WA from 1967 up to today. All the sites I've found don't go back far enough, or don't do daily totals.
posted by MarioM at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Paris apt rental?

Renting a vacation apartment in Paris: advice? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:22 PM PST - 23 comments

She makes Eeyore seem optimistic

What are your best tips for dealing with The Underminer? [more inside]
posted by kidelo at 1:17 PM PST - 21 comments

What is a reasonable sponsorship fee?

What is the going rate for "beer league" sponsorship? [more inside]
posted by cmfletcher at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stream specific radio stations from thousands of miles away, with my Android phone.

How can I listen to a little piece of Newfoundland while in Ohio, via my Android phone? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Show me your miscellany!

Three of my all-time favorite books are The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Allusions, 1000 Sayings of History*, and Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Beyond the divergent content, what ties these three titles together are that they consist of rather a lot of very short (<500-word) histories. Now that I've memorized these three, I'm hungry for more. What other books are out there like these? What are the best published** encyclopedic miscellanies? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 12:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me instill the sociological imagination

I need to find interesting things for incoming freshmen to read in a social sciences seminar. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Our Creepy Condolences

Our customer's mom died. Is it appropriate to send a card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 PM PST - 29 comments


I recently bought the Laundry series by Charles Stross and thanks to that and Artw's constant efforts to encourage the stars to come right I'm really jonesing for some Call of Cthulhu/Delta Green action. It's been a loooong time since I've had any chance or time for roleplaying and I'm so far out of the loop I'm in non-euclidean space... [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Carry me Home

Girlfriend has just been diagnosed bipolar. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 12:01 PM PST - 39 comments

Figuring This Out Is Complicated

Viral Marketing Filter: I have seen several billboards locally with messages such as "My Life Is Complicated" and "Molecular Biology is Complicated". They are red with a white oval box in which the first two words are written. The "is complicated" part is written on the red background. Does anyone know what these are about? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

A Quezon City Life

I am gearing up for a probable move from NYC to Manila. I've been looking at the artist-run spaces there and looking for info on possible areas to live. We will be moving to Quezon City. Does anyone have any ideas or resources regarding where we should live within QC, and interesting things to seek out there/in Manila generally? I've already found Green Papaya, Big Sky Mind, Cubao X, and 18th Ave. Space. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Original Xbox (modified?) with old version of Evolution-X (EvoX?). What to do with it?

Original Xbox (modified?) with old version of Evolution-X (EvoX?). What to do with it? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to lose sheen on wool jacket

I have a navy wool blazer (tropical wool, I think it's called) that I wear to work sometimes. The underside of the sleeves has become all shiny from being rubbed against my desk as I type at my computer. Is there anything I can do to lose the sheen? I just had it dry-cleaned and it's still just as bad as before. The dry-cleaner said there's nothing that can be done about it.
posted by Dragonness at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Worst Prom Theme Ever

Recommend a blacklight for a party -- a cat pee finding party! [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 10:41 AM PST - 14 comments

How to teach myself illustration?

I'm re-learning how to draw, and particularly interested in illustration/cartooning. Looking for resources that will aid me in my quest. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Cliffnotes 2.0

I was reading my Kindle last night and my entrepreneurial light went on. I am looking for feedback on the idea, but also techniques that I can use to gauge the feasibility, and legality, of this and future ideas. My idea was Cliffnotes 2.0. Book and article summaries for busy people in a world of ever increasing information. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I Make It Happen at 40?

I am a newly single 40 year-old woman who’d like to be in a stable relationship and to start a family. I’m afraid that the man I’m looking for does not exist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 35 comments

Money Order Scam?

My coworker received 2 money orders via USPS priority mail today. They were in 2 different amounts, both addressed to him. The address and name on the FROM section of the money order were from a different name and state than the return address on the mail. He did not recognize either name or address. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 10:00 AM PST - 13 comments

First TV show that included texting

What was the first instance of two characters on a TV show sending or receiving a text message on TV? [more inside]
posted by TsuKata at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

North by Northwest

I want an iPhone app that will allow me to get back to where I've been using the GPS, Compass and (optionally) mapping software. Essentially, I would bookmark places I want to return to. Then, to get back to them, I can just open the app, hit the bookmark and it tells me which direction to travel and how far to go. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 9:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find organizations to help without volunteering or giving money! (However, body parts and signatures are fine)

What databases can I join to help people/the environment/whatever else needs saving at no cost to me? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Going To Corpus Christi

Going to Corpus Christi, need ideas on where to go bird watch, wind surf, kayak, and sight see.
posted by villazapat at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

No sir, YOU say potato, now you've ruined the suspension of disbelief!

Is there a word similar to anachronism for when a writer uses a dialect or jargon in the wrong person, ethnic group or similar? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 9:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Deodorizing a house

De-stinkifying a house of cat smell--while the cats (and their not-so-hygenic owners) still live there. I found a place I want to live (cheap!), but all of the common areas smell very strongly of cat and litterbox. If I move in, are there any affordable measures I can take to return the place to tolerable freshness? Or should I find somewhere else to live? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 9:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Where do average website visitors live?

I'm community manager for a site that's kind of like metafilter (community blog) but for developmental biologists only. I need to present some site stats soon, and I think I have this really cool analysis of how the top 10 visiting countries are all countries with existing developmental biology societies (which is rare, with only 11 societies worldwide) but, being a properly trained scientist, I need controls... [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 9:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Security and performance on one Win 7 PC

Windows 7 security: I want to use the same boot for general use and audio production. Can you help me review my plan for decent performance and security? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

A mouse probably shit in my wok. How to clean?

A mouse may probably took a shit in my well-seasoned wok. How thoroughly must I clean it? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:47 AM PST - 32 comments

I need to get up to speed on European finance.

I need to get up to speed on European finance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I continue with my UK visa application if I might be eligible for citizenship?

What should I do with my visa application if I may be eligible for UK citizenship? [more inside]
posted by _superconductor at 8:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Atlanta to Outer Banks via Charlotte and Greensboro - where would you sleep, eat, play?

ATL to Outer Banks (by way of Charlotte and Greensboro) with 2 adults & 3 small kids. Help me find places to stay, eat and get the wiggles out! I'm a writer, so bonus points if these are places I could write about, but really I just want to survive the trip. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me configure my wireless router please!!!

Help me configure a Netgear wireless router so it works with ALL the computers in my house. [more inside]
posted by prior at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I publish phonecalls legally?

How can I go about legally posting phone calls made to businesses on the internet without getting into "invasion of privacy" issues? [more inside]
posted by a47danger at 7:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Am I on to something here, or is the still random data points?

AllergenIDFilter: Is there a common denominator between (1) public water parks (2) Dawn dish detergent (3) water/sewer utilities? [more inside]
posted by Ys at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

I want in on this trick!

How do I make that nice smaller font that some posters here use? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 7:44 AM PST - 16 comments

How to make bathtimes more splendid?

What are some awesome things to add to a hot bath? Cost is a factor, but feel free to post rare treats as well. Currently I favour magnesium sulfate and tea tree oil.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:12 AM PST - 13 comments

NYC for me and 50 of my students

Cultural activity in NYC on Oct. 8? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 7:08 AM PST - 11 comments

history a mile high

Looking for books about, or set in, Denver, Colorado. Movies, too! [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man at 6:57 AM PST - 15 comments

My "No. 1" Question about Hygiene

Which is cleaner? Touch no surfaces and don't wash your hands during a public restroom visit or touch various surfaces and then wash your hands? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 6:49 AM PST - 39 comments

Dreams and Nightmares Costume Ideas

I need costume ideas for the theme "dreams and nightmares"! [more inside]
posted by t-rex at 6:44 AM PST - 24 comments

HDMI CEC in the real world

HDMI CEC in the real world: I've got a new Samsung LED TV, which has got a number of DVD-like control buttons on the remote (play, pause, rewind etc). I'd like to use these to control a Blu-ray player when I buy one, but can I buy any (recent) player and be confident that the TV and player will work together (via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control) as advertised? Do they all play nice together in practice?
posted by Harald74 at 5:47 AM PST - 6 comments

My Blogger guest posters are second class citizens!

When posting to a Blogger blog that I administer, I can see and use the "X-Large" option to size my photos, and they appear as they should (about 640 px in the long dimension). None of the seven other registered guest contributors even sees an option for the "X-Large" image size when they create their posts. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 5:05 AM PST - 2 comments

I would like to obey my thirst, but...

I would like to obey my thirst, but... I recently realised I don't seem to get thirsty when I should. I had to take a tablet and grabbed a glass of water to do so. As soon as I began drinking I felt desperately thirsty and drank a second glass. But I swear if you'd asked me a minute before, I'd have said I wasn't thirsty. In this thread, people are saying it's healthy to drink before you start feel thirst. But I don't seem to feel it much at all. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping?

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Do you know of a cheaper Green printer and book-binder?

Green Printers and book-binders that are low cost? (preferably Europe) [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ at 2:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Wedding invite font?

Quick font question. Can anyone point me to a (free) font like the small caps one used in the (humourous) wedding invite here? Thanks.
posted by krisjohn at 1:09 AM PST - 8 comments

New York at Short Notice

Last minute trip to New York, and need somewhere good-value and well-connect to stay. [more inside]
posted by at 12:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Cancer sux

It's my sister vs. leukemia, and leukemia, it seems, may win. Muddled questions from a muddled brain inside. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington at 12:12 AM PST - 31 comments

August 23

Need a car, but can't get a loan

Application for auto loan was declined. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Dealing with confused yet enthusiastic commenters

How do bloggers or community websites deal with comments from new users which are on-topic for the site but off-topic for the current conversation? It happens regularly on my blog. Deletion seems harsh: if the person is interested in the subject it seems like a missed opportunity to get a new member and teach them how to use the internet appropriately. What are some alternatives? [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 11:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall.

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall. Best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 11:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How to attract potential writers

What can we offer to attract locals, part-time locals and/or tourists to our tiny literary arts space? [more inside]
posted by viva viola at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

It's a hard knock life for Bear

A friend is planning to rescue a dog from a native reserve and I will be looking after her for at least the next couple of months starting this weekend. What are the things I need to think about doing? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 10:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Convince us El Paso is more than just hot!

Nearby drug violence, unbearable heat, and no grass in our yard... Does anyone have any reasons to look forward to moving to El Paso? [more inside]
posted by keribear at 10:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Is he really flakey? Or am I crazy?

My boyfriend is flakey and I have zero tolerance for flakey behavior. Am I reaching the point of being unreasonable, and should I learn to be more lenient? [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 9:24 PM PST - 44 comments

USPS Postage Question

Why are my 42-cent USPS First Class stamped letters being delivered? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider at 8:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Identify this dome tent.

So I bought a used Jansport dome tent. It is nice and cost me very little, but I was wondering if there is a complete list of Jansport tents online somewhere that I can use to identify it. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:50 PM PST - 4 comments

What to call a speakeasy-door-slit-hatch-peephole-thing?

You know that vertical slit in the doors of speakeasies, mafia hideouts and other places where you need to be sized up before entering? With the little metal hatch that slides to one side? Is there a word for it other than "peephole?" [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Free online social media marketing course out there somewhere?

Free online social media marketing course out there somewhere? [more inside]
posted by chinabound at 8:41 PM PST - 1 comment

First fine phone

What kind of phone should we get our son for his 17th birthday? We'd like to get him something reasonably cool, while keeping it reasonably cheap. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 8:19 PM PST - 21 comments

More "Pathologic" than "Doom"

A while back, I encountered the work of a painter whose work included striking vistas of Hell. Now I can't remember who it was. [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Real estate in New Orleans

RealEstateFilter: I'm young, single, nearly debt-free and tired of paying lots of money to live in an apartment. Should I buy a house when my long-term plans don't necessarily have me sticking around more than 3-5 years? It's in New Orleans! [more inside]
posted by ista at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

It's not a Nigerian money order, but......

I'm trying to sell my car: is this potential buyer trying to scam me by paying with a "credit card check?" [more inside]
posted by otolith at 8:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I lend a collection of art books?

[LibraryFilter] Can I lend a collection of art books to a library? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Post-coital cleanup help!

What's the best way to clean up after my boyfriend has ejaculated inside me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Do I have a moral obligation to help my ex get out of his affair?

Do I have a moral obligation to help my ex get out of his affair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 18 comments

How to deal with potentially l

My contractor hasn't completed my renovations in the required time. I've given him notice that he's in default of our contract, and he had 7 days to get it together. He's now AWOL. Do I need a lawyer? If so, how much will that cost? If not, what do I do? If so, what do I do until I get one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Urban scavenger hunt - can skill win over speed?

My boyfriend and I signed up to do an urban scavenger hunt next weekend - tips/advice for the middle aged and/or out of shape? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Sex(less) Kitten

Help me prove that my cat is not a masturbation addict. [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 7:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Creative domain name needed!

I need a domain name idea for an online donation service. The shorter the better! [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner at 7:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me understand the mystical Wi-Fi Music Player of which you speak.

Help me understand what I need to set up a Squeezebox system in my house. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Book recommendations for interactive / multimedia project management

Book recommendations for interactive / multimedia project management? [more inside]
posted by ga$money at 5:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Gariz leather half-case for Olympus E-P2

I am looking for this Gariz half-case for my Olympus E-P2. Unfortunately, I do not speak Korean, and I don't trust myself to figure out how to order. Where can I find one online (from an English site) or in a Toronto-area brick and mortar store? Any leads are much appreciated. I really, really love this case.
posted by anekona at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find a decent Indy child support attorney?

YANAL, but that's what I need. How do I go about finding a decent child support attorney in Indianapolis? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Visa company loses passport, what now?

My friend is in a tough situation. They are moving to China to teach English but have been beset by issues that crop up constantly. The latest major issue, with a flight only three days away is the loss of their passport by Same Day Passports. Advice desperately needed! More inside... [more inside]
posted by occidental at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Reiser 4

Are you allowed to use a computer in the US when you are in prison? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 5:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Sliding glass door condensation

How to deal with condensation between panes of a sliding glass door? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Montreal fruit picking - can I do this for free?

I want to pick fruit and vegetables - for free or very cheaply - in Montreal. Is there any organization that exists here that is similar to Toronto's Not Far From the Tree? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 4:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents?

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 4:48 PM PST - 10 comments

can someone send me over the counter drugs abroad?

I am in Peru long term. How possible is it for someone to send me Plan B/Emergency contraceptive and vitamin supplements from the United States via regular USPS mail? Or generally, does shipping "drugs" like these cause difficulties going through customs?
posted by dahliachewswell at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

2 WiFi networks in the same house?

Two separate wireless networks - possible, I think. But how? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments


Help me deal with my best friend while she deals with her grief. [more inside]
posted by reBaker at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Fibromyalgia Help

I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a pain doc and then a rheumatologist as a second opinion. The kicker is that I do not think that I have fibro. I have visited all sorts of message boards and my symptoms do not seem to match up with the experiences of others w/ fibro. My rheumatologist is open to other diagnoses and hasn't pigeon holed me yet but cannot suggest another possibility. [more inside]
posted by futz at 4:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Does the future scale?

Does the future scale? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 4:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Ready! Set! Come!

Tell me your surefire way of bringing a man to orgasm quickly. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 4:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Calculating Statistic Ratio for .02347% out of ~4.6m -- 1 for every..?

StatisticsFilter: Out of 4,686,100 doctors in the US, a survey claims that "1100 doctors in the US think.." and amounts to roughly .02347% of doctors in the US (1100 / 4,686,100 = .02347% / 100%). So that's one doctor that thinks this, for every how many doctors? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 3:59 PM PST - 38 comments

Immediate Decision: Sarah Lawrence or CUNY Baruch College?

Undergrad student who wants to transfer from Baruch to Sarah Lawrence here. This morning, I learned that my application for a $10,000 loan from NYHelps (a loan program from the state) was turned down. I need that money to attend Sarah Lawrence. Should I suck it up and take a private loan from Chase (variable interest rate starting at 8.75%) or return to Baruch College, where I would pay nothing? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay at 3:52 PM PST - 47 comments

Fully loaded clip.

How to remove toeclips from my pedals? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I reconnect with my mom?

[Familial relations filter] How can I re-establish a meaningful relationship with my mother despite being abroad most of the year and that she is constantly burying herself in work? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 2:52 PM PST - 8 comments

US cinema database

Where can I find a database of cinemas in the US, for use in a film website my brother is building? [more inside]
posted by Gonnas at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a program that will track deposits and expenses

Looking for software or an app that will allow me to track expenses via SMS, but that will also allow me to track how much money is left in my account. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:42 PM PST - 4 comments

PDF maker

How can I create a high-quality but small file sized, multi-page PDF? I am assembling a design portfolio and have access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge and Indesign. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a non-office job where I can take pride in my work and not deal with too many people.

What are some jobs that are "out in the world" (i.e. not in an office) that don't involve lots of interaction with people? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract at 2:17 PM PST - 32 comments

How Can I Help My Brother?

My brother is moving to New York soon. What would be a good, useful gift for him? More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 2:13 PM PST - 18 comments

yoga fly paper

What is the stickiest yoga mat in existence? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 2:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I vet a rest home by remote?

I have to put my mother into a care facility (and wow, they're expensive!). How do I thoroughly check out whether or not one will be good for her before allowing my mother anywhere near the place? I live about 2 hours away and plan to check it out but want to do as much legwork as I can beforehand. Thanks for the help.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:04 PM PST - 17 comments

We can have noms now plz?

Ideas for supper for me, my sister, and her husband? [more inside]
posted by deezil at 2:02 PM PST - 24 comments

What did I do to invite this?

Am I doing something to invite propositions I don't necessarily want? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Pear Bondage (or: will no one rid me of these troublesome Anjous?)

I'm a volunteer with Toronto's Not Far From the Tree group and just came back from a very successful pick with 15 pounds of Anjou pears that should be fully ripe within a few days. I'm thinking maybe pear crisp, pie or cake, or little hand-held pasties with a pear filling, but mostly, I've dying to hear some great recipes in these areas or beyond. Criteria (beyond awesome taste): portability (I'm off to a meetup this Saturday via bike) and/or easy freezing (for whatever stuff I can make that I can't transport on Saturday).
posted by maudlin at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this Barcelona nightclub again!

I would love to find this great Barcelona hidden bohemian opera cocktail bar again, can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo?

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by pnoeric at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

When Will Online Photo Display Equal Prints?

Are efforts afoot to improve the quality of photos displayed on computer monitors? What, for example, would it take to produce a photo display on a screen that would be essentially indistinguishable from a darkroom print of the same size? Do we need screens with many more, smaller, pixels? Do we need better software? Both?
posted by justcorbly at 1:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to recreate the swimming scenes in Gattaca

Where can I find long (1-2 miles?) open water swimming near Santa Barbara? Obviously, I know about the ocean. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

I Am the Mall Anachronism

I Am the Mall Anachronism: I want to know about businesses/locations that are, unlike Billy Pilgrim, firmly STUCK in time. Places which trundled along, arrived at 1976, or 1989, and then... stayed there. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 1:17 PM PST - 59 comments

How quickly can I learn Unreal for sound design?

What are my best next actions to learning the Unreal Engine for sound design? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find an iPad alternative.

I'm in the market for an iPad-like tablet PC, but not an iPad. [more inside]
posted by xedrik at 12:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Music for little fingers

Good electric (musical) keyboard for a 3-year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by svenx at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

c-x GRAR

Have you ever installed and used Emacs org-mode? Can you please help me try it? The instructions here are ambiguous, vague, and complicated. I am an Emacs neophyte, so it would be awesome if someone could explain this slowly to me! [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Majors versus minors

Is getting a minor in college worth anything? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 12:23 PM PST - 41 comments

I already have a dartboard, so that's out.

What to do with pictures/mementos of an ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM PST - 38 comments

Who is responsible for catching a lapsed gym membership?

My gym never notified me that my membership had lapsed, until today - 14 months after the fact. They want me to pay for the 14 months. Should I have to pay it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM PST - 43 comments

Logistical and philosophical issues when relocating to, well, nowhere. Sort of.

Recently, 1) I got (amicably) disengaged from a lovely person, 2) decided to sell my house in Columbia, SC, 3) had my work project in Columbia end, and 4) had my company put my on a new project in Raleigh, NC, with a free corporate apartment. So, for a while at least, I can live in Raleigh for free in a corporate apartment, but where should I have mail sent? Should I get a new driver's license and re-register my car, when I really have nothing tying me to Raleigh? I'm intentionally homeless for a bit, but the logistics are killing me! [more inside]
posted by peripatetic007 at 12:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best thing to do?

Help me decide the better option: sell this house and buy a smaller one, or do a low cost remodel with better energy efficiency. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

What blog service plays nicely in a subdomain?

I have an existing website/domain and would like to *quickly* add a blog, probably at What blogish services make this easy?
posted by Moistener at 11:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Peachtree Accounting from Quickbooks, learning fast?

Moving to Peachtree Accounting from Quickbooks, need to learn some basics fast and well: transactions, different account types (checking, credit, A/R), creating and tracking invoices. Print books cost $$$, are unreviewable, and aren't available quickly. I'd like to get this done today. Advice? Am I making a mistake? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

How to bleach a printed shirt

Can I bleach a t-shirt without disturbing the print? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

How does sports announcing work?

What are the mechanics of live sports commentary? [more inside]
posted by gabrielsamoza at 11:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you talk to a dying friend?

What do you say to a dying friend? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 11:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Please recommend books about people trapped together

I was relieved to hear that they found the Chilean miners alive, and amazed that they will be trapped for four months until rescue. It also reminded me that I like reading books about people who are isolated somewhere for a long time. (I hope this doesn't sound morbid.) I'm not so much interested in tragedy and death; I'm more interested in the psychology and group dynamics of people who are forced to live closely together. Space station? Submarine? Post-apocalyptic abandoned museum? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 11:05 AM PST - 51 comments

Looking for photos for Bob Forrest doc.

Looking for photos of exterior of Raji's, Cathay de Grande and Top Taco for documentary about Bob Forrest. (details) [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Need help to find mental health resources

I need advice about resources to help a severely anxious and depressed family member. [more inside]
posted by 7life at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

What website has the most/best used car listings?

Lots of sites have listings of locally available used cars. Aside from Craigslist (which is spotty where I live), what site do you feel is most widely used and provides the best variety of listings, especially of cars being sold by a dealer (of any size)?
posted by anastasiav at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a comfortable green bed in the US

My wife and I are looking for an environmentally friendly queen-sized bed, ideally from the US to cut down on shipping costs/impacts. Also, what's the best thing to do with an old bed? Details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Are brain scans useful for treating depression?

My mother wants me to try a psychiatrist who uses "brain scans" to figure out what drug would be most effective. Has this technique been proven to be useful by the medical community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 19 comments

What is wrong with my husband?

Is my husband mentally ill, or just an asshole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 40 comments

Can we skip the flogging tonight, dear? I have to wash the drapes.

My hubby's kinky. I'm not. Please help us figure out a fair way to compromise in the bedroom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 48 comments

Do my circumstances make me an eligible pet owner?

I am thinking of getting a pet dog, is this a good idea or not? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 9:13 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me make Nebraska and Iowa interesting

Stuffing a 7, 5 and 3-year-old into the backseat of a Corolla and driving from Colorado Springs through Nebraska and Iowa to Madison, Wis. Happy to take the trip over two days and stop frequently to maintain sanity; any recommended pit stops? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 8:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Emergency Alert System?

The short version: My parents now need a LifeAlert-ish system for their home. Looking for the best one, with some added difficulties. [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:29 AM PST - 6 comments

The rodent eats cat food in the nighttime

What shadowy creature did I see eating my cat's food last night? What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Katine at 8:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Scammers or "real" people?

I'm trying to sell an inexpensive item on Craigslist. I've received a couple of responses from interested people, but how can I tell if they're "real"? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 7:50 AM PST - 22 comments

8 yrs old, going on 14. Tired of Nickelodeon.

Is there a kid-friendly portal to pop music videos? She is not satisfied by Kid Disney and she wants to listen to the "latest" hits. She begs us to let her watch music videos on YouTube, but she's not ready to be let loose on that yet. So where can we let her browse and watch "current" videos with not too much bad stuff? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 7:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Medicine-related deep-house track ID, plz

TrackIdFilter: I've been trying in vain to ID this deep house track that features the following lyrics: "There ain't no pill that can fill this need" and "Somebody call the doctor" (there's more to it, but this is what I can remember). It was played at Panorama Bar, Berghain, by Kiki at around 11am or so last Sunday morning. [more inside]
posted by LMGM at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Television set alternatives

What options do I have that allow me to watch cable and dvds without a television set? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 6:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Goin' to Florabama with a banjo on my knee

Going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, the week after Labor Day weekend. We'll have a car. The beach is fun, but we are both fair-skinned sun wimps and will need interesting hikes/historical things to amuse us when it's time for shade. What should we see and do? What should we skip? We are in our 30's, amenable to visiting and enjoying a few signature Redneck Riviera highlights but mostly want to spend time together and get reacquainted.
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify these mystery vessels!

I took the night ship from Oslo to Copenhagen last week. When we were about an hour out of Oslo, two of these boats came up on us out of nowhere, spent nearly an hour zooming up and down the length of the ship and back and forth across the wake, then abruptly vanished. Who were they and what, exactly, were they doing? [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the "Inner Life Intensive" workshop like at Kripalu Yoga Center?

Has anyone ever taken the "Inner Quest Intensive" 3-day course at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA? I'm thinking about doing it and would like to hear what others' experiences were like. Specifically, what did you actually do during the time there -- how were the days structured, what kinds of practices did you experience? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 at 5:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Modern Marines Versus Vikings?

Name That Movie Filter: I'm looking for the name of a movie I caught a brief snippet of on Russian TV, which was therefore dubbed. It involved a dark haired, modern looking (and US by uniform design) soldier being interrogated and beaten by a trio of Vikings or similar 'iron age' warriors. There were questions involving a dragon. It did look fairly recent (last 10 years perhaps).
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 5:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Shopping in London

I will be visiting London for two weeks or so in mid September this year, and I will be doing a lot of shopping. Since I have been recently working and living in Egypt, I intend to buy myself a new phone and some electronics, and maybe clothes. (electronics here are too expensive and not everything is available) [more inside]
posted by convex at 4:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I transfer (undergrad)?

Miserable but comfortable - should I transfer? [more inside]
posted by anonymish at 4:22 AM PST - 16 comments

You can get with this, or you can get with that, or this, or that, or this, or that, or this, or that..

I am considering a big, strange career move, and I’m wondering if it is a terrible idea masquerading as a wonderful idea. Please share tips and tricks for making large decisions without second-guessing yourself into a tizzy. [more inside]
posted by troublemenot at 3:44 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you say FOIL in other languages?

How do people explain the FOIL rule of algebra in other languages? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:25 AM PST - 32 comments

How do I move to England in a year?

I'm a US citizen, and I'd like to move to England in about a year. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 2:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Living of savings for a couple of years

I am thinking about living off savings of about £15000 for a couple of years. How can I best manage my money? [more inside]
posted by caek at 1:17 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm not Steve Jobs (...yet). Help me find semi-dressy work shoes for an every day, active lifestyle with solid soles -- NO METAL SHANKS -- to replace my unprofessional New Balances

What brands or specific models of men's dress shoes offer a solid sole, quality materials and support that work well for active on-the-go folks? (I'm looking for kind of a running shoe in dressy disguise) [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 1:08 AM PST - 16 comments

How harmful are low doses of Vicodin?

How harmful are low doses of Vicodin? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 12:22 AM PST - 29 comments

August 22


DISCO music challenge: Disco recording artist, solo guy, one (?) hit in US in 70's (I think) but big in Europe and many albums under his belt, and the recording artist name is like masterblaster or masterbox or blasterbox or something. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 10:40 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for acoustic covers of techno songs, can you help me?

I'm looking for acoustic covers of techno songs, can you help me? Not necessarily acoustic, but using analog instruments, whether amplified or not (e.g. Clara Engel covers Born Slippy, Stance's ukulele cover of Harder Better Faster Stronger, Acoustic Instruments cover Star Guitar). Other electronic dance music genres also welcome.
posted by Kattullus at 10:37 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I get my clipboard back?

Is it possible to use GreaseMonkey to delete jQuery event bindings? [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 10:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Museum or not

Should I go for a museum studies masters or would a public history masters be a better choice instead? [more inside]
posted by miss sarah thane at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Airport works, web doesn't?

Non-Mac guy w/ Mac problem. GF's Mac connected perfectly at our old house via an Airport. At new house, it "sees" the wireless network, but... [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 8:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Are some prescription meds outlawed in Doha, too?

My mother can't fly through Dubai as a layover because she has perfectly valid prescription medications they will arrest her for if found (even just transiting). Is the same thing true of Doha? The difference in ticket prices between Doha/Dubai or somewhere else is significant.
posted by zachawry at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is Dr. Lyle Evans?

Is Dr. Lyle Evans a real historical figure or just a made-up person in the Mad Men universe?
posted by originalname37 at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop being a regular truant out of extreme shyness?

I have this terrible habit of skipping school out of social anxiety or shyness, even for the smallest reasons like not bringing an important book, arriving late or not knowing where the class is. How do I stop this and be a regular? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 8:14 PM PST - 36 comments

Why am I developing all kinds of food intolerances?

I'm developing food intolerances/allergies to a variety of foods. Is there a way to stop it? Should I see an allergist? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 7:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Music World Tour

Take me on a music world tour - what are your favorite non-Western songs? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 7:47 PM PST - 39 comments

Should I get a master's degree?

Should I get a master's degree in mechanical engineering? What jobs could I be "overqualified" for? [more inside]
posted by nel at 7:26 PM PST - 11 comments

When he turned 34 but who's counting, he couldn't find anyone who wanted to party...

It's my 34th birthday next Sunday, and my boyfriend and I will be in a city where I don't know anyone. What are some things we can do to make it an enjoyable, special, memorable day?
posted by Hot buttered sockpuppets at 7:18 PM PST - 7 comments

(the) road ends here

Suppose that I was giving someone directions to my house that involved telling someone to take an highway or freeway. Would I be correct in telling that person to "take the 10" or "drive four miles on the 60"? I've been mercilessly mocked for inserting the "the" into those directions, but I can't find anything conclusive about the proper way to refer to it. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah at 7:02 PM PST - 77 comments

It isn't over, but it is.

I'm ending an awesome relationship because I'm moving to a different city for a much better job. How to make the best of our last few weeks together, and what's the "healthiest" level of contact to maintain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 6 comments

So what if there's no seat cushion, it goes like hell!

I want to buy a fun, impractical, and unusual sports/muscle/fun car for under $5000(USD). This will be my second car, and not my daily driver. Can you offer some suggestions? (It must be available as a stick shift.) [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:39 PM PST - 48 comments

Yes, I'll pay cash

Is there any way to get a gynecological exam and all the accompanying tests in NYC anonymously? I don't want to potentially screw up my soon to be acquired health insurance.
posted by itmightbecheese at 6:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Recording from hard drive of Toshiba RD X-35 to another Toshiba recorder onto disc?

How to record from Toshiba dvd player/recorder hard drive to another Toshiba dvd recorder? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 6:27 PM PST - 0 comments

Where else would I find something like the Noodle Incident?

I'm curious about the Noodle Incident as a device. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 5:56 PM PST - 56 comments

Why are there 169 starting hands in Hold 'em?

Can someone explain to me why there are 169 starting hands in poker? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear at 5:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Get my cats off my table!

Our three cats are brazenly unfazed when we squirt them with water guns. They jump up on the counter tops, we squirt them, they scamper away, and then five minutes later they're back up there. What are other ways to make them fear the humans' surfaces? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 5:33 PM PST - 43 comments

What was this Japanese novel?

Looking for the title of a Japanese novel that involved a cat murder. [more inside]
posted by norabarnacl3 at 4:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Neighbpr's utility lines over my yard

We recently moved into an old house. It's on a small (0.2 acre) lot that is nicely wooded. What is not so nice is that our backyard is bisected by our neighbor's utility lines which run from a pole in the back of our lots. Both our house and out neighbor's house feed off of the same utility pole. [more inside]
posted by DavidandConquer at 4:33 PM PST - 16 comments

DBAN for non-system drives?

Looking for a way to wipe (for disposal) old hard drives without swapping them into my desktop. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 4:15 PM PST - 26 comments

DIY tent upgrade - advice needed please

Our tent is OK but there's a gap between the sides and the groundsheet, which makes it rather chilly. How can I best make it more wind- and rain-proof? I think attaching a strip of some sort of waterproof material around the bottom of the sides, that could be tucked under the groundsheet, is the best option. But what sort of fabric? And how do I stop the water wicking up it from the ground and making the sides of the tent wet? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheaper, comparable alternative to iPod classic?

I'm looking for suggestions for an iPod alternative. My current iPod classic is getting close to the end of its life, and I'm trying to determine what my options are for replacements. Relevant details below the fold: [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 3:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Programs to learn on?

I'd like some program ideas to implement. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 3:36 PM PST - 11 comments

I Hate McAfee

I mistakenly installed some version of a McAfee update on my relatively new Dell. The McAfee subscription was included. I did not choose this thing. Any way, McAfee has taken over my Windows firewall settings and I can not edit them. At all. I tried to do it through McAfee to no avail. So I tried calling McAfee, but they wanted me to pay for support. So I deleted McAfee. Unfortunately that did not remove the hold over windows firewall. [more inside]
posted by Red58 at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

You're fired...?

Should we fire our newly-hired employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Desperately need name of late 70's Early 80's TV show!

Ok! What was the name of the show. It involved two guys, one in his late 20's, incredibly handsome, looked like the blond guy from Dukes of Hazzard only with brown hair, and he wore like a Gulliver's Travel get up, (he may have been from another time in the past) with a wine colored velvet laced up vest, billowing white shirt, and his sidekick was this super dorky teenager 14-18? and they would go on time travels together, and narrowly avoid tricky situations. It was usually shown on weekend afternoons, but it could have had a regular time slot in prime time. Racking my brain! Thanks for your help!
posted by donaldjans at 1:30 PM PST - 15 comments

How to make a 12 hour plane ride with a baby not the suckiest thing you have to go through.

Need ideas for a "flying-on-a-helluva-long-plane-ride-for-the-first-time-with-our-baby" survival kit. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 1:26 PM PST - 18 comments

How much can I get for my computer?

I've got a laptop that I purchased in September 2008 that I paid $1,629 for. How much can I ask for it on Craigslist? Realistically? Ideally? Is there anything free I can do to increase its value before I sell it? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 1:05 PM PST - 18 comments

help identify the artist of this instrumental song

Who is the artist responsible for an instrumental song called "Ballerina", released in the mid-to-late 1980s? (mp3 of the main melody included) [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Need help organizing photos and text

I have been the sole writer/editor for a small, free, newspaper for a couple of years. I have kept all original .doc files and published and unpublished photos. What I am looking for is software that will organize both pictures and text. It is easy to find organizing software for images, but not for photos and text. Does software like this even exist? Any help is appreciated.
posted by razorian at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

betrayed by the jumbotron

Do baseball stadiums hire performers to act like audience members to entertain the crowd on the jumbotron? [more inside]
posted by astrid at 11:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Let's hear it for Donna Jean!

Today is Donna Jean Godchaux's birthday, and I'd like to watch a great YouTube video or three that prominently feature her singing. I'm more interested in her performances with the Grateful Dead or the Jerry Garcia Band than any other bands, though if there's a particularly standout video of another I'd be glad to watch that too. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 10:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy a road bike in TO?

Where should I buy a road bike in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by mrgavins at 10:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree?

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree? [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Styleless, fine, wavy, frizzy, dull, graying hair. Help me banish the dowd without color or blow-drying.

Shortish, fine, vaguely wavy, frizzy, dull, graying hair. Unhappy with the cut, color, and texture. HATE coloring and blow-drying. Help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by moira at 9:48 AM PST - 31 comments

What to do in New Hampshire?

I am spending this upcoming weekend in New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Specifically Manchester and Concord. Is there anything specific that I should check out or do while in the area? Only in town for three days.
posted by Fizz at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Dry cleaning for to-be-donated clothes?

I have some dry clean-only clothes that I want to donate. They could use a cleaning but I don't want to pay for it if I'm going to be donating them. There was a program in the DC area that let you donate clothes and a dry cleaners would clean them for free. Anyone heard of something similar in NYC?
posted by orrnyereg at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Storing vintage wine

I was browsing a site the sells vintage wine last night as I was planning on purchasing a 2001 red at some point in the next year as a gift for my husband for our 10th anniversary and they just so happen to have his favourite wine at a reasonable(ish) price - I'd like to buy it now and hide it until our anniversary which is nearly a year from now. Its only 9 years old so will just keeping it in a cool dark place suffice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Help, my face is on fire.

This is so embarrassing- I used hair removal cream to get rid of my moustache (I'm a female) and I left it on too long. Now I've got a screaming red moustache-shaped rash over my upper lip. It's ugly and it burns like crazy. How can I make this go away?
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Ski filter: Rocky Mountain Super pass vs the Colorado pass.

Ski filter: Rocky Mountain Super + vs the Colorado pass. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Can You Name the Artist?

Can you identify the artist who made this sculpture, which I believe to be a fountain? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 9:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I avoid sweating so much under my hats?

Doctors advise me to avoid much sunlight, but I'm bald. I need some protection, and sunscreen is such a bother. I have hats, but in my Florida humidity, I sweat bucketloads up there. Was there a trick before hats became unpopular? Cowboys didn't have to mop their brows every 5 minutes, right?
posted by cmiller at 9:09 AM PST - 18 comments

suggestions for girlfriend's birthday in brussels

I am going to be in Brussels in a couple weeks on vacation with my girlfriend when it is her birthday. Does anyone have any suggestions for fun, romantic, not too expensive things to do in Brussels for her birthday (restaurants, activities, etc.)?
posted by bucksox at 8:14 AM PST - 12 comments

The Carpet is Brown, but Not That Brown

Protecting new carpet from elderly dogs [more inside]
posted by galadriel at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Anyone tried bacteriotherapy?

This article in the NYT about bacteriotherapy would seem like a wonderful option to consider for someone like me, lifetime IBS sufferer, even with the obvious gross-out factor. Microbes Defend Us. Does anyone have any experience this procedure, for good or ill?
posted by PJSibling at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Laugh, Etc.

I'm getting crankier in my old age and I'd love to bust a gut and laugh so hard that I cry. Recommendations for short video clips that have made you go "HA!" aloud. Laugh-aloud stuff for me looks like the David Brent dance from "The Office," and Harvard Sailing Team. My kids and students thank you in advance.
posted by dzaz at 7:06 AM PST - 68 comments

Angry, hurt kitty and worried kittymom need help!

HurtKittyfilter: My cat has (as far as the vet can tell) injured a ligament in her knee. What can I do to help her? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Film or digital for a novice?

Do you see any advantages for a photography novice in 2010 in starting out with a 35mm SLR that shoots film of the dipping-in-chemicals-in-a-darkroom variety? I'm toying with taking up photography purely for artistic/pleasure reasons, doubt I'll be taking classes, and would be spending no more than a couple hours a week on this. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja at 4:56 AM PST - 34 comments

looking for a log of captain cooks voyages in the form of gps coordinates(log/lat)

i am looking for a log of captain cooks voyages in the form of GPS coordinates(log/lat) or similar. like this google user generated map, but with higher resolution if possible.
posted by yosh at 2:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Can AutoHotKey close processes in Task Manager

Multi-part question: Do the various 'services' that run automatically on my computer (such as ipodservice.exe, ituneshelper.exe, adobeupdater.exe) reduce my computer performance significantly enough that it is worth switching them off in Task Manager? How might I automate that process (given that I don't have admin rights -- work laptop)? Could an AutoHotKey script close a batch of these?
posted by man down under at 12:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Walking to my car is miserable.

Help with these giant cobweb-like strands hanging from my tree! [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:01 AM PST - 7 comments

August 21

What statistical analysis can I use to test whether there is a significant difference in calendar date that an activity is undertaken by two groups?

What statistical analysis can I use to test whether there is a significant difference in calendar date that an activity is undertaken by two groups? [more inside]
posted by scrambles at 11:19 PM PST - 14 comments

How to treat a (suspected) spider bite?

So I think I got bitten by a spider two nights ago on my shin. What should I do about it, if anything? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 10:35 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make a budget we can BOTH stick to?

Our household income has been cut in half in the last six months and although we theoretically have enough money to get buy, we keep running out. We're really bad at this. Help? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by threeturtles at 10:27 PM PST - 36 comments


What does this recent Onion article refer to?
posted by uni verse at 9:46 PM PST - 7 comments

apple bluetooth keyboard on windows 7

How do I get my apple wireless (bluetooth) keyboard to pair with my windows 7 Pro 64 bit machine? [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 9:34 PM PST - 8 comments

My poor dog is limping terribly.

Please school me on different options and treatment for my dog's torn CCL. [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Seeing my website inside the company

Apple server gurus? I have a Mac OSX Snow Leopard server question. How to be able to view a company's externally hosted website from inside the company? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Fair shake of the sauce bottle

Why are consumer products so expensive in Australia? [more inside]
posted by kid A at 8:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Lettuce Be Honest

Do you always wash lettuce? Have you ever just torn a head of Iceberg open and used it? Or do you always wash it? [more inside]
posted by Splunge at 7:57 PM PST - 63 comments

The Horror of the Arkham Horror

The horror! I've been invited to play Arkham Horror (Dunwich i think it is) but I have never played anything like it before. The game happens tomorrow (Sunday) at Noon. It's Saturday evening right now. I'm going to read the rules from the online manual. But what else should I know? O you monster slaying mofos of MeFi, help me get some mojo before my ass gets grassed. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 7:56 PM PST - 13 comments

take it apart

What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 7:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Resources for helping family deal with divorce

My brother's wife is leaving him, and it is hitting the whole extended family hard. None of us seem to know how to support him or how to deal with the depression that has resulted. Can anyone point us towards resources like books or websites to help this close extended family deal with this painful time and learn to support him and the young kids?
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

PhD at a Distance: Resources Please?

PhD at a distance: I want to earn a PhD, but because of family commitments and work, I'm unable to attend a school in person. Some resources please... [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 7:33 PM PST - 48 comments

To Hayling and beyond.

I really, really love "Hayling" by FC Kahuna. Please suggest some other specific songs I might also like. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Sites for teenagers?

Online communities for a young person, canhascheezburger style? My son is twelve (and a half) and I'm looking to guide him towards slightly more adult sites without dropping him into a pit of voles. [more inside]
posted by shinybaum at 7:15 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I stop the tears from flowing?

How do you handle crying when you're actually raging to kill someone inside? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 7:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Please Help Me Find Good Computers for My Two 7th Grade Boys

My two boys, both starting 7th grade in a couple of weeks, need computers...laptop or smaller? Smaller relates to cost? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:29 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the best way to edit video from my Kodak zi8?

I have a Kodak Zi8 mini camcorder, which shoots HD footage in Quicktime format. I'm having difficulty editing the video afterwards. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day?

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day? [more inside]
posted by boostershot at 5:32 PM PST - 17 comments

What's with my oven?

Help. My electric oven just went crazy! [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it normal to have better vision in contact lens than glasses?

Is it normal to have better vision in contact lens than glasses? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 4:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Pimp my suit

How to dress up a suit got a black-tie-optional event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you help me create the definitive Columbo drinking game?

Can you help me create the definitive Columbo drinking game? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Yes, I just want to make everyone jealous.

I'm taking my Canon G11 on a sailing vacation in the Greek islands. I expect lots of blue sky, brilliant sun, and light reflecting off the water. I've never used any kind of filter before, but should I consider it this time? If so, what do I need to know to make a filter work with my camera? Is a circular polarizer the best way to go or are there other filters to consider? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the catch in these email scams?

What's the scam in these responses to a craigslist ad I posted? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 4:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Customized Money Orders

Is there an online source for bulk, customized money orders in small USD denominations? [more inside]
posted by quarantine at 4:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Book recommendation?

Can you recommend a self-help book for dealing with friendship breakup/betrayal issues? I have found some books for dealing with marital infidelity, which I am not concerned with.
posted by Mr. Justice at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Vintage find, so vintage there's no info.

I picked up a set of old headphones today at a yard sale for the princely sum of $1. They are Mura Sp-302. I can't seem to find any information about them via googling. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Another depressed person...

How do you deal with intractable depression? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 3:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Origin of Car Keys

What's the origin and history (first make/model, etc.) of auto ignition keys?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Eeeeeeeeeeek! What's this bug?

Help me identify this creepy crawly in my kitchen cabinets :( [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Are my close friends clouding my relationship judgement? Also, guilt of breakup.

Did my friends influence my choice to break up with my girlfriend too much? [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 3:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Rewiring a warehouse lamp

How to rewire a warehouse lamp? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Blue forty-two, hutt hutt!

I want to be an NFL football fan again. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by boubelium at 2:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Options for cleaning with allergies?

I'm an ex-ish packrat trying to go through all my old boxes of junk to sort and destroy. The problem is that touching these boxes starts off what seem to be vicious allergies of the streaming nose, explosive sneezing, and itchy eyes variety. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 2:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Painting kitchen chairs?

Should we sand down some wooden kitchen chairs that have a natural finish before repainting them? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I find an obscure WWII technical manual?

I recently inherited a 1940s era communications receiver from the estate of my great-uncle. It is a Hallicrafters S-39 Sky Ranger, and I want to restore it so it can be used safely again. I was able to find the manual that originally came with it on BAMA (The Boat Anchor Manual Archive), but it was also used by the US Military during WWII, and there is a govt service manual for it. It was an R80 to the military, and the manual is PB48233, but that is as far as I have been able to get. How do I locate someplace that has a copy of this technical manual so I can get a copy made from it?
posted by ackptui at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my stuff from Ontario to BC without flying back myself?

What are my options for shipping my stuff from Ontario to Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Cathy comic involving dishwasher

Where can I find a list of Cathy comic strips involving her, Irving and the dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Investment for this Dummy.

I have $1000 to invest and I'd like to do it wisely. One problem: I have never invested any amount of money in anything. Ever. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 12:55 PM PST - 21 comments

She usually barfs on the tile.

How to remove vomit from a silk carpet? [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble at 12:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Who drew this logo?

Trying to figure out who designed logo for the RAF. I really dig the design. It mentions that Baader paid a designer to draw it, but I can't find a single mention of his name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 12:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Tonerite for acoustic guitar substitute?

I have been thinking about getting a tonerite for guitar. I have no doubt that they work, but don't really wanna spend $150.00. I am trying to think of a less expensive, but suitable substitute that will vibrate the instrument in the same way. I am thinking an aquarium aerator with its tiny motor may fit the bill. Tell me how wrong I am and why. Any other ideas for a sub for the tonerite?
posted by wsg at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Accidentally made an imprint on to my pan

How would you clean off an imprint of a towel on a stainless steel pan? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Good reasonably priced upholsterer near Philly?

Anyone know a good, reasonably priced upholsterer near Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin at 11:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with a difficult customer?

Help me work with a difficult customer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Fixing eye-glare in Photoshop

Anyone know of a really good tutorial for fixing the glare in animal eyes in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 11:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Tape measure that reads from both sides?

I'm looking for a tape measure that has two sets of numbers such that the numbers can be read right side up from either side of the tape. Stanley used to make such a tape years ago, but I can't find one now.
posted by Jackson at 11:12 AM PST - 5 comments

This sketch is eluding me on about 9 levels

Comedy sketch filter. I'm trying to identify an American TV musical comedy sketch in which a man says something like "X is a whole lot easier to be around now that she's getting it regularly" and a woman responds, "Do you know that that offends me on about 9 different levels?" and then goes into a big musical number explaining the levels. [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Boston is the home of the four letter word that means rock, WBCN

WBCN Boston Montage. I'm having a hard time identifying a couple of the songs that mention Boston in the old WBCN bumper they used to run (back when WBCN was actually in Boston). I have a YouTube clip and a list of songs in the extended... [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 10:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Learning to type

Do you know of a free, online typing game that works for a kid who mostly knows the keyboard but is still very slow? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Collecting on a Debt

Collecting money from a rogue client. Trying to be specific with information but vague with details. Desperately seeking advice. Let's get this out of the way: you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I Worry About Mom's Medical Problem

My mother has had blood in her urine (without pain) for the past 5 days. She's doing all the right things (doctor, kidney function test, next doctor on Monday) but everyone seems to be minimizing the situation. Help me face whatever's coming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Setting Google Calendar as Handler for Webcal Links in Firefox

Is there a way to get Firefox to use Google Calendar as its default handler for webcal links?
posted by WCityMike at 9:42 AM PST - 1 comment

nutritionist in Boston?

Can anyone recommend a nutritionist in the Boston area, within walking distance of a T stop or rail stop? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Stopping the inner crazy

How do I stop worrying that history will repeat itself in regards to my relationship? [more inside]
posted by daysocks at 9:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend me a used (musical) keyboard.

What's a good, inexpensive (>$200) digital keyboard/synthesizer for a low-intermediate level player? Used preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help solving a zip archive timestamp & GNU make interaction problem on Linux, MacOSX, and other systems.

We ran into the following conundrum while distributing source code for some open-source software we produce. Our code is pretty straightforward C++ stuff with makefiles designed for GNU make. We distribute the package as a zip archive. Works on most systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD and others). Now, zip stores and unzip restores the file timestamps. Problem is, if someone downloads the archive in an earlier time zone than the one in which it was produced, the unarchived files have a timestamp in the future. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 8:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I find this music website that's stuck in my head?

What is the URL of the music site I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Video game recommendation for a lover of Halo, please!

I like the video game Halo: Combat Evolved and have played it off and on for several years, both single player and multi player mode. I would like another video to game to play that is similar to the campaign Halo: CE, but in very specific ways, but is not Halo 2 or Halo 3. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink at 8:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this illustration!

Tattoo time! I need help tracking down the artist or book that this illustration is from. Bonus question about what to tip my tattoo artist/bff. [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

My friend's husband can't attend a wedding with her tonight. Is it crass for me to go in his place?

Weddingfilter: A friend has asked me to attend a wedding with her in her husband's stead. I don't really know the couple getting marrried. Yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 8:06 AM PST - 44 comments

Mac Alternatives to Phrase Express?

Phrase Express alternatives for Mac. Bonus point for FLOSS. [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 7:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Didn't get an invite to my high school reunion

Why do I care about not being invited to a high school reunion I wouldn't have wanted to go in the first place? Do I have too much time on my hands this morning? [more inside]
posted by braemar at 7:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Seattle Productions

What are some production companies in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 7:04 AM PST - 2 comments

nuke it from orbit

How to scrub a carpeted rental apartment of cat residue? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 5:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Eggs, why do you taunt me so?

Why do eggs give me a stomachache...but only sometimes? [more inside]
posted by the_blizz at 1:54 AM PST - 18 comments

What could be wrong with my elderly, non-cooling fridge?

I just discovered that my fairly elderly refrigerator and freezer have stopped cooling. What is most likely to be wrong, and is it worth it to attempt to fix it? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 1:40 AM PST - 10 comments

What is Fry filming?

What is Stephen Fry filming in New Orleans this weekend? He tweeted twice about coming here, first saying he will be filming all day and again two hours ago that he is off to the airport.
posted by Anitanola at 1:10 AM PST - 2 comments

August 20

Between points A and B

Subways, highways, airports, train stations. Is there a catchall name for places that people only go because they want to go somewhere else? The closest I've come is 'interstitial zone' but that doesn't seem quite right.
posted by cmyk at 11:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Help a fat girl have a relationship with in-laws who hate fat

How to improve relationship with disapproving future in-laws: My boyfriend and I have been together for a bit more than two years, and we’ve been living together for a year and a half. We are both in our mid- to late-twenties. Our relationship is strong, and really, it is not at issue. The problem comes in with his parents. [more inside]
posted by redfishbluefish at 11:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Please Help Me Help My Dog.

Family dog has cancerous lump on leg, vet says surgery might be enough to cure it (20% chance of recurrence). So what can we do to 1) help minimize the stress of surgery and 2) strengthen his immune system and general health, to increase his odds? So far I've gotten "all raw foods" and "no corn or soy it's all GMO" but neither of these folks actually have dogs. I'd like to hear from the dog-owning hivemind about this.
posted by kestralwing at 10:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Not dangerous, but not hokey either

I'm thinking about crashing the local Zombie Walk tomorrow as a survivor. What should I bring as a "weapon"? [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 10:49 PM PST - 26 comments

rankings, year in and year out

Is it possible to compare USNews college rankings over several years? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 9:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for help with a circa 1996 IBM Think Pad

I have acquired an old IBM Thinkpad Type 9547 and I am having a difficult time figuring out it's place in the IBM timeline as well as it's specifications. [more inside]
posted by will wait 4 tanjents at 9:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Are my bar end shifter and derailler fighting each other?

Are my bar end shifter and dura-ace rear derailler fighting? Bike question on indexed drivetrain parts lies herein. [more inside]
posted by brandoniain at 9:24 PM PST - 15 comments

XC skiing lessons for the family

Do you know of any intensive week-long lessons in cross-country skiing available in North America? I'd be especially happy to find a resort that offers a kids' program in XC skiing too. [more inside]
posted by Capri at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Homemade skin-care for the itchy

What resources would you recommend for making lotions, cosmetics, etc., for super-sensitive skin? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do about slanderous comments?

What can I do about someone from my past writing slanderous things about me online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Help a diabetic

My husband suffers from what appears to be diabetic neuropathy pain in both feet and one hand. Could this be caused by something else? What can we do to make it more bearable? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 7:26 PM PST - 9 comments

da da DA da da dun dun: GO PACK GO

Wisconsinite cheesehead transplanted into central Texas. I need to watch every Packers game. Help me. [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

42" TV as monitor: good idea?

I'm considering buying a 42" television to use as a computer monitor. I'm not sure whether I'd (a) put it across the room from me, (b) put it directly in front of my face, or (c) be better advised to give it a pass. Your advice? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 6:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Portland Riverview?

Portland Filter: Why no good riverside restaurants or bars here in Stumptown? [more inside]
posted by bmosher at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Mind the lady fingers

Erotic/tasteless humor cake design suggestions for an engagement cake? Let's hear 'em. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 6:52 PM PST - 19 comments

How to list GPA on applications

I am filling out graduate school applications and I was wondering if anyone knew the proper etiquette on how to list a GPA for a student that has attended multiple institutions. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

They went to a bad place

So, we loaned our "spare" computer to our neighbor and it came back infected... [more inside]
posted by Old Geezer at 6:25 PM PST - 28 comments

Taking AdWords personally?

As an artist or small business owner, how would you feel if someone used your name to keyword their Google AdWords ad? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 5:35 PM PST - 21 comments

How to get over not looking however it is I'm supposed to?

My boyfriend said he would prefer that I look different; then he said he didn't; how do I reconcile this and move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 54 comments

Recumbent exercise bike saddle sore?

Recumbent exercise bike users: do you still get a sore butt? [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 5:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine at 4:53 PM PST - 3 comments

I just want to make my own choices!

Atheist and (closet) atheist couple. Parents want a catholic wedding and lots more hassle from us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 44 comments

Engaged with wandering eyes

Engaged but infatuated with someone else. Does this actually mean anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 24 comments

How to get immediate notification of Craiglist posts with a filter?

What is the best way to monitor/notify myself of new Craigslist listings for housing? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 4:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Men's boots for suits?

Men's boots for suits? I am thinking of buying a pair of ankle or shin-high boots to wear and I want to know about pairing boots with suits. I would rather wear lace-ups than have a zip or a stretch band.
posted by parmanparman at 4:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How Can I Make a VMWare VM from a Laptop Using SEE?

How might I be able to make a VMWare VM for Fusion Desktop using the VMWare converter with a WinXP laptop protected by Symantec Endpoint Encryption? The VM I made using default settings crashes at the point I'm entering my SEE credentials with a memory error.
posted by mph at 4:21 PM PST - 1 comment

What's this piece of contemporary piano music?

Can anyone identify the music in the Nokia ad? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Ensemble films to watch together

Please suggest ensemble films in which several separate storylines each explore various angles of the same theme, and some characters from different plotlines connect in unexpected ways. Love Actually is a perfect example of what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 3:58 PM PST - 48 comments

It's my best friend. Always happy. No questions.

I'm looking for examples in movies and television where a character cares for a particular house plant as a symbolic plot element or to show another side to the character. [more inside]
posted by Zen unicorn rainbow zen journal at 3:57 PM PST - 25 comments

iphones and web traffic

If I visit a website on my iPhone, and the site owner uses Google Analytics or similar, what if anything can they tell about me? [more inside]
posted by peep at 3:44 PM PST - 10 comments

A Roomba may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

It's Roomba recommendation time again! [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Paralegals: how do they work?

Should I become a paralegal? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround at 2:33 PM PST - 14 comments

massage therapist in dc or maryland?

i'm looking for a great massage therapist in dc/maryland. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Hover/Mouseover CSS/html question.

Can I change the mouseover qualities (the way mouseover/hover text is displayed) with CSS? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

San Francisco Bridge shaped t-shirt from Runaways

I'm looking for a copy of the shirt dakota fanning wears in the runaways with the words San Francisco written in the shape of the bridge. Anyone know where I can get the shirt or a copy of the logo itself? Here's my attempt at linking to the image
posted by royalchinook at 2:18 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best Google Reader app for the iPad?

I'm looking for the best Google Reader app for the iPad. I'm will to pay if it's worth it. Any suggestions?
posted by ctreadwell at 2:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it wrong to follow/friend a job applicant?

I'm hiring, and in addition to interviewing, checking references (official and un-), etc., I'd like to see how candidates are using Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr. Facility with this stuff isn't a primary requirement of the job, but it's helpful; I also think it's a good way to gauge a candidate's judgement and to see how they manage their public face. On the other hand, it feels like following or friending is weird, or possibly an invasion of privacy. Is it?
posted by janet lynn at 1:46 PM PST - 42 comments


My ideal resource would be some sort of book or DVD akin to "Gentle Stretching for Old Fat People". Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Kauai in a week!

Looking for non-lonelyplanet activities to do in early October in Kauai. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I assess the page rank of an entire site?

I'd like to capture the PageRank of every page that's part of a single, large site (~5000 pages), preferably as a .csv covering page title, URL and PageRank. Is there a reliable service, free or pay, that does that?
posted by boombot at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Wheat as an allergen catalyst?

I don't seem to be allergic to wheat, but eating wheat makes me allergic to many other things, including uncooked fruits, nuts and vegetables (except citrus), general seasonal allergies, animals, etc. When I stop eating wheat, my allergies to ALL of these things go away. It's crazy. Why does this happen? [more inside]
posted by scrutiny at 12:59 PM PST - 13 comments

iPod NYTimes app or Kindle NYTimes subscription?

Cost aside, should I swap an iPod Touch + NYTimes app with a Kindle + NYTimes subscription? My iPod Touch is too distracting; a Kindle would be less so. On the other hand, I love the free NYT app. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Nutritional recipe calculator and meal planning software for Mac

Seeking recommendations for recipe calculator, nutrition analysis, and meal planning software for Mac. Snowflakeness inside. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Pay off mortgage early in tough economy?

If we have 30K in savings, and owe 200000 on a new house with 5% interest, do we want to put 10K of that into our 30 year mortgage as an early payment? Complicated by my feelings about the economy... [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:14 AM PST - 31 comments

Minds, How Do They Work?

What's the best book to provide an up-to-date view on our current understanding of the human mind (and brain)? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 10:59 AM PST - 12 comments

It's ALIVE! and it thinks (coding DNA and Neural Nets for fun)

Amateur coder looking to make a "toy" Neural Net and also genetic/phenotypic DNA evolution/breeding system for a "virtual pet" game. Any tools that can make this approachable for me, preferably in Python? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I get the cable company to ease on down the road?

Is there anything I can do to attempt to persuade the cable company (Charter in my case) to run service to my house? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

How to throw fundraiser for cancer patient?

My mom has cancer. Her sisters are throwing a fundraiser to offset her medical bills and pay for a trip. Please help me understand their obligation to donors and the powers that be. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Noisy wall

What are the possible causes of this noise in my wall? [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Does the brain compensate for the loss of a sense?

Is there any science behind the myth that if an individual loses one sense, the brain compensates by increasing the accuracy of the others?
posted by modernnomad at 10:17 AM PST - 15 comments


Looking for some good documentaries on advertising, marketing, public relations & consumerism to help teach an undergraduate class! We have a list of possible documentaries already (we will show selected excerpts - not the entire thing) but were wondering if we were missing anything out and what the Hive Mind might suggest! Good "teaching moment" video clip suggestions based on Mad Men and other fictional advertising/marketing/PR/consumerism-themed films and TV shows are also welcome. Or perhaps there are even good relevant scenes from documentaries which are primarily about some other topic. Thanks for any help... it's much appreciated! Full list that we already have compiled inside... [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 10:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Life stinks, I'd like to change it.

I should probably talk to a therapist, but what can I do ON MY OWN regarding general distaste for my life complicated by apathetic depression? Wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

How to be anonymous on the internet?

What's the best way to start an anonymous correspondence with someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Portland, Chicago, or Austin?

Should I move to Portland, OR; Chicago, or Austin? Or somewhere I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me set up a really easy proxy server from an old desktop/laptop!

How can I build a laptop/desktop into a proxy server so I can access websites, Youtube, Facebook, download files no matter where I am? (Win XP box preferably) [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

What Not To Wear, Jewelry Edition?

I think I'm good on the clothing part, but what I've never been able to do is figure out accessories. Help? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 9:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me keep these new Diesel shoes awesome forever and ever

Help me keep these new Diesel shoes awesome forever and ever [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Apple flambe!

Asking for a friend: What is the best cooling station for a Macbook (13", not Pro)? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Stop me if I'm making a viewing mistake!

Red Riding Trilogy Viewing Filter: Only parts 2 and 3 are available for instant viewing on Netflix, and I am tempted to watch them tonight before viewing part 1. Am I making a mistake, or is it okay to pick up a third of the way through and just watch part 1 when it's released?
posted by knmr76 at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

This afternoon in midtown manhattan

What interesting thing can I do this afternoon in midtown Manhattan (with airlines cabin baggage)? [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

A Southern Californian Painter of Trains

Please help me find information on Svenningsen, a Southern Californian painter who favored trains, active in the 70s. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

“Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour”

Canadian Immigration Question. How best to assure that I acquire permanent residency in Canada by the time I graduate? [more inside]
posted by vegetableman at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

What happened to my water supply line?

Bizarro-world clog? The water tank on a guest room toilet no longer fills at all; all other water in the house is fully operational. Supply valve appears to be fully functional (and wide open). Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 8:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Repurposing a kitchen cart as a vanity

Can this kitchen cart be repurposed as a bathroom vanity by people who aren't very handy? We want to use it for a vessel sink and can't find any vanities in our price range in this finish/color of wood. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Searching for anniversary Dr. Pepper in Chicago

Searching for Anniversary Dr. Pepper in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

UPS runtime

UPS/Battery backup question - I need a battery backup power source that will last as long as possible. My load is only 30w, so I understand that even a small UPS will power it ok - but I need to maximize the time that the UPS will continue to keep it going. [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Suspension of Disbelief - How Can I do this?

Suspension of Disbelief - How come some can do it and others can't? Why can't I? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 8:04 AM PST - 58 comments

Oh baby!

Please suggest good locations for hosting a baby shower in the Ashburn, VA area. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 7:54 AM PST - 2 comments

It's a series of tubes, right?

What is something useful that I can do through the internet that I'm probably not already doing? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 7:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Necessitamos cantas en Espanol, por favor!

There's been some great questions on children's music before, but I'm looking for a twist... Kids music in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

What wedding gift for the couple that has everything?

What wedding gift do I get for a very rich couple? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 7:09 AM PST - 27 comments

But low cholesterol is good, right?

What should I do about a reported low HDL and high LDL/HDL ratio? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 6:45 AM PST - 19 comments

What are good enrichment programs / opportunities for Canadian high school students?

What are good enrichment programs for Canadian high school students? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 6:40 AM PST - 1 comment

Cycling music playlist

Music-playlist-filter. An attempt at the world 24 hour record for producing electricity by cycling needs a soundtrack. Can you suggest some appropriate music? I'm thinking cycling, electricity, endurance would all be good themes, but any other related themes would be welcomed too.
posted by Jakey at 6:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Playing music in the 21st Century

Playing music in the 21st Century - help me with mp3 players, HDD media players and internet radio. [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 6:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Windows on a Mac for gaming?

I'd like to know your opinions and recommendations on running Parallels or VMWare when I upgrade to my future MacBook Pro for relatively light Windows gaming. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 6:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Nerds Ruminating Upon Nerds

Please recommend some TV shows and other forms of storytelling that are in a very specific and possibly just now emerging genre? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 5:35 AM PST - 18 comments

AI or BS??

So what's the deal with Ray Kurzweil? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 4:30 AM PST - 17 comments

multitasking: why can't I?

multitasking: am I the only one who can't? [more inside]
posted by davidjohnfox at 3:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Brands getting desparate?

In London, Barclays Bank has sponsored the public cycle hire scheme. Any other recent examples of a big brand sponsoring something seemingly unrelated? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 3:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Google is dangerous

My sister has a stalker and there is information about her online that she cannot remove. Help! [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 2:59 AM PST - 39 comments

Holey Marble!

How do you chemically carve a hole in a piece of marble or granite? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 2:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Why does my laptop crash when watching streaming videos?

Why does my laptop crash after watching streaming videos (BBC iplayer / Youtube) for about 40 minutes? How would I go about investigating / fixing it? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 2:24 AM PST - 8 comments

August 19

Hit it off with a complete stranger...should I ask him out?

How do you (a girl) ask a complete stranger out after one great conversation? Guys out there...need advice mostly from do you take being asked out by a cute, bubbly, intelligent, financially independent girl? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 11:59 PM PST - 64 comments

Is peroxide an okay option for people with ear tubes?

ENT-filter: Question about following my doctor's too vague instructions about treating a clogged up ear tube (in an adult ear that had a myringotomy + ear tube inserted three weeks ago) with hydrogen peroxide. I would especially like to hear from doctors and/or people who have had myringotomies and/or tubes. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 11:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Econ Filter - Housing prices vs. interest rates.

Econ Filter - Housing prices vs. interest rates. [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 11:32 PM PST - 6 comments

You know how some southern gentlemen kept wearing their Confederate uniforms? not like that.

Help me make my science-fiction story more realistic: what kind of mistakes might give away a bunch of born-and-bred military types trying to go undercover as civilians? Or, if you had military experience, what habits did you have to unlearn/relearn after discharge, that might be confusing or difficult if you hadn't had a civilian life previously and your off-duty time was much more regimented? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:06 PM PST - 62 comments

Need to cut the cable! Mac Mini?

We want to replace our cable TV with a Mac Mini. We watch mostly documentaries, cooking shows and cartoons. She loves cheesy horror movies, and I love baseball and pro football. Apart from Netflix, what do we need to live cable-free?
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Washington D.C. Trip

Planning a trip in mid/late december to Washington D.C. and am not sure what sort of clothing/essentials should be taken with me; as I've never been there before. Your help is appreciated.
posted by nygma2001 at 9:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Help; we can't breathe!

What are our legal options for relief from a neighbor's constant, extreme cologne when we have a severe, documented medical response? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 9:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Traveling in Nagano Japan in November

We're looking for advice surrounding travel in the Nagano area in Japan during the second week of November. We have an itinerary planned, we just want to know if it's realistic and what we can expect in terms of weather and travel. We're also interested in accommodation and food suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 9:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get more motivation to code outside of class?

I'm lacking motivation to code outside of programming classes... I enjoy the classes a lot, but when it comes to coding outside of class, I get stuck on what I want to code or what kind of projects to contribute to. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Who the fuck is Eminem, anyway?

What rap/hip hop music should a very un-hip fella start by listening to? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 9:01 PM PST - 62 comments

I want to make an External HDD a NAS and a DAS. But How?

Is there any way I can connect my External USB hard drive to my PS3 non-wirelessly while still sharing it wirelessly with other devices (iPad, iPod and other PCs in my house) using an Airport Extreme and a 4 port USB hub? I have a gut feeling that there must be a way to do this but I can't actually work out a real world way to do this. I accept I may potentially need to buy a new cable or two but I can live with that. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Mid-Atlantic lakeshore campsite recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommendations for fall car-camping spots on a lake in the mid-Atlantic/northeast region? Bonus points for dark sky areas. [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Waiting is the hardest part

Thanks to the suggestions in this post I have decided that I need to tell a fantastic guy that I really like him. Yay! Problem? He's leaving for a week and my anxiety is going to drive me nuts. [more inside]
posted by littlesq at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

You don't know me?

I have a fear that people will perceive my intentions as the exact opposite of what they really are. I'm scared the people who I feel friendly towards will perceive me as hostile, rude, or uncaring. I worry that those I love the most will think I don't care. What the heck is my problem? And what can I do to straighten myself out? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fix my faucet

Fixing my faucet: I'm trying to fix a leaky faucet, but I can't disassemble the handle. There's a picture inside. Any advice on what to do, or which forums to post to for advice, would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 7:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Help, I need a lift.

Medical filter: I have insurance but it will not cover a mobility device that I require. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

I like it. I want to put a ring on it. Halp.

I need help finding where to buy a sapphire engagement ring! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me, help her, help me be the best husband I can be!

How do you work out reciprocation in your marriage/partnership/relationship? [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 7:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Hebrew music?

I'm looking for Israeli music and/or music in Hebrew. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me communicate clearly!

Help me become more work.... [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 7:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Dreams vs Responsibility: How can I balance my life?

How can I become a responsible adult without getting my dreams lost in the process? Can they be one and the same? [more inside]
posted by vienaragis at 6:29 PM PST - 14 comments

My sister has Michael Scott syndrome! What can I do?

What do I do about an attention-hungry relative? I am worried about how she will act at an upcoming funeral! [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 6:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Not even creative enough to come up with a title

How do I become more creative? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Name This Baby

What should we name this unborn person (gender unknown)? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 6:08 PM PST - 54 comments

Three hundred fifty miles and a mule.

What is the least expensive way to move one's belongings and furniture one-way, 340 miles in-state? [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

What's a semi-easy way to earn money online?

What's a semi-easy way to earn money online? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 5:52 PM PST - 12 comments

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Intranet sunset advice? Looking for advice, plans, stories etc from anybody who has shut down an intranet. [more inside]
posted by smoke at 5:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How to convert my AVCHD files to....anything playable

I have a Canon HFS100 camcorder that creates very clear, very sharp, very, very processor-intensive AVCHD video files (.mts extensions). Is there a simple way to convert these to a different codec, ideally upon import, so that my HTPC can play the files? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Why are so many planes registered in Wilmington, DE?

Is there really one airplane for every eight people in Wilmington, DE? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How did a paper towel get in my crank case?

My motorcycle died recently. Eight miles after picking it up the shop where I had the carburetors serviced. They had it for over a month and presumable had the carbs off for a while. I took off the engine cover today and found paper towel chunks everywhere. The brown public restroom kind. Any idea how it got in there? [more inside]
posted by BishopFistwick at 5:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Random text --> Mdxrtt Eano

I'm looking for a program that will take a block of text, mix up the characters in the block, and then spit a mixed up block with the exact same character count. Where would I find such a thing?
posted by codacorolla at 5:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How to Keep two PCs Synched

I have a netbook. I also have a home PC. I would like for the content of them to be largely identical. How can I easily (and cheaply) accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 5:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Jordan travel advice?

Jordan travel advice? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

How to send 5GB files??

How can I send HUGE files over the internet? (5GB, 20GB, etc)? [more inside]
posted by sharingideas at 4:53 PM PST - 24 comments

How to get Windows Live Mail to send my email?

I am using Windows 7, my Windows Live Mail acts fine until I have been on it a few minutes and then I cannot get it to send my Outbox mail and when I try to sync it I get error message "internet not connected" - if I disconnect from internet and reconnect my Outbox sends it then. How can I get it to stay connected or wake up to send and receive emails?
posted by sandyp at 4:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheap minimalistic CDMA phone?

What is a cheap, minimalistic CDMA mobile phone (something along the lines of the Blue Chip VX1)? The interwebs haven't turned up anything for me, really. [more inside]
posted by nrobertson at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Health Insurance

What is the difference between a High Deductible Comprehensive health insurance plan and a Traditional Comprehensive insurance plan? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Bees on a dead frog.

Dead frog covered in bees...why? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Zzzzzzzzzz the chicken has a machette. No mummy I can't play the piano....

How can I dream more...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Rory wants to be better cleanshaven

Straight razor vs. safety? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me be an amazing executive assistant!

Can you give me advice, tips, useful skills, and important details on becoming a fantastic executive assistant? Please feel free to be as general or specific as you would like. Lots of details and [more inside]
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Pretend it's Johnny Cash's bucket list...

I'm making a tourism list of things involving smoking, drinking and shooting for someone who loves all three. Where would I find places that fit the bill? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Asking ex-wife to change her name

Can I, should I, dare I ask my ex-wife to stop using my last name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 51 comments

How can I be professional and sharp without the boots and braces?

I'm a 28 year old woman. I know what aesthetic I want, where I can I buy clothing to make me into the butch-ish, 60s mod/skinhead of my dreams? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Problems getting my little Assus online:

I need some advice about getting my little Assus online: [more inside]
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments

What is a good tablet computer for presentations by a clumsy professor?

I am trying to move from plastic transparencies in my teaching to a tablet computer. The reason I would like a tablet computer is that (in some classes) I work through problems (including circling and scribbling) with student input. An added issue is that I have a slight tremor, so I would like forgiving software or a large screen. (The iPad has too small a screen and is designed for touch, not writing.) I can use any OS. Any advice?
posted by espertus at 2:44 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you prevent bouts of PMS from getting in the way of your exercise?

Ladies of Metafilter: how do you prevent bouts of PMS from getting in the way of your exercise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation?

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Forgive someone who stole from you?

Is it possible to forgive and go on loving someone who stole from you? (Long-winded story inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 40 comments

Does salary requirement have to be in its own document?

A job ad says: "To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume online to [EMPLOYER]. [EMPLOYER] must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy. Could they possibly be expecting the salary requirement to be in its own document? Or can it be included in the cover letter? I am concerned about getting immediately screened out if I don't have a separate salary document.
posted by adty at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments

porrón. porrón.. porrón. pom pom

How can I buy a Spanish porrón around Lyon in France?
posted by jeffburdges at 1:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a Philly doctor

Out-of-towner in Philly for the foreseeable future needs a GP, for general checkup as well as to look at a possible STD symptom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Which bike is better for me?

Need help choosing between two bikes. [more inside]
posted by elpea at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Resort options around Lake of the Woods?

Looking for suggestions for destinations around Lake of the Woods in Ontario for a large-scale family vacation. Also, how do you make it pleasant for all involved? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Be there AND be square.

I am looking for a small square rug to place under our breakfast table, and I need to find it fast in Austin, TX. Where in Austin should I look for such rugs? [more inside]
posted by thewildgreen at 12:35 PM PST - 11 comments

I love you, buddy.

I had to put my dear, grumpy, 16-year-old cat down yesterday. There were some things that I wish the vet's office had done differently, and I need some perspective on how to deal with it. TL;DR. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:50 AM PST - 48 comments

i thought everything was on the internet?!

lyrics filter: Andrea Wittgens' "Comme Tu Veux" [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 11:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What do you wish you'd known when you moved into a shared house?

What do you wish you'd known when you moved into a shared house? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 11:39 AM PST - 39 comments

Save a future thumb -- help me assemble a first aid kit for my husband's woodshop.

Save a future thumb -- help me assemble a first aid kit and emergency plan for my husband's woodshop. [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

How to move/ship my stuff from Istanbul to HCMC Vietnam?

I'm moving from Istanbul to HCMC, Vietnam in 2 weeks. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get all my stuff there, too? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 11:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Dis Otter Pop is Frozen but the otter Otter Pop Isn't

Food science, sort of: Why are the Otter Pops we purchased freezing unevenly and somewhat randomly? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Did Modigliani really sign other painter's paintings to up-sell them?

Surely Heidegger didn't actually walk about the woods in van Gogh's boots, right? Anecdotes in Wittgenstein's Mistress: complete fictions or some basis in truths? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm not Bruce Banner, why are my seams ripping?

Help me fit into a suit! [more inside]
posted by zennish at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I mount the unmountable?

It's so, soooo secret even I cannot read it....Truecrypt idiocy story inside. Help! [more inside]
posted by MessageInABottle at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Which Of My Friends Has The Most Friends?

Is there a way to see which of my Facebook friends has the most friends? [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me make 100 miles without casualties.

Cyclists! I just committed to do a century in two weekend's time. I'm a strong cyclist but haven't gone anywhere near that distance in a long time. I'd love your strategies and tips on quickie training, prep, and how to manage the ride. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Is there a clearance section on Book Depository?

As any fan of the site would know, Book Depository often have massive discounts (30-40%) on their already super-cheap books. Does anyone know if they list these in a clearance section, or if one can sort books via their % discount?
posted by mandrake at 10:54 AM PST - 0 comments

"Civilian Contractors 2: World in Flames" just isn't as catchy

What is the difference between a civilian contractor and a mercenary? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Why do I have nightmares every night?

Why do I have nightmares EVERY night? [more inside]
posted by shortbus at 10:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Flexibility and Range of Motion

I'm a (female, if it matters) beginning weightlifter trying to build lean muscle mass through exercise and a structured nutrition program. However, my progress has been stymied by my lack of flexibility and range of motion in my shoulders, hips, and legs, making proper form for squats and deadlifts very difficult. What are some exercises that I can do to correct this, and is there any hope that I'll ever be able to touch my toes? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 10:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Renting cars cheaply and calmly

Need some help on car rental logistics plus dealing with potential !DRAMA! on a family trip to Disney World. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Macbook Pro's are great, but at what cost?

I am considering the local purchase of a Macbook Pro on Craiglist. Some of the circumstances around the sale are making me skeptical. I would appreciate your thoughts and advice. [more inside]
posted by karizma at 10:23 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I support the Ground Zero Mosque?

How can I help support the "Ground Zero" Mosque? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 10:21 AM PST - 43 comments

I choose Sweden!

What logistical hurdles exist for implementing a differential taxation system where the level of government services you receive is determined by the taxation rate you choose to pay? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 10:03 AM PST - 41 comments

Pre-op antibiotics, yay or nay?

I'm getting all four of my impacted wisdom teeth out tomorrow. In a study done in 2007, one dose of pre-op antibiotics has been shown to lower infection rates by 50%, and might do more good than several days of antibiotics post-op. My oral surgeon's office apparently does not follow that practice. Is there any danger in me taking one of the doses of amoxicillin that has already been prescribed for this procedure the night before? [more inside]
posted by wending my way at 9:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Stopping is a state of mind

Carfilter: I have a 2003 Ford Explorer (2WD, 2-wheel ABS) with 98k miles whose brake pedal requires more travel and pressure to get the vehicle to stop. I've checked the fluid--as has the repair shop every time it gets its oil change--as well as the pads and booster pump compression. My gut says to change the master cylinder. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Moving to Spain! about that whole "job" thing...

Planning a move to Spain - job advice needed. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I quit therapy for financial reasons?

Should I quit therapy for financial reasons? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 9:29 AM PST - 20 comments

look, backwards with no hands...

Where can I find California state laws regarding driving a vehicle in reverse? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Afternoon + evening in San Jose, Costa Rica

We arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, around 3 in the afternoon and fly out early the following morning. What are the best sights, sounds, and tastes that can be packed into this short time? [more inside]
posted by onepot at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Best writers about web design?

Who are the most articulate, perceptive, knowledgeable writers about web design?
posted by Greenie at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Don't know much about biology

Trying to make sense of the readings on my weight scale ... [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 8:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Gifts for my 20-something world-traveling motorcycling brother?

My younger brother (late 20's, American ex-pat living in Sydney) is planning a solo motorcycle trip across Australia then up through South Asia to Russia (skipping China). What should I give him for his upcoming birthday? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 8:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Sydney's future in the finance sector?

Is Sydney's future in finance? If so, will there be a significant demand for more skyscrapers/offices with large floorplates than are already available or being built, to meet the needs of this growing sector? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Heat Rash City

I went to two different types of doctors for my heat rash, which has lasted a month so far. Both offered different diagnoses and different treatment plans. Who do I listen to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Houseguest overstaying her welcome

A friend who was there for me when I needed her is now completely taking advantage of my kindness. Is it fair of me to want her out? (Apologies for a long story inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 28 comments

How to deal with unbridled and unwarranted hate towards me?

How can I grow a thicker skin and deal with internet hate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 36 comments

How do you deal with making mistakes?

When you make a real mistake, how do you deal with it? How do you deal with yourself and keep from feeling super guilty? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 7:48 AM PST - 16 comments

What is an appropriate gift, if any, to someone I barely know who is leaving for college?

What is an appropriate gift, if any, to someone I barely know who is leaving for college? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 7:46 AM PST - 29 comments

Hellenistic influences of the early Christian church?

I am interested in finding a layman's book about the Hellenistic influences of early Christianity. (Basically how Christianity either adopted or smuggled it in. Not sure which word to use.)
posted by snap_dragon at 7:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Batman story ID

Can you help me find this Batman story? [more inside]
posted by Pork-Chop Express at 7:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Beyond Comment ca va

Different "how are yous" in different languages? [more inside]
posted by dave99 at 6:48 AM PST - 31 comments

I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.

How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
posted by winna at 6:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Must I wear the same earrings til Thanksgiving?

It's still painful to try to remove my starter earrings. Should it be? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 6:35 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some good non-refrigerated food ideas for Burning Man?

What are some good non-refrigerated food ideas for Burning Man? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 6:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Which car is quiet, fast, and reliable?

Which car is quiet, fast, and reliable? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 6:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Good dehumidifier for crawl space?

What's a good dehumidifier for a crawl space? I've read the posts on dehumidifiers for basements, but does a crawl space require something more robust? I'm trying to decide whether I can get away with something I can pick up easily at a big box store for a few hundred dollars, or whether I need to spend double or triple that.
posted by Shoggoth at 6:15 AM PST - 3 comments

ipad/iphone is recognized by iphoto but not itunes

I am trying to sync my ipad and iphone to my new imac. I transferred all of my information to my new imac from my mac mini via ethernet yesterday. Now my ipad and iphone are recognized by iphoto but not itunes. I checked, and I have the latest version of itunes installed. (I also have 3 separate accounts on the computer if that makes any difference). Please help!
posted by cg1 at 5:41 AM PST - 2 comments

How to make a Damascus Steel Style LARP sword?

LARPfilter - How to make a Damascus Steel style LARP sword [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque at 4:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Favorite groups/volunteering opportunities/events venues in London?

I'm an American moving to London soon. Because I don't know anyone there, I'm going to try to join some groups, take classes, and volunteer to meet people and generally just get out of my house. Of course, finding available classes and volunteering opportunities is easy, but it's considerably harder to figure out which ones are actually likely to be worthwhile. What groups, volunteer organizations, classes, and events venues have you had the best experiences with? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 3:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Top of my to do list, bottom of my fun list

Help me not be an idiot while buying a used car! (Some Rav4 specific details.) [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:54 AM PST - 7 comments

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Which scoot to buy, Aprilia or Lance?

What scooter to choose, a 2004 Aprilia Mojito Custom 150 for $2000, or a 2010 Lance Cali Classic 125 for $1500? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean at 11:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to find a high quality version of the OLD Venezuelan flag to buy?

Where to find a high quality version of the OLD Venezuelan flag to buy? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 10:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I say "more money please"?

Offered a job at a start-up. Salary decent but not amazing, no benefits. Should i start negotiating, if so how so? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 10:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Tumblr architecture?

In what programming language and language framework is Tumblr written? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a Better APY

I'm considering an online bank for the higher rates of return available on a large sum of cash that I've been saving, but I'm sort of a Luddite, and I would appreciate your input. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there a palentologist in the house?

How much weight can a Pterodactyl/Pterosaur lift? Specifically something big like Quetzalcoatlus or Hatzegopteryx? [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG at 8:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Help! My internet connection sucks!

My internet connection has slowed to a crawl. Please help! [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 8:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Mathematical sequences challenge

Mathematical sequences challenge. Need your help. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

It's academic

I'm looking for academic/scholarly/somewhat-serious articles discussing anime and/or manga. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Have you had any experience with 3M command strips?

Have you had any experience with 3M command strips? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 7:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Which are the Best iTunes Radio Stations?

iTunes radio listeners: What do you like? [more inside]
posted by hackly_fracture at 7:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me design and decorate a retro dining space!

Help me find a high table, solid high chairs, and assorted furnishings for my retro kitchen table / sidebar nook in San Francisco! [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Yellow Pages or Highway Robbery?

Is it important to be in the Yellow Pages anymore? [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 6:34 PM PST - 57 comments

free online directory of all businesses?

Is there an online directory that lists the address of all stores and businesses? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Office Renovation

I've a lovely office at work and I want to redecorate. The result should be a cross between a Victorian scholar's study and Captain Nemo's cabin. Suggestions and sources appreciated!
posted by alaaarm at 4:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Excel delimiters in one column

Excel filter: How to insert delimiters within one column?? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Is the parenthetical "read" pronounced "reed" or "red"?

Is the parenthetical "read" pronounced "reed" or "red"? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 4:30 PM PST - 36 comments

How to Hug on Facebook

How can I hug my friend on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by taff at 4:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Google Chrome stores complete text of pages. How do I access this cache?

Do you use the Google Chrome browser? Try this: Open the history page, and search for a term. The resulting list will include not just the pages that have the term in their page's title or URL; it will also include pages that have the term in the actual text. This indicates that somewhere, Chrome is actually storing the text of all web pages you visit. (This is backed up by the fact that the search-results page shows you snippets from the results.) So here's the thing: I want to see the whole page of cached text, not just snippets. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 4:21 PM PST - 10 comments

What's best for maintaining wood and leather furniture?

For the first time in my life, I have real furniture! Can you help me keep it nice? [more inside]
posted by browse at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find clothes that fit correctly

I'm a tall (6'3"), somewhat slim (200lbs) man, and I'm having a hard time finding clothes that fit appropriately. Any recommendations on where I should shop? [more inside]
posted by elcainos at 4:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Share your wisdom, oh cheese lovers!

Talk to me about cheese! What do you pair with cheese that I'm not considering? I don't eat grains, corn or rice so I'm having trouble coming up with something not cracker-and-cheese or cube-of-cheese for my fix of dairy goodness [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 3:31 PM PST - 65 comments

Getting the wife a new iPhone, and things related.

My wife wants to get an iPhone, and is currently on Verizon. I already have one. What's the best route for us to go? If she gets an iPhone4, can I take it and give her the 3GS just by swapping the SIM cards? What is your experience with AT&Ts family plans, or are we better off having separate accts? Does ordering the phone online make anything more difficult? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 3:09 PM PST - 22 comments

How to make your own Bank Note?

What are those cool swirly whirly patterns called on the back of playing cards and on Bank Notes? I want to create some, how do I go about finding how these are made? Is there source materials/tutorials for vector programs to get started? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse at 2:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Busted being unwittingly pervy at work

This morning at work, I was in a one-on-one meeting with a valued (and, yes, attractive) female colleague. While we were talking, she caught me looking up her skirt (yes, it was blatant). I looked up, and realized I was busted. At that point, she tugged her skirt down, rolled her eyes slightly, and got up and left (muttering an excuse that she had to "make a call"). I'm still really mortified that this happened. What should I do now? Should I say something to her? Apologize? Ignore the fact that this encounter ever happened? What's the least awkward way of proceeding, knowing that we'll likely be working together for a lot longer? Men: Have you ever gotten busted this way? What did you do? Women: Have you ever been in this position? Did you lose your respect for the peeper, or do you generally assume that most dudes are trying to peek at you whether you notice or not? Any advice would be valued. (If it matters, I'm male, she's female, we're both straight, and are about the same age.)
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 152 comments

Why am I going crazy waiting for a proposal?

We know we want to get married. We have a general idea of when. But I'm going crazy waiting for the proposal. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 41 comments

How bad is this going to hurt?

Kidney stone filter: What am I really in for? Give it to me straight. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Why did my adapter go out, and how do I prevent that?

On Sunday morning we had a power outage here. My Mac's power adapter seems to have gone bad as a result, but none of my other computer parts did. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by circular at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

1-stop post-rock gig listings in the UK please!

What is the best and easiest way to find out about instrumental post-rock in the UK? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a pickup volleyball game in NYC?

I just moved to New York City (Ridgewood, Queens) and I'm looking for any place to find regular pick up volleyball games. I'd join a league but I don't have tons of money and my schedule is pretty erratic for the time being. [more inside]
posted by mishamashes at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

FBML image maps will be the death of me!

Trying to create image map in Facebook and used now my image is HUGE and distorted. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Enterprise Desktop Management Packages?

Looking for a good enterprise desktop management suite for Windows 7, that will allow us to push out updates for all apps, inventory software, etc. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Fixing broken links in Excel (when it's not in a formula

How do I find and fix broken links in Excel.... when it's not in a cell formula? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Home Library

I would like to establish a home library. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 1:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Are there any modern communes in the US or a way i can co-parent?

Are there any modern communes in the US where people live in groups, share responsibilities, maybe are conscious, green etc? Relatedly, is there a way to be the 3rd or 4th parent? Being a single parent or even in dyad parenting seems like too much responsiblity...but being the 3rd or 4th parent (to go to soccer games, PTA meeting, car pool, make lunchs) sounds like a responsibility i could handle. I don't live in a community with children around so i can't offer up my co-parent services and it also sounds a bit creepy being 37 and wanting to babysit. Is there a way i can create this kind of community? I feel that i would make a great back up mommy.
posted by UltraD at 12:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find the perfect dining table

The perfect dining table exists in my head. Does it in real life? [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

How Do I Find An Unpublished Post In WordPress?

According to my WordPress dashboard, I have a total of 1,992 posts, of which 1,991 are published. Without searching through all 1,992 individually, how do I find the one unpublished post?
posted by briank at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Go on, take the money and run

Please help me find more songs about lovers on the run from the law. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 12:38 PM PST - 45 comments

Where did the good travel insurance finder website go?

Travel Insurance Finder? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I order this NASA photo?

How can I get a copy of this NASA photo? It's a picture of the cast of Star Trek with the Space Shuttle Enterprise, number 50 in this Air & Space article of the top 50 NASA photos. [more inside]
posted by bq at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

How do Peace Corps (or similar) volunteers communicate their experiences in the field?

What tools do Peace Corps (or similar) volunteers use to communicate their experiences in the field? I'm especially looking for creative uses of digital/web communication tools: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blogs, etc.. Bonus points for any good examples. Thanks!
posted by charmston at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Map to some maps

I need a map to some maps: What is the name of the collection/series of beautiful maps of New York City, over time, and where might I find it? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Wife has cancer (terminal, eventually) -- is it right/okay to have children?

My wife has (inevitably terminal) cancer, but we are considering trying to have a baby -- need some help identifying and giving thought to moral, ethical, and medical concerns. My family and friends are too close to the situation to give unbiased advice. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus at 11:54 AM PST - 90 comments

Does Sparty tackle a fake wolverine mascot?

Does Michigan State have a wolverine mascot that it brings out before MSU v. Michigan football games in East Lansing just so Sparty can tackle it? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

****ing batteries, how do they work?

Questions about priming a new battery to maximize its efficiency. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Fucking Crossfit, how does it work?

What should I know about Crossfit, and what should I be cautious about? [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns at 11:25 AM PST - 44 comments

How do I/should I address my current position being moved while applying for new jobs?

How do I/should I address my current position being moved while applying for new jobs? [more inside]
posted by ridiculous at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

I was fired from a place I love. Help me

I was just fired from a job I love, which also happened to be a place I spent a great deal of time socially. How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 11:15 AM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find great new crime or mystery short fiction?

I want to read new crime fiction and/or mystery short stories. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I keep light from coming underneath my bedroom door and the Roomba from shutting it?

I have two problems with the bedroom door in my apartment. First, light gets through the 0.5-inch gap underneath it and wakes me up. Second, my Roomba bounces against it, causing the door to bounce against its spring doorstop and close, trapping the Roomba inside. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Why are my cat(s) peeing in the basement?

Yet another cat pee question. Bonus level of difficulty: multiple cats, culprit unknown. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Temporary move to Europe

Want to move to Europe. Understand many have done it before, but let me give more detail and then ask for advice. We're both in our early 30's, single (no kids) and have high-paying jobs, but ready to leave the corporate world. Both are debt free and have a good nest egg with zero commitments here. What we'd like to do is move to a mid-size town/city in Germany to start with and rent a furnished apartment for three months or so and just live. We would be very frugal, but like any single men, would like to meet European women and just have a good time dating around. Then, move to another country and repeat..and so on for about a year. In thinking it through, I'm wondering if it's really feasible. I was hoping if we split expenses and live cheaply, we could do it for about $1k/month each...if we avoid the big, tourist filled cities. That way we could immerse ourselves in the local cultures and get to know people as well. My questions: 1) Is this absolutely ridiculous? 2) Is there any chance of picking up odds/ends kind of work here and there in Europe to fill the reserves up? While we have healthy bank accounts, we want to spend little as possible. Any comments are much appreciated. Casting a wide net at this point to get any advice you are willing to give. Looked around the net, but love the meta-commenters the most...always useful answers.
posted by Yunani at 10:57 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I deal with careless ‘rape’ remarks?

How do I deal with careless ‘rape’ remarks? I am the original submitter of this anonymous AskMe post about disclosing my rape to an organization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 61 comments

Help me to help me

Several months ago I had a bad anxiety attack. Since then, I have had an extremely heightened sense of self-awareness and have even become a bit agoraphobic (I understand this to be common after an attack). Common situations/activities that once felt natural, effortless even enjoyable (driving, shopping, taking kids to the park) can now induce panic because I over analyze everything. How can I return to my "normal" level of self-awareness and learn to go with the flow? Meds? Mind hacks? Cognitive therapy?
posted by punkfloyd at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Kirtans or Bhajans in India?

I'm a fan of kirtan (sanskrit call-and-response devotional music from India) and am planning a trip to India mid-September to early December. Surprisingly I'm unable to locate online or in my guidebooks any temples or festivals where I might find some great kirtans or bhajans. Do any of you know of any famous ones that might happen this fall? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

What can I do for my guys?

I'm the systems engineer of a team of about 25 developers and testers that have been working 12-16 hour days for about two and a half weeks straight in order to meet a deadline. What can I bring in to improve morale and keep them going? [more inside]
posted by schwab at 10:10 AM PST - 57 comments

Illustrating a book - what do I do now?

So, I have to illustrate a book. I've never done this before. I've illustrated before, but not in this professional a capacity, and I'm a little nervous about it. I have nightmares (literally) about using the wrong sort of paper or of the final product looking like nothing I sent in. Those of you who have illustrated professionally before - what can you tell me? What medium do you prefer to use? How do you make the most efficient use of your time? Are there any books on the subject you can recommend? Etc. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 9:54 AM PST - 5 comments

I see what you did there.

Is there any kind of OSS/otherwise affordable collaborative-editing software akin to Google Docs that one can host on their own system? [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments


Would it be worth it to drive five hours from Chicago to Cincinnati to present a poster at a relatively influential conference for two hours and then drive back?
posted by nosugrefneb at 9:24 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I best advertise office space for rental in Covent Garden?

I'm looking for the best way to rent out some office space in the UK — specifically, one floor of a building in Covent Garden. Help! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 9:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Tell me where to hike in the northeast US!

My partner and I are planning a week's vacation, focused on hiking, in mid- to late October. We are trying to figure out where in the Adirondacks, Vermont, etc. we should go. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 9:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Repainting a Concrete Floor?

How do I successfully paint and seal my concrete basement floor? [more inside]
posted by AuntieRuth at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Sorry dude, my kid's thirsty, I'm buying him a bottle of water

How does one remain friends with an uber-environmentalist/naturalist without having them drive you crazy? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me help them

Is it appropriate to sponsor a fundraiser for an individual and their family and how would I go about organizing this? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 9:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Taxes on living stipends paid by graduate schools...

TaxFilter: I'm a Canadian who began a Ph.D at an American university. Tuition was waved and I received a living stipend of about $17,000 (paid monthly). This is pretty typical for graduate programs across Canada and the US. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

a problem for many, it seems: think line appears on screen

Yes. My IMac has that thin blue line on monitor. Yes. lots of folks get this. Question, though. [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:57 AM PST - 1 comment

Painting aluminum siding.

Does anyone have any experience with painting aluminum siding? In our case, the siding is blistered and peeling very badly and the bare aluminum is showing. [more inside]
posted by wg at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Where Should I Jet To This September

Where should I fly to on my unlimited Jet Blue "All You Can Jet" pass? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 8:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Intro to Excel for Finance

Help me make a smooth transition into a new job in finance. I need to brush up on technical skills, most likely via excel. [more inside]
posted by Hurst at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Morning sickness & the work place. Ugh.

How do expectant mothers make it through the work day while suffering from morning sickness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 30 comments

Pottery for Dummies

ISO basic ceramics/pottery textbook/handbook. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 8:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get to grad school without loosing my house!

How to manage my mortgate and insurance while I am away from my house for an extended period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

The Job Change Shuffle

I've been working as a consultant to a company that I want to work for full-time, but I don't want to burn any bridges or sour the relationship between my current employer and my (hopefully) soon-to-be employer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Complaining about complainers.

How to handle complaining by people in conversations? I get annoyed by complaining; often it makes me not like the people who complain, and even if I do-- I get standoffish. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:07 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie at 7:56 AM PST - 26 comments

Austin, Texas recommendations

Please suggest things to do and places to see in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 7:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Don't Want to Rub the Wrong Way

Is it normal for the skin above a fracture to remain sensitive three weeks after a cast is removed? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Thanks for the money, I'm gonna spend it all on fancy hats!

Received a small scholarship--any etiquette tips? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 7:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Being neither overweight, nor a girl, nor a parent, I'm totally out of my depth here.

ParentingFilter: best approach for dealing with childhood obesity? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 7:41 AM PST - 40 comments

Looking for last-minute Oktoberfest accommodations. Where do we stay?

Looking for last-minute Oktoberfest accommodations. Where do we stay? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 7:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Would-be colonists beaten by faster ship

Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 7:12 AM PST - 19 comments

PDF forms with a twist

Is it possible to create a fillable PDF form that includes logic? Assume there is a sum calculation with total of $1000.00 If check box = selected, tax=12%, else if check box off, tax =0. If check box is selected, the tax field will show $120.00 and the grand total below it (sum of total + tax) will be $1120.00 If check box is not selected, grand total will be $1000.00 What is needed to do the above? Javascript? Any example will be welcome! BB
posted by bright77blue at 7:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a herpetologist in the house?

My son's pet California King snake is acting very odd. Does anybody have an experience with this behavior in snakes? The snake is about 6-7 years old, bred in captivity. We've had him since he was a little less than a year old. He is 4 feet long and eats 1 adult mouse (frozen) a week at this time of year. Google turns up a handful of snake forum posts describing this same behavior, but no real answers. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

MLA Style for Meeting Minutes?

Is there a standard, or are there a few standards, for keeping meeting minutes? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

The Happy Hooker - crochet yarn organization?

I'm taking a beginner's crochet course soon, with a view to going on to do amigurumi and maybe (much further down the line) trying a hand at knitting. What do you wish you knew when you started? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:41 AM PST - 30 comments

Dried Venus Fly Trap?

Where can I procure dried venus fly trap? Not extract, not the live plant - just the dried organic herb.
posted by watercarrier at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Does it save energy?

My boss insists we turn off our dual 30 inch Apple monitors when we go to the bathroom. He says it wastes energy. But they're still plugged in to the wall and receiving power. How much energy is really being saved?
posted by captainscared at 6:08 AM PST - 23 comments

How safe are my passwords?

How safe are my passwords? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 5:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Fill out my Map of Awesome

I'm updating my Map of Awesome - who else should be on there? Looking for performance artists, schools, companies, places, and other things that share characteristics of activism, creativity, and pure awesome. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Inspirational photo-essays. Show me them.

Looking for inspirational photo-essays. [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 4:54 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I salvage a bad sell on eBay?

My first sale on eBay was a new and unused mobile phone. Turns out that (unknown to me) it wasn’t new and has been used before. This is starting to turn into a bit of a disaster for an eBay virgin and threatens to tar me with a poor sellers rating. Can seasoned eBay’ers please give me some advice! [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 3:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Short term apartment in Lyon?

Recommendations for a short-term Apartment Rental in Lyon, France? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 3:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Do the SAS walk funny?

Do the SAS have an identifiable way of walking across country? [more inside]
posted by Huw at 3:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Why does a fully charged battery last for a different length of time depending on how it's charged?

When I charge my phone using a portable charger, the battery runs out quicker than if it's charged from the mains. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by Wilka at 3:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Delayed Release Caffeine Pill

Is a delayed release caffeine pill, one with a coating to prevent it from being digested for 8+ hours, feasible? Would the pill be too far along in the digestive tract to have an effect at that point? How could I make one?
posted by phrontist at 1:33 AM PST - 10 comments

August 17

Bath and Body Works fuer die Maenner

Recommendations for great bath/body products for men? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 11:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Can't afford smartphone. What will do instead?

A Rumor Touch looks like my best bet to stay with this carrier. I might like the LG Prime, though. Do I have any other good options? Can I find an affordable no-contract smartphone? [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 10:27 PM PST - 3 comments

how can I wall mount an iphone dock? clocks preferable.

I want a wall-mounted iphone dock. a clock would be nice, but I don't need high quality speakers. [more inside]
posted by lrodman at 10:15 PM PST - 0 comments

iTunes replacement?

Is there any nice software that works well with a MP3 library on OSX that is like iTunes was before iTunes became bloated and awful?
posted by xmutex at 10:04 PM PST - 11 comments

A self-imposed mystery

I have a list of seemingly unrelated words that I wrote some time ago. I can't remember writing it, nor what it was meant to signify. Please help shed some light on this for me. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 9:22 PM PST - 35 comments

Channeling Larry Levan.

Seeking somewhat obscure '80s dance songs that are in the vein of Sheila-E and Exposé in terms of '80s sound, beat, female vocals and danceability. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 9:16 PM PST - 19 comments

I don't wanna be too short to ride a bike.

Where can I find a cheap bike for a short woman in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Zombiefilter: What is up with this Flemish painting?

Zombie Flemish Art filter: I saw this painting in the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 8:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Am I getting scammed via craigslist?

I'm not sure if I'm being ripped off on craigslist with this one....he says he'll pay me with paypal. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 8:24 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find something new to do with my time

I'm looking for a new inexpensive creative / artistic hobby. [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:00 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me survive having my mom here, part II.

How can I manage to stay sane living with a (sometimes) ungrateful mother in a one bedroom apartment, who has attitude problems occasionally? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

How far can a solar panel be positioned from the light it powers?

Can I position a solar panel a distance from the lights it powers and still have an effective power source? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Booking a ferry from Athens to Crete?

How should I book an overnight ferry from Athens to Crete via the Internet? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

my five year old keeps throwing up!

Why is my five-year-old vomiting constantly? And what do I do? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher at 7:24 PM PST - 26 comments


What to do regarding COBRA coverage being canceled due to negligence of former employer? [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

"Do you have any questions for us?"

Meta-ask: How can I learn to ask better questions? Specifically: how I can learn to ask natural, un-contrived questions in job interviews? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 6:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Hooking up RCA-out Record Player to headphones?

Hooking up RCA-out Record Player to headphones? [more inside]
posted by JimBennett at 5:56 PM PST - 19 comments

I want to smell like food

Help me smell like food! I found this hair stuff that smells vaguely of nutmeg, and it occurred to me how much I like that sort of smell. Are there any personal hygiene products that smell like food or spices? Excluding the typical fruit and vegetable scents, of course.
posted by seiryuu at 5:43 PM PST - 39 comments

Biological evidence for homosexuality?

hey... I was wondering where I can find the best evidence to prove that sexuality is biological or womb hormonally rather than child rearing caused? Just for my parents who are damn annoying. Thanks!
posted by antgly at 5:36 PM PST - 34 comments

which ibm laptop should i get?

Which new IBM laptop should I get? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 5:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Filter Google culture for me

What are Google's People Programs people like? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 5:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting treatment for non-emergency medical problem without insurance

I'm 28 and I recently found out I most likely have a serious condition I need treatment for. It will almost certainly involve a urologist and possible (minor) surgery (probably in-office). I have no health insurance, make about 40k a year, but have very little discretionary income. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me understand hair care chemistry

Help me understand hair care chemistry. When I look at the list of ingredients on bottles of conditioner, what ingredients should I avoid. I can't stand the 'waxy' feeling I get from some conditioners. My old favorite standby conditioner changed formulas recently and it now has the dreaded waxy ickiness. NOT looking for specific product recommendations, only for ingredients to avoid or possibly ingredients to look for. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 4:42 PM PST - 16 comments

How to piggy back my media server onto my UVerse network

Can I somehow piggy back my media server on the network cables AT&T is going to use tomorrow for my U-Verse setup? [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to deal with a racist friend.

One of my friends used the N-word. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 55 comments

Help me figure out if I cheated on an exam last night

Something strange happened during an exam last night when the teaching assistant/proctor and I were alone that has left me feeling weirdly guilty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 24 comments

What can I do to help my severely depressed and overworked boyfriend?

What can I do to help my severely depressed and overworked boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I do with my Bread Machine?

What are your best bread and non-bread recipes for a bread machine? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Drug Dealing Kids

I'm try to find a music video (most likely Rap or R&B) that portrayed two young kids as drug dealers. [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 4:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Creative promotion ideas for a conference.

How do I promote my web design freelance business at a conference I am attending (unrelated to web design)? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 3:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Quiet, peaceful escape near Vancouver

Where to go for a quiet budget vacation near Vancouver at end of August? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 3:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Goodbye Paper!

Collegefilter: Entering college in October. How do I stay organised? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

food + ? = our perfect TV show

Your suggestions for TV that peripherally incorporates yummy things, please. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 3:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with an insensitive friend.

Suggestions on how to deal with a friend who is unwittingly insensitive to others despite being quite sensitive herself. I would like to figure out a tactful way to push back on specific insensitive comments. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by E-Boogie at 3:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Anyone remember that article on investing in a person?

i read an article a while back about venture capital style investing in an individual. they had some sort of contract where they were giving her a lump sum, and in return would get a cut off of her income for some number of years. anyone know where the original article is?
posted by tehgeekmeister at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Cheap health care in the Minneapolis area?

I have catastrophic health insurance for the catastrophes. But until I reach that $3000 deductible, I'd really like to pay less than I currently am for checkups and other simple doctors visits. For example, I recently went in for an ear infection. My doctor took a look and prescribed an antibiotic. It took 10m and I got a bill for $200. I'm not here to complain about how expensive health care is -- that's pretty well established and has been done plenty already -- but what are my more affordable alternatives? [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu at 3:18 PM PST - 14 comments

I know I can rock this job, now I just have to feel it.

How can I ease the mental/emotional/logistical transition to a new full time job when I've been an underemployed freelancer for the last few years? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a restaurant gift certificate for sister's wedding

My sister is getting married, and I'd like to get her a gift certificate to a great, hip Chicago restaurant. My budget's about $200-250 and I'd love to be able to include enough for a bottle of wine. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I have a legal leg to stand on?

I believe that I've been wrongly accused by my employer of professional misconduct, but I'm not sure. What are my legal rights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

A magic laser genie!

I have about 10-15 pounds to lose and am already on a slow but steady diet/exercise regime. However I was just sent an online deal where I'd have the option of buying 12 sessions of RF laser body contouring (similar to Velashape) for only $200 (as opposed to over 2 grand.) Is it worth it to try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Shooting eyeball closeups isn't cutting it anymore

I've been tasked at school to photograph a negative emotion. I had a plan in place which broke to bits when I forgot my camera at school over the weekend. I need to shoot something tomorrow, but I'm having trouble being more creative than some crude and banal ideas for photographs of fear. I can't find inspiration online - all I come up with is crappy stock photography. Can you please point out for me good online and free resources on scene staging in films, resources on photographing emotions or good examples of emotional photos?
posted by ye#ara at 2:34 PM PST - 26 comments


Disputing a bill with the electric company: how to estimate electric usage of heater/central air. [more inside]
posted by samsara at 2:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Blocked breast duct - what can I expect?

Experiences with mastitis? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What should I ask before buying this apartment?

About to buy my first apartment and I'm totally new to this. Does any seasoned house/apartment-buyer have any good questions for a real-estate agent? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Referral Madness

Chicken-and-egg medical referral problem here. I'm hoping someone who understands the mysterious world of health insurance and referrals can help out. [more inside]
posted by tetralix at 2:03 PM PST - 11 comments

mrsmoonpie wants to marry you in Dupont Circle

Help me find a quiet place to marry folks in Dupont Circle area. [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 1:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Alternate to Don Alverzo's tweezers?

One Hen, Two ducks, radio test/memory trick VS. alternate version - Are you a Turtle? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to start on a redesign

Redesigning website. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 1:43 PM PST - 16 comments

It'll look great next to my Scarface poster and the Periodic Table of Beer.

Affordable reproduction of Wyeth's Northern Point? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Lease Issues

I live with two other people in an apartment in Illinois. The lease holder of the apartment was just hospitalized for what be an extrended period and myself and the other apartment-mate are not on the lease. [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Will the boot fit?

I bought myself a pair of Real Cowboy Boots the other day, and I can't quite figure out if they fit me right. Should I return them and find another pair? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Black mesh fabric with large holes?

Where can I find large-holed fishnet/mesh fabric like this? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Buzz buzz, your blood is delicious!

We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 1:05 PM PST - 9 comments

How to identify a piece of art?

Help identifying a Miró painting, seen in the Fundació Joan Miró. [more inside]
posted by mattkh at 12:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Recommendations for thought-provoking books or essay collections that analyze horror movies, please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 12:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me plan to fly a few places, with a service dog?

Do travel agencies exist any more? If so, will it be worth it to use one for this trip? Can they make it easier to travel with my owner-trained service animal? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 12:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me kill the crackling

Can anyone recommend a guitar shop in central London that does simple set-ups and electrical overhauls? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 12:45 PM PST - 2 comments

this controller, it vibrates?

What are some neat things I can do with a PlayStation 2? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:25 PM PST - 24 comments

How to password protect a linked file?

I need to send an MP3 music file to a number of email addresses. I want to do this by directing people to a download on a web link, rather than emailing the (large) file direct. I also want to be able to password-protect the file in that link (either the file or the link), so the music doesn't get passed around beyond the list of recipients. Does anyone know of any good resources for this? Thanks, oh wise ones.
posted by Conductor71 at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

If you wrap the Internet around every person on the planet and spin the planet, software flows in the network.

BitTorrent Client recommendation [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 12:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me make pulled pork for my wedding

I really want to make my own pulled pork for my wedding next summer - help me make the dream a reality! [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 12:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Are there any websites like, but for beer? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 12:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Why won't anyone house me?

How can I find a short-term sublet not using Craiglist? In Queens. [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I get YouTube to accelerate playback to 2x or 3x?

I love Khan Academy's educational videos on YouTube, but I'm impatient - How can I accelerate YouTube video playback to 2x or 3x speed? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Could we survive a dive into water from out terminal velocity?

Say a very light, very healthy person took a dive from some stupidly high altitude, and spread themselves out into a skydiving position so that they just reached their minimum terminal velocity. Would it be at all possible that this person could survive the drop if they landed in the sea, assuming they quickly rearranged themselves into a more streamlined diving position just before impact?
posted by insperatum at 11:26 AM PST - 19 comments

A restful vacation near Upstate NY?

I’m physically and mentally exhausted and I don’t know how to have a restful vacation anymore. For years I’ve come home from our typical vacations tired and stressed out by too much planning, too much decision making, too much driving and/or flying, and a wife who thinks we have to fill each day with sightseeing from dawn to dusk. This year we only have a week in mid-September and I’m looking for some ideas and suggestions for a more relaxing vacation that’s within about a six-hour drive of western NY. [more inside]
posted by someonesomewhere at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Troubleshooting distortion within turntable.

TurntableFilter: Distortion within 'table itself requires diagnosis and repair. Troubleshooting ideas and/or audio technician recommendations near Boston, MA much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Figuring out logistics of camping & hiking in Alaska

Camping in Alaska: I'm looking to camp at the Eklutna Lake campgrounds 3 weeks from now on way to a 4 day sojourn into Denali State Park. However, I can't reserve a spot in advance. How likely is it that there will be no free campgrounds available, being slightly after the end of the summer season? What are some similar quality campgrounds in the "between Anchorage & Denali" zone if Eklutna is fully booked? [more inside]
posted by Darke at 10:52 AM PST - 4 comments